Two meetings to attend, New Paltzers!

Heya local blogreaders! I’ll be at these meetings, will I see you there?

1) STOP THE CRAZYASS SCHOOL BOARD FROM DROPPING FUNDING FOR FRUITS AND VEGGIES!

Dear Lagusta:

I am a member of Healthy Foods Healthy Kids (HFHK).  I have ordered your delicious food in the past and eat your truffles whenever I get the opportunity.  It seems we may have a similar viewpoint about healthy food and its importance, especially in this day and age.  There is a BOE meeting tomorrow evening March 4th at 7pm [at the high school].  HFHK is asking that any and all concerned members of the community who care about what types of food we give our children, attend this meeting.  As you know, there are going to be a lot of budget cuts next year.  The $7,000 that was allotted for fresh fruits and vegetables was one of the first things to be cut from the budget.  In my mind’s eye, it seems as if better school food would lead to a myriad of positive outcomes – improved health and behavior, better grades, knowledge of where food comes from, etc… The list is endless.

Should you feel similarly, and would like to help us get this money back, please come to the meeting tomorrow evening.  I know it is last minute, but we need all the support we can get.  I say we utilize the $7,000 by supporting our local economy, its farmers and whole foods chefs!

Dr. Susan Rubin will be at the meeting to address the BOE on just this issue, and why it is so important to have a higher quality of food in our schools.  She is the founder of Better School Food, one of the two angry moms in the documentary of the same name, and has a private practice counseling people about nutrition.

Would it be at all possible to forward this email to all of the remarkable people on your mailing list?  It would be much appreciated.

Thank you so much for your time,
Stacey Schaffer

2) STOP STONELEIGH WOODS!
A message from David Porter:

Save Our Community wants you to know that the Crossroads project we all objected to is still a very real potential. It has not gone away and SOC continues to monitor the Town Planning Board for any news about its continuing application. We will keep you informed.

Last Monday, we asked the Planning Board Chair Paul Brown in the public meeting whether they had any more news about Crossroads. He said that the Board had not had any recent contact with the developer, but the latter had paid up on its thousands of dollars of outstanding fees to the Town last December. He also understood that they were conversing with the DEC—no doubt because of the DEC’s significantly negative critique of their proposed plan (see our stopcrossroads.org web site if you haven’t yet read it). Several weeks ago, the New Paltz Times reported a statement by the Crossroads attorney that they were still formulating responses to the public hearings. The strongly critical comments many of you and the SOC
consultants presented at the three hearings will be a lot for them to confront.

In the meantime, we call your attention to the upcoming public hearing on Thursday, March 5th (7pm at Deyo Hall, between 32 N and the Reformed Church) concerning the very large Stoneleigh Woods residential development in the Village. This 140-unit project, adjacent to Duzine Elementary School on the school’s east, has very significant likely negative impacts including intensified traffic congestion near the school and along 32N, safety issues for the students (potential air pollution with toxic dust, much more traffic next to the school parking lot) and damage to valuable on-site wetlands. Additionally, the developer admits in its Draft EIS that there will be at least a half million dollars annual loss to the school district because of this project. That figure is the gap between the cost of at least 71 more students minus the much lower property tax paid to the
district.

Because of your obvious concern for the healthy future of our community, please consider attending and speaking out at the Stoneleigh Woods public hearing or writing a letter with your concerns to the Village Planning Board at Village Hall.

2 Responses to “Two meetings to attend, New Paltzers!”

  1. Mark Clark

    Ah, Lagusta, Stacey and David, where would New Paltz be without you three?

    Reply
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