Tuesday, January 06, 2009

You are invited to the Presidential Inauguration Celebration on Jan 20th

The 44th Inauguration Celebration of President-Elect Barack H. Obama
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
Join us as the Nation becomes a Community for the swearing in of the 44th President of United States of America.
Theodore D. Young Community, 32 Manhattan Ave,
White Plains, New York, 10607
10:00am – Until
Lunch will be available with prior reservations for $5.50 for those under 60 years, $2.50 for those 60 yrs and older, and lunch will be served lat 11:30am.
Call 989-3622 by January 14, 2009 if interested in lunch.
The Inauguration will be viewed on a large movie screen. There will be a program with local school children and community leaders that will share on that day.

Be a part of history right here at home.


Anonymous said...

"local school children and community leaders"

Which ones?

Disgruntled Greenburgher said...

As for the "aid" extended to those over 60 -
Like proof of income, proof of age will not be required - we'll just take your word.

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...

Have local school children been authorized by the school districts to leave during the schoolday to attend this celebration? I doubt any would allow middle school students to attend (state-mandated exams that day). Have you've received the written authorizations necessary from each parent and each school district for the elementary students and high school students? Also, will the town be paying for bus transportation of the local school children to and from the Center and each individual school building?

Anonymous said...

What's the menu?????????

Anonymous said...

Have you not heard Feiner declared a holiday.

Anonymous said...

Will you state who these community leaders are?????

Has the federal government declared a holiday for all?

Who is paying for the big screen television ???

How much is this costing the taxpayers????????

no transportation for me said...

Local children= some chosen kids from GC. Others were not invited.

Transportation for the chosen? YOU are paying for it.

Local Leaders=???

Who is paying for the big screen TV, set up & breakdown, heat, organization? YOU

What's it costing us? Money and the embarrassment that despite Obama's win, we will continue to be a divided town and disgrace all that he stands for.

hal samis said...

Attention Ethics Board:

Look for the announcement of which local company has been solicited to provide the loan of a "large movie screen" and projection equipment.

Anonymous said...

Ardsley schools are closed that day for conferences.

Anonymous said...

Are Ardsley being provided with transportation to the event?

TDYCC Choir said...

I'm in the mood for free grub
simply because it’s near me
Funny but when it’s near me,
I'm in the mood for free grub.

Heaven is on the screen
bright as the electricity we're under,
Oh, who is paying for this I wonder,
I'm in the mood for free grub.

Why stop to think of money
this little perk might fade,
We´ve put Barak in together - now we are one,?
I am afraid.

If there's a God above,
if it should end, we'll fight it.
But for Inauguration Day forget it,
I'm in the mood for free grub.

Anonymous said...

Racism is Alive and Well

See above comments. But let's remember that many more reasonable people who are happy with services at the TDY Center don't post here.

Anonymous said...

It's not racisim it is someone who is tired of having their money spent on phonies who claim that they are broke.

Our supervisors needs them and their vote so we the taxpayers have to cough up every time he gets a brite idea.

Free camp regardless how much money they have--why--because they cry poverty.
Free meals ,use of the swimming pool for free for the same reason.
Don't you think the taxpayers thru out Greenburgh have the right to speak up as to the way all this money is thrown away.

The Attorney general should look into how this town is being run.
There is no accountability as far as money goes.The supervisor just gives it away.

He alows us to be bitter because of how he has made fools of us thru out the years.
Now we realize that he only favors one part of town and will lie and swear to keep the votes coming in his direction.

Anonymous said...

Nuff said Paul --- You have become a real crook.

Don't you think the money that you give away for votes is a bit high.

Anonymous said...

Reverse Robin Hoods

Apparently there are some very blessed people who don't know what it is to worry about money here.Camps at TDY aren't free. Meals for senior at TDY aren't free.Your "facts" are wrong. Just what are your first concerns? Providing Tennis lessons at Veteran Park?

Anonymous said...

TDY Center IS for the Entire Town!

It is among the most diverse Centers in the Country.(popluation wise) I wonder if those here making such false claims have EVER walked though the TDY Center's doors?

Anonymous said...

How many children pay FULL amount for the camp?
How many are subsidised by tax dollars?
How many pay for the meals at the center?
What is the amount received by the town each day?
How many meals are served each day at the center?Yes I have been at the center many times and I was surprised to get the looks that I didn't belong there.
I wasn't there to join, I was there concerning my job.
You say that this place is opened to all I do think that you are mistaken.

