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Release Date: May 03, 2012

The Village Board is seeking applicants to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission, the Board of Ethics.  For additional information on either of these Boards or to send a letter of interest contact the Assistant Village Manager, Christina Papes at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562, or 941-3554.
We congratulate the members of the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department as they celebrate 200 years of outstanding service to the Ossining community!  Please come out to see the 200 Anniversary Parade and support the department on Saturday, May 5thParade step off is at 3:00 p.m. from the intersection of Croton Avenue and Calam Avenue, the parade will continue down Croton Avenue, across Route 9, down Main Street then Secor Road.  We look forward to a fun day showcasing Fire Departments throughout New York State.  There will also be marching bands, Local, County and State dignitaries and fun for all!  They are expecting upward of 70 fire companies to be in attendance making this one of the largest parades in recent memory.  The parade is expected to last nearly 3 hours and will proceed West on Croton Avenue, crossing route 9, West on Main street, and ending at the waterfront.”  Motorists should avoid the intersection of Croton Avenue and Pleasantville Road starting at 1:30pm, The length of the parade route to include the intersection of route 9 and 133 from 3pm until 6pm, and the Ossining Train Station parking area from 3pm to 10pm.
Live Ossining! ---- the Office of Downtown and Economic Development invites you to find out more about how you can shop, dine, enjoy, explore and live Ossining.  Like Live Ossining on Facebook
County Executive Robert P. Astorino officially opened the county's new state-of-the-art Household Materials Recovery Facility<> (aka, the H-MRF).  The H-MRF<>, centrally located  on the Grasslands Reservation in Valhalla, offers residents a year-round disposal outlet for those hard-to-get-rid-of household items, including chemicals (pesticides, flammable liquids, pool chemicals and cleaning products), tires, re-chargeable batteries, fluorescent bulbs, Freon-containing appliances, electronic waste,  propane tanks, and confidential documents for shredding.  Prescription medicines can be delivered on the first Tuesday of every month.   The H-MRF is  open three days a week, by appointment.  Visit:<><> for more information.
The H-MRF is intended to replace the Household Material Recovery Days (H-MRDs)<> held periodically in different locations around the county.   Two of these events will be held this year<>, with the first to take place on Friday, April 27th, from 12 - 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 28th, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at  Playland Park in Rye, NY<,-73.829927&sspn=0.02457,0.038581&vpsrc=0&hq=playland+park+rye+ny&t=m&z=15>.

Shop Ossining! Visit Melita’s Home Furnishings, Come and enjoy the Mother’s Day Sale.  All Pottery and Ceramics will be 50% off, April 15th thru May 15th   125 Main Street, Suite 3, Ossining, NY 10562  (914) 923-0351, Email, Visit the new website
The Mike Risko Music School located at 144 Croton Ave. is now accepting registration for summer programs for all ages and levels. Try some music lessons on your instrument of choice this summer! Choose from packages of 3, 4, 6 or 8 lessons and schedule them at your convenience. Also now accepting registration for Rock Band Camp for ages 7 and up. Give us a week this summer and we'll teach you to rock! Visit for more info. Or call 7628757.
Teatown Lake Reservation Events
-Saturdays, May 5 & 19, June 2 & 9,                                  Arts in Nature Series
9:30 am– 12:30 pm
A fun and educational environment where each child is encouraged to express themselves using a variety of mediums to discover the wonderful sounds, patterns, colors, and rhythms in their lives, while expanding their knowledge of self, art and science.  Projects include journal making, painting, drawing, fiber arts, collage and outdoor sculptures. Please dress your child appropriately for outdoor explorations.  Limited to 12 children, ages 8-12. Please note you must register for the entire series. Prices include materials and are $120 for members and $160 for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.
-Saturday, May 5, 10:00 – 11:00 am                                    Egg-tastic
Join us at Teatown’s Cliffdale farm where we’ll ponder the question of which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Learn about the bird life cycle, visit our chicks and chickens, and discover what other types of animals also lay eggs. Meets at Teatown’s Cliffdale Farm, 57 Teatown Road, Croton-on-Hudson. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.
Kids’ Book Sale: The Friends of the Ossining Public Library will offer a wide range of gently used books for preschoolers to teens at bargain prices, Thursday, May 3, 5-8 pm; Friday, May 4, 10 am-4 pm. Sale in the theater will be open during the school district's opening night reception for the student art exhibit.
