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Letter to the Editor: Mayor and Trustees Thank Residents and Village Staff for Patience and Dedication through 'Tax Chaos' PDF Print Email

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Dear Residents:


Jan. 3, 2018:  Thank you so much for your patience, kindness, and even humor as you traveled with us through this tax chaos. 

Confronted with a new tax provision so detrimental to village residents and an extremely inartful state executive order, the village administrator, trustees, and I reached out to every state and taxation authority, to legal counsel, and to colleagues around the county in the same position. 

With time of the essence and the opinions contradicting almost hourly, we decided to simply err on the side of accepting what money we could as a village government in the hopes that it will ultimately benefit our residents. We convened a special board meeting on December 27 and issued a tentative tax warrant in the hopes of bolstering our position when all is sorted out. We do not legally have jurisdiction over county, town, fire district, and school taxes.  

We will keep you posted as to our handling of your 2018 tax prepayment check as we seek counsel from our accountants and the state department of taxation for proper disposition.

We want to especially thank the village administrator, village treasurer, and the entire administrative staff for sharing most of their holiday vacation with us. Their loyalty and dedication is a shining example.

With thanks and gratitude,

Mary Marvin, Bob Underhill, Anne Poorman, Guy Longobardo, and Randy Mayer

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: Christmas Caroling Tradition in Eastchester Celebrates 10th Year PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Dec. 20, 2017:  In December 2008, a longtime resident of Eastchester, Theresa Nicholson, thought it would be a nice deed to spread some Christmas cheer to all her neighbors and friends by way of Christmas caroling.  

Along with her family, friends, and their children, they went from house to house singing their happy Christmas songs armed with a flashlight and a portable DVD player. The DVD player was to help the kids keep time to their lyrics, which they had in their hand, as the children sang from their song sheets.  

The children and adults sang their hearts out. I, myself, was a participant, along with my 8-year-old daughter (at that time). The kids enjoyed going house to house, as they felt enormous pride as the neighbors complimented them on their lovely singing and told them how much they enjoyed their performances.  

The adults who were singing were equally delighted to see everyone enjoying such a great outing! The fun didn’t stop there – after singing for an hour and a half and covering about 10 blocks of homes, it was off to the Nicholsons' home to warm up with hot cocoa, hot food, desserts, and more laughter and fun.  

This tradition continued the following year; the word has spread, and now there are about 60 volunteer carolers, and the numbers keep growing to this day. Without fail, Theresa sends out emails with a date and a time for this annual Christmas caroling event and after party.

I think it is safe to say that this event has captured the true meaning of community and the true meaning of spreading joy and cheer during the holiday season. Imagine all the children who were able to experience this kind of Christmas spirit throughout their growing years. So you better watch out. Santa is not the only one coming to town!

The carolers will be out spreading their joy this December 23, and it is such a lovely sound and sight!

Colleen Gleeson, 
Town of Eastchester resident and Christmas caroler

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 Community from Gordon A. Burrows PDF Print Email

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Nov. 15, 2017:  I would like to thank everyone who voted on Election Day. To those who supported me, I truly appreciate your trust and belief in me and knowing that I always have your best interest at heart. To those who did not, I hope to gain your trust and support over the next two years.

It is my honor and privilege to continue to serve the residents of the 15th District. As always, I will continue to work in a bi-partisan fashion. It is my promise to continue to serve you to the best of my ability.

If you have any questions, concerns, or issues, please call my office at 914-995-9530 or email me at CLOAKING . I will be more than happy to assist you. Also, if you would like to receive news and updates on issues in our district and Westchester County, please send me your email address.

Again, thank you, and I look forward to continuing to move Westchester forward together with you.

Respectfully,
Gordon A. Burrows
Westchester County Legislator, District 15


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Letter to the Editor: Bronxville Athletic Council and PTA Thank Bronxville Community for Support during Homecoming Week PDF Print Email

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To the Editor: 


Nov. 1, 2017:  As a follow-up to the Bronxville School Homecoming 2017, the Bronxville Athletic Council and PTA would like to thank the incredibly generous support of the Bronxville community, whose members tirelessly donated their time, energy, products, and services, and without which we could not have organized and enjoyed such a well-attended and fun homecoming week celebration.

We want to thank our local business donors for the fabulous and most generous food donations to the Bronco Barn & Grill: Park Place Bagels, Scarborough Fair, Mini's Prime Meats & Specialties, Lange's Delicatessen, and the Eastchester Odyssey Diner. Their delicious meals were enjoyed by all the Bronco fans in the stands and helped raise money to support the Athletic Council programs throughout the year.  

Also, we would like to thank Pete's Park Place Tavern and Gino's Pizzeria & Restaurant for offering team dinners for the winners of two spirit competitions among the high school teams during homecoming.  From the bottom of our hearts (and stomachs), thank you all for your generosity!

The Athletic Council is also very grateful for and appreciates all the loyal support and sponsorship of over 75 Journal News advertisers cheering on our Bronco teams: 

Achieve Physical Therapy & Performance Enhancement

 

Angelina's Ristorante & Brick Oven Pizza

 

Arthur Lange, Inc.

