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Village Manager's Report 10/6/17
Village Manager’s Report – 6 October 2017

From the Village Manager:  Important updates and reminders …

Monday, 9 October, is Columbus Day.  This is a Federal holiday.  Please note the following adjustments reflecting village services. All VBM Administrative Offices and the Library will be closed. There will be NO valet parking service at the Scarborough R/R Station. However, garbage collection will follow your normal Monday pick-up routine and follow a normal work schedule for the rest of the week.

Tropical Storm Nate.  It’s been a beautiful week and should be into Saturday, but we are watching this tropical storm as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico and then north east towards New Orleans by Sunday morning. Predictions are that it may move up the west side of the Appalachians.  NOAA is suggesting that heavy rain effects could arrive in the NY Metropolitan area early Tuesday.  

Pleasantville X North State Road Intersection (Birrettella’s Corner) the first segment retaining wall and extension of property at the intersection is nearly completed. The next segment is to create the “right-turn-on red” turning lane and sidewalk at the corner. The third major segment will be the replacement of the traffic signals. Route 9A x North State Intersection Project is a separate project which marries up with the above project.  The site work is in set-up stage but you can see that the ADA compliant work on the “Mrs. Green’s” side of the intersection has begun.  WC Portion of Pleasantville Road Work such as “saw cutting” all preliminary for the sidewalk, curb and road work has begun in several areas, most notably north of Birrettella’s corner.

Comprehensive Plan – B Zone Amendments. The M/BOT has approved the changes to the VBM”s “Comp Plan – B Zone Amendments”. The adopted resolution is solely directed at the Comp Plan and NOT existing Zoning Codes or definitions, which is an entirely different process.  We have posted the final form of the resolution on our website: click below …  

Streetscape Study: Downtown Business Zone Report.  Reminder that the Ad Hoc Citizens report studying the downtown business district has been set for the BOT W/S of Wednesday, 18 October, at approximately 7:15 PM.  The presentation is open to the public and will be led/outlined by Committee Chairman, Lou Wachtel in the WJV CCenter.  A copy of the report is available on our website:

Noise Ordinance Update.  The M/BOT is devoting a full W/S for the review of, in essence, a full rewrite of our existing ordinance. Village Counsel together with Village Staff has been directed to draft the proposed local legislation.  We have targeted the W/S of Wednesday, 25 October. Likewise, a copy of the proposed “new” noise ordinance will be noticed and posted in advance of any discussion.

From our Village Departments
From Administration:   Finally … The WC Mobile Shredder arrives in VBM tomorrow 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 currently focused on prepping road work and paving for our OWN annual street paving projects. As previously reported, we also expect heavy leaf drop in a shortened period.  Here we are in early October and most trees are solidly green: when the temperatures and weather turns, we anticipate a sudden drop. You are reminded that no leaf piles in the street or sidewalks. Tell you landscapers that violations will be issued and for those with prior violations heightened scrutiny.  

From the Library and Community Center.   
  • Family Movie Night — Captain Underpants [PG]. TONIGHT 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.
  • Adult Coloring.  Mondays 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.
  • Learn to Write an Ethical Will.  Tuesday, 10 October, at 2:00 PM.  An Ethical Will is a written document that conveys your life lessons, wisdom, family history and love as a guide and source of comfort to your loved ones and for future Generations.  Leave an inheritance more valuable than money- leave a part of you.  Amy Paul, of Heirloom Words, will discuss the concept of (non-legal) Ethical Wills and guide you to prepare this priceless, family treasure.
  • Successfully Navigating the College Process: Your Roadmap to Finding the Right Fit and Value.  Thursday, 12 October at 6:30 PM.  Navigating the College Admission Process is targeted towards sophomore and junior students and parents, though there is also useful content for seniors who may still be working through their applications. This presentation will focus on the most important factors in college admissions and how colleges evaluate candidates. Jane Klemmer, a Certified Educational Planner, will present this program.
  • How to Prevent Falls.  Friday, 13 October, at 11:00 AM.  Joseph Rendina, CEO of Iron Health and a certified physical therapist, will present important information on improving balance, why falls occur and how to prevent them.
  • 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.
  • And For My Next Act: Local Author Talk.  Sunday, 15 October at 2:00 PM.  Local author DeDe Emerson will talk about her autobiography And for My Next Act...from Bebop to the United Nations and Beyond.~ DeDe retired from a 30-year career with the United Nations in 1993 where she went on over 60 missions.  Prior to her U.N. career she performed professionally as a modern jazz pianist in NY City.~ Copies of the book will be available for sale (check or cash) and will be signed by the author.  This program is cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor - Scarborough Historical Society.
  • 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.
  • Reflections of Memories Past: Paintings by Donna Faranda will be on display on the second floor of the Library from 3 – 30 October.  Meet the Artist: Participant in Ossining Open Studio Tour on Saturday, 14 October from 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM at Briarcliff Manor Public Library.
  • Children’s Programs … email Amy Kaplan at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • The 2017 Fall Program Brochure with our full listing of programs for adults, teens and children is posted on our website at  Print brochures are available in the Library. Also, please sign up for Library News at and “like” our Facebook page at to find out about everything that’s happening at the Library.
From Recreation and Parks.  
  • This year’s Halloween Window Painting event will be taking place on Saturday, 21 October from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Pleasantville Road.~ The program is open to children in grades 2-5 and space is still available on first come first serve basis. If you are interested in participating, please register online, or at the Recreation office no later than Friday, 13 October.
  • Our Annual Ragamuffin Parade, co-sponsored by the Recreation Department and the Fire Department, is also scheduled for Saturday, 21 October.  The parade will kick off in front of the Engineer's Building located at 1360 Pleasantville Road (in between Bella Maiya Day Spa and St. Theresa's church) at 9:30 AM.  Costumed marchers will proceed down Pleasantville Road through the village ending in the parking lot next to the firehouse where everyone will be treated to entertainment, refreshments and goody bags!
  • 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 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, access the Recreation page, and click on the “Subscribe to News” link to register!  

From our extended Briarcliff Manor Community
Briarcliff Youth Soccer Club.   This weekend, 7 & 8 October, there will be no Saturday training or Sunday games in observance of Columbus Day Weekend. Good luck to all of our teams participating in Columbus Day tournaments! If you would like to register for our upcoming school holiday camps for ages 6 -12 please visit and for further information, please visit

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center (PMHC).  PMHC is sponsoring a local collection effort to bring urgently needed supplies to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria TOMORROW, 7 October. There will be collection boxes at the main entrance of the hospital as well as at the Pleasantville Farmers Market (9:00 AM), Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market (10:30 AM) and Chappaqua Farmers Market (around Noon).  Phelps Hospital President and CEO, Daniel Blum will visit all three farmers markets at the times indicated above. He will be available for interview. Items being collected are as follows: Diapers (infant, toddlers, adults), Baby wipes, Baby formula, Cases of water, Nutritional supplements (e.g., Ensure), Protein bars, Feminine hygiene products, Personal hygiene/care items (shampoo, body wash, deodorant, powder), Hand sanitizer, Oral hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste), Clorox and cleaning supplies, Paper towels, Toilet paper, Garbage bags (large), Light sources (flashlight, lanterns), Batteries (sizes AA, C and D).  Please note that all items must be unopened, within expiration date and in their original packaging.  For more information, please contact Joan Grangenois-Thomas at 914-982-6160 or

Mayor and Board of Trustees.  The next M/BOT W/S and Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 18 October, starting at 6:30 PM and thereafter 8:00 PM respectively at the WJV Community Center.

Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

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