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Village Capital Projects Include Police Body Cameras, Tennis Facility Repairs, More Teardrop Street Lighting, and Sagamore Park Improvements PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter

May 22, 2019: The Bronxville Board of Trustees, at its regular meeting on May 13, addressed the approval of capital projects and the funding of those projects over the next five years.

Projects approved via a resolution include the purchase of body cameras for police officers; repairs to the tennis courts as well as fence replacement and a security camera for the tennis court; street and curb restoration; the replacement of police vehicles, a new DPW dump truck, and a new sanitation truck; teardrop street lighting; a new electronic fingerprint machine; playground upgrades for Sagamore Park; traffic improvements to the Kraft Avenue and Meadow Avenue intersection; and repairs to the Pondfield underpass.

Although the trustees approved upgrades to the Bronxville Public Library HVAC system and the construction of a new department of public works garage, both projects require an environmental review and were not included in the bond resolution presented.

“Some projects will be financed using unassigned fund balances rather than debt financing,” Village Administrator Jim Palmer stated. “We want to move forward on some of these programs now.” He added that the decision about how to fund the projects need not be made right away and noted that no purchases can be made until the projects are put out for bid and bids are accepted.

Palmer reported that, while the village can make certain repairs to the Pondfield underpass steel columns, he has attempted to secure an agreement with Metro-North Railroad to coordinate work schedules between the two entities so that all column work can proceed at the same time. Palmer has also asked the railroad for definitive substantiation of its position that the village is solely responsible for repairing the underpass sidewalks and sidewalk railings.

The village has worked with a consultant and Police Chief Christopher Satriale to determine the best traffic and pedestrian signaling for the Kraft Avenue and Meadow Avenue intersection. The traffic signal has been on a flashing yellow mode for several months because it can no longer be repaired. The village is procuring cost estimates for signal replacement.

Work on the Parkway Road parking lot, formerly the Avalon lot, is progressing. Landscaping has been installed. The lot is scheduled for a soft opening in early June. At that time, pedestrians will also regain access to the walkway leading from Parkway Road to the Metro-North Railroad platform.

Events this Week in Bronxville: May 22 to May 29, 2019 PDF Print Email


Editor's note: There is a separate article in this issue with Memorial Day weekend events.

By Staff

May 22, 2019: Below are events that will take place in and around Bronxville from Wednesday, May 22, to Wednesday, May 29, 2019. For the Village of Bronxville calendar, click here. For events at the Bronxville Public Library, click here. For the Bronxville school district calendar, click here.

Monday, May 27, Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 29, Joint Replacement Seminar and Aphasia Support Group Meeting at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. On Wednesday, May 29, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital will be holding joint replacement seminar from 9:45 to 11:15 am in the hospital lobby conference room (to register, call 914-787-2119) and an aphasia support group meeting from 2:00 to 3:00 pm led by a NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital speech therapist in the speech office in the Rehab Department on the first floor of Palmer Hall (to register, call Dahna Stadtmauer at 914-787-3373).

Photo by N. Bower

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 (Sarah Thornton Clifford at 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 .

Bronxville Boys’ Lacrosse Falls to Pleasantville in OT in Semifinal; Girls’ Lacrosse Advances to Finals and Baseball to Quarterfinals--Games Today PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

May 22, 2019:  The Bronxville boys’ lacrosse team lost a hard-fought game to Pleasantville in the sectional semifinals on Monday. In the game played at Hayes Field, the No. 1 seeded Broncos fell behind early, trailing 6-1 at the half, but battled back in the second half, tying it up 10-10 with three minutes left. The game went into sudden-death overtime, and the defending state champion Panthers scored first to advance to the Class D Sectional Final. No. 4 Pleasantville will meet No. 2 Briarcliff on Thursday.

The Broncos in the semifinals at Hayes Field against Pleasantville. Photo by J. Murrer.

The 11-6 Broncos defeated Pleasantville during the regular season, but Class D Section 1 teams are top in the state. Of the four teams playing in the Section 1 Class D semifinals, Briarcliff is ranked No. 2, Bronxville No. 3, Pleasantville No. 5, and Haldane No. 13.

In the sectional quarterfinals, the Broncos defeated No. 9 Putnam Valley 13-5. The Tigers scored and the Broncos found themselves down 2-1 toward the end of the first quarter. Bronxville quickly adjusted and never looked back, winning 13-5. Top scorers were Nate Davis with five goals and Tim Murray with four goals and three assists. Goalie Marco Wimmershoff had eleven saves.

Bronxville and Briarcliff playing at Hayes Field on Friday. Photo by J. Murrer.

Girls’ Lacrosse

The top-seeded Bronxville girls’ lacrosse team will be playing in the Class D Championship today against No.14 North Salem. The game will be held at Fox Lane High School at 5:00 pm and will be broadcast live on @locallivenet.

The Bronco girls, who are currently ranked No. 1 in the state in Class D, entered the playoffs as the favorite. In the sectional quarterfinals, which were held at Hayes Field last Thursday, the Broncos defeated No. 9 Irvington 17-5. Top scorers in that game were Anneke Pulkkinen, Isabel Sondey, Hanna Bishop, and Kiki Tormey

The Broncos in the quarterfinal game against Irvington. Photo by J. Murrer.

In the semifinal game against No. 4 Briarcliff on Monday, the Broncos prevailed again, winning by a score of 18-9. Top scorers in that game were Hanna Bishop (5G), Anneke Pulkkinen (3G, 1A), Isabel Sondey (3G,3A), and Caroline Ircha (2G,1A). Goalie Caitlin Mooney and Olivia Shinsato each had two saves.

The Broncos in the semifinal game against the Bears. Photo by J. Murrer

North Salem advanced to the sectional finals by defeating No. 3 Dobbs Ferry in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Pleasantville 17-16 (OT) in the semis. The Broncos played the Tigers in late April, winning by a score of 18-8, but North Salem was missing top player Grace Curran, who has recently returned from an injury. 

Bronxville girls’ lacrosse had made it to the state tournament for many years and were the Class D state runner-up last year.


The Broncos finished the regular season with a win against Keio on Saturday and advanced to the first round of playoffs on Monday. Bronxville, the No. 3 seed, defeated No. 14 Irvington 6-4 in the first round of the Class B Sectionals playoffs.

Pitching for the Broncos was junior Owen Jaquette, who struck out five in six innings and had seven hits and two runs. Zip Malley pitched the seventh inning for the save and had two hits and two RBIs.

The 14-7 Broncos will play in the quarterfinals against No. 11 Albertus Magnus at Scout Field today at 4:30 pm. It is the first time in many years that the Bronxville baseball team has advanced to the second round of playoffs.

Pictured at top (in rotation): Bronxville vs. Putnam Valley in the sectional quarterfinals; Bronxville vs. Irvington in the sectional quarterfinals. Photos by J. Murrer. 






School Budget and Resolution Pass; Bierwirth, Curran, and Thomas Re-Elected School Trustees PDF Print Email


By Staff  

May 22, 2019:  Bronxville voters went to the polls yesterday for the annual election of the school budget and trustees as well as an additional vote on a fund transfer proposition. According to the preliminary results, a total of 258 votes were cast, 246 of which were machine votes and 9 of which were absentee ballots. There were 3 affidavit ballots.

The proposed 2018-2019 budget of $49,506,462 passed with 190 votes for and 61 against. The fund transfer proposition of $1,500,000 passed with 201 votes for and 49 against. This proposition enables the board to transfer up to $1,500,000 from the debt service fund to the capital projects fund to provide additional funds for the remaining capital projects approved by the school district’s voters on March 13, 2018. 

Board trustee candidates Jack BierwirthTom Curran, and Arleen Thomas were re-elected as school trustees. Bierwirth received 205 votes with 2 write-ins; Curran received 211 votes with 6 write-ins; and Thomas received 207 votes with 3 write-ins.