 

Audio Video Crafts, Inc.

 

Bespoke Education

 

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe

 

Boo Gemes

 

Bronxville Adult School

 

Bronxville Fitness Club

 

Bronxville School Foundation

 

Bronxville PTA

 

Bronxville Sports Physical Therapy

 

Bronxville Teachers' Association

 

Buon Amici Delicatessen

 

Candy Rox

 

Coals Pizza

 

Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe

 

Concordia College Clipper Athletics Program

 

Continental 109

 

Country Markets of Westchester

 

County Chair Party Rentals

 

D.C. Ranieri Insurance Agency

 

Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese

 

Donovan & Valicenti, Attorneys at Law

 

Dr. Patricia L. Halloran, Bronxville Orthodontics

 

Dr. Henry A. Blom, Bronxville Dentistry

 

Eastchester Odyssey Diner

 

Eco Green Cleaners

 

Epstein's, A Family Store

 

Ernesto Professional Painting Corp.

 

Found Herbal Apothecary

 

The Funeral Home of Fred H. McGrath & Son Inc.

 

Gino's Pizzeria & Restaurant

 

Guttilla Contracting

 

harry A Rothmans Project Men's Store

 

Houlihan Lawrence

 

Il Bacio Trattoria

 

Innovative Air Solutions

 

James G. Dibbini & Associates, Attorneys at Law

 

Jerome Haims Realty, Inc.

 

J.McLaughlin

 

J&G Deli and Market

 

JDS Custom Homes, Inc.

 

Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty

 

Katie's Run, Annual Katie Welling Memorial Run/Walk

 

Ladle of Love

 

Land Productions, Inc., Landscape Development & Management

 

Lange's of Bronxville

 

Leiwko Imaging Art/Bronxville Stationers

 

Lilac Garden Design

 

Louis De Chiarro Salon

 

Michael Serio, Inc. Complete Tree Care

 

Mini's Prime Meats & Specialties

 

Morris Moving & Storage

 

MyhometownBronxville

 

Nature's Cradle Nursery

 

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

 

Park Place Bagels

 

Patricia Breen & Therese (Tracy) Walsh of Houlihan Lawrence

 

Patricia Knox Designs

 

Paws and Play Pet Resort & Training Center

 

Pepe Auto Group

 

Pete's Park Place Tavern

 

Pro Sports Physical Therapy

 

Projecta Interior Design

 

Pure Barre Bronxville

 

Quickstrike Patriots FC

 

REV High Intensity Fitness, Stephen Lee

 

Rozsa Gaston, Author of Sense of Touch

 

Sammy's Downtown

 

Soccer & Rugby Imports

 

Station Plaza Wine & Spirits

 

Topps Bakery at Bronxville

 

Trapp Opticians

 

The Flower Shop of Tryforos & Pernice

 

The Olde Stone Mill Italian Steakhouse

 

The Silk Road

 

Tuckahoe Animal Hospital & Pet Center

 

Tuckahoe Framing Gallery

 

Underhills Crossing Restaurant

 

Value Drugs

 

Zuccarelli's Delicatessen & Prime Meats 

 

In addition to the business advertisers, we extend our gratitude to over 40 Bronxville families and all 13 varsity & JV fall teams for placing a spirit ad in the Journal News. Simply amazing; our endless gratitude for your continued support--thank you!

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 Athletic Council and 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 Peterson, Dawn Hartson, and Anthony Vaglica and the amazing grounds team of the Bronxville Athletic Department for their selfless dedication to the Bronxville School athletes, the Athletic Council, and the PTA during all of the homecoming festivities. We are overwhelmed by your support--you never let us down and we are so grateful!

The generosity of 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, Spirit Week, and more.

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

Rose Crawford, Parent Co-Chair, Bronxville Athletic Council, and Linda Pagano, Parent Member, Bronxville Athletic Council

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: Bill Gaston in Support of Ruth Walter for County Legislator PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Nov. 1, 2017:  In the race for county legislator on November 7, Bronxville voters face a stark choice. They can re-elect a six-term career politician from Yonkers, Gordon Burrows, whose paltry legislative achievements to date are matched by a nearly invisible public profile.

Alternatively, Bronxville can elect one of its own: Ruth Walter, a vigorous and visionary small-business owner who comes brimming with new ideas for reforming the county's $1.8 billion budget.

Legislator Burrows prides himself on never having voted to raise taxes during his 12 years in office. But his voting record has contributed to the deteriorating state of Westchester's finances, with the county budget now up to its ears in debt, and departments starved for revenue, thanks to County Executive Rob Astorino's fiscal mismanagement.

It's time for a change!

As the current treasurer of the Bronxville Public Library Board of Trustees and former court clerk, Ruth will bring the same energy and gimlet eye to the county budget that she displays in her successful cheese shop on Pondfield Road, as well as our village finances. 

I hope you will join me in voting for Ruth Walter on Tuesday, November 7.

Bill Gaston
Bronxville, New York

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. 

 
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