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From the Mayor: Memorial Day Speech Given on May 27, 2019 PDF Print Email

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Editor's note:  Below is the speech given by Mayor Mary Marvin at the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27, 2019.

By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Good Morning and God Bless America

I extend a warm welcome to all of our veterans, clergy, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, police officers, firemen, community organizations, elected officials, residents, guests, all those who graciously participated in our parade, and all the children. This is the 99th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. What a unique and storied place this parade holds in the history of our village.

The last few years we have renewed our efforts to ensure that honoring our servicemen and women takes its rightful place on center stage so we do not ever take for granted those most deserving of our gratitude today. A special welcome of thanks I extend to all the veterans in the audience may God bless all our veterans and the men and women protecting us today, may He comfort those living with pain and loss, and may He never cease to shed his grace on all those who fought and died. I turn to give a special recognition to our grand marshal this year, judge and veteran George McKinnis. A son of the heartland, George graduated from Oklahoma University as an Army second lieutenant, having gone through the ROTC program. He then went to the Infantry Officers Leadership School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and thereafter to duty.

George was called to duty during the Berlin Crisis. Driving from Michigan to Fort Lewis, Washington, with his life in an Army locker, George immediately took command of an infantry platoon and was part of the Strategic Air Command qualified to be flown to any active theater of war.

He was ordered on multiple occasions onto large transport planes with engines running, not knowing what was next–and his sense of duty never ended.

A resident of the village since 1977, he has served Bronxville with the same call to duty, dedication, and grace.

George served our village for 30 years, 24 as justice, also counsel to two mayors and the zoning board of appeals and wrote the village’s ethics policy. As judge, George founded the Restorative Justice Program, a template for the entire state emphasizing rehabilitation over punishment.

George was our Rotary Club president three different times, legal advisor to Rotary district governors, nine years at the helm of the Bronxville Beautification Committee as president, and former president of the Working Gardeners.

George, thank you for letting us honor you for your service to country and community.

I stand here today with a heightened sense of honest sadness at the seemingly unprecedented level of division in our country on a day when we come together to honor the men and women who fought and died to preserve the United States of America. We must honor their sacrifice by committing to reinforce the ties that bind us, not divide us as a nation.

For remember, the historical basis of our American solidarity, our American Dream, was not any racial or ethnic identity, nor religious belief or political party, rather, it was based on the universal moral ideas embodied in American culture set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

We are the only country in the world which tries to listen to the teachings of its founders as if they were still alive and guiding us. We just need to listen a little harder.

In researching Memorial Day, I learned that the holiday’s origin was as a day of reconciliation.

The holiday ceremony was patterned after one in Columbus, Mississippi, where local women laid flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers in their local cemetery. I can’t imagine a greater act of patriotism and reconciliation.

This was at a time of unprecedented rancor and deep divisions in the country as 750,000 citizens, or 2% of the national population, died fighting one another--often family against family.

Though not nearly as catastrophic, as we celebrate today. some 150-plus years later, we are experiencing deep national division.

Let us learn from the origin of this holiday. It is a message to us standing here at this moment. Those who fought in the Civil War were each valiant in a cause they believed, so committed they were willing to give their lives, but at strife’s end, they came together for the greater good, to be citizens of the last best hope on earth.

As Americans, we thankfully do not speak with one voice, but we do have so much in common to unite us. According to a recent Pew Research poll, Americans are more optimistic, more generous, more compassionate, have a greater capacity for empathy, most value togetherness, and have the greatest desire for improving our lot in life than any other citizens of the developed nations in the world.

America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.

We owe it to all the brave veterans here and those whose names are etched on this flagpole and every veteran across our great nation to fight our own battle for the United States of America.

Our goal going forward is perfectly articulated by Justice Thurgood Marshall: "In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”

Thank you and God Bless America.

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.

