Monday, August 31, 2009

CHECK OU TWITTERPROFESSOR.COM for interesting commentaries

would appreciate if you'd change headline on blog post from "Twitter Professor" to "TwitterProfessor.com"

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-Marc Herman

Sunday, August 30, 2009

TWITTER PROFESSOR NAMES MY TWITTER SITE AS ONE OF WESTCHESTER'S BEST!

Top 10 Twitter List For Westchester, NY
Aug 28th, 2009 by Chris S. Cornell.
Top 10 Lists are popping up all around us, and nowhere is this more true than on Twitter. I’ve always had reservations about the fairness of Top-10 lists, but have found them useful in plenty of situations. I was talking to a friend last week about strategies to employ in finding people to follow on Twitter. We agreed that a Top-10 list could be useful to those looking to get off to a good start on Twitter. We also agreed that there could never be one list that would serve everyone’s needs.

What I have done, after consulting with a few of my social-media expert friends, is compile a list that I believe is a good starting point for a Top-10 List of Westchester Twitter users. Many factors were considered, including the quality of the Tweets, frequency of Tweets, the number of followers and the number following, and the web address listed in the user’s profile. Also considered was the degree to which the site helped others and/or helped the user reach his own goals.

I expect to receive some feedback on this list, and I know there will be critics. I’m actually looking forward to it. I will read every comment with an open mind, and will take the comments into careful consideration as I update the list on a regular basis. I also intend to add categories, which will make this concept even more useful. Please suggest nominees for the following categories: Best Retail Twitter Users; Best Restaurant/Eatery Twitter Users; Best Non-Profit Twitter Users; Best Individual Twitter Users; Best Group (Geographical, Interest, etc.) Twitter account. With your help, these lists will be released in the next few weeks.

Without further ado, here it is - the First Top 10 Twitter List For Westchester, NY, in no particular order.

@MidWestchester - Chappaqua’s Walter Olson is a social media pioneer. He created MidWestchester to build a local Twitter community, and has done an excellent job finding and creating worthwhile content to Tweet. Olson also manages @WalterOlson on Twitter and writes the blog OverLawyered.com (often referred to as the oldest law blog).
@WestchesterMag – this is the account for Westchester Magazine. Creative Tweets linking to Westchester Magazine’s own content, plus quality interactions with their followers. Linked to the magazine’s impressive website.
@CDessi – An excellent mix of cutting edge social media information and other Tweets relevant to the events around us. Dessi’s Twitter account links to his always interesting Social Media blog, ChristopherDessi.com.
@LoHud - Nothing flashy. Everything Lohud. Lots of Tweets linking to the content produced by Lohud.com.
@ThisisRobThomas - This Briarcliff Manor resident is one of the country’s top songwriters and performers. He has also established himself as a darn good Tweeter. He encourages debate and comes off as genuine as any celebrity I’ve seen. He and his wife Marisol also created the SidewalkAngels Twitter account (see below).
@David Parmet - David accurately bills himself as a New York based PR and social media marketing guru who helps businesses and agencies navigate the seas of social media. A good one to follow if you’re looking to stay near the front edge of the social media wave.
@Martha Stewart – Martha’s bio says: Curious, inquisitive, experimental entrepreneur who cares about the world we live in. Oh, by the way, more than a million followers care about what Martha has to say.
@IndieBoundMeg - Meg Smith makes insightful Tweets about Indie Booksellers, and links her account to the IndieBound.org website. Good material for authors, publishers, booksellers and those interested in the industry. Makes you wonder why any bookstore or author would choose not to be on Twitter.
@WestchesterLife – The profile summary says it all. A modern and fresh two cents on the good, the bad, and the severely deficient of Westchester living. C’est la vie. My prediction: this account will take off if the Tweets keep coming. There is definitely an audience for this kind of no-punches-pulled content.
@ConsumerReports – Based in Yonkers, the well-known consumer advocate makes excellent use of Twitter, posting important (including recalls) and timely information along with a link to their website. Also check out the related ConsumersUnion and Consumerist accounts.
There. That wasn’t so difficult. TwitterProfessor’s first-ever top 10 list is on the board. Unfortunately, I know I inadvertently left some deserving Tweeter off the list. So to remedy any possible wrongs, I have two solutions: 1) I’m going to list 20 more deserving Twitter accounts below. These are all people or organizations producing good quality content on Twitter. I strongly encourage you to check their accounts. 2) As I mentioned above, I encourage you to contact me (using the comments form or contact page, or by calling me at 914-960-1533) if you have any information you’d like me to have as I update this list in the coming weeks.

The Best of the Rest:

@ExaminerStone – managed by Adam Stone, the publisher of The Examiner newspaper, a weekly covering local Westchester communities, including Pleasantville, Chappaqua and Mount Kisco. There is plenty of quality information being generated by The Examiner — can’t wait until more of it is posted online, so Stone will have the ability to provide followers with links.

@StationStops - StationStops focuses on those things related to traveling via the MTA. StationStops is currently engaged in a somewhat heated battle with the MTA which you can read about in this blog post.

@Small_Bites If you like food (and who doesn’t), this is a Twitter account that will make your mouth water. Linked with Liz Johnson’s Lohud.com blog, the Tweets include photos of food, recipes and news about food.

@AmyPaulin - The account of NYS Assemblywoman Amy R. Paulin. Legislative news from Albany and community happenings in the 88th district (Westchester, NY). Tweeting since mid-July, off to a good start. Keep it up.

