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Broncos Celebrate Homecoming 2017; See Pictures and Results PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer                            


Oct. 18, 2017:  Bronxville High School homecoming ended last Saturday night after a week of festivities and athletic contests. The Bronxville community showed its enthusiasm by coming out for the night games, and many families enjoyed Thursday's food truck night on Meadow Avenue. Click here to see the homecoming photo gallery


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Walter's food truck serving hot dogs in the Meadow Avenue parking lot. Photo by J. Murrer. 

The highlight of the weekend was the official opening of the newly renovated Hayes Field, Bronxville's second turf field. School administrators, village officials, representatives from area youth leagues, and Athletic Council presidents were in attendance to celebrate the opening. 

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Opening ceremony at Hayes Field. Photo by S. Quinn DeJoy.

"The field is being used from sunup to sundown," said athletic director Karen Peterson. "We have over 700 elementary students using it for recess every day, our physical education classes K-12 are out there using the field, and our high school and middle school athletic teams are here in the afternoon. And then our community members get to use it in the evening and on the weekends."

"I have been playing on the field for the last two weeks, and it is just fantastic," said Athletic Council co-president Mac Crawford. "I can't wait for everyone in the town to come down and check it out."

The Hayes Field renovation includes a big blue wall, which will be used by lacrosse players of all levels to develop their stick skills. 

"Wall ball is something very special to lacrosse," noted Scott Bacigalupo from Bronxville Youth Lacrosse Association. "We have been talking about the wall for 15 years and are thrilled to have it."

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The lacrosse practice wall. Photo by J. Murrer.  

Hayes Field is named after Hedwig Hayes, a longtime village resident who died in 1996 at the age of 90. Hayes left a generous donation to The Bronxville School Foundation, and the field was renovated in 1999. Her request specified that the field should touch the lives of as many students and community members as possible. The newly renovated Hayes Field will continue to carry out her wishes. 

The Broncos, who spent much of the week practicing on Hayes Field, had great success at homecoming. For results of games and playoff news, see below.

Bronco Update

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Fans showing their support for the Broncos. Photo by J. Murrer. 

Football: The Broncos end the regular season with a 3-4 record after losing 31-6 to Pleasantville on Saturday night. No. 8 Bronxville will play No. 1 Westlake in the Class B quarterfinals on Saturday, October 21.

Field Hockey: In the game on Thursday against Putnam Valley, the Broncos scored three and held the Tigers scoreless. Ava AustiCaroline Brashear, and Andrea Shephard each scored for the Broncos. For the second week in a row, the Broncos (10-3-1) are ranked No. 7 in the LoHud Power Rankings, which includes all schools from Section 1. The Class C Broncos will start playoffs next week.

Boys' Soccer: On Friday evening, the Bronxville boys' soccer team defeated the Hamilton Red Raiders 4-1. The Broncos fell behind 1-0 in the first half but then rallied to score four unanswered goals. Cameron McKhannJimmy GalloPaul Magaud, and Henry Sheehan each scored for Bronxville, and Jeb Burnell had two assists. According to LoHud, the Broncos are ranked 5th in Class B behind Blind Brook, North Salem, Rye Neck, and Briarcliff. The playoff seeding meeting is today, and the first round will be played at the higher seed on October 20 at 3:00 pm.

Girls' Soccer: The Bronxville girls shut out Blind Brook 4-0 on Friday. Scoring for the Broncos were Catherine Faville (2), Ashley Toal, and Kunzang NamgyalRachael Peacock had two assists. Playoff seedings will be posted later today, and the first round is scheduled for Saturday, October 21.

Girls' Swimming: In the homecoming meet against Fox Lane, the Bronxville/Tuckahoe team came out on top, defeating the Foxes 95-75. Out of ten events, the Broncos finished first in five. Emily Gjertsen won the 200 IM and 500 free, and Caroline McGrath won the 100 butterfly. The Broncos also won the 200 free relay (Charlotte Yerkes, McGrath, Gjertsen, and Alisa Fominykh) and the 400 free relay (Julia Bazinet, McGrath, Fominykh, and Gjersten). The 4-4 Broncos will finish the regular season on Thursday with a meet against the combined team of Sleepy Hollow/Hastings/Edgemont/Irvington. Sectionals will take place on October 21 in Clarkstown.

