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WEB BLAST 3-25-2010
Release Date: March 25, 2010

The Village Board is seeking individuals to serve on Waterfront Vision Committee.  Anyone wishing to apply for this committee should send a letter of interest and resume to The Village Manager’s Office, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562,  Attn:  Christina Papes or send via email to  Letters and resumes must be received by April 19th.

The Ossining Community Sailing Club based at the waterfront in Ossining is open to all who are interested in sailing or learning how to sail.  We welcome inquiries and you can call the Ossining Recreation and Parks Department at 941-3189 or go to their website for more details

Town/County Taxes Due in April.  The Town of Ossining Tax Office has mailed out Town/County bills early this year to give people a longer time to pay without a penalty.  The last day to pay without a penalty is April 30, 2010.  Please contact the Town Tax Office at (914)762-8790 if you have not received a tax bill by March 26, 2010.

Passport Day in the USA –March 27, 2010 The Ossining Post Office is hosting a Passport fair in Ossining, on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. The Ossining Post Office is joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2010, a national passport acceptance and outreach event.  U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Bermuda at land boarders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the US government.  Information on the cost and how to apply for a US passport is available at U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Center toll free at 1-877-487-2778.
Event:  Passport Day in the USA passport fair
Date:   Saturday, March 27, 2010
Time:   10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where:  Ossining Post Office, 100 Main Street, Ossining, 10562
  914-941-7348, Please call for Appointment.

Briarcliff Comedy Improv Seeks New Members  Join in the fun of comedy improv in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere.  The group meets every other Monday evening from 7:30 to 10.  Improv leader performs professionally in NYC.  Learn to be free and spontaneous and enhance your creativity and imagination.  Improve your self-confidence and communication skills while building trust and team support.  No experience necessary just a desire to improve your skills and have fun.  For more information, contact Phyllis Kirigin.

Save The Date… The 30th Annual Village Fair is scheduled for June 12th for more information go to the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce website at

Census 2010! All Residents Should Have Received Census Questionnaires Already!  Completing These 10 Easy Questions Can Have a Significant Impact on Our Community.  Responses to the Census affect funding for our community, and data collected in the census help inform decision makers how our community is changing.  Also, population totals determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and our legislative district boundary lines.  Do your part by completing your Census form and sending it back today!  If you need help completing the Census questionnaire, Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC) are available in Ossining at various locations.  These centers are set up by a local census office to assist people with completing their questionnaires.   The centers are staffed by Census Bureau employees. QACs are open for about 4 weeks from March 19 to April 20.  Center locations and hours are listed below (for locations with hours TBA check the Village of Ossining website at 
1.  Ossining Library--Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:30 -3:30 p.m.
2.  Caputo Community Center--Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
3.  First Presbyterian Church--Sundays from 12-1:30 p.m.
4.  St. Ann's Church--Wednesdays 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Fridays 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Saturdays 5:30 to 9:30 pm, Sundays 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
5.  Open Door--TBA.
6.  The Children's Center—TBA.
7.  Municipal Building--Mondays through Fridays 12-3 p.m.
8.  Municipal Courthouse--Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10-2 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.

***The Ossining Fire Department Reminds You that Amanda's Law is in effect, this law mandates the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in all homes in New York State. The law is named for 16-year-old Amanda Hansen of West Seneca, New York, who died on January 17, 2009, due to a carbon monoxide leak from a defective boiler while she was sleeping at a friend's house.  Under Amanda's Law, homes built before January 1, 2008, are permitted to have battery-powered CO alarms, while homes built after this date are required to have the alarms hard-wired into the building. Previously, only homes built or bought after July 30, 2002 were required to have these devices installed. Additionally, Amanda's Law will require contractors in New York State to install a CO alarm when replacing a hot water tank or furnace if the home is not equipped with an alarm.  Additionally, Amanda's law requires existing one- and two-family residences to have at least one carbon monoxide alarm installed on the lowest floor of the building having a sleeping area. The alarm must be clearly audible in all sleeping areas over background noise levels with all intervening doors closed.  Carbon monoxide can be produced when burning any type of fuel including gasoline, charcoal, propane, natural gas, kerosene, oil, wood or coal. If any flammable material burns incompletely, carbon monoxide is produced. Carbon monoxide can kill in minutes or hours depending on the levels in the air.  When carbon monoxide is inhaled at damaging levels it can lead to breathing difficulties, impaired judgment and memory, damage to the nervous system, cardiac trauma, brain damage, coma and death. Everyone is susceptible, but the American Medical Association says that unborn and young children, pregnant women, senior citizens and people with heart or respiratory problems are especially vulnerable and are at the highest risk for death or serious injury.  The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often mistaken for the flu and can include dizziness, fatigue, weakness, throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, irregular breathing, sleepiness and confusion. By the time people realize there is a problem, they are often too sick or too disoriented to get out of the house and get help.  For the text of Amanda's Law, please see

