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Dear Village Chat-Room Readers of Croton-on-Hudson...

December 16, 2006

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
I would like to address a recently posted comment from former Trustee Georgiana Grant (see: “My Moment of Delirious Schadenfreude”).

For the commenter in which she states of irresponsible and spreading half-truths and unfounded rumors concerning the waste industry to residents and officials in Croton; For your information, The Woburn Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for our “Outstanding Activism” and has received over $100,000 in Grants and Awards that are used to find the truth. We represent over 225,000 residents in 6 bordering communities along the Aberjona River (See: Civil Action Movie).

The WNA has also appeared on the front cover of Parade Magazine on January 25, 2004 in a story written by Micah Morrison “Why We Have The Right To Know” of how we uncovered the truth under the Freedom of Information Act and stopped an additional One Million Tons of Contaminated Soils from being dumped into our environment. And, on February 6, 2004, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont applauded our efforts in Congress and read on the floor of Congress into the Congressional Record of the United States as stated in Volume 150 of the Congressional Record.

We also publish 2 newsletters on two different websites www.aberjonastudy.org and www.woburnneighborhood.com. So Ms. Grant you should think twice before attacking anyone, especially those who do good not only in their communities but yours also.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has. “Margaret Mead”

Sincerely,

Linda Raymond, President, Woburn Neighborhood Association, Inc.

On December 19, 2006 7:02 PM, bayswaterguy said:

The Woburn Neighborhood Association was founded in 2001. See: www.woburnneighborhoodassociation.com/wst_page2.html

On December 19, 2006 2:42 PM, bojangles said:

This becomes more complicated than ever. Isn’t the Woburn Neighborhood Association the one formed around the toxic leaks into a river near a canning factory in Woburn, MA? I believe sometime in the 70’s or 80’s a suit was filed claiming that the leaks were causing leukemia and other serious health problems to residents living near by and drinking contaminated water. Is this the group formed and featured in the book Civil Action and in the movie of the same name (Julia Roberts playing Irma Brocovich as the heroine?) If so, they absolutely won awards and commendations. They exposed a most serious and dangerous situation.

However the complaints from Brockton are said to deal with truck traffic and the theft of water. The connection between Brockton C&D transfer station and the Woburn battle is unclear.

On December 17, 2006 10:29 AM, weewill said:

It’s helpful to listen to arguments from both sides of an issue to get to the real truths. With that goal in mind, many months ago I “took the time and made the effort” to contact authorities directly in Brockton, Massachusetts. Below are notes of my conversation with officials in the Health Department. We specifically discussed reported issues at the construction and demolition waste transfer station located in Brockton adjacent to New England Transrail terminus.

Brockton MA - 10/27/2006

Re the transfer station. The site has experienced some problems, but “None that we’ve not been able to handle at a C&D transfer station.” “You’re bound to have some problems arise by its very nature.” …“It needs to be monitored and watched but is not as bad as it’s made out to be.”…

The official in Brockton did note that their “community activists are noisy and relentless in their complaints about dust, noise and odors” …and clarified with the following: “the main complaint being truck traffic” . “You should be careful and specific about regulations … make them pay for a full time monitor… if they bring in 1000 tons a day your village should get at least $1.00 a ton in your revenue stream” … “There are 3 or 4 noisy activists who come to every board meeting, but other than that we have the situation under control.”

Croton’s self-proclaimed trash authority raised the “theft of water by the site operator.” Brockton official says “(about the theft of municipal water) they were fined $160,000 … they used the water for an emergency misting system to keep dust down at the site …. they may not pay the full $160,000 …. they’re in court to reduce the amount.”

Georgianna Grant



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