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|This article makes it sound like there will be no preliminary meetings and that they are just going to get together and vote on Jan. 1, 2011. Does anyone know if and when the Legislature will meet between now and then? Shouldn't their deliberations be done in public? This already sounds like more "business as usual" to me. They seem to be making this decision in the back room, without even considering public input. Once again politics trumps the People. |
- Patty Villanova
Good Friday Morning,
For those reading this edition of News That Matters who have not helped support us you owe a debt of gratitude to those that did and continue to do so. You can assuage your guilt by clicking here. I would do so today. Please.
The Weather service promises we'll hit a high of 32 today under clear skies. Tomorrow they claim we'll hit 35 by mid-afternoon but Sunday into Monday poses a question: There's a storm getting it's act together over the Carolina's and poised to head up the coast that could bring a little snow - or a lot. It will be cold enough, that much is certain, but the path of the storm is not.This link will bring you to a document filed by Andrew DeStefano outlining the events surrounding his on again/off again election last year. In essence, Mr. D is charging judge Borkowski with making false statements regarding his moving to NYC thus forcing his name off the ballot for Sheriff. But as usual, things are not that straightforward and the web of intrigue runs deep.
To seek an example of power and influence we got to thinking; who might benefit from a particular candidate getting elected and decided to take a look at campaign contributions to Vincent Leibell to see how many donors either already had contracts with the county, were thanking the former Senator for his assistance in the past or who hoped to get contracts with the county should he become County Executive.this mirror is still active. Actually, it appears that the attack against mirrors by the US Government has been scaled back quite considerably as the number of mirror-sites has now grown. Just for curiousity, here's what the US had to say about the death of Vilma Espin, wife of Raoul Castro of Cuba:
¶3. (C) Although we doubt Fidel Castro cares very much about the loss of Vilma Espin, or much else beyond his own personal legacy, we expect that her death will have a significant impact on Raul Castro. Yes, both Fidel and Raul Castro are mass murderers and cruel leaders, but Raul always has had a parallel reputation as a family man.Mass murderers and cruel leaders? Of course, they weren't on our side. I wonder how we've praised Augusto Pinochet or the former Shah of Iran? Lovers of culture and democracy? Men who bestow free will and liberty on their countrymen? Alright... don't get me going.
You can read the proposed plan here.
On Wednesday evening the Putnam Valley town board voted 4-1 to adopt what they call "incentive zoning" over the objection of all but one person who spoke against it - including members of their own planning board. There's clearly someone or some project Bob Tendy has in mind for this law - now we'll find out who or what.
Putnam Freecycle Subject of the week: "Taken, wood stove with crack in Mahopac" You gotta love a freecycler who gives away crack with their old woodstove.
Well, here's the proof from a University of Maryland poll:
Here is a list of what Fox News viewers believe that just aint so:If you can tear yourself from Bill O'Reilly long enough you can read the rest here and here.
Have you learned anything new in this issue of News That Matters? Will you attend one of the events listed below? Well then, you owe it to yourself - and to the rest of the community - to help keep this coming by clicking here.
Through December 30. The Third Floor Gallery at the Mahopac Library. Rick Bondi's photographs quietly and elegantly capture the sere beauty of our area - from Hyde Park ti Highland, from Patterson to Poughkeepsie - they are intimate portraits of the Hudson Valley landscape. Mr. Bondi has been a Putnam County resident for more than 40 years, having cycled, hunted, sketched and photographed in virtually every area in the Hudson Valley. Call the Library at 845 628-2009 for more information.
7:30PM - Pied Piper Children's Theater. Staging the holiday classic for the second year in a row at the White Pond Center, the Pied Piper Players will be performing an original adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” in December, 2010. John and Bonnie Ryerson, veterans of stage and screens large and small lead a cast of local actors in this fun, fantastical romp through one of the most revered stories of the season.
