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Release Date: October 27, 2011

The Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Board of Trustees Work Session has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 9, 2011 due to Election Day.  Please be sure to mark your calendars.



Saturday, October 29, 2011, 10am-2pm, Village Court Lobby, 86 Spring Street, Ossining, NY, Prescription Take-Back Day, Help Avoid Abuse by friends and family—dispose of unneeded medications safely. If possible, please bring prescription and over-the-counter-medications in their original bottle or container. Sponsored by: Ossining Village Police Department, Ossining Police Benevolent Association Ossining Police Athletic League and Ossining Communities that Care.



HALLOWEEN DARE PROGRAM, Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, Monday October 31st

6:00 to 8:00pm Ages 1 to 10, Ossining Recreation and Parks and the Ossining Police Department welcome you to come and celebrate Halloween the safe way! Wear your costume, play games, win prizes and candy, be on TV with Officer Ed and have a great time with all your friends.




Road (Between Briar’s Restaurant & Sunrise Building) 914-941-0009,   The Board of the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce and the Harvest Festival Committee have

looked into the weather for Saturday and decided it will be too chilly and rainy.  We have moved the 2nd Annual Ossining Harvest Festival to Sunday, October 30th from 10am-4pm.  The meteorologists are calling for abundant sunshine with temps in low 50s on Sunday.  Great day for a Harvest Festival!! Come do your Holiday shopping early.  We have many wonderful and unique vendors plus scrumptious food and kids rides!  This is a great FAMILY DAY!! Parking available at UMAC or look for parking signs on North State Road. 



Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce 2011 Harvest Festival, October 30, 2011, 10:00am – 4:00pm, North State Road & Blue Lantern Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 (If using GPS – enter “510 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY  10510”) Opening Ceremonies start at 10:00am with a Costume Contest at 12:00pm, plus there will be a Pet Parade, Demos, Music, Kids Rides, Food, Vendors and lots of other Fun! In addition, the Westchester County Police will sponsor a Safe Child booth as well as install safety seats for attendees.“Last year marked the kick-off of this wonderful event and we hosted over 3,000 attendees. This year will be as exciting and even better!” stated Gayle Marchica, Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce President. So come enjoy the day with your local businesses, neighbors and friends! Help support our local economy. For additional details contact Omar Herrera, Harvest Festival Coordinator or 914.318.4392 or Kay Hawley, Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, or 914.941.0009.



Think you’ll have to wait ‘til the Spring to prepare for next year’s growing season?  Think again!  With Permaculture techniques, NOW IS THE BEST TIME to prepare your beds for the 2012 Season! Permaculture is an EASY INEXPENSIVE HOLISTIC approach to gardening - one we’ve been experimenting with at the GREEN COMMUNITY GARDEN of HOPE this past year.  PLEASE JOIN US Saturday, October 29th @ 10 am for our FINAL HARVEST (Potatoes, Tomatoes, Peppers, Basil, & Chard) followed by a COMPOSTING DEMO @ 11:00, followed by a ceremony with song & prayers of gratitude @ NOON at which point refreshments will be served, & the preparations for next years beds will begin with both LASAGNA GARDENING & HUGELKULTUR techniques… & later you CAN try this out at home.   Please visit us at for more info. or to connect with us! Looking forward to PUTTING MORE COMMUNITY into the COMMUNITY GARDENS!


IMPORTANT PUBLIC ADVISORY: The Village of Ossining Police Department in conjunction with the Village of Ossining Office of Emergency Management has launched a program to help notify the public of emergencies, road closures, hazardous conditions, and other incidents concerning the public within the Village of Ossining. This program, called Nixle, is a free program and allows members of the

public to receive these messages in email, text message, and on a internet web site. Village of Ossining residents are urged to subscribe to receive emergency messages only by texting 10562 to 888777 on their cell phone, or to receive a full complement of messages, including community updates residents can visit and click the sign up now! button.



