News That Matters
Good Wednesday Morning,
Early this morning the NYJN reported that County Executive Bondi was taken to Putnam County hospital by ambulance. This follows the death of his mother, Wanda, 91, on Monday night. I am sure our thoughts follow him and wish him well.
Twice a year the Hudson River Estuary program runs "Trees for Tribs", a program designed to get trees planted along tributaries of the Hudson River. This year's spring application is out.
Riparian (streamside) buffers are a major component to maintaining healthy streams and waters and their conservation is a critical element of any holistic watershed program. Riparian areas are often severely damaged during the land development process, leading to unintended negative impacts to our streams and rivers. Composed of trees, shrubs and grasses, these buffers help to reduce pollution entering waterways by slowing down and filtering runoff, thus extending retention time and improving water quality. For more information, visit the DEC's Trees For Tribs website.While we're basking in the glow of an arctic cold front it's hard to believe that, overall, the temperatures are rising. In fact, between 1990 and 2006 the National Arbor Day Foundation has recorded warming temperatures enough to shift the gardener's Hardiness Zones northward. To see how the nation has warmed over those 16 years, click on this link and run the simulation.
Do you know an individual or organization that deserves recognition for their environmental achievements? Nominate them for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Quality Award. Each year, EPA Region 2 recognizes and honors those individuals and organizations who contributed significantly to improving the environment during the past year in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and tribal nations within the region's jurisdiction. Winners are presented with a plaque and recognized by senior EPA officials during a ceremony coinciding with Earth Day celebrations. Learn more about this here.
Anonymous sources say that Philipstown resident Roger Ailes, creator of the FOXNews Channel, held a party at his home recently at which luminaries included Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly. Town officials have just completed fumigation efforts but warn that some traces will remain for quite some time. Residents are urged to proceed with caution.
As was reported in this column and in other sources, Mr. Ailes is now the owner of the Putnam County News and Recorder and has placed his wife, Elizabeth, at the helm. This leaves News That Matters as the last independent news source in the county. Efforts to have the Ailes buy NtM have been as successful as beating Caroline Kennedy to the US Senate, but the offer is still out there...
And now, the News:
ALBANY - Mahopac Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Reidy was honored Sunday with the prestigious New York State Council of School Superintendent’s Award of Excellence for his work in public education.
By Larry Hertz
TOWN OF KENT — A Dutchess County youth faces felony charges of reckless endangerment after reportedly slamming his ATV into a pair of Kent Police cruisers damaging them both.
ALBANY – Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan spend Tuesday in Albany, testifying before the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee, urging its members to support funding for environmental programs.
Exodus of the resilient black crow follows flight of other wildlife from Iranian capital
Tehran's notoriously bad air pollution has long been a health hazard for its 12 million people, but now the toxic mix of fumes has sent a different set of residents fleeing – the city's black crows.
The European parliament today voted by a sweeping majority to tighten the use of pesticides in agriculture and to ban 22 treatments, a decision that critics say could wipe out British carrots.