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Release Date: September 29, 2011

Public Meeting on Town and Village of Ossining Evaluation of Potential Government Structures to be Held Oct. 13; Opportunity to Learn about Project and Provide Feedback, A public meeting will be held on Thursday, October 13 for residents and taxpayers to learn about – and provide feedback on – a study recently initiated by the Town and Village of Ossining to determine how services can be delivered to their respective constituencies in the most efficient and cost effective manner. The community forum will be held from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, Ossining, NY.



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 15 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 file-size (10”x12”x15”) of papers are allowed for shredding by each resident.



The Village seeks candidates for appointment to the open position of Village Trustee.  Letters of interest and resumes will be accepted until Friday, September 30, 2011 and may be forwarded to the Board of Trustees, c/o the Village Manager’s Office, Second Floor, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562 Att.:  Ingrid Richards, Assistant Village Manager or emailed to  



Ossining Recreation & Parks Fall Family Fun Day at “Market Square” SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st Visit the Farmers Market, take a “Hay Ride”, listen to some great music, join the pie eating contest, take home a hand painted pumpkin, make your own scarecrow & have a drink of cider on us!!! It’s a full day of Fall fun. “SCARECROW” -bring old clothes, we supply the hay, build your own; PUMPKIN PAINTING -we have two bins on site and lots of paint; FACE PAINTING -11 to 1pm with Transformations; PIE EATING -Top three win a trophy at 12PM;  HAY RIDES -All day;  IRISH FOLK MUSIC with Don Smith - 11-1:00; Open to all residents Co-sponsored by “Ossining Farmer’s Market”


RABIES ALERT: RABID ANIMALS IN FIVE COMMUNITIES: The Westchester County Department of Health is issuing a rabies alert to residents who may have had contact with a rabid skunk in Mamaroneck, Ossining, Scarsdale, or Katonah or a rabid raccoon in Yorktown. Four animals were killed after behaving aggressively and one that was killed was obviously sick; and four pets that had contact with a rabid animal are receiving rabies booster shots. No individuals had direct contact with any of the rabid animals and these animals are no longer a threat.  The health department used robo-calls to notify residents who live within a quarter-mile of the location where each of the animals was found.  “The good news is that no one that we know of was bitten or scratched by any of these rabid animals,” said Westchester County Acting Commissioner of Health, Dr. Cheryl Archbald.



Town of Ossining Residents, Back to School means School Tax Bills!  Ossining and Briarcliff Manor School Tax- Due September 30, 2011. Call if you did not receive a bill (914) 762-8790.  Gloria Fried, Receiver of Taxes



IMPORTANT PUBLIC ADVISORY: The Village of Ossining Police Department in conjunction with the Village of Ossining Office of Emergency Management has launched a program to help notify the public of emergencies, road closures, hazardous conditions, and other incidents concerning the public within the Village of Ossining. This program, called Nixle, is a free program and allows members of the

public to receive these messages in email, text message, and on a internet web site. Village of Ossining residents are urged to subscribe to receive emergency messages only by texting 10562 to 888777 on their cell phone, or to receive a full complement of messages, including community updates residents can visit and click the sign up now! button.

The Ossining Farmers Market is outdoors at Market Square on the corner of Main and Spring Street from 8:30-2:00, rain or shine. The market features fresh, local foods, including conventional and certified organic produce, certified organic nuts and fair-trade coffee, artisanal baked goods, free-range chicken and eggs, grass-fed beef, fresh fish, Hudson Valley wines, old-fashioned pickles and olives, cut flowers and a variety of specialty foods. Get to know your neighbors and your food better at the farmers market!”



If any community group would like to have an announcement posted in the kiosk at Market Square, please call Community Markets at 923-4837 and we will be happy to accommodate your flyer.  Ask for Stella.  We would appreciate that you not paste it on the glass showcase as we will put it inside.”




