Green Ossining Committee https://www.greenossining.org Community-based environmental resource protection and sustainability Tue, 24 May 2022 00:32:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Town of Ossining Passes Resolution in Support of the Climate Action Council’s CLCPA Draft Scoping Plan https://www.greenossining.org/town-of-ossining-passes-resolution-in-support-of-the-climate-action-councils-clcpa-draft-scoping-plan/ https://www.greenossining.org/town-of-ossining-passes-resolution-in-support-of-the-climate-action-councils-clcpa-draft-scoping-plan/#respond Mon, 23 May 2022 20:19:53 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4702 May 23, 2022 In 2019, New York State passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA, also known as “The Climate Act”) with GHG emission reduction goals. Now, with…

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May 23, 2022

In 2019, New York State passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA, also known as “The Climate Act”) with GHG emission reduction goals.

Now, with the Draft Scoping Plan created and out for public comment, the fossil fuel interests are rallying to torpedo efforts to move the scoping plan into action.  Some 40 years ago, the fossil fuel industry knew the damage they were creating. They have moved from denial to delay tactics in an effort to continue to profit at all costs.

On May 11, 2022, the Town of Ossining passed a resolution in support of  CLCPA Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan. We’d like to thank Town Supervisor, Dana Levenberg, for spearheading this effort and bringing awareness of this to the Town Council.

You can read it in its entirety here.

Here is an excerpt:

Resolution Declaring Support for the New York State Climate Action Council Scoping Plan
WHEREAS, the Sixth Assessment of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finds
that climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the
lives of billions of people around the world; and

WHEREAS, the IPCC Assessment concludes that rapid, deep and sustained reductions in
global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are necessary, including accelerated action in this
critical decade, to limit global warming to within 1.5°C and 2°C in this century; and

WHEREAS, New York State recognizes the urgent need to reduce and eliminate GHG
emissions in the atmosphere, passing the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection
Act (“Climate Act”) committing the State to:
• reduce GHG emissions by 40 percent by 2030 below 1990 levels, and achieve net-zero
emissions by 2050;
• meet 70 percent of electricity needs from renewable resources by 2030, and 100 percent
of electricity needs from zero-emissions resources by 2040;
• ensure a just and equitable transition that leaves no one behind, and dedicate up to 40
percent of the benefits of clean energy investments to Disadvantaged Communities; and

WHEREAS, the New York State Climate Action Council has approved for public comment a
Draft Scoping Plan to meet New York’s climate and equity goals; and

WHEREAS, the Scoping Plan calls for shifting to energy-efficient electrification in buildings and
transportation as the primary solution to replace fossil-fuel combustion in these sectors, which
together account for 60 percent of the state’s carbon emissions; and

WHEREAS, the Scoping Plan calls for a phase-down of emissions from fossil fuel-fired
electricity generation, while ensuring support and protections for impacted workers as they
transition to clean energy jobs; and

WHEREAS, the 2021 Jobs Study by the Just Transition Working Group for the NYS Climate
Action Council estimates that meeting New York’s climate goals will result in a net gain of
189,000 jobs across the state by 2030, alone, with a ratio of jobs gained to jobs displaced of 10
to 1; and

WHEREAS, the Scoping Plan includes measures that would expand the development of
renewable resources and battery storage, encourage “agrivoltaics,” or the co-location of
agricultural activities with solar and wind, and provide resources to communities to assist with
renewable siting and land-use planning; and

WHEREAS, the Scoping Plan recognizes the critical role that rural landscapes play, both natural
and working lands, in sequestering carbon emissions and enabling the state to achieve net-zero
emissions, and the importance of agricultural land preservation, open space protection, support
for farmers to improve soil health, and policies that expand afforestation and reforestation and
incentivize and assist private landowners in implementing sustainable forest management
practices; and

