The White Plains Examiner

Halloween Post-Poned; Civic Meetings Rescheduled; Places to Shower, Plug-in

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Tree down at the Highlands Middle School

Halloween – Please be advised that many streets in White Plains remain blocked with downed trees and wires. Electricity is still out in many areas as well.

As such, parents are being urged to use their discretion when deciding whether their children can trick or treat safely.

If you do decide to trick or treat, we request that you do it during daylight hours and provide close parental supervision.

We encourage you to celebrate Halloween with us on Friday, November 9th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm for Halloween Tricks and Treats at Gillie Park.

Showers  – The following community facilities have generously opened their doors for White Plains residents without power to enjoy a hot shower. Please bring your own supplies, including towels, soap and shampoo. Also bring personal identification for registration and security purposes. Showers are available for those who need them at the following locations:

White Plains YMCA  – 250 Mamaroneck Avenue

Hours: Mon-Fri 5:15 am – 10:00 pm, Sat 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sun 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

White Plains YWCA – 515 North Street

Hours: Mon-Sun 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

New York Sports Club – City Center

Hours: Mon-Sun 5:00 am – 11:00 pm

Planet Fitness – 33 South Broadway

Hours: Mon-Fri 5:00 am – 11:00 pm, Weekends 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Dry Ice – Con Edison is distributing dry ice to those without power at Yonkers Raceway.

The White Plains City Shelter, located at Post Road Elementary School, remains open for residents who need shelter.

Digital Arts Experience at 170 Hamilton Ave. in White Plains is offering people who need a place to get some work done, charge a device, use a computer or the internet between a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for the next week.

The White Plains Public Library is open until 9:00 pm today.  Additional power strips have been installed so that residents can use the Library to recharge electronic devices.

Civic Meeting – FASNY DEIS Public Hearing Rescheduled to November 13, 7:30 p.m.

Health Advice – The Westchester County Department of Health is alerting residents with private wells whose properties were flooded to either boil their water before consumption or to use bottled water as a precautionary measure since sewage and other harmful contaminants can be washed into private wells by storm waters. Residents should have their water tested if it is evident that their well cap was submerged.

“Until well water is either disinfected or confirmed to be safe, residents and food service businesses with private wells should boil their water at a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute prior to drinking it or using to prepare food, wash dishes by hand or brush teeth,” said Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD.

Amler said dishwashers can be used as usual and well water can be used without boiling to wash clothes.

Residents should contact a well professional for help in dealing with the impacts of flood water on their water quality and well system. Instructions on how to disinfect wells, storage tanks and house piping can be found on

The Health Department also cautions those who handle the cleanup of flood waters and mud that both may contain sewage and/or other contaminants. Heavy work gloves, long sleeved shirts, pants and boots should be worn during cleanup to avoid direct contact with the skin.

After a power failure, frozen foods that are hard and still contain ice crystals are safe to cook or refreeze.  Frozen foods that have thawed should be cooked and consumed immediately, or discarded.  Foods that have warmed to room temperature for more than two hours should be discarded.

For more information on post-storm safety, visit and

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