Thursday, December 18, 2014

CROTON-HARMON B.O.E. ADOPTS FIELD TESTING RESOLUTION, OPPOSES MANDATORY STAND ALONE FIELD TESTING

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The following is a message from the Croton-Harmon Board of Education:

Croton-Harmon Board of Education Adopts Field Testing Resolution

Joins With Other Districts to Oppose Mandatory Stand-Alone Field Testing
The Croton-Harmon Board of Education has voted unanimously to adopt a resolution in opposition to mandatory stand-alone field testing because it consumes time available to provide direct instruction to students, utilizes school district funds and resources for the benefit of a private, for-profit corporation, and ultimately offers no added value to the instruction of students.The State Education Department has utilized field testing for many decades. A limited number of questions are typically incorporated into standardized exams to aid in the development of future tests.  The proposed amendment would make it mandatory for school districts to administer a separate field test.  As word of this wrong-headed initiative has spread, many Boards of Education are stating their opposition, and are urging parents and taxpayers join them in discouraging the measure.

Research shows that field tests administered independently of regular tests are inherently inaccurate. Researchers and educators around the world, including the State Education Department itself, and several testing companies, agree that the best way to test new test sections or questions is by embedding them into the regular exams that are already being administered. The Board of Regents is accepting public comment on this issue until January 20, 2015, and is expected to vote on the matter at its meeting in February. Members of the public can view the proposed change to the Commissioner’s regulations at: http:///www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2014/November2014/1114p12d2.pdf 

The Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association, of which the Croton-Harmon district is a member, has created a link to send a letter to our elected officials and the Board of Regents. You can voice your concern using the following link: https://www.votervoice.net/WPSBA/campaigns/37729/respond.

You may view the Croton-Harmon Resolution on Mandatory Field Testing at:
Croton-Harmon UFSD Resolution Opposing Mandatory Stand-Alone Field Testing

CROTON FD, EXPLORER POST 2089 ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 2015

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FROM YOUR ALL VOLUNTEER CROTON FIRE DEPARTMENT FB PAGE: 

Yesterday, the members of Explorer Post 2089 elected their Officers for next year. Those elected are:

CAPTAIN: Richard Leach   1st LIEUT: Chris Colombo Jr.   2nd LIEUT: Tommy Kaplan

PRESIDENT: Tommy Kaplan   VICE PRES: Andrew Liebler   SECRETARY: Taylor Vlad

Congratulations to those elected and keep up the great work to all of our junior members! https://www.facebook.com/CrotonFire


CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE EXPLORER POST 2089  MEMBERS @ SUMMERFEST 2012.

ANTOINETTE STOCKENBERG'S 2014 VINTAGE PUTZ CHRISTMAS MANTLE

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It is with great pleasure that we present novelist Antoinette Stockenberg's 2014 Christmas mantle, an outstanding collection of vintage made in Japan putz houses and vintage zinnfiguren.

Click on the link below but first:

My little Brigadoon village has magically reappeared for the ninth time, with yet another chapter added to the story accompanying it. I began my Christmas tale all those years ago as a bit of whimsy to make the vintage houses in the village seem more real, but -- any novelist can tell you this -- by now the characters and their animals have taken on a life of their own. So come with me and we'll wander unseen through the village (didn't I say it was magic?), and we'll peek in windows, and we'll eavesdrop on conversations .... 

http://antoinettestockenberg.com/Putz2014.htm

For more about Antoinette's novels, visit  http://antoinettestockenberg.com/

MAYCLIM TOURNAMENT TONIGHT, CROTON HARMON BOYS BASKETBALL

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CROTON HARMON BOYS BASKETBALL - The Tigers enter tonight's match up against Hastings with a 3-0 record. The annual Robert E. Mayclim Holiday Tournament tips off tonight at 7 PM. 

Check back @ Everything Croton for the results. 

AND CHECK OUT THIS BLOG--ZSMART'S SPORTS BLOG UNO EN UNO http://zsmart.blogspot.com/2014/12/uno-en-uno-with-connor-thomann-croton.html?m=1

CROTON'S AUDRA McDONALD WILL BRING LADY DAY TO HBO

USA TODAY reports; click on the link http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/12/17/audra-mcdonald-to-star-as-billie-holiday-in-hbo/20541059/

HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY TO FEED THE BIRDS! IN CROTON

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A BIG EVERYTHING CROTON SHOUT-OUT TO FEED THE BIRDS IN THE HEART OF HARMON

ROB AND MARIA SAY:  Just like that, we're 4 years old this week. So to help us celebrate, we're offering YOU some very special unannounced specials this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. 

