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Bronco’s Opening Week Includes Senior Day Festivities PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Oct. 21, 2020: The fall sport’s season started a little late this year, but the Broncos opened last week with great success. 

2020 has been an especially challenging year for senior athletes who were not sure if the fall season would ever happen. Seniors are usually recognized during the last home game of the regular season, but with all the uncertainty of the pandemic, Senior Day took place at the very first home contest.

The athletes were honored during opening week with senior banners and flowers, and many teams showed additional spirit by designing colorful posters.

Below is a look at how each team fared in opening week. 

Boys’ Soccer

The Broncos on Chambers Field against Hastings on Saturday. Photo by S. Quinn DeJoy. 

The Bronco boys’ soccer team opened the season with wins against Croton (4-0), Hastings (5-0), and Dobbs Ferry (3-1). In the Croton game, Griffin Patterson scored three goals, and Ellis Goodson scored one, and in Saturday’s game against the Yellow Jackets, Mark Pytosh scored two, and Goodson and Will Redmond had one apiece. It is early in the season, but LoHud ranks the Broncos No. 3 in Class B behind Pleasantville and Briarcliff. 

Senior captains Macklin Pettee, Liam Sands and Henry Sheehan lead an experienced team with a dozen seniors. In addition to the captains, seniors Will Grant, Chris Aherne, Casey McKhann, JP Swenson, Willy Swenson, Nicky Frrokaj, Griffin Patterson, Jack Bodel, and Peter Curran round out the roster. 

Girls’ Soccer

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The senior girls on the soccer team posing with their Senior Day posters. Photo submitted by Don Cupertino. 

The Bronxville girls suffered a 1-0 loss to Pelham in their first game of the season but came back to beat 2019 Class A semifinalist John Jay- Cross River, 1-0, last Saturday. Lily Jebejian scored the lone goal of the John Jay-Cross River game, and goalie Milly Koenig, who had 5 saves, was named Player of the Game by Lohud.

Nine seniors are on the roster, including four captains, Maeve Sullivan, Alex Doukas, Victorio Ruffo, and Ashley Toal, and seniors Katy McBride, Jessica Sonday, Jane Becker, Isabelle Breit, and Kate Saluti. 

Field Hockey

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Spirited Bronxville field hockey seniors on Chambers Field during opening week. Photo courtesy of @sports_broncos. 

The defending Class C State Championship Broncos faced some tough competition in their first week on the field. In the season opener, the Broncos defeated Pleasantville (3-1) with scores by Isabela Fenner, Olivia Gunther, and Carmen Philips. They also picked up a win in game 2 against Ursuline (2-1) with two goals from Hudson Zivic and assists from Marielle Dibbini and Fenner. 

The Broncos, ranked No. 5 in the LoHud Power Rankings, faced No. 4 North Salem on Saturday in their toughest match so far this season. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, with Philips scoring the Bronco goal and an assist from Fenner. Bronxville’s goalie Rachel Roberts has been busy with twelve saves so far this season. 

There are only five seniors on the team, including Marielle Dibbini (captain), Caroline Palermo (captain), Isabelle Kennedy, Annabelle Krause, and Rachel Roberts. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country

The senior boys on the cross country team during Senior Day. Photo courtesy of @sports_broncos. 

At the Section 1 Milton Invite at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome, the Bronco girls and boys competed against 17 schools in the first invitational of the season. There were no fans allowed at the meet, and the runners wore masks when they were close to other runners. 

In the girls’ Block 1 varsity race, Betsy Marshall placed 7th (22:10.2), Avery Widen placed 9th (22:24.5), and Kailee Fino (23:08.2) and Rory Denning (23:09.6) placed 13th and 14th, respectively. In the girls’ JV race, Rachel Conniff placed first in 24:49.2. In the Block 1 boys’ varsity race, junior John Ryan placed 3rd in 16:34.6.

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The senior girls on the cross country team during Senior Day. Photo courtesy of @sports_broncos. 

