Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library open by appointment

The Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library can be browsed by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 939-6710 and press 0, or email pcrbref@wlsmail.org.

Book lovers can browse on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The library is still offering its no contact pick-up service and encourages residents to place holds through its online catalogue or by phone.

Rye Town Park/Oakland Beach September schedule

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, Oakland Beach at Rye Town Park is closed Mondays through Thursdays. The beach will be open Fridays through Sundays starting Friday, Sept. 11 until Sunday, Sept. 27.

The park and parking lot are open, and fees will still be collected throughout September.

Bee-Line Bus System resumes standard operations

The Bee-Line Bus System resumed normal operations on Sept. 8. Passengers are allowed to board the bus via the front door and will be charged for their ride.

All buses have floor-to-ceiling protective barriers around bus operators.

Court is back in session

The Port Chester Justice Court will hold criminal court sessions on Mondays and Thursdays. Every third Friday it will be in session for arraignments only.

Per New York State mandate, all other open cases remain on pause.

Traffic and parking court will be held on the first, second and fourth Friday of each month at 9 a.m. for appearance tickets that were written before Aug. 1.

The court window is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All visitors must wear a mask to enter the 350 N. Main St. building.

Those who had a scheduled appearance or were otherwise directed to attend court during the closure will not be penalized for their absence. Letters will be mailed to you with a new court date. Call 939-8220 with questions.

Gyms and fitness centers have reopened

Gyms and fitness centers have reopened at 33 percent capacity. They must follow rigorous regulations and members are always required to wear face masks.

Bowling alleys have reopened at 50 percent capacity. Bowlers must always wear masks and practice social distancing. Every other lane will be closed, and customers must stay with their own parties while bowling. Rented equipment will be disinfected between each use.

At the beginning of August, the governor also announced that school buildings across the state could reopen for the school year due to low infection rates in every region.

The Mid-Hudson region has maintained its Phase 4 status for over a month. Higher education, media production and low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment have resumed. Professional sports games without an audience also began.  

Other industries such as personal care services, indoor and outdoor dining, retail, offices, hair salons and construction resumed or reopened in previous phases.

This is the final phase in the state’s reopening plan. However, movie theaters, concert halls, as well as bars not serving food or maintaining social distance still cannot reopen.

Food distribution  for Port Chester students

Children ages 18 and under in the Port Chester School District are eligible to pick up lunch and breakfast. The Carver Center will be serving the meals in takeout containers Monday through Friday at Edison School, located at 132 Rectory St.

Caritas of Port Chester will be handing out weekend meals for the whole family on Fridays at Edison School. The meals can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Families can still pick up meals at the Carver Center Market. See the listing under “COVID-19 resources” for more information.

New guidelines set

for Westchester County Courthouse

Upon entering the County courthouse in White Plains, visitors will undergo a health screening for the novel coronavirus. Anyone in the building is asked to wear a mask.

If someone’s temperature is found to be above 100 F during the health screening or if they have been in contact with a COVID-positive person, their name and reasoning for visiting will be asked. Additional information may be requested, and the person will be instructed to exit the facility.

Playland Park will not open for 2020 season

Playland Park will remain closed for the 2020 season. The decision was made due to the difficulty for adequate social distancing and sanitizing of the amusement park.

Westchester residents can still visit Playland’s beach Tuesdays through Sundays. The pool remains closed.

Supermarkets

*La Placita Marketplace is open every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information about the 155 North Main St. supermarket, visit https://www.loc8nearme.com/new-york/port-chester/la-placita-supermarket/2402832/.

*Stop & Shop is now open to the general public from 7:30 a.m. to midnight and from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for customers over the age of 60 and those at high risk only.

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

*The Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market at 144 South Ridge St. offers 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 are allowed to make their purchases.

*Rye Brook’s ACME Market at 261 South Ridge St. is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the store is open to seniors only from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

* Costco Wholesale is offering 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 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.

Bakery stores set limitations

To enter the J.J. Cassone Bakery store, all customers must wear some form of facial protection per Centers for 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 currently has a social-distancing requirement for customers doing business in their Pearl Street store. Customers must wear a mask or cover their face when shopping there.

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

Park Deli hours still shortened

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. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

COVID-19 resources

*The Port Chester Senior Center is open on Mondays and Thursdays. Interested parties must register in advance by calling 939-4975. Only 30 people will be allowed per day and no walk-ins will be allowed.

Temperatures will be taken with a non-contact thermometer and masks must be worn except when eating.

Meals can be ordered for pickup at the center to take home.

If you have any questions, please call Carol Nielsen at 305-2525.

*While the Don Bosco 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.

*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.

*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.

*Seniors can receive regular meal and shopping deliveries to their home or a daily checkup phone call through the Rye Brook 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.

*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.

Government

*Rye Brook Village Hall has reopened. 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.

*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.

* The Village of Port Chester is operating at full capacity. When visiting 222 Grace Church St., a mask must be worn and temperatures will be taken. A health screening questionnaire will also have to be filled out.

To enter Port Chester Village Hall visitors must identify themselves prior to entry.

Appointments, which can be made via email, telephone or by using their Contact Us page on the village website, are encouraged and occupancy will be limited.

Parking enforcement has resumed in the Port Chester downtown area, Village lots and all residential areas. Alternate side of the street parking and street sweeping have restarted as well.

Garbage and recycling will continue as scheduled. Bulk trash and green waste collection will only take place twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays. The next dates are Sept. 16, the third Wednesday in September because of Labor Day, and Sept. 30.

Religious services

Houses of worship can now be open at 33 percent capacity.