By Mary Marvin, Mayor of Bronxville
Aug. 1, 2023: As we enter August, even more Villagers head off for vacation, leaving the Village the quietest of months.
Sadly, folks looking for less populated neighborhoods in which case find August the ideal month.
As crimes are truly crimes of opportunity, make your home a non-tempting target.
The following are just a few less obvious methods of deterrence:
-Put timers on televisions as well as lights.
-Have neighbors park their car in your driveway.
-Trim trees and shrubs before departing to avoid creating a convenient screen for intruders.
-If an apartment dweller, phone ringers should be lowered, as a persistently audible ringing is a sure sign of an empty dwelling.
August is also an ideal time for home repairs as Village departments are often less busy.
If you plan any major projects while away, kindly alert your neighbors so they can adjust outdoor plans accordingly.
Should you need a bulk pickup due to renovation, just schedule on our Village website.
Also, please consider sidewalk repairs this summer as well as hedge trimming. Bushes/trees hanging over sidewalk obstruct passage forcing pedestrians to walk in the road and limit drivers’ line of sight. Due to the heavy rains of late, we have noticed an unprecedented amount of overgrowth as well as broken sidewalks, which are the responsibility of the adjacent homeowner.
August is also synonymous with capital projects in the Village with road repaving topping the list.
Almost $300,000 will be spent on road resurfacing in the coming weeks. While the final list is under discussion based the funding allocation, parts of Pondfield Road and Summit Avenue as well as Oakledge Road, Wood End Lane and Cedar Street have been prioritized.
The decision on which streets are to be repaved is determined by our Public Works professionals based on the age of the road surface, amount of traffic, state of disrepair and location in the Village.
Even if your street is not on the final repaving list, all potholes will be addressed.
Please alert Village Hall if you think your street should be on the paving list going forward as we catalog all requests and inspect accordingly.
Yard waste and grass clippings will be picked up on a regular basis throughout the summer. We encourage you to “grass cycle” by leaving clippings on the lawn as it truly does add nutrients in a natural way.
If you choose to dispose of clippings, kindly help our DPW by bagging the clippings as not only are the piles unsightly, but more importantly, after an even gentle storm, they end up clogging our drainage system.
Additional capital projects in various stages of completion include:
-Our new Sagamore Park play equipment has been installed and ready for use.
-The new Maltby Recreation area is progressing on time with a projected opening of mid-September.
-The permanent design changes to the Westside Circle are being completed, thanks to input from neighboring businesses and residents, with bids expected to be finalized before the end of the summer.
-All of the crosswalks in the business district will be re-striped before Labor Day
-Replacement of our iconic and historical wrought iron street signs will be seen in various neighborhoods thanks to a partnership with the Bronxville Historical Conservancy.
-Designs are being finalized for storm water improvements at the Scout Field outfall, Hamilton and Sussex Avenue neighborhood and the Crawford Avenue drainage basin.
-We just learned from the County that the bridge to be replaced down at the County Park near the duck pond has been fabricated and I am awaiting a date of installation. Special thanks go to our County Legislator, James Nolan, who was relentless in advocating for its installation.
-The Metro North Bridge on Pondfield Road will also see long-awaited rehabilitation including repairing, sanding and painting of support beams and concrete ceiling removal. Projected to commence by September, it should be completed mostly on Saturdays through the fall to minimize traffic congestion.
-As a final reminder, on September 1st, the Village wide speed limit, save for Route 22 which is a state road, will decrease to 25mph putting us in sync with our neighboring communities.
-Village Hall is open all summer from 9am to 4pm and we are always available to assist.
Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.
While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.
Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.
The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.
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