Organized in 1982, the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) is a not-for-profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. The mission of the BBC is to enhance and maintain the natural and man-made beauty of Bronxville Village, with emphasis on the downtown business district of Bronxville. To this end, the BBC annually solicits funds from greater Bronxville residents and merchants in order to purchase and plant, with the assistance of the Bronxville Department of Public Works, seasonal flowering plants and bushes and to sponsor larger projects of benefit to the community at large. The BBC also seeks to collaborate with other Village organizations concerned with the appearance and upkeep of our extended community, and will when appropriate act as an advocate on issues related to the aesthetics of Bronxville.
Vice President………………..Katie Elder
Recording Secretary……….Ann Pasterski
Corresponding Secretary..Valerie Otto
Anne Coyle Lemberger
Lauren Paddington Broughton
Tara Smith Tyberg
Leslie Ann Corcoran
A Brief History
In 1982 a group of Bronxville residents formed a committee for the purpose of preserving and enhancing the natural and man-made beauty of their Village. Public areas were in need of weeding, cleaning and planting. Private properties in the business district, some owned by absentee landlords, were strewn with unsightly, and sometimes dangerous refuse. With the participation of member of other Village-service organizations, the committee was able to make noticeable improvements in these areas.
The culmination of the year’s activities was, and still is, celebrated in the month of May when the Village Board proclaims Beautification Week: a week-long flurry of activities carried out in conjunction with the Boy Scouts, Working Gardeners, Boulder Ledge, Junior League, League for Service, Women’s Club and Youth Council.
With incorporation in 1993, the Beautification Committee became the Bronxville Beautification Council, a not-for-profit organization. As such, it has been able to enlarge the scope of its activities. It now raises funds through an annual appeal and significantly from gifts In Memoriam and In Recognition of Bronxvillians, past and present, whose family or friends wish to honor them. As a result, it has been able to augment its usual underpass and traffic island plantings with such projects as the renovation of Leonard Morange Square Park, many memorial tree plantings and bench installations, and support to the Bronx River Parkway’s Greenway Path.
The Council continues to be a completely volunteer organization with no overhead expenses and to work closely with Village Hall, seeking its input and its approval. Our goal is to make this beautiful Village even more beautiful.