News from the City of White Plains    APRIL - Earth Month -
2018
APRIL EVENTS
Sat. Mar. 31


Now Thru
April 16th

Now Thru April 21st

Mon, 9th


Sat. 21st

Wed. 25th



Sun. 29th

Battle of the Bravest Charity Hockey Game , Ebersole Rink, New time 3:00 pm.



Earth Day Shoe Recycling Drive @ Gedney Recycling Yard and other locations.

Youth (14-21) Summer Employment applications available online. Deadline May 24

EARTH DAY!

Farmers Market Returns, Every Wed. until November. Court Street.  NEW! Saturday Farmers Market starts May 19th!

Cherry Blossom Festival. Turnure Park, 11:30 am - 5 pm. Free.

If you, or someone you know, might require additional assistance, transportation, and/or sheltering in the event of a major emergency, consider registering with the Westchester County 
Special Needs Registry . The Registry is for individuals with physical or mental disabilities who live on their own. Registration is free. 
Earth Day in White Plains
Did you know?

*     Each year White Plains residents recyle 50,000 pounds of textiles. Textile recycling provides the opportunity to reuse clothing, while avoiding pollution created by decomposing fibers.

*     White Plains residents have recycled over 20,000 pairs of shoes over the past 5 years as part of our annual Earth Day Shoe Recycling Drive.

*     There are more than 100 Japanese Cherry trees in Turnure Park.

*     Thanks to the White Plains BID for working with the City to purchase it's fourth state-of-the-art solar powered trash can. These cans compact  trash automatically, so they have greater capacity, require fewer pickups, and even signal when they need to be emptied.

*   The City of White Plains is celebrating it's 35th Year as Tree City USA as designated by the Arbor Day Foundation.  Tree City USA recognizes the importance of an urban tree canopy and the benefit of a greener, healthier community.   

*    You can find information about recycling in White Plains by clicking here.
Wheels Up! . . . A Dockless Bike Share Pilot Program is Coming to White Plains 
The City of White Plains is getting ready to launch a dockless bike share pilot program later this spring! Bike share is popping up in cities across the country. It's an affordable and green transportation option. 

White Plains recently passed a local ordinance authorizing a 1-year dockless bike share pilot program. During that time, the City will permit operators who meet City standards, allowing them to bring their bikes into the city.  The program will allow the City to evaluate where and how often the bikes are being used. Watch for more information on this new initiative in the coming months!
White Plains Businesses -- Sign Up for 
Summer Youth Employment Program
Remember your first summer job? Most adults do! When asked, they will smile fondly recalling the lessons and skills they learned, remarking that the experience paved the way for future opportunities. The White Plains Youth Bureau Youth Employment Services does just that.

Every year YES provides young people, who are White Plains residents 14-21  years of age,  the opportunity to experience, learn, grow, and make some money t hrough their summer jobs program.  For six weeks, young people work in camps, city departments, local businesses and not-for-profits learning the "soft skills" that so many employers state employees are lacking today. 

Youth Employment Services prepares participating youth for the workforce through resume writing and interviewing workshops and hosts  Job Fair, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. YES's goal is to place every young adult eager for an opportunity. With the support of the local business community, this gioal can be achieved.

If you are a local business owner or corportaion, you can help by providing a paid employment opportunity or by sponsoring a job placement for $1,800. To learn more about YES and provide a summer employment experience for a young person, please contact Youth Bureau director Frank Williams at 914-422-1378.
Metro-North Launches Extensive 3-Year Renovation of White Plains RR Station
Metro- North is planning to make the 35 year-old White Plains Railroad Station  "safer, sleeker, more accessible, and technologically up-to-date."

The three-year $94 million project, launched in March, includes improved station entrances, new signage, platforms, energy efficient LED lighting, USB charging ports, station dashboards and totems to provide convenient access to information, upgrades to customer restrooms and Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.   The interior of the station will also get a major makeover, with new wall panels, ceiling tiles and fixtures.

With nearly 10,000 commuters each day, White Plains is the busiest Metro-North station in Westchester County, and the busiest non-terminal or transfer station on the New York Commuter Network. This project dovetails nicely with the City's efforts to redevelop the area immediately adjacent to the station. An RFP for that project is expected to be released by the city in the coming months.

During construction there will be occasional service changes, mostly on weekends and holidays. The project has been planned in phases to minimize disruption to your weekday commute and enable you to move as easily as possible around the station and platforms.
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