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A perspective of Bronxille looking through a Kousa Dogwood tree.  Photo by N. Bower

June 10, 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

 Photo by N. Bower

 
From The Mayor: Vigils, Boarded-up Stores, New Local Initiative PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Jun. 10. 2020: This past week was like a time no other in all my years as Mayor. Things happened on multiple fronts at breakneck speed. The following is a factual synopsis of just some of the events.

Clearly of most importance was community reaction to the death of Mr. Floyd. Our young people in the Village conducted vigils for most of the week. Unfortunately, based on my conversations with my fellow mayors, they were the only vigils in the county that did not inquire about or follow the permit process, speak with anyone in the Village government or grant us the mandatory seven day notice.

Many of you asked why I didn't speak at any of the vigils. Simply put, I was never asked; rather, candidates from Mount Vernon and Tuckahoe were contacted. No one in Village government was accorded the same invitation.

Contrary to convention, the Village found out about one vigil within 24 hours of its occurrence and learned of its cancellation via a local organization's website. Sadly, on one of the nights of the vigils, I was privy to confidential law enforcement sensitive information that confirmed social media posts that the Village was a prime target for unruly groups, vandalism, and theft.

As a result of the needed increase in police presence, on Tuesday night, two cars, whose occupants were intent on committing crimes, were identified in the business district at 1 am and fled police when confronted. They were later identified via license plates as involved in burglaries in several other Westchester communities.

The Governor thought there was enough merit to these occurrences threatening safety and property to send the New York State police to patrol Bronxville and other towns and villages in Westchester County.

Completely related, I received a myriad of emails on the issue of the boarding up of village establishments. There is nothing in the village code to prevent this as the authority lies with the landlord and tenant and not Village government.

As to the Citibank closure, this was a corporate decision by Citibank itself as ATM machines have been prime targets of looting, so we surmise this was a large factor in their corporate decision.

As to private businesses, I know decisions were based on the same information that caused the Governor to send us State Police Patrol.

Many of you emailed me that you found it unattractive and disconcerting to see the plywood, and I don't disagree. However, from the perspective of a merchant who perhaps put his life savings into a business only to see COVID-19 do devastating economic damage, it is totally understandable why they made the decision that they could not take another economic loss to their property.

Wishing for better communication, the police chief and I met Friday afternoon with three of the young people who organized the event. We had the most productive and collaborative conversation. I applaud these young people for their passion and dedication, and we vowed to work together going forward should they desire to arrange any more vigils.

They grasped that, unfortunately, not everyone who appears near a peaceful vigil is there to be peaceful and positive. In addition, since numbers cannot be controlled, there are also safety concerns. In essence, there can be unintended consequences that require planning.

I fault these young people not one bit, rather applaud them. I do believe they received less than optimal adult guidance. The conversation we started on Friday was productive and necessary, and I look forward to continuing the dialogue. We at Village Hall are here to listen and learn.

In other news, I am excited to announce that Village Hall has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and an ever-growing network of engaged residents to take immediate action to help our Bronxville business to thrive in the "new normal."

This past Wednesday, we launched Bronxville For Bronxville, a wide-ranging set of initiatives that will be ongoing for months and years ahead.

Phase I, the goal of which is to bring immediate help to businesses, is underway in the form of up to 20 loans of $5,000 each at an interest rate of 0.18%.

Phase 2 of the Merchant Loan Program will be launched by the beginning of July and will include larger, multiyear loans at an interest rate of less than 3%.

Following this will be "Grassroots," a way the entire community can help (at any financial level via a donate button) our merchants create viable and attractive outdoor dining and selling space and provide amenities to the overall attractiveness of our two business centers. Visit the Village and Chamber of Commerce websites to learn the programs' specifics as they are launched.

Dr. Fauci said that this past Friday, he has "no doubt" that Americans who aren't wearing face makes, especially in large crowds, are increasing the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Finally, our Giving Garden is up and running. We hope to exceed the 350 pounds of fresh vegetables we grew and then donated to the Mt. Vernon Soup Kitchen and Tuckahoe's Community Action Program.

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.






 
New Poll This Week PDF Print Email

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By Staff

June 10, 2020:  We are running a new poll this week on our home page.

Apple & Google are creating an app for public health officials to confidentially track COVID-19 cases. Do you think this is:

-An invasion of privacy

-Worth giving up some privacy to contain COVID-19

-I don't know enough about it

-Unsure

-None of the above

To take the new poll, click here to go to our home page.  It is on the right hand side.  Scroll down below the advertisements.


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Photo of the Week & Events: Food Drive, Tennis, Farmers' Market and More PDF Print Email

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NASA's SpaceX astronauts Robert Behnken (second from right) and Douglas Hurley (far right) with the crew of International Space Station on May 30, 2020.  Photo of televised event by A. Warner

June 3, 2020: Below is information about upcoming and ongoing events. If you would like to be included, please send event information to CLOAKING .

