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OSSINING WEB BLAST 1-20-2011
Release Date: January 20, 2011

The Village Board is seeking applicants to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission, the Environmental Advisory Council, and the Landlord Tenant Relations Council (1 tenant vacancy, 2 landlord vacancies and 1 impartial member.)  For additional information on any of these Boards or to send a letter of interest contact the Assistant Village Manager, Christina Papes at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562, cpapes@villageofossining.org or 941-3554.

 

 

Bring your ice skates… The Veterans Park Pond is open (weather dependent) for Ice Skating. Call the Recreation Department for ice conditions and hours of operation, their number is 941-3189. 

 

 

Stop Those Energy Leaks…Con Edison Launches $50 Home Energy Survey

Con Edison customers can get a home energy survey for $50 and receive energy-saving bulbs and other devices at no extra cost.  This new program is part of the company commitment to help customers save on energy bills while helping the environment. Con Edison residential electric customers in one-to-four family homes are eligible for the incentives.  Con Edison “Green Team” professionals are now available to visit customers’ homes and provide a customized list of recommendations on how best to save money. While there, experts will install free energy-saving products such as CFLs, a Smart power strip, and other free energy-saving devices, all at no extra cost.  “This survey is an easy, yet detailed way to show our customers how to save money on their bills and run their homes at peak efficiency” said Cristina Coltro, energy efficiency programs manager, Con Edison.  Con Edison has an energy efficiency program available for almost everyone. For more information, visit www.conEd.com/energyefficiency  or call Con Edison’s “Green Team” at 1-877-870-6118.  For additional information, visit Con Ed on the Web at www.conEd.com, or at their green site, www.conEd.com/thepowerofgreen, or find them on Facebook at Power of Green.

 

 

A group of local AmeriCorps members are going to be renovating the children’s nursery room at the First Presbyterian Church at 34 South Highland Avenue in Ossining. The church community is very generous in allowing us and various community groups to utilize their space to host events, programs, and support groups. We are looking to clean and paint the room, install floor mats for safety, and fill it with nice, developmentally appropriate toys, as a token of our appreciation. So far, we have done fundraising and have received some generous toy donations. However, we are still looking for donations of children’s foam floor mats, paint brushes, rollers, and trays, and gently used toys including dolls, trucks, blocks, puzzles, games, dress up clothes, books, etc.  (The floor mats would especially be appreciated!) If anyone has any of these items and is willing to donate or for more information: please contact Erin Maher at 914-502-1437 or emaher@ood.org. The project will be completed on February 23-24th. Thank you for your support!

 

 

Big Top in Ossining is having a SALE! 75% OFF ALL Seasonal Items; this includes Valentines, St Patrick’s, Easter, Communion / Confirmation and ALL seasons.   Everything else:  Toys, Beauty Supplies, Partyware, Stationary, Gifts, Greeting Cards, Gift wrap, and much more are 50% OFF.   Come in and you will find a great deal and service with a smile J  Sale does not include: LOTTO, Food/Drinks/Candy, Tobacco, Phone Cards, and Newspapers. 

 

 

Community Singing Group “Old Mill Singers” Invites New Members To Join For its 40th Anniversary Show The Old Mill Singers invites teens and adults who enjoy singing to join them as they prepare for their upcoming show in June 2011.  They will be celebrating their fortieth anniversary of performing shows for the Westchester community.  They will include a variety of songs from past concerts, as well as songs that highlight their future.  A largely amateur chorus, The Old Mill Singers tackle most styles of music – pop, jazz, Broadway, folk, ethnic, novelty acts and even some original numbers composed by our members.  They may do a little bit of classical, but unlike most local choral groups their focus is on lighter fare. 

Rehearsals begin on Tuesday night, January 18, 2011.  Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s-On-The-Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive in Ossining.  They have no formal auditions so if you like to sing, come give them a try and sit in on a rehearsal. The ability to read music is not required -  just the ability to sing in tune in a group.  President John Massey says, “I probably couldn’t get into most of the choruses in Westchester County, but director Gary Bratt has the skill to take a hodge-podge of just plain folks and make us sound good.”  In fact, that is a hallmark of who they are – an eclectic mix of some very good singers and some just very good people – who like to have fun with music and with each other.  Gary Bratt has been their director for most of the forty years they’ve been around.  They now have about sixty active members, men and women of all ages and from all walks of life.  Also, they have a separate children’s chorus that performs in the concerts, so Old Mill is truly a family affair. 

