As we prepare for another weekend here in Ossining, I have a few items to share with you about what we've been working on lately. It was another short week, due to the holiday on Monday, and we also had a slightly shortened day on Wednesday due to the snowstorm, but I am proud to say we have packed an awful lot in to the time we had!
Some exciting news this week-- Ossining was chosen to move on to Phase 2 of the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Prize, for our collective efforts towards making Ossining a healthy community. Working with our partners at Open Door Family Medical Center, Neighbors Link, and the Ossining School District, we submitted our Phase 2 application yesterday, which included a 4 minute long video segment highlighting some of Ossining's exemplary programming. Hopefully, we will soon hear if we got chosen for Phase 3, which would involve a site visit from the selection committee. We are competing for one of ten $25,000 prizes-- we will keep you posted as we hear more!
As we move closer to February 1st, I want to share a special announcement from our Receiver of Taxes, Holly Perlowitz.
"Hello Ossining Taxpayers WHO HAVE NOT YET PAID THEIR 2ND HALF INSTALLMENT OF 2017/2018 SCHOOL TAXES (this e-mail cannot determine who has paid vs. has not – sorry, someday:)),
Just a reminder that your 2nd Installment of 2017/2018 School Taxes are due by Wednesday, January 31st. It is really important that you pay close attention to this deadline as the penalty goes up to 10% on February 1st. This penalty increase to 10% must be assessed and cannot be waived for any reason (it's the law!).
You can pay in three ways:
If you use "Bill-Pay" from your Bank, please be aware that they do not use USPS -- so you have to recognize your risk of timely payment -- give plenty of time!!!!.
I hope all is going well for you in 2018!!!
If you haven't yet subscribed to Holly's web blast, please do! She has a different list than I use for our regular Town emails (Supervisor's Update, Town/Planning/Zoning Board Meeting announcements, etc.) so if you aren't subscribed to both, you may miss something!
I also had the privilege of getting a "behind the scenes" tour of the OVAC (Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps) last night as part of our quarterly Mid Hudson Ambulance District Meeting (below, our Chair and Resident Representative from New Castle Dr. J. Robert Seebacher, our Vice Chair and Resident Representative from the Town of Ossining Richard Wishnie, Department Head for Croton EMS and OVAC Paramedic Philip Dinkler, and our very own Chief Nick Franzoso, who has been a member of the Corps since the age of 16).
I am so very proud to have such an exceptional organization here in Ossining-- the more I ask about the processes and procedures that are being brainstormed and followed by our team, the more in awe I am of Chief Nick Franzoso and his team of paid and volunteer staff. (Nick shared with us last night that they have over 60 volunteers who operate in a variety of capacities-- wow!) Here I am with the Chief, the new Phelps Northwell Director of the Department of Emergency medicine Dr. Barry Geller, Councilwoman Liz Feldman, and Village of Ossining Manager Debbie McDonnell. We learned a little more about the rigs, how they are charged and stored, and what exactly happens when a call comes in. Dr. Geller's first comment-- "How do you keep it so clean?" He's right-- everything at OVAC is in tip top shape and you can tell that the Corps members take pride in their facilities, their vehicles, and of course, their work.
I have toured the building before, but it was especially interesting to see it through the eyes of Chief Franzoso. He has such a passion for the work he does, but also for the Ossining community, and we are extremely fortunate to have him at the helm of this organization that is so vital to our residents. Thank you for your hospitality, Chief!
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. I plan to join in solidarity along with many other Ossining women and thousands of women and men throughout the New York Metro area who will be headed into Manhattan for the Women's March. Last year, I attended the march in Washington D.C., and this year, the main march will take place in Las Vegas. However, local Anniversary marches will take place nation-wide, and the New York march will take place between 11AM and 3PM on the Upper West Side. It's supposed to be a bright and sunny day with a high around 50 degrees, so I am looking forward to another empowering afternoon surrounded by thousands of my closest friends and fellow activists.
Later in the day, I will be joined by my colleagues on the Town Board and also on the Village of Briarcliff Manor Board of Trustees at the Briarcliff Manor Fire Inspection Dinner. This is always a fine event, and I look forward to celebrating the great work of the members of our Briarcliff Fire Department with my fellow elected officials.
However, there is plenty going on right in Town this weekend! Take a look at some of the events listed-- I hope to see you around Ossining soon!
Also tomorrow (Saturday 1/20), the Ossining Arts Council will present the Forget-Me-Nots and David Ray in concert at the Steamer Fire House, 117 Main Street, beginning at 8PM. The Forget-Me-Nots are a group of three singer-songwriters who perform original material along with Motown, traditional folks, and mainstream hits. Add in David Ray, and this makes for a night of live local music you will not want to miss. For just $15, check out these two area favorites as they team up to make some beautiful music together. Tickets are available at the door, and all proceeds go to support the OAC's programming and community engagement goals.
Eaglefest 2018 will take place on Saturday, February 10th. 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 singer-songwriter Dar Williams. Get more information on this special day here.
Finally, we were approached about an interesting event taking place tonight at the Westchester Hills Condominium Complex (1800 Old Country Road in Elmsford). Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, USA will be hosting "Surya Namaskar Yagna-- Yoga for Health, Health for Humanity," a 24 hour yoga marathon, beginning at 6PM tonight. This free event requires no advanced registration-- just show up and participate in this great event to find stress relief and a whole body workout! Visit their website for more information about this and other events coming up.