- Last Updated: 07 August 2018 07 August 2018
Well, the rain continues to vex us! We had an awesome concert down at Engel Park last night, but the ground was a little soggy. Why on a Thursday? Well, tonight is a big night in Ossining, folks-- the Ossining Fire Department Parade kicks off a 7PM and winds through the Village, ending down at the waterfront. So grab your lawn chairs and come support Ossining's first responders as they march through Town tonight. Even if it's a little drizzly, we know those trucks will be looking fine!
Didn't make it to the concert last night? You really missed out-- Powderfinger played an amazing set, and it stayed very dry until about 9:15PM (luckily, we had decided to cut the concert a little short, so the band was already mostly packed up by then.) However, there was one extra cool guest at our concert series that you may have missed. Check out this dude who came to enjoy the tunes:
Yep, that's right-- an American Bald Eagle, enjoying the beach at Louis Engel Waterfront Park. Photo credit to frequent concert series attendee Steve Kowalczyk, who was kind enough to send these shots my way after last night's show.
The big news this week-- today was Paving Day at Gerlach, and to be honest, we didn't have a whole lot of hope it was goin to get done based on the forecast. However, the rain held out just long enough to complete most of the work, and now, get ready for some photo evidence of a job well done!
Our Parks and Highway crew, along with the team from our annual bidder for paving, started at the top of the park and worked their way down. The comfort station was first-- new doors, new lighting fixtures, and a new path--- coming next? New toilets, sinks, urinals and stall dividers.
Next, the ADA-accessible ramp. You may remember from my update a few weeks back that Park Groundskeepers Marco and Mark were using some pretty high-tech stuff to get the ramp angle right-- we went all the way down and it was a very easy pitch. Once all the paving is done next week, new topsoil and grass will be plnated around the playground and we will fix up the swing set. Over the winter we will fashion a handrail for Gerlach and Ryder.
Now, going down the ramp a ways, we have made it to the pavilion! You can see above and below the significant handwork that had to go into laying the pavement flat and avoiding all of our newly-installed box drains. The guys also extended the ring around the pavilion a bit to create a bit of a buffer for the barbecue grill.
... and the finished product (well, before the topsoil, but you get the idea!)
On the front side of the pavilion, they got started on the service road driveway around 2:00 and had to make a decision--- was it, in fact, about to pour?
Rather than heading back to the blacktop plant, our Foreman made the call to stop work for the day and resume next week. And based on the storm that happened mere minutes later, it was the right call! As much as we all want nothing more than for this project to get finished, I am certain that it will be worth the wait. Thank you to Louis Rinaldi and his team for accommodating us during this busy season, and special thanks to Mario, Marco, Mark, Matteo, Juan and Vittorio for their hard work today-- we were out there for no more than 10 minutes and almost melted, you guys are my heroes!
Plenty of exciting activities in and around Ossining this weekend-- I, for one, am looking forward to hitting the Down to Earth Farmer's Market in Market Square. It's tomato time, and the Market has provided what looks like a totally yummy recipe for a simple Charred Tomato Crostini that sounds perfect for some outdoor snacking. It's also a great time to catch up with some of Ossining's finest-- Coffee With a Cop comes back to the Market this Saturday between 9 and 11AM, so grab a cup of joe and get to know some of the guys and gals in blue!
After you have your provisions secured, why not drive out to Teatown for another Summer Saturday Adventure? This week is the final in the series, but it sounds like they saved the best for last-- Beaver Dams and Lodges! Visit a real beaver lodge and then it's your turn to try and replicate. This great family event kicks off at 10AM, pre-registration is required. Learn more here.
Get ready for the launch of My Brother’s Keeper activities with this day of fun and fitness at Nelson Park--all is free. Fun and games start at 4PM and wind down at around 6:30PM, just as they are getting set up for the Basketball tournament which starts when the sun goes down and should end at around 9:30PM or so. Check out enubuilds.com for more information. This is a collective campaign with involvement of many stakeholder groups including the school district, Village and Town. Bring your kids for some fun and safe activities.
On Wednesday, August 8th, Green Ossining and the Sierra Club will be co-sponsoring the screening of “Reinventing Power” in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library. The 50 minute film will introduce you to people in 8 states who have had their lives changed by the renewable energy industry; come learn about how we do not need to choose between sacrificing jobs and sacrificing our environment. The film will be followed by a moderated discussion. This free event begins at 7PM.
On Saturday, August 11th at 12:30PM the Ossining Public Library will be burying its Time Capsule as a part of its 125th Anniversary Celebration. You are all welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served on the back patio on library grounds. This event is open to the public.
Still looking for something for your littlest kiddos to do before school starts? Bethany Arts Community on Somerstown Road is offering their first ever Scribbler Summer Camp sessions starting Monday, August 13th for day campers entering K through 4th grade. Week 1 (8/13- 8/17) is "Super Size Me" and encourages campers to make large-scale art, like giant self portraits and sculptures. Week 2 (8/20- 8/24) will feature mazes and puzzles as part of "From Start to Finish," and Week 3 (8/27- 8/31) will help campers go "Back to School in Style" by making their own school supplies! Learn more about all three sessions here.
Finally, the date has been announced 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 imporant story of 200 years of criminal justice in America.
The Town Board will be meeting on Tuesday evening (August 7th) and we have a packed agenda! We will be re-opening public hearings on our Leaf Blower and Accessory Apartment local laws, and opening a public hearing on the Solar Code local law, before moving into our Work Session and then back into Special Meeting. Why so much material? We will not be meeting on August 14th, so there is an awful lot to squish in this week! Looking forward to having you join us in person at 16 Croton Avenue or through the live stream here.
Have a great weekend! If you're considering making some outdoor plans (maybe a picnic?), consider stopping in at Adega Wine & Liquors on Main Street-- they have assembled some great little kits for relaxing outdoors just about anywhere, the wine and picnic blanket set sells for just $15! Talk about a lazy Sunday.