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Release Date: February 02, 2012

The Village Board is seeking an individual to serve on The Waterfront Vision Committee.  Anyone wishing to apply for this committee should send a letter of interest and resume to The Village Manager’s Office, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562,  Attn:  Christina Papes or send via email to



Milonga on Main Street – Friday, February 3rd 8:00 – 11:30 PM Admission:  $20, Includes Beginner & Intermediate Tango Lesson w/Thomas Reale.  Wine & Tapas.  Free Wine-Tasting and Tango @ 7 :00 pm at Tasty Port Wine (located in lobby).  Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining, (914) 432-8502.



February 2012 Calendar of Classes & Events at Josie's International School of Dance:  Many Classes - Actor’s Workshop, Argentine Tango - New Beginner Classes!, Milonga "First Friday of the Month", Wine Tasting & Tango @ Lobby's New Tasty Port Wine Shop, Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, Reggaeton, Ballet, Belly Dancing, Capoeira, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Kindermusik – New! (Ages 1 – 7), Pilates Mat, Salsa and Zumba.  Call or go on line for days and times. Josie’s International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining  (914) 432-8502.



Greetings from the Ossining Public Library!  Thursday night, February 2nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Budarz Theater, there will be a 2nd public meeting to address the overlapping library service areas. Residents living in the doubly taxed areas will have an opportunity to learn more about the issue and offer their input in finding a solution.

-It's tax time again and the AARP Tax aide volunteers will again be available for tax preparation every Thursday beginning February 2nd through April 12th. This will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Budarz Theater. For more information call 914-941-2416 ext. 327 or 320.




Ossining Organic Community Garden At Cedar Lane Park

Only A Few Plots Available to Village & Town of Ossining residents!  Gardeners should expect an average of 4 to 5 hours of work weekly towards the maintenance & upkeep of their plot & the community garden.  

·       All gardeners will be required to sign a contract of rules & deadlines to ensure a pleasurable working environment for all.

·       Beginner gardeners are encouraged to share their plot with a friend.

·       Applicants younger than 18 years old are required to sign up with an adult who will accompany & assist them with their garden.

·       Raised garden beds are available for gardeners with limited mobility.

Costs:  $10 for single raised bed, $20 for double raised bed. A current Ossining Parks & Recreation ID card is required. ($4 ID cards for the garden only will also be available.)

Payment is due upon receipt of plot assignment.

To be considered for a plot assignment sign up at: Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562 (914) 941-3189.



The Village Board is seeking applicants to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission.  “All members shall have a known interest in historic preservation and architectural development within the Village of Ossining.” For additional information on this Board or to send a letter of interest contact the Assistant Village Manager, Christina Papes at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562, or 941-3554.



Come to have coffee and to chat about what’s going on in Westchester.

February 4, 2012
The Black Cow
51 Maple Street, Croton-on-Hudson

10am – 12noon
February 11, 2012
Peekskill Coffeehouse
101 South Division Street, Peekskill
10am – 12noon

As a new county legislator representing Ossining, Briarcliff, Croton, Cortlandt and Peekskill, Catherine Borgia wants to hear from you about issues that matter to you.  That’s why she is hosting two informal conversations with your neighbors (with coffee, of course) in February – February 4, 10am - 12noon at the Black Cow in Croton and February 11 from 10am-12noon at the Peekskill Coffeehouse.  In every public service role in which she has served – as town supervisor in Ossining, as chief of staff to Assemblywoman Galef, as a member of the Ossining village board, or as a community volunteer - the greatest accomplishments have always come through  collaboration. Working together, we can find solutions, create opportunities, and build stronger communities.  Legislator Borgia encourages you to share your thoughts, your concerns, and your ideas with her at any time.  As the legislator representing your community, it is her job to make sure your voice is heard at the county level.  Please feel free to contact the legislator at: 914-995-2812 (office), 914-262-8873 (cell) or


Ossining Board of Education Informal Dialogue:  Please join your School Board Trustees for their continuing informal dialogue sessions:

Saturday, February 4th at the Ossining Community Center - Music Room

 10:00am - 11:30am.

