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Release Date: November 26, 2008

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Village of Ossining!

Please note all Town and Village offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday November 28th.  There is no garbage collection on Thanksgiving, however there is garbage collection on Friday, November 28th.


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 or 914-941-3554 for more information. 


Daniel James Gagliardi, PhD Mathematics, 1977 graduate Ossining High School, textbook on Linear Algebra is now on sale at Barnes and Noble and


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!


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 at a Press Preview on Monday, December 1st from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 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”.  Official unveiling will take place on Friday, December 5th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. during Ossining’s First Friday Celebration.    


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 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. 


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:


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:; e-mail:

Ossining Woman’s Club News…Christmas at the White House
William J. Reynolds will relate some of the history of how the Christmas holiday is celebrated at the White House.  During his informative and lively presentation, William will share some of the greeting cards obtained from the White House Historical Association (the official custom began with Calvin Coolidge) and the music still played at Christ Church in Oyster Bay, Long Island (the hometown of Teddy Roosevelt).  After the presentation, guests are invited to stay for tea.  All are welcome.  Admission is free; membership is not required. 

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008, 2:00 pm, 2 Lincoln Place in Ossining (just south of the high school on South Highland Avenue).  Enter building at the left side.


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:; e-mail:


Join the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Ossining for First Friday in Ossining on December 5th.  Businesses in downtown will be open late to welcome holiday shoppers and ring in the holidays with caroling, the downtown tree lighting, and the appearance of Santa who will arrive by fire truck to greet children!  The fun begins around 5:30 p.m. at Market Square, hope to see you there!


If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the mornin'!  Work O' the Weavers to perform Friday 5 December at 8pm in Trinity Church - Remember Pete Seeger and the Weavers? Love Folk Music? Want a family-friendly event on a Friday night? Come relive the glory days of folk music and support RiverBuild 2008 (RiverBuild is a mission trip of 7 Episcopal churches from the lower Hudson Valley who will be helping to rebuild the Gulf Coast after Katrina and Gustav from 26 December - 2 January) to support them go to After enjoying First Friday in Ossining at Market Square with the lighting of the holiday decorations and a visit from Santa come up to Trinity Church for a concert hosted by radio personality Robert Sherman. This is a benefit concert for Hurricane Relief.  RiverBuild volunteers will be constructing homes for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.  Tickets are $25.00 in advance though or $30.00 at the door.  Coffee and refreshments after the show! And a 50/50 Raffle.  The concert will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008 8 PM, Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 South Highland Avenue, Ossining


Mark Sarazen will host a "Digital Palette", an Open House at Sarazen Editions on December 5th from 5-7 PM.  This is a great opportunity to see a portfolio of Giclees and see first-hand his digital printmaking studio.  Lite fare and libations. 51 Morningside Drive, Ossining Please RSVP by November 28 to or by

phone: 914: 945-0101. 


Author Reveals Motive for JFK Assassination and Explains why the truth still matter 45 years later.  In his new book, JFK and the Unspeakable author and peace activist James W. Douglass has written a compelling, persuasive account of why President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and why the unmasking of this truth remains crucial for the future of our country and the world.  He will present his findings at a lecture at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center in Ossining on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 at 7 p.m.  Drawing on wide research, Douglass traces a sequence of steps-- from the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and the standoff of the Cuban Missile Crisis, right up to his final days--that transformed JFK from a conventional Cold Warrior to someone determined to pay the ultimate price for peace.  Those actions, Douglass argues, caused members of his own U.S. military-intelligence establishment to regard him as a dangerous traitor who had to be eliminated.  According to Douglass, it is only by learning the dangerous truth of our history and unmasking the forces behind JFK’s death, that we can free ourselves and our country to pursue his vision of peace.  Critics have called JFK and the Unspeakable “a peerless and extraordinary historical contribution,” “a myth-exploding story,” “a stunning mix of political thriller and meticulous scholarship.” Gaeton Fonzi, former Staff Investigator for the US House Select Committee on Assassinations, has called it “by far the most important book yet written on the subject.”  Douglass presents an unfamiliar story that is by turns shocking, illuminating, and inspiring.  Lecture will take place at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  For directions call 941-7636 ext. 2294.  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 consult the World Wide Web at


