News for the City of White Plains aaaaaaaaaaa JANUARY 2021
JANUARY 2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
All Month
Ebersole Ice Rink : Free Skate & Resident Only sessions require proof of WP residency. Free Skate sessions (limited to WP residents only): Mon 2 PM-3:30 PM & Wed 2 PM - 3:30 PM, WP residents only sessions (reg admission fee): Fri, 3 PM-5 PM, 5:30 PM - 7:30PM & 8 PM-10 PM. Public Skate Sessions: Sat 1:30 PM -3:30 PM, Sun: 8:15 AM -10:15 AM (adults only) and 1:30 PM -3:30 PM. Masks required on and off ice. COVID-19 safety protocols in effect.
All Month
White Plains Restaurant Month a month dedicated to our downtown restaurants featuring diverse menu options for lunch and/or dinner. Each dining establishment will feature Prix Fixe specials.
All Month
Launch of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. White Plains Public Library.
Friday, 8th
9 AM
Coffee with Grampas discussion "1968, The Year That Was." Rev. Erwin Trollinger will lead this zoom discussion about the events of 1968. Call Youth Bureau at 914-422-1378 for zoom registration link.
Friday, 15th
Last Day for Curbside Christmas Tree Pickup. Trees must be free of any decorations and may not be in a plastic bag, as they will be recycled into mulch. After 1/15/21 call 422-1202 to schedule a pick up or bring to the Gedney Recycling Yard Mon - Sat. 8 AM - 4 PM; Sun. 8 AM - Noon.
Monday, 18th
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. City Offices Closed. Sanitation Holiday Schedule.
Message from Mayor Tom Roach
Challenges Remain .... But Brighter Days Ahead
Dear White Plains Residents,
Welcome to January and the start of a new year. I think it’s probably safe to say that we are all quite happy to turn the page on 2020. The challenges of 2020 have not completely left us yet, but I am hopeful there are brighter days ahead.
 
Like many of you, I am looking forward to once again being able to attend events and gatherings with friends and family. We must continue to follow the common sense advice of medical experts and public health professionals to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Our diligence with these actions now will help us in the long run.
 
Thank you for continuing to step up, White Plains. You’ve showed what true community means.
 
My best wishes for a very happy and healthy new year.
For the Latest on the COVID-19 Vaccine -- CLICK HERE
Working with White Plains Hospital and other experts, the Mayor's Vaccination Task Force has developed a comprehensive list of FAQs and resource information about the vaccine. View or download the FAQ's.

White Plains Hospital has also created a website to help the community understand more about the new COVID-19 vaccines.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC’s vaccination website .
Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams and Frauds!
FACTS -- The vaccine is free. There are no sign-up lists. You can't pay to get it earlier. No government agency will call you. You don't have to give out your SSN or financial data to anyone.

If you are contacted by someone looking to sell you early access to the vaccine, contact Westchester Consumer Protection at 914-995-2155 or ConPro@westchestergov.com
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.
The City of White Plains Recreation and Parks 2021 Winter Program Guide is now available online. All programs follow COVID guidelines.

Winter 2021 offerings include programs for pre-school, youth, adult, seniors and people with differing abilities. Registration may be done online or by calling (914) 422-1336.
It's Cold Outside, But Your Home Doesn't Have to Be
Are you having heating issues in your home?
Do you have concerns about safe housing conditions? Do you know your rights as a renter & homeowner? Do you need help paying rent, mortgage or utilities?
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
The White Plains Department of Public Works is your source for
Spread Joy
Through Letters
Having a difficult day, week, month or year? (And who hasn't?) Need a pick-me-up? Then why not write a letter to an anonymous person in our community, pick up a letter, or, perhaps, do both.

Spreading Joy through Letters is the brainchild of White Plains resident Laurie Sandler.

These letters are intended for adults, but children, teens and adults are welcome to contribute. Just remember to keep your letters anonymous.

Letters will be kept in a box on a table outside the Library entrance, and letters in different languages are encouraged—just note the language on the envelope. Need some supplies? Pencils, paper, and envelopes will also be available in the box.

Spreading Joy through Letters is in loving memory of Carol Sandler, Laurie’s mother.“White Plains has so much love to give! So, let's spread it,” says Laurie.
WP Metro-North Station Renovations Close to Completion
The two-year, $90 million rebuild and expansion of the White Plains Metro-North Railroad Station, the third busiest in the Metro-North system, is close to completion. The totally rebuilt side platform will open to riders on January 2.
Major highlights of this final phase of construction are:
A new side platform elevator is scheduled to open on February 15, 2021.
  • Replacement of old side platform, including installation of new snowmelt system
  • New ADA elevator from side platform to lobby
  • Replacement of side platform staircase near main entrance with heated stairs and installation of new heated staircase from side platform to Main Street
  • Widened sidewalk from Hamilton Avenue to lobby entrance
  • Renovated lobby including ticketing & information dashboard, new concession space and mosaic artwork
  • Extension of both the island and side platforms
What's Your 2021 New Year's Resolution?
This month, we are asking you to share your
2021 New Year's Resolution.
We will provide each response with a
WP BID Discount Shopping Card.

We resolve to keep you informed all year!
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