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Release Date: May 13, 2010

School Budget Vote May 18th  Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday May 18th from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. in the Ossining High School Gymnasium, South Highland Avenue.  Materials related to the budget are available for review on the district website at  In addition the school district is posting announcements, documents, events and presentations related to the budget. The page is continually updated so you can review all of the latest information before voting.



In observance of “National Police Week, May 9-15, 2010” The Village of Ossining Police Department will hold a ceremony at 1:30 on Saturday, May 15th at the Police Memorial at the corner of Spring Street and Academy Place.  Immediately following there will be an Awards Ceremony in the Ossining Court Room, 86-88 Spring Street.  To recognize officers that provided exceptional service to duty.



Attention Ossining High School Alumnae:  Ossining High School is putting together a special exhibit in the Barnes Library on OHS alumnae authors.  If you know of an Ossining High School graduate who has published a book or article, please email the information to  Thank you.



Ossining Women’s Fast Pitch Softball is looking for players to participate in the current season. You must be at least 16 years old and available to play Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting at 6:30pm. Please contact Andrew Jimney, league coordinator at 914 487-7247.   Thanks for your attention.



A Giant Tag Sale to benefit the Westchester Concert Singers will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 14-15 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  at 107 Bedford Road, Pleasantville (corner of Manville/Route 117).  Rain or shine.  Furniture, collectibles, equipment, appliances, books, jewelry, toys, LPs, music, bric-a-brac, clothes, -etc.  To donate tax-deductible items, call (914) 769-9309.  Web page:



Teatown Events: 

-Saturday May 15, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm      Woodland Wildflower Hike

ADULTS ONLY.  Hike to Hidden Valley to find out about the ecology and lore of woodland wildflowers.

-Monday May 17, Central Park Birding

ADULTS ONLY.  Meet at 6:00 am at Teatown or 7:15 at 77th Street and Central Park West. One of the hot spots of the birding world in mid-Manhattan!  We’ll catch the migration wave as it passes over NYC.  FREE for members and non-members.

 -In Teatown’s Gallery . . . Joe Duraes

Til the end of May, self-taught photographer Joe Duraes will display a collection of floral images in compliment to Teatown's Wildflower Island opening and our annual Plant Sale. Says Duraes, "When I use my camera, I never know what I’m getting back.  I try not to think too much about the pictures I take.  I simply shoot what I like or what looks interesting – the camera does the rest. 

For Information or to register for a program, call (914) 762-2912 ext 110, Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Registration is required for all programs.  All programs take place in the Nature Center at Teatown Lake Reservation (1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining NY 10562) unless otherwise noted and are free for members and $5 for nonmembers (plus materials fee, if applicable) unless otherwise noted.  When applicable, all programs must be paid for at the time of booking.  We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, or you can pay in person with cash or check.  No refund will be granted less than two weeks prior to the program date.  People withdrawing prior to this deadline will receive a 75% refund (less 25% administrative costs.)



Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet!  Don’t let your medicine cabinet be your child’s drug supply!  The latest annual study from the Office of National Drug Control Policy reports an alarming number of teenagers are abusing a variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high.  Old or unused medications should be properly disposed of.  Help protect the environment…do not flush or throw away medications. One day only, Saturday, May 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. drop off your unused and out of date pills, medicine or syringes at the Village of Ossining Police Department, 88 Spring Street, Ossining.  Organized by the Village of Ossining Police Department, supported by HealthSmart Pharmacy of Ossining. 



Census Update…The next phase of the census is underway!  Census Enumerators have begun going door-to-door visiting locations that have not mailed back their census forms. Census enumerators will also visit people to verify the data that was mailed back if they think there was an error in the form.  So, even if you have mailed back your census form, you may receive a visit or phone call from an Enumerator.  People who sent in forms that were not bar-coded may also receive a visit to verify that they are not being counted twice.  The U.S. Census apologizes for any inconvenience and asks for people to please cooperate with the Enumerators so that they may obtain the most accurate numbers possible.

