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Release Date: October 21, 2010


Orchid Condominiums
at 73 Spring Street in Ossining will host an Information Session and Open House on Monday, October 25th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at 88 Spring Street.  Building tour to follow.  One-bedroom condominiums $130,000, two-bedroom condominiums $160,000.  Maximum Income Limits Apply ($58,600 -$83,800, based on number of persons in household.)  Why rent when you can own your own home, for more information please call IFCA 941-5252. 



Join Mike Risko Music School Thursday, October 21st at 7:30 pm for an open mic night at the Mike Risko Music School, Croton Avenue, Ossining. Bring your music and we will provide an accompanist or bring your own accompaniment! Show starts at 7:30! Bring all your friends. Stay after the open mic to watch singer/songwriter Elisa Peimer perform with Jon Sobell. She is an incredible singer who has been compared to Jewel and Alanis Morrisette. With just her voice and an acoustic guitar she will take you on musical journey!  There is no charge for this event. Our cafe will be open selling coffee and snacks. Kids are welcome to watch the show.  Don't forget....the Mike Risko Band will be performing at FAB in Mt. Kisco Thursday, October 28th at 9pm! Join us!



Ossining Booster Club Announces Boot Camp is back!  During the month of July the Booster Club and Ossining AYSO sponsored a Boot Camp which was enjoyed by kids and adults.  Many of you missed the comradery and our task master - Luis Iglesias.  Well... Luis has organized a once a week BOOT CAMP at AMD Football Field - Saturdays from 7:30am-8:30am.  Booster Members - $10.00 per session, Non-Members - $20.00 per session.  Sessions are every Saturday until it gets to cold!!!  Then we head indoors to the Ossining Recreation Center on Sunday mornings.  If you have questions please email   Let's keep Ossining active and healthy!  For more information about the Ossining Booster Club go to



Ossining High School's Drama Club presents our fall production: Stand and Deliver.  Stand and Deliver tells the true story of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante and his struggle to educate students in a 1980's East Los Angeles barrio school. Garfield High School has a reputation for gangs, drugs, and dropouts, is under funded, and in danger of loosing its accreditation.  Escalante and his students strive to overcome these obstacles in this Oscar-nominated drama.  Stand and Deliver is based on a true story and contains realistic teenage language and issues.  This play may not be appropriate for younger viewers.  Free Admission! Donations Welcome!  At the Ossining High School Auditorium, 29 S. Highland Ave., Thursday, October 21 at 4 PM, Friday, October 22 at 7 PM, Saturday, October 23 at 7 PM, Sunday, October 24 at 2 PM. 



The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club has its next monthly meeting Thursday, October 21, 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. The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club MODEL CONTEST – The club is kicking off its first model contest with the next meeting this Thursday October 21st. They are offering N and HO kits to build from N Scale Architect and N Scale Architect has offered to award a $50 Gift Certificate to the first place winner and a $25 Gift Certificate to the second place winner. Come on down and test your skills.  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 also.  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.”

NMRA Metro North Division The Metro North Division of the NMRA will be meeting in the New Canaan Historical Society over this Fall and Winter.  Their meetings are scheduled for October 30, November 20, and in 2011, for January 15, March 19 and May 21. Most meetings consist of two seminars on various aspects of model railroading and then layout visits to local model railroaders. The meetings start at 9:30AM. Here’s a link for more up to date info:   Seminar topics for the October 30th are:
First Clinic - Bob Collett , and his Huntington & Hartford layout was one of the early layouts featured in MR and is a prime platform for demonstrating almost every aspect of DCC. Bob will address the first of a number of DCC clinics we will have over this coming year – the Capabilities of DCC. Quite frankly, Bob is one of the most knowledgeable people in the hobby and is renowned for sharing this knowledge with others. Bring a pen and paper and take notes. Bring your questions and receive answers. His layout is open for visitors after the meeting.
The second clinic on Water, Rivers, and Falls will be presented by an enthusiastic modeler in hot pursuit of his MMR, Robert Seckler. Almost all layouts have “water” somewhere, whether in a port setting, a river or stream or tumbling over rocks and boulders. If you ever asked, “how did you do that?” Robert will demo how it’s done. Here too, take notes and maybe a camera to take some pictures. And ask questions.


Join the The Rotary Club of Ossining for their Annual Pig Roast /Fall Festival on Saturday, October 23rd from 11am to 4pm.  The event will be held at Cedar Lane Park in Ossining.  Tickets are $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Kids.  Contact any Rotary member for additional information.


