Saturday, February 13, 2016

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR...

--Your Everything Croton Weekend Planner, Weather, Valentine's Day Shopping Guide and more? Go here bit.ly/1TYEfgB

--The Pound Ridge Rejection of Sustainable Westchester's CCA? Go here bit.ly/1XpGUQh

--Info on the upcoming wrestling sectionals? Go here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/02/wrestling-sectionals-croton-harmon-etal.html 

2016 SECTION 1 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: CLASS B

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

THANK YOU JAMES HIGGINS: Game time confirmed: 6:15 PM - Next Wednesday, 2/17, Croton-Harmon at Woodlands HS in Greenburgh.

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FROM CROTON UNITED'S FB PAGE: POUND RIDGE VOTES NO

POUND RIDGE VOTES NO ON CCA - On February 4, 2016, the Town Board of the Town of Pound Ridge voted 5-0 to decline participation in Sustainable Westchester's Community Choice Aggregation program, citing many of the same concerns expressed by the majority of our village board, including the issues of unreimbursable administrative costs, Sustainable Westchester's "chaotic" rollout process for the program, the feeling of "bait and switch" concerning potential cost savings, and the mandatory "opt-out" nature of the program. Pound Ridge joins Croton, which voted to decline participation on January 19, and the Town of Cortlandt, which has deferred action on the issue with no commitment to join at this time. (Discussion of the CCA program begins less than a minute into the recording of the Town of Pound Ridge board meeting... https://www.facebook.com/crotonunited

or GO DIRECTLY TO VIDEO LINK HERE http://poundridge.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=13

RUGBY, WALES V. IRELAND

Village rugby fans are always kept up to date thanks to Croton's own Tom Faranda's Folly:

SIX NATIONS, WALES V. IRELAND; click on the link http://tomfaranda.typepad.com/folly/2016/02/rugby-nations-wales-v-ireland-.html

Friday, February 12, 2016

YOUR EVERYTHING CROTON WEEKEND PLANNER 2/12-2/15, PRESIDENTS' DAY

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

YOUR WEEKEND PLANNER 2/12-2/15, INCLUDES PRESIDENTS' DAY 

MONDAY IS PRESIDENT'S DAY, VILLAGE OFFICES CLOSED; PARISH OFFICES @ HOLY NAME OF MARY CLOSED; AND REMEMBER THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING HAPPENING @ GROOVYONGRAND.COM 

WEATHER ALERT, BITTER COLD--A MESSAGE FROM THE VILLAGE RE: PIPES!  http://crotononhudson-ny.gov/Public_Documents/CrotonHudsonNY_Board/0542473A-000F8513 

VALENTINE'S DAY/PRESIDENT'S DAY SALE FRIDAY THRU MONDAY @ RUN ON HUDSON VALLEY  on.fb.me/1SM6osk 

YOUR WEEKEND WEATHER http://westchester.news12.com/weather/ 

STILL SHOPPING FOR VALENTINE'S DAY--HERE'S YOUR EVERYTHING CROTON GUIDE TO SHOPPING, EVENTS, DINNER AND MORE PART 1 AND PART 2 - LET'S KEEP IT LOCAL FOR VALENTINE'S DAY! http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/01/your-everything-croton-guide-to.html 

SUNSHINE & CLOVER WEEKEND HOURS: Friday 10-7; Sat 10-7; Sun 10-5

2/12 THRU 2/15 GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-great-backyard-bird-count-is-coming.html 

2/12 & 2/13 @ THE CROTON LIBRARY  http://www.crotonfreelibrary.org/ 

2/13 RUTHENY JEWELRY SHOW http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/02/rutheny-jewely-show-feb-13th.html 

2/13 CSPA GULOTTA HOUSE FUNDRAISER, ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE http://gullottahouse.org/ 

2/12, 2/13, 2/14 EVENTS @ 3RD UNIVERSE  https://www.facebook.com/3rdUniverse/events 

2/12, 2/13, 2/14 TASTINGS @ VAN WYCK WINES & LIQUORS https://www.facebook.com/vanwyckliquors/events 

2/14 JOE ADAMI IN BEACON http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/02/joe-adami-solo-in-beacon-214.html 

2/15 ACKER/HOLISTIC PHYSICAL THERAPY, ANNIVERSARY  https://www.facebook.com/events/1664292410494488/ 

LAMONICA'S CLOSED 2/13 AND 2/14; RE-OPENS 2/15

FEED THE BIRDS CLOSED SUNDAY 2/14 THRU WEDNESDAY 2/17

POUND RIDGE OFFICIALS REJECT SW's CCA PROGRAM IN UNANIMOUS VOTE; CROTON IS NOT ALONE

Again, Croton is not alone. Several town and village residents have sent your editor the video link for the Feb. 4, 2016 meeting in Pound Ridge regarding the CCA program being offered by Sustainable Westchester. The link is provided at the end of this post. Just hit "play"; discussion of the program begins rather quickly. You are strongly encouraged to watch it.

As the February 4th video shows, officials of Pound Ridge rejected SW's CCA program in a unanimous vote. Those officials expressed significant concerns and questions about the program itself, the administrative costs to the taxpayer, what is perceived as a "bait and switch" regarding renewables, the lack of savings, etc. 

Indeed, some of these concerns and questions are similar to those stated by the Croton village board majority, as well as in Mayor Schmidt's recent letter to the Gazette. Additionally, Pound Ridge officials, as well as their counsel, expressed concerns about the SW contract language itself. These same officials also categorized the SW process as "chaotic" and as such, undermined confidence in the program. Pound Ridge officials also stated that the program does not "pass muster" under their established procurement policy. 