Boys' Cross Country:  The Bronco boys' team won the league championship last week, defeating Rye Neck, Edgemont, Keio, and Blind Brook. Six of the seven Bronxville varsity runners placed in the top ten: junior Alex Rizzo (1), junior Matt Rizzo (2), junior Tim McGrath (3), junior Ashton Smith (4), freshman Ethan Waggoner (7), and seventh-grader John Ryan (9).

Girls' Cross Country: The Bronxville girls' cross country team won the League 3B Championship last week, taking nine of the top ten places. The Bronxville girls have won the league championship every year for almost forty years. Natalie Weiner finished first in a time of 15:59.6 and was followed by a pack of Broncos who all finished within two seconds of each other: Patty Haggerty (3rd, 17:25), Molly Palma (4th), Avery Weiden (5th), Lyric Abbott (6th), Emma Mandanas (7th), Gigi Chrappa (8th), Olivia Scotti (9th), and Betsy Marshall (10th).

Girls' Tennis: Bronxville girls' tennis moved to the top of the LoHud Power Rankings last week with a 5-2 win over Ursuline. This week, Ava Bruno and Katherine Forst placed third in the conference doubles championship, and Eva Dani and Henriette Schmuck placed fourth. Both doubles teams qualified for sectionals this week. Lindsey Cruikshank, the only Bronxville singles player at conferences, made it all the way to the quarterfinals.

Go Broncos. 

Pictured at top (rotating): Wednesday night featured a high school bonfire (photo by J. Murrer); Bronco fans at homecoming (photo by S. Quinn DeJoy); fans watching the football game from Field Court townhouses (photo by J. Murrer); the Kiefer family during player and parent introductions before the varsity soccer game (photo by J. Murrer).






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Events this Week in Bronxville: October 18 to October 25, 2017 PDF Print Email



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Editor's note:  There is a listing of Halloween events in a separate article in this week's issue.


By Staff

Thursday, October 19:  The Bronxville Board of Education will hold a meeting at 7:00 pm in the multipurpose room of The Bronxville School. For more information, go to www.bronxvilleschool.org or call 914-395-0500.

Thursday, October 19:  A lecture on Martin Luther titled "Martin Luther and the Power of the Image and the Word" will be given by Dr. Charles T. Little at 7:00 pm at OSilas Gallery on the campus of Concordia CollegeThis lecture will focus on artists such as Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach, both masters of the print, who greatly facilitated the launch of the reform movement. The lecture is open to the public, but tickets are required ($35 per person/$30 for OSilas Gallery members). Light refreshments will be served. Please go to the OSilas Gallery website for more information.

Saturday, October 21:  James Coll, adjunct professor of American constitutional history at Hofstra University and Nassau Community College, will give a lecture titled "What Did the Framers Intend When They Created the U.S. Constitution?" at 1:30 pm in the Yeager Room of the Bronxville Public Library. Professor Coll will address some of the main features of the three-branch government created in 1787 and why those calling for constitutional change in the structural transformation of the government should be dismissed. For more information, go to www.bronxvillelibrary.org or call 914-337-7680. 

Saturday, October 21:  Violist Lawrence Dutton, cellist Paul Watkins, violinist Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, and pianist Jon Klibonoff will be performing works by Bach and Dvořák at 7:00 pm in a Hoch Chamber Music Series concert at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College. They will be performing works by Bach and Dvořák in a concert titled "A Night of Reformation." Tickets are $38 for adults and $19 for seniors and children. To purchase tickets, visit www.concordiaconservatory.org or call 914-395-4507.

Monday, October 23:  The Westchester Trails Association will give a one-hour presentation on hiking for beginners at the Bronxville Public Library at 3:00 pm. Topics will include where to hike, different terrains, preparation, and trail maps, and there will be a Q&A period. For more information, go to www.bronxvillelibrary.org or call 914-337-7680. 

