I hope you will print this in response to Esopus as a Fish
There is more then one idea out there. The proposal that was
written does very little if anything for anyone.
May I suggest an alternate that takes everyone into consideration
including the sportsman, the businessman, and landowners;
an alternative that is even good for the future and the environment?
First off, let's get back to a size limit in the Esopus; for
sake of argument, let's say 10 inches. Now the section between
Boiceville and the Phoenicia bridge by the tube rental would
be regular fishing, with a bag limit of ten (10). There will
also be a bonus if you are with a child under 16. Five of
the normal bag limit can be of any size as long as the child
is present and is in possession of the under-size fish.
From the Phoenicia Bridge to the Portal will be flyfishing
only. The size limit and creel limit will be the same 10 fish
at 10 inches. But there will be no bonus and you may not be
in possession of under-size fish
From the Portal up. This will be a no kill, catch and release
zone. The tributaries from the portal up to Pine Hill will
be no kill. These tributaries see way less flood water and
the headlands for these, as money becomes available, could
become restricted fish hatcheries.
Now let's not forget the land owners whose properties border
the stream and are not posted all year long. They should get
some kind of tax break. They put up with fisherman, tubers,
boater and mother nature.
Thanks in Advance
Mt. Tremper and East Kingston, NY
In winter I took a trip and met my friend on the beach to
help release some turtles that were hatching. Cecile (my friend)
was involved in a project to save turtle eggs from poachers
which meant that some nights she had to sleep on the beach
and watch for egg hunters. Why would she do this? Because
she saw the potential life in those eggs, and she was concerned
about preserving an endangered species.
People will do amazing things to protect life among animals
such as saving whales or the spotted owl. Some abstain from
eating meat because they see it as cruelty, others won't wear
leather or fur for the same reasons. Bald eagle eggs are also
carefully protected, not even knowing if the egg is fertilized
or not. Why do people do all this? To save potential life
and protect endangered species, because we care about the
environment. This is commendable but why do people who dearly
love animals and nature fail to value the human fetus (fertilized
egg) with the same love and care? We need to be consistent
in protecting ALL life around and within us.
Our love for animals should never supercede our love for mankind.
A fetus is not just a blob of tissue to be discarded on demand,
it is LIFE. Isn't a fetus part of the environment that we
are so desperately trying to preserve? How can we effectively
save the life around us when we neglect the life within us?
Are we not worth more than many sparrows?
Mt. Tremper, NY
The students, parents, staff and administration for Onteora
district want to thank each of you who voted in the recent
budget and board member election. Board members, administration
and staff worked diligently to present a budget that reflected
the fiscal realities of the current proposed state budget
and economic factors while remaining loyal to the broad, challenging
and diverse education we offer all students. Your support
has great meaning for us in our support of students and learning.
Thanks to you, many of our programs remain intact.
We are all aware of the significant issues that we will need
to address in future budget years. It is important that we
enhance our ability to collaborate, increase our combined
strength of expertise, and work diligently through difficult
issues together. I am grateful for your patience, your unfailing
devotion to the children of our district, and your active
Leslie Ford, Superintendent of Schools
Onteora Central School District
I think the growing number of children using drugs, is a result
of parents not
caring as much as they should. A large amount of the kids
I hang out with drink alcohol,smoke pot, or do some other
kind of drug. I have noticed that all these kids have parents
that don't really care what they do. The idea of a traditional
family is diminishing from society. If the parents of these
children would check up on them, I feel like the number of
kids doing drugs would decrease. Instead of just bringing
their kids and dropping them off somewhere, maybe they should
call the parent of the kid their child is hanging out with,and
check up in them from time to time. I'm a kid and I know that
can get annoying, but I've seen too many really young kids
smoking pot and drinking.
