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Village Manager's Report 10/19/18
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Village Manager’s Friday Report
19 October 2018

From the Village Manager.

Heads-Up; VBM Projects/Special Events.
Annual Road Paving. Here we go again ... the poor weather and consequent work back-ups of our joint municipal paving contractor has created delays in their finishing up in Pleasantville and the TMP before coming to VBM. Discussions of today indicated that the VBM paving projects have obviously slid to next week. The following is the best of timeframes we believe our series of 2018 road projects will start.
  • Wednesday, 24 October, Holbrook Road (between Macy Road and Holbrook Lane) first up in the AM. Horsechestnut Road in the late morning into the early afternoon and Ingham Road in the mid-afternoon to early evening.
  • Thursday, 25 October, all day, Long Hill Road West (between Sleepy Hollow Road and Shellbark Lane), and
  • Friday, 26 October, all day, Hirst Road (between Long Hill Road West to Tanglewood Circle).
Although the weather forecasts look good, it goes without saying that this work schedule is all subject to weather conditions and unforeseen delays that might occur ... and as you know, we will tell you.

Ongoing Projects.
  • Pocantico River Bridge. Furloughed until Spring 2019.
  • Route 9A-100 Bridge Update.  Con Ed work shifted to night time.
  • Pleasantville Road / Birrettella’s Corner.  Permanent road markings completed.
  • Sidewalk and Wall Rehabilitation (between CSI and Old Briarcliff Road). It’s a Spring 2019 event.
  • Route 9A x North State Intersection.   Marked out additional road markings: awaiting go-ahead.
VBM Departmental News.
Department of Public Works. Notwithstanding the constant changes to our paving program, we continue to maintain our playing fields and parks on a routine basis during active seasonal use and shift seasonal decorations.  Not surprising, it sure looks like a slow and delayed “leaf drop” for Fall clean-up.  Reminder department: Sprinkler system maintenance ... If you are having your plumber/servicer turn off your system for the Winter, be sure to have them air pressure the system to purge water ... avoiding potential damage over the Winter.
From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD).  The annual BMFD Inspection will be held at the Central Headquarters on Saturday, 20 October, commencing at 6:00 PM.

