We are finally ready for the big reveal you've been waiting for.... the 2019 Summer Concert Series Lineup has been announced! We are so excited to be partnering with the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce this year to offer not just live music, but Food Truck Fridays every Friday in July and August. We are all set up to have a great summer in Ossining-- all that's missing is you! (That's easily fixed of course.)
Do you own a local business who may like to sponsor the series? Or are you friendly with a food truck who may want to come to Ossining? Send them these links or have them contact the Chamber office at (914) 941-0009.
If you're not into the whole "eating a brick oven pizza from a truck and singing along to live music from the comfort of your blanket" thing (and honestly, I don't know who wouldn't be into that but... it takes all kinds?), consider spending your Friday nights hearing music from the other side of the stage. One option is to join the Ossining Boat & Canoe Club and head out on your own. Not a member (yet)? Come to their monthly membership meeting on Wednesday, June 12th at 7PM and learn about the Club and how you can get involved. Looking for a lighter commitment? Consider Ossining Kayak Tours and listen to the music from your wee vessel. They are doing several kayak trips on Friday nights so you can croon along with the band from the mighty Hudson. What could be cooler than that?
This week I had the opportunity to attend several conferences about climate change and sustainability, including the Westchester County Forum on Climate Change and the Westchester County Clean Energy Forum with NYPA. These forums have given me a lot to think about, as we look for ways for how we can plan appropriately for climate change, protect our Town assets, and advance clean energy options in our community. There are so many ways we can all work together to ensure a bright future for our community and our world.
One of the easiest ways we can be a little more "green" is by planting trees, shrubs, and other plants. Here in the Town, we received a "Buffer in a Bag" from the DEC's "Trees for Tribs" program, which was essentially a package of tree and shrubs seedlings to plant along the stream at Ryder Park to help improve water quality and reduce erosion into the stream, a tributary of the Pocantico River. I checked in on our baby trees this week, and good news -- they are blossoming!!
June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and earlier this week, I joined my colleagues in the Village of Ossining and the LGBTQ Alliance in Ossining in raising a Pride Flag for the first time ever in front of Village/Town Hall at 16 Croton Avenue. We always talk about how Ossining is an inclusive community, and while that is true, I gave some thought to what precisely that means while listening to the remarks today. While we all are aware that Ossining prides itself on its diversity and welcoming nature, the reason that matters is that when we all live, learn, eat, shop and grow in one place, regardless of our color, religion, race, gender identity or expression, size, lifestyle choices, or bank account balance, we can live richer more robust lives if we can appreciate our differences as well as our similarities, not live in silos, and welcome all that these differences add to our community. Then perhaps we can move away from hate, and live in a community where kindness and respect reigns and we understand people as people and learn the value of lives being lived differently than ours. I am even more proud now to come to work every day, while this flag waves, knowing that these shared values are reflected here, and seeing the assembled crowd today I know I am not alone. Congratulations, Ossining, and Happy Pride!
Meanwhile, Town staff members have been busy this week with trainings. On Monday and Thursday, the first groups of Town staff members headed over to OVAC headquarters for CPR training led by Captain Nick Franzoso. Now, these first "Heartsaver" trained staff members will be ready to jump into action if a family member, friend, co-worker, or member of the community needs help in a life-threatening situation. Thank you to Nick Franzoso for leading this important class!
Members of the Highway Department also participated in their annual safety training on Wednesday. We work with an outside consultant each year who provides a variety of safety-related trainings to our Highway, Parks and Cemetery staff about the particular hazards that can be common in their jobs, such as Emergency Response, HAZMAT, and Hearing and Respiratory Protection.
Our trainer Lisa is very engaging and keeps the class moving, and she keeps our guys in line. (Of course, the coffee and bagels don't hurt either!)
We will have the rest of the Highway staff, along with our Parks and Cemetery employees, go through the same training week after next. Safety is the number one priority for all of our staff, but these guys in particular have some very specific training they must participate in on an annual basis, and we are glad to say we are fully on schedule for 2019.
This afternoon, I received a phone call from a resident who wished to compliment our wonderful Highway Department. She lives in the Woods Condominiums and noticed a situation with overgrown trees making it difficult to see when turning on to the road. She called our Highway Department, and they quickly took care of the situation. Thank you to Highway Superintendent Pete Connolly and John Orlando from our Highway Department for being so attentive to the needs of our residents to ensure our roads are safe! We are incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated and responsive staff in the Town of Ossining.
Join us tomorrow for the 39th Annual Ossining Village Fair! The Town is going to be represented by four different booths tomorrow -- Cedar Lane Arts Center, Green Ossining, Environmental Advisory Committee, and the Forest O' Fears Haunted Attraction. Come find us (Booths 41-43 and 68) to learn more about our environmental initiatives, excellent programming at the Cedar Lane Arts Center, and exciting events coming up this fall.