Ossining Athletic Booster Club News….Frank and Angelo Manicchio, OHS Alumni and owners of Shell Gas Station & Car Wash on North Highland Avenue (across from 7-11) are donating $1.00 to the OABC per "Booster Ultimate Car Wash".  With the Booster Ultimate Car Wash you get:  * Auto Prep Wash System
* Soft Cloth Wash
* Lustra Undercarriage Wash
* Lustra Trip Foaming Polish
* Lustrashield Total Surface Gloss
* Tire & Wheel Cleaner
* Drying Agent
* Power Air Dry
ALL FOR $12.00 PER VEHICLE!!  Prior to paying you MUST mention you are purchasing the "Booster Ultimate Car Wash".  Booster Ultimate Car Wash expires March 31, 2010.  Tell your family and friends!

Ossining Fire Department Annual $1,500 Scholarship - The Annual Walter Quast Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who lives in or attends school in the Ossining School District.  The scholarship is awarded based upon a combination of scholastic achievement, student character, community involvement and financial need.  Applications are available from the Ossining High School Guidance Department or from the Ossining Fire Department Headquarters at 21 State Street, Ossining.  Applications must be received on or before March 31, 2010.

2010 Baseball Clinics Hosted by:  Bill Casey (Ossining High School Varsity Baseball Coach) and the Ossining Travel Baseball League at the AMD Middle School 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Cost is $20 Registration Fee $10 per session.  Remaining Session Date:  Saturday, March 27th.

FREE Tax Prep at IFCA!  Attention taxpayers who earn under $48,000 per year:  Our trained and certified tax preparers will file your taxes for FREE.  Get fast refunds with direct deposit!  Open weekdays by appointment.  Location: IFCA, 138 Spring Street, Ossining.  Call Valerie at 914/941-5252 ext. 13.

Free Income Tax Preparation Interfaith Council for Action, Inc. is offering free income tax preparation for low income taxpayers.  Tax preparation volunteers are certified by the IRS to prepare accurate tax returns and to answer your questions about your taxes.  Get your refund fast with free e-filing – most refunds come in about 10 business days with direct deposit.  Taxes are done by appointment Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The Preservation Company, 55 Bank Street, Peekskill.  This program is for New York State residents who make less than $48,279 per year and are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.  For appointments call Valerie at 941-5252 ext. 13.  This volunteer income tax assistance program is provided by Interfaith Council for Action in collaboration with Westchester County Department of Social Services.

Trinity Church News…On each Friday during Lent Trinity Church (Highland Avenue, Ossining) will observe the Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

HUDSON VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK COMING MARCH 15-28 World-class dining at bargain prices awaits restaurant goers in the Hudson Valley region during the fourth annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, March 15-28. This year, for the first time, the enormously popular multi-county culinary extravaganza includes Saturday nights, making it even more tantalizing to those looking to combine gourmet dining in the Hudson Valley with a relaxing weekend getaway.  During the two-week event, participating restaurants offer prix-fixe three-course dinners at $28 (excluding beverage, tax and tip) and many offer three-course lunches at $20.  Many participating chefs highlight the bounty of the region by using the finest locally produced ingredients on their Restaurant Week menus. "The region has exploded in popularity as a dining destination because of its great-tasting, local food. Chefs go all out to use Hudson Valley farm products, from venison, duck and heritage pork to artisanal cheeses," says Janet Crawshaw, Restaurant Week organizer and publisher of The Valley Table magazine. Because of the event's growing popularity, the number of participating restaurants has grown to 112 in 2010.  The 2009 event drew more than 125,000 diners to 87 restaurants in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Greene counties.  For the complete list of participating restaurants, go to

The Ossining Annual Eggstravaganza will be held on March 27th at 10:00 a.m. at Ryder Park and 12pm at Nelson Sitting Park.  For more information on the event call 941-3189. 