Three Bronxville eighth-graders ran well in the freshman competition. Maddy Williams won the girls’ race in Block 1 (9:47.5), and Linnea Hentschel placed 5th (10:54.2), and in the boys’ freshman race, Skylar Lau placed 3rd in 9:00.2. 

Tennis

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The tennis team with their Senior Day posters. Photo courtesy of @sports_broncos. 

The girls’ tennis team lost 4-3 to Rye Neck in its home opener and lost again Monday 5-2 to a strong Edgemont team. There are six seniors on the team, including Rory Christian (captain), Kate Formato (captain), Caroline Hulbert, Mimi Zannetos, Meg Outcalt, and Isabella Bouvard. 

Go Broncos. 

 
Photo of the Week & Events Coming Up PDF Print Email

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Getting into the Halloween spirit. Photo by N. Bower

Oct. 21, 2020: Below is information about upcoming events in and around Bronxville. If you would like to be included, please send event information to CLOAKING

October: The Bronxville Library offers virtual events for kids, teens and adults. Click here to learn more.

October 29, 2020: The Counseling Center invites you to a lively, interactive virtual gala on October 29, 7-8 p.m. Our theme for the evening is “Covid Relief.”  Learn about our vital work during this challenging time.  Participate in a paddle raise and buy raffle tickets.  Help support our program for those who are not in a position to pay full-fee for our services.  

Month of October: List of NYP-Lawrence Hospital Virtual Events, including Breastfeeding Support Group, Living with Cancer Support Group, Weight Loss Support Group, and more.

November 1, 2020: Food Drive for St. James Church, Fordham. The front doors of Christ Church will be open from 11:15 AM to 3:00PM to receive the community’s generous gifts of the following:

-16 oz cans of fruit, corn, pigeon peas, mixed vegetables, carrots, black beans

-6-8 oz cans of tuna fish or Vienna sausages

-1 lb packages of rice or pasta

-10-12 oz boxes of healthy cereal such as Cheerios, Special K, Oatmeal*

-Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese*

-Shelf stable boxes of milk*

-Paper and reusable bags are much needed to help with distribution*

 

*Most urgently needed

 

November 1 - 8, 2020: Children's Coat Drive. Christ Church Bronxville is collecting coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to benefit children in Kindergarten ages 4-6, at the Brilla Caritas Charter school in The Bronx. Clothing should be gently used in sizes small to medium. Please drop off the clothing in the collection boxes in the narthex at Christ Church Bronxville, 17 Sagamore Road in Bronxville. Thank you!

November 3, 2020: Election Day

November 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: In-person Take Back Day resumes! Bring electronics to be recycled, personal documents to be shredded (up to four file-sized boxes),  gently used clothing, and blankets/towels (no sheets, pillows or rags).  ake Back Day will take place on Palumbo Place behind Village Hall (enter from Gramatan Road). For more information, email  CLOAKING  or call Village Hall (914) 779 4023.Please wear masks and stay in cars. Sponsored by the Bronxville Green Committee..

April 15, 2021: Senior Citizens Council 50th Anniversary Benefit 

May, 2021: Gramatan Village May Magic Event

Photo by N. Bower

 
Bronxville Presidential Voting Record 1920 to 2016 PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Oct. 21, 2020: As we enter the 2020 Presidential Election, MyhometownBronxville thought it would be interesting to take a look at how Bronxville has voted in the past.

Thanks to the great work of Bronxville resident Marilynn Hill, we have election information all the way back to 1920.

In the past 100 years and 25 Presidential elections, Bronxville residents have cast more votes for Republican candidates in all but two elections - 2008 and 2016. Bronxville residents cast more votes for Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008 and for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016.  See chart below for more detail.

