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  • All Board Meeting dates,
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  • Leaf bags and yard waste pick up is on
    Wednesdays beginning April 12, 2017

  • Reminder:  
    Overnight Parking in the Village is prohibited between the hours of 
    2:00 a.m. and 6:00 am from Nov. 1 to April 1



  • See the New Hempstead Justice Court section
    for all 2017 Justice Court dates. 



  • See our news and events section for important information
    such as
    Our Goal Statements for the 
    Village and our Zoning Map
     



    Bear Sightings
  • May 10, 2017 Board of Trustees
    Special Meeting is cancelled!


  • See News and Events for Meeting Dates
    and Agendas.




  • See our Newsletter under the Newsletter section


    

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 Village News & Events

  
   BOT Regular Meeting - May 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm

       
A NOTE FROM OUR MAYOR BRINN:

Dear Residents:


Of note, it has been brought to my attention that people bring large amounts of bread to Sandy Brook Park prior to the holiday to feed the ducks and geese.  Feeding the birds in those parks is a violation of the park rules, is unhealthy for the animals, attracts rodents, and often results in littering.  For the sake of our parks and the wildlife, please do not feed the birds.

Finally, please remember the following safety rules when walking on the roads:
At night wear reflector strips.
Walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
Use sidewalks where they are available, or try to walk as close to the shoulder as possible. 

Feel free to pick-up reflector strips at Village Hall. 

Thank you.

Mayor Fred Brinn



FREE MULCH IS AVAILABLE FOR TOWN OF RAMAPO RESIDENTS:  PLEASE SEE BELOW.

  

 Christopher P. St. Lawrence

 Supervisor

                                                                 

Town Board:  Yitzchok Ullman, Patrick J. Withers, Brendel Charles & Michael Rossman

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         DATE:  APRIL 20, 2017

                                                      

 

Free Mulch Available for Town of Ramapo Homeowners Starting on Friday, April 21st  

 

WHO:       Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence, Deputy Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman, Councilmembers:  Patrick J. Withers, Brendel Charles, Michael Rossman, Highway Superintendent Tony Sharan & Director of Public Works Ted Dzurinko

 

WHAT:    FREE untreated leaf mulch is available for immediate pick-up by Town residents free of charge.  Homeowners may pick-up as much as they need.  Commercial & private landscapers are not eligible to participate.

 

WHERE:  Spook Rock Swimming Pool Parking Lot,
 Spook Rock Road, Suffern, New York

 

WHEN:    Daily Monday – Sunday while supplies last.     ****************************************************************************

(For further information contact Phil Tisi at 845-357-5100 ext. 201)


Rockland Youth Bureau Announces Applications Now Available for

Summer 2017 Conservation Corps Program

 

NEW CITY, NY – County Executive Ed Day today announced that the Rockland County Youth Bureau is accepting applications for the 2017 Rockland Conservation & Service Corps (RCSC).

 

Conservation Corps members will perform a variety of outdoor, environmental community service projects throughout Rockland. Responsibilities include educating the public about ecological conservation and environmental health issues, conducting field research, building and maintaining nature trails, teaching environmental education, planting gardens, patrolling streams, facilitating clean ups and implementing recycling programs.

 

To be considered, students must be at least 18. Members are required to serve 350 hours between June 1 and August 11 at local sites including the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, the Clarkstown Planning Department, the Town of Ramapo, the Rockland County Drainage Agency, Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority and Cornell Cooperative Extension, among others.

 

“This is a great opportunity for students to gain work experience, earn money and make a lasting contribution to their community,” said County Executive Day. “This is an experience that goes beyond the classroom.”

 

Members are paid a $2,100 stipend that is paid bi-weekly.  Fifty hours of training at Cornell Cooperative Extension are included in the 350-hour time commitment where members are trained in areas including environmental education, trail building, conservation, curriculum development, leadership, team building, safety as well as a variety of other pertinent topics.  Members will also earn valuable work and service experience, network professionally and socially, potentially earn college credit and make improvements in the community.

