Here we go, full steam ahead into another beautiful Ossining weekend! I am looking forward to delicious apples at the Farmer's Market-- now is the time to get your hands on a wide variety and get chomping (or baking, now that the heat has broken.) You can also check out some great live music at the Ossining Elks Lodge tomorrow night (Saturday, September 30th) as part of the Second Saturday Jazz Series. Although food will be provided at the event, I am sure they won't mind if you sneak an apple or two in with you.
Work continues this week at the intersection of Route 9A/ 134. Yesterday, I took a drive to the job site and spoke with the foreman from the NYS DOT, who told me that they believe they will probably be on site for another two weeks. We have added some of the detour info to the Town's Homepage for easy access, and I will continue to keep you updated here when we hear about how the work is progressing.
As far as 16 Croton is concerned, we have also been working hard-- budget meetings continue, and our Tax Office has been busy preparing for the final days of school tax collection. As a reminder, September 30th is technically the final day to pay without penalty. However, because this date is falling on a Saturday this year, residents have until October 2nd to make payment in the office. The Tax Office on the 3rd Floor of 16 Croton will be open extended hours this coming Monday to accommodate folks who have yet to pay-- the office will be open from 8AM until 6PM. I want to thank our new Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz and her staff for working so very hard to provide exceptional customer service during this collection and making what can be a painful experience for our taxpayers sting a little less.
Please also be reminded that if you or someone you know has a DACA that expires between now and March 5, 2018, that October 5th is the renewal deadline.
With this nice breezy weather, tidying up at home may be the last thing on your mind. However, here's some motivation-- the Westchester County Mobile Shredder is coming to the Village of Briarcliff Manor on Saturday, October 7th, from 10AM and 1PM at 5 Van Lu Van Road, past the Youth Center. If you can’t make it then, the Shredder will be back at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center in Ossining on October 14th between 10AM and 1PM. Residents can bring up to 4 file-sized (10”x12”x15”) boxes of confidential papers per household. Please remove all large binder clips and covers. This is for the disposal of personal household papers. All business, institutional or commercial papers are not acceptable and will be rejected, as will any junk mail, magazines or newspapers.
Now that you've cleaned out all that space, perhaps it's time to find a new treasure or two. Green Ossining will be hosting their bi-annual Community Tag Sale on Saturday, October 7th. Check out Green Ossining's website for information about which homes are planning to participate and who has what to offer-- you never know what you'll find! The Google map of the tag sale locations will be available on October 4th so you can plan your course in advance.
Speaking of "planning your course," now is the time to get involved with MOGO, or Millwood Ossining Go!, and let us know what you think of the bike and walking routes we have proposed as part of our project with the Town of New Castle and the Village of Ossining, plus the Village of Briarcliff Manor and the Town of Yorktown. Check out our new MOGO page on the Town website for more information on the project and how to register for the forums-- our first two will take place at Club Fit Briarcliff on Thursday, October 5th (one session at 1PM and one at 7PM). If you can't attend next week, not to worry-- the Ossining Public Library will host us again on Thursday, November 2nd.
Despite the end of summer activities, our parks are still as busy as ever-- between softball, football, and all the pickup games, our green spaces are getting a lot of public use, especially Cedar Lane Park. Just a couple of weekends ago, we hosted the Fishing Derby, and on October 14th, several Ossining organizations will be filling the park with a variety of activities. The Ossining PBA will hosting a 5K race to benefit the Hope for Heroes charity (register now, or on site the day of the race, beginning at 7:45AM.) When the race starts wrapping up, the Ossining Arts Council will be hosting the Artist Open Studio Tours sponsored by the Ossining Arts Council for those artists who are not able to host visitors themselves. This will be one spot of many, and will begin at 11AM, so we are asking race visitors and participants to park on the upper parking lot by the football field, and the spots in the lower lot will be for artists and visitors to CLAC.
