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Release Date: April 15, 2010

You are cordially invited to participate in an historical event as the Village of Ossining re-names Crawbuckie Nature Preserve the Edward M. Wheeler Crawbuckie Nature Preserve on Saturday, April 24th at 12:30 p.m.  The Hon. Edward M. Wheeler served the Village in many capacities and areas of service, including as Trustee of the Village from January, 1971 through December of 1974, and as Mayor of the Village from January 1, 1975 through December 31, 1980.  In honor of his long and dedicated service to the Village, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining has determined that it would be fitting and appropriate to rename Crawbuckie Nature Preserve in his honor.  The events begin with a brief Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Skate Park at Snowden Park (at the bottom of Snowden Avenue), then move to the end of Beach Road for the Re-naming Ceremony, and then to a reception at the Northside Firehouse.  A shuttle bus to the events will be available from the Northside Firehouse on Snowden Avenue beginning at 10:45 a.m.

            10:45   Shuttle Bus Begins picking up passengers at Northside Firehouse, Snowden


11:00  Ribbon Cutting of the Skate Park at Snowden Avenue (project funded through

           Westchester County – Community Development Block Grant Program.)

12:30  Re-naming of Crawbuckie Nature Preserve to the Edward M. Wheeler

           Crawbuckie Nature Preserve, Beach Road.

1:15    Refreshments, Northside Fire House, Snowden Avenue. 

We hope you will be able to join us for this historic and enjoyable day in the Village of Ossining. 



A Message from the Ossining Police Department!  There have been some car larcenies in Ossining, most occurred in unlocked cars during the evening hours.  Please remember the best way to protect your property and safeguard your vehicle is to lock your car doors.


Come To the Ossining Rotary's Spaghetti Dinner to Help Eradicate Polio

Did you know that the once-devastating disease of Polio has almost been eradicated around the globe thanks to the work of Rotary International and other dedicated volunteer groups?  Please help the Ossining Rotary do their part to finish the task! Plus have a delicious meal with your friends and family while you are helping in this historic world-wide effort.  The Polio Plus Spaghetti Dinner, Sponsored by the Ossining Rotary Club will be held on Saturday April 17th at the Ossining United Methodist Church, corner of Route 9 and Emwilton Place Starting at 5pm.

Menu:  Spaghetti w/sausage and meatballs, salad, bread, wine -- and dessert!

Adults $15 / Kids under 10 - $10

Looking for more entertainment that evening for your family?  Why not make it "dinner and a show" by catching Ossining High School's production of Beauty and the Beast, right next door, starting at 7pm.  Admission free.  For more information on the play call (914) 7625760, ext. 365 or visit them on the web at: 



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.



CLOTHING DONATIONS NEEDED:  Interfaith Council for Action, a not-for-profit agency in Ossining, is soliciting donations for its neighborhood thrift shop.  They are currently accepting Spring and Summer clothing, handbags, and costume jewelry.  They ask that you donate only CLEAN, unstained items in wearable condition.  Donations are accepted Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm at its offices at 138 Spring Street, Ossining.  All are welcome to shop and enjoy the great bargains; clothing priced from .50 - $3 – the lowest prices around!  The shop is open Tuesdays from 3-5pm.  For more info call 914/941-5252 ext. 10.


Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion:  Things We Lost in the Fire, Friday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.  The eighth offering of this year’s Maryknoll International Film Festival, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, will be shown on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining.   The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: Change, Suffering & Living into More Abundant Life, continues with Things We Lost in the Fire, a 2007 U.S. film from director Susanne Bier.  Each film in the series is introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening. More information is available at:  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  For more information call 914-941-7590 or go to              



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.  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.



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.



Friends and members of Sunday Photo Group special event of special note: Rob Dublin, a good friend of the Sunday Photo Group is currently in the 'Eclectic Four' exhibit at Ossining Public Library. His images called 'Shoreline' at Cape May will be on display until the end of April.  Rob has agreed to lead a tour of his show on Thursday April 29th at 7:30p.m...this is a great opportunity to meet an amazing photographic artist, to listen to his words relevant to his work and to discuss the work with him.  (At the Ossining Public Library's Gallery on the Lower Level.  Go to to view many of Rob’s images.



Village of Ossining Water Department Notice…Hydrant Flushing Schedule The Village of Ossining Water Department has began their semiannual hydrant-flushing program on Sunday, April 4, 2010.  Flushing of hydrants will be performed between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in order to minimize disruptions to our residents.  We will initially flush hydrants in the Low Lying Service District, which is the area west of Route 9. Once work in the Low Lying Service District has been completed, we will begin working on the east side of Route 9 in the Lakeville and Torbank Service Districts.  The entire hydrant-flushing program will take approximately three weeks to complete.  As the flushing of hydrants takes place closer to your home, you may notice some discoloration in your water first thing in the morning.  Do not be alarmed.  Just run your water for a short period of time and it should clear up.  If the discoloration persists, please notify the Water Department at 941-6111.  The Water Department regrets any temporary inconvenience you may experience; however, this operation is necessary for us to ensure the continued cleanliness of the water distribution system.  We will do everything possible to minimize any problems.



