As you may have seen, the Mayor and I released a joint statement today regarding something disturbing that was discovered in our park earlier this week. Please see the statement below.
Tonight is the night! This is one of Ossining's favorite events of the year, so get out there and support our men and women in the Ossining Fire Department! The parade steps off at 7PM from Croton Avenue at Campwoods, but road closures will begin closer to 6PM. We hope to see you along the route, and will end our march in the reviewing stand where we will admire what a great job our department and all the visiting departments, as well, do keeping their apparatus in tip top condition. Take a look at the map below from our friends at the Ossining Police highlighting the parade route-- if you're not coming to cheer on the marchers, try and avoid this area until about 9PM.
Unfortunately, the Fire Parade does knock out our now beloved Food Truck Friday for the week, as the parade will end down at Engel Park. However, don't miss FTF next Friday (August 9th).
We will also not have a Summer Concert tonight, but these return on August 9th too! Local singer/ songwriter Elisa Peimer will be opening for the Old Mill Singers, so be sure to bring your kids down for this family friendly (and super fun!) night at Engel Park.
We received some fantastic news this week-- the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University selected Ossining to be the host community for their Climate-Adaptive Design Studio for the Fall 2019 semester. The Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) Studio is a semester-long course created by Cornell Department of Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Joshua F. Cerra that links students with Hudson riverfront communities to explore design alternatives for more climate resilient and connected waterfront areas. The CaD studio assists municipalities in evaluating their waterfront and developing a vision for integration of diverse uses in ways that are visually appealing, highly functional, and resilient to flooding and other climate-related risks. The Town and Village of Ossining were chosen to host the fall 2019 CaD studio through an application process that was open to all Hudson River Estuary waterfront communities. We submitted a letter of interest in the spring, and found out earlier this week that Ossining was chosen as the host site after a thorough review of all applicant communities.
The Ossining CaD studio will feature the work of third-year graduate students and will take place from August through December of 2019. The studio will include three site visits for student designers to learn more about Ossining and meet with community stakeholders, who will help to guide their work. The CaD studio is supported by the Cornell Water Resources Institute, with funding from the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program. We will be sharing information in the coming weeks with more details about the program and how you can get involved. This is a unique opportunity for us to think differently about our waterfront and how it can better adapt to our rapidly changing climate. We are grateful to the CaD team at Cornell and the Hudson River Estuary program for selecting Ossining!
During Tuesday night’s Work Session, we are going to be joined via Skype by Zeke Mermell from Sam Schwartz Engineers, the Town’s consultant that has been working on a signage and striping plan for bike and pedestrian accessibility along North State Road. Zeke and his colleague Mike Flynn have been hard at work for several months studying North State Road, evaluating alternative design ideas, engaging with our Millwood-Ossining Go! Task Force and residents at Earth Day (see Zeke in action below), and finalizing short term and long term design options for making our business corridor more bike and pedestrian friendly. After Zeke’s presentation to the Town Board and after we receive some additional input from businesses along North State Road that morning, we hope to bring in the Town’s annual bidder for road striping to implement the short term recommendations. We are excited to have Zeke join us this Tuesday and share all that he has been working on.
Also at our meeting on Tuesday, we will be re-opening our public hearings on a variety of local laws. Since February, the Town Board has held several public hearings and listened to the public’s comments on the consideration of three local laws to convert the elective offices of Town Superintendent of Highways, Town Receiver of Taxes and Town Clerk to appointive offices. On Tuesday, August 6, the Board will likely hold its final public hearing on the matter. The Town Board kept the public hearing open for over five months to give members of the public every opportunity to attend a hearing, present their views to the Board and hear the Board’s thoughts. We appreciate those who spoke at the hearings and provided feedback in other formats. As this local law is subject to mandatory referendum, meaning it will be presented to the voters for approval at the November 5, 2019 general election, there are several steps that must be taken.
In light of this, it is likely that on August 6, the Town Board will close the public hearing and vote to adopt the local laws which will be subject to referendum at the November general election on each of three positions to convert the positions to appointive rather than elected. Each local law can only be implemented if a majority of voters agree. The Town Board wants to offer these options to the public because after significant study and community feedback, it believes the passage of such legislation will ultimately save money, increase resident accessibility, standardize and modernize processes and systems, and promote a greater degree of flexibility. Even though the public hearing will be closed, we will continue to have a dialogue with the public about these local laws and provide information to residents before the general election.
