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Mel Harris Has Been Located PDF Print Email


By Staff

March 15, 2019:  Mel Harris has been located and is safe.  He will be reunited with his family soon.

Photos provided by Bronxville Police Department

Remembering the Hotel Gramatan PDF Print Email

Gramatan Tower, 2019. Photo by N. Bower     

By Marilynn Hill, Lifetime Co-Chair, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy     

Mar. 13, 2019:  “If ever there were a Bronxville landmark, the Hotel Gramatan is it. For who comes to our community and fails to see it sitting high and proud on a rocky hill overlooking the village? And what resident has not had the secure sensation of being ‘home’ as he steps off the train and feels it hovering over him?”

These remarks, written by a Bronxville historian shortly before the 1972 demise of the Hotel Gramatan, capture the sentiment of villagers both then and now regarding the place held by that grand hostelry in the minds and hearts of local residents. Today, mention the hotel to almost anyone who lived in the village before the 1970s, and the name immediately elicits a personal memory associated with the landmark.

Gramatan Tower, March 2019.

Built in 1905 by William van Duzer Lawrence, the large Spanish Mission-style building with its arches, creamy stucco exterior, and red-tile roofs exuded grandeur in both size and luxury. Designed to incorporate three significant architectural elements, the hotel at the top of the hill visually cascaded to the Gramatan Arcade of shops below, and these two structures were connected by the stately Gramatan Tower, which housed an elevator for guests to descend to the street or train. 

With 300 guest rooms, a grand ballroom, three dining rooms, a 125-carriage stable, and piazzas, or porches, on all sides, the resort hotel attracted a national and international clientele. Some of its more well-known guests included Theodore Roosevelt, Mrs. Jefferson Davis, the Barrymores, Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Theodore Dreiser, and Eleanor Roosevelt, to name a few.

Hotel Gramatan, circa 1920s.

But more important and enduring for village citizenry was the hotel’s role as a local social center. Wedding, birthday, and graduation celebrations; service organization meetings; family dining excursions; and adult balls and youth dance classes were all held at the hotel. Most notable among the latter was Miss Covington‘s weekly dance class attended by, among others (and much to his distress), the young, shy John F. Kennedy. 

The Hotel Gramatan was also a part of a cluster of buildings that made up Bronxville’s early civic, service, and commercial center. Guests at the hotel had easy access to the new village hall, library, police department, bank, train station, and hospital, where they met and mingled with local residents.

By the end of the 1930s, however, the great depression of the previous decade had dimmed the grandeur of the hotel, and gradually, the glamorous guests were replaced by less well-off pensioners. (Some years later, with stealth, mischievousness, and a bit of irony, a group of teenagers climbed the scaffolding atop the hotel to the large illuminated marquee and removed enough light bulbs to beam out across the community the words “Hot Grama.”)

By the 1960s, in spite of the fact that the exterior still projected grandeur, the hotel had fallen into disrepair and needed renovation. Minimal work was done on the hotel building, but the repair needed on the Gramatan Tower required simplifying and reworking the roof and replacing the mission arches with a flat, more neutral-style ridge design. However, the original slim profile of the sentinel tower continued to blend with the arcade and hotel architecture of the past, as it would with the Gramatan Court townhouses that eventually replaced the hotel. (Later, in the 1990s, because of further deterioration that threatened the safety of the elevator and passengers, additional restoration was required on the tower’s upper walls and roof.)

Although villagers knew well that the hotel had seen better times, the 1972 Lawrence family decision to tear down the magnificent building still came as a shock. Its total destruction took a mere two days; villagers’ adjustment to the barren hilltop took many months. A building so deeply embedded in community history, however, is also deeply embedded in communal memory, and the sight of the Gramatan Arcade and the Gramatan Tower extending toward the hilltop can still easily conjure up memories and that “secure sensation of being ‘home’” – of being part of a community  that our early historian invariably felt when in the shadow of the old Hotel Gramatan hillside.

Hotel Gramatan property after demolition; all that stands is the Gramatan Tower, circa 1970s.

Gramatan Tower with new Gramatan Court townhouses, circa 1990s.

