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Release Date: November 04, 2011

Don’t forget to vote!  Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.  If you are not sure where your polling place is please contact Village Clerk Mary Ann Roberts at 762-8428.  If you have additional questions about voting please call the Board of Elections at 995-5700.



Eligible for a free turkey at the supermarket and not going to be able to use it?  Consider donating the turkey to Ossining's St. Ann's Church.  St. Ann's prepares over 100 Thanksgiving baskets of food for Ossining residents.  If you would like to donate a turkey, canned veggies, boxed mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn bread mix, canned yams, canned cranberries, or gravy, please bring your donations to St. Ann's Rectory (941-2556), 25 Eastern Avenue, no later than Sunday, November 20th.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

FYI…Friday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day Village Offices will be closed.



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 Boat & Canoe Club (OBCC), in partnership with Greater Ossining businesses, is supporting the US Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” program as our annual holiday project for the 11th year.  We work with the US Marine Corps and our community churches ensure that all local donations are received by local children.  Out of last year’s 36 locations, our primary donation sites in Ossining were the Ossining Town/Village Clerk’s Office, Ossining Police Department, Ossining Library, Landmark Diner, Emigrant Bank and Mahopac National Bank.

We have donation sites now at Westerly Marina and Ossining Boat & Canoe Club.  For the latest program information, follow us on Facebook at “Toys for Tots Ossining”!/pages/Toys-for-Tots-Ossining/154883501221405 .  Look for these and other donation locations between Nov. 21st and Dec. 16th.   We will update the list of donation sites weekly, both on Facebook and submissions to the Ossining Web-Blast.  We encourage merchants to please become donation sites and individuals to join us in this holiday project.

Please contact Pat or Mike Scarduzio at (914) 762-5895 or email Pat Scarduzio at for more details.



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.



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.


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:


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:


The Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Board of Trustees Work Session has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 9, 2011 due to Election Day.  Please be sure to mark your calendars.


Teatown Lake Reservation November 2011 Events, Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Last Leaf Hike ALL WELCOME. Take a hike in the crisp fall air and search for the last falling leaves. Look for the last flowers of fall, and the first signs of winter. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Tuesday, November 8, 9:00 am – 11:00 am Election Day Birds After you cast your vote come over to Teatown and take a hike to look for late fall migrants. Please note this program is for adults only. FREE. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Friday, November 11, 7:00 pm    , Wildflower Wonders of the World, Be introduced to some of the most spectacular flower displays on the planet by guest lecturer Dr. Bob Gibbons, well-known British author, photographer, and tour leader. View an amazing photo essay of flowers and landscapes from the most flowery places on earth. Learn about some of the ups and downs involved in the work to find these places and the special animal life in them.  FREE. This program is co-hosted by Saw Mill River Audubon Society and Teatown Lake Reservation. Please note this program is for adults only. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. This program will be held at Ossining Library’s Budarz Theatre, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining. Saturday, November 12, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Divine Decomposers

ALL WELCOME. Fall is here and decomposers are busy at work breaking down leaves and logs into nutrient rich soil. Come to Teatown to discover the many different insects, creepy crawlies and fungi that live in fallen logs and leaf litter! Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Saturday, November 19, 9:30 am - 12:30pm, Sustainable Planet, A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. Maybe you’ve already taken the first step toward a more sustainable planet but the next few seem too overwhelming to tackle. This program is designed to motivate us all to take those next steps and support each other doing it! Learn to become a role model for your family and a leader in your community as we all move forward toward a healthier, but a changed world. A snack will be served, but bring your own plate, cup, and utensils. Please note this program is for adults only. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Sunday, November 20, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Spines and Furs, Meet a few of Teatown’s animal ambassadors and find out why some are prickly and some are cuddly. Please note this program is for children accompanied by a caregiver. Free for members; $5 per child for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Saturday, November 26, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Hike off the Turkey Pack a lunch of leftovers and hike with a Teatown educator on the Croft Trail into the Back Forty. It’s a good way to stretch the legs and work off some extra Thanksgiving pounds. Please note this program is for adults only. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.



FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT THE BRIARCLIFF MANOR PUBLIC LIBRARY:  THE CONSPIRATOR (PG-13). Friday, November 4 at 7:00-9:00 pm. In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, newly minted lawyer, Fredrick Aiken, reluctantly agrees to defend the lone woman before a military tribunal.  As the nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life. Come to the Briarcliff Manor Public Library to watch this newly-released movie on our big screen.  Light refreshments will be served. (Registration required at 941-7072 or


Christian Nursery School located at 201 Scarborough Rd. is having an OPEN HOUSE Friday, November 4th from 9:15-11:30. Our school offers morning and afternoon classes for children ages 2-5. To find out more about us visit us on the web at or call 914-941-2923. We are now enrolling for the Fall of 2012.



Hudson River Potters Show/Sale - Annual Holiday sale featuring one of a kind functional and decorative ceramics.  Come to the reception on Friday (Nov 4), meet the artists and do your holiday shopping. Location: Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 South State Street, Briarcliff Manor.  Nov 4-6 Fri 6-9 pm (reception); Sat 9 am- 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm.



Madrigals, Motets and a Mass!  Come hear Croton Chorale perform Schubert’s Mass in G, Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium, and madrigals by Lassus and Morley. Saturday, November 5th at 8pm at Croton’s Asbury United Methodist Church, 15 Old Post Road South, Croton-On-Hudson.  Proceeds benefit the Cortlandt Food Bank. $20 adults; $10 seniors/students; children free.



Health & Wellness Fair , Claremont School, Saturday, November 5, 2011, 10am – 1pm, PTA Winter Coat Sale, Ossining Open Door (Free Blood Pressure Screenings and Fitness Demonstrations), Warm Up Ossining (Free Blankets and Oatmeal – Keeping Ossining Warm Inside & Out), Masonic Safety Identification Program (Free Child Identification) , Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp (OVAC) – Ambulance Tours for Children, Ninth District Dental Association (Dental Education), New York Poison Control Center, Community Markets Farmers Market (Healthy Ideas for Lunches & Snacks),Whitsons Food Service (Meet a Nutrition Safari Character!), Eat Smart New York, Literacy Zone & First Steps, My Sisters Place, And More!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Questions?   Please Contact:  Alyson Perriott, RN 762-5850 ext. 6304



Ossining Union Free School District Health & Wellness Fair, Date:  Saturday, November 5, 2011, 10am - 1pm, Claremont School, 30 Claremont Road, Ossining, NY 10562. Fair will include PTA coat sale, Blood Pressure Screenings, Fitness Demonstrations, Flu Information, Warm Up Ossining, Masons Free Child Safety Identification Program, Dental Education, Ossining Open Door,  Whitsons Food Service, Eat Smart New York!, My Sisters Place, Literacy Zone/First Steps, and lots more!!!!



Reminder: This Sunday at 3 pm:  Garlic Planting at OOCG with Anna Snider, Horticulture Resource Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension-Westchester County  Learn to successfully grow garlic in your home garden with our Westchester Cooperative Extension Agent, Anna Snider.   When: Sunday, November 6th at 3 pm

               Where: Ossining Organic Community Garden, Town of Ossining Cedar Lane Park,

                            235 Cedar Lane, Ossining.  Garlic growing basics:

What you will need:

 1.     Organic Hard Neck Garlic (Soft neck garlic might work well in the raised beds)

  • Where to Purchase: Local Farmer’s Market.  If the garlic grows on local farms it should grow well in your garden. Each bulb has several cloves.  Each clove planted will yield one garlic bulb, so plan to plant as many cloves as you desire in bulbs.
  • DO NOT purchase garlic bulbs from a supermarket. Most garlic in supermarkets has been sprayed to prevent sprouting. If they don't sprout, they won't grow.
  • DO purchase from a reputable bulb dealer that guarantees their product.

