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Release Date: January 23, 2009

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Thank you to Chief Fred Steneck who has served our community as Fire Chief for the past two years, after serving as 2nd Assistant Chief and 1st Assistant Chief from 2003 – 2004 and 2005 – 2006 respectively.   As a community we are grateful for his service and thank him for his time and dedication.  We welcome Jason Lorenz, who was elected to serve as Second Assistant Fire Chief from 2009 – 2010.  Jason is a 14 year member of the Fire Department.  On behalf of the Village of Ossining, we thank all of the members of the Fire Department for their commitment and the sacrifices they make for others in our community.    


Ice Skating at Veterans’ Park, Narragansett Avenue!  The Recreation Department along with help from the Fire Department have prepared the pond at Veterans’ Park for ice skating.  So bundle up, get your skates and enjoy the winter!  Skating is permitted Monday - Friday 4PM - 9PM (Weather permitting), Saturday & Sunday 12PM- 9PM and Monday, January 19th from 12PM -9 PM. 


Ossining Chamber of Commerce meeting scheduled for Monday, January 26th, has been moved from the Community Center to 16 Croton Avenue, 1st Floor Conference Room.  Networking at 7:00 p.m. and the Program begins at 7:30 p.m.  The topic will be “Empowered Mastery” presented by Master Chris Berlow of United Martial Arts Center in Briarcliff Manor.  Also, Save the Date:  29th Annual Village Fair will be held Saturday, June 13th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in historic downtown Ossining.


Three local churches, Briarcliff Congregational, Scarborough Presbyterian and First Presbyterian of Ossining will be taking their youth to New Orleans for the 2nd Annual NOLA Rebuild relief trip this February.  In conjunction with this effort, they are putting on 2 fundraising events, open to the public. 

Superbowl Food orders may be placed for homemade food such as chili, cornbread, wedges, 2 kinds of wings, veggie platters, Mexican dip and Mardi Gras cupcakes, by calling Jane Ozer at 762-7502 or emailing her at or going to the church website Orders can be picked up at Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 So. State Rd., Briarcliff on Sunday, Feb 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  All proceeds go to the youth groups and to buy building supplies to take to New Orleans.

“Savor the Flavor”  Come join us for good food and foot-stompin’ fun!  Sunday, February 8, 5 p.m. at Scarborough Presbyterian Church, corner of Rt. 9 and Scarborough Rd.  Sizzlin, Home-Cooked Cajun Cuisine, Live Jive’n Down-Home Tunes by The Moonshiners, Silent Auction, Raffles, Prizes.  Tkts $25 ($30 at the door).  Tickets can be purchased by calling the church (941-1142) or clicking on their website   All proceeds go to the youth groups and to buy building supplies to take to New Orleans.

The Village of Ossining and I & P Realty Corp are pleased to announce that IFCA is now accepting applications for a one-bedroom apartment for rent.  Interested parties should contact IFCA at 914/941-5252 or go online to


·        Apartment Address:  47 Spring Street, Ossining, NY. 

·        Unit Description:  Newly renovated, one-bedroom, one bath, approx.
550 sq. ft. Refrigerator, gas range, dishwasher & microwave included.
No pets are allowed.

·        Unit Costs:  Rent $925/month, plus utilities (electric, gas heat and hot water). 
One month security required.

In accordance with the Affordable Housing Policy of the Village of Ossining, the household must be income eligible.  Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, February 3, 2009 and may be dropped off at IFCA offices, 138 Spring Street, Ossining from 9 a.m.-5 p.m, Monday through Friday, or Fax applications to 914/941-7392.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.  Please do not go to the property site.

