Tonight's concert is going to be a great one-- have you heard of Taj Weekes? Taj, originally from St. Lucia, comes with a set of original reggae music and with a positive message about social responsibility and human rights-- check him out here. Come join us at Engel Park at 7PM and be inspired-- I am really looking forward to hearing Taj and his band play live.




We have had another exciting week here in Ossining. On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo came to Westchester to talk about how New York is going to work to protect women’s health care and reproductive rights and make sure we do not revert back to practices that jeopardize either.  He signed an executive order guaranteeing protections for women’s access to contraception, and we joined him in calling for the Senate to go back into session to codify Roe v. Wade in New York State.  Time’s a wastin’, so we hope these important protective measures will be taken seriously by the State Senate an acted upon sooner rather than later.

Also on Tuesday, we held a press conference and thanked Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator David Carlucci for working hard to get some common sense legislation passed that would allow the our Court Officers to have the title of Peace Officer conferred upon them, as they had before our courts were merged, to enable them to be able to ensure our courts are safe, and help reduce out of pocket costs to taxpayers which we now must incur to hire extra police staff to do that.  We are planning to send a letter to Governor Cuomo when this bill goes to him, to encourage him to sign it and help us offer more efficiencies to our taxpayers.
Today, the Village of Ossining hosted its quarterly intermunicipal leadership meeting with the Town, Village, Schools, Ossining Public Library, Ossining Police Department, Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, the Ossining Recreation Department, Westchester Library Systems, and IFCA. This is an opportunity for all of our organizations to make sure we are on the same page with projects that are on the table, events, approaches to some of the challenges we each grapple with, and to help work together on solutions.  I am so proud to be part of a community where it feels like all of the stakeholder organizations are so passionate about finding ways to support our community members. We do not always get it right in everyone’s eyes, but I guarantee you, we have many, many hearts in the right place.  Whether it is safe, affordable housing, literacy, recreation, OR public health, we are constantly searching for ways to improve our community and make it desirable, affordable, and interesting.  Thank you to all of my colleagues who help make me so proud!
(Speaking of the Ossining Schools, there is still time to donate new and used shoes for the PTA/ OCAA fundraiser! We have been doing awesome here at 16 Croton, so please come drop off what you can and help the students and teachers in the Ossining School District to secure teaching grants and scholarships!)



We are looking at another beautiful weekend with some humidity but not as warm, perfect for outdoor activities! I hope you will join the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy this Saturday at Sparta Cemetery, where they will be leading a gravestone cleaning. No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn about Ossining's exciting history and a willingness to get a little damp and dirty.


Also on Saturday the 14th between 11AM and 1PM, Teatown will host Wildflower Island Open Gate Day-- come check out this gorgeous spot with all of its winding paths and see another side of Teatown. This free event is appropriate for nature lovers aged 10 and up-- no registration is necessary, but bad news, Lassie-- no dogs are allowed.

Later that day, consider stopping by the Ossining Public Library for a closer look at something incredibly eye opening. RTA (Rehabilitation Through the Arts) will be holding their Gallery Reception for "Images Behind Prison Walls," a display of artwork by men and women incarcerated throughout New York State. This exhibit will be on display throughout the month of July, but take this chance on Saurday to speak with RTA alumni and learn more about the impressive work they've been doing to help the formerly incarcerated adapt to life at home. This is a very unusual opportunity to both view and purchase prisoner art.

Finally, at 8PM on Saturday evening (the 14th), come see "Forever Broadway" at the Clear View School-- all proceeds from this variety show, which will include musical selections from Les Miserables, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and more, will go to benefit programming at Clear View. Call (914) 941-9513 for tickets.




Also this weekend is one of my personal favorite Ossining events, I was bummed not to make it last year! Shattemuc holds the Ladies Kayak Day each year for women in our community to spend a morning getting to know one another out on the beautiful Hudson River. A $10 per person donation is requested with proceeds going to benefit the SPCA in Briarcliff. If you don't have your own kayak but contact them soon, they may be able to lend you one for the day-- trust me, it'll be worth it! Just don't forget your sunscreen-- it's gonna be a hot one.



On Tuesday, July 17th, the Westchester County Clerk's Office will be at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center between 11AM and 2PM-- if you need assistance applying for a passport, or even getting your passport photo taken, Clerk Idoni's staff will be on hand to help you. Call the County Clerk's Office at (914) 995-3082 with any questions.







Next week, Westchester Collaborative Theater will be presenting a staged reading of "Feedback Loop"-- see below for performance dates. Please note-- this production contains material suited for adult viewers only, including very strong language and content. Please be mindful of who you invite along!


A very exciting event is coming up next weekend-- on the morning of Sunday, July 22nd, the Village of Briarcliff Manor will be hosting a ribbon cutting for the grand re-opening of the Route 9A/ North State Road intersection. This project has been discussed for many years, and we are so glad it is finally complete-- extra special thanks to to the Village of Briarcliff and Village Manager Phil Zegarelli for taking the lead on this complicated project and helping it to fruition, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator David Carlucci for theihelp and support with funding and with navigating NYSDOT, and County Legislator Catherine Borgia for all the work at the County level necessary to get this improvement accomplished, which we hope will help ease traffic on this major corridor. I will follow up with more details in next week's update.








Finally, here's a call to all tennis players out there-- there are two great events taking place later this month to support the Croton and Ossining Community Tennis Association.The Summer Sizzler is a two-part fundraiser, all taking place on Saturday, July 28th. Part one is a social tennis mixer at the Shannon Ross Tennis Courts at Nelson Park between 2PM and 5PM-- if you want to get in on a little friendly competition, all you need to do is register, and they will work out the schedule and teams for you. Part two is a party at the home of Patrice and Jeff Davidson in Croton between 7PM and 9:30PM, including Jeff's world-class barbeque. To participate, reserve your spot for one or both events here.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy all that sunshine! Perhaps a visit to the Spray Park at Engel is in order!