In addition to our semi-annual concerts, The Old Mill Singers perform at community functions and local nursing homes.  They also sing a portion of our holiday concert in the lobby of the Met Life Building in New York City, entertaining commuters as they head for Grand Central Terminal.   See them on the web at www.oldmillsingers.org or on Facebook.  Prospective members should contact our Membership Chairman, Sharon Brana at oldmillsingers@gmail.com or 914 762-3765.

 

 

Contest Announcement…Ossining Council #311 K of C to Sponsor Youth Free Throw Championship  All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held Friday, January 21, 2011 at 6:45pm at St. Augustine School gym, 381 No. Highland Ave., Ossining.  The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls will compete in their respective age and gender divisions. Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest.  All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact: Xavier Flores at xflores11@mail.com.  With more than 1.7 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families, and young people. In 2009, the Knights of Columbus at all levels of the organization raised and distributed $151 million to charity and rendered 69 million hours of volunteer service.

 

 

Teatown Events: 

-Saturday, January 22, 7:00 - 8:00pm             Full Moon Hike

ALL WELCOME. Everything changes when the sun goes down and the full moon rises. Hike with us to the Pine Forest to see who is about on a winter’s night. Not suitable for children under six.

-Sunday, January 23, 1:00 - 2:30pm    Winter Discovery Hike

ALL WELCOME. A winter afternoon is the perfect time for a winter hike. Tracks, scat, and other traces of animal life are easy to see if there is snow on the ground.  Even without snow there is plenty to see in the winter woods.

-Saturday, January 29, 1:00 - 2:30pm                 Winter Weeds

ALL WELCOME.  What remains behind when summer blooms fade?  Join Maggie Pichura on this walk to locate the dormant vestiges of herbaceous plants. 

 

Shake off the winter blues!  Teatown Lake Reservation announces the winter schedule for its popular Children’s Discovery Programs, which include programs for young children ages 2 – 5. 

Winter Children’s Discovery Series

 The Winter Children’s Discovery Series is a 4-week program that encourages children to discover and explore the world around them.  Young explorers benefit from all that the winter season brings to Teatown in two separate programs beginning the week of February 7, 2011.  Each program is packed with age appropriate activities, including crafts, stories and outdoor explorations. 

-The Little Treehuggers program is geared towards 2 – 3 year olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  Sessions are on Tuesdays from 10:00 am – 11:15 am, beginning on Tuesday, February 8th or on Wednesdays from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm, beginning on Wednesday, February 9th, running for 4 weeks (no class during the week of February 21st).  The fee is $70 for Teatown members or $85 for nonmembers.

-The Knee Hi Nature program is for 4 and 5 year olds. Sessions are on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, beginning on Tuesday, February 8th or on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 11:30 am, beginning on Wednesday, February 9th, running for 4 weeks.  The fee is $70 for Teatown members or $85 for nonmembers.

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.)

 

 

Jesse A. Collyer Youth Sports 2011 Spring Baseball, Softball and Tee Ball Registration Walk-up registration LAST day on Saturday January 22 from 11am till 1pm at Claremont School. You must register in person if your child is participating for the first time. A copy of your child's birth certificate must accompany the registration form along with the proper payment. Cash or check only, no credit cards are accepted.  If your child has already registered in a Jesse Collyer program then you can download a copy of the registration form, fill it out and mail it in with a check. Please do not send in cash.  Any child ages 5-16 may participate. The cutoff date for each age group is April 30th. All Tee ball players must be 5 on or before April 30th 2010.   For more information go to our website   http://www.jcysports.org. 