There's more but it's important that you make the time to watch the video instead.

Please also note that on SW's website, Croton's approval of the program is still being shown as "pending" as is Pound Ridge. That is simply untrue. The vote was taken in both communities and the answer was NO. Yet the SW website remains uncorrected. 

Also please note that despite assertions to the contrary in some circles, the all-Democratic Town of Cortlandt Board has not voted on this program, it is not on their agenda for the foreseeable future, and they have requested additional information from Sustainable Westchester. Town officials have again confirmed that this is correct in an email dated yesterday. 

Here is the link to the Pound Ridge video and unanimous rejection of SW's CCA program  http://poundridge.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=13

YOU CAN READ MAYOR SCHMIDT's RECENT GAZETTE LETTER HERE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-letter-from-dr-greg-schmidt-why-we.html

HOT DIPPITY DONUTS IS OPEN!

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

A VERY BIG EVERYTHING CROTON SHOUT-OUT! HOT DIPPITY DONUTS IS NOW OPEN AT BAGELS ON HUDSON IN THE CROTON COMMONS SHOPPING CENTER--A sublime vanilla cake donut made to order and topped with your flavor combinations.... yes they're customized! Click on the photo for only some of the details.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CROTON'S ALL VOLUNTEER CROTON FIRE DEPT - 124 YEARS STRONG

Everything Croton salutes our all volunteer Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department... celebrating their 124th anniversary today--or birthday depending on one's perspective(!)... with a quick review of only some of the articles that have appeared on this blog. But first, from their FB page:

124 years ago today, the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department was born!

The "Washington Hand Engine Company" was formed on February 12, 1892, creating the first formal fire protection unit in the Croton Landing community after a fire in December of 1891 caused major damage to that section of our town. The men of this company were joined later that year by the Independent Fire Company (now the Chemical Engine Co.) and the Columbian Hook & Ladder Company. In 1898, when the Village of Croton-on-Hudson was organized, these companies were brought together, although the Washington's held out until 1907, due to a concern about an adequate water supply system for firefighting. 

While much has changed in how we do what we are called upon to do, the one thing that has remained constant for 124 years is the dedication and pride of our members - keeping us a 100% VOLUNTEER organization!

We are ALWAYS looking for new members to become a part of the CFD family - if you have any interest or questions about becoming one of Croton's Bravest, call (914) 271-2693 or email memberinfo@crotonfd.org.

We look forward to our future serving Croton and beyond! https://www.facebook.com/CrotonFire

AND NOW FROM THE ARCHIVES OF EVERYTHING CROTON:

--THE TOP FIVE 2014 ARTICLES ABOUT THE CROTON FIRE DEPT, VINTAGE F.D. TOO http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/01/top-five-most-read-2013-croton.html



 --Ex-Chief MIKE CALCUTTI JR. celebrated his 83rd birthday in 2015. He joined Croton Fire Patrol No. 1 in 1958, and served as Chief of the Department from 1978-1980. 

--CROTON F.D. AND EMS REVIEW LIFENET EMERGENCY MEDICAL HELICOPTER http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/08/croton-ems-fire-dept-reviews-lifenet.html 


AND MORE RECENTLY, COURTESY OF THE CROTON UNITED FB PAGE: Mayor Greg Schmidt reads a proclamation honoring outgoing Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department Chief, William Vlad, for his service as Chief of the Department. SEE MORE HERE on.fb.me/1o9s3xL

AND...

AN INVITATION TO ALL FIRST RESPONDERS FROM HOLY NAME OF MARY: FIRST RESPONDERS will be honored during the 10:45 AM Mass on February 21st. Please plan to join us (in uniform) if you are a member of the Croton Police Department, Fire Department or Ambulance Corps, or if you serve in those positions in another community. Be a part of our "Thank You" to all who protect us so dependably.

JONAS AND THE PURSUIT OF THE LAMP - OR BETTER KNOWN AS MORE FUN FROM ROB & MONICA

And now the latest "saling" adventures of Rob and Monica or...JONAS AND THE PURSUIT OF THE LAMP

Yes--the lamp to the right--click on the photo.  Read on:

2/10/16 the fourth weekend of January should have been our third saling week of the year but Mother Nature had a different plan. That plan was named Jonas. The blizzard hit our area in the early morning hours of that Saturday and lasted all day. Up until now, our snow for this winter consisted of one storm and only about two inches of snow. Jonas brought us wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour. It also brought us 26 inches of snow. It seemed like the whole winter was packed into one day.

READ MORE HERE http://www.ouradventuresamongsttheducks.blogspot.com/2016/02/jonas-and-pursuit-of-lamp.html 

AND IF YOU LOVE ALL THINGS MID-CENTURY MODERN:

--CHRISTMAS WITH BARBIE 1964-1968 http://www.ultraswank.net/inspiration/christmas-barbie-1964-1968/

--RETRO CHRISTMAS, A RETRO MUSIC COMPILATION http://www.ultraswank.net/compilation/retro-christmas/ 

--MID-CENTURY MODERN LIGHTING http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/08/part-two-more-mid-century-modern.html 

--AND BECAUSE WE NEVER GET TIRED OF LOOKING AT ALL THE 1950'S CHRISTMAS PUTZ VILLAGE GOODNESS OF CORA BAITLER... http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/10/more-fabulous-vintage-websites-finds_24.html