Well, there has been a lot on everyone's mind this week, as Ossining has been the site of more than our fair share of hardship and heartache. I want to extend my sincere thanks to Ossining Police Chief Kevin Sylvester and his exemplary officers, along with Ossining Fire Department Chief Angelo Manicchio, Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps Chief Nick Franzoso, and all of OFD and OVAC's outstanding volunteers. I also want to thank Village Engineer Paul Fraioli and Town Building Inspector John Hamilton (who was pinch-hitting for the Village this week) for keeping cool heads in the face of some very scary stuff-- Ossining is truly fortunate to have you all to call on in times of crisis, and it surely showed earlier this week.

 

I also want to stress that Ossining is, and always has been, an inclusive community. In March of 2017, the Town Board passed a resolution re-affirming these core beliefs, something that absolutely bears repeating after the events of this Wednesday.

 

Town of Ossining – Unity Resolution

"Whereas, an increase in hate crimes targeted towards minority groups, specifically immigrants, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and those who observe Islam and Judaism, have increased significantly in the wake of the national election; and

Whereas, administration changes at the Federal level have caused persons from minority groups, specifically immigrants, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and those who observe Islam and Judaism, to feel genuine concern over possible challenges to their civil rights, such as forced registration, an increase in white supremacy sentiments being expressed outwardly, as well as the proposed reversal of the hard-fought battle to legalize gay marriage nationwide; and

Whereas, the United States of America was founded on the principal that all are created equal, and extending the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to ALL those who call this great nation home, regardless of who they love or what they believe; and

Whereas, the Town of Ossining is, and always has been, an inclusive community, unified around the belief that all strive for the same goals: to live in happiness, peace, prosperity and safety; and

Whereas, as elected representatives by and for all of the residents of the Town of Ossining, we have a special obligation to stand up for our constituents and speak out against hate, violence and discrimination against any persons;

Now Therefore be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining, hereby condemns all hateful speech and violent action directed at Jews, Muslims or those perceived to be Jews or Muslims, immigrants, people of color, or those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning; and

Be it further Resolved, that we hereby commit to pursuing a policy agenda that affirms all civil and human rights and ensures that those targeted on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or immigration status can turn to government without fear of recrimination; and

Be it further Resolved that we reaffirm the value of a pluralistic society, the beauty of a community composed of multiple cultures co-existing peacefully, and the inalienable right of every person to live and practice their faith without fear."


Resolución Unificada

"Considerando que, con el aumento crímenes de odio dirigidos hacia grupos minoritarios, especialmente los inmigrantes, personas de color, miembros de la comunidad LGBTQ y quienes observan el Islam y el Judaísmo, han aumentado significativamente a raíz de la elección nacional: y

Considerando que el cambio de administración a nivel Federal esto ha causado que a las personas de grupos minoritarios, especialmente los inmigrantes, gente de color, los miembros de la comunidad LGBTQ y quienes las observan, Islam y judaísmo, sientan verdadera preocupación sobre posibles desafíos a sus derechos civiles, tales como el registro forzoso, e incremento en la supremacía blanca sentimientos que han sido expresados abiertamente, así como la revocación propuesta de lo que ha sido la difícil batalla para legalizar el matrimonio gay en todo el país , y

Considerando que los de los Estados Unidos de América fue fundado en el principio que TODOS han sido creados iguales y con los derecho a la vida, la libertad y la búsqueda de la felicidad a todos aquellos que llaman esta gran nación su hogar, independientemente de quien ellos amen o en lo que ellos creen; y

Considerando, el Pueblo de Ossining es y siempre ha sido una comunidad inclusiva, unificada con la creencia de que todos buscamos los mismos objetivos; para vivir en felicidad, paz, prosperidad y seguridad; y

Considerando que, como representantes elegidos por todos y para todos los residentes del Pueblo la de Ossining, tenemos una obligación especial de defender nuestros electores y hablar manifestándonos en contra del odio, la violencia y la discriminación en contra todas las personas;

Se Resuelve ahora, que el Consejo de ciudad del Pueblo de Ossining, por la presente condena todo discurso de odio y acción violenta dirigida a Judíos, Musulmanes o aquellos que se presumen Judíos o Musulmanes, inmigrantes, personas de color o los identifican como lesbianas, homo-sexuales,bi-sexuales, transgénero o personas en cuestión;y

Ser lo más resuelto, que por la presente se comprometen a perseguir una agenda política que afirma, todos los derechos civiles y humanos y asegura que ellos sobre la base de género, orientación sexual, raza, religión o inmigración el estado pueden convertir al gobierno sin miedo de recriminación; y

A si mismo se resuelve, que reafirmamos el valor de la sociedad pluralista, la belleza de una comunidad compuesta por múltiples culturas que coexisten pacíficamente con el derecho inalienable de toda persona de vivir y a practicar su fe sin miedo."

