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It has come to my attention today (and to hundreds of others via Facebook Group http://goo.gl/Afm7E that the iconic Hotel Minhetti at Seaview in Port Elizabeth is to be demolished to make way for contemporary apartments.
This is a building of great historic (art deco) significance and historic merit in Port Elizabeth, and should be preserved by the Municipality as such. At the very least it should be redeveloped by sensitive purchasers only as a conserved landmark of great social, architectural and historic importance to the city of Port Elizabeth.
It's been seven years since a fire burned out the apartment building at 92 Morningside Avenue. This beautiful, turn of the century, former luxury apartment building is located along Morningside Park at West 122nd Street and is one of a pair of buildings which are among the more elaborate facades in the city.
It is a tragedy that the buildings continue to languish in derelict condition considering the resurgence of the neighborhood.
Furthermore, it's become a health and safety hazard, having been cited for DOB violations on numerous occasions as has attracted criminal activity and vermin. (some excerpts taken from Harlem Bespoke blog).
Colville is an historical city with character defined by it's unique landscape. While changes in that landscape occur often, the removal of established trees currently underway as part of the "Elm Street Project" threatens to adversely impact quality of life for city residents.
Trees clean the air, improve water quality, save energy, and studies document they also reduce crime. The toothpicks slated to replace mature trees will require decades to provide similar benefits.
Communities around the country successfully implement cost-effective methods of maintaining city infrastructure that do not involve destruction of valued trees. There is no excuse for Colville to not do the same.
The City of Newburyport is considering creating an ever increasing, open ended, Local Historic District.
We, the Tree Committee of the Nutley Community Preservation Partnership, feel the current tree ordinance is not effective. Private property owners and developers are able to clear cut lots and properties, resulting in the destruction of Nutley’s pre-existing tree canopies. Replacement trees of equal value are not required.
As cited in the Nutley code, Article I, ‘to preserve the public health, safety or general welfare of the community,’ we need to strengthen our tree ordinances.
The Election of a majority government in Canada has enabled the Conservative Party to move forward with many initiatives. Manitoba Premier Greg Sellinger has financed an ad campaign to promote saving the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly of the sale of grain in Canada.
Canadian Farmers rely on the Wheatboard to control the price of Grain and ensure they are able to sell their grain at fair market prices. Eliminating the monolpoly will open up competition to outside forces like larger American Corporations like Cargill, et al. This will put downward pressure on Grain prices and force many Canadian Farmers out of the business.
As Canadians it is in our best interest to insulate our farmers from outside competition and insure we are able to sustain our current way of life.
This petition supports objection to coal mining in the Southern Highlands.
In a media release dated 7 October 2010, Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward stated "There may be coal in the ground here, but that does not mean that local living standards, livelihoods, and clean water should be put at risk."
Due to governmental red tape we have been informed that parliament wants petitions in their format on their website. It's not surprising that they make it difficult to be heard. So if you want your voice to count please sign both these petitions. The one on this page and the one at this link:
We strongly recommend you click here and add your name to the second petition which is presented to parliament.
Energex plans to destroy a huge amount of our precious and beautiful Sunshine Coast cutting a 40 metre wide channel 22 kilometres long which courses through trees, bordering and crossing Eudlo Creek in many places, spelling the end to much flora and fauna and destroying a lot of public and private land in the process.
The proposed high voltage powerline will pass alongside a major school, through a number of environment reserves, over the picturesque Maroochy River as well as passing over major sporting venues where people of all ages, including kids, play sport.
The following points will help you understand why demanding the energy corridor be placed UNDERGROUND is the only sustainable option with best results for the whole community, preserving our much loved wildlife and beautiful scenery for all time. The underground solution represents good economic practice making long term savings for ENERGEX and therefore the end user.
Most people believe that overhead powerlines pose a significant danger to the health of people living under, near or those who work, play sport etc, or pass under or near these lines.
Even if you think there's no problem with high emissions, Corona Ions (which are shed into the atmosphere from the wires themselves), or high milligauss levels (magnetic field levels) then there are still MANY other reasons why supporting this petition is very important.
1 The erection of these massive ugly pylons will be a PERMANENT BLIGHT on our beautiful landscape for ALL FUTURE generations.
2 The path ENERGEX has chosen is largely following Eudlo Creek which will have devastating effects on this fragile and necessary ecosystem.