Events in June

June 7, 2020: The front doors of Christ Church will be open from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM to receive the community's generous gifts of the following items. Please drive by and drop off at 17 Sagamore Road, Bronxville NY 10708

-16 oz cans of fruit, corn, pigeon peas, mixed vegetables, carrots, black beans

-6-8 oz cans of tuna fish or Vienna sausages

-1 lb packages of rice or pasta

-10-12 oz boxes of healthy cereal such as Cheerios, Special K, and Oatmeal

-Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese*

-Shelf stable boxes of milk*

-Paper and reusable bags are much needed to help with distribution*

*most urgently needed

June 9, 2020: School Budget Vote and Board Election. Voting is by absentee ballot only.  Click here to read more about the candidates.

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

 Photo by N. Bower

 
From The Mayor: Phase 1 Reopening Underway in the Village PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Jun. 3, 2020: It is nice to see Pondfield Road and Palmer Avenue come back to a semblance of their former bustling selves as we are now in Phase 1 of the Governor’s reopening plan for the Hudson Valley Region.

Phase 1 includes delivery curbside and in-store pick-up service for the following businesses: clothing stores, electronics and appliance stores, furniture and home furnishings stores, florists, general merchandise stores, health, and personal care stores, jewelry, leather goods and luggage stores, lawn and garden equipment and supply stores, office supplies, stationery and gift stores, used merchandise, shoe stores, sporting goods and hobby stores, musical instrument stores and bookstores.

The rules governing the reopening of the above stores include ensuring that the six-foot distance between workforce personnel is adhered to with a minimal amount of employees necessary to conduct curbside and in-store pick-up activities.

At no time can the store have more than 50% of maximum occupancy. Store owners must carry out regular cleaning and disinfecting procedures and maintain a continuous log of those working at the establishment.

There can be no shared food and beverages at any time. Employees should be wearing facemasks if they cannot adhere to a 6-foot distancing, and shopkeepers can require customers entering their stores to wear a face mask.

Social distancing markers such as tape or signs that denote six feet of spacing must be placed in commonly used areas such as near the cash registers. Ideally, store owners should encourage customers to use touchless payment options or pay ahead and bring no one extra to the store beside themselves while transacting business.

Suggested best practices include staggering merchandise retrieval and pick up areas to maximize social distancing. preferably with the customer staying in their car. Hand hygiene products must be available at all times for customers and employees.

Unfortunately, cutting, coloring, and styling hair are projected to be in Phase 2, not Phase 1 and eyebrow waxing, beard trimming, nail services, make up applications, and facials do not even make it in Phase 2; rather, they are relegated to Phase 3.

In-store retail shopping and real estate transactions are also part of Phase 2. Much like the rules for retail stores, the state will also limit salons and barbershops upon reopening to 50% of their usual maximum capacity.

As a footnote, I have no understanding why, for example, eyebrows cannot be waxed until Phase 3, but dental offices are now open for deep cleanings, which we all know are fraught with a great deal of bacteria transfer. But we must follow the rules, even when logic escapes.

Of great relief and importance to many is the opening up of non-essential construction business. If you have a project that you would like to start in the Village, feel free to call our building department, and we will work with you to get things underway. Again projects at your home will have to abide by the physical distancing between personnel unless safety or a core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance, and then facemasks will be required.

As a reminder, new playground equipment or above ground pools also require Village permits as they are subject to setback requirements both from the right of way and neighboring properties.

In a related industry response, Open Table did a survey and believes that 25% of all the restaurants using their site may never reopen, being the victims of razor-thin margins even during the best of times.

The National Restaurant Association reported that its members lost $30 billion in March and $50 billion in April, representing staggering losses for an industry that employed about 12 million people before the Covid19 outbreak.

Now the challenge is to provide a happy medium between safety precautions and yet creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The following scenario may very well be typical of your next sit down restaurant dining experience. You will make a reservation in advance and maybe even pre-order your meal. You will be seated at a table with hand sanitizer and distance from your fellow diners. Your waiter will come to your table as infrequently as possible to be helpful, and he or she will most likely be wearing a mask. We will be ordering off of single-use menus, and we will be afforded hand sanitizing opportunities and individually packed condiments. The opportunities for outdoor dining will prove to be crucial.

To that end, we are working with every one of our merchants who reach out to us for assistance, and we will be offering outdoor Village spaces, be it road closures or parking spaces, to help maximize the area in which to achieve a profitable number of customers.

We are partners with everyone in the Village to ensure success to those who have been generous to us as residents for decades.

 

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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