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Grand Marshal Mary Westmoreland to Lead Bronxville Memorial Day Parade and Commemoration PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter     

May 23, 2018:  Mary Lynch Westmoreland, Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired, will serve as the grand marshal for the Bronxville Memorial Day parade and commemoration on Monday, May 28. She is the first woman to be given the honor.

For Westmoreland, the true privilege in serving as grand marshal will be in leading the march for everyone honoring those who gave the greatest service. "This is the one moment when we focus on those who lost their lives," she said, "and recognize them and thank them name by name."

Since moving to Bronxville in 1992, Westmoreland noted, she and her family have made a point to be home for almost every Memorial Day commemoration. "The village truly respects the meaning of Memorial Day and brings everyone together for it, especially the children, who show appreciation for the generations that came before them," she said.

A decorated combat veteran with 31 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army, Westmoreland credits family examples, especially an aunt who served in World War II, as her influence for serving in the military. "I came to respect the idea of the voluntary military service for my own life," Westmoreland said.

Westmoreland is a graduate of Pace University and the U.S. Army War College. She pursued graduate studies at Duquesne University and Stony Brook University. Before she joined the Coast Guard in 1976, she was an admissions counselor and foreign student advisor at Pace University. She served as director of operations for EPIE (Educational Products Information Exchange) at Teachers College Columbia University and worked as the executive director of the Long Island University Southampton Campus Women's Center.

While in the military, Westmoreland held positions ranging from command to staff to operational assignments.

In the Army, Westmoreland specialized in systems integration projects, human resources, force integration analysis, policy development, process redesign, and operations. She served in Military Police Brigade missions in the continental United States as well as overseas. She was executive officer to the Department of the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and was executive officer to the Chief of Army Reserve, Headquarters Department of the Army.

From 2013 to 2017, Westmoreland was chairwoman of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, under the secretary of veterans affairs. An active member of the Military Officers Association of America Lower Hudson Valley, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, she also holds dual roles with the Department of Defense Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Program as New York City area chair and New York region vice chair.

Westmoreland is also active in the Bronxville community, where she is a member of the Rotary Club. She volunteers with the New York City area Midnight Run and is a vocal advocate on behalf of military family, women's, and children's issues and veteran support programs.

Pictured here: Mary Lynch Westmoreland, Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired.

Photo courtesy Col. Westmoreland

Events this Week in Bronxville: May 23 to May 30, 2018 PDF Print Email


By Staff

May 23, 2018: Below are events that will take place in and around Bronxville from Wednesday, May 23, to Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Click here for a separate listing of Memorial Day weekend events.

Thursday, May 24, 7:00 pm, Bronxville Library Board of Trustees Meeting: The board of trustees of the Bronxville Public Library will hold a meeting in the boardroom of the library at 7:00 pm. For more information, go to or call 914-337-7680.

Monday, May 28, Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a federal holiday, and, by act of Congress, Americans are urged to pause at 3:00 pm to remember those who died in service to their country. In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act, which states in Section 4, "The minute beginning at 3:00 pm (local time) on Memorial Day each year is designated as the 'National Moment of Remembrance.'" Americans are asked to stop what they are doing and pause at 3:00 pm "to observe a National Moment of Remembrance to honor the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace," as stated in Section 2. It appeared that Americans had lost the true meaning of Memorial Day; as explained in an article about Memorial Day in Forbes, "Allegedly, the idea for the moment came when children touring Washington D.C. were asked about the meaning of Memorial Day and responded, 'That's the day the pool opens.'" The act was intended, among other things, "to reclaim Memorial Day as the sacred and noble event that that day is intended to be," as stated in Section 2. The Uniformed Services Benefit Association, a nonprofit organization that provides insurance and other benefits to active duty and retired members of the military and veterans, states in a video that at 3:00 pm, "Trains will blast their whistles ... Almost 500,000 Major League Baseball fans will join in a silence to honor fallen Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines. Cars will drive with their headlights on ... Flags will wave ... Taps will play."

Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 pm, Candlelight Vigil for those Affected by Substance Abuse, Eastchester: The Care Coalition will be holding a candlelight vigil and a night of remembrance and hope for those affected by substance abuse at 7:30 pm at the gazebo across from Eastchester Town Hall.

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 (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 sethorntoncliff@aol.

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Bronxville and Eastchester May 23 to May 28, 2018 PDF Print Email


By Mariana Mingo and Staff

May 23, 2018:  Memorial Day weekend in Bronxville is always one of the most fun weekends of the year.  Below are Memorial Day events sponsored by the Bronxville School PTA, the Village of Bronxville, and the Town of Eastchester.

Memorial Day Week Events at The Bronxville School

Come join us for the Bronxville PTA's Memorial Day Country Fair on Friday, May 25, 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, will feature a petting zoo and bungee jumping. And don’t miss the national anthem performed by a special guest. Additional attractions include rock climbing, rides, carnival games and prizes, inflatable obstacle courses, and bounce houses. Come for dinner and enjoy a bite from Gyro Truck, Walter's Hot Dogs, Kona Ice, The Pizza Truck Co., our local juice bar Root & Vine, and more. 

Also back this year is our very popular bake-off competition, chaired by Brigid Garelik. Does everybody say that you make the best cookies? Or pies? Or cakes? Time to prove them right! Winners selected in three categories (best pie, cake, cookie/brownie) will then compete for the coveted blue ribbon and bragging rights for a year. Sign up for the bake-off competition at The three judges for this competition are PTA president Kelly Conners, Nugmeg owner Cindy Bothwell, and Bronxville School superintendent Dr. Roy Montesano.

Country Fair bracelets are available online now at You can also check the Bronco Beat for a link to purchase bracelets directly. Pre-sale bracelets are $20. Bracelets purchased at the door will be $25. Bracelets are for children ages 3-15 and for all you can ride. Pre-sale bracelets can be purchased at the school (Meadow Avenue and the front lawn) on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 to 8:30 am and Friday from noon to 4:00 and at the Used Book Sale on Thursday and Friday from 8:30 to 3:00 pm and on Saturday.

Lawson Meyer is the 2018 Memorial Day logo winner. The logo will be featured on t-shirts available during the apparel sale and country fair. See hours below. 

Here is a listing of the events sponsored by the Bronxville PTA from Wednesday, May 23, until Saturday, May 26:

Apparel Sale, chaired by Sarah Pulkkinen: Wednesday, May 23, and Thursday, May 24, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday, May 25, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on the front lawn.

Used-Book Sale, chaired by Marguerite Montecinos Deppe: Wednesday, May 23 (Teacher Preview Day), from noon to 4:00 pm, Thursday, May 24, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Friday, May 25, from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm during the country fair, and Saturday, May 26, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the high school auditorium lobby.  

Dollar Raffle Sale, chaired by Heather Scholes: Wednesday, May 23, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm; Thursday, May 24, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm; and Friday, May 25, from 2:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the country fair on the front lawn.

Cupcake Café, chaired by Julie Hamerling and Tara Holbert: Thursday, May 24, from 11:00 am to 2:00 at the Meadow Avenue school entrance and 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm on the front lawn. Friday, May 25, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Meadow Avenue school entrance and 2:30 pm to 8:00 pm on the front lawn during the country fair.

Memorial Day Country Fair and Food Fairway: Friday, May 25, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the front lawn. Details above.

James E. Kearney Run for Fun, chaired by Anabella Davis: Saturday, May 26, at 8:45 am at the flagpole. Register in advance at and enjoy 20% off full-priced items at Bronxville Running Company with your paid registration or race bib. 

Kids' Dash and Obstacle Course, chaired by Anabella Davis: Saturday, May 26, at 9:30 am on Chambers Field track. Register at

Annual Dog Parade & Show, chaired by Regina Thompson: Saturday, May 26, at 11:00 am at the PTA village on the 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

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 26, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Memorial Day Events Sponsored by the Village of Bronxville 

Memorial Day Parade: Monday, May 28. 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 Col. Mary Westmoreland.

