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Release Date: March 01, 2012

 Energize Ossining Community Launch  Homeowners across greater Ossining are invited to learn how to save money on home energy costs through a new program called Energize Ossining.  
Date:  Thursday, March 8th
When:   7:00PM
Where: The Multipurpose Room at the Joseph G. Caputo
             Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining. 
An initial comprehensive energy efficiency assessment is $0 for nearly all Ossining homeowners.  Anyone that decides to make efficiency improvements to their home can take advantage of low rate financing.  The amount homeowners save is often even greater than their monthly finance payment—improve your home, save the planet, and save money!  For more information, please visit or contact
Worried about identity theft?  Have old personal papers lying about the house. The Westchester County Mobile Shredder is coming to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway on Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Its purpose:  to help you shred and destroy personal documents in an effort to combat the fastest growing crime in the nation – identity theft.  It’s a good idea to shred documents you are no longer using, like old documents and bills that bear personal identifying information such as name, address, phone number, credit card number or social security number.  Paper from business, schools, institutions or commercial enterprises will not be accepted. Before you go, come prepared:  remove all metal clips, fasteners, binders, folders and hard covers and place the papers loosely in a box.  Up to four boxes file-size (10”x12”x15”) of papers are allowed for shredding by each resident.
Were you an Ossining Girl Scout? Do you know someone who was? My name is Maura Delohery. I am a high school senior and a member of Ossining Girl Scout Troop 2228, led by Mrs. Janice Paganelli, Mrs. Nancy Knight and Mrs. Ingela Rodriguez. For my Gold Award, I am researching and writing about the history of Girl Scouts in Ossining in memory of the late Nancy Reikert. Mr. Carl Oeschner of Croton Friends of History is my mentor on this project.
I want to interview former Ossining Girl Scouts who were members of from the 1920s to the present day. I wish to discover how the organization has changed, from its beginnings during World War I to its 95th anniversary.
I want to learn about your experiences as a girl member or adult leader. I would like to see your badges, pins, photographs, scrapbooks, souvenirs, and uniforms or vests.
I will be writing “Ossining Girl Scouts: A History” and donating copies to the Ossining Public Library, Ossining Historical Society and the Girl Scout Museum at Camp  Wendy in Walkill, NY. I will make a scrapbook with photograph of your keepsakes. My entire project will be available for viewing online at the Ossining Girl Scout website.
If you have time to share your memories and memorabilia, please contact me by email at or by telephone at (914) 271-8728. Please help me honor Ossining Girl Scouts on our 95th Anniversary and the national’s 100th Anniversary.
I look forward to hearing from you, because “a Girl Scout’s a sister to every Girls Scout.”
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 Union Free School District Capital Bond Proposal 2011-12 Vote Scheduled for
March 6, 2012 at the Ossining High School from 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Milonga on Main Street Friday, March 2 (8:00-11:30 PM) Admission:  $20 (Includes Beginner & Intermediate Tango Lesson w/Thomas Reale, Dance til Midnight, Wine & Tapas!  Tango & Wine-Tasting  @ 7 :00 pm @ Tasty Port Wine  (Lobby) Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining, (914) 432-8502.
Teatown Lake Reservation Events
Saturday, March 3, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm                  Maple Sugaring Scout Day
Bring your scout group to Teatown to discover the maple sugaring process from tap to
syrup. Through a historical, interactive journey, each scout group will view the evolution of
tapping a maple tree, collecting sap and processing maple syrup. The basic principles
of tree identification and forest stewardship will also be explored. Parts of the Forestry
Badge, Forester Badge and the Food, Fibers and Farming Patch will be covered. Fee: $5 per
scout and extra siblings; scout leaders and chaperones are free. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to register for a 1 hour time slot between 10am-2pm.
-Sunday, March 4, 9:00 am                                       Eagles Out
The coming of spring means that wintering eagles are headed north. Join Charlie Roberto at the Croton Boat Ramp for a last view of migrating eagles. Please note this program is for adults only. FREE.
-Sundays, March 4 & March 11                               Sugaring Sundays
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Stoke up the fire, it’s 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.
