- Last Updated: 30 October 2018 30 October 2018
We ended this week with some shocking and sad news-- very late Thursday evening, we were informed that Town of Ossining Court Officer Mario Conte passed away very suddenly. Mario was a huge part of the Ossining community-- aside from his work with the Town, he was a local business owner, a 30+ year Village of Ossining Auxiliary Police Officer, a volunteer firefighter, and he worked alongside OVAC, in addition to being a committed family man, a dependable neighbor, and a generous friend. Mario will be a huge loss to our staff and our community, and our hearts are with his family during this incredibly sad time. Court offices will be closed on Monday between 9AM and 12:30PM so that our staff can attend Mario's services.
This week, the Town has been focused on two items-- the 2019 Budget, and the Forest O' Fears Haunted Hayride. The budget is still a work in progress-- we have until Tuesday to submit the Supervisor's Budget (or Tentative Budget) to the Town Clerk, and we anticipate working right up to the deadline! I am pleased to share that all of our department heads submitted thoughtful (and reasonable) requests and that the numbers are shaping up just fine. We still have some time to sharpen our pencils-- the budget does not need to be finalized until late December, which gives us some more time to firm things up with our contractors. Luckily for us, we have no Union agreements outstanding, so we have a very good handle on where we are with personnel costs going into next year. I am incredibly proud of our team in the Town, and I have no doubt that we will continue to provide excellent service at a bargain price in 2019.
(Since we are talking about the budget, I want to remind everyone that we have extended the deadline to submit your survey response for Project Forward! Visit the website to learn a little more about the Town's finances and where we may be able to save some tax dollars, if you think we've got the right idea. Please take a few minutes and let us know your thoughts!)
As for the Hayride, our volunteers led by Executive Director Fern Quezada, have been hard at work out at Cedar Lane to get the park ready for you tonight! The hayride trail is looking awesome, but the real treat this year is the Haunted House. I am so excited for you to see it-- they have done an outstanding job cleaning up our garage and transforming it into one of the spookiest spaces you're likely to see this Halloween. As much as I'd like to show you a preview, I can't bring myself to do it. It's that good. Just ask this dude.
Tickets for tonight are still available! Tickets will be available at the gate-- ride times go from 6:45PM through 10PM. If you're not up for the Hayride and the Haunted House, we understand-- there is something fun for everyone at the Halloween Village! There will be live music by DJ Johnny G and an OHS band, Strange Hours, food (and pumpkin beer!) from 6 Degrees of Separation, games to play, a fire show from Flaming Barrel of Monkeys Entertainment, the Homespun Merry Go Round, and the "Unhaunted Hayride" for the youngest Halloween enthusiasts. You can get "Field Access Only" tickets at the gate. It's going to be a great night in Ossining, be sure to stop by!
Here is a bit of a snag-- the Hayride was supposed to happen tonight (Friday the 26th) and tomorrow night (Saturday the 27th). However, the weather forecast for tomorrow is not looking good for outdoor activities-- we are anticipating a lot of rain and wind throughout the day and into the evening, and a wet field does not lend itself to a fun hayride. Yesterday, we needed to make the call to POSTPONE the Saturday hayride to NEXT FRIDAY (November 2nd). If you bought a ticket for Saturday 10/27, don't panic-- we will take you anytime on either Friday (10/26 or 11/2)! Bring your Saturday tickets to the gate and they will be honored for a time close to the ticket time you purchased. This isn't ideal, we know, but we need to make sure that this is a fun and safe experience for you and for our staff, volunteers, vendors and emergency responders, and we simply can't risk it. Whether you make it tonight or next Friday, it's going to be a blast, I promise! Come show your support for this fantastic community event and get a few good scares under your belt for the Halloween season.
Earlier today, we met with our good friend (and Sustainability Guru) Ron Kamen of Sustainable Westchester, who introduced us to Brett and Rosie from Greenspot. Greenspot is a company that specializes in ridesharing using electric (or hybrid) vehicles. We are exploring some ideas on how we can work together to alleviate traffic on local roadways while also lowering our dependence on fossil fuels-- we will keep you posted on any progress we make with bringing Greenspot to Ossining.
