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Letter to the Community: Message from Bronxville Board of Education President Regarding Bronxville Superintendent Search PDF Print Email


Dear Members of the Bronxville Community:


Sep. 14, 2016:  The members of the Bronxville Board of Education cordially invite all members of the school community to attend a meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, in the auditorium from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm to assist the board in the selection process for the new superintendent of schools.


At this meeting, you will have an opportunity to meet with the search consultants from School Leadership, LLC, who have been engaged to assist the board in the search. The consultants will describe the process and timetable for conducting the search and devote the majority of the meeting to obtaining your input on the following questions:

  1. What are the attributes of the Bronxville School District that you believe would attract a highly qualified educator to seek the position as our superintendent? 

  2. What do you believe are the major leadership challenges that our new superintendent will face over the next five years? 

  3. What prior experiences and personal and professional qualities do you believe the new superintendent should have to be successful in this role?

Information from this and other meetings with members of the Bronxville School community will be synthesized into a set of search specifications that the board anticipates approving at its meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2016. These specifications will then guide the search consultants and the board of education as we recruit and meet with potential candidates.

Whether or not you are able to attend this meeting, we ask that you complete the brief survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Bronxvilleschool to provide additional input.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this critically important process.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Rohr, President 
Bronxville Board of Education

Pictured here:  Jeffrey Rohr.

Photo courtesy Mr. Rohr

 
Letter to the Editor: Vicki Ford on Potentially Toxic Material on Marbledale Road PDF Print Email

To the Editor:  


Sep. 7, 2016:  We care. The two sinkholes on Marbledale Road were filled decades ago with potentially toxic material. Why isn't testing of air and water being done before any construction begins? The over-1,000 residents who signed petitions want to know the answer. Because we do care.

Vicki Ford


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Letter to the Editor: Bill Gaston on Community Opposition to Marbledale Road Hotel PDF Print Email


To the Editor: 


Aug. 17, 2016:  With ground set to break on the Marbledale Road hotel in Tuckahoe, growing community opposition to the project is forcing local public officials to take a closer look at its significant ecological and public health consequences. 

And not a moment too soon.

Despite clear evidence from the state environmental agency showing the presence of highly toxic chemicals at the site of the old marble quarry, on top of which the hotel would be constructed, Tuckahoe public officials have been dragging their feet and failing to take steps that would address the well-founded concerns of the community. 

Spearheading the opposition has been the Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition, a community-based group that has mobilized its members through rallies, petitions, and grassroots organizing to heighten public awareness and to demand thorough and comprehensive site testing before any digging begins.

As I wrote in this space nearly four months ago, Bronxville residents have a compelling interest in the concerns of our neighbors in Tuckahoe. Our well-founded fears about the likely effects on air, water, and property values from the toxic soil vapors and contaminated dust and groundwater that would result from construction of this hotel have not been adequately addressed, nor have public officials been straightforward or transparent about the consequences should residents be exposed to some of these contaminants. 

Before digging goes forward, we should all insist that the Village of Tuckahoe properly and systematically evaluate the risk to the community of this project, which to date it has failed to do. As I wrote back in April, clean up first and develop later.

Bill Gaston
Bronxville, NY

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. 

Pictured here:  Demonstrators marching against the proposed hotel plans on Marbledale Road.

Photo by N. Bower

 
Letter to the Editor: Marie Fischer, Daughter of Former Chief of Police Carl Steinmuller PDF Print Email


To the Editor:


As the daughter of former Bronxville Chief of Police Carl Steinmuller, I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the following:

  • McGrath & Sons

  • Chief of Police Christopher Satriale

  • All the Patrolmen

  • Staff and the Village of Bronxville

For the overwhelming respect and memorial that was given to my Dad, words cannot express our deepest gratitude.

In remembrance of a life well-lived and a life well-loved, thank you all for your support and kindness.

Sincerely yours,

Marie Fischer and the family of Carl Steinmuller
June 22, 2016

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: Ardis Schmidt Wood on Removal of Globe Lights in Village PDF Print Email

To the Editor:

I am greatly saddened to read that you will be removing the globe lights from Bronxville's business district. They are an important and unique part of your history...a virtual string of pearls.

The acorn tops you plan to use are not historically appropriate and are used all over the country now.

I served on your planning board for seven years during the time when we studied lighting in depth with the world's best-known lighting expert, Howard Brandston.

Please don't make the jewel that is Bronxville look like Anyplace, USA!

Ardis Schmidt Wood
Former Member of Bronxville Planning Board
June 22, 2016 

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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