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Hurricane Brings Family Time For Ossining Woman

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – With a light rain falling and Hurricane Irene approaching the area, Glenna Biviano was at the A&P supermarket on Saturday buying a roast for her family.

"It's kind of exciting actually, an opportunity to spend more time with the family," she said.

Biviano, who lives in Ossining, planned to prepare the roast with vegetables today so that she and her family could snack on it during the hurricane.

Next to Biviano in an aisle with tuna fish was Mark Fineberg, a musician from Ossining who plays the tenor saxophone and clarinet flute.

Fineberg said he had lost several weekend gigs because of Hurricane Irene, including a Jersey Boys concert and a gig with a Billy Joel tribute band. A wedding scheduled for Sunday was still up in the air as wedding contractors waited for what the storm would do.

"I'm doing what everyone else is doing," said Fineberg as he picked out a jumbo pack of canned tuna.. "Canned food, of course, because that will last the longest, and we have a propane grill so if worst comes to worst we can always cook on that."

A  supermarket employee stocking shelves in a packaged food aisle said the Chilmark center A&P ran out of bottled water on Friday, but had partially restocked the water on Saturday. Other items that ran out included batteries, flashlights, Parmalat milk and powdered milk.

Ossining village Mayor William Hanauer said on Saturday that he felt the village's emergency team was prepared for the hurricane.

"We have no idea exactly how this storm is going to hit us, but we have great preparation and a terrific team," he said.

Members of the village's emergency team, including Hanauer, the village manager, and representatives from the police and fire departments, plus members of the local ambulance corp, planned on staying at the village police station, the designated emergency operations center, starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

If water from the Hudson River rises five feet, the Metro North train tracks would likely be covered, Hanauer said. The last Metro North trains before the storm departed at around noon on Saturday.

The village's volunteer firefighters were expected to be on standby, meaning that they would be at their fire houses in case an alarm went off, Hanauer said.

The village had not decided to evacuate or relocate anybody as other parts of the county have, Hanauer said. Residences on Water Street and marinas were expected to experience the worst flooding, the mayor added.

If an emergency center for residents is necessary, the village will open the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center on Broadway, Hanauer said.

"I'm not that worried. I'm worried about the weather, but not worried about surviving," the mayor said.

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