Monday, October 23:  The League of Women Voters will moderate a debate between the candidates for Westchester County legislator, 15th District (the greater Bronxville area), Gordon Burrows (R) and Ruth Walter (D), in Reisinger Hall on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College (near the rear of campus). Coffee and refreshments will be served from 6:55 pm, sponsored by the Armour Villa neighborhood association, and the debate will start at 7:15. For more information, contact Susan Weisfeld at  CLOAKING  or 914-779-8354.

Tuesday, October 24:  The Bronxville Village Zoning Board will hold a meeting at 7:30 in Bronxville Village Hall. For more information, go to www.villageofbronxville.com or call 914-337-6500. 

Wednesday, October 25:  The Song Pipers of Bronxville invite area residents to an open house/rehearsal at 10:00 am at The Reformed Church of Bronxville in Fellowship Hall on Midland Avenue across from the fire station. This musical therapy group was formed after World War II to brighten the day for returning veterans and continues to perform today for a varied audience. For more information, call Jackie Bunn at 914-793-5166.

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 CLOAKING .

 
Residents Say 'No' to One-Hour Parking Restrictions On Oriole and Greefield Avenues PDF Print Email

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By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter


Oct. 18, 2017: The Bronxville Board of Trustees, at its regular meeting on October 10, unanimously decided to remove a section from proposed Local Law 3-2017 calling for limited parking on Oriole Avenue and Greenfield Avenue between Tanglewylde Avenue and Woodland Avenue. The legislation was intended to address problems with Concordia College commuter students and staff parking in residential neighborhoods due to a lack of on-campus parking.

Mayor Mary Marvin proposed a thirty-day period during which village officials will contact the Concordia College administration and require the college to comply with parking conditions already in place that restrict students and staff from parking on residential streets.

Research conducted by Village Attorney James Staudt and his associate Amanda Brosy has revealed that several planning board approvals over the past forty to fifty years, including for construction of dormitories in the 1970s, the chapel in the 1980s, and the library in 2002, contain restrictions related to parking on the streets in the vicinity of the college.

"There were similar conditions and a similar theme throughout the approval processes," Staudt said of the findings, "to prevent students from parking on residential streets on the west side of the campus." He added that there is no sunset on the conditions imposed.

Residents from several streets in the neighborhood immediately west of the Concordia College campus, while unhappy with the current parking situation and increased traffic, addressed the board about the undesirable effects of imposing one-hour parking on Oriole Avenue and Greenfield Avenue. Speakers stated that signage would not only decrease property values and impair the area's serene image but also send a message that the area suffers from congestion and noise and poses potential danger for children.

Trustee Guy Longobardo noted that Concordia College has evolved from a small residential college with, perhaps, 600 students to a commuter college. After experiencing a 26 percent growth over the past year, the campus serves over 1,400 students, along with staff to support that increase.

A nursing program offering courses on Mondays and Wednesdays has brought most of the traffic and spillover parking into residential neighborhoods between the hours of 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

"The crux of our conflict with Concordia has been the remarkable growth of the commuter population," said Oriole Avenue resident Ludger Hentschel. "It seems clear to me that they should grapple with those issues rather than passing them off onto the neighbors."

Greg Schooley, also from Oriole Avenue, remarked that the problem is not limited to traffic and parking, as people using the streets sometimes harass neighbors and leave garbage behind.

Speakers stated that residents have attempted to have conversations with the Concordia College administration about the situation on their streets but have not received any satisfaction. "We have been at this for two years," said Mike Conaton, a Woodland Avenue resident. "From my estimation, it started with very promising goodwill and good dialogue with the school, but it went on and on with no resolutions."

Greenfield Avenue resident Bill Blais emphasized that none of the Greenfield households support Local Law 3-2017. He pointed out that the college has ample land available to use for parking.

The Bronxville Planning Board rejected Concordia College's application, presented in May and June of 2016, to increase parking on the campus. A call to Jim Bunn, special assistant to the president at the college, seeking comment was not returned.

Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale suggested that the board approve the proposed local law as drafted, with the one-hour parking restrictions on Oriole Avenue and Greenfield Avenue. "I prefer to see it on the books. It would enable us to take immediate action in the event conditions were not met," he said. "We've come this far and we have a solution at hand that would clean this situation up this week for Oriole Avenue residents."

