Friday, November 6, 2009

News That Matters - November 6, 2009

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Good Friday Morning,

We're back. I needed the vacation from News That Matters in order to concentrate on the elections. I guess I should have been concentrating on figuring out how to get voters to *look* at whom they were voting for as opposed to blindly selecting the line. There are not enough words in our language to tell you how much party line voting injures our democracy.

I learned a great deal about myself that I never knew, some from people who don't know me and some from those who claim they do! For example;
  • My campaign apparently benefited from bribes.
  • I'm getting paid for my committee work with the town and I'm getting a salary from Arts on the Lake.
  • A secret cadre of people ran the effort to save Mt. Nimham from being logged off and,
  • I was never involved in Stop Patterson Crossing actions or had never worked at the recycling center or on the fire tower restoration project and had nothing to do with saving the Lake Carmel Jewish Center for use as a community center.
The hardest to swallow was when others took my past accomplishments and made them their own or someone else's or simply created a history of events in which I didn't even exist -- even when I was sitting in the same room with them. All of this, an alternate reality that exists only in the 9th dimension we know as politics.
With all that said, running for office was so much fun I'll have to do it again. And lastly, if all the people who wrote or called with their condolences this week had actually worked on the campaign the outcome might have been different. I'm not trying to make you feel guilty, I'm only saying...
Environment DEC is the DEC's monthly online newsletter. The latest issue is available now by clicking here. It's certainly worth the read. And, if you subscribe (it's free) they'll drop you a note when new issues come out.

The DEC has also announced the release of a new website called the Nature Explorer. The website says:
"Nature Explorer currently contains information on birds, reptiles, amphibians, rare animals, rare plants, and significant natural communities.

The search results are not a definitive statement about the presence or absence of all plants and animals, including rare or state-listed species, or of all significant natural communities. The DEC and partners will continue to expand this information over time. "
And you can find it here.
This to That is a website which solves some problems. For example, what if you have a need (and craft time is coming!) to glue your metal cut-out Turkey to a styrofoam plate or a ninja sword to your vinyl Santa suit? What's the best adhesive to use? That's when This to That comes in handy. Check it out. recently completed a survey in which 5000 women were asked which accent they found most sexy. The winner, men with an Irish accent titillate the ladies more than any other. Also, three-fifths of the women polled admit to being seduced by someone based strictly on their accents. For the record, French dropped to 4th place and American came in 10th.

The above shot was taken at DEP's East Fishkill facility that has an entrance on Dean Road a few hundred yards north of the county line. As a core, it and neighboring DEC and DEP properties stretch unbroken from Big Buck mountain to White Pond and west to Dean (Leetown) Road and then north to Route 52 and now encompasses the old Camp Alamar property as well. If you know where to look it's got a sweet little waterfall not far from the base of a beautiful poplar grove. Check it out this weekend.

The Planning Board in Putnam Valley has issued a negative declaration on the expansion of a gas station at 157 Bryant Street. Read more here.

The Pentagon insists the United States is slated to create history by being the first to win a war with Afghanistan. In other news, Apollo moon landing shots faked, Sri Lanka develops nuclear arsenal, Jimmy Hoffa found pumping gas with Elvis in Hamilton, Ontario.

My neighbor has his Christmas decorations up.

You missed me, admit it.

Enjoy the weekend!


Patricia Bolgosano Photography

For the month of November, Lake Carmel resident Patricia Bolgosano's photographic images will be on display at the Kent Public Library during regular hours.

Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point

7PM A Lecture and Visual Journey by Alex S. MacLean On Friday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m., take a visual journey with author, pilot, and photographer Alex S. MacLean. Using dramatic aerial photographs, his book, OVER: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point, catalogs our culture's excessive use of energy and natural resources, highlighting the need for sustainable solutions. MacLean is the recipient of the American Academy of Roma Prix de Rome Award. His book of powerful photographs compels us to reconsider how we live, work, and play, and reveals that our future depends on our commitment to use our land and resources wisely.  For more information, call (845) 677-7600 x 121 or e-mail Books will be available for purchase by Merritt Bookstore.  Events are free and open to the public Location: Cary Institute auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, New York.

