Call for Action!
The NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment has proposed a new 38th State Senatorial District -- one in which the Village and Town of Ossining has lost representation by a Westchester Senator and have been connected to three towns in Rockland County.
The proposed 38th District would comprise the Town of Ossining on the East bank of the Hudson and Ramapo, Clarkstown, and Orangetown, with which Ossining does not have a commonality of interests, on the west. Orangetown and Clarkstown, while nominally river towns, are high on the Palisade; Ramapo is landlocked. As a result, we do not believe we will be equally represented.
In order to keep Ossining residents and merchants from being disenfranchised, I have vehemently opposed the plan in testimony written to the Task Force and Governor Cuomo, in letters to the editor of various news media, and in a discussion with the Editorial Board of the Journal News, which was streamed live on Wednesday.
Its difficult to imagine that a senator, whose office is in Rockland County, to which no Ossining constituent, seeking redress of a grievance or assistance, could either walk to or take public transportation, will be even cognizant of the needs of our population, diverse as it is in national origin, in socio-economic status, and in age.
There are many issues facing the Village, including the re-development of sites on the water’s edge, the historic Downtown, and properties along the main thoroughfare, which thoroughfare would produce a bridge between these properties. To meet DEC requirements, our reservoir and water filtration plant are in the final phases of a multi-year rehabilitation. We are concerned that any senator, whose primary constituency is in Rockland County, would prioritize a fight for the millions of dollars of State aid needed to complete the project.
T here is also danger that such a senator may not appreciate the sharing of services that has been in effect between the Village and the Town since 1992, or the consolidation of departments, recent and proposed. Will a Rockland based senator, inappropriately try to force the Village into dissolution without having studied the facts and without concern for the consequences?
We do not believe that the interests of Ossining, as geographically remote as it will be if this proposal stands, will able to compete with the remainder of the District, or have equal access to a senator, who has no Westchester ties, experience, or history -- one who splits the majority of time between Rockland County and Albany.
The proposed Assembly districts are less problematic. But, the Task Force has not yet released its proposed Congressional redistricting, which could be worse than the Senatorial. National primary elections will take place on June 26. Signature Petitions must be filed to get on the ballot in March! The Task Force is waiting until they can claim it is “too late” to amend their proposals! Don’t let them.
There have been four hearings in New York City. It is unconscionable that no hearing was scheduled in Westchester County, even though the most dramatic change in Senatorial Districts that is proposed for the Lower Hudson Valley involves our Town of Ossining.
Now, it is up to you. Make them sit up and hear your voices. There exists a brief period now during which we way effect amending the Proposed Redistricting.
Write to the Task Force and the Governor. Send hard copy letters and emails. The addresses are below. Send letters to the news media. Ask your friends and neighbors to do so, as well. Speak out before it is too late.
Albany, NY 12224
Assemblyman John J. McEneny
Assemblyman Robert Oaks
Dr. Roman Hedges
Senator Michael F. Nozzollo
Senator Martin Dalavé Dilan
Sr. Welquis R. López
NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment
250 Broadway — Suite 2100
New York, NY 10007
The Mike Risko Music School is now accepting registration for our Spring Session. Sign up for Lessons on guitar, bass guitar, drums, voice, piano, brass, strings or woodwinds! We also offer ukulele lessons! 30, 45 or 60 minutes lessons available. Also, find out about our Rock Band Camp! An awesome one week program in the summer for kids ages 7-17 who want to be in a band and write original music. Call us at 762-8757 or visit their website at www.mikeriskomusicschool.com
Karma Lounge Martini Bar and Grill invites you to try their Three Course Prix-Fixe Dinner Menu 25.00 per person
Fist Course Choice
Organic Mix Green
Classic Caesar Salad
Second Course Choice
Germelli Pasta di Pomadoro
Choice of Mascarpone Cheese Cake or Chocolate Gnash Cake
All Prix-Fixe Dinner comes with a complimentary glass of White or Red wine. Karma Lounge Martini Bar and Grill is located at 175 Main Street Ossining, 914-488-5999.
Community Singing Group “Old Mill Singers” Invites New Members to Join In June 2012, a highly regarded local singing group will be performing “Come “Fly Away with the Old Mill Singers.” As the title of the show suggests, the chorus will be singing songs about far away places, including “Africa,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Chicago,” and “Orinoco Flow.”
