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Release Date: October 17, 2008

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Congratulations to Village of Ossining Police Chief Joseph Burton
who was presented with a trophy on September 26th at the Annual Ossining High School Homecoming Game Ceremonies.  The Ossining Sports Booster Club presented Chief Burton with the trophy in recognition of his many years of dedication and support to Ossining Youth and the Ossining Sports Program, through mentoring, coaching and all around assistance he has provided throughout the years. 


Ballroom Dance Group Classes Starting this Friday, October 17th at Josie’s International School of Dance.  Introduction to Ballroom Dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you have never been on the dance floor except to do the Chicken Dance at a wedding, or if you've been dancing for a while but recognize the need to review and 'brush up', this is the class for you.  We'll cover Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango, Rhumba, Cha Cha and Swing, starting from the beginning steps, so that you'll end this class series ready to get on the floor and dance with anyone.  And for more advanced dancers, this is a good class to take to precede the 7:30 pm International Style Ballroom class; you'll review and always learn something new about these dances. International Style Ballroom Dance lessons will being at7:30 PM.  For intermediate dancers who want to learn how the whole world dances, this course covers Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango and Quickstep, and Rhumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Jive.  Basic knowledge of social dance is required, but we will make it easy for you to advance to these wonderful dances.  You'll learn how to lead and follow, move and sway to the music, and have fun while improving your movement.  People who are taking Introduction to Ballroom are invited to this more challenging class and will feel welcome. Bob Blank and Martha Estevez will be joining the group, they are 2006 and 2007 US Sr 2 Latin Champions and 2007 Sr 2 Ten Dance Champions.   Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining, 914- 432-8502


The Teatown Fall Festival Celebrating Fall in the Hudson Hills and Highlands will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 10 am – 4 pm.  Visit the Muscoot farm animals, enjoy the music of David Rinaldi & the Fireflies, the Andy Myers Group & Music by Mommies, ride SavATree’s Zipline, learn about Hudson Valley wildlife, eco-crafts, explore and expanded Teatown marketplace, Turtle Program and Book Signing -
Red Slider by Blair Hickson Riley, and so much more!  Admission: Adults $8, Child $5, Children’s Funpass - $20 includes: admission, hayride, two eco-crafts, face painting, un-nature trail, pumpkin carve.  All parking is free, and is at IBM Parking Lot at Route 134, just east of the Rt.134 exit off the Taconic Parkway. Continuous shuttle buses run between Teatown and IBM throughout the day.


WEBS (Career & Educational Counseling Service).  Free career counseling at The Ossining Public Library by appointment only.  To make an appointment, please register at the Reference Desk or call 914-941-2416 ext. 320.  This program has already begun but its not too late for you to register.  This program goes until December 16th. 


Attention Verizon Fios Customers!  The Government Access Station will be broadcast on Channel 43.  Currently this station is undergoing testing! Regular programming will begin shortly.  Thank you for your continued cooperation. 


“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. 


Ossining Public Library Events…

-"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.

-Join us on Sunday October 26th @ 3 p.m. for another "Great Music" concert. Alexander Romanovsky, a gifted young pianist from the Ukraine, will present a program of works that includes Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7 Op 83, Three Fantastic Dances Op 5 by Schostakovich and Variations on a Theme by Paganini Op 35 book 1&2 by J. Brahms.  The concert will be in the theater and is admission free.

-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.


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.


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

Ossining residents Ola Nosseir and her family will be giving a presentation on their Pilgrimage to Mecca on Tuesday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m.  The presentation will take place at St. Ann's School Gym, 25 Eastern Avenue.  The family will share the history and significance of their pilgrimage.  All are welcome!  Please call 941-2556 with any questions.

The Ossining Public Library and RadioShack are hosting an educational seminar to help community members prepare for the upcoming digital television (DTV) transition affecting the nation in February 2009.  Monday, October 27th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., in the theater. 


The Ossining Arts Council Fall Art Show Exhibit of Local Artist is open at the Ossining Public Library and will run until October 29th.  Call the Council for further information at 914/923-5117.


St. Paul's Fall Festival Saturday, October 18th, 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.


Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce Meeting Notice!  The Annual Candidate’s Debate will be held on Monday, October 27th, 2008 Networking starts at 7 PM. Meeting starts at 7:30 PM.  This is your opportunity to see, hear and ask questions of the candidates for local office. The following candidates have been invited to attend:

Town Supervisor:  Catherine Borgia, Martha Dodge and John Perillo

Town Board (1 seat):  Michael Tawil and Peter Tripodi, IV

Village Trustee (2 seats):  Michael Aurora, Janis Castaldi and Marlene Cheatham

Village Mayor William Hanauer, who is running unopposed will also participate, address the audience and answer questions.  This special event is open to the public and all are invited to attend. The meeting will be held at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway.


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.


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


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


Teatown Event - Autumn Canoeing Spend a morning on the lake enjoying the autumn display on Saturday, October 25, 11 am – 12:30 pm.  All participants must be able to swim and have previous canoeing experience. No children under 10 years old. Adults. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Owl Prowl Give a hoot and join us for a nighttime hike to learn more about these fascinating nocturnal creatures. One of Teatown’s owls will make an appearance and get us started on the evening’s adventure. Saturday, October 25, starts at 7 pm.  Not suitable for children under 8. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Squirrel Tales Get a little squirrelly with us! Gather nuts, walk with your tail held high and leaf out a nest in this program for little acorns. Sunday, October 26, 11 am – 12 noon.  For children 4 – 7 years accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


CrossWalk Youth Ministries invites you to a Calvary Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser on November 1, 2008 at 11:00AM!  If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause, help raise support or even walk, please contact Tiffany at for further details.  All donations are tax deductible.


The Rotary Club of Ossining Cordially Invites you to their Annual Scholarship

Fund Raiser to benefit The Byington Memorial Scholarship, The Robert J. Huntz  Scholarship, The Howard Pinkus Memorial Scholarship and the The Albert Moses Scholarship Award  & Community Employee of the Year Awards.  The event will be held on Monday, November 3, 2008 from 6:00 PM -  8:30 PM.  Come and enjoy a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine & Hor D’ovueres.  $40 per person at the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club (Next to the Ossining Train Station).  Please RSVP to Sue Donnelly at


More OPL Events… 

-Kim Cuminsky, a  certified grief counselor will lead a workshop on how to help yourself and others cope with the loss of a loved one. This special program will be offered on Thursday, November 6th beginning at 7 p.m. in the conference room.  She will discuss what grief is & is not, the difference between grief & mourning, the need for help at this time and how you can deal with someone else's pain.

-New York State Partnership for Long Term Health Care will be the topic of a program presented by Howard C. Penn CLU, ChFC on Monday, November 10th beginning @ 6:30 p.m. in the library theater.  He will address what is long-term care, how likely are you to need it, the cost, should one buy Partnership insurance and who is eligible for this insurance. This special program is co-sponsored with Livable Communities/ Westchester Community College and the library.

-"Great Music in a Great Place" returns to the library on Sunday, November 16th for an all Brahms program featuring Cynthia Peterson, piano, Roberta Cooper, cello and Eric Drucker, clarinet. Titled"Brahms in the Afternoon" the concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the  theater. Admission free.


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