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OSSINING NEWS 12-28-2007
Release Date: December 28, 2007

You’re invited to the 2008 Inauguration Ceremony.  The Ceremony will be held on
January 1st at 1:00 p.m. at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway.  Join in attending the inauguration of County Legislator William Burton, Town Supervisor John V. Chervokas, Town Council Members Martha Dodge and Geoffrey J. Harter,   

Highway Superintendent Michael G. O’Connor, Town/Village Clerk Mary Ann Roberts,  

Town Justice Edwin Shapiro, Village Trustees Michael R. Curry and Susanne Donnelly.   

By the Town Democratic Party of Ossining, Thomasina Laidley-Brown – Chairwoman and Marlene Cheatham – Secretary.  Following the ceremony, please join us for light refreshments in the Multipurpose Room to celebrate. 


Pay Your Village Taxes Online   First half 2008 Village taxes are due January 31st.   If you would like to pay your taxes online go to the village’s website, click on the link on the nav bar located on the left side and follow the instructions.


Stay In the Loop…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 Weekly Ossining News, Village Board Meeting Agendas, Work Sessions Agendas, Planning Board/BAR Agendas or Zoning Board of Appeals Agendas.  We look forward to having you as a member of our online Village e-mailing community.


Affordable Apartments for Rent The Village of Ossining and J & J Main Street LLC are pleased to announce that IFCA is accepting applications for two BEAUTIFUL, BRAND NEW apartments in Ossining, in accordance with the Affordable Housing Policy of the Village of Ossining.  One-bedroom, one-bath, 950 sq. ft. rent $1,042 plus utilities.  To qualify, your annual gross income must be at least $35,479 and cannot exceed $47,305 for one person; or $54,035 combined for two-person occupancy.  Applications will be ranked on a point system.  Preference given to Ossining Village residents, Municipal and School district employees, and Fire Department and Ambulance Corp. volunteers.   Equal Housing Opportunity.  For Applications:  IFCA, 138 Spring Street, Ossining 914-941-5252. 


 St. Augustine School 2008-2009 School Year ~ Open Houses The theme of this school year’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week is "Catholic Schools Light the Way." The theme focuses on the leadership that Catholic Schools provide, producing graduates who light the way to a brighter future for all humankind.  St Augustine School is a Catholic community that encourages personal faith in Jesus and service to others while encouraging students to reach their highest academic potential. On Sunday, January 27th, 2008 there is Mass at 10:00 a.m. and Open House from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be hosted by St. Augustine Home and School Association.  Teachers will be available in each classroom to discuss their curriculum and programs.  St. Augustine school parents and students will be available to answer questions, provide tours and give you a sense of what St. Augustine School is all about!   On Monday and Tuesday: January 28th and January 29th, 2008 there will be School Visitation / Open House from 9:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.  Visitors are welcome to see the campus and students in action, visit classrooms, the library, computer room, music room, cafeteria, gym, etc.  St. Augustine School offers Pre-Kindergarten and Elementary School from Kindergarten through Eighth grade.  Their Admissions Committee is also available by appointment for questions, information and tours. or 941-3849.  Applications are available in the school office for the 2008-2009 school year, and there are also a few openings in certain grade levels for the current 2007-2008 school year.  St. Augustine’s warmly welcomes you to their community where Faith, Service, and Academic Excellence are encouraged within each child.  St. Augustine’s is located at Eagle Park, 381 N. Highland Ave (Route 9), Ossining.


Marking the 40th anniversary year of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maryknoll Speakers Series presents author of No Turning Back: My Summer with Daddy King  At the height of the civil rights movement in 1961, Gurdon Brewster, a young white seminary student from the North, spent a life-changing summer in Atlanta living and working alongside Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., popularly known as “Daddy” King.  He will tell of his experiences at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center in Ossining on Jan. 16, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.  Brewster, now an Episcopal priest and retired chaplain at Cornell University, will speak of the transformative faith of the King family, how it changed his understanding of the Gospel, and why it is necessary today to remember the spirit and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 40 years after his death.   “I saw the world with new eyes,” he writes.  Those were the eyes of the King family and “the countless others who cried out for freedom now…whose transcendent vision of hope drove them forward.”  Brewster was already committed to civil rights and racial reconciliation, but naïve about the tensions in the South.  This was his first encounter with the cruelty of segregation and racism.  He calls his first weeks a “baptism by fire” that included a frightening encounter with KKK members and working with black youth who could not join him at a soda fountain or swim in the whites-only pool.  Brewster also will speak about the vibrant worship of the people at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and how the contrast between that and his Episcopalian upbringing turned him into an Episcopal priest “with Baptist flair.” All are welcome.  Admission is free.  The event will be held at Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Rd.  For directions or additional information call 941-7636 ext. 2294. 


Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion Real Woman Have Curves

The fifth offering of the Maryknoll International Film Festival sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will be shown on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining, N.Y.   The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: God’s Self-sacrificing Love Revealed in Relationships, continues with Real Women Have Curves, a 2002 U.S. film from director Patricia Cardozo.  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 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


It’s Time to Make a Difference…our families need volunteers!  You are invited to take part in a meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunity helping children cope with the loss of someone special to them.  The Caring Circle of Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam is offering a series of workshops that will teach up-to-date skills in identify phases in the grieving process, learning how to assist those who are grieving, learning how to facilitate support groups for children, teens and adults, specialized training for perinatal support groups, and expanding your communication skills and learning essential supportive skills.  Pre-registration is required, please call Marianne Walsh, Coordinator 666-4228 ext. 336 Dates and times of training are January 26th, February 2 and February 9, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at 540 White Plains Road, Ste. 300, Tarrytown.


Ossining Public Library Events

-Photography Exhibit at the library the month of January. "The Return of the Eclectic Quintet"...Dick Budnik, Randy Fitzgerald, Glen Hall, Robert Baron, Dennis Thornton.  Reception will be on Saturday, January 12th from 2-4 p.m. in exhibit area on lower level.

-Make A New Year's Resolution to "Get Organized". Marcia Solman will show you the way to organize and manage all your "stuff." on Tuesday, January 15th @ 7:30 p.m. Program will be in theater.  Inundated with papers, knick knacks, papers, medical records, memorabilia?, Limited by living space? Can't get out of your own way?  Then it's time to get organized. 

-"Great Music" our traditional January Jazz will happen on Sunday, January 27th when The Valerie Capers Jazz Ensemble will take center stage in the theater at OPL beginning at 3:00 p.m. The ensemble, which last performed with the library series in 2003, will play the music of Ellington, Porter, Bernstein, Gershwin and Jobin. We welcome back the incomparable, Valerie Capers on piano, Alan Givens on sax & flute, Mark Marino on the guitar, John Robinson on bass and Earl Williams on drums. Concert is free. Come early for best seats.


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