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OSSINING WEB BLAST 9-5-2008
Release Date: September 05, 2008

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This Saturday, September 6th is the sixth annual Ossining MATTERS 5K Run/2 Mile WalkRaise funds for the Ossining MATTERS Education Foundation, to benefit Ossining’s public schools. Enter the timed 5K Trail Run, or walk the trail at your own pace, along the historic Old Croton Aqueduct. Pre-register now online at www.Active.com! Check-in and register at the Ossining Community Center 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Run begins at 9 a.m. All ages. For more information and to register online, visit www.ossiningmatters.org. You can also call Kathleen at 914-510-9320.Don’t miss this fun community event!
 
Ossining's Boy Scouts of America Troop 49 meetings are held at St. Augustines' Parish Hall, Thursday evenings at 7:30 P.M. Boys aged 11-17 are welcome. Hiking, camping adventures, historical trips, leadership training and merit badge advancement are part
of our annual program. No prior experience required. For more information please contact Scoutmaster Jack Reilly at 941-7470.
 
"First Saturday of the Month" at Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Top Floor, 914-432-8502: September 6th at 8:00 p.m. – Salsa Dance Social (beginner Salsa on '2' lesson @ 8:30 p.m.)  Dancing all night long until dj pulls the plug.  Admission is $10.  Refreshments served.
 
The Village of Ossining is preparing for Tropical Storm Hanna With a forecast of heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour this weekend beginning Saturday morning and continuing until the evening, we are preparing for possible flooding and power outages. If you observe a dangerous condition please report it to the Police Department, if you experience power interruptions or electrical service problems please report them either online at www.conEd.com, or by calling Con Edison’s toll-free customer service number 1-800-75-CON ED (1-800-752-6633).  When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.  Customers can also obtain restoration time and view outage maps online at http://www.coned.com/sm/outageinfo.asp.  In the event of severe outages, primary distribution feeders will be restored first, with the highest priority given to lines that supply the most customers remaining out of service.  Next, crews will restore secondary facilities, such as transformers and secondary cables, with highest priority given to lines supplying the most customers.  Individual services and lines serving single home will be restored as crews become available. Below are some helpful storm tips:
·        If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them.  Treat all downed wires as if they are live.  Never attempt to move or touch them with any object.  Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves, or water. 
·        Report all downed wires to Con Edison and our police department immediately.  If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
·        Exercise extreme caution when entering flooded basements. Rising water that comes into contact with energized electrical equipment can create hazardous conditions that present a risk of serious injury.
·         If your power goes out, turn off all lights and appliances to prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored.  Leave at least one light switch in the on position to alert you when power has been restored.
·         Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are in working order. Use candles and oil lamps with care.  Also, make sure you have a supply of extra batteries.  Weather updates and news about electric service restoration can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
·         Avoid opening your freezer to see if food is still frozen.  Every time you open the door, room-temperature air enters and speeds the thawing process.  Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 36 to 48 hours; half-full freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.
·         Since cordless phones rely on power charges to operate, customers should consider maintaining at least one corded, or landline, phone at all times.
 
Ossining American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) Announces Start of the 2008-2009 Soccer Season Ossining AYSO is gearing up for the fall season for the 2008-2009 soccer year. The first team practices will be on Saturday September 6th. Games will start on Sunday September 13th. All coaches will receive their respective team schedule before the first team practice. The Second Annual Ossining AYSO Parade of Players and Soccerfest will be held on Sunday September 7th at Anne M. Dorner (AMD) Middle School. The Parade of Players will start at 11 AM and the Soccerfest games will begin at 1 PM. To register your child for the 2008-2009 Ossining AYSO season, please contact Kerry Molloy Bertoldi at 944-0415 or kerrycpa@gmail.com as soon as possible. Children will now be placed on the wait list for open slots in various age groups. Ossining AYSO strives to place all registered players on a team.   For any additional information on these dates or other information concerning Ossining AYSO, please call the AYSO Hotline at 944-0063. 
 
