June 21st, 2016- 7:30PM
It can come as no surprise that this has been a challenging week in Ossining, as our nation witnessed the massacre in Orlando. I am strengthened by the fact that we live in a community where we all watch out for one another and can count on our friends and neighbors for support during this difficult time. The Briarcliff Congregational Church will be hosting a candlelight vigil tomorrow evening at 7PM-- let this togetherness and hope start to heal our hearts as we honor those who we've lost in this senseless tragedy.
We have so many positive things happening in our community to make us even stronger, together. This past Saturday, the Town, along with Green Ossining, the Town Environmental Advisory Committee, and water from the Village's Indian Brook Reservoir were set up at booths at the Village Fair where we shared a lot of great information about ways to protect our precious environment, including the many watersheds in Ossining, and how to participate in the Great Healthy Yard Project (have you taken the pledge yet?), as well as how to enjoy our parks and improve ourselves through the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program. A special thank you goes out to the Town and Village staff for making sure our tents and tables got back and forth safely, and a special shout out to Suzie Ross and Mitzi Elkes for organizing volunteers and for holding down the fort for us! Your enthusiasm and hard work are a huge asset to Ossining, and we are honored to have you on our team.
Tomorrow is an action-packed day in Ossining, starting with Portugal Day in Market Square, which starts at 11AM with the Opening Ceremony at 12:30PM. Also tomorrow? The Anne M. Dorner and Ossining High School moving up and graduation ceremonies at Pace University in Pleasantville. The community is welcome to share in this momentous occasion and to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.
The Town is also hosting two Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining events tomorrow! At 1PM, Club Fit Trainer Candice O'Brien will lead a hike at the Edward J. Crawbuckie Nature Preserve on Beach Road. At 6PM, Kendra Rossney of Dragonfly Wellness Yoga Studio will lead a slow and easy Yoga Flow class at the waterfront; Louis Engel Park is known for its great sunsets, so stay awhile after the class and take in one of Ossining's best views.
(Speaking of Engel Park, have you visited the Spray Park yet this season? The hours are 12 Noon to 6PM on weekends until school is out; after June 24th, it will be open 7 days a week, also 12 Noon to 6PM, weather permitting.)
The outdoor activities continue throughout the week, as the St. Ann's Fair begins on Tuesday, June 21st and goes through Sunday, June 26th. This is one of our community's best-attended events, and I am looking forward to seeing many of you there.
Another event we're looking forward to this week is the long-awaited ribbon cutting at Henry Gourdine Park at the Harbor Square Apartments, which will take place on Thursday, June 23rd at 11AM. This beautiful spot will be the location of a jazz series on alternating Monday nights this summer, and we are thrilled to have another beautiful space join our awesome Ossining Parks system.
Preparations continue for Ossining's annual Fireworks Celebration, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 30th. KJ Denhert and her band will take the stage at 7PM before the fireworks show at 9:15PM, and Powderfinger will wrap up the night with some great tunes once the fireworks are over. We are excited to announce that we have several food trucks on board for this year, so make sure to come early to grab a bite and get a good seat!
The fireworks mark the kick-off of summer in Ossining, and they also mean the start of the Summer Concert Series. We have some great new acts this summer, and will even be ending the series with a DJ Dance Party on Friday, August 26th. Still plenty of time to find the right pair of dancing shoes!
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
- River Knoll Project, Multi-Family Development, 40 Croton Dam Road- PUBLIC SCOPING SESSION
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.
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 - 7:30PM
Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility
86-88 Spring Street, Ossining NY 10562
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