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Bronxville Competes in Nationwide Main Street Photo Contest PDF Print Email

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By Margaret Fuller Hayden, Bronxville School Graduate     

Apr. 12, 2017: Bronxville is in the running for a competitive photo contest aimed to support America's main streets: the $25,000 grand prize would help revitalize Bronxville's "main street," Pondfield Road. 

Run by an online listing for independent businesses called Independent We Stand--a large supporter of small businesses and shopping local--the contest requires a photo submission of the community's main street. The selected photo of Pondfield Road, taken last summer by MyhometownBronxville photographer Allaire Warner, features colorful storefront awnings, an abundance of potted plants, and an unsuspecting pedestrian walking off in the background.

Newly appointed director of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce Nicole Tuck heard about Independent We Stand from a local storeowner, and once the contest was announced, she and local merchants felt galvanized to face off with the hundreds of contestants across America. Although the competition is steep, Bronxville recently made it to the second round; the third round will determine the quarterfinalists, leading to ten semifinalists in June and the winner announcement on June 5. On the contest website, http://www.mainstreetcontest.com, one can vote for a main street photo entry a maximum of once a day; Bronxville's entry is listed as "Pondfield Road."

To go directly to the voting site hit the following link: 

Calling it a "walking village," Nicole expressed that Bronxville differentiates from many other villages, as the school's proximity to the downtown makes the merchants "an extended family." She said, "Residents take pride in all the locally owned businesses. Bronxville is a true example of how a village works well together."

Pictured here:  Photo of Pondfield Road in the business district submitted to the America's Main Streets contest.

Photo by Allaire Warner
 

 
Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee Endorses Two Candidates for School Board; Meet-and-Greet Reception Tuesday, May 2 PDF Print Email

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By Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees


Apr. 12, 2017:  The Bronxville Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees ("NPC") is pleased to announce that it has chosen two nominees for Bronxville School trustee and will host a candidates meet-and-greet reception on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 pm at the Bronxville Field Club. 

All Bronxville Village residents are welcome and are urged to attend this informal gathering at which the two nominees, Michael Finley and Jennifer Russo, will be available to answer questions from the community.

These two candidates were nominated by the NPC to be placed on the ballot to run for the two open trustee positions on the Bronxville Board of Education. The annual school budget vote and school board trustee election will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The following is background on each candidate:

Michael Finley

A Bronxville resident since 2004, Michael has had an extensive career in private equity, first at Lehman Brothers and then, for the past 17 years, at two private equity firms that manage multibillion-dollar funds. As part of his responsibilities, Michael monitored the portfolio of companies in which he had invested and worked extensively with management to form strategic direction of the business, raise debt, make changes to senior management, and act as a sounding board for c-suite executives. Over the course of the last 15 years, Michael has been a member of multiple private and public company boards, interacting with all levels and types of management teams. Michael holds an MBA and is a certified public accountant.

Michael and his wife, Denise, are raising two girls who both attend The Bronxville School; one is a senior and the other is in seventh grade. Michael has coached lacrosse and can often be found at the field supporting the Bronxville teams. He attended Union College and St. Thomas University in his native Minnesota, where he majored in business and economics. He received his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Jennifer Russo

Since moving to Bronxville in 2003, Jennifer has been extensively involved in the community through her work with the school, her neighborhood association, and a number of philanthropic organizations in the area. For the past seven years, Jennifer has also run her own interior design business after working for several years at a New York City-based design firm. She was previously a corporate bond analyst at Lehman Brothers.

Jennifer is currently a trustee of child services organization Graham Windham, where she co-chairs an annual holiday program for more than 100 children living in Graham's residential facility in Hastings. For the past three years, she has also served as a board member of the Lawrence Park Hilltop Association. Previous nonprofit organization positions include the Lawrence Home Care Fund Board (board member) and the Junior Leagues of Bronxville (co-chair, fundraising committee; membership secretary) and Boston.

In addition, Jennifer has contributed extensively to The Bronxville School through multiple leadership positions on various school councils and the PTA. Jennifer and her husband, Jim, have two daughters at The Bronxville School, one in ninth grade, the other in sixth. Jennifer attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in East Asian Studies, and she then returned to earn her MBA from The Wharton School.

