- Last Updated: 08 May 2018 08 May 2018
Spring is finally here to stay -- I hope you are all enjoying this week's beautiful weather!
This past Monday, Victoria from my office and I attended a meeting with the Westchester County Department of Planning and Westchester's municipal and not-for-profit leaders regarding the county's Community Development Block Grant consortium. This consortium has been dormant for a few years, but is picking back up again to help bring community development grants to Westchester municipalities and not-for-profits. At next Tuesday's legislative session, the Town Board will be voting on joining this consortium to hopefully claim some grant dollars for the Town. Also this week, we learned that many New York State grants have been rolled out through the Consolidated Funding Application. We look forward to developing a few strong applications to these grant opportunities in the coming months.
Later that day, I got the chance to enjoy a cup of coffee with County Executive George Latimer at Ossining's very own First Village Coffee-- it is wonderful to have our CE spend so much time in our community (although who wouldn't be wooed by a delicious latte from FVC?) Check out this neat shot captured by Mr. Latimer's Director of Communications (and proud Ossining resident!) Catherine Cioffi-- thanks to First Village for hosting us!
Right up the street, our friends at Good Choice Kitchen are also looking to hire some counter help. Laurie, owner of the Ossining's fabulous and first vegan cafe, is looking for someone with at least one year of experience working in a commercial kitchen, who enjoys interacting with the public, and who can perform the following tasks:
- Food prep (excellent knife and experience following recipes required)
- Plating delicious salads, sandwiches and soups; preparing refreshing juices and smoothies
- Cleaning kitchen/ front of house, tables, floors, trash removal
- Greeting customers warmly, taking orders, and becoming knowledgeable about ingredients
The Ossining Basics campaign, which aims to improve the literacy of Ossining's youngest learners, debuted a new website this week. I encourage everyone to take a look at the new site and learn about how we can all help to ensure that Ossining's children start school with the tools they need to be ready to learn.
Finally, I want to share a brief update on what we have continued to learn about the federal SALT (State and Local Tax deductions) legislation. At today's Westchester Municipal Officials Association meeting, my colleagues and I discussed what information we have gathered from our various organizations, Tax Receivers and attorneys, and the news isn't great. We are still learning more about the idea that municipalities can create "charitable trusts" in order to keep tax payments over $10,000 deductible, and it really is a monster of a process. From what it sounds like, each taxing entity would have to set up a fund, which would issue vouchers to taxpayers based on the amount "donated," and this voucher would be submitted to our tax office to be credited against their bill. Exhausted yet? We will keep you posted as we learn more about what options we may have to preserve the deductability of property taxes.
It is going to be a very busy weekend here in Ossining! Whether you're looking to enjoy some of Ossining's student musicians, clean-up our parks and public spaces, shop for Mother's Day, support local not-for-profits, or really anything else, there is an event for you!
Tonight at Ossining High School, the Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester will be performing their annual concert at 8PM in the auditorium. The Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester is comprised of some of the best student musicians throughout the county. It is sure to be a great performance!
Tomorrow, Saturday May 5th will be Green Ossining's Spring Town-wide tag sale. People across town will be hosting tag sales -- a map of all the locations can be found on Green Ossining's website. Join me in this easy way to keep used and well-loved items "in rotation" and out of the garbage!
May 5th is Stash the Trash day in Ossining. Stop by the Recreation Center at 95 Broadway to pick up your gloves and bags and register your location today (Friday, May 4th) and/or tomorrow (Saturday, May 5th) from 8:30AM- 12 Noon; we can give you some ideas if you don’t have any spots you are targeting. We are all in this together. Hope to see you out there!
Tomorrow (Saturday, May 5th) is "I Love My Park Day" across New York State-- this is an initiative meant to show some love to our parks by cleaning up garbage and beautifying our open spaces, and there are several ways to pitch in right here in the Ossining area. There is a local "I Love My Park Day" event along the Old Croton Aqueduct, and you can register in advance online at www.ptny.org, but pre-registration is not required. Join me and other volunteers along the Old Croton Aqueduct trail on Quaker Bridge Road in Croton starting at 9:30AM, and get all the supplies you need to help clean up the trail by throwing out trash, nipping invasive plants in the bud, and restoring some of the historic features of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Goodies from the Black Cow and Baked by Susan will be provided to volunteers, but be sure to bring a water bottle, sunblock, and lunch if you plan to stay for the whole day.
In keeping with the spirit of making our natural spaces more beautiful, clean and safe, Riverkeeper will also be hosting a sweep of the waterfront in Ossining between 8AM and 10AM on Saturday, May 5th. You can also help out Riverkeeper and join in their “Stencil a Storm Drain,” project, making a permanent impact on keeping our waterways clean-- learn more about Riverkeeper’s efforts by visiting their website. If you participate in any of the clean-up events this Saturday, please keep in mind that it is prime tick season! Be sure to wear protective clothing, bring some bug spray, and check yourself and your kids for ticks when you get back home.
Mother's Day is next weekend, and if you waited until now to do your shopping, you are in luck. This Saturday, from 10AM to 3PM, St. Paul's on the Hill will hold their annual Mother's Day Sale at the Lantern Gift Shop, with lots of gift options for the special ladies in your life Stay for the tea luncheon hosted by the ladies of St. Paul's between 11:30AM and 2:30PM. Next weekend, on May 11th and 12th is Teatown's Annual Plant Sale, which will also have great selections for Mother's Day gifts.
Also on Saturday, the Ossining Post Office is hosting a "We're Listening Weekend" between 11AM and 2PM. Visit the lobby of the Ossining Post Office to voice your concerns, comments, or compliments to the Postmaster.
On Sunday, May 6th, the Christopher Columbus Lodge #692 will host their annual car show, co-sponsored by the Ossining PBA. Come check out some trucks, motorcycles and (of course) awesome classic cars at the Ossining Train Station between 10AM-4PM. DJ Johnny will be there spinning tunes, there will be food available for purchase.
On both Saturday and Sunday, the Bethany Arts Community will be hosting a Spring Pottery Show and Sale, featuring local artisans.
Beginning next Saturday, May 12th, the Bethany Arts Community will host the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for three consecutive Saturdays from 1PM to 4PM. This world renowned dance company will be in residency at Bethany Arts Community, and is looking for volunteers to participate in the company's latest work, The Deep Blue Sea. Participants will be asked to move, think, and create with the dance company. No formal dance experience is necessary, but participants should be 16 years or older, ideally with backgrounds in movement such as martial arts, dance, gymnastics, sports, or gardening, just to name a few! These events will be outdoors (weather permitting), so plan accordingly. You can register here.
Also next Saturday, May 12th will be the Westchester Collaborative Theater's Spring fundraiser. An evening of cabaret right here in Ossining? This one is not to be missed.
Ossining business owner, Sharon Rowe, founder and CEO of Eco-Bags Products, Inc. is releasing her first book on May 8th. Sharon's success is inspirational -- I can't wait to read her book! Don't miss her book signing events and discussions scheduled for May 17th at 5PM at First Village Coffee, May 18th at 6PM at Harbor Square, or June 1st at 7PM at Good Choice Kitchen. All event information can be found on Sharon's website.
Save the date -- and don't forget to RSVP by May 10th -- for the Ossining Microfund Microfest. Join in to support a great local organization.
Finally, save the date for the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club's 2018 Commissioning, scheduled for May 20th. This event is a community favorite each year and I look forward to joining former OBCC Commissioner and current Town Councilwoman Liz Feldman at her favorite spot in Ossining.