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Happy July 4th Weekend! Flags, Flags and More Flags PDF Print Email

By Staff

July 1, 2020: The staff of MyhometownBronxville would like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe July 4th Weekend!

Enjoy these photos of flags by MyhometownBronxville photographers, Allaire Warner and Neely Bower.

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From Bronxville Green Committee: The Benefits of Electric Vehicles PDF Print Email

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By Carole Upshur, Bronxville Green Committee

Jul. 1, 2020: When my Bronxville neighbor at Midland Gardens began recharging his electric car at a newly installed outlet in the garage we share, my curiosity was sparked, and not necessarily because I was stuck at home for months and eager to get on the road. 

I found myself exploring recent developments in electric vehicles (EVs). I found that some people buy electric vehicles because they’re early adopters of high-tech products and some because they’re committed to the environment. But many buy electric cars for the nice finishes, safety, low maintenance, and just plain fun of driving them.  

Electric vehicles accelerate quickly and handle well. They’re quiet and smooth and have no problem getting up to highway speeds or passing. Owners raved about having no repairs for over five years. Full Electric Vehicles have only 20 moving parts versus 200 for a car powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE vehicle). 

Testimonials about how great Electric Vehicles are are plentiful on the web. One West Coast owner reported happily trading her $300 a month gasoline bill for a mere $15 added to her electricity bill due to the cost of operating her Electric Vehicle.  

A Midwest farm family said they live twenty-two miles from town and go back and forth frequently for groceries, church, to visit friends, and for school activities. For these trips, they park their pick-up truck at home and use their Electric Vehicle.  

A Bronxville resident who recently traded in his first Electric Vehicle for a second said it’s hands down the best car he’s ever owned. Some families told me they bought their first Electric Vehicle as a second car for local trips, saving their larger gas car to travel farther from home. Many of the early adopters switched entirely to Electric Vehicles once the mileage and variety of available vehicles improved. 

What is an electric car? 

There are several types of electric cars on the market today. 

Hybrid vehicles (HEVs) have been sold for over a decade. They combine an on-board battery (or several) that allows the car to use battery power for some miles driven before a back-up gasoline engine kicks in. The Toyota Prius is an example. Hybrid vehicles don’t need to be charged, and they operate like conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, although they may be more expensive because of the added technology. The battery is charged through kinetic energy created when the driver applies the brakes. Hybrids get good gas mileage, and they reduce emissions by about 22%. 

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) came along more recently. Plug-ins are charged at charging stations and go farther on electric-only miles before the back-up gas engine takes over. If you’re using the car for local trips and a short commute to work for ten to fifteen miles round trip, you can avoid using gasoline altogether. Most of these vehicles get only 25-40 miles on full electric, but you don’t have to worry about recharging during longer trips. Because they use less gas and more electric power, they save about 36% on greenhouse emissions.

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are designed without any gasoline back up. Less expensive models have a 125-150 mile range, and if you spend more or select an upgraded model, you can get over 250 miles per charge.  

What about charging in general and charging in Bronxville?

Many sources confirm that most people drive at least one family car no more than 30 miles a day, making a practical plug-in electric vehicle a highly practical second car. Most current owners charge at home or work. 

There are different types of chargers, and if you don’t use the car much in the evening, you can plug it into a regular 120-volt plug overnight for a full charge by morning. This is a Level 1 charger (8-12 hours). Faster Level 2 or 3 chargers provide a full charge in 4-6 hours (Level 2) or in as little as one hour (Level 3). 

All Electric Vehicles can use Level 2 chargers, which are the most common public chargers, but some may not be able to use the superfast Level 3 chargers that utilize direct current. Tesla has its own network of fast chargers for its cars, but they can also use the public stations.  

A federal tax credit will reimburse you for one-third of the cost, up to $1,000, for installing a charging station at home. ConEd offers a special low electricity rate for overnight charging in New York areas they serve, including Bronxville.

