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Eighteen Broncos from the Class of 2019 Recruited to Compete in College PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer     


Jul. 24, 2019:  By the end of the summer, eighteen Broncos from the class of 2019 will be heading off to continue their athletic careers at the college level. More than one-third of the recruits will run track, three will play squash, three will play lacrosse, and the remaining five will compete in swimming, crew, soccer, and baseball.

Bronxville athletes will be playing for both big and small colleges and universities.  Ten Broncos will compete in Division 1, including Yale, Columbia, Stanford, the University of Virginia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Berkley, Villanova, and the Naval Academy, and eight will compete in Division 3 athletics at Middlebury, Wheaton, Bowdoin, Amherst, the University of Chicago, and Washington and Lee.

McKenna Stoltz, captain of the Bronxville squash team both junior and senior years, will join Cornell’s squash team in the fall. Stoltz, along with Julia Curran and her sister, Molly, were the only three girls to play in the Boys’ Mixed Division in the FairWest Public School League.

“I played on the high school team at Bronxville, which I loved, but junior squash was not always a smooth path and had a lot of ups and downs,” said Stoltz.  “Starting in ninth grade, I felt a lot more pressure because college was on the horizon. I was training a lot and working hard, and it was challenging mentally. In the end, I ended up at the right school and right place.”

McKenna’s decision to play at Cornell was influenced by the fact that Cornell hired a new coach for the women’s squash team last year.

“I became interested in Cornell my sophomore year because they hired David Palmer, a former world No. 1 player, so their program had a resurgence. There is lot of energy--it is new and exciting, and I liked that about Cornell.”

Catherine Faville, a three-year varsity soccer player who earned All-League and All-Section honors both junior and senior years, is headed to Wheaton College in the fall. In high school, she was a top scorer for the Broncos and is looking forward to playing at the next level.

“It is going to be a change in pace from high school soccer,” said Faville. “Physically, it will be a lot more demanding. My coach has given me a workout routine for the summer. Going in, I expect to work myself up to be a good player and good fit for the team, but right now I’m happy to be a part of the team.”

Faville was recruited by more than 20 schools but eventually decided on Wheaton.

“I liked Wheaton because of the campus, and the people there were nice and friendly. I thought the coach was amazing, and it was a better fit for me than everywhere else.”

Seamus Watters, a three-season athlete throughout high school, played football, ran indoor track, and played lacrosse during ninth and tenth grades. In his junior year, he decided to stop playing lacrosse and focus on track. That decision paid big dividends.

Watters earned All-State and All-American honors in track in the spring and was a member of the sprint medley relay team that won the 2019 National Championship.  He holds the Bronxville School record in the indoor 55m hurdles and the outdoor 110m hurdles and was a member of the 4x200m relay team that set the school record.

Last summer, after a very successful outdoor season, Watters set the recruiting process in motion.

“I reached out to some colleges and just filled questionnaires,” said Watters. “All you have to do is submit an official time, and if that time is up to par, then they will invite you for a visit. They also look at your past times and see your progression.”

Watters was looking for warmer weather and definitely wanted to compete in a Division 3 program, so when the coach at Washington and Lee reached out to him, he committed to their program.

Every recruited athlete has a different story to tell, but in the end, the 2019 Bronxville athletes will make their mark at colleges and universities across the U.S from Maine to California. Through hard work and determination, they have excelled in high school athletics and hope to continue to do so in college.

Below is a complete list of the Class of 2019 recruited athletes.

Natalie Weiner, track, Berkeley

Caroline Brashear, track, Yale

Clio Dakolias, track, Columbia

Zip Malley, baseball, Middlebury

Alex Rizzo, track, Naval Academy

Matt Rizzo, track, Stanford

Seamus Watters, track, Washington and Lee

Timmy Cushman, swimming, Dartmouth

Rachael Peacock, soccer, Bowdoin

Catherine Faville, soccer, Wheaton

Isabel Sondey, lacrosse, Columbia

Anneke Pulkkinen, lacrosse, University of Chicago

Gigi Chrappa, track, Amherst

Pictured at top (rotating):  (1) The D2 state championship team (L to R): Natalie Weiner, Maeve Sullivan, Clio Dakolias, and Caroline Brashear (photo by David Ryan); (2) lacrosse captains (L to R) Anneke Pulkkinen, Isabel Sondey, and Fiona Jones (photo by Jane Ircha); (3) national champions in the SMR (L to R): Seamus Watters, Tommy O’Connell, Matt Rizzo, and Alex Rizzo (photo by C. Rizzo);  (4) Catherine Faville (in red) (photo by Jeff Faville; and (5) Tim Cushman (center) on the podium at the state championships (photo by T. Cushman). 

