“Summertime is always the best of what might be,” says it all. This quotation is from Charles Bowden, who was an American non-fiction author, journalist and essayist. While we make our vacations and summer plans, our village governments support local events, carry out ongoing projects and plan for new ones.
Briarcliff Village Manager Phil Zegarelli noted in his Manager Report, “Con Ed Road Work Alert. The initial phase of Con Ed gas main re-construction/replacement was scheduled to begin on Monday, July 20. This phase is focused on Pleasantville, South State and School Roads. Work Notices are to be distributed by Con Ed to affected customers. The anticipated completion date is Friday, 21 August. While no time is a good time, the area is oriented to more discrete zones to minimize impact – that is to start, get in and finish in as timely a fashion possible. (I know, these are famous words on my part.) Understand that this is only one of several components in the area update and improvement program of local gas mains.”
Briarcliff Summer Camp is off to a good start. While Summer Camp is in full swing, pool hours adjust to 12:45 – 7:30 pm on weekdays through August 9. Weekend hours remain 11:00 am to 7:30 pm through August 9. The pool schedule has some adjustments for the swim/diving team home events: on Thursday, July 23 the Pool closes at 4:30 pm instead of 7:30 pm for a home meet vs. Birchwood. On Sunday, August 2 the Pool will open at 12 noon and close at 4:30 pm for the NWSC All-Star meet & Swim Team Picnic.
Briarcliff Village Manager Phil Zegarelli also noted in his report, “The New Basketball Hoop at Law Park Tennis Court #4 has received a great response. This addition is for pool patrons only and open on weekend afternoons. Access is from the newly installed gate at the poolside area. We welcome its use but ask that you respect permit-holding tennis players.”
A book discussion under the stars will take place on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:30 pm. Meet at the Law Park Pavilion and enjoy a warm summer night to discuss I Am Malala, a powerful memoir by the young Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, who refused to be silenced, fought for her right to an education, and went on to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. If you are interested in attending, please contact Shelley Glick at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy of the book.
The Briarcliff Manor Pine Forest & Wetlands Reclamation Project work continues every Saturday at the Briarcliff Youth Center at 1:30 pm. This is a grassroots community effort to “take back” the beautiful Pine Forest and wetland area from various invasive plant species located between the Youth Center and the Law Park Field. Volunteers are welcome, so bring gloves, loppers, hand pruners, pole saws/pole pruners, rakes, weed-whackers and protective glasses, and let’s all work together to make a difference. This is a beneficial and rewarding community service.
Work continues at the Club Field at 25 Scarborough Road, with a weed/feed/seed program. Village Manager Phil Zegarelli elaborated, “The theme from VBM is ‘keep to your footings.’ On the construction project front, recently, we had the concrete footings for the Community Center, the Club Field Comfort Station and the new Hydro-Pneumatic Pump Station poured, and they are awaiting the next phase of construction. A push is on to accelerate the framing out and outer shell construction of each project. The Hydro-Pneumatic Pump Station is a module being assembled offsite that is to be delivered to the site shortly after Labor Day. This pump station will eventually deliver stronger water pressure to the higher elevations of the Village.”
The Village of Briarcliff Manor is planning for their annual Community Day set for Saturday, September 12, in Law Park. Plan to join neighbors and friends in a day of family games, activities, food, refreshments and special attractions.
A new ambulance budgeted for by the Briarcliff Manor Village Board is expected to be delivered shortly after Labor Day.