News for the City of White Plains----------------------JANUARY 2022
JANUARY 2022 --- CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat. Jan 1st
Happy New Year to All!
All Month
Ebersole Ice Rink. Open all month.
All Month
The White Plains Youth Bureau is accepting nominations for the 2022 Unsung Heroes campaign. The Unsung Heroes program highlights and applauds the contribution of community members who improve the lifes of others. Email your nominations to Youth Bureau Director, Frank Williams
All Month
White Plains Restaurant Month. Prix fixe lunches and dinners at more than 20 White Plains restaurants. Click here for a full list of participating restaurants.
Wed. 5th
Summer Employment Information & Pre-Application Session, WP Rec & Parks. White Plains Public Library. 4 - 7 pm. Must be 16. Covid protocols observed. Click here for more information.
Tues. 11th
White Plains Public Library welcomes Holocaust survivor Anna Leiser-Kleinhaus to discuss her life during and after World War II. Registration here.
Thurs. 13th
Coffee with Grandpas. The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speakers Rabbi Lester Bronstein, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, and Rev. Ervin Trollinger, President of The Ministers Council. 9:30 am and 6:30 pm. Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3yVNfwD. Meeting ID: 86853441104, Passcode: GU2021.
Mon. 17th
Mon. 17th
Last day for curbside Christmas tree collection After January 17th, call (914) 422-1201 to schedule a pick-up. 
Thurs. 27th
Holocaust Remembrance Day at White Plains Public Library. 4:30 pm. A virtual visit with author Michelle Bisson to discuss her book, Hedy's Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust. This event is for children in fourth grade and up, including adults. Zoom info here.
Holiday trees are picked up at the curb until Monday January 17th on your scheduled garbage collection day.

Please remove all tinsel, lights, decorations, tree stands and plastic bags from the tree prior to collection. Starting January 18th, please call (914) 422-1201 to schedule a pick-up. The trees are mulched by the city for wood chips.

COVID-19 Is Still With Us!
Mask Up - Get a Shot
New York Governor Hochul has implemented a mask mandate for all indoor businesses and venues. For the latest information click here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

For complete information about where to get a safe, free, quick vaccination or booster shot for children or adults please visit:
WP Youth Bureau Encouraging Elementary School Students to Write a Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously utilized letter writing as a means of communicating with the public. As a means of keeping his dreams and legacy alive, the White Plains Youth Bureau invites all elementary school students in White Plains to write a one-page letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. explaining how they are living out his dream.

´╗┐Letters must be received by 5 pm on Friday, January 14, 2022 (Mailed or dropped off at the White Plains Youth Bureau, 11 Amherst Place, 10601.) All elementary school students are encouraged to participate!

The letters will be read as part of a Zoom event on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 6 pm. (Go to https://bit.ly/3GB6Vbs -- Meeting # 409-843-8899). Everyone is invited to watch!!
Stay Warm and Safe in your Home
Are you having heating issues in your home? Need help paying heating costs? The NYS Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Can Help. Click here for information on the program.

Utilize the City of White Plains Dept. of Planning Safe Housing webpage as a guide for your home safety. Do you have a concern about housing safety or neighborhood condition? This form allows you to report issues to the City of White Plains. Any issue reported here will be dealt with as soon as possible during normal working hours. In the event of an emergency, call 911.
2022 Summer Day Camp
Apply for the Lottery Starting January 10th
Enrollment in White Plains summer day camps K - 8 will be by lottery system this year. Only residents may apply.

Beginning Monday, January 10, 2022 applications will be available to download and print here or you may pick up an application at the Recreation & Parks Office @ 85 Gedney Way. Applications will be accepted between Monday, January 10, 2022 - Saturday, February 5, 2022.

The Lottery will be held on Monday, February 7, 2022. Click here for more information
Ebersole Rink at Delfino Park -
A Busy Hub of Wintertime Fun
Delfino Park at 110 Lake Street is the largest multi-use park in White Plains and bustles with activity all year round. The park features ball fields, playgrounds, racquet sport courts, and more.

And in winter the action centers around Ebersole Ice Rink, where skating lessons, hockey practices and games, and public skating sessions attract hundreds of skaters each day from early morning to late at night. Ebersole has a large warming room (currently with a capacity of 60 people), lockers, skate rentals, and snack bar. 

A public session will be held on New Year's Day from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and public skating sessions will also be held throughout January, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For complete information on session times and admission rates -- Click here for Ebersole Rink information. Please note that there are capacity limits at this facility at this time due to Covid, and the rink follows Covid Guidelines. 
AT&T Property Transforming into Residential Units
In 1954 AT&T opened a state-of-art telecommunications tower and switching center at the corner of North Broadway and Hamilton Avenue. For years the 12-story tower has been part of the White Plains skyline and the six-story switching center was one of the busiest in the vast At&T system.

Now the site at 440 Hamilton Avenue is undergoing a dramatic transformation. The existing office building is being repurposed into a 255 residential unit mixed-use development with 3,400 square feet of ground floor retail. A 213 residential unit 7-story building and parking garage will be built on the existing surface parking lot behind the building on Barker Avenue.
In accordance with the City's Affordable Rental Housing program, this project will provide 37 units (8% of the total units) as affordable to those qualifying at 50% and 60% of the Westchester County Median Income (AMI).
 
Also included in the project is on-site open space for resident use, including a courtyard area and small lawn areas with outdoor seating. The project is anticipated to accommodate 835 new city residents. The project will result in a total recreation fee of $1,433,500 to be used exclusively for park, playground, and other recreational purposes.

Did You Know?
You can find out more information about this project, and all projects in development in White Plains on the Projects & Proposals pages of the City website.
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250 Main Street
Three White Plains Students to Receive MLK Legacy Youth Award
Congratulation to three White Plains students active in White Plains Youth Bureau activities, who have been named recipients of 2022 MLK Legacy Youth Awards presented annually by the African American of Westchester. The Award recipients are:

Zaida Polanco ( Keepers of the Dream and 2020 Youth of the Year) Category: Peace & Nonviolence 
 
Julie Salvador (Youth Court) - Category: Social Justice

Tyana Thompson ( Youth Court and 2021 Youth of the Year) - Category: Social Action
 
The award ceremony can be seen at noon on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 17th, on the African American Men of Westchester You Tube channel.
Congratulations, Michele!
Michele Schoenfeld, who is retiring as Clerk of the Board of the White Plains City School District after 39 years of distinguished service, receives a proclamation from Mayor Tom Roach declaring December 9th Michele Schoenfeld Day in White Plains.

Past and present school board members, government officials, friends and neighbors congratulated Michele at the December school board meeting in person and in a specially made video.

Schools Superintendent Joseph Ricca announced that the Assembly Room at Ed House would be named the Michele Schoenfeld Assembly Room in her honor.
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