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, Saturday, 3/3, 10 am-noon. Or by mail, download forms at league website, For more information, e-mail:
Spring Arrives Early at Briarcliff Library - Area Artists Share Interpretations of the Season  It may still be winter outdoors, but the Briarcliff Manor Library is looking ahead to warmer days with Eyes of March: Visions of Spring, courtesy of the Ossining Arts Council (OAC). Featuring approximately 60 small works, the exhibit will focus on paintings, photographs and sculptures and will be on view throughout the month of March. All are welcome to attend the opening reception on Saturday, March 3, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In their homes, on Saturday March 3rd, Westchester Legislator Catherine Borgia and Ossining Village Trustee John Codman are each hosting an “Assessment Party” to introduce homeowners to the potential of significant energy savings and energy efficiency
through a new program, Energize Ossining
Energize Ossining, a collaboration of both the Town and Village of Ossining—and a local program outgrowth from Energize New York—will help homeowners reap the benefits of home energy efficiency in a time of record energy costs.  Borgia and Codman are demonstrating the first step for all homeowners—getting their homes “analyzed” to determine opportunities to eliminate energy waste.  Over 90 percent of homeowners qualify for a free New York State assessment.
Assessment Parties - Date:  Saturday, March 3rd
When/Where:    10:00 a.m. - Home of Village Trustee John Codman, 37 Ferris Place, Ossining
When/Where:    2:00 p.m. - Home of Westchester Legislator Catherine Borgia, 19 Audubon Drive, Ossining

Energize Ossining Community Launch - Date:  Thursday, March 8th
When/Where:       7:00 p.m. - Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, Multipurpose Room, 95 Broadway, Ossining
LENTEN LUNCHEONS / Almuerzos de Cuaresma  First Presbyterian Church, 34 S. Highland Ave. is once again providing hot lunch for the community free of charge during the Lenten season.  12 noon, each Sunday, March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1.  Enter the church on Maple Place - lunch is in Fellowship Hall. EVERYONE IS INVITED!
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
Alzheimer's Association Support Group Join us at Atria on The Hudson for a Alzheimer's support group. Come join fellow caregivers and family members who are looking for advice on how to deal with your loved one. A group facilitator will lead the discussion and share best practices. This group will continue to meet the first Tuesday of every month @ 6:30pm Tuesday 3/6 @ 6:30pm.  Please RSVP to Hindel Jesselson at 914-762-1980 or  Atria on The Hudson, 321 North Highland Avenue Ossining. 
LENTEN SERIES:  Grief: A Process of Healing
Saturday March 10th & 24th 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Briarcliff Congregational Church, Eastman Room, 30 So. State Rd., Briarcliff Manor. Presented by Patty Donovan-Duff RN, BSN, CT Director, the Bereavement Center of Westchester. Scheduled discussions: Sat 3/10 – What is Grief? Normal grief reactions, Common symptoms of grief, A grief timetable, How long does grief last? Why grieve, The Healing Process.  Sat 3/24 – Phases of grief, How to support a grieving person, If grieving, how will I know when I’m better? Support Groups, Response, Question & Answer time. For more information call 914-941-4368.
Save the Date:  March 10th, 2012, St. Augustine's School  6-10 PM Come and celebrate with friends, neighbors and  family,  the Feast of St. Patrick. Make this the year, that you come and enjoy the Corned Beef dinner, free beer, wine and soft drink refreshments and award winning entertainment provided by the Westchester County Police Emerald Society Piper Band and O'Rourke School of Irish Step Dancing. Dance music provided by our own Tony Corda and DJ Sean. Whether you are Irish or not, wear your Green and enjoy a festive evening as they do in the "Old Country".  Please make reservation now available in Parish Office 941-0067 or Church Vestibule after all weekend Masses.  $30.00 Per person.  (Adults only)
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
St. Ann’s Peas & Karrots St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 6 – 10 p.m.  Hot & Cold hors d’oeuvres Buffet, Dinner-Corned beef and cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, Assorted Desserts, coffee and Tea, Beer, Wine and Soda available (hot dogs for children).  Irish Step Dancers, DJ & Dancing, 50/50 Raffle.  $20 per person, $10 students, ages 3 & under free.  For reservations please call 941-0312, St. Ann’s Peas & Karrots, 16 Elizabeth Street, Ossining.  All are welcome!
