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The Outdoor Summer Concert Series continues tomorrow (Thursday) night at the Lake Carmel Cultural Center with blues artist Roxy Perry. The show starts at 6 and tickets are $12 General Admission ($10 Arts on the Lake members).
A review of Ms. Perry from Bobtje's Blues Pages says:

"It is very clear to me that Roxy Perry did not sit idly as a child. Roxy spent her formative years listening to swing records, which inspired her to begin her musical career at an early age. Her first appearance at age10 was at the famous Glen Island Casino in her home town, New Rochelle, New York. Soon after, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, where Roxy appeared at the Shrine Auditorium. Four years later, they moved back to New York. As a teen, Roxy was fronting a ten-piece Soul band six nights a week at the infamous Peppermint Lounge, Times Square, New York. It was there she was discovered, and was booked as a back-up vocalist for a four-year tour with the pop-Rock act, “Dawn.” In the eighties, Roxy was signed to Personal Records, who released an EP that ranked high on the Billboard charts. This began a new phase of Roxy's solo recording career, which led her to Blues."

Make Your Own Sports Drink
Why waste money on Gatorade when you can brew an equally effective sports drink from sugar, lemon juice, salt and orange juice?

Sports drink recipe from "Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook"
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup hot water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 1/2 cups cold water

In a quart pitcher, dissolve the sugar and salt in the hot water. Add the remaining ingredients and the cold water. The drink contains about 50 calories and 110 mg of sodium per 8 ounces, approximately the same as for most sports drinks.

The Stimulus package at work:
Solar company to create spin-off, create 300 jobs

HIGHLAND – Prism Solar Technologies in Highland, a manufacturing partner of The Solar energy Consortium, is going to create a spin-off company that is expected to create 300 jobs over the next two to three years.

The business will be funded with $3.6 million in federal money secured by Congressman Maurice Hinchey.

The company hopes to market a flexible solar ribbon cell application that is a in high demand by the US military.

“This federal funding will further establish the Hudson Valley as a central hub for solar research, development and manufacturing,” said Hinchey. “We are positioning New York very well to be on the receiving end of increased federal investments in solar energy research, development and products.”

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From a recovered WWI Diary: The Journals of Dan Fewster
August 7th. 1918
Jerry gave us rather a warm time last night. He flooded the whole area with gas and at the same time making a heavy air attack. I had to turn our men out into the trenches for shelter, but I am a bit of a fatalist, so I went back for some sleep. I am of the opinion that one is as safe in one place as in another during a raid like this. Jerry is just as liable to drop a shell or bomb into the trenches as he is in the little corner of my barn. There were two archies (anti-aircraft guns) just outside the barn and they rattled away for three hours. Then I went to sleep.


October 9th. 1918
I have had five and a half hours good sleep, although I am told it was a perfect Hades around here last night. It is a sickening sight this morning. There are dead men lying about as thick as leaves in autumn. Just outside our door, a bomb had been dropped alongside an ambulance convoy of six light cars. All the lot went west, patients and drivers, while the cars were smashed to scrap iron. Further down the road, one of our ammunition lorries was unlucky and had a bomb dropped fairly on to it. There was enough left of the first driver to recognise him but there was not a vestige left of the second driver. Nothing can tear up men like high explosives.

And now, the News:

  1. First Westchester hybrid bus hits the streets
  2. Kayakers salute Cahill’s environmental work
  3. Cash For Development
  4. Where Did that Bank Bailout Go? Watchdogs Aren't Sure
  5. Judge Attacks Merrill Pre-Merger Bonuses
  6. You Say Tomato, I Say Agricultural Disaster
  7. Conservation Buffers: Design Guidelines for Buffers, Corridors, and Greenways

First Westchester hybrid bus hits the streets

VALHALLA – The first 12 of 95 new hybrid buses have hit the streets of Westchester County.

The buses, which cost about $587,000 each, were paid for with a combination of funding – 75 percent federal, 15 percent state and 10 percent county.

Eleven of the total number of Bee-Line buses will be paid for with federal stimulus money, said Congresswoman Nita Lowey. The hybrid diesel electric technology will make the service “friendlier to our environment,” she said.

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Kayakers salute Cahill’s environmental work

KINGSTON – A group of kayakers stopped under the blazing sun Monday to camp at the Hudson River Maritime Museum during a break from the 9th Annual Great Champlain-Hudson Paddle.

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill was on hand to greet them. The kayakers were guests of honor – but so was Cahill.

Cahill, a Kingston Democrat, was honored by Scenic Hudson for his efforts to help the organization, the Greenway and Hudson River Estuaries program stave off cuts proposed by Gov. David Paterson

“Those came under threat this year because of the very tough economic problems that Gov. Paterson faces,” said Ned Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson.

So Cahill stepped in with other regional elected officials to keep funding in place and ensure environmental programs would remain intact with the help of the state government.

“We were very happy Assembly Cahill joined forces with Senator Steve Saland and Assemblyman Marc Molinaro in a bi-partisan effort and with communities along the Hudson River to say the Greenway is crucial and the estuaries program is important,” said Sullivan. “Kevin Cahill stood up to protect this and say it will be here for future generations.”

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Cash For Development

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal  authorities couldn't have picked a more fertile target than New Jersey's Manhattan-facing waterfront towns for a fake cash-for-development undercover sting, longtime observers say.

