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Bronxville Class of 2017 to Attend Colleges throughout Country and Abroad: See List PDF Print Email


Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter     

Editor's note
: We are grateful to Anne Abbatecola, director of counseling at The Bronxville School, and the entire counseling staff for their cooperation in sharing this information.

Jul. 26, 2017: After receiving acceptances from colleges and universities from across the United States, Canada, and Europe, members of Bronxville High School's Class of 2017 have decided where they will continue their education.

As reported by Anne Abbatecola, director of counseling at Bronxville High School, graduates will attend colleges throughout the country, including Ivy League schools, other top national universities, and top liberal arts colleges.

Fifteen graduates will join the Ivy League: Brown University (2), Cornell University (4), Dartmouth College (3), Harvard University (2), and University of Pennsylvania (4).

Nineteen graduates will attend one of the other national universities ranked in the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report: Duke University (3), Georgetown University (3), Emory University (1), The Johns Hopkins University (2), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1), Northwestern University (1), Stanford University (1), University of California, Los Angeles (1), University of Michigan (1), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (3), University of Southern California (1), and Washington University in St. Louis (1).

Eleven members of the Class of 2017 will continue their studies at one of the liberal arts colleges ranked in the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report: Colgate University (3), Middlebury College (2), Colorado College (1), Bates College (1), University of Richmond (1), Bucknell University (2), and Scripps College (1).

Two graduates will continue their studies in Canada at McGill University (1) and University of Toronto (1). Three will enroll in the United Kingdom at King’s College (1) and University College London (1), both in England, and the University of St. Andrews (1) in Scotland.

Below are the colleges Bronxville High School graduates of the Class of 2017 will attend (in alphabetical order):

University at Albany, State University of New York

The University of Arizona (2)

Bates College

The College at Brockport, State University of New York

Brown University (2)

Bucknell University (2)

University of California, Los Angeles

The Catholic University of America

University of Central Florida

College of Charleston

Colgate University (3)

Colorado College

Cornell University (4)

Dartmouth (3)

University of Delaware

Denison University (2)

Duke University (3)

Elon University

Emory University

Fairfield University

Fordham University (3)

Furman University

The George Washington University

Georgetown University (3)

Gettysburg College

Harvard University (2)

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

College of the Holy Cross

Indiana University at Bloomington

The Johns Hopkins University (2)

University of Kansas

Kean University

King's College London

Lafayette College

Lehigh University (2)

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Maryland

Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York

Manhattan College

University of Maryland, College Park

Massachusets Institute of Technology

McGill University

Mercy College

University of Michigan

Middlebury College (2)

The New School–All Divisions

New York University (3)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (3)

Northwestern University

Pennsylvania State University (3)

University of Pennsylvania (4)

Providence College (2)

Purchase College, State University of New York

University of Richmond

Rutgers University–New Brunswick

St. Joseph's University (2)

Scripps College

Skidmore College

University of Southern California

Southern Methodist University

Stanford University

Syracuse University (3)

University of Toronto

Trinity College (3)

Tulane University

University College London

University of St. Andrews

Utica College

Villanova University (4)

Wagner College

Washington University in St. Louis

Wesleyan University

University of Wisconsin–Madison (2)

Note to Our Readers: MHTB Will Not Publish in August; Next Issue September 6 PDF Print Email


By Staff

Jul. 26, 2017:  Note to Our Readers: will not be publishing in August. It will resume publishing on Wednesday, September 6. Enjoy the dog days of summer. 

Photo by A. Warner

Pondfield Road Underpass a Sore Point for the Village PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter

Jul. 26, 2017: Mayor Mary Marvin has reported that the appearance and condition of the Pondfield Road underpass at the Bronxville Metro-North Railroad Station became a topic of discussion at a recent meeting of the revived Retail Mix Committee.

Merchants, property owners, residents, and village officials who attended the meeting commented that the underpass, which serves as a gateway between the east and west side business districts, detracts from the clean and attractive aesthetic that village business and property owners work to project.

Built early in the 20th century, the underpass sidewalks and roadway have become the repository for debris beneath the station platforms and tracks and on the steps. In addition, bird droppings, rusted handrails, electrical fixtures and conduits, peeling paint, and the ponding of water on the underpass sidewalks after every rain and snowstorm continue to be chronic problems.


