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Release Date: November 17, 2011

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!

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.



Two Rooms  By Lee Blessing Thursday, November 17th at 7 pm in the Budarz Theater. Featuring Matthew Rowe, Olivia Rerek, Carol Eagen, & Janice Kirkel Directed by Richard Manichello

This provocative and compelling drama examines the psyche of a university professor who is held hostage by political terrorist.

M & M Productions Acting coMPAny, inc. cofounders Melinda O’Brien and Michael Muldoon are committed to bringing quality, live theatre to intimate settings throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. M & M was named Hudson Valley Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” in 2003, were selected as a Westchester Magazine’s “Best of Westchester” for Theatre in 2009, and, in 2006, were selected as a “must see” in Westchester County by Channel 12. M&M received a “Best Short Production” award at the 43rd Annual Theatre Association of New York State Festival (TANYS). Three years in a row, M&M has been producing in The New York International Fringe Festival. M&M is proud to be a member of Theatre Resources Unlimited. OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY | 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining| 914-941-2416 |



The Torbank Nursery School will be holding  a 2011 Holiday Craft Boutique this Friday and Saturday at their Nursery School here in Ossining.  Below are the details of the event:

Fri., Nov.18, 9am-2pm

Sat., Nov. 19 10am-3pm

Wide variety of unique gifts available! Jewelry, fashion accessories, toys, home accents, and more!

Admission & parking free!  914-941-1563., 108 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining



The school year is in full swing, and the Charles L Brieant Community Center is collaborating with the Anne M. Dorner Middle School to launch its Homework Assistance Program. Do you have an hour to spare each week to have a positive impact on a child's life?   They are seeking volunteers who will meet one on one with students to help them with reading comprehension.  Students and volunteers will meet in the library, and staff will be present to provide support and answer questions. Volunteers are asked to commit to one hour long session each week on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.  The program will begin on November 17, but volunteers who need a later start date are also welcome.  No experience is necessary! Have questions?  Call (914) 941-0000 or email



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.


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:


Teatown Lake Reservation November 2011 Events,

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.



This Sunday, November 20th from 3-6p.m. there will be an opening of a photo exhibit, SOS (Save our Starving) at the new Cafe Express at 123 Main Street  in Ossining, where framed photographic prints will be on sale.    This is being done as a benefit for 'Doctors Without Borders' which is currently nourishing and feeding millions of starving families in Africa, Asia and Europe....all money from sales will go to this organization.  The prices will range from $10.00 to $25.00  The exhibit will be up until January 8th!    Here is an opportunity to get a unique original art work as a gift or for yourself and help to feed the starving for days and weeks from each picture you buy. 


If you have any questions or wish to contribute a framed original photo, call Mark 762-0219 from the Sunday Photo Group which is sponsoring this exhibit!


The Ossining Library Foundationn presents:

KJ Denhert & her band live at the Budarz Theater

Join us for an afternoon of great music as Ossining’s own KJ Denhert delivers her special blend of urban folk & jazz that has earned her four independent Music Award nominations!

Sunday, Nov. 20th at 2 pm  Doors open at 1:30 pm. Seating is first come, first served. FREE!



NOTICE: The Ossining Public Library Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting takes place on?Monday, Nov. 21st @ 7:30 pm in the Conference Room?and is open to the public. For more information

contact Mr. James L. Farrell, Jr., Director 914-941-2416 ext. 333.

OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY | 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining 914-941-2416


Ossining Public Library Holiday Hours:


CLOSED Wednesday, Nov. 23rd CLOSED Thursday Nov. 24th


Open Saturday, Dec. 24th, from 9 am —1 pm

CLOSED Sunday, Dec. 25th

CLOSED Monday, Dec. 26th

Open Saturday, Dec. 31st, from 9 am —1 pm


CLOSED Sunday, Jan. 1st CLOSED Monday, Jan. 2nd





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


Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – Special Meeting


M & M  Productions Acting Company, Inc . presents:  Two Rooms By Lee Blessing Featuring Matthew Rowe, Olivia Rerek, Carol Eagen, & Janice Kirkel Directed by Richard Manichello.   This provocative and compelling drama examines the psyche of a university professor who is held hostage by political terrorist.  Thursday, November 17th at 7 pm in the Budarz Theater.  M & M Productions Acting Company, Inc. cofounders Melinda O’Brien and Michael Muldoon are committed to bringing quality, live theatre to intimate settings throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. M & M was named Hudson Valley Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” in 2003, were selected as a Westchester Magazine’s “Best of Westchester” for Theatre in 2009, and, in 2006, were selected as a “must see” in Westchester County by Channel 12. M&M received a “Best Short Production” award at the 43rd Annual Theatre Association of New York State Festival (TANYS). Three years in a row, M&M has been producing in The New York International Fringe Festival. M&M is proud to be a member of Theatre Resources Unlimited.



