I hope everyone had an easy week back from the holiday weekend, kept cool in the heat, and is ready to keep the summer going with some great activities this weekend, starting with the Waterfront Concert Series show this evening at 7PM, featuring "Breakfast for the Boys"!
*PLEASE NOTE- the concert tonight has been moved indoors to the Community Center due to thunderstorms in the forecast! Come check out some great music, and grab dinner from the Gyro Uno Food Truck!*
Also this weekend, two more outdoor fitness classes will be happening through Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining, a program the Town is offering to get our residents out and moving while spending time in our beautiful parks and open spaces. Tomorrow night at 6PM, Kendra Rossney from Dragonfly Wellness Yoga Studio will be hosting a waterfront Yoga Flow class at Louis Engel Park. Then on Sunday, July 10th at 9:30AM, Enrique Rosario from ICU Fit Training will be hosting another "Sunday Fun-Day" event, also at Louis Engel Park. Come out and enjoy these free offerings and soak in some sunshine while you're at it! The classes continue throughout the summer, take a look at the Mind, Body, Spirit page for more information and dates to mark in your calendar.
Another exciting event this Sunday is the "EcoBeneficial Gardening 101" class at the Teatown Lake Reservation Carriage House, hosted by environmental horticulturist Kim Eierman. This program for adults promises some great information about how the type of plants in your garden, as well as the way you maintain them, can encourage a wide diversity of insect and bird species in your yard. Reservations are required: please call (914) 762-2912, Ext. 110, to hold your spot for this free event, scheduled for 10AM on Sunday, July 10th. Also at Teatown on Sunday will be a chance to practice "Shinrin-Yoku", or "experiencing the natural world on its own terms." Meditative walks are prefaced by an introduction to increasing awareness through the senses. This Sunday's adult meeting will begin at 9:45AM; if you decide to attend, please bring along bug spray and water and be sure to dress for the weather.
With the 90 degree temperatures this week, we have also increased hours at the Spray Park to keep everyone extra cool: through Sunday, July 10th, the Spray Park will be open extended hours (11AM until 7PM), and we will return to normal hours on Monday, July 11th (12PM to 6PM).
With the Town's reduced meeting schedule this summer, we had a little extra time this week to work on some long-term projects. We submitted a grant for the installation of an ADA-compliant kayak launch at Louis Engel Park, which will continue to expand recreational access to our waterfront. I also had the chance to sit in on a meeting about the proposed Sing Sing Prison Museum, where we heard from museum consultants, Lord Cultural Resources, with highlights from their Phase One report that contained recommendations for the museum's missions and goals, business plan, and visitor experience. Plans are moving along nicely and thanks are in order to Historic Hudson River Towns and Jerry Faiella for leading the charge. If you're interested in learning more about Sing Sing, I encourage you to attend an event hosted by the Ossining Historical Society (196 Croton Avenue) this coming Wednesday, July 13th at 7PM; Michael Capra, the Superintendent of Sing Sing Correctional Facility, will be on hand to engage in an informal discussion on a variety of topics related to the prison. Please RSVP by tomorrow by calling the Historical Society at (914) 941-0001 if you plan to attend.
If you missed the St. Ann's Fair in June, the Ossining Fireworks last week, or (like me) you just plain love festivals, make sure not to miss the St. Augustine's 39th Annual Italian Festival, beginning on Tuesday, July 19th and going through Sunday, July 24th between 6PM and 11PM. This great community event hosts rides, games of chance, music and delicious food, and on Wednesday, June 20th, there will be a fireworks show after dark. Not a bad way to spend a summer weeknight!
I know it seems premature, but we received notice today about Westchester Community College's Fall 2016 Afterschool Science Academy, and I just had to share some of the exciting course offerings they have in store. Right at the Ossining Extension Center of WCC, students will have the choice of studying Pullback Car Engineering or Vertical Access Wind Turbines, both of which could be the great start of a career in a STEM field. You can check out the application and session dates here.
If you are already an expert in Vertical Wind Turbines but still want to beef up your skills this Fall, WCC is also offering Heartsaver Training, which is a CPR/ AED course for the "lay responder", or non-medical folks. This American Heart Association Training will tell you how to help children ages 1 to adult, and the certification is good for two years. Get more information on how to protect your family and friends-- check out the Heartsaver course description and application here.
I notified everyone about this in my last update, but just as a reminder: the Town of New Castle has begun the process of reclaiming and repaving Spring Valley Road, a process that is expected to take another two weeks or so. The road will not be closed, but single lane traffic may result in delays. Please plan your travels accordingly.
