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Village Manager's Report 1/26/18
Village Manager’s Friday Report
26 January 2018

From the Village Manager:   
Con Ed Work.   
  • Con Ed’s residential gas main maintenance program continues.  The notices that you may have received for various residential streets are to update/repair and/or replace your existing residential gas connections.  The work is a local safety issue and not extensions of the high pressure gas mains. We will keep you informed as to how this work goes.
  • Con Ed also continues with additional tree trimming throughout VBM. We will be meeting with them next week to review several trees that they believe need to be taken down. More later.
Route 9A X North State Road Intersection. Anticipate a return of work next week and with Horsechestnut Road.  Hopefully this still holds.
Noise Update.  The M/BOT has set a public hearing on the new Noise Ordinance for Wednesday, 7 February 2018. The ordinance is available and we have updated the summary sheet comparing the old with the new provisions. Go to our updated link for Noise Ordinance at: .

From our Village Departments
From the Department of Public Works (DPW).   OK, the snow has melted.  Understand that for bulk leaf pick-ups: all leaves must be bagged.  We view the coming week or two as an opportunity to have a “mid-winter” clean-up of debris as we continue to make repairs to our waterlines which in several locations, were hit hard from the deep freeze heaving of the surface.

From the Library and Community Center.    We have been working with our insurance adjuster and Serv-Pro contractors for the timely restoration of damaged areas.  Work on the prime target areas such as the children’s center is being outlined for initial work.  Because of the pending work, we ask that you confirm all activities and programs in the event that delays or postponements may have to occur to facilitate the work.

  • Read the Book Watch the Movie – The Tale of Desperaux , Tonight at 6:30 PM.  We encourage families to read the book together before coming to watch the movie at this winter’s family movie night.  It is a great family “listen” on audiobook, too.  However, reading the book is not required to attend the movie.  Feel free to bring your own snacks to eat while you watch the film.  No registration is required.
  • SAT Practice Test (9th grade and up).  Tomorrow from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  Take a free practice test under realistic conditions.  The test will be graded and evaluated by staff at Revolutionary Prep.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Do not consider registration complete until you have received confirmation.  Email Amy Kaplan at to register.
  • Chess (3rd – 6th graders).  Tuesdays at 4:30 – 5:30 pm until 6 March (no meeting on 20 February).  Children get together to play chess with other kids who love the game in this casual chess club.~ Registration is required.  Contact Amy Kaplan at
  • Baby Storytime & Fun for Ones (and young 2s … babies and toddlers up to 30 months with caregivers). Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. Our younger baby storytime and our toddler storytime are combined to meet at 10:30 am until further notice.  Come to sing, dance and read with your little one.  No registration is required.
  • Preschool Storytime & Science (almost 3s – 5 year olds with caregivers).  Mondays at 3:00 PM till 26 February (no meeting 19 February).  Enjoy an interactive storytime and then each meeting will conclude with a science experiment.  Registration is required.  Contact Amy Kaplan at to register.  *Please note that this program will return to its regular scheduled time of Tuesdays at 2 pm when the children’s room is re-opened.
  • Family Trivia Tournament on Sunday: 4 February at 3:00 PM.   Up to 5 family members can compete as a team against other families in a tournament/game show style event! Each family team needs to have at least one adult member and at least one child who is between the ages of 7 and 13. Some trivia questions will be intended for adults while some other questions may have the children at an advantage. Registration is required to compete.~ Email Amy Kaplan at to register.  You are welcome to come and watch only and no registration is required for audience members.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Terezin:  Hitler's "Model" Camp on Sunday, 28 January at 2:00 PM.  This program will present a discussion of the Terezin (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp including its history and how the children and artists incarcerated there enhanced their own lives and those of the other prisoners.  A brief film about the children's opera production, Brundibar, which was performed 55 times in the camp, will be shown. Nancy Petschek-Kohn is a Holocaust and anti-bias educator and is currently writing a book on her Czech family, who were lucky to leave Europe just before the outbreak of WWII.
  • On Food and Cooking: Cookbook Meetup on Tuesday, 30 January at 12:30 PM.  Do you like to cook and share recipes with others?  Then 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 (it doesn’t have to be complicated).  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 13 March).  This group is led by Andrea Vladimir and Joanne Witmyer.
  • Money Talks: Retirement Concepts on Thursday: 1 February at 7:00 PM.  This seminar will help busy parents to begin thinking about and preparing for their family’s longer-term financial goals while handling the near-term ones. Covering topics like budgeting, credit and debt, the importance of protecting one’s family, the rising cost of college and saving for retirement, this seminar series can help your family take the next step in making your dreams a reality.  Andrew White MBA, a financial advisor with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry will present this program.
  • Zero to Four Hundred Feet: Photos by Jim Drohan Jr will be on display on the second floor of the Library until 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.
  • With temperatures only making a brief return to freezing levels, we have had to keep Law Park Ice Rink CLOSED for now.  Temperatures are again expected to be warmer than normal over the weekend, so please be patient and we’ll see what next week brings us.  As we’ve indicated before, we appreciate your cooperation in keeping off the ice when the rink is closed and locked!
  • 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 – 23 February.  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.
  • Applications for Summer Employment are now being accepted at the Recreation Office for Day Camp and Pool positions. Returning employees do not need to re-apply … they will be contacted directly about their plans for the 2018 season.  New applicants should visit the Recreation page of the Village website and click on the “Job Opportunities” link.
  • 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.  There will be a M/BOT W/S on Wednesday, 7 February 2018, at 6:30 PM. Notice is provided for an Executive Session and/or limited agenda Special Meeting, if necessary. All sessions will be at the WVJ Community Center.

Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager
Report 314 – 26 January 2018[copy text from your word processing document and paste it here]

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