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Release Date: September 21, 2007

Maryknoll Film Festival Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m  A new international film festival, sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, will open on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Society Center in Ossining. The series of nine monthly offerings entitled, Life through Death: God’s Self-sacrificing Love Revealed in Relationships, will open with “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles”, China/Japan 2005, from director Zhang Yimou. Each film will be introduced by a Maryknoll missioner who will facilitate a brief discussion following the screening. All are welcome. Admission is free. Films will be shown in the Maryknoll Society Center Building, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining. Maryknoll, the U.S.-based Catholic missionary movement, includes the Maryknoll Society (Fathers and Brothers), the Maryknoll Congregation (Sisters), the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and the Maryknoll Affiliates. Maryknollers have been representing U.S. Catholics in overseas mission since 1911 and currently serve in 39 countries worldwide. For additional information call 914-941-7590 or visit their website at

Middle Class STAR Rebate:
Taxpayers already receiving the "Basic STAR" exemption may be eligible for the new "Middle Class STAR" rebate. Westchester homeowners can receive rebates of up to $1200.97 if qualified. Applications must be submitted to the NYS Dept of Taxation and Finance. Enhanced STAR (qualifying senior citizens) will automatically receive a check from Department of Taxation and Finance by September 5th, 2007. Basic STAR recipients will receive an application by mail by September 17th.
Apply for your rebate online through the NYS Dept. of Taxation and Finance.
Click here for more information from the NYS Office of Real Property Services (ORPS).

