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Bronxville Police Blotter: February 7 to February 11, 2020 PDF Print Email

By Bronxville Police Department

Feb. 19, 2020: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.

February 7, 2020, 3:59 AM, White Plains RoadA 51-year-old man of Mount Vernon was charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree, Obstructing Government Administration and Disorderly Conduct. After being stopped for committing bicycle traffic infractions, an inquiry revealed that the man had an active warrant from the Village of Pelham Manor. The man was transported to Bronxville Police Headquarters and it was discovered that he was in possession of several stolen items including a Trek Mountain Bike which was stolen from a Bronxville Garage overnight. The man was arraigned by Judge George Primps and was remanded to Westchester County Jail pending his next court appearance.

February 8, 2020, 3:54 AM, Elm Rock Road: Police responded to an activated burglary alarm. The alarm was activated by a malfunction.

February 9, 2020: 8:29 PM, Palmer Avenue:  Officers responded to a request from Lawrence Hospital Security claiming that an unwanted person had bypassed security. The man left the hospital on his own accord prior to Officers arrival. No further Police action was requested.

February 11, 2020, 2:29 PM. Police Headquarters:  A wallet was found by a pedestrian and turned over to Police. The owner was contacted and the wallet was returned.

Events this Week in Bronxville: Wednesday. February 12 to Wednesday, February 19, 2020 PDF Print Email


By Staff 

February 12, 2020: Below are events that will take place in and around Bronxville from Wednesday, February 12, 2020, to Wednesday, February 19, 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

Wednesdays, February 12, 19 and 26, 9:45 to 11:15 am: Joint Replacement Seminar. You'll learn firsthand about the surgical and rehabilitative experience and meet the multidisciplinary team who can answer your questions. NYP Lawrence Hospital Lobby Conference Room. To Register: Call 914-787-2119

Wednesdays, February 12, 19 and 26, 2:00 to 3:00 pm:  Aphasia Support Group Meeting. Aphasia is a communication disorder that often results from damage to the brain – usually caused by stroke. Led by an NYP Lawrence speech therapist, these free meetings are for anyone who has the condition. NYP Lawrence Hospital, Palmer Hall, 1st floor, Rehab Dept., Speech Office. To Register: Call Dahna Stadtmauer at 914-787-3373

Thursday, February 13,  7:00 pm:  Concordia College’s Sluberski Film Series will present the HBO Sports documentary Student Athlete in the Sommer Center.  Click here to learn more.

Thursday, February 13, 11:00 am: Luncheon Lecture in the O'Silas Gallery featuring Sabrina Marsalisi, the Director of Education at The Brant Foundation. She will speak about The Foundation's new hit show, Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation, as well as about the Brant's formidable collection of contemporary art. Click here for tickets.

Thursday, February 13, Noon to 1:00 pm:  Join Dr. Warren Rosenblum, the Director of Advanced Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension at NYP Lawrence, for a presentation on Congestive Heart Failure – what it is; symptoms and risk factors; and how to live with the disease after diagnosis. Grinton I. Will Library, Story Room, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710. To Register: Call 914-787-5000

Friday, February 14, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Gramatan Village will hold a fun "My Funny Valentine" cookie decorating party with Eastchester based baker Tina Zaccardi. Tina is the winner of The Great American Baking Show, Holiday Edition on ABC TV. To RSVP, please call Gramatan Village at (914) 337-1338 and celebrate Valentine's Day with friends.

Saturday, February 15, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm:  Childbirth Class. This class provide important information about the birthing process and what to expect during labor. Classes are taught by certified Lamaze instructors. A tour of the Center for Maternal Child Health is also included. NYP Lawrence Hospital Lobby Conference Room. Cost: $200. To Register: Call 914-787-5044

Tuesday, February 18, 1:30 pm: Music Tuesday featuring Ulysses String Quarter. Performing Arts Center Reisinger Auditorium, Sarah Lawrence College. 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY. 914-337-1700.

