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Release Date: September 23, 2010

Ossining Named #2 (out of 40) “Best Places to Live in Westchester” by Westchester magazine!  Below is an excerpt from the article…

“We understand why Mad Men producers chose to locate their star couple (now, alas, divorced) smack in the middle of Ossining. This rivertown (population 24,146) scored two 10s—one for its nearness to the river and the other for its diverse population (45 percent of its residents are non-white). And in our pricey county, it’s actually among the most affordable towns in which to purchase a home: the average price of an Ossining house is $383,330, which is $341,670 less than the average price of a house in the county. Ah, but what about property taxes? They're among the county’s lowest; indeed $6,654 less than the county’s average of $16,689. And while it may not be a hop, skip, and a jump to New York City (it takes 50 minutes to get to Midtown), its schools are above average (SAT scores were 1659 out of a total 2400). Plus Ossining, architecturally, has a charming downtown with underappreciated cast-iron buildings (though the shops can use an upgrade), as well as a historic area (many village structures are on the National Register of Historic Places), and lovely streets that wend their way down to the shoreline.”




Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam is seeking volunteers to visit homes, nursing homes or hospitals, provide a listening ear, a brief respite for a family caregiver, or help with an errand.  Volunteers can also help them with their adult bereavement program and their children’s grief group, The Caring Circle.  Volunteers also assist with behind the scenes office work and fund-raising efforts.  The next training sessions for volunteers will be held on Saturday, October 23rd, October 30th and November 6th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Pre-registration is required!  To register for Hospice Care, please call Raecheal Schwartz, Volunteer Program Assistant:  666-4228, ext. 165.  To register for the Caring Circle Coordinator 666-4228, ext. 336.  



Ossining Thursday Evening Book Discussion with John Hawkins The Thursday Evening Book Discussion Group will meet on September 23 at 7:00pm, at the Ossining Public Library.  For September, the group reads and discusses the bestseller, WHEN THE CHEERING STOPPED: THE LAST YEARS OF WOODROW WILSON, by Gene Smith. Smith’s detailed account of Wilson’s last years has remained the seminal work covering this important period in the life of America’s 28th President for the 46 years since it was originally published in 1964.

In the aftermath of the Paris peace conference, Wilson took his case for the Versailles Peace Treaty and related League of Nations on a cross-country trip to the American people. Nervous exhaustion led to a physical collapse, illness and months of isolation from the public. The U.S. Senate never ratified the treaty. Woodrow Wilson presided over many of the most sweeping changes to impact our country in the 20th century. The discussion is moderated by Collection Development Librarian, John Hawkins.



The next Conservation Café, “Coyotes in Suburbia”, is scheduled for Friday, September 24 , 8:00 a.m. to 10:30  a.m. at the Kessel Student Center at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY, entrance 3 off of Rte. 117 (for directions please visit or visit the website at  We hope that you will be able to join us for this informative program. Please call (914) 864-7326 or reply to by Wednesday,  September 22.  Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested in attending. Carpooling is encouraged.  Help save the environment, bring your own coffee mug!



OHS Homecoming this week!  Please join us in cheering for our teams.  Lets Go “O”!  Games scheduled for Friday, September 24th are:

  • 4:30pm - Girls Swimming vs. Fox Lane (J.G. Caputo Community Ctr., 95 Broadway)
  • 4:30pm - Girls Tennis vs. Harrison  (Nelson Park, Washington St. & Route 9)
  • 4:45pm - Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Sleepy Hollow (Ossining High School)
  • 7:00pm - Friday Night Lights - Football game vs. Mamaroneck Tigers (During half-time all OHS fall teams will be introduced)  - (Ossining High School)

Games scheduled for Saturday, September 25 will be played at OHS.  They are:

·         9:30am - JV Football vs. Mamaroneck

·         10:00am - JV Boys Soccer vs. Sleepy Hollow

·         11:00am - Varsity Volleyball vs. Peekskill

·         12:00pm - Varsity Field Hockey vs. JJEF

·         12:30pm - JV Volleyball vs. Peekskill

·         1:00pm - Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Croton

·         1:30pm - JV Field Hockey vs. JJEF

·         1:45pm - JV Girls Soccer vs. Croton

The Ossining Booster Club's concession stand will be operational both days.  So come on down and support your local teams! OABC is a non-profit volunteer organization comprised of parents, students and community members who have an interest in enhancing the athletic programs of the Ossining School District.  All money raised through concession, merchandise and membership sales goes to assist the Athletic Department and our student athletes by promoting a positive atmosphere and financial support.  For more information 



The OHS Class of 1990 is looking for OHS 1990 alumni to get the word out that they are having their 20 year reunion.  Here are the details:  Date - Saturday, September 25, 2010, Time - 7pm - 10pm plus an after party until...whenever Place - Karma Lounge of Westchester - Ossining Cost - $60pp - includes a full buffet dinner, open bar, music, dessert and after party RSVP - to with your name and the name of any guests you will bring and you will receive an Evite link for payment options.  Payment and RSVP deadline is September 17th. 