WHEREAS, the Integration Analysis for the Scoping Plan finds that meeting emissions
reduction goals of the Climate Act is technically feasible and will have the additional and
significant benefit of improving public health by eliminating co-pollutants from fossil fuel
combustion, resulting in an estimated $50 to $120 billion in health-related savings by 2050; and

WHEREAS, according to NYSERDA, over half of what New Yorkers currently spend on energy
leaves New York, mostly for fossil fuels; and

WHEREAS, our communities would be better served by keeping energy spending primarily
within the local economy; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, the Town of Ossining affirms the critical importance of meeting the emissions and
equity goals of the Climate Act, which will help mitigate dangerous warming while delivering the
additional benefits of improving public health, economic opportunities, agricultural land open
space protection, and quality of life for the people of Westchester County; and, be it further

RESOLVED, the Town of Ossining declares its support for prohibiting an expansion of fossil fuel
infrastructure, which contradicts the goals of the Climate Act, and for transitioning to efficient
electricity-based solutions for buildings and transportation; and be it further

RESOLVED, the Town of Ossining supports a planning process for a managed transition of the
utility gas system that maintains affordable, safe, and reliable utility service and protects low and moderate-income households from an undue burden in the transition; and be it further

RESOLVED, the Town of Ossining supports the recommendations of the Scoping Plan for
advanced building codes that will improve the energy efficiency of new buildings, creating
healthier living and work environments while reducing monthly energy costs; and be it further

RESOLVED, the Town of Ossining supports the recommendations of the Scoping Plan to phase
in code requirements prohibiting on-site combustion of fossil fuels in new buildings over a 2024-
2027 period; and, be it further

RESOLVED, the Town of Ossining calls on the Climate Action Council to include in the Scoping
Plan the necessary policies and support to help owners of existing buildings improve energy
efficiency and transition to zero-emissions equipment, ensuring cost parity with fossil systems,
with incentives and financing assistance as necessary; and, be it further

RESOLVED, the Town of Ossining supports Scoping Plan recommendations that make electric
vehicles more affordable relative to gas-powered vehicles, and expand fast-charging
infrastructure; and, be it further

RESOLVED, the Town of Ossining urges the Climate Action Council to include in the Scoping
Plan recommendations to expand assistance for all-electric municipal transit systems; and, be it
further

RESOLVED, the Town of Ossining further urges the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation and NYSERDA to immediately launch a sustained statewide public
education and information campaign on the benefits of a clean energy economy and climate friendly choices by consumers of heating and cooling systems, transportation, and products and
appliances; and, be it further

RESOLVED, the Town of Ossining shall forward copies of this resolution to the Commissioner
of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, President of NYSERDA, Chair of the
NYS Public Service Commission, the NYS Climate Action Council, and Members of the State
Senate and Assembly representing the Town of Ossining.

 

 

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Learn More and Sign Up for the 11th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep on Saturday, May 7th. Four locations in Ossining https://www.greenossining.org/learn-more-and-sign-up-for-the-11th-annual-riverkeeper-sweep-on-saturday-may-7th-four-locations-in-ossining/ https://www.greenossining.org/learn-more-and-sign-up-for-the-11th-annual-riverkeeper-sweep-on-saturday-may-7th-four-locations-in-ossining/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2022 21:34:41 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4600  Join Riverkeeper for the 11th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep and give back to your local waterway.  In 2021 the Riverkeeper Sweep removed 29 tons of trash from local waterways. Help us…

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 Join Riverkeeper for the 11th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep and give back to your local waterway.  In 2021 the Riverkeeper Sweep removed 29 tons of trash from local waterways. Help us make an even bigger impact this year on May 7th and register for one of 100+ projects throughout NYC and the Hudson Valley. Find your local project here (there are 4 sites hosted by Ossining residents, but you can choose any! : riverkeeper.org/sweep
  1. Louis Engel Waterfront Park/Gourdine Park: shoreline clean-up for kids of all ages. 9:45a-12:45p:
  2. Ryder Park : stream clean-up and invasive plant clean-up: 10a-12p
  3. Sing Sing Kill at Denny Street: Estuary clean-up (not for young children); 9a-1p
  4. Croton River Reservoir: by Kayak: 10a-2p