Blueberry Pond Presents:  Swish: Maria in the Mourning.  This productions depicts the umbilical bond between mother and daughter which cannot be severed through heroin addiction and even death, in this rich portrait of the human condition as the American dream gets deferred.  Performances Friday and Saturday, March 26th & 27th at 8 p.m.  Tickets: $20, Membership Patrons $15.  Call toll free 1-877-FOR-4TIX (1-877-367-4849) or (type “Blueberry for search.)  Blueberry Pond – Laylon Theater, 235 Cedar Lane, Ossining. 

The Ossining Lions Club will be collecting non-perishable items for the Ossining Food Pantry at the C-Town-Four Seasons Market, Croton Avenue, Ossining as well as the Briarcliff A&P from 9-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2010.  If you have any questions on the food collection, please contact Sandy McKee at EBS (914) 762-6500.

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Presents Palm Sunday Concert:  All Seasons String Quartet to perform Haydn’s The Seven Last Words from the Cross The All Seasons String Quartet, comprised of E. Zoe Hassman, on cello, Jon Kass, violin and viola, Robert Lawrence on violin and Joel Rudin, on viola, will perform Joseph Haydn’s The Seven Last Words from the Cross, with narration by Father Michael Duggan, M.M., on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 3 p.m. at Queen of Apostles Chapel, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining.  Originally commissioned in 1786 as a sequence of orchestral interludes to be played during a Good Friday service of mediations on Christ’s last utterances from the Cross, Haydn subsequently arranged the work for string quartet.  All are welcome.  Free will offerings accepted.  For direction call 914-941-7636 ext.2294. 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.  We are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 27 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at

Memoir Writing Workshop, The Fast-Track Vignette Method, All Ages. Supportive, non-critical workshop. Instructor Shelley Gilbert, Ossining Author, Artist, recipient of 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing. Begin your memoir or reconnect with a memoir already started. Write it for yourself, for your family or for the world. The author uses a simple and doable technique she developed when writing her acclaimed autobiographical novel, Swimming Naked with Jellyfish, When you start The Vignette Method, you immediately start your memoir. No time-consuming, complicated preparation. All levels of writers. Bring large pad or laptop. 4 Weeks (4 Sessions, 2 hrs/session). April 5-26, 2010, Mondays 7:00-9:00pm. Westchester Community College, Valhalla. To sign up: WCC 914-606-6830, April 22-May 13, 2010, Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm. Yorktown Recreation and Parks, Yorktown. To sign up: YRP 914-245-4650.  Shelley Gilbert's Blog: Website: Email:

Ossining Recreation Spring/Summer Program Registration Beginning Soon!   Registration for programs will begin towards the end of March.  In person Summer Camp registration will start April 26th.   The Spring/Summer brochure will have Summer Camp details, fees, dates and locations.  Watch for the brochure which will be sent out shortly via email.  To register for programs or if you do not receive a copy of the brochure electronically go to the Village of Ossining website at to register or to view the brochure.

“Milonga en la Calle Mayor” Guests Artists Carlos Costes &Amanda Michels: Carlos was born in the city of Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires.  He studied acting first and later began dancing tango in 1995. He created two tango shows "Recuerdos" and "Che Tango, contame una historia."  In 2002 he settled in the capital city of Buenos Aires and continued his work as an actor, dancer and tango instructor with Carina Mele.  Some of his 2009 tango workshops have taken place in Dresden, Germany at "La Academia" with Maria del Carmen Rozas;  in Roma, Italy at "La milonga Stregata" di Chiffon; in Paris, France at "Studio Regard du Cygne" with Andrea Bordos; in Buenos Aires, Argentina at "Escuela Argentina de tango"; and in New York, USA "Practilonga" organized by Santiago Steele; and in Arkansas, USA "Latin Louie studio" with Amanda Michels.  Let's welcome Carlos and Amanda to Ossining, New York! Friday, April 2 at 8:00 pm (and every First Friday of the Month.)  Admission $20, Complimentary Tapas (provided by our local Main Street restaurants and cafes.)  Beginner & Intermediate Dance Lessons.  Dancing with guest artists until 11:30 pm Ample Free Parking.  Josie's International School of Dance,125 Main St., Ossining.

