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Release Date: December 15, 2011

The Village of Ossining is seeking applicants for the part time position of Downtown/Economic/ Development Manager.  

This individual is responsible for marketing the Village of Ossining as a destination for business, residence and recreation, implementing programs to expand existing businesses and attract economic development activities.

Applicants must possess either a Bachelors Degree in Business, Finance, Public Administration,  Planning or related field and 3 years experience in which the primary function was municipal management; economic development; state or federal development program administration; marketing or advertising;  or a Masters Degree as stated above with two years of experience as described above.  This is a competitive Civil Service Position, and the applicant will be required to successfully complete the civil service examination when given.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest with a resume to  or mail to: Assistant Village Manager Christina Papes, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY  10562 no later than December 16, 2011.



We Welcome a New Business to Ossining… IQ Contracting, Inc. & Associates is a woman-owned construction business launched in March 2010. We are affiliated with a distinguished team of associates, professionals and responsible laborers. The goal of our business is to provide high quality, safe, and affordable construction services for residential, commercial and public projects.

IQ Contracting, Inc. & Associates is fully qualified with all requisite worker's comp and insurance. We hold a Home Improvement License in Westchester County, and have completed OSHA training.

IQ Contracting, Inc. & Associates can assist you for any home improvements, in any of these specialties:

ØCarpentry Masonry Roofing Flooring

ØWindows Painting Sidewalks Landscaping

ØHome remodeling and extensions

ØAnd other home improvement jobs

Call for a free quote at 914-703-5835, Email:



The Ossining Farmers Market will end for the season after this coming Saturday, 12/17/11, so stock up now! The market is outdoors at Market Square on the corner of Main and Spring Street, Saturdays, 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, artisan baked goods, free-range chicken and eggs, grass-fed beef, fresh fish, old-fashioned pickles and olives, 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 this Saturday or next year when we start again, please call Community Markets at 914 923-4837 and ask for Frankie. We are happy to include your flyer, and ask that you not paste it on the glass showcase as we will place it inside.



Ossining Boat & Canoe Club's support of the US Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program is in full swing.  Donations can be made online through PayPal at this link: 

Donation boxes are being placed around town at locations including: Ossining Town/Village Clerk's Office, Ossining Police Department, Ossining Library, Landmark Diner, Emigrant Bank, Mahopac National Bank, Dress Barn and Curves Figure Salon.   Follow them on Facebook at "Toys for Tots Ossining"!/groups/265359463499822/

Local merchants - please join their team by contacting Pat or Mike Scarduzio at (914) 762-5895 or emailing Pat Scarduzio at <> 



The Baker- Collyer Christmas Cheer Fund which was started by an Ossining merchant who witnessed two children picking through a garbage pile for food 96 years ago has started to solicit contributions for this year's drive. Over 370 local needy families in the Ossining area were aided through last year's generous community efforts. The funds go solely to purchase food for the holiday baskets. The administration efforts are handled by volunteers and the baskets are packed and delivered by members of the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department. This year the packing will take place at A & P, Pleasantville Road on the evening of December 22nd and delivered in the early morning of December 23rd.  To personally see the look or hear a thank you from the appreciative recipients makes our holiday season that much brighter and rewarding.  Please consider being part of this 96 year tradition. Contributions can be sent to the Baker-Collyer Christmas Cheer Fund, c/o Town of Ossining, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562 or by contacting John Crawford, Chairman at 914-438-9843 or



The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club. The club has its last 2011 monthly meeting Thursday, December 15th . The club will be having its annual holiday party at the community room of the Apple Bank in the Rosehill Shopping Plaza. The meeting will begin at 8PM and will close at 10PM.

If you're not a club member and would like to attend you are welcome. For this party, please bring some cookies or other festival after dinner food to share. We will have coffee, soda and cake. Call Hank Teller for all details at 914-309-2395.

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." Hank Teller will also be glad to answer any questions about model railroading. You can call him at 914-309-2395 also.

NMRA Metro North Division The Metro North Division of the National Model Railroading Association (NMRA) will be meeting in the New Canaan Historical Society on a Saturday. The next meeting of the new year will be on Saturday January 14, 2012. Most meetings consist of two seminars on various aspects of model railroading and then layout visits to local model railroaders. Previous meetings have covered DCC and water in scenery. The meetings start at 9:30AM. Here's a link for more up to date info:

Clinics: Operations 102 - Al Oneto

Building Roads - John Grosner / Robert Seckler (Road Scholars)

Contest: TBD

After Meeting: Operation Session at Franklin Lang's

Ossining Public Library Holiday Hours:


Open Saturday, Dec. 24th, from 9 am —1 pm

CLOSED Sunday, Dec. 25th

CLOSED Monday, Dec. 26th

Open Saturday, Dec. 31st, from 9 am —1 pm


CLOSED Sunday, Jan. 1st CLOSED Monday, Jan. 2nd



The Charles L. Brieant Community Center makes a positive difference in the lives of youth in the greater Ossining area. Over the past year, over 300 youth have participated in one or more of CBCC programs.  Through the center’s work, they have developed leadership skills, learned about healthy eating, tested out conflict resolution methods, perfected their musical technique and performed for members of the community, received help with their homework and created content for an entire magazine issue. They couldn't do this work without your financial support. During this holiday season, please consider making a donation to the Charles L. Brieant Community Center. You can donate by mail to PO Box 429 Ossining NY 10562. Be assured that when you make a financial donation, to the CBCC, 90% of your donation goes directly to our programs. Your tax deductible donation is an investment in our youth and their future. On behalf of the Board, please accept our heartfelt appreciation for your support. Happy Holidays!