Get ready – next week is Ossining Day at Playland! On Wednesday, August 7th, Playland will celebrate Ossining with special discounts. With just proof of Ossining residency, you will receive discount coupons when you arrive at the park by going to the Fountain Plaza Administration Building. These discounts include one free mini golf entry, one 2 for 1 ride admission, one free beach or pool admission, $1 off of one food value meal and a $5 discount for parking on a return visit to the park. I hope you will consider taking advantage of these discounts and enjoying a day of fun at Playland! To prepare for Ossining Day, we have a special visitor from Playland in Ossining this week. Come say hi to Coaster at the front desk of the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, and if you see him, don’t miss the opportunity to take a selfie and tag #heyCoaster!
We are looking forward to a busy weekend around town-- once you've recovered from whooping it up at the parade tonight, check out some of the other great events happening in Ossining over the next few days.
Tomorrow (Saturday, August 3rd), our local mindfulness expert Ben Leavitt will be back at Cedar Lane Park with his last Tai Chi Easy class of the summer at 9AM. Come for a relaxing start to your weekend, and see why Ben’s classes are some of our more popular Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining offerings. As a reminder, if you pre-register, you will be contacted in the event of a weather related closing and you will be entered into a raffle for prizes and giveaways from Club Fit Briarcliff and UMAC Briarcliff.
Then that night, reward yourself for your open-mindedness by checking out the piano and vocal styles of Valerie Capers at the Westchester Collaborative Theater. Tickets are sure to sell out, so make sure to secure your spot in advance!
We don't have any Mind Body Spirit-Ossining programs running on Sunday, so why not try a West African Dance Class instead? Sing Sing Kill Brewery will host at 12PM on August 4th. Wear something comfy and bring along $20-- that will pay for the class and a flight of beer once you're done learning the steps . You can get your ticket in advance right here. Then on Monday the 5th, Shannon Reilly will be back at Law Park doing a free outdoor yoga class, so you have zero excuses not to get your sweat on this week.
The Summer Acoustic Series in Market Square continues on Wednesday at 6PM, when Ossining's own Mike Risko Band performs downtown. If you saw them last Friday at the Ossining Waterfront, you know this is not a show to be missed!
Can you believe it's been 50 years since Woodstock? 400,000 people attended the festival back in 1969 for a weekend that made a permanent mark on Amerian culture. Come learn more from David Fruci, a musician who teaches at Westchester Community College, who will share a multi media presentation at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library. The presentation is scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 8th at 6:30PM.
Furry, four-legged Westchester residents are welcome to join the Westchester County Department of Health at SPCA of Westchester on North State Road for a free rabies vaccination next Saturday between 10AM and 2PM, appointments are required. Animals must bring a human companion over age 18 and must arrive in a carrier (cats and ferrets) or on a leash (dogs), and aggressive dogs must be muzzled.
The Ossining Arts Council will hold their opening reception from 4-6PM on Saturday, August 10th for "River Reflections" a show of contemporary art by OAC members, displayed in collaboration with The Jug Tavern of Sparta as part of "Sparta Speaks 2019: Return to the River." Admission is free, and the exhibit will be open to the public through October 27th on Sunday afternoons between 12PM and 4PM. Check out the flyer below for other special events as "Return to the River" continues through the Fall.
On Monday August 12th, the Ossining Recreation and Parks Department will wrap up the 2019 Jazz Concert Series at Henry Gourdine Park with the Noriko Ueda Quartet. Cool music, cool breeze, cool sunset. You can't ask for more!
Finally, don't miss the final installment in the Ossining Public Library's 2019 Summer Film Series-- "Mary Poppins Returns" will hit the big screen in the Budarz on Wednesday, August 14th.
I hope everyone enjoys the weekend-- tonight's weather looks a little dicey but the rest of the weekend is looking warm and clear, perfect for outdoor activities! I hope to see you out and about in Ossining.