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Release Date: September 30, 2010

The Village of Ossining awarded $104,442 from the New York State Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund.  The grant was a joint Town/Village application in order to purchase software and scan documents for the archiving and computerizing of tens of thousands of Village and Town Building, Planning, and Tax Assessment records.  The software that the Village and Town will be able to purchase through this grant is an Integrated Parcel Management system which will allow all Town and Village departments to view and access all parcel driven records in one software program. This grant award represents the highest awarded to any municipality in Westchester. 



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.



Sonny Sharrock Way” Street Dedication  Please join us as we honor Jazz Great, Ossining’s own Sonny Sharrock with an honorary street renaming on Saturday, 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.”



T.B. Flats Affordable Condominiums Open House Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 135-139 Main Street.  The condominiums are 12 unique one and two bedroom condominiums at 135-139 Main Street and feature open and unique floor plans, energy star appliances, high ceiling & arched windows, private storage space, convenient to Metro North train and Bee Line buses, walk to shopping, restaurants, community facilities, bike and walking trails nearby.  Maximum income limits apply, 3% down-payment. For application and additional information call the Housing Action Council at 332-4144 or email    



BOOK SALE:   A wide variety of gently used books for readers of all ages, as well as CDs and DVDs, will be on sale this weekend at the Ossining Public Library. The sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, (formerly known as the Library Associates) will be in the theater in the lower level on Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, Oct. 3, 1 - 4 pm. Most hardcovers will be priced at $2, most paperbacks at $1. Children's books will be $1 and less.




Ossining Named #2 (out of 40) “Best Places to Live in Westchester” by Westchester magazine!  Below is an excerpt from the article…

“We understand why Mad Men producers chose to locate their star couple (now, alas, divorced) smack in the middle of Ossining. This rivertown (population 24,146) scored two 10s—one for its nearness to the river and the other for its diverse population (45 percent of its residents are non-white). And in our pricey county, it’s actually among the most affordable towns in which to purchase a home: the average price of an Ossining house is $383,330, which is $341,670 less than the average price of a house in the county. Ah, but what about property taxes? They're among the county’s lowest; indeed $6,654 less than the county’s average of $16,689. And while it may not be a hop, skip, and a jump to New York City (it takes 50 minutes to get to Midtown), its schools are above average (SAT scores were 1659 out of a total 2400). Plus Ossining, architecturally, has a charming downtown with underappreciated cast-iron buildings (though the shops can use an upgrade), as well as a historic area (many village structures are on the National Register of Historic Places), and lovely streets that wend their way down to the shoreline.”



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,



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. 



Writing Simply Workshop  A general writing class that teaches you how to make your writing better, the simple way. Focus of class is on your writing voice, which distinguishes one writer from another, and which turns ordinary writing into impressive writing. Additional topics covered: editing, there's no such thing as writer's block, choosing what and when to write, making writing enjoyable. Only positive feedback in class. No criticizing or critiquing. Bring large pad. 4 Weeks (4 Sessions, 2 hrs/session). Instructor: Shelley Gilbert, Author and Ossining resident. Briarcliff Manor Recreation and Parks, Monday nights, October 4-25, 7:00–9:00pm, 48 Macy Road, Briarcliff Manor, Call: 914-941-6560,



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.



The Leather Man, an 1880's wanderer who was buried in the Sparta Cemetery, and a 20th century personage, Fannie Kane, a founder of the Ossining Woman's Club, will be the two historical figures to be discussed by Norman MacDonald of the Ossining Historical Society on Thursday, October 7, at 2 p.m.  The program will take place at the Ossining Woman's Club, 2 Lincoln Place, Ossining (two blocks south of the high school).  The public is welcome For directions or for further information, contact Jody Israel, 762-3541, or Agnes Johnson, 941-1533.



