- Last Updated: 12 March 2018 12 March 2018
It's been a heck of a week here in Ossining-- we have more residents than we'd like who are still without power, though we have taken every opportunity we can to point our Con Ed Liaison and crews in their direction. I want to thank all of our residents for their patience in what has been a very stressful and uncomfortable situation, and I also want to thank the Ossining Police Department for taking the lead these past few days and coordinating with our Con Ed Municipal liaison in the field. Between Chief Sylvester (who you probably know from his Live Facebook videos), Lieutenant Slater and Lieutenant Montague, we have gotten exceptional service and these guys have really gone to bat for our community, working very long hours and never letting their frustration show. In all sincerity, we couldn't have done it without them.
For those residents who are still without power, there continue to be many services available to you. Club Fit is still offering a place to charge devices and take a hot shower (bring your own towels please), and there are three dry ice locations throughout Westchester County that will be open until 8PM tonight.
- Mount Pleasant Town Hall (1 Town Hall Plaza, Valhalla)
- New Rochelle City Hall- Back Parking Lot (515 North Avenue, New Rochelle)
- Cortlandt Town Center (3121 East Main Street, Mohegan Lake-- near Applebee's)
If you need someplace warm to sleep, call the Ossining Police Department at (914) 941-4099 and they will help you to find accommodations. Some of our local businesses are also pitching in to help-- Mike Risko Music School has offered their location for charging phones, using WiFi and to getwarm or hang out with your kids. Vaza Salon on Main Street is offering free wash and dries for those who are still without power/hot water at home. They were only planning to do it through today, but since we asked and the owners are awesome, they will extend through tomorrow for those who need it. Please be sure to call first to make sure they have room for you! They are open tonight (Friday) until 6PM, and between 8AM and 5PM tomorrow (Saturday). Thanks to Val & Zamira for being such awesome neighbors and showing what community really means!
Frankly, the vast majority of this week was spent doing storm-related work, so I do not have a ton to share with you, except for that the Town Board is holding our Regular Meeting on Tuesday evening (March 13th) at the Courthouse on Spring Street at 7:30PM. We have a relatively short agenda, but we will be starting with a public discussion about a group home that is planned for 16 Waterview Drive in Ossining. I received a letter dated February 5th from YAI/ National Institute for People with Disabilities; the letter explained that YAI intends to set up a supported Individual Residential Alternative for six persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities at 16 Waterview Drive in the Town. Although not required, our Board feels it is important to get community input on the placement of the home, so we are asking residents who wish to weigh in to join us for a special presentation at the beginning of our meeting on Tuesday night. Sandy Speiser and Kathy Schiavi from YAI will be in attendance to make a short presentation and then we will open up for public comment on the presentation. Please keep in mind that the type of feedback that the Town Board is permitted to consider is limited to concerns about the concentration of like facilities in proximity to the site selected, and how that concentration may alter the nature and character of the neighborhood. I am looking forward to hearing from YAI about this project.
I also want to get our March 20th Town Hall meeting on your radar, as this will be one you won't want to miss. The Town has invited a series of guests to speak with us about some green initiatives; we will be getting updates from Green Ossining (to hear about their efforts towards a reusable plastic bag initative and a sneak peak at Earth Day 2018) and our Environmental Advisory Committee (who will be sharing info on the Healthy Lawn Project, a very cool initiative), SavATree and Donna Sharrett will be joining us to talk about the tree inventory we conducted (paid for by a grant from New York State) as well as best practices for caring for trees on your property, and we will be getting an update on the CCA (Community Choice Aggregation) program from Dan Welsh of Sustainable Westchester. It's going to be a lot of information, so we will begin the meeting at 7PM instead of the usual 7:30PM. I hope you will mark your calendar and plan to join us on Tuesday, March 20th at the Ossining Public Library for this informative session.
March is Women's History Month, and the Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series has a perfect screening lined up for Thursday, March 15th. The Empowerment Project is one-of-a-kind, documenting the 7,000 mile journey of women filmmakers featuring the remarkable work of women leaders from a variety of sectors across the country. This documentary is family friendly, so be sure to bring your daughters and sons along to experience all that women can accomplish.
Next weekend is St. Patrick's Day, and the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Trolley Pub Haul on Friday, March 16th stopping at some of Ossining's best -- Terra Rustica, Flames, The Briars, Maya Rivera, and the Boathouse. Tickets are still available and must be purchased by Thursday, March 15th, be sure to visit the Chamber's website for more information. Also on March 16th, the Bethany Arts Community, housed in the former Maryknoll Brothers building on Somerstown Road, will be hosting their first Local Artists Exhibition. Come check out this beautifully restored space and meet the fantastic folks who have chosen to make Ossining their new home.
Looking for more great local art? The Ossining Arts Council and Westchester Collaborative Theater have teamed up for the next several weeks to present their Living Art Event at the Steamer Firehouse on Main Street. This opened last weekend, but there are still opportunities to catch this Ossining collaboration over the next few weekends before it closes on March 24th.
Believe it or not, we are getting closer and closer to spring! The Recreation Department has been planning this year's Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 31st at Ryder Park and Nelson Sitting Park. So dust off your Easter Baskets, hope the snow melts soon, and watch for the flowers start to peeking out of the ground, ushering in beautiful spring weather for this annual community favorite.
Mark your calendars for Green Ossining's Annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21st at Engel Park. Green Ossining is planning away -- it is sure to be a great event!