Audubon Upcoming Events
-THIS Saturday May 5
Early Morning Bird Walk: Prospect Park
5:30 am from Millwood A&P
7:00 am at Litchfield Villa Parking Area  Prospect Park offers top notch spring birding. You'll be guided by Raphael Campos who birds the park regularly (as well as other places worldwide.) If you want to carpool with Audubon members from the Millwood A&P, email or call our office, 914-666-6503, as soon as possible so they can plan rides.  You are also welcome to meet them in Prospect Park at the Litchfield Villa parking.  Here's the link to the NYC meeting place,-73.97387&zoom=15&bid=villa#map. Some uphill walking. Bring binoculars. Teens and older.
-THIS Monday, May 7, 6:00 am
Early Morning Bird Walk: Anglefly Preserve
This 654-acre property offers a wide variety of habitats and they look forward to seeing a variety of spring birds on their two hour walk. Meet 6:00 am at the main entrance on Primrose Street, just 0.5 miles south of Reis Park.  A map and access to turn-by-turn directions can be found on the Please let them know to expect you, by emailing or calling 914.666.6503. Bring binoculars.
-THIS Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 am
Early Morning Bird Walk: Rockefeller SPP
Rockefeller State Park Preserve offers wonderful hiking and birding year-round. They  walk here every May to catch the spring migration. Meet in the main parking area.  Please let them know to expect you, by either emailing or calling 914.666.6503.  Bring binoculars.

The Lantern Gift Shop at St. Paul's on-the-Hill Episcopal Church will feature "Spring Fling", a celebration of Spring and Mom on Saturday May 5, 2012, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m.  We are a gift shop full of gifts for Mom, new babies and others on your gift list.  We carry Marian Heath Mother's Day cards as well as all occasion cards (Confirmation and First Communion cards are now out), new jewelry, scarves, trays from Keller Charles, beautiful and reasonably priced silk floral items, and much more.  Come check out our popular "Vintage Value" shelves where you might find that unique item from times past that you have been looking for.  Also on that day, a "Spring Tea Luncheon" will be served in our Parish Hall, beginning at 12 noon and running until 2:30.  Cost for the luncheon will be $10. Come with your friends and  join us...we can't wait to see you!
The Lantern Gift Shop is located on the grounds of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Ganung Drive, Ossining, N.Y. ( Just east of rte. 9A, off rte. 133)  For further information, call the church at 941-6627.
Hudson Chorale:  Mass in D by American Master John Knowles Paine For over two centuries, European composers were given preferential treatment over Americans, but that trend has finally turned itself around. Music lovers will be given a rare opportunity to hear America’s first large-scale choral and orchestral work: the Mass in D by the US composer John Knowles Paine. On Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 8:00 pm, Hudson Chorale will be bringing this Civil War-era masterpiece to the Irvington High School Auditorium on 40 North Broadway, Irvington, NY. Being the largest semi-professional chorus in Westchester, Hudson Chorale is uniquely suited to introduce this masterpiece to audiences seeking to broaden their musical experiences.  Composed between 1861 and 1866, it was first performed in the US in 1868.  While owing some stylistic depth to German composers such as Beethoven and Handel, it contains stunning originality and romantic splendor that was unparalleled until Verdi composed his Requiem a full ten years later.  Michael Conley, Music Director, and the 80-voice chorus are excited to honor a great American composer by presenting his Mass in D with full orchestra and soloists. Maestro Conley will give a pre-concert talk about the composer and his work starting at 7:00 pm prior to the performance. Full information regarding the work can be found on the chorus website.  Tickets are $25, $10 for students, and can be purchased at the door - or in advance by calling (914) 462-3212 - or through the website:  Irvington High School has ample parking and is handicap accessible.
The Indoor Farmers Market in Croton has everything that you need to cook a local & fresh meal! Find the market at the Van Wyck Shopping Center on Maple Street in Croton. Every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9am-1pm through May 19th.   The vendors at the 2012 Indoor Farmers Market in Croton include : Amazing Real Live Food Company, Baked by Susan, Bombay Emerald Chutney, Bread Alone, Coach Farms, Dutch Desserts, Feather Ridge Farm, Flour City Pasta, Gajeski Produce, Kiernan Farm, Meredith’s Bread, Migliorelli Farm, Newgate Farms, Pickle Licious, Pika’s Farm Table, Pura-Vida Fisheries, Tierra Farm, and Wiltbank Farm. Come early for the best selection!
