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Letter to the Editor: AT&T Should Not Be Allowed to Put Antennas on Gramatan Tower PDF Print Email


To the Editor:

Mar. 6, 2019:  As a (nearly) lifelong resident of Bronxville, I am writing to express my concern about the cell phone antennas that AT&T/Cingular proposes to construct on top of the elevator tower at 7 Pondfield Road. My wife and I along with our three young sons live very close to this tower – a mere 100 feet from the proposed antennas.

AT&T’s original submission on Radio Frequency (RF) states: “Using upper limit assumptions for AT&T equipment configurations the cumulative radio-frequency exposure levels would be less than 1% of the applicable FCC standards at all locations of public access.” A subsequent submission states that one location is above the 1% mark. That’s where I live and it’s 7.9%.

The FCC says cell phone antennas are safe, but all of the documentation I’ve read in the AT&T proposal is based on radiation that reaches someone on the ground. My family and I live much closer than these presumed pedestrians and we live here all the time.

Is microwave radiation really safe? Noted scientists and doctors from around the world do not think so. In fact, a number of our government departments have expressed concerns with the FCC, which is clearly industry-influenced.

Aside from safety concerns, I also take issue with the aesthetic impact the proposed cell tower raises. We live in a beautiful village with amazing architecture. AT&T’s plans call for a significant change in the size of the tower top along with some change in the roofline that is not entirely clear. This is something that needs further review to ensure that we don’t mar the skyline of downtown Bronxville.

Finally, my neighbors and I are concerned about protecting the value of our homes. What prospective buyer would want to live this close to a cell phone tower? If the cell phone maps are correct, I can’t find any towers that are located within residential areas in Bronxville. If this was proposed for the top of Crow’s Nest would it have even made it this far in the process?

To sum up, I believe that AT&T should find a solution that doesn’t have antennas bombarding our homes with RF. Surely there are more suitable locations. I find it interesting that multiple co-ops in Bronxville have already turned them down. Could the village not put up a dedicated cell phone tower at village hall and collect the fees to support our local government instead of enriching commercial property owners to the detriment of our health and property values?

Robert W. Deichert Jr.


Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community.


Letter to the Editor: George Kooluris on Pedestrian Safety PDF Print Email


To the Editor:

Dec. 12, 2018:  Was most appreciative to learn from chief of police that reflective armbands are available at the police station. Crossing village streets at night is particularly difficult for our senior citizens and those that are handicapped. At an advanced age or with a physical disability it takes longer to cross the street, and some drivers express their impatience in dangerous ways to these individuals. I would like to formally request that the village give serious consideration to either extending the time lights in the business district changing to a four-way stoplight system in town, even if just in the evening when the danger to pedestrians is greatest.

George Kooluris 

Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community.
Bronxville Chief of Police Responds to Letter from Schatze Thorp about Pedestrians in Danger PDF Print Email


By Staff

Dec. 5, 2018:  Last week’s MyhometownBronxville included a letter from Schatze Thorp about concerns over dim lighting and dangerous conditions for pedestrians walking from the train station because cars cannot easily see them. She recommended that reflectors be available near the train station. Click here to see the full letter.

Christopher Satriale, Bronxville chief of police, responded to this letter saying that reflectors are available. He said, “The Bronxville Police Department provides reflective arm- and wristbands free of charge for pedestrians and joggers. Stop by the police department anytime and see the desk officer.”

The picture above is of a black jacket with a yellow reflector around the upper arm. These reflectors stretch out flat and then spring into a closed round position. They can be kept in a handbag or briefcase and taken out when needed, such as when leaving the train. You can pick one up at the Bronxville Police Station.

Photo by S. Clifford

Letter to the Editor: Schatze Thorp on Bronxville Pedestrians in Danger PDF Print Email


To the Editor:

Nov. 28, 2018:  My reason for writing is to make the community aware of the danger of pedestrian injuries in our westside neighborhood from lack of street lighting. This is something I have witnessed since my husband and I moved into Stoneleigh Plaza 20 years ago.

The lights are dim and cannot illuminate the commuters leaving the train, most of whom are dressed in dark clothing, and so drivers really cannot see them at all. The pedestrians have no idea they are in danger, and those in the car are busy going where they are going. A major accident is waiting to happen.