Author's note: The sources for this article are articles written by Hill, Marcia Lee, and Ann English in volumes 1, 3, and 4 of  The Bronxville Journal, published by The Bronxville Historical Conservancy, and the conservancy's book Building A Suburban Village: Bronxville, New York, 1898-1998, edited by Eloise Morgan. The quotation at the beginning of the article is from the book Bronxville in the Good Ol’ Days by Anita Inman Comstock. The last three photographs were provided courtesy of the Bronxville History Center.  

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 

Events this Week in Bronxville: March 13 to March 20, 2019 PDF Print Email



By Staff

Mar. 13, 2019: Below are events that will take place in and around Bronxville from Wednesday, March 13, to Wednesday, March 20, 2019. For the Village of Bronxville calendar, click here. For events at the Bronxville Public Library, click here. For the Bronxville school district calendar, click here

Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 pm, Bronxville Village Planning Board Meeting. The Bronxville Village Planning Board will hold a meeting at 7:30 pm in Bronxville Village Hall. Click here for more information.

Thursday, March 14, 7:00 pm, Bronxville Library Board of Trustees Meeting. There will be a meeting of the board of trustees of the Bronxville Public Library in the board room of the library at 7:00 pm. Click here for more information.

Friday, March 15, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Live Music Coffeehouse/Al Hemberger's Songwriters Listening Room at Bronxville Women's Club. Music ranging from American folk to rock to retro songs presented by Al Hemberger of The Loft Recording Studio will start at 8:00 pm and end at 10:00 pm at The Bronxville Women's Club. Doors open at 7:00 pm for socializing; there is a $10 entrance fee that covers snacks, tea, and coffee. No reservations are necessary for parties under five. For more information, click here or contact Al Hemberger at CLOAKING .

Saturday, March 16, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Girl Scout Cookie Sale, Value Drugs. There will be a Girl Scout cookie sale in front of Value Drugs in Bronxville from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The troop will also be accepting donations for Andrus Children's Center. Click here for general information about Girl Scout cookie sales.

Sunday, March 17, Saint Patrick's Day. March 17 is the date of Saint Patrick's death in the year 461. Saint Patrick was born in either Scotland or Wales and was brought to Northern Ireland at the age of sixteen as a slave. He escaped but returned to Ireland to spread Christianity. Click here for more background. The NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade will be on 5th Avenue from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 16Yonkers will hold its parade on McLean Avenue at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 23. Eastchester held its parade on Sunday, March 10.

Tuesday, March 19, Bronxville Village Elections. Polls are open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm at Bronxville Village Hall. Click here for more information about this election and click here for general voter information for Bronxville residents.

Wednesday, March 20, First Day of Spring. The spring equinox this year is at 5:58 pm EDT on Wednesday, March 20.

Wednesday, March 20, 1:30 pm, Lecture about Healthy Living, Bronxville Women's Club. Wednesday, March 20, is club day at The Bronxville Women's Club, and the Jessica Flores of the Alzheimer's Association will give a free talk at 1:30 pm open to the public titled "Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research." Refreshments will be served, and no reservations are required. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, March 13, to Wednesday, March 20, Seminars, Support Groups, Group Meetings, and Classes at NYP Lawrence Hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital will be holding the following:

On Wednesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 20, a joint replacement seminar from 9:45 to 11:15 am in the hospital lobby conference room (to register, call 914-787-2119) and an aphasia support group meeting led by a NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence speech therapist from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the speech office in the Rehab Department on the first floor of Palmer Hall (to register, call Dahna Stadtmauer at 914-787-3373). 

On Saturday, March 16, a childbirth class taught by certified Lamaze instructors from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in the hospital lobby conference room (tour of the Center for Maternal-Child Health included; $200; to register, call 914-787-5044).

On Wednesday, March 20, a colorectal cancer education session from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the main hospital lobby in which you will meet a screening navigator, learn if you are at risk, and find out about symptoms and what you can do to protect yourself (to register, call 914-787-6007) and a discussion titled Chewing the Fat--Let's Discuss the Keto Diet about how the high-fat Keto Diet works and what its reported benefits and potential dangers are. The discussion will be led by a registered dietician, and a free heart-healthy lunch will be provided. The discussion will be held in the hospital lobby conference room (to register, call 914-787-5000). 