 

“It's a terrific way to build a resume, get work experience, be outdoors all summer, make contacts and meet new friends,” said Kathy Galione, Youth Bureau Program Coordinator.

 

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their enthusiasm for environmental issues, be committed to serving their community and be willing to participate in outdoor activities that include hot and rainy weather conditions and wet and/or wooded environments.

 

This is a full-time, 35-40 hours per week, opportunity over the summer that is considered community service not a job. Candidates that are selected for the program will have a summer schedule that will permit the completion of the 350-hour time commitment.

 

Applications are accepted until positions are filled. The program begins June 1, 2017 with most of the service taking place June through August. Candidates can request an application by phone (845) 708-7307/7308 or by e-mail rcsc@co.rockland.ny.us.


  

  

Below please see the Village of New Hempstead 2017 Adopted Budget

    Adopted budget 2017.pdf


 

Problem/Goal Statements for Village of New Hempstead

    
The Village of New Hempstead is seeking to update portions of its comprehensive plan to reflect changing conditions and to address development issues which were not anticipated under the scope and reach of the current plan.
The Village is not seeking to change the quiet residential character of New Hempstead, but rather seeks to maintain the current density of development as a predominantly single family home community.  A broader choice of housing options would be helpful in meeting the housing needs of its residents and expansion of quality commercial developments will also provide a broader and more stable economic base.  The preparation of an entirely new Comprehensive Plan would be too expensive at this time and the Village is not able to commit funding for such an in-depth engagement.  Instead, the Village seeks to prepare an “opportunity review list” or “targeted development area and plan” to help guide its local planning decision making efforts. Among items noted for discussion and evaluation are the following general categories with additional supporting statements:

IMAGE AND IDENTITY

 

  • The Village wants to enhance its image/identity and seeks to develop one that will foster the quality of life and the economic   well-being for its residents. 
  • The Village has no identifiable center – commercial or governmental.  The Village Hall is located to the far extreme easterly   side of the Village surrounded on three sides by the Town  of Ramapo.
  • The Village has multiple “entrances or gateways”, but entering the Village is not clearly defined or discernable. 
  • The Village boundaries are irregular with many incursions of other governmental entities deep into the Village.

HOUSING

  • The Village would like to support “smart” housing initiatives.   
  • Additional housing options need to be provided as the characteristics of the population is changing and aging
      a.  “Entry level housing       b.  Diversification of the supply with           i.   smaller units
          ii.   more affordable units
          iii.  the ability to age in place as housing requirements change
  • The Village needs to balance its housing stock to provide a mix of housing opportunities.  
  • The Village needs to provide fair and affordable housing initiatives.

ENHANCED DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

  • The Village would like to support “smart” housing initiatives. 
  • The Village seeks to improve its overall sustainability.
  • The Village seeks to attract high quality designs for developments.  
  • Potential closing of Public Schools present both a significant challenge as well as an opportunity as public school enrollment   declines.  The Village should plan now for zoning that provides for the best potential reuse of these parcels.  
  • Specific properties within the Village have, or will be returning to the market as long term existing commercial business have closed.  These sites offer a unique opportunity to meet a variety of housing or commercial needs within New Hempstead. 
  • Planning for potential reuse of large properties as the demand for various uses may change over time.
Attached please see a PDF file of our Zoning Map.
        ​  ​     ​ 
         VNH Zoning Map.pdf


The Rockland County Health Department has issued some information on Mosquito prevention and other pertinent information.  

 Here are the links:   

  /pdf/CDC Handout Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue Chikungunya and Zika Viruses (003).pdf

  /pdf/RCDOH Poster Eng-Span (003).pdf 
  
  /pdf/NYSDOH Poster Pregnant women should not travel to Zika areas 6 2016.pdf

O & R asked that we share the following information.

How to Avoid an Estimated Bill:

Clear the way to the meter

For the health and safety of our field representatives, especially our meter readers, we ask that you maintain a safe area around your meter so that our employees can access it and read it accurately.