Annual Harvest Party (Free): Saturday, October 23rd at 6:00pm Location: Calvary Baptist Church, 4 St. Paul’s Place, Ossining.  Cavalry’s Harvest Party gets better every year!  They’ll have free food, games, pumpkin carving, crazy fun contests, etc.  We always have a great time,  hope to see you there.  If you have your own pumpkin you are more than welcome to bring it with you!



Seymour Topping at the OPL…A former managing editor of The New York Times, Seymour Topping is also author of:

On the Front Lines of the Cold War: An American Correspondent's Journal From the Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam.   Seymour Topping has had a varied career as foreign correspondent, editor, university professor and author. He was Administrator of the Pulitzer prize for nine years, and was appointed San Paolo Professor Emeritus of International Journalism at Columbia University.  Prior to Columbia, he was with The New York Times for thirty years as chief correspondent in Moscow and Southeast Asia, foreign editor deputy managing editor, and managing editor. After service as an infantry officer in the Pacific during World War II, he covered the Chinese Civil War for The Associated Press, the French Indochinese War, London and Berlin.  The program will be held on  Saturday, October 23rd at 2:00 P.M. in the Budarz Theater.



Teatown Events: 

-Saturday, October 23, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: FALL FOLIAGE HIKE – All Welcome

Come see the trees at their peak of color. Hike with a Teatown educator to learn all about color change and enjoy the beautiful autumn landscape.

-Sunday, October 24, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:  SUNDAY ANIMAL ADVENTURE - Children

Who are Teatown’s best ambassadors? The animals in Teatown’s collection – that’s who! Each session will feature a different animal’s natural history, conservation status and ecological connections. For children of all ages, little ones must be accompanied by an adult.

-Saturday, October 30, 7:00 pm:  MISCHIEF NIGHT HIKE – All Welcome

Who is making mischief in the Teatown woods? Coyotes may howl, owls may hoot, and bats may swoop! Not suitable for children under 5.

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.)



Maryknoll Sisters International Bazaar Saturday, October 23, 2010, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining. Unique carvings, jewelry and hand-woven cloth from countries around the world, baked goods and snacks. Raffle, Christmas items, Silent Auction and Children’s corner. Admission is free. Call: 914-941-7575.  Directions: Take Rte. 9A to Rte. 133 and follow the signs.  This year’s Bazaar features a book signing for Vessel of Clay, the Inspirational Journey of Sister Carla, a newly published biography. It tells the story of a Maryknoll missioner in Chile who volunteered to help the Church in El Salvador in a situation of extreme violence. Sr. Carla died in a flash flood while assisting refugees in August 1980. A few months later, her two Maryknoll companions, Sisters Ita and Maura, and two other Church Women, Sr. Dorothy and Jean Donovan, a lay missioner, were murdered. This year is the 30th anniversary of their deaths. The story of this extraordinary woman is told by her lifetime friend Jackie Maggiore who will be on hand to sign copies of the book.  Maryknoll Sisters are a missionary congregation of women religious founded in 1912 in NY  with international membership. We work in 27 countries around the world to Make God’s Love Visible now and for the future. Celebrating our Centennial in 2012, we are ready for the next 100 years! Visit our website to meet our Sisters, see our work, join our causes and support us in mission!



Ossining Community Action Program proudly presents its Fall Wine & Cheese Silent Auction Benefit.  Join us for an afternoon of fine wine & cheese, along with a spectacular view of the Hudson River on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm at the Shattemuc Yacht Club on Westerly Rd in Ossining. Admission to the benefit is $40.00.  Proceeds from this benefit will serve to support programs operated through the Ossining CAP.   Join them and raise a glass in helping those that are in need!  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 Sheliza Narain at 914-923-6380 or email:   



The Ossining Public Library presents a conversation with noted journalist Seymour Topping in which his latest book, On the Front Lines of the Cold War: An American Correspondent's Journal from the Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), will be discussed. Michael Buitekant, a resident of Ossining will interview Mr. Topping. The event will take place in the Budarz Theater on Saturday, October 23, at 2:00pm, at the Ossining Public Library, located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. The event is free and everyone is welcome.  At the conclusion of the conversation between Mr. Topping and Mr. Buitekant, there will be a short question and answer session, followed by a book signing. Copies of his latest book, On the Front Lines of the Cold War: An American Correspondent's journal from the Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam, will be available for purchase from the Village Bookstore of Pleasantville.

