Garnets edge Eagles


Rye’s Jack Bryan celebrates with teammates after his first-half goal against Eastchester. Bryan also found the net in overtime to give Rye a 3-2 win.

Rye’s Jack Bryan celebrates with teammates after his first-half goal against Eastchester. Bryan also found the net in overtime to give Rye a 3-2 win.

Just hours after earning a nod in the New York State Soccer rankings on Oct. 5, the Rye Garnets had to battle to maintain their spot, as they hosted a hungry Eastchester team. After over 80 minutes of action, however, Rye escaped with a 3-2 overtime win to preserve a spot among the top teams in the state.

Jack Bryan scored two goals, including the game-winner, against the Eagles as Rye improved to 8-2 on the year. Bryan’s team learned of its No. 16 state ranking just hours before the game, explained head coach Sal Curella, but knew it would be tested against an Eastchester team coming off a 3-1 win over Scarsdale B on Oct. 3.

“We told the kids that although rankings don’t mean much, a milestone like this means that their hard work has been validated,” said Curella. “It’s our first state ranking in a long time, so we wanted the kids to stay humble and remember where we started.”

The Garnets came out strong, with Bryan netting his first goal just 8 minutes into regulation. Eastchester standout Luca Fava knotted the score just before the half on a corner attempt that the Garnets couldn’t clear out of the zone. Rye again took the lead on a Leo Gomes strike shortly into the second half, but Fava would answer with 18 minutes left to play, sending the game into overtime.

An Eastchester defender marks a man against the Garnets.

An Eastchester defender marks a man against the Garnets.

According to Curella, the real Garnets showed up in extra time.

“It was like a different team in overtime,” said the head coach. “[Eastchester] had trouble passing midfield and we were able to control the action.”

The game-winner came off a Will Colwell shot that bounced off the keeper and found its way to Bryan’s foot.

“Any game that goes back and forth like that, when you have a lead and then lose it, it’s usually the team that comes back that is going to win,” said Curella. “But this team has a lot of resiliency, a lot of drive and they surprise me almost every game.”

The Eagles will also gear up for another league game on Oct. 7, after press time, when they travel to Harrison to take on the Huskies. The Garnets will also be in action on Oct. 7, when they look to continue their hot play against league foe Port Chester.

An Eagles player battles for the ball against a Rye player on Oct. 5. Photos/Mike Smith

An Eagles player battles for the ball against a Rye player on Oct. 5. Photos/Mike Smith

“We’re definitely changing the mentality,” Curella said. “We want to use this as motivation.”








Eastchester’s Luca Fava controls the ball on the sidelines on Oct. 5.  Fava scored twice for the Eagles in their loss to Rye.

Eastchester’s Luca Fava controls the ball on the sidelines on Oct. 5.
Fava scored twice for the Eagles in their loss to Rye.


Eastchester Roundup

John Blume goes for a tackle against a Pearl River ballcarrier.

John Blume goes for a tackle against a Pearl River ballcarrier.


10/3 Eastchester d.

Pearl River 31-7

In a matchup of undefeated teams on Saturday, the Eagles pulled away early on their way to a rout over the Pirates to celebrate Eastchester’s Homecoming.

Eastchester quarterback John Arcidiacono continued his stellar play, rushing for three touchdowns and throwing for two more in the one-sided win. Arcidiacono carried the ball for 192 yards and added 148 passing yards to keep the Eagles perfect. Wideout Andrew Schultz found the end zone twice on passes of 29 and 45 yards.

At 5-0, Eastchester is hoping to close out the regular season with another win this week. The Eagles are set to take on a 2-3 Hendick Hudson team in the finale. The Sailors are coming off a 29-18 win over Tappan Zee, led by a breakout performance by running back Mike Smith, who rushed for 135 yards and two scores on the day.


10/3 Pleasantville d.

John Guido carries the ball against Pearl River. Photos/Mike Smith

John Guido carries the ball against Pearl River. Photos/Mike Smith

Bronxville 20-7

Anthony Napolitano scored the lone Broncos’ touchdown on Saturday, as Bronxville fell to 3-2 on the season with a loss to the Panthers. Pleasantville was led by a big day from running back Mike Hammond, who carried the ball 15 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns.