 

 

SAVOR THE FLAVOR! January 22, 2011 5:30-9:30 Come join us for the 3rd annual New Orleans Mardi Gras style extravaganza and enjoy some New Orleans style food and fun while supporting the continued rebuild of New Orleans!  There will be authentic New Orleans food, live music by the VooDUDES, dancing, raffle prizes, silent auction with items priced for everyone's pocketbook including jewelry, art, wine, food, gift baskets etc.   This year the event will be held at Briarcliff Congregational Church, Beebe Hall, 30 So. State Rd., Briarcliff Manor.

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Let us cook for your SUPERBOWL Party/Dinner/Game Watch!   Visit our website to see the menu and order Savor the Flavor tickets, raffle tickets, get directions, see pictures from previous events and get more information about these fundraising efforts.  You can also see the menu and order Super Bowl foodwww.briarcliffchurch.org   or www.scarboroughchurch.org  or call Jane Ozer at 914-762-7502.  For more information about Savor the Flavor and donations go to:  https://www.chi-cash-advance.com/sforms/appeal880/contribute.aspx; for more information on Superbowl food go to:  https://www.chi-cash-advance.com/sforms/appeal890/contribute.aspx  All proceeds go to support the continued rebuilding of New Orleans by youth and adult volunteers.

 

 

Teen Open Mic Night Saturday, January 22nd @ 7:30-10:30 pm FREE ADMISSION!  SINGERS, DANCERS, MUSICIANS, POETS, STAND-UP COMICS ... Sing, dance and laugh along with the winter blues.  Join us for a great evening at Josie's for the first series
of Teen Open Mic Night!  Warm, charming atmosphere.  Hot cocoa, coffee & desserts sold!  Equipment Available:  Piano, 88-Key Weighted Keyboard, 2 Classical/Folk Guitars, Microphone, Ipod Connection.  SIGN UP @ 6:30-7:30 pm Early RSVP's Welcome, Call (914) 432-8502 or email Josie @ jlariccia@optonline.net. Josie's Int'l School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining (914) 432-8502.  www.josiedance.com. 

 

 

Atria on the Hudson Open House.  You're invited to an Open House this Sunday, January 23rd, from 2 to 4 p.m. Visit their leasing center to learn more about the wonderful amenities, services, events and programs that Atria on the Hudson offers. In just a month and a half, Westchester Seniors will be calling it home. RSVP to Gary Potts at gary.potts@atriaseniorliving.com or 914-762-1980. Seniors, are you interested in joining the folks at Atria for lunch on Tuesday January 25th?  If so contact Janis Castaldi at 762-1980, the professionals at Atria look forward to seeing you at 321 North Highland Ave, Ossining, 10562 (www.atriaonthehudson.com)

 

 

Free Classical Guitar Concert - Guitar Music from the Renaissance to the Contemporary.  Come and listen to guitarist Peter Griggs perform 500 years of music for guitar.  Sunday, January 23rd at 4:00 PM.  Trinity Episcopal Church, Ossining located at 7 South Highland Avenue at the intersection of Route 9, Main Street, and Croton Avenue.  The parking lot entrance is on Ellis Place.  A reception to greet the artist will be held immediately following the concert in the parish hall.  www.trinityossining.org.



Hudson Chorale to Hold Inaugural Concert On Sunday, January 23, 2011, the new 90-voice Hudson Chorale will take the stage for the first time, featuring the Brahms Requiem scored for two pianos as the centerpiece of its debut concert entitled “Heaven’s Harmony.”  The chorus, now the largest vocal ensemble in Westchester and surrounding counties, was formed when two long-standing local choruses, the Choral Arts Society and the Westchester Concert Singers, merged last July.  The concert will take place at the Horace Greeley High School, 70 Roaring Brook Road, Chappaqua, at 4:00 pm.  Brahms dedicated his powerful Requiem to the whole of humanity, and in the words of his friend, Clara Schumann, “It is a truly tremendous piece of art which moves the entire being in a way little else does.”  The concert will also include Eric Helmuth’s joyous and celebratory Farther Sail, a work based on the poetry of Walt Whitman, Ned Rorem’s Love Alone, and the beautiful, lush Magnificat from Franz Liszt’s Dante Symphony.  Michael Conley, Music Director, will be conducting.  Mr. Conley, the former conductor of the Choral Arts Society, is a celebrated composer, pianist, organist and singer as well as conductor and has high expectations for this new group, the size of which will permit a broader range of repertoire and greater depth of professionalism and musicianship.  Both he and the chorus members are excited about the inaugural program and look forward to sharing it with the public.  For anyone wishing to attend this event, tickets are $25, $10 for students, and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (914) 462-3212 or through the website: www.hudsonchorale.org.  Horace Greeley High School has ample parking and is handicap accessible.