@Everything Julie - The account of former LoHud.com staffer Julie Moran Alterio. Bio: Writer who explores the intersection of culture, commerce and technology. Also a mom with too many Cheerios in her carpet. Reformed night owl.

@EverythingLuLu - In their own words: The dress may take the cake, but the cake speaks for itself. This Scarsdale bakery is doing a great job promoting itself through Twitter and a top-notch website. Great images. Setting a great example in social media.

@ArtBizLaw - The account of Larry Berglas - Husband, Father, Writer and Lawyer, Lawyer and Writer, Professor, Guitar Player, Swimmer and Solving Problems with Pineapple Chords… Interesting and informative, entertaining and balanced.

@News12WC – Links (and lots of them) to content from News 12.

@Joe_Wallace - Pleasantville author who lets followers get an inside look at much of what goes on in the book-writing profession. Seems to be an excellent way for an author to promote his career. Very interesting Tweets.

@AndyBarovick - I am an atypical plaintiff’s medical malpractice/personal injury lawyer who loves time with family, music, biking and blogging.

@Blythedale - Blythedale Children’s Hospital is dedicated to the diagnosis, care and treatment of children with complex medical and rehabilitative needs. The hospital posts information and news, but also makes Tweets aimed at helping to keep all kids safe.

@PaulFeiner – Bio: Greenburgh Town Supervisor; former Westchester County Legislator, President Westchester-Putnam Town Supervisors, former national recipient Common Cause Award. Feiner has made a habit of listening to his constituents, and Twitter provides him with another effective medium.

@FlourandSun - Pleasantville’s cupcake bakery has set an excellent example for other businesses to follow. Great pictures of spectacular baked goods, consistent Tweets, creative use of the medium.

@RCAChap - Owner of Red Carpet Antiques, Vincent Fulgenzi Tweets about art and antiques, current events, and an impressive blend of culture and history. Particularly knowledgeable about NYC.

@Warner_Library – Nearly 1,000 followers. Useful Tweets for anyone interested in programs or services at the library. Good use of Twitter.

@HHValley – Bio: We create the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze and Legend Weekend. We preserve six museums of history, including Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and Kykuit.

@MarchofDimes – Daily pregnancy tips from Beverly Robertson, National Director, Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Center at the March of Dimes.

@SignalPatterns – Twitter account of Ran Zilca, founder and CEO of Signal Patterns – a company that develops psychology-based mobile and web applications.

@WestchesterFam – This is the account of Westchester Family Magazine, and it sneaks into the list mostly on potential. This magazine should have no trouble putting out content, and it’s apparent they understand how Twitter is used. As of today, though, they’ve only made 16 Tweets. As they say, if you Tweet it, they will come.

@SidewalkAngels – a non-profit established by Marisol and Rob Thomas (@thisisrobthomas), works hand-in-hand with charities in and around America’s big cities.

@GetinLoop - Spirited Hyper-local news, focusing on Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle and Rye.

You’ll find all of these accounts, plus many other good Westchester-relate accounts on the “following” list of @ContentHarvest. It’s easy to add them as accounts you follow by simply scrolling down that list and selecting the ones you want.

Editors Note – Chris Cornell’s wife, Connie Cornell is the manager of the @Blythedale account. Accounts managed by Chris Cornell, including @Pleasantville @ContentHarvest and @CornellGallery have been excluded from consideration at this time.

JOB OPPORTUNITY E DISCOVERY

Project Manager with Knowledge in eDiscovery
My firm is looking for a Project Manager with Knowledge of the eDiscovery industry.
Please pass the along to anyone that may be qualified and looking for an opportunity
Resumes should be sent to job@rvminc.com

GREENBURGH HOUSING AUTHORITY HAD FANTASTIC FAMILY DAY EVENT TODAY

Hats off to Olney Reynolds and the Greenburgh Housing Authority for organizing a fantastic family day event today. The residents of the lower income housing felt special. The event was terrific. I was impressed with the renovations taking place and some of the beautiful flowers being planted in front of some of the apartments. The housing authority is moving in the right direction. I'm very pleased

SAVE THE DATE: FIRST ANNUAL STACHE OFF ON NOV 14 TO BENEFIT MUSIC CONSERVATORY- OPEN TO MUSTACHES...I"M A JUDGE

Westchester County’s First Annual ’Stache-Off, originally slated for September 12 at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, will now take place Saturday, November 14 from 7-10PM. Open to all mustaches of Westchester, the ’Stache-Off features local men competing for “best in ‘stache” prizes from Movember.com, TheCheapPop.com, Equinox Fitness of Mamaroneck, Sam Ash and many more to be named.

The event is presented by Jon Chattman, co-author of the recently released humor book SWEET ’STACHE: 50 Badass Mustaches and the Faces Who Sport Them and founder of the pop culture website thecheappop.com. A SWEET ’STACHE book signing and performances from some of the Conservatory’s ensembles and faculty (Nakia Verner and Barbara Podgurski are among the talent lined up thus far) will precede the countywide mustache contest.

Guest judges include Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, Opie and Anthony’s “Primetime” Sam Roberts, Jeff Lee - lead singer of the band Hard Drugs, and Film Critic Marshall Fine. Jessica Rozler and Andrea Lavinthal, co-authors of “The Hookup Handbook” and Chattman and “’Stache” co-author Rich Tarantino will also judge. Nearby Tuscany Cafe will provide locally-roasted coffee and refreshments.