The Ossining Farmers Market is outdoors at Market Square on the corner of Main and Spring Street from 8:30-2:00, rain or shine. The market features fresh, local foods, including conventional and certified organic produce, certified organic nuts and fair-trade coffee, artisanal baked goods, free-range chicken and eggs, grass-fed beef, fresh fish, Hudson Valley wines, old-fashioned pickles and olives, cut flowers and a variety of specialty foods. Get to know your neighbors and your food better at the farmers market!” If any community group would like to have an announcement posted in the kiosk at Market Square, please call Community Markets at 923-4837 and we will be happy to accommodate your flyer.  Ask for Stella.  We would appreciate that you not paste it on the glass showcase as we will put it inside.




FOR STORM RECOVERY$8 Million Program Targeted to Assist Victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched an $8 million appliance grant program for those who sustained property damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The program will help New Yorkers cover the costs of replacing vital household appliances, such as refrigerators, boilers washing machines and furnaces, damaged by the recent flooding. Grants will be a fixed amount for different appliances and could cover up to 100 percent of the costs of a purchase. If the cost of the appliance exceeds the cap, the program will pay a portion of the total costs up to the cap. The program will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Grants will be available for the most critical energy efficient equipment and appliances. Residents statewide in affected areas will be eligible and must affirm that they have been impacted by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee and that these products are not covered by insurance or FEMA assistance. For residents affected by Hurricane Irene, grants on purchases of approved appliances and equipment will be retroactive to Aug. 29, 2011, and for residents affected by Tropical Storm Lee, grants will be retroactive to Sept. 9, 2011. Grants will be for ENERGY STAR© qualified appliances and equipment where applicable. In product categories for which there are no ENERGY STAR criteria, the higher efficiency units will be eligible for a rebate. A list of eligible equipment and appliances and rebate levels is as follows:


Eligible Equipment & Appliances


Refrigerators (ENERGY STAR)


Clothes Washers (ENERGY STAR)


Clothes Dryers w/Moisture Sensor (higher efficiency)


Dehumidifiers (ENERGY STAR)






Hot Water Heater Tanks (electric- higher efficiency; gas- ENERGY STAR)


Purchases of appliances and equipment, with the exception of dehumidifiers, must be for replacement purposes only and purchases covered by insurance or FEMA are not eligible. Audits to verify insurance claims and/or FEMA assistance may be conducted. All grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for completed applications, which will be available beginning Monday, September 19 at or by calling 1-877-NY-SMART (877-697-6278). The grant program will continue until funding runs out.



The Lantern Gift Shop at St. Paul's on- the- Hill Episcopal Church re-opens for business, Saturday shop hours of 10-1.  The Lantern Gift Shop is located on the church grounds at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.



Building Resilient Communities in Uncertain Times - The Transition Movement. A Presentation by Tina Clarke of TransitionUS, Date:   Thursday, October 27th, Time:   7:00 - 9:00 PM, Place:  The Ossining Public Library Theatre, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562. The Transition Movement is a vibrant, grassroots movement that seeks to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. It represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people in strengthening their communities against the effects of these challenges, resulting in a life that is more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected. The vision of the Transition Movement is that every community in the United States has engaged its collective creativity to unleash an extraordinary and historic transition to a future beyond fossil fuels; a future that is more vibrant, abundant and resilient; one that is ultimately preferable to the present. Tina Clarke has been an advocate, educator, consultant, and director of nonprofit programs since 1985. She was recently a consultant with Bill McKibben's global initiative and the Sustainability Institute.



Ossining Cub Scout Pack 83 is holding our second chance recruitment night and Halloween Party!  If your son is in grades 1 - 5 and interested in cub scouts you're invited to our recruitment night and Halloween Party!!  Friday October 28th 7pm at Claremont school!! Come in costume!!  If you have any questions or need more information please call Jim Minihan @ 914-373-1885. 