FOR STORM RECOVERY$8 Million Program Targeted to Assist Victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched an $8 million appliance grant program for those who sustained property damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The program will help New Yorkers cover the costs of replacing vital household appliances, such as refrigerators, boilers washing machines and furnaces, damaged by the recent flooding. Grants will be a fixed amount for different appliances and could cover up to 100 percent of the costs of a purchase. If the cost of the appliance exceeds the cap, the program will pay a portion of the total costs up to the cap. The program will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Grants will be available for the most critical energy efficient equipment and appliances. Residents statewide in affected areas will be eligible and must affirm that they have been impacted by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee and that these products are not covered by insurance or FEMA assistance. For residents affected by Hurricane Irene, grants on purchases of approved appliances and equipment will be retroactive to Aug. 29, 2011, and for residents affected by Tropical Storm Lee, grants will be retroactive to Sept. 9, 2011. Grants will be for ENERGY STAR© qualified appliances and equipment where applicable. In product categories for which there are no ENERGY STAR criteria, the higher efficiency units will be eligible for a rebate. A list of eligible equipment and appliances and rebate levels is as follows:


Eligible Equipment & Appliances


Refrigerators (ENERGY STAR)


Clothes Washers (ENERGY STAR)


Clothes Dryers w/Moisture Sensor (higher efficiency)


Dehumidifiers (ENERGY STAR)






Hot Water Heater Tanks (electric- higher efficiency; gas- ENERGY STAR)


Purchases of appliances and equipment, with the exception of dehumidifiers, must be for replacement purposes only and purchases covered by insurance or FEMA are not eligible. Audits to verify insurance claims and/or FEMA assistance may be conducted. All grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for completed applications, which will be available beginning Monday, September 19 at or by calling 1-877-NY-SMART (877-697-6278). The grant program will continue until funding runs out.



Photography Exhibit and Digital Photography Program at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library Come to the Briarcliff Manor Public Library from September 6 – October 2 to see an exhibit of evocative landscape photographs from near and far by local photographer Robert Uricchio.  The photos are for sale and 5% of all proceeds will be donated to The Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.  Registration is required at or 941-7072.



The Lantern Gift Shop at St. Paul's on- the- Hill Episcopal Church re-opens for business, Saturday shop hours of 10-1.  The Lantern Gift Shop is located on the church grounds at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.



Ossining Library Events: Thursday, September 1 through Friday, September 30, Art exhibition featuring the work of Shirley Benavides, Sketches and portraiture by Ossining resident Shirley Benavides will be on view in the Library Gallery. Thursday, September 29, 6:30pm The Law as Seen through Film Series Wall Street (1987) Alexandra Lehmann of Lehmann & Lehmann Legal Communications presents a screening and discussion of the 1987 classic Wall Street starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen. The film follows young stock broker Bud Fox, who is willing to do anything to make it to the top, including trading on insider information taken from greedy corporate raider Gordon Gekko. A discussion about the film and its relation to current events will follow the screening. Directed by Oliver Stone, 126 minutes. Free. In the Budarz Theater. Ongoing Mondays, 5-8pm Computer Classes Free. On the 2nd Floor. Ongoing Mondays beginning September 12, 7-8:15pm Beginner/Intermediate Yoga Teen Room librarian Catherine Riedel leads a weekly Hatha Yoga class, an activity that relieves stress and improves focus. Call the Teen Room to register for this FREE class at (914) 941-2416, ext. 336.Free. For ages 12 and up.  In the Budarz Theater. Ongoing Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm

Chess Matches Chess matches for beginners, Grand Masters and everyone in-between. For more information, please contact the Reference Department at (914) 941-2416, ext. 320 or 321.

Free. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. Ongoing Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm English Conversation Group Free. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. Please call (914) 941-2416, ext. 320 to register.

