As I am writing this, there is a little snow falling from the sky... wouldn't be the first time this week! We got a few inches of snow and ice Wednesday morning and our trucks were out salting and plowing to keep the roads as clear as possible. We made it through the storm without much trouble, but it is still a bit slippery in spots. Take your time getting around Town!
Our storm preparations were made public on Tuesday afternoon, when reporters from News 12 came to visit the Town of Ossining Highway Department.
Our Superintendent of Highways Michael G. O'Connor was interviewed, and the crews got some footage of some of our guys loading the trucks. If you see our Highway guys around Town, please, no autographs. They're very shy.
The Town Board met on Tuesday evening for a Work Session and discussed a few interesting topics, including an Intermunicipal Agreement with Sustainable Westchester which will allow us to get better pricing on "green" vehicles and maintenance equipment. Our friend Ron Kamen from Earth Kind Energy came to walk us through the benefits, and we look forward to approving this contract as soon as we receive an updated version back with blessings from Counsel to the Town. We also discussed the charging stations that will be opening this Spring in Cedar Lane, Ryder and Engel Park-- Ron gave us some advice on how to move forward with signage and what we need to add to our fee schedule, so we will get moving on that shortly in order to be on schedule for Earth Day!
While we were preparing for the Haunted Hayride in Cedar Lane Park last year, we noticed a few new issues up by the Pavilion, one of which was some wear and tear on the stone staircase coming up from the lower field. As it turns out, the staircase was an Eagle Scout project done many years ago by Anthony Pili, an Ossining resident. After getting in touch with Anthony about the project, he put us in touch with an Eagle Scout who has decided to take on the restoration of the stairs. Ryan and his dad came out yesterday to discuss options at Cedar Lane with Parks Foreman Mario Velardo. We are so looking forward to working with Ryan on this project hopefully this Spring and we know everyone who visits Cedar Lane will also appreciate a refreshed new look! Ryan plans to come present his early ideas to the Town Board at our February 27th Regular Meeting, so he can start his project, which will include additional research and drawings, so be sure to check it out.
Something else to look for in Cedar Lane coming up? We will be unveiling the new sign for the Cedar Lane Arts Center on Wednesday, February 28th at 4:30PM to 5:30PM. The sign utilizes the the logo design created by Brian Sheridan who won the logo contest last March, as well as the talents of our Parks staff and some upcycled material from the park itself. Please join us to get the first look at this awesome collaboration and also enjoy a wonderful art show with work by art students at AMD. Light refreshments will be served. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
There is a lot to do around Town this weekend-- don't forget to pick up a Valentine's Day gift for your honey right here in Ossining! Meredith's Country Bakery will be at the Down to Earth Farmer's Market tomorrow morning with heart-shaped cookies and pink cupcakes, or if your sweetie is non-traditional, Nana's Home Kitchen has some unbelievable baklava, or check out Melita's on Main Street or Holbrook Cottage on Pleasantville Road for beautiful housewares, Chocolate Chalet for a box of decadent treats, Good Choice Kitchen on Main Street for a gift certificate (or, sign up for their Date Night event on Wednesday, 2/14), or visit First Village Coffee for some AMAZING vegan donuts or a bag of coffee. First Village will also be hosting a pop-up on Tuesday and Wednesday, in case flowers are your thing.
Teatown’s Eaglefest 2018 is tomorrow and it's good weather for eagle spotting-- will I spot you there? Between 9AM and 4PM, bring the family down to Croton Point Park to enjoy eagle shows, bird walks, children's activities, and this year, a musical performance by the always fabulous Lilith Fair all-star, singer-songwriter (and author!) Dar Williams. Of special interest? A history-only tour guided by our very own Town Historian Scott Craven, which kicks off at 2:30PM (happens to be the last tour of the day). Get more information on this wonderful annual event by visiting Teatown's event page.
If you don't plan to attend Eaglefest all day long, the Ossining Public Library is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year, and all are invited to the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, February 10th at 2PM, featuring special remarks, a performance by students from Ossining High School, and a reception to follow. This will be the kick-off for a year of special events, including the Kids & Teen Celebration on Sunday, February 11th at 5:30PM. Both events will take place at the OPL at 53 Croton Avenue, all are welcome.
Following that, also on Saturday 2/10 join Sue Sue from 6-8pm at Studio 95, 95 Main Street for Zumba to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Then relax, sit back and enjoy the cool sounds of smooth Jazz. You have options! You can check out the Ray Blue Organ Trio at Westchester Collaborative Theater at 23 Main Street in Ossining starting at 7:30PM, or swing by the Elks Lodge in Ossining for 2nd Saturday Jazz (and dinner) with the The Tom Kohl Trio starting at 6PM for dinner, music begins at 7:30PM.
On Thursday, February 22nd, IFCA will join with the Ossining Micro Fund and Star of Bethlehem Church to host a Financial Wellness Seminar at Star of Bethlehem Church at 7PM. This is part of IFCA's Credit Smarts Program, and the Executive Director (you may know her as Town Councilwoman Karen D'Attore) suggests thinking of the class as "Weight Watchers for your Wallet"-- lean how to stay away from credit scams, stick to a monthly budget and more.
Another event I want to be sure to get on your calendar-- our very own Anne M. Dorner Middle School will be hosting EquityCon 2018 in partnership with the NYU Steinhardt School's Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, and the Action Collaborative Network. This is an exciting opportunity to share knowledge and ideas about eliminating inequity in our schools. Don't miss this exciting event on Saturday, March 17th-- you can register here.
PS: Who wants to do Meatless Monday with me this week? We discussed this at our Work Session this past week-- learn about the incredible impact you could have on our environment by cutting back on meat just once every week.