Village Manager’s Friday Report
11 January 2019
From the Village Manager.
Weather Alert. Expect continued cold weather this weekend but because of the high pressure zone blanketing our area there is less of a concern for meaningful snow this weekend ... and maybe the ice rink will freeze over.
Board of Trustees Meeting Change. Due to scheduling concerns and conflicts, next week’s Village Board Meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, 30 January.
- The Old Briarcliff Road x Scarborough Road intersection work involving high-pressure gas transmission main connections and upgrades was delayed and therefore has the time to complete. Once finished, this area is to be closed in and paved to grade with “binder” for the Winter: final road restoration would be in the late Spring. Again, don’t hold your breath.
- Brick House Neighborhood: Con Ed upgrades. The localized/individual work consists of 4 x 4 to 6 x 6 foot road cuts to service and upgrade older, individual residential gas customers for some 40 homes on portions of Locust, Cypress, Willow and Hickory Roads. Con Ed representatives are to go door-to-door to all affected homes in anticipation of this work BEFORE any individual gas interruption occurs as they focus on each house service. All roads are to remain open: each road cut is to be paved to grade with binder. VBM DPW is to review the road for road replacement / re-pavement in the Spring.
- Route 9A / 100 Bridge Railings. We are working with state and local offices to pull together financial support to have the deteriorating rails repaired/repainted or even replaced ... by any way we can. You always have to be hopeful.
Platform Tennis Warming Shed. The build-out of the warming shed for platform tennis members/players continues. There is always room for you to join in this great Winter season outdoor sport.
VBM Departmental News.
From the Village Clerk.
- Village Website. Tomorrow, 12 January, our VBM website will be off-line and unavailable for several hours starting at approximately 9:00 AM. This is to enable servicing and upgrades. There will be a default webpage displayed informing visitors the website is temporarily out of service for this maintenance procedure.
- Start looking now ... as we work upgrading and expanding our website, we are soliciting new photos to be included. Photos can be virtually anything in the Village and credit will be given to the photographer. Please email your photos to the Village Clerk at email@example.com.
From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD). Our Fire Department is looking for a few good men and women. Have you ever wondered who responds when there is a 9-11 fire or medical emergency? The answer is people just like you ... volunteers. If you’re interested in any or all of the following:
- serving the community
- learning, training and experiencing something different
- participating in meaningful, team-oriented activities
- using your personal skills
- experiencing physical and mental challenges
- participating in special and complicated jobs
- making new friends and enjoying a sense of "family"
Please consider becoming a Volunteer Firefighter or EMT. Briarcliff needs men and women: we need you to assist in answering emergency calls 24/7. We provide all the necessary/required training if you can provide the time. Any time you can provide will be greatly appreciated: and, the rewards are incomparable! Simply, click the link https://join.bmfd.org/, complete the form and it will be sent to the Fire Chief. He will get back to you within a day or two. Thank You for considering becoming a member of the BMFD. You can follow us on
Facebook (Ctrl + click to follow link) www.facebook.com/briarcliffmanorfd and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/briarcliffmanorfiredept.
From the VBM Police Department. Stay warm and Drive safely ... it’s Winter!
From the Department of Public Works. There are no further bulk leaf pick-ups: all leaves must now be bagged and left at curbside ... with your Christmas Tree. There will be no special pickups and no organic waste pick-ups will be made from 1 February to 1 April.
From the Library and Community Center. Two experts will be sharing their knowledge next week: on Monday evening, Dr. Tony Di Giacomo will share a practical approach to high school standardized testing and then on Thursday evening, Dr. Daniel Sabol will talk about internet security.
- Baby Storytime Lapsit (up to 18 months with caregivers). Wednesdays, through 29 May 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Sing, read and dance with your baby. No registration required.
- Fun for Ones … and Young Two’s Too (15 – 30 months with caregivers). Wednesdays, through 29 May 10:30 – 11:00 AM. Enjoy songs, movement and book together. No registration required.