Accessing chargers in apartment complexes can be challenging, but buildings are starting to install them. Any resident of VillaBXV can get a charger but must pay for installation. Shareholders at Midland Gardens can request them in reserved garage spaces. They share the cost of installation and pay a flat monthly fee for electricity. Rebates are available for multiunit buildings (as well as other public and private entities) through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) that cover much of the cost of installing Level 2 charging stations. Click here to learn more.

According to NYSERDA, there are almost 5,000 charging stations in New York State, including some high-speed chargers along the New York State Thruway. As an incentive, many are free. A Westchester County bond issue passed in May 2020 provides $1 million to install additional charging stations throughout the county. 

There are currently fewer high-speed chargers. Most public ones are Level 2. Most Electric Vehicles will need to plug in for only 30 minutes to get up to 80% power. 

A two-car charging kiosk is located at the Bronxville train station (in the Parkway Road parking lot behind Chase Bank). Four public charging stations are being installed in the Kensington Road garage, and seventeen stations are available at the Ridge Hill Shopping Center in two different garages.  

Special phone apps, such as the Plugshare app, indicate locations and the type of charger. Some owners have reported that many public chargers aren’t well maintained and don’t work, which can complicate taking Electric Vehicles on long drives. In some communities, Electric Vehicle owners offer their own home outlets for those looking to recharge and find it a great way to meet other Electric Vehicle enthusiasts. 

Cold weather can shorten the range of Electric Vehicles. Many websites offer suggestions on how to drive them efficiently in snow and cold. 

What about the cost?

There are more than two dozen Electric Vehicles on the market today, including basic sedans, SUVs, and luxury models. This website reviews types of EVs. If you are ready to explore, click here.

While the least expensive (starting around $30,000) generally cost more than an average sedan, rebates and tax credits can lower the cost to about the same as a compact car, especially when you factor in much lower expenses for maintenance and fuel. A federal tax credit can off-set $2,500-7,500, depending on the vehicle, although for some more popular cars, these rebates are phasing out. 

Sustainable Westchester has an arrangement with a local Nissan dealer for an additional $5,000 discount on a new Nissan Leaf. New York State offers a point-of-sale rebate of up to $2,000 for Electric Vehicles (see NYSERDA.ny.gov/All-Programs). A Port Authority Green Pass from EZPass discounts tolls and allows HOV lane use for any Electric Vehicle or hybrid vehicle that gets at least 45 miles/gallon. Click here for more information on calculating the cost and savings of buying an EV:   

Another option is buying a used Electric Vehicle that is being turned in from a lease. Although such purchases aren’t eligible for rebates, the initial cost is often much lower. And don’t worry about the batteries. They’re designed to last at least 100,000 miles and to be recyclable and replaceable.  

Why is an electric car better for the environment?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2018, transportation contributed 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in this country. About half of that came from cars and vans while the rest was from trucks, shipping, and air travel. Substantially curbing emissions from cars will be essential if we are to meet New York State’s ambitious climate goals. 

Environmental organizations frequently talk about “electrifying the grid.” Because we already have the technology to generate electricity from clean, renewable sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric, it makes sense to move to electricity as the major source of energy for heating and cooling our homes and businesses, and for transportation. A fully electric vehicle running on power generated by solar or wind emits zero emissions. 

Although we’re in the process of switching to renewable sources, we’re far from achieving a clean electrical grid. Even so, Electric Vehicles are better for the environment. Even a car operating on electricity generated by “dirty” coal runs more cleanly than a gasoline-powered vehicle, which is inherently inefficient. 

Cleaner electrical generation, such as from natural gas, increases the benefit. For example, if the electricity is from clean, renewable sources such as solar panels, there are no emissions associated with either charging or using the vehicle.  

The Union of Concerned Scientists says that about 80% of the U.S. has enough of a mix of cleaner electric generation to make Electric Vehicles preferred over gasoline-powered vehicles.  

Of course, it also takes raw materials and energy to produce the batteries for Electric Vehicles. Ongoing studies in the European Union suggest that the life-cycle of electric vehicles, including manufacturing, is still positive in reducing greenhouse emissions compared to gasoline-powered vehicles. The studies suggest Electric Vehicles produce 25-75% less in greenhouse emissions depending on the energy source. Further research is underway about the environmental impact of EV batteries. 