Ryan T. Kanuch
Last year teens did a safe after prom party for Onteora at
the MAC gym. They have a sound system so kids brought music,
a karaoke machine, a psychic, full use of the field, boxing
ring etc. Woodstock T shirts, books and other prizes were
donated by Tamara Lang, many gift certificates for lunches,
gym memberships, spas, a Verizon cell phone, a lap top computer,
and a 500 grand prize.
Approximately 20 teens hung out a good portion of the night.
They decided only Seniors would be able to win the grand prizes
since many brought dates that were younger. By 6 a.m. the
five seniors that were left decided to each take $100 instead
of one of them getting all $500. Only two didn't have lap
tops so the others bowed out and Molly Rust won the lap top!
The night was run by teens. My middle daughter, Rebecca, (who
graduated the year of the fatal car crash) was the MC and
announced prizes hourly. My husband and I supervised. It would
have been nicer if there was a bigger turnout but I felt fortunate
that my daughter (who was a Senior) chose to come. We also
felt that at least we were offering teens a choice.
I am praying that we have another safe prom night this year.
I have a Mountain Bike from Woodstock Bike Shop and a few
other prizes if we can pull off a party. I know some Seniors
are going to Mountain Jam but many others can't afford it.
Last years total cost was approximately $2000 including the
laptop and money prize. We need cool prizes to draw the teens
- they suggested a hot air balloon ride would be a great prize.
The cost is $1000 and 8 people could win and go up together.
I don't have anyone graduating but would happily plan and
stay the night of the party if anyone is interested in donating
to make it happen. The MAC gym is available on June 4, the
night of the prom. I can get more prizes if I know the money
is there for the rest of the event and a few bigger prizes.
Please take a moment to think about what you would give to
have your loved one back if something were to happen to them
due to underage drinking/substance use. I am hoping if we
keep trying, we can make this a tradition so when my 8th grader
graduates going to a safe after prom party is "just what
you do," much like they all go to Bellayre Bash after
graduation. Prom night seems like the biggest thing in a teen's
life, but is it worth ending life as you know it? One boy
is dead another is still sitting in prison since his prom
night in 2007.
I am a part time resident between NYC and Shandaken and have
done so for many years. I watched the FARM STAND DISCUSSION
on TV last Tuesday night. I was shocked to find out at this
time when money and jobs are so difficult to find the Planning
& Zoning boards are considering putting an employer out
I have never heard anyone say anything negative regarding
the farm stand. Mr. Doyle was trying to tell these people
that anything that is good for the community should be encouraged.
Can't they hear? The number of customers that stop by on a
regular basis should be enough to tell everyone THIS IS GOOD
FOR THE COMMUNITY. I personally stop there both coming and
going to the city. The products and prices are great. PLEASE,
PLEASE don't kill ANOTHER thing that helps this communiy.
NYC and Shandaken, NY
I made a mistake in my May 6th letter. I should have said
solvent government instead of smaller government. They go
together, but my suggestions were for more taxes rather than
Yet there was Doctor Mitchell Langbert's letter in the same
issue! He was exactly correct about the infamous Wicks Law
-- wasteful, needless, and hard to kill. I'd love to see it
But then he went too far.
"The Wicks Law serves as a long lived example of why
government does not work, and why political decision making
on a large scale fails."
No, not at all.
It shows HOW government CAN not work, HOW political decision
making CAN fail. It does not show that they MUST fail.
Doctor Langbert seems to be making the jump from solvent government,
which pays its bills, and even smaller government, which leaves
us alone more, to no government. I do hope that i misperceive.
A lovely abstract thought, very Walden, but not at all practical.
From paving our roads to dealing with China, some sort of
government will have to show up. I'd very much prefer that
it be democratic rather than direct to the multi-national
corporations that already run things way too much.
Here's some cuts i'd like to see: Chomp way back on military
spending. We spend about as much as everybody else put together,
and a lot of that is to fight the Soviet Union, which no longer
Also: Legalize or de-criminalize drugs. De-fund the criminal
gangs that have and use guns, that threaten the government
of Mexico. Avoid a bigger swarm of illegals. And i don't just
mean pot, I mean everything. Put the gangs out of work. Make
them pay taxes. And make them stop shooting policemen. A public
health problem, not a criminal problem.
