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Release Date: December 12, 2008

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Wanted! Gently Used Bikes for Bike Drive!  We are collecting gently used bikes in good condition.  Bikes donated will be distributed before Christmas to the children of Ossining.  Please help.  Bikes should be dropped off at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway. 


Important Notice For Cablevision Customers…Residents now have until December 31, 2008 to get the free digital box.  The free digital box offer for Broadcast Basic & Analog Family Cable customers has just been extended until the end of the year, with the same terms as before.  It is for existing customers in good standing with no changes in level of service.  Also as before, only one free digital box per household and the free offer does not apply to new Cablevision customers. 


Attention Verizon Fios Customers!  The Government Access Station will be broadcast on Channel 43.  Currently this station is undergoing testing! Regular programming will begin shortly.  Thank you for your continued cooperation. 


Ballroom Technique:  The Waltz and Quickstop this Thursday, December 11th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Josie’s International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Top Floor 432-8502.  Beginners will get started fast and enjoy the fun.  And you’ll meet folks who love to dance.  Advanced dancers will learn new moves, “smooth out” your style and learn how to look great on the floor.  Admission $15.00, bring a new student with you and pay half price!


The Ossining Athletic Booster Club (OABC) is a non-profit volunteer organization comprised of parents, students, and other community members who have an interest in enhancing the athletic programs of the Ossining School District.  OABC operates to assist the athletic departments and our student athletes by promoting a positive atmosphere.  The Athletic Booster Club also provides moral and financial support needed for a successful athletic program.  The Athletic Department budgets do not cover all of the costs to run a school athletic program and count on contributions from the OABC.   Club Membership meeting is Tuesday, December 16th from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at OHS in room 123 (near the gym).  On the agenda will be Winter Athletes’ Appreciation Dinner (January 29th), guest speaker Don McPherson, Fundraising for Senior Athletes Dinner (June 1st) and Committees.  Ossining High School Athletic Hall of Fame is currently accepting nominations for consideration into the Ossining High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  Nominations can be sent to or, nominations must be submitted by April 13, 2009. 


More OPL Events…

-Four Generations of Brandreth Family Paintings will be on view during the month of December. The exhibit is curated by John Wunderlich. Opening Reception will be on Sunday, December 14th from 1-4 p.m.

- Author, Meryl Gordon will be at the library on Wednesday, December 17th @ 7:30 p.m.  Join Bob Minzesheimer who will be here to interview her and hear about her recently published book: "Mrs. Astor Regrets. The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach", book signing to follow.  It all takes place in the theater.

-The Ossining Library's "Great Music" series presents January Jazz on Sunday, January 4th at 3 p.m. The concert will star The Brian Conigliaro Quartet, featuring Brian Conigliaro on guitar, Mike Goetz on bass, John Arrucci on drums and Kenny Venezia on saxaphone.Start the New Year off with an afternoon of jazz and blues from the 1920's- 1980's.  Individually the musicians have performed or recorded with artists such as James Brown, David Amram, Vic Juris, Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan and others. Come hear the music of Sonny Rollins, Van Morrison, George Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more! It all takes place in the theater. Admission is free.

-Weslee and Eugene McGovern will lead a new four part book discussion at the Ossining library beginning in January. "The Cairo Trilogy" by the Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1988, Naguib Mahfouz will be the subject. The Trilogy consists of "Palace Walk", "Palace of Desire", and "Sugar Street'. "Palace Walk" will be covered in two sessions on January 12 and February 9. The other books will be discussed on March 9 and April 13. The McGoverns lived in Cairo from 2000-2007 and visited many times the streets and neighborhoods that are the setting for the Trilogy. Discussions will take place in the Conference Room beginning at 7 p.m.


Christmas Concert at Maryknoll  The Maryknoll choir, composed of Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, lay missioners, affiliates and employees, will usher in the Christmas season with their annual Christmas at Maryknoll concert, Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m., at Queen of Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll Society Center in Ossining.  In addition to the prepared program of medieval, contemporary and traditional Christmas music, the nearly 40 choir members and musicians will invite the audience to join them in singing hymns and songs of the season, under the direction of Owen Borda, music coordinator at Maryknoll.  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  The concert will be held at the Queen of Apostles Chapel, Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  For more information contact 941-7590.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers –formally known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America—was founded in 1911 with the support of the Bishops of the United States to be the chief mission outreach of the American Church.  They are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 27 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at


Teatown Event - Feeding Time Food, glorious food, what’s on the menu today? Tasty crickets? Juicy worms? Turtle salad? Join in as we feed Teatown’s menagerie. All welcome. Saturday, December 13, 1 pm – 2 pm Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Sing for a Supper Benefit for the Ossining Food Pantry.  Members of the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester and of St. Ann's and St. Paul's-on-the-Hill Churches and other friends from greater Ossining and Briarcliff are sponsoring an old fashioned sing-along on Saturday, December 13, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Paul's-on-the-Hill, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.  Join us for dessert, hot chocolate, mulled cider and some tunes!
Admission is free, but a collection will be taken.  Bring cans of tuna or salmon, bags of beans or rice, or cereal to help fill the Pantry's shelves.  (Please check the expiration dates!)  This is a wonderful opportunity to make sure our neighbors and their children have enough to eat.  For more information, directions, or to reserve a seat, visit: To donate to the Ossining Food Pantry directly go to:


