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Release Date: November 07, 2008

2008 Leaf Collection! The Village has begun fall leaf collection.  Please place leaves for pick- up on top of your curbs and not in the street. This will help keep our storm drains clear for water runoff during storms.

Leaves Only Please! Do not bag or put with regular garbage. Do not put plastic bags, brush, branches or any other refuse to the curb with your leaves.  After completing our initial pick-up schedule, we will re-start the schedule for additional pick-ups continually as necessary.

Organics Other Than Leaves:  Brush and branches must be tied up, separated from regular garbage, and left for curbside pick-up on your regularly scheduled Bulk Trash Day. Grass clippings must be separated from regular garbage and put loosely in a container or in brown, biodegradable bags. Put grass clippings to the curb for pick-up on your regularly scheduled Bulk Trash Day.  Your understanding and cooperation in helping us to properly collect and dispose of organic waste is greatly appreciated!


Keep an ear out for Jen Bloom a songwriter and musician originally from Ossining! Her style is pop music played on the piano or synth, either solo or supported by beats taken from dance music, hip-hop, or whatever makes her head bop approvingly.  Currently, you can hear her playing a wide range of covers every Saturday night at Crabtree's Kittle House in Chappaqua ( from classic standards to classic rock, from obscure British guitar bands to songs of her own, her notebook is full of selections that won't fail to surprise.  By day, Jen is either teaching piano lessons, listening to music, or at home writing and recording songs.  More gigs, photos, and song demos can be found at  Otherwise, you can reach her at 


The Village of Ossining recently adopted Local Law No. 7, 2008 entitled “Fines and Penalties”, which updates its laws with respect to fines and penalties applicable to building code violations in connection with demolition, cabarets, electrical standards, fire hazard inspections and plumbing.  This is part of an ongoing effort to further the health, safety and welfare of its residents.  Full text of this law is available on line at or from our Village Clerk. 


Hudson River Potters Show & Sale - Nov. 7, 8 & 9 at the Briarcliff Congregational Church Parish Hall (South State Road at Pleasantville Road).  Show will feature unique handmade pottery.   Hours:  Friday (Reception) 6 PM - 9PM; Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM and Sunday 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM.   Free Admission.


Calling all Tangueros!  "First Friday Milonga" at Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Top Floor, 914-432-8502:  November 7th at 8:30 p.m.  Dancing all night long until dj pulls the plug.  Admission is $15 (includes beginner/intermediate dance lesson).  Refreshments served.


Teatown Event -Tales from the Longhouse The longhouse at Cliffdale is the setting for this program on the Lenape, the first people to settle in the Hudson Highlands. Listen to a native story and learn about life in a native village. All welcome. Saturday, November 8, 1 pm – 2:30 pm Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


A Memorial Service for Faith Lippe will be held on Sunday, November 9th at 4:30pm at the Community Unitarian Church at White Plains, 468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains, 10605 914-946-1660.  Mrs. Lippe worked in the Ossining school district as a nutrition consultant; she will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.


Teatown Event -Story Sundays: Giving Thanks Join us for seasonal stories and activities about nature, animals and ecology. Appropriate for 4 – 7 year olds accompanied by an adult. Sunday, November 9, 11 am – 12 noon Pre-registration required. Members free, Non-members $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


The Ossining Public Library is having a pajama and book drive to give back to children in need through the held of the Pajama Program You can make a difference! Between now and November 12th, the Ossining Public Library will be collecting donations of new, warm pajamas and new children’s books for the Pajama Program.  The Pajama Program is a national children’s charity which gives new, warm pajamas and new books to children in need.  The donations are given to children in licensed shelters, group homes, or foster care.  Many of these youngsters do not know the comforts of a mother or father to tuck them into a cozy bed and read them a bedtime story.  Many of them have been abandoned or abused.  The Pajama Program helps provide a sense of love and belonging to the children that need it the most.  A drop off bin will be provided for the public in the lower level/café area of the library to drop off new pajamas and books, at 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining.  For more information and to open your heart to this program, please visit  or feel free to contact James Trapasso at the library 914-941-2416 ext. 327 or


Sacred Shakti Yoga presents Prenatal Yoga This class is self nurturing for the new Mommy-to-be, practicing strengthening techniques to prepare for the last trimester and childbirth. Mommies find the time to center their thoughts and emotions, while enjoying the new movements growing inside. Sacred Shakti Yoga offers breathing techniques, meditation, muscle toning, relaxation and a health conscious community to busy new Mommies, every Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., come share in a Pre-natal class or just relax with tea.  Register at or call 923-3209, 191 Main Street, Ossining.           

