The last week of March was a slow one in the Town of Ossining... April Fools!
Even though we had a 5th Tuesday, which generally means no Tuesday night meeting for our Board, we packed the work of several weeks into this one.
We continue to hear from many of you about the impact notices you've received from Tyler Technologies. if you have questions, please call Tyler to schedule an appointment-- they can be reached at (800) 273-8605.
One of the most interesting parts of our week was a demonstration by GovPilot, a company that provides a cloud-based solution to producing municipal forms based on geographic location. In addition to staff from the Town Buildings department and our Town Clerk, we were also joined by the Village Manager and Town Comptroller/ Village Treasurer. We are going to look closely at how this package may assist both the Town and Village to streamline and simplify our permitting process to the benefit of our staff and our residents.
Instead of a Town meeting, on Tuesday night, I attended a meeting of the Indian Brook/Croton Gorge Task Force, hosted by the Town of Cortlandt and the Village of Croton. This group, which also includes several engaged citizens of Ossining, has been working together for years to ensure that the watershed areas around the reservoir remain safe and pristine. We have some homework to do for the next meeting, much of which involves reporting back on our stormwater protection plan, which we will revisit as a Board during the month of May before our annual submission is due to New York State.
One of the most important things we accomplished this week was the finalization of a survey that our staff has been working on for a long time. Do you use our Town Parks? Why or why not? What would you like to see in our parks that doesn’t currently exist? Your feedback could win you a $100 gift certificate to one of our local restaurants. Follow this link to get started—you have until May 2nd and it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. Don’t have computer access? We will have hard copies in the Town Supervisor’s Office at 16 Croton Avenue too. Please share generously with your neighbors, but remember, this survey (and the prizes!) are for Ossining residents only.
Please be sure to mark your calendars for some events in April and early May:
- The Jesse Collyer Youth Sports Baseball and Softball Parade is set to step off at 8:30AM on Saturday, April 9th from Roosevelt School. The teams will be marching up Route 133 to Campwoods, and then from Narragansett to Veterans Park. Come out and support our Ossining athletes, this parade is always a fun time.
- Earth Day is scheduled for April 16th at Louis Engel Waterfront Park, check out the advertisement for more details.
- The OHCC (Ossining Historic Cemetery Conservancy) will be holding a Gravestone Cleaning Workshop on April 30th from 9AM to noon at Dale Cemetery- no experience is required, just a willingness to freshen up an important piece of our collective history.
- Ossining’s Health and Wellness Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th, at Louis Engel Waterfront Park—besides being an awesome community-run event to benefit a worthy cause, it is also the scheduled kickoff for Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining. Please check the Town’s website for more information on this exciting day.
- Also on May 7th ? The Riverkeeper Sweep: join Riverkeeper to help clean up the Hudson River! Times and details will be available as the date comes closer, and you can learn more here.
There are many, many events I want to share with you for the weeks ahead. Even though the weather may be rainy (and maybe even snowy!), there is plenty to do in the Town of Ossining this weekend. I hope you’ll join me at one event in particular, which is an environmental rally against the Algonquin Incremental Pipeline Expansion project. The risks to our community are substantial, and making our voices heard will help keep this pipeline out of our very vulnerable backyard. I hope to see you on Sunday at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green, the rally will be from 2PM to 4PM. Please see additional events below:
(It’s really $10 suggested donation, not $1000... another April Fools joke!)
Eco Clean Training
What: Learn the skills you will need to start or improve your house cleaning business! In this course you will learn to: clean using eco-sage products; implements new knowledge for current clients; improve or create your own client list or business; and more. Childcare and dinner provided. Instruction is offered in Spanish. Course Fee: $12. Registration is required. Space is limited.
When: April 6 - April 12, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: Ossining Children's Center, 90 S. Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY.
Contact: Call Neighbors Link Northern Westchester: 914 666-3410
Lecture on The Holocaust
What: This lecture will be given by Dr. William Reszelbach, a child of holocaust survivors. He is a former school teacher, chiropractor, businessman, and has lectured on the holocaust at temples and civic associations. The topics of discussion will include: Kristallnacht, the different concentration camps; coming to America after the war, The Nuremberg Trials, and what it is like to be a child of holocaust survivors. This informative lecture is valuable for everyone in the community. School aged children and up are welcome to attend.
When: Wednesday, April 6. 7:00pm
Where: Budarz Theatre, Ossining Public Library, Ossining, NY
Contact: Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY
Fort Kitchawanc: A Prehistoric Native American Structure on Croton Point
What: Ferry Sloops' 2016 Spring Lecture Series kicks-off on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30pm,with "Fort Kitchawanc: A Prehistoric Native American Structure on Croton Point Park" presented by Scott Horecky.
The Croton Point Park peninsula contains the remains of a very large Native American fortified enclosure, with traces of possible earthwork features and burial remains. Croton Point's unique glacial geology and estuarine environment proved an attractive location for prehistoric Native Americans for over 9,000 years ending soon after the arrival of Dutch colonists in the early 1600s. Join us at Shattemuc Yacht Club in Ossining, host of Ferry Sloops’ Spring Lecture Series. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Come with a dish to share at 6:30PM and enjoy a potluck supper or arrive a little before 7:30PM for the presentation. No reservations needed (seating will be first-come, first-served), and will be about an hour long, followed by a question-and-answer period.
When: Wednesday, April 6 7:30pm
Where: Shattemuc Yacht Club, 46 Westerly Road, Ossining, NY
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Teatown's Animal Adventures: Built to Hunt – Predators!
Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road. What adaptations do predators have that make them good at what they do? Come along and meet a few of the animals in Teatown’s collection that are at the top of the food chain! Families with children 4 years old and up. For more information, click here.
Have a wonderful week!