Seymour Topping has had a varied career as foreign correspondent, editor, university professor and author. He retired last July as Administrator of the Pulitzer after nine years of service and was appointed San Paolo Professor Emeritus of International Journalism at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, he was a member of The New York Times for thirty years as chief correspondent in Moscow and Southeast Asia, foreign editor, deputy managing editor and managing editor from 1986 to 1987. After service as an infantry officer in the Pacific during World War II, he covered the Chinese Civil War for The Associated Press, the French Indochinese War, London and Berlin before joining the New York Times in 1959.



Father Michael Lapsley to Speak at Maryknoll Apartheid Fighter Survived Letter Bomb Attack; Goes from Victim to Victor  Anglican priest and missioner Father Michael Lapsley will present “The Time Has Come to Forgive and Forget” at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2:30 p.m. as part of the Maryknoll Speakers Series.  Fr. Lapsley will explore how people can forget and forgive from both personal experience and a biblical perspective. For those struggling with everyday or extraordinary grief and loss, his story offers new perspective and healing.  Born in New Zealand, Michael Lapsley joined his religious order, the Society of Sacred Missions, in Australia.  In 1973 he moved to South Africa, eventually becoming chaplain to both black and white students at the very height of the apartheid oppression.  When he began to speak out on behalf of students who were shot, detained and tortured, he was expelled from the country.  In neighboring Lesotho he continued his anti-apartheid work and was targeted by South African operatives with a letter bomb hidden between two Christian magazines. Seriously burned, Fr. Lapsley lost both hands and the sight in one eye.  Since then, he's gone from victim to survivor to victor, helping to found the organization, The Institute for Healing of Memories.  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  RSVP to Colleen R. Brathwaite,, 914-941-7636 ext. 2445.  Maryknoll’s interactive Museum of Living Mission and gift shop will be open before and after the presentation.   For Direction call 914-941-7636 ext. 2294.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the chief mission outreach of the American Roman Catholic Church, serves the poor in 27 countries. During 2011, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will commemorate its centennial. The theme of the centennial year -- The Gift of Mission – The Maryknoll Journey -- will celebrate the missionary organization as it continues to compassionately combat poverty, provide healthcare, build communities, promote human rights and share God’s love.  For more information about Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, visit



Spirit of Jazz Concert To Benefit Phelps Hospice October 24 at Irvington Town Hall Theater  Jazz singers Melissa Walker and Tessa Souter will present an afternoon of song and style on October 24, 2010 at Irvington Town Hall Theater from 3 to 5 pm. Titled Spirit of Jazz, the concert will benefit the hospice program at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, Sleepy Hollow.  The two jazz songstresses will be backed up by a quartet of outstanding musicians: saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Ron McClure, drummer Billy Drummond and pianist Oscar Perez.  Melissa Walker has enjoyed a wide and varied career as a jazz vocalist with performances at the Kennedy Center Women in Jazz Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Joe's Pub and The Jazz Standard in Manhattan. She has opened for the legendary Ray Charles and performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis at the Duke Ellington Centennial Celebration.  Tessa Souter's unique singing style infuses jazz with the soul and passion of flamenco, Middle Eastern, African and Brazilian music. Her performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in 2009 earned her a stunning review: All proceeds from the concert will go to support Phelps Hospice, a program that provides professional and dignified services to families and patients at the end of life, in their homes or in the hospital or a health care facility.  Concert tickets at $35 each may be obtained online at or by calling the Irvington Town Hall Theater box office at 914-591-6602.



Attention Anne M. Dorner Band Students and Parents  The Trinity Youth Ensemble in partnership with Anne M. Dorner Middle School is seeking band students who are interested in joining the Ensemble. The group will perform at various community events in the greater Ossining area throughout the school year. Interested students can either own or rent their own instrument and be committed to attending rehearsals and performances when scheduled.  Rehearsals for the Ensemble are held at Trinity Church on Fridays from 5:00pm to 6:15pm.  For more information please contact Terri Roman at (646) 228-7131 or by email at



Youth Music Program Continues The Youth Music Program at St. Paul's on-the-Hill will begin its second (Fall) session on October 25th, 2010, continuing the programs begun in the Spring of 2010, with the grant from the Diocese and Trinity Wall Street, partnering with Ann M. Dorner Middle School.  We hope to offer some of the same programs offered during the extremely successful Summer Music Camp of July 2010 (60 participants ranging in age from 4 – 17.)  The Summer Music Camp offered lessons in trumpet, keyboards, beginning and advanced guitar, steel drums, rudimental drumming, hand drumming, and singing.  The second half of the Trinity Wall Street Grant, totaling $2500.00 will be used to pay teachers, and continue instrument purchases as needed.  Many calls have come into the office from parents with requests to get started.  The program will meet on Mondays and Fridays, 3:15 - 5:15, from October 25th- December 17th.   We hope to offer guitar, singing, drumming, and possibly keyboards.



