Another busy week in the Town of Ossining: the 3rd floor of 16 Croton is in the process of creating the 2016 Town/County tax bills, our Parks staff is hard at work finishing up the Shinehouse at Cedar Lane Park, and all of our departments are shifting into Spring mode.
The Village of Ossining hosted us for their first official "Lunch and Learn" program this Wednesday, where the topic was Managing the Work/ Life Balance. It was great to see so many of our employees taking time to learn about how they can better balance their roles as mothers and fathers, parents, children, students, and friends with the growing pressures of work, and the presenter had some wonderful ideas of how to take better care of ourselves. We are all looking forward to the Lunch and Learn next month, as well as the other components of this wonderful Employee Wellness program.
We spent some time on Thursday working with our project managers from MUNIS, the new accounting software package that the Town and Village will be moving to later this year. It is exciting to see how many of our processes will become easier with this new software, and how much more accessible our data will be to the public once we get up and running. We are aiming for a launch date this Fall, stay tuned for more details as we get closer.
I want to take the chance to invite everyone to our second Town Hall Meeting of 2016, which will take place in the Budarz Theater at the Library next Tuesday evening at 7:30PM. After a quick Special Meeting, we will move into some exciting topics. We are scheduled to have a presentation from Sunshine Children's Home, who will get us up to date on their proposed expansion plan for the site on Cedar Lane. We will also hear from the new owners of Snowden House in the Village, who are asking for an extension of the existing PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program on the site. Glenn Weinberg will be joining us to explain some of the positive effects our homeowners will see now that Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is here, and finally, we will hear from Julie Roche of Burbio, a company who has proposed a new way for Ossining to manage our community calendar. Even better news? They plan to handle it free of charge. Come hear about the exciting projects we are working on in the Town, or come to ask a question to or raise a topic with the Board. These are your meetings, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Tonight is the last chance to see the Ossining High School Drama Club's production of "In the Heights"- the show is fantastic, and while tickets are still available for reserved seats, most seats are free. Join me at the final performance tonight, or maybe I will see you at some other events around Town this week.
Watch Ossining’s O-Bots in NYC at Javits Center, -
What: Ossining’s championship robotics team will compete in FIRST Robotics Competition’s New York Regional event. Over 200 teams from the New York tri-state area, Arizona, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom will vie to be among the five teams who advance to the national championship in St. Louis. Ossining’s team competed in St. Louis in 2012 and 2013.
Come cheer for our team in person or watch online at http://www.nycfirst.org/
When: Saturday, March 12th from and Sunday, March 13th from 9-3
Where: Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City
Annual St. Patrick's Family Celebration
What: St. Augustine’s Parish, 381 No. Highland Avenue, Ossining invites the Ossining community to its annual St. Patrick’s Family Celebration on from 6 to in the School Auditorium. This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising ! The Celebration features DJ music, Sing-A-longs, Irish Step-dancers, Bagpipers, a Sweepstake Raffle and a performance by the School’s Bell Choir Tickets are $40 per adult which includes a corned beef and cabbage dinner and complimentary water/soda and $10 per child (3 to 12 years old) for unlimited pizza, juice, cookies and games. Wine, beer and stout will be available at the cash bar. Everyone is welcome to join the festivities and wear their GREEN! Reservations can be at the Parish office (941-0067) and will be accepted until 3/10/16.
Where: St. Augustine's Parish, 381 North Highland Avenue, Ossining
Contact: St. Augustine's Parish Office, 914-941-0067
Down to Earth Farmers Markets is Hiring!
When: Openings Available Now
Where: Westchester and Rockland Counties, Down to Earth Markets, 173 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Ossining
Grow Local Film Series: To Make a Farm
What: Named one of the ten most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival, To Make A Farm asks: what might the future of local food and farming look like? This beautifully photographed documentary explores the lives of five young people who have decided to become small‐scale farmers. VIFF calls To Make A Farm “exceptionally hopeful, giving us a close‐range view of humanity along with a detailed portrayal of the nuts and bolts of agriculture.”
When: Thursday, March 17, 6:30pm
Where: Down to Earth Markets, 173 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Ossining
Contact: Down to Earth Markets, 173 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Ossining, (914) 923-4837