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Release Date: January 05, 2012

The Village of Ossining is pleased to announced the consolidation of the Village Justice Court into the Town of Ossining Town Court.

This merger was undertaken in an effort to achieve greater cost efficiencies and savings.   All questions for pending Village Court matters should be addressed to the Ossining Town Court at 762-8562.



The Ossining Public Library Presents:  A Seminar with Investment Advisor Larry Luxenberg.  The seminar will be held on Thursday, January 5th at 7 p.m. in the 2nd floor Conference Room.   At this free seminar, investment advisor Larry Luxenberg will answer your questions and concerns about navigating the Social Security Administration.



Ossining School District Community Bond Forums:

Thursday, January 5th at 10:00 a.m. - Ossining Public Library

Saturday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m. - Ossining High School Auditorium



Real Food in Real Weather:  Winter Farmers Market Opens Saturday, January 7th in Croton-on-Hudson In response to the ardent support for local food in northern Westchester County, Community Markets announces its new outdoor Croton-on-Hudson Winter Farmers Market. The market will open on Saturday, January 7th at the Croton Harmon Train Station, Parking Lot A. Just like the food producers who work in partnership with Mother Nature, so the market will run every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 am-1 pm through May 19th.  The new venue will be an essential winter resource for locavores from the Pleasantville/Briarcliff area to the county’s northern river towns.  The vendors at the 2012 Croton-on-Hudson Winter Farmers Market include: Baked by Susan, Bread Alone, Coach Farm, Gajeski Produce, Kiernan Farm, Meredith’s Bread, Newgate Farms, and Pura-Vida Fisheries.

“We’re excited for this market,” said Thelma Kiernan, co-founder of Kiernan Farms, a purveyor of grass-fed beef and farm-raised pork from Gardiner, NY, “We want to keep our customers supplied all year long.”

This week farmer Brian Gajeski of Gajeski Produce in Riverhead, NY, harvested the last of his broccoli and cauliflower in time for opening day. “We just cut them fresh from the field,” he said, “We also have 20,000 square feet of greenhouses. This winter I’ll have kale, brussel sprouts, baby arugula and other produce -- that’s in addition to our cold storage crops like potatoes, carrots, and cabbage.”

For Miriam Haas, founder of Community Markets, the outdoor site serves one of the top benefits of farmers markets: connecting with nature’s varying seasons. “If you’re into the local food movement, you’re probably someone who likes change. We sell the freshest varieties of produce that thrive in this region, season-by-season,” she explained.

Who: Croton-on-Hudson Winter Farmers Market hosted by Community Markets

What: The market has a new outdoor home

When: Starting on January 7th, every Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Croton Harmon Train Station, Parking Lot A, off Croton Point Avenue or contact Frankie Rowland: or (914) 923-4837.



The Lantern Gift Shop of St. Paul's on the Hill will hold its annual January Clearance Sale on Saturday, January 7 (snowdate: January 14), 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  There will be 20-50% off Christmas items and more throughout the shop.  St. Paul's is located at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, NY.  It is just east of 9A off rte. 133.  If the weather is questionable on January 7, call the shop at 941-4434, a little after 10 a.m. before coming.



Teatown Events:

-Saturday, January 7, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Snug Beneath the Snow

Is your blanket made of snow?  Learn the survival strategies of animals and plants that use snow as an insulator.  We’ll take a short hike in the frosty weather to look for animals’ winter homes. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.

-Sunday January 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm               Hike in the New Year

Kick off the New Year with a hearty hike in the frosty air. We’ll hike to Vernay Lake, look for ice formations along the Waterfall Trail and circle Teatown Lake searching for winter wildlife. On our return, we’ll toast the New Year with a hot drink. Please note this program is for adults only. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.



A FREE screening of 'A Sea Change', January 7th  from 2 - 4:30, (snow date January 14th  2-4:30) at the Budarz Theater, Ossining Public Library.  Winner of the NOAA 2010 Environmental Hero Award  Majestically filmed, a grandfather's odyssey to understand ocean acidification.  Film makers Barbara Ettinger and Sven Huseby will have a Q/A afterward.   Reception at 2:00 by Wobble Café.  Sponsored by St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Scarborough, Briarcliff Ossining Ministerial Association, Transtion Ossining.