Rosanne Cash to Appear at Ossining Public Library For over three decades Rosanne Cash has been one of the most compelling figures in popular music. She has achieved international acclaim as a singer-songwriter as well as an author of essays and short stories. The Ossining Public Library is proud to announce that Rosanne Cash will appear in the Budarz Theater at the library on Monday, October 25, at 7:30pm. Ms. Cash will be promoting her long-awaited memoir, Composed (Viking, August 2010). The event is free though tickets are required as space is limited. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling the library at (914) 941-2416 ext. 327.  Tickets are limited to four per person and a library card will be required at time of pick-up.  Composed is the deeply personal story of an artist finding her voice – both figuratively and literally – in the context of her family legacy, of dealing with the music business, and of her desire to preserve some measure of privacy in a life that has been too often subjected to public scrutiny. As moving, disarming, and elusive as one of her classic songs, Composed is Rosanne Cash’s testament to the power of art, tradition and love to transform a life.

Ms. Cash will be featured in an interview setting during the October 25 program and will be interviewed by Mary McDonaugh Murphy, author of Scout, Atticus and Boo (Harper, June 2010). Following the interview will be a short question and answer session. Ms. Cash will then sign copies of her memoir. Copies of her book will be available for sale at the event, provided by The Village Book Store of Pleasantville. Rosanne Cash’s fourteen albums have charted eleven number one singles. She is the author of two previous books, Bodies of Water (Harper, 1995), a collection of short stories and a children’s book, Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale (Harper, 2000).



Hudson Veterinary Hospital is hosting a day of preventative health care screening and testing.  Testing your pet on a prescribed schedule helps establish healthy baseline values and can identify problems early rather than waiting for obvious signs of illness.  Same day results!
Call the office for more information or to set up and appointment! 914-762-0063
Comprehensive Blood Panel - $15, Urinalysis - $15, Fecal Analysis - $15, October 26th from 10am-1pm (no walk-ins please).  You do not have to be a client of Hudson Veterinary Hospital to participate in this program! ALL HEALTHY PETS ARE WELCOME!  176 North Highland Avenue, Ossining.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter! (Don't forget to check out their low cost spay/neuter Thursdays!)


Westchester Municipal Planning Federation 2010 Planning Achievement Award Winner!  Town of Bedford Climate Action Plan, will be presented and discussed on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bedford Town Hall, 321 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills.  Come hear the people that galvanized a community into action speak about Westchester’s first municipal blueprint for reducing community-wide greenhouse emissions.    Bedford’s Climate Action Plan provides a blueprint for reducing community-wide greenhouse emissions 20% by 2020.  Sponsored by the Westchester County Dept. of Planning and the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation.  RSVP by October 25th to Patricia Einhorn,  For information contact Linda Cooper,, 218-7005.



Local Lecture on Turkish Rugs Do you know the difference between the Oushak and Dösmealti carpets woven in Turkey, or the difference between Yörük-Nomadic carpets and Hereke carpets, also made in Turkey? Did you know that these and others have been made there for centuries?  Learn about Turkey and its ancient art of handmade rugs in a free lecture, open to the public, that will take place at St. Paul's-on-the-Hill (Episcopal) Church, Ossining, at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 30.  The lecture by staff members of Istanbul's Aytek Rug Store will be part of a two-day display of carpets and ceramics that will take place at the local church, Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30, from 10:00 to 5:00 PM both days.  A selection of carpets and ceramics will be available for purchase.   Space in the church's parish hall for the lecture is limited, so those planning to attend are urged to phone to make sure seats are available.  The church is at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, just east of 9A, off the right side of Rte 133. For directions or other information, call the church office at 941-6627.              