Do you fear speaking in public?   Come to your local Toastmasters Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.  Hudson River Toastmasters meets at the Maryknoll Sister's Headquarters @ 10 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining.  Access their website for the details:  They're the small club with a BIG heart!  Members are friendly, warm and are dedicated to the art of public speaking.  Every meeting is inspirational, exciting and fun.  You can attend as a guest as long as you wish.  Come, enjoy and learn from a proven, trusted educational program!  "Grow in Confidence"

Nuclear Disarmament Panel Discussion To Be Held At Maryknoll: Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Pax Christi International and Maryknoll Affiliates, will co-sponsor a panel discussion on nuclear disarmament, entitled, For Peace and Human Needs—Disarm Now!, on Sunday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Rd., Ossining.  The program is planned in anticipation of the upcoming meetings at the United Nations, May 3 to 21, during which ambassadors from the U.S. and other world powers will gather to review the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Throughout the world people are organizing and raising their voices to encourage their leaders to work together on meaningful steps toward disarmament. All are welcome to attend and learn more about this issue.  Panel discussion topics will include: Arms Control and National Security, Nuclear Disarmament, and Seizing this Moment.  Presenters will be members of the United Nations NGO community.  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  For Information call 845-357-8919.  For Directions call 914-941-7636 ext. 2294.

St. Augustine School - Alumni Gathering Please join Monsignor Hilary Franco, Sister Mary Elizabeth, St. Augustine faculty and staff in the celebration of Mass then continue to spend time with old friends as we gather for a cocktail reception in the school gym honoring Alumni who graduated before 2002.  The gathering is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, 2010.  
Time:  5 p.m. Mass, reception immediately following
Who: SAS Alumni who graduated in 2002 or before
Where: St. Augustine Parish, Eagle Park, Ossining, Please RSVP by March 30th
to Leanna Manwaring, Email:, Phone: (914) 941-3849 and leave a message on extension # 6.

Discovering Wildflower Island at Teatown Lake Reservation Wildflower Island is a unique, two acre refuge within the greater Teatown Lake Reservation preserve that is home to over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers. Wildflower Island, which is an actual island within Teatown Lake, is “managed” only to the extent that invasive alien plants are removed and certain native competitive species are not encouraged. Guided tours are given during the months of April through September as follows:
April: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00pm
May: Wednesday, 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 2:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am
June: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00pm
July-September: Saturday, 10:00am
Reservations are required and can be made by calling Teatown at (914) 762-2912, ext. 110.  Private tours on weekdays can be arranged for groups of six or more.  Admission is with guided tour only.  Experienced guides lead visitors along the Island path, Describing the unique features of the Island's wildflowers, most of which are native to our area.  Admission is $4.00 for Teatown members and $6.00 for non-members.  Children under 12 are not permitted on the Island. 
Sunday, May 23, 10:00am - 2:00pm:  In conjunction with National Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program, Wildflower Island will be open to the public with no reservations required for on-going tours for ages 12+. Special rate: Teatown members free; Non-Members $5.
Wildflower Island Guides Needed:  Teatown relies on volunteers to help maintain Wildflower Island and lead public tours, sharing with visitors the unique features of this wildflower sanctuary. If you are interested in wildflower gardening and conservation, why not consider becoming a Wildflower Island Volunteer?   No experience/knowledge is necessary; training sessions are provided.   Upcoming training dates: April 11, June 13, July 11 and September 12. You can come to one or all.  Please contact Beth Rhines at (914) 762-2912, ext. 115 or for more details or to register for a training session.  Wildflower Island History wildflower Island was created in 1928 when then property owner, Gerard Swope, Sr., dammed Bailey Brook to create Teatown Lake. Water soon separated this remnant of higher farmland from the mainland.  Since then, the island has remained in undisturbed isolation, as Teatown Lake Reservation, the magnificent gift of the Swope heirs in 1962, grew up around it.  The island has experienced little invasion of alien species well-established on the mainland.  The island garden was developed in 1982 by Warren Balgooyen (then Director of Education) and aided by Marjorie Swope. Wildflower Island was formally dedicated on May 15, 1983 to Louise Malsin, a longtime supporter of Teatown, who, until her death, was a member of the Board of Trustees. Jane Darby was the first curator and her work is continued today by Leah Kennell.  About Teatown Lake Reservation  Teatown Lake Reservation is a nonprofit, regional environmental organization with an 834-acre nature preserve and education center located in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle, New York.  Teatown’s mission is to conserve open space and to educate and involve the regional community in order to sustain the diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats for future generations.  Teatown is devoted to conserving biodiversity, teaching ecology and promoting nature-friendly living throughout the Hudson Hills and Highlands.

