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There's a lot here this morning so refill the coffee cup and make yourselves comfortable:
Several young friends of mine are either currently serving in the Marines or have recently left the service, including one who stayed here at my place for awhile getting his head straightened out a few years back. I'm especially proud of him and the progress he's made with his life. It was in their direction my thoughts were sent on Memorial Day this year.
On A Personal Note: Someone, a woman, called my house yesterday and left a message about setting something up and that she'd be there a little late. I have a new phone and when I called in to get my messages on the cell the reception was bad and then I hit the DELETE button rather than the REPLAY button and well, I have no idea who called or what the full message was about. If you called, please call again. If you didn't call, please disregard this message. If you called and you're not on this list, whatever it is I was supposed to do is not going to get done and I apologize, publicly.For those of us who have been fighting to preserve the historical aspects of Peekskill Hollow Road (and we've been doing this for much longer than is necessary!) there's an online petition sponsored by the Putnam Valley Resident's Coalition here. I encourage Kent and PV residents who live near and especially along the road to sign on but also anyone else who is interested in a desire to keep a little of the old here in Putnam County should sign, too.
While we're in historic preservation mode, I attended a pageant in Poughkeepsie yesterday afternoon celebrating that city's contribution to the revolutionary war. The pageant, which included dozens of performers, bands and ships in the river, was produced by Roger Hendricks Simon and starred Lora Lee Ecobelli, both of whom have appeared on the stage at the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. The pageant ended with a really sweet reception at the Grandview. There are two sets of images of the event that are worth checking out. One is from Philipstown's Kenn Sapeta and the other is mine. See the story below.
The Septic Replacement Program, which grew out of the battle to stop the $150 million sewage diversion
So, everything is all right now? Not so fast...The Putnam Valley Farmer's Market is back for another season. The Market is located in the Grange Hall at Adam's Corners on Wednesdays from 2PM until 6 PM.
There's an ongoing battle raging within the ranks of the national Republican party which will most certainly make its way down to the local level in one way or another as people are asked to take sides. On the one hand you have right-wing fanatics, Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh while on the other, the staid, moderate Colin Powell. Mr. Powell has apologized for his role in lying to the world over that little WMD speech at the UN but remains faithful to the party and the nation and seeks to broaden the appeal of his party by being a bit more inclusive. Misters Rove and Limbaugh only seem interested in venomous attacks on those not following their particular brand of politics and only faithful to what they can lie, scam and undermine in order to gain power and influence. With the party badly split after 8 years of the Bush White House (we're seeing the results of that in our economy now) I'm not placing bets on either side in that fight but I'll bet it's going to get a whole lot nastier before it sorts itself out.
Last Thursday night while I was at the KFC community forum on property taxes and open government, several who might have been there were instead downstate giving the Nuclear Regulatory Commission a piece of their minds. One such was Putnam Valley's Judy Allen, pictured here outside the meeting. Inside, as "Myth Indian Point" she sang the following to the board:
No Danger to the PublicWhile we're paying more and more for gasoline these days (it's now over $2.50 a gallon) Greenopia has created a list of the oil companies with the smallest carbon footprint. Can you imagine that? That list, and others similar, is here.
One last note: Don't forget to check out PlanPutnam's blog site as many more stories are there than make it here.
And now, the News:
Thirty-five local government agencies and non-profit groups from the region participated in the cooperative copy paper contract valued at over $1 million annually.
The cooperative venture currently allows local governments and non-profit agencies that provide services on behalf of local governments the ability to leverage their purchasing power by participating in cooperative contracts.
A couple hundred people gathered at the DeLaval site, along the shore of the Hudson River in the City of Poughkeepsie, for a glimpse of the city's past and future Tuesday.
The city's Hudson Fulton Champlain Committee hosted a play produced and written by the Simon Studio in the City of Poughkeepsie called "The Poughkeepsie Shipyards and the Revolutionary War: A Military Pageant."
The play, which was sponsored by Marshall and Sterling Insurance, Saint Francis Hospital, The Grandview and the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, tells the story of the shipyard after it was commissioned by the Continental Congress in 1775 to build two ships for use against British forces.
They brought forth the geometric patchwork of subdivisions blanketing Cordova and Hickory Hill while clearing the way for the big-box retailers lining Germantown Parkway and Winchester.
But the basic zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations that have guided growth in Shelby County for a generation now are likely to be replaced with a code emphasizing entirely different patterns of development.
The proposed Unified Development Code, which goes before the Land Use Control Board this week, embraces so-called smart-growth policies and focuses more on reclaiming existing neighborhoods in the urban core than developing new ones in suburbia.
"The population is not growing. The main thing we have to do is reclaim existing neighborhoods and build them back up," said Mary L. Baker, deputy director of the city-county Office of Planning and Development.
By Prashant Gopal
The economic downturn, after ravaging poor and middle-class neighborhoods, is now hammering affluent enclaves. Even in the nation's priciest neighborhoods, homeowners are facing economic uncertainties, and some are beginning to wonder whether they're paying too much for prestige.
The cost of living in Atherton, Calif., Highland Park, Tex., or Scarsdale, N.Y., goes well beyond what it costs to purchase a home there. Mansions in high-end communities have oversize tax, maintenance, utility, and mortgage bills. And then there's the cost of keeping up with the Joneses: shopping at boutiques and gourmet stores, country club memberships, private school tuition, soccer for the kids, the gardener, the landscaper, and the nanny.
Many residents of these suburbs have "essentially taken a step back," says Kevin J. Meehan, president of Summit Wealth Advisors in Itasca, Ill. "And they are either looking at downsizing within those communities or moving to a totally different venue because of the stress they're experiencing with the cost of living in their suburbs." Empty nesters, in particular, may question why they are still living in communities with high school taxes when their children are long gone.
The discussion should include how the stimulus bill is expected to affect local housing conditions.
The featured panelist is U.S. Rep. John Hall, D-Dover. He will be joined by the district representative for U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy, D-Glens Falls, Pamela Anderson of Chase and representatives from Hudson River Housing.
Many items can be recycled, and as it turns out, roads are among them.
For the past eight local road work seasons - more or less April to November - Rockland County has pursued a method that allows an existing roadway surface to be recycled.
The process saves the county about $1 million annually on road repaving work, restores the condition of the road, and just as importantly, reduces energy use and greenhouse gases because new material is not needed, experts said.
The process, known as hot-in-place recycling, involves heating a road surface, lifting the top 2 inches into a machine where a rejuvenating agent is added, then replacing the material on the road.
The current general permit originally expired on September 30, 2007. It has been reissued without modification three times, most recently on April 14, and this latest version is set to expire September 30, 2010. The most recent renewal requires permittees to reregister their facilities.
On July 30, 2008, DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy published a Notice of Tentative Determination to renew the general permit with modifications. Based on that notice, stakeholders filed petitions for a public hearing and requests to intervene. As a result, the DEP suspended the proceedings and worked with stakeholders to address the issues and concerns that were raised and to further revise the proposed general permit.
The choice is clear: continue with more of the same energy policies or transition to a clean-energy economy that creates millions of good jobs here in the United States and moves us off our dependence on foreign oil.
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