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Village Manager's Report 11/22/17
Village Manager’s Pre-Thanksgiving Report
22 November 2017

From the Village Manager:   

For Thanksgiving week and beyond.
  • VH, DPW/Highway and Recreation will all be closed on Thursday and Friday.
  • There will be NO valet parking on Thursday and Friday. Please lock your cars, do not leave keys in the car (turn it off too) and do not block other commuters or station patrons.
  • Our Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday but open on Saturday and Sunday.
  • There will be no sanitation pick up on Thursday: however, as we mentioned last week, the Wednesday and Thursday garbage pick-up is being picked-up today. Our sanitation department will be picking up the regular Friday round.
  • Seasonal prohibition of overnight parking goes into effect on Friday, 1 December.
In the meantime,

Village Hall Construction.   The work continues.
Pleasantville X North State Road Intersection. Road milling completed. The binder (large aggregate base) course should be completed by today. There will be NO road work until Monday. Construction equipment is to be withdrawn from residential areas. IF WEATHER PERMITS, there will be a “full court press” starting MONDAY, to pave the top (finish) coat from the lateral saw-cut near Holbrook Cottage to the VOS line. The next big push for this year will be the Route 9A X North State Road intersection.  Environmental remediation areas will be done in the Spring. The right-hand-turn lane on North State to Pleasantville Road is being worked on.  The official permission to turn is not set yet until the new signals are tested, which may be sooner than originally thought.  Just NOT yet!
Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) moves to curbing and sidewalk work: the contractor anticipates this work to commence in the first week of December.  Remember that the repaving of Horsechestnut and Ingham Roads will not be done until the Spring of 2018.
Holbrook Road Lift Station. The lift station is in the throes of final completion: final DOH testing comes next.
Noise Ordinance Update.  An update to the previous draft is in process and for future review.  We anticipate having the first public hearing on the rewritten Noise Ordinance NO earlier than mid-January 2018.

From our Village Departments
From the Village Clerk. ~Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Scarborough Railroad Parking Permits and permits will be distributed the week of 4 December.~ We will be adding the 2018 holiday (No Valet Service) schedule to the permits ... we anticipate that all second permit requests will be addressed by 15 December.

From the Building Department: Briarcliff Acres Sub-Division.~ Please note that the permitted rock removal work via blasting will be commencing on Monday, 27 November 2017.~ This aspect of the work will have a duration of approximately three weeks.~ Note that the Briarcliff Acres Sub-Division is located in the vicinity of Long Hill Road East and Austin Place.

From the Department of Public Works (DPW).   Due to delayed leaf drop and leaves still clinging to our trees, we “sort have” given up with the loop system of leaf pick up: we look for piles and try to pick them up as equally as possible.  We really do expect a sizable leaf dump this weekend and will make adjustments accordingly.  No WEEKEND leaf pick-up this weekend. You are reminded that no leaf piles should be placed in the street or on sidewalks. Tell your landscapers that violations will be issued and for those with prior violations heightened scrutiny.  