Year

Republican

Candidate

Village

Vote

Democrat

Candidate

Village

Vote

2016

Trump*

1119

Clinton

2013

2012

Romney

1849

Obama*

1386

2008

McCain

1590

Obama*

1843

2004

Bush*

1930

Kerry

1535

2000

Bush*

1978

Gore

1252

1996

Dole

1807

Clinton*

1054

1992

Bush

1833

Clinton*

1072

1988

Bush*

2255

Dukakis

922

1984

Reagan*

2545

Mondale

860

1980

Reagan*

2317

Carter

656

1976

Ford

2570

Carter*

835

1972

Nixon*

2855

McGovern

937

1968

Nixon*

2808

Humphrey

874

1964

Goldwater

2376

Johnson*

1356

1960

Nixon

3458

Kennedy*

629

1956

Eisenhower*

3822

Stevenson

410

1952

Eisenhower*

3938

Stevenson

430

1948

Dewey

3467

Truman*

351

1944

Dewey

3221

Roosevelt*

749

1940

Wilkie

3183

Roosevelt*

661

1936

Landon

2330

Roosevelt*

745

1932

Hoover

2158

Roosevelt*

586

1928

Hoover*

2266

Smith

640

1924

Coolidge*

853

David

133

1920

Harding*

670

Cox

138

Editor's notes: One asterisk, national winner; bold names, Bronxville winner. This chart years 1920 - 2012 was researched and compiled by Marilynn Hill, was first published in Anne Curtis Fredericks, "Election Fever in Bronxville, 1936,"  The Bronxville Journal IV (2009): 71 and was recently printed in The Bronxville Historical Conservancy's Chronicle.  The source for the 2016 election was Westchester County Board of Elections.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Spotlight on Bayside Travel, Trapp Opticians and Whim PDF Print Email

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By Jane Staunton and Kerry Walsh of BXV for BXV Stronger Together

Oct. 21, 2020: MHTB is featuring local businesses every week, so you can get to know the entrepreneurs behind our great local stores. This week, we are featuring Bayside Travel, Trapp Opticians, and Whim. Enjoy!

Bayside Travel

Barbara Nichuals

Oct. 21, 2020: How does an Econ and Psych Major go from pension underwriting at an insurance company to starting a travel agency? For Bayside Travel owner Barbara Nichuals, it was the “nerve of youth.”

As a disenchanted young adult, a friend suggested that Barbara become a travel agent because she was so good at planning her own trips. After a quick course at The Learning Annex followed by a certificate course at Marymount, she was soon booking trips for co-workers and people in her community.  

In 1987 Barbara’s late husband suggested she do this full time and buy an agency. Scouring the classifieds, they saw an ad for Bayside Travel, a turnkey operation founded in 1960 in Queens. Barbara then literally “quit on Friday and opened the door on Monday” for her new venture.

Barbara, who enjoys dance – Belly, Persian, World Dance, and Tap – was on her way to a Larchmont dance studio in 2000 when she spotted a For Rent sign on a property. A quick U-turn, a call to the landlord, and voilà — she moved her business to Larchmont.

But Barbara “always loved Bronxville, the community and shopped here,” so when the opportunity to purchase the long-established Gramatan Travel presented itself in 2003, she jumped. Other local acquisitions followed, and five years ago, it was a no-brainer to consolidate the team at her beloved Pondfield Road location. And what a team it is! Bayside just received the Best of Westchester 2020 – the sixth time she’s been honored with this award!

When not working, belly dancing, or writing poetry, Barbara co-facilitates workshops at the Bereavement Center on healing grief through writing. It is her way of helping others and giving back to the community. 

While COVID-19 has temporarily put a damper on travel, Barbara believes going forward that people will realize the value of using a travel advisor as an advocate to help them navigate all the various health and safety protocols. When restrictions are lifted, this beach lover is looking forward to a family vacation to celebrate her two sons’ college graduations.

Trapp Opticians

Co-owner Marty Schulman is looking forward to celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Trapp Opticians this November. How appropriate that this special anniversary should occur in 2020!

