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Bronxville Police Blotter: September 7 to September 17, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Bronxville Police Department

Sep. 25, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.

September 7, 2019, 8:17 pm, Chestnut Avenue: An anonymous caller reported a group of youths gathering. Officers responded and the group had moved on.

September 7, 2019, 8:20 pm, Meadow Avenue: An anonymous caller reported a large group of youths on the school playground after hours. Officers responded and dispersed the group.

September 7, 2019, 9:15 pm, Kraft Avenue, Bronxville Diner: An employee reported that two youths had gotten into a physical altercation inside the restaurant. After an on-scene investigation, both juveniles were released to their parents. Neither needed medical attention.

September 7, 2019, 9:23 pm, Avalon Parking Lot: An anonymous caller reported that a large group of youths was gathering in the Avalon lot and causing a disturbance. Officers dispersed the group from the area.

September 9, 2019, 12:16 pm, Pondfield Road, Citibank: A customer became unruly with bank employees during a transaction. The incident was quelled prior to the officers’ arrival. No crime was committed.

September 11, 2019, 9:42 am Pondfield Road: A pedestrian gave a found cell phone to an officer working a traffic detail in the intersection. The owner was contacted and the cell phone was returned.

September 13, 2019, 6:33 pm, Palmer Avenue: A homeowner reported that her NYS registration certificate was lost in the mail. A report was filed for replacement.

September 14, 2019, 8:26 pm, Village Lane: A female caller reported a loud party disturbing the neighborhood. Officers interviewed the homeowner, who agreed to turn the music off for the night.

September 16, 2019, 1:43 pm, Cedar Street, ACME Supermarket: An employee reported $80 missing from the employee's belongings. The incident is being investigated.

September 17, 2019, 5:19 pm, Oriole Avenue: A family member reported that two unknown males were standing on the front porch to the residence of another family member. Said residence was under construction and several contractors were interviewed on scene. All appeared to be in order and no crime was reported later.

 
From the Mayor: Getting to Know Bishop Derek Owens PDF Print Email

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By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Sep. 18, 2019: My job, in my mind the greatest gift, affords me distinct opportunities to meet people in the village whose paths I would never otherwise cross.  One such individual is the pastor of the Golden Sword International Fellowship Church on Tanglewylde Avenue, Bishop Derek Owens.

Bishop Owens was born and raised in Mount Vernon and the recipient of many college scholarship offers thanks to his basketball prowess. When you see him in town at 6’ 3”, still lean and athletic, he appears to be able to step on the court yet again! He credits whatever success he may have to his family, neighbors, teachers, and police officers who sought to care for Mount Vernon youth as a community effort. In a wonderful anecdote, he recalls being all set for a summer of 5 Star basketball camp, only to be told by the cadre of caring folks around him that a summer of remedial chemistry would better suit him in the long run. To this day, he is grateful for the intercession. He recalls with great fondness the Friday night rec program at the high school, which provided a healthy and nurturing atmosphere that exuded care and concern. The high school so honored him this year by choosing him as the commencement speaker.

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Chief Satriale and Bishop Derek Owens, Head of Golden Sword Church; photo by M. Marvin

Upon completion of his senior year at American International University, the bishop was offered an opportunity to play professional basketball in Ireland and a computer programmer job at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. But this was also the year of his great religious revelation during which he instead returned home for an entire year to study, pray, fast, and accept the Lord.

Bishop Derek subsequently married his wife, Sheila, now his partner of 32 years, and went on to have three sons and a daughter, now 25 to 34, as well as being a proud papa of one grandson.

It was actually 15 years ago this weekend that he founded his nondenominational church out of his home in Mount Vernon while working days for Worldwide Technologies as a computer network architect. The bishop talks fondly of his early congregants arriving at his home around 10:00 am often to stay past midnight if homework assignments were complicated or the football day ran long! It was a day of prayer, fellowship, fun, and community — just what he valued in his upbringing in Mount Vernon.

His congregation quickly grew so fast that venues were found at the Courtyard Marriott in New Rochelle followed by Pace University and then the Nepperhan Community Center in Yonkers. The final destination of Bronxville proved totally serendipitous as a congregant just happened to read the real estate page in the local paper. The attraction for Bronxville was its central location, as members come from all of New York City’s boroughs, New Jersey, Dutchess County, and even from the Albany area, making Bronxville a convenient hub both by car and rail.