Satriale reminded the board and Concordia College neighbors that, without the local law in place, anyone can park on their streets until 3:00 am and the police department can do nothing about it.

A hearing on Oriole Avenue and Greenfield Avenue parking restrictions will be re-opened at the next Bronxville Board of Trustees Meeting on Monday, November 13.

Pictured here:  Chief Christopher Satriale addressing the Bronxville Village Board.  

Photo by Carol P. Bartold

 
Marriott in Tuckahoe to Proceed with Construction; Concerns about Contamination Linger for Bronxville Residents PDF Print Email

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By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter


Oct. 18, 2017:  As construction proceeds on the Marriott Springhill Suites hotel in Tuckahoe, questions remain for Bronxville residents about how the migration of soil and groundwater contamination on the site could affect the village. The hotel, at 109-125 Marbledale Road, will sit atop the former Tuckahoe marble quarry, which ceased operations in 1930. Beginning in the 1950s, the pit was used as a commercial landfill and dump.

The $31 million, 91,000-square-foot hotel will contain 163 rooms, include a 6,400 square-foot restaurant, and provide 208 parking spaces. Remedial excavation and testing of the site was completed in early spring of 2017 and drilling work for the two hundred pilings, which will support the hotel building, is complete.

David Burke, Tuckahoe village administrator, reported that the full building permit, along with electrical and plumbing permits, were issued the week of October 9. Framing the hotel building will most likely begin when concrete work is completed. Burke projects a fall 2018 opening for the hotel.

To educate and inform the community about ongoing concerns arising from the contaminated site in Tuckahoe, the organization Greater Bronxville Indivisible sponsored a presentation by Donald J. Hughes, PhD, on October 14 at the Bronxville Public Library. An educator, chemist, environmental engineer, and principal of Hughes Environmental Consulting Services in Syracuse, New York, Hughes has thoroughly assessed the known environmental hazards of the former quarry site and offered extensive public testimony on its known contaminants and risks.

Known contaminants at the location, per Hughes, include ash and other burned debris from the Eastchester municipal incinerator, Freon from Revlon, and pharmaceuticals and manufacturing byproducts from Burroughs-Wellcome. He also stated that the Village of Bronxville dumped waste at the site.

Although remedial cleanup work on the site is complete, Hughes emphasized that the very general term "cleanup" does not necessarily mean that the site has been cleaned up. "Remedial cleanup means anything that is done to help fix the site," he said. "It doesn't necessarily mean addressing the contamination." He added that fencing off a site and telling people to stay away is considered remedial cleanup.

"Although the quarry was largely ignored for more than fifty years, there are some very dangerous contaminants there," Hughes said.

He reported that very high levels of soil vapors, particularly from perchloroethylene (PCE), a chlorinated solvent, and trichloroethylene (TCE), a solvent used to degrease metal parts and in the manufacture of other chemicals, were found in the former quarry area. These volatile organic compounds vaporize quickly into the air, he said.

PCE and TCE, as well as metals, hydrocarbons, and vinyl chloride, have contaminated two aquifers, a shallow one and one at bedrock level, in the quarry area, Hughes noted. He explained that contaminated groundwater can get into sewer lines and that the substances have possibly been moving very rapidly with the groundwater since the 1950s.

Bronxville resident Betsy Harding pointed out that that the groundwater flow from Marbledale Road proceeds in a general southwesterly direction through the Midland Valley and through Bronxville to the Bronx River. "The only testing I know of is the very limited testing."

Next steps recommended for Bronxville are to identify sources and levels of vapor and water contamination and determine if sewers and underground utilities serve as conduits for volatile organic compounds.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Upcoming Halloween Events in Bronxville 2017 PDF Print Email

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By Staff


Oct. 18, 2017:  It's that time of year again when Bronxville celebrates Halloween in style. Here are some fun upcoming events in Bronxville.

Wednesday, October 18, 3:15  4:00 pm: Moveable Mummies. Drop by the teen room at the Bronxville Public Library to sculpt and wrap a mummy. Materials and instructions will be provided. The event is open to children ages 9 and up.

Thursday, October 19, 3:30  4:00 pm: Halloween Crafts. There will be Halloween crafts at the Bronxville Public Library for children ages 3 and up.

