Holiday joy, UESiders!

And merry first day of winter!

It’s slipped our minds the two weeks since, but as it happens, this sweet, whimsical moment’s a  better fit with this happy time… Market Wedding

We don’t know the names of the bride and groom…  We have no idea why they specially requested that they be photographed at the American Seafood table…  But we all know Father Angelo who united these two in matrimony!

May the newlyweds have a long and satisfying life together!

(Thanks, Ms. Master Knife Sharpener Hess, for knowing this was a photo that had to be taken!)

On to week ahead:

Saturday, December 22nd:   82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am – 2pm                                               Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbit’s Run Farms.

As in years past, the Opera Collective will filling the air with their beautiful voices and songs of the season from 11am to 1pm…    Stop by, help yourself to coffee and a take a chair! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  52 lbs batteries; 38 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; (12/1) 12 and (12/8) 15 bags of clothes ;  3 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,810 lbs batteries; 1,052 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 108 pairs of glasses;  413 bags of clothes; 86 7/8 compost bins.

Nearing a ton of batteries, people!!

Sunday, December 23rd:   92nd Street Greenmarket

The last 92nd Street Greenmarket of the 2012! 

First Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Street, 9am –4pm                                    Compost collection – 9am-1pm

At their tables will be  Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery,  Stannart and Gleblocki Farms and Troncillito Farm and Orchard. 

And, yes!  Of course!  The Opera Collective with be caroling from 11am – 1pm! 

Remember last year and how so many market shoppers joined in the singing, too?!

(A cup of hot market cider does wonders for the voice…)   

Last weeks’ recycling totals:   4 lbs batteries; 8 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 2 compost bins!

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 283 lbs batteries; 200 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  50 1/2 compost bins.

That’s right!  50 1/2 bins of compost!!

92nd Street returns in June 2013!

In the meantime, your compost is welcome at 82nd Street on Saturdays, 9am – 1pm. 

Meanwhile, in the nearer future:

Friday, January 11th:  “Shellshocked” Screening

Rockefeller Research Laboratory, 430 East 67th Street, 6-8pm

Know you’ve always been wondering about the history – their decline and reintroduction – of NYC’s oyster population!  (They’re also helping us toward a cleaner estuary and harbor.)  Free.  For more info…  

Miscellaneous glad tidings:

The 1.3 million inhabitants of Antonio, Texas (our 7th largest city and one of the fastest growing in the country) have committed themselves to a zero waste program!  

Tap into the Greener Gadgets site and recycle your dead electronics wherever you may be in the U.S.A.

A study released by the Consumer Electronics Association finds that nine out of 10 consumers feel it is important to recycle consumer electronics! 

While conventional power generation plants reeled from Sandy, renewables barely missed a beat!

The Charlotte, N.C. Airport’s 50-foot long worm composting program has reduced waste going to landfill by 70%! 

Not even vaguely environmental but:

Okay, we know you are so hip that you are definitely among the 250 million plus folks who’ve watched “Gangnam Style”.  So, be cooler still now by taking in the best of the many inevitable spoofs:  NASA Johnson Style, featuring a couple of astronauts!  

Just one worthy animal tidbit this week…  Yes, from the Hudson River Almanac:

12/11 – Town of Poughkeepsie, HRM 68.5:  As I was preparing to address a class of third-graders about bald eagles, we glanced out the window to the edge of their playground…  Where a bald eagle suddenly swooped down and perched in a black locust tree.  Try as I might, I couldn’t convince the kids I hadn’t somehow arranged the appearance.    – Tom Lake

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,


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