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Release Date: April 05, 2012

PLEASE VOTE!   OSSINING IS IN THE FINAL ROUND!  Of the 2012 MSG Varsity School Spirit Mania Contest!!!  VOTING ENDS FRIDAY AT 3 P.M.   VOTE OFTEN TO HELP OSSINING WIN!  Go To to Vote.  The Grand Prize winning school earns a Club Car Trainer Utility Vehicle wrapped in school colors, worth over $6,500!  The second place finisher scores a customized gym signage package worth $4,500.  And the two runner schools up can each choose $3,000 worth of merchandise from Anaconda Sports! See the attached flyer for additional details.  Get out the Vote and win big for your school!
Village of Ossining Water Department Notice of Hydrant Flushing Schedule
The Village of Ossining Water Department will start their semiannual hydrant-flushing program on Sunday evening, April 8, 2012.  Flushing of hydrants will be performed between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in order to minimize disruptions to our residents.
The entire hydrant-flushing program will take approximately three weeks to complete.  As the flushing of hydrants takes place closer to your home, you may notice some discoloration in your water first thing in the morning.  Do not be alarmed.  Just run your water for a short period of time and it should clear up.  If the discoloration persists, please notify the Water Department at 941-6111.
The Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps (OVAC) is looking for Volunteers.  Joining the corps is an opportunity to give back to your community, plus you’ll get free New York State approved training as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  It’s also a great way for National Honor Scoiety members to obtain credit for community service.  Even if you cannot make the commitment to join the Corps, there are many ways to help support our efforts.  OVAC depends on the generosity of individuals and businesses.  All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Contact the Corps at (914) 487-3091. for more information. 
Every year the Ossining Athletic Booster Club gives scholarships to graduating senior athletes
If you have a senior at OHS or know a senior and they've been an Ossining High School athlete the Ossining Boosters can help them with a scholarship.  They just have to meet the following requirements.
-Athletes must have lettered in at least two sports both 
  their junior and senior years on the same team
-Must have an 80% average or above
-Must attend an institute of higher learning
  (verification will be required)
-Satisfactory Completion of application
-Satisfactory Completion of essay requirement
Click Here to down load an application
Due April 13,2012
Applications are also available in the Guidance Office 
and the Athletic Office.
Remember to get the following two signatures the Guidance Office, to verify your average and 
Mr. Dennett's, OHS Athletic Director. Both Guidance and the Athletic Office will give the OABC your completed application.  For more information go to

 Enjoy Ossining!----Tasty Port Wine & Spirits will be hosting a Free wine tasting on Friday, April 6 at 127 Main Street, from 4pm-10 pm. There will be a wine expert on-site plus special promotions.  Come by and enjoy wine.
Teatown Lake Reservation Events
-Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am – 11:00 am                  Peeps on the Farm
It is spring at Cliffdale Farm, the roosters are strutting, hens are laying and chicks may be peeping about. Help us gather eggs and discover the many varieties of eggs and chickens at the farm. For children ages 3 – 5 accompanied by adult. Meets at Cliffdale Farm. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

8TH ANNUAL “MARY SAWYER” BLUE RIBBON FRONT YARD FLOWER GARDEN AWARD The Beautification Committee is accepting applications for this program. If you have a ?front yard flower display? and would like to be considered for an award please call 941-3189 with your name, address and phone number. Gardens will be viewed the week of June 22- 30. Awards will be given out at the fireworks show on July 3rd. There is no fee and trophies are given out for the best front yard flower gardens. If you have a neighbor feel free to enter them.
The Youth Music Program begins at St. Paul's on the Hill on Monday, April 9th - June 15th.  Every Monday and Friday from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  Free lessons in Guitar, Rudimental and Hand Drumming, and Singing.  Free bus service for students from AMD Middle School to St. Paul's.  Healthy snacks will be provided.  To register, please call the office (914)941-6627.
