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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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 —
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