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Jennifer Russo and Michael Finley Elected School Board Trustees; School Budget Passes PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter     

May 17, 2017: Bronxville voters went to the polls on May 16 for the annual election of school trustees and budget referendum. A total of 232 votes were cast.

The proposed 2017-2018 budget of $47.1 million passed with 188 votes for and 37 votes againstThe tax levy to fund the budget, $42 million, falls within the allowable 1.57 percent tax levy cap rate for the Bronxville school district. The levy represents a tax rate of $13.35 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The board of education approved the use of $500,000 of appropriated fund balances to fully fund the budget.

Michael Finley and Jennifer Russo, candidates selected by the Committee for Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees, were elected school trustees to fill the seats vacated by Dr. Mary Guiffra and Adele Murray. Giuffra and Murray will complete their terms at the board of education's June 15 meeting.

Finley received 188 votes with 11 write-ins, and Russo received 188 votes with 11 write-ins. The count does not include affidavit ballots. There were no write-in candidates.

During his career in private equity, Finley, a certified public accountant who holds an MBA, has worked for Lehman Brothers as well as for two smaller firms that managed multibillion-dollar equity funds. In his service on several private and public company boards, Finley has interacted with several management teams. He has coached lacrosse and is a staunch supporter of Bronxville teams.

Formerly a corporate bond analyst at Lehman Brothers, Russo worked at a New York City design firm before opening her own interior design business. As a trustee of child services organization at Graham Windham, Russo co-chairs and organizes an annual holiday party for more than 100 children living at the Graham School campus in Hastings-on-Hudson. She has held several leadership positions in the Bronxville School PTA and on school councils. Russo has also served on the boards of the Lawrence Park Hilltop Association and the Lawrence Home Care Fund and was co-chair of the fundraising committee and membership secretary of the Junior Leagues of Bronxville and Boston.

The new board will hold a reorganization meeting in July.

Pictured here:  Newly elected school board trustees Jennifer Russo and Michael Finley.

Photo by A. Warner

Events this Week in Bronxville: May 17 to May 24, 2017 PDF Print Email


By Staff

Wednesday, May 17
:  In recognition of Memorial Day, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital is unveiling a special health screening program for veterans and their families at 9:30 am. For more information, call 914-787-1000.

Thursday, May 18:  Carol Giacomo, New York Times editorial board member and foreign affairs expert, will give a lecture on Iran at 7:00 pm at the Bronxville Public Library. The fee is $25. Registration may be completed online at or by phone at 914-793-4435.

Friday, May 19:  The Bronxville Women's Club will be having a coffeehouse at 8:00 pm at its clubhouse, Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House, 135 Tanglewylde Avenue. There will be live music by Nicole Alifante, Marc Shulman, and Odane Whilby. The fee is $5. For more information, call 914-337-3252 or go to

Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20:  ArtsWestchester will be holding its annual ArtsBash Weekend with a fundraising party on Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and its Family ArtsBash on Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The Friday party will feature food from more than 25 prestigious restaurants and will afford the public the opportunity to meet artists in their open studios throughout ArtsWestchester's historic downtown White Plains building. Tickets are $75 and are available online at or at the door on Friday evening. On Saturday, kids can partake in a variety of hands-on art activities and artist-led workshops. Activities include a chocolate art-making activity, drumming circles, clay-and-felt-making workshops, spin art, and more. There is a suggested family donation of $10. ArtsWestchester is at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. For more information, go to

Tuesday, May 23:  The Bronxville Village Zoning Board meeting originally scheduled for 7:30 pm has been canceled. For more information, go to or call 914-337-6500.

Photo by A. Warner

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

Memorial Day Weekend Schedule of Events; Save the Date--Friday, May 26: The Memorial Day Country Fair is On PDF Print Email


By Elizabeth Peacock, Member, Bronxville School PTA

May 17, 2017:  Come join us for the Bronxville PTA's Memorial Day Country Fair on Friday, May 26, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the Bronxville School's front lawn.

This year's Country Fair and Food Fairway, chaired by Amy KorbLinda Pagano, and Betsy Putnam, will feature the OSilas Gallery & Art School Tent with a special art project for children and an appearance by the New York Knicks Groove Truck. Additional attractions include rock climbing, rides, carnival games and prizes, inflatable obstacle courses, and bounce houses. Come for dinner and enjoy a bite in our tabled picnic area from Walter's Hot Dogs, Kona Ice, The Pizza Truck Co., Superlicious, and Bronxville's own Scarborough Fair. 

