First off, you still have some time to catch a great opportunity to learn about new jobs coming to Ossining -- today, Friday, May 18th, YAI Westchester is hosting a walk-in job fair at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center between 3:30 and 5:30PM in the Museum area.  Bring a resume along so you can apply onsite for openings that they will have available once they move into their new home in Ossining.

 

Yesterday, I attended the meeting of the Westchester County GIS User Group at SUNY Purchase about how GIS can be utilized to address issues related to sustainability and resiliency.  It was very interesting to learn more about these very important topics in planning.  Also, County Executive George Latimer addressed the meeting to thank and recognize the amazing work the Westchester County staff does on a regular basis.  Thank you to these county employees for all of their hard work!

latimer at purchase

 

 

 

Ron Kamen, our favorite guru on the world of electric cars, also presented at yesterday's meeting.  Ron was instrumental in the Town leasing a Nissan Leaf and purchasing electric car charging infrastructure for a few of our parks.  Ron shared some positive statistics about the exponential growth of electric cars -- the Town's Nissan Leaf is just one of many electric cars on the roads today! 

 

 

This past Monday, I joined other Ossining stakeholders for a meeting at Ossining's Westchester Community College extension location to discuss how WCC can offer programs to better educate Ossining's workforce.  Ossining is lucky to have such direct access to quality, affordable education, and I look forward to working with WCC on future efforts to improve access to job training best suited for our community's growth. Thank you to WCC President Dr. Belinda Miles for inviting me to participate in this important community dialogue!

 

I attended Wednesday night's Village Board of Trustees meeting to participate in the Police Week Awards ceremony, and recognize the great men and women that comprise the Ossining Police Department.  Thank you to Police Chief Kevin Sylvester and the Village Board for recognizing these hardworking individuals-- in case you missed it, the video is posted to the Village of Ossining's Youtube channel.

Open Door is looking for donations to support their Reach Out and Read program, which engages both doctors and volunteers to work with families to get preschool children excited about books.  This program also aims to encourage parents to read out loud to their children, which is so critical to early childhood literacy.  Pediatricians at Open Door take the time to demonstrate reading techniques during visits with patients as young as six months old through five years old, and these families get a book to take home.  This is an amazing program, ensuring kids are excited about books and reading from an early age.  GAMECHANGER, a community education empowerment group based in Chappaqua has selected Open Door's Reach Out and Read program as the receipient of the organization's fifth annual book drive.  Keep an eye out for GAMECHANGER boxes throughout Westchester until the end of May, and consider making a donation of new or gently used board books, first readers, easy chapter books, bilingual books, and general children's books.  Here are some locations with collection boxes: DeCicco & Sons Supermarket, 17 Maple Avenue, Armonk; Euro Pizza, 103 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor; Josef Mikel Salon, 335 Manville Road, Pleasantville; Little Joe's Coffee & Books, 26 Katonah Avenue, Katonah; Mt. Kisco Seafood, 477 Lexington Avenue, Mt. Kisco; Scattered Books, 29 King Street, Chappaqua; The Office of Dr. Kathy Hirsch, 135 Main Street, Mt. Kisco; Toy Box, 300 Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck; and Walgreens, 411 King Street, Chappaqua.  For more information, or to make direct monetary donations to the Open Door, contact Volunteer Coordinator Alicia Ward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..     

 

Ossining business owner, Sharon Rowe, founder and CEO of Eco-Bags Products, Inc. recently released her first book.  Sharon's success is inspirational, and is a great example for local businesses in Ossining and beyond.  I got my hands on a signed copy last Friday -- can't wait to dig in! Tonight she will be holding a book signing event and discussion at Harbor Square at 6PM.  If you can't make it tonight, save the date for her next event, on June 1st at 7PM at Good Choice Kitchen.  All event information can be found on Sharon's website.

 

This is the last weekend to catch High School Musical Jr., performed by the talented students of Mike Risko Music:

 

 

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 19th, the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy hosts another gravestone clean-up day.  Please join in on this effort to keep Ossining's history in tact by cleaning up gravestones.  Community Service credit is also available.  Also, save the date for the ribbon cutting of the Dale Cemetery Heritage Trail, Sunday, June 3rd from 1PM-3PM.  Paid for by a grant from Senator David Carlucci, this new trail will highlight the incredible history at Dale Cemetery.  Thank you to the OHCC and Cemetery Superintendent Pete Connolly for their hard work in bringing this project to fruition!  

Flyer May 2018 Cleaning OHCC

 

 

Also this weekend, Green Ossining hosts its Repair Cafe.  Bring items that are well loved, but may need a few repairs or tune-ups, and keep those items out of the garbage!  A knife sharpener will be available, so don't miss out on reducing meal prep time! Thank you to the local businesses and repair experts, especially Melrose Lumber and First Village Coffee, for supporting this new community offering.

 

 

 

 

 

Don't miss Westchester Collaborative Theater's Jazz Masters Series, featuring the Maya Waldron Quartet, also this Saturday, May 19th --

 

Sunday, May 20th is the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club's 2018 Commissioning Day.  That means it's officially summer, and time to get out an enjoy the Hudson River and the great outdoors!  Hope you can join in the celebration.

 

At a recent Town Board meeting, the Town Board recognized Amilia and Matthew Gullotta, the team captains for Ossining's Team Gullottas Fight Cancer.  They have worked so hard, and fundraised over $30,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, working towards their $50,000 goal. Do you want to help Team Gullottas Fight Cancer? You have many chances coming up, including an opportunity to make Monday an official Pizza Night across Ossining! Check out these cool events and get them to their goal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

None of those dates free on your calendar? Consider donating right here.

 

Next week on Tuesday, May 22nd, the Town Board will hold a regular meeting at the courthouse at 7:30PM.  The meeting will be followed by a Work Session to discuss the River Knoll proposal and the purchase of a hooklift truck for the Parks department.  This will be our last meeting of the month, as the following Tuesday, May 29th is the fifth Tuesday in May.  Please join us!

 

Don't miss the Ossining Farmer's Market tomorrow morning -- word is Ossining favorite Taliaferro Farms will be returning for their 27th year of bringing organic produce to the Ossining Farmers Market!  Also, Sunset View Farms will be introducing their Ossining-exclusive SVF Kitchen meals of farm-fresh, pasture-raised meats for a quick breakfast or lunch at the market, or to take home for an easy meal. 

 

--Dana