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Release Date: October 10, 2008

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The Annual Columbus Day Italian Festival sponsored by Ossining Columbus Lodge No. 692, is scheduled to run Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. and Sunday, October 12th from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Veteran’s Park, Narragansett Avenue.  Join us for fun, food, rides, games and live entertainment.  There will also be a giant raffle (only 300 tickets will be sold at $100 each) for more information contact Mike Fortini at 403-5244. 


Join us for a great day of fun activities including hay rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pumpkin painting contest, festive music and a pie eating contest at our annual Ossining Recreation Fall Family Fun Day which will be held on Saturday, October 11th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Market Square, corner of Main Street and Spring Street Come celebrate the changing of the seasons, ages 4 and up welcome.  Admission is free.


4th Annual Aquefest; a trail long celebration of The Old Croton Aqueduct on Saturday, October 11, 2008 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Ossining, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings and Yonkers. In Ossining see inside the Aqueduct tunnel!  The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct will lead “tunnel tours” from 11-1 p.m. at the Double Arch Weir near the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway.  For complete entertainment listings, times and directions see


Attention Verizon Fios Customers!  The Government Access Station will be broadcast on Channel 43.  Please note this channel is currently undergoing testing.  Regular programming will begin shortly.


Teatown Event - The Colors of Fall Orange, red, scarlet and yellow are the colors of autumn. How many of these colors and other colors in the rainbow can you find on a color scavenger hunt? Learn what happens to leaves to make them change color and other interesting facts about seasonal changes. Saturday, October 11, 10 am – 11:30 am All ages welcome. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


We’re Looking For Swimmers! The Ossining Recreation Department is forming a new children’s swim team to compete in the Northern Westchester County Recreational Swimming League.  Ages as young as 6 are eligible to join!  For additional information contact Mike Kane at 941-3189 x 314.  Practices will begin at 3:30 p.m. and run through the afternoon depending on age and ability.  Meets scheduled to begin in November and run through March.    


New "Ossining Community Calendar" Launched to Reduce Scheduling Conflicts and to Create a Helpful Resource for Ossining Residents  The Ossining Public Library, Ossining School District, Town of Ossining and Village of Ossining jointly announced their collaboration on a new, shared "Ossining Community Calendar," which is being hosted and managed at no cost to any of the participants by  The Inter-Municipal Leadership Team that originated the concept of the Ossining Community Calendar is a working committee that encourages cooperation and collaboration among leading public institution of the Ossining area.  The calendar is a collaboration of the members of the IML Team, working with   The new Ossining Community Calendar can be found at


“Sacred Ground:  Held in Trust”: Pastels by Marlene Wiedenbaum through November 30th.  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on Hudson will be held October Evenings on the 4-5, 10-13, 17-19, 23-31.  Adults $15, Children 5-17, $10, Children under 5 are admitted free, but must have tickets.  Advanced tickets are a MUST.  Secure prime times and save money by booking online at  Tickets also available by phone at 631-8200. 


More OPL Events…

-Fall movie series, entitled "Angry Young Men- British Street Films."  Will continue with "A Taste of Honey" will be shown on November 12th and "The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner" on December 3rd. Admission is free. Chris Poggiali, media specialist at the New Rochelle Library will introduce the series.

-"How to Write Your Memoir, The Vignette Method" will be the subject of a program presented by author Shelley Gilbert on Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m. in the theater. Everyone has a story to tell. Writing a memoir is one way to explore how you became the person you are.  Bet it's a good story. Shelley will explain in detail how to write your life story using this simple vignette method which is both practical and non-intimidating.

-New series of Classic Italian Films will be offered this fall which will explore the meaning of home from the physical place to a loved person. The films have been selected by Shlomi Ron and he will introduce and lead a discussion following each film. "Mafioso" starring Albeto Sordi will be on the screen Thursday, October 23rd. Subsequent films and dates are "The White Sheik" directed by Frederico Fellini on November 20th and "Stromboli" starring Ingrid Bergman on December 11th.  It all takes place in the theater beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission free.


Free Home Repairs!  Know anyone whose home needs help?  HomeFront volunteers are ready to repair homes at no cost to qualified homeowners in Spring 2009.  The goal of AmeriCares HomeFront is to provide free construction repairs to homes and community centers focusing on the neediest circumstances.  The program staff and volunteers work “hand in hand” with the recipients to provide improvements and repairs that will be the most meaningful to them and have the greatest impact on their quality of life.  For more information, please call AmeriCares HomeFront at 1-800-887-HOPE (4673) or visit them on the web at


Become a Hospice Volunteer…Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam is looking for volunteers to help with direct patient & family support, bereavement care for adults and children, spiritual comfort, special community events, office support (bilingual skills are a plus).  Training sessions being offered.  Dates October 4th and October 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 540 White Plains Road, Ste. 300, Tarrytown, New York 10591-5132.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, please call Diana Kropp, Volunteer Program Assistant (914) 666-4228.