Brothers Dick and Erwin Trapp originally started the business in 1945 in the backroom office of local physician Dr. Connolly but soon after moved to its current location at 42 Pondfield Rd.

With his partner Barry Grossbaum, whom Marty worked with at the Manhattan firm Lugene, they acquired the business in 1982 and quickly expanded to Scarsdale, Rye, and Greenwich. Very much a family business, Marty’s son Charles (Chip) is preparing to step into the all-important role of successor in the Bronxville shop.

With a family of five children, you would think it would be easy to find a successor, but Marty’s other children had no interest in the business as they went on to become lawyers and data analysts. But a young Charles knew in kindergarten that he wanted to follow in Dad’s footsteps to become an optician.

Marty, who grew up in the Bronx, learned the importance of giving back from his Dad Milton, who was the Director of Education & Research for the NY State Credit Union League. Marty believes “the strength of a village comes from everyone giving back to the best of their ability in an effort to raise the tide for all concerned.”

A man true to his words, Marty has been active in the Bronxville Rotary since 1982, where he served as President in 1988-1989 and was a member of their COVID-19 Emergency Task Committee. He is also the District Rotary Governor Nominee for 2022-2023, a past President of the Maxwell Institute as well as the FCS Family & Community Service of Eastchester, Tuckahoe & Bronxville, and a member of the Bronxville Derby Association.

This active community participant proudly notes that many of Trapp’s favorite clients are folks who believe in the importance of giving their time to community service.

When not working or helping to raise the tide, Marty enjoys his five grandchildren and spending time with his wife at their Rhode Island seashore home in Narragansett. And when he can, he sneaks in a little golf – mostly for charitable outings.  

Whim

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Vivian Hoffman

Co-owners Vivian Hoffman and her son Greg founded Whim after she retired from a successful 43-year career in retail. Whim is a fashionable women’s boutique where Vivian believes dressing women well is more about their lifestyle than their age.

And she certainly knows what works well on women, having worked at the department store Bonwit Teller and spending 25 years as Director of Merchandise at Century 21 Department Stores. 

Intent on filling her retirement with travel and tennis, Vivian happened upon a For Lease sign in downtown Mt. Kisco in 2017. She decided then and there to open a store, so the name Whim is most fitting. 

A second location soon followed in Bronxville in November 2018, a third in Stamford earlier this year. She also recently opened a pop-up store in Ridgefield that will become permanent if all goes well. Not ready to venture outside yet? Then you can visit www.Whimlove.com, their online store that is managed by Greg, who also oversees the business finances.

What’s important to Vivian and her staff is that customers “buy something they love.” Equally important is that the staff be “totally honest with the customer,” even if something isn’t becoming on them. A testament to her loyal Bronxville following is the many customers who traveled to the Stamford store to shop when Connecticut reopened before New York.

Bronxville was “just what we thought it would be - we love being part of a community,” notes a grateful Vivian. In fact, Vivian loves to give back and help support local charities and school activities and looks forward to participating again when these activities resume.

Vivian’s free time is all about family. She spends it with her husband, who had a long career in finance, her 90-year mom and father-in-law, and her children, Sophia, who helps out in the stores, and Greg. And yes, despite all this and running four stores, Vivian still has some time to enjoy tennis, exercising, reading, and cooking. 

Other Spotlight Features

If you'd like to read about other businesses in town, click on these links for other Spotlight Features.

Spotlight on Found Herbal, Mossy Fern, and Provisions for Pets

Spotlight on Booskerdoo, Bronxville Jewelers 90 and Station Plaza Wine

Spotlight on Bronxville Fitness Club, Fabio's Hair Studio & Wild Vine & Liquors

Spotlight on Adrian East, Bronxville Furriers and Beer Noggin

Spotlight on Chantilly Patisserie and Bakeshop, Enrico Gargano Hair & Hickey's Del

Spotlight on Ladle of Love, Mrs. Morgan's Flower Shop & Gillard's

Spotlight on Slave to the Grind, Maison Rouge & Continental 109 Salon

Spotlight on Brother's Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Mini's Prime Meats & Park Place Bagels

 

Photo at top: A.Warner; Other photos provided by the local businesses.


