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OSSINING NEWS 11-23-2007
Release Date: November 22, 2007


The Village of Ossining Police Department Receives Law Enforcement Challenge Award of Excellence The New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the New York State Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Association awarded the Village’s Police Department a recognition award “for outstanding dedication and support of the 2006-2007 New York State Campaign for Safe and Sober Highway Safety and especially STOP-DWI efforts”.  Congratulations to the men and women of our Police Department.

Draft Comprehensive Plan & Proposed Zoning Code Now Available On-Line

Public Meetings Scheduled

The draft Comprehensive Plan and proposed zoning code changes have been developed and are available on line at  Scroll down about half a page and Click on Comprehensive Plan to review the Draft Plan and Proposed Zoning Code.   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 to hear an overview of the draft Plan and the proposed Zoning Code changes.    We need you to participate.  Be a Part of Ossining’s Future!  For more information please contact the Village of Ossining Department of Planning at 762-6232 or email

The Joseph G. Caputo Community Center Receives The American Institute of Architects 2007 Design Award for the Pool Project.  We are proud to announce that on November 1st a Special Award for Public Interior Architecture was conferred upon Lothrop Associates Architects for their work on the Village’s new Pool facility.  Stop by the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway to tour our award winning indoor pool and spray deck which boasts a retractable roof and other appealing architectural features.     


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 o.k.) 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.


National, State Environmental Leaders Discuss Global Warming At Public Forum in Westchester County  Three renowned environmental leaders will speak at a public forum on Global Warming and its impact on New York State on Thursday, November 29, 7-9 p.m., Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor.  Peter Lehner, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Environmental Advocates of New York, will be joined by Commissioner Pete Grannis, of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  The speakers will discuss specific ways a warming environment will affect the state and what needs to be done by government, business, and the public to slow down the process.  State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (90 A.D.) is organizing the forum and will serve as panel moderator.  There will be a one hour public question and answer period.  For details, call the Galef office at 914-941-1111.       

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Join us for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting December 3rd at Market Square, corner of Main and Spring Street.  Youth choirs will begin caroling at 5:30 p.m.  Santa will arrive shortly after at approximately 6:15 to greet children and adults as well.  Free cider, cookies and donuts will be available. 

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, 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.


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


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.


Please join us on Saturday December 1, 2007 For the 2007 Ossining Interacts Night Benefit Show ~Auction ~ Reception Fundraiser for Cancer Research & Shelter Boxes, at Ossining High School, 29 South Highland Ave, Ossining.  Benefit show begins at 7:00 PM, Reception following at 8:45pm.  Admission: Adults: $15 (Advance) $18 (At Door), Students & Seniors: $10 (Advance) $12 (At Door).  There are three ways to Purchase Advance Tickets:  1. Ossining Community Center Front Desk -941-3189 --9am-4pm.  Production Director will be selling them in person Monday thru Friday (Nov 26th-29th) from 3 pm – 4 pm; 2. Ossining High School- 762-5760 - Nurse’s Office from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Contact Interact Officers: Omar H. Sarath N., David C., Sarah C.) or Advisors Ms. Buckley & Ms. Love.;  or 3. Mail (Before November 30th . Just include how many tickets you would like & which type). Please enclose cash or check (made payable to cash) and mail to:  Ossining High School Interact Club, 29 South Highland Ave, Ossining, Attention: Ms. Buckley.  PLACE YOUR AD TODAY:  1 line Shout Outs - $5.00, Business Cards - $20.00, 1/2 Page - $50.00, Full Page -$100.00, or become a Gold Sponsor (Sponsors will receive a full page ad, slide in theater power point, & sign at the event) $250.00 a Great Value!  Deadline, Wednesday, November 26th.  See you there!  For more information please call the Production Director at 914-447-5872  or e-mail


First Saturday Latin Dance Social.  December 1 at 8 pm with DJ and Instructor Eddie Q.  Admission $15.  Includes dance lesson of club style Salsa on '2' and an evening of latin dancing (Salsa on '1' and '2', Cha-Cha, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Hustle).  Refreshments, light fare, and plenty of atmosphere.  Sponsored by Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Top Floor.  Call 432-8502.  Reservations welcomed.  See you on the dance floor!


