It's hard to believe we are headed into October-- where does the time go? It feels like just yesterday we were getting ready for last weekend's many events. But now, with another week under our belts, check out all the excitement from last weekend.


On Sunday, I headed over to Fable Farm on Route 134 for the Farm Fest event, and I was in good company-- the place was packed! There was something to do for the whole family, with all kinds of artisans, food vendors, and music. You could also grab a ride around the farm with Tony and Mike if you wanted to let someone else do the walking for a while.


Although the skies looked a little foreboding at times, we stayed dry and enjoyed checking out all the local vendors (including our friend Keith Gordon of CLAC fame, who was selling his pottery). I even shared a pizza from the Hudson Oven Pizza Truck-- it was the perfect snack to hold me over until dinner.




In case you missed this cool event, or if you made it but can't wait to get back to Fable, you're in luck. This coming Wednesday, October 3rd, they are hosting a Farm to Table Dinner to benefit the farm and their excellent programming, and I believe there are a few tickets remaining. Visit their website here to learn more and save your spot for what promises to be a very special feast indeed.


Next up was the wetdown celebration for Independence Hose's new engine, Number 101, which was held at their firehouse on Campwoods.


You may have noticed the lack of one particular friendly face at 16 Croton as of late. Our dear friend, Town Clerk Mary Ann Roberts, has been dealing with some health issues, and we went to visit her on Wednesday afternoon. As you might imagine, a popular lady like Mary Ann gets a lot of visitors (check out her sweet Halloween decorations courtesy of her grandchildren!), but just as we were leaving, a very handsome (and furry) stranger wandered in to say hello. 


We were introduced to Gobi, one of the therapy dogs who visits the residents on Mary Ann's floor. He works very hard several days a week to keep everyone smiling and boy, was he a flirt! 


I am glad to share that Mary Ann is on the mend and feeling good.She misses her co-workers and favorite residents terribly and can't wait to be back at work. We will continue to send her all of your warm wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery.


Later that day, I visited Phelps Hospital for a ribbon cutting-- they are celebrating Phase One of their major modernization campaign and invited me and some of my fellow elected officials to come take a peek and what's new and exciting at the facility, including this room at the new Cancer Center where patients are prepped for radiation. 

I was so impressed with the staff who are extremely warm and welcoming and have a holistic approach to treating the patients. The new center tries to make the work of treatment and recovery as pain free as possible, especially as it relates to efficiencies in the building, for tests, treatments and follow-up exams.  This was must one of the many new rooms. The new hospital rooms for overnight stays are now all private, and those from the older parts of the hospital will soon be made private as well.  New bathrooms, décor, and technology are all done with stress-free recovery in mind.  I couldn’t resist stopping at one of my favorite coffee joints, the Black Cow, which has a store front in one of the recently updated parts of the hospital. Congratulations to CEO Dan Blum, and all those who have worked so hard with him to bring the Phelps facility up to state-of-the-art standards. 



We are heading into another very full weekend, but before we get to the fun, one last thing: Monday (October 1st) is the very last day to pay your school taxes without penalty (it should be 9/30, but that date fell on a weekend this year). If you have not paid, now is the time, do not wait! Holly and her team will be here extended hours on Monday, October 1st to take your payments (opening at 8AM and remaining open until 6PM). Can't make it to 16 Croton? No worries. You can pay online here, or you can visit the Ossining Post Office and drop your payment in the dedicated mail slot in the lobby. If you drop off your envelope in this slot prior to 5PM on a regular business day, it will be postmarked for that date. If you drop it off after that time, it will be postmarked for the next day. If you have questions, please call the Receiver's Office at (914) 762-8790 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is no way, under New York State law, for a municipality to waive late penalties on tax payments, so please don't wait to ask questions if you have them!