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.


LETTUCE & LITERATURE:  Shoppers will have a chance to pick up some literature with their lettuce, biographies with their bread and even some poetry with their pickles at the Ossining Farmers' Market. The Friends of the Ossining Public Library will be selling new and gently used books and recruiting new members at the market the next two Saturdays, Nov. 19 and Nov. 26, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The Ossining Farmers' Market, at the corner of Main and Spring streets, offers a wide variety of fresh, locally grown food on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 2 pm. More information about the Friends is at

SING FOR A SUPPER: Concert and Sing Along to Benefit The Ossining Food Pantry

DATE & TIME:  Saturday, November 19, 7-9 PM

LOCATION: Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 South Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562

Come and sing along with us!  Singers and musicians from All Saints Episcopal Church, the Ethical Culture Society of Northern Westchester, Kol HaShalom, the Old Mill Singers, St. Paul's-on-the-Hill and Trinity Church will perform and lead the audience in singing.  There is no charge for admission, but a collection will be taken for the Ossining Food PantryAttendees are also requested to bring cans of tuna or salmon packed in water or canned fruit or vegetables. (Please check the expiration dates of cans.)  For more information, call St. Paul’s-on-the-Hill Church Office:  914-941-6627.



The Ossining Library Foundation presents:  KJ Denhert & her band live at the Budarz Theater.  Join us for an afternoon of great music as Ossining’s own KJ Denhert delivers her special blend of urban folk& jazz that has earned her four Independent Music Award nominations!  Sunday, November 20th at 2 pm Doors open at 1:30 pm.  Seating is first come, first served. FREE!



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. 



The Westchester Collaborative Theater Announces Its   Winterfest 2011 Reading Event

The Ossining based Westchester Collaborative Theater is producing a staged reading of eight original one-act plays at its WCT Winterfest 2011 event. The plays were generated from the WCT Lab program and will be performed by resident members of the WCT Company.

 Dates: Friday, December 2nd at 7:30 pm

                Saturday, December 3rd at 2 pm

Performances will be held in the Ossining Public Library

 Budarz Theater, 53 Croton Ave, Ossining

A “talk-back” with writers, directors and cast members is scheduled following the December 3rd performance.


The plays being performed are:

Civet Duty by Marshall Fine

Blackout by Gabrielle Fox

Midnight Musings by Mark Jason Williams

Does Anybody Like Me? By Joseph McDonald

Level Up by Pat O’Connor

Road Kill by Carol Mark

Stained Glass by Misha Sinclair

Bump and Grind by Alan Lutwin

Free admission                                                           Refreshments available

The Westchester Collaborative Theater is an Ossining based, multi-cultural cooperative theater company. Our stated missions are furthering the skills of our members, developing new plays of merit and fostering cultural enrichment in our neighboring communities.

For more information or to reserve seats email:      

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.




Due to severe weather and road closings, Taconic Opera’s final performance of Verdi’s Nabucco, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 29, has been set for Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 7pm.  The performance will be held at the Pepsico Theatre at SUNY-Purchase, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY.  Taconic Opera has assembled an outstanding cast for a wonderful production in a world-class venue.

Current ticket holders are requested to call the company regarding their options: 1-855-886-7372.  Those interested in securing tickets can do so in the following ways: call 1-855-886-7372 or email or visit  Single ticket prices range from $15 to $57 and include significant discounts for seniors, students and groups.



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 Annual Dedication of the Christmas Crib is scheduled for Dec. 4th 2pm--rain/snow date Dec. 11th at the corner of Croton Ave & Todd Place.   50/50 tickets are available to offset the cost of maintaining the Crib--they will be available at the dedication.   Donations can be sent to Bonnie Marconi, 7 Nelson Ave. Ossining, NY  10562.  All are welcome!



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.



The Lantern Gift Shop at St Paul's on- the- Hill will be open for Christmas shopping Saturday's, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., now through December 17.?Lovely gifts and handcrafts await you!  The Lantern Gift shop is located on the grounds of the church at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.  Since we are a shop run entirely by volunteers, if you are coming from a distance or the weather is bad, we suggest you call the shop at 941-4434 a little after 10 a.m. to make sure someone is there.



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.



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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