Happy New Year, UESiders!

Going to be on the short and sweet side this time around…

But know that we’re seeing 2011 out with the very good news that  the Roosevelt Island post office has been saved from the ax! 

And the pretty darned fabulous 2011 Greenmarket recycling totals are in…    778 lbs #5 plastic/Britta filters/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/printer cartridges/corks and 1,587 lbs batteries!   

Way more than a ton of stuff, folks!

Every last ounce of it transported from home to the markets by YOU!!

Thank you.  Thank yourselves.

But let us not rest on our laurels…  Last week, Seattle became the 4th U.S. city to ban plastic bags!

On to the coming week:

Saturday, December 31st:   82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street, between First and York, 9am – 3pm

With the sole exception of Rising Sun Beef, everybody’s back at their tables, including Atlantic Seafood!

DO REMEMBER:  No recycling this week!  (But get ready for Recycle-O-Rama next Saturday.)

Yes, a mere 7 days later:

Saturday, January 7th:   Recycle-O-Rama – It’s 2112 Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, between First and York, 10am-3pm

Electronics (working/non-working) …   Paper in need of shredding…  Clothes/fabrics/hats/belts/shoes…  All our usual recycleables 9#5, batteries, etc.)…  We’ll be taking them all!

Electronics accepted:

•    Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
•    Monitors
•    Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
•    Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
•    Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
•    Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
•    TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players
•    Video-games and audio visual equipment
•    Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
•    Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

NO APPLIANCES, please! 

Paper:

Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings.

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS (Yes, to paperbacks.)

Clothes:

Including hats, belt, shoes and fabric…  All in any condition.

Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th:  Mulchfest at Carl Schurz Park

Christmas Tree Drop-Off at 86th Street and East End Avenue, 10am – 2pm

Last year, citywide, some 17,000 Christmas trees were converted into  nourishing mulch.  (We know we can do much than that!)   All we have to do is remove ornaments and lights and get our trees over to Schurz Park.  Then, should you wish (and we hope you do), you can leave with a biodegradable bag of mulch to pamper the trees on your block! 

Sunday, January 8th:   Cooking with Irene

Clinton Hill/Ft. Greene, 1-4pm

Remember our lovely market manager of 2 years ago, Irene Plax?  Well, in the time since she was with us, she’s moved on to the much esteemed Just Food and is now also conducting her own cooking classes.  This session she’ll take  “students” through preparation of 6 dishes, replete with tips and info on new tools.  $40.   To sign up and get directions:  ireneplax@gmail.com

Coming up fast:

Sunday, January 29th:  Recycle-O-Rama – Pre-Goundhog Day Edition 

First Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd (east side), 10am-3pm

Electronics…  Clothes…  Paper shredding …   All our usuals…  From household batteries to eye glasses…  Bring ’em on.

Electronics accepted:

•    Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
•    Monitors
•    Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
•    Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
•    Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
•    Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
•    TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players
•    Video-games and audio visual equipment
•    Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
•    Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

Remember:  NO APPLIANCES, please!

As for this week’s miscellany: 

Ever consider becoming a Community Board 8 member?  If so, the City’s conducting info sessions (on qualifications, duties and obligations) and applications are being accepted until January 13th.   For full details

Written those letters opposing fracking in NYState?  If not, our Carnegie Neighbor friends have put together a helpful website complete with sample letters and instruction as to whom they should be sent.

Check out the gorgeous subway station they’ve almost finished down at Fulton Street!  

And 18 of the world’s most beautiful tree houses!

Meanwhile, an Italian company is laying cable under the Hudson so we can sip from the well of New Jersey’s spare electric power…  (And why is it we’re not acting like grown-ups and turning our unrecycleable waste into clean power on our own turf?)

Yes, it’s true…  Every American state is first in something!

From out of the past and courtesy of reader Jill Light Sklar…  Priceless, vintage footage on how Brooklyn bagels are made!

Bizarre fact of the week:  Catherine the Great invented the roller coaster.  (Yes.  You read that right.)

Now for the final animals of 2011:

Cornell’s just completed the enormous task of getting their amazing library of bird sounds (the ife’s work of the great Ted Parker) up and online.   (My current favorite:  the dulcet tones of the ferruginous pygmy-owl.)

Okay, we all know baby rhinos are really cute.  But just wait till you hear the sounds they make…   (Major “awwww” quotient.)

And then there’re baby monkeys…  Well, actually, this is a short and lovely video featuring a whole lot of monkeys – young and mature – and human self-discovery.

And on that note…

On to 2012!

May it be a good year for one and all.

UGS

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