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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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Monday, April 28, 2008
The library was constructed in 1904 to replace the original community library in City Hall across the street. It was among 1,600 public libraries built all over the US around the turn of the century, with money donated by Andrew Carnegie.
The City of Kingston has included a $50K allotment from the annual CDBG funding toward the renovation of the building. There was plenty of support for the funding at the Public Hearing this past Wednesday when the funds distribution was announced.
Last year, more than 200 bankers from sponsoring banks visited students in 400+ classrooms in New York State. The bankers conducted a 45-minute literacy-based lesson that focuses on the topic of saving and investing.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Join Pam and hundreds of other famous celebrities such as Jenna Jameson, Paul McCartney, Al Sharpton and Lady Bunny in a nation-wide boycott of KFC. . . Still not moved?
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Well, we have inched closer to a solution. The Department of Homeland Security has contracted OSI Systems Inc. to support the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office's data-fusion program. This program works to improve existing nuclear threat detection techniques. Like an upgrade to the shaky manual inspection process we have currently.
We still inspect and clear a mere fraction of the millions of cargo crates that come into this country yearly. DHS has never been fully funded or managed for the daunting task of mass cargo inspections. Now there’s a chance.OSI Systems is a developer of security and inspections; Rapiscan Systems is the division that handles what DHS is looking for. Taxpayers are kicking out $1.5 million for this contract. Feel better yet?
Through the development of X-ray and neutron based inspection methods, Rapiscan expects to deploy a better nuclear threat detection system for Screening. Making the apparatus larger and more reliable will speed things up at our ports. This will make the inspections less of a selective hit-or-miss procedure.
Of course there is always a down side. The advancement of this company and the increased output of production has prompted their manufacturing to move…guess where? Suzhou, China.
We couldn’t offer OSI any tax breaks to manufacture here in this country? Of course not. Remember the special interest groups pushing for consumer goods distribution? Where are they making the most money? Cheap labor in China. Nice to see our government working for the US worker again.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
This past Tuesday, Congressman Hichey addressed the UC Chamber of Commerce. In his great wisdom, he explained to the audience that a Green Jobs Revolution is upon us. The trend in local industries to develop alternatives to fossil fuels is sparking serious interest in Ulster County.
The Solar Energy Consortium, a newly formed group in the Hudson Valley, has been allotted some serious grant monies with the intent, partnered with Prism Solar Technologies Inc. to make a successful contribution to "the biggest problem we face as a species."
Our Congressman mentioned Germany and the self-sufficient energy production in some of the towns. So, I found this article on a German Energy Site: One town called Dardesheim, relies almost entirely on renewable sources for its energy needs. The town’s goal is to use 100% renewable power, and become known as German’s “Town of Renewable Energies”. They already have some huge wind turbines in place, and many solar roofs installed. Last year they installed an amazing 62 megawatts of wind power, including one 6 megawatt turbine.
I have always admired the vision and attempts Hinchey has made on our behalf in Washington. Job growth has been less than worthy of mention during the last 7 years while we have spent a Trillion tax payer’s dollars on a war of choice abroad. Our infrastructure is suffering and gas prices may hit $4/gallon by November.
Our local economy needs a kick-in-the-ass, renewable energy sources and manufacturing must take hold in Ulster County. Senators Clinton and Schumer, as well as Assembly Cahill and Sen. Larkin have joined in the push to locate these Green Jobs here.
Thank you Maurice Hinchey, and a fine job done with the needed seed money for the Solar Consortium.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Since 2006, the Afghan government has been dependent on American military support against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Most of the ammunition has come from an upstart company in Florida called AEY Inc. Get this…our government awarded a $300 million contract to this company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur. Just who handles these arms deals?
Since January of 2008, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging, according to American and Afghan officials. Much of the ammunition comes from the aging stockpiles of the old Communist bloc made in the early 70’s.
The US State Department and NATO have determined these munitions to be unreliable and obsolete, and should have been destroyed years ago.
This Kid even created a shell company which is already on a federal list of entities suspected of illegal arms trafficking. So who is responsible?
The New York Times reported that these arms were manufactured in China, which is a violation of American law. The company's president, Efraim E. Diveroli, was also secretly recorded in a conversation that suggested corruption in his company's purchase of more than 100 million aging rounds in Albania.
Hundreds of Hudson Valley men & women are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and else-where to manage conflicts that threaten US interests. You would think that our own government would do a little research first. I bet our new Landlord DATAbase would do better.
