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“I am all for the AIG bonuses” - Rush Limbaugh
Good Thursday Morning,
The village of Cold Spring is going to have a new mayor. Current mayor Anthony Phillips lost a close race to Seth Gallagher, ending 16 years of service to that village. In the Trustees race, current Trustee Edward Mancari lost to newcomer John Ralph Falloon by just 31 votes and returning Trustee Bruce Campbell was comfortably reelected. In Nelsonville, Thomas Corless was elected to the mayor's spot and Trustee Anthony Merente was reelected to his third term - both in unopposed races. We wish them all good luck.
Ryder Farm on Starr Ridge Road in Brewster can be reached at 845-279-4161, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or at their website, http://www.ryderfarmorganic.com. Summer shares start at $450 for a full share which is $28 for 16 weeks of fresh, organic produce. Betsey Ryder, the farm's owner and manager, expresses a sentiment that holds true not just for her farm but for any CSA operation. She says:
At Ryder Farm Cottage Industries, there is no work commitment but you are free to join us in the hands on joy of harmonizing with the growing cycles. Subscribers are encouraged to stroll the gardens as if they are your own. Enjoy the ambiance and have a first hand look at all crops under production. Your support as a CSA member directly contributes to the preservation of This slice of local history that is Ryder Farm and we are so very grateful.
In Patterson, Cascade Farms is back for another season. Cascade's shares are $525 for 20 weeks or $26.50 a week. You can find Cascade farm on Harmony Road just north of Route 292 west of Patterson Village. You can reach them at 845-878-3258, by email to email@example.com or at their website, http://www.cascadefarmschool.org
If you're around this weekend you can sample Cascade's wares at a Farm Breakfast this Saturday morning from 8:30 until 11am. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for members and seniors and $3 for children under 12. While there you can learn more about their CSA program, tour the facility and meet some nice people. If you're lucky, Dave W. will be cooking.
Regardless of which one you end up with, tell them PlanPutnam sent you!
Members are entitled to a weekly portion of the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season. We currently have a twenty week season which runs from June to mid-October. During the season our members receive a portion of the weekly harvest. For instance, if we harvest 150 pounds of string beans for 75 member shares, each share will receive 2 pounds of beans for the week. Crop conditions may vary and so will the variety and amount of produce. For example, when tomatoes ripen you may receive a large share during the prime weeks but the weeks preceding and following may include smaller amounts or none at all.
In a February 23rd Community View piece in the NYJN, Kent resident Vic Tiship called for a return to a progressive income tax as a way of funding education and more fairly distributing the tax burden across the state. Vic's position on this issue closely matches mine and he and I have been successful at convincing the County Legislature and the Town of Kent to pass non-binding resolutions in favor of both and it was easy since most are in favor of fairness in our tax system. If you're a long-time reader of this column and the blog it's no secret that we've both been quite active and vocal on this issue and that people are listening...
This morning, Montebello resident and business executive Allan Jason writes in a piece called, "Class warfare isn't the way to solve economic crisis" that he disagrees with Vic's letter and uses semantic gymnastics to make his point. But his arguments are weak and if he were to compare apples to apples he'd have none. But in the usual way that the super-wealthy attempt to protect what's theirs and to continue surfing the wave of "privilage" they believe they're entitled to, he intentionally misses the point and bolsters his argument with comparisons that are meaningless. In the last paragraph Mr. Jason writes, "Mistakes have been made that have damaged our economy. Compounding those mistakes is not the answer." Yes, mistakes have been made with the number one mistake being that the super-rich have been able to get away with financial murder for all these years while you and I pay the bills.
And now, The News:
CARMEL – County officials are calling on every resident of Putnam to contact their state officials in Albany this week demanding that Governor Paterson reconsider a plan to cut funding for immunization programs statewide.
Posted by: Morgan Clendaniel on March 18, 2009 at 4:33 pm
Most everyone living in a big city has heard of community-supported agriculture, or CSAs. A farm, or group of farms, delivers fresh food to a central drop-off point. You get whatever the freshest food the farms have, and they get to cut out the middleman, putting more money in the farmers’ pockets. But the CSA model has recently started expanding beyond fruit and vegetables. A great example of this is a story in the Boston Globe about community-supported fisheries on the North Shore of Massachusetts in Maine.
Michael Reilly, Discovery News
March 16, 2009 -- Not far off the east coast of the United States, a mountain of water is lurking. If even a moderate amount of global warming takes place in the next century, a new study says it could slosh toward shore, doubling the rate of sea level rise in New York City.
The Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the Council’s action was (1) arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable; and (2) impermissible inverse spot zoning. The court noted that the ordinance was inconsistent with the Master Plan, was not adequately explained and arbitrarily imposed a burden on the property owner. The court explained that the state’s Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”) requires a municipality to, in adopting a zoning ordinance, either: (1) adopt an ordinance that was “substantially consistent” with the municipality’s Master Plan; or (2) explain its reasons for adopting an ordinance that was inconsistent with the Master Plan. That statutory directive, said the court, precluded a municipality from making its decision to adopt a zoning ordinance arbitrary.
March 16th, 2009 Posted in News
From Dawn Powell
A growing movement thinks so, saying it will guarantee that the poor have water. But at a water conference in Turkey, officials voice concern about implementing such a right.
By Yigal Schleifer | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor from the March 19, 2009 edition
Here’s an interesting subplot developing amid the AIG mess: The emerging split between leading conservative media figures and GOP leaders over how to respond.