The majority of those arrested in a sweeping FBI bust that netted 44 people on corruption and money laundering charges had ties — real or feigned — to development along the Hudson River.

The criminal complaints paint a picture of building and zoning departments where influence, connections and payoffs determine who gets a prompt hearing and a smooth approval process on their applications and who is left at the mercy of a process so seemingly dysfunctional that developers sometimes budget for bribes.

Jersey City, where more than a dozen of those arrested in the corruption probe either lived, worked or had connections, has been at the epicenter of a development boom that has transformed former polluted industrial rail yards and warehouses into gleaming waterfront high-rises with unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline.

Certain developers have made fortunes off the city and received tax abatements that continue today, even though there's little open space left along the waterfront, where luxury housing and office buildings housing large Manhattan firms have earned it the nickname "Wall Street West."

"Everybody knows developers run New Jersey," said Joe Morris of the Interfaith Community Organization, which has been pushing for environmental remediation of contaminated land in Jersey City. "The developers run local government in every place in the state."

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Where Did that Bank Bailout Go? Watchdogs Aren't Sure

Sunday 09 August 2009

by: Chris Adams  |  Visit article original @ McClatchy Newspapers

Neil Barofsky. (Photo: Michael Connor / The Washington Times)
Washington - Although hundreds of well-trained eyes are watching over the $700 billion that Congress last year decided to spend bailing out the nation's financial sector, it's still difficult to answer some of the most basic questions about where the money went.

Despite a new oversight panel, a new special inspector general, the existing Government Accountability Office and eight other inspectors general, those charged with minding the store say they don't have all the weapons they need. Ten months into the Troubled Asset Relief Program, some members of Congress say that some oversight of bailout dollars has been so lacking that it's essentially worthless.

"TARP has become a program in which taxpayers are not being told what most of the TARP recipients are doing with their money, have still not been told how much their substantial investments are worth, and will not be told the full details of how their money is being invested," a special inspector general over the program reported last month. The "very credibility" of the program is at stake, it said.

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Judge Attacks Merrill Pre-Merger Bonuses


Reigniting a major controversy over Wall Street pay, a federal judge on Monday sharply criticized the bonuses that Merrill Lynch hurriedly paid out before it was acquired by Bank of America last year and pointedly questioned a federal settlement that had seemed to put the issue to rest.

A week after the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had settled the matter, Judge Jed S. Rakoff questioned whether the $33 million agreement with Bank of America was adequate. He refused to approve the deal, saying too many questions remained unanswered, including who knew what and when about the controversial payouts.

His ruling prolongs what has become a major embarrassment for Bank of America and its chief executive, Kenneth D. Lewis, and also deals a stinging blow to the S.E.C., which needs Judge Rakoff’s approval of its deal with the bank.

Judge Rakoff ordered the bank and the commission to submit more information to him within two weeks.

During a hearing in New York that was heated at times, the judge was scathing about the settlement, in which the S.E.C. accused Bank of America of misleading its shareholders. Bank of America neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing.

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, Judge Rakoff said, “effectively lied to their shareholders.” The $3.6 billion in bonuses paid by Merrill as the ailing brokerage giant was taken over by the bank was effectively “from Uncle Sam.”

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You Say Tomato, I Say Agricultural Disaster


Tarrytown, N.Y.

IF the hardship of growing vegetables and fruits in the Northeast has made anything clear, it’s that the list of what can go wrong in the field is a very long one.

We wait all year for warmer weather and longer days. Once we get them, it seems new problems for farmers rise to the surface every week: overnight temperatures plunging close to freezing, early disease, aphid attacks. Another day, another problem.

The latest trouble is the explosion of late blight, a plant disease that attacks potatoes and tomatoes. Late blight appears innocent enough at first — a few brown spots here, some lesions there — but it spreads fast. Although the fungus isn’t harmful to humans, it has devastating effects on tomatoes and potatoes grown outdoors. Plants that appear relatively healthy one day, with abundant fruit and vibrant stems, can turn toxic within a few days.

Most farmers in the Northeast, accustomed to variable conditions, have come to expect it in some form or another. Like a sunburn or a mosquito bite, you’ll probably be hit by late blight sooner or later, and while there are steps farmers can take to minimize its damage and even avoid it completely, the disease is almost always present, if not active.

But this year is turning out to be different — quite different, according to farmers and plant scientists. For one thing, the disease appeared much earlier than usual. Late blight usually comes, well, late in the growing season, as fungal spores spread from plant to plant. So its early arrival caught just about everyone off guard.

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Conservation Buffers: Design Guidelines for Buffers, Corridors, and Greenways

The Conservation Buffers website offers resources for planning and designing buffers in rural and urban landscapes. The primary resource is Conservation Buffers: Design Guidelines for Buffers, Corridors, and Greenways which provides over 80 illustrated design guidelines synthesized and developed from a review of over 1400 research publications.

Each guideline describes a specific way that a vegetative buffer can be applied to protect soil, improve air and water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, produce economic products, provide recreation opportunities, or beautify the landscape.

This publication is available for order as a spiral-bound field guide, as a downloadable PDF, and at this website as an online version. Other design tools and resources will be added to this site. Click on Other Tools to find out what is currently available.

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