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OSSINING WEB BLAST 11-21-2008 - PART1
Release Date: November 21, 2008

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EAC Positions Available The Village Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) currently has four open positions for new members. The EAC, a volunteer body consisting of nine appointed members, works to raise awareness of environmental issues within the Village through education and outreach initiatives. It is also charged with administering the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) for development west of Route 9 to ensure the protection of coastal habitat areas and to guide future development in the waterfront area so that environmental concerns are taken into account. The EAC is also designated as an interested agency under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) for the review of Environmental Impact Statements.  The EAC meets on the first Wednesday of every month. EAC members are also currently working with the Teatown Lake Reservation’s Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance (ELLA) initiative.  Village residents with a background in land use law, physical or environmental sciences, and related fields and those with an interest in environmental issues as they relate to the Village are strongly encouraged to apply.   Please contact Village Manager Linda Cooper at lcooper@villageofossining.org or 914-941-3554 for more information. 

 

Local grad helps lead Rotary youth event.  Former Ossining High School student Omar Herrera recently co-moderated a Rotary International United Nations, a leadership conference in which youth leaders from across the country come together to speak and learn about key humanitarian issues.  Two panels were presented about the Ossining Interact and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards programs. The presentations covered a range of life-changing experiences and showed the more than 600 high school students in the audience how to start making significant changes in their own communities and those around the world through Rotary work.  Sue Donnelly, an Ossining Village Trustee and Rotary Club member, and Henry Atterbury, Ossining Parks and Recreation Superintendent who heads the area's Interact and RYLA programs, attended the event with local students.

Con Edison’s New “Green” Web Site Has “How-To” Tips - The Power of Green: Save Energy and Money  Did you know a 42-inch plasma television set, used only a few hours a day, consumes more electricity than a full size refrigerator? Or that compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) use 25-percent less electricity than standard bulbs, while lasting 10 times longer?  Many other energy-saving tips for homes and businesses  ? as well as links to information about renewable energy and green power ? are on The Power of Green, the new Web site launched today by Con Edison.  The site’s energy-conservation tips page uses animation to provide a do-it-yourself energy audit, taking viewers through a house room by room, and showing energy-saving suggestions. Both residential and business customers can learn how best to manage energy consumption, getting more from their dollars while also reducing carbon emissions.  The site, which also provides news about the company’s environmental efforts, can be accessed at http://www.coned.com/thepowerofgreen/index.asp, or by visiting Con Edison’s home page at www.coned.com and selecting The Power of Green. A “green glossary” of environmental and energy terms also accompanies the helpful money-saving tips for cooling, heating, lighting, and appliances.  The Power of Green site is Con Edison’s newest educational effort in the spirit of EnergyNY, the company's plan to meet the future energy needs of its customers through infrastructure upgrades and energy-efficiency programs. EnergyNY can be viewed at www.conEd.com/energyny.

Welcome Back!  Stop & Shop in the Arcadian Re-Opened on Friday, November 14, 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.  Glad to have you back!

 

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!

Clearing out, or re-arranging your space? Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester’s furniture bank is seeking donations of your average-sized, gently-used furniture for Westchester’s neediest families. Tax-deductible, and pickup is available. www.furnituresharehouse.com or 914.834.1294 for more info, or to donate. Thank you!

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.
 

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  www.maryknoll.org/filmfest.  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 www.maryknoll.org/society.

 

Dinner & A Show - Trinity Last Minute Cabaret!  Trinity Church presents it's annual November Dinner (postponed this year from Veterans Day weekend) on Saturday 22 November starting at 5:30pm with a social hour. The menu is succulent appetizers, then home made pot roast, roasted potatoes and glazed carrots followed by trifle for dessert. The Cabaret features Trinity's merry band of singers performing selections from Camelot to Spamelot with a bit of Barbara Streisand and Noel Coward. Donations are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10 years of age. info@trinityossining.org     www.trinityossining.org

 

Trinity Book Club (TCB) Sunday November 23, 2008 following coffee hour after the 10am service.  We've been reading Peter J. Gomes, "The Good Book" if you haven't started reading, are only partly done, or are considering joining TCB, come and enjoy homemade meatloaf, macaroni & cheese, and maybe even one of Dennis' infamous & delicious desserts!  These gatherings are as much about discussing the books as they are about the family getting together. Come join the fabulous family fellowship and delectable discussion!  Let us know if you'll be there.  info@trinityossining.org

 

Ossining’s Coffeehouse Night presents The Underground Café featuring Luke Ryan from NYC’s “Music Under New York” and MSG’s Soundtracks performing original songs, blues, rock and “a little monkey business”.  Followed by ‘Open Mic’ performers (musicians/songwriters) Saturday, November 22nd @7:30 p.m.  Admission is $15.  Refreshments sold.  At Josie’s International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining.  Call for reservations 432-8502.  www.josiedance.com.

