Archive for the ‘Peregrine falcons’ Tag

Second Outreach Center closes; New Exit 10; SUP Work continues; Toll Relief for Local Residents

What remained of the Tappan Zee Bridge lingered into 2019: its east anchor span was to be demolished, then weather intervened, and then it happened. A new configuration to Thruway Exit 10 eliminated a portion of the loop, where motorists could exit to Clinton Avenue; second and third traffic patterns for the exit were to follow.

Work continued on the westbound span’s path and connecting spur path, the old bridge’s supports were disappearing, and four Peregrine falcon chicks needed names. The west anchor span was removed, local students named the chicks, new webcams showed progress on the landings, and my mom took her first car trip across the new bridge.

Low turnout was reported at July’s toll advisory panel meetings; ArtsWestchester and the Thruway Authority asked artists to propose ideas for a mural and bicycle racks. A broken car on en route to the iconic concert 50 years ago became a “how we met” story for their children and grandchildren.

Come fall, New Yorkers chose a new state license plate (some wanted the design above, which was not one of the five choices), and further changes were made to Exit 10 yet did not relieve traffic. People noticed the I Lift NY left the project site five years after its arrival in Piermont.

A completely reconfigured Exit 10 opened in early October, one scenic overlook was completed the following month, and residents of bridge-bordering counties learned about minimal future toll increases. Although the Nyack Outreach Center closed this month, educational programs continue into spring/summer.

The path, its hours to be determined, is expected to open sometime next year.

It would have been wiser not to leave my hat on the bus: temps were freezing that day! Photo/Gov. Cuomo’s staff

I’ve covered this story since March 2012, when an editor sent me to hear residents’ concerns in Tarrytown. Plans for the project’s anticipated progress — detailed in subsequent meetings — became reality with each turn of the calendar. Freelance reporting is pure joy and sometimes challenging, and this has been both.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Claremont Elementary names One Baby Falcon

Katherine Castrillo’s class at Claremont Elementary School was all smiles and cheers this week after one of the four baby falcons was named Rio, the kids’ choice for this year’s naming contest. More than 1,500 people picked the winning names from 10 entries.

The project team will also visit Concord Road Elementary School in Ardsley and Washington Irving Intermediate School in Tarrytown, whose classes submitted the other winning names: Talon-ted, Cardi Beak and Speedy.

Following an award ceremony, nearly 400 students were eager to learn about the new bridge’s technology, environmental precautions, oyster relocation and falcon nest. And the Tappan Zee Bridge got their attention: they all wanted to see part of the old bridge blown up in the river. Your description may vary.

That’s for another blog post.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Winning Names picked in 2019 Falcon Contest

Congratulations to the winning classes at Claremont Elementary School in Ossining, Concord Road Elementary School in Ardsley and Washington Irving Intermediate School in Tarrytown. More than More than 1,500 people picked their submissions — Talon-ted, Cardi Beak, Rio and Speedy — from 10 entries in the 2019 Falcon Naming Contest.

They’ll receive awards next week from the outreach team. Congratulations to the students whose names were selected!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Baby Falcons need Names: Cast your Votes

This seems like trick photography: an image of one falcon parent staring back at visitors who tagged the new brood that awaits names.

You have until end of the day June 7 to choose from: Bill Nye, Bolt, Cardi Beak, Flash, Fluffy, Rio, Speedy, Star Falcon, Talon-ted and Westpoint. Vote now to give these fast-growing chicks names!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Naming Contest for Falcon Chicks ends Soon

Mama falcon tended to her little ones this morning as they awaited their new names. Can’t wait to see what names local elementary and middle school students picked for the four birds.

The contest ends tomorrow!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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