A house on 109th Avenue North is guarded by tall toy-like statues.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
I drove the Naples streets closest to the Gulf of Mexico and beaches. A month after the storm, debris is still piled up, waiting for FEMA or the city or the county or private contractors to pick it up. It seems that the worst storm damage was done to the oldest, single-story, modest homes on sites that had not been filled to raise the elevations.
Few of those small older homes will be repaired. Investors will buy them for the value of their lots. They will bring in fill to raise the level and will build big new houses to be sold to wealthy retirees.
Naples already had a serious problem with scarce affordable housing for teachers, police and fire fighters, and other service workers. Ian made this problem even worse.
Friday, October 28, 2022
This is Naples' leading shopping and dining street. Looked at wide angle, it doesn't look much different than usual a month after Hurricane Ian ravaged Southwest Florida. Except that shoppers were few. And except that about half of the stores are closed for repairs.
Thursday, October 27, 2022
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Thursday, October 20, 2022
The Titicus Reservoir is just across the New York state line in North Salem. It is one of many reservoirs in Westchester County that supply New York City with water. It has been doing that since 1893.
Titicus Reservoir is fed on the east by the Titicus River in Ridgefield, Connecticut. This is from a bridge across the Titicus River just east of the place where the river joins the reservoir.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
I learned that Max Tucci lives in a house behind the barn. His grandfather owned and operated Delmonico's fabled restaurant in New York City for 60 years. Max has written a newly released book about the restaurant and his family's history with it. He was waiting for a moving van to take the manikins and the boxes of books beside them to a store in the City for a display about the book.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
On Saturday there was a charming small festival near the railroad station in the Croton Falls hamlet in North Salem, New York. There were booths for artists and crafters, farms and food service businesses (generally organic) and nonprofit organizations serving northern Westchester County.
John is the executive director of the North Salem Open Land Foundation. They are working to combat the pressure for development by persuading owners of farms and forests and other land to donate preserves or grant conservation easements on their properties so the land can be open into perpetuity.
Mike, Linda and Julia are two out of four generations of the family that owns and operates Salinger's Orchard in Brewster, New York. I can vouch for their cider, cider donuts and apples.
My sister had a recent birthday. We never get each other presents on time. She is a quilter and likes crafts of all kinds. Bracken is a potter. In addition to her own production, she manages a pottery workshop and store down the road from the site of the fair. I thought my sister would like this hand made pitcher to display flowers or -- shockingly enough -- even to hold and pour stuff.
Gina developed The Board Beauty a year ago to sell hand crafted artisanal food boards. She comes from an Italian family that has worked with foods for generations.
On the way to and from the festival, I walked past a storefront for The North Salem Post. The door was open, so I walked in and said hello to Sarah. She moved to North Salem five years ago with her husband and three kids. Her day job is journalist for an online publication, but on the side she puts out the Post as a a hyperlocal digital news publication serving the community of North Salem and surrounding towns.
Monday, October 17, 2022
Restaurants in the center are still doing a big business in outdoor dining. Treva is a terrific restaurant with primarily Italian food. I love the subtle support for Ukraine with the sunflowers and yellow/blue barriers.
Down the road a bit, three restaurants anchored by Max's Oyster Bar share colorful barriers, also in yellow and blue, with pretty flower boxes. For a little longer.
Sunday, October 16, 2022
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Friday, October 14, 2022
Ghosts are flying in and out of the windows at a house on Ridgefield's Main Street.
What do they have planned for Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Thursday, October 13, 2022
I was standing in line behind Joe, when someone asked him how long it takes to braid his hair.
"Three hours" is the answer, and his mother re-does it every six weeks.
Joe has a degree in social work and is working on his masters. He is a social worker working with teens, sometimes working with schools, sometimes with community groups. One of the great things about a career in social work is that it can lead to working with all different kinds of people.