Village Manager’s Friday Report
1 December 2017
From the Village Manager:
- This Sunday … Please join us for the return of Briarcliff’s Community Bonfire & Holiday Sing-a-long event in Law Park!~ We are meeting 3 December at 5:00 PM in the Pavilion.~ Join your friends & neighbors for a warm and inviting Celebration of Peace, Community Fellowship & the Winter Holiday Season co-sponsored by the VBM and the Briarcliff Friends of the Arts (BFA).~ This event features vocal performances by the Lubin Carolers, Sing-a-Long Songs, children's crafts, refreshments and our traditional bonfire!
- As previously reported for several weeks, the Village’s seasonal prohibition of overnight parking did go into effect last night. There is no Parking on Village Streets until 31 March 2018.
- Village Hall Construction. This is purgatory as the work continues.
- Pleasantville X North State Road Intersection. The “north” Pleasantville Road sector to the VOS line is largely completed with minor grooming to be completed shortly. The immediate area near the North State Road x Pleasantville Road intersection will be completed in early 2018 due to environmental remediation work yet to be scheduled. The new signals are being tested for full operation. Separately and ongoing for this year is as much work on the Route 9A X North State Road intersection.
- Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) Construction of New sidewalks, curbs, and drainage system will begin on Monday, 4 December.~ Targeted roads are Horsechestnut, Ingham, and a portion of Pleasantville Road.~ Work will proceed as the weather permits.~ Remaining work will be completed in the Spring.~ With the commencement of the overnight parking prohibition on 1 December, the Contractor will be utilizing these areas for construction vehicles and materials.~ All driveways will be kept open for access at all times.~ There will be an inspector on the project at all times.~ If you have any questions, please contact the Building Department at #944-2770.
- Holbrook Road Lift Station: final DOH testing comes next before being placed on line.
- Noise Ordinance Update. An update to the previous draft is in process and for future review. We anticipate having the first public hearing on the rewritten Noise Ordinance NO earlier than mid-January 2018.
From our Village Departments
From the Village Clerk. ~Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Scarborough Railroad Parking Permits will be distributed next week.~ 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). We will RETURN to picking-up leaves this weekend. Our traditional neighborhood loop system has been altered this year due to the delayed leaf drop. We are pushing as hard as we can to finish before the real winter weather sets in.
From the Library and Community Center
- Books That Will Start You Thinking: Nonfiction Book Group: The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, And the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick.~ This Sunday, 3 December, at 1:30 PM.~ Copies of the book are now available to borrow at the Library.~ Registration is required.~ The discussion is led by Shelley Glick, Reference Librarian. To register, please email Shelley Glick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-7072.
- 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 by our Recreation Department. ~
- Children’s Programs … email Amy Kaplan at email@example.com~or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Please note that Wednesday Storytimes are suspended starting 22 November through the end of the year returning on 3 January 2018.~
- Young Artists Series. Monday, 18 December, from 4:15 - 5:15 PM for 4th graders and up. 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. Registration is required.
- Middle School Critics for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.~ Kids get together to write reviews of books, movies, music, apps and more. All reviews are compiled into a newsletter to be distributed at Briarcliff Middle School, available in the Library and on our website.~ We have snacks at each meeting. For dates, times and location please go to http://www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/criticsmeetings.pdf.~ Registration is required.
- Original Watercolors and Limited Edition Giclees by Marie Pennacchio will be on display on the second floor of the Library from 2 – 31 December.
- Our 2018 Winter Program Brochure with our full listing of programs for adults, teens and children will be available soon on our website and in print at the Library. 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 the Village Treasurer. Your second installment of VBM Taxes are due as of today. You have until Tuesday, 2 January 2018 to pay your taxes without penalty. If you have any questions, please contact the VBM Tax Office at 914-944-2723.
From our Police and Fire Departments. The VBMPD PBA has two holiday drives underway. Their Annual Coat Drive is looking for new or gently used winter coats to be dropped off at the Police Headquarters, 1111 Pleasantville Road, at any time through at least 8 December. ~Then there’s the PBA Annual Toy Drive: drop off new unwrapped toys at the Police Headquarters at any time through 8 December. ~All toys will be delivered to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at the Westchester Medical Center.
From Recreation and Parks.~~~
- Platform Tennis season has arrived, so get your Platform Tennis Permits and enjoy this wonderful cool weather sport!~ Contact the Recreation Department for details, or visit the Recreation page of the Village website at www.briarcliffmanor.org for further information.
- The Recreation Department’s Winter Season Program Brochure is now available.~ Winter registration begins on Monday, 4 December.~ Visit the Recreation page of the Village website at www.briarcliffmanor.org for further information on all recreation programs and seasonal 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.
- Atria Senior Living.~ The Cassatt String Quartet will be having a concert at the Atria on Friday, 15 December, from 3:30 – 4:30 PM.~ The event is sponsored in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.~ For more information on the Quartet, please visit www.cassattquartet.com.~~~~
- Holiday Gift Making Workshop.~ Saturday, 2 December from 2:00 – 4:30 PM at the Cedar Lane Arts Center located in Cedar Lane Park, Ossining.~ Bring your family and join us in some holiday craft making fun.~ Children of all ages must be accompanied by an adult.~ Ongoing projects include: ornaments, mobiles, note cards and other hand- made gifts to delight family & friends!~ Prices range from $2 - $6 per project.
- From the Chamber of Commerce (COC). The COC will be sponsoring a Cookie Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, 23 December from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Central Business District. You’ll need a map which can be picked up at Dunkin Kehn, Holbrook Cottage, Wondrous Things and Posh Polish … more next week.
Mayor and Board of Trustees. The next M/BOT meeting will be on Wednesday, 6 December, starting with a W/S at 6:30 PM and the BOT session at 8:00 PM. Notice is provided for an Executive Session, if necessary. All sessions will be at the WVJ Community Center.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
Report 306 – 1 December 2017
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