Village Manager’s Report – 22 September 2017
From the Village Manager:
Major Project update:
- Based on a series of recent Pre-Construction and Mobilization meetings, we can report that the Route 9A x North State Intersection Project should start this week with set-up work on the fringe areas of the intersection. While most of the work will be on the “east side” of the intersection, reconstruction will occur on all 4 corners of the intersection including lane extension, expansion and adjustments. Because this also includes major signalization updates and enhancements, this will not be a “quick” project. The work routine will vary and involves several component stages as it overlaps into other projects that it will “marry up” with. This includes a pick-up of construction at the Pleasantville X North State Road Intersection … what we call Birrettella’s Corner. This work is a coordinated and funded project
of VBM, TOS, WC, NYS Legislature and NYSDOT. VBM is the project agent but there are many “hands” involved in this unique cooperative project. The proverbial bottom line is that we ask you for your cooperation during this next phase. Please anticipate evitable delays.
- One of the meetings also included the $7+ million in the planned road, curb and sidewalk improvements and reconstruction along Pleasantville Road from about Round Hill Road to the South State bump-out. Horsechestnut and Ingham Roads will have significant work done in phases. It then picks up from “Birrettella’s Corner (see the linkage to the above) and runs essentially to the Chilmark Shopping Center. Because of a host of reasons parts of this major project will start in different areas to take advantage of various conditions and needs. The Pocantico River Bridge Project (replacement of the entire bridge) has been re-set for next Spring: NYSDEC regulations prevent work in designated rivers, such as the Pocantico, after 30 September. Work can only begin on the bridge after 1 May 2018,
which is (personally) probably just as well. This project is WCDOT’s but the work on Ingham and Horsechestnut are Safe Route to Schools (SRTS) NYS/Federal Grants that the VBM secured. Understand that the timing and phases are all subject to change and variation.
From our Village Departments
From Administration: Coming up next … 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). We are in a rush to complete transitional work from Summer to the Fall. Be prepared for a “bumper crop” of leaves this Fall. Currently, “keying” road surface areas for this Fall repaving is in process … please ease off the speed in those areas. We advanced our Fall seasonal plantings for your enjoyment.
From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD). The BMFD and the WCVFA wish to extend their sincere appreciation to the residents and businesses of the VBM for their support of the 111th Annual WCVFA Convention and Parade this past weekend. The event was a huge success and we hope that the entire community was able to enjoy it.
From the Library and Community Center.
- The Century Association: Over a Century in the Arts and Letters.~ Sunday, 24 September, at 2:00 PM. What do famous Briarcliff Manor residents such as Walter Law, Frank Vanderlip, Brooke Astor, Alice Low and V.E. Macy have in common? They, along with many other illustrious Briarcliff residents, were all members of the Century Association, a private club founded in 1847. Come hear Alexander Vastola, Briarcliff Manor resident and Archives Assistant at the Century Association Archives Foundation, discuss the history of the Century Association. This program is cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor - Scarborough Historical Society. Registration is recommended at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or by calling the Library at 941-7072.
- Adult Coloring. Mondays starting 25 September, 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.
- Children’s Programs. Register/email Amy Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call the Library at 941-7072.
- Contemporary Fiction by Award Winning Authors: House of Names by Colm Tóibín. Wednesday, 27 September from 7:30 - 9:00 PM. In House of Names, Colm Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, and gives this extraordinary character new life, so that we not only believe Clytemnestra's thirst for revenge, but applaud it. He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth's most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels. To register, please email email@example.com or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Family Movie Night — Captain Underpants [PG]. Friday, 6 October, at 6:30 PM. Watch this new-to-DVD release movie on our big screen. All are welcome to bring snacks to enjoy during the show.
- Preschoolers Storytime & Art Series. Tuesdays, 10 October – 14 November at 3:00 PM for almost 3s - 5 year olds with caregivers. Registration is required. 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 is posted on our website and available in print at the Library. 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.
From Recreation and Parks.
- Don’t forget to join in on some of our Fall Recreation Programs for Adults 60 and older!
Mah Jongg Lessons for Beginners - Tuesdays 2:30 - 3:30 PM, starting on 3 October. Free!
Chair Yoga with Kathie Scanlon - Mondays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Adult Coloring - Mondays 1:00 - 2:30 PM, starting on 25 September.
Line Dancing with Cameron Kelly - Tuesdays 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM.
- The Recreation Department’s Fall Season Program Brochure is available for viewing and downloading from the Village website: registration is underway. 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 register!
From our extended Briarcliff Manor Community.
The Briarcliff Manor Little League. BMLL will be having a golf outing on 2 October at the Pleasantville Country Club starting at 10:00 AM. The outing includes an 18 hole round, breakfast, BBQ buffet, and prizes (car for a hole in one). Note that it is limited to 36 golfers. If interested, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor and Board of Trustees. There will be a Work Session on Wednesday, 27 September, starting at 6:30 PM at the WJV Community Center.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
Report 296B – 22 September 2017
P.S. We obviously dodged hurricane Irma earlier this week as it moved eastward in its northern track. Looks like … let’s hope … the same will happen with Hurricane Maria.[copy text from your word processing document and paste it here]