A photo for a Life! 'Yon foto pou yon vi' (in Haitian creole) Westchester Photographers and Westchester Photo Groups in direct response to the starving children in Haiti which 'Doctors without Borders' are trying to nourish and save, will be having a large sale of unmatted and unframed original signed photographic prints at All Saints Church on Scarborough Road in Briarcliff Manor, New York (1 mile west of route 9) on Saturday, December 13th from 1-4p.m.  Every print will sell for $25.00 even though the prints are worth much more...but it is felt that the sale of each print at this price can feed a child for several days in Haiti and provide valuable nourishment and re-hydration.  In these difficult times, here is a chance to acquire an amazing work of art and to also help save starving children. All funds raised from the sale will go to 'Doctors without Borders' for their work in Haiti. This benefit has been organized by Ossining photographic artist Mark Sadan and Betlinn (Shamou) Louis, a young Haitian Woman student from the small village of Marigot in Haiti currently studying in the USA.   They will both be at the sale.   For further information contact Mark Sadan at 762-0219.


Teatown Event - Popolopen Torne Hike A very noticeable landscape feature in the Hudson Highlands, the Torne is a craggy summit at the edge of Harriman State Park. From the summit there is a panoramic view of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain and the surrounding hills. Dress in layers, wear hiking boots and bring lunch and water. Moderate – strenuous. Adults. Sunday, December 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Four Generations…Over 130 Years of Art by the Brandreth / Wunderlich Family at the Ossining Public Library.  Reception Sunday, December 14, 2008 from 1 – 4 p.m.  The artwork of Pauine Burgess Brandreth, Courtenay Brandreth, Eleanor Brandreth Wunderlich and John Cronau Wunderlich will be on display from December 1 – 29th.


On Monday evening, December 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 34 South Highland Avenue "Out of Anxiety and Into Peace - Finding Strength in Difficult Times", conversation, learning, sharing, tools for living in these tough weeks of holidays.  All are invited.  Led by Rev. Lynda Clements, pastor of FPCO, and Sandra Ploth, Reike Master, Spiritual Director and RN at Sloan Kettering Hospital.  Suggested donation, $5.00.  For more information, please call 941-0540 or 307-3349.


From Today show to Ossining: On Wednesday, Dec. 17, author Meryl Gordon will be interviewed on NBC’s Today show and that night at the Ossining Public Library. The topic is her new book that’s getting national attention and is of local interest: Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrays of a Family Beyond Reproach.  It’s about Brooke Astor, the philanthropist and socialite who died last year at the age of 105 at her estate in Briarcliff Manor. Book discussion and signing at library, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. 941-2416.


Help Send Ossining’s Children to Summer Camp 2009 on Thursday, December 18th 6:30 – 10:00 there will be a fundraiser at Isabella’s Brick Oven Pizza and Restaurant, 107 Main Street.  Santa will be visiting so please call with age and gender of children.  For more information contact Charlie Knight 923-6380 or Matthew Gullotta 525-0744.  Tickets $15 Adults, $10 Children – includes salad, meal, appetizers, dessert, coffee and drinks.  If you would like to send a donation for the program mail to Ossining Community Action Program, 2 Church Street, Ossining (please mark Ossining kids summer camp 2009.)


Teatown Event - Pre-count Survey We’re getting a head start on the Annual Bird Count. Help us locate where the birds are before the count begins. All welcome. Friday, December 19 7:30 am  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion: Away From Her The third offering of this year’s Maryknoll International Film Festival, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, will be shown on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining.  The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: Breakdown as Opportunity for Breakthrough, continues with Away From Her, a 2006 Canadian film from director Sarah Polley.  Each film in the series is introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening.  For a listing of all films in the series visit  Information: 914-941-7590. All are welcome.  Admission is free.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers –formally known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America—was founded in 1911 with the support of the Bishops of the United States to be the chief mission outreach of the American Church.  They currently serve the Church in 28 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at


Teatown Event - Annual Christmas Bird Count Give a holiday gift to nature! Help Charlie and Teatown educators in this very important census as we hike the trails to count wintering birds. The information gathered is compiled and sent to National Audubon which uses the information to monitor irruptive species, trends in populations and other conservation issues that impact avian health. Afterwards, participants are invited to join birders from all over Northern Westchester at the compilation dinner held at Teatown. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm. Saturday, December 20, starts at 8 am Please RSVP for the dinner to Phyllis Bock at 762-2912 ext 135. There is a $6 per person charge for dinner. All welcome. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Solstice Stories Come sit with us by the fire on Solstice Eve to hear winter tales. All welcome. Saturday, December 20, 3 pm – 4:30 pm Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Holi-Daze MiniCamp Get out from under all the wrapping paper and enjoy the gift of nature in winter. Days filled with games, animals, hikes and seasonal activities to end the year on a natural note.  4 and 5 year olds: 9 am– 2 noon Fee $30 day;

6 – 12 year olds: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.  Fee: $60 day.  December 29 – 31 Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:

Local Law Regarding Alarm Systems to Go Into Full Effect in January Please be advised that property owners/tenants with an alarm system must register with the Village Clerk.  Applications submitted, will be processed and permits will be issued for the 2009 year.  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.             

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