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Release Date: February 13, 2009

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The Village of Ossining will be receiving a Transit Centered-Development grant to develop a vision and a plan for the redevelopment of a three acre site that was formerly used as the Village’s Department of Public Works operations center.  The Village is one of 8 municipalities to receive this grant in the Tri-State area and only one of three in Westchester County, the total to be received is $12,500


Ossining Public Library Events…

-It's That Time Again!  Need Help With Your Taxes?  Tax Aide will be available at the library on Thursdays starting February 5th - April 9th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the theater.  Tax Aide volunteers have been IRS trained and certified.  Bring last year's tax forms, social security statements, bank statements, and any other pertinent information (i.e. contributions).  For more information please contact:  Jane Clark at 914-941-2416 ext. 326, or the Reference Dept. at ext. 320. 

-There will be a Loan Modification/Foreclosure Information Seminar on February 18th at 7 PM.  Hosted by Peter Spino, Jr., Attorney at Law and Mortgage Broker.  All are welcome to attend.

-In Honor of Black History Month The Ossining Public Library Proudly Presents:  A Sankofa Celebration, Saturday, February 21st 6:00 p.m. in the Ossining Public Library Theater.  The spririt of "Sankofa" is about learning from the past.  Join us for this fun, family program celebrating the African American spirit and its roots in African culture and tradition.  There will be drumming, storytelling, and light refreshments, so bring the whole family!  For more information, please contact Carry Cubillos at 941-2416 ext. 348. 


Ossining Community Action Youth Program Along with Unity in the Community presents a Read In for Black History Month February 21, 2009 from 1:00 pm. – 5:00 p.m. Join Ossining C.A.P. along with Unity in the Community for a day of poetry, poems, short stories, singing, dancing and narratives to celebrate black heritage.  The event will be held at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining for more information call C.A.P. at 923-6380.


The Preservation Company, in coordination with IFCA, is offering free tax filing located at 55 Bank Street Peekskill, NY 10566 on Thursday’s from 12-4pm through the end of the tax season. There are income limitations.  For further information or call 914-734-8928 or 914-734-8797 and ask for Anthony.  Please keep in mind that while walk ins are welcomed you must have specific tax information in order for the preparer to complete your taxes.  All taxes will be filed electronically.  Get all the credits that you are entitled to and best of all, keep your entire refund – we never charge any fees.  This Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is sponsored by Wachovia Foundation.


St. Ann’s CYO Basketball “Basket–For-Bucks” Fundraiser February 14th This is St. Ann’s signature and ultimate fund raiser of the season!  Designed like any sponsored race or walk-a-thon; Individual team players collect donations from sponsors who promise a specified amount of money for each point that player scores in a given amount of time.  Flat donations are also accepted.  All teams have participated and mostly all players have contributed to this event.  The event is held in a carnival-like atmosphere with games, food, music and all-around fun!  Super raffles are held for big ticket items that were graciously donated specifically for the event.  This year we are offering an Xbox 360 Arcade System, a 32” LCD TV, and court-level NY Knick Tickets!  Smaller raffle tickets are also sold for other donated items such as baskets of cheer, t-shirts, sweatshirts, various gift certificates, etc…Portions of the proceeds have always gone toward St. Ann’s Church and in addition, each year we pick a special designation.  Miles Adams, currently in 7th grade, was stricken with a malignant brain tumor in 3rd grade.  He miraculously returned this year to CYO – in remission and feeling blessed!  This year – in honor of Miles, St. Ann’s CYO is donating 20% of the Basket-for-Bucks proceeds to the Maria Ferrari Children’s Hospital.  Miles family has said, had it not been for them – Miles would not be here today – shooting baskets and making us all smile that much more!  Historically – Basket-for-Bucks has generated proceeds between $6,000 and $8,000 per year!   We hope this year to top them all!!  To donate you can contact any of the board members at any of our home-stands or contact our CYO Coordinator – Gavin Quain (914) 643-3271.