Jim Palmer
, village administrator, noted that The Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("MTA") installed new LED lighting in the spring, although, according to an MTA spokesperson, lighting is within the village’s area of responsibility. Metro-North Railroad stated that, within the last two years, the railroad painted the two spans of the underpass that it owns. Palmer said that Metro-North also did some maintenance work on the steel girders and railings.

Some responsibilities for maintaining some areas of the underpass fall to the MTA and others to the village. "The ownership and easement areas are very complex and convoluted, to say the least," Palmer stated. He explained that the village is responsible for maintaining the roadway and sidewalks parallel to that roadway, although MTA bears responsibility for water that drips down to those areas from the tracks.

Palmer stated that he has approached the MTA about the dripping water. "I have brought this to the attention of their government affairs office and am waiting for them to provide me a walk-around date on these issues," he said. He added that he expects that to be scheduled for August when the MTA plans to do some painting work.

Metro-North Railroad has no additional plans to work on the underpass, which the agency described as structurally safe and sound. The railroad does have plans to improve the station area, which include painting the station building's exterior, the enclosed walkways from Pondfield Road to the platforms, and platform canopies and railings.

"This work will further enhance the downtown business area," said Nancy Gamerman, Metro-North spokesperson. "Metro-North will continue to work with the village in a cooperative manner."

The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce did not respond to two email requests for comment on the Pondfield Road underpass.

Pictured here:  Rusting entrances to the Bronxville underpass.

Photos by N. Bower


Events in Bronxville: July 26 to September 6, 2017 PDF Print Email


By Staff

Editor's note
: will not be publishing issues during the month of August. The next issue will be published on September 6. Below are the events we have through September 6 as of July 26.

Wednesday, July 26:  The Bronxville Pops Concert Band will be performing the final concert of the 2017 season on the front lawn of The Bronxville School starting at 8:00 pm. For more information, email  CLOAKING .

Wednesday, July 26, and Wednesdays in August:  The Bronxville Women's Club will be hosting "Wednesday socials" on Wednesday, July 26, and each Wednesday in August at the Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House, 135 Midland Avenue, beginning with a brown bag lunch at 11:30 am followed by a game of your choice at 12:30 pm. The cost is $7.00. For more information, go to, email  CLOAKING , or call 914-337-3252.

Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29 and August 4 and 5:  The Random Farms Kids' Theater will present The Sound of Music (GTK version) at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Over 100 children will perform in four casts, including six local Bronxville, Chapel School, and St. Joseph students. Performances are at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm on Fridays and 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturdays. Tickets are $16 for children and seniors, $18 for adults, and $23 for premium seats. For more information, visit the Random Farms Kids' Theater's website at

Monday, July 31, and Mondays in August:  The Bronxville Women's Club will be hosting "Monday socials" on Monday, July 31, and each Monday in August at the Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House, 135 Midland Avenue, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Play a game of your choice. The cost is $5. For more information, go to, email  CLOAKING , or call 914-337-3252.

Wednesday, August 2:  Gramatan Village will be having an open house from 10:00 am to noon at its office at 85 Pondfield Road where you can learn about the benefits of membership and about volunteering opportunities; current members are welcome. For more information, go to or call 914-337-1338.

Wednesday, August 9:  Gramatan Village will be having a book-of-the-month club meeting at 10:00 am to discuss Ann Patchett's Commonwealth. The event will take place at its office at 85 Pondfield Road. All are welcome, but reservations are required. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, go to or call 914-337-1338.

Monday, August 14:  Gramatan Village will be giving an informal tour of the Wartburg campus followed by an ice cream social from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Transportation will be provided by Gramatan Village volunteers. Reservations are required. For more information, go to or call 914-337-1338.

Wednesday, August 23:  Gramatan Village will be holding an end-of-summer luncheon at Quinta Steakhouse, 24 East Central Avenue in Pearl River, New York. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests. Transportation will be provided by Gramatan Village volunteers. Reservations are required. For more information, go to or call 914-337-1338.

