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Bronxville School to Dedicate New Track to Hall of Fame Coach on October 12, 2019 PDF Print Email


By Joanie Berkery and Linda Pagano, Bronxville PTA Athletic Council members
Oct. 9, 2019:  The Bronxville School is pleased to announce that the new track will be named the "James Owen Mitchell Track."  The Bronxville School and athletic community honor "Mitch" for his 41 years of coaching the girls cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field teams, and for the success and accomplishments of these athletes and teams. The dedication ceremony will take place on October 12th during halftime at the homecoming football game.  The game will take place on Chambers Field, starting at 6pm.
Jim Mitchell started coaching at the Bronxville School in the spring of 1979.  At that time, young women were just starting to be encouraged and assisted in the pursuit of amateur athletic activities.  In fact, before President Carter signed the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, women were prohibited from participating in some running events.  Coach Mitchell introduced the first girls cross country program in Bronxville and, in doing so, enabled his athletes to pursue these new avenues.


Coach Mitch (B&W) in the beginning.  Photo courtesy of the Bronxville School

Coach Mitchell's female athletes and teams received impressive and abundant accolades. He coached 57 girls who earned 170 All-American honors and 14 girls who were named Con Edison Scholar-Athletes.  His teams won 41 consecutive League Championships and 37 Section 1 Titles for Outdoor Track and Field; 39 consecutive League Championships and 33 Section 1 Titles for Indoor Track and Field; and 38 consecutive League Championships, 30 Section 1 Titles, and 12 State Championships for cross country. Five relay teams won National Championships, one with a national record-setting time.
In 2007, Coach Mitchell was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, and in 2013 into the New York State Public High School Athletic Hall of Fame.


Coach Mitch (with trophies) at a Cross Country Event.  Photo by Charlotte Rizzo

The league titles, section titles and state championships that followed were numerous.  What is equally remarkable is the number of runners who went on to compete collegiately. 

Coach Mitchell was far more than a coach.  He instilled in his athletes a love for running and competing and served as a beloved mentor.  Karen Peterson, Bronxville's Athletic Director, has great admiration for Coach Mitchell.
"I have had the pleasure of watching Mitch coach for the last 22 years. You will hear a lot about all of his championships, but what has always amazed me is that he made every runner feel special. He found a way for them to play a meaningful role on the team while they improved individually. His runners learned invaluable life lessons through running. This is such a well-deserved recognition."
Jim Agnello, who has been Bronxville's boys' varsity cross country coach for the past 20 years, described the honoree.
 "Jim Mitchell is the epitome of a selfless coach, colleague, and friend. He is a family man taking car rides with his wife JoAnn on Sundays after coaching six days a week for 51 years and raising his successful adult children Dana and Chris. He has served as a surrogate parent for thousands of athletes over the years, all of them affectionately calling him 'Mitch' or a demonstrative 'Mitchell.'  They simply love him."
Coach Agnello went on to say, "My most sincere thank you for being a superior role model for thousands of athletes and hundreds of coaches. You will be missed greatly. Your impact will continue for years to come."


Coach "Mitch" with Runners (L to R) Katie Ryan, Delia Hayes, Mr. Jim Mitchell, Charlotte Rizzo and Courtney Campbell; photo by by Charlotte Rizzo

Coach Mitchell is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and attended Regis High School and Fordham University.  He coached the boys track team at Fordham from 1972-1978 and came to Bronxville High School in 1978 as a Latin teacher.  The following year, he began a coaching career that would span over forty years.  Coach Mitchell has been supported all of these years and seasons by his wife of 47 years, JoAnn, and his children Christopher and Dana, a Captain in the Marines.
In honor of all "Mitch" has accomplished and the number of athletes that have been impacted by his coaching, the Board of Education proclaimed on April 23, 2019, that the new Bronxville School track would be named the "James Owen Mitchell Track."

