This week has finally given us a taste of summer, and a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Town Parks and outdoor spaces.  Luckily, this weekend, we have a wonderful excuse for you to spend time outdoors getting a taste of some of the best trainers and fitness experts Ossining has to offer.  After a very successful Health and Wellness Day last weekend, we are excited to introduce the first events of our Mind, Body, Spirit- Ossining Initiative.  Coming up this weekend, and many more weekends this summer, the Town has organized these fitness experts to offer you FREE classes at Town and Village parks and community open spaces. 

First, this Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 am at Louis Engel Park, Club Fit will be offering a great program for parents and caregivers.  Club Fit's "Stroller Babies" class is a walking program designed for parents and their babies - all you need is a stroller, yourself, and your baby.  After attending the session, you will have gained great tools for increasing cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and endurance as you enjoy the benefits of being outdoors next to the beautiful Hudson River.  The first 25 participants will receive a Club Fit water bottle and all participants will have a chance to be entered into a summer-long raffle for a Club Fit membership valued at over $200!

Another great session being held this Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 am is with David Garcia, owner of G.E.M. Fitness Systems.  Join David, one of Ossining's top fitness experts, at Richard Wishnie Park to learn proper warm-up and exercise techniques, how to plan a workout, and the importance of cooling down.  Come to experience a new way to utilize the parks and get a great workout - or get a taste of what G.E.M. Fitness Sytems has to offer the Ossining community and join David at his gym next time!

Finish off your weekend of fitness on Sunday, May 15th back at Louis Engel Park at 9:30 am with Enrique Rosario of ICU Fit Training for his first "Sunday, Fun-day" outdoor training sessions.  Enrique is a great motivator, and you are sure to learn a lot from his unique 30-minute exercise regimen.  ICU Fit Training's exercise routine combines multiple training styles to increase the rate at which you get results.  Start your committment to fitness this weekend, and don't miss any of Enrique's sessions this summer!

More of a yoga person?  Looking to challenge yourself, and try Crossfit instead?  Here are a list of May's Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining events, and be sure to like the Town's Facebook page to hear about more programs to come this summer:

 

Mind Body Spirit Ossining May Flyer

Many of you should have gotten in the mail this week (or it's coming very soon!) a postcard from ConEd stating that you have chosen CCA-ConEd Solutions as your new energy services company, which is confirming your enrollment in Westchester Power's Community Choice Aggregation Program.  We are very excited for this program to begin, securing less expensive and more environmentally friendly electricity for Town of Ossining residents and our neighbors in 13 other Westchester municipalities.  Also, New York State has followed Westchester's lead and on April 20th, 2016, the Public Service Commission approved an order enabling all municipalities in New York State to establish a Community Choice Aggregation Program, to empower residents across the state to aggregate buying power to ensure lower rates and a higher demand for cleaner sources of energy. It is encouraging to see that, once again, Ossining and Westchester are at the forefront of introducing creative solutions to environmental challenges.

This past week, we had the opportunity to meet with the New York State Department of Transportation to discuss their plans for a culvert replacement at the intersection of 9A and 134.  This project has been in the works for many years, and is finally planned for construction to begin this fall.  This replacement is necessary to improve stormwater flow in this area, and the Town is hoping that necessary sewer and water infrastructure improvements, including improvements in delivery and installation of updated pipes, will be completed at the same time.  The culvert replacement, in conjunction with the infrastructure improvements is sure to benefit residents on both sides of 9A.

May 15th - 21st is Hurricane Preparedness Week, which reminds us of the importance of maintaining stormwater infrastructure.  Please take a few moments to watch this video or read this brochure from FEMA for some reminders and tips about how to be prepared in the event of a hurricane.

In addition to Hurricane Prepardness Week, May 15th - May 21st is National EMS Week.  The backbone of the Ossining community is truly its volunteers, and next week is a great opportunity to honor some of our most important volunteers, or even get involved yourself.  National EMS Week honors the dedication of members of volunteer EMS agencies around the country.  Ossining is lucky to have an extremely committed ambulance corps, so make sure to thank a volunteer, or stop by one of their open house events this week to visit their facility,  view OVAC members and members of neighboring EMS agencies expanding their skills, or register to attend courses yourself.  All events will be held at OVAC headquarters at 8 Clinton Avenue-

May 16th - 11am-1pm: Pediatrics, 6pm-8pm: OB and Neonates

May 17th - 6pm-8pm: EMS Response Safety

May 19th - 4pm-8pm: Active Shooter Response

May 20th - 4pm-8pm: Water Rescue

May 21st - 10am-2pm: Patient Extrication

May 23rd - 8am-4:30pm: Bob Page 12 Lead ECG Interpretation Workshop

May 24th - 8am-2pm: Bob Page Slap the Cap: The Role of Capnography in EMS

OVAC recruitment poster

 

