- Last Updated: 18 September 2018 18 September 2018
I would like to begin with a message from our Receiver of Taxes, Holly Perlowitz. Please share this message with your neighbors, especially those that may not use e-mail, so we can spread the word as best as possible:
2018/2019 School Taxes are due on September 30, 2018. September 30th is a Sunday, so payments can be received in our office through Monday, October 1st without penalty AND those mailed with a USPS postmark as of October 1st will also be accepted without penalty.
NYS Tax Law states that penalties must be assessed if payments are not received on time for whatever reason, even if the taxpayer does not receive their bill in the mail. As we have discovered this tax season, municipalities cannot control the mail and property owners are expected to know when taxes are due. Unfortunately, municipalities have no authority to waive any penalties assessed – so please make sure to pay your taxes by the date they are due!
We have been actively working with the USPS to identify the problem that has caused non-delivery of bills and have notified Senator Schumer’s office regarding these mail issues as well, so you should know they are being aggressively investigated.
I would like to thank Tax Receiver Perlowitz and her staff, Deputy Receiver Patti Cunningham and Martha Quitisaca for their due diligence on behalf of our taxpayers and for always providing excellent customer service in the Tax Office!
Thank you to the Ossining Fire Department and first responders, especially Deputy Chiefs Don Farrell and Frank “Skip” Sylvester for organizing and leading Tuesday's September 11th Remembrance Ceremony at Louis Engel Park. Annually the first responders and community leaders of the entire Town – including the Villages of Ossining and Briarcliff – gather together to remember the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, honor those we lost, and thank our first responders for the heroic work they performed on that day and for weeks after, and also every day when they are prepared to and respond to the situations at hand.
We are excited to be partnering with the Village of Ossining and Green Ossining to celebrate International Car Free Day on Friday, September 21st. Drawing on the resources of 511NY Rideshare, we have been working together to find innovative solutions to reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles on our roads. In an effort to encourage people to consider alternative modes of transportation – like bicycles – you may notice some bright green bikes around the Town and Village next week! The Village and Town are excited to be working with Lime, a dockless bike share company, to operate a pop-up program in Ossining from September 15th through September 21st to get the community ready for Car Free Day. This will be a pilot program to gauge community interest in the possibility of an expanded dockless bike share program here in Ossining. I encourage everyone to get their helmets out and get ready to go car-free next Friday -- start by taking the pledge!
This past week, you might have noticed someone filming around Ossining. The Town has contracted with CGI to develop some promotional videos about Ossining to share on the Town's website. We are very excited to be able to showcase all the best about Ossining in a few videos. Here is our new friend, Don, the videographer hired by CGI, with Village Historian Dana White, who is highlighting some of Ossining's rich history for the videos.
Last Friday was the last night of the Summer Concert series. Thank you to all of the performers, for a great summer of music at the waterfront. Friday night also featured a special Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining event with Tasia Sabatino of Rebel Yoga Studios. Yoga and a dance party with DJCatch1 was a great way to finish out the summer series! Thank you to the Town Parks Department and Superintendent of Recreation Bill Garrison for helping make this year’s series a huge success. And an extra special shout out to Maddi Zachacz in my office for working so hard coordinating with the food trucks, especially Gyro Uno, as well as the musical performers. Maddi was the critical element in ensuring a great summer of entertainment and good eats at the waterfront this summer!
If you missed Friday's dance party, don't worry! There is another family dance party scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, September 15th at Henry Gourdine park featuring DJ Johnny G.
Summer is not officially over yet, and Mind, Body, Spirit - Ossining is still going strong! Join Sue of Studio95 Zumba for a fun workout this Saturday, September 15th at 3pm at Louis Engel Park. Sue hosts a class each Saturday and the classes for September are part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble. The Hudson River Valley Ramble is comprised of various events throughout the Hudson Valley in September and is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors while exploring everything our region has to offer. Thanks to Victoria in my office for all her work on MBS-O this year and making sure we got on the map for this year's Ramble! To learn more about Zumba at Engel Park and other Hudson River Valley Ramble events, visit the Ramble website.
