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Release Date: July 28, 2011



On Friday, July 29th at 7:30pm, Ray O’Hanlon, Ossining resident and author of "The New Irish Americans" (Roberts Rinehart, 1998) will discuss and read passages from his latest book, The South Lawn Plot at Shattemuc Yacht Club, Westerly Road, Ossining (next to the Boathouse Restaurant) Ray O'Hanlon is the editor of the New York-published Irish Echo newspaper. A native of Dublin, O'Hanlon has reported from three continents in a newspaper career going back over thirty years. In addition to his work as a reporter and editor, O'Hanlon has been a frequent contributor to media outlets reporting on Ireland, Irish American affairs, and Anglo-Irish relations. He has appeared on CBS 60 minutes, ABC World News Tonight, and the Lehrer News Hour on PBS. His book, "The New Irish Americans" (Roberts Rinehart, 1998) was the recipient of a Washington Irving Book Award. A keen reader of U.S., Irish and British history, O'Hanlon lives with his wife Lisa, a native of Danville, Illinois, and their three children, in Ossining, New York.



Annual Block Party: Saturday, July 30th from Noon – 5:00pm Calvary Baptist – Your Community Church will be hosting our FREE annual Block Party located on 4 St. Paul’s Place in Ossining (behind the post office/Hudson Pharmacy)!  The grills are ready, meats are marinating and the musicians are practicing!  Be sure to mark your calendars and come out for some amazing free food, live music, shade and fun games for kids!  Check us out at!



IMPORTANT PUBLIC ADVISORY: The Village of Ossining Police Department in conjunction with the Village of Ossining Office of Emergency Management has launched a program to help notify the public of emergencies, road closures, hazardous conditions, and other incidents concerning the public within the Village of Ossining. This program, called Nixle, is a free program and allows members of the public to receive these messages in email, text message, and on a internet web site. Village of Ossining residents are urged to subscribe to receive emergency messages only by texting 10562 to 888777 on their cell phone, or to receive a full compliment of messages, including community updates residents can visit and click the sign up now! button.



The Village of Ossining’s Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway will serve as the cooling center for residents in the Village of Ossining.  The Community Center is opened from 7 AM to 10 PM if you have any questions please call (914) 941-3189. Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Spray Play Area, Hours of Operation 2011 from July 6th to August 10th   Over 90 degrees - Weekends   11am to 7pm, Monday to Friday   1pm to 7pm



Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Spray Play Area, Hours of Operation 2011, Weekends   12 to 6pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1 to 5pm, Wednesdays 2:30pm to 7pm, from July 6th to August 10th   Over 90 degrees - Weekends   11am to 7pm, Monday to Friday   1pm to 7pm



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



On June 4th, 2011, Troop 49 Boy Scouts of Ossining held a Court of Honor ceremony where six fellow scouts received their Eagle awards.  These six scouts attended weekly Thursday scout meetings for over 7 years with the troop and attained the highest scout rank.  A dinner and ceremony attended by about 200 fellow scouts, family members, and guests culminated in recognition of their accomplishments.  Dan Casarella, Dan Cestone, Philip Garrett, Dan Hofer, Brendan McGlew, and Rodney Rebello were each recognized for their accomplishments and Eagle projects ranging from organizing donations of new and used sports equipment sent to under privileged teens in the Dominican Republic to rebuilding flag pole areas, cemetery approaches, signs for the Aqueduct trail, rebuilding nursery school play yard equipment and adding horseshoe and bocce pits for veterans. Sean Harris, the Sr. Patrol Leader lead his fellow scouts in the Court of Honor ceremony with Mr. Steve Harris, the scoutmaster, directing the recognition of the Eagles with plaques, flags, and awards by Government, State, and Local officials.   Many Ossining officials, American Legion Post, along with the BPOE order of Elks were in attendance to assist in award recognition. Troop 49 meets at St Augustine’s Parish Hall on Thursdays evenings from Sept through June. 



Hot?  Did you know there is a swim and tennis club right around the corner?  Torview is offering $200 two week trial memberships to families interested in joining Torview.  The trial starts this Saturday, July 23rd (ending Sunday, August 7th).  Single memberships are also available.  If you join this season, the $200 will be deducted from your first year membership dues.  Sorry…this offer is only valid for first time trial members and not valid for former Torview members., 941-1818, or, 25 Stormytown Rd., Ossining.  Come check us out!



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. 



Greater Ossining, Summer Concert Series, Louis Engel Waterfront Park, 7:30PM start time; The Mike Risko Band-July 29;; KJ Denhert-August 12th; Pete Herger-August 19th. HOW DID THIS CONCERT SERIES HAPPEN? The short answer is your friends and neighbors wanted Concerts at the Waterfront and worked to make that happen. The Summer Concert Series has been brought to you by the Town and Village of Ossining with significant financial support from local residents and Martin Ginsberg. The Hudson Valley Arts and Science Foundation helped collect the donated funds through their site and will continue to collect donations if you wish to help. Please join us and enjoy the beautiful views of the Hudson River and great music at the Ossining Waterfront. Rain site will be the Ossining Library Stage, Croton Ave. Teri Lamar and New Company-August 5  (location to be determined)



JULY 2011 EVENTS FOR ALL AGES AT THE OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY, Friday, July 1 through Saturday, July 30, July Art Exhibition: A Family Affair, 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.