Averting the Climate Crisis: How urban/suburban lifestyle changes can help our environment.  Presented by Peter Libre, MD

Saturday, January 7, 2012 4:00-5:30 pm

Ring in 2012 with a Saturday afternoon presentation about our carbon footprint, climate issues, and the relationship of health and lifestyle to both. Learn new ways to transform your way of living and by doing so, improve your personal, planetary and fiscal well-being. Dr. Peter Libre is a Columbia University eye surgeon who performs 350 eye surgeries a year while living a low carbon lifestyle. He bikes 2,500 miles a year, keeps chickens, and grows vegetables. With solar hot water and electricity, good insulation, and a woodstove, his family’s utility bills are $25 a month$5/adult. Youth are free. RSVP requested. Simply leave a message for Jeff Cordulack at 203-869-5272 x239.  (Snow date: Jan. 14.)

 ABOUT BIRDS & CLIMATE CHANGE: The northward and inland movement of North American birds, confirmed by thousands of citizen-observations, provides new and powerful evidence that global warming is having a serious impact on natural systems, according to new analyses by Audubon scientists. The findings signal the need for dramatic policy changes to combat pervasive ecological disruption. Analyses of citizen-gathered data from the past 40 years of Audubon's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) reveal that 58 percent of the 305 widespread species that winter on the continent shifted significantly north since 1966, some by hundreds of miles. Movement was detected among species of every type, including more than 70 percent of highly adaptable forest and feeder birds. Only 38 percent of grassland species mirrored the trend, reflecting the constraints of their severely-depleted habitat and suggesting that they now face a double threat from the combined stresses of habitat loss and climate adaptation. Population shifts among individual species are common, fluctuate, and can have many causes. However, Audubon scientists say the ongoing trend of movement by some 177 species-closely correlated to long-term winter temperature increases-reveals an undeniable link to the changing climate. (For more, see Audubon press release below.)



 First US-Based Catholic Women’s Congregation

Dedicated to Foreign Mission Celebrates Centennial

Maryknoll Sisters, the first US-based Catholic congregation of women religious dedicated to foreign missions, will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a special Mass at its world headquarters in Ossining, NY, on Sunday, January 8, 2012, at 1:45 p.m..  The liturgy – which, due to size of venue, can be attended “by invitation only” or via live stream broadcast over the Web --  will be celebrated by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York.  Sister Janice McLaughlin, president of Maryknoll Sisters, will make opening remarks.


Ossining Mayor William Hanauer has confirmed that he will attend the liturgy. Others dignitaries who have been invited to attend include New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Westchester County (NY) Executive Rob Astorino, New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, US Congresswoman from New York Nita Lowey, and Ossining, NY Chief of Police Joseph Burton and Fire Chief Pete Connolly. Ambassadors to the United States from each of the 25 countries in which Maryknoll Sisters currently serve have also been invited.


The liturgy is the first of many planned activities celebrating the Sisters’ Centennial throughout 2012. Other events planned for the coming year include:

  • Interfaith Harmony Prayer Day on Sunday, February 5
  • Centennial Art Exhibit by Sr. Yoo Soo Kim, MM, on Saturday, March 3 - Friday, May 18
  • Sixth Annual Music for the World Concert, featuring the Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble, on Sunday, March 4;
  • Hearts on Fire: The Maryknoll Sisters Mission Symposium on Friday and Saturday, Apr. 20-21;
  • Maryknoll on the Hill, a visit to government offices and reception with representatives from US Congress in Washington, DC, on Wednesday and Thursday, May 16-17;
  • Centennial Liturgical Concert, featuring musicians David Haas, Marty Haugen and Michael Joncas, on Sunday, May 20;
  • Dedication of the Sisters’ Garden of Gratitude and Promise on June 2;
  • Celebration of Land Preservation via Conservation Easement on June 3;
  • Miriam College High School Glee Club Concert on Monday, July 2;
  • Joint Maryknoll Mission Symposium on Friday to Sunday, September 28-30;
  • International Bazaar and Multicultural Festival on Saturday, October 27;
  • Closing Liturgy on Sunday, January 6, 2013.

For further details on any of these events, visit their website:


Dedicated to making God’s love visible through humanitarian pursuits, the Sisters, who currently number nearly 500, live and serve in 25 countries around the world, including nations in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, the Pacific Islands, and the United States. Together with staff of other humanitarian organizations – Catholic, interfaith and secular – they serve as educators, nurses doctors, counselors and social workers, as well as advocates for women’s rights, youth issues and environmental concerns. They also minister to the needs of AIDS victims and their families, work to end human trafficking, and speak out on behalf of the poor to government agencies, the United Nations, in the media and elsewhere.