 
Village Capital Projects Include Police Body Cameras, Tennis Facility Repairs, More Teardrop Street Lighting, and Sagamore Park Improvements PDF Print Email

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By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter

May 22, 2019: The Bronxville Board of Trustees, at its regular meeting on May 13, addressed the approval of capital projects and the funding of those projects over the next five years.

Projects approved via a resolution include the purchase of body cameras for police officers; repairs to the tennis courts as well as fence replacement and a security camera for the tennis court; street and curb restoration; the replacement of police vehicles, a new DPW dump truck, and a new sanitation truck; teardrop street lighting; a new electronic fingerprint machine; playground upgrades for Sagamore Park; traffic improvements to the Kraft Avenue and Meadow Avenue intersection; and repairs to the Pondfield underpass.

Although the trustees approved upgrades to the Bronxville Public Library HVAC system and the construction of a new department of public works garage, both projects require an environmental review and were not included in the bond resolution presented.

“Some projects will be financed using unassigned fund balances rather than debt financing,” Village Administrator Jim Palmer stated. “We want to move forward on some of these programs now.” He added that the decision about how to fund the projects need not be made right away and noted that no purchases can be made until the projects are put out for bid and bids are accepted.

Palmer reported that, while the village can make certain repairs to the Pondfield underpass steel columns, he has attempted to secure an agreement with Metro-North Railroad to coordinate work schedules between the two entities so that all column work can proceed at the same time. Palmer has also asked the railroad for definitive substantiation of its position that the village is solely responsible for repairing the underpass sidewalks and sidewalk railings.

The village has worked with a consultant and Police Chief Christopher Satriale to determine the best traffic and pedestrian signaling for the Kraft Avenue and Meadow Avenue intersection. The traffic signal has been on a flashing yellow mode for several months because it can no longer be repaired. The village is procuring cost estimates for signal replacement.

Work on the Parkway Road parking lot, formerly the Avalon lot, is progressing. Landscaping has been installed. The lot is scheduled for a soft opening in early June. At that time, pedestrians will also regain access to the walkway leading from Parkway Road to the Metro-North Railroad platform.

 
George McKinnis Named Grand Marshal of 2019 Memorial Day Parade: See Full Schedule of Memorial Day Weekend Events PDF Print Email

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By Staff

May 22, 2019: George McKinnis will serve as the grand marshal for the Bronxville Memorial Day parade and commemoration on Monday, May 27.  

McKinnis graduated from Oklahoma University in 1959 with an army second lieutenant's rank, having gone through Army ROTC. He was sent to the Infantry Officers Leadership School in Fort Benning, Georgia, and thereafter to a duty station. He then served in the Army Reserves while attending Michigan Law School. McKinnis was called back to active duty at Fort Lewis in Washington State in 1961 and thereafter finished Michigan Law School, a captain in the Army Reserves.

McKinnis credits his career in the Army Reserves, with two tours of duty, with teaching him "the art of true leadership." McKinnis learned the importance of creating “a team bond between leaders and followers where the followers trust their leaders to not put their lives (or, in civilian occupations--livelihoods) at risk.”  

In addition to his military service, McKinnis has served the Bronxville village for 30 years, 24 as justice. In this capacity, he worked closely with Mayor Mary Marvin, who describes him as being "old school," which means having "high standards of character, courtesy, respect, integrity, patience, an uncompromising ethical compass, all tempered by the umbrella of compassion." McKinnis has also served as president of the Rotary Club three times, president of the Bronxville Beautification Council for nine years, and president of Working Gardeners.

Based on his military experiences and the many wars that the U.S. has participated in, beginning with WWI and continuing in Iraq and Afghanistan, McKinnis believes it is very important to memorialize "our servicemen and women who have given their lives while in the military ….We must all memorialize their lives and their sacrifices in every way possible." 

For McKinnis, grand marshal does not honor him. Rather, it honors "our servicemen and women." 

See below for a full list of Memorial Day week events in Bronxville and Eastchester.

