Guest Blog: A Fun Day with the Outreach Team

By Wiliam E. Cottle School

Special thanks to Governor Cuomo and the New NY Bridge Educational Outreach coordinators, Mr. Andrew O’Rourke and Mr. Brian Conybeare, for arranging a visit to Classes 1V and 3D at Cottle Elementary School on Monday, December 15.

Kids ask engaging questions after seeing the video, which makes education & learning come alive/NNYB Outreach

Kids ask engaging questions after seeing the video, which makes education & learning come alive/NNYB Outreach

Mr. Conybeare spoke to all third grade classes and also provided them with a multimedia presentation.

Building a LEGO® model of the new bridge takes teamwork and concentration - go kids!/Asst. Principal Peter Kilgallen

Building a LEGO® model of the new bridge takes teamwork and concentration – go kids!/Asst. Principal Peter Kilgallen

They came with Lego Master Builder, Mr. Aaron Tang, to discuss the building of the new Tappan Zee Bridge and its importance to the community. Students were then able to build a LEGO® version of the bridge using Robotic Legos.

It was an engaging and informative day for all!

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Open Hearts Meet the Community’s Needs at the Holidays, and Throughout the Year

Since its initial meeting five Decembers ago, the Community Coalition (C2) has been identifying and addressing the broad spectrum of area needs.

C2 members meet each month to discuss how they can effectively meet their community’s needs/NNYB Outreach

C2 members meet each month to discuss how they can effectively meet their community’s needs/NNYB Outreach

Encouraged by the Kids’ Club of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, this advocacy group of local residents, school representatives and non-profit leaders “provided the genesis for the community food pantry, which is now a 501(c)(3) organization; created a system of coordination for yearly holiday efforts; make available a forum for collaboration and awareness of what other organizations are doing,” C2 board member Theresa Kilman explained.

November clothing drive at Hackley School in Tarrytown will keep many warm this winter/Photo credit: Kids’ Club

November clothing drive at Hackley School in Tarrytown will keep many warm this winter/Photo credit: Kids’ Club

Tarrytown Patch reported that prior to receiving non-profit status, the food pantry operated monthly, providing a holiday meal for more than 300 people in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. The initiative now feeds about 750 to 800 people each each month and was the first pantry to receive the Food Bank for Westchester’s Michal Winter Award for Agency Excellence (The Hudson Independent, April 2014).

Additionally, “as part of our ongoing education and so that we can all better effectively meet community needs, the C2 invites guest speakers to discuss issues of interest,” Kilman said. One recent speaker was Brian Conybeare, Special Advisor to the Governor for the New NY Bridge Project. The group enjoyed its first-hand look at the project and its specifics, she said.

First food pantry honored with the Michal Winter Award for Agency Excellence (2013)/Photo: Community Food Pantry

First food pantry honored with the Michal Winter Award for Agency Excellence (2013)/Photo: Community Food Pantry

Additional guest speakers have included Luisa Bellolio of Family Services of Westchester discussing the agency’s no-fee, after-school program for “at-risk youth” at Washington Irvington School; Jane Aoyama-Martin and Sandy Santiago-Ramos from the Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC) talking about the free and reduced-fee legal services programs available to victims of domestic violence and elder abuse in the county; and Sister Kelly Carpenter, who shared about her role as an immigration lawyer at RSHM Life Center and other places.

Kilman said numerous projects are in need of donations. For details about how to assist C2 and its charitable drives, click here (page 2 of THI’s December issue).

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Keeping My Word to You and to Myself

Christmas bridge and Chanukah menorah in window of Nyack Outreach/NNYB Outeach

Christmas bridge and Chanukah menorah in window of Nyack Outreach/NNYB Outeach

Recently I wrote about gratitude and generosity, and I committed to donating some of dad’s clothes and at least one of his warm coats. I also committed to donating a pint of blood.

Mom has chosen some clothes to donate, and I called to make an appointment for next week. Bring on the pre-donation iron test!

While you’re out and about shopping or browsing or enjoying the un-winter-like temps — except for a few days, the weather has been very obliging — stop by the Outreach Centers to learn about the first pier towers, watch the video and pose by the pilings.

They’re at 142 Main St., Nyack, and at 303 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. Hours are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Three Northbound Lanes Will be Closed Overnight

Project officials said this work, originally scheduled for December 12 and delayed because of inclement weather, is happening tonight.

Three northbound lanes on I-87/I-287 will close tonight at 11 p.m. (a few hours from now) for repainting and new lines. Be aware if you’re traveling between Exit 9 in Tarrytown and Exit 11 in Nyack, it’ll be single-file until tomorrow at 5 a.m.

Beforehand, two northbound lanes will close from 8 p.m. to 10:59 p.m.

Additionally, the Exit 10 ramp in South Nyack will close tonight at 10 p.m. and will reopen tomorrow at 5 a.m. Use Exit 11, then follow signs to Routes 9W and 59.

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Rain or snow means all bets are off. Visit Traveler Map — New York State Thruway for real-time information regarding traffic conditions.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

TZC Had a Previous Run-In with the State DEC

UPDATE at 12:50 p.m.:

“Thruway Authority engineers and safety experts are on site to ensure that Tappan Zee Constructors conducts a thorough investigation into exactly what caused this equipment failure,” special project advisor Brian Conybeare informed via email. “We will also review any corrective action plan presented by TZC to prevent similar accidents in the future.”

Two hours earlier I wrote:

Save for two statements Tuesday, there’s been radio silence from Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) about specifics regarding yesterday’s accident with one of the two floating concrete batch plants.

View from the EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown December 16 at 9:30 a.m.

View from the EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown December 16 at 9:30 a.m.

Meantime, the Thruway Authority and Brian Mershon, Fluor Media Relations, are referring all inquires about the accident to the bridge builder.

Spokeswoman Carla Julian said no one was hurt, TZC shut down both batch plants and is working with all appropriate authorities — including the Thruway Authority and the NYS DEC — investigating the accident, and other project construction activities will continue.

Julian didn’t respond to questions about what caused the accident, how the shutdown will affect production and TZC’s strict timetable, and other specifics.

This is not the bridge builder’s first run-in with the state agency.

Per a September 19 email from NYS DEC representative Peter Constantakes, agency staff visited the Port of Coeymans after being alerted of possible violations related to work being performed by TZC, and directed the company to cease operations immediately.

Following an investigation of this incident, the DEC entered into an Order on Consent with Tappan Zee Constructors that addresses violations of the Environmental Conservation law pertaining to TZC starting construction at the site prior to agency issuing the necessary permits.

The Consent Order required TZC to pay a $10,000 civil penalty and provide at least $55,000 for an Environmental Benefit Project to be determined by the DEC.

One batch plant can cast about 125 cubic yards of concrete per hour.

“We have approximately 300,000 cubic yards of concrete to place on this job,” TZC President Darrell Waters told reporters during an August tour of the project site, reiterating in October that the project is on budget and on schedule.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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