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Events this Week in Bronxville: Wednesday. January 22 to Wednesday, January 29, 2020 PDF Print Email


By Staff 

Jan. 22, 2020: Below are events that will take place in and around Bronxville from Wednesday, January 22, 2020, to Wednesday, January 29, 2020. For the Village of Bronxville calendar, click here. For all of the events at the Bronxville Public Library, click here. For the Bronxville school district calendar, click here

Wednesday, January 22: Blood Drive Day at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, January 22, 2 PM: Aphasia Support Group at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. Click here to learn more.

Thursday, January 23, 7 PMWant to learn how you can switch your home heating and cooling systems to clean energy? Sustainable Westchester will explain heat pumps, geothermal, and other programs that promote clean energy.  The event is sponsored by the Tuckahoe Environmental and Sustainability Committee and will take place at the Tuckahoe Community Center at 71 Columbus Ave.

Thursday, January 23, 11 AM: Gramatan Village Program: “Mindful Habit Change 2020” Speaker Series #2 presented by: Raditia Lasry.  Light lunch served afterwards. Reservations Required. Click here to learn more.

Friday, January 24, 11 AM:  Women & Money Round Table Discussion.  This month's topic is "What Is Going on at the Market?"  This will take place at The Bronxville Library, 201 Pondfield Road in Bronxville.  Register: (914) 337-7680 ext. 24 or CLOAKING Click here to learn more.

Saturday, January 25, 10 AM: Free ACT practice test led by C2 Education. Please bring a #2 Pencil and a calculator (4-function, graphing or scientific). Please register: (914) 337-7680 ext. 34. This will talk place in the Yeager Room at The Bronxville Library, 201 Pondfield Road in Bronxville. Click here to learn more.

Monday, January 27, 10 AM:  Breastfeeding Support Group at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.  Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, January 28, 1 PM: Bronxville Seniors Program, Baseball in American Culture: Literature, Song, Film, Stage, Radio & Television with Evan Weiner. Reformed Church of Bronxville Edwards Room, 180 Pondfield Road in Bronxville.

Photo by A. Warner


Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes notices about meetings of village government, the Bronxville Board of Education, and the board of trustees of the Bronxville Public Library. MyhometownBronxville does not independently research other events but will, at its discretion, consider including a notice of an event that will occur in Bronxville if information about the event is received by MyhometownBronxville (Sarah Thornton Clifford at  CLOAKING ) by noon on the Sunday before the subsequent Wednesday publication. These notices must not be advertisements; please send any requests for advertisements to Sarah Thornton Clifford at  CLOAKING .



From The Mayor: 2020 Initiatives For Village of Bronxville PDF Print Email


By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Jan.22, 2020:  Even though our budget year is on a June cycle, the Trustees and I consider the new year as a time for goal setting for the calendar year.

During our Comprehensive Plan process, you, as residents, gave a resounding endorsement of preserving the Village – its character, open space, and natural attributes. All of our goals for 2020 have this desire as our backdrop.

Our Comprehensive Plan, which is a look forward and look back at the Village, will be completed by February. This will allow us then to move on recommendations including changes to our zoning laws and planning process and solar legislation with the goal of preserving the Village in the areas of historic preservation and structure size and aesthetics commensurate with the character of the Village.

Some of the 2020 initiatives in various stages of execution are:

Kraft Avenue Lot Parking Kiosks

Four kiosks will stretch the length of this lot and replace the 185 single-space meters, which are unattractive at best. The kiosks will also have the ability to accept credit cards, bills, and coins.

West Side Lighting

New teardrop fixtures are now in place at key locations. Several more are being added along Sagamore Road and three more to the crosswalk area at Midland and Pondfield.

DPW Headquarters

The first phase of construction is already underway and includes the installation of a new salt storage dome along with a new employee parking lot. The design of a new 9500 square foot facility will be finalized next month, and construction is anticipated to commence in the spring.

Bacon Woods Park

The project will include a new walkway and lighting from the Kensington Road entrance to Sagamore Road and additional topsoil, seed, and landscaping in the open space area of the park. Walking trails and benches in the wooded area will also be added.

Metro North Underpass

After negotiations, the Village at our own expense will be adding new sidewalks, new hand railings, and repairing steel beams as well as a refresher paint job.

Scout Field

The County Legislature voted unanimously for a combination of open space, dog area, and practice field, and money has been appropriated. A legal agreement has also been signed, yet nothing has been done. It is a priority in 2020 to see that this agreement is executed, and I am hoping to partner with our new legislator, Ruth Walter, to see that obligations are met.

Sanitary Sewer System

We will continue our very proactive and expansive process of sanitary sewer cleaning and re-lining as well as manhole repair. In recognition of our efforts, we received a grant under the auspices of the State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation, totaling more than $400,000. For us, as a village, this is quite an endorsement of our proactive approach to infrastructure repair.

Police Contract

Though their contract does not run out until May, both parties agreed in the interest of unity and collegiality that we would start our conversations early with the hope of having a contract when the next one expires.

Tree Planting

Thanks to the assistance of the Boulder Ledge Club, we continue to add additional plantings, including a new Elm located on the west side near the underpass and a new Swamp Oak in the pocket park across from Park Place. We plan on planting more trees dispersed throughout the Village.

Property Assessment

The Village Assessor and the Trustees are very mindful of the recent changes and trends in the real estate market. To that end, the Assessor reviewed all Village properties and not just the 1/3 yearly in our approved evaluation cycle.

