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Honest. I wasn't asking for the world! I was only asking that for my $250 contractors
Here's the list of people who must pay this exorbitant tax. If you are engaged in any of these jobs:
(1) Asphalt or blacktop or driveway sealing.
I love (24)...
But in typical political fashion, Legislators were largely unable to stay focused on the issue and especially from Tony Hay and to a slightly lesser degree Legislator Tamagna, all I heard were negatives; why those dollars could not be spent supporting or assisting the people who are paying them.
In other news, part-time Assemblyman and full-time demagogue, Greg Ball, has made yet another unsupported claim. Bob Bondi is retiring to better focus on community service, county taxpayers have shelled out $31,000 to pay the utility bills at Tilly Foster (where the promised electrical and fuel meters have yet to be installed) and we're not any closer to finding out who is paying the property taxes on the taxable lots at the Farm.
British Petroleum is most likely lying about the amount of oil coming from their uncapped well in the Gulf of Mexico (see this!), The NY State Department of Health has released a map which shows cancer clusters across the state, school board elections are coming on Tuesday and there's not one issue on consolidation, the European Commission on Global Environmental Monitoring has a released a map showing the ever decreasing amounts of wilderness, Glenn Beck is still on the air, Facebook's privacy statement is over 5000 empty words long, mountains in West Virginia are being leveled and dumped into valleys to supply the United States with dirty coal, the Alabama Teacher's Union has joined Creationists, and the cost of the wars in Afghanistan ($271.3 billion) and Iraq ($722.6 billion) are still escalating without any end in sight. So far New Yorkers have or will pay about $89.1 billion of that. Where's a tea bagger when you need one, eh?I'm not in a good mood this morning and neither should you be.
On the other hand the weather is supposed to be pretty nice this weekend so you can get out there and replant the garden crops that were killed during this past week's hard freeze. There's a new poll at PlanPutnam/News That Matters which asks what you like to do on weekends and you are free to vote on up to three of the items listed. Check it out.
Putnam Arts Council Announces Call to Artists for May Exhibit
The Putnam Arts Council invites artists to submit a maximum of 2 pieces of original fine art for our next exhibit, Evolution. The show will open Sunday, May 23, with a public reception from 2-4pm at Belle Levine Art Center, 521 Kennicut Hill Rd. in Mahopac, and remain on view through 6/18 during gallery hours, Tuesday – Friday, 10-3 and Sunday 1-4.
Once again, News That Matters brings you the most eclectic collection of events in the region. Feel free to pass this on to your friends and relatives.
6:30PM - An evening of seining for fish, data collection, and discussion of what makes the Hudson River such a valuable resource and important habitat to so many kinds of life, especially humankind. A perspective from IN the river. At the Long dock in Beacon, Free. (845) 476-6674, (845) 542-0721, www.beaconsloopclub.org
8:00 pm - Drum legend Mike Clark and trumpeter Tim Ouimette have put together a band that includes Seth Carper on Alto Sax, Bill Harris on Tenor Sax, Rick Kriska on Baritone Sax, Dan Yeager on Trumpet, Art Triggs on Trombone, Jeff Pittson on Piano and Joe Sinaguglia on Bass. Since Mike Clark's explosive arrival on the music scene with Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, he has continued to influence successive generation of drummers. Currently working with trumpeter Tim Ouimette on a new album, some of which will be explored in this extraordinary concert. Hosted by Arts on the Lake at the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. Tickets: $9.00 – $10.00
9:09PM - If the weather is clear this evening at around 9PM, look towards the West-North-West and then in a line overhead to see the International Space Station, all 240' x 300' of it as it soars silently across the evening sky. The transit takes only three minutes from horizon to horizon so look quick! It's coming at magnitude -4.0 which in astronomical terms is "very bright" meaning that if the sky is clear and you're looking in the general direction indicated, you really can't miss it. Other than the sun and the moon, the ISS will be brighter than any object in the sky this evening.
Departures scheduled for: 8:15 AM, 10:15 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM - Repeated tomorrow, Sunday, May 16th.
8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Tilly Foster Farm on Route 312, Brewster.The sale starts at 8:30 and those of you who have been there before know that getting there early is a must! We’ll have tomatoes by the hundred, perennials from the Master Gardeners’ own gardens, herbs and annuals grown locally just for us, and a new gift and tool tent. It’s time to get out there and grow something!
8:30 AM - Join with Putnam Highlands Audubon Society President Rich Anderson and longtime PHAS and HHLT board member Lew Kingsley for this birding hike around picturesque Lake Alice in Garrison, NY. A wide variety of species inhabit this privately conserved treasure, and seasoned birders Rich and Lew are just the folks you want along to share their knowledge. Bring binoculars for an up-close look. Hike takes place on privately conserved land, directions will be provided when you register. Meet: 8:30am Duration: 2 hrs. Level: Easy/Family-friendly. Pre-Registration information is here.