Bronxville will host Ardsley on Oct. 10 in the last game of the regular season. Ardsley is also 3-2, and coming off a 23-14 win over Albertus Magnus.


Girls Soccer

10/2 Byram Hills d.

Bronxville 3-2 (OT)

Byram Hills scored just one minute into overtime on Friday, when the eventual game-winner came off the foot of junior Illyse Lipman.

John Arcidiacono rushes around the end for a score on Oct. 3. Arcidiacono was involved in all five Eagles’ touchdowns on the day.

John Arcidiacono rushes around the end for a score on Oct. 3. Arcidiacono was involved in all five Eagles’ touchdowns on the day.

Bronxville battled to stay in the game after two first-half goals by the Bobcats, scoring on a Rachel Peacock goal and tying the game in the 71st minute on another by Taylor Sears.

The loss was the Broncos’ third of the season, but they will look to get back to their winning ways on Oct. 9 when they host Pelham.

10/3 Eastchester d.

Port Chester 3-1

The Eagles triumphed in their homecoming game against the Rams, getting goals from Emme DiPasquale, Claudia Legall and Alish Fay to beat Port Chester 3-1.

The Eagles have a rematch with the Rams on Oct. 7, after press time, and are getting set for a battle with highly-touted Rye the following day.


Boys Soccer

10/1 Alexander Hamilton d.

Tuckahoe 3-2

Two goals by Capy Charles proved the difference-maker on Thursday, as the Raiders edged Tuckahoe in a tight
3-2 game.

Andrew Schultz runs upfield after catching a screen pass against Pearl River. Schultz caught two touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 31-7 win.

Andrew Schultz runs upfield after catching a screen pass against Pearl River. Schultz caught two touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 31-7 win.

It has been a trying season for the Tigers, who find themselves at 1-10 on the year. They travel to Woodlands to take on the Falcons on Oct. 7, after press time.

Column: Looking for a villain

Next week, Major League Baseball begins its second season. Sports Editor Mike Smith can’t wait for some playoff action. Photo courtesy

Next week, Major League Baseball begins its second season. Sports Editor Mike Smith can’t wait for some playoff action. Photo courtesy

Postseason baseball—especially when one’s team is out of contention—can acquaint a man with strange bedfellows. Maybe that can account for why I spent my Tuesday night watching the Yankees’ Wild Card game in a Red Sox bar with a bunch of Phillies fans.

But I have to admit, watching the Bombers end their season on a three-hit performance with a room full of rabid anti-fans didn’t give me the sort of rush I was looking for. In fact, I kind of found myself feeling bad for the Yankees.

Well, almost.

As you may have gleaned from previous columns, I hate the Yankees. But watching Tuesday’s game, seeing the few Yankees fans in attendance cringe and groan each time A-Rod chased a ball out of the zone, I couldn’t help but feel at least a twinge of sympathy.

Part of it stems from the fact that this 2015 team wasn’t your typical Yankees squad. Big money and free agents? Jacoby Ellsbury and his $150 million were on the bench for much of the night.

Instead, the lineup was filled with promising newcomers like Rob Refsnyder and Greg Bird. But as well as these new players—especially Bird—acquitted themselves during the season, seeing them flailing at sharp offerings from Dallas Keuchel all night was a definite letdown, especially for fans like me who hoped to see a little more firepower from a club that has lived and died by the longball this season.

Now don’t get me wrong.

These Astros, especially when Keuchel is on the mound, are an intriguing bunch. With guys like Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and “El Oso Blanco” Evan Gattis out there, they’ve got enough personality—and lumber—to hold anyone’s interest for a long postseason run. But in the days leading up to the game, my father, a Mets fan who loathes the Yankees, brought up a good point. He was hoping for a Yankee win on Tuesday for one reason: the longer the Yankees stuck around in the playoffs, the longer he’d have a team to root against.

A quick look at the teams left standing doesn’t offer much in the way of pure villains. Sure, the Cardinals are essentially the Yankees of the National League, but the Pirates? The Cubs? The Rangers? It’s tough to find a reason to root against these squads.

That is, unless they’re playing the Mets.

Then I’m sure I’ll find a reason.


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Column: Kensington Road project clears final hurdles

I am pleased to announce that after more than 30 years—hard to believe—the Kensington Road development has overcome the final hurdles, most notably issues with our monopolies United Water, Metro-North and Con Edison, and a sales office will open in mid-October at 9 Park Place in the village.

