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Release Date: November 21, 2008

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Join the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Ossining for First Friday in Ossining on December 5th.  Businesses in downtown will be open late to welcome holiday shoppers and ring in the holidays with caroling, the downtown tree lighting, and the appearance of Santa who will arrive by fire truck to greet children!  The fun begins around 5:30 p.m. at Market Square, hope to see you there!


If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the mornin'!  Work O' the Weavers to perform Friday 5 December at 8pm in Trinity Church - Remember Pete Seeger and the Weavers? Love Folk Music? Want a family-friendly event on a Friday night? Come relive the glory days of folk music and support RiverBuild 2008 (RiverBuild is a mission trip of 7 Episcopal churches from the lower Hudson Valley who will be helping to rebuild the Gulf Coast after Katrina and Gustav from 26 December - 2 January) to support them go to After enjoying First Friday in Ossining at Market Square with the lighting of the holiday decorations and a visit from Santa come up to Trinity Church for a concert hosted by radio personality Robert Sherman. This is a benefit concert for Hurricane Relief.  RiverBuild volunteers will be constructing homes for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.  Tickets are $25.00 in advance though or $30.00 at the door.  Coffee and refreshments after the show! And a 50/50 Raffle.  The concert will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008 8 PM, Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 South Highland Avenue, Ossining


Mark Sarazen will host a "Digital Palette", an Open House at Sarazen Editions on December 5th from 5-7 PM.  This is a great opportunity to see a portfolio of Giclees and see first-hand his digital printmaking studio.  Lite fare and libations. 51 Morningside Drive, Ossining Please RSVP by November 28 to or by

phone: 914: 945-0101. 


Author Reveals Motive for JFK Assassination and Explains why the truth still matter 45 years later.  In his new book, JFK and the Unspeakable author and peace activist James W. Douglass has written a compelling, persuasive account of why President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and why the unmasking of this truth remains crucial for the future of our country and the world.  He will present his findings at a lecture at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center in Ossining on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 at 7 p.m.  Drawing on wide research, Douglass traces a sequence of steps-- from the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and the standoff of the Cuban Missile Crisis, right up to his final days--that transformed JFK from a conventional Cold Warrior to someone determined to pay the ultimate price for peace.  Those actions, Douglass argues, caused members of his own U.S. military-intelligence establishment to regard him as a dangerous traitor who had to be eliminated.  According to Douglass, it is only by learning the dangerous truth of our history and unmasking the forces behind JFK’s death, that we can free ourselves and our country to pursue his vision of peace.  Critics have called JFK and the Unspeakable “a peerless and extraordinary historical contribution,” “a myth-exploding story,” “a stunning mix of political thriller and meticulous scholarship.” Gaeton Fonzi, former Staff Investigator for the US House Select Committee on Assassinations, has called it “by far the most important book yet written on the subject.”  Douglass presents an unfamiliar story that is by turns shocking, illuminating, and inspiring.  Lecture will take place at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  For directions call 941-7636 ext. 2294.  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 consult the World Wide Web at


Teatown Event - Scat!  Who left that pile in the forest? A lot can be told by from the traces an animal has left behind. Get the scoop on poop in this entertaining and educational program. All welcome. Saturday, December 6, 11 am – 12:30 pm Pre-registration required. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


The Ossining United Methodist Church holds its Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 6th, 2008 from 9am to 4pm.  The bazaar features homemade baked goods, beautifully-decorated wreaths, a book sale and a tag sale. Santa will visit!  Our thrift shop with gently-used clothes will also be open.  The church is located on the corner of Emwilton Place and Rt 9, next to Ossining High School.


The Old Mill Singers Holiday Show will be held on Friday, December 5th & Saturday December 6th in the Ossining High School auditorium.  Show starts at 8 PM, refreshments served at intermission.  Celebrate a year of holidays, come listen and see our children's choir and our individual acts, always a great time!  Tickets are $13 for adults, seniors and children $11 dollars.  For more information call:  John Massey at 941-3906 or Mike Mimnaugh at 762-7446, or email them at


The St. Augustine School's 20th Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, December 6th 10am to 4pm.  70 Crafters will participate, there will be raffles, a book fair, bake sale and wreaths and poinsettias for sale. 


