It didn't take much to find concerned local residents after a White Plains building dumped 300 to 400 gallons of heating oil into the especially as the June 2 disaster seemed to occur so near in time to the one in the Gulf.
Local ducks and geese indeed were found covered in oil, and Westchester resource agencies, like Greenburgh Nature Center and the White Plains Department of Health, stepped up to bat. The damage was kept to a minmum and cleanup crews came here, hustled, and were gone again within two weeks.
While our local accident hardly compares to the 5.2 million gallons of oil that have been gushing into the Atlantic ocean daily since the April 20 explosion of a BP rig, the incident was enough to inspire one of our contributors, Stefan Doyno, to make a local effort to help the Gulf region's wildlife.
And luckily, we have a very charitable community that is stepping up to the plate as well.
Scarsdale Patch invites all of you to join us in raising funds for the National Wildlife Federation's Preservation Fund, a special fund setup to handle donations intended specifically for use in their efforts around the Gulf region.
- Who: Editor and contributors from Scarsdale Patch, and editors from Rye, Bronxville-Eastchester, and Harrison Patches
- What: Buy tasty baked goods from Lulu, La Renaissance, and Christie Pl. Bakery, or donate to get a free week at Hartsdale NYSC or a delicious complimentary drink donated by Chat American Grill
- Where: DeCicco's, 58 E. Parkway (bake sale) and Chat, 1 Christie Place
- When: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m
The NWF has been at the forefront of animal and habitat rescue efforts, and also works to organize groups of volunteers who wish to lend a hand in monitoring the animal and wildlife situation on the ground.
From 3 p.m. onward, we will be setting up a bake sale outside DeCicco's Family Markets, at 58 E. Parkway, on Thursday, and offering a variety of baked goods from some of your favorite local merchants, including Lulu Cake Boutique, La Renaissance Patisserie, and Christie Place Bakery.
New York Sports Club is offering free week-long trials, and Chat American Grill – for those with an aversion to sweets – has offered to donate a free drink to anyone who makes a contribution upwards of $5.00.
We'll be giving out drink tickets at the bake sale table, and will be on hand at the Scarsdale Train Station for those of you on the fly.
Or come straight to Chat American Grill, at 1 Christie Pl., between 3 and 8 p.m. and just make your donation directly there.
All proceeds are going to the National Wildlife Federation, and we have the generous help of our local village shops to thank for this.
Hope to see you there!