 

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REDUCE ENERGY USE & GET PAID FOR IT? YUP. ENTER: GRIDREWARDS! https://www.greenossining.org/reduce-energy-use-get-paid-for-it-yup-enter-gridrewards/ https://www.greenossining.org/reduce-energy-use-get-paid-for-it-yup-enter-gridrewards/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2022 17:06:36 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4562 File Under “Things To Do”…   HEADS-UP! Did you get this postcard?   Great opportunity to Save Energy Use and Make $$.   This program was introduced to Ossining over…

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File Under “Things To Do”…
 
HEADS-UP! Did you get this postcard?
 
Great opportunity to Save Energy Use and Make $$.
 
This program was introduced to Ossining over a year ago, but we are doing an appropriate push during the month of April hoping that those of you who may have missed its benefits, don’t at a time when we are honoring Mother Earth.
 
You may have received a postcard from Sustainable Westchester about GridRewards, a free app that tells you when and how to reduce your energy usage. Ossining residents can turn their energy savings into cash with GridRewards!
 
Download the GridRewards app by April 30th, and when notified by the app of peak energy times, reduce your electricity use. You will receive an average of $100 in cash rewards at the end of the year.
 
Learn more here: Find out how to sign up with GridRewards, reduce harmful emissions and maximize your savings at https://sustainablewestchester.org/gridrewards or call 914-242-4725 ext. 122.

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Lunch & Learn Zoom: “The Perils of Plastics.” April 13th @Noon. Hosted by The League of Women Voters – Rivertowns, and Sponsored by Green Ossining https://www.greenossining.org/lunch-learn-zoom-the-perils-of-plastics-april-13th-noon-hosted-by-the-league-of-women-voters-rivertowns-and-sponsored-by-green-ossining/ https://www.greenossining.org/lunch-learn-zoom-the-perils-of-plastics-april-13th-noon-hosted-by-the-league-of-women-voters-rivertowns-and-sponsored-by-green-ossining/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2022 03:32:09 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4548 EVENT ALERT! WEDNESDAY, April 13th at Noon.   Hear about the latest study on environmental impacts of plastic. Referred to as “the new coal,” one of the study’s authors will…

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EVENT ALERT!
WEDNESDAY, April 13th at Noon.
 
Hear about the latest study on environmental impacts of plastic.
Referred to as “the new coal,” one of the study’s authors will be part of the conversation. And as less than 1 out 10 pieces of plastic have a life past single-use, its important to understand the factors that make it the material that will never go “away.”
Please join the for this important conversation. Pre-registration is required: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IsUyZtp0TZq_v3qaKuGXzA.
 
We’re proud to be a sponsor of this conversation.

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Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival is Bringing Back Live-And-In-Person! Sat. April 23rd. ( Vendor Registration is Now Closed). https://www.greenossining.org/green-ossinings-earth-day-festival-is-bringing-back-live-and-in-person-sat-april-23rd-vendor-registration-is-now-closed/ https://www.greenossining.org/green-ossinings-earth-day-festival-is-bringing-back-live-and-in-person-sat-april-23rd-vendor-registration-is-now-closed/#respond Tue, 05 Apr 2022 03:25:48 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4546 We’re in the thick of our plans and getting ready to welcome you all back.   We’ll be adding special information about the Festival here (like a couple of activities that…

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We’re in the thick of our plans and getting ready to welcome you all back.   We’ll be adding special information about the Festival here (like a couple of activities that require pre-registration, stage schedule, various activities, and other pieces of useful information.

