Another wet start to the weekend here in Ossining, but never fear-- it looks like the skies will be clear (if cloudy) for tonight's concert at the Waterfront. We will start at 7PM with a performance from Ossining's own Culture Hound, followed by the Old Mill Singers performing at 8PM. We will also have our friends from Gyro Uno and Three Little Pigs food trucks down at Engel Park, along with the Homespun Merry-Go Round, so enjoy one of the last summer concerts with us tonight.
This was scheduled to be the final show in our series, but you may remember that we had a pretty brutal rainout a few weeks back. We are excited to celebrate the first week in September with a rescheduled DJ dance party at the waterfront NEXT Friday, September 7th, where Ossining's DJCatch1 (you may know him as Hopeton Lemon) will be keeping us on our feet from 6:30PM until...? Come shake off the first week back in your Fall routine with us! Gyro Uno, along with the Three Little Pigs Pizza Truck, will be there to help you carbo load and keep that energy up!
Before the dance party, join us for a very special Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program-- Rebel Yoga Studios founder Tasia Sabatino will be leading her signature "Rebel Flow" class down at Engel Park beginning at 5:15PM. This free class is open to yogis of all levels and will get you feeling light and limber heading into your weekend. Bring your own mat, along with a bottle of water-- a sweat towel wouldn't be a bad idea either!
The schedule is starting to heat up as folks are headed back from vacation and we prepare to start another school year. The Ossining School District hosted a Welcome Party for new families this week outside of Park School, and we had a blast despite the seriously stifling temperatures. I was joined by our Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz and Mayor Victoria Gearity to let all of the new families know what municipal resources we have available for Ossining residents, along with a number of "Didja Know?" pieces of literature. It's always fun to get to meet folks who are new to our community-- it's a good reminder of all of the positive work that we, along with our local businesses, non-profits and service organizations are doing to make Ossining a great place to call home.
Later that afternoon, Holly and I took a trip down to the Ossining Post Office to see the new tax bill mail slot for ourselves. As I mentioned in last week's update, the Town has been working with the Ossining Postmaster to get this special program started-- the slot in the lobby of the Ossining Post Office is available 24 hours a a day to receive your local tax payments (Ossining Town/County/Village/School taxes only-- no water payments or application fees please!) and they will be brought directly to us at 16 Croton without having to make the journey to White Plains and back. Even better news is that if you get the payment in before 5PM, it will be postmarked that day-- anything later than 5PM will be postmarked the next day. Special thanks to our new Ossining Postmaster Lorenzo for working with us to make this happen-- we are hopeful that it will give some peace of mind to our taxpayers and cut down on late fees for residents.
After a long summer of cruising around Ossining, you may be feeling like your car could use some spififng up before its big reveal back at school. This week, I treated myself to a hand car wash at ABH Car Wash on North State Road, and I cannot recommend highly enough that you do the same. The owner and staff were as friendly as could be and made the Supervisor Shuttle shine like new. Check them out at the corner of North State and Ryder Avenue, and tell them Dana sent you!
Something else that got a bath this week? The roof of the Gerlach Park pavilion. Now that all the heavy work is done (the road and path are paved, the grass is replanted, and all the giant rocks have been moved), our Parks guys spent some time this week working on site beautification. The roof was looking a little green...
...so it got the VIP treatment with the power washer and some eco-friendly cleaning products and is looking like a brand new roof today!
We are so excited to have all three of our Pavilions back up and running, but we are especially proud of the work done at Gerlach. This pavilion had some challenges we didn't have to address at Ryder or at Cedar Lane, namely the significant stretch of pathway going up the hill to the comfort station which needed to be made ADA accessible. We are incredibly relieved to have this beautiful park looking like it did in the good old days--- our Budget Director remembers many Trinity Church annual picnics up at Gerlach and said it looks just like it did back in "old times" (which for her is the early 1990s, but we'll take it!)
In the next few weeks, some perennials will be planted on the hill and the last of the work will be complete. Thanks again to Mario, Marco, and Mark for a job well done. We can't wait to host a Town picnic up there and show off your handiwork.
I know our guys are eager to get on to the next project, which will likely be something at Ryder Park. However, we are still waiting to get on the schedule for our new spray deck installation, which we should know more about any day now. Want a sneak preview? Check out this cheery design we picked out for the new surface.
Just a little something to look forward to for next summer! In the meanwhile, take a gander at the new Recreation brochure to see what's coming up this Fall in our parks and at our Community Center! The registration system, commissioned by the Village of Ossining, is brand new and much more user friendly-- let us know what you think!
If you are like me and are still mourning the loss of the Wobble Cafe on Campwoods, good news-- The Tasty Table will soon be here! We are so excited for a new business to take root here in Ossining, and we wish them the best of luck.
They are, however, looking for a chef. Do you know anyone? Check out the posting below and spread it far and wide!
Today is the last day to get your advance tickets for the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce's 4th Annual Lobsterfest, which will be held on Saturday, September 8th (next weekend!). $50 buys your lobster, corn, potato, dessert and coffee, not to mention some great company and one heck of a backdrop. Head here to secure crustaceans for your crew, Lobsterfest is usually a sell-out event!
Tomorrow, the J.W. Cofield Scholarship Ministry is joining with Star of Bethelem Church and IFCA to host the Back 2 School Bash between noon and 3PM at Ossining High School. They are still in need of school supplies to hand out, so if you haven't dropped them off yet, not to worry-- IFCA and Star of Bethlehem are still accepting backpacks through today.
Since it's a holiday weekend and a lot of folks will be out of Town, let's look ahead in the calendar and see what's coming up soon in Ossining!
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.
September 8th will be a very busy day in Ossining. The Annual Corn Roast is back at the Farmers Market, so get in your last few taste of summer! 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 in the schools which the budget doesn’t cover.
September 8th is also Climate Action Day and we are hoping to have two Lime Bikes at the Green Ossining table at the farmers market 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 on September 8th. 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. 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!
As a reminder, Town and Village offices will be closed on Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day-- we will be back, ready to serve you, bright and early on Tuesday morning. If you plan to head out of town, be mindful of the special Metro North schedule in effect starting today. There will be extra service today to help you get on your way sooner, and Monday's trains will be on a weekend schedule. Make your travel plans here.
Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend and we will see you in September! Don't forget-- even though Pumpkin Spice is back on the menu at Starbucks, we still have another THREE weeks of summer-- make em count!