Wednesday, February 15th - Ossining Library Cafe

7:15pm - 8:30 pm



The Lantern Gift Shop of St. Paul's on-the-Hill will host its annual Valentine Sale on  Saturday, February 4, 2012, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  A snow date of Saturday, February 11th has been set. Last year we did have to go to our snow date, so we encourage you to call the shop at 941-4434 (shortly after 10)  to make sure we are there.  The shop will feature cards, gifts and handmades as well as one last chance on our Christmas Clearance items.  Our Fabulous Valentine Bake Sale will  take place in the Parish Hall that day, so come shop and then head to the Bake Sale and  relax with a free cup of coffee or tea.  The Lantern Gift Shop is located on the grounds of the church at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, New York, just east of 9A off Route 133. 



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.



Shattemuc Yacht Club hosts an Open House on Friday February 10 at 7pm.  Register juniors now for the summer Sailing Academy.  Meet our Big Boat Buyer-Mentors and start learning about boat ownership.  Sign up as crew or skippers for the Open Water Front sailboat racing season.  Shattemuc Yacht Club, Westerly Road in Ossining, is a family oriented sail, boat and swim club located on the Hudson River.  We feature a renowned junior sailing academy, outdoor pool, adult sailing lessons and clubhouse facing the scenic Hudson River sunsets.  There are boat slips and deep-water moorings available as well as small boat and Kayak storage for various membership levels.  The clubhouse is open year-round to all members for social events, family picnics and barbeques or just relaxing.  Come see Shattemuc and enjoy the river. –   Please enter under the Snowden Ave. Bridge from Westerly Road and park near the SYC Clubhouse.


Friday Night at the Movies: The Help (PG-13) will be shown at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library on Friday, February 10 at 7pm.    Come see this Oscar-nominated movie on the Library's big screen.    Light refreshments will be served.  Registration is recommended at 941-7072 or


From the Ossining Public Library Teen Services: 
Crafts for a Cause
: Beading with Joan Lloyd:  Make earrings for yourself and a pair for a women’s shelter!  Thursday, February 9 ~ 3:30 P.M. in the 2ND Floor Conference Room
*Limited to the first 20 arrivals.  
Valentine’s Day Crafts: Saturday, February 11 ~ 2:30 in the Teen Room *Limited to the first 12 arrivals.
 -Teen Advisory Board Meeting – All are welcome! Saturday, February 4 and 18 ~ 2:00 p.m. in the Teen Room
-Black History Month Celebration - Cultural Drumming with Mickey Sevilla and John Grady
~ Join us for an afternoon celebration of the spirit of drumming!  Learn, play, dance and sing.  Audience Participation.  Saturday, February 25 ~ 2:00 p.m. in the Theater
-Practice SAT Exam - Sunday, February 26 ~ 1:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room
*Registration is Required – Call 941-2416, x336 for information.
-Math Tutoring and GED Math Help - 2/6, 2/23, 2/27 ~ 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room
 -Comedy Improv - 2/6, 2/13, 2/27 ~ 3:30-4:30 in the Theater
 -Yoga - 2/6, 2/13, 2/27 ~ 7:00-8:15 p.m. in the Theater

Chess 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room

After School Movies at 3:30 p.m. in the Theater
    “The Notebook” ~ 2/10“
     “Gnomeo and Juliet” ~ 2/24
 Wii Video Games at 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Theater
2/6 and 2/20



Teatown Lake Reservation February 2012 Events

-Saturday, February 11, 1:00pm–2:00 pm                            Family Snowshoeing

Learn the basics of snowshoeing and join us for a refreshing walk in the woods close to the nature center. Please note this program is for families with children ages 7 and over. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.

-Sunday, February 12, 1:00pm–2:00pm         Animal Adventures – Animals Underground

Meet a few of Teatown’s animal ambassadors and find out who’s making a home underground. Please note this program is for families with children ages 4 and over. Free for members; $5 per child for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.