Teatown Event…“Insect Investigations” Saturday, September 6, 1 pm – 2:30 pm Late summer is a great time to search for flitting, crawling and hopping six and eight legged creatures. Some are insects, others not, some may even drive you buggy! After ‘insectigating’ the field, everyone will have a chance to make a buggy critter to take home. All ages welcome. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.
 
Ossining Historical Society Antiques & Collectibles Fair will be held on the grounds of the Museum, 196 Croton Avenue, Ossining on Sunday, September 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (rain date Saturday, September 13, 2008.) The Historical Society is also seeking vendors for this fair, for more information call 941-0001.
 
Teatown Event…“Story Sundays: In a Nutshell” Join us for seasonal stories and activities about nature, animals and ecology on Sunday, September 7, 11 am – 12 noon
Appropriate for 4 – 7 year olds accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.
 
Free Home Repairs! Know anyone whose home needs help? HomeFront volunteers are ready to repair homes at no cost to qualified homeowners in Spring 2009. . The goal of AmeriCares HomeFront is to provide free construction repairs to homes and community centers focusing on the neediest circumstances. The program staff and volunteers work “hand in hand” with the recipients to provide improvements and repairs that will be the most meaningful to them and have the greatest impact on their quality of life. For more information, please call AmeriCares HomeFront at 1-800-887-HOPE (4673) or visit them on the web at www.americareshomefront.org.
 
Monday, September 8, 2008 is the 8th Annual Tee Up To Cure Diabetes at Trump National Golf Club, Briarcliff Manor. For more information please contact Stephanie Unger at the Westchester County office at 914 686-7700. 
The Trouble With Boys: Welcome author Peg Tyre, a 1977 graduate of OHS, to the Ossining Public Library, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 7:15 pm,  when she'll discuss her new book, "The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do.” Tyre's 2006 cover story for Newsweek, "The Boy Crisis," clearly touched a nerve: drawing 750,000 readers to its web site. Library trustee Reggie Bush, (also OHS '77) is organizing a follow-up discussion with Tyre and educators from OHS at the library Oct 7. (For more about the book, see www.pegtyre.com).
Ossining Public Library Events…
-Fall movie series, entitled "Angry Young Men- British Street Films."  On October 1st with "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning", "A Taste of Honey" will be shown on November 12th and "The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner" on December 3rd. Admission is free. Chris Poggiali, media specialist at the New Rochelle Library will introduce the series.
- “Literary Voices in Westchester, from the Sound to the Hudson”, September 21st at 2:30 p.m. in theater. Join us for a special afternoon of readings by literary voices in Westchester. The afternoon will showcase talented writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry whose work can be found in The Westchester Review.
- “Journey to the Bottom of the World" with professional photographer Anne Marie Leone on September 25th at 7:30 p.m in the theater. Her presentation will include a visit to Buenos Aires, the beautiful Iguazu Falls and the unfolding drama of Antartica's icebergs, peaks and penquins. Ms. Leone, a resident of Ossining, has been the director of photography for Women's News, and contributing editor/photographer for Westchester Magazine and Hudson Valley Magazine. Free
-The Artemis Chamber Ensemble will open the new concert season on Sunday, September 28th at 3 p.m. in the theater.  Part of the library's "Great Music" series, the ensemble will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with works by, Villa Lobos, Tito Puente, Miguel Matamoros. This concert is made possible by a grant from the Westchester Arts Council. Admission is free.
 
The Grand Opening of the Spring Street Exchange will be held on Friday, September 12th at 1:30 p.m. Located on the corner of Spring Street and Broad Avenue in Ossining, the shop offers new and recycled clothing and household items at very reasonable prices. Hours of operation are Tuesday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m. -3 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sponsored by IFCA (www.ifcany.org). If you are interested in donating, please call 914-941-5252.
 
Visit inside the Ossining Weir chamber and Aqueduct tunnel. Saturday, September 13th at 1:00 p.m. Led by Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct. No fee or registration. Hudson River Valley Ramble event. Meet in Ossining Community Center, 95 Broadway. For more information call 914-478-3961.
 
