Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to an even better weekend! Maybe a long one for many.
The Town is looking forward to celebrating and honoring the memory of former Town Councilman Honorable Geoffrey J. Harter as we dedicate the middle field in Ryder Park in his honor tomorrow morning, October 9, at 9 AM. Geoffrey Harter served on the Town Board for 24 years, including multiple years as deputy supervisor. He offered his wise, practical and common sense counsel to many Town Supervisors. His passion was serving as Town Liaison to the Recreation Advisory Board, keeping a watchful eye on the Town parks, playing fields, ball courts, and such. He even served on that committee before serving on the Town Council. He was an always-visible supporter of Ossining youth sports and leaves a legacy of giving back through his wife and children. He served his community with dedication, gratitude and good cheer, and found tremendous joy in coaching his children and cheering on his grandchildren on the fields of Ossining. All are welcome to join us for the dedication ceremony. We will have a number of current and former elected officials who served with Geoff, and of course his family, joining us as well as JCYS. We think it’s a great way to kick off a day of youth baseball. And thanks in advance to the Riskos for chiming in with some music selections. We know Geoff will be looking down on this with immense pride!
Also happening this weekend:
If you have a lot of papers to shred, have no fear: the Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be here! is coming to Briarcliff Manor from 10 AM to 1 PM Saturday. This Saturday, October 9 from 2-4 PM, the Ossining Library is hosting Project Tapestry, a live concert on Zoom featuring original choreography and original jazz music. You can register here to get the Zoom link and watch.
If you’d like to be more active, consider a game of basketball or street soccer at the newly painted MUGA (multi use gaming area) at Gerlach Park! Thanks as always to our fantastic Parks crew that keeps our parks looking great! Make sure to help us out by always respecting our parks, picking up after yourself, and playing nice in the sandbox (or game box, as it were)!
This Sunday, October 10, is the last walking tour of 2021 of the historic Sparta neighborhood at the south end of Ossining. The tour will begin at the Jug Tavern (Rockledge Avenue and Revolutionary Road, behind the CVS) at 1 PM with an introduction to the history of the area. Participants will then walk about six blocks through the neighborhood learning about the historic homes in the landmarked district; the tour will end at around 3 PM. Dr. Alan Stahl, a neighborhood resident who teaches in the History Department of Princeton University and has served as chair of the Village of Ossining Historic Preservation Commission, will lead the tour. The tour is free, but participation is limited to 20 people. For a reservation or further information, please visit to the Jug Tavern website: www.jugtavern.org.
Next Friday, October 15 from 6:00 - 8:45 PM, Ossining Recreation is hosting a Kids’ Night Out at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center. Food and fun will be provided! Take some time to yourself while the kids have a safe and enjoyable party. To register, visit www.villageofossining.org.
A community member has organized a diaper drive to benefit families in need. To contribute, you can drop off new packages of disposable diapers to the Briarcliff Manor Public Library any day through Saturday, October 23, or donate online through the organization’s diaper registry by clicking here.
The Ossining Public Library is hosting Latin Dance workshops every Thursday during Hispanic Heritage month. One week left! There is an all-ages session at 6:30 and a teens and adults session at 7:30. Learn salsa, bachata and more! Click here to register.
Also on the topic of Hispanic Heritage month: Altice USA is running a Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest for middle and high school students. Eligible students are invited to submit an essay about a person of Hispanic heritage, past or present, who inspires them and explain why. Essays must be received by October 31, 2021. Winners will be announced around November 24th and a virtual winner ceremony will take place in early December. Prizes include a $1,500 cash scholarship and iPads. More details, including where to submit, can be found at www.optimum.com/HMM.
Ossining Matters will be hosting a Movie by Moonlight fundraiser event next Saturday, October 16. Food and fun for the whole family! Register and purchase tickets at www.ossiningmatters.org.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Click here to register for a Zoom discussion session on breast health hosted by New York Presbyterian Hospital anda panel of experts, to take place Wednesday, October 20 from 6-7 PM.
As the weather gets colder, please reach out for help if you or someone you know is having difficulty heating their home. Applications open today for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), overseen by the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Click here to read more about the types of help that are available, check your eligibility, and apply.
Periodic check-in as we continue to recover from natural disasters and a pandemic. If you are in the process of filing claims for damage related to Hurricane Ida, read your correspondence with FEMA carefully. Here’s how.
The US Small Business Association also opened a Business Recovery Center at the New York Power Authority building (123 Main St.) in White Plains last month. It will be open from 9-5 every weekday until further notice. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help people complete applications. As a reminder, business owners can also apply for aid online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/m. Even individuals can apply for FEMA assistance through the small business link. It is worth doing, even if you do not have a business. In this line of recovery money, there is a place to apply for individual assistance. This could be the ticket to getting reimbursed for any money you had to lay out.
Also, remember that if you or someone you know lost work or income due to the pandemic but were not eligible for unemployment insurance or other forms of federal COVID relief, there are resources to help if you act quickly. Dial 211 to learn more about programs like the Excluded Worker Fund and apply. Emergency Rental Assistance funds are also still available; click here to start or continue an application, and click here to read more about the program and see if you might be eligible.
If you are considering going back to school, click here to learn more about applying to Westchester Community College through their virtual information sessions this fall. There are general information sessions taking place every week through the end of the fall. Participants will find out more about available programs and services and be able to ask questions and apply to the college. Attendees will also receive an online application fee waiver code to waive the $50 application fee!
Here’s an opportunity for those working in science, technology, engineering & math: The Westchester County Biosciences Accelerator, a business incubator for innovation in science and technology, is accepting applications for its 2022 cohort. Click here to read more about the program and how to apply.
If discounted internet would be helpful to you, read on. Altice USA announced last month that it is increasing the speed of its “Altice Advantage Internet” affordable broadband service at no additional cost and renaming it “Optimum Advantage Internet.” The speed increase will provide download speeds up to 50 Mbps to new and existing “Optimum Advantage Internet” customers at the same price of $14.99 per month. To learn more and check your eligibility for the discounted internet, click here.
Tickets are on sale now for Teatown’s Enchanted Forest, taking place during the last two weekends of the month (October 23, 24, 30, and 31). Tickets include a 30-minute guided walk, parking, a treat for the kids, and a visit with Teatown’s Animal Ambassadors! Register and purchase tickets here.
It is budget season all around us, and the County is no exception. They are hosting public input sessions to solicit feedback from residents as the 2022 budget is constructed. Register and save the date: two meetings will be held on Monday, October 25 to solicit residents’ input. Register here to attend the 11 AM - 1 PM session, or here to attend the 4 PM - 6 PM session. See the flier below for address information if you prefer to attend in person.
Election Day is November 2, and the time to ensure you are prepared to vote is now! The deadline to postmark an absentee ballot application is Monday, October 18, and the last day to apply in person for one is November 1. Early voting will take place between October 23-31; it will once again be available at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center along with many other sites in Westchester County, which are open to all County residents. Visit the County Board of Elections website to learn more about propositions on the ballot and how you can cast your vote. The County is also still looking for poll workers; click here to learn more and apply.
Lastly, reminder that the Town of Ossining offices will be closed on Monday, October 11 because of the holiday. Hope you are able to take a little break as well! We will see you soon -- till then, enjoy all that Ossining has to offer, be safe and healthy!