Thursday, December 18, 2008

Woodstock Concert postponed; pantry needs food

Hi All,

We are sorry to inform you that the Leslie Ritter/ Scott Petito concert scheduled for Friday, Dec 19th, 8 PM, at the Woodstock Community Center to benefit The Good Neighbor Food Pantry and Woodstock Area Meals on Wheels has been canceled due to the impending winter storm.

The Good Neighbor Food Pantry is still in need of provisions to service the Woodstock Community this coming Holiday Season....the need is great!

Please feel free to drop off non-perishable goods at the Woodstock Area Meals on Wheels Kitchen, located at 16 Tinker Street (the lower level BEHIND the Dutch Reform Church on the Green), Mon thru Friday from 8 to 10:30 AM.

We hope to re-schedule in warmer weather!
Many thanks to all who have supported this event!!

With Warmest Regards for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Woodstock Area Meals on Wheels
Good Neighbor Food Pantry

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

How would you fix health care?

President-elect Obama has made it clear that health care reform is one of his top priorities and the Obama-Biden Transition is asking people to contribute their own thoughts and ideas for how to fix the system at Health Care. They've asked people to organize Community Discussions all across the country.

Ruth Wahtera, a member of AAUW, Kingston Branch, signed up with the Transition Team to host a Community Discussion, and we thought you might want to come.

The Transition Team has put together a few questions they'd like us to discuss and then send them feedback. It will be low key - an exploration, not a debate.

DATE: This Saturday morning, December 20th
TIME: 10 - 11:30 am
LOCATION: The Muddy Cup
516 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12443

RSVP NOT REQUIRED but appreciated:

And here's a 2 1/2 minute video of Senator Daschle discussing the health care initiative.

P.S. If you can't make it Saturday but would like to host or moderate a discussion before December 31st, you'll find the details and sign-up at the Transition website here.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Friday Concert to Benefit Woodstock Food Pantry & Meals on Wheels

Ellen Osgood reports that the Woodstock Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels really need our support. Their big fundraiser/concert is Friday night, so do turn out, make an contribution of food or money.

Here are the details:

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Overturn Proposition 8 with Laughter

Here's a humerous and on-target look at Proposition 8:

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tell the US Chamber of Commerce to Get Out of the Way of Fair Pay

AAUW Dialog recently noted that the Out of the Way of Fair Pay campaign points to a recent study that reports women lose $434,000 over a lifetime of work due to the gender wage gap. Watch their one-minute video featuring Batgirl, Batman, and Robin.

Click here to send a letter to the US Chamber of Commerce protesting their opposition to pay equity reform proposals in Congress -- the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Local Author rings bells for bookstores

Aloha, This witty posting came from my writer's union, The Author's Guild. Hope you enjoy it and remember the local bookstores this season.

"I've been talking to booksellers lately who report that times are hard. And local booksellers aren't known for vast reserves of capital, so a serious dip in sales can be devastating. Booksellers don't lose enough money, however, to receive congressional attention. A government bailout isn't in the cards.

We don't want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods. So let's mount a book-buying splurge. Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party. Buy the rest of your Christmas presents, but that's just for starters. Clear out the mysteries, wrap up the histories, beam up the science fiction! Round up the westerns, go crazy for self-help, say yes to the university press books! Get a load of those coffee-table books, fatten up on slim volumes of verse, and take a chance on romance!

There will be birthdays in the next twelve months; books keep well; they're easy to wrap: buy those books now. Buy replacements for any books looking raggedy on your shelves. Stockpile children's books as gifts for friends who look like they may eventually give birth. Hold off on the flat-screen TV and the GPS (they'll be cheaper after Christmas) and buy many, many books. Then tell the grateful booksellers, who by this time will be hanging onto your legs begging you to stay and live with their cat in the stockroom: "Got to move on, folks. Got some books to write now. You see...we're the Authors Guild."

Enjoy the holidays.

Roy Blount Jr.
Authors Guild

This message was sent to Garnette Arledge as a member of the Authors Guild.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Public Discussion of NYS Voting Machines

Hacking DemocracyImage via WikipediaWhat's Up With Voting Machines in New York?

  • How does a mandated switch to op-scan computers in 2009 square with the Constitution?
  • Can we save our levers---and millions of dollars, too?
  • Can op-scan voting be trusted?

These questions will be covered in a public forum

7 pm, Tuesday, December 9

at the Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street

The forum will begin with the video "Hacking Democracy", which shows how optical scan computers, even with paper ballots, can be secretly hacked without a trace.

The video will be followed by attorney Andi Novick's explanation of why op scan, or any other computer voting, does not square with the NY State Constitution, which demands an "observable, transparent, and secure" system that computers cannot comply with.

She will also update the public on a pending legal case to ensure that legislators adhere to the Constitution and will detail the enormous costs a switch to computers would entail now and over the years vs keeping our levers.

Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the program is free, and questions from the audience will be encouraged.

For more information: contact Irene Miller at 518 678-3516
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Woodstock Historical Society Holiday Exhibit and Sale

Holiday Exhibit and Sale
Join us at our newly renovated building decorated for the holiday season. There will be an exhibit of Christmas cards from the Historical Society Archives as well as baked treats, ornaments, and books for sale.
Saturday, Dec 6 2008, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive.

Woodstock OPEN HOUSE

Friday December 5th from 5-9 PM
stroll along the streets and visit the beautifully decorated shops in
Woodstock NY