Flush With Biden’s Infrastructure Cash, New York Is Choosing Highways Over Public Transit

The law will ultimately deliver New York nearly $6 billion in “flexible funds” that are earmarked for highways but can be spent on transit instead, if the federal government gives its permission. But New York has rarely asked for it. Meanwhile, the Transportation Department is using the bonanza to pursue dozens of highway expansions. The ReThink Rte 17 Coalition, which OE is a founding member of, is working to get sustainable alternatives to adding a 3rd lane in spots.

Read more here

Progress on Saving the Caves at Lookout Mountain!

The Lookout Mountain sacred caves date back 12,500 years to the ice age. The earliest confirmed site of human habitation in the northern U.S., the caves are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town of Goshen has passed a resolution authorizing the supervisor to negotiate the purchase of Orange County lands containing Lookout Mountain (Dutchess Quarry). The town of Goshen’s interest in purchasing these archeological lands indicates a commitment to preservation. For more information read this article and if you want to help, contact your Orange County Legislature at orangecountygov.com/903/Legislature. You can also sign a petition online: chng.it/b8FcpzYCkL.

Read Photo-News Article here

Making Monarch Oases

A winery, a 4-H club, some lawn-owners and others are learning to serve and save pollinators.

In the publication ‘Tri-State Lookout’ writer Jessica Cohen details the efforts of Orange Environment Inc and its board member Dr. Joe Grizzanti and science advisor Dr. Anne Wibiralske on starting a regional initiative to create habitat for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators by asking local homeowners to convert some or all of their lawns to pollinator habitats filled with native pollinator plants.

Read article here…

3 OE Workshops This April on Growing Mushrooms in Your backyard, Installing a Rain Barrel and Home Composting

OE will hold three workshops this April – 4/6, 4/21, and 4/27 – in its “Practice Sustainable Living” series to show you how you can incorporate new ways of raising your own food, recycling rainwater for useful applications in your garden and yard, and composting household kitchen and garden waste to fertilize your plants without using chemical pesticides. Go to orangeenvironment.square.site for tickets!

Bruce Springsteen Tribute Festival and Pollinator Fest!

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
May 20, 2023 1-5 pm
Tickets $10 in Advance! or $15 at the Door

TOGETHER WE CAN SAVE THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY

Since the 1990s, the Monarch Butterfly population has declined by over 90%. Other pollinator insects that are critical to the production of our own food sources also have shrinking populations. Orange Environment and the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery are holding the Bruce Springsteen Tribute Festival and 1st Annual Pollinator Festival in support of the Hudson Valley Pollinator Project — a new initiative to save our pollinators. Join us to support this great cause! There will be something for everyone!

Rock On ~ Dream On and Save the Monarch!”

*Listen to live music featuring the hits of Bruce Springsteen and the Jersey Shore performed by Jonny Rosch and friends: Bios and List of All Musicians
*Kids activities include face painting with their favorite pollinator and decorating rocks for your garden.
*Learn about pollinators and buy their favorite food plants at the Native Plant Sale.
*The Butterfly Taco Station will feature monarch butterfly inspired tacos — No Butterflies will be harmed or eaten!

Tickets $10 in Advance! or $15 at the Door

Tickets $10 in Advance! or $15 at the Door

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TRIBUTE FESTIVAL AND POLLINATOR FEST! featuring Jonny Rosch and Friends!

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
May 20, 2023, 1-5 pm
More Festival Information
Tickets $10 in Advance! or $15 at the Door

“Rock On ~ Dream On and Save the Monarch!”
All proceeds benefit the Hudson Valley Pollinator Project

Jonny Rosch and Friends
featuring

Jonny Rosch
Jonny Rosch, famed vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter for more than 40 years, was the lead singer for the legendary Original Blues Brothers Band and has worked with performers like B.B. King, Phoebe Snow, Joe Walsh, Joan Jett, Carly Simon, Cindy Lauper, Bo Diddley, and many more. A consummate musician, he will be back here in the Hudson Valley as the musical director and band leader for the 1st Annual Hudson Valley Pollinator Festival at the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery on May 20th.

Mick Gaffney – Guitar
Mick Gaffney, renowned guitarist, performed with Paul Simon, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Sam and Dave, Lesley Gore, Tommy James, The Mamas and the Papas, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Chubby Checker, Maxine Brown, Gary U.S Bonds, Chuck Mangione, Billy Preston, The Coasters, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jay and the Americans, Trini Lopez, Rita Moreno, Eartha Kit, Jim Nabors, Bobby Vinton, John Davidson, Frankie Laine, Nipsey Russell, Les Paul, George Benson, Rick Derringer, and Kevin Eubanks from the Jay Leno Show. At present, he is the lead guitarist for Darlene Love.