 

Tonight's waterfront concert featuring DJ Catch1, along with the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining class with Tasia Sabatino of Rebel Yoga Studios, has been postponed until Friday, September 7th. The weather forecast looked too dicey for too long a time period, and we all remember what happened last year! (It was still fun, but... muggy.) Please plan to join us on the 7th-- it's going to be a great night to end the first week of "back to school" in Ossining!

 

 

One happy bit of news-- we finally signed the purchase order for the re-surfacing of our spray park at Louis Engel Park. If you've been following along at home, you know this has been a multi-year evolution and, while it's not ideal, we are making lemonade out of a difficult situation. The original plan, which was started under Supervisor Sue Donnelly, was to install an ultraviolet recirculating system for the spray park. After receiving a grant from the NYS Dormitory Authority, thanks to Senator David Carlucci, we continued to work with the Department of Health and our consulting engineers to make this work. However, the farther we got into the project, the most we realized how long it would take to recoup the investment, and the Board decided to abandon the plan for the time being. However, what we really needed was a new surface on the spray ground. We convinced DASNY to let us shift the project scope and we are going to have the new floor installed this Fall. Wait til you see the design, we are sure you're going to love what we came up with!

 

 

Speaking of our Parks, we had some of our crew on vacation this week and the remaining guys worked on an extra-special project. Did you know there was a cross country trail at Ryder Park? One of the Town's best kept secrets! However, it needed some TLC, since it was looking more like a Tough Mudder obstacle course. Check it out.

Marco and Larry got to work on Thursday and made some serious headway, armed with nothing but some hedge trimmers and a lawn mower (and maybe a couple of chainsaws).

After a little touch up work today, not only are the trees gone, but the path is clear and ready to be enjoyed by our cross country team or anyone else looking to hit the trail right here in Town.

Special thanks to our team of two for making it happen this week, we are so very proud of you and glad to have you representing us out there in the Parks!

 

The next couple weeks are looking a little sleepy for Ossining, since a lot of folks plan their vacation for this time of year. However, it's a great time to enjoy the beautiful weather and soak up some sunshine! Did you know that the Ossining Public Library has free museum passes you can borrow for out-of-town trips? Check out the extensive list here. Wanna stay local? A day trip to Stone Barns, Boscobel, or the Hudson River Museum will do nicely. Considering a weekend away? Mystic, Connecticut has been described by some as the "Happiest Place on Earth," and you can borrow a pass for discounted  Mystic Aquarium entry.

 

 

However, if you're staying put, you will be in good company! DJ Johnny G will be spinning tunes at the Down to Earth Ossining Farmer's Market between 10AM and 12 Noon, and from 10AM to 1PM, the Third Annual Gullotta House Charity Duck Race will take place at Dale Avenue Park. All proceeds will go to help local families in need, and there are less than 100 ducks left! Visit www.gullottahouse.com  and click on "Donate Now" to secure your ducks right away! Be sure to indicate that you are donating for the duck race in the memo line, and they will send you an email or a text message with your duck's number. Wishing you the best of duck! (It's been a long week.)

 

The Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy will also be hosting another gravestone cleaning at Dale Cemetery on Saturday between 9AM and 12 Noon. No experience necessary-- all you need to bring is a positive attitude, an enthusiasm for learning about Ossining's rich history, and a willingness to get a little dirty and a little damp.

 

Also tomorrow, join SPCA of Westchester in their annual "Clear the Shelters Day!" The SPCA on North State Road is teaming up with NBC New York on Saturday, August 18th for a very special mission-- adopt out as many homeless animals as possible. Many animals will have a waived or reduced adoption fee, so if you've been considering adding a new member to your fur family, now may be the time! Visit their website for more information about tomorrow's event and to see who is looking for a forever home. Want to help out but have a full house already? The SPCA is always happy to take donations (financial or supplies) both of which can be dropped off to them at 590 North State Road. Another opportunity coming up is the "Sparkle for a Cause" event at the Crabtree Kittle House in Chappaqua; on Tuesday, August 21st between 6 and 9PM, order off of the Sparkle menu and a generous portion of your bill will be earmarked for the SPCA. Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or to RSVP (not imperative but appreciated!)

