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Release Date: September 19, 2008

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The Ossining Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the 102nd Annual Westchester County Volunteer Firefighter’s Convention Dress Parade on  Saturday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m. (with line up beginning at 2:30 p.m.) at the intersection of Croton Ave and Calam Ave.  The parade will proceed west on Croton Ave (Route 133) and cross Route 9 and then continue on Main Street ending at the Ossining train station.   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.  Please come out to show your support and to cheer on our outstanding volunteers!


$2 Million in Financing Approved to Construct 50 Affordable Condominium Units Ossining

The boards of the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and its subsidiary, the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC), today approved $2 million in financing to construct 50 affordable condominium units in the Village of Ossining.    The project referred to as Academy Place Homes received a $2 million grant to the Housing Action Council to finance the construction of 50 condominium units in the Village of Ossining.  The condominiums will be located two blocks from the business district of Ossining and will consist of 12 one-bedroom and 38 two-bedroom units. They will be made available to households earning up to $91,034 for a family of four. Eligible applicants will be chosen via a lottery with preferences given to residents of the Village, employees of the Village, Ossining school district employees, unpaid members of the Ossining Fire Department or Ambulance Corps, relatives of current residents of the Village, and people employed in the Village.  Lionheart Group, LLC is the proposed developer for the project, and Phoenix Building Corporation is the proposed builder.  The total cost of the project is nearly $13.6 million. In addition to the AHC grant, the project will receive $1.35 million in New Homes Land Acquisition funds, $270,000 in Housing Infrastructure Funds, and $440,000 in HOME Program funds provided by the County of Westchester.  The NYS Housing Finance Agency was created in 1960 to sell bonds to finance the construction and rehabilitation of multi-family affordable rental housing in New York State.  AHC was established in 1985 to promote homeownership by low- and moderate-income households. Financial assistance approved annually by the New York State Legislature, combined with other private and public investment, is used for the construction, acquisition, rehabilitation and improvement of owner-occupied housing.


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.


Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester’s Furniture Bank, is seeking donations!   Furniture Sharehouse collects donations of average sized gently used furniture from the public and redistributes it to needy Westchester families free of charge.  This organization is totally non-profit and furniture goes directly, and only to Westchester residents in need, via referral from caseworkers from one of 28 member agencies. Our clients include those moving out of homeless shelters; women and children escaping domestic violence; working families struggling to stay ahead; young adults aging out of foster care; victims of fires or other disasters.  Clients of Furniture Sharehouse are referred by a member network of 28 social service agencies, ensuring that our furniture goes directly to those who need it most.  Since opening in April 2007, we have served over 320 households (over 850 individuals, including 350 children.)  Each household receives 5-10 pieces of basic furniture, plus accessories; to date, we have distributed over 2000 items of furniture worth over $150,000 free of charge to clients who could never have afforded to purchase it.  Furniture Sharehouse is a NYS Not-for-Profit Corporation and tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3).  For more information on this organization go to . By donating, you get a tax receipt and the satisfaction of knowing you helped make someone else’s house a home. For complete and pick-up guidelines, call (914) 834-1294.


Did you know...The Village of Ossining has a Pooper Scooper Law, please be sure to clean up after your dog.  It’s not just the responsible, courteous thing to do, it’s the law.  Violators are subject to fines.


New "Ossining Community Calendar" Launched to Reduce Scheduling Conflicts and to Create a Helpful Resource for Ossining Residents  The Ossining Public Library, Ossining School District, Town of Ossining and Village of Ossining jointly announced their collaboration on a new, shared "Ossining Community Calendar," which is being hosted and managed at no cost to any of the participants by  The Inter-Municipal Leadership Team that originated the concept of the Ossining Community Calendar is a working committee that encourages cooperation and collaboration among leading public institution of the Ossining area.  The calendar is a collaboration of the members of the IML Team, working with   The new Ossining Community Calendar can be found at


Crafts at Lyndhurst Experience great contemporary crafts plus painting, sculpture, photography, art, food & fabulous musical entertainment at one of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful historic estates.   A perfect day for the entire family!  September 19 – 21st Friday 10 – 5, Saturday 10 – 6 and Sunday 10 – 5.  General admission is $10, Seniors $9, Children 6 – 16 $4, Children under 6 Free.  For more information call 631-4481.


