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OSSINING NEWS 11-09-2007
Release Date: November 09, 2007

Sign up for Village of Ossining E-Mail Subscriptions  In an on-going effort to continually enhance the Village's communications with its constituents, the Village of Ossining offers an online subscription capability to receive informational e-mailings from the Village.  Just go to and click on email subscriptions on the left side of the home page.  You can select to receive Village Board Meeting Agendas, Work Sessions Agendas, Planning Board/BAR Agendas, Zoning Board of Appeals Agendas or Weekly Ossining News.  We look forward to having you as a member of our online Village e-mailing community.       

Tonight, come cheer the Big O team on to victory!  Section I Champs Ossining High School Varsity Football Team Plays Section 9 Champs Cornwall High School in the Regional Semi-finals this Friday, November 9th 7:30 P.M.   -  Admission $9.00 Dietz Memorial Stadium, 170 North Front Street, Kingston, NY 12401. Check out for more info.

Sunday, November 11, Ossining Veterans’ Day observances will begin with 10:00 a.m. mass of observance at St. Augustine’s Church, followed by a ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial at Nelson Park, beginning at 11 am.  Please join with your neighbors in thanking those who serve us.

Thursday, November 15, at 7 pm, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is having a Community Forum to inform the public about the services of the AG’s office.  The meeting will be held at the Westchester County Center, is free, open to the public, and they will even have refreshments. For more information call 914-422-8755 or email

Donate a used Bike to the Get a Bike - Ride a Bike Program The Ossining Rotary Club and the Ossining Recreation and Parks Department are co-sponsoring a “Recycle Your Bike” program.  We will be collecting used bikes at the Community Center. The Rotary Club will work to refurbish the bikes and then we will offer the bikes free (while they last) to any child in Ossining who would like one. The Ossining Police Athletic League has agreed to provide 50 new bike helmets to the first 50 children who take a bike. We will collect bikes up until November 27th.   If you have a bike in good or fair condition (minor repairs are ok) please bring it to the Ossining Community Center and leave it by the pool center entrance. Children’s bikes are preferred.  If you have any questions please call 941-3189.


Ossining Public Library Teen Movie Nights The library will be showing movies for teens in their theater.  Admission and refreshments for these events are free. The first in the series will be “Transformers” shown on Monday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m. in the theater.  On Friday, November 16th “Spiderman 3” will be shown at 5:00 p.m. For additional information call Tamara Stewart 941-2416 ext. 317 or the Teen Room at ext. 336.


Westchester Urban County Consortium, FY 2009-2014 Consolidated Plan Public Meeting Wednesday, November 14th The County Department of Planning is in the process of developing the Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2009-2014 to cover federal grants to the Westchester Urban County Consortium.  The Consolidated Plan is a document that provides a strategic plan to address long-term goals for the development of viable communities through the use of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and American Dream Down payment Initiative (ADDI) grants.  Citizens, public agencies, local government and other interested parties are invited to attend this public meeting to discuss the housing and non-housing community development needs within the Consortium communities.  The public meeting will be held:  Wednesday, November 14th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Ossining Community Center, 95 Broadway.  For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Norma V. Drummond, Deputy Commissioner, at (914) 995-2427.

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Healthy Life Program Series Continues In November and December The public is invited to attend programs on a broad range of health-related subjects, such as caregiving, defensive driving, and relaxation, which are relevant to many people. The Phelps Healthy Life Calendar for November and December follows:

·         Monday, November 12, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Voice Problem Screening. This screening will help determine whether certain symptoms, such as hoarseness, change in voice, breathiness or other discomfort, may indicate a problem with the voice box. Problems affecting the voice box can include nodules, polyps, cysts, paralysis, reflux, and even cancer. Presented by Dr. Craig H. Zalvan, Laryngologist, Medical Director, Phelps Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders. In PromptCare. Call 914-366-3220 to register.

·         Tuesday, November 13, 7 to 9 p.m. Who is Caring for the Caregiver? This program will offer an overview of services available through the Family Caregiver Support Program of the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs & Services. It will be of interest to caregivers of the elderly. Presented by Mary Edgar-Herrera, Program Administrator. In the Boardroom. Call 914-366-3220 to register.

·         Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m.: Better Breather's Club. Program participants will learn about "The Vest," a device that aids airway clearance. It will be relevant to people who have difficulty coughing up secretions. Presented by Margaret Weber, BSN, RN, Vest Account Manager. In the Walkway Conference Room. Call 914-366-3712 to register.

·         Monday, November 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Pulmonary Function Testing. Presented by Mhairi Craig, RN. This program will be held at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor. Call 914-366-3220 to register.

·         Monday, December 17, 7 to 9 p.m.: Mental Imagery Methods for Relaxation and Holistic Healing. This program explores how mental imagery can affect the body, mind, and spirit. Registrants will learn how meditative relaxation can help them experience holistic healing. Presented by Loyola Amalraj, PhD, author and educator. This program will be held at Club Fit in Briacliff Manor. Call 914-366-3220 to register.

