The big day is almost here-- Ossining's 9th Annual Earth Day is coming your way tomorrow (Saturday, April 27th) and we are ready for you!

 

Our Town Parks staff has been spending a great deal of time at Engel Park this week to make sure we will be looking our best for the several thousand (!) eco-invested visitors we expect from all around the tri-state area.  We are looking forward to a beautiful day of music, food, and friendship along the Hudson River, I do hope to see you there! Make sure to stop by the Town/Village booth next to our electric car charging station, where we will have a gallery demonstrating the "green" initiatives we have taken the past few years to lessen Ossining's dependence on fossil fuels and conserve our natural resources. Learn more about the vendors, the schedule, the best places to park, and more, here.

 

 

 

Earlier today, the Town made our own mark on the environment when we planted a tree today for Arbor Day right at our waterfront.

 

I was joined by Town Councilmembers Liz Feldman and Jackie Shaw, along with Green Ossining Chair Suzie Ross, Donna Sharrett, Gareth Hougham, Maddy Johl from Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's office, and Stanley Dorsainville from Senator David Carlucci's staff. It was exciting to have everyone together to recognize Arbor Day in Ossining and, although the weather was a little damp, the Parks Department was kind enough to assemble a tent for us so we could safely and comfortably mobilize.

When deciding what to plant for Arbor Day 2019, it was suggested that we may want to plant a tree to replace the "prom tree", a large black willow tree in Engel Park that, for many years, served as a beautiful backdrop for Ossining High School students headed to their prom. A few years back, the tree had to be removed, as it likely had died of old age, and has been sorely missed ever since. With the help of our Cornell Cooperative Master Gardener-in-Residence, Donna Sharrett, we were able to plant some black willow cuttings (also known as swamp willow) inside the stump of the old tree, where hopefully it will grow big and strong and be featured prominently in OHS pictures for years to come.

 

The Town of Ossining has been named a Tree City for the past 20 years, in large part due to our commitment to responsible methods of planting, working with indigenous plants whenever possible, and having an aggressive stance on tree re-planting when it comes to projects before the Planning Board.

 

 

Our pictorial update from Town department heads waps up this week with this from Superintendent of Recreation Bill Garrison, "Spring is such a wonderful time to be in our Town Parks.  Cedar Lane Park has so much to offer.  Learn to “throw clay” and take a pottery class at the Cedar Lane Art Center.  Rent the picnic pavilion for a fun family cookout this summer.  Bring your dog to the Dog Park and  meet new friends.  Throw a fishing line in the pond or simply walk around the park and enjoy a peaceful and secluded spot of Ossining.

 

Louis Engel Park along the banks of the Hudson River is a great place to visit all year long. During the Spring the park is not as busy and is a great location to take a stroll along the Hudson or relax on a bench and enjoy the amazing river views. 

Did you know the Town has three group picnic areas for rent at Louis Engel?  Plan your summer family and friends cookout now.  Permits are required to reserve the space and can be requested online at the Recreation & Parks web page."

 

On Wednesday, I attended the Ossining Children's Center Capital Campaign Kick-Off at their current location on South Highland Avenue. Plans to build a larger center on State Street are well underway, which will help the OCC to continue their excellent work supporting school children and families in our community, from the earliest learners up through high school. They have been an excellent community partner and we hope their new facility will enable them to serve even more children and watch them thrive.

 

Before we get into all the OTHER cool stuff happening this weekend, one final reminder coming from our Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz and her staff: Tuesday, April 30th is the last day to pay your Town/County tax bill without penalty. Holly, Patti and Martha will be in the office until 6PM on Monday the 29th and Tuesday the 30th to accommodate those who still need to make payment.

 

 

 

At this late date, you are taking a bit of a chance if you opt to pay by mail or online. Only envelopes postmarked by April 30th will be accepted without penalty (mail machine indicia do not count!). It may be wise to come drop off your payment in person if you're able.

 

 

If you have concerns about parking at 16 Croton, we understand and we're here to help! Just take a look a the kind of customer service being delivered by Jerry Sullivan of our Town Assessor's Office.

Believe it or not, this is indicative of the normal course of a day for Jerry-- he is truly a shining star!

 

 

If you're in the mood to rock out tonight, the Ossining Public Library will be showing "Bohemian Rhapsody" as part of their Friday Night Flix series. Doors open at 6:45PM for a 7PM show-- come see the performance that earned Rami Malek the Oscar for Best Actor. We have three huge fans of Queen's music in my office, so this is an event that gets the Supervisor's Office Stamp of Approval... and it's free to all!