 

 

But wait, there's more! On Saturday the18th (still tomorrow!), there will be two Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining events, both along our beautiful waterfront at Louis Engel Park.  Start the morning off right with Rise and Shine Yoga led by Elisha Simpson for Rise and Shine Yoga at 8:30am.  Later in the afternoon, join Ossining favorite Sue Radparvar of Studio95 Zumba at 5:00pm for a fun and invigorating workout to end a great Saturday.  Both classes are open to all – just bring a water bottle and enjoy the beautiful Hudson River views!

 

 

 

Finally, this last one is for adults only-- join Brieff Studios at the Bethany Arts Community at 40 Somerstown Road for "Drink and Draw" on Saturday night (8/18 again!)  Drink & Draw is a modern take on the classic artistic practice of life drawing. In this non-instructional event, come relax, be social and to come together for a fun night of drawing. Artists of all experience levels and from all backgrounds are welcome, even (or especially!) if this is you first time drawing. Bring your own art supplies, all mediums are encouraged. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door-- save your spot  here, the program begins at 2PM.

 

 

On Sunday, we'll see you at  First Village Coffee on Main Street for a "cool" pop-up event between 12 Noon and 3PM. They will be joined by  Blue Pig Ice Cream  of Croton, who has some of the best ice cream (including vegan selections!) around. See if you can talk your barista into making you an Affogato (meaning "drowned" in Italian, means a scoop of ice cream doused in espresso)-- they will likely agree, and you'll thank us for the inside scoop. (Did I mention it's been a long week?)

 

 

Next Saturday, August 25th, is the Italian Heritage Festival hosted by the Columbus Lodge #692. Between 2PM and 10PM, visit Louis Engel Waterfront Park for food, rides, raffles with entertainment by Doug Ferony and Band. Come enjoy this annual community celebration, all are welcome. If the weather doesn't cooperate, not to fear-- rain date is Sunday, August 26th.

 

 

 

Although a few weeks out, we have a lot of exciting events coming up in September. Don't tell the little ones, but "Back to School" time is almost here! When you're out and about shopping for school supplies, consider picking up some extras for students in our community who could use a boost. The J.W. Cofield Scholarship Ministry, in partnership with Star of Bethlehem Church, will be holding their "Back 2 School Bash" on Saturday, September 1st between Noon and 3PM. They are looking for backpacks and school supplies-- can you help? Donations can be brought to the Church at 304 Spring Street or to IFCA at 138 Spring Street. 

 

 

 

Save the date for the Down to Earth Farmer's Market on September 8th-- the Annual Corn Roast is a community favorite, and perfect for getting in those last few tastes of the summer season! Also that day? The Ossining Matters 5K/2M Run/Walk! It should be a beautiful day for a romp through Town. Check out  www.ossiningmatters.org for some more info about the routes and how to register-- proceeds go to benefit additional programs and opportunities for students not covered by the annual district budget.

 

 

Don't forget to order your tickets for the 2018 Sing Sing Swing Cruise aboard the Hornblower. On the afternoon of Sunday, November 18th, join us for our second "Up The River" Cruise from leaving from Yonkers-- all proceeds go to benefit the development of the Sing Sing Prison Museum. Can't wait until November? The Sing Sing Prison Museum has just launched their Kickstarter campaign! The Preview Center is the key to making the Sing Sing Prison Museum a reality, so consider donating if you'd like to be a part of telling Sing Sing's important story of 200 years of criminal justice in America.

 

Last but not least, mark your calendars for the Ossining Arts Council's Open Studio Tours in October.  The Ossining Arts Council is proud to host the second annual Ossining Open Studio Tours. The purpose of the Tour is to showcase the amazing amount of talent we have in Ossining. At each Studio, artists will have on view examples of their work and give attendees an insight into their creative processes. For more information, or to participate, email Miriam Haas  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline to have all of your paperwork (here and here) submitted is August 30th, so don't wait!

 

 

 

--Dana

Town Board Contacts

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

Council Members: Karen D'Attore, Elizabeth Feldman, Jackie Shaw, Northern Wilcher Jr.