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Release Date: May 06, 2010

’s Water Named Best Tasting!

In recognition of National Drinking Water Week, Westchester County Health Department held a blind taste test of Westchester’s water providers.  Votes were cast by passers-by outside the Michaelian Office Building in White Plains.  Congratulations to all of our Water Department employees who work so hard to ensure the delivery of high quality water to Ossining consumers!



Did you know?…A new business has opened in the Village, Jeter’s Car Wash & Detailing, specializing in hand car washes and full detailing invites you to come by and give them a try.  The shop also cleans headliners and shampoos carpets.  Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at 59 Central Avenue, Ossining 618-2183 or 845-520-1587.



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!



Healthy In The Hudson Valley is an online newsletter that you can subscribe to by visiting Le Petite Spa @  Last month's April issue featured Kirsten Corrigan, Pilates Trainer @ Josie's International School of Dance.  Kirsten teaches Pilates Mat & Stability Ball classes as well as giving private sessions on the Pilates Reformer.  Check their website for class times @ or call to schedule a private reformer session!




60 Wood Utility Poles on Route 9 to be Replaced Starting Monday, May 3, 2010 a Con Edison subcontractor will replace 60 wood utility poles on Route 9 from Scarborough Road, Briarcliff Manor to James Street in Ossining.  One lane of traffic will be maintained in both directions using professional flaggers.  Where possible, new poles will be located closer to the property line.  Night work is not anticipated, work hours are from 9:00AM to3:30PM.  Project will last about 70 work days.  After the existing poles are removed, all areas will be restored. 



Ossining School District-Wide Art Show will be held from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Ossining Public Library on Thursday, May 6, 2010.  The District-Wide Concert, “Ossining LIVE!” will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. on Dilley Field at the Ossining High School.  All are welcome!



OHS Boy’s Lacrosse Game!  Looking for something to do Friday evening?  Come watch the Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Team play Hackley in the annual Sleepy Hollow Tournament Friday, May 7th, 4:00pm   Croton vs. Sleepy Hollow, 6:00pm   Ossining vs. Hackley.  Conclusion of the Tournament will take place on Saturday, May 8th at Sleepy Hollow High School with first game at 12:00pm and Championship at 2:00pm.



Argentine Tango Milonga this Friday, May 7 @ 8:00 pm Join us for an evening of Argentine Tango with Guest Artists Carlos Costes & Amanda Michels.  Admission $20 which includes lesson for beginners and intermediates and a special introductory 1/2 hour of "Ladie's Technique" with Amanda.  Refreshments & Tapas served!  Dancing with guest artists until midnight! Josie’s International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining, NY 10562 (914) 432-8502.



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 



Postal Workers Food Drive - This Saturday May 8 your postal worker will be collecting non perishable food items for their annual food drive.  Please remember to leave your donation by your mail box prior to the usual delivery time.  All food collected in Ossining will go to the Ossining Food Pantry which feeds approximately 200 neighborhood households each week.

Ossining High School Project Earthquake Presents an Education Forum – Building Bridges to Build a Better Community.  Nationally-renowned motivator-educator, Principal Baruti Kafele, Is on fire! He’s on a mission to motivate, educate and empower teachers, administrators and parents of Black and Latino children.  In these times of crisis-level drop-out rates, suspension rates and low academic performance (particularly among Black males) Principal Kafele brings a dynamic message that is inspiring, reinvigorating, empowering, thought provoking and candid.  On Saturday, May 8th at the Ossining High School Barnes Library, Doors Open 12:00 p.m. for vendors, Keynote Address Begins 1:00pm.   For more information contact:  Martin McDonald 914-762-5760 ext. 370,



"The Ossining Arts Council presents in association with the Art Barn, an exhibition called "Spring Fling". The show opens Saturday, May 8 from 2-5 PM. The show is at the Art Barn, 211 N Highland Avenue in Ossining and runs through Saturday, June 5th."



The Melillo Brothers, young performing/recording artists from Ossining, will be appearing at the "Music Makes a Difference - Concert for Cancer" on Saturday, May 8th, 7pm at the Yorktown High School Auditorium, 2727 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights.  This special event will be held to raise money for The American Cancer Society and Support Connection.  Both of these organizations help men, women and children who have been diagnosed with this terrible disease.  This is an All Ages show of family-friendly music and talent!  Come join young pop sensations Chris Koon, Tyna Q and L2 along with our very own The Melillo Brothers as they help support this worthy cause and bring awareness to our communities.  Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at  For more information go to and let's make a difference...together...