The Ossining Library Foundation Presents a Jazzy Saturday Afternoon Concert With Ted Daniel  and His Internation Brass & Membrane Corps.  On Sunday, February 12, the Ossining Library Foundation will present Ted Daniel and his International Brass & Membrane Corps. at 3pm in the Library’s Budarz Theater. An audience favorite, the Ossining resident and jazz talent returns to the Library with his band in celebration of Black History Month. Reservations are not required for this free concert. Doors open at 2:30 and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Ossining Public Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. For information, call (914) 941-2416 x327 or visit

            Trumpeter Ted Daniel grew up in Ossining, frequently collaborating with legendary guitarist Sonny Sharrock before studying music theory and composition at City College of New York. Daniel performed with a number of ensembles and jazz musicians including Brute Force, Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, Andrew Cyrille, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang and Henry Threadgill, taught workshops and master classes throughout the United States as well as in Japan and Spain, and received a compositional grant from the National Endowment for the Arts before forming the International Brass and Membrane Corps. Daniel describes the IBMC trio as a “flexible and expandable creative music performance group,” utilizing brass instruments and a variety of percussion.


Are You Tired of the Cold Weather? Join us this summer at Willowbrook Swim & Tennis Club, A non–profit swim club that is conveniently located at 586 Millwood Road in Mount Kisco. For information on membership please contact Kelly Blacker (914) 241-3459 or Michelle Saccurato (914) 261-9853 or via e-mail @ Willowbrook Swim & Tennis Club is one of Northern-Westchester's premier swim and tennis club for families. You can enjoy the large heated pool with lap lanes for exercise and deep end for diving. Our Division 1 swim and dive team offers a competitive yet fun environment for new and experienced swimmers. The kiddie pool is available for tots and toddlers. You can play tennis on any of our eight outdoor Har-Tru courts on your own, as part of a league or as part of a lesson with our pro. Become a member of Willowbrook Swim & Tennis Club, for additional information visit or call today.



Congregation Sons of Israel Nursery School & Camp Open House:  Sunday, March 4, 2012

3:00 pm- 5:00 pm.  Parents and children are welcome to come experience all the school has to offer.  Visit classrooms, play games, do arts and crafts.  Meet the Director and Teachers.  Learn about our Summer Camp and special programs.  Come join us at 1666 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff, NY 10510. (914)762-6396, email or visit the website at



Taconic Opera Seeking Choral Singers for Rossini’s Beloved Petite Messe Solennelle

Finishing off its 2011-2012 season and continuing its tradition of presenting an annual choral masterwork by an opera composer, Taconic Opera will be offering two performances of Petite Messe Solenelle by Gioacchino Rossini, the composer of The Barber of Seville, Cinderella (La Cenerentola), and many others. Since this work is a favorite among choral singers, the company is extending an invitation to them to collaborate in this concert program featuring the Taconic Opera chorus, and professional lead singers and orchestra. The concert will be conducted under the baton of Dan Montez, General Director of the Taconic Opera.

Completed in Rossini’s later years and one of very few works he offered to the public during those years, he describes with characteristic wit why he chose to write a sacred mass: "Good God—behold completed this poor little Mass. You know well, I was born for comic opera. Little science, a little heart, that is all. So may you be blessed, and grant me Paradise!” The Emperor Napolean found the mass to be neither little (Petite), solemn (Solennelle) or even liturgical. Audiences find this controversial but exciting work fascinating, unique, and a true pleasure for the ear and the heart to experience.

            Performances are at the Ossining United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 3:00pm. Chorus rehearsals will take place on 801 Kitchewan Road (Route 34) and will begin around March 28 and will continue on Saturdays from 3-5pm and Wednesdays from 7-9pm until the concert dates. Choral singers wishing to learn the piece for the first time or eager wipe the dust of their old score are encouraged to join. There are no membership fees, but singers must supply their own music. A short, painless, friendly audition is required and will be done by appointment at a convenient time for the auditioner. For further questions, concerns or to schedule an audition, contact Mary Corda: or (914) 649-1826.



"SAVE THE DATE" for the 32nd Annual Ossining Village Fair, Saturday, June 9th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Main Street – Ossining.  Rain date - Sunday, June 10th.



Volunteers needed to help seniors -- Community Helping Hands of Ossining and Briarcliff will launch its service program in early May and is now recruiting volunteers to assist seniors who want to remain at home as they age.  Service offerings include:  friendly visitors; friendly phone calls; assistance running errands and getting to local medical appointments; etc.  Orientation and training will be provided. We also welcome volunteers who want to work on  administrative tasks now needed at Community Helping Hands. Whether you have an hour to spare or can devote more time, we have an opportunity for you! For more information call 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.



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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