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Release Date: June 13, 2008

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The 28th Annual Ossining Village Fair will be held this Saturday, June 14th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street, Ossining.  The fair will kick off with a parade at 9:30 a.m. which begins at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway and proceeds up Broadway to Main Street to ending at Market Square for opening ceremonies. Sponsored by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce the fair features entertainment, games, vendors and delicious food.


Register To Vote In Ossining!  This weekend Saturday June 14th and Sunday June 15th, several organizations are banding together to host a massive non-partisan voter registration drive for the village of Ossining.   Volunteers from the Girl Scouts, Vote For Change,, and unaffiliated village volunteers will have a wide presence all across Ossining, ensuring that anyone who wishes to vote in the November Presidential election will have easy access to voter registration forms and help filling them out.  Volunteers will be stationed at the Village Fair, the Ossining Public Library, and various marketplaces.  There will also be several teams of volunteers canvassing select neighborhoods.  If you are unable to register this weekend, voter registration forms and a deposit box will be available at the Ossining Public Library from now until the October 1.


Welcome to one of Ossining’s newest businesses, Sacred Shakti Yoga located at 191 Main Street, 2nd Floor.  Want to find better health, less stress and inner peace?  Come visit Sacred Shakti Yoga on the Hudson, your local Yoga center 914-923-3209.  .  “Well on the Way” All Classes $20.  Reduced rates for students and patients of Open Door Family Medical Center.   


"Fire on the Water" Waterfront Festival of Student Bands at the Ossining Waterfront, Saturday, June 14, 6:30 pm - 10 pm. Bands from Ossining High School and Briarcliff  High School will play contemporary and original music. Free Food & Music. Family friendly. Come enjoy the talent of our young people. Coordinated by the Interfaith Youth Corps for the 3rd consecutive year. Cosponsored by Greater Ossining Parks & Recreation. For more information, contact Rev. Stephen Holton, 941-6627,


Call for Artists: Art on Main, the Village’s annual Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 13. Display space for artists is available at a minimum charge and food vendors are welcome. Contact the Ossining Recreation and Parks Department at 941-3189 to register for a space.  Forms are available online at for additional information please call Catherine Borgia at 262-8873.


Affordable Apartment for Rent The Village of Ossining and J & J Main Street LLC are pleased to announce that IFCA is accepting applications for a BEAUTIFUL, BRAND NEW apartment 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. 


Ossining Public Library Events…

-The Ossining Public Library will host a panel discussion Monday on “How a book become a book,” with four Westchester residents with a variety of experiences in publishing: New York Times book critic Janet Maslin, author Marilyn Johnson, publisher and editor Michael Pietsch and literary agent Richard Pine. It’s the fifth and final event in the library’s Festival of Writers and Readers.  Monday, June 16, at 7:30 pm. More details at

-Come see the amazing exhibit "Thirty by Two" now on display at the Ossining library through the month of June. The husband and wife team of photographers: Mano Orel and Elinor Stecker-Orel present photographs that reveal the differences in their styles. Mano's landscapes and close ups of flowers have breathtaking realism, while Elinor's work shows delicate images of nature and architecture in an innovative style. And coming in July will be "New York in the '60's in Black & White" by photographer Dan Garbera.

-Michael Balcomb, Communications Director for the Universal Peace Federation's Middle East initiative will present a program on June 19 @ 7p.m. about the important and inspiring role that leaders and young people of all backgrounds are playing to bring about peace in the Middle East and what you can do to help. Join Ira Barouch as he leads a book discussion.

-On Saturday June 28 and Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m. a series of one act plays sponsored by KAD, an area theatrical group, will be performed at the Ossining Public Library.  The plays are comic pieces written by local playwrights. The performances at the library will be the Westchester premier after many of the shows appeared in NYC as part of the Manhattan Repertory Theatre's "NY Amazing Play Festival".  The plays and their authors are: "Cinnamon Apple Pie" by Robert Zaslow, "The Staining of the Shrewd" by Mark Jacobs, "Cliché" by Keith Whalen, "A Woman Scorned" by Robert Zaslow and "No Freud Please" by Mark Jacobs. Free admission.  It all takes place in the theater.