Click here for more information about these and other events at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. 

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  and publisher Sarah Thornton Clifford at 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 .

Huge Fire Tuesday, March 12 in Building at Border of Bronxville and Yonkers PDF Print Email


By Staff

Mar. 13, 2019: Smoke blanketed the west side of downtown Bronxville Tuesday March 12 from a large fire at 15 Parkview Avenue, which is a six-story apartment building at the border of Bronxville and Yonkers. There was an odor of smoke throughout Bronxville.  

View looking down Palmer Road toward Parkview.

Streets near the blaze were blocked off, and as of 8:20 pm, smoke could be seen billowing from the top of the building as firefighters battled the blaze. No information was available about how the fire started.  

View from Pondfield Road West looking toward Parkview, where smoke billows out from the building.

As of this writing at 11:15 pm on Tuesday, March 12, helicopters are still circling the skies in Bronxville.

Smoke-filled streets on the west side of Bronxville at around 8:00 pm.

15 Parkview the morning after the fire


15 Parkview the morning after the fire

15 Parkview and nearby building with fire escape the morning after the fire

Photos taken at night of the fire by E. Clifford

Photos taken the morning after the fire by N. Bower

False Alarm About Armed Intruder at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital PDF Print Email


By Staff

Mar. 13, 2019:  According to Bronxville Chief of Police Christopher Satriale, at approximately 9:04 pm on Sunday, March 10, the Bronxville Police Department received a call from the nursing supervisor at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital indicating that she had received a call from two patients on the sixth floor who said they had seen a gentleman on the floor approaching the elevators with a shotgun. 

Bronxville Police responded along with other local police from Tuckahoe, Eastchester, and Yonkers. The police interviewed the callers and the hospital staff and conducted multiple searches of the hospital. They did not find a person in the building with a gun. Police also reviewed video footage of the sixth floor and did not see a person with a gun in the footage. No shots were fired. According to Chief Satriale, “This was not a malicious call,” and the women “truly believe they saw a man with a weapon.”

In recounting the events at the hospital at the Monday Bronxville Village Board of Trustees meeting, Chief Satriale said that in a situation like this where it can be chaotic and there is limited and conflicting information, the best thing to do is to “shelter in place” until you hear more news. 

Satriale also acknowledged the “tremendous response” from other local police departments and was pleased with the efforts of the Bronxville Police Department. 

Satriale and his team will be conducting a review of the incident with the staff of the hospital and will recommend safety improvements.

Pictured here: NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.

Photo by A. Warner

Seven Bronxville Relays Compete at Nationals: Boys’ SMR Wins National Title PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Mar. 13, 2019:  Over the years, Bronxville track and field relay teams have carved out a name for themselves, winning the New York State Championship countless times and competing in prestigious meets such as the Millrose Games, the Penn Relays, and the New Balance Nationals. Last weekend, the Broncos outdid themselves, sending seven relay teams to the Indoor Nationals at the Armory.

Coach Ian Clark could not say enough about the performance of the Bronxville boys.

“It was a great weekend--arguably the best ever for the Bronxville boys’ track team,” said Coach Clark. “Both relays were all-American, and one relay won nationals.”

The boys’ sprint medley relay (SMR) won the national title in 3:27.34, a new national #1 time and Westchester/Section 1 record.

It was a gritty performance from the Bronxville boys, who were recovering from spike cuts and busted toenails, and they won with a down-to-the-wire performance.

Seamus Watters led off in the 200m, followed by Tommy O’Connell in the 200m, who then handed the baton to Alex Rizzo. Alex held his ground in the 400m, and when he handed off to brother Matt, the Bronxville team was in fourth place, about 20m behind the leader.

Over the course of four laps, Matt gradually closed the gap and passed the top-ranked 800m high school runner in the country, Alfred Chawonza of St. Benedict’s, in the final seconds of the race.

“Matt ran an absolutely perfect 800, showcasing why he is one of the top runners in the country,” said Coach Clark. “He maintained his composure and ran even splits for each 200.”