Local Law Regarding Alarm Systems to Go Into Full Effect in January Please be advised that property owners/tenants with an alarm system must register with the Village Clerk.  Applications submitted, will be processed and permits will be issued for the 2009 year.  Full text of this local law, as well as the permit application, is available online at  False alarms shall be subject to penalty.  If you have any questions, please contact our Village Clerk, Mary Ann Roberts at 762-8428.             

U.S. Census Bureau Jobs for 2008/2009 Available positions:  Recruitment Assistants, Crew Leaders, Field Staff (Enumerators).  The U.S. Census Bureau needs local residents for a variety of exciting opportunities, including interviewing, office administration and supervision.  A large part of these jobs involve dealing with the public.  Most of the jobs require you to locate and interview households.  The information you collect is confidential, and must not be disclosed to anyone who has not sworn to protect Census Bureau information.  $18 – 20 / HR.  To apply please call (646) 233-2406 x 2443, (866) 861-2010 x 2443, (646) 233-2405 x 2443 Monday – Friday 5:00 pm.  – 9:00 p.m.  Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


From Tweens to Teens…What Makes Them Tick?  Come Listen, Learn & Share.  Dr. Anthony E. Wolf will describe teenagers today and discuss how they think and respond to the stresses and challenges of the world today.  Come learn how you can positively support your teen.  November 13, 2008, 7 – 9 p.m. in the Ossining High School Auditorium, 29 South Highland Avenue.  Dr. Anthony E. Wolf has appeared on many TV news shows and is the author of numerous child raising books including the best selling and widely acclaimed “Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?” A Parents’ Guide to the New Teenager.  Refreshments will be served.  Childcare (3-12 years) will be available.  


Something new is happening in Ossining!  Stop & Shop Grand Re-Opening is scheduled for Friday, November 14, 2008.  Doors open at 7:00 a.m.  Arcadian Shopping Center, 246 South Highland Avenue, Ossining. 923-6550. Store hours will be Monday-Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Important Notice For Cablevision Customers…Residents now have until December 31, 2008 to get the free digital box.  The free digital box offer for Broadcast Basic & Analog Family Cable customers has just been extended until the end of the year, with the same terms as before.  It is for existing customers in good standing with no changes in level of service.  Also as before, only one free digital box per household and the free offer does not apply to new Cablevision customers. 


Habitat for Humanity of Westchester’s new warehouse is open located at 721 East 133rd Street, Bronx, easily accessible from all major highways and bridges.  Donations now being accepted.  For more information contact Drew at (914) 403-4006.  There are also great bargains available on doors, windows, furniture and cabinets.   Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, 524 Main Street, New Rochelle 914-636-8335.   


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 it’s 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. 


Ossining Public Library Events…

-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.

-"The Farm Comes to You" This holiday season treat yourself to the best foods available! Come to the Ossining Public Library on Friday, November 14th for our Friday Forum and join Community Markets Director Miriam Haas for a mouth watering presentation. Miriam will speak about the many benefits of fresh produce, delicious baked goods, chicken, fish, organic products and regional wines that are available at the Farmers Market here in Ossining. Come and discover some wonderful recipes and exciting foods that will make your holidays special. Don't forget to bring your brown bag lunch, dessert and beverage will be provided. Reservations are not necessary, just come relax and enjoy! See you on November 14th for lunch in the theater. It all begins around 11:30 a.m.

-A 55 Alive Mature Driving Course will be offered at the library on Wednesday November 19th and Thursday November 20th from 9 a.m.- 1:15 p.m each day. The course instructor is Neville Horne. The course fee is $10.00 and registrants must attend both sessions. Pick up an enrollment application in the library.For additional information call 942-2416 X 326.

