- Last Updated: 19 November 2018 19 November 2018
How's everyone doing out there? Last night sure was a rough one, and not just for Ossining (though it seems like we fared better than a lot of our neighboring communities, although it was still a nightmare for many). Our guys are exhausted today-- they plowed through the night and started again at 5AM once the sleet started to fall.
We are so very grateful to our Highway and Parks crew for being as prepared as they could be for this storm and for working so hard to keep us safe, away from their families and fuzzy slippers. We are also incredibly grateful for our first responders-- the Ossining Police, OVAC and the OFD were out all night long clearing roads, pushing cars, and helping drivers in distress. As many rough commutes as we know some of our neighbors experienced, there were a lot of helpers out there, and I couldn't be more proud of how our community comes together in tough times like these. I am very glad to hear that everyone was safe and there weren't any significant injuries out there.
I have to shout out one helper in particular--our very own Jerry Sullivan from the Town Assessor's Office came to the aid of a stranger last night (as he has been known to do, he is a notorious sweetheart), and it turned out to be my son, on a tough commute home from White Plains. Jerry helped him get his bearings and push his car up a hill when he himself still had a 3 hour drive in front of him. I decided to doctor up a quick thank you for Jerry this morning, who was as humble as could be, but I wanted to share his heroic work with all of you too! Thanks to all of the unsung heroes out there who helped a fellow driver in need-- Jerry is your mascot today.
Speaking of our first responders, I am sure that, especially after yesterday, they would be grateful if we would remind you about on-street parking regulations during the winter months. Please be reminded that there is no on-street parking allowed in the Unincorporated Town from November 1st through March 31st. The Village of Ossining has regulations that go into effect when they call for a Snow Emergency-- visit www.villageofossining.org to sign up for their email blasts so that you can stay informed on how to keep your car safe, and our streets clear, in the bad weather.
In some happier news, the paving on Hawkes Avenue was completed this past Monday. We have been hearing about this particular section of Hawkes for some time now, and we were pleased to be able to use our CHIPS (Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program) funding to offset much of the Town's expense on this project. I want to thank our Highway Superintendent Michael G. O’Connor and Town/Village Engineer Paul Fraioli for their coordination and oversight, along with our Highway Foreman, Highway, Parks and Cemetery crews for helping prep the road and making sure the result was up to the standards of our residents.
I also wanted to remind folks about a conversation we had last week that you may have missed, but will be very important moving forward! As you may recall, the Town got a grant from the State of New York to learn about how we can modernize and streamline some of our services, and we hired a consultant to help us solicit your feedback on whether we should proceed and, if so, which options made the most sense. Nearly 200 residents answered our survey on the Project Forward! webpage, and our consultant helped us gather some conclusions about the nature of that feedback and where to go from here. Michael Conte, our consultant, Skyped in to our meeting and walked us through the results-- take a look at the video here (start at the 41 minute mark, Michael's presentation is about 40 minutes long). Our next step will likely be to convene a public meeting discussing these results and paths forward, so stay tuned for an announcement on when that will take place (likely in January 2019).
This is going to be a great weekend for the arts in Ossining. Wanna warm up with some live music tonight? Check out singer-songwriter Deni Bonet live at the Steamer Fire House at 117 Main Street. Deni comes with quite a resume-- she is an electric violinist, and she has toured and recorded with artists like Cyndi Lauper, REM and Sarah McLachlan. Doors open at 7:15PM for an 8PM show—tickets are $20 each ($15 if you’re an OAC member) and are available at www.ossiningartscouncil.org.
Due to the rough weather last night, the premiere of “Of Aliens and Avocados” was postponed until tonight at 8PM. Come downtown for a series of one-act readings at the Westchester Collaborative Theater. This series features seven original pieces written by some fantastic playwrights and performed right here in Ossining—visit www.wctheater.org to get your tickets for tonight, tomorrow, or Sunday (matinees and evenings).
Also tonight (Friday, November 16th), the Bethany Arts Community will be holding their first annual Fundraiser, “The Art of Giving,” between 7 and 10PM. Bethany has been such a welcome addition to our community and I am so pleased to celebrate them in this way, while thanking them for the programming they have offered while learning about what’s coming up next. Get your tickets at www.bethanyarts.org.
