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Release Date: February 01, 2008


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The Village of Ossining is seeking candidates for the Environmental Advisory Council and the Historic Review Commission The Village Board has introduced a local law increasing the number of members on the Environmental Advisory Council and is seeking individuals to serve.  We are also looking for individuals to serve on the Historic Review Commission.  Anyone wishing to apply for either of these positions should send a letter of interest and resume to the Linda G. Cooper, Village Manager, Village of Ossining, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining or send via email to   Letters and resumes must be received by February 18th , interviews are anticipated to be scheduled February 26th.


Registration for the 2008 Jesse Collyer Youth Sports Baseball/Softball Season Has Begun.  Boys and girls ages 5-16 (17 for the girls) can sign up for the upcoming season by going to the website, and download a registration form. You can also visit the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway and pick up a form at the front desk.


Ossining High School Performing Arts Proudly Presents THE EXONERATED-- Six riveting stories about innocence, injustice and redemption. (Mature Language and Subject Matter; this show is NOT for young children) Friday, February 1st – 7:00 PM Saturday, February 2nd - 7:00 PM and Sunday, February 3rd - 2 PM. FREE ADMISSION! For more information call 914-762-5760 ext 365.


Special Programming this month at Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining (914) 332-8670.  For more information go to

-First Friday Milonga Tango Lesson & Party with Westchester Tango.  February 1st 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15. Includes beginner and intermediate dance lessons.  

-First Saturday Latin Night Dance Social & Salsa on ‘2’ Lesson Featuring the best Salsa, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Bachata & Hustle.  February 2nd 8:00 p.m.   Admission $10.

-Tango Technique Workshop for Followers - First Thursday of Every Month February 7th, 8:00-9:00 p.m.  This class is for dancers of all levels that want to improve their following, axis and quality of movement.  Each class will cover the following topics:  axis, embrace, isolation of movement, foot position, giros and adornments.  There will be discussion of which movements are initiated from the shoulders and which are initiated from the hips.  The movement of ganchos, castigos and voleos will be examined to be sure that they are initiated from the hip and not the knee.  Students will be given several exercises and stretches to do at home to improve their tango technique.  In the February 7th class we will continue our work with adornments in walking steps, ochos and giros.  Instructor:  Anna Snider, Class Fee $20.00, Pre-Registration Advised. 

-Shoe Exchange February 7th:  Bring any new or gently-used shoes that you would like to sell.  We will have a shoe exchange from 9-9:30 p.m. following the workshop!


A workshop at Maggie Brown's School of Dance in Ossining on Saturday, February 9th  11-3 pm is an introduction to what “Be Dance Be Charmed” has to offer.  The charms are Grace, Balance, Love, Peace, and Ease.  Teaching the charms can happen at any age and any level.  “Be Dance Be Charmed” is a fun, creative experience meant to enrich our world.  They are also teaching a Self Esteem In Motion class which will integrate the awareness of ones beauty, confidence and power through movement.  A tribal class is a chance to learn a fun combination to World Beat music infusing body and mind.  The Free Groove Find Your Moves session is to dance your own expression, feel your own rhythm and incorporate some guided suggestions.  The Free Groove Experience is open to anyone that likes to dance.  No experience is necessary.  Contact Maggie Brown for more information at (914) 941-0301 or  “Be Dance Be Charmed” is also involved with ourtreach programs through charitable organizations.  Please visit us on the web at Erin Beller, Pam Broyles, Tammy Kohlschmidt.

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. 


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 to 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.


More OPL Events…

-The Sunday Photogroup will open its new exhibit "Opus 11" at the library on February 2. The show runs through Feb. 28 and the opening reception is on Sunday, February 10th from  2-4 p.m. The exhibit is on the lower level and may be seen during regular library hours.

-The library will be sponsoring a Special Mid-Winter book sale of Children's books and non-book items (videos, games etc.) on Saturday, February 2 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. and Sunday, February 3rd from 12 noon - 4 p.m.  The sale will take place in the Children's Program Room on the main level. The sale will only consist of material for children.

-Meet Neal Rechtman, author of the new book "The 28th Amendment" on Tuesday, February 5th at 7:30 p.m. Neal will be in the Board Room to discuss his timely and compelling political thriller that explores the very real potential for conflict between entertainment and politics in a media-defined age.

-AARP Tax Assistance will begin on Thursday, February 7th and continue on Thursdays through April 10th at the library. Time & Place: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The IRS trained & certified volunteers will be in the theater on the lower level. Those wishing to have their taxes prepared by the AARP volunteers must bring with them all necessary papers including a copy of last year's return.

-On Thursday, February 7th Teddy Leveille will be at the library to lead a 2 hour "Hand Beading Jewelry Workshop" starting at 7 p.m. Learn to bead a double strand necklace with metallic seed beads, Czech glass beads and with a sterling silver clasp. There is a material fee for the workshop. The workshop is limited to 15 participants. Call 941-2416 ext. 326 to register.