Holy Ossining!   Continues…..Tour Ossining’s Sacred Spaces and Peaceful Places - Dale Cemetery & The Congregation Sons of Israel Burial Ground Ossining’s Dale Cemetery was established in 1851.  It is the final resting place of Revolutionary and Civil War Veterans, Elected and Appointed Officials, a renowned Jazz Musician, other prominent Ossining residents and many others who never made headlines but who made Ossining a better place.  In addition, our tour will make a stop at Ossining’s little-known Jewish Burial Ground, established at the turn of the 20th century.  The tour will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 12:30 PM.   Meet at Ossining Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining.  You will be taking a van to these sites so please reserve your spot.  This will be the third tour in the Holy Ossining series.  Previous tours included several local churches and historic sites.  Supporters:  Ossining Historical Society Museum, Ossining Parks & Recreation Department.  Contact: Miguel Hernandez at 914-941-4920 or



Career Planning Workshop hosted at the Ossining Public Library  The Library is hosting a free, one day career planning workshop that will take place on Saturday, September 25 from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. The workshop is free and is open to all adults.  If you have ever wanted to understand how to assess yourself to achieve a good career fit, learn about good sources of career information that are available or become the manager of your own career path in today’s changing world, then this workshop is for you.  The workshop is lead by WEBS career counselors that are highly qualified professionals with many years of experience working with adults on career development issues. Many counselors also work at college adult education centers, in agency counseling programs, or hold private practices. This workshop is supported by a legislative grant from the Office of State Senator, Suzi Oppenheimer, and presented by the Westchester Library System’s Career & Educational Counseling Service. For information about the workshop, call 941-2416 extension 315.



On Sunday, September 26th, Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 So. Highland Avenue will welcome the Right Reverend Mark Sisk, Bishop of New York, who will be with them to confirm those who have been studying for the past year and to administer First Communion to some of our younger parishioners.  They will also be celebrating this event with a reception after the service.  We will be serving light refreshments (tea sandwiches, cheese, cookies, etc.), sherry, and tea and coffee using our silver service.  For more information you can contact the church (941-0806) or send an  email to 



Concerned about the high cost of college?  Join us for an informational workshop that will enhance your knowledge about college aid planning at the Warner Library in Sleepy Hollow on Monday, September 27th or Thursday, October 28th at 6:30 pm.  Please RSVP to Sandy Wetzel at 914-909-1521 or



Attention Town of Ossining Residents!  Back to school time also means School Tax bills are also becoming due.  Ossining and Briarcliff Manor School Tax is Due September 30th.  If you did not receive a bill, call Gloria Fried, Receiver of Taxes at 762-8790.



Save The Date: October 1, 2010  Money Mastery Magazine is a new publication that will be providing faith-based financial education for You, Your Family, Your Church and Your Business. Every month they will deliver to your inbox tips, tools and resources to help your small businesses grow and to help you get and keep your personal finances in order. Not to mention interviews with successful business owners, how to articles, coupons from your favorite vendors and lots more!  Go to and Get your Free Subscription Today! You will receive your first issue on October 1st, 2010.  They are also looking for local businesses from Ossining and the surrounding areas to advertise with them. They offer affordable prices and great exposure.  First preference will be given to business owners who would like to offer a discounted product or service to the Money Mastery Magazine subscribers.  Are you a church or non-profit leader looking to bring the Money Mastery Magazine experience to your group?  Contact Tanai, she is interested in working with you!  Visit them at  Do you have questions? Email them at  To advertise with them call (914) 502 – 7120.



Sonny Sharrock Way” Street Dedication  Please join us as we honor Jazz Great, Ossining’s own Sonny Sharrock with an honorary street renaming on October 2, 1010 at 3:00 p.m. on South Malcolm Street in Ossining.  Join with friends, family and fans for a brief ceremony and  Jazz Music concert to honor the life and work of Sonny Sharrock!  Event to be held at the corner of South Malcolm and Hamilton Avenue. Hailed as the father of free-jazz guitar, Sonny Sharrock carved his own unique niche in the world of jazz by adapting the free-form improvisational style pioneered by 1960s jazz horn players to the guitar. One of the first jazz guitarists to incorporate dissonance, distortion, feedback, and chord clusters into his playing style, he revolutionized jazz guitar concepts by developing an abstract, passionate, and truly original instrumental voice. His string-breaking, rule-shattering, free-for-all improvising influenced two generations of guitarists from jazz master Nicky Skopelitis to rock players Vernon Reid and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. "My view of improvisation is very personal," Sharrock wrote in Guitar Player. "It’s full of love, anger, truth, lies, and, in the end (I hope), sense.”



