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Letter to the Editor: Joan Steube on Snow Removal by Bronxville DPW PDF Print Email

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Feb. 22, 2017:  I would like to thank the Bronxville DPW crew for keeping Bronxville so clean and for the great job they did after a big snow dump.

I am in a wheelchair and so I always look at the snow removal, salt, and sand on ice. 

Bravo to those responsible for the snow removal after the last storm [February 8].

I have never seen a better job.

Thank you.

Joan Steube
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.

 
Letter to the Editor: Maggie Marrone of Bronxville Beautification Council Thanking Generous Donors PDF Print Email

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Dec. 14, 2016:  As fall turns to winter and we start planning for the spring, the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) wishes to acknowledge all of our generous donors, with special thanks to the Gedney Farms Nursery in White Plains for the excellent work they did to help make this year's plantings such a huge success.

The year 2016 has been an especially good year for our projects. Due to weather conditions and the numerous irrigation and soil improvements the BBC has undertaken over the past few years, the flowers we planted were not only dense and full, but exceptionally long lasting. Due to a particularly mild fall, we are just now beginning to remove the annuals from our village beds and planting thousands of tulip bulbs. Look forward to a beautiful spring bloom!

For Bronxvillagers not familiar with our efforts, the BBC is a nonprofit organization in charge of the planting and maintenance of the following village public areas:

       1. Islands around the village business district 

       2. Railroad banks surrounding the underpass
  
       3. Large pots on the hospital side of the train station 

       4. Fountain circle in the middle of the village roundabout 

       5. Landscaping in front of the Bronxville Post Office
 
The BBC is completely funded by donations from our generous citizens. Save the date for our next fundraiser, a reception in a magnificent Bronxville garden, to be held on June 10, 2017. Tax-deductible donations to the BBC are greatly appreciated year round and can be mailed to Bronxville Beautification Council, PO Box 127, Bronxville, NY 10708.

Maggie Marrone
Bronxville Beautification 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: Michele Ruhm on Election Civility PDF Print Email

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Nov. 2, 2016:  This 2016 election cycle has resulted in nation-wide anxiety. Almost no one likes or trusts the two main candidates--many people actually fear one or both. And yet on November 8 they will have to go to the polls and vote for one of them to be the next president of the United States. 

What is particularly troubling is that many people seem to demonize those who have made a choice differing from theirs. Most people have thoughtfully made a choice between two historically unpopular candidates--often based on who they think will do the least damage. (What a terrible assessment to have to make when voting for the president of this great country.) It's important to recognize the integrity of others' decisions, even when we disagree with them.

The election is Tuesday, November 8. On November 9, things will not get better. Whatever the outcome, we need to treat each other with respect and civility. Now more than ever, we need to work together.

Michele Ruhm
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. 

 
Letter to the Editor: Bill Gaston on Tuckahoe Planning Board’s Decision to Proceed with Marriott Hotel Project PDF Print Email

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Oct. 26, 2016:  Amidst rounds of catcalls and boos from angry village residents, the Tuckahoe Planning Board voted on October 19 to proceed with the highly controversial Marriott Hotel Project on Marbledale Road.

In a bitterly divided 3-2 vote, the board gave its approval to build the hotel atop a confirmed toxic waste dump. Adding insult to injury, the board also rejected pleas from two members of the board who urged a full environmental impact statement be required before digging begins on the site, where, God knows, what ticking poisonous time bombs lie buried below it.    

In moving forward, the board basically told the community, "Trust the developer. Don’t fret your silly heads about clean air and community health, we have your back."  

Is it any wonder after months of being stonewalled on basic facts about the hotel site, the community is angry and is ill disposed to heed these reassurances?  Is it too much to ask that an environmental impact statement, supported by nearly 3,000 members of the surrounding communities, be conducted to allay the well-founded fears of a village whose residents do not want to be the next Flint, Michigan? 

Members of the Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition, who have waged a valiant fight from Day 1 against the obvious environmental risks of this project, are plenty angry and determined. 

Quoted in the Journal News, Rachel Zolottev, the head of the coalition, called the vote a “travesty,” which it most assuredly was. They have promised to continue the fight in the courts, which they most assuredly will.  

They will do so at their own expense, no courtesy of a village board, which displayed its skill last Wednesday burying its collective head in the sand and placing its trust in a developer whose only interest is making a tidy profit at the expense of the wellbeing of its neighbors. Shame on both of them! 

Bill Gaston
9 Bolton Gardens
Bronxville, NY  10708

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 on Vote on Marriott Hotel Project in Tuckahoe PDF Print Email


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Oct. 19, 2016:  On Wednesday night [October 19], the Tuckahoe Planning Board will cast its vote on the Marriott Hotel Project.

If approved by the board, the decision to move ahead promises to set in motion wide-ranging and deleterious public health, economic, and environmental impacts for years to come in Tuckahoe, Eastchester, and Bronxville. 

Let us hope the board listens to common sense and the voices of the surrounding communities and delays, or, better yet, kills this ill-considered project.

At its last public meeting in September, planning board members got an earful from angry residents, scores of them approaching the microphone with well-founded fears of contaminated air and exposure to toxins and their likely effect on health and property values.

One after the other, residents demanded a full environmental impact statement before digging begins on the hotel, which will sit atop a hazardous and contaminated industrial dump site on Marbledale Road. Up to now, the contaminated site has not been thoroughly tested, with only a small percentage of the soil samples tested. 

Incredibly, and irresponsibly, the planning board has suggested it may proceed with the project, even as the communities most affected have been left completely in the dark as to the likely health impacts, and even as the developer has failed to address the remediation or construction activities on the contaminated site. What it should do is go back to the drawing board!

Without a more stringent accounting of the multiple risks of this project, which have not been addressed, it would be the height of irresponsibility for the Tuckahoe Planning Board to "take a flier" on the Marriott Project and proceed full-steam ahead. There are simply too many warning signs for the future well-being of our communities.

Bill Gaston
9 Bolton Gardens
Bronxville, NY  10708 

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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