The Kensington Road site has had a turbulent history, as developers either proposed projects that do not keep with the village character or have arrived only to be stymied by the economic downturns of the early 1990s, and then again between 2008 and 2009.

The benefits of completing this project are at least fourfold: the village will no longer have a Brownfield site; our current zero tax benefit on the property will generate significant tax revenues for the village; residents and merchants will now have clean and safe indoor parking and the village’s aggregate inventory of spaces will increase; and the area will be graced with high-quality residential construction in a neighborhood compatible with Mediterranean/European-style architecture.

Amenities in the new development include a 24-hour concierge service, a private extension to the Metro-North platform, two covered parking spaces per unit, a fully-equipped fitness center, a play area for children, outdoor common spaces and an indoor entertainment space.

The condominium units themselves, an unprecedented half of which will have private outdoor patios or terraces, will also feature special urban windows, gourmet islands with top-of-the-line appliances, spa baths and open great rooms. The apartments vary in size, with five penthouse units available complete with wraparound terraces.

The parking garage is expected to be completed and in use by next summer with unit occupancy commencing in the spring of 2017.

The pricing plan has yet to be completed as the developer awaits final approvals from the New York State Attorney General’s Office. The sales office will offer a virtual tour of the apartments for purchase as well as a fully replicated kitchen and the opportunity for a consumer to choose their own interior finishes.

The project’s developer is Fareri and Associates of Greenwich, Conn. Owning or developing more than $600 million in real estate in Westchester and Fairfield counties, Fareri projects include The Harbor on the Greenwich waterfront as well as the Chieftains, a collection of 28 luxury homes built on the Gimbel estate also in Greenwich.

The company chairman, John Fareri, was also the founder of the $200 million Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla honoring the memory of his youngest daughter.

The village and the developer were sued this past spring by Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. for an alleged violation of the Fair Housing Act, claiming the project would
discriminate against families with children.

The following is a public statement by the village agreed upon by all three parties per the recent settlement of the lawsuit:

“In the past, we have described the new condominium project being built on Kensington Road, in Bronxville, as ‘age-targeted,’ and designed to accommodate empty nesters. With recent changes to our zoning code, this description no longer accurately describes the project.

“The Kensington Road project will not be ‘age-targeted.’ The village has amended the Bronxville code so that it no longer provides for an ‘age-targeted’ special permit.

“The Kensington Road developer has confirmed that the project will not be marketed specifically for empty nesters. It will be designed and marketed for all people, including families with school-age children.

“These changes are in keeping with Bronxville’s legal obligation under federal, state and local law and I am proud to say that these changes strengthen Bronxville’s commitment to providing equal housing opportunities for all people, without discrimination on the basis of family status or any other protected category.

“Bronxville is a wonderful place to raise children—with our great schools, beautiful parks and strong community. We certainly welcome new children in the Kensington Road project and throughout our village.”

We are pleased the lawsuit is resolved. We believe the Kensington condominiums will be a great new addition to our village, and we are excited to see them coming to fruition after many years of careful planning.

Column: Native Americans, the Dutch and Anne Hutchinson

A depiction of the Pavonia massacre that took place in 1643.  Photo courtesy Richard Forliano

A depiction of the Pavonia massacre that took place in 1643.
Photo courtesy Richard Forliano

When Henry Hudson, an Englishman of dark and moody character, arrived on his ship the Half Moon in 1609 and sailed up the river that would take his name, he claimed the land that would later be called New York for the Netherlands. Hudson was looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to India. His initial contact with the Native Americans did not go well after John Colman, a member of his crew, perished after taking an arrow to the neck. Hudson, still searching for the elusive passage around Canada, would be dead within the next two years.

The first evidence of humans in this area seems to date from 5,000 B.C. These humans were primarily hunters and gatherers, hunting deer, rabbits, bear, elk and birds, and collecting nuts, seeds and berries. As time passed, these semi-nomadic tribes began to raise corn, beans and squash while also harvesting clams, oysters and mussels from the nearby seashore.

