Saturday, April 30, 2016

MORE 2016 EARTH DAY PHOTOS, COURTESY OF CROTON UNITED

Another successful 2016 Earth Day--more photos courtesy of Croton United. Click on the link! https://www.facebook.com/crotonunited/posts/582832211873814

A FEW PHOTOS FROM CROTON'S EARTH DAY 2016

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. 

Couldn't stay very long at EARTH DAY 2016 today--but here's a few snaps for your enjoyment!  Click on the photos.


For more about the Croton Conservation Advisory Council, sponsor of this year's event, visit https://www.facebook.com/CrotonConservationAdvisoryCouncil/?fref=nf

And MORE PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CCAC HERE https://www.facebook.com/CrotonConservationAdvisoryCouncil/posts/986001901435070

and MORE PHOTOS courtesy of Croton United https://www.facebook.com/crotonunited/posts/582832211873814

Friday, April 29, 2016

AN IMPORTANT LETTER FROM JOHN LALLY: BREAD FOR THE WORLD - CROTON CHURCHES WRITE CONGRESS FOR GLOBAL NUTRITION 2016

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.

I hope you will take a moment to read an important letter from John Lally about the 2016 OFFERING OF LETTERS:


CROTON CHURCHES WRITE CONGRESS FOR GLOBAL NUTRITION

This year the annual Offering of Letters, sponsored by Bread for the World, focuses on the nutrition and health of mothers and children in developing countries and urges Congress to provide additional resources to continue global progress already made against malnutrition.

In the rural areas of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the majority of people engaging in subsistence farming to feed themselves and their families are women. Women are also the ones in a family primarily responsible for caring for the children. Bread for the World Institute’s analysis shows that giving children good nutrition early in life - starting in the womb - benefits them in a multitude of ways throughout their entire lives. Giving mothers and children a better chance at life through better nutrition means they are more likely to survive threats to life like disease and childbirth. And it means they can then thrive and have a more active, productive life - getting educated and earning an income to support their family with healthy food. When this happens, there is less hunger in families, communities, and whole countries.

Since 1990, the number of people who are hungry in the world has fallen by over 200 million, even while the world’s population has increased. Every day this year around the world, 17,000 more children will live and 650 more mothers will survive childbirth than was the case in 1990. Children are surviving at a rate never seen before. Since the 1980s, the United States has led global efforts to improve child survival. Also, developing countries with growing economies are now better able to invest in their own health systems. Furthermore, there has been impressive progress made in the commitment and goals set by the international community (including the U.S. government), improved tools, technologies, and treatments to build the capacities of countries and communities, and the hard work of people in communities.

However, hunger and malnutrition are still a major factor in preventable deaths. The respected British medical journal The Lancet reported in 2014 that high rates of malnutrition underlie almost half of all deaths in children younger than 5 years old and are a significant factor in maternal mortality.

Bread for the World is urging Congress to increase funding for the nutrition and health of mothers, newborns, and young children. In 2015, funding for nutrition in the global health account was $115 million - a slight increase from previous years. Bread and its partners believe a funding level of at least double this amount is needed for 2016. Thus, Congress needs to provide $230 million for such programs in the State Department Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill’s Global Health Account.

Congress and our country should see nutrition for mothers and children as an investment in people’s lives long-term and in the economies and security of both other countries and our own. Congress should build broad, bipartisan support for this and continue supporting the U.S. government’s leadership in this area.

Bread for the World is a nationwide, interdenominational Christian movement for the hungry and poor of the nation and the world. Each year it leads a letter-writing campaign that helps people of conscience speak up to our nation's leaders. These Offerings of Letters campaigns have helped pass specific, effective legislation that has made a difference in the lives of hungry and poor people.

This will be the 38th year that Asbury United Methodist Church, Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Our Saviour Evangelical Lutheran Church, and St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Croton are participating.

Thus, congregants of the four Croton churches are being encouraged to write an appropriate letter to our Congresswoman Nita Lowey (U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515) and to our Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510); then, to place their letters, in stamped addressed envelopes, into the collection basket as an offering of their citizenship at worship services on this Sunday May 1st. Other members of the Croton area are invited to join in the letter‑writing effort by mailing their letters directly. 

For more information about Bread for the World and the Offering of Letters, go online to www.bread.org.  

John Lally  

OUTSTANDING MID-CENTURY MODERN LIGHTING COLLECTION

Alright all you mid-century modern lighting lovers...

Check out this outstanding collection of mid-century modern lighting from Steve/Mad Modern.

Click on the link and be prepared to ooh and aah your way through one of the best Flickr albums around, over 200 photos: http://bit.ly/1VY81Ej 

And if you can't get enough mid-century modern lighting, go here: 

--MORE MID-CENTURY MODERN FUN. LIGHTING, 1960 http://bit.ly/26C2HKm 

--AND PART TWO MORE MID-CENTURY LIGHTING, 1960 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/08/part-two-more-mid-century-modern.html

SO HOW'S THE "NEW CAT" WORKING OUT AT CROTON COUNTRY GARDENS?

As many of you know, Cookie of Croton Country Gardens lost his beloved cat "RRRRRRRR" last year.

