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ANNOUNCEMENT!

Petition in Support of Neighborhood Schools:
Please sign this digital petition that encourages a discussion with city officials and the Board of Education
to allow our children local access to public education.
The full article relating to this petition is on page 2 of the September Villa Voice.

 

 

Villa Voices

Cover Sept Oct 2017

 

 

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Letter from the President

It is time to dispel the convenient myths about private school preferences and to tackle head-on this issue of local access. At the same time, we should explore and discuss in good faith what other creative public alternatives could be made available as short-term transitional solutions. There should not be winners and losers as there are now in the so-called lottery system of selection for our local schools. It is no longer sufficient to play the “pass the blame” game, whether to Albany or an overcrowded and underfunded public school system. As new private developers are being asked to invest in Yonkers, should we not ask that they also invest in our school system either through construction of new classroom space or through offset funding based on their anticipated occupancy? This has already been done successfully in Long Island City as well as other communities experimenting with alternative solutions. We need to persist until we arrive at a solution that allows our children to spend their formative years being educated in their local school just blocks from where they live.

- 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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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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