As we celebrate the holidays, let us pause to remember Marla Payson Weizner, the first grade teacher at Greenville School and Edgemont native. Marla died from cancer a few weeks ago, leaving her husband Bill and their two young children, … Continue reading
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By now most of you should have received this year’s Annual Newsletter. Each year The ECC is happy (and required) to mail the SBNC’s Call for School Board Nominations in January and the Annual Newsletter in April. Additionally, sometimes we encounter the need to send essential unplanned mailings such as the letter last May about how Greenburgh’s Comprehensive Plan would affect Edgemont residents.
Unfortunately, the cost of these communications have become so prohibitive that we have since forgone sending our annual September mailing which requests membership dues and donations from Edgemont residents. We had hoped that we could make up the revenue from this annual appeal with online communications but we have yet to be successful in doing so.
We don’t ask for much; our dues are still only a nominal $30/year. We are proud to say we’ve managed to work wonders by communicating as much as possible through our website and social media. But with 2,800 individual Edgemont households to reach and the need to satisfy our communications requirements we must still rely on old fashioned print and postage; and that cost today is astronomical. To send out the required Annual Newsletter and SBNC Call for Candidates mailings requires that The ECC obtain at least 118 annual household memberships. Then there are our other costs such as those associated with the School Board Nominating Committee, the ECC Annual Meeting and the actions which support other ECC initiatives.
While mailings represent our biggest expense incurred during a typical year and may be the most visible action of the ECC, the ECC does so much more. We represent and advocate on behalf of the Edgemont community on matters of zoning and planning, public works, Town budget & taxes, quality of life issues including police affairs as well as so many other initiatives. We sponsor the School Board Nominating Committee which has been essential in finding highly qualified individuals to serve on Edgemont’s School Board of Education people who help guide our administration on matters which keep our schools affordable without sacrificing the quality of the education our children receive. You can learn more about what ECC does by exploring this website.
So how can you help The ECC today?
Second, help us reduce the need to mail some communications by including yourself on our electronic mailing list with the icon on the right. This is an Opt-In service that provides you the opportunity Opt-Out anytime you wish to do so.
The Edgemont Community Council’s Silver Bowl for distinguished community service will be awarded this year to Aubrey Graf Daniels, ECC president Bob Bernstein announced tonight.
In notifying Mr. Bernstein of Ms. Daniels’ selection, Mr. Adams said the Silver Bowl Award “recognizes commitment and exemplary service to the community, and Aubrey clearly exemplifies that.”
The ECC’s Silver Bowl has been awarded just about every year since 1950 to an Edgemont resident for distinguished community service. Recipients usually received an engraved silver box, but when the manufacturer stopping making them, the ECC started awarding an engraved Silver Bowl instead.
Serving with Mr. Adams on the committee this year were ECC directors Matt Jaffe, Hilary Greenberg, and Tom Blank.
Ms. Daniels is a relatively recent addition to Edgemont, having moved to the community from Manhattan with her husband Joe in 2007. She has two young children, Nicholas and Alexander, both of whom attend Seely Place. Ms. Daniels is originally from California, having grown up in Silicon Valley.
Since 2009, Ms. Daniels has served as a director of the Cotswold Association, and since 2011, as its president. Until 2014, she also served as Cotswold’s representative to the ECC and as the ECC’s Corresponding Secretary.
In 2008, in response to a recent rash of burglaries in Edgemont, Ms. Daniels worked with the Greenburgh Police Department and the Cotswold Association to form the Cotswold Neighborhood Watch.
In the fall of 2012, in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Ms. Daniels founded Edgemont Cares, an arm of the ECC, to provide coordinated assistance in the form of hot meals, blankets, lighting and shelter to elderly and/or homebound Edgemont residents who were without heat or electricity, and unable to get help from the Town.
More recently, when a neighborhood high school student went missing, Edgemont Cares, under Ms. Daniel’s leadership, worked with residents, students, faculty, school administrators and the police to coordinate the distribution of flyers by more than 200 volunteers throughout Manhattan. Ms. Daniels also reached out to the student’s family to let them know that their Edgemont neighbors were there to help. Ms. Daniels was with the family when police called to say their daughter had been found.
And last month, when an Edgemont parent was tragically killed, Edgemont Cares under Ms. Daniel’s leadership was able to organize the delivery of dinner to the family each night for a month.
Ellen Brody, an Edgemont mother of a high school junior, was the driver of the SUV that was hit last night by the Metro North train in Valhalla. Five passengers on the train and Ms. Brody were killed in the … Continue reading