From the Library and Community Center  
  • Books That Will Start You Thinking: Nonfiction Book Group: The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, And the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick.~ Sunday, 3 December, at 1:30 PM.~ Copies of the book are now available to borrow at the Library.~ Registration is required.~ The discussion is led by Shelley Glick, Reference Librarian. To register, please email Shelley Glick at or call 941-7072.
  • Adult Coloring. Mondays from 1:00 - 2:30 PM.~ Join our popular Adult Coloring Group! Coloring has been proven to enhance concentration, relieve stress and help reduce anxiety. Come and explore your artistic side, meet new people, and have some fun, all while listening to soft relaxing music. Colored pencils, gel pens and coloring sheets will be provided or you may bring your own. Drop-In, no registration or artistic skills required!~ This program is cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department. ~
  • Children’s Programs … email Amy Kaplan at call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Please note that Wednesday Storytimes are suspended starting 22 November through the end of the year and will resume on 3 January 2018.~
  • New Program! Young Artists Series. Mondays, 27 November and 18 December from 4:15 - 5:15 PM for 4th graders and up. Registration is required. Participants will view the rotating art exhibit on the second floor of the Library and then use the same medium to create their own art in the same style.
  • Middle School Critics for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.~ Registration is required.~ For dates, times and location please go to Kids get together to write reviews of books, movies, music, apps and more. All reviews are compiled into a newsletter that is distributed at Briarcliff Middle School and is available in the Library and on our website.~ We have snacks at each meeting.
  • Carole & Diddy’s Matters of the Arts an exhibit of artwork by Carole D’Angelica and Diddy Gomerman will be on display on the second floor of the Library through 30 November.
  • The 2017 Fall Program Brochure with our full listing of programs for adults, teens and children is posted on our website at Print brochures are available in the library.~ Also, please sign up for Library News at and “like” our Facebook page at to find out about everything that’s happening at the Library.
From our Police and Fire Departments.  The VBMPD PBA has two holiday drives underway. Their Annual Coat Drive is looking for new or gently used winter coats to be dropped off at the Police Headquarters, 1111 Pleasantville Road, at any time through at least 8 December. ~Then there’s the PBA Annual Toy Drive: drop off new unwrapped toys at the Police Headquarters at any time through 8 December. ~All toys will be delivered to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at the Westchester Medical Center.

From Recreation and Parks.~~~
  • Let your voice be heard!~ The VBM Recreation Advisory Committee Survey regarding Parks, Facilities and Recreation Programs is still available, and responses are approaching the 100 mark!~ Please take a few moments to share your thoughts – average time to complete the survey is 3 minutes!~ The survey will be available through Sunday, 26 November, and responses will be reviewed and discussed at the next Advisory Committee meeting on 28 November. Please click on the following link to access this simple online survey. Go to
  • Speaking of hearing your voices … ~Please join us for the return of Briarcliff’s Community Bonfire & Holiday Sing-a-long event in Law Park!~ This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday evening, 3 December at 5:00 PM starting in the Pavilion.~ Join your friends & neighbors for a warm & inviting Celebration of Peace, Community Fellowship & the Winter Holiday Season co-sponsored by the Village and the Briarcliff Friends of the Arts - BFA.~ This event features vocal performances by the Lubin Carolers, Sing-a-Long Songs, children's crafts, refreshments and our traditional bonfire!
  • Last call for Rec Basketball Registration – The printed deadline to register for all Recreation Basketball programs is TODAY!~ Programs are available for all interested boys and girls in grades 1-6.~ All grade-level programs meet for one hour on Saturdays at the Briarcliff Middle School Gym beginning 2 December, and feature a focus on fun, participation and skill development utilizing drills, scrimmages and game play.~ Don’t miss out on the fun … Contact the Recreation Department today!~~~~
  • Platform Tennis season has arrived, so get your Platform Tennis Permits and enjoy this wonderful cool weather sport!~ Contact the Recreation Department for details, or visit the Recreation page of the Village website at for further information.
  • The Recreation Department’s Winter Season Program Brochure will be available for viewing and downloading from the Village website right before Thanksgiving.~ Winter registration begins on Monday, 4 December.~ Visit the Recreation page of the Village website at for further information on all recreation programs and seasonal offerings.
  • If you are looking to stay informed with up to the minute information regarding Recreation Department programs and services, please make sure you subscribe to our “Recreation News” e-mail notification system available through the Village website.~ In addition to announcing new offerings, we use the system to keep you informed of such things as upcoming registration dates, deadlines, cancellation announcements and community special events.~ Simply visit the Village’s website at, access the Recreation page, and click on the “Subscribe to News” link to register!
From the Chamber of Commerce (COC).  The COC will be sponsoring a Cookie Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, 2 December from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Central Business District.  You’ll need a map which can be picked up at Dunkin Kehn, Holbrook Cottage, Wondrous Things and Posh Polish … more next week.

Mayor and Board of Trustees.  Due to the various holidays coming up during November, the next M/BOT meeting will be on Wednesday, 6 December, starting with a W/S at 6:30 PM and the BOT session at 8:00 PM. Notice is provided for an Executive Session, if necessary. All sessions will be at the WVJ Community Center.

Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

Report 305 – 22 November 2017     
Happy  Thanksgiving !
my favorite holiday
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