 
Events this Week in Bronxville: Wednesday, July 24, to Wednesday, July 31, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Staff


Jul. 24, 2019: Below are events that will take place in and around Bronxville from Wednesday, July 24, to Wednesday, July 31, 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, July 24, 7:00 pm to Thursday, July 25, 10:00 am, Parking on Palmer and Parkway Roads. There will be no parking on Palmer and Parkway Roads from 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 24, to 10:00 am on July 25, as the roads will be milled and paved. Village Administrator Jim Palmer stated that parking will be available in the new Parkway Road Lot during these times.

Wednesday, July 24, and Wednesday, July 31, 8:00 pm, Bronxville Pops Concert, Front Lawn of Bronxville School. The Bronxville Pops Concert Band will be performing its third concert of the 2019 season on July 24 on the front lawn of the Bronxville School starting at 8:00 pm. Bring lawn chairs and food and wine and enjoy popular favorites. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the auditorium of the school. The Bronxville Pops will perform its last concert of the season on July 31 at 8:00 pm on the front lawn of the school. For more information, email CLOAKING

Wednesday, July 24, Seminars, Support Groups, Group Meetings, and Classes at NewYork-Presbyterian. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital will be holding a joint replacement seminar from 9:45 to 11:15 am in the hospital lobby conference room (to register, call 914-787-2119), an aphasia support group meeting from 2:00 to 3:00 pm led by a NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital speech therapist in the speech office in the Rehab Department on the first floor of Palmer Hall (to register, call Dahna Stadtmauer at 914-787-3373), and a blood drive from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will be partnering with the New York Blood Center to host a blood drive across all of its campuses. The hospital’s goal is to collect 360 units of blood. 

Wednesday, July 24, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Science Workshop, Cross County Shopping Center. There will be a free kids' interactive science workshop with Groundwork Hudson Valley in the center of the mall from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This workshop is free and is geared toward children ages five and up. 

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 (Sarah Thornton Clifford 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 s CLOAKING .

 
Increased County Sales Tax Rate to Bring Revenue to Bronxville; Village Plans Repairs to Pondfield Road Underpass PDF Print Email

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By Carol Bartold, Senior Reporter


Jul. 24, 2019: The Village of Bronxville stands to receive an extra 20 percent in sales tax revenue collected by Westchester County under a bill passed by state legislators in Albany and signed by
Governor Andrew Cuomo. Under the terms of the bill, Westchester County sales tax will increase by 1 percent on August 1. The raise from 7.35 percent to 8.35 percent is anticipated to bring $140 million in revenue to the county over the next year.

Westchester County Legislator Gordon Burrows, in his quarterly report to the Bronxville Board of Trustees on July 8, stated that the sales tax increase will be a means to help balance the county’s $1.9 billion budget. County Executive George Latimer, per Burrows, issued a promise to state legislators and Westchester County property owners that, with the passage of the bill, he would not act to increase county property tax levy for two years. “We’re going to hold him to his word,” Burrows said. “There will not be a [county] property tax increase in Bronxville for the next two years.”

Burrows pointed out that, typically, when counties and municipalities seek tax increases, they look to property owners for funding. “When you have a sales tax,” he said, “it’s on products, not property. A sales tax is more evenly funded by all rather than by only property owners.”

In other business, Village Administrator Jim Palmer updated improvement plans for the Metro-North Railroad underpass on Pondfield Road. Priority will be given to straightening, sanding, and painting support columns that the New York State Department of Transportation designated in need of repair.

Replacement of some sections of sidewalk as well as railings on both sides of the underpass is also included in the project. Palmer noted that some sections of the sidewalk are uneven and that one sidewalk slab on the north side of the street is capturing water during rains, compromising the condition of the underpass.