Critically acclaimed dynamic ensemble Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège, to benefit Ossining MATTERS Education Foundation.  Elementary school age children will also perform. According to the Boston Globe, "[Soulfège’s] members realized they had the platform to reach ears not only with their music—a fusion of thumping African music and rhythms, sweet reggae breezes, funk, and hip-hop—but also with their message."  Saturday, May 5th at  6:30PM at OHS, 29 S. Highland Ave., Tickets $15 student/senior/OUFSD teacher, $35 adult, $125 premium (includes gala post-concert reception & auction sponsored by and held at Atria on the Hudson).  For ticket information, visit or call (914)510-9320.
9th Annual Classic Car Cruiser Show hosted by the Columbus Lodge #692 in affiliation with the Village of Ossining P.B.A. will be held on Sunday, May 6th (rain date Sunday, May 20th) at the Ossining Train Station from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (including trucks and motorcycles) with DJ Johnny G.  Fun for the entire family!  Food, soda and coffee.  Pre-paid  cost: $15 per car or motorcycle if registered before April 28th.  Show date cost $20 per car or motorcycle.  Make checks payable to Columbus Lodge #692.  Registration from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  For more information call Mike Fortini at 914-403-5244.
Ossining Public Library Event:  This month at the library, back by popular demand- Willie Nile! Willie makes he return on Sunday, May 6th at 2 p.m. in the Budarz Theater. Doors will be opening at 1:30 and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Also a reminder the library will be closed on Saturday, May 5th for the Village of Ossining Volunteer Fire Department 200th Anniversary parade.  For all other programming and information check out their newsletter online at
Fordham University professors Tom Beaudoin and Patrick Hornbeck will present Help My Unbelief! Exploring Deconversion in Catholicism as part of the Maryknoll Speakers Series at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, on Sunday, May 6, 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 .
Many Catholics are redefining their relationship with the Catholic Church and some are leaving it. Why are Catholics facing this dilemma about their faith? Fordham’s professors will explore this issue and related questions as they lead a discussion on “deconversion,” or change in religious affiliation in American Catholicism.  The professors will provide insight about who is making this change, what is involved in the process and how a person can re-imagine his or her relationship with Catholicism. They also will address the implications for the Church, for theology and for society.  Tom Beaudoin is associate professor of theology in the Graduate School of Religion at Fordham University, teaching courses in practice-based theologies for graduate students and undergraduates. He also has taught at Boston College (2001-2004) and Santa Clara University (2004-2008).   Mr. Beaudoin’s research and teaching circulate around the coordinates of theology, culture and practice, focusing on the constitution of spiritual and religious experience, identity, and practice in the contemporary world. He has written Witness to Dispossession: The Vocation of a Postmodern Theologian (Orbis Books, 2008), Consuming Faith: Integrating Who We Are With What We Buy (Sheed and Ward/Rowman and Littlefield, 2003) and Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X (Jossey-Bass/Simon and Schuster, 1998).  J. Patrick Hornbeck II is assistant professor and associate chair for undergraduate studies in the theology department at Fordham University. His work focuses on the history of medieval and early modern Christianity along with contemporary American Roman Catholicism.  Mr. Hornbeck holds a doctorate in theology from Oxford University. He is the author of What Is a Lollard? Dissent and Belief in Late Medieval England (Oxford University Press, 2010) and co-editor of Wycliffite Controversies (Turnhout Brepols Publishers, 2011). For more information, visit the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers at and follow them on Twitter at .
On Monday, May 7, the Jug Tavern will hold a community forum on “The Future of Sparta’s Past” as the content of its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Jug Tavern, Revolutionary Road and Rockledge Ave. (behind the CVS). James Rather, Assistant Village Planner of the Village of Ossining, will be on hand to hear the ideas and concerns of area residents and to explain the changes in the status of the Sparta Historical and Architectural Design District following the designation of the Village of Ossining as a Certified Local Government and the change in status of its Historic Preservation Committee. The public is invited to attend and participate. For further information, contact or call (914) 945-0674.
Community Helping Hands, launching services on May 8, calls on Ossining-Briarcliff neighbors to volunteer to assist older residents Community Helping Hands (CHH), a new volunteer organization dedicated to supporting aging in place in Ossining and Briarcliff Manor, is hosting a celebratory launch on Tuesday, May 8 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at Ossining’s Landmark Diner, 263 South Highland Avenue.  Aging-in-place organizations empower residents to stay in their own homes as they grow older by providing essential services and advocacy.  Residents of Ossining and Briarcliff, who are interested in learning more about the new program, are welcome at the event which will include food, refreshments and prizes. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 346-7773.  The initial offerings of CHH will include transportation to doctors’ visits and stores; friendly visits by trained volunteers; errands; and information and referrals.  Because CHH surveys of elders living in Ossining and Briarcliff showed a significant interest in entertainment and opportunities to socialize, the new service group also plans to host music and other cultural events in the future.  Additional services being planned include discounts at local stores, restaurants and from vetted contractors.
