Rain, rain, go away! It has been a soggy week in Ossining, and unfortunately, that rain will continue through this evening. We have decided to postpone tonight's concert, featuring KJ Denhert, until TOMORROW evening (Saturday, July 15th) from 6-8PM, where she and her band will take the stage at Louis Engel Park. Be sure not to miss this great concert (but bring a chair or blankets to sit on-- the rain all week will make for some squishy seating on the grass.)
You may remember hearing a few months back about the newest addition to the Town's fleet, our all-electric Nissan Leaf, which is being driven by our Town Building Inspector. We were able to secure this vehicle through a New York State program that enabled us to get a discounted vehicle with an additional $5,000 rebate, and we are also able to charge the car for free for the first two years of the lease. This has worked out great for the Town, and might be an excellent choice for your family or business too. (Have you seen how much money you can save WHILE reducing our reliance on fossil fuels? Pretty compelling!) A similar offer has been extended to all residents who have Con Ed as their delivery company (even if you are part of the CCA program, Con Ed is still your delivery company.) Our friend Ron Kamen at EarthKind Energy, who has helped us through our electric car buying process, shared the following information with us about this great program:
This coming Tuesday, the Town Board will hold our regular Work Session at 16 Croton Avenue, where we will have a visit from our auditors at O'Connor Davies to go over our 2016 financials, and the folks at Sustainable Westchester, who will be giving an update on the CCA (Community Choice Aggregation) program and letting us know where we stand for the next contract, which is set to begin in mid-2018, as well as discussing some other projects they've been working on. We will also have our Planning Consultant David Stolman join us for an update on our Zoning law (when we last discussed it, we decided that the zoning was too dense and we needed to take another crack at it.) I hope you can join us live at 16 Croton or through the Town website. Also, we are likely going to have a reduced meeting schedule during the month of August, so please keep your eyes peeled for updates.
At last week's meeting, the Town Board passed a resolution authorizing a letter to be sent to the New Castle Planning Board in reference to the Sunshine Children's Home. While the Sunshine Home is not in the Town of Ossining, the Town is considered an involved agency due to our direct proximity to Sunshine's property at Cedar Lane Park. The Town has had a longstanding agreement with the operators of Sunshine that pertains to their sewer pump station, which the Town maintains; with the proposed increase from 54 to 122 beds at the facility, our Board had concerns over how this would impact the flow to the sewer pump station, coupled with concerns about the amount of water to be used from Sunshine's wells, and about the potential traffic (both during and after construction) in Cedar Lane Park. You can read the letter we sent pdf here (45 KB) .
I had a chance to visit Cedar Lane Park a couple of times this week and stopped in on the Ossining Organic Community Garden. There I saw an abundance of beautiful vegetables, herbs and flowers and had achance to chat with three Ossining residents who share a couple of garden plots. They mentioned how much they enjoy the atmosphere of the garden because it supports them in their ability to be successful gardeners. Also a benefit: when a plot owner is out of town, they put up a sign asking for help with watering and weeding and invite their fellow gardeners to share in their bounty for the week. Thanks to my new friends Becca, Katie and Kristin for spending some time with me out in the sun!
This program is run partially through the community garden but also through our Ossining Recreation and Parks Department, so if you are interested for next year, check back after January with Chris Soi or Debbie Frieder in the Recreation Office and you could have happy plants just like these!
I also took a ride with Highway Motor Equipment Operator Rick Planamenta in the Sweeper truck to see how our equipment operates and get some hands-on learning. Thank you, Rick!
I also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that there is still time to register as a bidder for the Town's Foreclosure Auction scheduled for 1PM on July 25th. There are two properties remaining on the list, and you can find all the information about them here.
We have a busy weekend ahead with a lot of sunshine in the forecast, so plan to take full advantage, and rest up today during the rain to prepare yourself for all of the great programs ahead.
I do want to call special attention to an event scheduled for Sunday, July 16th at 3:30PM. The Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia WCAI) will present "Countering Islamophobia: Dispelling Misconceptions about Islam"; with anti-Muslim hostility on the rise across our nation, this conversation is more important than ever. This free event will be held at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester at 7 Saxon Wood Road in White Plains, I hope you'll consider attending.
Also on Sunday evening at 7PM is the conclusion of the Annual Summer Vespers at Campwoods, where BlissSing featuring Eileen O'Hare and Cat Guthrie will play outside on the Great Lawn. Be sure not to miss this inspired musical experience.
(My personal plan? Grab my plate at Lobsterfest and head over to Engel Park to hear KJ!)
Also on Thursday, July 20th, the Village of Ossining and IFCA will be holding a ground breaking celebration at 19 Hamilton Avenue in Ossining. The IFCA-owned properties at 19 Hamilton Avenue and 49-51 State Street will be renovated with a $296K Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and will provide a total of 10 units of safe and affordable housing workforce housing. Come join the celebration at 11AM on Thursday.
Please note, TONIGHT'S Hudson River Expedition Kayak Tour has been cancelled due to bad weather.
Another cool event this week? "Meet The Entrepreneur Next Door" will take place on Tuesday evening (July 18th) at the Open Door Family Medical Center, 165 Main Street, presented by Ossining Innovates; come down for an opportunity to hear from Open Door's CEO Lindsay Farrell and Founder of Theater O, Jessica Irons, to learn about what steps you can take to start the next big thing in our community!
That same evening (Tuesday, July 18th) kicks off the St. Augustine's 40th Italian Festival, which goes through Sunday, July 23rd. Don't miss out on this exciting annual event with delicious food, rides, games and of course, the fireworks display on Wednesday evening!