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OSSINING NEWS 12-21-2007
Release Date: December 21, 2007

Employment Opportunities

The Village of Ossining is Seeking Qualified Applicants for Three Positions within the Organization


The Village of Ossining is seeking candidates for three positions as outlined below.  To be considered for any of these positions please forward letters of interest and resumes, by January 16, 2008 to:

Linda G. Cooper, Village Manager
of Ossining
16 Croton Avenue
Ossining, New York 10562
If you have any questions, please contact the Village Manager, Linda G. Cooper at 914-941-3554

·         Acting Village Justice The Village of Ossining is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Acting Village Justice. The position is part-time with a salary range of $10,000 up to $15,000 DOQ.  To be considered for this position, you must be admitted to practice law in the State of New York and a resident of the Village of Ossining.  Candidates will sit for at least one day a week on small claims and other civil actions. 

·         Assistant Village Manager/ Housing & Economic Development The Village of Ossining is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Village Manager / Housing & Economic Development. The position is full-time with a salary range of $90,000 to $110,000 DOQ.  Preferred candidates will have experience in Planning, Housing and Economic Development. 

·         Village Treasurer The Village of Ossining is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Village Treasurer. The position is full-time with a salary range of $100,000 up to $120,000 DOQ.  There is currently an Inter-Municipal Agreement between the Village of Ossining and Town of Ossining which consolidates Town Comptroller functions with Village Treasurer responsibilities.  Preferred candidates will have municipal experience, in a New York State Village government setting.  


Stay In the Loop…Sign up for Village of Ossining E-Mail Subscriptions  In an on-going effort to continually enhance the Village's communications with its constituents, the Village of Ossining offers an online subscription capability to receive informational e-mailings from the Village.  Just go to and click on email subscriptions on the left side of the home page.  You can select to receive Weekly Ossining News, Village Board Meeting Agendas, Work Sessions Agendas, Planning Board/BAR Agendas or Zoning Board of Appeals Agendas.  We look forward to having you as a member of our online Village e-mailing community.


Affordable Apartments for Rent The Village of Ossining and J & J Main Street LLC are pleased to announce that IFCA is accepting applications for two new apartments in Ossining, in accordance with the Affordable Housing Policy of the Village of Ossining.  One-bedroom, one-bath, 950 sq. ft. rent $1,042 plus utilities.  To qualify, your annual gross income must be at least $35,479 and cannot exceed $47,305 for one person; or $54,035 combined for two-person occupancy.  Applications will be ranked on a point system.  Preference given to Ossining Village residents, Municipal and School district employees, and Fire Department and Ambulance Corp. volunteers.   Equal Housing Opportunity.  For Applications:  IFCA, 138 Spring Street, Ossining 914-941-5252. 


Bette Carl, a long time Ossining resident and mother of two sons who graduated from OHS is a DJ on an internet radio station supporting our Troops, their Families and Veterans.  “HOOAH!!!! Radio” is owned and operated by Rick Bradley of Colorado - a Veteran.  Bette recently interview Cass Dillon live on-air with Billy Joel's new song, "Christmas In Fallujah".   This song is very popular with our Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and here in the USA.  The station is not a political station but is “there for the Troops, bringing support and a little bit of home.”  For more information check out their website


Looking For a Few Good Books  The Ossining Teachers Association has organized a Book and DVD drive for late November and December to collect new and gently used books appropriate for children from birth through 16 years for the United Through Reading Program.  Once collected, all donations will be made available to military bases throughout the world. Participating moms and dads can record themselves reading the books, and have the recording, and sometimes the book itself, shipped to their little ones at home for repeated viewing.  Donations of mini- DVD’s and padded mailers are also being requested. The program is available to any deployed military service member; the results of the OTA drive will support the soldiers deployed out of Fort Drum, in Watertown, NY.  Those interested in helping can drop off books, DVD’s, and/or padded mailers to the following: Mary Hillman and Rosemarie Masci at Roosevelt School;  Stephanie LeVeille at Park Early Childhood Center, Celeste Theis at Brookside School, Rafael Mora at Claremont School, Janelle Mondanaro at Anne M. Dorner Middle School, or  Susan Cable at Ossining High School.  To get information, or if your organization would like to help, please call Marybeth Griffin,  914-762-5740, extension 315.


The Landmark Episcopal Parishes Service of Lessons & Carols an Anglican Tradition – A Celebration for All Christians will be held Sunday, December 23rd at 4:00 p.m.  A Wassail Bowle and Hors d’Oeuvres reception follows in Potter Hall, Trinity Church, 7 South Highland Avenue, Ossining 941-0806 (wheelchair accessible).


