September 19, 2017 at 03:46AM

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Happy Birthday World!

Birthday wishes to all the Virgos born today! Whether you’re a final child of summer that reads horoscopes or not, here’s a bit of wise words for us all — it’s my birthday today too:

You must stand in a conscious relationship to the mystery of your existence. Let it be what it is, without the need to “solve” or even resolve anything.||

Eric Francis Coppolino, Virgo for September 2017, Horoscopes Chronogram Magazine

Live. Especially today. Its your birthday.

Remember to act within those first five seconds after having an idea. If you don’t act on the impetus of an idea, it may never be done. You’re never going to feel like doing something, just do it, right?

Let’s end on this note that catalysed the thought that first influenced this article:

You rarely reveal your true power. It’s a mystery why; I think you’re afraid of getting in trouble. Yet you would benefit greatly from questioning and challenging the structure of authority that you’ve set up in your mind, and which you seem convinced reflects actual reality. Your fear of what might go wrong, were you to assert yourself, contains a deeper anxiety about challenging authority. Yet anything of any merit that happens in the world, anything that changes something, or that has the unmistakable vibration of the life force, is not about avoiding challenge or friction. To the contrary, anything that’s actually relevant in some way must break the mold of what came before it, and that’s the story of your life right now. The August 21 total solar eclipse will encourage or even push you to let yourself out of your self-imposed container. The effects of this event will come on gradually over the next few months, with a concentration at the end of the year when Saturn, entering Capricorn, moves in your favor. Then it will be obvious that commitment moves providence and that fortune favors the bold. Yet till then, nobody is shackling you to your caution, or your fear of rattling the surrogate mothers, fathers, ministers and school deans who populate the world. You are larger, braver and more intelligent than them all. Trust that.||

Eric Francis Coppolino, Virgo for August 2017, Horoscopes Chronogram Magazine

My #MotivationMonday is everyday that ends in ‘y’.

Neighbors speak out against firehouse asbestos hazard

Article first published by Brienna Parsons at YourPortJervisIsShowing.com.

PORT JERVIS — Friday afternoon, friends and neighbors of mother and local do-gooder, Gina Torres gathered in front of 130 Front Street where a neighbor’s home and family was endangered by debris from a demolished firehouse at 17 Seward Avenue.

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About a dozen individuals met with concern regarding the remains and its containment of asbestos. The rubble marked by red tape reading “DANGER ASBESTOS HAZARD” has sat for a month after the City of Port Jervis destroyed the building which has been vacant and in disrepair for many years.

Residents while fearful for their health, were also critical of the timing of the building’s demolition, suspecting the property was being cleared hastily by the city, and callously without clean up planning, to be sold to the neighboring Salvation Army on Ball Street, further descending residents into financial hardship as another property is taken off the tax rolls.

As the Front Street residents gathered,  at about 4:30pm Friday afternoon, workers from the New York State Department of Labor’s Asbestos Control Bureau arrived on the scene to place Asbestos Monitors at the site and to cover windows of neighboring buildings. As many residents noted, these precautions came after a month of the carcinogenic material remained open to wind and rain, and residents of the Fourth Ward began to speak out against it.

Mayor Kelly Decker visited the group offering peace of mind. He also offered to share the air quality report from data collected by the monitors upon their conclusion. Tuesday, September 5th it is estimated that the debris will be cleared and the report finished.

Orange County Legislator Thomas Faggione, who had arrived only minutes before the Mayor, told the crowd of several people that “the city destroyed the firehouse, [and] it’s the city’s responsibility to clean it up.” He urged citizens to continue raising their voices and asking questions of their representatives no matter how redundant, especially at Common Council meetings. To this last point, many residents indicated that representation was not present or communicative in regards to the firehouse and asbestos issue among others.

When speaking about Fourth Ward appointed-Councilwoman Lisa Randazzo, Mr. Faggione had this to say: “I wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t show up.”

The cleanup comes as the city continues many other projects and may cost taxpayers $145,000 or more to complete.

Announcement to be made very soon!: Garnham

PORT JERVIS — Douglas Garnham is running for Second Ward Common Councilman, on the Republican line, this November. There’s going to be a “full announcement” soon Douglas told BriennaParsons.com Thursday evening. Details of the announcement are being worked out by Mr. Garnham and his team of “15 or so” individuals and are still to be seen, but he has agreed to further questions about city policy in an upcoming interview.

The forthcoming profile, to the backdrop: the City in Renaissance, Mr Garnham, will be answering questions regarding city policy and issues such as the Council, planning, zoning, recent construction, taxes, fees, as well as other matters. To be part of the conversation, leave your Port Jervis subject of interest or questions for Douglas Garnham in the comments. As always, thank you again for reading.