We want to make sure they really can be recycled and reused cost-effectively, so as not to create a new source of hard-to-dispose-of waste. And producing the batteries requires raw materials that are mined in various places around the world at a high environmental cost. 

Where can you learn more?

In addition to the links provided throughout this article, Edmunds.com, the car trade publication, reviews dozens of Electric Vehicles currently on the market, with brands like Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Fiat, Jaguar, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volvo, and Volkswagen.  

Local non-profits and New York State promote electric vehicles, in addition to NYSERDA. Also, check out Sustainable Westchester for info about rebates and other incentives. 

Maybe you plan to investigate electric models when it’s time to buy your next car. For me, an EV is sounding better than ever.

You can find more information about the Bronxville Green Commitee on the Village of Bronxville website. Click here.

Pictured:  Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Bronxville

Photo courtesy Bronxville Green Committee


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 n



 
Photo of the Week & Events PDF Print Email

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Sunset in Bronxille.  Photo by A. Warner

Jun.24, 2020: Below is information about upcoming and ongoing events. If you would like to be included, please send event information to CLOAKING

Ongoing Events 

Tennis:  The village tennis courts (including the clay courts) are now available and open to residents. Residents must purchase their permits in advance and also make reservations online. For a complete list of rules and regulations under the Village's phased recreation re-opening 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

Bicycle Sundays: Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River parkway are on Sundays in June and September, except for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. Masks are recommended. Click here to learn more. 

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

 
Thousands Turnout For Bronxville Unity Walk for Black Lives Matter PDF Print Email

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By Saya Mueller, Bronxville School rising 10th Grader

Jun. 24, 2020: Thousands turned out for the Bronxville Unity Walk For Black Lives Matter on Saturday, June 20. The walk, which started at 10 am, was organized by Bronxville families. It began at Leonard Morage Square near the train station, continued on Pondfield Road through the village, and ended at Bronxville Village Hall.

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People of all ages participated. Young children with their families held handmade signs. Teenagers, adults, and even a few seniors came out to show their support. Friends met up and walked together. Shopkeepers clapped to show their support. People took pictures and videos to capture the moments. Most people wore masks. 

One sign held by a young child captured a simple sentiment "Stop Being Mean."  There was a "Stop Hate" sign, a "Love Is Love" sign and "Black Lives Matter" signs. 

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Upon arrival at Village Hall, marchers gathered on the lawns in front of Village Hall and the Bronxville Library to hear the speakers.

Heidi Kapoor, and Jonathan Beer, who were among the event organizers, spoke along with a number of people from the Bronxville and Westchester communities. 

One speaker in particular caught my attention. It was Bronxvile school graduate and current Georgetown Law student, Matt Behrens. He was very passionate and talked about how each and every one of us can make a difference by spreading awareness within our own communities. He was very inspiring. 

Below is a list of the speakers.

Mary Marvin, Bronxville Mayor

Bishop Derek Owens, GoldenSword International Fellowship Church
 
Tiffani Chambers, Bronxville resident and mother.
 
Roy Montesano, Superintendent of The Bronxville School
 
Annabelle Krause, rising senior, the current Student Faculty Legislature President and President of next year’s Human Rights Coalition.

Ken Jenkins, Westchester Deputy County Executive

Jonathan Alvarez, Founder of 914United

Matt Behrens, Bronxville school graduate, current Georgetown Law student 

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The event ended with a silent period to mourn and reflect, and a song sung by the congregation of the GoldenSword International Fellowship Church lead by Bishop Owens's son.

In reflecting on the event, Mayor Marvin said, "I thought the spirit of friendship, unity of purpose and desire to  act was palpable."

For me, the event really captured what I and I think my peers feel.  Every person, no matter the race, nationality, or color of skin, deserves to be treated with respect.  The fact that this isn't the case in today's world is simply wrong and needs to be changed. This coming together of all these people in our village shows that many of us feel the same way.  This can and will lead to change.  Thank goodness.