Maryknoll Magazine, celebrating 100 years of publication, and the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, winding up a year of commemorative events, present a drama honoring four U.S. churchwomen martyrs on December 2nd at 1:30 p.m. with a presentation of the liturgical drama “Certain Women” at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, 10 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining.  The play is based on the lives and deaths of the four U.S. churchwomen who were martyred in El Salvador 27 years ago.  On December 2, 1980, Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and lay missioner Jean Donovan were raped, murdered and buried in a shallow grave in El Salvador.  All had devoted their lives in service to the poor and oppressed in that country during the brutal civil war that claimed the lives of more than 75,000 Salvadorans at the hands of their own government.  The play which incorporates dialogue, music and audience participation was written by Gloria Ulterino and Marilyn Catherine.  It will be performed by “Women of the Well”, a six-member troupe from Rochester, N.Y.  For more information call 914-941-7636 x 2318. All are welcome.  Admission is free.


First Friday Milonga (Argentine Tango Dance Party).  December 7 at 8 p.m.  All levels welcome.  Admission $15.  Includes beginner and intermediate lesson followed by an evening of tango dancing.  Refreshments, light fare, DJ and plenty of atmosphere.  Sponsored by Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Top Floor.  Call 432-8502.  Reservations welcomed.  See you on the dance floor!


Christmas Concert at Maryknoll, Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, 8 p.m.  The Maryknoll choir, composed of Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, lay missioners, affiliates and employees, will usher in the Christmas season with their annual Christmas at Maryknoll concert, Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m., at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel, Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  In addition to the prepared program, the more than 40 choir members and musicians will invite the audience to join them in singing traditional hymns and songs of the Christmas season under the direction of Lucille Naughton, music coordinator at Maryknoll.  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  For additional information call 914-941-7590.  For more information on Maryknoll, consult the World Wide Web at   


Old Mill Singers Christmas Show is scheduled for December 7th and 8th from 8 PM to 10 PM at the Ossining High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors & children.  Come and enjoy a wonderful evening listening to great Christmas songs by the adult choir and enjoy our children’s choir sing your favorite Christmas songs as well.  Refreshments will be served during intermission.  For additional information Contact John Massey at 914-330-7413 or Michael Mimnaugh at 914-762-744 or email them at

OPL Events…

-Great Music returns to the library on Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m. The classical guitar duo of LaVitaWilliams will perform works by de Falla, Albeniz, Piazzolla, Ginastera. Join us as we welcome these rising stars of the New York classical guitar scene. Concert is admission free and will be in the theater.

-Friday, December 14th the library will host its Friday Forum featuring Holiday Words & Music with special guest singer/pianist, Carolyn Black. Come to the library for holiday cheer and good fellowship. Take a break from the hectic holiday schedule. Bring a brown bag lunch, dessert and beverage will be provided. Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Forum to take place in the theater.

-Local artist and long time resident Edward Malsberg exhibit, a family affair, includes works by his son and grandson will be on view until December 21.


One Big Holiday Party!  You are cordially invited to join The Alliance for Downtown Ossining, The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, The Ossining Rotary, The Ossining Lions, The Ossining Area Bar Association and everyone else in Ossining for an  annual holiday party at Travelers Rest, Route 100, Ossining 941-7744 on Wednesday December 12th cocktail hour from 6:30 – 7:30 followed by dinner at 7:30.   The cost is $45 per person R.S.V.P. by December 9th ($50 at the door).  Send Checks to John Bell, 47 Lee Avenue, Ossining.  For additional information contact Maureen Redmond, Judicial Title at 381-6700 x 362.


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.


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