Some high schools in LA send more kids to prison than to college.
Prison is very expensive. Here in New York we could close
some empty prisons. Scandalously empty youth prisons. Welfare
And while I am not against capital punishment per se, it is
way too expensive. Choose life, save money.
I got lots more ideas, you'll all be glad to hear. 'Though
I've been to neither prison nor college.
Several local acquaintances have expressed surprise at the
American media's avoidance of discussion of waste in government.
"Why would the media support government waste?"
Wall Street and the banking industry benefit from interest
and sales commissions generated by the issuance of treasury
bonds, bills and notes. The more government waste, the more
spending, the more government debt, the more Wall Street profits.
The left has been more aggressive in expanding government
and so Wall Street likes it better than the right. In 2009,
the first year of the Obama administration, Obama significantly
increased total federal spending as percentage of gdp by ten
percent over the Bush administration. This causes the federal
government to issue more treasury securities.
It is true that Wall Street loved Bush's wars, but the waste
of the Obama administration does it better. Wall Street profits
by dealing and banks profit by holding bonds, which they can
sell to the Federal Reserve Bank in exchange for monetary
reserves, a ten fold multiple of which they can lend to the
public at interest. Thus, a single treasury security can generate
(a) sales commissions to brokers; (b) interest payments to
banks; and (c) a means by which commercial bank loans and
the money supply can be expanded up to ten times the amount
of the bond.
Who owns the media? The same Wall Street firms and commercial
banks that profit from the government bonds. One can tell
which party is better for Wall Street by the degree to which
it receives support from the banker-owned media. Virtually
all television stations and newspapers support the Democrats.
Since they are banker owned (for instance, MS-NBC is owned
by General Electric) the party that is best for Wall Street
and the banking industry is clear. The media would not support
the Democrats if they were not the best party for Wall Street.
Chris Matthews is a good GE man.
The Democratic Party's spirit is embodied in Paul Pelosi,
a corrupt San Francisco business man who has benefited directly
from a range of subsidies that have been adopted under the
aegis of the Speaker of the House, his wife. As well, a host
of billionaires and multi-millionaires, to include Bill Gates,
George Soros, Warren Buffett, Steven Spielberg and Larry Page,
have advocated the agenda of Barack Obama. Wall Street contributed
to Obama two to one over McCain, a much better ratio than
Bush received, and Obama has rewarded and will continue to
reward them. The recent financial industry law is an example.
West Shokan, NY
An ad purchased on TV criticizing Governor Paterson's adding
higher taxes to the purchase of soft drinks, sodas, etc I
say, BRAVO! As a layman I have read for years in the fields
of health and nutrition. These soda drinks are loaded with
sugars. One bottled beverage averages 5 tablespoons. They
all dehydrate. Strange chemicals, colors, and Lord knows what
else is added.
Taxing hopefully will discourage purchase. Not only one's
health to benefit, but Earth and Her waters, sick and polluted
by the tonnage of plastics, cans, and waste from a wasteful
society, would greatly benefit. Could these sugar laden beverages
be one of many reasons why obesity reigns and diabetes runs
rampant throughout the civilized world?
Adding a half squeezed lemon or orange, or unsweetened grape
juice to plain or seltzer water best. Easy to make. The money
saved worth it. A child's or your body better off. One step
of many to heal the planet.
Eating an apple, banana, grapes, orange or any whole fruit
best. It is the WHOLE food that is important. What with all
the nutrition news out there, the TV programs lauding sound
eating practices, Governor Paterson's tax increase on these
items comes at a very convenient time. It should be higher!
Hyde Park, NY
Fifty miles from the shores of the southern coastline, we
have now experienced our largest oil disaster so far, caused
by an oil rig explosion that is surely
going to result in much death of numerous species.
