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Letter to the Editor: Christmas Caroling Tradition in Eastchester Celebrates 10th Year PDF Print Email


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

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Letter to the Community from Gordon A. Burrows PDF Print Email


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.

Gordon A. Burrows
Westchester County Legislator, District 15

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

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


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&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




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

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Letter to the Editor: Bill Gaston in Support of Ruth Walter for County Legislator PDF Print Email


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

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Letter to the Editor: County Legislator Gordon Burrows Asking for Support on Election Day PDF Print Email


To the Editor: 

Nov. 1, 2017:  My name is Gordon A. Burrows. I have dedicated my life to public service. I have been your legislator on the Westchester County Board of Legislators for the past twelve years. Prior to that, I served as a Yonkers City Councilman for ten years.

I have always worked independently in a bipartisan fashion. My 33 years of legal experience combined with my 22 years of political experience and proven leadership effectively enables me to advocate for you! 

Next Tuesday, November 7, is Election Day, for which I seek your support. My name will appear on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party lines.

Please note that I have not voted for one tax increase on your property during my tenure as your county legislator and that for the past seven years there has not been an increase in the tax levy; in fact, you have received a two-percent decrease during that period. This has been achieved while preserving Westchester County's bond rating, which is the highest rating in New York State.

Working in a BI-PARTISAN coalition, I have been part of a working majority of legislators that have reduced wasteful county spending while ensuring that essential services such as our police, parks, and infrastructure are protected.

Putting the needs of people first is my priority. I am dedicated to the residents of Westchester to do what needs to be done to protect them and future generations to come.     

Gordon A. Burrows
Westchester County Legislator

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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