I hope you will join us this Wednesday, September 11th for our community's annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony. It is so humbling to gather together and reflect upon the horrific events of September 11th, 2001 and the heroic actions of so many first responders from our community that served on September 11th and continue to do so each and every day.
Even if you are unable to join us on the 11th, please note that Volunteer New York! will be teaming up with Westchester County to provide service opportunities this weekend (September 7th & 8th) and on the Wednesday the 11th. Check here for a list of volunteer opportunities and don't forget to register.
This week sped past-- I hope everyone had a smooth and successful "back to school" experience. It's a sad time of year, as we say farewell to summer, and to Food Truck Fridays and concerts at the Waterfront! Last Friday, we were joined by Marc Von Em, who put on an excellent show...
...the weather was perfect, and the crowd was incredible!
Special thanks, once more, to Gayle Marchica and John Girolamo and the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce for lining up the food truck roster and making sure everyone got set up and broken down without event, as well as to Mike and Miriam Risko for curating our band list, our sound guy Keith Heilmann for helping the big crowds hear every note and, of course, our fantastic Parks Department for making sure everyone had a safe and comfortable season at Engel Park, the Ossining Police Department for making sure everyone got in and out safely, and my fabulous staff Maddi Zachacz and Victoria Cafarelli for putting up with all the ins and outs of the planning.
On the positive side, the end of summer means the start of Fall, which means preparing for Halloween! Tickets went on sale this past Monday for the 2019 Haunting at Cedar Lane Park (formerly known as The Haunted Hayride).
Check out the Forest o' Fears website to learn more about what we have in store for you this October, as well as to buy your tickets for one of our two weekend events at Cedar Lane Park.
Last week we were visited by Girl Scouts Sarah Gardner, AriAnnah Goodwin, and Sarah Jennings who built the Gaga Pit at Ryder Park earlier this summer and asked us to pose for a picture. The pit was well used all summer long by the Recreation Department’s Summer Camp program and we are now looking for ways to improve the surfacing. We are hopeful the Girl Scouts will be joining us at an upcoming Town Meeting so they can present to the Town Board all that went into this great and very much appreciated effort on which they collaborated with our Parks Department, and share with us how to play!
As you may remember, the Town and Village received grant funds from the New York State Archives to inventory many many boxes of inactive records from our Tax Receiver, Assessor, Finance, and Town Clerk departments and purchase shelving to establish a new records storage space at the Operations Center next year. With the grant funds, we recently hired organizational and historical specialists Shannon Reilly and Dana White to help us inventory our records. They have been hard at work and have already inventoried 140 boxes of the approximately 720 boxes that need to get inventoried this fall!
These amazing ladies have been hidden amongst piles and piles of boxes for a few days now, and we are so excited to see the finished product.
We also had a special visitor to the Town offices today -- retired Highway Superintendent Michael G. O'Connor! In his retirement, Michael has been keeping very busy with his various volunteer responsibilities, including the Boy Scouts, American Legion, Ossining Fire Department, and more.
Michael always keeps us "in the know" when one of Ossining's volunteer firefighters reach the incredible milestone of their 50th anniversary of membership to the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department. This weekend, Howard Johnston, is reaching this milestone, so Michael came by to pick up proclamations from the Town and Village board to recognize Mr. Johnston's many years of dedication to our community. Thanks Michael!
Not sure what to do with your weekend nights now that Food Truck Fridays and the Summer Concert Series are over? Plan on checking out "The Wait Room" two weekends from now at Louis Engel Park, a performance that explores the hardships suffered by women with loved ones behind bars and has been performed throughout California in recent months, brought to Ossining thanks to the Sing Sing Prison Museum. SSPM's interest in the social justice aspect of the prison system in our nation is what makes this an especially important collaboration, and I am so excited that we will be hosting the production right here in a Town park. I encourage you to check out a video clip of the production here and purchase your tickets for one of the four performances starting Friday, September 20th -- proceeds will go to benefit the Sing Sing Prison Museum, slated to open in 2025.
There are also a variety of events leading up to the performances which you are invited to attend. On Tuesday, September 17th, meet the choreographer and the dance team at Bethany Arts Community on Somerstown Road as part of Flyaway Production's weeklong residency there-- doors open at 6:30PM. You can also check out an open rehearsal on Wednesday, September 18th at Engel Park at 5:30PM. The Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series will be screening "Tre Maison Dasan," a documentary telling the stories of three boys, each of whom has an incarcerated parent, on Thursday, September 19th. Doors open at 6:30PM for the film, and it will be followed by a panel discussion. Finally, check out a Masterclass at Bethany with the dance team on Saturday the 21st between 10AM and 11:30AM-- no prior dance experience is required. It's going to be an exciting and educational week in Ossining, so make sure to mark your calendar now.
Lots going on tomorrow-- after you grab your fruits and veggies from the Farmers' Market at Market Square, bring your "broken but beloved" items to Green Ossining's Repair Cafe at the Community Center. Their experts will be on hand to give your treasures some TLC and (hopefully) bring them back to life! I am bringing in my electric lawnmower, fingers crossed!
Next stop? Briarcliff Manor is holding their Community Day tomorrow, which means a lot of activities and, (our faves), food trucks!
You can also check out games, inflatables and a DJ dance party. However, earlier in the day, head to the Briarcliff Manor- Scarborough Historical Society for a "walk and talk" while you learn the history of Briarcliff. Make sure to register in advance, and wear some comfy walking shoes.
Last, head to Veteran's Park to support Ossining's first responders in a softball tournament-- wear blue to support the Ossining Police Department or red for the Ossining Fire Department. All donations will go to benefit the employees of the Landmark Diner who were displaced by the fire there at the end of August.
