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Release Date: September 22, 2011

Resignation of Village Trustee Janis Castaldi: Dated: September 22, 2011
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining announces the resignation of Janis A. Castaldi as Village Trustee effective immediately.   The Board accepts Ms. Castaldi’s resignation with regret, thanks her for her service to the community, and wishes her well in the future. The Village seeks candidates for appointment to the open position of Village Trustee.  Letters of interest and resumes will be accepted until Friday, September 30, 2011 and may be forwarded to the Board of Trustees, c/o the Village Manager’s Office, Second Floor, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562 Att.:  Ingrid Richards, Assistant Village Manager or emailed to  


RABIES ALERT: RABID ANIMALS IN FIVE COMMUNITIES: The Westchester County Department of Health is issuing a rabies alert to residents who may have had contact with a rabid skunk in Mamaroneck, Ossining, Scarsdale, or Katonah or a rabid raccoon in Yorktown. Four animals were killed after behaving aggressively and one that was killed was obviously sick; and four pets that had contact with a rabid animal are receiving rabies booster shots. No individuals had direct contact with any of the rabid animals and these animals are no longer a threat.  The health department used robo-calls to notify residents who live within a quarter-mile of the location where each of the animals was found.  “The good news is that no one that we know of was bitten or scratched by any of these rabid animals,” said Westchester County Acting Commissioner of Health, Dr. Cheryl Archbald.



Town of Ossining Residents, Back to School means School Tax Bills!  Ossining and Briarcliff Manor School Tax- Due September 30, 2011. Call if you did not receive a bill (914) 762-8790.  Gloria Fried, Receiver of Taxes



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 Ossining Farmers Market is outdoors at Market Square on the corner of Main and Spring Street from 8:30-2:00, rain or shine. The market features fresh, local foods, including conventional and certified organic produce, certified organic nuts and fair-trade coffee, artisanal baked goods, free-range chicken and eggs, grass-fed beef, fresh fish, Hudson Valley wines, old-fashioned pickles and olives, cut flowers and a variety of specialty foods. Get to know your neighbors and your food better at the farmers market!”



If any community group would like to have an announcement posted in the kiosk at Market Square, please call Community Markets at 923-4837 and we will be happy to accommodate your flyer.  Ask for Stella.  We would appreciate that you not paste it on the glass showcase as we will put it inside.”





FOR STORM RECOVERY$8 Million Program Targeted to Assist Victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched an $8 million appliance grant program for those who sustained property damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The program will help New Yorkers cover the costs of replacing vital household appliances, such as refrigerators, boilers washing machines and furnaces, damaged by the recent flooding. Grants will be a fixed amount for different appliances and could cover up to 100 percent of the costs of a purchase. If the cost of the appliance exceeds the cap, the program will pay a portion of the total costs up to the cap. The program will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Grants will be available for the most critical energy efficient equipment and appliances. Residents statewide in affected areas will be eligible and must affirm that they have been impacted by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee and that these products are not covered by insurance or FEMA assistance. For residents affected by Hurricane Irene, grants on purchases of approved appliances and equipment will be retroactive to Aug. 29, 2011, and for residents affected by Tropical Storm Lee, grants will be retroactive to Sept. 9, 2011. Grants will be for ENERGY STAR© qualified appliances and equipment where applicable. In product categories for which there are no ENERGY STAR criteria, the higher efficiency units will be eligible for a rebate. A list of eligible equipment and appliances and rebate levels is as follows:


Eligible Equipment & Appliances


Refrigerators (ENERGY STAR)


Clothes Washers (ENERGY STAR)


Clothes Dryers w/Moisture Sensor (higher efficiency)


Dehumidifiers (ENERGY STAR)






Hot Water Heater Tanks (electric- higher efficiency; gas- ENERGY STAR)


Purchases of appliances and equipment, with the exception of dehumidifiers, must be for replacement purposes only and purchases covered by insurance or FEMA are not eligible. Audits to verify insurance claims and/or FEMA assistance may be conducted. All grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for completed applications, which will be available beginning Monday, September 19 at or by calling 1-877-NY-SMART (877-697-6278). The grant program will continue until funding runs out.



