News for the City of White Plains aaaaaaaaaaaDECEMBER 2020
DECEMBER 2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
All Month
Outdoor Dining Options.   White Plains is allowing restaurants to continue to offer outdoor dining in sidewalk cafes. Check with your favorite restaurant to see if they plan to participate. COVID-19 safety protocols remain in effect .
All Month
Ebersole Ice Rink open for season. Public Sessions Fridays: 3-5, 5:30- 7:30, 8-10. Saturdays: 1:30-3:30. Sundays: 8:15-10:15 am (adults only), 1:30-3:30. Masks required on and off ice. COVID-19 safety protocols in effect.
Now - Mon, 14th
Santa's Mailbox at City Hall. Bring your letter to City Hall located at 255 Main Street until Dec. 14th. Be sure to Include your return address. No stamp needed for Santa's special delivery.
Tuesday, 1st
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. A day that encourages people to do good. It has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Thursday, 3rd
White Plains Holiday Market opens at 11AM on December 3rd - Sunday December 13th. Waller between Maple & Lyon Place.
Monday 7th, 14th and 21st
Free Skate Mondays 2 PM - 4PM at Ebersole Ice Rink. Free Admission and Free Skate Rentals. Children under 10 yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, 1st come 1st serve. RESIDENTS ONLY. COVID-19 Safety Protocols in effect, masks must be worn on and off ice.
Wednesday, 9th
White Plains Holiday Market Day of Giving. A percentage of sales from today will be donated to Snarr Northeast Animal Rescue and Friends of the White Plains Public Schools.
Saturday, 12th
Santa Claus is Coming to Town! 10 AM - 1PM. Watch the City of White Plains website for details
Sunday, 20th
Skate with Frosty the Snowman. Ebersole Ice Rink 1:30-3:30 pm. Limited Admission. COVID-19 Safety protocols in effect. 
Friday, 25th
Christmas Day. City Offices Closed. Sanitation Holiday Schedule.
Thursday, 31st
New Year's Eve. No Downtown Festivities this year. Ring in 2021 with your immediate family. City Offices Closed on Friday, January 1, 2021. Sanitation Holiday Schedule.
City Lights Bright Holiday Nights
During the holiday season, White Plains greets residents and visitors to the downtown area with festive holiday street lighting. Watch the festive display come to life.

Frosty snowflakes and holly leaves with bright red berries brighten the downtown during the dark winter months of December and January and Renaissance Plaza, popularly known as Fountain Park, located at Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue is home to a brightly lit 30-foot holiday tree and a new winter themed light display. Please click on the photo above for a glimpse of the new light display at Renaissance Plaza. We hope you will be sure to walk over to the fountain and enjoy this festive display when visiting the downtown area.

Our special thanks go to Department of Public Works employees Vinny Nolletti, Fred Antoniuk and Marco Masucci of the Bureau of Public Facilities and to Louis Capelli for his generous contribution of the centerpiece tree.
You Can Brighten the Season for Others
This year, due to the public health crisis, we are seeing more people in need in our community. Every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give - so spread some cheer and volunteer your time and/ or your resources! 

Listed below are links to a sampling of local organizations that depend on volunteers and/or donations to fulfill their mission of helping our neighbors.
Mark Your Calendar!
White Plains Holiday Market - Downtown on December 3-13
The City of White Plains, in collaboration with 914PopUps, will host an outdoor, COVID-aware holiday market featuring over 40 vendors and artisans beginning Thursday, December 3rd thru
 Sunday, December 13th
on Waller Ave between Maple Ave and Lyon Place.
The market promises to be a great place to find unique and interesting gifts for everyone on your list. Enjoy your holiday shopping in an outdoor environment and then stop at a nearby White Plains restaurant for a bite to eat or a drink with friends and family. Plenty of parking all around. Open at 11 am each day.
And Every Day Is A Good Day to Shop Small Businesses in White Plains

As part of Shop Small White Plains, over 20 businesses in downtown White Plains are offering specials from Small Business Saturday through the White Plains Holiday Market. Shop Small White Plains offers include special menu items and products, discounts, and more! For a full list of offers and a map with each participating business, visit wpbid.com/shopsmall
Home Sweet Home Winter Tips
Be Safe This Holiday Season



Holiday Tree Collection
Holiday Trees are picked up at the curb Dec. 26th - Jan. 17th on your scheduled collection day. Please remove all tinsel, lights, decorations, tree stands and plastic bags from Christmas trees prior to collection. . . . After January 17th, call 422-1201 to schedule a pick up. The trees are mulched for wood chips.
The City of White Plains is actively seeking a diverse pool of candidates for the May 1, 2021 Fire Fighter Civil Service Exam. The exam is open to Westchester County residents; however White Plains residents will be given preference in appointment. 
 
Interested applicants must submit an application no later than Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM. FIND OUT MORE
Attention 2 to 12 Year Olds --
The New Gillie Playground Is Ready for Action!
White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and members of the Common Council cut the opening ribbon at the newly refurbished playground at Gillie Park on November 17.

The new playground, which is ADA compliant, has separate areas for 2 - 5 year olds and 5 - 12 year olds. It is fully accessible and inclusive for all children. At the corner of Mamaroneck Ave. and Gedney Way, free parking is available just steps away.

“Parks are an extremely important amenity and the City takes pride in providing quality active and passive recreation spaces for its residents,” said Mayor Roach. “This investment at Gillie is part of our ongoing commitment to our parks.”

Since 2013, the City has completed playground renovations at Delfino, Kittrell, Turnure, Druss, Mattison, and now Gillie Parks, created at Dog Run at Battle Hill Park and expanded the Jack Harrington Greenway Walking Trail.
There's Plenty to be Thankful for in WP!
Last month we asked our readers what they were thankful for. Thanks to all who sent along such heartwarming responses:

Lilian Donner is thankful for the neighbors who check in on her.

Joanna Keating is thankful for the promise of better days ahead.

Linda Putorti is thankful for all the accessible sidewalks in White Plains so she can walk almost everyday and enjoy this lovely city during these difficult times.

Olga Ramirez is thankful for good health.

Helen S. is grateful for the Mayor's weekly call regarding the Coronavirus.

Hector Sanchez is thankful for White Plains Hospital and all the front line workers.

This month, we are asking you to send along one sentence with
your hopes for 2021. We will share them in the January issue.
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