Looking to fade into the greenery for a bit instead? This weekend is Native Plant Weekend at Rosedale Nurseries in Hawthorne, on Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th from 9AM to 5:30PM. Come and shop the thousands of native plants in stock (a percentage of sales benefits the Native Plant Center) or participate in the free talks scheduled. On Saturday at 11AM, Great Native Plants for Pollinators with Kim Eierman or 2PM, Native Groundcovers as Natural Mulch with Ken Uhle and on Sunday at 11AM, Native Perennials to Plant Now, with Barbara Fischer or 2PM, Bumble-bee Friendly Gardening with Native Plants with Karalyn Lamb.
Did you know that 1 in 5 Westchester residents struggle with hunger every day? They don’t know where their next healthy meal will come from – or if they will have something to eat at all. Together we can help start to remedy this serious issue through a Food Drive on Saturday and Sunday, September 7th & 8th, between 12PM to 4PM at Rye Playland that will benefit Feeding Westchester. To make a donation, please bring non-perishable food for the donation boxes located in the Fountain Plaza in front of the park. Most needed items include: canned protein, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, and beans and rice. All who donate will receive a pass for one free game of mini-golf at Playland -- even our friend Coastie the Dragon is ready to donate!
This weekend is also Customer Appreciation Day at Playland-- park-goers can ride all day for $20 per person with no spectator fees for all, so take a ride down to Rye and enjoy a day of fun with family and friends (but don't forgt to bring some food to donate, as long as you're making the drive!)
The Hudson River Valley Ramble continues this weekend with so many great events scheduled throughout the Hudson Valley -- check them out here. Here in Ossining, you can participate in the Hudson River Valley Ramble by joining in the last few Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining classes scheduled during the rest of September There are no classes scheduled this weekend, but on Saturday, September 14th and 28th, Sue Radparvar of Studio95 Zumba will be at Louis Engel Park from 4PM to 5PM with Zumba for all ages. You can also join the Delphi Dance Ensemble for the day on Sunday, September 15th, also at Louis Engel Park, from 10AM to 12PM.
Register now for the Ossining MATTERS 5K run and 2 mile walk -- it is coming up very soon and is a great way to support Ossining's students!
Do you know any girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade interested in joining Girl Scouts? Learn more about Ossining Girl Scouts at their Jamboree Sunday, September 15th.
2 chances for yoga coming up-- on Sunday, September 15th, check out "Poses for Pints" at the Sing Sing Kill Brewery, starting at 12PM. This "fun-raiser" for the Crossover Yoga Project will put you through a creative vinyasa flow before SSKB serves you a cold one. Though of course, you are welcome to nama-stay for more! (I know. It was impossible not to. I knew you'd understand.) Get your tickets here.
I got in a great workout with Shannon Reilly at Law Park this past Monday, and there is only one chance left to sweat with her this season! Mark your calendars for Monday, September 16th-- I may see you there!
And you can't miss this two-part presentation by Town of Ossining Historian Scott Craven (Ossining's former Police Captain? Yes, the very same!) Scott is a magical storyteller, and it's always extra cool to hear about the very important things that happened right in our backyard, as well as the people who were responsible for the development of this beautiful spot.
Finally, mark your calendar for the TreeHuggers Ball, a fundraiser to benefit the Center at Mariandale, scheduled for Sunday, September 22nd between 4:30PM and 7PM. Come for seasonal food and drinks, gift baskets, raffles and end the night with a candlelit labyrinth walk. Mariandale is dedicated to making sure that their services and programs are accessible to and inclusive of people living in poverty, and your support will help them be able to carry out that mission. Also, the event sounds like a whole lot of fun! Get your tickets here.
Car Free Day 2019 is coming up -- Friday, September 20th. Take the pledge now and make plans to go car-free or car-lite that day as you and your family travel to and from work and school. Modou Cham from 511NYRideshare will be in Ossining a few times in the coming days leading up to Car Free Day, including at the Community Table at the Ossining Farmers Market on Saturday, September 14th.
After you finish your Oss Matters 5k run or walk, I encourage you to meet Modou and learn about this important initiative and all the great work his organization does on a regular basis. Practice your bicycling skills for Car Free Day on Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway, starting Sunday, September 8th from 10AM to 2PM, continuing all Sundays in September. Bicycle Sundays, a Westchester County Parks program, is presented by co-sponsors Con Edison and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, with support from exclusive bike shop sponsor Danny’s Cycles, Westchester Parks Foundation and WHUD. During Bicycle Sundays, the parkway is open exclusively for bicyclists, in-line skaters, scooters, walkers and joggers from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. The round-trip distance is 13 miles. The road is closed to automobiles in that stretch of parkway. Participation in the program is free, but parking fees will be in effect at the County Center lot in White Plains.
This weekend, we are expecting some bad weather as Hurricane Dorian moves northeast along the coast, bringing rain, wind, high surf, and rip currents. The time period of greatest threat is this afternoon (Friday) into early Saturday morning. Please be mindful of the weather, especially if you are planning on visiting beaches along the Atlantic Ocean in the coming days. Monitor the most up to date forecast as you plan your activities this weekend.
The Town Board will be meeting on Tuesday night at 7:30PM at the Courthouse for our Legislative Session-- I look forward to seeing you there in person, or streaming live through our website. We will be re-opening our local law about dog licensing and dog parks, as well as our local law about the Solar PILOT program, as well as appointing a brand new employee to the Town Clerk's Office. The following Tuesday (September 17th), we will be joined by the League of Women Voters at the Ossining Public Library for a Town Hall Meeting, which will include a panel discussion about the three referenda that will be on the ballot in Ossining this November-- learn more here and come hear from all sides of the issue! We will begin that Town Hall Meeting a little early-- 7PM. Mark your calendars now!