Tuesday, August 29:  There will be a regular meeting of the Bronxville Board of Education at 7:00 pm in the school's multipurpose room. For more information, go to or call 914-395-0500.

Village of Bronxville:  There are no scheduled meetings between July 26 and September 6 on the village calendar as published on July 26 on the village's website.

Bronxville Public Library:  There are no scheduled meetings of the board of trustees between July 26 and September 6 as published on July 26 on the library's website.

Pictured here: Bronxville or Giverny?

Photo by A. Warner

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

New Turf Field with Organic Infill to Open in Late August PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jul. 26, 2017:  If all goes according to plan and the weather cooperates, the new turf field at the school should be ready for play by late August. The field, which stretches from Midland Avenue to the new parking lot next to Meadow Avenue, will be similar to Chambers Field, but instead of a crumb rubber infill, the new field will have an organic infill composed of coconut and cork.

Negative public sentiment about crumb rubber infill has increased in recent years because of an observation made by University of Washington soccer coach Amy Griffin. Griffin gathered information about a number of soccer players with cancer and suggested that the rubber pellets in artificial turf might be the cause. Extensive media coverage helped fuel the concerns.

Many scientific studies have shown that the correlation between crumb rubber and cancer is not supported by scientific evidence. An extensive literature review commissioned by the New York City Department of Health found that crumb rubber is unlikely to increase the risk for any health effect, and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that based on current studies there is no elevated health risk.


Several school districts in Westchester have decided on organic infill, including Bronxville, Pleasantville, and Irvington. The switch to organic infill has one main advantage--the playing surface will be significantly cooler. The coconut infill absorbs water, which evaporates as the sun warms the field. The evaporative cooling effect keeps the field at a much lower temperature.

Because the infill is organic, it will naturally decompose over time and will need to be topped off every few years. It might also need to be watered, depending on rain and humidity, as optimal performance requires moisture. No food or drinks other than water will be allowed on the new infill.

Like Chambers Field, the new turf field will be fenced, including high fences along the borders of Midland and Meadow Avenues. Trees and shrubs will be planted along the fencing.

With coconut the new order of business, perhaps the Bronco Barn and Grill will start selling coconut water and coconut smoothies.

Go Broncos. 

Pictured here: Construction of the new turf field.

Photos by J. Murrer 

Former Bronxville Police Sergeant Anthony Deleo Faces Multiple Surgeries from Motorcycle Accident PDF Print Email


By Staff

Jul. 26, 2017:  According to Christopher Satriale, Bronxville chief of police, retired Bronxville Police Sgt. Anthony Deleo (49) is recovering from a serious motorcycle crash that occurred on Friday, July 14, in Florida. 

Chief Satriale said that Sgt. Deleo has "serious leg and arm injuries and has undergone multiple surgeries" and that "he faces additional surgery." 

Deleo was riding his motorcycle on a road in Florida when he lost control, struck a tree, was thrown from his vehicle, and hit a concrete utility pole.

Chief Satriale would like the public to know that the Bronxville Policemen's Benevolent Association is organizing a collection on behalf of Sgt. Deleo and that details will be made available to the public in the near future.

"Anyone who would like more information," the chief said, "can call me at the Bronxville Police Station."

Town of Eastchester Receives Triple A Bond Rating PDF Print Email


By Lisa Pinto, Assistant to Supervisor, Town of Eastchester

Jul. 26, 2017:  On July 10, 2017, Moody's Investors Service reaffirmed the Town of Eastchester's bond rating of Aaa. The Moody's Aaa rating is the highest and best rating a town can receive. 

Moody's states in its comments on the rating: "Moody's maintains a Aaa rating on the town's outstanding parity debt. The Aaa rating reflects the town's healthy reserves and liquidity, combined with a stable tax base, very low debt burden, and elevated pension burden."

Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita stated, "The direct result of our hard work securing the highest Moody's rating is a savings of taxpayer dollars. The interest we pay on capital improvement loans and other debt is extremely low. Low-interest rates save money." 

Pictured here:  Eastchester Town Hall.