Tuesday, February 18 and 25: Beginning Bridge and Intermediate Bridge with Robin at Bronxville Seniors. Beginning Bridge is 9:30 to 10:30 am. Intermediate Bridge is 10:30 to 11:30 am.Edwards Room of Reformed Church of Bronxville. 180 Pondfield Road in Bronxville. For more information, call (914) 844-5120.

Photo by N. Bower

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 .



Have You Noticed the Construction Around the Bronxville School? PDF Print Email


By Staff

Feb. 12, 2020: Have you noticed the construction around the Bronxville School? This is all part of the School's $28.3 million capital improvement project that is being primarily financed by two bond issues.

We reached out to Dan Carlin, Assistant Superintendent for Business at the Bronxville School, to update us on the construction that you see in the photos below.

Here is what we learned.

Two Towers over the Main Entrance at the Flag Pole

The photo at the top of this article shows the scaffolding over the two towers at the main entrance to the School at the Flag Pole. Carlin explained that work is being done to restore the parapet brick and mortar as well as the roof in that area.

Meadow Avenue Entrance

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The photos above show a great deal of construction at the Meadow Avenue entrance to the School.

Carlin explained that the School is building an extension to the existing lobby as well as a new security area with a "man trap" and lounge area.

According to Carlin, a "man-trap" is an area "where people entering the building can be isolated and vetted before being granted entrance to the building. They would be buzzed in by security, be identified and signed in, and then granted or denied entrance to the building."  

The School is also adding an addition over the gym that will become flexible modern classroom space.

Fencing on the corners of Pondfield and Meadow and Pondfield and Midland

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The photos above show large fenced-in areas with construction vehicles, contractor storage, and parking on the corners of Pondfield and Meadow and Pondfield and Midland. 

Carlin explained that these are staging areas for the work going on on those sides of the building. These areas will be returned to grass upon completion of the construction projects. 

Other Near Term Projects

The School has recently put out bids for the new Innovation Center and for replacing the curtain wall in the Elementary School.

Photos by A. Warner

From The Mayor: The Census is Upon Us; Why It's Important PDF Print Email




By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Feb. 12, 2020: The 2020 Census is upon us. The Founding Fathers thought the census so important they mandated it as part of the constitution.

Letters from the Census Bureau will arrive from mid to late March. This first entreaty will arrive in the mail without a paper questionnaire. Instead, households will be directed to a website to complete online.

Paper questionnaires will only be delivered to households that don't receive mail at a physical location, most notably those with PO boxes.

Completed forms are officially/ideally due on April 1, though a reminder postcard will be sent around April 8, followed by a paper questionnaire on April 20.

From May through July, hundreds of thousands of census workers nationwide will comb the streets to collect data from households that failed to respond.

Surprisingly, Westchester County has a reputation for being one of the most difficult communities to count, with a significant loss of federal funding dollars and governmental representation at stake.

The Westchester cohorts chronically under represented include renters, the disabled, senior citizens, and Spanish speaking residents.

As a state, in 2010, New York had a census response rate of 76%, resulting in $73 billion in annual federal education aid as an example. Had the response rate been 95%, $92 billion would have been directed our way primarily for schools with large low income populations, special education programs, and Title III programs which support English language learners.

Most fundamentally, census numbers affect the distribution of both federal and state legislative representation and correspondingly affect programs in education, healthcare, law enforcement, and highway funding nationwide.

As a result of the last census (2010), $675 billion was allocated for programs close to home, including senior lunch programs, highway congestion planning, and relocation, and 911 emergency systems – all requiring census driven demographic maps.

Scientists rely on the data to interpret the distribution of diseases and health hot spots, including cancer zones and obesity data. The census numbers are used to target interventions in at risk communities.

Contrary to the acceleration in technology, it is actually harder to conduct the census due to increasing cultural and linguistic diversity and a greater distrust of government. The recent proliferation of personal data scams has added to the heightened concern about releasing highly personal details.