The NPC was formed in 1936 to foster the election of trustees of The Bronxville School on a non-partisan basis. The NPC, which consists of three elected representatives from each of Bronxville's seven election districts, solicits qualified residents who are interested in serving as school trustee and nominates a slate of candidates to run in the school-district election each May.

 
Events this Week and Next in Bronxville: April 12 to April 26, 2017 PDF Print Email

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By Staff 


Editor's note
:  MyhometownBronxville will take a break next week, and the next issue will be April 26, so events for the next two weeks are listed below.

Wednesday, April 12:  NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital will be holding another presentation in its Eat Right, Live Long series from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the hospital's lobby conference room. Katie Campbell, RD, CDN, CE, will explain how eating fiber, choosing probiotics, and staying physically active can help support healthy gut function. To register, call 914-787-5000.

Wednesday, April 12:  The Bronxville Village Planning Board will have a meeting at 7:30 pm at Bronxville Village Hall. For more information, go to www.villageofbronxville.com or call 914-337-6500.

Tuesday, April 18:  NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital will hold another in its Meet the Doctor program from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Lake Isle Country Club. OB/GYN experts will discuss preparing for pregnancy, birth plans, trends in fertility treatment, and what you need to know if you're thinking about getting pregnant. Speakers include Anna Burgansky, MD, and Nitasha Jain, MD, Columbia University Medical Center OB/GYNs practicing with NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester, and Rachel McConnell, MD, of ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Medical Center. To register, call 914-787-5000.

Wednesday, April 19:  Gramatan Village will be sponsoring a trip from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to Art Gallery East at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, CT, to see the exhibition The Women's March; Images from Around the Country. Gramatan Village volunteer drivers will be providing the transportation. For more information, call 914-337-1338, email CLOAKING , or go to www.gramatanvillage.org.

Thursday, April 20:  The Bronxville Women's Club will hold its annual white elephant/bake sale fundraiser from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House at 135 Midland Avenue. Lunch will be at 12:30, and reservations are required for lunch. For more information, call 914-337-3252 or visit www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Thursday, April 20:  Megan Fontanella, curator of collections and provenance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, will give a presentation at OSilas Gallery from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the six pioneering arts patrons who established the Guggenheim Foundation and contributed the artwork that became the formative collection of the Guggenheim's modern art holdings. For more information, contact Director Elizabeth Vranka at 914-337-9300, ext. 2173, or go to www.osilasgallery.org.

Thursday, April 20:  Gramatan Village will be sponsoring tea and poetry in recognition of National Poetry Month in its location at 85 Pondfield Road from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. For more information, call 914-337-1338, email CLOAKING , or go to www.gramatanvillage.org.

Friday, April 21:  The Bronxville Women's Club will be holding a coffeehouse at 8:00 pm in the Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House at 135 Midland Avenue. There will be live music by Kelly Flint, Jeff Eyrich, and Dan Zlotnick. Tickets are $5.00. For more information, call 914-337-3252 or visit www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Friday, April 21:  Pulitzer Prize-winning Supreme Court expert Linda Greenhouse and CBS correspondent and presidential historian Mo Rocca will be the featured speakers at the 19th Annual Brendan Gill Lecture, sponsored by The Bronxville Historical Conservancy, at 8:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College. To register for this free public lecture, email  CLOAKING  or call 914-961-6790.

Saturday, April 22:  The Bronxville Women's Club will host a concert by world-renowned Russian pianist Vassily Primakov and friends Ben Capps on cello, Regi Papa on violin, and Oxana Mikhailoff on piano in the Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House at 135 Midland Avenue. Dinner will be provided before the concert, starting at 6:00 pm. Tickets for the concert alone are $20 in advance ($18 in advance for seniors), $25 at the door ($20 in advance for seniors), and $5 for students and children and can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2888496. Tickets for dinner require advance reservation, which can be made at 914-337-3252 or www.bronxvillewomensclub.org, and are $30 ($12 for children under 12). For more information, call 914-337-3252 or go to www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Saturday, April 22:  The next film in the Sluberski Film Series at Concordia College is Do Not Resist, named 2016 Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, which will be screened at 7:00 pm at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of the college. The film looks at the militarization of the police in America. The New Yorker calls the film an "eye-opening experience." A panel discussion featuring Margaret Smith from John Jay College, Nash from Black Movement-Law Project, and Concordia security personnel will follow the filmThe event is free and open to the public. For more information, email CLOAKING . Reserve tickets at www.concordia-ny.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, April 23:  The Bronxville Historical Conservancy will join Friends of the Bronxville Public Library in the Yeager Room at the Bronxville Public Library at 4:00 pm for a poetry reading. Members of FOBPL and BHC boards will read selections from poets who were JFK's contemporaries as well as family favorites by Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Yeats, among others. Organized by FOBPL director and secretary Chris Goff, the program will run approximately one hour and will be followed by a reception. The poetry reading not only honors JFK's connection to Bronxville and the 100th anniversary of his birth but also celebrates National Poetry Month. For more information, email CLOAKING or call the library at 914-337-7680.

