- Last Updated: 12 July 2016 12 July 2016
Well, today we are a little tired, but it's a happy kind of tired-- the Independence Day Fireworks last night were phenomenal! We couldn't have asked for better weather, we had a beautiful sunset and delicious food to eat, all while accompanied by incredible music and a fantastic fireworks show. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make Ossining's big night a success, especially our Town and Village Parks staff, the Police and Fire Departments, Recreation Superintendent Chris Soi and his staff, Interstate Fireworks, Powderfinger, and the always incredible KJ Denhert. I look forward to working alongside everyone for the rest of the Waterfront Concert Series and making this summer one to remember! I hope you'll join me next Friday night (July 8th) for another great night featuring "Breakfast For The Boys".
(If you're looking for more live music during the week, the Ferry Sloops "Summer Music Series" continues this Thursday, July 7th, with Deuces Child, an acoustic duo, at Shattemuc Yacht Club. Admission is free, and the show starts at 7:30PM.)
Last Friday, along with some community members, I got to tour the Indian Brook Water Treatment Plant and get a "behind the scenes" look at how our water is collected, treated, processed and transmitted to our homes and businesses. I have toured this facility in the past, but there is always more to learn, and this visit was especially timely: the Village has started an extensive project to restore the earthen dam that holds back the Indian Brook Reservoir, and we found the Treatment Plant staff were friendly and informative hosts. A special thanks to Chief Operator Steve Ho, Village Engineer Paul Fraioli and Water Superintendent Andy Tiess for an education in flocculation, filtration and everything in between.
Last Saturday was also an exciting day-- Town Councilwomen Karen D'Attore, Liz Feldman, Kim Jeffrey and I spent the early evening with the Ossining Fire Department at their annual Inspection Dinner, and boy, were those engines looking fine! We then headed up to Anne M. Dorner Middle School for the kickoff to Ossining's Relay for Life event, where the Town and Village formed "Team Dodge Against Cancer" in honor of former Supervisor Martha Dodge. This is always an incredibly touching event, and this year was no different. The bravery and perserverance demonstrated by the survivors was an inspiration to us all, and I am grateful for the opportunity to take part in such an important community event. At last count, the Ossining event raised $39,721.34 this year for the American Cancer Society-- thank you for your generosity, Ossining!
Although many of you may be heading out of Town for the long weekend, I want to remind everyone that Club Fit instructor Laurice Nemetz will be hosting a free Hatha Yoga class on Sunday morning (July 3rd) at Louis Engel Park. An 8AM riverside yoga class-- what a great way to kick off your Sunday!
With all this time spent outdoors, we want to remind everyone about taking precautions to protect you and your families from the Zika virus. Please take a look at the CDC's embedded page in the Town's website, which can be found here. Please take a look at some tips for spending time outdoors this summer, and be sure to eliminate any standing water on your property.
Finally, two reminders: the Town Board will be meeting on a reduced schedule this summer, and our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 12th at the Police/Court Facility at 86-88 Spring Street at 7:30PM. This will be a combined Regular Meeting (to pay our bills and take care of any pressing business) and Work Session (to discuss anything pending before the Town Board). We will follow this same format for our next three meetings (July 26th, August 9th and August 23rd).
Also, we were notified by the Town of New Castle that they have begun the process of reclaiming and repaving Spring Valley Road, a process that is expected to take around three weeks. The road will not be closed, but single lane traffic may result in delays. Please plan your travels accordingly.
Please take a look at some events scheduled for the coming weeks. I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend, and spends some time appreciating your family and friends. Here's an excerpt from my speech last night at the Independence Day Celebration last night:
"Hello Ossining! Welcome to Independence Day 2016, just a couple days early. I’m so happy to see this community come together for great music, delicious food--both homemade and cooked by our awesome Ossining restaurants and food truck-- and of course, fantastic fireworks. Special thanks to Chris Soi our Recreation Superintendent for working especially hard to make this happen, here on the beautiful Hudson River.
It is a joy to be celebrating America’s independence as one Ossining family. As we reflect on what it means for us to be Americans, I find it helpful to think about what it means to be “Ossining family.” Togetherness MAKES our talented, diverse, beautiful community. We live as neighbors together. We go to school, church, mosque, or synagogue together. We work, and patronize, our local businesses together. Our triumphs and tragedies alike are felt together. There’s too much sadness in our newsfeeds and too much anger in our politics for us not to stick together. As community and as family.
Tonight, we celebrate, laugh, and love each other together. Let’s model “radical acceptance” for Westchester, for New York, for our country, of young and old, of all races and creeds, genders, sexualities, immigration statuses, abilities, of all our different life experiences. Let’s show everyone that what’s best about us is that we can come together as “Ossining family.” Happy 4th and Happy Birthday America!"
The Ossining Historical Society Museum Presents: Michael Capra, Sing Sing Superintendent
What: The Ossining Historical Society Museum will host an informal discussion led by Michael Capra, Sing Sing Correctional Facility Superintendent. Mr. Capra will speak at the museum on a range of topics and also answer questions from the group. RSVP required; space is limited. Reservations must be in by. Light refreshments will be served and donations are suggested. Open house at the conclusion of program.
Where: Ossining Historical Society Museum, 196 Croton Avenue, Ossining New York
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 (raindate ). 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 , Thursday, 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
Summer Evening Cruise on the Hudson River
What: Enjoy a summer evening aboard the “Evening Star” for a 3-hour sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River. You’ll cruise through the Hudson Highlands, past Jones Pt., Iona Island, Bear Mountain, Fort Montgomery, West Point and Worlds End. The cruise includes a historical commentary and a live musical performance by Lisa Jane Lipkin & Jay Hitt. There will be a potluck supper aboard, so please bring a dish to share. Soft drinks, beer & wine will be available for purchase on the boat. You MAY NOT bring your own alcoholic beverages aboard. Advance tickets: $35.00.Purchase online
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Where: Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill
If you are in Town this weekend, make sure to visit the Ossining Farmer's Market-- Berry Season is well underway, and raspberries, blueberries and strawberries make a delicious and healthy ending to a summer cookout! Phill Dollard will be there between 10AM and noon to play some tunes while you shop (and yes, he does take requests)!