IFCA will arrange for apartment showings to eligible applicants.  The applications will be ranked based on a point system.  However, all are encouraged to apply.  The date and time of receipt of the application will be used as the tie breaker.  Please note:  If household income is greater than 80% of the Westchester County Area Median Income, then the rent will be calculated at 25% of the household’s gross monthly income less the utility allowance.  The difference between the calculated rent amount and $925 will be paid into the Village of Ossining Affordable Housing Fund on a monthly basis.  Applicants must cooperate with the income and asset verification and be aware that the tenants must re-certify their income annually.  All inquiries should be directed to IFCA at 914/ 941 5252 ext. 10.  Log on to for more information.


On Monday evening, January 26th the author James Bradley will be a special guest speaker at the Ossining Public Library.  His presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. Specializing in historical nonfiction chronicling the Pacific theater of World War II, Bradley, the author of "Flags of Our Fathers" is the son of Navy corpsman, John Bradley, one of the six Marines who raised the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The book published in 2000 tells the story of this event and the cover photograph raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi has become the most duplicated and reproduced photo ever taken.  Bradley has gone on to write "Flyboys: A True Story of Courage" and his upcoming book "The Imperial Cruise" will be published in 2009. Bradley continues to lead an exciting life, whether it be walking among lions in Africa trekking to Mt. Everest's base camp, or producing corporate films.  He recently established a foundation in support of American and Japanese student exchange programs to offer young people the opportunity to experience each other's culture.  Join us in a conversation with James Bradley and learn more about his life and interests in the global world.


Come one come all!  If you like to sing we want you!  Whether or not you can read music we want you!  The Old Mill Singers are starting their Spring Rehearsals on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Paul’s on the Hill, off Ganung Road in Ossining.  If you feel unsure please be our guest and stop by any Tuesday night to check us out.  Director, Gary Bratt, President John Massey, Board Member Mike Mimnaugh augh13@


Ossining Athletic Booster Club News…Winter Athletes Dinner and Special Presentation by Don McPherson  Every season the OABC host a special dinner for athletes and coaches...just to say, "thank you and we appreciate your hard work".   Dinner for the winter athletes & coaches is Thursday, January 29th from 5pm-7pm in the OHS Cafeteria.  Afterwards.......Athletes will head down to OHS Auditorium to hear Heisman Runnerup and former NFL Quarterback Don McPherson from 7pm-9pm.  Don will speak about his sports career and his lifetime experiences and reflect on how decisions you make will impact you for a lifetime.  The OABC will need volunteers.  If you can help out please email Lucy at  Don McPherson is sponsored by OABC and Communities that Care.  Spanish Translation will be provided.  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 DistrictOABC 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.


Teatown Event - Eagles in the Hudson Hills and Highlands Learn about the recovery of the bald eagle population in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Teatown offers non-credit courses in collaboration with Westchester Community College’s Adult Extension Program. This program is open to anyone over 16 years of age. After a presentation on bald eagle natural history and the future of this once endangered species, participants will carpool to a local viewing site to see eagles. Be prepared for cold weather by dressing in layers, wear boots, hats and gloves. A limited number of binoculars will be available. Instructor: Erin Smithies. Members $15; Nonmembers $30. Pre-registration required. Saturday, January 31, 9 am – 12 noon Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Saturday Morning Animal Encounters Who are Teatown’s best ambassadors? The animals in Teatown’s collection – that’s who! Each program we will feature a different animal and learn about its natural history, conservation status and ecological connections. For children of all ages, little ones should be accompanied by an adult. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Pre-registration required. Saturday, January 31, 11 am – 12 noon.  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Josie’s International School of Dance Offers a Full Range of Dance Lessons including Belly Dancing, Ballet & Pre-Ballet, Salsa on ‘2’, Zumba, Pilates, Swing (Lindy), Argentine Tango, Flamenco & Classical Spanish Dance, Break Dance & Hip Hop, Intermediate Latin and Kindermusik.  Located at 125 Main Street, Ossining.  For more information and scheduling call 432-8502 or go to   


Ossining Public Library Events:

-In recognition of the Great 1909 Hudson/Fulton Celebration, the library invites you to see a Hudson River Art Exhibit from the collection of Joseph Maggio. Mr. Maggio's personal collection of some seventy pieces of Hudson River art, some originals, some prints, will be featured throughout the month of January.  Featured will be many of William Bartlett's mid-19th century original hand-colored engravings of the Hudson, its cities and town, mountains and related scenes. Of special interest to area residents will be Bartlett's rendition of an engraving titled "Village of Sing Sing" and T. Creswick's "Sing Sing Prison" and "Tappan Sea".

