Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you're all having a great week around Ossining and getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday! We have spent much of the week in budget meetings, so here is a quick recap of what we've been up to since last we spoke.
First off, some very exciting stuff-- the new equipment has been installed at Buck Johnson Park!
After consulting with both the Town Board and the Recreation Advisory Board, we decided to replace some of the older playground equipment in a few of our parks that had outlived its useful life. The old swing set and the playground for the littlest kids was removed and replaced by a new little kid jungle gym, and a large piece of adult fitness equipment with resistance training and magnetic kettlebells. We are so excited to have these new fixtures in place so that the adults can get in a workout while the kiddles get in some playtime.
We got an amazing deal on this equipment, and there is more to come (including new mulch)! A swingset and more adult fitness equipment will be coming to Engel Park hopefully in time for spring. We hope to have a bunch of grand opening events , so get ready to play (and work!) (muscle emoji)
Yesterday we had a meeting of Ossining Counts Census 2020, Ossining Village and Town’s joint complete count committee. Many stakeholders were in the room to discuss how we can reach 100% of our true count. So much of the funding the School Districts, Villages and Towns receive, in Federal, State and County funding is based on our census numbers. That’s why we all need to do our part to make sure we respond as soon as we get our special code. The good news is we can do this on our phones and only need to answer nine questions. We will be rolling out as much information as we possibly can in the coming weeks to make sure everyone understands the power and money associated with the actual count, as well as the confidentiality that is guaranteed by the government. We will establish a page on our website for all things Census in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
After last Tuesday's Town Board meeting discussion on the Comprehensive Plan, we have decided to put the search for a consultant on hold until we have the Steering Committee fully formed. We plan to have the Steering Committee, to be comprised of residents, business owners, and Town staff, review the request for proposals before consultants are solicited. This way, we will also be able to give some extra time to consultants to compile their response, without the interruption of the holidays. We also started an official Comprehensive Plan 2020 page on the Town's website. We will continue to update this page as we go along, but for now it already contains lots of interesting information -- including previous planning efforts completed by the Town and our partners, as well as more information about the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Climate Smart Communities Program that we are using as a framework for our Comprehensive Plan with Sustainability Elements. As you might remember, this project has been funded in part by the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. We hope this website will be a helpful repository of information as we continue along with this process.
There are a few happenings going on around Town this weekend, take a look-- I bet I will see you at one or more of these! However, the DOT plans to do some work tomorrow (11/23) and Sunday (11/24) between 7AM and 3PM along Route 9A. Expect closures in both directions between Stormytown Road and the Route 117 exit while the State does some much needed guardrail replacement. We are grateful to the Village of Briarcliff for taking the lead on additional advocacy for this work to get done.
Join in for some holiday cheer and support Crossover Yoga Project in this the last fun-raising Poses 2 Pints event for 2019 on Sunday, November 24th from 11:30AM to 12:30PM at Sing Sing Kill Brewery. Empower marginalized girls with an OMamazing yoga class and refreshing brew crafted by Sing Sing Kill Brewery. Limited tickets available at SSKB or on Eventbrite. Since the CYP's onset in December 2015, they have empowered over 3,800 marginalized girls through trauma-informed yoga, art and mindfulness curriculum. You may remember Elisha Simpson from Mind, Body, Spirit -- Ossining! Visit their website to find out more about their incredible mission.
Lots more coming up in the last weeks of 2019 to get you in the holiday spirit! Mark your calendar for these great local events right around the corner.
Consider donating a gently used instrument to Mike Risko Music, this holiday season for their Musical Instrument Drive. All instruments will be brought back to life and donated to organizations to support music education.
Open Door will also be holding a Holiday Toy Drive for underserved children in our community--find out how out can donate, help wrap, distribute gifts, and other help you can lend-- learn more here.
The holidays can be a stressful time, and nothing says stress like clutter! Join our friend, and Briarcliff native, Shannon Reilly for "Paper Management: Less Paper, More Organized" at the Briarcliff Manor Library on Thursday, December 5th at 6:30PM. Shannon has been a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals since 2016 and has her own business and website. We happen to know she's awesome from direct experience-- Shannon worked for us on our records retention grant this year, and take it from us-- she's a pro.
Join the Old Mill Singers for their annual holiday concert! The program will include many holiday favorites, a visit from Santa, refreshments, a raffle for a $1000 prize and a sing-along. Get tickets now for Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th-- both performances will take place at The Clearview School in Briarcliff Manor.
Make sure you get tickets in advance for the 2nd Annual Ossining Lights trip-- tickets go fast! The trolley itself is a hoot, and it's very cool to see how creative our community gets with their decorations!
Finally, even though it's kind of chilly out there, summer will be here before you know it! Recently, we opened up the call to performers for the 2020 Summer Concert Series. Fill out the application to throw your hat in the ring for next summer’s performances. The deadline for applications is December 19th, so make sure your favorite bands apply! We have already been receiving a number of submissions -- can't wait for Friday nights on the river again this summer.