Isagenix Tasting and Intro to Pilates Mat Event at Soulauras in Briarcliff Manor on May 10 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  Spring is here and there is no better time to focus on nutritional health and fitness! Come and learn about the Isagenix Nutritional Cleansing Systems and participate in an introductory Beginner Power Pilates Mat class.  This event is being held at Soulauras Massage Studio located at 522 North State Road in Briarclff Manor. Soulauras offers a full range of therapeutic massage. Check out their site for full details.
 There is a $15 fee for the event and can be paid at the door. You must RSVP for this event as space is limited. A few mats will be available but if you have one we suggest that you bring your own. To RSVP please contact Terri Roman at (646)228-7131 or by email at   For more information about Isagenix go to
Teatown’s Plant Sale - Friday, May 11, 4:00pm-7:00 pm and Saturday, May 12, 9am-2pm
Celebrate the coming of spring planting weather at Teatown’s Annual Plant Sale--a gardener’s paradise featuring the unusual, the new and the tried and true. This 2-day event opens with a First Pick Sale—your chance to get your favorite plants before they sell out! A rich abundance of annuals, native wildflowers, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables and herbs await. And Teatown’s dedicated staff and volunteers are ready to help you pick the right plants for your yard and give you expert advice on how to care for them. On Saturday from 10:30am-1:30pm, you can also enjoy tours of Wildflower Island, a two-acre sanctuary with over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers.
Friday night First Pick Sale: $10 admission
Saturday Plant Sale: Free admission
Wildflower Island Tours: $4pp for members & $6pp for nonmembers. Please note tours are intended for guests ages 12 and up.
The Croton Chorale performs Mendelssohn's Elijah on Saturday, May 12th at 8pm. This beautiful oratorio will be performed at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Croton (17 Old Post Road S) with orchestra and soloists. All proceeds benefit the Cortlandt Emergency Food Bank. Suggested contribution $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and children. Consider taking your mother to this lovely performance as a Mother's Day gift and support to a worthy charity.
Support great programs in our schools!
The Ossining MATTERS 2012 Spring Gala Online Auction is NOW open. The auction will run from Wednesday, May 2nd, through Monday, May 14th. So visit , click on the "register" button underneath the foundation logo, and start placing your bids for the fabulous items.  Whether you're looking for something unique for yourself, searching for a gift for a special someone, seeking to add a little adventure to your life, hunting for an experience to remember or scouting out a special treat for your child, you're sure to find something in our auction catalog. And the best news is that every bid supports the education foundation.  The success of our online auction depends on spreading the word to as many people as possible. More than ever, we need your help. Forward this message or click the "Refer Friends" button.  Note that some items are available for preview only online, as they will be auctioned at the Gala reception, graciously hosted and sponsored by Atria on the Hudson this Saturday, May 5th. The event will feature delicious fare and live music courtesy of Mike and Miriam Risko.  Prior to the reception, come hear the upbeat sound of Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège with a special performance by Claremont choral students. The concert will start at 6:30pm at Ossining High School. To purchase tickets to the concert as well as the reception, or call (914) 510-9320.  A fundraiser can only be successful with  community support. It is YOUR participation that makes an incredible difference in the opportunities for all of our students.
Pleasantville Community Blood Drive – Longer Hours 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, May 14 from 9am  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 summer.  Red cells units will also be collected from qualifying candidates.  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 Peter Falk Talk, Thursday, May 17, 2012, 5:00 PM.  Ossining Public Library-Budarz Theatre, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining.  Movie Maven John Farr will lead a discussion on the amazing film career of actor, Peter Falk an Ossining native who appeared in some 47 films. Additionally, there will be a screening of one of Peter Falk’s best films, The In-Laws. This singular program concludes with a wine and cheese reception and an exhibition of his art work and a replica of the autographed rain coat he wore in the Columbo TV series.  Tickets $12.00 For Historical Society Members & $15.00 for Friends and must be paid in advance. Call 941-4920 for further information and see  This event is co-hosted by:  The Briarcliff Manor/Scarborough Historical Society, The Ossining Historical Society.
