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According to the Census Bureau, Putnam County now has 99,710 residents which is a slight increase over the previous census in 2000. Overall, the state's population is 19,378,102, also an increase over the 2000 Census. The States that grew the fastest were, in general, those with the best weather. But if NY is growing, that lays the lie to the belief that people are fleeing the state because of our tax structure. If people more people are moving in than leaving there must be something more important to them than our tax rates.
In the January 23, 2010 edition of News That Matters I wrote an article called, "The Great Tefillin Scare" which has become one of the top read articles at the website. Here it is:
Well, just the other day almost the exact same story took place but on an Alaska Airlines flight. The article in the NY Daily News begins:
Flight attendants on an Alaska Airlines flight to Los Angeles on Sunday interpreted an elaborate prayer ritual by Orthodox Jewish men onboard as a security threat and locked down the cockpit, airline officials said.
Earlier in the week I wrote about the Hayworth/Katz show held last weekend in Patterson. One of false assertions Assemblyman Katz made was that 2 million people had left the state because of high property taxes, that the state population had gone down. But it hadn't, it's gone up over the years meaning that if those 2 million did leave because of high property taxes, more than 2 million moved in to the state regardless of those taxes.
A discussion has ensued between someone I assume is a staffer in the Assemblyman's office and myself that might be worth a read if you have absolutely nothing else to do. It's here. But, um, this could be a good time to start cleaning out the garage like your wife has been asking you to do for 2 million years now.
Part of the aforementioned discussion is whether the rich are being taxed fairly or not. Republicans say we should not raise taxes on the wealthy as they use those dollars to create jobs. Jobs like gardeners, caddies and nannies.
And it's important to note that while the average worker's salary increased by 2% in 2010, those of CEO's and their bonuses increased by 30.5%.
On February 3rd of 2011 an astute reader sent in a photograph of a cougar track taken at the end of Richardsville Road just across the Kent town line in Putnam Valley and up against Fahnestock State Park.
One month later on March 2nd of 2011, the US Fish & Wildlife service declared the eastern cougar extinct. I'm guessing they didn't look in Putnam County or weren't looking very hard. Perhaps they might like to un-announce the death of the eastern cougar.Our Very Own Young Republicans.
You know those kids: all clean cut, obedient, perfect blond hair and rank-straight teeth, blue eyes, pressed Dockers, starched button down shirts and looking for all the world like America's version of Hitler Youth? Well, Kent town councilman John Greene, better known for corralling pheasants to be shot, is now the president of an official Young Republicans klavern right here in Putnam County. In response, Jeff Green will be setting up Putnam's first Weiße Rose chapter, just in case.
Examining the Examiner:
Andrew Vitelli wrote a rather excellent article about the Hayworth/Katz show last weekend in Patterson. But how he was able to do so without mentioning my name as the Chief Provocateur, even though I was repeatedly singled out by Mike Griffin? I don't work that hard to be ignored!
So what's it going to take to get my name in the Examiner in proper context Andrew, a kiddie porn charge? Drug running? Murder? Everyone knows I don't like children until they're 25 or so, but the latter two are definitely within my ken.
In February, eight students from Nicetown's Gratz High School, joined with 150 others to rampage through downtown Philadelphia trashing a Macy's store in the process.
There's an unintentional but convenient pun in there and finding it is your homework for the weekend.
What's Going On?
The Putnam Arts Council invites the public to view the fine work offered in its 48th annual Members’ Exhibit through March 27th, during Gallery hours, Tuesday - Friday, 10-4 and Sundays 1-4. Admission and parking are free.
Orders must be in by Wednesday, April 6, 2011.Call Lori Taylor at (845) 878-7918 for more information and tell her we sent you.
