By Mary Marvin, Mayor of Bronxville
July 28, 2021: As is custom, this will be my final column until post Labor Day as, like many of you, I plan on getting away a little in August.
I have learned from our police officers that even if traveling for a short duration, it is important that one’s home appears occupied.
In anticipation of departure, the following are some good tips from our police department:
-Put timers on televisions and radios as well as lights.
-Phone ringers in apartments should be lowered as a persistently audible ringing phone is a sign of an empty dwelling.
-Trim trees and shrubs before departing to avoid creating a screen for intruders.
-Don’t leave hidden keys. Burglars tend to know all the hiding places.
-Be an alert neighbor and if you notice anything unusual, call the police immediately. While you are awaiting their arrival, write down any license plate numbers or descriptions of persons.
-Take advantage of the Village’s E-alert system to receive phone updates on any criminal activity in the Village as well as real time updates on critical incidences, including power outages and weather warnings that might affect the Village. The service is easily accessed by going to www.villageofbronxville.com.
-Summer is also an ideal time for home repairs as the Village is less busy in general. If you plan any major project, kindly alert all your neighbors so they can adjust their outdoor plans accordingly.
-Also, please consider your sidewalk repair this summer as Village workers have noticed an unprecedented number of sidewalks in disrepair and thus potentially hazardous.
Village Summer Projects
-The Village will also be undertaking an expansive road repaving and curb restoration as is custom in the summer months. Residents will be notified in ample time to relocate cars or change outdoor plans.
Almost $400,000 will be spent on road resurfacing this summer. The decision as to which streets are repaved is determined by our Public Works Department. Criteria considered include the age of the road surface, amount of traffic, state of disrepair, and Village location.
Even if your street is not on the repaving list, all potholes will be addressed. Please continue to call Village Hall if you believe your street should be on the list going forward as we catalog all requests and inspect accordingly.
The following streets will be repaved in concert with Con Edison’s installation of several gas lines and their obligations to repave:
-Pondfield Road – Vicinity of Crampton Road to just south of its intersection with Oakledge Road
-Crampton Road – in its entirety
-Argyle Place – Pondfield Road to intersection with Sussex Avenue
-Courseview Road – Pondfield Road to Fordal Road, Circle on Courseview Road to terminus at Ridgecroft Road
-The By Way – in its entirety – from Pondfield Road to Masterton Road
-Oriole Avenue – from intersection with Elm Rock Road to intersection with Woodland Avenue
-Elm Rock Road - from terminus at Route 22 to intersection with Oriole Avenue
-Prescott Avenue – from intersection with Lookout Avenue around Wellington Circle to Park Avenue
-Prescott Avenue – from north of Gladwin Triangle to just north of intersection with Valley Road
-Park Avenue – from intersection with Sycamore Street to intersection with Avon Road
-Kraft Parking Lot – middle section
The following will also be additional activities undertaken in the Village in the next six weeks:
-Restriping of crosswalks in the business districts and parking lots
-Installation of additional solar speed monitors
-Stop bars at crossings in residential areas
-Ongoing review with County Planner on evaluation of safest walking routes so as to institute additional improvements.
Yard waste and grass clippings will be picked up on a regular basis throughout the summer. We do encourage you to “grass cycle” by leaving clippings on the lawn. Gardening experts recommend this practice as the clippings provide nutrients to the soil in a natural way. If you do remove yard products, please bag for curbside pickup. The use of yard bags, though not currently mandatory, allows for more efficient pick up, eliminates the unsightly piles of debris, and protects the storm drains from being clogged up during rain events.
Village Hall is open weekdays daily throughout the summer from 9 am to 4 pm, and we are always available to assist.
Photo by A. Warner
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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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