Suggestion from a happy reader

To The Nyack Villager—
First of all I moved to Nyack from Brooklyn about a year ago and so enjoy reading The Villager. I am 77 and find myself incredibly happy to have settled here at this point in my life. From this position I wanted to acknowledge all for doing such a great job with The Villager publication. It is consistently attractive, informative and interesting.

One thing that I would love to see is a column devoted to how Governor Malcolm Wilson got his name associated with the bridge. I assume there will be a big discussion around what to name the new bridge and it would be interesting to see how he pulled it off.

Again, good job to all.

—Richard Buchholz, Nyack

[Editor’s note—We’re glad you find The Villager to be a useful publication and we thank you for telling us. And you make a great suggestion. We referred it to Jim Leiner, who writes our column (Remember the Days?) on local history. We trust he’ll have an answer for us soon.]

Toward prevention of drowning
To The Nyack Villager—
Summer is over, and even so, ten people die of drowning in the U.S. every day, in every season so, I thought local parents might be interested in SPLASH! a book we’ve written for parents to teach children to swim. It’s unofficially available now on Amazon but doesn’t officially come out until December, when there will also be an e-book available.

Drowning is among the top five causes of unintentional injury death in all Americans; 30% of young children who die of unintentional injury die from drowning. The book’s focus is especially on teaching children who fear swimming or water, but is an encyclopedic guide to teaching swimming.

It would be a wonderful thing if we could prevent some children from drowning this year.

Thanks for your attention,
—Andrea Siegel, Piermont

[Editor’s note—http://andreasiegel.wordpress.com/splash-the-careful-parents-guide-to-teaching-swimming/ by Andrea Siegel, for a précis of the book.

Recycling update

To The Nyack Villager—
Since the first Earth Day 44 years ago, remarkable progress has been achieved in protecting our environment and conserving natural resources. From a recycling standpoint, each of us doing our small part every day to keep bottles, cans, and paper materials out of the trash is collectively reducing greenhouse gases, diverting materials from limited landfill space, and supporting thousands of jobs statewide.
Unfortunately, the same environmental achievement cannot be claimed when it comes to unwanted clothing and other household textiles. New York State residents trash about 1.4 billion pounds of these materials each year, with a market value exceeding $200 million. That’s approximately 70 pounds for every New York citizen annually, and an economic loss of $1 billion over the course of only five years! If all of us kept unwanted clothing and textiles out of the trash, approximately 9,000 new jobs could be generated across the state to manage this material stream.

In conjunction with America Recycles Day in November, communities across the state teamed up to encourage residents to donate and recycle their unwanted clothing and other household textiles. The Clothes the Loop NY campaign is led by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3), in conjunction with the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR). Information about what to donate and where to donate, can be found at www.NYtextiles.org

A few facts:

• 95% of all used clothing, footwear and other cloth household products, including sheets, towels, curtains, blankets and pillowcases can be recycled, including clothing that is torn, missing buttons, or has broken zippers or a few stains.

• Currently, 85% of unwanted clothing, footwear, and household textiles are winding up in the trash; only 15% is being reused or recycled.

• The US EPA reports that more than 12 million tons of used clothing and household textiles are discarded across the U.S. annually, while only 2.25 million tons are recovered for reuse or recycling.

NYSAR3 has formed a coalition of non-profit charitable organizations, including the Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, and Goodwill Industries, and for-profit used clothing companies, to collaborate in helping NY residents to keep textiles out of the trash. Recovering these materials will produce environmental, economic and social benefits across New York State.

On the first Earth Day 44 years ago, as a nation, we took notice of how we were destroying our environment. Collectively, we decided to take action and make a difference. New York residents are once again challenged to make a difference by dropping off their unwanted clothing and textiles to reduce waste, generate jobs, and preserve natural resources.
—David Lupinsky, Albany NY