Mayor Mary Marvin pointed out that the village’s repairs will be “for naught” if Metro-North Railroad does not resolve leakage from the railroad’s trackbed. “That water is constant,” she said, “and it has caused the railings to rot.” She added that the village needs to exert pressure on the railroad to address the constant leakage.

The village also plans to install signage and reflective material to increase visibility of the underpass.

After a hiatus for August, the Bronxville Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, September 8, at 8:00 pm in the Trustees Room at Bronxville Village Hall.

Pictured here:  Bronxville Village Hall.

Photo by N. Bower 

 
From the Mayor: Whom to Contact for Power Outages, the Smell of Fire or Gas, and Suspicious Persons, Activities, and Packages PDF Print Email

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By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Jul. 24, 2019:  As the village recovers from what most now believe was a “microburst” during the recent storm on Wednesday night, our recap meeting offered many insights into process and procedures.

But first and foremost, I want to thank the exemplary human effort by our village police and public works departments and the Eastchester Fire Department. Their service, to a person, was professional, efficient, and compassionate. A thank-you also to all our affected residents who demonstrated their usual grace and kindness under pressure.

As an overarching government, we continue to strive to have the best response time for any villager in need of help.

To receive the most expeditious response both in terms of time and manpower, the following are some guidelines to help us out.

Power Outage

Per Con Edison’s protocol, the police desks cannot call in individual customer outages and do not receive any information from Con Ed as to the time frame for service restoration.

As a consequence, it is so important not to call the police desk at the onset of a power outage, as the phone lines need to be left open for 911 calls, medical dispatch, and power-related emergencies. Until additional officers can be called in, there is only one officer on dispatch duty to answer the five trunk lines and 911 lines.

As example, during one three-minute period at the onset of the recent storm, 75 calls were received reporting outages and asking if neighbors had power and/or when power would be restored. The desk officer had to be uncustomarily abrupt in order to leave lines open for emergencies where even seconds count.

As example, the dispatch officer had to get aid for a house fire and monitor seven locations where live wires were downed. Three additional officers arrived from their homes within 20 minutes of these incidents with another seven arriving within the hour.

If you do experience a power outage, immediately call 1-800-CONED or log on to their website. Con Ed requires each individual home to report, and knowing your neighbor reported their outage does not cover your home.

The Con Ed website is also the source of estimated power resumption time. What information we receive from Con Ed as a village is conveyed via our Swift Reach emergency alert phone, text, and email system. To sign up, go to www.VillageofBronxville.com website. On the police page, look for Emergency Alerts – Swift 911 and add your contact information.

During an outage, stay at home, as every downed wire should be prudently thought to be live. If you notice a wire down on your property, call 914-337-0500 or 911 immediately, again assuming it could be live. If in a car is under wires, remain in the vehicle and call 911.

As a corollary, our public works crews, though at the ready on duty, cannot begin tree or debris clean-up until Con Edison certifies that any nearby wires are not live.

Also, during a storm or wind event, please don’t be tempted to drive around and survey the damage, as added traffic can delay the response time to critical situations.

A call to neighbors, elderly or alone, has also helped in countless ways. Turning off air conditioning units, in particular, can also save subsequent damage if there should be a surge when power is restored.

The Smell of Fire or Gas

If you can smell gas, it is actually the chemical additive, as the gas is odorless. As our police desk responds to emergencies on both 914-337-0500 and 911, call the PD immediately from outside your residence. Do not make an effort to put out the fire; rather, exit immediately and our officer will call Con Ed and/or the Eastchester Fire Department.

Burglary

If you believe someone has been in your home, do not enter and do not touch anything if exiting so as to preserve evidence and fingerprints. Call 911 from a neighbor’s phone or at a distance from your home.

Suspicious Persons/Activities/Packages

Never hesitate, if you notice something out of the norm, to call the police and let them decide if the activity is abnormal, as often time is of the essence and even a small delay has hampered apprehension.

Flood Water

If any amount of water has accumulated on a street, turn around and try another route. Flash flooding is aptly named and is truly flash in nature, and even a relatively small depth of water can carry a car away.

