We were caught a little off guard by that snowstorm this morning, were you? Special thanks to the Town and Village staff for getting the roads clear before most of us started our daily commute. Unfortunately, there is more snow on the way-- we are hearing a few more inches overnight into tomorrow morning and throughout the day tomorrow, as well as flurries throughout Sunday and maybe even a little more into Monday. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there will be enough accumulation to make any kind of respectable snowman, but we shall see. It's been a bad winter for snowmen.

 

 

We have been busy this week-- the Town Board met on Tuesday evening and we were joined by several special guests. Our Town/Village Engineer Paul Fraioli and Water Superintendent Andy Tiess were joined by James Natarelli from AI Engineers, Inc. (formerly Dolph Rotfeld Engineering P.C.) to share an update on the planning progress for the McCarthy Drive restoration.

 

This is going to be a large project-- not only does the road need to be effectively torn out and rebuilt, but also widened, and there is extensive utility work that needs to happen underneath the road. The Village of Ossining will be replacing the water main there, and there is coordination that needs to happen with other utilities as well. As this process has gotten underway, we have heard from many residents of McCarthy, as well of residents of the surrounding streets, that there are major drainage issues in the neighborhood related to storm water runoff, and our engineering team has been working to come up with solutions to these issues that could be part of the road improvement to the best of our ability. Many residents came to the meeting to hear from the engineers and offer feedback and insight on the proposed solutions, and we will continue to keep the community updated as we get closer to breaking ground this summer. Thanks to Paul, Andy and James for putting together such a comprehensive presentation for the Board-- if you missed it, you can check out the Youtube video here-- start around the 36 minute mark.

 

 

 

Also at that meeting, we held public hearings on the three local laws that would allow the Town Board to put forward three referenda on the June 2019 ballot. The local laws, and subsequent referenda, would, in three seperate and distinct ballot referendum-- one for each office, ask the voters for approval to change the elected positions of Superintendent of Highways, Clerk, and Receiver of Taxes to appointed positions effective January 1st, 2020. The Board felt that, based on two of the three people in the offices retiring, that it would be a good time to examine how we operate these departments and see if there is any room for improvement or efficiencies. We opened the public hearings and there is no plan to close them any time soon, so please continue to share your feedback on the ideas that have been put forth on the Project Forward! website. You can email the entire Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask that your comments and questions be added to the public record.

 

 

In this week’s grant news, we found out from the DEC that our Buffer in a Bag application has been approved!  In late April or early May, we will be receiving some tree and shrub seedlings to plant at Ryder Park.  Thank you to Donna Sharrett, our local tree expert, and the town parks department for their help with this application.  Also, this week, we submitted a grant to the DEC to implement a pilot food scraps recycling program here in the Town of Ossining.  This project would also involve the town partnering with Teatown to start a community-wide education campaign on how to reduce food waste and recycle food scraps into compost.  Stay tuned for (hopefully) some good news on this project in the near future!

 

 

Please keep an eye on the weather as we move into the weekend-- there are many events planned throughout Ossining, but depending on the weather, some events may be modified or postponed. Be sure to check before you head out! We are waiting with baited breath to see what the Down to Earth Farmer's Market will do about their Saturday schedule, but we do have some good news-- they are hiring! Down to Earth is looking for a Market Manager for the Ossining Market-- do you know anyone who might be a good fit? Learn more here.

 

 

We have an exciting weekend coming up in Ossining, as we say hello to March and hopefully some spring temperatures. You can get started at 7PM tonight with the opening reception for "Fragile Threads: In Search of Authenticity and Liberation" at Bethany Arts Community-- admission is free. This exhibit will be open beginning on March 4th, but you can catch a sneak peak tonight in celebration of the start of Women's History Month.

 

 

On Saturday, March 2nd, Todd Londagin’s TL5 will perform at Westchester Collaborative Theater as part of their 2019 Jazz Masters Series—you do not want to miss Londagin on vocals and on trombone during a night of Dixieland tunes to warm you right up. Tickets are $20 per person—doors open a 7PM for a 7:30 show. Visit wctheater.org to learn more.

 

Sunday, March 3rd will be a packed day here in town. Start off at Sing Sing Kill Brewery for a vegan brunch, hosted by our friends at Good Choice Kitchen, between 11AM and 2PM, in celebration of R. Wayne Reynolds’ exhibition, “Crossing the Line: Art You Can Touch.” While you enjoy your delicious fare from laurie at Good Choice, check out and interact with R. Wayne Reynolds’ artwork and order up a pint or two.

 

 

 

Then, head to the Briarcliff Manor Public Library at 2PM, where the Briarcliff Manor Scarborough Historical Society will host a talk as part of the “Revolutionary Westchester 250” lecture series. “Adventures in the Neutral Ground” will delve into the critical role that Westchester County played throughout the entire eight years of the Revolutionary War, as well as introduce you to the many players that helped put our area on the map. Pre-registration is strongly suggested—call 941-7072 to RSVP.

 

 

 

That same afternoon, the Maryknoll Sisters invite you to join them for “Music for the World” featuring the Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Beginning at 3PM, come to 10 Pinesbridge Road in Ossining and enjoy a beautiful afternoon of music benefitting the Sisters Global Outreach Mission on behalf of the world’s poor. Tickets are $30 ahead and $40 at the door—last year’s concert sold out, so don’t wait! Visit www.maryknollsisters.org/concert19 to save your seat.

 

 

 

On Thursday, March 7th, the Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series will be screening “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” a film that chronicles the outspoken leaders behind the Women’s Movement from 1966 to 1971—many of the issues sound eerily familiar in today’s political climate, and the film goes on to address some of the challenges women still face today, including sexual violence and reproductive rights. The screening begins at 6:30PM in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library and will be followed by an expert panel for discussion after the film. All are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, March 9th, Green Ossining’s Repair Café makes its return to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center at 95 Broadway. Between 11AM and 3PM, bring your tired treasures to the experts and watch them breathe new life into textiles, ceramics, toys, costume jewelry and so much more (just no gas-powered appliances, please). Come down and check out how you can re-use instead of re-place.

 

 

 

 

 

Teatown has a lot going on this time of year. On March 12th, they will team up with the Croton Free Library to screen "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste," a documentary showing how the food we waste directly contributes to climate change and what we can do about it. The screening begins at 7PM and will be followed by discussion and light refreshments-- this event is free and open to all.

 

 

And then, one of my favorite events of the year is right around the corner! The Teatown Pancake Brunch is coming up on Saturday, March 16th-- there will be seatings at 8:30AM, 9:45AM, 11AM and 12:15PM, and every year, all four seatings sell out. Make sure to call soon to secure your spot for hotcakes, sausage, coffee, and maple syrup produced right at Teatown. Reserve your seats by calling (914) 762-2912 x110-- tickets are $13 per adult and $7 for each child under 12, and tickets cost even less if you're a Teatown member! Make sure to go for that free bird walk afterwards and work off all that syrup energy/ maple mania?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April will be here before you know it! If you need some help preparing your 2018 taxes, check out this program at the Ossining Public Library. You could also call IFCA at (914) 941-5252 to see if you qualify for their free VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.

 

 

Wishing everyone a great weekend as we kick off the month of March-- today happens to be "National Day of Unplugging" AND "National Read Across America Day", so that sounds like a perfect combination for an evening snuggled up at home reading a book. Maybe consider stopping by the Ossining Public Library and checking out something new!

 

 --Dana

 

Town Board Contacts

Town Supervisor: Dana Levenberg - phone (914) 762-6001 - fax (914) 762-0833

Council Members: Elizabeth Feldman, Jackie Shaw, Northern Wilcher Jr.