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OSSINING NEWS BLAST 3-14-2008
Release Date: March 14, 2008

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Town Council Member Position Available
The Town of Ossining is accepting resumes for an open position on the Ossining Town Council. Town residency required. Send letter of interest and resume to the Town Board, Town of Ossining, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562 or fax (914) 762-0833 by March 31, 2008.
 
Get involved and make a difference in your community. The Village of Ossining is currently seeking applicants to serve on the
Board of Ethics
Candidates with some law related experience preferred. Letters of interest and resumes should be sent to Linda G. Cooper, Village Manager, Village of Ossining, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining or send via email to lcooper@villageofossining.org. Letters and resumes must be received byMarch 25, 2007.
 
Ossining Student Artists Paint Mural at Caputo Community Center Through a grant from Ossining Communities That Care, a group of students from the A.M.D. Middle School and the Recreation Department After-School Program, directed and assisted by Artist Andrea Hersh, painted a 6’ high by 20’ long acrylic paint mural. The mural, yet to be named, graces a wall of a second floor hallway leading to the indoor pool and depicts an underwater scene. The students who worked on the project are: Alyssa Aurora, Maya Aviles, Daniela Barros, Stephen Candelaria, Daisa Gully, Andra E. Hunter, Gregory Martinez, Tylik Ridenhour, Monee Samuels, Jennifer Sanchez, Arthur Stokeley, Darion Terry, Terrance Thomas, and Daniela Vasco. Special thanks to Ossining Communities That Care, Ms. Andrea Hersh and all the children who helped to liven up a plain brick corridor! Please stop by to admire the work of these young artists. 
 
 
 
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…
-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.
-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." 
-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.
 
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, www.maryknoll.org/filmfest. All are welcome. Admission is free.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the U.S.-based Catholic foreign mission society, has been representingU.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 www.maryknoll.org/society.
 
Immortal Opera Choruses Performing at the Peekskill Presbyterian Church, Taconic Opera chorus will present some of the most beautiful and thrilling choruses ever written including scenes from Verdi Nabucco, Bizet’s Pear Fishers, Boito’s Mefistofele, and even the Anvil Chorus! Don’t miss this exciting evening! Saturday March 15th at 7:30 p.m., Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 South Street, Peekskill
 
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers PresentsPalm Sunday Concert All Seasons Quartet to perform Haydn’s The Seven Last Words from the Cross TheAll 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 theMaryknoll 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 representingU.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 www.maryknoll.org/society.
 
Golden Apple Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is an award winning chorus of woman singers of all ages, from all walks of life; founded in April, 1969 they are committed to educational and artistic goals through musical entertainment. Their members live in Westchester and Putnam counties and perform an extensive and varied repertoire with music from Broadway shows, movies, the land of Jazz and blues, the Big Band era and popular modern tunes. Visit them on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Hawthorne Reformed Fellowship Hall, 65 Broadway, Hawthorne. For more information go to their website www.goldenapplechorus.com
 
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 www.HudsonValleyRestaurantWeek.com.
 
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.
 
Ossining High School Performing Arts Presents Jekyll & Hyde the MusicalThursday April 10th at 4:00, Friday the 11th & Saturday the 12th at 7:00pm and a Sunday afternoon performance at 2:00 pm. All are welcome. Come enjoy a great show.
 
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 www.opendoormedical.org 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. 
 
Opening Day for Jessie Collier Youth Sports is Saturday, April 12, 2008. The Parade begins at Roosevelt School at 8:30 am and proceeds to Veterans Park for a brief ceremony. The first games begin immediately after the parade.
 
The final program of Collegium Westchester’s season is scheduled for June 7 at 8 pm and 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 www.collegiumwestchester.org, 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.
 
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:  info@ossiningchamber.org or call (914) 941-0009.
 
March’s Energy Saving Ideas – For the Home Office
-If you have Energy Star labeled office equipment (computer, fax, printer, scanner), remember to activate the sleep function. In a small office, Energy Star equipment can save about $470 per year.
-Install motion detectors so that lights are on only when you need them. Encourage your employer to do the same.
-Use desk or table lamps instead of overhead lights.
-Change furnace filters according to manufacturer’s recommendation.
 
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 www.villageofossining.org 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 ossiningrotary.org or Rotary District 7230 at http://www.rotary7230.org 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 Parkwww.events.cancer.org/RFLOssiningNY
 
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