Book talk by Ossining author, Chris Starace- Thurs. March 15th, 7 PM, at the Ossining Public Library in the second floor conference room-- Local author, Chris Starace, will be giving a book talk about his recently published Peace Corps Memoir called, "To Benin and Back: Short Stories, Essays, and Reflections About Life in Benin as a Peace Corps Volunteer and the Subsequent Readjustment Process." He was a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1995-1997 in the small West African Nation located between Nigeria and Togo. He will be discussing the book, showing photos from Benin, discussing the Peace Corps, showing memorabilia and signing books which will be for sale at the event. See www.tobeninandback.com for more information.
Enjoy Ossining!---Tasty Port Wine & Spirits will be hosting a FREE wine tasting on Saturday, the 17th of March, Starting at 4pm. They will have a wine expert on-site plus special promotions! Come by and enjoy wine and light snacks!
Ossining has won the first round in the 2012 MSG Varsity School Spirit Mania Contest!!! We are now competing against Stepinac High School. Please vote often to get Ossining into the next round! Online voting began, March 5th at 1:00 PM at http://schoolspiritmania.com The Grand Prize winning school earns a Club Car Trainer Utility Vehicle wrapped in school colors, worth over $6,500! The second place finisher scores a customized gym signage package worth $4,500. And the two runner schools up can each choose $3,000 worth of merchandise from Anaconda Sports! See the attached flyer for additional details. Get out the Vote and win big for your school!
Ossining Fans Don’t Miss the Bus to the Girls Semi final Girls Basketball Game. Cheer on the Ossining Varsity Girls Basketball Team as they play in a semi-final game for the state title. They play at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8:00pm. Admission into the game is $10.
Price: $25 per person-- includes pizza and beverages on the way and a snack on the way back. THIS PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE $10 ADMISSION FEE
Time/Place: Bus will load at 4:15pm, departing no later than 4:30pm from the OHS Gymnasium parking lot.
If interested, please contact Lucymsd@aol.com by Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Payment can be made in cash or check to OABC. Space is limited and will be available as a first requested and paid basis.
Any OHS student or minor must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be permitted on the bus.
OSSINING HERITAGE AREA Joseph G. Caputo Community Center Information on the Ossining Heritage Area, life- size exhibits on Sing Sing Prison and the Old Croton Aqueduct are available at this location. Ossining is one of fifteen areas in New York State to be included in this unique program designed to preserve the State's heritage and use historic, educational and recreational tools for economic development. No fee to enter. For more information call 941-3189.
--Saturday, March 17, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Third Saturday Bird Seed Sale: Volunteers will be staffing our seed shed
at Pruyn Sanctuary and will help load your car. See our selection & prices online at their web site. www.sawmillriveraudubon.org.
8TH ANNUAL “MARY SAWYER” BLUE RIBBON FRONT YARD FLOWER GARDEN AWARD The Beautification Committee is accepting applications for this program. If you have a ?front yard flower display? and would like to be considered for an award please call 941-3189 with your name, address and phone number. Gardens will be viewed the week of June 22- 30. Awards will be given out at the fireworks show on July 3rd. There is no fee and trophies are given out for the best front yard flower gardens. If you have a neighbor feel free to enter them.
Dance, Fitness, Theatre Open House at Josie’s International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining. (914) 432-8502 www.josiedance.com Sunday, March 18th Free classes all day from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Call for the schedule or just stop by. Josie’s offers dozens of different classes for participants ages toddler to adult. Stop by the open house to see what everyone is talking about!
Taconic State Parkway Bridge Closure – Northbound over New Croton Reservoir Beginning Monday, March 26th through Friday, November 9th northbound traffic will be moved onto the southbound roadway and be reduced to two lanes in each direction. This shift will occur just north of Pines Bridge Road, continue for 3 ½ miles, then shift back just south of Underhill Avenue. The Reservoir bridge closure is necessary to perform extensive repairs. Significant traffic delays are anticipated. Please seek alternate routes. www.dot.ny.gov/tspnewcroton. For more information, please contact the NYSDOT Construction Field Office at (914) 302-7089 or email email@example.com For trip planning and current roadway conditions, call 511 or visit www.511ny.org.
