It has been a short week in the Town of Ossining, as we spent Monday remembering our nation's veterans. Although it was decided to cancel the Ossining parade due to some concerning weather forecasts, I was able to attend several events on Sunday, including visits to Dale Cemetery, the Congregation Sons of Israel Cemetery and St. Augustine's Cemetery to honor our fallen firefighters. On Monday, despite the cloudy weather, we were able to hold a small, solemn ceremony at Parker Bale, and I was so moved to see such a robust turnout. I want to offer special thanks to Michael G. O'Connor and the Central Committee for Organized War Veterans for all of their heartfelt efforts to make these events so very special, and a thanks to Girl Scout Troops 1219, 2295,1292, 2015, 2045, 2293, 2226, 2233 and 2431 and their leaders for the beautiful hand-crafted wreaths!
I also had the pleasure of marching with my colleagues on the Town and Village of Briarcliff Boards in the Village of Briarcliff Manor’s Memorial Day parade. Thank you to Larry Reilly Commander of the American Legion Post 1054, Briarcliff Manor for organizing this popular and event to recognize our veterans. The Village also hosted a Ribbon Cutting of their new, beautiful and modern Community Center which was an expansion of the Briarcliff Library. Please take the time to pay a visit and congratulations to all involved in this wonderful addition to the community.
We have so much to celebrate this week, first and foremost being the award bestowed upon the Village of Ossining for the Sing Sing Kill Greenway Project. The Westchester Municipal Planning Federation selected Ossining's project from work all across the County, and we are so very proud of the Village Board and staff for their incredible foresight to see what a great landmark this project could be.
We also want to congratulate the D.A.R.E. Class of 2016 who graduated earlier today. Your bright light makes me so incredibly proud of Ossining, keep up the great work!
The Sing Sing Museum held a successful and well-attended meeting this Tuesday evening at the Ossining Public Library, where residents and visitors joined to share input about the planning process for the potential museum. If you weren't able to make it, you can still fill out a survey HERE to share your ideas about what you'd like to see at what may be Ossining's most exciting destination.
As so many of us take to the outdoors during the summer months, we want to remind everyone to be vigilant about keeping your home or business free of standing water. The Zika virus has continued to make headlines, and we want to do everything we can to prevent the spread of this illness from reaching our area. We have embedded some information from the CDC into our website for easy access-- please share this information with family, friends and neighbors so we can help keep each other safe. The State of New York is also rolling out a 6-Step Action Plan and dedicating even more resources to educating our residents on preventing the spread of Zika.
We are supposed to have beautiful weather tomorrow, so I hope you will join me for the highly contested annual softball tournament and watch the Ossining Lions Club square off against the Ossining PBA! We will have a cast of characters at bat for the Lions, including yours truly. The game starts at 3PM at Veteran's Park, so feel free to come cheer us on! There will be drinks and snacks available, as well as a 50/50 raffle to benefit Ossining D.A.R.E. and other Ossining charities.
If you are around a little earlier in the day tomorrow, Dr. Robert Chuckrow will be teaching a Tai Chi class at Gerlach Park at 1:30PM as part of the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program. All are welcome to come and learn about the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi and get your weekend off on the right foot while enjoying our beautiful public park! On Sunday at 3PM, Sue Radparvar from Ossining's Studio95 will be leading a Zumba "fitness party" at the Cedar Lane Park Pavilion. Class is planned to be on as scheduled, but as a lot of rain/ thunder/ lightning is predicted, keep an eye on the skies. If it looks rough out there, the class will be rescheduled on another day.
Next weekend is the Village Fair, and the Town will have a booth with more information on Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining and the classes being offered throughout the summer, plus information from our Environmental Advisory Committee and Green Ossining about how you can contribute to the sustainability of your home, yard, cars, and our community. The forecast is looking good, so we hope you will join us for a great day in the Village NEXT Saturday, June 11th!
Don't forget, the fireworks are a bit early this year. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 30th, where KJ Denhert will take the stage at Engel Park, followed by Powderfinger, and we will all celebrate our independence together while enjoying great tunes, good food, and eachothers company.
The Town Board Work Session this week will include a Special Meeting to pass a few resolutions, one of which is incredibly important to me personally. Yesterday, June 2nd, was Gun Violence Awareness Day around the country. Millions of Americans wore orange to make a statement against the senseless gun violence that has woven its way into the fabric of our culture, and I want Ossining to join in on saying enough! I will be asking the Board to declare Friday, June 10th "Ossining Gun Violence Awareness Day" and will be asking our staff to wear orange to raise awareness of all victims of gun violence. I hope you will join us to make this very important statement next Friday.
A Taste of WCT
What: On, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) of Ossining will present A Taste of WCT, a one-time chance to get a free glimpse into the savory menu of offerings from Westchester’s only ensemble theater company exclusively devoted to developing new works by local playwrights and performed by skilled actors from Westchester and the surrounding region.
Where: Budarz Theatre, Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave
Contact: Westchester Collaborative Theatre, http://www.wctheatre.org
*This OHCC event is "Rain or Shine", as there will be tents on site. However, if there is thunder and lightning, the event will likely be cancelled. Please check the OHCC Facebook for more information.
Afternoon Concert Series: Gerry Malkin Quintet
What: Please join us for an afternoon of great jazz music. The Gerry Malkin Quintet is comprised of some of the most talented jazz musicians in the area! Admission is free.
Where: Budarz Theater, Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave, Ossining
Contact: Ossining Public Library, (914) 941-2416
Ossining Rotary Club Third Annual Golf Outing and Dinner
What: The Rotary Club of Ossining invites you to the Third Annual Charity Golf Outing and Dinner. This event will take place at the beautiful and private Salem Golf Club, North Salem on Tuesday, June 7thstarting with registration at. The day includes 18 holes of golf with cart, locker rooms, practice range, lunch, beverages and snacks with buffet dinner and prizes. Join in for a fun day with great causes.
Where: Salem Golf Club, North Salem
Preparing For a Long Life in your Home: Designs for Greater Independence
What: This interactive session offers practical living strategies for all rooms of your home that combine safety and comfort with style. The program will cover home safety, stress-free movement, smart house technology and more. This program is presented by Catherine Martone, RA, CAPS and David Hallerman of In Place ReDesign Architecture, d.p.c.
Where: Briarcliff Manor Public Library, 1 Library Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY