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Bronxville Beautification Committee at Work

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Not only is spring in the air, but the daffodils are in full bloom thanks to the efforts of the Bronxville Beautification Council.

Mayor Mary Marvin recently announced the beautification council, a neighborhood group, has committed to a project that will spruce up the park area near the train station where Park Place and Kraft Avenue meet.

"I cannot thank them enough and the community for supporting their efforts," Marvin said about the beautification council.

But before the council gets to that project, council President George McKinnis said the group has its collective hands full working on the two railroad banks.

The banks are on the slopes on either side of the tunnel that goes under the train tracks.

"The daffodils are in bloom, but this is a project that we started five or six months ago and are still working on," McKinnis said.

The first step in the project, he said, was to remove old tree and bush stumps and then pull out huge amounts of weeds.

"These banks have been largely ignored for close to 15 years," McKinnis said.

After the debris was cleared, the Bronxville Beautification Council paid for a fresh layer of dirt to smooth out the terrain and planted ivy to help keep the dirt in place and prevent erosion.

Mesh was placed over the ivy and the daffodils started to bloom.

"Look at the weather," McKinnis said. "Spring has pushed through and everything is in bloom. Hopefully we won't get a late frost, which would do a lot of damage.”

Right now, with the planting of the daffodils, weeds have started to take over the banks. He said the council is now working to get the weeds back under control.

While McKinnis agrees that the blooms are brightening up the village, he said that much more work needs to be done.

"We want to get it done correctly so that we can continue to enjoy these beautiful daffodils," he said.

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