3 ENERGEX has totally misrepresented their intentions by stating that they would place all pylons in a manner that would preserve the environment and not affect species of vulnerable or threatened flora and fauna. This is NOT the case at all.
ENERGEX plans to annihilate much of the precious and fragile ecosystems along Eudlo Creek, interfere with a gazetted Koala Corridor, destroy thousands of trees that are generations old (taking with it vulnerable habitats of threatened birds, frogs, marsupials, monotremes – even endangered species – and so on).
4 Overhead powerlines involve carving a path through the landscape 40 metres wide in as straight a path as possible. Cabling underground only requires a ‘corridor’ or 10 metres wide. That is a huge difference. Plus you will never see the powerlines after they are buried.
5 Overhead powerlines are made of aluminium. Underground cabling is made of copper. Copper is a better conductor of electricity. This means that less natural resources are needed to produce the power. There is more efficiency and that results in delivering more power.
In fact using underground cabling means 30% better power efficiency. There’s more bang for our power bucks! It also means we burn LESS COAL. Underground power cabling is a truly sustainable option. It requires FAR less maintenance and is replaced approx every 40 years. Overhead wires are replaced every 15. I hope you’re getting the picture! It’s a real way to REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT.
6 Overhead powerlines represent a waste of our money in the long term, present a risk to health, a risk to the lives of a HUGE proportion of our environment.
YOU have the power to stop this insulting and ridiculous program from going ahead. Please sign the petition. And PLEASE send every Australian you know this petition. Creating another precedent will mean that we will be able to protect all communities from the threat of overhead powerlines in ALL communities in Australia. This is much more than a local issue. It concerns us all. Hurry. We only have til June 14 to get to as many people as possible.
Thank you! Your support is greatly appreciated.
The ancient village of Pågat is located about three miles east of the village of Yigo, along Guahan's northeast coastline. The word Pågat translated to English is to give advice. The ancient village is a registered archaeological site in the Guam and National Register of Historic Places since 1974, a designation by the U. S. National Park Service for its historic significance.
According to archaeologists, Pågat village contains extensive cultural resources from the Latte Period (1000 A.D.). The Latte Period is reflected by remains of 15 to 20 sets of latte pillars used for foundations of structures, rock shelters, over 50 mounds of middens, and other artifacts such as basalt and limestone mortars, pounders, graters, stone bowls, fishing gear, abraders, hammer stones, weaving or thatching tools, chipped stone, scrapers, knives, gouges, adzes, sling stones, spear points, ornaments, and pottery. Radiocarbon dates have been obtained from the site. The dates range from the earliest at A.D. 770-970, to dates at 1080-1310, 1360-1480, and 1340-1440. The dates indicate that the site was occupied near the beginning of the Latte Period and was used during the Latte Period (A.D. 900-1521).
An analysis of faunal remains recovered from excavations at the site, indicate that mahi mahi and black marlin were among the fishes the early settlers ate. The bones of fruit bat, bird, rat, and turtle were recovered. Shellfish included shells from Strombus and Isognomun. These two mollusks are sand dwellers, and they may have been brought to the site since it lacks a sandy beach.
In 1672, a Spanish church was established at the site and recorded documents indicated that the Venerable Diego Luis de San Vitores S.J. (1627-1672), visited the village of Pågat to convert the Chamorro people to the Catholic religion. The church was later abandoned after the 1700s.
Today, Pågat village still remains as it did over two thousand years ago. The Suruhanos and Suruhanas or local healers seek advice from the spirits and herbs of our ancestors, the fishermen still come to make their catch, and the young and old still seek the refuge of the historic Pågat village to reflect and to be inspired to preserve our culture and our heritage.
The recent military plans for the build-up of Guahan have identified areas surrounding Pågat village as firing ranges for military training. If these firing ranges are built in the surrounding areas, the historic Pågat village will no longer be what it is today. There is so much to learn about our ancestors from the historic village of Pågat and the spiritual connection the Chamorro people feel for this ancient village. The community's desire to preserve and protect this significant historic site should be embraced and empowered.
The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery was founded in 1829 and was one of the very first Garden Style landscape cemeteries established, which revolutionized cemeteries across the nation. It was also the first cemetery company founded in the State of New Jersey. Founded by a group of prominent Jersey City & New York City leaders, the cemetery is home to many of our great city's founding fathers and historic legends.