We congratulate Coach Mitchell on all of his accomplishments and take this opportunity to express our gratitude for his years of dedication and teaching.
Go Broncos!

Photo at top: Coach Mitch at his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2007

Photo by Charlotte Rizzo

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.

Events this Week in Bronxville: Wednesday, October 9 to Wednesday, October 16, 2019 PDF Print Email


By Staff

Oct. 9, 2019: Below are events that will take place in and around Bronxville from Wednesday, October 9, 2019, to Wednesday, October 16, 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.

October 9 - October 12: Homecoming Week at the Bronxville School. Click here and here to read the articles on MyhometownBronxville about all the happenings during homecoming.

October 9, 7:30 PM: Village of Bronxville Planning Meeting, Bronxville Village Hall, 200 Pondfield Road in Bronxville.

October 9 and October 16, 9:45 to 11:15 AM:  Joint Replacement Seminar. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, Lobby Conference Room. Registration: Call 914-787-2119

October 9 and October 16, 2:00 to 3:00 PM:  Aphasia Support Group Meeting. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, Palmer Hall, 1st floor, Rehab Dept., Speech Office. Registration: Call Dahna Stadtmauer at 914-787-3373

October 13, 11:45 to 1:00 PM: Project Linus at Christ Church Bronxville. Help make handmade blankets that are given to children who are ill, traumatized, or in need.  Click here to learn more. The event will take place in Taylor Hall at Christ Church Bronxville. 17 Sagamore Road.

October 13, 2:00 PM: Bronxville's 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration will take place on Park Place in Bronxville and will include food, music, drinks and fun. The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce organizes this event.

October 14, 10:00 AM to Noon: Breastfeeding Support Group. Meetings are free and open to all, regardless of where you gave birth. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Lobby Conference Room. Registration: Call 914-787-2141

October 14, 7:00 to 9:00 PM: Breastfeeding Preparation Class: Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, Palmer Hall, 3rd floor Conference Room. Cost: $35. Registration: Call 914-787-5044

October 15, 2019, 8:00 PM: Village of Bronxville Board of Trustees Meeting, Bronxville Village Hall, 200 Pondfield Road in Bronxville

October 15, 6:30 to 8:00 PM: Meet the Doctor: The Science and Treatment of Headaches, Lake Isle Country Club, 660 White Plains Road, Eastchester. Registration: Call 914-787-5000

Photo by A. Warner


Bronco Scores and Homecoming Games Preview: Football, Field Hockey, Girls’ Soccer and Boys’ Soccer PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Oct 9, 2019:  Homecoming week is underway, and the turf teams will be playing on Chambers Field Thursday through Saturday evening. Below is a look at how the teams have fared so far this season.

Football (3-2)

The Broncos Varsity Football team will face Westlake (3-2) under the lights at Chambers Field at 6:00 PM on Saturday. Bronxville is currently ranked 4th out of 9 teams in Section 1, Class B. A win on Saturday would position the Broncos well to host a home playoff game on October 26th.

The Bronxville Broncos won an important league game against Nanuet on Saturday, defeating the Golden Knights 29-7. The defense held Nanuet to only one score and sacked the quarterback four times. Junior Will Murray had three receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. Henry Donohue rushed for 85 yards and two TDs, threw for one TD, and led the team with seven tackles. 


The Broncos in the home game against Nanuet. Photo by Joe Villanueva. 

Field hockey (8-2-1)

The Girls Varsity Field Hockey team is the first to play under lights this week and will face Albertus Magnus on Thursday evening at 7 PM. They played the Falcons last Friday and came away with a 4-2 win. 

After suffering their second loss to Ursuline (2-0) last Wednesday, the team came roaring back to win three consecutive games against Valhalla (5-1), Albertus Magnus, and Putnam Valley in a 4-0 shut out. Sunday Ladas, Olivia Gunther, Holly Ungvary, and Julia Widen all scored in the Putnam Valley game. Grace McSherry had an assist, and goalie Caitlin Mooney had four saves.  

