- Last Updated: 16 August 2019 16 August 2019
Town Board Special Meeting
Tuesday, August 20th, 2019- 8AM
3rd Floor Conference Room, 16 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
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- Last Updated: 16 August 2019 16 August 2019
It's almost time to head back down to the Waterfront for another Food Truck Friday! This week, we will be joined by Sloppie Joe's, Westchester Burger Company, Aji Limo, Brothers Fish n Chips, Cravin Jamaican, Penny Lick Ice Cream, and Sing Sing Kill Brewery.
I am excited to say that the musical act coming to the Engel Park stage this week is no stranger to us-- well-known reggae performers Taj Weekes and Adowa, who have joined us in the past, will begin at 7PM. Make sure to bring your chairs and beach blankets and get settled in early-- snacks and singing, crunching and crooning, Food Truck Fridays and the Summer Concert Series are a great match.
We received some excellent grant-related news this week, as the State finally approved our contracts for two major projects coming up -- our new Comprehensive Plan with Sustainability Elements and Food Scrap Recycling Pilot Program. We were notified several months back of our grant awards for these projects, but there were still quite a few reviews that needed to be completed on the State-level before we could hit the ground running.
Speaking of Comprehensive Plans, Deputy Supervisor Liz Feldman and Victoria Cafarelli from my office attended the first meeting of the Village of Ossining's Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee earlier this week. Since both Town and Village are going to be undergoing the comprehensive planning process, having Town representation on the Village's steering committee and vice versa is very important to ensure a more widespread community vision for Ossining. Very soon, we will be looking for applicants to form a Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee for the Town, so stay tuned!
The Fall Recreation catalog has been posted, and there are some great offerings! I encourage you to take a look at the entire catalog -- there is truly a program for everyone, from dance classes, to exercise classes, swimming lessons, and more. If you're looking for something to boost your creativity, check out the classes being offered at the Cedar Lane Arts Center this season:
As the summer winds down, it is a little bit of a quiet weekend around Ossining. Here are some events you can participate in around town, but if you're looking for more of a "staycation," check out the free museum passes offered at the Ossining Public Library with your library card! Victoria in my office strongly recommends checking out Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. It's a great place to get outside, and learn about their mission to create a healthier and more sustainable food system. On the weekend, you can participate in programs like meet the bees or a tasting with a farmer and chef featuring Stone Barns' amazing produce. There is so much you can enjoy right in our own backyard!
If you do plan to hop out of town this weekend (or next), please be aware that a special schedule will be in effect for Metro North for August 17th-18th and 24th-25th to accommodate some track work near Garrison. Check out the revised schedule here.
We anticipate another warm weekend, and managing access to the Croton River via New York State’s Unique Area continues to be very challenging. From our Police Chief: ”It’s a complicated issue that we’re working on through a combination of enforcement activities and legislative initiatives aimed at preserving the safety and quality of life of all those who live in and visit the Town of Ossining.”
Don't forget-- you still have time to go meet Coaster this summer! Since Ossining Day (Night) got rained out, anyone with proof of Ossining residency can get the Ossining benefits on any other Town Days this summer (here's the list). You will receive discount coupons when you arrive at the park by going to the Fountain Plaza Administration Building, including one free mini golf entry, one 2-for-1 rides admission (a wristband good for all the rides), one free beach admission, one free pool admission, $1 off of one food value meal and a $5 discount for parking on a return visit to the park. I hope you will consider taking advantage of these discounts and enjoying a day of fun at Playland!
Mind, Body, Spirit -- Ossining continues this weekend! Elisha Simpson from Crossover Yoga Project will be back at Louis Engel Park for morning yoga at 9AM on Saturday, August 17th. Unfortunately, her Wednesday evening class was cancelled because the weather forecast wasn't looking great, so come check out her amazing class Saturday morning! Then, head over to Ryder Park for Tae Kwon Do with Master Kenyon Winfield of UMAC Briarcliff at Ryder Park at 1PM, also on Saturday, August 17th. Please register in advance to be notified in the event of a weather related closing and qualify for raffles and giveaways from UMAC Briarcliff and Club Fit Briarcliff at the end of the summer. But as always, walk-ins are welcome.
Also on Saturday, August 17th is National Adoption Day, and SPCA of Westchester is participating in Clear the Shelters adoption event from 10AM to 4PM with waived or reduced adoption fees for some animals. Head over to the SPCA’s website www.spca914.org to meet the over 100 animals looking to find their forever homes in our community!
What are your plans for Sunday afternoon? Ossining favorite Gyro Uno will be "popping up" at the Sing Sing Kill Brewery for a catered lunch-- come grab some Greek and Mediterranean food to couple with some craft brews. They will be serving between 1PM and 4PM, so make sure to pace yourself. Their food is that yummy.
On Monday evening, Shannon will be back with her free "Yoga in the Park" in Briarcliff Manor's Law Park. Come for the yoga, nama-stay for the scenery-- only a few weeks left of that summer sunshine!
Then on Wednesday, August 21st, make sure to stop by the fourth and final Ossining Police Department Block Party-- this one will take place on Dale Avenue between 5PM and 7PM. Come say goodbye to summer with your friends and neighbors and get ready for back to school-- it'll be here before you know it!
The Town Board will be holding a brief Special Meeting on Tuesday morning at 8AM to address some pressing business (mostly hiring for a few vacant part time positions and the grant contracts mentioned earlier) and will not be holding our scheduled evening Work Session. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on what we have planned for the last meeting in August-- it will likely be our last meeting until September 10th, so we will have a packed agenda! Until then, enjoy the warm weather and I will see you around Ossining!
- Last Updated: 12 August 2019 12 August 2019
Food Truck Friday is BACK at the Waterfront tonight! Our friends at the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce have a great line-up for us starting at 5PM, including Aji Limo/Peruvian Cuisine, Cravin Jamaican Cuisine, Sloppie Joes (if you haven't tried their Churros filled with Bavarian Cream, you're going to want to do that ASAP), Westchester Burger Company, Penny Lick Ice Cream Company, Brothers Fish & Chips, and some locally brewed suds from Sing Sing Kill Brewery to wash it all down!
Come for the snacks and stay for the music! Local favorite The Old Mill Singers will take stage after Elisa Peimer, OHS grad and opening act starts off the night at 7PM. Make sure to bring your chairs and blankets (pack a few extras-- that rain from Wednesday may have left the field a bit soggy) and get your spot ready for a great night of family fun on the Hudson!
First and foremost, I want to thank my fellow local officials and members of our community who joined together last night for the Candlelight Vigil at Louis Engel Park. While we were in discussions about weather cancelations until the very last minute, we decided to follow through and it was a great choice. The vigil was well attended and we even got to see a double rainbow. It was incredibly touching to join together to honor the lives lost in the mass shootings of the past two weeks in El Paso and Dayton, and to take a public stand about the violence that this community will not ignore or tolerate.
- Last Updated: 07 August 2019 07 August 2019
The events around our nation over the past few days are worse than sad and worse than shocking. The tragedies we are experiencing are now commonplace and have left many of us feeling helpless, but know that here in Ossining, we will continue to advocate every day for all residents to feel respected, accepted, and valued. Please join the Town of Ossining, the Village of Ossining, and local clergy this Thursday evening to mourn the victims of the tragedies in El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy.
Ossining Candlelight Vigil
Thursday, August 8 @ 8PM
Louis Engel Waterfront Park
The community is invited to gather at the waterfront at dusk for a vigil honoring the lives taken in the recent mass shootings.