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‘Southern Ulster Times’

Fundraiser held for Highland food pantry

February 24th, 2015 No comments

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 No comments

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 No comments

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…

Lawsuit against Marlboro coach appears over

February 4th, 2015 Comments off

Attorney Gregg T. Johnson now considers the case closed against Marlboro football coach Richard Ward, former School Superintendent Ray Castellani and the Marlboro School District, whom he defended against charges filed jointly by six plaintiffs, all former Marlboro High School football players. Read more…

Fundraiser helps farm family rise from the ashes

January 28th, 2015 Comments off

After learning that Clintondale apple farmers Martin and Georgette Zimmerman lost their cold storage and packing facility in a recent devastating fire, residents in the area opened their hearts and wallets at a fundraiser that was held for them on Saturday night at Primos Bar & Grill in Clintondale. Read more…

Plattekill approves resolution against pipeline

January 28th, 2015 Comments off

Last week the Plattekill Town Board approved a resolution calling upon the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York Department of Transportation to reject the use of the Thruway right of way for two, side by side underground pipelines: one that would bring crude oil from the Port of Albany south to a refinery in Linden, New Jersey and a second to return refined oil products back north. The Pilgrim Pipeline Company LLC is in the very early stage of planning the exact pipeline route and has not yet submitted a formal application to the Thruway Authority for their project. Read more…

Vineyard Commons developer indicted

January 21st, 2015 Comments off

Developer Michael Barnett, 43, of Hopewell Junction has been indicted for his involvement in the Vineyard Commons senior housing project in Highland. Read more…

Keeping the faith

January 21st, 2015 Comments off

“We are not here to resist. We are here to work together,” said Tom Schroeder, Saint James Parish trustee and commander of American Legion Post 124, after a special Mass held on Saturday night. Read more…

Marlboro appoints interim superintendent

January 13th, 2015 Comments off

The Marlboro Board of Education last week approved the appointment of Joseph DiLorenzo as interim superintendent of schools, following the resignation of former Superintendent Ray Castellani. Read more…

Plattekill replaces recreation director

January 13th, 2015 2 comments

The Plattekill Town Board chose not to reappoint William Farrell to his position of Recreation Director at the board’s reorganization meeting last week. Supervisor Joe Croce said the board, upon the advice of counsel, was not going to comment on the reason for their action because it was a personnel matter. He did say the attorney pointed out that the recreation director is an appointed position “and we make the decision to appoint or not to appoint. In this case the decision not to reappoint.” Read more…

Highland projects library costs at $4.8 million

January 7th, 2015 Comments off

On Monday, the Highland Library board announced that their proposed 10,250-square-foot library will cost $4,855,433. It is being slated for a 2.16-acre site on Elting Place, opposite the St. Augustine’s School. Read more…