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And the Lord God Albany said, "Go ahead, just try to hire someone.":
I've been trying to hire an employee to help me through the summer and while I've found a kid to work, the process of paying him, working out the fees, registrations, federal, state and local forms, insurances, workman's compensation and the rest has answered the question many have asked:
Why are so many contractors working in the cash economy and hiring day laborers instead?The answer is that Franz Kafka had a bad LSD trip and the State of New York has made it a reality.
It's actually cheaper - and easier - to pay the fines and go to prison than it is to hire according to the rules.
And you, Nan Hayworth, you high and mighty protector of giant corporations, I mean really now. You give Big Oil billions in welfare, Monsanto and ConAgra billions more, but the tens of thousands of small businesses who are the lifeblood of our economy are left on our own? I'm willing to bet if we could match their campaign donations everything would be different.
In the meantime, if anyone out there knows how to navigate these waters and avoid their rocky shoals, especially workman's compensation, drop me a line.
Plumbing the depths of your wallet:
If you're a licensed plumber or work in the mechanical trades in Putnam County, the County Legislature, that supporter of Shop Putnam at all costs (usually yours,) is about to change your cost of doing business. Again. Go to the County Legislative meeting on Tuesday, June 7th to watch them do it. And don't you dare think you can stop them! They're desperate for money and afraid to tax county residents directly so they use the Department of Consumer Affairs to raise capital for them - through you. Would the last contractor doing business in this county please turn out the lights?
Passing the Crown:
I'd like to formally congratulate Maryellen Odell, our next County Executive, for winning her election unopposed. I'm sure she'll do fine but it would have been nice for voters to have had a choice.
Where's Nan part V
If you were at all interested in what Congresswoman Nan Hayworth has been up to and you were thinking about using her congressional RSS feed to keep up to date, you can forget about it. She's taken it down. If you've seen her Youtube channel and considered leaving a comment there you can forget about that too. Or if you thought you could ask her a question or engage her in debate at one of her town forums you can forget about that as well.
It appears the Congresswoman from NY's 19th district has shut herself away from her constituents and she's not alone! Ever since her party has moved to destroy our social safety net and forcefully transfer your money to the rich and powerful she, along with many other congressional Republicans, have locked themselves away by carefully constructing their 'public' meetings into showcases for their specific point of view. If you happen to have a different one, consider yourself fucked. You're not welcome, your ideas are not welcome and they don't even want to see their pictures nor recordings of public forums reproduced in any venue they cannot control.
Hey, you all thought the Tea Baggers were the answer and our national salvation! But it's gotten so bad of late that even Newt Gingrich is starting to sound like a moderate.
For the record:
One thousand people died from aspirin last year. None died from marijuana. Just thought you'd like to know that the Fed is now targeting medical marijuana states in another chapter of all that Change We're Supposed to Believe In.
The old standard Food Pyramid has been dismantled and reconstructed as a Food Plate.
Ernest Lawrence Taylor's poem, "Casey At The Bat" was published today in 1888.
From my woodpile:
We are now taking registration for the Summer Explorers Camp for youngsters entering grades 1 to 6 and the Summer Fishing Camp for youngsters entering grades 3 to 6.
Human Rights Campaign is asking us to make phone calls to our State Senator’s office to encourage his support for Marriage Equality. If you’d like to call, the number is 845-279-3773.
Bear Mountain Summit Loop - West Mountain From Bear Mountain Summit.
[Note: Some of the events listed below are from the HRWA Digest and others from Manna Jo Greene's calendar.]
6PM - 8PM Paintings and Pastels. Opening reception: BRC Gallery at the Bean Runner Cafe 201 South Division Street Peekskill, NY 10566 www.beanrunnercafe.com And in addition to this event, the Bert Rechtschaffer Jazz Trio with Jeff Whalen or Sax and Charles Frommer on Bass will play from 8:00 to 10:30. (There is a cafe music charge of $5)
7PM: Michelle LeBlanc with Tom Kohl on piano at the The Division Street Grill, 26 North Division Street, Peekskill NY 10566. Call for dinner reservations: 914 739 6380 www.DivisionStreetGrill.com Join us for an evening in my favorite small city at the jazz club that sparked the Peekskill jazz renaissance.