Photo by A. Warner

HUD Rules Westchester's Zoning Is Not Exclusionary PDF Print Email


By Jerry McKinstry, Office of Communications, Westchester County Executive’s Office 

Jul. 26, 2017:  After seven years, the most contentious element of Westchester’s affordable housing settlement with the federal government has been resolved favorably for the county. 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD") has accepted Westchester’s analysis that did not find any exclusionary zoning in the county.  

Resolution of the zoning issue protects home rule with respect to local land use decisions and overcomes the county’s last major hurdle under the settlement, which was signed by former County Executive Andrew Spano and approved by the Westchester Board of Legislators in 2009.

The zoning controversy stemmed from a portion of the settlement that required the county to submit a review of obstacles to fair housing, known as an Analysis of Impediments, or AI, that was acceptable to HUD. Ordinarily, preparation of an AI is routine. But not in Westchester’s case.

Despite thousands of pages of objective data and two independent reviews supporting the finding of no evidence of exclusionary zoning across Westchester, HUD rejected 10 AIs submitted by the county. HUD had taken the novel and aggressive view that routine zoning measures, such as limits on height, density, number of bedrooms, and sewer requirements to protect drinking water, were “restrictive practices” and demanded that the county go as far as suing local municipalities to end them.

But on Friday, HUD withdrew its previous demands and in a one-paragraph letter, Jay Golden, the agency’s regional administrator of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, said the county’s AI has “been deemed acceptable.” 

“This is vindication for Westchester County and our local municipalities and a victory won on facts and principles,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “From the beginning, my administration has been committed to meeting the county’s obligations under the settlement. But we also said that we were not going to be bullied by HUD into doing things that were not in the settlement. HUD had no reason to intrude into legitimate local zoning, and we stood firm on that. In the end, we were able to successfully defend the constitutional principle of home rule and meet the requirements of the settlement. It wasn’t easy, but everyone in Westchester can be very proud of the outcome.”

In December, the county met the settlement’s primary benchmark of having financing and building permits in place for 750 units of affordable housing in 31 mostly white communities. In fact, the county exceeded the goal with 799 units and has another 100 units in the pipeline. 

With the AI approved and the benchmark on units met, the only outstanding item – one that the court has labeled “peripheral” – is for the county to complete its outreach campaign on the benefits of diversity and affordable housing. Called “One Community,” the campaign, which is under way and scheduled to run throughout the year, includes print, radio, cable television, and social media advertisements. To date, the county has spent more than $1 million on marketing and outreach, well above the settlement’s $400,000 requirement.

The breakthrough on the zoning issue came after frustration reached a boiling point with HUD’s 10th rejection of the county’s AI in April. That submission was prepared for the county by VHB, a consulting firm that had been approved by the settlement’s first HUD-approved monitor. Responding to the rejection, VHB wrote:

Westchester County has been very clear and consistent in stating that there are concentrations of Black/African-American populations as well as concentrations of Hispanic populations, and, in fact, there are concentrations of White populations. Based on VHB’s detailed analysis of countywide demographics and zoning, VHB finds and concludes that zoning is not the cause of such demographic concentrations. This very issue seems to be the singular outstanding issue on which HUD and Westchester disagree. It is, however, the preparer of the AI that must make reasonable conclusions based on a hard analysis of all available data. This is exactly what VHB did in its zoning analysis. It is not reasonable for HUD to insist on its own universal conclusions regardless of all the data and analysis conducted by numerous third-party zoning and land use consultants and educational institutions.

HUD’s position softened after VHB’s comment, resulting in an AI on July 13 that was essentially the same as VHB’s previous version and acceptable to all parties. It is extremely important to note two additional points. The methodology followed by the county and VHB for conducting the AI was approved by HUD. And as Congress reviews its national policies for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, it should look carefully at the experience in Westchester. 

Astorino thanked VHB, the county’s staff, particularly the law and planning departments, and the 31 settlement communities for all their efforts and cooperation in meeting the goals of the settlement. 

“Our success has resulted from two key factors,” Astorino said. “First, proof that our zoning isn’t exclusionary is the indisputable fact that the units are being built under current local zoning. Second, we worked closely with our communities. One lawsuit could have derailed everything, so our focus was always on cooperation, not litigation.”