Fall Family Fun Day 2010 will be held at Market Square on Saturday, October 2nd 10am to 1pm.  Ages 4 and up are Free!  A great day of fun activities includes hay ride, face painting, pumpkin painting, pie eating contest with trophies, festive music & awards for the best pumpkin painting. Join us to celebrate the changing of the seasons.



Taconic Opera 2010 Gala! Opera Lovers: If you missed Taconic Opera’s spectacular gala last year, don’t miss this one!  You will be treated to amazing cuisine and first-class entertainment by professional, experienced vocal musicians who’ve performed at the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, as well as nationally and abroad.  Come meet our leading artists in an intimate setting overlooking the Hudson River and revel in the beauty, power and expressiveness of the human voice.  This is the company’s annual fundraiser which is used to support seasonal activities, including free fully-staged performances for schools regardless of financial resources.  $150 minimum tax-deductible donation requested.  The event will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 7:00 pm in Croton, NY (directions will be sent after the reservation is received).  For reservations, call (914) 245-3415 or email or visit



Teatown Events: 

-Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  GREEN GARDENING

All Welcome. Join Maggie Pichura, Environmental Educator and Master Gardener, to learn about gardening sustainably by using natural methods for controlling weeds, insects and more.

-Thursday, October 7, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm      “FIRST THURSDAYS” Discussion Group

ADULTS. Teatown’s monthly free environmental discussion group continues with rotating, timely topics. See website for topic and details.

-Saturday, October 9, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   GOING NUTTY!

All Welcome Beechnuts, acorns, hickory nuts and more are on the forest floor. Who is feasting on all the goodies that nature provides? Come play a nutty matching game as we take a hike.

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.  They 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.)



Tachs Exam Prep Course All Fall 2010 8th Grade Students Welcome Prepare with Eduscape Associates for the Test for Admissions to Catholic High Schools.  Examination will be held  November 5, 2010.  5 Prep Class Sessions, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.  Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Place:  St. Ann’s School, 16 Elizabeth Street, Ossining, 941-0312.  Register online now at  Questions?  Contact Gayle Marchica, Eduscape Associates Test Prep & Tutoring 941-4148,



Ossining High School to Host Career Day, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.  Do you have an exciting career that you would like to share with our students?  Are you an entrepreneur?  Did you start you own business? The students of Ossining High School would love to know!  The focus is to help our students become aware of the many career choices that are available to them. In order to do this, we are asking community members, parents, friends, relatives, Alumni, etc. to become involved.  If you are interested, please contact: Lorie Melomo at the high school, 762-5760 ext 318 or email at:  Thank you so much for your help!



Landlord -Tenant Relations Council Seeking New Members

The Village Landlord-Tenant Relations Council currently has three open positions for new members, two tenant representative vacancies and one landlord representative vacancy.  The Council, a volunteer body consisting of seven appointed members, works to conduct research into community housing problems; formulate programs to improve landlord-tenant relation; accumulate statistical information on available housing accommodations; counsel the Board of Trustees on landlord-tenant problems and disputes and recommend programs for the solution of same; and resolve problems and disputes between landlords and tenants through mediation and discussion at meetings of the Council. The Landlord Tenant Relations Council meets once a month.  Interested parties should forward a letter of interest to Assistant Village Manager, Christina Papes at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562 or to no later than September 30th. 



Writing Simply Workshop  A general writing class that teaches you how to make your writing better, the simple way. Focus of class is on your writing voice, which distinguishes one writer from another, and which turns ordinary writing into impressive writing. Additional topics covered: editing, there's no such thing as writer's block, choosing what and when to write, making writing enjoyable. Only positive feedback in class. No criticizing or critiquing. Bring large pad. 4 Weeks (4 Sessions, 2 hrs/session). Instructor: Shelley Gilbert, Author and Ossining resident. Briarcliff Manor Recreation and Parks, Monday nights, October 4-25, 7:00–9:00pm, 48 Macy Road, Briarcliff Manor, Call: 914-941-6560,



Teatown Lake Reservation Announces “First Thursdays” Discussion Group Topics: Focus on Forests  Teatown Lake Reservation holds monthly environmental discussion groups to share in the exploration of environmental issues within and beyond Teatown’s borders.  Held on the “First Thursday” of every month, each discussion group features a different, timely topic.  This fall, the First Thursday discussions focus on issues related to the forest in a series of discussions, Three Tales of Forest Woe: What Went Wrong and What We Can Do About It.

-Thursday, October 7, 2010, 7:30 pm – 9 pm, features “What Lies Beneath: The Invasion of Exotic Earthworms,” a discussion led by Dr. Peter Groffman, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. The First Thursday discussion group will learn about invasive species of earthworms found in our native forests.  Participants will discuss the challenges and solutions surrounding the impact of exotic earthworms. 

