Sunday, January 31, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: TOWN OF CORTLANDT DECLINES TO APPROVE COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION (CCA) CITING...

BREAKING NEWS: Cortlandt Declines to Approve Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Memorandum of Understanding. According to two separate sources the Town of Cortlandt declined to approve the CCA MOU at their most recent meeting, citing a need for additional information. It is not known whether that additional information will be forthcoming before Sustainable Westchester's newest deadline of 2/16 to enroll.

MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON

--Now this is a real find, complete with box, and featured in a previous auction at Croton's own SERIOUSTOYZ.COM: the "Turbo-Jet Car", 1950s, by Ideal, 16", plastic w/ tin cranked “automatic launching platform”; NM in NM display box w/ inserts; great–looking & fun--it sold for over over $241 at auction. Click on the photo. Proof positive that if you have serious stuff, they have serious bidders SERIOUSTOYZ.COM

---A very interesting movie site called BACKLOTS; this post is MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BACKLOTS and also features a video of Bette Davis selling war bonds  http://backlots.net/2015/12/25/merry-christmas-from-backlots-2/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-3

--Love the graphics on this vintage Hornby Train Platform Station  http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/07/hornby-platform-station.html

--So worth visiting repeatedly; the motherlode of tiny things for putz houses and villages http://www.tinythingsarecute.com/

--Putz house building inspiration; the 1935 Aladdin kit house catalog https://www.flickr.com/photos/daily-bungalow/sets/72157611591126849/with/3138471025/

--And in case you've never seen this: A TRIBUTE TO TINPLATE from the days before everything was made of molded plastic http://bigindoortrains.com/primer/buildings/lackie/tinplate.htm

Saturday, January 30, 2016

AN UPDATE ON THAI FOOD IN CROTON--NINE DRAGONS

AN UPDATE ON THAI FOOD IN CROTON--NINE DRAGONS--as many of you know, the former Chinese food take-away--Yang's among other names--next to Croton Mini Deli--has been sold. The new name is Nine Dragons; there were unconfirmed reports that it also added a large selection of Thai food to the menu--but there was nothing online at all about the new ownership...Overnight a website appeared for Nine Dragons--which states: About Nine Dragons: Select your favorite Chinese, Thai dishes directly from the menu of Nine Dragons located at 12 Maple St., Croton on Hudson, NY 10520. However the menu has not been uploaded yet as of today.  http://www.ninedragonsny.com/

UPDATED:  Your editor stopped in to meet the owners--very sweet---the menu will be online next week--this is more or less a soft opening. The Thai food will NOT begin until next week. Click on the photo below for the Thai section of their menu.

FINAL INSTALLMENT: THE BEST OF CROTON 2015, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

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. 

AND NOW THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE BEST OF CROTON 2015: OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER.

OCTOBER

--PHOTOS FROM THE 2015 GOBLIN WALK http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/10/goblin-walk-photos-2015.html

--CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GIRLS' FIELD HOCKEY TEAM OF CROTON HARMON HIGH; they were league champs with a season of 13-2-1.

--CROTON'S OWN BAKED BY SUSAN MAKES THE WESTCHESTER MAGAZINE LIST FOR TOP 7 SPOTS FOR DELECTABLE FALL DESSERTS

--PHOTOS AND NOTES FROM THE 2015 HARRY CHAPIN RUN http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/10/now-some-more-notes-from-harry-chapin.html

--HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MIKE AND ANNALIE OF CROTON DELI & PASTRY http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/09/and-happy-anniversary-to-crotons-mike.html

--PHOTOS FROM THE 2015 HALLOWEEN WINDOW PAINTING CONTEST, MAYOR SCHMIDT'S WINDOW TOO http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/10/some-photos-from-2015-halloween-window.html

NOVEMBER

--PHOTOS FROM THE 2015 CROTON LIONS CLUB CHRISTMAS TREE DELIVERY http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/photos-2015-croton-lions-christmas-tree.html

--CROTON UNITED SWEEPS VILLAGE ELECTION; DEWEY DID NOT DEFEAT TRUMAN http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/gazette-croton-united-2015-village.html

--2015 CROTON ROTARY DELIVERS 160 TURKEYS TO FOOD BANK http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/2015-croton-rotary-delivers-160-turkeys.html

--Croton Academic Challenge Team (CACTI) WON the B division MACC competition- 2nd year in a row.

--FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES COMMITTEE RULES FOR CROTON UNITED, 2ND YEAR IN A ROW http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/daily-voice-fair-campaign-practices.html

--Congratulations to Loren Stillman (CHHS Class of '98) and Benjamin Holzer (CHHS Class of '96), inducted into the Croton-Harmon High School's Hall of Distinguished Graduates 

--VETERANS DAY 2015 photos http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/photos-2015-veterans-day-ceremony-in.html

--PHOTOS, GOD SQUAD, COMMUNITY SERVICE, FALL CLEAN-UP http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/holy-name-of-marys-god-squad-continues.html

--PHOTOS FROM THE ASBURY METHODIST ANNUAL ARTISAN FAIR http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/photos-from-asbury-methodist-holiday.html

DECEMBER

--MAYCLIM TOURNAMENT http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/12/results-all-county-team-mayclim-tourney.html

--FEED THE BIRDS CELEBRATED THEIR 5TH ANNIVERSARY IN BUSINESS

--CROTON UNITED SWEARING IN CEREMONY http://www.crotonunited.org/blog-n/2015/12/8/swearing-in-ceremony

--RESULTS OF THE CROTON F.D. SPECIAL VOTE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/12/results-of-122115-croton-fire-dept.html

--THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HELD THEIR ANNUAL VISIT WITH SANTA CLAUS

--2015 GOD SQUAD SLEEP OUT PHOTOS http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/12/some-photos-from-tonights-god-squad.html 

SEE THE COMPLETE BEST OF CROTON 2015 LIST BELOW

Thursday, January 28, 2016

THIS WEEK'S GAZETTE: A LETTER ON SUSTAINABLE WESTCHESTER FROM PAUL STEINBERG

Please take a moment to read a letter from Croton resident Paul Steinberg from this week's Gazette:

To the editor:

Greg Ball is back! Last week in Croton, a mysterious group of people combed the Village and the train station.

Claiming to have been affiliated with Greg Ball, they sought to get signatures on a petition in support of the Sustainable Westchester electric program.

When asked where they were from and who was paying them, the mystery people refused to answer. One of them even ran the other way when a commuter attempted to snap a photo.

The reliance on Mr. Ball’s reputational halo is telling. Most of us remember Senator Ball as an ethically-challenged politico who spent $23,000 of campaign funds at Brooks Brothers and Banana Republic. He retired from the Senate and decamped for Texas.

Much like Mr. Ball, the Sustainable Westchester program brings to mind Mark Felt’s dictum: “Follow the money.”

We are told that SW is “a consortium of Westchester County local governments.” In truth, SW is a domestic not-for-profit corporation. This is a critical legal distinction.

Governmental bodies such as the MTA are classified as “domestic government” entities and they are bound by various rules. And a municipal employee such as a Village Manager has a legal obligation to comply with ethics laws on penalty of criminal prosecution. By contrast, SW and their employees are not bound by the same ethical, procurement, transparency, and conflict-of-interest laws and regulations.

As a 501(c)(3) entity, SW is under the same “non-profit” rubric as organizations like Planned Parenthood or the National Rifle Association, and can raise unlimited amounts of money from donors whose interests may not correlate with the households who are automatically made customers of SW.

New York corruption is a national disgrace, and much of the scandal involves “not-for-profit” entities set up by government officials. The most egregious was Senator Espada’s 30-year looting of Soundview Health, and of course Senator Silver and Dr. Taub put their unique spin on “non-profit” funding.

In those cases, there was at least a degree of oversight insofar as funding came directly from the government and ultimately Mr. Espada and Mr. Silver were held to account.

It is far more difficult to rein-in abuse when an entity is funded by non-tax levy money, as Richard Grasso and Ken Langone can attest: even outrageous compensation packages will not lead to legal consequences.