The Ossining Recreation Department and the PMT Productions Present the Spring Musical Theatre Workshop and Summer Performance on the Ossining Waterfront “Alice in Wonderland”.  Acting, singing and performance workshops prepare students for the greatest summer experience ever! They join the adult cast of Alice in Wonderland for one week of live theatre (July 14th-21st) at the beautiful Ossining Waterfront on the Louis Engel Park stage.  Students Grades 5th through 7th may participate. The course is taught by Carol Arrucci, music and acting instructor, director of the popular Ossining Kids Kabaret program. REGISTRATION and WORKSHOP CLASSES: Online registration begins March 29th at Workshop classes will be offered on Tuesdays after school, 4 – 6:00PM. -Maximum class of 15 students. If that class fills up, the class will be offered on Thursdays after school 4-6:00PM for a maximum of 15 more students.  COST: Registration fee is $175 for 10 weeks of rehearsals, once a week. There will be some additional rehearsals with the full cast as we get closer to the performance. Students must be available for the week of performances.

For More Information, Contact Director Carol Arrucci at 914-420-8966.



Become a Face Book friend of the Ossining Recreation and Parks by clicking this link



Local not-for-profit theater group is seeking storage space for scenery and props.  If you can help call Marshall Moseley (914) 528 4145.



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 



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, 10:00 -1:00 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 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturdays 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Sundays 7:00 am to 12:00 pm

5.      Ossining Open Door (BioReference Laboratories)—Mondays through Fridays 3 – 6 p.m.

6.      The Ossining Children's Center— Mondays through Fridays 3:00 -6:00 p.m.

7.      Municipal Building - Mondays through Fridays 12-3 p.m.

8.      Municipal Courthouse - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.


Taconic Opera To Perform U.S. Premiere of Dona Flor   Taconic Opera’s second production of the season will be two one-act, fully-staged operas performed at the Yorktown Stage on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at 8: 00 PM and Sunday April 25 at 2:00 PM.  Dona Flor, by Niccolo Van Westerhout, is a U.S. premiere that will be broadcast in Italy through support by the Italian government and the Círcolo Culturale Mola, publisher of the largest Italian language magazine in the United States.  It will be performed along with Giacomo Puccini's most beloved opera, Suor Angelica.  The production features a professional cast, full union orchestra, and supertitles above the stage.  Van Westerhout, a contemporary of Puccini, composed several operas as well as orchestral music.  Set in the historical backdrop of Venetian defiance of papal rule during the 1600’s, Doña Flor weaves a story of intrigue and jealousy as the Ambassador of Spain, while on a diplomatic mission to Venice, manipulates his wife into murdering her lover who is also his political enemy.  Suor Angelica is the harrowing story of a nun who had been sent to a convent by a wealthy, noble family as punishment for a hidden sin.  As her secret surfaces, so does a painful revelation that moves the sister to an unthinkable decision.  Yorktown Stage is located at 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY, and is handicap accessible.  Single ticket prices range from $42 to $32 with a $9 discount for seniors and students.  For information, tickets or directions: call (914) 245-3415 or email or visit



Time for another wonderful Rummage Sale!  Briarcliff Congregational Church
Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
, South State Rd. at Pleasantville Rd.  Enormous sale, including clothes, furniture, toys, jewelry, china, collectables, books, appliances, furniture and more!  Lunch Served & Bake Sale
Donations will be Accepted on:  Sunday, April 18, 11-3; Mon, Wed, Thurs, April 19, 21,22, 9-4; Tues, April 20, 9-9.  Any questions call the Briarcliff Congregational Church at 914-941-4368. 



John Michael Talbot To Speak at Maryknoll, Popular Christian Musician, Author and Teacher to Present Free Lecture with Live Music.  John Michael Talbot will present The World Is My Cloister, Living from the Hermit Within, a free lecture with live music, at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining on Saturday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m., as part of the Maryknoll Speakers Series.  Based on his new Orbis book, The World is My Cloister, John Michael Talbot shows that you need not live in a monastery to know the peace of God and be a blessing to the world.  Solitude, silence and sacred stillness can be cultivated right where you are. Through his books and music, John inspires all of us to live the life of the spirit as expressed by our spiritual forebears, especially St. Francis of Assisi.  After early success with the rock group, Mason Proffit, Talbot realized the “rock star life seemed empty and sad…”  He went on to become Catholic music's number one recording artist, selling four million records worldwide and attracting Christians of all denominations to his sold-out concerts.  The founder of a monastic community called the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, his many honors include the Mother Teresa Award for his role as American Musician, Composer, Author and Educator.  All are welcome. Admission is free.  RSVP to Betsey Guest,  914-941-7636 ext. 2219.  Maryknoll’s Gift Shop and interactive Museum of Living Mission will be open before and after the presentation.  For Directions call 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  or call 1-877-MARYKNOLL.



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.  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.



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