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From the Office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel: The Time to Act on Climate Change Is Now PDF Print Email


By Office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel

Editor's note: Representative Eliot L. Engel represents the 16th Congressional District, which comprises the northern Bronx and the southern half of Westchester County, including Bronxville.

Sep. 25, 2019:  Last week, the Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment invited student climate activists from across the globe to testify at a hearing on the global climate crisis. As chair of the committee, I thought it was important to hear from the younger generation about climate change, which will disproportionately affect them and generations to come. The witnesses included, among others, Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old founder of the climate advocacy group Fridays For Future, and Vic Barrett, a Westchester native and plaintiff in the case Juliana v. United States in which students are suing the U.S. government for harming their right to life and liberty by allowing and encouraging activities that contribute to climate change. 

Greta, Vic, and the younger generation know what too many in Congress don’t--the time to act on climate change was yesterday. Urgent action is needed, now. That’s what this climate movement is all about. I applaud the young students across the country who are speaking up for their future, and ours too. The effects of climate change are not somewhere off in the distance. They are here, now, and we are already paying for our inaction. Storms are more powerful. Droughts are more pronounced. Sea levels are rising. Climate change is here, and without immediate action to cut carbon emissions, like a Green New Deal, we will doom Greta, Vic, and every other student to a far less hospitable world.

Time is ticking. Congress needs to work toward completely overhauling our energy sector, turning to 100% renewable sources of energy, and ending our addiction to fossil fuels. And Congress needs to do it right now.

Pictured here: Congressman Eliot L. Engel.

Photo courtesy Office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel

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 Popular 'Ghosts of Bronxville' Event is Coming Up PDF Print Email


By Erin Saluti, Member, Board of Directors, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy

Sep. 25, 2019:  On Friday, October 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, the Bronxville Historical Conservancy (“BHC”) will host its much-anticipated Ghosts of Bronxville event for its fourth year. The event was created by the BHC Young Families Committee in 2013 as a unique way to educate the children of the village about the incredible history that surrounds them every day
During this year’s event, participants will embark on a mysteriously realistic journey back in time. Along the way, they will encounter five important “ghosts” from Bronxville’s history, many of them in their original dwellings. 
Five historic homes on The Hilltop, within easy walking distance, have been secured for the appearance of the spellbinding figures. Participants will move along the winding yellow-brick roads, guided by the light of a (battery-powered) candle and a hand-drawn map by artist William Q. Dowling.   
At each home, an actor dressed in period attire will spin a spooky tale of his or her life in Bronxville around the turn of the 19th century. Authentic antique props and moody backdrops painted by artist Marc Pollack will combine to create the eerie ambiance for which Ghosts of Bronxville has become known. Traditional harvest and Halloween games will be offered along the route to keep the children entertained between the ghostly encounters.
Five accomplished graduate students from the Sarah Lawrence theatre department will again be performing as the "ghosts" appearing at each home. In addition, a group of talented Bronxville High School drama students will portray historically accurate “apparitions” encountered along the route.
This year’s Ghosts of Bronxville will be led by co-chairs Tina Adams, Betsy Putnam, and Lyndal Vermette. The committee members are Hilary Blumenreich, Laura Busker, Hilary Clarke, Suzanne Pratt Davis, Susie Frigon, Cece Heraty, Emily Liggitt, Michelle McBride, Jennifer Russo, Erin Saluti, Linda Samios, and Laura Van Tienhoven.
The event is open to Bronxville Historical Conservancy members and is for children in grades 1 to 6. Children must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone. There will be a total of 225 tickets for sale and in previous years the tickets have sold out within days.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, September 30, on the Bronxville Historical Conservancy

The committee encourages you to act quickly to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Tina Adams at  CLOAKING .

Photo 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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

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


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


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.

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.


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


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,

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.

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