Also back this year is our very popular bake-off competition, chaired by Megan Burke. 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

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. Ages 3-15 for all you can ride.

Fifth-grader Violet Reichel submitted the winning logo design for 2017. The logo will be featured on t-shirts available during the apparel sale and country fair. See hours below. 

Memorial Day Week Events at the School

Wednesday to Friday, May 24 to May 26

Apparel Sale, chaired by Kelly Connors and Sarah Pulkkinen: Wednesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 25, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday, May 26, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on the front lawn.

Used-Book Sale, chaired by Sara Zelle Namkung: Wednesday, May 24 (Teacher Preview Day), from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm, Thursday, May 25, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Friday, May 26, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and during the Country Fair in the high school auditorium lobby.  

***Drop off your gently used books on Monday and Tuesday, May 22 and 23, at the high school auditorium lobby entrance ONLY (on Pondfield Road/near Meadow Avenue).***

Thursday and Friday, May 25 and 26

Dollar Raffle Sale, chaired by Laura Pettee: Thursday, May 25, after school and Friday, May 26, after school and during the country fair on the front lawn.

Cupcake Café, chaired by Katrina Nay and Amanda Doherty: Thursday, May 25, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm and Friday, May 26, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm and during the country fair on the front lawn.

Friday, May 26

Memorial Day Country Fair and Food Fairway: Friday, May 26, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the front lawn. Details above.

Saturday, May 27

James E. Kearney Run for Fun, chaired by Shannon Hurley Gangemi: Saturday, May 27, 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 Shannon Hurley Gangemi with a special host Bronxville School's own Mr. Fisher: Saturday, May 27, at 9:30 am on Chambers Field track. Register at

Annual Dog Parade & Show, chaired by Ellie Ric: Saturday, May 27, 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

Sunday, May 28

The rain date for the country fair is Sunday, May 28.

Hope you will join us for all the festivities and thank you for supporting the Bronxville PTA!


Editor's note: The Village of Bronxville sponsors events on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Events Sponsored by the Village of Bronxville

Monday, May 29, Memorial Day

Memorial Day ParadeThe 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 will be Donald Gray.

Speech and Commemoration of War DeadThe 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.  

Photo by A. Warner

Village Trustees Consider Code Changes to Ease Application Process for Prospective Businesses in Town PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter

May 17, 2017: Faced with the goal of maintaining a vibrant and profitable downtown business district while a significant number of storefronts stand empty, the Bronxville Board of Trustees held a work session on Thursday, May 11, to discuss zoning issues and possible revisions to the village's zoning code that would streamline the business application procedure. Trustees, along with village administrator Jim Palmer, met with village attorney James Staudt.

The overall shift in businesses from retail to restaurants and service providers has brought to light several impediments businesses face when applying to open an establishment in the village.

"We lose prospective businesses," Mayor Mary Marvin said, "with an application procedure that requires them to go from the planning board to the zoning board of appeals and then back to the planning board."

Marvin also questioned the wisdom of requiring applicants to deposit $5,000 in an escrow account to fund a parking study as part of each application. Restaurant and service business applicants have faced difficulty in meeting the increased parking space requirements detailed in the village code.

The village code stipulates that businesses provide on-site parking, which, per James Staudt, amounts to a "fiction."

"How do we ask a business to prove that they can provide a certain number of spaces?" Deputy Mayor Robert Underhill asked. "The parking is 'out there,' and how does a business lay claim to specific spaces?"

James Staudt pointed out that Phillips Preiss Grygiel, LLC, the planning and real estate consultants the village hired several years ago, has recommended that the village code relax parking requirements. Staudt stated that other communities faced with similar and even higher commercial vacancies have modified codes to require the same number of spaces, no matter what type of business.

Mayor Marvin added that other municipalities require businesses to purchase permits for off-street parking or have created parking districts, essentially a permit system that all businesses pay into. The board of trustees will continue to discuss parking issues and examine possible solutions.

Pictured here:  Village trustees at May 11 work session. 

Photo by Carol P. Bartold

Broncos on Top: Boys' Tennis, Boys' Golf, Girls' and Boys' Track and Field, and Girls' and Boys' Lacrosse All Win League Championships PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer 

May 17, 2017:  It has been a stellar season for Bronxville varsity athletes. Six teams won their respective league championships this month, and with playoffs scheduled to start this week, the Broncos are looking to make an impact in golf, tennis, track and field, and lacrosse.