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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 
From The Mayor: How Americans Vote PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Oct. 21, 2020:  The saturation of the airwaves analyzing upcoming voting got me to thinking about all aspects of the way we vote (or don’t) as Americans.

As a nation, we have a dreadful voting record as judged by the eligible voters who actually cast a ballot. We rank 31st out of 34 when compared with the other most highly developed countries. A presidential election brings out the most voters, yet in the past few decades, this has only averaged 53% of the eligible American voters casting a ballot.

By contrast, recent national elections in Belgium, Turkey and Sweden brought out above 80% of the voting public. To be fair, Belgium and Turkey are two of the 28 nations where voting is compulsory. Though not strictly enforced, with many excuses accepted, the law does have a dramatic effect on participation. As example, Chile switched to volunteer voting and the percentage of voters plummeted in one year from 87% to 42% participation.

Higher voter turnout in Germany and Sweden is credited to automatic registration by the government when one reaches voting age. Registration, a personal responsibility in the US, only results in 65% of those eligible doing the required paperwork.

The date of voting seems to have great correlation with participation as well. In Australia, Brazil and Belgium, where voting is always on a weekend or national holiday, participation is above 80%.

Our Tuesday voting is anachronistic, dating back to a congressional decision in 1845. As a predominantly agrarian society at the time with travel by horse and buggy, voters needed a day to reach the county seat, a day to make their voting selections and then a day to travel back home, all without interfering with the three days of the week dedicated to religious worship. That  left only Tuesday and Wednesday and Wednesday was the traditional Market Day so Tuesday was chosen, creating great inconvenience for many citizens in modern day America.

Every recent survey points to inconvenience as the number one reason Americans do not vote. Since Congress has managed to move Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day and carve out a Presidents’ Day, the precedent is there, if not the inclination, to move from Tuesday voting.

Following close behind inconvenience as a reason for not voting are the following: lack of interest, too busy, can’t miss work, think their vote has no impact, illness, dislike of the candidates, out of town or simply forgot.

As to who actually votes, the data reveals that if you are young, or minority, less affluent and less educated, you vote in record low numbers.

Financial security is strongly correlated with nearly every measure of political engagement. As example, citizens earning over $100,000 vote in double the numbers of those with incomes below.

As to correlation with education,44 .4% of eligible voters without a high school diploma voted in the last presidential election versus a 77% turn out rate by those with a college degree.

As to gender and ethnic trends, they are changing as I write. Hispanic voters were notably the largest contributors to the electorate’s rise in voters. They alone account for 39% of the overall increase of the nation’s eligible voting population. In 2018, Hispanic voters accounted for 13%of the voting population.

From 2002 through 2018, the nation’s eligible voter population grew from 193.4 million to 233.7 million, an increase of 40.3 million voters. Hispanic, Black, Asian and other ethnicities accounted for more than 3/4 of this growth.

Despite this notable growth in the non-white voter population, non-Hispanic white voters still make up the large majority (67%) of the electorate as recorded in the 2018 elections. However, this group saw the smallest growth rate out of all racial ethnic groups from 2000 to 2018 causing their share to shrink by nearly 10 percentage points.

In all 50 states, the share of non-Hispanic white eligible voters declined, with ten states experiencing double digit drops. Hispanic voter gains were particularly large in southwestern United States including New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California and Texas. This trend is particularly notable in battleground states such as Florida and Arizona.

As example, in Florida two in ten eligible voters in 2018 were Hispanic, nearly double the share in 2000. And in the emerging battleground state of Arizona, Hispanic adults make up about one quarter of all eligible voters.

In every US presidential election for the past 40+ years, women have turned out to vote at a slightly higher rate than men.