Grammy-nominated recording artist Joan Osborne will perform in a concert to benefit the Ossining Library Foundation at 8 pm on October 28, 2011 in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library. She will be joined on stage by Keith Cotton on piano and vocals and Jack Petruzzelli on guitar and vocals. Legendary New York radio personality Pete Fornatale will serve as host for the evening, which will also include a performance by Erin Hill and her psychedelic harp as guests enter the theater. Prices are $60 for general admission seating and $75 for VIP reserved seating in the first five rows of the theater. The net proceeds from the evening will be used to fund the Foundation’s ongoing initiatives in support of the Library during 2012, which include the free Sunday afternoon concerts that are part of the Foundation’s “Words & Music” performance series curated by Ossining resident and Foundation Board member Alan Marzelli. The event brochure and order form to purchase tickets can be found at a career that spans over fifteen years, Joan Osborne has proven to be an artistically restless and consistently enthralling performer, starting with her breakthrough, debut album Relish, which sold five million copies worldwide and yielded the smash hit "One Of Us" as well as scoring seven Grammy nominations. In 2002, she cemented her reputation as a top tier soul singer with an incredible turn in the acclaimed documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, followed by a tour with the legendary Motown backing band The Funk Brothers. In 2003, Osborne toured with the Dixie Chicks and then surprised and wowed audiences touring throughout America for two years as the lead singer of The Dead. In 2007, she graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Osborne loves to sing and perform in many different genres, but she came back to her soulful rock roots on her 2008 release Little Wild One that marked her reunion with Rick Chertoff, Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, the writing and production team that worked with her on her triple platinum, Grammy nominated album Relish. Pete Fornatale was one of the architects of progressive rock radio in the 1960s, and has been a fixture on New York radio for over four decades. He currently hosts "Mixed Bag" on Saturdays from 4 - 8 pm on WFUV 90.7 in New York. Erin Hill is a harpist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor whose performances range from pop, psychedelic, and sci-fi to kids music, opera, and Celtic. Her 2009 Celtic CD hit #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart. Erin is also known as the Pretty White Girl on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show.



FREE Youth Harvest Party: Friday, October 28th at 6:00PM – 8:00PM. Calvary Baptist will be hosting our annual Harvest Party at 4 St. Paul’s Place in Ossining. (behind the Post Office/Hudson Pharmacy) Kids between the suggested ages of 5-10 (younger with parent present) are welcome to come join in the fun – it gets better every year!  Everything is Free (gratis). Free food/snacks, crazy games and crafts and even some prizes! If you have any questions, please email us at:



The Ossining Historical Society Museum will celebrate its’ 80th anniversary on Saturday, October 29th.  A dinner and silent auction will be held at the Travelers Rest in Millwood beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Reservations are $55. And can be made by calling the Museum at 941-0001.  Reservations must be made In advance. The silent auction will have an outstanding collection of items that will please everyone.  Make your reservations early as space for this very popular event is limited.



The Ossining Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition "O," continues at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill thru October 29th, 2011


SUNY WCC FALL: ADULT BEGINNER BALLET, and BASIC POINTE:  Irene Kent a native of OSSINING is teaching once again Adult Beg. Ballet, and is now offering BASIC POINTE at SUNY Westchester Community CollegeThe FALL ballet, and basic pointe course runs from September 18th, 2011 thru December 11, 2011.  Ballet will be held on Sunday's from 11:30am till 1:30pm, with BASIC POINTE to immediately follow from 1:30pm till 2:30pm.  SUNY WCC Tel: 914-606-6830 and their website is  For more information on Irene, and her classes please visit her website at:


Teatown Lake Reservation October 2011 Events, Saturday, October 29, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Boo! Who? CHILDREN.  When darkness falls who comes out?  Find out in this whoot-ingly fun program. Families with children over age 7. Free for members; $5 per child for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.



OCTOBER 29, 2011-TACONIC OPERA PRESENTS VERDI’S NABUCCO: Come and experience what catapulted Verdi's career and made him an opera superstar!  This dramatic opera's historical setting is the era of the biblical King Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), the King of Babylonia, who conquered and exiled the Jews from their homeland in 586 BCE. These events, which include scenes at the temple in Jerusalem and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, are interwoven with a political and romantic plot. This opera was first introduced during the Italian struggle for independence and became an instant success as the Italians could relate to the plight of the Jews. It contains some of Verdi's best choral pieces, including Va pensiero, and requires powerful performances by its lead singers, especially the soprano.  Many diva’s have been forced into early retirement as a result of tackling this Verdian villainess role. Performances are at the Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY, on Friday, October 21 and Saturday October 22, 2011 at 8 PM, and a Sunday matinee October 23 at 2 PM.  An additional performance will be held at the SUNY-Purchase Pepsico Theatre on Saturday, October 29 at 7 PM.  Single ticket prices range from $15 to $57 and include significant discounts for seniors and students; season tickets are also available at reduced cost.  For information, tickets or directions: call 1-855-OPERA (67372) or email or visit