 

 

Public Invited To Musical Rehearsal For New Mass That Will Celebrate Centennial of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers “Missa ad Gentes” Composed By Father Jan Michael Joncas

A new Mass by Jan Michael Joncas, liturgical theologian and composer of contemporary Catholic music that includes On Eagle’s Wings, will debut in Ossining during January to begin celebration of the centennial year of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. An “open rehearsal” of the Mass will be offered to the public on Sunday, January 23, 3-4 p.m., at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining.  Reservations for this rehearsal are not required and admission is free. Neighbors of all faiths are welcome, including members of local choirs, musicians and music directors. Should inclement weather occur on January 23, a recording regarding the rehearsal will be available by calling 914-941-7636, ext. 2299.  Maryknoll commissioned Father Joncas to compose this new Mass to commemorate the anniversary of its 1911 founding. Titled Missa ad Gentes, or Mass to the Peoples, the new composition incorporates musical elements that represent both Maryknoll's United States heritage and the diverse cultures in which Maryknoll missioners serve. The cultures represented in the Mass include Americana along with African-American, Asian, Russian and Hispanic influences from Latin America.  The texts for the Mass are from the new Roman Missal scheduled for use by all Catholic parishes in the United States during the later portion of 2011. The choir, under the direction of Lucille Naughton, director of music at Maryknoll, is composed of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners and Maryknoll employees along with friends and neighbors.  The Maryknoll Gift Shop will be open during the event. Located in the Maryknoll Mission Center, the store features children’s books, alpaca items, flameless candles, African jewelry, cards and religious items, Cambodian silk accessories and Orbis books at a 40 percent discount from list price. Regular hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Telephone: 914-941-7636 x 2427.  Follow Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MaryknollNews and Facebook at www.facebook.com/maryknollsociety.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is the overseas mission outreach of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, serving the poor and others in need in 27 countries. For more information, visit www.maryknollsociety.org .

 

 

Baskets for Bucks This is St. Ann's signature and ultimate fund raiser of the season!  On January 29th   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.

Start times for teams are as follows:  1:00 – 1:30 - 4th Girls, 7th Girls

    1:30 – 2:00 - 8th Boys, 3rd Boys

    2:00 – 2:30 - 8th Girls, 4th Boys

    2:30 – 3:00 – 7th Boys, 5th Boys

    3:00 – 3:45 – 6th Boys, 5th Girls, 3rd Girls

Each team should arrive at the beginning of their specified shooting session.  The event is held in a carnival-like atmosphere with games, food, music (DJ Oddes) 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 IPOD Touch 4th Generation, a DSi XL Bundle, NY Knick Tickets, and New York Yankee Tickets!  The proceeds of this event go directly to our St. Ann’s CYO Basketball program.  Historically; Basket-for-Bucks has generated proceeds between $5,000 and $7,000 per year! We hope this year to top them all!  To donate you can contact any of the committee members at any of our home-stands or contact our CYO Coordinator - Gavin Quain (914) 643-3271.

 

 

In Celebration of Catholic Schools Week  St. Augustine School will host PreK through 8th Grade Open Houses You are invited to join them as we kick off the celebration of  Catholic Schools Week!  On Sunday, January 30th you are welcome to come to their Family Mass at 10 a.m. and attend their first Open House.  You are invited to take a guided tour of our school, meet the faculty and staff, enjoy refreshments and meet other St. Augustine school parents and students.  Additional Open Houses: Monday ~ January 31st  9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Tuesday ~ February 1st  9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.  http://www.staugustineschool.org/admissions.shtml; Admissions@StAugustineSchool.org.   

