City of White Plains News aaaaaaaaaaa February 2023
All Month
Black History Month Celebrations - See Below
Ice Skating at Ebersole Rink
Monday, 13
President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. City Offices closed. No change to the sanitation schedule.
Tuesday, 14
Valentine's Day - Show your Valentine some love. Check the White Plains BID website for dining options.
Monday, 20
Presidents Day Holiday. City Offices Closed. Sanitation Holiday Schedule.
Monday, 20 - Thursday, 23
Winter Break Ice Skating at Ebersole Ice Rink Daily Public Session Schedule 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Friday, 24
Winter Break Ice Skating at Ebersole Ice Rink - Public Session Schedule 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm & 8:00 pm -10:00 pm.
Monday, 27
Westchester Diverse Abilities Job Fair, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the White Plains Public Library.
Monday, 27
Dominican Republic Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony 3:00 pm at Renaissance Plaza.
Black History Month Programs in WP
Black History Month – A Time To Learn,
A Time To Educate, A Time To Celebrate

The White Plains Public Library Black History Month
StoryWalk featuring Molly, By Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter by Dianne Ochiltree & Kathleen Kemly. The StoryWalk will be available for viewing in the Library’s Gallery through February 28.

Wednesday, February 8, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm -- Back to Motown Party at the White Plains Community Center, 65 Mitchell Place. Lunch, DJ music, dancing, and a special presentation by musicologist, John Waller. Reservations required. $3 for 60+, $6 for others. Call 914-422-1423 to register.

Saturday, February 18 at 3:00 pm-- Afro-Fusion Dance Performance with Amanda Armenteros.  For all ages at the White Plains Public Library. First, children will hear a reading of Firebird by ballet dancer Misty Copeland. Followed by Amanda Armenteros, a member of the Afrobeats dance troupe. The dance troupe combines modern dance with traditional African rhythms. Register today!
Wednesday, February 22, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm -- Celebrating Black American Music: Jazz, Soul, and Traditional Music at the White Plains Community Center, 65 Mithell Place. Sage Myers, accompanied by Pete Malinverni on the piano, will provide a program of music ranging from the Spirituals of the early Black Church to Soul Music to songs of the Freedom Movement in the United States. The event is free. Reservations are required. Call 914.422.1423 to register.
The White Plains Youth Bureau
Serving Children & Youth for 50+ Years!!
The mission of the White Plains Youth Bureau is to provide children and youth ages 5 to 24 with programs and services to acquire the skills needed to become competent leaders of the 21st century. And it has been doing just that with thousands of White Plains youth for more than 50 years. The White Plains Youth Bureau serves more than 2,000 youth each day and more than 6,500 kids each year.
Recognized as a national model agency, the White Plains Youth Bureau runs 60 programs including Before and After School programs, an Aviation Academy, summer employment for youth, tutoring, mentoring, Martial Arts, Boxing, SAT Prep, College and career planning, drumming, dance and much much more. 
The Youth Employment Services (YES) is offering special Middle School Career Exploration Workshops during the winter school break

Tuesday, February 21 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm -- Fashion Arts Studio, learn about careers in fashion! During the workshop participants will make two accessories, a small bag & a scrunchie, and hear from instructor Ying Su about her career in the fashion industry.  

Wednesday, February 22 - 10:30 am - 3:00 pm -- Join us for our Careers in Cooking class led by nutritionist Dima Salhoobi.  The class will prepare a healthy meal & dessert.

Wednesday, February 22 - 9:30 am - 4:00 pm -- Babysitting Training. Youths aged 11-16 years of age, can register for the 6.5-hour course to learn leadership, safety, and basic care and enhance their skills to start their own babysitting business.  Applications can be obtained online at Babysitter Training Program.

For more information & to register please contact Patti Staffiero, Youth Employment Services.

The Youth Bureau is located at 11 Amherst Place and is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 8 pm, and Saturday Noon to 8 pm.
Popular Youth Bureau Programs
Aviation Academy
Community Youth Court
Youth Bureau Food Truck
The Youth Bureau Unsung Heroes program recognizes those who work quietly and tirelessly and without fanfare behind the scenes and whose work contributes positively to keeping our city and community running. . . . school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, school crossing guards, secretaries, administrative assistants, youth ministry leaders, etc. To nominate a hero, call 914.422.1378 or email
Do You Know?
How Many Presidents Paid Official Visits to White Plains While in Office?
What better day than Presidents' Day, February 20, to think about what presidents paid official visits to White Plains while in office.