-Thursday, November 4, 2010, 7:30 pm – 9 pm, features “Lurking in the Trees: One Community’s Battle Against the Asian Long-Horned Beetle”.  This discussion, led by Mr. Frank Lowenstein, The Nature Conservancy, presents the challenges faced by the invasion of this destructive beetle and what can be done to mitigate the damage to trees.

-Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7:30 – 9 pm, features “An Insatiable Appetite: White-tailed Deer and the Health of the Local Forest.”  Mr. Mark Weckel, Mianus River Gorge, will lead what is sure to be a lively discussion on the devastation caused by the overabundance of deer and the impact of their eating habits on our local forests.  Participants will discuss the pros and cons of solutions to the deer problem in our area.  “First Thursdays” are held at Teatown Lake Reservation.  Advanced registration is required. Please call Teatown at (914) 762-2912, ext. 110, Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  About Teatown Lake Reservation:  Teatown Lake Reservation is a nonprofit, environmental organization with an 834-acre nature preserve and education center located in the Lower Hudson Valley in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle, New York. Teatown Lake Reservation’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. We are devoted to conserving biodiversity, teaching ecology and promoting nature-friendly living.



Ossining Public Library Announces Italian Film Series The Ossining Library Foundation presents a new film series focusing on the best of Italian Cinema starting Thursday, October 7, at 7:00pm. The film series will take place in the Budarz Theater located at the Ossining Public Library. The first film in the series, Le Notti Bianche (White Nights, 1957, directed by Luchino Visconti), tells the story of a lonely man named Mario (Marcello Mastroianni), who is wandering along the empty streets of Livorno after spending the day with the family of his employer. While crossing a bridge, Mario sees a beautiful woman named Natalia (Maria Schell) crying and he starts a conversation with her. Natalia reluctantly allows Mario to walk her home and they agree to meet each other the next day. The romantic and naive Natalia tells Mario that she lives with her grandmother. When an unknown tenant rents a room from her grandmother, Natalia immediately falls in love with him. The tenant asks for one year apart to raise enough money to get married, promising to return and meet her on the bridge where Mario met her the previous night. She gives a letter to Mario to deliver to the stranger but Mario throws it away in the canal. On the next night, Natalia meets Mario by chance and they spend the snowing night together, dancing, chatting and drinking, and Mario falls in love with her. Additional films are scheduled for November 11 (Sedotta e Abandonata) and December 9 (Le Amiche). Free. Everyone welcome.



Italian Feast 2010! At Ossining’s Veterans Park, Narragansett Avenue, hosted by The Columbus Lodge.  Friday, October 8th 5p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, October 9th 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday, October 10th 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Come join the fun!  Free live entertainment.  Friday – “Primavera” with Tony & Co., Saturday – “Elvis Tribute” Featuring:  Patrick Perone, Sunday – “Don Felice” NY Music Production.  Great food, raffles, rides & games.  For more information contact:  Frank Picucci 914-227-3894, Mike Fortini 914-403-5244.



Worried about identity theft?  Have old personal papers lying about the house. The Westchester County Mobile Shredder is coming to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway on Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Its purpose:  to help you shred and destroy personal documents in an effort to combat the fastest growing crime in the nation – identity theft.  It’s a good idea to shred documents you are no longer using, like old documents and bills that bear personal identifying information such as name, address, phone number, credit card number or social security number.  Paper from business, schools, institutions or commercial enterprises will not be accepted. Before you go, come prepared:  remove all metal clips, fasteners, binders, folders and hard covers and place the papers loosely in a box.  Up to four boxes of papers are allowed for shredding by each resident.



Local Author's Event: Come meet Ossining resident Linda Griffin, author of "My Child Won't Listen ... and other early childhood problems," Saturday, Oct. 9th starting at 1:00 PM at Barnes and Noble in Mohegan Lake. Do you wonder why time-out doesn't work? Is your child a picky eater? Would you like to know how to help your child deal with annoying or aggressive children? Ms. Griffin deals with these, and other parenting questions, in her recently published book.   This book has practical suggestions that parents of young children will find both helpful and validating. Clearly based on real experiences, the stories relate to common parenting situations. I liked the focus on understanding the root cause of a problem. Easy to read, even entertaining in some parts. I highly recommend this for parents or for anyone who volunteers with children.  (review posted on the Barnes and Noble website)  Come support local authors and do your holiday shopping at this exciting book signing event.