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

Memorial Day Events Sponsored by the Town of Eastchester

Eastchester Tuckahoe Memorial Day Ceremony Commemorating Centennial of World War I:  Sunday, May 27. The Eastchester/Tuckahoe Veterans Ceremony Committee will be conducting a ceremonial tribute to veterans at the Eastchester High School auditorium at 7:00 pm. “They gave their tomorrow so we could enjoy our today.” Remember*Respect*Reflect.

Pictured here: Lawson Meyer with the logo that she designed for Memorial Day.

Photo courtesy Stafford Meyer and The Bronxville School

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.

Students Promenade in Gowns and Tuxes before Attending Bronxville School Junior/Senior Prom; See Photos PDF Print Email


By Staff

May 23, 2018:  Bronxville High School's juniors and seniors (and some students from younger classes) attended the school's annual junior/senior prom on Friday evening, May 18.

The evening was a festive one, and the weather cooperated this year. 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.

Students were required to be checked in by a parent, and thus the promenade was well attended by junior and senior families and friends.

After an hour and a half of promenading, the students departed on buses for dinner and dancing.

Click here to see pictures of the promenade.

Photo above and photos in the link by N. Bower

Bronxville Lacrosse and Golf Teams Advance in Sectional Play; Boys’ Tennis and Outdoor Track and Field Compete this Week PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

May 23, 2018:  It has been a whirlwind of playoff games and championship meets this week, and the Bronco teams are peaking at the right moment. It is "Sectional Wednesday" for the Broncos, who will compete in sectional tournaments in lacrosse, golf, and tennis this afternoon.

Today's events include the Class D Sectional final for girls' lacrosse, the final round of sectionals for boys' and girls' golf, and the individual sectional competition for boys' tennis.

The Bronxville girls' lacrosse team will play its fifth consecutive sectional final against last year's runner-up, Putnam Valley, at Torne Valley Sports Complex in Rockland at 7:00 pm. Four Bronco boys, Liam Bishop, Dan Bettino, Will Tormey, Aiden Denning, and one Bronco girl, Molly Stoltz, qualified for the final round of the Section 1 golf tournament. Only 20 golfers from across Section 1 qualify for the final round in both the boys' and girls' tournaments.

Below is a summary for all the teams in the playoffs.

Girls' Lacrosse
The Bronxville girls' lacrosse team, the No. 1 seed in Class D, defeated Pawling 19-2 in the sectional quarterfinals last Friday and moved on to the semifinals on Monday against No. 4 Albertus Magnus. In the game held at Chambers Field, the Falcons held on to a 3-1 lead until late in the first half when Allie Berkery scored twice to tie the game and Isabel Sondey found the back of the net to give the Broncos a 4-3 lead. In the second half, thanks to the strong offense, the Broncos took a commanding 11-4 lead. The Falcons were able to score five unanswered goals but still fell short, losing to the Broncos 12-9. In the semifinal game, Berkery scored 5, Sondey, 3, Anneke Pulkkinen, 3 and Ava Austi scored 1. Caitlin Mooney had 3 saves.

Boys' Lacrosse
The boys' lacrosse team, seeded No. 3 in Class D, received a bye in the first round and played in the sectional quarterfinals against No. 6 Putnam Valley yesterday at Chambers Field. The Broncos defeated the Tigers 12-7 with scoring by Griffin Gelinas (4G), Alston Tarry (3G,1A), George Dakalakis (1G), Matt Davis (1G), Ryan Alberghine (1G, 1A), Greyson Warble (1G), and Mac Crawford (1G). Quinn Daly had 8 saves. The Broncos will play in the sectional semifinals on Thursday.

The boys' lacrosse team defeats Putnam Valley 12 -7 in the sectional quarterfinals at Chambers Field. Photo by J. Murrer.

