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Release Date: August 11, 2011

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 complement 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.



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 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.  Saturday, August 13, 2011, Special Events: Tomato Tasting at the Manager’s Tent, 9-11AM. Stop by and sample some of the many varieties of tomatoes in the market.Musical Guest Zerena Lupo of the Justin Veatch Foundation plays guitar and sings from 10AM-Noon. Special Event: Learn to put up your own Dill and Kosher-Style Pickles with cucumbers and herbs from the farmers market at a free Canning Demonstration! 2:30-4:00 PM.



Greater Ossining, Summer Concert Series, Louis Engel Waterfront Park, 7:30PM start time; 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.



AUGUST 2011 EVENTS FOR KIDS AND GROWN-UPS AT THE OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY: For All Ages, Monday, August 1 through Wednesday, August 31, Art Exhibition featuring the work of Dr. John Diamond, Eclectic paintings by Ossining resident Dr. John Diamond will be on view in the Library Gallery.Free. In the Library Gallery. Mondays, August 15, 7-8:15pm, Beginner/Intermediate Yoga, Teen Room librarian Catherine Riedel leads a weekly Hatha Yoga class, an activity that relieves stress and improves focus. Call the Teen Room to register for this FREE class at (914) 941-2416, ext. 336. Free. For ages 12 and up.  In the Budarz Theater. Tuesdays, August 16, 23, 30, 4-5pm, Chess Matches Chess matches for beginners, Grand Masters and everyone in-between. For more information, please contact the Reference Department at (914) 941-2416, ext. 320 or 321. Free. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. Monday, August 15, 7:30pm Board of Trustees Meeting The public is welcome to sit in on the Library’s monthly Board of Trustees Meeting. Free. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25, 5-9pm College Essay Bootcamp Eduscape Associates has partnered with the Library to provide this two-day intensive workshop for rising High School Seniors. Using a six-step process, students will learn how to eloquently present their interests and experiences while catching the attention of college admissions readers. Scholarships for this workshop are sponsored by TD Bank. $350 for two-day course. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. For more information about the program or scholarships, please call (914) 941-4148. Wednesday, August 31, 7-9pm “Books on Screen” Summer Film Series – The Adjustment Bureau Bookworms and cinephiles alike are invited to enjoy a free night out at the movies as the Library presents a screening of The Adjustment Bureau, the final in a series of film adaptations of fiction and non-fiction stories curated by Bonnie Katz. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt star in this romantic thriller as lovers who literally test their fate against a team of mysterious forces keeping them apart. The Adjustment Bureau is based on Philip K. Dick’s short story, “Adjustment Team.”Free. In the Budarz Theater.


Thursdays, August 11th, 18th and 25th. Ossining Water Front Open (OWFO) Sailboat racing every Thursday night this summer.   Sailboats just meet on the Ossining water across from the train station at 6pm, monitor VHF channel 72 for instructions.  All sailboats welcome.  Race from 6:30 to dark,  914-434-7357



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 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.



Summer Blood Drive in Central Westchester (Pleasantville), Blood donations fall off dramatically during the summer when vacations and travel occupy more of everyone’s time. The need for blood, however, does not decline and supplies rapidly dwindle.  To help correct shortages that invariably occur when summer winds blow, the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a special Summer Blood Drive at the Pleasantville Fire House, 75 Washington Ave, on Wednesday, August 31 from 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm.  Since it is also difficult to organize community drives during the summer, blood donors from all towns are welcome to come to lend their help.  For information, to sign up or to volunteer, call (914) 784-4622 or send an email to  Although it is helpful to let the organizers know in advance that you plan to come, walk-ins are always accepted. 



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


SUNY WCC FALL: ADULT BEGINNER BALLET, and BASIC POINTE:  Irene Kent a native of OSSINING is teaching once again Adult Beg. Ballet, and is now offering BASIC POINTE at SUNY Westchester Community College.  The FALL ballet, and basic pointe course runs from September 18th, 2011 thru December 11, 2011.  Ballet will be held on Sunday's from 11:30am till 1:30pm, with BASIC POINTE to immediately follow from 1:30pm till 2:30pm.  SUNY WCC Tel: 914-606-6830 and their website is  For more information on Irene, and her classes please visit her website at: Course Description: 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 grand 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. Course Description: Beginning Pointe for adults and teens: Students will gain a progressively larger understanding of the fundamentals of pointe work. Emphasis will be placed on correct body alignment and use of terminology. Students will work on basic pointe exercises at the barre and basic combinations in the center to improve technical skill on pointe.


The Ossining Food Pantry will hold its annual Celebration fundraiser on September 25, 2011, between 5 pm and 8 pm.  The event will again be graciously hosted by Dr. Michael and Mrs. Clorissa Gioscia in the garden of their Westchester home. Please join us for wine, hors d’oevres, raffle baskets and live music at An Evening of Autumn Sonata. Attendees may park at the Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor and take the free shuttle bus to the party. Request for donation is $30 per person and can be paid at the door in cash or by check.  The Ossining Food Pantry is a non-profit organization entirely operated by volunteers. We depend on our community for our funding.  All donations are devoted to our mission to provide groceries for our less fortunate neighbors. For further information call 914-762-5510 or visit our website at


Not Your Ordinary Fall Festival—It’s Teatown’s Fall Festival- Enjoy nature and celebrate autumn with an environmental twist. Unique crafts, fun-filled activities and local vendors will fill the beautiful grounds of Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining on Saturday, October 15 from 11:00am to 4:30pm for Teatown’s Fall Festival. An annual event, it focuses on family fun while promoting an appreciation for the environment and natural surroundings.  At the Festival, guests can carve a pumpkin and decorate it using vegetables, make a scarecrow, see our birds of prey up-close, listen to local musicians, create an eco-craft, see Muscoot Farm animals and brave the SavATree zipline! Also included is the Teatown Marketplace featuring local foods and crafts from places such as Hilltop Hanover Farm, Clean Ridge Soap Company, and Tom Cat Bakery. The Festival is one of Teatown’s largest friend-raising events and has consistently drawn people from all over the surrounding region. The event serves as a symbol of community involvement and its revenues directly support Teatown’s environmental education programs and conservation efforts.


Admission pricing is as follows: 

  • Members: Free entry, Children’s Funpass $20
  • Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child $5, Children’s Funpass $25 (includes admission)

·         A child’s Funpass includes 3 crafts, pumpkin carving, hayride and face painting.

Free parking and a shuttle bus will be available from IBM on Route 134, just east of the Taconic State Parkway. For further information, please visit or call 914-762-2912 ext. 110.





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.



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



Volunteer to help your older neighbors -- Volunteers from all walks of life and ages are needed to help out seniors in Greater Ossining and Briarcliff.  Training is available for volunteers who want to serve as Friendly Visitors or Friendly Callers. Whether you have an hour to spare or can devote more time, we have an opportunity for you! Contact Community Helping Hands, at 914-346-7773 or email them at:


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!



“Hope on the Hudson” Fair, Saturday, September 24, 10 am – 4 pm, Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, New York



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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