A largely amateur chorus, The Old Mill Singers tackles most styles of music – pop, jazz, Broadway, folk, ethnic, novelty acts and even some original numbers composed by its members. They may present a bit of classical music, but unlike most local choral groups, the focus is on lighter fare that can please audience members from young to old.
Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s-On-The-Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive in Ossining. New members are welcome to sit in on a rehearsal any Tuesday through March 13, 2012. There are no formal auditions. Nor is the ability to read music required - - just the ability to sing in tune in a group.
The director for most of the forty years the group has been around is Gary Bratt.. There now are about sixty active members, men and women of all ages and from all walks of life. A separate children’s chorus also performs in the concerts, so Old Mill is truly a family affair.
In addition to its semi-annual concerts, The Old Mill Singers is committed to community service and performs at community functions and local nursing homes. They also put on a holiday concert in the lobby of the Met Life Building in New York City, entertaining commuters as they head for Grand Central Terminal.
See us on the web at www.oldmillsingers.org or on Facebook.
Prospective members should contact the Membership Chairman, Sharon Brana at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914 762-3765.
"Beginning Photography" at the Ossining Public Library in the Conference Room (2nd floor) on Saturdays from 1 to 3. Many people don’t know how to get the most out of their highly automated cameras. I can help. I’ll also be teaching the basics of composition, discussing white balance and post-processing procedures. There’s no charge, it’s hands-on and any age and experience-level is welcome. If you want to come, bring your camera and if possible call or email Mark before the class so he can update you on what the class will be going over. Hope you’ll be able to join us. Mark R Friedman, Photographer - Personal Trainer in Photographic Technique and the Art of Photography, 2 Decker Rd., Ossining, NY 10562
(914) 762-7689 (main), (914) 361-9164 (Google voice), http://www.mark-friedman.com
February 2012 Calendar of Classes & Events at Josie's International School of Dance: Many Classes - Actor’s Workshop, Argentine Tango - New Beginner Classes!, Milonga "First Friday of the Month", Wine Tasting & Tango @ Lobby's New Tasty Port Wine Shop, Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, Reggaeton, Ballet, Belly Dancing, Capoeira, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Kindermusik – New! (Ages 1 – 7), Pilates Mat, Salsa and Zumba. Call or go on line for days and times. www.josiedance.com Josie’s International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining (914) 432-8502.
Greetings from the Ossining Public Library!
-It's tax time again and the AARP Tax aide volunteers will again be available for tax preparation every Thursday beginning February 2nd through April 12th. This will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Budarz Theater. For more information call 914-941-2416 ext. 327 or 320.
From the Ossining Public Library Teen Services:
-Black History Month Celebration - Cultural Drumming with Mickey Sevilla and John Grady
~ Join us for an afternoon celebration of the spirit of drumming! Learn, play, dance and sing. Audience Participation. Saturday, February 25 ~ 2:00 p.m. in the Theater
-Practice SAT Exam - Sunday, February 26 ~ 1:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room
*Registration is Required – Call 941-2416, x336 for information.
-Math Tutoring and GED Math Help - 2/27 ~ 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room
-Comedy Improv - 2/27 ~ 3:30-4:30 in the Theater
-Yoga - 2/27 ~ 7:00-8:15 p.m. in the Theater
Chess 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room
After School Movies at 3:30 p.m. in the Theater
“Gnomeo and Juliet” ~ 2/24
The Winter Farmers Market in Croton moves indoors! As of Saturday, February 11, 2012 the market moved from the Croton Harmon Train Station to the old Blockbuster space at the Van Wyck Shopping Center II on Maple Street. The market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9am-1pm through May 19th. The new venue will be an essential winter resource for locavores from the Pleasantville/Briarcliff area to the county’s northern river towns. The vendors at the 2012 Winter Farmers Market in Croton will now include vendors: Amazing Real Live Food Company, Baked by Susan, Bobolink Dairy, Bombay Emerald Chutney, Bread Alone, Coach Farms, Cowberry Crossing, Dutch Desserts, Feather Ridge Farm, Flour City Pasta, Gajeski Produce, Kiernan Farm, Meredith’s Bread, Migliorelli Farm, Newgate Farms, Pikle Licious, Pika’s Farm Table, Pura-Vida Fisheries, Tierra Farm, and Wiltbank Farm. Be sure to stop by for your farm fresh food!
