This weekend, we begin events honoring our community's lost soldiers in recognition of Memorial Day. On Saturday, May 21st, our local American Legion posts and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be decorating graves at St. Augustine's and Dale Cemeteries early in the morning, before a 9:00 am formal salute at St. Augustine's Cemetery, followed by Dale Cemetery. Another way to honor veterans at our cemeteries is by volunteering on Saturday, May 28th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy Veterans Gravestone Restoration and Cleaning at Dale Cemetery. On Sunday, May 22nd, there will be a ceremony at Ossining Boat and Canoe Club for lost Sailors and Marines from 11:00 am,followed by the annual OBCC Commissioning Day ending at 2:00 pm. On Monday, May 30th, both Ossining and Briarcliff will have their annual Memorial Day Parades. Ossining Memorial Day parade kicks off at 9:30 am at Melrose Lumber, on the corner of Calam Avenue, marching down Croton Avenue and Main Street, turning onto Spring Street and William Street, ending at Nelson Park for a ceremony beginning around 11 am. In Briarcliff, the parade will line up on Pleasantville Road and promptly begin at 12 noon. Memorial Day is an important time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our country's service members and their families, so we hope you will be able to attend one of the many meaningful ceremonies in our community this weekend and next.
Our community is blessed to have dedicated first responders, including firefighters, police officers, and ambulance corps members. On Saturday, May 21st, the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual parade at 4:00 pm, which starts on Croton Avenue at Roosevelt Square, and ends at the waterfront. This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the Monitor Hose Company No. 4, which is an extraordinary accomplishment and certainly a reason to celebrate this weekend!
This past week, we had an opportunity to recognize other first responders in our community during National EMS Week and Police Week. The Ossining Police Department hosted an Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening which I attended, during which they honored the exceptional work of our police officers and civilians. If you are inspired by the work of our professional and dedicated police officers, and thinking of joining our police force, you are in luck. The filing period for the 2016 Westchester County Civil Service Police Exam is coming up in a few weeks, visit Westchester County Human Resources for more information.
This Saturday and Sunday continues the Town's summer-long Mind, Body, Spirit - Ossining iniative. Thanks to the Ossining Daily Voice for highlighting this exciting new program! Last weekend's classes hosted by Club Fit, David Garcia of G.E.M. Fitness Systems, and Enrique Rosario of ICU Fit Training were a success, and we're excited to continue the energy with programs by Crossfit Ossining of the Foundry Fitness Center and Studio95 Zumba. Do you know people who can't talk about anything but CrossFit? On Saturday, May 21st at Market Square at 11:00 am, come see what CrossFit Ossining is all about. You'll have a chance to see how constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity can take your workouts and fitness to a whole new level! On Sunday, May 22nd at 3:00 pm, join Sue Radparvar of Studio95 Zumba Fitness for her fitness party at the Cedar Lane Park Pavillion and dance your way fit. Zumba is a great workout for people looking for a different and new way to exercise. Sue will be offering several classes throughout the summer, so stay tuned for more dates! Sign-up for these programs at the Town's website, though registration is not required. All programs are free, and open to everyone. Make sure to like the Town's Facebook page for more information. Here are the events coming up this May as part of the Mind, Body, Spirit - Ossining iniative:
Town Hall Meeting
May 17th, 2016
Budarz Theater - Ossining Public Library
1. Eagle Scout Presentation - Chris Krajca
Mr. Krajca has been planning his Eagle Scout project, which he hopes will involve planting a memorial tree, installing a bench and plaque in Gerlach Park to honor a member of our community who tragically lost his life on September 11, 2001.
2. The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) Presentation - Doug Olcott, Senior Vice President, Regional Director, Hudson Valley Office
The mission of the Community Preservation Corporation, with offices in Ossining, is to stabilize, strengthen, and sustain low and moderate income communities. This presentation will provide more information about the work the Community Preservation Corporation is doing in our area, as well as discussing what makes a community friendly to developers.
3. WXY Studios - Kushan Dave
WXY Studios is a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in architecture, urban design, and planning, focused on providing innovative solutions to complex issues of development, public spaces, and other structures. Kushan Dave will be presenting WXY's creative community-based planning platform, and their experience implementing this platform in other Westchester municipalities and the surrounding areas.
Town Hall meetings are meant to encourage input from the public. Please come and ask any and all questions you may have for the presenters and the Town Board.
