THE TALE OF TWO ANNOUCEMENTS: THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

The Tale of Two Annoucements: The Pedestrian Bridge
MEDIA ALERT: VCP Annoucement
PUBLIC IS NOT INVITED – Croton Filter Project Annoucement

If you are the press you are invited to a Media Event on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 2 pm on the parking Lot at Shandler Field to the announcement that various governmental entitiies will fund the Pedestrian Bridge uniting East and West in Van Cortlandt Park.

If you are the public, you are not invited, but since it is on public lands, you can attend. Well, that is at least how it sounds on the various emails that have been circulated. I know, you think I am picking on the DEP for not inviting the public to the announcement, after all, it was the DEPs project, they really wanted to do it, they had the money all along, they willingly did the cost estimate.

No wait, that’s wrong. The PUBLIC wanted the Pedestrian Bridge. Since 1999 the PUBLIC fought to get the DEP to present the Study of alternatives, and costs.

The DEP fought the project every step of the way, and even now, are only paying for PART of the project even though it was in the 1999 Mitigation package in the City Council ULURP.

Don’t forget who walked across the imaginary bridge on that rainy cold day in March 2014. IT WASN’T THE DEP ……….It was the PUBLIC.

I urge you to go if you have the free time tomorrow afternoon. These government officials work for you, not their agency. Sometimes these things are forgotten. Sometimes government officials play games.

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city’s argument does not hold water

Background: The City constantly purports that the water travels from Jerome Park Reservoir to the tap within 30 minutes. This is nothing close to the truth. These security concerns around Jerome Park Reservoir prohibit the public from walking inside the fence. They prevent stakeholders from participating in the protection of the balancing reservoir, one that no longer supplies drinking water. Two DEP Commissioners thought this was worthy of study. Below is my disagreement with the current position of the NYC DEP.

Recently, it has been reported in the press and by New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) representatives that water travels from Jerome Park Reservoir (JPR) to the tap in just 30 minutes. This appears to be a prime reason the public cannot have access to inside the fence on DEP property.

The City’s argument does not hold water! What was once true before the Filter Plant was built is not now. The timing of water entering the distribution system changed when the City decided to filter that water supply.

Now is the time to correct these mis-statements. Clarification can be found in this link for the 2011 Report and Recommendations of the Jerome Park Reservoir Access Working Group commissioned by Commissioner Emily Lloyd (Lloyd Report) in March 2011. The Lloyd Report describes JPR’s function after the Croton Plant is in operation : when “the Croton Filtration Plant is operating, un-treated (”raw”) water from the New Croton Reservoir will flow into JPR, ….. all water released for in-city distribution will go through the Croton Water Filtration Plant …..” (emphasis added) That is, no water will go to the NYC public via Jerome Park Reservoir. Even now, before the plant is operational, no water from Jerome Park Reservoir is currently delivered to the in-city distribution system, and none has been since 2008. (see page 3 of the report linked above)

In other words, the water in the Jerome Park Reservoir is raw water which does not go to the taps of the NYC public. This raw water will always be treated at the Plant before it goes to the tap. More than likely, this raw water will be stored at JPR to balance the pressure at the Plant – it will “serve the Croton Filter Plant as a ‘surge tank,’ protecting the Plant from unexpected pressure surges.”

Additionally, the Lloyd Report proposed a pilot program in the cover letter to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. when construction was completed. At this time, the Croton Water Treatment Plant and its off-site construction at the Jerome Park Reservoir (JPR) is coming to an end at both sites.

This is an opportunity to expeditiously implement the pilot program as proposed to the Bronx Borough President by NYCDEP Commissioner Caswell Holloway in 2011. This program could be completed by the end of next summer.

Please support the JPR public access pilot program: “it should consist of several days; it should provide for the use of the perimeter path if the path is safe for public use; it should include an educational tour of the site and its facilities; … it should include a less-structured type of “open house” where residents could have access to specific parts of the site; …. that the specific elements of the pilot program should be developed with the input and participation of the community and other interested stakeholders.”

JEROME PARK

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5 Types of Fans for To Cool Your Home

While a lot of middle-class families can’t afford an air conditioner, a cooling fan is the best alternative. Not only a fan work as a cooling device for the hot summer days, it also performs the task of circulating the air and bringing the feeling of freshness to your home. In addition to that, a fan, more precisely a ceiling fan, can also be used to ventilate the cold air coming from an air conditioner to help cooling the space faster and as consequence save energy that an AC would consume if not used with a ceiling fan. Before deciding on which type of fan is the right for your situation, take a look down here.
In addition to cooling our bodies, a fan is used for other purposes like exhausting hot air from a room or office, cooling a hot machine, cooling a hot kitchen and more.

Ceiling Fans

This type of fans are a classic not only for cooling homes but also as a huge decorative item that can change the hole look of your living room or bedroom. They come in many types and styles ranging from the sleek 3 blades style to the fancy, decorated 5 blades ceiling fans. There are also outdoor and indoor ceiling fans. Each one serve a specific purpose and withstand specific conditions.

Box Fans

Usually cubic in shapes, Box Fans are very similar to Floor Fans but they are mainly used next to windows to provide cool air during hot summer days. You find different models of Box Fans. Those which are constructed with durable metal, powerful high-tech ones able to move big volumes of air and other lightweight simple ones at cheap price.

