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Beautiful plantings in Bronxville courtesy the Bronxville Beautification Council. Photo by N. Bower

Jul. 15, 2020: Below is information about upcoming and ongoing events. If you would like to be included, please send event information to CLOAKING

Upcoming and Ongoing Events 

Deadline July 15, 2020: Voting For Elections for the nine representatives to join the Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee (NPC) is now underway.  The deadline for voting is July 15, 2020.  Click here to learn more.

Sunday, July 19, 2020:  Food Drive at Christ Church Bronxville.  There are two ways to support: (1) Donate to the matching fund by clicking here and selecting "Grace Church Matching Fund" from the dropdown, and (2) Drive by and donate the following items on the 3rd Sunday of each month.  This Sunday, you can donate at Christ Church (17 Sagamore Road in Bronxville) from 11 AM to 2 PM. 

Items requested for donation include: canned beans, canned vegetables, tuna and other canned fish and poultry, coffee, soup, shelf-stable milk, bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins and other shelf-stable and canned good.  Please don't donate items in glass containers.

Due July 21, 2020:  2020 Tax Bills for Village/School have been mailed and are due without penalty by July 21, 2020.  Tax payments should be mailed to the Village (in person payments are strongly discouraged).  Alternatively, a secure drop box is now available at Village Hall for taxpayers who wish to deliver their bills in person. Receipts will be mailed to all taxpayers.

Tennis:  The village tennis courts (including the clay courts) are open to residents. Residents must purchase permits and make reservations online. For a complete list of rules and regulations click here:

Bronxville Farmers' Market is open on Saturdays from 8:30 to 1:00 PM. All shoppers must sign up for a shopping slot. You can sign up on the Farmers Market Facebook page. There is also a link in their weekly newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, send an email to CLOAKING

Events in Later Months

October: Due to the continuing uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, The Counseling Center is canceling its 2020 benefit, scheduled for October 17. They are instead hosting a lively, interactive online event in October with opportunities to support the work of The Counseling Center. Details will follow. A grand in-person 49/50th Anniversary Benefit with special honorees is scheduled for May 7, 2021, at the Bronxville Field Club.

October 6, 2020: The Community Fund Annual Golf Outing. For more information, contact Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe at 914.337.8808.

October 15, 2020: Senior Citizens Council 50th Anniversary Benefit 

November 7, 2020: Take Back Day.  In the meantime, you can bring paper for shredding (up to four boxes), electronic waste, and other hazardous waste to the Household Materials Recovery Facility (H-MRF), 15 Woods Road, Valhalla. For details on what is accepted and to make an appointment, call 914-813-5400 or click here.

May, 2021: Gramatan Village May Magic Event

 
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The anatomy of a birds nest. Stew Leonards plant tag, zip ties, ribbons and bag ties.  Photo by N. Bower

Jul. 8, 2020: Below is information about upcoming and ongoing events. If you would like to be included, please send event information to CLOAKING

Upcoming and Ongoing Events 

Deadline July 15, 2020: Voting For Elections for the nine representatives to join the Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee (NPC) is now underway.  The deadline for voting is July 15, 2020.  Click here to learn more.

Due July 21, 2020:  2020 Tax Bills for Village/School have been mailed and are due without penalty by July 21, 2020.  Tax payments should be mailed to the Village (in person payments are strongly discouraged).  Alternatively, a secure drop box is now available at Village Hall for taxpayers who wish to deliver their bills in person. Receipts will be mailed to all taxpayers.

Tennis:  The village tennis courts (including the clay courts) are open to residents. Residents must purchase permits and make reservations online. For a complete list of rules and regulations click here:

Bronxville Farmers' Market is open on Saturdays from 8:30 to 1:00 PM. All shoppers must sign up for a shopping slot. You can sign up on the Farmers Market Facebook page. There is also a link in their weekly newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, send an email to CLOAKING

Events in Later Months

October 6, 2020: The Community Fund Annual Golf Outing. For more information, contact Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe at 914.337.8808.

October 15, 2020: Senior Citizens Council 50th Anniversary Benefit 

November 7, 2020: Take Back Day.  In the meantime, you can bring paper for shredding (up to four boxes), electronic waste, and other hazardous waste to the Household Materials Recovery Facility (H-MRF), 15 Woods Road, Valhalla. For details on what is accepted and to make an appointment, call 914-813-5400 or click here.

May, 2021: Gramatan Village May Magic Event

 
From The Mayor: Procedures and Processes of Bronxville Building Department PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Bronxville Mayor

Jul. 8, 2020: Now that Westchester County is in the phase that allows nonessential construction projects, I thought it appropriate to share some of the procedures and processes of our building department.