Photos by A. Warner




 
From The Mayor: Guidelines For Phase 3 Reopening PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Bronxville Mayor

Jun. 24, 2020: Since Westchester County now meets certain COVID-19 metrics, the Governor has granted Phase 3 reopening status for a new group of businesses and activities.

The following are the mandatory guidelines promulgated by the State Department of Health for customers, employees, and proprietors.

Inspectors have been dispatched throughout communities to ensure compliance.

In Phase 3 reopening, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail salons, UV and non-UV tanning parlors, waxing, tattoo, and piercing facilities are now free to do business.

Personal care services that require customers to remove face coverings (i.e., face massage, facial, lip/nose waxing are still prohibited).

Personal care service customers may only be permitted entry if they wear facemasks. Employees must wear a facemask that completely covers the nose and mouth and a face shield or safety goggles when providing service directly to customers, even if six feet or more apart. There is a strict limit to equipment sharing, including nail files, clippers, etc. and workers must be wearing gloves when in contact with such objects.

Other specific requirements in the personal service category include:

-Each new customer must receive all new or cleaned and disinfected implements such as towels, finger bowls, spatulas, and pedicure baths.

-Hand and foot drying areas must be cleaned and disinfected after each customer.

-Workforce and customer presence combined is limited to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy of the space.

-Seating must also maintain a six-foot distance unless a physical barrier is in place in accordance with OSHA guidelines.

-All must maintain six feet of separation except during the service itself.

-Employees must be trained on how to wear, clean, and discard PPE.

-No waiting rooms are allowed.

-Practices must be in place for adequate social distancing in such locations as restrooms or breakrooms.

-Hand sanitizers are required throughout the personal care facility for use by both staff and customers.

-Time must be left between appointments for full work station cleaning and disinfection.

-Signage must be posted inside and outside of a facility to remind personnel and customers to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, the requirement of a facemask, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

-Employees must wash hands for 20 seconds before and after providing services to each customer.

Phase 3 Restaurant Reopening Regulations

-Outdoor capacity is still limited to the number of tables that can be safely arranged at least six feet from one another.

-Indoor capacity is limited to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy for customers.

-Restrooms must respect social distancing guidelines.

-The six-foot spacing in any lines for customers waiting to order, pick-up, or payment location must be clearly delineated.

-Sharing of kitchen equipment between staff (knives, pots, rags, and towels), should be minimized.

-Diners should order from single-use paper disposable menus and/or display menus on chalkboards or screens.

-If pick-up and delivery is indoors, windows and doors are to be open to allow for ventilation.

-All condiments provided directly to customers must be single-use disposable containers or reusable containers that are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

-Silverware must be pre-packaged or pre-rolled.

-Workers must be provided with acceptable face covering at no cost to the employee and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of need for replacement.

-All staff must wear face coverings at all times and practice handwashing hygiene rules.

-If employees wear gloves during non-food preparation activities, they are to replace gloves frequently, especially when switching tasks.

-Employees must receive training on how to wear, clean, and discard PPE.

-Staff is required to wear gloves when in contact with shared objects and frequently touched surfaces or demonstrate strict handwashing hygiene before and after contact.

-Employees bussing tables must wash their hands with soap and water and if they wear gloves, replace the gloves after cleaning each table.

Phase 3 Reopening of Sports and Recreational Facilities

Starting July 6, most outdoor sports with individual or distanced group training or activities as well as organized low or no-contact group training such as sports camps and clinics may be operational. 

Activities that fall under the permissible include cross country running, golf and tennis, individual swimming, and boating. Football, basketball, contact lacrosse, volleyball, and wrestling do not meet Phase 3 standards.

For lower and moderate risk sports, competitive team practices and some games or scrimmages in organized leagues or pick-up games are being allowed.

Competitive tournaments of multiple games or matches, especially ones that require travel, are still on hold for now.

All sports facilities are still prohibited from allowing indoor activities at this time.

   

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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