Not a cloud in the sky-- this is the kind of weather I could get used to on a Friday night! Looking forward to seeing everyone down at the waterfront tonight for Ossining's own Sundad-- bring some chairs and a blanket and maybe a picnic (or, stop by the Gyro Uno truck for your Friday falafel-- and ok, maybe some spicy fries, I admit I can't resist!) and make a night of it-- we can't wait to see you (or the sunset, which I am predicting is going to be photo-worthy this week).

 

We will also have the Homespun Merry Go-Round back in action, if you're ready to ride!

 

 

 

If the concert ends and you haven't had enough live music, take a stroll down to the Boat House-- The Mike Risko Band will be playing a set there at 9PM.

 

 

 

It's been a bit of a quiet week here in Ossining, which is certainly welcome after all of the chaos last week. However, one very important piece of information you may need is that the 2018/2019 first half school bills went out in the mail (check your mailbox today and tomorrow) and are also available to pay online. We have a new method of paying your tax bills that may be of interest. Frequently, Ossining residents have not had the best delivery with their mail, which is unfortunate on a regular day, but EXTRA bad when it costs you money in the form of a late payment penalty. After Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz and I met with the postmaster in Ossining on numerous occasions, we have worked together to come up with something new. The Ossining Post Office will now have a designated mail slot, available 24/7, for Ossining tax bills (just taxes, meaning Town/County, Village, or School tax payments-- not water or application fees!). If you place your payment into this slot before 5PM on any given day, it will be postmarked for that day at 5PM. If you place your payment into the slot AFTER 5PM on any given day, it will be postmarked for the FOLLOWING day at 5PM. We are looking forward to starting this new program and hope that it will help our residents to rest easy knowing their tax payments will be postmarked timely!

 

Don't forget-- you can still come make your payments in person at 16 Croton Avenue during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM, and Holly and her staff would love to see you. On the final days of collection (Friday, September 28th and Monday, October 1st), the Tax Office will be open extended hours to accommodate you, so please come visit between 8AM and 6PM on those days. Have trouble getting to the 3rd Floor? Not to worry. Go to the 1st Floor Clerk's Office and ask them to call Holly in the Tax Office and someone will come right down to accept your payment (yes, we know, those stairs can be brutal!)

 

We have two more Friday nights in our Summer Concert Series for 2018 after this Friday, so don't put away those picnic blankets just yet! Next Friday night (August 31st), kick off your Labor Day Weekend with Culture Hound at 7PM and the Old Mill Singers at 8PM. 

 

 

And then, on Friday September 7th, we have something very special in store. You may remember that last Friday, DJCatch1 was scheduled to lead a dance party for us at Engel Park, which had to be canceled (or it's very likely that, even though folks still would have attended, we would have been washed out to sea.) Luckily, we got a new date on the calendar and the DJ dance party will take place on Friday, September 7th starting at 6:30PM. May wanna start doubling up on that cardio now, since 2 hours of dancing is no joke, even if it will be September weather.

 

Not a big fan of cardio? You're in luck. As part of the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining series, Rebel Yoga Studios founder Tasia Sabatino will be joining us for a free class at the waterfront that very evening, just before the dance party. Tasia's "rebel flow" is a fast-paced yoga class that she teaches out of her studio in Thornwood, where Maddi and I have been going for months, and we are so excited to bring her signature Vinyasa flow to us in Ossining. Bring your own mat and a bottle of water (and, if you're smart, a sweat towel) and warm up for the concert with us at 5:15PM.

 

 

 

But now, back to August-- there is plenty to do before September starts!

 

 

Tomorrow (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, games, raffles with entertainment by Doug Ferony and Band. Come enjoy this annual community celebration, all are welcome. There is a raindate scheduled for Sunday, but it's looking to be a beautiful weekend here in town.

 

 

Then on Sunday, head over to Teatown for the "Raptor Roundup" between 11AM and 12PM-- some new birds have joined the flock and are ready to meet you! Some notable newbies are Rosalie, an Eastern screech owl and Ralph, a young male turkey vulture, who may have a trick or two to show off. Learn more by visiting Teatown's Programs page and bring the whole family for this free event.

 

 

On Tuesday, August 28th, Westchester County will be holding their third public hearing on the Shared Services Plan for the County-wide shared services plan mandated by New York State. Don’t miss your chance to weigh in at the White Plains Public Library Auditorium between 3 and 5PM. Learn about the plan here.

 

 

On Wednesday, August 29th, the Ossining School District will be hosting a Welcome Party for new families with children entering the school district in Ossining on Everett Avenue near Park School, beginning at 9:30AM. There will be lots of local organizations represented, so spread the word and meet some new neighbors!

 

 

With all this talk about warm weather and outdoor activities, it's almost hard to believe that it's nearly time to go back to school. When you're out and about shopping for 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. 

 

 

 

Ferry Sloops also has some cool activities coming up during the first week of September. On Wednesday, September 5th, come to Shattemuc Yacht Club and hear live music performed by Sarah Browne as part of Ferry Sloops Summer Music Series. Sarah's music is a little bit pop, a smidge country and a tad folksky, and her voice is simply beautiful. This free event begins at 7:30PM. Then on Saturday, September 8th, Ferry Sloops will offer free sails on the Hudson River every hour on the hour between 11AM and 3PM as part of the Hudson Valley Ramble. Learn more about both events here.

 

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.orgfor 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.It’s also Climate Action Day on the 8th and we are hoping to have two Lime Bikes at the Green Ossining table to showcase what will be possible the following week during the Lime Bike Pop-Up in Ossining from September 15-21st, all leading up to Car Free Day on September 21st.  If you haven’t been on a bicycle on the streets in awhile, think about participating in Bike Ossining.  Put on your helmet, get on your bike and ride over to Market Square to join other residents looking to pedal around and about Ossining.  Pedal Peekskill will have some pedal assist demo bikes on hand to try out on our hills. Cyclists of all stripes are welcome to join together for rides around town starting at about 11AM on the 8th. Go to www.greenossining.org for more info. That same day, Sing Sing Kill Brewery will unveil their new bike rack – “Ride in, Rack up and Refresh” is their slogan!

 

While Lobsterfest isn't for another few weeks, time is almost up to get your advanced sale tickets. Snag your seats and reservations for that bag of lobster, clams, corn and potatoes now by visiting the Chamber's website. If they sell out, as they usually do, you will be very very sad-- wearing a lobster bib at home simply can't compare!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 some 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!

 

Finally, I want to send a shout out to our friends at Fable Farm who got some great news this week. The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council granted them more than $40,000 for the construction of hoop houses, as well as to increase the use of sustainable farming methods and diversify their production. What exciting news! Want to learn more about Fable's work? Visit them online, or right on Route 134! If you know of any local college students who may be interested in learning from the folks at Fable, they are accepting applictions for two interns this fall--  there couldn't be a better time to get involved!

 

 

I hope everyone has a great weekend. A bit of research led us to the fascinating fact that today (August 24th) is both National Waffle Day AND National Peach Pie Day (and, oddly, National Maryland Day?) Stop by Down to Earth's Ossining Farmer's Market tomorrow between 8:30AM and 1PM and grab up some of the last of the summer peaches-- a peach pie waffle sounds like the kind of thing dreams are made of, if you ask me.

 

--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.