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Letter to the Editor: Congratulations to Bronxville Fifth Graders PDF Print Email


To the Editor:

Jun. 24, 2020: I am a senior who has lived in Bronxville for 44 years. It was wonderful then as it is now in 2020.

That was shown to me last night. My three children attended the school. A very caring school experience. And now, many years later, still a caring school.

I am lucky to have two grandchildren who attend the Elementary School. Yesterday was graduation for the 5th grader.

Bravo to the principal and staff who made each child have a special day with the drive-through and video.

Congratulations to all!

Aren’t we all lucky to live in Bronxville.

Joan Steube

Letter to the Community: Bronxville Unity Walk is This Saturday PDF Print Email


Jun. 17, 2020: The unabated protests of the last weeks and months have revealed strong emotions running through our society. We have seen it in our own community with several events to honor the Black Lives Matter movement being organized in the last two weeks. We applaud the young people of this town. You are shining examples of the children we want to raise.

The senseless death of George Floyd, and the social unrest that followed it, highlights the structural racism that plagues our country. The brutal deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others have forced us to deeply question our country's notions of racial progress and equity.

Bronxville is not immune. Like many towns in America, Bronxville's historical position on matters of inclusion and equity has not met the standards we hold today. It is clear that history is testing Bronxville to determine which side we will now take: the side that stands with equity, justice, and inclusion or something else. Our younger generation has chosen their side.

Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, "We are tied in the single garment of destiny; caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." While this speech was made in 1968, it still bears relevance today. Race-based inequalities and injustices remain unresolved in our country, and this affects all of us, directly or indirectly.

We are proud to be a part of a community where people from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences find belonging, meaning, and connection. After the last several weeks, we need to continue to stand with one another – both in these tough times, and moving forward. The network of mutuality that makes us a community goes well beyond Bronxville's borders. We stand strongest when we stand together with family, friends, and fellow humanity who stand for justice and equity. We are allies.

Dr. King also said, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." He was speaking to us. This is the time when we must demonstrate that we believe in the messages of justice and equity that are part of the Black Lives Matter movement. Doing so places us on the right side of history for ourselves, our community, and our children.

Let us all follow in the footsteps of our high school students. Bronxville will come together on Saturday, June 20th, at 10 am. We will bring together our residents, our friends and families, our school, our churches, and our local government to walk from Leonard Morange Square down Pondfield Road to the Village Hall, where we will hear from speakers about their experiences and together mourn the many tragic deaths with a moment of silence.

Join us for this Unity Walk in Support of Black Lives Matter. Please wear a mask and practice safe social distancing.

If you cannot make it, we encourage you to let your voice be heard by posting a Black Lives Matter message on your front lawn as both of us have.

Your neighbors,

Jon Beer and Miki Kapoor

Thank You Village of Bronxville From Bronxville DPW PDF Print Email


To The Village of Bronxville

Apr. 24, 2020: We, the members of The Bronxville Department of Public Works, would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest thanks for all of your support you have given us during the COVID-19 outbreak.

To the residents for the lunches and all of your kind words, your endless encouragement, as well as the countless cards, notes, and drawings you have sent or given us, thank you.

To the business owners and shopkeepers for roughing it out and staying open throughout these difficult times, so we have places to eat and get necessary supplies and for also donating many lunches and other items to our crew thank you.

To the administration and the Mayor for formulating a plan that allowed us to keep working and keeping us safe and supplying our department with the necessary safety items, thank you.

We always knew what a wonderful Village this is to work in, but these trying times makes it so much more evident. We look forward to continue providing all of you with the best service possible and hope that all of you and your families stay happy, healthy, and safe.


Village of Bronxville D.P.W

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 Regarding Village Elections PDF Print Email


Apr. 22, 2020:  The right to vote is important in a democracy; exercising that right should not be unduly burdensome or dangerous (e.g., Wisconsin). Early voting, voting by mail, “no reason” absentee ballots and bundling various elections help to promote voter turnout and save time and money.

Governor Cuomo’s April 10, 2020 Executive Order 202.15 provided for easing of absentee ballot restrictions for the June 23 Primary election. However, no provision was made for rescheduling and easing of absentee ballot restrictions for Village Elections.

Village Elections were originally scheduled for March 18. Due to COVID-19, Governor Cuomo rescheduled Village Elections to April 28. The Westchester Board of Elections website notes that Village Elections were again “postponed until at least June 1, 2020 “.

I encourage Governor Cuomo to expand his April 10 Executive Order to include Village Elections. This would promote public health, voter turnout, and save both time and money.

Please email Governor Cuomo if you agree that the scheduled June 23 Primary Election should include Village Elections as well.

Thank you for your consideration of this proposal. Stay safe. Stay well.

Mary Neagle Smith


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: Unbounded Gratitude and Deepest Respect PDF Print Email

To The Editor:

Apr. 15, 2020: In the face of danger, most people run. It’s practically human nature. But there are a rare few, who, without thinking, will selflessly put themselves at risk to an extraordinary degree to save the life of another. Those people are heroes. All of you are our heroes.

We recognize the unimaginable sacrifices you are making and struggle to find the words that would adequately express our profound appreciation. Your long days, your ingenuity, and your compassion on this battlefield are saving people’s lives. Because of you, this war will come to an end, and so many will go home to their families and will cherish every day that you’ve given back to them.

We have always been proud of our association with NYP Lawrence - the best combination of big hospital know-how and community hospital kindness. We have had the deepest admiration over the years for the dedication of the NYP Lawrence staff, doctors, and nurses. But, now, we stand in awe of you.

We wish you strength and send prayers for your safety and for the swift return of better times.

With deepest gratitude,

NYP Lawrence Hospital Community Board Members

Lisa Barr
Mary Taylor Behrens
Richard Dresdale
Dennis Glazer
Tom Welling

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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