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Good Friday morning,
Weather reports for the next few days are calling for windy and very cold conditions with sub-zero wind chills especially at night and in the mornings.
The standard neighbor deal applies: Check in on anyone you know who is living alone or is elderly or infirm. Don't think that single 34 year old former high school football player and current NYC fireman will be fine. The loss of household heat over night, a slip in the shower... Anything can go wrong.Tonight's full Moon is the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year. It's a "perigee Moon," as much as 14% wider and 30% brighter than other full Moons you'll see later in 2010. Mars is also having a close encounter with Earth, and tonight it will join the Moon for an all-night-long conjunction. Don't miss it! Sky maps and images can be found at http://spaceweather.com.
There have been three notable deaths over the past few days. For one, author J.D. Salinger. If anyone has been to High School, the intensely private Mr. Salinger was part of your life - whether you wanted him to be or not.
His tale of teenage angst, "The Catcher in the Rye", has been required reading in many school districts across the land and even banned in a quite a few. Between 1960 and 1981 "The Catcher in the Rye" was the most banned book in American schools and the tenth most frequently challenged book between 1990 and 1999 and remained so as late as 2005. Interestingly, in communities where the book was banned from classrooms, libraries saw a marked increase in requests. We are a very strange nation.
Second, we've lost one of our nation's most astute and important historians, Professor and WWII veteran, Howard Zinn.
The Parenthood Award for January 2010 goes to Patterson's Anthony and Gina Edwards, both 25. The Edwards' were caught stealing catalytic converters from cars at the Southeast train station and selling them off for $150-$200 a pop as scrap. While they were out under your car with an electric hacksaw in hand, their young child was sitting patiently in the car awaiting their return.
Hudson Valley State Assemblyman Frank Skartados has submitted legislation that would transfer authority for the Walkway Over The Hudson to the NY Bridge and Tunnel Authority. The legislation gives control, not of the walkway itself which will remain with Parks and Rec, but the superstructure on which it rests. We smell an EZPass lane somewhere in our pedestrian and bicycling future.
In Wednesday's column section on Verizon's billing, reader GB wrote:
"You have pushed some great buttons in this edition. The Verizon bill under the guise of full disclosure has made understanding it impossible; but you have shed bright light on the issue. Thanks."You're most welcome. I hope others were equally entertained and informed. But more than that, I hope this spurs you to some kind of action. Call Verizon's billing support line and tell them what you now know to be true. They will argue with you. They will give you the Company Line. Take it, then tell the operator that when their shift is over to go home and look it up themselves but not at the Verizon website(!) but from any other independent source. Make them promise they will.
On Wednesday's lead-in quote by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, reader LR wrote:
"Your quote from the Palestinian source is also in my opinion inflammatory and does nothing to bring people together, instead it divides."Well, yes, that was the point. That's exactly what Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had in mind when he spoke those words last weekend. But it's also important that you know that kind of talk goes on at the highest levels of governments... and not just in Palestine or Malaysia.
On Wednesday's link to the TSA video shot by a guy at the Detroit airport, reader JG wrote:
"That TSA video is scary to watch. It is all for the good of the public but maybe not all good for the public."The good part is that you should know your rights. The bad part is that the TSA has no clue what your rights are and where their place is.
The part-time Assemblyman who wanted to be a Congressman but was instead gifted a NY State Senate seat was, we all remember, embroiled in a bit of a scandal over The Courage Cup, a charity to raise money for disadvantaged children. According to a Washington Post article from June 12, 2007;
"The Reliable Source found that a New York political action committee started by Ball -- which later transferred its entire treasury to his campaign -- netted as much as $10,000 by selling tickets to the 2005 Courage Cup. That's four times the amount the polo match raised that year for its prominently advertised beneficiary, Work to Ride, a Philadelphia charity that teaches poor kids to play polo. "Since he has not sued the Washington Post nor was a retraction posted, we must assume their reporting was accurate. He'll fit in well with the State Senate.
The Progressive Caucus in the House of Representative is caught in a canoe without a paddle and the waterfall is rapidly approaching.
Many of my Democratic Party friends were enthused by the President's speech the other night. But we're still in Afghanistan, gays still cannot serve openly in the military and are being discharged at an alarming rate, and health care "reform" has turned into a trillion dollar handout to insurance companies who are already making millions. They say, "be patient". I say, "Don't blame me. I voted for Nader"
The Putnam Arts Council is pleased to announce that it has re-granted $26,100 to seventeen non-profit organizations to support cultural programs and services that will take place in Putnam County in 2010.
The Artslink fund is a combination of State support through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program and county support through the Putnam Arts Fund.
Each year, a panel of artists, educators, business and community members reviews the many requests submitted by local arts groups through the Putnam Arts Council. The panel then recommends funding for the projects it feels reach a broad audience, generate the most benefit to the community and support the professional development of artists and arts groups.
The 2010 Artslink recipients are:
Community Flea Market at the PV Grange
10AM - 4PM - Tables $12.50 in advance. $15 at the door. Proceeds to the Grange. Call Mary Mercedes for more information at 845.216.1934. The PV Grange is at Adams' Cors at the corner of Mill Street and Peekskill Hollow Road.
7:30PM to 10:30PM - Michelle will be playing Saturday nights starting January 16th at the Hudson House Inn in Cold Spring on Saturday evenings through February. Featuring jazz guitarist Steve Lamattina. The Inn is at 2 Main Street, Cold Spring NY 10516 Call 845 265 9355 for dinner reservations. The historic Hudson House Inn has world class food and offers elegant lodging overlooking the Hudson River and Storm King Mountain. Cold Spring is a charming getaway destination with wonderful river views, shops and antiques. Cold Spring's Metro North train stop is only minutes away. www.hudsonhouseinn.com
Open Cast Call
The Bare Bones Theatre Company, is preparing an April production of Troll-Loll-La!, an original musical based on Norwegian folktales by Tony Howarth and Sheldon Gartner, at the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. Open auditions for a cast of 18 will be held at the Center at 640 Route 52, in Kent on Sunday, January 31, starting at 1 p.m.
Into the Future:
Saturday, February 6
6th Annual Regional Celebration. 9:00am-4:00pm at Croton Point Park Major Sponsors: Friends of Westchester County Parks, Westchester County Parks, Club Fit. With additional support from TD Bank, Westchester County, Croton-on-Hudson, and all EagleFest Collaborating Organizations.
Saturday, March 6
From Tim Messerich: So, I am a little bit a head of the game. Just wanted to let you know. Trail work starts on March 6 on the Appalachian Trail in Fahnestock State Park. So those who don't know we have formed a club RPHCV.We are a member club of NY/NJ Trail Conference.We take care of RPHC on the AT plus do all kinds of great trail work projects. Oh, I almost forgot, our annual big trail work and campout is in July. The food Man, The food! Join our club, Our dues are cheap. Hope to see you on the trail, RPHCV. Call 845-297-9573 http://timtrek.mikentim.com
CCE Spring Garden School
Putnam Cornell Cooperative Extension Services. Their annual Spring Garden School will be held March 6 at the Desmond Fish Library in Garrison. Just when you're ready for an end-of-winter break, our four classes will make a great day:
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