Teatown Event…“Hudson Valley Ramble: Waterfall Hike” on Saturday, September 13, 10 am – 2 pm Hike along with a Teatown naturalist to visit our newest trail that connects to the Peekskill Briarcliff Trailway. On the way we’ll look for lichens, fungus and other low lifes! This hike is part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble, a compendium of over 150 events showcasing the scenic landscapes, history and culture of the 10-county Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA). This area extends from Westchester and Rockland Counties northward 160 miles to the capital region, encompassing rugged ridges, scenic valleys and wetlands, and offering hikes for the casual stroller to the avid hiker. Ages 12 and older. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.
 
Teatown Event…“A House for Me”, Sunday, September 14, 1 pm – 2 pm. Everyone needs a home, whether it’s a beaver lodge or a coyote den, a snug shelter is the best place to raise a family. In this playful program you’ll find out how some animals build their homes and then build tiny thumb houses for the fairies of the woods. All ages welcome. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.
 
Mark Your Calendar for Sunday, September 14th when the Ossining Art & Architecture on Main Festival in conjunction with Ferry-Go-Round will take place. Art & Architecture on Main will be held in downtown Ossining on Main Street and will feature Artists’ works and notable architectural design which can be found throughout our community. For more information on the festival contact the Ossining Recreation and Parks Department at 941-3189 or call Trustee Catherine Borgia at 262-8873. For additional information on Ferry-Go-Round go to www.ferrygoround.com.  
Artists interested in display space or food vendors wishing to participate should call the Recreation Dept. at 941-3189 or Trustee Borgia at 262-8873. Forms are available online at www.villageofossining.org.
 
Eduscape Associates, Inc. and The Ossining Public Library present a Free College Planning Workshop Series “Parent University, Navigating the College Process” Workshop 1: “Ready…Set…Go!” will be held on Monday, September 15th; Workshop 2: “Testing…Testing…1,2,3” will be held on Monday, October 6; Workshop 3: “Paperwork…Get On It” will be held on Monday, November 3 and Workshop 4: “How It All Adds Up”, will be held on Monday December 1, 2008. All workshops will begin at 6:30 and end at 8:30. To reserve your space and your complimentary College Planning Workshop Materials go to www.eduscapeassociates.com and register. Workshops are free of charge and will take place in the theater at the Ossining Public Library. If you have any questions please call Cheryl Cohen at the OPL at 941-2416 or Gayle Marchica at Eduscape Associates at 941-4148.
 
St. Augustine Golden Eagles to Host Free Workshop on VA Aid & Attendance Benefit Who can qualify to receive $12,000 to $22,000 per year tax-free? According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, about a quarter of the nation's population – approximately 70 million people – are potentially eligible for VA benefits and services because they are veterans, family members or survivors of veterans. The VA Aid and Attendance benefit, one of the many benefits available through the VA, offers eligible veterans or their surviving spouses a significant monthly pension, ranging from $998 to $1,842 per month tax-free. To be eligible, veterans must have served 90 consecutive days or more with at least one day during a wartime period (World War II, Korea, etc) and meet a few medical and financial eligibility criteria. As part of our commitment to educate the local community we are hosting a workshop about the availability of Aid & Attendance benefits. During the workshop, we will be reviewing the eligibility criteria and show how thousands of families, EVEN IN CASES OF HIGHER NET WORTH, have become eligible for this benefit helping to offset the cost of the care being provided. The Golden Eagles of St Augustine Church is hosting this educational workshop about VA benefits on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 9:30AM. The event will take place at 381 North Highland Avenue, Parish Hall-Senior Center, Ossining, NY. The workshop is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please call 914-923-2268 ext. 1 to register and if you know someone else, who could benefit from this information, please bring him or her along. For more information contact Celeste Patton, Golden Eagle Senior Center Coordinator at sagoldeneagles@yahoo.com.   
About The Golden Eagles of St Augustine Church…The Golden Eagles is based on the St Augustine Parish Campus in Ossining. The mission of the group is to provide an environment for socialization, community service, lectures and useful information such as day trips to museums, religious sites/events, concerts and plays. In addition, they support fundraisers for charitable causes and assist in Parish events such as blood drives and celebrations. While the membership is made up mostly from parishioners and non-parishioners in the retirement (or nearly) category, there is no age requirement to join.
 
