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'Microburst' Storm on June 23 in Westchester Calls for Well-Equipped Disaster Supply Kit: See FEMA Checklist PDF Print Email
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Editor's Note
:   Hillary Sheperd is vice president and co-owner of Servpro of Scarsdale and Mount Vernon, a fire, water, and mold remediation company.  She writes a column from time to time on preparing for disasters.


July 13, 2011:   After the microburst in southern Westchester on June 23, our whole finished basement flooded--and we're in the fire- and water-damage remediation business!

So, okay, our cleanup was fast and furious!  Take it from us, the water will come in from every way possible, but you can help matters by keeping drains near your garage door clear and by making sure any drywells are not clogged outside your home.

If you do flood, you should immediately call companies like ours to prevent more damage.  Then call your insurance company.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Home Safety Council recommend that you prepare for flooding, even up on a mountaintop where microbursts, like the one that hit Westchester County in late June, can flood the highest altitudes.  According to FEMA, a well-equipped disaster supply kit should include:

•• Water:  1 gallon per person daily for 3 to 7 days.

•• Food:  3 to 7 days' worth of nonperishable or canned food, a manual can opener, and granola bars.  Make sure you have protein, such as protein bars, among these items, especially for growing kids.  A camping supply store will have a cook stove for coffee and tea and to heat soup and other canned foods that need cooking.

•• Bedding:  You need blankets and pillows for each person, plus extras for any neighbors, if needed, and sleeping bags for padding, even on summer nights.

•• Clothing:  Although the outside temperature may be warm, you may be working and cleaning.  To help protect your skin, include pants and long-sleeved shirts, especially when cleaning a wet basement full of dirty water, perhaps.  Keep some rain boots on hand even through the summer.

•• First-aid kit:   At the very least, have hand sanitizers, antibiotic cream, and bandages on hand.   Some gauze and scissors may be useful, too.

•• Cash:  Keep some cash, including small bills, in your supply kit in case the banks are closed.

 
The Big Green Bus Stops in Bronxville; Matt Knight, BHS Class of 2007, a Director PDF Print Email
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July 13, 2011:  On Sunday, June 27, a big green bus known as "The Big Green Bus" stopped in Bronxville a week into its 12,000-mile journey across the country.  Its objective:  to promote sustainability and environmentalism.   In just 11 weeks, the bus will have traveled through 31 states and along both coasts before returning to its home at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

One of the directors of The Big Green Bus project is Matt Knight, BHS Class of 2007 and recent Dartmouth graduate in June 2011.

During its trip, The Big Green Bus serves as a classroom on wheels.  The bus is outfitted with an unprecedented number of sensors and tools designed to help understand and cultivate information on the inner workings of the bus.  The crew (13 in all) is prepared to educate, learn, and spread its message.

Donated by Greyhound, the bus was converted to run on waste vegetable oil instead of gas and to serve as an educational vehicle.  While in Bronxville, the crew did some maintenance work on the bus and prepared for events in Brooklyn, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

The Big Green Bus has been featured by Good Morning America, MTV, CNN, Newsweek, NPR, USA Today, and numerous local newspapers.  These media outlets allow The Big Green Bus to reach a wider audience and increase the visibility of its message.

This year's tour is made possible by donations from the following organizations:  Waste Management, Greyhound, SunPower Corporation, Caesars Entertainment, Anchor QEA, EcoDirect, GreenSmart, Honest Tea, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Annie's Homegrown, Boloco, Clif Bar, Red Bull, Playback Clothing, L.L.Bean, Six South St Hotel, IceStone, Home Depot, Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, Galvin Foundation, ClassWatch, and other generous contributors.

For more information about the 2011 tour, visit its website at www.thebiggreenbus.org.

Pictured here: Seven members of The Big Green Bus crew.  Bronxville graduate Matt Knight is on the far right.

 

 
Bronxville Board of Trustees Creates New 'Central Business A Transition District' PDF Print Email

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July 6, 2011: In a special meeting on Tuesday, June 28, the Bronxville Board of Trustees opened three public hearings relative to establishing a new zoning district that will provide a transition between commercial and residential areas.

"What you have before you is the culmination of a good six months of work by the Planning Board, consultants, the superintendent of buildings, and engineers," said James Staudt, village attorney. "The law will enable this board to have the authority to treat certain lots on a case-by-case basis to ensure correctness between commercial and residential zones."

