Tuesday, March 01, 2011

jazz elite concert saturday...leaf composting friday...stormwater info

lJazz Elite's young musicians to perform benefit concert in Greenburgh with Kenny Lee Allstars

WHAT: Jazz Elite, a group of young, advanced-level musicians from the Tri-State area, will host "A Night of Jazz". They will perform pieces from Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Mongo Santamaria and Dizzy Gillespie.

Students have practiced with music professionals, such as jazz legend Jon Faddis; hard bop jazz trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater; Ron Carter, professor of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University (NIU); and saxophonist Tia Fuller, who plays in R&B singer Beyonce's all female band.

WHEN: Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

Admission to the event is: $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens, $10 for students, and FREE for children 12 and under.

WHERE: Union Baptist Church, 31 Manhattan Avenue, Greenburgh (White Plains)

WHY: A news and photograph opportunity for local media to document local young, talented musicians in the community.

The benefit concert also allows a chance for local business leaders and individual citizens to support a good cause. Proceeds will help students attend the New Generation jazz festival and competition in California.

For more information about the event or to make a monetary donation to the program, contact Artistic Director Iantheia Calhoun at 914-462-2669 or mscjazz@mac.com.

Greenburgh's jazz elite member
Malik Browne~ Hartsdale
Joey D'Angelo~ Hartsdale
Jackson Davis~ White Plains (Greenburgh)
Kareem Glover~ White Plains (Greenburgh)
Kedar Glover~ White Plains (Greenburgh)
Randy Gonzalez~ White Plains (Greenburgh)
Esteban Rodriguez~Hartsdale
Sammy Washington III~ White Plains (Greenburgh)
Reece Williams ~White Plains (Greenburgh)
Eugene Yaw Boakye-Firempong ~White Plains (Greenburgh)
About Jazz Elite
Jazz Elite is an extended, conglomerate middle school and high school jazz program that includes students from the Tri-State area. The group's College Conglomerate Division is set to launch next season. Conductor and artistic director, Iantheia Calhoun, founded Jazz Elite in 2003 to provide advanced-level training for young thriving jazz musicians. The program is designed to challenge student's aural, sight-reading, and improvisational skills, while providing a relaxing, and fun learning environment. Jazz Elite is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions on behalf of Jazz Elite may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. For more information, visit www.jazzelite.org.


Each year, collection, carting and disposal of leaves is extremely costly for Westchester municipalities. In 2009, the Village of Irvington spent $30,000 (according to Irvington DPW Commissioner Greg Nilsson) in leaf tipping fees alone. The Village of Tarrytown estimates total leaf management costs for 2010 at $175,640 (figure from Village Admin).

Economy and ecology come together in a new environmental initiative to reduce economic and environmental costs to municipalities of annual leaf collection, carting and disposal while protecting and building up soil on public and private property.

On Friday, March 4 from 9-11 am at the Greenburgh Nature Center,
Tim Downey, proprietor of Aesthetic Landscape Care, and several other local landscapers will be offering a training on how landscapers and municipal grounds crews can save time and money and reduce environmental degradation by mulching and utilizing leaves on-site, whether on public lands or private properties. The training will be hosted by the Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Flyer/registration forms for municipal workers and landscapers are attached.

For more information, please call Anne Jaffe Holmes at the Greenburgh Nature Center, 914-813-1812.

Please visit our new website at www.greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Supervisor Feiner:

As part of the requirements under the MS4 - Phase II Stormwater Education and Outreach Program, I will be asking that you send out an email to all persons on the g-list 4 times per year.

Below is a link to an erosion and sediment control factsheet which provides information pertaining to vegetated buffers:


In summary, Vegetated buffers are areas of either natural or established vegetation that are maintained to protect the water quality of neighboring areas. Buffers slow storm water runoff, thereby helping to prevent soil erosion; provide an area for the runoff to permeate the soil; contribute to ground water recharge; and filter sediment and nutrients. They also have long-term environmental and social values, such as: reserving space for trails and greenways; reducing impervious area; preserving wildlife habitat and corridors for wildlife migration; and preventing warming of water resources by shading such areas. Vegetated buffers can be used in any area able to support vegetation. They are most effective and beneficial on floodplains, near wetlands, along streambanks, and on unstable slopes.

Please consult the attached factsheet for more information. Any questions or comments may be directed to Aaron Schmidt, Environmental Planner, Town of Greenburgh, at aschmidt@greenburghny.com.

Thank you,

Aaron Schmidt

Environmental Planner/Forestry Officer