According to a Pew Research Center survey spanning more than two decades, the results demonstrated that the Democratic Party maintains a wide and long-standing advantage among Black, Hispanic and Asian American voters. Among white voters, the partisan balance has been generally stable over the past decades, with the Republican party holding a slight advantage.

Wherever you fit in the above demographics, it is important to remember the words of President Eisenhower. “The future of this Republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

 

Pictured at top: Mary Marvin

Photos by A. Warner

 

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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.






 
New York State and the CDC Provide Guidance on Trick or Treating and Other Halloween Activities PDF Print Email

Oct. 21, 2020: Both New York State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued guidance on trick or treating and other Halloween activities.

Guidance from New York State 

Click here to see the guidance from New York State.

Guidance from the CDC

The guidance from the CDC begins with the following general statement:

"Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters."

Below is more detail on the CDC Halloween guidelines. You can also click here to learn more (scroll down on the page)

Lower risk activities

These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:

-Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them

-Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends

-Decorating your house, apartment, or living space

-Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance

-Having a virtual Halloween costume contest

-Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with

-Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

Moderate risk activities

-Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)

-If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the bags.

-Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart

-Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart

-A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.

-Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

-Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart

-If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.

-Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing

-Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart

-If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.-Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs.

Higher risk activities

Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

-Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door

-Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots

-Attending crowded costume parties held indoors

-Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming

-Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household

-Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors

-Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19

Photo by N. Bower

 
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Youth Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Making A Difference in the Community PDF Print Email

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YCF Volunteers in front of "Bundles of Joy"

By Eliza Brennan, Bronxville School 11th Grader

Oct. 21, 2020: Despite these trying times, local teens are still doing their part to give back to the community through the Youth Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe (YCF).

Founded last year, YCF is an offshoot of The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe, which has been serving the community since 1919. Like its parent group, YCF supports local nonprofits and community programs, with a specific focus on youth.

The group consists of teen volunteers who reside in Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe. Members are split up into four separate teams: the volunteer team, the leadership team, the evaluation committee, and the advisory board.

The volunteer team serves the community directly by giving their time to a number of causes in the area, while the other three teams work behind the scenes coordinating events, fundraising, and allocating grant money.

As of September 2020, within a year of YCF’s founding, more than 100 dedicated teens have joined the group, and the number of volunteers continues to grow. The number of volunteers allows YCF to make a real difference in the community.

This year started with a bang for the volunteer team. YCF members have been busy tutoring local students through the after school program run by ECAP. YCF has also been working with Bundles of Joy, an organization that helps parents and babies in need. Additionally, YCF members have spent time with children from the Andrus School in Yonkers, delivered food to homebound seniors, and packed bags for a local food pantry.

Many new, socially-distant projects are also in the works for YCF. Members of the leadership and advisory teams are hoping to create events similar to last year’s “3 on 3” basketball tournament and “Santa’s Stop” to raise funds for this year’s grants.

Be sure to follow @ycfbet and @theommunityfundbet on Instagram to keep up with the latest events. Also, check out the Community Fund’s website (thecomunityfund.org) to see ways you can get involved in this wonderful organization!

Photo courtesy Youth Community Fund



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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Letter to the Community From Jansen Hospice: Care During This Crisis PDF Print Email

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Oct. 21, 2020: This coronavirus has changed life for us all, yet at Jansen, we believe life goes on. Due to the generosity of so many people in our community, Jansen has been able to provide support to many people even during these unusual times.

Not everyone understands that the true focus of hospice is on life. Yes, living and the quality of that living is our passion and our number one priority. Throughout this pandemic, we continued to offer nursing, social work, chaplain services, and home health aide visits. We delivered equipment, medications, PPE, and supplies. We taught, guided, listened, and, most importantly, kept our patients home, comfortable, and safe.

Many of our patients live in skilled nursing facilities. During the crisis, that meant no family visits. Often times, our aides have become the link between families and their loved ones. They make phone calls to provide updates to concerned family members and set up virtually visits whenever possible.