Women, Money & the Law will be discussed at an event at Maryknoll, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining on Saturday, May 15th starting at 2pm.  Topics include; volatile economy, opportunities and traps, financial self-defense, financial goals, trusts, wills, probate and taxes.  Admission is free.  Tea and Scones will be served.  Mothers and daughters welcome.  For more information contact Jim Rice 914 944-0384 for details.  Reserve your space via email:  



LizzFitness! You are invited to join in celebrating the grand opening of the next biggest thing in fitness!   May 16th, from 5 PM - 8 PM.  Complimentary food, drink and entertainment.  95 Main Street, Ossining.  Call or email now to reserve your place at this exciting event.  Others in the area have witnessed the newest trends in fitness you can too!  914-502-0119/ or go to



Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest, Sunday, May 16th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Be part of the 2010 National Get Outdoors Day and enjoy a spring day outdoors with family and friends!  You can start the event with a delicious pancake breakfast, available 9:30am - 11:30am and then have lunch from 12:00pm - 1:30pm. At 9:00 am Master Birder Rich Guthrie will mist-net and band songbirds. Kids and parents can observe songbirds up close and personal. It’s a great educational experience for all.  Hudson Valley Orienteering (HVO) will introduce folks to this unique sport and provide beginner instruction. An Orienteering course will also be available to test new skills.  Putnam Highland Audubon Society and Guiding Eyes for the Blind, with their ambassador dogs, will be attending, too.  Other activities include nature walks, geocaching, canoeing and high ropes adventure challenges.  We will finish the day with a wildlife presentation at 2 pm by Bill Robinson.  Event donation is $2 for Adults, $1 for Kids.  If inclement weather is forecasted – please call before traveling (845) 265-3773.  Sorry no pets!



West African Drum & Dance Classes  Michael Markus, an incredible teacher and an amazing drummer will teach classes on Sunday, May 16.

1:00-2:00 Kids' drum & movement ($15)

2:30-4:30 Djembe & dundun ($20)

5:00-6:30 Dance ($20; drummers may play along for free)

At St. Paul's-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.  Join him for the follow-up to his wildly-popular first workshop in Ossining. Michael has inspired and taught many professional percussionists and is a treasure of the African Drum and Dance community. Along with a BFA in percussion, Michael has mentored with accomplished masters from Guinea, West Africa. In addition to administrating, directing, and performing with Magbana Drum & Dance NYC, Michael is a visionary and charismatic teacher of drum and dance workshops throughout the United States and Canada. He is also co-owner of Wula Drum, which prides itself on offering top-quality West African percussion instruments and accessories.  Inquiries, please contact Matt at



Author of The Artist’s Way, a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, to Speak at Maryknoll, Julia Cameron will discuss tools that unblock creativity.  Julia Cameron will present The Artist’s Way—A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, a free lecture, at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining on Sunday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m., as part of the Maryknoll Speakers Series.  An award-winning writer, artist and teacher, Cameron’s methods have empowered aspiring and working artists to process and transform life through acts of creativity.  “When we are unblocked we can have remarkable and diverse adventures,” she says.  The author of more than 30 books is also a playwright, poet and journalist with extensive credits in theatre, film and television.    Cameron’s highly praised works, based on her own creative practice, have been translated into more than 30 languages, and are frequently taught in theological as well as arts degree programs.  Cameron thinks of herself not as a teacher, but simply as an artist. “Artists have always mentored,” she says. “I just do it on a wider scale.”  All are welcome. Admission is free.  RSVP to Betsey Guest  914-941-7636 ext. 2219.  For directions call 941-7636 ext. 2294.  Maryknoll’s Gift Shop and interactive Museum of Living Mission will be open before and after the presentation.  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.



Westchester Legislator William Burton and State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Co-Host Community Town Hall Meeting on County and State Issues  The State & County are listening. Bring your voice to the table. Make your ideas heard. Join Westchester County Legislator William Burton and State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef  in a town hall meeting on County and State issues. On Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Ossining Public Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining.  This meeting will provide residents with an up-to-date exploration and discussion of the county and state budgets as well as issues of concern. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions.  For additional information, please contact (914) 995-2812.

Ossining’s Water Named Best Tasting!

