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Bronxville Rotary Club Supports Furloughed Village Employees, Village Frontliners and More PDF Print Email

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By Richard Pink, President Rotary Club of Bronxville

Jun. 3, 2020: Pursuant to its motto “Service above Self,” the Rotary Club of Bronxville (RCB) continues its efforts to assist individuals, businesses, and front liners during the COVID19 crisis. 

We are immensely grateful for the generosity of the Rotary Club Foundation, our Rotary Club members, and so many generous members of this community in helping to build up this Emergency Fund. 

Because of this generosity, and on behalf of all the donors, the Bronxville Rotary Emergency Fund Task Force has been able to make a meaningful difference.

-We reached out to local business owners and are currently supporting 14 furloughed village employees in need with biweekly stipends of $320 each to keep food on the table until government support arrives, or until reemployment. We expect this need to continue as we learn of additional needs because many of those we support do not qualify for government assistance. 

-Coordinating with Mayor Marvin, we delivered eighteen $100 gift restaurant gift cards to our DPW unsung front liners who are out there week in and week out, keeping our village cleaned up. This special thank you had the duel benefit of also helping our restauranteurs (selected by the DPW workers) as they struggle to keep operating. 

-Similarly, our Task Force delivered restaurant gift cards to 50 Postal Service front liners who show up daily to keep the village mail moving. 

-Separately, Bronxville Rotary granted $5k to a sister club in Harlem to aid their efforts to feed their residents impacted by COVID.

-Our Foundation also responded to a separate request with a $5k grant to Groundwork Hudson Valley to help keep this amazing program afloat.

We will continue our support efforts, as long as funds allow. 

If you would like to donate to the cause, you may visit our website www.bronxvillerotary.com . 

If you would like to attend a Bronxville Rotary Club Luncheon meeting via Zoom or learn more about our community service efforts, please contact me at  CLOAKING .

Stay safe, and all the best.

Pictured: Sign made by the DPW to thank the Rotary Club of Bronxville for their support

Photo courtesy Mary Marvin


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.

 

 

 
Memorial Day 2020: Tribute to Veterans & Support For Local Businesses PDF Print Email

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By Staff

May 25, 2020: Memorial Day in Bronxville is typically one of the community's biggest events and includes a fair with rides and food, a big parade, tributes to veterans, and lots of red, white, and blue decor. 

This year, due to COVID-19, the community could not be together, but this did keep Bronxvillians from honoring local veterans.

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The Bronxville School held a Memorial Day Commemorative Program on YouTube.

Bronxville School Superintendent, Roy Montesano, presided over the program. He honored a number of extraordinary local veterans as well as the "heroes of today" - healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers. He also recognized Bronxville staff and students who has served or are currently serving in the military.

Bronxville veteran Vito Pinto spoke about the sacrifices of veterans as well as the heroes of today. He also talked about how the class of 2020 had lost part of their traditions this year but that this was also true of the "greatest generation," many of whom dropped out of school to serve their country. The "greatest generation" ultimately became an inspiration to future generations.

The program also included two student speakers, student awards, and patriotic music. Click here to watch the full program. 

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The Bronxville School PTA created the "BronxvilleTogether" Memorial Day program. This program included the opportunity to purchase a $50 tote that included a $25 gift card to support local restaurants and other items for a Memorial Day celebration. The program encouraged villagers to purchase food and drink from local participating businesses for their family BBQs.  

The program was a big success with nearly 400 bags sold. The PTA sold 300 and the Chamber of Commerce sold the balance. Within the totes were gift cards that total $10,000 and are redeemable at most stores in Bronxville. 

"It was a really fun way to mark the Memorial Day Holiday, create some community spirit and give back," said Suzette Sands, PTA President. "We were really not sure how things would go but the community enthusiastically embraced the effort."  

The Village honored village veterans who had passed away over the past year in a display on the corner of Midland and Pondifled and in an audio message sent on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020. 

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In this message, Mayor Marvin and Chief of Police, Christopher Satriale, read the names of the honored veterans and Mayor Marvin quoted both Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, and politician and diplomat, Adlai Stevenson as follows:

"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices." Truman

"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." Stevenson

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Below are the names of the Bronxville village veterans honored.