When Hudson arrived, a variety of tribes spoke the Lenni Lenape tongue with odd-sounding names like Wickquasageck and Rechgawawank (Manhattans). The indigenous people, contrary to popular belief, did not refer to themselves as Siwanoy, although the Europeans called them by that name.

These tribes all shared some general cultural characteristics. The village was the most important unit and tribal allegiance was extremely loose. They spoke the Lenni Lenape language but the different tribal groups had their own dialects. Communication with each other was difficult. These societies known to Europeans as Algonquians often lived in wigwams, made dug-out canoes, and used slash-burn methods to clear the land. Men did the hunting and fishing and the women did the planting and farming. Cooperation for survival was essential, and each person in the family had an important role to perform.

According to recent works in genetics, archeology, anthropology and linguistics, and contrary to popular belief, the Native Americans who occupied the land that Anne Hutchinson would eventually occupy were biologically, genetically, intellectually all but identical to the Dutch, English, and others they came into contact with. Russell Shorto, the foremost historian on New Netherlands, states it even more clearly: “The Indians were as skilled, as duplicitous, and as capable of theological ruminations and technological cunning, as smart and pigheaded, and as curious and cruel as the Europeans who met them.”

Two competing cultures with different values and goals would make conflict between the Dutch and the indigenous tribes of this area inevitable. The area known today as Westchester and the Bronx were uninhabited, a frontier as dangerous and wild as any place in the 19th century West. The first person to live in the area north of Manhattan was Jonas Bronck. He was a wealthy Dane who purchased land between the Harlem and Bronx rivers in 1639. The Bronx gets its name from Jonas.

Two years after Bronck’s arrival, the inevitable clash of cultures between Native Americans and Europeans became a reality. A young Wickquasageck brave killed an aged wheelwright named Claes Swits. The Native Amerian’s uncle had been killed 15 years before and the young man was angry that his uncle’s death remained unavenged. According to custom, it was his duty to avenge his departed uncle. The fact that Swits had not killed his uncle was immaterial. The wheelwright had to die simply because he belonged to the tribe, the Dutch, who committed the first murder.

The appointment of William Kieft in 1638 as director general of the Dutch West India Company would escalate these cultural divisions into an unmitigated military disaster for both the Lenape tribes and the Europeans who settled in New Netherlands. A group of Wickquasageck and Tappan Native Americans had come to Kieft seeking sanctuary from Mohawks farther north, to whom they were behind on tribute payments and had attacked in their villages. On Feb. 25, 1643, Kieft ordered an attack on these defenseless Native Americans who had been guaranteed safe passage in nearby Pavonia, Jersey City today.

An eyewitness account described the inconceivable brutality of the massacre: “Infants were torn from their mother’s breast, and hacked to pieces in the presence of their parents, and the pieces were thrown into the fire and in the water; and other sucklings, being bound to small boards, were cut, stuck, and pierced that it would break a heart of stone. Some were thrown into the river, and when the fathers and mothers endeavored to save them, the soldiers would not let them come on land but made both parents and children drown…”

One hundred and twenty-nine Dutch soldiers descended on these camps and killed 120 Native Americans, most of whom were women and children. This attack united the Lenape tribes in the surrounding areas to an extent never seen before. The ensuing conflict known as Kieft’s War, 1643 to 1645, had tragic consequences.

In the fall of 1643, a force of 1,500 invaded the province and massacred any colonist they encountered. These attacks almost destroyed the Dutch settlement at New Amsterdam and surrounding areas. New Amsterdam became crowded with destitute refugees. Many left on ships bound for Holland. Two long, brutal years of war ensued. Finally the colonists, upset about the needless war that Kieft instigated, began to resist his rule.

Sadly, back in the summer of 1642, the political dissident Anne Hutchinson arranged with Gov. Kieft to purchase and settle in land that would be part of the town of Eastchester 14 years later. Today the area in which she settled is in the northeast Bronx, on or possibly near Co-op City. The exact site of Hutchinson’s settlement is not known. Kieft had placed Hutchinson in a dangerous no man’s land at what was the center of trouble.

Less than a year after Hutchinson had arrived, Anne, six of her children, and nine of her party perished in a Native American attack at the start of Kieft’s War.


Note: This is first in a series of articles on the colonial and revolutionary history of Eastchester. The next series of articles will focus on Anne Hutchinson and our Puritan legacy. 

