News You Can Use aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa JULY 2022
CALENDAR OF EVENTS -- July 2022
All Month
Fri. 1st
Independence Day Celebration - Fireworks, music, games and rides. Free. 6 pm to 10 pm. White Plains High School.
Sat. 2nd
TILI Shed at Gedney Yard, Saturday 9:00 A.M. - Noon and Wednesday 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. @ Gedney Recycling Yard
@ 87 Gedney Way.
Monday
4th of July!
City offices closed. Holiday Sanitation Schedule.
Tues. 5th
July Common Council meeting City Hall. 7:30 P. M.
Wed. 6th
Farmers Market, Every Wednesday, 8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. on Court Street between Martine Avenue and Main Street.
Wed. 6th
Music at the Market every Wednesday in July, Noon - 2:00 P.M. at the White Plains Farmers Market, Court Street.
Tues. 26th
ROCK WHITE PLAINS - Spin Doctors and Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds. 6:00 P.M. Mamaroneck Avenue at Main Street & Martine Avenue. More info and tickets here.
Independence Day, the annual celebration of our nationhood. It commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

There are many ways to celebrate the holiday right here in White Plains.
  • Take an up-close look at "The Battle of White Plains", (shown here) painted by Edmund F. Ward 95 years ago, on display in White Plains Library.
  • Explore the White Plains Heritage Trail which takes you past 24 historic sites in an 11-mile loop through White Plains, West Harrison and North Castle.
  • The City Clerk's Office and the Recreation and Parks Department have created historic walking loops which highlight White Plains' rich history. These loops make for fun and interesting family walks and are a great way to get your exercise and gain some local historical knowledge at the same time!
Want to learn more? Check out this brief history of White Plains and the White Plains Historical Society.
White Plains Has Parks for All Seasons
White Plains has 20 parks, totaling more than 100 acres throughout the city. Perhaps one of the most appropriate to explore on July 4th is the Battle of White Plains Park
on high ground overlooking the Bronx River and the downtown area. Battle Hill Park is located at the corner of Whitney Street and Battle Avenue.


Interpretive historical signage is located throughout the park and which is also home to:
  • A newly renovated accessible children’s playground for 3-5 yr olds with a soft poured in place surface
  • New Toddler swings
  • A newly created playground area for 5-12 yr olds
  • New picnic tables and two renovated seating area's, one trellised with an overlook

For even more nearby parks and outdoor recreation check the Westchester County Parks & Events website.
Gardella and Kittrell Pools Are Open Everyday All Summer Long
Jump right in. Both City of White Plains park swimming pools -- Gardella Pool at 175 Ferris Avenue and Kittrell Pool between Fisher Avenue and Irving Place are open!

The pools are open Monday through Friday from 2:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. and on weekends from 1:00 P. M. to 7:30 P.M. Pool Passes are required and may be purchased at the Recreation & Parks Department Office located at 85 Gedney Way. Click here for more information -- Poolside Fun in White Plains!
Gardella Pool - 175 Ferris
Kittrell Pool - Fisher Ave. & Irving Place
Rock White Plains -- July 26th
Downtown on Mamaroneck Avenue
Looking for a New Place to Eat Downtown?
One White Plains Public Workshop Moves Comprehensive Plan Process Forward
The City of White Plains hosted a second public workshop in relation to the One White Plains Comprehensive Plan on June 15, 2022. Over 75 residents and stakeholders participated in the evening's events.

Mayor Tom Roach welcomed all, Planning Commissioner Christopher Gomez and Sarah Yackel of BFJ Planning made a presentation covering the City's demographic and development trends, planning efforts to date, the plan's vision statement and key elements. Attendees then had the opportunity to discuss the plan's contents with Planning Department staff, consultants and each other.
June Activities to Remember
2022 Juneteenth Parade
Jennifer Lee, right with her mom JoAnne Lee, Grand Marshal of the Juneteenth Parade along with her recently passed husband Ted Lee Jr.
Puerto Rican Flag Raising
June 4th
Pride Day Celebration
June 5th
Community Art Show Entertains & Educates About Fair Housing
Fair Street USA, a 3D interactive art exhibit and block party that combines a public education campaign with an interactive public art display, took place on June 29th at the White Plains Library Plaza.

Ten community organizations joined forces with artists to envision a community where fair housing reigns. Visitors to Fair Street USA learned about fair housing choice, the impact of housing discrimination on communities, and how to recognize and report fair housing concerns.

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS:
July and August the peak months for car thefts. Many cars are stolen from household driveways.

Although coyotes have been known to attack humans (and pets) risks are minimal and the majority of attack incidents could be reduced or prevented through modification of human behavior.
Congratulations to the First Two Female Westchester Eagle Scouts
White Plains residents Rebecca Gilder, at right, and Shira Hadassah Kornblau were promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout in June. Members of Shomer Shabbat Scouting Troop #613 located in White Plains, they are first two female Eagle Scouts in the Greater Hudson Valley Council.
 
Rebecca built four Free Little Libraries in different neighborhoods in White Plains. Her inspiration for this project was her love of reading and books, the fact that the White Plains Public Library was closed due to Covid 19, and her desire to offer unwanted books free to others.

Shira collaborated with her school, Migdal Oz (Tower of strength), in Israel and constructed a compost bin, encouraging the whole school community to participate. Her motivation for this project was a way to better the environment/ecosystem, and help her school with their agricultural pursuits.
July 1st, 2022 is
Helen F. Schmitz Day
in White Plains

Please join us in wishing Helen
a very happy 105th Birthday!!

Helen Finnerty Schmitz, born in Hoboken during World War I, has lived in White Plains since 1952. She and her husband Joe raised three children here --Holly, Joseph and Barbara -- who all went to White Plains schools. She's been active in her church, St. John's, the League of Women Voters and was President of Senior Adults for Better Education. An avid dancer and bridge player, Helen also became the MC and comedian for her local senior group, and still has her file of jokes . HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HELEN!
WP Public Safety Officers Recognized

White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong, center in photo, was recently honored by the International Police and Veterans Foundation for “Outstanding Support”. The foundation assists and supports returning veterans and retired law enforcement officers and their families. Commissioner Chong is very proud to be recognized by such an organization. 

Separately, four White Plains Police officers were recently awarded by Westchester County for their actions in the line of duty:
Police Officer Catherine Miedreich
Police Officer Jason Lacayo
Detective Joseph Palmiotto
Police Officer Edward Murphy
Category 2
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Category 3
Exceptional Merit
Exceptional Merit
Exceptional Merit
Life Saving
Open Road Ahead for Retiring White Plains Parking Commissioner, John Larson
John Larson has been been finding ways for people to park safely and conveniently in White Plains for 30 years.

John recently retired as Commissioner of Parking, the key leadership position in a 100+ person department responsible for the operation, management and maintenance of all on-street meters, eight garages and 23 surface lots.

The City thanks John for his decades of dedicated services and wishes him nothing but green lights and open road ahead.
Mayor Roach presented a Proclamation of thanks to retiring Commissioner of Parking John Larson.
WOW! BMS Receives Outstanding Service Recognition
WOW! Building Maintenance Solutions (BMS), founded in White Plains in 2005, has become one of the fastest growing minority owned and operated janitorial maintenance in Westchester. During COVID, there was a heightened awareness of the importance of janitorial services to keep companies clean and open for business. The company was recognized for its achievements by the City of White Plains and Westchester County by receiving proclamations making June 7, 2022 “WOW! BMS Day” in Westchester County.
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