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Letter from the President

I am pleased to announce that this Armour Villa website, armourvilla.org, has undergone a makeover to a more streamlined and user-friendly style. More importantly, the site is now mobile responsive, which means that the information contained on the website is adjusted proportionately to fit your cell phones and tablets. So, now you won’t miss any of the important news and pictures of the neighborhood. The site will now carry the name of the association on the masthead instead of the previous Villa Voice Online as the newsletter and the website serve different functions. My great thanks, once again, to Chuck Gray, our web designer and, of course, Katherine Sutton, Editor-in-Chief of The Villa Voice, for all their hard work. Please take a minute to check it out and then keep coming back for more news and information.

- Steve Wagner, spwagner@earthlink.net 

Senior Living Seminar

Kendal

On Saturday, July 9th, the Armour Villa Association hosted an informative discussion with Gemma Maver, Marketing Director from Kendal on Hudson, the esteemed retirement community in Sleepy Hollow. Gemma gave some important insights into the challenges associated with transitioning lifestyles as we age. There are a lot of critical decisions to be considered, and the takeaway for me is the need for careful planning. For putting this program together, my thanks go out to Tina Finnegan, who not only heads up the Human Resources Department at KOH but is an Armour Villa neighbor, and to Gemma, who is a sought-after speaker on senior living topics. After the lecture, these rwo women were kind enough to invite our community for a future lunch and a tour of the facility. If there are any folks who would like to participate, let me know and we will work with you to find dates and transportation options that fit your schedule. And thanks to all of you who were able to attend and thanks to West Center Church for allowing us to use their lounge facility.

If you would like more information on Kendal on Hudson, please visit: http://kohud.kendal.org/

To read an interesting article from The New York Times about decisions that need to be made regarding aging parents and the benefits of a place like Kendal, visit: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/02/the-500000-question/.

Steve Wagner

School Choice in Yonkers

schoolSchool Choice in Yonkers - What it Means for You!
Yonkers Public Schools utilize a School Choice Process, meaning students from all over the city have the opportunity to attend any school within the district. However, there are two types of preference given to applicants--sibling and attendance zone. If a sibling is already enrolled in DiChiaro, a brother or sister living in the same household would get first preference. Secondly, DiChiaro is one of the schools considered to have an “attendance zone”. Students living within the attendance zone would get second preference. Therefore, Armour Villa families fall into this category. For more detailed information on this process and a catalog of schools, please visit http://www.yonkerspublicschools.org/docs/schools/1617/School-Program-Catalog-2016-2017.pdf

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Downsizing – When is the Right Time?

JoeHBuying a home is exciting, scary and all together thrilling! Before you even move in you know that in 5 years you want to bump out the kitchen and 5 years later you plan on Central Air. You move in and start to make it your own. First you concentrate on the interior and then it is outside; plantings and a patio, maybe a deck for summer dining. During these heady times, the thing you never think of is when is it time to move on and ‘down size.

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