The big day has arrived! Tonight is the first of four nights for the 2019 Forest O'Fears: The Haunting at Cedar Lane! Grab your tickets now for four nights of Halloween fun, including the infamous Haunted House and Trail of Horror both weekends, with field games for the whole family, next weekend, October 25th and 26th. There will also be tasty treats courtesy of some local food vendors on both weekends-- this weekend, we will be joined by Road Grub, Sloppie Joe's and Homestyle Bakery (donuts and cider are key to a successful Halloween experience). Then next weekend, all those vendors will return, PLUS Salsa Fresca and Sing Sing Kill Brewery, who will be serving locally brewed suds for the 21+ crowd. The mostly volunteer team behind this production has been hard at work to put on an excellent event -- I can't wait to see all they have in store for this year! All proceeds above and beyond the costs to run the event this year will go to the SPCA of Westchester, so don't miss the opportunity to support a local non-profit while enjoying a spooky October evening at Cedar Lane Park.
The weather tried to knock us off course, but our Highway Department persevered and began paving yesterday at Studio Hill Road and Haymount Terrace.
Superintendent Connolly has been checking in with us and everything is going great! We are looking forward to driving on the smooth surface by the weekend. Thanks to Town/ Village Engineer Paul Fraioli, Superintendent of Highways Pete Connolly, our Highway crew, and our contractor for helping us get this going before the winter creeps in!
This past Tuesday, we were joined by Tiffany Zezula from Pace University's Land Use Law Center to discuss our upcoming Comprehensive Plan development process. As I discussed at the Town Hall meeting, we received grant funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Climate Smart Communities program to complete a Comprehensive Plan with Sustainability Elements. Tiffany and her team at Pace will be assisting the Town with community engagement, as they have for so many other municipalities throughout the Hudson Valley. It was very interesting to learn from her expertise, and we are excited to get started. If you were not able to join us, I encourage you to take a look at the recording of the meeting. We will be looking for residents to join our steering committee in the near future, so stay tuned on announcements on that in the coming weeks!
It is going to be a very busy weekend around Ossining! Start off your Saturday by visiting the Ossining Farmers Market for Crafts at the Farmers Market, with crafts, music, farms, foodmakers, and spirits, starting at 8:30am.
If you've been doing some...fall...cleaning, you are in luck! The Westchester County Mobile shredder will be in Ossining on Saturday, October 19th from 10am to 1pm at the Community Center for you to dispose of your confidential papers (no, junk mail and magazines don't count!). Remember -- no paper clips, binder clips, covers, bound books, or business papers and limit four boxes per resident.
One of Ossining's most community-oriented local businesses is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Join Mike and Miriam as they ring in the 10th anniversary of the Mike Risko Music Store on Saturday, October 10th from 10am to 1pm. There will be lots of treats and opportunities to check out some of their musical instruments. Congratulations Mike, Miriam, and their family on this important milestone!
Tomorrow is the Big-Oss BBQ at Henry Gourdine Park, and it's not your ordinary BBQ -- it’s an inclusive, community-focused, cultural event. The Big-Oss BBQ offers an afternoon of live music, entertainment, craft beverages, & food cooked on an open flame. A local showcase, the Big-Oss BBQ recognizes and aims to celebrate the diversity within Ossining. Each food vendor is invited to provide a dish of what open flame cooking represents in their culture, whether it’s jerk chicken, paella, or BBQ spare ribs. The public is invited to enjoy the afternoon by the waterfront on October 19th for this community event.
Also tomorrow (Saturday, October 19th), New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is hosting a community celebration to recognize the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. At the Ossining Historical Society starting at 1PM, Assemblywoman Galef has invited women in our community to read a portion of the Declaration of Sentiments, which was written in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848, and modeled after the Declaration of Independence, demanding equal rights for women. The Declaration of Sentiments was a document that shifted the course of women's rights in the United States, and certainly brought us to where we are today, shepherded by so many influential and strong women throughout history. I have been asked to participate, and I am so honored to stand alongside the many female leaders in Ossining as we remember those that came before us to ensure that we have equal rights today. Please plan to join us for this moving celebration.
Then, check out some local music in the afternoon and evening:
On Sunday, get ready to burn off that BBQ with the Ossining PBA 5K. This annual event is a great way to work on your fitness while helping to support Ossining's Finest. Register through the link on their Facebook page, there's still time!
Also on Sunday, head over to Ossining's local farm, Fable, for their 2019 Farm Fest. With lots of local artisan vendors, food, fresh fruits and veggies, AND the opportunity to feed the chickens, how could you go wrong?
The Census kicks off soon -- head to the Ossining Community Center on Monday, October 21st to learn about hiring opportunities and how you can get involved to ensure Ossining is correctly counted. Census counts impact so much, from funding to our representation to Congress, it is going to be so important for us all to pitch in and get involved!
I had the opportunity to check out Larry Blau's exhibit at the Ossining Public Library last Tuesday while we were there for the Town Hall meeting, and I can tell you the photos are breathtaking. I encourage you to check out the exhibit while on display during the month of October, even if you can't make Monday's reception.
This time of year is budget season in the Town and Village of Ossining, as well as Westchester County. As the County finalizes their 2020 budget, County Executive George Latimer is looking for public participation to help make important decisions about how your County tax dollars are allocated. There is one session coming up this week in Peekskill on October 23rd.
New York Presbyterian Hospital is holding a Health & Wellness series in partnership with the Ossining Public Library this Thursday, October 24th. This is great for anyone who works locally in Ossining that can stop by during their lunch hour -- snacks will be provided. New York Presbyterian Hospital has been a great community partner, and is a big supporter of the Forest O' Fears Haunted Attraction this year. They are looking for RSVPs so please do let them know if you are able to stop by.
Next Thursday, Councilwoman Liz Feldman, Councilman Greg Meyer, and I will be part of the Meet the Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 24th at the library starting at 7pm. We will have an opportunity to share our past work as well as visions for the community's future and answer some questions. We all look forward to continue to serve you on the Town Board in the coming years.
Next Friday, October 25th, Good Choice Kitchen is holding a Local Farmers Spotlight dinner featuring Scott and Stormie O'Rourke of Deep Roots Farm. Stormie has been at the Ossining Farmers Market every week selling their amazing produce, even if you can't make the dinner, I strongly encourage you to check out their organic fruits, veggies, and honey at the Farmers Market before the growing season is over!
You won't want to miss this annual event here in Ossining-- make sure you move fast on this, both seatings traditionally sell out weeks prior to the event!
Halloween is right around the corner! Get ready to celebrate with these fun events starting next weekend:
Early voting starts next week! This year, you can cast your ballot starting on Saturday, October 26th. The early voting location in Ossining will be the Community Center at 95 Broadway. The hours for early voting are as follows:
- Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th:12pm to 5pm
- Monday, October 28th, Wednesday, October 30th and Friday, November 1st: 8am to 4pm
- Tuesday, October 29th and Thursday, October 31st: 12pm to 8pm
- Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd:12pm to 5pm
As always, on Election Day, November 5th, you can vote at your regular polling place from 6am to 9pm. As a reminder, the Town Board has put forth three ballot initiatives to ask voters to convert the elected positions of Town Clerk, Receiver of Taxes, and Highway Superintendent to appointed positions. If you would like more information about these ballot initiatives, and why the Town Board feels they are worthy propositions to bring to the public for a vote, please visit the Project Forward website.
I hope to see everyone out and about this weekend! There is so much happening, it's going to be hard to choose. But you know what they say-- you have just as many hours in the day as Beyonce!