From the flyer: We’ve added some exciting and different trees and shrubs this year. Most of them will attract and provide food and habitat for birds and other wildlife for your enjoyment and some even offer the opportunity to make jams and jellies. Blackberry (Rubus darrow) has large berries that are firm, juicy and have honey sweet true blackberry flavor. They are proven the most reliable producer of large crops of top quality fruit. Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) this tree provides excellent vertical definition in a shrub border or as a free standing specimen. Creamy white lemon scented flowers are followed by small red seeds which are used by a variety of wildlife. Pussy Willow (Salix discolor) one of the most time-honored spring rites, Pussy Willow greets your spring starved eyes while snow is still on the ground. The flowers bloom on bare stems and provide pollen for the native bees and food for birds. Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus floridus) has many common names all alluding to the aromatic properties of its leaves, bark, twigs and roots. Best of all is the wonderfully fruity scent produced by the unusual flowers. This plant is deer resistant. Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) Nannyberry’s white flowers give way in autumn to blue-black berry like drupes which often persist into winter and are quite attractive to birds and wildlife. Fruits are edible and used in jams and jellies. Fountain Grass (Pennisetum) is a graceful elegant ornamental grass with plumes resembling bottle brushes that appear in summer and persist until fall. It is suited for residential landscape more than most other ornamental grasses because of its small size. Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium) white flowers provide nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. The fruit provides a good source of food for birds and wildlife in fall and early winter.
6PM - "Letters to Autumn," "The Road Home," "The Face of Fear," "After September," "Seeing Through Blind Eyes" and "To Know Avail" are scheduled to play at the Lake Carmel Cultural Center, 640 Route 52, Kent Lakes, 6-10 pm. Admission is $8 with a $3 discount for AotL members.
7:15PM Join Michelle at the Division Street Grill in Peekskill. I'll be performing with the great jazz piano man, Doug Smith. The food and ambiance are wonderful at the Division Street Grill. http://www.michelleleblanc.com/
8AM - 12 Noon - In typical Putnam County fashion, the announcement for this event is vague, says nothing much, and does so in really BIG LETTERS all over the PDF file announcing it. Apparently the Legislature has invited everyone from Charles Schumer to Sam Oliverio to take questions from residents about various issues concerning people with disabilities but here's the deal - you have to register to speak. Sweet, eh? Anyway, it takes place at the $30 million operations center at the Donald Smith campus on Old Route 6 in Carmel.
10:30AM - 11:30AM - Our first rain barrel building workshop of the season at the Farm and Home Center in Millbrook (Route 44). At the workshop you will learn how to build a 55-gallon rain barrel that you will take home with you at the end of the workshop. The cost of the workshop is $35 and covers the cost of all supplies.
3PM - 5PM Bring your pets to the South Putnam Animal Hospital (230B Baldwin Place Road, Mahopac) for a free rabies vaccine. Bring along a photo ID for Putnam County residency and proof of prior vaccination. Call the Putnam County Health Department for more information at (845) 808-1390 ext 4312
5PM - Lecture with Stephen P. Rice, Professor of American Studies, Ramapo College. Throughout the century there were three main ways that people imagined this dramatic stretch of the Hudson River: as a magical realm of legend, as a natural scene of beauty aided in part by the hand of man, and as a historical setting of national importance. Prof. Rice examines these depictions in the verbal and visual arts, ranging from poems and works of fiction to paintings and popular illustrations.
Produced by Chris Blossy.
8:30PM - Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
1PM - Come explore vernal pools and learn about the species that rely on them for survival such as frogs, fairy shrimp, salamanders and newts! A hands-on, outdoor activity for children and families and people of all ages, led by outdoor educator, naturalist and author Laurel Dodge. Wear mud boots! Copies of Laurel's newly published book Nature Study for the Whole Family will be available for purchase and signing. Nature Study for the Whole Family promotes a return to nature study as a first-choice activity for family fun and learning and emphasizes how nature study can bring families closer, create special family memories, and encourage personal growth. Registration is suggested as space is limited. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is greatly appreciated with proceeds going towards the future stewardship of Land Trust nature preserves. Call 343-0840, x12 to register or RSVP via our Facebook page. Location: Laurel Hill Preserve, Town of Minisink.
