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Release Date: February 15, 2008

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Get involved and make a difference in your community.  The Village of Ossining is currently seeking applicants to serve on the

Environmental Advisory Council

The Historic Review Commission

Anyone wishing to apply for any of these positions should send a letter of interest and resume to the Linda G. Cooper, Village Manager, Village of Ossining, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining or send via email to  Letters and resumes must be received by February 18th  interviews are anticipated to be scheduled February 26th.

The Village is also seeking applicants to serve on the

The Landlord Tenant Relations Committee

Anyone wishing to apply for this committee should send a letter of interest and resume to the Linda G. Cooper, Village Manager, Village of Ossining, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining or send via email to  Letters and resumes must be received by March 7th.


MTA Arts for Transit seeks artists’ images of previous work.  Artists’ packages will be reviewed and finalists will be selected to create original two-dimensional proposals for the Ossining Station.  The station is being rehabilitated as part of the MTA Metro-North Railroad Capital Program.  A percentage of the construction budget for the station is allocated for the design and fabrication of permanent artwork.  The commissioned artist will create designs that will be reproduced in the medium of faceted glass to be installed along 16 windows of the north station overpass.  Because an approved fabricator will be translating the selected artwork, artists’ prior experience, or lack thereof, with this material will not be taken into consideration when reviewing artists.  Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 3, 2008 and sent to MTA Arts for Transit,  Re: MNR Ossining Station, 347 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017  Direct inquires to Arts for Transit by fax or email to:  fax: 212-878-7492 or email:  To learn more about Arts for Transit, please visit our website:


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 BEAUTIFUL, BRAND 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. 


More OPL Events…

-The Sunday Photogroup will open its new exhibit "Opus 11" at the library on February 2. The show runs through Feb. 28. The exhibit is on the lower level and may be seen during regular library hours.

-AARP Tax Assistance will begin on Thursday, February 7th and continue on Thursdays through April 10th at the library. Time & Place: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The IRS trained & certified volunteers will be in the theater on the lower level. Those wishing to have their taxes prepared by the AARP volunteers must bring with them all necessary papers including a copy of last year's return.

-Great Music continues at the library with a concert by The Scarborough Singers on Sunday, March 2nd at 3:00 p.m. The concert is admission free and will take place in the library's theater/performance space. Titled "Yesterday Once More", the afternoon concert under the direction of Catherine Campbell Nesbit, will feature works by early American composers and travel through time ending with a rousing tribute to the Rock 'n Roll 50's and 60's. The "Singers", twenty women in all, will begin with "Beautiful Dreamer" and then hold on to your hats as they sing "It's My Party,” “Johnny Angel" & "At the Hop" among others.

-Biographical Musicals: “Fact or Fiction"  with Lu Gmoser is a 5 week Mainstream course set for  5 Wednesdays in April from 1-3 p.m. in the theater. Free. Register at Mainstream, Westchester Community College at 914- 606-6793. The five musicals to be discussed are "Gypsy", "The King and I", "Annie Get your Gun"," De-Lovely" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy." 

-The library and the Rotary Club of Ossining will present on March 6th at 7:30 p.m. a special program in the theater titled "One Man's Effort to Wipe Out Polio in Our Time." The man is George Camp who volunteered his time and contributed to this effort by traveling to Bangladesh to inoculate children. Past president of Rotary, George spent 8 days in the region administrating Salk vaccine and in the process made many friends and took hundreds of pictures of the people and the places he encountered.


Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion The Lives of Others, the sixth offering of the Maryknoll International Film Festival sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will be shown on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Road  in Ossining.  The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: God’s Self-sacrificing Love Revealed in Relationships, continues with The Lives of Others, a 2006 German film from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmack.  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


You’re Invited…Relay for Life of Ossining Kick Off!  Wednesday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ossining Library – Theater Room Come learn more about Relay for Life and how you can get involved in the fight against cancer.  To attend, please RSVP to Hilary Dorfman at 397-8828 or Bobbie Moore at 762-0870.  Relay for Life is an event where people come to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those we’ve lost and to fight back against a disease that touches too many lives. 

