The fun continues tonight with the last weekend of Forest O'Fears: The Haunting at Cedar Lane! Grab your tickets now for the last two nights of Halloween fun, including the infamous Haunted House and Trail of Horror with field games for the whole family, tonight and tomorrow night, October 25th and 26th. There will also be tasty treats courtesy of some local food vendors -- this weekend, we will be joined by Road Grub, Sloppie Joe's, Homestyle Bakery (donuts and cider are key to a successful Halloween experience), 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. 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 with family and friends at Cedar Lane Park.
Speaking of our Parks, our staff has been out at Ryder Park working on some drainage in anticipation of paving in the coming weeks--
A big section between the path to Stonegate and the parking lot has, for years, iced over due to poor drainage, which is now being piped into an existing swail a few hundred feet into the park.
As of earlier today, about 75% of this work is complete (still a bit more to do down by the tennis courts) and we have already heard from several folks who frequently walk through the park how excited they are to take a much safer stroll this winter. Thanks again to Mario, Mark and Larry from our Parks Department for a job well done! We look forward to having a nice, smooth surface to drive on in just a few weeks time.
On Tuesday night, a majority of the Ossining Town Board indicated that it did not believe the proposed rezoning required to allow the high density River Knoll project as proposed to be developed on the old Stony Lodge property was compatible, justifiable or appropriate for the Town. The developer is aware of this. We want to thank all of the residents who came to the Town Board meeting on a rainy Tuesday Night to share their thoughts with us during the visitor recognition portion of our meeting. The Town Board is looking forward to working closely with the Ossining community, including this group of super engaged community members, on our updated comprehensive plan which will give us an opportunity to collaboratively evaluate what works best for the Town as a whole as we move forward together.
Today, I joined Senator David Carlucci and Hayley Prim, Uber's New York Public Affairs Manager, to highlight a program Uber is offering this election season. Uber is launching their "Ride to the Polls" initiative, which offers New Yorkers $10 off their ride if they are heading to a polling location. All you have to do is enter promo code "NYSVotes2019" in their app. And if you live in Ossining, chances are the ride would be free! Thank you, Uber, for making it even easier to vote this year, and thank you Senator Carlucci for your leadership in making early voting available in New York this year for the first time.
And, early voting starts tomorrow! They were wheeling in the machines as we were out in front promoting it, what timing! You can cast your ballot starting tomorrow, Saturday, October 26th. As you can see, the early voting location in Ossining will be the Community Center at 95 Broadway. The hours for early voting are different every day so make sure you check out the schedule before you head over:
- 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 between 6AM and 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, check out this YouTube video on our Town page, or see the reasons below.
Today, the Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) Studio students from Cornell were back in Ossining for a design workshop. It was exciting to see what they have been working on and how they have taken stakeholder input and interpreted to come up with suggestions for the Ossining waterfront. As you might remember, the Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) Studio links Cornell Landscape Architecture students with Hudson Riverfront communities faced with flooding and sea-level rise to explore design alternatives for more climate resilient and connected waterfront areas. This effort is made possible by a partnership between the Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture, the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, the NYS Water Resources Institute, Engaged Cornell, and host communities in the Hudson Valley.
They are also seeking input from Ossining community members about ideas for the waterfront. A mapping activity has been designed to gain a better understanding of how people currently use the waterfront, what they would like to see happen there in the future, and what concerns they may have about flooding and sea level rise. This activity invites people to place colored dots on a map of the Ossining waterfront to indicate different activities they would like to have available (such as sports, arts and culture, or water access). Space on the map is provided for community members to write ideas, and more detailed responses can be shared in a comment box. The mapping activity is provided in English and Spanish, and will be available in the Ossining Public Library (53 Croton Avenue), Ossining Village and Town Hall (16 Croton Avenue) and Joseph G. Caputo Community Center (95 Broadway) from today, Friday, October 25 until Wednesday, October 30. Feedback gathered through this activity will be incorporated into the proposals of students in the Climate-adaptive Design Studio. Save the date Monday, December 16th for when students will be presenting their designs to the public at the Ossining Public Library – more details to come on this event! We are so excited Ossining was selected to participate in this innovative program this semester, and look forward to seeing their final suggestions, with your input. Here is the display at the library -- stop by this week!
Lots going on around town this weekend. Tonight (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! My family and I are very big fans of their sugary sweet potatoes, and their shisito peppers!
Or, you can check out a night of Alhambra Guitars, featuring Gerry Saulter, between 7PM and 9PM at Mike Risko Music at 144 Croton Avenue. Admission is free! (By the by, Mike and Miriam Risko are going to be curating the 2020 Summer Concert Series on the Town's behalf, and the application to be a musical act is now available here-- deadline is December 15th!)
In addition to the Forest O' Fears, there are many Halloween-themed events scheduled this weekend. Start your Saturday at the Ossining Farmers Market with their Family Fun Halloween celebration tomorrow (Saturday, October 26th) between 10AM to 1PM with pumpkin painting and trick or treating with the vendors – come in your costumes! Last minute costume idea: Bag of Jellybeans (clear plastic garbage bag, worn around your backside, filled with partially inflated multicolored balloons). You're welcome, says Budget Director Maddi Zachacz, just don't plan on sitting down anywhere or you will make quite a racket.
Then, head to the Elks Lodge on Croton Avenue for the annual Howloween Kids and Pets Parade starting at 11AM and marching to Mike Risko Music right up the street. Even if you don't participate, I challenge you to watch pets marching in costume and not have your Saturday improve markedly as a result.
Finish out Saturday's Halloween events by checking out the Ossining Arts Council's Day of the Dead Costume Party and Exhibition Fundraiser.
You could also participate in Stash the Trash, being coordinated through the Ossining Community Center, between 10AM and 12PM on Saturday-- meet at Market Square, garbage bags and gloves will be provided.
Make sure you get a good night's sleep, because Sunday (10/27) will also be a packed day around Ossining. Head over to Sing Sing Kill Brewery for Family Halloween fun. This free family Halloween event at SSKB, from 1PM to 3PM, means fun for the kids AND the adults! Join us at Sing Sing Kill Brewery to create memories with the fam this spooky season. There will be a costume contest, a book reading, and lots of games including pumpkin bowling & pin the spider on the web. Get in the Halloween spirit, dress up the kiddos in their cute lil' costumes, and come on down for a Halloween event you'll remember! Visit the SSKB Facebook page for more information.
Save the date for these events coming up in the next few weeks (and try to suspend your disbelief-- yes, it is nearly November):
The Town Board will not be meeting this week, as this month brings us a 5th Tuesday. I hope to see you at Trunk or Treat on Main Street on Thursday, October 31st (Halloween proper) from 6PM to 8PM to round out a lot of fun fall events scheduled around town these next few days.
Also, don't forget to plan a trip to Stone Avenue for the scariest house in Ossining, which was featured on WNBC News this week, before Halloween is over. Admission is free, but owners Craig and Jean Pincus are collecting donations to support the Ossining Food Pantry.