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Release Date: December 05, 2008

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Wanted! Gently Used Bikes for Bike Drive!  We are collecting gently used bikes in good condition.  Bikes donated will be distributed before Christmas to the children of Ossining.  Please help.  Bikes should be dropped off at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway. 


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. 


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony, December 7th.  The Central Committee of Organized War Veterans of the Town of Ossining will conduct a ceremony at 12:00 noon in from of the Ossining Municipal Building, 16 Croton Avenue.  Please join them in a simple tribute to the many men and women that served in that period of American history. 


Dedication of the Ossining Community Christmas Crib will be held on 2 p.m., Sunday,  December 7, 2008.  (Rain/Snow date Dec. 14, 2008) at Washington Square (the corner of Croton Ave and Todd Place). 50/50 chances are still available please contact Bonnie Marconi 941-6013 for more information.  Raffle date is December 16th.

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:


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. 


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.


The Ossining Athletic Booster Club (OABC) is a non-profit volunteer organization comprised of parents, students, and other community members who have an interest in enhancing the athletic programs of the Ossining School District.  OABC operates to assist the athletic departments and our student athletes by promoting a positive atmosphere.  The Athletic Booster Club also provides moral and financial support needed for a successful athletic program.  The Athletic Department budgets do not cover all of the costs to run a school athletic program and count on contributions from the OABC.   Club Membership meeting is Tuesday, December 9th from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at OHS in room 123 (near the gym).  On the agenda will be Winter Athletes’ Appreciation Dinner (January 29th), guest speaker Don McPherson, Fundraising for Senior Athletes Dinner (June 1st) and Committees.  Ossining High School Athletic Hall of Fame is currently accepting nominations for consideration into the Ossining High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  Nominations can be sent to or, nominations must be submitted by April 13, 2009. 


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…

- 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 at 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


Teatown Event - Feeding Time Food, glorious food, what’s on the menu today? Tasty crickets? Juicy worms? Turtle salad? Join in as we feed Teatown’s menagerie. All welcome. Saturday, December 13, 1 pm – 2 pm Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


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.


Teatown Event - Popolopen Torne Hike A very noticeable landscape feature in the Hudson Highlands, the Torne is a craggy summit at the edge of Harriman State Park. From the summit there is a panoramic view of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain and the surrounding hills. Dress in layers, wear hiking boots and bring lunch and water. Moderate – strenuous. Adults. Sunday, December 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Four Generations…Over 130 Years of Art by the Brandreth / Wunderlich Family at the Ossining Public Library.  Reception Sunday, December 14, 2008 from 1 – 4 p.m.  The artwork of Pauine Burgess Brandreth, Courtenay Brandreth, Eleanor Brandreth Wunderlich and John Cronau Wunderlich will be on display from December 1 – 29th.


On Monday evening, December 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 34 South Highland Avenue "Out of Anxiety and Into Peace - Finding Strength in Difficult Times", conversation, learning, sharing, tools for living in these tough weeks of holidays.  All are invited.  Led by Rev. Lynda Clements, pastor of FPCO, and Sandra Ploth, Reike Master, Spiritual Director and RN at Sloan Kettering Hospital.  Suggested donation, $5.00.  For more information, please call 941-0540 or 307-3349.


“Mrs. Astor Regrets” Author at Ossining Library The author of a new book about Brooke Astor, the endearing philanthropist and socialite who died last year at the age of 105 at her estate in Briarcliff Manor, will discuss the behind-the-headlines story of the Astor empire’s unraveling, at the Ossining Public Library on December 17, at 7:30 p.m.  Meryl Gordon, author of Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrays of a Family Beyond Reproach, conducted 230 interviews, and talked to 50 of the 100 people who attended Astor’s 100th birthday gala at the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills. Gordon, who has written for New York magazine and The New York Times Magazine and teaches at the New York University Graduate School of Journalism, said the family’s saga “felt like a novel to me, except all the people were real.”  Gordon got everyone to speak, from Nancy Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Annette de la Renta, and David Rockefeller — all part of Brooke’s elite social circle — to Mrs. Astor’s devoted staff, to her warring family members.  As head of the Astor Foundation, Brooke Astor gave away more than $175 million to charities. Holly Hill, her 64-acre estate in Briarcliff, recently went on the market for $12.9 million. 

Gordon will be interviewed at the library by Bob Minzesheimer, a library trustee and book critic for USA Today. Gordon and Minzesheimer began their careers as fellow reporters at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.  After the discussion, the author will be available to sign copies of the book sold by the Village Bookstore of Pleasantville which will share 10% of sales with the library.


Help Send Ossining’s Children to Summer Camp 2009 on Thursday, December 18th 6:30 – 10:00 there will be a fundraiser at Isabella’s Brick Oven Pizza and Restaurant, 107 Main Street.  Santa will be visiting so please call with age and gender of children.  For more information contact Charlie Knight 923-6380 or Matthew Gullotta 525-0744.  Tickets $15 Adults, $10 Children – includes salad, meal, appetizers, dessert, coffee and drinks. 


Teatown Event - Pre-count Survey We’re getting a head start on the Annual Bird Count. Help us locate where the birds are before the count begins. All welcome. Friday, December 19 7:30 am  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion: Away From Her The third offering of this year’s Maryknoll International Film Festival, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, will be shown on Friday, December 19, 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 Away From Her, a 2006 Canadian film from director Sarah Polley.  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 –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 currently serve the Church in 28 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at


Teatown Event - Annual Christmas Bird Count Give a holiday gift to nature! Help Charlie and Teatown educators in this very important census as we hike the trails to count wintering birds. The information gathered is compiled and sent to National Audubon which uses the information to monitor irruptive species, trends in populations and other conservation issues that impact avian health. Afterwards, participants are invited to join birders from all over Northern Westchester at the compilation dinner held at Teatown. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm. Saturday, December 20, starts at 8 am Please RSVP for the dinner to Phyllis Bock at 762-2912 ext 135. There is a $6 per person charge for dinner. All welcome. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Solstice Stories Come sit with us by the fire on Solstice Eve to hear winter tales. All welcome. Saturday, December 20, 3 pm – 4:30 pm Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:

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.             

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