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Release Date: March 08, 2012

 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
When:   7:00PM
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 or contact
Ossining has been selected as one of 64 finalists in the 2012 MSG Varsity School Spirit Mania contest.  Online voting began, March 5th at 1:00 PM at The Grand Prize winning school earns a Club Car Trainer Utility Vehicle wrapped in school colors, worth over $6,500!  The second place finisher scores a customized gym signage package worth $4,500.  And the two runner schools up can each choose $3,000 worth of merchandise from Anaconda Sports! See the attached flyer for additional details.  Get out the Vote and win big for your school!
Upcoming Events from Saw Mill River Audubon
-This Saturday March 10, 9:00 am
Second Saturday Walk at Brinton Brook:  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. 
-Saturday, March 17, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Third Saturday Bird Seed Sale:  Volunteers will be staffing our seed shed
at Pruyn Sanctuary and will help load your car.  See our selection & prices online at their web site.  

Change Batteries in Smoke and CO Alarms This Weekend - Daylight Saving Time begins March 11 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms this weekend for Daylight Saving Time. This year, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 11. Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes.   

CPSC estimates there was a yearly average of 386,300 residential fires resulting in nearly 2,400 deaths between 2006 and 2008.   Two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. CPSC recommends consumers have smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.  CPSC estimates there was an annual average of 183 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning deaths associated with consumer products between 2006 and 2008. CO is called the "invisible killer," because it is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. Because of this, people may not know they are being poisoned. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various products, including furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills.  That is why it is important to have working Carbon Monoxide alarms in the home, on each level and outside each sleeping area.
Taconic State Parkway Bridge Closure – Northbound over New Croton Reservoir Beginning Monday, March 26th through Friday, November 9th northbound traffic will be moved onto the southbound roadway and be reduced to two lanes in each direction.  This shift will occur just north of Pines Bridge Road, continue for 3 ½ miles, then shift back just south of Underhill Avenue.  The Reservoir bridge closure is necessary to perform extensive repairs.  Significant traffic delays are anticipated.  Please seek alternate routes.  For more information, please contact the NYSDOT Construction Field Office at (914) 302-7089 or email   For trip planning and current roadway conditions, call 511 or visit  
Were you an Ossining Girl Scout? Do you know someone who was? My name is Maura Delohery. I am a high school senior and a member of Ossining Girl Scout Troop 2228, led by Mrs. Janice Paganelli, Mrs. Nancy Knight and Mrs. Ingela Rodriguez. For my Gold Award, I am researching and writing about the history of Girl Scouts in Ossining in memory of the late Nancy Reikert. Mr. Carl Oeschner of Croton Friends of History is my mentor on this project.
I want to interview former Ossining Girl Scouts who were members of from the 1920s to the present day. I wish to discover how the organization has changed, from its beginnings during World War I to its 95th anniversary.
I want to learn about your experiences as a girl member or adult leader. I would like to see your badges, pins, photographs, scrapbooks, souvenirs, and uniforms or vests.
I will be writing “Ossining Girl Scouts: A History” and donating copies to the Ossining Public Library, Ossining Historical Society and the Girl Scout Museum at Camp  Wendy in Walkill, NY. I will make a scrapbook with photograph of your keepsakes. My entire project will be available for viewing online at the Ossining Girl Scout website.
If you have time to share your memories and memorabilia, please contact me by email at or by telephone at (914) 271-8728. Please help me honor Ossining Girl Scouts on our 95th Anniversary and the national’s 100th Anniversary.
I look forward to hearing from you, because “a Girl Scout’s a sister to every Girls Scout.”
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.
Teatown Lake Reservation Events
-Sunday, 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.
-Saturday, March 17
Seatings at 8:30am, 9:45am, 11:00am & 12:15pm  Pancake Brunch
Bring your appetite to Teatown’s tastiest annual tradition – the Pancake Brunch! Start your day off with stacks of hotcakes smothered in maple syrup, hot coffee and sausages, and more. Then visit the sugarhouse to watch a demonstration about how our ‘liquid gold’ is produced.
Due to limited seating, reservations are strongly suggested. Fee: Adults members $10pp, nonmembers $12pp; Children under 12 years members $5 per child, nonmembers $7 per child. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.
-Saturday, March 17                         Birds and Syrup
9:30 am, 10:45 am or 12:00 noon
Following your brunch, join us for a walk around Teatown Lake for exercise and a chance to look for spring migrants. FREE.
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.
LENTEN LUNCHEONS / Almuerzos de Cuaresma  First Presbyterian Church, 34 S. Highland Ave. is once again providing hot lunch for the community free of charge during the Lenten season.  12 noon, each Sunday, March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1.  Enter the church on Maple Place - lunch is in Fellowship Hall. EVERYONE IS INVITED!
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
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
Ossining Union Free School District Board of Education All Day Budget Meeting
Saturday, March 10, 2012
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Roosevelt School Conference Room
Board of Education Meeting
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Roosevelt School Conference Room
Continued Budget Discussions
Dementia Care Workshop At The Briarcliff Manor Public Library: Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30-8pm  Dementia is an extremely complicated disorder.  People living with dementia require highly skilled care.  Family members helping to care for loved ones should not have to learn these skills through trial and error.  This workshop will introduce the basics of dementia care and communication, with significant time dedicated to answering questions of attendees.  A handout of highly recommended informational books and websites will be provided.  The workshop will be led by Daniel Kaplan, a Gerontological Clinical Social Worker with expertise in Alzheimer’s diseases and dementia, as well as clinical practice in geriatric mental health.  To register, call 941-7072 or email
2012 Baseball Clinics Session Dates:  Saturday – March 17th, March 24th, March 31stHosted by Bill Casey (Ossining HS Varsity Baseball Coach) and the Ossining Travel Baseball League  Location:  AMD Middle School, Time:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Cost $20 registration fee for 1st child, $10 for additional siblings (payable at 1st clinic).  $10 per session for additional information contact George Sinnott 914-762-6717.
St. Ann’s Peas & Karrots St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 6 – 10 p.m.  Hot & Cold hors d’oeuvres Buffet, Dinner-Corned beef and cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, Assorted Desserts, coffee and Tea, Beer, Wine and Soda available (hot dogs for children).  Irish Step Dancers, DJ & Dancing, 50/50 Raffle.  $20 per person, $10 students, ages 3 & under free.  For reservations please call 941-0312, St. Ann’s Peas & Karrots, 16 Elizabeth Street, Ossining.  All are welcome!
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
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)
Open Discussion
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!