The Nadia Reisenberg Young Artist Concert Series returns to the Ossining Public Library with a special concert of classical piano music performed by Charlie Albright. The Young Artist Concert Series is presented by the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing young classical music artists. The concert begins at 3:00pm on Sunday, October 10, in the Budarz Theater. The concert is free and everyone is welcome. The library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining.  Charlie Albright, age 22, is the first winner in the history of the New York Piano Competition to be the recipient of two first prizes. He received First Prize in the solo category as well as sharing First Prize in the one-piano, four hands ensemble in 2006.  Charlie, a native of Centralia, Washington, who attended Centralia High School, began playing the piano at age 3 ½ and started taking lessons shortly thereafter.  During December, 2008, Charlie performed works by Morricone and Gershwin with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, at a ceremony honoring Senator Ted Kennedy, when he received an honorary degree at Harvard University.   Charlie completed his Associate of Science degree at the Centralia College during high school, and is the first classical pianist in the Harvard/New England Conservatory B.A./M.M. 5-Year Joint Program, where he is majoring in Economics at Harvard as a premedical student and receiving his Masters of Music in Piano Performance, studying with Wha-Kyung Byun. He was recently awarded the 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and is presently under management with Young Concert Artists, Inc.



Noted New York artisan, Jamie Ross, will lead a workshop where she will teach participants the craft of creating sculptural wire bookmarks. The workshop will take place on Sunday, October 10, at 1:00pm, at the Ossining Public Library, located at 53 Croton Avenue, in Ossining. The workshop is open to all and is free. For information, call (914) 941-2416 or visit the library’s website at  This artistic and fun medium uses various types of wire and results with participants having created decorative yet functional bookmarks. The medium is Ms. Ross’ own creation. Each participant in the workshop will have the opportunity to complete several finished bookmarks. Materials for the workshop will be provided.  Jamie Ross is an artist and illustrator, whose work has been published in many national magazines, including Reader's Digest and Playboy. She has appeared on the NBC News program "Wednesday's Child" with Janice Huff, where she conducted a print making art workshop with several children who were featured for adoption. She was awarded the “Lifetime Arts” grant in 2009 and again in 2010 to present a series of painting programs for senior adults. Ms. Ross lives in New York City where she maintains her art studio.



Holy Ossining!    Continues…..Tour Ossining’s Sacred Spaces and Peaceful Places  “Maryknoll” For nearly 100 years the Maryknoll Seminary has been preparing Priests, Brothers, Sisters and Lay Persons for missionary and humanitarian work around the world. This breathtakingly beautiful and serene place is not to be missed.  Come, tour it with us and see its unique Asian influenced architecture, stained glass windows, photographs, art works and hear Brother John Blazo speak about it’s fascinating history.  Monday, October 11, 2010 at 12:30 PM  At the Entrance To Main Building,  Maryknoll is located at 55 Ryder Road, across from  Brookside School, Ossining.  Plenty of Free Parking.  This will be the fourth tour in the Holy Ossining series.  Previous tours included several local churches as well as a cemetery.  Supported by:   Ossining Historical Society Museum.  Contact: Miguel Hernandez 914-941-4920 



Presenting the Films of Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger The Associates of the Ossining Public Library announce a free film series featuring the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger the series began September 15, and will continue with one film each month through December. Each film is free to attend will be shown in the Budarz Theater located in the Ossining Public Library.   The remaining films being shown are in the series are, Stairway to Heaven” from 1946 starring David Niven and Kim Hunter shown on Wednesday, October 13, Black Narcissus” from 1947 starring Deborah Kerr and David Farrar showing on Wednesday, November 3, and The Red Shoes” from 1948 starring Jean Short and Marius Goring showing on Wednesday, December 1. Each film starts at 7:00pm.   Michael Powell was born and raised in Canterbury, England, and learned the craft of filmmaking by working various jobs at the studios of Denham & Pinewood, working his way up to producer on a series of short films made to fulfill quota agreements between Britain and America during the years between the wars. He eventually met and teamed up with Emeric Pressburger and under the banner of “The Archers” shared joint credit for an important series of films through the 1940s and 1950s. Powell’s film work has been an influence on modern filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.  Emeric Pressburger was born in Hungary and educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart. Prior to WWII, he worked on films for the UFA (the German film industry) in Berlin as well as in Paris. Being Jewish, he managed to escape WWII Germany and found sanctuary in London where he eventually met Michael Powell. Together as “The Archers”, Pressburger often showed a deep understanding of the British, even though on arrival in England he spoke almost no English.  The films that comprise this series represent some of the most important and finest work of the filmmaking duo and serve to illustrate some of the best of what Hollywood produced in the 1940s and 1950s. The series, presented by the Associates of the Ossining Public Library, is moderated by Mark Hassklar. Mr. Hassklar served as Director of the Chappaqua Public Library where he moderated a very successful and long-running fim series. The Powell & Pressburger film series is curated by Bonnie Katz. The series is open to everyone and is free. For information, call 914-941-2416.



