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Release Date: December 08, 2011

The Village of Ossining is seeking applicants for the part time position of Downtown/Economic/ Development Manager.  

This individual is responsible for marketing the Village of Ossining as a destination for business, residence and recreation, implementing programs to expand existing businesses and attract economic development activities.

Applicants must possess either a Bachelors Degree in Business, Finance, Public Administration,  Planning or related field and 3 years experience in which the primary function was municipal management; economic development; state or federal development program administration; marketing or advertising;  or a Masters Degree as stated above with two years of experience as described above.  This is a competitive Civil Service Position, and the applicant will be required to successfully complete the civil service examination when given.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest with a resume to  or mail to: Assistant Village Manager Christina Papes, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY  10562 no later than December 16, 2011.



Ossining Boat & Canoe Club's support of the US Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program is in full swing.  Donations can be made online through PayPal at this link: 

Donation boxes are being placed around town at locations including: Ossining Town/Village Clerk's Office, Ossining Police Department, Ossining Library, Landmark Diner, Emigrant Bank, Mahopac National Bank, Dress Barn and Curves Figure Salon.   Follow them on Facebook at "Toys for Tots Ossining"!/groups/265359463499822/


Local merchants - please join their team by contacting Pat or Mike Scarduzio at (914) 762-5895 or emailing Pat Scarduzio at <> 



The Baker- Collyer Christmas Cheer Fund which was started by an Ossining merchant who witnessed two children picking through a garbage pile for food 96 years ago has started to solicit contributions for this year's drive. Over 370 local needy families in the Ossining area were aided through last year's generous community efforts. The funds go solely to purchase food for the holiday baskets. The administration efforts are handled by volunteers and the baskets are packed and delivered by members of the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department. This year the packing will take place at A & P, Pleasantville Road on the evening of December 22nd and delivered in the early morning of December 23rd.  To personally see the look or hear a thank you from the appreciative recipients makes our holiday season that much brighter and rewarding.  Please consider being part of this 96 year tradition. Contributions can be sent to the Baker-Collyer Christmas Cheer Fund, c/o Town of Ossining, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562 or by contacting John Crawford, Chairman at 914-438-9843 or



Ossining Public Library Holiday Hours:


Open Saturday, Dec. 24th, from 9 am —1 pm

CLOSED Sunday, Dec. 25th

CLOSED Monday, Dec. 26th

Open Saturday, Dec. 31st, from 9 am —1 pm


CLOSED Sunday, Jan. 1st CLOSED Monday, Jan. 2nd



The Charles L. Brieant Community Center makes a positive difference in the lives of youth in the greater Ossining area. Over the past year, over 300 youth have participated in one or more of CBCC programs.  Through the center’s work, they have developed leadership skills, learned about healthy eating, tested out conflict resolution methods, perfected their musical technique and performed for members of the community, received help with their homework and created content for an entire magazine issue. They couldn't do this work without your financial support. During this holiday season, please consider making a donation to the Charles L. Brieant Community Center. You can donate by mail to PO Box 429 Ossining NY 10562. Be assured that when you make a financial donation, to the CBCC, 90% of your donation goes directly to our programs. Your tax deductible donation is an investment in our youth and their future. On behalf of the Board, please accept our heartfelt appreciation for your support. Happy Holidays!



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."



Ossining Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 6th.   Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. (Santa arrives at 7 p.m.) at Market Square.  Come enjoy hot cider, donuts, live music and caroling!

Breakfast With Santa will be held December 10th at the Community Center.   There will be two sessions,  10AM AND 11AM. CALL 941-3189 to reserve a space.  Join us for breakfast and meet Santa.  Free gift bags, candy can stockings and a holiday sing along show.



Upcoming Events from Saw Mill River Audubon Get connected with nature through Audubon this winter!

Every Sat & Sun?morning, 8-10am?you are invited? to Croton Point ?Nature Center!? Our ongoing weekend bird count continues through April 1.?Stop by the Croton Point Nature Center and help us count birds that visit the feeders.??No RSVP needed but if you'd like to sign up as a volunteer on a particular Sat or Sun,?please use the link below. ?

Our Bird Seed Sale?continues through the fall & winter!??3rd Saturday Sale? - Saturday, December 17Every 3rd Saturday?9:30am-12:30pm?seed sale volunteers? will be at? Pruyn Sanctuary!??See our selection & prices online at at our web site. 

Pickup is also available at our office M/W/F from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Please let us know you are coming during the week? by calling us at?(914) 666-6503 or by email to? On M/W/F, please be prepared to self load your seed in your car.)















