Hard to believe that another week has passed, but what a beautiful week it has been. The drop in the temperature has given everything a bit more energy, and I am grateful for some sunny days after that wild wind storm on Wednesday!
At our Town Board Meeting on Tuesday evening, we were able to offer our thanks to Eagle Scout Chris Krajca for his outstanding service project at Gerlach Park. In case you missed the ceremony on Sunday, Chris built and dedicated a lovely sitting area in remembrance of his friend's father, Gary Haag, and three other Ossining and Briarcliff residents who tragically lost their lives on September 11th, 2001. It was an incredibly moving gesture, and we were glad to have Chris and his parents be recognized by the Town Board. Way to go, Chris!
Speaking of our Parks, you may have noticed some work going on at the Shine House at Cedar Lane-- we had to close the road this week so that our staff could dig a trench to allow a contractor to lay a new water line for the building. Hopefully, they will be wrapping up late today and the Park will be back to normal-- we apologize for any inconvenience!
Yesterday was the deadline for applications for the "phase in" exemption; we received 320 applications, which will be reviewed over the coming weeks; applicants will be contacted if addtional information is needed. Everyone who applied will be notified whether or not their application was approved. The Assessor's Office has until December 1st to process all of the applications, so keep an eye on the mailbox around the end of November.
We are planning our Town Hall Meeting for next Tuesday, September 20th at the Ossining Public Library. School Superintendent Ray Sanchez will be joining us to give a presentation about the Ossining Basics, a program modeled on the Boston Basics campaign that uses five evidence-based parenting and care giving principles that encompass what is important for children from birth to age three. We will then have a presentation from Victoria Cafarelli from my office, who will share with you the work we've been doing in pursuit of several grants to implement a bike trail system to connect various green spaces in Ossining. Finally, Julia Rivera from LiveOnNY will be on hand to introduce us to the organ shortage crisis in New York State, and tell us about Organ Donor Enrollment Day, scheduled for October 6th, 2016. I hope you'll join us at the Budarz Theater to learn about all of these wonderful things going on in Ossining.
I also want to offer my congratulations to Historic Hudson River Towns and our very own Jerry Faiella, as it was announced this week that our region has recommended to New York State that the Sing Sing Museum be named a Priority Project, which would put it in line to get some additional funding. So many people have volunteered so much of their time and energy to this process, and I feel so proud that other organizations have recognized its great potential to drive tourism in Ossining and in the Hudson Valley as a whole.
This is a big weekend in Ossining, beginning with a concert tonight at the Ossining Public Library, where the Words and Music Concert Series will feature Lori Lieberman and James Maddock at 8PM. There are still a few tickets left for this awesome concert, and proceeds go towards funding Library programs at the OPL. A special thank you goes to Alan Marzelli for his tireless efforts to put us on the map for great music!
Tomorrow will bring several events that are part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble. Here are some ideas on how to spend your Saturday:
Legends and Lore- The Legend of Leatherman: Starts at 10AM. Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will recount the legend of The Leatherman at Sparta Cemetery, and the new "Legends and Lore" historical sign next to the Leatherman's grave marker will be unveiled. Visitors can park at the Scarborough Presbyterian Church just across the street from Sparta Cemetery and take a free shuttle across the street. Admission is $10 per person, $20 per family, and all proceeds got to support the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy.
Free Sails with Ferry Sloops: The sails aboard Whimbrel, our sloop-rigged Catboat, will depart at 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM. Each sail will be approximately 45 minutes long. The free sails are on a "first come, first served" basis. No reservations will be accepted prior to the sail day. Guests can sign up at the yellow Ferry Sloops tent beginning at 9:30AM for any of the day's scheduled sail times (limit of 4 passengers per sail). The boat's captain reserves the right to cancel any or all of the day's sails, if weather conditions make it unsafe for sailing. Rain date is Sunday, September 18, 2016. Passenger age requirement: must be at least 12 years old, under 18 years old must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian (no exceptions). Free parking is available on the street (Westerly Road) and in Shattemuc Yacht Club parking lot. DO NOT park in The Boathouse Restaurant parking lot or in spaces that have signs designating The Boathouse Restaurant parking.
Hike Through History at Teatown Lake Reservation: Starts at 10AM. The Teatown area has its roots in Dutch and English history. Hiking on Teatown trails we’ll see old foundations, hear about the native people’s use of the land and the story of a local Revolutionary-era tea party. The hike will end with a visit to the Croft, a Tudor style mansion, built over 100 years ago whose interior was constructed from parts salvaged from English manors dating back 400 years. You must register in advance by the end of today; call (914) 762-2912 x110. Admission is $7, Teatown members get in free.
There are Ramble events all over the Hudson Valley throughout September. Check out the Ramble website for more information. Don't forget next weekend's Ramble events in Ossining, including a hike with Senator David Carlucci at 8AM on Saturday, September 24th at Teatown Lake Reservation.
Also tomorrow (September 17th), the Town will be hosting a free Mind, Body, Spirit event at Engel Park, where Club Fit Trainer Tracey Bielenberg and Fitness Director Susie Reiner will be leading an all-levels Boot Camp featuring body weight exercises that you can do anywhere! The first 25 participants will win a Club Fit water bottle, and be entered to win a membership to Club Fit. The hour-long workout kicks off at 9:30AM.
On Sunday, September 18th, also as part of Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining, Enrique Rosario will be leading one of his famous "Sunday, Fun-Day" 30 minute workouts at Louis Engel Park at 9:30AM. The theme this week is "Train Like the Pros" as an homage to the start of football season, so make sure to wear your favorite team's jersey!
Check out some other upcoming events, I hope you enjoy what is sure to be a great weekend in Ossining.
Ossining Arts Council - Call to Artists
What: The Ossining Arts Council is pleased to honor the memory of legendary fisherman and storyteller Henry Gourdine during the month of October
with a program we are calling “Fishing On Henry’s Hudson: Henry Gourdine, Ossining’s Master Fisherman”. As part of the exhibition,
all Artists are invited to submit artwork in all media relating to the exhibition’s theme. To submit your art, please send up to three jpeg files for consideration to:
When: Show dates are, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, at and 9, 16, 23, at , 2016
Where: OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery, 117 Main Street, ,Ossining, NY
Contact: The Ossining Arts Council. Bonnie Talluto, (914) 502-4157