Teatown Event - Night Hike Bring your BFF, sweetheart or any friend, for a honey of a night hike that is sure to warm the blood and open your eyes to nature at night. We’ll listen for owls on the prowl and look for tracks of animals busy on a cold winter’s eve. Join us for mulled cider afterward in the Nature Center. Not suitable for children under age 6. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Saturday, February 14, starts at 7 pm

Pre-registration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Winter Break Mini-Camp Shake off the mid-winter doldrums by getting up and out at Teatown! Every day is packed with outdoor adventures and indoor discoveries. If there is snow we’ll look for tracks and make some of our own using snowshoes. Mini-camp includes visits with Teatown’s animals, nature crafts and engaging environmental activities. Fee: Half-day (4 to 5-year olds): 9 am – 12 noon Members $160; Nonmembers $180; Full-day (6 to 12-year olds): 9 am – 3 pm Members $300; Nonmembers $320. February 16 – 20  Pre-registration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Simple Ways to Reduce Your Ecological Footprint Each of us has an environmental impact in our local community and the world beyond it. Teatown offers non-credit courses in collaboration with Westchester Community College’s Adult Extension Program. This program is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Learn simple ways to reduce household energy use and make conscious consumer choices such as local, organic food and natural products. You can make a difference!  Instructor: Linsay Cochran. Tuesday, February 17, 7 pm – 8:30 pm.  Members $5; Nonmembers $20. Pre-registration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:

Grow Your Business Day! Ready to promote your business with Direct Mail?  Learn how now! The U.S. Postal Service invites you to join them for a learning experience, Wednesday, February 18, 2009, two sessions at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. You’ll gain valuable knowledge of direct mail and receive hands-on training from postal experts.  They’ll show you how to execute a Direct Mail campaign right from a PC.  Bring your own digital pictures or custom designed images to upload at the seminar.  Images must be in JPG format.  For further information and to reserve your seat, call 941-7348.  Be sure to sign up soon, space is limited!

Clearing out, or re-arranging your space? Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester’s furniture bank is seeking donations of your average-sized, gently-used furniture for Westchester’s neediest families. Tax-deductible, and pickup is available. , or 914.834.1294 for more info, or to donate. Thank you!


Mark your calendars!  February 24, 2009 Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras!  Come celebrate the final day of Carnival, Fat Tuesday, at St. Paul’s On-the-Hill Episcopal Church, Ossining. Once again the “Foodies” will be serving Gumbo for God, Jambalaya for Jesus, and ...yes, pancakes for all. St. Paul's Steel Band will be performing.  Festivities start at 6 PM Tickets: $12/adult, $10/seniors, $8/children (11-6) Free for children 5 and under.  Funds will support St. Paul’s Mission and Ministry with a portion dedicated to Mission on the Bay, rebuilding homes in Mississippi .St. Paul's On-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, 914-941-6627,   

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2009 will take Place March 22 – April 3rd…Make Your Reservations Now!  Tim and Nina Zagat, co-founders of Zagat Survey, the world's leading provider of consumer survey-based information, have once again signed on as honorary co-chairs of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the largest regional promotion of restaurants in the Hudson Valley. This 12-day celebration of fine dining, now in its third year and spanning seven counties, will take place from March 22 through April 3 (Sunday-Friday only). Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $20.09 or a three-course dinner for $28.09, at some of Hudson Valley’s best restaurants.  For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, call 845-561-2022 or go online to

Ossining Public Library Events:

-A special Kids Book Sale including books, videos, games and other treasures will be on Saturday, February 14th from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and again on Sunday from 12 -3 p.m. For kids who bring their parents and other adults there will also be a selection of adult material.  See you in the theater.

-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.


The Ossining Library's Great Music Series in association with the Stecker and Horowitz Foundation will present pianist Charlie Albright, the first to perform in the Nadia Reisenberg Young Artist Series, on Sunday, February 22nd. The gifted 20 year old pianist will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt at 3:00 p.m. in the theater. In 2006 Albright was the first in the history of the New York Piano competition to win two first prizes.  He has also been a winner at the Northwest Chopin Festival and in 2005 won another first prize at the 2005 International Piano Competition. In December 2008 he performed with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at a ceremony honoring Senator Ted Kennedy. Presently Charlie Albright is in a joint program between Harvard and the New England Conservatory of Music. Join us in welcoming Charlie Albright to our stage Sunday, February 22nd.                  