Open Mouth Night

8PM - There will be new poems by Alan Devenish, new songs by Emile Menasche and Robbie Rigo, new sketches by Bob Rogers and Lora Lee Ecobelli and the almost-premiere of Motion Sick, a short film by Purchase College film student, Director Samantha Marine.  Shot in Kent, the film will be introduced by Executive Director Robert Hauver.  All this for the family-friendly price of $7 ($6 members). Reservations now at:


5th Annual Sustainability Expo

9am-1pm - At The Garrison, Route 9, Garrison, NY. Sustainable Community Food Drive - Help your neighbors in need, bring a dry or canned good (rice, coffee, tea, pancake or cake mixes, etc.) to be distributed through the Philipstown Food Pantry. Winter Wear Recycle -Practice reuse in a really meaningful way, drop off your old warm coat or winter jacket to be donated to a child or adult in need of outerwear for the coming season  Featured Speaker: Michel Nischan: Chef/Author/Food Policy Advocate/Founder; Wholesome Wave on the importance of fresh, local food to a sustainable lifestyle. Green Product Exhibits and Sustainable Practices Information Displays. Visit or call 845-424-3358 for more information on this event.

Poetry Hike

10 AM - 2 miles at Poet's Walk in Red Hook Leader: Nancy Keenan-Rich 845-452-1727 We walk/hike the open meadows and woods of this Scenic Hudson park with views of the river. Poetry reading in the summer gazebo. Bring snack/beverage and a poem which fits the season if you like.  See for more info and directions. Rain cancels.

Richie Havens: Katrina Relief Concert

7:30 PM - Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 So. Highland Ave., Ossining, NY benefiting RiverBuild's Katrina relief work.  Tickets $45/advance; $50/door.  Opening Performance by Mississippi musician Rochelle Harper.  Limited number of VIP tix available  Bill Cruse  (914) 432-3316.


Free-a-Tree Vine-Cutting Kick off

9:30 AM - Invasive vines are killing the trees that protect the banks along the Saw Mill River.  These plant species were brought into our watershed where they have no natural predators. Oriental bittersweet and porcelainberry, the two most common invaders, crowd out native plants, steal their water, and slowly strangle trees, eventually creating canopies that block the sun from trees and under-story plants. This significantly diminishes the value of wildlife habitat, in terms of food sources and nesting areas, and has a negative impact upon the number of species that can use the river corridor.  The Saw Mill River Coalition and the New York State Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation have been working together since 2005 on the Free-A-Tree project, which organizes and supports volunteers in their efforts to remove the invasive vines, rescue native vegetation, restore the stream buffer, and preserve the area's biodiversity.   Garbage bags, gloves, and vine-cutting tools are provided as well as protective gear if needed, but bring your own vine-cutting tools and gloves if you've got them! Wear warm clothes, long sleeve shirts and sturdy shoes (no flip flops).  Children under age 16 require adult supervision. Community Service credits available for high school students.   For directions or for more information, contact Emily Eder, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at (914) 375-2151 or click here. Location:  Farragut Avenue Site, Meet in Parking Lot at Exit 13 (Farragut Avenue), off Saw Mill River Parkway (going North)

Changing Seasons:  A Family Friendly Nature Walk

Noon - On Sunday, November 8th at noon join Cary Institute educators for a late fall walk along paved trails that weave through lowland habitats.   Participants of all ages will look for birds, observe signs of the changing seasons, identify stream invertebrates, and make a bird feeder to take home. The trail is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera!  To ensure that we have enough craft supplies, please RSVP to (845) 677-7600 x121 or  Events are free and open to the public. Location:  The walk will begin in our auditorium parking lot, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, N.Y.

Putnam Valley Arts Festival

2PM - Camp Combe - Peekskill Hollow Road. $8. adults.

Into the Future:

Monday, November 9

Lecture by Dr. Robert Glennon

6:30 PM - Author of "Unquenchable, America's Water Crisis and What to do About It" As part of the John Burroughs Science Lecture Series of SUNY Ulster, this lecture is sponsored by the Water Discovery Center, SUNY Ulster; Catskill Watershed Corp., Watershed Agricultural Council, with support from Rotary District 7210 International Water Projects.   Glennon€™s previous books include the highly-acclaimed Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America€™s Fresh Waters (2002).  Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.  The event is free but seating is limited.  RSVP to  or (845)254-3319 to guarantee a space.  Open seating will begin at 6pm.  For more information, see . Books will be available for purchase and signing.   Check out Prof. Glennon's website to see a clip from his appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart! Location:  Vanderlyn Hall Student Lounge, SUNY Ulster (491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge, 12484)

Saturday, November 14

Putnam Chorale

The Chorale will perform with guest soloists, and a professional orchestra all under the direction of Douglas Anderson. This season’s main performances are scheduled for: Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 8pm at the First United Methodist Church located on Main Street in Brewster, NY. The performace will include: HAYDN: Lord Nelson Mass (Mass in D), BEETHOVEN: Choral Fantasy, with piano soloist LAURENCE WILSON, MOZART: Ave Verum Corpus and HANDEL: Zadok, the Priest.

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