 

 

“Managing Your Career In Changing Times” Paves The Way to Employment for Job Seekers  The Ossining Public Library (http://ossininglibrary.org/) in conjunction with WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service will offer a free eight-week career counseling seminar for adults called “Managing Your Career in Changing Times.” The seminar begins Wednesday, February 2. All seminars will be held at the Library from 1-3pm.  Registration is required and those who wish to attend the program must call WEBS at (914) 674-3612 on or after January 18th to register.  Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  WEBS helps participants assess themselves, obtain career and educational information, explore career options, and market themselves.  Participants will also learn how to use the Internet in their job search.  The program is geared to those who are unemployed, changing careers, reentering the workforce or returning to school.  The nineteen-hour workshop consists of an orientation session, eight group sessions, and one individual session with a career counselor.  The Ossining Public Library is one of five public libraries in the county participating in the WEBS project.  Sponsored by the Westchester Library System, WEBS has counseled more than 30,000 adults over the last 30 years.

 

 

Friends of 49' are Pleased to Announce and Sponsor BSA Troop 49's Annual Pasta Dinner & Basket Raffle on Saturday, February 5, 2011, 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, Dessert.  Bring your Family and Friends.  Enjoy a Delicious Dinner and help Support the Scouting Program. 

 

 

Let’s Get Your House SOLD: Home Staging for the ‘Average’ Homeowner Even though Westchester’s housing market is starting to head in the right direction, there’s still a lot of inventory for buyers to choose from.  Will your property make the first cut with prospective buyers at the Open House?  How about your online listing photos?

            You may have heard the term Home Staging before, but do you know what it means, or how it can work? Maybe you’ve seen some TV shows and have decided it’s just not feasible for your property?

            Staging a property is always a business decision, but when you are living in it, there can be challenges you don’t see addressed in those neat and tidy 30 minute solutions.  If you are thinking about selling your home, come to the Ossining Public Library on Saturday, February 5th at 10am FIRST, to meet Marie Graham, owner of the refreshed home. Understand the whys and hows, learn how to see your house thru the eyes of a buyer, see some of her befores and afters, and walk away with her Top Ten Quick! Easy! Cheap! Ways to put your property’s best foot forward.  Marie is a professional Stager and Interior Decorator, and has been creating workable solutions for her clients since 1981. Bring a pad of paper, your questions, even your photos. Spring market is coming, is your house ready?  Marie Graham 914.607.2895 Phone/Fax, marie@therefreshedhome.com. 

 

 

With January ending, Valentine's Day isn't far behind! So mark Saturday, February 5 on your calendar. That's when the Lantern Gift Shop of St. Paul's-On-The-Hill (Episcopal) Church will hold its annual Valentine Sale and Bake Sale. There are cards and gifts for those you love, and the Bake Sale in the Parish Hall will provide a warm place to relax with a cup of (free!) coffee or tea. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snow date: February 12. The shop will resume regular Saturday hours of 10 AM to 1 PM on the 12th if the snow date is not used.   

            The church and its Lantern Gift Shop are at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, just east of 9A, off Rte 133. For directions or other information, call the church office at 941-6627,  or go on line to: www.stpaulsonthehill.org. The Lantern shop is adjacent to the church at the Ganung Drive entrance.

 

 

Seventh Annual Teatown Hudson River EagleFest  Teatown Lake Reservation will host the Seventh Annual Hudson River EagleFest on Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  EagleFest Headquarters and all theaters will be located in heated tents at Westchester County’s Croton Point Park, with additional eagle viewing sites located at the Croton train station boat ramp, George’s Island in Montrose and Riverfront Green in Peekskill.  Hudson Valley EagleFest 2011 is made possible by a broad collaboration of 28 organizations united to promote appreciation of an environmentally healthy and vibrant bald eagle population in the Hudson Hills and Highlands. In the event of severe weather, the alternate date for the EagleFest will be Sunday, February 6th.  EagleFest coincides with the annual winter gathering of the bald eagle in the lower Hudson Valley and offers participants a chance to observe our national symbol up close in their natural setting.  Adults and children attending EagleFest will learn about the bald eagle’s natural history, recent recovery, and habitat needs through activities led by local experts and environmental conservationists.  EagleFest activities will include:

Eagle Headquarters at Croton Point Park. Heated tents filled with educational displays, collaborator’s exhibits and children’s activities about bald eagles and other birds of prey.

