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WEB BLAST 2-29-2008
Release Date: February 29, 2008

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Get involved and make a difference in your community.  The Village of Ossining is currently seeking applicants to serve on the

The Landlord Tenant Relations Committee

Anyone wishing to apply for this committee 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 March 7th.


Congratulation to OHS wrestler James Brundage, who became the Section One Champion for his weight class (160 pounds.)  Congratulation also to OHS wrestler Clay Neivert took 3rd at his weight class.


MTA Arts for Transit seeks artists’ images of previous work.  Artists’ packages will be reviewed and finalists will be selected to create original two-dimensional proposals for the Ossining Station.  The station is being rehabilitated as part of the MTA Metro-North Railroad Capital Program.  A percentage of the construction budget for the station is allocated for the design and fabrication of permanent artwork.  The commissioned artist will create designs that will be reproduced in the medium of faceted glass to be installed along 16 windows of the north station overpass.  Because an approved fabricator will be translating the selected artwork, artists’ prior experience, or lack thereof, with this material will not be taken into consideration when reviewing artists.  Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 3, 2008 and sent to MTA Arts for Transit,  Re: MNR Ossining Station, 347 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017  Direct inquires to Arts for Transit by fax or email to:  fax: 212-878-7492 or email:  To learn more about Arts for Transit, please visit our website:



Please join the Village of Ossining Department of Planning for an Information Session regarding the

2009-2011 Community Development Block Grants Program

When:            Wednesday, March 5 2008

Where: John-Paul Rodrigues Ossining Operations Center

Time: 7:30 p.m.

This is an information session to discuss potential projects that may be submitted for CDBG funding from the Village of Ossining and non-profit agencies for the implementation of neighborhood revitalization and community development.


Ossining MATTERS Concert and reception, Sunday, March 9.  For further information go to 

Thursday, March 13 at 7 pm at the OHS auditorium, Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu will speak on the educational experiences of African American and Hispanic males in public schools.  This event is sponsored by Project Earthquake.  

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. 


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. The exhibit is on the lower level and may be seen during regular library hours.

-AARP Tax Assistance began on Thursday, February 7th and will continue 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.

-Great Music continues at the library with a concert by The Scarborough Singers on Sunday, March 2nd at 3:00 p.m. The concert is admission free and will take place in the library's theater/performance space. Titled "Yesterday Once More", the afternoon concert under the direction of Catherine Campbell Nesbit, will feature works by early American composers and travel through time ending with a rousing tribute to the Rock 'n Roll 50's and 60's. The "Singers", twenty women in all, will begin with "Beautiful Dreamer" and then hold on to your hats as they sing "It's My Party,” “Johnny Angel" & "At the Hop" among others.

-Biographical Musicals: “Fact or Fiction"  with Lu Gmoser is a 5 week Mainstream course set for  5 Wednesdays in April from 1-3 p.m. in the theater. Free. Register at Mainstream, Westchester Community College at 914- 606-6793. The five musicals to be discussed are "Gypsy", "The King and I", "Annie Get your Gun"," De-Lovely" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy." 

-The library and the Rotary Club of Ossining will present on March 6th at 7:30 p.m. a special program in the theater titled "One Man's Effort to Wipe Out Polio in Our Time." The man is George Camp who volunteered his time and contributed to this effort by traveling to Bangladesh to inoculate children. Past president of Rotary, George spent 8 days in the region administrating Salk vaccine and in the process made many friends and took hundreds of pictures of the people and the places he encountered.

-Ossining resident, Howard Ravis will have on exhibit during March an exhibit of his photographs that will include scenes of New York City and Rockfeller Park.   His exhibit is titled "Good Eye Part 11"   Howard took part in the "Celebrate Ossining" exhibits at the old library and his photo of Sparta Cemetary was one of five selected to be included in a special packet of Ossining Postcards. Howard recently donated a series of animal photographs that will be on permanent display in the Junior Room.

-On Friday, March 28th the library has invited 3 authors to speak on a variety of issues that are included in a new anthology titled "Illness and Grace"  The book is a collection of personal stories and poetry exploring themes of illness and trauma and the way people respond to them. The authors are Susan Hodara, Joan Potter and Andrea Rosenhaft. The event is the Friday Forum which begins with a brown bag luncheon, dessert & beverage provided by the Library Associates. it all takes place in the theater. The three authors recently spoke at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow.

