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Release Date: June 09, 2011

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce will once again sponsor the 31st Annual Ossining Village Fair on Saturday, June 11th from 10am-5pm in historic downtown Ossining (rain date June 12).  There will be lively music, food, kid’s rides, craft and merchandise vendors plus local non-profit organizations. Bring the family for a fun day in Ossining.   For more information please visit the Chamber’s website



New Curbside Recycling Guidelines: The Village of Ossining will now recycle plastics coded 3-7. Although previously only plastics coded with a number 1 or 2 were collected for recycling, effective June 1st, all plastics coded with any number between 1 through 7 will be recycled. Typically, these include containers for food, beverages, detergents, household cleaners, and shampoo.  Coded pails and buckets, as well as coded flower pots and trays rinsed free of soil or other products, can also be recycled.

How:  All plastics must be rinsed clean and free of food waste and other products. Plastic caps on jars and bottles are acceptable. Place plastics loose in the bin with glass and metal containers.


Don’t Recycle:  Plastic bags (i.e. grocery, dry cleaning, packing material), vinyl, Styrofoam (i.e. cups, trays, packing material), any unmarked or non-coded plastics (including large rigid plastics as in toys, pools, and furniture, as well as clothing hangers, tableware, utensils), building materials (i.e. piping, sinks and other fixtures), and empty plastic containers which held potentially hazardous material, regardless of the recycling code (i.e. motor oil, pesticides and solvents).


*Remember: Containers (glass, metal, and plastics) can be mixed in your recycling bin.



The Police Department would like to remind all residents to lock their cars.  There has been a rash of larcenies in the surrounding areas.



The Ossining Public Library will need to reduce from its weekly operating schedule by 14 hours.

Starting July 1, 2011 the new hours of the Ossining Public Library are as follows: For July and August: Monday, 9 AM–9 PM; Tuesday, 10 AM–6 PM; Wednesday, 1 PM–9 PM; Thursday, 9 AM–9 PM; Friday, 10 AM–6 PM; Saturday, 1 PM–5 PM; Closed on Sunday. For September through and including June: Monday, 9 AM–9 PM; Tuesday, 10 AM-6 PM; Wednesday, 1 PM–9 PM; Thursday, 9 AM–9 PM; Friday, 10 AM–6 PM; Saturday, 1 PM–5 PM; Sunday, 1 PM–5PM.



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 Landlord Tenant Relations Council (1 tenant vacancy, 2 landlord vacancies and 1 impartial member.) and the Ossining Waterfront Vision Committee (1 vacancy).  For additional information on any of these Boards or to send a letter of interest contact the Assistant Village Manager, Ingrid Richards at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562, or 941-3554.



FREE OPERA LECTURE SERIES - TACONIC OPERA, APRIL 25 – JULY 18, 2011, Part II of a free lecture series, Viva Verdi!, regarding the operas of Giuseppe Verdi will be held at the Mt. Kisco Public Library, 100 Main St., Mt. Kisco, NY, on Mondays at 2:00 pm starting on April 25 and ending on July 18, 2011.  The operas to be presented in their order in the series are 4/25/11 Les Vepres Siciliennes, Arnold, and Simon Bochanegra, 5/2/11 Un Ballo un Maschera, 5/9/11 La Forze del Destino, 5/16/11 Don Carlo, 7/11/11 Aida, 7/18/11 Otello and Falstaff.  The series will be presented by a member of the Board of Directors of Taconic Opera.  Registration is not required. For additional information regarding Taconic Opera, visit the company website at



The Ossining Farmers Market is outdoors at Market Square on the corner of Main and Spring Street. 8:30am-2pm The market features fresh local, certified organic produce, artisanal 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. 



TENT REVIVAL!  The Sunday Evening Services of the Historic Ossining Camp Meeting Association OCMA (Ossining Camp Meeting Association) introduces their 2011 Vesper Series:  “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” 179 Years of Continuous Celebration!  Join us on the Lawn outside the Campwoods Auditorium, Campwoods Grounds, Ossining for our last service of the season. Sunday, June 12  6:30 P.M. with St. Ann’s Church Pastoral Associate, Jaime Rickert , “By Your Touch We Are Made Whole.” An evening of spiritual reflections by well known local composer and all around performer who combines magic, storytelling and music into a powerful and moving family-friendly experience. 