Andy Burton – Piano / Organ
Andy, a multi-instrumentalist – performed on piano, organ, synths, accordion and more — with the following artists — John Mayer, Cyndi Lauper, Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul), Louden Wainwright III, Rufus Wainwright, Beck, Willie Nile, Ian Hunter, Ricky Byrd, Joe Lynn Turner, Misfits, HBO’s Vinyl, Revolutionary Road – upcoming Chris Columbus film, and the list goes on…

Zoe Zeeman – Bass
Fresh out of Wesleyan College at the age of 23, Zoe Zeeman was chosen to be the bass player in The Marotta Brothers Band — two of the most renowned drummers in rock session work history who played with Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, and Paul McCartney to name a few. Zoe recently toured internationally with the band TV Girl, which played to huge crowds at Coachella and received rave reviews. She also performs in the Jon Zeeman Band, Reelin’ In The Years Band.

James ‘Worm’ Wormworth – Drums
James Wormworth was the drummer on the Conan O’Brien show which also included The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Basic Cable Band with Jimmy Vivino, Conan – TV Series, and Max Weinberg 7. Because of the thousands of stars he played with on that show, his credits’ list reads like a who’s who of music luminaries. He also provides drums or percussion on movies and TV shows such as Messenger, TV Funhouse, The Mark Twain Prize: Neil Simon, etc. Music runs in the family — James’ father James Wormworth Sr. (drummer), and his sisters –Tracy (bass guitarist) and Mary Wormworth (vocalist) are all famed musicians. James “Worm” Wormworth is also known for playing the drums barefoot.

The Kennedys
The Kennedys, husband-and-wife Pete & Maura Kennedy, began as touring members of Nanci Griffith’s band. They released their debut album, River of Fallen Stars, in 1995. Since that time, they have had 15 critically acclaimed albums. They are long-time friends of, and performers at, the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.

Hugh Pool
Traditional Delta Blues and Classic Rock guitarist Hugh Pool has shared the stage with artists Patti Smith, Gov’t Mule, Levon Helm, Johnny Winter, and worked with Debbie Harry, Michael Brecker, Radio 4 and many others and is a partner in Excello Recording Studios in NYC.

Keith Christopher
Co-founder of the Georgia Satellites. Played with The Yayhoos and is currently the bass player for Lynard Skynard.

Baron Raymonde
Saxophonist Baron Raymonde has performed with Rod Stewart, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Bruce Springsteen, Gloria Gaynor, Levon Helm, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick, Ronnie Spector, Leslie Gore, Little Anthony, Matt Guitar Murphy, GE Smith, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Artie Shaw Orchestra and many more.

David BailisGuitar

In addition to touring as a Lead Guitarist for numerous artists, David is a member of the renowned electro-funk band The Pimps of JoyTime. He is the musical director and guitarist for Hip Hop Superstar Bajah and the Dried Eyed Crew. He also leads the Dynamic Jazz Trio DB3. David lives in Greenwich Village and is helping establish a pollinator garden at PS3 in The West Village with the help of the Hudson Valley Pollinator Project.

Keith Crupi – Drums

Keith has performed with Ben E King, Hugh Jackman, Florence and the Machine, Michelle Williams, Taylor Dayne, Tony Braxton, Neil Sedaka, Micky Dolenz, Tiny Tim, Laurie Beechman, NY Philharmonic, Botanica, and many Broadway musicals including Wicked, Miss Saigon, Lion King, Hair, Aida, Full Monty, Kiss Me Kate, Billy Elliot, and many others. Keith has had national TV appearances with David Letterman and Good Morning America, among others, and has played to an audience of over 80,000 playing for Pope John Paul II at Giants Stadium!

Get Tickets Here!!

Get Tickets Here!!

U.N. warns of looming global water crisis. Here are some solutions.

“A newly released U.N. World Water Development Report warns that humanity is walking a dangerous path toward losing its most precious resource….  despite the stark warning, the report actually focuses on solutions. A global water crisis is only imminent if not addressed in time, and the good news is we already have a lot of the projects and initiatives we need to tackle the problem”.

Read more here….

a New Waste Transfer Station in Wawayanda?

On June 8, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a public meeting on a proposed plan for an industral park in the Town of Wawayanda which will include an industrial park with many, many warehouses and a Waste Transfer facility. The public comment period is May 19, 2022 to June 20, 2022.
SEQRA Lead Agency: Town of Wawayanda Planning Board 

DEIS Completion Date: April 27, 2022 

Commencement of Public Comment Period: May 19, 2022 – Closure of Public Comment Period: June 20, 2022 Public Hearing: June 8, 2022, at 7:30 pm  

Name of Action: Dolsontown Corridor DGEIS Project Location: Dolsontown Road, Town of Wawayanda, Orange County, New York The currently contemplated projects, the cumulative common impacts of which are the subject of the DGEIS, consist of RDM #3 (a/k/a “Dewpoint South”), RDM #4 (a/k/a “Dewpoint North”), RDM #5 (a/k/a “Dolsontown East”), RDM # 6 (a/k/a “Simon Business Park”), and the Marangi Solid Waste Facility.  

The DGEIS is also available online at the Town of Wawayanda website at https://colliersengineering.com/dolsontown-corridor-dgeis/.