A large banner hanging off a North Regent Street house sends a hopeful message to the community.
Sarah Wolpoff|Westmore News
A large banner hanging off a North Regent Street house sends a hopeful message to the community. Sarah Wolpoff|Westmore News

Mid-Hudson region remains in Phase 1

Last week, the Mid-Hudson region met all seven of the health metrics set by New York State. This permitted construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, curbside or in-store pickup retail services, manufacturing and wholesale trade to resume.

The area will be monitored for the next week to ensure it can safely enter Phase 2. At that point, professional services, retail, administrative support and real estate can come back online as well as outdoor dining.

Religious houses begin to reopen

On  Thursday, May 21, small religious gatherings could begin to take place again. The gatherings cannot exceed 10 people and participants must wear a mask while maintaining social distancing.

The Village of Port Chester open by appointment

While the Justice Court remains closed, its transaction window  resumed operation on June 1. It is  open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A visitor must wear a mask to enter the 350 North Main St. court building.

Parking enforcement resumed in the Port Chester downtown area and Village lots on Tuesday, May 26. It restarted enforcement in all residential areas on Monday, June 1. Alternate side of the street parking and street sweepingbegan on this date as well.

Currently, 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 appointments)

*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)

The Justice Court remains closed. Those who have a scheduled appearance or were otherwise directed to attend court during this closure will not be penalized for their absence. Letters will be mailed to you with a new court date.

During this court closure, fines for parking tickets will not be subject to additional monetary penalties.

Garbage and recycling will continue as scheduled.

Bulk trash collection will only take place twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays. The next dates are June 10 and 24.

The Village of Rye Brook: tennis courts reopen

Tennis courts are now open to the public per allowance by New York State. In Rye Brook, the courts at Pine Ridge Park and Harkness Park will be open daily from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. To use the space, reservations can be made for a one-hour slot and walk-ons will not be allowed. Only singles play can occur.

The daily schedule will be available at the courts and reservations must be made at least one day in advance before 3 p.m. on the preceding day.

Players cannot congregate or wait near the courts. After June 1, tennis permits will be required.

Rye Brook Village Hall closed

Rye Brook Village Hall is closed except by appointment. For the village administrator’s office, call 939-1121. For the Building Department, call 939-0668. 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 them online.

Town of Rye clerk’s office functioning by appointment only

The Town of Rye clerk’s department is open by appointment only. They will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 939-3570 to schedule an appointment.

La Placita Marketplace open

The 155 North Main St. supermarket has reopened to the public. The store closed on last month due to the pandemic.

Must cover face to enter J.J. Cassone Bakery

To enter the bakery store, all customers must wear some form of facial protection per Centers of Disease Control guidelines. The local bakery is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will only allow four people in their South Regent Street store at a time, including staff.

Neri’s Bakery sets limitations

Neri’s Bakery currently has a three-person limit, which is strictly enforced, to enter their Pearl Street store. Customers must wear a mask or cover their face when shopping there. 

Hours have reverted back to what they were before the pandemic: every day from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Park Deli open to the public

Park Deli on South Regent Street opened to the public again at the end of April after reorganizing the store to allow for safe shopping. They are open every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carver Center Market offers food relief

The Port Chester Carver Center’s Market continues to see an unprecedented increase in the need for emergency food relief. The Market is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until supplies last on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It will be operating from the back entrance at 400 Westchester Ave. where pre-packaged bags of groceries are distributed. Carver Center adheres to strict safety and self-distancing measures.

Please visit their Facebook page for frequent updates and/or changes to Market hours.

Healthcare workers and first responders get priority access into Costco Wholesale

Costco Wholesale is offering priority access to healthcare workers and first responders to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse. Those who qualify must present their membership card and official identification verifying their occupation. 

There is a special hour Monday through Friday for members who are 60 and over and people with physical impairments. Those who qualify can shop from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The food court is now closed.

