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OSSINING WEB BLAST 4-3-2009 part1
Release Date: April 03, 2009

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Seeking Candidates to Serve on The Shared Services Committee!  The Village Board is seeking a qualified applicant to serve on a newly created committee with representatives from the Town of Ossining and the Village of Briarcliff Manor.  This committee will work with the Village’s selected consultant in reviewing the three municipalities’ Police Departments and Public Works/Highway Departments to see if opportunities exist for cost savings and efficiencies.  Interested parties should forward a letter of interest to Village Manager, Linda G. Cooper at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562 or by April 13, 2009.


The Intermunicipal Youth of Ossining Committee is sponsoring the 3rd annual Youth Summer Opportunities Fair on April 25th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  The fair is intended to provide Ossining students with opportunities to work in paid positions or unpaid internships and to provide employers with a valuable source of potential employees for the summer 2009 season.  If you are a business owner or community leader and are able to provide an opportunity for a student please contact Village Trustees Sue Donnelly ( or Marlene Cheatham ( for further information. 

Ossining Teens Only…Help Wanted…Youth Summer Work Opportunity Fair will be held on Saturday, April 25th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center.  Please bring your resume, Social Security Card, Work Permit (if you are under 18), Photo ID and References.  For more information contact:  Miss Rhonda, OHS Computer Lab, Room 111, Tamara Stewart, Ossining Public Library, 941-2416 x336 or Mrs. Francine Vernon, Westchester Library System at 325-2323.

Be prepared!  Resume and interview workshops available:  The first workshop will be held at the Ossining High School April 16 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., the second will be held at the Ossining Public Library April 18th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Lock Your Car Doors!  Just a reminder to lock your car doors; leaving doors unlocked can make you an easy target for crime.  Some areas throughout the County are experiencing problems of this nature.  When parked, people should lock their car doors and remove any valuable items such as cell phones, GPS devices and iPods, or move items so that they are less visible to passersby. 


Ossining High School Class of 1965 Reunion The reunion committee for the class of 1965 is planning an upcoming reunion to be held on October 17, 2009 at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Kisco.  For further information about the reunion, interested persons can visit the class blog at  They are especially interested in locating lost classmates, if you know a classmate from the 1965 class, please forward this information onto them.


The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to local municipalities to help recruit people for temporary employment.  Census 2010 is fast approaching!  A complete and accurate census count for our Village is extremely important.  Over $300 billion dollars in federal funding is allocated each year based on Census numbers.  The first major Census 2010 operation is Address Canvassing which begins in April.  This operation helps to confirm the Master Address File and make sure the 2010 Census Questionnaires are mailed to legitimate and existing addresses.  To complete this operation the census bureau needs to hire thousands of new employees.  These new hires will be stationed out of their homes and generally work in their community.  For more information on these jobs and information how to apply go to 


Calling all Tangueros!  "First Friday Milonga" at Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Top Floor, 914-432-8502:  April 3rd at 8:00 p.m.   Admission is $15 (includes beginner/intermediate dance lesson) and refreshments.  Josie’s also offers many other dance classes for teens and adults as well as fitness classes and theatre & acting classes.

The U.S. Census Bureau will be conducting canvassing to verify the addresses and physical locations of every housing unit in the United States.  The Westchester County Department of Planning, as an affiliate of the New York State Data Center, wishes to remind you that, beginning in April, the U.S. Census Bureau will be conducting canvassing to verify the addresses and physical locations of every housing unit in the United States.  Census employees will be visiting every housing unit, and will carry handheld computers to verify each address and its GPS coordinates.  All Census Bureau employees will wear official identification. 

Ossining Fire Department Annual $1,500 Scholarship - The Annual Walter Quast Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who lives in or attends school in the Ossining School District.  The scholarship is awarded based upon a combination of scholastic achievement, student character, community involvement and financial need.  Applications are available from the Ossining High School Guidance Department or from the Ossining Fire Department Headquarters at 21 State Street, Ossining.  Applications must be received on or before April 17, 2009.


Teatown Activity - 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, April 4, 11 am – 12 noon  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Strictly Salsa Saturday! at Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Top Floor:  April 4th at 7:30 -11:30 p.m.   Come and get your groove on at one of the best salsa dance socials in Westchester, DJ spinning the hottest Salsa & ChCha for more information go to


Teatown Activity - Story Sundays: Duck Enough to Fly The first Sunday of each month brings a different story. From winter to spring we’ll follow the seasons and learn about the animals and changes that happen as the white of winter gives way to the green of spring. Each story-time will end with a craft or visit by an animal. For 4 – 7 year olds accompanied by an adult. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Pre-registration required. Sunday, April 5, 11 a.m. – 12 noon Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


St. Ann’s Catholic Church is preparing for two major processions during the most solemn week of the Church Year.  At 10AM on Palm Sunday, April 5th, more than 700 parishioners will gather at the side of St. Ann’s Church on Eastern Avenue for the “Blessing of the Palms” by the Pastor, Rev. Edward Byrne. Then, led by a brass band and singing hymns in both English and Spanish, they will proceed up Ellis Place, across Churchill Street, and then down Eastern Avenue. As they approach the Church they will divide into two groups, which will continue the march to mass at the Church in English and to St Ann’s School Gymnasium for a mass in Spanish.