Gas Leaf Blowers

There is currently a suspension of the annual summer ban on their use for the next week because of the massive cleanup needed throughout the village.

Post moratorium, kindly call the regular police number, 914-337-0500, to report unauthorized use.

Photo by N. Bower 

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.

 
Leading Vascular Neurologist Named Stroke Director of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital PDF Print Email

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By Josefa Paganuzzi, Thompson & Bender, for NYP-Lawrence Hospital

Jul. 24, 2019:  Dr. Ugo Paolucci has been named stroke director of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. Dr. Paolucci, a leading vascular neurologist, will also serve as an assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Paolucci to NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital,” said Michael Fosina, MPH, FACHE, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. “Dr. Paolucci is a highly accomplished physician and researcher, and his skill and expertise will advance stroke care and make a difference in the lives of our patients.”

In his new role, Dr. Paolucci will continue to expand the stroke program at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, nurture top talent, advance clinical and research innovation, and educate the next generation of vascular neurologists on new methods for delivering life-saving stroke care.

Dr. Paolucci has a strong interest in the management of stroke and other acute cerebrovascular emergencies, as well as participating in related clinical research trials. He has been published in several peer-reviewed journals on a variety of subjects and has spoken at national and international stroke and neurology conferences.

“I am very excited to be joining an institution that has such an esteemed legacy in providing world-class care,” said Dr. Paolucci. “I consider it a privilege to take on this new role and build upon this foundation of offering the highest-quality stroke care to the patients and residents of Westchester.”

Dr. Paolucci joins NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital from Hackensack Meridian Health, where he served as a cerebrovascular disease specialist, and he previously held positions at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine.

After earning his medical degree from the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine in Italy, Dr. Paolucci completed a research fellowship at the Burke Medical Research Institute in New York. He did his internship and neurology residency at New York Medical College, followed by a vascular neurology fellowship at New Jersey Medical School and a neurointerventional fellowship with the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the North American Spine Society.

The addition of Dr. Paolucci will expand the stroke program at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, a New York State Department of Health-designated Stroke Center where patients receive the highest quality of care. The stroke program at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital has also received the American Heart and Stroke Association’s 2018 Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke GOLD PLUS Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke™ Honor Roll. These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment and success in providing stroke patients with the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Pictured here:  Dr. Ugo Paolucci.

Photo courtesy NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

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.

 

 

 
Impact of Westchester County’s Property Taxpayer Protection Act on Bronxville PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Catherine Cioffi, Communications Director Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Jul. 24, 2019:  Focused on taking the burden off Westchester County property taxpayers, and combating the loss of the federal SALT deduction, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced a series of actions in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo's signing of the Westchester County Property Taxpayer Protection Act. The announcement came during a press conference with nearly 60 elected officials, government leaders, and school district leaders and advocates from both sides of the aisle standing in solidarity with the county executive.

Below is the direct impact on municipalities and school districts in Westchester County Legislative District 15 from the Westchester County Property Taxpayers Protection Act. Also included are quotes from school and municipal leaders within this district. This new revenue stream will potentially allow local municipalities and school districts to fund needed essential services while not placing the burden solely on property taxpayers.

Municipality/School District

Projected 2019 Additional Revenue*

Projected 2019 Additional Revenue**

Bronxville (Village)

$155,941

$338,186

Bronxville School District

$77,971

$169,093

*Revenue projected for August - December (Five Months)

**Revenue projected for January - December (Twelve Months)

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said: "This law, requested by the county government, allows Westchester to have greater parity with neighboring counties while directly helping overburdened local governments and providing much-needed funding to our local schools."

New York State Senator Shelley B. Mayer, Senate bill sponsor, said, “I was pleased to be the Senate prime sponsor of the Westchester County Property Tax Payer Protection Act to provide property tax relief to Westchester residents while securing additional aid to local school districts and municipal governments. The new sales tax rate will bring in over $70 million to Westchester County annually, with 20% of the funds going to local municipalities and 10% of the funds going to local school districts. The projected sales tax share for the remainder of 2019 will provide an additional $390,000 for the Port Chester School District and over $400,000 for the Ossining School District. Creating parity in local sales tax rates is a fiscally prudent step forward for Westchester County and will have a positive impact on our municipalities and local school districts.”