National champions in the SMR (L to R): Seamus Watters, Tommy O’Connell, Matt Rizzo, and Alex Rizzo. Photo by C. Rizzo

Click here to view the race.

The boys’ distance medley relay (DMR) ran a 10:07.15, setting a new Section 1/Westchester record by over 13 seconds. Matt Rizzo ran a 2:59 in the 1200m, which, according to officials, had never been done before by a high school runner. Tommy O'Connell ran the 400m, Jack Kochansky ran the 800m, and Alex Rizzo finished it off, running the 1600m. 

The DMR finished third overall, with the first-place team, Jungle TC from Virginia, setting a new national record.

“It's every coach's dream to have a season like this,” commented Clark. “I owe it all to the boys, their hard work and their commitment to the team.”

The DMR (L to R): Tommy O’Connell, Alex Rizzo, Matt Rizzo, and Jack Kochansky. Photo by C. Rizzo

The Bronxville girls’ relay teams also had outstanding performances at nationals. The girls’ team sent five relays to the National Championships, the most in Bronxville School history.

The 4x200m relay, Caroline Ircha, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Alisa Kanganis, and Eve Balseiro, placed thirteenth, breaking the Bronxville School record with a time of 1:44.83.

The 4x200m relay (L to R): Coach David Ryan, Caroline Ircha, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Coach Keina Samuels, Alisa Kanganis, and Eve Balseiro. Photo by Jane Ircha

The 4x400m team, Betsy Marshall, Caroline Brashear, Mellinghoff, and Balseiro, placed fifteenth in a time of 3:57.43, the second-fastest time in Bronxville history.

The 4x400m relay (L to R): Caroline Brashear, Eve Balseiro, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Betsy Marshall. Photo by D. Ryan

Bronxville sent two sprint medley relay teams this year. The first team, Ircha, Mellinghoff, Balsiero, and Brashear, ran the fourth-fastest time in Bronxville history (4:09.52), placing nineteenth. The second team, Kanganis, Milly Koenig, Marshall, and Natalie Weiner, ran a 4:15.81, the eighth-fastest time for Bronxville.

The SMR (L to R): Caroline Brashear, Eve Balseiro, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Caroline Ircha. Photo by Jane Ircha

Finally, the 4x800m relay, Clio Dakolias, Maeve Sullivan, Weiner, and Brashear, ran a season best of 9:25.59, placing eighteenth. Dakolias (2:20.30) and Sullivan (2:21.35) set personal bests.

L to R: Caroline Brashear, Maeve Sullivan, Natalie Weiner, and Clio Dakolias. Photo by D. Ryan

It was an outstanding weekend for the Broncos, who once again made it clear that Bronxville is the fastest square mile in the U.S.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top (rotating): Front row (L to R): Matt Rizzo, Seamus Watters, and Jack Kochansky; back row (L to R): Coach Ian Clark, Tommy O’Connell, Alex Rizzo, and Coach Victor Palumbo (photo by C. Rizzo); L to R: Caroline Brashear, Maeve Sullivan, Natalie Weiner, and Clio Dakolias (photo by D. Ryan). 





Renaissance in Tuckahoe: New Apartments, Restaurants, Hotel, and More PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele

Mar. 13, 2019:  Sandwiched between Bronxville and Scarsdale—both ranking high on Forbes magazine’s list of the wealthiest zip codes in the country—Tuckahoe is a diamond in the rough. Like Bronxville, Tuckahoe is a village within the town of Eastchester; both occupy about one square mile and lie along the Harlem line of the Metro-North railroad. But Tuckahoe’s previous lack of development left the village out of the limelight. Now, opportunists are taking note.

While Tuckahoe’s transformation began some 15 to 20 years ago, its growth in the past five years has been substantial. Several high-end apartment complexes have been built—most recently, 100 Main Street and The Quarry—and even studio apartments have been readily snatched. Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond reported that this housing expansion has been attracting downsizers from Bronxville and Eastchester, as well as those migrating from Brooklyn and Manhattan, whose customary reliance on public transportation makes downtown Tuckahoe an easy switch.