Greetings from the Ossining Public Library!   April is here and that means it is National Poetry Month!   Come celebrate with The Edna Project, a performance of original music by Liz Queler and Seth Farber, set to the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The concert will be taking place on Sunday, April 15th at 2:00 p.m. in the Budarz Theater.
Also this month the Ossining Library's "Great Music in a Great Place" series welcomes back the All Seasons Chambers Players, who will be performing Continental Cuisine on Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 p.m. in the Budarz Theater.  
Summer Camp Registration begins in April!   Online registration is the week of April 16th!  Call the Recreation Department at 941-3189 for more information.   
April 2012: Calendar of Classes & Events Josie's International School of Dance Mark Your Calendars!  Spring Recital:  Sunday, June 3 @ 3:00 pm, (Rehearsal Thursday Evening, May 31 @ 6:00 pm) @ Ossining Public Library.  Ossining Street Fair, Saturday, June 9 @ 10:00 am-5:00 pm.    Josie’s offers dozens of classes including ACTOR'S WORKSHOP, ARGENTINE TANGO, BACHATA, CUMBIA, MERENGUE, REGGAETON, PRE-BALLET & TEEN/ADULT BALLET, BELLY DANCING, CAPOEIRA, FLAMENCO, HIP HOP, PILATES MAT, SALSA, ZUMBAFor more information call Josie’s School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining, NY 10562 (914) 432-8502.
Free Community Spring Concert!  We invite the community to celebrate spring with a special concert of song and flutes. Suzanne Post, soprano, Northern Westchester Flutes, and Hui-Mei Lin, pianist, will perform a selection of classical and contemporary music on Saturday April 21, 2012 at 7:30pm. Location: Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 South State Rd. #914-941-4368 Admission: Free, donations gratefully accepted. This concert is made possible through the generosity of the Frances and Robert Heim Memorial Music Fund. Refreshments will be served.
The Ossining Public Library John Cheever Centennial Celebration 2012 Continues…
April Upcoming Events are:
-Film Series Continues on April 25th with The Five Forty-Eight..
-Book Discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 11th at 7 p.m.  Discussion of Oh What a Paradise It Seems (Copies of the book will be available at the Information Desk.)
All events take place in the library’s Budarz Theater unless otherwise noted.  OPL, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining 941-2416.
Many Ossining businesses have not claimed their listings on If you claim your listing you will be able to connect with current and future customers online, post sales, pictures of your business, and a lot more.
Here is how to Claim a Listing on Patch: 
#1 First, make sure you are logged in to OssiningPatch. Don't have an account yet? Register for one!*** (see bottom of this email), #2 Go to your listing. If you can't find it, try searching from the Places home page for the name of the business, #3 There is a green box on your listing with a question mark icon and the question “Do you own or manage this location? Claim it!” located below the photos of the business. If your listing does not have photos, this box is located to the right of the business description,  #4 Click on the words "Claim it!", #5 In the open window, follow the instructions and fill out all fields. Click on the "Submit Claim" button when you are done, #6 We’ll review your claim and approve your access to the listing within 24 to 48 hours. You will receive an e-mail when your claim is approved, #7 After your claim is approved, you will see a “Manage Your Listing” button in the upper-left corner of your listing whenever you are signed in to Patch. Clicking on that button will bring you to your free business owner dashboard and the free online tools we’ve created for local business owners!