-Live theater returns to the library on Thursday, November 13th. "Moonlight and Magnolias" by Ron Hutchinson will be on our stage, curtain time is 7:30 p.m. This M&M Production has been directed by Carol Eagen and stars Brian DeToma, Karen Muendell, Gary Simon and Dick Smith. Set in Hollywood in 1939 the play is a behind -the-scenes look at writing the screenplay for the epic film "Gone With the Wind." The Daily News called it "Frankly my dear, this is one funny play."  Free admission.

-"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.


“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 St. Ann’s 4th annual "A Taste of Portugal Dinner”, a Portuguese dinner and reception and social gathering.  This year we celebrate "As Vindimas"- the art of grape picking: a Fall Cultural event with costumes, food and traditions from many parts of Portugal.  This event will be held on November 15, 2008 at 7pm at St. Ann's School, 16 Elizabeth Street.  Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children under 13.  Tickets are available from Shana da Silva, 879-5543 or Irene da Silva, 403-3133 or the school office, 941-0312.

Read, learn and play during the national gaming day!

The Ossining Public Library is participating in National Gaming Day @ Your Library.  Saturday, November 15, 2008 the Library will join hundreds of other libraries around the country for the first annual celebration of National Gaming @ your library.  Together with other libraries across the country the Ossining Public Library will provide games suitable for the entire family to enjoy.  During National Gaming Day, libraries will provide a social gaming experience not found elsewhere in the community.  Many libraries will participate in two events, a national videogame tournament and an attempt to establish a record for the most number of library patrons playing the board game “Pictureka!” at the same time.  It will be a great opportunity for people of all ages in the greater Ossining community to have fun playing video and board games at the library,” said Tamara Stewart, Teen Services Coordinator at the Ossining Public Library.  Game On! Will run from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. after the library’s regular Saturday hours, and game-playing will take place throughout the building.  There will be Super Smash Brothers Brawl Tournament in the Theater, Halo-Playing on the Main Floor, folks rockin-out with Guitar Hero World Tour in the Conference Room and Wii Sports in the Teen Room.  In addition, the Children’s Library will have computer and board games available for younger children and families.  The library is hoping this event will attract both our regulars, as well as people who don’t usually patronize libraries.  National Gaming Day is a national initiative supported by the American Library Association, and our 2008 sponsors are Hasbro, Top Trumps and Wizards of the Coast.  For more information on National Gaming Day please visit 

St. Ann's Church is hosting the Ossining High School Girls Varsity Softball Dinner Dance on November 21, 2008 at 7pm.  The varsity girls are fundraising for a trip to Orlando Fl. for spring training.  The evening will feature DJ Johnny G, great door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.  Dinner is $20 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under, children under 5 are free.  For reservation call the school at 941-0312.