The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club.  The club has its next monthly meeting Thursday, May 17th. The club will have its meeting in the community room of the Apple Bank in the Rosehill Shopping Plaza. The meeting will begin at 8PM and will close at 10PM.  This month we will be viewing a DVD of the NMRA Convention presentation of:  Large Layouts – Small Rooms.  If you’re not a club member and would like to attend you are welcome.  At this meeting we will discuss projects related to the Yorktown Museum model train display. The club has visited the museum and there will be an up to date report of our progress and plans.  If you would like to come to the meeting call  Hank Teller for all details at 914-309-2395.  The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month except in July and August. Come and find out why model railroading is the “Worlds Greatest Hobby.” Hank Teller will also be glad to answer any questions about model railroading. You can call him at 914-309-2395.
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 May 12th. 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:  Scenery to Backdrop Transition - John Stamatov, Building Craftsman Structures - Robert Seckler (follow on clinic after the meeting - see below).   Show & Tell Bring your favorite tool to talk about.  Contest: Favorite Privy (other than 12" to the foot scale)
After Meeting: Hands On Structure Clinic at Jeff Zeleny's (If you gave a deposit at the 3/17 meeting.)  All are welcome! 
Bargain hunters keep coming back year after year for their favorite event!  A Giant Tag Sale to benefit the Hudson Chorale (formerly Westchester Concert Singers and the Choral Arts Society) will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, 2012, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Location: 107 Bedford Road, Pleasantville (corner of Manville/Route 117).  Rain or shine.  Furniture, collectibles, appliances, children’s books, jewelry, toys, sports equipment, CD’s, DVD’s, good used clothing and accessories, decorative art, etc.  To donate tax-deductible items, call (914) 769-9309.  Early Bird from 8:00am – 9:00am for $10.  All proceeds will benefit Hudson Chorale, the area’s largest not-for-profit community chorus. Weekly rehearsals are held in the Scarborough Presbyterian Church, and singers come from throughout Westchester and surrounding counties. The chorus performs a wide range of music featuring both traditional and contemporary composers, and singers come from all over Westchester and surrounding counties. For more information about membership or upcoming concerts, visit the chorus website at
 Come out and watch the stars of Ossining shine and help raise funds for the Riley Saper Foundation which provides student scholarships to Ossining High School seniors.  Join us for "Ossining's Got Talent" on June 23rd at 6:30 pm at the Ossining High School.  We are still recruiting acts for the show. Applications are due May 18th. See the Events page of our website for an application;
The Ossining Arts Council (OAC) is actively seeking new members. If you’re interested in joining a dynamic and fun group of painters, photographers, musicians, sculptors, dancers, and actors, please join us at "Arts Aglow," the grand opening of our new home on Main Street in Ossining.  The party is set for Saturday, May 19 5-8PM. at Senate Firehouse, 117 Main Street, Ossining. Come discover what the OAC is all about!  For more information about the Ossining Arts Council visit:
Westchester Magazine recently named Ossining as the “Best Place for Architecture Admirers” in the County. Find out why--take this inside tour of some of this village’s most architecturally and historically significant home on Saturday, May 19,  2012 at 11:30 AM.  The tour includes a 17th century farmhouse, an 18th century estate, two river-view 19th century mansions and a silent film star’s turn-of-the-20th century cottage.  Tickets are $35.00 per person. The tour is limited to the first 100 people who respond. Your contribution will benefit the Ossining Historical Society Museum. An advance reservation with payment is required. Send a check marked “House Tour” in the memo space to: The Ossining Historical Society Museum, 196 Croton Avenue, Ossining. The tour starts at the Museum and ends there. Limited parking is available at the rear of this building and at nearby streets. The price includes bus transportation, a wine & cheese tasting and other refreshments . Ossining related books and other items are available for sale as well.  Contact: OHSM@Bestweb.Net  - - 914-941-0001.
A remembrance of the Village of Sing Sing During the Civil War Saturday, June 2, 2012 at
Historic Campwoods Grounds, Narragansett Avenue & Pugsley Road, Ossining.  Far from being a glorification of war, a gloating celebration of victory or the distortion of tragedy into a nostalgic fantasy, the intent of this program is to reflect on the meaning of one of the most important, life changing events in our nation’s history and how it played out in a small New York community.  Sponsors: Ossining Historical Society & Ossining Camp Meeting Association For more information contact:  914-815-5842. 
