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The Silliness Continues
Arguing about how many angles have danced on the head of the Leibell pin, Southeast Republicans endorsed County Legislator Tony Hay over town Supervisor Michael Rights at their meeting the other day setting the stage for an interesting primary race.
The Other Silliness Continues
With any luck tea baggers will have achieved their penultimate wet dream today and the Federal government will cease operations. The President and Congress are seeking a solution but really, no one cares. Back in 1996 the government shut down for 21 days and we're all still here, right? The world didn't end, the US wasn't overrun by Swedish communists and the mail still went through. So really, who cares?
In the meantime, everyone in Congress is blaming everyone else while using you as pawns in their sophomoric game of who has the biggest (or is it smallest?) budget dick. If there's a special interest group out there that hasn't been dragged out as an example of how important the continuation of the Federal government is, FBI investigators have failed to find it.Oh, when the French come marching in...
A hearty Mazel Tov and Bonne Chance to Beekman Supervisor Dan French on the announcement of his entering the race for Dutchess County Executive. We wish him the very best of luck.
Home Alone 13
A single mother downstate was arrested by police for leaving her 13 year-old daughter home alone for several days armed with money, food, cash and credit cards. While mom was away our young heroine went to school on her own, came home, made dinner, did her homework, went to sleep, woke up the next day and repeated the cycle. In other words, all was well with their little world.
That is until word got out that someone could dare trust their teenage daughter to deal with life on their own for a few days. That's when all hell broke loose with the police stepping beyond their ken and into the world of being arbiters of what is right and what is not and deciding that they knew better, charging mom with "child endangerment".Celebrate a Life
This evening at the Philisptown Depot Theatre, the Aery Theater Company will celebrate a life, that of Putnam Valley's Ariane Orenstein who left us to cancer a few weeks back. Today, just by chance, is Ariane's birthday.
Philipstown.info has this to say:Lawyers, Guns and Money
Did anyone attend the NRA rally in Cold Spring last evening? If you did, could you write a little about it for us? There's nothing in any of the local media sources.
Bye Bye Glenn
After years of protest, hard work, sponsor boycotts and the like, Glenn Beck's ratings are no longer as high as an elephant's eye, and the elephant is a little ashamed at the connection. It's gotten so bad that even Putnam's own right-wing media demagogue, Roger Ailes, is happy to see the Beckster make a rapid departure from the scene - but with a caveat.
Ol' Rog is not adverse from taking potshots at those of us who have synapses in our brains that still work. According to a published news story he said, "Advertisers who get weak-kneed because some idiot on a blog site writes to them and says we need to stifle speech, I get a little frustrated by that,"
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What's Going On
3:15-8:30pm - Haldane school district wraps up its week-long Earth Day commemoration by celebrating "one amazing planet" with the community. Sponsored in part by Hudson Highlands Land Trust, this year's activities will include a Community-School Garden Open House, a visit to the James Pond Outdoor Classroom, cooking demonstration, poetry reading, and the premier of "Why Should We Reduce Our Trash?" by Haldane's third grade classes. HHLT Educator Pete Salmansohn will be on hand to conduct an outside nature workshop, weather permitting.
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
10AM - Join Orange County Land Trust on this easy-to-moderate family friendly hike which leads to a breathtaking overlook of the Hudson River Valley. All hikers are encouraged to wear comfortable boots and bring a bag lunch and plenty of water. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is suggested. Reservations are not required but are greatly appreciated. Location: Meeting place is at the hikers' parking area on Clove Road just south of Hil-Mar Lodge in Salisbury Mills.
11AM - 4PM - Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508 845 440 0100 www.diaart.org
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.
1:00pm to 3:00pm - Come to the opening reception of our 2nd Annual Creative SPLASH! at the Philipstown dot info offices, 69 Main St., Cold Spring, NY. The reception will be broadcast live on Cold Spring Radio and features a reading of selected student works by award-winning poet Irene O'Garden and a gallery of student artwork. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be open each weekday from 3-5pm through Friday, April 15.