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Sponsor Contest To Win a Mission Trip to Africa Entries Accepted for Explore My Mission Contest Through April 9, 2010.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers announce their second Explore My Mission contest.  Catholic young people, ages 18-35, with a passion for living the Gospel by helping others can win an opportunity to experience another culture and live the world of mission in another country.  Two grand prize winners will be awarded a two-week, short-term mission trip to Tanzania, East Africa.  They will work along side the Maryknoll East Africa Mission Community in their service among the poor in rural and urban settings near Lake Victoria and will be accompanied by veteran Maryknoll missioners.  Assignment:  Create a video, 3 minutes or less, featuring you, the service or ministry with which you are involved, and the reason you would be a good choice for this mission project.  Amateur videos are welcome.  Deadline: Video entries may be uploaded to the official contest website,, through April 9, 2010.  Contest winners will be notified by May 15, 2010.  Winners will be in Tanzania from the first two weeks of July 2010.  Complete instructions are available at the website.  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.  We are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 28  countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at

The Town of Ossining Announces Earth Day 40/Stash the Trash 20: A Waterfront Celebration April 10, 2010 so that all members of the community have an event to enjoy, and learn from, in observance of Earth Day. The goal is to help households discover what they can easily do to help preserve our environment by living in a more sustainable way in our day-to-day lives. So far Westchester County, the Westchester Land Trust and several other exhibitors have signed up. There will also be live music, children’s activities, an awards program, and food.  Exhibitors will range from an electric car display, to re-useable bags, to "green" cleaning supplies, to green home audits. A 10 x 10 display area is $50. There is limited space at the waterfront; the first 20 exhibitors to sign up will be assured of a spot. We can provide a table, but please plan to bring your own chairs and/or displays.  To reserve your spot, please contact the Town of Ossining Supervisor’s Office at 914-762-6001.

An Evening Of Musical Theater at St. Paul’s A new Westchester theatre group, the Taylor Thomas Traveling Troupe, will present two new musicals at St. Paul's on-the-Hill Church, Saturday Evening, April 10, 2010 at 7:30 PM.  Written and performed by John Taylor Thomas and Sarah Davis, the first musical is "The Count and the Widow" a tale of love and forgiveness, based on an O. Henry story.  The second musical, "The Perfect Man," an original story by Sarah Davis, is about four characters who confront their fear of making commitments as they travel a journey of self-discovery.  Admission is $10.  St. Paul's-on-the-Hill (Episcopal) Church is located at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining. Ganung Drive is off Rt. 133, just east of Rt. 9A. For directions, call the Church office: 941-6627. For additional information about the performances, call (914) 925-5034. 

Free Music Instruction Offered  St. Paul’s On-The-Hill (Episcopal) Church will offer free, non-denominational music instruction to students aged 11-15 in the Ossining community, from April 12 to June 11. Classes will be held Mondays and Fridays from 3 PM to 5 PM, with school bus transportation to St. Paul’s available from AMD Middle School.  Courses being offered are: singing, beginning guitar, advanced guitar, steel drums, rudimental drumming, and sound reinforcement. The program is supported by a grant from Trinity Church, New York City.  St. Paul’s is located at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.  For more information or to enroll, call St. Paul’s at 941-6627 or e-mail  See the church  website at: .

Informational Program on Healthy and Economical Eating April 13 at Ossining Senior Center Antonella Caggiano, a Registered Dietitian with the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs & Services will give a talk on Cost Effective Meal Management, at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, Senior Center, 95 Broadway on Tuesday, April 13.  The event, which is open to the public free of charge, will begin at 11 a.m.  Organized by the LCC North West Region, Ms. Caggiano’s presentation is designed to show older adults how they can prepare healthier meals without adding to their budgets. “Eating healthfully can seem difficult when you’re counting your pennies, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Regional Coordinator Hannah Gross.  “Ms. Caggiano will show attendees how wiser shopping, better meal planning and different cooking techniques can trim both waistlines and food budgets.”  For additional information, contact Ms. Gross at 914-606-6793 or

OPL Programs…
Ossining Public Library Upcoming Programs…College Programs
• Math Tutoring
Monday's until June 14th from 7-8:30pm, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room
The Wednesday night Book Discussion series continues with Patty Chapman as moderator.  Building on last fall's themes of global trends and connections, the group will discuss such questions as "What will we hang on to in a "flat world,” is there a human need to stay connected? and how do we heal ourselves and the world? Remaining book to be discussed is Al Gore's "Earth in the Balance" on April 14th. All discussions take place in the Budarz Theater at 7 pm.  Copies of the books to be discussed may be found on shelves behind the Information Desk.