10AM - Join Jim Heron for an historical tour of Denning’s Point. Center for Environmental Innovation & Education (CEIE), Beacon, NY. Register online at www.bire.org/events. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bear Mountain State Park: On June 4, the Trail Conference will open a wheelchair accessible section of the Appalachian Trail on the summit of Bear Mountain. For the past year, Trail Conference volunteers have been hard at work building this ADA-compliant segment of this historic and nationally celebrated long-distance trail. The trail will allow wheelchair users to enter the woods and view the Hudson River and Valley from one of the region’s most scenic spots.
Each year Friends of the Great Swamp leads canoe trips on the East Branch Croton River into one of the largest wetlands in New York State. Join us on one of these enjoyable adventures into the Great swamp and experience this beautiful and valuable resource for yourself. As we enter this magical wilderness we will explore the biodiversity and learn more about the values of this nationally significant wetland. The Swamp provides critical habitat for aquatic species as well as for migrating and breeding birds. We have seen Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Prothonotary Warblers and Common yellowthroats as well as Wood Duck, Mallards and many, many more. There are Turtles, Dragonflies, some fantastic plants and possibly catch a glimpse of a mink or a muskrat.
9 AM - 1PM - at Butterfield Hospital at the corner of Rt 9D & Paudling Avenue, Cold Spring
10AM - Fishkill Town Hall. Sponsored by the Dutchess Watershed and Cornell Cooperative Extension Services.
11AM - 5PM- The OCWA is pleased to announce that the 4th Annual Earth and Water Festival will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery, NY. This unique festival is family-friendly, intimate, educational and of course, lots of fun! Stay an hour or stay all day. Bring a blanket, the kids and even your dog and enjoy the fresh air, listen to live music and entertaining performances by highly talented local musicians and peformers. Visit the Green Expo area at the festival and learn from many local vendors how they are making a difference by being "green" or what sustainable goods and services they provide. Buy fresh homemade bread, baked goods, produce and plants in the Farmers Market. Let the kids run wild in the Children's Activity tent (big festival favorite).
11AM - Meet at the parking area [link] for Wonder Lake State Park on Ludingtonville Road. From there we'll hike to the south end of Wonder Lake using the hiking trails built by the New York New Jersey Trail Conference. From there we'll hike along the eastern shore to the lake's north end. From there we'll return to the parking area. Don't forget to bring your lunch and water for the hike. Also, you may wish to bring a camera. If the cool spring weather hasn't delayed it too much there should be some great opportunities to photograph the mountain laurel in bloom along the shore of the lake.
11AM - 5PM - The 19th annual “With Wings and a Prayer: Birds of Prey Day" is coming to our Brewster campus.
2:30PM - 4PM Featuring Tom Kohl on piano and Bill Crow on bass. This free concert is open to the public. Ann Marie Parish, Event Coordinator for the Plaza has attended our concerts at Arts on the Lake in Kent NY and loves our sound We were glad to get her call, inviting us to perform for Plaza residents and the public. We will set up on their lovely patio overlooking the grounds. If rain is forecasted, we'll move inside. Join us for a lovely afternoon. The Plaza at Clover Lake, 838 Fair Street, Carmel NY 10512 Call 845-878-4111 for more information.
4 pm - At Steven Saland's offices at 3 Neptune Rd. Poughkeepsie
5:30PM - 8 PM - Mohonk Consultations, Inc Presents Laura Heady with its Distinguished Environmental Achievement Award As the 2011 winner of Mohonk Consultations' Environmental Award, Laura is a true campaigner for biodiversity in our neck of the woods. She served last year as the keynote speaker at our Forum on Biodiversity. Since 2006, Laura has been Biodiversity Outreach Coordinator for the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with Cornell University. She helps municipal and regional partners to integrate biodiversity and habitat protection into conservation plans, smart growth strategies, environmental planning and preservation.