Despite losing three seniors to graduation, including state champion Connor Daly, the golf team continued its success this season, capturing the league championship last week with a win over Blind Brook.

Juniors Liam Bishop and Daniel Bettino, as well as freshman Will Tormey, have been the team leaders this season. Freshman Connor Stoltz and junior Alex Swenson have also performed well, helping the team pick up some important wins.   

The biggest Bronco win of the season came against Rye. In its first meet in April, Bronxville lost to Rye at Quaker Ridge, but it was able to even the score with a 209-215 win over the Garnets at Siwanoy on May 1. The Broncos' best outing of the season was against Eastchester at Leewood Country Club, when they recorded their best team score of the season, 186.

The first round of the Section I Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, May 22, at Waccabuc Country Club and will hopefully include five Broncos: Bishop, Bettino, Tormey, Stoltz, and Swenson. The top 30 golfers from the field of 60 at Waccabuc will move on to round two, which will be held at Fenway Golf Club in Scarsdale on May 24. 


The tennis team captured its third consecutive league championship and continued its undefeated streak during the regular season. The Broncos had a strong spring with shutouts against Briarcliff, Irvington, Solomon Schechter, and Keio. One highlight of the season was a scrimmage against Arlington High School at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Playing at the Tennis Center was a fantastic experience for the team, and it walked away with a 5-1 victory over the Admirals. Conferences begin this week, and the Section 1 tournament will take place next week.

Track and Field

At the league championships held at Edgemont High School on May 9, both the boys' and the girls' track and field teams won the league championship. The boys' and girls' teams together had 27 first-place finishes. Complete results are listed below.

Boys  League Champions
Bronxville 226; Edgemont 135

100m: Michael Landy, 11.62
200m: M. Landy, 24.11
800m: Alex Rizzo, 1:59.47
1600m: A. Rizzo, 4:31.38
3000m steeplechase: Jack Kochansky, 11:29.0 

High Jump: Billy Ramundo, 5’6”
Long Jump: M. Landy, 19’4”
Pole vault: Luke Redman, 9’
Shot put: Avery Kane, 45-04.25 

Girls – League Champions
Bronxville 268; Edgemont 157

100m: Margot Richards, 12.86
100m hurdles: Kirsten Ircha, 18.53
200m: Sabrina Mellinghoff, 26.29
400m: Eve Balseiro, 59.63
400m hurdles: Caroline Kirby, 72.50
800m: Kaitlin Ryan, 2:11.97
1500m: Gigi Chrappa, 5:10.61
2000m steeplechase: Patty Haggerty, 7:57.1
3000m: Avery Widen, 11.25.89

4x100m relay: S. Mellinghoff, Alisa Kanganis, Ava Downs, Sophie Kohlhoff, 54.17
4x400m relay: Laura Holland, Caroline Brashear, Andrea Shepard, Sophie Sulimirski, 4:19.42
4x800m relay: Sophie Prior, Bella Dibbini, Oliva Scotti, Lyric Abbott, 10:31.89

High Jump: E. Balseiro, 4’6”
Triple Jump: S. Mellinghoff, 30’3”
Pole vault: Jules Gravier, 7’
Discus: Marina Alfano, 72’3”
Shot put: M. Alfano, 22’5.5”
Pentathlon: K. Ircha, 1946 points 

Boys' and Girls' Lacrosse

The Class D Bronco teams both captured their respective league championships, but these teams have the ability to compete with some of the best schools in the section. The girls' team, 14-1, is ranked No. 5 in the state, and the boys' team, 13-3, is ranked No. 1.

Go Broncos. 

Pictured here (rotating): The Bronxville boys' tennis team at the U.S. Open Tennis Center (photo by S. Klurfeld); Bronxville golfers Daniel Bettino (L) and Liam Bishop (photo by C. Lockwood). 

From the Mayor: Shopping Local Brings Multitude of Benefits to Bronxville Community PDF Print Email


By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

May 17, 2017:  The village's campaign to shop close to home is so much more than a feel-good, its-worth-paying-more-for-local matter. Researchers who study how money flows are demonstrating a profound economic impact of keeping money local. One researcher analogizes money to blood--"it needs to keep moving to keep the economy healthy." When money is spent out of the local sphere at big-box stores and online retailers, "it flows out like a wound."