The Ossining Public Library continues the second season of the film series, THE LAW THROUGH FILM, with the screening of the film INHERIT THE WIND, on Thursday, October 28 at 6:30pm, in the Budarz Theater located in the library at 53 Croton Avenue, in Ossining. The 1960 film, Inherit the Wind, directed by Stanley Kramer features a star-studded cast that includes Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, Gene Kelly, Donna Anderson and Harry Morgan. Following the film, there will be a discussion focusing on the topic of Intelligent Design.  The film provides the foundation for a discussion about the concept of Intelligent Design. Intelligent Design is a theory that acknowledges evolution yet presumes that there is a “designer” behind it. Intelligent Design avoids naming the “designer” and has been controversial in recent years having been adopted into school curriculum prompting great legal debate. The film and discussion are free and everyone is welcome. Those attending are encouraged to voice their questions and opinions on the issue.   Up-coming films in the series include M.I.L.K. (December 16 at 6:30pm) followed by a discussion about gay marriage.  Together with the Ossining Public Library, Lehmann & Lehmann Legal Communications is sponsoring the second season of the “Law as Seen Through Film”. The series’ mission is to get the community thinking and talking about legal issues that may or may not directly affect them. Great film, past and present, serves as the vehicle to incite participation and discussion. For information, call 721-2416.



John Hawkins Book Group October Meeting at Ossining Public library  On Thursday, October 28 the Ossining Public Library Thursday Evening Book Discussion Group will discuss "New World Coming: the 1920's and the Making of Modern America" by Nathan Miller (2003). The group will meet at 7:00 pm in the second floor Conference Room. Nathan Miller, award-winning journalist and author, has chronicled the tempestuous decade, known as the Jazz Age, which began in the aftermath of the Great War and ended with the Crash of 1929 and the onset of the Great Depression. John Hawkins will moderate the discussion. Copies of the book may be obtained at the main floor Information Desk. Free. Everyone welcome. For information, call 914-941-2416.



On October 28th The Charles L. Brieant Community Center - After School Programs for Youth (CBCC) will be having a fund-raising gala at the famed Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown. The CBCC, named after the late Charles L. Brieant, Ossining resident and former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, was established in recognition of his concern for youth. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Harry Smith, Anchor of The Early Show on CBS, the Honorary Chair will be Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and the CBCC Youth Ensemble will be performing at the dinner. For information, please call or email Norman Fulton, Executive Director at 914.941.0000 or



Concerned about the high cost of college?  Join us for an informational workshop that will enhance your knowledge about college aid planning at the Warner Library in Sleepy Hollow on Thursday, October 28th at 6:30 pm.  Please RSVP to Sandy Wetzel at 914-909-1521 or



Saw Mill River Audubon Upcoming Field Trips and Event…

Saturday, October 30, 8:00 am:  Fall Sparrows and More at Marshlands Saw Mill River Audubon field trip to Marshlands Sanctuary in Rye and the nearby Edith Read Sanctuary. Both sanctuaries offer great fall birding of both winter arrivals among songbirds and waterfowl. Pre-registration required. Please call our office at 914-666-6503 or email us in advance to



Ossining Chamber & SPCA of Westchester are planning the 1st Annual Harvest Festival......

for Saturday, October 30 from 10:00am - 5:00pm on Blue Latern Road and North State Road (behind The Briars Restaurant) in the Towns of Ossining & Briarcliff Manor.  This exciting event will be a day of entertainment, food, vendors and fun all wrapped around a Fall Harvest theme.  We are also planning a costume contest and a pet parade.  Rain date - Sunday, October 31st.  If you have questions regarding the Harvest Festival, Sponsorship opportunities, Chamber Membership or the SPCA of Westchester, please contact the Chamber office at 914-941-0009 or



COSTUME PARADE NELSON SITTING PARK  - Sunday, October 31th   2pm Line Up

We will line up at Nelson Sitting Park and march from Nelson Sitting Park to Market Square where we will have trophies for the most interesting costumes, free cider and donuts and medals for all who attend. Special awards the twenty best children’s costumes.  Join the parade and show off your costumes. Then march over to the Community Center at 4:30pm for Hotdogs and Cider and then the DARE program from 6pm to 8pm with the Ossining Police Department. We welcome you to come and celebrate Halloween the safe way! Wear your costume, play games, win prizes and candy, be on TV with Johnny G. and Officer Ed Walker and have a great time with all your friends.



