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Release Date: November 24, 2010

On behalf of The Village of Ossining, we offer warm wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving to all of our residents and merchants and hope you and your loved ones have a most enjoyable holiday.



Boy Scout Troop 49 with Cub Pack 49 in partnership with American Legion Posts 506,  Parker Bale Post 1597 and Sing Sing Post 1123 is collecting articles for Care Packages to be sent to our soldiers in time for Christmas. The Scouts ask you to please donate all or any of the suggested items below.  Boxes will be placed:  Outside St. Augustine’s Church, Eagle Park Rte 9, American Legion Post 506, 58 So. Highland Ave, Parker Bale Post 1597, 11 Old Albany Post Rd, Sing Sing Post 1123, 350 Hunter Street for drop-off. The deadline is December 4th

Suggested items are:  Deodorant, Bath/Body Wash,  Hand Sanitizer, Nail Clippers, Lip Balm, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, 2 Razors, Shave Gel, Wash Cloth, 1 Comb and Pic,  Skin Lotion, Sun Screen, Pens, Spiral notebooks, Envelopes Large sizes of Green, Brown or Tan T-shirts, Black boot socks. White athletic socks are worn for physical training and under the boot socks.  A note expressing gratitude and support for their service to our country.  Please do not wrap the articles.  Simply place items in bag and deposit in the box.



SAVE THE DATE!!!  January 22, 2011 for SAVOR THE FLAVOR!, the 3rd annual New Orleans Mardi Gras style extravaganza - authentic New Orleans food, live music, dancing, raffle prizes, silent auction with items priced for everyone's pocketbook including jewelry, art, wine, food, gift baskets, vacation homes etc.  and…Let us cook for your Superbowl Party/Dinner/Game Watch!  More info to come.  All to support the continued rebuilding of New Orleans by youth and adults.  Anyone interested in more information about this trip or any of the fundraising events please call Jane Ozer at 914-762-7502.



Hot Deal on Old Coolers…Con Edison Launches Refrigerator Recycling

Con Edison customers can cash in by recycling their old, energy-wasting “second” refrigerator, have it removed for free and get $30.  The new program is part of the company commitment to help customers save on their electric bills while helping the environment. Older refrigerators can cost twice as much to run as newer, more efficient models.  “Old refrigerators account for nearly 20 percent of the energy used by the average New York household,” said Cristina Coltro, Manager for residential energy efficiency programs at Con Edison. Con Edison residential electric customers in one-to-four family homes are eligible for the incentives. The company will remove regular-sized second, or extra, refrigerators, which are often kept in garages and basements, at no charge.  Con Edison will arrange to safely dismantle and recycle the energy-guzzling appliance.  At the time of your refrigerator pick-up, the company will also collect and recycle old, inefficient window or wall air conditioners. Con Edison customers will receive $30 for second refrigerators, $35 for window air conditioners and $100 for wall A/C units. The program covers the removal of up to two appliances per type per household.  Appliances must be in working condition in order to be picked-up and recycled.  To schedule a pick-up or inquire about eligibility, visit or call1-800-430-9505.  Con Edison has an energy efficiency program available for almost everyone. For more information, visit  or call Con Edison’s “Green Team” at 1-877-870-6118.



The toy catalogues are out. Excited children will be marking pages and dreaming, watching the first snowflakes and anxiously awaiting the holidays and Santa Claus. How many children's dreams won't be fulfilled this holiday season? Help Open Door Family Medical Centers make a little magic for our young patients. Donate a new, unwrapped toy for children from infants to 14 years old, with a maximum value of $20 to Open Door Holiday Toy Drive. No time to shop? Visit our wish lists at under or under Alicia Ward. Need a little holiday spirit? Come and help Open Door wrap the 3,000 new toys we are working to collect. For more information about how you can help please contact Alicia Ward, Open Door Volunteer Coordinator at 914-502-1468 or



Atria on the Hudson is now accepting inquiries - OPENING IN SPRING 2011  Atria on the Hudson is the next generation in thoughtful, purposeful community living for seniors seeking independent, assisted living, or memory care.  It’s much more than a place to live; it’s a safe, inviting community to call home. Nestled against a wooded backdrop and overlooking the Hudson River, Atria on the Hudson nurtures the mind and body with the newest innovations in sustainable luxury senior living. We offer a lifestyle of health and wellness in a serene setting.  The leasing center is now open and model rooms are available to view. Stop by today to secure your preferred apartment! Atria on the Hudson, 321 N. Highland Ave., Ossining.