The service scheduled for Sunday, June 19  with Rev. Dr. Gordon Anderson of the First Baptist Church in Ossining, NY has had to be canceled.  Sunday, June 12  10 am to 4 pm Campwoods Grounds annual Multi-Family Community TAG SALE.  Lots of great stuff.  Bargains Galore.  Please park on street outside of Campwoods Grounds.  Campwoods Grounds off of Campwood Road between Belle Avenue and Pugsley Place.




The price of gas got you worried about your summer vacation?  Stay local and spend your summer at the Torview Swim and Tennis Club, 25 Stormytown Road, Ossining.  Torview is just 1.6 miles from Claremont School, 1.8 miles from Brookside, 2.2 miles from Park, and only 1.97 miles from the Wobble Café to Torview’s Wobble Café Poolside.  Added bonus…your family will actually save money sitting poolside!  One game Yankee tickets and train tickets for a family of four:  $141.  Pizza, salad, baked ziti, garlic bread:  $36.  Trip to the movies for two adults and two children:  $38.  One week house rental in Beach Haven, NJ:  $471/day.  One day for a family of four in Boston, MA:  Aquarium, Duck Tour, Red Sox game:  $297One day at Torview for a family:  $26.83 a day for the first year, and only $13.41 a day for the second+ years. 941-5457 or



Holy Ossining! A Tour of the Sacred Spaces and Peaceful Places of The Village Of Ossining This FREE and unique tour program showcases the diversity of the community of faith in the Village of Ossining. Knowledgeable docents who intimately know the history, lore, legends and architecture of their respective 19th century gothic style church buildings will conduct it. Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM. Meets at the Ossining Savings Bank Building Route 9 & Main Street Visits First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Ossining Methodist and Trinity Episcopal.



Collegium Westchester Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Eric Kramer, will present a concert on Saturday June 11, 2011 at 8 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining (34 South Highland Avenue, on Route 9 opposite Ossining High School). The program, entitled "Glory and Nature," will include music of Sibelius (Four Humoresques, Op. 89), Poulenc (Gloria), Vaughan Williams (The Lark Ascending), and Mozart (Symphony No. 32, K. 318). Uli Speth is the violin soloist in the Sibelius and the Vaughan Williams. 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. Contact info: Katherine Saenger, 115 Underhill Road, Ossining, NY 10562, 914-762-8582; Collegium Westchester, 34 South Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562 914-282-8611,



The Old Mill Singers, your local community chorus, will celebrate 40 years of singing for fun with a concert at Ossining High School on Friday and Saturday, June 10 & 11, 2011.  Show time is at 8:00pm both Friday and Saturday evenings.  Tickets – which will be available at the door and from our members - are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. There is convenient free parking, handicapped accessibility, and free refreshments.The Old Mill Singers was founded 40 years ago 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. We may do a little bit of classical, but unlike most local choral groups our focus is on lighter fare. As our director Gary Bratt says, “Join as long as you can carry a tune in a bucket.”  See us on the web at and visit us on Facebook.  For additional information contact our Press Relations Manager, Vicki Slater,’re always on the lookout for new members; if you like to sing, contact our Membership Chairman Sharon Brana at or 914 762-3765



Please join us for an Open House Saturday, June 11th from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Willowbrook Swim & Tennis, 586 Millwood Road, Mount Kisco, NY. Stop by to see our large heated pool, new playground, and eight Hartru tennis courts. For additional information on membership and /or seasonal rentals please call Kelly Blacker (914) 241-3459 or Michelle Saccurato (914) 261-9853.