So let's get to the weekend, shall we? You are quickly running out of time to see the "Life in Pyro" exhibition at the OAC Steamer Gallery-- this art will only be on display through Thursday, October 4th, so try to squeeze in a trip down to 117 Main Street this weekend and check it out.


Tomorrow (Saturday, September 29th), catch the Ossining Police Department square off against the Ossining Fire Department in a softball game at Gerlach Park-- who will you root for, the Red or the Blue?




On Sunday, check out Ossining's own modern acoustic folk trio, the Forget-Me-Nots, featuring David Ray, at the Ossining Public Library at 2PM-- this free concert is a cheerful way to kick off the Fall season.




Also on Sunday, September 30th, join me in celebrating the Ossining Food Pantry's 30th Annual Celebration Event between 4 and 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-- but park at The Club at Briarcliff Manor, 25 Scarborough Road, where you can take a shutle bus to that door.  This annual event is a great opportunity to celebrate and thank the dedicated volunteers and donors of the Ossining Food Pantry.  


We received word from the Village of Ossining Water Department that they will be starting their semiannual hydrant-flushing program this Monday evening, October 1st. Flushing of hydrants will be performed between 9:00PM and 1:00AM in order to minimize disruptions to our residents.  The entire hydrant-flushing program will take approximately five weeks to complete.  As the flushing of hydrants takes place closer to your home, you may notice some discoloration in your water first thing in the morning.  Do not be alarmed. Just run your water for a short period of time and it should clear up.  If the discoloration persists, please notify the Water Department at 941-6111.






 Next Saturday, October 6th is the Green Ossining Town-wide Tag Sale.  Registration has closed already for this fall's sale, but be sure to follow the Green Ossining Town-Wide Tag Sale (Ossining & Briarcliff Manor) to see what great finds will be for sale next Saturday!  For more information, please visit the Green Ossining website.




 There’s still time to become a sponsor or set up a table at the Halloween Village site of the Forest O’Fears Haunted Hayride. Here’s the info you will need:





Ticket are going fast for this spooky event, so make sure to get yours while the getting is good-- check out the website for all you need to know about a wonderfully scary night coming to your Town real soon!



The Bethany Arts Community also has some fun events coming up in October-- learn how to grow garlic, mushrooms, shoots and sprouts! Take a look at Bethany's calendar for more info on this and other upcoming events right here in Ossining.


Bethany is also hosting a preview of the Ossining Arts Council’s Open Studio Tour-- check it out on Friday, October 5th between 5PM and 7PM before the open gallery from October 7th to 12th between 10AM and 2PM. 


On Thursday, October 11th, Senator David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will be holding the annual Ossining Senior Fair in the Community Center Gym between 8AM and 3PM. If you are a senior, or have any seniors in your life, the presentations at this annual event will provide you with some great information to navigate the complex world of Medicare, Social Security and more.

Another exciting October event? The Crossover Yoga Project will be holding their annual fundraiser at our very own Cedar Lane Arts Center on October 12th. Be a part of celebrating 3 years of empowering over 2500 at-risk girls in detention centers, prisons and residential treatment centers throughout Westchester through trauma informed yoga, mindfulness and creative art therapy. Learn more and get your tickets here


On the evening of Sunday, October 14th, come out for Happy Hour on the Hudson benefitting the Ossining Children's Center! Between 5PM and 7PM, the OCC will host at Factoria at Charles Point in Peekskill-- come for the craft beers, live music, and delicious appetizers, and stay for the amazing view, all while raising funds for the Children's Center's tuition assistance program. Learn more and buy your tickets here.













I can’t wait for this next event.  The one that was held two years ago was fantastic. Great music, dancing, and a ride Up the River all to benefit the continuing development of the Sing Sing Prison Museum.  Get your tickets now!


Town Board Contacts

Town Supervisor: Dana Levenberg - phone (914) 762-6001 - fax (914) 762-0833

Council Members: Karen D'Attore, Elizabeth Feldman, Jackie Shaw, Northern Wilcher Jr.