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Bronxville Police Blotter: July 4 to July 10, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Bronxville Police Department

Jul. 17, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter

July 4, 2019, 1:09 pm: Police officers completed a domestic incident report for a verbal dispute between family members. No crime was committed.

July 5, 2019, 9:57 am, White Plains Road: A 19-year-old Bronx female was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after the summer camp van she was operating, carrying 17 children between the ages of four and six years, struck a pole. The van carrying 19 total passengers was equipped with only 15 safety belts and no child passenger safety seats or booster seats, which are required in New York State for children until the age of eight. Eight of the children were given medical attention from the Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps for various physical complaints of pain. The driver was also cited for operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating out of class for not having a passenger endorsement. The 19-year-old female was processed and released on her own recognizance pending her next court appearance.

July 7, 2019, 10:56 am Pondfield Road: A 43-year-old woman of the Bronx was charged with misdemeanor suspended registration after she was stopped for disobeying a traffic control device and a subsequent inquiry revealed that the registration to the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe she was operating was suspended due to an insurance lapse. The woman was also cited for operating without insurance and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. The aforementioned vehicle was impounded and the woman was processed on scene and released pending her next court appearance.

July 9, 2019, 12:45 pm, Pondfield Road, CVS: A 33-year-old man of Yonkers was charged with petit larceny after he stole $391.54 worth of merchandise--phone chargers, sunglasses, and earrings--and fled the store. Police located the man with the stolen items trying to flee on the southbound Metro-North platform. A search incident to lawful arrest also led to the man being charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. The man was arraigned by Judge George Mayer and remanded to Westchester County Jail pending his next court appearance.

July 10, 2019, 6:55 pm Midland Gardens: Officers assisted an 88-year-old female with general weakness. The Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded and transported the woman to NYP Lawrence Hospital for evaluation.


 
Bronxville Police Blotter: June 24 to July 3, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Bronxville Police Department

Jul. 10, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.

June 24, 2019, 11:44 pm, Pondfield Road, CVS Store: Officers responded to CVS after the manager reported that a male had stolen a large quantity of gum and had run from the store. Officers canvassed the surrounding area and were unable to locate the male. The incident is being investigated.

June 25, 2019, 6:51 pm, Chestnut Avenue: An anonymous caller reported a group of youth congregating in the area. The group dispersed before police arrived. Officers discovered two cases of beer hidden in the bushes.

June 25,2019,10:53 pm, Stoneleigh Plaza: An asset recovery company notified Bronxville Police that they would be repossessing a vehicle from the parking lot.

July 1, 2019, 1:42 am, Parkway Road: A 31-year-old man of Yonkers was charged with DWI after the 2005 Mazda he was operating crossed the double yellow line. The man failed a series of field sobriety tests and later registered a .15% blood alcohol content at Bronxville Police headquarters. Said vehicle was impounded. The man was released on his own recognizance pending his next court appearance.

July 3, 2019, 12:17 pm Grove Lane: A wire was reported hanging across the roadway. The responding officer examined the wire and deemed it to be a cable wire. The homeowner contacted Optimum.


 
Happy July 4th Weekend; Fireworks Nearby PDF Print Email

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By Staff     

Jul. 3, 2019:  MyhometownBronxville would like to wish you a Happy Fourth of July weekend. Here are a few places nearby to see fireworks.

Fireworks on Thursday, July 4th

New Rochelle

The July 4th Spark the Sound Fireworks Extravaganza will be a fireworks display at the New Rochelle waterfront. The fireworks are produced and sponsored by the Grucci family and will start at 9:30 pm, rain or shine. According to newrochelleny.com, the best viewing locations are Hudson Park, Five Islands Park, and waterfront restaurants. 

New York City. The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks is the largest Independence Day fireworks display in the country. The event this year will take place at the Brooklyn Bridge and will honor American cinema. Spectators can watch from the Lower East Side near the river as well as on television. Macy’s Fireworks will take place around 9:20 pm and will include “more than 70,000 shells and effects from the bridge and from four barges positioned along the shores of Pier 17 at the Seaport District.” Click here for more information.

Fireworks after July 4th

Tuckahoe: Tuckahoe will have summertime fireworks on Saturday, July 13 (rain date July 14), at Parkway Oval Field, Bronx Street. The event starts at 7:00 pm and the fireworks, put on by Grucci Fireworks, will start at 9:30 pm. Click here for more information.


Origins and Meaning of July 4th 

Mayor Mary Marvin has written a column this week on the origins and meaning of July 4th. Click here to read Marvin's column.

Photo by A. Warner

 
From the Mayor: The Origins and Meaning of the Fourth of July PDF Print Email

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By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Jul. 3, 2019:  As I walked by our decorative store windows festooned with red, white, and blue, it brought a smile of gratitude for our country and a desire to do more research on the origins and meaning of the Fourth of July. So I went home and did my homework.

Often overlooked, all of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were truly brave Americans. They gave of themselves beyond measure, fully aware that when they penned their signatures in Philadelphia, it was an act of treason punishable by death. To a man, they were well educated, propertied, and of considerable means and standing who had so much to lose, but as they said, “They valued liberty more.”

The now-famous John Hancock, wealthy merchant, governor of Massachusetts and president of the Second Continental Congress, signed first and so boldly so “the British Ministry first can read my name without spectacles.” As he put the pen down, he said, “May they double their reward.”

Their signing statement written in unanimous accord read, “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

The document was a declaration of freedom that then required a long and arduous war to be fought before our nation declared was a nation in fact.