Volunteer to help your older neighbors -- Volunteers from all walks of life and ages are needed to help out seniors in Greater Ossining and Briarcliff.  Training is available for volunteers who want to serve as Friendly Visitors or Friendly Callers. Whether you have an hour to spare or can devote more time, we have an opportunity for you! Contact Community Helping Hands, at 914-346-7773 or email them at:



CALLING OHS CLASS OF ’76 INDIANSWe are having a big party, and we want YOU to be there!  Gathering for our 35th Reunion will be October 28-29th, based in the Mt. Kisco Holiday Inn.

There are a number of events planned, including a Halloween theme dinner dance on Saturday night. (Costumes are optional, but strongly encouraged, and there will be prizes.)  Latest details, including  event updates, RSVP list  how to purchase tickets  at  





Teatown Lake Reservation November 2011 Events, Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Last Leaf Hike ALL WELCOME. Take a hike in the crisp fall air and search for the last falling leaves. Look for the last flowers of fall, and the first signs of winter. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Tuesday, November 8, 9:00 am – 11:00 am Election Day Birds After you cast your vote come over to Teatown and take a hike to look for late fall migrants. Please note this program is for adults only. FREE. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Friday, November 11, 7:00 pm    , Wildflower Wonders of the World, Be introduced to some of the most spectacular flower displays on the planet by guest lecturer Dr. Bob Gibbons, well-known British author, photographer, and tour leader. View an amazing photo essay of flowers and landscapes from the most flowery places on earth. Learn about some of the ups and downs involved in the work to find these places and the special animal life in them.  FREE. This program is co-hosted by Saw Mill River Audubon Society and Teatown Lake Reservation. Please note this program is for adults only. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. This program will be held at Ossining Library’s Budarz Theatre, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining. Saturday, November 12, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Divine Decomposers

ALL WELCOME. Fall is here and decomposers are busy at work breaking down leaves and logs into nutrient rich soil. Come to Teatown to discover the many different insects, creepy crawlies and fungi that live in fallen logs and leaf litter! Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Saturday, November 19, 9:30 am - 12:30pm, Sustainable Planet, A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. Maybe you’ve already taken the first step toward a more sustainable planet but the next few seem too overwhelming to tackle. This program is designed to motivate us all to take those next steps and support each other doing it! Learn to become a role model for your family and a leader in your community as we all move forward toward a healthier, but a changed world. A snack will be served, but bring your own plate, cup, and utensils. Please note this program is for adults only. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Sunday, November 20, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Spines and Furs, Meet a few of Teatown’s animal ambassadors and find out why some are prickly and some are cuddly. Please note this program is for children accompanied by a caregiver. Free for members; $5 per child for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Saturday, November 26, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Hike off the Turkey Pack a lunch of leftovers and hike with a Teatown educator on the Croft Trail into the Back Forty. It’s a good way to stretch the legs and work off some extra Thanksgiving pounds. Please note this program is for adults only. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.




The Ossining Public Library invites cinephiles to enjoy a free night out (or four) at the movies as

it presents Overlooked Orson Welles, a series of lesser-known Orson Welles films. Overlooked

Orson Welles with “The Stranger,” a crime-noir starring Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young

alongside Welles, which tells the story of a War Crimes Commissioner searching for an infamous Nazi in

Connecticut. Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, and Romy Schneider star alongside Welles in “The Trial,”

a crime drama based on Franz Kafka’s novel following an office worker who is put to trial unaware of his

charges, which will be shown on November 2. The series closes on December 7 with “F for Fake,”

a documentary about the ins-and-outs of art and literature forgery starring Welles, Oja Kodar and

Joseph Cotten. The Overlooked Orson Welles series was curated by Bonnie Katz.



