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New York Officials Laud Lopez’s Role in Department of Environmental Protection Negotiations

NEW YORK – Local officials are cheering the involvement of a former state assemblyman — now an administrator at the federal Environmental Protection Agency — in negotiations between New York City and the towns in its watershed.Peter Lopez, Region 2 administrator for the EPA, sent a letter to state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, dated Dec. 28, thanking the DOH for its work in finalizing the so-called Filtration Avoidance Determination for 2017.   The FAD document outlines requirements that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection must follow to avoid filtering drinking water for 9 million users of the water system. Much of the water comes from the Catskill and Delaware watersheds.   Since 1997, FAD requirements have included mandated land acquisitions by the DEP and rules and regulations within watershed lands. The requirements are reviewed and revised every five years, allowing for comments from stakeholders within the watersheds.   Some local stakeholders, however, have complained that their input was ignored in the process.   The Coalition of Watershed Towns is a group of elected officials from towns and villages who advocate for local communities in regard to watershed issues.   Town of Middletown Supervisor Patrick Davis, a coalition member, said, “Only in the last few years have we felt a partnership developing. And, to have Peter Lopez at the federal level working with us will hopefully improve the partnership. Pete is competent and knowledgeable.”   In his letter, Lopez said, “The emphasis is to seek a continued, careful balancing

Worried About Stalkers and Felons on the Dating Scene? Check ‘Em Out First with the White Pages

NEW YORK – Starting a new relationship with someone can sometimes be a stressful affair, especially as you go through the dreaded “break-in” period of getting to know the real person you’re involved with once enough comfort has seeped in where they’re no longer on their best behavior. Sometimes you will discover that you’re actually dating quite an amazing person…and sometimes, not quite.   Phone numbers are an amazing thing. Not only can they be used for their usual purposes – to actually call or text message someone – but they, in the right hands, can also be used to lay bare the identity of their owners in a way that needs to be seen to be believed. It’s one reason why you always need to be very careful who you share your contact with in this day and age, but it’s also why that same information can be a valuable tool to use to make sure the people you’re dealing with are truly on the up-and-up.   But why do we need to be so cautious these days? Well, according to USA Today, over 15 percent of adults in the United States – approximately 40 million people – either have or are currently using an online dating website or mobile app, and research has shown that a large amount of those people – as many as half, according to some studies, if not more – outright lie about themselves in their profiles, and this is compounded by the fact

Online Marketing Seeing Major Uptick in Light of Reduced Yellow Pages Distribution

NEW YORK – Across the nation and around the world, distribution of the iconic Yellow Pages book is on the decline; between the ease and convenience of digital and online-based alternatives such as smartphones and the cost – both financial and environmental – in creating print phone directories, the days of flipping open a large yellow tome to look up a phone number for any given good or service you might need are drawing to an end, with some Yellow Pages publishers already announcing the date when they will ship their last-ever print volumes to customers who already aren’t using them in the here and now.   But Yellow Pages aren’t merely a way to look up phone numbers and addresses of businesses; they’re also a way for said businesses to advertise and entice their customers to seek out their wares and skills. For decades, one of the surest ways to get your company noticed in the community was to take out an ad in the local Yellow Pages directory; after all, considering the fact that a new volume would be plopping down on every doorstep in town annually or even bi-annually to people who didn’t even ask for its delivery, paying good money to promote your business in the Yellow Pages only made sense.   That is, until recently.   In recent years, a growing national “opt-out” movement – where Yellow Pages customers can cancel home delivery of their business telephone directories, combined with an overall decline in the

Is It Possible to Remove Your Name and Address from White Pages Sites? Yes, But It Might Be Harder Than You Think

NEW YORK –  In this day and age of digital information, it seems that everybody knows everybody’s business. From names to addresses, opinions to facts, your personal information is ubiquitous on the World Wide Web, and if you wish to reclaim some degree of anonymity, it might just be a little harder than you think.   Even wonder how so much spam mail ends up in your mailbox, email inbox, or voicemail? It’s mainly because so much of your information is out there and easily found by all manner of companies large and small; that information, collected in vast databases, is a valuable source of income to them, whether you personally have any sort of business relationship with them or not. Many of these sites are mere front ends representing data brokers that don’t offer any kind of search features that are available to the public; instead, they use the information they have to track the personal data of millions, so when it comes to dealing with the numerous White Pages and social media sites out there, it’s best to deal with out the reputable ones and remember- always read the fine print.   And, much like a virus, your personal information can start in one place and, through no action on your part, spread to another, and another, so it’s probably in your best interests to be very careful where and when you enter your name, date of birth, address, and any other data that could be used to

Australia Remains One of the Last Countries on Earth Clinging to Print Yellow Pages

NEW YORK –  Between the ease and convenience of digital hand-held devices, the omni-present use of wi-fi just about everywhere you go, and the common knowledge of the waste and environmental damage they cause, you’d think that pretty much the entire planet would have given the infamous scourge known as the print yellow page directory the old heave-ho long ago.   And, for the most part, you’d be right, as the vast majority of consumers these days are far more likely to turn to Google or an online Yellow Pages site than to dig out a heavy, outdated tome and spend minutes leafing through its ineffective pages for a listing that may not even be accurate anymore. Between opt-out programs and most phone companies finally getting the message, print yellow page delivery has vastly fallen by the wayside in most industrialized parts of the world. One notable exception, surprisingly enough, is Australia, where it’s been recently announced that – despite the wishes of much of the populace – phone book delivery will continue in the Land Down Under well into the foreseeable future.   During the early days of the internet boom, the yellow pages in Australia were not affected to any real degree, given that the technology had not progressed to the point where citizens could summon the world wide web using a tiny, hand-held device; at that time, most people still had to crack open a book to find a phone number of a given business, leading Sol

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