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|“I will not pander to an extreme Liberal agenda by supporting “Extra” rights for gays in order to be politically correct, while avoiding larger criminal issues for the protection of all of our citizens. - Greg Ball in a post to the Brewster10509 list a couple years back in response to a question regarding his support for marriage equality. |
Good Friday Morning,
Let's share the wealth a little bit here. Once you've read through this issue of News That Matters, pass it on to someone you know who does not get the newsletter. Where else can they get such straight-forward, non-opinionated* information about the county where the country begins? About planning and zoning, open space preservation, political and social justice issues along with the off list entertainment and events that go on about this place? That's right... only here. Get your neighbors involved - and keep them informed!
* At least that's my personal take on it. Your mileage may vary.
Last evening scores of people flocked to Church Street in Carmel for the opening of Mike Kaplowitz' Putnam County campaign headquarters. Folks came from as far as Philipstown for the event which goes to show that if it's important enough, people will travel the 18 mile distance to come to the county seat.
Mike is facing a rejuvenated Greg Ball who appears to have been granted "inside" status by the State Senate Republican campaign committee where just a few months ago that very body was in the business of calling him names, actively working against him and sending money to his opponents. We don't know what - exactly - happened to get them to change their minds but it could be politics over policy as they struggle to retain control over the Senate. That control comes with such good governance issues and tax-cutting measures such as multi-room office suits and control of millions of pork dollars, none of which have anything to do with getting New York State back on track but does get their guys re-elected.
A spokesman for the Committee, State Senator Thomas Libous, recently said, “I think Greg Ball has some serious issues, and those are issues that voters are going to take very seriously.” and then sent more than $65,000 to Mary Beth Murphy's campaign.
While Mr. B insists he's going to be Albany's "worst nightmare" I haven't heard a word from him about how he plans to undo the failed system he was last week running against and this week running to support. Have you?
But the most interesting, and perhaps most curious aspect will be Senator Leibell's reaction. It's no secret that the Senator "made" Mr. B and that their falling out has been quite public and dramatic. And just a few weeks back the Senator was criticizing Anthony Scannapieco for backing candidates not supported by the mainstream Republican committee. Now that the Mr. B has the Republican line and has been adopted back into the fold by state Republicans how is Unca Vinnie going to respond? It wasn't all that long ago that the Senator appeared to endorse Mike Kaplowitz so what happens now?
By the by, it's become common knowledge that Greg's Brown Shirts have a habit of being aggressively rude and nasty. They appear at Mr. K's press conferences to shout and disrupt like the lilly-livered spoiled brats they are. Personally, I have no reservations about delivering a quiet kidney punch or two from the crowd but I've been advised that's perhaps not the best course of action. However, now that he's one of theirs the Republican Senate campaign committee must be in approval of this behavior and so it will probably continue on as it has, weakening our democracy and making a sham of any claims about governing they may make during this campaign unless governance by mob-rule is in their bylaws.
Let's see, going back through history what other political party used similar tactics? And look what happened to them.
The annual PlanPutnam/News That Matters Fund Raiser begins the day after election day and runs through Thanksgiving weekend. Just so ya know.
A week ago I posted an image asking readers to tell me where they think it was. Only one reader got it right (it's the farm where the Shoprite plaza now sits across from Raymond Hill cemetery) and a reader from Mahopac sent a clearer shot of the same location:
If you note the cleared hillside in the back, while it's now covered in thick, verdant forest, it's about to be cleared once again for a new development. Does Carmel have an ordinance that protects stone walls?
Four responsible young people I know - and will personally vouch for - need a local rental for what amounts to the next seven weeks. If anyone has a place that would fit the bill please let me know.
Enjoy the weekend, have an easy fast tomorrow (if that's your thing) and we'll see you on Monday.
Through September 26, 2010. Belle Levine Art Center at 521 Kennicut Hill Road in Mahopac. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 3PM and Sundays 1-4PM.
Through October 31, 2010 at the Saunders Farm, Old Albany Post Road and Philipse Road in Philipstown. Near 60 artists participate. Hours, dawn to dusk every day of the week. Park at the lower lot (remember to close the gate so the cows don't get out!) and then wander up the hill and around the 100 acre open-air gallery. See: http://collaborativeconcepts.org/ for more information.
