Links to the News You Can Use aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa JULY 2021
All Month
Thurs. 1st
Noon Day Concerts at Renaissance Plaza. Every Thursday in July.
Sat. 3rd
TILI Shed at Gedney Yard. Sat. 9 am - noon. Wed. 2 - 4 pm. Gedney Recycling Yard. Gedney Way.
4th of July!
Holiday observed on Monday July 5th. City offices closed. Holiday Sanitation Schedule.
Tues. 6th
July Common Council meeting City Hall. 7:30 pm.
Wed. 7th
Farmers Market. Every Wednesday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm on Court Street between Martine & Main.
Thurs. 15th
Ital Rain Reggae Band. 7 pm on Court Street between Martine & Main. Free
Thurs. 22nd
ET-The Extra Terrestrial Movie. 8:15 pm on Court Street between Martine & Main. Free
Thurs. 29th
McLean Avenue Band. 7 pm on Court Street between Martine & Main. Free
White Plains Celebrates Juneteenth!
White Plains celebrated Juneteenth in a number of creative ways.

The Youth Bureau’s Keepers of the Dream, along with the WESPAC Foundation, BackYard Sports Cares and the Westchester Youth Alliance, sponsored “Social Justice and the Arts,” at Turnure Park, with readings, speeches and music. (At right -- Photo by Andrew Courtney)
White Plains Juneteenth Heritage, Inc. hosted a virtual celebration, with prominent community speakers and excerpts from previous Juneteenth parades and celebrations. White Plains Recreation & Parks Commissioner Wayne Bass, Grand Marshal of the celebration (at left), delivered the keynote address.
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 children’s playground with fibar surface
  • Two seating areas, one trellised with an overlook, the other a plaza-type seating area with game tables
For even more nearby parks and outdoor recreation check the Westchester County Parks & Events website.
This Summer -- How About a White Plains Staycation?
You'd be surprised how much there is to do, play, see, listen to, explore and eat right here in White Plains. Check out the dining and entertainment options, and hotels and activities in White Plains on the Business Improvement District's special Staycation guide!
Comprehensive Plan To Be Updated
The City of White Plains has begun the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, which serves as a guiding document for land use regulations, such as zoning code updates, and capital improvements. Learn more about the process
Con-Edison Conducting Natural Gas Detector and Service Line Inspections
Con Edison is currently conducting Natural Gas Detector and Natural Gas Service Line Inspection programs at customer premises.  This is a requirement of the New York State Public Service Commission.  
The Natural Gas Service Line Inspection is designed to inspect the gas line and meter to check for corrosion and leaks.  These inspections generally take approximately 15 minutes to perform. If a leak is found on customer piping that cannot be repaired during the visit, the gas service will be disconnected until repairs are made by a licensed plumber.
For constituents looking for more information on the Natural Gas Detectors they can call the Con Edison customer service line at 1-800-75CONED (752-6633) or visit the following Natural Gas Detector Frequently Asked Questions
The City of White Plains Community Development Housing Rehabilitation Program may be able to assist eligible households with the costs of any repairs that arise out of the inspections. If you are interested, please contact our office before making any repairs. You can reach us at 914-422-1300 or by email:
July and August the peak months for car thefts. Many cars are stolen from household driveways. Find out what simple steps you can take to protect your vehicle and its contents from theft.
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.
Salsa Picante
Mexican Restuarant
359 Mamaroneck Avenue
WP Swimmers Compete in Olympic Trials
Claire Weinstein, (at left ) a 14-year-old from White Plains, is the youngest woman ever to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. Claire did remarkably well at the just concluded trials in Omaha, placing 20th in the 400 Free, 28th in the 200 Free and 34th in the 800 Free.

Meanwhile 13-year old White Plains swimmer Alexa Reyna (at right), who holds U.S. and French citizenship, competed in the French Olympic Trials in Chartres, France.
Paul Dillane Way Dedicated Downtown
Mamaroneck Avenue between Maple and Martine has been dedicated to the memory of White Plains entrepreneur Paul Dillane,co-founder and co-owner of Hudson Grill which opened in 2010. Paul died at the age of 56 one year ago.
Favorite White Plains Tree
Thank you to Tracy Bowen for submitting this photo of her favorite evergreen tree in Battle Hill Park on the corner of Whitney and Battle, and for passing along these comments:

"It is not fancy or flowery like other trees. But just stands tall and majestic and on the corner of one of best parks in White Plains.  

And every holiday it is decorated with holiday lights by the City of White Plains workers. It is beautiful and stunning and wonderful to see when you round the top of Battle Ave on your way home. Just love it."

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