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Release Date: September 16, 2010

Ossining High School to Host Career Day, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.  Do you have an exciting career that you would like to share with our students?  Are you an entrepreneur?  Did you start you own business? The students of Ossining High School would love to know!  The focus is to help our students become aware of the many career choices that are available to them. In order to do this, we are asking community members, parents, friends, relatives, Alumni, etc. to become involved.  If you are interested, please contact: Lorie Melomo at the high school, 762-5760 ext 318 or email at:  Thank you so much for your help!


Landlord -Tenant Relations Council Seeking New Members

The Village Landlord-Tenant Relations Council currently has three open positions for new members, two tenant representative vacancies and one landlord representative vacancy.  The Council, a volunteer body consisting of seven appointed members, works to conduct research into community housing problems; formulate programs to improve landlord-tenant relation; accumulate statistical information on available housing accommodations; counsel the Board of Trustees on landlord-tenant problems and disputes and recommend programs for the solution of same; and resolve problems and disputes between landlords and tenants through mediation and discussion at meetings of the Council. The Landlord Tenant Relations Council meets once a month.  Interested parties should forward a letter of interest to Assistant Village Manager, Christina Papes at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562 or to no later than September 30th. 



Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Hosts a Forum on Property Tax Relief Shrinking School Budgets Through Sharing and Consolidation, on Thursday, September 16th   From 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor with:  Jonathan Drapkin- Executive Director, Pattern for Progress; Charles Zettek Jr.-Vice President and Director of Government Management Services, Center for Governmental Research; John Clarkson-former Executive Director, State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness and Dr. Joseph L. Natale-Director, Advisory Solutions, New York State School Boards Association.  Some school districts in the area are seeing declining enrollment, lower state aid, and increased difficulty getting budgets passed with ever-growing property taxes. This forum is an opportunity to discuss what is often considered highly controversial.  Hopefully it will offer insight about ways other states have approached education financing, and what we can do to continue to offer the excellent educational programs and high standards we are known for in Westchester and Putnam Counties, and New York as a whole. These panelists have all been involved with studies within New York State and beyond that analyzed areas schools can look to for savings.  There will be an opportunity for Q & A following the panel discussion.



Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam is seeking volunteers to visit homes, nursing homes or hospitals, provide a listening ear, a brief respite for a family caregiver, or help with an errand.  Volunteers can also help them with their adult bereavement program and their children’s grief group, The Caring Circle.  Volunteers also assist with behind the scenes office work and fund-raising efforts.  The next training sessions for volunteers will be held on Saturday, October 23rd, October 30th and November 6th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Pre-registration is required!  To register for Hospice Care, please call Raecheal Schwartz, Volunteer Program Assistant:  666-4228, ext. 165.  To register for the Caring Circle Coordinator 666-4228, ext. 336.  



The Ossining Recreation Fall Brochure (e-Brochure) is Available On-Line

at click on the Recreation tab.  Program in-person registration will begin on Wednesday, September 8th at 9 a.m. You can register online starting  September 1st at 9am if you go to , open an account and then go to the Community Center to activate the account. If you already have current a Recreation account you are all set, but remember all accounts must be renewed yearly.  For more information call 941-3189.



The Ossining Farmers Market is open at Market Square! This year, Community Markets is happy to welcome additional vendors to the market, which runs every Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm until December 18th on the corner of Main and Spring Street!  The market features fresh local, certified organic produce, artisinal organic breads, fish, meat, eggs, cheese, herbs, baked goods and specialty foods, handmade chutney, simmer sauces and other Indian delicacies from Calcutta Kitchens of Norwalk, CT., hard and soft goat cheeses, milk and yogurt from Coach Farm of Pine Plains, NY and mushrooms, orchids and vegetables from Hodgson Farm of Walden, NY.  Community Markets will also be hosting events like: cooking demos, tastings, a corn roast and live music throughout the season. Details are posted on their website: The Ossining Farmers Market now accepts (EBT) food stamps.  Stop by the manager’s tent with your card.



