Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Holiday Treat - A Big List Of Sites That Teach You How To Do Stuff

Here is a link to a big list of sites that teach you how to do stuff on the Internet.
This ia a great way to enjoy the holidays in a leisure way and learn something new in the process. Enjoy the Holidays.

I belated Merry Christmas. Enjoy this little Merry Christmas animation!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Neighbor's View: An Interview With George Soros

Katonah resident, George Soros in conversation with Google CEO Eric Schmidt discussing his book The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror and other domestic and world view opinions as part of the Authors@Google series.

This conversation took place on August 9, 2006, at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Free Books on The Internet - Early Holiday Present

I just came across this and thought I would share it with readers of this blog.

I think it is really neat.. you can download these books for FREE! Seems to be no hidden agenda going on.

It is like a virtual bookstore for FREE!

Here is is the site:

Comments welcome.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Chief Katonah (Song For Marthat Stewart) Download

Katonah resident and singer Marc Black's "Chief Katonah(Song For Martha Steward)" - a take on the Katonah Trademark issue - can be sampled/downloaded from here:

On a serious note (excuse the pun) Marc is an accomplished musical artist.

Check out his website to listen to some of his work.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Katonah "Trademark" Dispute Settled

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., the Katonah Village Improvement Society, Katonah Paint and Hardware, Inc. and Katonah Architectural Hardware Ltd. have reached an amicable resolution to their trademark dispute.

Here is the link to a joint statement.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Halloween Day Sightings

Here are Halloween Day Sightings in the neighborhood.

Halloween Night Sightings

Here are some Halloween Night sightings in the neighborhood.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Katonah Area Fall Foliage Update

Katonah area is still seeing low levels of color change and are at midpoint.

Friday, October 12, 2007

New York Fall Foliage Forecast

Week of October 10-16 2007

In the Katonah Area green leaves still predominate with hints of red and orange beginning to emerge.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Katonah Avg Home Sale Price Highest In New York State

According to the 2007 Coldwell Banker ® Home Price Comparison Index (HPCI) released September 26, 2007, in the New York markets surveyed, Katonah ranked as the most expensive with Rye ranking as a close second.

According to the HPCI, the average home sale price of a home in Katonah is $904,750.

Here is the link.

Presently, list 119 available properties in the Katonah zip code (10536) ranging in price from $477,777 to $9,985,000.

An instant appraisal (two) of your home can be determine at Yahoo Real Estate.

Since it is an "instance appraisal" your real home value will vary - more likely downward.

Local realtors can be very helpful in establishing your real home value in today's real estate market.

Sunday, July 22, 2007


Here is the Martha Stewart video song by Marc Black (Katonah resident) that is getting a lot of views (28,000 plus) on YouTube (posted about a week ago). Runs a little over 6 minutes.

Here is a link to Marc Black's website.

Friday, July 06, 2007

KVIS Campaign - Nobody Owns Katonah

Katonah Village Improvement Society has underway a campaign to prevent the name of Katonah from becoming a registered trademark of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

If you would like to help their efforts to block the trademark applications by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia you can send a contribution made payable to KVIS:

Nobody Owns Katonah
Katonah Village Improvement Society
PO Box 263
Katonah, NY 10536

Here is the link for more info on the KVIS campaign.

Monday, June 04, 2007

1914 Children's Book With Katonah Poem Up For Sale on Ebay

The book is Grandma's Country Life Stories for the Children, by Mrs. Emmet Smith, put out by the Methodist Book Concern, New York, 1914. The first poem is titled Katonah, and it is a poem to that town.

Named from tribe, and Indian chieftain, In the Valley of the Croton, With its lakes and sparkling water, and its hills and towering summits, and its roadways, so inviting, With their flowering shrubs and grass plots, Such is beautiful Katonah.

Here is the ebay link auction ends June 7th.

About the Indian Chieftain:

Chief Katonah

Chief Katonah was a Native American tribal chief from whom the land of the town of Bedford, New York was purchased. The hamlet of Katonah, New York, located within Bedford, is named for him.

Chief Katonah lived in the area in the late seventeenth century. Records show that in 1680 he sold local land to settlers. Legend has it that he died of grief after his wife, Cantitoe, and their son were killed by lightning. Chief Katonah is said to be buried with his wife and son in Katonah Woods, off Rt. 22. The Chief, as the story is told, is said to be buried beneath a giant boulder, and his wife and son are buried beneath two smaller immediatley ajacent boulders. It is said that on a warm summers night, when the moon is full, you can hear the Chief and his family weeping for the land that the white man has abused and disgraced.


Monday, April 02, 2007

Local Writer Starts a Newsletter to Lampoon Katonah Trademark Issue

Bill Tisherman a local writer has started a satirical newsletter, The Marthometer, a comic put down on Martha Stewarts attempt to trademark the Katonah name.

Here is the

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

CBS News Video: Katonah Says No Thank You Martha!

The Monday CBS News evening broadcast did a piece on the Katonah Trademark issue.

Here is the video link. You may need RealPlayer to view this video.

If you do not have RealPlayer you can download it here - it is free!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Martha Stewart Plan Trademark Katonah Collection May Not Be Legally Possible

Martha Stewart is planning to trademark a line of furniture – “Katonah Collection”.

Some resident’s of Katonah thinks this is not a good idea.

Reasons giving:

“We don’t think it’s a good idea for her to assert trademark rights over a name that’s been in use as a place name since 1852,”

“Doesn’t mind that Stewart uses the name for furniture but doesn’t understand the need to trademark it.”

“I don’t think that someone should actually own the word ‘Katonah.’ ”

Martha Stewart’s spokesperson response:

“Martha Stewart, number one, loves Katonah; number two, seeks to honor the town and the hamlet by using the word Katonah.”

Martha Stewart has associated the name Katonah also in the home building business.

KB Home and Martha Stewart Living launched a project to build 650 houses, which will come in many different variations. The homes, which KB says are "inspired" by three of Ms. Stewart's own houses in New York and Maine, have names such as “Katonah” and "Lily Pond."

Here is a link to the Katonah Model Homes

I was curious as to what the US Patent Office web site indicated on this point:

Under U.S. trademark law, geographic terms or signs are not registrable as trademarks if they are geographically descriptive or geographically misdescriptive of where the goods/services originate. The theory is that other producers in that area would need to be able to use a geographic term to describe where their goods/services are from and that one person should not be able to prevent others from using that term. If a term is misdescriptive for the goods/services, consumers would be mislead and/or deceived by the use of the term on goods/services that do not come from the place identified.

It would seem to me as a layperson that since the “Katonah Collection” of furniture is not made in Katonah it cannot be trademarked.

The residents of Katonah taking issue that you cannot owned the word Katonah look to be 100% correct under the US Patent laws.