2.     Small Hand Shovel

3.     Good organic compost.  Garlic needs rich, light, weed-free soil with good drainage. 

4.     Salt Hay for mulch to retain moisture and prevent weeds. (those not able to pick this up can share the cost with those who have)

More Information:  Cornell Cooperative Extension:

Updates on OOCG Facebook page:  This event is free and open to the public.



FAMILY & HOME DISCOVERY SEMINAR AT THE BRIARCLIFF MANOR PUBLIC LIBRARY  Sunday, November 6 at 4:00-6:00 pm (Crandall Program Room.)  This cooperative program from the Briarcliff Manor/Scarborough Historical Society and the Briarcliff Manor  Public Library is the perfect way to find out more about your family and your home from well-known experts on research, discovery and organization relating to genealogy and house history.  (Registration is required at 941-7072 or



EVENSONG…On Sunday, November 6th at 4PM Trinity will be hosting a very special All Saints' Day Evensong which will also honor Father Pridemore's 18 years as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Ossining.  This service will be Father Pridemore's final service as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church and a very festive reception is being planned immediately following the service.  There will be several special invited guests, and the choir will again include members of the local Landmark parishes as well as Trinity's own choristers.  The music will consist of the following - the Brewer "Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D," the Palestrina "O Bone Jesu," the Rutter "Gaelic Blessing," and the Ireland "Greater Love Hath No Man."  An interesting detail to note is that the John Ireland "Greater Love Hath No Man" was the anthem sung on Father Pridemore's installation as Rector at Trinity Church 18 years ago.  It was thought to be a fitting tribute to mark his tenure at Trinity by having the choir sing it on his final service as well.  James Turner, organist of Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, Armonk, will play the prelude as well as the choir accompaniments.  Trinity Church is located at 7 South Highland Avenue, Ossining (at the intersection of Main Street and Route 9).  The parking lot is located behind the church with the entrance off Ellis Place.  For more information, please call 914-941-0806 or go to  This is a free event.




Cleanup and flood mitigation effort to be held November 6 along the Bronx River

County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced the launch of River Rescue, a volunteer initiative designed to combat the lingering aftermath of Hurricane Irene and help reduce future flooding by removing debris in and along the Bronx River. The event will take place Sunday, November 6 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at six locations off the Bronx River Parkway between White Plains and Bronxville.

TEATOWN LAKE RESERVATION’S A Night in the Woods, On Sunday, November 6, Teatown Lake Reservation will host its annual A Night in the Woods benefit at the beautiful Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, New York. The evening will support Teatown’s environmental education programs and celebrate the acquisition of the 67-acre Croft property. Beginning at 5:00pm, this year’s event is honored to present special guest speaker Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. In addition, Kim Elliman, the CEO of Open Space Institute and Lucy R. Waletzky, MD, Chair of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation serve as Honorary Chairs. This yearly celebration of Teatown’s environmental education programs, land stewardship, and leadership in regional conservation efforts, is its most important fundraiser. “Even in a trying economy, the work of insuring a sustainable environment requires the support of Teatown’s friends and community – now more than ever,” said Naomi Marrow, Chair of Teatown’s Board of Trustees. With over 25,000 visitors annually on its 875-acre preserve, Teatown instills in students, families and adults the importance of saving nature. Regionally, Teatown takes an active role in state, county and community efforts to protect open space and natural areas. Tickets for the benefit may be purchased by contacting Anne Wakelee Bishop at 914-762-2912 ext. 113. Prices begin at $350 and sponsorships are most welcome. A live auction will be held during the evening.



TOKYO STRING QUARTET BENEFIT CONCERT, A Special One Hour Benefit Concert by Tokyo String Quartet and guest pianist, Program: Haydn String Quartet Op. 64 No. 4 and Brahms Piano Quintet Op. 34 in F minor, Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 7:30 PM, Admission: Free will Offering, Location: Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 South State Road, Briarcliff Manor, For more information: call 941-4368 or visit



Pleasantville Community Blood Drive, Pleasantville merchants are providing gifts, coupons and raffle items for blood donors who participate in a Blood Drive sponsored by the Pleasantville High School and Ambulance Corps on Monday, Nov 7 from Noon to 9:00 pm at the Pleasantville High School on Romer Avenue.  The drive is timed to help boost supplies and avoid shortages during the holidays.For information, to sign up or to volunteer, call (914) 747-2408 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.