Also part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble, Ferry Sloops will be offering free sails on the Hudson River on Saturday, September 15th departing from Shattemuc Yacht Club at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Each sail will be approximately 45 minutes long. Visit the Ferry Sloops website for more details.
Theater O will be holding open auditions for its fall middle school production of an early comedy by David Mamet, The Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Ruditch and the Two-Speed Clock. This production is open to all 6th through 8th grade children and will offer experiences in all aspects of theater. Rehearsals will be held weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons for six weeks with three presentations of the play scheduled to run October 25th through 27th at Bethany Arts Community. Sign-up for an audition time today or tomorrow, Saturday, September 15th at the Theater O Website.
This Saturday, Green Ossining will be holding a Repair Cafe - a great opportunity to breathe new life into well-loved items, keeping them out of the trash and landfills. The Repair Cafe can help you fix up anything from your bike to an uncooperative computer or mobile device. Thank you to Green Ossining for bringing this new great offering to the Ossining community. Unfortunately, Saturday's Repair Cafe will not include an E-Waste Drive as previously advertised.
Missing the Summer Concert Series already? There are always great opportunities to see Ossining's talented local performers, including tomorrow, Saturday, September 15th at the Ossining Elks Lodge with a performance by the Corcovado Samba Jazz Trio, or next Friday, September 21st at the OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery with a performance by KJ Denhert. Also, be sure to get your tickets here for another evening of great music at Ferry Sloops' 7th annual "Concert for the River" fundraiser at the Campwoods Grounds Auditorium on Friday, September 21st at 7pm, featuring 3-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin and The Greg Jacquin Band. All proceeds from the benefit will be used towards maintenance and restoration of the Ferry Sloops boat, educational programs, and the organization’s continued effort to keep the Hudson River clean and safe for future generations.
This Sunday, September 16th don't miss the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club's Family Fun and Fishing Day from 12pm to 4pm. Looks like the weather is going to be great for a day of enjoyment on the Hudson River!
Do you have a daughter interested in joining Ossining Girl Scouts? Then the Ossining Girl Scout Annual Jamboree is for you! This is a free event for girls who are in kindergarten through 12th grade and have not yet participated in a Girl Scout troop. The event will be held in the lower level of the Ossining Public Library on Sunday, September 16th from 1pm to 5pm. Stop by at an point during the afternoon to see what Girl Scouting is all about. I have had the opportunity to partner with the Ossining Girl Scouts on a number of initiatives and special events, including delivering Valentine's Day cards to veterans at the Montrose VA and making wreaths for Ossining's Memorial Day ceremony. The Ossining Girl Scouts is a great organization for budding leaders -- both Victoria and Maddi from my office are Ossining Girl Scouts alumnae!
There are many events going on in Ossining and Briarcliff in the coming weeks, be sure to check them out --
Westchester Collaborative Theater will be holding their Revel on the River Fall Fundraiser at the Shattemuc Yacht Club on September 22nd. Come on down for a night of music, dancing, live theater, an open bar, silent and live auctions, and (get this!) a gourmet taco bar. Hello. Come celebrate the first day of Fall while supporting local art and theater here in Ossining. Grab your tickets here.
Mark your calendars for the Ossining Food Pantry's 30th annual Celebration event on Sunday, September 30th from 4pm to 7pm. This year, the annual fundraising event will be held on the grounds of a private home in Briarcliff Manor and proceeds from the event will go toward the great work of the Ossining Food Pantry, including for the purchase of food to help feed those in need in our Greater Ossining area. Tickets are $75 per person for light fare, libations, music, raffle prizes and more. Purchase tickets online, or pay at the door. This annual event is a great opportunity to celebrate and thank the dedicated volunteers and donors of the Ossining Food Pantry.