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. Remaining performances are; 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."



Saw Mill River Audubon News: 

Saturday, December 17 - All Day Peekskill Area Christmas Bird Count

New and experienced birders are welcome to join established teams taking part in the census of birds in our local count circle. Contact the SMRA office for specific places and times of this day-long event. Other local Christmas Bird Count circles include the Bronx on Monday, December 26 and Putnam County on Friday, December 30. For more information about this international citizen science project with a long tradition, visit:


-Sunday, January 1 - 9:00 am -  New Year’s Morning Walk at Rockwood Hall

Start off the year with an invigorating walk along the Hudson River shoreline at Rockwood Hall State Park.



Save the date! Bring the kids!

Mike Risko Music Holiday Showcase featuring the Mike Risko Band performing holiday tunes from their new CD "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Followed by Holiday performances by Mike Risko Music School Students. Saturday December 17, 2011 2:30-4:00 pm at the Budarz Theatre at the Ossining Public Library. CD's will be available for purchase at the show. Or--if you want your Mike Risko Band Holiday CD sooner--it will be available beginning Wed 11/23 at the Mike Risko Music Store.

The Mike Risko Music Store will be open on Black Friday from noon-5:30pm for all your musical holiday needs! All day take 10 percent off all accessories, also great deals on guitars, basses, and amps. We will have personal shoppers available to help you pick out just the right gift for your musician or potential musician for the holidays! Snacks and refreshments will be served all day!



The Lantern Gift Shop at St Paul's on- the- Hill will be open for Christmas shopping Saturday's, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., now through December 17.  Lovely gifts and handcrafts await you!  The Lantern Gift shop is located on the grounds of the church at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining.  Since we are a shop run entirely by volunteers, if you are coming from a distance or the weather is bad, we suggest you call the shop at 941-4434 a little after 10 a.m. to make sure someone is there.



Christmas Lessons & Carols Concert, Sunday, December 18th at 4PM Trinity Episcopal Church - 7 South Highland Avenue (Route 9), Ossining.  Come and hear the Landmark Choir, made up of local area singers as well as professionals from New York City, perform favorite choral music for Advent and Christmas.  Everyone will be invited to join in the singing of several traditional Christmas carols.  A festive reception follows in the Trinity Parish Hall.  Free.  For more information go to or call 914-941-0108.



Hudson Chorale Accepting New Members in January

Hudson Chorale is welcoming new members in preparation for the second concert of its 2011-2012 performing season.  Singers in all voice parts (S, A, T, B) are invited to join Westchester’s largest mixed-voice choral group for an exciting May 5, 2012 concert.  It will feature the Westchester premiere of the Mass in D by John Knowles Paine.  This stunning and rarely performed Civil War-era masterpiece dates from 1867, and is considered America’s first large-scale work for chorus and orchestra.  The chorus’s goal is to provide both audience members and singers with the best possible experience in choral singing; its repertoire will range from the great masterpieces to contemporary compositions.  Singers looking for a new or additional choral family are encouraged to consider the Hudson Chorale.

Michael Conley is the Music Director of the Hudson Chorale.  Mr. Conley enjoys a multi-faceted career as a conductor, composer, pianist, organist and singer.  In addition to serving as Music Director of the Hudson Chorale, Mr. Conley is the Music Director of the West Village Chorale and Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan, and is the Director of the High School Chorus at the Dalton School in New York City.

Rehearsals for the upcoming season will begin on Monday, January 9, 2012 from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm and will take place on subsequent Monday evenings at the Scarborough Presbyterian Church, 655 Scarborough Rd (Route 9), Scarborough, NY.  “Singer-friendly” auditions will be held on Monday, January 9, 2012, prior to rehearsal by appointment. To receive additional information and/or to schedule a time for an audition, contact Jeanne Wygant at  or call (914) 478-0074.  To learn more about the chorus, visit the website at



SUNY WCC SPRING TERM: 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 College.  The SPRING ballet, and basic pointe course runs from January 22nd, 2012 thru May 6, 2012 for a total of 13 wks.  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:

Course Description: Beginner/Intermediate Ballet- Explores the foundations of ballet in a fun, active environment. Students will gain a progressively larger understanding of ballet fundamentals, which when combined together creates “dance”. Class sessions will include: barre work, center floor, adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, and grand allegro. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment and use of terminology. Students will work on dance combinations to improve technical skill, memory, and performance.

Course Description: Beginning Pointe for adults and teens: Students will gain a progressively larger understanding of the fundamentals of pointe work. Emphasis will be placed on correct body alignment and use of terminology. Students will work on basic pointe exercises at the barre and basic combinations in the center to improve technical skill on pointe.


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:


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.



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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