Eagle Theatre (seating 325). Shows include:

10:00   “Close Encounters with Wintering Eagles and Owls” with Bill Streeter from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, $5

11:00   “Close Encounters with Wintering Eagles and Owls” with Bill Streeter, $5

12:00   “Close Encounters with Wintering Eagles and Owls” with Bill Streeter, $5         
1:00     “Eagles and More” with Hope Douglas, executive director of Wind Over Wings, $5

2:00     “Eagles and More” with Hope Douglas, $5

3:00     “Flight of the Raptors” with Falconer James Eyring, $5

Tickets can be purchased in advance at 914-762-2912, ext. 110.

Eaglet Stage (Seating 100). Shows include:

Jonathan Kruk Storyteller – Acclaimed children’s storyteller

Walkabout Clearwater Chorus – presents “Singing for the River”

Joe Duraes Music – presents “Hudson River and Back Again”

Teatown raptor presentation

Eagle identification slide show

Bird Walks. Join expert birders on guided walks around Croton Point Park to see the various birds that frequent the area.  8:45am, 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm and 2:45pm

Eagle Exploration Bus Tour. The tour will begin at the headquarters at Croton Point Park and will visit three eagle viewing sites. The 2-hour tour is geared to adults and teens (12 years and older), and offers the expertise of an environmental educator in the comfort of a chartered 45-seat bus. Tour times: 9:30-11:30am and 2:00-4:00pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance for $20 at 914-762-2912, ext.110.

Eagle Viewing Sites Along the Hudson River. Individuals and families can visit at no charge three eagle-spotting sites along the Hudson River: (1) Croton-Harmon train station boat ramp (Sponsored by Saw Mill River Audubon Society); (2) George’s Island Park in Montrose; and (3) Riverfront Green in Peekskill.  Each site will be staffed by eagle experts with spotting scopes, warming tents and hot chocolate.

Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest 2011 is generously sponsored by Westchester County Parks Department, Westchester County, Friends of Westchester County Parks, Club Fit, WHUD, and TD Bank.

In the event of severe weather, the alternate date for the EagleFest will be Sunday, February 6th. Please check Teatown’s website — www.teatown.org — for program details and weather updates, or call Teatown at (914) 762-2912, ext. 110.

About the Bald Eagle in the Hudson Valley

Each winter, between December and March, bald eagles from Canada and northern New York and New England fly south to the lower Hudson Valley to feed on fish and waterfowl found in unfrozen waters.  The bald eagle, which was considered an endangered species prior to 1995, shed its federal threatened status in 2007.  Biologists estimate that about 150 bald eagles overwinter in the Lower Hudson Valley, but according to the Bedford Audubon Society this number is growing!  Bedford Audubon Society annually conducts Lower Hudson Valley surveys of roosting bald eagles at several sites along the River and at the New Croton Reservoir.  Their research indicates a steady increase in the number of bald eagles wintering in this area.  Studies also show that the lower Hudson Valley is one of the largest wintering areas for bald eagles in the eastern lower 48 states outside of the Chesapeake Bay region. According to Birder’s World, the Hudson Valley was ranked # 18 on their list of best bald eagle viewing spot in the country. Every year the bald eagles’ return affirms the continued health of the Hudson River and nearby habitats for wildlife and people – and a reminder that people working together can make a difference!  About Teatown Lake Reservation Teatown Lake Reservation is a nonprofit, regional environmental organization with an 893-acre nature preserve and education center located in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle, New York.  Teatown’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.  Teatown is devoted to conserving biodiversity, teaching ecology and promoting nature-friendly living throughout the Hudson Hills and Highlands.  For more information, contact Lydia Howie at (914) 248-1112 or (914) 659-5048.