The Meet the Farmer series continues on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, from 7-9pm, with Pete Taliaferro of Taliaferro Farm. Pete will share why he decided to become an organic farmer, what it means to be organic, what are the main differences in organic growing methods, and will answer your questions. He and his family including two sons and a daughter participate in all aspects of running the farm. Besides growing vegetables and fruits they also raise chickens and produce their own eggs. Taliaferro Farm will provide fresh eggs from the farm for a cooking demonstration. The eggs will be prepared with seasonal vegetables , everyone will have a chance to taste and light refreshments will be served during the event. Fee $15/ Discounted Fee (Students and Farmers) $10.
Ossining Union Free School District Capital Bond Proposal 2011-12 Vote Scheduled for
March 6, 2012 at the Ossining High School from 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Teatown Lake Reservation Events
-Saturday, February 25, 10:00am–11:30am Who’s for Dinner?
Come meet one of Teatown’s new Barred Owls and learn about the swampy forested habitats where they dine. In this hands-on program, we’ll look at an owl pellet to see what was on the menu for Teatown’s resident owls. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.
-Sunday, February 26, 10:00am–2:00pm Finding Your Way
Getting lost is not an option in this program which combines basic compass and map reading skills to help you better navigate in the woods. Be prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities and bring lunch and water. Please note this program is for adults only. Fees: members $10; nonmembers $15. Please call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.
-Sunday, February 26, 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm Sugaring Sundays
Stoke up the fire, its sugaring time at Teatown! From tapping to collecting, boiling to bottling, Teatown’s naturalists will be in Warren’s sugarhouse sharing facts and folklore about this sweet time of year! Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.
Love maple syrup? Buy a bucket of your own! Each February we tap our very own maple trees and hang a sap bucket with your name on it. After filling the bucket, the sap gets turned into syrup in Warren’s Sugar House. The $45.00 fee includes two tickets to the Pancake Brunch on March 17 and an 8-ounce bottle of our award-winning grade A pure maple syrup. Call the Nature Center at 914-762-2912 x110 to purchase a bucket.
-Saturday, March 3, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Maple Sugaring Scout Day
Bring your scout group to Teatown to discover the maple sugaring process from tap to
syrup. Through a historical, interactive journey, each scout group will view the evolution of
tapping a maple tree, collecting sap and processing maple syrup. The basic principles
of tree identification and forest stewardship will also be explored. Parts of the Forestry
Badge, Forester Badge and the Food, Fibers and Farming Patch will be covered. Fee: $5 per
scout and extra siblings; scout leaders and chaperones are free. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to register for a 1 hour time slot between 10am-2pm.
-Sunday, March 4, 9:00 am Eagles Out
The coming of spring means that wintering eagles are headed north. Join Charlie Roberto at the Croton Boat Ramp for a last view of migrating eagles. Please note this program is for adults only. FREE.
-Sundays, March 4 & March 11 Sugaring Sundays
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Stoke up the fire, it’s sugaring time at Teatown! From tapping to collecting, boiling to bottling, Teatown’s naturalists will be in Warren’s Sugarhouse sharing facts and folklore about this sweet time of year! Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.
Roller Hockey for Boys & Girls -- The Ossining Youth Hockey Association is seeking roller hockey players (no experience required), ages 4 to 14, for its spring season. Practices and games at Vets' Park. In-person registration at the Rec Center, 95 Broadway, Tuesday, 2/28, 7-8 pm, and Saturday, 3/3, 10 am-noon. Or by mail, download forms at league website, OYHAinfo.org. For more information, e-mail: email@example.com
Tips for Travelers Presentation at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library - Wednesday, February 29 at 6:30-8:00 pm Get ready for your summer vacation by using the best online and print resources for travel. Learn when the lowest fares are posted, whether it’s better to book your trip through the airline or using a travel site such as Orbitz or Expedia and the differences between travel guides such as Fodor’s and Lonely Planet. Registration is required at 941-7072x1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ossining Arts Council Eyes Spring in Small Works Show at Briarcliff Library
The Briarcliff Manor Public Library will host an exhibit of small works by members of the Ossining Arts Council (OAC) during the month of March. The show, “The Eyes of March: Visions of Spring,” will include paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture.
“We’re delighted to have this opportunity to show our work in the beautiful space provided by the Briarcliff Manor Library,” said OAC President Mark Sarazen. The exhibit will open on March 1 and continue through March 30. There will be an opening reception on Saturday March 3, from 3 to 6 p.m. All are welcome to view the art, enjoy refreshments and meet the artists. Due to space limitations, the artworks will be no larger than 11x14” and will be hung on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Drop-off is Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library, 1 Library Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY. For additional information on fees for the show and membership in the Ossining Arts Council, please visit www.ossiningartscouncil.org or call Mark Sarazen at 914-945-0101.
