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Release Date: November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!  Please be aware there will NO garbage pickup on Thanksgiving.  

Village offices will be closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. 


Boy Scout Troop 49 with Cub Pack 49 in partnership with American Legion Parker Bale Post 1597 and Sing Sing Post 1123 is collecting articles for Care Packages to be sent to our soldiers in time for Christmas.  The Scouts ask you to please donate all or any of the suggested items below.  Boxes will be placed: Outside St. Augustine Church, 381 North Highland Avenue, Parker Bale Post 1597, 11 Old Albany Post Road, Sing Sing Post 1123, 350 Hunter Street for

drop-off.  The deadline is December 4th.

Suggested items are: Deodorant, Bath/Body Wash,  Hand Sanitizer, Nail Clippers, Lip Balm, Tooth Brush, Toothpaste, 2 Razors, Shave Gel, Wash Cloth, 1 Comb and Pic, Skin Lotion, Sun Screen, Pens, Spiral notebooks, Envelopes, Large sizes of Green, Brown or Tan T-shirts, black boot socks, white athletic socks which are worn for physical training and under their boot socks.  A note expressing gratitude and support for their service to our country.   Please do not wrap the articles.  Simply place items in a bag and deposit them in the box.



Ossining Boat & Canoe Club's support of the US Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program is in full swing.  Donations can be made online through PayPal at this link: 

Donation boxes are being placed around town at locations including: Ossining Town/Village Clerk's Office, Ossining Police Department, Ossining Library, Landmark Diner, Emigrant Bank, Mahopac National Bank, Dress Barn and Curves Figure Salon.   Follow them on Facebook at "Toys for Tots Ossining"!/groups/265359463499822/


Local merchants - please join their team by contacting Pat or Mike Scarduzio at (914) 762-5895 or emailing Pat Scarduzio at <> 



The Baker- Collyer Christmas Cheer Fund which was started by an Ossining merchant who witnessed two children picking through a garbage pile for food 96 years ago has started to solicit contributions for this year's drive. Over 370 local needy families in the Ossining area were aided through last year's generous community efforts. The funds go solely to purchase food for the holiday baskets. The administration efforts are handled by volunteers and the baskets are packed and delivered by members of the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department. This year the packing will take place at A & P, Pleasantville Road on the evening of December 22nd and delivered in the early morning of December 23rd.  To personally see the look or hear a thank you from the appreciative recipients makes our holiday season that much brighter and rewarding.  Please consider being part of this 96 year tradition. Contributions can be sent to the Baker-Collyer Christmas Cheer Fund, c/o Town of Ossining, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562 or by contacting John Crawford, Chairman at 914-438-9843 or



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



Teatown Lake Reservation November 2011 Events

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.



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



The remaining Ossining Union Free School District Board of Education meeting date for November is Wednesday, November 30th – Special Meeting.  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



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 this Saturdays, 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


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.



Save the date! Bring the kids!

Mike Risko Music Holiday Showcase featuring the Mike Risko Band performing holiday tunes from their new CD "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Followed by Holiday performances by Mike Risko Music School Students. Saturday December 17, 2011 2:30-4:00 pm at the Budarz Theatre at the Ossining Public Library. CD's will be available for purchase at the show. Or--if you want your Mike Risko Band Holiday CD sooner--it will be available beginning Wed 11/23 at the Mike Risko Music Store.

The Mike Risko Music Store will be open on Black Friday from noon-5:30pm for all your musical holiday needs! All day take 10 percent off all accessories, also great deals on guitars, basses, and amps. We will have personal shoppers available to help you pick out just the right gift for your musician or potential musician for the holidays! Snacks and refreshments will be served all day!



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.



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:


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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