Friday, October 20, 3:30  5:00 pm: Family Film. The film Monster Island will be screened at the Bronxville Public Library.

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am  4:00 pm: Annual Halloween Spooktacular. Cross County's annual Halloween festival will be held with trick-or-treating, arts & crafts, dancing, storytime, and more. The same events will be offered at 10:00 am and at 1:00 pm. Click here for more information or to sign up.

Sunday, October 22, noon – 4:00 pm: Bronxville Children's Halloween Carnival. The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual children's fall festival in Leonard Morange Square (along Parkway Road by Palmer Avenue). The carnival will include rides, activities, music, and food. The rain date is Sunday, October 29.

Thursday, October 26, 3:30  4:30 pm: Halloween CraftsThere will be Halloween crafts at the Bronxville Public Library for children ages 3 and up.

Friday, October 27, 3:00  6:00 pm: Fabio Hair Studio's Halloween Party. Fabio Hair Studio at 137 Parkway Road will be offering children's hairstyles and makeup for $5. There will be games, puzzles, prizes, and raffles. To RSVP, call 914-337-1482.

Friday, October 27, 4:00 pm: Halloween Parade. Bronxville's annual Halloween parade will start at the Bronxville High School flagpole on Pondfield Road.

Saturday, October 28, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm: Harvest Moon Fall Festival. The Reformed Church Nursery School will hold its annual Harvest Moon Fall Festival with indoor and outdoor activities, glitter art, festival games, crafts, a petting zoo, adult and kids raffles, food and drink from local establishments, and pony rides.  

Sunday, October 29, 10:30 am: Bronxville Halloween Pug Walk. Meet at Starbucks at 29 Park Place in Bronxville for Bronxville's annual Halloween Pug Walk.

Tuesday, October 31: Enjoy trick-or-treating! Have a great Halloween!

Photo by A. Warner

 
Chapel School to Hold Annual 'Make a Difference Day' Fair Saturday, October 21 PDF Print Email

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By Kim Zwisdak, Development Office, Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School

Oct. 18, 2017:  On Saturday, October 21, The Chapel School at Concordia College will hold its annual "Make a Difference Day Fair." 

Make a Difference Day is organized by USA Weekend magazine and the organization Points of Life and is the largest national day of community service.

Schools, organizations, and families across America come together to better the world we share. "The stories told around Make a Difference Day show that anyone--regardless of age, location, or resources--can accomplish amazing things when they take on the problems they see in their community."

Past Service Projects:  Past service projects completed at this event have included making slipper socks for shut-ins and nursing home patients, coloring cards for children in the hospital, and making birdfeeder garlands that participants took home to help feed birds in their neighborhoods.

This year, a few new service projects will be introduced. "I wanted to switch it up a little; that way, our volunteers stay excited about the new projects and we expand our community outreach," stated Mrs. Kate Marino, organizer of The Chapel School's annual event.

 
From the Mayor: 'In the Course of Time...One of the Finest Villages Along the Line' PDF Print Email

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By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor of the Village of Bronxville


Oct. 18, 2017:  I decided to take a literary break from blacktop, sewer relining, and flood mitigation topics--though they may be scintillating--and just relate some interesting fun facts about our very special one square mile.

  • From the outset, not everyone could even agree on the name of our hometown, which was named after Danish farmer Jonas Bronck, who owned huge tracts of land in Southern Westchester and the Bronx. Folks "objected to the influx of visitors on Sundays who thought the Zoological Gardens were here" due to our name. Others wanted to call it Gramatan, Gramatan Hills, Lawrenceville, or Swainsville after an early tannery owner or to keep the early 19th-century name of Underhill's Crossing.

  • Our village functioned for its first year of incorporation (1898) with no ordinances.

  • Our very first ordinance (1899) protected us from public nudity, brothels, saloons, gambling, riots, and profane language, all punishable by fines of $10 to $50. Other first-generation ordinances prohibited ball playing on Sunday; "hallooing or yelling after dark"; and gunfire "between the setting and rising sun (apparently daytime gunfire acceptable!).

