Friday, October 29, 2010

KAREN BERNARD'S LETTER ADDRESSING MISINFORMATION CONCERNING "AN INVITATION TO BOW HUNT DEER"

The letter below from Karen Bernard was written in her capacity as a private citizen, NOT the president of the Arboretum. It appeared in the 10/28 edition of the Gazette and was meant to address certain inaccuracies in a letter that was written by a resident/member of Croton's CAC in the same paper the week before; that letter invited residents to bow-hunt under circumstances which were among other things, illegal. Ms. Bernard's letter is being re-printed here with permission:

To the editor, In the interest of clearing up the misinformation in a recent letter that invites bow hunters into “surrounding communities and some county parks”, I called both the NYS and Westchester County Parks Departments. This is what I learned.

  • No hunting is permitted in any NYS park in Westchester, with the exception of a special program in the Rockefeller Preserve in Pocantico. This is limited to 15 hunters and 5 alternates who are chosen by annual lottery, given special training beyond what NYS requires for a hunting license and is strictly monitored. Each participant is limited to a doe and buck: there are no special permits for taking does. The nearest NYS park is which open hunting is allowed is Fahnestock State Park in Putnam County.
  • No hunting is permitted in any Westchester County park, other than the limited bow hunting program in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and Lasdon/Muscoot Park that is just for specially trained and certified hunters.
  • No hunting is permitted on municipal property in the town of Cortlandt, including town parks. Hunting is permitted on private property per NYS regulations: specifically, hunters must be licensed, hours are limited to ½ hours after sunrise and ½ hour after sunset, no hunting is allowed within 500 feet of a dwelling, except with the express permission of the property owner. Hunters may, however, pursue a wounded animal onto private property unless the property is either posted or fenced. 
  • At this writing, I was not able to find out what is allowed by the Village and Town of Ossining 
  • The invitation for Croton hunters to hunt in “surrounding communities and some county parks” is inaccurate and irresponsible and should not mislead anyone into hunting where this activity is not legal.

Sincerely, Karen Jescavage-Bernard

Thursday, October 21, 2010

CROTON RESIDENT KATHLEEN RIEDY, OBITUARY

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

Long time resident Kathleen Riedy has passed away. A true loss for our village, a staunch opponent of Harmon re-zoning and Metro-Enviro, an active member of The Rotary. Here is the link to her obituary, as well as visitation hours at Carter's; link is only good for a few weeks: http://www.nyjnews.com/obits/index_full.php3

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CARMEN'S UNISEX SALON IN HARMON VOTED BEST OF WESTCHESTER 2010

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

We're not at all surprised that Carmen's Unisex Salon in Harmon has been voted the BEST OF WESTCHESTER 2010.
 Congratulations Carmen and Company! 364 South Riverside Ave. 914-271-3962

Friday, October 8, 2010

NEW AT ROBERT SCOTT'S POSTSCRIPTS: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

We're so lucky to have Robert Scott. Thanks to his exposes on the Croton bow hunting proposal (now successfully stopped for this year at least) and his treatment of the Harmon housing/re-zoning plans, more and more residents are taking a hard look at our village government.

But there's another side of Scott by way of his wonderful Postscripts blog. Here's what's happening on it now: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ 

At the end of the 19th century, the populist movement was growing in America. Robert Scott’s latest Postscripts article uncovers a hidden social and political message in the famous children’s classic. Author L. Frank Baum’s delightful book (and movie) is really an allegory based on unhappiness with banks and Wall Street. Sound familiar?  Read it at http://notorc.blogspot.com/2010/10/wonderful-wizard-of-oz-does-childrens.html