I hope all our students are settling into the new school year, and I want to make everyone aware of a few infrastructure projects that may make the commute to school and work a little difficult for our second week of the new school year. As we announced a few weeks ago, this Monday, September 11th, (weather permitting) the New York State Department of Transportation will be working on the replacement of a culvert at just west of the intersection of Route 9A and Route 134 (and offering our Highway Department an opportunity to replace a stormwater pipe while the road is open), resulting in the closure of Route 134 at this intersection until September 22nd and possibly extending to September 29th. Please see this post from earlier today for detailed detour and closure instructions. We also received word that the Town of New Castle will be paving Glendale Road this Monday and Tuesday as well, weather permitting. Stay tuned to the Town of New Castle website for more updates on this project.
Great news -- the summer concert series has been extended tonight! Marc Berger & Ride have re-scheduled for tonight at 7PM. This is not Marc's first time in Ossining-- he and his band have played for us in the past, and this is one show you should be sure not to miss. Marc has played Austin's SXSW Music Festival and the Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals, and has opened for some of the industry's greats including Bob Dylan. You will be instantly transported to the American West from your spot on the lawn at Louis Engel Park. Greecy Gyro will be there cooking their specialties, so don't waste time in the kitchen-- come eat with us!
For some more live music in Ossining tonight, the Ossining Arts Council is also hosting Joe Duraes and the Skills at the Steamer Firehouse on Main Street.
One night of music not enough? Tomorrow, Saturday, September 9th, local band Jigsaww will perform in honor of their former band leader, Phil Ishmael, who passed away in May of 2016. The music, singing and dancing will begin at 6PM on the Louis Engel Park stage-- this is a free event, but please consider making a donation to benefit Phil's family.
Lucky for us, one of Ossining High School's student groups, the Junior Statesmen of America (JSA), will be holding a benefit concert on the Louis Engel Park stage next Saturday, September 16th beginning at 6pm keeping this great summer of outdoor concerts going (with food vendors as well). The JSA is a debate club, which travels to conventions throughout the year to engage with other high schools on important topics, and this fundraiser will help support a scholarship fund to ensure that every student that would like to participate in these conventions is able to, regardless of their family's financial situation.
Tomorrow is also the annual Ossining MATTERS Run/Walk. This is a great opportunity to support an organization that does so much for Ossining's students and schools. The deadline to pre-register was this past Thursday, but you can still register tonight from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Laur Lee (211 N. Highland Ave., Ossining). Participants that have already registered should visit Laur Lee tonight as well to pick up pre-race packets. Picking up these packets tonight will make tomorrow run much more efficiently. For more information about this community event, visit the Ossining MATTERS website.
This weekend, Sue Radparvar of Studio95 Zumba, will be holding a free zumba class that is open to the whole family at the Louis Engel Park beach on Saturday, September 9th at 3pm as part of the Mind, Body, Spirit - Ossining program. Sue recently became certified in Zumba Kids and Zumba Jr. and is excited to share these new offerings with the community. Join her for a fun afternoon on the waterfront, and be sure to bring the whole family along!
On Monday, September 11th, I hope you will join us for the annual Ossining and Briarcliff Manor 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Louis Engel Park, beginning at 7PM. This is always an incredibly touching event and a fitting reminder of all of the civilians and brave first responders we lost on that fateful day sixteen years ago, as well as all of our first responders who selflessly put their lives on the line for us each day.
At Tuesday's board meeting, we will be joined by Town Comptroller Tom Warren for an update on the Town's financials, as well as an update on the implementation of a new accounting software, Munis, in the Town and Village. As with most widespread changes, there have been a few hiccups in rolling out this new software, but we are excited to learn more about how Munis will bring about positive improvements for Town and Village functions. We will also be joined by the Ossining Juniors Little League Team to recognize their exciting accomplishments this past season. If you haven't already heard, these 13- and 14-year old champions swept the New York State tournament, to earn first place, and secured second place in the East Regional Tournament last month. For perspective -- the East Region encompasses teams from Maryland to Maine, and along the way, the Ossining team beat teams from Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, before losing in the final to Pennsylvania. Joined by their coaches, Jim Curry, Graig Galef, and Pat Yost, the whole team will be at our meeting to receive special honors for bringing another great sports accomplishment to Ossining.
I am also happy to report that the newly coined Millwood-Ossining Go! (MOGO) task force has made significant headway on developing options for improved bike and pedestrian accessibility between and throughout Ossining and neighboring Millwood. The task force has developed some drafts of potential routes that are ripe for various improvements that would increase safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists. Now we need your help! Save the date for public forums on Thursday, October 5th at the Club Fit Briarcliff Cafe and Thursday, November 2nd at the Ossining Public Library Cafe. These forums will be held on those days from 1pm-2pm and 7pm-8pm so hopefully as many community members and stakeholders as possible can join us. We will also be creating a webpage for the project with a survey and an interactive map for feedback from any members of the public that may not be able to attend the public forums. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
Next Thursday, Senator David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will be holding their annual senior fair at the community center from 10am to 1pm. There will be many local vendors and organizations with excellent resources for seniors in our community. The Town will have a table, with resources from various Town offices, including the tax office and senior nutrition program. Our new Receiver of Taxes, Holly Perlowitz, is planning on stopping by, so make sure to come down and meet her. Our Assessor's Office will also have information about tax exemptions.
Also, don't forget that the price for tickets for the Haunted Hayride at Cedar Lane Park will increase after next Friday, September 15th. I hope you will join us for this annual event highlighting our beautiful park which, this year, is taking place the weekend before Halloween.
It's not too late to volunteer for the Hayride! If you have any spooky skills to offer, please send an email to our resident zombie-tamer Fern Quezada and let her know how you'd like to pitch in -- even if you aren't available the weekend of the event, there are plenty of other ways to get involved.
Next weekend, a few of my board colleagues and I will be joining the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department as they have been chosen to host the 11th Annual Westchester County Volunteer Fireman’s Association Convention, which is culminating in a Fireman’s Parade next Saturday, September 16th at 1PM. The parade will start on Pleasantville Road and head down to Law Park, where the marchers and onlookers will be met by a live band. We look forward to celebrating this great honor with the Village of Briarcliff Manor.
There are so many other great community events scheduled for this week and next weekend, be sure to check some of them out --