Were you an Ossining Girl Scout? Do you know someone who was? My name is Maura Delohery. I am a high school senior and a member of Ossining Girl Scout Troop 2228, led by Mrs. Janice Paganelli, Mrs. Nancy Knight and Mrs. Ingela Rodriguez. For my Gold Award, I am researching and writing about the history of Girl Scouts in Ossining in memory of the late Nancy Reikert. Mr. Carl Oeschner of Croton Friends of History is my mentor on this project.
I want to interview former Ossining Girl Scouts who were members of from the 1920s to the present day. I wish to discover how the organization has changed, from its beginnings during World War I to its 95th anniversary.
I want to learn about your experiences as a girl member or adult leader. I would like to see your badges, pins, photographs, scrapbooks, souvenirs, and uniforms or vests.
I will be writing “Ossining Girl Scouts: A History” and donating copies to the Ossining Public Library, Ossining Historical Society and the Girl Scout Museum at Camp Wendy in Walkill, NY. I will make a scrapbook with photograph of your keepsakes. My entire project will be available for viewing online at the Ossining Girl Scout website.
If you have time to share your memories and memorabilia, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (914) 271-8728. Please help me honor Ossining Girl Scouts on our 95th Anniversary and the national’s 100th Anniversary.
I look forward to hearing from you, because “a Girl Scout’s a sister to every Girls Scout.”
Greetings from the Ossining Public Library!
-It's tax time again and the AARP Tax aide volunteers will again be available for tax preparation every Thursday beginning February 2nd through April 12th. This will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Budarz Theater. For more information call 914-941-2416 ext. 327 or 320.
Teatown Lake Reservation Events
-Saturday, March 17
Seatings at 8:30am, 9:45am, 11:00am & 12:15pm Pancake Brunch
Bring your appetite to Teatown’s tastiest annual tradition – the Pancake Brunch! Start your day off with stacks of hotcakes smothered in maple syrup, hot coffee and sausages, and more. Then visit the sugarhouse to watch a demonstration about how our ‘liquid gold’ is produced.
Due to limited seating, reservations are strongly suggested. Fee: Adults members $10pp, nonmembers $12pp; Children under 12 years members $5 per child, nonmembers $7 per child. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.
-Saturday, March 17 Birds and Syrup
9:30 am, 10:45 am or 12:00 noon
Following your brunch, join us for a walk around Teatown Lake for exercise and a chance to look for spring migrants. FREE.
Shattemuc Yacht Club hosts a “Sunset” Open House on Sunday March 18th at 3pm.
Enter under the Snowden Ave. Bridge from Westerly Road (at the Boathouse Restaurant) and park at the SYC Clubhouse.
Shattemuc Yacht Club, Westerly Road in Ossining, is a family oriented sail, boat and swim club located on the Hudson River. We feature a renowned junior sailing academy, outdoor pool, adult sailing lessons and clubhouse facing the scenic Hudson River sunsets. There are boat slips and deep-water moorings available as well as small boat and Kayak storage for various membership levels.
LENTEN LUNCHEONS / Almuerzos de Cuaresma First Presbyterian Church, 34 S. Highland Ave. is once again providing hot lunch for the community free of charge during the Lenten season. 12 noon, each Sunday, March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1. Enter the church on Maple Place - lunch is in Fellowship Hall. EVERYONE IS INVITED!
BASEBALL @ THE LIBRARY: Baseball fans of all ages are invited to a free screening of the 1993 coming-of-age movie, "The Sandlot," this Saturday (3/17) at 2:30 pm at the Ossining Public Library. The PG-rated movie will be followed by a short discussion about baseball, movies and books. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Jesse Collyer baseball and softball leagues, which open their season April 14.
On deck in the Baseball @ the Library series is Rob Fleder, former executive editor of Sports Illustrated, who will be at the library Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 pm, to discuss his new book, "Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team."
