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Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you are somewhere enjoying the beautiful weather with a cold glass of iced tea (yes, June 10th is National Iced Tea Day. Who knew?)
We spent some time this week getting ready for the Village Fair, where the Town will have two booths this year. Between 10AM and 5PM, the Village Fair will be taking place on Main and Spring Streets, with over 200 vendors, delicious food and live music. The Town tables will have information from Green Ossining on the Great Healthy Yard Project, from the Environmental Advisory Committee about the Town's many watersheds, and information about Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining (including some details about the free class this Sunday at Engel Park at 9:30AM). A short walk from Main and Spring is the entrance to the Weir Chamber-- the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct will be leading tours between the hours of 10AM and 4PM. Besides learning about our water system's fascinating history, it's also a great way to take a break from the hot sun! Meet at the north end of the Double Arch Bridge near the Community Center to get the tour started. I hope to see you at the Fair, fingers crossed for great weather! As a reminder, there will be no Ossining Farmer's Market this weekend because of the Fair.
Also tomorrow? The Ossining Arts Council will be hosting the Art Out II Opening Reception at 2PM at the Steamer Firehouse Gallery. Come check out some fresh new takes on the Village through a variety of mediums, more information is below.
The Scarborough Presbyterian Church (655 Scarborough Road) will be holding their annual Rummage Sale tomorrow betwen 9AM and 3PM. Make plenty of room in your car for a bunch of new treasures! And finally, the Ossining Children's Center will be hosting the Dine-A-Round tomorrow evening to benefit the tuition assistance program; this year's event honors former Town Supervisor Richard Wishnie and his wife Marilyn, who are tremendous advocates for OCC and for our community in general. You can get more information on how to join in on this great event here.
The Town passed a series of laws in the fall of 2015, including some updates to how residents should be notified that a property is before the Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Appeals. Under this new law, the Town requires signage on the property to alert neighbors who may not have otherwise heard about the action through email or a physical mailer. These signs were put up on several properties last week giving notice to neighbors of the upcoming Planning Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th. Unfortunately, at least one of these signs was vandalized and the date, time and location of the meeting was removed. While we are not clear on why someone would want to prevent this information from reaching their neighbors, we have decided to opt for different signage going forward which, while making this kind of vandalism less likely, will also provide less information about the action at hand. Instead of providing a meeting date and location, the new signs will simply state that an action is pending on the property and list a phone number for the Town Building Department. We are hopeful that the next batch of signs will be treated more respectfully and that everyone gets the correct information about the acton at hand.
We are also hard at work preparing for the Summer Concert Series (see the flyer below), including getting a bunch of local food trucks on board. Our first concert of the season will take place the night of the Independence Day Fireworks on Thursday, June 30th, KJ Denhert and her band will be rocking out on the Engel Park stage to welcome everyone to summer at 7PM, with a performance by Powderfinger after the 9:15PM fireworks show. These concerts will continue every Friday night throughout the summer, including a bunch of performers new to the Ossining music scene. Mark your calendar for these exciting nights in Ossining!
Tomorrow (Saturday June 11th) marks the start of everyone's favorite, Spray Park Season, also at Louis Engel Park. Come down and cool off between the hours of 12 noon and 6PM on weekends, but once school is out for the summer, the spray park is open 7 days a week.
Below are a few events you may want to attend this weekend and next.
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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 - 7:30PM
Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility
86-88 Spring Street, Ossining NY 10562
All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV, on Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channels 78 and 18.
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The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on:
*Please Note The Alternate Location*
Ossining Community Center
Ossining, NY 10562
Town of Ossining Planning Board Preliminary Agenda
The order of agenda items are subject to change
- Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Site Plan- PUBLIC HEARING
- Joanne Schneider, 74 Hawkes Avenue, 2 Lot Subdivision- PUBLIC HEARING
- Parth Knolls, Multi-Family Development, 87 Hawkes Avenue, Site Plan- PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED
- Artis Senior Living LLC, 553 North State Road, Site Plan- PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED
- Butler Subdivision, 2 Hillcrest Drive, 3 Lot Subdivision
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It has been a short week in the Town of Ossining, as we spent Monday remembering our nation's veterans. Although it was decided to cancel the Ossining parade due to some concerning weather forecasts, I was able to attend several events on Sunday, including visits to Dale Cemetery, the Congregation Sons of Israel Cemetery and St. Augustine's Cemetery to honor our fallen firefighters. On Monday, despite the cloudy weather, we were able to hold a small, solemn ceremony at Parker Bale, and I was so moved to see such a robust turnout. I want to offer special thanks to Michael G. O'Connor and the Central Committee for Organized War Veterans for all of their heartfelt efforts to make these events so very special, and a thanks to Girl Scout Troops 1219, 2295,1292, 2015, 2045, 2293, 2226, 2233 and 2431 and their leaders for the beautiful hand-crafted wreaths!