Children’s Center Plans Tabletop Trailblazer The Ossining Children’s Center annual fall fundraiser, the traditional kick-off to the holiday season in the Briarcliff/Ossining area, will be held on November 21 at 11:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Trump National Golf Club.  The OCC has a surprise for area residents with its totally unique Tabletop Inspirations” celebration fundraiser. Believing that “the best moments of our lives often happen at a family table with friends and loved ones and that to make the most of these moments is one of life’s greatest joys,” the Center has invited well known area hostesses and professionals to create their own unique tabletop setting and combine it with an experience in the same theme, to be donated as prizes at the luncheon.  Guests will enjoy viewing the creative results of the most innovative hostesses in the area and bid on their favorites to take home.  For example, Diana Gould Ltd of Scarsdale will be designing a “Victorian Christmas” tabletop with lovely linens and golden accoutrements.  It will be highlighted by a dramatic centerpiece of three sparkling red Christmas trees of different heights and embellished with gold French ribbons and golden angels. She will enhance her theme with dinner for two at the Four Star Equus Restaurant at the Castle in Tarrytown.  Another tabletop creation for display and silent auction, “Fall in Vermont,” will include lovely hand engraved pieces from Simon Pearce.   Recalling the words of William Bliss Carman in Fall in Vermont, “The scarlet of the Maples can shake me like a cry of the bugles going by,” this table will reflect the scents, flavors and sights of a fall day in Vermont.  The winner will enjoy a personal guided tour of the Simon Pearce manufacturing facilities and lunch at the Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, Vermont, as well as the lovely tabletop pieces, including classically simple and elegant Simon Pearce hand blown candlesticks, wine goblets and ice bucket, and an everlasting beautiful fall bouquet.  An extension of the event’s activities includes complimentary engraving by the Simon Pearce professional engraver on both the day of and the day after the event, at Holbrook Cottage on Nov 21, 2:30-6:00 pm & November 22 11:00-5:00 pm.  A percentage of proceeds from purchases made at Holbrook Cottage on those days will be donated to the OCC.  With the exclusive personal appearance of the Simon Pearce engraver, right in Briarcliff, the item is immediately available!   A Nantucket Summer table will recreate the magic of the “far away island” for a table to be brought to your own home complete with a private chef.  Beautiful tabletop items, actually hailing from Nantucket will create the ocean inspired feeling of a gracious Nantucket dinner brought to you by hostess Heather McVeigh of Briarcliff Manor.  The creative duo of Lynn Puro and Lisa McTerran, owners of March in Briarcliff Manor, and Lifestyles and Interiors by Lisa, of Croton, respectively, are combining to create a “Haute Couture Dinner” table.  The elegant table for four will include an ingenious use of jewelry, scarves and bags as well as gift certificates from March, an in-home design consultation with Lisa and a Two Night Stay in a luxury high rise Manhattan apartment, the Fashion Capital of the World!  Manhattan designer, Sarah Tallman of Grove and Joan McGinty of Briarcliff Manor are contributing a “Hampton Candle lit Beach Table,” which is casual, yet elegantly romantic.  It will include place setting for six that features Vellum’s “Garbo” dinner and salad plates in hand painted white Italian ceramic, rimmed in 18 K gold.  Tiny arrangements of blue and white delphiniums, veronica and other wild grasses and flowers will add touches of color and enhance the beach feeling.  Other tabletop themes will include Christmas Garlands Galore, Just Desserts, Midnight Joy, New Year’s Eve Breakfast, Chinese New Year, Labor of Love and Garden Party.  All proceeds from Tabletop Inspirations will benefit the Ossining Children’s Center generous tuition assistance program.  Over the years the Center has worked with hundreds of children whose academic prospects and family’s economic future were transformed by the Children’s Center.  Ticket price to the event is $130.00.  For more information, please contact Shawn Cribari at the Center at 941-0230 X 13 of  Reservations may be made at Holbrook Cottage, 1253 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, 914-944-0734.


Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion Pieces of April, Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.  The third offering of this year’s Maryknoll International Film Festival, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, will be shown on Friday, Nov. 21, 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 Pieces of April, a 2003 U.S., film from director Peter Hedges.  Each film in the series is introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening. For a listing of all films in the series visit  Information: 914-941-7590. All are welcome.  Admission is free.  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 go to


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


Help Send Ossining Kids to Summer Camp Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. – Ossining Community Action Program Presents a new initiative spearheaded by Ossining CAP and supported by the entire community (including you!) to help families pay for kids summer camp.  For more information contact Charlie Knight, Director at (914) 923-6380.  Donations can be mailed to Ossining Community Action Program, 2 Church Street, Ossining, attention Charlie Knight, Director, summer camp fund.


More OPL Events… 

Ossining Public Library Events…

-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. "The White Sheik" directed by Frederico Fellini will be shown 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.

-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.


Sunday, November 30, 2008 St. Ann's Church will host an Annual Christmas Bazaar.  The event will be held in the School, 16 Elizabeth Street, from 9 am to 4 pm and will include many vendors, great food and a visit from Santa.


One Big Holiday Party…All organizations, clubs, elected and appointed officials welcomed.  Come together for an evening of conversation & fun with others from Ossining.  December 10, 2008 6:30 p.m. at Travelers Rest.  Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ossining.  $45 per person, RSVP Required.  Please mail your reservations eary (last year the event was sold out) to The Rotary Club of Ossining, P.O. Box 488, Ossining.


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