Reservations are required for each of our events. Call 845-256-2726 to reserve and/ or to ask for an invitation to the Award Ceremony. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list, please call 845-256-2726 or email email@example.com Location: Mohonk Mountain House
8AM - Rockland County Groundwater Conditions – Regional Declines or Stability except near Pumping Wells? Featured Speaker: Paul Heisig, USGS A recent groundwater investigation in Rockland County included all resources but focused on the fractured-bedrock Newark Basin aquifer, over which nearly 300,000 people reside. Pumping and water-level data suggest there has been no continuous regional downward groundwater trend as far back as 1989, but groundwater levels have declined locally near continuously-used production wells.
7PM - New natural gas extraction technology has led to an increase in the exploration of organic-rich shale in the United States. In New York State, the Marcellus Shale formation has captured the public’s attention. Will gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale be a boon, providing cleaner domestic energy, or a bust, contaminating our air and water resources? Find out answers from Duke University’s Rob Jackson. His research captures the latest science on the impacts of shale-gas extraction and fracking.
8PM - Six new one-act plays from Tony Howarth's Playwright's Workshop. At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel, Route 52 just south of the Route 311 Causeway.
8:30PM - The legendary Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland's premier traditional bands, play a diverse repertoire that spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians consistently garner worldwide accolades for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better ...yet continue to do just that. "An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." -New York Times; "Scotland's Tannahill Weavers play acoustic instruments, but the atmosphere at their shows is electric! The quintet is as tight and as versatile as any band in the Celtic music revival. They can summon rock 'n' roll intensity or haunting introspection." -The Boston Globe; "...as close to perfect as it gets in an imperfect world." -Sing Out! At the Towne Crier Cafe - $30 advance/ $35 door
With over 400 attendees and all campsites filled, last year's event was our most successful ever. Reserve early to make sure you and your family can join the fun this year!
7:30pm Aztec Two Step comes to Belle Levine! These guys have been mesmerizing audiences for over 40 years and our Gallery is the ultimate intimate setting! Tickets are only $35./30. for members and reservations are requested. At the Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac.
8PM - Six new one-act plays from Tony Howarth's Playwright's Workshop. Plays by Pat O'Connor, Gabby Fox and Carol Mark, directed by Tony Howarth. At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel, Route 52 just south of the Route 311 Causeway. See June 10 Above for More Information.
Noon - 5PM - Fresh strawberry shortcake made with local berries, real whipped cream and hot biscuits. Free Sails on the Woody sloop weather permitting. Music powered by solar panel trailer with Dan Einbender & the Grammy Award Winning Rivertown Kids, Pete Seeger, and others. Environmental tent with speakers and displays. A family friendly festival for all ages. Food & Craft vendors available. WDST radio will have a table with giveaways. Info: (845) 831-6962, (845) 463-4660, Free admission & parking www.beaconsloopclub.org
8AM - Noon - For Contractors at SUNY Ulster's Business Resource Center, 1 Development Court, Room 114,Kingston. Presenters will be John Maliwacki of SunMaxx Solar (Ithaca, NY) and Gerhard Klier of EarthKind Solar in Kingston. Contact Patrice Courtney Strong, Courtney Strong, Inc., 845-331-2238 firstname.lastname@example.org
IBM Distinguished Engineer Dr. Harry Kolar to unveil new possibilities for “smarter rivers” at Beacon Institute
7PM - Coinciding with IBM’s centennial, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries will present a talk by IBM Distinguished Engineer Harry R. Kolar, Ph.D. that features an exciting glimpse into the intelligent systems and cyber-infrastructure technologies available for real-time water monitoring. In his talk, titled Smarter Rivers for a Smarter Planet, Dr. Kolar will illustrate the computing technologies behind IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative, which sees the world as an intelligent, instrumented and interconnected system.
10 AM - The 2011 Hudson River Watershed Roundtable will focus on monitoring programs, including: How to design a monitoring program that meets your objectives; reports from Hudson Valley Watershed Groups on their own monitoring programs; reports from State and Federal agencies on monitoring programs; new monitoring techniques; and an opportunity for networking and information sharing.
