Another week in the books-- can you believe we are almost 25% through December? It feels like just yesterday, we were counting down to the end of 2017!

 

 

We spent much of this week putting the finishing touches on the 2019 budget, and I am proud to say we are in a good place and ready to adopt on Tuesday night. Thanks again to Deputy Comptroller Dale Ferreira and Budget Director Maddi Zachacz for all of their hard work putting this puzzle together, and to all of our department heads for all of their efforts to think outside the box to save taxpayer money. I am so proud to be part of this team.

 

 

This afternoon, Honorable Michael G. O’Connor led the Village and Town in a short ceremony to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day (short because of the frigid temperature!).  We took this opportunity to recognize all those who have or do put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms—thank you one and all! We also learned a little about the history of what motivated the Japanese to choose Pearl Harbor for the attack for this infamous day that will forever be remembered as what brought the U.S. into World War II in the Pacific.  Thank you to Michael G. and the Central Committee of Organized War Veterans of the Town of Ossining for annually organizing this remembrance ceremony.

 

 

Yesterday, I spent the day learning more about ethics in land use decisions, the latest case law in land use cases and how it will impact us at the local level, comprehensive planning best practices, and other related topics sponsored by Pace Land Use Law Center. Pace does a wonderful job covering so many important topics in land use. The keynote speaker spoke about how the suburbs are changing quickly, and in particular on “Walking Urbanism” which is the next wave for suburbs and what we need to do to keep up with changing lifestyles as we think about future planning and development.  This ties into our Town’s focus on healthy communities and connectivity and I hope we can continue to be forward thinking in our Town planning.

 

 

Anyone who poked their head outside today will probably agree-- this is not the friendliest weather for being out and about! The wind is whipping and we're headed into a cold stretch, so charge up those Kindles and pick out some cozy socks-- this weekend is not going to be one for too much yardwork! (Might I recommend "Killers of the Flower Moon- The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann? Both Maddi and Victoria in my office have read it and said it's great-- you can grab a copy at the Ossining or Briarcliff Manor Public Library and join your fellow bibliophiles at the Briarcliff Library on December 16th at 1:30PM for a discussion on the book. It's part of their "Books That Will Start You Thinking" series, and it sounds like a fantastic one to start with-- money, murder and politics in the old west, and it's all true! Registration is required for that one-- call 941-7072 to reserve your spot.

 

 

 

Another great activity you can busy yourself with this weekend is doing a bit of closet cleaning. Got any coats or layering pieces that aren't being used? There are groups in our community that would love to take them off your hands! IFCA Thrift Shop takes clothing donations year round, and the Village of Briarcliff Manor PBA will be collecting coats through December 14th at their headquarters at 1111 Pleasantville Road. The Briarcliff PBA are also hosting their annual toy drive through that date as well-- unwrapped toys only please! All toys will be deliverd to Maria Fareri Children's Hospital on December 16th. We also have boxes here at 16 Croton Avenue to collect unwrapped toys to send to local children-- if you are out shopping this weekend, please consider picking up a few extra gifts for families in need in our community. 

 

 

Earlier this week, the Ossining Recreation Department released their Winter 2019 Online Catalog, and some of the classes coming up look fantastic! Check out POUND!, a group fitness class that uses lightly weighed drumsticks to give you a killer cardio workout, or learn how to play Pickleball (as I did on a recent holiday away with family). There's something for everyone, so head over and take a look. I would especially encourage you to take a look at the many wonderful classes being held at the Cedar Lane Arts Center, including drawing, painting, sculpting with clay and so much more.

 

The gift of art classes would also be a wonderful present for loved ones this holiday season-- what better way to encourage special people in your life to relax and explore their creative side?

 

Although it's a bit chilly out there, we have events going on throughout Ossining this weekend-- will I see you out and about?

 

 

Tomorrow (Saturday, December 8th), stop by Good Choice Kitchen between 10AM and 2PM to check out the artwork of Lindsay Francis, and purchase some mugs, cups or ornaments at her pop-up shop! You can pop over when you're done at the Winter Down to Earth Farmers Market (do you know anyone looking for a new part-time gig? They're hiring a manager! Email resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The vendors there could really use your support-- farmers markets naturally slow down in the colder weather, so bundle up and head out for some delicious ingredients and heat up your house with some home cooking! And while you're downtown, don't forget to spend some of those Ossining Bucks!

 

 

Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 12/8), bring the family to Teatown for the "Nocturnal Animals" program at 4PM. Once the lights start to get low, you'd be surprised at how many days are just getting started! You'll have to call to register for this one-- 762-2912 x110. Also at Teatown, check out the Zero Waste Gift Wrapping Holiday Hangout and learn how to make packaging part of the gift with the Japanese fabric wrapping and other low-waste wrapping techniques. There will also be a raffle followin the wrapping demo-- you could win tickets to Eaglefest, a Teatown reusable bag, and more.  This event takes place on Sunday, December 9th at 10AM-- register here.

 

 

 

 

Next week, join Ossining Matters for a Family Holiday Shopping Stroll through downtown. Get your shopping done while helping out a great local cause—if you buy an OM Holiday Helper Pass, you will get 10% off of your purchases at Penny & Ting, Hot Societe, Vaza, Adega Wines, and Melita's between December 13th and 16th. The kickoff will take place on Thursday the 13th between 6PM and 8PM, and during that time, you can also get 10% off at Good Choice Kitchen and First Village Coffee. Purchase your pass at www.ossiningmatters.org.

 

 

On Friday, December 14th, join Bob Fetonti and the Briarcliff Manor Scarborough Historical Society (BMSHS) at 7PM for "The Many Lives of the Briarcliff Train Station" at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library. Come learn about the rich history of the spot and learn the long list of "travelers of note" who have stopped there. Learn more by contacting Donna Pesce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Save the date for Breakfast with Santa at the Ossining Community Center on Saturday, December 15th—get a small gift from Santa and drop off your Christmas list to the big man in person. Visit Ossining Recreation page at www.villageofossining.org and sign up for either the 10AM or 11AM seating and hurry—only 100 tickets for each seating are sold.

 

 

 

 

Have a great weekend and enjoy some downtime-- the next few weeks are sure to be busy ones in Ossining! Be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, January 17th, 2019-- that evening, we will be joined by our consultant Michael Conte to discuss the results of Project Forward! and take your feedback. We are planning far in advance to make sure we have as much participation as possible, so we hope you will plan to join us!

 

--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.