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Easter is right around the corner and the family is coming over, as they usually do, and you know as well as I do that your dining room, guest room and living rooms aren't exactly as nifty as they could be. Not that anyone in the family will mind, they're family after all, and will not mention the faded walls, cracks and dents and dinks left over from last year. But you know your cousin Sheila will mention it in a facebook post... Contact Taconicarts today for an estimate on getting that cleaned up and shutting Sheila up for good. Just imagine!
What was this five-to-seven inches of snow predicted for the other day? Here at NtM Central in the Free State we had 9.25" of fresh, slightly heavy snow. Mahopac had eleven inches and East Mt. Road in Philipstown recorded 8.5". Norwalk, CT measured 18" and most of Nassau and Suffolk saw between 14" - 16". But the Grand Prize for the area goes to Staten Island with 20" of freshly fallen snow.
So, what to do with all that snow? If you live in Carmel and you also happen to live next door to Highway Supervisor Michael Simone, you get to dig out of a 7' high wall of snow highway workers dumped in your driveway so that Mr. Simone can get to work and then you watch him excuse the hell out of it saying, "That's the only place to put the snow." He could have said, "Jeez, I'm sorry, let's see what we can do in the future," but hey, it's Carmel!
From the Hudson River Estuary Program:
The Hudson River Estuary Program's "Trees for Tribs" initiative offers free native trees and shrubs for streamside buffer planting/restoration projects in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. Since 2007 the program has been responsible for planting more than 18,000 native trees and shrubs along 35,000 feet of stream with the help of thousands of local volunteers.
The hose on my vacuum cleaner is shot and I can't tape it together anymore. Just before it reached the critical - can't use the machine ever - stage I order a part from Sears and they ship on the 21st and it arrives in Yorktown on the 25th and is sent out on a truck. Something happens to the truck, what that is is of no consequence since UPS says it's beyond their control. So the package goes back to the depot to await the next day.
Now, you'd think that UPS might start the route the next day at the spot they left off the day before but, nooooooo. And being at the end of the route means that any delay during the day sets you back another day. Hence, as you can see below, UPS has no control.
I just checked the UPS website again (09:18AM ) and the package is now (forever?) lost in "Emergency Conditions Beyond UPS' Control Land", as of 5:40PM last evening.
NYSEG expands energy efficiency program
NYSEG is expanding its Small Business energy Efficiency Program into Putnam and Sullivan counties. For small businesses who use is less than 100 kilowatts, NYSEG is willing to pay up to 70% of the cost of upgrading lighting fixtures along with a free energy audit. Upgrades include the switch to CFL and LED's. Call NYSEG.
Note: Bill Buck lives in the Town of Kent, is my friend and a News That Matters reader. He was on the board of the Putnam County Land Trust and serves with the town on its Conservation Advisory Committee. Because of all that we're going to be carrying his reports from the field which are filed first with the New York Botanical Gardens before the RSS feed picks them up and delivers them to the News That Matters website. The image used in the first report is culled from Panaramio shots taken in the general vicinity of where he's reporting from day to day. Images used in the second report are Bills.
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7PM - CIES Talk. Most people pay attention to climate change in the summer, when faced with heat waves, hurricanes, and severe thunderstorms. In the northeast, climate warming is actually more marked in the winter, and the loss of snow cover can have a ripple effect on tree growth and groundwater recharge. Cary Institute scientist Dr. Peter Groffman will discuss how mild winters threaten soil productivity, plant growth, and freshwater resources. Event is free. Location: Cary Institute's auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York.
7:30PM At the Beanrunner Cafe in Peekskill. Steve's been singing and playing guitar since he was knee high to a Gibson J-200. He studied acting while attending NYU and studied with Robert Perillo and Stella Adler among others. He performed Off Off Off Off Broadway, in Houston Texas, in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, all the while carrying a guitar and note pad, scribbling lyrics, scratching them out, scribbling new ones.