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center is a 235-bed community hospital with 450 medical staff, representing 34 clinical specialties. Phelps is the exclusive Westchester satellite for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a clinical affiliate of Mount Sinai Hospital, and a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System.


Upcoming Events at the OPL…

* "The Kress Family Legacy" will be the topic of an up-coming  program on Wednesday, November 14 @ 7:30 p.m. Steven Worthy will offer a multi-media presentation about the Kress family who owned a 72 acre estate bordering the Towns of Ossining and New Castle from 1916-1959. Today we know the Ossining area as the Cedar Lane Park. The Kress family was famous for the 400  5, 10, & 25 cent stores they started, as well as collectors of some of the world's most famous pieces of art, now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The program is co-sponsored by the Ossining Historical Society Museum and the Ossining Public library

*"Three Tall Women" by Pulitizer Prize winning author Edward Albee will be on the OPL stage Thursday, November 15 @ 7:30 p.m. This M&M production starring Christine D'Amato, Christine Lorenzo and Sarah Smegal was directed by Larry Schneider. Free.

* “The Image Makers”: photography exhibit presented by members of the Westchester Photographic Society continues through November 9 it is on view on the lower level.  Coming in mid-November is an exhibit by local artist and long time resident Edward Malsberg. The exhibit, a family affair, includes works by his son and grandson.  On view until December 21.


Ossining High School Performing Arts Proudly Presents “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Ossining High School Auditorium 29 S. Highland Ave. Ossining.  Admission is FREE.  Performances are Thursday, Nov. 8th at 4PM, Friday, Nov. 9th at 7PM, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7PM & Sunday, Nov 11th at 2PM.


Veterans Day Dinner & Cabaret Musical Revue with a live auction and raffle drawing.

Trinity Church will host its annual Veterans Day Dinner on Saturday, 10 November beginning at 5pm with appetizers and libations. Cost $20/person; Veterans and Seniors $10.  The evening will include a musical revue with songs from WWII and the musical theatre - including "Wicked", "Little Shop of Horrors," "Once Upon a Mattress" and other cabaret standards. The auction will offer a Hawaiian Luau at "Eagles Nest" and Medallion Rose china. The raffle items have to be seen to be believed! Tickets are on sale now and will be available on Saturday. The dinner menu is baked stuffed chicken, salad, specially seasoned garlic bread, and pumpkin bread with whipped cream. Email your reservation to


The Ossining Lions Club is meeting at the Community Center on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Miriam Haas, Director of Community Markets. Her program is entitled: Farmer Markets - A New Old Way to Eat.  All residents are welcome to attend.  Please email me at: if you plan to attend.


Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion “Planes Trains and Automobiles” Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The latest offering of the new international film festival sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will be shown on Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: God’s Self-sacrificing Love Revealed in Relationships, continues with “Planes Trains and Automobiles”, a 1987 U.S. film from director John Hughes.  Each film will be introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening.  For a listing of all films in the series visit  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  For additional information call 914-941-7590.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the U.S.-based Catholic foreign mission society, has been representing U.S. Catholics in overseas mission since 1911. They currently serve in 29 countries worldwide, promoting human rights and social justice for those in need.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at

Ossining Children’s Center 2007 Festive Stroll of Homes The Ossining Children’s Center, 2007 Festive Stroll of Homes will include tours of select homes in Briarcliff and Ossining, decorated in innovative holiday themes. Lunch at the nationally acclaimed Trump National Golf Club will follow the house tour.  Festive Strollers are also invited to Holbrook Cottage to join the home designers at a champagne reception.  November 16th-17th. Tickets: $45-$130. Hours: 10am-4:30pm. For additional information call 944-0734.


The 43rd Annual Artists of Northern Westchester show is being held from November 18th-25th.  About 100 painters and sculptors from the area are shown at this annual event.  Exhibit Hours are 2-5 p.m. daily, including Thanksgiving, with evening hours on Mon., Tues., and Wed., 6-8 p.m.  An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th, from 4-6 p.m. everyone is invited.  Art Sunday Lecture will be held on November 18th at 9:00 am and 11:00 a.m., "From Start to Finish: the Creative Process," presented by Andrew Lattimore, a distinguished painter and a very popular teacher at the Westchester Community College Art Workshop.  All events are sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship but open to the public and will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Briarcliff, Croton, and Ossining on Route 9A in Croton.  For directions or additional information please go to


Join the Call To Action. It's Time to Save Our Planet! Nadia Elrokhsy, Assistant Professor Sustainable Design at Parsons The New School for Design will give a live presentation of the slide show that's changing America's mind, “An Inconvenient Truth”, on Monday evening, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. The program will take place in the library theater.   Nadia completed Al Gore's Climate Project Training and has been giving presentations throughout the New York area in 2007. The Climate Project is a national, independent movement to educate and challenge citizens and governments to take action against the rising crisis of global warming.  In addition to the slideshow a group of community retailers and consultants who are "doing Green" will present their wares and information in an area within the library that evening, giving people an opportunity to know what is available locally that will make a difference in our global environmental impact. For more information visit or call the Ossining Public Library at 941-2416 ext. 326.


