This continues to be a difficult time in our nation and the world. We all started and ended this week with very heavy hearts. On Tuesday, as I was thinking how to start our Town Board meeting, I happened to open an email from Nely Galan, a very inspirational woman I recently heard speak at Barnard College abouther new book "Self Made." Interestingly, she had some words which encapsulated many of my own feelings, so I quoted her (in a slightly condensed version), and I'd like to share her words with you here as well as they are just as pertinent regarding the events in France.
"To say the events of the past week in this country have been tragic would be a monumental understatement. We're a nation overcome with suffering, divisiveness, and an overwhelming sense of uncertainty. But as painful as all of this is to witness, in these moments, we must, in the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 'accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.'
These are the exact moments when we must ask ourselves the tough questions: is this the best we can do? Is this the best I can do? What can each of us do every day to stand up for ourselves and for others? Are we being our bravest selves? Are our voices ringing loud enough to be heard? This is when we tap into every ounce of grit we have, for the crucial, if not sacred, sake of being part of the solution."
Here in the Town of Ossining, we have a dedicated community that has experienced some very difficult times in our past, but has rallied to find solutions. In the coming weeks and months, expect to hear more about what we can all do to find ways to heal, and to build. To all those who have lost family members in these tragic events, we send our love and prayers and promise to work harder, stand up for ourselves and others, be our bravest selves and help make sure everyone is respected and loved for exactly who they are.
We have been hard at work in the Town on a variety of projects, a few of which I'd like to share with you here. I mentioned that we had applied for an ADA-compliant kayak ramp and new kayak rack for Louis Engel Park, and we are now working on a CFA (Consolidated Funding Application) for an open space corridor project. The grant is due at the end of the month, and we are looking forward to sharing the proposal with you once complete.
We are also making progress on the sanitary sewer improvement project at 9A and Route 134. Our engineering contractors have been hard at work designing the project, and just this week, the Board approved survey work on the right-of-way to properly mark out the easement we will need once construction begins, and the plans were submitted to the Westchester County Department of Health for approval. We owe a big thank you to our Water Superintendent Andy Tiess and Highway Superintendent Michael O'Connor for guiding us through this process, and also to Highway Foreman Johnny Martin for visiting the site with me this week and coordinating with our engineers.
The Tax Office is also preparing for the Foreclosure Auction scheduled for August 10th. While this is not a pleasant process for anyone, following through with a foreclosure when property taxes are severely delinquent is the only way we can protect other taxpayers. If you or someone you know may be interested in purchasing one of these properties, you can find all of the information here.
At Tuesday's meeting, we adopted two new Local Laws, one to implement a development moratorium in the Town, and one to mandate the installation of "Emergency Access Systems", which is commonly known as a KnoxBox, which will help our emergency responders to enter properties in an emergency without having to break down doors or walls. We also set the wheels in motion for our Public Hearing on the "Phase-In" legislation for the tax impact from the Town-wide revaluation. The Local Law will be posted shortly--come and let us know what you think! The Public Hearing is scheduled for our next Town Board meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, July 26th at 16 Croton Avenue at 7:30PM. At that meeting, we will also hear from our auditors, O'Connor Davies, about the results of the Town's 2015 audit, and have a discussion about capital needs we've identified for our Town Parks and Dale Cemetery. I hope you can join us for this informative meeting.
We have some great events coming up this week, but I am most looking forward to the Waterfront Concert Series show featuring Soul Projekt tonight! I hope to see you there! Cool off with the nice Hudson River breezes and the sweet sound of jazz, soul, and R&B from this super talented Ossining-based band.
We have had such a positive response to this summer's Mind, Body, Spirit - Ossining events. Don't miss this weekend's free class led by Sue Radparvar of Studio95 Zumba Fitness. Meet up with Sue at Louis Engel Park on Sunday, July 17th at 3:00pm to participate in her fitness party. For more information, and to see more events coming up, visit the Town of Ossining website and be sure to like the Town’s Facebook page as well!
Another special Ossining event will be on Monday evening at the Ossining Public Library, where the OPL will dedicate the Sally Read Dow Children's Program Room. Sally worked for the Library for over 40 years before retiring in 2012, and was, by all accounts, a fantastic children's librarian and an enthusiastic advocate for education. One of Sally's favorite hobbies was bird watching, and so before the room dedication, they will host a "Close Encounters with Birds of Prey" program in the Budarz Theater (see below). Sally was a tremendous asset to our community, and I applaud the Library for honoring her memory in such a fitting way.
Don't miss these other events happening in and around town:
Walking Tour of Historic Sparta Neighborhood
Where: Jug Tavern, 74 Revolutionary Road, Ossining
St. Augustine Church's 39th Annual Italian Festival
What: St. Augustine Church will have their 39th Annual Italian Festival on Tuesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 24 from. There will be a fireworks display presented by “Garden State Fireworks” on (rain date ). Come and enjoy the delicious food, rides provided by All Star Midway, fireworks, casino, games, and much, more. Pre-purchase an Armband Ticket for $20 (cash only) in the Parish Office between now through for unlimited rides all night , , and . The price for armbands and nights will be $30 and night will be $25.
Where: St Augustine Church, 381 North Highland Ave, Ossining
Contact: Parish Office at (914) 941-0067