For Teens Ongoing Mondays beginning September 12, 7-8:15pm Beginner/Intermediate Yoga Teen Room librarian Catherine Riedel leads a weekly Hatha Yoga class, an activity that relieves stress and improves focus. Call the Teen Room to register for this FREE class at (914) 941-2416, ext. 336. Free. For ages 12 and up.  In the Budarz Theater. Ongoing Mondays beginning September 26, 7-8:30pm. Math Tutoring Students in grades 6 and up will demystify differential equations and tackle tricky trigonometry with certified math tutors. Please bring homework assignments and problem sets to each session. Free. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. Ongoing Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm Chess Matches Chess matches for beginners, Grand Masters and everyone in-between. For more information, please contact the Reference Department at (914) 941-2416, ext. 320 or 321. Free. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. For



The Ossining Public Library invites cinephiles to enjoy a free night out (or four) at the movies as

it presents Overlooked Orson Welles, a series of lesser-known Orson Welles films. Overlooked

Orson Welles with “The Stranger,” a crime-noir starring Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young

alongside Welles, which tells the story of a War Crimes Commissioner searching for an infamous Nazi in

Connecticut. The series continues on October 5 with “Touch of Evil,” a stark and perverse story of

murder, kidnapping, and police corruption on the Mexican border starring Charlton Heston and Janet

Leigh. Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, and Romy Schneider star alongside Welles in “The Trial,” a

crime drama based on Franz Kafka’s novel following an office worker who is put to trial unaware of his

charges, which will be shown on November 2. The series closes on December 7 with “F for Fake,”

a documentary about the ins-and-outs of art and literature forgery starring Welles, Oja Kodar and

Joseph Cotten. The Overlooked Orson Welles series was curated by Bonnie Katz.



Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan to Perform at the Ossining Public Library in Second “Words & Music” Concert of the Season. On Sunday, October 16, the Ossining Library Foundation will present Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan at 2pm in the intimate 200-seat Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library. The free concert is part of the popular “Words & Music” concert series presented by the Ossining Library Foundation and curated by Ossining resident Alan Marzelli.  Doors open at 1:30pm and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Ossining Public Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. For more information, call (914) 941-2416, ext. 327 or visit Since 1991, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan have gained worldwide recognition for their fresh take on Americana rock in the vein of Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, their music described as “American backyard gasoline rock and roll” by past Words & Music performer Willie Nile. D’Urso has received praise for his passionate songwriting from the New York Times and the BBC, as well as Grammy Award nominations for his 2000 release, “Rock and Roll Station.” D’Urso’s 12th album, “Down Here by the River,” was released in January 2010 and features songs written by Steven Van Zandt and the BoDeans.



Community Singing Group “Old Mill Singers” invites New Members to join for its 2011 Holiday Show:  You are invited to join the Old Mill Singers as we prepare for our upcoming show in December, 2011.  As we continue our celebration of our 40th anniversary, the show will include a variety of holiday themed numbers, popular and classical, highlighting favorites from our history. We begin rehearsals for this holiday show on Tuesday night, September 6, 2011.  Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s-On-The-Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive, in Ossining, NY. 

We have no formal auditions so if you like to sing, come give us 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.   That is who we are – an eclectic mix of some very good singers and just some very good people – who like to have fun with music and with each other. See us on the web at or on Facebook.  Prospective members     should contact our Membership Chairman, Sharon Brana at or 914 762-3765.



The Ossining Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition "O," continues at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill thru October 29th, 2011. Climb the stairs to the Gallery and see the work of 53 members of the Ossining Arts CouncilAlso, Join the OAC on October 14 @ 8PM for HippieFest: A Concert for Peace and Love. Get your groove on with rock legends Dave Mason, Rick Derringer, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad and Felix Cavaliere's Rascals.  Discounted tickets are $40. (Your mind blowing experience also goes to support the OAC). Please call the OAC @ (914) 502-4157 for more info.



Sunday Sailboat Final Race – Columbus "Sunday" October 9th. Ossining Sunday sailboat racing is open to everyone on the waterfront.  This is the final race of the season and will combine the 37th Annual Pedlow Cup with the Water Front Open.  All sailboats at any level from all Ossining Harbors are invited.  Monitor VHF Channel 72.  Meet at Shattemuc at 2pm (or on the water across from the Ossining Train Station.)  Race starts at 2:30pm.  There will be two Divisions - over and under the 150 rating.  Meet-up at Shattemuc Yacht Club again after the race for post-race results, awards, happy hour and social activity.