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the Hudson Valley's largest and most successful culinary event, returns to cities, towns and villages throughout the region this year from March 18-31. The list of more than 200 participating restaurants is on the event website ( and reservations are open. Participating restaurants in seven counties (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Columbia) will offer three-course prix-fixe dinners at $29.95, and three-course lunches at $20.95 during the two-week event.
Shattemuc Yacht Club hosts a “Sunset” Open House on Sunday March 18th at 3pm. 
  • Learn about our summer Sailing Academy for ages 9-16
  • Tour our clubhouse and hear about Shattemuc Yacht Club’s 150 year history.
  • Meet our Big Boat Buyer-Mentors and start learning about boat ownership. 
  • Learn about the SEAS adult sailing classes
  • Enlist as crew and skippers for the Ossining Open Water Front sail boat races. 
  • Enjoy the Hudson River views and meet our members
Enter under the Snowden Ave. Bridge from Westerly Road (at the Boathouse Restaurant) and park at the SYC Clubhouse.  Shattemuc Yacht Club, Westerly Road in Ossining, is a family oriented sail, boat and swim club located on the Hudson River.  We feature a renowned junior sailing academy, outdoor pool, adult sailing lessons and clubhouse facing the scenic Hudson River sunsets.  There are boat slips and deep-water moorings available as well as small boat and Kayak storage for various membership levels.  
A Lenten Evensong will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday, March 18th at 4:00PM, with an organ recital preceding the service at 3:40PM. Music will be provided by the Renaissance Vocal Ensemble, augmented with several members of our parish choir, under the direction of Warren Dyckman. All choral music will be a'cappella and will include works by Henry Purcell, John Blow, William Byrd, and John Farmer. The organ recital will be performed by James Turner, organist of Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, Armonk, NY. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.  Trinity Episcopal Church is located in the heart of downtown Ossining at 7 South Highland Avenue at the intersection of Highland Avenue, Croton Avenue, and Main Street.  The church parking lot entrance is on Ellis Place directly behind the church.  More information can be found at or by calling 914-941-0806.
Congressmen DioGuardi Lecture and Book Signing?  Join Joe DioGuardi former NY congressman, Ossining resident, and author of Unaccountable Congress: It Doesn't Add Up, for an insighful discussion of election-year issues, including the national debt and federal deficit. Bring a friend and share you views with fellow concerned citizens. Refreshments will be served. Don't miss this unique opportunity.  Discussion and Complimentary Book Signing 3/24 @ 2pm  RSVP to Douglas Thomas at 914-762-1980 or
RSVP by 3/21.  Atria on The Hudson, 321 North Highland Avenue, Ossining.
"BUNNIES & STUFF", the annual Easter shop event, is coming to the Lantern Gift Shop at St. Paul's on -the- Hill on Saturday, March 24, 2012, 10-3.  The gift shop will be ready for Spring with bunnies, chicks, and baskets to fill as well as Easter cards and handcrafts and many new gift items that are arriving daily. There will be lovely silk flower arrangements throughout the shop as well as new jewelry and a "Vintage Values" corner with many new additions. Another Fabulous Bake Sale will take place  in the Parish Hall that day with free coffee and tea. ( A snowdate of March 30th has been set for this event...just in case!) The gift shop is located on the grounds of St. Paul's on- the- Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, just east of 9A, off route 133.  If you are coming from a distance and the weather is questionable, we suggest you call the shop at 914/941-4434 at 10 to make sure we are open.
Atria on The Hudson Veterans Wall Ceremony Please join us for a very special event in honor of our veterans and the sacrifices they've made for our freedom. Atria on the Hudson is unveiling our Veterans Wall of Honor on this delightful afternoon. Come hear the president of our local VFW Post highlight veterans' sacrifices for our country. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!  Sunday, March 25 2pm-4pm RSVP by March 21 to Douglas Thomas at 914-762-1980 or  Atria on The Hudson, 321 North Highland Ave, Ossining.
You are invited to our Spring Open House at the beautiful Seven Bridges Field Club!  This non–profit pool, tennis, and platform tennis club is at the corner of Route 133 and Seven Bridges Road (in Chappaqua about 4.5 miles northeast of Club Fit in Briarcliff). Please contact Janice Noto-Helmers to RSVP for our open house and/or tours which will be held this spring at 914 941-8628 or If you would like to find out more about this verdant family club, please visit our website:
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 or 914-941-7636, extension 2445. Additional information and directions can be found at 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 or on Facebook at!/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: 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.
Have you gone to the Indoor Winter Farmers Market in Croton yet? Don’t let your friends get all of the great local food. 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 , snow or shine, from 9am-1pm through May 19th. The new venue is 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 include Amazing Real Live Food Company, Baked by Susan, Bobolink Dairy, Bombay Emerald Chutney, Bread Alone, Chiboust, 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 and pick up some free recipe cards while you’re there! Visit or call 914 923-4837 for more information.
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.
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