Saturday, October 11th, 4:30-9:30 p.m.  Downtown Ossining's Market Square presents the first FREE 'Sizzling Salsa Under the Stars' ... come and put your dance shoes on ... join us at 4:30 and dance until you see stars.  Spectators welcome!   Free salsa ‘on 2’ lesson at 5:30 p.m., Special performances of ballroom dancing, belly dancing and flamenco beginning at 6:00 p.m. featuring the talented teachers at Josie's International School of Dance.  Co-sponsored by Ossining Recreation.  Refreshments Sold.  For more information contact Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Top Floor, 914-432-8502, or email


2008 Harmon Shop Open House will be held on Saturday, October 11th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Take a close-up look at locomotives, work equipment, passenger cars…Let real railroaders show you what it takes to transport ore than 80 million people annually…Hop aboard the Fall Foliage Special train…and more.  A great event for the kids and grown-ups too!  It’s all free and it’s all at Metro-North’s largest maintenance and repair facility.  By train:  Take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Croton-Harmon Station for shuttle bus service to the shop.  Check timetable for scheduled trains.  By car:  From Route 9 Northbound, after crossing Croton River Bridge, take the first exit, Croton Point Avenue.  Follow signs to free parking.  


Fifth Annual Tour de Foliage in support of Familial Dysautonomia (FD) Cycle Tour will be touring through Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor, Ossining, Yorktown Heights, Millwood, Goldens Bridge, Katonah and Somers on Sunday, October 12.  Funds raised from this ride will be provided to the Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc. to be used for research and clinical care purposes.  For more details on this event contact Melissa Slive at 238-0574 or 261-5905.


15 Major National Ceramic Artists To Exhibit at 15th Annual Westchester Craft Show…Event Is Part of All Fired Up! A Celebration of Clay in Westchester Fifteen major ceramic artists from across the United States will exhibit their work at the 15th annual Westchester Craft Show, a nationally acclaimed juried event. The show, which is participating this year in All Fired Up! A Celebration of Clay in Westchester, is at the Westchester County Center in White Plains Friday, October 17 through Sunday, October 19.  As part of All Fired Up!, the Westchester Craft Show will present a panel of ceramic artists exhibiting at the show who will discuss their work at a program, free to ticket holders on Friday, October 17, at 1:30 p.m. The panel discussion will be moderated by prominent critic, curator and educator Judith Schwartz, who is a professor in the Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University. All Fired Up! is organized by the Westchester Arts Council, the Clay Arts Center and many local cultural organizations.  The Westchester Craft Show is a national leader among juried contemporary American craft shows. Attendees have the opportunity to meet and talk with more than 110 of the country's leading craft artists exhibiting exclusive, one-of-a-kind or limited-edition pieces. In addition to ceramics, the show features hand-blown glass, precious metals, elegant jewelry, supple leather handbags, exquisitely handcrafted furniture and wood-turned vessels.  The Westchester Craft Show is organized by Crafts America of Greens Farms, CT, which also organizes two other prestigious shows each year, the Washington Craft Show in November and the West Palm Beach Craft Show in March.  Admission to the Westchester Craft Show is $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens. Show hours are Friday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Further show information is available by calling Crafts America at (203) 254-0486, the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050 or by visiting For further information about All Fired Up! go to


The second offering of this year’s Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will be shown on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining.  The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: Breakdown as Opportunity for Breakthrough, continues with The King of Masks, a 1999 Chinese film from director Wu Tian Ming.  Each film in the series is introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening. More information is available at:  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  For more information contact 914-941-7636 ext. 2670.  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


St. Paul's Fall Festival Saturday, October 18, 10 - 3, Rain or Shine.  Pumpkins for Sale! Face Painting! Homemade Apple Pies from our own Trees! Hot Coffee and Cider! Gift Shop Open!  Youth fundraiser to assist Mississippi Hurricane relief home rebuilding trip. Come to our gorgeous grounds at St. Paul's at 40 Ganung Drive, off Route 133 just past 9A. Contact 941-6627,


Reminder! Ossining High School Class of 1958 holds its 50th Reunion Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 18th at the Traveler's Rest, Rt. 100, Ossining. It is not too late to join your classmates for a wonderful evening of dinner, dancing and remembering. Please contact Charlie DiGiacomo at for your reservation and more information about the weekend activities. Hope to see you there!


Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi in Italian with English supertitles will be performed by the Taconic Opera on Saturday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown.  For tickets and more information call 914-245-2415. 


