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Release Date: February 17, 2011

Village of Ossining to Release Requests for Proposals on Main Street Sites

Mayor William R. Hanauer announced today that The Village of Ossining will be releasing Requests for Proposals during the month of March, 2011 for two village owned sites located at 147-155 Main Street (the “We Can Do It” site) and 200 Main Street (the Ossining Bank for Savings building).  The Requests will seek submissions from interested developers for the redevelopment of both parcels, the first being comprised of a vacant lot, and the second containing an existing historic structure.     

            The Village had previously been in negotiations with Waverly-Ossining Development Team regarding their expression of interest in developing both sites.  During this process, it was determined that the Village and the prospective developer have different visions of the desired development for these important properties.  As a result, the Village did not extend the Memorandum of Understanding it had signed with Waverly-Ossining, and will be seeking other interested developers.

            The Village will soon be reissuing revised Request for Proposals (RFPs) for these sites.  Interested parties should contact Christina Papes, Assistant Village Manager at 914.941.3554 or at .  



This month’s Lions Club meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 17th, at The Tuscan Grill, North State Road in Briarcliff.  Maureen Morgan will be leading a discussion on “Surviving the future”   All are invited to arrive any time after 7:00. The cost of dinner is $22 and will include soup/salad, entrée, desert and soda, coffee and tea.  Other beverages are available on a cash basis.  This program is designed as a discussion, not a lecture. These are some of the topics that we may touch on:

  1. What’s just over the horizon in the region’s economy?  Is it on the rise? Or is there increasing uncertainty in energy/food?  The stock market continues up while the public seems to be downsizing.
  2. What does increasing unrest in the Middle East have to do with Westchester County?
  3. Supply lines for many businesses are very long, China being a frequent source. Are they really secure?
  4. What does locavore mean to you? It is a major trend across the country.
  5. Even in downturns there are opportunities. What might they be in our region?
  6. Other topics participants may raise.



Volunteers needed to help seniors -- Community Helping Hands, an aging in place organization serving Greater Ossining and Briarcliff, welcomes volunteers from all walks of life and offers them the opportunity to help their older neighbors. Whether you have an hour to spare or can devote more time, we have an opportunity for you! For information about their next meeting and volunteer orientation: call 914-346-7773 or email them at:

A group of local AmeriCorps members are in the process of renovating the children’s nursery room at the First Presbyterian Church at 34 South Highland Avenue in Ossining. The church community is very generous in allowing them and various community groups to utilize their space to host events, programs, and support groups. Thank you to those who have already donated a wonderful selection of toys, games, and supplies!  They have received a great amount of toys that will be used in the room, after it has been painted and properly furnished. In order to complete the project, we are looking for storage for the toys. If anyone has any shelving, storage cabinets, and/or drawers that you are willing to donate or for more information: please contact Erin Maher at 914-502-1437 or Thank you for your support!



JP Morgan Chase Announces New programs for Military and Veterans Commits to lower SCRA rates, increasing modifications, jobs, training, and home ownership assistance.  JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) announced today it will significantly enhance its programs to help military and veteran customers.  The new Chase programs announced today are:   

Reduced Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Pricing  Effective 4/1/11, subject to any required approvals, Chase will put in place a rebate or similar program for SCRA-protected military personnel, which will lower eligible borrowers’ effective mortgage interest rate to 4% while on active duty and for a year thereafter.  That maximum rate is 2% lower than the 6% rate currently required by SCRA.

Military Modification Program:  Beginning 4/1/11, Chase will introduce an enhanced modification program for all members of the military who have served on active duty as far back as 9/11/01.  The program will be offered to those who are delinquent or having trouble making their mortgage payments.  Subject to the required regulatory and investor approvals, the program will go beyond the government's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) requirements.  In addition, in cases when we modify any Chase-owned or Chase-serviced primary residential mortgage, if there is a second mortgage on the same property that is also owned by Chase, we will modify the interest rate on the second to 1%. 