New York State Assemblyman Nader Sayegh said: “Westchester doesn’t only have the highest property taxes in New York State, it’s the highest taxed county in the nation. The Westchester County Property Taxpayers Protection Act generates revenue while providing relief to our county’s homeowners without raising property taxes. This is a smart & effective policy which will protect thousands of homeowners whose lives have been impacted by recent changes in the federal tax code over the last year.”

Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Michael Sabatino said: “The Property Tax Payer Protection Act will help the county fund the necessary services it provides without raising the property taxes. This will allow for a balanced budget, a freeze on county property tax, and sale tax parody throughout the county. It will also elevate the bond rating for the county.”

The series of actions announced by Latimer include:

Signing of an executive order to prohibit the county from independently selling county parkland that is over two acres;

Announcement that budget amendments will be introduced to stop the sale of county parking lots;

Moving $5 million to the county’s reserve fund;

Directing the Departments of Budget and Finance that county property taxes throughout the county will be frozen for two years (FY 2020 and FY 2021); and

Announcing that of the nearly $70 million collected, 20 percent will go to local municipalities and 10 percent to the school districts.

Latimer said: “This is the end of one-shot revenues and borrowing for operating costs. We now have a creative source of revenue that is not an additional burden on the county’s property taxpayers. This tax freeze will help address the expected increases for many residents and taxpayers from the new federal tax plan.”

Pictured here: George Latimer.

Photo by N. Bower

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Gramatan Village Celebrates Friendships at Underhills Crossing PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Jul. 24, 2019:  Gramatan Village members participated in a festive celebration of summer and friendship at a brunch at Underhills Crossing restaurant on Saturday, July 13. 

Village members were joined by volunteers Leana Walsh, Ann Marie Mazzucco, and Sue Brownie, board member Susan Salerno, and Executive Director Sherry Saturno to welcome midsummer and socialize.

New members mingled with founding members as they chatted and laughed together. Executive Director Sherry Saturno stated, “We are so grateful to Underhills Crossing for providing such a wonderful venue for our members. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful afternoon spent with good friends and delicious food.”

Gramatan Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports adults ages 55 and up who want to age in the home and neighborhood that they love.

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

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.




 
Free Summer Movies at the Bronxville Library PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Jul. 24, 2019:  Get out of the heat and enjoy free summer movies at the Bronxville Library. Below is the current calendar:

Friday, July 26, 3:30 – 5:00 pm:  Family Film:  Planet 51

Tuesday, July 30, 1:30 - 3:15pm: Bronxville Seniors Movie Series:  The Bookshop

Thursday, August 1, 1:30 - 3:15pm:  Summer Rental

Friday, August 2, 3:30 - 5:00 pm:  Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Wednesday, August 7, 1:30 - 3:30pm:  Grease

Friday, August 9, 3:30 - 5:00 pm:  Aladdin

Thursday, August 15, 1:30 - 3:15 pm:  Splash

Friday, August 16, 3:30 - 5:00 pm:  The Lion King

Wednesday, August 21, 1:30 - 3:15 pm: Dirty Dancing

Thursday, August 29, 1:30 - 3:30 pm:  American Graffiti

Friday, August 30, 3:30 - 5:00pm:  Mr. Popper's Penguins



Photo by A. Warner

 
Pets of the Week: Fred and Barney PDF Print Email

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By Allison Roesser


Jul. 24, 2019: Adopted together as young kittens, these two handsome three-year-old gray tabbies recently had to be returned because of allergies in the family.

Fred and Barney are not only brothers, they are also best friends. Barney is a dream cat and warms up quickly. He is playful, purrs a lot, and is full of affection. Fred may start out a bit shy, but he quickly appreciates your tender touch. He is filled with sweetness and always looks forward to a gentle rub behind the ears.

Fred and Barney have been living in foster care for the past two months. They have a special sibling bond and would prefer to find a new home where they can stay together.

Both kitties are healthy, neutered, and up to date with their vaccinations. If you would like more information about this darling duo, please visit NY-PetRescue.org.