Here’s what you can do to help our meter readers get an accurate monthly reading of your energy use:

·      Make sure that trees, vines and shrubs are trimmed near the meter

·      Keep the pathway to the meter free of debris and vegetation

·      Eliminate stinging insects and poisonous plants from the area

·      Keep your dog inside, in another room or away from the meter on the scheduled meter reading date that appears on your monthly          statement   

        If you prefer to submit your own meter reading, please go to www.oru.com/ezreader

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Ronald Piester, AIA, Director

June 30, 2015

BUILDING NEW YORK E-BULLETIN

 

Notice of Adoption of Emergency Rule

Carbon Monoxide Alarms – Commercial Buildings


 

New Uniform Code Provisions

Legislation adopted in late 2014 (Chapter 541 of the Laws of 2014) amended the Executive Law to require that the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (the Uniform Code) include standards for the installation of carbon monoxide detecting devices in every commercial building and restaurant that has appliances, devices or systems that may emit carbon monoxide or an attached garage.

 

The State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council (the Code Council) and the Department of State have adopted a rule that amends the Uniform Code by adding provisions requiring the installation of carbon monoxide detection (carbon monoxide alarms or carbon monoxide detection systems) in all new and existing commercial buildings (including, but not limited to, all buildings that contain one or more restaurants). The new Uniform Code provisions are in section 1228.4 of Part 1228 of Title 19 of the New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (the NYCRR).

 

Effective Date:June 27, 2015

The rule was filed as an emergency rule on June 26, 2015, and the rule (and new Section 1228.4) became effective on June 27, 2015.The rule text in is available by clicking here.

 

Transition Period for Existing Commercial Buildings:June 27, 2015 to June 27, 2016

New Section 1228.4 includes a “transition period” for “existing” commercial buildings. (For the purposes of new Section 1228.4,a commercial building will be considered to be an “existing commercial building” if it was constructed prior to December 31, 2015, or if a complete application for the building permit for its initial construction was filed on or before December 31, 2015.)

 

The “transition period” for existing commercial buildings runs from June 27, 2015 to June 27, 2016. During the transition period, owners of existing commercial buildings are encouraged to install carbon monoxide detection as quickly as practicable. However, during the transition period, the owner of an existing commercial building will not be deemed to be in violation of Section 1228.4 if the owner provides the authority having jurisdiction with a written statement certifying that such owner is attempting in good faith to install carbon monoxide detection that complies with the requirements of new Section 1228.4 in such owner’s existing commercial building as quickly as practicable.

 

Note that the “transition period” provisions do not allow the owner of an existing commercial building to do nothing during the transition period. During the transition period, an existing commercial building that does not have carbon monoxide detection will be considered to be in violation of new Section 1228.4 unless the owner of the building provides the AHJ with a written statement certifying that the owner is attempting in good faith to install carbon monoxide detection as quickly as practicable. In addition, carbon monoxide detection that satisfies the requirements of new Section 1228.4 must be installed and must be fully operational in all existing commercial buildings by the end of the transition period.

 

Note also that the “transition period” applies only to existing commercial buildings. A “new” commercial building will be required to have carbon monoxide detection that complies with new Section 1228.4, even if construction of that new commercial building is completed prior to the end of the “transition period.”

 

Proposal for Permanent Adoption

The rule is currently effective as an emergency measure. In addition, the rule has been proposed for adoption as a permanent measure. The Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making will appear in the State Register on July 15, 2015. Public comment on the proposal to adopt the rule as a permanent measure will be accepted for 60 days following publication of that notice, and may be submitted to Mark Blanke, NYS Department of State, 99 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12231-001. In addition, a public hearing on the proposal to adopt the rule as a permanent measure will be held at 10:00 am on August 31, 2015 at Room 505, 99 Washington Ave., Albany, New York.

 

 

A Division of Department of State

 

John R. Addario, PE

Assistant Director for Educational Services, Division of Building Standards and Code

New York State Department of State

One Commerce Plaza, Albany, NY 12231

(518) 474-4073  john.addario@dos.ny.gov

www.dos.ny.gov




 

Please read news from the DEC regarding Bear sightings


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Reducing Human-Bear Conflicts

Never feed bears intentionally; it is illegal and creates human-bear conflicts.

Handling Problem Bears

black bear in a garbage can

In New York State, people and black bears often find themselves living nearby. Forests and natural areas are a bear's normal habitat. Black bear populations in the state are increasing and bears occasionally wander into populated urban/suburban areas looking for unoccupied habitat and attracted to abundant food sources such as bird feeders and garbage.

The first priority in human-bear conflicts is public safety. DEC evaluates every scenario to determine the severity of human-bear conflicts and to identify problem animals. DEC follows a protocol to handle various scenarios:

  • DEC assesses the situation and then tries to encourage the bear out of the inappropriate setting.
  • If there is no safe way to get the bear out of the area, DEC will try to tranquilize and relocate the bear into a more suitable setting such as the Catskills or Adirondacks. DEC tags relocated bears so it can keep track of repeat offenders, which influences future decisions, should a problem bear have further encounters with people.
  • Relocation does not always work. A nuisance bear sometimes travels great distances, as much as 100 miles, to return to food sources in urban and suburban settings.
  • Some bears repeatedly return to urban and suburban areas. As an animal becomes more comfortable in residential areas and loses its fear of humans, it may aggressively seek out food and become a threat to public safety.
  • Euthanizing a bear is always a last resort. DEC will exhaust all possible options first before making a determination that a bear is a threat to public safety.
  • Placing a black bear at an animal sanctuary is very difficult as most zoos and sanctuaries have too many bears already and will not accept more. DEC does not use this as an alternative.

DEC's Black Bear Response Manual (PDF, 985 KB) outlines the response to various scenarios in which bears interact with people. The majority of actions involve removing food sources that are attracting bears or excluding bears from access to such sources.

Keeping Humans and Bears Safe

A summary of the information below can also be found in the brochure Living With Bears (PDF, 93 kB).

Frequently, humans unknowingly create potential food sources for bears that may attract them into close proximity to residential areas and subsequently result in human-bear conflicts. These conflicts are often associated with activities not intended to attract bears, such as feeding birds, cooking food outdoors, and improperly storing garbage. Most conflict scenarios in New York can be resolved or minimized by removing or adequately securing whatever served to attract the bear.

However, intentional feeding of bears or repeated access to human foods without negative consequence can lead bears to become habituated to human environments (i.e., lose their fear of humans) and/or to become food conditioned (i.e., aggressively seek out human foods). Habituated and food-conditioned bears are often responsible for human-bear conflicts in New York, and these bears may become bolder in their efforts the longer they are successfully able to access human foods without negative consequences.

Report a Bear Problem. Contact your regional DEC wildlife office to report black bear related damage.

Feeding of Black Bears is Prohibited in New York

DEC has adopted a regulation prohibiting the deliberate and intentional feeding of black bears. The incidental, indirect feeding of black bears also is unlawful after a written warning has been issued by the department. For details, read the Black Bear Feeding Regulations.

Reducing Bear Attractants

"Good housekeeping" is a requirement wherever black bears are found. Simple sanitation measures can be the key to avoid attracting bears.

At Home:

  • Remove bird feeders after April 1. Bird feed such as suet and seeds are a very strong attraction for bears, even if they can't reach it. Read more about bears and bird feeders.
  • Do not leave garbage outside of houses or garages. Garbage is extremely attractive to bears. It should always be kept in sealed garbage cans inside a sturdy building like a garage or shed. Even dirty diapers will attract a bear. Note: Burning garbage is illegal and may increase its attractiveness to bears.
  • Mask garbage odors with ammonia-soaked rags.
  • Remove the grease can from gas and charcoal grills after every use. Turn the grill on "High" for several minutes after you are done cooking to burn off residual odors on the grill.
  • Do not place food outside to attract wildlife. Any food stuff used to attract birds, squirrels or other wildlife will also attract bears.
  • Do not feed pets outside. Leftover food or even an empty dish can attract a bear.
  • Do not operate refrigerators or freezers outside or on porches. Bears can smell what's inside.

