Ridge Meeting December 8, 2002
Today many of the Save The Ridge and other groups met to discuss how to best organize and best approach the issues facing us. It was decided that we would separate into groups (see group list here) and get better organized. The groups decided on were: Gardiner politics, Research, Petition Drive,
Signs, graphic work, Letters,articles,written materials, Events(fundraising & publicity), Legal work, New Ideas, Organizational Task Force, Treasurer and Mailbox/Phone inquiries (and of course the website).
It was also decided to look into getting a billboard up somewhere that would be noticed and to try to get this donated. We think that we are close to accomplishing this, and will let you know where the billboard will be in a further update.
We heard a report from the Gardiner's Committee that the town planning board is going to review the Master plan for the town, so we of course want to do our homework and be prepared to voice our opinions on that. Read more about that here.
The date of the next meeting was decided as December 22nd. If you attend bring $1 to donate to the Shawangunk Firehouse and also bring some extra money if you want to purchase bumper stickers or lawn signs. Checks made out to Friends of the Shawangunks are tax deductible. The sign committee said that signs would be available at the meeting. You can also contact Irwin Cantor to see about getting a sign if you are not attending the meeting.
The Petition Committee is also working on getting the wording of our petition set up. Please stand by for more details about that.
November 22, 2002
Today some of us met with a reporter from the N.Y. Times. The Times is doing a story on the potential development project. The reporter mainly wanted to know what we felt about it, how it would impact our lives, what we thought we could do to stop it.
The reporter is also trying to interview with Bradley (have been unable to make a firm contact with him yet) and with representatives of the development group - Chaffin Light Associates. Today their spokesperson cancelled their appointment, but she is trying to reschedule.
You'll also note that there are "SAVE THE RIDGE" signs going up on lawns, and banners on poles that say "DON'T JUNK THE GUNKS! If you can contribute to the making of the signs (do you have a business that can do it at cost for us?) or contribute financially to the creation of signs and posters please post in our bulletin board and someone will get in touch with you.
Other interesting news is that there are a lot of other groups, and grassroots organizations getting involved or expressing interest in this. The Friends of the Shawangunks is out front, of course, as well as the Shawangunk Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the Scenic Hudson org., The Appalachian Mountain Club, among others. There is also a local movement of landowners in the area called GARD (Gardiner Association for Responsible Development) and another local landowners group that calls themselves "Save the Ridge". Save The Ridge are the ones currently making signs and banners. They are having a meeting on Sunday to further discuss.