7PM - 4th Wall Productions will be holding open auditions for the staged reading of "My First Time" by Ken Davenport. Seeking 8 flexible actors (4 m, 4 w) of ALL ages and types to read various characters parts. Over 18 please!
10:30 AM - Come out with thousands of New Yorkers and let Albany know we will not let our air, our water and our communities be overrun by industry. This event is the biggest collaboration of groups working to protect New York from dirty drilling. If you plan to attend the rally, please wear blue to signify the need to protect New York’s water. If you are interested in lobbying your respective Legislator, please send an email to email@example.com to be placed on a wait list as the offical registration for lobbying is closed.
8AM - 9:30AM - Featured Speaker: Jeff Wiegert, Regional Forester, NYSDEC Division of Lands and Forests, Region 3. A non-native killer of all ash tree species, known as the emerald ash borer (EAB), has been found in the Hudson Valley/Catskill area last summer. There are an estimated 1.2 billion ash trees in NY, so EAB will modify watershed forests and cause mortality in ash trees used in urban settings as part of better site design practices. Although impossible to eradicate and extremely difficult to locate, management tools can be employed to slow EAB spread, buying time for our communities to prepare. Jeff will discuss efforts in finding EAB, including last summer's visual surveys and this winter's delimitation survey, and consider community responses to the EAB. Please RSVP to Russell Urban-Mead, firstname.lastname@example.org , to confirm your attendance. There is a $4 minimum food/beverage purchase. Location: Plaza Diner (Stop & Shop Plaza), New Paltz.
8:30AM - Join the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County for a Science and Management Forum on Regional Freshwater Issues. Free and open to the public, the event will provide an overview of the quantity and quality of regional freshwater resources, pressures that existing supplies face (pollution, development, invasive species), and management options. Special attention will be given to green infrastructure and stormwater. A detailed agenda will be posted when available. Reservations are required. Early registration is recommended. E-mail Claudia Rosen email@example.com with attendee names and municipal/organization affiliation (if any). Location: Cary Institute's auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York.
8:30PM - Vaneese Thomas' many talents have made her a sought-after solo performer as well as a desired vocalist, contributing to the projects and performances of Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, BB King, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion, Annie Lennox, Patti LaBelle ...and Aretha Franklin rarely performs without her! Vaneese's mission is to continue the legacy set by her influential father, legendary R&B musician Rufus Thomas, but she has also cultivated her own style by blending all the influences of her background: R&B, gospel, blues and jazz. In addition to singing (she had a Top Ten R&B hit herself in 1987 ? Let's Talk it Over), Vaneese has produced recordings, created vocal arrangements and written songs for Dianna Ross, Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson and Larry Coryell, also working with renowned producer Phil Ramone along the way. Thomas' credits for movies & TV include Disney's Hercule! s, Anastasia, The First Wives Club, Everyone Says I Love You, PBS's Shining Time Station and appearances on Letterman, Conan O'Brien and NBC's Today. $25 advance/ $30 door Buy TICKETS now!
10:30am - 3:00pm - Celebrate Earth Day and springtime with family-friendly and Earth-friendly fun at Bear Mountain State Park's Trailside Museum and Zoo. Nature-related displays, activities and games give you tips to help you look after Mother Earth. Arrive at 10:30 and you can help us make treats for the Bears. They will come out of their dens at 11:00 to gobble up the goodies.
1-5 pm (Registration: 12:30). Viewshed Benefit Party: 6-8 pm At Columbia-Greene Community College
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)
10AM - 5PM When the people who should be going to the Expo are working, so they can't. At the Villa Barrone, where else? The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce, 953 South Lake Blvd. Mahopac, New York 10541 or call (845) 628-5553 for more information.
2PM - Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508 845 440 0100 www.diaart.org
7PM - Bird song expert Donald Kroodsma will describe how birds communicate and why. Listen to the sounds of birds as you've never listened before, using their songs as a window into their minds. Location: Cary Institute's auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York.
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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