Now, we learn from whistle blowers, reported on "60 Minutes",
that it occurred because of executive orders to bypass necessary
safety measures. The BP executive chose not to repair a crucial
part of the shut off mechanism and instead diligently chose
to oversee his profits. The faulty part of the shut off mechanism,
was brought to the attention of their bosses, by some of the
crew that discovered it and apparently the argument between
the top guy at BP versus the top guy at subcontractor Transocean
was witnessed by some of the crew on the rig.
They watched BP's executive over-ride the Transocean executive's
suggestion to repair the faulty parts, which would have taken
another day or so to complete. As we all know: "Time
is Money", so BP won the argument, and hence have left
us with a gigantic "spill" in our life supporting
oceans. Apparently, BP is also in charge of deciding how to
repair their mess, and have chosen to use a dispersant that
they also financially participate in. These toxic oil dispersants
called Corexit, which are now being used, are removing life
supporting oxygen from the oceans. More on that one in my
Now we learn that there is an even bigger oil rig, called
Atlantis, also owned by BP, which is presently being sued
by a whistle blower, who claims is at least as dangerous as
the already exploded Deepwater Horizon rig, if not more so.
BP a British company; Deepwater and Horizon a Swiss company
and Halliburton a Cheney company, pay little or no taxes.
They also apparently, do not need to comply with any regulations.
How did this happen? In my opinion because we did not stop
them. Yes, I blame us, for treating our democracy as a spectator
sport, allowing lobbyists to simply purchase their contracts,
instead of competing for them.
Is there any hope? Well, I guess we'll have to watch and see,
like we've been
doing for some time. Or.... we can do something. I tried to
help a group called Matter Of Trust, who was sending "NON-TOXIC"
booms to the Gulf, but it looks like BP now has the non-competing
contract to fix the disaster that they caused, and are instead,
using "TOXIC DISPERSANTS" that are sure to destroy
unknowable amounts life in the ocean, by removing it's oxygen.
We are allowing BP to deny oxygen to creatures that depend
on it for their life support, in exchange for profits, not
ours, but theirs.
If anybody wants to join in on this attempt to save our oceans,
please organize a meeting. Let's discuss this and then present
our ideas to our representatives, and at least try to participate
in our survival. Or should we just sit back, and watch it
like a tv show? It sure is exciting, isn't it?
US. - Hello All. My name is Uncle Sam and I'm an oil addict.
All. - Hello, Sam.
US. - I know the world lived without oil for thousands of
years but now it seems I just can't quit.
All. - We hear you, Sam.
US. - I know if I spent the money on renewables, I'd get healthy
All. - What's stopping you, Sam?
US. - It's the dealers. They're so powerful. They're holding
us all hostage. They say if we stop using, our lives will
All. - We'd like to help you help yourself, Sam, but it seems
like you're unwilling. It's as if you're sleepwalking.
US. - Yes. Yes. That's the problem. I'm sleepwalking. Oh,
God, help me!
All. - Yes, we all help ourselves together, Sam. That's why
we're all here, isn't it?
How bad is the energy policy now being pushed by the Obama
administration? In a word: Awful! The current White House
energy plan wants to shovel 54 Billion (that's Billion) dollars
to the nuclear industry. And they're in a rush to do it before
the public catches on to their dangerous con game. They are
holding hostage adequate funding for true renewables like
biomass, solar and wind, while continuing to press for dangerous
BP assured us that there's no chance of an oil catastrophe
in deep water drilling. That proved to be a self-serving bogus
claim that could totally poison the coastline of the southern
United States. No trivial matter. So, why does the administration
still believe the profit-coated nuclear industry when they
assure us nothing catastrophically bad can ever happen with
nuclear power plants? Or with the highly dangerous radioactive
waste sitting at more than 100 reactors around the country?