Well Cookie wants everyone to know that the "new cat"--known as Precious and sometimes Moo-Moo--has turned out to be a very successful adoption and is currently on guard at the shop. She's quite a character...click on the photo. 

1360 ALBANY POST ROAD, 271-5129

A LOOK BACK @ CROTON COUNCIL ON THE ARTS IN MAY OF 1981

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...COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, A LOOK BACK AT THE CROTON COUNCIL ON THE ARTS IN MAY OF 1981. Click on the photo. For more about CCOA, visit http://www.crotonarts.org/

AND NOW EFSP'S DAZZLING DOZEN! STARS ON VESPAS!

Seriously now...where else but Everything Croton (and European Filmstar Postcards) will you find Charlton Heston in full Ben-Hur gear on a Vespa! (Click on the photo).

Here's the latest from our friends at EFSP: THEIR DAZZLING DOZEN! STARS ON VESPAS! 

There's also a very young John Saxon, Angie Dickinson, Mamie Van Doren, Elke Sommer and more!

Click on the link http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.nl/2016/04/efsps-dazzling-dozen-stars-on-vespas.html

Thursday, April 28, 2016

MARK FRANZOSO'S 2ND REPONSE TO RICHARD MASUR'S 2ND GAZETTE LETTER

As many of you are aware, in two recent letters to the Gazette resident Richard Masur made certain statements about Mark Franzoso, the settlement of a legal claim he made with the village regarding a broken sewer pipe and Mr. Franzoso’s support for Croton United.

Below is Mr. Franzoso’s response to Masur’s second letter, which appears in today’s Gazette.

You can read Mr. Franzoso’s response to the first letter here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/04/mark-franzoso-responds-to-personal.html 

Dear Editor,

I read in disbelief Mr. Masur's most recent letter to the editor and all of his outrageous assertions. He chose to use my name for political purposes and then pens yet another letter to reinforce his political leanings despite his denial that the use of my name was neither personal nor political. It most certainly was! He could have simply identified me as “prominent businessman,” “taxpayer” or simply “a fellow resident” regarding the legitimate settlement agreed to between me and the Village. He did not have to use my name or include my political support—which I point out, again, was public knowledge. There was nothing to disclose by the Mayor and Village Board in taking this action, absolutely nothing.

As I pointed out in my previous letter, if Mr. Masur was on the right side of this issue, he would have supported me as a taxpayer because every taxpayer deserves to be treated fairly. He chose instead to use my name and a decision by the Village Board strictly for political purposes.

If Mr. Masur insists on using these pages to criticize the actions of the current administration with which he disagrees, then I will be left with no other option but to remind voters and taxpayers of why they voted out the previous administration of cronies that he keeps trying to defend. The previous Mayor and Village Board squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars and wasted an exorbitant amount of time on unnecessary or self-serving projects.Well, the voters of Croton were and are smarter than that.

We see right through you, Mr. Masur, and that's something that lacked in the previous administration—transparency. A nominal amount of money was tendered by the current Village Board and supported by the Village Manager to pay a long overdue and legitimate claim by a taxpayer. The previous administration had agreed to resolve the matter, but wrongfully delayed a decision until unrealistic deadlines imposed by the insurance company were exceeded.

While reading Mr. Masur's previous letter, I recognized right away his true motivation and saw right through his accusations. I knew the intelligent readers of The Gazette would as well. I didn't get to where I am in my life by rolling over. I intend to defend my name and reputation every time some one like Mr. Masur uses it for wrongful political purposes and I intend to use all avenues of satisfaction if I am wronged.

Stop the early campaigning, stop the barrage of letters and stop supporting three people who failed to represent the best interests of the taxpayers, Mr. Masur. You and those you supported lost the election. Get over it and let's give the new administration some leeway to restore confidence in local government without nitpicking at every decision they make.

Mark Franzoso

HOLY NAME OF MARY ANNUAL MAY PROCESSION IN HONOR OF OUR LADY AND PATRON SAINT

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.

ANNUAL MAY PROCESSION - SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016 3:00 PM - HOLY NAME OF MARY - On Sunday, May 15th we will be celebrating the May procession in honor of Our Lady and Patron Saint. The procession will begin at the Grotto of Our Lady of Guadalupe and continue around Grand St and into our Church. The celebration will include bilingual hymns, the crowning of Our Lady and the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. You may wish to bring flowers from your garden to offer to Our Lady. Hoping you will join us.  CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE THE MAY 1981 PROCESSION.

DE BLASIO UPDATE: WAGNER'S HUDSON VALLEY CAMPAIGN STAFFERS SUBPOENAED

As many of you have probably read in the NY Times, the NY Post, the Daily News, and LoHud, New York City's Mayor de Blasio allegedly broke state election laws when he used his influence to inject large sums of cash into Hudson Valley Democratic candidates’ campaigns, including among others, that of Justin Wagner in his run against Senator Murphy; here is the latest: 

Mayor de Blasio’s political allies hit with subpoenas in fund-raising probe....Staffers from failed state Senate candidate Justin Wagner’s Hudson Valley campaign have also been subpoenaed regarding fund-raising, sources said Wednesday. READ MORE HERE http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/mayor-de-blasio-political-allies-hit-subpoenas-article-1.2616776