Benefit Concert for Maryknoll Sisters Slated for March 4
“Music for the World”, Maryknoll Sisters’ Sixth Annual Benefit Concert, will be held Sunday, March 4, at 3:00 p.m. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, 10 Pinesbridge Road in Ossining. Proceeds from the ticket price -- $25.00 per person -- support the Sisters’ global outreach in mission in 25 countries around the world.
Selections at this year’s concert, featuring The Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble with James D. Wayne and Barry Morrison conducting and Soprano Lisbeth Lloyd and baritone Rob Weintraub performing, will include pieces from “Porgy and Bess”, Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Good Friday music from “Parsifal”. The 45-member Wind Ensemble generously performs annual full-length concerts to benefit charitable organizations.
Tickets can be ordered by calling 1-866-662-9900 or at the door the afternoon of the event. Credit cards, cash or check will be accepted. For directions to Maryknoll and more information, please visit our websites at www.MaryknollSisters.org/concert and www.hvwindensemble.org.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Maryknoll Sisters is the first U.S.-based congregation of Catholic women religious. Currently numbering nearly 500 members, the Sisters provide humanitarian aid and other services to people in 25 nations around the world.
Congregation Sons of Israel Nursery School & Camp Open House: Sunday, March 4, 2012
3:00 pm- 5:00 pm. Parents and children are welcome to come experience all the school has to offer. Visit classrooms, play games, do arts and crafts. Meet the Director and Teachers. Learn about our Summer Camp and special programs. Come join us at 1666 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff, NY 10510. (914)762-6396, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.csibriarcliff.org.
Energize Ossining Community Launch Homeowners across greater Ossining are invited to learn how to save money on home energy costs through a new program called Energize Ossining.
Date: Thursday, March 8th
Where: The Multipurpose Room at the Joseph G. Caputo
Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining.
An initial comprehensive energy efficiency assessment is $0 for nearly all Ossining homeowners. Anyone that decides to make efficiency improvements to their home can take advantage of low rate financing. The amount homeowners save is often even greater than their monthly finance payment—improve your home, save the planet, and save money! For more information, please visit www.energizeossining.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
LENTEN SERIES: Grief: A Process of Healing
Saturday March 10th & 24th 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Briarcliff Congregational Church, Eastman Room, 30 So. State Rd., Briarcliff Manor. Presented by Patty Donovan-Duff RN, BSN, CT Director, the Bereavement Center of Westchester. Scheduled discussions: Sat 3/10 – What is Grief? Normal grief reactions, Common symptoms of grief, A grief timetable, How long does grief last? Why grieve, The Healing Process. Sat 3/24 – Phases of grief, How to support a grieving person, If grieving, how will I know when I’m better? Support Groups, Response, Question & Answer time. For more information call 914-941-4368.
Save the Date: March 10th, 2012, St. Augustine's School 6-10 PM Come and celebrate with friends, neighbors and family, the Feast of St. Patrick. Make this the year, that you come and enjoy the Corned Beef dinner, free beer, wine and soft drink refreshments and award winning entertainment provided by the Westchester County Police Emerald Society Piper Band and O'Rourke School of Irish Step Dancing. Dance music provided by our own Tony Corda and DJ Sean. Whether you are Irish or not, wear your Green and enjoy a festive evening as they do in the "Old Country". Please make reservation now available in Parish Office 941-0067 or Church Vestibule after all weekend Masses. $30.00 Per person. (Adults only)
Collegium Westchester's chorus and orchestra will present a concert on Saturday March 10, 2012, at 8 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining (34 South Highland Avenue, on Route 9 opposite Ossining High School). The program consists of Bach's Motet BWV 118, Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27. Suzanne Rossini is the soprano soloist, and Eric Kramer is piano soloist and conductor. Admission is free. For more information, call 914-282-8611 or visit www.collegiumwestchester.org.
This event is made possible in part by the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.
We invite you to share this announcement with others who might be interested. A downloadable flyer is available at http://collegiumwestchester.org.
The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club.
NMRA Metro North Division The Metro North Division of the National Model Railroading Association (NMRA) will be meeting in the New Canaan Historical Society on a Saturday. The next meeting of the new year will be on Saturday March 17, 2012. Most meetings consist of two seminars on various aspects of model railroading and then layout visits to local model railroaders. Previous meetings have covered DCC and water in scenery. The meetings start at 9:30AM. Here’s a link for more up to date info:
Clinics: Trackside features/details/scenes - slide show - Carl Liba
Show & Tell Anything goes (modeling wise)
Come prepared with questions (or answers!)
