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From the Mayor: Shopping in the Village Has So Many Benefits PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Sep. 25, 2019:  Thanks to the picture-perfect weather and the quantity and quality of merchandise, the chamber of commerce-sponsored fall sidewalk sale was a huge success this past weekend. Again, our merchants stepped up and made the village colorful, crowded, and vibrant. The sidewalk sale is also the traditional kick-off to the fall shopping season for our stores. As you can guess, our loyal merchants often have very quiet July and August months and look forward to the return of villagers. September also presents an opportunity to reiterate how much we need our merchants and how much they depend on us.

Bronxville has one of the highest concentrations of locally owned independent businesses in the county--some with us 20, even 50 years. They are true stalwarts of our community. Not only do they offer unique, well-curated goods, they give that personal attention so lacking in the mail order business--the opportunity to touch, fit, and feel that is so much a part of a good purchase. The personal touch extends beyond to perhaps a special order, a beautifully wrapped package, or a home delivery to your door. If the gift turns out not to be perfect, it need not be bubble wrapped and dropped at a FedEx outlet, rather, gracefully handed to a shopkeeper for an exchange.

Unlike the big box stores or the mail order behemoths, our local merchants have supported our fundraisers, school festivals, and local bazaars with goods and gift certificates for decades. Beyond their special one-to-one connection with residents, their presence in our village also produces a wonderful ripple effect, both for other merchants and quite frankly the village’s bottom line.

Merchants buy parking permits, pay taxes, buy goods and food from their fellow merchants, and use the services of local professionals including lawyers, accountants, computer consultants, and graphic designers. As Michael Bloomberg said, “Small businesses are the real job creators. If you add a government job, you added one employment opportunity. If a small business opens, the ripple effect begins.”

Our merchants' presence in the village produces the delightful confluence of strollers and seniors connecting on our sidewalks with intergenerational energy and discourse.

These interpersonal interactions, according to many studies, are actually good for your health. According to a well-received TED Talk by Susan Pinker, a social science reporter for the Wall Street Journal, social integration and interaction with people as you move through your day are as much a factor of life expectancy as health risks including smoking, drinking, and heart disease. So talking with the person making your coffee is actually a strong predictor of your longevity!

Merchant/resident interaction also contributes directly to the financial health of the village. As a municipality, we have received sales tax revenues of approximately $860,000, on average, over the last 13 years. With a spending increase or revenue loss in the village of just $80,000, equating to a full tax point increase, I can’t even imagine our budget without this revenue source. As example, because of the turn-away from shopping locally, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts now pegs sales tax revenue losses at $335 million annually, and California’s number approaches $1 billion. Can you imagine the repairs to roads, bridges, and subsurface infrastructure that could happen if this money were a revenue source and not a loss?

Our beautiful streetscape is the result of the unsung heroes of our chamber of commerce, currently led by Leah Caro, president, and Michelle MacMillan, vice president. Our merchants take great pride in their storefronts. One only has to think of the pristine cleanliness of the sidewalk café at Underhills Crossing and thanks to Bob Krauss of Mrs. Morgan’s Flower Shop, Parkway Road has been transformed into a Parisian allée.

Our farmers' market is also a chamber of commerce-sponsored offshoot founded by former chamber executive director Mary Liz Mulligan. The market was one of the first in its kind in Westchester County. It is now so popular with vendors that we have a fairly deep waiting list. Happening every Saturday from now until Thanksgiving from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, the market is adjacent to the paddle courts and has purveyors of all kinds of produce, meats, cheese, bread, and artisanal products.

In a very promising development, the chamber of commerce recently hired village resident Shannon Hurley Gangemi as its new executive director. Shannon retired from the financial world to raise her three children, who are current students at the Bronxville School. She has her pulse on the community, as she has been a volunteer for Saint Joseph’s Church, the Bronxville School, and the Junior League.

Please help to make the fall season a vibrant, successful one for our local merchants. It’s a win for all of us. 

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.

 
Westchester County Legislator Gordon Burrows Provides Update on Palmer Road Bridge PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Sep. 25, 2019:  Westchester County Legislator Gordon A. Burrows said in a document sent to MyhometownBronxville.com on September 19, 2019, that "we are almost at the completion of phase one" of the Palmer Road Bridge. He also provided the following timeline and information.

  • "September 27, 2019: stage 1 will be complete and phase 2 will begin. The road closure will reverse and the current sidewalk that is closed will reopen and the south sidewalk will close.
  • On November 27, 2019, the day before Thanksgiving: the bridge will be reopened for two-way traffic.
  • Northside sidewalk will remain open; southside sidewalk will remain closed.
  • The stone facing on the bridge WILL BE reattached but dependent on temperature will determine when that will take place."

Pictured here: Palmer Road Bridge on September 20, 2019.

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.


 

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

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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

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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 websitebronxvillehistoricalconservancy.org/

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

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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.

 
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