FEED THE BIRDS! 326 S. RIVERSIDE AVE. 862-4700

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Feed-The-Birds/124684690934636?fref=photo

EVERYTHING CROTON EAGLE WATCH, AN UPDATE

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And so it begins again: 


--Four eagles, two mature, two immature at George's Island on Monday morning, then again at approximately ten-ish yesterday. Look to the treeline "finger" of land on the right side of the parking lot as you pull in

--Three immature eagle "fly-bys" in Verplank, near Ralph & Dave's, early this morning

Stay tuned for more. Keep those reports coming in.  P.S. EAGLEFEST 2015 TIX ARE NOW ON SALE http://bit.ly/1yXJNwf 

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN SEEING SOME PHOTOS FROM THE 2014 EAGLEFEST  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/02/photos-from-2014-eaglefest.html

REMINDER: COMEDY NIGHT IN CROTON

At Memphis Mae's in the Croton Commons Shopping Center; click on the link for all the details http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/12/another-great-croton-on-comedy-night.html

CROTON'S BAGELS ON HUDSON IN THE NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS to Bagels on Hudson--2nd place mention from Westchester Magazine for the BEST EVERYTHING BAGEL; click on the link http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Blogs/Eat-Drink-Post/December-2014/Taste-Test-Tuesday-Westchester-Best-Everything-Bagel/

GOT CHRISTMAS PIE? TUTTLE'S PIES, ORDER BY 12/20

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GOT CHRISTMAS PIE? RALPH & DAVE'S TAKING ORDERS NOW---MUST ORDER BY 12/20--Call (914) 930-1708 OR email ralphanddaves@gmail.com - we will confirm your order - all orders must be placed by Saturday 12/20

Dave's Famous Double Crust Apple $20
Sour Cream Apple with Streusel Top $20
Apple Walnut with Bourbon Soaked Raisins $25
Maple Cream Pie $25
Callebaut Chocolate Ganache $25
Key Lime $20
Pecan $ 25

TOP 3 MOST READ 2014 CROTON BROWNIES/GIRL SCOUT ARTICLES @ EVERYTHING CROTON

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TOP 3 MOST READ 2014 CROTON BROWNIES/GIRL SCOUT ARTICLES @ EVERYTHING CROTON  

#1
1960 CROTON BROWNIES FATHER DAUGHTER DINNER @ ASBURY METHODIST http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/07/1960-croton-brownies-father-daughter.html

#2
AN UNDATED AND VERY EARLY CROTON GIRL SCOUT PHOTOGRAPH, dissected  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-wonderful-undated-early-croton-girl.html

#3
THE BAG OF COOKIES BY VINNIE NAUHEIMER http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-bag-of-cookies-by-vinnie-nauheimer.html

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE TOP 3 MOST READ CROTON ROTARY ARTICLES FOR 2014 @ EVERYTHING CROTON  http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-three-most-read-2014-croton-rotary.html

REGENTS: IMMIGRATION STATUS IRRELEVANT @ ENROLLMENT, CROTON-HARMON ETAL NAMED

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JOURNAL NEWS - REGENTS: IMMIGRATION STATUS IRRELEVANT @ ENROLLMENT, CROTON-HARMON ETAL NAMED - In October, the New York Civil Liberties Union released a review showing that school districts across the state, including seven in Westchester, were unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students. The districts named by NYCLU were Blind Brook, Croton-Harmon, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Pelham, Rye Neck and Somers. READ MORE HERE http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2014/12/17/school-district-enrollment-immigrant-children/20572237/

THIS POST IS CLOSED TO ALL COMMENTS.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12/21 HOLIDAY FAIR @ KENOTIN GIFT SHOP IN CROTON

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A BIG EVERYTHING CROTON SHOUT-OUT--DECEMBER 21ST HOLIDAY FAIR @ KENOTIN GIFT SHOP IN THE HISTORIC ACKER HOUSE.

HENNA ON HUDSON WILL BE THERE TOO. FOR MORE ABOUT KENOTIN, VISIT http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-few-photos-from-opening-of-pop-up.html

FOR THE LATEST FROM THE ACKER HOUSE, SEE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/12/and-now-message-from-acker-house-tis.html

And remember -- you don't have to wait till Sunday to shop @ Kenotin!

www.ackerhouseny.com for hours 

HOLIDAY VACATION, MIKE'S "GERMAN DELI"

A.K.A. Croton Delicatessen & Pastry will be closed for Christmas vacation from December 22nd thru January 5th. Merry Christmas all!