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March 2009 News (50)

5 Cheap Ways to Save a Thousand Gallons of Water

People seemed to enjoy the 'What's Your Water Footprint?' visualization from the other day, so I thought I'd post this article I came across with some easy action steps that can be implemented right away to save water. For the most part they're free - it's about being conscious of how we use resources. Go to article here:…



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Added by Venessa Miemis on March 25, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Affordable Housing Initiative Hits the Web

The Treasury Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have launched a Web site that provides basic information for troubled homeowners about the Obama administration's "Making Home Affordable" program.



This program will potentially help about 9 million homeowners, and may postpone foreclosure sales if the minimum eligibility criteria is met.



To find out about the refinancing or modified mortgage payment programs, go to the site… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on March 24, 2009 at 6:52am — No Comments

Travels With Pop

Travels with Pop

I’ve had more than just a passing interest in trains, railroads and photography since I was a small boy. That interest can be directly attributed to the fact that I spent a lot of time with my grandfather, who we all called “Pop”, and was a machinist for the New York Central Railroad in the Harmon Shops, about twenty miles south of our home in Beacon, N.Y. Most Saturday’s were spent with Pop, either taking the train somewhere, or the ferry across the Hudson River to… Continue

Added by john fasulo on March 23, 2009 at 11:31pm — 1 Comment

Need some extra cash? Pet care wanted.

Hi, I am looking for someone responsible and caring to walk my dogs. Interested please reply ASAP. - d.

Added by Daphne Richards on March 23, 2009 at 3:35pm — 4 Comments

Do You Have Facebook? Does what happens in the Facebook stay in the Facebook?

Take a look and decide for yourself.

http://www.adbusters.org/abtv/do_you_have_facebook.html

Added by Rob Penner on March 23, 2009 at 3:02pm — 3 Comments

Clearwater Fundraiser and Pete's 90th B-day Bash

Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Emmylou Harris, Juanes, Arlo Guthrie, Ani Difranco and Michael Franti among over 40 artists performing for a one night only concert!



Check out the amazing line-up of artists.



This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will benefit and raise awareness for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, founded by Pete Seeger, and our efforts to create the next generation of environmental… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on March 23, 2009 at 11:33am — 2 Comments

Proposed Bill Could Put an End to Organic Farms!!!



A bill has recently been proposed by a member of the House of Representative, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, that threatens the future of organic farms, CSAs, farmer's markets, and the locavore movement as we know them. Dubbed the HR 875, the bill proposes that ANYONE producing food that is transported for sale needs to follow an incredibly strict (and expensive to implement) set of restrictions and rules for production, and they would be subject to random… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on March 23, 2009 at 7:21am — 3 Comments

Sunday's jugband show

(later sunday night ...) I just want to say tonight's show at the howland center could not have been more of a success. Thank you to all who came out to the show.

Stephen

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Some back story here-

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009903210305



hope to see everyone sunday night. - Stephen

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March 21, 2009



Ramblin… Continue

Added by beacon music factory on March 22, 2009 at 11:41pm — 1 Comment

Confirmed: Beacon is burning (according to the NYTimes)

Not the kind of media attention we want for our beloved Beacon...

There's a slideshow on the website.



March 21, 2009

A Town Reborn Faces a New Threat



By JODI RUDOREN

BEACON, N.Y. — On a refrigerator in the back of the Cup and Saucer Tea Room here, the owner, Shirley Hot, keeps a calendar filled with notes like “Giants playoffs” or “pumpkin soup.”



She also makes… Continue

Added by Scott Tillitt on March 21, 2009 at 9:00am — 18 Comments

Zuzu's Leaf and Bean's Bi-Monthly Open Mic!

That's right Beacon patrons,



You get the chance every 1st and 3rd friday to express yourself, rift on guitar, sing a song, read poetry, spout political ideologies, play a melody, strum on banjo, compose an act, or to work out a comedic sketch at Zuzu's Leaf and Bean on Main Street Beacon. So come on down and release your angst, emotions, and expressions behind our mic. Don't worry about the embarrassment, I've got that covered, just handle the fun and try not to forget to enjoy the… Continue

Added by Brian Hugh Séamus O'Mara on March 20, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

What's Your Water Footprint?