The Hammersteins: A Musical Theatre Family at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library, Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30-8:00 pm. Oscar Andrew Hammerstein III presents a multi-layered portrait of his famous family's musical legacy, complete with personal and professional highlights and tragedies. During this presentation Mr. Hammerstein will sign copies of his book, The Hammersteins, which will be available for purchase. Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Crandall Program Room, Briarcliff Manor Public Library, 1 Library Road.  Registration is recommended. Contact Shelley Glick at 941-7072 or



The Westchester Collaborative Theater Announces Its Premiere Public Event. Home grown plays featuring home grown talent. The Westchester Collaborative Theater is proud to present a staged reading of several original one-act plays at its WCT Summer Blast: Festival of One-Act Plays. The plays will be written and performed by resident members of the WCT Company. Dates: Friday, June 17th at 7 pm / Sunday, June 19th at 2 pm. Performances will be held in the Ossining Public Library’s Budarz Theater.  A “talk-back” with writers, directors and cast members is scheduled following the June 19th performance. Free admission Refreshments available. With the start of the summer season, check out Westchester’s newest and coolest showcase for original theater. More Information:         


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 18th, 2011, 9 AM – 8 PM (Rain Date: June 19th) -- Celebration of Life: Remembering Riley Saper, a fundraiser supporting the Riley Saper Foundation  to provide scholarships to Ossining students attending college. Schedule of Events at  Anne M. Dorner Middle School: (All events at AMD are free.  Suggested donation: $25 per family.) ?Free Concert featuring local bands Jigsaww, Mike & Miriam Risko, Trinity Ensemble, Taco Night and more, 5 pm-8 pm ? Sack and Three-Legged Races and Worst Singer Competition ***B.Y.O.P. Bring Your Own Picnic and enjoy the show!***; Schedule of Events at Teatown Lake Reservation: (All events at Teatown are free.  Suggested donation: $10 per hiker) ? One hour nature hike at Teatown with local naturalist, 10 am; Tree planting and 40 minute nature hike at Teatown’s Cliffdale Farm (Teatown Rd.) with local  naturalist, 3:30 pm;  Also at AMD:?Basketball Tournament, Girls and Boys 11 am and 1pm;  ? JCYS Softball game, 9 am;  JCYS All-Star Baseball Game, 11 am;  ? JCYS Seniors Championship Baseball Game,  1:30 pm;  ? Kickball Game, AMD Teachers vs. Students, 4 pm



The Mike Risko Music School is now accepting registration for the summer session. Try 3, 4, 6 or 8 lessons this summer! Also, now accepting registration for Rock Band Summer Camp for ages 7-17. Please visit us on Sat 6/18 at 144 Croton Ave for our first annual Gear Fest! Come check out all the latest musical gear and equipment, have a snack, try a free mini lesson and watch some student performances 11am-4pm. Also, come see the Mike Risko Band on the Main Stage at the Ossining Village Fair on Sat 6/11 from 1:30-2:30! for more info!



7TH ANNUAL “MARY SAWYER” BLUE RIBBON FRONT YARD FLOWER GARDEN AWARD The Beautification Committee is accepting applications for this program. If you have a front yard flower display and would like to be considered for an award please call 941-3189 with your name, address and phone number. Gardens will be viewed the week of June 22- 30. Awards will be given out at the fireworks show on July 1st. There is no fee and trophies are given out for the best front yard flower gardens. If you have a neighbor feel free to enter them. FIREWORKS: July 1st , Friday Night

Louis Engel Waterfront Park Fireworks at approximately 9:15pm. Join us for a great show and enjoy entertainment before hand with a concert at Louis Engel Waterfront Park starting at 7:30pm. This is a wonderful event and we hope you can be with us for an evening of fun. Music by Channel One.  A great way to kick off the holiday weekend.


Ossining Library Foundation “Words and Music” Series Presents Singer-Songwriter Kenny White On Sunday, June 26, the Ossining Public Library Foundation will present singer-songwriter Kenny White at 2pm in the intimate 200-seat Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library. The free concert is part of the ongoing “Words and Music” performance series curated by Ossining resident Alan Marzelli. Doors open at 1:30pm and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Ossining Public Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. For more information, call (914) 941-2416 x327 or visit This performance is sponsored by Raymond Opticians. Kenny White is an accomplished pianist, originally renowned as a composer and producer in radio, film and television where he worked with artists including Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt and Ricky Skaggs.