Open Door Family Medical Center's annual benefit concert will feature Elvis Costello on April 15 at Purchase College.  For more information please visit:  

Go Green For Earth Day:  Compost Bins and Rain Barrels Offers For Sale at Special Reduced Price for Municipalities for one day only at Briarcliff Manor Public Library.  Help make our community a “greener” one and celebrate Earth Day by purchasing a household compost bin and rain barrel at a special reduced price for municipalities.  The sale will be held in the parking lot of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library on Saturday, April 17th from 2:00-5:00 pm. The Earth Machine, one of the most popular household compost bins will be sold for $55 and the Systern Rain Barrel for $75 (valued at $150 each).  If you reserve a compost bin by April 14th you will also receive a free kitchen scrap bucket.  The sale is a rain or shine event.  You must pick up your reserved bin and rain barrel on the day of the event and you can pay by cash or check only.  Accessories will also be available for sale that day.  On average, each household produces over 600 pounds of kitchen and yard waste a year.  A compost bin is the best way to significantly reduce this waste at the source.  It also creates a source of safe and odor-free nutrients for your garden and yard.  A rain barrel will allow you to cut your water bill and conserve water by using rain water for your lawns and gardens.  Appearing at the sale will be nationally known eco-consultant, Seth Leitman, The Green Living Guy, who will provide advice on how to conserve resources and promote a better environment.  Leitman, a Briarcliff Manor resident, is the author of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle and other books and is editor of the popular Green Guru Guides.  In addition, you can get the whole family into the green spirit!  A recycled paper craft will be offered for all ages in the Children’s Program Room from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  (Drop in anytime from 2-4.  Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult.)  It’s easy to reserve your compost bin and rain barrel.  You can pick up an order form at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library, reserve on-line at, reserve by phone at 914-733-3611 or by e-mail at  Don’t miss this opportunity to take an important step towards living a “greener” life and promoting a better environment for our community and our world.

The 3rd Annual Ossining Youth Summer Work Opportunity Fair will be held on Saturday April 17, 2010 at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining from 1:00- 4:00 p.m.  The Fair is intended to provide Ossining students with opportunities to work in paid positions or unpaid internships and to provide employers with a valuable source of potential employees for the summer 2010 season.  We are asking businesses to consider offering a paid job to one or more Ossining students during the 2010 season.  If you are unable to offer a paid position, internships that teach valuable skills are also welcome.  Once you hire a student, the normal rules of at-will employment apply and the teen will be expected to follow the same rules of any of your employees.  The Fair is a cooperative event between the Village and Town of Ossining, the Public Library, Ossining Communities that Care, the Ossining School District, and many other service organizations.  Each partner will help to prepare students for the interview process and teach students the proper professional demeanor needed to apply for a job.  Students will be expected to begin work by the first week of July.  We hope you will consider being part of this comprehensive Ossining Project.  Please contact Village Trustees Sue Donnelly ( or Marlene Cheatham ( if you have any questions or need further information.

Looking for a Summer Job?  GET READY For The UPCOMING TEEN JOB FAIR:   Saturday, April 17, 2010 1pm – 4pm at the Ossining Recreation Center
Attend A Job Skills Workshop at the Ossining Public Library
• Saturday, March 27, 2010 10am
I Want to Work: Where and how to look for a job
What Do I Need: Work permits and more
How Do I Sell Myself: A resume
What Do I Say: Interview – Do’s & Don’ts
For More Information contact:   Miss Rhonda, OHS Computer Lab, Room 111; Ms. Suzy Zavarella, Ossining Public Library, 941-2416 ext. 336; Mrs. Francine Vernon, Westchester Library System, 231-3242 or Mr. Gerald Belin, Ossining Community Action Program, 923-6380.

Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. presents Tom Chapin in Concert
 Saturday, April 17, 1:00pm at the Archbishop Stepinac High School, 950 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains.  A family concert in celebration of the Week of the Young Child.   The Child Care Council of Westchester invites you to support TOM CHAPIN IN CONCERT on Saturday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m., a fun-filled family concert at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. The concert will kick off the Council’s celebration of the Week of the Young Child, a national celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.  TOM CHAPIN is a Grammy Award-winning musician, entertainer, singer-songwriter and storyteller.  Adult albums and kids’ albums, contemporary folk and pop, Tom Chapin’s music spans styles and generations. For more than thirty years and through twenty compact discs, Chapin has entertained, amused and enlightened audiences of all ages with life-affirming original songs told in a sophisticated array of musical styles.  Prices for Concert tickets are as follows:  Adult regular Admission $20, Adult Special Reserved Seating $25, Child Regular Admission $15, Child Special Reserved Seating $20.  For group sales contact Mae Pleasant at 914-761-3456 x 106.  SPONSORSHIPS and PROGRAM ADVERTISING:  There are many ways to support this event, including becoming a sponsor, purchasing a program ad, donating a raffle item, buying tickets, and spreading the word to your family and friends.  All proceeds will help the Child Care Council of Westchester open up access to affordable, quality early care and education through our many services, including child care referrals and financial assistance; training and technical assistance for child care businesses; workplace seminars and guidance to employers on dependent care issues; child advocacy at the local, state and national levels; and spreading early literacy opportunities for children in need.  Westchester’s “one stop shop” for early care and education, the Council is a nonprofit 501 (c) charity. All donations, both monetary and in-kind, are fully tax deductible according to current IRS regulations.  For more information:   Please call Mae Pleasant at 914-761-3456, x106 or Lydia Howie at 914-248-1112.

Ossining Lions Club is holding a wine tasting fundraiser for their scholarship program on Friday, April 30th at Mauro's Restaurant (upstairs).  Admission is $10.00 and there will be a variety of prizes raffled off.  Providing the wine is Deprez Wines.  For more information go to   

Nature Friendly Plant Sale and Workshops at Teatown Lake Reservation  May 7-8 Teatown Lake Reservation, an 834-acre nature preserve and education center, will hold its annual Nature Friendly Plant Sale on Friday, May 7 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and on Saturday, May 8 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The sale will feature a wide variety of unique and hard-to-find annuals and perennials, deer resistant and native plants, heirloom vegetables and herbs, hanging baskets and wildflowers.  Volunteers who are master gardeners with an extensive knowledge of plants will be on hand to answer questions, discuss various plant selections and offer recommendations.  On Saturday, there will be gardening-related mini-workshops, demonstrating easy ways to transform a garden into a nature-friendly habitat.  There will also be guided tours of Wildflower Island, a two-acre sanctuary that is home to over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers.  Experienced wildflower guides lead visitors through the wrought-iron gates, over a small wooden bridge and onto the paths, while describing the unique features of the Island, the flowers and the beauty of the natural heritage.  Tours are at 10am, 12noon and 2pm.  Reservations are required. Children under 12 are not permitted on the Island.    Admission to the first pick plant sale on Friday, May 8 is $10.  Admission on Saturday is free for the plant sale and workshops.  All proceeds of the sale will directly benefit Teatown’s environmental education programs.  Tours of Wildflower Island are specially-priced (free to Teatown members and $4 for non-members) on May 8th.  The Nature Friendly Plant Sale and Workshops will be held at Teatown Lake Reservation, located at 1600 Spring Valley Road, off Route 134, in Ossining.  For more information or to schedule a Wildflower Island tour, call (914) 762-2912, ext. 110 or visit

The Ossining Rotary Annual Duck Race is scheduled for May 22nd at Dale Park on Dale Avenue.  Buy your ducks from any Rotary member; Ducks are $5 each or 5 for $20.00.  Proceeds from the race to benefit local charities. 

Ossining Farmers Market moved indoors for the winter and will be held every Saturday from 9am-1pm at the Briarcliff Congregational Church 30 S. State Rd. Briarcliff.  Don’t feel blue over missing all the great farm produce and artisanal foods you had at the summer market.  At the Winter indoor farmers market you will find, cheese, eggs, fish, produce, fruit, poultry, beef, pickles, milk, breads, pastry, salsa, pesto, mushrooms and more.  Musical entertainment, demonstrations, cooking contests, some fun event every week.  Come be a part of this growing food movement. Call 914-923-4837 for more information.  Sign up on line for their weekly e-blast at

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