The Lady With All The Answers, A delightful play about Ann Landers by David Rambo, Starring Carol Eagen Directed by Michael Muldoon.  "The Lady With All the Answers" performed by M&M Productions Acting Company, Inc. at the Ossining Public Library on Thursday, October 14th at 7:30 p.m. in the Budarz Theater.  "Dear Ann Landers"…For decades, renowned advice columnist Ann Landers answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples and a multitude of others in need of advice. No topic was off-limits, including nude housekeeping, sex in a motorcycle helmet, the proper way to hang toilet paper, sibling rivalries, addiction and wandering spouses. Landers regaled her readers with direct, insightful and often humorously honest responses. Late on a 1975 night in Landers' Chicago apartment, an ironic twist of events confronts her with a looming deadline for a column dealing with a new kind of heartbreak: her own. As she shares her struggles to complete the column with us, we learn as much about ourselves as we do about the wise, funny, no-nonsense woman whose daily dialogue with America helped shape the social and sexual landscapes of the last half-century. Directed by Michael Muldoon, Carol Eagen will portray the delightful Ann Landers. For more information contact Melinda O’Brien at 914.962.3431 or



Taconic Opera Opens its 13th Season With Puccini’s Tosca  Puccini's most performed opera in Europe comes to Yorktown for Taconic Opera’s opening of its 13th season.  Deception, murder, obsession, execution, and suicide highlight this intense thriller, made even more famous in the United States by the legendary diva, Maria Callas.  A fully staged production with professional singers, it is directed by Taconic Opera's founder and General Director, Dan Montez, and includes a full union orchestra conducted by Jun Nakabyashi.  Tosca contains some of Puccini's most beloved arias (Recondita armonia, Vissi d'arte, E lucevan le stelle, etc) and one of opera's greatest villains…Scarpia!  The opera will be performed In Italian with translations projected above the stage.  Performances are at the Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, on Friday, October 15 and Saturday October 16 at 8 PM, and a Sunday matinee October 17 at 2 PM.  Single ticket prices range from $32 to $42 with a $9 discount for seniors and students.  Season tickets are also available for a significant reduction.  For information, tickets or directions: call (914) 245-3415 or email or visit  This production is made possible, in part, by the New York Council on the Arts and ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County government, corporations and individuals.



Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion The second offering of the 2010-2011 Maryknoll International Film Festival, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, will be shown on Friday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road, in Ossining.  The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: Self-giving Love and the Joy of Reconciliation, continues with The Great Santini, a 1979 U.S. film from director Lewis John Carlino.  The film tells the story of a Marine officer whose success as a military aviator contrasts with his shortcomings as a husband and father.  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.  Maryknoll Mission Center Building, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  For additional information call 914-941-7590;  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



The Ossining Farmers Market is open at Market Square! Community Markets runs every Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm until December 18th on the corner of Main and Spring Street!  The market features fresh local, certified organic produce, artisinal organic breads, fish, meat, eggs, cheese, herbs, baked goods and specialty foods, handmade chutney, simmer sauces and other Indian delicacies from Calcutta Kitchens of Norwalk, CT., hard and soft goat cheeses, milk and yogurt from Coach Farm of Pine Plains, NY and mushrooms, orchids and vegetables from Hodgson Farm of Walden, NY.  Community Markets will also be hosting events like: cooking demos, tastings, a corn roast and live music throughout the season. Details are posted on their website: The Ossining Farmers Market now accepts (EBT) food stamps.  Stop by the manager’s tent with your card.



Ossining Recreation and Parks Department Presents Friday Night Movie Series at the Community Center.  The film series will focus on current environmental issues.  Popcorn is free, bring your own drinks and learn about current issues facing us such as “Bad Eggs.” 

This is primarily focused towards adults but mature children are welcome to attend.  John Bell will be hosting the series.  Films are approximately 1 to 1.5 hrs in length.  If you bring snacks plan on sharing.  We like snacks especially ones from the organic community gardens.  This is a free series.  Food Inc. will be shown on September 17th at 7:30PM; The End of Suburbia, October 15th at 7:30PM; The 11th Hour, November 12th at 7:30PM; and The Power of Community, December 10th at 7:30PM.



Hope on the Hudson Day, a fundraising day for Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center is scheduled for Saturday, October 16.   Mariondale is seeking vendors and not for profit organizations to participate.  The event will be a large community gathering of vendors, earth friendly and sustainability information, food, music and fun.  For more information go to their website at



Ossining High School Class of 1970 - 40th Reunion will take place on Saturday Evening, October 16th at the Tuscan Grille, 518 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor. Any classmates which have not received an invitation please contact Gary Farrell at, 914-762-1297 or John Crawford at, 914-762-1958.



