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Release Date: January 26, 2012

The Village Board is seeking an individual to serve on Waterfront Vision Committee.  Anyone wishing to apply for this committee should send a letter of interest and resume to The Village Manager’s Office, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562,  Attn:  Christina Papes or send via email to



Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts Town Meetings in New York’s 90th Assembly District.  Come meet with her to hear an update on what is going on in Albany.  Bring your ideas and suggestions for what needs to be done to improve our state. 

Thursday, January 26th 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

at The Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road Montrose.  NYS Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Rose Harvey, will participate in Galef’s Town Meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2012.  Comm. Harvey will join Galef for an in-depth discussion on the proposed 2012 budget. She will present the proposed budget to the attendees, take questions, and listen to comments regarding the budget’s contents during the Meeting. There will also be an opportunity for constituents to share their thoughts and ideas on the budget with Assemblywoman Galef. In addition, Galef will address a variety of other topics at the Town Meeting, including but not limited to: hydrofracking for natural gas; the new progressive tax rates; mandate relief; the repeal of the majority of the metropolitan commuter tax; and ways in which communities can help encourage local job growth.


Saturday, January 28th 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

The Putnam Valley Free Library, 30 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley


Saturday, January 28th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes

There are no snow make-up dates scheduled.  If the town meeting in your municipality is cancelled due to weather, please feel free to attend another town meeting listed here.  If the weather is inclement, please call her district office at 941-1111 or the library for an update on whether the meeting will be proceeding as scheduled. 



Free Books For Library Friends -- The Friends of the Ossining Public Library will hold its annual meeting, Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 pm in the library, to review 2011, plan for 2012, and elect officers. The Friends spent $16,000 on library's improvements and programs last year. Advanced copies of books from publishers will be available as a thank you to Friends. Anyone can join or renew a membership at the meeting. (Dues start at $5 for students, $10 for individuals, $15 for families). More info at the Friends page at



Ossining Organic Community Garden At Cedar Lane Park

Only A Few Plots Available to Village & Town of Ossining residents!  Gardeners should expect an average of 4 to 5 hours of work weekly towards the maintenance & upkeep of their plot & the community garden.  

·       All gardeners will be required to sign a contract of rules & deadlines to ensure a pleasurable working environment for all.

·       Beginner gardeners are encouraged to share their plot with a friend.

·       Applicants younger than 18 years old are required to sign up with an adult who will accompany & assist them with their garden.

·       Raised garden beds are available for gardeners with limited mobility.

Costs:  $10 for single raised bed, $20 for double raised bed. A current Ossining Parks & Recreation ID card is required. ($4 ID cards for the garden only will also be available.)

Payment is due upon receipt of plot assignment.

To be considered for a plot assignment sign up at: Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562 (914) 941-3189.



Volunteers needed to help seniors -- Community Helping Hands of Ossining and Briarcliff will launch its service program in early May and is now recruiting volunteers to assist seniors who want to remain at home as they age.  Service offerings include:  friendly visitors; friendly phone calls; assistance running errands and getting to local medical appointments; etc.  Orientation and training will be provided. We also welcome volunteers who want to work on  administrative tasks now needed at Community Helping Hands. Whether you have an hour to spare or can devote more time, we have an opportunity for you! For more information call 914-346-7773 or email them at: 



The Village Board is seeking applicants to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission.  “All members shall have a known interest in historic preservation and architectural development within the Village of Ossining.” For additional information on this Board or to send a letter of interest contact the Assistant Village Manager, Christina Papes at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562, or 941-3554.