Bronxville and North Salem, the only two Class C teams in the Lohud Power Rankings, are ranked 7th and 8th, respectively. The Broncos defeated North Salem early in the season and will likely meet them again in playoffs. 

Girls’ soccer (10-2-1)

The girls’ soccer team will play Edgemont in their homecoming game on Friday at 7:15. In the game against Edgemont on Monday, the Broncos defeated the Panthers 2-1. 

The team suffered its second loss of the season to Pearl River (2-0) last Wednesday, but since then has gotten back on track and picked up three wins; a 2-0 victory over Blind Brook last Wednesday, a 3-2 overtime victory over Rye Neck on Saturday and the win over Edgemont on Monday.

In the Rye Neck game, Ashley Toal scored the game winner one minute into the first of two mandatory 10 minute overtime periods. In the game against Edgemont, Victoria Ruffo and Ashley Toal scored and Maeve Sullivan had an assist. Alex Doukas (14 points), Lily Jebejian (12) and Maeve Sullivan (8) lead the scoring for the Broncos so far this season. 

The girls’ soccer team is ranked No. 2 in Class B by LoHud and sits right behind No. 1 Pleasantville. The Broncos lost to the Panthers 1-0 in early September. 

Boys’ soccer (9-3-1)

The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team will face Edgemont in a league game on Friday at 5:15 on Chambers Field. In Bronxville’s previous game against Edgemont in late September, the Broncos shut out the Panthers 5-0.  

The Broncos have had a tough schedule this season, and the league, which includes Bronxville, Rye Neck, Blind Brook, and Edgemont, was just selected as the toughest league in Section 1. 

In the last week, the Broncos defeated Rye Neck 3-0 and The Leffell School (formerly Schechter) 7-0. In the Rye Neck game, Luke Freeman, Will Redman, and Eco Valdez scored one goal apiece. Theo Liao came up big with 8 saves in the game.

In the game against The Leffell School, multiple Broncos scored, including Henry Sheehan (2), Valdez, Austin Boyd, Ellis Goodson, Jimmy Gallo, and Jed Jodukil. Liao had two saves, and J.P. Swenson had four. 

Although the team defeated Briarcliff 4-1 earlier in the season, LoHud ranks the Bears No. 1 in Class B and Bronxville No. 2. Rye Neck is ranked third. 

Go Broncos!

Pictured at top in rotation:  The Broncos football team in the home game on Saturday against the Golden Knights. Photo by Joe Villanueva, (2) 
The shed that the Broncos field hockey team painted. Photo by J. Murrer, (3) & (4) Bronxville Field Hockey team in the game against Putnam Valley on Monday. Photos by David Fenner.

Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation Will Formally Launch on October 16, 2019 PDF Print Email


By Pat Drew, Board Member of Al Amana International

Oct. 9, 2019:  A new center for reconciliation has been named in memory of Mary Hoch of Bronxville. The Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation ("MHCR") will formally launch in New York City on October 16th at the Loft at the Marble Collegiate Church. 

Before her passing in 2016, Mary and her husband Jim were working to find ways to support peace and dialogue in the world. The Center for Reconciliation came out of that work and will look to find ways to help communities heal themselves.

The Mary Hoch Center is housed at the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. It will lead research on locally-led reconciliation practices and will support more effective processes throughout the world. The Center also hopes to lead collaborations of research and training that will help communities heal their relationships and enable transformative reconciliation around the world.

Antti Pentikäinen is the Director of the Mary Hoch Center. He explains why this reconciliation work is essential: "In today's world, conflicts continue in cycles. Fragile peace agreements fail without effective reconciliation, and violence re-emerges with devastating effects. The goal of the Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation is to help create effective reconciliation processes and accompanying insider reconcilers in healing communities." 