The boys' golf team sent an unprecedented six players to the sectional tournament at Waccabuc Country Club on Monday. Competing in the first round were Liam Bishop, Dan Bettino, Will Tormey, Aidan Denning, Alex Swenson, and Connor Stoltz. The Broncos had a tremendous finish with Bishop tying for first with a 71, Bettino placing second with a 72, Tormey tying for 10th (78), and Denning tying for 12th (79). Those four Bronxville golfers will compete in the final round of 20 at Fenway Golf Club today. The top nine finishers at Fenway will qualify for the state tournament, which will be held in Ithaca on June 3 and 4.

The boys' golf team finished the season 14-1 and will compete for league and sectional team titles next week.

Bronxville golfer Molly Stoltz placed 11th in the first round of the girls' Section 1 Golf Championship, which was held at Centennial Golf Club on Monday. Stoltz will compete today in the final round of 20 at Whippoorwill Country Club. 

(L to R) Golfers Alex Swenson, Will Tormey, Aidan Denning, Liam Bishop, Daniel Bettino, and Connor Stoltz before heading to sectionals on Monday. Photo by Chris Lockwood. 

At the League 3 Conference Championships held last week, the doubles team of Charlie Nordahl and Jimmy Hennessey won the tournament with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Edgemont. In the conference semifinals, Bronxville's Liam Krall defeated Pleasantville's Mark Indriolo 6-0, 6-2, but Krall had to default to Keio in the conference finals as he had a National USTA tournament in Missouri. The sectional tournament at White Plains High School starts this week; Krall is seeded No. 3 and the Nordahl-Hennessey team is seeded 5th.

Outdoor Track and Field: Westchester County Championships
Bronco relay teams won three county titles at the Westchester County Championships held on Sunday at Harrison High School. The boys' 4x800m relay team, Matt Rizzo, Ethan Waggoner, Jack Kochansky, and Alex Rizzo, placed first in a season best time of 7:56.77.

For the girls, the 4x400m relay team, Eve Balseiro, Rachael Peacock, Caroline Brashear, and Laura Holland, won the race in 4.00.75, the top time in Westchester this season. The 4x800m relay team, Patty Haggerty, Gigi Chrappa, Clio Dakolias, and Natalie Weiner, finished first in a 9:38.23, and the 4x100m relay team, Margot Richards, Amelia Koenig, Ava Downs, and Alisa Kanganis, placed 5th in 51.56. Schools of all sizes compete at the Westchester County Championships.

In the boys' individual events, Seamus Watters placed 3rd, setting a new school record (15.23) in the 110 hurdles. Avery Kane placed 3rd in the shot put.

For the girls, Balseiro placed 4th in the 400m, Weiner placed 3rd in the 1500m, and Andrea Shephard placed 6th in the 400m hurdles. In field events, Bella Dibbini placed 6th in the pentathlon and Jules Gravier and Molly Palma placed 4th and 7th in the pole vault.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top:  Allie Berkery scores for the Broncos in the game against Albertus Magnus.

Photo by J. Murrer 


Dealing with Opioid Epidemic Depends on Open Communication and Community Support PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter

May 23, 2018: Eastchester Town Councilman Glenn Bellitto and his wife, Kyle, learned firsthand about the dangers of opioid addiction when their 19-year-old son Gage died of an overdose in December of 2017.

"These drugs don't let you go," Bellitto said. "That's why it's so important for us to really try to get to the kids before they start on this path. Once you're addicted to opioids, it's a rough road."

Bellitto explained that opioid addiction typically begins with a prescription for oxycodone pills. When a doctor can no longer prescribe them, the pills can be bought on the street for approximately $65 per pill. People who can't afford that tend to begin using heroin, which is cheaper than oxycodone pills. Street dealers also sell fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that looks like heroin but is 50 to 100 times more potent and much cheaper than heroin. When people mistake fentanyl for heroin and take the same amount, the dose can turn lethal.