Marking the 40th anniversary year of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maryknoll Speakers Series presents author of No Turning Back: My Summer with Daddy King  At the height of the civil rights movement in 1961, Gurdon Brewster, a young white seminary student from the North, spent a life-changing summer in Atlanta living and working alongside Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., popularly known as “Daddy” King.  He will tell of his experiences at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center in Ossining on Jan. 16, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.  Brewster, now an Episcopal priest and retired chaplain at Cornell University, will speak of the transformative faith of the King family, how it changed his understanding of the Gospel, and why it is necessary today to remember the spirit and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 40 years after his death.   “I saw the world with new eyes,” he writes.  Those were the eyes of the King family and “the countless others who cried out for freedom now…whose transcendent vision of hope drove them forward.”  Brewster was already committed to civil rights and racial reconciliation, but naïve about the tensions in the South.  This was his first encounter with the cruelty of segregation and racism.  He calls his first weeks a “baptism by fire” that included a frightening encounter with KKK members and working with black youth who could not join him at a soda fountain or swim in the whites-only pool.  Brewster also will speak about the vibrant worship of the people at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and how the contrast between that and his Episcopalian upbringing turned him into an Episcopal priest “with Baptist flair.” All are welcome.  Admission is free.  The event will be held at Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Rd.  For directions or additional information call 941-7636 ext. 2294. 


Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion Real Woman Have Curves

The fifth offering of the Maryknoll International Film Festival sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will be shown on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining, N.Y.   The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: God’s Self-sacrificing Love Revealed in Relationships, continues with Real Women Have Curves, a 2002 U.S. film from director Patricia Cardozo.  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 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


It’s Time to Make a Difference…our families need volunteers!  You are invited to take part in a meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunity helping children cope with the loss of someone special to them.  The Caring Circle of Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam is offering a series of workshops that will teach up-to-date skills in identify phases in the grieving process, learning how to assist those who are grieving, learning how to facilitate support groups for children, teens and adults, specialized training for perinatal support groups, and expanding your communication skills and learning essential supportive skills.  Pre-registration is required, please call Marianne Walsh, Coordinator 666-4228 ext. 336 Dates and times of training are January 26th, February 2 and February 9, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at 540 White Plains Road, Ste. 300, Tarrytown.


Ossining Public Library Events

-Photography Exhibit at the library the month of January. "The Return of the Eclectic Quintet"...Dick Budnik, Randy Fitzgerald, Glen Hall, Robert Baron, Dennis Thornton.  Reception will be on Saturday, January 12th from 2-4 p.m. in exhibit area on lower level.

-Make A New Year's Resolution to "Get Organized". Marcia Solman will show you the way to organize and manage all your "stuff." on Tuesday, January 15th @ 7:30 p.m. Program will be in theater.  Inundated with papers, knick knacks, papers, medical records, memorabilia?, Limited by living space? Can't get out of your own way?  Then it's time to get organized. 

-"Great Music" our traditional January Jazz will happen on Sunday, January 27th when The Valerie Capers Jazz Ensemble will take center stage in the theater at OPL beginning at 3:00 p.m. The ensemble, which last performed with the library series in 2003, will play the music of Ellington, Porter, Bernstein, Gershwin and Jobin. We welcome back the incomparable, Valerie Capers on piano, Alan Givens on sax & flute, Mark Marino on the guitar, John Robinson on bass and Earl Williams on drums. Concert is free. Come early for best seats.


Hudson Valley Hospital Center raised $12,000 to purchase clothes and  presents for 100 needy children this year, including children served  by two Ossining organizations, the Interfaith Council for Action and  Hayden House Emergency Residence & School.  Santa had plenty of help this year, thanks to hundreds of employees at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor.  The hospital staff raised more than $12,000 to buy 600 presents for 100 children who would have not received any gifts at all. The annual Santa’s Helper program culminated in a giant and joyous gift-wrapping party Monday (Dec. 17) at the hospital. Twelve years ago, instead of having a “Secret Santa” gift exchange among ourselves, we decided to give presents to children who really need them,” explained John Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “Santa’s Helpers” time is eagerly anticipated by the staff. “People begin to ask about Santa’s Helpers in the summer,” Mr. Federspiel noted. “We never have to ask for contributions twice.”  What distinguishes this program from other charitable giving is that hospital employees actually shop for needy children, whose Christmas wish-lists are submitted by the Department of Social Services in Peekskill, the Interfaith Council for Action in Ossining, and Hayden House Emergency Residence and School in Ossining.  Members of the community also joined in. Man-ching Lorber of Mohegan Lake participated with her son Louis Lorber and his friend Austin Wallerstein, who became Santa’s Helpers as part of their community service for bar mitzvah ceremonies next year. Community members who would like to join the fun next year are invited to call Sue Lepore at 914-734-3200.  Edward G. Hess Jr., a Putnam Valley resident, lent a helping hand as Santa Claus and visited patients throughout the Hospital.


OHS Class of 1958 will hold it's 50th Reunion the weekend of October 17, 18 and 19, 2008.  The reunion dinner will be held Saturday, October 18, 2008, at the Traveler's Rest, Rt. 100, Ossiningwww.TheTravelersRest, beginning at 6 pm.  The committee, headed by Charlie DiGiacomo, would like to contact all class members to RSVP and also to invite them to offer ideas and suggestions to make this a memorable event. Please contact Charlie at or Terry Feeney Carskaddan at of by phone @ 412-373-1519.


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