Village Manager’s Report – 8 September 2017
From the Village Manager: there’s a lot going on …
Credit Card Scam in VBM.
Please be on alert that there are people posing as VBM officials calling from a bogus “762 based exchange” and former VBM phone number. They are telling residents that they have a sizable, outstanding balance on their water bill but that the VBM can resolve it with the immediate “use of their credit card”. It should be noted that all correspondence and settlements of past due balances are done only by personal discussion with this office. All settlements are later confirmed by letter/e-mail prior to payment. Payments by check or money order are made through Village Hall. VBM credit card policy states that credit card payments can only be accepted through the village’s website … and not … over the phone. We have reported this to our Police Department who are actively pursuing all leads. If you or know someone who
has been contacted in a similar way call the VBM Police Department at 941-2130 first and then to our Village Hall Offices at 941-4800. Please pass the word on to your neighbors and friends about this disgusting and nasty scam.
Community Day 2017 is set for tomorrow.~ All indications are that we will have a fantastic “Fall-tinged” weekend. We are looking to repeat and extend the successful add-ons and changes of last year. We are once again bringing in some interesting and delicious Food Truck Vendors to spice it up: Arthur Avenue Wood-Fired Pizza, Annie’s American Dogs, KONA Ice, Crazy Taco-Mex and Three Little Pigs BBQ!~ Traditional games, inflatable activities and organization/business information tables will be on the field between 4-7 pm, and our annual DJ Dance party will move back into the pavilion
immediately after our fireworks display co-sponsored by the Briarcliff Manor Chamber of Commerce!~ So much is going on that I have attached a special flier for your use and information. While we believe the weather will be good, the official rain date is Sunday, 10 September since the Firemen’s Convention and Parade next week. There is a limit to just what we can do!
Westchester County Volunteer Firemen’s Association (WCVOA). The 111th Annual WCVFA Convention and Parade is on September 14-16, 2017. Fire Departments county-wide will be attending convention meetings and training seminars, a friendship night, and on September 16th, a full dress parade through VBM. The parade will begin at 1:00 PM from the assembly points on the many streets west of Mulberry then funnel out onto Pleasantville Road south through the Village. A reviewing stand will be mid-block on Pleasantville Road. The parade will end in Law Park with a live band for all to enjoy. The fire apparatus will continue beyond Law Park to the Todd School. Because we anticipate a heavy local and out-of-town
attendance, the following will be closed to traffic and/or parking due to the parade.
- Pleasantville Road, from Chappaqua Road to Horsechestnut Roads/9A from 12:30 PM-2:30 PM;
- Parts of Van Lu Van Road will be closed to public parking from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM (to accommodate county and local FD m and WC and local government officials);
- Hickory Road, Willow Drive, Cypress Lane, and Locust Road will have No Parking in effect all day and will be closed to traffic from 12:30 PM-2:30 PM;
- Mulberry Road will have no parking from 7:00 AM-2:30PM and be closed to traffic from 10:00AM-2:30 PM;
- All cars parked along the parade route, specifically in the downtown area, at 1:00 PM will not be able to leave their spaces until the conclusion of the parade;
- The Library will be closed on Saturday and there will be no parking in the Library parking lot from 7:00 AM-7:00 PM;
- Wells Fargo Bank parking lot directly across from the firehouse will be closed from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM;
- The Chase Manhattan Bank front area will be restricted for the official reviewing stand;
- The VH Municipal Parking Lot will be closed from 7:00 AM-7:00 PM (to accommodate county and local FD and WC and local government officials).
We are making Public Parking Available at 555 Pleasantville Road and the Law Park Fields. Anyone parking at 555 Pleasantville Road or Law Park Field will be able to take a shuttle bus to the downtown area or the staging area off Willow Drive.~For additional information, please contact the committee co-chairs Matthew Gullo and Matthew Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org~or go to www.bmfd.org/convention or http://www.bmfd.org/?page_id=2558.
From our Village Departments
Administration: Get READY ! The WC Mobile Shredder arrives in VBM on Saturday, 7 October, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Like last year, the shredder will be stationed south, past the Youth Center: 5 Van Lu Van Road with 2 lines for cars being serviced alternatively.
Residents can bring up to 4 file-size (10”x12”x15”) boxes of confidential papers per household.~ Please remove all large binder clips and covers. This is for the disposal of personal household papers.~ All business, institutional or commercial papers are not acceptable and will be rejected, as will any junk mail, magazines or newspapers. Courtesy and consideration is appreciated.
From the Department of Public Works (DPW). Work continues on roadside tree trimming, overhanging tree limbs and ongoing tree work. ~Repainting of crosswalks, parking spaces, stop bars, and any double yellow lines that are worn or faded nearly completed. Expect to catch up on street light repair now that our “bucket truck” should be back in operation after repairs and upgrades. Pushing for Community Day and WCVFA preparation of public spaces.
From the Library and Community Center.
- Weekly Children’s Storytimes back today with Baby Storytime Lapsit on Wednesdays at 11:30 AM and Fun for Older 1’s and Younger 2’s on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM.
- Stop at the Red Apple Rest: Author Talk and Book Signing will be held on Thursday, 14 September, at 6:30 PM. If you have ever stopped at the Red Apple Rest, the landmark restaurant is about to return the favor. Author Elaine Freed Lindenblatt will be here with the inside story of her father’s colorful eatery. Take a 50-year armchair ride back along NY Route 17 and learn what it was like to grow up in a round-the-clock family business that served over one million customers annually. Elaine’s book Stop at the Red Apple will be available for sale and signing. This program is cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor - Scarborough Historical Society.