From the Library and Community Center.  It’s almost time for some scary Halloween fun, Library-style.  For kids, there’s the annual Haunted Hallways, as the second floor book stacks become “haunted” for an evening.  For adults, hear a reading of Poe’s horror story of a terrorized prisoner.  Or, for something slightly less spine-chilling, try a workshop on the Library’s digital resources!
  • Baby Storytime Lapsit (babies up to 18 months with caregivers). Wednesdays at 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM till 14 November. Sing, read and dance with your baby. No registration is required.
  • Fun for Ones … and young 2s too (tots 15 – 30 months with caregivers). Wednesdays at 10:30 – 11:00 AM till 14 November.  Enjoy songs, movement and books together. No registration is required.
  • Stories & Art (preschoolers 2.5 – 5 years with caregivers).  Tuesdays at 2:00 – 2:40 PM, 23 October – 27 November.  An interactive storytime that always concludes with a “process art” activity.  Registration is required.  Contact Amy Kaplan at to register.
  • Hooked on Books (5 & 6 year olds).  Wednesdays at 4:15 – 4:45 PM, 24 & 31 October, and 7 and 14 November. This group focuses on developing a love of stories and comprehension skills via book extension activities, games and/or crafts. Each meeting will focus on one or two stories with a related activity.  Registration is required.  Contact Amy Kaplan at to register.
  • Craft-a-Month, Junior (2.5 – 6 year olds with caregivers).  Fall dates: Monday, 22 October at 2:00 – 2:30 PM & Wednesday, 28 November at 2:00 – 2:30 PM.  Each meeting will have a different fun to create craft project.  Registration is required.  Contact Amy Kaplan at to register.
  • Craft-a-Month (6 – 10 year olds, 10+ participants/helpers).  Fall dates: Tuesday, 23 October at 5:00 – 6:00 PM & Thursday, 29 November at 4:00 – 5:00 PM.  Create a different craft project at each meeting.    Registration is required.  Contact Amy Kaplan at to register.
  • Lego League (1st – 4th graders).  Thursdays at 4:00 – 4:45 PM, 25 October – 15 November.  At each meeting, we will read aloud a different story and then participants will create with the Legos provided anything that was inspired by the story that they heard. We will post an album with pictures of the creations for each meeting on the Library's Facebook page, along with a picture of the cover of the book that was read for that meeting.  Registration is required.  Contact Amy Kaplan at to register.
  • Casual Chess Club (3rd – 6th graders).  Tuesdays at 4:30 – 5:30 PM, 30 October  – 4 December.   Get together with other kids who love to play every week and enjoy the game. No formal instruction will be given. Amy, the Children's Librarian, will teach the basics to children who have never played the game before. A teen "expert" is on hand with tips and challenges.  Registration is required.  Contact Amy Kaplan at to register.
  • Middle School Parent-Child Book Discussion Series (6th-8th graders with adult). This meets three evenings (Fall/Winter/Spring) over the school year and the Fall date is TBD. This book discussion series is for Middle School children and any adult that they like to share books with. It is co-facilitated by Amy Kaplan and Mrs. McCabe (BMS/BHS Librarian) and meetings alternate locations between BMS and BMPL. All in this age group are welcome to attend regardless of school district. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at to register.
  • Middle School Critics (6th – 8th graders). First Thursdays of the month at 2:20 PM and third Tuesdays of the month at 6:45 PM (October – May). NOTE: Thursday meetings are held at BMS. We review books (and movies, games, and more) and all reviews are compiled periodically in a newsletter. Snacks at meetings. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at to register.
  • Teen Advisory Board (TAB) (9th – 12th graders). Thursdays at 2:20 PM* (till May). NOTE: meetings are held at BHS. If you do not attend BHS and wish to be involved contact Amy Kaplan and we will make sure to include you. This group primarily plans and hosts events for High School students that take place at the Library. This group also advises the Library on all matters regarding servicing teenagers. Active members receive community service hours. Snacks at meetings. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at to register or with any questions you may have. *Note: TAB does not meet on the first Thursdays of the month.
  • Special Event: Haunted Hallways (preschoolers AND elementary school aged children with caregivers).  Saturday, 27 October from 4:30 to 6:00 PM.  This event is completely planned, created, and hosted by the Briarcliff Manor Public Library's Teen Advisory Board.  This creative group of teens sets up a series of "haunted hallways" for everyone to enjoy.  This event is for both preschoolers AND older children (up to 5th grade): there are two "not-scary" hallways for the littlest ones but then haunts escalate to give the older children a big scare! Children older than 5th grade are also welcome.  No registration is required.
  • Exhibit-Michele Izzo, AWS: Recent Watercolors will be on display on the second floor of the Library till 30 October.
  • Digital Resources: OverDrive and More.  Thursday, 18 October from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  Learn how to use OverDrive to download free eBooks and eAudiobooks to your device and find out about other downloading services available, through the Westchester Library System, for movies, eAudiobooks, music, newspapers and magazines.  Reference Librarian, Shelley Glick, is the instructor. Registration is required to Shelley Glick at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Friday Night and Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Ocean’s 8 [PG-13].  Friday, 19 October, 7:00 PM and Saturday, 20 October, 1:00 PM.  Danny Ocean’s estranged sister Debbie attempts to pull of the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect all-female crew. The all-star cast includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling. This new-to-DVD movie will be shown on the big screen in the W.J. Vescio Community Center (attached to the Library) on Friday night with a repeat showing on Saturday afternoon. People attending may bring their own snacks. Registration is recommended but all are welcome to attend.  Registration is required to Shelley Glick at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Brown Bag Lunchtime Book Discussion Group: The Leavers by Lisa Ko.  Tuesday, 23 October, 12:30 - 2:00 PM.  One morning, Deming Guo's mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon--and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.  With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft… Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It's a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past. (Summary excerpted from the Westchester Library System catalog description.) Books are available to borrow from the library one month before the discussion. Registration is required to Shelley Glick at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Getting Organized: Top Tips for Cleaning the Clutter. Tuesday 23 October, 7:00 - 8:00 PM.   This presentation by Shannon Reilly will focus on the top tips for getting yourself and your home organized and more productive.  Shannon Reilly is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO).  Registration is recommended but all are welcome to attend.  To register, email Shelley Glick at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Contemporary Fiction by Award-Winning Authors: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (2018 Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction). Wednesday, 24 October, 7:30 - 9:00 PM.  Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.  With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan's first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. (Summary excerpted from the Westchester Library System catalog description.)  Library copies are available to borrow one month in advance our each discussion - or you may purchase your own book. Registration is required to Shelley Glick at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Latest Trends in Resumes. Thursday, 25 October, 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  This free workshop on resumes is being held in conjunction with the WEBS Program of Westchester Library System and is conducted by a professional counselor. Learn how to transform your resume into a marketing document. Find out about different formats; improve your chances of getting an interview and more.  Registration is recommended but all are welcome to attend.  To register, email Shelley Glick at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Alan Sklar Reads Poe. Sunday, 28 October, 2:00 - 3:00 PM.  Just in time for Halloween, Alan Sklar returns to read Edgar Allen Poe’s tale of horror “The Pit & The Pendulum”.  Alan Sklar has been a voice actor for over thirty years, voicing commercials and recording over 200 audiobooks.  Registration is recommended but all are welcome to attend.  To register, email Shelley Glick at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Drop-In Knitting Help. Tuesday, 30 October, 6:30 - 8:00 PM and Friday, 19 October and 2 November, 11:00 - 12:30 PM.  This drop-in program is for people who are interested in trying out knitting for the first time or who need help with something they’re working on.  Benny Gerwitz who has taught knitting classes will be available to help you get started or complete a project.  You must provide your own materials.  No registration is required.
  • Adult Coloring & More. Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM.  Join our popular Adult Coloring & More Group!  Come and explore your artistic side, meet new people, and have some fun, all while listening to soft relaxing music.  Colored pencils, gel pens, coloring sheets and other materials 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.  
  • Drop-In Technology Time.  Fridays, 4:00 - 6:00 PM.  Have a question about using your tablet, smartphone, laptop or other technology issue? Drop into the Library to meet with a High School student volunteer, for up to a 60-minute session.  Registration is not required.
  • Technology Tutor, by appointment only.  Sign up for a 1-hour-long individualized session on a technology issue including email, downloading eBooks or audiobooks, using online resources or other issues. Reference Librarian Shelley Glick is the instructor.
From Recreation and Parks.
  • This year’s Halloween Window Painting program for children in grades 2-5 will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 20 October, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Central Business District. Advance thanks go out to all of the local merchants who have been kind enough to make their windows available to our young artists! Please be extra careful if you are driving through the Village tomorrow, as it may be a little more congested than a typical Saturday morning.
  • Our Annual Ragamuffin Parade, co-sponsored by the BMFD, will be held next weekend at 9:30 AM on Saturday, 27 October. No need to pre-register, just join us in costume for the march down Pleasantville Road from the Operating Engineers building (near Central Drive) to the Firehouse. There will be a magic show at 10 AM and “Goody Bags” and refreshments will be available for all!
  • Platform Tennis season has begun. Be sure to get your permits and enjoy this wonderful cool/cold weather sport! Please note that Court #1 is temporarily closed while we take care of some early season maintenance items.
  • The start of Platform season also signals that the end of the regular outdoor tennis season is upon us. The Village’s clay tennis courts will soon be taken out of service for 2018, so get those last matches in while you can!
  • Stay informed … 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. It’s easy: go to, access the Recreation page, and click on the “Subscribe to News” link to register. If you do not have access to a computer and would like information mailed to you, just call the Recreation office at 941-6560 and we will be happy to send you what you need.
From our extended Briarcliff Manor Community.
From the Briarcliff Manor Garden Club. The Briarcliff Manor Garden Club will be having a Fall Fundraiser/Luncheon on Wednesday, 24 October, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Mount Kisco Country Club. The event is open to the public and tickets are $55.00 (includes gratuity). For ticket purchasing and more information, please see the attached flyer.