Maryknoll Sisters Host Annual Golf Classic.  The Garrison Golf Club in Garrison, NY, will be the site of the Maryknoll Sisters 9th Annual Golf Classic.  The outing will be held on Monday, June 27, 2011, with proceeds to benefit the ill and elderly missionary Sisters, who have dedicated their lives to helping the needy around the world. After an 8:00am sign in, the shotgun start kicks off at 9:00am.  Various sponsorship opportunities are offered and registration is available online a  Following the tournament, a barbeque luncheon will be held overlooking the majestic Hudson River, with an awards presentation and raffle.  For more information, please visit our website or call Sr. Anastasia Lott at 914-941-7575 x 5635.



Nutritional Cleansing Forum: Location: Trinity Episcopal Church 7South Highland Avenue, downtown Ossining, Date: Monday, June 27th at 7pm, Christa Schleicher, an Exercise Physiologist and expert in the field of Nutritional Cleansing, is an inspiring speaker who is deeply committed to impacting global health.  She will change the way you see the food you eat, the water you drink, and the air you breathe.  Her presentation will motivate you to take control of your health by introducing you to a system that safely and naturally removes harmful impurities from the body while restoring optimal nutrition.  Join the thousands of others who have been impacted by this powerful presentation. Contact: Terri Roman at (646)228-7131 for further information



The Award winning documentary ‘Race To Nowhere’ is being screened at the Ossining Public Library on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 in the Budarz Theater at 7 PM.  This film explores the drive of students to excel in school these days and the unexpected and sometime surprising results that occur.  Advanced tickets for the screening are $10 and should be purchased online at

For additional information, please send an email to



JULY 2011 EVENTS FOR ALL AGES AT THE OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY, Friday, July 1 through Saturday, July 30, July Art Exhibition: A Family Affair, Eclectic paintings by Ossining residents Elinor Stecker-Orel and Mano Orel will be on-view in the Library Gallery. Free. In the Library Gallery, Saturday, July 2, 2-4pm, Opening Reception for Art Exhibition: A Family Affair, Drop in the Library Gallery to meet and greet artists Elinor Stecker-Orel and Mano Orel and enjoy their paintings over light refreshments. Free. In the Library Gallery. Wednesday, July 20, 7-8pm, Natural Solutions to Sleep Disturbances with Dr. Goodstein, Those who suffer from sleep disturbances will not want to miss this informational session with Dr. Steven Goodstein, a Healthcare Wellness Consultant and motivational speaker, who will educate guests about safe, effective and natural solutions to improve sleeping habits. Second in a four-part series presented by the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Free. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. Wednesday, July 27, 7pm, Jewelry Workshop with Teddy Leveille, Join Ossining resident Teddy Leveille for a free hands-on workshop where participants will design and bead jewelry using semi-precious stones and sterling silver. Registration is required as space is very limited. Please call (914) 941-2416, ext. 327 to register. Free. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room.



Summer Music Camp at St. Paul’s on-the-Hill July 11 to 22, 2011 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Daily. ( 2 Weeks) $25.00 each week per family. Singing, Drumming, Keyboards, Trumpet, Guitar, and Steel Drums will be offered. If the instrument you would like to learn is not listed, inquire about it. St Paul’s On the Hill, 40 Ganung Drive, off Route 133, Ossining, New York 10562. Call the church office to sign up: 914-941-6627, Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM.


SUNY WCC SUMMER INFO:  Irene Kent a native of OSSINING is teaching once again Adult Beg. Ballet at SUNY Westchester Community College.  The summer ballet course runs from June 5th thru Aug 7th, 2011 for 10 Session.  Classes will be held on Sunday's from 11:30am till 1:30pm.  SUNY WCC Tel: 914-606-6830 and their website is  For more information on Irene please visit her website at: Course Description: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Ballet- Explores the foundations of ballet in a fun, active environment. Students will gain a progressively larger understanding of ballet fundamentals, which when combined together creates “dance”. Class sessions will include: barre work, center floor, adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, and grande allegro. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment and use of terminology. Students will work on dance combinations to improve technical skill, memory, and performance.


Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp 2011 is jam-packed with adventure, discovery and hands-on fun in the out-of-doors. We’re catching frogs, collecting bugs, climbing rocks and exploring natural habitats all summer long!  Teatown Camp brings kids outside to learn about and explore the natural world in our two-week sessions that provide age-specific activities to encourage the spirit of discovery. Four two-week camp sessions begin on June 27th and end on August 19th.  Six different camp groups are comprised of children ages 4 through 14.  Children 15 years old by June 1st may apply to be a CIT; 16 year olds may apply for a Junior Counselor position; and those 18 and up may apply to be a Senior Counselor. Before and after care is available.