Vito Lucchesi, US Army

John B. Cascale Jr., US Army

Douglas H. Maynard, US Navy

Gerard K. Devine, US Army

William C. Petty III, US Navy

Wiliam L Ellis, Jr., US Naval Reserve

George M Rawlings, US Navy

Michael E. Fleming, US Navy

Thomas F. Ruhm, US Army

Peter W. Hartmann, US Army

Robert H. Shaw, Sr., US Army

Walter J Kenney, US Navy

Charles J. Urstadt, US Navy

George Lawrence, US Army

Douglas Wise, US Army

Click here to hear the full audio message.

Photos by A. Warner


 
Photo of the Week, Inspirational Quote & Events PDF Print Email

 

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By Staff

May 27, 2020: MyhometownBronxville's inspirational quote this week is from Helen Keller.

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” Helen Keller 

Below is information about upcoming, ongoing, and postponed events. Please send event information to CLOAKING .

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

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

Bronxville Farmers' Market is open on Saturdays from 8:30 to 1:00 PM. The Market has enhanced safety protocols. To control the traffic flow at the market, all shoppers must sign up for a shopping slot via an Eventbrite link which will go live every Tuesday at 6 p.m. The link will be on the Farmers Market Facebook page and in their weekly newsletter. If you would like to sign up for their newsletter, send an email to  CLOAKING The first two time slots are reserved for shoppers who are over 65 and/or whose immune system is compromised. 

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

Event Postponements

Take Back Day:  The Green Committee cancelled Take Back Day, originally scheduled for June 6. They hope to safely hold the next Take Back Day as planned on November 7. In the meantime, you’re encouraged to 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.

The Community Fund is postponed its annual golf outing to October 6, 2020.  For more information, contact Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe at 914.337.8808.

The Counseling Center: In a spirit of solidarity, The Counseling Center postponed its gala benefit honoring Doug Cruikshank, originally scheduled for Friday, May 1st. We sincerely hope you can join us on the new date of Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Bronxville Field Club. Meanwhile, be well!

Senior Citizens Council: Due to the current health crisis the Senior Citizens Council 50th anniversary benefit scheduled for April 23 was postponed until October 15. All plans continue to move forward. We wish all our neighbors good health in this trying time.

Gramatan Village:  The health and well-being of our community is of paramount importance to Gramatan Village. Given the rapidly changing environment, Gramatan Village decided to reschedule the May 14, 2020 May Magic event to May of 2021. 

Photo by N. Bower

 
From The Mayor: Heroes in Our One Square Mile PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

May 27, 2020: Webster defines a hero as a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Their heroic acts are performed with recognition of the possible risks and costs, but they are outweighed by the concerns for others in need.

As we celebrate Memorial Day, we have to look no further than our own one square mile to find military heroes throughout the Village’s history. Examples abound:

-As a newly minted 1942 Bronxville High School graduate, Peter Ernsdale joined the 10th Mountain Division and was tasked to fight Germans on skis at night at Riva Ridge in Italy with only bayonets as weapons. Peter’s division won control of the pivotal passage, but he succumbed to wounds inflicted.

-Jesse Carter Treadwell of 43 Woodland Avenue was a World War II rescue swimmer who saved stranded and hyperthermic seamen from ships attacked by U-boats. He lost his own life when his rescue boat hit a mine, and a contemporary, Howard C. Shepherd, of 20 Argyle Place died on the battlefield at Iwo Jima after his platoon withstood 13 counter attacks.

-Another homegrown hero, Henry Russell Kenyon Jr., died at the battle of Midway flying his low slow torpedo runs, which knowingly left him a sitting target resulting in his death in the air. His bravery merited him the Navy Cross for “extraordinary heroism.”

-One of the most incredibly heroic local stories is that of Edwin Keeble Junior. He left Princeton to join the Marines during the Vietnam War and was a gunship escort pilot near the Laos border. He was shot down as he knowingly trained the enemy gunfire on his aircraft to divert it from the air ambulances filled with wounded soldiers.

-Sagamore Road resident Clifford Markel ended World War I in a German prison camp, yet with an incredible sense of duty, he volunteered to serve again after Pearl Harbor. Not one branch of the service would accept him due to lingering health issues as a result of being gassed by the Germans, so he volunteered as a field director for the Red Cross in North Africa where he was ambushed while rescuing people in the war zone.

