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People have been trying to get the New York State government to include plastic water bottles in our Bottle Bill, the legislation that decides which containers have deposits and which don't, for years. The Legislature and Governor have finally agreed to make that Poland Spring bottle in your bag refundable, making it more likely to be recycled. But rumor has it that the Senate is backing away from the deal. That's where you come in.


Yet another big building is in the early stages to take root in SoHo, and the SoHo alliance is doing everything it can to stop it.

Shocked! Shocked! Shocked! House Republicans, whose most recent president politicized many of the Federal government's major agencies, have written a letter to President Obama accusing him of politicizing an important project in 2010—namely, next year's national Census.


Volunteer community organization, the SoHo Alliance, has sent out an advisory about
a 9-story office building that’s under consideration for 47 Grand St., on the southwest corner of Grand St. and West Broadway.  The proposed development would be the tallest in central SoHo and would need special variance permits to not violate current zoning laws.

Thanks to Mommy Poppins for the heads up.

How can you tell if your friends have raised spoiled brats or not? Simple: give them a spontaneous, no-occasion-I-just-think-you're-a-swell-kid gift. But make it a used gift. It should be in good shape of course, but there should be no protective plastic or fresh price tag on it. If they say, "This is old! You're lame. And old!" then you know that it's time to to speak with your friends about sending the little bugger to military school. Or at least Outward Bound.


New York City residents finally have a chance to voice their concerns on the threat natural gas drilling poses to their drinking water supply. The hearing will address the threat posed to 90% of New York City’s drinking water supply by a plan to drill for gas in the city’s upstate watershed.


The proposed Billboard Scaffolding Bill (Intro 623) would allow billboards to go up on work scaffoldings, which proliferate the city. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation opposes, suggesting the billboard scaffolding would have a devastating impact on small businesses.

We just got wind of this event; it takes place tomorrow night but is worth juggling your schedule for. Read on:

Please join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to benefit The New York Firefighters Burn Center in honoring:


The Association of Community Programs for the Homeless (A.C.E.) will hold an auction this Thursday, March 19th to benefit their homeless rehabilitation programs.


It is already March and for the Hamptons’ real estate-driven economy— where the only form of financial engine pays for everything from summer rentals, to hamburgers, to newspapers— desperation has begun to set in.

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