Prior to the creation of the Cemetery in 1829, it's historical significance dates back to the 1700's as the site of Revolutionary War skirmishes, and an active Ammunition Bunker during the War of 1812 that still stands proudly on our grounds. Now the sacred eternal resting place of thousands of soldiers from the Revolutionary & Civil Wars, the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War, WWI and II, forward, as well as home to our earliest Jersey City founders, leaders, residents and legends. With its 200 year old English Ivy adorning many of the towering trees, and the monumental works of art, this 6-acre sanctuary of peace and unique history is one of the most beautiful natural settings in Jersey City.
Sadly neglected and abandoned in early 2008, the Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is now being saved and preserved by the dedicated efforts of a newly formed volunteer Board of Trustees, a hard-working group of volunteers, and a supportive Community who are committed to the restoration of the historic cemetery grounds, caretaker house, and historic monuments.
With undivided loyalty, we will protect and preserve, with honor, our ancestors and veterans in memoriam, while promoting the early American historical events that took place on these sacred grounds.
The Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (recently renamed Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro) www.iscr.beniculturali.it was founded in 1939, based on a project developed by Giulio Carlo Argan and Cesare Brandi, to ensure that restoration and conservation activities would be carried out on a scientific basis – human and natural sciences – and to unify conservation methods applied to works of art and archaeological artefacts.
Cesare Brandi was its first director and the author of the first “Theory of Restoration”, a fundamental text for conservators throughout the world, now translated into numerous languages.
In the 70 years of its activity, the Instituto has played a major role in the international field of conservation and has influenced schools and conservation programs in many countries. The recent eviction and consequential precipitous transfer of the Institute to inadequate premises will compromise its role and existence, and will seriously damage the structure of Italian Cultural Heritage.
Edith Cowan University management have no plans to maintain the majority of bushland areas on the university grounds. It is likely that these areas will be flattened for future development.
Why is this important?
- ECU campuses are known for their iconic Australian bushland surroundings.
- There are currently no intentions to preserve extensive areas of existing bushland at ECU Joondalup campus.
- Urbanisation is a major contributing factor toward climate change, clearing native bushland areas will promote an environmentally irresponsible image for ECU in this respect.
- The bushland areas support a range of native wildlife.
- The surrounding bushland at ECU provide a positive and relaxing learning environment for students.
- These areas are valued by the community outside of ECU.
Ensure the continued existence of bushland areas at all Edith Cowan University campuses by signing the online petition for protected Edith Cowan University bushland areas.
An Aboriginal Keeping Place
…celebrating our survival…
….growing our culture…
…protecting our heritage…
…keeping our community strong…
- by Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Law, UTS
To create a National Aboriginal Keeping Place/Cultural Centre in Sydney that celebrates our survival providing a space for the contemporary expression of our contemporary culture, protects our heritage and keeps our community strong.
Our plan is to find a benefactor who will purchase the Black Fella's Dreaming Museum's collection and use it to found The Keeping Place for the absolute benefit of the Aboriginal communities. The benefactor will not sub-divide the collection. Artworks by Gordon Syron and photographs by Elaine Pelot-Syron will be loaned to and preserved by The Keeping Place.
Aboriginal communities will benefit in the following ways:
The Possibilities …
A Cultural Centre – There is a need for a national cultural centre in an urban area that provides a space for the celebration of and for interaction with our contemporary urban culture. This can include the hosting of workshops on painting, sculpture, performance, music, the creation of Aboriginal cultural artefacts and creative writing.
A Celebration of Survival – A space dedicated to the preservation of our culture & traditions and archives the history & stories of urban Aboriginal people.
An Educational Environment – A space dedicated to teaching our culture and history is a place where Aboriginal and non Aboriginal communities can learn about the diversity and vibrancy of our Aboriginal cultures.
An Opportunity for Economic Development – A cultural space that focuses on showcasing contemporary Aboriginal culture also provides an opportunity for economic development by creating a place where Aboriginal artists can sell their art to the public.
Self Development Programs: We hope that the cultural centre will be committed to developing youth, leadership and prison rehabilitation programs. These programs will be aimed at developing self-esteem, confidence and vital life skills
Opportunities for Employment and Training – The Keeping Place will provide a large range of opportunities for the employment and training of Aboriginal people in order to staff the centre, curate the material, educate the public and run the operations with transparency, accountability and good governance principles.
The heart and starting point for the Keeping Place & Cultural Centre is the Syrons’ Black Fella's Dreaming Museum. It is an important collection that contains many of Australia’s leading traditional and contemporary Aboriginal artists.