Admission is $12 or $20 (which includes a signed copy of the book). Partial proceeds will benefit the not-for-profit school’s scholarships and tuition assistance. To register or for additional information on the “’Stache Off” event, please contact Jon Chattman at jon@musiced.org.

To order tickets, Visit www.thecheappop.com or send checks payable to Jon Chattman c/o the Music Conservatory of Westchester, 216 Central Ave. in White Plains, NY 10606.

The Conservatory is located at 216 Central Avenue in White Plains, NY. Registration is always open and financial assistance is available for qualifying students. They can be reached at (914) 761-3900 or by visiting www.musicconservatory.org. Follow the Conservatory on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Friday, August 28, 2009

SHOP RITE WANTS TO OPEN SUPERMARKET AT MIDWAY

Shop Rite wants to open up a supermarket at the Midway SHopping Center on Central Ave (near Ardsley Road) The space is in the main building (formerly Linen “N Things) and they are utilizing both floors. More details to follow...

FUN ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEKEND..TOWN BD WORK SESSION..SALE OF TOWN PROPERTY IN DOBBS FERRY

- Farmers Markets: Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Tarrytown, E. Hartsdale---MUSIC AT HARTSDALE FARMER'S MARKET BEGINNING AT 10 Blues Mothers. Noon: Ceasar Cantori
- The Dutchess County Fair, Dutchess Fairgrounds
- RUBBISH! Art and The Ecosystem at the Arts Exchange
- End of Summer Celebration, Dobbs Ferry Library
- "Treeless Mountain" with visiting Filmmakers Event at The Paramount Center
- FINAL NIGHT: Pierson Park Jazz Series
- Free Entertainment in Dobbs Ferry and Ardsley
- Mutual Strangers: Henry Hudson & the River that Discovered Him, Beczak
- New York Renaissance Faire
- Native American Myths & Legends @ Blue Door Gallery
- Sleepy Hollow Cemetery: Afternoon Guided Tours
- Feeding Fun at Greenburgh Nature Center
- Moonviewing Picnic and Concert at Hammond Museum, North Salem
- Suburbia Roller Derby: Suburban Brawl vs. LIRR
- Fairy Walk at Muscoot Farm
- Pop Bottle Planters, The Science Barge,
- Open House at Greenburgh Nature Center
- SUNDAY GREENBURGH HOUSING AUTHORITY, FAMILY DAY, Maple Ave housing (Aug 30)
Go to http://www.rivertownsguide.com for more information on these and many more events this weekend.


RivertownsGuide.com DON’T FORGET! – September 11, 12, & 13..……….
- Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst - September 11, 12 & 13
- Lights on Irvington: A Vintage Village Weekend Celebration 1909 - 2009 - September 11, 12 & 13
- The 3rd Annual “Take Me to the River” GrassRoots Music Festival, Hastings – September 12
- Dobbs Ferry Festa – Saturday, 9/12
- Eco-Fair, Tarrytown – Saturday, 9/12
- The Hudson River Swim for Life, Nyack to Sleepy Hollow - Sunday, 9/13
- Street Fair and Second Sunday in Sleepy Hollow – Sunday, 9/13
- Greenburgh Dog Swim Sunday, 9/13 AF Veteran park
Visit http://www.rivertownsguide.com/20localevents.php for all of the details on these and many other events in the coming weeks.


Town of Greenburgh

Work Session Agenda of the Greenburgh Town Board

Tuesday – September 1, 2009 – 2:00P.M



(All Work Sessions are Televised Live on Cablevision Channel 76, Verizon 35 and are streamed live. Work Sessions and Town Board Meetings will be aired each Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 7:02am and 4:45pm. Each segment will run for approximately 6 to 7 hours,

depending upon the length of the two meetings.)





02:00 P.M.: Executive Session

03:00 P.M.: FOIL Appeal

03:30 P.M.: Appointment of Representative to Greenburgh Environmental Forum

03:35 P.M.: Appointment of Affirmative Action Officers

03:45 P.M.: Chief Kapica

04:00 P.M.: Module

04:25 P.M.: Logs on Sprain Brook Parkway--off of Dobbs Ferry Road. It's an eyesore. Town should press state to remove logs

04:30 P.M.: 9/11 Wall discussion--tiles are coming up. Restoration options. Private funding to be secured.

4:40 PM Proposed new supermarket: Central Ave

04:45 P.M.: DPW Fees

05:00 P.M.: 2010 Budget Discussion



Town Board will reconvene at 7:00 P.M. at Dobbs Ferry Village Hall to discuss the sale of foreclosed property that the town owns located on Main Street in Dobbs Ferry.







Upcoming Town Board Community Outreach Meetings / House Calls



· September 21, 2009 – 7:30 PM – Westchester Meadows, 55 Grasslands Road, Valhalla





Have Nothing to Do On September 5th?

Come Enjoy the

“Way Back When” Sidewalk Sale



When: September 5th, 2009

Where: The Hartsdale Village

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM



What: GREAT Sales, Free Food Tasting, the Farmers Market, Face Painting, Clowns, a Magician for all ages, and much, much more!

Make Sure to Check out the Free Music of the Farmers Market Featuring Acoustic River Run at 10am and Vinny Piazza at 12pm in Desanti Plaza at the East Hartsdale Train Station



Rain or Shine.