Paul answer the questions above to convince the public that you are running an honest government.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if those here making such false claims have EVER walked though the TDY Center's doors?

Many have. Never came back. I wonder why.

Anonymous said...

The Center Welcomes Everyone

I see much hearsay, but still searching for facts.Many people love going to the TDY Center and rave about just how nice staff treat people. The lady at the front desk,Beverly sets a Gold standard for professionalism. She is both nice and quite helpful.

Anonymous said...

Many people love going to the TDY Center ... Yea, but it's just for residents of northern Greenburgh and Elmsford.

Anonymous said...

To 9:59 WRONG!

The Center unlike Parks and Recreation is open to everyone reguardless of where they live.

there we have it said...

9:59, is an employee of TDY.

Anonymous said...

If TDYCC is open to everyone, regardless of where they live, how come only taxpayers in unincorporated Greenburgh have to pay for it? Evidently TDYCC gets quite a bit of use from village residents too -- but they get it for free at unincorporated's expense. That doesn't seem right at all.

Anonymous said...

9:59 says "Evidently TDYCC gets quite a bit of use from village residents"

Not true. Very few village residents use TDYCC. Instead of fighting a losing battle about whether the villages should pay for the TDYCC, it would be better if the town restricted the use by village residents, few as they are. Then there would be no excuse about lowering the expenses of the TDYCC.

But don't hold your breath.

Anonymous said...

Besides northern Greenburgh, Elmsford is the only village that uses the Center, as well as some White Plains residents. Seems unethical that residents of the other villages or central and southern Greenburgh should have their taxes pay for it.

Anonymous said...

TDYCC performs a joint function. It provides social and athletic facilities and it provides jobs. In order to provide jobs, it helps to have participants. TDYCC doesnt care where they come from. Having people from the villages or even White Plains, helps justify more counselors, etc.

tdycc is divisive said...

tdycc is a racist relic.

it should be closed or become a Y.

it is a divisive force in the town that we no longer can afford.

Anonymous said...

Troll (Internet)
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"Do not feed the trolls" and its abbreviation DNFTT redirect here. For the Wikipedia essay, see "What is a troll?". For other uses see Troll (disambiguation).
An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the intention of provoking other users into an emotional response[1] or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.[2]

Contents [hide]
1 Etymology
1.1 Early history
2 Identity trolling
3 Usage
4 Concern troll
5 Parody
6 See also
7 References
8 External links
8.1 Troll FAQs

[edit] Etymology

Artist's conception of tuna trolling operation in fishing.The contemporary use of the term is alleged to have first appeared on the internet in the late 1980s[3], but the earliest known example is from 1991[4]. It is thought to be a truncation of the phrase trolling for suckers, itself derived from the fishing technique of slowly dragging a bait through water, known as trolling.[5] The word also evokes the trolls portrayed in Scandinavian folklore and children's tales as they are often obnoxious creatures bent on mischief and wickedness. The verb "troll" originates from Old French "troller", a hunting term. The noun "troll", however, is an unrelated Old Norse word for a giant or demon. [6]

[edit] Early history
Prior to DejaNews's archiving of Usenet, accounts of trolling were sketchy, there being little evidence to sort through. After that time, however, the huge archives were available for researchers. The most likely derivation of the word troll can be found in the phrase "trolling for newbies," popularized in the early 1990s in the Usenet group, alt.folklore.urban (AFU).[7][8] Commonly, what is meant is a relatively gentle inside joke by veteran users, presenting questions or topics that had been so overdone that only a new user would respond to them earnestly. For example, a veteran of the group might make a post on the common misconception that glass flows over time. Long-time readers would both recognize the poster's name and know that the topic had been done to death already, but new subscribers to the group would not realise, and would thus respond. These types of trolls served as a Shibboleth to identify group insiders. This definition of trolling, considerably narrower than the modern understanding of the term, was considered a positive contribution.[9][7] One of the most notorious AFU trollers, Snopes,[7] went on to create his eponymous urban folklore website.

By the late 1990s, alt.folklore.urban had such heavy traffic and participation that trolling of this sort was frowned upon. Others expanded the term to include the practice of playing a seriously misinformed or deluded user, even in newsgroups where one was not a regular; these were often attempts at humor rather than provocation. In such contexts, the noun troll usually referred to an act of trolling, rather than to the author.