Any military borrower who has a question about a Chase loan should call our hotline numbers at:

o   Mortgage questions:  877-469-0110

o   Credit Card questions: (888) 520-3863

o   All other consumer product questions:  800-242-7399

For more information on the firm's current programs available to military and veterans, visit



The Mike Risko Music School is now accepting registration for their Rock Band Summer Camp. This fun, musical, one week summer program is open to ages 7-17 who have some musical experience and want to play in a band over the summer. Students learn how to write their own music, they learn about band promotions, band equipment and play a big rock concert at the end of the week. All instruments and voice are welcome! Call 762-8757 for more information or visit



The recently launched Westchester Collaborative Theater [WCT] is pleased to invite playwrights, actors and directors who are interested in becoming company members to submit material for consideration.
Who We Are:
An Ossining based theater group meeting bi-monthly at the:        
Camille Budarz Theater, Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave, Ossining. New works are read and critiqued as part of the company’s ongoing lab process, which is focused on developing staged readings and full productions. Our first public reading, a one-act festival, has been announced for June.  We are a multi-cultural, cooperative theater company in the process of establishing not-for-profit status. Our stated missions are: 
o   Furthering the skills of our members
o   Developing new plays of merit
o   Fostering cultural enrichment in our surrounding communities. 
Who You Are:
An actor, writer or director residing in the Westchester, Rockland, Putnam County area who enjoys the collaborative theater process and the excitement of participating in the development of new plays.  Writers who would like to participate forward sample scripts of no more than 20 pages.  Interested actors/actresses and directors forward headshots and resumes. Send materials and inquiries to:



Significant Tree List Nominations!  The Environmental Advisory Council of the Village of Ossining is compiling a potential list of significant trees. These would be trees selected based on specimen quality or historical significance. If you think you’d like to nominate a tree within the village, get details at (scroll to Environmental Advisory Council under Boards and Commissions).



The Village Board is seeking applicants to serve on the Environmental Advisory Council and the Landlord Tenant Relations Council (1 tenant vacancy, 2 landlord vacancies and 1 impartial member.)  For additional information on any of these Boards or to send a letter of interest contact the Assistant Village Manager, Christina Papes at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562, or 941-3554.



Relay for Life of Ossining is recruiting Committee Members - If anyone is interested in taking on a leadership role, please contact  A Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 17th at 6:30 pm in the second floor conference room.  For more information regarding Ossining's Relay for Life or to sign up for this year's event (to be held on June 4th) please visit 



The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club Scenery Lab – The next club meeting will offer a hands-on scenery lab as each participant will model a hill with a large rock outcropping, grass and a tree. All the materials are being donated by a member so the session will be free to all. There are only 10 kits available, so be sure to be one of the first to sign up.  The club has its next monthly meeting Thursday, February 17, 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.  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.”  Hank Teller will also be glad to answer any questions about model railroading. You can call him at 914-309-2395.

NMRA Metro North Division The Metro North Division of the National Model Railroading Association (NMRA) will be meeting in the New Canaan Historical Society through the end of Winter.  Their remaining meetings are scheduled for 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. Previous meetings have covered DCC and water in scenery.  The meetings start at 9:30AM. Here’s a link for more up to date info:  Seminar topics for the March 19 have not been announced yet so check the link above.  All are welcome!


Karma Lounge of Westchester Presents The Spare Change Comedy Tour, Friday, February 18th at Karma Lounge Restaurant 175 Main Street, Ossining.  Warm up with friends, enjoying fun & laughter, listening to New York's funniest stand-up comedians.  Stand-up comedians Amy Carlson, Paul Marino, Freddy Sheffiled, Brian Jian and Edward Dominguez kick off the evening performance at 10pm. Your host is Eric Woodlin of Incoming Tide Entertainment, visit website for more event details at Limited seating, reservations suggested, $15pp. Reservations accepted at or call SmartTix at 212-868-4444.



An Old Man Makes a Long Journey To Mend His Relationship With His Brother “The Straight Story” is February Feature At International Film Festival By Maryknoll Fathers And Brothers  The featured film for February as part of the 2010-2011 International Film Festival sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. It will be shown Friday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining. Admission is free.  The Straight Story is a 1999 France-U.S.-U.K. film from director David Lynch. It is based on a true story of an old man who makes a long journey by tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother.  The film festival provides nine monthly offerings from September to April. The current series, Life through Death: Self-giving Love and the Joy of Reconciliation, includes an introduction by a Maryknoll missioner and a brief discussion after the screening.  For more information contact:  Nancy Kleppel at 914-941-7590 or Follow Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers on Twitter at and Facebook at  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is the overseas mission outreach of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, following Jesus in serving the poor and others in need in 27 countries. All Catholics are called to mission through baptism, and Maryknoll’s mission education outreach in parishes and schools throughout the country engages U.S. Catholics in mission through prayer, donations, as volunteers and through vocations.  The Society will commemorate its centennial with a theme of The Gift of Mission – The Maryknoll Journey. These missionaries will celebrate as they continue their journey into the next 100 years to share God’s love and the Gospel in combating poverty, providing healthcare, building communities and promoting human rights.  For more information, visit 



Teatown Events: 

-Saturday, February 19, 10:00 am – 11:30 am                     HARBINGERS OF SPRING

ALL WELCOME. Hike with us to look for those very first signs that spring is just around the corner. Are the red maples showing color? Is the skunk cabbage melting through the ice? Are birds singing a

different tune?

