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Aftermath Of Snowstorm Tops Village Manager's Report

Mayor Philip Zegarelli provides an update the village's response to the Blizzard of 2016.
Mayor Philip Zegarelli provides an update the village's response to the Blizzard of 2016. Photo Credit: File

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Most sections of Briarcliff Manor received more than 13 inches of snow during the Blizzard of 2016, but the village's Department of Public Works and voluntary services expertly removed the snow and was ready to respond to emergencies, according to the latest report from Village Manger Philip E. Zegarelli.

Zegarelli thanked all those vital to the effort, including the village residents responsible for aiding in the cleanup.

In other village news:

  • There is nothing notable to report as the village awaits bid responses from a request for proposal covering plans to dismantle the “super structure” of the Pool Pavilion. The second, simultaneous step in the project is to move to the planning phase of rebuilding the pavilion while bringing it up to current code requirement. Replacement parts/needs for the pool have been ordered all in anticipation of our Memorial Day opening and fully functional for our Summer camp season of events.
From the Library and Community Center

  • What “Counts” in the College Admissions Process is scheduled from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2. This program will cover finding the college with the right match, how colleges admit students, what students have done in the past to get in, how to get the most out of college and how to stay calm throughout the entire process. Keith Berman, founder and president of Options for College, will present the program.
  • Making Sense of Modern Art is scheduled for 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7. Many people don't fully understand the major modern art movements that occurred between 1900-1945, which include Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Dada and Surrealism. The program will provide a brief survey of those developments and discuss how and why Modernism emerged. The goals of the Modernists will also be discussed along with some insights on how to “read” and understand modern art. Jill Kiefer, PhD, an art historian and teaching artist and the founder and director of What About Art, will lead the program.
  • Photography on Exhibit – Up Close & Far Away is to run from Feb. 2 - Feb. 29 with an opening reception from 4–5 p.m. on Feb. 7. The exhibit, featuring the photography of Susan Cember and Heidi Fuhrman, celebrates slices of reality that may be missed in one's everyday virtual life: a selection of close-ups and vistas, peculiar perspectives and far-away places.
From Recreation and Parks

  • The Ice Skating Rink had a one-day run and then closed because of the storm. Since then, temperatures this winter just haven’t been conducive for making solid ice. Although the rink surface may look attractive, residents are asked to stay off the ice as it is unsafe for public use. Further updates will be provided once February's weather forecast has become more clear. A "No Skating" sign is posted for the time being.
  • Get Ready … 2016 Day Camp dates are set. The village's camp programs for children entering kindergarten through 9th grade will run from July 5 through August. The village will be offering a new Multi-Sport Camp for grades 4-6 in addition to the village's traditional day camps and the popular travel camp program for grades 7-9. Details on all camps, including specialty camp offerings scheduled through the end of August, will be available in early March.
  • Additional spring & summer programs are also in the final planning stages and all will be included in the next seasonal brochure available in early March.
  • Anyone looking to stay informed with up-to-the-minute information regarding the Recreation Department's programs and services should subscribe to the village's “Recreation News” e-mail notification system available through the Village website . In addition to announcing new offerings, the system reports on such things as upcoming registration dates, deadlines, cancellation announcements and community special events.
  • Platform Tennis is ready for play. If you haven’t purchased your 2015-2016 permit yet, please do so soon. Contact the Recreation Department for details or visit the recreation page of the village website for further information.
From the mayor and Board of Trustees

  • The Next M/BOT Board Session is Wednesday, Feb. 3, starting with a W/S at 7 p.m. and a BOT session at 8 p.m.
  • Route 9A and North State Road Construction . There is still no new word when this project will be approved for construction mobilization. When further information is available, it will be provided.
  • The Community Center spaces are in the process of being “sheet rocked,” the Comfort Station interior is being fitted out and painted, and the Hydro Pneumatic Pump Station’s roof is being completed while the concrete floor has been poured and the interior wired. Con Ed has not yet set the meter in place allowing the village to power up the building complex and move on to testing the component parts for site completion. The Hydra Pneumatic Pumps will be tested over a prolonged period of time before they come on line.

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