From the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club. The Harlem Magic Masters will return back to Briarcliff for another fundraising Basketball Event! On Friday, 2 November, at 7:00 PM in the Briarcliff High School Gym, enjoy the great play and funny routines of the Magic Masters as they take on YOUR FAVORITE TEACHERS and LOCAL TALENT. That's right – Teachers will be playing this year!! The special half time show will give kids a chance to get out on the court and enjoy the humor of the Magic Masters with tricks and giveaways. Don't be late! Tip-off at 7:00 PM - doors open at 6:00 PM, so get there early to get your seats. Advance sale tickets are $15.00 each at the Briarcliff Recreation Department, Weldon's Stationery, and at the Todd and Pocantico School offices (check only); Tickets are $20.00 the night of the event. ALL proceeds go toward Briarcliff Rotary High School Scholarships and other Briarcliff student-related activities & benefits. If you would like to place an advertisement in the journal, please see the attached flyer or contact Eric Lebenson at 914-924-3596 for more information.

There will be a W/S on Wednesday, 24 October starting at 6:00 PM.
Thereafter the next M/BOT Meeting is Wednesday, 7 November, with a W/S
at 6:30 PM, and BOT Meeting at 8:00 PM.  
All meetings will be held at the WJV Community Center.

Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager
Report 353 – 19 October 2018

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