- Boys Only Book Club (4th & 5th grade boys). 26 February at 6:00 – 6:45 PM, 28 March at 4:00 – 4:45 PM, 7 May at 6:00 – 6:45 PM. Contact Amy Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Middle School Critics (6th – 8th grades). First Thursdays of the month, 7 February, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, and 6 June at 2:30 – 3:20 PM (Thursday meeting held at BMS) and one Tuesday a month, 22 January, 19 March, 9 April and 21 May at 6:30 – 7:15 PM (Tuesday meetings at BMPL, note no Tuesday meeting in February). Contact Amy Kaplan if you are interested at email@example.com or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Hooked on Books (5 & 6 year olds). Wednesdays till 13 February at 4:15 - 4:45 PM. Contact Amy Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Teen Advisory Board (9th – 12th graders). Thursdays (except never on first Thursday of the month, meetings held at BHS) till 30 May at 2:20 – 2:50 PM. Amy Kaplan at email@example.com and we will find a way to include you and incorporate your ideas. New members can join up at any time!
- Craft-a-Month, Junior (2.5 – 5 year olds with caregivers). 10 February, 11 April, 23 May at 2:00 – 2:30 PM (note March craft for all ages below). A different fun-to-make craft project at each meeting. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Craft-a-Month (6 – 10 year olds, 11+ participants/helpers). 14 January, 27 February, 25 April, 20 May at 4:00 – 4:45 PM (note March craft for all ages below). Create a different craft at each meeting. Parents are welcome to stay and help out or drop off/pick up. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at email@example.com or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Lego League (1st – 4th graders). Thursdays, 17 January – 7 February at 4:00 – 4:45 PM. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Exhibit-Monoprints, by artist Barbara Lalicki. Month of January.
- A Practical Guide to Standardized Tests: SAT, ACT, AP and Subject Tests. Monday, 14 January, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. In this presentation, parents and students will learn how to improve scores, reduce stress, and understand critical milestones for standardized tests. Come and hear from Dr. Tony Di Giacomo, who has two decades of experience in the education field, having worked for college admissions as well as for the College Board, owner of PSAT, SAT, and AP. Explore ways in which mastering in-school learning and free online information can help prepare, so students can focus on what matters most.
- Identity Theft and Hacking: How It Happens, Its Impact on Victims, and Solutions. Thursday, 17 January, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The presenter, Daniel A. Sabol is an IT Librarian and Cyber Security and IT Expert. He is a faculty member in the IT department at Fordham University and Mercy College. Daniel has his Ph.D. in Information Technology, MS in Cyber Security, MS Library and Information Science. He holds many certifications in the technology field. He has also published articles in the IT field. Sabol will be discussing the many different ways that black hat hackers get your information from a technical point of view.
- Friday Night & Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13) on 18 January, 7:00 PM & 19 January, 1:00 PM. Registration to Shelley Glick at email@example.com or by calling the Library at 941-7072, is recommended, but all are welcome to attend.
- Adult Coloring & More. Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM (no session on 21 January & 18 February). 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 co-sponsored with the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department.
From Recreation and Parks.
- Winter After School Program: The Registration Deadline for the Winter session of the After School Program was NOON today. Don’t panic! You still can register for any available classes until 12 noon on Wednesday, 16 January. The Winter class offerings can be found on the Recreation webpage (or by clicking the following link) 2019 Winter After School Brochure. Don’t delay … register today!
- The Recreation Department’s Winter Program Brochure is available on the Village website at www.briarcliffmanor.org. Winter program registration is underway so take a look and see if there’s a program you’d like to try in the New Year!
- The Law Park Ice Rink is starting to freeze, but we still need an extended period of cold weather to build some ice thickness. Seasonal passes are still just $5 for Village residents and $10 for school district residents. Once we have ice, you can even rent the rink for a private skating party if you would like!
- Platform Tennis season has begun, so remember to get your permits. The new warming hut between our paddle tennis courts is coming along nicely, and we hope to have it open for use soon!
- Stay on top of things: subscribe to our “Recreation News” e-mail notification system available through the Village website. We announce new offerings and use our system to keep you informed of such things as upcoming registration dates, deadlines, cancellation announcements and community special events. It’s easy: go to www.briarcliffmanor.org, 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 the Village Treasurer/Finance. Thank you for your timely tax payments.
Mayor and Board of Trustees. Timing and schedule conflicts has caused a further revision: the next M/BOT session will be Wednesday, 30 January 2019. We start with a Work Session at 6:30 PM followed by a BOT meeting at 7:30 PM all in the WJV Community Center.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
Report 365 – 11 January 2019