News from the City of White Plains Z c c cc c c SEPTEMBER 2019
Watch for the City's 2019 Fall/Winter Guide
in your mailbox this week!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS - September 2019
All Month
Story Walk at Bryant-Mamaroneck Park. New story - Sophie's Squash Goes to Schoo l by Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf.
All Month
Kayaking. Liberty Park, Lake Street.
All Month
One Book One White Plains -- September & October.
Mon. 2nd
Modified garbage & recycling schedule this week due to Labor Day holiday. Download the 'WP DPW at Your Service' app today and never forget your trash, recycling or brush days again!
Tues. 3rd
WP Public Schools Open Today! Welcome Back, Tigers!
Wed. 4th
Farmers' Market . Every Wed. 8 am - 4 pm. Court St. between Martine and Main.
Wed. 4th
TILI (Take It or Leave It) Shed - Gedney Yard, Wed. 2 - 4 pm and Sat. 9 am - Noon.
Wed. 11th
City of White Plains 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, 8AM Liberty Park, Lake St. 9/11 Day of Service Volunteer Opportunities.
Wed 11th - Sun, 15th

Thurs - 12th
JAZZFEST . Great music all over town. Mostly free.

City of White Plains Blood Drive, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m White Plains City Hall - Common Council Chamber.
Thurs. 5th
Dog Swim , Kittrell Pool, 5 pm - 7:30 pm. Free.
Sat. 14th
Wellness Festival , Tibbits Park, Noon - 4 pm. Free.
Sat. 14th
Tues. 17th
Fri. 20th
Middle School Back to School Party, Ebersole Rink. 7:00 pm - 9:30 p.m. - White Plains residents only.
Sat. 21th
Outdoor Movie - Black Panther, Court Street, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Bring your own chairs. Free.
New White Plains Library Plaza Opens
September 14th
Black Panther - Free Movie on Court Street
September 21st
A Community Read
The White Plains Public Library is inviting all White Plains residents to participate in our first community-wide read, Celeste Ng’s  Everything I Never Told You.

The Library is providing copies of the book to encourage book clubs, groups of friends, work colleagues, and members of the White Plains community to get together and discuss the book. The Library will also be offering pop-up discussion groups throughout September and October.
Now in its 8th year, JazzFest White Plains is a five-day celebration of jazz for music lovers of all ages.

The annual event is a partnership between ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains, and the White Plains Business Improvement District (WP BID).
JazzFest has become a signature White Plains event featuring free and affordable jazz performances that attracts Jazz enthusiasts and music lovers from throughout Westchester and beyond.

The White Plains JazzFest offers concerts at a variety of White Plains venues throughout the week (checkout the accompanying video for schedule highlights). It culminates in the highly-anticipated  Jazz & Food Festival on Mamaroneck Avenue on Sunday, September 15th.
2,700+ New Energy Saving Bulbs
To Light Up City Parking Garages
In 2017 White Plains was designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in recognition of its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs, and driving clean energy locally. 

The designation gave the City an opportunity to apply for up to $250,000 to be used for additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share. The City has received approval to use that funding for a project to retrofit the lighting in four city-owned garages to energy efficient LEDs. The affected garages will be the Chester-Maple, Hamilton-Main, Library, and TransCenter Garages.

Over 2,700 light fixtures will be changed from 175 watt high intensity discharge bulbs to 35 watt LEDs. This change is expected to result in a significant reduction in energy use as well as cost savings to the City, as the vast majority of the lights in these facilities are on 24/7. This project comes on the heels of a project that replaced all of the streetlights in the city with LEDs a couple of years ago.
Separated Bike Lane Coming to Martine Avenue
The City will be installing a two-way separated bike lane in the Fall of 2019 on the south side of Martine Avenue. 

The physically separated lane will run between Court Street and South Lexington Avenue for approximately 1300 feet and will extend, with a marked one-way bike lane, to Bank Street. This new facility will provide critical east/west connections to the existing north/south bike lanes on South Lexington Avenue, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Court Street. Green “boxes” will be installed at key locations to facilitate these connections in a safe manner.

Major funding for the separated bike lane was secured from the Federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The total project also includes enhanced downtown bike racks and a secure bike “corral” at the train station parking area. Pedestrian improvements, including a new mid-block “Hawk” signal on Main Street, are also components of the TAP project. Check out the City Bike Lane Map here.
Enter the "Do You Know White Plains?" Contest
This month's question is in honor of Back to School Day on September 3rd -- How many students are enrolled in the White Plains Public Schools this year?

All winners will receive a FREE Business Improvement District Shop White Plains Discount Card -- to save at stores all over town.

Four readers answered last month's question correctly -- How many professional sports teams play their home games in White Plains? And can you name them? The number is three -- New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the Westchester Knicks, the NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers and the New York Streets, members of the National Arena Football League. Congratulations to t he winners: Holly Vroom, A. Johnson, R. Saucedo and Alejandro Trevino.

Email your answer to the September question to . Look for the answers, and a list of winners, in next month's newsletter.