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New York State and Local Primary Elections Today, Thursday, September 13 PDF Print Email


By Staff     

Sep. 13, 2018:  New York State will be holding primary elections for state and local offices today, Thursday, September 13, 2018.

Voters in Bronxville Village registered with the Democratic Party can vote for primary candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Voters in Bronxville Village registered with the Reform Party can vote for primary candidates for attorney general. These are the only primaries applicable to voters in Bronxville Village for this election.

Elections are generally held on Tuesdays, but this primary was moved to Thursday because Rosh Hashana fell on a Tuesday. Polls open at 6:00 am and close at 9:00 pm. 

The list of candidates for which Bronxville voters in the Democratic and Reform parties may vote tomorrow is below. The nonpartisan League of Woman Voters of New York State provides information about each of these candidates on its website at Voting locations in Bronxville are below the list of candidates.

Democratic Party

New York State Governor
Andrew Cuomo
Cynthia Nixon

New York State Lieutenant Governor
Kathy Hochul
Jumaane Williams

New York State Attorney General
Leecia Eve
Letitia James
Sean Patrick Maloney
Zephyr Teachout

Reform Party

New York State Attorney General
Michael Diederich
Christopher Garvey
Nancy Regula

Voting locations in Bronxville Village
Polls are open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm

Districts 16 and 17: Concordia College (note that access must now be gained through Route 22, as motorists can no longer drive in from Tanglewylde Avenue)

Districts 18, 19, 21: Bronxville firehouse on the corner of Palumbo Place and Midland Avenue (previously The Reformed Church)

District 20: Christ Church Bronxville

District 22: NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Editor's note: MyhometownBronxville wishes to thank Jim Palmer, village administrator, for providing some of the information for this article.

Photo by A. Warner

Events this Week in Bronxville: September 12 to September 19, 2018 PDF Print Email


By Staff

Sep. 12, 2018: Below are events that will take place in and around Bronxville from Wednesday, September 12, to Wednesday, September 19, 2018. For events at the Bronxville Public Library, click here.

Wednesday, September 12, Bronxville Board of Education Special Meeting: The Bronxville Board of Education will hold a special meeting at the school (time not available at time of publication). For more information, go to or call 914-395-0500.

Thursday, September 13, 8:30 am, Bronxville Library Board of Trustees Meeting:  The Bronxville Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a meeting at 8:30 am in the boardroom of the library. For more information, go to or call 914-337-7680.

Thursday, September 13, OSilas Gallery, Opening Reception for Human Rights Exhibition: There will be an opening reception for the exhibition Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always: Celebrating Human Rights Through the Camera Lens at OSilas Gallery on the campus of Concordia College. The exhibition is being mounted in collaboration with the European Press Agency and the United Nations Human Rights Office. For more information, go to, email  CLOAKING , or call 914-395-4520.

Monday, September 17, 7:00 pm, Author John Leland at Concordia Books & Coffee Series: Author John Leland will discuss his book Happiness is a Choice You Make at 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College. For more information, click here

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.

Bronco Soccer Preview: Boys’ and Girls’ Teams Have a Strong Start to the Fall Season PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Sep. 12, 2018:  It will be soccer madness down at Chambers Field for the next week and a half. The boys' varsity team will play home games against Edgemont and Woodlands, and the girls' team will play against Pelham, Croton, and Irvington. Both teams will also compete in the final round of the Broncofest tournament on Saturday, September 22. The boys have already clinched a spot in the championship final of the Broncofest, and the Bronco girls will play in the first round of the tournament today at home against Pelham.

The Bronxville girls' soccer team is always a threat to go deep into the playoffs, and this year is no exception. The Broncos are ranked No. 8 in the LoHud Section 1 Power Rankings this week, and they are also the top-ranked team in Class B. Bronxville gets the No. 1 spot in Class B with good reason. They have won six out of the last eight Class B Section 1 Championships.

Captains Rachael Peacock and Isabel Sondey lead the girls' team this season. Peacock and senior Catherine Faville should be big contributors to the team's success, as both were named to LoHud's Elite 11, a list that recognizes the top eleven high school soccer players in all of Section 1. Other key players include Lily JebejianAshley ToalMaeve SullivanVictoria RuffoMilly Koenig, and Alex Doukas. Also contributing this season are seniors Clio DakoliasKunzang Namgyal, and Hayley Berry.

