Yes: there IS a tree committee
To The Nyack Villager—
In the November issue of The Villager an Upper Nyack resident wrote about trees that had been removed there. He raised some questions about tree protection and how to deal with tree and sidewalk conflicts. In responding, the editor wondered whether there was a Nyack tree committee at this time. The answer is yes. Nyack has a tree committee that was established just after Arbor Day last spring.

The New Year will be a special one for trees in the village. Nyack will become a Tree City USA. Davey Tree will inventory all of the trees in the parks and right of way this winter, thanks to a grant from the NYS Urban and Community Forestry Council. In April the committee will host an Arbor Day celebration, and through the rest of the year the committee will draft a comprehensive village forestry plan. Along with Nyack’s Green Policy Task Force the committee will continue to promote leaf mulching through the Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em program in the fall. The committee and task force are coordinating so that these actions will help Nyack achieve certification as a Climate Smart Community.

The Tree Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 8am at Nyack Village Hall. For more information contact Marcy Denker, Sustainability Coordinator and Tree Committee Chair, at nyackgreendesk@gmail.com
—Marcy Denker, Nyack

[Editor’s note: there is no better way to safeguard your village than to get involved it its committees. Also—see Ms. Denker’s article, New Years News from Nyack’s Sustainability Desk, pg 20.]

Comment on library speaker
To The Nyack Villager—
The Nyack Library recently had a wonderful series of reading by many Nyack folks. Each read from a book banned somewhere and somehow in this country. Beautiful readings by sincere people.

I was amazed, after the honor given to these books, to hear the last speaker, who was scheduled to talk about The Great Gatsby. She commented that she had loved it as a young person, but now didn’t think it much—even less than that. She took a list of quotes, she said were from the book, and read them. And then told us how stupid each of the remarks was. Some of the quotes were five words long. She did not mention that this is a book that defined and educated us all about a post WW1 era of greed and stupid spending by the rich—as they drove in and out of the poor areas of the city and the ash dumps that surrounded their insane lavish parties. And a moral revolution.

This behavior following the war was a world wide phenomenon, and no book tells it better. This book is not merely a classic but is used to teach writing and history all over this country.

She did not trash the book. She said nothing that might have passed for intelligence or the significance of banned books in the United States.
She walked off silently.

No one responded. I think they were, as I, dumfounded.
—Don Monaco, Nyack

From The Riverkeeper
To The Nyack Villager—
As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to take stock. We are proud to report on another remarkable year of success restoring the Hudson and protecting your drinking water.

We owe so much of it to you, as donors, activists and volunteers.

You helped us confront new threats to the river from power plants and the surge in crude oil transport. You took our water quality sampling program to new heights, and passed frack waste bans to protect your environment. And in just one day, you pitched in for our biggest shoreline cleanup yet.

Please take a moment to read the full list:

• Closer Than Ever to Closing Indian Point
• Stopping the Growth of Oil Terminals on the Hudson
• Water Quality Sampling Expands, driving treatment plant improvements
• Rockland Reclaims its Water Future
clean water funds rescued from Albany’s raid
• Big Progress on Cleanup of State’s Worst Oil Spill
• Municipalities Win Right to Ban Fracking; Riverkeeper fights frack waste
• Fighting Clean Water Act Violations Up and down the Hudson
• A Bigger Sweep, a Cleaner Shore
• Limits on Storage Capacity for explosive liquefied natural gas
• Hope in Hastings: cleanup plans finalized

In 2015, we’ll need you more than ever: As the clean water challenges mount, Riverkeeper must rise to meet them.

—Paul Gallay
President and Hudson Riverkeeper