Handicrafts from around the World For Sale at Maryknoll Sisters’ International Bazaar. Maryknoll Sisters will hold its annual International Bazaar on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining, NY.  Featuring handicrafts for sale from Africa, South and East Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Americas, locations where the Sisters work, the bazaar serves as a fundraiser supporting the Sisters and their humanitarian efforts around the world. It’s also an opportunity for local residents to get some of their Christmas shopping done early. A free event, open to the public, this year’s bazaar will also feature a book signing for On the Threshold of the Future: The Life and Spirituality of Mother Mary Joseph Rogers by Claudette LaVerdiere, M.M. Mother Mary Joseph founded Maryknoll Sisters, the first U.S.-based congregation of Catholic women dedicated to foreign mission. The Maryknoll Sisters will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2012. In addition to handicrafts, visitors will be able to purchase home-baked goods from the Sisters’ kitchen, as well as assorted snacks. There will also be a raffle and a silent auction, as well as “Christmas Around the World.” A special children’s corner is also included. The purposes of the International Bazaar are to raise funds to support the Sisters and their work, as well as to provide access for the local community to the arts and handicrafts from the Maryknoll Sisters’ world missions. Bring your family and friends and shop early for Christmas and the holidays! For Directions or other information call 914-941-7575 or go to: .


SUNY WCC FALL: ADULT BEGINNER BALLET, and BASIC POINTE:  Irene Kent a native of OSSINING is teaching once again Adult Beg. Ballet, and is now offering BASIC POINTE at SUNY Westchester Community CollegeThe FALL ballet, and basic pointe course runs from September 18th, 2011 thru December 11, 2011.  Ballet will be held on Sunday's from 11:30am till 1:30pm, with BASIC POINTE to immediately follow from 1:30pm till 2:30pm.  SUNY WCC Tel: 914-606-6830 and their website is  For more information on Irene, and her classes please visit her website at:


FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERTS, INC. PRESENTS TRIO CON BRIO COPENHAGEN IN CONCERT Friends of Music Concerts, Inc. continues its 58th concert season presenting the world's finest chamber music, when Trio con Brio Copenhagen takes the stage on Saturday, October 22, 2011. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Kusel Auditorium at Sleepy Hollow High School, 210 North Broadway (Route 9). Parking is free. Formed in 1999 by Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer and Korean sisters, violinist Soo-Jin Hong and cellist Soo-Kyung Hong, the ensemble received the 2005 Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, one of the most coveted in the world of chamber music. In its review of the 2005 awards program Gramophone magazine said, "It's easy to see what so impressed the judges...[the] performances can compete with the best available...airtight ensemble...a superb, greatly gifted chamber group." In its October 22nd appearance, the Trio will perform Haydn's Trio No. 39 in G Major; Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor; and Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50. The Emerson String Quartet opened the season on October 1. Following Trio con Brio Copenhagen will be Charlie Albright, winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist and the 2010 Gilmore Young Artist awards, who will perform on November 12. The new year will bring the Carducci String Quartet on April 14, 2012 to perform works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms. Zuill Bailey, called the pre-eminent cellist of his generation, will perform on April 28, 2012, with piano collaborator Nevah Perlman. Closing the season on May 12, 2012, will be Julliard Baroque, in an all-Bach program that will include three of his Brandenberg concerti.Tickets for each Friends of Music concert are $30 for adults and $15 for students. Order forms may be downloaded from and then mailed with a check to Friends of Music Concerts, P.O. Box 675, Millwood, NY 10546.



TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH CELEBRATES 18TH ANNUAL ST. FRANCIS DAY--Eighteen years ago when The Rev. Canon Charles P. Pridemore came to Trinity Church in Ossining he brought with him from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine the yearly blessing of animals on the first Sunday of October in observance of St. Francis Day. All well-behaved pets are welcome to the 10 am service. A group blessing will take place at the end of mass and then a procession will follow to the cloister garden for individual blessings. All are welcome. Trinity is located at 7 S. Highland Ave. (Rte. 9). (914) 941-0806.



