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Dance Away The Winter Blues With Croton Teen Theatre

February 12, 2016
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Protect Water Pipes from Extremely Cold Temperatures

February 12, 2016
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We are expecting extremely cold temperatures over the next few days. The following are tips you may wish to follow to protect your home’s plumbing from extreme winter conditions:

• Cover all outside exposed pipes

• Check for and repair any drafts in your doors & foundation

• Leave Kitchen & Bathroom cabinet doors open

• Cut off water & drain water lines from vacant houses

• Set heat no lower than 55 degrees

• Heat outside or exposed utility rooms

• Confirm that water to the outside spigots have been turned off

• In extremely cold conditions you may consider leaving faucets dripping slightly overnight

• You will know the pipes have frozen if water will not come from the faucets.

** If pipes at your home should freeze, consult a plumber immediately and cut off main water valve located in your home.**

Note: NEVER use an open flame to thaw pipes

Croton Welcomes New Donut Shop

February 12, 2016
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Bagels on Hudson in Croton On Hudson is hoping their customers like donuts too.

A Letter From Trustee Pugh

February 12, 2016
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From this week’s Gazette, here by request and by permission:
To The Editor:
I am puzzled by why the majority on the Village Board seems to believe that participation in Community Choice Aggregation is a decision that requires months of “outreach” while rejecting CCA is a decision that will have economic and environmental consequences for our community, yet requires no outreach and little discussion.
One of the Croton United Trustees made the conservative guesstimate that CCA would save the typical household almost $100 annually–that’s about a quarter million dollars pumped back into our local economy per year. As another Croton United leader said at the 1/19 Board meeting, “the program will offer modest, but real, savings to those who agree to participate.  Perhaps more importantly, it will offer customers who so choose, the option to obtain all of their electricity from renewable sources.” By stimulating local green power generation, as stated by Mike Gordon from Sustainable Westchester at several public meetings, CCA will strengthen the Village’s efforts to develop a microgrid– an emergency backup power grid for the community.
Aren’t these things the public should know before we pass on CCA?
The new majority has been in office for some-sixty days and has known about CCA for months—indeed there was a platform plank on their campaign web site about it. Yet the new administration has made no meaningful effort to educate the public or solicit public comment beyond what the previous administration did (to date, though, public comment on the issue at Village Board meetings has been overwhelmingly supportive).
The administration rejected my suggestion on 1/12 for a community-wide e-mail and robocall on the topic.  The administration ignored a draft informational e-mail prepared by the staff on 1/27.  After the mayor’s condemnation of the previous administration for so-called lack of outreach and his request to Sustainable Westchester (which was granted), such silence is inexplicable.
There is no need for CCA to become a political football.  CCA was endorsed unanimously by the County Legislature and currently five Republican-led Westchester communities are participating in CCA.  If the administration chooses to join this coalition for conservation, before the 2/16 deadline, I will be the first to thank them.
Sincerely,
Brian Pugh

Extended Show Hours & Reception at Rutheny Jewelry

February 12, 2016
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Please join us for the 11th Annual Jewelry Show.

 

Show Hours: 11AM – 8PM!
Reception: Saturday, February 13th, 5PM – 9PM

Exquisite handmade jewelry
Local designers
Warm atmosphere
Delicious refreshments

80 Brook Street
Croton-on-Hudson

A Taste of Belgian Chocolates at DePrez Wines and Spirits

February 11, 2016
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Brave the cold this weekend, come and sample some specially flown-in Belgian Chocolates, and experience unexpected and thrilling fine wine matches; Friday and Saturday; no purchase required.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant applications due 2/26/16

February 11, 2016

2016 North American Wetlands Conservation Act Standard Grants Cycle

$50 million available

Applications Due: February 26, 2016
Eligible Entities: State and local governments

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced funding to conserve wetlands and wetlands-dependent fish and wildlife through acquisition (including easements and land title donations), restoration, and enhancement. Projects are required to specify how the project area and tracts might be affected by climate change within the next 30 to 50 years and how the proposed activities address climate adaptation. Projects should describe whether they have conducted a climate risk assessment, climate resilience, and climate-adaptive features.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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