- Last Updated: 09 April 2018 09 April 2018
Could you believe we had even more snow today? Hopefully we've seen the last of the white stuff for this season and our weather patterns will follow us into Spring-- we've been here a while already! That wind yesterday also set us back a little bit-- Suzie Ross of Green Ossining was so very proud of our new banner (see below)-- but just hours after being placed on the 200 Main Street bank building, the wind literally ripped it down.
The banner was rushed to SBS on North State Road for emergency surgery. Don't worry, Suzie-- we are sure you will get it back looking like new in no time!
Yesterday, I attended the Westchester Municipal Officials Executive Board Meeting, where we were joined by Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul to learn more about the State's 2018-19 budget. We still face many challenges and did not get the aid we were hoping for the Ossining Schools or any relief to help with infrastructure projects.
Earlier today, I joined the Ossining Post Office and the SPCA of Westchester for a special event highlighting National Dog Bite Awareness Week. Please be sure to consider your letter carriers and secure your dogs at the time of day you expect your mail to arrive, or if you receive anything requiring a signature. Aside from letter carriers, children are most at risk for getting bitten by dogs. Even usually tame dogs may act out if they think their loved ones are being threatened in any way, which was one of the stories I heard at the Post Office. I learned today that you need to make sure your dogs have lots of time to expend energy so be sure to take advantage of Cedar Lane Dog Park at Cedar Lane Park. Register to use it at the Ossining Recreation Center. Then make sure your dogs are fed and give them positive reinforcement (treats) when they are calm. Finally, make sure you keep screen doors closed and locked if you keep your door open so your dog can not charge the letter carriers. Charlie is available for adoption through the SPCA of Westchester if you are interested!
I also want to share that we had a new full-time employee begin work in our Highway Department this week. Vittorio Solla was born and raised in Ossining and still lives here, and he is by all accounts an exceptional craftsman and very hard worker. Vittorio's first day working as a Highway Department Laborer was Tuesday-- please welcome him if you see him out and about with our guys. We are looking to make another staffing change in the Department this month, and we will keep you posted when we have some official news on that front. In the meanwhile, the Highway and Parks guys are eager to leave the winter behind them and move onto other projects. We just found out this morning that for the 2018-19 State budget year, the Town of Ossining has secured nearly $46,000 in CHIPS and PaveNY funding-- when we add that to our reserves from the 2017-18 year, we have just shy of $100K to use to pave. We are still hearing from many of you about Hawkes Avenue, and trust me, it's been discussed. We have seen a proposal but are a bit hesitant because of the work on Parth Knolls coming up-- we will have more information on this in the weeks to come, but there is no rush just yet-- it's still a bit cold for paving!
And in our Parks? We are moving and shaking for the start of Spring and Summer! Our Parks Foreman Mario Velardo and his team have been using the wet weather as an opportunity to do some indoor work, including welding a new bottom for another piece of the Engel Park dock.
There is still some work yet to do-- the guys are finishing up installing the decking today, and then the floats will be added next week.
By next weekend, they will be installed down at the boat ramp and ready to receive their first boaters of the season.
Have you checked out the new Recreation Brochure? Check out the great offerings for this Spring and Summer, including some exciting new classes at the Cedar Lane Arts Center, pdf here (7.62 MB) . With classes for the novice through the advanced, there is a type of art for everyone in a beautiful setting, nestled right inside our Town park.
This week we had an opportunity to learn more about the Draft Environmental Impact Study for the proposed River Knoll development at the old Stony Lodge property. The Planning Board held a public hearing on the study on Wednesday and many of you came out to weigh in on your concerns about the project. The Planning Board will also accept written comments until May 16th, an extension requested by the Town Board and accepted by the Planning Board, to make sure we know just what questions we believe need to be answered as part of the impact study.
On Monday, the Village of Ossining Water Department began their semi-annual hydrant flushing- we are one week down with about four weeks still to go. To minimize inconveniences to residents, the flushing will go on between 9PM and 1AM, but as they work their way into your neighborhood, you may notice some discoloration in your water first thing in the morning. Don't be alarmed-- let the water run for a minute or so and it should clear up. If it doesn't, or you have any other concerns, call the Water Department at 941-6111. Thanks to the Village of Ossining for keeping our water system clean and in tip-top shape.
It's going to be a great weekend in and around Ossining. Are you planning to check out the Vegan Pop-Up Shop on Sunday? First Village Coffee on Main Street will be hosting Westchester’s first ever Vegan Pop-Up Shop starting at 12 Noon. If you aren’t a regular like we are, Peaceful Provisions, a vegan bakery, has been baking out of First Village for a few months and has been very successful, so much so that they are bringing some more vegan friends to Ossining this week! Come sample snacks from Cheezehound, Freakin’ Vegan, Gone Pie Vegan Bakery, Eat Nice Foods, Screamer’s Pizza, and grab some gifts for your animal-loving loved ones from Rudder & Fern, who will have a beautiful selection of sustainable body products and housewares for sale. There will also be a raffle (choose from a beauty, foodie or relaxation package) with all proceeds going to benefit Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary. Located in the mid Hudson Valley, Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary is home to more than 100 rescued farmed animals. They work diligently to restore the wonderful beings in their care to health and provide them with a lifelong home where they can live in peace and surrounded by love for the rest of their lives. Raising awareness about the plight of animals raised for food and the benefits of a vegan diet for the animals, human health, and the environment is at the core of their efforts. Consider participating for $10 a ticket going to a very worthy cause indeed.
Check out Ossining resident Mark Fineberg performing with The Hit Men at the Paramount Theater next Friday, April 13th!
On Saturday, April 21st, we will be joining with the Village of Ossining to celebrate Ossining’s 8th Annual Earth Day at Louis Engel Park. Organized by Green Ossining and led by the sustainable superstar Suzie Ross, the event begins at 10AM and goes until 5PM, and there will be plenty to do to keep you occupied! This year’s theme is “Our Sustainable Community,” and you will have a chance to check out artisanal vendors, local food including vegan & vegetarian fare, educational opportunities, and eco-demos and activities. Ossining’s event has been arguably the best attended in Westchester for the past several years, so mark your calendar now for a beautiful down at the waterfront with several thousand of your friends and neighbors! Students at AMD recently submitted their posters for Earth Day into a friendly poster contest. Winners will be announced on Earth Day at the waterfront.
Finally, if you're ready to get a jump on some Spring cleaning, the Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be visiting Ossining NEXT Saturday, April 14th. Bring up to 4 file-sized boxes of paper (no paperclips/ binderclips/bindings please!) to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center between 10AM and 1PM-- they will take your papers and shred them right before your eyes! Remember-- this is for residential shredding only, no businesses. What will you do with all the newly cleared space in your home?