"We are fortunate to have a great group of determined girls who have a great work ethic and great attitude," said longtime coach Don Cupertino.

The Bronco girls are 2-1 on the season so far with two strong wins against Eastchester and Rye Neck and a 2-0 loss to rival Albertus Magnus. The Broncos lost to the Falcons in sectionals last fall, but this year the Falcons will move up to Class A during the playoffs.

"I was very happy with our performance even though it was a loss," noted Cupertino. "Albertus is a very strong opponent and is one of the favorites to win Class A."

The boys' team graduated an incredible 16 seniors last year and begins the season as a very young team with only six seniors: Paul MagaudJack KochanskyLuke RedmanKevin LekaJay Burstein, and Lucas Rodembusch. Top returning players include Maguad, juniors Luke DoukasJimmy Gallo, and Theo Liao, and sophomore Henry Sheehan, and key newcomers include junior defenders Luke Freeman and Theo Sperber and freshman defender Aidan Sulimirski.

The Bronco boys kicked off the season at the end of August by defeating Croton 1-0 in the first round of the Broncofest and continued their success by defeating Ramapo 3-2 in the Westchester/Rockland Challenge on Labor Day. Their record is now 4-0 with additional wins over Solomon Schechter and Hastings last week. Scoring for the Broncos in the first four games were Luke Doukas (2), Jimmy Gallo (2), Austin BoydPaul Magaud, and Luke FreemanTheo Liao has 21 saves so far this season.

The Bronco boys have plenty of home games, but they will also play at Tuckahoe on Friday at 4:30 pm. The Tigers are the No. 1-ranked team in Class C.

Go Broncos.

Pictured here: The girls’ soccer team playing on Hayes Field against Rye Neck last Saturday.

Photo by S. Quinn DeJoy

Welcome Back to BroncoLand PDF Print Email


By Linda Pagano, Bronxville School Parent

Sep. 12, 2018:  Bronxville Bronco fans have so many reasons to get excited about the fall sports season. After the long, hot summer that does not seem to want to let go of its hold, the players battling the blistering heat during practices and pre-season scrimmages, we are finally going to the game.

September promises lots of action for Bronco fans to cheer about and support, including varsity teams in cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, swimming, and tennis, plus our new volleyball joint team with Mount Vernon High School. In all, a broad range of sports sure to please faithful Bronxville Bronco fans. While you are enjoying the game, do not forget to visit the concession stand. The Bronco Barn & Grill will be open serving all the usual fare, including hot dogs, chips, and an assortment of candy and refreshments.

The Athletic Council recently distributed Bronco-branded water bottles to incoming Bronxville freshman on their first day of school. It is moments like these that underscore the Bronxville Promise and signify the true meaning of school spirit, with each bottle containing a note with the expression "Broncos Together."

While you can always visit the Bronxville Athletic website at for upcoming game dates and times, here is a snapshot of the remaining Bronxville home game schedule for September:

Varsity Cross Country
Next home meet in October

Varsity Field Hockey
September 13: Varsity Field Hockey vs. Pawling

Varsity Football
September 15: Varsity Football vs. Putnam Valley
September 29: Varsity Football vs. Albertus Magnus

Girls' Varsity Soccer
September 12: Girls' Varsity Soccer vs. Pelham
September 17: Girls' Varsity Soccer vs. Croton-Harmon
September 21: Girls' Varsity Soccer vs. Irvington
September 22: Girls' Varsity Soccer BroncoFest Tournament
     Noon: Consolation Game
     4:00 pm: Championship
September 25: Girls' Varsity Soccer vs. Blind Brook

Boys' Varsity Soccer
September 15: Boys' Varsity Soccer vs. Edgemont
September 18: Boys' Varsity Soccer vs. Woodlands
September 22: Boys' Varsity Soccer BroncoFest Tournament
     10:00 am Consolation Game
     2:00 pm Championship
September 28: Boys' Varsity Soccer vs. Rye Neck

