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Release Date: August 12, 2010

The Ossining Public Library and Eduscape Associates present College Essay Boot Camp.  A six-hour workshop over 2 nights:  Monday, August 23rd and Tuesday, August 24th from 5 – 8 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room.  Rising seniors write your college essay with us in two sessions using our successful 6 step process.  You will learn how to Capture the attention of the College Admissions reader.  You will showcase your interest and experiences.  Enlist now!  Register online at  For more information, stop by or call the teen room at 941-2416 ext.336. 



Teatown Events: 

-Sunday August 15, time TBA:  CANOE THE CROTON

ADULTS. Enjoy paddling on one of the secret gems of Westchester, from tidal flats through rocky cliffs, with sightings of herons, osprey and even bald eagles. All participants must be swimmers, be prepared to get wet, demonstrate canoeing experience and drive to the put-in site. Members $10, Non-Members $20 per person.

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.  They 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.)



Hudson Veterinary Hospital in Ossining has a new low cost spay/neuter program they are offering.  All pets who are 7 years and younger and who are up to date on their rabies vaccine are eligible for the clinic.  Appointments are necessary and they do not accept walk ins.  The first clinic is scheduled for Thursday, August 19, 2010.  Space is limited, so early bookings are recommended.  Prices are as follows:  FELINE:  Spay - $100  (includes pre-surgery exam), Neuter - $75 (includes pre-surgery exam).  CANINE:  Spay/Neuter under 95 pounds - $175 (includes pre-surgery exam), Spay/Neuter over 95 pounds - $250 (includes pre-surgery exam).  Some additional services they offer are: PRE-ANESTHETIC BLOODWORK - $40, FLEA TREATMENT - $20, MICROCHIPPING: $30, RABIES VACCINE - $20.  Please call 914-762-0063 for more information or to book your appointment.  To visit their website go to


Ossining Gospel Assembly presents HIGH SEAS EXPEDITION for kids ages Pre-k through 6th grade!! What is it??  A FREE Vacation Bible School that offers a fun time of crafts, games, songs, creative snacks, movies, and friends.  When:  August 16-20 from 9:00am-12:10pm. Closing ceremony to be held on Sunday, August 22 @ 6pm with a live puppet show and ice cream sundae party!  Call to register or for more information @ 941-0989 or email our youth pastor at  



James Patterson, New York Times Bestselling Author, to Appear at Ossining Public Library      New York Times best selling author, James Patterson, will be appearing in the Budarz Theater, located at the Ossining Public Library, on Saturday, August 21 at 1:00 p.m. Patterson is well-known as one of the most successful and prolific authors of our time and his novels routinely reach the upper echelons of all major national best seller lists, including the New York Times. The Ossining Public Library event will focus on Patterson’s newest and fastest growing audience: Teens.  The program, presented by the Teen Services Department at the Library, will consist of three segments. The first is presented in an interview format in which the author will be interviewed by Bob Minzesheimer, a staff writer for USA Today. Mr. Minzesheimer will also moderate a panel consisting of two teen “fans” that will put questions to the famous author. The second segment of the program will be an open question and answer session, where anyone in the audience can engage with Mr. Patterson. Mr. Minzesheimer will also moderate this segment. The third and final segment will be a book signing where Mr. Patterson will sign books for anyone wishing an autographed copy. Village Books of Pleasantville will be on-hand with copies of Patterson’s books available for purchase for those who desire signed copies. Those who already own copies of Patterson’s novels are welcome to bring their copies to the Library for Mr. Patterson to sign. Additionally, there will be a random drawing for two of Patterson’s most recent young adult novels, Witch & Wizard and Fang, both of which will be signed by the author.

In a recent New York Times article about the author, the author says that his inspiration to write young adult novels came from his son, Jack. Like most preteen and early teen boys, Jack had a reluctance to read much of anything. Patterson wanted to write books for preteens and teenagers that would be fun as well as easy to read. The young adult genre was, in one sense, a big leap for an author of primarily violent thrillers. At the same time, writing for young adults was a natural fit for Patterson, whose unadorned prose and fast-paced plots are well suited to reluctant readers. Promoting literacy among children and teens has since become a pet cause for him and he hosts a website,, aimed at helping parents choose books for their children.

The James Patterson event is open to everyone and is free of charge. However, space is limited. Those wishing to attend this event need to have a ticket in order to be admitted. The tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be reserved by contacting the Teen Services Desk at the Ossining Public Library at 914-941-2416, extension 336. Tickets can be picked up at the Library anytime during Library hours now through the day of the event.



