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Release Date: August 29, 2008

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Ossining Woman’s Club Celebrates First Thursdays Organized in 1919, the Ossining Woman’s Club continues to host special events that are open to the public.  After a presentation, guests are invited to stay for tea.  All are welcome.  Admission is free; membership is not required.  Programs, which begin at 2:00 pm, are held at the OWC clubhouse, located at 2 Lincoln Place in Ossining (just south of the high school on South Highland Avenue).  Recent programs have had a variety of topics, including health tips from a chiropractor, the histories of antique treasures from an avid collector, a personal adventure story on an airplane taken over by terrorists, and a representative from the Westchester County Fraud Department advising on how to guard against identify theft and other scams.  To start this fall season, on September 4, the program is Express Yourself with Color.  Sari Martin, Beauty Consultant, will talk about how to enhance your image through the use of color.  A lucky member in the audience may have a personal makeover.  For more information, call the club president, Susan Kelly, at 914-941-7425 or leave a message on the clubhouse answering machine, 914-762-9729.

Village Enacts Local Law Regarding Alarm Systems Please be advised that property owners/tenants with alarm system must register with the Village Clerk within 90 days of the law’s formal adoption which occurred on August 19th.  Full text of this local law, as well as the permit application, is available online at  False alarms shall be subject to penalty.  If you have any questions, please contact our Village Clerk, Mary Ann Roberts at 762-8428.    

Teatown Event…“First Thursdays” Discussion Group Teatown’s monthly environmental discussion group continues on Thursday, September 4, 7:30pm – 9pm. Join Executive Director Fred Koontz, and other experts, share in exploring environmental issues within and beyond Teatown borders. Check website for topics. Adults. Pre-registration required. Free. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Ossining American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) Announces Start of the 2008-2009 Soccer Season  Ossining AYSO is gearing up for the fall season for the 2008-2009 soccer year.  On Thursday, September 4th at Ryder Park Pavilion from 7 PM to 9 PM will be a parents meeting.   The meeting will welcome all new and current player parents to Ossining AYSO for the current season.  Meet the AYSO Soccer Board and the coaches for the 2008-2009 season.  Learn who will be your child’s coach and the name of the team your child will play for this season.   The first team practices will be on Saturday September 6th.  The team coaches will be assigned a practice field and time slot at the coaches meeting on September 3rd.  Games will start on Sunday September 13th.  All coaches will receive their respective team schedule before the first team practice.  The Second Annual Ossining AYSO Parade of Players and Soccerfest will be held on Sunday September 7th at Anne M. Dorner (AMD) Middle School.  The Parade of Players will start at 11 AM and the Soccerfest games will begin at 1 PM.  To register your child for the 2008-2009 Ossining AYSO season, please contact Kerry Molloy Bertoldi at 944-0415 or as soon as possible.  Children will now be placed on the wait list for open slots in various age groups.  Ossining AYSO strives to place all registered players on a team.   For any additional information on these dates or other information concerning Ossining AYSO, please call the AYSO Hotline at 944-0063. 


Teatown Event…“Insect Investigations” Saturday, September 6, 1 pm – 2:30 pm  Late summer is a great time to search for flitting, crawling and hopping six and eight legged creatures. Some are insects, others not, some may even drive you buggy! After ‘insectigating’ the field, everyone will have a chance to make a buggy critter to take home. All ages welcome. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Ossining Historical Society Antiques & Collectibles Fair will be held on the grounds of the Museum, 196 Croton Avenue, Ossining on Sunday, September 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (rain date Saturday, September 13, 2008.)  The Historical Society is also seeking vendors for this fair, for more information call 941-0001.


Teatown Event…“Story Sundays: In a Nutshell” Join us for seasonal stories and activities about nature, animals and ecology on Sunday, September 7, 11 am – 12 noon

Appropriate for 4 – 7 year olds accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Ossining Public Library Events…

-Fall movie series begins on Wednesday, September 3rd. The series is titled "Angry Young Men- British Street Films."  “Look Back in Anger" is the 1st film followed by "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" on October 1st, "A Taste of Honey" on November 12th and "The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner" on December 3rd. Admission is free. Chris Poggiali, media specialist at the New Rochelle Library will introduce the series.