The evening will feature keynote speeches from Father Michael Lapsley, founder of the Institute for Healing Memories and Anne Nuorgame, chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and member of the Saami Parliament in Finland. Ms. Nuorgame holds the highest-ranking position for Indigenous Peoples in the United Nations.

A panel discussion on the vital role of insider reconcilers in reconciliation processes will follow. Panelists include:

The evening will provide the opportunity to meet the keynote speakers and panelists, the Director of the MHCR and MHCR's community of generous supporters.  

It will also provide an opportunity to learn about ways to get involved in the mission of the MHCR. For further information, and to register, click here.


Pictured:  Mary Hoch

Photo courtesy of the Hoch family

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.





Have You Noticed The New Crosswalks at Midland, Masterton and Crows Nest? PDF Print Email


By Staff

Oct. 9, 2019: Have you noticed the new crosswalks at Midland Avenue, Masterton Road and Crows Nest Road in Bronxville?

According to Mayor Mary Marvin, the village has reconfigured this intersection to "better define the intersections, make crossing safer and reduce vehicle speed." A crossing guard will be at these intersections during school opening and closing hours.

The village's consulting engineer recommended the new design. It includes the relocation of the crosswalk on Masterton Road along with additional striping to reduce vehicle speed and better define the intersections.

It also includes the relocation of the crosswalk across Midland Avenue.  The old crosswalk had a stoplight. The new crosswalk will not.  According to Jim Palmer, Bronxville Village Administrator, the new crosswalk will have a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon ("RRFB") which is activated when a pedestrian is about enter the crosswalk.  According to Palmer, "this is in compliance with New York State standards and is what’s appropriate for the intersection." 


New Crosswalk beween Masterton Road and Crows Nest Road and new striping

You also may have noticed there is a new green "walking person" painted near the bottom of Masterton Road.  The purpose of the "walking person" is to provide advance notice to motorists that they are approaching a crosswalk.


New green "walking person" near the bottom of Masterton Road

A police car was stationed at the new crosswalks for the past month to draw attention to the changes and slow the speed of vehicles.

According to Palmer, the initial feedback on this new design is "positive."  Some residents have expressed concern about the "'industrial' nature of the improvements." However, Palmer explained these residents are "overwhelmingly supportive" when they learn that the striping and reflective bollards "will be replaced with low plantings, a new sidewalk and curbing – as was the case with the improvements at Kensington and Sagamore."

Residents are encouraged to provide input on the design so that necessary changes can be incorporated into the final plan.  Emails can be sent to  CLOAKING .

Pictured at top:  New crosswalk across Midland Avenue

Photos by A. Warner

From The Mayor: Government Rules and Regulations Impact the Village On a Daily Basis PDF Print Email


By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Oct. 9, 2019:  This week’s column was prompted by a recent discussion I had with one of my fellow trustees. He observed how rewarding the job was as you learn the intricacies of municipal governing and the processes by which things get done. We both lamented the glacial pace of some processes, but from experience, now understand that for the most part, the procedures lead to more prudent financial management. We laughed that prior to trustee service, we would walk around the village, notice something and a week later it would still look the same, causing us to think, “will they ever fix this?”

The following are some examples of government rules and regs that impact the village on a daily basis:

Con Edison, in a cost saving measure, now contracts out much of its road repair/resurfacing work to independent companies. The outside contractor then waits to bundle jobs to make them worthwhile, hence the proliferation and longevity of those dreaded metal plates you see over many utility projects.

Metro North does capital plans in 3 to 4 year increments. If a community doesn’t make a particular capital budget, a repair can wait another four years. On multiple occasions, the village has offered to do repairs on Metro North property, only to be rebuffed by liability issues and union rules relating to keeping the work in house. Needless to say, it causes a high level of frustration as the train station and underpass in particular are focal points connecting the east and west sides of the village. We are currently focused on underpass repairs and the installation of cameras throughout the Metro North property. Given the railroad offers a vital yet monopoly service, our leverage is much diluted. 

