Looking for something to do this summer where you can hone your writing, marketing, photographic, Web development or WordPress skills and change the world? Sure, that’s a big promise. But like many opportunities, it can be what you make of it! It’s a unique summer job with flexible hours that let’s you earn some publishing cred while making a little extra cash. This year we’re looking for writers, wannabe Wordpress wunderkinds, jquery juniors, php peeps and marketing interns, too.
by Bill Batson
Once upon a time, a couple who wrote and illustrated children’s books built this fairy tale house. Berta and Elmer Hader used the materials they had in abundant supply: imagination, stone from the quarry on the property, marital bliss and a love for the environment.
If a ship is sinking or a airplane is in distress, the captain or pilot is likely to radio Mayday, Mayday, Mayday! to get help. However, it has nothing to do with the month of May. Or any word in the English language.
Mayday is the word used internationally to make a distress call in radio communications. It signals a life-threatening emergency, usually on a ship or a plane, but it may be used in other situations. In an emergency, the word is traditionally repeated three times, i.e., Mayday, Mayday, Mayday to distinguish it from any similar sounding phrases in a noisy situation.
Here are a few programs this week at the library:
- FREE Assistance with NYS Health Insurance Programs, Mon at 5p
- Cuentos y Canciones, Tue at 1p
- Teen Craft, Tue at 6p
- Introduction to Watercolor presented by Janice Baragwanath, Wed at 10a
- Fiction Book Discussion Group, Wed at 7p
- Sensory Story Time, Sat at 11a
- Creative Writing Saturdays, Sat at 1p
- Study Sundays with Ms. Siobhan, Sun at 12p
- Artist Reception – Marisol Diaz, Sun at 2p
by Max Cea
You’ve got one week. One week until your love for the woman who brought you into this world will be put to the test. It’s a lot of pressure. But try not to imagine the painful hours of pushing; try not to think about how she fed you from her teet; try not to think about what a pain in the ass you can be – no gift can really live up to all that your mother’s given you. There are, however, a lot of great Mother’s Day gifts that you can pick up in Nyack in the next week to, you know, show your mom you care.
Sat 11:15a update: “The Thruway Authority is happy to report that Tappan Zee Constructors completed its work well ahead of schedule. We began reopening northbound/westbound lanes on the Tappan Zee Bridge at 10a. No further lane closures on the bridge are required this weekend. We would like to thank motorists and the residents of Grand View and South Nyack for their patience and understanding during this time.” — Khurram Saeed, Director of Communications,
New NY Bridge Project
Nyack Friday, April 29 — Beginning at 9p tonight, three north bound lanes of the Tappan Zee Bridge will be closed to accommodate construction of the new bridge. Have no fears about getting in your car unaware of what’s in in store — because we have an app for that.
by Susan Hellauer
Here Comes The Sun is more than a classic Beatles song. For New York State, the Village of Nyack and community volunteers, it’s also a call to action – and to economize — on energy usage. Solarize Nyack, a joint local and New York State effort that’s part of the three-year Sustainable Hudson Valley program, offers discounts to residential and commercial customers to expand clean energy.
This is the second installment of this two part series. If you are interested in learning more about Solarize Nyack plus and Solarize Hudson Valley, there’s a free workshop hosted by Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart and Solarize Nyack explaining benefits and how the NYS Solarize Hudson Valley group-discounting program works on Wed May 4th at 7p in Orangetown Town Hall, 26 W Orangeburg Rd, Orangeburg
When it comes to solar, there are some who have yet to see the light. Or, perhaps they think solar fanatics have been blinded by the light.
by Susan Hellauer
Here Comes The Sun is more than a classic Beatles song. For New York State, the Village of Nyack and community volunteers, it’s also a call to action – and to economize — on energy usage. Solarize Nyack, a joint local and New York State effort that’s part of the three-year Sustainable Hudson Valley program, offers discounts to residential and commercial customers to expand clean energy. There’s a community workshop on the program for Rockland County residents on Wed May 4 at Orangetown Town Hall and May 17 at The Nyack Center. Consumers who want to take advantage of the negotiated discount need to register for a free site assessment by June 30. Here’s the first part of a two part series on local and state efforts to use free energy from above to cut costs and greenhouse gases.
Annie Hekker crouches down on the Grace Church garden path, and sets out half a dozen green plastic bugs, each with a solar-cell carapace. They wiggle and jump in the bright sunshine, and the Sunday School kids, out celebrating Earth Day, gather around.
Before the oohs, aahs and curious questions can start, Upper Nyack Elementary fifth grader Augustus Ashley-Wieners recites the solar energy facts he learned from his science teacher. The 11 year old sums it up neatly: “If we can save money on our electric bill, and send clean energy back to the power company, why not?”
Take a walk through history at Oak Hill Cemetery, hear some live contemporary classical music and see a murder mystery, a comedy, or a one-act play and hear how NYS is teaming up with the Sun to lower your electric bill. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it.
by Arthur H. Gunther III
It may sound obvious, but each person’s creative process is suited to that individual’s sensibilities. There’s no right way to create. Personally, when I write a column, I may have an idea on the spot, or it may gestate in my brain for ages, but I always try not to think out the piece until the moment when I put pen to paper–or fingers to keyboard. Otherwise, the creative moment will have been lost.
by Sean Patrick Maloney
I write to encourage your involvement in the “Ban the Box” initiative, which aims to provide increased job opportunities for qualified applicants who may have previously been arrested or convicted of a crime.