- Last Updated: 03 April 2018 03 April 2018
Happy Friday, everyone!
This week marks important holidays for many of us, with Passover beginning tonight and Easter this Sunday-- Town offices will be closing at 12 Noon in observance. Today is also Good Friday, the pinnacle of the religious year for Christians around the world. Here in Ossining, St. Ann's Church will hold its annual Stations of the Cross procession. Each year, St. Ann's parishioners showcase their strong faith and cultural diversity along Ossining's streets with this multi-lingual procession. This year, the Stations of the Cross will follow the same route as last year, beginning at St. Ann's on Eastern Avenue at 6PM. The procession will continue up Eastern Avenue, turning on Churchill Street, Ellis Place, and Wolden Avenue. After making a stop on Wolden in front of Ossining High School, the procession will turn onto Maurice Avenue for another stop along Maurice Avenue, then crossing Route 9 to James Street, turning on Edward Street and stopping once more at Nelson Sitting Park. Then, the procession will travel along Spring Street to Market Square, making one last stop, before crossing Route 9 at Ellis Place to end back at St. Ann's around 8PM. As you travel around Ossining tonight, please be mindful of those participating in the procession, and follow the instructions of the Ossining Police Department, who have become experts at moving hundreds of people through the streets of Ossining each Good Friday!
Tonight, Westchester Collaborative Theater will present "Play in the Box," a new series at WCT created to allow additional opportunities for member playwrights to present their unfiltered work before a public audience. The audience plays a role, offering talk-backs which help the playwright identify what works, and what doesn't work, in their play. Tonight's performances will include three one-act plays: "Three Minutes Apart" by Jane Ann Valentine, "Jesus Doesn't Live Here Anymore" by Pat O'Neill, and "Mun" by Matt Silver.
This Saturday is the annual Eggstravaganza spring egg hunt for the whole family, but best for kids in pre-k through 4th grade. Come and hunt for eggs, and enjoy some entertainment by the classic, Annie and the Natural Wonderband. The Eggstravaganza will be at Ryder Park at 10AM and Nelson Sitting Park at 12 Noon.
On Monday evening, I joined Neighbors Link at an event to honor all of their Volunteers. I am excited to announce they will be opening their doors in Ossining on Spring Street on April 9th (more info to come). I was humbled by all of the incredible work and training these volunteers do every day for this organization that helps immigrants not be taken advantage of and be part of our community. Ossining’s own David Loretan who works with the HELP Committee at St. Ann’s was instrumental in bringing this wonderful program to Ossining. I presented Dave with a proclamation congratulating him on being honored with Neighbors Link Above and Beyond award. We had wonderful representation from Ossining at the event.
On Tuesday, I participated in a workshop sponsored by United Way of Northern Westchester and hosted by Westchester Library Systems work with the National Summer Learning Academy about a systematic approach to fill the Summer Learning deficit that exists when students are not in school. We have a number of Town programs that could be part of this effort and I am optimistic that additional resources may be available to work on improving our deliverables. As we continue to work with other agencies and organizations we may be able to work together to come up with some solutions.
Next week, the Village of Ossining Water Department will begin their semi-annual hydrant flushing. See this message from the Water Department -- "The Village of Ossining Water Department will start their semiannual hydrant-flushing program on Monday evening, April 2, 2018. Flushing of hydrants will be performed between 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. in order to minimize disruptions to our residents. We will initially flush hydrants in the Low Service District, which is the area west of Route 9. Once work in the Low Service District has been completed, we will begin working on the east side of Route 9 in the Lakeville and Torbank Service Districts. The entire hydrant-flushing program will take approximately five weeks to complete. As the flushing of hydrants takes place closer to your home, you may notice some discoloration in your water first thing in the morning. Do not be alarmed. Just run your water for a short period of time and it should clear up. If the discoloration persists, please notify the Water Department at 941-6111. The Water Department regrets any temporary inconvenience you may experience; however, this operation is necessary for us to ensure the continued cleanliness of the water distribution system. We will do everything possible to minimize any problems."
The start of Spring can signal turning over a new leaf, so why not try something new this week? On Monday, April 3rd, visit the Mariandale Center on North Highland for "Dances of Universal Peace" beginning at 7PM. From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together: at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation. The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition of sacred movement, song and story. The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others. No performers, no audience, no judgement-- come check out this free event on Monday evening (a $10 donation is welcome if you are so inclined).
Ferry Sloops will kick off their 2018 lecture series on Wednesday, April 4th, when Ossining Village Historian Dana White will present "On the Ossining Waterfront: A Tangled Tale of Epic Change, Human Tragedy and Real Estate." Come learn about the rich history of our very own Ossining waterfront, including who called it home before us and how its usage has changed over time. If you've heard Dana White’s lectures before, you know this is one you won't want to miss! Join us at Shattemuc Yacht Club at 7:30PM for this very special look back in time full of familiar names, faces and places.
Mark your calendars for next Sunday (April 8th), when First Village Coffee will be hosting Westchester's first Vegan Pop-Up Shop from 12 Noon to 4PM. Vendors -- including First Village's resident doughnut makers, Peaceful Provisions -- will set up shop with lots of vegan goodies and gifts. Be sure to come hungry!!
On Saturday, April 21st, we will be joining with the Village of Ossining to celebrate Ossining’s 8th Annual Earth Day at Louis Engel Park. Organized by Green Ossining and led by the sustainable superstar Suzie Ross, the event begins at 10AM and goes until 5PM, and there will be plenty to do to keep you occupied! This year’s theme is “Our Sustainable Community,” and you will have a chance to check out artisanal vendors, local food including vegan & vegetarian fare, educational opportunities, and eco-demos and activities. Ossining’s event has been arguably the best attended in Westchester for the past several years, so mark your calendar now for a beautiful down at the waterfront with several thousand of your friends and neighbors!
Enjoy the holiday weekend-- we will see you on Tuesday evening in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library for our regularly scheduled Work Session-- we will be joined by Glen Vetromile of GLENCO for a presentation on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed River Knoll development on the former site of Stony Lodge Hospital, currently before the Town Planning Board. We will also be joined by our Planner David Stolman to discuss two topics we have been asked to explore-- regulations for ground mounted solar panels, and accessory apartments. Finally, we will be revisiting he Westchester Ballroom cabaret license with a discussion on the revised conditions, and a short Special Meeting to have the Board consider the approval that had been tabled this week. I hope you will join us at the Library on Tuesday night-- we will be beginning at 7PM instead of the regular 7:30PM.
Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all those who celebrate!