Photo by A. Warner




George McKinnis Named Grand Marshal of 2019 Memorial Day Parade: See Full Schedule of Memorial Day Weekend Events PDF Print Email


By Staff

May 22, 2019: George McKinnis will serve as the grand marshal for the Bronxville Memorial Day parade and commemoration on Monday, May 27.  

McKinnis graduated from Oklahoma University in 1959 with an army second lieutenant's rank, having gone through Army ROTC. He was sent to the Infantry Officers Leadership School in Fort Benning, Georgia, and thereafter to a duty station. He then served in the Army Reserves while attending Michigan Law School. McKinnis was called back to active duty at Fort Lewis in Washington State in 1961 and thereafter finished Michigan Law School, a captain in the Army Reserves.

McKinnis credits his career in the Army Reserves, with two tours of duty, with teaching him "the art of true leadership." McKinnis learned the importance of creating “a team bond between leaders and followers where the followers trust their leaders to not put their lives (or, in civilian occupations--livelihoods) at risk.”  

In addition to his military service, McKinnis has served the Bronxville village for 30 years, 24 as justice. In this capacity, he worked closely with Mayor Mary Marvin, who describes him as being "old school," which means having "high standards of character, courtesy, respect, integrity, patience, an uncompromising ethical compass, all tempered by the umbrella of compassion." McKinnis has also served as president of the Rotary Club three times, president of the Bronxville Beautification Council for nine years, and president of Working Gardeners.

Based on his military experiences and the many wars that the U.S. has participated in, beginning with WWI and continuing in Iraq and Afghanistan, McKinnis believes it is very important to memorialize "our servicemen and women who have given their lives while in the military ….We must all memorialize their lives and their sacrifices in every way possible." 

For McKinnis, grand marshal does not honor him. Rather, it honors "our servicemen and women." 

See below for a full list of Memorial Day week events in Bronxville and Eastchester.

Memorial Day Week Events at The Bronxville School


By Mariana Mingo, Member, Bronxville PTA

Come join us for the Bronxville PTA's Memorial Day country fair on Friday, May 24, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the front lawn of the Bronxville School.

This year's Country Fair and Food Fairway, chaired by Mariana Mingo and Heather Scholes, will feature a petting zoo and bungee jumping. Additional attractions include rock climbing, rides, carnival games and prizes, inflatable obstacle courses, bounce houses, and a DJ. Come for dinner and enjoy a bite from Mac’s Truck, Walter's Hot Dogs, Greek Specialties, Salsa Fresca Grill, Mobile Pie Truck, and Kona Ice.

Also back this year is our very popular Bake-off Competition, chaired by Brigid Garelik, on Friday, May 24, at the school's front lawn. Donations will be accepted from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Judging begins at 6:15 pm and winners will be announced at 7:00 pm.

Does everybody say that you make the best cookies? Or pies? Or cakes? Time to prove them right. There is a new category this year: Young Bakers, for kids 15 and under. The top winners in each category will receive a gift card. Winners selected in four categories (best pie, cake, cookie/brownie, young bakers) will then compete for the coveted blue ribbon and bragging rights for a year. Sign up for the bake-off competition at or by sending an email to CLOAKING .

Country fair bracelets are available online now at Pre-sale bracelets are $20. Bracelets purchased at the door will be $25. Bracelets are for children ages 3 to 16 and are good for all you can ride. Pre-sale bracelets can be purchased at the school (Meadow Avenue and canopy entrances) on May 22, 23, and 24 from 8:00 to 8:30 am and at the school's front lawn on May 22 and 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Here is a listing of the Memorial Day Festivities organized by the Bronxville School PTA from Wednesday, May 22 until Saturday, May 25.

Fitness Fundraiser at Pure Barre, chaired by Hollis Morris, sponsored by Pure Barre Bronxville. All proceeds will benefit the Bronxville School PTA. Thursday, May 23, at 12:30 pm (age restrictions: 16 and up).

Apparel Sale, chaired by Sarah Pulkkinen and Mariana Mingo. Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday, May 24, from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm at the school's front lawn.

