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Lloyd honors park volunteer

March 25th, 2015 No comments

The Lloyd Town Board took a moment at their meeting last week to honor Donna Deeprose, Vice President of Development of the Highland Landing Park, for her grant writing and administrative work on behalf of the riverfront park. Park Manager Matthew Smith said because of Deeprose’s diligence the park received a grant for $911,940 in 2008. This money–along with an equal amount from donations of time, money, equipment and materials–paid for the bulkhead, the tourism dock and the boat launch ramp. Read more…

Highland will get a new library

March 25th, 2015 No comments

Last week, by a vote of 687 to 410, Highland residents approved a new 10,250-square-foot library on Elting Place at a projected cost of $4,855,433. The present 2,900-square-foot library has been at 30 Church St. since 1930. Read more…

Liberty View draws interest

March 18th, 2015 No comments

Supporters and opponents of the wedding activities that have been taking place at Liberty View Farm [LVF] in Clintondale for the past several years again filled the Plattekill Town Hall to voice their opinions on whether the town should allow that type of activity to take place on the property, which is presently zoned Residential 1 acre and Agriculture 1.5 acre. The parcel is owned by Diana Merenda and Azlan Ahmad, who have an arrangement with Billiam van Roestenberg to run wedding and agricultural activities on the farm. Read more…

Marlboro restores Dec. 1 deadline for kindergarten

March 18th, 2015 No comments

This month the Marlboro Central School District began registering students for kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year, restoring the deadline that a child must be 5 years of age by Dec. 1, 2015. Read more…

Protecting the 9W corridor

March 10th, 2015 Comments off

The Ulster County Planning Board [UCPB] criticized Marlborough for proposing to amend the eligibility requirements for the Business Corridor Overlay District for the Route 9W corridor, which they had adopted in 2014. Read more…

Lloyd ponders infrastructure improvements

March 10th, 2015 Comments off

The Town of Lloyd is considering making significant capital improvements to their water and sewer districts upon the recommendation of their engineering consultant Ray Jurkowski, of Morris Associates. At last week’s Town Board meeting, Jurkowski presented a list of improvements that were discussed in a preliminary fashion when the board was developing their 2015 town budget. He said the timing was now right to revisit the issue since the town will be paying off some significant capital debt in 2015. Read more…

Coast Guard icebreaker clears Hudson River

March 4th, 2015 Comments off

As everyone knows, this has been an extremely cold and snowy winter all across the region, with people anxiously awaiting the warmth of spring. The brutally cold temperatures in February have dipped to as low as minus- 20 degrees wind chill in certain areas, resulting in the Hudson River freezing over. Read more…

Marlboro narrows superintendent search

March 4th, 2015 Comments off

The Marlboro Central School District is pleased to announce it has identified two finalists in its search for a new superintendent of schools. Read more…

Fundraiser held for Highland food pantry

February 24th, 2015 Comments off

On Feb. 17 a pancake/sausage fundraiser was held to benefit the food pantry at St. Augustine School. The event took place on Shrove Tuesday, which is on the eve of Ash Wednesday when Lent begins and is observed by Christians. To a wider public last Tuesday is more commonly known as Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday and is marked by the wearing of colorful masks and costumes, dancing, sporting events and gala parade celebrations. Read more…

County critical of Lloyd zoning proposals

February 24th, 2015 Comments off

The Ulster County Planning Board [UCPB] has informed the Town of Lloyd that they are on the wrong track in their desire to create a Highway Business District [HBD] zone along the Route 9W corridor and that provisions they are proposing for their Affordable Housing statute will cripple its effectiveness, according to formal county referrals issued earlier this month. Read more…

The cost of victories

February 18th, 2015 1 comment

Jonnah O’Donnell, Director of Physical Education for the Marlboro Central School District, recently presented the school board with her proposed 2015-16 budget. Read more…

Suicide prevention

February 18th, 2015 Comments off

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson [R-Kinderhook NY-19] attended a White House ceremony on Feb. 12 when President Obama signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. Gibson, himself a former Army officer, was a co-author of the legislation. Read more…

Lloyd Supervisor honors nonagenarian

February 11th, 2015 Comments off

It is not often that Lloyd Supervisor Paul Hansut makes a house call, but last week he did so for a very good reason. He presented a Town of Lloyd Community Pride Award to Mildred Bush, who turned 95 on Jan. 27, 2015. At the bottom of the award are inscribed the words: “It is lovely when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find somebody who remembers me.” Read more…

Audit ties school officials to software company

February 11th, 2015 Comments off

Last week the New York State Comptroller’s Office released a 13-page audit, confirming that former Marlboro School Superintendent Ray Castellani and present Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Technology Michael Bakatsias were owners/partners in an outside business with a software vendor, whom they ushered into the district without wide disclosure, competitive bidding or a contract that stipulates the compensation and services provided to the district. As previously reported in the Southern Ulster Times, Evan Panagiotopoulos is the outside vendor of record who partnered with Castellani and Bakatsias in Online School Data. Read more…

Chamber installs a new board of directors

February 4th, 2015 Comments off

A new board of directors of the Southern Ulster Chamber of Commerce was sworn in at their January meeting at Novellas in New Paltz. Chamber President William Farrell said the event was their kickoff for the New Year. Read more…