As an assurance, by law, the Census Bureau cannot share your information with other governmental agencies, including welfare and immigration agencies, police, FBI, Courts, the military, and the Internal Revenue Service. The law also requires census forms to remain private for a 72-year span since most of the people listed would have passed away or were young children when the data was collected. As an example, in 2012, the Census Bureau released data from the 1940 census and posted it online through the National Archives.

To compound the issue, the wording of the census is not as straightforward as one would expect. As an illustration, the very first question asks for how many people are living and staying in your house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020. Confusion results because a household must only count the number of people physically staying in the home, not family members living elsewhere, including college students, parents cared for at resting homes, those on military duty, or incarcerated. Yet non-immediate family members living under one's roof, including staff, nephews, boyfriends, etc. are to be counted.

By law, the Census Bureau is required to report the new congressional apportionment numbers to the President by December 31, 2020. States, including Texas, Colorado, Florida, and Oregon, are projected to gain seats in the House of Representatives while Illinois, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia are expected to lose Congressional representation.

Long after the December deadlines, the census numbers will truly affect everyday life even beyond what I aforementioned. Businesses will use the numbers to determine where they build stores and locate distribution centers, vaccine amounts to be ordered, highways to be constructed, and even our Social Security programs' future and viability will depend upon census data.

To that end, we at Village Hall are committed to providing you with all the information and resources available to help you to accurately register your information as so much is riding on it for the entire decade going forward.


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.

Building Bronxville With Legos: See Photos PDF Print Email


By Suzanne Davis, Board Member, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy

Feb. 12, 2020: It turns out that LEGOs can teach kids to admire architecture and beauty in their community. That’s exactly what happened to more than 50 families in the Bronxville School gym on Super Bowl Sunday afternoon. Third through sixth-grade students took a closer look at the gables, arches, and columns on Bronxville buildings as they recreated them out of LEGO bricks.

It was the third year that the Bronxville Historical Conservancy (BHC) sponsored the popular event, “Building Bronxville Brick By Brick,” — the brainchild of Stephen Schwartz, an architect and the creator of Building Blocks Workshop. 

Schwartz offers similar events in other towns, such as Montclair, NJ, and Westport, CT, as he leads students in building replicas of their communities. 

In Bronxville, attendees chose from a carefully curated collection of 60 significant public and private structures.

Schwartz supplied 70,000 multi-colored LEGO bricks in plastic bins, and he challenged the children and their parents to visualize Bronxville in a new way. 

The families picked their buildings from a single photograph, and they used their imagination to fill in any blanks. The Kennedy house (Crownlands), the Bronxville Women’s Club, and St. Joseph’s Church were among the many structures chosen for construction.

“It’s a fantastic event that brings the community together. It weaves in historical creativity, and there’s not a screen in sight,” said Rob Rosenberg, who built Bronxville’s Village Hall with his 9-year old daughter, Coco Rosenberg. The Rosenbergs and their mini-municipal building got a surprise visit from its primary occupant, Mayor Mary Marvin.

Meanwhile, the Bond-O’Gorman family came early to snag the historic Hotel Gramatan arcade, which was a massive undertaking. “It’s a cool building,” said 9-year old Jessica O’Gorman.

“I liked seeing it done,” added 9-year old Jack O’Gorman.

After 90 minutes of construction time, the completed structures were carefully transported to a large, scaled map of Bronxville positioned on the gym floor. 

After they were photographed and sufficiently admired, Schwartz asked everyone to dismantle the creations and return the LEGOs to the bins, brick by brick.

On the way out, each student received a guided walking tour of the village, and they were encouraged to go on an architectural treasure hunt in the future.

“Building Bronxville Brick By Brick” was organized by BHC board members Mike Heraty, Michelle McBride, Suzanne Davis, and BHC co-founder Marilynn Hill.
















Photos by Maria Golingan



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