Paul Gherson Photography Exhibit “Faces of Japan at Cherry Blossom Time” on Display at Ossining Public Library The photography of Paul Gherson is featured in a new exhibit on display in the Gallery at the Ossining Public Library, now through August 30. The exhibit is open daily during normal library hours and is free.  Gherson’s exhibit features photography taken while on two separate trips to Japan, a destination that Gherson traveled to in April 2007 and again in April 2010. April is the time of year that Japan celebrates the Cherry Blossom or “Sakura” as it is known in Japan.  The Cherry Blossom time of year is especially colorful and brimming with life. It is a favorite time of year for weddings and many other family celebrations. The Japanese also celebrate that time of the year with “hanami” (cherry blossom viewing) parties under the blooming trees.  The cherry blossom is Japan's unofficial national flower. It has been celebrated for many centuries and holds a very prominent position in Japanese culture. There are many dozens of different cherry tree varieties in Japan, most of which bloom for just a couple of days during the spring. Gherson’s photography expertly captures this colorful time of year in the expressive faces and captivating native dress of Japan’s people.  Paul Gherson is a resident of Yorktown Heights, where he has lived since 1984. Gherson has always loved to travel abroad and experience other cultures and through his traveling, he became interested in photography. While not a professional photographer, Gherson does make a living from framing photography. His favorite subject when a camera is in his hands is the people that he encounters throughout his travels, though he doesn’t shy away from photographing the occasional image of nature, landscapes or city views. Making the exhibit unique is that he did not originally envision the works on display as an exhibit. When deciding what to display, he “discovered” many of the photographs naturally fell into the overall theme of Japan during the Cherry Blossom season. Thus, the exhibit became “Faces of Japan at Cherry Blossom Time”.  The exhibit is on display in the Gallery located on the lower level of the Ossining Public Library and can be viewed anytime during normal library hours now through August 30. There will be reception for the photographer on Saturday, August 7, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The reception is free and everyone is invited to meet the photographer.



First Friday Tango Milonga Rescheduled for Friday, September 10 Due to Ossining's Main Street Fireman's Parade.  Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining 432-8502,                        



Ossining Historical Society Flea Market – VENDORS WANTED!  Annual Flea Market/Antiques/Collectibles Fair, Sept. 12.  Rent a table for just $35!  Always a strong turnout!  For info, call (914) 941-0001.



EAC Positions Available

The Village Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) currently has three open positions for new members. The EAC, a volunteer body consisting of nine appointed members, works to raise awareness of environmental issues within the Village through education and outreach initiatives. It is also charged with administering the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) for development west of Route 9 to ensure the protection of coastal habitat areas and to guide future development in the waterfront area so that environmental concerns are taken into account. The EAC is also designated as an interested agency under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) for the review of Environmental Impact Statements.

The EAC meets on the first Wednesday of every month. In addition to its regular review of applications, the EAC releases a quarterly environmental newsletter as well as public service announcements on issues of environmental importance. The Village EAC also plans and runs an informational booth at the annual Ossining Village fair.  EAC members also regularly participate with the Teatown Lake Reservation’s Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance (ELLA) initiative.

Village residents with a background in land use law, physical sciences, and related fields and those with an interest in environmental issues as they relate to the Village are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested parties should forward a letter of interest to Assistant Village Manager, Christina Papes at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562 or to .

The Institute for End User Computing, Inc., an Ossining based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, would like to get in contact with any public or private school educators or home schooling parents in the area who will be teaching students about computer science and programming in the fall. The Institute is most interested in learning what topics educators plan to cover and would like to offer its assistance in identifying educational resources for them to use with their students.  You can find them on the web at and reach them via email sent to if you would like to participate in this outreach project or if you have any questions. Area students at all levels interested in computer science and programming are also invited to contact The Institute.



Are you-or someone you know moving, downsizing, or just finally ready to part with some unwanted furniture? Good news, we know someone who not only needs it, but would love it!  Furniture Sharehouse is Westchester’s own furniture bank. Furniture Sharehouse is a 501c3 non-profit, located in a maintenance building on the grounds of the country airport. Since April of 2007, they have been collecting, then re-distributing unwanted, basic furniture, as well as some furnishings, free, to clients of our 3 dozen member agencies.

YES we take small working appliances, rugs, mirrors and wall art

YES we take mattresses and upholstery that is not stained or ripped

YES we can pick up (although your dropping off keeps our costs down)

YES donors get a receipt for their taxes

They would also love to talk with you if you had some time, talent, services or supplies you might care to share. More information, as well as donation guidelines can be found on their website, or you could email questions to



Community Helping Hands is a new organization founded by Ossining and Briarcliff residents who envisions a community where people who choose to stay in their own homes as they age can do so knowing they have a support network surrounding them. CHH recognizes people's right to choose to spend their golden years in their own homes and the importance of having the right information and resources available to make aging in place as safe and comfortable as possible.  We are currently surveying seniors to identify their needs in order to help meet those needs.  For more information about becoming a Community Helping Hands volunteer, or to participate in a short survey regarding what services (for example, transportation, home repair, social events, etc) would be helpful, please send an email to Or call CHH at 914-346-7773.  New volunteers are welcome.