Sunday, April 23:  Dr. Sándor Szabó, music director and organist at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, will perform a harpsichord concert titled "The Art of the Harpsichord: From Renaissance to Rock" at 4:00 pm at the GoldenSword International Fellowship Church, 10 Tanglewylde Avenue. Tickets are $15, $10, and $5 in advance and $20, $15, and $10 at the door. For more information, email CLOAKING  or call 908-267-1980.

Monday, April 24:  Concordia College will be hosting an extraordinary conversation with Holocaust survivor Alex Rosner at 1:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of the college. For more information, go to www.concordia-ny.edu.

Monday, April 24:  The Bronxville Women's Club will be holding a free stress management workshop with Janelle Allbritton at 7:00 pm at the Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House at 135 Midland Avenue. For more information, call 914-337-3252 or visit www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Tuesday, April 25:  The Bronxville Village Zoning Board of Appeals will have a meeting at 7:30 pm at Bronxville Village Hall. For more information, go to www.villageofbronxville.com or call 914-337-6500.

Photo by A. Warner

Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes notices about meetings of village government, the Bronxville Board of Education, and the board of trustees of the Bronxville Public Library. MyhometownBronxville does not independently research other events but will, at its discretion, consider including a notice of an event that will occur in Bronxville if information about the event is received by MyhometownBronxville (managing editor Marcia Lee at CLOAKING ) by noon on the Sunday before the subsequent Wednesday publication. These notices must not be advertisements; please send any requests for advertisements to Sarah Thornton Clifford at CLOAKING .

 
'Property Brothers: Buying and Selling' to Feature Local Construction Expert Artie Lange III; Premieres April 19 on HGTV PDF Print Email

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By Carol P. Bartold


Apr. 12, 2017:  Make a date with the Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, hosts on HGTV network, to see local construction and renovation expert Arthur ("Artie") Lange III and his crews from Arthur Lange Inc. transform rooms in Lower Hudson Valley homes.

Property Brothers, one of the most popular franchises on the HGTV network, will kick off its new 13-episode season, Property Brothers: Buying and Selling, on Wednesday, April 19, at 9:00 pm on HGTV. Workers from Arthur Lange Inc. are featured on four of the six episodes filmed in Westchester and Rockland counties.

The show, as company president Artie Lange III explained, sought clients who were deciding whether to sell or keep their homes. Real estate agent Drew Scott offered advice on how the clients could get the best price for their homes with some renovations, and licensed contractor Jonathan Scott advised what renovations would yield that price.

The series' first episode chronicles Artie Lange and his team refurbishing rooms in a Scarsdale home. Lange and his crews appear on subsequent episodes filmed in Yorktown, Rockland County, and Eastchester.

For the duration of the work, Jonathan Scott "kicked" the clients out of their homes. Some clients couldn't resist sneaking a peek at the work midway through the renovation. A surprised Jonathan made them leave and instructed them not to return until the final reveal.

"The jobs came out great," Lange said. "The clients had to give 100 percent trust to the entire team to create the renovation they envision." He added that no problems have come to light with any of the work. In fact, the company has gained some repeat business with the clients from the show.

"The production company and the Scott brothers loved working with us," Lange said. "They were highly complimentary and said we were the best construction company they ever worked with on a show."

With a production schedule that was set three months in advance, Lange noted, there was no breaking that timetable during filming last year. "We had to make it work and finish the jobs by the contract dates," he said, "even with little snafus here and there on the projects." Lange said that his workers met every deadline, although on the Eastchester home it meant that crews worked until 2:00 am, and wrong-sized custom cabinet doors arrived at the Rockland home.