While Camping:

  • Keep your campsite as clean as possible. Take all garbage and recyclables to the recycling center each evening.
  • Do not leave coolers or food out at any time. Store them securely in either the trunk of your car or in the passenger area of your truck. Keep windows shut and food and coolers out of sight. Where food lockers are provided, food and coolers must be stored and locked inside.
  • Clean up after all meals immediately. Keep grills, pots, pans, cooking utensils, and wash basins clean when not in use. Do not wash dishes under the water faucets.
  • Do not put grease, garbage, plastic diapers, cans, bottles or other refuse into the fireplace.
  • Do not keep food or coolers in your tent. Do not wear clothing to bed that was worn while preparing or eating meals.

In the Backcountry:

  • Use bear resistant food canisters. These are a highly effective means for preventing bears from getting your food, toiletries and garbage. Use of bear resistant canisters is encouraged throughout the Adirondack and Catskill backcountry, and are required in Eastern High Peaks Wilderness of the Adirondack Park.
  • Pack a minimal amount of food. The less food to store the better. Use lightweight and dehydrated foods.
  • Cook and eat before dark. Bears become more active after sunset.
  • Cook away from your campsite. Choose an area at least 100 feet away.
  • Be neat and clean while cooking. Avoid spills and drippings.
  • Keep food in storage containers. Only take out the food you plan to cook. Keep containers nearby and store food immediately if a bear approaches your cooking area.
  • Avoid leftovers. Carefully plan your meals and eat all that you cook.
  • Never leave food unattended. Bears may watch, hidden in woods, waiting for opportunities to steal food.
  • If you do use food hang. Use dark colored cord only as bears can more easily see lighter color ropes and have come to associate them with a food source. Cord should be 75 feet long and the bag should be hung 15 feet above the ground and at least 10 feet away from trees.
  • Do NOT store or hang food in backpacks. The backpack will retain food odors and attract bears.
  • Bear Fact Sheet for Backcountry Users (PDF, 17 KB); Ours Noirs a l'attention des randonneurs (PDF, 75 KB) Version francaise

Remember: Bears are attracted by smells and many things smell like potential bear food. Remove the food attractant and you'll remove the bear.


More about Reducing Human-Bear Conflicts:

Bear Resistant Canisters

Many black bears, particularly those in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness, have become adept at obtaining food that is stored by back country campers. Bear resistant canisters are a highly effective means for preventing bears from obtaining food. When bears are unable to obtain food from back country campers, not only will campers have a more enjoyable back country experience, but the bears will return to looking for natural foods in the forest.

NYSDEC Regulation Requires The Use of Bear Resistant Canisters by Overnight Users in The Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Between April 1 And November 30. NYSDEC encourages campers to use bear resistant canisters throughout the Adirondack and Catskill backcountry.

Bear Resistant Canisters Facts

Bear resistant canister
  • Canisters are solid and non-pliable.
  • Canisters are usually made of a hard plastic, but metal or another material may also be used.
  • Non-rigid containers or sacks are not considered bear resistant canisters under the regulation.
  • Canisters weigh 3 to 5 pounds.
  • Canisters typically are 8 inches by 12 inches in size.
  • Canisters can hold up to 5 person days of food when properly packed.
  • Bear resistant canisters are available for purchase or rent from many local, national and web-based outdoor recreation stores.

Packing a Bear Resistant Canister

Bear resistant canister with food packages.
  • Pack all scented items (food, toiletries, and trash) in the canister.
  • Pack materials in sealed plastic bags or containers to reduce odors that will attract bears.
  • Choose foods that are compact, compressible and high in calories.
  • Do not take more food than you will need.

Using a Bear Resistant Canister

Bear Resistant Canister Attached to a Backpack
  • Ensure that the canister lid is secured.
  • Carry the canister in the backpack or strap it to the outside.
  • Nylon carrying cases are available for some canisters.
  • Place reflective tape on the canister to assist in locating the canister in the dark.
  • Label the canister with your name and contact information in case it is lost.