Now, George Washington, of course, hung out for months in White Plains on two occasions before he became President (or we became a country), and most likely Chappaqua neighbor Bill Clinton has shopped in our malls and eaten at our restaurants and Donald Trump may have passed through on occasion on the way to his up-county golf club. And its also quite probably that just about every president in the past 50 years has touched down at Westchester County Airport for a speech or fund-raiser or two. But official visits while in office? -- There have been only two!
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
September 27, 1933
Just six months into his first term, FDR, a life-long Hudson Valley neighbor, rode in the parade celebrating the 250th anniversary of the settling of White Plains in 1683. (He's in back row of car at left)
FDR is seen here greeting White Plains historian John Rosch who facilitated the FDR visit.
Gerald R. Ford
October 13, 1976
Less than three weeks before the 1976 presidential election President Ford stopped in White Plains during a whirlwind two-day campaign trip that took him to New York City, Yonkers, Rockland County and New Jersey. Ford carried Westchester, but lost the state and the election.(Would have won if he carried New York)

Here he is accepting the book "History of White Plains" written by that same John Rosch from Mayor Alfred Del Vecchio (center).

Others in the photo are, from left, Thomas Keane, Chair of the County Board of Legislators, Alfred Del Bello, County Executive, and James L. Buckley, U.S. Senator from NY.
City Debuts New Code Enforcement App
The new OurHomeWP app from the White Plains Planning Department is designed to answer code enforcement questions.

Residents can also send in a concern or question through the app, as well as share positive interactions around the community (all around code enforcement).

The app is available at no cost on the Apple and Android web stores.
AARP Volunteers are Available to Help Prepare Your 2022 Tax Returns
Volunteers from AARP will prepare taxes free of charge at the White Plains Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from February 1 through April 17. 

Appointments are required. Just one appointment is needed. To make an appointment, call 914.348.3467 or email
White Plains Summer Day Camps
Apply for the Lottery!!!
Enrollment in our summer day camps in 2023 for grades K - 8 will be by lottery. Residents Only. 

The lottery deadline is February 4. Applications will continue to be accepted as long as space remains available. Once spaces have been filled a waitlist will be created.
For Lottery Details, Camp Descriptions, Fee information and FAQ's click here.
Police Captain James Spencer Named "Person of the Year" by the Westchester County Detective Association
White Plains Police Captain James Spencer was recently honored by the Westchester County Detectives Association as "Person of The Year".

Capt. Spencer, center in photo, a 24-year veteran of the White Plains Police Department, was recognized for his "energetic involvement, dedication, selfless effort, guided spirit, support, and professionalism."

Thank you, Captain Spencer, for your untiring dedication to the betterment of our community!
White Plains Students Receive MLK Legacy Youth Awards
Four White Plains High School students were awarded MLK, Legacy Youth Awards by the African American Men of Westchester in a ceremony held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The African American Men of Westchester is committed to developing and encouraging collaborative action to strengthen the economic, social, and educational foundation of our communities.

The MLK Legacy Youth Awards honor students who have taken an active role in the community.
Mayor Roach congratulated the winners: Emily Portillo - Social Justice Award; Taylor Adams Building Bridges Award; Sophia Farrell Spirit of Love Award and Arianna Rona - the Albertina Bloom Scholarship Program.

Coach Zhen Recognized for 35 Years of
Service to the community
January 11, 2023, was proclaimed Peizhen “Coach Zhen” Shao Day in the City of White Plains.

For the past 35 years, Coach Zhen, a three-time national Table Tennis Champion in China, has volunteered at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. Through the game of Table Tennis, she has helped those recovering from illness or traumatic injury regain their balance, stamina, and self-confidence.

Coach Zhen has been instrumental in training the U.S. National para-team to gold medal wins at the Olympics including U. S. Paralympian, Jennifer Johnson (pictured above right).
In an effort to reduce noise pollution and to protect our environment, effective May 15, 2023, the City of White Plains has banned the use of gas-powered leaf blowers - this includes all gas-powered backpacks, hand-held, ride-on, and push-behind leaf blowers. For additional information click here or contact the Building Department at 914.422.1269.
The City of White Plains has many accessible events and
welcomes people with disabilities.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding access to an event, please call the sponsoring agency during normal business hours:
Recreation & Parks -- 914.422.1336, Youth Bureau -- 914.422.1378,
Public Works -- 914.422.1221
Thank You!

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