Used-Book Sale, chaired by Hollis Morris: Wednesday, May 22, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Thursday, May 23, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, and Friday, May 24, from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm on the school's front lawn. Drop off your gently used books on Monday and Tuesday, May 20 and 21, at the school auditorium lobby entrance ONLY (on Pondfield Road/near Meadow Avenue).

Dollar Raffle, chaired by Lisa McGovern Ryan: Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, and Friday, May 24, from 2:30 pm to 8:00 pm on the school's front lawn.

Adult Raffle, chaired by Kathryn Kempton. Tickets will be on sale at pre-sale tables from Wednesday, May 22, to Friday, May 24, and at the country fair. Don’t miss out on the amazing “experience” prizes we have this year. From Broadway to sports, fine dining, sommelier-guided wine tastings, and multiple other opportunities to unwind, treat yourself, and have fun.

Cupcake Café, chaired by Kate Fixmer and Gina Nigido. Thursday, May 23, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Meadow Avenue school entrance and 2:30 to 4:00 pm on the school's front lawn. Friday, May 24, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Meadow Avenue school entrance and 2:30 to 8:00 pm on the school's front lawn.

Memorial Day Country Fair and Food Fairway. Friday, May 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on the school's front lawn. Details above.

James E. Kearney Run for Fun chaired by Matt Young and sponsored by The Kearney Family. Begins on Saturday, May 25, at 8:45 am at the school's front lawn. Register in advance at, at the Bronxville Running Company on Friday, May 24, from noon to 2:00 pm, and at the country fair. Enjoy 20% off full-priced items at Bronxville Running Company with your paid registration or race bib. 

Kids’ Dash and Obstacle Course chaired by Matt Young. Saturday, May 25, at 9:30 am by the Bronxville School playground. Register at and at the country fair. Same-day registration is available.

Annual Dog Parade & Show, chaired by Regina Thompson. Saturday, May 25, at 11:00 am at the PTA village on the school's front lawn. Your pampered pooch needs a parade. Don't miss the grooming, the show, and, of course, don't miss the parade. Register at Same-day registration is available.

Click here for the schedule of events on the Bronxville PTA website and here for descriptions of the events on the website.

Note: Rain date for the country fair is Saturday, May 25, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Memorial Day Events Sponsored by the Village of Bronxville

By Staff 

Memorial Day Parade: Monday, May 27. The annual Memorial Day parade begins sharply at 9:00 am. Those marching in the parade should gather on the west side of town by the train station by 8:45 am. The grand marshal is George McKinnis.

Speech and Commemoration of War Dead: The mayor's speech and commemoration of war dead will be held on the school's front lawn at the end of the parade at around 9:45 am. 

Memorial Day Events Sponsored by the Town of Eastchester

By Staff

Eastchester Tuckahoe Memorial Day Ceremony Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day/Battle of the Bulge and the 74th Anniversary of Iwo Jima:  Sunday, May 26 at the Eastchester High School auditorium at 7:00 pm.  "They gave their tomorrow so we could enjoy our today."  Presented by Eastchester/Tuckahoe Veterans Ceremony Committee.  Remember*Respect*Reflect

Pictured here: Top photo: George McKinnis (photo by N. Bower); second photo: Memorial Day dog (photo by A. Warner).

Editor's note
:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes press releases, statements, and articles from local institutions, officeholders, candidates, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


Bronco Girls' Sweep Relays at Westchester County Championships PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

May 22, 2019:  Many members of the girls’ track and field team attended the Bronxville prom on Friday night, but it did not affect their performance on Saturday at the Westchester County Championships, where the Bronco girls swept all three relays.

Bronxville 4x100m relay team at the prom (L to R) Eve Balseiro, Alisa Kanganis, Milly Koenig, and Sabrina Mellinghoff. Photo courtesy David Ryan.

Eve Balseiro, Alisa Kanganis, Milly Koenig, and Sabrina Mellinghoff ran the 4x100m in 49.41, the second-fastest time ever for Bronxville. The 4x400m team (Kanganis, Ava Downs, Mellinghoff, and Balseiro) held off strong White Plains and New Rochelle teams to finish first in 4:03.19.

