A new Mustang Club in Orange County, welcome to exurbia, kids books. Plus a holiday and Hudson Valley Heavens.
Get Your Motor Running
Steve Motola clearly remembers one thing about his 1970s childhood in
But what good is being a car fanatic if you cant share the love? For years, Motola was a member of Mustang Clubs in
So what goes on at these meetings? We talk about promoting and enjoying Mustangs, in addition to upcoming events and outings, Motola explains. Joining the club has an added bonus: members will eventually be registered in the national chapter of the Mustang Club of America. The Orange County club plans to host two Mustang shows in 2007, says Motola, noting that he won six trophies at area car shows last season. They are also planning weekly cruise-ins, where members bring their cars and hang out. We dont want it to be stiff or formal, says Motola. It should be social and fun.
Mustang Fun Facts:
The Mustang was first introduced on April 17, 1964. More than 22,000 were sold that day.
President Bill Clinton and baseball star Reggie Jackson as well as
There are more Mustang Clubs in the world 250+ than there are clubs for any other vehicle.
By The Numbers Our Own Exurbia
The Valleys number one! Well of course we are, youre thinking. But once you stop patting yourself on the back, we can explain how, in this case, being first is a dubious distinction. A recent study by the Brookings Institute found that Dutchess and
2 Rank of
3 Rank of the Grand Rapids/Wyoming, MI area
200,000+ Number of people who live in Dutchess and
10,800,000 Approximate number of people living in exurbs nationwide
88 Number of other large metropolitan areas included in the study
72 to 86 Travel time (in minutes) from Beacon to
33.5 Average time in minutes that
by Bob Berman
The Years Best Meteors
This past summer, meteor junkies were thwarted by a full moon that spoiled the famous Perseid shower. Now youve got a second chance: Step outdoors on December 13 for the wonderful Geminid fireworks, which tend to cough up a meteor a minute. These slow-moving stones hit Earth sideways, not head on, so they cross the sky at just 22 miles per second, some 50 percent slower than summer's whizzers. Best of all, the shower is in progress as soon as night falls, and it lasts all night.
Look for the return of bright planets this month. Venus starts appearing low above the sunset point by month's end, and Saturn is up after 9 p.m. Throw in brilliant Orion and his pals, and youve got some impressive nighttime lights.
Astronomer Bob Berman is the author of Strange Universe (Times Books).
to Governor George Pataki, for declaring the 212-acre Middle Ground Flats island (located in the
to State Senator John J. Bonacic, of Mount Hope, and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, of Kingston, for sponsoring legislation that recently turned the gorgeous 82-mile corridor between New Paltz and Wawarsing into the Shawangunk Mountain Scenic Byway.
to the middle and high school students who participated in the second annual Mid-Hudson Library System Battle of the Books. More than 70 students answered questions about the 10 books they read over the summer. The Read Barons team from Red Hook ultimately prevailed against finalists from the
For the Little Ones
The Secret World of Magic Dolls and Imaginary Friends: The Dolls of Cold Spring Village (Outskirts Press, $9.95), by Putnam County native and doll-collector Suzanne Kraus-Mancuso, recalls daily life in that sleepy river town during the Great Depression. The author based her main character, Dorothy, on her own grandmother, whose childhood in Cold Spring she learned about from reading old diaries in her grandmothers attic.
Moo Press, the childrens imprint of Keene Publishing in
One Incredible Dog! Kizzy by Chris Williams tells the story of a little dog who inspires children to read aloud to him because he doesnt care if they stutter or stumble (ages 3 & up, $15.95).
Already Asleep, a rhyming bedtime book by A. D. Tarbox, was inspired by the authors favorite Mother Goose poem, Diddle Diddle Dumpling. Look for the gray tabby cat and white mouse hidden on every page (ages 3 & up, $12.95).