Again, because of membership increase, new International Fellowships have been established in Albany and Memphis. On Sunday mornings, a typical church service lasts one to two hours, starting with praise and worship, followed by music, prayer for specific intentions, and a sermon. Approximately 150 congregants attend weekly. Though the church does not actively solicit new members, should you be interested in joining, there is a six-week orientation outlining both the benefits of church association and the expectations of members. Responsibilities are delineated quite clearly, as joining is considered a mutual commitment by church and member. Wednesday nights on Tanglewylde Avenue from 7:00 to 9:00 is home to a Bible study class and a prayer session. Saturday is practice for the church musicians, open to anyone interested in hearing the beautiful sounds emanating from the building.

Bishop Owens extends a welcome to residents of Bronxville to stop by during a service and experience their form of worship. He emphasized that a visit of any duration is so appreciated. When I asked him what surprised him most by his new Bronxville home, he responded by saying how incredibly nice the people have been and so welcoming to him and his congregation. His only contact with Bronxville prior to being pastor was playing basketball at our high school gym. He considers his church now housed in a “gem” of a community. 

In a series of firsts, he is now the Bronxville Police Department's first chaplain and will also be joining the NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital team in a ministry role.

Going forward, his congregation’s community goal is to organize an event to thank all those in Bronxville who serve to keep the village running as an efficient, welcoming, and warm community.

Pictured here:  Mary Marvin.

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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The Bronxville Historical Conservancy is Seeking Nominations for 2019 Preservation Award PDF Print Email

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By Ellen C. de Saint Phalle, Member, Board of Directors, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy

Sep. 18, 2019:  The Bronxville Historical Conservancy (BHC) is seeking nominations for the 2019 Preservation Award. Established in 2015, this award recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have strengthened the fabric of the Bronxville community through exceptional commitment to preserving an understanding of its rich past and unique character. 

Projects eligible for this award must be complete at the time of submission and fall within seven specific categories: Architectural Restoration, Conservation of Architectural Elements, Renovations and Additions, Garden and Landscape Design, Craftsmanship and Fine Arts, Preservation of the Historical Record, and Stewardship and Advocacy. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2019.

Previous BHC preservation awards have been presented to People’s United Bank for the restoration of the 1920s Gramatan National Bank Clock; Houlihan Lawrence for the exterior renovation of 4 Valley Road, the Prescott Farm Gate Lodge; the Bronxville Public Library Art Collection; and The Bronxville Public School for its interior renovation of the auditorium.

Nominations for projects must include the name and location of the project and contact information for all project owners, architects, contractors, and crafts persons. Submissions should also include a one-to-two page narrative explaining the history of the project, the category for which the project is being nominated, its historical significance, and how it reflects the unique character of Bronxville.  Supporting documents and digital images are strongly encouraged. All should be clearly labeled and mailed to The Bronxville Historical Conservancy, P.O. Box 989, Bronxville, NY 10708, Attention: Chair, Preservation Award Committee. 

Detailed entry information and instructions are available on the conservancy’s website, www.bronxvillehistoricalconservancy.org.

The winning project or projects will be announced at The Bronxville Historical Conservancy’s annual meeting and holiday party in December.  

Photo courtesy The Bronxville Historial Conservancy

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.

 
Bronxville Police Blotter August 26 to September 7, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Bronxville Police Department

Sep. 18, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.

August 26, 2019, 9:12 am, Midland Avenue:  Leaf blower complaint, landscapers working but no blower was in use.

August 27, 2019, 5:35 pm, Pondfield Road:  Officers responded to a motor vehicle accident involving two cars.  No injuries were reported. The driver of one of the vehicles left the scene on foot and later returned after his passenger was interviewed. The driver, a 32-year-old man of the Bronx was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. The 2016 BMW Ford he was operating was impounded. He was processed at Police Headquarters and released pending his next court appearance.

August 30, 2019, 11:31 pm, Pondfield Road:  A 22-year-old man of the Bronx was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree and misdemeanor Suspended Registration after an onboard license plate reader indicated to the Officer that the registration to the 2014 Mercedes Benz C63 he was operating was suspended for parking violations. Further inquiry showed that the man’s license was suspended for failure to pay fines. The man was processed at Police Headquarters and released pending his next court appearance.

September 1, 2019, 11:32 pm, Avon Road:  An anonymous caller reported a loud party. Officers were unable to substantiate the claim.

September 2, 2019, Midland Gardens, 8:21 pm:  A resident reported that he observed a male looking into the windows of parked vehicles. Officers canvassed the area and check all other cars. No crime appeared to be committed and no reports were filed later as a result.

September 4, 2019, Willow Road, 8:26 pm:  An anonymous caller reported vehicles driving erratically, Officers canvassed the area and the vehicles were gone upon arrival.