Sunday, September 23rd, 5 pm - 8 pm "An Evening in the Rhineland" to Benefit the Ossining Food Pantry
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, music, and wine while strolling in the gardens of Hohensichtlicht. Join the Ossining Food Pantry to honor those whose contributions have helped us provide groceries for our less fortunate neighbors. Graciously hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Payne in the beautiful gardens of their home in Briarcliff Manor. Park at the Scarborough Presbyterian Church (corner of Route 9 and Scarborough Road) and shuttle buses will bring you to the party. Donation is $25 per person.  Please contact Karin Chaudhari at 914-373-1048 with any questions.
 Upcoming Events at The Ossining Public Library…
"A Time to get Together A Time to Celebrate" Meet Beth Bermel, new library director and celebrate the completion of the new library. Sunday, Sept. 23 from 3-5 p.m. in the theater.  Reception and music by the Modal Blue Ensemble. RSVP 941-2416 extension 326.
A New series of Book Discussions to begin in September, moderators: Vincent Munch, Patty Chapman and John Hawkins, books available in the Cheever Room. For additional information call 941-2416, extension 326. 
Thrice upon a Mattress: three short comedies by award winning Westchester playwright, Albi Gorn  presented by the library, admission free, This M&M theater production featuring Eric & Jeanne Goche, Laura Kramer, Anne Rodgers Pearl and Jim Smith will be on the library stage Thursday, Sept. 27th at 7:30 p.m.
Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce Meeting Notice Monday, September 24th, Ossining Community Center, 95 Broadway, Networking starts at 7 PM. Meeting starts at 7:30 PM. Program: The Mortgage Mess, Is the Credit Crunch a Reality? What is a Sub-prime loan? Can You Still Get a Mortgage Today? Speakers: Doug Kreuscher, President, Benchmark Financial Associates, Inc., Charles Dumas, Account Executive, First Franklin Financial, a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch. Moderator: Daniel Remer, Esq., Castro & Remer, P.C. and Pronto Funding, LLC.
You’re Invited to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Building at Phelps Saturday, September 29, 2007 from 1-4 pm, the public is invited to celebrate the official opening of the new 100,000 square-foot Medical Services Building at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow. Speeches and a ribbon cutting ceremony begin at 1:30 pm, followed by tours of the $10 million building in which several of the hospital’s busiest services will be located. Of special interest are the Frank and Lisina Hoch Center for Emergency Education, which will better train EMT’s, and the Outpatient Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department with its new aquatherapy pool. The opening event includes fire engines and ambulances that young visitors can explore, plus light refreshments for all. Residents of the entire area served by Phelps, as well as emergency medical personnel from the surrounding region are encouraged to come see how Phelps is growing to better serve the community. A further cause for celebration is the opening of a new 750-space parking garage where patients and visitors can park for free! For more information, go to                      
Open Door Benefit Golf Outing at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor is scheduled for Monday, October 1st. For more information on this event please contact Cristina Sanjuas-Dopazo, Development Coordinator at 914-502-1414 or check the website at
Come join the fun! The Christopher Columbus Lodge #692, a not-for-profit organization in Ossining is hosting the 5th Annual Columbus Day Festival in celebration of Italian Heritage and Culture Month.  The festival will be held at Veterans Park, Narragansett Avenue on Friday, October 5th from 5pm – 11pm, Saturday, October 6th from 4pm– 11pm, and Sunday, October 7th from 2pm – 10 pm. There will be food, raffles, rides, games and free live entertainment. The Columbus Lodge is a philanthropic organization which contributes to three OHS awards since 1991 (Italian Language Award, Top Female Athlete and Top Male Athlete) and many other organizations and charities including the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Fire Department, Police Benevolent Assoc., Alzheimer Assoc., Arthritis Foundation, Coaches vs. Cancer, Cooley's Anemia and Gift of Sight. For additional information contact Guido Iamiceli 490-0343, Mike Fortini 403-5244 or Frank Picucci 941-6730. 
More Events at the OPL…
The Camille Antoinette Budarz Performance Space at the Ossining Public Library will be dedicated Sunday, October 7th at 3 p.m. a special concert by pianist, Michael Boriskin, artistic director of the Copland House will follow the dedication. Admission is free.
The Annual Ossining Public Library Fall Book Sale is scheduled for Friday, October 12 from 10-5, Saturday, October 13 from 10 - 5, Sunday, Oct. 14 from 12-5 and Monday, October 15 from 10a.m - 8 p.m.
Special program: "Hudson Valley Ruins" will be presented at the library by the Ossining Historical Society Museum and OPL on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker: Rob Yasinsac, co-author of the book: Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape." Mr. Yasinsac is on the staff of Historic Hudson Valley. Admission is free.
Do you have clothing that your children no longer wear that would fit 5-7 year-olds? The Ossining Early Childhood PTA (the PTA that serves Roosevelt and Park Schools) is holding a Clothing Drive for the Park School Nurse, who has run out of spare pants for the children who have accidents during school.  Before you donate to the clothing bins, please look to see if you have pants that would fit a 5-7 yr old.  If so, drop them off to Park School labeled Nurse’s Office. 
Trinity Church Anniversary Spirit of the Community Award Dinner. Saturday, October 13th, 6pm.  This year they will be honoring IFCA’s work to provide housing and other services to low and moderate income families in the area.   For more information, call 914.941.0806 or email to More information at:
Noted Peace Activist, Father John Dear, to Speak at Maryknoll Father John Dear, S.J., a Jesuit priest, peace activist, popular lecturer and author, will speak at the Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining at 7:00 pm. on October 17, 2007, as part of the Maryknoll Speaker Series. For directions call 914-941-7636 ext. 2294. His lecture is entitled “The Beatitudes of Peace.” Father Dear, a longtime practitioner and teacher of nonviolence, has worked for over 25 years with such groups as the Fellowship of Reconciliation and Pax Christi. He has been arrested more than 75 times for acts of non-violent civil disobedience for peace. His work for peace has taken him to war zones throughout the world including El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, the Middle East, the Philippines, Northern Ireland and Iraq. Dear has authored hundreds of articles and over 25 books on peace and justice. These include Mohandas Gandhi and You Will be My Witnesses (Orbis Books), and his newest book, Transfiguration, (Doubleday).  The Maryknoll Speakers Series offers timely and stimulating talks and discussions on matters of faith and social concern. These events are held at the Maryknoll Society Center in Ossining, N.Y. The event is free of charge and open to the public. For additional information visit their website at
The Ossining Farmers Market is open The market runs each Saturday through December 15th from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Located at Market Square corner of Main and Spring St. Come to the market to buy farm fresh foods from the Hudson Valley. Shop for vegetables, fruit, organic produce, pasture raised meats, and specialty foods.  The market is sponsored by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce. For further information go to Please note: Shoppers do not park behind the Chase Bank next to the market. It is a private lot and you will be booted and fined.
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