            On Good Friday, April 10th at 6PM, more than 1000 people from the Tri-State area and beyond will meet in front of St. Ann’s Church to witness a dramatization of the first of the 14 Stations of the Via Crucis: ‘The Way of the Cross’. Usually depicted in painting or sculpture, this commemoration of the Passion of Jesus Christ, has been brought to life annually under the direction of Aldo Abanto and the many Hispanic Societies active at St. Ann’s. Carrying candles, led by musicians, and assisted by the Village Police, the entire congregation will proceed through the streets of Ossining stopping along the way as each station is acted out in full costume. The procession will conclude at 7:30PM with the traditional Good Friday service held in Spanish at the Church.  St. Ann’s Church in Ossining is a multi-cultural community celebrating 80 years

of sharing the unity found within the diversity of its congregation.            For additional

information on Holy Week services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Filipino, please contact St. Ann’s Church @ 914-941-2556.


Teatown Activity - Spring Break Mini-Camp Teatown is greening up! Come and explore vernal pools for frogs and salamanders, fields for returning bluebirds and red-winged blackbirds and the woodlands for mammals awakening after a long winter’s sleep. Outdoor explorations are mixed with crafts, games and animal programs for an adventurous weeklong experience! 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. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Pre-registration required. April 6 – 10.  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:

Relay For Life of Ossining Team Captain Meeting Monday, April 6th, 7:00 - 8:00PM
Ossining Library ~ 3rd floor conf. room.  Learn more about starting your team and how to use the Relay For Life website fundraising tool.  Questions, please contact Hilary at 397-8828 or through email at  

Formerly known as SeniorNet, The Town of Ossining’s Computer Learning for Adults offers computer courses for seniors and other adults who are uncertain about how to use their computers. The Beginner's Course covers the basics—how to use the mouse, write, edit, save, & print files, and email. The Internet Course focuses on do's and don'ts of email, finding information on websites, and security.  Each course is six classes, (the Beginner's on Mondays & Wednesdays for three weeks; the Internet class on Fridays for six weeks), and the cost is $50 per course. Class size is small, six students at most, with one or two assistants to help the instructor. (A minimum of four students is needed to conduct a course, which is why the schedule is subject to change.)  If you know anyone who needs basic computer instruction, please let them know about this. Schedule and registration forms may be picked up at the Community Center, or mailed to you. Call the Town of Ossining Senior Center for more information at 762-1350.

In three short months it will be 90 degrees….where will you be? Summers were made for Torview!  The Torview Swim and Tennis Club is nestled on 13 quiet acres in Ossining.  We pride ourselves on our informal atmosphere, exceptional staff, family-friendly programs and affordability.  Torview has a 25 meter pool with diving area, a separate baby pool, swim and dive teams, four clay courts, ball fields, basketball court, paddle tennis, Sunday afternoon BBQs, Family Fun Night, Kids’ Night, snack bar, and free high-speed internet with Wi-Fi access.  Family and Single memberships are available.  For more information, please visit  Torview Swim and Tennis Club, 25 Stormytown Road, Ossining.   

Acting Workshop in Ossining! 4 Week Acting Workshop! Learn about acting with professional acting coach, Sheila Speller, Ossining resident. The workshops will be held on Fridays - April 3, April 10, April 17, and April 24. There's a class for Teen Jrs. (Ages 11-13) from 3:30p-4:30p $60; Teens (Ages 14-18) from 4:45p-5:45p $80; and Adults (Ages 19+) from 6:00p-7:00p $96. The workshop will cover Acting Technique, Theatre Exercises, Monologues, Scene Study, Audition Prep, for Theatre and Commercials. For information, or to register call: 917-446-2646 or email: Website: Classes will be held at: Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Ossining. About Sheila Speller: Ms. Speller has worked in theatre (Off-Broadway), national TV commercials (most recently 'Evista'), 50+ commercial print ads (Mastercard, Harrah's, Citibank, Discovery, Pfizer, Fisher-Price and many more), daytime soaps (One Life to Live, All My Children), Film, TV, corporate training industrials, voiceovers, catalogue and fit model, over the past 20 years. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity, and AFTRA.

Ossining Community Garden Spring is coming!  Reserve a plot at the Greater Ossining Recreation and Parks Department Community Garden.  Here are some of the reasons to participate:  grow your own delicious vegetables and save money, grow beautiful flowers to enjoy, improve your health with cleaner air, exercise and fresh food, meet new people and build community, relax in the shade or sun, participate in fun events, have a BBQ with family and friends, learn, grow, play and have fun!  To reserve a plot at the Cedar Lane Park or for more information, contact:  Ossining Recreation and Parks at 941-3189 ext. 310.     


OPL Events…

The Ossining Public Library presents The Second Annual Festival of Writers and Readers:

-Monday, April 13th, This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All - panel discussion with author Marilyn Johnson and library directors Terry Kirchner, Sandra Miranda and Elizabeth Bermel. 