Our social workers continue to facilitate every admission, virtually or in person. They make sure families know who they are and how they can help. They and our Chaplain stay connected with all of our patients and families with frequent phone calls to update them, offer support, guidance, prayers, and compassionate listening. 

In good times caregiving is a difficult job; in these times, it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, thanks to your support, Jansen has been able to give patients the added, extraordinary benefits that make this organization so special. 

Jansen has provided extended home health aide service to many, extending the visits by 4 hours more per day. We’ve brought back our complementary care services, which give patients immense relief from anxiety and pain. Jansen has also extended our bereavement services so families and caregivers get the support they need to heal. 

Despite the challenges of Coved 19, we continue to make a difference in end of life care. We are grateful to be doing this work, even more so at this time. The challenges have been real, but they are not obstacles, just bumps in the road. 

We appreciate all your past and future efforts to support Jansen. Thank you!

Patricia Carroll

Manager Patient Care Services, Jansen Hospice & Palliative Care

 
Christ Church Seeking Children's Coats & Food for Children and Families PDF Print Email
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By Vincent Preti, Christ Church Bronxville

Oct. 21, 2020: Christ Church Bronxville is having a Children's Coat Drive and Food Drive in November. Below is more information about both events.
 
Children's Coat Drive - Sunday, November 1st - November 8th
Christ Church Bronxville is collecting coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to benefit children in Kindergarten ages 4-6, at the Brilla Caritas Charter school in The Bronx. Clothing should be gently used in sizes small to medium. Please drop off the clothing in the collection boxes in the narthex at Christ Church Bronxville at 17 Sagamore Road in Bronxville. Thank you!
 
Food Drive for St. James Church, Fordham - Sunday, November 1st
The front doors of Christ Church will be open from 11:15 AM to 3:00PM to receive the community’s generous gifts of the following:
 
- 16 oz cans of fruit, corn, pigeon peas, mixed vegetables, carrots, black beans
- 6-8 oz cans of tuna fish or Vienna sausages
- 1 lb packages of rice or pasta
- 10-12 oz boxes of healthy cereal such as Cheerios, Special K, Oatmeal*
- Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese*
- Shelf stable boxes of milk*
- Paper and reusable bags are much needed to help with distribution*
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Take Back Day Returns: Drop Off Paper, Electronics and More; See Details PDF Print Email

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By Ellen Edwards, Chair, Bronxville Green Committee

Oct. 21, 2020: On Saturday, November 7nd, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., in-person Take Back Day returns to Bronxville. This twice-annual event was canceled last June because of the pandemic.

Thanks to our sacrifices and success in limiting the virus, we are able to resume Take Back Day, sponsored by the Bronxville Green Committee and made possible with help from the Village’s Department of Public Works (DPW). 

Take Back Day offers us an opportunity to drop off the items listed below for reuse or recycling, disposing of them responsibly while avoiding a trip to the county-run Household Material Recovery Facility (H-MRF) in Valhalla.

Instead, bring items to Palumbo Place behind Village Hall. Cars should enter Palumbo Place from Gramatan Road, and volunteers will direct you. As a safety precaution, we are discouraging foot traffic this year. 

The continued threat of Covid-19 requires these protocols: Please wear masks and stay in your cars. Boxed items should be placed in trunks or hatchbacks or on back seats. To minimize contact, please allow volunteers to unload the items for you. You may be asked to space cars farther apart than usual and, as much as possible, to keep a social distance from personnel and volunteers. Find full Covid precautions here.

Here are the specifics about items that can be accepted on Take Back Day: 

-Paper for shredding: up to four file-sized (10”x12”x15”) boxes of personal confidential papers per household. The country requests that you remove all large binder clips and covers. Papers from businesses, institutions, or commercial enterprises will not be accepted. Junk mail and newspapers belong in your recycling bin at home. Keep in mind that once the county’s mobile shredder is full, it won’t be able to accept more items, so plan to arrive early.

