I just got back from the D.A.R.E. graduation at Roosevelt School, and it was wonderful to see so many of our Ossining students committing to making smart and healthy life choices.
(Speaking of our students, do you have a child in your household who may want to try out for Cheerleading this year? Or maybe someone who wants to play Flag or Tackle Football? Registration is now open-- click here to find out more.)
If you are reading this on Friday evening, there is still time for you to catch some great live music tonight. Ossining Live! begins at Louis Engel Park at 4:00PM and goes until 7:30PM. Come check out our Ossining students perform at our beautiful waterfront to kick off your weekend.
Need something that begins later? The Old Mill Singers will be performing tonight (Friday) and tomorrow evening (Saturday) at the Clear View School at 8PM. Come hear some great classic tunes performed by this popular Ossining group, which happens to include our Receiver of Taxes Gloria Fried and her Deputy, Julie DiLoreto.
Before I get into some of the other great Ossining events coming up this weekend, I want to let you know some of what we've been working on this week.
This past Monday, the rainy weather caused the Ossining Memorial Day parade to be canceled. Instead, a small ceremony was held at the American Legion to remember those who were lost in battle. I want to thank Michael G. O'Connor for all of his hard work to coordinate this event-- even with the last-minute change in plans, there was a good turnout and it was a fine tribute to those who have bravely and selflessly served our nation.
Councilwoman Jeffrey, D'Attore, Feldman and I then made our way to the Briarcliff Memorial Day event along with Assemblywoman Galef and County Legislator Borgia, which included the re-dedication of the Law Pavilion. If you have yet to visit the site since the tragic fire back in 2015, you are in for a treat-- the building and site work all look fantastic, and I know it will continue to be an asset to our community long into the future. Congratulations to Mayor Lori Sullivan and the Briarcliff Manor Board of Trustees on getting this incredible space back online, just in time for the warm weather!
Meanwhile, the work continues in the Town pavilions-- this week, the installation of the stone steps at Ryder Pavilion was completed, along with the final installation of the "Texas Sized Grill" at that location.
Next week will entail ripping out old pavement, prepping for blacktop and running pipes for drainage, before the pavilion edge, the basketball court and the service road are all re-paved the second week in June.
Our Parks crew also did some clean-up work down at Engel Park, including getting the beach weeded, cleared of debris and raked. Here is just a bit of what they managed to clear in one sweep:
This is, unfortunately, a fairly regular job for our guys, as each high tide brings more driftwood, seaweed and various flotsam and/or jetsam onto the beach, but I challenge you to look at the picture below and say it wasn't worth their while.
Yesterday, Victoria Cafarelli from my office, along with Westchester County Planner Tracey Corbitt, helped me to guide a tour of our proposed bike line project which connects the Village of Ossining, the Unincorporated Town of Ossining, and the Town of New Castle. We were also joined by Village of Ossining Planner Lynn Brooks-Avni, Village of Briarcliff Manor Trustee Mark Wilson, Planning Department staff from the Town of New Castle, and Emily Loughlin from Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's office. You may remember that in 2016, the Town of Ossining was awarded a $30,000 Hudson River Valley Greenway grant to design this project-- we have been hard at work mapping some prospective routes, which we traveled via bus on Thursday (although I must say, I was tempted to follow the bus on my bike just to see how it really works!) We are still working out the kinks of our plan and finding the best route to connect our parks, the various business districts, and local attractions, but this journey really helped us and our partners get a feel for what we have to work with. Keep an eye out for our public information session on this project sometime this fall so you can have an opportunity to weigh in on which routes you think would be best.
Finally, I want to remind everyone that even though the five month Ossining Basics Kick-Off has ended, the program is still going full steam ahead! This week, the Ossining Basics mural was unveiled at the Community Center, and I think you'll agree that the students did an outstanding job.
I hope you will join the Town Board (either in person or through livestream) at our Work Session on Tuesday, June 6th at 16 Croton Avenue, where we will be discussing several items of particular interest, the first of which is the assessment notices that went out earlier this week. Our Assessor Fernando Gonzalez will be giving a more in-depth explanation of what our process of keeping the roll at full market value looks like for property owners. At this time, he will be speaking directly to the Board so that we will be better prepared to answer questions from our residents. If you have a question about a notice you received, you can reach the Assessor's Office at (914) 762-8393.
We have a ton of exciting events going on in Ossining this weekend-- there are a few showers in the forecast, so please keep an eye on the sky and plan accordingly. if the weather is on our side, why not start your Saturday with a hike? Teatown's new Hilltop Trail offers a great view of the Hudson Highlands, and the guided tour tomorrow (Saturday, 6/3) morning will be a great chance to see some of our most special native wildlife. Pre-registration is required, check out the details here.
Sunset, Supper and Support
What: Join us for a light supper to benefit the child care tuition assistance program at the Ossining Children's Center. Enjoy food by James Beard Award Winning Chef Hok Chin, and an amazing view of the Hudson at Ossining's newest restaurant. Music by Mike and Miriam Risko.
When: Sunday, June 4, 6-8:30 pm
Where: 3 Westerly Bar and Grill, on the Ossining Riverfront
Ferry Sloops Summer Music Series: Julie Corbalis
What: The popular Summer Music Series kicks-off with a performance by New York-based singer-songwriter Julie Corbalis. Julie’s musical influences are as diverse as her musical catalog. They include the Beatles, Sheryl Crow, and a sub-genre to what she whimsically refers as "White Boy Blues" including the likes of Eric Clapton, The Animals, and the Rolling Stones. Join us for an evening of music on the shores of the Hudson River. Admission is FREE and open to the public.
When: Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30pm
Where: Shattemuc Yacht Club
Also, even though it is still a few weeks away, please consider joining a team for Ossining's Relay for Life event on Saturday, June 24th. This year's event will take place between 12 Noon and 12AM. You can learn more by visiting Ossining's event page for 2017.
Finally, make sure to hit the Ossining Farmer's Market this weekend-- there will be no Market on June 10th to make room for the Village Fair. Word on the street is that we are in strawberry season, so come grab a pint or two and whip up a new recipe this weekend.