Though actual construction was halted, our department made processing permits a high priority, so when the industry opened up again, projects could start immediately. As a result, we do not have a backlog in the department.

Before starting a project, we encourage all property owners to call the Building Department at 914-337-3750 to see if there is a permit required as work started without a permit will be stopped with substantial monetary penalties to attach.

All of our applications can be found on the Village website, and all fees and requirements are listed there as well. An application completed in its entirety with a phone number and email of a primary contact for the work being done will greatly speed up processing. Completed applications may be dropped off at the main entrance of Village Hall or by mail.

The normal turnaround time for plan review for most applications is three weeks, but the department makes every effort to process the applications as quickly as possible. The more complete the application, the sooner it is processed.

The Building Department updates its website often, and most questions can be answered there. All of our applications are also found on the website, with all fees and requirements listed.

The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions directed to the Building Department:

-Construction work is prohibited between 6 PM and 8 AM weekdays and on weekends per Village Code Chapter 210-8E. However, any work producing excessive noise may violate the village noise ordinance regardless of whether the work required a permit if done after hours or on weekends.

-Emergency work requires approval from the building department. Call 914-337-3750, leave a message with a callback number and address of work if you need assistance. The building inspector will respond to your request.

-Contractors may purchase buyouts for parking spaces for the duration of small projects.

-The importance of hiring a very reputable and skilled contractor is paramount to ensure the safety of any construction project. Issues to clarify with a prospective contractor include:

*Verify that the contractor is properly licensed for all the work to be undertaken.
*Check how many building permits the contractor has obtained in the Village in the past two years. This is important as contractors familiar with local building code requirements and permitting processes always have a better understanding of the requirements.
*Require proof of general liability insurance and Workmen's Comp. Insurance before signing documents.
*Ask for a list of past clients.
*Check whether subs will be involved, their competency, agree on a payment schedule, and designate a point person as the project supervisor.

-Ask for a pre-project meeting with the Building Department so you are fully versed as to what building permits will be required. Permits are always needed, even for small projects, if related to plumbing, electrical and mechanical changes.

-They are also needed for walkways, patios, sheds, emergency generators, roof replacements, new and replacement fences and swimming pools holding more than two feet of water.

-As to walkways, residents are responsible for the sidewalks that abut one's property, including re-pavement. If you notice a village sidewalk needing repair, contact the Village Building Department, and staff will send a notice to cure. No monetary penalties will attach unless the notice is ignored.

-When undertaking projects, it is important to be guided by home safety, be it electrical, structural, water-related, or fireproofing, not only for your family's well-being but also for your neighbors. It is especially important in a village such as ours as 40% of our residents live in multifamily units, and one neighbor's unsafe remodeling could directly impact another's home safety.

Some of the guideposts for good home safety include:

-The need for smoke alarms on every floor and inside each bedroom. They should be tested monthly.

-Electrical cords should be regularly inspected and, if cracked or frayed, thrown away immediately. They should also never run under rugs or across doorways.

-Carbon monoxide alarms should be outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home and tested monthly.

-All emergency numbers and medical needs for everyone in your family should be posted in an obvious place, such as on the refrigerator door or bulletin board. This can be a lifesaver for EMTs should there be an emergency.

-Plan a location away from your home in the event of any fire or gas emergency. By meeting at the designated point, it will become quite clear who is or who is not safely out of the house. Also, have a plan as to pet rescue.

Net-net, reach out to the Building Department before starting any project if you have any questions. It will be a timesaver in the long run.

 

Photo by A. Warner

 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.






 
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Beautiful local hydrangea.  Photo by A. Warner

Jul. 1, 2020: Below is information about upcoming and ongoing events. If you would like to be included, please send event information to CLOAKING

Upcoming and Ongoing Events 

July 1 & July 5, 2020: Food Drive at Christ Church Bronxville for the St. James Food Pantry in Fordham, Bronx. The church doors on Sagamore Road will be open to receive them on Wednesday, July 1st and Sunday, July 5th from 11:00AM - 4:00PM. Click here to learn more.

Due July 21, 2020:  2020 Tax Bills for Village/School have been mailed and are due without penalty by July 21, 2020.  Tax payments should be mailed to the Village (in person payments are strongly discouraged).  Alternatively, a secure drop box is now available at Village Hall for taxpayers who wish to deliver their bills in person. Receipts will be mailed to all taxpayers.

Deadline July 15, 2020: Voting For Elections for the nine representatives to join the Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee (NPC) is now underway.  The deadline for voting is July 15, 2020.  Click here to learn more.

