News from the City of White Plainsaa aa a aaaaaa MARCH 2023
Calendar of Events
All Month
Sat., 4th
Battle of the Badges White Plains Bravest vs. Finest Annual Charity Hockey Game 6 P.M. at Ebersole Ice Rink. Adults $10, Children $5. Proceeds support The Ronald McDonald House.
Sat., 11th
The White Plains Saint Patrick's Day Parade begins at Noon. The parade marches down Mamaroneck Avenue to City Hall on Main Street. After the parade, the celebration continues at local White Plains restaurants.
Sun., 12th
Daylight Saving Time begins. Remember to Change the batteries in your smoke detector.
Mon., 13th
The 2023 Spring/Summer Guide is available online.
Mon., 20th - April 2nd
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - prix fixe lunches and dinners offered at new restaurants and old favorites. Click for a list of participating White Plains restaurants.
Sat., 25th
The White Plains Library Foundation Gala - Celebrating the Freedom to Read, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the White Plains Public Library. Tickets required. Click here to learn about the White Plains Library Foundation.
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The 24th Annual White Plains St. Patrick's Day Parade Steps off at Noon on Saturday, March 11
For the past 24 years, White Plains has celebrated the contributions of Irish Americans to our community with a rousing parade. The 2023 parade is no exception. This year's parade will feature 20 marching bands, 8 floats, and numerous community groups and organizations.

The parade begins at noon at the intersection of Old Mamaroneck Road and Mamaroneck Avenue and will proceed down Mamaroneck Avenue, turn right on Main Street, and continue past City Hall. Rain or shine. More information is available here.

Congratulations to this year's Grand Marshal, Sr. Laura Donovan, President of the Sisters of Divine Compassion, and Aides, Anne Jordan Duffy, Gera Flannery Looser, Bridget O'Brien MacConnell, Tom Patterson, Fr. Joseph Tierney and Patrick Tighe, P.O. Check the WP BID website for St. Patrick's Day dining specials.
Breaking News
White Plains to Prepare a Safe Street Action Plan
The City of White Plains has been awarded $400,000 from the Federal Safe Streets and Roads for All program to prepare the White Plains Safe Streets Action Plan that will envision an integrated mobility system.

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach stated, “The Common Council and I are looking forward to developing the White Plains Safe Streets Action Plan with the community. The Action Plan will provide a bold mobility vision which will consider electric and alternative vehicles; bicycles; walking and accessibility enhancements while ensuring sustainability and the safety of our roadways.”
Save While You Go Green!
2023 Tax Credit and Rebates for White Plains
Families Choosing Clean Resources
There are many tax credits and incentives available for White Plains residents switching to energy saving alternatives. Check out all the Clean Energy Resources & Incentives here. These include:

Solar Panels - Households can receive a tax credit to cover 30% of the costs of installing rooftop solar.
Appliances & Home Repairs - Households can access a tax credit to cover up to 30% of the costs for certain efficiency improvements.
Heating or Cooling Systems - Households can claim a tax credit for 30% of the costs of buying and installing a heat pump.
Electric Vehicles - For new vehicles, income-qualified households can receive a tax credit of up to $7,500. 

For additional information visit Clean Energy For All, a federal government site.
Reminder
Free AARP Tax Prep Assistance is Available at the White Plains Public Library
Volunteers from AARP will prepare taxes free of charge on Mondays and Wednesdays through April 17 at the White Plains Public Library. 

Appointments are required. To make an appointment, call 914.348.3467 or email 500177589@aarpfoundation.org.
White Plains Seeks Nominations for
2023 Memorial Day Honoree
Selection Criteria 
Must be available to attend the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Must currently reside in White Plains

Must be a U.S. veteran or currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

U.S. veteran must have received an honorable discharge

For more info call 914.422.1423.
The City of White Plains invites you to nominate a U.S. veteran or person currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to be the City of White Plains 2023 Memorial Day Honoree.

The individual selected will serve as the Grand Marshal for the City of White Plains 2023 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. The event will be held on Monday, May 29, 2023 at 10 a.m.

All nominations will be evaluated by the Mayor’s Memorial and Veterans Day Board. 

The completed nomination form may be emailed to Mary Carey at mcarey@whiteplainsny.gov or can be dropped off at the Recreation and Parks Office at 85 Gedney Way Attention: Sia Tofano.

Application deadline is March 17, 2023. 
Mayor's Youth Council Meets Ndaba Mandela During Youth Leadership Forum in Albany
The Mayor's Youth Council attended the Annual Association of New York State Youth Bureau's Youth Leadership Forum in Albany, NY, on February 6 and 7.  

The group met with Senators Andrea Stewart Cousins and Shelly Mayer, Assemblymen Chris Burdick and Al Taylor (from Harlem) and Assembly-woman Amy Paulin's staff. They also had a chance to sit on the floor of the Assembly Chamber.

A highlight of the visit was the opportunity to meet Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela (second row center in photo). Ndaba is an entrepreneur, mentor, and spokesperson. He was born in Soweto, South Africa, and is currently the co-founder and chairman of the Mandela Institute for Humanity. He had been invited to the Capital to receive recognition for his works.