I also had the pleasure of marching with my colleagues on the Town and Village of Briarcliff Boards in the Village of Briarcliff Manor’s Memorial Day parade. Thank you to Larry Reilly Commander of the American Legion Post 1054, Briarcliff Manor for organizing this popular and event to recognize our veterans. The Village also hosted a Ribbon Cutting of their new, beautiful and modern Community Center which was an expansion of the Briarcliff Library. Please take the time to pay a visit and congratulations to all involved in this wonderful addition to the community.
We have so much to celebrate this week, first and foremost being the award bestowed upon the Village of Ossining for the Sing Sing Kill Greenway Project. The Westchester Municipal Planning Federation selected Ossining's project from work all across the County, and we are so very proud of the Village Board and staff for their incredible foresight to see what a great landmark this project could be.
We also want to congratulate the D.A.R.E. Class of 2016 who graduated earlier today. Your bright light makes me so incredibly proud of Ossining, keep up the great work!
The Sing Sing Museum held a successful and well-attended meeting this Tuesday evening at the Ossining Public Library, where residents and visitors joined to share input about the planning process for the potential museum. If you weren't able to make it, you can still fill out a survey HERE to share your ideas about what you'd like to see at what may be Ossining's most exciting destination.
As so many of us take to the outdoors during the summer months, we want to remind everyone to be vigilant about keeping your home or business free of standing water. The Zika virus has continued to make headlines, and we want to do everything we can to prevent the spread of this illness from reaching our area. We have embedded some information from the CDC into our website for easy access-- please share this information with family, friends and neighbors so we can help keep each other safe. The State of New York is also rolling out a 6-Step Action Plan and dedicating even more resources to educating our residents on preventing the spread of Zika.
We are supposed to have beautiful weather tomorrow, so I hope you will join me for the highly contested annual softball tournament and watch the Ossining Lions Club square off against the Ossining PBA! We will have a cast of characters at bat for the Lions, including yours truly. The game starts at 3PM at Veteran's Park, so feel free to come cheer us on! There will be drinks and snacks available, as well as a 50/50 raffle to benefit Ossining D.A.R.E. and other Ossining charities.
If you are around a little earlier in the day tomorrow, Dr. Robert Chuckrow will be teaching a Tai Chi class at Gerlach Park at 1:30PM as part of the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program. All are welcome to come and learn about the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi and get your weekend off on the right foot while enjoying our beautiful public park! On Sunday at 3PM, Sue Radparvar from Ossining's Studio95 will be leading a Zumba "fitness party" at the Cedar Lane Park Pavilion. Class is planned to be on as scheduled, but as a lot of rain/ thunder/ lightning is predicted, keep an eye on the skies. If it looks rough out there, the class will be rescheduled on another day.
Next weekend is the Village Fair, and the Town will have a booth with more information on Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining and the classes being offered throughout the summer, plus information from our Environmental Advisory Committee and Green Ossining about how you can contribute to the sustainability of your home, yard, cars, and our community. The forecast is looking good, so we hope you will join us for a great day in the Village NEXT Saturday, June 11th!
Don't forget, the fireworks are a bit early this year. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 30th, where KJ Denhert will take the stage at Engel Park, followed by Powderfinger, and we will all celebrate our independence together while enjoying great tunes, good food, and eachothers company.
The Town Board Work Session this week will include a Special Meeting to pass a few resolutions, one of which is incredibly important to me personally. Yesterday, June 2nd, was Gun Violence Awareness Day around the country. Millions of Americans wore orange to make a statement against the senseless gun violence that has woven its way into the fabric of our culture, and I want Ossining to join in on saying enough! I will be asking the Board to declare Friday, June 10th "Ossining Gun Violence Awareness Day" and will be asking our staff to wear orange to raise awareness of all victims of gun violence. I hope you will join us to make this very important statement next Friday.