I hope you have your dancing shoes on, because tonight is the night-- DJ Catch1 will be hitting the Louis Engel Waterfront stage tonight at 7PM for a DJ dance party with us. You may know DJ Catch1 as Ossining's own Hopeton Lemon, who has quickly become one of Westchester's premiere entertainers. We promise, this is a waterfront concert you will not want to miss-- bring your family and friends down for a great night and "catch" the sunset with us! The Gyro Uno truck will be on site slinging delicious gyros, salads and kebabs, so if you don't have time to pack a dinner, bring a few dollars and make a night of it.
Also, be sure to mark your calendar for next Friday, August 18th, when Marc Berger & Ride will be returning to our Summer Concert Series for an evening of soulful guitar tunes (think Bob Dylan-style blues) with a nod to the American West. These guys got a great turnout last time and we look forward to seeing them again this summer.
I had a chance to go visit the gang over at the Highway Department on Wednesday to discuss some upcoming training plans for the guys, and I must say, they are ready. They are preparing some internal training on a few pieces of our larger equipment to get everyone more comfortable, and we will also be working with the Teamsters Local 456 to set up some offsite training as well. After we discussed these plans with the guys, I got a short garden tour from our resident plant doctor Matteo Velardo (he is a Motor Equipment Operator and a master mason, but he spends a lot of his downtime in the kitchen.) Some of these guys, especially Matteo, come in a little early every day to tend to the plants at the Garage, including kale, figs, parsley, oregano, tomatoes and a whole lot of hot peppers. Here is one of our guys, Jason, showing us a particularly hearty pepper plant.
We also were there just in time for a tomato harvest, and I don't mind telling you how delicious they tasted fresh off the vine!
Thanks to Matteo, John Orlando and all of the Highway guys for sharing their time, skills and the fruits of their labor. This makes everyone there feel very proud and I can see why!
On the other side of Ossining, our Parks crew has been tidying up Engel Park in a variety of ways, including the re-mulching of the playground and the cleaning up of our flower beds by the walking path.
They also worked on cleaning up the beach, which happens a few times a year and makes a huge difference! If you happen to be walking down there, please be courteous and put your trash in one of our brand new trashcans-- it is very uncool to litter anywhere, but especially in a Town Park, and especially especially next to the Hudson River.
Finally, they just today finished the installation of our Little Free Library down at the waterfront, which is one of two donated by the Ossining Union Free School District. We hear that one family has already read a book down there since it was installed at 2PM this afternoon. When you go down to visit, be sure to give it a look-- if you see a book that looks great for your family, feel free to borrow it! We ask that you bring it back once you're through, unless you really love it, and in that case, maybe replace it with one that you no longer need. We are so excited for this opportunity to get more Ossining residents reading! Thanks again to Superintendent Ray Sanchez and Carrie Ann Sipos from the Ossining School District for this great addition to our park-- the other Little Free Library will be installed at Ryder Park later this summer.
We have also been quite busy up here at 16 Croton Avenue. Just today, we finalized our School Tax rates for the Ossining and Briarcliff Manor School Districts, which is truly a team effort. Special thanks to our new Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz, along with our Assessor Fernando Gonzalez and his staff, and our Deputy Comptroller Dale Ferreira for making this process as painless as possible for our office. We should be sending out the file next week and those tax bills should be arriving at your homes shortly thereafter. While this may not be the most cheerful news you've heard today, we can try to take the sting off a little-- Holly became a grandmother for the first time yesterday afternoon when her daughter gave birth to a little girl! When you come in to pay your taxes, be sure to congratulate Holly on this exciting news; she will understand, of course, if you decide to pay online and send her well wishes via email instead (wink wink.)
Finally, I also want to remind you that the Town Board will not be meeting next week, and that our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 22nd at the Court House at 7:30PM.
As the summer begins to wind down, we still have plenty going on around Ossining. Take a look at some of the great events coming up in the next few weeks.
Westchester Collaborative Theater will hold four performances this weekend of "Barefoot in the Box", their series of nine brand-new original monologues written, directed, produced and acted by WCT members. I saw a sneak peek last night and would certainly recommend you grab a ticket and enjoy some local color this weekend.
Looking to break a sweat? Our Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining event on Sunday, August 13th will be a "First Responders Workout" hosted by Enrique Rosario at our beautiful waterfront. This free 30-minute workout will get you ready to start your Sunday! All are welcome to meet Enrique at 9:45AM at Louis Engel Park by the stage-- all you need to bring is a bottle of water and a "can do" attitude (if you don't have one yet, Enrique will be glad to lend you some of his.)
We also have a ton of ways to get relaxed this summer. Have you heard about the guided meditation being offered at Mariandale? Maddi Zachacz in my office, along with Councilwoman Karen D'Attore, attended last week and said it is not to be missed.
Another way to get zen? Join the Community Yoga Class at Trinity Church on Monday evenings led by Elisha Simpson, who is absolutely amazing, from 7PM to 8:30PM-- yogis of all levels are welcome, and all donations go to benefit the Crossover Yoga Project, a very cool non-proft organization that empowers at-risk young women to overcome trauma through yoga and the arts. Now THAT is something to feel good about!