Ossining Public Library Announces Italian Film Series The Ossining Library Foundation presents a new film series focusing on the best of Italian Cinema starting Thursday, October 7, at 7:00pm. The film series will take place in the Budarz Theater located at the Ossining Public Library. The first film in the series, Le Notti Bianche (White Nights, 1957, directed by Luchino Visconti), tells the story of a lonely man named Mario (Marcello Mastroianni), who is wandering along the empty streets of Livorno after spending the day with the family of his employer. While crossing a bridge, Mario sees a beautiful woman named Natalia (Maria Schell) crying and he starts a conversation with her. Natalia reluctantly allows Mario to walk her home and they agree to meet each other the next day. The romantic and naive Natalia tells Mario that she lives with her grandmother. When an unknown tenant rents a room from her grandmother, Natalia immediately falls in love with him. The tenant asks for one year apart to raise enough money to get married, promising to return and meet her on the bridge where Mario met her the previous night. She gives a letter to Mario to deliver to the stranger but Mario throws it away in the canal. On the next night, Natalia meets Mario by chance and they spend the snowing night together, dancing, chatting and drinking, and Mario falls in love with her. Additional films are scheduled for November 11 (Sedotta e Abandonata) and December 9 (Le Amiche). Free. Everyone welcome.



"The SELLING ON THE INTERNET event scheduled for October 7 at 7:00pm, at the Ossining Public Library, has been cancelled. Please call the library at (914) 941-2416 if you have questions".



Italian Feast 2010! At Ossining’s Veterans Park, Narragansett Avenue, hosted by The Columbus Lodge.  Friday, October 8th 5p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, October 9th 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday, October 10th 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Come join the fun!  Free live entertainment.  Friday – “Primavera” with Tony & Co., Saturday – “Elvis Tribute” Featuring:  Patrick Perone, Sunday – “Don Felice” NY Music Production.  Great food, raffles, rides & games.  For more information contact:  Frank Picucci 914-227-3894, Mike Fortini 914-403-5244.



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.



Local Author's Event: Come meet Ossining resident Linda Griffin, author of "My Child Won't Listen ... and other early childhood problems," Saturday, Oct. 9th starting at 1:00 PM at Barnes and Noble in Mohegan Lake. Do you wonder why time-out doesn't work? Is your child a picky eater? Would you like to know how to help your child deal with annoying or aggressive children? Ms. Griffin deals with these, and other parenting questions, in her recently published book.   This book has practical suggestions that parents of young children will find both helpful and validating. Clearly based on real experiences, the stories relate to common parenting situations. I liked the focus on understanding the root cause of a problem. Easy to read, even entertaining in some parts. I highly recommend this for parents or for anyone who volunteers with children.  (review posted on the Barnes and Noble website)  Come support local authors and do your holiday shopping at this exciting book signing event.





The Village of Ossining Water Department will start their semiannual hydrant-flushing program on Sunday evening, October 10, 2010.  Flushing of hydrants will be performed between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in order to minimize disruptions to our residents.  The entire hydrant-flushing program will take approximately three weeks to complete.  When hydrant flushing occurs close to your home, your water may be somewhat discolored first thing in the morning.  Just run your water for a short period of time and it should clear up.  If the discoloration persists, please notify the Water Department at 941-6111.



The Nadia Reisenberg Young Artist Concert Series returns to the Ossining Public Library with a special concert of classical piano music performed by Charlie Albright. The Young Artist Concert Series is presented by the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing young classical music artists. The concert begins at 3:00pm on Sunday, October 10, in the Budarz Theater. The concert is free and everyone is welcome. The library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining.  Charlie Albright, age 22, is the first winner in the history of the New York Piano Competition to be the recipient of two first prizes. He received First Prize in the solo category as well as sharing First Prize in the one-piano, four hands ensemble in 2006.  Charlie, a native of Centralia, Washington, who attended Centralia High School, began playing the piano at age 3 ½ and started taking lessons shortly thereafter.  During December, 2008, Charlie performed works by Morricone and Gershwin with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, at a ceremony honoring Senator Ted Kennedy, when he received an honorary degree at Harvard University.   Charlie completed his Associate of Science degree at the Centralia College during high school, and is the first classical pianist in the Harvard/New England Conservatory B.A./M.M. 5-Year Joint Program, where he is majoring in Economics at Harvard as a premedical student and receiving his Masters of Music in Piano Performance, studying with Wha-Kyung Byun. He was recently awarded the 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and is presently under management with Young Concert Artists, Inc.