Film Screening: The Economics of Happiness

WHENWednesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM, WHERE: Ossining Public Library Theater, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining.  Both hard hitting and inspiring, 'The Economics of Happiness' demonstrates that millions of people across the world are already engaged in building a better world; that small scale initiatives are happening on a large scale. 'The Economics of Happiness' features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The film shows that countless initiatives are united around a common cause: rebuilding more democratic, human scale, ecological and local economies - the foundation of an 'economics of happiness'
"It is good news indeed to find so persuasive an explanation of our ailing world as 'The Economics of Happiness'. This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering, stress, loneliness, and depression. It presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives." (Joanna Macy, author World as Lover, World as Self.)  For more information please email or visit



"Working for the United Nations in Trinidad and Tobago," a presentation by Dede Emerson, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Ossining Woman's Club, 2  Lincoln Place, Ossining. Ms. Emerson, an Ossining resident, spent six and a half years working for the United Nations Development Programme in Trinidad and Tobago. She is also the author of "A Different Kind of Streetwalker -- Manhattan by Foot, One Block at a Time," a project undertaken after her retirement from the U.N. Refreshments will be served after the program, and the public is welcome. Further information is available by calling Jody Israel, 762-3541, or Agnes Johnson, 941-1533.




The signature harmonies of the Scarborough Singers will fill the Sanctuary of Saint Mary the Virgin Church as Open Door Family Medical Centers kicks off another season of Holiday giving. “Wine, Women, and Songs of the Season,” a concert of classic tunes, Holiday standards, and community takes place on Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy (maximum value of $20) or a monetary donation benefitting Open Door’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Saint Mary the Virgin Church is located on 191 S. Greeley Avenue in Chappaqua. Senior citizens residing in Briarcliff Manor and Ossining may request complimentary transportation to this event courtesy of Community Helping Hands; for more information, contact Rita Nickle at (914) 502-1417 between 8:30am-5:30pm Monday through Thursday. The Scarborough Singers is a ladies’ chorale whose repertoire includes Broadway, classical, standards, and popular songs. Known for their enthusiasm, talent and harmony, the group performs throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Led by veteran Broadway performer Catherine Campbell Nesbit with accompanist Sue Anderson, the program for “Wine, Women, and Songs of the Season” will feature selections from The American Songbook along with several favorite Holiday tunes. A wine reception will follow the concert in the church’s Parish Hall. The Open Door Annual Holiday Toy Drive ensures that the community health center’s young patients receive a brand-new wrapped gift from Santa Claus himself, who visits Open Door’s four sites every December. Open Door accepts new, unwrapped gifts with a maximum value of $20 for children ages infant through 14 years. Additionally, gift certificates and monetary donations are accepted. Local businesses, schools, and individuals who are interested in participating in helping Open Door reach its 2011 goal of 2,500 gifts should contact Alicia Ward at (914) 502-1468 or



Ossining Fire Department Blood Drive - The Ossining Volunteer Fire Department will be sponsoring a Blood Drive on Friday, November 11, 2011 from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Northside Firehouse located at 21 Snowden Ave., Ossining, NY.  Walk-ins are welcomed.  For additional information contact Rich Wheeler @ 494-7327.  DONATE BLOOD NOW . . . you may get it back someday.