Local shopping also produces a multiplier effect as revenue earned by a small store recirculates to its employees, often local residents, area advertisers, attorneys, graphic designers, local printers, payroll services, local charities, accountants, restaurants, and fellow local suppliers.

A study done for the city of Austin, Texas, demonstrated that an independent bookseller (Book People) and music store (Water 100 Records) returned more than three times as much money to the local economy as the proposed Borders Books Music Outlet World. On average nationally, 47% of each sale at a locally owned independent business was recirculated locally compared to less than 14% of a purchase at a chain store.

By shopping at the neighborhood store, we can ensure that our village doesn't become a "ghost town" or almost equally bad, a "clone town" where "Main Street" looks like every other Main Street with the same fast food and chain stores. Some people are dubbing communities like these throughout the county part of the "United States of Generica."

Local and small businesses also account for more than 70% of the jobs in the United States.

Continuing on the economic front, the sales tax revenue generated by local businesses is key to the success/stabilization of every municipal budget nationwide. Fully one-third of all state revenues, totaling over $150 billion annually, comes from the collection of a sales tax.

Because of the increase in non-taxed Internet purchasing, the State of Massachusetts estimates it "loses" $335 million yearly in sales tax revenue, and California pegs its "losses" at over $1 billion annually.

Bottom line, if you shop online versus on Pondfield Road or Palmer Avenue, the sales tax savings you reap will eventually come home to roost in the form of higher local property taxes and/or a decrease in municipal services. In contrast, a purchase made in the village sends money directly back to our school and village government and sends a message that you are investing in the future of our small village and all that it adds to your quality of life.

In addition, it has been conclusively proven that home values are directly affected by the condition and vitality of one's local business district. The nexus between the value of often our greatest personal asset and local commerce is indisputable.

In addition to direct financial benefits, studies have also proven:

  • Independent stores consistently beat their large competitors in overall customer satisfaction

  • They foster a human connection, even friendships, between merchant and customers, which fulfill a basic human need.

  • The environment is positively affected--people walk more, less gas is consumed, and the air quality is bettered.

  • Even our personal health is enhanced--those who can buy goods on foot near their homes have fewer incidences of obesity and diabetes.

  • Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local nonprofits, events, and teams, compared to big companies.

  • Local small-size businesses are also regulated--i.e., signage, awnings, and sidewalk conditions--by local residents who then have a say as to their surrounding environment and aesthetics.

  • Research proves that citizens are attracted--often the more skilled workers and entrepreneurs--and more likely to settle in communities that preserve their unique and varied character.

  • Children are offered an appropriate degree of independence when allowed to walk for school supplies or an after-school treat.

As champions of "buy local," we realize it is not possible to purchase everything you need locally; we just ask you to think locally first. Investing in Bronxville is so much more important than driving out of town to "save" a few dollars.

Net-Net--Research has conclusively affirmed what we already know--small-scale locally owned businesses create communities that are more prosperous, entrepreneurial, connected, and generally better off in a wide range of metrics.

Community Fund Raises over $200,000 at 31st Annual Golf Outing on May 8; See Photos PDF Print Email


By Donna Ruhanen, Marketing Chair, The Community Fund

May 17, 2017:  The Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe, Inc. hosted its 31st Annual Golf Outing on Monday, May 8, at Siwanoy Country Club. The event was a tremendous success, with 128 participants, including players from grand sponsors Pepe Auto Group and the Raffiani Family Foundation.

In addition to golf, a Ladies Tennis Event was added this year "to expand the event's reach in the community," stated David Scalzo, co-chair of the outing along with Robert Castano

The Ladies Tennis Event, sponsored by Cognitive Assessment Services, was chaired by Cece Heraty and Tara Bacigalupo and hosted 26 participants for a morning round-robin play, followed by lunch. 

The combined events grossed over $200,000, which will enable The Community Fund to provide, along with the monies raised from its annual fall campaign, much-needed grants to nonprofit organizations providing critical services across the Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe communities.

For golfers, the day kicked off with lunch and an exciting qualifying round for the putting competition. A scramble play format followed, complete with prizes and hole-in-one contests. Thanks to our generous hole-in-one sponsors, Comizio Orthodontics and Pepe Auto Group, a $10,000 cash prize awaited golfers at one hole and a choice of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Infiniti, and Cadillac awaited them at the other. Stunning automobiles were also on display, thanks to Mercedez-Benz of White Plains, Mercedez-Benz of New Rochelle, Porsche of Larchmont, Pepe Cadillac, and Pepe Infiniti. 