Local Law #5-2011, passed by the trustees, establishes a Central Business A Transition District. The law gives the trustees discretionary authority to treat the transition zone on a lot-by-lot basis. The transition district is a floating zone. Lots eligible for consideration for the transition zone are those that abut the commercial district and are either already used for some commercial purpose or have been vacant for at least one year.

Staudt stated that the Planning Board feels the law will be most appropriate for 117 Pondfield Road (former location of the store On Consignment) and suggested that the transition zone be applied to that property. Currently zoned as multi-family residential, the new district would allow a structure taller than the one currently on the lot and built out closer to Pondfield Road.

"This is a good example of what a transition zone can do," Staudt said. "The transition zone will carry a very specific set of requirements regarding the setback from Pondfield Road, the size of the building, and the minimum number of parking spaces required."

Local Law #6-2011, also passed by the trustees, provides for the inclusion of the 117 Pondfield Road property within the Central Business A Transition District and designates it as such on the village tax map.

The trustees passed another resolution relating to 117 Pondfield Road setting permitted uses, bulk, and off-street parking regulations. A discussion of the specific definition of the term "bulk" explained that, when used in the zoning code, bulk regulations cover elements such as floor/area ratios, street setback, and parking. The elements, when combined, address the bulk of the building on the lot.

As resolved by the trustees, the principal permitted uses for 117 Pondfield Road will be a retail establishment with office space to house clerical, administrative, and other professional business offices. The principal street-level floor will occupy no more than 2,700 gross square feet, and total square footage of the building will be limited to 5,600 square feet. No part of the structure can exceed 28 feet in height. Eleven off-street parking places, including one handicapped space, will be provided.

Pictured here: The former On Consignment building to be eligible for provisions under the newly created Central Business A Transition District.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Two Break-ins (One Attempted) in Bronxville this Past Week; Police Work Overtime PDF Print Email

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July 6, 2011:  Bronxville police have been unusually busy this week working on the arrest of two individuals, one concerning the attempted break-in on Homesdale Road that occurred last Wednesday, June 29, and the other the arrest of Gary Greene, caught trespassing on the property of a Locust Lane address on the same day.  Police do not believe Greene was involved in the Homesdale Road incident.

With regard to the attempted break-in on Homesdale Road, Chief Christopher Satriale reports that the police are in possession of new incriminating evidence, but that the perpetrator has not been apprehended yet.  The investigation is ongoing.

The incident on Homesdale caused quite a stir in Bronxville the afternoon it occurred.  First, a resident on Homesdale Road reported there was a suspicious person on the property of a neighbor and that the individual (male black wearing a white tank top and carrying a backpack) was apparently attempting to gain entry to the home.  At about the same time, the alarm system went off in the Homedale home.

Officers responded immediately and a foot pursuit ensued as police chased the male through the Hunts Woods area and toward the City of Mount Vernon.  A police "hotline" was broadcast to area departments, and a multi-jurisdictional search followed.

Included in that search were canine officers from the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, the City of Mount Vernon, and the Town of Eastchester.  The search was terminated after approximately six hours.  Since then, several items of evidence have been located, and the Bronxville detectives are currently following all leads in an ongoing investigation.

With regard to the arrest of Gary Greene, Bronxville police apprehended Greene early Wednesday morning (2:50 am) after a trespassing violation led to more significant charges.  Officer Van der Leeuw of the Bronxville Police Department first apprehended Yonkers resident Gary Greene, 43, after he was caught trespassing on the property of a Locust Lane address.  Greene was then brought to the Bronxville Police Station, where further investigation revealed that he was in possession of some stolen property taken from other Locust Lane residences.

Greene was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the 5th degree, a Class A misdemeanor.  Greene has an extensive criminal record to his name, including over 20 felony arrests and 60 arrest charges.  His first arrest dates back to 1984, and he was previously charged a little less than a decade ago in connection with a Bronxville burglary.  Greene was arraigned in the Bronxville court and is currently being detained in county jail.  He is due back in Bronxville court later this month.


