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OSSINING NEWS 11-02-2007
Release Date: November 02, 2007

2007 Fall Leaf Pick-Up at the Curb Will Begin On or About November 1st Please place leaves for pick-up on top of your curbs and not in the street.  This will help keep our storm drains clear for water runoff during storms.  LEAVES ONLY, PLEASE!  Do not bag or put with regular garbage.  Do not put plastic bags, brush, branches or any other refuse to the curb with your leaves.  After completing our initial pick-up schedule, we will re-start the schedule for additional pick-ups continually as necessary.  For additional information call the Department of Public Works at 941-4660.


Donate a used Bike to the Get a Bike - Ride a Bike Program The Ossining Rotary Club and the Ossining Recreation and Parks Department are co-sponsoring a “Recycle Your Bike” program.  We will be collecting used bikes at the Community Center. The Rotary Club will work to refurbish the bikes and then we will offer the bikes free (while they last) to any child in Ossining who would like one. The Ossining Police Athletic League has agreed to provide 50 new bike helmets to the first 50 children who take a bike. We will collect bikes up until November 27th.   If you have a bike in good or fair condition (minor repairs are ok) please bring it to the Ossining Community Center and leave it by the pool center entrance. Children’s bikes are preferred.  If you have any questions please call 941-3189.


Choral Evensong for the Solemnity of All Saints, at Trinity The four Landmark Parishes of Ossining/Briarcliff/Scarborough come together to mark the beginning of mutual ministry and shared outreach in worship and service to the community Sunday, November 4th, 2007 at 4 p.m., Trinity Church, Ossining.  Familiar and uplifting music will transport prayerful listeners from each of the four parishes to God's promise of comfort, forgiveness, and eternal life. The combined choirs, clergy and acolytes of Trinity, All Saints, St. Paul's on-the-Hill, and St. Mary's will process into the nave, singing the hymn "For All The Saints." Music will also include chant settings of Psalms 148 and 150, preces and responses by William Smith, Canticles set by Ralph Vaughan Williams and an anthem with text taken from Revelation in a setting by Edward Bainton.  Afternoon Tea in Potter Hall following the service to celebrate and remember those who have gone before and break bread together as one community of God’s children.


Milonga (Tango Party) First Friday of every month at 8 p.m. Beginning November 2nd  All Levels.  Beginners Welcome.  ½ hour beginner and ½ hour intermediate lesson with Westchester Tango followed by an evening of tango dancing.  Light fare, D.J. and plenty of atmosphere!  Admission $15.  Reservations welcome.  Sponsored by Josie’s International School of Dance, 125 Main Street  432-8502.  See you on the dance floor.


Ossining Public Library Teen Town Hall Meeting Will be held in the Library Theater on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Teens, parents and teachers are encouraged to join in this discussion to help make the Ossining Public Library a great place for teens.


Grand Opening Ceremony Announced for Main Street Plaza, downtown Ossining's newest residential and commercial property, has announced its Grand Opening Ceremony for Friday, November 9, 2007. John DosAnjos and Jack Pereira, developers of this 15 apartment, six store, rental complex, invite you to join them for the ribbon cutting ceremony and refreshments from 11:30am to 2:00pm. RSVP to Irene DaSilva at 914-941-8500.  Main Street Plaza is a testament to the vibrant future of the new downtown Ossining. The innovative architectural design combines modern amenities with classic style.  Main Street Plaza is within walking distance to the Metro North Train Station, with an easy commute of less than 45 minutes to Grand Central Station, and is adjacent to restaurants and boutiques.  Village of Ossining Trustees Catherine Borgia and Susanne Donnelly will preside over the ribbon cutting and offer their insights on the newly emerging Comprehensive Plan for downtown development. Downtown Ossining is currently undergoing a revitalization to cultivate a more pedestrian friendly, living, working, and shopping experience.


Ossining Public Library Teen Movie Nights The library will be showing movies for teens in their theater.  Admission and refreshments for these events are free. The first in the series will be “Transformers” shown on Monday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m. in the theater.  On Friday, November 16th “Spiderman 3” will be shown at 5:00 p.m. For additional information call Tamara Stewart 941-2416 ext. 317 or the Teen Room at ext. 336.


Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Healthy Life Program Series Continues In November and December The public is invited to attend programs on a broad range of health-related subjects, such as caregiving, defensive driving, and relaxation, which are relevant to many people. The Phelps Healthy Life Calendar for November and December follows:

·         Monday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Defensive Driving. This two-evening certification program lowers insurance premiums, reduces violation points, and sharpens driving skills. Presented by Robert Fogel. In the auditorium. Cost: $40. Call 914-366-3220 to register.

·         Wednesday, November 7, 8 to 10 a.m.: Snoring Clinic. Participants will receive a brief screening examination to determine if they may be a candidate for a complete snoring and sleep apnea evaluation. Presented by Dr. Michael Bergstein, Otolaryngologist. In PromptCare. Call 914-366-3220 to register.

·         Monday, November 12, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Voice Problem Screening. This screening will help determine whether certain symptoms, such as hoarseness, change in voice, breathiness or other discomfort, may indicate a problem with the voice box. Problems affecting the voice box can include nodules, polyps, cysts, paralysis, reflux, and even cancer. Presented by Dr. Craig H. Zalvan, Laryngologist, Medical Director, Phelps Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders. In PromptCare. Call 914-366-3220 to register.

·         Tuesday, November 13, 7 to 9 p.m. Who is Caring for the Caregiver? This program will offer an overview of services available through the Family Caregiver Support Program of the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs & Services. It will be of interest to caregivers of the elderly. Presented by Mary Edgar-Herrera, Program Administrator. In the Boardroom. Call 914-366-3220 to register.

·         Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m.: Better Breather's Club. Program participants will learn about "The Vest," a device that aids airway clearance. It will be relevant to people who have difficulty coughing up secretions. Presented by Margaret Weber, BSN, RN, Vest Account Manager. In the Walkway Conference Room. Call 914-366-3712 to register.

·         Monday, November 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Pulmonary Function Testing. Presented by Mhairi Craig, RN. This program will be held at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor. Call 914-366-3220 to register.

·         Monday, December 17, 7 to 9 p.m.: Mental Imagery Methods for Relaxation and Holistic Healing. This program explores how mental imagery can affect the body, mind, and spirit. Registrants will learn how meditative relaxation can help them experience holistic healing. Presented by Loyola Amalraj, PhD, author and educator. This program will be held at Club Fit in Briacliff Manor. Call 914-366-3220 to register.

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center is a 235-bed community hospital with 450 medical staff, representing 34 clinical specialties. Phelps is the exclusive Westchester satellite for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a clinical affiliate of Mount Sinai Hospital, and a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System.


Upcoming Events at the OPL…

* "Vietnam: A Land of Contrasts". Join Mirla and George Morrison on an adventure through the beautiful country of Vietnam observing the traditional ways as well as the effects of globalization. From the rural communities and farms, to the tropical and mountainous regions in the south, to the Mekong Delta and HoChi Minh City. Join us  at the library Thursday November 8th @ 7:30 p.m. for this most informative program.

* "The Kress Family Legacy" will be the topic of an up-coming  program on Wednesday, November 14 @ 7:30 p.m. Steven Worthy will offer a multi-media presentation about the Kress family who owned a 72 acre estate bordering the Towns of Ossining and New Castle from 1916-1959. Today we know the Ossining area as the Cedar Lane Park. The Kress family was famous for the 400  5, 10, & 25 cent stores they started. as well as collectors of some of the world's most famous pieces of art, now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The program is co-sponsored by the Ossining Historical Society Museum and the Ossining Public library

*"Three Tall Women" by Pulitizer Prize winning author Edward Albee will be on the OPL stage Thursday, November 15 @ 7:30 p.m. This M&M production starring Christine D'Amato, Christine Lorenzo and Sarah Smegal was directed by Larry Schneider. Free.

* “The Image Makers”: photography exhibit presented by members of the Westchester Photographic Society continues through November 9 it is on view on the lower level.  Coming in mid-November is an exhibit by local artist and long time resident Edward Malsberg. The exhibit, a family affair, includes works by his son and grandson.  On view until December 21.


