- Last Updated: 22 April 2019 22 April 2019
The weekend is almost upon us, and look at that sun shine! We had some really great weather this week, reminding us that Spring, in fact, has arrived!
Spring is a super busy time for our Building Inspector John Hamilton, who spends a lot of his day out in the field working on projects. As you probably know, we have lots going on in the Unincorporated area of Town, one of the most obvious being the Artis Memory Care Facility on North State Road. This project, which was before the Planning Board for quite some time, has been moving quickly on their construction.
Once complete, this building will be a memory care facility, housing seniors who suffer from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of memory loss. We feel fortunate to have such an important assisted living facility decide to make its home here in Ossining-- not only does this development add to the Town's overall assessment, it does so without adding school-aged children to our district, which helps to lower the tax burden for all residents.When I last spoke to the contractor, they were anticipating a 2020 opening.
On the other side of Town, John also regularly checks the progress of the Parth Knolls Townhouse development, located on Hawkes Avenue. This development is also likely to be completed in 2020.
When John visits a site, he makes sure that best practices are being followed to keep the workers and neighbors safe, while also ensuring that all aspects of the site plan approvals are being adhered to.
It's not just big projects that John has to visit-- he also regularly inspects progress on single family homes being erected...
...but also smaller projects, like home additions and solar installations.
While John is on job sites, his office staff, Sandy and Margaret, are holding down the fort at the Town Building Department, located in the John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center on Route 9A. Residents and contractors visit the office when they need to apply for building permits, along with forms related to plumbing, solar and electrical improvements and a whole lot more. These wonderful women also handle the alarm permits for homes in the Unincorporated Town, and perform clerical work for our land use boards. This is a busy office, and we are lucky to have a staff that works so well together. To John, Sandy and Margaret, thank you for all you do to keep our residents in compliance, safe, and happy!
It's a bit of a quiet weekend around Town due to the holidays-- if you plan to go into the city, be sure to note that fares are INCREASING on Metro North for the Hudson, Harlem, and parts of the New Haven line beginning Sunday, April 21st, learn more here.
Also in your travels, please be mindful that Westchester County will begin construction work on the Pocantico River Bridge replacement project starting on Monday, April 22nd-- learn more about what you can expect here.
However, if you plan to be in Ossining tonight, please be reminded that the St. Ann's Church Good Friday procession will take place starting at 6PM throughout the Village of Ossining (see the route below). Expect significant delays, as a large crowd is expected for this event-- the Ossining Police suggest using other routes and staying off of South Highland, if possible-- the procession should last until around 8PM.
We have been receiving some notices about messy weather tonight and into tomorrow. Here is a note from ConEd with some reminders for us when we get into heavy winds and flooding:
“CON EDISON PREPARING FOR WEEKEND STORMS
Con Edison crews will be prepared to respond to any electric service problems caused by the heavy rain, thunderstorms and gusting winds forecast to hit the region Friday night and Saturday.
Con Edison urges customers to stay away from downed wires. Do not try to touch or move them. Call Con Edison or your local police department if you see downed wires.
Customers should report outages at conEd.com, or with our mobile app for iOS or Android devices, or call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When calling, customers should report whether their neighbors also have lost power."
Tomorrow (Saturday, April 20th), be sure not to miss the Ossining Historical Society’s first tag sale of the year! Come to the museum at 196 Croton Avenue between 9AM and 4PM and help them clear out some clutter… and make sure to pick up some baked goods to help you through the Sunday Scaries.
Next Tuesday, April 23rd, the Town Board will be holding our Regular Board Meeting at 86-88 Spring Street at 7:30PM, but if you'd rather catch up with us another time, join Ossining Innovates at 7PM for an evening at Speak Easy Creative CoWorking at 127 Main Street, where the founder of Main Street Deli and the founder of Metro Pups will speak about their experience starting a business in Ossining. If you are considering taking the leap into entrepreneurship and have some questions to ask, this is the perfect opportunity to hear from the experts right in your own backyard.
Looking for a way to shake up your week? Visit the Ossining Public Library's Budarz Theater on Thursday, April 25th at 7PM for a visit from Mentalist David Levitan, who has wowed audiences worldwide with his ability to read minds. Forget what your spouse has said, it is possible! This event is free and open to the public.
Ossining's 9th Annual Earth Day will take place NEXT Saturday, April 27th. We are, by all accounts, Westchester’s largest Earth Day festival, and we are completely organized and run by volunteers from Green Ossining, led by the brave, hard-working, and always smiling Suzie Ross. The Town and Village of Ossining will be sharing a booth, where we plan to highlight the many environmental initiatives the town and village have been working on. We are also hoping to share an update on our Millwood-Ossining Go! Bike/Pedestrian Corridor project too, so be sure to come find us during the festival. There will also be food, live music, craft beer, and artisinal goods for purchase-- what more could you ask for right in your own backyard?
You still have a few more days to order your rain barrels and composters through Green Ossining and the Greenburgh Nature Center and get 50% off through April 24th! Once you've ordered, you can pick them up on Earth Day at the Ossining waterfront. Visit www.greenossining.org to learn more about this program and do your part to help conserve our most precious resources.
Looking for another way to get greener next Saturday? The Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center between 10AM and 1PM. Each household (that's right business owners, households only) can bring up to 4 file-sized boxes of confidential documents to shred (things like magazines and newspapers will not be accepted) and be sure to get rid of all covers and binder clips too. This is a great way to make space for some of the treasures you will undoubtedly bring home with you from Earth Day!
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will also take place on Saturday, April 27th from 10AM- 3PM. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at the Household Material Recovery Facility, 15 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY.
Today is the LAST DAY to register your home for the Community-Wide Tag Sale, also taking place on May 4th! For the low low price of $25, you will receive a snazzy double sided sign to attract customers, who will already know what you have to offer, since they will already have clicked on your link via the interactive map on the Green Ossining site!!! Your home will also be included in all of their other advertising for the sale. Condos, multi-families, and non-profits can also be part of the Sale—visit www.greenossining.org before the day is out!
May 4th will also be the 2019 kickoff for OHCC’s gravestone cleanings—this one will take place at Historic Dale Cemetery at 104 Havell Street between 9AM and 12PM. No experience is necessary, the experts will show you how it’s done—just make sure to wear clothes you won’t mind getting wet or messy, and bring along a willingness to learn about Ossining’s important past.
Then, that evening, relax and kick back at the Ossining Matters Fundraiser with cool trumpet tunes from Ingrid Jensen with food by beloved local food chef extraordinaire, Lex Taylor, all taking place at Bethany Arts Community!
Or attend the Neighbors Link gala.
Both organizations do such laudable and necessary work for our Ossining community. And, of course, don’t miss our very own Captain Scott Craven, Town Historian at the Jug Tavern Annual Meeting where he will take us on a historical tour of the mouth of the Croton River. He is a gifted storyteller so RSVP today to save your spot!
Please don't forget-- most Town and Village departments are closed this afternoon in observance of Good Friday. We will be back to serve you bright and early Monday morning. Have a great weekend, and a very Happy Easter and Passover to those who celebrate.