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Village Manager's Report 10/27/17
Village Manager’s Report – 27 October 2017

From the Village Manager:  
Tropical Storm Alert.   I guess since we’ve had such an extended summer, this weekend’s weather forecast is being called a “tropical storm” and not a Nor’easter.   Will expect to see a stormy Sunday recalling the 5th anniversary of Super Storm Sandy bringing heavy rain and gusty winds into early Monday morning.  They say 4 inches of rain and gusts up to 30 MPH.  With the trees still leaf laden, watch for damage.  If you have a power outage, please call Con Ed first at 1-800-75-CONED first.  Be sure to get your “incident number” and relay to the information the VBM-PD at 914-941-2130.

Tuesday, 31 October, is Halloween. We wish to remind you that VBM residential areas such as the “Tree Streets”, in particular, traditionally see high levels of our kids.  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”.

Village Hall Construction.  In order to allow the cleaning crew to restore our offices, the VH will be opening at 9:00 AM on Monday.  VH will be closing early today so that the contractor can position their ongoing work  over the weekend; the change out of HVAC ductwork and re-wiring.

Pleasantville X North State Road Intersection (AKA Birrettella’s Corner).  WC hit a few problems: this sector has been delayed a few days.

“Northern” Pleasantville Road to Chilmark Shopping Center.  Like dominoes, the weather and the delay above is shifting the curb work to Monday.  Of course, we may still be adversely affected by this weekend’s tropical storm.

Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) the separate project on Pleasantville Road from Ash to Horsechestnut will be mobilizing soon.  We anticipate that the curbing and sidewalk on Horsechestnut road will be the first phase of work, on or about 1 November: a flier has been delivered to Horsechestnut residents.

Holbrook Road Lift Station.   Paving shifted to next week … subject to weather conditions.  I really do think there is light at the end of this tunnel.

Noise Ordinance Update.  M/BOT held a W/S on this subject this last Wednesday.  We are awaiting a redraft which will be a topic of 8 November’s W/S.  See below about change of meeting dates.

From our Village Departments
From the Department of Public Works (DPW).   
  • We are in a municipal consortium with the Town of Mount Pleasant (TMP) to achieve lower, fixed paving pricing by having a joint bid process. Unfortunately, the consortia contractor is finishing up later than expected in the TMP and will be coming to VBM next week.  Again, Mother Nature (see above for this weekend) controls a lot of our scheduling beyond a construction backlog.
  • Leaves are still clinging to the trees and while we have been jumping from place to place as we see piles, we have started our first loop.  We expect the weekend weather to shake the leaves loose. You are reminded that no leaf piles should be placed in the street or on sidewalks. Tell you landscapers that violations will be issued and for those with prior violations heightened scrutiny.  
  • Lawn Sprinklers … another reminder … as you prepare for winterizing your lawn sprinkler layout, be sure they are fully drained.  Have your plumber pump air through the lines to push out water in low spots from your system.  Have this done with the “saddle” or hub for your various lines.  The Winter freeze can cause costly breaks in your lines … especially water losses not realized until you get the quarterly water bill.
From the Library and Community Center
  • Alan Sklar Reads Two Tales by Poe: A Halloween Event.  Sunday, 29 October, at 2:00 PM. Get ready for Halloween by listening to two scary stories by Edgar Allan Poe: “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Telltale Heart”. Alan Sklar has been a voice actor for over thirty years, voicing commercials and recording over 200 audiobooks.
  • Drop in Halloween Crafts will be offered on Monday, 30 October, from 1:00 - 5:30 PM.    Children of all ages can stop in anytime during this period and create a Halloween craft.  There will be examples and materials provided in the children’s program room.  Children must be supervised at all times.
  • Digital Media: E-Books & More. Thursday, 2 November, at 6:30 PM.~ Learn about the digital media services available through the Westchester Library System for eBooks, e-Audiobooks, music, movies, magazines, newspapers and more.~ Registration is required. To register, email Shelley Glick at or call the Library.
  • Exploring Excel (Beginner). Saturday, 4 November, at 11:00 AM.~ 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. Basic computer skills are needed and registration is required. To register, email Shelley Glick at or call the Library.
  • Film Fans Discussion – Lion (PG-13).~ Saturday, 4 November, at 1:00 PM. Attention all movie fans, have you ever watched a movie and it left you wanting to discuss it with someone else? Now you can, as we discuss the critically acclaimed film Lion, the true story of a 5-year old Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Copies of the movie to watch on your own are now available to borrow at the library. The discussion will be moderated by Justin Ciaramella, Recreational Coordinator at Skyview Rehab and Health Care Center.
  • 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.  
  • Preschoolers Storytime & Art Series. Tuesday, 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, 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.
  • Hooked on Books. Wednesdays, 1, 8, 15 November from 4:15 - 4:45 PM for 5 & 6 year olds.~ Registration is required.~ This group focuses on developing a love for stories and comprehension skills via book extension activities, games, and crafts. Each meeting will focus on one or two stories with a related activity.
  • Reflections of Memories Past: Paintings by Donna Faranda will be on display on the second floor of the Library until 30 October.  Thereafter An exhibit of artwork by Carole D’Angelica and Diddy Gomerman will be on display on the second floor of the Library from 2 – 30 November. A reception which is open to the public will be held on Saturday, 4 November from 2:30-3:30 PM.
  • 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.~   
  • The Recreation Committee is in the process of drafting a survey asking the greater Briarcliff Manor community for their thoughts and ideas for future programs and activities for next year.  This is in particular the case now that the Law Park Pavilion has been rebuilt and additional amenities and opportunities created for extending our reach to the community.  Watch this box!
  • Senior Citizen Day – Wednesday, November 15, 2017.  Join us for a fun-filled afternoon at the beautiful Brownstone in Paterson, NJ. Join us on our trip to the Brownstone and enjoy an afternoon musical show with the Jersey Dreamers.~Joe Zisa and “Friends” are sure to entertain and keep you up on the dance floor.~ You will enjoy a full luncheon as they perform a variety of songs for your dancing and listening pleasure.~ Always a surprise guest star to add to the entertainment.~ A day of music, memories, dancing, and great food!
Cost: $ 55.00 per person –Includes: Transportation, Luncheon & Show
Depart:~ Youth Center 9:00 / North Hill 9:15 am
Estimated Return Time:~ North Hill 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline:~ Wednesday, November 8
For event flyer, please click on the following link: ~  If you would like more information on senior day trips and programs, please contact Stephanie Rossi at the Recreation Department 941-6560.
  • 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
The Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.~ The Harlem Magic Masters will return back to Briarcliff for another fundraising Basketball Event!~ On Friday, 3 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 LOCAL TALENT.~ There will be some surprise appearances 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 6:30 PM, so get there early to get your seats.~ Advance sale tickets for $15.00 each at the Briarcliff Recreation Department and Weldon's Stationery; Tickets are $18.00 the night of the event.~ ALL proceeds go toward Briarcliff Rotary High School Scholarships and other Briarcliff student-related activities & benefits.~ Please contact Eric Lebenson at 914-924-3596 for more information.

Mayor and Board of Trustees.  The Wednesday, 1 November, BOT meeting has been shifted to Wednesday, 8 November. The hours are the same: starting at 6:30 PM with a notice for a potential Executive Session, if necessary. All sessions will be at the WVJ Community Center.

Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

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