Ossining High School Performing Arts Proudly Presents “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Ossining High School Auditorium 29 S. Highland Ave. Ossining.  Admission is FREE.  Performances are Thursday, Nov. 8th at 4PM, Friday, Nov. 9th at 7PM, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7PM & Sunday, Nov 11th at 2PM.


Westchester Urban County Consortium, FY 2009-2014 Consolidated Plan Public Meeting Wednesday, November 14th The County Department of Planning is in the process of developing the Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2009-2014 to cover federal grants to the Westchester Urban County Consortium.  The Consolidated Plan is a document that provides a strategic plan to address long-term goals for the development of viable communities through the use of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and American Dream Down payment Initiative (ADDI) grants.  Citizens, public agencies, local government and other interested parties are invited to attend this public meeting to discuss the housing and non-housing community development needs within the Consortium communities.  The public meeting will be held:  Wednesday, November 14th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Ossining Community Center, 95 Broadway.  For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Norma V. Drummond, Deputy Commissioner, at (914) 995-2427.

The Ossining Lions Club is meeting at the Community Center on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Miriam Haas, Director of Community Markets. Her program is entitled: Farmer Markets - A New Old Way to Eat.  All residents are welcome to attend.  Please email me at: if you plan to attend.


Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion “Planes Trains and Automobiles” Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The latest offering of the new international film festival sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will be shown on Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: God’s Self-sacrificing Love Revealed in Relationships, continues with “Planes Trains and Automobiles”, a 1987 U.S. film from director John Hughes.  Each film will be introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening.  For a listing of all films in the series visit  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  For additional information call 914-941-7590.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the U.S.-based Catholic foreign mission society, has been representing U.S. Catholics in overseas mission since 1911. They currently serve in 29 countries worldwide, promoting human rights and social justice for those in need.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at

Ossining Children’s Center 2007 Festive Stroll of Homes The Ossining Children’s Center, 2007 Festive Stroll of Homes will include tours of select homes in Briarcliff and Ossining, decorated in innovative holiday themes. Lunch at the nationally acclaimed Trump National Golf Club will follow the house tour.  Festive Strollers are also invited to Holbrook Cottage to join the home designers at a champagne reception.  November 16th-17th. Tickets: $45-$130. Hours: 10am-4:30pm. For additional information call 944-0734.


Live Presentation of the slideshow “An Inconvenient Truth” at the Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue on November 19th from 7 – 9 p.m. by Nadia Elrokhsy.  Ms. Elrokhsy is the Associate Chair of the AAS degree program at Parsons The New School for Design, she teaches a course in Environmental Design for Interior Designers and also works with all four AAS degree programs to incorporate environmental issues into their coursework and develop new programs and events that address the complexities of sustainability in today’s consumer-driven economy.  In addition to the slideshow a group of community retailers and consultants who are "doing Green" will present their wares and information in an area within the library that evening, giving people an opportunity to know what is available locally that will make a difference in our global environmental impact. For more information visit or call the Ossining Public Library at 941-2416 ext. 326.


The Ossining Farmers Market is open  The market runs each Saturday through December 15th from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Located at Market Square corner of Main and Spring St.  Come to the market to buy farm fresh foods from the Hudson Valley.  Shop for vegetables, fruit, organic produce, pasture raised meats, and specialty foods.  The market is sponsored by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce.  For further information go to Please note: Shoppers should not park behind the Chase Bank next to the market. It is a private lot and you will be booted and fined.


Indian Brook Water Treatment Plant Tours The Village offers tours of our state of the art water filtration and treatment facility.  If you are interested in requesting a group tour, please contact Mr. Andrew Tiess at 941-4660 or Mr. Steven Ho at 941-0128.  Please note all age groups are eligible, however, grade school age children must have one chaperon for every 6 children.  The tours are approximately 45 minutes long and are offered at the discretion of the Water Superintendent.  Call at least one month in advance to schedule a tour. 


Get Involved in Your Community - Help fight cancer – Support Cancer Survivors

Join friends and family for an unforgettable night!  The American Cancer Society is looking for community minded people to join the Planning Committee for the June 2008 Relay for Life of Ossining…For more information please call Bobbie Moore at 762-0870 or Hilary Dorfman at 397-8828.  Join the Ossining Community in the fight against cancer!  This is an American Cancer Society signature activity to raise awareness, educate and raise funds.


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