Noted New York artisan, Jamie Ross, will lead a workshop where she will teach participants the craft of creating sculptural wire bookmarks. The workshop will take place on Sunday, October 10, at 1:00pm, at the Ossining Public Library, located at 53 Croton Avenue, in Ossining. The workshop is open to all and is free. For information, call (914) 941-2416 or visit the library’s website at  This artistic and fun medium uses various types of wire and results with participants having created decorative yet functional bookmarks. The medium is Ms. Ross’ own creation. Each participant in the workshop will have the opportunity to complete several finished bookmarks. Materials for the workshop will be provided.  Jamie Ross is an artist and illustrator, whose work has been published in many national magazines, including Reader's Digest and Playboy. She has appeared on the NBC News program "Wednesday's Child" with Janice Huff, where she conducted a print making art workshop with several children who were featured for adoption. She was awarded the “Lifetime Arts” grant in 2009 and again in 2010 to present a series of painting programs for senior adults. Ms. Ross lives in New York City where she maintains her art studio.



Holy Ossining!    Continues…..Tour Ossining’s Sacred Spaces and Peaceful Places  “Maryknoll” For nearly 100 years the Maryknoll Seminary has been preparing Priests, Brothers, Sisters and Lay Persons for missionary and humanitarian work around the world. This breathtakingly beautiful and serene place is not to be missed.  Come, tour it with us and see its unique Asian influenced architecture, stained glass windows, photographs, art works and hear Brother John Blazo speak about it’s fascinating history.  Monday, October 11, 2010 at 12:30 PM  At the Entrance To Main Building,  Maryknoll is located at 55 Ryder Road, across from  Brookside School, Ossining.  Plenty of Free Parking.  This will be the fourth tour in the Holy Ossining series.  Previous tours included several local churches as well as a cemetery.  Supported by:   Ossining Historical Society Museum.  Contact: Miguel Hernandez 914-941-4920 



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.



Senior Law Day in Westchester, free legal advice and financial advice for seniors, their families and significant others will be held on Thursday, October 14th 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  at the Westchester County Center, White Plains.  Topics include New York’s new Family Health Care Decisions Act, Updates on changes to tax and power of attorneys laws. 

Featured Workshops: 

Pro Bono Workshops:  Free 15 minute, one-to-one consultations with elder law attorneys and certified financial planners are offered.  Register for these on Senior Law Day. 

Registration is required:  To sign up, call 813-6400.  Free continental breakfast and free parking. 



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



Taconic Opera Opens its 13th Season With Puccini’s Tosca  Puccini's most performed opera in Europe comes to Yorktown for Taconic Opera’s opening of its 13th season.  Deception, murder, obsession, execution, and suicide highlight this intense thriller, made even more famous in the United States by the legendary diva, Maria Callas.  A fully staged production with professional singers, it is directed by Taconic Opera's founder and General Director, Dan Montez, and includes a full union orchestra conducted by Jun Nakabyashi.  Tosca contains some of Puccini's most beloved arias (Recondita armonia, Vissi d'arte, E lucevan le stelle, etc) and one of opera's greatest villains…Scarpia!  The opera will be performed In Italian with translations projected above the stage.  Performances are at the Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, on Friday, October 15 and Saturday October 16 at 8 PM, and a Sunday matinee October 17 at 2 PM.  Single ticket prices range from $32 to $42 with a $9 discount for seniors and students.  Season tickets are also available for a significant reduction.  For information, tickets or directions: call (914) 245-3415 or email or visit  This production is made possible, in part, by the New York Council on the Arts and ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County government, corporations and individuals.



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



The Ossining Farmers Market is open at Market Square! Community Markets 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.



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.  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.



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.



A new generation meets legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix in a bold new picture book for kids, Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix (Clarion Books, October 2010). Author Gary Golio will appear at the Ossining Public Library on Saturday, October 16, at 2:00 pm in the Budarz Theater. Golio will be discussing his new book and telling a short “musical story of the young Jimi Hendrix,” using the electric guitar to create sound effects and play snippets of period songs that influenced the young guitarmaster from Seattle.  The event is free and everyone is welcome. Following the presentation, Golio will sign copies of his book which will be available for purchase from the Village Bookstore of Pleasantville. The library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining.  Full-color original art by award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe uses mixed media on recycled plywood to create arresting visuals perfectly suited to this story of a groundbreaking musician. Young readers and music lovers alike will treasure this stunning tribute to an innovator and visionary who changed music forever.  An author's note addresses Hendrix's substance use and lists books and websites where kids, parents, and caregivers can learn about drug and alcohol abuse.  An illustrator's note, source notes, selected discography and videography, and web resources are also included. This is Golio’s first book.  He lives in Ossining, New York, with his wife, the author Susanna Reich, and is available for interviews.  Visit him online at 