 

Teatown Event - Turtle Power!  Meet Teatown’s turtles and enjoy making a craft to take home too. For children 4 – 7 years accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required. Saturday, November 22, 1 pm – 2 pm. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.

 

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 AmericanTowns.com.  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 AmericanTowns.com.   The new Ossining Community Calendar can be found at www.Americantowns.com/NY/Ossining.

 

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…

-The last film in a series of Classic Italian Films, exploring the meaning of home from the physical place to a loved person, will be offered on December 11th. The films have been selected by Shlomi Ron, and he will introduce and lead a discussion following each film. "Stromboli" starring Ingrid Bergman will be shown on.  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 "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.

 

"Sustainability: the Next Industrial Revolution" Lecture in the Ossining Public Library Auditorium on Saturday, November 29th 12:30 pm.  This one hour lecture (plus Q/A) is intended for business leaders and professors, developers, green entrepreneurs, planners of all sorts, MBA students and graduates and others who want to dive deeply into the concepts of sustainability and learn from some business 'best practices'.   The speaker Peter Sherman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Tropical Rainforest Systems Ecology, University of Redlands (Previously taught at Deep Springs College, Universities of Arizona, Michigan and Binghamton, Marlboro College.  Dr. Sherman has also made several international presentations and has received teaching awards.)  Additionally, Dr. Sherman has given this talk many times, including two keynote addresses to School of Business MBA honors inductees, several schools of business and chambers of commerce in the southern California region and urban planning/land use organizations.  Please join us for a very interesting, informative lecture. 

 

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.

 

Professional film producer and photographer, Mark Sadan, who has lived in Ossining for over 25 years, has created a visual celebration of Ossining.  These images Sadan has given to the Town and Village which have been presented to the Ossining Post Office in the form of an on-going exhibit for the viewing pleasure of all who enter therein will be unveiled on Monday, December 1st at 5:00 p.m. at the Ossining Post Office, Main Street. The exhibit consists of three collages of the portraits of people from the Village of Ossining and  will include 2007 and 2008 Village Fair images, sports, as well as a panoramic of Main Street and scenic views of this river town.  Mark Sadan will be present at the opening.  The printing and framing of this exhibit was made possible by small grants from local businesses and organizations.  Mark Sadan, who travels extensively throughout the world, and is widely published and exhibited, sees this installation as a small way of saying thank you for the place he calls “home”. 

 

Public Hearing Notification Please take notice that a Public Hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at the Ossining Operations Center, 101 Route 9A, Ossining, New York 10562, where public comment will be taken on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) prepared in connection with the Hidden Cove project.  The proposed project would involve the construction of 132 residential living units, 325 parking spaces, and the adaptive reuse of the Brandreth Pill Factory.  For more information please contact the Planning Department at 914-762-6232 or the website www.villageofossining.org under the SEQRA webpage.

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

“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: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.

 

Teatown Event - Eco-Friendly Housecleaning The average home contains many unhealthy chemicals in the form of cleaning products. Learn why and how to clean your home easily and effectively using simple, inexpensive, non-toxic materials. Make an easy, natural all-purpose spray cleaner to bring home (a great holiday gift for family and friends). Instructor: Linsay Cochran, Teatown Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance (ELLA) Coordinator. Teatown offers non-credit courses in collaboration with Westchester Community College’s Adult Extension Program. This program is open to anyone over the age of 16. Wednesday, December 3, 7 pm – 8:30 pm  Pre-registration required. Members $5, Nonmembers $20 plus additional $5 fee for materials. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.

 

Friends if History Croton, present That Wilder Image Hudson River Art:  An Illustrated Talk Presented by Cynthia Anderson, Art Historian.  The story of the Hudson River School; the 19th century American painters who created a distinctive style of landscape painting which helped to shape the national identity of America after the Post Revolutionary period.  The show will cover the period 1825 to 1875 as we look at the works of Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, Fredrick Church, John Kensett, Sanford Gifford and others.   Thursday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Dr., Croton 271-6612.  

 

Teatown Event - “First Thursdays” Discussion Group Teatown’s monthly environmental discussion group continues. Join Executive Director Fred Koontz, and other experts, share in exploring environmental issues within and beyond Teatown borders. Check website for topics. Adults. Thursday, December 4, 7:30pm – 9pm  Pre-registration required. Free. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.


 



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