Saturday, April 21, 2018

WE LOVE SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS IN CROTON-ON-HUDSON

Yes. We do. Click on the links for only some of what's happening locally--and let's try to keep those shopping and dining dollars local when we can...bookmark this post for real time updates--but remember, post comes down after 4 pm on Sundays!

THE ASBURY TAG SALE IS HERE AT LAST! More info here 


4/21 & 4/22 AND NOW A DRUMROLL PLEASE...THE ROCHELLE GAMBINO FUNDRAISER AT THE GRANDSTAND IS HERE!

REMINDER - HS MUSICAL SEASON AT Croton-Harmon: SEE “Footloose”; 7 p.m., April 20, 21; 1 p.m., April 22; $15; $10 students; $5 seniors; door.

IT'S ALWAYS FUN AT THE CROTON GRILLE


STILL TIME TO SEE THE ARTISTS OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER; MORE HERE 

4/21 AT BENNETT CONSERVATORY, ROSE & THE NIGHTINGALE; MORE HERE

4/21 POKEMON SUN & MOON PRE-RELEASE AT 3RD UNIVERSE; MORE HERE

4/21 WINE TASTING @ VAN WYCK; MORE HERE

4/22 LEARN TO PLAY DUNGEONS & DRAGONS @ 3RD UNIVERSE; MORE HERE

LYRID METEOR SHOWERS THIS WEEKEND; info here

WEEKEND BRUNCH MENU AT YUKA'S HERE

4/22 ALSO AT THE CROTONFREELIBRARY, AN afternoon of piano works by Beethoven, Debussy, Granados, Chopin and Liszt, performed by Gregg Michalak. 2PM

4/22 CORNELIA COTTON MUSIC TALK AT BENNET; MORE HERE

FRATELLI'S TRATTORIA'S NEW ENCLOSED DINING AREA is finished and there's some awesome things on the menu--more here


MORE CROTON MUST TRY THIS http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2018/04/more-croton-must-try-this-for-your.html

BAKED BY SUSAN LUNCH  SPECIAL AVAILABLE THIS WEEKEND; MORE HERE

SPRING CLEARANCE SALE @ DEPREZ WINES; more here 


WATER WIGGLERS AND MORE BACK AT FEED THE BIRDS; click here 

HUMMINGBIRD SEASON! MORE HERE 

YOUR EVERYTHING CROTON GUIDE TO FISHING SEASON IS HERE

AND IF YOU ARE IN PEEKSKILL, CROTON'S LIZ INGALLS AND THE CROSS CULTURAL CONNECTION BENEFIT JAZZ CONCERT - more here

CROTON'S GAB & KNITS MEETS AT THE BLACK COW ON SUNDAYS AND.... https://www.facebook.com/groups/189474951257272/about/

MEMPHIS MAE'S IS SMOKIN'--best bbq! More here

WE LOVE THE BLACK BEAN SOUP AT MEX-TO-GO and we're not alone! More here

CROTON'S YOSHIMI ARAI, MAGOKORO NY, will be at Ossining's Earth Day 4/21; more here

GET INTO SPRING RUNNING SHAPE AT RUN ON HUDSON VALLEY

WHY NOT TAKE A WALK IN THE CROTON ARBORETUM? TRAIL MAP HERE  

AND IT'S SOFT SERVE AND SPRINKLES TIME! CHECK OUT ALL THE OFFERINGS AT CROTON CARVEL HERE

LOOKING TO GET A JUMP ON YOUR MOTHER'S DAY SHOPPING---CHECK OUT THE GOODIES AT SUNSHINE & CLOVER

Toth & Noel-Mahoney exhibit at the Croton Library 

HOT DIPPITY DONUTS IN BAGELS ON HUDSON IS READY TO TAKE YOUR ORDER ON WEEKENDS!

And if you are in Peekskill, a shop with a Croton Connection--QUIRKSHOP

AND IF YOU'RE IN THE GEORGE'S ISLAND AREA--because there are still eagles around--and you get hungry--AVELLINO'S!

AND SHEEP TO SHAWL THIS WEEKEND IN PHILLIPSBURG MANOR; more here 

REMEMBERING THE RED BARON

A.K.A. Rittmeister Baron Manfred von Richthofen who died this date in 1918. Widely known as the Red Baron, he was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service during the First World War. He is considered the "ace of aces"...MORE HERE
 
YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY READING ABOUT CANADIAN LT. COL. JOHN McCRAE, author of IN FLANDERS FIELDS...the poppies blow...more here

Friday, April 20, 2018

WATER WIGGLERS ARE BACK AT FEED THE BIRDS!