The 4 x 800m relay (Natalie Weiner, Maeve SullivanCaroline Brashear, and Clio Dakolias) had an exciting come from behind win. Dakolias came from 30m back to catch Ursuline for the victory. Her time is the fastest 800m split run by a Bronxville runner this year (2:17.77).

The New York State Championships will take place on June 7 and 8 in Middletown, but before that, the Broncos still have two meets left: The Class C Section 1 Championships on May 24 and the Section 1 State Qualifiers on May 30 and 31.

All three relay teams met the super standard at counties, which automatically qualifies them for the state championship. Eve Balseiro also qualified for states, running a super standard time in the 400m of 56.49 (No.2 all-time for Bronxville).

In field events, Jules Gravier placed second in the pole vault (9-0) and Milly Koenig placed second in the long jump in 16-8.25, a seven inch PR. 

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top:  The 4x100m relay team places first at counties.

Photo by David Ryan 






Bronxville School 2019 Prom in Pictures PDF Print Email


Photos by N. Bower   

By Staff

May 22, 2019:  Bronxville High School students attended the school’s annual prom on Friday evening, May 17.

The evening began with a "promenade" on the front lawn of Bronxville High School, where students, accompanied by family and friends, greeted one another and were able to show off their dresses, tuxes, corsages, and boutonnieres. The students then departed on buses for dinner and dancing.

Scroll below to see pictures of the promenade.




























From the Mayor: Need for Smoke Alarms and Hiring Reputable Contractors Among Important Home Safety Recommendations at Building Safety Day PDF Print Email


Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

May 22, 2019:  Led by our new building department supervisor, Paul Taft, the village instituted a Building Safety Day, which took place last Saturday on Palumbo Place. It was so well attended and residents found it so informative that we plan on making it an annual event.

Home safety, be it electrical, structural, water-related, or fireproofing, is critical not only to the well-being of your family but that of your neighbors. It is especially important in a village such as ours, where 40% of the residents live in multifamily units and one’s neighbor's unsafe remodeling could directly impact your home safety.

Some of the major takeaways from the event included:

  • The need for smoke alarms on every floor and inside each bedroom. They should be tested on a monthly basis.

  • Electrical cords should be regularly inspected and, if cracked or frayed, thrown away immediately. They should also never run under rugs or across doorways.

  • Carbon monoxide alarms should be outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home and tested monthly.

  • All emergency numbers and medical needs for everyone in your family need to be posted in an obvious place such as a refrigerator door or a bulletin board. This also helps the EMTs should there be an emergency.

  • Plan a location away from your home in the event of any fire or gas emergencies. By meeting at a designated point, it will become quite clear who is or is not safely out of the house. Also, have a plan as to pet rescue.

The importance of hiring a very reputable and skilled contractor is paramount to ensure the safety of any construction project. Issues to clarify with a prospective contractor include: 

  • Verify that the contractor is properly licensed for the work to be undertaken.

  • Check how many building permits the contractor has obtained in the jurisdiction in the past two years. This is important, as contractors familiar with local building code requirements and permitting processes always have a better understanding of the requirements. 

  • Require proof of general liability insurance and workman’s compensation insurance before signing documents.

  • Ask for a list of past clients.

  • Check whether subs will be involved and their competency, agree on a payment schedule, and designate a point person as the project supervisor.

  • Ask for a pre-project meeting with the building department so you are fully versed as to what building permits will be required. Permits are always needed, even for small projects if related to plumbing, electrical, and mechanical changes.

Aside from overseeing major construction or rehab projects, our building department also handles the day-to-day household needs as they arise.

The following were the most frequently asked questions at our Building Code Expo:

1. Do garbage and recycling need to be curbside? Garbage does not need to be at the curb but recycling does. The garbage men will come onto your property to pick up your regular garbage. Recycling needs to be brought to the curb by 7:00 am Wednesday morning. If you have scheduled a bulky waste pickup, the bulk items need to be curbside by 7:00 am on the day of your pickup (Thursday/Friday). 