Viewers can expect to see shots of Lange's workers in company uniforms on the show, quick cameos of Lange himself, and his company vans. After the show airs, Lange added, he can use still photos from the episodes on his company website, as well as the logo "As Seen on Property Brothers." No stranger to television work, Lange appeared with Ken Rosato, WABC Eyewitness News This Morning anchor, several years ago on Fixing Your House Up For Spring segments. He was also tapped by NPR to film reports on the housing industry.

"Property Brothers: Buying and Selling was an amazing experience for me," Lange said. "I got to do a lot for my men and send different crews to the jobs so that everybody had some opportunity for camera exposure."

Artie Lange III is the fourth-generation Arthur Lange at the helm of Arthur Lange Inc. "My great grandfather started this company in 1910," he said. Then his grandfather ran it, as did his father from the early 1970s into the early 2000s. "And then I took over. There aren't many people in the 10708 zip code who don't know our family and history."

Pictured here (L to R):  Drew Scott, Arthur Lange III, and Jonathan Scott.

Photo courtesy Artie Lange III

 
Patty Warble and Wright Elliott to Co-chair Gramatan Village May Magic Benefit Sunday, May 7 PDF Print Email

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By Kathryn S. Urbina, Member Services/Program & Volunteer Coordinator, Gramatan Village

Apr. 12, 2017:  Gramatan Village's eighth annual May Magic Benefit will take place at Siwanoy Country Club on Sunday, May 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

This year, Patricia Warble and Wright Elliot, pictured above, are co-chairing the event.

The highlight of the afternoon will be the presentation of the J. Rockhill Gray Award to Schatze and Peter Thorp for their outstanding contribution to the Bronxville community.  

The Thorps became interested in the concept of Gramatan Village through the late John Corry and Rocky Gray, whose son was involved with the then-new Beacon Hill Village in Boston. The Thorps both serve on the board of directors and have seen Gramatan Village grow as a vital resource in the community that fulfills so many needs of its members. 

Schatze and Peter have lived in Bronxville for almost 50 years and continue to be involved in many aspects of life in the village.

As always, the benefit will be a wonderfully enjoyable affair with a wine reception and delectable hors d'oeuvres. Mentalist Ken Salaz, one of the busiest performing magicians in the country, will dazzle our guests with his world-class sleight-of-hand and mind-reading abilities.

"This year, Gramatan Village is honoring an outstanding couple who epitomize the Bronxville commitment of 'giving back' and caring for others. Schatze and Peter are front and center when needed, whether it's Meals on Wheels, their church, or tutoring children. Come to May Magic to thank the Thorps for their contribution to making our community a better place for all to live," said Patricia Warble. "Gramatan Village is a giving, caring organization, and Schatze and Peter are giving, caring people. What a perfect way to honor both!" added Wright Elliott.

Gramatan Village is a membership organization that engages community residents who want to remain in the home and neighborhood they love. The organization supports aging-in-community with a network of volunteers, community partnerships, and peer connections that enable members to stay independent and fully engaged in the community. Gramatan Village is recognized as a leader in the National Village Movement. 

Admission to the May Magic Benefit is $100 per person, of which $75 is tax deductible. We are delighted to announce that a generous donor will match dollar for dollar both new contributions and those increased over 2016 donations.

For additional information or to make a reservation, please call the Gramatan Village office at 914-337-1338 or visit the website at www.gramatanvillage.org.

Pictured here:  Wright Elliot and Patty Warble, co-chairs of the May Magic fundraiser. 

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

 
Bronxville Squash Players Compete in U.S. Junior Silver Nationals; Ellie Clifford Wins Girls Under 13 PDF Print Email

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By Staff


Apr. 12, 2017:  This weekend of April 7th, seven talented squash players from Bronxville traveled to Philadelphia to participate in the U.S. Squash Junior Silver Championships.

The players from Bronxville represented at the silver nationals were Ben Korengold and Thomas Sheumack (Boys Under 13), Ellie Clifford (Girls Under 13), Lainey Neild (Girls Under 15), Justin Barr (Boys Under 15), Sam Charlton (Boys Under 17), and Hadley Barr (Girls Under 19).