Please Contact the Town Clerk’s Office at

914-993-1659 for more information

Thursday, August 27, 2009

NYC GOV JOBS WEBSITE

If you are out of work you might want to visit the following website:
www.nyc.gov/dcas
The site posts various civil service exams for employment in NYC

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

JOB OPENING WESTHELP GREENBURGH

Porter
WestHELP Greenburgh
As posted on Monster.com
HELP USA, a nationally recognized leader in the provision of transitional housing, residential and social services, has the following opportunity available at one of our transitional residential sites located in the Westchester County area:
Porter
Perform a variety of maintenance activities such as painting, minor electrical and plumbing work, cleaning vacant units, garbage removal, etc; complete required site work orders in a timely manner and review repairs with supervisory staff; maintain site interior/exterior grounds ensuring no there are no operational and/or physical hazards.
High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) required; prior janitorial or custodial experience preferred. Minor electrical, plumbing or boiler mechanic experience a plus.
Please forward your responses and cover letters to: WestHELP Greenburgh, 1 WestHELP Drive, White Plains, NY 10603, Attn: Joe Piccoli, Fax: 914-683-1086, email: jpiccoli@helpusa.org . Responses via e-mail must include position title in the subject line. EOE. A Drug Free Workplace.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

LIFEGUARDS WANTED

The Theodore Young Community Center is currently hiring Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructor for our Indoor Pool.

Excellent pay. All year around job opportunity. Training available. For more information contact: Jenn Parra at

989- 3627 or 989- 3629 or 989-3600

THE ANTI BULLYING PROJECT--THREE STUDENT INTERNS/TRIPLETS ORGANIZING FORUMS

Jake, Jenna and Jacque Williams are three triplets who reside in Greenburgh and attend the Valhalla Schools. They are entering 12th grade and are working as student interns in Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner’s office. Their project: an anti bullying campaign.
They plan to form a task force this fall to address the bullying problem and to try to come up with recommendations.
As part of their efforts – they are seeking input from parents and children. If you have been victimized by bullying – or if your children have experienced bullying please e mail pfeiner@greenburghny.com and Supervisor Feiner will forward the e mail to them
If you would like to be part of a task force that will be addressing this problem please also advise.
Jake, Jenna & Jacque Williams will appear as guests on Supervisor Paul Feiner’s radio program this Friday at 10 AM to 11 on WVOX (1460 AM ---www.wvox.com). They will discuss their own experiences and the forums they plan to sponsor.
Paul Feiner

Some facts…

What is school bullying?
Bullying includes a wide variety of behaviors, but all involve a person or a group repeatedly trying to harm someone who is weaker or more vulnerable. It can involve direct attacks (such as hitting, threatening or intimidating, maliciously teasing and taunting, name-calling, making sexual remarks, and stealing or damaging belongings) or more subtle, indirect attacks (such as spreading rumors or encouraging others to reject or exclude someone).

How common is teen bullying?
Almost 30 percent of teens in the United States (or over 5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in school bullying as either a bully, a target of teen bullying, or both. In a recent national survey of students in grades 6 to 10, 13 percent reported bullying others, 11 percent reported being the target of school bullies, and another 6 percent said they bullied others and were bullied themselves.

Limited available data suggest that teen bullying is much more common among younger teens than older teens. As teens grow older, they are less likely to bully others and to be the targets of bullies.

School bullying occurs more frequently among boys than girls. Teenage boys are much more likely to bully others and to be the targets of bullies. While both boys and girls say others bully them by making fun of the way they look or talk, boys are more likely to report being hit, slapped, or pushed. Teenage girls are more often the targets of rumors and sexual comments. While teenage boys target both boys and girls, teenage girls most often bully other girls, using more subtle and indirect forms of aggression than boys. For example, instead of physically harming others, they are more likely to spread gossip or encourage others to reject or exclude another girl.

How does school bullying affect teens who are the targets of bullies?
Teen bullying can lead teenagers to feel tense, anxious, and afraid. It can affect their concentration in school, and can lead them to avoid school in some cases. If teen bullying continues for some time, it can begin to affect teens' self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. It also can increase their social isolation, leading them to become withdrawn and depressed, anxious and insecure. In extreme cases, bullying can be devastating for teens, with long-term consequences. Some teens feel compelled to take drastic measures, such as carrying weapons for protection or seeking violent revenge. Others, in desperation, even consider suicide. Researchers have found that years later, long after the bullying has stopped, adults who were bullied as teens have higher levels of depression and poorer self-esteem than other adults.

What are the long-term consequences of teen bullying behavior?
Teen bullying is often a warning sign that children and teens are heading for trouble and are at risk for serious violence. Teens (particularly boys) who bully are more likely to engage in other antisocial/delinquent behavior (e.g., vandalism, shoplifting, truancy, and drug use) into adulthood. They are four times more likely than nonbullies to be convicted of crimes by age 24, with 60 percent of bullies having at least one criminal conviction.

Information obtained from CDC

Sunday, August 23, 2009

SAVE THIS DATE SEPTEMBER 12 FANTASTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL IN HASTINGS

The 3rd Annual Hastings-on-Hudson Take Me to the River Grassroots Music Festival

Presented by 12milesnorth

Saturday September 12th

Draper Park, 12pm - 9pm

Tickets: $12.00 in advance, $15 at the door
(Click HERE to buy advance tickets!)
17 and Under / Seniors Free!