On May 14th 2009, a catalogue of 1400 artworks in the Syron's collection was finished by the not-for-profit organisation & volunteers, headed by Rona Wade,
Executive Director and CEO,
UNILINC Limited, online.
A catalogue of 547 artworks was valued in 2009 by
Adrian Newstead, ex-CEO of Deutscher-Menzies Auctioneers and Director/Owner of Coo-ee Aboriginal
The acquisition of the Syron Collection will provide a significant foundation for the important cultural archive that the Keeping Place / Cultural Centre will host.
Here's the link for The Keeping Place documentary:
Director: Martin Adams
Producer & Sound: Jason De Santolo
DOP & Editor: Fabio Cavadini
Narrator: Amanda King
For more information and art display please go to :
The following is a letter sent to Northwest Youth Services regarding the sale of the plot next to their building:
I feel that the little park should stay as it is; there isn't any decent green spaces in the proximity of downtown like there is in that little lot. Perhaps it is for sale so that the NWYS can fund future projects? I politely ask to persevere in fund raising activities instead of selling the lot. Many places are closing down around town because of the economy and in their place, empty storefronts. I feel that if this little green space were to be compromised, bulldozed down, and have a building erected in its place, it would suffer the same fate as the rest of the empty storefronts.
Selling it would offer a temporary solution for both the buyer and NWYS until the money ran out. I know that I sound a bit pessimistic about the economy, but my optimism lies in the preservation of the green space. If the lot is sold, the green space can never return. It is an overall loss to the local community.
I would like to suggest that perhaps a portion of lawn be turned into a vegetable garden (perhaps cared for by the youth you wish to assist). It flows with the NWYS mission to heal family relationships, connect youth to community and promote self-reliance. If instead of selling the lot, it became a garden, then perhaps the kids could sell their produce at the farmer's market and raise money in part for themselves (nurturing their self-reliance, confidence, and self-worth) and in part for NWYS (nurturing the organization's need for funding, fulfilling the mission statement, and assisting youth).
Please, consider this suggestion and do not sell the plot. Undestroyed green space is more valuable for the human spirit than its temporary dollar worth. I would appreciate a continuing dialogue about this subject, if you are open to it.
The property located at 6829 Summerfield Rd. Temperance Michigan should be considered as a historical site. The property will be going up for sale and is at great risk of being torn down if we do not step in and urge the township to get involved with it’s preservation.
The Ina Duley Ogdon cabin, “deserving of preservation, was built on an old Indian trail now called Summerfield Road in Lambertville. Constructed about 1830 for Charles and Charlotte Phelps, it was remodeled in the 1860’s as their family grew.
Around 1920 hymnist, Ina Duley Ogdon and her husband purchased the cabin from Stephen Phelps as a summer cottage, but later decided to move here permanently. In 1930 a second cabin, owned by Henry Beck and built in 1865, was purchased. It logs were numbered, dismantled and moved from Ottawa Lake by Charles Friedly and Fred Hasen. Reconstructed as a wing of this lovely country home, the rustic log cabin portion was purposely left exposed.
Ina enjoyed the peaceful country living with its outdoor ponds and gardens, and her antique filled home. It was in an upper bedroom of this home that Ina Duley Ogdon penned a verse to cheer her ailing father. “Brighten the Corner Where you are” was sold (for $3.00) to the music director of Evangelist Billy Sunday, who set it to music and helped make it the most popular hymn of all times.
Ina would go on to write over 3,000 verses and two books in her lifetime. “
By Trudy Wieske Urbani (Town Historian)
The “New School” at Stackpole Rd and High St has a projected cost of $20 Million – which is due to rise yearly. The cost to renovate Hilltop Elementary School has not been researched since 1999 (which was approximately $3.084 Million).
The cited reasons for a new school are overcrowding in Maplewood and the Middle School, and that Hilltop renovation isn’t worth taxpayers’ dollars. Former councilor Todd Marsh told Fosters that City Council was “making the decision [to buy the land for the New School] to have an option.”
Since that decision passed back in December 2007, it has remained the only option for the future of our children. An ad-hoc reuse committee was established for the sole purpose, as Mike Micucci puts it, of finding uses for Hilltop other than a school.
Consider this petition our demand for a second option – to find what it would cost to renovate/update Hilltop Elementary School.
The property commonly known as the Southlands has been used for farming since the nineteen-thirties.