The Rotary Club of Ossining cordially invites you to The Annual Election Eve Scholarship Fundraiser, November 1, 2010, 6 – 9 PM for the The Byington Memorial Scholarship,     The Robert J. Huntz Scholarship, The Howard Pinkus Memorial Scholarship and The Albert Moses Scholarship Award.  Plus the Ossining Community Employee of the Year Awards.  Join the Rotary Club for a glass of wine, bottle of beer, soda or coffee and Hors d’oeuvres.  Shattemuc Yacht Club, Westerly Rd, Ossining.  $40 per person, plus 50/50 raffle.  RSVP:, Send ticket request and payment to:  Rotary Club of Ossining, PO Box 488, Ossining NY 10562 or Pay at the Door.  100% of the proceeds go into our scholarship fund, support OHS students this year and into the future.



Teatown Lake Reservation Partners With Scenic Hudson and Jacob Burns Film Center To Screen New Film Series  Teatown Lake Reservation is pleased to announce a collaboration with Scenic Hudson and the Jacob Burns Film Center to screen a new “Focus on Nature” film series in November, 2010.  “Focus on Nature” features a wide variety of environmental and nature films, each followed by a discussion with selected guests. Through a series of compelling nature-related films, the audience will gain a greater understanding of the essential need to conserve nature and live more sustainable.  All films will be screened at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville.  The opening night film on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, is 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless.” In 1968, Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins drove from California to Patagonia, surfing, rock climbing, and falling passionately in love with that part of the world. Back home, they went on to found progressive outdoor companies
(Patagonia and North Face) and become visionary environmentalists, preserving giant swathes of South American wilderness. This beautiful film interweaves the men’s personal journeys with that of a younger adventurer who was inspired to retrace their steps years later.
The film begins at 7:00pm and will be followed by a Q & A discussion with Fred Koontz, Executive Director of Teatown Lake Reservation, and Ned Sullivan, Executive Director of Scenic Hudson.  As this is the kick-off film for the series, guests will be invited to a reception upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery following the discussion.  A Children's Matinee, "Fly Away Home," will be shown on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at noon. This Oscar nominated film follows a father and daughter who attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air. The film was loosely based on the real-life experiences of Bill Lishman, a Canadian inventor, artist, and ultra-light aircraft hobbyist.  The film will be followed by at Q & A with Erin Baker, Teatown Environmental Educator.  Teatown Raptor Volunteers will present a live birds of prey demonstration and discuss imprinting in animals.  On Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 7:30pm, "The Practice of the Wild" will be presented.  This is a warm and captivating portrait of the poet Gary Snyder, member of the Beat Generation, Zen Buddhist, and eloquent proponent of ecological sanity. Snyder’s environmentalism is grounded in deep connections with local people, animals, plants, watersheds, and food sources—the “practice” referred to in the title. The film will be followed by a Q & A with Dwight Garner, author and New York Times book critic.

“Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?,” a film about the decline of honeybees, will be screened on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 7:30pm.  From the director of "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" comes this exquisite documentary about the disappearance of the honeybee (colony collapse disorder) and what it may mean for the environment as a whole. Portraying bees as a wondrous barometer of the health of the world, "Queen of the Sun" inquires into the heartfelt struggles of the passionate, often quirky people who keep and study them. A Q & A discussion with the award-winning Director, Taggart Siegel, will follow.  “SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories” is a film about the ecology of Louisiana and its juxtaposition with oil drilling. This film will be screened on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 7:30pm. Rivers, creeks, bayous, swamps, the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico: in southern Louisiana, it’s all about the water. When longtime environmental writer and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster arrived in SoLa in 2008 to document the region’s natural riches—and the corporate riches being made by plundering them—he never guessed that his experience would be capped by the mammoth BP oil spill. This is a lyrical, sobering story of vibrant cultures and fragile ecosystems.  A Q&A with Director Jon Bowermaster will follow.  Mr. Bowermaster's award-winning films include Terra Antarctica, What Would Darwin Think?, Man v. Nature in the Galapagos, and the “Oceans 8” series, which took him around the world by sea kayak.  Information is available on Teatown’s website at or Jacob Burns Film Center’s website at Tickets may be purchased at the Jacob Burns Film Center box office or online at  A Film Center discount rate is available to members of Teatown.  Teatown offers a variety of environmental and nature programs for children and adults year-round.  To learn more about our educational programs or to become a member, visit



Teatown Lake Reservation Announces “First Thursdays” Discussion Group Topics: Focus on Forests  Teatown Lake Reservation holds monthly environmental discussion groups to share in the exploration of environmental issues within and beyond Teatown’s borders.  Held on the “First Thursday” of every month, each discussion group features a different, timely topic.  This fall, the First Thursday discussions focus on issues related to the forest in a series of discussions, Three Tales of Forest Woe: What Went Wrong and What We Can Do About It.