Also related to Metro North, per New York State law, communities have no jurisdiction/control over the businesses they rent to in all their respective stations. They do not have to abide by any local planning and zoning rules—essentially an island unto themselves. What is particularly disturbing is that should they rent to a bar/restaurant etc., which we understand they are in the process of so doing at our station, Village police, not Metro North police, must handle all the possible ancillary issues associated with such an establishment.

Often if something breaks in the village, similar structures are on the verge of doing the same and/or it presents an opportunity to buy the product in bulk for future replacements. However if the aggregate cost is over $20,000, New York State competitive bidding requirements must be followed, allowing a prescribed timeframe for responsible bidders to respond. Needless to say, this is not a speedy process.

Contrary to urban lore, our police officers have no quota of tickets. As point of fact, a speeding ticket that might have a face value of $180 brings to the village approximately 15 of those dollars, the rest going to the State of New York, hence speeding tickets are actually a significant monetary loss to communities as we pay for the police time and adjudication. In contrast, tickets for broken headlights or defective wipers are a “violation” only and the lion’s share of the revenue is retained by the local municipalities.

Our village can only use street/traffic cameras for license plate identification and identifying individuals and not for moving violations such as speeding or crossing yellow lines. Use of cameras is regulated by the State of New York and only major cities, including Yonkers, have been granted the expanded enforcement use.

Speed limits throughout the village are also regulated by the State of New York. We have the lowest speed limit possible for non-school zones which is 30 mph. School zone speed is 20 mph. Any change would require an act of the State Legislature and without supporting accident data and unique circumstance, the request cannot be supported.

New York State also mandates that municipalities buy more environmentally friendly pavement materials which include the detritus from previously milled roads. Though extremely laudable in theory, the pavement material has proven to have a life expectancy one third less than the traditional black top / tar combination. It appears at this juncture that the recycled material in the long run is costing more than the previously used materials when factoring in labor, trucks usage, time and money.

Probably my least favorite New York State directive is the so-called 2% tax cap. Making a great bumper sticker and campaign slogan, it translates so negatively for municipalities. Unlike School districts, communities cannot exempt the cost of doing needed capital improvements from the two percent ceiling. This mandate is probably the most powerful disincentive to make needed infrastructure repairs. As example, if the Village of Bronxville adhered to that directive, we would not have be able to accept the $5 million plus grant from the federal government for flood mitigation as our 25% local share responsibility would have created more than a 2% tax increase in the Village budget. I shared this with Congresswoman Lowey at the time and she was in fact incredulous. As yet another example, in a year that our legislators told us to keep expenditures below 2%, the state health plan raised our cost by 17%.

By law, the relationship between the Mayor and Village Board of Trustees and the Planning and Zoning Boards must be in essence a Chinese wall.  As example, recently a cell phone company was interested in a Gramatan Court location. Regardless of our personal opinions, the Trustees and I had to stay silent avoiding any potential lawsuit citing undue influence on Village appointees.  It is so hard to stay on the sidelines sometimes, but this ethical standard is one I agree with as duly appointed boards comprised of highly skilled people should have unfettered authority, free of the influence of elected officials. 

As you can see, the Village, in its daily functioning, is not as autonomous as one would logically think and in many cases desire.

Photo by A. Warner

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

Food Truck Night, Bronco Apparel Sale, Sports Events and More at the Bronxville School This Week PDF Print Email


By Joanie Berkery and Linda Pagano, Bronxville PTA Athletic Council members

Oct. 7, 2019:  Do not miss the remaining homecoming events this weekend brought to you by the Bronxville School Athletic Department and PTA Athletic Council. The Bronxville PTA Athletic Council’s 2019-2020 initiative, “Onward Broncos,” echoes the Bronxville fight song, Onward Broncos, On to Victory!  All Broncos, fans, faculty, and alumni are invited to celebrate our athletes on the field, in the pool, around the track, and on the courts.