Join Mauro’s Restaurant and Bar on Sunday, May 9th.  They are offering a three-course Mother's Day Prix Fixe menu for $24.95 in addition to their regular menu which will also be available.  Please call for reservations.  Seatings are 1:00, 3:30 and 6:00 PM. Mauro’s Restaurant and Bar, Main Street, Ossining, 941.2662. 



Mother’s Day Special!  Zumba Fitness at Josie’s International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining (914) 432-8502.  Mondays @ 6:00 PM, 6 Classes for $60 Starts May 10th!  Start your summer workout on the right foot with Zumba cardio-fitness.  A fantastic routine that's easy to follow and that really burns the calories.



The next meeting of Community Helping Hands is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11th at 6 pm at the offices of Cricket Care, 144 South Highland Ave, Ossining.  Community Helping Hands is a volunteer organization dedicated to making life easier, safer, and friendlier for older adults who remain in their homes.  Their mission statement is:  We recognize people’s right to choose to spend their golden years in their own homes.  We recognize the importance of having the right information and resources available to make aging in place as safe and as comfortable as possible.  It is our goal to discover the needs of our senior community and to help meet those needs successfully.  If you, a family member, or friend are dealing with these issues, please send an email to and let us know what services (for example, transportation, home repair, social events, etc.) would be helpful.  Community Helping Hands welcomes new volunteers to help with Fund Raising, Developing Volunteer Networks, Marketing/Public Relations, and Graphics/Web design. Please contact Naomi Landesberg at for additional information on volunteering.


Ossining Athletic Booster Club May Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 pm at the  OHS Room-122 (near gym.)  On the agenda will be:

  • Voting of 2010-2011 Board (see Booster website for list of candidates)
  • May 18th - Spring Athletes & Coaches Dinner (volunteers needed)
  • June 1st - Senior Athletes/Hall of Fame Dinner
  • June 12th - Ossining Village Fair (OABC has a booth – volunteers needed)
  • Ideas for 2010-2011

For more information on the OABC go to 



Thinking of retiring?  Now what?  Find greater happiness, meaning, & purpose while making one of life’s more challenging transitions. Discover how you can make the second half the best time of your life!  A Workshop with Gary Billings, Ph.D., author of Self Leadership: How Boomers Can Boost Happiness, Secure Their Finances, & Find Meaning in the Second Half of Life 

Some of the topics to be covered will include:

• the role money plays in promoting happiness

• maintaining a loving and stable marriage

• engaging in altruistic behavior

• making a commitment to learning and growing

• living a healthy lifestyle and staying positive

• having a vision and goals

The first 10 people to come to the program receive a free copy of the book!   Tuesday, May 11th @ 7 pm in the Budarz Theater, Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, 914-941-2416,



Teatown Events: 

-Saturday May 15, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm      Woodland Wildflower Hike

ADULTS ONLY.  Hike to Hidden Valley to find out about the ecology and lore of woodland wildflowers.

-Monday May 17, Central Park Birding

ADULTS ONLY.  Meet at 6:00 am at Teatown or 7:15 at 77th Street and Central Park West. One of the hot spots of the birding world in mid-Manhattan!  We’ll catch the migration wave as it passes over NYC.  FREE for members and non-members.

 -In Teatown’s Gallery . . . Joe Duraes

Til the end of May, self-taught photographer Joe Duraes will display a collection of floral images in compliment to Teatown's Wildflower Island opening and our annual Plant Sale. Says Duraes, "When I use my camera, I never know what I’m getting back.  I try not to think too much about the pictures I take.  I simply shoot what I like or what looks interesting – the camera does the rest. 

For Information or to register for a program, call (914) 762-2912 ext 110, Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Registration is required for all programs.  All programs take place in the Nature Center at Teatown Lake Reservation (1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining NY 10562) unless otherwise noted and are free for members and $5 for nonmembers (plus materials fee, if applicable) unless otherwise noted.  When applicable, all programs must be paid for at the time of booking.  We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, or you can pay in person with cash or check.  No refund will be granted less than two weeks prior to the program date.  People withdrawing prior to this deadline will receive a 75% refund (less 25% administrative costs.)



Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet!  Don’t let your medicine cabinet be your child’s drug supply!  The latest annual study from the Office of National Drug Control Policy reports an alarming number of teenagers are abusing a variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high.  Old or unused medications should be properly disposed of.  Help protect the environment…do not flush or thrown away medications. One day only, Saturday, May 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. drop off your unused and out of date pills, medicine or syringes at the Village of Ossining Police Department, 88 Spring Street, Ossining.  Organized by the Village of Ossining Police Department, supported by HealthSmart Pharmacy of Ossining. 



