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April 2009 News (56)

DIY on a Civic Scale & Government 2.0

I posted an article a few weeks ago in the Clean-Up Group called Island DIY: Kauai residents don't wait for state to repair road - about a group of residents & business owners on Hawaii's Kauai island who got together to build an access road instead of waiting for government funding that might have taken years.

Tim O'Reilly saw it too, and wrote a… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on April 20, 2009 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Will A High Speed Rail Plan Come to Fruition?

This would be very exciting. I'd love to be able to travel around the East Coast without having to fly or drive. NY stops would be Buffalo, Albany, and NYC.

watch video on white house blog

full article… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on April 20, 2009 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

BCN Tips & Tricks

Some quick pointers for users old and new:

Forum discussions:
- To be notified of replies to a post, click "Follow" at the bottom of the page.
- You can close a discussion if you originated it.

Comments and Replies: You have 15 minutes to edit your post. After 15 minutes, you will have to delete and re-post if you want to change it.

General: When you create a blog post or discussion you can moderate or remove comments on that post.

Added by Kelly Kingman on April 19, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Save South Avenue School Tues April 21 8PM

On Tuesday, April 21, at 8PM, the Beacon City School Board will be voting on next year's budget. If they approve the current budget as it is written, they will be eliminating the South Avenue's Elementary School's Magnet Program. Our entire community should be concerned about this. South Avenue Elementary School is located in a relatively economically disadvantaged part of Beacon and the fact that it has Magnet School status has brought it a diverse population. It has many wonderful extra… Continue

Added by meredith Heuer on April 18, 2009 at 4:01pm — 8 Comments

"Placemaking": Was Beacon's Waterfront Project Designed for People and Communities?

I just got back from an absolutely fascinating 2 day training course in NYC called "How to Turn a Place Around", hosted by the nonprofit organization Project for Public Spaces (PPS). The attendees were urban designers and planners, landscape architects, engineers, and transportation consultants from all over the world......and then me. lol.

PPS has been around now for over 30 years, traveling to cities and offering research, education, planning and… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on April 17, 2009 at 7:46pm — 12 Comments

Wall Street Journal "Preaches" Local Economy?

Familiar with Reverend Billy? He's a New York activist-artist who uses a televangelist persona to preach the evils of consumerism, known for his protests against Starbucks and Disney and Wal-Mart). He also happens to be currently running for mayor on the Green Party ticket against Bloomberg. (Disclosure: I've worked with him on a couple successful protests against… Continue

Added by Scott Tillitt on April 16, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Looking for a good "green" local dry cleaner

Any recommendations? Thanks.

Added by Sharon Watts on April 15, 2009 at 10:55am — 4 Comments

Is Royal Carting Ripping Us Off?

Last month, the Dutchess County Legislature appointed a Green Ribbon Solid Waste Management Task Force (article here) to come up with a plan to approach net zero waste and create 'green-collar' jobs.

I went to their meeting yesterday in Poughkeepsie to find out how things are going. There are some really good things that will be happening in the upcoming years... my head's still swimming a… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on April 15, 2009 at 7:19am — 12 Comments

Elementary Schools

Anyone have any feedback on the elementary schools in Beacon? General, or better yet, specific to each school? Good, bad, etc? Thanks!!!

Added by Alison Spodek on April 14, 2009 at 4:34pm — 4 Comments

New BCN Flyer?

your thoughts....

Added by Venessa Miemis on April 14, 2009 at 2:42pm — 20 Comments

Thanks and What's Happening Post pearldaddy

Wound up getting sick as soon as everything was moved out and turned off at the store, so been a bit hectic catching up with my own post pearldaddy life now that I'm feeling better. So here's a very late:

Thank YOU! To everyone who came to the closing party and helped with the move.

I did manage to see a few people on Saturday, the first time I've been able to get out for Second Saturday since moving pearldaddy to Beacon. That was nice!

