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Release Date: January 30, 2009

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Vacancy on Downtown Development Fund Council…The Village Board is seeking a qualified applicant to serve on the Downtown Development Fund Council.  A vacancy exists on the Downtown Development Fund Council, said council’s objectives to include assisting in the encouragement and implementation of downtown redevelopment projects, including suggesting funding for projects committed to improving the Downtown Area.  Interested parties should forward a letter of interest to Village Manager, Linda G. Cooper at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562 or by February 6, 2009.

Please Note: As a friendly reminder parking in the Post Office customer lot is for individuals doing business at the Post Office. If you are doing other business downtown please use the municipal lots. Also please be aware that overnight parking in the Post Office Parking Lot is NOT permitted. The Post Office will be towing illegally parked cars as they are becoming a problem with snow removal and congestion.

Catholic Schools Week 2009 is a week-long celebration which takes place across our nation from January 25 – 31.  The theme this year is “Catholic Schools Celebrate Service”.  For more information on this celebration, or for information on enrollment  contact either of Ossining’s two Catholic Schools, Saint Augustine’s at 941-3849 or Saint Ann’s School at 941-0312.


The Ossining Teachers Association is conducting its annual Food Drive to benefit the Ossining Food Pantry until February 6, 2009.  Non-perishable items can be brought to any district school main office.  Much needed items include cereals (hot and cold), canned meats and fish, macaroni and pasta, canned sauces, soups, vegetables, and fruits, drink mixes, powdered milk, coffee and tea, rice, dried fruits, etc.  Please avoid glass of any kind.    The OTA thanks the community for the generous donations in past years, and looks forward to beating all records during this year's essential drive.  For more information, please send an email to


Picturesque Georgian-style St. Paul's On-the-Hill Episcopal Church, Ossining, has a beautiful parish hall available for your special occasion. This former farm building's large, bright, airy space is perfect for your wedding, anniversary, retirement, graduation, birthday party and recitals. Also good as performance or meeting space for arts and other organizations. Nice working kitchen. All amenities easily accessible. Very large parking area. For information, please contact: St. Paul's On-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, 914-941-6627,

Clearing out, or re-arranging your space? Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester’s furniture bank is seeking donations of your average-sized, gently-used furniture for Westchester’s neediest families. Tax-deductible, and pickup is available. , or 914.834.1294 for more info, or to donate. Thank you!


The Lantern Gift Shop of St. Paul's on-the-Hill, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, will be closed until Saturday, January 31, 2009 when we re-open for our annual Valentine's Sale and Fabulous Bake Sale.   We are sorry if you missed our January 10th Clearance Sale...we were there!  For those who stayed home due to bad weather, we will be keeping our Christmas Clearance items out throughout January 31st.   Hours are 10a.m.-3p.m.  Free coffee or tea will be available at our Bake Sale in the Parish Hall.  Snow date is February 7.  If weather is questionable on January 31, call the Lantern Gift Shop at 941-4434 just after 10 a.m. to see if we are there.


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.


Shelly Gilbert, local resident and author, has written a book entitled "Swimming Naked with Jellyfish", the coming-of-age story of a girl who hates semicolons, loves extremes, and lives her life exposed.  Buy the book at  For more information go to or  Ask for "Swimming Naked with Jellyfish" at your local bookstore!


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. 

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.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2009 will take Place March 22 – April 3rd…Make Your Reservations Now!  Tim and Nina Zagat, co-founders of Zagat Survey, the world's leading provider of consumer survey-based information, have once again signed on as honorary co-chairs of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the largest regional promotion of restaurants in the Hudson Valley. This 12-day celebration of fine dining, now in its third year and spanning seven counties, will take place from March 22 through April 3 (Sunday-Friday only). Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $20.09 or a three-course dinner for $28.09, at some of Hudson Valley’s best restaurants.  For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, call 845-561-2022 or go online to

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@


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,  


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.

- The Ossining Public Library Presents The Winter Film Series:  Academy Award Winners Best Foreign FilmsFebruary 11th Investigation of A Citizen Above Suspicion (Indagine su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogni Sospetto) Italy (1970) Directed by Elio Petri 112 minutes.  All films begin at 7 p.m. and are located in the OPL theater.  Discussions following the films are led by Shlomi Ron and curated by Bonnie Katz.  Free admission and refreshments.


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: 

  • 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


St. Ann’s CYO Basketball “Basket–For-Bucks” Fundraiser February 14th This is St. Ann’s signature and ultimate fund raiser of the season!  Designed like any sponsored race or walk-a-thon; Individual team players collect donations from sponsors who promise a specified amount of money for each point that player scores in a given amount of time.  Flat donations are also accepted.  All teams have participated and mostly all players have contributed to this event.  The event is held in a carnival-like atmosphere with games, food, music and all-around fun!  Super raffles are held for big ticket items that were graciously donated specifically for the event.  This year we are offering an Xbox 360 Arcade System, a 32” LCD TV, and court-level NY Knick Tickets!  Smaller raffle tickets are also sold for other donated items such as baskets of cheer, t-shirts, sweatshirts, various gift certificates, etc…Portions of the proceeds have always gone toward St. Ann’s Church and in addition, each year we pick a special designation.  Miles Adams, currently in 7th grade, was stricken with a malignant brain tumor in 3rd grade.  He miraculously returned this year to CYO – in remission and feeling blessed!  This year – in honor of Miles, St. Ann’s CYO is donating 20% of the Basket-for-Bucks proceeds to the Maria Ferrari Children’s Hospital.  Miles family has said, had it not been for them – Miles would not be here today – shooting baskets and making us all smile that much more!  Historically – Basket-for-Bucks has generated proceeds between $6,000 and $8,000 per year!   We hope this year to top them all!!  To donate you can contact any of the board members at any of our home-stands or contact our CYO Coordinator – Gavin Quain (914) 643-3271.

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. 

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