 
Events in Bronxville this Week: July 6 to July 13 PDF Print Email
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Wednesday, July 6:  The Bronxville Women's Club will be hosting summer socials that will include games, book discussions, quilting, etc., and children's enrichment, at 10 am at the club at 135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville, on Wednesdays in July and the first two weeks of August.   Bring a sandwich; dessert and beverages will be provided. There is a charge of $10 per session.  For more information, contact CLOAKING or go to www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Wednesday, July 6: The Bronxville Women's Club will be hosting bridge at 11:30 am at the club at 135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville, on Wednesdays in July and the first two weeks of August. For more information, contact CLOAKING or go to www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Wednesday, July 6:   The Bronxville Career Network will be presenting recruiter Dan Johnson to speak about "The View from Across the Table--How Hiring Managers Operate" from 7:15 to 9:30 pm in the Edwards Room of The Reformed Church of Bronxville.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  There will be a follow-up meeting on July 20 to discuss this presentation and any other topics attendees choose to raise.  For more information, contact Pat Drew at CLOAKING , call 914-588-8243, or visit www.reformedchurch.org.

Wednesday, July 6:  The Bronxville Pops Concert Band will be giving a concert, the first in a series of four, each at 8:00 pm on each Wednesday in July in front of the Bronxville High School on Pondfield Road (in the high school auditorium in the event of rain).

Thursday, July 7:  Gramatan Village is hosting a trip to the Cloisters, with lunch at New Leaf Restaurant in Fort Tryon Park, close to the Cloisters.  For more information, call 914-337-1338 or e-mail CLOAKING .

Thursday, July 7:  The Bronxville Women's Club is hosting Silent Movie Night each Thursday in July and the first week of August from 6:00 pm (movie starts at 6:30 pm) to 9:00 pm, with music provided by Steve Segarra.  Snacks and soft drinks will be provided; BYOB.  Tickets are $15 per person or $60 per person for the series.  For more information, contact CLOAKING or go to www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Saturday, July 9:  There will be a card-making workshop at the Bronxville Public Library from noon to 1:00 pm for all ages seven and older (with an adult).  Children will make their own cards based on the 2011 summer reading theme of the New York libraries, "One World, Many Stories."  The event is free, and all supplies will be provided.  For more information, contact Erin Schirota, children's librarian, at 914-337-7680 for registration information.

Saturday, July 9:  The Village Lutheran Church will host a Good News Christian Coffee House featuring Frank Rendo on stage.  The coffee house opens at 7:00 pm with Green Mountain coffees and pastries, and the concert begins at 7:30 pm.  The charge is $10 for adults, $5 for high school/college students, and $3 for children (5-12).  Child care is available.  For more information, call 914-337-0207 or go to www.vlc-ny.org.

Sunday, July 10: The Village Lutheran Church and Chapel School will be running a vacation Bible school for children K-6 starting Sunday, July 10, from noon to 3:00 pm, and continuing Monday through Friday, July 11 to 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  The theme is "Parables in the City" in which students explore traditional Biblical parables through NYC-inspired Bible skits and discussions, music and dance, and crafts, in an environment decorated with Big Apple décor; the program will include snacks and a light meal.  A minimal cost of $25 per child will be requested.  Register online as a student or volunteer on Facebook at VLC's Parables in the City (VBS), at VLC's website, www.vlc-ny.org, or at www.thechapelschool.org. For more information, contact Deacon Ann Terenzio at 914-337-0207, ext. 1112, or CLOAKING .

Monday, July 11: The Village Lutheran Church and Chapel School will be running a vacation Bible school for children K-6 starting Sunday, July 10, from noon to 3:00 pm, and continuing Monday through Friday, July 11-15, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The theme is "Parables in the City" in which students explore traditional Biblical parables through NYC-inspired Bible skits and discussions, music and dance, and crafts, in an environment decorated with Big Apple décor; the program will include snacks and a light meal. A minimal cost of $25 per child will be requested. Register online as a student or volunteer on Facebook at VLC's Parables in the City (VBS), at VLC's website, www.vlc-ny.org, or at www.thechapelschool.org. For more information, contact Deacon Ann Terenzio at 914-337-0207, ext. 1112, or CLOAKING .