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.


Mark Sadan – The unbearable beauty of existence- For the month of July photographer, artist Mark Sadan is exhibiting twenty (20) pictures for his new book “The unbearable beauty of existence” at the new Black Cow coffee company in Pleasantville, 7 Wheeler Avenue, across from the train station.  The book is being sold at the Pleasantville Village book store. For further information go to



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.



MOVIES WITHOUT BORDERS, Take a trip to an exotic location when you watch these movies on the big screen at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.  Refreshments will be served.  Registration is recommended at 941-7072 or Rabbit-Proof Fence (Australia) – Tuesday, August 2 at 7 pm.  The title of this movie (based on a true story) is the path which three girls from Aboriginal and white parents follow when they flee from Western Australia.  They leave their lives as domestic servants where they are not allowed to recognize their Aboriginal roots and set off on an incredible 1500 kilometer journey across the Outback.  (PG)



Isagenix Health and Wellness Seminar, Wednesday August 3 at 6pm to be held at United Martial Arts Center in Briarcliff Manor. Please join Master Chris Berlow for an enlightening and powerful presentation that will impact your health forever! Learn how Isagenix can help rid your body of unwanted toxins while also providing you with optimal nutrition. This event will be held at the United Martial Arts Center at 528 North State Road in Briarcliff Manor. Please call UMAC at (914)945-7100 to register. You can also contact Terri Roman at (646)228-7131.



August 6, Plein Air Paint Out and Live Auction: 3:30 Preview, 5:00 Auction Up to 50 Artists from all around Hudson Valley will Paint, Photograph and build sculpture's during the day at or around Shattemuc Yacht Club. At 5 pm the Art which will be framed and ready for hanging will be auctioned off.
Information: Coulter Young 914-262-2029, Event at Shattemuc Yacht Club, Westerly Road (1/4 mile north of the train station) Ossining, New York 10562



Come Join the Feast! The Ossining Boat & Canoe Club’s Annual Clam Bake will be held on Sunday, August 7th. Event begins at 12 Noon. Seating is limited! Tickets may be purchased in advance through Committee or Board Members. $30.00 per person; $10.00 for children (ages 6–12 years old); children, ages 5 and under, enter free (Day of event: $40.00 per person; $20.00 for children (ages 6–12 years old); $10.00 for children, ages 5 and under). Lots of Raffles • Lots of Fun. Ticket price includes: entrance to festivities, food — clam raw bar, steamers, mussels marinara, fried fish, hot dogs, burgers, salads, bbq chicken and ribs, sausage and peppers, corn on the cob, pork shoulder, greens — and beverages. Contact to purchase tickets or for more information.



Ossining Gospel Assembly presents our annual Vacation Bible School featuring PANDAMANIA for kids ages Pre-k through 6th grade!! What is it??  A FREE VBS that offers a fun time of crafts, games, songs, creative snacks, movies, and friends.  When: August 15-19 from 9:00 am-12:10 pm. Closing ceremony to be held on Sunday, August 21 @ 6pm with an ice cream sundae party!  Call to register or for more info @ 941-0989, or visit our website and click "VBS" or email us at   It's such a great time!  You don't want to miss it!!


OPL Summer Film Series 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. 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.



COLLEGE ESSAY BOOT CAMP PROGRAM HELPS SENIORS WRITE A KNOCK-OUT COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY IN ONLY TWO DAYS The Ossining Public Library and Eduscape Associates have partnered to present College Essay Boot Camp, a two-day intensive workshop designed for students of all learning styles. In this course, rising high school seniors will tackle and conquer what is often considered the most difficult portion of the college application process. College Essay Boot Camp will take place on Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25 from 5-9pm in the Library’s 2nd Floor Conference Room. Tuition for this course is $350, however, scholarships are generously sponsored by TD Bank. For more information and to sign up for this course, please visit or call (914) 941-4148.  College Essay Boot Camp is structured around the “Six Step Process,” an innovative approach to formulating an engaging college admissions essay developed by Eduscape Associates. Students will graduate from this program with a completed essay that will eloquently present the student’s interests and experiences while capturing the attention of college admissions officers. This course focuses on the Common Application Essay, however, students may provide the instructor with a specific essay question not found on the Common Application at least one week in advance.