Letter: Air traffic over Larchmont

To the Editor,

It’s a beautiful morning and I would enjoy sitting on my porch, but the daily roaring onslaught of airplanes over Larchmont is in full flight. Every 30 seconds or so, jets fly on their way to LaGuardia, and they are loud. This will go on all morning and resume at the same pace in the late afternoon and into the dinner hour. So I have come inside to write this letter.

Larchmont is not a quiet village. We all live with I-95 traffic booming in the distance and commercial gardeners’ gas-powered machinery, not to mention construction. But these constant fly-overs, aggravated by the racket of truly obnoxious regular helicopter flights, are intolerable. How and why is this happening?

Will it stop or at least diminish anytime soon?

I have seen many theories on why the planes are using our communities as their flight path and why they are flying lower and more frequently than ever. Some blame ex-Mayor Bloomberg, some blame LaGuardia construction, some blame Donald Trump’s new golf course. Whoever is responsible, I do not believe it is at all fair that the burden should fall on our area to the extent that there is virtually no period during the day that is free of air traffic roar. What can be done?


Mady Edelstein,


What’s going on in Eastchester

The library will be closed on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12.

Replacement of the library roof begins this month, with the hope to limit library service interruptions during this time. Please exercise caution entering the building which will be scaffolded for the duration of the project. For further information, call library director Tracy Wright at 793-5055.

For more information on events and programs, visit

Baby Lap Time

Join for a half hour of music, movement and storytelling fun. For ages 9 to 23 months. Walk-ins are welcome. On Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m.

Science Workshop

On Saturday, Oct. 17 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the topic will be “Biodiversity and the Food Chain.” Join to learn about different habitats and biomes and their associated biodiversity. You will also meet a leopard gecko. For grades three to six. Online registration starts Oct. 10.

Bronxville Public Library

The library’s regular fall and winter hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12 for Columbus Day. Visit for more information.

Library Board of Trustees meeting

The monthly Library Board of Trustees meeting will be held in the Board Room on the lower level of the library from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Health care proxy discussion

The library will be hosting an educational workshop about health care proxies on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn about the importance of having a health care proxy, how to complete a health care proxy and the difference between a health care proxy and a living will. Presentations will take place at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Trained volunteers will be on hand to distribute proxy forms, answer questions and assist with the completion of forms.

Teen DIY: Emoji Pillows

Join our teen librarian, Jessica, in the Teen Room for a do-it-yourself craft day on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. We’ll be making our own emoji pillows. All materials will be provided. For grades five and up. Registration required online.

Spooky Craft

Halloween-themed coloring and pasting project for ages 3 and up. On Thursday, Oct. 15 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Robert the Guitar Guy

Come and join Robert the Guitar Guy for music and dance on Friday, Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m. Recommended for children ages 2 and up.

Adult volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to be judges, room monitors, timekeepers and scorekeepers at the second annual WLS Battle of the Books Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Ossining High School. We’re the reigning champions. This year, we’re upping our game and entering teams in both competitions that day: Children’s (grades four to six) and Teens’ (grades six to nine). If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Erin Schirota, Youth Services Department, at or
337-7680 ext. 34.

Tuckahoe Public Library

The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12 for Columbus Day. Visit for more information on events and programs.

Kids’ Book Club

Join the discussion of “Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures” by Maggie Stiefvater. Open to ages 7 to 12. On Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m.

‘About Elly’

This week’s movie for adults on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. Stars Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti. Running time: 119 minutes.

LEGOs in the Library

Come to the library and create a masterpiece to display. Open to ages 5 to 10. On Friday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.

Bronxville Women’s Club


The Bronxville Coffeehouse will be held on Friday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. Host Al Hemberger invites everyone to come and enjoy an evening of music, snacks, and socializing in the art gallery setting of the Bronxville Women’s Club, at 135 Midland Ave. in Bronxville. Performers for the evening will be the ever-popular Kelly Flint. Also, Julia Douglass, singer-songwriter, will be opening the evening with an act you surely won’t want to miss. Reservations suggested for parties over five. $5 admission includes coffee and snacks. BYOB or have ours. Donations for the performers are welcome. For reservations and information, call
337-3252 or visit

Children’s Recital

The Bronxville Women’s Club, at 135 Midland Ave. in Bronxville, invites the public to its first Children’s Recital for the season on Saturday, Oct. 17. The 3 p.m. recital is a “performance in training” session for beginning students. The 4 p.m. recital is for children more advanced. No charge for the audience. The recitals are open to all children in the general area. Chris Funke is the director of the series. For more information about applications, visit or call 337-3252.