Although no one was able to make the hole-in-one, which has eluded golfers now for 31 years, there were still plenty of awards to go around. The first-place winning team award went to Joe Pepe, Sal Pepe, Robin Kirtley, and Ron Sylvestri, and the second-place award was taken by the team of Chris Gunther, David Outcalt, Troy Ruhanen, and Tom Sipple. The winner of the putting contest, sponsored by Strategic Wellness & Insurance Management Services, was Dave Flannery, who, after an elimination round, missed his attempt at the $2,500 cash prize putt! 

The evening ended with cocktails, a buffet dinner, and The Community Fund's annual live and silent auctions, chaired by Kiri Wolfe, which offered a tremendous array of great prizes.

"We are incredibly grateful for the tremendous amount of community support we receive each year to make our golf outing a success, and we especially want to acknowledge our grand sponsors, Pepe Auto Group and the Raffiani Foundation, for their continued generosity," noted Robert Castano. Board president Neal Denning added, "We are very pleased with our results and appreciate everyone who donated to, participated in, and worked on the golf outing and auction."

The 2017 Golf Committee was composed of the committee chairs, Robert Castano and David Scalzo; honorary committee chairs Chuck and Mark Rollins; auction chair, Kiri Wolfe; and committee members Tom Andruss, Tara Bacigalupo, Margaret Colavita, Joseph G. Comizio, Neal Denning, Judy M. Foley, Thomas Giordano, Frances Harris, Cece Heraty, Kyle Inserra, Andrew Korb, Rosetta McArdle, Kevin McNeil, Doug Meyer, Katharine Outcalt, Steven R. Palm, Joe Pepe, Sal Pepe, Laura & Phil Raffiani, Sarah Reynolds, Jim Rotenberg, Martin H. Schulman, Tom Sipple, Pirkko Stechler, Frederick H. Taylor, Jeff Ungvary, and Jane Vergari.

The Community Fund provides financial assistance and administrative support to nonprofit organizations whose programs target the health, education, and welfare needs of local residents. Last year, The Community Fund allocated $518,300 to the following agencies and programs, which support the communities of Bronxville, Bronxville 10708, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe:  Andrus Early Learning Center, Bereavement Center of Westchester, Cancer Support Team, Inc., The Community Flu Shot Program at NYP/Lawrence Hospital, The Counseling Center, D.A.R.E., Eastchester & Tuckahoe, Eastchester Community Action Partnership, Eastchester Senior Programs and Services, Eastchester Teen Scene, Eastchester Youth Council – Summer Theatre, Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC), Gramatan Village, Michael Frey Scholarship Awards for Graduating High School Seniors, The Maxwell Institute, the Senior Citizens Council, South East Consortium for Special Services, Tuckahoe Police Youth Programs, the Tuckahoe Trolley, Victims Assistance Services, Westchester End of Life Coalition, and Wartburg.

To see photos of the golf outing, click here.

For more information on The Community Fund and how to get involved, go to, contact The Community Fund's office at 914-337-8808, or e-mail  CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  Golf Committee chairs Robert Castano (L) and David Scalzo.

Photos courtesy Melinda Burge, Executive Director, The Community Fund

Bronxville NPC Announces Candidates for Next Year's Committee PDF Print Email


By Linda Devereux, Member, Bronxville Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees

May 17, 2017:  The Bronxville Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees (NPC) announced 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.

The candidates seeking membership on the NPC are Louise Parzick (District 16); David Brashear and Thomas Berry (District 17); Abby Hail (District 18); George Zivic (District 19); Valerie Otto (District 20); Vanessa O'Friel (District 21); and Jessica Turko (District 22).

Voting begins on May 20 and continues through June 5 via online ballot. All residents of Bronxville are eligible and encouraged to vote for the representative in their district. Details about the voting process, including brief bios and statements from each candidate, are available on the NPC website,

Once elected, the seven new members of the NPC will join the fourteen 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.

Cancer Support Team® Honors Sue Formato with its 'Making Miracles Happen' Award PDF Print Email


By Julie Meade, Executive Director, Cancer Support Team®

May 17, 2017:  The Making Miracles Happen Award honors an individual who tirelessly supports Cancer Support Team® in quiet ways that no one knows about. As Lisa Edmiston, Cancer Support Team's board chair, commented, "Sue Formato embodies what this award stands for. Her generosity of spirit and dedication to Cancer Support Team are why we recognize her tonight and say thank you."