OHS CLASS OF 1961 is looking for classmates for our 50 YEAR REUNIONFriday 30 Sept. -  Sunday 2 Oct. 2011.  We are also looking for classmates who changed schools or moved away before graduation.  Visit our website:  for additional information.  If you have a "find" or a "lead" for us, please contact Carol Browning Bulger at or 914-263-8948; or Barry Powers at or 850-386-6325.



ST. FRANCIS DAY OCT. 3, 2011--The Eighteenth Annual Celebration of St. Francis Day will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 S. Highland Ave (Rte 9) at 10 am on October 3, 2011. Everyone is welcome to bring their pets of any type to the service at 10 am or join us at the conclusion for blessings in the courtyard at around 11:10 am. Coffee hour with refreshments follows. Call (914) 941-0806 with questions.


TACHS Exam Prep Course -All Fall 2011 8th Grade Students are welcome. Prepare with Eduscape Associates for the Test for Admissions to Catholic High Schools.  Examination will be held November 4, 2011.  5 Prep Class Sessions, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.  Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Place:  Ossining Public Library,53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 941-2416 x336.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW! at  Questions?  Contact Gayle Marchica, Eduscape Associates College Planning, Test Prep & Tutoring 941-4148, Also, FREE TACHS PRACTICE EXAM on September 17th & 18th must attend both days –Registration Required.


TEDDY BEAR CLINIC" TO ACQUAINT YOUNGSTERS WITH THE PHELPS HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM SLEEPY HOLLOW, New York- Sick and injured teddy bears will be the focus of the second annual "Teddy Bear Clinic" at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center's Emergency Department on Saturday, October 8, 2011, from 9:30 to11:30 am. Kindergarten children in the Tarrytown and Ossining school districts and their siblings are invited to attend. Organized by the Phelps Emergency Department nursing staff, t he event celebrates Emergency Nurses Week. As they arrive, children will be given teddy bears that will be cared for by real doctors and nurses. Children will serve as "parents" of the teddy bears as they are treated for an "emergency," such as a laceration, a sore throat, a fever or a broken bone. The "Teddy Bear Clinic" is a gentle way to teach children about wellness and familiarize them with the workings of the Phelps Emergency Department. Outside the clinic, children and their bears will have an opportunity to explore a helicopter, an ambulance, a police car and a fire engine and to get acquainted with a police dog. Free children's fingerprinting will also be available.  The program is free but advance registration is required. Families may call Candace Huggins 914-366-3697 to register.

Not Your Ordinary Fall Festival—It’s Teatown’s Fall Festival- Enjoy nature and celebrate autumn with an environmental twist. Unique crafts, fun-filled activities and local vendors will fill the beautiful grounds of Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining on Saturday, October 15 from 11:00am to 4:30pm for Teatown’s Fall Festival. An annual event, it focuses on family fun while promoting an appreciation for the environment and natural surroundings.  At the Festival, guests can carve a pumpkin and decorate it using vegetables, make a scarecrow, see our birds of prey up-close, listen to local musicians, create an eco-craft, see Muscoot Farm animals and brave the SavATree zipline! Also included is the Teatown Marketplace featuring local foods and crafts from places such as Hilltop Hanover Farm, Clean Ridge Soap Company, and Tom Cat Bakery. The Festival is one of Teatown’s largest friend-raising events and has consistently drawn people from all over the surrounding region. The event serves as a symbol of community involvement and its revenues directly support Teatown’s environmental education programs and conservation efforts.

Admission pricing is as follows: 

  • Members: Free entry, Children’s Funpass $20
  • Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child $5, Children’s Funpass $25 (includes admission)

·         A child’s Funpass includes 3 crafts, pumpkin carving, hayride and face painting.

Free parking and a shuttle bus will be available from IBM on Route 134, just east of the Taconic State Parkway. For further information, please visit or call 914-762-2912 ext. 110.



