Former Ossining Resident Arminda Pinto Dies at 90

OSSINING, N.Y. – Arminda Couto Pinto, formerly of Ossining, died Jan. 15 at her daughter’s home in Andes, N.Y. She was 90.

Born in Portugal on Aug. 27, 1921, she was the daughter of Luiz and Maria Couto. She married Americo Pinto on April 2, 1941. Pinto was a former book processor for the Pleasantville Packing Company. Pinto was a longtime Ossining resident before moving to Andes 12 years ago.

She is survived by her daughter Maria (Gerald) Norris, her sons Fernando (Mirtha) Pinto and Jose Pinto, two brother-in-laws, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Americo on Feb. 17, 2000 and her sons Joaquin and Manuel Pinto.

Visiting hours will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Holy Innocents Church in Pleasantville, followed by interment at All Souls Cemetery in Pleasantville.

Memorial donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, N.Y. 13820.

Ossining Police Respond to Minor Vehicle Accidents

OSSINING, N.Y. – Ossining village police said they responded to numerous minor motor vehicle accidents this week, including a roll-over on Ogden Road.

The accidents occurred between 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Tuesday, police said. Icy conditions played a large factor in the accidents.

Also in Ossining:

– Michael Martin, 22, of Iroquois Road in Ossining, was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree after allegedly kicking a door window at 7-Eleven on North Highland Avenue on Jan. 14, police said. Martin had an argument with a store clerk and kicked the door at around 3:30 a.m., police said.

– Brian Kane, 52, was charged with burglary in the second degree after allegedly stealing power tools from 20 Croton Ave. in Ossining, police said. Kane was in Westchester County Jail awaiting arraignment on Tuesday.

Petition to Save Rye Playland Reaches 1,200 Signatures

amusement parkRye, N.Y. – The fate of Rye Playland, a small amusement park located in Rye, New York, will be decided in the coming weeks. Lawmakers in the town of slightly more than 15,500 people are left to choose between four proposals for the amusement park’s future.

One of these plans is receiving a lot of negative attention from some of the town’s inhabitants. The Sustainable Playland proposal for the park would cost $34 million and greatly reduce the number of rides in the park in favor of a mini water park, fields, restaurants, and a huge lawn that will provide a view of Long Island Sound.

This proposal is meeting great opposition from many residents of Rye for eliminating too many rides and removing too much parking. A website and petition called “Save Playland Amusement Park” hopes to fight the Sustainable Playland proposal and promotes two of the other three proposals for the future of Playland.

These other proposals include a $25 million plan to add some fields, rides, and water attractions. A different $26.4 proposal would add mini-golf, a children’s play area, and new rides. The final proposal would rebrand the park as Legoland New York.

The petitioners seem to be dead set on ensuring the $34 million plan is not chosen, with the petition gaining more than 1,200 signatures in its first couple weeks.