Happy National School Lunch Week, UESiders!!

So much improved in NYC…  Although at least one national candidate’s promised the return of french fries upon his election.

Meanwhile, check out the Japanese approach to the elementary school lunch

Today’s also the 140th year since the first words were spoken on a telephone!

Only 140?

Here in our modern world:

Saturday,  March 12th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ole Mother Hubbard, Samascott, Gajeski, Alewife and Consider Bardwell Farms!

(Made the best meatloaf of our lives with Rising Sun’s ground beef this past Monday!)

Bid a warm farewell to Compost Coordinator Pamela Davis…  Of all our great coordinators, the hands-down best!

Taking over the recycling table next week – and we’re betting she’ll be an ace – is Vincentia Agbah. 

Last week’s recycling totals:   74 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 25 pairs of glasses; 9 1/2  compost bins;  25 bags of clothes; 

Yup, they gave us 10 bins for the first time last Saturday and we filled up 9 1/2 with 1,433 lbs of compostales!

And then (the perfect antidotes to St. Patrick’s Day excess):

Saturday, March 19th:  Trees New York Garden Pruning Class

Mount Pleasant Community Garden, Pleasant Avenue between 118th & 119th Street, 10am

Learn the art of pruning shrubs, roses, fruit trees and whatever else might be unruly in the Mount Pleasant Garden from Tree Whisperer Sam Bishop, Trees New York’s Education Director.  Does it get any better than gaining knowledge and neighborliness?!   To reserve a place: Sam@treesny.org

Saturday, March 19th:  32nd Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether

Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, 8:30am-4pm

Join thousands of your fellow/sister community gardeners and greening pros for a “day of sharing, networking and greening inspiration!  On this year’s agenda:  Workshops ranging from the new and innovative (including hands-on learning for young gardeners) to classic, ever-useful, basic. Pre-register by March 14th:  $5 for breakfast, workshops, lunch and t-shirts.  Register at the door: $7 for breakfast and workshops.  For full details and registration… 

Coming up fast:

Wednesday, March 30th:  Upper East Side Story Oral History Kick-Off Event

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, Third Floor, 6-8pm

Plenty to celebrate!  More than 80 volunteers!!  Interviews already rolling in (and you can give a listen)!  There’ll be music by the NY Mandolin Ensemble!  But please RSVP

Only a three weeks away:

Wednesday, April 6th:  Research the History of Your NYC Home Class

42nd Street Library, 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue, 3-4:30pm

The perfect pairing with the UES Local History Project…  Construct a narrative history of your building using local histories, censuses, city directories, photographs, newspapers and more!  Free.

As for items miscellaneous:

Say what?   The EPA’s proposing raising allowable radiation levels in our drinking water??  (Should you think this a poor idea…) 

This while Congress is making tentative moves to revivify the Clean Water Act…  (We all do recall fracking waste isn’t covered by the act?)

Guess word of the oil glut hasn’t reached D.C. or they wouldn’t be wanting to drill in the Arctic, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico…  (If you disagree…)

Meanwhile, the BLM might not renew protection for Montana’s pristine Sweet Grass Hills, letting  miners in!  (If you think they shouldn’t…)

Meanwhile, there’s now a Senate bill to prohibit states from requiring GMO labeling!  (Should you object…) 

While 2/3 models-ago local buses still creak up First Avenue, the governor and MTA have introduced a new “Ferrare” model with WiFi and charging ports…  

A modest cheer for the NYC Council for passing a pair of local laws that’ll slash energy use in new municipal buildings…  (The obvious catch:  How many new municipal buildings will we building?)  

Making green lessons we could learn from cities elsewhere all the more pertinent… 

However:

JPMorgan Chase announced they’re, “stepping away from coal mining investment!”   That makes  5 of the 6 largest U.S. banks to commit to reduced coal financing!!

To which this is quite the perfect response:  Erstwhile coal miners learning to code!

Hey, why shouldn’t Amazon go solar on the roofs of its immense and many warehouses!  (To encourage Mr. Bezos...)

Add yet another to NYC’s many secret worlds…  That of church bell ringers!

Moving by bicycle…?  Yes, indeed, via the Cargo Bike Collective!

Milling your own whole wheat flour at home?  Sounds fabulous to us!!

Talk about an off-the-beaten-path vacation:  Log driving in Sweden!

And trust Scandinavians to revive/modernize the root cellar

Love news flashes like this one – to ice fishermen – from the NYS DEC!

DEC’s also just debuted their new Hudson RiverNet site...  Chock full of great volunteer opportunties!  

Both the New York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are in the running for America’s Best Botanical Garden!  To cast your vote (and you can vote every day)

Five ways to save on printer ink…!

On to the animal kingdom:

Most sad to say, rhino poaching in Namibia’s doubled in the past year.

Results of the 116th Annual Central Park Christmas Bird Count are in!  (Think 27,167 birds, 96 species and 174 volunteers!)

The newest dog breeds included in this year’s Westminster Show

Raccoons like peanut butter, too!!   (A Raccoon Whisperer, indeed!)

Better still, baby raccoons in a sink!

Green as shamrocks and leprechaun suits,

UGS

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