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Release Date: February 16, 2012

Community Singing Group “Old Mill Singers” Invites New Members to Join In June 2012, a highly regarded local singing group will be performing “Come “Fly Away with the Old Mill Singers.”   As the title of the show suggests, the chorus will be singing songs about far away places, including “Africa,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Chicago,” and “Orinoco Flow.”

A largely amateur chorus, The Old Mill Singers tackles most styles of music – pop, jazz, Broadway, folk, ethnic, novelty acts and even some original numbers composed by its members. They may present a bit of classical music, but unlike most local choral groups, the focus is on lighter fare that can please audience members from young to old. 

Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s-On-The-Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive in Ossining.  New members are welcome to sit in on a rehearsal any Tuesday through March 13, 2012.  There are no formal auditions.  Nor is the ability to read music required - - just the ability to sing in tune in a group. 

The director for most of the forty years the group has been around is Gary Bratt..  There now are about sixty active members, men and women of all ages and from all walks of life.  A separate children’s chorus also performs in the concerts, so Old Mill is truly a family affair.

In addition to its semi-annual concerts, The Old Mill Singers is committed to community service and performs at community functions and local nursing homes.  They also put on a holiday concert in the lobby of the Met Life Building in New York City, entertaining commuters as they head for Grand Central Terminal.  

See us on the web at or on Facebook.

Prospective members should contact the Membership Chairman, Sharon Brana at or 914 762-3765.



The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club. The club has its next monthly meeting Thursday, February 16th. The club will have its meeting in the community room of the Apple Bank in the Rosehill Shopping Plaza. The meeting will begin at 8PM and will close at 10PM

This month we will be viewing a DVD of the NMRA Convention presentation of:

Backdrop Painting: Forested Scenery by Paul Rising

If you’re not a club member and would like to attend you are welcome.

At this meeting we will discuss projects related to the Yorktown Museum model train display. The club has visited the museum and there will be an up to date report of our findings and recommencations.

If you would like to come to the meeting 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 on a Saturday. The next meeting of the new year will be on Saturday March 17, 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: Trackside features/details/scenes - slide show - Carl Liba

Show & Tell Anything goes (modeling wise)

Open Discussion

Come prepared with questions (or answers!)

Contest: Bring your favorite Tree

After Meeting: Vin Gallogly's railroad will be open for "BYOL" (Bring Your Own Loco)

All are welcome!



"Beginning Photography" at the Ossining Public Library in the Conference Room (2nd floor) on Saturdays from 1 to 3.  Many people don’t know how to get the most out of their highly automated cameras. I can help. I’ll also be teaching the basics of composition, discussing white balance and post-processing procedures.  There’s no charge, it’s hands-on and any age and experience-level is welcome. If you want to come, bring your camera and if possible call or email Mark before the class so he can update you on what the class will be going over.  Hope you’ll be able to join us.  Mark R Friedman, Photographer - Personal Trainer in Photographic Technique and the Art of Photography, 2 Decker Rd., Ossining, NY 10562

(914) 762-7689 (main), (914) 361-9164 (Google voice),



Area residents:  Soon to open, high profile restaurant and catering/ event faculty located in beautiful Briarcliff Manor – Haymount House is currently accepting applications for all front of the house and back of the house positions.  We will offer patrons a "farm to table" style of dining in an elegant-relaxed atmosphere.  Please forward a copy of your current resume to:  Haymount House is an equal opportunity employer.



Ossining School District – Bond Information:

-Please click the attached link for the Ossining School District O-Gram regarding information related to the Bond Referendum on March 6, 2012: Capital Bond Proposal/Ogram Bond FLYER-NL_3-2012-v16_1.pdf

 -Please see the attached link regarding Important Upcoming Meetings Regarding the Bond Referendum: Letters PG Coffee Talk Flyer Regarding Bond 463.pdf

-To Register to vote on the upcoming Bond Referendum on March 6, 2012 please click on the following link: Letters PG Flyer for Voter Registration March 6th 406.pdf

-Please join our Board Trustees for our continuing Series of Informal Board Dialogue Sessions on February 15th at 7:15 p.m. in the Ossining Library Cafe.



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



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! 