DIRECTIONS: Take Broadway in Hastings to Draper Park
entrance at 407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

12 miles north in association with Hastings-on-Hudson Parks and Recreation Department proudly present The 3rd Annual Take Me to the River GrassRoots Music Festival celebrating local and nationally acclaimed folk, blues, jazz and rock musicians. We offer activities for kids, delicious foods and one of a kind crafts. Bring your picnic blanket, extend the summer vibe and enjoy some amazing music.

The festival features:

Performances From Multiple Acclaimed Musicians: Headlining the festival is Special Guest, John Gorka [link]. In addition, the line-up includes sets from Joe Crookston [link], Kelly Flint [link], Hope Machine [link], Matt Turk [link], Spuyten Duyvil, Milton [link], The Robert Hill Band [link], Hastings Blues Mothers [link], Riverrun [link], Boku, Walkabout Clearwater Chorus [link], Solar Punch [link] and other fine performers.

Solar Powered Second Stage: Supporting the green movement we are proud to host a second stage that is completely solar powered. Artists performing on this stage include Solar Punch, The YaYas, Lord Ward, Goods and Services, Mark Kaufman & The Brazilian Project, Zach Hart, Joe Duraes and Jeff Boyer. In addition, information about how solar power works will be presented through out the day.

Children’s Area with live performance, The Zen Tree, Giant Sling Shot, Music Tree, painting the VW Bug, Kid's Funky Flea (recycle your toys!), and a special mosaic mural hosted by artist Haifa Bint-Kadi.

Nature Tent Eco-games and more. Hosted by Sustainable Hastings and Haven Colgate.

Circle of Song an opportunity for anyone to bring an instrument or voice and share their music with other musicians.

Interactive Art Installations to be discovered all over the park.

Delicious food and drinks from Comfort, Chutney Masala, Antoinette’s, Hastings Station CafĂ©, Slices & Custom Picnic Baskets from The Hastings Farmers Market!

Local Artists bring a variety of wares to sell.

Up-to-date schedule info: RivertownsGuide.com

Information regarding music opportunities, vending, sponsorship opportunities or volunteer opportunities contact: Barb: bprism@aim.com Liz: Lizleahy@optonline.net or Niki: narmacost@gmail.com

About 12 Miles North
is a community based progressive cultural arts organization whose goal is to develop affordable events and programming that evokes feelings, inspires thought and brings people together. For more info: lizleahy@optonline.net.

TEMPORARY JOBS ARE BETTER THAN NO JOB IF YOU ARE OUT OF WORK

Accepted a five month temporary position beginning 8/24 as Secretary I at Westchester ___ - it's a Civil Service position. Real excited and who knows where this will lead! Thanks for all you do for the residents of Westchester County.

Karon

Saturday, August 22, 2009

DON'T GET DISCOURAGED IF YOU ARE OUT OF WORK...

From: R Fr
Saturday, August 22, 2009 7:58 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Update


Mr. Feiner:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding my employment status. I was able to secure employment as of July 15, 2009 after a ten month layoff.

I hope you are hearing that many others are begining to find employment as the economy inches towards a recovery.

Best regards,


Ron

POLICE SUMMER YOUTH CAMP GRADUATION CEREMONY WAS HELD TODAY--LANZA FOUNDATION TO CONTINUE FUNDING ENTIRE PROGRAM IN 2010

I attended the 11 annual graduation ceremonies of the Greenburgh police summer youth camp this morning. Thanks to a generous grant from the Lanza Foundation of $65,000 the Greenburgh Police Department was able to continue this program in 2009. The Lanza Foundation recently decided to continue funding the program in 2010. 100% of the costs of the program were assumed by the Lanza Foundation. The camp ran for the past seven weeks.

This year 25 children graduated from the program. The children are between the ages of 12 and 17. The camp is, in essence, be a junior police academy where youngsters are placed in a setting similar to that experienced by a police recruit. The seven-week course consisted of physical training and classroom instruction in law and other related topics. Guest lecturers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, District Attorney’s Office, United States Secret Service and other areas within the Criminal Justice System presented an overview of their agency’s operation. Demonstrations by specialized police units and field trips to courts and other criminal justice institutions also took place. Contemporary issues such as alcohol and drug abuse swere addressed and students participated in various role-play scenarios, which illustrate the practical everyday problems faced by law enforcement officers. Campers received instruction and certification in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid and Water Rescue by police instructors.

The goal of this program is to expose your son or daughter to various law enforcement careers while developing academic ability and self-esteem. Campers come away from the program with meaningful skills and a better understanding of the criminal justice system and its potential as a career.

Sergeant Tim Carroll was the camp director & lead instructor. His enthusiasm and dedication to the program & children was evident during the graduation ceremonies. Police officer David Zenon also was an instructor this summer. The town is very lucky to have two very dedicated members of the police dept involved in this program.

Town Board members Sonja Brown, Diana Juettner, Kevin Morgan, Francis Sheehan and I are very appreciative to the Lanza Family Foundation for their sponsorship of this program.

Friday, August 21, 2009

GREENBURGH NATURE CENTER, HOMEBUYERS SEMINAR, FUN EVENTS

I hope you'll have a great weekend. Check out rivertownsguide.com for info fun events taking place. These events include the farmer's markets. MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT AT THE HARTSDALE FARMER'S MARKET TOMORROW. There are concerts in Elmsford & Hastings tonight. The rivertownsguide.com also highlights events that take place around the region that are fun for the entire family.