Choosing a Retirement Plan: What Every Business Owner Should Know, A well-designed retirement plan is a highly sought-after employee benefit, and can help you attract and retain the top talent your business needs to compete and grow. But with so many plans on the market, choosing the right one can be a challenge. Please attend our seminar, which will discuss the major types of retirement plans available today and how to select the plan that’s right for your business—and your employees. Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011, Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM - Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvers Place: Independent Hose Fire Company No. 6 (parking in rear) 3 Campwoods Road. Speaker: Brian Roach, CRPS, Retirement Sales Director - Lord Abbett Funds, Please call us at 212-692-2909 to reserve your place. Admission is free but space is limited. Michael Lysenko, IV, Financial Advisor, Financial Planning Specialist; Philip D. Vallone, Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager; Richard Priore, Jr., CFP, Senior Vice President, Financial Planning Specialist, The Lenox Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, 450 Lexington Avenue, 40th Floor, New York, NY 10 017.


TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP AT THE BRIARCLIFF MANOR PUBLIC LIBRARY:  DOWNLOADING E-BOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS FOR FREE – NOW FOR KINDLES TOO! Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30-8:00 pm, Find out how to download free E-books and Audiobooks from the Library’s OverDrive catalog for use on a Kindle, Nook, Apple Device (iPad, iPhone, iPod), smartphone and more.  (Registration required at 941-7072 or FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT THE BRIARCLIFF MANOR PUBLIC LIBRARY:  THE CONSPIRATOR (PG-13). Friday, November 4 at 7:00-9:00 pm. In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, newly minted lawyer, Fredrick Aiken, reluctantly agrees to defend the lone woman before a military tribunal.  As the nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life. Come to the Briarcliff Manor Public Library to watch this newly-released movie on our big screen.  Light refreshments will be served. (Registration required at 941-7072 or



“Working for the United Nations in Trinidad and Tobago" is the topic to be covered by Dede Emerson at the Ossining Woman's Club, 2 Lincoln Pl., Ossining, on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Ms. Emerson, an Ossining resident, spent six and a half years working for the United Nations Development Programme in Trinidad and Tobago. She is also the author of "A Different Kind of Streetwalker -- Manhattan by Foot, One Block at a Time," a project undertaken after her retirement from the U.N. Refreshments will be served following the program, and the public is welcome. Further information is available by calling Jody Israel, 762-3541, or Agnes Johnson, 941-1533.



Christian Nursery School located at 201 Scarborough Rd. is having an OPEN HOUSE Friday, November 4th from 9:15-11:30. Our school offers morning and afternoon classes for children ages 2-5. To find out more about us visit us on the web at or call 914-941-2923. We are now enrolling for the Fall of 2012.



Hudson River Potters Show/Sale - Annual Holiday sale featuring one of a kind functional and decorative ceramics.  Come to the reception on Friday (Nov 4), meet the artists and do your holiday shopping. Location: Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 South State Street, Briarcliff Manor.  Nov 4-6 Fri 6-9 pm (reception); Sat 9 am- 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm.



Madrigals, Motets and a Mass!  Come hear Croton Chorale perform Schubert’s Mass in G, Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium, and madrigals by Lassus and Morley. Saturday, November 5th at 8pm at Croton’s Asbury United Methodist Church, 15 Old Post Road South, Croton-On-Hudson.  Proceeds benefit the Cortlandt Food Bank. $20 adults; $10 seniors/students; children free.



Health & Wellness Fair , Claremont School, Saturday, November 5, 2011, 10am – 1pm, PTA Winter Coat Sale, Ossining Open Door (Free Blood Pressure Screenings and Fitness Demonstrations), Warm Up Ossining (Free Blankets and Oatmeal – Keeping Ossining Warm Inside & Out), Masonic Safety Identification Program (Free Child Identification) , Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp (OVAC) – Ambulance Tours for Children, Ninth District Dental Association (Dental Education), New York Poison Control Center, Community Markets Farmers Market (Healthy Ideas for Lunches & Snacks),Whitsons Food Service (Meet a Nutrition Safari Character!), Eat Smart New York, Literacy Zone & First Steps, My Sisters Place, And More!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Questions?   Please Contact:  Alyson Perriott, RN 762-5850 ext. 6304



Ossining Union Free School District Health & Wellness Fair, Date:  Saturday, November 5, 2011, 10am - 1pm, Claremont School, 30 Claremont Road, Ossining, NY 10562. Fair will include PTA coat sale, Blood Pressure Screenings, Fitness Demonstrations, Flu Information, Warm Up Ossining, Masons Free Child Safety Identification Program, Dental Education, Ossining Open Door,  Whitsons Food Service, Eat Smart New York!, My Sisters Place, Literacy Zone/First Steps, and lots more!!!!