Photography Exhibit and Digital Photography Program at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library Come to the Briarcliff Manor Public Library from September 6 – October 2 to see an exhibit of evocative landscape photographs from near and far by local photographer Robert Uricchio.  The photos are for sale and 5% of all proceeds will be donated to The Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.  Registration is required at or 941-7072.



The Lantern Gift Shop at St. Paul's on- the- Hill Episcopal Church re-opens for business, Saturday shop hours of 10-1.  The Lantern Gift Shop is located on the church grounds at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.



Atria on the Hudson is hosting a blood drive sponsored by Phelps Hospital on Tuesday September 20th, 2011. 10:00a.m. through 2:00p.m. Reservations recommended, please call 914-762-1980.  Location at the Atria on the Hudson, 321 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562, 914-762-1980, Who can give? Anyone 18 years to 76 year old. People over 76 can give with a note from their doctor



Ossining Library Events: Thursday, September 1 through Friday, September 30, Art exhibition featuring the work of Shirley Benavides, Sketches and portraiture by Ossining resident Shirley Benavides will be on view in the Library Gallery. Thursday, September 22, 7:30pm, Theater Production – “Freedom Summer”, This one-hour play written by William Tucker tells the story of Civil Rights Activist Bob Moses’ heroic efforts leading a group of SNCC volunteers to register black Southern voters in 1964 Mississippi. Free. In the Budarz Theater. Thursday, September 29, 6:30pm The Law as Seen through Film Series Wall Street (1987) Alexandra Lehmann of Lehmann & Lehmann Legal Communications presents a screening and discussion of the 1987 classic Wall Street starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen. The film follows young stock broker Bud Fox, who is willing to do anything to make it to the top, including trading on insider information taken from greedy corporate raider Gordon Gekko. A discussion about the film and its relation to current events will follow the screening. Directed by Oliver Stone, 126 minutes. Free. In the Budarz Theater. Ongoing Mondays, 5-8pm Computer Classes Free. On the 2nd Floor. Ongoing Mondays beginning September 12, 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. Ongoing Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm

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. Ongoing Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm English Conversation Group Free. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. Please call (914) 941-2416, ext. 320 to register.

For Teens Ongoing Mondays beginning September 12, 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. Ongoing Mondays beginning September 26, 7-8:30pm. Math Tutoring Students in grades 6 and up will demystify differential equations and tackle tricky trigonometry with certified math tutors. Please bring homework assignments and problem sets to each session. Free. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. Ongoing Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm 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. For Children: Mondays, September 26, 10-10:30am, Mother Goose Story Time  Mother Goose rhymes and songs with lots of participation and music, for children ages 1 through 2 ½ years old with a parent or caregiver. Free. In the Children’s Room. Mondays, September 26, 11-11:30am, Baby Laptime, Finger plays and lap games in a small group setting, for babies who are not yet walking. Free. In the Children’s Room. Tuesdays, September 27, 2pm, Now I’m 3!, Stories, rhymes and crafts for 3- and 4-year-old toddlers with a parent or caregiver. Free. In the Children’s Room. Tuesdays, September 27, 2pm, Pre-School Pals, Stories and crafts for preschool-aged children with a parent or caregiver. Free. In the Children’s Room. Wednesdays, September 28, 2pm, Time for Twos, Short stories, finger plays and activities for 2-year-olds with a parent or caregiver. Free. In the Children’s Room. Fridays, September 23, 30, 10:30am, Trains, Planes and Automobiles, Children over 2 and their adult caregivers will enjoy stories and free play with the Library’s collections of cars, trucks and trains. Free. In the Children’s Room. Fridays, September 23, 30, 4-5pm, Brick Builders, Children in grades 1 and up are invited to join the Library’s structured Lego-building club. Free. In the Children’s Room. No registration required, but limited to the first 20 children. Thursday, September 22, 4pm, Book Worms Book Club, Children in grades 3-5 gather for this new book discussion group. Free. In the Children’s Room. Registration required.