-The library will offer a Hand-Beading Jewelry Workshop with Teddy Leveille, instructor, Monday evening February 2nd. The two hour workshop will be in the Conference Room starting at 7 p.m. Learn to make a beautiful fire-polished Czech glass necklace with tourquoise and bronze seed beads complete with a yellow jade pendant. Class limited to 18.There is a materials fee. Register now!  Call 941-2416 X 326 to register. Think Valentine's Day!

-In Celebration of Black History Month, the library in conjunction with Ballet Masters will present "The Nicholas Brothers" on Wednesday February 4th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. Discover the lives of Harold and Fayard Nicholas, two superb Afro-American dancers and choreographers of the 20th Century, who dazzled audiences with daredevil splits, slides, and hair raising flips on Broadway and in the movies. The talk will be given by Edith Glass, She will discuss their struggles against racism and segregation and the presentation will include video clips from movies they made.

-A special Kids Book Sale including books, videos, games and other treasures will be on Saturday, February 14th from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and again on Sunday from 12 -3 p.m. For kids who bring their parents and other adults there will also be a selection of adult material.  See you in the theater.


Seeking singers…The Westchester Oratorio Society, under the direction of its exciting young conductor Ben Niemczyk, is enlisting competent volunteer singers. Voices in all categories are welcome, including those of high school and college age. No auditions required - come try us out!  Weekly rehearsals held Tuesdays, 7:30 - 10:00 P.M. at Katonah United Methodist Church located at the intersection of Bedford/Woodsbridge Road and Edgemont in Katonah, NY.  We are now rehearsing for our May concert.  For more information, please call 914-763-9389 or conductor, Benjamin Niemczyk at 347-223-9303 or email:  WOSInformation@gmail.comCheck out our Web site,  


Teatown Event - Naked Eye Astronomy Learn some of our beautiful winter constellations and the stories behind their names. Be prepared to walk a short distance and dress for the outdoors. Some binoculars will be available for loan at Teatown. Saturday, January 24, starts at 7 pm.  Members free, Nonmembers $5. All ages welcome. Pre-registration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Waterfowl and Eagles Meet at Teatown to locate wintering waterfowl and eagles on the Croton Reservoir and on the Croton River. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. Join Charlie Roberto, expert naturalist and Teatown trustee, on this free program which is open to adults, and children accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required. Sunday, January 25, starts at 10 am  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Snowshoe Trek Part of the Hike the Highlands Series, this cold weather hike on snowshoes travels along Teatown’s trails. Our route will be dependent on the amount and conditions of the snow. Teatown has a limited number of snowshoes available for participants. Adults. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Pre-registration required. Sunday, January 25, 1 pm – 3 pm Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


You're Invited!  To the Relay For Life of Ossining Kickoff - Thursday, January 29th at 6:30PM at the Ossining Public Library ~ Theater Room, 53 Croton Avenue.  Please join us as we kickoff this amazing community event! Event chairs, Bobbie Moore and Liz Blye will share fun and exciting information for the 2009 event.  Ossining’s 2nd Annual Relay for Life will be held on Friday, June 12th at Cedar Lane Park. Bring Family and Friends ~ All are Welcome.  Team Captains that register their team on-line before the kickoff will receive a special Relay Gift at the kickoff.  So Team Captains what are you waiting for .....Register your team today!

If you have any questions please contact:  Hilary Lucadamo 397-8828 or e-mail


The first installment of 2009 real property taxes for the Village of Ossining are due without penalty until January 31, 2009.  Village property taxes are collected by the Village of Ossining Finance Department and may be paid by mail, in person, or on-line.