The relapse rate for opioid addiction, Bellitto said, is approximately 90 percent within the first 30 days of leaving rehab. "I always thought that when you went to a 28-day rehab, moved to a halfway house or sober house, and then had outpatient treatment, you were pretty much done recovering," he said. People who have been addicted to opioids for six or seven years have been in rehab an average of ten times.

Bellitto believes that the ability to fight the national opioid epidemic, also on the rise over the past two years in the communities of Eastchester, Bronxville, and Tuckahoe, depends on communication. "Once people start talking about it, more people will be open," he said. Only then, he added, can the community galvanize to take action.

In an effort to provide a forum for open communication, Bellitto's colleague Eastchester Town Councilwoman Theresa Nicholson has been instrumental in helping form The Care Coalition, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the opioid crisis in the community. "We want the community to come together," she said. "Everyone is experiencing some aspect of this issue. Everyone feels the loss."

Nicholson serves on a town task force that formed a steering committee to help address the crisis. The Care Coalition, she said, has a mission to not only raise awareness of the opioid epidemic problem but also to provide resources for people seeking help in dealing with it. The five-week-old organization, still in its formative stages, will hold a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 pm at the gazebo across from Eastchester Town Hall, 40 Mill Road in Eastchester.

Bellitto expects to see a mix of people at the vigil, including people whose families have been touched directly by the crisis because of loss or ongoing addiction, and also people who want to show their support for others who have suffered losses. "I think it will open up communication," he said. He believes that speaking publicly about his son's death from an opioid overdose has helped remove the stigma that has shamed people into silence. "We need a force rather than silence behind the scenes," he added

Nicholson and Bellitto emphasized that one objective of The Care Coalition is to assure people that they are not alone in dealing with opioid abuse issues. "We want to bring the community together," Nicholson said, "and raise awareness that people want to help."

Pictured here: A notice about the candlelight vigil sponsored by The Care Coalition that will be held in Eastchester on May 30.

Photo courtesy Theresa Nicholson, Eastchester town councilwoman and member of The Care Coalition 

Bronxville High School Seniors Help Break Poverty Cycle in Tanzania PDF Print Email


Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

May 23, 2018: After spending two weeks in Tanzania, Africa, last summer and volunteering at the MainSprings children’s orphanage (formerly known as the Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children, or JBFC), Bronxville High School seniors Mimi BuendiaNan CarpenterMac Crawford, and Nicholas O’Brien were inspired to continue to effect change in the community.

“Making those children happy was a special experience and something that we don’t always have the privilege of doing,” O’Brien said. “Our time in Africa consisted of various types of service, education, and bonding with the girls [in the orphanage]. We taught a math class at the primary school, learned a little Swahili, and we also built a fence around a local church’s farm. When we weren’t farming or teaching, we were primarily spending time with the girls on the soccer field, basketball court, or in the common area playing Jenga.”

Their work did not stop there. Over the last several weeks, the students have raised close to $10,000 for the organization and are halfway to their fundraising goal. O’Brien, who spearheaded the initiative, said the money will go toward the development of a second MainSprings campus. Founded in 2006, MainSprings provides housing, quality education, and access to health care to girls, employs dozens of farmers, and provides children and their families with the necessary tools to help them break the cycle of poverty.

“Housing and education are two essentials in life and with our fundraising, we are able to provide more and better housing and education to the people of Tanzania,” Crawford added.         

To raise money for the organization, Buendia, Carpenter, and O’Brien set up a virtual brick fundraising page, while Crawford--who was deeply touched by the girls’ singing--created a GoFundMe page to raise money for MainSprings and its music program.

“My favorite part of each day at JBFC is when we would gather in the girls’ dining hall,” Crawford said. “During this time, several girls would pray and sing songs. These songs were the most beautiful music I have ever heard. When I got back stateside, I was inspired to help the girls of JBFC share their amazing voices, so I created a GoFundMe with YouTube videos of them singing linked to it. My goal was to help fundraise for JBFC while empowering the girls by letting their voices be heard throughout the world.”

