Monday, April 05, 2010

The Green, Green Grass of Long Island

A Cleaner, Greener, More Sustainable Community, From The Ground Up

Spring is in the air, and, as it turns out, in the soil below.

Birds are singing, tulips are blooming, the buds are bursting on the trees and there's new life being breathed into the grass beneath our feet.

And so we ask you to be kind to Long Island's environment, particularly the aquifers from which we get our drinking water, and into which seeps whatever we may pour down the storm sewers or heap upon our lawns and gardens.

Our good friends at the Long Island Neighborhood Network and the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College remind us that pesticides, herbicides, and inorganic fertilizers are out, while natural, organic feeding and weeding is in.

Go Green, Long Island, and breathe easy while you enjoy the green, green grass of home!
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From The Neighborhood Network:
2010 Organic Landscaper List

Available Now

Each year the Neighborhood Network compiles a list of Long Island landscaping companies that can provide 100% synthetic chemical-free service.

Each landscaper on the list meets educational requirements, demonstrates knowledge of organic methods, and signs an agreement with the Neighborhood Network to provide service that meets our organic standards to customers that contact them through our list.

You can find the list on our website at:
Great Brookhaven Cleanup -- April 17th

Keep Brookhaven Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful, Inc., in cooperation with the Town of Brookhaven, invite you to join the Great American Cleanup(TM).

Last year, 4,000 Brookhaven residents joined over 2.3 million volunteers in more than 15,000 communities across America to pick up millions of tons of litter, renew parks, plant community gardens, beautify miles of roadway, and clean up rivers, lakes and seashores in their communities.

Great Brookhaven Cleanup -- April 17th
Plant-In -- May 15th.

To find out more and to volunteer visit:
Brookhaven Waste Management
Pesticide Regulation

Legislative Priorities for 2010

The Neighborhood Network is supporting the passage of the following bills in the New York State Legislature.

Local Control of Pesticides - A02662 (Englebright)
This bill would allow local governments to regulate pesticide use and notification more stringently than the State Department of Environmental Conservation

School Grounds Pesticide Ban - A07937/S04983 (Englebright/Foley)
This bill would prohibit almost all use of pesticides on grounds, playgrounds and athletic fields of schools and daycare.

Contact your State Legislators to voice your support of these bills.

To find out who your State Senator and Assembly member are, visit the New York State Board of Elections web site at:
2010 Organic Turf Show Journal

You can find out more about the Organic Turf Show and download a copy of the Organic Turf Show Resource Journal at our website.

The Journal includes descriptions of the products and services displayed at the show and contact information for the vendors and speakers, as well as pictures from the show.
Help Support the Neighborhood Network

To make a tax deductible contribution to the Neighborhood Network Research Center, you can call us at 631-963-5454, between 9:30 am and 9:00 pm to make a credit card donation by phone, or make a secure contribution online at:
Folks, it's YOUR Long Island. Keep it clean. Make it GREEN!

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