Monday, July 11:  The Bronxville Women's Club will be hosting evening soirées from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on the patio of the club at 135 Midland Avenue in Bronxville (inside if rain) on Mondays in July and the first week of August.  Bring a picnic and enjoy live music.  On July 11 Ted Horan will be performing on guitar.  Free for members and their families; $5 per family for non-members.  For more information, contact CLOAKING or go to www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Monday, July 11:  The Bronxville Village Board of Trustees will hold a meeting at 8:00 pm in the Trustees Room at Bronxville Village Hall. Work session will begin at 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, July 12:  The Bronxville Women's Club will be hosting square dancing, folk dancing, and line dancing from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the club at 135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville, on Tuesdays in July and the first week of August.  A pro will be onsite to teach the dancing.  There is a charge of $10 for each session, $40 for the series.  For more information, contact CLOAKING or go to www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Tuesday, July 12:   The Village Lutheran Church and Chapel School will be running a vacation Bible school for children K-6 starting Sunday, July 10, from noon to 3:00 pm, and continuing Monday through Friday, July 11-15, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The theme is "Parables in the City" in which students explore traditional Biblical parables through NYC-inspired Bible skits and discussions, music and dance, and crafts, in an environment decorated with Big Apple décor; the program will include snacks and a light meal.  A minimal cost of $25 per child will be requested. Register online as a student or volunteer on Facebook at VLC's Parables in the City (VBS), at VLC's website, www.vlc-ny.org, or at www.thechapelschool.org. For more information, contact Deacon Ann Terenzio at 914-337-0207, ext. 1112, or CLOAKING .

Tuesday, July 12:  The Bronxville Board of Education will hold a reorganization meeting at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room in the Bronxville School.   For more information, call 914-395-0500.

Wednesday, July 13:   The Bronxville Women's Club will be hosting summer socials that will include games, book discussions, quilting, etc., and children's enrichment, at 10 am at the club at 135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville, on Wednesdays in July and the first two weeks of August.  Bring a sandwich; dessert and beverages will be provided.  There is a charge of $10 per session.  For more information, contact CLOAKING or go to www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Wednesday, July 13: The Bronxville Women's Club will be hosting bridge at 11:30 am at the club at 135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville, on Wednesdays in July and the first two weeks of August.   For more information, contact CLOAKING or go to www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Wednesday, July 13: The Village Lutheran Church and Chapel School will be running a vacation Bible school for children K-6 starting Sunday, July 10, from noon to 3:00 pm, and continuing Monday through Friday, July 11-15, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The theme is "Parables in the City" in which students explore traditional Biblical parables through NYC-inspired Bible skits and discussions, music and dance, and crafts, in an environment decorated with Big Apple décor; the program will include snacks and a light meal.  A minimal cost of $25 per child will be requested.  Register online as a student or volunteer on Facebook at VLC's Parables in the City (VBS), at VLC's website, www.vlc-ny.org, or www.thechapelschool.org.  For more information, contact Deacon Ann Terenzio at 914-337-0207, ext. 1112, or CLOAKING .

Wednesday, July 13
:  The Bronxville Planning Board and Design Review Committee will hold a meeting in the Trustees Room at Bronxville Village Hall, with the Design Review Committee meeting to be held at 7:00 pm followed by the Planning Board meeting at 7:30 pm.  For more information, contact Maryann Urrico at 914-337-7388 or CLOAKING .

Wednesday, July 13:   The Bronxville Women's Club will be hosting an event entitled "Food and Wine Tasting: The Best of Bronxville-Eastchester-Tuckahoe" from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the club at 135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville.  Steven Palm, proprietor of Underhills Crossing and Harry's of Hartsdale, will be a co-chair.  There will be a silent auction and music by Stephen and Kristina Segarra, and patrons will judge the Beaux Arts Finale exhibit.  Donations for the wine tasting are $75 per person, $125 for two, and proceeds will benefit restoration of the historic 1928 clubhouse and the Westchester Community College Scholarship program of the Westchester County Federation of Women's Clubs.  For more information, visit the website at www.bronxvillewomensclub.org or call the club at 914-337-3252.

Wednesday, July 13:   The Bronxville Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a meeting at 7:00 pm in the board room on the lower level of the library.  For more information, call 914-337-7680, ext 30.

Wednesday, July 13:   The Bronxville Pops Concert Band will be giving a concert at 8:00 pm on each Wednesday in July in front of the Bronxville High School on Pondfield Road (in the high school auditorium in the event of rain).

 
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