Here's a short paragraph that debunks the notion of taxpayer
bailouts for a flailing nuclear industry:
"The world in 2008 invested more in renewable power than
in fossil-fueled power. Why? Because renewables are cheaper,
faster, vaster, equally or more carbon-free, and more attractive
to investors. Worldwide, distributed renewables in 2008 added
40 billion watts and got $100 billion of private investment;
nuclear added and got zero, despite its far larger subsidies
and generally stronger government support. From August 2005
to August 2008, with new subsidies equivalent to 100+% of
construction cost and with the most robust nuclear politics
and capital markets in history, the 33 proposed U.S. nuclear
projects got not a cent of private equity investment,"
- Amory Lovins of the prestigious Rocky Mountain Institute.
It's to laugh (or is it to cry?) that we still have craven
national and state politicians sucking up nuke, coal, gas
and oil money, while we continue to drown in a sea of carbon
output and radioactive waste.
Watch out for the shell game that the natural gas drillers
want to run in the Catskills. Take heed of what has already
happened with "fracking" (some term, eh?) in Pennsylvania.
And pay attention to this week's discovery of extremely dangerous
Strontium 90 radioactive leaks around Vermont Yankee, and
know that it can also happen close to home at Indian Point
just like the radioactive Tritium leaks at both plants (and
at numerous nuke sites around the country).
Sick stuff. When will America take ownership of our national
energy resources and place them under the control of accountable
public authorities? Why do we continue to give these vital
resources to the private profit-making multinational corporations
who now have the Supreme Court-granted right to buy and sell
politicians like so many carbon trades?
Already overburdened American farmers now have a new challenge:
the development of weeds resistant to glyphosate, the active
ingredient in the herbicide Roundup.
Twenty years ago, Monsanto promised that its genetically engineered
Roundup Ready crops and glyphosate would usher in a new era
of less toxic, labor-saving weed control. But now farmers
in many parts of the country are reporting resistant weeds
that require additional time, money, and labor to control.
And many are reluctantly returning to older, more toxic herbicides.
In 1990, I co-authored "Biotechnology's Bitter Harvest,"
a report warning that resistant weeds were certain to emerge
if farmers widely adopted Roundup Ready crops, which is exactly
what has happened. As an alternative, our report advocated
modern sustainable agriculture. This involves rotating a diverse
set of crops to discourage weeds and other pests, planting
cover crops to control weeds, and tilling the soil judiciously
to reduce the need for chemicals and prevent erosion.
Two decades later, with superweeds a growing problem, research
and policy incentives to help farmers implement such solutions
are needed more than ever.
Jane Rissler, Ph.D, Deputy director
and senior scientist,
Food and Environment Program,
Union of Concerned Scientists
The Times Herald-Record reports ("Schumer pushing for
a casino compromise," 05/17/10) Senator Schumer's continued
efforts to promote Indian casinos in the Catskills. He is
attempting to persuade powerful Western U.S. senators to drop
their opposition to off-reservation casinos which are barred
by current law.
Schumer has been an indefatigable promoter of casinos, impervious
to charges he ignores the harms of casino gambling. He has
a huge war chest of political donations, with accrued interest
of over two million dollars (Wall Street Journal, A22 5/10/10).
Schumer commented, "It's a very safe investments very
low interest. We don't do any gambling."
He's not gambling but he doesn't mind if you and your neighbors
do. He has no compunctions about saddling the region and the
state with the largely hidden and deferred costs of more casino
gambling and its attendant draining of dollars from those
who can ill afford it, increased bankruptcies, crime, marital
ruptures, undermining of local economies and much more.
I found the following opinions of Richard Serra in conjunction
with his 2004 exhibit, "Sculpture Forty Years" at
the Museum of Modern Art, relevant concerning the education
of and awareness of Americans about the visual arts and how
I have presented my work in Mt. Tremper for the past twenty
years or so.