[edit] Identity trolling
In academic literature, the practice was first documented by Judith Donath (1999), who used several anecdotal examples from various Usenet newsgroups in her discussion. Donath's paper outlines the ambiguity of identity in a disembodied "virtual community":[10]

In the physical world there is an inherent unity to the self, for the body provides a compelling and convenient definition of identity. The norm is: one body, one identity. ... The virtual world is different. It is composed of information rather than matter.

Donath provides a concise overview of identity deception games which trade on the confusion between physical and epistemic community:

Trolling is a game about identity deception, albeit one that is played without the consent of most of the players. The troll attempts to pass as a legitimate participant, sharing the group's common interests and concerns; the newsgroups members, if they are cognizant of trolls and other identity deceptions, attempt to both distinguish real from trolling postings, and upon judging a poster a troll, make the offending poster leave the group. Their success at the former depends on how well they — and the troll — understand identity cues; their success at the latter depends on whether the troll's enjoyment is sufficiently diminished or outweighed by the costs imposed by the group.

Trolls can be costly in several ways. A troll can disrupt the discussion on a newsgroup, disseminate bad advice, and damage the feeling of trust in the newsgroup community. Furthermore, in a group that has become sensitized to trolling — where the rate of deception is high — many honestly naïve questions may be quickly rejected as trollings. This can be quite off-putting to the new user who upon venturing a first posting is immediately bombarded with angry accusations. Even if the accusation is unfounded, being branded a troll is quite damaging to one's online reputation." (Donath, 1999, p. 45)[1]

[edit] Usage
Application of the term troll is highly subjective. Some readers may characterize a post as trolling, while others may regard the same post as a legitimate contribution to the discussion, even if controversial. The term is often used to discredit an opposing position, or its proponent, by argument fallacy ad hominem.

Often, calling someone a troll makes assumptions about a writer's motives. Regardless of the circumstances, controversial posts may attract a particularly strong response from those unfamiliar with the robust dialogue found in some online, rather than physical, communities. Experienced participants in online forums know that the most effective way to discourage a troll is usually to ignore him or her, because responding tends to encourage trolls to continue disruptive posts — hence the often-seen warning: "Please do not feed the trolls".[11]

Frequently, someone who has been labelled a troll by a group may seek to redeem their reputation by discrediting their opponents, for example by claiming that other members of the group are closed-minded, conspirators, or trolls themselves.

[edit] Concern troll
A concern troll is a false flag pseudonym created by a user whose actual point of view is opposed to the one that the user's sockpuppet claims to hold. The concern troll posts in web forums devoted to its declared point of view and attempts to sway the group's actions or opinions while claiming to share their goals, but with professed "concerns". The goal is to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt within the group.[12]

For example, in 2006 Tad Furtado, a top staffer for then-Congressman Charlie Bass (R-NH), was caught posing as a "concerned" supporter of Bass's opponent, Democrat Paul Hodes, on several liberal New Hampshire blogs, using the pseudonyms "IndieNH" or "IndyNH." "IndyNH" expressed concern that Democrats might just be wasting their time or money on Hodes, because Bass was unbeatable.[13]

A recently declassified World War II manual on sabotage recommends such techniques to derail any effective action: "Advocate 'caution.' Be 'reasonable' and urge your fellow-conferees to be 'reasonable' and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on... Be worried about the propriety of any decision — raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the jurisdiction of the group or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon." [14]

Although the term "concern troll" originated in discussions of online behavior, it now sees increasing use to describe similar behaviors that take place offline.

For example, James Wolcott in Vanity Fair[15] accused a conservative New York Daily News columnist of "concern troll" behavior in his efforts to downplay the Mark Foley scandal. Wolcott links what he calls concern trolls to Saul Alinsky's "Do-Nothings," giving a long quote from Alinsky on the Do-Nothing's method and effects:

These Do-Nothings profess a commitment to social change for ideals of justice, equality, and opportunity, and then abstain from and discourage all effective action for change. They are known by their brand, 'I agree with your ends but not your means.'
In a more recent example, The Hill published an op-ed piece titled "Dems: Ignore 'Concern Trolls'." Again, the concern trolls in question were not Internet participants; they were Republicans offering public advice and warnings to the Democrats. The author defines "concern trolling" as "offering a poisoned apple in the form of advice to political opponents that, if taken, would harm the recipient."[16]

[edit] Parody
A monster in the Munchkin card game is named the Net Troll. It is described as having "no special powers, and is really mad about it."

