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Remember that article I ran on Wednesday about the cost of maintaining Senator Leibell's office? I woke yesterday morning to several emails telling me to take a look at the Journal News and sure enough, there was the article. They had their own spin on it which technically made it their own, but how many times is the Gannett Corporation going to look to News That Matters for story ideas without crediting the originator? Do me a favor, click here. If we can collect enough we'll buy the Journal News and turn it into the bi-monthly knitting magazine it was meant to be.
Residents in the Town of Patterson are up in arms and organizing like no one's business. You'd think someone was trying to build a shopping mall on the edge of town or something.
They're complaining about noise and dust and traffic and lowered property values, saying they moved to Putnam County for the peace and quiet and HOW DARE ANYONE TAKE THAT AWAY FROM US!
Sadly, all the noise being generated is falling on ears that might have heard if we weren't ourselves preparing for years of blasting and dust and traffic and lowered property values and construction activity for Patterson's favorite, most beloved project, one that will not affect their peace and tranquility and property values.While we've got Patterson on our minds, their Highway Chief seems to be in a bit of trouble. Reports from the Midhudson News say that he misappropriated time, materials and whatnot for personal use and has been arrested and charged but is still collecting a salary. Maybe he can get a job at the new race track?
Newly elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown found himself the recipient of $450,000 from Wall Street firms in the last couple of weeks leading up to the election. Tea-baggers who mistakenly believe he's their creation had better take a second look at what they've made.
Bank of America will charge you a $35 fee for each overdrawn transaction and will use those fees to pay out $4 BILLION in bonuses to their upper-echelon employees this year. At least you know why they have to charge those fees.
James O'Keefe, the darling of ultra-conservatives across the land, the guy that brought us carefully edited hidden video footage that caused ACORN grievous trouble and sent FOXNews' pundits into a mis-directed feeding frenzy, has a pretty interesting past: As a student at Rutgers he refused to room with a gay roommate and then when he was moved, complained that he was on an all Black floor. His second roommate, an "Indian midget" apparently "smelled like shit". Things went downhill from there. You can read more about this Hero Of Conservatism here and here.
California Congressman Duncan Hunter claims that if the military removes its Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy hermaphrodites and transsexuals will be joining the military. He also says that soldiers have a "special bond" that would be broken if gay men and women were allowed to serve openly.
When told by a reporter that gay men and women are already in the military, joined in that "special bond", taking showers, peeing, pooping and sleeping in tightly packed barracks, he said that if the policy is removed he expects gay soldiers to come to boot camp and loudly announce their homosexuality to everyone and that now, in secret, it's better that soldiers don't know.Rock on.
Storms of My Grandchildren:
7PM - The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity. Renowned climatologist Dr. James Hansen will be presenting his new book, Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity. Coined the father of climate science, Hansen is the director of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies. More than 30 years ago he created one of the first climate models, Model Zero, which he used to accurately predict warming scenarios in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. His Congressional testimonies propelled the issue of global climate change into the public and policy discourse. Learn more at www.caryinstitute.org. Events are free and open to the public. Location: Cary Institute’s auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, New York
The Great Hudson River Excursion With BAS’s Walter Fowler and Peter Becker
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Carpool from Bylane Farm or meet at the Croton River Landing, past the Croton train station at 9:00 a.m. Coordinating with other local birding groups, Bedford Audubon will be a collaborator of this year’s annual EagleFest. A special field trip is planned exclusively for BAS members to several destinations along the Hudson River, where we expect to see multiple species of ducks, geese, and birds of prey including Bald Eagles. The trip will conclude at the DEP and Bedford Audubon’s tent at the Croton Dam, manned by Tait Johansson and BAS president, Tony Ianniello, who will greet visitors and answer questions. Refreshments will be served. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Joan E. Becker by e-mail or by telephone at (914) 232-4806.
Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest:
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.
2PM - At the Mahopac Library. An award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Warning: contains graphic images. Not recommended for children. Free. Registration required. Register at www.mahopaclibrary.org, or call 845-628-2009, ext. 100
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
Molly Mason and Jay Ungar in Concert
8PM - Join Molly Mason and Jay Ungar in concert at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon for fundraising concert to benefit the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action at Manhattanville College. 477 Main Street, Beacon. $20. Call 845.831.4988 for more information.
Candlewood Hill (Gazebo Hike)
Info at PlanPutnam's Outdoor Recreation Page.
Into the Future:
Wednesday, February 10
Saturday, February 13
Friday, February 19
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