Looking for something a little more low-key? Come to the Festive Tea to benefit the Ossining Children’s Center tonight (Friday 11/16) or tomorrow (Saturday, 11/17). Hosted by Tastefully Yours on Pleasantville Road in Briarcliff Manor, get into the holiday spirit with proceeds going to benefit OCC. Tickets are available for purchase at Holbrook Cottage, also on Pleasantville Road, or at www.holbrookcottage.com, for $125 each. Can’t make it to the event but still want to help? A portion of proceeds from sales at Holbrook Cottage today or tomorrow will also go to benefit OCC. Get your holiday shopping squared away while helping one of our community’s worthiest organizations.
Another fun event to look forward to tomorrow is the St. Augustine's Fall Festival, 381 North Highland Avenue in Ossining. On Saturday, November 17th between 12PM and 4PM, come down for games, face painting, music, crafts, bounce houses and a chili contest-- and don't forget to bring the little explorers in your brood for Touch A Truck! Admission is free.
Finally, the Sing Sing Swing is this Sunday! Climb aboard the Hornblower “Hybrid” for a night of music, dancing and history as we cruise up the Hudson River from Yonkers and see Ossining from a whole new vantage point! Proceeds benefit the Sing Sing Prison Museum project, which is well underway, and will be a transformative project not just for Ossining, but for Westchester and all of the Hudson Valley. It isn't too late-- visit www.singsingprisonmuseum.org to get your tickets now.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away, which means that the shopping season is upon us. You can start out buying your regular great produce to get ready for the big feast at Down to Earth Farmers market on Spring Street tomorrow, and while there check out some special vendors with gift items from local farms and locally sourced purveyors.
Then, continue to shop local at the Northeast Etsy Artist Collective on Friday November 23rd between 11AM and 5PM, and Saturday November 24th between 10AM and 4PM, right in our very own Ossining Public Library. While you pick up your locally crafted gifts for the holidays, 15% of the proceeds will go to benefit the Friends of the Ossining Public Library, who help the Library to put on special programming not covered by our tax dollars. There are so many benefits to shopping local!
There are several other ways to get your holiday shopping done right in town next weekend for Small Business Saturday-- check out Melita's Bazaar on Main Street on Saturday 11/24 between 10AM and 5PM. And check out the Chamber's Uptown Alliance Holiday Market between 10AM and 4PM at Mike RIsko Music and the Elks Lodge at 118 Croton Avenue.
If you're not around next weekend or still have goody bags to fill, another local gift favorite is Campwoods Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday December 1st between 10AM and 5PM and Sunday December 2nd from 11AM to 4PM.
On Monday, November 26th, participate in "Meet the Entrepreneur Next Door" with Ossining Innovates, from 7-9PM at Good Choice Kitchen. Meet Soli Pierce from Sherwood Forest Design and David Schofield from SBS Printing and Shipping and learn more about our local entrepreneurs and their success stories.
Please be reminded that next week is a short one-- Town and Village offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd in celebration of Thanksgiving. That means we have an awful lot to do in three days next week! Join us on Tuesday night for the Town Board Work Session at 16 Croton Avenue at 7:30PM-- we will have some special guests and will also be reviewing the 2019 Budget, so stream us live through the website or come visit in person (assuming, of course, that the weather cooperates!)
As we get closer to the holiday, if you or someone you know has nowhere to celebrate the holiday, you are invited to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner party at the Presbyterian Church at 34 South Highland Avenue (across from the High School) at 12PM on Thursday the 22nd. This is an annual event put on by the Scarborough Presbyterian Church, the Briarcliff Congregational Church, and the Ossining Presbyterian Church and there is no charge for the meal, all are invited-- whether you are in need of nourishment or companionship, or both, please come and celebrate with your friends and neighbors on Thursday. If you want to help, or if you or someone you know is homebound and needs a meal delivered to them at home, call the Ossining Presbyterian Church office at 941-0540 and leave a message.