Come to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway for Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, December 18th, 2 sessions 10 & 11am.   Ages 1 – 12 Free.  Get a ticket and reserve a space for either the 10 or 11 o’clock seating. There is a limit of 100 per hour. Come meet and eat breakfast with Santa. Get a small gift and turn in your wish list to the Jolly Elf from the North Pole. Annie will be on hand to entertain and delight the youngsters. You must get your tickets in advance this year, no one will be allowed in without a ticket. Call 941-3189 for information.



Saw Mill River Audubon Upcoming Field Trips and Events:

-Friday, November 26, 9:00 am Turkey Mountain Hike, Yorktown

Come walk off your Thanksgiving feast with a Saw Mill River Audubon hike up Turkey Mountain in Yorktown. Enjoy great views of Hudson Valley from on top! Suggested for ages 6 and up. Meet at main parking area. Entrance road off Route 118, 0.9 miles north of Route 129 and across from Peter Pratt's Inn. Pre-registration required. Please contact Saw Mill River Audubon at 914-666-6503 or in advance.
-Saturday, November 27, 7:00 am departure from Millwood

Field Trip to Hackensack Meadows / Richard W. DeKorte Park

Saw Mill River Audubon field trip: Marsh harriers, American kestrels, winter sparrows and abundant waterfowl are all possibilities in the 2,000 acres of the Meadowlands in late November. Pre-registration required. Please call Saw Mill River Audubon at 914-666-6503 or email in advance.

Saw Mill River Audubon is dedicated to conserving natural ecosystems through education, advocacy, and stewardship of sanctuaries. It owns and manages eight sanctuaries. Its educational programs serve more than 25 communities near the Saw Mill River—from Peekskill to Tarrytown—including Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, Chappaqua, and Pleasantville. For sanctuary maps and information about membership and volunteer opportunities, call 914.666.6503 or visit  275 Millwood Road   Chappaqua, NY 10514   914.666.6503  Fax: 914.666.7430   Email:

Teatown Events: 

-Saturday, November 27, 10:00 am                           Lasdon Park - With Club Fit

ADULTS. Stroll the magnificent grounds of the Lasdon Arboretum. Learn about efforts being made to restore the chestnut tree to local forests. Meet at Jefferson Valley Club Fit parking lot opposite Toys R Us. Bring lunch and water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and expect to carpool. Rain cancels. If the weather is questionable, call Teatown.

- Saturday, December 4, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm         Ready, Set, Sleep

ALL WELCOME. Not everyone heads south for the winter. Some animals burrow down into the leaf litter, some even freeze until spring. Discover local wildlife’s ingenious strategies that help them survive the winter season.

- Sunday, December 5, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm             Hike The Teatown  Kitchawan Trail

ALL WELCOME. A Teatown educator will lead this hike on the TK Trail, starting at Kitchawan Preserve. Follow along as we make our away along the reservoir and over Bald Mountain, with great views of the reservoir system. This is a one way hike of about 6 miles with some steep sections. A Teatown van will bring hikers back to Kitchawan.

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.)



Orchid Condominiums at 73 Spring Street in Ossining:  One-bedroom condominiums $130,000, two-bedroom condominiums $160,000.  Maximum Income Limits Apply ($58,600 -$83,800, based on number of persons in household.)  Why rent when you can own your own home, for more information please call IFCA 941-5252.  Applications are available. 



"Fashion Feng Shui" will be the topic covered at the next program meeting of the Ossining Woman's Club on Thursday, December 2nd, at 2 p.m. at 2 Lincoln Place. The speaker will be Adriana Rusansky Harris.  According to Liz Schatz, program coordinator, Ms. Harris is a Feng Shui facilitator who will discuss a dressing technique that is aimed at bringing balance and harmony to one's clothing. The public is invited.  For further information contact Jody Israel, 762-3541, or Agnes Johnson, 941-1533.



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.

-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.



HAVE A MERRY….The Old Mill Singers, your local community chorus based in Ossining, announces that their holiday concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 3rd and 4th, 2010, at Ossining High School.  This concert - entitled HAVE A MERRY…. –will include a variety of holiday themed songs – from the silly to the sublime – continuing their tradition of just plain having fun as they entertain.  Some selections are “Christmas Tide – a Medley of Christmas Carols,” “Fruitcake,”  “Hanukkah Nagila,” and Haydn’s “The Heavens are Telling.”   Santa will be coming with some elves. They may do a little bit of classical, but unlike most local choral groups, their focus is on lighter fare.  Show time is 8:00 PM both evenings and tickets can be purchased at the door at $5 for children up to age 12, $10 for senior citizens, and $15 for other adults.  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. As their director Gary Bratt says, “Join as long as you can carry a tune in a bucket.” They now number about sixty members, coming from all walks of life, and ranging in age from the teens to the eighties.  Their associated children’s chorus performs at their public concerts so Old Mill is truly a family affair.  Plan on attending our December concert.   There is convenient free parking, handicapped accessibility, free refreshments, and lots of fun.  See them on the web at and Facebook or contact our Membership Chairperson Sharon Brana at or 914-762-3765.



