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Release Date: February 20, 2009

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The Rev. Bonnie L. A. Shullenberger, priest of the Episcopal Church, writer, and teacher, died in Kindred Hospital, New Orleans, on February 9, 2009, of complications of liver disease.  She had gone to New Orleans to teach for a term at Dillard University in its recovery from the devastating floods following Hurricane Katrina, and to serve in the Diocese of Louisiana.  She was ordained a Deacon in Uganda’s Diocese of East Ankole in July of 1994, and a Priest in December of 1995.  From 1996-2006, she served as Priest Associate of Trinity Church in Ossining, with responsibility for Christian Education and spiritual formation.  From 2006 through 2008, she rejoiced to be serving the Diocese of New York as interim and supply priest in numerous parishes from Manhattan to Kingston, from Chester to Mt. Kisco.  Bonnie was a regular contributor to the weekly Episcopal magazine The Living Church, and also published poetry, short fiction, and literary essays.  She was the author of two books: a spiritual autobiography entitled A Time to Be Born, and, with her husband William, an Ossining resident, Africa Time: Two Scholars’ Seasons in Uganda.  Visitation will be at Leach and Thomas, Inc. 32 State Street, Ossining on Friday, February 20th from 6 pm to 9 pm.  There will be a requiem mass on Saturday, February 21st at Trinity Episcopal Church at 11 am.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of donations to The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, Adelynrood, 46 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922; the Order of the Holy Cross, Holy Cross Monastery, The Bursar, P.O. Box 99, West Park, NY 12493-0099; or Episcopal Relief and Development, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017.


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. 


Shoppers used to getting their local food fixes at the Ossining Farmers Market can now support their farmers all winter long at the Briarcliff Indoor Farmers Market held two Saturdays a month from 8:30am-2pm in the Briarcliff Congressional Church on the corner of Elm Street and South State Road.  The Briarcliff Market boasts many of the farm products enjoyed all summer including, pasture raised meat and poultry, pickles, produce, specialty foods, artisanal cheeses, cider, apples, pears, cider donuts, crusty bread and baked goods.  The remaining market dates are: 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16.


Teatown Event - A Hole in a Tree  A hole in a tree is more than what it seems. We’ll take a hike and look at holes made by the carpenter of the woods – the woodpecker!  Members free, Nonmembers $5. Pre-registration required. All ages welcome. Saturday, February 21, starts at 11 am.  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce News - Meeting Reminder…February Membership Meeting will be held on Monday, February 23rd at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway.  This meeting’s topic is “Don’t Just Survive – Learn How to Thrive in a Tight Economy”.  7:00 p.m. networking, 7:30 p.m. Workshop: “Second Wing” presented by Rochelle Carrington, president of Second Wind Advisory Group.    The Chamber will also be kicking off their new networking event...Business-B4-Business.  On Thursday, February 26 from 8:00am - 10:00am at 2 Church Street, Suite 205.  Remember to bring your business cards.  The Chamber is also looking for Village Fair Vendors for the 29th Annual Ossining Village Fair which will be held Saturday, June 13th.  Download the application by visiting the Chamber's website.  Remember Chamber members get a 20% discount!


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. 


Baseball Clinics…Saturday, February 28th, March 7th, March 14th, March 21st Hosted by Bill Casey (Ossining High School Varsity Baseball Coach) and the Ossining Travel Baseball League.  Location:  AMD Middle School, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Cost $5 per session.


