It's Friday, and that means it's time for the next installment in our Waterfront Concert Series-- tonight, Albany natives Jocelyn & Chris Arndt will take the Engel Park stage at 7PM for a rock show you won't want to miss! If you won't take my word for it, check them out performing their cover of "Give Me One Reason" by Tracy Chapman-- now imagine hearing this while enjoying an Ossining sunset, and thank us later!
If you want to hear the music from the other side of the stage, there is still time to sign up for tonight's kayak tour led by Ossining yogi Lauri Nemetz-- this tour is a special one, in that it includes a grounding outdoor yoga session. To get your tickets, click here.
Also this weekend, Lauri will be teaching a Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining session at the Waterfront-- on Sunday, July 30th at 8AM, join Lauri for an early morning workout brought to you by Club Fit!
We had another busy week in Ossining, as both the Town and Village have been working feverishly to get three NYS Consolidated Funding Applications submitted for three different grant opportunities. Our office has been focused on one to fund improvements to the Superintendent's Cottage at Dale Cemetery-- the Town Board has already authorized us to go out for a bond for the exterior work on the building (windows, foundation, exterior walls), but we are hopeful that the receipt of this grant will help us to make some interior modifications as well. We have been working with Stephen Tilly, Architect and his staff to help us determine what the highest priority work will be, as well as how best to complete it in a way that respects the historic significance of the property. We can't wait to get this beautiful property restored to its former glory, and not just the Cottage-- this week, we executed a purchase order to pave many of the roads throughout the Cemetery, specifically in the older sections, and we will also be doing some stone work to shore up some of the beautifully crafted walls throughout the property. I want to thank my colleagues on the Town Board for authorizing this important work, and also Cemetery Superintendent Pete Connolly and his staff for the thorough and careful work they do on a daily basis to preserve this beautiful site for our community and for families that visit their loved ones. We regularly receive compliments on how good Dale Cemetery is looking.
In addition to the grant for the preservation of the Superintendent's Cottage, the Town was a partner on two other proposals to the NYS Consolidated Funding Application. The first was a proposal as a co-applicant with the Village of Ossining, which was approved at this week's Town Board meeting. The Town and Village are very interested in exploring an "Urban Circulator," which would be a trolley system connecting all the best that Ossining has to offer-- the waterfront, the Metro North station, our historic Downtown, North State Road, open spaces, parks, and other nodes of commerce and employment. This hyper-local public transit system would help make significant headway towards reducing Ossining's greenhouse gas emissions.
The Town also partnered with the Land Use Law Center at the Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law for a proposal to the DEC's Climate Smart Communities Program to explore opportunities to integrate public health and sustainability into community planning and land use policies. This would include complete streets, smart growth principles, and increasing walkability/bikeability in Ossining. This proposal grew from the Town's participation in the Metro NY Planners4Health Task Force, and if funded, would be an innovative approach both regionally and State-wide. Keep your fingers crossed, and we will keep you up to date on any good news on these grant application in the coming months!
Our Parks crew was hard at work this week over at Ryder Park, where they replaced the roofs on both Finch Field dugouts (including the plywood supports underneath the roof on one), and also enclosed the underside of the dugout to prevent birds from nesting inside. Check out some neat "before" and "after" pictures below. They will be getting a fresh coat of paint early next week as well.
We are also proud to announce that work on the new picnic areas at Engel Park has been completed and all three sections are officially open for the season! Feel free to go down and scope them out this weekend, although you must get a permit in advance for groups of 20 or more-- call the Recreation Desk at (914) 941-3189 if you need assistance.
Earlier this week, the Town held our foreclosure auction at 16 Croton Avenue and we had a record number of registered bidders in attendance.
Our newly installed Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz was running the proceedings, but her two Deputies and former Receiver Gloria Fried were right by her side and helped keep the process organized. I am glad to share that the auction was successful and that both properties have found new owners-- while it is never a happy time when we have to auction properties, it will be great to have these properties back on the tax roll after the closings, taking place in August. Congratulations to the successful bidders and also to Holly for officiating her first auction as Receiver of Taxes!
Tomorrow (Saturday, July 29th), there are a few great events taking place in Ossining that I want to bring to your attention. 2017 Best of Westchester winner Gullotta House will be hosting the 2nd Annual Gullotta House Charity Duck Race at Dale Avenue Park between 10AM and 12 Noon-- if you adopt a rubber duck and he (or she) wins the heat, you could be the winner of a cash prize of up to $1,250! There is still time to adopt your duck, and you don't have to be present to win-- visit www.gullottahouse.org for more information. Gullotta House will also be hosting Ossining Family Fun Day and Music Fest between 12 Noon and 8PM at Nelson Park (also on Saturday, 7/29.) Be sure to come down and enjoy food, crafts, pony rides and more, with all proceeds going to benefit families throughout Westchester facing significant hardship.
That same day at 6PM at the Ossining Public Library's Budarz Theater, Ossining native Domenic Pace will host "Ossining and the Arts." The recipients of this year's grant will be Mike and Miriam Risko of the Mike Risko Music School, and fellow Ossining native Kristen Hester will be showing two of her short films. The event will be followed by a reception and complimentary refreshments.
Then on Thursday, April 3rd, the Ferry Sloops Summer Music Series continues with a performance by Megan Talay-- this free concert on the Hudson begins at 7:30PM at Shattemuc Yacht Club.
Next Friday evening, I hope you will join us for the Ossining Fire Department's Annual Parade-- this is a great event that brings the whole community together to show our Ossining pride while also showing support for our first responders.
So that everyone can enjoy the Fire Department's Parade, our Waterfront Concert will be on Saturday next week (August 5th)-- The Mike Risko Band will take the stage at Louis Engel Park for a great night of tunes under the stars.
The Town Board will be holding a brief Special Meeting on Tuesday, August 1st at 8:30AM at 16 Croton Avenue in place of our regularly scheduled Tuesday evening Work Session-- stay tuned for our updated meeting schedule throughout the month of August as we start moving into everyone's favorite-- budget time! Also, Councilwoman Feldman would have us remind you to grab your Clambake tickets from an Ossining Boat and Canoe Club member before the event on August 13th!
I hope everyone has a great week! Summer is a great time to visit the Ossining Farmer's Market and the many vendors who have great recipe ideas to share; grab a few new items and fire up the grill. Also be sure to check out Neversink Spirits for some after-dinner brandies and bourbon made right here in New York State-- I hear they make the perfect ending to an Ossining weekend!