Costco stores are only allowing two people to enter the store with each membership card. They are requiring that members and employees apply social distancing and wear a face covering while in their stores.

The store is open to all 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. Face coverings are required to enter the store

Stop & Shop maintains reduced hours, special shopping times for older customers

Stop & Shop has updated 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.

Stop & Shop stores are open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for customers over the age of 60 and those at high-risk 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.

Additionally, certain products have a limit on how many can be purchased by a customer at one time.

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

Whole Foods Market creates special hour for seniors

The 575 Boston Post Rd. Whole Foods Market is open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those over 60 years old can shop in the store one hour before opening.

Plexiglass barriers have been installed to protect employees and customers. They are also closing their stores two hours early so staff can sanitize areas, restock shelves and take time to rest.

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market offers early shopping hour for those in need

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.

All employees are now required to wear gloves and a face covering. They recommend customers also cover their faces while shopping, per CDC guidelines. The store is limiting the number of shoppers allowed inside at once to 30 percent of its normal maximum capacity. Additionally, one person per household is allowed in at a time.

They have limited quantities on some popular items to be fair to all customers. 

ACME Market offers exclusive hours for seniors and those at-risk

Rye Brook’s ACME Market at 261 South Ridge St. will be open to seniors only Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The supermarket is asking anyone under the age of 60 or not at high risk of contracting the virus to please avoid shopping at those times.

Port Chester Senior Center making food deliveries

The Port Chester Senior Center is closed until further notice and all programming and recreational services provided by the center are suspended.

The Village is no longer providing food for pickup; all meals will be delivered home until further notice; staff will not enter private residences.

They are requesting interested parties only ask for a meal if necessary. They are aiming to help those living alone who have no nearby family or are homebound.

They are also asking when receiving the meal to maintain social distancing while around staff and inform them of any symptoms.

If you have any questions regarding meal availability or general senior center services, please contact Carol Nielsen at 305-2525.

Rye Brook Senior Center offers help upon request

Seniors can receive regular meal and shopping 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.

Port Chester Schools distributing food, working with Open Door

Although Port Chester schools for the remainder of the year, they are 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 Open Door Medical Centers at Port Chester High School, JFK Elementary and the middle school are open for telephone consultation between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please call 939-1477 or visit their website for more information.

Don Bosco Community Center continues to help those in need

While the community center is currently closed, they are still offering takeout dinners to continue aiding the Port Chester area. Members of the Boys and Girls Club and their siblings can pick up a meal outside their location every weekday at 4 p.m. They are located at 22 Don Bosco Pl.

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 increasing service

With regions beginning to reopen, Metro-North has increased service on their Hudson, Harlem and New Hvaen lines. Off-peak fares are still in effect. 

The railroad is no longer 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 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.

Bee-Line Bus system  transitions to rear-door boarding and exiting

Due to a reduction in ridership, the Bee-Line Bus System is running on a Saturday schedule Monday through Saturday. Sunday service will continue as usual.

To practice social distancing, passengers must board and exit Bee-Line buses through the rear door only. This policy will stay in effect until further notice to protect riders and employees. The first three rows of seats on fixed route transit buses will also be roped off. Accommodations will be made for handicapped passengers.

Updated hours at TD Bank

TD Bank has temporarily closed its stores and updated hours to protect its customers and employees.

For those that are homebound, banking can be completed online or through their app.

The lobbies at the 250 Boston Post Rd. and 101 South Ridge St. banks are closed, but their drive-thrus remain open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, the branches are open 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pickup and delivery options available at Port Chester Seafood

Port Chester Seafood is offering carry out, curbside pickup and delivery options. To review their menu, call 937-2232 or visit portchesterseafood.com. Their new temporary hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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.

New York State provides mental health resources

For those experiencing mental health complications due to the pandemic, New York State is offering help. Call 1-844-863-9314 for mental health support, consultations and referral to a provider.