Ossining Girl’s Youth Travel Lacrosse League for 4th, 5th and 6th Grade students is seeking players for the Season starting late March.  Games are primarily played during the week at 6:00 pm on the OHS Lower Field.  Practice is twice a week also on the OHS Lower Field.  Initial cost per player is $125 which includes the mandated membership with the US Lacrosse Organization.  Come join the fun while learning the sport of Girls Lacrosse.  For additional information or to sign up please contact either Lynn Hooley at 941-1216 or, Brian Rink at 815-8394 or or Sharon Verdejo at 762-7452 or 



Community Singing Group “Old Mill Singers” Invites New Members To Join

In June 2012, the Old Mill Singers will be performing “Come “Fly Away with the Old Mill Singers.”  Their chorus will be singing songs about far away places, including “Africa,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Chicago,” and “Orinoco Flow.”

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 31, 2012.  Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s-On-The-Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive in Ossining, NY.  New members are welcome to try them out by sitting in on a rehearsal any Tuesday through February 2012.  There are not formal auditions.  The ability to read music is not required -  just the ability to sing in tune in a group. 

Gary Bratt has been their director for most of the forty years they’ve been around.  We now have about sixty active members, men and women of all ages and from all walks of life.  Also, we 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.  We 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 us on the web at or on Facebook.

Prospective members should contact our Membership Chairman, Sharon Brana at or 914 762-3765.



Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Announces Winter 2012 Internship Openings - Interns Serve the Community and Develop Skills for the Working World  Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is now offering internship positions to high school and college students this winter. This well-established program gives interns the chance to gain hands-on working experience while serving their community in a unique way. January marks the beginning of New York’s six-month legislative session, making it an interesting and engaging time to become involved.  Interns help with the daily operations of the Assemblywoman’s district office, including such responsibilities as writing letters and emails; assisting with constituent issues; researching legislation; and writing press releases. They also have the chance to work on research projects, which affords them the opportunity to gain knowledge on a variety of subjects.  These unpaid positions allow students to gain valuable skills that can be used in college and beyond. “Interns are a huge help in the office, and it’s a good experience for them as well,” said Assemblywoman Galef. “Working here is a great opportunity to explore politics at a grassroots level. Additionally, now that the state legislature is in session, there will be an increase in research opportunities and independent projects for the interns.”  To find out more about the internship positions or to apply, please contact Dana Levenberg at (914) 941-1111 or e-mail  



Come to have coffee and to chat about what’s going on in Westchester.

February 4, 2012
The Black Cow
51 Maple Street, Croton-on-Hudson

10am – 12noon
February 11, 2012
Peekskill Coffeehouse
101 South Division Street, Peekskill
10am – 12noon

As a new county legislator representing Ossining, Briarcliff, Croton, Cortlandt and Peekskill, Catherine Borgia wants to hear from you about issues that matter to you.  That’s why she is hosting two informal conversations with your neighbors (with coffee, of course) in February – February 4, 10am - 12noon at the Black Cow in Croton and February 11 from 10am-12noon at the Peekskill Coffeehouse.  In every public service role in which she has served – as town supervisor in Ossining, as chief of staff to Assemblywoman Galef, as a member of the Ossining village board, or as a community volunteer - the greatest accomplishments have always come through  collaboration. Working together, we can find solutions, create opportunities, and build stronger communities.  Legislator Borgia encourages you to share your thoughts, your concerns, and your ideas with her at any time.  As the legislator representing your community, it is her job to make sure your voice is heard at the county level.  Please feel free to contact the legislator at: 914-995-2812 (office), 914-262-8873 (cell) or


Are You Tired of the Cold Weather? Join us this summer at Willowbrook Swim & Tennis Club, A non–profit swim club that is conveniently located at 586 Millwood Road in Mount Kisco. For information on membership please contact Kelly Blacker (914) 241-3459 or Michelle Saccurato (914) 261-9853 or via e-mail @ Willowbrook Swim & Tennis Club is one of Northern-Westchester's premier swim and tennis club for families. You can enjoy the large heated pool with lap lanes for exercise and deep end for diving. Our Division 1 swim and dive team offers a competitive yet fun environment for new and experienced swimmers. The kiddie pool is available for tots and toddlers. You can play tennis on any of our eight outdoor Har-Tru courts on your own, as part of a league or as part of a lesson with our pro. Become a member of Willowbrook Swim & Tennis Club, for additional information visit or call today.



