Village Manager’s Friday Report
2 February 2018
From the Village Manager:
Noise Ordinance. The M/BOT’s long announced public hearing on the new Noise Ordinance is set for Wednesday, 7 February 2018, at 8:00 PM. The ordinance is available and we have updated the summary sheet comparing the old with the new provisions. The hearing is at the WJV Community Center. On line go to: http://briarcliffmanorny.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/BriarcliffManorNY_Clerk/Pending/ then look for the published draft ordinance and a revised summary/comparative of the old to the new provisions.
Con Ed Work. Work on their residential gas main maintenance program continues as does their tree trimming throughout VBM.
Route 9A X North State Road Intersection / Horsechestnut Road. There’s a delay in restarting the Route 9A intersection work while activity on Horsechestnut Road has resumed.
From our Village Departments
From the Police Department. The Briarcliff Manor Police Department announced that an arrest has been made after a two plus year investigation into the Briarcliff Manor Pavilion fire. An 18 y/o male who was 16 at the time of the fire, has been charged with Arson in the 4th Degree. Briarcliff Manor Police Department would like to praise the efforts of Det. Sgt. Matthew Doherty, Det. Fred Galbraith of the BMPD Detective Division,~@briarcliffmanorfiredept and mutual aid companies, the Westchester County Cause and Origin Team, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the Briarcliff Manor Department of Public Works in connection with this investigation. (see below for additional thanks)
From the Department of Public Works (DPW). With the break in the weather, we are running around cleaning, clearing and otherwise catching up on the Winter season’s damage so far.
From the Library and Community Center. We continue to work 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 room has been agreed to and should begin shortly. Because of the expanse of work, no firm dates are available so again we ask that you confirm all activities and programs in the event that delays or postponements may have to occur to facilitate the work.
- Chess (3rd – 6th graders). Tuesdays at 4:30 – 5:30 PM until 6 March (there is 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 email@example.com.
- 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 (there is no meeting 19 February). Enjoy an interactive storytime: each meeting will conclude with a science experiment.~ Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 March, at 3:00 PM (New Date). 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 email@example.com 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.
- An Eye To The East: Japan’s Influence On American Silver on Saturday, 3 February, at 2:00 PM. The decorative arts with silver, in particular, blossomed under the influence of Asian art in the last quarter of the 19th century. Japanese prints, fabrics, metals, ceramics and swords all served as inspiration for the American silver designers. American silver in the Japanese taste is regarded as one of the finest periods in American silverwork, and remains highly sought after by both museums and private collectors. This program is presented by Jennifer Pitman who is a silver specialist and 20-year auction veteran. She is Senior Account Manager for Westchester and Connecticut for Rago Arts & Auction Center, and formerly Silver Specialist, Vice President, and Head of Sale for Christie’s New York Silver Department.
- Movies: Friday Night & Saturday Afternoon. Dunkirk (PG-13) next Friday, 9 February, at 7:00 PM and Saturday, 10 February, at 1:00 PM. This new-to-DVD film will be shown on our big screen on Friday with a repeat showing on Saturday.~ The movie is based on the withdrawal in late May 1940 to the French port city of Dunkirk, where some 400,000 Allied soldiers, including more than 200,000 members of the British army, were penned in by the Germans. The British, faced with the capture or possible annihilation of their troops, initiated a seemingly impossible rescue.~ You may bring your own snacks.
- Online Technology Training on Saturday, February 10, at 11:00 AM. Learn about the variety of online technology training tools including Lynda.com available for free through the Library and on the Internet.~ Registration is required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the 941-7072.
- Sing Sing Prison: The Sparta Connection on Sunday, 11 February, at 2:00 PM. In this lively look at the first century of the iconic prison, Dana White tells the fascinating story of the Sparta section of Ossining’s role in Sing Sing’s rise.~ Its rocky banks provided the limestone quarried to build the cellblock and other structures. In the days before Frank Vanderlip’s extreme makeover of this now charming hamlet, Sparta was a seedy, crime-ridden district and the reputed center of drug and liquor smuggling into the penitentiary.~ It’s Sparta as you’ve never seen it. Dana White is a freelance writer and editor and has served as the Ossining Village Historian since 2015. This program is cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor - Scarborough Historical Society.
- Photographs of San Diego, California by Christine Bassett will be on display on the second floor of the Library until 28 February 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 http://www.briarcliffmanor.org/subscriberlib and “like” our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/briarclifflibrary to find out about everything that’s happening at the Library.
From Recreation and Parks.
- The Law Park Ice Rink is still closed. Temperatures have been fluctuating, and we have tried to be responsive by opening the rink when we feel it is safe to do so. Ice conditions are thinnest at the end of the rink opposite the tennis rebound wall, and unfortunately, it will not be safe to open for skating this weekend. As always, we will monitor conditions and open it again as soon as possible. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping off the ice when the rink is closed and locked.
- 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 www.briarcliffmanor.org, 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 followed by a Board Meeting at 8:00 PM. All sessions will be at the WVJ Community Center.
Comments: Pavilion Fire. I would like to add to today’s press release … our Mayor, Board of Trustees and I all wish to add our special thanks for the perseverance and dogged determination of Det. Sgt. Matt Doherty and Det. Fred Galbraith to see this through. The coordinated efforts of many people took extreme amounts of time and expertise at addressing the problems which come with such a difficult case. All along the way Chief Gorey and Lt Bueti and each member of the PD supported their work helping in one-way shape or form. Getting to this point is what some still call “old fashioned police work” at its best: all very true. Understand that for the Detective Bureau and department, this investigation was never
viewed or treated as a cold case or a case that would be forgotten or neglected.~ For that we are all thankful. Lastly, we thank all the services of our dedicated first responders whether from VBM or by mutual aid, various police and investigative agencies~together with Village staff and departments during and after the fire.~ Our residents responded with their support in the rebuilding of our pavilion … and for all of you, we are thankful.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
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