Draft Comprehensive Plan & Proposed Zoning Code Public Meetings Scheduled

The draft Comprehensive Plan and proposed zoning code changes have been developed.  This is a culmination of two years of hard work, which includes responses from a Village-wide survey, five public meetings, five focus group sessions, and input from the Comprehensive Plan Committee, Zoning Sub-Committee, and the Village’s consultants.  There are Two Scheduled Public Meetings, an Open House on November 29, 2007 and a Public Presentation on December 3, 2007 at Ossining Public Library at 7:30p.m. - 9:30 pm.  Please COME to the OPEN HOUSE to get your specific questions answered about the draft Comprehensive Plan and proposed Zoning Code changes and/or COME to the PUBLIC PRESENTATION that will present an overview of the draft Plan and the proposed Zoning Code changes.    Be a Part of Ossining’s Future!  For more information please contact the Village of Ossining Department of Planning at 762-6232 or email

First Friday of every month Milonga (Argentine Tango Dance Party) December 1st at 8 p.m.  All Levels.  Beginners Welcome.  ½ hour beginner and ½ hour intermediate lesson with Westchester Tango followed by an evening of tango dancing.  Light fare, D.J. and plenty of atmosphere.  Admission $15.  Reservations welcome.  Sponsored by Josie’s International School of Dance, 125 Main Street 432-8502.  See you on the dance floor!


Latin Dance Social:  "First Saturday of the Month Latin Dance Social" December 2 at 8 pm.  Featuring DJ and Instructor Eddie Q.  $15 admission includes dance lesson of club style Salsa on '2' and an evening of dancing Salsa on '1' and '2', Cha-Cha, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia.  Refreshments and light fare.  See you on the dance floor!


Artist’s Opportunity in Ossining!  Looking for 20 artists to participate…Dec. 14, 15, 16.  Ossining Arts Council has begun efforts to sponsor a Holiday Fine Art Show at Ossining’s newest Galleri space: Cathi Locati Galleri [located @ 71A Croton Ave.- back entrance of Dr. Richard Finewood Chiropractor].  Seeking all artists (whether you have only created work in your basement all these years or have shown work in public, regardless of your age or experience…) if you ever wanted to be a part of a retail art show by taking advantage of the upcoming Holiday season – please attend the preliminary meeting: Monday night, November 19 @ 7:30 p.m.   If you’re ready to work as an artist, display in a professional space, run your own business for three days with the help of 20 other loyal artists and if these requirements fit your personality and energy commitment, then please attend on Nov. 19…Please bring a chair to the meeting.  A decision will be made at the meeting to proceed with or postpone the Fine Art Show depending on artist turn-out and enthusiasm for the project.  Ossining and the surrounding areas have many talented artists, let’s help find them and show them to New York!  If you would like more information about the Owner of Cathi Locati Galleri, please visit her website at   Read the artists Biography and Vitae, click on all words that are underlined for further details about paintings and services.  If you have any questions please feel free to call or email:  TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN!  HELP EACH OTHER HELP OURSELVES.


55 Alive Safe Driving Course will be offered at the library on Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29. Course fee is $10.00 for each participant( check or money order made payable to AARP and sent to the instructor) and both sessions must be attended in order to receive insurance credit. The time is 9:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. each day. Neville Horne is the course instructor.  Participants must be at least 50 years old. Enrollment is limited. Application forms  are available throughout the library.


The Ossining Farmers Market is open  The market runs each Saturday through December 15th from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Located at Market Square corner of Main and Spring St.  Come to the market to buy farm fresh foods from the Hudson Valley.  Shop for vegetables, fruit, organic produce, pasture raised meats, and specialty foods.  The market is sponsored by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce.  For further information go to Please note: Shoppers should not park behind the Chase Bank next to the market. It is a private lot and you will be booted and fined.


Alice B. Fogel a graduate of OHS has a new book, “Be That Empty”, coming out this month.  The author is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship and other awards, and has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes for each of the past three years.  Recent poems appear in the anthology, “Bedside Guide To No Tell Motel”, and in “Southern Poetry Review”, “The Ohio Journal”, “The Massachusetts Review”, and others.  Additionally, in the past the author’s poems have been included in “Best America Poetry” and former poet laureate Robert Hass's “Poet's Choice”.  For additional information on her publications and teaching history, go to  


Get Involved in Your Community - Help fight cancer – Support Cancer Survivors

Join friends and family for an unforgettable night!  The American Cancer Society is looking for community minded people to join the Planning Committee for the June 2008 Relay for Life of Ossining…For more information please call Bobbie Moore at 762-0870 or Hilary Dorfman at 397-8828.  Join the Ossining Community in the fight against cancer!  This is an American Cancer Society signature activity to raise awareness, educate and raise funds.


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