In addition to the wonderful volunteers with the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Ossining Food Pantry is another great organization dedicated to making sure that no one in our community goes hungry.  This Saturday, May 14th our mail carriers, represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers are joining the cause, and participating in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  On Saturday, mail carriers throughout Ossining will collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes or at the post office and deliver all donations to the Ossining Food Pantry.  All of these generous donations will be distributed directly to Ossining Food Pantry clients at Trinity Church on Thursday evening, Friday morning, as well as to local day care centers and the homebound needy.  In the past year, the Ossining Food Pantry client list has increased by over 16%, so these donations are a great way to supplement the Food Pantry's resources.  During your grocery store trip on Saturday, be sure to pick up a few extra non-perishable items to leave by your mailbox or at the Ossining post office.  Interested in getting involved in or donating to the Ossining Food Pantry?  Visit their website for more information.

Memorial Day is coming up soon, so be sure to mark down some of the events going in our community in the coming weeks to mark this important day.  On Saturday, May 21st, our local American Legion posts and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be decorating graves at St. Augustine's, Congregation Sons of Israel, and Dale Cemeteries early in the morning, before a 9:00 am formal salute at St. Augustine's Cemetery, followed by Dale Cemetery.  On Sunday, May 22nd, there will be a ceremony at Ossining Boat and Canoe Club for lost Sailors and Marines.  In both Ossining and Briarcliff on Monday, May 30th, there will be parades and ceremonies to honor the lost service members of our community.  The Ossining Memorial Day parade kicks off at 9:30 am at Melrose Lumber, on the corner of Calam Avenue, marching down Croton Avenue and Main Street, turning onto Spring Street and William Street, ending at Nelson Park for a ceremony beginning around 11 am.  In Briarcliff, the parade will line up on Pleasantville Road and promptly begin at 12 noon. 

In addition to the many events planned for Memorial Day, there are a few other important community events happening next weekend.  May 21st is the Ossining Fire Department Annual Parade which starts at 4 pm on Croton Avenue (Roosevelt Square), continues along Croton Avenue and Main Street, and ends at the waterfront.  On Sunday, May 22nd,  the Clear View 5K Run/Walk will begin at the Ossining Community Center with a Kids Fun Run at 8:45 am, the 5K Run at 9 am, and walk at 9:05 am.  All proceeds benefit the children and families of the Clear View School, a day program for children and youth ages pre-K through 21 serving New York City, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Orange Counties which aims to give renewed hope for families and a special environment for learning for children challenged by mental illness.  Registration begins at 7:45 am or pre-register online here.

Next week there are several important Town meetings, beginning with the Town Board's Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, May 17th at 7:30 pm at the Ossining Public Library.  We are going to be welcoming Eagle Scout Chris Krajca to present his idea for a memorial at Gerlach Park.  Also at Tuesday's meeting, we have invited Doug Olcott of the Community Preservation Corporation and Kushan Dave of WXY Studios to present their organizations' experience with innovative approaches to community development and planning.  Then, on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30 pm, there will be a Planning Board meeting at the Ossining Community Center.  For documents pertaining to Wednesday's agenda, please visit the Town Planning Board Project Page.

As always, it is a busy weekend in the Town of Ossining!  Here are some great events to check out this weekend, and events coming up in the next few weeks.

Everything You Need for a Fresh & Local Meal at Ossining’s Down to Earth Farmers Market!

What: Ossining’s Down to Earth Farmers Market. Whether you’re vegetarian, Paleo or traditional Meat & Potatoes you can find the freshest ingredients for a beautiful meal at the market--fresh Atlantic seafood, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, farm fresh eggs…choose your protein and build around it with delicate spring greens, locally-grown veggies, and artisanal breads and baked goods. This week we will also have Bombay Emerald Chutneys to add that savory twist to whatever you dream up!

Our markets are all producer-direct-to-consumer, the vendors grow and make what they sell.

When: Every Saturday from 9am-1pm.

Where: Intersection of Main & Spring Streets, Ossining

 

Columbus Lodge Car Show

What: Columbus Lodge #692 in affiliation with the Village of Ossining P.B.A. hosts its 13th Annual Classic Car Show.  Come and enjoy delicious food, soda, coffee, free popcorn, 50/50 cash raffle, and musical entertainment.

When:  Sunday, May 15, 2016  10:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Ossining Train Station

 

Mailing Labels with Mail Merge

What: Create mailing labels for your personal and business correspondence by learning how to place content from a spreadsheet, database or table into a Microsoft Word document. Basic computer skills are needed and registration is required.

When:  Saturday, May 14; 11:00 am- 12:30 pm

Where: Briarcliff Manor Public Library, 1 Library Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY

Information and Registration 

 

Family Ties of Westchester Presents Y.O.U. University (See below flier for information)

What is YU Flyer Provider1

 

Looking forward to a great weekend and week dedicated to fitness, volunteerism, and all the best Ossining has to offer!

-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.