In addition, as captains of the varsity lacrosse team, Crawford and O’Brien led a number of activities to raise money for the organization during Spring Spirit Week. During their fan game on May 7, they hosted two teachers from MainSprings and continued to raise money for their cause.

“I could tell how happy they were that even while we aren’t on campus with them in the summer, people are always working to help those children at JBFC,” O’Brien said.

For more information, visit To make a donation, visit and

Pictured here: Bronxville High School seniors Nicholas O’Brien and Mac Crawford with two teachers from MainSprings during their May 7 lacrosse game.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School

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.

Bronxville Grad Celebrates Royal Wedding with British Friends in London PDF Print Email


By Kim Warner Bottoms, Bronxville High School Graduate, Class of 1987

May 23, 2018:  As a young girl, my mom woke me up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. Groggy and grumpy to be up at such an early hour, I wondered to myself what all the fuss was about. But as the sun began to rise and I watched with awe as Charles and Diana married at St. Paul's Cathedral, a royal fascination was born.

Several years later, as a student studying for the summer at Oxford University, I stood on The Mall in London and cheered along with the crowds as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson rode by in their wedding carriage.

When Prince William married Kate Middleton in a grand and gorgeous ceremony, I hosted a proper British tea party for friends full of hats, fascinators, and, of course, lots of champagne. One could say that my royal fascination had turned into a royal obsession!

So, when the opportunity presented itself to watch Harry and Meghan's special day from inside a London news studio, how could I resist? It was, after all, a royal wedding!

Landing in London, I could feel the excitement in the air.


Union Jacks flew high above the streets, brightly colored flowers adorned doorways, tea canisters boasted Harry's and Meghan's names, and the warm sunshine lit up the city.



On the morning of the wedding, I dressed in my best with a Union Jack scarf tied around my neck and made my way to the studio. As I sipped Pimm's Cup and nibbled on scones and cucumber sandwiches, I pinched myself to not only be watching the wedding but also be surrounded by Brits as their prince married an American girl.


The studio was abuzz with wedding fever--there were seasoned royal commentators, fashion editors who evaluated every hat that walked into Windsor, and even a vicar who recited the prayers and sang aloud to all the hymns! I hung on every word as the commentators shared their enthusiasm, thoughts, and perspectives.


Harry and Meghan's wedding was a royal wedding like no other, and I'll always remember being on the sidelines in a studio watching a new era dawn in Britain.


It may be some time until there is another royal wedding, but when there is, I'll fly my Union Jack flag, sip tea from the commemorative mug I brought home, and soak up every regal moment.




Photos by the author

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.


Bronxville Violinist Joyce Balint to Play in RiverArts Concert Saturday, June 2 PDF Print Email


By Staff

May 23, 2018:  On Saturday, June 2, at 1:00 pm, Bronxville resident and violinist Joyce Balint will join RiverArts Music Tour 2018 to play Beethoven's Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano. 

The performance will take place at Studio Hollywood, 41 Hollywood Drive, Hastings-on-Hudson. 

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The location is wheelchair accessible.

For additional information, go to and

Pictured here: Violinist Joyce Balint.

Photo by Peter North

NPC Announces Candidates for Next Year's Committee; Online Voting Open Through June 2 PDF Print Email


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

May 23, 2018:  The Bronxville Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees ("NPC") announced the names of the individuals who have applied to be placed on the ballot for election to the NPC. One representative from each of Bronxville’s seven voting districts will be elected to serve a three-year term. This year, Districts 18 and 21 will each elect a representative to serve a one-year term to replace members who are unable to complete the final year of their term.

The candidates seeking membership on the NPC are Helen Knapp (District 16); Lianne de Serres (District 17); Greg Gilliam (District 18, 3-year term); Jeff Hine (District 18, 1-year term); Thomas Hansen (District 19); Katie McGrath (District 20); Rich Gegenwarth (District 21, 3-year term); Lee Huang (District 21, 1-year term); and Susan Meaney (District 22).