It was a great weekend of squash for the Bronxville players, with particularly outstanding results for Ellie Clifford, who won the Girls Under 13 division. Ellie won her semifinals in a hard-fought five-game match against Aditi Purushothaman of Cincinnati. She advanced to the finals, winning that match in three and finishing #1 overall.

Justin Barr, Lainey Neild, and Hadley Barr also had outstanding results. Justin won the consolation in his age division, finishing ninth overall. Hadley made it to the finals of the consolation in her age division, falling in a hard-fought four-game match and finishing tenth overall. Lainey made it to the semifinals of the consolation in her age division, finishing 11/12 overall.

Other notable results include Ben Korengold, who finished in the top 16 of his age division, and Thomas Sheumack and Sam Charlton, who finished in the top 24 of their age divisions.

All in all, Bronxville once again showed its prowess in the junior squash world.

Pictured here (rotating):  Some of the Bronxville squash players who played in the U.S. Junior Silver Championships.

Photos contributed by parents

 
From the Mayor: The Village's Plan for Residential Areas: An Intricate Balancing Act PDF Print Email

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By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville


Apr. 12, 2017:  In last week's column, I wrote of the trustees' plan, in conjunction with our planning, zoning, and design review boards, to revisit the village's comprehensive plan as it relates to the business district.

On a parallel track, we will be reviewing same as it relates to the residential areas in the village. The goal is to ensure that the village's plan reflects and addresses variables present in the current makeup and conditions in the village. All will be looked at with the goal of maintaining standards that enhance the quality of the village in terms of both home values and peace and enjoyment.

The following is a list of issues that have come to the fore. It is by no means exhaustive and, at this juncture, we earnestly seek your input. You as residents are the boots on the ground, having experienced village processes throughout your tenure here. We are quite aware that what looks practical on paper can often execute quite differently.

Goal: To review all permit/home improvement regulations

  • Are permits reviewed and granted in an optimal time frame?

  • Would a checklist of requirements for the home improvement process to be distributed at the outset of a project be helpful so no one is caught unaware or perhaps missing one critical document?

  • Should neighbors whose property is undergoing construction be required to alert those nearby of periods when there will be particularly intrusive stages of construction such as drilling and rock removal?

  • Should every project have a point person whom neighbors can call so they aren't put in the often untenable position of having only the police to call if nearby construction is not complying with regulations?

  • Are permit time frames reasonable? Should renewals be allowed? What should be acceptable standards/hardships required to receive an extension/renewal? Should the effect of prolonged construction on the quality of life of nearby neighbors be a factor to be weighed in the equation?

  • Should construction vehicles/workers' cars be required to be parked off-site, or at least should the number of vehicles that can park on or near a site be limited?

  • Do we need regulations to protect mature trees from removal?

  • If trees are removed, should a new planting/landscape plan be required to offset the loss?

  • Should the noise ordinance be enforced even if work is conducted during permitted hours?

  • Should contractors be required to pay for road and curb repairs if heavy vehicles are potentially damaging our streets?

  • Is our floor area ratio, i.e., structure to open space, too harsh, too lenient? Are we allowing structures too large for certain lots or proper neighborhood integration of home sizes?

  • Are our setback rules conducive to proper sight lines and are they in accordance with neighborhood character?

  • Do our teardown /almost teardown rules promote proper sizing of residential homes vis-à-vis neighborhood character?

  • Would a gardener registry be helpful as a way to monitor leaf blower use and proper disposal of leaf and grass clippings?

  • In the same vein, would a landlord registry be advisable to make sure units are meeting all the health and safety codes as well as to ensure that all units are legally configured?

  • Do our overnight parking rules, no on-street parking between 2:00 am and 6:00 am, meet the needs of current residents?

Some issues that must be addressed that were never contemplated by the authors of our current village codes:

  • The design, size, and location of solar equipment and panels. Since our homes are so close in proximity, one person's ecological and financial benefit could easily impact the sight lines and attractiveness of a neighboring home if rules are not properly formulated.

  • How do we regulate the purchase of apartments, townhomes, etc., by corporate entities who use them as short-term rental options? How does this use affect the property values in a neighborhood?

  • How do we regulate the Airbnb phenomenon? (It has already occurred in the village and was stopped only by an alert call from a neighbor.)

