Regarding matters of interest Summer 2017
LAKE AERATORS: It is not surprising that the process of securing and installing is taking longer than wished. However, the Town is considering two bids. Sediment removal will be needed prior to installation. Now looking at a completion date of mid-November.

GEESE AT THE LAKE: Fake swans are now swimming on the lake to scare off the geese. As of several days ago, no geese. We’ll see.

UNUSED POLES: Utility companies seem often to leave their old poles standing even as they put up new ones. Not nice. We’ll look into this.

NOISE: Am I imagining this or is it real? Has it been quieter this Summer? Fines for illegally using gas leaf blowers during the Summer months (ending Sept. 30) have been substantially increased. Working?

PATHWAY AROUND THE LAKE: Want a full extension of the existing walk around the Gardens Lake? The TOM has funds available for this project but engineering work needs to be done.   Thoughts or concerns?

Also – some good news! The Larchmont Playhouse has been purchased by Quad Cinemas owner and will, after extensive renovation, reopen as a theater.  Thank you Mr Charles Cohen! and our thanks to Ellen Zuckert and Betsy Bradley for sharing this news article with us. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2017/09/08/larchmont-playhouse-bought/645909001/

Not a LGCA member, go to https://larchmontgardens.com/membership/

 

 

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Please Note the annual meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, May 22 and not May 8. Our annual meeting date will be featuring the LGCA Civic Day. Watch for postcards on the event. 
* The LGCA is planning a “Casting Day” at the Lake on June 17. Special activities focused on the Lake.
* Bids are about to be requested to install aerators in the Gardens Lake to reduce algae in the late summer.
The aerators have been financed by the contributions by area residents and a generous 
matching grant. We thank the Town of Mamaroneck for committing to maintain the system. 
* The LGCA is studying means to further beautify the Lake with further plantings. 

George Roniger   LGCA President

Your Larchmont Garden Civic Association will run it’s annual KenDucky Derby on the brook on Saturday, May 6. Watch for information to  be posted around the Gardens prior to the event. This is an amazing event you won’t want to miss,
* Monday, May 8 will be our annual meeting date featuring the LGCA Civic Day. Watch for postcards on the event. 
* The LGCA is planning a “Casting Day” at the Lake on June 17. Special activities focused on the Lake.
* Bids are about to be requested to install aerators in the Gardens Lake to reduce algae in the late summer.
The aerators have been financed by the contributions by area residents and a generous 
matching grant. We thank the Town of Mamaroneck for committing to maintain the system. 
* The LGCA is studying means to further beautify the Lake with further plantings. 

George Roniger   LGCA President

Thanks To You !!!!!

THANKS TO YOU!!!!! …THE DUCK POND AERATOR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN WAS A SUCCESS!
In late June, the Larchmont Gardens Civic Association (LGCA) began a crowd-sourcing, fundraising campaign to purchase commercial-grade aerators for the Gardens Lake, aka the Duck Pond. In just 3 months we raised over $5500 from our/surrounding neighborhoods which, after a generous matching gift, resulted in meeting our financial goal of $10,000! Our thanks to all who contributed!
LGCA worked closely with Town of Mamaroneck officials to secure their approval and support of the effort. In addition to the electrical hook up, electricity, maintenance and storage, the Town has agreed and now has the funding in escrow to purchase the aerators. We will continue to work with them and report the progress.
The aerators will help protect our Gardens Lake. Because the lake functions as a storm water pond, a lot of runoff from roads and lawns ends up there. The runoff contains many chemicals that can be a good thing in proper levels but too many can create an imbalanced environment, resulting in anoxic conditions where life in the pond can no longer thrive. Aerators work to mitigate algae build up and foster healthy conditions for pond life.
In keeping with the natural beauty of the Duck Pond, our aerators will work below the surface and keep with the natural pond’s meadow plantings. You may recall in 2011, the plantings were specific in creating a natural buffer zone to absorb storm water run-off and effectively reduce the geese population. Our units will not be spraying or lit ‘fountains” as we see in other places as both an aesthetic and practical choice – our pond is man-made, quite shallow and has been fitted to drain down for flood management, whereas Beechmont Lake on Pinebrook in New Rochelle is a natural, bigger and much deeper lake.
If all goes well, we hope to have the aerators installed in the spring of 2017. Stay tuned!

LGCA Events

Your Larchmont Gardens Civic Association is doing and planning stuff. We are closing in on the period for collecting donations for the purchase of aerators for Gardens Lake that will minimize the algae and improve the ecology of the Lake, see . We will have our annual Halloween Parade and social on October 29. We are considering sponsoring a fly-casting contest on the Lake for kids and a special celebration at the time that the aerators are installed. We sponsor holiday lights at the lake in December. We continue to be in regular contact with all of our local political representatives to discuss the interests and concerns of our residents. The Town has recently passed several laws to respond to resident concerns about teardowns and new construction, see: . We will, of course have our annual KenDucky Derby in the Spring. Memberships may be made on:. We love our Gardens.

George Roniger

Aerators Needed for the Gardens Lake (AKA “The Duck Pond”)

The Larchmont Gardens Civic Association is raising funds to purchase aerators for Gardens Lake (AKA “The Duck Pond”)

“So, what’s going on with our pond?”

Because our Duck Pond functions as a storm water pond, a lot of runoff ends up there. The runoff contains many different chemicals that bacteria thrive on. These chemicals can be a good thing in proper levels but too many can create an imbalanced environment, eventually resulting in anoxic conditions where life in the pond can no longer thrive.

“How do we fix it??

Aerators are a common solution to algae problems in small, freshwater bodies such as ours. They create a steady flow of oxygen that clears the surface similar to what happens after a heavy rain. It is one major step in maintaining a healthy pond.

“Why a private campaign?”

A private campaign allows us control over the project. We are committed to keeping the natural vista of the pond, and choosing units that will be low profile. The town has supported our neighborhood tremendously, specifically in a costly dredging several years ago, maintaining the landscaping, and dredging the catch basin. They have also committed to providing an electric hook up for the units as well as yearly maintenance. But we need to show the town that this is something we care about enough to act on our own.

“How can I help?”

We have created a crowdfunding campaign on IOBY:  https://www.ioby.org/project/friends-duck-pond

Whether $5 or $100 or more, the most important thing is that everybody contributes.

Go to the website where you can make your tax deductible contribution and find more information on the project.

The Town of Mamaroneck is also establishing a fund for aerators as well that will also be tax deductible.  Checks to the town can be made out to TOWN OF MAMARONECK with a memo “for the LGCA aerator trust”. Thank you in advance for your support!

Contact information

Primary contact information: Nancy Bressler  Nlbressler@earthlink.net

LARCHMONT GARDENS CIVIC ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING!

MONDAY, MAY 18TH, 7:00PM

WEAVER STREET FIREHOUSE 2ND FLOOR AUDITORIUM

ALL MEMEBER/HOMEOWNERS ARE WELCOME

JOIN THE CONVERSATION on legislative topics being considered that could impact you. Town Supervisor, Nancy Seligson will lead the discussion on: the plans to close Sewage Overflow facilities….Pay As You Throw…New Zoning Board/Reviews…and more!

CAST YOUR VOTE for LGCA Board of Directors, future events, and our new logo! Wine and Cheese will be served.

SEE YOU THERE!