The 18th year of the Ossining Farmers Market has opened for the season and will remain open on Saturdays from 8:30 am-2pm rain or shine. Sponsored by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce.  Located at Market Square corner of Main and Spring St.  Please note the market will be closed during the Ossining Street Fair on June 14th but returns June 21st and runs through December 20th.  Shop for vegetables, fruit, organic produce, pasture raised meats, and specialty foods. Info at


The Annual Portuguese Festival is scheduled for June 21st, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Main Street, all are invited to attend to enjoy music, dancing and food at this cultural celebration.  For further information call the Ossining Portuguese Center after 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday at 941-1550.


Ossining is a community committed to making a difference.  We come together at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Ossining Event on June 20-21 at Cedar Lane Park in Ossining.  Relay for Life is a fun-filled, overnight experience you’ll never forget.  For more information go to

Bring your dog and join your neighbors with their dogs for the 4th Annual Bark in the Park, Saturday, June 21st from 10 – 3 p.m., rain date, Saturday, June 28th, Cedar Lane Park, 235 Cedar Lane, Ossining.  There will be many “animal friendly” vendors, information and demonstrations by various organizations such as the Portchester Agility Group, with fun, games and contests for our 4 footed friends, representatives from various veterinary groups and groomers and lots to do and see.  The SPCA will also be at the park and have dogs available for adoption.  Admission is $10.00.  For more information: or email

Clearwater Festival Great Hudson River Revival  Start your summer celebrating on the Hudson River with Music, Dance, storytelling and more on June 21st and June 22nd 10:00 a.m. to dusk.  For more information go to


Calling all Westchester Opera/Chorus Singers and Opera Lovers!  Come see the Taconic Opera June 21-22 Production of Verdi's Otello at Yorktown Stage (go to  for ticket info, or call  914-245-3415).  The company is desperately seeking additional members (especially sopranos and tenors) for its 2008-2009 Season.  Music rehearsals will begin in late August and are held in the Ossining area on Wednesdays 7pm and Saturdays 3pm.  This is a wonderful experience - come join our warm and friendly chorus and perform on stage alongside Metropolitan Opera quality lead players.  For information please email Mary Corda at


Save the Date: Ossining Fireworks Display will be held Thursday evening, July 3rd at the Waterfront.


Westies Unite Storms Ossining Dog Park Westies Unite is holding a National Meet and Greet at the Ossining Dog Park on Sunday, July 13, 2008.  Sunday’s events will include games and costume contests for its members as well as an auction benefiting a Westie rescue organization.  Westies Unite, formed in January 2006, is an online group of over 1000 West Highland White Terriers and their owners.  Westies Unite’s members also give back to the nation’s community of Westies.  Every year Westies Unite makes a donation to Westie Rescue through an auction held at its national meet and greet. Westies Unite has chosen Westie Rescue of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. as the beneficiary of its auction at the Ossining Dog Park.   Westie Recue of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. helps some 150 Westies per year, including Westies in New York.  You can find out more about this organization at  Westies Unite can be found on 


Save the Date! Saturday, Sept. 6 is the sixth annual Ossining MATTERS 5K Run/2 Mile Walk.  Raise funds for the Ossining MATTERS Education Foundation, to benefit Ossining’s public schools. Enter the timed 5K Trail Run, or walk the trail at your own pace, along the historic Old Croton Aqueduct. Pre-register now online at!  Check-in and register at the Ossining Community Center 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  Run begins at 9 a.m.  All ages.  For more information and to register online, visit You can also call Kathleen at 914-510-9320. Don’t miss this fun community event!


The Ossining Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the 102nd Annual Westchester County Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention parade this year. The parade will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 4:00pm (with line up beginning at 2:30pm).  We look forward to over 30 departments participating in this year's event. 


Save the Date…The 20th Annual Ossining Food Pantry Celebration will be held on Sunday, September 21 from 5 – 8 pm in the ballroom and gardens of Beechwood, the historic Vanderlip estate in Scarborough, NY, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. James Simmons. If you can give some time to help make the 20th Celebration a big success, please contact Karin Chaudauri, 2008’s Celebration Chair, at 914-373-1048 to volunteer. All are welcome. We hope to see you there!


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