Please see our Earth Day Festival page for lots of information, but don’t miss all of our vendor/exhibitor/musician profiles too by following our event page on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/1iRZSX3P1

One important note:  getting to the Festival is easy – especially if you take Metro North to the Ossining station. Just walk down the ramp or stairs and you’ve made it!

More to come!

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Today’s (3/12)Repair Cafe is canceled due to inclement weather. https://www.greenossining.org/todays-3-12repair-cafe-is-canceled-due-to-inclement-weather/ https://www.greenossining.org/todays-3-12repair-cafe-is-canceled-due-to-inclement-weather/#comments Sat, 12 Mar 2022 15:33:28 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4533 Canceled today!

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Youth Climate Action Summit by Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC). Online and Open/Free to All Students. Saturday, April 2nd 9:30-1pm. Registration Required. https://www.greenossining.org/youth-climate-action-summit-by-federated-conservationists-of-westchester-county-fcwc-online-and-open-free-to-all-students-saturday-april-2nd-930-1pm-registration-required/ https://www.greenossining.org/youth-climate-action-summit-by-federated-conservationists-of-westchester-county-fcwc-online-and-open-free-to-all-students-saturday-april-2nd-930-1pm-registration-required/#respond Fri, 11 Mar 2022 23:36:17 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4524 Let’s get activated! Join for discussions with youth leaders and leave with green job opportunities & skills to act against climate change! About this event The Federated Conservationists of Westchester…

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Let’s get activated! Join for discussions with youth leaders and leave with green job opportunities & skills to act against climate change!

About this event

The Federated Conservationists of Westchester County invite you to join this momentous student-led event for youth engagement and climate action! This exciting opportunity will take place on the virtual conference platform Gather Town.

The FCWC Youth Climate Action Summit aims to engage students with passionate Youth Leaders who have become experts on Climate Action topics. Students attending the summit will also have the opportunity to network with established green organizations to learn about internships, volunteer, and paid work in the environmental field.

The FCWC Youth Climate Action Summit will be free for all attendees, held virtually, and hosted on a Saturday – ensuring no conflicts with instructional times and transportation needs. We hope students, teachers, and young professionals will all join us for this galvanizing event! Registration is free but required for this event. Orientation for Gather Town will be on Friday, April 1st. Links to the Summit and Orientation will be sent to registrants only.

Event Program:

9:30 AM – Welcome by FCWC Student Network Chair Bianca Jimenez

9:45 AM – Introduction to the FCWC Student Network by Dylan Klein

10:00 AM – Address by Westchester County Executive George Latimer

10:10 AM – Speech NY Congressional District 16 Representative Jamaal Bowman

10:20 AM – Speech from Erika Pierce, District 2 Chair of County Board of Legislators Committee on Environment and Energy

10:25 AM – Remarks by NY Congressional District 17 Representative Mondaire L. Jones

10:30 AM – Keynote Speaker – Caitlyn Carpenter: Co-coordinator of the Sunrise Movement & Organizer for the New York Climate Leaders.

10:45 AM – Youth Environmental Activism Panel:

Moderators:

  • Riddha Iyengar – Scarsdale High School
  • Shweta Nadagouda – Harrison High School

Panelists & Breakout Leaders (click link for break out sessions )

Choose your breakout session HERE!

  • Riley Hester – Fox Lane High School on Joining your Conservation Advisory Council
  • Anusha Vaish – The Ursuline School on Insect Stewardship
  • Caitlyn Carpenter – Mamaroneck High School on Youth Advocacy for Climate Policy
  • Marisa Rodriguez – Westchester Community College Graduate on Native Gardens and Community Science
  • Gabriella Mickel – Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University on The Environmental Law Student Experience
  • Bianca Jimenez – Mercy College on Sustainable Food Choices
  • Riddha, Sophia and Isabella – Green County USA 4 Part Action Program