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

AND NOW A WORD FROM FEED THE BIRDS! They're back! The 'WATER WIGGLER'. (CLICK ON THE PHOTO.) Offered this year in two styles: basic and light-up! Runs continuously on two D batteries, creating ripples in your bird bath's water. Attracts birds, while discouraging mosquitoes! MORE HERE

LYRID METEOR SHOWERS

This weekend--The Lyrid Meteor Showers...

To see the greatest number of meteors, watch in the few hours before dawn on April 21, April 22 and April 23.

Good news for all of us this year: The waxing moon will have set by late night, leaving the predawn hours dark for meteor-watching.

More good news: Before dawn, you can see the three planets, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, plus the star Antares!

READ AND SEE MORE COURTESY OF EARTH SKY NEWS AT  https://bit.ly/2K3Uhp2

ANOTHER GIFT CARD CONTEST AT SUPER FOODTOWN OF CROTON

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

Another weekly contest at SUPER FOODTOWN OF CROTON ON HUDSON--Courtesy of their FB page: ALL NEW CONTEST AND ALL NEW CHANCE TO WIN $10 FOODTOWN GIFT CARD. YOU MUST MAKE ONE GUESS & LIKE OUR PAGE TO QUALIFY FOR THE GIFT CARD CONTEST! We posted a picture of a close up of something you could find in our stores and you will have one week to guess what the item is. CLICK HERE!

A SPECIAL VISITOR AT THE DUCK POND, APRIL 2018

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

We continue to marvel at the "life" that has returned to the Duck Pond--despite forms officials way back who proclaimed it a lost cause. How wrong they were proven to be----thanks to the hard work, research and dedication of the Citizens Duck Pond Committee.

Among the turtles, muskrats, and yes, ducks, that have returned--check out a cormorant that has been making a regular morning appearance at the pond for the last three weeks. Click on the photo.

SERVICE INFO & OBIT FOR MILDRED E. CHESKIN

Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 am on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Bethel Cemetery in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.  FULL OBITUARY AT https://bit.ly/2vsGuoV - For further information or to express your condolences online, please visit: www.efcarterfuneralhome.com

REMINDER: CROTON'S YOSHIMI ARAI WILL BE AT OSSINING'S EARTH DAY 4/21

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.

REMINDER: CROTON'S YOSHIMI ARAI WILL BE AT OSSINING'S EARTH DAY---And Yoshimi says: With the new season, Magokoro NY also brings some exciting news - we'll be debuting our new designs for 2018, not available anywhere else. Stop by our booth and say hello to see more! Learn more about the festival and vendors via the Facebook event or on the Green Ossining website. The weather forecast is warm and sunny, so we hope you'll join us on the riverfront for a beautiful Earth Day celebration - 4/21.

AND NOW THE HISTORY OF GOLDFISH CRACKERS!

There are some commercial bakery products out there that have achieved iconic status--or have the potential to reach iconic status--like Twinkies and Devil Dogs to name just two...or Little Debbie's Marshmallow Pies to name another.

But for us--in the crackers department---we're talking about Pepperidge Farm Goldfish---now in a zillion flavors--alright that's an exaggeration but a recent visit to the local supermarket drives home the point (click on the photo). 

Invented in 1958 and introduced to the U.S. in 1962 (the imprinted eye and smile were added in the late 90's), you can check out the history of GOLDFISH here!

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2018/03/a-new-fun-place-to-visit-collecting.html

1972 MORE FROM THE CROTON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

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. 

BY SPECIAL REQUEST--MORE CROTON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 1972--courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW for Story Hoot, Suppressed Desires, The Long Goodbye and more. You may also enjoy these additional festival posts from 1972 here -- also features Croton's Kathleen Beller; more on Beller here.

CROTON FIRE DEPARTMENT UNDER INVESTIGATION

Highlights only--please read the entire article at the link below...LOHUD: The State of New York, Westchester County District attorney’s office and the Croton-on-Hudson Police Department are collaborating on a joint investigation, said Brian Butry, a spokesman for state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. ...Village Manager Janine King said that the village administration is cooperating with investigators....But neither King nor Mayor Brian Pugh would say whether the village has disciplined department officials or put in place safeguards against the possible loss of department funds. Read and see more here

THIS POST IS CLOSED TO ALL COMMENTS AT THE PRESENT TIME.

SPRING PASTEL MUMS ARE BACK AT CROTON'S SHOPRITE

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. 

SHOPRITE'S COLOR ENHANCED MUM bouquets are back--in spring pastel colors of sunshine yellow, lilac, pink and mint. (Click on the photo.) You may also have an interest in https://bit.ly/2K2YgSU

CROTON TEEN HAILED AS HERO, SYDNEY McCABE, NEWS 12

CROTON-ON-HUDSON----A teen is being hailed as a hero for her role in rescuing a man from the Croton River Wednesday evening. First responders say they rescued the man after he went into the river to save his dog. Croton Middle School student Sydney McCabe says she was in the car with her father when she saw the man struggling to swim over to a tree branch in the river. NEWS 12 HERE

4/19/18 GAZETTE LETTER, STEINBERG, FIDELIS, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, CUOMO ETAL.

