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Release Date: October 24, 2008

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Ossining Parks and Recreation Superintendent Henry Atterbury Named Recipient of the 2008 Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service Award  The Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service Award honors an outstanding individual who has demonstrated a commitment to serving youth and families.  The award also recognizes adults, aged 21 and over, who have made major contributions towards the youth of their communities.  For over 25 years, Rosemarie Siragusa volunteered as an advocate for youth, particularly in the area of education.  She was a founder and Chairman of the Westchester County Youth Board.  She was involved in the local, county and state levels of the PTA, and served as the President of the Yonkers Council of PTAs.  Rosemarie was also a trustee and officer of the Yonkers Board of Education.  This year the Westchester County Youth Bureau and Youth Board selected Henry Atterbury who epitomizes the value system and service priorities of caring, knowledge and concern for youth that Rosemarie Siragusa demonstrated throughout her life.  Presentation of this award will be made at the November 19th Westchester County Board of Legislator's Meeting, at 5:15 pm at the Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine Avenue, 9th floor, White Plains.

Ossining High School Football vs. Fox Lane High School.  Friday, October 24  Kickoff is at 7:00pm.  This is first round of playoffs.  A large crowd of both Ossining and Fox Lane fans are expected.  Forecast says, perfect football weather, temperature will be in the 40s, so grab your warm coat, gloves and stadium seat!  The Ossining Athletic Booster Club is having a raffle for a 1-year membership to Club Fit....a $1850 value.  Tickets are $5.00 each.  Drawing will be held at the November meeting.  Existing Club Fit members are not eligible.  Tickets will be available at the merchandise table during Friday night's football game vs. Fox Lane.  The Ossining Athletic Booster Club (OABC) is a non-profit volunteer organization comprised of parents, students, and other community members who have an interest in enhancing the athletic programs of the Ossining School District.  OABC operates to assist the athletic departments and our student athletes by promoting a positive atmosphere.  The Athletic Booster Club also provides moral and financial support needed for a successful athletic program.  The Athletic Department budgets do not cover all of the costs to run a school athletic program and count on contributions from the Ossining Athletic Booster Club.

Ballroom Dance Group Classes this Friday, October 24th at Josie’s International School of Dance.  Introduction to Ballroom Dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you have never been on the dance floor except to do the Chicken Dance at a wedding, or if you've been dancing for a while but recognize the need to review and 'brush up', this is the class for you.  We'll cover Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango, Rhumba, Cha Cha and Swing, starting from the beginning steps, so that you'll end this class series ready to get on the floor and dance with anyone.  And for more advanced dancers, this is a good class to take to precede the 7:30 pm International Style Ballroom class; you'll review and always learn something new about these dances. International Style Ballroom Dance lessons will being at7:30 PM.  For intermediate dancers who want to learn how the whole world dances, this course covers Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango and Quickstep, and Rhumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Jive.  Basic knowledge of social dance is required, but we will make it easy for you to advance to these wonderful dances.  You'll learn how to lead and follow, move and sway to the music, and have fun while improving your movement.  People who are taking Introduction to Ballroom are invited to this more challenging class and will feel welcome. Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining, 914- 432-8502

Its that time of year again!  Leaves will be collected by our Department of Public Works starting on or about November 1st.  Place leaves for pickup on top of your curbs and not in the street.  Leaves only!  Please do not bag or put leaves with regular garbage.


Ossining Dog Park will be hosting its HOWL-O-WEEN Event at the Ossining Dog Park, 235 Cedar Lane, Ossining, on October 25th  from 2:00-6:00 p.m., Doggie Costume Contest, Games, Food.  Come and join in on the fun!  Bring your cameras for all the cute and crazy costumes!  For more information check our website at: or email us at


Important Notice For Cablevision Customers…Residents now have until December 31, 2008 to get the free digital box.  The free digital box offer for Broadcast Basic & Analog Family Cable customers has just been extended until the end of the year, with the same terms as before.  It is for existing customers in good standing with no changes in level of service.  Also as before, only one free digital box per household and the free offer does not apply to new Cablevision customers. 