MARCH INTO Self-Care offers a mélange of hair, skin, and massage treatments created to show the winter blues the door and usher in a fresh new springtime you! 

From March 1 to March 31, select salons, barber shops, and spas are offering 25% discounts on select services to help you focus on yourself!
The White Plains Community Center Offers An Array of Programs for Adults
The White Plains Community Center invites you to join a vibrant community of adults who enjoy sharing intellectual, physical, and cultural pursuits while staying connected to friends and to the community. The Community Center provides leisure and recreational programming which promotes community, health, wellness, and an active lifestyle, and offers programs for active older adults age 60+ (That's about 30% of White Plains residents!)

The 60+ program provides traditional senior center activities like bingo, lunch, and card playing, but also offers Zumba classes, stretching and toning fitness classes, educational programming, yoga, fine art classes, dancing, traveling, cultural events, and special events complete with live music.
Trips
Celebrations
Fun & Fitness
The 60+ program hosts a variety of social activities, and holiday and culturally diverse events, and we celebrate each other with a quarterly birthday party, complete with cake and live entertainment.

Watch for the 2023 Spring Summer Guide (available March 13th) for a complete listing of all the exciting programs and events planned for the season ahead.

The Community Center, run by the Recreation and Parks Department, is located within the White Plains Armory at 65 Mitchell Place and is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. For more information visit the 60+ Adult webpage, stop by for a visit, or call 914-422-1423.
Let's All Enjoy the Beauty and Wonder of Spring
You know Spring has arrived in White Plains when you see daffodils and tulips blooming throughout the City. And that's not by accident. In conjunction with the City's Department of Public Works the White Plains Beautification Foundation has planted more than 130,000 daffodils since 2014. Learn more about the Daffodil Project here.

Spring is the season to open your windows and enjoy the beauty warmer temperatures offer. The City of White Plains noise pollution ordinance goal is to improve the quality of life for residents in our city while recognizing the needs of businesses and commercial entities. Therefore, please keep in mind:

Landscape Equipment - No landscape maintenance equipment and leaf blowers shall be used between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. on weekdays, and between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Leafblowers - Internal combustion (gas-powered) leaf blowers shall no longer be permitted after May 15, 2023. this includes all gas-powered backpacks, hand-held, ride-on, and push-behind leaf blowers. Non-combustion leaf blowers may be used year-round, in accordance with the day/time use usage restrictions discussed above.
The Westchester County Center is Back in Business!
After nearly three years of service hosting medical professionals who administered Covid vaccinations to tens of thousands, the Westchester County Center has returned to its former place as home to dozens of sports and entertainment events each year. Click here for the current schedule and to learn more about the venerable Center.
Nixon Was In White Plains, too!

We appreciate hearing from readers who contacted us regarding Presidential visits to the City of White Plains.

Several readers wrote to share their memories of when candidate Richard Nixon held a campaign rally at the Westchester County Center on September 10th, 1968. Four years later, President Nixon returned to our area.

It was October 23rd, 1972, when President Nixon's motorcade drove through Westchester. It was a 50-mile route that included passing through White Plains. Residents lined the sidewalks along the route as the motorcade drove down North Broadway, turned right onto Main Street, passed City Hall, turned left onto Mamaroneck Avenue, and continued on - making stops in designated communities. The Presidential motorcade concluded at Rockefeller's Pocantico Hills estate. 

Thanks to Austin Duffy of the White Plains Public Library for his assistance on this article. The Local History office is a great resource to learn about past events. The White Plains Collection includes books, photographs, maps, oral histories, pamphlets, clippings, and ephemera that help us understand the past in White Plains and build a richer context for our own time.
Noteworthy Birthdays!
Tuskegee Airman, Edward Dancy celebrated his 99th Birthday last month.

We as a community owe a debt of gratitude to Airman Dancy for his bravery and selflessness. Mr. Dancy continues to give back to the community and has volunteered with many local groups, including the White Plains Youth Bureau Aviation Program. We are grateful for his heroic service to our nation and his commitment to our community.
Eleanor Hardy Celebrates her 100th Birthday this month!

Eleanor Marconi Hardy, born on March 25, 1923, is a favorite daughter of the City of White Plains.

Eleanor has given generously of her time to various civic and community organizations and has been an uplifting member of our community.

Happy Birthday, Eleanor!
Reminder
In an effort to reduce noise pollution and to protect our environment, effective May 15, 2023, the City of White Plains has banned the use of gas-powered leaf blowers - this includes all gas-powered backpacks, hand-held, ride-on, and push-behind leaf blowers. For additional information click here or contact the Building Department
at 914.422.1269.
The City of White Plains has many accessible events and welcomes people with disabilities
If you have any questions or concerns regarding access to an event, please call the sponsoring agency during normal business hours:
Recreation & Parks -- 914.422.1336, Youth Bureau -- 914.422.1378,
Public Works -- 914.422.1221
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