The Ossining Public Library invites cinephiles to enjoy a free night out (or four) at the movies as

it presents Overlooked Orson Welles, a series of lesser-known Orson Welles films. Overlooked

Orson Welles with “The Stranger,” a crime-noir starring Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young

alongside Welles, which tells the story of a War Crimes Commissioner searching for an infamous Nazi in

Connecticut. The series continues on October 5 with “Touch of Evil,” a stark and perverse story of

murder, kidnapping, and police corruption on the Mexican border starring Charlton Heston and Janet

Leigh. Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, and Romy Schneider star alongside Welles in “The Trial,” a

crime drama based on Franz Kafka’s novel following an office worker who is put to trial unaware of his

charges, which will be shown on November 2. The series closes on December 7 with “F for Fake,”

a documentary about the ins-and-outs of art and literature forgery starring Welles, Oja Kodar and

Joseph Cotten. The Overlooked Orson Welles series was curated by Bonnie Katz.



Community Singing Group “Old Mill Singers” invites New Members to join for its 2011 Holiday Show:  You are invited to join the Old Mill Singers as we prepare for our upcoming show in December, 2011.  As we continue our celebration of our 40th anniversary, the show will include a variety of holiday themed numbers, popular and classical, highlighting favorites from our history. We begin rehearsals for this holiday show on Tuesday night, September 6, 2011.  Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s-On-The-Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive, in Ossining, NY. 

We have no formal auditions so if you like to sing, come give us a try and sit in on a rehearsal. The ability to read music is not required - just the ability to sing in tune in a group.   That is who we are – an eclectic mix of some very good singers and just some very good people – who like to have fun with music and with each other. See us on the web at or on Facebook.  Prospective members     should contact our Membership Chairman, Sharon Brana at or 914 762-3765.



The Ossining Arts Council (OAC) has put out a call for artists to join in “O,” its upcoming exhibit at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill.  The show, which will run from Sept. 15 thru Oct. 29, is open to all visual artists who join the OAC. For additional information on the show and OAC membership options, please visit or call Mark Sarazen at 914-502-4157.


2nd Annual “Hope for the Hudson” Day:  SAVE THE DATE:  Sat.  Sept.24th 10 - 4 @ Mariandale’s Retreat & Conference Ctr. @ 299 No. Highland Ave. Ossining – between All Aboard & Eagle Bay/Atria.     For more info:  941.4455.  A FAIR for ALL!      No rides, but plenty of Great Food, Games, Vendors, Non-Profit groups of all types & Talented Craftspeople!     Info & Raffle Tables & Treasure Chests laden with New & Used.  The Green Community Garden of Hope in partnership with Transition will offer FREE workshops @ 11:00 & 1:00 in building your own Compost System using FREE materials,  as well as a hands-on experience in Lasagna Gardening @ 12:00 – something everyone can implement at their own homes, again using no $$ & very little labor!  For workshop times:  Something fun & educational for all ages. Come join us this year!  



Sunday Sailboat Races – Sunday September 25th. Ossining Sunday sailboat racing is open to everyone on the waterfront.  Monitor VHF Channel 72, meet on the water at 2pm across from the Ossining Train Station, race starts at 2:30pm.  There will be two Divisions - over and under the 150 rating.  (There are no more Thursday night races this season.)



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 CollegeThe 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:


Holy Ossining, Its Sacred Spaces and Peaceful Places: the next tour will cover Historic Dale Cemetery Sunday, September 25, 2010 at 12:00 PM. Meet at Dale Cemetery, 104 Havell Street, Ossining, NY. Founded in 1851,Dale is the final resting place of Revolutionary and Civil War veterans, elected and appointed officials, a renowned jazz musician, a major league baseball player, other prominent Ossining residents and many others who though unheralded, made Ossining a better place. Dale was founded in 1851 and still is an excellent example of a “Rural Cemetery.”



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



Ossining Cub Scout Pack 83 is holding our annual recruitment night! If your son is in grades 1 - 5 and interested in cub scouts you're invited to our recruitment night!!  Monday September 26th 7pm at Brookside school!! If you have any questions or need more information please call Jim Minihan @ 914-373-1885. 



FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERTS, INC. PRESENTS TRIO CON BRIO COPENHAGEN IN CONCERT Friends of Music Concerts, Inc. continues its 58th concert season presenting the world's finest chamber music, when Trio con Brio Copenhagen takes the stage on Saturday, October 22, 2011. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Kusel Auditorium at Sleepy Hollow High School, 210 North Broadway (Route 9). Parking is free. Formed in 1999 by Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer and Korean sisters, violinist Soo-Jin Hong and cellist Soo-Kyung Hong, the ensemble received the 2005 Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, one of the most coveted in the world of chamber music. In its review of the 2005 awards program Gramophone magazine said, "It's easy to see what so impressed the judges...[the] performances can compete with the best available...airtight ensemble...a superb, greatly gifted chamber group." In its October 22nd appearance, the Trio will perform Haydn's Trio No. 39 in G Major; Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor; and Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50. The Emerson String Quartet opened the season on October 1. Following Trio con Brio Copenhagen will be Charlie Albright, winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist and the 2010 Gilmore Young Artist awards, who will perform on November 12. The new year will bring the Carducci String Quartet on April 14, 2012 to perform works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms. Zuill Bailey, called the pre-eminent cellist of his generation, will perform on April 28, 2012, with piano collaborator Nevah Perlman. Closing the season on May 12, 2012, will be Julliard Baroque, in an all-Bach program that will include three of his Brandenberg concerti.Tickets for each Friends of Music concert are $30 for adults and $15 for students. Order forms may be downloaded from and then mailed with a check to Friends of Music Concerts, P.O. Box 675, Millwood, NY 10546.



ST. FRANCIS DAY OCT. 3, 2011--The Eighteenth Annual Celebration of St. Francis Day will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 S. Highland Ave (Rte 9) at 10 am on October 3, 2011. Everyone is welcome to bring their pets of any type to the service at 10 am or join us at the conclusion for blessings in the courtyard at around 11:10 am. Coffee hour with refreshments follows. Call (914) 941-0806 with questions.



The Kress family, founders of S. H. Kress & Co., five and dime store chain, will be the subject of a program given by Steven Worthy, an Ossining Historical Center board member, at the Oct. 6th meeting of the Ossining Woman's Club, 2 Lincoln Place, Ossining, at 2 p.m. The Kress family owned a 72-acre estate on the borders of Ossining and New Castle from 1916 to 1959. Besides the mansion, there were cottages, stables, gardens and gazebos, located on what is now Cedar Lane Park. The Kress dime stores, founded in 1896, numbered in the hundreds throughout the U.S., and the company was known for innovative architecture, particularly art deco store buildings. An interest in Middle Ages and Renaissance art led Mr. Kress to assemble an impressive art collection, much of which was donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. The public is welcome. Further information is available by contacting Jody Israel, 762-3541, or Agnes Johnson, 941-1533.


TACHS Exam Prep Course -All Fall 2011 8th Grade Students are welcome. Prepare with Eduscape Associates for the Test for Admissions to Catholic High Schools.  Examination will be held November 4, 2011.  5 Prep Class Sessions, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.  Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Place:  Ossining Public Library,53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 941-2416 x336.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW! at  Questions?  Contact Gayle Marchica, Eduscape Associates College Planning, Test Prep & Tutoring 941-4148, Also, FREE TACHS PRACTICE EXAM on September 17th & 18th must attend both days –Registration Required.


TEDDY BEAR CLINIC" TO ACQUAINT YOUNGSTERS WITH THE PHELPS HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM SLEEPY HOLLOW, New York- Sick and injured teddy bears will be the focus of the second annual "Teddy Bear Clinic" at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center's Emergency Department on Saturday, October 8, 2011, from 9:30 to11:30 am. Kindergarten children in the Tarrytown and Ossining school districts and their siblings are invited to attend. Organized by the Phelps Emergency Department nursing staff, t he event celebrates Emergency Nurses Week. As they arrive, children will be given teddy bears that will be cared for by real doctors and nurses. Children will serve as "parents" of the teddy bears as they are treated for an "emergency," such as a laceration, a sore throat, a fever or a broken bone. The "Teddy Bear Clinic" is a gentle way to teach children about wellness and familiarize them with the workings of the Phelps Emergency Department. Outside the clinic, children and their bears will have an opportunity to explore a helicopter, an ambulance, a police car and a fire engine and to get acquainted with a police dog. Free children's fingerprinting will also be available.  The program is free but advance registration is required. Families may call Candace Huggins 914-366-3697 to register.


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.