The Ossining Public Library is Announcing the Release of New Library Cards The Ossining Public Library’s new library card finally depicts the new library building.  After opening in March of 2007 the library has new cards for its patrons to go along with the new modern sleek look of the library.  The card comes in a set of two:  the regular-sized card and a key card.  Patrons who wish to exchange their old card for the new one may do so.  We are asking for donation of $2 towards the cost of the new cards for anyone wishing to exchange their card.  Patrons do not have to donate to exchange cards if they do not wish to do so.  The regular fees still apply for lost cards.  The Ossining Public Library card has seen many different faces over the years.  Some patrons still hold the gray with white and raised printing cards, some have white with blue writing, some have white with maroon writing.  Many patrons have held the same library card since they were little kids growing up and first coming to the library.  A patron’s old library card will still work if they wish to still use it but if they wish for a change and a fresh new card they can certainly do that as well.  A donation is suggested but not required for the new library card.  The Ossining Public Library’s new library cards are in and they are waiting for you so come in to the library and pick up your new library card today!  For more information on the new library cards please contact Chris Surovich, Circulation Supervisor at 914-941-2416 ext. 304 or        


Habitat for Humanity of Westchester’s new warehouse is celebrating a Grand Opening on Saturday, October 25th from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  721 East 133rd Street, Bronx.  easily accessible from all major highways and bridges.  Donations now being accepted.  For more information contact Drew at (914) 403-4006.  There are also great bargains available on doors, windows, furniture and cabinets.   Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, 524 Main Street, New Rochelle 914-636-8335.   

Congratulations to Village of Ossining Police Chief Joseph Burton who was presented with a trophy on September 26th at the Annual Ossining High School Homecoming Game Ceremonies.  The Ossining Sports Booster Club presented Chief Burton with the trophy in recognition of his many years of dedication and support to Ossining Youth and the Ossining Sports Program, through mentoring, coaching and all around assistance he has provided throughout the years. 


WEBS (Career & Educational Counseling Service).  Free career counseling at The Ossining Public Library by appointment only.  To make an appointment, please register at the Reference Desk or call 914-941-2416 ext. 320.  This program has already begun but its not too late for you to register.  This program goes until December 16th. 


Stay Warm and Save Money - Tips on Saving Energy During the Winter Season  With the autumn season upon us and winter quickly approaching, colder days and higher heating costs are on the horizon. There are several steps to insulate homes and conserve energy to stay warm and help lower heating bills.  Homeowners can save on heating costs by following these simple tips to save energy and money without sacrificing comfort: 

-Replace your furnace's air filter before the heating season begins. A dirty filter will reduce air flow, which makes the system work harder to deliver air to the registers.
-Make sure furniture or drapes are not blocking the hot air flow from registers or the heat from radiators. 

-If your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with new, energy efficient equipment to help save energy. 

-Turn down your thermostat when you're asleep or away. A programmable thermostat with temperature and time settings can save on energy costs. 

-To save on hot water, set the hot water temperature at the "normal" setting — no higher than 120 degrees F. This can cut water heating costs by 10 percent. Wrapping your water heater with insulation can save even more on water heating costs. 

-Place insulation on the hot water pipe that carries the heated water from the water heater  especially in cold basements or closet. 

-Close doors and isolate unused rooms in your home to reduce the overall space heated.  -Use caulking and weather stripping around doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering.


Attention Verizon Fios Customers!  The Government Access Station will be broadcast on Channel 43.  Currently this station is undergoing testing! Regular programming will begin shortly.  Thank you for your continued cooperation. 


“Sacred Ground:  Held in Trust”: Pastels by Marlene Wiedenbaum through November 30th.  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


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. 


Ossining Public Library Events…

-New series of Classic Italian Films will be offered this fall which will explore the meaning of home from the physical place to a loved person. The films have been selected by Shlomi Ron and he will introduce and lead a discussion following each film. "The White Sheik" directed by Frederico Fellini will be shown on November 20th and "Stromboli" starring Ingrid Bergman on December 11th.  It all takes place in the theater beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission free.