Memorial Day Week Events at The Bronxville School

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By Mariana Mingo, Member, Bronxville PTA

Come join us for the Bronxville PTA's Memorial Day country fair on Friday, May 24, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the front lawn of the Bronxville School.

This year's Country Fair and Food Fairway, chaired by Mariana Mingo and Heather Scholes, will feature a petting zoo and bungee jumping. Additional attractions include rock climbing, rides, carnival games and prizes, inflatable obstacle courses, bounce houses, and a DJ. Come for dinner and enjoy a bite from Mac’s Truck, Walter's Hot Dogs, Greek Specialties, Salsa Fresca Grill, Mobile Pie Truck, and Kona Ice.

Also back this year is our very popular Bake-off Competition, chaired by Brigid Garelik, on Friday, May 24, at the school's front lawn. Donations will be accepted from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Judging begins at 6:15 pm and winners will be announced at 7:00 pm.

Does everybody say that you make the best cookies? Or pies? Or cakes? Time to prove them right. There is a new category this year: Young Bakers, for kids 15 and under. The top winners in each category will receive a gift card. Winners selected in four categories (best pie, cake, cookie/brownie, young bakers) will then compete for the coveted blue ribbon and bragging rights for a year. Sign up for the bake-off competition at bronxvillepta.org or by sending an email to CLOAKING .

Country fair bracelets are available online now at bronxvillepta.org. Pre-sale bracelets are $20. Bracelets purchased at the door will be $25. Bracelets are for children ages 3 to 16 and are good for all you can ride. Pre-sale bracelets can be purchased at the school (Meadow Avenue and canopy entrances) on May 22, 23, and 24 from 8:00 to 8:30 am and at the school's front lawn on May 22 and 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Here is a listing of the Memorial Day Festivities organized by the Bronxville School PTA from Wednesday, May 22 until Saturday, May 25.

Fitness Fundraiser at Pure Barre, chaired by Hollis Morris, sponsored by Pure Barre Bronxville. All proceeds will benefit the Bronxville School PTA. Thursday, May 23, at 12:30 pm (age restrictions: 16 and up).

Apparel Sale, chaired by Sarah Pulkkinen and Mariana Mingo. Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday, May 24, from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm at the school's front lawn.

Used-Book Sale, chaired by Hollis Morris: Wednesday, May 22, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Thursday, May 23, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, and Friday, May 24, from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm on the school's front lawn. Drop off your gently used books on Monday and Tuesday, May 20 and 21, at the school auditorium lobby entrance ONLY (on Pondfield Road/near Meadow Avenue).

Dollar Raffle, chaired by Lisa McGovern Ryan: Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, and Friday, May 24, from 2:30 pm to 8:00 pm on the school's front lawn.

Adult Raffle, chaired by Kathryn Kempton. Tickets will be on sale at pre-sale tables from Wednesday, May 22, to Friday, May 24, and at the country fair. Don’t miss out on the amazing “experience” prizes we have this year. From Broadway to sports, fine dining, sommelier-guided wine tastings, and multiple other opportunities to unwind, treat yourself, and have fun.

Cupcake Café, chaired by Kate Fixmer and Gina Nigido. Thursday, May 23, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Meadow Avenue school entrance and 2:30 to 4:00 pm on the school's front lawn. Friday, May 24, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Meadow Avenue school entrance and 2:30 to 8:00 pm on the school's front lawn.

Memorial Day Country Fair and Food Fairway. Friday, May 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on the school's front lawn. Details above.

James E. Kearney Run for Fun chaired by Matt Young and sponsored by The Kearney Family. Begins on Saturday, May 25, at 8:45 am at the school's front lawn. Register in advance at bronxvillepta.org, at the Bronxville Running Company on Friday, May 24, from noon to 2:00 pm, and at the country fair. Enjoy 20% off full-priced items at Bronxville Running Company with your paid registration or race bib. 