If AEY Inc. is found in violation of the contract the company will be permanently barred from doing business with the U.S. government. The House Oversight Committee is currently reviewing this in hearings all this week.
I met this young man at the Midtown Center the day the troops came home last month. He told me of his training and where he hoped to be posted. Which makes the question local. When we send a local reserves cadet into harms way (pictured right) shouldn't he be prepared with all the means to protect himself?
Sunday, April 20, 2008
- The average person generates 4.5 pounds of trash every day.
- The EPA estimates that 50 percent of solid waste is recyclable, while only about 30 percent is through current programs.
- As of 2006, there were approximately 8,660 curbside recycling programs.
- An aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf to be purchased again in as little as 60 days; a glass bottle takes as little as 30 days.
- One gallon of improperly disposed motor oil can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water.
Purchase goods with less packaging and from renewable sources. Separate and recycle all your waste at the curb where the service is provided. Recycling reduces the amount of waste in landfills, and prevents hazardous materials from leaking into our soil and water systems.
Every town and city throughout the country will offer some form of community action. I hope all of us take advantage of the great weather and step up our custodial duties in our neighborhoods. This is a day to stop and think about your affect on the environment and what you can do to help protect it. Don't leave me out here everyday by myself!
Held in the Billy Costello Gymnasium, young boxers from clubs all over the state came here and competed against a number of up and coming fighters from Kingston. This was an opportunity to see all the boxers shine.
Jorge Chavez, a Kingston middle school student, was the winner of the 130 pound match-up and Fassel Ahmed who is a Kingston High senior did some amazing throws as well.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
What the Rec. Department has offered is a week of motivational activities for families to rediscover the great outdoors. We have 9 sensational parks in Kingston. Each one is unique in uses and history. Here is a list of scheduled activities:
Monday, April 21 – Family Hike @ Kingston Point Park 6 pm
Tuesday, April 22 – Earth Day: Spring tour of Forsyth Nature Center. First 100 arrivals gets a tree sapling for home planting. Starts 3:30 pm
Wednesday, April 23 – Active Indoor Games @ Midtown Center. Kickball, Dodgeball and more. Starts 6 pm
Thursday, April 24 – Treasure Hunt at a mystery park. Check in at the Midtown Center at 6 pm for your first clue. You will trek to a park to find clues and prizes.
Friday, April 25 – Get Up And Dance @ Gallo Park. Starts 6 pm. All ages bring your dancing shoes for the Cha Cha Slide, Chicken Dance and more.
Saturday, April 26 – Global Youth Services Day: Meet at Kingston Point Beach at 9 am for the community clean-up and nature trail building.
Power-Down 2008 promotes getting out as an active family and leaving the TV behind. The success of this week long push to change the unhealthy winter habits of a couch potato have altered enough family schedules nationally that the energy invested by our Parks & Rec. Staff is worth it. This week of activity also sparks an increase in Park activity for townships that participate.
For more information; 331-1682 All activities are free!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Corbitt, a buffalo native, had risen to the rank of colonel before retiring from the State Police in 2004, Paterson asked him to take the reins at the agency at one of its most critical moments. He was voted in unanimously by the State Senate Wednesday.
Corbitt is quoted in the Albany Times: “I was proud to be a trooper, and some of that pride has been tarnished,” He said this to Senate lawmakers in a final committee appearance before his nomination.
Moments after the confirmation, a line of smiling senators made their way to the back of the ornate chamber to be photographed next to the state’s new top cop and the first black man to hold the position.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
It’s the new Cancer Support House on Mary’s Avenue across from Benedictine Hospital.
The newly renovated structure will serve the Oncology Support Program for the hospital as well as offer space for other support groups, art workshops, nutrition and educational programs, meditation and professional services focused on wellness through the Benedictine.
Named the Herbert & Sofia Reuner Cancer Support House, the center will have an open house this Tuesday, April 22nd from 2 to 7pm when the public is welcome to tour the house and enjoy light refreshments.
Cancer touches every family. We all have an intimate relationship with Cancer, whether we succumb to the illness or carry on as proud survivors, we and our families all need a support center.
Like other families, my brothers and I have lost two Aunts to cancer and know the suffering within the family all too well. I know you will join me as we all welcome the Support Center to our neighborhood and wish them god speed.
Location is 80 Mary’s Avenue, Kingston, NY
Parking is limited, so feel free to use the Sophie Finn School entrance for additional parking for this event after 3:30 once school is out.