September 6, 2019, Sagamore Road, 10:15 am:  A resident reported that her Verizon account was hacked and that it was closed by an unknown person using her personal information. The situation was resolved by Verizon.

September 6, 2019, New Rochelle Road, 5:31 pm:  A cell phone was reported stolen in the Bronxville School. It was later returned by a teacher who found it and was holding it for safe keeping.

September 7, 2019, Pondfield Road, CVS Store, 11:40 am:  A 76-year-old Greenwich man was observed stealing miscellaneous cosmetic products by the store manager. Police arrived and stopped the man outside of the store.  The male paid for the items as well as items he had stolen from the store a week before, as he was identified from surveillance cameras.  No further Police assistance was requested.


 
From the Mayor: Paving, Refurbished Intersections and Parks, New Trees, and More PDF Print Email

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By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Sep. 11, 2019:  Just as in summers past, the summer of 2019 proved to be a very busy one on the village front. Most important, and perhaps most disruptive for residents, was the repaving of over $400,000 worth of roadways throughout the village. The only street left on the to-do list is North Road, as Con Ed decided to install a new gas line, so we are waiting for its completion to pave. Many of the crosswalks throughout the village were scored and repainted for better visibility, and thanks to the Boulder Ledge Garden Club, trees are being planted in the Kraft Avenue area and the west side/Palmer Road neighborhood.

What we have remaining in the village budget for trees will be spent in the residential areas at locations where trees were lost due to recent storms. Our refurbished and now village-owned Parkway Road parking lot is up and running with several dozen spaces added, shrinking our resident waiting list. Knowing that early sundown is fast approaching, we have ordered over a dozen teardrop light fixtures totaling $96,000 to be placed mainly in the area of the west side and train station environs. We anticipate a November 1 delivery date.

Two of our village intersections are in the process of being refurbished and upgraded as well. At the intersection of Meadow and Kraft Avenues, in the vicinity of Saint Joseph School, a new state-of-the-art rectangular rapid-flashing beacon for pedestrian crossing will be installed in the coming weeks. We are also in the process of reconfiguring the intersection at Midland Avenue, Masterton Road, and Crows Nest. Pedestrian and traffic improvements were implemented today on that intersection. The design was recommended by our consulting engineer and includes the relocation of the crosswalk on Masterton Road along with additional striping to reduce vehicle speed and better define the intersections.  Additional improvements, including the installation of signage at the crosswalk that becomes lighted when activated by a pedestrian, will also be added. Permanent curbing and sidewalks will be installed next spring following a review of these improvements and your feedback on the intersections. We welcome your input as we try to improve these two pressure points in the village. As a corollary, we still struggle with too much manpower spent weeding the train station embankments and again welcome some assistance as to what we might plant that is attractive yet relatively maintenance free.

Projects to be initiated in the fall include instituting a materials recycling program, a refurbishment of Bacon Woods Park, and landscaping of the Kennedy Monument. We will also be installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Pondfield Road and Gramatan Avenue. As point of information, replacing the signal taken down by a truck will cost the village a staggering $280,000, though we are confident that insurance will cover costs.

We had hoped to focus on the tennis courts as well; however, we received only one bid after putting out a request for proposal, which we deemed much too high, so we will re-bid over the winter when tennis companies begin to plan their schedules. In additional infrastructure upgrades, we have relined sewers along Meadow and Tanglewylde Avenues and continue to work with residents at Park Place Terrace to continue the project behind their homes.

On the financial front, the village is in an extremely advantageous position. Sales tax revenue exceeded budget by $122,000, which is a direct result of residents shopping local. This number does not even include the additional 1% sales tax increase passed by the legislature this past legislative session. To put in perspective, thanks to your shopping local, the village received $1,022,360 as our portion of Westchester County sales tax. This is equivalent to a 12 percent tax increase should you not have kept purchases local. The only significant revenue shortfall was mortgage tax revenue. Overall, revenue succeeded budget by $903,000, led primarily by strong building permit fees and parking space rentals. On the flipside, expenses came in under budget by $670,000, or 4% of appropriations. The lower-than-anticipated health insurance premiums account for almost 40% of this number.

As a board, we continue to focus on age-related infrastructure repairs knowing that being proactive is prudent vis-à-vis dealing with emergency repairs. We will also be doing repairs to the underpass on railings, abutments, etc., that have been deemed village property.  As we are all back in town, do not hesitate to reach out to us with concerns, street issues, and improvement ideas that we may have missed over the summer.

Photo by N. Bower


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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