Astorino said the next goal was to wrap up the settlement, and that included bringing the expense of paying for the federal monitor assigned to the case to an end. The current monitor, Stephen C. Robinson, is a former federal judge and partner in the New York City law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He bills at a rate of $675 an hour, but unlike the previous monitor, his fees are not capped at $175,000 a year.

“Given our success and where we are now, there is just no need for the monitor anymore, nor justification for the expense,” said Astorino. “The idea behind the settlement was to build affordable homes, not pay lawyers.”

Compliance has not come cheap. The county has spent about $30 million more than the $51.6 million required under the terms of the settlement. In addition, the county has leveraged more than $172 million in other public funding, putting total subsidies at $233 million and the average taxpayer subsidy per settlement unit at approximately $290,000.

As a comparison, the 2016 median sale price in Westchester is $640,000 for a single-family home, $357,750 for a condominium, and $153,000 for a co-op, according to the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors.

Astorino said the cost of the units was not surprising since they were built in some of the most expensive places in Westchester, as required by the settlement. In fact, some sites were turned down because they were simply too expensive. “Affordable housing is not immune to high taxes and real estate prices,” Astorino said. 

About 425 of the settlement units are already occupied, with roughly one-third as home ownership and two-thirds as rentals. Data from the applications show 35 percent of the households applying for the county’s units identified as white, 35 percent as African-American, 3 percent as Asian, 8 percent as multi-racial, and 29 percent as Hispanic.

Westchester is the fourth most diverse county in New York (virtually tied with Manhattan; behind only Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx). If Westchester were a state, it would have the seventh largest Hispanic population in percentage terms and the fourteenth largest African-American population in percentage terms.

The 31 settlement communities were selected on the basis of the 2000 Census as having lower African-American and Hispanic populations than the county average. Notably, between 2000 and 2010, prior to the implementation of the settlement, the African-American and Hispanic populations of those 31 communities increased 56 percent as a result of natural market forces.

In contrast, the settlement’s 750 units, assuming three people per unit, would at most increase Hispanic and African-American representation in the 31 communities by 5 percent.

Pictured here:  County Executive Robert P. Astorino with leaders of some of the affected communities (L to R), Rye Brook Mayor Paul Rosenberg, Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita, North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas, and Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson.

Photo courtesy Westchester County Executive’s office

From the Mayor: Interesting Factoids about Bronxville and Westchester County PDF Print Email


By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Jul. 26, 2017:  As is custom, this will be my last column until Labor Day.

I thought I'd take a break from reporting on flood projects, road repaving, and zoning codes and highlight some of the interesting factoids about our village and our home county. All were new to me until I sat in this special chair on Pondfield Road.

  • The village has 2,300 addresses, but over 10,000 people use Bronxville as their postal address.

  • Sixty percent of our residents live in single-family homes and townhouses, while forty percent reside in apartments, co-ops, and condominiums.

  • Bronxville residents pay more in property taxes to Westchester County (approximately $8 million per year) than they do to run village government.

  • With the exception of the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel in Orange County, Bronxville is the only other community that is coterminous with its school district, and the municipality issues both school and village tax bills.

  • The village is home to five churches and a 290-bed hospital that provides emergency care to over 35,000 patients per year.

  • In 1934, 301 babies were born in Lawrence Hospital. Now the total is over 2,500, for which village hall provides a birth certificate.

  • Palumbo Place is named for Joe Palumbo, the longtime village public works director. Leonard Morange Park, on the west side, is named after the first village resident to die in service of our country in World War I.

  • The village has no county-owned roads and only one state road. Route 22 is the only road that cannot be repaved or upgraded by the village's capital plan.

  • There are 1,356 parking meters in our village and they all work.

  • The original soil at the Alfredo Fields, near Siwanoy Country Club, was sold and trucked to Queens for the World's Fair in 1939.

  • Over twenty percent of the land (97 acres) in the village is tax exempt.

  • The Bronx River was actually re-routed and the village border changed to accommodate the construction of the Bronx River Parkway, which was completed in 1925; it was the first multi-lane limited access parkway in North America.

  • Most residents commute to work by rail, with the majority working in three industry sectors--finance, insurance, and real estate.