The Briarcliff Garden Club is recruiting new members for the coming year September 2010-2011. We are very interested in having you join us. Would you like to learn about Floral Arranging, Horticulture, Environmental issues, Civic Beautification, and our Garden Therapy Program at the Brandywine Adult Home. We take trips to various gardens. The club has interesting speakers monthly on various topics. We give a thousand dollar scholarship each year to a worthy High School Senior. Please call us at 432-8529 or at Our dues are $30 per year.




The Ossining Farmers Market is open at Market Square! This year, Community Markets is happy to welcome additional vendors to the market, which runs every Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm until December 18th on the corner of Main and Spring Street!  The market features fresh local, certified organic produce, artisinal organic breads, fish, meat, eggs, cheese, herbs, baked goods and specialty foods, handmade chutney, simmer sauces and other Indian delicacies from Calcutta Kitchens of Norwalk, CT., hard and soft goat cheeses, milk and yogurt from Coach Farm of Pine Plains, NY and mushrooms, orchids and vegetables from Hodgson Farm of Walden, NY.  Community Markets will also be hosting events like: cooking demos, tastings, a corn roast and live music throughout the season. Details are posted on their website:



Save the Date: Saturday, September 11 at 9 a.m. Ossining MATTERS will kick off its 8th Annual 5k Run/2 Mile Walk. Online registration is open now! Visit Don't miss this great community event.



New York Artisan, Jamie Ross, to Lead Art Workshop at Ossining Public Library

Noted New York artisan, Jamie Ross, will lead a workshop where she will teach participants the craft of watercolor tissue paper art collage and painting. The workshop will take place on Saturday, September 11, at 12:00 noon.   Each participant in the workshop will complete a finished work of tissue art. Landscape scenery and abstract paintings are themes that will also be discussed. Materials for the workshop will be provided.  Jamie Ross is an artist and illustrator, whose work has been published in many national magazines, including Reader's Digest and Playboy. She has appeared on the NBC News program "Wednesday's Child" with Janice Huff, where she conducted a print making art workshop with several children who were featured for adoption. Ms. Ross was recently invited to give a lecture and present her illustrations at the National Art League. She has designed and taught art workshops for children, teens and adults throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County and New Jersey. She was awarded the “Lifetime Arts” grant in 2009 and again in 2010 to present a series of painting programs for senior adults.  The workshop is open to all and is free.



The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club has its next monthly meeting Thursday, September 16, in the community room of the Apple Bank in the Rose Hill Shopping Center in Thornwood. The meeting will begin by 8:00PM and generally breaks up around 10PM. If you would like to attend, please call Hank Teller for all details at 914-309-2395.  Hank Teller will also be glad to answer any questions about model railroading. You can call him at 914-309-2395.  The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month except in July and August. Come and find out why model railroading is the “Worlds Greatest Hobby.”



Ossining Food Pantry Annual Celebration Sunday, September 19,  5 pm to 8 pm.  The event will be graciously hosted by Dr. Michael and Mrs. Clorissa Gioscia in the garden of their Westchester home.  Join us for wine, hors d'oeuvres, raffle and live music at this End of Summer Swing Fling.  Park at the Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor and take the free shuttle bus to the party. Request for donation is $30 per person and can be paid at the door. For further information call 914-762-5510.



The Lady With All The Answers, A delightful play about Ann Landers by David Rambo, Starring Carol Eagen Directed by Michael Muldoon.  "The Lady With All the Answers" performed by M&M Productions Acting Company, Inc. at the Ossining Public Library on Thursday, October 14th at 7:30 p.m. in the Budarz Theater.  "Dear Ann Landers"…For decades, renowned advice columnist Ann Landers answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples and a multitude of others in need of advice. No topic was off-limits, including nude housekeeping, sex in a motorcycle helmet, the proper way to hang toilet paper, sibling rivalries, addiction and wandering spouses. Landers regaled her readers with direct, insightful and often humorously honest responses. Late on a 1975 night in Landers' Chicago apartment, an ironic twist of events confronts her with a looming deadline for a column dealing with a new kind of heartbreak: her own. As she shares her struggles to complete the column with us, we learn as much about ourselves as we do about the wise, funny, no-nonsense woman whose daily dialogue with America helped shape the social and sexual landscapes of the last half-century. Directed by Michael Muldoon, Carol Eagen will portray the delightful Ann Landers. For more information contact Melinda O’Brien at 914.962.3431 or




Saturday, October 16, 2010

For additional information contact:

Gary Farrell at , 914-762-1297 or

 John Crawford at, 914-762-1958



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