- Last Updated: 08 August 2018 08 August 2018
Well, despite doing our "opposite of rain" dance, the weather gods won and tonight's concert is off. But because KJ is so beloved, we knew we had to deliver. And so...
We hope you will join us, and KJ, on Sunday night at Engel Park. The fun will begin at 6PM, and the weather promises to be much sunnier and drier than it would have been tonight! Extra thanks to our Rockstar-in-Residence KJ for being so accommodating and making time for us later this weekend.
As far as 16 Croton is concerned, this week was largely devoted to finalizing and submitting our five CFA (Consolidated Funding Application) grant proposals.
However, for some of our other departments, this weather has kept us from getting through our entire to-do list this week. The plan was to finish up with leveling the surfaces for paving and then get our contractor in to finish the job. We are ready!
However, with all the rain, that just wasn't in the cards. Our quote is ready, so hopefully next week, we will get our annual bidder in to wrap up this project once and for all and Gerlach will be ready to rent!
The pavilion isn't the only structure at Gerlach getting a facelift-- our bathrooms, which got new remote locking doors last week, also got new lighting fixtures and ceiling trim this week.
Next up? Some new paint and then, later this fall, new fixtures (toilets, sinks, and dividers) and new ventilation windows will be installed. You will barely recognize it, it looks like a brand new building! Special thanks to our Town Parks crew for all of their hard work in this crummy weather-- we are lucky to have you on our team!
On Wednesday, we took an exciting trip to New Jersey to visit an all-electric van that we are considering buying for our Town fleet. We met our electric car guru, Ron Kamen of Sustainable Westchester, at a Ryder facility in Moonachie, NJ, and I must say, I was impressed.
This van would be used to replace a truck in our Town Parks department, and would come with its own charging station so it could charge overnight on site at Ryder Park (or Engel, or Cedar Lane, if need be!) We did get to go for a test drive-- it was very cool to see how this technology is replicated even on these giant vehicles. This model gets as much mileage as our tiny Nissan Leaf, and is just about as quiet!
Ron bravely got behind the wheel and did an awesome job navigating the mean streets of Moonachie-- looking great, Ron!
The van we looked at was impressive, but probably a little big for our needs (24 feet long is a little more than we were expecting!) so we will probably be delaying until next year, when a slightly smaller model is available. We have nothing to lose by waiting-- the technology gets better (and cheaper!) every year.
We have a ton going on around Ossining this weekend, but a lot of it is weather dependent, so make sure to check Facebook before heading out the door! I am looking very much forward to the MOGO Inaugural Community Bike Ride tomorrow morning-- hopefully the worst of the rain will be behind us by then!
What's a MOGO? Local municipalities have been working to create routes from downtown areas to the North County and South County Trails. Millwood-Ossining Go! has worked with Westchester Cycle Club to create several routes, and this ride is your first opportunity to check them out with an escort! Join your guides for a modified version of the Briarcliff Route, starting at the Ossining High School parking lot on Wolden Road. We will make our way to the trail and ride for a while, (the distance can be modified and/or differentiated depending on the needs of the group) and then ride back to OHS for Victor's famous Flat Tire Workshop (optional). This is a great ride for anyone living locally who would like to become more active on the bike. There will be lots of support during the ride, and there will be a safety talk before getting started, but please be prepared with a working bike (with gears- yes there are some hills). There will be a pump available to help you at the start, but if you have not been out on your bike for a while, it's a good idea to take it to a local bike shop to get tuned up. A helmet is a MUST and please bring a water bottle. Rain will cancel the ride, so check the Facebook event (search Millwood-Ossining Go! Inaugural Community Bike Ride) by 7AM tomorrow (Saturday) morning for an update.
Also on Saturday July 28th is our last Mind Body Spirit Ossining event for July-- check out Zumba at Engel Park with Sue Radparvar of Studio95. This free class kicks off at 3PM, so be there and learn some new dance moves with the Hudson River as your backdrop!
Tickets are still available for tomorow night's Summer Evening Cruise on Hudson! The Evening Star will leave from Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill for a 3 hour sightseeing cruise accompanied by a live musical performance by Endless Field and historical commentary on the interesting and historical sights you will . Dinner will be a pot luck so please bring a dish to share. There will be soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase on the boat, but please be reminded, this trip is NOT BYOB! Purchase your tickets in advance here-- proceeds go to benefit Ferry Sloops.
This coming Thursday (August 2nd) will be a big night for live music in Ossining-- you can take your pick of three different events, all free, all spectacular! The Town of Ossining Summer Concert Series, which usually takes place on Friday nights, is moved to Thursday just this once in order to accomodate the Ossining Fireman's Parade on August 3rd. Join us at Engel Park for a live performance by Powderfinger, who will be hitting the stage at 7PM.
Also on Thursday, August 2nd, will be the final installment in the Briarcliff Manor Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Summer Concert Series, featuring Ossining's own Mike Risko Band who will play from 6PM to 9PM. I got a chance to check out the concert this past Thursday and we had a blast!
Also on the evening of August 2nd, Ferry Sloops will present Jason Gisser as part of their Summer Music Series. Jason is currently working on his all-acoustic album and is a member of Musicians on Call, where he plays for patients in hospitals. This free event begins at 7:30PM at Shattemuc Yacht Club-- learn more at www.ferrysloops.org.
I hope to see you next Friday night, August 3rd, for the Ossining Fire Department Annual Parade! Our volunteer department is the largest in New York State, and also probably one of the most decorated-- they won Best Overall AGAIN this year at the Hudson Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association Convention!-- and we can't wait to hit the streets to celebrate them next week.
On Wednesday, August 8th, Green Ossining and the Sierra Club will be co-sponsoring the screening of “Reinventing Power” in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library. The 50 minute film will introduce you to people in 8 states who have had their lives changed by the renewable energy industry; come learn about how we do not need to choose between sacrificing jobs and sacrificing our environment. The film will be followed by a moderated discussion. This free event begins at 7PM.
On Saturday, August 11th at 12:30 p.m. the Ossining Public Library will be burying its Time Capsule as a part of its 125th Anniversary Celebration. You are all welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served on the back patio on library grounds. This event is open to the public. To prepare for this exciting day, on Saturday, July 28th, children and teens will be able to create their own smaller version of a time capsule to take home with them. They will also create a memento to place in the time capsule that will be buried on the library grounds. This program is 2-4 p.m. in the Café’ Area of the library.
As a reminder, the Town Board will not be meeting this coming Tuesday (July 31st), but we will be back on schedule on Tuesday, August 7th-- join us at 16 Croton Avenue for a Special Meeting and Work Session. There will also be no meeting on August 14th, so catch us while you can!