- “Literary Voices in Westchester, from the Sound to the Hudson”, September 21st at 2:30 p.m. in theater. Join us for a special afternoon of readings by literary voices in Westchester. The afternoon will showcase talented writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry whose work can be found in The Westchester Review.

- “Journey to the Bottom of the World" with professional photographer Anne Marie Leone on September 25th at 7:30 p.m in the theater. Her presentation will include a visit to Buenos Aires, the beautiful Iguazu Falls and the unfolding drama of Antartica's icebergs, peaks and penquins. Ms. Leone, a resident of Ossining, has been the director of photography for Women's News, and contributing editor/photographer for Westchester Magazine and Hudson Valley Magazine. Free

-The Artemis Chamber Ensemble will open the new concert season on Sunday, September 28th at 3 p.m. in the theater.  Part of the library's "Great Music" series, the ensemble will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with works by, Villa Lobos, Tito Puente, Miguel Matamoros. This concert is made possible by a grant from the Westchester Arts Council. Admission is free.


Save the Date! Saturday, Sept. 6 is the sixth annual Ossining MATTERS 5K Run/2 Mile Walk.  Raise funds for the Ossining MATTERS Education Foundation, to benefit Ossining’s public schools. Enter the timed 5K Trail Run, or walk the trail at your own pace, along the historic Old Croton Aqueduct. Pre-register now online at!  Check-in and register at the Ossining Community Center 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  Run begins at 9 a.m.  All ages.  For more information and to register online, visit You can also call Kathleen at 914-510-9320. Don’t miss this fun community event!


The Grand Opening of the Spring Street Exchange will be held on Friday, September 12th at 1:30 p.m.  Located on the corner of Spring Street and Broad Avenue in Ossining, the shop offers new and recycled clothing and household items at very reasonable prices.  Hours of operation are Tuesday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m. -3 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Sponsored by IFCA (  If you are interested in donating, please call 914-941-5252.


Visit inside the Ossining Weir chamber and Aqueduct tunnel.  Saturday, September 13th at 1:00 p.m. Led by Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct.  No fee or registration.  Hudson River Valley Ramble event.  Meet in Ossining Community Center, 95 Broadway. For more information call 914-478-3961.


Mark Your Calendar for Sunday, September 14th when the Ossining Art & Architecture on Main Festival in conjunction with Ferry-Go-Round will take place.  Art & Architecture on Main will be held in downtown Ossining on Main Street and will feature Artists’ works and notable architectural design which can be found throughout our community.  For more information on the festival contact the Ossining Recreation and Parks Department at 941-3189 or call Trustee Catherine Borgia at 262-8873.  For additional information on Ferry-Go-Round go to 

Artists interested in display space or food vendors wishing to participate should call the Recreation Dept. at 941-3189 or Trustee Borgia at 262-8873. Forms are available online at


Eduscape Associates, Inc. and The Ossining Public Library present a Free College Planning Workshop Series “Parent University, Navigating the College Process”  Workshop 1:  “Ready…Set…Go!” will be held on Monday, September 15th; Workshop 2:  “Testing…Testing…1,2,3” will be held on Monday, October 6; Workshop 3:  “Paperwork…Get On It” will be held on Monday, November 3 and Workshop 4: “How It All Adds Up”, will be held on Monday December 1, 2008.  All workshops will begin at 6:30 and end at 8:30.  To reserve your space and your complimentary College Planning Workshop Materials go to and register.  Workshops are free of charge and will take place in the theater at the Ossining Public Library.  If you have any questions please call Cheryl Cohen at the OPL at 941-2416 or Gayle Marchica at Eduscape Associates at 941-4148.