Finally, the Town Board will be meeting on Tuesday night (July 12th) for a Regular Meeting/ Work Session at the Courthouse. We have a pretty packed agenda, but one item of special importance comes to mind. When the Town went through the reval process, the concern of many residents was that their assessments would increase to a level unsustainable for their family. As you may recall, I had asked our representatives in New York State to draft legislation to allow for a "phase-in" of certain assessments following the reval process over the past few years; they successfully carried it, and the Governor signed it earlier this week. The Town Board will be discussing our part in this process at Tuesday's Work Session, which will be to decide upon a level of increased assessment that will allow a property owner to apply for an exemption, and call for a public hearing to enact a local law setting that threshold. I am grateful to our legislators for taking up the cause of Ossining residents, and I want to extend my special thanks to Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Senator David Carlucci, and to Governor Cuomo for allowing our eligible property owners to have some time to plan for this coming financial change for their families. Similar legislation was passed for the Town of Greenburgh, and LoHud published a comprehensive article about the process, which you can find here.
Please see below for some other upcoming events-- I hope to see you out and about this weekend in Ossining!
Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility
86-88 Spring Street, Ossining NY 10562
pdf 7-12-2016 Agenda (52 KB) (Updated 7/12)
- pdf Local Law #6 of 2016 Moratorium (14 KB)
- pdf Local Law #7 of 2016 Emergency Access System (16 KB)
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.
Well, today we are a little tired, but it's a happy kind of tired-- the Independence Day Fireworks last night were phenomenal! We couldn't have asked for better weather, we had a beautiful sunset and delicious food to eat, all while accompanied by incredible music and a fantastic fireworks show. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make Ossining's big night a success, especially our Town and Village Parks staff, the Police and Fire Departments, Recreation Superintendent Chris Soi and his staff, Interstate Fireworks, Powderfinger, and the always incredible KJ Denhert. I look forward to working alongside everyone for the rest of the Waterfront Concert Series and making this summer one to remember! I hope you'll join me next Friday night (July 8th) for another great night featuring "Breakfast For The Boys".
(If you're looking for more live music during the week, the Ferry Sloops "Summer Music Series" continues this Thursday, July 7th, with Deuces Child, an acoustic duo, at Shattemuc Yacht Club. Admission is free, and the show starts at 7:30PM.)
Last Friday, along with some community members, I got to tour the Indian Brook Water Treatment Plant and get a "behind the scenes" look at how our water is collected, treated, processed and transmitted to our homes and businesses. I have toured this facility in the past, but there is always more to learn, and this visit was especially timely: the Village has started an extensive project to restore the earthen dam that holds back the Indian Brook Reservoir, and we found the Treatment Plant staff were friendly and informative hosts. A special thanks to Chief Operator Steve Ho, Village Engineer Paul Fraioli and Water Superintendent Andy Tiess for an education in flocculation, filtration and everything in between.
Last Saturday was also an exciting day-- Town Councilwomen Karen D'Attore, Liz Feldman, Kim Jeffrey and I spent the early evening with the Ossining Fire Department at their annual Inspection Dinner, and boy, were those engines looking fine! We then headed up to Anne M. Dorner Middle School for the kickoff to Ossining's Relay for Life event, where the Town and Village formed "Team Dodge Against Cancer" in honor of former Supervisor Martha Dodge. This is always an incredibly touching event, and this year was no different. The bravery and perserverance demonstrated by the survivors was an inspiration to us all, and I am grateful for the opportunity to take part in such an important community event. At last count, the Ossining event raised $39,721.34 this year for the American Cancer Society-- thank you for your generosity, Ossining!
Please join us tonight for our annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration at Louis Engel Waterfront Park!
The fun starts at 7PM, when KJ Denhert and her band will kick off our 2016 Summer Concert Series with some great tunes before the fireworks start at 9:15PM, and Powderfinger will keep the music going once the fireworks have ended.
We also have some great food vendors setting up at the waterfront, including Kona Ice, The Blue Pig Ice Cream, Wobble Cafe, Lonnie's Fish Fry, Tommy's Food Truck, Basta Pasta & Pizza, and Gyro Uno. Bring some chairs or a blanket and make a night of it with family, friends and neighbors!
Some last minute reminders:
- There will be no parking until after 12 midnight on the West side of the Ossining Train Station (the river side), but don't worry-- there are plenty of spots on the East side of the train tracks and on our side streets.
- Henry Gourdine Park will be open to watch the fireworks, but please be sure to stay on the grass and off of the rocks and pathways to ensure everyone's safety. There will also be a perimeter set up around the fireworks site, so be sure to keep back from the barricades for everyone's protection.
- Please respect our parks and be sure to clean up your area when the night is over. Our staff will be working hard all night, so please help them get home earlier to their families.
Looking forward to seeing everyone down at the waterfront, it's going to be a beautiful night in Ossining!