2. What days do I schedule my bulky waste pick up? Bulky waste pickups are always scheduled for the second day of your garbage pickup. If you fall under the Monday/Thursday garbage pickup schedule, your bulk waste day is Thursday. If you fall under the Tuesday/Friday garbage pickup schedule, your bulk waste day is Friday.

3. Do you need a permit to take down a tree? If the tree is a privately owned tree, there is no permit needed to take down the tree. If the tree is a village tree and you think there is an issue, please contact the village.

4.  How do I report potholes/street lights that are out? Go to our website, www.villageofbronxville.comunder the public works link to report potholes and street light issues.

5.  Do I need to get a permit for a dumpster? If the dumpster is going on your own private property, no permit is needed. If the dumpster is going to be on village property, a permit is required. The application is on our website,, under the public works link.

6.  Who is responsible to maintain sidewalks? As a homeowner, you are responsible to maintain your property from your house to the street, including the sidewalk.

7.  How do I dispose of yard waste? Yard waste should be placed in biodegradable bags and placed at the curb. Bags of leaves cannot be mixed in with sticks and twigs. The sticks and twigs must be bundled/tied and put out separately.

8. Does the village pick up paint cans? The village picks up paint cans as long as the cans are completely dried out and the lids are off of the cans.    

Paul Taft, our building department supervisor, asked me to reaffirm small things that can often mean life or death in building safety. He encourages us to spend those extra $40 and buy the proper quantity of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. The potential benefits so far outweigh the costs. Last, put a number on your house and make it visible. When there is an emergency, time is of the essence and emergency vehicles are guided by the numbers.

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Record Turnout at Local Event Honoring Judge George McKinnis: See Photos PDF Print Email

By Rotary Club/Reformed Church of Bronxville Benefit Committee

May 22, 2019:  A packed house gathered to honor Judge George C. McKinnis with a Lifetime of Community Service Award at the Bronxville Field Club on the evening of May 10. Proceeds of the event, which included a live and silent auction, went to graduates of the Coming Home Program at The Reformed Church of Bronxville. The event was put on by the Bronxville Rotary Club and The Reformed Church of Bronxville. 

Judge McKinnis, a prominent member of Bronxville Rotary, has spent 35 years in continuous service to the Bronxville community, including 24 years as our local justice, nine years as president of the Bronxville Beautification Council, and several terms as pro bono counsel to two mayors and to the Bronxville Zoning Board of Appeals. In recent years, Judge McKinnis has focused much of his attention on furthering the cause of restorative justice. Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin and Richard Pink, president of Bronxville Rotary, were on hand to present the award to Judge McKinnis.

The Coming Home Program at The Reformed Church assists and mentors those citizens re-entering our society following incarceration. A significant portion of the benefit’s proceeds will go to the 501(c)(3) organization known as Guns Down (, which was founded by recent Coming Home graduate Frantz Michel. Guns Down is dedicated to providing at-risk youth and the formerly incarcerated with personal development and job readiness skills as alternatives to drugs, gangs, gun violence, and crime. Bronxville Rotary Club members will play a continuing advisory role to help Guns Down grow, develop, and achieve sustainability.

There is still time to donate to this worthy cause.  You can do so by visiting the Bronxville Rotary website at

Photos of the evening at the Bronxville Field Club are below.












Photos courtesy Rotary Club/Reformed Church Bronxville Benefit Committee

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


Gramatan Village to Offer Free 30-Day Trial Membership in July PDF Print Email


By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

May 22, 2019:  Make this summer memorable. Say yes to fun outings, to lifelong learning, to new friends, and much more. Treat yourself to a new adventure and rediscover what lights you up inside.

Register for a free one-month membership at Gramatan Village this July. We have something for everyone ages 55 and up from group outings to clubs, organized discussions, support, counseling, and transportation.

What will you receive during the one-month trial membership?

Access to all Gramatan Village activities and outings, including: Solo Agers Club; Men’s Group; Well Spouse Support Group; counseling; Mystery Monday, which features discussions about mysteries; What’s Happening, which includes dialogue about local happenings and current events; Book Club; Game Day: movie outings; restaurant trips; special speakers; discounts to local merchants; gallery and museum trips; transportation for local errands; and much more.