Anne. T. Romano, Ph.D., will discuss her latest book, Daughters of Italy: The Journey of Italian-American Women Writers (Xlibris, 2010), at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 17, in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library. The event is free and everyone is welcome. The library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. For information, call the library at 914-941-2416.  Dr. Romano is active in literary and historical associations and has served as President of The American Italian Historical Association, Long Island Regional Chapter.  She is a national lecturer and consultant, speaking at conferences throughout the United States and Europe.  She has received numerous awards, including being named Queens Woman of Distinction by State Senator Serphin Maltese, during NYS Senate's celebration of Women's History Month in 2005, and nominated for the professional excellence in teaching award in 2009, at Nassau Community College on Long Island.



The Library Board of Trustees of the Ossining Public Library will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, October 18, at 7:30pm. 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.



Westchester County Legislator Bill Burton hosts “Serving Our Aging Community”, a free forum on Wednesday, October 20, 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. at the Ossining Public Library, for, with speakers Mae Carpenter, speaking about “Building Senior-Friendly Villages”, Michael Olender, “The Scoop on Health Care Reform” and Ann Darcy, “Senior-Healthy Lifestyles”.  Light refreshments will be available.  For more information call or email call Lisa Penberthy or Daysi Briones at 914-995-2838.  If you are a community organization wanting to provide useful information to attendees at this forum should contact Lisa Penberthy or Daysi Briones. 



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!


Maryknoll Sisters International Bazaar Saturday, October 23, 2010, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining. Unique carvings, jewelry and hand-woven cloth from countries around the world, baked goods and snacks. Raffle, Christmas items, Silent Auction and Children’s corner. Admission is free. Call: 914-941-7575.  Directions: Take Rte. 9A to Rte. 133 and follow the signs.  This year’s Bazaar features a book signing for Vessel of Clay, the Inspirational Journey of Sister Carla, a newly published biography. It tells the story of a Maryknoll missioner in Chile who volunteered to help the Church in El Salvador in a situation of extreme violence. Sr. Carla died in a flash flood while assisting refugees in August 1980. A few months later, her two Maryknoll companions, Sisters Ita and Maura, and two other Church Women, Sr. Dorothy and Jean Donovan, a lay missioner, were murdered. This year is the 30th anniversary of their deaths. The story of this extraordinary woman is told by her lifetime friend Jackie Maggiore who will be on hand to sign copies of the book.  Maryknoll Sisters are a missionary congregation of women religious founded in 1912 in NY  with international membership. We work in 27 countries around the world to Make God’s Love Visible now and for the future. Celebrating our Centennial in 2012, we are ready for the next 100 years! Visit our website to meet our Sisters, see our work, join our causes and support us in mission!



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:   



The Ossining Public Library presents a conversation with noted journalist Seymour Topping in which his latest book, On the Front Lines of the Cold War: An American Correspondent's Journal from the Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), will be discussed. Michael Buitekant, a resident of Ossining will interview Mr. Topping. The event will take place in the Budarz Theater on Saturday, October 23, at 2:00pm, at the Ossining Public Library, located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. The event is free and everyone is welcome.  At the conclusion of the conversation between Mr. Topping and Mr. Buitekant, there will be a short question and answer session, followed by a book signing. Copies of his latest book, On the Front Lines of the Cold War: An American Correspondent's journal from the Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam, will be available for purchase from the Village Bookstore of Pleasantville.

Seymour Topping has had a varied career as foreign correspondent, editor, university professor and author. He retired last July as Administrator of the Pulitzer after nine years of service and was appointed San Paolo Professor Emeritus of International Journalism at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, he was a member of The New York Times for thirty years as chief correspondent in Moscow and Southeast Asia, foreign editor, deputy managing editor and managing editor from 1986 to 1987. After service as an infantry officer in the Pacific during World War II, he covered the Chinese Civil War for The Associated Press, the French Indochinese War, London and Berlin before joining the New York Times in 1959.