Midland Music Concert

The Bronxville Women’s Club will be hosting the Midland Music Concert on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. Performers will include Joyce Rasmussen Balint on violin and mandolin, Regan Nikol-Stas on clarinet and Oxana Mikhailoff on piano. Dinner will be provided following the concert at 6 p.m. Ticket costs for non-members are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $5 for students and children. Ticket costs for members are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $18 for seniors in advance and $20 for seniors at the door. Tickets for dinner are $30 for members, $35 for non-members and $10 for children under 12. For more information or to order tickets in advance, call 337-3252 or visit

Tuckahoe Senior Citizens

Tuckahoe Senior Citizens is an active vital community made up of men and women 55 and older who gather Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through July at Friar Fata Hall at the Assumption Church in Tuckahoe, NY. Members enjoy a wide range of activities including weekly exercise, Tai Chi, bingo, cards and games, as well as presentations on topics of particular interest: health, legal issues, history, music, culture, food, crafts, politics, art, literature, film, dancing and more. For more information, visit or call 337-8487.

Oktoberfest celebration

Oktoberfest will be celebrated with lunch and a show at the Villa Roma Resort on Oct. 13. The Alex Meisner Band will be featured and guests will be able to use the resort’s pool, sauna and sports facilities. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 337-8487.

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Kensington Road lawsuit settled

The terms of the settlement between the Gateway Kensington Road development, the Village of Bronxville and Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc., a fair housing nonprofit, have come to light. The condominium project will no longer be restrictive to families with school children. File photo

The terms of the settlement between the Gateway Kensington Road development, the Village of Bronxville and Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc., a fair housing nonprofit, have come to light. The condominium project will no longer be restrictive to families with school children. File photo

The development company behind the Kensington Road condominium project, currently in the construction phase, has settled with a fair housing nonprofit and is expected to make changes to its marketing effort and certain elements of the project’s design, United States District Court papers reveal. 

Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc., a fair housing nonprofit, filed a lawsuit against the Village of Bronxville and the development, Gateway Kensington LLC, claiming that it limits potential tenants with school-age children from moving in due to the lack of child-friendly amenities incorporated into its design.

The seven-month-old lawsuit, filed back in January in U.S. District Court in White Plains, alleges that the zoning code in Bronxville was “deliberately discriminatory” by allowing the village to collect additional tax dollars from the new living complex, while discouraging families with school-age children from moving into the new building, slated to open in 2017.

The lawsuit contends that this discriminatory practice—which WRO, Inc., feels violates fair housing practice—is illustrated by the facility’s lack of additional bedrooms, spaced out bathrooms and dens without closets. And in of those units, the layout will be limited to one to two bedrooms.

As part of the settlement, the village is being pushed to make a concerted effort to ensure fair housing practices over the next four years. These efforts include encouraging any developer who is renovating or constructing a multi-family development with 10 or more units to become familiar with fair housing policy, having village officials and employees read up on the subject and hosting fair housing workshops and training programs available to village employees, elected officials and the public at large.

Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, a Republican, has since said the original age-targeted amendment, passed in 2006 prior, no longer exists as part of the village’s zoning code for developers to use as a special-permitted use. She said Bronxville is concerned with providing housing without discrimination for protected categories.

“Bronxville is a wonderful place to raise children—with our great schools, beautiful parks and strong community—we certainty welcome new residents with children in the Kensington Road project and throughout our village,” the mayor was stated as saying in the settlement papers.

Meanwhile, the development will also have to meet certain criteria outlined in the settlement. The floor plans are set to be re-labeled where it once said “den”—one of the main sources of contention of the lawsuit—will now be changed to “bedroom/den.” In that space, the developer has to give the buyer, at their own expense, the option to add a closet and door.

The developer is being asked to include a sandbox in the design, and that any future marketing have the HUD logo with a fair-housing pledge and the representation of children in promotional campaigns. Employees of the development company are also being asked to sign fair housing policies that WRO will keep on file.