Tax payments should be made payable to the “Village of Ossining” and mailed to:  Village of Ossining, Finance Department 2nd Floor, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am until 4:30 pm.  We will also accept property tax payments on Saturday, January 31, 2009, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at Village Hall.  The phone number for the Finance Dept. is (914) 941-2581.  Payments can also be made on our web site, during the month of January. 


Eduscape Associates presents Parent University, Navigating the College Process College Workshop Series at Briarcliff Manor Recreation and Parks Department, 48 Macy road, Briarcliff Manor 941-6560 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., beginning February 3rd.  For information on this four part series call Gayle Marchica at 941-4148 or email at or go to 

Eduscape Associates is also offering a SAT Tutoring Program - Classes Begin February 2009 Small Group Sessions l, 3-6 Students per class.  Online registration available at 


Troop 49's Annual Pasta Dinner & Basket Raffle will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2009, from 6-8 p.m. at St. Augustine’s  School, Route 9 Eagle Park, Ossining

Admission at the Door:  $7.00 Per Person, $24.00 Per Group of 4.  Menu:  Pasta, Meatballs, or Sausages, Salad, Bread, Soda, Coffee/Tea and Dessert. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a delicious dinner and enter to win some beautiful gift baskets.  Help Support Our Scouting Program!


More OPL Events…

-Weslee and Eugene McGovern will lead a new four part book discussion at the Ossining library beginning in January. "The Cairo Trilogy" by the Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1988, Naguib Mahfouz will be the subject. The Trilogy consists of "Palace Walk", "Palace of Desire", and "Sugar Street'. "Palace Walk" will be covered in two sessions on January 12 and February 9. The other books will be discussed on March 9 and April 13. The McGoverns lived in Cairo from 2000-2007 and visited many times the streets and neighborhoods that are the setting for the Trilogy. Discussions will take place in the Conference Room beginning at 7 p.m.


Assemblywoman Sandy Galef to Host 2009 Town Meetings in the 90th Assembly District Assemblywoman Sandy Galef invites the public to attend her annual town hall meetings.  All are welcome to join the Assemblywoman in thoughtful discussions about legislative priorities for the 2009 session, the economy, the state budget, and other state and local issues.  Dates, times and locations are as follows: 

  • Saturday, January 24, 10 am-12 noon, Desmond-Fish Library, 1022 Route 9D, Garrison, 1 -3 pm; Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose,
  • Thursday, February 5, 7 – 9 pm; The Field Library, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill,
  • Saturday, February 7, 10 am – 12 noon; Putnam Valley Free Library, 30 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, 1 – 3 pm, Kent Free Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes

Hockey registration for the Spring Season is starting.  In-person registration will take place at the Ossining Community Center on Saturday, February 28th from 10:00AM to 12:00pm or Tues., March 3rd from 7:00PM-8:30pm.  You may also mail your registration to me with your check for $75.00 made out to the OYHA (see attached registration form.)  All players are required to carry insurance through USA Hockey.  Please use their website to sign up for insurance.  Make sure you sign them up as an in-line skater.   Here is the link .  Please print out confirmation and attach a copy to your registration.  Please sign parent code of conduct and return also. 

Community Markets is now extending the farmers market season to last all winter long!  Community Markets’ two new indoor markets will enliven hibernating taste buds and satisfy cravings for healthy, local food throughout the cold months!  As of January 10th, shoppers used to getting their local food fix at farmers markets can now shop at the WinterMarket held two Saturdays a month from 8:30am-2pm in the Briarcliff Congressional Church on the corner of Elm Road and South State Road. From January until May shoppers at the WinterMarket will find many of the farm products they have enjoyed all summer including fish, pasture raised meat and poultry, pickles, produce, specialty foods, artisanal cheeses, cider, apples, pears, cider donuts, crusty bread and baked goods. 


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