It is hard to believe we are at the end of another week-- 2018 has been a whirlwind! I want to start off with some bittersweet news-- today was the last Friday at work for our Town Highway Foreman John Martin and Town Highway MEO/ Senior Man Rick Planamenta. You may recall that two weeks ago today, we were headed to their combined retirement party at The Briar's, where the Town Board gave them proclamations and recognized them with some kind words about their combined nearly 50 years of service to the Unincorporated Town.
The Teamsters were also there to send these guys off in style, and we had a great time together.
Both Rick and John grew up in Ossining and live locally, so we know they will be nearby. Make sure you congratulate them on a job well done if you see them around! Their last day will be Tuesday the 30th and, poetically, we are expecting a snowstorm on that day.
With the departure of these guys, we have an opening coming up in our Highway Department-- if you take a look at the Town's Homepage, you can see the details of the position and what is expected of applicants. We will be accepting applications through close of business on Friday, February 2nd.
The Town Board had an incredibly productive meeting on Tuesday evening, including two Departmental Reports. Our Superintendent of Highways Michael G. O'Connor came to discuss what his guys have been working on, and also formally introduced his newly appointed Deputy Superintendent of Highways, our very own Pete Connolly. Pete, our Superintendent of Cemeteries, then gave his report about what his crew has been up to and what projects lie ahead in 2018 at Dale Cemetery. Remember: you can always catch up on missed meetings by clicking the Youtube link on the Town website homepage.
We are looking forward to having our Department Heads come to our Legislative meetings once a quarter, so get ready for some more dynamic duos coming up!
Also at this meeting, we held a short Work Session to discuss a proposed event in one of our Town Parks. Mr. Matthew Gullotta of Gullotta House, a not-for-profit organization headquartered here in Ossining, came to discuss the details of the "Escape from Sing Sing Polar Plunge," scheduled to take place at the Engel Park beach on Saturday, February 17th. The event will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is special to us in Ossining-- Giovanni Toribio (you may know him as Chief for a Day Gio, or the son of Juan in our Town Parks Department), got a challenging diagnosis nearly two years ago and has been fighting like a champ ever since. Gio had since gotten a "cancer-free" bill of health, but the struggle that he and his family have endured is significant, and this event is meant to help families like the Toribios to have similarly positive outcomes. Both the Recreation Advisory Board and some members of the Town Board had expressed some safety-related concerns about the event and Matt was generous enough to join us to discuss the safety measures he will put into place for the participants and the first responders, including a "Plan B" in case the water is too icy or in case other conditions warrant skipping the "plunge" aspect of the day. We were also joined by Planning Board Member/ EAC Liaison Dr. Gareth Hougham PhD, who shared with us some underwater mapping of the area that his organization, Hudson Valley Arts and Science, had performed in November of 2017, and Dr. Hougham concluded that based on topography-- or benthos-- there are no immediate concerns about safe footing under the water. At the advice of Counsel to the Town, we will be going ahead with the event once a contract has been signed, stipulations drafted, and all insurance secured, and we are looking forward to having many of you join us at the Ossining Waterfront on the 17th for this great cause! Check out the Gullotta House website for more info.
Just a reminder-- this coming Tuesday is a 5th Tuesday, and the Town Board will not be meeting. We will catch up with you at our February 6th Work Session and Special Meeting at 16 Croton Avenue.
Speaking of our Town Parks, before you know it, it will be that time again-- the Summer Concert Series traditionally kicks off at the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, which this year is scheduled for Tuesday, July 3rd. Do you know of a band who is interested in playing the series? Please direct them to the Summer Concert Series page on the Town website-- all prospective acts must fill out this form in order to be considered. It's fairly simple-- don't be dissuaded! The deadline to apply is March 1st, so please help us spread the word!
If you are stuck on what to get your sweetie this Valentine’s Day, you are in luck—The Lantern Gift Shop at St. Paul’s on the Hill will be holding a special event on Saturday, February 3rd between 10AM and 3PM (snow date is Saturday, February 10th). They will offer homemade cards, gifts, and don’t forget the famous Valentine’s Day Bake Sale. Be sure to enjoy a free cup of hot tea or coffee while you shop!
Also on February 3rd, Westchester Collaborative Theater is hosting a Mid-Winter Dance Party fundraiser at 7:30PM at their home at 23 Water Street. Check out their website for more information or to buy tickets.
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.
Teatown’s Eaglefest 2018 is right around the corner! This year's celebration 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 wonderful annual event by visiting www.teatown.org/events.
Last but not least, here is your final reminder-- the 2nd half of your 2017/2018 school Tax Bill is due by close of business on January 31st, which is this coming Wednesday. The Town Tax Office at 16 Croton Avenue will be open extended hours on Tuesday, January 30th and Wednesday, January 31st (8:30AM-7PM) to accommodate any last minute payments. You may also pay by mail as long as your envelope has a USPS postmark of January 31st or earlier (Pitney Bowes and other types of electronic postage do not count!)-- payments made in person or postmarked after the 31st will be assessed a 10% penalty. You can also pay online through the 31st, but try not to wait until the last minute-- you never know with technology or the USPS these days!