Still, the settlement also indicates that WRO has the right to see if both the village and Gateway are complying with the terms by having access to how each are tracking the settlement milestones once a year, which both are expected to keep for the settlement’s duration.

Geoffrey Anderson, executive director of WRO, could not be reached for comment as of press time.

A simple reminder of how and why we matter

By HOWARD Sturman
Several weeks ago, I accompanied one of our salespeople to the office of the advertising director of a giant retailer. In and of itself, getting the appointment was a big deal; if we could convince him to advertise with us, it would be an even bigger deal. 

Although I firmly believe in the values and benefits of our five weekly newspapers, I must have been a little intimidated by the size and importance of this retailer because the first question I asked was, “What do you think of local newspapers, especially as an advertising vehicle?”

To my delight, the advertising director demonstrated a true sense of excitement.

“I love them,” he said. “While I live in New York City during the week, reading my local paper is the first thing I do when I return to my weekend home in the suburbs. Like everyone else, I’m keenly interested in what’s going on around town, so let’s talk about how advertising in your papers can help us.”

And we did.

Not so surprisingly, the meeting had the kind of happy ending we had dreamed about.

I think this little story dramatically illustrates the importance of local papers to their communities—both to readers and businesses, which depend on them to build customer traffic.

What’s more, and for good reasons, I believe the newspapers that comprise our Home Town Media Group warrant your support, especially from an advertising standpoint; after all, no one offers what we do: a captive audience who appreciates hard news about their community, and prefers shopping locally whenever possible.

I like to characterize us as a scrapbook of the local scene, with each and every week representing a new entry in an ongoing, exciting saga.

We appreciate those of you who already support us and we yearn to move even more of you over to our side. And to show you our appreciation, every issue, beginning in October, will contain a highly-visible box noting your support.

It serves as just another way of celebrating your importance to us.



There’s more to life in the ‘burbs

It’s peaceful here in the ‘burbs. Our nights are filled with the sounds of crickets, not the sounds of traffic horns. We’ve got two or three neighbors, not two or three hundred. We’ve got fresh air, trees and lawns, parking spots for our minivans, a bit of elbow room.

Still, our counterparts living in the big city wonder about our quiet life, thinking it is perhaps a tad provincial, assuming we are missing out on something. “What of art?” they may ask us. “What of culture?”

Clearly they haven’t taken a look at the fall schedule at The Performing Arts Center. We here at The Center take great pride in the fact that the artists you can see and hear on our stages are not only of the same caliber as those you can catch on a night out in Manhattan, they are, in fact, the very same artists.

For example, on Sunday, Oct. 11, we’ll be presenting the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Orpheus was founded in New York City in 1972 by a group of musicians who aspired to apply the chamber music principles of individual participation and personal responsibility to an orchestral setting. Central to these principles was the musicians’ commitment to rehearse and perform without a conductor, which they do to this day at their home base in Carnegie Hall.

The conductor-less orchestra concept is interesting enough by itself, but on Oct. 11, our audiences are in for an even bigger treat—the chance to experience the world premiere of contemporary master Wolfgang Rihm’s new “Duo Concerto,” written especially for Orpheus and the award-winning husband and wife team of cellist Jan Vogler and violinist Mira Wang. It won’t be until a few days later that the piece will be heard at Carnegie Hall in New York City; the European premiere isn’t until the 24th.

The concert, a celebration of German Romanticism, includes works by Mendelssohn and Schumann in addition the Rihm premiere. It will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11; tickets are $80, $65 and $50.

Also in October: classical piano quintet The 5 Browns, Oct. 3; and the hilarious and very talented Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Oct. 4. On Oct. 10, Vertigo Dance Company brings us contemporary dance from Israel that explores the connections among society, art and movement. Back by popular demand, the world-renowned Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center kicks off their four-concert series on Oct. 17. And as the weather gets cooler, the Performing Arts Center turns up the heat on Oct. 24 with Ana Gasteyer’s “I’m Hip,” a show that evokes the swagger of an era when a lady ruled a nightclub and an audience knew they were in for a good time.

So there you have it. You don’t have to schlepp into the city to be on the cutting edge of the performing arts scene; life right here in the ‘burbs has got plenty to offer.

Mara Rupners is the director of marketing at
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