SW will derive revenue from several sources, including a surcharge on every unit of energy provided to the taxpayers of Westchester. A surcharge of one mill/KwH by 130,000 customers using 500 KwH/month means that SW gets $780,000 each and every year. That is a conservative estimate, since SW will mandate small business participation and hence the KwH number will be higher. Once SW expands to natural gas sales, the amount is likely to be well over $1,000,000 per year.

If SW was really a group of municipalities, this money would be going to the municipalities and the expenses would reflect the compensation levels of public servants.

The mill surcharge is small potatoes compared with the capture of the spread. When SW was first presented, we were told that SW would follow the practice of programs in other states and that SW would capture a portion of the spread between the contract price and the “retail” (non-contract) price. Ostensibly this would be used to fund programs to reduce energy usage by means such as smart thermostats and the like.

If SW were subject to the procurement and conflict-of-interest rules that a government entity must follow, this would be a matter of routine governance and oversight. But as a non-governmental entity, those rules do not apply to SW.

SW finally got around to adopting a Code of Ethics in March 2015. That is adopted from the Colorado Assn. of Non-Profits, and as applied to SW there is no external oversight or penalty. If the Colorado rules become inconvenient, they can be changed at the whim of the Board of SW.

SW also adopted a policy in March 2015 which permits it to engage in lobbying activities. This being New York, it is understandable that an organization which will be raking in millions of dollars based on the caprice of the PSC and the legislature is going to lobby, and that money is going to be spent to further the goals of SW, including “support or opposition for legislation, regulatory actions, initiatives or other public policy efforts.”

SW has not even provided a single kilowatt of electricity, but it has plans for lobbying with your money.

SW Executive Director Leo Wiegman’s report of August 2015 notes that SW may consider a “Corporate Donation Policy.”

This is another feature of New York politics: spread money around as “donations” to create political allies. It is a favored tactic of NYC politicians facing term limits, who disburse money to charities outside their district to garner support for higher office, and Altria Group used donations to NY charities to fend off anti-smoking legislation when they were headquartered in NY.

If SW was merely a consortium of municipalities banding together for a discount on energy, it would have no need for lobbying and “corporate donations.”

SW operates under the mandate of the Public Service Commission, but it is not a governmental entity. If was a New York State government body, the key persons would have to file financial disclosure and that can be requested online at the NYS JCOPE site. By contrast, the SW conflict-of-interest policy restricts disclosure to SW top management.

How much oversight will be exercised by top management is unknown. Of the 12 Directors, only 5 are listed as being municipal officials and 7 have other affiliations which include entities which are involved in the sector which SW would operate. And those 12 do not include the former Croton mayor who now serves as Executive Director in addition to owning his own energy company. That former mayor submitted incorrect timesheets to Croton in order to obtain public benefits, which gives pause to anyone relying on SW to self-regulate.

It may be that the SW leadership is possessed of the highest integrity. But we do not rely on that assumption when it comes to our governmental officials, and we should not have to rely on that from an entity which uses the power of government to generate multi-million dollar revenue which will not be subject to the oversight required of government bodies.

A key reason that the PSC gave in approving the SW pilot program in February 2015 was that the program ensured the “safeguards, credibility, and accountability that an energy procurement program administered by a local government can provide.”

The SW program as presented to Croton does not provide that local oversight. In fact, even the basic terms of the contract are left up to SW: the choice is for Croton to sign the MoU and after that we are at the mercy of SW: the Village provides the credibility, but we only have the assurances of SW that it will have safeguards and accountability.

It is entirely reasonable to “follow the money” in any enterprise involving NY officials, and the mysterious petition solicitors who refused to disclose their identities and source of funding as they canvassed Croton last week gives me concern.

If the canvassers were paid by SW from tax levy money, the Village should take action to terminate its relationship with SW. If the canvassers were not paid by SW, it raises the question as to who is funding this lobbying effort and why they will not disclose their identity.

Before any more money is paid to SW or contracts entered into with SW, the taxpayers have a right to know where the money is coming from, and where the money is going.

Paul Steinberg

ATTENTION CROTON KNITTERS & CROCHET PEOPLE!