  • In a bit of high aspirational thinking, fire escapes would be required on all opera houses but churches were exempt.

  • In 1899, houses could be built with no notice to the village and without regard to size or placement, as it wasn't until 1922 that our first zoning ordinance was enacted. Legend says village resident and television personality Jack Paar was responsible for our first fence ordinance. As a result of his extreme penchant for privacy, he erected a high stockade fence on Studio Lane without planning board notification. Very soon after, the trustees enacted height and density rules for village fences.

  • Two of our early "postmistresses" were maiden sisters who carefully read everyone's postcards and magazines and if they thought the information of urgency, they dispatched local boys to share the messages of often upcoming appointments in New York City. Needless to say, they were deemed "authorities on all village news."

  • Our first school in 1870 looked no different than rural structures in the Midwest. Built on a small plot of donated land on the Value Drugs space on Pondfield Road, it was a little red wooden building with a cloakroom and a potbellied stove.

  • Parental involvement in the PTA was always a signature trait in the village. Early meetings concentrated on an effective method to monitor the content of motion pictures, fearing a negative impact on our community, but, more important, a deleterious effect on our diction.

  • At a period around the turn of the 20th century, we were also home to an insane asylum, the Vernon House Retreat for the Insane, near the intersection of Pondfield and White Plains Roads. Limited to ten patients, one could be treated for "mental and nervous diseases and cases of Habit."

  • Our hospital and nearby Sarah Lawrence College were thanks to the generosity of our founder, William Van Duzer Lawrence.

  • In 1908, Mr. Lawrence's son, Dudley, was stricken with an appendicitis attack that would be fatal without an operation. He was transported on a baggage car attached to the first train heading south from White Plains furnished with a box spring and mattress from the family-owned Gramatan Hotel. Dudley survived after a twelve-hour ordeal, and his father contributed $250,000 to inaugurate the hospital's capital campaign. Monies were supplemented by the performance of a "pageant" at Sagamore Park to which thousands attended, including the sitting governor, Charles Evans Hughes.

  • Mr. Lawrence envisioned a junior college for women and enlisted the help of the Vassar College president, Dr. Henry McCracken. Named after his beloved and recently deceased wife, Sarah, the members of the first board of trustees of Sarah Lawrence College were actually those of the board of Vassar College.

  • We had the same population--approximately 6,500--in the 1930s as we do today. Stores were closed on Wednesday afternoons and a home valet truck patrolled the village. Sporting the slogan "Would you spare your appearance for fifty cents?" a gentleman came to the door and ironed your rumpled suit.

  • In 1928, in honor of his 25th jubilee, Saint Joseph's beloved pastor Father McCann was treated to an around-the-world trip thanks to donations from the entire village.

  • The village seal has a bumble bee as its symbol but no records exist explaining its origin.

  • Holding dance classes at the Gramatan Hotel, Ms. Caroline Covington, proprietress of the Miss Covington's School of Dance, started each class off with the sound of castanets and stopped immediately if "wallflowers" were minus a partner.

Clearly, we have always been a unique community, and trustee William Kraft early envisioned even greater things for us, writing on village stationery that "in the course of time, we will have one of the finest villages along the line." 


 
Bench Dedicated in Honor of Coach Bob Spenik; Class of 1967 Has 50th Reunion PDF Print Email

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By MaryAnne Denniston


Oct. 18, 2017:  On Saturday afternoon, October 7, more than 50 family members, friends, colleagues, former students, and athletes came together to dedicate a bench in honor of Coach Bob Spenik.

Located on the Meadow Avenue side of the field, in a grassy area close to the start of the sprint lines, the bench is a gift from those who participated in a dinner in Coach's honor held in April of 2016. Coach's unexpected death in January of this year made the dedication all the more moving and meaningful.


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Christy Patt, BHS '67 and former cheerleader, welcomed everyone, spoke of Coach's profound influence, and introduced Christina Butler Spenik, Coach's daughter, who spoke on behalf of his family. Al Mingrone, retired Bronxville High School teacher and Coach's college roommate, recalled their friendship, which spanned over 65 years, and Bob McGrath, former assistant coach, spoke of how perfectly the bench inscription, "Superb Coach, Dedicated Educator, True Friend," expresses the great reach he had. 