-Right now, the Village is experiencing a new breed of heroes in our midst; doctors, nurses, first responders, and essential workers of every industry who serve us on a daily basis despite fear of contracting Covid19.

Given both the time of year when we honor our military heroes and the unprecedented challenges we are experiencing that spawned a new generation of heroes, it caused me to research exactly what characteristics or qualities make a hero? Is there a hero gene?

It is interesting that while researchers know a great deal about what causes people to perform acts described as evil, our understanding of what makes people heroes is not quite so clear.

Many researchers believe heroes possess a majority of what are called the “Great Eight” of traits: smart, strong, resilient, selfless, caring, charismatic, reliable, and inspiring. Other prototypical characteristics of heroes identified by research include bravery, moral integrity, courage, a protective instinct, conviction, honesty, altruism, and self-sacrifice.

True heroism appears to be remarkably sober and very undramatic. In essence, it is not an urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, rather the urge to serve them at whatever cost.

Research shows heroes seem to have a knack for being able to see things from the perspective of others; they can walk a mile in another man’s shoes, so to speak. When they encounter a situation where an individual is in need, they are immediately able to see themselves in that same situation and see what needs to be done to help.

Like our war heroes, our first responders, our teachers, and our essential workers often become someone else’s hero during their lifetime. As a result, we live in the midst of heroes, however unsung.

A quiet, unassuming person who motivates others to live their lives with courage and faith despite all of life’s difficulties with their head held high can be a hero as well.

Scientists believe by thinking of heroism as a universal attribute of human nature, not as a rare feature of the few, some level of heroism is in the range of possibility for all of us to answer the call.

Heroes circulate the life force of goodness in our collective veins – and clearly, now more than ever, what the world needs is more heroes. 

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.






 
2020 Bronxville Memorial Day Events PDF Print Email

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By Staff

May 20, 2020: With social distancing guidelines, Memorial Day 2020 will be different from past years, but there are still ways to be together apart for Memorial Day.  Below are two great local events.

Bronxville School YouTube Memorial Day Program: Friday, May 22 at 9:30 AM

Due to COVID19, school isn't in session, but the Bronxville School District feels strongly that our Memorial Day celebration should continue. This has been a wonderful tradition in our community and a great way to honor our servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

Please join us and visit our YouTube district page on Friday May 22nd at 9:30 am to view this year's Memorial Day program. 

Our program will include as many of the traditions of the past while maintaining the safety of social distancing in our homes.
We hope you will join us for this important event. (Note: The livestream will become visible on the page once the event has started - your browser might require you to refresh the Youtube page for the live event to show.)

Bronxville School PTA Bronxville Together Memorial Day Program

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Pictured: Memorial Day Artwork by Andre Kahraman, 5th Grade

STEP 1: Purchase a #Bronxville Together Tote for $50. Tote includes: BXV logo merchandise, patriotic items and a $25 gift card to local businesses. Click Here to Purchase Tote.  This needs to be purchased by May 21.

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STEP 2: Bring your Memorial Day Festivities outside while social distancing of course, for a BBQ or family picnic.
 
STEP 3: Support our local restaurants: Grab a picnic friendly to-go dinner or dessert from participating businesses: Beer Noggin', Bronxville Diner, Candy Rox, Il Bacio, Ladle of Love, Lange's, Mini's, Park Place Bagels, Pete's, Scarborough Fair, Underhill's and Urban Hamlet. Click here for more detail.
 
STEP 4: Post your Memorial Day photos on social media using keyword  #BXVTogether. Also, send them to MyhometownBronxville at  CLOAKING

Tribute to Bronxville Veterans on Front Lawn of Village Hall from May 25 through July 4th weekend

The Village cannot have a Memorial Day Parade this year due to restrictions on gatherings and required social distancing. The Village was prepared to honor Vicki and Si Ford, who are moving back home to Minnesota after living in Bronxville for many years. They would have been the Grand Marshal's of Bronxville's 100th Parade. The Ford's have agreed to return next Memorial Day to be properly honored.

Even though there will not be a parade this year, the Village will honor veterans in a display on the front lawn of Village Hall on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 through July 4th. Also, photos of veterans will be posted in selected Bronxville businesses.

Photo at top by A. Warner






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