TEATOWN LAKE RESERVATION’S A Night in the Woods, On Sunday, November 6, Teatown Lake Reservation will host its annual A Night in the Woods benefit at the beautiful Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, New York. The evening will support Teatown’s environmental education programs and celebrate the acquisition of the 67-acre Croft property. Beginning at 5:00pm, this year’s event is honored to present special guest speaker Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. In addition, Kim Elliman, the CEO of Open Space Institute and Lucy R. Waletzky, MD, Chair of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation serve as Honorary Chairs. This yearly celebration of Teatown’s environmental education programs, land stewardship, and leadership in regional conservation efforts, is its most important fundraiser. “Even in a trying economy, the work of insuring a sustainable environment requires the support of Teatown’s friends and community – now more than ever,” said Naomi Marrow, Chair of Teatown’s Board of Trustees. With over 25,000 visitors annually on its 875-acre preserve, Teatown instills in students, families and adults the importance of saving nature. Regionally, Teatown takes an active role in state, county and community efforts to protect open space and natural areas. Tickets for the benefit may be purchased by contacting Anne Wakelee Bishop at 914-762-2912 ext. 113. Prices begin at $350 and sponsorships are most welcome. A live auction will be held during the evening.



TOKYO STRING QUARTET BENEFIT CONCERT, A Special One Hour Benefit Concert by Tokyo String Quartet and guest pianist, Program: Haydn String Quartet Op. 64 No. 4 and Brahms Piano Quintet Op. 34 in F minor, Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 7:30 PM, Admission: Free will Offering, Location: Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 South State Road, Briarcliff Manor, For more information: call 941-4368 or visit



Pleasantville Community Blood Drive, Pleasantville merchants are providing gifts, coupons and raffle items for blood donors who participate in a Blood Drive sponsored by the Pleasantville High School and Ambulance Corps on Monday, Nov 7 from Noon to 9:00 pm at the Pleasantville High School on Romer Avenue.  The drive is timed to help boost supplies and avoid shortages during the holidays.For information, to sign up or to volunteer, call (914) 747-2408 or send an email to  Although it is helpful to let the organizers know in advance that you plan to come, walk-ins are always accepted.




The signature harmonies of the Scarborough Singers will fill the Sanctuary of Saint Mary the Virgin Church as Open Door Family Medical Centers kicks off another season of Holiday giving. “Wine, Women, and Songs of the Season,” a concert of classic tunes, Holiday standards, and community takes place on Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy (maximum value of $20) or a monetary donation benefitting Open Door’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Saint Mary the Virgin Church is located on 191 S. Greeley Avenue in Chappaqua. Senior citizens residing in Briarcliff Manor and Ossining may request complimentary transportation to this event courtesy of Community Helping Hands; for more information, contact Rita Nickle at (914) 502-1417 between 8:30am-5:30pm Monday through Thursday. The Scarborough Singers is a ladies’ chorale whose repertoire includes Broadway, classical, standards, and popular songs. Known for their enthusiasm, talent and harmony, the group performs throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Led by veteran Broadway performer Catherine Campbell Nesbit with accompanist Sue Anderson, the program for “Wine, Women, and Songs of the Season” will feature selections from The American Songbook along with several favorite Holiday tunes. A wine reception will follow the concert in the church’s Parish Hall. The Open Door Annual Holiday Toy Drive ensures that the community health center’s young patients receive a brand-new wrapped gift from Santa Claus himself, who visits Open Door’s four sites every December. Open Door accepts new, unwrapped gifts with a maximum value of $20 for children ages infant through 14 years. Additionally, gift certificates and monetary donations are accepted. Local businesses, schools, and individuals who are interested in participating in helping Open Door reach its 2011 goal of 2,500 gifts should contact Alicia Ward at (914) 502-1468 or