10am - Come and join Douglas Senterman, the Catskill Lean-to Supervisor, for a shelter caretaking workshop. No previous experience is necessary and beginners are welcome. This one-day training session will cover the skills necessary to maintain a shelter (lean-to) so that it is ready for use by campers and is harmonious to its surroundings. Students will learn how to do an assessment of the overall shelter condition, cleaning and clearing the area, the proper use of tools and how to report the shelters condition. The workshop will take place at actual lean-tos so you will get hands-on experience.
5 pm - by Dr. J. Ward Regan. At the Putnam County Historical Museum in Cold Spring. The 19th century was a defining era for the history of Philipstown; join PCHS for a lecture with J. Ward Regan to learn more about the industrial and cultural context of the important time. Regan's lecture "The Amazing Nineteenth Century" will explore: • specific innovations in communication and transportation that ushered in the modern world • the impact of accelerated rates of change on the individual • collective responses to the new world order, including burgeoning labor and religious movements • the relationship between the material transformation of the world and new ideas about society and government • the role of the Civil War in defining the nation's character, and movement to an industrial rather than agrarian society. J. Ward Regan teaches history and philosophy in the Liberal Studies Program at New York University. He recently concluded a successful off-Broadway run of his one-man show, "A Paranoid's Guide to History." He has a Ph.D. in Labor and Cultural History and has been part of the New York Council for the Humanities Speakers in the Humanities Program since 2003. Admission: (There was no admission cost listed on the release so if you go and they want money you can either argue or make a donation... I'll leave that up to you!) Cll 845-265-4010
Leader: Sue Mackson 845-471-9892 firstname.lastname@example.org Join me at the Beacon Park north of the railroad station. We will walk back and forth on the bridge and repair to the park to admire the view and the sunset. Meet at west side of Metro North parking lot. Bring light supper and drink for after hike picnic.
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM - at the Chuang Yen Monastery on Route 301 in Kent. Vegetarian Food Fair, Mind Power Station, Free Medical Clinic, Buddhist Heritage Exhibition. 1:30 Folk Performances. Kids Playground, magic show and more!
11:00am - NYC. Vegetarians, vegans, and animal rights activists converge for the "Veggie Pride Parade and Rally." The events starts at 11:00am in Manhattan's West Village, and at noon a march starts to the north end of Union Square Park. The rally at Union Square Park will have speakers, music, veg/vegan food, animal kindness information, and more attractions. Exhibitors will have tables, some with free items to take. Upstate New York will include representation from the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, and Woodstock Farm Animals Sanctuary. Signs and costumes are welcome (organizers suggest people ""... dress as your favorite vegetable; perhaps you will win a prize!") More information here.
4PM - Author of "Peekskill's African American History: A Hudson Valley Community's Untold Story", tells a gripping story around the Revoluntionary War, the Underground Railroad and the riots of 1949. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, 199 Main St., Beacon, NY. Jo Merchant, (845) 838-1600 x 10, email@example.com , www.bire.org , Free..
7:00pm - "In Transition 1.0: from oil dependence to local resilience" (2010, http://TransitionCulture.org/in-transition/ ) A documentary film on the Transition movement filmed by members. ‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humour, and setting about rebuilding their local economies and communities. It is positive, solutions focused, viral and fun. There will be a discussion group after the screening. This is the last film of the Transition Westchester Spring Film Series. Cost: Free, with donations accepted. Location: The First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706. More information here.
Field Farmstead Preserve on Fields Lane in Brewster on Saturday, May 22nd from 9:30 to 12:30. Work detail will include removal of debris, posting of border signs, creating about 200 feet of new trail and removal of invasive plants such as multi-flora rose and barberry. Water, work gloves, jeans and work or hiking boots are suggested. Tools such as shovels, clippers, rakes and loppers if available would be helpful. If not tools will be provided. Come have fun with a like minded group of individuals in the out-of-doors while helping maintain trails for the public. To learn more or to sign up, please contact Judy Terlizzi at 845 228 4520, Bob Lund at 845 279 3122 or visit the website at www.pclt.net.
Kent Library Giant Book Sale! We need volunteers for all phases of the sale - set up, staffing sale, take down, publicity, etc. If you are able to help us, please contact Kaye Baum at (845) 225-3942 or Rich Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are now accepting books/audios/cds/DVDs for the sale. The books should be in good condition, smoke free, and unsoiled. Please no textbooks, Reader's Digest, or outdated encyclopedias. Thank you in advance for your willingness to support the sale. Many hands make the work light. Let's all work to create a great success!
www.efc.syracusecoe.org. Registration deadline: May 10, 2010. Location: Bear Mountain Conference Center
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