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The Case for “Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em”

In mid-October, the leaves of Pelham will start changing to their magnificent fall colors. By the end of the month, they’ll be through with their showy display and come raining down from the trees onto our yards.

How quickly they turn from nature’s delight to nature’s nuisance.

This year, instead of using noisy gas blowers to create massive leaf piles in the streets for the town to vacuum up into even noisier trucks, why not consider the eco-friendly practice of  “Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em” (LELE), or mulching in place.

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Pedaling Pelham and Repurposing Old Bikes

To help promote the eco-friendly use of bicycles in our community, the Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel) is organizing “Le Tour de Pelham” on Sunday, Sept. 20 starting at 1 p.m.

The guided ride will depart from the Connecticut-bound side of the Metro-North train station. Led by EcoPel volunteers, the tour is aimed at encouraging Pelhamites young and old to leave their cars by the curb and hop onto their bikes. A safety clinic will help riders adjust their helmets correctly.

Pelham is an easy town to bike around. It is small and quiet enough that you can pedal end to end without traveling on busy streets or through dangerous intersections. For those who want to venture beyond the borders of town, there’s even a wooded, paved bike path that starts at the end of Park Lane and leads to Orchard Beach, City Island, and Pelham Bay Park.

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PHOTOS: Yoga Solstice Event In Pelham

Ingalls Field was the home to the Second Annual Yoga Solstice Event beginning early in the morning on June 20. The beautiful 75 minutes yoga class was taught by Pelham yoga teachers Nora LeMorin, Karen Teller, Lisa Stiefvater and Freddie Wyndham. mothering Mother, a local cotton bag business, sponsored the event and each participant went home with a cotton tote and cotton produce bag to encourage reusable shopping. The fundraiser event aided the work of EcoPel, Pelham’s own green organization, that is working locally to enhance the quality of our environment by educating and inspiring citizens on ways to reduce the impact of everyday living on the environment. Photos by Thomas Bricker

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Household Recycling

The Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel), your local environmental organization, is focusing in 2015 on encouraging recycling in our community. Through education, outreach and lobbying, we hope to increase the rate of recycling among our villages’ businesses, schools, and homes.

The Pelhams can be proud to place among the communities with the highest household recycling rates in Westchester. Every properly recycled item reduces landfill costs and provides income for the county. We at EcoPel want to help build on that accomplishment by providing you with tips on how to improve your household recycling stream and to reduce overall waste:

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The Pelham Forum: EcoPel Asks Village Board for Additional Recycling Pickup, Plus Curbside Pickups Only in New Sanitation Contract

Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel) is a newly formed, nonpartisan organization concerned with ecological and economic sustainability issues in our local community. A task group of EcoPel members, all of whom are residents of Pelham Village, have studied the Village’s options for the impending renewal or turnover of its sanitation contract. We have participated in relevant trustees’ meetings, researched comparable municipalities’ operations, and pored over the results of the bidding process. (See the Village web site for bids or contact EcoPel by e-mail for a comparison chart compiled by resident Michael Carpenter.)