Women, Money & the Law will be discussed at an event at Maryknoll, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining on Saturday, May 15th starting at 2pm.  Topics include; volatile economy, opportunities and traps, financial self-defense, financial goals, trusts, wills, probate and taxes.  Admission is free.  Tea and Scones will be served.  Mothers and daughters welcome.  For more information contact Jim Rice 914 944-0384 for details.  Reserve your space via email:  


LizzFitness! You are invited to join in celebrating the grand opening of the next biggest thing in fitness!   May 16th, from 5 PM - 8 PM.  Complimentary food, drink and entertainment.  95 Main Street, Ossining.  Call or email now to reserve your place at this exciting event.  Others in the area have witnessed the newest trends in fitness you can too!  914-502-0119/ or go to



West African Drum & Dance Classes  Michael Markus, an incredible teacher and an amazing drummer will teach classes on Sunday, May 16.

1:00-2:00 Kids' drum & movement ($15)

2:30-4:30 Djembe & dundun ($20)

5:00-6:30 Dance ($20; drummers may play along for free)

At St. Paul's-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.  Join him for the follow-up to his wildly-popular first workshop in Ossining. Michael has inspired and taught many professional percussionists and is a treasure of the African Drum and Dance community. Along with a BFA in percussion, Michael has mentored with accomplished masters from Guinea, West Africa. In addition to administrating, directing, and performing with Magbana Drum & Dance NYC, Michael is a visionary and charismatic teacher of drum and dance workshops throughout the United States and Canada. He is also co-owner of Wula Drum, which prides itself on offering top-quality West African percussion instruments and accessories.  Inquiries, please contact Matt at



Author of The Artist’s Way, a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, to Speak at Maryknoll, Julia Cameron will discuss tools that unblock creativity.  Julia Cameron will present The Artist’s Way—A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, a free lecture, at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining on Sunday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m., as part of the Maryknoll Speakers Series.  An award-winning writer, artist and teacher, Cameron’s methods have empowered aspiring and working artists to process and transform life through acts of creativity.  “When we are unblocked we can have remarkable and diverse adventures,” she says.  The author of more than 30 books is also a playwright, poet and journalist with extensive credits in theatre, film and television.    Cameron’s highly praised works, based on her own creative practice, have been translated into more than 30 languages, and are frequently taught in theological as well as arts degree programs.  Cameron thinks of herself not as a teacher, but simply as an artist. “Artists have always mentored,” she says. “I just do it on a wider scale.”  All are welcome. Admission is free.  RSVP to Betsey Guest  914-941-7636 ext. 2219.  For directions call 941-7636 ext. 2294.  Maryknoll’s Gift Shop and interactive Museum of Living Mission will be open before and after the presentation.  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.



LizzFitness ~ Focused Innovative Training Invites you to join them in celebrating the grand opening of the next biggest thing in fitness on May 16th from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  complimentary, food, drink and entertainment, 95 Main Street, Ossining.  Call or email now to reserve your place at this exciting event.  Others in the area have witnessed the newest trends in fitness you can too! 914-502-0119 or 



The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club has its monthly meeting Thursday, May 20 in the community room of the Apple Bank in the RoseHill Shopping Center in Thornwood. The meeting will begin at 7:30PM and generally breaks up around 10PM. If you would like to attend, please call Hank Teller for all details at 914-309-2395.
The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month except in June and July. Model railroading is “Worlds Greatest Hobby.”



The final offering of this year’s Maryknoll International Film Festival, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, will be shown on Friday, May 21, 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, concludes with Billy Elliot, a 2000 U.K./France film from director Stephen Daldry.  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 information call 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.  We are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 27 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at



3rd Annual Campwood Grounds Multi-Family Community Tag Sale will be held on

Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 9 am to 3 pm.  "One man's garbage is another's treasure!"  Campwoods Grounds off of Campwoods Road, Ossining.  No Early Birds.  Please find street parking outside of Campwoods Grounds.



The Ossining Rotary Annual Duck Race is scheduled for May 22nd at 11:00 a.m. 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. 


Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts a roundtable on government reform.  Fixing Albany:  It’s About Time.  Thursday, June 3rd from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Croton Village Hall, 1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson.  Panelists from statewide good government groups include:

  • Blair Horner, Legislative Dir., NY Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)
  • Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Dir., League of Women Voters of NY State
  • Rachael Fauss, Policy and Research Manager, Citizens Union of the City of NY
  • Deanna Bitetti, Assoc. Dir., Common Cause New York
  • Alfred B. DelBello, Former Lt. Gov. and Chairman of the Westchester Cty Assoc.

