This has been a challenging week for many in Ossining, as another series of bomb threats threatening the Jewish community hit close to home when the JCC in Scarsdale was evacuated. These threats are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated, and I want to thank our County Legislator Catherine Borgia, along with Governor Cuomo, for speaking out against these shameful acts of hate. However, we can not just look to our elected leadership to stop these disturbing acts-- the responsibility lies with us to be vigilant and to report anyone who participates in behavior meant to frighten, intimidate or harm their neighbors. New York State has started a text hotline to make it easy to report a hate crime-- save this number in your phone, it could change the life of someone you love.
To this end, I attended a meeting earlier this week with Neighbors Link, where we discussed setting up trainings for local leaders to help our most vulnerable residents to get assistance and support during a time when they are not feeling particularly welcome. I hope to be able to participate in one of these trainings soon.
We have some exciting infrastructure work to share with you. The Village of Ossining, who provides water service to all Ossining residents, approved a capital project to replace large sections of water mains along Gordon Avenue, which is scheduled to begin this Summer after approval from the Department of Health. We also got some positive news during a meeting with the State DOT this morning-- it appears as though the culvert replacement project at Route 9A and Route 134, for which the Town has been lobbying for years, is a "go"-- the Town will also get a new sewer main at that location, which will hopefully ensure many years of safe service for the Town. The State will be paying for the construction. The Village of Ossining is also part of this project, as they are paying for the engineering of a water main that the State will pay to construct. Special thanks to our Water Superintendent Andy Tiess and our Highway crew for staying on top of this crucial work to the benefit of all Ossining residents.
As you may be aware, the Village of Ossining has decided to undertake a Housing Needs assessment, and the first major step to moving forward will begin on Monday, March 6th, where the community will have a chance to voice their opinions on the availability of housing in Ossining and what it would take to improve the current conditions. There are two sessions scheduled as noted below-- be sure to have your voice heard as this important process begins. The Town has also been asked to participate to share stakeholder input.
I also want to be sure to invite you to the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, March 7th, where the Town Board will be re-opening the Public Hearing on the proposed changes to our zoning for certain areas within the Unincorporated Area of the Town. We will have our Planning Consultant with us to give a short presentation on the proposed changes to this point, and he will also be on hand to respond to any questions. We have gotten a lot of specific feedback about the proposed re-zoning of the Maryknoll property along Ryder Road, which was recommended in the Town's Comprehensive Plan several years ago, and look forward to having continued dialogue with the community before moving forward with anything final. I hope you will attend this meeting and hear more about this proposal, as well as offer your suggestions for improvements; the meeting begins at 7:30PM in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library.
As you travel around Ossining, you may start to see signs that highlight the third principle of the Ossining Basics-- Count, Group and Compare. I visited C-Town on Wednesday with Nelly Garcia, where they have agreed to participate in a plan to help parents of our youngest learners to participate in "Count, Group, Compare" while grocery shopping. Check out these cool signs-- they will be installed throughout the produce section to remind grown-up shoppers what to do!
Although the weather has been up and down this past few days, the weekend is looking clear, if a little cold. I hope you will check out some of the local events below, but I do want to draw special attention to several events this weekend. Teatown is hosting the "Eagles Out" Drive Tour, leaving from the Echo Boat Launch in Croton at 9AM, Saturday March 4th. The clear skies tomorrow should make it a great day to spot some eagles! Registration is required for this free event. On Sunday, March 5th, the Shattemuc Yacht Club will be holding an Open House between 12PM and 4PM. If you've ever considered joining, come down to the waterfront for a tour and some refreshments-- all boaters are welcome! If boating isn't your cup of tea, the Glenda Davenport Jazz Ensemble will be playing a free concert at the Ossining Public Library at 2PM that very day, so take some time to unwind listening to some classic jazz standards to wind down your weekend.
I saw a preview of this play in WCT's new space. It is not to be missed! Hope to see some of you there tonight.
Dances of Universal Peace
What: The Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) set scriptures and sacred phrases from the world’s spiritual traditions to music and movement. The Dances evoke a unified experience of movement, sound, breath and sacred phrase. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required and everyone is encouraged to join in. Participation, not presentation, is the focus. No special attire is required and dancers need not bring a partner. See www.DancesofUniversalPeace.org
Where: Mariandale 299 N. Highland Avenue Ossining, NY 10562
Info: Questions about the Event call Dan Gallagher at 608-438-3732
Contact: To Register call Mariandale (914) 941-4455. $12/per session, $45/for the series
St. Patrick’s Celebration
What: A gathering for families, neighbors and friends featuring: Bag-pipers, Irish Step Dancers, Children’s activities, Lively DJ music, Dancing, Sing-a-long, and Cash Raffles Adult $42 (Corn beef dinner, Non-alcoholic beverages & one alcoholic drink incl.21 yrs+) Child (3-12 yr) $12 (Pizza, cookies and juice), Children under 3 are free [Immediate Family: 1st child $12; 2nd child $12; 3rd child or more $0]
Register and pay online at http://www.stpatrickcelebration.brownpapertickets.com
Where: St. Augustine’s School Gym, 381 No Highland Ave, Ossining
Another event a few weeks away is Teatown's Pancake Brunch on Saturday, March 18th between 8:30AM and 1:30PM. In case you missed out on Fat Tuesday this week, or if you just need more pancakes in your life, this is a great opportunity to learn about the syrup making process while enjoying a delicious meal of hotcakes, sausage, coffee, and, of course, real maple syrup. Once you have had your fill, walk it off with a half hour bird walk around Teatown with Charlie Roberto. You can register by calling (914) 762-2912 x110.
Finally, it isn't too early to start planning for this year's Relay for Life event-- the kickoff meeting for the 2017 event will be held in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library on Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30PM. The Town and Village of Ossining started a team last year and we plan to do it again in 2017-- I hope you will consider forming a team and participating in this great community event to fight cancer, across our nation and right here at home. Ossining's Relay for Life event this year is scheduled for June 17th, which will be here before you know it!