Father Michael Lapsley toSpeak at Maryknoll Apartheid Fighter Survived Letter Bomb Attack; Goes from Victim to Victor  Anglican priest and missioner Father Michael Lapsley will present “The Time Has Come to Forgive and Forget” at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2:30 p.m. as part of the Maryknoll Speakers Series.  Fr. Lapsley will explore how people can forget and forgive from both personal experience and a biblical perspective. For those struggling with everyday or extraordinary grief and loss, his story offers new perspective and healing.  Born in New Zealand, Michael Lapsley joined his religious order, the Society of Sacred Missions, in Australia.  In 1973 he moved to South Africa, eventually becoming chaplain to both black and white students at the very height of the apartheid oppression.  When he began to speak out on behalf of students who were shot, detained and tortured, he was expelled from the country.  In neighboring Lesotho he continued his anti-apartheid work and was targeted by South African operatives with a letter bomb hidden between two Christian magazines. Seriously burned, Fr. Lapsley lost both hands and the sight in one eye.  Since then, he's gone from victim to survivor to victor, helping to found the organization, The Institute for Healing of Memories.  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  RSVP to Colleen R. Brathwaite,, 914-941-7636 ext. 2445.  Maryknoll’s interactive Museum of Living Mission and gift shop will be open before and after the presentation.   For Direction call 914-941-7636 ext. 2294.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the chief mission outreach of the American Roman Catholic Church, serves the poor in 27 countries. During 2011, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will commemorate its centennial. The theme of the centennial year -- The Gift of Mission – The Maryknoll Journey -- will celebrate the missionary organization as it continues to compassionately combat poverty, provide healthcare, build communities, promote human rights and share God’s love.  For more information about Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, visit



Spirit of Jazz Concert To Benefit Phelps Hospice October 24 at Irvington Town Hall Theater  Jazz singers Melissa Walker and Tessa Souter will present an afternoon of song and style on October 24, 2010 at Irvington Town Hall Theater from 3 to 5 pm. Titled Spirit of Jazz, the concert will benefit the hospice program at Phelps Memorial Hospit al Center, Sleepy Hollow.  The two jazz songstresses will be backed up by a quartet of outstanding musicians: saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Ron McClure, drummer Billy Drummond and pianist Oscar Perez.  Melissa Walker has enjoyed a wide and varied career as a jazz vocalist with performances at the Kennedy Center Women in Jazz Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Joe's Pub and The Jazz Standard in Manhattan. She has opened for the legendary Ray Charles and performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis at the Duke Ellington Centennial Celebration.  Tessa Souter's unique singing style infuses jazz with the soul and passion of flamenco, Middle Eastern, African and Brazilian music. Her performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in 2009 earned her a stunning review: All proceeds from the concert will go to support Phelps Hospice, a program that provides professional and dignified services to families and patients at the end of life, in their homes or in the hospital or a health care facility.  Concert tickets at $35 each may be obtained online at or by calling the Irvington Town Hall Theater box office at 914-591-6602.



Rosanne Cash to Appear at Ossining Public Library For over three decades Rosanne Cash has been one of the most compelling figures in popular music. She has achieved international acclaim as a singer-songwriter as well as an author of essays and short stories. The Ossining Public Library is proud to announce that Rosanne Cash will appear in the Budarz Theater at the library on Monday, October 25, at 7:30pm. Ms. Cash will be promoting her long-awaited memoir, Composed (Viking, August 2010). The event is free though tickets are required as space is limited. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling the library at (914) 941-2416 ext. 327.  Tickets are limited to four per person and a library card will be required at time of pick-up.  Composed is the deeply personal story of an artist finding her voice – both figuratively and literally – in the context of her family legacy, of dealing with the music business, and of her desire to preserve some measure of privacy in a life that has been too often subjected to public scrutiny. As moving, disarming, and elusive as one of her classic songs, Composed is Rosanne Cash’s testament to the power of art, tradition and love to transform a life.

