Tagged: walter elwood museum

As City Library Treads Water, District Readies Cement Boots

I sincerely hope I am proven wrong on the fate of the library at the hands of district voters to approve a $200K referendum to fund the library. But past experience tells me I am probably right to be skeptical. If you recall, several years...

Thursday Throwdown

The GASD tries to sweeten the listing to sell the former museum building (here). I suppose an empty, historic building in a residential neighborhood proves the ‘fiscal responsibility’ of the GASD board. Kudos. I’m going to speculate a bit here that as the original proposition...

What’s the Point

Maybe it’s lack of sleep or driving all day in the rain yesterday to and from Boston but I seriously question what’s the point in even blogging as it seems to have no effect or possibly the opposite effect on the collective mindset. You would...

Signs

I happened to drive by the museum and noticed the For Sale sign in front of the building. I have no problem with signage to advertise the property at the museum. What troubles me though is the sheer size of the sign sitting in the...

Like a Baby Treats a Diaper

One of my favorite Normisms from Cheers: Bartender: “Hey Norm, how’s the world been treating you?” Norm: “Like a baby treats a diaper.” I think this captures the essence of the predominant attitude toward the city’s history, architecture and sense of self. How else do...

Back of the Envelope

I’m crunched for time today but I wanted to get some numbers out given Paterson’s budget cuts specifically to state aid for school districts. Here are some facts and figures and rough analysis (caveat emptor). For the Amsterdam school district overall, the 2008-2009 budget (here)...

Newton’s Third Law

Stated simply: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” So for this reaction on the Walter Elwood Museum (Gazette article here): The Walter Elwood Museum filed a notice of claim Tuesday afternoon with the Greater Amsterdam School District, a move that protects...

WEM Update

Gina DeRossi, President of the GASD board, posted the following in comments so here is a section containing updates on the WEM: Just for the record, the Board is currently working with the Walter Elwood Museum on the issues that came up. We have a proposed...

A Parody of a Farce

I just read this in the Gazette: The school board only decided to hire United Bat Controls to clean the bat droppings, not to fix the building so bats couldn’t enter in the future, saving the district about $9,000. “I’m disappointed that they didn’t do...