Enjoy the town pool ...take your dog to our dog park (if you have a dog save this date: DOG SWIM Sunday, September 13th from 10 to 2 PM at AF Veteran Park. This annual dog swim is one of the most popular programs we hold each year. Dogs get a chance to swim at the satellite town pool.



Saturday August 22, 2009 - 2:00 PM Greenburgh Nature Center

HEROES OF OUR PLANET:
The Super-powers of Trees - Don't be deceived: Trees look quiet and peaceful, but there's a lot of activity going on in a tree! Trees not only purify our air and water and keep land from eroding, but they are also restaurants and hotels for insects, birds, and animals of all kinds. But let's let the GNC trees themselves tell you their stories in this family education program for all ages. We'll meet the trees on their own turf-Come dressed for the weather! Included with Museum admission.

Greenburgh Homebuyers Seminar Thursday, Aug 27 from 7-9 pm, Town Hall

Come meet an experienced panel of experts in the Real Estate, Financial, and Legal industries who will be available to discuss various topics and answer all your questions about the current market.

Don’t Be Left out in the Dark!

*Find Out how you can claim up to $8000 of free government money with the new Homebuyer Tax Credit.

*Determine how much home you can actually afford

*Discover the advantages of Homeownership vs. Renting

*Learn the in’s and outs of the Foreclosure and Distressed Property Market

And much much more…………………………

http://www.crenyc.org/jobpostings.php--a good resource for people looking for work

http://www.crenyc.org/jobpostings.php

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

MOBILE SHREDDER

Town Clerk, Judith A. Beville, has arranged for residents of the Town of Greenburgh (the Town entire – including the Villages) to safely destroy unwanted personal papers and documents! The Mobil Shredder, provided through the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities – Recycling Office, will be at the Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue, Greenburgh, New York on Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.
The Mobile Shredder is for residents, only. Paper generated by businesses, schools, institutions, government or municipal offices will not be accepted for this event. Each resident may bring a maximum of 4 file boxes, approximately 10” by 12” by 15” in size. All paper must be free of paper clips, bindings, folders and files. No bound or hardcover ledger books are allowed.
Shredding helps protect residents from identity theft as well as provides an opportunity to destroy unwanted personal papers and documents that contain personal identifying information. Residents should bring old documents and bills, pre-approved credit card applications, old credit card bills, receipts, bank statements, old tax returns or any other documents containing personal identifying information.
For further information about this event, please call the Office of the Town Clerk at 993-1500, ext. 5 and speak with Marcia or Lee.

TOWN BOND RATING STAYS AT HIGHEST RATING POSSIBLE--AAA!

These are difficult economic times for municipalities around the nation. Many municipalities & businesses have seen their bond ratings reduced. I am very pleased to report that Standard & Poors has maintained the towns AAA bond rating. The bond rating was increased last year to the highest rating possible. Approximately 3% of all localities in the nation have this bond rating. The strong rating provides real benefits to taxpayers and reduces our borrowing costs.
The members of the Town Board (Sonja Brown, Diana Juettner, Kevin Morgan, Francis Sheehan) & I pledge to work hard to continue to run the town in the most fiscally prudent manner. We are currently working on the 2010 budget --and are looking for ways to reduce the costs of operating our government.
PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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From: Bart J. Talamini
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 1:37 PM
To: Town Board
Subject: Bond Sale 11,459,103


The Town of Greenburgh sold its $11,459,103 Series 2009 A General Obligation Bonds, to Roosevelt & Cross, at a true interest cost of 3.1938% today at 12:00pm.



Standard & Poor’s maintained the Town’s AAA credit rating on this issue and affirmed its AAA credit rating on the Town’s outstanding debt.

Moody’s maintained the Town’s Aa1 credit rating on this issue and affirmed its Aa1 credit rating on the Town’s outstanding debt.







BT



Bart Talamini

Comptroller

Town of Greenburgh

JOB OPENING SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

Sue Sonkin Hi Paul,
Speech and Language Pathologist needed for a full time position at our center-based facility for children. Can you help us find the right person?
Thank you Paul.
Sue (914) 593-0593 x226

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Week of August 2nd: Miscellaneous

The purpose of this Miscellaneous topic is to discuss any town related issues you feel are important that are not addressed in other topics. Please post any issues you wish to discuss in the comments section of this post. Thanks!

If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the blog, please contact me at '
mherman.gny@gmail.com'. Thank you for your input.

-Marc Herman

Thursday, August 06, 2009

weekend will be fun

No Town Board work session next week...
Theodore D. Young Community Center Celebrates their Annual Family Day 2009
The Theodore D. Young Community Center of the Town of Greenburgh will mark August 8th, 2009 as their Annual Family Day with a variety of sports, vendors, amusements, entertainment, recreational swim, food, arts and crafts for the entire family.
The theme for the day is “Encouraging Unity, Knowledge and Family Fun”. In 2008 the Annual Family Day exceeded 800 people in attendance, it was a tremendous success that unified the community under this current theme. The TDYCC is located on Manhattan Ave, off of Route 119 (across from the shopping center)
For further information, please contact: E. Lee Trollinger, Jr.
Activities Coordinator
(914) 989-3631
OTHER STAY-VACATION ACTIVITIES:
E Hartsdale Ave farmer's market on Saturday morning and early afternoon---two musicians will perform...
Enjoy the kiddy interactive pool at AF Veteran Town Park...
Take your dog to the dog park at Rumbrook Park...