In recognition of National Drinking Water Week, Westchester County Health Department held a blind taste test of Westchester’s water providers.  Votes were cast by passers-by outside the Michaelian Office Building in White Plains.  Congratulations to all of our Water Department employees who work so hard to ensure the delivery of high quality water to Ossining consumers!



Did you know?…A new business has opened in the Village, Jeter’s Car Wash & Detailing, specializing in hand car washes and full detailing invites you to come by and give them a try.  The shop also cleans headliners and shampoos carpets.  Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at 59 Central Avenue, Ossining 618-2183 or 845-520-1587.



Healthy In The Hudson Valley is an online newsletter that you can subscribe to by visiting Le Petite Spa @  Last month's April issue featured Kirsten Corrigan, Pilates Trainer @ Josie's International School of Dance.  Kirsten teaches Pilates Mat & Stability Ball classes as well as giving private sessions on the Pilates Reformer.  Check their website for class times @ or call to schedule a private reformer session!




60 Wood Utility Poles on Route 9 to be Replaced A project to replace 60 wood utility poles on Route 9 from Scarborough Road, Briarcliff Manor to James Street in Ossining began on May 3.  One lane of traffic will be maintained in both directions using professional flaggers.  Where possible, new poles will be located closer to the property line.  Night work is not anticipated, work hours are from 9:00AM to3:30PM.  Project will last about 70 work days.  After the existing poles are removed, all areas will be restored. 



The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club has its monthly meeting Thursday, May 20 in the community room of the Apple Bank in the RoseHill Shopping Center in Thornwood. The meeting will begin at 7:30PM and generally breaks up around 10PM. If you would like to attend, please call Hank Teller for all details at 914-309-2395.
The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month except in June and July. Model railroading is “Worlds Greatest Hobby.”



Lights, Camera...ACTION!!!  Ossining Live will take place on Friday, May 21st at 8:00 pm at OHS on Dilley Field (Rain location: OHS Gym). This is an annual, district-wide FREE concert featuring performers from the all the choruses, bands, orchestras, and musical classes in our district. This is a concert not to be missed!



"The Ossining Arts Council presents in association with the Art Barn, an exhibition called "Spring Fling". The show is at the Art Barn, 211 N Highland Avenue in Ossining and runs through Saturday, June 5th from 2-5 PM."



The final offering of this year’s Maryknoll International Film Festival, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, will be shown on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining.  The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: Change, Suffering & Living into More Abundant Life, concludes with Billy Elliot, a 2000 U.K./France film from director Stephen Daldry.  Each film in the series is introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening. More information is available at:  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  For information call 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.  We are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 27 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at



3rd Annual Campwood Grounds Multi-Family Community Tag Sale will be held on

Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 9 am to 3 pm.  "One man's garbage is another's treasure!"  Campwoods Grounds off of Campwoods Road, Ossining.  No Early Birds.  Please find street parking outside of Campwoods Grounds.



The Ossining Rotary Annual Duck Race is scheduled for May 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at Dale Park on Dale Avenue.  Buy your ducks from any Rotary member; Ducks are $5 each or 5 for $20.00.  Proceeds from the race to benefit local charities. 



Dede Emerson of Ossining will be signing copies of her book “A Different Kind of Street Walker ….Manhattan by Foot One Block at a Time” on Saturday May 22nd from 2-4 p.m. at Victoria Home, 25 North Malcolm Street, Ossining.  After retiring from the United Nations in 1993 after a thirty year career in Economic Development, she decided to concentrate on walking every block in Manhattan (6,718 streets) which she did  over a period of two years and nine months).  Dede took over 2,000 photographs, 56 which are included in her book which focuses on the “unusual, offbeat, and ordinary things that are part of the essence of New York.”  This event is sponsored by the Hudson River Chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire as a fund raiser for Victoria Home, a skilled nursing facility in Ossining.  Tickets cost $10.00 and include a British tea.   Space is limited.  Contact Elaine Jensen at or 914-271-2994 for reservations      



