- Last Updated: 13 May 2019 13 May 2019
We began this week with some sad news, as we'd learned that former Ossining School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Roelle passed away. Dr. Roelle served as Superintendent of the Ossining School District for 15 years, between 1992 and 2007. I had the pleasure of serving in my first elected role on the Ossining School Board under Dr. Roelle's visionary leadership. I learned a lot from him, personally. Also, during his years in Ossining, Dr. Roelle was instrumental in laying the groundwork for so many of the excellent programs in our schools that serve Ossining’s families today, including our world class science research program and the School District’s work to eradicate the achievement gap. He truly left an indelible mark, and through his work has touched thousands of lives. He will certainly be missed by his family, friends and those that worked with him during his tenure in the Ossining community.
We had some much warmer weather this week, which gave us all a chance to get caught up on some outdoor work. A sure sign that summer is almost here, we think?
The boats for the Ossining Sailing Club are now seaworthy! Well. Hudson worthy.
Thinking of taking a boat out on the water this summer? Please remember to boat responsibly and observe all safety regulations. Tomorrow (Saturday, May 11th), Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and a representative from Senator David Carlucci's office will be giving a press conference at the Shattemuc Yacht Club at 12PM, declaring May 18th through May 24th as Safe Boating Week across the state, as well as promoting boating safety classes like the ones taught at Shattemuc. Learn more about how to stay safe this summer here.
That's just one of the projects that our Parks crew worked on this week. They marked a lot of fields and mowed a lot of grass, but on days when the rain held them inside, they fixed up the lower (field) bathrooms in Ryder Park. They replaced the old, rusted stall dividers with new ones and replaced some old plumbing components.
They installed new stall dividers, 1 new toilet, 1 new urinal and 1 sink on the men's side...
... and new stall dividers, 2 new toilets and a sink on the women's side.
Both sides also got new LED lights with sensors so we are not wasting electricity. The same treatment is coming to a Parks restroom near you, so stay tuned!
A note about Ryder Park ball fields: if the fields are saturated and you find that they have not been lined, it is not an accident or oversight! They have been deemed not playable and using them will cause damage that can take our staff weeks to undo. Please respect our decision and stay off the fields if they have not been lined, or if a chain has been placed across the road. We appreciate your help in keeping our fields in good condition so everyone can enjoy them.
At this past Tuesday’s Town Board Special Meeting, the Town Board issued a request for qualifications for professional services to establish a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan in the Town of Ossining. The Town is seeking qualified firms or individuals to help complete a grant application to this year’s Consolidated Funding Application and define a scope of work for developing the plan. Responses are due back to the Supervisor’s Office next Friday, May 17th, so we are excited to hire a firm to start working on the grant application in advance of the July grant deadlines. Applying for this grant to write our Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan is a strategic choice – in future years, we can apply for additional funding to actually implement some of the projects identified in the plan once adopted.
Please be advised that a section of Old Albany Post Road in the Crotonville neighborhood of Ossining will experience intermittent traffic delays over the coming weeks due to lane closures necessitated by wall reconstruction. The work began on Wednesday, May 8th, and is expected to continue through approximately June 1st, 2019. Please plan your travels accordingly-- we apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
Plenty to do around Town this weekend, although it does seem like it'll be a bit soggy if you had planned to celebrate Mom outdoors. Keep an eye on the forecast and try to dart between the raindrops-- the show must go on!
If you're thinking tonight (Friday) would be a good time to stay low-key with the kids, but you still want to get out of the house, the Ossining Public Library will be showing "The Lego Movie 2" in the Budarz Theater starting at 7PM tonight. Doors open at 6:45PM, so be sure to get there a little early so you can get situated with your free popcorn and beverage. Oh yeah-- the movie is free too.
One of my favorite local events of the year is also tonight-- Teatown Plant Fest First Picks!
Between 4 and 7PM today (Friday, May 10th), get the first crack at the amazing plants and merchandise on offer at Teatown, including jewelry, artisanal crafts, local produce and even some hand-carved kayaks! There is a charge of $20 per person to get into First Picks, which also entitles you to small bites from local chefs, live music, local craft beer, wine and hard cider. To get in for free, head to Teatown tomorow (Saturday, May 11th) between 9AM and 2PM. Both days of this event are rain or shine, so be sure to wear your rain boots-- the field can get a little mucky.