100 Main in Tuckahoe.

Slated to open this year is a Marriott SpringHill Suites, which will offer 153 guest rooms and amenities that include a small swimming pool, street-level parking, and a stand-alone restaurant. While the Marriott has been tight-lipped about the third-party operator of the restaurant, Mayor Ecklond reiterated the village’s ban on fast-food establishments. Adding to that, he urged the hotel’s development team to avoid pizza. “We have 11 pizzerias,” he noted.

Marriott SpringHill Suites under construction.

There are two train stations that serve residents of Tuckahoe, the Tuckahoe station and the Crestwood station, on either side of the village. The MTA has recently elected to renovate the Crestwood train station, committing approximately $30 million to the project, according to Ecklond. The project is intended to improve the station’s aesthetics, including walkways, entrances, platforms, and foliage. Ecklond characterized the scope as “a complete overhaul.”

While the rate of business turnover in Tuckahoe appears unremarkable, the number of vacancies has been kept low. The current mix is reflective of both the village’s forward-looking development—such as the recent opening of Orange Theory Fitness—and the needs of its diverse population, including a bodega and a laundromat. Ecklond reported that a new high-end restaurant is heading to Main Street. The Generoso Pope Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation that funds education, health, cultural, human service, and civic organizations, also remains a prominent mainstay.

Orange Theory Fitness.

Beyond commercial development, Tuckahoe has recently experienced a boost from the Eastchester-Tuckahoe Chamber of Commerce, whose new leadership—co-presidents Karina Wyllie of Koala Park Daycare and Juan Gonzalez of I Train With Juan—has infused a new vigor into the chamber’s activities with the creation of community events held in 2018 and a heightened presence on social media.

Main Street, Tuckahoe.

Ecklond, who recently announced his decision not to seek re-election after twelve years in office, admits to a bittersweet sentiment about stepping aside but feels upbeat about the state of Tuckahoe’s affairs. The Ecklond family roots run deep; his son is a fifth-generation Ecklond being raised in the same house.

Upon running for office over a decade ago, Ecklond learned that his great-grandfather, Charles Ecklond, had also served as Tuckahoe mayor around the turn of the century. Whereas Charles Ecklond oversaw the electrification of Tuckahoe, Steve Ecklond oversaw the submergence of electrical wiring underground as part of the streetscape development plan.

Pictured at top: Steve Ecklond, mayor of Tuckahoe.

Photos by N. Bower


Bronco Athletes Honored at 2019 Winter Sports Awards Ceremony PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Mar. 13, 2019:  At the annual winter sports awards evening held on February 26 in the high school auditorium, Athletic Council co-presidents Rachael Peacock and Gigi Chrappa introduced the winter sports teams. Bronxville athletes received multiple awards, including all-American, all-state, all-county, and all-league recognition.

It was an historic winter for the boys’ and girls’ indoor track and field teams. This year’s Broncos broke a total of fourteen school records during the indoor season.

For the girls, Eve Balseiro set three school records in the 300m, 400m, and 600m, and Sabrina Mellinghoff and Caroline Ircha set records in the 55m and 200m, respectively. The Rizzo brothers broke records in the 1000m and mile (Matt) and the 600m and 1600m (Alex), and Seamus Watters set a new record in the 55m high hurdles.

Four Bronxville relays broke previous school records. The girls’ 4x400m relay (Balseiro, Mellinghoff, Betsy Marshall, and Caroline Brashear) and the 4x200m relay (Ircha, Mellinghoff, Alisa Kanganis, and Balseiro) both set all-time Bronxville records. The boys’ SMR (M. Rizzo, A. Rizzo, Watters, and Tommy O’Connell) and the DMR (A. Rizzo, M. Rizzo, O’Connell, and Jack Kochansky) set all-time records.

For a complete list of award winners, see below.

Eve Balseiro, who broke multiple school records in track, receives a hug from Coach Keina Samuels.