Teatown Event - Scat!  Who left that pile in the forest? A lot can be told by from the traces an animal has left behind. Get the scoop on poop in this entertaining and educational program. All welcome. Saturday, December 6, 11 am – 12:30 pm Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


The Ossining United Methodist Church holds its Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 6th, 2008 from 9am to 4pm.  The bazaar features homemade baked goods, beautifully-decorated wreaths, a book sale and a tag sale. Santa will visit!  Our thrift shop with gently-used clothes will also be open.  The church is located on the corner of Emwilton Place and Rt 9, next to Ossining High School.


The Old Mill Singers Holiday Show will be held on Friday, December 5th & Saturday December 6th in the Ossining High School auditorium.  Show starts at 8 PM, refreshments served at intermission.  Celebrate a year of holidays, come listen and see our children's choir and our individual acts, always a great time!  Tickets are $13 for adults, seniors and children $11 dollars.  For more information call:  John Massey at 941-3906 or Mike Mimnaugh at 762-7446, or email them at


The St. Augustine School's 20th Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, December 6th 10am to 4pm.  70 Crafters will participate, there will be raffles, a book fair, bake sale and wreaths and poinsettias for sale. 


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


First Time Home Buyer Workshop  At the Ossining Public Library theater on Monday, December 8th from 7 pm – 9 pm.  Are you considering purchasing a home?  Do you wonder if you would be better off buying rather than renting a home?  Learn about the home buying process with NO sales pitches and NO pressure.  Topics to be covered:  selecting a realtor, lender and attorney, the importance of your credit profile, and how to determine what you can afford.  Also learn about upcoming local affordable ownership opportunities.  Sponsored by Housing Action Council, Interfaith Council for Action and the Ossining Public Library.  To register, please call 914-941-5252.  Admission is free.


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.


More OPL Events…

-A staged reading of a play written by former Ossining resident and Ossining Public Schools music teacher Anna Mione will be heard in the theater on December 4th  at 7:30 p.m. The play: "Sicilian Seduction" is brought to us by M&M productions. Following the reading, Anna will address questions from the audience.

- More "Great Music" will be heard at the library on Sunday, December 7th @ 3 p.m. when Eddie Schnecker and Friends will present "Words & Music of Broadway" featuring songs from "My Fair Lady", "Guys & Dolls", "West Side Story"," Brigadoon" and many more.  Joining Eddie will be Maureen Daw and Joseph Byrne, accompanied by pianist, Carolyn Black. Eddie is excited to be back where it all began namely here in Ossining. He attended Ossining Public Schools and was a part of Art Jay's Children's Opera Company, and all the musicals during his years at OHS.  Free Admission.

-On Wednesday evening, December 10th beginning at 7 p.m.  Patty Chapman will moderate a lively book discussion on a very well received book among critics and readers alike. The book to be discussed is "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time." This true story is about building schools in the remote regions of Pakistan and the passion of one man who made a difference. The discussion will take place in the theater.

 -“Stromboli-Land of God" the final movie in the fall Italian film series will be shown on December 11th at 7 p.m. Directed by Roberto Rossellini, it stars  the beautiful Ingrid Bergman who plays a foreigner in a displaced persons camp and gains freedom by marrying a fisherman from Stromboli.  Shlomi Ron will be on hand to lead a discussion following the showing.

-Our festive Holiday Forum and Brown Bag luncheon will be on Friday, December 12th beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the theater. Singer/pianist Carolyn Black will entertain the luncheon audience with special holiday words and music including a sing-a-long of favorite seasonal songs. Also at the luncheon we wish to recognize several library volunteers who this past year have put in many hours of service. Time to take a break from your hectic holiday schedule and join us for some cheer and good fellowship, Wassail and dessert will be provided.

