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OSSINING WEB BLAST 10-31-2008
Release Date: October 31, 2008

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Happy Halloween from the Village of Ossining!

 

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. 

 

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 www.hudsonvalley.org.  Tickets also available by phone at 631-8200. 

 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th

Remember to get out and vote! 

Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and our election inspectors will be anxiously awaiting your arrival, so please come out and vote!  If you are unsure of your polling place please contact the Village Clerk at 762-8428.

 Please note all Village and Town offices are closed on Election Day.

 

The Ossining Public Library is having a pajama and book drive to give back to children in need through the held of the Pajama Program You can make a difference! Between now and November 12th, the Ossining Public Library will be collecting donations of new, warm pajamas and new children’s books for the Pajama Program.  The Pajama Program is a national children’s charity which gives new, warm pajamas and new books to children in need.  The donations are given to children in licensed shelters, group homes, or foster care.  Many of these youngsters do not know the comforts of a mother or father to tuck them into a cozy bed and read them a bedtime story.  Many of them have been abandoned or abused.  The Pajama Program helps provide a sense of love and belonging to the children that need it the most.  A drop off bin will be provided for the public in the lower level/café area of the library to drop off new pajamas and books, and at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining.  For more information and to open your heart to this program, please visit www.pajamaprogram.org  or feel free to contact James Trapasso at the library 914-941-2416 ext. 327 or jtrapasso@wlsmail.org.

 

Sacred Shakti Yoga presents Prenatal Yoga This class is self nurturing for the new Mommy-to-be, practicing strengthening techniques to prepare for the last trimester and childbirth. Mommies find the time to center their thoughts and emotions, while enjoying the new movements growing inside. Sacred Shakti Yoga offers breathing techniques, meditation, muscle toning, relaxation and a health conscious community to busy new Mommies, every Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., come share in a Pre-natal class or just relax with tea.  Register at SacredShakti.com or call 923-3209, 191 Main Street, Ossining.           

Local Law Regarding Alarm Systems to Go Into Full Effect in January Please be advised that property owners/tenants with an alarm system must register with the Village Clerk.  Applications submitted, will be processed and permits will be issued for the 2009 year.  Full text of this local law, as well as the permit application, is available online at www.villageofossining.org.  False alarms shall be subject to penalty.  If you have any questions, please contact our Village Clerk, Mary Ann Roberts at 762-8428.              

U.S. Census Bureau Jobs for 2008/2009 Available positions:  Recruitment Assistants, Crew Leaders, Field Staff (Enumerators).  The U.S. Census Bureau needs local residents for a variety of exciting opportunities, including interviewing, office administration and supervision.  A large part of these jobs involve dealing with the public.  Most of the jobs require you to locate and interview households.  The information you collect is confidential, and must not be disclosed to anyone who has not sworn to protect Census Bureau information.  $18 – 20 / HR.  To apply please call (646) 233-2406 x 2443, (866) 861-2010 x 2443, (646) 233-2405 x 2443 Monday – Friday 5:00 pm.  – 9:00 p.m.  Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

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.

 

It’s 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.

 

CropWalk 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 calvaryofossining@gmail.com for further details.  All donations are tax deductible.

 

Teatown Event - The View from Teatown Hill Hike to Teatown Hill for a great view and migrating hawks too! All welcome. Saturday, November 1, starts at 8:30 am

Pre-registration required. Free. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.

 

Teatown Event -Nature Quest Part scavenger hunt, part nature knowledge, how do you stand up to the competition? All welcome. Saturday, November 1, 1 pm – 2:30 pm

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 -Greening” your backyard Winter is a great time to learn how to care for your lawn and garden using ecologically responsible methods for next year’s growing season. Learn why and how, with an overview of “green” lawn care, native plants, composting, watering, mulching, and seed-starting, natural pest control and soil amending for an organic home vegetable, flower and herb garden. Instructor: Linsay Cochran, Teatown Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance (ELLA) Coordinator. 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. Wednesday, November 5, 7 pm – 8:30 pm Pre-registration required. Members $5, Non-members $20. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.

 

Teatown Event - “First Thursdays” Discussion Group Teatown’s monthly environmental discussion group continues. Join Executive Director Fred Koontz, and other experts, share in exploring environmental issues within and beyond Teatown borders. Check website for topics. Adults. Thursday, November 6, 7:30pm – 9pm Pre-registration required. Free. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.

 

Teatown Event -Tales from the Longhouse The longhouse at Cliffdale is the setting for this program on the Lenape, the first people to settle in the Hudson Highlands. Listen to a native story and learn about life in a native village. All welcome. Saturday, November 8, 1 pm – 2:30 pm 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 -Story Sundays: Giving Thanks Join us for seasonal stories and activities about nature, animals and ecology. Appropriate for 4 – 7 year olds accompanied by an adult. Sunday, November 9, 11 am – 12 noon Pre-registration required. Members free, Non-members $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.

 

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.  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 csurovich@wlsmail.org.        

 

Habitat for Humanity of Westchester’s new warehouse is open located at 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.   

 

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 it’s not too late for you to register.  This program goes until December 16th. 

 

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: www.teatown.org; e-mail: teatown@teatown.org.

 

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.

-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.

 

Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion Pieces of April, Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.  The third offering of this year’s Maryknoll International Film Festival, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, will be shown on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 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: Breakdown as Opportunity for Breakthrough, continues with Pieces of April, a 2003 U.S., film from director Peter Hedges.  Each film in the series is introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening. For a listing of all films in the series visit  www.maryknoll.org/filmfest.  Information: 914-941-7590. 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 go to www.maryknoll.org/society.

 

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 AmericanTowns.com.  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 AmericanTowns.com.   The new Ossining Community Calendar can be found at www.Americantowns.com/NY/Ossining.

 

Help Send Ossining Kids to Summer Camp Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. – Ossining Community Action Program Presents a new initiative spearheaded by Ossining CAP and supported by the entire community (including you!) to help families pay for kids summer camp.  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.

 

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 suedonnelly53@yahoo.com.

 

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.

 

Hudson River Potters Show & Sale - Nov. 7, 8 & 9 at the Briarcliff Congregational Church Parish Hall (South State Road at Pleasantville Road).  Show will feature unique handmade pottery.   Hours:  Friday (Reception) 6 PM - 9PM; Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM and Sunday 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM.   Free Admission.

 

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.

 

One Big Holiday Party…All organizations, clubs, elected and appointed officials welcomed.  Come together for an evening of conversation & fun with others from Ossining.  December 10, 2008 6:30 p.m. at Travelers Rest.  Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ossining.  $45 per person, RSVP Required.  Please mail your reservations eary (last year the event was sold out) to The Rotary Club of Ossining, P.O. Box 488, Ossining.

 

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.

 

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