Town Update- May 2024: May 2024 – An update from The Pelham Town Council Spring is here in Pelham and we would like to share an update on the many services and programs brought to you by the Town of Pelham. EMS Update: Monthly statistics from our ambulance service are posted on the Town of Pelham’s website under news and notices. Residents can also follow town Ambulance updates on instagram @townofpelhamems. Here are the April Stats for the town ambulance: Initiatives through Sustainable  Westchester On April 24th, Sustainable Westchester and the Village of Pelham Sustainability Board hosted an informational event at the Town House about the advantages of clean energy both heating and cooling in the home (such as with heat pumps and geothermal pumps). The event was well attended by the community. Please visit the Sustainable Westchester website  to learn more about  saving energy, composting, nurturing our ecosystem, and measuring our carbon footprints. There are examples of how to reduce, reuse, and recycle to conserve natural resources, protect the environment, and save money.  And speaking of recycling…save the date, the Westchester County mobile shredder will return to Pelham on Saturday, July 20th from 10am-1pm. It will be parked in the parking lot behind the townhouse. Residents can bring up to four file-sized (10”x12”x15”) boxes of confidential papers per household. Remove all large binder clips and covers.  Remember, it’s best to shred documents you’re no longer using, that contain personal identifying information such as name, address, phone number, credit card number or social security number. Such documents should be shredded before they are thrown out for recycling. Some examples are: expired credit card statements and receipts, old tax returns or any other personal documents containing your name, address or other identifying information. Pre-approved credit card applications and licenses. Recreation Are you interested in learning how to play Pickleball? Pelham Recreation is hosting “Learn to Play Pickleball” session for 4 weeks beginning Saturday, May 4th at 8am at Julianne’s playground- to register online click here  The Pelham Recreation Department runs summer clinics, camps and programming. The full day Pelham Day Camp is waiting list only, but there is still availability in tiny tots and big tots half day programs and there is still availability for weekly specialty Summer Camp registration. There are also clinics in volleyball, karate, tennis and more, please visit the Pelham recreation website for more information or call (914) 738-0153. Winter recreation basketball finished a successful season- The 4th and 5th grade girls from Colonial School  and 4th and 5th grade boys from Siwanoy school celebrated being Rec basketball champs with pizza and trophies at Daronco Townhouse on April 8th. Two Pelham boys teams and two girls teams won at the county championship played at the Westchester County Center.  Pelham Senior Citizens used the town van 54 times in March for rides to medical appointments.  Other activities in March included: cookie decorating with Pelham Together, line dancing, St. Patrick’s Day luncheon hosted by the Civics, pizza day, field trip to Westchester Culinary Arts program for lunch, arts and crafts, exercise /yoga class and cards. For more information on senior programs and to reserve the senior van for medical appointments, please call the Pelham Senior Advocate Carolyn Veith at 914-738-5004. Two AED/CPR training classes took place – one in March and one in April. The Town hopes to extend more classes to community members in the near future.   The Pelham Together teen advisory board went to Albany to participate in Mental Health Matters Day.  They met with Assemblywoman Paulin and Senator Fernandez to discuss mental health issues.  They will follow up with a wellness pitch to present to the school and the recreation department and attempt to obtain pilot funding.  The Rec department and Pelham Together are working on a child abuse and neglect identification program to present to summer camp directors. Pelham Together has an $8,000 grant for entrepreneurial programs including the Pelicones truck. There was a Pelham Together program on April 17 about connectedness and belonging.  The Library The month of May is busy at the Pelham Public Library- Battle of the Books is back! For adults there is a virtual talk from Minidoka National Historic Site, demystifying Medicare and tips on energy saving at home. The whole family can visit museums, join us for stories and dances from Colombia, and explore our AAPI month resource list. For all this and more, please see their calendar of events Did you know?  Residents can drop off single use batteries and gently used eyeglasses at the library and they will be recycled.  Tuesdays are Digitizing Days at the library: Our Time-Warp Tuesdays have started. This new program for digitizing photos has been a great success. Bring in your family photos and our librarians will assist you with scanning them to a USB drive using our new high-speed scanner. Appointments are required for a 45-minute session. To learn all of the details and to register, please click here The library recently received a $1,200 grant for Latino poetry and plans to have two programs – one in late September and another in early October 2024 in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month. Save the date: This is an off year for Novel Night, so the Friends of the Pelham Library will be hosting a “Booktember” fundraiser on the library lawn on September 28. More details will be available soon. There are many more activities scheduled- for more information please go to the library website– there are book clubs, crafts, sewing classes and English as a second language classes. You can also call the library at (914) 738-1234. Town Courts Information regarding court hours of operation and contact information for court clerks can be found on the Town Court webpage: https://townofpelham.com/courts/  

Town Board Update

 

 

 

Town of Pelham Board Update

November 2022

 

Dear Pelham Friends and Neighbors:

What a busy Fall it has been in the Town of Pelham! Our Recreation Department programs have been in full swing, with Recreation Soccer’s Pelham Cup taking place two weeks ago on a beautiful autumn day; our adult pickleball program has been standing room only; and our Halloween Parade on Halloween-eve was a smashing (pumpkin) success! The Pelham Town Library continues to provide its tremendous programming: from outdoor story time, to adult cardio dance classes—there is something for community members of all ages!

 

This past Saturday, we honored Pelham’s veterans at Veterans Park with the American Legion. We are grateful for Joe Durnin for leading the services in honor of all those who proudly serve(d) our country.   