Wanted to let everyone… Continue

Added by Andrea N. (once of pearldaddy) on April 14, 2009 at 11:36am — 2 Comments

Howland Avenue

If anyone is fed up with the wretched condition of Howland Avenue in Beacon, please contact me. Let's work together to get this street repaired properly. John Morgan 845-440-8961

Added by John Morgan on April 14, 2009 at 8:44am — 1 Comment

Follow the Money Trail: goes OpenData

Award-winning website from the Center for Responsive Politics now provides 20 years of downloadable money-in-politics data--for free

WASHINGTON -- Politicians, prepare yourselves. Lobbyists, look out. Today the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics is putting 200 million data records from the watchdog group's archive directly into the hands of citizens, activists, journalists and anyone else interested in following the money in U.S. politics.

read… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on April 14, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Hudson River Market seeks vendors, artists, musicians

The Hudson River Market is a not-for-profit weekend market that will take place each Saturday at the lot at Main and Cross Streets.

The Hudson River Market is looking for "artists, crafters, food makers, woodcrafters, music makers, clothes designers, jewelers, photographers, sculptors, soap makers, candle makers, vintage clothiers, green makers, musicians!"

If you sign up now, you will get two weeks free. This Saturday,… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on April 13, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

A Bike Sharing Program in Beacon?

I came across this article about a bike-share program that's being implemented in Denver. Could something like this work in Beacon?

check out bcycle's website… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on April 13, 2009 at 10:03am — 9 Comments

Housekeeping: Image Gallery Policy

Hi everybody,

This network has grown substantially in the last couple months so I think it's time I stated this officially:

The image gallery is for members' original photos and artwork. I will remove images that don't fit this criteria and will send you a message if it's your stuff in question.

This means I will remove:

- flyers

- ads

- artwork that I don't think you made (example: the Mona Lisa)

- business cards

- screen… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on April 13, 2009 at 9:53am — 2 Comments

Any codes/laws on burning things in your yard?

wondering if anyone knows about what can't be burned in your yard? some of my neighbors think it's ok to burn cardboard, old wood etc in those fire pits. from what I undertstand, this is really bad for air quality and overall the enviroment. it seems to be a trend around here .some times it smells like a warehouse fire and the flames were touching the trees. anyone have this problem or know of any codes? I know it's a old school way of doing things, but I think it was found to be bad news. who… Continue

Added by Dana Devine O'Malley on April 12, 2009 at 11:50am — 6 Comments

Special Waterfront Meeting....

In the interest of keeping our residents informed, I have scheduled a special Beacon Waterfront Informational Program for the Monday, April 20th City Council meeting. Many of the regular agenda items will be suspended including the opening public comments.

The purpose of this program is to reacquaint the public and the City Council with the comprehensive plans for the waterfront, provide updates on existing projects, and offer important information about new projects.

In… Continue

Added by Steve Gold on April 11, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

does anyone know someone who can fix a rather delicate antique chair?

it's a bentwood rocker. In fabulous shape, considering I found it on the street in Brooklyn about two years ago... the wicker is pristine, but the frame is splintered, not helped by someone sitting on it inadvertandtly.

HELP! I love the chair.

Can pay or barter... many possibilities...?

(ps: and I'm not bad at carpentry myself... so this isn't a "sure, i can try my hand at that" moment...bentwoods are a special breed, they look like… Continue

Added by Lynne on April 10, 2009 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Intro to Sailing Classes Begin Next Week

Want to learn to sail? Pirate the waters of the Hudson RIver on the Woodie Guthrie sloop? (aaarrrrgggggghh!!!!) Here's your chance! An 8 week Intro to Sailing series, held by the Beacon Sloop Club, begins next Thursday down at the clubhouse (the shingled building by the train station with a tree growing out the top!)

After the 8 weeks, you'll be ready to "test the waters" and see what it's like to skipper a boat, by… Continue

Added by Venessa Miemis on April 9, 2009 at 9:37am — 5 Comments

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