Homecoming festivities started last week when the Bronco teams displayed their banners on the front lawn. The traditional Bronco parade and bonfire took place on Monday night.

Photo by Liz Doyle

The non-stop homecoming action continues tomorrow with Food Truck Night starting at 5:00 pm in the Meadow Avenue parking lot. Food Truck Night will feature a fantastic line up including Walter’s Hot Dog TruckRoad Grub MobileAbeetza PizzaJimmy’s Soft Serve Ice Cream Truck and the Crazy Taco Mex Truck.

We are rocking the announcer’s box all weekend long with an in-house DJ to entertain between plays, Broncos swag giveaways, bake sale, and amazing specialty foods. On Friday and Saturday, the Bronco Barn & Grill will be selling food that has been generously donated by local Broncos supporters. These supporters include Lange’s Delicatessen, Mini’s Prime Meats & Specialties, Nutmeg Cafe, Park Place Bagels, Scalini Osteria, and Bronxville’s Doukas family-owned Eastchester Odyssey Diner. 

Catch one of the games on Thursday and Friday night and all day Saturday. A special dedication ceremony for the legendary track coach, James Owen Mitchell, will take place on Saturday night at halftime of the varsity football game. The game starts at 6:00 pm.

The PTA Biannual Apparel Sale continues Thursday and Friday with opportunities to purchase your blue and grey gear on the front lawn from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (rain location school Atrium at Meadow Avenue). A special selection of gear will be available for purchase near the Bronco Barn & Grill on Friday, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm and Saturday, 12:30 – 8:30 pm. 

A huge Broncos’ thank you to the countless volunteers that make this week a huge success as we celebrate our school, and we celebrate our Community. 

A full schedule of Homecoming Week’s events including game times is posted on the Bronxville Athletics website

See below for dates, times, and locations in brief. 

Thursday, October 10th 

Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Hastings @ 4:15 pm Village Courts

Senior Introductions at 4:00 pm

JV Field Hockey vs. Albertus Magnus HS @ 5:15 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Albertus Magnus HS @ 7:00 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Player and Parent Introductions at 6:45 pm

Food Truck Night 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meadow Avenue parking lot

Friday, October 11th 

Girls Varsity Swim & Dive vs. Westlake HS @ 4:30 pm Sarah Lawrence 

           Girls Varsity Swim & Dive Senior Introductions at 4:10 pm

Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @ 5:15 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Player and Parent Introductions at 5:00 pm

Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @ 7:15 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Player and Parent Introductions at 7:00 pm

Halftime Community Pep Rally All BXV Varsity Teams 

Saturday, October 12th 

All Day G/B Varsity Cross Country Manhattan College Invitational @ Van Cortlandt Park

Girls JV Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @12:30 pm Chambers Field

Boys JV Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @ 2:30 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Football vs. Westlake HS @ 6:00 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Player and Parent Introductions at 5:30 pm

Jim Mitchell Track Dedication Ceremony at halftime

Catch Homecoming Week fever! We invite you to join in the fun and excitement by coming to a Homecoming game or event as this spirited village tradition continues. 

Go Broncos!!! 

Pictured at top:  Bronco banners

Photo at top by L. Pagano

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.


Renovating a Bronxville Tudor: Part 3 -- Updating the Upstairs Bathrooms PDF Print Email


Editor's note:  This is the third article in a three-part series about a home renovation in Bronxville.  The first article focused on the Open Concept.  The second article focused on Functional Living.  This article will focus on Updating the Upstairs Bathrooms

By Tisha Leung,

Oct. 9, 2019:  Sara and Mike moved to Westchester so their family of three (now four) could enjoy more space, indoor and out. They found a lovely Tudor home in Bronxville, but it needed a renovation.  