The Garden Conservancy invites you to visit Westchester County’s best private Gardens throughout Westchester County, a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy. Wednesday, September 17: Lewisboro & Waccabuc and Sunday, November 2: Mount Kisco. For more information about these gardens and hundreds of others open around the country through the Open Days program, visit opendaysprogram.org or call toll-free 1 (888) 842-2442.  Admission to each garden is $5.
                                                                                 
The 18th year of the Ossining Farmers Market has opened for the season and will remain open on Saturdaysfrom 8:30 am-2pm rain or shine. Sponsored by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce. Located at Market Square, corner of Main and Spring St. Please note the market willrun through December 20th. Shop for vegetables, fruit, organic produce, pasture raised meats, and specialty foods. Info at www.communitymarkets.biz.
 
The Ossining Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the 102nd Annual Westchester County Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention parade this year. The parade will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 4:00pm (with line up beginning at 2:30pm).  We look forward to approximately 60 departments participating in this year's event as well as more than 40 bands marching from throughout the Hudson Valley Region. As part of the parade the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps will lead a division celebrating 50 years of service to the community, this division will include EMS departments from throughout the region. For additional information please contact the Fire Department non-emergency number 941-0215.
 
Maryknoll to Hold Youth DayMaryknoll Fathers and Brothers announce Maryknoll Youth Day 2008, an event for young people, ages 16 to 29, on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1 to 8 p.m., at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining. Admission is free, but registration is required at the event website www.livesofservice.org. The event is designed as a follow-up to Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to New York and World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, for youth who attended those events as well as those who could not attend.  The theme of the day will mirror that of World Youth Day. Guest speakers will cover topics ranging from global issues and concerns, short term mission opportunities, lives of service and exploring your life’s mission. This will also be an opportunity to meet Maryknoll missioners and hear their stories of cross-cultural mission first hand. There will be live music, exhibits, guest speakers and colorful liturgies, as well as videos from World Youth Day and testimonials from people who experienced that event. Entertainment for the day will include groups who performed for the Pope at the Youth Rally in New York and in Australia. NBC news personalities will be on hand and the MC for the day will be “The Catholic Guy”, Lino Rulli, from the Catholic Channel on Sirius Radio. For more information, visit www.livesofservice.org, e-mail mkevents@maryknoll.org or call 888-627-9566. Registration Required. 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 28 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.
 
Save the Date…The 20th Annual Ossining Food Pantry Celebration will be held on Sunday, September 21 from 5 – 8 pm in the ballroom and gardens of Beechwood, the historic Vanderlip estate in Scarborough, NY, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. James Simmons. If you can give some time to help make the 20th Celebration a big success, please contact Karin Chaudauri, 2008’s Celebration Chair, at 914-373-1048 to volunteer. All are welcome. We hope to see you there!
 
Walk on the Old Croton Aqueduct and New Croton Dam Sunday, September 21st at 9:00 a.m. Lead by Carl Oechsner of Croton Friends of History. Sponsored by Town of Cortlandt Recreation Division. Fee required. Meet in the parking lot of the Croton Free Library. For information call 914-734-1050 or go to www.townofcortlandt.com.
 
Comprehensive Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Zoning Code Changes Public Hearing will be held on September 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway. All are invited to attend and comment. For more information contact our Village Planner, Valerie Monastra at 762-6232.
 
The Rotary Club of Ossining is hosting a Fall Wine Tasting and Craft Show Fund Raiser on September 28, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Shattemuc Yacht Club. Come to the waterfront, sip some wine with Hors D’oeuvres, relax with friends and visit with unique craftspeople for holiday gifts…$25 per person at the door. Vendors that will be joining us include “Jewels of the Hudson” homemade jewelry by Teddy Leveille, “Heavenly Soaps” Alabu.com Goat Milk Soap, NY Wines, Home Brewed Beer, Door Prizes Galore and a Raffle.  
 
Westchester County Police Officer Exam will be held on November 15, 2008. To take the exam you must file with Westchester County by September 22, 2008. For additional information visit www.westchetergov.com/hr  or call (914) 995-2123.
 
