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Village Manager's Report 10/26/2018
Village Manager’s Friday Report
26 October 2018

From the Village Manager ... It Never Seems to End Department.
Storm Surge coming tonight A coastal low pressure system is expected to develop and move slowly across our region late Friday night, heavier rain on Saturday and linger into early Sunday.~ This storm is expected to produce a soaking rain, gusty winds, and coastal flooding.~ Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches, locally higher, can be expected, with the majority of the rain falling Saturday morning and into Saturday night.~ Northeast winds gusting to 30-40 mph are likely on Saturday. ~Gusts up to 45 mph are possible along the coast.~ With a largely saturated ground, this may result in isolated downed trees and tree branches, causing isolated power outages.~ In the event that any power outages occur, contact Con Ed at 1-800-75-ConEd to report the problem: be sure to take down your “storm incident number”.

Ragamuffin Parade.  The forecast has forced us to cancel the parade for tomorrow, 27 October, but not the fun!~ So get ready ... the Briarcliff Manor Central Headquarters at 1111 Pleasantville Road will open at 9:30 AM for light refreshments, candy guessing contests and photo ops with our Mascot, Briar Bear, until magician Joe Fields begins his performance promptly at 10 AM.~ Goody bags will be given out at the conclusion of the magic show! Hope to see you there!    

Halloween Night ... Wednesday 31 October. We wish to remind you that VBM residential areas such as the “Tree Streets”, in particular, traditionally see high volumes of our kids on Halloween night.  Parents are asked to help stem the flow and advise your children about respecting other people’s homes, property and neighborhoods throughout the entire VBM.  Parents should accompany their children and not just drop them off … and are to be vigilant about the purchase of eggs, shaving cream and similar other foam-like items. As we have done in previous years, we will have increased police patrols. Take care in and around your own homes: be watchful and careful about our “trick or treaters”.

Our 2018 Fall Road Paving Schedule is DONE.  Despite the fickle weather of these past weeks and our  multi-municipal paving contractor re-arranging our original paving schedule, our 5 road program that we outlined will be completed by the close of business today.  Our DPW is in the process of completing the follow-up work along each street.  Temporary street lines are to be laid down: the permanent lines will come later (7-10 days) to allow for the setting of the asphalt. Thanks to our DPW for running local interference and our residents for their understanding and cooperation.

Board of Trustee Meetings Changes.   
  • The next meeting of the M/BOT is Wednesday, 7 November, with a W/S at 6:30 PM and BOT Meeting at 8:00 PM. Westchester County Executive George Latimer will be presenting his county-wide “Good Neighbor Initiative” at the commencement of our session. Thereafter, a presentation by the attorney/applicant for a zoning change to 600 Albany Post Road property (The Sony Property) is to be made to the BOT. Lastly, please note that the M/BOT has decided to change the Board Meeting start time to 7:30 PM, effective at the 28 November session.
  • November’s calendar is complicated due to holidays ... so we have re-set our monthly W/S to Wednesday, 14 November, at 6:00 PM.
  • The second monthly W/S and BOT session has been adjusted and will now be held on Wednesday, 28 November, with a W/S at 6:30 PM and a BOT session at 7:30 PM.
  • All meetings will be held at the WJV Community Center.
Ongoing Projects.
  • Pocantico River Bridge. Furloughed until Spring 2019.
  • Route 9A-100 Bridge Update.   A change: Con Edison will be working on the Route 9A/100 Bridge on weekdays beginning Monday, 29 October through Friday, 9 November from~8:00 AM – 4:00 PM daily.~ There will be partial lane closures only – two way traffic in most cases.~ The purpose of this work schedule is to complete the sidewalk and curbing installations within this stretch of roadway.~
  • 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.
  • Getting approvals for “don’t block the box” on west bound North State side of the intersection.    

VBM Departmental News.
From the Village Clerk.~ Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Scarborough Station Parking. Permits will be distributed the week of 3 December.~ We will be adding the 2019 holiday (No Valet Service) schedule to the permits ... we anticipate that all second permit requests will be addressed during the second week of December.

From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD). ~The Fire Chief would like to share a few Fire Safety tips for Halloween.~ Tell your children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.~ Be sure they know how to Stop, Drop, and Roll if their clothing catches fire.~ Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.

Department of Public Works.~
  • Bulk leaf pick up will begin on Monday, 29 October.~ Leaves must not be in the roadway.~ Violators will be charged for the removal and assessed penalties by the Court system.~ We will be going section by section in order – there will be no special pickups.~
  • Last reminders 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 Library and Community Center.~ The Library will get a little scary this weekend. After closing on Saturday, the upstairs “stacks” transform to “Haunted Hallways” for our annual kids’ event. On Sunday, things get bone-chilling as actor Alan Sklar reads Edgar Allen Poe’s horror tale “The Pit & The Pendulum”.
Children/Teens~ ~
  • 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 till 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, 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.
  • Lego League (1st – 4th graders).~ Thursdays at 4:00 – 4:45 PM till 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.
  • 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.
  • Drop-In Knitting Help. Tuesday, 30 October, 6:30 - 8:00 PM and Friday, 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.
  • 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.
  • Financial Focus for Millennials.~ Thursday, 1 November, 7:00 to 8:00 PM.~ At this workshop Frank Calderone, a financial advisor, will focus on the many questions that millennials are facing regarding their finances, budgeting, portfolio management, savings and spending habits, debt and home purchase. Registration is recommended but all are welcome to attend.~ To register, email Shelley Glick at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Exploring Excel.~ Saturday, 3 November, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.~ Using Microsoft Excel 2010, you will learn the basics of setting up a spreadsheet to display and manipulate data.~ Excel can help you manage and track budgets, investments, mail lists and more.~ Library staff member Frank Erlanger is the instructor. Basic computer skills are needed and registration is required to Shelley Glick at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • 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.~
  • Platform Tennis season has begun, so remember 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 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.

Please see above for the revised meetings schedule for November and start times.

Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

Report 354 – 26 October 2018

Briarcliff Manor Village Hall, 1111 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510
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