Dates to Appear in December – Turn Out to Save PIE!!! *UPDATED*

STOP the Closure of PIES. Turn out for all these meetings.

OK gang, here’s the latest list of upcoming meetings where we need to show overwhelming opposition to the plans to shutter our school.  Again, I realize it is the holiday season and we’re all really busy with preparations.  So please move whatever you have to move at home to make these dates.  It is CRITICAL that we show a unified front of opposition to this plan.  Click “continue reading” for the list of dates and times. Continue reading

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It’s On! Organize Here to Save Pine Island Elementary

We Will Not Go Quietly Into The Night!

I had let this blog fall silent over the last six months or so as I have been occupied in other areas.  But the recent bomb dropped on our community by Ray Bryant and the BOE has forced this site back into service.  I will be updating posts and moderating comments in real time going forward until such time as we persevere in saving the jewel in the crown of Warwick’s public primary education system.  We will not be shuttered without a fight!   Check here for all the latest information on meetings, rallies and other opportunities to show our strength in solidarity and numbers. 

I know the holidays are upon us which will make it all the more difficult to carve out the time to make ourselves heard.  I suspect this was by design.  But we have to carve out the time to show them that this injustice will not be snuck in the back door while no one is looking.

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This Is Happening to Our Neighbors

I grow my own eggs and they taste great!  I know what my birds eat and none of it is scary.  I have never gotten sick once.  Would I enjoy raw milk?  Sure!  Should I worry about it being safe?  The FDA says I should.  They say it can kill me!  But that’s what we refer to here at Progressive Warwick as booo-sheeit!  So why does the FDA want to scare Americans from buying raw milk and paying directly to the producer?  Hmmm.  I wonder. 

Great diary today I found at DailyKos today by a fellow named Jud Lounsbury about the plight of dairy farmers and how the FDA seems to be working against them. I know there are dairy farmers in Warwick that are feeling the pain of this game which is intentionally stacked against them. Read Jud’s diary here.

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Save PIE Action Plan

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Please Sign Up to Be Informed of Ongoing Local Demonstrations

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on the rumors surrounding plans to close Pine Island Elementary School.  Since then, I have received a good deal of interest in what we can do to keep that myopic plan from becoming a reality.  So I am launching a Save PIE Demonstration Plan.  I have created a new page here (and also available through the top navigation bar) with all the info on what we can do and how you can help.  Please take a minute to read it and leave us your contact info so we can mobilize together to save this gem of a school.

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Warwick Views and the BP Gulf Disaster

Click on image to see animation showing spill's spread through gulf

I have been sickened over the past 10 days watching the slow motion environmental armageddon play out in the Gulf of Mexico.  The “drill baby drill” set has been deafeningly silent on this realization of their opponent’s arguments against allowing offshore drilling on our coasts.  Well, almost silent.  Rush Limbaugh barfed forth the idiotic notion that the rig had been sabotaged by radical environmentalists to make the point that offshore drilling is dangerous and an unsustainable energy practice.  At any rate, it occured to me that the same kind of perfunctory regard for environmental planning that allows for dangerous drilling in pristine environments is at work on a local level with the Warwick Views development project.  Follow me over the fold for the correlation and discussion on whether we can avoid reproducing here in Warwick the same myopic, profit-driven ethics that have likely destroyed the entire Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s News, Today!

My Zero Emissions Time Machine

My Time Machine Runs on Weak Tea

So Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announces his plan to retire after 35 years of service.  President Obama will nominate a replacement for Stevens.   And even though Stevens is a liberal, the court is, in its current composition, already dominated by a majority of conservatives.  Replacing him with another liberal changes nothing in terms of the court’s ideological balance.  Yet, you can be sure the repub’s will freak out

One of my favorite diarists at Dkos, brooklynbadboy, wrote this list of republican talking points to illustrate how no matter who Obama nominates, the response will be the same.    Read them and then wait until Obama names his nominee and marvel at – news from the futuuuuure! Tomorrow’s news, today, after the jump.

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Bye-Bye PIE (Pine Island Elementary)?

Will the sun set on Pine Island Elementary After This Year?

My child starts kindergarten at Pine Island Elementary in September.  I bought my home in Warwick six years ago, specifically to start a family and to have my child attend what my research indicated was among the best public elementary schools in the state of New York.  So you can imagine how distraught I was to hear that Pine Island Elementary school was going to be shuttered.  I heard this from several friends who are teachers and service employees at the school.   So I wrote to Ray Bryant, the Warwick school’s superintendent to ask what could be done to avoid the closure.  Mr. Bryant responded quickly to assure me that what I had heard was not true and that no plans were in the offing to close Pine Island Elementary.  Follow me over the fold for the content of my correspondence with Mr. Bryant, more evidence that seems to contradict his claims and for a case study into the devastating effects of school closures on small communities such as Pine Island. Continue reading

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