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Celebrate Memorial Day With The Bronxville PTA

Co-chairs Jill Pytosh and Lisa Rao show off the logo for this year's Bronxville Memorial Day weekend.
Co-chairs Jill Pytosh and Lisa Rao show off the logo for this year's Bronxville Memorial Day weekend. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Bronxville PTA is getting ready to host another series of events celebrating the community and country during Memorial Day weekend.

A full lineup of activities is planned in the village, including fundraisers, sales, food, games and a carnival. Several events are planned for residents of all ages.

Beginning May 20, the PTA will begin selling school-themed merchandise, including shirts with a memorial Day weekend logo designed by fourth-grader Victoria Ruffo. Shirts will be on sale during school hours all week at the elementary school entrance and high school atrium.

Weekend festivities begin Friday, May 24, with a districtwide bake sale that will feature treats from several Bronxville families. The café will be open from 7:30 a.m. until noon at the Meadow Avenue entrance and from 2:50 to 4 p.m. on the elementary school blacktop.

A used book sale will be ongoing throughout the weekend. The sale will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the high school.

“The used book sale is a Memorial Day tradition that allows everyone to recycle those books we no longer need and to gather new ones we have not read,” said Jocelyn Angelone, organizer of the sale.

On Saturday, the annual James E. Kearney Run for Fun will kick off at 9 a.m. at the school’s flagpole on Pondfield Road. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. for the 2.5-mile run through Bronxville.

The Veterans Memorial – an exhibit of photos and other memorabilia featuring Bronxville veterans from as far back as World War I -- will be on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the elementary school playroom.

New this year will be a dog parade, featuring some “light-hearted judging.” With a $10 registration fee to enter canines, the parade and judging will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The traditional family picnic will follow at 5:30 p.m. with music and activities for kids. The dollar raffle will begin at 7 p.m.

“This is a fun event for families, seniors and singles,” PTA member Ruth Walter, who is organizing the event with Sarah Normand said. “You don’t need a dog to come to the Dog Parade.”

On Monday, the school field will be transformed into the annual PTA Carnival. There will be burgers and treats served by the Bronxville Boy and Girl Scouts. The festivities will conclude with a blood drive hosted by the Blood Center of New York from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the elementary school gym.

Jill Pytosh and Lisa Rao, co-chairs of the Memorial Day activities, said the weekend brings residents together while raising money for the district.

“It’s a community building event that raises much needed funds for the school,” Pytosh said.

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