Save the Date:  Relay for Life of Ossining, June 20-21, Cedar Lane Park


On Saturday March 1 at 8 p.m., Collegium Westchester Chorus and Orchestra will present Bach and the Strausses:  German Piety and German Lightness for its third concert of the 2007-2008 season.  As with the other three concerts of the Collegium’s season, this program will include music of Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers, related in some way to Bach.  Eric Kramer, music director, is also music director of the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining. He has conducted many other groups in New York, and has been assistant conductor with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Opera National de Lyon.  Pianist Steven Beck has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Virginia Symphony.  The New Yorker magazine has called him “one of the city’s most admired young pianists.” A Juilliard graduate, Mr. Beck has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Steinway Hall, and on WNYC. He has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, and is a regular performer on many concert series, such as Bargemusic, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and Aspen Music Festival.  The performance will take place at First Presbyterian Church of Ossining, 34 S. Highland Ave. (across Route 9 from Ossining High School), a space with beautiful concert acoustics that gracefully frame the fine playing and singing of the group, now in its eleventh season.  Admission to the concert is free, but contributions to Collegium Westchester are always gratefully accepted.  Upcoming is the final program of Collegium Westchester’s season, scheduled for June 7 at 8 pm, which will feature two pieces quoting the Lutheran chorale A Mighty Fortress Is Our God: Bach’s Cantata 80 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5. This concert will be preceded by an exhibit of works by local artists, including Adele Kamp, from 5-7 pm.  More information about Collegium Westchester is available from, or 914-282-8611. Collegium Westchester enjoys the support of the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining; concerts for this season are made possible by the Arts Alive program of the Westchester Arts Council, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.


Lighthouses:  Guardians of the Hudson Scott Craven an Ossining native and police officer, who holds degrees in history from Pace University and Western Connecticut State University will be the speaker.  Thursday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m., Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson 271-6612.  Presented by Friends of History, Croton and Yorktown Historical Society.

Broadway on the Hudson- Broadway’s Kerry Butler will headline “Broadway on the Hudson,” Ossining MATTERS Education Foundation’s Spring Gala Concert, to be held this year on Sunday, March 9th at Ossining High School (OHS). Renowned pianist, actor, and Sirius Radio DJ Seth Rudetsky will accompany Ms. Butler. As at last year’s sold-out benefit, students from OHS will also perform.  Prior to Ms. Butler’s highly anticipated performance, a cocktail reception and auction will be held at the new Ossining Public Library at 4 p.m. The concert will follow at OHS at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $30/General Admission, $15/Students & Seniors, and $125/Premium. Premium ticket holders are invited to attend the pre-concert gala cocktail party and auction at the Ossining Public Library.  To purchase tickets, please e-mail or call 914.510.9320.  All tickets will be held at the door.  This year, Ossining MATTERS is introducing an online auction to complement the auction held at the reception. All auction items will be available for preview soon, and bids will be accepted for online items beginning in early March.  To register, please visit


Attention All Foodies:  Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks Set for March 9-21

The Hudson Valley Is a Culinary Destination to Be Savored  Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks will soon prove once again that the Hudson Valley is a rich culinary region with a "farm to table" attitude. Presented by The Valley Table, the magazine of Hudson Valley farms, food and cuisine, the event is scheduled over a two-week period, March 9-21. With 80 restaurants in 7 counties participating, diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $16.09 or a three-course dinner for $26.09 Sunday through Friday. Reservations are now being accepted at participating restaurants in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Columbia counties.  Restaurant Weeks will also showcase the bounty of the Hudson Valley's farms. Participating restaurants will be challenged to use as many locally grown products as possible, and chefs will receive information about local farms and producers that sell to restaurants year-round, so they can incorporate local ingredients into their menu offerings.  For every restaurant participating in the event, The Valley Table will make a donation to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Many of the restaurants are designating a percentage of their sales on the first night of Restaurant Weeks to the charity as well. Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks is presented by The Valley Table. Major sponsors are American Express, Hudson Valley Tourism, The Journal News, 100.7 WHUD, and The Gold Standard Marketing Communications, with additional support from Zwilling J.A. Henckels, The Thayer Hotel, Westchester Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, Eagle Coffee International, Nina Hill of Wachovia Securities LLC, Chefs Warehouse and Westfair Business Publications (Westchester County Business Journal, Hudson Valley Business).  For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, call 845-561-2022 or go online to


