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Village Manager's Report 11/3/17
Village Manager’s Report – 3 November 2017

From the Village Manager:  
Time Change … Turn your clocks back.  We go BACK to Eastern Daylight Standard time overnight on Saturday, 11 November.  So be sure to turn our clocks back one hour.  Also this is a good time to change the batteries in all your fire/smoke or other alarms.

Heads up: Veterans Day.  This year Veterans Day falls on Saturday, 11 November.  HOWEVER, the VBM’s administrative offices, Recreation and the Library will be closed on Friday, 10 November. Please note that regular Friday garbage collection will be made.

Village Hall Construction.  We are back to normal hours even though the work is not finished. The second floor looks like an earthquake hit us but we do have heat from our new natural gas fired boilers.

Pleasantville X North State Road Intersection (AKA Birrettella’s Corner).  Working around some new problems … but we are getting there.

“Northern” Pleasantville Road to Chilmark Shopping Center.  The extruded cement (has the consistency of play-dough) curbing is ongoing.  The curbing is “ironed into” the trench and then backfilled.  The pavement “binder” layer comes next.

Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) has begun with preliminary work on Horsechestnut Road. Lay-out of new sidewalks comes next.  Residents: please obey all posted signs regarding street parking restrictions. Paving will be in the Spring of 2018

Holbrook Road Lift Station.   Paving should be completed by early next week.

Noise Ordinance Update.  M/BOT’s W/S of 8 November will have a caption to review the latest draft of the new Noise Ordinance.

From our Village Departments
From the Village Clerk. ~Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Scarborough Railroad Parking Permits and permits will be distributed the week of 4 December.~ We will be adding the 2018 holiday (No Valet Service) schedule to the permits ... we anticipate that all second permit requests will be addressed by 15 December.

From the Department of Public Works (DPW).   
  • Our own paving program is ongoing: we thank you for your cooperation. Additional paving is being planned for the Spring of 2018.
  • We completed the first loop of our annual leaf pick-up program.  The second loop continues even though many leaves are still clinging to our trees. The weekend weather is to be mild but cooler … maybe the wind will shake some more 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 … Last 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
  • 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.~
  • Picasso’s Pyrenees: A Travelogue.~ Sunday, 5 November, at 2:00 PM.~ About 100 years ago, a little mountain town in the French Pyrenees called Céret became a center of Modern Art.~ Up-and-coming artists such as Picasso, Braque, Matisse, and Gris spent summers here in the teens of the last century.~ This group became known as the School of Céret.~ After WW I, another wave of artists and writers including Soutine, Dufy, and Cocteau descended on the town. During WW II, artists fleeing~~ Nazism settled there, among them Chagall Dubuffet, and Tzara.~Liz Kemble of Travellati Tours will discuss and share images of the places where these renowned artists worked and lived.
  • Nutrition for Kids.~ Thursday, 9 November, at 7:00 PM.~ you ever wonder what to feed your much they should eat....which nutrients they need and how to keep your child athlete healthy?~ Then this is the program for you!~ Join local nutritionist, gym owner and radio talk show host Jennifer Zelop for this important presentation.
  • 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, 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.
  • An exhibit of artwork by Carole D’Angelica and Diddy Gomerman will be on display on the second floor of the Library through 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 VBM Recreation Advisory Committee Survey regarding Parks, Facilities and Recreation Programs is now available.  Please take a few moments to share your thoughts!  The survey will be available through Sunday, 26 November, and responses will be reviewed and discussed at the next Advisory Committee meeting on 28 November. Please click on the following link to access this online survey >>>,
  • The Village of Briarcliff Manor extends Congratulations and Blessings to Recreation Supervisor Kyle Peterson and his wife Jessica on the birth of their first child. Chase Kyle Peterson was born on Halloween at 7:38 PM.  Mom, baby and proud new father are all doing well!
  • 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.~ Last Chance … TONIGHT … The Harlem Magic Masters returns to Briarcliff for another fundraising Basketball Event: 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. Tickets are only available at the door: $18.00 and all proceeds go toward Briarcliff Rotary High School Scholarships and other Briarcliff student-related activities & benefits.

Mayor and Board of Trustees.  The next meeting of the M/BOT is Wednesday, 8 November, 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

Report 302 – 3 November 2017     
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