-Classic Italian Films will be shown this spring at the library on Thursday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. in the theater. Admission free. The films have been selected by Shlomi Ron, co-founder of cafe Pelllcola a popular blog dedicated to fine Italian cinema, represent different styles from late Neorealism to the Italian comedy genres of the 1950's & '60's Shlomi will also lead a discussion following each film. The 1st film is "The Job - II Posto" scheduled for March 27th. "Big Deal on Madonna Street - I Soliti Ignoti" will be seen on April 24th and on May 29th the series concludes with "Too Bad She's Bad - Peccato che sia una Canaglia."

-Annual Spring Book Sale Dates and Times: Saturday April 5 from 9 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday April 6 from 12 noon - 5 p.m. On Monday, April 7th there will be a Bag sale from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.. Those coming to the bag sale are also asked to bring their own BYOBB (Bring your own brown bag - grocery store size) and coupon they received either on Saturday or Sunday at the sale.  Volunteers are needed for set up and cashiering. Please call 941-2416 x 326.


Collegium Westchester's 1st March concert has been postponed due to continued uncertainty with our venue's heating system.  We will reschedule it for the fall, after the system is scheduled to be properly overhauled in the summer.  We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused by our change in plans. 

The final program of Collegium Westchester’s season, scheduled for June 7 at 8 pm, which will feature two pieces quoting the Lutheran chorale A Mighty Fortress Is Our God: Bach’s Cantata 80 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5. This concert will be preceded by an exhibit of works by local artists, including Adele Kamp, from 5-7 pm.  More information about Collegium Westchester is available from, or 914-282-8611. Collegium Westchester enjoys the support of the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining; concerts for this season are made possible by the Arts Alive program of the Westchester Arts Council, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.


“Music for the World, A Concert to Benefit the Global Outreach Mission of the Maryknoll Sisters.” Featuring the Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble, with James D. Wayne, conductor and Emily Kluga, Trumpet soloist.  Date:  March 2, 2008, 3:00 p.m. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining. Directions: Take Rte. 9 A to Rte. 133 and follow directions.  Tickets:  $25 advanced or at the door.  For more information, contact: Tel: 866-662-9900 or E-Mail: . Or visit our website at: .


Tango Technique Workshop for Followers First Sunday of Every Month, Sunday March 2nd from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  Class fee: $20 Pre-registration advised.  These classes are essential for dancers of all levels that want to improve their following, axis and quality of movement.  Followers and Leaders workshop on April 6th.  Shoe Exchange:  Bring any new or gently-used shoes that you would like to sell.  There will be a shoe exchange from 6-6:30 p.m. following the workshops. Josie’s International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining, 432-8502.


Lighthouses:  Guardians of the Hudson Scott Craven an Ossining native and police officer, who holds degrees in history from Pace University and Western Connecticut State University will be the speaker.  Thursday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m., Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson 271-6612.  Presented by Friends of History, Croton and Yorktown Historical Society.

Broadway on the Hudson- Broadway’s Kerry Butler will headline “Broadway on the Hudson,” Ossining MATTERS Education Foundation’s Spring Gala Concert, to be held this year on Sunday, March 9th at Ossining High School (OHS). Renowned pianist, actor, and Sirius Radio DJ Seth Rudetsky will accompany Ms. Butler. As at last year’s sold-out benefit, students from OHS will also perform.  Prior to Ms. Butler’s highly anticipated performance, a cocktail reception and auction will be held at the new Ossining Public Library at 4 p.m. The concert will follow at OHS at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $30/General Admission, $15/Students & Seniors, and $125/Premium. Premium ticket holders are invited to attend the pre-concert gala cocktail party and auction at the Ossining Public Library.  To purchase tickets, please e-mail or call 914.510.9320.  All tickets will be held at the door.  This year, Ossining MATTERS is introducing an online auction to complement the auction held at the reception. All auction items will be available for preview soon, and bids will be accepted for online items beginning in early March.  To register, please visit


Maryknoll Speakers Series Presents Faces of Immigration  A Forum which seeks to raise awareness and promote discussion of immigration issues in an effort to raise the level of debate, and address myths and stereotypes that surround the hot-button issues of immigration.  Sponsored by the Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter of Westchester, the forum will take place at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 7p.m.  The presentations will be followed by a question and answer, and audience discussion period.   The panel of experts will include moderator Marie Dennis, director of the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns and co-president of Pax Christi International, who will present Loving our Neighbor in a Shrinking World, a discussion of migration/immigration and U.S. foreign policy.   Featured speaker, Eva Richter, will talk on The Migration Phenomenon: Pushes, Pulls and Paradigms.  Richter is an NGO delegate to the United Nations, representing the International Federation of Business and Professional Women.  She serves as executive member of the UN’s NGO Committees on Migration, the Status of Women, and Human Rights.  Featured speaker, Darlene Jacobs, a Maryknoll Sister and missioner/educator with more than 30 years experience in Tanzania, East Africa, will discuss Looking at Immigration with Eyes of Faith and Justice.  Jacobs also was a panelist in the 2006 Human Rights lecture series at the UN.  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  For directions call 914-941-7636 ext. 2294.


Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion.  The seventh offering of the Maryknoll International Film Festival, The Station Agent, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will be shown on Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining.  The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: God’s Self-sacrificing Love Revealed in Relationships, continues with The Station Agent, a 2003 U.S. film from director Thomas McCarthy.  Each film will be introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening.  For more information call 914-941-7590 or for a listing of all films in the series visit,  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  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


Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Presents Palm Sunday Concert All Seasons Quartet to perform Haydn’s The Seven Last Words from the Cross The All Seasons String Quartet, comprised of E. Zoe Hassman, on cello, Jon Kass, violin and viola, Robert Lawrence on violin and Joel Rudin, on viola, will perform Joseph Haydn’s, The Seven Last Words from the Cross on Palm Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 4 p.m. at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining.  Originally commissioned in 1786 as a sequence of orchestral interludes to be played during a Good Friday service of mediations on Christ’s last utterances from the Cross, Haydn subsequently arranged the work for string quartet.  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  For direction call 914-941-7636 ext. 2294.  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


Attention All Foodies:  Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks Set for March 9-21

The Hudson Valley Is a Culinary Destination to Be Savored  Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks will soon prove once again that the Hudson Valley is a rich culinary region with a "farm to table" attitude. Presented by The Valley Table, the magazine of Hudson Valley farms, food and cuisine, the event is scheduled over a two-week period, March 9-21. With 80 restaurants in 7 counties participating, diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $16.09 or a three-course dinner for $26.09 Sunday through Friday. Reservations are now being accepted at participating restaurants in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Columbia counties.  Restaurant Weeks will also showcase the bounty of the Hudson Valley's farms. Participating restaurants will be challenged to use as many locally grown products as possible, and chefs will receive information about local farms and producers that sell to restaurants year-round, so they can incorporate local ingredients into their menu offerings.  For every restaurant participating in the event, The Valley Table will make a donation to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Many of the restaurants are designating a percentage of their sales on the first night of Restaurant Weeks to the charity as well. Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks is presented by The Valley Table. Major sponsors are American Express, Hudson Valley Tourism, The Journal News, 100.7 WHUD, and The Gold Standard Marketing Communications, with additional support from Zwilling J.A. Henckels, The Thayer Hotel, Westchester Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, Eagle Coffee International, Nina Hill of Wachovia Securities LLC, Chefs Warehouse and Westfair Business Publications (Westchester County Business Journal, Hudson Valley Business).  For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, call 845-561-2022 or go online to


Come to the Rotary Art Auction & Wine & Cheese Fundraiser! Sunday March 30, 2-5 at Atria on the Hudson.  Tickets being sold now: $25 per person for delicious food & drink from local restaurants and wine merchants, a chance to enrich your life with some artwork, have a nice time with your friends, and support all the good works of the Ossining Rotary.  Tickets available from any Rotarian or at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway.


Open Door Family Medical Center Benefit Concert Featuring the B-52s will be held April 11 at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College.  VIP tickets and packages available on-line at or by calling Cristina Sanjuas-Dopazo at 914-502-1414.  Open Door Family Medical Centers is a non-profit community health organization serving over 34,000 Westchester County residents.  For over 35 years, Open Door has provided quality, affordable health care services to the economically disadvantaged. 


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.


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.


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.  Sponsored by the Ossining Rotary Club whose motto is “Service Above Self”.  This Rotary organization is dedicated to helping others; proceeds from the race will be used to help support local community organizations, Safety Net Groups and many hands-on projects right here in Ossining.  In addition proceeds from the Duck Race will also support the Ossining Interact Club’s efforts to raise money to fund a water project in Honduras.  Many ducks have been sold already so make sure you get yours A.S.A.P.  Ducks are $10/each and there will only be 2,500 ducks sold this year…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.)


Save the Date:  Relay for Life of Ossining, June 20-21, Cedar Lane Park


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