-In recognition of Black History Month, a special program featuring speaker Dr. Frederick Opie will be given on Wednesday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m. The program titled "The Beans and Green of Necessity: African-Americans and the Great Depression" is co-sponsored with the Ossining Historical Society Museum.


Ossining High School Booster Club Presents College Athletic Recruiting Seminar Tuesday, February 12th 7:00 p.m. at OHS Auditorium.  What Student-athletes and Parents Need to Know.  Highly regarded speaker and author of “The Athletic Recruiting & Scholarship Guide,” Wayne Mazzoni will explain everything you need to know about recruiting, including: how to determine the right athletic level; how to get coaches to recruit you; understanding the NCAA Clearinghouse; understanding recruiting rules, finding out your scholarship value and much more.  RSVP to  


Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion The Lives of Others, the sixth offering of the Maryknoll International Film Festival sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will be shown on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Road  in Ossining.  The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: God’s Self-sacrificing Love Revealed in Relationships, continues with The Lives of Others, a 2006 German film from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmack.  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 High School Interact Club presents $2,000 Check to ShelterBoxUSA for two ShelterBoxes  The purpose of Shelter Box USA, Inc. is to provide victims of disaster with shelter, by supporting the efforts of the Shelter Box Trust.   Shelter Box is a grassroots Rotary club project which has rapidly grown to an international level.  The Shelter Box project was conceived and developed by Tom Henderson, a member of the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, Cornwall District, in Great Britain as their Millennium Service Project. Struck with the urgent world-wide need for a self-contained emergency shelter unit when disaster occurs, Tom designed a tent, researched suppliers and, through trial and error, developed the Shelter Box.  Working primarily through UK Rotary clubs, Tom and his Rotary club has succeeded in exposing the Shelter Box project to over 25 million Brits and, as a result, provided shelter for approximately 300,000 people in the last six years.  For additional information regarding the program go to


Ancestor Photo Exhibit  "These Are Our Forebears" is a proposed photo exhibit of the ancestors of the Ossining's diverse population who settled here, some more recently than others. (That diversity and extent of residency extends to the aboriginal American Indians who comprised numerous tribes with differing customs, traditions and languages.) The exhibit is being organized by former Ossining Mayor Miguel Hernández , a military historian and genealogist, and he wants to include your ancestors regardless of their birth place, in the show. 

     Accordingly, he urges all members of the public to contribute copies of photographs of their direct ancestors or other relations who came to the United States or were native born of immigrant ancestry  (especially but not exclusively) in Ossining and surrounding communities at any time in history.  Your photo must include some identifying and descriptive information for an informative label that will help visitors better understand and appreciate the photo.  At minimum, the following information is needed and should be on the back of the picture: name of the person(s) in the photo and your name and relationship to the person. Other optional information you might include: the occasion for the photo, for example wedding, birthday, graduation, anniversary, holiday etc. if it is not self-explanatory, and any other information such as place of birth the date or approximate time period when it was taken, and anything that you think will provide context for the picture.

     Copies of your photographs should be on photographic paper and can be inexpensively made at CVS, Office Max, Office Depot etc., as they have machines that can be used for this purpose. These copiers are simple to use but someone on their respective staffs can help customers, if need be. The copies should be 8" x 10" or larger and may be either black & white or color.  You should mail the photos to Mr. Hernandez at 10 North Water Street, Ossining, NY 10562, no later than March 30, 2008.  He stresses that only copies are to be submitted, not originals, as they will not be returned.  The goal is to open the exhibit at the Ossining Public Library in August of 2008 . If  you have any questions, feel free to e-mail him at or call him at 914-941-4920.  This will be a grand opportunity to honor your ancestors and to celebrate Ossining's diversity, its greatest asset. Don't miss out!


The 28th Annual Ossining Village Fair sponsored by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Saturday, June 14th from 10am-5pm.  We are looking for volunteers to help out.  If you are interested please contact Kay Hawley at the Chamber office: or call (914) 941-0009.


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The Great Duck Race of Ossining scheduled for May 17, 2008.  Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m.  Race begins at 3:00 p.m.  Many ducks have been sold already so make sure you get yours A.S.A.P.  Think of what a cute gift they make; Valentine's day is coming, buy Duck Certificates for your sweetheart, kids, co-workers, associates …save the calories of candy while helping many great causes in the Ossining community as well as assisting others in different parts of the world.  There will only be 2,500 ducks not one more this year.  There will be lots of exciting things happening the day of the race, people will be milling in the streets, some shops will be celebrating with us, don't be surprised if you see giant ducks strolling through the community.  Just think Duck Race...Ask any Rotarian or Interactor for more information.  Go to the web page or Rotary District 7230 at to see the great work of our local district.  If you would like to mail your duck order, please send to:  The Great Duck Race of Ossining, c/o the Rotary Club of Ossining, P.O. Box 488, Ossining, NY or stop into Frank Vassallo’s Accounting Office, 99 Croton Avenue (across from Four Seasons Shopping Center.)


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