Tennis:  The village tennis courts (including the clay courts) are open to residents. Residents must purchase permits and make reservations online. For a complete list of rules and regulations click here:

Bronxville Farmers' Market is open on Saturdays from 8:30 to 1:00 PM. All shoppers must sign up for a shopping slot. You can sign up on the Farmers Market Facebook page. There is also a link in their weekly newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, send an email to CLOAKING

Events in Later Months

October 6, 2020: The Community Fund Annual Golf Outing. For more information, contact Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe at 914.337.8808.

October 15, 2020: Senior Citizens Council 50th Anniversary Benefit 

November 7, 2020: Take Back Day.  In the meantime, you can bring paper for shredding (up to four boxes), electronic waste, and other hazardous waste to the Household Materials Recovery Facility (H-MRF), 15 Woods Road, Valhalla. For details on what is accepted and to make an appointment, call 914-813-5400 or click here.

May, 2021: Gramatan Village May Magic Event

 
From The Mayor: Interesting Facts About the Fourth of July PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Bronxville Mayor

Jul. 1, 2020: I have written many times about the historical background of the Fourth of July and its significance as the birth of our Country and the impetus for many other nations to break the bonds of imperialism.

Its importance clearly could never be overestimated. However, as I dug deeper into my readings about the holiday, I found many interesting tangential facts. These include misconceptions, facts of less historical significance, but still quite interesting and some of the data surrounding the joy we all have as it marks the start of summer.

-Jefferson cannot take credit as the sole author of the Declaration of Independence. Actually, he was part of a five-person committee appointed by the Continental Congress to write it, including Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.

-After Jefferson wrote an initial draft, the other members of this declaration committee made 86 changes, including shortening the overall length by more than a fourth.

-One member of the writing committee, Robert Livingston, refused to sign the document as he believed it was too soon to declare independence.

-The most widely held misconception is that it was signed on July 4, 1776. In fact, independence was formally declared on July 2, 1776, a date John Adams believed would be “the most important epoch in the history of America.”

-Only two men actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, Charles Thompson and the famous John Hancock. The other 54 delegates signed over the course of the next months.

-Thomas Jefferson was 33 at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

-The average age of the signers was 45. Of the 56 signers, the youngest signers, Thomas Lynch Jr. and Edward Rutledge of South Carolina, were only 26. Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania was the oldest signer at 70.

-At the time, Benjamin Franklin proposed that the turkey be named the national bird, but he was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle.

-The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as Presidents of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

-Every Fourth of July, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is actually rung 13 times in honor of the original 13 colonies.

-The stars on the original flag were in a circle so that all of the 13 colonies would appear equal.
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-The designer of our flag with 50 stars was actually a young man from Ohio who created it for a history class assignment. He received a disappointing B- but sent it on to Washington for consideration. After it was chosen as the best entry, his grade was retroactively changed to an A+.

-There are five references to God in the Declaration of Independence.

-When the Declaration of Independence was signed, they were 2.5 million people living in America. As of the most recent census, there are 325.7 million Americans.

-John Adams, at age 90 and Thomas Jefferson at age 82, had a love-hate relationship. Adams’ last words were purported to be, “Thomas Jefferson survives me.” He didn’t know that Jefferson had passed away just a few hours earlier, both dying on July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

-Exactly five years later, on July 4, 1831, James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, died in New York City.

-Born in 1872, the Country’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, is the only President with a Fourth of July birthday.

-July 4 was not deemed a federal holiday until 1870, nearly 100 years after the nation was founded. Congress made it a paid federal holiday in 1941.

-The Declaration of Independence spent World War II in Fort Knox. Two weeks after Pearl Harbor, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were packed in 150 pounds of protective gear and escorted via train by Secret Service agents to Louisville.

-The 2020 July 4 festivities will be its 235th anniversary.

-Lou Gehrig delivered his famous retirement speech at Yankee Stadium, saying, “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth,” on July 4, 1939.

-The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. This was also the day that the Declaration of Independence was first read in public after people were summoned by the ringing of the now famous Liberty Bell.

-The oldest continuous Fourth of July parade is held in Bristol, Rhode Island, with an inception date of 1785.

-26% of Americans will purchase patriotic merchandise for this Fourth of July.

-61% of Americans own an American flag accounting for $5.4 million in purchases annually. The vast majority of flags are imported from China.

-Americans spend over $1 billion on fireworks each year, 90% of which are imports from China. However, only 10% of the fireworks displays are set off professionally, which probably accounts for the estimated 12,900 firework-related emergency room visits across the Country.

-More than 2 million is spent on fireworks for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, while Macy’s spends upwards of $6 million.

-Americans plan to spend $6.8 billion on food for the July 4 holiday, with part of this budget being the purchase of 150 million hotdogs.

-More beer is sold around the Fourth of July holiday than during any other time of the year. Americans will spend approximately $100 billion on beer purchases.

   

Photo by A. Warner

 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.






 
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