Teatown Event - Story Sundays: Stranger In the Woods Join us for seasonal stories and activities about nature, animals and ecology. Appropriate for 4 – 7 year olds accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required. Sunday, December 7, 11 am – 12 noon. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


First Time Home Buyer Workshop  At the Ossining Public Library theater on Monday, December 8th from 7 pm – 9 pm.  Are you considering purchasing a home?  Do you wonder if you would be better off buying rather than renting a home?  Learn about the home buying process with NO sales pitches and NO pressure.  Topics to be covered:  selecting a realtor, lender and attorney, the importance of your credit profile, and how to determine what you can afford.  Also learn about upcoming local affordable ownership opportunities.  Sponsored by Housing Action Council, Interfaith Council for Action and the Ossining Public Library.  To register, please call 914-941-5252.  Admission is 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.


More OPL Events…

-A staged reading of a play written by former Ossining resident and Ossining Public Schools music teacher Anna Mione will be heard in the theater on December 4th  at 7:30 p.m. The play: "Sicilian Seduction" is brought to us by M&M productions. Following the reading, Anna will address questions from the audience.

- More "Great Music" will be heard at the library on Sunday, December 7th @ 3 p.m. when Eddie Schnecker and Friends will present "Words & Music of Broadway" featuring songs from "My Fair Lady", "Guys & Dolls", "West Side Story"," Brigadoon" and many more.  Joining Eddie will be Maureen Daw and Joseph Byrne, accompanied by pianist, Carolyn Black. Eddie is excited to be back where it all began namely here in Ossining. He attended Ossining Public Schools and was a part of Art Jay's Children's Opera Company, and all the musicals during his years at OHS.  Free Admission.

-Our festive Holiday Forum and Brown Bag luncheon will be on Friday, December 12th beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the theater. Singer/pianist Carolyn black will entertain the luncheon audience with special holiday words and music including a sing-a-long of favorite seasonal songs. Also at the luncheon we wish to recognize several library volunteers who this past year have put in many hours of service. Time to take a break from your hectic holiday schedule and join us for some cheer and good fellowship, Wassail and dessert will be provided.

-“Stromboli-Land of God" the final movie in the fall Italian film series will be shown on December 11th at 7 p.m. Directed by Roberto Rossellini, it stars  the beautiful Ingrid Bergman who plays a foreigner in a displaced persons camp and gains freedom by marrying a fisherman from Stromboli.  Shlomi Ron will be on hand to lead a discussion  following the showing.

-Four Generations of Brandreth Family Paintings will be on view during the month of December. The exhibit is curated by John Wunderlich. Opening Reception will be on Sunday, December 14th from 1-4 p.m.

- Author, Meryl Gordon will be at the library on Wednesday, December 17th @ 7:30 p.m.  Join Bob Minzesheimer who will be here to interview her and hear about her recently published book: "Mrs. Astor Regrets. The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach", book signing to follow.  It all takes place in the theater.


Christmas Concert at Maryknoll  The Maryknoll choir, composed of Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, lay missioners, affiliates and employees, will usher in the Christmas season with their annual Christmas at Maryknoll concert, Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m., at Queen of Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll Society Center in Ossining.  In addition to the prepared program of medieval, contemporary and traditional Christmas music, the nearly 40 choir members and musicians will invite the audience to join them in singing hymns and songs of the season, under the direction of Owen Borda, music coordinator at Maryknoll.  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  The concert will be held at the Queen of Apostles Chapel, Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  For more information contact 941-7590.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers –formally known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America—was founded in 1911 with the support of the Bishops of the United States to be the chief mission outreach of the American Church.  They are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 27 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at


Sing for a Supper Benefit for the Ossining Food Pantry.  Members of the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester and of St. Ann's and St. Paul's-on-the-Hill Churches and other friends from greater Ossining and Briarcliff are sponsoring an old fashioned sing-along on Saturday, December 13, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Paul's-on-the-Hill, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.  Join us for dessert, hot chocolate, mulled cider and some tunes!
Admission is free, but a collection will be taken.  Bring cans of tuna or salmon, bags of beans or rice, or cereal to help fill the Pantry's shelves.  (Please check the expiration dates!)  This is a wonderful opportunity to make sure our neighbors and their children have enough to eat.  For more information, directions, or to reserve a seat, visit:  To donate to the Ossining Food Pantry directly go to:


The Village of Ossining recently adopted Local Law No. 7, 2008 entitled “Fines and Penalties”, which updates its laws with respect to fines and penalties applicable to building code violations in connection with demolition, cabarets, electrical standards, fire hazard inspections and plumbing.  This is part of an ongoing effort to further the health, safety and welfare of its residents.  Full text of this law is available on line at or from our Village Clerk. 

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  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.


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