Multi-Talented Artist at St. Paul's! The second of three Spring Jazz Concerts at the Ossining church, St. Paul's-on-the-Hill, will take place Saturday, May 29 at 7:30 PM. The featured artist will be Tony Jefferson, equally well known a drummer and woodwind player, this time he will be featured as a vocalist.  A New York native, Tony Jefferson attended Berklee College of Music in 1984 and, only a few years later, placed third in the Thelonious Monk International Drum Competition. He has performed and recorded with many jazz artists, including Kenny Drew, Jr., Lonnie Smith, John Abercrombie, Lou Donaldson, and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, among others. Some of his most recent performances have been at The Kitano Hotel, The Blue Note, both in New York City, and the Princeton Jazz Festival. He recently toured Germany and Austria with Cameron Brown and Sheila Jordan.  Admission will be a contribution of $20 per person; $10 for students with student ID. The church is located at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, just east of 9A, off Rte 133. For directions or other information, call the church office at 941-6627, or go on line to:



Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts a roundtable on government reform.  Fixing Albany:  It’s About Time.  Thursday, June 3rd from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Croton Village Hall, 1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson.  Panelists from statewide good government groups include:

  • Blair Horner, Legislative Dir., NY Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)
  • Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Dir., League of Women Voters of NY State
  • Rachael Fauss, Policy and Research Manager, Citizens Union of the City of NY
  • Deanna Bitetti, Assoc. Dir., Common Cause New York
  • Alfred B. DelBello, Former Lt. Gov. and Chairman of the Westchester Cty Assoc.

Topics to be discussed include: 

  • Holding government officials accountable to higher ethical standards
  • Making state government more transparent
  • Fairly allocating resources throughout New York State
  • Assuring Accountability for our tax dollars
  • Making campaigns work for the people not the state interests
  • Stopping legislators from drawing their own district lines

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers following the panelist discussion.  For more information contact the Assemblywoman’s office by phone: 941-111, fax: 941-9132 or email, 2, Church Street, Ossining.



Gotta Sing!  Gotta Dance!  The Old Mill Singers, your local community chorus based in Ossining, announces this spring’s concert to be held on Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, at Ossining High School.  This concert, with a theme of Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!, will feature songs ranging from the Big Band Era to modern day pop hits.    Some selections are “At the Hop,” “42nd Street Medley,” “I Hope You Dance,” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”  Show time is 8:00 PM both evenings.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, $13 for adults and $11 for children and senior citizens.  The Old Mill Singers was founded in 1970 as the Phelps Arts Society to provide music for hospital patients during the holiday season, and continues to perform in nursing homes, at Rosary Hill, at community events, and at holiday time at the Met Life Building to entertain commuters as they head for Grand Central Terminal.  Twice each year, in December and June, public performances are given at Ossining High School.  They gladly welcome new members.  The only requirements for membership are the ability to sing in tune and dedication to the community within the chorus and at large.  Auditions are not required. Their director Gary Bratt says, “Join as long as you can carry a tune in a bucket.” We now number about sixty members, coming from all walks of life, and ranging in age from the teens to the eighties.  Our associated children’s chorus performs at our public concerts.  Please plan on attending our June concert.   There is convenient free parking, handicapped accessibility, free refreshments, and lots of fun.  See them on the web at or contact our Membership Chairperson Sharon Brana at or 914-762-3765.



Ossining Camp Meeting Association presents Sunday Summer Services 2010  "Amazing Grace"

  • June 6  Rev. Lynda Clements of First Presbyterian Church, Ossining
  • June 13  Jaime Rickert - A magical night of family friendly songs and entertainment
  • June 20   Rev. Dr. Gordon Anderson of First Baptist Church in Ossining - as close to a traditional camp meeting as you will ever get a chance to see.  Shout, "Amen!" as famous evangelist returns once again to Campwoods to preach the Good Word on Father's Day.
  • June 27   "Mother Claire"  the Rev. Claire Woodley-Aitchison  of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Mohegan Lake along with the music of The Singing Weisbarts

All are welcome.  Services start at 7 pm, Campwoods Auditorium, Campwoods Grounds, Ossining.  Please find street parking outside of Campwoods Grounds.  For more information call Katie Gorycki 762-7863



The 30th Annual Village Fair is scheduled for June 12th As in years past - there will be 3-stages of music, lots of GREAT food, entertainment for kids, our fabulous vendors and of course over 18,000 people coming to see all of it.  For more information go to the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce website at



Holy Ossining!  A Tour of the Sacred Spaces and Peaceful Places of the Village Of Ossining will take place on Saturday, June 12, 2010 and Saturday, June 19th at 12:30 PM.  This FREE and unique tour program showcases the diversity of the community of faith in the Village of Ossining and surrounding areas.  The tour will be conducted by knowledgeable docents who intimately know the history, lore, legends and architecture of their church buildings. 