Girls' Varsity Swimming
September 14: Girls' Varsity Swimming vs. Sleepy Hollow
September 21: Girls' Varsity Swimming vs. Mamaroneck
September 28: Girls' Varsity Swimming vs. Pelham

Girls' Varsity Tennis
September 12: Girls' Varsity Tennis vs. Edgemont
September 17: Girls' Varsity Tennis vs. Keio Academy
September 24: Girls' Varsity Tennis vs. Blind Brook

Girls' Varsity Volleyball (joint Mount Vernon & Bronxville Girls' Varsity Volleyball)
September 12: Mount Vernon Majors vs. Hayfield Secondary School
September 17: Mount Vernon Majors vs. Wakefield HS
Additional details listed on Mount Vernon HS website:

This season's schedule is loaded with tons of fun, too. As always, the Bronxville Athletic Department, along with the student-led Athletic Council and parent-led Athletic Council, an arm of the Bronxville PTA, sponsors season highlights such as the BroncoFest Soccer Tournament on September 22 and homecoming, October 11 to 13. With its own brand of enthusiasm, the Athletic Department and Athletic Council strive for a hometown vibe and spirit to bring the community together to celebrate every weekend.

The transformation is not just isolated to the school campus this year. It is going beyond the team posters, Bronco apparel, and field flags displayed on game days. The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce is now supporting the Broncos, too. New Bronxville Homecoming Week banners will be unveiled in town this fall during Homecoming Week in an effort to get the whole community involved in the festivities.

The Broncos will be in action every weekend this September. Come on out and cheer for the home team.

Go Broncos!

Photo by Linda Pagano


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.

Village Trustees Meeting: Two Bridges to Be Rebuilt; All Stores Could be Occupied by the Holidays; Fire Safety Tips PDF Print Email


By Staff

Sep. 12, 2018:  At the Village of Bronxville Board of Trustees Meeting on September 10, Mayor Mary Marvin provided an update on improvements in the village this summer, including $500,000 worth of paving, new islands, and improvements by Metro-North at the train station.   

Village Administrator Jim Palmer reported that Midland Avenue had been paved and thanked residents for their patience with the Con Ed pipes project. The village is also undertaking a comprehensive plan, and Mayor Marvin and the trustees are looking at the best ways to solicit input from key stakeholders and residents in the village. Marvin also reported that there are leases out for almost all of the empty stores and that if all goes well, almost all the stores could be occupied by the holidays. Trustee Mark Wood reported that the village had purchased the Avalon parking lot and is going to improve this space.

County legislator Gordon Burrows reported that two bridges in Bronxville are going to be rebuilt, the Palmer Road bridge and the bridge on Pondfield Road West over the Bronx River. Work on the Palmer Road bridge will start soon and is being funded by a $2.375 million bond. The bridge on Pondfield Road West will be replaced in the spring of 2019 at a total cost of $9 million.

Burrows also reported that a soccer field is being built on Scout Field and that work will start this fall.  There was some opposition to this field and Burrows said that they are trying to address these concerns.

Finally, Westchester County is currently projecting a deficit of $18.2 million for the year, but this could increase to $58 million because of the impact of a new union contract.

At the meeting, the fire inspector provided tips to avoid fires such as the one that occurred this summer in Midland Gardens, caused by an air conditioner that was plugged into a power strip. The fire inspector presented key fire safety tips:

  • Do not plug large devices like air conditioners and microwaves into power strips because these strips are meant for small devices. If used for small devices, make sure they are “good ones” and will shut down if overloaded.

  • Have smoke detectors in every bedroom, outside bedrooms, and on every floor. Make sure they are charged.

  • If there is a fire, get outside, then call 911.

  • Have carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Do maintenance on heating systems before winter comes.

  • Make sure Christmas trees are watered; check lights to make sure there are no frayed cords.

  • Be careful with candles.

  • Plan your escape; always plan two ways out.

  • Cooking is the largest cause of home fires, accounting for 30 to 40%. If you have a grease fire, the best way to put it out is to turn off the burner and cover the pot.

