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This issue is late this morning because of an event that took place in Albany just minutes ago at around 9AM:
NY State Senator Greg Ball has resigned his seat in order to, as he said, "Put my best efforts towards representing the people of this district in the Congress of the United States."
Addressing a hastily organized press conference just outside the Senate chambers, Mr. Ball said that while his election to the Senate was the defining moment of his life, he felt that he could do a better job for his constituents in Washington and not in Albany and challenged Nan Hayworth on her loyalty to the Republican party and its ideals.
The Senator accused Congresswoman Hayworth of "pandering to special interests", saying that he did not feel she was adequately representing the voters and that they had been "cheated", that she was not a genuine supporter of the Tea Party movement but had only used them to achieve an election victory. "She is playing charades with the voters," Mr. Ball said, "and what's needed is a voice that will speak for all the people of the 19th Congressional District, not just the special interests - and I am that voice."
Senate Republican leader Kemp Hannon who attended the press conference said, "While we will miss having the dynamic personality that Mr. Ball brings to the Senate, we trust that New Yorkers will be better served when he has recaptured the Congressional seat now held by Ms. Hayworth," Mr. Hannon continued, "Now that a budget agreement has been reached and other important legislative milestones achieved, we can allow the Senator the freedom he needs to concentrate on his election to higher office and we wish him Godspeed and our continued support."
The appointment of a replacement for Senator Ball now falls to the hands of Governor Cuomo who, through a press agent, suggested the governor would maintain the balance of power in Albany by appointing another Republican to fill Mr. Ball's seat. Sources say that the governor's short-list includes retiring Dutchess County executive William Steinhaus and Putnam's caretaker County Executive Paul Eldridge whose term runs out at the end of this year.
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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.
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
9AM - Noon Talk invasives with our new Land Steward, John Sullivan of Harlem Valley Ecological in Dover. Shown here is Buckthorn, or Ramnes Cathartica. Help clear trails, hike, see the Swamp River from a relatively dry vantage point. Wear boots. A bit about John: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-sullivan/12/8aa/787. At the Slocum Mostachetti Preserve (SMP) 3517 Pleasant Ridge Road Wingdale, NY - entrance shares a driveway with a private residence.
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.
7PM - A celebration for their Grammy Award. Musical friends including: David Amram, Dar Williams, Jeff Haynes , C. Lanzbom , David Bernz, Dan Einbender, Travis Jeffrey, Rick Nestler, Peter Siegel, Karen Brooks, Melissa Ortquist and Steve Stanne. At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 850 Wolcott Avenue (Route 9D) Beacon, NY. Suggested donation $10.
10AM - 2PM. The Putnam County Land Trust, in partnership with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, is currently seeking individuals interested in developing critical skills focused on clearing, improving, and maintaining high quality trails in the Hudson Hills and Highlands region. These individuals will have the opportunity to work along side trails professionals, as well as future opportunities in learning techniques for stone working, trail construction, and sustainable design. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, all can develop a tool kit in trail construction and maintenance while shaping the future of trails. Instructor: Gary Haugland & Andrew Seirup. Meet at the Dorrie O'Brien House at the bottom of Cobb Road in Brewster.
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.
7:30PM Join NY State Senator Greg Ball as he launches his primary challenge to Nan Hayworth at the Philipstown Town Hall, 238 Main Street, Cold Spring. Posing as a pro-gun rally, this event marks the Senator's initial foray into the 2012 congressional race. See more here.
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.
9AM - 1PM at The Putnam Hospital Center Wagner Cancer Pavilion, 670 Stoneleigh Ave., Carmel, NY 10512. Individuals can dispose of: Prescription Medication, Over-the-Counter Medication, Pet Medication. Please remember to keep medications in their original package, if possible, and to remove personal patient information. Unfortunately syringes can't be accepted because they require a different protocol. For more information please contact Mary Rice at the Putnam County Department of Health -- (845) 808-1390 x 43164 or visit http://www.putnamcountyny.com/health
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.
7:30PM Putnam Arts Council/Belle Levine Art Center 2nd Saturday’s In the Center music series features Montgomery Delaney and the Itchy Nipple Band - One of the Hudson Valley's most Thoughtful, Insightful and Provocative Songwriters Like You've Never Heard Him Before - "An Outstanding Songwriter".... Dirty Linen Magazine. 521 Kennicut Hill Rd., Mahopac, NY 10541 putnamartscouncil.com 845-803-8622. Seating is limited, and reservations are advised; Tix $20./$15 for PAC members.
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
2PM - The prize-winning documentary film "Gasland" will be shown Saturday, April 16 at 2 pm in Lake Carmel Cultural Center, 640 Route 52, Kent Lakes, NY.
1:30PM - Chris Hedges has written for numerous publications including The Nation, Foreign Affairs, Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Mother Jones, New Humanist and Robert Scheer's web magazine Truthdig where he publishes a column.
Passover begins at sundown this evening.
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.
7:30AM - 1PM The Village of Brewster and Town of Southeast are sponsoring a Roadside Cleanup and Litter Removal Day. More information here (PDF)
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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