  • Approximately 50% of all married couples have children under 18 and one-quarter of our residents live in rental housing.

  • In 1733, John Peter Zenger wrote an article about an Eastchester town election that heavily criticized the New York governor. Litigation over the article led to the immortalization of freedom of the press in the Bill of Rights, hence the name Bill of Rights Plaza at the intersection of Mill Road and Route 22 in Eastchester.

  • Already the richest and most populous county in the colony of New York by 1775, Westchester is now the second wealthiest county in New York State and the seventh wealthiest in the nation.

  • Westchester County, covering 450 square miles with 45 municipalities, is larger than 40 countries.

  • The area was first visited by Italian explorer Verrazano in 1524 and later by Henry Hudson in 1609; English settlers arrived in the 1640s and named their new home for the English city of Chester.

  • As of the last Census, Westchester had a population just slightly under one million residents, one in five of whom was born outside the United States and one in eight of whom wakes up hungry. The county is served by 48 public school districts, 118 private and parochial grammar and secondary schools, and 14 colleges.

  • Forbes rated it the ninth best place to grow old, citing the gorgeous natural beauty within such close proximity to Manhattan as major positives.

  • Some Westchester Firsts:

    • Union Church in Pocantico Hills has nine Chagall stained-glass windows and one Henri Matisse window. The Matisse “rose window” was commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller to honor his mother. Matisse finished the design just two days before he died. The Chagall windows, the only series in America, were commissioned by David Rockefeller.

    • The first chapter of the Garden Club of America was founded in Bedford in 1938.

    • Paddle tennis was invented in Scarsdale in 1928 and first played at the Fox Meadow Club there in 1931.

    • Yonkers resident Leo Baekland invented one of the world’s first and most useful plastics in 1907 and formed the Bakelite Corporation in 1910. It manufactured the glossy brightly colored plastics that defined the '50s and '60s.

    • In 1888, Yonkers resident John Reid became the first person to play golf on American soil, naming his three-hole course in a local apple orchard St. Andrews. It was even here in Westchester where the dubious tactic of hitting a second ball off the first tee if you didn’t like your first one--a Mulligan--got its name!

Have a safe, healthy, and fun summer and "I'll see you in September!"

Dining Out with Karen Talbot: Half Moon Restaurant on Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry PDF Print Email


By Karen Talbot, Bronxville Food Critic

Half Moon
One High Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY

Jul. 26, 2017:  Half Moon is not undiscovered, and for good reason--it is right on the Hudson at water level with big views in all directions and plenty of tables both on the two terraces and inside.   

Half Moon was named after the boat that Henry Hudson sailed up the river in 1609. It is architecturally quite interesting, as it is modernistic, with soaring ceilings and exposed beams almost like a sailing ship’s hull turned upside down. There is a large bar to the left as you enter, with a bank of multiple televisions for those so inclined.

This large casual American restaurant features selections from the raw bar and fresh Montauk seafood along with "small plates" and shareable items, large plates, burgers, and salads.

Our dinner opened with a complimentary serving of oven-warmed Italian bread served with olive oil and grated parmesan--a different kind of introduction but one that we enjoyed.

Next, we ordered five "small plates," roughly equivalent to appetizer portions in most cases:  clam chowder, which was topped with croutons and bacon; sashimi tuna served with jalapenos and avocado puree; crispy coconut shrimp with fresh mango and Dijon horseradish sauce; lobster-stuffed avocado with julienne endive and roasted piquillo pepper puree; and the flatbread of the day, which in this case included tomato, steak, caramelized onions, and mozzarella. The first three were fine, but the lobster was tough and salty and the flatbread was thick and doughy.


We ordered tequila shrimp as a "large plate," which was delicious and flavorful. It was served with chili butter garlic sauce and yummy sofrito rice, but the shaved zucchini was bland and watery. There were many other choices in this category, from grilled and roasted meats to a wide variety of grilled fresh seafood.

Service was generally good, except for a slight mix-up with the beverage service. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive from start to finish. The executive chef, Enrique Estrada, is from Mexico, and his influence was apparent in several of the dishes and ingredients. Steve Ali is the general manager, and the maître d' is Fernando Oliveira. I had the pleasure of meeting with them and had my questions answered by Stephanie Furchi, the assistant general manager.

