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Bond Vote; MLK Day Camp; ‘Waste Land’ at Jacob Burns

Vik Muniz's Waste Land at The Jacob Burns Film Center
Vik Muniz's Waste Land at The Jacob Burns Film Center

Briarcliff Bond Vote

The vote, which is to get the community’s approval for to address mandatory field work and asbestos removal, will be held at Todd Elementary School from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Residents can find more information about the vote on the Briarcliff Manor School District website at under the Athletic Fields Restoration icon on the homepage. Residents may also ask questions by contacting Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Stuart Mattey at 941-8880 ext. 4016 or by emailing him at smattey@briarcliffschools.org. For more information, click here

Briarcliff Board of Trustees Meeting

The Briarcliff Manor Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall. Included on the agenda is a tax certiorari and an authorization for Village Manager Philip Zegarelli to “execute a stipulated settlement agreement with police officer A.” For the full agenda, click here

Martin Luther King Holiday Camp at WeeZee World

Join a full-and half-day camp for kids when school’s out with this Mission Impossible themed day camp for Monday, Jan. 20 at WeeZee World in Chappaqua. Fun Zone at WeeZee World of “Yes I Can!” was voted 2013 Best Indoor Play Space. Children ages 4-12 years old (grouped by age) will have the chance to play all day in this 18,000 square foot kids gym that features a range of sensory science equipment and activities. Children are fully supervised by trained “Sensory Fitness Coaches” and will participate in theme day activities including, sports, music, art projects and edible creations, as well as water fun in the Rainforest Room (pack a swimsuit). Full-day campers can pack a lunch or purchase lunch on site. Space is limited so early reservations are recommended. Pricing varies depending on drop off/pick up time. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for non-members is $65. Call WeeZee at 914-752-2100 or access the online registration form at http://www.weezeeworld.com/FunZone_Application.pdf.

Pleasantville Loves Yarn

Pleasantville Loves Yarn (PLY) is a group of knitters and fiber lovers who meet at the library to learn from each other and enjoy each others company. PLY welcomes all skill levels and any fiber/yarn hobby (knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, etc.).  Bring whatever you're working on and share your knowledge or learn from the group. This week, they meet Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. in the Mount Pleasant Public Library.

Vik Muniz's Waste Land at The Jacob Burns Film Center

Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land (2010) follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil, and the world's largest garbage dump located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. His collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Jacob Burns Film Center will show this film Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, click here

Ask Questions. Demand Answers January 21, 2014 at 07:48 AM
ANOTHER SCHOOL BOND? WHY?? Tax and bond weary residents of Briarcliff will once again be dragged to the polls to vote on another bond referendum for their School District. Recall that last spring residents were asked to vote for a $10 million bond to cover a laundry list of projects, upgrades and remediation around the District – including the remediation of tainted fields under a Consent Order by the NYSDEC. Now residents are being asked to add another $2.3 million of surprises on top of the $10 million they approved last spring – a 23% increase necessitating the approval of a $1.5 million bond. What is this additional bond for? $200K+ of this bond is to cover expenses related to asbestos removal at Todd School. Asbestos removal? In this day and age why is there any asbestos left in any school building anywhere? Why is this a surprise expense? $2+ million of the bond is to cover the cost of remediating the practice field (adjacent to the HS/MS parking lot) under a NYSDEC Consent Order. But, this was already budgeted in the previous bond!! The cost of remediating the practice field was estimated below $500K. Why has the cost of this project exploded by more than 400%? Is there a less expensive solution? Is there a cheaper way to satisfy the Consent Order? Can’t we just pave over that odd shaped piece of land at a fraction of the cost? While we are asking questions, and demanding answers, where is that $1.5 million Paul Wasserman insisted the Board of Education was hiding? We could use that money now. Paul? And why is the PTA having a Q&A coffee instead of the Board of Education?

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