Briarcliff Road Race Centennial Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 18th The Morning Road Rally on the original and relatively unchanged 32 mile race course is open to everybody in their own cars.  Just answer the questions while driving the route and win a special centennial medallion.  Noon Parade with more than 50 antique and vintage cars (from the early 1900s thru the 1950s) will start at the Briarcliff High School Parking Lot to Briarcliff Village and & Law Park Field.  For more information call 941-6560.  Historical Note:  The April 24, 1908 race was a seminal happening in American motor racing history.  World-famous cars and drivers competed in the first open-course race in America.  More than 200,000 spectators lined the course for the nine-hour race, won by professional driver Lewis Strang in an Isotta- Fraschini road car.  Come help us relive this great event. 


Legend Weekend Nights will be held at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow October 18-19 and 25-26.  Watch in awe as the Headless Horseman makes his fabled journey.  Lit by candle lanterns and bonfires, Philipsburg Manor brings The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to life!  Wander through a haunted landscape filled with goblins and ghosts from Hudson Valley folklore.  Interact with witches, pirates, and spooky apparitions.  Jonathan Kruk offers dramatic tales.  For more information and online booking go to or call 631-8200. 


Trinity Church, Ossining Honors Loaves and Fish.  On Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. Trinity Church, celebrating its 140th year, will honor the Saturday evening hot meal program Loaves and Fish.  Chartered in 1993 by members of Holy Name of Mary parish in Croton-on-Hudson, this ministry has grown to be an ecumenical effort of friendship to the poor of Ossining.  Every Saturday night a hot dinner is prepared and served at no cost to anyone who comes.  Proceeds of the evening will help underwrite the costs of Trinity Church's Potter Parish Hall community outreach programs including The Ossining Food Pantry, The Lord's Pantry AIDS program, three AA meetings, T'ai Chi, Taijutsu, BOCES English for Speakers of Other Languages, The Columbian Alliance, The Hispanic Coalition, The Diocesan Prison Ministry, A Community Thrift Shop, Midnight Run, and more. Tables are $1000 for 10 with a special pre-dinner reception, Tiffany windows tour, Journal ad and Tree of Life bronze leaf; Tables of 8 for $750 with reception, Journal ad and window tour; individual tickets, $50. Print and send the reply card to P. O. Box 108, Ossining, NY, 10562 or call (914) 941-0806 or email                                     


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk supporting the American Cancer Society's mission to fight cancer on four fronts: research, education, advocacy, and patient services.  The walk will take place on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at the Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY.  Registration is from 8-10.  The event starts at 9:30-10:30. You can click on the link below for more information.  If you know someone that is interested, please contact Kedesha Henry at the American Cancer Society, 914 397-8857.  If anyone is interested in chairing Ossining’s participation they are looking for someone to be a point person here in the Village.


In Celebration of New York State Archives Month The Westchester County Historical Society & The Westchester County Archives cordially invite you to a Guided Tour of Historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery & The Old Dutch Church Burying Ground Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 1:30 p.m., Rain Date Thursday, October 30th.  Meet at 1:30 p.m. at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery/Old Dutch Church Burying Ground, 540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow.  A small parking area is located just inside Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s south gate, adjacent to the Old Dutch Church. 


This year’s Annual Ossining Historical Society Dinner will be held on Friday, October 24th at 6:00 p.m. at Traveler’s Rest, Route 100, Ossining.  Tickets are $50 per person and seating is limited.  To RSVP or for more information contact the Ossining Historical Society at 941-0001.


Maryknoll Sisters International Bazaar October 25, 2008, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining. Unique carvings, jewelry and hand-woven cloth from countries around the world, baked goods and snacks. Raffle, “Christmas Around the World,” Silent Auction and special activities for children. Admission is free. Call: 914-941-7575 or visit our website at . Directions: Take Rte. 9A to

Rte. 133 and follow the signs.


Ossining Woman’s Club News…Free Program: A Different Kind of Streetwalker
Dede Emerson tells of her walking odyssey through New York City, an adventure that took two years, nine months, and two days.  Illustrating her talk with slides, Dede will tell how she peered through window panes, climbed hills, navigated narrow alleys, shared stoops with locals from Harlem to Greenwich Village, and learned some of the Big Apple’s secrets – discovering the best kept secret: that New York City is full of kindness.

After the presentation, guests are invited to stay for tea.  All are welcome.  Admission is free; membership is not required.  Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008, 2:00 p.m., 2 Lincoln Place in Ossining (just south of the high school on South Highland Avenue).  Enter building at the left side.  For more Information contact call Susan Kelly, 914-941-7425.


SPCA of Westchester’s 2008 Fall Event…Sixth Annual Top Hat & Tails Saturday, October 25th at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, People and their dogs stepping out together for an enchanted evening of dinner and dancing.  This year’s honoree will be Joan Kalman, and the Distinguished Service Award Recipient will be the Village Animal Clinic.  Please call 941-2896 ext. 22 for more information about the event, auction, journal and sponsorship opportunities or visit


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