1:30PM - The PCLT is partnering with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to offer a new approach to conservation training. For the first time, volunteers will have the opportunity to be trained and participate in the design, construction and maintenance of a new trail system on one of PCLT’s newest preserves – the 94 acre Brandon Farm Preserve in Patterson.
3PM - 5PM - Ongoing Sundays through May 15th. For children aged 5-12. Children will create images of birds using a wide range of high quality art materials. Children will create drawings, paintings and sculpture. Tuition: $100.00 for the Public and $90.00 for AotL Members. More information is here.
8AM - 1PM - How To Save Money & Energy on Your Farm
7:00PM - 9:00PM - We hope you will join us for a very special reading of David Lindsay-Abaire’s "Rabbit Hole" Benefiting GILDA’S CLUB of Westchester. Gilda’s Club…offering support forpeople whose lives have been touched by cancer…all types of cancer. Rabbit Hole takes us through a dark tunnel but it reminds us, with graceful simplicity,that there is light at the end of it. Produced and Directed by Elizabeth D’Ottavio. CAST: Ben Berner, Dee Dee Burke, Elizabeth D’Ottavio, Margie Ferris, Michael Fox, Kaili Lewis. Suggested donation $20 (Any and all donations welcome) To reserve a seat, please email Liz: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914.419.6000
Barry Hartglass, Dave Anthony, Tom Nazziola, Tim Ouimette and John Roggie - 5 serious musicians who don't take themselves so seriously. Lake Carmel Cultural Center, 640 Route 52, Kent Lakes, NY Admission: $15. ($10 AotL) Tickets and more info at: www.artsonthelake.org
1PM - Opening Reception: Arts on the Lake, 640 Route 52, Kent Lakes, NY 10512. Mood, Magic, Mystery - What secrets lie within? Come and find out, and add your own point of view in a dialogue with the artists. Refreshments provided. Admission is free. Additional Exhibit Hours: Sun, April 3, 1-4PM, Sat, April 9, 1-4PM, Sun, April 10, 1-4PM
4 pm - Please join us for the Annual Members Meeting of the Putnam County Historical Society. Learn more about our exhibitions, events, and programming while meeting some of our new board of trustees.
2PM - 3:30PM - 1950's Jazz: Bop, Cool, R&B Our quartet returns to perform at the Shrub Oak Library just in time to celebrate the coming of spring. Michelle jazz combo features the legendary Bill Crow on bass, the talented arranger Tom Kohl on piano and the world touring sax player, Ed Xiques. Our show will include a special encore featuring tunes from our new CD "I Remember You." This free concert take place in the special events room of this lovely library. Ample and convenient parking is available, so invite all your jazz lovin' friends. John C Hart Memorial Library, 1130 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY (914) 245-5262 www.yorktownlibrary.org
7:30PM - Town Crier, Route 22, Pawling. We're thrilled to welcome back John Hall after his two terms as US Congressman. Singer/songwriter/guitarist John Hall will bring his unique guitar stylings and expressive voice to The Towne Crier for his first concert since leaving Congress. The average music fan may associate John Hall with blockbuster Orleans hits like Still The One and Dance with Me, but those familiar with him know his more eclectic work. He wrote for Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs and James Taylor. John has also played guitar solos on records by Taj Mahal, Carly Simon and Little Feat. As one of the organizers of the historic No Nukes concerts, he was among the performers featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with co-producers Graham Nash, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt. :|: artist's home - $20 advance/ $25 door Buy TICKETS now!
7:30PM - Zimmerman's songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. The Los Angeles Times says, "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer." Tom Lehrer himself says, "I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don't just rhyne." Joni MItchell says, "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection." At All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue (at 80th). Suggested donation, $15.
9AM - 1PM The Putnam County Clerk’s Office is hosting a Passport Event at its office located at 34 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant is joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2011, a national passport acceptance and outreach event.
5:30PM - Join in the celebration as Putnam County Land Trust marks 42 years of preserving open space and protecting sensitive habitats in Putnam County- right in your big backyard. Enjoy live music by Bruce Eisenstein, a sumptuously wonderful buffet dinner, their famous silent auction of eclectic items and an exciting Live Auction led by Ivan and Laura Cohen. Displays of Land Trust properties along with recognitions and awards will be part of the evening.