- Monday, April 27th, Writers on Writing the Art, Craft and Business of Getting Published - panelists include authors Kirsten Bakis, Preston Keat, Susanna Reich, Jason Riley, Timothy Schenck and Literary agent Amy Williams.  

-         Monday, May 11th, Readers on Reading Why We Read When We Don't Have

To – panelists include local Ossining readers Dorian Burden, Scott Craven, Joe Perez, David Swope and Lydia Voles.  All discussions are at 7:30 p.m. in the Budarz Theater with book signing to follow.  

Vanishing America The Films of John Ford:  April 1st, Steamboat 'Round the Bend (1935), - May 6th, The Grapes of Wrath (1940), June 3rd, My Darling Clementine (1946)  All films are on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Budarz Theater.  Curated by Bonnie Katz, discussions are moderated by Mark Hasskarl, free admission and refreshments.  

-A free financial educational seminar will be held at the Ossining Library on April 14 beginning at 10 a.m. in the conference room on the 2nd floor. The seminar will be presented by Jim Santangelo, a certified financial planner.  Attendees will learn about   their money and financial health by gaining a better understanding of financial words, terms, and concepts.  Program is open to all. There is no registration.             

-You saw the see the play!  On Thursday evening, April 16th M&M Productions is bringing to the library "Doubt, a Parable" by John Patrick Shanley. Winner of the 2005 Pulitizer-Prize, the Tony Award, and the New York Drama Critics Award, "Doubt" features Michael Muldoon, Janice Fay Hanges, Leslie Smithey and Sarah Smegal  in starring roles. The play has been directed by Stewart Hanges.  The setting is the Bronx , 1964. Doubt is a gripping story about the quest for truth, the forces of change, and the devastating results of blind justice. A clash of wills ignites this searing drama about truth, innocence and honor.   Michael Muldoon appears courtesy of Actors Equity.  The play will be on the O.P.L. stage in the Budarz Theater. Curtain Time: 7:30 p.m.


AYSO Coach Workshop “Double-Goal Coach I:  Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons”  This interactive workshop begins by defining the Double-Goal Coach as one who strives to win and works to prepare his/her team to play at its highest level, and, at the same time, teaches life lessons (teamwork, dedication, bouncing back from mistakes, etc.) to his/her players.  The workshop will be held on April 16 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Ossining High School Auditorium for more information contact Philip Ishmael at


Ossining MATTERS presents Music From An American Icon: Rosanne Cash featuring John Leventhal.  Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash will headline a concert to benefit Ossining MATTERS, our community's education foundation.  Cash's husband, Grammy-winning producer-songwriter John Leventhal, a Westchester native, will appear with her. Students from OHS will also perform.  Saturday, April 18, 7pm. Ossining High School.  Gala Reception to follow at the Ossining Public Library.  Online Auction, Starting April 15 Tickets on sale starting March 3.  For more information:  510-9320 or  


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 Congregational 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: 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16.


FREE Tax Prep at IFCA - Attention taxpayers who earn under $41,646 per year:

Our trained and certified tax preparers will file your taxes for free. Get fast refunds with direct deposit!  Open weekly: Mon: 10 am - 4 pm by appt; Tues: 3 pm - 6:00 pm - walk-ins; Wed: 10 am - 6:00 pm - walk-ins; Fri: 10 am - 3:30 pm by appt.  Location: IFCA, 138 Spring Street, Ossining.  Call Valerie at 914/941-5252 ext. 13.  Sponsored by The Wachovia Foundation.


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


Furniture Sharehouse collects your average-sized, gently-used unwanted furniture and redistributes it free, to Westchester’s neediest via 30 local member service agencies. YES we do take clean upholstery and bedding; also working lamps, TVs, microwaves, toaster ovens, and unwanted mirrors and artwork. YES we pick up. YES it is tax-deductible. And YES you WILL make a difference in someone’s life. Need is year-round, but YES we are also NEEDING VOLUNTEERS FOR A FURNITURE DRIVE ON April 25th! Rain or Shine, 3 locations: Rye Playland, WP airport and Armonk Town Hall. or 914. 834.1294 for details. Thank you!!


-It's That Time Again!  Need Help With Your Taxes?  Tax Aide will be available at the Ossining Public Library on Thursdays thru 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. 


OPL Event…Paintings and drawings spanning 75 years by the late WPA Artist Jerome Henry Roth will be on exhibit at the Ossining Public Library from April 1-25. Opening reception will be Saturday, April 4 from 2-4 p.m. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Roth became the youngest member of the poster division of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.  He went on to design posters for the U.S. Tourist Bureau, Orson Welles Theatre, and the U.S. Dept. of Health and later for Warner Brothers producing material for movies. During W.W. II Roth volunteered with the U.S. Army Air Corps flying 30 missions over Germany. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.  After the War he returned to drawing and painting.  His paintings have been shown over the years at the Garrison Art Center, Cortlandt Center for the Arts, Overseas Press Club, Nardin Fine Art in Cross River, at the Susan Teller Gallery in New York, at Silvermine Guild in Ct. and elsewhere in the East.


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