2: 00 PM      Flag Raising Ceremony & Invocation
2:30 – 5:30   Wartime in the Village of Sing Sing, New York

  • See civilian re-enactors perform chores and other everyday 19th century activities.
  • Shop at Miss Martha’s Book Store.
  • Have your photo taken by Mr. Sam A. Cooley, U.S. Photographer.
  • Go to the Civil War Artifacts Exhibit.
  • Visit the Military Recruitment Camp.
  • Tour the Old Methodist Campground Cottages.
Taps Ceremony
6:00 – 7:30   Musical Concert and Ball
                                  A reading of a Civil War Letter
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 134) 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.
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Preparing for June Benefit Event:  Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, The James House Craft Fair on the grounds of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center The James House Craft Fair features 30-plus vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, clothing, pottery, handbags, photography, decoupage, embroidered towels, candles and more. All sales benefit the Auxiliary at Phelps, a network of almost 350 men and women who volunteer and raise funds for the hospital. Tours will be available of the James House, an 1851 stone mansion with river views, which can be rented for special occasions. For more information, call 914-366-3170.

Maryknoll Antique And Classic Car Show Coming To Ossining In June: An employee-driven fundraising event that will provide Westchester County with what may be its largest antique and classic car show, and what could be one of the Hudson Valley’s largest car shows, has started revving its engines at the Maryknoll Society in Ossining.  The lay employees with the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers decided to navigate beyond their regular daily responsibilities to organize a fundraiser that supports Maryknoll, promotes the work of the society and opens the Maryknoll Mission Center and grounds to the New York metropolitan area community. Collective brainstorming led down a path to an antique and classic car show for this coming June that will welcome everyone to the 100-acre Maryknoll campus near the Hudson River in Ossining. 

The “Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers’ Antique and Classic Car Show” is scheduled for Sunday, June 10 (rain date: Sunday, June 17) and hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All the activities at Maryknoll (55 Ryder Road in Ossining) that day will be provided for just a $5 per family suggested admission fee. More details are available at  Local sponsors include the Ossining PBA (which will bring along a SWAT vehicle), Briarcliff Classic & Imports, Brian’s Automotive of Peekskill and T/T Auto Parts (CarQuest) of Ossining. Participating local vendors include Liberty Mutual Insurance, Briarcliff Classic & Imports and the U.S. Postal Service.
Awards And Prizes
The show is expected to attract about 100 cars from a 50-mile radius surrounding Maryknoll. The cars will range from pre-war antiques to rides from the disco era.
The first registered car for the show is a 1960 Thunderbird. The show also will feature the famous 1953 Hansgen-Jaguar Special owned by Bob Millstein of Briarcliff Manor. The Jaguar XK120 Special won at such events as the 1953 Watkins Glen Grand Prix.
More than 20 awards will be presented to car owners and the competition will be professionally judged by the Road Knights Auto Club. Throughout the day, prizes will be announced for car owners and all the people who attend the show.
More Than Just Cars
Besides attracting car buffs, the event will provide many activities to entertain the entire family.
  • Children’s activities will include a slot-car race track and face painting. Children also will be introduced to a seedling program associated with Maryknoll’s Our Global Pachamama Farm, the on-campus farm that generates 10,000 pounds of food annually for local food pantries.
  • Live ‘50’s and 60’s music will be heard across the grounds throughout the day and the pot of gold for the 50/50 raffle already is growing.
  • Plenty of summer-style food, including hamburgers, ice cream, sausage and peppers, home-baked goods and plenty more, will be available.
  • Tours of Maryknoll’s Seminary Building, believed to be the largest fieldstone building in the country, will include visiting the main chapel, a museum about Maryknoll’s work of serving the poor around the world and a gift shop with unique items from the countries in which Maryknoll serves.
Anyone looking to display a classic car at the show can register at the car show website, or call 914-944-3612. Continue to visit the website for updated news and information about the Maryknoll car show.
Phelps Memorial Hospital Preparing for Benefit Event:  Monday, June 11, The 9th Annual Phelps Classic will be held at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, one of the most picturesque country clubs in America. Registration begins at 11 am, with a shotgun golf start at 1 pm following lunch. Cocktails and buffet begin at 5:30 pm. Prizes include luxury autos for Hole-in-One winners and a $50,000 Jet Blue Shoot-Out Challenge. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Ruth Burton at 914-366-3115 or
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.
  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  
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