 

On October 18, 2022, the Recreation Department bestowed the John Marshall Award to Nick Senerchia. The Marshall Award is presented to an individual who has made a special contribution to Pelham Recreation or Recreation-sponsored programs. The Award was established in honor of Dr. John Marshall, a noted resident of Pelham who was well known for his love of Pelham and sports as a spectator, participant and coach. 

 

The Town has engaged in an Request for Proposal (RFP) for its Emergency Medical Services.  This is the result of a Town-wide committee that has been meeting regularly to discuss the need for improvements with response times for our Fly-Car and back-up ambulatory services.  The Town is grateful for the collaboration with Village of Pelham and Pelham Manor police, fire and other officials in seeking improvements to our services. At our last Board meeting on November 7, 2022, the RFP and a Certificate of Need application were both approved. The RFP will be posted shortly. 

 

On Saturday November 26th, the Town of Pelham is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce for its Second Annual Winter Wonderland Celebration to take place at the Gazebo and other locations along Fifth Avenue and Wolf’s Lane.  In addition, the Town will be hosting its Tree Lighting Ceremony that evening.  Details on these events can be found on the Town of Pelham website.

 

On Monday December 19th, the Town will be hosting the annual Menorah Lighting with the local Chabad. More details on this event will be posted shortly.

 

And finally, budget season is upon us.  The Town of Pelham’s preliminary budget is available at the Town Clerk’s Office. A public meeting on the budget will take place on December 5, 2022 in Town Hall, and will be voted on at that meeting, or if necessary, at a meeting to take place on December 19, 2022.  The Town of Pelham is proud to announce that it is financially very sound, coming in under budget last year and only minimally increasing its budget from last year. We invite anyone in the community to come to our December 5th public hearing if they have any questions.

 

Other Town Updates

 

Recreation

Winter Youth and Adult Programs

Please check out the Pelham Recreation website for our amazing winter youth and adult programs:

 

Ballroom Dance, Basketball Clinic/Hoop it up, Basketball League (for elementary schools), Chess, Cougar Boot Camp, Dance, Flag Football, Karate, Tennis, Pickleball, Running Club, Soccer with Malcolm, Theatre Arts, Tiny Feet, Tiny Tiger, Volleyball/Ladies Volleyball

 

Senior Citizens Activities

The Senior Citizens Club has been very active. In addition to weekly meetings (set forth below), they recently took a trip via bus to a local Casino. Club membership is free, and there are many activities, meetings, card games, bingo, and special events. With coffee and tea being served.  The Club’s schedule is as follows: 

  • Senior Citizen Club Meeting(Main Room), Monday / 1:00PM – 4:00 PM
  • Senior Exercise(Main Room), Tuesdays and Thursdays / 10:00AM – 11:00 AM
  • Senior Cards(Main Room), Wednesdays and Fridays / 1:00PM – 4:00 PM
  • Yoga (Main Room), Friday: 10:00AM – 11:00AM  

This class consists of various forms of yoga exercises designed for Seniors.

 

Library

The Town Board is proud to announce that Catherine Campbell was elected to serve as President of the Town of Pelham Public Library Board of Trustees for the next two years. Catherine has been an active member of the Board since 2014. She replaces Terrence Mullan who joined the Board in 2015 and served as President from 2017-2022. Terrence will remain on the Board as a trustee until December 2022.  The Board is extremely grateful for Terry’s years of service and dedication to the Pelham Library, and is looking forward to working with Catherine over the next two years.

 

Check out the Town of Pelham Public Library’s website and calendar for some of the amazing upcoming programs and events, including story time, author talks, JLP Story Time & Crafts, So Let’s Sew, Cardio Dance Class, and more!

 

Courts

The Town court is fully operational, hearing both criminal and vehicle and traffic cases in-person. Please see the Town website for court dates and times, and for any future updates.

 

Clerk’s Office

Some of the services available at the Clerk’s Office include disabled parking permits, available for Village of Pelham residents and dog licenses, available for Village of Pelham residents. Further information can be found on the Clerk’s website. Village of Pelham Manor residents must go to Village of Pelham Manor (Village Clerk at 4 Penfield Place) to acquire a Disabled permit and Dog license.

Pelham Empress Fly Car

For the month of October 2022, the average response time for the units backing up the fly car was 8:39.  

Calls in the Village of Pelham: 53

Calls in Pelham Manor: 25

Mutual Aid: 1

Calls on the Hutchinson River Pkwy: 6

Calls on: I-95 1

 

As noted above, the Town is submitting an RFP to determine whether other options are available for our emergency Fly Car and for back-up ambulatory services.

 

Pelham Sustainability Efforts

The Town of Pelham is once again sponsoring the Clean Heating and Cooling Campaign, organized by Sustainable Westchester. Details on upcoming campaign are forthcoming. Please check out our website for any updates relating to the Campaign, and the Sustainable Westchester website for details on other Energy Smart homes: https://sustainablewestchester.org/pelham/

Pelham Town Historian

Town Historian Art Scinta continues his hard work of bringing Pelham’s rich history to life. Please visit the Town of Pelham Historian webpage, as well as the Town Historian Facebook page.

 

Next Town Board Meeting

 

The next Town Board meeting will take place on Monday December 5, 2022 at 7pm at Town Hall, where we will be holding a public hearing on the 2023 Preliminary Budget.  Please see our Town website for all updates.  

 

We hope you have a wonderful, healthy and happy Thanksgiving Holiday, and enjoy the upcoming holiday events!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan McLaughlin, Supervisor

Rae Szymanski, Deputy Supervisor

Kristen Burke, Councilwoman

Maura Curtin, Councilwoman

Kara McLoughlin, Councilwoman