Topics to be discussed include: 

  • Holding government officials accountable to higher ethical standards
  • Making state government more transparent
  • Fairly allocating resources throughout New York State
  • Assuring Accountability for our tax dollars
  • Making campaigns work for the people not the state interests
  • Stopping legislators from drawing their own district lines

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers following the panelist discussion.  For more information contact the Assemblywoman’s office by phone: 941-111, fax: 941-9132 or email, 2, Church Street, Ossining.



Gotta Sing!  Gotta Dance!  The Old Mill Singers, your local community chorus based in Ossining, announces this spring’s concert to be held on Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, at Ossining High School.  This concert, with a theme of Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!, will feature songs ranging from the Big Band Era to modern day pop hits.    Some selections are “At the Hop,” “42nd Street Medley,” “I Hope You Dance,” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”  Show time is 8:00 PM both evenings.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, $13 for adults and $11 for children and senior citizens.  The Old Mill Singers was founded in 1970 as the Phelps Arts Society to provide music for hospital patients during the holiday season, and continues to perform in nursing homes, at Rosary Hill, at community events, and at holiday time at the Met Life Building to entertain commuters as they head for Grand Central Terminal.  Twice each year, in December and June, public performances are given at Ossining High School.  They gladly welcome new members.  The only requirements for membership are the ability to sing in tune and dedication to the community within the chorus and at large.  Auditions are not required. Their director Gary Bratt says, “Join as long as you can carry a tune in a bucket.” We now number about sixty members, coming from all walks of life, and ranging in age from the teens to the eighties.  Our associated children’s chorus performs at our public concerts.  Please plan on attending our June concert.   There is convenient free parking, handicapped accessibility, free refreshments, and lots of fun.  See them on the web at or contact our Membership Chairperson Sharon Brana at or 914-762-3765.



Ossining Camp Meeting Association presents Sunday Summer Services 2010  "Amazing Grace"

  • June 6  Rev. Lynda Clements of First Presbyterian Church, Ossining
  • June 13  Jaime Rickert - A magical night of family friendly songs and entertainment
  • June 20   Rev. Dr. Gordon Anderson of First Baptist Church in Ossining - as close to a traditional camp meeting as you will ever get a chance to see.  Shout, "Amen!" as famous evangelist returns once again to Campwoods to preach the Good Word on Father's Day.
  • June 27   "Mother Claire"  the Rev. Claire Woodley-Aitchison  of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Mohegan Lake along with the music of The Singing Weisbarts

All are welcome.  Services start at 7 pm, Campwoods Auditorium, Campwoods Grounds, Ossining.  Please find street parking outside of Campwoods Grounds.  For more information call Katie Gorycki 762-7863



The 30th Annual Village Fair is scheduled for June 12th As in years past - there will be 3-stages of music, lots of GREAT food, entertainment for kids, our fabulous vendors and of course over 18,000 people coming to see all of it.  For more information go to the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce website at



Holy Ossining!  A Tour of the Sacred Spaces and Peaceful Places of the Village Of Ossining will take place on Saturday, June 12, 2010 and Saturday, June 19th at 1:00 PM.  This FREE and unique tour program showcases the diversity of the community of faith in the Village of Ossining and surrounding areas.  The tour will be conducted by knowledgeable docents who intimately know the history, lore, legends and architecture of their church buildings.  Churches to be visited are First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Trinidad de Dios, Ossining Methodist and Trinity Episcopal.  

Tour begins at 1:00 PM at the Ossining Savings Bank Building, Route 9 & Main Street

Sponsors:  Briarcliff-Ossining Ministerial Alliance, Ossining Historical Society Museum

Ossining Parks & Recreation Department.  Contact: Miguel Hernandez (914) 941-4920.



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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The 6th annual Bark in the Park Festival, will be held on Saturday, June 19th

Join them for fun, music, games, raffles with your pups!

What:  Bark in the Park on the Hudson

When:  Saturday, June 19th raindate June 26th

Where:  Louis Engel Waterfront Park

Westerly Road (adjacent to the Ossining Train Station)

Admission:  FREE



Ossining Community Action Program presents their 3rd Annual Celebrity Chef Benefit  Join them for great food, music and their Celebrity Chefs (who consist of local community and business leaders and advocates from Westchester County) on Sunday, June 27th from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, 304 Spring Street, Ossining.  Donation is $25.00 per person.  If you have any questions or require additional information, please call Wendy Llinas at 923-6380 or email



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