This Weekend on RivertownsGuide.com…..
- Farmers Markets: Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Tarrytown, E. Hartsdale
- High School Musical 2 in Tarrytown
- FREE Jazz in Yonkers and Tarrytown
- Free Music in Hastings, Dobbs, Ardsley
- Family Day in Greenburgh
- Colonial Games Day in Yonkers
- Mohegan Colony Storytelling and Music Festival near Peekskill in Crompond
- Peekskill Jazz Festival
- Free Tours of The Clearwater Sloop in Nyack
- Second Sunday in Sleepy Hollow: Celebrating The Caribbean
- River Day in Croton on Hudson
- “The Magic of Boomerangs” Celebration in Scarsdale
- Writing the Hudson: Considering the River at Wave Hill
- Native American Dancing at HRM
- Music Festival in Nyack
- Magic in Ardsley
Go to http://www.rivertownsguide.com for more information on these and many more events this weekend.


Mark Your Calendar..……….
- Blood Drive at Hastings Public Library. Wednesday, August 12 from 2pm - 7:30pm
- Hudson River Quadricentennial at Waterfront Park on the Hudson River, Dobbs Ferry on Sunday, August 16 from noon - 6pm. Jazz Forum Arts presents a Jazz concert featuring Mark Morgalleli and the Jazz Forum Arts All Stars.
- Hudson River ECO Reggae & World Music Fest in Croton, Saturday, August 22, gates open at 11am, Noon - 8pm
Visit http://www.rivertownsguide.com/20localevents.php for all of the details on these and many other events in the coming weeks.


Weekday Events for Kids……
Go to http://tiny.cc/NySKh to find great programs for kids of all ages. Check back often, new events added daily.

JOB OPPORTUNITY- CORNELL EXTENSION

-H Youth and Family Development Community Educator/4-H Club Coordinator

• Cornell Cooperative Extension-Westchester County, seeks a full time employee (35 hr/wk) for the 4-H Youth and Family Development Program area. Potential candidates will be responsible for coordinating and maintaining 4-H Clubs and providing direct program delivery to youth and adults in a variety of settings throughout Westchester County. This includes planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating informal youth development educational programs. Candidates must have the ability to work nights, weekends and chaperone over-night events as needed. BA/BS appropriate to responsibilities. Coursework in education and/or science preferred.
Candidate must possess a current, valid driver’s license in good standing and must pass a criminal background check. Please fax, email or mail resume with cover letter to: Sandra Antonioli-4-H Educational Programs Coordinator, 26 Legion Drive-Valhalla, NY 10595. Fax (914) 285-4624 or sla32@cornell.edu. For more information, contact Sandra Antonioli- at (914) 285-4627.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

GREENBURGH'S GOT TALENT AUDITIONS

The Town of Greenburgh Presents

Greenburgh’s Got Talent

In Partnership with Premier Performing Arts, a non-profit professional theatre company in Westchester

Do you think you can be the next Susan Boyle or Kris Allen? Now is your chance to prove it. Be a part of the Greenburgh’s Got Talent Competition in one of three categories:

Dance (Group or Individual)

Vocals (Group or Individual)

Instrumentalist (Group or Individual)

Judges will include theater and entertainment professionals

Great Prizes available for the winner of each category

Dates

1st Qualifying Performance: Saturday, September 12th

2nd Qualifying Performance: Saturday, September 19th

Finale: Saturday, September 26th

Entries, including a photo and performance sample, must be submitted no later than August 15, 2009. Contest is open to professional and non-professional talents, 16 years and older, who reside in the Town of Greenburgh. For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 914-993-1659 or at townclerk@greenburghny.com. Judith Beville is our Town Clerk. Thanks, Judy for organizing this effort.

PAUL FEINER

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

CSEA CONTRACT APPROVED

The Greenburgh Town Board ratified a contract with the CSEA at tonights Town Board meeting. Members of the CSEA approved the agreement last week. The CSEA members will receive a zero percent salary increase in 2009. The employees had been working without a contract since January 1, 2008.
The contract contains a 3% retroactive salary hike to 2008 (the CSEA workers had been working without a contract since January 1, 2008). Management had received a salary hike in 2008. It would have been unfair to grant management a 3% hike in 2008 and to deny CSEA employees the same benefit. Elected officials have not received any salary hike in 2008 and in 2009. Management received no salary increase in 2009.
TOWN HALL OPEN ONE ADDITIONAL DAY...In the past town employees had a vacation day on Lincoln's Birthday. Many residents were inconvenienced by that holiday and were surprised when Town Hall was closed. Effective January 1, 2010 Lincoln's Birthday will not be celebrated --government offices will be open. However, employees will receive one additional personal day which must be used within the same calendar year.
PAUL FEINER

Monday, August 03, 2009

IONA COLLEGE JOB OPENING

IONA COLLEGE
Student Financial Services - Coordinator
Overall Functions:

Under the general direction of the Director of Financial Aid, the SFS Coordinator works closely with the Director and the Student Financial Services staff to develop a student-service centered office. The SFS Coordinator works closely with the Loan Coordinator regarding the management of all electronic and manual student loan processing, including all federal and private loans. The Coordinator works closely with all Student Financial Services staff to provide training and information to ensure proper understanding and processing of federal and private programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist Loan Coordinator in managing and monitoring the entire electronic funds transmittal loan process for all students, including the origination of applications to Guarantors and transmittal of data and funds to Iona student accounts. Works with IT staff to reengineer the EFT loan program to increase efficiency and improve process. Reduces manual check processing by increasing EFT lender participants.
Produces and monitors reports to ensure integrity of data and funds transmittals. Produces correspondence to students in regards to individual loan status and problems.
Responsible for the loan reconciliation which incorporates the return of all loan funds to make sure we are in compliance with Federal Regulations.
Tap Certifying Officer for the college. Monitor and manage the tap certification program in accordance with NYSHEC regulations.
As a member of the Student Financial Services team, participate in the overall improvement and delivery of service to student and families
A strong commitment to providing the highest level of customer service is a must. Strong organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, work independently and problem solve are essential.
Knowledge of federal and state financial aid and Title IV regulations, proficiency with automated financial aid systems, preferably PeopleSoft. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please forward your resume, cover letter and the names of three references to:

Mary Grant
Director of Financial Aid
Iona College
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
mgrant@iona.edu

Sunday, August 02, 2009

JOB SPANISH SPEAKING SOCIAL CASEWORKER

Westchester County Department of Human Resources
Recruitment & Selection Unit
148 Martine Avenue-Suite 100
White Plains, NY 10601
E-mail: saf8@westchestergov.com
The county has a job opening spanish speaking social service caseworker. Contact the above. More info on www.linkedin.com (greenburgh jobs group)

VIOLATIONS ISSUED AGAINST UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS...NEW IDEA: CHILDREN'S EXPRESS SHOULD OPEN UP BUREAU IN GREENBURGH

The Town of Greenburgh continues to aggressively pursue unlicensed residential contractors and unlicensed electricians and plumbers. Town Code Enforcement Officers have issued violations to over 70 unlicensed contractors in the past four weeks.



Westchester County regulations require electrical, plumbing and residential contractors to possess valid Westchester County licenses to perform work in the Town of Greenburgh. These licensing requirements are meant to ensure the safety of those residents and businesses by having competent contractors and tradespersons perform work. The Town is teaming with the Westchester County Department of Consumer Affairs and the Westchester County County Clerk’s Department to report those contractors found to be performing work without the requisite licensing for appropriate enforcement action.



CHILDREN'S EXPRESS IS THE KIND OF PROGRAM THAT COULD HELP GREENBURGH STUDENTS TRAIN FOR JOURNALISM---



Wouldn't it be fantastic if Children's Express would open up a bureau in Greenburgh? Could expose our youth to journalism and provide fantastic training.





Background

Children's Express was founded in 1975. Its worldwide headquarter is located in Washington, D.C., with additional bureaus in New York City, Indianapolis, Marquette, London and Newcastle. Children's Express is a nonprofit youth development and civic leadership organization that reaches out to youth across economic, academic, ethnic and cultural lines, and assists them in producing a monthly news service that provides their opinions and stories to news services around the world.


Program Operations


Children's Express maintains six bureaus, each of which works with a diverse group of approximately 125 young people. These young people work in teams to explore the issues that affect their lives. Using a method of oral journalism, they gather and record youth impressions, and communicate the unfiltered experiences and insights of children and young adults. Children's Express reporters range in age from eight to 13, and editors range from age 14 to 18. After exploring the issues important to them, the reporters and editors work together to write articles that will communicate these ideas. This copy is provided to newspapers around the world, including The New York Times News Service. Recent articles include "Bi-Racial Kids Live on Both Sides," and "Teenagers Talk About Racial Slurs." During the summer of 1995, Children's Express reporters and editors traveled the country to interview youth of diverse racial, social and ethnic backgrounds about citizenship, race and diversity in America. The result of this effort, Children's Express's Diversity Project, was launched at the beginning of the summer of 1998. This project is a multimedia initiative which includes television, print, radio and the Internet. Over the course of this project, Children's Express reporters will engage both adults and youth in an important national conversation about what it really means to be an American today, and how to fully embrace what they feel to be the country's essence -- diversity.


Outcomes and Significant Accomplishments

Children's Express was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1982, and received George Foster Peabody and Emmy Awards for coverage of the 1988 presidential campaign. In 1994, Children's Express was awarded the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for "Homeless Teens Discuss Life on the Streets," broadcast on National Public Radio. Children's Express has published five books, including Voices from the Future: Children Speak Out about Violence in America. Children's Express participants have allowed thousands of young people to be heard on the issues of race through the outreach round tables they lead, and through their interviews.



PAUL FEINER

Saturday, August 01, 2009

PLAYGROUP FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES

Wednesday, August 5: Playdate for Parents and Babies (0-9 months)
7/29- CHANGE IN LOCATION. Meet at Hastings Station Cafe in Hastings on Hudson!!

We've heard from lots of you that you are looking for a play group. So, we're gathering as many of you that can this week! Join your friends from The Rivertown Play Group for a playdate in the park at Memorial Park in Dobbs Ferry on August 5 from 2:30-3:30 pm. Bring your blankets and toys!

We encourage you to stop in the village and grab an ice coffee or snack for yourself or do some shopping before or after too! We love to support local businesses!

A brand new toy from HearthSong will be awarded to the first person that RSVPs to this event. Please RSVP if you can!

P.S. -this is something new for us! if you have concerns with the time or day etc. or you want to be involved, please email us at contact@therivertownplaygroup.com