The Mike Risko Music School is now accepting registration for our Spring Session. Sign up for Lessons on guitar, bass guitar, drums, voice, piano, brass, strings or woodwinds! We also offer ukulele lessons! 30, 45 or 60 minutes lessons available. Also, find out about our Rock Band Camp! An awesome one week program in the summer for kids ages 7-17 who want to be in a band and write original music. Call us at 762-8757 or visit their website at
Karma Lounge Martini Bar and Grill invites you to try their Three Course Prix-Fixe Dinner Menu 25.00 per person
Fist Course Choice
Organic Mix Green
Classic Caesar Salad
Second Course Choice
Germelli Pasta di Pomadoro
Mushroom Ravioli
Chicken Cipollini
Choice of Mascarpone Cheese Cake or Chocolate Ganache Cake
All Prix-Fixe Dinner comes with a complimentary glass of White or Red wine.   Karma Lounge Martini Bar and Grill is located at 175 Main Street Ossining, 914-488-5999.
The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club.
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!
Congressmen DioGuardi Lecture and Book Signing?  Join Joe DioGuardi former NY congressman, Ossining resident, and author of Unaccountable Congress: It Doesn't Add Up, for an insighful discussion of election-year issues, including the national debt and federal deficit. Bring a friend and share you views with fellow concerned citizens. Refreshments will be served. Don't miss this unique opportunity.  Discussion and Complimentary Book Signing 3/24 @ 2pm  RSVP to Douglas Thomas at 914-762-1980 or
RSVP by 3/21.  Atria on The Hudson, 321 North Highland Avenue, Ossining.
Atria on The Hudson Veterans Wall Ceremony Please join us for a very special event in honor of our veterans and the sacrifices they've made for our freedom. Atria on the Hudson is unveiling our Veterans Wall of Honor on this delightful afternoon. Come hear the president of our local VFW Post highlight veterans' sacrifices for our country. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!  Sunday, March 25 2pm-4pm RSVP by March 21 to Douglas Thomas at 914-762-1980 or  Atria on The Hudson, 321 North Highland Ave, Ossining.
Maryknoll Speakers Series: Michael Leach Asks “Why Stay Catholic? Dean of Catholic Book Publishing Says Catholics Do Not Need To Leave The Church  Leading Catholic author, editor and publisher Michael Leach will present Why Stay Catholic? as part of the Maryknoll Speakers Series at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, on Sunday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Colleen Brathwaite at or 914-941-7636, extension 2445. Additional information and directions can be found at At a time when many Catholics are questioning if they should abandon their Church, Mr. Leach, author and publisher emeritus of Orbis Books, said it doesn’t have to be this way. Orbis Books is a division of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.  Mr. Leach has been called “the dean of Catholic book publishing” by U.S. Catholic magazine for more than 30 years of leadership in Catholic publishing. He has edited and published more than 2,000 books, including those of Nobel Prize and National Book Award recipients. The Catholic Book Publishers Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award during 2007. Mr. Leach also has authored bestsellers, including Why Stay Catholic? (Loyola Press 2011) and I Like Being Catholic (Image 2005). He co-authored A Maryknoll Book of Prayer (Orbis Books 2003) and authored A Maryknoll Book of Inspiration (Orbis Books 2010). Founded during 1970, Orbis Books endeavors to publish works that enlighten the mind, nourish the spirit, and challenge the conscience. Orbis seeks to explore the global dimensions of Christian faith and mission, to invite dialogue with diverse cultures and religious traditions, and to serve the cause of reconciliation and peace. Learn more at or on Facebook at!/orbisbooks.
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.
Have you gone to the Indoor Winter Farmers Market in Croton yet? Don’t let your friends get all of the great local food. 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 , snow or shine, from 9am-1pm through May 19th. The new venue is 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 include Amazing Real Live Food Company, Baked by Susan, Bobolink Dairy, Bombay Emerald Chutney, Bread Alone, Chiboust, 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 and pick up some free recipe cards while you’re there! Visit or call 914 923-4837 for more information.
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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