2012 Baseball Clinics Session Dates: Saturday – March 17th, March 24th, March 31st. Hosted by Bill Casey (Ossining HS Varsity Baseball Coach) and the Ossining Travel Baseball League Location: AMD Middle School, Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Cost $20 registration fee for 1st child, $10 for additional siblings (payable at 1st clinic). $10 per session for additional information contact George Sinnott 914-762-6717. email@example.com.
St. Ann’s Peas & Karrots St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 6 – 10 p.m. Hot & Cold hors d’oeuvres Buffet, Dinner-Corned beef and cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, Assorted Desserts, coffee and Tea, Beer, Wine and Soda available (hot dogs for children). Irish Step Dancers, DJ & Dancing, 50/50 Raffle. $20 per person, $10 students, ages 3 & under free. For reservations please call 941-0312, St. Ann’s Peas & Karrots, 16 Elizabeth Street, Ossining. All are welcome!
The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club.
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 March 17, 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: Trackside features/details/scenes - slide show - Carl Liba
Show & Tell Anything goes (modeling wise)
Come prepared with questions (or answers!)
Contest: Bring your favorite Tree
After Meeting: Vin Gallogly's railroad will be open for "BYOL" (Bring Your Own Loco)
All are welcome!
HUDSON VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK OFFERS
DINERS A WIDE SELECTION OF GREAT PLACES TO EAT
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the Hudson Valley's largest and most successful culinary event, returns to cities, towns and villages throughout the region this year from March 18-31. The list of more than 200 participating restaurants is on the event website (www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com) and reservations are open. Participating restaurants in seven counties (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Columbia) will offer three-course prix-fixe dinners at $29.95, and three-course lunches at $20.95 during the two-week event.
A Lenten Evensong will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday, March 18th at 4:00PM, with an organ recital preceding the service at 3:40PM. Music will be provided by the Renaissance Vocal Ensemble, augmented with several members of our parish choir, under the direction of Warren Dyckman. All choral music will be a'cappella and will include works by Henry Purcell, John Blow, William Byrd, and John Farmer. The organ recital will be performed by James Turner, organist of Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, Armonk, NY. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Trinity Episcopal Church is located in the heart of downtown Ossining at 7 South Highland Avenue at the intersection of Highland Avenue, Croton Avenue, and Main Street. The church parking lot entrance is on Ellis Place directly behind the church. More information can be found at www.trinityossining.org or by calling 914-941-0806.
Congressmen DioGuardi Lecture and Book Signing? Join Joe DioGuardi former NY congressman, Ossining resident, and author of Unaccountable Congress: It Doesn't Add Up, for an insighful discussion of election-year issues, including the national debt and federal deficit. Bring a friend and share you views with fellow concerned citizens. Refreshments will be served. Don't miss this unique opportunity. Discussion and Complimentary Book Signing 3/24 @ 2pm RSVP to Douglas Thomas at 914-762-1980 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP by 3/21. Atria on The Hudson, 321 North Highland Avenue, Ossining.
LENTEN SERIES: Grief: A Process of Healing
March, Saturday 24th 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Briarcliff Congregational Church, Eastman Room, 30 So. State Rd., Briarcliff Manor. Presented by Patty Donovan-Duff RN, BSN, CT Director, the Bereavement Center of Westchester. Scheduled discussions: Sat 3/10 – What is Grief? Normal grief reactions, Common symptoms of grief, A grief timetable, How long does grief last? Why grieve, The Healing Process. Sat 3/24 – Phases of grief, How to support a grieving person, If grieving, how will I know when I’m better? Support Groups, Response, Question & Answer time. For more information call 914-941-4368.