We have also been working closely with our friends at Open Door to introduce this summer's Mind, Body, Spirit -- Ossining offerings in time for the Village Fair, and it is quite a line-up! Mind, Body, Spirit -- Ossining officially kicks off next Saturday with SharQui the Belly Dance Workout led by returning instructor Solarah Delphi at Louis Engel Park Stage at 11AM. Register now to qualify for raffles and giveaways from participating businesses! Also, if you register, we can stay in touch with you in the event of a weather related cancellation or location change. Registration is available now on the Online Recreation Catalog. Thank you to Open Door for all of their help preparing marketing materials for this year's classes and for featuring this awesome community program with a blog post! Also, thanks to Bill Garrison, our Recreation Superintendent, for making it possible to register for these free classes on line!
If you are looking for other ways to get active in our community's parks this summer, phenomenal yoga teacher (and Briarcliff native!) has announced she will be offering 4 free classes this summer in Law Park-- mark your calendars now! Having taken Shannon's classes, I can promise that you will leave wondering how getting your butt kicked could have you feeling so peaceful and light!
As a reminder, leaf blower regulations went into effect last week. Please read the information below regarding the leaf blower regulations in the Unincorporated Town of Ossining:
At Tuesday's Work Session, we discussed a proposed local law codifying rules into law for the Cedar Lane Dog Park and Ryder Park Dog Run, which will make it easier to manage and enforce these areas for safe doggy enjoyment. At next Tuesday's Legislative Session, we will be setting a public hearing to get input from the public on this proposed local law to be held on June 25th. While we're on the topic of dogs, did you know that you can now renew your dog license online? Check out the Town Clerk's page of the Town website for more information. There is a $1.75 fee per transaction. Keep in mind that this is just a renewal system -- if you happen to fall in love with one of these adoptable dogs at the SPCA, you still have to visit the Clerk's office or mail in an original license application to get your dog licensed.
If you live in the Village of Briarcliff Manor, start checking your mailboxes for your 2019-2020 Village Tax Bill! Here is a message from Village Manager Phil Zegarelli and Village Treasurer Edward Ritter regarding this year's mailing: "Your 2019-2020 tax bills have been mailed via first class mail. However, because we and other municipalities have received reports of delayed mail deliveries or even non-receipt of official mail, we are providing you with this advisory. Please take this opportunity to read and review your tax payment responsibilities."
Check out the Opening Reception of the Ossining Arts Council's Annual Members' Show on Tuesday, June 11th starting at 6:30PM at the Ossining Public Library-- you can get a sneak peek at the art now!
This Sunday, June 9th is the Clear View School's 5K Run/Walk for the Kids. Join in to help support this important educational organization in our community.
Sunday evening at 7PM, head over to Campwoods for the kickoff of their annual summer services, starting with an evening of sacred dance with Maryknoll Sister Dora Nuetzi and Ecuadorian Folklore Dance Troupe Inti Raymi. Stay for a performance by this Ossining based Ecuadorian folkloric dance troupe led by Gustavo Tigre as they recreate the ancient Incan Solstice of the Sun Celebration, other lively traditional Andean dances, and a demonstration of liturgical dance from the Marshall Islands by Sister Nuetzi. This is sure to be a beautiful way to prepare for the upcoming summer solstice and learn more about the culture shared by so many of our neighbors.
Monday, June 10th at 7PM, the Ossining community is invited to the Ossining Public Library's annual meeting at the Budarz Theater. This meeting will look back at the highlights and accomplishments of the prior fiscal year and will include the distribution of the Volunteer of the Year award, the Riley Saper Voracious Reader award, and the Employee Milestone Awards. Claudia Depkin, director of the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library in Rockland County, will be the evening's keynote speaker, as she discusses her work which focuses on sustainability.
You're going to want to come back to the library on Wednesday, June 12th for an evening with best-selling author Douglas Brinkley for a discussion on his newest book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, as part of the library's Bob Minzesheimer Author Series. Tickets are $30, which includes a copy of the book! All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Ossining Public Library. While you are at the library this week, be sure to stop upstairs and check out some of the cool new day passes that you can borrow using your library card, including passes to the American Museum of Natural History.
Bill T. Jones is coming back to Ossining with even more opportunities for community involvement. If you participated with them last year, you know what an incredible chance this is to get your dance on! Check out their offerings (many of them free!) below.
Next Saturday (June 15th), the Ossining Portuguese Festivalwill take place in Market Square starting at 12 noon. Make sure to come down for food, music, and fun-- I will see you there!
Save the date for these other events coming up in Ossining next weeken-- you won't wanna miss Alexis Cole, I know I don't!
Please also note that on Tuesday, June 18th, we will be holding our Work Session at the Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility at 86-88 Spring Street instead of our usual location of 16 Croton Avenue. We are devoting that Work Session to a Board discussion about the River Knoll project which has been proposed for the Stony Lodge site on Croton Dam Road, a project that is still before the Town Planning Board. We will begin at 7:30PM and, as an exception to our usual rule for Work Sessions, we will be allowing public comment. We hope you can join us-- if not, we will be filming the Work Session and it will be posted to the Town's Youtube channel the day following the meeting.
The Ossining Farmers Market will be closed this weekend because of the Village Fair. Why not head over to nearby Fable Farm for your local veggie haul for the week? This week you can get snap peas, rhubarb, heirloom tomato plant starts for your garden, and more at their farm stand which is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to 3PM.