Girls' Indoor Track and Field

Coach: David Ryan
Assistant Coaches: Jim Mitchell, Keina Samuels

Captains: Andrea Shephard, Isabelle Dibbini, Sabrina Mellinghoff

All-League: Eve Balseiro, Ava Black, Gigi Chrappa, Clio Dakolias, Marielle Dibbini, I. Dibbini, Ava Downs, Jules Gravier, Patty Haggerty, Caroline Ircha, Alisa Kanganis, Milly Koenig, Emma Mandanas, Betsy Marshall, S. Mellinghoff, A. Shephard, Maeve Sullivan, Kelly Weild, Natalie Weiner, Avery Widen

All-League Honorable Mention: Molly Palma, Julia Widen

All-County: S. Mellinghoff, E. Balseiro, C. Ircha, C. Brashear, J. Gravier, M.Koenig, A. Kanganis, B. Marshall, N. Weiner, C. Dakolias, M. Sullivan

MVPs: Caroline Brashear, Eve Balseiro, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Caroline Ircha

Seniors: Abbott Lyric, Caroline Brashear, Clio Dakolias, Isabelle Dibbini, Patty Haggerty, Emma Mandanas, Andrea Shephard, Sophia Sulimirski, and Natalie Weiner.

Alex and Matt Rizzo accepting awards from Coach Ian Clark.

Boys' Indoor Track and Field
Coach: Ian Clark
Assistant Coach: Victor Palumbo

Captains: Tim Murray, Nathan Revadigar, Alex Rizzo

All-American: Matt Rizzo, Alex Rizzo, Seamus Watters, Tommy O’Connell, Jack Kochansky

State Champions: M. Rizzo, A. Rizzo

All-League: J. Kochansky, Zip Malley, T. O’Connell, Connor Randall, M. Rizzo, A. Rizzo, Seamus Watters

All-County and All-Section: M. Rizzo, A. Rizzo, S. Watters

MVP, sprint: S. Watters

MVP, distance: M. Rizzo, A. Rizzo

Seniors: Jay Burstein, Jack Kochansky, Kevin Leka, Tommy O’Connell, Luke Redman, Nathan Revadigar, Matt Rizzo, Alex Rizzo, Seamus Watters, and Emmanuel Yimer

Boys' Swimming and Diving – New Rochelle/ Bronxville

Swim Coach: Kip Fiero
Assistant Coach: Michael Panzarino

All-League: T. Cushman

MVP: T. Cushman

Rookie of the Year: Theodore Veru

Coaches’ Award: Finn Seibold

Senior Captain: Tim Cushman


Varsity Squash

Coach: Supreet Singh
Captains: Conner Stoltz, Julia Curran, McKenna Stoltz

Most Improved: Conner Stoltz

MVP: Molly Stoltz

Senior Awards: J. Curran, M. Stoltz

Basketball captains Corey Ramundo (L) and Tim McGrath.

Boys' Basketball 

Coach: Bobby Russo
Assistant Coach: Ralph Russo
Captains: Tim McGrath, Corey Ramundo, Ashton Smith

All-League: T. McGrath

MVP: T. McGrath

Hustle Award: Ashton Smith

Bronco Award: Corey Ramundo

Seniors: Tim McGrath, Ashton Smith, and Corey Ramundo

Members of the girls’ basketball team accepting awards. 

Girls' Basketball
Coach: Donald Lucas
Assistant Coach: Michaela Donohue
Captains: Jenny Pettee, Denise Kinas, Samantha Huss

All-League: Stella Daskalakis, Ashley Wetty

All-League, Honorable Mention: Denise Kinas, Hanna Bishop

Coaches’ Awards: Denise Kinas, Samantha Huss, Jenny Pettee

Seniors: Denise Kinas, Samantha Huss, and Jenny Pettee


Ice Hockey (Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Edgemont )
Coach: Steve Forzaglia
Assistant Coach: Rob Striar

All-League, Honorable Mention: Trent Dillon

Coaches' Award: T. Dillon

Senior Captain: Trent Dillon 


Varsity Skiing
Coaches: Jim Agnello, Peggy Williams
Captains: Mary Moynihan, Caroline Spitz

All-League: Bailey Gilliam, Piper Gilliam, Bridget Sands, Philip Meyers

Most Valuable Skier: B. Gilliam

Most Improved: B. Sands, P. Meyers

Bronco Spirit Award: Cole Zucker

Seniors:  Hanna Beldotti, Sarah Conneally, Lindsey Cruikshank, Peter Dolan, Barrett Dollar, Damian Kaminski, Margaret Knight, Mary Moynihan, Mike Murray, Kunzang Namgyal, Alex Knew, Ellie Parson, Jack Parzick, Charlie Preusse, Caroline Spitz, and David Weild.

Pictured at top (rotating): Tim Cushman, team captain and most valuable swimmer; Eve Balseiro, who broke multiple school records in track, receives a hug from Coach Keina Samuels. 

Photos by J. Murrer

U.S. Senator Named Concordia College's 2019 Commencement Speaker: See Video PDF Print Email


By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Concordia College

Mar. 13, 2019:  Dr. Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator for Nebraska, will address the graduates at the commencement ceremonies of Concordia College New York’s 138th academic year. Commencement is set for May 19, 2019, at 2:00 pm. An honorary doctor of humane letters will be conferred upon Senator Sasse at the ceremony.

Click here to see the video announcement of Sasse as commencement speaker by Dr. John A. Nunes, president of Concordia College.

A prominent politician, respected academic, and best-selling author, Senator Sasse was the president of Midland University (formerly Midland Lutheran College) in Fremont, Nebraska, before he was elected to the United States Senate in 2014. He previously served as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The native of Fremont holds a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University, an MA in liberal studies from the Graduate Institute at St. John's College, and MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees in history from Yale University. He is the author of The Vanishing American Adult (2017) and Them: Why We Hate Each Other--and How to Heal (2018).

Dr. John A. Nunes said, “I am delighted that Concordia’s graduates will have the opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, Senator Ben Sasse. He is a man of deep faith and a scholar of extraordinary intellect, a gifted communicator, and an energetic advocate for civil discourse, all qualities we strive to instill in our students.”   

Pictured here:  Senator Sasse (L) with Concordia President John Nunes.

Photo courtesy Concordia College

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 

From the Mayor: Conserving and Enhancing Bronxville's Natural Environment PDF Print Email


By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Mar. 13, 2019:  Mayor Nancy Hand, my mentor, guiding light, and dear friend, noticed that in my comprehensive plan summation in last week’s column, I glossed over one of the most important aspects of the village – our historic natural landscapes as nature has greatly influenced village life and even our material culture. 

As Marilynn Wood Hill wrote in the introduction to The Bronxvlile Historical Conservancy’s latest publication, Defining the Landscapes of Bronxville, “It is the close interrelationship of natural and man-made environments that has given identity to this special place of Bronxville, and we need to exercise a greater stewardship in preserving the whole so that what we leave for future generations will not only be a place to live, but also a place to love.”

The Conservancy publication investigates first the natural features that have determined the character of the current landscape within the village – subsurface geology, hydrology, slopes, soils, and vegetation.

As example, the village has four distinct landscape types: the valley and the village center, the hilltop, the hillside, and the plateau – all of which are very distinct. As a direct result of the sloping land, the hilltop and the hillside are characterized by winding streets to accommodate the change in grade and exposed rock outcrops.

In contrast, in the plateau landscape, where the topography is relatively flat, the street arrangement is more grid-like and homes situated with respect to each other.

Only by understanding the underlay of the village can we develop strategies to conserve and enhance our surrounding environment. As illustration, with regard to vegetation, the Village of Bronxville was originally native woodland and houses were built under a canopy of deciduous trees. Many of these trees have been lost and replaced with ornamental trees, which do not restore the canopy.

Our flooding issues are the direct result of the soil type, ten varieties of which are in the village. Most of Bronxville’s soils are well drained, fine, sandy loam, but soils near the Bronx River are poorly drained because of the high salt content and the high water table.

Other areas of poor drainage include sections along Midland Avenue, the eastern section of Concordia College property, and the area near The Bronxville School.

Early on, these three poorly draining areas most probably were wet meadows or places where ponds formed with spring snowmelt. The name “Pondfield Road” supports this theory.

In contrast, if everyone in Bronxville decided to stop mowing lawns, the land would ultimately revert to forest. Abundant rainfall, temperate climate, fecund soils, and ample growing season assure this inevitability.