YIKES! & TYKES: Talk and Book Signing by Two Local Authors Dust, by Susan Berliner, is a supernatural thriller about an evil swirl of dust that terrorizes a condo community. It's a fun read that will entertain everyone--women, men, and teens!

My Child Won't Listen and other early childhood problems, by Linda Griffin, MS, is an upbeat, practical, no-nonsense parenting book, filled with real-life examples of behavior that the author witnessed during her long teaching career. This is a book for parents, grandparents, educators, and other professionals who work with young children and want strategies that work.  Join us at the Bean Runner Cafe, Saturday, December 4th, 2-4 p.m., 201 S. Division Street, Peekskill.   Signed books make great gifts.



Festive Art Auction at Teatown Set for Dec. 4th -Event to Benefit the Ossining Arts Council

Many of the area’s most talented artists will be represented at a Live and Silent art auction jointly sponsored by the Ossining Arts Council and Teatown Lake Reservation on Saturday, December 4th.  Everyone is invited to attend.  This holiday event will be held in the inviting atmosphere of the Teatown Nature Center and Carriage House, where a cocktail reception and art preview will begin at 3 p.m. A crackling fire and live jazz will set the mood for a wonderful evening. Bidding will start at 5 p.m.  “This is a unique event that offers art lovers the opportunity to celebrate the Ossining Arts Council's first collaboration with Teatown, a treasure of the Hudson Hills and Highlands, and bring home a wonderful piece of art,” said OACs President Mark Sarazen.  There is a Fee of $10 which will include wine and an auction paddle. 



Ossining Community Crib Dedication  All are welcome to attend the dedication of the Ossining Community Christmas Crib on December 5th at 2:00 p.m. (rain/snow date December 12th.)  As in previous years, the Crib will be located on the lawn at the corner of Croton Avenue and Todd Place.  To help defray expenses, 50/50 chances are available at the cost of $1.00 from Bonnie Marconi, 7 Nelson Ave. Ossining, NY 10562.  Donations are gratefully accepted.



Come to Market Square, corner of Main and Spring Street on Tuesday, December 7th at 5:45 for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting.  There will be singing, hot cider and cookies.  Shortly after Santa will arrive by Fire Truck to visit with the children, give out candy treats and wish all a Happy Holiday.   Free.




Wunderlich Art & Collectibles, in conjunction with the Ossining Arts Council, invites all artists to be part of the upcoming exhibit, “A Tribute to the Hudson: Current Expressions” December 8th thru December 28th at the Ossining Public Library Gallery.  The Hudson River School came to visual prominence in the 19th century when large numbers of tourists and artists visited and recorded their journeys in words and image. In 1825 Thomas Cole made his famous trip along the river and his landscapes of the scenery gave rise to the Hudson River School, a group of painters who lived and worked in this region. Their paintings attracted collectors, and critics praised their landscapes for initiating the first American art movement. American art was starting to be of consequence to the world.  “A Tribute to the Hudson: Current Expressions” is a continuation of that movement with works by contemporary artists inspired by the natural wonders of the Hudson Valley region. Just as it did for Thomas Cole, Frederick Church and the printmakers Currier & Ives in the past, our river and its region remain a powerful source of inspiration for living artists. This exhibit, born from the spirit of the Hudson River School, welcomes the traditional as well as abstract. We look forward to viewing how the Hudson Valley is perceived by artists of our time.  Art Profile: Paintings, Drawings, and Printmaking of or relating to the Hudson River or Hudson River Valley. Photography or reproduction not accepted for this exhibit. Submission Fee: $20, Deadline for Entry: November 15, 2010 For entry details and additional information, please visit the Ossining Art Council website at or call (914) 502-4157.



Ossining High School To Host Career Day, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.  They NEED your help!  On December 8th Ossining High School is having a Career Day. They have many wonderful presenters BUT, They still need more.  If you would like to share your career with the students, please contact: Lorie Melomo at the high school, 762-5760 ext 318 or email at:   Some careers we’d love to have: Architects, Doctors, Dentist, Consumer products….