Local historian, John Maranelli, will present a lecture on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at the Ossining Public Library on Thursday, September 16, at 7:00pm. The lecture is free to attend and everyone is welcome. The library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining.  The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, our country’s 16th president, is well documented but never ceases to intrigue and engage people as well as inspire debate. Mr. Maranelli became intrigued by Lincoln’s assassination after having seen the 1977 film, The Lincoln Conspiracy. The film, which is entirely speculative, documents the theory that Lincoln had escaped to Canada following the attempt on his life. While the film is fictional, there have always been various conspiracy theories surrounding the true historical facts of Lincoln’s murder. The juxtaposition of the real facts with the various “theories” of Lincoln’s assassination is what got Maranelli interested in the subject.  Mr. Maranelli has spent endless hours researching the subject. He has traveled to Washington, DC, spent hours in Ford’s Theater and in the National Archives as well as researching and photographing key locations in the area. He has assembled many archival documents, diagrams, maps and photographs into a compelling presentation that will accompany his lecture. Over the 145 years since Lincoln’s life was cut short on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, interest in the details of the assassination still runs high. Mr. Maranelli’s lecture will run for approximately one hour and will be followed by a question and answer session.  For information about this program or any of the other programs at the Ossining Public Library, call (914) 941-2416.



A special meeting of the Ossining Lions Club will be held Thursday, September 16th.  The purpose of this meeting is to award Donna Sharrett with the Robert J. Uplinger Award.  This award is given to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their community.  Donna Sharrett has a passion for organic gardening and has been instrumental in the development of the Ossining Community Garden in Cedar Lane Park.  Congratulations to Donna and we thank you for your service to our community!



All are invited and welcome to join Ossining Gospel Assembly on September 19th at 10:45am for a special Youth Service!  The youth will be unveiling their new band and the youth pastor, Pastor Smitty will be preaching.  Following the service, we will be having a picnic in our own backyard, with food, fellowship, and games.  Please come join us for this exciting event!  If you have any questions or need directions please call 941-0989 or email at



The Hudson Chorale - a newly-formed chorus resulting from the merger of the Westchester Concert Singers and the Choral Arts Society, two of the oldest choruses in Westchester County – is welcoming new members for its 2010-2011 season.  Singers in all voice parts (S, A, T, B) are invited to join Westchester’s largest mixed-voice choral group for an exciting inaugural season.  The chorus’s goal is to provide both audience members and singers with the best possible experience in choral singing; its repertoire will range from the great masterpieces to contemporary compositions.  The new group’s first concert will take place Sunday, January 23rd (venue to be determined) and will feature the magnificent Brahms Requiem plus other works inspired by the writings of Walt Whitman and Dante.  Singers looking for a new or additional choral family are encouraged to consider the Hudson Chorale.  Michael Conley, Music Director of the Choral Arts Society for the past four years, will continue as the director of the Hudson Chorale.  Mr. Conley enjoys a multi-faceted career as a conductor, composer, pianist, organist and singer.  In addition to serving as Music Director of the Hudson Chorale, Mr. Conley is the Music Director of the West Village Chorale and Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan, and is the Director of the High School Chorus at the Dalton School in New York City.  Rehearsals for the upcoming season will begin on Monday, Sept. 13 from 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm and will take place in Scarborough.  “Singer-friendly” auditions will be held on Mondays, Sept. 13 and 20, 2010, prior to rehearsal.  To receive additional information and/or to schedule a time for an audition, contact Jeanne Wygant at or call (914) 478-0074.



Eduscape Associates Inc. presents a College Planning Workshop “Parent University – Navigating the College Process” Workshop I:  “Ready…Set…Go!”  Career Exploration, High School Transcripts & Course Selection, College Planning and Visits, Using the Web.  Discussion Topics:  The Career Interest Inventory:  A gateway to the College Exploration process; What are they looking for?  How to make you and your High School Transcript credentials appealing to colleges; Make a “real” list of prospective colleges based on personality, interest, GPA and Test Scores; Pack you bags and prepare for the Campus Tour.  To be held on Monday, September 20th 6:30 – 8:30 at the Mt. Pleasant Library, Tuesday, September 21 6:30 – 8:30 at the Ossining Public Libray, and Tuesday, October 5 from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Briarcliff Library.  Registration is Free.  Register Online Now at  Questions  Call Gayle Marchica at Eduscape Associates 941-4148 or 



Ossining Recreation and Parks Department Presents Friday Night Movie Series at the Community Center.  The film series will focus on current environmental issues.  Popcorn is free, bring your own drinks and learn about current issues facing us such as “Bad Eggs.” 

This is primarily focused towards adults but mature children are welcome to attend.  John Bell will be hosting the series.  Films are approximately 1 to 1.5 hrs in length.  If you bring snacks plan on sharing.  We like snacks especially ones from the organic community gardens.  This is a free series.  Food Inc. will be shown on September 17th at 7:30PM; The End of Suburbia, October 15th at 7:30PM; The 11th Hour, November 12th at 7:30PM; and The Power of Community, December 10th at 7:30PM.



Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion The Painted Veil, Sept. 17, 7:30 P.M.

The first offering of the 2010-2011 Maryknoll International Film Festival, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, will be shown on Friday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Rd., in Ossining.   The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: Self-giving Love and the Joy of Reconciliation, begins with The Painted Veil, a 2007 China-U.S.-Canada film from director John Curran.  Each film in the series is introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening. More information is available at:  For more information 941-7590.  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  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.  We are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 27 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at



Ossining Food Pantry Annual Celebration Sunday, September 19, 5 pm to 8 pm.  The event will be graciously hosted by Dr. Michael and Mrs. Clorissa Gioscia in the garden of their Westchester home.  Join us for wine, hors d'oeuvres, raffle and live music at this End of Summer Swing Fling.  Park at the Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor and take the free shuttle bus to the party. Request for donation is $30 per person and can be paid at the door. For further information call 914-762-5510.



Classical Guitarist, Bret Williams In Concert at the Ossining Public Library  The Ossining Public Library presents a live concert of classical guitar music featuring Bret Williams, one of today’s rising stars of the classical guitar. The concert will take place on Sunday, September 19 at 3:00 pm in the Budarz Theater located in the library. The concert is free and all are welcome.  Bret Williams has been acclaimed as one of the most talented young classical guitarists performing in the United States.  For more information on the artist go to his website at



The Library Board of Trustees of the Ossining Public Library will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, September 20, at 6:30pm. Open to the public, the meeting will take place in the library’s conference room. The Ossining Public Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. For information, call 914-941-2416.



Banned Books Week Movie Presentation of to Kill a Mockingbird at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library The classic movie, To Kill A Mockingbird, will be shown on the big screen at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library on Tuesday, September 21st from 6:30-9:00 pm.  The movie is based on the groundbreaking and controversial novel written by Harper Lee.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of its publication.  The showing of the movie is also in recognition of this year’s Banned Books Week.  Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Libraries Association, “highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States” (ALA website).  Since its publication, To Kill A Mockingbird  has been challenged and banned from several libraries (mostly in schools) due to issues with the language and theme of the book.  The most recent challenge occurred in 2009.  This movie is free and is appropriate for those 14 years of age and older.  Registration is recommended.  Please call the Library at 941-7072 or e-mail the Reference Librarian, Shelley Glick, at

Ossining Thursday Evening Book Discussion with John Hawkins The Thursday Evening Book Discussion Group will meet on September 23 at 7:00pm, at the Ossining Public Library.  For September, the group reads and discusses the bestseller, WHEN THE CHEERING STOPPED: THE LAST YEARS OF WOODROW WILSON, by Gene Smith. Smith’s detailed account of Wilson’s last years has remained the seminal work covering this important period in the life of America’s 28th President for the 46 years since it was originally published in 1964.

In the aftermath of the Paris peace conference, Wilson took his case for the Versailles Peace Treaty and related League of Nations on a cross-country trip to the American people. Nervous exhaustion led to a physical collapse, illness and months of isolation from the public. The U.S. Senate never ratified the treaty. Woodrow Wilson presided over many of the most sweeping changes to impact our country in the 20th century. The discussion is moderated by Collection Development Librarian, John Hawkins.



The next Conservation Café, “Coyotes in Suburbia”, is scheduled for Friday, September 24 , 8:00 a.m. to 10:30  a.m. at the Kessel Student Center at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY, entrance 3 off of Rte. 117 (for directions please visit or visit the website at  We hope that you will be able to join us for this informative program. Please call (914) 864-7326 or reply to by Wednesday,  September 22.  Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested in attending. Carpooling is encouraged.  Help save the environment, bring your own coffee mug!