St. Augustine Golden Eagles to Host Free Workshop on VA Aid & Attendance Benefit  Who can qualify to receive $12,000 to $22,000 per year tax-free?  According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, about a quarter of the nation's population – approximately 70 million people – are potentially eligible for VA benefits and services because they are veterans, family members or survivors of veterans.  The VA Aid and Attendance benefit, one of the many benefits available through the VA, offers eligible veterans or their surviving spouses a significant monthly pension, ranging from $998 to $1,842 per month tax-free.  To be eligible, veterans must have served 90 consecutive days or more with at least one day during a wartime period (World War II, Korea, etc) and meet a few medical and financial eligibility criteria.  As part of our commitment to educate the local community we are hosting a workshop about the availability of Aid & Attendance benefits.  During the workshop, we will be reviewing the eligibility criteria and show how thousands of families, EVEN IN CASES OF HIGHER NET WORTH, have become eligible for this benefit helping to offset the cost of the care being provided.  The Golden Eagles of St Augustine Church is hosting this educational workshop about VA benefits on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 9:30AM.  The event will take place at 381 North Highland Avenue, Parish Hall-Senior Center, Ossining, NY.  The workshop is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Please call 914-923-2268 ext. 1 to register and if you know someone else, who could benefit from this information, please bring him or her along.  For more information contact Celeste Patton, Golden Eagle Senior Center Coordinator at   

About The Golden Eagles of St Augustine Church…The Golden Eagles is based on the St Augustine Parish Campus in Ossining. The mission of the group is to provide an environment for socialization, community service, lectures and useful information such as day trips to museums, religious sites/events, concerts and plays. In addition, they support fundraisers for charitable causes and assist in Parish events such as blood drives and celebrations. While the membership is made up mostly from parishioners and non-parishioners in the retirement (or nearly) category, there is no age requirement to join.


The Garden Conservancy invites you to visit Westchester County’s best private Gardens throughout Westchester County, a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy.  Wednesday, September 17: Lewisboro & Waccabuc and Sunday, November 2: Mount Kisco.  For more information about these gardens and hundreds of others open around the country through the Open Days program, visit or call toll-free 1 (888) 842-2442.  Admission to each garden is $5.


Please Note Ossining Public Library Summer Hours

Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays till after Labor Day.


The 18th year of the Ossining Farmers Market has opened for the season and will remain open on Saturdays from 8:30 am-2pm rain or shine. Sponsored by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce.  Located at Market Square, corner of Main and Spring St.  Please note the market will run through December 20th.  Shop for vegetables, fruit, organic produce, pasture raised meats, and specialty foods. Info at


The Ossining Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the 102nd Annual Westchester County Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention parade this year. The parade will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 4:00pm (with line up beginning at 2:30pm).  We look forward to approximately 60 departments participating in this year's event as well as more than 40 bands marching from throughout the Hudson Valley Region.  As part of the parade the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps will lead a division celebrating 50 years of service to the community, this division will include EMS departments from throughout the region.  For additional information please contact the Fire Department non-emergency number 941-0215.


Save the Date…The 20th Annual Ossining Food Pantry Celebration will be held on Sunday, September 21 from 5 – 8 pm in the ballroom and gardens of Beechwood, the historic Vanderlip estate in Scarborough, NY, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. James Simmons. If you can give some time to help make the 20th Celebration a big success, please contact Karin Chaudauri, 2008’s Celebration Chair, at 914-373-1048 to volunteer. All are welcome. We hope to see you there!


Walk on the Old Croton Aqueduct and New Croton Dam Sunday, September 21st at 9:00 a.m. Lead by Carl Oechsner of Croton Friends of History.  Sponsored by Town of Cortlandt Recreation Division.  Fee required.  Meet in the parking lot of the Croton Free Library.  For information call 914-734-1050 or go to


Westchester County Police Officer Exam will be held on November 15, 2008.  To take the exam you must file with Westchester County by September 22, 2008.  For additional information visit  or call (914) 995-2123.


Save The Date…Monday, September 8, 2008 is the 8th Annual Tee Up To Cure Diabetes at Trump National Golf Club, Briarcliff Manor.  For more information please contact Stephanie Unger at the Westchester County office at 914 686-7700. 


