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April  22

It's Earth Day: Go Pick up a Pamphlet (and Then Throw it in Your Recycling Bin)

Earth_day The first Earth Day was 36 years ago today and, by some accounts, 20 million people took the streets to create the political movement known as environmentalism. This was less than a year after Woodstock, and the two events were culturally linked. Earth Day was celebrated by the same long-haired boys and girls who passed joints and danced in the mud at Yasgur's farm -- only this time their arms were raised in a demand that politicians save the earth from greedy capitalists.

Environmentalism has been so neutered over the decades that we're almost embarrassed to present what Baristaville has organized for Mother Earth this year.

  • Verona Park will be Earth Day Central. Speeches by local politicos, activities for children, information on energy efficiency in the home and a hybrid car demo at 1:40 pm.
  • Nature activities for children, 11 to 4, Essex County Environmental Center 621 B Eagle Rock Avenue Roseland.
  • Montclair Fest at the Montclair State University student center all day, with an Earth and Environmental Studies table.
  • Riverbank Cleanup at Great Falls in Paterson from 9 to 3.
  • Glen Ridge bucks the April 22 tradition and decides to hold its own "Earth Day" on June 17, with a computer and electronics recycling drop-off between 9 and 2.

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        everyone is too tired from all the postcard writing.

        Posted by: Right of Center | Apr 22, 2006 10:11:58 AM

        I have a hand cramp--

        Posted by: cstarling | Apr 22, 2006 10:39:40 AM

        I am not at all happy with Mother Nature today...:-(

        Posted by: Miss Martta | Apr 22, 2006 10:41:01 AM

        "Speeches by local politicos" and my ears hurt!

        Posted by: cstarling | Apr 22, 2006 10:41:56 AM

        be happy MM we need the rain-just wish we could arrange it for nighttime only-however be it as it may-----April showers bring may flowers...think glass full;) And I promise while riding down to great grandma's 93 b-day(HUBBY"S)in my SUV, not to throw any litter from my gas guzzling ecco deadly vehicle.

        Posted by: cstarling | Apr 22, 2006 10:45:57 AM

        LOL...CS, 93, huh? God bless her...my great-grandma was 100 but I never got to meet her as she died before I was born. Enjoy!

        Posted by: Miss Martta | Apr 22, 2006 10:49:28 AM

        it's actually my 5yr old's great grandma (husband's grandmother) and so far my little one is lucky enough to have all grandparents--and the benifit of being the only grandchild thus far-

        --I miss mine they are all gone now but I do have wonderful memories--I am the keeper of the graves now--maybe it sounds morbid to some but it gives me great pleasure and serenity to visit the headstones and remember.

        Posted by: cstarling | Apr 22, 2006 11:06:14 AM

        We found several other Earth Day events in the areaa that may be rescheduled tomorrow or next weekend.You can find their links at:


        Posted by: Geoff | Apr 22, 2006 11:06:40 AM

        is paterson in baristaville?

        Posted by: cheeze | Apr 22, 2006 12:54:22 PM

        Whole Foods Market has purchased enough wind power to account for 100% of their power consumption -- not only their stores, but their entire operation including offices, production, etc. It's the largest corporation to do so. They have a program you can sign up for & receive a $20 (individual) or $50 (family) Whole Foods gift certificate.

        Posted by: Veronica | Apr 22, 2006 6:25:53 PM

        "He was always proud of his animal husbandry skills, until they caught him at it one day".

        - Tom Lehrer

        Posted by: Right of Center™ | Apr 22, 2006 8:34:02 PM

        "Whole Foods is a wonderland molded to accommodate the psyche of the socially-responsible, guilt-ridden liberal--the crunchy Kucinich capitalist."

        what a bunch of foo-foo claptrap. I'll stick to Corrado's.

        Posted by: Iceman | Apr 22, 2006 8:53:31 PM

        Organic is the only way.

        Posted by: PAZ (AMiL) | Apr 22, 2006 10:27:48 PM

        It's possible there are choices other than to shop at Whole Foods and endorse Drudge sidekick Andrew Breitbart, or to shop at Corrado's and, uh, wha? eschew foo-foo claptrap?

        Posted by: Veronica | Apr 22, 2006 11:18:46 PM

        Read USA today while in line at the A&P?

        Posted by: Right of Center™ | Apr 23, 2006 12:22:23 AM

        I like the fact that when I shop at WF, I don't have to worry about nasty hazmats like high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated fats, two things that are anathema to good health.

        Posted by: Miss Martta | Apr 23, 2006 6:41:33 AM

        i like shopping at whole paycheck, but lately some of the cashiers are rude and so is one of the managers.

        Posted by: pentimento | Apr 23, 2006 6:39:32 PM

        I like WF for some of the things it has, among which are the things that Miss M has noted. It's also easier to find low-salt items there. And they had a nice sale on halibut steaks on Friday. Mmmm. halibut...

        I don't buy everything there by any means, but I like having them in the neighborhood.

        Posted by: crank | Apr 23, 2006 8:23:18 PM

        Don't tell me you bought that fish just for the halibut. :-)

        Posted by: Miss Martta | Apr 23, 2006 10:59:54 PM

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