Anne. T. Romano, Ph.D., will discuss her latest book, Daughters of Italy: The Journey of Italian-American Women Writers (Xlibris, 2010), at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 17, in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library. The event is free and everyone is welcome. The library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. For information, call the library at 914-941-2416.  Dr. Romano is active in literary and historical associations and has served as President of The American Italian Historical Association, Long Island Regional Chapter.  She is a national lecturer and consultant, speaking at conferences throughout the United States and Europe.  She has received numerous awards, including being named Queens Woman of Distinction by State Senator Serphin Maltese, during NYS Senate's celebration of Women's History Month in 2005, and nominated for the professional excellence in teaching award in 2009, at Nassau Community College on Long Island.



The Library Board of Trustees of the Ossining Public Library will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, October 18, at 7:30pm. Open to the public, the meeting will take place in the library’s conference room. The Ossining Public Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. For information, call 914-941-2416.



Save the dateOctober 20, at the Ossining Public Library, for “Serving our Aging Community” a Senior Citizen Forum hosted by Westchester Legislator Bill Burton, with speakers and lots of useful information. Details will be available as we get closer to the Forum. Any questions call Lisa Penberthy or Daysi Briones at 914-995-2838.



Dominican Sisters Family Health Service - Save the date of October 20 for the 18th Annual Mary and Carol Higgins Clark Luncheon and book signing at Abigail Kirsch - Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown.  Tickets are $115 per person.  To RSVP - 941-1710 x-1131 or



The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club has its next monthly meeting Thursday, October 21, in the community room of the Apple Bank in the Rose Hill Shopping Center in Thornwood. The meeting will begin by 8:00PM and generally breaks up around 10PM. If you would like to attend, please call Hank Teller for all details at 914-309-2395.  Hank Teller will also be glad to answer any questions about model railroading. You can call him at 914-309-2395 also.  The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month except in July and August. Come and find out why model railroading is the “Worlds Greatest Hobby.”

NMRA Metro North Division The Metro North Division of the NMRA will be meeting in the New Canaan Historical Society over this Fall and Winter.
Their meetings are scheduled for October 2, October 30, November 20, and in 2011, for January 15, March 19 and May 21. Most meetings consist of two seminars on various aspects of model railroading and then layout visits to local model railroaders.  Seminar topics for the October 3 meeting are:  Designing for Operation presented by Dick Wolter, DCC Wiring - Vin Gallogly

All Are Welcome!


Maryknoll Sisters International Bazaar Saturday, October 23, 2010, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining. Unique carvings, jewelry and hand-woven cloth from countries around the world, baked goods and snacks. Raffle, Christmas items, Silent Auction and Children’s corner. Admission is free. Call: 914-941-7575.  Directions: Take Rte. 9A to Rte. 133 and follow the signs.  This year’s Bazaar features a book signing for Vessel of Clay, the Inspirational Journey of Sister Carla, a newly published biography. It tells the story of a Maryknoll missioner in Chile who volunteered to help the Church in El Salvador in a situation of extreme violence. Sr. Carla died in a flash flood while assisting refugees in August 1980. A few months later, her two Maryknoll companions, Sisters Ita and Maura, and two other Church Women, Sr. Dorothy and Jean Donovan, a lay missioner, were murdered. This year is the 30th anniversary of their deaths. The story of this extraordinary woman is told by her lifetime friend Jackie Maggiore who will be on hand to sign copies of the book.  Maryknoll Sisters are a missionary congregation of women religious founded in 1912 in NY  with international membership. We work in 27 countries around the world to Make God’s Love Visible now and for the future. Celebrating our Centennial in 2012, we are ready for the next 100 years! Visit our website to meet our Sisters, see our work, join our causes and support us in mission!



Ossining Community Action Program proudly presents its Fall Wine & Cheese Silent Auction Benefit.  Join us for an afternoon of fine wine & cheese, along with a spectacular view of the Hudson River on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm at the Shattemuc Yacht Club on Westerly Rd in Ossining. Admission to the benefit is $40.00.  Proceeds from this benefit will serve to support programs operated through the Ossining CAP.   Join them and raise a glass in helping those that are in need!  Ossining CAP, a component of Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCop) is a private not-for-profit, multipurpose social service agency operating community programs to combat poverty and its adverse effects in Westchester and Putnam counties.  Should you have any questions or require additional information, please call Sheliza Narain at 914-923-6380 or email:   



The Ossining Public Library presents a conversation with noted journalist Seymour Topping in which his latest book, On the Front Lines of the Cold War: An American Correspondent's Journal from the Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), will be discussed. Michael Buitekant, a resident of Ossining will interview Mr. Topping. The event will take place in the Budarz Theater on Saturday, October 23, at 2:00pm, at the Ossining Public Library, located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. The event is free and everyone is welcome.  At the conclusion of the conversation between Mr. Topping and Mr. Buitekant, there will be a short question and answer session, followed by a book signing. Copies of his latest book, On the Front Lines of the Cold War: An American Correspondent's journal from the Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam, will be available for purchase from the Village Bookstore of Pleasantville.