[edit] See also
Baiting (trolling)
Blogger's Code of Conduct
Breaching experiment
Encyclopedia Dramatica
Gadfly (social)
Hit-and-run posting
Sockpuppet (Internet)
Virtual community

[edit] References
^ trolling definition from PC Magazine Retrieved on 28 May 2007.
^ "What is a troll?" - Indiana University Knowledge Base
^ Schwartz, Mattathias (2008-08-03). "The Trolls Among Us", New York Times. Retrieved on 1 August 2008.
^ Oxford English Dictionary Online s.v. TROLL n.(1) and TROLL v., both added in June 2006
^ Usenet Newsgroup misc.invest.options 1997
^ Etymology online dictionary
^ a b c See Michele Tepper, "Usenet Communities and the Cultural Politics of Information" in David Porter, ed., Internet Culture (1997) at 48 ("[T]he two most notorious trollers in AFU, Ted Frank and snopes, are also two of the most consistent posters of serious research.").
^ One early reference to troll found in the Google Usenet archive was by user "Mark Miller," directed toward the user "Tad," on February 8, 1990, saying "Just go die in your sleep you mindless flatulent troll." However, it is unclear if this instance represents a usage of "troll" as it is known today, or if it was simply a chance choice of epithet.
^ Cecil Adams (2000-05-14). "The Straight Dope". Retrieved on 2007-08-26. "To be fair, not all trolls are slimeballs. On some message boards, veteran posters with a mischievous bent occasionally go "newbie trolling."
^ Identity and Deception in the Virtual Community
^ Example of a warning to blog participants about trolls: "do not feed the trolls." golo historians_13th's blog. Retrieved on: April 10, 2008.
^ Cox, Ana Marie (2006-12-16). "Making Mischief on the Web", Time. Retrieved on 30 March 2007.
^ Saunders, Anne (2006-09-26). "Bass aide resigns after posing as opponent's supporter online", Boston Globe, Associated Press. Retrieved on 30 March 2007.
^ OSS Simple Sabotage Manual, pdf
^ Wolcott, James (2006-10-08). "Political Pieties From a Post-Nasal Drip", Vanity Fair. Retrieved on 26 May 2008.
^ Moulitsas, Markos (2008-01-09). "Dems: Ignore 'Concern Trolls'.", The Hill. Retrieved on 26 May 2008.

[edit] External links
Look up troll in
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Please improve this article by incorporating them into the appropriate end section, or by converting them to inline citations. (September 2008)

Unconventional approach of feeding trolls, not killing them by Henk van Ess
Article on trolls and the 'art' of trolling by Steve Myers
Adequacy.org: Archive of Adequacy.org, a troll site.
What is a troll? from the Straight Dope
Trolling lore and essays
Searching for Safety Online: Managing "Trolling" in a Feminist Forum
Make Something Happen talks with a troll
Best guide to the various types of trolls
Ubuntu Forums guide to types of trolls
Interview with a self-proclaimed Troll by Lord M'Deentor
Archive of internet trolls
Malwebolence - The World of Web Trolling; New York Times Magazine, By Mattathias Schwartz; August 3, 2008.

[edit] Troll FAQs
urban75 Trolling FAQ: Comprehensive guide to the dark art of trolling
alt.troll FAQ (how-to)
alt.syntax.tactical FAQ
False repentance at MeatballWiki
The relationship between social context cues and uninhibited verbal behavior in computer-mediated communication
Moral panic and alternative identity construction in Usenet
Giveen's Guide To Internet Trolls
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Anonymous said...

9:52 is an employee of the Parks Dept.

Anonymous said...

I do not think that the Center should be closed as it provides needed neighnorhood services. However, it's inappropriate for a municipality to own and operate it - in general and particularly as it doesn't serve the entire taxed municipality. I know that it was just sort of dumped on us when the feds pulled out back in the day, but now it's time to move forward. Sell it to a non-profit agency that will continue its neighborhood operations.

Anonymous said...

*taps foot and waits to hear if a bus is coming*