THIS Saturday, December 10.....Two Events!

   Attracting Winter Backyard Birds, 10:00 am?Croton Point Nature Center?Come and learn about different seeds and feeders that attract winter birds. Learn what different birds like to eat and answers to frequently asked questions about bird feeding in our area. Free and open to the public. Ages 8 & up. No RSVP needed.

   2nd Saturday Walk at Brinton Brook, 9:00 am?Our monthly walks continue at Brinton Brook Sanctuary throughout the coming months. Come walk with a friendly group of people who enjoy the outdoors together. Easy terrain with stops along the way to enjoy birds, trees or other sights of interest. Meet at the main sanctuary entrance. No RSVP needed. Directions to Brinton Brook



THIS Sunday, December 11, 10:00 am

Scouting for Peekskill Christmas Bird Count

Beginnin at Teatown Lake Reservation

Locating the birds before the big count is half the battle. Join Charlie Roberto on this driving expedition to the reservoirs and the Croton River area. Meet at Teatown main parking lot. Teatown event cross-listed.




Parent University – Workshop 3: “Paperwork..Get on It!"  will be held at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30-8:00 pm.  Discussion topics include the college essay, resume, admissions and application process.  Registration is required.  To register go to or call Gayle Marchica at 914-941-4148.



Come ONE, Come ALL to The ALL Ossining Party will be held on?December 14th at 6:00 PM at Traveler's Rest?$45 per person (cash bar.) It is the time of year when all of Ossining gathers together to celebrate the holidays with dinner and dancing to the lively sounds of Johnnie G.   Sign up early, get your organization or group of friends together... come alone or as a couple... see old friends, meet acquaintances and meet people who have a common passion... Ossining.  Space is limited so please RSVP soon.... especially if you and your friends or club want to reserve a table... RSVP to Sue Donnelly at or to Ossining Lions Charities? P.O. Box 708?Ossining, NY 10562.



Save the date! Bring the kids!

Mike Risko Music Holiday Showcase featuring the Mike Risko Band performing holiday tunes from their new CD "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Followed by Holiday performances by Mike Risko Music School Students. Saturday December 17, 2011 2:30-4:00 pm at the Budarz Theatre at the Ossining Public Library. CD's will be available for purchase at the show. Or--if you want your Mike Risko Band Holiday CD sooner--it will be available beginning Wed 11/23 at the Mike Risko Music Store.

The Mike Risko Music Store will be open on Black Friday from noon-5:30pm for all your musical holiday needs! All day take 10 percent off all accessories, also great deals on guitars, basses, and amps. We will have personal shoppers available to help you pick out just the right gift for your musician or potential musician for the holidays! Snacks and refreshments will be served all day!



The Lantern Gift Shop at St Paul's on- the- Hill will be open for Christmas shopping Saturday's, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., now through December 17.?Lovely gifts and handcrafts await you!  The Lantern Gift shop is located on the grounds of the church at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.  Since we are a shop run entirely by volunteers, if you are coming from a distance or the weather is bad, we suggest you call the shop at 941-4434 a little after 10 a.m. to make sure someone is there.



SUNY WCC SPRING TERM: 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 College.  The SPRING ballet, and basic pointe course runs from January 22nd, 2012 thru May 6, 2012 for a total of 13 wks.  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:

Course Description: Beginner/Intermediate Ballet- Explores the foundations of ballet in a fun, active environment. Students will gain a progressively larger understanding of ballet fundamentals, which when combined together creates “dance”. Class sessions will include: barre work, center floor, adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, and grand allegro. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment and use of terminology. Students will work on dance combinations to improve technical skill, memory, and performance.

Course Description: Beginning Pointe for adults and teens: Students will gain a progressively larger understanding of the fundamentals of pointe work. Emphasis will be placed on correct body alignment and use of terminology. Students will work on basic pointe exercises at the barre and basic combinations in the center to improve technical skill on pointe.



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.


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:


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.



Orchid Condominiums at 73 Spring Street in Ossining:  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.  Applications are available. 



Do you have an event, information or picture of the Village of Ossining that you would like included in this web blast?   If so please submit to Christina Papes at the Village of Ossining at  All information must be submitted the Wednesday prior to the distributed web blast.  Submissions included in this listing are intended solely to inform of events and information of general interest to subscribers.  The Village of Ossining does not necessarily endorse or support organizations or entities whose events and / or activities are listed above.  The Village makes no representation as to the accuracy thereof, nor does it assume any liability in connection with same. P Please don't print this e-mail unless necessary.




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