This week has finally given us a taste of summer, and a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Town Parks and outdoor spaces. Luckily, this weekend, we have a wonderful excuse for you to spend time outdoors getting a taste of some of the best trainers and fitness experts Ossining has to offer. After a very successful Health and Wellness Day last weekend, we are excited to introduce the first events of our Mind, Body, Spirit- Ossining Initiative. Coming up this weekend, and many more weekends this summer, the Town has organized these fitness experts to offer you FREE classes at Town and Village parks and community open spaces.
First, this Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 am at Louis Engel Park, Club Fit will be offering a great program for parents and caregivers. Club Fit's "Stroller Babies" class is a walking program designed for parents and their babies - all you need is a stroller, yourself, and your baby. After attending the session, you will have gained great tools for increasing cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and endurance as you enjoy the benefits of being outdoors next to the beautiful Hudson River. The first 25 participants will receive a Club Fit water bottle and all participants will have a chance to be entered into a summer-long raffle for a Club Fit membership valued at over $200!
Another great session being held this Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 am is with David Garcia, owner of G.E.M. Fitness Systems. Join David, one of Ossining's top fitness experts, at Richard Wishnie Park to learn proper warm-up and exercise techniques, how to plan a workout, and the importance of cooling down. Come to experience a new way to utilize the parks and get a great workout - or get a taste of what G.E.M. Fitness Sytems has to offer the Ossining community and join David at his gym next time!
Finish off your weekend of fitness on Sunday, May 15th back at Louis Engel Park at 9:30 am with Enrique Rosario of ICU Fit Training for his first "Sunday, Fun-day" outdoor training sessions. Enrique is a great motivator, and you are sure to learn a lot from his unique 30-minute exercise regimen. ICU Fit Training's exercise routine combines multiple training styles to increase the rate at which you get results. Start your committment to fitness this weekend, and don't miss any of Enrique's sessions this summer!
More of a yoga person? Looking to challenge yourself, and try Crossfit instead? Here are a list of May's Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining events, and be sure to like the Town's Facebook page to hear about more programs to come this summer:
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Ossining Community Center
Ossining, NY 10562
Town of Ossining Planning Board Preliminary Agenda
- Joanne Schneider, 74 Hawkes Avenue, 2 Lot Subdivision
- Parth Knolls, 87 Hawkes Avenue, Multi-Family Development, Site Plan- PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED
- Artis Senior Living, 553 North State Road, Site Plan- PUBLIC HEARING
- Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Site Plan
- River Knoll, 40 Croton Dam Road, Multi-Family Development, Zone Amendment & Site Plan
After a very successful kick-off to Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining at the Health and Wellness Fair last Saturday, it is time for the summer’s first FREE classes at our Town Parks! Please sign up for programs you are interested in at the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining Sign-up Page, just make sure to select the business or trainer that is teaching the class you are interested in. Signing up is not required, but appreciated so we can gauge interest!
Saturday, May 14th
10:00 AM, Louis Engel Park
Club Fit’s “Stroller Babies”. First 25 participants will receive a Club Fit water bottle. A walking program designed for mom and baby – all you’ll need is a stroller, yourself and your baby! Increase cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance as you enjoy the benefits of being outdoors with your baby. The session will alternate between intervals of walking with toning exercises using tubing and bands. Class will culminate with a stretch of all major muscle groups. Taught by Club Fit Instructor Denise Weber. Denise is a Perinatal Exercise Specialist and Childbirth Educator, as well as a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.
At this event, and all of Club Fit’s monthly sessions this summer, come to be entered into a summer-long raffle for a Club Fit membership valued at over $200!
11:00 AM, Wishnie Park
Proper warm-up and workout techniques with David Garcia of G.E.M. Fitness Systems. During this outdoor session, you will learn the importance of warming up before exercising, exercise techniques, how to plan a workout, and the importance of cooling down.
Sunday, May 15th
9:30 AM, Louis Engel Park
Come to the first of many “Sunday, Fun-day” 30-minute outdoor training sessions taught by ICU Fit Training’s Enrique Rosario. This session will be a unique and creative way to exercise and maintain good health. ICU Fit Training’s exercise routines combine multiple training styles to increase the rate at which you get results. Each workout is designed to target the core, flexibility, strength and cardio. No equipment needed just bring water!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the parks this weekend for a good workout!