"BUNNIES & STUFF", the annual Easter shop event, is coming to the Lantern Gift Shop at St. Paul's on -the- Hill on Saturday, March 24, 2012, 10-3. The gift shop will be ready for Spring with bunnies, chicks, and baskets to fill as well as Easter cards and handcrafts and many new gift items that are arriving daily. There will be lovely silk flower arrangements throughout the shop as well as new jewelry and a "Vintage Values" corner with many new additions. Another Fabulous Bake Sale will take place in the Parish Hall that day with free coffee and tea. ( A snowdate of March 30th has been set for this event...just in case!) The gift shop is located on the grounds of St. Paul's on- the- Hill Episcopal Church, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, just east of 9A, off route 133. If you are coming from a distance and the weather is questionable, we suggest you call the shop at 914/941-4434 at 10 to make sure we are open.
Interfaith Harmony Prayer Service To Be Held March 25 at Maryknoll
Representatives from at least eight distinct faith groups, including Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Presbyterian, Episcopal, the Bruderhof and Roman Catholic, will convene for a special Interfaith Harmony Prayer Service on Sunday, March 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Annunciation Chapel, Maryknoll Sister Center, 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining, NY. Open to the public, the service is sponsored jointly by the Maryknoll Sisters, Fathers and Brothers, in conjunction with their Centennial celebrations (Fathers & Brothers in 2011; Sisters in 2012), and seeks to promote harmony and peace among various traditions through prayer. “Genuine interreligious dialogue depends on openness to the mystery of God which is beyond all religions,” the Maryknoll communities say on the Maryknoll.org website.
Participants in the prayer service, each of whom will contribute a prayer or song from their faith tradition, will include:
For more information, please call 914-941-7575 or visit our websites: www.maryknoll.org OR www.maryknollsisters.org.
Atria on The Hudson Veterans Wall Ceremony Please join us for a very special event in honor of our veterans and the sacrifices they've made for our freedom. Atria on the Hudson is unveiling our Veterans Wall of Honor on this delightful afternoon. Come hear the president of our local VFW Post highlight veterans' sacrifices for our country. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there! Sunday, March 25 2pm-4pm RSVP by March 21 to Douglas Thomas at 914-762-1980 or email@example.com. Atria on The Hudson, 321 North Highland Ave, Ossining.
Coming soon to Ossining... don't miss the next the Meet the Farmer event on Wednesday, March 28th, from 7-9pm, at the Learning Center of Community Markets The Learning Center at Community Markets, 173 Main Street, 3rd Floor "walk up", Ossining, 914-923-4837 Gary will discuss why he decided to start his farm, varieties of mushrooms he is growing, what his growing methods are, how to create the best growing conditions, and much more. There will be a cooking demonstration and tasting of the mushrooms from Wiltbank Farm. Light refreshments will be served during the event. Fee $15/ Discounted Fee (Students and Farmers) $10. Click here to sign up http://www.cvent.com/d/3cq0cx/1Q , seating is limited!
Seeds to Grow…Sow and Grow Come get free vegetable seeds to grow at home. Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at Mariandale, 299 North Highland Avenue, Route 9 (between All-Aboard and Atria) Learn about gardening for the common good. Tour the Green Community Garden of Hope. Sign up to be a Community Gardener – all ages are welcome. Meet your Ossining neighbors and have some fun together. For more information: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at http://gcgh.weebly.com &/or like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Green-Community-Garden-of-Hope/100601626695889. Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Hope Justice Committee. Mariandale Retreat & Conference Center Transition Ossining…&You!
You are invited to our Spring Open House at the beautiful Seven Bridges Field Club! This non–profit pool, tennis, and platform tennis club is at the corner of Route 133 and Seven Bridges Road (in Chappaqua about 4.5 miles northeast of Club Fit in Briarcliff). Please contact Janice Noto-Helmers to RSVP for our open house and/or tours which will be held this spring at 914 941-8628 or email@example.com. If you would like to find out more about this verdant family club, please visit our website: sevenbridgesclub.org.