-Four Generations of Brandreth Family Paintings will be on view during the month of December. The exhibit is curated by John Wunderlich. Opening Reception will be on Sunday, December 14th from 1-4 p.m.

- Author, Meryl Gordon will be at the library on Wednesday, December 17th @ 7:30 p.m.  Join Bob Minzesheimer who will be here to interview her and hear about her recently published book: "Mrs. Astor Regrets. The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach", book signing to follow.  It all takes place in the theater.

-The Ossining Library's "Great Music" series presents January Jazz on Sunday, January 4th @ 3 p.m. The concert will star The Brian Conigliaro Quartet, featuring Brian Conigliaro on guitar, Mike Goetz on bass, John Arrucci on drums and Kenny Venezia on saxaphone.Start the New Year off with an afternoon of jazz and blues from the 1920's- 1980's.  Individually the musicians have performed or recorded with artists such as James Brown, David Amram, Vic Juris, Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan and others. Come hear the music of Sonny Rollins, Van Morrison, George Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more! It all takes place in the theater. Admission is free.

-Weslee and Eugene McGovern will lead a new four part book discussion at the Ossining library beginning in January. "The Cairo Trilogy" by the Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1988, Naguib Mahfouz will be the subject. The Trilogy consists of "Palace Walk", "Palace of Desire", and "Sugar Street'. "Palace Walk" will be covered in two sessions on January 12 and February 9. The other books will be discussed on March 9 and April 13. The McGoverns lived in Cairo from 2000-2007 and visited many times the streets and neighborhoods that are the setting for the Trilogy. Discussions will take place in the Conference Room beginning at 7 p.m.


Christmas Concert at Maryknoll  The Maryknoll choir, composed of Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, lay missioners, affiliates and employees, will usher in the Christmas season with their annual Christmas at Maryknoll concert, Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m., at Queen of Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll Society Center in Ossining.  In addition to the prepared program of medieval, contemporary and traditional Christmas music, the nearly 40 choir members and musicians will invite the audience to join them in singing hymns and songs of the season, under the direction of Owen Borda, music coordinator at Maryknoll.  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  The concert will be held at the Queen of Apostles Chapel, Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  For more information contact 941-7590.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers –formally known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America—was founded in 1911 with the support of the Bishops of the United States to be the chief mission outreach of the American Church.  They are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 27 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at


Sing for a Supper Benefit for the Ossining Food Pantry.  Members of the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester and of St. Ann's and St. Paul's-on-the-Hill Churches and other friends from greater Ossining and Briarcliff are sponsoring an old fashioned sing-along on Saturday, December 13, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Paul's-on-the-Hill, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.  Join us for dessert, hot chocolate, mulled cider and some tunes!
Admission is free, but a collection will be taken.  Bring cans of tuna or salmon, bags of beans or rice, or cereal to help fill the Pantry's shelves.  (Please check the expiration dates!)  This is a wonderful opportunity to make sure our neighbors and their children have enough to eat.  For more information, directions, or to reserve a seat, visit: To donate to the Ossining Food Pantry directly go to:


A photo for a Life! 'Yon foto pou yon vi' (in Haitian creole) Westchester Photographers and Westchester Photo Groups in direct response to the starving children in Haiti

which 'Doctors without Borders' are trying to nourish and save, will be having a large sale of unmatted and unframed original signed photographic prints at All Saints Church

on Scarborough Road in Briarcliff Manor, New York (1 mile west of route 9) on Saturday, December 13th from 1-4p.m.  Every print will sell for $25.00 even though the prints are worth much more...but it is felt that the sale of each print at this price can feed a child for several days in Haiti and provide valuable nourishment and re-hydration.  In these difficult times, here is a chance to acquire an amazing work of art and to also help save starving children. All funds raised from the sale will go to 'Doctors without Borders' for their work in Haiti. This benefit has been organized by Ossining photographic artist Mark Sadan and Betlinn (Shamou) Louis, a young Haitian Woman student from the small village of Marigot in Haiti currently studying in the USA.   They will both be at the sale.    For further information contact Mark Sadan at 762-0219.

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.


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