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Larkin closes 2014 with grant funds

January 7th, 2015 Comments off

Four lucky Orange County municipalities ended 2014 on a high note, each receiving portions of $340,000 in grant funding from State Sen. William Larkin (D-39). The funds come from the State and Municipal Facilities Capital Program (SAM), which allots funds to projects with a minimum cost of $50,000. Read more…

Walden Community Council wraps up 2014

December 31st, 2014 Comments off

The Walden Community Council (WCC) is like a masked superhero in the village. Its members are always there, quietly coordinating events or forming the committees that better the lives of their neighbors. Too often, though, they go unnoticed by the ordinary residents that they walk among. Read more…

Heavenly hamlet of angels

December 24th, 2014 4 comments

The tale of Butch’s Barbershop in Pine Bush has already established itself as 2014’s holiday miracle for the history books and countless residents have said that it’s a modern day “It’s a Wonderful Life” made into a reality. Read more…

Judge rules; Bloomingburg dissolution fails

December 24th, 2014 Comments off

A Supreme Court judge has ordered that all votes from September’s Bloomingburg dissolution referendum must be counted and certified, turning the tables on the initial result and leaving the village intact for at least the next four years. Read more…

Bridge repair money on the way

December 17th, 2014 Comments off

The Town of Crawford will receive $2,480,000 in grant funds from U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18) and New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The funds will go toward repairing and strengthening the Route 52 bridge that crosses over the Dwaar Kill, a tributary of the Wallkill River. Read more…

Chicken dropped from Walden menu

December 17th, 2014 Comments off

As quickly as the idea was born, a decision to allow residents in the Village of Walden to raise chickens was tabled a mere three weeks later at Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting. According to Village Manager, John Revella, more research is needed before the board can come to a viable decision on the matter. Read more…

Day of ‘infamy’

December 10th, 2014 Comments off

Jeff Holtje says that he hasn’t always felt appreciation for his time spent in the military. The army vet served in the United States military from 1967 to 1969 and he said he’s seen an upswing in the amount of support and appreciation that veterans deserve. Read more…

Angry Orchard unveils plans for Montgomery

December 10th, 2014 Comments off

“The intention is an authentic working farm,” said architect Matthew Bialecki on Monday. Bialecki and other representatives for Angry Orchard presented designs for a 15,000-square-foot cidery on Albany Post Road during a public hearing before the Town of Montgomery Planning Board. Read more…

Pine Bush school board revisits ward system

December 3rd, 2014 Comments off

The Pine Bush Board of Education conducted routine business and got a rundown on its Special Programs department at its Nov. 25 regular board meeting, but nearly half the meeting was dedicated to brainstorming ways to drum up community support for a geographic ward system in the district. Read more…

Montgomery savors Small Business Saturday

December 3rd, 2014 Comments off

While the hustle of Black Friday marks the start of the holidays for many, not all shoppers are privy to the idea of camping outside of Target or trampling over each other to grab Best Buy’s last XBox One of the season. Read more…

East Coldenham celebrates volunteerism

November 26th, 2014 Comments off

When talking about money, Valley Central school board President Brad Conklin is usually discussing school budgets and audits. However, he was able to offer an excellent explanation of basic economics to students at East Coldenham Elementary School on Monday during their “Day of Giving,” a far cry from his usual work. Read more…

Montgomery Senior Center grievances aired

November 26th, 2014 Comments off

Montgomery seniors packed the small village meeting room beyond capacity last week, lining the walls and outside hallway in their efforts to be heard. Read more…

Maher is moving on

November 19th, 2014 Comments off

In 2009, the Village of Walden welcomed the fresh face of 23-year-old Brian Maher as their newly-elected mayor. Having grown up in the village, he had a vision for his hometown that involved giving it a better image. Six years, several completed projects and “a total infrastructure overhaul” later, Maher has decided to vacate his seat, announcing that he will not run for his fourth term as mayor. Read more…

Town tweaks budget

November 19th, 2014 Comments off

Making the final tweaks and switching around the last few figures, the Town of Montgomery reached the finish line of their 2015 budget, making last-minute adjustments during a continuation of the public hearing at their meeting on Thursday. Read more…

VC passes on Vet tax break

November 12th, 2014 Comments off

Perhaps it’s a good thing for Valley Central’s administration that Veterans Day followed their Monday night board meeting, as veterans are none too pleased with the outcome and could use the distraction. The district recently allowed residents to complete online surveys to assess the desire for school tax exemptions for veterans, but have elected to keep the discussions open, likely until the beginning of 2015. Read more…