News That Matters
Good Friday Morning,
All right. It's cold and windy and there's fresh snow and ice on the ground but it's spring I tell ya! It' spring!
Orange County's Legislature has voted to forgo raises for the 2010 fiscal year, something I've asked our own Legislature to do. Kudos to OC Exec Edward Diana for taking the high road.
According to an article published in this morning's NYJN, the Indian Point nuclear power plant has sprung another leak. Tritium tainted water is/was/maybe leaking. Fishermen have been alerted that fish caught in the river may be used as beacons in place of safety lights on their boats and will glow for roughly 18,000 years.
If you're looking for a relatively easy 3-hour hike in the Highlands this weekend, Round Hill is the place for you. The trail starts on Route 9 just north of Route 301 (map) and follows an old country road for the first couple of miles of this ~6 mile loop hike. The hike will take you past the remnants of a day when this part of the Highlands was intensively farmed and then up the slope of Round Hill for a two mile long ridge walk culminating in a spectacular vista before the gentle descent back to where you began.
And now, Things To Do:
7PM - Join Pete Seeger, Saul Rozinsky, Tom LaBarr, and others to recount the history of the Beacon Sloop Club: Local Environmental Action on the Hudson River (what’s been done, what needs to be done, what you can do) Featuring A Short Film by Guillian Appleby, Claire Sember, and Danny Foster. For additional info contact: Alan Thomas (845)-463-4660
At 3:30 PM - Presented by the Bedford Audubon Society and Westmoreland Sanctuary. Brian Bielfelt, Naturalist at the Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Corners. Every fall, countless people all across the country journey to their favorite hawkwatch to observe the beauty of hawks in flight. But watching hawks is more than aesthetic enjoyment; it’s also a scientific pursuit. Join Bedford Audubon and Westmoreland Sanctuary as we host speaker Brian Bielfelt, an area hawk watcher, who will discuss the connection between the hawk flights in our area and the population declines observed in the birds of prey over the past twenty years. The program is free and open to the general public. Registration appreciated, but not required. For information and registration, please call 914-666-8448.
4PM - Andy Engel, Director of New Talent, has invited Kim Blacklock to perform at the comedy club Comix in Manhattan 's West Village . Kim is working on a new set, "Pure Female," to submit to Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and David Letterman - a big audience at Comix this Saturday would sure work in her favor in the filming! Come be a part of history, er, herstory. This Saturday afternoon seating starts at 3:30 for the 4pm show at:
7:30pm - 10:30 pm Featuring guitarist Steve Lamattina and bassist Bill Conway at The Division Street Grill, 26 North Division Street Peekskill NY 10566 Call for dinner reservations 914 739 6380 www.DivisionStreetGrill.com
10:00 a.m. to 2:30p.m. At the Carmel VFW, 32 Gleneida Ave. on Rte. 52 (next to Drew Methodist Church). Write to Renee Diaz at email@example.com for more information.
Celebrating the Cacchio family's six decade ownership of the Rosendale Theatre. Fundraiser offers food, drink, and testimonials. Theatre documentary and "first-ever" 1949 "Blood on the Moon" movie will screen. Like being there from the start! Tickets $15; Info: 845-658-9613 or write firstname.lastname@example.org. Put THEATRE in subject line.
7:00 - 9:00 pm - The Poughkeepsie Regional Office of the Attorney General will be hosting a Community Forum on Priorities for Hudson River Protection. Special Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection, Kit Kennedy, will be hosting this interactive event and the public is invited to attend and participate in discussion with some of New York State's appointed officials to further your knowledge with the on-goings of your local Attorney General's Office, as well as environmental initiatives being enacted statewide. This is an opportunity to have your voice heard. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions regarding this event, please feel free to call (845)485-3900. Location: Newburgh North Junior High School, Newburgh, NY
Hudson Valley Science Cafe - Topic: “High value synthesis gas from residual materials using an advanced gasification process” Presenter: Mark A. Paisley, PE., Vice President of Research and Development, Taylor Biomass Energy LLC., Montgomery, NY. Meeting site: Diana’s, 1015 Little Britain Road (Route 207) New Windsor (just east of Stewart Newburgh Airport, on the opposite side of the road from the airport entrance). See http://www.DIANASNY.com for menus and map. $3.00 admission fee includes coffee or tea. If you arrive at 6 PM, you can order from the Early Bird menu. No orders are taken during the Presentation (7:00-7:30).
email@example.com to reserve a seat. http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/ulster
here for more information.