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Village Manager's Report 1/12/18
Village Manager’s Friday Report
12 January 2018

From the Village Manager:   

Monday, 15 January 2018, is Martin Luther King Day … a national holiday.  Village Hall, our Library and Community Center, DPW and Recreation will all be closed: there will not be any valet parking at the Scarborough Railroad Station.  However … there will be a regular Monday garbage collection for your sanitation sector.

The Big Freeze … aftermath.  This time last week we were chasing after water main leaks and resident’s frozen water service.  Needless to say, it has been a major (nearly round-the-clock) effort responding throughout the Village and beyond our boundaries. This includes our backup source tagged as the United Water Delaware line which cracked at the Pocantico River crossing at Sleepy Hollow Road. The line dates back to 1888. With the temperatures now swinging some 50 degrees higher, we anticipate the freeze heaving to cause equal problems as the soil subsides.  A lot of temperature affected hydraulic science is fast becoming a real problem with the wide swings in temperatures over a short period.  Thanks to our Water Department and DPW … we did very well and we will recover fully over the next few days. You can help … even though heavy rains are forecast for most of the weekend (some 1.5+ inches expected) and snowmelt/water runoff will be significant, we ask you to contact us (the PD at 914-941-2130) if you see surges of water in non-traditional locations like near water valve boxes in our roads or your own driveway.

Sit-down for this … the warm weather of today and into tomorrow will bring prolonged rain and localized flooding: a real low pressure event.  We are checking our catch basin to ease the heavy rain into our drainage system (you can help by checking those in the immediate area of your home).  However, current weather forecasts indicate that as the rain eases, a high pressure zone will move in and with it a return to freezing temperatures in the mid-teens. Depending on how fast this all occurs, we will probably have black ice Sunday morning.

Library and WCV Community Center.  The Library is open on as regular basis as possible. Not all previously announced programs have been restored so you should check with the Library (941-7072) and/or our Recreation Department (941-6560) to confirm events.  The process of recovery is slow buy methodic and we are working with Serv-Pro and our insurance adjuster to see how best to map out the repair, replacement and restoration of the entire facility.  We thank you for your understanding and expressions of concern and support.

Con Ed Gas Main Work.   We recently met with Con Ed to outline and update their gas main maintenance program.  The notices that you may have received for various residential streets is to update/repair and/or replace your existing residential gas connections. Due to PSC requirements and higher pressure in local gas transmission mains (due to new customer demand or otherwise), there is an increased need for gas main servicing.  We have had Con Ed carve back the total to groups of up to 80 residents at a time spread out over several roads. This is largely in keeping with existing road capacities and winter conditions. The work is local safety issue and not extensions of the high pressure gas mains. We will keep you informed as to how this work goes.

Route 9A X North State Road Intersection. The cold temperatures did stop work but work should restart next week. Let’s see.

Horsechestnut Road.  This project and the Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) work restart 22 January.
Noise Update.  The M/BOT has set a public hearing on the new Noise Ordinance for Wednesday, 7 February 2018. Go to our updated link for Noise Law with comparative of old/new  ordinance provisions: 