Four and five year old campers can choose from two half-day sessions, either 9am - 12pm or 1:30pm - 4:30pm.  Six and seven year olds can also choose from either half-day session or a full day of 9am - 3pm.  All other age groups attend the full day session of 9am - 3pm.  Each session includes exploration and creative play that fosters children's’ innate curiosity while teaching ecology and stewardship in Teatown’s abundant meadows, forests, lake and streams.  Camp session dates for 2010 are:


Session I                      June 27 – July 8                    Sensory Safari, It’s Elemental!  (No camp 7/4)

Session II                     July 11 – July 22                    Waterworks, Ain’t Misbehavin’

Session III                  July 25 – August 5                 The Green Machine, Rock On

Session IV                    August 8 – August 19            Aerial Acrobats, Survival Revival


For more information about Teatown  Lake Reservation and Teatown's Summer Camp and registration, please visit our website at or call Teatown at 914-762-2912.


Spring is on its way!  Teatown Lake Reservation announces the spring schedule for its popular Children’s Discovery Programs, which include programs for young children ages 2 - 5 and School Break Minicamps for children ages 4 - 12 years old.



OPL Summer Film Series – Books on Screen, Wednesday, July 6 – True Grit, Wednesday, July 27 – 127 Hours, Wednesday, August 10 – My Dog Tulip, Wednesday, August 31 – The Adjustment Bureau, The Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, (914) 941-2416,,  7pm, Free, The Ossining Public Library invites bookworms and cinephiles alike to enjoy a free night out (or four) at the movies as it presents Books on Screen, a series of four film adaptations of fiction and non-fiction stories. Books on Screen opens on July 6 with “True Grit” starring Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin. The Oscar-nominated Coen Brothers drama is a reimagining of Charles Portis’ novel about a young woman who sets out to bring her father’s murderer to justice.The series continues on July 27 with “127 Hours,” James Franco’s harrowing interpretation of Aron Ralston’s Between a Rock and Hard Place, a memoir chronicling Ralston’s struggle to survive after becoming trapped under a boulder while canyoneering in Utah. Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave and Isabella Rossellini lend their voices to “My Dog Tulip,” an animated drama based on J.R. Ackerley’s memoir chronicling his bond with a rescued German Shepherd, which will be shown on August 10. The series closes on August 31 with “The Adjustment Bureau,” a romantic thriller inspired by a Philip K. Dick short story starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt as lovers who literally test their fate against a team of mysterious forces keeping them apart. The Books on Screen series was curated by Bonnie Katz.



FRAN CAPO, COMEDIENNE & “WORLD’S FASTEST TALKING WOMAN” TO APPEAR AT THE OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY JULY 7. The five-time world record-holding performer and author will discuss her new book, Myths and Mysteries of New York Comedienne, “World’s Fastest Talking Woman” and Ossining native Fran Capo will take the stage at the Ossining Public Library on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30pm in the Budarz Theater. Capo promises a whirlwind evening of adventure as she discusses her latest book, Myths and Mysteries of New York: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained, chronicling some of New York State’s most bizarre events and people. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information about this free event, call (914) 941-2416 x327 or email The Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. Myths and Mysteries of New York: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained is the second in Capo’s series of books examining unusual phenomena and strange events in the history of the United States. In her latest book, Capo uncovers the secrets behind some of New York State’s notorious supernatural events including ghost-sightings at the Dakota apartment building in Manhattan as well as the alleged paranormal activities on Buckout Road in Harrison and at Skene Manor in Whitehall. The book also features accounts of the lives and times of a number of eccentric figures including Jules Bourglay, the vagabond better known in Westchester as the Leather Man. Best known for holding the Guinness World Record for Fastest Talking Female (clocking in at 603.32 words per minute), Capo has performed at comedy clubs and organizations from New York to Okinawa. Her career reaches far beyond comedy and her mile-a-minute speaking talents; throughout the past 20 years she has also gained recognition as an author and “Mommy Blogger,” motivational speaker, voiceover artist, television host, spokeswoman, and adventurer. She has published over a dozen books on a variety of subjects ranging from history and travel to self-help and spirituality. Her television credits include appearances on Entertainment Tonight, Fox & Friends, The Late Show, Good Morning America, Last Call with Carson Daly, Larry King Live, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not!