You've heard of a carbon footprint...how bout a water footprint? I found this neat visualization by Good magazine of how much water we use both directly and via the products that we consume. Looks like the #1 thing we can do is cut down beef consumption. (it'll help with global warming too!)



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Added by Venessa Miemis on March 19, 2009 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Why You Should Support Local Farms For Your Meat & Dairy

A locavore is someone who makes a commitment to eating local food (within a 100-mile radius) as much as possible. Eating local is more sustainable, as you are able to enjoy fresh, seasonal food, while also supporting local farms, CSAs, and businesses that make an effort to carry those products. It's also environmentally friendly because it eliminates the pollution and burning of non-renewable resources associated with the transportation of importing food. Try to swap out even a few items that… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on March 19, 2009 at 7:52am — 3 Comments

Beacon Real Estate Market Snapshot: January & February

figured i'd post these monthly - it's always fun to know what's selling around here. been slow so far this year, only 7 properties sold in january, 5 in february. as of today, here's what's on the market:



63 residential properties

10 commercial/industrial for sale

12 commercial/industrial for lease

17 townhouses

43 rentals

11 multi units

9 pieces of land…





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Added by Venessa Miemis on March 16, 2009 at 11:26am — 4 Comments

March Madness! Second Saturday Gallery Reviews

Spring is here and Main Street was hoppin' - and this isn't counting the annual community participation dance piece known as the Pub Crawl (and its attendant installation "Street of Broken Glass") - so if you're wondering what's up now and what you might want to see, here's a quick overview from last night:



bau - Catherine Welshman



Disclosure time – I’m a fan and a friend – but there is still just something about Catherine’s creations: delicate beauty quivering between… Continue

Added by Cabot Parsons on March 15, 2009 at 4:43pm — 15 Comments

Free Stuff at pearldaddy

Howdy Beacon.



Been going through the back room and found a lot of random building supplies that I have no use for. It's free to whoever can use it, so please stop in if you want to sift through it and take what you can use. It all gets tossed at the end of the day on the 29th otherwise. Don't want to toss useful stuff out so, if you need nuts and bolts and tubing and glue and sealant and caps and on it goes for any project your working on, please come by before then to take what you… Continue

Added by Andrea N. (once of pearldaddy) on March 15, 2009 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Beacon Community Garden – volunteers needed

for Saturday, march 21st!



What is the Beacon Community Garden?

Out of concern for the rapidly rising costs of food, along with the current state of economic conditions throughout the country, a caring group of people came together to develop a community garden in Beacon, NY. The mission is that it be shared by those who benefit directly from it – families struggling with the rising costs of food. Families who participate in the garden and benefit from it, at no… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on March 14, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Second Saturday in PoJo

Nice Weekend Section Cover story in POJO about Second Saturday today.

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009903140308

Hope to see you all out there!

Dan Rigney

Added by Dan Rigney on March 14, 2009 at 1:37pm — No Comments

feedback for a bcn flyer?

hi guys-



i'd love to see the bcn grow, so i started putting together a flyer that i thought i could post in shops on main street, and deliver to neighbors to spread the word. just wanted your feedback:



- what information should be listed on the flyer?



i'm posting a tentative mockup below..... if it comes out too small to read i'll post it in the photo section of my personal page.



- any ideas for a graphic? (would be fun to eventually have a community… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on March 12, 2009 at 3:16pm — 17 Comments

Curbside Recycling Update

FYI - I recently called Royal to find out about recycling and they take much more than what is listed on the City of Beacon website. A Royal representative told me they will pick up:



> plastic #s: 1,2,3,5, & 7

> glass

> cans / aluminum

> newspaper

> AND all kinds of other paper (junk mail, magazines, etc.)! The paper should be included with the newspaper in something like a brown paper bag when it goes out to the curb.

> They will also… Continue

Added by Kelly S on March 11, 2009 at 12:14pm — 7 Comments

Can We Bring the Renewable Energy Industry to Beacon?

I was reading an article this morning, Making the Most of the Stimulus Bill: It Pays to Go Green, and began to wonder how Beacon could entice investors/companies to start renewable energy projects here. There are so many empty factory buildings around - how would a solar panel production plant stimulate the local economy? Or something to do with wind or geothermal… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on March 11, 2009 at 8:50am — 6 Comments

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