Walk to Cure Diabetes is a fun family-friendly event that features plenty of entertainment, food and kids’ activities.  All proceeds go to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research whose mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.  The walk will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at the White Plains High School, White Plains, Registration starts at 8:30, walk begins at 9:30, and activities run from 8:30am to 12:00pm.   Individuals that have an interest in, or have a loved one with diabetes, can register on-line at www.//walk.jdrf.org.    If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Stephanie Unger at the Westchester County office at 914 686-7700. 
 
Hudson Valley It’s My Heart’s 1st Annual Motorcycle Run, Sunday, September 28, 2008. All Proceeds go to Its My Heart-Hudson Valley Chapter, Inc. a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for families affected by congenital heart defects (the number one birth defect in the world). $20.00 per rider/ $10.00 per passenger. Registration & Breakfast 8 am, 7 Stars Family Restaurant, 1577 Route 22, Brewster, NY. 
Family Fun Post Run Event (open to the public) 1-4 pm, Tom & Jerry’s Irish House / Maggies Restaurant, 987 Rte 6, Brewster, NY. Food, Entertainment, Prizes, Silent Auction, DJ, Stepdancers, and more…Enjoy a relaxing ride around the Hudson Valley Region; Riding from the Heart to help raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defects The #1 birth defect (March of Dimes)(For more info please contact Anka Roberto at 845-234-0708 or anka.roberto@itsmyheart.org) All proceeds go to It’s My Heart a non-profit organization that supports families affected by CHD.
 
Become a Hospice Volunteer…Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam is looking for volunteers to help with direct patient & family support, bereavement care for adults and children, spiritual comfort, special community events, office support (bilingual skills are a plus). Training sessions being offered. Dates October 4th and October 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 540 White Plains Road, Ste. 300, Tarrytown, New York 10591-5132. Pre-registration is required. To register, please call Diana Kropp, Volunteer Program Assistant (914) 666-4228.
 
Saturday, October 11th, 4:30-9:30 p.m.  Downtown Ossining's Market Square presents the first FREE 'Sizzling Salsa Under the Stars' ... come and put your dance shoes on ... join us at 4:30 and dance until you see stars.  Spectators welcome!  Special performances of ballroom dancing, belly dancing and flamenco beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring the talented teachers at Josie's International School of Dance.  Co-sponsored by Ossining Recreation. Free salsa dance lessons beginning at 6:00 and sizzling salsa, cha-cha, merengue all night long and refreshments.
 
Fifth Annual Tour de Foliage in support of Familial Dysautonomia (FD) Cycle Tour will be touring through Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor, Ossining, Yorktown Heights, Millwood, Goldens Bridge, Katonah and Somers on Sunday, October 12. Funds raised from this ride will be provided to the Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc. to be used for research and clinical care purposes.  For more details on this event contact Melissa Slive at 238-0574 or 261-5905.
 
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk supporting the American Cancer Society's mission to fight cancer on four fronts: research, education, advocacy, and patient services.  The walk will take place on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at the Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY.  Registration is from 8-10.  The event starts at 9:30-10:30. You can click on the link below for more information.  If you know someone that is interested, please contact Kedesha Henry at the American Cancer Society, 914 397-8857. If anyone is interested in chairing Ossining’s participation they are looking for someone to be a point person here in the Village.
 
Maryknoll Sisters International Bazaar October 25, 2008, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining. Unique carvings, jewelry and hand-woven cloth from countries around the world, baked goods and snacks. Raffle, “Christmas Around the World,” Silent Auction and special activities for children. Admission is free. Call: 914-941-7575 or visit our website at www.MaryknollSisters.org . Directions: Take Rte. 9A to
Rte. 133 and follow the signs.
 
Save the Date for the SPCA of Westchester’s 2008 Fall Event…Sixth Annual Top Hat & Tails Saturday, October 25th at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, People and their dogs stepping out together for an enchanted evening of dinner and dancing. This year’s honoree will be Joan Kalman, and the Distinguished Service Award Recipient will be the Village Animal Clinic. Please call 941-2896 ext. 22 for more information about the event, auction, journal and sponsorship opportunities or visit www.spca914.org.
 
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