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2017 Armour Villa Picnic!

Saturday, June 3rd 5:00 -10:00 pm on Chatfield Road

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Letter from the President

It’s time once again to help us replenish our Armour Villa Neighborhood Association’s treasury so we can preserve and protect our property values and quality of life in the coming years. I am personally asking everyone who can afford it to make an investment in their future here at home, where it really matters. Your support will allow us to continue the important work that benefits each one of us and affirms for those of us who serve on the board and volunteer that the work we do on your behalf matters to our neighborhood. A summary of the accomplishments of the Association appears below. To contribute, simply click the icon that says "Dues & Events" and choose the level of membership you wish to donate.

- Steve Wagner, spwagner@earthlink.net 

Major Accomplishments of the Association

Safety and Security

We had a law passed in the state legislature to keep women and children safe in their homes from predators.

We fought to get a safety light at Pondfield Rd and Gard Avenue, which will go in this summer.

We worked with the first precinct to apprehend criminals who were breaking into homes in the area.

We got the city to re-pave sections of Armour Villa that desperately needed attention.

Beautification and property value

We continue to improve and maintain the Armour Villa Garden, which everyone loves.

We worked with the city to force delinquent property owners to clean up their vacant or derelict properties.

We hosted several informative seminars on Aging in Place and when to downsize and what you need to know to do.

Social

Our annual picnic and Wine & Cheese events continue to get bigger and better with great food and lots of fun for all

Our two time award-winning Villa Voice, website and Facebook page keep you informed and up to date on things you need to know.

We continue to always be there to help you solve any issues that may arise, where we can be of help or explain changes that may affect your quality of life.

Now we ask you to be there for us by writing a check or going to our website and showing your support through Square. At this time donations are not tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Road Conditions Meeting

037On March 9th, the Armour Villa Association hosted an informational meeting at West Center Church regarding the state of road repairs in our area, specifically the deterioration at the north end of Parkview Avenue. President Steve Wagner introduced City Engineer Paul Summerfield, representatives from both the Yonkers Department of Public Works and Engineering, Dan Crowley from Mike Breen’s office, and ET Theotokatos, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services.

The audience represented a good cross section of folks from the Armour Villa community. The meeting was in response to Steve’s work with Mike Breen’s office to identify our problem streets and address residents’ letters to the city about the perilous condition of Parkview Avenue. Mike Breen’s office subsequently put Parkview Avenue back on the list of roads scheduled for re-milling and re-paving. (It had temporarily been removed from the list due to an underlying drainage issue that would require such extensive remediation that it would undermine any temporary fix.)

Paul Summerfield spoke at great length about the challenges we face. Parkview Avenue is pitched west with a high crown in the middle, so water pools on the road surface rather than running off east toward the Bronx River. Complicating the problem is the fact that Parkview’s east side belongs to Westchester County and is part of the Bronx River Reservation area, a highly sensitive tract of real estate that is the first, and now historic, motor parkway in the United States. The recurring flooding from the Bronx River undermines both the roadway and some of the surrounding homes. On Parkview’s west side there are some steep slopes with private roads above the street so the city cannot perform remediation to the flow of water coming off those hills.

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Airbnb: one size does not fit all

AirbnbAirbnb offers lots of potential benefits to renters and boarders alike. But what started out as a mom-and-pop business - a way for travelers to find more diversity in short-stay options and perhaps even a more cozy away-from-home environment - seems to have morphed into a multinational corporate model that can sometimes trample the rights of the neighbors of Airbnb renters and even whole cities.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not a rabid anti-Airbnb opponent. In fact, many of my personal friends make use of the service and love it. But it has its drawbacks, and it is worth being aware of them.

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