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

ATTENTION CROTON KNITTERS & CROCHET PEOPLE!

--Did you know that Croton Gab and Knit meets at The Black Cow on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and on Sunday afternoons at 12:30...free knitting and/or crochet lessons for anyone interested.  Call Deborah at 271-6936 or join us at the Cow. Seasoned knitter or want to learn? All welcome! Free! Come & go as you please. Check out their FB page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/189474951257272/

AND... 
IF YOU LOVE VINTAGE KNITTING PATTERNS... http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/index-to-vintage-knitter-series.html

AND...
DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT CROTON'S OWN "KNIT-FACED"!  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/01/knit-faced-inter-active-podcast-has.html

67TH ANNUAL CHEERLEADING WESTCHESTER COUNTY INVITATIONAL, CONGRATS HENDRICK HUDSON, CROTON-HARMON ETAL.

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. 

CONGRATULATIONS CROTON-HARMON H.S. AND HENDRICK HUDSON H.S. - 1/27/16 - JOURNAL NEWS - 67TH ANNUAL CHEERLEADING WESTCHESTER COUNTY INVITATIONAL--HIGHLIGHTS ONLY:
--The Hendrick Hudson High School Sailors nailed their routine to win the invitational’s large-team division and secure a chance to compete for the Grand Champion title on Thursday--TODAY.
--In the mixed division, John Jay-East Fishkill took first place, with Croton-Harmon coming in second and Pelham placing third.
--LOTS OF photos of the assorted teams,including Hen Hud; there's also a shot of Meagan DeMarchis from the Croton team.  READ THE REST HERE http://usatodayhss.com/2016/for-hen-hud-cheerleaders-long-wait-was-worth-it 

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN:
--VINTAGE CROTON CHEERLEADERS! http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/09/more-croton-memories-varisty.html

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON

Howard Lamey's latest creation; a "cotton top" railroad shack (hole in the back for the light of course!) soon to join a certain train layout in December 2016....

It's followed by the latest in the Dolly Toy co. putz house reproduction activities; this one is created by Laura.

You can read the 6 page "Dolly Village" post on these houses here http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=976

And finally an oldie but goodie from Howard Lamey as well: the Starwoods Hotel; click on the photos and enjoy. See more of Howard's work at littleglitterhouses.com

The 1949 Salesman's Candy Book! bit.ly/1SbDrFS - Always worth a second look....

And for all you lovers of vintage Honeycomb, go here now! bit.ly/205rIwF

Abe Vigoda has died bit.ly/1SbDW2L

To P.J.L. - we love looking at the photos from the Golden Glow of Christmas page but the convention costs are too rich for our blood as well; you might try reaching out to them directly to see if they offer veterans' discounts.  We just don't know https://www.facebook.com/TheGoldenGlow/photos_stream

1960 GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, THE AUTOMATIC SWIZZLE STICK! http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/01/gone-but-not-forgotten-1960-automatic.html

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

RIP ABE VIGODA A.K.A. SAL TESSIO A.K.A. SGT. PHIL "FISH"

Abraham Charles "Abe" Vigoda has died at 91. Vigoda is most notable for his portrayal of Sal Tessio in the Francis Ford Coppola film The Godfather, for the film Joe Versus the Volcano, and for his portrayal of Detective Sgt. Phil Fish on the television sitcom series Barney Miller from 1975 to 1977....click on the photo to see a Parker Brothers board game for Barney Miller.

And check out this clip featuring former resident Dave Konig & Abe Vigoda in "The Dave Konig Show" USA Networks 1996. Konig's Christmas special, Abe played Clarence his guardian angel. A funny, nice man! (Watch a clip of Konig and Abe starting at 1:24 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4TFY9VAqQQ)

AN IMPORTANT LETTER; WHY WAS THE COMMUNITY LEFT IN THE DARK ABOUT CCA?

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.

WHY WAS THE COMMUNITY LEFT IN THE DARK ABOUT CCA? The following letter by Joel Gingold was sent to the Gazette.

