Make Everyday Earth Day

Make every day earth day

By: Avisia Limato

This Saturday is the 47th anniversary of Earth Day. Every April 22nd we demonstrate our support for environmental protection. There are many ways you can get involved and make a difference.

Plant a Tree: Nothing celebrates Earth more than planting a tree. Trees help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean pollution in the air; provide oxygen, prevent soil erosion and provide habitats for wildlife.

Start a Garden: Every day is Earth Day when you grow a garden.  A garden is a great way to start making your own food which reduces your carbon foot print and can save you money. Gardens are great habitats for pollinators; pollinators (like bees) play a huge part in the production of crops. Grow a variety of plants and flowers in your garden and try to avoid the use of pesticides.

Build a Birdhouse: Creating a birdhouse is beneficial for birds and your garden. Birdhouses provide a safe place for birds to nest and raise their young. They help your garden by keeping the insect population under control.

Recycle: Recycling saves energy, reduces the use of renewable resources and limits pollution. To make recycling second nature in your home set up a recycling center. The main categories of recyclable items are paper, plastic, glass and metals.  If you have the space get separate bins for each so you do not have to sort thru it later.

Ride Your Bike: You might not be able to ride your bike everyday/everywhere but start thinking of times and places you can. Riding your bike reduces carbon emissions, improves air quality and reduces energy consumption. Riding your bike is also great exercise, so start pedaling.

Education: The best way to help our environment is to learn more about it. Read up on recycling, endangered species, climate change, water shortages; the list goes on. Do your research so you can make everyday Earth Day.

The Great Outdoors

By: Avisia Limato 

The month of June has been recognized as Great Outdoors Month; intended to encourage us to get outside and admire the nature around us. Whether you’re hiking, fishing, boating, swimming or having a picnic there are many different ways to celebrate the great outdoors. Westchester has so much to offer when it comes to outdoor recreation, so step outside and enjoy it.

Untermeyer Gardens

Untermeyer Gardens is known for its very own Roman Gardens with views of the Hudson and Palisades. This historic park is 43 acres with a rock garden, Grecian-style amphitheater, classical pavilion and pergola. Free concerts are held every summer Saturday at 7:30pm at the Walled Garden. For more information on the Untermeyer Gardens and their upcoming events visit: untermyer.org

The Greenburgh Nature Center

Visiting the Greenburgh Nature Center is a great way to get outdoors. The nature center is 33 acres with trails, ponds and gardens. It is a wildlife habitat for indigenous species and for migratory birds. Throughout the year the nature center has a calendar full of events. Some of the summer events they are hosting this year are Meet the Animals: get hands on with the nature centers animals, What’s the Buzz with Honeybees: learn about the busy life of the honeybee and the Annual Butterfly Exhibit: learn about native plants and butterflies. To view the full list of events visit: The Greenburgh Nature Center

 

Bicycle Sundays

During bicycle Sundays a portion of the Bronx River Parkway is closed to cars for the use of bicyclists, joggers and strollers. The course runs from the Westchester County Center in White Plains to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. A total of 13.1 miles round trip. This year bicycle Sunday will be held on June 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th as well as September 13th, 20th and 27th from 10am – 2pm. For more information visit the Facebook page: Keep Bicycle Sundays Rolling

 

Kensico Dam Plaza: Screenings Under The Stars

Enjoy the outdoors while watching your favorite movie. Every summer the Kensico Dam hosts free movie nights. Moviegoers bring blankets, folding chairs and a picnic to watch the feature film. The movie is projected in high definition onto a 3-story tall inflatable screen. The movie schedule for 2015 will be posted soon on their Facebook page: Screenings under The Stars.

 

Rockefeller State Park Preserve

The Rockefeller State Park Preserve is perfect for walking, jogging sport fishing and horseback riding. Scenic paths take you thru the wetlands, woodlands, meadows, fields and past streams, rivers and a 24 acre lake. With 180 recorded species of birds, the preserve is known for its wildlife, carriage trails, and scenic vistas. A gorgeous place to relish in nature. For more details visit the: Rockefeller State Park Preserve

8 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

Source: The Huffington Post

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“After the holiday high of family time and festivities, you may find the January melancholy setting in. If you’re one of 90-some percent of people, you’ve fallen off the New Year’s resolution bandwagon, your bank balance is running low from costly Christmas gifts, and there’s no work holiday in sight for a few months.

It’s no wonder an estimated one in five Americans suffer from SAD or seasonal affective disorder, often referred to as the winter blues. You may be sleepier than normal, not have the energy to socialize, and be craving carb-laden comfort foods.

Sound familiar? The bad news is we’re still a ways away from basking in the warm glow of the summer months. The good news is life doesn’t have to stop just because it’s colder out than in Antarctica.

There are plenty of do-it-yourself remedies for the occasional case of the seasonal blues. We’ve rounded up some of the best things you can do to get yourself out of your funk.”

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