-Sunday, February 27, 10:00 am – 11:30 am                        SNOWSHOE HIKE

ADULTS ONLY. Strap on a pair of Teatown’s snowshoes and experience a winter’s day in the woods. If there is no snow we’ll hike instead. Wear boots and dress in layers. Adults only.

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.)



Saw Mill River Audubon Upcoming Field Trips and Events

-Saturday, February 19, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Saw Mill River Audubon Third Saturday Bird Seed Sale
Pruyn Sanctuary Office Entrance, 275 Millwood Rd, Chappaqua
Our seed shed will be staffed by volunteers every third Saturday in the winter. Bird seed sales benefit the local conservation work of Saw Mill River Audubon. Seed is also available during the week on Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please call (914-666-6503) or email ( the office if you are visiting during the week. Bird seed selection and prices are available online at

-Monday, February 21, departing 8 am from Millwood

Saw Mill River Audubon Field Trip to Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, CT

Search for winter birds on the Long Island Sound including common and red-throated loons, long-tailed ducks, common goldeneye, and more. Pre-registration required. Please call SMRA office at 914-666-6503 or email in advance to



“Around The World” photographic exhibit sponsored by The Westchester Photographic Society is free and open to the public, February 8-25, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Society Center Building, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit is a tour around the world with photographs from Africa, China, Canada, France, Japan, Spain, Vietnam and the U.S. Learn more about The Westchester Photographic Society at and learn about Maryknoll at .



Ossining Family Ties of Westchester Gold Fundraiser SELL your old or unwanted trinkets, lost earrings and/or broken jewelry.  MAKE some money or DONATE your PROFITS to RAISE FUNDS for respite opportunities for Ossining Family Ties children and families.

WHEN: Thursday, February 24, 2011

TIME: 3pm-8pm

WHERE: Landmark Diner, 265 N Highland Avenue, Ossining. 

For More Information Call Sylvia Escala 914.941.3461 The Mission of Family Ties of Westchester, Inc. is to provide advocacy and support services to families of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties



Taconic Opera Presents Puccini’s MESSA DI GLORIA and GOUNOD’S REQUIEM Before Madame Butterfly or La Bohème, Puccini began his composing career with a Mass as part of a graduation exercise at the Istituto Musicale Pacini where he studied.  The Agnus Dei and Kyrie became so famous he decided to include them in some of his operas.  This work makes it clear why Puccini was chosen to ascend to the throne, becoming the reigning monarch of opera in the 20th century.  In addition, rarely performed, if ever, in the United States, Gounod’s Requiem will also round out the concert.  Gounod died leaning over this music at his table as he put the final touches on this masterpiece.  This work is generally only heard in Europe because of publication restrictions.  Since Gounod was never able to complete all the orchestration himself, the Requiem has been newly reworked to conform more with the composer’s intentions and is now available to U.S. conductors for the first time.  These two extraordinary works will be presented on one day only, Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 3:00 pm at the Ossining Methodist Church, corner of Emwilton St. and Route 9, Ossining.  Tickets are $25, or $20 for seniors and students.  For information, tickets or directions: call (914) 245-3415 or email or visit  This concert is made possible, in part, by the New York Council on the Arts and ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County government, corporations and individuals.



Free Homebuyer Grant Seminar! *You must attend orientation to qualify for the program* Space is limited so reserve your seat today!  Community Housing Innovations, Inc., under contract with the NYS Affordable Housing Corporation and the NYS Department of Housing and Community Renewal, has over $2 million for down payment assistance and rehabilitation for those who qualify.  Up to $25,000 in Grant Assistance for Qualified Applicants Interested in Purchasing a Home in Westchester County!  Dates:  Monday, February 28th 2011, Monday, March 28th 2011 At the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains 10601.  Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, RSVP: 914-683-1010.  Sign up on website at



Collegium Westchester Concert, March 5, 2011  Members of Collegium Westchester's chorus and orchestra will present a concert of chamber music on Saturday March 5, 2011, at 8 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining (34 South Highland Avenue, on Route 9 opposite Ossining High School). The program consists of Martinu's Nonet for Winds and Strings, Haydn's Quartet for Strings Op. 20, No. 2, and R. Srauss's Brentano Songs for Voice and Piano, Op. 68. Admission is free. For more information, call 914-282-8611 or visit  This event is made possible by the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.