Voting began on May 19 and continues through June 2 via online ballot. All adult residents of Bronxville are eligible and encouraged to vote for the representative in their district and for two representatives in Districts 18 and 21. Details about the voting process, including brief bios and statements from each candidate, are available on the NPC website:

Once elected, the nine new members of the NPC will join the twelve remaining members. Together, the people who serve on the NPC work to recruit, vet, and nominate the school board trustee candidates each year.

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.

A Celebration of the Bronxville Artist Colony PDF Print Email


By Nancy Vittorini, Member, Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy

May 23, 2018: On Sunday, May 20, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy partnered with the Bronxville Public Library to share insights and images of the village's extraordinary artistic heritage. The afternoon event began in the Yeager Room of the library, where more than 100 guests listened eagerly to art historian and curator Jayne Warman as she presented a narrative of Bronxville's early artists and a selection of their works.

As Warman noted, it was an afternoon designed to celebrate two truly remarkable public art collections that represent – for such a small village – a long-standing legacy of art patronage and dedication to a shared cultural history dating as far back as the mid-19th century.

"The first of these collections can be appreciated right here in the Bronxville Library," she began. "It is a fine assemblage of late 19th-/early 20th-century American paintings, prints, and sculpture, largely donated by private Bronxville citizens. The second is a growing collection of paintings and works on paper acquired by The Bronxville Historical Conservancy since its founding 20 years ago. Several works were executed as early as the 1830s, although the majority were by Bronxville's later artist colony painters. A few of the works hang upstairs in the Burt Gallery, but most enhance the walls of village hall."

It was also an afternoon to celebrate the 20th anniversary year of The Bronxville Historical Conservancy, an outgrowth of Bronxville's 1998 centennial celebration. The Conservancy's mission is "to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the Village of Bronxville" and to preserve that heritage for the future.

Art tour docent Dina Grant and Conservancy board members Jennifer Russo and Michelle McBride

An art acquisition committee was quickly established and the Conservancy began to collect paintings by past village artists to be displayed in public spaces. Warman, the art committee's chair, explained, "The criteria for acquisition was, and still is, in order of priority: first, a work by a Bronxville artist of a Bronxville scene; second, a work executed by a Bronxville artist while the artist lived in the village, but not necessarily of a local subject; or third, a Bronxville scene painted by a non-Bronxville artist."

Warman added that the library trustees, too, have been dedicated stewards of their collection that we so enjoy today. "It is a tangible example of a kind of symbiosis of artist and collector, patron and public servant. They have sought to maintain and preserve it to the highest standard." On December 13, 2017, the library collection was honored by The Bronxville Historical Conservancy with its annual Preservation Award for Stewardship and Advocacy.

"These two remarkable collections are the product of a shared love of art and history, fostered and encouraged by our resident artists and effectuated by a long line of civic-minded leaders and caring villagers. We are very fortunate, indeed," said Warman as she ended her presentation.

Conservancy board members Lyndal Vermette and Chris Goff, along with library trustees Sarah Normand and Pippa Colvin, organized the engaging afternoon, which included a docent-led tour of both the library and village hall collections and ended with a wine reception in village hall.

Sarah Normand, member of the board of trustees of the Bronxville Public Library.

Among the guests who attended was Village Administrator Jim Palmer, who shared his enthusiasm for the occasion, saying, "Just lovely...the mobilization of your team to preserve and to educate the community on the historical significance here is have achieved a lot in 20 years!

More information on The Bronxville Historical Conservancy collection can be found at

Pictured at top: Erin Saluti, co-chair of the board of directors of The Bronxville Historical Conservancy; Jayne Warman, art historian and curator; and Willian Zambelli, co-chair of the board of directors of The Bronxville Historical Conservancy.

Photos courtesy the author

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