For more information about Maryknoll Sisters, please visit their website:



Hudson Chorale Accepting New Members in January

Hudson Chorale is welcoming new members in preparation for the second concert of its 2011-2012 performing season.  Singers in all voice parts (S, A, T, B) are invited to join Westchester’s largest mixed-voice choral group for an exciting May 5, 2012 concert.  It will feature the Westchester premiere of the Mass in D by John Knowles Paine.  This stunning and rarely performed Civil War-era masterpiece dates from 1867, and is considered America’s first large-scale work for chorus and orchestra.  The chorus’s goal is to provide both audience members and singers with the best possible experience in choral singing; its repertoire will range from the great masterpieces to contemporary compositions.  Singers looking for a new or additional choral family are encouraged to consider the Hudson Chorale.

Michael Conley is the Music Director of the Hudson Chorale.  Mr. Conley enjoys a multi-faceted career as a conductor, composer, pianist, organist and singer.  In addition to serving as Music Director of the Hudson Chorale, Mr. Conley is the Music Director of the West Village Chorale and Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan, and is the Director of the High School Chorus at the Dalton School in New York City.

Rehearsals for the upcoming season will begin on Monday, January 9, 2012 from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm and will take place on subsequent Monday evenings at the Scarborough Presbyterian Church, 655 Scarborough Rd (Route 9), Scarborough, NY.  “Singer-friendly” auditions will be held on Monday, January 9, 2012, prior to rehearsal by appointment. To receive additional information and/or to schedule a time for an audition, contact Jeanne Wygant at  or call (914) 478-0074.  To learn more about the chorus, visit the website at


New Brown Bag Lunch Book Group at Briarcliff Manor Public Library  Books that will Keep you Reading: Brown Bag Lunch Book Group: Bring your lunch and join a new afternoon book discussion group at the library.  They'll start off with some popular titles published in the last few years and then try to incorporate some of your choices. Led by Melinda Greenblatt, Library Director.  Tuesday, January 10, 12:00 - 1:30 PM Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Books now available at the Briarcliff Manor Library)  Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening -- until a band of gun-wielding terrorists breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and continents become compatriots. (From the Westchester Library System catalog description.) 


Board of Education Meeting - Wednesday, January 11, 2012.  Roosevelt School Cafeteria, 7:30 p.m.  Discussion regarding the Potential Bond Referendum and Mid-Year Status Update on Goals



An evening of Argentine Tango @ Arts Westchester in White Plains. Saturday, January 14th Admission only $15 and $10 for seniors, students and Arts Westchester members.  A collaborative community event with Josie's International School of Dance featuring:

7:00 pm – Tapas & Argentinian Wine (for sale), 7:30 pm – Beginner and Intermediate Lessons, 8:30 pm - Performances with Professional Tango Dancers Thomas Reale and Vanja Modzelewski, 9:30 pm until Midnight:  Dancing to LIVE MUSIC with Latin Grammy Award Winner Raul Jaurena and the great pianist and composer Maurizio Najt.



NMRA Metro North Division The Metro North Division of the National Model Railroading Association (NMRA) will be meeting in the New Canaan Historical Society on a Saturday. The next meeting of the new year will be on Saturday January 14, 2012. 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:

Clinics: Operations 102 - Al Oneto

Building Roads - John Grosner / Robert Seckler (Road Scholars)

Contest: TBD

After Meeting: Operation Session at Franklin Lang's


2012 Sailboat Racing Open Mixer – Shattemuc - Sunday Jan 15, 2-4 PM.  Meet your fellow Sailboat enthusiasts and help us plan for 2012. Open to OWFO, OBCC, OCSC, SEAS, WYC, HRYRA, SYC and interested community. Meet our “Big Boat Buyer – Mentors” and get started searching for your first or next boat!   We plan to review last year’s race events. Set up the 2012 Race Calendar and Seminar schedule. We encourage new racers to join us! - All boats, all types large and small. Crews needed, volunteer Race Committees and powerboats needed.  Also featured; Leslie Kahan Photography – Outdoor Youth Sports Action Photography.  Free. Please enter under the Snowden Ave. Bridge and park near the SYC Clubhouse. Refreshments will be available. No affiliations needed.