"One thing American education does not do is teach how
to cultivate aesthetic sensibility. In that sense public art
is dismissed without reason: how are people going to understand
what to do with a piece of public art when they have never
seen anything like itand haven't been educated as to what
it could mean, what its pleasure potential might be, how it
might be useful in empowering them to think a thought they
hadn't thought before? I do not think public sculpture is
going to change the world, but I do think it might be a catalyst
for thought. TO SEE IS TO THINK and to TO THINK IS TO SEE.
If you can change someone's way of seeing, you might change
their way of thinking. That will be impossible if works don't
exist in public spaces. Work does not have to be unanimously
accepted and liked, and it doesn't necessarily have to be
great. Even with failures the fact of their existence creates
a chance for changing thought and attitudes.
The art market is not interested in promoting public aret.
The marketplace is premised on private ownership, on providing
life-style accessories for the priviliged. One would hope
that something exists parallel to it so that the entire society,
not just an elite, has access to culture."
In Mt. Tremper, I do not have a gallery and it is not public
space. I live and work here. People do stop and visit and
some people look and some people actually SEE. The people
from Russia or Palestine or South Africa or Israel are not
thinking of taking a piece back on the plane. Most people
do not ask prices and when someone does ask for a price, I
might answer "I have no idea" (I live on S.S., you
know, Socialism.) My pieces are not lawn decorations or as
Serra says, "life-style accessories". To me art
is not a commodity. Serra talks about his sculpture "extending
the language" . How are people to know that sculpture
is a language? Serra is remarkable in that he can empathize
with the viewer. I've realized in talking to my visitors that
I'm communicating on more than one level. Yes, art is communication.
I would not have this dual experience if I exhibited only
in a gallery. I think about changing people's values. I think
people are afraid to look, then they might see and then they
might have to think. Serra said at one point he needed to
be "removed from the refinement, the heirarchy abd the
aura of the gallery space". When I worked with fire fusing
material onto scrap metal in the nineties I felt galleries
were too precious and respectable. I also think many galleries
and the gallery system, including the one person show, produces
a uniform product ( it is called style) and limits and actually
Also... The taxpayers in the Onteora District should be thankful
that Chris Johansen not only investigates as to how their
tax dollars are being "spent" for transportation
but then informs through this paper, though the figures are
confusing. I am concerned because I was directly involved
with the bidding of bus contracts for nine years during the
1980's as the first full time purchasing agent, and I was
in shock when we went to one contractor. This was recommended
by consultants from Albany? Big Deal! What was their motivation?
We live in a "kick-back" culture or as my neighbor
Peter said it's a :kick-back" world. The school board
was asleep on this one and they are still asleep, and the
person who is responsible for bidding and purchasing is not
doing their job properly. We have hurt the local, perhaps
smaller bus contractors that have serviced our district so
well for years, stuck it to the taxpayers, put all our eggs
in one basket and the one bus contractor laughs all the way
to the bank.
Mt. Tremper, NY
The May 20th, front page Paul Smart story on Mama's Boy Market
had one minor error. For the record, what was referred to
as the "hotel's deck" was not part of the hotel.
It was the outdoor dining area of Bob's Rib and Chinese, not
part of the hotel at that time.
No biggie, just accurate. God help us the "paper of record"
around here should be accurate every once in a while, Right?
The Ulster County Housing Consortium congratulates the Phoenicia
Times for recognizing the importance of housing as a regional
concern and its coverage of our public awareness efforts.
Housing isn't just a government concern, it's everyone's concern.
Housing is at the center of our individual lives and contributes
greatly to the quality of life and economic development in
Despite confusion, affordable housing is easily defined. Housing
costs are affordable when they cost no more than 30% of your
household income. According to the 2000 census, more than
3,000 senior homeowners pay more than 50% of their income
for housing. That means they can't afford things like medicine,
good nutrition, or other life necessities. This hardship is
just as serious for employees starting out in their careers.
As evidenced by recent court cases in Westchester County,
municipalities must affirmatively work to be sure their local
laws and codes are not exclusive and discriminatory. Municipalities
and the tools that shape their housing - comprehensive plans
& zoning ordinances - are at the crux of the matter.
Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing pinpointed this
in its 2007 State of the Nation Housing Report: "State
and local regulations are among the principal culprits behind
the nation's persistent affordability problems," they
said, noting that "only a handful of states have enacted
laws to pressure local jurisdictions to accept workforce housing
development." The report bluntly states "Massachusetts
has taken the lead in so-called 'anti-snob' regulations, allowing
development to bypass local zoning exclusions in communities
with limited affordable housing."
Our goal is to educate and then get folks talking in their
own towns - with each other and with public officials - about
how housing issues are affecting them and their families and
what tools could help the situation. Establishing affordable
housing committees in each municipality would be a great start.
Affordable housing does not have to be in any way substandard.
Our best argument is made by showcasing the real-world performance
of affordable housing. We might start with Birchez Associates
LLC who has developed and manages five communities housing
some 400 seniors and families. Having overcome local controversy
and obstacles to build, the properties show just how good
affordable housing can be. They are major assets in their
communities. In fact, The Birches at Esopus just received
recognition from NYSAFAH as 2010 Upstate Project of the Year.
Family of Woodstock, Inc. has opened three shelters to house
the homeless. They were vilified when proposed but today,
each has laudable "real-world" performance and all
of them are now welcomed by their communities.
Resource Center for Accessible Living (RCAL) has helped countless
families stay in their own homes by adapting them for changing
physical needs. Collaborating with other agencies, they pioneered
a Nursing Home Transition and Diversion program in New York
State, helping disabled people transition out of or avoid
all together, expensive nursing home settings when the resident
really only needed appropriate housing and minimal medical
Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) owns or manages
278 affordable housing units from Olive to Marlborough. RUPCO
built 15 high-quality, energy efficient, affordable townhomes
for homebuyers in Ellenville and rebuilt a historic Kingston
home into four top quality condo units for homebuyers. And
48 families became first time homebuyers thanks to financial
counseling and assistance from RUPCO.
These numbers tell just part of the housing story. They don't
encompass the work of Housing Authorities in Kingston, Ellenville
or Saugerties or reflect the work of Ulster Greene ARC, Gateway
Community Industries, Multi-County Development Corporation,
and others who create and maintain housing for individuals
and families with a range of disabilities. They don't include
the work of YouthBuild and Habitat for Humanity. They also
don't reflect the critical role of private institutions like
Ulster Savings Bank, a leading member of the Ulster County
These are "real-world" local examples that debunk
the myths about affordable housing. Unfortunately, these examples
meet only a fraction of the county's need. So we urge you
and your readers to continue the dialogue. Through our website,
we will showcase best practices in the housing industry, provide
examples of successful strategies and tools and let individuals
tell their housing stories. If you have trouble paying for
housing - or know of someone who does, check us out at www.givehousingavoice.com
to learn more, to sign a petition and get involved at the
local level. We need to add your voice!
Michael Berg, Chairman
Kevin O'Connor, Vice Chairman
Ulster County Housing Consortium
We invite your readers to a magical evening of theater, "Godspell,"
at the Shandaken Theatrical Society in Phoenicia, weekends
through June 6th. Directed by Amy Wallace, with musical direction
by Phoenicia's resident opera singer, Maria Todaro, and with
a very talented cast of 10, this exuberant Stephen Schwartz
musical is based on Jesus' final days as they unfold through
a contemporary telling. This is community theater at its best,
put together by a small but quiet army of 30 people who have
made this high-energy production a reality.
The play opened last weekend to much acclaim, and if you are
at all inclined, do come see it. Scheduled Friday and Saturday
evenings at 8; and Sunday at 4pm. Reservations can be made
by calling (845) 688-2279. Tickets are $15, $12 seniors/students/members.
Address is 10 Church Street, Phoenicia.
Amy Wallace, director
Maria Todaro, musical direction
STS Cast & Crew