3-7PM at the Tompkins Corners Methodist Church on Peekskill Hollow Road at Wiccoppee Road in Putnam Valley. A variety of fresh produce, wines, breads and other neat items for sale as well as good conversation with vendors and friends.
All Day. Stay at home. Go to schul. It's a double whammy this year as the Jewish day of atonement falls also on the Sabbath. In addition to traditional Yom Kippur observances there's extra special attention to the Sabbath Day as well.
7AM onwards. WPUT-1510 AM and WINE 940FM present live music all day at the Brooklyn Coffeehouse at 562 Route 6 in Mahopac. Schedule to appear are national recording artist Michael Nappi with Kinney & Storms, Barry Mangione and others with 2 shows at 7PM and 9PM. Also, during the day, Mojo Miles. $1 coffee all day. Click here for more information.
Encampment of the 5th NY Regiment on Saturday. Van Wyck Homestead, Route 9 and I84 in Fishkill. Interpretive walks of the Fishkill Supply Depot & Barracks to the graves of the soldiers of the Revolutionary War depart from the DAR monument at 11:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5. Dramatization of the Arnold/Andre Conspiracy 1:30 PM Sat. Campfire w/ Rev War music at 7 PM Sat. Interpretive walks on Sun. 1:00, 2:30. Rev War music at 3 PM. FREE 845-896-8755 www.fishkillhistoricalsociety.org .
10AM - 2PM - Come to Minnewaska State Park Preserve to meet new friends, help improve trail conditions, and learn about basic trail maintenance from experienced trail keepers. Join members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, a region wide volunteer organization devoted to maintaining and improving public trails, and Park Preserve staff to help improve an overgrown footpath. Volunteers will use hand tools to clip back overgrown shrubs and clear woodland debris.
1-7 PM at Harmony Hall 15 Liberty Rock Road, Sloatsburg, New York 10974. 845.712.5220. The Highlands Bluegrass Festival & Craft Fair at Harmony Hall will feature three outstanding festival bands. Our featured band, Carol Beaugard & the Blue Express, will be joined by The Proud Flesh and the Ramapo Torne Ramblers to perform music that tracks the Bluegrass movement from its Appalachian Mountain roots to today's youthful indie sound. The event also will feature the crafts and services of some of the region's most talented artisans, children's games, refreshments and a cook-off event to raise funds for the restoration of Harmony Hall's South Salon. More information and a schedule can be found here.
1PM - Organized by The Hudson Highlands Land Trust. Join John Stowell and the team at Taconic Outdoor Education Center to test your family's teamwork skills on the TOEC's low ropes course.Conquering this fifteen-element ropes course together is sure to make for an exciting and unique autumn afternoon outing. Sorry, this activity is not appropriate for children under age nine. Space is limited. Meet: 1:00pm, Highland Lodge, Taconic Outdoor Education Center, Cold Spring. Duration: 3 hours. Level: Moderate/Difficult/Family-friendly/No Strollers. For more information visit www.hhlt.org or call 845/424-3358.
3:00 to 6:00 pm The Community Foundation of Dutchess County Annual Garden Party Benefit at the Colonel Oliver Hazard Payne Mansion on Route 9W in Esopus NY (Ulster County). Featuring Tom Kohl on piano and Bill Crow on bass This event is a private affair requiring pre registration. For more information, visit: www.cfdcny.org
6PM - 9PM. Outstanding vocals, outstanding harmony and outstanding guitar work. What more could you want? Come hear the Bereznak Brothers and settle in for a special and intimate acoustic performance!!! Free Admission.... you gotta come early and get some dinner... the food is phenomenal and reasonably priced!!! At 12 Grapes, 12 North Division Street in Peekskill 914 737-6624
http://www.uwwp.org/bestchefs.htm for more information and reservations. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door.
From Brittany Pritz: Just want to inform you all, on Thursday 9/23 @ 7pm @ KES Cafeteria, we will be holding our first meeting held by the Committee to Rebuild the Imagination Station (no affiliation of the CCSD). At this meeting we will be revealing the plans that we have so far, including blue prints and fundraising plans. We also need volunteers to assist! No job is too big or small!! Please message me with any questions or email me at email@example.com.
7PM at the Mahopac Library. CRCM presents their a candidates forum for the 2010 general elections. Those invited are candidates for Putnam County Executive, Putnam County Legislator from Districts 5 & 9, NY State Senator, NY State Assemblyman, and Congressional Representative have been invited to participate on the panel.
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