Halloween is on Wednesday, so if you don't have your costume ready, now is the time to get creative. This Saturday, October 27th, the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce Uptown Alliance will host the 3rd Annual Ossining Howl-o-Ween Kids & Pet Parade on Upper Croton Avenue. The parade kicks off at 11AM outside the Elks Lodge at 118 Croton Avenue and heads up to the Mike Risko Music School at 44 Croton Avenue, but the fun doesn’t stop when the marching does! Stay for music, games, and prizes!
Tuesday, October 30th is a 5th Tuesday and the Town Board will not be meeting at our usual time (although we will likely need to hold a morning meeting on Thursday 11/1 in order to pay bills). Lucky you, The Briarcliff Manor will be hosting the Halloween Bash that evening in support of Gullotta House. Come for live music, a buffet, a cash bar, and a costume contest! The fun starts at 6:30PM and goes til 10PM—get your tickets here.
Looking for a safe, friendly to take the little ones on Halloween proper? Make your way to downtown Ossining from the Triangle to Spring Street, for Trunk or Treat, from 6-8PM where the backs and insides of some of Ossining’s finest cars and trucks, plus businesses will be all dressed up and candy-filled. For more details, check out tweets from Ossining Police Chief Kevin Sylvester.
Do you have a millennial in your life who is ready to make some moves on their own? Send them to the Briarcliff Manor Library for "Financial Focus for Millennials," a workshop presented by financial advisor Frank Calderone that will help them learn about budgeting, managing savings and debt, and purchasing a home. This informative workshop will take place on Thursday, November 1st at 7PM.
On Saturday, November 3rd, the Ossining Public Library will be hosting “Mad for the Library,” a 60s-themed fundraiser, in the Budarz Theater starting at 7PM. Make sure to dress in for the occasion, and enjoy wine, snacks, dancing, and a silent auction, all while enjoying live music from the Mike Risko Band. Proceeds will go to fund a World Music Concert Series at the OPL. Visit www.ossininglibrary.org for more information and to get your tickets.
There are two interesting animal programs coming up next weekend-- on Sunday, November 4th at 11AM, check out "Hidden in Plain Sight" at Teatown. Long before camouflage was a fashion trend, it was a way to avoid getting eaten in the wild, and a lot of our local wildlife are still masters of disguise today! Some meet some of these experts and play a game to see how well you'd fare in the great outdoors. Pre-register here.
Then at 2PM, Frank Vincenti of the Wild Dog Foundation will help you get to know more about coyotes and foxes in Westchester and how we can peacefully co-exist with them in our neighborhoods. This one takes place at the Briarcliff Manor Library.
Then, on Tuesday November 6th, please remember to exercise your democratic rights to vote. The League of Women Voters hosted a debate for those candidates with a contested local election last night. If you missed it, you can catch it on GO-TV’s YouTube channel here. Thanks to GO-TV for helping everyone keep up with our local governments! They do a great job. Also, thanks to the Greater Ossining Chamber and the League for sponsoring last night’s forum. If you know you will be out of Town in Election Day, it’s not to late to mail in an absentee ballot application which you can pick up at Town Hall or print out from the Board of Elections webpage and mail in. If it’s postmarked by October 30th you will be able to vote.
On Saturday, November 10th at 6:30PM, the Ossining Arts Council will host their 2nd Annual "Souper Supper" fundraiser at the Steamer Firehouse Gallery at 117 Main Street. Come enjoy some delicious, hearty soups with friends and neighbors and take a unique handcrafted bowl home with you. Only a limited number of bowls will be available, so be sure to get your tickets early. You can take care of that right here.
Tickets are still available for the Sing Sing Swing—an up the river cruise leaving from Yonkers to benefit the Sing Sing Prison Museum. This year’s event is on Sunday, November 18th and I can hardly wait. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks will be there to get you on your feet with their big band sounds, so I hope you will join me for a night of dancing on the Hudson with proceeds going to a very important local effort.
I hope to see everyone tonight at the Haunted Hayride at Cedar Lane Park-- who knows, the ghoul who gets you may be me! Happy Halloween!