In the first week of February, all residents will receive a notice of value. The Assessor expects a majority of assessments to decrease by some percentage with the 200 homes at the top of the assessment role receiving the biggest changes. If you feel the new value you receive in February is not accurate, you can avail yourself of the normal grievance process in late February. We will keep you fully notified of dates and deadlines.

The Village ended the 2018 and 2019 year in terrific shape with the Village adding over $900,000 to fund balance. This will allow us to do many of the capital projects mentioned above.

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.

Annual Brendan Gill Lecture to Feature Harvard Professor and Author PDF Print Email


by Lorraine Shanley, Member, Board of Trustees, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy

Jan. 22, 2020: Harvard University professor and the bestselling author, Jill Lepore, will be the featured speaker at the Annual Brendan Gill Lecture on Friday, March. 6, at 8 pm at Sarah Lawrence's Reisinger Auditorium.   

This free lecture is open to the public and presented each year by The Bronxville Historical Conservancy as a gift to the community. Register at  CLOAKING  or call 914-961-6790.

Lepore joins an illustrious roster of previous Gill speakers, including Mo Rocca, Stacy Shiff, the late Cokie Roberts, Jon Meacham, and Michael Beschloss, among others.  

Lepore is the author of These Truths: A History of the United States as well as several other books including The Secret History of Wonder Woman, which was a prize-winning bestseller which one critic called a "lively, surprising and occasionally salacious history." 

Her new book, IF THEN: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future, will be published in 2020. In it, Lepore argues that facts were replaced by numbers, which have since been replaced by data, with consequences not only for how we know what we know but for how we form (or dismantle) political communities. 

A staff writer at The New Yorker, Lepore has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and joined the Harvard History Department in 2003. In 2012, she was named a Harvard College Professor in recognition of her distinction in undergraduate teaching. She has written on a variety of subjects, from politics and history to literature, the rise of robots and automation, to superheroes. 

Her essays and reviews have also appeared in The New York TimesThe Times Literary SupplementThe Journal of American HistoryForeign Affairs, the Yale Law JournalThe American Scholar, and the American Quarterly

Three of her books derive from her New Yorker essays including The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death (2012), a finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, The Story of America: Essays on Origins (2012), shortlisted for the PEN Literary Award for the Art of the Essay, and The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle for American history (2010).

Lepore grew up in West Boylston, Mass., where her father was a junior high school principal and her mother, an art teacher. Before moving to Harvard, she taught at the University of California-San Diego from 1995 to 1996 and at Boston University. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons.

Pictured:  Jill Lepore

Photo courtesy 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. 





From The Office of Westchester County Legislator Ruth Walter: Open House On Noise Study & Airport PDF Print Email


By Office of Westchester County Legislator Ruth Walter

Editor's note: Ruth Walter is Westchester County Legislator for District 15, which comprises the Village of Bronxville and parts of the City of Yonkers, including some of the Bronxville Post Office area. Click here to see a map of District 15..

Jan. 22, 2020:  Westchester County announces an open house with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in New Castle regarding Westchester County Airport.

The open house will include participation from HMMH, an environmental and transportation planning consultant which recently completed a noise study for the County, Westchester County Airport officials, and the FAA. 

It will be an opportunity to learn more about the study, air traffic procedures in the area and airport operations, in a more informal environment.

Westchester County residents are invited to attend at any point during the open house, where they will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a variety of experts, without formal presentations.

Latimer requested the open house after hearing concerns from the New Castle community, in an effort to better understand the issue. US Senator Charles Schumer, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and US Congresswoman Nita Lowey supported the request of this open house.

Wednesday, January 22
6 to 8 p.m.
New Castle Community Center
10 Senter Street
Chappaqua, NY 10514 


Pictured: Ruth Walter  

Photo courtesy Ruth Walter

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: January 10 - January 16, 2020 PDF Print Email

By Bronxville Police Department

Jan. 22, 2020: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.

January 10, 2020,  1:02 pm, Pondfield Road West: A 38-year-old Bronx resident was cited for No Brake Lamps, Improper Plates, Unlicensed Operator, Unregistered Vehicle and Operating Without Insurance. It was discovered that the plates affixed to the vehicle from the State of Washington did not belong on the vehicle he was driving. The vehicle was impounded pending proof of ownership and proper paperwork.

January 10, 2020, 9:08 pm, Parkway Road: Police responded to a 911 call from Parkway Road indicating that two females were acting disorderly and refusing to leave an establishment. A 44-year-old woman was charged with Trespassing and Disorderly Conduct. A 62-year-old woman was charged with Trespass, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance after she was found to be in possession of Xanax without a prescription. Both were processed and released pending their next court appearance.

January 11, 2020, 9:27 pm, Bronxville School: Police responded to a report of youths smoking marijuana on the school property. The officers were unable to locate the youths.

January 15, 2020, 3:55 pm, Valley Road: A resident reported a dog barking constantly, Officers canvassed the area and were unable to locate the dog.

January 16, 2020, 10:10 am, Pondfield Road: A 22-year-old man of the Bronx was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree (misdemeanor) after he was stopped for Speeding in a School Zone and an inquiry revealed that his New York State Driver License had a total of 6 active suspensions for failure to pay a fine and failure to appear.The man was processed on scene and released pending his next court appearance. His 2016 Toyota Rav4 was impounded.

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