  • How do we balance the parking needs of our not-for-profit schools, churches, and hospital, given their close proximity to driveways, front walks, and street spaces needed by residential dwellings?

Since our village is so tightly developed, planning, zoning, and design review rules play a critical role in balancing the needs of one homeowner with the potential detrimental effects on a nearby neighbor.

It is an intricate balancing act that has to constantly be recalibrated to maintain home values and the distinct character of our village. It requires vision, anticipation of changes, and acknowledging the realities of current taste and aesthetics. Again, your input is so valuable at this point in the process.

Share your thoughts at  CLOAKING .

 
School Board Anticipates $1.425 Million in Tuition from Out-of-District Students PDF Print Email

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By Carol P. Bartold


Apr. 12, 2017:  The $47.1 million Bronxville School budget for 2017-2018 anticipates that tuition collections from students attending from outside the district will total $1.425 million.

The Bronxville Board of Education adopted the budget at its March 16 meeting.

Dan Carlin, assistant superintendent for business, estimates that $1.25 million of that tuition will come from special education students. Tuition for these students, Carlin said, ranges from $60,000 to $81,000 per year, depending on the program and services the students require.

The 2017-2018 budget projects that the Bronxville district will enroll fifteen special education students. However, Carlin said, that number will depend on how many village residents must be accommodated in the programs. "We take our own students first," he said, "and then we fill out the remaining seats with tuition students."

Tuition from special education students is projected to be approximately $1.4 million for the year ending June 30, 2017, up from approximately $1.25 million for the 2015-2016 year and approximately $1.38 million for 2014-2015. The special education tuition budget for 2016-2017 stands at $1.25 million.

Dr. Rachel Kelly, assistant superintendent for human resources and pupil services, explained that the committees on special education in those students' home districts have determined that Bronxville, rather than the home districts, has the programs to best meet those students' needs.

According to Carlin, the special education students' home school districts pay the tuition as well as transportation costs to and from The Bronxville School.

The district anticipates that seven regular tuition students, paying $25,000 each, will enroll for the 2017-2018 school year, bringing budgeted revenue to $175,000. Ten regular tuition students, all in the secondary grades, currently attend the school. Carlin stated that three of those students will graduate this year.

After a spike in enrollment during the 2013-2014 school year to approximately 1,700 students, enrollment has held steady in the 1,685 to 1,695 range and is expected to remain at that level. This level of enrollment, Carlin said, could make room for up to ten regular tuition students.

During the 2014-2015 school year, the district collected $249,095 for regular tuition students and during 2015-2016 it collected $189,188. For the current 2016-2017 year, the district expects to collect $232,770 for regular tuition students, against $180,000 budgeted.

The annual budget vote and board election will be held on Tuesday, May 16, in the Blue Gym at The Bronxville School.

Pictured here:  Students playing in front of The Bronxville School.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Bronxville Middle School Eighth-Graders Curate Exhibition on Harlem Renaissance PDF Print Email

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By Plamena Quintavalla, Bronxville School Reporter for Syntax


Apr. 12, 2017:  Bronxville Middle School eighth-graders in David Katz's social studies classes worked together over several weeks to curate an exhibition at the school that celebrates the significance of the Harlem Renaissance.

As part of a project-based learning experience, they created displays and crafted original art, poetry, and musical performances to detail the people and cultural changes that occurred during the groundbreaking time period. During their extensive research, with assistance from librarian Eileen Mann, the students learned about prominent figures and the history, lifestyle, and fashion of the Harlem Renaissance and discovered how it impacted African-American culture. The project also gave them an opportunity to collaborate with their peers and learn from the work of others.

"I hope the students took away a deeper understanding of the importance of culture and history," Katz said. "As we head toward studying the civil rights movement, I hope they understood how the Harlem Renaissance and that awakening of the African-American culture inspired the civil rights movement."

Eighth-grader Rayne Wiser, whose group created a documentary about the Harlem Renaissance lifestyle after touring historic landmarks in Harlem such as the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theater, Rucker Park, and the National Jazz Museum, said the project allowed them to fully immerse themselves in the time period. "It was a major period where we know there was still segregation going on, but it was where African-Americans really expanded and flourished," Wiser said. "Our whole museum was about people who worked to push on progressive thoughts."