They started by creating an open plan, along with a pantry, mudroom, and powder room, on the first floor, which gave the home a modern refresh. Click on these links to read Part 1 and Part 2 of Sara and Mike’s renovation. They then moved on to the second-floor bathrooms.

The master bathroom received a facelift, including a large walk-in shower, high-end fixtures and tile, and a large niche for holding toiletries. They opted for a sliding barn door to allow room for a double sink, which has been a lifesaver for many a marriage.

The kids’ bathroom has a more rustic look, with oil-rubbed bronze hardware and a copper sink. A low wall between the tub and the toilet provided the perfect space for a built-in toilet paper shelf, while the crawl space behind the bathroom was made accessible for more storage.


Kids' bathroom before renovation


Kids' bathroom after renovation

Now that they’ve been through the process, Sara and Mike recommend that renovators focus on the long term. “It is so easy to get caught up in permits and deliveries being delayed, little problems here and there, budget inflations, or finding out your chimney has collapsed right as you were paying the final bills, but in the end, it all came together,” Sara says. “We are absolutely in love with our final space. We are so excited that we get to live here!” 

Updating older homes is an everyday occurrence in the U.S.-- 40% of the 137 million homes in the U.S. are 50 years or older, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. 

Below are tips when renovating an old house:

  1. Focus first on the larger aspects of the home, such as structural integrity. 
  2. Prioritize your budget and scope, keeping in mind what will elevate your everyday life and give you the best return on your remodeling spend.
  3. If your budget is tight, seal your roof or your unfinished attic. 
  4. Invest in a good electrical system to handle all modern appliances.

Sweeten is a free service that matches homeowners with vetted general contractors, monitoring the renovation until completion.

Photos courtesy

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.






Sarah Lawrence College Awarded $1.2 Million Mellon Foundation Grant to Advance and Support Civic Engagement PDF Print Email


By Brendan O’Callaghan, Director, Public Affairs, Sarah Lawrence College

Oct. 9, 2019:  The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Sarah Lawrence College a $1.2 million five-year grant to advance and support civic engagement through the arts and humanities in Westchester County. The award is the largest programmatic grant in Sarah Lawrence history.

Building on an almost 100-year history of excellence in liberal arts higher education, Sarah Lawrence will expand its role as a convener and intellectual and cultural hub to bolster ongoing community partnership activities. Working in collaboration with community partners, the college will utilize its mission, tools and infrastructure, as well as those of participating organizations, to achieve group and individual projects and to create an even more robust network of regional community institutions and constituencies. 

“It is an honor to receive this grant from the Mellon Foundation and an exceptional opportunity to reimagine and expand upon Sarah Lawrence’s leadership role in the community,” said Sarah Lawrence President Cristle Collins Judd. “We are a small college with an outsized footprint in the world. Located at the intersection of Bronxville and Yonkers, Sarah Lawrence features renowned programs and faculty in the performing and visual arts, writing, and cultural studies, and is uniquely suited to spearhead this deepened collaboration. We look forward to further connecting with organizations across Westchester County to advance civic engagement and the arts and humanities in order to create a more cohesive and shared future that strengthens the fabric of our communities.”

This endeavor will be a team effort. A key component includes regular convenings with community partners and leaders like ArtsWestchester, the Hudson River Museum, Wartburg, Yonkers and Bronxville school districts and libraries, and Young at Arts with the intention of creating an asset map and network of facilities and intellectual capital, as well as to foster a deepened culture of collaboration. Participating institutions will seek to amplify shared opportunities and inclusively work together to benefit a broader spectrum of constituencies, extending efforts and projects beyond stationary geographic boundaries.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for organizations throughout the region to come together and focus our efforts to advance the arts, humanities, and civic engagement,” said Masha Turchinsky, Director of the Hudson River Museum. “We are committed to engaging with the public; art and culture give us all a sense of place and shared experience from which to learn and grow. The Hudson River Museum is proud to align our efforts with Sarah Lawrence College and fellow partners to advance our shared goals in a powerful and genuine way."

