Heading into the holiday weekend and things are looking good from 16 Croton! There are many great activities going on around Ossining this weekend, beginning with some events this very evening. I am on my way to the ribbon cutting of Ossining's newest business, the Sing Sing Kill Brewery on Spring Street-- will you come join us for a cold one when the tap room opens at 5PM? If not, don't worry-- they will be open all weekend (tonight until 11PM, tomorrow from 1PM to 11PM, and Sunday & Monday from 1PM to 10PM), so come enjoy some down time in their beautiful new space that has been granted NYS Farm Brewery status, which means they use only ingredients local to the Hudson Valley. Check their website to learn more about the history of this locally owned business and to see some photos of how far they've come. Congratulations!
When you're done trying some of the offerings at the Brewery, consider heading down the hill to Water Street. Westchester Collaborative Theater will be presenting their newest Play In the Box production, a performance series that offers member playwrights an opportunity to present their never before seen plays to an audience at our black box theater. The plays, all self-produced by the playwrights featuring actors and directors of their choice, range from readings to fully staged performances. Following each play, the audience is asked to become part of the creative process through talk-backs that assist the playwrights in identifying what works and what doesn’t in the plays. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.
Going to be on the other side of Town? The Soul Projekt, one of our favorite local bands, will be playing at Maya Riviera tonight at 8:30PM-- make your way to this great spot on North State Road a little earlier and grab a table for dinner before a fun evening of jazz.
Last week we received guidance from New York State’s Tax & Finance Department regarding the Charitable Trust Fund legislation which was passed in New York State and signed into law in reaction to the federal SALT bill which disallows more than $10,000 in deductions for individuals and families. I can tell you that everyone at all levels of government is working hard to figure out how we can administer this new law to offer our taxpayers the most options for securing the highest deduction on their federal income tax payments so we do not have to pay taxes on our taxes. Unfortunately, it is not smooth sailing, but we hope as many of the top finance, taxation, and legal specialists in the localities, state and county, will evaluate the legislation and its ramifications, so we can put a plan in place very soon if it seems like it makes sense to do so. The latest IRS statement on this subject is not looking promising, though, so stay tuned.
Speaking of taxes, a notice from our Town Assessor will be arriving in many of your mailboxes very soon-- make sure to take note and open it, as it will include a copy of the NYS Official Change of Assessment Notice for your property. In 2016, the Town completed a total revaluation of properties, bringing all properties to 100% of market value. In order for our roll to be maintained at 100% going forward, our Assessor will be examining values each year and making necessary adjustments on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. If you receive a notice, it means that your assessment has changed since last year. If you disagree with the value stated for your property, you have some options. First, check out some comparable properties on the Assessor's sales page. If you still think the value is out of whack, we implore you to call the office (762-8274) and set up an appointment to see the Assessor and see if we've missed something. Still disagree? You can file a formal grievance on or before Grievance Day on Tuesday, June 19th. Working with us is much less expensive than hiring a professional tax assessment reduction companies, so please start here before you hire someone!
This Monday is Memorial Day, and as always, there will be several opportunities to join in with the community and honor the brave men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The Memorial Day Parade in Ossining steps off at 9:30AM on Monday, May 28th from the corner of Croton Avenue and Calam Avenue. The parade will continue to Nelson Park and will be followed by a ceremony. The Briarcliff Manor Memorial Day Parade will also be held on Monday, beginning at 11:30AM on Pleasantville Road near the downtown, and this parade will also be followed by a service at Law Park. The weather is looking a little dicey from here, so check the Town of Ossining homepage or Facebook page for any last minutes changes or cancellations. If you do attend the ceremony at Nelson Park, keep an eye out for wreaths handmade by some of Ossining’s Girl Scouts-- we can’t wait to see their handiwork displayed at Nelson Park for the third year in a row!
In an extra bit of good news regarding the weekend, we have had all manner of hustle go into making sure that the Louis Engel Spray Park would be up and running, and we made it! Not a moment too soon either-- there were a few unexpected repairs that needed to be made but they have been taken care of—extra shout out to our Parks Department and the Village Water Department for making this happen! Hopefully the weather is warm enough that we will get some visitors! The hours for this weekend will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 11AM to 6PM.
Here are some other great events coming up this week-- it's gonna be a busy one!
On the evening of Saturday, June 2nd, the Ossining Children's Center welcomes you to their annual Dine-A-Round, with all proceeds going to benefit the Ossining Children's Center's tuition assistance program. Your ticket buys you not only a cocktail party and progressive dinner, but will help the OCC provide their high quality programming to all families with childcare needs. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
Also that evening, Westchester Collaborative Theater will host Les Hommes de Cave, a five-piece jazz band featuring the vocal stylings of Ossining resident and professional chanteuse Ann Gulian-- come on down to Water Street for an evening of mainstream jazz infused with Haitian and Brazilian influences.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the Ossining Jazz Festival, a tribute to women in jazz and blues, taking place on Friday June 8th through Sunday June 10th. On Friday night, check out Anne Carpenter and Camille Gainer Jones starting at 7:30PM at the Elks Lodge-- Saturday night will also take place at the Elks Lodge, featuring Kristen Mather de Andrade at 7:30PM and KJ Denhert at 9PM, and on Sunday, Bethany Arts Community will host the Ossining School Jazz Ensemble beginning at 12:30PM. Purchase your tickets here.
Finally, the OCAA (Ossining Cultural Arts Advocates, a volunteer group working with the Ossining Union Free School District) wants you to clean your closet and donate to our schools. The OCAA and PTA are collecting shoes to raise money for teacher grants and student scholarships, and the goal is to collect 2500 pairs of new, used and gently-worn shoes by the last day of school. There is a collection box in each OUFSD school, and also one at Theater O on State Street. They aren't too picky when it comes to style-- bring your shoes from last season, those ougrown by your kids, galoshes, cleats, crocks, clogs, platform shoes, even swim flippers!
Wishing everyone a very safe, happy and relaxing long weekend! Please remember that the Town offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day, and that there will be no Town Board meeting on Tuesday, May 29th. Please take some time over the weekend to remember the brave men and women who left this world in service to our nation, and who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the protection of our freedoms.
PS: Check out this "One Point Perspective Pariotic Parade" imagined by one of our 9 year art students at the Cedar Lane Arts Center-- what an awesome depiction of our great nation. Thanks to CLAC instructor Cathy Carabee-Faiella for sharing.