-Electronics: including computers and tablets, TVs, and cell phones, to be dismantled and recycled, including some batteries for hearing aids and electronic devices. Staff from the DPW will collect these items and transport them for you to the Household Material Recovery Facility in Valhalla. 

Since 2015, a New York state law requires that all electronic waste be kept out of regular trash. According to environment.westchestergov.com, which offers a thorough explanation of this issue, electronic waste is the fastest growing area of solid waste in the U.S. and is expected to continue to grow rapidly as more and more household items contain electronic components. 

Westchester County ensures that all electronics are taken to licensed electronic waste dismantlers, who remove the data stored on them, dismantle the products, and sell the components directly to electronic manufacturers, both domestically and abroad.

This process ensures that toxic elements found in electronic equipment, which can include lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium, do not get into our food and water supplies. It also prevents our participation in the common but unsavory practice in which electronics are shipped to Asia and dismantled by underpaid workers in dangerous conditions, who then dispose of the component parts in ways that often pollute the environment.

-Gently used blankets and towels for the Yonkers animal shelter. No sheets, pillows, or rags, please. Please place items in bags and tie them securely.

-Gently worn clothing for Viet Vets, which sells the items and donates the proceeds to Vietnam veterans who are in need. Again, please place all items in bags with secure ties.

Items that can NOT be accepted on Take Back Day include:

-Old paint: Please fill cans containing liquid paint with kitty litter until it is solid. Place solid and empty cans next to your regular garbage with the lids off.

-Alkaline batteries: They should be placed in regular trash.

-Solvents, cleaning solutions, and other hazardous waste: These should be brought to the Household Material Recovery Facility at 15 Woods Road, Valhalla; please call the Recycling Helpline at 914-813-5425 or make an appointment online at environment.westchestergov.com/facilities/h-mrf.

Here are additional ways to reduce what you throw away:

-Sign up for Bronxville’s exciting food scrap collection program, which will be coming in the next months! Once the program launches, you’ll have a chance to collect your food scraps (including all food and food-soiled paper products such as oily pizza boxes!) and bring them to a drop-off site behind Village Hall. From there, they will be hauled to a commercial composter and turned into nutrient-rich compost, the “black gold” that returns nutrients to the soil and helps our gardens grow.

Collecting food scraps is a fun family activity that will significantly reduce the amount of trash your family throws out each day, and you’ll be contributing to a healthier environment. To learn more, receive a link to a short, explanatory video, and sign up for a Starter Kit, please email  CLOAKING .

-Carry reusable bags when shopping. Starting on October 19th, the state ban on single-use plastic bags will be enforced. Instead of switching to paper bags, which are also not friendly to the environment, we encourage you to bring reusable bags to the grocery store and carry a small tote for other purchases. Lightweight, washable mesh bags are great when you’re shopping for produce. 

-Recycle “thin” plastic bags by placing them in bins at grocery stores. Single-use plastic bags, dry cleaning bags, bread bags, shrink wrap, packing “pillows,” and newspaper sleeves can all be recycled there. Acme in Bronxville could not tell us when they will once again make available a bin to collect thin plastic, but collection bins are available now at local Stop and Shops, Whole Foods, and Stew Leonard’s.

When you’re not sure if something can be recycled, and for further details on proper disposal, these sources can help:-

-zerowastewestchester.org, a source of detailed information provided by the nonprofit Sustainable Westchester.

-environment.westchestergov.com, to learn more about the county’s Recycle Right campaign.

-Westchester County’s Recycling Hotline number is 914-813-5425.

Bronxville’s trash is shipped thirty miles north to a facility in Peekskill, where it is burned. The toxic ash that results is sent to landfills. By reusing, recycling, and composting, as well as participating in Take Back Day, we can greatly reduce our household waste streams and take important steps to ensure the health of our local environment. Thank you for your help in this effort!

Photo courtesy Green Committee


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