Pedestal Fans

These are one of the most classic types of fans that survived the test of time. Despite the challenging nature of the market today, especially when it comes to style, these fans have known a new re-looking in terms of shape and features. Modern pedestal fans now have a digital display as well as a remote control making them look more interesting and user-friendly. The base or pedestal of these fans, which supports its blades, are adjustable and are usually made of plastic or steel.

Tower Fans

This type of fans are very appreciated by people who care so much about their interior design. The shape of a tower fan, like it name suggests, is rectangular, sometimes cylindrical, making them look like a tower. Unlike pedestal fans, the blades of a tower fan are usually hidden. It is lightweight and portable making a great device for big living rooms. Although not as powerful as a ceiling fan, it has some advantages compared to the latter as you can direct it towards any location you want. Slick, light and versatile, tower fans are one of the most successful types of fans in the market.

Bladeless Fans

Another type of fans that can be comprised withing the tower fans category are Bladeless fans. These types of fans provide air pretty much the same as a vacuum cleaner without the traditional rotating blades that most fans have. Actually, we can say that these blades are invisible and are part of the internal mechanism of these.

Spring Allergy and GermGuardian Air Purifiers

After the long cold nights, Spring is very near for most of the parts of the U.S. This last February, some parts of the country have experienced a sort of warm weather which felt like spring. This what resulted in trees and plants pollinating earlier than expected which triggered allergy symptoms for the more than forty million Americans allergy sufferers. GermGuardian air purifiers are made for that kind of people in order to help them reduce indoor air triggers of allergy.

What causes allergy symptoms, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), is the allergens and non-allergic triggers which is found in many homes today. The GermGuardian air purifiers are equipped with technologies offering multiple stages of air filtration so that they improve the indoor air quality and create a cleaner home environment. One of these technologies with which these air cleaning systems are equipped is the HEPA Filter which is able of capturing 99.97% of allergens and dust as small as .3 microns in size according to Guardian Technologies. In addition to a UV-C Light Technology, these devices are also equipped with a charcoal filter responsible of reducing bad odors like those coming from smoke and cooking.

GermGuardian® AC5350WCA Elite 4-in-1

This model is one of the latest from Guardian Technologies and which is a 4-in-1 air purifier featuring a digital display panel with an eight-hour timer, a UV-C control and a filter change indicator which tells when the filter has to be replaced. Like most of the air cleaning systems from Guardian Technologies, this one is has also a HEPA filter which can capture more than 99% of dust and allergens according to the company. This device has features allowing the owner to better control and prevent the growth of mold, germs and bacteria found in the house or office. This device is also capable of reducing odors via a charcoal filter.

This air purifier has different fan speeds which can accelerate the process of allergen control. For quiet operations, the lower speed is the most recommended in situations like night sleep. This model is CADR rated 125+ and measures 28 inches in height, but it’s a lightweight device and can easily be transported to different parts of the house. It’s ideal to purify the air of medium to large rooms. The price of this GermGuardian® AC5350WCA Elite today is $179.99.

Other than air purifiers, Guardian Technologies offers other devices like humidifiers and diffusers under the name of PureGuardian.

8 Things To Know About Mold


Mold is a common problem in many houses today in the United States. Even though mold is an essential component found in nature and which has a very important function, it should be taken seriously in consideration when found in your home.

In order to permit mold to grow in any space, some conditions have to be there. The ideal environment in which mold grows is where warm moist air coming from outdoor condenses when it enters in contact with dry, cool, air conditioned air in your indoor space. Mold doesn’t look cool at all, but it’s believed that it’s not critical to your health unless individuals living there have a specific allergy to it. Summertime is the season where you can notice the presence of mold in areas of your home because of hot weather.

One thing is sure, you can´t get rid of mold completely, what you can do is to control it by reducing it with some maintenance in some areas of your home as well as keeping your air conditioners temperature difference between outside and inside your home not very large. Cleaning frequently condensation is also a habit that you should adopt.
To get to know mold better, here are some things that every family should be aware of about mold and how to deal with it:

  1. Practically speaking, there is not a method to get rid of all mold spores inside homes. All that can be done is to control and reduce mold growth.
  2. Controlling moisture means automatically controlling mold.
  3. If you encounter mold problems in your work center, dormitory or household, the source of mold or moisture should be eliminated first and then the affected area should be cleaned frequently.
    If you have water leaking under your kitchen sink, or in your bathroom or anywhere else, you should repair them immediately as it’s a source of moisture.
  4. According to specialists, indoor humidity level should stay between 30 to 60 percent. You can do that by using dryers, venting bathrooms, air conditioners and dehumidifiers. One of these units popular today is Frigidaire Dehumidifier. Using exhaust fans while cooking is also a great solution to reduce humidity level. Also, try to dry your cleaned damp clothes withing the following two days maximum.
  5. Check if your bathroom floors or other hard surfaces if they carry mold and then clean them using water and bleach. Drying the washed space afterward is necessary. In the case of carpets where mold have grown, it may be a good idea to throw it away in case it can’t be cleaned.
  6. You can add insulation to windows and exterior walls in order to reduce the risk of condensation.
  7. Mold has the ability to grow on almost any substance such as food, wood, paper and carpet.
  8. Symptoms which indicates allergy to a certain type of mold include exacerbation of another respiratory condition or simply asthma. In this case, you should see a doctor.