- Last Updated: 30 April 2018 30 April 2018
First off, a huge thank you to Suzie Ross and Green Ossining for putting together a spectacular event last Saturday with Green Ossining's 8th Annual Earth Day Festival. It was a beautiful day for gathering at the waterfront, and learning more about how we can all be a little more kind to the planet. I also want to thank our Town Parks Department and Foreman Mario Velardo for helping to bring us to the finish line so we could cut the ribbon on one of three new electric car charging stations in our parks. I hope everyone has a chance to check out this new infrastructure that was partially paid for by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and consider switching to an electric car, now that you can charge your car while you enjoy our beautiful Town parks!
Louis Engel Park got even more "green" today, as we celebrated Arbor Day by planting a new Red Oak tree to provide some more shade and other environmental benefits at our waterfront. We chose the planting location based on recommendations from the tree inventory that was recently completed by SavATree. The tree inventory was paid for by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Urban and Community Forestry grant program, and helped us learn more about Ossining's tree canopy and how we can help make it more sustainable. Thanks to our resident tree whisperer Donna Sharrett for her recommendation to choose a Red Oak tree, a species that is native to our area and tolerant of soils with high salt content along waterways like the Hudson. Donna pitched in with our parks staff and Foreman Mario Velardo to plant our new tree. The tree we planted was bare root, so although it looks tiny now, it is the right way to plant a new tree so with its root system in tact and ready to go. Also thanks to my colleagues on the Town Board, Jackie Shaw and Liz Feldman, Village Trustee Omar Herrera, EAC Chair Mitzi Elkes, Green Ossining Chair Suzie Ross, Town Highway Superintendent Michael G. O'Connor, and Emily Loughlin from Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's office for joining in to celebrate Arbor Day with us. This new red oak tree will grow big and strong, bringing immeasurable environmental benefits to Ossining residents for years to come. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
Tonight, in the spirit of Earth Day and Arbor Day, the Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series will present a special Friday night showing of “An Inconvenient Sequel” tonight, April 27th. The screening will begin at 6:30PM and will be followed by a panel discussion including Pace University Land Use Law Center Professor John Nolon, Director and Chairperson of the Climate Reality Project Tim Guinee, and then my fabulous counterpart Nancy Seligson, Town Supervisor of Mamaroneck and Co-Chair of Sustainable Westchester. I am looking forward to this fantastic evening at the Ossining Public Library and hope to see you there.
The Tax Office has been very busy the past few weeks! Next week will be your last opportunity to pay your Town/County tax bill without penalty, if you have not already done so. Our Town Tax Receiver, Holly Perlowitz is reminding everyone that those taxes are due by April 30th. The Tax Office will be open early and late to receive your taxes today, Friday, April 27th and Monday, April 30th. Hours on those two days will be from 8 am to 6 pm. Holly encourages taxpayers to call her office at 762-8790 if you have any questions or issues with getting your payment in on time. Thank you to all those who have already paid!
On Saturday, April 28th please join Ossining School’s Superintendent Ray Sanchez and me on a walk at Teatown Lake Reservation at 10am. Park in the Lakeside Lot right next to the main house, or across the street in the overflow lot. Right now, the weather looks like it will be beautiful, so it should be a great morning for the whole family to spend in one of Ossining’s most beautiful open spaces.
Also this Saturday, April 28th, NBC New York, Telemundo 47, Stop and Shop and local food banks are coming together for a second year for the Feeding Our Families event to help local families and to replenish non-perishable supplies to sustain important anti-hunger efforts. Here in Ossining, from 9am to 6pm, our very own, all volunteer operated Ossining Food Pantry will be hosting a Feeding Our Families food collection effort at the Stop and Shop in the Arcadian Shopping Center. So if you are going to the supermarket on Saturday or just want to stop by, you can make a monetary or food donation to help make this event a success and help out a neighbor in need.
As always, the Ossining Farmers Market will be open this Saturday morning, with lots of great spring produce. There is also a special event at the Farmers Market this Saturday, April 28th hosted by the Ossining Arts Council:
We are getting closer and closer to Mother’s Day, and there are several opportunities to shop local for the moms and special ladies in your life. On Saturday the 28th, the Ossining Public Library will host a Mother’s Day Artisan Market in partnership with the Northeast Etsy Artists Association. Come pick up some handmade gifts for the special women in your life between 10AM and 4PM- a percentage of sales will go to benefit the Friends of the Ossining Public Library. Next Saturday, May 5th from 10am to 3pm St. Paul’s on the Hill will hold their annual Mother’s Day Sale at the Lantern Gift Shop with lots of special trinkets and treasures. Stay for the tea luncheon, and treat yourself to a true afternoon tea organized by the ladies of St. Paul’s from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Finally, mark your calendars for Teatown’s annual PlantFest on May 11th and 12th with great selections for Mother’s Day gifts as well.
Next Tuesday, the Town Board will be holding a Town Hall meeting at the Budarz Theater of the Ossining Public Library, with presentations from Town Historian Scott Craven and an update on the Village Pier Extension project at the waterfront. We will be also holding a special meeting to vote on a few items, including to adopt parking rules for the new electric car charging stations and to open up a capital project to begin restoration work at the Reuben House at Cedar Lane Park, starting with some clean-up. It will likely be a short agenda, so you may be able to catch the end of Ossining Innovates' Meet the Entrepreneur Next Door discussion with Alan Lutwin, founder of Westchester Collaborative Theater, and David Lyons, founder of Bethany Arts Community. The conversation begins at 6:30pm and ends at 8:30pm. Both Alan and David have been instrumental in growing Ossining's thriving arts community, and it is sure to be a great discussion.
Next weekend, there are several ways to pitch in and help clean up Ossining and help preserve some of the beautiful natural resources in our area. Saturday, May 5th is I Love My Park Day, a statewide initiative with a local event at the Old Croton Aqueduct. You can register in advance online at www.ptny.org, but pre-registration is not required. Join me and other volunteers along the Old Croton Aqueduct trail on Quaker Bridge Road in Croton at 9:30 am, and get all the supplies you need to help clean up the trail by throwing out trash, nipping invasive plants in the bud, and restore some of the historic features of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Goodies from the Black Cow and Baked by Susan will be provided to volunteers, but be sure to bring a water bottle and lunch if you plan to stay for the whole day.
Riverkeeper will also be hosting a sweep of the waterfront in Ossining between 8am and 10am. You can also help out Riverkeeper and join in their “Stencil a Storm Drain,” project, making a permanent impact on keeping our waterways clean. You can learn more about Riverkeeper’s efforts at their website.
May 5th is Stash the Trash day in Ossining. Stop by the Recreation Center at 95 Broadway to pick up your gloves and bags and register your location on May 4th and/or 5th from 8:30-noon. We can give you some ideas if you don’t have any spots you are targeting. We are all in this together. Hope to see you out there!
Beginning May 12th, the Bethany Arts Community will host the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for three consecutive Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm. This world renowned dance company will be in residency at Bethany Arts Community, and is looking for volunteers to participate in the company's latest work, The Deep Blue Sea. Participants will be asked to move, think, and create with the dance company. No formal dance experience is necessary, but participants should be 16 years or older ideally with backgrounds in movement, such as martial arts, dance, gymnastics, sports, gardening -- just to name a few! These events will be outdoors (weather permitting), so plan accordingly. You can register here.
Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events -- it's going to be a busy spring here in Ossining and Briarcliff!