COLLEGIUM WESTCHESTER CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA, Eric Kramer, Music Director and Conductor.  2011 – 2012 15th Anniversary Concert Series:  Titans of our Musical Heritage, 19th Century Titans, Sunday 13 November 2011 at 8 pm (until approx. 9:25 pm)  BEETHOVEN: Leonore (Fidelio) Overtures 3 and 4, SCHUMANN: Requiem for Mignon, WAGNER: Prelude and Bridal March from Lohengrin Act III, DEBUSSY: SirËnes.   All concerts at:  First Presbyterian Church, 34 South Highland Avenue

Ossining (on Route 9, opposite Ossining High School).  Further information at:  (914) 282-8611,  Programs subject to change.  Collegium Westchester welcomes inquiries from anyone interested in joining the chorus or orchestra.  All concerts are free (contributions gratefully accepted).


This project was made possible in part by the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

COLLEGIUM WESTCHESTER Chorus and Orchestra evolved from choirs and instrumentalists brought together for a 1996 concert, and became incorporated as an independent entity in 2000. It is modeled on the 17th century Collegium Musicum in that it combines active professional and accomplished avocational musicians into one ensemble. But it performs music composed from the 17th century to the present. Its instrumentalists and singers are drawn from Westchester County as well as the wider New York City metropolitan area. Some of them have performed with leading orchestras and choruses in New York and throughout the world.


If you are interested in seeing programs such as these continue, please consider contributing money or volunteering for Collegium Westchester.  We depend entirely on contributions and volunteer assistance for paying professional musicians, purchasing music, publicity, providing supper for performers between rehearsal and performance, post-concert reception, ushering, stage management, etc..  If you wish to see in more detail how funds are used, copies of a recent treasurer’s report and budget are available upon request.  Collegium Westchester is an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity organization, making your contributions tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and eligible for many employer matching grants programs.

Please make checks payable to, and/or contact us at: Collegium Westchester, 34 South Highland Avenue, Ossining, (914) 282-8611,



THE NADIA REISENBERG YOUNG ARTISTS SERIES PRESENTS RUSSIAN PIANIST IGOR LOVCHINSKY, The Ossining Public Library welcomes pianist Igor Lovchinsky, who will perform a free concert in the Budarz Theater on Sunday, November 13 at 3pm. Part of the Nadia Reisenberg Young Artists Series, Lovchinsky will perform works by Gershwin, Kreisler, Liszt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Wild and participate in a discussion with WQXR radio personality Bob Sherman. For more information about the concert or the Nadia Reisenberg Young Artists Series, please call (914) 941-2416, ext. 327 or visit The Ossining Public Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue. Igor Lovchinsky’s recitals often bring together contemporary pieces with works as early as the Renaissance, annotating each performance with witty, non-technical discussion engaging all levels of music lovers from the appreciator to the aficionado. He is a native of Kazan, Russia and began performing full recitals of original compositions and improvisations at the age of four. He arrived in the United States at age 10, going on to win first prizes at piano competitions across the country. Lovchinsky’s experiences at the 2002 Inaugural New York Piano Competition were featured in “Speaking with Music” and “On a Personal Note,” two documentaries filmed at the 2002 Inaugural New York Piano Competition. Lovchinsky studied piano at the Julliard School and the New England Conservatory and is currently studying physics at Harvard.Organized by the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, the Nadia Reisenberg Young Artists Series introduces the world’s most prodigious young pianists while promoting the appreciation and preservation of classical music. The three performers in this series are noted not only for their exceptional performance skills but for their ability to make classical music accessible to new audiences while maintaining the integrity of the genre. The Steinway & Sons piano played by the musicians was donated to the Library by Camille Budarz. The Young Artists Series is supported with public funds by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support by Steinway & Sons and Jetblue Airways.



Below is a list of  remaining Ossining Union Free School District Board of Education meeting dates for November.  Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. at The Roosevelt School Building, 190 Croton Avenue.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend. For additional information go to the school’s website at



Tuesday, November 1, 2011 – Special Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – Regular Meeting

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – Special Meeting


The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club. The club has its next monthly meeting Thursday, November 17th, in the community room of the Apple Bank in the Rose Hill Shopping Center in Thornwood. The meeting will begin by 8:00PM and generally breaks up around 10PM.  There will be a discussion of all things trains with member show and tell.

If you would like to attend, please call Hank Teller for all details at 914-309-2395.