St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church presents their 51st Annual Black History Banquet Dinner Dance to be held on Friday, February 27th from 7:30 p.m.12 Midnight at Colonial Terrace, 119 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor.  Donations:  $65 per person, children under 12: $25 per child.  Musical entertainment provided by DJ Cintron.  For tickets call Beverly Green at 914-438-9417, Clair Jones at 914-969-3116 or Lois Lassiter at (914) 262-6697.


Hockey registration for the Spring Season is starting.  In-person registration will take place at the Ossining Community Center on Saturday, February 28th from 10:00AM to 12:00pm or Tues., March 3rd from 7:00PM-8:30pm.  You may also mail your registration to me with your check for $75.00 made out to the OYHA (see attached registration form.)  All players are required to carry insurance through USA Hockey.  Please use their website to sign up for insurance.  Make sure you sign them up as an in-line skater.   Here is the link .  Please print out confirmation and attach a copy to your registration.  Please sign parent code of conduct and return also. 


“Music for the World, A Concert to Benefit the Global Outreach Mission of the Maryknoll Sisters.”  Featuring the Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble, James D. Wayne, conductor and Gary McCourry, alto saxophone soloist.  Date:  March 1, 2009, 3:00 p.m. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining,  Directions: Take Rte. 9 A to Rte. 133 and follow directions.  Tickets:  $25. Advance or at the door.  For more information, contact: Tel: 866-662-9900 or E-Mail: or visit our website at: .


Picturesque Georgian-style St. Paul's On-the-Hill Episcopal Church, Ossining, has a beautiful parish hall available for your special occasion. This former farm building's large, bright, airy space is perfect for your wedding, anniversary, retirement, graduation, birthday party and recitals. Also good as performance or meeting space for arts and other organizations. Nice working kitchen. All amenities easily accessible. Very large parking area. For information, please contact: Tina, St. Paul's On-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, 914-941-6627

Maryknoll Speakers Series Poverty and Prayer: A Lenten Reflection, Award Winning Author and Film Maker to Present Poverty and Prayer:  A Lenten Reflection at Maryknoll Gerry Straub, a successful television producer for 30 years, left a life of privilege to explore how film transforms people’s hearts.  During his presentation, Poverty and Prayer: A Lenten Reflection, which will take place on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 p.m., he fleshes out the call to care for “the least” in our society.  Using clips from his many films, he recounts his riches to rags conversion story, from an atheistic Hollywood producer to a documentary filmmaker, who uses his talents to put the power of film at the service of the poor around the world.  In a world sometimes weary of stories about the plight of the poor and oppressed, Straub presents the problem of poverty through the light of spirituality and faith, helping viewers discover the humanity and dignity of people who are considered throwaways: the homeless and forgotten, the poor migrant, the child in the slum.  Gerry Straub is a popular speaker at parishes, high schools and universities around the country. His films include When Did I see you Hungry?, narrated by Martin Sheen, and his books include The Sun and Moon Over Assisi, and Thoughts of a Blind Beggar.  Maryknoll’s interactive Museum of Living Mission will be open before and after the presentation.  All are welcome. Admission is free.  RSVP to Betsey Guest by March 2.,  914-941-7636 ext. 2219.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  For directions call 941-7636 ext. 2294.  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.  We are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 27 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at  or call 1-877-MARYKNOLL.


A panel to answer a question posed by the Interfaith Youth Corps will be assembled on Thursday March 26th at the Ossining Public Library.  Kicking off at 6:30pm will be a panel of leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions to discuss the topic "Does faith still matter?"  A similar panel was held with great success in 2005 and young people will be discussing the relevance of religion to issues of war, drugs, sex, poverty, violence, racism, the environment and the influence of pop music and culture today.  This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.  For more info contact Ola Nosseir at or Jim O'Hanlon at or 917 803-3974.


SAVE THE DATE…Ossining Children’s Center Dine-A-Round 2009, Saturday, May 30, Live auction at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 8:00 p.m. Online Auction, Starting May 13.  For more information call Kara Lazarus 914-747-2237.  

29th Annual Ossining Village Fair will be held on Saturday, June 13th, parade starts at 9:30am from the Community Center and Fair is from 10am-5pm.  For more information and vendor applications please contact the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce at info@ossiningchamber.orgSAVE THE DATE!!!!

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