Sue has been a champion of Cancer Support Team since 1999, working tirelessly to ensure the success of its fundraising events, including chairing the annual Gayle K. Lee Health Awareness Luncheon and serving on the planning committee, co-chairing the journal for the biannual gala, and hosting informational events for CST supporters. As a member of CST's advisory board since its inception, Sue generously shares her professional fundraising experience with CST's staff and volunteers. She enthusiastically promotes the work of CST to her friends, family, and the business community, encouraging them to participate in the support of CST.

Sue emphasized that "we are encouraged to eat local and shop local, but we need to also give local, since every dollar raised by CST goes directly back to our community, our families, our friends, and our neighbors. What makes CST unique in our community is that when we answer the CST phone, we never ask if the person calling has insurance, or what their financial situation is, or who their doctor is, but instead we ask how we can help them."

The evening's co-chairs were Betty Kelly of Larchmont and John Tietjen of Bronxville. The silent auction was chaired by RuthAnn Brazill of Bronxville, and the raffle was chaired by Bonnie Gould of Scarsdale.

Cancer Support Team® is a Westchester County licensed nonprofit home health care organization that has been enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families affected by cancer at no cost for 39 years by providing nursing, social work counseling, and case management services. All services are offered at no cost and without regard to insurance coverage, at any stage of the disease. Cancer Support Team also provides transportation and financial assistance when needed.

As a nonprofit charitable organization, financial support comes from individual donors, events, and grants. Cancer Support Team is a grantee of The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe and is very grateful for The Community Fund's support.

For more information about Cancer Support Team®, please go to or call 914-777-2777.

Pictured here:  Sue Formato (L) and Lisa Edmiston.

Picture courtesy Julie Meade, Executive Director, Cancer Support Team®

The Bereavement Center of Westchester Holds Spring Fundraiser PDF Print Email


By Bereavement Center of Westchester

May 17, 2017:  On April 5, the Bereavement Center of Westchester (BCW) held its spring fundraiser, "Trèe Chic," at the Bronxville Field Club. Over 180 tickets were sold, and many donations were made by those who could not attend. The Field Club was completely transformed in order to showcase the latest, hottest trends presented by Saks Fifth Avenue fashion experts. 

This event, the brainchild of Amy KorbJanet LyonsMelinda Trovini, and Ellen Bryceland, was conducted in partnership with Saks, thanks to Bronxville couple Betsy and Ian Putnam.

Ian Putnam is the executive vice president and chief corporate development officer of Hudson's Bay Company, owner of Saks Fifth Avenue. "Ian and I are thrilled to be able to connect Saks with an amazing organization that provides vital services for grieving families in our community," Betsy Putnam said.

"We hope that the Tree House event is the first of many collaborations between Saks and the Bereavement Center of Westchester." Guests were welcomed at the door with a boa and sparkling champagne as they entered the "runway" area while a five-piece jazz quintet played. The night also included wonderful small dinner plates and cocktails with plenty of time for mingling and browsing at a few tables of accessories provided by Saks. The high point of the evening followed, where models walked down the red carpet wearing the newest trends gathered from spring runways throughout the world.

Opening remarks were made by Michael Fosina, president of NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, and Tom Welling, chairman of Lawrence Community Health Services. The BCW then introduced a short video titled Tomorrow Looks Brighter From Here about its new mission-driven marketing campaign. The Tree House program featured in the video is the cornerstone of the BCW, and the funds raised by the event will go directly to providing this important service.

"Trèe Chic" was a fantastic evening all around, bringing together new friends and longtime supporters of the BCW. We are grateful to Saks Fifth Avenue for its invaluable contribution and look forward to further partnerships with it. The BCW is also extremely thankful for all those who attended or contributed to this wonderful event. 

Congressman Eliot Engel’s Statement about President Trump's Executive Order to Investigate Electoral Process PDF Print Email


By Bryant Daniels, Director of Public Affairs for Congressman Eliot L. Engel

May 17, 2017:  Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement about President Trump's signing of an executive order to investigate the electoral process:

Since the election and even prior, the President has perpetuated this unsubstantiated myth about voter fraud. Now he's taken this myth to the next level with an Executive Order that creates a commission to investigate the electoral process.

This is just the latest diversionary tactic the White House has deployed to draw attention away from the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, which is the real story that requires serious investigation.

Pictured here:  Congressman Eliot L. Engel.

Photo courtesy Bryant Daniels, Director of Public Affairs for Congressman Eliot L. Engel

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