Walk to Cure Diabetes is a fun family-friendly event that features plenty of entertainment, food and kids’ activities.  All proceeds go to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research whose mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.  The walk will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at the White Plains High School, White Plains, Registration starts at 8:30, walk begins at 9:30, and activities run from 8:30am to 12:00pm.   Individuals that have an interest in, or have a loved one with diabetes, can register on-line at www.//    If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Stephanie Unger at the Westchester County office at 914 686-7700. 


Hudson Valley It’s My Heart’s 1st Annual Motorcycle Run, Sunday, September 28, 2008.  All Proceeds go to Its My Heart-Hudson Valley Chapter, Inc. a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for families affected by congenital heart defects (the number one birth defect in the world).  $20.00 per rider/ $10.00 per passenger.  Registration & Breakfast 8 am, 7 Stars Family Restaurant, 1577 Route 22, Brewster, NY. 

Family Fun Post Run Event (open to the public) 1-4 pm, Tom & Jerry’s Irish House / Maggies Restaurant, 987 Rte 6, Brewster, NY.  Food, Entertainment, Prizes, Silent Auction, DJ, Stepdancers, and more…Enjoy a relaxing ride around the Hudson Valley Region; Riding from the Heart to help raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defects The #1 birth defect (March of Dimes)(For more info please contact Anka Roberto at 845-234-0708 or  All proceeds go to It’s My Heart a non-profit organization that supports families affected by CHD.


Become a Hospice Volunteer…Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam is looking for volunteers to help with direct patient & family support, bereavement care for adults and children, spiritual comfort, special community events, office support (bilingual skills are a plus).  Training sessions being offered.  Dates October 4th and October 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 540 White Plains Road, Ste. 300, Tarrytown, New York 10591-5132.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, please call Diana Kropp, Volunteer Program Assistant (914) 666-4228.


Saturday, October 11th, 4:30-9:30 p.m.  Downtown Ossining's Market Square presents the first FREE 'Sizzling Salsa Under the Stars' ... come and put your dance shoes on ... join us at 4:30 and dance until you see stars.  Spectators welcome!  Special performances of ballroom dancing, belly dancing and flamenco beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring the talented teachers at Josie's International School of Dance.  Co-sponsored by Ossining Recreation.  Free salsa dance lessons beginning at 6:00 and sizzling salsa, cha-cha, merengue all night long and refreshments.


Fifth Annual Tour de Foliage in support of Familial Dysautonomia (FD) Cycle Tour will be touring through Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor, Ossining, Yorktown Heights, Millwood, Goldens Bridge, Katonah and Somers on Sunday, October 12.  Funds raised from this ride will be provided to the Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc. to be used for research and clinical care purposes.  For more details on this event contact Melissa Slive at 238-0574 or 261-5905.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk supporting the American Cancer Society's mission to fight cancer on four fronts: research, education, advocacy, and patient services.  The walk will take place on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at the Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY.  Registration is from 8-10.  The event starts at 9:30-10:30. You can click on the link below for more information.  If you know someone that is interested, please contact Kedesha Henry at the American Cancer Society, 914 397-8857.  If anyone is interested in chairing Ossining’s participation they are looking for someone to be a point person here in the Village.


Maryknoll Sisters International Bazaar October 25, 2008, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining. Unique carvings, jewelry and hand-woven cloth from countries around the world, baked goods and snacks. Raffle, “Christmas Around the World,” Silent Auction and special activities for children. Admission is free. Call: 914-941-7575 or visit our website at . Directions: Take Rte. 9A to

Rte. 133 and follow the signs.


Save the Date for the SPCA of Westchester’s 2008 Fall Event…Sixth Annual Top Hat & Tails Saturday, October 25th at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, People and their dogs stepping out together for an enchanted evening of dinner and dancing.  This year’s honoree will be Joan Kalman, and the Distinguished Service Award Recipient will be the Village Animal Clinic.  Please call 941-2896 ext. 22 for more information about the event, auction, journal and sponsorship opportunities or visit


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