My solution:  Have strips of light reflectors to put on shoes, coats, hats, whatever, available to passengers as they depart the train, in a big box with big signs. This would not be costly and certainly would be worth a try. Before we have a tragedy.

Schatze Thorp

Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community.


A Big Thank-You from the PTA for Supporting Homecoming PDF Print Email


By Linda Pagano, Bronxville Parent and Member of the Bronxville PTA Athletic Council

Oct. 24, 2018:  The “Broncos Together” initiative was born of the PTA Athletic Council’s desire to renew the spirit and widen the collective that is a Bronxville Bronco..

This past week was Bronxville’s homecoming week, and Bronco supporters were out in full force. The game day flags and feather flags were up and proudly waving, and game night lights were in position on the field in anticipation of upcoming games. And for the first time, homecoming week banners hung in the Bronxville business district, reaching out to the Bronxville community, inviting everyone to be a part of the spirit that is Homecoming. 

Athletes, students, family, faculty, alumni, fans, and neighbors all joined in celebrating homecoming, and the Bronxville PTA Athletic Council would like to thank the Bronxville community, including everyone who donated time, energy, products, and services to an amazingly well-attended and exciting homecoming Week celebration.

Thank you to the local business donors for the incredibly generous and delicious food donations to the Bronco Barn & Grill, including the Eastchester Odyssey Diner, Lange's Delicatessen of Bronxville, Mini's Prime Meats & Specialties, Park Place Bagels, and Scarborough Fair. These delicious meals were enjoyed by all of the Bronco fans in the stands and helped raise money to support the Athletic Council programs throughout the year. Thanks to Pete’s Park Place Tavern and Gino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant for offering team dinners to the winners of spirit competitions during homecoming. The PTA Athletic Council is so grateful for your generosity!

With over 35 homecoming journal business advertisers, the Athletic Council extends its thanks and appreciation to all the loyal supporters of our Bronco teams and programs:

Achieve Physical Therapy & Performance Enhancement
Arthur Lange, Inc.
Blackbird Creative Services
Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
Bronxville Adult School
Bronxville Chamber of Commerce
The Bronxville School Foundation
Bronxville PTA
Bronxville Sports Physical Therapy
Bronxville Stationers
Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe
Concordia College Clipper Athletics Program
Continental 109
Eastchester Odyssey Diner
The Funeral Home of Fred H. McGrath & Son Inc.
Gino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
Green Grass Real Estate
harry A Rothmans Project Men’s Store
Houlihan Lawrence
Julia B. Fee/Sotheby’s International Realty
Katie’s Run, Annual Katie Welling Memorial Run/Walk
Ladle of Love
Lange’s of Bronxville
Leiwko Imaging Art
Louis De Chiarro Salon
Mini’s Prime Meats & Specialties
NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital
Park Place Bagels
Pepe Auto Group
Pete’s Park Place Tavern
Playa Bowls Bronxville
Pro Sports Physical Therapy
Pure Barre Bronxville
Quickstrike Patriots FC
Scarborough Fair Catering/SF Express
Soccer & Rugby Imports
The Silk Road
Underhills Crossing Restaurant
Value Drugs

We extend our gratitude to the business advertisers as well as to the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce for their generous support and help with our new homecoming week banners.

To all the volunteers who made homecoming an incredible success manning the Bronco Barn & Grill, shifts for the PTA semi-annual apparel sale, and all of the behind-the-scenes planners of the homecoming week celebration, we are very grateful and appreciate all the work and time you put in to support the PTA Athletic Council and the Bronxville School community of fans and athletes! We could not do this without you, a million thanks!

And finally, the Athletic Council would like to thank Karen PetersonDawn HartsonAnthony Vaglica, and the amazing grounds team of the Bronxville Athletic Department for their selfless dedication to the Bronxville School athletes and the PTA Athletic Council during all of the homecoming festivities.

The generosity by so many in the Bronxville community enables the Athletic Council to raise funds to support all of the programs that will continue to complement the Bronxville Athletic Program throughout the year, such as game day flags, bonfire night, homecoming game lights, food truck night, spirit T-shirts, banners, the parade of athletes, pep rallies, and spirit week.

The PTA Bronxville Athletic Council is so proud of this year's accomplishments and success of homecoming seek. Thank you!

Photos by Daryl Schnepp

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


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