Finally, also mentioned at the meeting were two upcoming events, the Be Well Event sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, which will take place on the front lawn of The Bronxville School on September 29, and the “Speeders” Art Show, which will take place starting September 23.

Pictured here: Bronxville Village Hall.

Photo by A. Warner

First Day of School Brings Excitement to Bronxville School PDF Print Email


Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

Sep. 12, 2018: Smiles and excited chatter filled K-12 classrooms across The Bronxville School on September 5, which marked the first day of the 2018-2019 school year. Equipped with new books and school supplies, students were ready to seek out new learning opportunities, see their friends, and meet new teachers.

Throughout the building, teachers greeted them with warm smiles and welcomed them back for another fulfilling academic year. They also guided their students through the rules of their new classrooms and expectations for the year, helped them organize their supplies, and challenged them to a variety of reading and writing activities.

During recess, elementary school students played on the new playground, which was rebuilt over the summer and ready on opening day. Meanwhile, middle school students located their new classrooms and greeted their teachers. Prior to attending their first class, ninth-grade students met with members of the Freshmen Transition Leaders team, who gave them tours of the building, helped them find their classrooms, and answered questions so they could make a smooth transition to high school.

“It’s good to be back,” said sophomore Alex Doukas, who added that she’s looking forward to taking Advanced Placement Art History this year and exploring new topics. The first day of school "definitely brings excitement. It’s hard work, but it’s very enjoyable to be with your friends every day.”

Pictured here (seven rotating): Students at The Bronxville School on the first day of school 2018.

Photos courtesy The Bronxville School

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.

From the Mayor: Summer Projects--One of the Busiest Summers on Record PDF Print Email


By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Sep. 12, 2018:  Happy New Year!! That’s what it feels like at village hall as we race to finish summer projects to coincide with the return of all of our residents.

The following is a sampling of the major projects undertaken in the village in the last three months, one of our busiest summers on record:

Con Edison Gas Line Replacement. Done in an extremely inefficient manner, this project on Midland Avenue was the most challenging of late as work was completed to Tanglewylde Avenue. We have stopped the project until we have assurances that the continuation will have a comprehensive work plan and a reasonable timetable.

Paving Program. We have completed a very aggressive paving initiative affecting all village neighborhoods, including Park Place, Pondfield Road, Elm Rock, Sturgis, Northway, Northwest Way, Kraft Avenue parking lot, west side traffic circle, and parts of Sagamore and Kensington Road, including the installation of new traffic islands.

Bacon Woods. A request for proposal (RFP) was sent out for bids on the village park straddling Kensington and Sagamore Roads. This work will continue a plan of upgrading the entire area now that the outdoor parking lot on Kensington is finally gone.

Village Website. Work is in the final stages on a complete revamping of our website resulting in a much more comprehensive, service-oriented, and user-friendly site, with just three clicks to accomplish most tasks, eliminating the need for personal visits to village hall.

Street Signs. A second order of authentic wrought-iron street signs was fabricated this summer with installation in the coming weeks.

Parking. The village and NYP Lawrence Hospital have begun conversations about a public/private parking partnership to address parking needs in the Milburn Avenue vicinity.

Infrastructure. The village has applied for three significant grant opportunities to continue our infrastructure repair initiative concentrating on our sanitary sewer system.

Comprehensive Plan. Members of our planning and zoning boards met with our planning consultants to begin review of all village codes and regulations in a very integrated way in light of the changing conditions of a 2018 village. Subjects to be reviewed include building size, ground permeability, teardown regulations, tree preservation, and length of construction project times as a sampling.

BEST aid. Our police department, along with those of Eastchester, Scarsdale, and Tuckahoe, has reconfigured a joint task force to address the sale and use of drugs in lower Westchester, with an emphasis on opioid sale and use.

Speed Signs. We purchased several more electronic movable cautionary speed signs and installed the newest one on Route 22.

Business District. Leases are out for almost 100% of our empty storefronts with expected occupancy before the holiday season. A Greek restaurant is nearing remodeling completion on the anchor corner of Pondfield Road and Cedar Street.

Parkway Road. The City of Yonkers will be repaving the area near the Scout Field and highway entrances.