THE NADIA REISENBERG YOUNG ARTISTS SERIES PRESENTS RUSSIAN PIANIST IGOR LOVCHINSKY, The Ossining Public Library welcomes pianist Igor Lovchinsky, who will perform a free concert in the Budarz Theater on Sunday, November 13 at 3pm. Part of the Nadia Reisenberg Young Artists Series, Lovchinsky will perform works by Gershwin, Kreisler, Liszt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Wild and participate in a discussion with WQXR radio personality Bob Sherman. For more information about the concert or the Nadia Reisenberg Young Artists Series, please call (914) 941-2416, ext. 327 or visit The Ossining Public Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue. Igor Lovchinsky’s recitals often bring together contemporary pieces with works as early as the Renaissance, annotating each performance with witty, non-technical discussion engaging all levels of music lovers from the appreciator to the aficionado. He is a native of Kazan, Russia and began performing full recitals of original compositions and improvisations at the age of four. He arrived in the United States at age 10, going on to win first prizes at piano competitions across the country. Lovchinsky’s experiences at the 2002 Inaugural New York Piano Competition were featured in “Speaking with Music” and “On a Personal Note,” two documentaries filmed at the 2002 Inaugural New York Piano Competition. Lovchinsky studied piano at the Julliard School and the New England Conservatory and is currently studying physics at Harvard.Organized by the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, the Nadia Reisenberg Young Artists Series introduces the world’s most prodigious young pianists while promoting the appreciation and preservation of classical music. The three performers in this series are noted not only for their exceptional performance skills but for their ability to make classical music accessible to new audiences while maintaining the integrity of the genre. The Steinway & Sons piano played by the musicians was donated to the Library by Camille Budarz. The Young Artists Series is supported with public funds by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support by Steinway & Sons and Jetblue Airways.



OLD MILL SINGERS CELEBRATE 40 YEARS IN HOLIDAY STYLE, The Old Mill Singers, your local community chorus based in Ossining, announces that our combined anniversary and holiday concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd, 2011, at Ossining High School.  We are continuing our celebration of 40 years of entertaining the Westchester community and will perform chorus favorites and a variety of holiday themed songs.  Some selections are “African Star Carol,” “Hanukkah Madrigal,” “Silver Bells,” and Beethoven’s “Hallelujah.”  We may sing classical pieces, but unlike most local choral groups, our focus is on lighter fare.  Santa and his elves will be coming to our show as the audience shares in a sing-along. Show time is 8:00 PM both evenings and tickets can be purchased at the door at $5 for children up to age 12, $10 for senior citizens, and $15 for other adults. The Old Mill Singers was founded 40 years ago 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. Plan on attending our December concert.   There is convenient free parking, handicapped accessibility, free refreshments, and lots of fun. See us on the web at and Facebook or contact our Membership Chairperson Sharon Brana at or 914-762-3765.



Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come Brought to Life by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Staged Reading of Dickens’ Christmas Carol I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.  May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant, C. D. December, 1843. A new holiday tradition was started a few years ago when the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presented a staged reading of the Fezziwig section of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in the Mansion at Boscobel.  The tradition will continue and expand in December when the actors return to the Mansion for three consecutive weekends to read of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come from the classic novella. Performances are: Friday, December 2 at 7pm; Saturday, December 3 at 6pm; Friday, December 9 at 7pm; Saturday, December 10 at 6pm; Friday, December 16 at 7pm; Saturday, December 17 at 6pm. Tickets for all performances are $75 and may be purchased at For more information visit or call 845-809-5750. "Lead on!" said Scrooge. "Lead on! The night is waning fast, and it is precious time to me, I know. Lead on, Spirit!" In the warm glow of the great entry hall of the Mansion at Boscobel, decorated for the holidays, HVSF actors Richard Ercole, Eleanor Handley, Katie Hartke and Stephan Paul Johnson, will retell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Under the direction of HVSF Founding Artistic Director Terrence O’Brien, the actors will take the audience along on the long night’s journey from Christmas Past to that which is Yet-to-Come in their trademark style, closer to Dickens than Disney, bringing the text to life without extra frills. The reading will be followed by a special holiday celebration feast and libations in the lower hall."It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour."



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