Save 10% on your car insurance. The Golden Eagles Senior Group are hosting the AARP NYS Driver Defense course Tuesday, October 18th 9:30-3:30 at St. Augustine Parish Hall 381 North Highland Ave, Ossining, NY. Off Route 9 and Mystic Drive. Call Sam Eskander at 914-723-2381 to register. Cost: $12 for AARP members, $14 for non AARP members. Bring lunch, drinks and snacks.


A Jewish Women's Study Group, that meets once a month in members’ homes in the Ossining/Croton area. Topics of interest to Jewish women including Torah interpretations from a female point of view, contemporary Jewish books, films all with lively discussions.  Potluck lunch is shared.  For more information contact Ruth Spaeth 271-6588. 


BOOKS & TANGO: The Friends of the Ossining Public Library need volunteers to help before, during and after the fall book sale at the library Oct. 21-23. If you like pleasant company and being around books, please call Susan Kelly at 941-7425. The Friends are sponsoring the Hispanic Heritage concert at the library, Sept. 24, 3 pm, featuring Puro Tango. For a preview, check out the dance reel at And for info on joining the Friends, click on, or pick up an application form at the library.



SPIRIT OF JAZZ CONCERT TO BENEFIT PHELPS HOSPICE OCTOBER 23 AT IRVINGTON TOWN HALL THEATER Jazz singers Melissa Walker and Tessa Souter, accompanied by a group of swinging jazz musicians, will perform an afternoon of "Songs and Strings" on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Irvington Town Hall Theater from 3 to 5 pm. This fourth annual Spirit of Jazz concert benefits the hospice program at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow. The two vocalists will be backed up by a group of outstanding jazz musicians, including bassist Ron McClure, drummer Willard Dyson and pianist Oscar Pe rez. Strings will be added to the mix this year by cellist Jennifer Vincent and violinist Alan Grubner. On-air personality Sheila Anderson, WBGO Radio's "Queen of Hang," will serve as concert emcee. 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: "To say that Souter enchanted the audience would be an understatement . . . The capacity crowd seemed to be transfixed by Souter's gorgeous voice and wonderful personality." All proceeds from the Spirit of Jazz concert 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 a hospital or healthcare 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.





Taconic Opera.  If you’ve always wanted the opportunity to perform in an opera, here it is.  This is an open invitation for all voice parts to join Taconic Opera’s chorus for the 2011 fall performances of Verdi's Nabucco!  This will be a FULLY STAGED production with full union orchestra and sets/costumes, in Italian with English supertitles above the stage.  All lead singers and orchestra members are experienced professionals.  Performances will be at the Yorktown Stage in Yorktown, NY, on October 21-22 at 8:00 pm, and an October 23 matinee at 2:00 pm; and a reprisal performance at SUNY Purchase in conjunction with Harrison Friends of Opera on Nov. 5, 8:00pm.  There is NO MEMBERSHIP FEE to join the company, but all singers will be required to supply their own scores and help put together their costumes.  Nabucco, one of Verdi’s most beloved operas, contains a treasure trove of choruses, including the famous Va pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves).  Singers need not be frightened - this is easier to do than you might imagine, and it is an incredibly exciting, satisfying and FUN performance experience.  Music rehearsals begin on June 25 and will run on Weds from 7:00-9:00 pm, and Sats from 3:00-5:00pm.  Staging rehearsals begin mid-September and try to adhere to the Wed/Sat calendar as much as possible.  Don’t hesitate to call to discuss your particular availability. Rehearsal Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 801 Kitchawan Road (Route 134) Ossining, NY 10562. If interested or need additional information to decide, please contact Mary Corda, Taconic Opera Communications Director, at or 914-649-1826.  For more information about our company, including our philosophy and production photos, please visit our website:



SUPPORT OUR LIBRARY BY EXPANDING YOUR LIBRARY: THE FRIENDS OF THE OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS BOOK SALE OCTOBER 21-23 The Friends of the Ossining Public Library ( invite bookworms of all ages to expand their personal library at the Ossining Library’s benefit Book Sale. Open to the public on Saturday, October 22 from 10am-4pm and Sunday, October 23 from 1-4pm, insatiable readers will find gently-used copies of canonical classics, children’s tales and unexpected picks nestled in the Library Gallery and Budarz Theater. Current Friends of the Library have the opportunity to attend a pre-sale on Friday, October 21 from 6-8pm. The Ossining Public Library is located on 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. For more information about the Book Sale or the Friends of the Library organization, please call (914) 941-2416. The Friends of the Ossining Public Library is a non-profit volunteer group that helps the Library through advocacy, fundraising and volunteer activities. All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the Library’s ongoing efforts to culturally serve the residents of Ossining and its neighboring communities. Those interested in volunteering for the Book Sale should contact Susan Kelly at (914) 941-7425.



Grammy-nominated recording artist Joan Osborne will perform in a concert to benefit the Ossining Library Foundation at 8 pm on October 28, 2011 in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library. She will be joined on stage by Keith Cotton on piano and vocals and Jack Petruzzelli on guitar and vocals. Legendary New York radio personality Pete Fornatale will serve as host for the evening, which will also include a performance by Erin Hill and her psychedelic harp as guests enter the theater. Prices are $60 for general admission seating and $75 for VIP reserved seating in the first five rows of the theater. The net proceeds from the evening will be used to fund the Foundation’s ongoing initiatives in support of the Library during 2012, which include the free Sunday afternoon concerts that are part of the Foundation’s “Words & Music” performance series curated by Ossining resident and Foundation Board member Alan Marzelli. The event brochure and order form to purchase tickets can be found at a career that spans over fifteen years, Joan Osborne has proven to be an artistically restless and consistently enthralling performer, starting with her breakthrough, debut album Relish, which sold five million copies worldwide and yielded the smash hit "One Of Us" as well as scoring seven Grammy nominations. In 2002, she cemented her reputation as a top tier soul singer with an incredible turn in the acclaimed documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, followed by a tour with the legendary Motown backing band The Funk Brothers. In 2003, Osborne toured with the Dixie Chicks and then surprised and wowed audiences touring throughout America for two years as the lead singer of The Dead. In 2007, she graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Osborne loves to sing and perform in many different genres, but she came back to her soulful rock roots on her 2008 release Little Wild One that marked her reunion with Rick Chertoff, Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, the writing and production team that worked with her on her triple platinum, Grammy nominated album Relish. Pete Fornatale was one of the architects of progressive rock radio in the 1960s, and has been a fixture on New York radio for over four decades. He currently hosts "Mixed Bag" on Saturdays from 4 - 8 pm on WFUV 90.7 in New York. Erin Hill is a harpist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor whose performances range from pop, psychedelic, and sci-fi to kids music, opera, and Celtic. Her 2009 Celtic CD hit #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart. Erin is also known as the Pretty White Girl on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show.



Teatown Lake Reservation October 2011 Events, Saturday, October 1, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm       On the Wing, ALL WELCOME. Migration season is underway and hawks, falcons and other birds are flying south. Meet a few of Teatown’s raptors and discover their migratory stories. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Saturday, October 8, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Turtle Trails, Where do turtles go as the weather turns colder? Join Erin, Teatown’s turtle expert, to learn all about these hard-shelled creatures’ survival strategies. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Saturday, October 15, 11:00am-4:30pm, Fall Festival, Not your ordinary Fall Festival! Carve a pumpkin using vegetables, visit with our birds of prey, listen to local musicians and brave the zipline! Delicious food, local vendors, animals, festivities and more await you at our annual Festival. Visit or call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 for pricing and additional information.  Free parking and shuttle from IBM on Route 134, just east of Taconic State Parkway. Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am, CANDLEWOOD HILL IN FAHNESTOCK ADULTS. Join a Teatown educator along with Club Fit hike leader and Teatown member, Peter Meskin, on this moderate to strenuous hike that combines physical fitness, ecology, natural history and the spectacular beauty of the Hudson Hills and Highlands in the fall.  Meet at the Jefferson Valley Club Fit parking lot opposite Toys R Us.  Bring lunch and water, wear comfortable hiking shoes and expect to carpool.  Rain cancels. If the weather is questionable, call Teatown. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation. Event meets at Club Fit, 600 Bank Road, Jefferson Valley, NY 1053 5Sunday, October 23, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Animal Adventures – The Misunderstood CHILDREN. Meet a few of Teatown’s animal ambassadors and find out why some get a bad rap! Please note this program is for children accompanied by a caregiver. Free for members; $5 per child nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.  Saturday, October 29, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Boo! Who? CHILDREN.  When darkness falls who comes out?  Find out in this whoot-ingly fun program. Families with children over age 7. Free for members; $5 per child for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.