Ms. Cash will be featured in an interview setting during the October 25 program and will be interviewed by Mary McDonaugh Murphy, author of Scout, Atticus and Boo (Harper, June 2010). Following the interview will be a short question and answer session. Ms. Cash will then sign copies of her memoir. Copies of her book will be available for sale at the event, provided by The Village Book Store of Pleasantville. Rosanne Cash’s fourteen albums have charted eleven number one singles. She is the author of two previous books, Bodies of Water (Harper, 1995), a collection of short stories and a children’s book, Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale (Harper, 2000).



Hudson Veterinary Hospital is hosting a day of preventative health care screening and testing.  Testing your pet on a prescribed schedule helps establish healthy baseline values and can identify problems early rather than waiting for obvious signs of illness.  Same day results!
Call the office for more information or to set up and appointment! 914-762-0063
Comprehensive Blood Panel - $15, Urinalysis - $15, Fecal Analysis - $15, October 26th from 10am-1pm (no walk-ins please).  You do not have to be a client of Hudson Veterinary Hospital to participate in this program! ALL HEALTHY PETS ARE WELCOME!  176 North Highland Avenue, Ossining.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter! (Don't forget to check out their low cost spay/neuter Thursdays!)

The Ossining Public Library continues the second season of the film series, THE LAW THROUGH FILM, with the screening of the film INHERIT THE WIND, on Thursday, October 28 at 6:30pm, in the Budarz Theater located in the library at 53 Croton Avenue, in Ossining. The 1960 film, Inherit the Wind, directed by Stanley Kramer features a star-studded cast that includes Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, Gene Kelly, Donna Anderson and Harry Morgan. Following the film, there will be a discussion focusing on the topic of Intelligent Design.  The film provides the foundation for a discussion about the concept of Intelligent Design. Intelligent Design is a theory that acknowledges evolution yet presumes that there is a “designer” behind it. Intelligent Design avoids naming the “designer” and has been controversial in recent years having been adopted into school curriculum prompting great legal debate. The film and discussion are free and everyone is welcome. Those attending are encouraged to voice their questions and opinions on the issue.   Up-coming films in the series include M.I.L.K. (December 16 at 6:30pm) followed by a discussion about gay marriage.  Together with the Ossining Public Library, Lehmann & Lehmann Legal Communications is sponsoring the second season of the “Law as Seen Through Film”. The series’ mission is to get the community thinking and talking about legal issues that may or may not directly affect them. Great film, past and present, serves as the vehicle to incite participation and discussion. For information, call 721-2416.



John Hawkins Book Group October Meeting at Ossining Public library  On Thursday, October 28 the Ossining Public Library Thursday Evening Book Discussion Group will discuss "New World Coming: the 1920's and the Making of Modern America" by Nathan Miller (2003). The group will meet at 7:00 pm in the second floor Conference Room. Nathan Miller, award-winning journalist and author, has chronicled the tempestuous decade, known as the Jazz Age, which began in the aftermath of the Great War and ended with the Crash of 1929 and the onset of the Great Depression. John Hawkins will moderate the discussion. Copies of the book may be obtained at the main floor Information Desk. Free. Everyone welcome. For information, call 914-941-2416.


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


Ossining Union Free School District Health & Wellness Fair and PTA Clothing Sale  Saturday, November 6, 2010, Time:  10am - 2pm at Claremont School, 30 Claremont Road, Ossining.  Fair will include Blood Pressure Screenings, Flu Information, WCDOH,  Warm Up Ossining, Masons Child Identification & Safety Information, Dental Screenings and Education, Ossining Open Door,  Asthma Education, Fidelis Insurance, TD Bank, Whitsons Food Service, Eat Smart New York!, Ossining Police Department – Child Car Seat Safety Checks, OVAC Ambulance Tours, PTA Clothing Sale, and lots more!


Ossining Fire Department Blood DriveThe Ossining Volunteer Fire Department will be sponsoring a Blood Drive on Thursday, November 11, 2010 from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Northside Firehouse located at 21 Snowden Ave., Ossining.  Walk-ins are welcomed.  For additional information contact Co-chairmen Frank Sylvester (420-0024) or Rich Wheeler (494-7327).  DONATE BLOOD NOW . . . you may get it back someday


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