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BREAKING NEWS - December 4, 2009:
Senator Vincent Leibell has introduced the "Support For Marriage Act" [S.6969] which will, in most cases, outlaw divorce in New York State and prohibit the state from recognizing marriages performed in other states.
Senator Leibell said, "In our desire to protect the sanctity of marriage we've taken two important steps. One, we have successfully prohibited gay men and women from gaining legal equality and second, if you have taken the oath, 'till death do us part' then we want to make sure you keep it."
The staff of a Target store in Michigan called police on a woman who was breastfeeding her 4 week old daughter while shopping. The cops came and the couple was forced from the store even though Target specifically allows breastfeeding in their stores. (How could anyone not allow it?) Remarkably, we have to have laws permitting women to feed their children which is something I've never really understood. Twenty-eight states have laws excluding breastfeeding from indecency laws while forty-three states specifically allow women the right to feed their own babies. There are some more interesting stats on this here.
Is there going to be a Costco in Yorktown at the Taconic and Route 202?
As if the USDA needs to prove that they don't represent us but instead represents the meat industry against us, (think: A Heart Attack With Every Bite!) they've gone ahead and said that the animal rights organization PETA, (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is now - officially - listed as a domestic terrorist threat to facilities that do animal testing. As if torturing live animals for a living isn't terrorist enough.
Now, while it's true that some of PETA's methods make even me cringe, when the government goes around calling groups that oppose this intentional and methodical torture of living creatures "terrorists", it's only a matter of time before some uppity PTA somewhere makes the list. You do have to wonder; just how far will steak houses go to maintain their right to give Americans heart attacks and turn their kids into slobbering schnozberries? If this is any indication, pretty damned far.
Time to add another meatless night during the week in your house. Besides, burger fed animal testing lab staff aren't really all that tasty but they sure do make funny noises when you spray chemicals in their eyes!When I was a kid pomegranates, or Chinese Apples as we called them, were a special treat but now they're available in stores virtually year round. Eating them is always a fun mess and the stains just don't come out. But there is a way to eat one of these babies without the muss, without the fuss and without staining the linen. Check out this link to learn the secret.
Spring seed catalogs will be arriving in mailboxes starting in the next few weeks and while you're all agog over those new dark blue geraniums and heirloom blight resistant tomatoes, some new products have hit the market.
One of the most popular activities for children in southern gardens for the past few years has proven to be the growing of donuts. Yes, while you can still go to the Krispy Kreme to get your fill, you can grow your own right in your backyard. New varieties have been developed by Monsanto and Burpee's has them. Check 'em out! They're sure to be a smashing success.
Hike at James Baird State Park
10 AM - LaGrange Easy Hike, about 3 to 4 miles with some ups and downs. Leader Marie Caruso, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (845) 452-9086 before 10 pm on Dec. 4 In the unlikely case of snow, we will ski on the golf course instead. Inclement weather cancels. www.MidHudsonADK.org
Putnam Arts Council 15th Annual Invitational Craft Show and Sale
2009 Putnam Arts Council presents their 15thAnnual Invitational Craft Show and Sale ~ Their last official event at their digs at Tilly Foster Farm. The show will be featuring the work of 40+ regional artisans including jewelry, wearables, pottery, wood & metal works, original art and more ~ come see these beautiful and affordable treasures (for anyone on your list!) created here, in your own backyard. Admission and parking free, Tuesday – Sunday from noon-5pm, December 5-20, 2009 at The Lodge (Bldg 8), Tilly Foster Farm, 100 Rte 312, Brewster, NY ~ Special member preview, December 4, 6-8pm Info/directions: putnamartscouncil.com or 845-278-0230
Brewster Holiday Tree Lighting
5PM - At the Southeast Museum on Main Street. Free hot chocolate, cider and cookies. Come at 4:30 for a Holiday ornament making workshop ($5 materials fee). Sing along Main Street and experience the lighting of the village's new tree near the Brewster Train Station and the lighting of the tree at the Walter Brewster House. 845 279-7500.
Family Holiday Concert
7:30 PM - The Putnam Chorale sings seasonal favorites and special pieces at the First United Mehodist Church on Main Street in Brewster. Free.
Putnam Lake Holiday Parade
7:30 PM - Putnam Lake Fire Department's annual Holiday Parade on Sat., Dec. 5th, 7:30 pm, here in Putnam Lake? It's a hoot! Lots of area fire companies (last year there were at least 30 huge trucks all decorated!), as well as the Highway Dept. and other civic groups decorate the fire and highway trucks with thousands of lights and holiday decorations, and folks make all kinds of floats (again complete with lots of lights) and Santa and Mrs. Claus (Ed O'Connor and his wife, Maryann -- who could be a more perfect pair!!) top it off. The parade route starts at the Shamrock Castle in Putnam Lake and goes towards the Fire House in "downtown" Putnam Lake. At the end of the parade, folks are welcome to come inside the fire house to meet Santa, and have hot cocoa and donuts, courtesy of the fire dept. CongressmanJohn Hall is coming and is going to emcee the event - announcing over the loudspeakers all the floats and who made them, etc. Best viewing route is anywhere along the parade's path, but the closer you are to town, the larger the crowds are. It's gathering quite the reputation as a local "electric light" parade.
Sonny Rollins in Concert
2PM - A Benefit performance for the Clearwater. Legendary jazz artist and saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins and his band will perform a special benefit concert for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Tickets: www.tarrytownmusichall.com
Into the Future:
Tuesday, December 8
Free: 6PM Social Hour, 7PM State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer: The dangers of gas drilling in NYS Marcellus Shale, Assemblymember Sandy Galef: Protecting our forests, County Legislator Pete Harckham: Keeping our water fit to drink. Please come, be counted, show strength in numbers to our Representatives, and meet up with other like-minded activists! Enjoy fresh produce from local farms! Place: Friends Purchase Meeting, 4455 Purchase Street, Purchase Please RSVP by return email or to 914-234-6470.
Thursday, December 10
Saturday, December 12
* In a post to B10509 on December 23, 2005
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