Teatown Event - Saturday Morning Animal Encounters Who are Teatown’s best ambassadors? The animals in Teatown’s collection – that’s who! Each program we will feature a different animal and learn about its natural history, conservation status and ecological connections. For children of all ages, little ones should be accompanied by an adult. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Pre-registration required. Saturday, February 28, 11 am – 12 noon.  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Winter Tree ID  Sharpen your knowledge of local trees on a winter walk at Teatown. 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 to identify common trees found in the Hudson Hills and Highlands using their twigs, buds and bark. The natural history and ecology of trees will also be discussed. The program will conclude with a short quiz using a winter twig key. A limited number of snowshoes will be provided if there is snow on the ground. Instructor: Lisa Baugh. Members $5; Nonmembers $20. Pre-registration required. Saturday, February 28, 12 noon – 2 pm.  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Sponsor Video Contest with a Chance to Win a Trip to Brazil…Entries Will Be Accepted for the Maryknoll Explore My Mission Video Contest From March 2-April 10, 2009.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers announce the sponsorship of Explore My Mission, a video contest for ages 18-35.  Catholic young people with a passion for living the Gospel by helping others can win an opportunity to experience another culture and live the world of mission in another country.  Two grand prize winners will be awarded a ten-day short-term mission trip to Brazil.  They will work along side the Maryknoll Brazil Mission Community in their service among the poor in shantytowns of the city of João Pessoa.  Assignment:  Create a video, 3 minutes or less, featuring you, the service or ministry with which you are involved, and the reason you would be a good choice for this mission project.  Deadline: Video entries may be uploaded to the official contest site,, from March 2 through April 10, 2009.  Contest winners will be notified by May 14, 2009.  Contest winners will be in Brazil from June 15-25, 2009.  Complete instructions are available at the site.  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 28  countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at


The Ossining Public Library Announces the 2nd Annual Festival of Writers & Readers Beginning on March 7th 4 p.m. with a conversation and presentation by children’s author Hudson Talbott, author of the new picture book for children, “River of Dreams:  The Story of the Hudson River.”  This event is being co-sponsored by the Ossining PTA Council.    The second event will be on Saturday, March 14th at 2 p.m. a conversation with author Blake Bailey author of, “Cheever:  A Life.”  Mr. Bailey will be interviewed by Max Rudin, publisher of the Library of America.  This event will be co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writer’s Center.  The third event will take place on Monday, April 13th at 7:30 p.m. a panel discussion with author Marilyn Johnson, who is finishing a book tentatively titled, “Finders, Keepers:  Librarians, Cybrarians, and Other Super-Human Guardians of Civilizations in the Digital Age,”  with several library directors from Ossining, White Plains and WLS.  Westchester Library System has agreed to co-sponsor this event.  The fourth event will take place on Monday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m. a panel discussion of writers on writing – the art, craft and business of getting published.  The fifth and final event in this series will be on Monday, May 11th at 7:30 p.m. with a panel discussion of readers on reading – for pleasure, not for school or work.

Please join the library this spring and celebrate these great authors and the joys of reading and writing.  For more information on the festival please visit our website at 


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.


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 Eclectic Quintet" is a group of five ardent photographers from the Westchester Photographic Society whose photographic works will be on display from March 1-29th at the library.  The Quintet is composed of Robert Baron, Rob Dublin, Walter Kimmel, Albert Tang, and Dennis Thornton The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, March 7th from 2-4 p.m. in the exhibit area on the lower level.
 -On Thursday, March 5th the library will present "A Different Kind of Street Walker" a visual presentation of Dede Emerson's walking odyssey through New York City, an adventure that took two years, nine months and two days...a total of 508 miles. Local resident, Dede Emerson walked every street in Manhattan, from Battery Park to Inwood, gathering anecdotes and snapping pictures along the way. Dede will share photos and stories from a journey filled with surprising discoveries. A former U.N. senior project officer who administered economic development grants in Africa and Trinidad, she looks at Manhattan as 12 different countries. This walking experience has capped her love affair with Manhattan.The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre. Save the date!

- Join violinists Brooke Quiggins and Elizabeth Young when their ensemble "Duo Firenze" performs a concert featuring works that range from a Haydn duet to a Jig composed by Mark O'Connor at a concert on Sunday, March 8th at 3 p.m. in the library theatre.  The concert, is presented by the Chappaqua Chamber Series in conjunction with the Ossining Library and is funded by the Ossining Library Associates Organization.  Reception to follow the performance.  


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!!!!

Save the date…2009 Bark In the Park will be held on June 20TH at Engel Park!


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