First things first—due to the several hours of thunderstorms predicted for this evening, as a matter of safety, we have decided to cancel tonight’s concert featuring Marc Berger and Ride. We are disappointed, but hopeful that Marc and his band can join us for a concert sometime in September.
We had a soggy Friday night last week (with thankfully no thunder or lightning!) when DJ Catch1 played the Ossining waterfront. We had a great turnout at Louis Engel Park and even though it started to rain pretty heavily about halfway through, many of us stayed (glowsticks and all) and danced anyway-- what a phenomenal workout!
The MC (Ossining’s own Hopeton Lemon) and his crew kept it upbeat and positive (we even danced to “Umbrella”, “It’s Raining Men” and other appropriately themed tunes) and we can’t wait to have them back for another concert. Thanks to everyone who joined us for this awesome Party in the Park!
However, in the meantime, I hope you will join us NEXT Friday (August 25th) for Cuboricua, an incredible seven-piece band specializing in salsa, Cuban and Dominican music. This will be another great opportunity to show us what you're made of on the dance floor! The fun starts at 7PM, looking forward to seeing you there.
It has been a quiet week in the Town, but it won’t stay that way for long—this week, all of our Town Departments were issued their packets for 2018 Budget Requests, including a sheet of questions to get us all thinking about our goals for the coming year. My office, along with our Town Comptroller and Deputy Comptroller, will begin meeting with departments the week of September 15th to go over their requests, and then we must submit the Supervisor’s (or, Tentative) Budget to the Town Clerk on or before October 30th. It seems like a lot of time, but there are a lot of moving parts—I anticipate working closely with our Department Heads and my colleagues on the Town Board to build an efficient budget that maintains the excellent services we provide to our residents.
Our office has also been working on “benchmarking” our utility bills as part of our Clean Energy Communities certification. By inputting the data from our electric, natural gas and propane bills, we will be able to measure our progress from January 1st, 2016 going forward. The information we collect through this process will be invaluable in guiding us towards a greener future—we look forward to sharing the results on the Town’s website soon.
We also have quite a few things to boast about in our community this week—the 13/14 year olds on the JCYS Ossining Juniors Little League team were named New York State Little League Champions in July and went on to place 2nd in the East Regionals, a district including teams from Maryland to Maine. Out of 1000 teams who competed nationally, these guys finished in the Top 10! We are so proud of this team and all that they have accomplished personally and as a group, and I thank them for adding to Ossining’s successes on the baseball diamond again this year. Please join me in congratulating the players and their coaches, you make us all so proud!
Coaches: Jim Curry, Graig Galef & Pat Yost
Also, we were notified this afternoon that our very own Ossining Police Department has been named “Best in New York” for “Most Innovative Use of Social Media/ Citizen Engagement” by The Center for Digital Government, and they will be honored up in Albany on September 22nd. Congratulations to Chief Kevin Sylvester and the rest of the OPD for doing such a great job communicating with our residents in such an approachable and effective way—we are so very fortunate to have such outstanding first responders in Ossining.
Check out some of the great events we have coming up to close out the summer season here in Ossining.
Next week, Ossining Innovates, a local group dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in our community, will be hosting a the first of their monthly conversation series called "Meet the Entrepreneur Next Door" -- a great opportunity to learn from Ossining's small business owners and their experiences. This month's conversation will be with Kathryn and Luis Corena of First Village Coffee and Neil Woolf of Bob's Army and Navy. Join these small business leaders at the OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery, 117 Main Street, next Wednesday, August 23rd from 6:30 - 8:30pm. For more information, and more events to come, visit the Ossining Innovates website.
Did you know that Ossining has its very own Repair Cafe? Repair Cafes have been popping up all over the world, with the goal of diverting well-used items from landfills by repairing broken items or clothing at community events, instead of throwing them out. Local experts, business owners, and artisans offer their services for free as Repair Coaches to breathe new life into broken, but beloved, items and keep them out of the trash. Green Ossining has started a Repair Cafe right here in Ossining and the next session will be next Saturday, August 26th from 11am to 3pm in the Community Center. To get a taste of what the Repair Cafe is, fix a well-loved piece of clothing, and learn more about next Saturday's event, Green Ossining will be at the Ossining Farmers Market this Saturday with a button repair pop-up booth. For more information, visit Green Ossining's website.
I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the slower pace of summer-- it'll be over before you know it! Believe it or not, the pdf Fall Recreation Brochure (3.31 MB) is already out-- why not plan to give something new a try this time around and check out a class at the Cedar Lane Arts Center? Make sure to pdf give us some feedback (617 KB) on what kind of programs you would like to see happen at CLAC in the future, your opinion matters to us!
Even though this is a few weeks out, here's another way to show your love for our Ossining Parks. Wishnie Park (you may know it as the "Fountain Park" next to Chilmark) is named for one of our favorite people-- former Town Supervisor and County Legislator Richard Wishnie! Make sure you put this great event on you calendar for September and support important improvements to our most beloved Ossining spots, including this beautiful Village of Ossining park.