-Thursday, November 4, 2010, 7:30 pm – 9 pm, features “Lurking in the Trees: One Community’s Battle Against the Asian Long-Horned Beetle”.  This discussion, led by Mr. Frank Lowenstein, The Nature Conservancy, presents the challenges faced by the invasion of this destructive beetle and what can be done to mitigate the damage to trees.

-Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7:30 – 9 pm, features “An Insatiable Appetite: White-tailed Deer and the Health of the Local Forest.”  Mr. Mark Weckel, Mianus River Gorge, will lead what is sure to be a lively discussion on the devastation caused by the overabundance of deer and the impact of their eating habits on our local forests.  Participants will discuss the pros and cons of solutions to the deer problem in our area.  “First Thursdays” are held at Teatown Lake Reservation.  Advanced registration is required. Please call Teatown at (914) 762-2912, ext. 110, Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  About Teatown Lake Reservation:  Teatown Lake Reservation is a nonprofit, environmental organization with an 834-acre nature preserve and education center located in the Lower Hudson Valley in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle, New York. Teatown Lake Reservation’s mission is to conserve open space and to educate and involve the regional community in order to sustain the diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats for future generations. We are devoted to conserving biodiversity, teaching ecology and promoting nature-friendly living.



Ossining Union Free School District Health & Wellness Fair and PTA Winter Coat Sale  Saturday, November 6, 2010, Time:  10am - 2pm at Claremont School, 30 Claremont Road, and AMD Middle School Parking Lot, Ossining.  Fair will include Blood Pressure Screenings, Flu Information, WCDOH, Warm Up Ossining (Free blankets, hats, gloves, scarves), Masons Child Identification & Safety Information, Dental Screenings and Education, Ossining Open Door,  Asthma Education, Fidelis Insurance, Hudson Valley Poison Education Center, TD Bank (Free face painting), Whitsons Food Service, Eat Smart New York!, Ossining Police Department – Child Car Seat Safety Checks, Ossining Fire Department - Fire Truck Tours, OVAC Ambulance Tours, PTA Clothing Sale, and lots more! Questions?   Please Contact:  Alyson Perriott, RN 762-5850 ext. 304.



Choral Evensong - Sunday, November 7th at 4:00PM - Trinity Episcopal Church, Ossining The choir of Trinity Episcopal Church, joined by choir members of the other local Episcopal churches, will be conducting a Choral Evensong in honor of All Saints' Day.  Admission is free and a festive reception will follow in the Parish Hall.  Trinity Episcopal Church is located in the heart of Ossining at the intersection of Route 9, Main Street, and Croton Avenue (street address is 7 South Highland Avenue) and the parking lot entrance is on Ellis Street.  The choir, under the direction of Dale Bonenberger, Trinity's Director of Music, will be performing the anthems "O thou, the central orb" by Charles Wood and "O how glorious" by Healey Willan, in addition to the "Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis" by Everett Titcomb and the "Preces & Responses" by Charles Wood.  There will also be two grand hymns appropriate for the feast day and Simon Thomas Jacobs of Christ Church, Greenwich, will accompany the choir on Trinity's magnificent pipe organ.  More information can be found at  Come and hear world-class sacred choral and organ music right in the heart of Ossining!



Autumn Concert for All Ages  Music lovers of all ages are invited to a FREE CONCERT on Sunday, November 7 at 4pm. It will feature twin grand pianos and the artists Hui-Mei Lin and Bari Mort playing the works of Bach and local Westchester Composers. The actor Denise Bessette will narrate "Carnival of the Animals," a piece that includes instruments playing the swan, the mule, and other mysterious animals. A fun musical afternoon for the whole  family. Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 South State Rd.  Funded through a generous Heim grant.  For more information: call 914-941-4368 or go to: 



Ossining Fire Department Blood DriveThe Ossining Volunteer Fire Department will be sponsoring a Blood Drive on Thursday, November 11, 2010 from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Northside Firehouse located at 21 Snowden Ave., Ossining.  Walk-ins are welcomed.  For additional information contact Co-chairmen Frank Sylvester (420-0024) or Rich Wheeler (494-7327).  DONATE BLOOD NOW . . . you may get it back someday



Ossining Recreation and Parks Department Friday Night Movie Series at the Community Center continues...  The film series focuses on current environmental issues.  Popcorn is free, bring your own drinks and learn about current issues facing us such as “Bad Eggs.” 