Through his project, student John Moynihan said he gained a deeper understanding of the significance of the Harlem Renaissance. Having researched Langston Hughes's life, legacy, and impact on society, he wrote an original poem that was inspired by the work of the famed poet: 

They do not let us eat with them,
But we continue to celebrate.
A storm is starting,
It cannot be stopped.
Reform is coming.

They continue to discriminate,
But we continue to celebrate.
The storm is growing larger
People are beginning to understand
That we are the same as them.

The art is beautiful,
But few see it for its deeper meaning.
Too long we have suffered,
Soon we will suffer no more, 
Soon we will eat with them.

John Moynihan

Pictured here (L to R):  Kelly Weild, Alanna Thompson, Rayne Wiser, and John Moynihan.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School

 
Bronxville High School Students Sing with Broadway Musical 'Wicked' Actors PDF Print Email

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By Plamena Quintavalla, Bronxville School Reporter for Syntax


Apr. 12, 2017:  Members of the Bronxville High School chorus recently went to Broadway to see the musical Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz and met with members of the cast.

The trip, which was part of an annual program sponsored by Broadway Choral Workshops, provides students with an opportunity to work with professional actors and singers. The students, who learned a vocal excerpt from the show in advance, performed the arranged song with the cast members and other choir members during a workshop. They also learned a segment of choreography and were treated to a special performance by Wicked cast members.

"It is exciting to put the vocal excerpt together with a large group of singers from the New York metropolitan area," choral director Pamela Simpson said. "The best part was hearing and seeing what we just learned come to life in the matinee performance."

Pictured here: Members of the Bronxville High School chorus who met with cast members of Wicked.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School 

 
Concordia College to Open Conservatory in Stamford, Connecticut PDF Print Email

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By Holly Magnani, Web & Media Relations Manager, Marketing, Concordia College-New York


Apr. 12, 2017:  Concordia College announces the opening of Concordia Conservatory-Stamford in September of 2017. The Conservatory, a community music school and a division of Concordia College-New York, will be located at St. John's Lutheran Church at 884 Newfield Avenue in Stamford.

Since 1977, Concordia Conservatory has been known for its high-quality music offerings for early childhood, youth, and adult students. The establishment of an extended campus for music education in Stamford meets the needs of Fairfield County, where a community music school does not currently exist. This expansion also allows Concordia to join a thriving arts environment.

"Under Kathleen Suss's gifted tutelage, Concordia will now extend the blessings of a world-class music education to a new region with an exceptional new partner," stated Concordia College's president, Rev. John A. Nunes, PhD.

Concordia College and its conservatory serve students as performers, listeners, and lifelong learners. Music is an essential part of a quality education and a powerful contributor to quality of life in a community. The site of St. John's Lutheran Church in Stamford is ideally suited to serve as the home of Concordia Conservatory-Stamford. The St. John's Church property consists of the main sanctuary building, a large educational structure that houses offices and classrooms and is connected to the main sanctuary building, and the Inna-Ellen Chapel.

David Hendrickson, St. John's congregational president, enthusiastically commented, "St. John's Lutheran Church is pleased to host the Concordia Music Conservatory. This partnership lives out the core of our mission statement, 'All are Welcome,' as both the congregation and Concordia seek to make a difference in the community we serve. The Conservatory's and our congregation's outreach to Stamford, Fairfield County, and beyond will be extensive."

Concordia is committed to bringing the arts to all people regardless of age, ability, ethnic origin, or financial situation and will serve as a music education resource for the Fairfield County community. Staffed with a highly accomplished faculty, the school will offer private music instruction in all instruments including voice, group and chamber music instruction, music theory, ear-training, composition and songwriting, early childhood music classes, summer music camps, chamber music series, and an honors music program. In addition, the Conservatory will administer music outreach programs in the community. Kathleen Suss serves as its 20-year executive director.

Please visit www.concordiaconservatory.org or call 914-395-4507 for registration, admissions, and programming information.

For more information on St. John's Lutheran Church, please visit www.stjohnelca.org.

Pictured here (L to R):  Rev. John A. Nunes, PhD, president of Concordia College-New York; Kathleen Suss, executive director of Concordia Conservatory; and David Hendrickson, St. John's congregational president.

Photo courtesy Holly Magnani, Web & Media Relations Manager, Marketing, Concordia College-New York

 
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