As part of its ongoing educational and community outreach, The Institute for End User Computing, Inc. — a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity based here in Ossining — would like to hear from any area students interested in learning to program computers and/or develop websites over the Summer.  Depending on the number of participants and their level of interest, instruction may be individualized via email correspondence or provided in person by having participants meet as a group somewhere in the community. Instruction will be provided free of charge to students at the high school level and above who are residents of Ossining and adjoining communities. The Institute is happy to customize the material presented to best meet student needs from introductory level through advanced graduate topics. It would also be happy to explore the possibility of providing similar services to any adults in the community who want to master such skills. The IEUC would also like to work with any Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers who are currently teaching or would like to develop computer science course offerings for students in the area. The Institute can help in identifying instructional materials and assist in curriculum development. If you are a teacher who wants to learn to program over the Summer so you can introduce your students to this exciting field in the Fall, one-on-one instruction can be provided.

For more information, please email the IEUC's Executive Director at: The IEUC 's weblog, Forging the Future, can be found at <> and  its main website is located at <>



Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM.  Maryknoll Sisters Center, 10 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining NY. Held rain or shine – Refreshments, Now is your chance to see this little-known sacred space and peaceful place in Ossining. The tour will cover the Heritage Center, Library, Chapel, Cloister, Cemetery and other parts of this unique site. Meet at the Main Building at 10 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining NY. Founded in 1912 by Mary Josephine Rogers (Mollie), Maryknoll Sisters were the first group of Catholic Sisters in the United States to devote their lives in service overseas. Today they come from diverse cultural backgrounds, serving in a variety of fields including medicine, communications, education, agriculture, social services and spiritual formation.  Since then hundreds of Maryknoll women have witnessed to God's love in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Central Pacific and the United States. Maryknoll Sisters from many different countries and backgrounds keep Mother Mary Josephines’s vision alive in missions worldwide.  Sponsored by the Ossining Historical Society Museum Inc. with support of the Rudolph & John Dirks Fund, No charge, reservations recommended contact Miguel Hernandez at or Patricia Sacchi at





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:



Grammy-nominated recording artist Joan Osborne will perform in a concert to benefit the Ossining Library Foundation at 8 pm on October 28, 2011 in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library. She will be joined on stage by Keith Cotton on piano and vocals and Jack Petruzzelli on guitar and vocals. Legendary New York radio personality Pete Fornatale will serve as host for the evening, which will also include a performance by Erin Hill and her psychedelic harp as guests enter the theater. Prices are $60 for general admission seating and $75 for VIP reserved seating in the first five rows of the theater. The net proceeds from the evening will be used to fund the Foundation’s ongoing initiatives in support of the Library during 2012, which include the free Sunday afternoon concerts that are part of the Foundation’s “Words & Music” performance series curated by Ossining resident and Foundation Board member Alan Marzelli. The event brochure and order form to purchase tickets can be found at a career that spans over fifteen years, Joan Osborne has proven to be an artistically restless and consistently enthralling performer, starting with her breakthrough, debut album Relish, which sold five million copies worldwide and yielded the smash hit "One Of Us" as well as scoring seven Grammy nominations. In 2002, she cemented her reputation as a top tier soul singer with an incredible turn in the acclaimed documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, followed by a tour with the legendary Motown backing band The Funk Brothers. In 2003, Osborne toured with the Dixie Chicks and then surprised and wowed audiences touring throughout America for two years as the lead singer of The Dead. In 2007, she graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Osborne loves to sing and perform in many different genres, but she came back to her soulful rock roots on her 2008 release Little Wild One that marked her reunion with Rick Chertoff, Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, the writing and production team that worked with her on her triple platinum, Grammy nominated album Relish. Pete Fornatale was one of the architects of progressive rock radio in the 1960s, and has been a fixture on New York radio for over four decades. He currently hosts "Mixed Bag" on Saturdays from 4 - 8 pm on WFUV 90.7 in New York. Erin Hill is a harpist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor whose performances range from pop, psychedelic, and sci-fi to kids music, opera, and Celtic. Her 2009 Celtic CD hit #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart. Erin is also known as the Pretty White Girl on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show.



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:



We are pleased to announce the opening of nursery school registration for the 2011-2012 school year.  Every day at our nursery school is special with loving teachers and incredible children!  We also offer an after school enrichment program called Kids Karousel as well as an Early Bird drop off, both programs are run by one of our nursery school teachers.  If you are interested in our preschool program, ages 2-4, please contact our school office at (914) 762-6396 or email us at  Our website is Congregation Sons of Israel, 1666 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510



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



CALLING  OHS CLASS OF ’76 INDIANSWe are having a big party, and we want YOU to be there!  Gathering for our 35th Reunion will be October 28-29th, based in the Mt. Kisco Holiday Inn.

There are a number of events planned, including a Halloween theme dinner dance on Saturday night. (Costumes are optional, but strongly encouraged, and there will be prizes.)  Latest details, including  event updates, RSVP list  how to purchase tickets  at  



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!   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!




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.



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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