 *** How to become a registered user on
 #1. Visit your local Patch. Click on "Join" in the upper-right corner of any page, #2. In the open window, follow the instructions and fill out all fields. Click the "Sign up" button at the bottom of the window, #3. An e-mail from Patch will be sent to the inbox of the e-mail address you used to sign up. Go to that inbox and open the e-mail from Patch within one day of clicking the "Sign up" button, #4. Open the e-mail from Patch and click on the link provided. This will confirm your e-mail and activate your user account on Patch. You can access any Patch across the county with this account!  Dashboard Free Tools and Suggestions on How to Use Them.  These free functionalities allow you to connect with your current and future customers online.  Our free tools allow you to:  #1 Respond to user reviews of your business and encourage your happy customers to rate you on Patch, #2 Post an unlimited number of photos of your business with complete control over the photo captions, #3 Encourage your current clients to "follow" your listing on Patch. They will be informed every time you add an event to our calendar, upload a new photo to your listing or are mentioned in an article, #4 If you have a Facebook page, you can post a link to your Patch listing from your Facebook wall. Encourage your Facebook friends to check out your listing and review or rate your business on Patch, #5 Comment on stories and articles that appear in your Patch or other local Patches. Doing so will make people in your community familiar with your business name. Those people can find out more about you and your area of expertise when they read your comments and by visiting your listing, #6 Post events being held at your business on our events calendar and post a job on our marketplace page if you are hiring and looking for local help.  Also, send Ossining Patch Editor Chris McHugh an email if you know anyone who would like to blog on Patch. They would love to have them! The email is

If you want to be involved and want to be a part of the community, The Ossining Athletic Booster Club wants to help you achieve your goal.  On Saturday, June 2nd is The Annual Relay for Life Walk at Anne M. Dorner Middle School.  Many local organizations along with students and faculty of the Ossining school district participate.  Each organizations forms their "TEAM" and has a "TEAM CAPTAIN" The boosters are looking for someone to be OUR LEADER.  The Boosters are all about TEAM WORK. Find a partner and  be CO-CAPTAINS  So come on, "Step up to the Plate" and get involved in one of Ossining's largest fund raisers. 
For more information contact Jackie Kopera at (914) 261-0366.
Spring is HERE. 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 us via e-mail @ or call Kelly Blacker (914) 241-3459. 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 , our Facebook page or call today. Tennis courts opening mid-April for the season.
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.
Trash?  Or Treasure!  Let the pros tell you what it’s worth
What is that ugly vase you inherited from Aunt Milly? Is it time to throw it away? Or…could it possibly be worth something? A fortune, perhaps? Should you pack it off to the local thrift shop…or to Christies!  Come find out.  Hudson Chorale will be hosting an Antiques Appraisal Fair on Saturday, April 21, 2012, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Scarborough Presbyterian Church Parish Hall, 655 Scarborough Road/Route 9, Scarborough, NY.  Highly experienced, professional appraisers will be on hand to examine your fine jewelry, watches, porcelain, art, furniture and other antiques and provide a verbal appraisal of the value.  Fees are $25 for the first item and $5 for each additional item up to a maximum of 3 pieces.  Arrangements can be made with an appraiser to receive formal documentation at a later date for a fee.  To assure sufficient time to complete all appraisals, registration will close at 3:30 pm.  Refreshments available.  Questions: (914) 462-3212 or  Complete information:
All proceeds will benefit Hudson Chorale, the area’s largest not-for-profit community chorus. Weekly rehearsals are held in the Scarborough Presbyterian Church, and singers come from throughout Westchester and surrounding counties. The chorus performs a wide range of music featuring both traditional and contemporary composers, and singers come from all over Westchester and surrounding counties. For more information about membership or upcoming concerts, visit the chorus website at
In recognition of Earth Day 2012…Assemblywoman Sandy Galef invites you to attend a night at the movies.  Galef Goes to Gasland:  Hydraulic Fracturing in Pennsylvania.  Screen video footage of Sandy’s February road trip to Bradford County, Pennsylvania to learn about and see firsthand the impact of hydrofracking for natural gas on the region.  The screening will be followed by a discussion on the topic and the implications for New York State if hydrofracking is allowed.  Sunday, April 22, 2012 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Desmond Fish Library, 472 Route 403, Garrison and Friday, April 27, 2012 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Ossining Public Library, Budarz Theater, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining.  Popcorn will be served.  For more information on this event or any other community issue, please contact Assemblywoman Galef’s office at 914-941-1111.  This event is free and open to the public.