The OHS Class of 1990 is looking for OHS 1990 alumni to get the word out that they are having their 20 year reunion.  Here are the details:  Date - Saturday, September 25, 2010, Time - 7pm - 10pm plus an after party until...whenever Place - Karma Lounge of Westchester - Ossining Cost - $60pp - includes a full buffet dinner, open bar, music, dessert and after party RSVP - to with your name and the name of any guests you will bring and you will receive an Evite link for payment options.  Payment and RSVP deadline is September 17th. 



Holy Ossining!   Continues…..Tour Ossining’s Sacred Spaces and Peaceful Places - Dale Cemetery & The Congregation Sons of Israel Burial Ground Ossining’s Dale Cemetery was established in 1851.  It is the final resting place of Revolutionary and Civil War Veterans, Elected and Appointed Officials, a renowned Jazz Musician, other prominent Ossining residents and many others who never made headlines but who made Ossining a better place.  In addition, our tour will make a stop at Ossining’s little-known Jewish Burial Ground, established at the turn of the 20th century.  The tour will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 12:30 PM.   Meet at Ossining Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining.  You will be taking a van to these sites so please reserve your spot.  This will be the third tour in the Holy Ossining series.  Previous tours included several local churches and historic sites.  Supporters:  Ossining Historical Society Museum, Ossining Parks & Recreation Department.  Contact: Miguel Hernandez at 914-941-4920 or



Career Planning Workshop hosted at the Ossining Public Library  The Library is hosting a free, one day career planning workshop that will take place on Saturday, September 25 from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. The workshop is free and is open to all adults.  If you have ever wanted to understand how to assess yourself to achieve a good career fit, learn about good sources of career information that are available or become the manager of your own career path in today’s changing world, then this workshop is for you.  The workshop is lead by WEBS career counselors that are highly qualified professionals with many years of experience working with adults on career development issues. Many counselors also work at college adult education centers, in agency counseling programs, or hold private practices. This workshop is supported by a legislative grant from the Office of State Senator, Suzi Oppenheimer, and presented by the Westchester Library System’s Career & Educational Counseling Service. For information about the workshop, call 941-2416 extension 315.



Concerned about the high cost of college?  Join us for an informational workshop that will enhance your knowledge about college aid planning at the Warner Library in Sleepy Hollow on Monday, September 27th or Thursday, October 28th at 6:30 pm.  Please RSVP to Sandy Wetzel at 914-909-1521 or



Attention Town of Ossining Residents!  Back to school time also means School Tax bills are also becoming due.  Ossining and Briarcliff Manor School Tax is Due September 30th.  If you did not receive a bill, call Gloria Fried, Receiver of Taxes at 762-8790.



Save The Date: October 1, 2010  Money Mastery Magazine is a new publication that will be providing faith-based financial education for You, Your Family, Your Church and Your Business. Every month they will deliver to your inbox tips, tools and resources to help your small businesses grow and to help you get and keep your personal finances in order. Not to mention interviews with successful business owners, how to articles, coupons from your favorite vendors and lots more!  Go to and Get your Free Subscription Today! You will receive your first issue on October 1st, 2010.  They are also looking for local businesses from Ossining and the surrounding areas to advertise with them. They offer affordable prices and great exposure.  First preference will be given to business owners who would like to offer a discounted product or service to the Money Mastery Magazine subscribers.  Are you a church or non-profit leader looking to bring the Money Mastery Magazine experience to your group?  Contact Tanai, she is interested in working with you!  Visit them at  Do you have questions? Email them at  To advertise with them call (914) 502 – 7120.


Sonny Sharrock Way” Street Dedication  Please join us as we honor Jazz Great, Ossining’s own Sonny Sharrock with an honorary street renaming on October 2, 1010 at 3:00 p.m. on South Malcolm Street in Ossining.  Join with friends, family and fans for a brief ceremony and  Jazz Music concert to honor the life and work of Sonny Sharrock!  Event to be held at the corner of South Malcolm and Hamilton Avenue. Hailed as the father of free-jazz guitar, Sonny Sharrock carved his own unique niche in the world of jazz by adapting the free-form improvisational style pioneered by 1960s jazz horn players to the guitar. One of the first jazz guitarists to incorporate dissonance, distortion, feedback, and chord clusters into his playing style, he revolutionized jazz guitar concepts by developing an abstract, passionate, and truly original instrumental voice. His string-breaking, rule-shattering, free-for-all improvising influenced two generations of guitarists from jazz master Nicky Skopelitis to rock players Vernon Reid and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. "My view of improvisation is very personal," Sharrock wrote in Guitar Player. "It’s full of love, anger, truth, lies, and, in the end (I hope), sense.”