11:30 AM – Breakout Session 1

12:00 PM – Breakout Session 2

12:30 PM – Networking in Exhibition Hall

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Green Ossining Repair Cafe Returns on Saturday, March 12th https://www.greenossining.org/green-ossining-repair-cafe-returns-on-saturday-march-12th/ https://www.greenossining.org/green-ossining-repair-cafe-returns-on-saturday-march-12th/#respond Wed, 23 Feb 2022 03:01:12 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4506 We’re back and happy to help you! Mark your calendar for our next Repair Cafe on Saturday, March 12th. Bring your beloved but broken items down to the Rec Center…

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We’re back and happy to help you! Mark your calendar for our next Repair Cafe on Saturday, March 12th.
Bring your beloved but broken items down to the Rec Center between 11a-3pm and see if one of our community-member repair coaches can fix it/them. See our Repair Cafe page for more information:
https://www.greenossining.org/community-events/repair-cafe/

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Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival is Bringing Back Live-And-In-Person! Sat. April 23rd. Vendor Registration is Now Open! https://www.greenossining.org/green-ossinings-earth-day-festival-is-bringing-back-live-and-in-person-sat-april-23rd-vendor-registration-is-now-open/ https://www.greenossining.org/green-ossinings-earth-day-festival-is-bringing-back-live-and-in-person-sat-april-23rd-vendor-registration-is-now-open/#comments Wed, 16 Feb 2022 17:01:07 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4472 We’re excited to share that we are knee-deep in planning and 100% committed to bringing this year’s Earth Day Festival (our 12th) back to our favored live-and-in-person format! Scheduled for…

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We’re excited to share that we are knee-deep in planning and 100% committed to bringing this year’s Earth Day Festival (our 12th) back to our favored live-and-in-person format!

Scheduled for Saturday April 23rd from 10-5pm, we are now accepting vendor registrations*!   


As Westchester County’s largest community-run Earth Day Festival (enjoying more than 4,000 attendees in the past and expecting some 100+ vendors) – held on the banks of the beautiful Hudson River – don’t miss it!  As we honor the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day, we remain keenly aware of the great challenges affecting our natural environment, our planet, and life as we know it.  We are also of the belief that there is much we can each personally do to affect positive change through the everyday choices we each have the power to make. You’ll find many things you love about festivals of course  – food, music, artisans, activities – but we hope you’ll also join us in our recognition of the urgency to action that is needed.  

Educational opportunities will include renewable energy solutions, local resilience and the importance of supporting our local economy as well as the organizations that will help toward that, using and wasting less, being more resourceful, and being a more conscience consumer, among other things.
 
For Vendors: If you are a Food/Beverage vendor, please pay close attention to the requirements including  the requirement that plates/bowls/cups/straws/utensils must be compostable (recyclable or biodegradable are not acceptable). We offer compostable service provider suggestions should you need one. Why compostable? Our Zero Waste efforts optimize our ability to return as much waste from the Festival as possible into earth-friendly compost. Compostable waste adds value to the planet and reduces our carbon emissions.  Please be sure to read the rules and regulations within the application which you may find here. Banner sponsorship opportunities are available on a limited basis for an additional fee. 

While COVID is still not behind us, we can’t be certain that our plans won’t be foiled again and are reminded of our humble beginning 12 years ago when we had some 300 attendees and 20 vendors.  While our Festival is ‘Rain or Shine,’ should a COVID-related issues require postponement, please Save-The-Date for Saturday, June 4th.

The Festival is hosted and organized by Green Ossining with the assistance of the Town and Village of Ossining. This year’s sponsors include SBS Printing and Shipping, Mike Risko Music, Good Choice Kitchen, Down to Earth Markets, Suburban Carting, Sing Sing Kill Brewery, Captain Lawrence, The Climate Reality Project, Hudson Valley Books for Humanity, and Sustainable Westchester.