-Join us on Sunday October 26th @ 3 p.m. for another "Great Music" concert. Alexander Romanovsky, a gifted young pianist from the Ukraine, will present a program of works that includes Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7 Op 83, Three Fantastic Dances Op 5 by Schostakovich and Variations on a Theme by Paganini Op 35 book 1&2 by J. Brahms.  The concert will be in the theater and is admission free.

-Fall movie series, entitled "Angry Young Men- British Street Films."  Will continue with "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.


The Ossining Public Library and RadioShack are hosting an educational seminar to help community members prepare for the upcoming digital television (DTV) transition affecting the nation in February 2009.  Monday, October 27th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., in the theater. 


The Ossining Arts Council Fall Art Show Exhibit of Local Artist is open at the Ossining Public Library and will run until October 29th.  Call the Council for further information at 914/923-5117.


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. 


This year’s Annual Ossining Historical Society Dinner will be held on Friday, October 24th at 6:00 p.m. at Traveler’s Rest, Route 100, Ossining.  Tickets are $50 per person and seating is limited.  To RSVP or for more information contact the Ossining Historical Society at 941-0001.


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.


Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce Meeting Notice!  The Annual Candidate’s Debate will be held on Monday, October 27th, 2008 Networking starts at 7 PM. Meeting starts at 7:30 PM.  This is your opportunity to see, hear and ask questions of the candidates for local office. The following candidates have been invited to attend:

Town Supervisor:  Catherine Borgia, Martha Dodge and John Perillo

Town Board (1 seat):  Michael Tawil and Peter Tripodi, IV

Village Trustee (2 seats):  Michael Aurora, Janis Castaldi and Marlene Cheatham

Village Mayor William Hanauer, who is running unopposed will also participate, address the audience and answer questions.  This special event is open to the public and all are invited to attend. The meeting will be held at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway.


Ossining Woman’s Club News…Free Program: A Different Kind of Streetwalker
Dede Emerson tells of her walking odyssey through New York City, an adventure that took two years, nine months, and two days.  Illustrating her talk with slides, Dede will tell how she peered through window panes, climbed hills, navigated narrow alleys, shared stoops with locals from Harlem to Greenwich Village, and learned some of the Big Apple’s secrets – discovering the best kept secret: that New York City is full of kindness.

After the presentation, guests are invited to stay for tea.  All are welcome.  Admission is free; membership is not required.  Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008, 2:00 p.m., 2 Lincoln Place in Ossining (just south of the high school on South Highland Avenue).  Enter building at the left side.  For more Information contact call Susan Kelly, 914-941-7425.


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


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


Teatown Event - Autumn Canoeing Spend a morning on the lake enjoying the autumn display on Saturday, October 25, 11 am – 12:30 pm.  All participants must be able to swim and have previous canoeing experience. No children under 10 years old. Adults. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Owl Prowl Give a hoot and join us for a nighttime hike to learn more about these fascinating nocturnal creatures. One of Teatown’s owls will make an appearance and get us started on the evening’s adventure. Saturday, October 25, starts at 7 pm.  Not suitable for children under 8. Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Squirrel Tales Get a little squirrelly with us! Gather nuts, walk with your tail held high and leaf out a nest in this program for little acorns. Sunday, October 26, 11 am – 12 noon.  For children 4 – 7 years 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:; e-mail:


Help Send Ossining Kids to Summer Camp Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. – Ossining Community Action Program Presents the kick-off event for Ossining Village and Town kids 2009 Camp year on October 29, 2008 from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. at the Landmark Diner, 170 South Highland Avenue.  Come learn about a new initiative spearheaded by Ossining CAP and supported by the entire community (included you!)  For more information contact Charlie Knight, Director at (914) 923-6380.  Donations can be mailed to Ossining Community Action Program, 2 Church Street, Ossining, attention Charlie Knight, Director, summer camp fund.