Ossining Public Library Events…

- “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.

-The photographic works of Alan Haywood will be on display in his exhibit   "Travelogue '07 California"at the Ossining Public Library through September 29th.

-On September 22nd  Dr. Steve Goodstein returns to the library to discuss "Natural Solutions to Stress" This free program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room.

- “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.

-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.


Maryknoll to Hold Youth Day Maryknoll 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  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, e-mail or call 888-627-9566. Registration Required.  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 28 countries worldwide, promoting human rights and social justice for those in need.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at


Teatown Event…Adding ‘Natives’ To Your Landscape  Learn about the shrubs, trees and wildflowers that are native to the area. You will also learn how to can incorporate them into your own backyard and discover their benefits to you and your wild neighbors. Please come prepared for the weather as most of the class will be held outdoors. Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m. – 12 noon.  Teatown offers non-credit courses in collaboration with Westchester Community College’s Adult Extension Program. This program is open to anyone over the age of 16. Instructor: Maggie Pichura. Pre-registration required. Members $5, Nonmembers $20. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event…Hook Mountain Migration Hike  Hook Mountain has a spectacular vantage point high above the Hudson River offering a birds’ eye view of raptors as they migrate along the Atlantic Flyway to wintering grounds far to the South. Meet at the Nature Center to carpool to this great overlook. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, water and lunch. Involves a short, steep hike to the viewing area.  Sunday, September 21, 9 am – 1 p.m.  Adults. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


YOU ARE INVITED on Sunday, September 21, 5 – 8 pm, for the 20th Annual Ossining Food Pantry Celebration, "An Evening at Salzburg on Hudson." Please join us for hors d'oeuvres, music and wine in the beautiful ballroom and formal gardens of Beechwood, the historic Vanderlipp estate in Scarborough, NY.  Please park at the Scarborough Train Station and shuttle buses will bring you to Beechwood. $30 per person. Contact Karin Chaudauri, 2008’s Celebration Chair, at 914-373-1048 if you have any questions. The Food Pantry is grateful to Kelly and Jim Simmons for hosting this event. All are welcome and 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


Be a Part of Ossining’s Future…Comprehensive Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement Public Hearing will be held on September 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway.  We Need YOU to attend!  The draft Comprehensive Plan and proposed Zoning Code changes Draft Environmental Impact Statement is complete and ready for public review.  This is a culmination of three years of hard work.  The Village Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on September 22, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center, during which the public will be able to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement concerning the Comprehensive Plan and related amendments to the Village Code and LWRP.  The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is a document that analyzes the potentially significant impacts related to the project.  The Board will accept written comments on the draft scope through and including October 3, 2008.  All documents are available at the Village of Ossining Planning Department, Village Clerk’s Office, Ossining Public Library or on-line at  For more information please contact the Village of Ossining Department of Planning at 762-6232 or email


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


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  or call (914) 995-2123.


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” Goat Milk Soap, NY Wines, Home Brewed Beer, Door Prizes Galore and a Raffle.   


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.//    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  All proceeds go to It’s My Heart a non-profit organization that supports families affected by CHD.


The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on Hudson will be held October Evenings on the 4-5, 10-13, 17-19, 23-31.  Adults $15, Children 5-17, $10, Children under 5 are admitted free but must have tickets.  Advanced tickets are a MUST.  Secure prime times and save money by booking online at  Tickets also available by phone at 631-8200. 


Legend Weekend Nights will be held at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow October 18-19 and 25-26.  Watch in awe as the Headless Horseman makes his fabled journey.  Lit by candle lanterns and bonfires, Philipsburg Manor brings The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to life!  Wander through a haunted landscape filled with goblins and ghosts from Hudson Valley folklore.  Interact with witches, pirates, and spooky apparitions.  Jonathan Kruk offers dramatic tales.  For more information and online booking go to or call 631-8200. 

More on “The Trouble With Boys” If you missed author Peg Tyre (OHS, class of ’78) at the Ossining Public Library  or on NBC’s Today show, she’ll be back at the library Tuesday, October 7 (7:15 pm) for a panel discussion with local educators about her new book that’s attracting a lot of national attention: "The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do.Read the book. Join the discussion. Meet the author. (For more about the book and to view her TV interview, go to  Co-sponsored by The Ossining PTA Council.

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 . 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


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