Ossining Board of Education Informal Dialogue:  Please join your School Board Trustees for their continuing informal dialogue sessions:

Saturday, February 4th at the Ossining Community Center - Music Room

 10:00am - 11:30am.

Wednesday, February 15th - Ossining Library Cafe

7:15pm - 8:30 pm



The Lantern Gift Shop of St. Paul's on-the-Hill will host its annual Valentine Sale on  Saturday, February 4, 2012, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  A snow date of Saturday, February 11th has been set. Last year we did have to go to our snow date, so we encourage you to call the shop at 941-4434 (shortly after 10)  to make sure we are there.  The shop will feature cards, gifts and handmades as well as one last chance on our Christmas Clearance items.  Our Fabulous Valentine Bake Sale will  take place in the Parish Hall that day, so come shop and then head to the Bake Sale and  relax with a free cup of coffee or tea.  The Lantern Gift Shop is located on the grounds of the church at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, New York, just east of 9A off Route 133. 



Teatown Lake Reservation is expanding the wingspan of EagleFest with the addition of two new viewing locations and the Eagle Train Car on Metro North Railroad. Joining the celebration on February 4, 2012 is the recently completed Kathryn W. Davis Riverwalk Center in Sleepy Hollow and Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park, both ideally situated for eagle viewing.  Featured at the Riverwalk Center will be Beczak Environmental Education Center with hands-on family programming and one of Teatown’s educators, Erin Baker, with an enthralling program starring Teatown’s animal ambassadors.  For the first time, the City of Peekskill is participating in EagleFest_ at Riverfront Green Park. Conveniently located within walking distance from the train station, the Park will be jam-packed with activities including eagle viewing, ice sculpting demonstrations, and storytelling by Jonathan Kruk. Free shuttle bus service, provided by the City, will operate all day between Riverfront Green and Croton Point Park With the generous support of Wave Hill, the “Eagle Train Car” on Metro North’s Hudson Line will soar from Grand Central Terminal at 9:52am with naturalist Paul Keim onboard, lending his expertise to point out wildlife and answer questions along the scenic ride. The train will make stops at the Croton-Harmon Station where guests can take the free shuttle bus to Eagle Headquarters at Croton Point Park. It then travels on to Peekskill, where attendees can visit Riverfront Green Park. At the end of the event, visitors can relax on the free shuttle bus back to the Croton Harmon Train Station.  About EagleFest:  Held annually, EagleFest_is a celebration of the return of the bald eagle to the Hudson Valley. Taking place on Saturday, February 4, 2012 (snow date Feb. 5), the event will be headquartered at Westchester County’s Croton Point Park, with eagle viewing sites hosted by collaborating organizations all along the Hudson River. Attendees of EagleFest? can enjoy an abundance of activities from guided and independent eagle viewing to raptor shows, bus tours, storytelling, engaging children’s programs and activities, bird walks and displays from 30 local organizations. For complete schedule information, visit or call 914-762-2912 x110.



Mark your calendars…Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, now in its sixth year, is scheduled for March 18-31, 2012. Last year more than 200,000 people dined at 160 restaurants in seven counties. For more information on signing up a restaurant or becoming a sponsor, visit



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.



Do you have an event, information or picture of the Village of Ossining that you would like included in this web blast?   If so please submit to Christina Papes at the Village of Ossining at  All information must be submitted the Wednesday prior to the distributed web blast.  Submissions included in this listing are intended solely to inform of events and information of general interest to subscribers.  The Village of Ossining does not necessarily endorse or support organizations or entities whose events and / or activities are listed above.  The Village makes no representation as to the accuracy thereof, nor does it assume any liability in connection with same.  Please don't print this e-mail unless necessary.

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