-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.



From the Ossining Public Library Teen Services: 
 -Teen Advisory Board Meeting – All are welcome! Saturday 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 - 2/23, 2/27 ~ 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room
 -Comedy Improv - 2/13, 2/27 ~ 3:30-4:30 in the Theater
 -Yoga - 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 - 2/20



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.



The Winter Farmers Market in Croton moves indoors! As of Saturday, February 11, 2012 the market moved from the Croton Harmon Train Station to the old Blockbuster space at the Van Wyck Shopping Center II on Maple Street. The market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9am-1pm 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 Winter Farmers Market in Croton will now include vendors: Amazing Real Live Food Company, Baked by Susan, Bobolink Dairy, Bombay Emerald Chutney, Bread Alone, Coach Farms, Cowberry Crossing, Dutch Desserts, Feather Ridge Farm, Flour City Pasta, Gajeski Produce, Kiernan Farm, Meredith’s Bread, Migliorelli Farm, Newgate Farms, Pikle Licious, Pika’s Farm Table, Pura-Vida Fisheries, Tierra Farm, and Wiltbank Farm. Be sure to stop by for your farm fresh food!

The Meet the Farmer series continues on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, from 7-9pm, with Pete Taliaferro of Taliaferro Farm. Pete will share why he decided to become an organic farmer, what it means to be organic, what are the main differences in organic growing methods, and will answer your questions. He and his family including two sons and a daughter participate in all aspects of running the farm. Besides growing vegetables and fruits they also raise chickens and produce their own eggs. Taliaferro Farm will provide fresh eggs from the farm for a cooking demonstration. The eggs will be prepared with seasonal vegetables , everyone will have a chance to taste and light refreshments will be served during the event. Fee $15/ Discounted Fee (Students and Farmers) $10.




Teatown Lake Reservation February 2012 Events

-Saturday, February 18, 11:00am–12:00pm             Mammal Mania!

What makes a mammal a mammal? What strategies do mammals use to survive?  Using furs, mounts and live animals we’ll explore the magnificent diversity of furry creatures in the Hudson Hills and Highlands. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.

-Monday through Friday, February 20-24                            Winter Mini-camp

Shake off the winter blues at Teatown’s Mini-Camp with a week full of games, crafts, and outdoor activities. The camp is divided into two different time slots, depending on the child’s age. Parents can choose to sign up their child for the full session or individual days (fee prorated). Snacks are provided but full-day campers should pack a lunch. 

4 and 5-year-olds: 9am-12pm

Full Session Fees: $160 members; $185 nonmembers

6-12-year-olds: 9:00am-3:00pm

Full Session Fees: $300 members; $335 nonmembers

For more information, or to register a child for camp, please call 914-762-2912 ext. 110.

-Saturday, February 25, 10:00am–11:30am                         Who’s for Dinner?

Come meet one of Teatown’s new Barred Owls and learn about the swampy forested habitats where they dine.  In this hands-on program, we’ll look at an owl pellet to see what was on the menu for Teatown’s resident owls. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.

-Sunday, February 26, 10:00am–2:00pm                              Finding Your Way

Getting lost is not an option in this program which combines basic compass and map reading skills to help you better navigate in the woods. Be prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities and bring lunch and water. Please note this program is for adults only. Fees: members $10; nonmembers $15. Please call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

-Sunday, February 26, 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm               Sugaring Sundays

Stoke up the fire, its sugaring time at Teatown! From tapping to collecting, boiling to bottling, Teatown’s naturalists will be in Warren’s sugarhouse sharing facts and folklore about this sweet time of year! Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.

-February--Ongoing                                                               Rent-a-Bucket

Love maple syrup? Buy a bucket of your own! Each February we tap our very own maple trees and hang a sap bucket with your name on it. After filling the bucket, the sap gets turned into syrup in Warren’s Sugar House. The $45.00 fee includes two tickets to the Pancake Brunch on March 17 and an 8-ounce bottle of our award-winning grade A pure maple syrup. Call the Nature Center at 914-762-2912 x110 to purchase a bucket.