Costume Parade at Nelson Sitting Park on Friday, October 31st at 5:00 p.m.  Line up will be at the park and children will march from Nelson Sitting Park to Market Square where we will have trophies for the most interesting costumes, free cider and donuts and medals for all who attend.  Special awards to the three best adult costumes and the ten best children’s costumes.  Join the parade and show off your costumes.  Then march over to the haunted house at the community center.


Halloween Dare Program, Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, Friday, October 31st from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Ages 1 to 10.  Ossining Recreation and Parks and the Ossining Police Department welcome you to celebrate Halloween the safe way!   Wear your costume, play games, win prizes and candy, be on TV with Officer John and have a great time with all your friends.  Haunted house from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 


CrossWalk Youth Ministries invites you to a Calvary Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser on November 1, 2008 at 11:00AM!  If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause, help raise support or even walk, please contact Tiffany at for further details.  All donations are tax deductible.


The Rotary Club of Ossining Cordially Invites you to their Annual Scholarship

Fund Raiser to benefit The Byington Memorial Scholarship, The Robert J. Huntz  Scholarship, The Howard Pinkus Memorial Scholarship and the The Albert Moses Scholarship Award  & Community Employee of the Year Awards.  The event will be held on Monday, November 3, 2008 from 6:00 PM -  8:30 PM.  Come and enjoy a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine & Hor D’ovueres.  $40 per person at the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club (Next to the Ossining Train Station).  Please RSVP to Sue Donnelly at


More OPL Events… 

-Kim Cuminsky, a  certified grief counselor will lead a workshop on how to help yourself and others cope with the loss of a loved one. This special program will be offered on Thursday, November 6th beginning at 7 p.m. in the conference room.  She will discuss what grief is & is not, the difference between grief & mourning, the need for help at this time and how you can deal with someone else's pain.

-New York State Partnership for Long Term Health Care will be the topic of a program presented by Howard C. Penn CLU, ChFC on Monday, November 10th beginning @ 6:30 p.m. in the library theater.  He will address what is long-term care, how likely are you to need it, the cost, should one buy Partnership insurance and who is eligible for this insurance. This special program is co-sponsored with Livable Communities/ Westchester Community College and the library.

-"The Farm Comes to You" This holiday season treat yourself to the best foods available! Come to the Ossining Public Library on Friday, November 14th for our Friday Forum and join Community Markets Director Miriam Haas for a mouth watering presentation. Miriam will speak about the many benefits of fresh produce, delicious baked goods, chicken, fish, organic products and regional wines that are available at the Farmers Market here in Ossining. Come and discover some wonderful recipes and exciting foods that will make your holidays special. Don't forget to bring your brown bag lunch, dessert and beverage will be provided. Reservations are not necessary, just come relax and enjoy! See you on November 14th for lunch in the theater. It all begins around 11:30 a.m.

-A 55 Alive Mature Driving Course will be offered at the library on Wednesday November 19th and Thursday November 20th from 9 a.m.- 1:15 p.m each day. The course instructor is Neville Horne. The course fee is $10.00 and registrants must attend both sessions. Pick up an enrollment application in the library.For additional information call 942-2416 X 326.

-Live theater returns to the library on Thursday, November 13th. "Moonlight and Magnolias" by Ron Hutchinson will be on our stage, curtain time is 7:30 p.m. This M&M Production has been directed by Carol Eagen and stars Brian DeToma, Karen Muendell, Gary Simon and Dick Smith. Set in Hollywood in 1939 the play is a behind -the-scenes look at writing the screenplay for the epic film "Gone With the Wind." The Daily News called it "Frankly my dear, this is one funny play."  Free admission.

-"Great Music in a Great Place" returns to the library on Sunday, November 16th for an all Brahms program featuring Cynthia Peterson, piano, Roberta Cooper, cello and Eric Drucker, clarinet. Titled"Brahms in the Afternoon" the concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the  theater. Admission free.


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