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Weekend in review

Jan 05, 2015 6:57 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Jan. 2 through Mon., Jan. 5:

Siobhan (shiv-ON) Barton reported in the Register Star the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy have announced its 2015 Positive Image Awards will be presented to Doris Moore and Thomas Fisher, Sun., Jan. 11. The two long-time Hudson residents will be recognized for their societal contributions, and for projecting a positive image of all Italian Americans. Moore, a first-generation American citizen, is commissioner of the aging for the city of Hudson and belongs to the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Fundraising Committee board. Fisher, the current Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge vice-president, served in the Armed Forces in the U.S. and Germany. He is a founding member of the Alight Center and is a former member of the Hudson Opera House Board of Directors.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced Fri., Jan. 2 the Governor's 2015 State of the State address has been postponed due to extenuating circumstances. The address has been rescheduled to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 21. It will be presented in the Empire State Convention Center in Albany. Cuomo was slated to give the speech Wed., Jan. 7, but his father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, died Jan. 1. The Senate and the Assembly 2015 legislative session will convene Jan. 7 as mandated by the State Constitution.

Jim Planck reported in The Daily Mail the Hunter Town Board renewed two land use moratoria at its Dec. 30 year-end meeting. The two newly adopted laws are temporary bans on establishing and/or expanding junkyards or mobile home parks within the town. Both laws contain a hardship provision. The laws will sunset in nine months. The town is engaged in an ongoing effort to revisit, rewrite and update its planning regulations.

Brian Fung reported in the Washington Post federal regulators looking to place restrictions on Internet providers will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules in February, Federal Communications Commission officials said Fri., Jan. 2. Tom Wheeler, told fellow FCC commissioners before the Christmas holiday that he intends to circulate a draft proposal internally next month with an eye toward approving the measure weeks later. The rules are meant to keep broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast from speeding up or slowing down some websites compared to others.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="305"] Comet Lovejoy imaged on the night of Dec. 27, by Chris Schur in Payson, Arizona. (skyandtelescope.com)[/caption]

Joe Rao reported at Space [dot] com a new-found comet could put on a spectacular show in Earth's skies this month. The "Lovejoy comet," named for amateur Australian astronomer Terry Lovejoy, should be viewable from small telescopes and binoculars during much of January. The comet is expected to reach its closest point to Earth on Jan. 7, and the darker the sky, the better the view. In dark skies free of significant light pollution, the comet may even be visible with the unaided eye. Astronomers calculate the comet was last near Earth more than 11,000 years ago. Its next scheduled appearance in our solar system is due in about 8,000 years.
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