From our Village Departments
From the Department of Public Works (DPW).   
  • Bulk leaf pick-ups.   All leaves must be bagged.
  • Be careful driving this weekend in particular… and be aware of pedestrians using our streets.  Walkers and joggers need to dress in bright reflective clothing, a small hand held light and abide by the rules of the road.
From the Library and Community Center.   
Due to the recovery efforts at the Library, please check for the current status of all posted programs.
Children/Teens Programs: Contact Amy Kaplan at or 941-7072.
  • Hooked on Books (5 & 6 year olds).  Wednesdays at 4:15-5:45 PM.~ Winter session I:  17, & 31 January. Registration is required. This group focuses on developing a love for stories and comprehension skills via book extension activities, games, and crafts.  Each meeting will focus on one or two stories with a related activity.  
  • Middle School Critics (6th through 8th graders). First Thursday of the month at Briarcliff Middle School (BMS) and Third Tuesday of the month at our Library.  For dates, times and location please go to the Library website.  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. Please note: registration is required.
  • Friday Night & Saturday Afternoon at the Movies - Victoria & Abdul (PG-13) on Friday, 19 January at 7:00 PM & Saturday, 20 January at 1:00 PM.  This new-to-DVD film will be shown on our big screen on Friday with a repeat showing on Saturday.  It depicts the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) remarkable rule.  When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself.  You may bring your own snacks.
  • Brown Bag Lunch Book Group: Tuesday, 23 January, from 12:30 - 2:00 PM - The Winter 2018 session of the Brown Bag Book discussion group starts on Tuesday, 23 January. Copies of the book for January, A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline, are available to borrow at the library. You may join this group at any time.  To register, or to get more information, please email or call 941-7072.
  • Adult Coloring continues on 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.
  • Everyday Remedies – Homeopathic Medicines in Everyday Life on Friday, 19 January at 11:00 AM.  What is homeopathy?~ How does it work? What are the remedies made from? How do I buy remedies and take them? Why is it controversial?  Learn how homeopathic remedies, which can be purchased at Health Food stores, can be used at home for everyday minor complaints such as bruises, bug bites, burns, abrasions, and more.~ This program is presented by Jennifer Gordon who is a local practitioner, a licensed, registered homeopath who practiced 12 years.  She also teaches and supervises practitioners at the Irish School of Homeopathy, writes on complementary medicine for journals and local papers and offers seminars and courses.
  • History of the Hudson River Valley: A mainstream course for adults 60 and over will meet on four Thursdays, 25 January; 1, 8, & 22 February from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  History Professor Leon DiMartino from Westchester Community College presents this four-part course on the early history of the Hudson River Valley.~ He will discuss how modern local towns developed from early settlements, the origin of local folklore and famous historical characters such as Benedict Arnold and Sybil Ludington.  Participants really should be motivated to attend all four sessions.  This program is free and is offered through the Mainstream Institute for Mature Adults at Westchester Community College and is funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Administration on Aging, New York State Office for the Aging and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs.  Registration is required to or call 941-6560.
  • On Food And Cooking: Cookbook Meetup on Tuesday, 30 January at 12:30 PM. Join us as we get together to try out new cooking traditions and styles using cookbooks from the Library’s collection.  The theme for this first meeting is to choose a favorite recipe that is meaningful to you.  Make a recipe from that cookbook.~ The club will sample each other’s dishes during our meeting. Bring the cookbook (check it out from the library!) to discuss with the group.  We plan to meet every other month (next meeting March 13).  This group is led by Andrea Vladimir and Joanne Witmyer.
  • Zero to Four Hundred Feet: Photos by Jim Drohan Jr will be on display on the second floor of the library from 3 – 31 January 2018.
  • The 2018 Winter Program Brochure with our full listing of programs for adults, teens and children is now available on our website and in print at the Library.  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 Recreation and Parks.
  • The Law Park Ice Rink is TEMPORARILY CLOSED!  Our best chance to recover good skating conditions after the current warm temperatures and rain have passed is to keep people off the ice.  Please tell your children and friends … Do not jump the fence (we know they do) and stay off the rink until the VBM unlocks it.  Partial shoveling of slushy surface conditions, footprints and/or use during this time can ruin the surface for the rest of the winter!  The GOOD NEWS is that it is supposed to be freezing cold again by Saturday morning.  It will need a little time, so the rink will be checked by our maintenance crew on Sunday and providing it is safe, we may re-open by late Sunday afternoon.  The skating sign posted on the fence at the rink will be adjusted accordingly!
  • The deadline to register for the Winter 2018 After School Enrichment Program (aka TASK) has now passed.  Registrations are now being accepted on a space available basis and late fees apply.  All classes begin the week of 29 January, so check with the Recreation Office on availability.  You can also visit the Recreation page of the Village website at and click on the “After School Program” link for updated information on all programs.
  • Looking ahead to the February School Break:  We are pleased to announce that we will offer a Multi Sports Camp for grades K-8 during Winter Recess 19 Feb – 23 Feb.  Young athletes will participate in a multi sports recreation program led by the coaching staff of Backyard Sports.  Sessions will include skill instruction and age appropriate competitive game play in sports such as Soccer, Basketball, Flag Football & Team handball. Check out the Recreation page of the Village website for complete program details.
  • Platform Tennis – Don’t forget to support the program and get your permits!  Players are welcome and encouraged to purchase or renew their permits by calling the Recreation Office at 941-6560.
  • The Recreation Winter Program Brochure is still available online. Visit the Recreation page of the Village website for information on all programs and seasonal offerings.  Click on the “Winter Brochure” link to access a .pdf copy suitable for viewing, downloading and printing.
  • 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.
Mayor and Board of Trustees.  The next M/BOT meeting will be TUESDAY, 16 January 2018, 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
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Briarcliff Manor Village Hall, 1111 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510
Phone: 914.941.4800 Fax: 914.941.4837
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30AM TO 4:30PM