St. Augustine Church, 381 North Highland Avenue on Route 9, Ossining will have their 34th Annual Italian Festival on Tuesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 24 from 6:00 – 11:00 PM.  There will be a fireworks display presented by “Garden State Fireworks on Wednesday, July 20 (raindate Thursday, July 21 ) AND Sunday, July 24.  Come and enjoy the games, rides provided by Blue Sky Amusements, fireworks, delicious food, casino, and much, more.  For further information, please call the Parish Office at 941-0067.





RED BULL NEW YORK PARTNERS WITH AYSO 201 OSSINING TO HOST SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM, HARRISON, NJ– Red Bull New York is excited to announce a partnership with AYSO 201 Ossining to offer a one-week youth soccer camp program. The partnership will bring a professional Red Bulls soccer camp to the local community on August 1 – August 5, 2011. The camp will be held at Cedar Lane Park. The New York Red Bulls Soccer Camps are the area’s only training programs that are operated by a professional Major League Soccer team. Every child will leave the camp a better player having progressed through a technical and tactical training curriculum that has been designed by youth development experts. All instruction is provided by highly qualified Red Bulls youth coaching staff. Campers are also exposed to aspects of the professional game and get to learn what it takes to progress to the next level.  Every camper is also invited to attend a professional Red Bulls game and live the experience of watching their role models in action, at the club’s new stadium, Red Bull Arena.  Additional privileges and rewards will include a Red Bulls ball and t-shirt as well as an evaluation from a highly qualified trainer. For further information on the camp please visit or call 1-888-370-7287.



The Ossining Public Library and Eduscape Associates present an 8 hour workshop taking place over 2 days: Wednesday, August 24th & Thursday, August 25th from 5 pm – 9 pm in the 2nd floor Conference Room. Seniors write your college essay with us in two sessions using our successful 6 Step Process. You will learn how to capture the attention of the College Admissions reader. You will showcase your interests and experiences. Scholarships are sponsored by TD Bank. Enlist Now! Register online at . For more information, call 914.941.4148. Fee applies. Scholarships are available. OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY | 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY | 914-941-2416 |




Taconic Opera.  If you’ve always wanted the opportunity to perform in an opera, here it is.  This is an open invitation for all voice parts to join Taconic Opera’s chorus for the 2011 fall performances of Verdi's Nabucco!  This will be a FULLY STAGED production with full union orchestra and sets/costumes, in Italian with English supertitles above the stage.  All lead singers and orchestra members are experienced professionals.  Performances will be at the Yorktown Stage in Yorktown, NY, on October 21-22 at 8:00 pm, and an October 23 matinee at 2:00 pm; and a reprisal performance at SUNY Purchase in conjunction with Harrison Friends of Opera on Nov. 5, 8:00pm.  There is NO MEMBERSHIP FEE to join the company, but all singers will be required to supply their own scores and help put together their costumes.  Nabucco, one of Verdi’s most beloved operas, contains a treasure trove of choruses, including the famous Va pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves).  Singers need not be frightened - this is easier to do than you might imagine, and it is an incredibly exciting, satisfying and FUN performance experience.  Music rehearsals begin on June 25 and will run on Weds from 7:00-9:00 pm, and Sats from 3:00-5:00pm.  Staging rehearsals begin mid-September and try to adhere to the Wed/Sat calendar as much as possible.  Don’t hesitate to call to discuss your particular availability. Rehearsal Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 801 Kitchawan Road (Route 134) Ossining, NY 10562. If interested or need additional information to decide, please contact Mary Corda, Taconic Opera Communications Director, at or 914-649-1826.  For more information about our company, including our philosophy and production photos, please visit our website:



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:



GREEN COMMUNITY GARDEN of HOPE, Located at Mariandale ~ 299 North Highland Avenue ~ Ossining (btw. Eagle Bay & All Aboard) STILL Accepting Members!! We had our 1st work party last week & prepared the ground, so to speak, for 1st Season of Growth, Learning & Friendship.  Or, Maybe you just want to see how we’re doing and lend a hand.  ADDITIONALLY we welcome any lightly used gardening tools, hoses, carts & wheelbarrows.  Please bring those and water along with you.  We WILL put them to good use! Questions? Email: or visit



Register today for the We Can! program (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition)! This FREE program targets families with children aged 8-14 years, and is being offered in the community in an effort to change unhealthy behaviors now and for the future of our children. Classes are held in Ossining on Monday nights for 4 weeks starting in May. Parents will learn new ways to motivate their children, tips & skills to promote smart food choices, and physical activity habits for the family.  Children aged 8-14 will engage in aerobic, anaerobic and weight-bearing exercises, as well as flexibility!  This program is being offered in English and Spanish. Space is limited and registration is required - for more information, contact Lori-Beth Patsey at Open Door Family Medical Center (914) 502 1448 or



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: furthering the skills of our members; developing new plays of merit; and 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, resumes and inquiries to:



The Ossining High School Class of 1971, in honor of our 40th reunion, is hosting a Major Reunion Weekend Event, September 23-25, 20ll and is inviting classmates from 1968-1974. We are having an entire weekend of events: OHS tour on Friday afternoon, Friday night football game, picnic and hike at Teatown Reservation on Saturday, Dinner dance at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown on Saturday night, and breakfast on Sunday morning. If you are a classmate and want to know more about this event or if you would like to receive an invitation, please go to our website: We look forward to hearing from you!


Help AmeriCorps Help Head Start!: This growing season, the pre-schoolers at St. Matthew’s will participate in the Ossining Organic Community Garden. As many children increasingly associate food with plastic packaging and McDonalds, it is vital to foster a connection between kids and growing food. Open Door’s AmeriCorps Members, with the assistance of Westchester Cornell Cooperative Extension, will teach the children where food comes from, the importance of friendly insects, and the joy of picking fresh organic vegetables to eat!...But we can’t do it without your support! We are seeking donations of new or gently used children’s gardening hand trowels, children’s aprons, and financial assistance to purchase gardening gloves for tiny hands! To make a donation, or for more information, please contact Sara Raab: 914-502-1357 or



The following items are being sought for an AmeriCorps gardening project with children from St. Matthews Westcop Headstart at the Ossining Organic Community Garden: Gardening gloves - Adults (small – large); Children’s (ages 3-12); Hand tools - Children’s gardening hand trowels; Adult gardening hand tools – particularly hand pruners & hand trowels. Children’s aprons & smocks (to protect their school clothes).To donate/drop off, contact Lori-Beth Patsey at 914 502 1448 or  Or drop off is 2 Church St, lower floor during office hours - ask for Lori with Open Door Family Medical.



Looking for OHS Class of ’76 Alumni:   If you remember The Hill, The Truck, the new-found freedom of the Humanities program, and football uniforms that said INDIANS on them, chances are good you were a member of-related to- or otherwise know- someone who was in the class of 1976.  Please go to class website  and click Missing Classmates see if you know, and can get in touch with any of the people we are trying to find. We will be voting on reunion options by the end of the month, and want to have as many people back in the loop as possible. 



OHS CLASS OF 1971 looking for classmates from 1969 to 1973 to be included in a 40th REUNION PARTY hosted by the class of 1971 on September 24, 2011 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown. Other activities are planned for the weekend.  They are also looking for classmates who changed schools or moved away before graduation.  If you are a member of our class, or fit any of the above categories, please contact Susan Knell ( or Madeline Reamy ( so that we can update your information, and send you an invitation!  



OHS CLASS OF 1961 is looking for classmates for our 50 YEAR REUNIONFriday 30 Sept. -  Sunday 2 Oct. 2011.  We are also looking for classmates who changed schools or moved away before graduation.  Visit our website:  for additional information.  If you have a "find" or a "lead" for us, please contact Carol Browning Bulger at or 914-263-8948; or Barry Powers at or 850-386-6325.



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