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Patch Blogs: No Gas; Pay Attention to Me!

A recap of recent and popular blog posts in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam.

Immediately after Sandy, when power was scarce and '70s gas lines were making a comeback, it wasn't odd to spend a couple hours parked outside the local Mobile station.

Sen. David Carlucci sounds off in his Patch blog, championing legislation that would install back-up generators at gas stations—and hopefully prevent a repeat performance.

"We must have the ability to service commuters and not allow the economy to screech to a grinding halt," he pens.

So, let us know: sound strategy, or perfunctory?

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Pushing your stroller with one hand while thumbing through emails with the other may not be ideal parenting, but it's better than surrendering your inbox to a legion of unopened messages, right?

Blogger Mel Parish tackles just that in her essay, "The Future of Personal Relationships." 

"Unfortunately nowadays, physical presence does not guarantee a person’s mental availability," Parish writes. "Who hasn’t felt angry at a companion whipping out their cell phone in a social situation with the apology, 'Sorry, I must just take this.'"

Sounds familiar.

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With Benedict XVI hanging up his mitre, blogger Brian Moloney contemplates how a pope's retirement matches up with a business man's resignation.

"He did give his two weeks… so you really can't complain," Moloney notes, before probing the Vatican's 401K plan.

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If you're interested in blogging for Patch and sharing your story, insights, opinions or photos, email kevin@patch.com.

Rich Benkwitt February 24, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Sound strategy to require emergency generators at gas stations. Allow a one time credit if necessary to offset costs.
Donald Diamond February 25, 2013 at 02:12 PM
A worse condition than those at the gas station requiring a backup generator is those involving phone and internet service. During Sandy Cablevision stopped funcition when it lost power. With that homes lost telephone and internet access. At the same time AT&T cell phones stopped functioning. Homes using both services were cut off with obtaining emergency help. No politician takes up the problem of obtaining emergency backup electric power for cable and cell phone companies because they have an effective lobby that defeats any effort to require them to have backup power.
Aintthatascam February 25, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Fuel is vital to keep things moving. It's amazing that it took "Sandy" to wake people up. Now is the time to think of other vital services that need generator backup. Most supermarkets have backup, how about pharmacy's? Time to plan ahead.
Daniel S February 25, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I've screamed about this to Cablevision & ATT NUMEROUS times. Everytime there is ANY sort of power interuption, the cell tower for Bedford Hills goes down. ATT boasts they provide service to 90% of America...(they leave out the caviat until the power goes out). Yet friends on Sprint & Verizon living in the same building as I do, had NO LOSS of cell service. I brought this to ATTs attention, and their response was "oh....well....uhh....gee...hmmmm....We'll have to bring that to our Technical Divisions attention." Suprisingly (or maybe not so suprisingly - since it's a different economic class) the cell tower in Goldens Bridge right next to I-684 never lost power. Why? Because there is a back up generator on site. When we were able to finally get out of Bedford Hills after Sandy (and the same with Irene), we drove to Goldens Bridge to be able to make phone calls. Cablevision and cell phone providers MUST be made to provide RELIABLE and UNINTERRUPTED service in the event of emergencies. With the proliferation of cell phones & VIOP, the days of a wired landline are gone. God forbid there had been a fire or other emergency, HOW would we be able to summon help with no cable & no cell service?
Kevin Zawacki February 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Grocery stores rely on back-up juice because no power can mean thousands of dollars lost in spoiled meat and dairy. But in terms of what's needed most in an emergency -- groceries, or potentially life-saving drugs -- I completely agree: pharmacies need to stay open no matter the conditions.

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