RUMMAGE SALE at Briarcliff Congregational Church!  Saturday April 28th, 9am-4pm
30 South State Road at Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor, ENORMOUS SALE, including clothes, china, collectibles, jewelry, toys, baby items, books, furniture, appliances, sporting goods & MORE!  LUNCH served & BAKE SALE
DONATIONS ACCEPTED: Sunday, April 22, 11am-3pm; Mon, Wed, Thurs, April 23, 25, 26, 9am-4pm and LATE NIGHT, Tues, April 24, 9am-9pm
MORE INFO? Call #914-941-4368.

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.
Critically acclaimed dynamic ensemble Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège, to benefit Ossining MATTERS Education Foundation.  Elementary school age children will also perform. According to the Boston Globe, "[Soulfège’s] members realized they had the platform to reach ears not only with their music—a fusion of thumping African music and rhythms, sweet reggae breezes, funk, and hip-hop—but also with their message."  Saturday, May 5th at  6:30PM at OHS, 29 S. Highland Ave., Tickets $15 student/senior/OUFSD teacher, $35 adult, $125 premium (includes gala post-concert reception & auction sponsored by and held at Atria on the Hudson).  For ticket information, visit or call (914)510-9320.
 Come out and watch the stars of Ossining shine and help raise funds for the Riley Saper Foundation which provides student scholarships to Ossining High School seniors.  Join us for "Ossining's Got Talent" on June 23rd at 6:30 pm at the Ossining High School.  We are still recruiting acts for the show. Applications are due May 18th. See the Events page of our website for an application;
Westchester Magazine recently named Ossining as the “Best Place for Architecture Admirers” in the County. Find out why--take this inside tour of some of this village’s most architecturally and historically significant homes. The tour includes a 17th century farmhouse, an 18th century estate, two river-view 19th century mansions and a silent film star’s turn-of-the-20th century cottage.  Tickets are $35.00 per person. The tour is limited to the first 100 people who respond. Your contribution will benefit the Ossining Historical Society Museum. An advance reservation with payment is required. Send a check marked “House Tour” in the memo space to: The Ossining Historical Society Museum, 196 Croton Avenue, Ossining. The tour starts promptly at 11:30 AM at the Museum and ends there. Limited parking is available at the rear of this building and at nearby streets. The price includes bus transportation, a wine & cheese tasting and non-alcoholic beverages. Ossining related books and other items are available for sale as well.  Contact: - 914-941-0001. 
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.
The Winter/Indoor Farmers Market in Croton has everything that you need to cook a local & fresh meal! Find the market at the Van Wyck Shopping Center on Maple Street in Croton. Every Saturday, rain or shine , from 9am-1pm through May 19th. This weekend we have the music styling of Ed Packer from 10am-Noon, and at the community table you can get information from Food and Water Watch. The vendors at the 2012 Winter Farmers Market in Croton include : Amazing Real Live Food Company, Baked by Susan, Bombay Emerald Chutney, Bread Alone, Coach Farms, Dutch Desserts, Feather Ridge Farm, Flour City Pasta, Gajeski Produce, Kiernan Farm, Meredith’s Bread, Migliorelli Farm, Newgate Farms, Pickle Licious, Pika’s Farm Table, Pura-Vida Fisheries, Tierra Farm, and Wiltbank Farm. Come early for the best selection! We've got more great market events coming up including more musical performances and fresh local cooking demos! Also, mark your calendars for the opening day of the Ossining Farmers Market on May 26th!
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.
  Taconic State Parkway Bridge Closure – Northbound over New Croton Reservoir Beginning Monday, March 26th through Friday, November 9th northbound traffic will be moved onto the southbound roadway and be reduced to two lanes in each direction.  This shift will occur just north of Pines Bridge Road, continue for 3 ½ miles, then shift back just south of Underhill Avenue.  The Reservoir bridge closure is necessary to perform extensive repairs.  Significant traffic delays are anticipated.  Please seek alternate routes.  For more information, please contact the NYSDOT Construction Field Office at (914) 302-7089 or email   For trip planning and current roadway conditions, call 511 or visit  
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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