- Last Updated: 18 November 2016 18 November 2016
The last I spoke with you, we were heading into Halloween weekend and the Town Parks Department was making last-minute preparations for the Forest O'Fears at Cedar Lane Park.
I am so glad to share that this was an incredibly successful event. I bought my ticket for the first ride of the night and boy, was it scary! I want to extend a special thanks to Fern Quezada and the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy, who spent countless hours planning the scenes, coordinating volunteers and props, and getting the word out about the hayride-- thank you, Fern! I also want to give a shout out to the Town employees who helped with the design and implementation of what I am sure is now becoming an Ossining tradition.
Councilwoman Liz Feldman and I kept the celebration going on Monday night at the Halloween Spooktacular celebration in Market Square, which replaced the annual Halloween DARE celebration at the Recreation Center. Our first responders and other Town/Village staff helped to plan a "Trunk or Treat," and local business owners as well as all of Ossining's adorable ghosts and goblins came out in full force for some safe Halloween entertainment and trick or treating. Congratulations to the Ossining Police and Ossining Recreation on a job well done.
We were also fortunate enough to check out the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps' new four wheel drive ambulance on Monday, when Chief Nick Franzoso gave us an exclusive tour. OVAC will be retiring one of their ambulances that has been out of service more than on the road over the past year, and the new ambulance was paid for entirely by donations to the organization. OVAC has decided to name the new ambulance in honor of former Ossining Town Supervisor Martha Dodge, who was responsible for much of the legwork behind creating the Mid Hudson Ambulance District. We are touched at this testament to all of Martha's good work for Ossining, and we are so glad for her to be remembered in this way.
Earlier today, we had our first round of budget meetings with the Town Board and three of our department heads. A line by line review of the budget is especially beneficial for our new Board Members. These meetings will resume at 9AM on Monday morning in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at 16 Croton Avenue.
At our Town Hall Meeting this past Tuesday, we had two very informative presentations, one of which was the presentation of the 2017 Supervisor's Budget. You can find a copy of that presentation here. For those who have not yet taken a look at the budget document posted on the website, this is a good snapshot of the high points, and I would recommend everyone checking it out to get a better idea of what we have planned for the year ahead.
The other presentation was from Jerry Faiella, Ossining resident and Executive Director of the Historic Hudson River Towns, who gave an update on the progress and the benefits of the Sing Sing Historic Prison Museum Project. Many Westchester residents have been hard at work on this for almost a decade, and the project has gained a lot of traction in the past several years. Once operational, this project will bring tourism and jobs to Ossining and is sure to be a transformative project for Westchester County and the Hudson Valley as a whole. For more information on the proposed museum, take a look at this very comprehensive video on Youtube.
If the Museum sounds like something you'd like to see in Ossining, I urge you to come support the cause by buying your ticket for Sunday's Sing Sing Swing! The cruise leaves Yonkers on Sunday, November 6th at 4PM, and will head "up the river" to Sing Sing before returning back to Yonkers at 8PM. There are so many surprises in store, I hope you can join us for what promises to be a fantastic night on the Hudson! Get your tickets here.
We have some great activities going on around Town this weekend, but before I post the usual announcements, please note that we have an unusual schedule next week. As a reminder, the Town Offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 8th for Election Day (don't forget to vote!) and on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veteran's Day; there will be a 10AM mass at St. Augustine's Church, followed by 11AM services at Nelson Park on Veteran's Day to honor and to thank all those who have served, and those who continue to serve this great nation. Also on Friday, November 11th, the Village of Briarcliff Manor will be honoring Lt. John Kelvin Koelsch, who was lost in Korea in 1951; all will gather at the Community Center at 11:30AM before the ceremony at Law Park, which will begin at 12 Noon. Please take a moment next week to reflect on the great country we have the honor to live in-- we must remember all those who sacrificed to give us the right and the freedom to choose our candidates and express our opinions on how our country should be governed. Let us be sure not to take those rights for granted.
Full Market this Week at Ossining’s Down to Earth Farmers Market!
What: Ossining’s Down to Earth Farmers Market There will be music, a seasonal veggie tasting, community table and some of your favorite day vendors.Our market manager will be hosting a taste of root veggies, there’s a lot more than you think, under the manager’s tent from . We will have a performance by Austin Charnis, a classical guitarist from as well. Green Street Solar will have a community table with info about going solar. Also, be sure to stop by the market manager’s tent over the next 2 weeks and donate your change (and bills) to Maria Fareri Childrens Hospital to benefit local children including Yashwini, an Ossining resident.OH! And do we have day vendors: Hudson River Apiaries, Sisters Wicked Good Soap, Mindful Kitchens and welcoming an old friend- Baked by Susan, featuring her wonderful pies. Don’t forget to bring your own reusable shopping bags for carrying home your purchases. If you forget, there will be a limited amount of reusable shopping bags for sale at $1 each.
When: Every from .
Where: Intersection of Main & Spring Streets, Ossining
Our Town Board Meeting will be held at the Courthouse on Wednesday evening, November 9th, at 7:30PM, and will be followed by a Town Board Work Session to discuss the allocation of the Mortgage Recording Tax in the 2017 Budget. I hope you can join us.