Storing a Bear Resistant Canister

Bear resistant canister stored on the ground.
  • Canisters should be stored at least 100 feet away from the campsite.
  • Wedge the canister between rocks, under logs or just lay it in a shallow depression.
  • Do NOT hang canisters, bears can still carry off your food.
  • Do NOT store canisters in carrying case, as bears will be able to carry it away.
  • Do NOT store canisters near water, canisters are not watertight and do not float.

Bear Resistant Canister Regulation

Subparagraph 190.13(f)(3)(xiv) of Title 6 of the New York Code, Rule and Regulation (6 NYCRR) (effected August 24, 2005) states that no person "during the period April 1 through November 30, no overnight camper in the Eastern High Peaks Zone shall fail to use bear-resistant canisters for the storage of all food, food containers, garbage, and toiletries."

6 NYCRR Paragraph 190.13(b)(2) defines a bear-resistant canister as "a commercially made container constructed of solid, non-pliable material manufactured for the specific purpose of resisting entry by bears."

6 NYCRR Paragraph 190.13(b)(6) defines an overnight camper as "a person who stays or intends to stay in the Eastern High Peaks Zone during the night."

6 NYCRR Paragraph 190.13(b)(4) defines the Eastern High Peaks Zone as "that portion of the High Peaks Wilderness Area located to the east of the ridge line immediately west of the Indian Pass Trail."

Black Bear Encounters

Never Approach or Surround a Bear - Bears aggressively defend themselves when they feel threatened. Be especially cautious around cubs as mother bears are very protective.

Avoid Walking Trails at Night - Stay in your campsite to avoid chance encounters.

Illustration of bear eating contents of a cooler.Use Noise to Scare Bears - Yell, clap or bang pots immediately upon sighting a bear near your campsite.

Never Run From a Bear - If you feel threatened, back away slowly.

Do Not Throw Your Backpack or Food Bag at an Approaching Bear - This practice will only encourage bears to approach and "bully" people to get food.

Know Where Bears are Active - Contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation about the area you plan to visit:

  • Eastern Adirondacks: (518) 897-1291
  • Western Adirondacks: (315) 785-2261
  • Northern Catskills: (607) 652-7367
  • Southern Catskills: (845) 256-3098
  • Eastern Allegany region: (607) 776-2165, ext. 16
  • Western Allegany region: (716) 372-0645

Prevent Human-Bear Conflicts - Plan, handle, prepare and store food properly. Bears will keep to themselves and you will keep all your food for yourself.
Bears and Bird Feeders
Although many people find it difficult to believe, an animal as large and powerful as black bear is readily attracted to bird feeders as a source of food. Black bears are for the most part vegetarians, and bird seed, even in minute quantities is a highly desirable food for them. In many cases, bird seed is the food of choice and will be sought out over other natural foods.  

First and foremost, bears are readily attracted to back yards because of the presence of bird feeders. Bear nuisance complaint records reveal that at certain times of the year bird feeders are involved in over 80% of the bear problems around houses. The problem often escalates to other food sources such as garbage cans, barbecue grills, and compost piles as bears become bolder and more acclimated to people. Such activities are not in the best interest of either the bears or the homeowners.

Bears that learn to approach one house will approach other houses and invariably result in concern from unsuspecting people. Bears that become accustomed to approaching houses and people often become chronic nuisances. It is highly likely that the bears will suffer diet deficiencies from continued consumption of improper foods, end up hit by cars, or shot illegally by people who misunderstand their intentions.   

What to do?

 

It is important to break the pattern of black bears coming to houses for food. Fortunately, most bird feeding activities occur during the winter when bears are in their dens. When bears emerge from their dens in March, natural foods are lacking and bird feeders represent a readily abundant food source. It is highly recommended that bird feeding activities cease at that time if you live in bear country. It is also important to remember that residual seed remaining on the ground will be attractive to the bears. It should either be removed or treated with a covering scent such as ammonia. Some people start feeding again during early summer and closely monitor their feeders. If any bears return, they immediately cease their operation.