- Friday Night at the Movies: GOING IN STYLE [PG-13]. 15 September at 7:00 PM. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman star as the three elderly, lifelong friends who decide to rob a bank. Movies are shown in the W.J. Vescio Community Center (attached to the library). You may bring your own snacks.
- The Library will be closed on Saturday, 16 September, to accommodate the WCVOA Parade and associated events set for Law Park. They will be open regular hours on Friday, September 15 (including for the movie that night) and on Sunday, September 17.
- Fun for Older 1s and Younger 2s.~ Wednesdays, 13 September – 15 November at 10:30 AM for 15 - 30 month olds with caregivers.~ Enjoy songs, movement and books together.
- Children’s Programs. To register, email Amy Kaplan at email@example.com or call the library at 941-7072.
- Preschoolers Storytime & Art Series.~ Tuesdays, 10 October – 14 November at 3:00 PM for almost 3s - 5 year olds with caregivers.~ Enjoy an interactive storytime that always concludes with an art-inspiring book and a “process art” creative experience.~
- New Program!~ Young Artists Series.~ Mondays, 23 October, 27 November and 18 December from 4:15 - 5:15 PM for 4th graders and up.~ Registration is required.~ Participants will view the rotating art exhibit on the second floor of the Library and then use the same medium to create their own art in the same style.~
- Casual Chess Club.~ Tuesdays, 3 October – 28 November from 4:30 - 5:30 PM for 3rd - 6th graders.~ Registration is required.~ Note: we will not meet on 31 October.~ Get together with other kids who like to play and practice your game.~ All levels are welcome.~ No formal instruction will be given.~ We can teach kids how pieces move if they have never played before.~
- A photography exhibit featuring landscape photographs by Robert Uricchio is on exhibit on the second floor of the Library from 1 – 30 September.
- The 2017 Fall Program Brochure with our full listing of programs for adults, teens and children should be available on our website and in print at the library by the end of August.~ Also, 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.
- Book Discussion Groups for Adults.~ The Library’s book discussion groups will be starting up again soon.~ The schedule and titles are shown below.~ The books for the September meetings are now available in the Library to borrow.~ If you would like to register for a book discussion group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library at 941-7072.~ Additional information on our book groups can be found at http://www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/bookgroups.html.
- Contemporary Fiction by Award-Winning Authors:
Wednesday, 27 September from 7:30 – 9:00 PM: House of Names by Colm Tóibín
Wednesday, 25 October from 7:30 – 9:00 PM: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Wednesday, 15 November from 7:30 – 9:00 PM: LaRose by Louise Erdrich
Tuesday, 19 September from 12:30 – 2:00 PM: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Tuesday, 17 October from 12:30 – 2:00 PM: Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Tuesday, 21 November from 12:30 – 2:00 PM: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.
From the Police Department. Warm up your pitching arm! The PBA will be participating in this year’s Community Day once again.~ Last year’s highly successful dunk tank will be set up for the day and a K9 demonstration around 5:00 PM from the Westchester County Police.
From Recreation and Parks.~
- Registration is underway for the After School Program (commonly referred to as TASK) as well as Junior Golf. All other program registration begins on Monday, 11 September. Note that deadlines for TASK and Junior Golf is Friday, 15 September at Noon. Online registration is available for all programs.
- The Recreation Department’s Fall Season Program Brochure will be available by close of business today for viewing and downloading from the Village website.~ Registration begins at 8:30 AM on Monday, 11 September, both online and in-person at the Recreation office.~ Visit the Recreation page of the Village website at www.briarcliffmanor.org for further information on Fall season offerings.
- 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
From our extended Briarcliff Manor Community. ~
Briarcliff Manor High School (BMHS) Class of 1967 Reunion.~ The BMHS class of 1967 will be holding their 50-year reunion during the weekend of 8 – 10 September.~ There will be a picnic on Saturday, 9 September, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Law Memorial Park.~ If anyone would like to get in touch with these 67 year old grads, please contact Shirley Common Dalhgren at 914-582-3744 or email@example.com.
Briarcliff Manor Scarborough Historical Society (BMSHS). The BMSHS is sponsoring Jenny Pitman, professional appraiser and member, to join with Antiques Roadshow veteran Sebastian Clarke at the BM Community Center on Thursday, 14 September, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. See the attached flier for details since you most schedule your on appointment.
You State Senator David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef … are co-hosting their Annual Senior Fair on Thursday, 14 September 2017, at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, Ossining from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Over 50 local vendors and resource providers within WC and surrounding areas will be present to offer support, knowledge and expertise to enhance the lives of our senior citizens.
Briarcliff Youth Soccer Club. Register now… limited spots are available for the 2017-18 AYSO U6 (Kindergarten) through U12G. AYSO is now using Blue Sombrero as their registration site. Please go to www.briarcliffsoccer.org~for a link to our Blue Sombrero registration site. The fee for the full AYSO year is $292.50 per player. Fees include professional training led by the NY Red Bulls, uniform kit, trophy, AYSO membership and magazines, insurance, and equipment. All
players need to provide their own shin guards, cleats and water bottles. Pre-K: Please see www.briarcliffsoccer.org~for a link to the NY Red Bulls registration site.
Mayor and Board of Trustees. The next M/BOT session will be TUESDAY, 19 September, beginning with a W/S at 6:30 PM at the WJV Community Center.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
Report 294B – 8 September 2017
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