 

Roger Haile, BHS ’65 and former team captain, dedicated the bench in the name of Coach's former players. He reminisced, emotionally reiterated the significant impact Coach had both on and off the field, and noted how fortunate each of those he touched is to be able to carry forward the values he embodied. Bob Kettle, BHS '67 and former team captain, was not able to attend but sent his message of tribute, which was shared by Christy Patt. SHA!capella, Bronxville High School's a capella singing group, closed out the ceremony with a wonderful rendition of "Onward Bronxville," a fight song prominent at each and every game during Coach Spenik's tenure.

 

Coach Spenik coached BHS football from 1963 through 1969. During this time, he had a remarkable record of 52 wins and 4 losses that included a record-breaking 37-game winning streak. His profound influence extended for many years beyond his years as football coach and teacher; Bob went on to become principal of the high school and retired as assistant superintendent of schools.

 

The Class of 1967 held its 50th reunion during the same weekend.


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Pictured here (from top down): The bench dedicated in honor of Coach Bob Spenik; Christina Spenik Butler (Bob's daughter), her husband, John Butler, and their children, Owen and Emily, with some of the dedication attendees in the background; rotating: Dougla Pyrke, Tom Heiss, Anders Rhodin, Sue Hufnagel, and Anne Quisenberry Spaulding (all Class of 1967); Tom Heiss, Sue Hufnagel, and Anders Rhodin (all Class of 1967).

Photos courtesy MaryAnne Denniston











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Bronxville Middle School Students Discuss Ways to Keep Digital Lives Safe PDF Print Email

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By Plamena Quintavalla, Bronxville School Reporter for Syntax


Oct. 18. 2017:  Bronxville Middle School students, who have been learning about digital citizenship in their classes, welcomed Bronxville Police Department Sergeant William Carroll and Officer Michael Lewis to their school to discuss the importance of keeping their digital lives safe.

Sergeant Carroll and Officer Lewis spoke with the students about the dangers they might encounter online or while using social media and discussed the effects of their digital footprint in a digital world. They urged them to be careful about what they post online and not to give out personal information or pictures to strangers.

"Everything you put online is always going to be there," Sgt. Carroll told the students. "Think about what you're sending before you send it."

Instructional technology teacher Kimberly Persaud, who encourages her students to think critically about how they shape their digital identities, said it's crucial to teach students not only how to use technology, but how to do so safely. As part of the digital citizenship curriculum, which covers a variety of issues, students learn how to shape their online identity, guard their privacy, evaluate information they find online, combat cyberbullying, and avoid violating the rights of others.

"Growing up in a digital world allows us to access news, connect with new people, and share information more than ever before," Persaud said. "In order to thrive in such a technology-dominated society, there are precautions that we all need to take."

Persaud said that it was a powerful lesson for students to hear from the police officers about the effect of their actions online and understand the repercussions that people who misuse technology might face.

"I always say to my students that just as we have rights, follow rules, and make contributions to the community we live in, we have similar obligations as digital citizens in an ever-evolving digital world," she said. 

Pictured here: Sergeant William Carroll and Officer Michael Lewis of the Bronxville Police Department addressing Bronxville Middle School students.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School


 
Community Fund Announces New Officers; Jim Rotenberg, President PDF Print Email

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By Donna Ruhanen, Marketing Chair, The Community Fund


Oct. 18, 2017:  The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe recently named Jim Rotenberg as its new president for the 2017-18 year. He succeeds outgoing president Neal Denning.

Jim has been a member of the board of The Community Fund since 2010 and has served in many capacities for the organization, including as both evaluations and golf co-chair. He and his wife, Ellen, have five children ranging from ages 7 to 14 years old. Rotenberg graduated with a master's degree from St. Bonaventure University and is a professor in the school of business at Monroe College. An active member of the community, Jim sits on the Lawrence Park West Homeowners Association. 

"During my six-year tenure on the board of directors, I have gained much insight into how our mission positively affects our community," said Rotenberg. "My numerous roles within the organization have afforded me the opportunity to see firsthand the impact the Fund has on our neighbors," Rotenberg continued. "As we enter The Community Fund's 98th year, I am proud to share that we continue to enhance the lives of our neediest residents. With many generous donations, we can assist and support over 20 social service agencies and local community programs that serve the residents of Bronxville, the Bronxville PO area, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe."