Many people feel they can out-smart the bears by taking their feeders in at night. This may offer some relief, however there is usually enough residual feed from daytime feeding to continue to attract bears. Others attempt to place the feeder high and out of reach of the bear. A bears sense of smell is so keenly developed that the feeder will continue to attract the bear. This often does not discourage the bear from spending considerable time near the bird feeder trying to figure out how to reach it. Some people have had success by mixing cayenne pepper with the bird seed to make it less palatable. This practice has some value with individual bears who will learn to avoid specific feeders, however in bear country, every bear that finds the feeder will have to knock it down to learn that it contains pepper and is not a good source of food. Removal of the attraction is the only long-term solution.

Some homeowners receive much satisfaction from their bird feeding activities and are reluctant to stop feeding. However, the incidental and indirect feeding of bears, such as can occur with bird feeders, is illegal after written notice from DEC. Homeowners are urged to discontinue bird feeding activities before bear problems develop.

As is the case with almost all bear-human conflicts, if you take away the food you will take away the bear. Black bears, like all wildlife, are best appreciated at a distance.  

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Here is some important information from Orange & Rockland Utilities

O&R: SOME HEATING METHODS CREATE CARBON MONOXIDE RISK

 PEARL RIVER, NY Feb. 19, 2015 --- As frigid wind chills freeze the region, O&R reminds its customers that carbon monoxide poisoning can result from using malfunctioning, improperly vented or makeshift heating units.

 Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. It is formed by the incomplete burning of fuels such as heating oil, wood, gasoline, natural gas, propane and charcoal.

When heating units or motors are not working properly, or if exhaust fumes and chimneys are not properly vented outdoors, carbon monoxide can accumulate in the home, building or garage. The dangers of CO can be reduced by the installation of approved CO detectors, which can provide early warning of accumulated CO before it reaches as dangerous level. 

Breathing even small amounts of carbon monoxide can result in headaches, dizziness and nausea. Prolonged exposure can result in more severe illness, or even death. If you experience any of these symptoms, immediately open the windows in your home and seek medical attention.

 The signs of a CO problem: 
Stale, stuffy air and high indoors humidity
Fallen soot from a fireplace chimney or furnace flue 
No draft in the chimney or flue 
To do your part to reduce carbon monoxide poisoning:  
Never use an unvented open-flame or charcoal grill to heat indoors. 
Never use a gas oven or range to heat indoors. 
Never leave a vehicle or gasoline-powered equipment running in a garage, even with the garage door open. 
Never operate a portable electric generator outdoors close to air intakes to the building. 

If you smell gas, call O&R’s 24/7 gas emergency hotline at 1-800-533-5325, 911 or your local gas provider.

More Information from O & R

O&R: ALWAYS SEE PHOTO I.D. OF UTILITY WORKERS AT YOUR HOME
PEARL RIVER, NY March 2, 2015 --- Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. urges its customers
to ask to see a photo identification card from utility workers certifying that they are O&R
employees or contractors before doing any business with them or allowing them to enter
customers’ homes.
The utility renews this warning periodically to put its customers, especially the elderly, on guard
about crooks who pose as utility workers in order to gain access to and rob the homes of
unsuspecting residents.
All O&R employees are required to carry color photo I.D. cards during their workday. If a
person comes to your door claiming to be an O&R employee, look for the card. If you cannot see
one, ask the worker to produce the card for your inspection before speaking with him or her
further, or permitting entry to your home.
O&R contractors, such as tree-trimmers, also carry O&R-logoed photo I.D.s and are authorized
to perform work on the Company’s behalf.
If individuals representing themselves as O&R employees or contractors cannot produce a
legitimate photo I.D. card, terminate further contact with them and call the police.
If the workers do produce an identification card but you are still apprehensive, call O&R at 1-
877-434-4100 and ask to speak to a Security Services representative to confirm the identity of
the O&R employee or contractor.

 Please see Department of Public Service information regarding SUEZ Water Proposed Rates