This is the only use the property has ever known.
Development proposals for the land in 1971, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1989 and 1992 have all met with failure.
After the lengthy and exhaustive public hearings of 1989, the entire property was zoned agricultural, designated agricultural in the community plan and placed in the green-zone as part of Metro Vancouver's Livable Region Strategy.
Additionaly, learned and established experts (B.C. Institute of Agriculture, Professors Art Bomke, Jan de Vries, Marshall Cronkite George Cruikshank et al) have determined through many studies that most of the land in question is at least as good as or better than agricultural land in West Delta in general.
Despite all these protections, the Southlands is now slated for a 2,000 unit mixed-density property development that will bring 4,000-5,000 new residents to South Delta.
Due to the constant development pressure that the land has been under since 1971, and due to the fact that the present protections have not been enough to dissuade developers from speculating on the land, ALR designation is needed to preserve this property.
It is fully within the rights of the municipality to petition the Agricultural Land Commission for inclusion.
We are in agreement with the town of Babylon that the American Venice is one of the most unique residential communities in Long Island, which is one of the reasons we the homeowners were drawn to this waterfront community.
However our main concern is the flood situation that we are all affected by every time the moon is out or we have north east wind. The tide water comes up from the sewers, under ground and over the bulk heads.
These floods keep mailman from coming in. We have to walk through wading water to get in front doors, or in cars. Most of the time we have to park cars three blocks away because you can’t drive through. Crawl spaces are full of water all the time, which create a health hazard and our lawns are inundated so bad you can’t even let your animal out or enjoy your back yards. Garbage cans float, and some of our neighbors are having trouble selling, because of high insurance cost.
When the weather prediction is “possible flooding conditions” Sleepless nights are spent, making sure your vehicles are not under water, or worst going out in the middle of the night in twenty degree weather because water came up so high that everyone got caught off guard and have to start emptying out their garages and move their cars.
Would we prefer to have a park and a Historical Preservation or Preserve our community?
July 31, 2006
A tree preservation order has been placed on a tree unsuitable for a small front garden and it needs to be removed.
It is beyond belief that the St Helens House buidings are under threat of change of use. The concept of helping people who are less able to work or disabled in any way was founded in Derby at this address and has a good reputation of success helping those who help themselves advance or ready themselves for re-introduction into the workforce in Derby.
This will be a disasterous loss if the changes proposed by my Council take place in April 2004 and it is also preposterous that those working or training there had no idea, until it was let slip during a radio Derby broadcast. This building is also steeped in historical value and I challenge them that it is illegal to change the use of a listed building after it has received a preservation order. I beg the people of Derby to sign my petition to save this wonderfull historical building in its present form and use.
a) The protection of California's most vulnerable citizens, its children, should be the most important objective of government.
b) Although providing an important public service, current programs designed to protect children often times do more harm than good. Far too many tragedies, including serious physical and emotional injury to children and the unnecessary destruction of families, have occurred in recent years. The system must be reformed to restore fundamental fairness and promote protection of children and preservation of families.
c)California law requires cases where a child has been removed from his or her family due to alleged abuse or neglect to be heard within 15 days in order to bring speedy resolution to the matter and to minimize trauma to the child. However, thousands of children are kept away from their families for months on end by unnecessary government delays, resulting in tremendous costs to parents and taxpayers. In many cases, other family members are willing and able to care for these children, yet the current system does not promote preservation of the family.
d) The right to a jury trial is fundamental in our system of government. However, under existing law, a child can be removed from the care of his or her parents based only on allegations of abuse or neglect without the government having to present evidence justifying removal to a judge and jury.
e)This system, designed by politicians to protect children, instead often results in delay, excessive costs, mistakes, and family break-ups. IT IS IMPORTANT TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ABUSE AND NEGLECT, BUT IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILDREN ARE NOT WRONGFULLY REMOVED FROM THEIR PARENTS IN THE FIRST PLACE.
f) Abuse of the process is cloaked in secrecy because such juvenile proceedings are not open to the public.
g) Recently, several studies, grand jury investigations, and oversight hearings have brought these problems into clear focus. However, our elected representatives have failed to take action.
h) In order to protect the health and well-being of children, the people of the state of California hereby enact the Child and Family Protection Act to establish the right to a jury in juvenile dependency hearings, the right to a public hearing, the right to a speedy resolution and the promotion of family over government-sponsored care whenever possible.
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