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So the cleanup last weekend went really well. The weather was great and we got a lot done over there.  With about 20 or so volunteers we removed about 15 bags of trash from the woods. We found some pretty neat stuff too, like a shopping cart, lots of crates and even a deer skull! The younger kids seemed to enjoy it most, especially the boys, but there were a group of young girls from a local brownie troop who really got into it too. Special thanks to Keep Islip Clean for supplying the materials and flower seeds. Great job to everyone and we hope to see you at the next cleanup. Check out the pictures below. Brownie Troop from Islip TerraceDeer SkullLook At All That Trash!

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Awesome Video

This is a video from Copenhagen Cycle Chic. Although it’s quite far from Long Island, this video is a wonderful way to show the beauty and power of cycling. Enjoy the video and check out the blog too.

I can’t embed the video. But check it out here.

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I came across this “Top 10 Predictions for the Future” list on MSN, and the list has some interesting predictions. 

The one that cuaght my interest the most was number three – cars as a major source of travel may soon end….what?! That’s right. According to the little blurb, advances in wireless communications and the use of flying delivery drones to replace delivery trucks is reducing the need for automobiles. It also mentions restrictions on vehicle ownership – I’m not quite sure what that means, but if they mean financial restrictions, I could see that being a major factor in people giving up their vehicles.

This is really exciting and it will be very interesting to see if this prediction really happens. I’m not a huge fan of technology as a way to solve all our problems in the world, but this may be one way that a technological innovation is having an indirect effect on another industry and may benefit the environment and quality of life.

Photo: Openlettersmonthly.com

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Biking In Style

I saw this slideshow on nytimes.com today, and I think it’s a great way to show that bikes can be fashionable. Although I’d like to mention that chicks ride bikes too, not just men…. 

Check it out here and the interactive version here. I think the ladies will be impressed with the models and for those of you who are biking enthusiasts, the bike is quite nice too.

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A few weeks ago, the MTA proposed a fare hikes on city subways and buses, as well as the LIRR, a popular mode of transportation for many Stony Brook University students. This video examines how an increase in prices could hit students that commute to school and those who travel home on the weekends and live in the city. Check out the video below or check it out here.

 

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Good News

Check out this story about the LNG tank off Long Island.

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Well here are a few upcoming events. If you want to know more, or if you have anything to add, please leave a comment.

Lots of stuff is going on at Stony Brook for Earth Day, which is on April 22, but events are going on this week and next week. Earth Stock, the largest celebration of all will be on April 17. Check out the links for more information.

April 17– Earth Stock @ SBU

April 18- Woodland Drive Woods Cleanup in East Islip. 11 am- 1pm (rain date is April 19.) Email dejmkrys[at]hotmail[dot]com.

April 22– Earth Day!!

May 2– Earth Day Festival in Sayville.

May 16– Sierra Club Bike Outing in East Islip. Meet at JFK Elementray School. We leave at 11am, 8-10 miles. After bike feel free to join us for the Earth Watch conference at the South Shore Nature Center in East Islip. Email dejmkrys[at]hotmail[dot]com.

 

More events on their way….

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