Besides getting Cedar Lane Park in shape for the 5K race, our Parks guys are still hard at work finishing up the Pavilion as part of the 2017 Capital Plan. The bathrooms are back up and running, the grill is in place, the gutters and drainage are tied in, and now the last step is to pave. The final plan is to pave the field side edge of the pavilion, which should get done towards the end of next week. This pavilion has not been rented in a few years due to the condition, so we are thrilled to get it back online for Summer 2018.
The Pavilion will also serve as part of the Forest O' Fears Haunted Hayride, which will be taking place this year on two nights (October 27th and October 28th) at Cedar Lane Park. Tickets are available online here-- no tickets will be sold at the event, so be sure to purchase in advance! (Also, tomorrow is the last day to purchase tickets at the $15 price-- beginning on October 1st, tickets will be $18 each!) Keep your eyes peeled this week for some spooky advertising around Town. We would let you know what to look for, but we wouldn't want to burst your bubble...
I also want to remind everyone that this coming Sunday, October 1st between 12PM and 6PM, St. Ann's Parish will be hosting a benefit for those in need after the earthquake in Mexico and the hurricanes in Puerto Rico. The event will take place in the gym at the St. Ann's School building on Elizabeth Street. Come enjoy some delicious food and dessert, music and dancing and participate in the raffle-- proceeds from the event will be split between relief organizations for both countries.
Also on Sunday, October 1st, I hope to see you at the Farm Fest at Fable, a beautiful farm on Route 134. It promises to be a fun day filled with delicious foods, artisanal craft vendors, cooking demos and so much more. Another perk-- the weather is expected to be 70 degrees, dry, and sunny. Nothing says "fall" quite like a day on the Farm-- come support our local businesses and make a day of it with family and friends.
That same day (10/1), you could also attend the Interfaith Vigil for Climate Justice at the Mariandale Center at 299 N. Highland Avenue. This free event, beginning at 3PM, encourages attendees to join in solidarity with Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants and share readings, poetry, prayer, music, singing and silence, along with the option of mindful walking on the grounds. All are welcome to heal our planet home in mindfulness, presence and intention.
Take a look at some of the other exciting events coming to Ossining in the coming weeks.
On Thursday, October 5th, the Ossining Public Library will host “Community Conversations” as part of the Westchester Library Systems program “Criminal Justice, Yesterday and Today.” Our very own Dana White, Village Historian, will give some background on the history of Sing Sing, and our friend Sean Pica, Executive Director of Hudson Link, will join an esteemed panel to discuss the current trends in prison reform and rehabilitation and how Sing Sing itself has impacted the penal system in the United States. This exciting conversation kicks off at 7PM in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library—be sure not to miss it. The conversation in Ossining is just the first in this series-- check out the complete schedule for the 5 other panel discussions scheduled throughout Westchester in October.
The leaves are already changing a bit around Town, but by next weekend, we are bound to have a lot of color on those trees, and what better way to see them than from a boat on the Hudson? On Sunday, October 8th, Ferry Sloops will host a Fall Foliage Cruise aboard the "Evening Star," where passengers will cruise through the Hudson Highlands, past Jones Point, Iona Island, Bear Mountain, Fort Montgomery, West Point and Worlds End, and will be treated to historical commentary and live music. Dinner is potluck, so be sure to bring something to share-- beer and wine will be available for purchase (there is no BYOB allowed), and soft drinks and water are complimentary. The tour departs Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill at 3PM sharp and will return at 6PM. Tickets are available at www.ferrysloops.org.
Although a bit later in the month, I think you'll want to mark your calendars for the Ossining Historical Society Museum's 86th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction, which will take place at The Briarcliff Manor on Studio Hill Road on Friday, October 20th at 6PM. Tickets are limited-- call (914) 941-0001 by October 13th to secure your spot for this event.
As we launch into October, please be reminded that Election Day is right around the corner. If you have moved or never registered to vote, you can download an application to register from the Westchester County Board of Elections website and mail it in. Also, please remember to apply for an absentee ballot if you will be out of town on November 7th, or encourage any of your friends and family (college students, etc.) to do so now.
Finally, for all those observing Yom Kippur this weekend, I wish you an easy fast and peaceful introspection.