The weather is looking great for tonight's Ossining Fire Department Parade-- this is an event that our community looks forward to each and every year, and I'm sure our engines will be looking mighty fine. The parade steps off from Roosevelt Square at 7PM and winds down Croton Avenue to the waterfront-- be sure to wave at our emergency responders who do such an incredible job keeping us safe year round (I hear Chief Gio will be helping to represent the Ossining Police tonight, so keep your eyes peeled for him riding with the OPD!) The parade will make traveling around Ossining tough for a few hours-- traffic will be restricted along Route 9 and Croton Avenue/ Main Street between 5PM and 8PM, so if you don't plan to watch from the sidelines, please plan your travels accordingly. And for everyone else, have a great time!
Our usual Friday night concert will be moved to Saturday this week because of the Parade, so I hope you will come down tomorrow night (Saturday, August 5th) and spend your evening with The Mike Risko Band, who will be taking the stage at Louis Engel Park at 7PM. We hear DJ Johnny G will also be in the house spinning tunes at some point, so it is sure to be a great evening.
The Gyro Uno food truck and Good Choice Kitchen will also be there and ready to serve you, so don't forget to bring a few bucks (or a picnic) and make a night of it on the waterfront. Word to the wise-- Laurie (the owner of Good Choice) made a great suggestion-- if you know you are coming down to the concert and what you'd like to eat, you can place an order online and she will bring it down with her! Just make sure you put a note on the order in the "Special Request" box so she knows to meet you at Engel Park!
Be sure to mark your calendars for next week's concert too-- on Friday, August 11th, DJ Catch1 (otherwise known as Ossining's own Hopeton Lemon) will host a DJ dance party right in Louis Engel Park-- be prepared to work up a sweat on the "dance floor" with us, and not to worry: the Kona Ice truck will have your back. See you there at 7PM. If you're on Facebook, be sure to check out the great video that DJCatch1 posted for this event-- it definitely will have you seeing Ossining from a new perspective (pardon the drone joke.)
Our Parks guys have been back at it this week with some maintenance projects to get our most used spaces back on track. On Monday and Tuesday, we had to close the boat ramp at Louis Engel Park (next to the OBCC) so that they could pull the dock and re-fabricate some of the frame structure on the underside to better hold the floats. It was a full day of welding on Tuesday, but the dock was re-installed on Wednesday morning looking better than ever.
The second half of the week was reserved for another important job-- replenishing the mulch at our playgrounds. We had a huge shipment of mulch delivered on Wednesday morning and the guys got right to work at Gerlach Park, where the swing set and the playground got new plastic borders installed (the wooden railroad tie borders were removed) and the platforms got weeded and re-mulched. Not only do they look great, but this is also a safety consideration-- we want to make sure anyone playing in our parks is as safe as can be, and having this cushion will help our littlest residents stay safer while climbing and swinging.
The first half of next week, the playground at Ryder and Louis Engel Park, as well as the garden at Cedar Lane Park, will also get their new batch of mulch. The second half of the week will mean moving over to Cedar Lane Park to start the restoration work at the pavilion-- the gutter work has already been completed, but we will be prepping the border for paving, installing drainage to tie the gutters into, and paving a path to the restrooms. We are very excited to be getting all of this work done so that our residents can better enjoy all of our fantastic outdoor amenities this season.
Why not check out one of our parks this weekend? I encourage you to check out our Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining event on Saturday, August 5th at Louis Engel Park, where Sue Radparvar of Studio95 will be leading a free Waterfront Zumba class at 3PM. Our beautiful Hudson River is a great backdrop for this fun, energizing workout, and the temperatures should be in the high 70s.
Our Highway Department has also been hard at work out on the roads getting the grass cut, picking up yard waste in the chipper, patching the road after a water main break on McCarthy Drive, and sweeping the streets (one of our Motor Equipment Operators, Kevin Moore, took the sweeper out "solo" for one of the first times this week and let me tell you, that is no small feat!) These guys are the unsung heroes of our community, keeping the catchbasins clear, the roads smooth, and our sewer pump stations in tip-top shape, so please join me in thanking them for all the work they do year-round, especially during the "dog days" of summer. One of the best ways to thank them? If you live in the Unincorporated Area, be sure to properly bundle your yard waste. Don't put anything out that's too big or not properly tied-- it slows down the chipper and makes an already difficult job more dangerous for our guys. Even if you employ a contractor or landscaper to do this work for you, it's important that they comply too. Limbs and branches will only be picked up if they are tied in bundles (no wire, please!) that are no wider than 5 inches across and no longer than 5 feet; it also really helps if you have them neatly stacked and all facing the same direction. If you have any questions, please call the Town Highway Department at (914) 941-2241.
Finally, tomorrow is the Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count at the Riverwalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, hosted by Teatown and artists from Strawtown Art and Garden Studios. At 1PM, bring the family along and take part in this citizen-science project that helps collect data on the health of our rivers-- the artists will even help you draw a picture to remember your day when you're done. Learn more about this cool program here-- admission is free, but there is a $5 charge for parking.
Here's what else is coming up in Ossining next week.
Also, on Monday, August 7th, the Village of Briarcliff Manor will be hosting a blood drive between 9AM and 3PM at their Central Fire Headquarters at 1111 Pleasantville Road-- are you able to donate? They are especially looking for donors with "O-" and "B-" blood types. You can stop in at any time, but you can also make an appointment here.