Tour I Saturday, June 12th: Begins at 12:30 PM at the Ossining Savings Bank Building, Route 9 & Main Street.  Visits include:  First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Ossining Methodist and Trinity Methodist

Tour II Saturday, June 19th: Begins at 12:30 PM at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway.  Visits include:  Star of Bethlehem, Trinidad DeDios, Dominican Sisters of Hope Chapel, Campwoods Grounds, St. Paul’s on the Hill, Calvary Baptist.

Sponsors:  Briarcliff-Ossining Ministerial Alliance, Ossining Historical Society Museum

Ossining Parks & Recreation Department, The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, and Lizzfitness Center.  Contact: Miguel Hernandez (914) 941-4920.



Ossining Farmers Market moved indoors for the winter and will be held every Saturday from 9am-1pm at the Briarcliff Congregational Church 30 S. State Rd. Briarcliff.  Don’t feel blue over missing all the great farm produce and artisanal foods you had at the summer market.  At the Winter indoor farmers market you will find, cheese, eggs, fish, produce, fruit, poultry, beef, pickles, milk, breads, pastry, salsa, pesto, mushrooms and more.  Musical entertainment, demonstrations, cooking contests, some fun event every week.  Come be a part of this growing food movement. Call 914-923-4837 for more information.  Sign up on line for their weekly e-blast at



The 6th annual Bark in the Park Festival, will be held on Saturday, June 19th

Join them for fun, music, games, raffles with your pups!

What:  Bark in the Park on the Hudson

When:  Saturday, June 19th raindate June 26th

Where:  Louis Engel Waterfront Park

Westerly Road (adjacent to the Ossining Train Station)

Admission:  FREE



Maryknoll Sisters To Host Annual Golf Classic on the Hudson The Garrison Golf Club in Garrison, NY will be the site for a Maryknoll Sisters golf outing.  Ill and elderly senior missionary Sisters at Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining who have served the poor around the world will benefit from the proceeds of the 8th Annual Golf Classic. The Golf outing, on Monday, June 21st, 2010, provides a fun day out for avid golfers and raises funds for the care of women who dedicated their lives to helping others.  After a 10:30 a.m. Sign In, the Shotgun Start kicks off at 12 noon. Various types of Golf Sponsor Packages are available for foursomes as well as other Tournament Sponsor packages and Ads. Deadline for ads will be June 1st. Following the tournament, a BBQ will be held on the Terrace overlooking the majestic Hudson River with an Awards Presentation and Raffle. An exciting day can be expected for all! Register and bring your friends too!  For more information and to register online, visit our website at . Or call Sr. Geraldine Brake at 912-941-7575 x 5761.

Maryknoll Sisters are a missionary congregation of women religious founded in 1912 in New York with international membership and work in 27 countries around the world.


The Ossining Community Action Program proudly presents its’ 3rd Annual “Celebrity Chef” benefit, Ossining CAP’s premier fundraiser and cuisine tasting celebration. Through the sponsorship of community leaders and local businesses, Ossining CAP will host an afternoon with members of the community serving their favorite dishes.  Several community and civic leaders have agreed to serve as celebrity chefs. Celebrity chefs will cook their specialties to be sampled by the attendees.  This years’ benefit will be held on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Star of Bethlehem Church, at 304 Spring Street.  Admission to the event is $25.00. This is an excellent community relations and marketing opportunity for your organization, whereby you can increase your visibility to the community.  Ossining CAP, a component of Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCop), is a private not-for-profit, multipurpose social service agency operating community programs to combat poverty and its adverse effects in Westchester and Putnam counties.  Should you have any questions or require additional information, please call Wendy Llinás at 914-923-6380 or email:   


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