The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month except in July and August. Come and find out why model railroading is the "Worlds Greatest Hobby." Hank Teller will also be glad to answer any questions about model railroading. You can call him at 914-309-2395 also.

NMRA Metro North Division The Metro North Division of the National Model Railroading Association (NMRA) will be meeting in the New Canaan Historical Society. The next meeting of the Fall will be October 29th . Most meetings consist of two seminars on various aspects of model railroading and then layout visits to local model railroaders. Previous meetings have covered DCC and water in scenery. The meetings start at 9:30AM. Here's a link for more up to date info:

Current Seminar topics for October 29th are: 
Clinics: Layout Maintenance - Bob Collett

Open Discussion (A New Idea instead of Clinic)

Contest: Model TBA

After Meeting: Al Oneto's Port Sebago & Southern: Layout Visit
Jeff Zeleny's Tri-State Rail Services: Layout Visit and BYOL (bring your own loco) If you don't have a layout, or have curve restrictions for that favorite loco, bring it to Jeff's. Loco must be DCC equipped. Bring a caboose as well if you have one. This is a new activity, and should be fun for all.



Ossining Public Library Board of Trustees, Regular Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday, November 21st at 7:30 PM, Conference Room.  Meetings of the Board of Trustees are open to the public. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in the Library's Conference Room unless otherwise noted.  For Further Information Contact: Mr. James L. Farrell, Jr., Director, 914-941-2416 ext. 333.

OLD MILL SINGERS CELEBRATE 40 YEARS IN HOLIDAY STYLE, The Old Mill Singers, your local community chorus based in Ossining, announces that our combined anniversary and holiday concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd, 2011, at Ossining High School.  We are continuing our celebration of 40 years of entertaining the Westchester community and will perform chorus favorites and a variety of holiday themed songs.  Some selections are “African Star Carol,” “Hanukkah Madrigal,” “Silver Bells,” and Beethoven’s “Hallelujah.”  We may sing classical pieces, but unlike most local choral groups, our focus is on lighter fare.  Santa and his elves will be coming to our show as the audience shares in a sing-along. Show time is 8:00 PM both evenings and tickets can be purchased at the door at, $10 for children (up to 12 years old) and senior citizens, and $15 for other adults. 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. Plan on attending our December concert.   There is convenient free parking, handicapped accessibility, free refreshments, and lots of fun. See us on the web at and Facebook or contact our Membership Chairperson Sharon Brana at or 914-762-3765.



Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come Brought to Life by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Staged Reading of Dickens’ Christmas Carol I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.  May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant, C. D. December, 1843. A new holiday tradition was started a few years ago when the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presented a staged reading of the Fezziwig section of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in the Mansion at Boscobel.  The tradition will continue and expand in December when the actors return to the Mansion for three consecutive weekends to read of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come from the classic novella. Performances are: Friday, December 2 at 7pm; Saturday, December 3 at 6pm; Friday, December 9 at 7pm; Saturday, December 10 at 6pm; Friday, December 16 at 7pm; Saturday, December 17 at 6pm. Tickets for all performances are $75 and may be purchased at For more information visit or call 845-809-5750. "Lead on!" said Scrooge. "Lead on! The night is waning fast, and it is precious time to me, I know. Lead on, Spirit!" In the warm glow of the great entry hall of the Mansion at Boscobel, decorated for the holidays, HVSF actors Richard Ercole, Eleanor Handley, Katie Hartke and Stephan Paul Johnson, will retell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Under the direction of HVSF Founding Artistic Director Terrence O’Brien, the actors will take the audience along on the long night’s journey from Christmas Past to that which is Yet-to-Come in their trademark style, closer to Dickens than Disney, bringing the text to life without extra frills. The reading will be followed by a special holiday celebration feast and libations in the lower hall."It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour."



The Ossining Public Library invites cinephiles to enjoy a free night out at the movies as it presents Overlooked Orson Welles, a series of lesser-known Orson Welles films. Overlooked Orson Welles 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.



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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