 

 

Desires by Mikolay Charity Shopping Cocktail Party to benefit SPCA of Westchester 15% off purchases with an additional 15% donated to the SPCA of Westchester.  The event will be held on Saturday, February 5th from 5 – 9 p.m. at Desires by Mikolay, 55 King Street, Chappaqua.  Bring your friends and join them for complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres!  Come find the perfect gift for that special Valentine or treat yourself to your heart’s desire!  To RSVP or if you have any questions, please contact lisa@spca914.org or call 941-2896 ext.22. 

 

 

The Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson will host "Sweet Charity" Chocolate Tasting Benefit on Saturday, February 5th from 7:00-9:00pm!  The event will feature a professional chocolate tasting with Odyssey Chocolates followed by a reception and live auction.  The event will be held at Kendal on Hudson, 1010 Kendal Way in Sleepy Hollow.  Please go to www.jlwoh.org or call 914-631-2542 to purchase tickets.

 

 

Congregation Sons of Israel Nursery School Open House February 13, 2011, 3:00pm – 4:30pm  Parents and children are welcome to come experience all the school has to offer. Visit classrooms, play games, do arts & crafts.  Meet the Director and teachers.  Learn about our Summer Camp and special programs.  Also your child will have the opportunity to get FREE fingerprinting and receive ID’s.  Come join us at 1666 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, 10510.  (914)762-6396, email education@csibriarcliff.org or visit the website at www.csibriarcliff.org. 

 

 

An Old Man Makes a Long Journey To Mend His Relationship With His Brother “The Straight Story” is February Feature At International Film Festival By Maryknoll Fathers And Brothers  The featured film for February as part of the 2010-2011 International Film Festival sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. It will be shown Friday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining. Admission is free.  The Straight Story is a 1999 France-U.S.-U.K. film from director David Lynch. It is based on a true story of an old man who makes a long journey by tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother.  The film festival provides nine monthly offerings from September to April. The current series, Life through Death: Self-giving Love and the Joy of Reconciliation, includes an introduction by a Maryknoll missioner and a brief discussion after the screening.  For more information contact:  Nancy Kleppel at 914-941-7590 or nkleppel@maryknoll.org. Follow Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MaryknollNews and Facebook at www.facebook.com/maryknollsociety.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is the overseas mission outreach of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, following Jesus in serving the poor and others in need in 27 countries. All Catholics are called to mission through baptism, and Maryknoll’s mission education outreach in parishes and schools throughout the country engages U.S. Catholics in mission through prayer, donations, as volunteers and through vocations.  The Society will commemorate its centennial with a theme of The Gift of Mission – The Maryknoll Journey. These missionaries will celebrate as they continue their journey into the next 100 years to share God’s love and the Gospel in combating poverty, providing healthcare, building communities and promoting human rights.  For more information, visit www.maryknollsociety.org/filmfest. 

 


The Charles L. Brieant Community Center will be hosting the following event:  May 7th: A celebration of the Foods and Wines of the greater Ossining area.  In development: A Youth Art Show that celebrates the history of Ossining.  For further information, contact Norman H. Fulton at 941-0000 or email brieantcenter@comcast.net.

 

 

The Ossining Farmers Market moved indoors January 8th. Community Markets sponsors the market located at the Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 S. State Road every Saturday from 9 am to 1pm through May 21st.   The market features fresh local, certified organic produce, artisinal organic breads, pickles, fish, meat, eggs, cheese, herbs, baked goods and specialty foods, handmade chutney, and mushrooms.  Community Markets will also be hosting events; January 8th from 10am-noon folk singer Fred Gillen will entertain.  January 15th 10am-noon., Chef Miguel of Ossining’s Karma Lounge will cook using vegetables and condiments from the market.  Visit our website for more details: www.communitymarkets.biz. The Ossining Farmers Market now accepts (EBT) food stamps.  Plenty of parking on site.

 

 

Orchid Condominiums at 73 Spring Street in Ossining:  One-bedroom condominiums $130,000, two-bedroom condominiums $160,000.  Maximum Income Limits Apply ($58,600 -$83,800, based on number of persons in household.)  Why rent when you can own your own home, for more information please call IFCA 941-5252.  Applications are available. 

 

 

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