Seymour Topping has had a varied career as foreign correspondent, editor, university professor and author. He retired last July as Administrator of the Pulitzer after nine years of service and was appointed San Paolo Professor Emeritus of International Journalism at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, he was a member of The New York Times for thirty years as chief correspondent in Moscow and Southeast Asia, foreign editor, deputy managing editor and managing editor from 1986 to 1987. After service as an infantry officer in the Pacific during World War II, he covered the Chinese Civil War for The Associated Press, the French Indochinese War, London and Berlin before joining the New York Times in 1959.



Spirit of Jazz Concert To Benefit Phelps Hospice October 24 at Irvington Town Hall Theater  Jazz singers Melissa Walker and Tessa Souter will present an afternoon of song and style on October 24, 2010 at Irvington Town Hall Theater from 3 to 5 pm. Titled Spirit of Jazz, the concert will benefit the hospice program at Phelps Memorial Hospit al Center, Sleepy Hollow.  The two jazz songstresses will be backed up by a quartet of outstanding musicians: saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Ron McClure, drummer Billy Drummond and pianist Oscar Perez.  Melissa Walker has enjoyed a wide and varied career as a jazz vocalist with performances at the Kennedy Center Women in Jazz Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Joe's Pub and The Jazz Standard in Manhattan. She has opened for the legendary Ray Charles and performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis at the Duke Ellington Centennial Celebration.  Tessa Souter's unique singing style infuses jazz with the soul and passion of flamenco, Middle Eastern, African and Brazilian music. Her performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in 2009 earned her a stunning review: All proceeds from the concert will go to support Phelps Hospice, a program that provides professional and dignified services to families and patients at the end of life, in their homes or in the hospital or a health care facility.  Concert tickets at $35 each may be obtained online at or by calling the Irvington Town Hall Theater box office at 914-591-6602.



The Ossining Public Library continues the second season of the film series, THE LAW THROUGH FILM, with the screening of the film INHERIT THE WIND, on Thursday, October 28 at 6:30pm, in the Budarz Theater located in the library at 53 Croton Avenue, in Ossining. The 1960 film, Inherit the Wind, directed by Stanley Kramer features a star-studded cast that includes Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, Gene Kelly, Donna Anderson and Harry Morgan. Following the film, there will be a discussion focusing on the topic of Intelligent Design.  The film provides the foundation for a discussion about the concept of Intelligent Design. Intelligent Design is a theory that acknowledges evolution yet presumes that there is a “designer” behind it. Intelligent Design avoids naming the “designer” and has been controversial in recent years having been adopted into school curriculum prompting great legal debate. The film and discussion are free and everyone is welcome. Those attending are encouraged to voice their questions and opinions on the issue.   Up-coming films in the series include M.I.L.K. (December 16 at 6:30pm) followed by a discussion about gay marriage.  Together with the Ossining Public Library, Lehmann & Lehmann Legal Communications is sponsoring the second season of the “Law as Seen Through Film”. The series’ mission is to get the community thinking and talking about legal issues that may or may not directly affect them. Great film, past and present, serves as the vehicle to incite participation and discussion. For information, call 721-2416.



John Hawkins Book Group October Meeting at Ossining Public library  On Thursday, October 28 the Ossining Public Library Thursday Evening Book Discussion Group will discuss "New World Coming: the 1920's and the Making of Modern America" by Nathan Miller (2003). The group will meet at 7:00 pm in the second floor Conference Room. Nathan Miller, award-winning journalist and author, has chronicled the tempestuous decade, known as the Jazz Age, which began in the aftermath of the Great War and ended with the Crash of 1929 and the onset of the Great Depression. John Hawkins will moderate the discussion. Copies of the book may be obtained at the main floor Information Desk. Free. Everyone welcome. For information, call 914-941-2416.



On October 28th The Charles L. Brieant Community Center - After School Programs for Youth (CBCC) will be having a fund-raising gala at the famed Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown, NY. The CBCC, named after the late Charles L. Brieant, Ossining resident and former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, was established in recognition of his concern for youth. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Harry Smith, Anchor of The Early Show on CBS, the Honorary Chair will be Assemblywoman Nita Lowey, and the CBCC Youth Ensemble will be performing at the dinner. For information, please call or email Norman Fulton, Executive Director at 914.941.0000 or



Ossining Union Free School District Health & Wellness Fair and PTA Clothing Sale  Saturday, November 6, 2010, Time:  10am - 2pm at Claremont School, 30 Claremont Road, Ossining.  Fair will include Blood Pressure Screenings, Flu Information, WCDOH,  Warm Up Ossining, Masons Child Identification & Safety Information, Dental Screenings and Education, Ossining Open Door,  Asthma Education, Fidelis Insurance, TD Bank, Whitsons Food Service, Eat Smart New York!, Ossining Police Department – Child Car Seat Safety Checks, OVAC Ambulance Tours, PTA Clothing Sale, and lots more!



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