BRONXVILLE, N.Y. Mother Nature played a prominent role in the top ten stories in Bronxville this year, with Hurricane Irene, and the October surprise snow storm. The Bronxville Broncos were a force of nature too this year. World travelers and hometown heroes also made the list.
1. No one in Bronxville can forget the photo of the destroyed gym floor piled up on the side lawn of the school building thanks to Hurricane Irene. At least three feet of water lapped up against the double doors of the elementary school, adding an extra day of summer before school started for everyone but the kindergartners who did not get their first day of school for weeks.
2. How about Bronxville residents who were rescued by boat during the flooding. The Eastchester Fire Department braved feet of muddy dark water, full of downed power lines to rescue two families?
3. Speaking of heroes, members of the VFW and American Legion in Eastchester attended the September 11 memorial in town this year. But Post Commander Bob Foster feared that the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, was no longer an event that anyone remembered .But the Daily Eastchester and high school students from Bronxville, Tuckahoe and Eastchester also remembered that day.
4. Do you remember the amazing John Isaacs who wanted to be a folk singer, but wound up being an award winning photographer? As a world traveler, he could have lived anywhere, but settled in Bronxville.
5. Then there was a nail-biting 11 days County Legislator Sheila Marcotte waited to find out if she won back her seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
6. How about those Broncos . Our sports department covered was there for the thrill of the homecoming victory, to the agony of defeat from Dobbs Ferry.
7. We haven't had any snow since then, but we did have snow for Halloween in the village. DPW workers stayed out day and night making sure the village was safe for trick or treaters.
8. The Bronxville Library has had so many great programs, events and activities in 2011, but the personal favorite of the Daily Bronxville was the celebration of Banned Book Week.
9. Mayor Mary Marvin and the Village Board are among the many village residents who spend many hours working hard to do the best thing for all village residents. But this year it is the Village Planning Board and the Village Zoning Board of Appeals who have spent many hours listening and carefully considering both sides of the debate over the proposed addition to Lawrence Hospital.
10. We end this top ten list where the Daily Bronxville began coverage of the village, at the weekend long, action packed and fun Memorial Day Celebration . As one resident remarked about the weekend, "No one does a better holiday weekend celebration for Memorial Day better than the one we do right here at home.
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