News That Matters
Good Wednesday Morning,
There's snow and rain coming and it's supposed to be windy today and tomorrow. While winter is not exactly over, the signs of spring are all over the place. Get outside, look and listen, and you'll see them. Maybe we can even stop messing with the clocks and just stay on standard time from now on out? That would be nice.
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The other day I referenced an article about how Greenburgh's supervisor, Joel Feiner, thought that merging Putnam, Westchester, Rockland and maybe Orange counties into a single entity would save costs and taxes. He's right, to a point, but much more could be saved by simply merging school districts. And, if that were just the first step, the second would be to shift the funding of schools from property, to income taxes.
I've thought about his plans for counties merging, and can't seem to think that Putnam, as a whole, matches well with Westchester or the other counties mentioned. But here's my own plan:
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The Town of Kent CAC meets tonight at 7:00 PM at the Town Center on Route 52. The agenda includes a Chairman's report and a film on Stone Chambers in Putnam County.
And now, The News:
Putnam County was recently awarded a federal Preserve America matching grant to foster heritage tourism in Cold Spring. Timed to coincide with the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s 1609 voyage up the Hudson River, the grant will be implemented in partnership with the Putnam County Historical Society & Foundry School Museum (PCHS–FSM). A series of programs, exhibitions, and public outreach initiatives will engage the community in our local history and to draw tourists to our local heritage sites.
What makes a good sheriff?
Barbara Livingston Nackman
By Gary Gray
How a Toronto developer creates 'cost-effective' condos sold to families making as low as $32,000.
"We don't call what we do 'affordable housing' anymore," said Toronto developer Michael Labbé. "We call it cost-effective housing. Because what we do is build ownership housing that's less expensive than rental."
ScienceDaily (Feb. 17, 2009) — Tomorrow's fuel-cell vehicles may be powered by enzymes that consume cellulose from woodchips or grass and exhale hydrogen.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Talk of a New York tax increase just got a little, er, hotter.
ScienceDaily (Feb. 16, 2009) — A York University researcher has tracked the migration of songbirds by outfitting them with tiny geolocator backpacks – a world first – revealing that scientists have underestimated their flight performance dramatically.
By Julia Preston / New York Times