Maryknoll Speakers Series: Michael Leach Asks “Why Stay Catholic? Dean of Catholic Book Publishing Says Catholics Do Not Need To Leave The Church Leading Catholic author, editor and publisher Michael Leach will present Why Stay Catholic? as part of the Maryknoll Speakers Series at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, on Sunday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Colleen Brathwaite at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-941-7636, extension 2445. Additional information and directions can be found at http://www.maryknollsociety.org. At a time when many Catholics are questioning if they should abandon their Church, Mr. Leach, author and publisher emeritus of Orbis Books, said it doesn’t have to be this way. Orbis Books is a division of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Mr. Leach has been called “the dean of Catholic book publishing” by U.S. Catholic magazine for more than 30 years of leadership in Catholic publishing. He has edited and published more than 2,000 books, including those of Nobel Prize and National Book Award recipients. The Catholic Book Publishers Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award during 2007. Mr. Leach also has authored bestsellers, including Why Stay Catholic? (Loyola Press 2011) and I Like Being Catholic (Image 2005). He co-authored A Maryknoll Book of Prayer (Orbis Books 2003) and authored A Maryknoll Book of Inspiration (Orbis Books 2010). Founded during 1970, Orbis Books endeavors to publish works that enlighten the mind, nourish the spirit, and challenge the conscience. Orbis seeks to explore the global dimensions of Christian faith and mission, to invite dialogue with diverse cultures and religious traditions, and to serve the cause of reconciliation and peace. Learn more at http://www.orbisbooks.com/ or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/orbisbooks.
Taconic Opera Seeking Choral Singers for Rossini’s Beloved Petite Messe Solennelle
Finishing off its 2011-2012 season and continuing its tradition of presenting an annual choral masterwork by an opera composer, Taconic Opera will be offering two performances of Petite Messe Solenelle by Gioacchino Rossini, the composer of The Barber of Seville, Cinderella (La Cenerentola), and many others. Since this work is a favorite among choral singers, the company is extending an invitation to them to collaborate in this concert program featuring the Taconic Opera chorus, and professional lead singers and orchestra. The concert will be conducted under the baton of Dan Montez, General Director of the Taconic Opera.
Completed in Rossini’s later years and one of very few works he offered to the public during those years, he describes with characteristic wit why he chose to write a sacred mass: "Good God—behold completed this poor little Mass. You know well, I was born for comic opera. Little science, a little heart, that is all. So may you be blessed, and grant me Paradise!” The Emperor Napolean found the mass to be neither little (Petite), solemn (Solennelle) or even liturgical. Audiences find this controversial but exciting work fascinating, unique, and a true pleasure for the ear and the heart to experience.
Performances are at the Ossining United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 3:00pm. Chorus rehearsals will take place on 801 Kitchewan Road (Route 34) and will begin around March 28 and will continue on Saturdays from 3-5pm and Wednesdays from 7-9pm until the concert dates. Choral singers wishing to learn the piece for the first time or eager wipe the dust of their old score are encouraged to join. There are no membership fees, but singers must supply their own music. A short, painless, friendly audition is required and will be done by appointment at a convenient time for the auditioner. For further questions, concerns or to schedule an audition, contact Mary Corda: email@example.com or (914) 649-1826.
"SAVE THE DATE" for the 32nd Annual Ossining Village Fair, Saturday, June 9th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Main Street – Ossining. Rain date - Sunday, June 10th.
The Winter /Indoor Farmers Market in Croton has everything that you need to cook a farm fresh meal! The market is now in the old video store space at the Van Wyck Shopping Center on Maple Street in Croton. The market runs every Saturday, rain, shine or snow, from 9am-1pm through May 19th. The vendors at the 2012 Winter Farmers Market in Croton include : Amazing Real Live Food Company, Baked by Susan, Bombay Emerald Chutney, Bread Alone, Coach Farms, Dutch Desserts, Feather Ridge Farm, Flour City Pasta, Gajeski Produce, Kiernan Farm, Meredith’s Bread, Migliorelli Farm, Newgate Farms, Pickle Licious, Pika’s Farm Table, Pura-Vida Fisheries, Tierra Farm, and Wiltbank Farm. Come early for the best selection!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Nixle.com and click the sign up now! button.
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