3PM - Mohonk Consultations: We will explore the issues of Peak Oil, climate change and how, together, we can create a locally-based, sustainable and resilient future
6PM - 8PM - Much of conventional roofing represents a wasted opportunity to reduce energy costs, improve building performance and durability, create useable habitat for flora and fauna, improve biodiversity, increase the performance of installed photovoltaic systems, mitigate combined sewer overflow (CSO) events, reduce waste stream pollution, lessen urban heat island effects (UHIE) and make the "view from the top" a much prettier place. Our experts on sustainable roofing will talk about proven roofing alternatives that can do all these things, turning underutilized dark roof surfaces into acres of better space for the environment, for occupants, and for owners. Participants will gain a strong understanding of innovative roofing technologies such as cool roofs, photovoltaic roofing, vegetative roof systems, recyclable roofing, and roofing materials manufactured with post-consumer recycled content and low VOC roofing options.
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.
8PM at Brewster High School. The Putnam Chorale performs CARMINA BURANA - One Performance Only - with full orchestra and accompanied by the Brewster High School Chamber Singers and the Seven Star Dancers, on MAY 14, 2011 8 pm at the Brewster High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Foggintown Road, Brewster, NY. Get more information at our web site (www.putnamchorale.org) or by calling 845-279-7265.
Croton Point Park - Pete Seeger star Drive-By Truckers star Martin Sexton star Indigo Girls, Arlo Guthrie star Josh Ritter star Jorma Kaukonen star Peter Yarrow, John Sebastian star Janis Ian star The Low Anthem, Red Horse (Lucy Kaplansky, John Gorka & Eliza Gilkyson) star The Klezmatics, Toubab Krewe star Justin Townes Earle star Chris, Smither star Joanne Shenandoah, Tom Chapin star Bernice Johnson Reagon star Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell, James McMurtry | Jay Ungar & Molly Mason | Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Tao Seeger Band | Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely | Mike & Ruthy | Sarah Lee & Johnny, Bethany & Rufus' Roots Quartet | Clayfoot Strutters | Zlatne Uste | Joe Purdy, The Nields | The Kennedys | Jen Chapin | K.J. Denhert | Zon del Barrio, Vanaver Caravan| Buskin & Batteau | Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Brooklyn Qawwali Party | Joe D'urso | Joel Plaskett, Arm-of-the-Sea Theater star The Power of Song star The Rivertown Kids, Mustard's Retreat star Magpie star Roger the Jester star Dog on Fleas, Walkabout Clearwater Chorus star Paul Richmond star The Storycrafters, Rick Nestler star Donna Nestler star Travis Jeffrey star Margo Thunderbird, Marva Clark star Linda Richards star Eshu Bumpus star Dan Einbender, Dirty Stay Out Skifflers star Geoff Kaufman star Sarah Underhill star Peninnah Schram, Kay Olan/Ionataiewas star Mel & Vinnie star Karen Pillsworth star Gregorio Pedroza , Allan Aunapu star Jan Christensen star The New York Packet star Matt Turk star Hope Machine
Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT - Gathering of the Vibes, the Northeast’s acclaimed music festival destination, will “bring the magic” once again with a 4-day extravaganza of eclectic music, arts and community, July 21-24, 2011 at Connecticut’s magnificent Seaside Park. The rumor mill is swirling with artist announcements around the corner. Gathering of the Vibes promises its most spectacular and diverse lineup to date, delivering over 40 hours of music on multiple stages. Powerhouse Vibes alumni include: The Allman Brothers, Crosby Stills & Nash, Furthur with Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, James Brown, The Black Crowes, and Damian Marley and Nas, alongside breakout acts like Umphrey’s McGee, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Jackie Greene, and tri-state favorites The McLovins. The Vibes also warmly embraces new, virtually unknown artists, who may submit music for consideration through sonic bids.
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