Of the 56 patriots who signed their names, nine died of wounds during the War of Independence; five were imprisoned for decades; and several had wives, sons, and even entire families killed. One signer lived to see all 13 of his children murdered. Every signer was the target of manhunts with huge bounties on their heads. They lived on the run, leaving prosperous farms, thriving shipping businesses, and law practices. Twelve signers had their homes and property burnt to ruins and 17 lost everything they owned, dying destitute. Yet no one went back on his pledged word.

I delved a little deeper into the writing of this incredibly brave document and found so much more of interest:

  • Of the 56 signers, eight were born in Britain.
  • At age 26, Edward Rutledge of Charleston, SC, was the youngest signer. He continued a lifetime of government service culminating in the governorship of South Carolina. He died at age 50.
  • The oldest was Ben Franklin at age 70.
  • Jefferson is credited as the author of the Declaration of Independence. Actually, he was part of a five-person committee appointed by the Continental Congress to write it. They included Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.
  • After Jefferson wrote an initial draft, the other members of the Declaration Committee made 86 changes, including shortening the overall length by more than a fourth.
  • Jefferson was quite unhappy about some of the edits. He had included language condemning the British promotion of the slave trade (even though he was a slave owner), but this language was removed over his vehement objection.
  • Though a member of the writing committee, Robert Livingston refused to sign the document, as he believed it was too soon to declare independence.
  • One of the most widely held misconceptions is that it was signed on July 4, 1776. In fact, independence was formally declared on July 2, 1776, a date that John Adams believed would be "the most important epoch in the history of America." On July 4, 1776, Congress approved the final text of the Declaration. It wasn't signed until August 2, 1776.
  • When George Washington read the document aloud in front of New York City Hall, a raucous crowd cheered and then subsequently tore down a nearby statue of George III. The statue was then melted down and shaped into 42,000 musket balls for the fledging American army. 
  • There are five references to God in the Declaration of Independence.
  • We were often taught that the primary reason the American colonists revolted from British rule was related to taxes, but "taxation without representation" is the 17th among 27 reasons given for seceding.
  • The Declaration of Independence spent World War II in Fort Knox. Two weeks after Pearl Harbor, both 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.

Only one President, Calvin Coolidge, was born on the Fourth of July.

With incredible poetic justice, on the 50th anniversary of their signing, Jefferson and John Adams died on the Fourth of July within hours of each other and five years to the day, James Monroe also passed away on the Fourth. 

Despite all the connected tragedies, John Adams felt the Fourth must be a festive occasion of remembering when writing to Abigail that “the Fourth of July ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”

As we are about to enjoy the holiday with family and friends, I believe General Patton said it best about holidays such as the Fourth of July. “We should not mourn the men who died while serving, rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

Pictured here:  Mayor Mary Marvin.

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 therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
The Bronxville Historical Conservancy is Recipient of Prestigious Award PDF Print Email

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By Erin Saluti, Board Member, The Bronxville Historial Conservancy

Jul. 3, 2019:  On June 8, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was awarded the prestigious Sy Schulman Award at the annual meeting and luncheon of the Westchester County Historical Society (WCHS), which was held at the Edith Macy Center in Briarcliff. The award committee selected the “current and prior co-chairs and the board of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy” (BHC) for this honor. The Sy Schulman Award is given to persons and organizations that have a strong commitment to historical research, historic preservation, and/or the teaching of local history and have elevated the public’s appreciation of the rich history of Westchester CountyAwardees are nominated for consideration by members of the public.

Patricia Dohrenwend, former director of Westchester County’s Archives and Records Center and a Bronxville resident, nominated the Conservancy for the award. Among the many reasons listed for her nomination, Dohrenwend noted the “Conservancy’s incredible contribution over two decades in promoting our local village’s rich history to an audience that is now multi-generational. The BHC volunteers’ selfless service and tireless efforts have established models of public educational programming in local history for other communities in Westchester and elsewhere to replicate.” 

Lifetime BHC co-chairs Marilynn Hill and Bob Riggs; current co-chairs Judy Foley and Bill Zambelli; and past co-chairs Jack Bierwirth, Bill Dowling, Erin Saluti, and Jayne Warman were all present to receive the award. BHC co-chair Judy Foley remarked, “The Bronxville Historical Conservancy is incredibly honored to be the recipient of this distinguished award and to join the highly esteemed group of past honorees. We hope to continue our work, fostering the appreciation of the history and current life of the Village of Bronxville.” Mayor Mary Marvin, who also attended the award presentation in support of the BHC, noted, “The Conservancy’s record of scholarship, commitment, historical respect, and professionalism is truly second to none and a template to follow countrywide.” The mayor continued, “They have enriched the fabric of our village to the core and continue to educate and train all generations to be enlightened and informed stewards of their community.”


Zambelli and Foley receive Sy Schulman Award from the WCHS.

Foley, along with Zambelli, giving remarks upon accepting the award.

The featured speaker for the luncheon was Dr. Brent Glass, director emeritus of the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution, who spoke about his book, 50 Great American Places, and his recent participation in the creation of the Sing Sing Prison Museum in Ossining.

The award is given in memory of former WCHS trustee Sy Schulman, who was the county’s chief planner and planning commissioner during the 1960s, and had a “significant role in shaping the county we know today. Throughout his life in Westchester, he championed the cause of preserving and promoting the history of the county,” according the WCHS.

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to record and preserve Bronxville’s history and current life. The BHC furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures, and special events that foster an awareness of the village’s architectural, artistic, and cultural heritage and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies.

Pictured at topThe Bronxville Historical Conservancy current and past co-chairs (L to R):  Marilynn Hill, Bill Zambelli, Judy Foley, Bill Dowling, Jack Bierwirth, Erin Saluti, Jayne Warman, and Bob Riggs.

Photos courtesy The Bronxville Historical 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 therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
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