To the Editor,

It strikes me as ironic that, after having criticized the all-Dem village board for the past several years, I have become the Dems Facebook poster boy for CCA. Having achieved this status, I wonder if it means that the Dems will now take my advice on other issues facing the village.

It is, of course, true that I did, “with a lot of reservations and more than a little trepidation,” suggest that the board approve the program. As we all know, they chose to move in another direction.

In the four pages of comments on CCA I sent to board members prior to the meeting, I highlighted what I felt were critical uncertainties and unknowns associated with the program as described to date. I also noted that Sustainable Westchester (SW) did a very poor job in rolling out CCA. I suggested that the most desirable outcome would be to delay the decision until all of these questions could be answered. Unfortunately, SW would not grant such a hiatus. READ MORE HERE https://www.facebook.com/crotonunited/posts/539448639545505

CT ENERGY CO ACCUSED OF MISLEADING CUSTOMERS

While this article is from 2015, it's food for thought: STAMFORD- You might have heard CL&P's electric rates jumped 26 percent last month in Connecticut. So is it time to shop around for an alternative electric provider? One of  them promises to save you money while you save the environment, but it may be promising more than it can deliver. The company, called Viridian Energy, is dealing with a civil lawsuit in Maryland and is the subject of more than 100 complaints in Connecticut since 2012. So Fox CT took a closer look. (The actual legal documents are also available.) Read more here http://fox61.com/2015/02/25/fox-ct-investigates-ct-energy-company-accused-of-misleading-customers/

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: THE 1960 AUTOMATIC SWIZZLE STICK!

Everything Croton continues its very popular series GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN....and so without further ah-doo...

Courtesy of our fiend Classic Film--from 1960--THE AUTOMATIC SWIZZLE STICK. We'll let the ad do the talking; click on the photo!

Monday, January 25, 2016

ERROR CLOUDS SOLAR FIRE-SAFETY REGULATIONS

A must-read: ERROR CLOUDS SOLAR FIRE-SAFETY REGULATIONS, Poughkeepsie Journal 1/24/16

-The future of proposed rules limiting rooftop space for solar panels in New York will depend on whether the state accepts national standards that were published by mistake, the Poughkeepsie Journal has learned.

-The state's Fire Prevention and Building Code Council is weighing new codes that would require a 3-foot setback from the edge of residential rooftops to allow safe access for firefighters. But the model rules were published in error in 2014 by the International Code Council, a group that develops building and fire-prevention codes for structures...All 50 states have adopted them at some level.... 

-An official for a statewide solar industry association opposes the changes...they say this could reduce rooftop space in NY by 40% or more.

-Firefighters who support the changes say they are needed not only to reduce the chance of electrocution, but also to provide safe access.

READ THE REST OF THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL'S INVESTIGATION HERE

HOT DIPPITY DONUTS COMING TO CROTON @ BAGELS ON HUDSON

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 COMING TO BAGELS ON HUDSON IN THE CROTON COMMONS SHOPPING CENTER--we'll keep you posted...

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. And stay tuned.

UPDATED 2/12/16--NOW OPEN 

1960, LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD, LARRY MARICLE

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.

Courtesy as always of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 1960 LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD, LARRY MARICLE. Click on the images below.

You may also enjoy: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/09/new-croton-history-mysteries-harmon.html

Sunday, January 24, 2016

1937 ADS & ARTICLES: THE LITTLE RASCALS A.K.A. OUR GANG

For fans of The Little Rascals a.k.a. Our Gang, a small collection of vintage ads and articles from our collection of vintage magazines, 1937 (includes a great Christmas item from a scrapbook too). Click on the photo to see just one featuring Darla.

Click on the link to see the rest bit.ly/1JvzjNJ

You may also enjoy these related links: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/09/our-gang-surviving-members-dickie-moore.html

And reading more about THE LITTLE RASCALS here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Gang 

Darla Hood died young https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darla_Hood

Saturday, January 23, 2016

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY THANKS FRANZOSO CONTRACTING

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.

Franzoso Contracting has donated the roof for 300 King Street in Chappaqua; read and see more at Habitat for Humanity of Westchester's FB page:

on.fb.me/1OFVkZ1