Fall Family Fun Day 2010 will be held at Market Square on Saturday, October 2nd 10am to 1pm.  Ages 4 and up are Free!  A great day of fun activities includes hay ride, face painting, pumpkin painting, pie eating contest with trophies, festive music & awards for the best pumpkin painting. Join us to celebrate the changing of the seasons.



Taconic Opera 2010 Gala! Opera Lovers: If you missed Taconic Opera’s spectacular gala last year, don’t miss this one!  You will be treated to amazing cuisine and first-class entertainment by professional, experienced vocal musicians who’ve performed at the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, as well as nationally and abroad.  Come meet our leading artists in an intimate setting overlooking the Hudson River and revel in the beauty, power and expressiveness of the human voice.  This is the company’s annual fundraiser which is used to support seasonal activities, including free fully-staged performances for schools regardless of financial resources.  $150 minimum tax-deductible donation requested.  The event will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 7:00 pm in Croton, NY (directions will be sent after the reservation is received).  For reservations, call (914) 245-3415 or email or visit



Teatown Events: 

-Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  GREEN GARDENING

All Welcome. Join Maggie Pichura, Environmental Educator and Master Gardener, to learn about gardening sustainably by using natural methods for controlling weeds, insects and more.

-Thursday, October 7, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm      “FIRST THURSDAYS” Discussion Group

ADULTS. Teatown’s monthly free environmental discussion group continues with rotating, timely topics. See website for topic and details.

-Saturday, October 9, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   GOING NUTTY!

All Welcome Beechnuts, acorns, hickory nuts and more are on the forest floor. Who is feasting on all the goodies that nature provides? Come play a nutty matching game as we take a hike.

For Information or to register for a program, call (914) 762-2912 ext 110, Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Registration is required for all programs.  All programs take place in the Nature Center at Teatown Lake Reservation (1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining NY 10562) unless otherwise noted and are free for members and $5 for nonmembers (plus materials fee, if applicable) unless otherwise noted.  When applicable, all programs must be paid for at the time of booking.  They accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, or you can pay in person with cash or check.  No refund will be granted less than two weeks prior to the program date.  People withdrawing prior to this deadline will receive a 75% refund (less 25% administrative costs.)




Tachs Exam Prep Course All Fall 2010 8th Grade Students Welcome Prepare with Eduscape Associates for the Test for Admissions to Catholic High Schools.  Examination will be held  November 5, 2010.  5 Prep Class Sessions, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.  Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Place:  St. Ann’s School, 16 Elizabeth Street, Ossining, 941-0312.  Register online now at  Questions?  Contact Gayle Marchica, Eduscape Associates Test Prep & Tutoring 941-4148,



Teatown Lake Reservation Announces “First Thursdays” Discussion Group Topics: Focus on Forests  Teatown Lake Reservation holds monthly environmental discussion groups to share in the exploration of environmental issues within and beyond Teatown’s borders.  Held on the “First Thursday” of every month, each discussion group features a different, timely topic.  This fall, the First Thursday discussions focus on issues related to the forest in a series of discussions, Three Tales of Forest Woe: What Went Wrong and What We Can Do About It.

-Thursday, October 7, 2010, 7:30 pm – 9 pm, features “What Lies Beneath: The Invasion of Exotic Earthworms,” a discussion led by Dr. Peter Groffman, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. The First Thursday discussion group will learn about invasive species of earthworms found in our native forests.  Participants will discuss the challenges and solutions surrounding the impact of exotic earthworms. 

-Thursday, November 4, 2010, 7:30 pm – 9 pm, features “Lurking in the Trees: One Community’s Battle Against the Asian Long-Horned Beetle”.  This discussion, led by Mr. Frank Lowenstein, The Nature Conservancy, presents the challenges faced by the invasion of this destructive beetle and what can be done to mitigate the damage to trees.

-Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7:30 – 9 pm, features “An Insatiable Appetite: White-tailed Deer and the Health of the Local Forest.”  Mr. Mark Weckel, Mianus River Gorge, will lead what is sure to be a lively discussion on the devastation caused by the overabundance of deer and the impact of their eating habits on our local forests.  Participants will discuss the pros and cons of solutions to the deer problem in our area.  “First Thursdays” are held at Teatown Lake Reservation.  Advanced registration is required. Please call Teatown at (914) 762-2912, ext. 110, Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  About Teatown Lake Reservation:  Teatown Lake Reservation is a nonprofit, environmental organization with an 834-acre nature preserve and education center located in the Lower Hudson Valley in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle, New York. Teatown Lake Reservation’s mission is to conserve open space and to educate and involve the regional community in order to sustain the diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats for future generations. We are devoted to conserving biodiversity, teaching ecology and promoting nature-friendly living.



Worried about identity theft?  Have old personal papers lying about the house. The Westchester County Mobile Shredder is coming to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway on Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Its purpose:  to help you shred and destroy personal documents in an effort to combat the fastest growing crime in the nation – identity theft.  It’s a good idea to shred documents you are no longer using, like old documents and bills that bear personal identifying information such as name, address, phone number, credit card number or social security number.  Paper from business, schools, institutions or commercial enterprises will not be accepted. Before you go, come prepared:  remove all metal clips, fasteners, binders, folders and hard covers and place the papers loosely in a box.  Up to four boxes of papers are allowed for shredding by each resident.



Presenting the Films of Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger The Associates of the Ossining Public Library announce a free film series featuring the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger the series began September 15, and will continue with one film each month through December. Each film is free to attend will be shown in the Budarz Theater located in the Ossining Public Library.   The remaining films being shown are in the series are, Stairway to Heaven” from 1946 starring David Niven and Kim Hunter shown on Wednesday, October 13, Black Narcissus” from 1947 starring Deborah Kerr and David Farrar showing on Wednesday, November 3, and The Red Shoes” from 1948 starring Jean Short and Marius Goring showing on Wednesday, December 1. Each film starts at 7:00pm.   Michael Powell was born and raised in Canterbury, England, and learned the craft of filmmaking by working various jobs at the studios of Denham & Pinewood, working his way up to producer on a series of short films made to fulfill quota agreements between Britain and America during the years between the wars. He eventually met and teamed up with Emeric Pressburger and under the banner of “The Archers” shared joint credit for an important series of films through the 1940s and 1950s. Powell’s film work has been an influence on modern filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.  Emeric Pressburger was born in Hungary and educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart. Prior to WWII, he worked on films for the UFA (the German film industry) in Berlin as well as in Paris. Being Jewish, he managed to escape WWII Germany and found sanctuary in London where he eventually met Michael Powell. Together as “The Archers”, Pressburger often showed a deep understanding of the British, even though on arrival in England he spoke almost no English.  The films that comprise this series represent some of the most important and finest work of the filmmaking duo and serve to illustrate some of the best of what Hollywood produced in the 1940s and 1950s. The series, presented by the Associates of the Ossining Public Library, is moderated by Mark Hassklar. Mr. Hassklar served as Director of the Chappaqua Public Library where he moderated a very successful and long-running fim series. The Powell & Pressburger film series is curated by Bonnie Katz. The series is open to everyone and is free. For information, call 914-941-2416.



The Lady With All The Answers, A delightful play about Ann Landers by David Rambo, Starring Carol Eagen Directed by Michael Muldoon.  "The Lady With All the Answers" performed by M&M Productions Acting Company, Inc. at the Ossining Public Library on Thursday, October 14th at 7:30 p.m. in the Budarz Theater.  "Dear Ann Landers"…For decades, renowned advice columnist Ann Landers answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples and a multitude of others in need of advice. No topic was off-limits, including nude housekeeping, sex in a motorcycle helmet, the proper way to hang toilet paper, sibling rivalries, addiction and wandering spouses. Landers regaled her readers with direct, insightful and often humorously honest responses. Late on a 1975 night in Landers' Chicago apartment, an ironic twist of events confronts her with a looming deadline for a column dealing with a new kind of heartbreak: her own. As she shares her struggles to complete the column with us, we learn as much about ourselves as we do about the wise, funny, no-nonsense woman whose daily dialogue with America helped shape the social and sexual landscapes of the last half-century. Directed by Michael Muldoon, Carol Eagen will portray the delightful Ann Landers. For more information contact Melinda O’Brien at 914.962.3431 or