Metro-North. The MTA responded to some items on our to-do list and painted and refurbished areas of the New York-bound side. Upgrading their entire property remains one of our highest priorities.

Concordia College. The college’s new parking plan, in consultation with its neighbors, incorporates landscape improvements as well as the closure of the Concordia Place/Tanglewylde Avenue exit, ensuring the integrity of the neighborhood while also providing Concordia with needed parking.

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.

Dining Out with Karen Talbot: The Twisted Oak in Tarrytown PDF Print Email


By Karen Talbot

Sep. 12, 2018: The Twisted Oak, in a historically famous building in downtown Tarrytown, focuses on Italian-influenced New American cuisine created by Michael Cutney, the chef/owner. The menu changes daily, sourcing from local Hudson Valley farmers, where sustainable agriculture is a principal theme.

Our dinner started with the most wonderful bread creation consisting of ricotta, egg, parmesan, and nutmeg. The pasta dishes from the "To Start" menu that we tried included John Fazio duck lasagna, a delicious combination of duck with braised wild greens and béchamel sauce topped with a poached hen egg. Next came a risotto that featured hen of the woods mushrooms, asparagus, mascarpone, and Parmigiano, and then we tried pappardelle in a milk-braised pork ragu, sage, and ricotta salata.

The "Starter" portions were more than adequate in size, but keep in mind that entrée portions are priced at an additional $10, which would have made the pappardelle, for instance, $32 instead of the $22 list price. Pricing quirks notwithstanding, these were excellent choices and truly original dishes.

Next came what is referred to on the menu as "To Follow." We chose country fried Fazio chicken, which was soaked in creamy Catskill polenta with braised greens and gravy. This entrée was so different, served almost like a soup with different textures of crispy chicken in the creamy sauce, a first-rate taste sensation in my view.

We did not hold back on dessert: strawberry shortcake with Mead Orchard strawberries, Angostura sorbet and crème fraîche mousse served deconstructed on the plate. This was followed by white chocolate soup, a delicious concoction of gianduia semifreddo, cocoa nib, and almond, and lastly, the "pièce de résistance," lemon meringue pie with little dollops of the meringue and lemon curd cascading opposite each other on an oblong plate.

Almost five years ago, Wood Join Co., Inc., and artist Rick Parenti assisted in the refurbishment of the dining rooms with lots of historic wood and stone accents meant to reflect the restaurant's Twisted Oak theme. The only drawback was that both the main and rear dining rooms can be noisy, so you may want to specify a quiet corner table in the front or dine before 7:00 pm or after 8:30 pm. Our server was Mikala, an adorable young lady who took great care of us.

In the category of wine by the glass, four whites and reds are offered from $10 to $15 per glass.

The Twisted Oak
61 Main Street
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Pictured here: Karen Talbot.

Letter to the Editor: Susan Burkat and John Torres on Plans to Privatize Scout Field PDF Print Email



To the Editor:

Sep. 12, 2018: Labor Day Weekend marked exactly one year since the inception of Save Scout Field, a grassroots effort whose goal is to prevent Westchester County politicians from taking over this venerable parkland and making it a limited-use, fenced-in soccer field exclusively for the use of Eastchester youth sports teams.

This bald-faced effort on the part of Eastchester politicians to steal a county park for a narrow, special-interest use threatens to ruin an irreplaceable public resource for all the residents of lower Westchester County.

On Saturday, September 8, Save Scout Field held a demonstration to further remind the public about the great concerns had over the proposed plan to privatize this field.

This plan, conceived by the previous Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and others currently still in their elected positions, has been a bone of contention with hundreds of regular parkgoers. It is our understandable fear that razing the field, cutting down trees, erecting a fence and/or retaining wall, adding a small, penned-in dog run and expanding the parking lot will disrupt the field's natural beauty and tranquility and spoil the enjoyment of hundreds who have enjoyed this place.

For more than a century, Scout Field has been a haven for families, birdwatchers, children doing horticulture and science project research, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball players, dog walkers, and those who book the adjoining Boy Scout Cabin for private parties.

There are growing concerns that the use of the proposed soccer field by residents of Eastchester will generate additional traffic congestion on Midland Avenue and substantially add to continued trash around Upper Scout Field and in the adjacent Bronx River.

On August 27, current Westchester County executive George Latimer, accompanied by Kenneth Jenkins, deputy county executive, Mike Breen, Yonkers Council member, 5th district, Victor Mallison, county governmental relations representative, and Eamonn O'Brien, legislative aide for David Tubiolo, 14th district legislator, visited Scout Field and were given a complete walking tour of both Upper and Lower Scout Fields and then met with a group of more than 40 regular parkgoers. Mr. Latimer took and answered questions and heard the impassioned remarks of his constituents, who urged him to leave this field in its natural state. We were asked by Mr. Latimer to give him a month's time to assess everything, after which he'd make a decision.

County Executive Latimer has heard our concerns and is still reviewing both the legality of the soccer field project and how it can be worked out to preserve full public use of, and access to, the field. 

Anyone interested in learning more about and joining Save Scout Field is invited to view our website,, and to contact County Executive George Latimer, as well as their local legislators to urge them not to let this plan become a reality.

Susan Burkat and John Torres
Members, Save Scout Field

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

Happiness and Fun at the Bronxville Adult School this Fall PDF Print Email


By Priscilla Toomey, Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, Bronxville Adult School

Sep. 12, 2018:  If you want to add more happiness and fun to your life, the Bronxville Adult School is a great place to start.

The fall semester begins with a free community lecture on Monday, September 17, Happiness is a Choice You Make, co-sponsored by Concordia College Books & Coffee. New York Times award-winning author John Leland will discuss his wise and insightful book about the secrets to living a fuller, more contented life. On Wednesday, September 26, The Road to Happiness workshop will further explore how to find lasting and intrinsic happiness in life.

The Bronxville Adult School’s fall semester also offers lots of fun and games to help you to enjoy life, including fantasy football, bridge, MahJongg, pickleball, and squash, among many others. Dancing is another great way to have a good time, and you can choose from county line dancing, belly dancing, Irish ceili, tap, ballet, ballroom, salsa, and bachata. If you are looking for ways to relax and unwind, give yoga, mindfulness, or fitness classes a try. Or tap into your creative self with drawing, painting, memoir, and improv classes.

These are just some of the options for enriching your life this fall, and there are many, many more; go to to see the full online catalogue and to sign up, or call 914-793-4435.

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.

OSilas Art Studio Welcomes Lisa Rao as New Art Program Director and Opens Fall Class Registration PDF Print Email


By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery & Art Studio

Sep. 12, 2018:  OSilas Gallery & Art Studio at Concordia College is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Rao as art program director of OSilas Art Studio effective August 22, 2018. Lisa succeeds Liz Levine, who retired in June after having served as the studio’s art program director for nearly eight years. 

Lisa brings a wealth of arts management and administration experience to her new position as well as a deep commitment to the community and OSilas Gallery & Art Studio. She has a long relationship with OSilas Gallery & Art Studio, having served on the OSilas Gallery board of advisors and its membership and benefit committees since 2014.

She also has been a parent of an OSilas Art Studio student for the past several years and is well acquainted with the quality and breadth of the studio’s art instruction. Lisa is an active member of the community and has been on the board of and has chaired a number of prominent local not-for-profit organizations. Lisa graduated from Trinity College with a BA in theatre and dance and has 20 years’ experience as company manager for several major Broadway shows. 

“I am thrilled to be officially joining the Art Studio as the new program director.  It has always provided such impressive and quality art instruction in our community.”  As new program director, Lisa said it is her goal to “maintain the high standards of the program, raise awareness of the art studio in the community, and continue to offer classes to all ages that meet the community’s needs.” 

OSilas Art Studio offers art instruction to aspiring artists from ages 3 to 99, and classes are taught in its professional art studio on Concordia College’s Bronxville campus by a dedicated faculty of artists and art educators. The fall class catalogue is now available to view online at Registration for the fall term is now open.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Lisa Rao at  CLOAKING  or 914-339-9300, ext. 2433.

Pictured here: Lisa Rao.

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery & Art Studio

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.

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