 

 

Also tonight is the Opening Reception of the E. Malsberg: The Artist at 100 exhibit at Bethany Arts Community, taking place between 6 and 8PM. This exhibit is a retrospective celebrating the life and works of local legend, Ed Malsberg, as the artist approaches his 100th birthday. If you can’t make the opening reception tonight, the galleries will be open Monday through Thursday, 10AM to 2PM until May 31st. You can also catch the "Artist Talk" on Sunday, April 28th at 2PM and a Closing & Birthday Party on May 31st at 7PM.

 

 

 

 

 

You have just two more chances to check out “The Legend”, the newest production coming out of Westchester Collaborative Theater. Head down to Water Street tonight or tomorrow and experience the production that has been described as an "urban fairy tale"-- tickets are only $25. Buy your tickets here!

 

 

Before you head down to Earth Day, consider making a few other stops in downtown and getting rid of some household clutter. The Westchester County Shredder will be at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center between 10AM and 1PM tomorrow (Saturday). Each household (sorry business owners, households only) can bring up to 4 file sized boxes of confidential documents to shred. Be sure to get rid of all covers and binder clips, and remember, items like magazines and newspapers will not be accepted.

 

 

 

You can also drop off any unused or expired prescription medications at the Police Station as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day between 10AM and 2PM, or you can also head to the Household Material Recovery Facility (15 Woods Road in Valhalla) between 10AM and 3PM. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.

 

 

 

Although a wee bit outside of Ossining, I also encourage families with children ages 2-7 to check out the Fiesta Duo Concert at the Bennett Conservatory of Music in Croton.

 

 

Then on Sunday, the Westchester County Department of Health will be offering free rabies vaccines for Westchester pets at the Stamen Animal Hospital, 61 Quaker Ridge Road in New Rochelle, between 10AM and 2PM. It is New York State law that all dogs and cats be vaccinated no later than 4 months after birth and keep vaccinations up to date in the ensuing years. Your pet must have an appointment-- call (914) 632-1269 to save Spot's spot.

 

 

 

With all that running around, who could blame you for wanting to kick back and relax on Sunday? Visit the Ossining Public Library's Budarz Theater for some classical music as part of OPL's Sunday Concert Series-- Hui Mei-Lin will perform on piano and Peter Seidenberg on cello. The music begins at 2PM.

 

 

 

The Westchester Department of Health is offering free Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine on Tuesday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 14th between 10AM and 6PM on both days. All are welcome but children attending summer camp, camp counselors, and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. To schedule an appointment, call 995-5800 or visit https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/counties?eventCountyID=60.

 

 

On Tuesday, April 30th the Ossining Historical Society presents Guy Cheli: The History of Sing Sing Prison from 7PM to 9PM at the Ossining Historical Society Museum at 196 Croton Avenue. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit ohsm.org.

 

 

If you're looking for something a bit lighter on Tuesday evening, check out the Bill T. Jones/ Artie Zane fundraiser at the Bethany Arts Community on Somerstown Road.  The company has returned for their second residency at BAC, and guest of honor Bill T. Jones will be present to reflect on the company's time there. Enjoy some refreshments and check out what they've been working on-- tickets available here.

 

 

May 4th is going to be a busy day in our community-- there are so many activities, I don't know which ones to choose! I suspect I will start my day celebrating "I Love My Park" Day, care to join me? Register to spend your day at the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park. There are 3 volunteer projects that could use some spare hands – lopp vines and invasive plants and bushes, help to restore historic stone walls, or restore plantings along the trail. Be sure to register in advance here, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

 

 

 

You could also participate in one of two Riverkeeper Sweeps! Between 7:30AM and 11AM, Green Ossining will be hosting a sweep of the Hudson at our very own Louis Engel Waterfront Park. Volunteers will meet at the stage, you can register for that event here. During the same hours, join volunteers from Riverkeeper, Hudson Valley Arts and Sciences, and Friends of Croton History to clean up the Sing Sing Kill! Meet at the corner of Marble Place and Americo Circle (the back entrance to Dale Cemetery)--  please bear in mind, the Sing Sing Kill site is not suitable for elementary-aged children. Whichever event you choose, be sure to wear sturdy boots or shoes, clothes you won't mind getting dirty, waterproof gloves (if you have em!) and a hat, and don't forget a reusable water bottle and some snacks. These are just two of the dozens of Riverkeeper sweeps happening throughout the Hudson Valley on May 4th-- learn more here.

 

 

If you head to Dale, you'll be in good company-- the OHCC will be hosting a clean-up event there too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a reminder, the Town Board will not be meeting this coming Tuesday (April 30th). Please join us for a Work Session and Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 7th at 16 Croton Avenue. I hope to see everyone down at the Waterfront tomorrow to celebrate Mother Earth and all she does to beautify, accentuate, and generally enhance our daily lives.

 

--Dana

 

Town Board Contacts

Town Supervisor: Dana Levenberg - phone (914) 762-6001 - fax (914) 762-0833

Council Members: Elizabeth Feldman, Jackie Shaw, Northern Wilcher Jr.