Recent OTA Book Drive a Success  The Local Action Project committee of the Ossining Teachers Association is pleased to announce that, as a result of its recent book drive, over 600 children’s books and blank DVD’s have been sent to soldiers stationed at a hospital unit in Baghdad.  That represents over 300 pounds of children’s literature, thanks to generous donations from members of the community and the OTA.  These books were collected as part of a drive to unite families of deployed service men and women through literature, connected with the United Through Reading Military Program (  Participating moms and dads will be able to record themselves reading the books, and have the recording, and sometimes the book itself, shipped to their little ones at home for repeated viewing.  In a perfect circle of communication, a DVD of the child’s response can then be forwarded to the deployed parent, for him or her to share in the delight of his/her child. A second shipment of books and DVDs is being prepared; these will be shipped to a unit from the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum.  The OTA is grateful to all of the generous contributors who helped to support this effort on behalf of American service personnel overseas.  Contributions of gently used and new books, blank mini DVDs, mailers, and money are still being accepted; call Marybeth Griffin at AMD Middle School 914-762-5740, extension 315 for more information.


Ancestor Photo Exhibit  "These Are Our Forebears" is a proposed photo exhibit of the ancestors of the Ossining's diverse population who settled here, some more recently than others. (That diversity and extent of residency extends to the aboriginal American Indians who comprised numerous tribes with differing customs, traditions and languages.) The exhibit is being organized by former Ossining Mayor Miguel Hernández , a military historian and genealogist, and he wants to include your ancestors regardless of their birth place, in the show. 

     Accordingly, he urges all members of the public to contribute copies of photographs of their direct ancestors or other relations who came to the United States or were native born of immigrant ancestry  (especially but not exclusively) in Ossining and surrounding communities at any time in history.  Your photo must include some identifying and descriptive information for an informative label that will help visitors better understand and appreciate the photo.  At minimum, the following information is needed and should be on the back of the picture: name of the person(s) in the photo and your name and relationship to the person. Other optional information you might include: the occasion for the photo, for example wedding, birthday, graduation, anniversary, holiday etc. if it is not self-explanatory, and any other information such as place of birth the date or approximate time period when it was taken, and anything that you think will provide context for the picture.

     Copies of your photographs should be on photographic paper and can be inexpensively made at CVS, Office Max, Office Depot etc., as they have machines that can be used for this purpose. These copiers are simple to use but someone on their respective staffs can help customers, if need be. The copies should be 8" x 10" or larger and may be either black & white or color.  You should mail the photos to Mr. Hernandez at 10 North Water Street, Ossining, NY 10562, no later than March 30, 2008.  He stresses that only copies are to be submitted, not originals, as they will not be returned.  The goal is to open the exhibit at the Ossining Public Library in August of 2008 . If  you have any questions, feel free to e-mail him at or call him at 914-941-4920.  This will be a grand opportunity to honor your ancestors and to celebrate Ossining's diversity, its greatest asset. Don't miss out!


Open Door Family Medical Center Benefit Concert Featuring the B-52s will be held April 11 at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College.  VIP tickets and packages available on-line at or by calling Cristina Sanjuas-Dopazo at 914-502-1414.  Open Door Family Medical Centers is a non-profit community health organization serving over 34,000 Westchester County residents.  For over 35 years, Open Door has provided quality, affordable health care services to the economically disadvantaged. 


The 28th Annual Ossining Village Fair sponsored by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Saturday, June 14th from 10am-5pm.  We are looking for volunteers to help out.  If you are interested please contact Kay Hawley at the Chamber office: or call (914) 941-0009.


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.


The Great Duck Race of Ossining scheduled for May 17, 2008.  Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m.  Race begins at 3:00 p.m.  Many ducks have been sold already so make sure you get yours A.S.A.P.  Think of what a cute gift they make while helping many great causes in the Ossining community as well as assisting others in different parts of the world.  Ducks are $10/each and there will only be 2,500 ducks sold this year…Just think Duck Race...Ask any Rotarian or Interactor for more information.  Go to the web page or Rotary District 7230 at to see the great work of our local district.  If you would like to mail your duck order, please send to:  The Great Duck Race of Ossining, c/o the Rotary Club of Ossining, P.O. Box 488, Ossining, NY or stop into Frank Vassallo’s Accounting Office, 99 Croton Avenue (across from Four Seasons Shopping Center.)


February’s Energy Saving Ideas – For the Bathroom

-Use your exhaust fans appropriately.  In just one hour they can remove a houseful of warmed or cooled air.

-Repair all leaky faucets.  One drop per second can waste as much as 10 gallons of water in a week.  If the water is hot, you lose not only the water but also the energy used to heat the water.

-Install low-flow showerheads and faucets.  It could reduce your water use by up to 50%.


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