THE FOLLOWING LETTER FROM PAUL STEINBERG APPEARS IN THE 4/19/18 EDITION OF THE GAZETTE. It is re-printed at the request of our Catholic neighbors and with permission.

TO THE EDITOR:

Amid the celebratory flurry of press releases touting the “accomplishment” of Albany managing to pass an annual budget, it is nice to know that New York remains a state of corruption. Some things never change.

By now we all have heard about the $100,000 in tax money that is going to promote tourism in the Hamptons, and the $3,000,000 to promote the Dick’s Sporting Goods Golf Tournament. Less well known is the extortion of money from the Catholic Church.

The antipathy of Andrew Cuomo (and most of the Democrat Party) toward the Catholic Church stems from the Church’s 2000 year old stance on reproductive rights. In 2014, Mr. Cuomo stated that “right to life” supporters “have no place in the State of New York.” But words of hatred and division are one thing, theft is another.

The Catholic Church has ventured into politics both here in Croton and at the national level. The Church is a bit fuzzy on the physical existence of hell, but it has spoken with crystal clarity on proposed legislation in Croton and even filed a US Supreme Court amicus brief on the constitutionality of mandatory union dues for public sector employees. Go figure. So some might see the events of the past month as turnabout being fair play, and they would be wrong.

It is wrong for a faith organization to meddle in politics, and it is equally wrong for politicians to meddle in the charitable work of faith organizations.

As part of their fundamental mission to serve the poor, the Diocese of Brooklyn started a tiny health insurance plan in 1993. Although named “The New York State Catholic Health Plan” the non-profit served all in need regardless of faith. Serving people who had been ignored by traditional insurance companies, the company became the 1.6 million-member Fidelis Care. 

The Catholic bishops recently agreed to sell Fidelis and put the proceeds of $3.75 billion into a charitable foundation to provide health care for the poor.

The bishops did a good thing, in keeping with a core mission of the Catholic Church going back two thousand years. But as Mr. Cuomo would tell you, Catholics have no place in the State of New York.

The Governor threatened to block the deal or else to pass legislation seizing the Fidelis reserve funds. Although there was no legal impediment to the sale, it could—and would—be blocked by the Dept. of Health and the Dept. of Financial Services unless Mr. Cuomo got his pieces of silver. And if he didn’t get it from a sale of Fidelis Care, he would seize it right out of Fidelis’ bank account.

Because of the Governor’s extortion, the deal was renegotiated and now the State of New York is getting $1.5 billion from Fidelis Care and $500 million from the purchaser of Fidelis. That is money that is not going to the poor. It is money that the State of New York took by threatening to pass a law specifically targeted at Fidelis Care: it is money taken by extortion.

Where is that $2 billion going? It depends on whether you believe Andrew Cuomo. Mr. Cuomo is the consummate NY politician. If you believe him, I have a bridge to sell you.

According to the Governor, the money is going to a “Health Care Shortfall Fund.” This is to protect us against the evil Trump administration which is going to kick Timmy Cratchit out on the street. 

The combination of bashing both Mr. Trump and the Catholic Church while expanding government made the Governor’s extortion wildly popular in certain progressive quarters of our state. The Democrat legislators applauded and the Republican legislators were too scared of angering the Governor.

But as always, the reality is not the shiny object waved by politicians to distract the voters. Reality is worse, as it always is in New York politics.

When the budget was passed, buried deep on page 153 at Part FFF Subpart A of Assembly Bill A9509, the money became a “Health Care Transformation Fund” which among other things could be used for “debt retirement or restructuring, housing and other social determinants of health, or transitional operating support to health care providers.” The money can be moved out of the HCTF at the discretion of the Director of the Budget.

In other words, if you are a hospital or insurance company and play nice with the Governor, there is $2 billion that he can give away. Real estate developers must be salivating over the “housing” clause, and “other social determinants of health” means whatever the Governor wants it to mean. Hiking and meditating in the park benefit health--- by the logic of Part FFF Subpart A,  Cuomo could give Croton a billion dollars for Gouveia renovations.

 A pot of money disbursed at the whim of the Governor will not end well. As New Yorkers, we are accustomed to our crooked politicians funneling taxpayer money to powerful supporters. Using the power of government to extort money from a Catholic charity to fund a political slush fund is just another day at the office in Albany.

Surely a person must feel a bit ashamed at taking money from the Poor Box at church? Not if you are Andrew Cuomo.

--Paul Steinberg, Croton-on-Hudson