We are sending this out a bit early today, since the Town and Village will be holding our annual Holiday Lunch today between 1PM and 4PM. Our offices will be closed during this time, and we look forward to seeing you bright and early on Monday morning!
This past Tuesday, the Town Board skipped a meeting in order to hold our Annual Volunteer Celebration, which we held at the Cedar Lane Arts Center this year. Every year, we invite the folks who serve on our land use boards, Board of Assessment Review, Board of Ethics, Recreation Advisory Board, Green Ossining, the Environmental Advisory Committee, and the Mid Hudson Ambulance District Board to be recognized for all of their hard work with some kind words, some chit chat, and of course, some snacks. This year, we tried something a bit different and had our friend Mini Dhingra of Samosa Shack to whip up some veggie based treats for our guests, most of which were also gluten free and sourced with produce from Fable Farm! If you haven't tried Mini's food yet, you can find her at many of our local farmer's markets-- while her samosas are exceptional, her chutneys will convert even the pickiest eaters to Indian-inspired cuisine zealots. Chutney > Everything.
We also took the opportunity to honor the Town's Employee of the Year for 2019-- Mark Gallagher of the Town Parks Department has been with us for just under 2 years, but his positive attitude and willingness to assist on any and all projects has made him a fantastic addition to our team. If you see Mark out and about, please wish him congratulations!
Speaking of the Parks Department, we held interviews this week for 13 of the 80+ applicants for our recent posting for a Park Groundskeeper-- it is so exciting to see how many incredibly talented folks out there want to be part of Team Ossining. It was a tough choice, but we think we know which way we are going-- we hope to make the choice official before the new year.
Tonight marks the official start to Ossining's holiday season! Make sure to stop by Market Square for the annual tree lighting at 6:30pm, followed by the appearance of Santa and his team. The Mike Risko Band and the Gimme the Mic kids from OHS will be there to play some holiday tunes starting a bit earlier at 5:30pm, and there will be free hot chocolate and cookies for all. What more could you ask for on a Friday night, and so close to home?
Tonight is also the first night for Tasty Table's Gingerbread House decorating, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. You need to reserve your spot, so check out their website to get tickets in advance.
Tonight is also the last opportunity to catch AMD Theater Arts performance of Aladdin, Jr. --
Ossining's own The Old Mill Singers will be performing their program of holiday songs, "What's In Your Stocking?" on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th with performances at 8pm each night at the Julie Harris Theater at the Clear View School.
On Saturday morning, December 7th, there will be an Ossining Community Fresh Market with free, fresh fruits and vegetables to anyone in the community. Head over to Ossining High School between 9:30am to 11:30am to get some fresh fruits and veggies to feed your family this week.
Tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th is Pearl Harbor Day. The Ossining Central Committee of Organized War Veterans will be holding their annual remembrance ceremony at Town/Village Hall at 16 Croton Avenue at 12noon. It is a solemn ceremony recognizing the devastating attack on American soil. I hope you will consider joining us as we recognize this important day in American history.
On Saturday, December 7th, visit the Ossining Historical Society Museum again for “Military History Genealogy”, a presentation by Joyce Sharrock Cole. Starting at 1PM, learn how to develop and execute a research plan for obtaining the military records of family members, as well as how to navigate obstacles on your journey.
Also, plan to stop by Campwoods for their Holiday Craft Fair this weekend. This is one of my go-to events every holiday season, and I will see you there for sure!
Support the Ossining My Brother's Keeper Initiative with a fundraiser event on Saturday, December 7th at 7pm at Ossining High School and a performance of JD Lawrence's Skitzophrenia. My Brother's Keeper is an excellent initiative, started by President Barack Obama across the country, that I am so proud to have locally in the Ossining community. I hope you will consider supporting this important effort in our community by attending this fundraiser.
KJ Denhert will be performing as part of WCT's Jazz Master Series with two shows on Saturday, December 7th at 7:30pm and 9pm. KJ is a Summer Concert Series favorite, so I strongly encourage you to check out her holiday performance this year -- you will not be disappointed!
This weekend, starting on Sunday, December 8th, the shop windows along Croton Avenue will be getting a seasonal makeover—the Ossining Girl Scouts will be making things festive with some cheerful winter scenes.
Also on Sunday, December 8th, from 3pm to 5pm, head over to Teatown for a gallery reception, Fragile Waterways -- Protecting What We Love, celebrating the artwork submitted by the Teatown community to raise money for the Croton River Stewards Fund, an initiative to hire NY-NJ Trail Conference Stewards to engage with visitors on the Croton River, in the area known as the "Unique Area," to encourage appropriate ways to enjoy this beautiful, but increasingly popular destination. With your support, the stewards can help this natural resource recover from the impacts of overuse while providing visitors with a cleaner, safer experience. All of the work will be for sale and proceeds will benefit the Croton River Stewards Fund. There will also be some great music provided by Q129 and refreshments will be served. You might be able to bring home a work of art, like this beautiful piece called "Indian Summer Sunrise" by Carol Sommerfield.
There are a few more opportunities to enjoy local art this month, including the Ossining Arts Council's Workshopping exhibit featuring many local artists, including Cedar Lane Arts Center instructors Keith Gordon and Cathy Carabee-Faiella. The exhibit will run from this Sunday, December 8th until January 3rd. Head to the OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery on Main Street on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm for an opening reception.
This month, check out the amazing works of Ossining High School grad, Anthony Ibanez, in his show "In Here I Remain," displayed at the Ossining Public Library during the month of December. The opening reception will be next Saturday, December 14th from 2pm to 4pm at the library. But, you don't have to wait to see his larger than life pieces -- they are already on display at OPL now.
County Executive George Latimer will be holding a public hearing right here in Ossining next Wednesday, December 11th at 4pm at Ossining Town/Village Hall. The topic of this public hearing is Shared Services. I am interested to learn more about what the County has in store to help all municipalities provide excellent services to their residents while towing the line on tax increases by collaborating more effectively.
This month's edition of Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series features a special guest moderator -- Superintendent of Schools Dr. Raymond Sanchez! The topic of the film is social media, and its impact on our youth. This is sure to be a compelling discussion about the impact social media has had on our culture and all of our lives.
While everyone else is heading to the movie theater to see Frozen 2, stay local and check out Mike Risko Music's Frozen Jr! Performances start next Thursday, December 12th at 7pm with additional performances throughout the weekend. Tickets are free, but reservations are required.
Santa will be back in Ossining next weekend for Breakfast with Santa -- mark your calendars now, you don't want to miss the opportunity to tell Santa everything you want this holiday season! Visit the Recreation Page to add yourself to the waitlist for the 10AM session, or grab some of the remaining spots for the 11AM seating.
The Town Board will be meeting on Tuesday night at the Courthouse at 7:30PM for our Regular Meeting, during which we plan to adopt the 2020 Town of Ossining Budget and address some other pressing matters, so I hope you will join us as we also will say farewell to Town Clerk Honorable Mary Ann Roberts. Mary Ann has served as Town Clerk since 2000, and served the people of Ossining as a Village Trustee and as Mayor for some time before that! Mary Ann will be retiring at the end of December, and I hope you will join us in celebrating her and thanking her for her decades of dedicated service to our community.