Maryknoll International Film Festival and Discussion The second offering of the 2010-2011 Maryknoll International Film Festival, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, will be shown on Friday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road, in Ossining.  The series of nine monthly offerings titled, Life through Death: Self-giving Love and the Joy of Reconciliation, continues with The Great Santini, a 1979 U.S. film from director Lewis John Carlino.  The film tells the story of a Marine officer whose success as a military aviator contrasts with his shortcomings as a husband and father.  Each film in the series is introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening.  More information is available at:

All are welcome.  Admission is free.  Maryknoll Mission Center Building, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  For additional information call 914-941-7590;  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.  We are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 27 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at



Hope on the Hudson Day, a fundraising day for Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center is scheduled for Saturday, October 16.   Mariondale is seeking vendors and not for profit organizations to participate.  The event will be a large community gathering of vendors, earth friendly and sustainability information, food, music and fun.  For more information go to their website at



Ossining High School Class of 1970 - 40th Reunion will take place on Saturday Evening, October 16th at the Tuscan Grille, 518 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor. Any classmates which have not received an invitation please contact Gary Farrell at, 914-762-1297 or John Crawford at, 914-762-1958.



Save the dateOctober 20, at the Ossining Public Library, for “Serving our Aging Community” a Senior Citizen Forum hosted by Westchester Legislator Bill Burton, with speakers and lots of useful information. Details will be available as we get closer to the Forum. Any questions call Lisa Penberthy or Daysi Briones at 914-995-2838.



Dominican Sisters Family Health Service - Save the date of October 20 for the 18th Annual Mary and Carol Higgins Clark Luncheon and book signing at Abigail Kirsch - Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown.  Tickets are $115 per person.  To RSVP - 941-1710 x-1131 or



The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club has its next monthly meeting Thursday, October 21, in the community room of the Apple Bank in the Rose Hill Shopping Center in Thornwood. The meeting will begin by 8:00PM and generally breaks up around 10PM. If you would like to attend, please call Hank Teller for all details at 914-309-2395.  Hank Teller will also be glad to answer any questions about model railroading. You can call him at 914-309-2395 also.  The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month except in July and August. Come and find out why model railroading is the “Worlds Greatest Hobby.”

NMRA Metro North Division The Metro North Division of the NMRA will be meeting in the New Canaan Historical Society over this Fall and Winter.
Their meetings are scheduled for October 2, October 30, November 20, and in 2011, for January 15, March 19 and May 21. Most meetings consist of two seminars on various aspects of model railroading and then layout visits to local model railroaders.  Seminar topics for the October 3 meeting are:  Designing for Operation presented by Dick Wolter, DCC Wiring - Vin Gallogly

All Are Welcome!

Ossining Community Action Program proudly presents its Fall Wine & Cheese Silent Auction Benefit.  Join us for an afternoon of fine wine & cheese, along with a spectacular view of the Hudson River on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm at the Shattemuc Yacht Club on Westerly Rd in Ossining. Admission to the benefit is $40.00.  Proceeds from this benefit will serve to support programs operated through the Ossining CAP.   Join them and raise a glass in helping those that are in need!  Ossining CAP, a component of Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCop) is a private not-for-profit, multipurpose social service agency operating community programs to combat poverty and its adverse effects in Westchester and Putnam counties.  Should you have any questions or require additional information, please call Sheliza Narain at 914-923-6380 or email:   



On October 28th The Charles L. Brieant Community Center - After School Programs for Youth (CBCC) will be having a fund-raising gala at the famed Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown, NY. The CBCC, named after the late Charles L. Brieant, Ossining resident and former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, was established in recognition of his concern for youth. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Harry Smith, Anchor of The Early Show on CBS, the Honorary Chair will be Assemblywoman Nita Lowey, and the CBCC Youth Ensemble will be performing at the dinner. For information, please call or email Norman Fulton, Executive Director at 914.941.0000 or



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