Maryknoll Welcomes Christmas To The Lower Hudson Valley Annual Christmas Concert Features Religious and Traditional Music With The Maryknoll Choir And Local Musicians.  The annual Maryknoll Christmas Concert of religious and traditional music will welcome the beginning of the Christmas season to the Lower Hudson Valley on Friday, December 10, at 8 p.m. The concert also will include a preview of music composed specifically for a new Mass that will celebrate the centennial of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers during 2011.  Led by a choir composed of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, along with friends and neighbors, plus a separate children’s choir, the concert will be held at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining. Admission is free and neighbors of all faiths are welcome. Reservations are not required.  The choir is under the direction of Lucille Naughton, director of music at Maryknoll. Music will be provided by local artists -- organist/accompanist Lana Kolath, trumpeter Jerry Lucadamo and guitarist Matt Hickey. The audience will be encouraged to participate in the joy of the Christmas season.  The choir will present Christmas and Advent music from as long ago as the 13th century along with contemporary standards. Religious music will include Veni, Veni Emmanuel from the 13th century and I Saw Three Ships from the 16th century. Seasonal music will feature Do You Hear What I Hear and Star Child. The children’s choir of five to 11-year-olds also will sing a variety of holiday songs that include The Little Drummer Boy and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.  Light refreshments will be served after the concert and Santa Claus will greet the children.



All Aboard Childcare Center Blood Drive – The All Aboard Childcare center will be sponsoring a Blood Drive with the New York Blood Center Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 9:00 am until 1:30 pm at 255 N Highland Ave, Ossining.  Walk-ins are welcomed.  To book a time slot or for additional information contact Co-chairmen Maddie Freed at the center (923-1700 x1) or Julie Spedaliere (886-8627).  DONATE BLOOD NOW . . . you may get it back someday. 



Barber Shop owner Eddie Brooks is retiring after serving the Ossining community for over 30 years!  Join in an appreciation banquet in his honor on Sunday, December 12th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  The event will be held at Karma Lounge, Main Street.  The cost is $35 in advance, $45 at the door, this includes a buffet menu of Penne ala Vodka, Chicken Marsala, Stuffed Filet, Beef, Roasted Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad and Drinks (Soda, Coffee, Tea.)  For more information contact Martin McDonald, 762-5760 ex 2370 or email  Brother to Brother - Building Bridges to Build a Better Community.



Sustainability Leaders to Discuss Bright Ideas About Green Lighting at the Ossining Public Library.  Twenty percent of electricity produced today is used to light homes and businesses. The use of green lighting can dramatically reduce this electrical consumption, in turn making our reliance on coal and nuclear a thing of the past. On Tuesday, December 14 at 6pm sustainability experts and authors of Green Lighting Brian Howard, Seth Leitman and William Brinsky will lead an in-depth discussion about lighting solutions that will reduce costs and environmental impact at the LEED certified Ossining Public Library For more information about this free event, call (914) 941-2416.  In their book, Green Lighting, the authors provide a step-by-step, do-it-yourself guide to installing sustainable lighting such as LEDs, improved efficiency halogen, compact fluorescent lighting, solar lighting, and skylights. The book also explores methods for calculating return on investment and recommended sources for energy-efficient products.



The Ossining Public Library continues the second season of the film series, THE LAW THROUGH FILM, with the screening of the film 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 941-2416.



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.



Adult Beginner Ballet on Sunday 11:30 till 1pm.  Jan 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at Josie’s Dance Studio, Instructor Irene Kent.   The class runs for 4 Sunday’s in total. The class description is: Explore ballet’s foundations in a fun active environment, Gain an understanding of basics which, when combined, create “dance”. Class session will include barre work, center floor, adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro and grand allegro. Emphasis is on correct body alignment and use of terminology; work on dance combinations to improve technical skill, memory and performance. Bring ballet slippers, tights and leotard or leggings.  If you have any questions, regarding classes at Josie's please call Irene @ 917-754-6829 or Josie's Dance Studio @ 914-432-8502.  If you are interested in registration at SUNY WCC you may contact them at 914-606-6830 and press #1 or email them at:  Instructor background: Irene Kent has 20 years of experience in dance teaching as well as performing. She is trained in classic ballet as well as in musical theater dance. Irene attended Point Park University Conservatory for Performing Arts where she received her BA degree in Performance. Irene has performed on Broadway, nationally and internationally in such shows as West Side Story A Chorus line, and Cole Porters review. Some of her ballet credits include, The Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and The American Dance Ensemble. Irene has performed in numerous other venues throughout the United States, the Far East, including China and Japan, and through out central Europe. Irene is currently teaching in New York City, SUNY WCC, (spring semester starts Feb 6th) and privately coaching ballet through out the tri-state area. She is also a certified Pilate’s instructor.

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