What we have to plan for is the proper balance between lawns and a tree canopy. This is particularly important, as the village’s one square mile – 640 acres – contains only a total of 70 acres of parkland. Questions to be asked – do we want more open space, do we need more, and, if so, how do we convert into public ownership?

If we as a community were to reduce the areas of open lawn and replace portions with native ground cover and trees, our soil would be significantly more pervious. The replanting of native canopy trees when one is lost or taken down would help preserve our original natural character.

As an added sustainable bonus, one large hardwood canopy tree can provide one day’s supply of oxygen for four people. Placing no-mow grasses, which are also more pervious, could be used at the edges of fields and in other areas where mowed lawns are not essential. Less lawn area also calls for less irrigation, which would help to reduce the overall runoff, as well. This practice is most important in flood-prone neighborhoods.

Bottom line, planting expansive lawns, raking and blowing leaves, and removing organic matter in the spring and fall are antithetical to nature and the original landscape blueprint of our village.

So as we make changes to land use laws, parking configurations, and permit requirements, the “underlay” of the village must be an integral part of our decision-making as we strive to maintain an authentic, sustainable village.

Note:  Most of the above material was sourced from The Bronxville Historical Conservancy’s, Defining the Landscape of Bronxville, co-authored by Mayor Nancy Hand and architect Peter Gisolfi. This publication now serves as the bible for municipal plantings and can be purchased at the village hall front desk and Womrath Bookshop for $30. 

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Hemingway-Themed Benefit for Bronxville Library a Sold-Out Affair PDF Print Email


By Irena Choi Stern, Co-Vice President, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

Mar. 13, 2019:  Raise a Glass to Hemingway, the benefit for the Bronxville Public Library held on March 8, was a sellout, as more than 300 supporters enjoyed a moveable feast of delicious fare catered by Underhills Crossing, along with wines, mixed drinks, and a tequila bar, all to raise funds for library services and needs beyond the reach of the regular budget.




Organized by the board of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL), the evening was a community-wide effort, with local merchants donating fabulous raffle and silent auction items. In a nod to Hemingway, a wide assortment of author-themed beverages (“Old Man & the Seagrams” and “Six-Toed Martini”) was served, and the building was transformed into a Hemingway-esque Key West hideaway.




“Community members of many generations came out to ‘raise a glass to Hemingway,’ and the Friends are thankful to the Bronxville community for showing such tremendous support for our beloved library,” said Lia Gravier, FOBPL president.


Over the years, the FOBPL has quietly filled in where library budgets have not been able to meet the need, funding all the adult and children’s programming, including the Summer Reading Program, supplementing the book budget, funding author events featuring nationally recognized writers, a museum pass program to New York City institutions, and innovations in digital publishing, and ensuring access for Bronxville residents to resources.


The FOBPL works closely with the library director, Greg Wirszyla, to identify funding priorities. The FOBPL funded the purchase of a new children’s room circulation desk (approximately $12,000); the museum pass program ($2,500); the art restoration fund ($3,000 annually); a new projector and flat screen television for the Yeager Room ($3,000); and the repair, restoration, and refinishing of the library’s antique grandfather clock (approximately $8,000), which was inoperable for nearly 20 years.




“This library has a cultural influence far beyond the field of books and reading,” Wirszyla said. “Universal in its appeal, all ages look to it for pleasure and enrichment through its wide variety of programs made possible by the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library."

Raffle Sponsors included:  Eileen Palma, Nature’s Cradle, Sarah Lawrence College, Silk Road, Underhills Crossing, Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary, Candy Rox, Chantilly, Continental 109, Dobbs and Bishop, Elia Taverna, Elizabeth Ackerman, Harry’s, J.McLaughlin, Louis di Chiarro Salon, Maison Rouge, Mini’s Prime Meats, Newton Garden Design, New York Botanical Garden, Nutmeg, Park Place Bagels, Playa Bowl, Posh, Pure Barre, Root and Vine, Salon Tresses, Toney Toni and the Gang, Womrath Bookshop, Yoga Haven, Yoga Rebels and Value Drugs.


Photos courtesy Irena Choi Stern, Co-Vice President, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

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