Contest: Bring your favorite Tree
After Meeting: Vin Gallogly's railroad will be open for "BYOL" (Bring Your Own Loco)
All are welcome!
Maryknoll Speakers Series: Michael Leach Asks “Why Stay Catholic? Dean of Catholic Book Publishing Says Catholics Do Not Need To Leave The Church Leading Catholic author, editor and publisher Michael Leach will present Why Stay Catholic? as part of the Maryknoll Speakers Series at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, on Sunday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Colleen Brathwaite at email@example.com or 914-941-7636, extension 2445. Additional information and directions can be found at http://www.maryknollsociety.org. At a time when many Catholics are questioning if they should abandon their Church, Mr. Leach, author and publisher emeritus of Orbis Books, said it doesn’t have to be this way. Orbis Books is a division of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Mr. Leach has been called “the dean of Catholic book publishing” by U.S. Catholic magazine for more than 30 years of leadership in Catholic publishing. He has edited and published more than 2,000 books, including those of Nobel Prize and National Book Award recipients. The Catholic Book Publishers Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award during 2007. Mr. Leach also has authored bestsellers, including Why Stay Catholic? (Loyola Press 2011) and I Like Being Catholic (Image 2005). He co-authored A Maryknoll Book of Prayer (Orbis Books 2003) and authored A Maryknoll Book of Inspiration (Orbis Books 2010). Founded during 1970, Orbis Books endeavors to publish works that enlighten the mind, nourish the spirit, and challenge the conscience. Orbis seeks to explore the global dimensions of Christian faith and mission, to invite dialogue with diverse cultures and religious traditions, and to serve the cause of reconciliation and peace. Learn more at http://www.orbisbooks.com/ or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/orbisbooks.
Taconic Opera Seeking Choral Singers for Rossini’s Beloved Petite Messe Solennelle
Finishing off its 2011-2012 season and continuing its tradition of presenting an annual choral masterwork by an opera composer, Taconic Opera will be offering two performances of Petite Messe Solenelle by Gioacchino Rossini, the composer of The Barber of Seville, Cinderella (La Cenerentola), and many others. Since this work is a favorite among choral singers, the company is extending an invitation to them to collaborate in this concert program featuring the Taconic Opera chorus, and professional lead singers and orchestra. The concert will be conducted under the baton of Dan Montez, General Director of the Taconic Opera.
Completed in Rossini’s later years and one of very few works he offered to the public during those years, he describes with characteristic wit why he chose to write a sacred mass: "Good God—behold completed this poor little Mass. You know well, I was born for comic opera. Little science, a little heart, that is all. So may you be blessed, and grant me Paradise!” The Emperor Napolean found the mass to be neither little (Petite), solemn (Solennelle) or even liturgical. Audiences find this controversial but exciting work fascinating, unique, and a true pleasure for the ear and the heart to experience.
Performances are at the Ossining United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 3:00pm. Chorus rehearsals will take place on 801 Kitchewan Road (Route 34) and will begin around March 28 and will continue on Saturdays from 3-5pm and Wednesdays from 7-9pm until the concert dates. Choral singers wishing to learn the piece for the first time or eager wipe the dust of their old score are encouraged to join. There are no membership fees, but singers must supply their own music. A short, painless, friendly audition is required and will be done by appointment at a convenient time for the auditioner. For further questions, concerns or to schedule an audition, contact Mary Corda: firstname.lastname@example.org or (914) 649-1826.
"SAVE THE DATE" for the 32nd Annual Ossining Village Fair, Saturday, June 9th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Main Street – Ossining. Rain date - Sunday, June 10th.
Volunteers needed to help seniors -- Community Helping Hands of Ossining and Briarcliff will launch its service program in early May and is now recruiting volunteers to assist seniors who want to remain at home as they age. Service offerings include: friendly visitors; friendly phone calls; assistance running errands and getting to local medical appointments; etc. Orientation and training will be provided. We also welcome volunteers who want to work on administrative tasks now needed at Community Helping Hands. Whether you have an hour to spare or can devote more time, we have an opportunity for you! For more information call 914-346-7773 or email them at: email@example.com.
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 Nixle.com and click the sign up now! button.
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