Ossining Lions Club Invites you to join them Wednesday, 2/22, at The Tuscan Grill, 518 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor for an informative program presented by: Raymond Sanchez, Deputy Superintendent of OHS.  Mr. Sanchez will be discussing the pending bond referendum. This is an important subject that has an impact on all residents. Please feel free to invite anyone you feel would be interested.   You are invited to arrive at 7:00 PM  The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 PM and will include dinner.  Dinner cost is $22.00 and there will be a cash bar.  Please RSVP to: Sandy McKee 762-6500,



Roller Hockey for Boys & Girls -- The Ossining Youth Hockey Association is seeking roller hockey players (no experience required), ages 4 to 14, for its spring season. Practices and games at Vets' Park. In-person registration at the Rec Center, 95 Broadway, Tuesday, 2/28, 7-8 pm, and Saturday, 3/3, 10 am-noon. Or by mail, download forms at league website, For more information, e-mail:



Tips for Travelers Presentation at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library - Wednesday, February 29 at 6:30-8:00 pm Get ready for your summer vacation by using the best online and print resources for travel.  Learn when the lowest fares are posted, whether it’s better to book your trip through the airline or using a travel site such as Orbitz or Expedia and the differences between travel guides such as Fodor’s and Lonely Planet.  Registration is required at 941-7072x1 or



Ossining Arts Council Eyes Spring in Small Works Show at Briarcliff Library

The Briarcliff Manor Public Library will host an exhibit of small works by members of the Ossining Arts Council (OAC) during the month of March.  The show, “The Eyes of March: Visions of Spring,” will include paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture.

“We’re delighted to have this opportunity to show our work in the beautiful space provided by the Briarcliff Manor Library,” said OAC President Mark Sarazen.  The exhibit will open on March 1 and continue through March 30.  There will be an opening reception on Saturday March 3, from 3 to 6 p.m.  All are welcome to view the art, enjoy refreshments and meet the artists.  Due to space limitations, the artworks will be no larger than 11x14” and will be hung on a “first-come, first-served” basis.  Drop-off is Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library, 1 Library Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY.  For additional information on fees for the show and membership in the Ossining Arts Council, please visit or call Mark Sarazen at 914-945-0101. 

The Energize Ossining Community Launch, March 8th at 7:00pm WE NEED YOUR HELP!  The Energize Ossining Community Launch will be held Thursday, March 8th at 7:00pm in the multipurpose room at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center.  To promote community buy-in, aid in traction and ensure success, we are asking everyone who is part of the larger Energize Ossining support network to attend this meeting.  Your questions and enthusiastic support can be helpful in building a productive conversation—and please bring a friend! 



Benefit Concert for Maryknoll Sisters Slated for March 4

“Music for the World”, Maryknoll Sisters’ Sixth Annual Benefit Concert, will be held Sunday, March 4, at 3:00 p.m. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, 10 Pinesbridge Road in Ossining. Proceeds from the ticket price --  $25.00 per person -- support the Sisters’ global outreach in mission in 25 countries around the world.

Selections at this year’s concert, featuring The Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble with James D. Wayne and Barry Morrison conducting and Soprano Lisbeth Lloyd and baritone Rob Weintraub performing, will include pieces from “Porgy and Bess”, Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Good Friday music from “Parsifal”. The 45-member Wind Ensemble generously performs annual full-length concerts to benefit charitable organizations.

Tickets can be ordered by calling 1-866-662-9900 or at the door the afternoon of the event. Credit cards, cash or check will be accepted. For directions to Maryknoll and more information, please visit our websites at  and

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Maryknoll Sisters is the first U.S.-based congregation of Catholic women religious. Currently numbering nearly 500 members, the Sisters provide humanitarian aid and other services to people in 25 nations around the world.



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



Collegium Westchester's chorus and orchestra will present a concert on Saturday March 10, 2012, at 8 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining (34 South Highland Avenue, on Route 9 opposite Ossining High School). The program consists of Bach's Motet BWV 118, Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27. Suzanne Rossini is the soprano soloist, and Eric Kramer is piano soloist and conductor. Admission is free. For more information, call 914-282-8611 or visit

This event is 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.

We invite you to share this announcement with others who might be interested.  A downloadable flyer is available 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.



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