Friday, February 20, 2009

NtM - February 20, 2009 - Things To Do Edition

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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.

A full description of this hike can be found here. Other hikes and open spaces can be found at the Outdoor Recreation page at PlanPutnam.

And now, Things To Do:


Beacon Sloop Club Celebration

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


"Hawk Migrations in the Tri-State Area"

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.

Kim Blacklock at Comix (NY)

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:
Comix 353 W. 14th St.NY, NY 10014 Please call 212-524-2500 for reservations.

Whichever comic brings the most people will get a special 6-minute guest spot and a free DVD of their performance on a future show.

Michelle LeBlanc's trio at Division Street Grill

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


The Putnam Humane Society Flea Market

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 for more information.

60th Anniversary of the Rosendale Theater

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 Put THEATRE in subject line.

Into The Future:

Monday, February 23rd

NYS Attorney General Forum:  Priorities for Hudson River Protection 
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

Tuesday, February 24th

Changes are coming to LEED in 2009
Changes are coming to LEED in 2009 - be prepared! 
February 24, 2008, 6 PM, at Keegan Ales, Kingston New York. This is a one-hour summary of what the USGBC has in store for 2009, for both the LEED Green Building Rating System and the LEED Accredited Professional program, with the introduction of the Green Building Certification Institute. The presentation will have timelines for implementation of the changes. We'll also include a brief summary of the Strategic Initiatives that USGBC National is advancing, and how they relate to New York Upstate Chapter and Hudson Valley Branch activities. This event will have one CEU Learning Unit available for AIA members. Cost $10 for USGBC NY Upstate Chapter members $15 for non members., includes hors d'œuvres. Contact program chair Michelle Garesche Cooper Associates   917-282-5248

Wednesday, February 25th

Gas from Garbage
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 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).
The Annual Dutchess County CAC/EMC Roudtable
7-8:30 p.m. The Annual Dutchess County CAC/EMC Roudtable sponsored by the Environment Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, affords CAC members the chance to share information, network with colleagues and learn about their accomplishments and priorities for 2009. Open to those interested in joining CACs ­to learn about the dynamic role volunteers can play in preserving their community’s natural resources.  Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook. Contact: Vicky Buono, (845) 677-8223, x153,

Thursday, February 26th

Save Energy, Save Dollars
11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Save Energy, Save Dollars -- a FREE Weatherization and Energy Savings Workshop designed to help people reduce their electric and heating bills resulting in significant savings year round.  Student Union Room 407 at SUNY New Paltz. Pre-registration required; attendees will receive a FREE Energy Saving Gift Pack.  Free and open to the public. Contact Barbara Grumberg at 845-340-3990 or to reserve a seat.

Saturday, February 28th

Making (Historical) Movies
5 pm - Making (Historical) Movies. Author Gwendolyn Bounds conducts a panel discussion with local filmmakers Stephen Ives, Ivy Meeropol, Daniel Miller, and Steve Sterling. Hosted by Chrissy & Mark Driscoll and Carol & Noel O'Reilly. Sponsored by Olde Stone Kitchens & Country Flooring. At the Putnam County Historical Society and Foundry Museum in Cold Spring. For more information and ticket prices (which are fully deductable) click here.
Bard at The Lake
Bard at The Lake is a collage of Shakespeare songs and music. A free-form interactive production that allows the magic of Shakespeare to be accessible to everyone. Blue Horse Rep is collaborating with The Simon Studio directed by Roger Henrick Simon. Members of the Blue Horse Repertory ensemble will partner with members of the Simon Studio in NYC for an exciting spontaneous event. Click here for more information.

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