A Jewish Women's Study Group, that meets once a month in members’ homes in the Ossining/Croton area. Topics of interest to Jewish women including Torah interpretations from a female point of view, contemporary Jewish books, films all with lively discussions.  Potluck lunch is shared.  For more information contact Ruth Spaeth 271-6588. 


BOOKS & TANGO: The Friends of the Ossining Public Library need volunteers to help before, during and after the fall book sale at the library Oct. 21-23. If you like pleasant company and being around books, please call Susan Kelly at 941-7425. The Friends are sponsoring the Hispanic Heritage concert at the library, Sept. 24, 3 pm, featuring Puro Tango. For a preview, check out the dance reel at And for info on joining the Friends, click on, or pick up an application form at the library.



SPIRIT OF JAZZ CONCERT TO BENEFIT PHELPS HOSPICE OCTOBER 23 AT IRVINGTON TOWN HALL THEATER Jazz singers Melissa Walker and Tessa Souter, accompanied by a group of swinging jazz musicians, will perform an afternoon of "Songs and Strings" on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Irvington Town Hall Theater from 3 to 5 pm. This fourth annual Spirit of Jazz concert benefits the hospice program at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow. The two vocalists will be backed up by a group of outstanding jazz musicians, including bassist Ron McClure, drummer Willard Dyson and pianist Oscar Pe rez. Strings will be added to the mix this year by cellist Jennifer Vincent and violinist Alan Grubner. On-air personality Sheila Anderson, WBGO Radio's "Queen of Hang," will serve as concert emcee. Melissa Walker has enjoyed a wide and varied career as a jazz vocalist with performances at the Kennedy Center Women in Jazz Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Joe's Pub and The Jazz Standard in Manhattan. She has opened for the legendary Ray Charles and performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis at the Duke Ellington Centennial Celebration. Tessa Souter's unique singing style infuses jazz with the soul and passion of flamenco, Middle Eastern, African and Brazilian music. Her performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in 2009 earned her a stunning review: "To say that Souter enchanted the audience would be an understatement . . . The capacity crowd seemed to be transfixed by Souter's gorgeous voice and wonderful personality." All proceeds from the Spirit of Jazz concert support Phelps Hospice, a program that provides professional and dignified services to families and patients at the end of life, in their homes or in a hospital or healthcare facility. Concert tickets at $35 each may be obtained online at or by calling the Irvington Town Hall Theater box office at 914-591-6602.





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.



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.



Teatown Lake Reservation October 2011 Events, Saturday, October 1, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm       On the Wing, ALL WELCOME. Migration season is underway and hawks, falcons and other birds are flying south. Meet a few of Teatown’s raptors and discover their migratory stories. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Saturday, October 8, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Turtle Trails, Where do turtles go as the weather turns colder? Join Erin, Teatown’s turtle expert, to learn all about these hard-shelled creatures’ survival strategies. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Saturday, October 15, 11:00am-4:30pm, Fall Festival, Not your ordinary Fall Festival! Carve a pumpkin using vegetables, visit with our birds of prey, listen to local musicians and brave the zipline! Delicious food, local vendors, animals, festivities and more await you at our annual Festival. Visit or call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 for pricing and additional information.  Free parking and shuttle from IBM on Route 134, just east of Taconic State Parkway. Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am, CANDLEWOOD HILL IN FAHNESTOCK ADULTS. Join a Teatown educator along with Club Fit hike leader and Teatown member, Peter Meskin, on this moderate to strenuous hike that combines physical fitness, ecology, natural history and the spectacular beauty of the Hudson Hills and Highlands in the fall.  Meet at the Jefferson Valley Club Fit parking lot opposite Toys R Us.  Bring lunch and water, wear comfortable hiking shoes and expect to carpool.  Rain cancels. If the weather is questionable, call Teatown. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Event meets at Club Fit, 600 Bank Road, Jefferson Valley, NY 10535Sunday, October 23, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm           Animal Adventures – The Misunderstood CHILDREN. Meet a few of Teatown’s animal ambassadors and find out why some get a bad rap! Please note this program is for children accompanied by a caregiver. Free for members; $5 per child nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.  Saturday, October 29, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Boo! Who? CHILDREN.  When darkness falls who comes out?  Find out in this whoot-ingly fun program. Families with children over age 7. Free for members; $5 per child for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.


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  



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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