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Pelham Teens Make Film on Food Rescue Organization County Harvest

Documentary Intensive 2016 – County Harvest from The Picture House on Vimeo.

EcoPel salutes the work of five Pelham high school students who produced a short film on the local food recycling organization County Harvest as part of a week-long documentary intensive workshop offered by The Picture House in July.

The student production team included George Fuss, Zoe Landless, Jonah Kraftowitz, Jared Morel, and Jack Silverman.

The class was taught by Emily Dombroff, film production teacher and art department chair at Mamaroneck High School.

County Harvest is an all-volunteer organization that gathers surplus food from dozens of top supermarkets, restaurants, and other venues, and distributes it to soup kitchens, food pantries, and homeless shelters.

Founded in October 2009 by Pelhamite Missy Palmisciano, it serves a growing population of families, seniors, veterans, and children in our area who are not sure where their next meal will come from.



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I Am an EMF Refugee

Alison Main
Alison Main

Pelham freelance writer Alison Main describes her electro-hypersensitivity in a powerful piece called I Am an EMF Refugee that was published in Notre Dame Magazine on June 23, 2016.

EcoPel is happy to announce that Alison, whose writing focuses on environmental health issues, EMF safety, natural living, Paleo philosophies and holistic tenets, will be joining its board of directors this fall.

Read I Am an EMF Refugee here.



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Yoga Al Fresco, Courtesy of EcoPel

Under clear skies and a tall canopy of leaves, more than 60 Pelhamites took part in a blissful hour of yoga and music on the grass in front of the gazebo at the Daronco Town House.

The practice on June 21 was the annual salute to the summer solstice sponsored by the Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams, or EcoPel.

The June solstice is the longest day of the year and marks the onset of summer. In December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as International Yoga Day to raise worldwide awareness of the many benefits of practicing the discipline of breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures.

With the soothing sounds of vocalist Ann Casapini and guitarist Arthur Rotfeld punctuated by the periodic honking and squeaking of Metro North trains, participants warmed up with some simple breathing exercises and stretches.

They then went through a series of lunges, down dogs, planks, and other poses that make up the sequences known as sun salutations, and ended with the meditative relaxation state of “savasana.”

“Part of yoga practice every day is making the connection with the sun and Mother Earth. Doing it out in nature on the solstice is extra powerful,” said EcoPel President Sydney MacInnis, who led the yoga along with two other local instructors, Elizabeth Casario and Mayuri Gonzalez.

The event raised more than $1,200 to support the activities of EcoPel. The next solstice yoga practice will take place in December to celebrate the shortest day of the year.

(Photo by Thomas Bricker)


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EcoPel Donates Four Recycling Bins to Downtown Pelham

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2016 on The Pelhams – PLUS website

The Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel) is donating four recycling bins to the Village of Pelham to be paired with existing downtown garbage receptacles.

They will be located in Trotta Park, outside Wolfs Lane Deli;  outside DeCicco’s, and outside Village Vibe.

Village Administrator Rob Yamuder said existing recycle pails may be relocated around the Village as well so that there will be one in Wolfs Lane Park opposite Wolfs Lane Deli, near the train platform and the train stairs, near Gazebo Park, and at the corner of Lincoln and Fifth Avenue.



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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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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.)

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EcoPel Working to Encourage More Recycling

The Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel), a not-for profit, nonpartisan local organization founded last December by Pelham residents, announced its slate of initiatives for 2014, including its participation in the Village of Pelham’s discussions regarding a new garbage and trash contract.
EcoPel would like to see more recycling and less waste, which would result in lower tipping fees for the Village of Pelham as well as environmental benefits.

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Environmental Coalition in Pelham Meeting Oct. 22

A group called Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel) founded by David Brown, Melissa Eustace, Karen Gardner, Ed Hotchkiss and Sydney MacInnis will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8:00pm at the Daronco Town House, 25 Fifth Avenue. A plan of action will be developed at the meeting and all residents are invited to attend.

“We would welcome all, but especially a Pelham resident lawyer to attend (or to join) in order to help us to set up our legal framework,” a statement from the group said.