"Small plates" range from $10 to $18, and "large plates" are priced from $25 to $39. Montauk clam bake, consisting of lobster, littleneck clams, Italian sausage, mussels, chicken wings, corn, and red potatoes, is available to order for $75 and serves two people.

Half Moon is part of the Fort Pond Bay Company family of restaurants, which includes Harvest on Hudson in Hastings and three more in Montauk, Harvest on Fort Pond, Stone Lion Inn, and East by Northeast. Look for my review of Harvest on Hudson in the next issue.

Pictured here:  An interior view of Half Moon and a view of the Hudson River from inside the restaurant.

Photos courtesy Half Moon


ArtsWestchester Announces Grant Opportunities for Community-Based Artists PDF Print Email


By Hope Sally, Thompson & Bender for ArtsWestchester

Jul. 26, 2017:   ArtsWestchester invites artists and nonprofit organizations to apply for the 2018 Arts Alive Grants. Awarded annually, these grants are specifically designed to support community-based artists and emerging arts organizations.

The variety of projects that receive Arts Alive Grants each year illustrates Westchester’s artistic and cultural diversity. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Applications are available and may be accessed electronically by visiting

Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester, said of the grants, “We are grateful to the Westchester state legislators for this program. Our goal at ArtsWestchester is to make the arts attainable to everyone. This grant is our most effective means of supporting arts activities throughout the county, spanning all communities, economic levels, and cultures. It also speaks to our mission to provide leadership, vision, and support to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts in Westchester.”

An independent panel comprising artists as well as business, civic, and cultural leaders will review the applications and make award recommendations to ArtsWestchester’s board of trustees. Funds are available in three categories:

•  Arts Alive Project Grant: Arts Alive Project Grants constitute the largest component of the Arts Alive funding category. These grants support community-based arts and cultural projects developed by arts organizations, groups, collectives, individual artists, and a limited number of other nonprofits that offer open-to-the public arts activities as part of their ongoing operations. First-time applicants are most competitive. Artists and unincorporated arts organizations may apply for project grants in tandem with a fiscal agent organization. Project Grant Award: $1,000 to $5,000.

•  Arts Alive Artist Grant: Arts Alive Artist Grants provide commissioning support to individual artists for the creation of new work presented in a community setting. This funding supports artist-created work rather than work created by the community under an artist's direction. However, an essential element of this funding is the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process. Artist Grant Award: $2,500.

•  Arts Alive Arts Education Grant (formerly called Arts Partners Challenge Grant): Arts Alive Arts Education Grants provide support for partnerships between individual artists or arts organizations and Westchester public schools (grades K-12) and after-school and lifelong learning programs. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. ArtsWestchester encourages projects that integrate the arts into the curriculum, but curriculum integration is not required. The primary goal is to provide students of all ages with rich artistic learning experiences. Arts Education Grant Award: $1,000 to $2,500.

This year, the Arts Alive gave funding to projects that spanned across various projects, including music programming, short story writing workshops for kids, and theater performances. Additionally, cultural festivals and concert series were among the community events awarded.

Several pre-application workshops will take place over the next few months to help individuals fill out the applications. Interested participants should email CLOAKING  to RSVP for one of the following workshops:

Tuesday, July 25, 5:30 pm
31 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10601

Wednesday, August 9, 5:30 pm
31 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY 10601

Tuesday, August 29,  6:00 pm
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY 10573

Wednesday, August 30, 5:30 pm
31 Mamaroneck Ave
Irvington, NY 10533

Tuesday, September 5, 5:30 pm
New Rochelle Library
1 Library Plaza
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Friday, September 6, 5:30 pm
Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562

Thursday, September 7, 6:00 pm 
Lincoln Depot Museum
10 South Water Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

Tuesday, September 12, 5:30 pm   
PC4 Purchase College Center for Community and Culture
16 Warburton Avenue  
Yonkers, NY 10701

For guidelines or to download an Arts Alive application, go to    

Arts Alive Project Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and are administered by ArtsWestchester.

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