Happy Friday! Hope everyone has had a great week.
It has been an eventful time here in the Town. In case you hadn’t heard, the Town recently received a Planning Achievement Award in Historic Restoration from the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation! The work we completed on the Superintendent’s Cottage at Dale Cemetery was recognized for the beauty and quality of its restoration. You can read more about it here.
As I noted during my acceptance, I’m so grateful for the many people who made this project possible. Special thanks to cemetery superintendent, Pete Connolly, the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy, Stephen Tilly and Stephanie Reinert at Stephen Tilly Architect, Tom Clemmens of Clemco Construction, Andy Tiess who served as project manager, and the incomparable Victoria Cafarelli, for all of their hard work. Thank you for helping us to preserve such an important part of the history of our Town (and Village!).
The Community Equity Task Force also hosted The New Giving Tuesday, a day of learning about organ and tissue donation. Local leaders, elected officials, experts and community members impacted by illnesses requiring organ transplants shared a variety of important messages to the community.
Ossining Village Trustee Omar Lopez encouraging residents to enroll
Brookside School Principal Ann Dealy speaking about a colleague lost to illness
Ossining resident Tevin Gillespie speaking about his experiences as an organ recipient
If you were unable to watch live, you can catch up by viewing the content on the Community Equity Task Force Facebook page or visiting this web page if you are not on Facebook. We hope the stories of all who shared and the spirit of the season will move you to sign up to be a donor (if you haven’t already signed up to be one!). Click here to enroll in the state organ and tissue donation registry, and click here to start the process of enrolling in the bone marrow registry. Also, while we were unable to have the New York Blood Center join us for Tuesday’s event, you can click here to learn more about blood donation eligibility and find local opportunities to donate blood.
We also honored the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with the Village of Ossining and local veterans. Big shout out to Michael G. O’Connor who was representing Ossining’s Centralized Committee of War Veterans for organizing this commemoration annually. I was joined by Town and Village Clerk Sue Donnelly for the proceeding, who placed the wreath with me on behalf of the Village.
And we are hiring! The Highway Department is in need of an Assistant Automotive Mechanic. Click here for more details and application instructions.
If your 5-11 year old has been recently vaccinated, why not enter them in a raffle for a full ride scholarship to the SUNY or CUNY of their choice? New York State is offering up to 50 lucky vaccinated kids immunity from student loan debt - click here for more details! Entry period closes December 19.
On to the fun stuff! The Mike Risko Band will be helping The Tasty Table celebrate its third anniversary tonight with an acoustic set starting at 6:30 PM. Great food and great tunes - who could ask for anything more?
One of our favorite local arts venues is back! Westchester Collaborative Theater is still showing Diners, Dives & Dreamers; click here to purchase tickets. Director Susan Ward, actors Julie Griffin and Maggie Kramer, and house manager Jeff Ramsey are all Ossinauts. It is such a blessing to live in a town with so many talented people, and I have an inside scoop that this is a phenomenal round of new original plays!
Ossining Early Childhood PTA is holding a holiday fair tomorrow, December 11 from noon - 5 PM. Have fun and get some holiday shopping done while supporting Park and Brookside students!
Looking for work? Here are some employment opportunities to consider. First, the MTA is hiring HR professionals - submit your resume by Tuesday, December 14 to be invited to their career fair next Thursday, December 16! See below for details.
Also, the State Department of Labor is hosting a virtual Hudson Valley Career Fair Wednesday, December 15. Job seekers can preview the employers who will be there on Tuesday, December 14. Pre-register here.
Next Friday, December 17, the Ossining Schools will be hosting its second annual Winter Wonderland from 4-6 PM in the parking lot at OHS. Join in the fun!
On Saturday, December 18 at 7 PM and 8:30 PM, Westchester Collaborative Theater will continue to celebrate its reopening with a special holiday concert by the very wonderful KJ Denhert Jazz Project. The performance will combine holiday themes and new material from Denhert’s latest shows. We love KJ and feel so blessed that she is one of our own! Get your tickets here!
In other arts news, Bethany Arts Community is preparing for spring residencies and other offerings. Applications are now open for poetry and multidisciplinary residencies, and are due on January 21, 2022. They are also seeking submissions for an upcoming multidisciplinary exhibition called “Impact 2022: Art that Bears Witness.” Click here to learn more and send a submission by January 31, 2022.
If you’re in a position to help neighbors in need, read on. The Baker-Collyer Christmas Cheer Fund is collecting donations for its 106th year of ensuring that everyone has something to eat at Christmas. If you are able to give, you can do so online at their website or via the following methods:
- Mail to Baker-Collyer Christmas Cheer Fund, ℅ John Crawford, PO Box 508, Ossining, NY 10562
- Over the phone - call (914) 438-9843 or (914) 762-1958
Two of our local businesses, Mike Risko Music and The Tasty Table, are hosting drop off boxes for the O Prime Hat and Glove Drive, now through December 15. If you can, please donate!
Mike Risko Music is also offering the opportunity for someone to receive six months of music lessons for free - submit their story by December 31 for a chance to win.
Neighbors Link is collecting winter clothes for workers and toys for kids. Click the links to see their wish lists, select items to donate, and mark them as pledged. Items can be brought/delivered to their Mount Kisco location (27 Columbus Ave), or their Ossining location at 23-25 Spring Street.
The Ossining Boat and Canoe Club is collecting toys for its holiday toy drive at the following locations through Thursday, December 16:
If you’re in need of generosity right now, read on. If you are behind in your mortgage payments due to causes related to the pandemic, the New York State Homeowners Assistance Fund can help. Applications open up January 3.
Note for small business owners: the State’s COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program has recently been expanded. Visit nysmallbusinessrecovery.com to learn more and apply for assistance.
As the weather gets colder, please reach out for help if you or someone you know is having difficulty heating their home. Applications are open for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), overseen by the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Click here to read more about the types of help that are available, check your eligibility, and apply.
If you are filing a FEMA claim for Hurricane Ida-related damage, the deadline to do so has been extended to January 4, 2022. See below for details on how to access help; the remaining information, minus the date, is still accurate!
FEMA also recommends that you protect your home with flood insurance. To learn more about it and the National Flood Insurance Program, click here.
On the topic of emergency management - the County recently completed a draft of its updated hazard mitigation plan. Thank you to all who participated in the survey a few months back. Please review and comment on the draft plan, which you can view here. Public input is vital to ensuring that we are well-prepared for extreme weather and other events, which unfortunately will become more common due to climate change. The public review period is open until December 17.
As Indian Point undergoes decommissioning, the Department of Public Service (DPS) has opened a Wrongdoing (Whistleblower) Complaint Form. If you have specific concerns to highlight during the decommissioning process, you can share them with DPS here. You can also call 518-486-1487 with any tips related to the decommissioning process.
If you have a parking or traffic summons from the Town or Village of Ossining to respond to, you can plea by email or mail. Click here to read more about how to respond to your summons.
Ossining Communities that Care is encouraging adults to step up and begin having conversations with the young people in their lives about avoiding substance abuse. Visit their Grown Ups Show Up page for tips and talking points to guide these conversations.
Tax reminder: The second half of Village of Briarcliff Manor taxes are due on January 3, 2022 without penalty; click here for more information. Village of Ossining taxes are due on January 31, 2022, as well as the second half of this year’s school taxes for both Ossining and Briarcliff School Districts. Click here for the Village of Ossining payment link and here for school taxes.
We will see you soon. Till then, please be safe and healthy, and also, shop Ossining as often as possible this holiday season!