The 25 Waterfront Pl. Stop & Shop will be open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for seniors only so they can shop and practice social distancing. 
Victoria Bresnahan|Westmore News
The 25 Waterfront Pl. Stop & Shop will be open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for seniors only so they can shop and practice social distancing. Victoria Bresnahan|Westmore News

Stop & Shop announces reduced hours,

special shopping times for older customers

Stop & Shop has reduced its hours to 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. so its employees have more time to unload deliveries, stock merchandise and provide better service.

Starting Thursday, Mar. 19, Stop & Shop stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for customers over the age of 60 only. This gives those who are more susceptible to becoming ill from the virus time to shop while practicing social distancing.

They will not be asking for identification to enter the store, but they will ask a customer to leave if they are not of the required age.

The supermarket is taking additional hygiene measures by frequently wiping down checkout areas and following guidance from the CDC.

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market offers

early shopping hour for those in need

Like Stop & Shop, the Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market at 144 South Ridge St. will offer one hour for the most vulnerable and needy to shop. From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., essential workers, pregnant women, seniors and those with underlying health conditions will be allowed to make their purchases.

Port Chester Senior Center

making food deliveries

The center officially closed on Monday, Mar. 16 and will potentially reopen Mar. 30. However, seniors can still receive a meal to go by calling ahead at 939-4975 and placing an order. An employee will bring the meal to the caller’s car.

The center is also delivering to those who are unable to leave their homes.

Rye Brook Senior Center

offers help upon request

Though the Rye Brook Senior Center closed to the public until further notice on Mar. 15, it is still aiding residents.

Seniors can receive regular meal and shopping errand deliveries to their home, or a daily checkup phone call. Senior Center staff has been calling members to see if they would like to receive any services. Anyone who wants to sign up can call 351-6705 and leave a message with their name and phone number.

Costco remains open, but limiting purchases for certain products

Due to a significant increase in shoppers, Costco is limiting the number of members allowed in their stores at a time. They are suggesting members and employees apply social distancing while in their stores.

The warehouse is sanitizing carts, shelving units, registers and checkout belts. They have also placed a limit on certain items.

The store is open to members Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Port Chester Schools

distributing food to students

Although Port Chester schools are closed until at least Mar. 31, they are still providing food to their students. The meals will be available for takeout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at Edison School and Park Avenue School cafeteria entrances. The meals can also be picked up at the front entrances of JFK Elementary School and King Street School.

Each student will receive a breakfast and lunch meal package.

The Village of Port Chester open by appointment

As of Mar. 17, all municipal buildings are closed to the public. Appointments can be made via email, telephone or by using their Contact Us page on the village website. All visitors must identify themselves prior to entry.

The following offices are closed:

*Village manager (call 939-2200 for urgent matters, 939-5201 for Stuart Rabin or 305-2532 for Pam Tarlow)

*Recreation (For questions and concerns, call 939-2354)

*Department of Public Works

*Building Department (To schedule a permit or code meeting, call 939-5203)

*Code Enforcement (Refuse or code inquiries can be directed to 305-2552)

*Planning & Development (481-8036)

*Village clerk (For urgent matters, call 939-5202)

*Youth Bureau

*Village treasurer’s office (939-5205)

Garbage, recycling and bulk pickup will continue as scheduled.

As mandated by Governor Andrew Cuomo and County Executive George Latimer, all government entities must decrease non-essential staff by 50 percent. They will have the option to work from home or stay home for the next two weeks.

Planning, Zoning Board of Appeals and other non-essential committee meetings have been cancelled up to Apr. 2. Future meetings for the Board of Trustees have not been cancelled. The next one will take place on Wednesday, Mar. 25 but can only be viewed by the public online at or on cable TV.

The Village of Rye Brook

operating virtually

 Like Port Chester, the Village’s work staff has been reduced by 50 percent until at least Mar. 31. The following guidelines will be in effect until then:

*The Building Department, Public Works and Administration Offices are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday.

*The Building Department will be receiving applications at the counter, issuing permits, conducting exterior inspections, as well as interior ones where there is no permanent occupancy of the building.

*The Recreation Office and Treasurer’s Office are closed. To reach the Recreation office, call 755-2555. The Treasury can be reached by calling 305-2956.

 *All essential public meetings will be held through videoconferencing and the public can view online.

Salvation Army ready to help those in need

The Port Chester Salvation Army is available for food deliveries, prescription drop-offs or if someone just wants to talk. The organization is offering to help seniors run errands and provide food to those in need.

Call their offices at 939-2725 or reach out to them through their Facebook page.

The food pantry is also in need of donations.

Metro-North still running

but with limitations

Metro-North announced that beginning Tuesday, Mar. 17 it will no longer be accepting cash payments at its payment windows or on its trains. Credit card transactions are still being accepted and riders can still use cash at their ticket kiosks on the platforms. The train line also offers MTA eTix, which customers can download and use to pay for the tickets.

The Lost & Found Office located in Grand Central Terminal is closed until further notice. Travelers can make a claim for their lost items online.

Starting Wednesday, Mar. 18 the following ticket stations were closed:



*Mount Vernon East

*New Rochelle

*North White Plains



*White Plains

The MTA is cleaning their stations two times a day, sanitizing their trains daily and performing a thorough cleaning of them every 72 hours.

Bowman Avenue Laundromat offering free services

Bowman Avenue Laundry, located at 502 Westchester Ave., is offering free pickup and delivery with wash and fold services.

The business is using hospital grade disinfectant to limit the spread of the virus. Call 810-4033 to make an appointment.