Kids’ Dash and Obstacle Course chaired by Matt Young. Saturday, May 25, at 9:30 am by the Bronxville School playground. Register at bronxvillepta.com and at the country fair. Same-day registration is available.

Annual Dog Parade & Show, chaired by Regina Thompson. Saturday, May 25, at 11:00 am at the PTA village on the school's front lawn. Your pampered pooch needs a parade. Don't miss the grooming, the show, and, of course, don't miss the parade. Register at bronxvillepta.com. Same-day registration is available.

Click here for the schedule of events on the Bronxville PTA website and here for descriptions of the events on the website.

Note: Rain date for the country fair is Saturday, May 25, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Memorial Day Events Sponsored by the Village of Bronxville

By Staff 

Memorial Day Parade: Monday, May 27. The annual Memorial Day parade begins sharply at 9:00 am. Those marching in the parade should gather on the west side of town by the train station by 8:45 am. The grand marshal is George McKinnis.

Speech and Commemoration of War Dead: The mayor's speech and commemoration of war dead will be held on the school's front lawn at the end of the parade at around 9:45 am. 

Memorial Day Events Sponsored by the Town of Eastchester

By Staff

Eastchester Tuckahoe Memorial Day Ceremony Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day/Battle of the Bulge and the 74th Anniversary of Iwo Jima:  Sunday, May 26 at the Eastchester High School auditorium at 7:00 pm.  "They gave their tomorrow so we could enjoy our today."  Presented by Eastchester/Tuckahoe Veterans Ceremony Committee.  Remember*Respect*Reflect

Pictured here: Top photo: George McKinnis (photo by N. Bower); second photo: Memorial Day dog (photo by A. Warner).


Editor's note
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From the Mayor: Need for Smoke Alarms and Hiring Reputable Contractors Among Important Home Safety Recommendations at Building Safety Day PDF Print Email

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Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

May 22, 2019:  Led by our new building department supervisor, Paul Taft, the village instituted a Building Safety Day, which took place last Saturday on Palumbo Place. It was so well attended and residents found it so informative that we plan on making it an annual event.

Home safety, be it electrical, structural, water-related, or fireproofing, is critical not only to the well-being of your family but that of your neighbors. It is especially important in a village such as ours, where 40% of the residents live in multifamily units and one’s neighbor's unsafe remodeling could directly impact your home safety.

Some of the major takeaways from the event included:

  • The need for smoke alarms on every floor and inside each bedroom. They should be tested on a monthly basis.

  • Electrical cords should be regularly inspected and, if cracked or frayed, thrown away immediately. They should also never run under rugs or across doorways.

  • Carbon monoxide alarms should be outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home and tested monthly.

  • All emergency numbers and medical needs for everyone in your family need to be posted in an obvious place such as a refrigerator door or a bulletin board. This also helps the EMTs should there be an emergency.

  • Plan a location away from your home in the event of any fire or gas emergencies. By meeting at a designated point, it will become quite clear who is or is not safely out of the house. Also, have a plan as to pet rescue.

The importance of hiring a very reputable and skilled contractor is paramount to ensure the safety of any construction project. Issues to clarify with a prospective contractor include: 

  • Verify that the contractor is properly licensed for the work to be undertaken.

  • Check how many building permits the contractor has obtained in the jurisdiction in the past two years. This is important, as contractors familiar with local building code requirements and permitting processes always have a better understanding of the requirements. 

  • Require proof of general liability insurance and workman’s compensation insurance before signing documents.

  • Ask for a list of past clients.

  • Check whether subs will be involved and their competency, agree on a payment schedule, and designate a point person as the project supervisor.

  • Ask for a pre-project meeting with the building department so you are fully versed as to what building permits will be required. Permits are always needed, even for small projects if related to plumbing, electrical, and mechanical changes.

Aside from overseeing major construction or rehab projects, our building department also handles the day-to-day household needs as they arise.

