WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking the public to vote for their favorite entries in the fourth annual Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest. A panel of judges selected the finalists in five categories: photography, essay, poetry, dance and mixed media (photography and a poem or essay). Finalists were selected based on originality, creativity, use of an intergenerational team, and ability to capture a sense of wonder.
Carson is considered to be the founder of the contemporary environmental movement through her landmark book, “Silent Spring.” Using the title of another of Carson’s books, “The Sense of Wonder,” the contest sought submissions “that best express the ‘Sense of Wonder’ that you feel when observing the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes.”
The deadline for voting is November 1. The winners will be announced later that month. They will receive a certificate for their accomplishment and will be recognized on EPA’s website.
The contest is sponsored by the EPA in partnership with Generations United, the Rachel Carson Council Inc., and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.
To vote: http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/thesenseofwonder/2010/vote.htm
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Suffolk County Police today arrested two women for offering prostitution at a Hauppauge massage center.
Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers, working with Fourth Squad detectives and Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) officers, conducted an investigation into prostitution activity at the Qi-Gong Relaxation Massage Center, located at 471 Townline Road, which resulted in the arrest of two Flushing women at 4 p.m. The center’s employees were also performing massages without a required New York State License.
Massage tables, assorted body oils, towels, a computer and cash were also seized after a search warrant was executed at the business.
Chun Zhi Bates, 55, was charged with one count of Prostitution and one count of Unauthorized Practice of a Profession. Weili Cai, 53, was charged with two counts of Prostitution and one count of Unauthorized Practice of a Profession.
Bates and Cai, both of 41-25 Kissena Blvd., will be held overnight and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on August 13.
Suffolk Officials Say Acquisition of 6.5-Acre Tract is Part of Overall Plan to Preserve 100 Acres of Neighboring Oak Forest
Hauppauge, NY – Suffolk Executive Steve Levy and County Legislator Lynne Nowick will be joined by state and town officials, as well as community advocates and environmentalists, as they announce the acquisition tomorrow of 6.5 acres of environmentally sensitive wetlands located in the Nissequogue River watershed region.
“This acquisition is a major step forward in our process of protecting the Nissequogue River, a vitally important Long Island Sound tributary,” said Levy. “Our efforts, combined with action taken by New York State officials, will ensure that more than 100 acres of mature, contiguous oak forest will ultimately be preserved forever.”
The county is acquiring a 6.5-acre site known as the Grausso property, which is located in the Kings Park Greenbelt area, south of Route 25A and east of Indian Head Road in the Town of Smithtown . New York State has purchased an adjacent 75-acre property that was formerly part of the Kings Park State Hospital facility. Suffolk previously had bought 10 acres of contiguous land and has its sites on additional vacant woodland property, which when purchased would bring the amount of total holdings to more than 100 acres.