 
Powerful Storm Leaves Downed Trees and Power Outages In Bronxville PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Jul. 18, 2019:  A powerful storm from the remnants of Tropical Depression Barry swept through Bronxville yesterday evening, July 17, bringing downpours and leaving downed trees and power outages throughout the village. 

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At around 8:30 pm, the Bronxville police started responding to a large number of calls reporting downed trees, fallen power lines, and fire.  According to the Bronxville police report at midnight, there were trees, branches, and power lines down in over 20 locations in the village. A tree also struck a car parked in the Kensington lot and a “tree log” hit a car on Masterton Road.

According to the Con Edison outage map, as of 10:30 am on July 18, power outages were concentrated on the Hilltop, in the Midland Avenue area, and on Tanglewylde, Summit, Hobart, and New Rochelle Road. According to Con Ed, power is expected to be restored in some of these areas by 5:00 pm. Click on the Con Edison outage map to get updates.

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Chief of Police Christopher Satriale is urging residents to "use extreme caution when travelling through the village today. There are large limbs down blocking roadways and live power lines in many locations. If you see a power line, assume it is live and notify the police department." 

In an email alert at 10:45 am on July 18, Chief Satriale also provided the following update:

"Department of Public Works crews are busy clearing roadways of debris. Con Edison has multiple crews in the village de-energizing power lines and working to restore power. We expect to have most roadways opened by the end of the day.

"If you have not reported your power outage to Con Edison, please do so by calling 1-800-75CONED. Each individual outage must be documented even if your neighborhood outage has already been reported.

"The storms will be followed by extreme heat for the remainder of the week and weekend. Please refrain from unnecessary outdoor activities and be sure to check on friends, neighbors, and relatives who may require special assistance or care.

"In the event of an emergency, dial 911."

Photos by P. Clifford

 

 
New Parkway Road Parking Lot Slated to Be Open for Use by End of July PDF Print Email

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By Carol Bartold, Senior Reporter     

Jul. 17, 2019:  The new Parkway Road Parking Lot, originally scheduled for completion and opening earlier this month, will be open for use before the end of July, per Village Administrator Jim Palmer. The completely refurbished and reconfigured lot will feature parking for 80 automobiles, including ten 24-hour permitted spaces; four handicapped parking spaces; and an electric car-charging station. The lot will also have space to accommodate four or five Vespa scooters.

Palmer noted that parking in the lot will be allowed by permit only until 3:00 pm on weekdays. From 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm weekdays and on Saturdays, parking will be available to the public using the Pango parking app.

“Interest in the lot is enormous,” Palmer said. “Parkers who will be getting a 24-hour reserved space are anxious to return to the lot. We have a waiting list for additional 24-hour spaces.”

Construction, which had proceeded on schedule for a projected July 1 opening, came to a halt and was delayed for almost two weeks when the lighting company delivered a component incompatible with the lot’s light standards. Palmer reported that the general contractor did not want to initiate final paving until the light standards could be installed. The correct part received, the light standards installation was completed on Friday, July 12. Palmer added that final paving and striping on the lot will be done the week of July 15.

Consolidated Edison has approved both the location of the electric car charging station and the meter to be used for charging. The station, which can accommodate two cars simultaneously, will be at the corner of the lot closest to Chase Bank and will face the Metro-North Railroad tracks. Still to be determined, per Palmer, is whether the charging station will be available only to permitted parkers or to the general public.

The village has landscaped the new parking lot and its perimeter with columnar hornbeam, eastern redbud, and pear trees, as well as burning bushes, holly, and inkberry shrubs. The village also constructed a new sidewalk from Parkway Road to the Metro-North Railroad platform to replace the previous blacktop path.

The Village of Bronxville purchased the parcel, formerly known as the Avalon Lot, from AvalonBay Communities, Inc., on March 17, 2019, for $1.6 million. Under the terms of purchase, the seller razed a structure that had housed a gas station and performed environmental cleanup of the site. The cost to the village to construct the new Parkway Road Parking Lot was approximately $600,000, per Palmer.

“We have been keeping the residents along Parkway Road, those that will have 24-hour reserved parking spaces, informed about an opening date,” Palmer stated. “Likewise, once we get the lot open, we’ll start notifying those parkers."

Pictured here: Former Avalon Lot under construction.

Photo by A. Warner

 
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