7:30PM at the BeanRunner Cafe, 201 S. Division Street in Peekskill. Fred Gillen Jr. cut his teeth as bassist in the popular roots-rock band Rain Deputies before going solo in 1997. He has released numerous CDs and was voted "Best Folk Artist" for 3 consecutive years by readers of The Westchester Weekly.
Difficult. Hosted by Scenic Hudson. The most rigorous rocky routes up Breakneck Ridge. Please contact leader for details: Skip Doyle at info@EsopusPreservation.org. Location: Route 9D, Beacon
2PM: Andy Warhol, Shadows, 1978-79 at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, Free with admission. Larissa Harris is curator at the Queens Museum of Art, where she is developing programs to take place during and after the museum's planned expansion, to be completed by 2012. From 2004-2008, she was associate director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT where she worked on new projects by Michael Smith, Damon Rich/the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), John Malpede, and John Bell; and established new initiatives including a visiting artist series, student residency program, and a residency for Boston-area artists. She is also half of a partnership called The Steins, which produces occasional, extremely brief exhibitions in basements in the Lower East Side.
12:45PM Brewster Ice Arena. Admission is Free. Reception with great food follows. Performances by more than 20 skaters, in costume, to music, from little kids to high level competitors. See double axels, triples, spins, and holiday magic. For more information, contact the Brewster Ice Arena at 845-279-2229. Brewster Ice Arena, 63 Fields Lane, Brewster, NY
2PM - 5PM 126 Wiccopee Road in Putnam Valley. See what jewelry designer Denise Leaden has been up to this year for your last minute holiday gifts. Hand made necklaces, bracelets and more all at prices you'd be surprised you can afford!
3PM This year’s Winter Solstice is an auspicious one. It’s the rare combination of the longest night of the year and a full lunar eclipse that promises a blood red full moon. What better reason to gather together and sing back the sun with friends and family. The Celebration gathers musicians from around the Hudson Valley in the lodge-like Beczak Environmental Education Center to create inspired, spontaneous music at the spiritually charged moment of the Winter Solstice. Featuring Spuyten Duyvil, Milton, The YaYas, and many others. $10 suggested donation. Bring food to share; sponsor Captain Lawrence provides the brew. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org / (914) 377-1900 ext. 13. www.urbanh2o.org Location: Beczak Environmental Education Center, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, NY 10701.
In the early morning of December 21st, at 1:33AM, in fact, North America begins it's descent into darkness as the light of the moon is blocked by the earth's shadow in what will be a rare total eclipse of the moon, at least for our region. Totality, that point where the moon is completely blocked will be at 3:17AM. See this for more information.
Save the cards and good wishes. Send cash, food, quality single men or tickets to Puerto Rico.
7PM at Kenny's Castaways. 157 Bleeker Street (Btw Sullivan and Thompson). Join Putnam Valley's Gavin Cummings. Come ring in the New Year with the Folkadelicks. For the third year in a row The Folkadelics will be hosting NYE in NYC! This years line up is especially fantastic featuring NEVERGREEN (Rochester, NY), the CHARLIE RIVER BAND (Boston, MA), and STEF LEAL performing music from her new EP!!
Spend New Year's Eve with Putnam Valley's Michelle LeBlanc at the Hudson House River Inn, 2 Main Street in Cold Spring. Call 845 265 9355 for more information.
9 AM - 4PM - at the Chuang Yen Monastery on Route 301 in the Free State of Western Kent. With hearts established in mindfulness, we are truly present. Be Truly Present at our Day of Mindfulness. Inter Faith Ceremony, sitting, walking meditation, chanting and much more… Suggested $15/a day to Chuang Yen Monastery includes a delicious and lovingly prepared vegetarian lunch.
Noon - 2PM at Fahnestock State Park. Join us for the second annual New Year's Day Hike into Fahnestock State Park. We'll take an easy stroll on the first day of the year, probably not more than 2 miles or so. Dog and child friendly. Meet up location will be sent a little closer to the event but will most likely be at the parking lot at Sunken Mine and Dennytown roads. Write for more information. Heavy snow or extreme cold cancels.
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