11AM - Noon With this event themed “Winter Hide and Seek,” children are welcomed to Beczak Environmental Education Center to learn about hibernation and migration patterns of Hudson River animals. Event is free and open to the public. Funding is provided thanks to a grant from ConEd. Registration required at firstname.lastname@example.org / (914) 377-1900 ext. 12. For more information please visit www.beczak.org.
5PM War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (2007, dirs. Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, 72 mins., PG-13, http://www.warmadeeasythemovie.org/ )
7:30PM at Hudson House River Inn 2 Main Street, Cold Spring NY 10516 Reservations 845 265 9355 www.michelleleblanc.com
4:30PM - At the Beanrunner Cafe, Peekskill. With "Bloom Off the Rose-The Virgin Stories", a drama by Missy Stone. The Peekskill Playhouse Presents "Bloom Off the Rose", a collection of monologues about diverse characters set in the shadow of their lost virginity and the path each followed beyond that pivotal point in their lives. The performance will be followed by a wine and cheese tasting and an hour of Hot Jazz for a Cold Winter's Night. Admission $12.
A Photographic exhibition by Chris Casaburi. As complex as big people, Little People captures the individuality and uniqueness of people in the early stages of their life, featuring commissioned photographs and personal work.
Noon - 6PM. An open casting call will be held for "Rhymes With Banana", a feature film starring Zosia Mamet (The Kids Are All Right, Parenthood, Mad Men, The Art of Love) and Jee Young Han (The Art of Love, Meet Monica Velour).
9AM - Noon - What does a watershed need to produce clean water? The Hudson River Watershed Alliance and the Hudson River Estuary Program present a new Geographic Information System mapping tool that can help identify important watershed attributes. Donald Steinmetz of the Highlands Environmental Research Institute will present this new GIS tool, based on data developed by the US Forest Service. Fran Dunwell and Scott Cuppett from the Hudson River Estuary Program, and Jennifer Grossman from the Highlands Coalition and Open Space Institute will discuss the importance of clean water and watershed management in the Hudson Valley. To Register Contact Barbara Kendall, HRWA Coordinator: email@example.com 914 474 2759
Location: Sterling Forest Visitor Center, 116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, NY 10987
7PM - 9PM State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef has invited Assemblyman Kevin Cahill to discuss his bill A447 which would shift the burden of school funding from property taxes to income taxes. Joining Mr. Cahill will be Frank Mauro from the Public Policy Institute, Edmund J. McMahon, the director of the Empire Center for New York State Policy and Martin Reid, Deputy Director of Government Relations from the NY School Boards Association. At the Desmond Fish Library, 472 Route 403 (at the intersection of Route 9D). Call 914 941-1111 for more information.
7:30PM - Described as "totally captivating" by Billboard Magazine, Tom Chapin is a singer, guitar player, TV personality, concert performer, actor, composer, and recording artist. Tom's concerts span generations and stereotypes, and his recordings have earned him awards from Parent's Choice New York Music Awards, and Emmy and Peabody Awards for his work with ABC's Make a Wish. Tom is also renowned for carrying on the work of his brother, the late Harry Chapin, in combating world hunger.
NSCW 2011: What Does the Future Hold? Workshop Topics Include: • Transit-oriented Development • Alternative Energy • Innovations in Brownfields Redevelopment • Sustainable Communities, and more!
2PM Join Cary Institute educators for an interpretive stroll along our snow-covered trails. While bears and chipmunks are sleeping away the winter, there are still signs of life on our grounds. Put on your hat and boots and discover animal tracks, ice bell formations, cold weather insects, and the wonders of winter survival. Meet at the main campus parking area, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, NY. RSVPs are required; let us know if you are signing up for the adult walk or the family-friendly walk. Contact (845) 677-7600 x 121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're excited to announce Clearwater Generations: An Earth Day Celebration to Benefit Clearwater, which will be held at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY, on April 22 at 8pm.
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