Benefit Concert for Maryknoll Sisters Global Mission Outreach, “Music for the World,” featuring the Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble, with James D. Wayne, conducting.  Date: March 6, 2011, 3:00 p.m. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining.  Tickets:  $25. Advanced or at the door. For more information, contact: Tel: 866-662-9900 or E-Mail: .  Directions: Take Rte. 9 A to Rte. 133 and follow the signs.  Maryknoll Sisters are a missionary congregation of women religious founded in 1912 with international membership who work in 24 countries around the world to Make God’s Love Visible. Visit our website



Fine Wines From Napa Valley Featured at Benefit For Phelps Memorial Hospital Center The second annual "Evening of Fine Wines with Fine Friends," benefiting Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, will be held at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, Friday March 11, starting at 6:30 p.m.  The event will feature wines produced by Flora Springs Winery & Vineyard in St. Helena, California. Each wine will be introduced by John Komes, president and proprietor of Flora Springs, the Napa Valley winery he established in 1978. Flora Springs offers premium handcrafted wines made from grapes raised organically in the estate's vineyards. The solar powered 19th century stone winery is perched at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains at the widest point of the Napa Valley, known for its breathtaking views. For more information about Flora Springs, visit "">  Wines selected for tasting will be available for purchase to benefit the hospital and hearty hors d'oeuvres will be served. More information and tickets at $125 per person may be obtained by contacting Ruth Burton in the Phelps Development Office at 914-366-3115.  Phelps Memorial Hospital Center is a 238-bed community hospital with 450 medical staff, representing 50 clinical specialties. Phelps is the exclusive Westchester satellite for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and member of the Stellaris Health Network.



Sunday, March 13: Save the Date for Great Music for a Great Cause! Ossining MATTERS presents acoustic folk pop quartet Tripping Lily, in concert to benefit the education foundation at the Ossining High School Auditorium, 29 S. Highland Ave. in Ossining, at 7 p.m. Students from OHS will also perform.  Tripping Lily has a fresh, energetic sound – pop-rock cross-fertilized with folk music and cutting edge vocal harmonies. The Boston Globe has called the band “a genre unto itself.” Their music has gone to #1 on Boston’s WUMB, and their song “Alone” has been featured on Showtime’s “The Big C.”  Tickets on sale soon! More info:



Save The Date!  Croton’s Original Comedy Night Fundraiser for The Croton Teen Theater, a not for profit group affiliated with the Croton Council on the Arts.  Croton's Original Comedy Night, now in its sixth year, is back!  Saturday March 19th 6:30 pm Holy Name of Mary Church, in Croton.  This year's event will feature the hilarious comedians you have come to expect, a fully catered meal from Croton's own TK Casquarelli's Restaurant, a home-baked dessert table, and free wine, beer and soda! Join the Croton Community for this evening of fun and laughter and support one of Croton's biggest and most respected teen programs. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 7th.  Call Anna Reissner at 271-9011 or JoAnn Mclellan at 271-4476 to reserve. Adults age 21 and over only $60! For more information go to 



The Charles L. Brieant Community Center will be hosting the following event:  May 7th: A celebration of the Foods and Wines of the greater Ossining area.  In development: A Youth Art Show that celebrates the history of Ossining.  For further information, contact Norman H. Fulton at 941-0000 or email



The Ossining Farmers Market moved indoors. Community Markets sponsors the market located at the Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 S. State Road every Saturday from 9 am to 1pm through May 21st.   The market features fresh local, certified organic produce, artisinal organic breads and organic chicken and beef, pickles, fish, pork, chicken, eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt, butter, herbs, baked goods and specialty foods, handmade chutney, and mushrooms.  Community Markets will also be hosting events; February 26:  Cooking demo with Chef Karen 10am-noon. Visit our website for more details: www.communitymarkets.bizPlenty of parking on site or in overflow parking at the Briarcliff Library.



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. 



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