Through this five-year grant, Sarah Lawrence and partner institutions will pursue five goals, with intention to refine and expand the framework during the grant’s timeline to fit the needs of the participants: 

-Support semi-annual convenings of leaders of public and private partner institutions to forge a new model of collaboration among these institutions;

-Create an “asset map” of facilities and capacities that are available among the partner organizations as well as an interactive database and map of civic, cultural, and artistic resources available to the public in Westchester County;

-Create a network of public humanities/arts fellows across partner civic and arts organizations

-Build new capacity in visual and digital story-telling that will serve as the basis of shared outreach with partner organizations; and

-Support professional development for Sarah Lawrence faculty through curricular and pedagogical innovation related to this initiative.

Sarah Lawrence and its partners will lay the groundwork for these programs and activities during the first year of the grant (academic year 2019-2020). Participants will form a steering committee and also hire the first of the public humanities fellows and the digital and visual storytelling fellow, who will commence work in academic year 2020-2021. Early career academics, all fellows will split their time teaching courses at the College while completing their respective projects. Public humanities/arts fellows will be appointed to three-year terms, hosted by one of the participating organizations, and the visual/digital storytelling fellowship will be hosted by Sarah Lawrence College.

The fellows will focus their research and projects across Yonkers and Bronxville, connecting and advancing the missions and efforts of some of the major cultural institutions in the area to bring people together and help create and re-knit the civic fabric of the community. Host organizations will craft the position to their unique needs, but all fellows will use their background and academic expertise to expand their host organization’s reach and connection beyond geographic boundaries and strengthen the arts network of Westchester County.

Photo courtesy Sarah Lawrence College

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Tree House Woodstock Rock Benefit Raises Over $75,000. See Photos PDF Print Email


By Susan McGeorge, Lawrence Community Health Services

Oct. 9, 2019: To support its Tree House program and other services, The Bereavement Center of Westchester (BCW) held the Tree House Woodstock Rock Benefit at the stunning Larchmont Yacht Club.

The evening’s event chairs were MK O’Shaughnessy and Janie Regan of Bronxville, Beth McErlean-Pierce, Nancy McCreery, and Chris Curtin of Larchmont and Tom Sommers of Pelham. The evening featured the legendary hit band Twist of Fate, a Tequila bar hosted by Costa Tequila, brick oven pizza, an amazing taco bar, and a killer 60’s photo van that was packed throughout the night. 

Guests went full theme ahead in their very best 60’s attire and rocked the night away to a mix of 60’s music and contemporary hits. 

A highlight of the evening was a new film called Emotional First Responders. The film features Tree House counselors and school leaders throughout Westchester addressing what children and school communities experience after the death of a student, faculty, staff member, or family member. The Tree House Emotional First Responders are those special counselors at the Tree House that go into schools after tragedies and help foster psychological healing and resilience.

The evening raised over 75,000 dollars that, thanks to many generous underwriters, went to the Tree House program. This program offers peer support groups designed for children in Westchester whose parent or sibling has died. The Tree House provides a safe and caring environment for these children to help them move towards hope and healing.

See photos from the event below!







 Photos courtesy Lawrence Community Health Services

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Free Flu Shots In October and Early November PDF Print Email


By Josefa Paganuzzi, Syntax for NewYork Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Oct. 9, 2019: To help the public reduce the risk of contracting the flu this season, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe are offering free flu vaccines to adults 19 and older. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital nurses will administer the flu vaccinations, and no appointment is necessary. 

Dates and Locations:

Eastchester Public Library

11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY

Tuesday, October 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Assumption Church, Father Fata Memorial Hall 

100 Pleasant Avenue, Tuckahoe, NY

Tuesday, October 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Reformed Church of Bronxville, Congregational Hall

180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY

Thursday, November 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information, call the Flu Vaccination Hotline at 914-787-6060.

Photo by Shutterstock

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