This is primarily focused towards adults but mature children are welcome to attend.  John Bell will be hosting the series.  Films are approximately 1 to 1.5 hrs in length.  If you bring snacks plan on sharing.  We like snacks especially ones from the organic community gardens.  This is a free series.  Upcoming films are: The 11th Hour, November 12th at 7:30PM; and The Power of Community, December 10th at 7:30PM.



CHRISTMAS IS COMING!  St. Paul's-On-The-Hill (Episcopal) Church invites you to "Christmas is Coming," its annual pre-holiday celebration, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 13th.  The church's Lantern Gift Shop will be ready for Christmas, and will have Christmas gifts, ornaments and a variety of unique decorations for sale.  Order forms for Christmas wreathes will also be available.  In addition, a "Soup and Sandwich" Luncheon will be served from 11:30 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M. in the Parish Hall. (Cost per person: $7.00). There will also be "Attic Treasure" tables, home baked holiday food tables, and a raffle of five gift baskets in the Parish Hall.  St. Paul's-On-The-Hill is at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, just east of 9A, off Rte 133. For directions or other information, call the church office at 941-6627.  The Lantern shop is adjacent to the church at the Ganung Drive entrance.



How to Self-Publish Fiction and Nonfiction Books, An Information Gathering Lab. This workshop is one big Q&A. An intensive, interactive class where the concentration is on answering your questions about how to self-publish your book from start to finish. Ask questions, express concerns anytime during this class. Among topics we will discuss:  who to hire to self-publish, market and sell your book, online digital publishing, creating an Internet presence, how to price your book. One session, 2hrs. Saturday, November 20, 11:30am-1:30pm. Instructor: award-winning Ossining author Shelley Gilbert, Briarcliff Manor Recreation and Parks, 48 Macy Road, Briarcliff Manor. To sign up, call: 914-941-6560, email: Website:



Collegium Westchester Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Eric Kramer, will present a concert on Sunday November 21, 2010, at 8 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining (34 South Highland Avenue, on Route 9 opposite Ossining High School). The program, entitled "Folk Tales," will include Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Bruch’s Fair Ellen, Sibelius’s The Captive Queen, and music for Weber’s Die Drei Pintos by Mahler and Eric Kramer. Admission is free. For more information, call 914-282-8611 or visit  This event is made possible by the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.



The Ossining Farmers Market is open at Market Square! Community Markets 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: The Ossining Farmers Market now accepts (EBT) food stamps.  Stop by the manager’s tent with your card.



Ossining Village Board Adopts Combined Leaf Collection (Vacuuming and Biodegradable Bag Collection) Procedures –  As a reminder the Board restored seasonal curbside vacuuming during the autumn season in addition to the year-round weekly collection of bagged organics.  For further information and scheduling see below or call the Dept. of Public Works at 941-4660. 

·         Leaves left curbside for vacuuming should not be raked into gutters or storm drains.


Bagged and/or Bundled Yard Waste Collection will occur MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS.

If Your Scheduled Bulk Pick-Up is MONDAY, your Yard Waste will be picked up on TUESDAY.

         If Your Scheduled Bulk Pick-up is TUESDAY, your Yard Waste will be picked up on


All Bagged Leaves and Yard Waste MUST be placed at the curb in the following manner:

·         A 30-Gallon Biodegradable Paper Bag, Brown leaf & lawn bags may be purchased at the John-Paul Rodrigues Ossining Operations Center for 50 cents per bag, or you can purchase the bags at any home improvement store, supermarket, etc.  


·         Open Trash Bins Clearly Marked “Organic Waste”

·         Branches or  Brush MUST BE BUNDLED and  securely tied with twine.  Bundles may not exceed 4 feet in length or 50 pounds in weight.





The Village of Ossining Water Department will start their semiannual hydrant-flushing program on Sunday evening, October 10, 2010.  Flushing of hydrants will be performed between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in order to minimize disruptions to our residents.  The entire hydrant-flushing program will take approximately three weeks to complete.  When hydrant flushing occurs close to your home, your water may be somewhat discolored first thing in the morning.  Just run your water for a short period of time and it should clear up.  If the discoloration persists, please notify the Water Department at 941-6111.



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