Also tomorrow? The Green Ossining Repair Cafe! Let the experts try their hand at making your old items new again, including clothing, ceramics, costume jewelry, electronics and more (just nothing gas powered, please). Green Ossining has had an enormously busy few weeks between Earth Day, the Riverkeeper Sweep, and the tag sale, so come down and say hello and thank you! Green Ossining is 100% volunteer run and we are so lucky to have them.
After you visit our pals at the Community Center, head up the hill to the Ossining Public Library for a fun afternoon of Brazilian jazz music in the Budarz. Quarteto Moderno, led by Richard Boukas, is well known throughout the US for their innovative contemporary sound. This free concert begins at 2PM-- learn more about the group here.
Later that evening, be sure to check out a special Saturday performance of Jazz at the Lodge with one of my favorite local vocalists performing. It’s the Anne Carpenter Quartet, at the Elks Lodge at 118 Croton Ave at 7:30PM. Message John Codman III on Facebook to reserve your table-- there will be a $10 cover charge at the door.
Summer Camp Registration is open! Check out the Recreation Catalog to register your child for summer camp. This year, Pre-K through 1st grade will be at Brookside, 2nd through 5th graders are either at Ryder Park (there’s a waiting list for this option!) or Claremont School, and 6th through 9th graders will be at Veteran’s Park. In addition to Summer Camp, Ossining Recreation is offering so many great programs for kids to stay busy over the summer, so I encourage you to check out those offerings, especially those at the Cedar Lane Arts Center.
Your child cannot register for summer camp if they have not received their vaccinations! The Westchester Department of Health is offering free Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine on Tuesday, May 14th between 10AM and 6PM on both days. All are welcome but children attending summer camp, camp counselors, and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated by the Department of Health. To schedule an appointment, call 995-5800 or click here.
We are looking for groups and individuals interested in taking on a small project as part of Stash the Trash, Ossining’s annual effort to help clean-up and beautify the community. Projects will be supported by the Village of Ossining Parks Department and include cleaning up litter, flower planting, raking, and more. Organize a group to take part in this community event on Saturday, May 18th between 9AM and 12PM. Contact the Village Parks and Recreation at 941-3189 for more information.
You have lots of awesome choices for the evening of Saturday, May 18th-- check out Mala Waldron at the Westchester Collaborative Theater as part of their "Music in the Air Month." Vocalist and keyboardist Waldron will be joined by Christopher Dean Sullivan on bass, Tani Tabbal on drums and Allen Won on sax and flute. Come down to Water Street for a night of soulful jazz-- $20 gets you in the door (which opens at 7, for a 7:30PM show).
Just up the hill, jazz trio Rio Nova will be playing at Good Choice Kitchen, also beginning at 7:30PM. Check out Ossining resident Nancy Carmichael on vocals; guitarists/mandolinists Martin Aronchick and Richard Brooker will share two sets. Make sure to call (914) 930-1591 in advance to reserve your seats-- there will be a $5 cover charge to see the band, and the kitchen will be OPEN! Enjoy a girls night out or a romantic date night right here on Main Street.
Last but not least, the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club will hold their annual Commissioning Day and Veterans Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, May 19th at 11AM. Head down to the Waterfront and enjoy this important annual event—you will be in good company, Councilwoman Liz Feldman will be there for sure.
Don't forget-- on Tuesday, May 21st, it's time to vote on the Ossining School and Library budgets, as well as on trustees for the school and library. Voting will take place at Ossining High School beween 7AM and 9PM--- make sure to get out and let your voice be heard!
Last but certainly not least, Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, grandmoms, fur moms, foster moms, and mom-like figures out there. We couldn't be more grateful for your presence, guidance, and support in our lives. Make sure to treat all these wonderful moms to something extra special this weekend! Here’s a big shout out to my own mom, Lore Baer, for paving the way with her indefatigable, unstoppable, creative, positive, can-do nature. I love you, mom. You are my inspiration, always!