Other appointments for the 2017-18 board are William Rizzo, president-elect; Kate Hargrove Ramundo, secretary; Susan Conniff, treasurer; Jennifer Lescott and William U. Knox, investment chairs; Donna Ruhanen, marketing chair; Annette Healey Dowling and P. Douglas Meyer, Bronxville campaign chairs; and Michael A. Calano and David Scalzo, Eastchester and Tuckahoe campaign chairs.

New to the board are Ryan Anderson, Lisa Bodell, Susan Conniff, Gary Garofalo, Chris Kreig, Amy Parsons, and Jeff Ungvary. They will be joining current board members Robert Castano, Jennifer Nelson Colao, Ashleigh Donovan, Kristen Evans, Barbara S. Eustis, Thomas Giordano, Frances Harris, Rosetta McArdle, Kevin McNeill, Thomas Sipple, Albert Van Ness, Mark J. Welshimer, and Kiri Wolfe.

"Jim is a huge asset to The Community Fund board," said Amy Korb, executive director of The Community Fund. "His knowledge of our community, as well as his experience in many different roles within the Fund, make him well suited for his new role." Ms. Korb added, "I look forward to partnering with this dynamic board to further the impact of the Fund and to be able to reach as many of our residents as possible." 

The Community Fund is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1919 to enhance the quality of life and provide assistance to all residents of Bronxville (including the Bronxville PO areas), Eastchester, and Tuckahoe.

For 98 years, The Community Fund has been proud to give locally to support our most important local needs. For more information, please contact Amy Korb at 914-337-8808.

Pictured here:  Jim Rotenberg, the new president of The Community Fund for 2017-2018.  

Photo courtesy Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund

 
Dining Out with Karen Talbot: MP Taverna in Irvington PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot


MP Taverna
One Bridge Street
Irvington, NY 10533
914-231-7854
CLOAKING
michaelpsilakis.com/mp-taverna/mp-taverna-irvington


Oct. 18, 2017: "MP" stands for chef, owner, and successful restaurateur Michael Psilakis, whose goal is to put "Greek cuisine on the culinary main stage" with his own interpretations of this classic cuisine. 

The restaurant is in an historic building in a quiet area next to the Hudson. The exposed brick walls, original beams and rafters, and high ceilings add to the "culinary stage" he has indeed created. There is also a handsome mahogany screen with see-through cut-outs that separates the 120-seat main dining room from the bar.

You must have MP Taverna's tzatziki dip as a starter--a delicious, extra-creamy interpretation with Greek yogurt, garlic, cucumber, and dill served with warm pita bread. Next, we had the MP Salad, which has all of the ingredients in a Greek salad--lettuce, cucumber, tomato, olives, onion, feta cheese, and peppers--served chopped up, which was a great touch, as it condensed the many flavors and textures.

Our two meze choices were scallops with cauliflower, dried cherry, and brown butter and mussels and gigantes (very large beans) with tomato, spinach, Greek pork sausage, and breadcrumbs. These two dishes were the epitome of chef Psilakis's creativity. The mezes are priced from $10.95 to $19.95.

Souvlaki, a typical Greek dish, was our main course in both chicken and beef combinations. Pita bread is wrapped around onions, peppers, tomatoes, and romaine lettuce dressed with tzatziki. These were served with the house specialty, smashed fries. I would go back there just to have these Greek-style French fries again. There is a nice selection of wines to choose from and the wait staff was attentive and prompt.

The Greeks are known for their expertise in grilling fish, and you can order the fish of the day, branzino, swordfish, or salmon priced from $24.95 and up. There are nine entrees to choose from, and the next time I will try the mix grill--a mixture of Cypriot and Greek sausages, pork tenderloin, and chicken breast.

Michael Psilakis also owns two other restaurants in Manhattan, as well as MP Tavernas in Roslyn and Astoria.

Pictured here:  Karen Talbot.

Photo courtesy Karen Talbot


 
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