Microsoft Word Computer Classes at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library Basic and Intermediate classes on using Microsoft Word are being offered at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.  Basic - Learn the basics of word processing including formatting, editing, printing and saving documents.  Saturday, January 21 at 10:30 am.  Intermediate - Learn additional Word features including using templates; adding headers and footers to your document; setting up tables; and e-mailing documents.  Saturday, January 21 at 1:30 pm -or- Friday, January 27 at 10:30 am.  Classes are one and a half hours and class size is limited.  Registration is required at or 941-7072.



SUNY WCC SPRING TERM: ADULT BEGINNER BALLET, and BASIC POINTE:  Irene Kent a native of OSSINING is teaching once again Adult Beg. Ballet, and is now offering BASIC POINTE at SUNY Westchester Community College.  The SPRING ballet, and basic pointe course runs from January 22nd, 2012 thru May 6, 2012 for a total of 13 wks.  Ballet will be held on Sunday's from 11:30am till 1:30pm, with BASIC POINTE to immediately follow from 1:30pm till 2:30pm.  SUNY WCC Tel: 914-606-6830 and their website is  For more information on Irene, and her classes please visit her website at:

Course Description: Beginner/Intermediate Ballet- Explores the foundations of ballet in a fun, active environment. Students will gain a progressively larger understanding of ballet fundamentals, which when combined together creates “dance”. Class sessions will include: barre work, center floor, adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, and grand allegro. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment and use of terminology. Students will work on dance combinations to improve technical skill, memory, and performance.

Course Description: Beginning Pointe for adults and teens: Students will gain a progressively larger understanding of the fundamentals of pointe work. Emphasis will be placed on correct body alignment and use of terminology. Students will work on basic pointe exercises at the barre and basic combinations in the center to improve technical skill on pointe.



Social Networking For Professionals & Entrepreneurs – Program at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library Wednesday, January 25, 6:30-8:00 pm Find out how to use social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and FourSquare to promote your business, find employment opportunities and connect with customers and peers, during this big screen slide presentation and live web demonstration.  Registration is required at or 941-7072.



Teatown Lake Reservation is expanding the wingspan of EagleFest with the addition of two new viewing locations and the Eagle Train Car on Metro North Railroad. Joining the celebration on February 4, 2012 is the recently completed Kathryn W. Davis Riverwalk Center in Sleepy Hollow and Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park, both ideally situated for eagle viewing.  Featured at the Riverwalk Center will be Beczak Environmental Education Center with hands-on family programming and one of Teatown’s educators, Erin Baker, with an enthralling program starring Teatown’s animal ambassadors.  For the first time, the City of Peekskill is participating in EagleFest_ at Riverfront Green Park. Conveniently located within walking distance from the train station, the Park will be jam-packed with activities including eagle viewing, ice sculpting demonstrations, and storytelling by Jonathan Kruk. Free shuttle bus service, provided by the City, will operate all day between Riverfront Green and Croton Point Park With the generous support of Wave Hill, the “Eagle Train Car” on Metro North’s Hudson Line will soar from Grand Central Terminal at 9:52am with naturalist Paul Keim onboard, lending his expertise to point out wildlife and answer questions along the scenic ride. The train will make stops at the Croton-Harmon Station where guests can take the free shuttle bus to Eagle Headquarters at Croton Point Park. It then travels on to Peekskill, where attendees can visit Riverfront Green Park. At the end of the event, visitors can relax on the free shuttle bus back to the Croton Harmon Train Station.  About EagleFest:  Held annually, EagleFest_is a celebration of the return of the bald eagle to the Hudson Valley. Taking place on Saturday, February 4, 2012 (snow date Feb. 5), the event will be headquartered at Westchester County’s Croton Point Park, with eagle viewing sites hosted by collaborating organizations all along the Hudson River. Attendees of EagleFest? can enjoy an abundance of activities from guided and independent eagle viewing to raptor shows, bus tours, storytelling, engaging children’s programs and activities, bird walks and displays from 30 local organizations. For complete schedule information, visit or call 914-762-2912 x110.



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. 



Do you have an event, information or picture of the Village of Ossining that you would like included in this web blast?   If so please submit to Christina Papes at the Village of Ossining at  All information must be submitted the Wednesday prior to the distributed web blast.  Submissions included in this listing are intended solely to inform of events and information of general interest to subscribers.  The Village of Ossining does not necessarily endorse or support organizations or entities whose events and / or activities are listed above.  The Village makes no representation as to the accuracy thereof, nor does it assume any liability in connection with same.  Please don't print this e-mail unless necessary.


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