Isagenix, the World Leader in Whole Body Nutritional Cleansing and Nutritional Replenishment, will help you rid your body of harmful toxins, increase your energy level, improve your health, and help you lose weight. Please join us as we begin a 9 day nutritional cleansing and replenishment program that will start on Friday, October 21 and end on Monday, October 31st.  Guided online support and personal coaching will be avaialble to all. Make the decision that the fall of 2011 is the time that you will look and feel amazing! Please contact Terri Roman at (646)228-7131 or by email at for more information about this health changing event.



Ossining Union Free School District Health & Wellness Fair, Date:  Saturday, November 5, 2011, 10am - 1pm, Claremont School, 30 Claremont Road, Ossining, NY 10562. Fair will include PTA coat sale, Blood Pressure Screenings, Fitness Demonstrations, Flu Information, Warm Up Ossining, Masons Free Child Safety Identification Program, Dental Education, Ossining Open Door,  Whitsons Food Service, Eat Smart New York!, My Sisters Place, Literacy Zone/First Steps, and lots more!!!!


Volunteer to help your older neighbors -- Volunteers from all walks of life and ages are needed to help out seniors in Greater Ossining and Briarcliff.  Training is available for volunteers who want to serve as Friendly Visitors or Friendly Callers. Whether you have an hour to spare or can devote more time, we have an opportunity for you! Contact Community Helping Hands, at 914-346-7773 or email them at:

CALLING OHS CLASS OF ’76 INDIANSWe are having a big party, and we want YOU to be there!  Gathering for our 35th Reunion will be October 28-29th, based in the Mt. Kisco Holiday Inn.

There are a number of events planned, including a Halloween theme dinner dance on Saturday night. (Costumes are optional, but strongly encouraged, and there will be prizes.)  Latest details, including  event updates, RSVP list  how to purchase tickets  at  





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. 



Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come Brought to Life by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Staged Reading of Dickens’ Christmas Carol I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.  May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant, C. D. December, 1843. A new holiday tradition was started a few years ago when the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presented a staged reading of the Fezziwig section of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in the Mansion at Boscobel.  The tradition will continue and expand in December when the actors return to the Mansion for three consecutive weekends to read of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come from the classic novella. Performances are: Friday, December 2 at 7pm; Saturday, December 3 at 6pm; Friday, December 9 at 7pm; Saturday, December 10 at 6pm; Friday, December 16 at 7pm; Saturday, December 17 at 6pm. Tickets for all performances are $75 and may be purchased at For more information visit or call 845-809-5750. "Lead on!" said Scrooge. "Lead on! The night is waning fast, and it is precious time to me, I know. Lead on, Spirit!" In the warm glow of the great entry hall of the Mansion at Boscobel, decorated for the holidays, HVSF actors Richard Ercole, Eleanor Handley, Katie Hartke and Stephan Paul Johnson, will retell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Under the direction of HVSF Founding Artistic Director Terrence O’Brien, the actors will take the audience along on the long night’s journey from Christmas Past to that which is Yet-to-Come in their trademark style, closer to Dickens than Disney, bringing the text to life without extra frills. The reading will be followed by a special holiday celebration feast and libations in the lower hall."It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour."



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