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
7:30PM - A screening & discussion with the Director/Producer/Filmmaker – Karen Person presented by The Schoolhouse and the Putnam Arts Council. Join us as we return to 1969 with Buzz Aldrin as he unfolds the story of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon and provides insight and context to this historic event. The film reflects the space program of that era, its triumphs and tragedies, and documents the culmination of an young, optimistic President’s promise. Film to be screened in the Schoolhouse Theater – 3 Owens Rd., Croton Falls, NY Tickets $10 which includes light refreshments. Reservations recommended – 914.277.8477(Schoolhouse) or 845.803.8622 (PAC).
Following the rousing success of its illustrious debut last year, where attendance was estimated at 2,500 people, Local 845 will present the second annual BEACON RIVERFEST, a free day-long outdoor music festival held in the city’s Riverfront Park, on Saturday, June 25.
8:30PM - Folk-pop artist Sloan Wainwright belongs to a musical dynasty of impossibly gifted singer-songwriters. Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, sister-in-law Kate McGarrigle, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who's who of contemporary folk music. Sloan's incredible gift is not only her unique songwriting ability but her dramatically voiced rendition of her original songs. "She's folk-influenced, obviously (you can't grow up in the First Family of Folk and not be, one imagines), but the real star here is her voice. Warm and smoky and smooth, it makes her earthy, ominous lyrics seem all the more intense." Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles --pop, folk, jazz and blues-- held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto. The end result, a un! ique and soulful hybrid. "A lot of singer-songwriters are whitebread. Sloan is whole grain." -WFMT Radio, Rich Warren; "...Sloan Wainwright, whose regal voice could fell a redwood." -The Boston Globe; "...earth mother voice that she pours into unexpectedly sensitive blends of folk, jazz, blues and funk." -The New York Times $25 advance/ $30 door At the Towne Crier Cafe
5PM - In celebration of Creek Week and Dutchess County Watershed Awareness Month the Cary Institute and Cornell Cooperative Extension will host an interpretive hike along the Wappinger Creek Trail. This family friendly event will engage children and adults in hands-on activities. Participants will sample macro-invertebrates and learn about water quality issues. Wear sturdy waterproof shoes and bring your camera and drinking water. To RSVP please visit http://carywappingercreekwalk.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtn. Location: Cary East (Gifford House) parking area, located at 2917 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, N.Y.
6:30PM - Bring your instruments and a pot luck contribution. This-- that now more than ever we in the grass roots need to organize together-- to stand up proudly as the true Real Majority-- in recognition of the fact that we ARE the real majority-- as poll after poll after poll still proves that the vast majority of Americans are FOR progressive taxation, AGAINST massive budget cuts, layoffs, and cuts to Planned Parenthood and EPA, FOR our troops to come home from Afghanistan and Iraq, FOR health care for all, FOR a $10/hour minimum wage, FOR a constitutional amendment to make it clear that corporations aren't people-- and FOR Clean Money Clean Elections campaign finance reform. Contact Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner for more information: email@example.com Waryas Park is on the Poughkeepsie Waterfront just below the train station.
1PM - 6PM - Help us celebrate the opening of this new and improved Hudson Riverfront park in high style. Take to the water on a free kayak paddle, try out a new bike on the Klara Sauer Trail, join a guided tour of exciting park features, including Scenic Hudson’s River Center, our new venue for arts and environmental activities. If that’s not enough, you can test your mettle at hula-hooping and enjoy a great lineup of live performers—all while admiring magnificent Hudson River vistas.
7PM - Climatologist Dr. Michael Mann will review the evidence for human influence on the climate, including measurements available for the past two centuries and paleoclimate observations spanning more than a millennium. He will also address how climate change will influence the world we live in, from sea level rise and severe weather to changes in the water supply. His lecture will conclude with a frank discussion about possible solutions to the climate change. A key contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, Dr. Mann is author of more than 130 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and recently co-authored the book “Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming” with colleague Lee Kump. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website www.realclimate.org. Location: Cary Institute's auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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