Stay tuned for more updates and about other special events happening throughout the day! For the most up-to-date information, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, on our  Facebook event page or go to our Earth Day Festival Web Page 

 

*Please note that vendor space is on a first-come-first-served basis, and registration does not guarantee a spot.  Application submission is not an assurance of participation. We reserve the right to select vendors based on variety and whose values are in most in line with our mission “To promote environmental sustainability community-wide, and develop practical methods that protect our natural resources.” Since space is limited, variety of vendors will also be a factor. We will notify you within a week of registration should your application be declined.

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Electric School Bus Info Session Open to the Public. Thursday, Jan 27th (1-3p). Evenbrite Registration https://www.greenossining.org/electric-school-bus-info-session-open-to-the-public-thursday-jan-27th-1-3p-evenbrite-registration/ https://www.greenossining.org/electric-school-bus-info-session-open-to-the-public-thursday-jan-27th-1-3p-evenbrite-registration/#respond Fri, 14 Jan 2022 20:54:06 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4441 Let’s Go Ossining!  We need our school district to talk about this. Green Ossining is now partnering with a wider group of environmental advocates across the County as well as…

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Let’s Go Ossining!  We need our school district to talk about this.

Green Ossining is now partnering with a wider group of environmental advocates across the County as well as Westchester County to keep moving the conversation forward.  This includes providing educational opportunities for the school district, BOE members, concerned parents and educators, and the community at-large. On Thursday, January 27th from 1-3pm there is an information session open to the public, with the hope to bring administrators, decision-makers and government officials together, as well as bring awareness to school districts about the need  to decarbonize our school bus fleets (whether owned or outsourced).


There is some exciting news in NY State and opportunities that may make the transition easier. 

  • Governor Hochul recently proposed that all school buses be electric by 2035. It would also require any buses bought after 2026 be zero-emissions.
  • $5 billion will be made available by the EPA over five years in a program aimed at increasing electric and zero-emissions school buses on the road.
  • NYSERDA, NYPA, and the Education Department (SED) will work with schools to apply and deliver winning proposals.
  • NYSERDA is directed to update the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program to include only zero-emissions battery and green hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles as part of the school bus electrification program.
  • NYSERDA will also work with schools to convert their fleet to electric.

Preregistration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westchester-lets-go-electric-tickets-230329500737

 

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January 15th, 2022 Repair Cafe Canceled. https://www.greenossining.org/january-15th-2022-repair-cafe-canceled/ https://www.greenossining.org/january-15th-2022-repair-cafe-canceled/#respond Thu, 06 Jan 2022 21:41:08 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4429 We’re sorry to have to cancel our first Repair Cafe of the year, but due to necessary precautions, its the wisest thing we can do at this time. We hope…

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We’re sorry to have to cancel our first Repair Cafe of the year, but due to necessary precautions,

its the wisest thing we can do at this time. We hope to see you at our next scheduled Cafe on Saturday, March 12th.

Be healthy and safe out there!

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The Repair Cafe is back! Last one in 2021 is Saturday, Nov 13th! https://www.greenossining.org/the-repair-cafe-is-back-last-one-in-2021-is-saturday-nov-13th/ https://www.greenossining.org/the-repair-cafe-is-back-last-one-in-2021-is-saturday-nov-13th/#respond Sat, 13 Nov 2021 23:47:29 +0000 https://www.greenossining.org/?p=4414 The Green Ossining Repair Cafe is back this Saturday! This will be our last gathering in 2021. Save the date for upcoming 2022 dates: January 15th, March 12th, May 14th.…

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The Green Ossining Repair Cafe is back this Saturday!
This will be our last gathering in 2021.
Save the date for upcoming 2022 dates: January 15th, March 12th, May 14th.
Be sure if you visit the Repair Cafe that you thank the volunteers. These are all community members who generously and happily donate 4-5 hours on a Saturday to help you fix your stuff.
In addition to our amazing volunteers, thanks to our partners at the Village of Ossining, Ossining Recreation and Parks, First Village Coffee, and Melrose Lumber Co..
*Note: All attendees must remain masked.

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