The following were the most frequently asked questions at our Building Code Expo:

1. Do garbage and recycling need to be curbside? Garbage does not need to be at the curb but recycling does. The garbage men will come onto your property to pick up your regular garbage. Recycling needs to be brought to the curb by 7:00 am Wednesday morning. If you have scheduled a bulky waste pickup, the bulk items need to be curbside by 7:00 am on the day of your pickup (Thursday/Friday). 

2. What days do I schedule my bulky waste pick up? Bulky waste pickups are always scheduled for the second day of your garbage pickup. If you fall under the Monday/Thursday garbage pickup schedule, your bulk waste day is Thursday. If you fall under the Tuesday/Friday garbage pickup schedule, your bulk waste day is Friday.

3. Do you need a permit to take down a tree? If the tree is a privately owned tree, there is no permit needed to take down the tree. If the tree is a village tree and you think there is an issue, please contact the village.

4.  How do I report potholes/street lights that are out? Go to our website, www.villageofbronxville.comunder the public works link to report potholes and street light issues.

5.  Do I need to get a permit for a dumpster? If the dumpster is going on your own private property, no permit is needed. If the dumpster is going to be on village property, a permit is required. The application is on our website, www.villageofbronxville.com, under the public works link.

6.  Who is responsible to maintain sidewalks? As a homeowner, you are responsible to maintain your property from your house to the street, including the sidewalk.

7.  How do I dispose of yard waste? Yard waste should be placed in biodegradable bags and placed at the curb. Bags of leaves cannot be mixed in with sticks and twigs. The sticks and twigs must be bundled/tied and put out separately.

8. Does the village pick up paint cans? The village picks up paint cans as long as the cans are completely dried out and the lids are off of the cans.    

Paul Taft, our building department supervisor, asked me to reaffirm small things that can often mean life or death in building safety. He encourages us to spend those extra $40 and buy the proper quantity of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. The potential benefits so far outweigh the costs. Last, put a number on your house and make it visible. When there is an emergency, time is of the essence and emergency vehicles are guided by the numbers.


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.

 
Bronxville Police Blotter: May 5 to May 13, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Bronxville Police Department

May 22, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.  

May 5, 2019, 1:35 pm, White Plains Road: A 23-year-old woman of Mount Vernon was charged with suspended registration (misdemeanor) after an on-board license plate reader indicated to the officer that the registration to the 1998 Toyota Camry she was operating was suspended because of parking violations. The vehicle was impounded. The woman was processed and released on scene pending her next court appearance.

May 7, 2019, 3:43 pm, Pondfield Road: There was a motor vehicle accident, and an officer responded. The drivers involved elected to exchange information without police assistance.

May 7, 2019, 5:40 pm, New Rochelle Road: There was a two-vehicle accident. One driver was transported to NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital with a complaint of pain to her wrist.

May 9, 2019, 10:49 am, Alden Place: A found cell phone was turned over to police. The owner was contacted, and the phone was returned.

May 9, 2019, 3:40 pm: Officers assisted with a verbal dispute between family members.

May 10, 2019, 8:31 am, Studio Arcade: A village employee was bitten in the leg by a small dog that was being walked on a leash by its owner. All vaccination records were provided to the police department. Medical attention was not needed.

May 11, 2019, 11:09 am, Bronxville Library: A library patron complained about a car alarm going off in the parking lot. The alarm ceased on its own before the responding officer could locate the owner.

May 11, 2019, 1:43 pm, ACME Cedar Street: A woman reported that a male was being verbally abusive toward her. The man fled the scene when she threatened to call the police and was not located. No crime was committed.

May 13, 2019, 9:43 pm, Palmer Avenue: A 37-year-old woman of the Bronx was charged with suspended registration (misdemeanor) after an on-board license plate reader indicated to the officer that the registration to the 2004 Honda Pilot she was operating was suspended because of an insurance lapse. The vehicle was impounded. The woman was also cited for expired inspection and no insurance. She was processed and released on scene pending her next court appearance.



 
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