What is Gramatan Village?

Vibrant Aging. At Home. Your Own Way. Gramatan Village is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports adults ages 55 and up who want to age in the home and neighborhood that they love. We support empowered aging-in-community with a network of volunteers, experts, professional referrals, and peer connections that enable members to stay independent, vital, and engaged as they grow older. At Gramatan Village, members receive services such as transportation to local appointments, referrals to vetted community partners, technology support, home maintenance support, home safety checks, assistance in financial planning and in navigating Medicare/Medicaid, workshop and seminar offerings, priority consideration for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, support groups, counseling, volunteer opportunities, and social and cultural outings.

Make this summer special. We own our age, and we invite you to join us. For more information and to sign up, please contact Gramatan Village at 914-337-1338, email CLOAKING , or stop by our office at 85 Pondfield Road in Bronxville.

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Vaping is 'Big Tobacco 2.0' and Use Among Teens is Growing by Double Digits PDF Print Email


By Angela Seminara, Member, Stronger Together: Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Coalition

May 22, 2019:  On the evening of May 8, parents, educators, law enforcement officers, elected officials, and concerned citizens from Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe gathered at The Pietruski Auditorium at Concordia College for a presentation and discussion about the Juul/vape epidemic that has overwhelmed middle and high schools in our area.

The event was presented by Stronger Together: Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Coalition, a newly formed group whose mission is to promote health and wellness in our community and reduce youth substance use. Mimi Boublik from PAVe (Parents  Against Vaping e-cigarettes), Dr. Linda Richter from Center on Addiction, and David Gerber from St. Vincent’s Hospital shared important information and up-to-date research on how this epidemic is affecting youth in our area.

With tobacco use among youth at an all-time low, teen vape use saw the largest increase in substance use in a one-year period ever. There was a 78% increase among high school students and a 50% increase among middle school students since 2017. Dr. Richter shared that 3.6 million middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. As she explained, this is “Big Tobacco 2.0.”

Juul is the most popular device being used, as it is a sleek design and entices users with flavors such as mint, mango, and apple. Most teens don’t realize that the vape pods contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance, more addictive than heroin. Once they start, it is very difficult to stop. There are no proven treatments for teens to help them with nicotine addiction, as patch therapies and nicotine chewing gums are not approved for use with youth.

It was explained that until age 25, the brain is still growing and nicotine has adverse effects. It slows the development of learning, memory, attention, and behavior. It can lead to mood disorders like anxiety and depression as well as a permanent lowering of impulse control. It can also result in an increased risk of other addictions. In sum, as Dr. Richter explained, ”It’s really important to keep your kids from getting addicted before their frontal cortex is fully formed so they don’t have a predisposition towards addiction for the rest of their lives.”  

It was also explained that vaping has other adverse effects. It can result in irritation to the lungs, nose, and throat, coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing, and cracked and drying skin. Also, the flavors that are inhaled can have harmful effects such as respiratory illness and worse. In addition, adolescents who have vaped are four times more likely to report that they have smoked cigarettes.

The presenters explained that there are certain signs to look for if you wonder if your child is vaping, including a secretive attitude and closed door; making frequent excuses to go to the bathroom or outside during gatherings; a sweet smell in their room or on their clothes and frequent burning of candles or incense or use of room freshener to explain the smell; increased thirst, dry mouth (and occasional nosebleeds), and dry cough; and signs of developing a nicotine dependence or withdrawal: changes in sleeping, irritability, coughing, frequent snacking.

What can parents do? The most important thing a parent can do is to stay informed and talk to and share information with their children and health care providers.

The event was recorded and will be replayed on the local cable channels. Check your local guide for times.

Pictured here (L to R): Angela Seminara, Stronger Together; Dr. Linda Richter, Center on Addiction; Mimi Boublik, PAVe; David Gerber, St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Photo courtesy Stronger Together: Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Coalition 

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