The Stanford Master Plan committee heard from a confused and often discontented public Monday at the Stanford Town Hall at a hearing that was advertised as an informational meeting and an opportunity for further public input on the draft master plan. The meeting hall was filled to overflowing by 7:30.
After a briefing by Gary Lovett, chairman of the master plan committee, in which he reviewed the goals, the methodology, the findings and the main recommendations of the draft master plan, the floor was opened for questions. Supervisor Stern asked that the questions be addressed to the committee so the committee could explain what was in the plan and why. Both she and Lovett explained that the plan could be changed and revised in light of comments.
Lovett had gone over the three areas the plan addressed: natural resources, land use and infrastructure. The natural resources base had been assessed by Hudsonia whose maps and inventories were the basis of recommendations to protect certain areas of wetlands and forests. Lovett said there were two forest blocks of over 1,000 acres that were valuable resources.
Far-fetched as it may sound, the answer to that question is quite possibly “yes.” Your toothpaste may be making you, and especially your children, fat. That “springtime fresh” fragrance in your laundry soap may be contributing to the wave of early puberty and childhood and adult obesity. Ingredients found in many personal-care products, such as shampoos and toothpaste, as well as toys, furniture and food containers, are increasingly being implicated in a host of ills, including early puberty in girls, decreased fertility in men and the worldwide obesity epidemic. Unlike environmental poisons, such as mercury or lead, which do not affect mammals’ bodies in appreciable ways until a critical body burden is reached, many of the products developed and promulgated during the innocent “better living through chemistry” era harm us slowly and subtly and in minute amounts. Whereas many ingested poisons kill by destroying kidney and liver cells or by interfering with the heart, these chemicals wreak havoc by mimicking or interfering with the action of your own hormones. These substances are now termed “endocrine disruptors.”
Rouben Madikians is the identical twin of Serge Madikians, the owner of Serevan Restaurant. Rouben is the director of the Amenia yoga center. Some people call him a healer. The brothers share a Russian-Armenian heritage. Their grandparents were survivors of the Armenian genocide. In spite of the family trauma, both men emanate grace and confidence. Rouben’s physical bearing comes from a discipline that relates to his yoga practice.
Rouben often thought of his relatives when he flew over Mount Ararat as a flight attendant, but he has never been to Armenia.
“My grandfather spent most of his life looking for lost relatives. He collaborated on a book with my mother about his experiences, which was published in Armenian. He had to leave Armenia for Ukraine to find work, and while he was in Ukraine, the genocide occurred. He was never able to return home. His village was destroyed by the Turks. After many hardships he settled in Tehran.”
“The goal was to build a small, modern office complex that was in character with the village.” Oakleigh Thorne, CEO of Thorndale Farm LLC, explained that he wanted a solid building that would survive the next 100 years and was consistent with the country-style look and feel of Millbrook. We were talking about the building now under construction on Front Street in downtown Millbrook.
Thorne had invited selected architects to submit proposals. When he saw the design submitted by Daniela Voith and Gil Schafer III, who teamed up for the project, he knew “this was it.” Thorne has been an admirer of the Math and Science Center at Millbrook School since it opened in 2008. It was designed by Daniela Voith of the Philadelphia architectural firm Voith & Mactavish.
In the Hudson Valley, the Gay Pride Season officially starts Memorial Day Weekend with a three-day series of events and celebrations designed to bring together the region’s LGBT community with its allies and businesses that support them. The main event, the annual picnic, has outgrown Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, where it has been held for the last four years. Expecting about 800 people this year, the organizers moved the picnic event to Union Vale’s Tymor Park, which offers 500 acres of volleyball courts, playgrounds, hiking trails, and space for a variety of other outdoor activities.Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic baskets to the event, which runs from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. DJ Ali Gruber will spin classic camp favorites from the park’s grandstand from 2:30 p.m.
The Millbrook Business Association came out in force for the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of J. McLaughlin on Franklin Avenue. On Sunday Jay himself brought many of the corporate executives to the Millbrook store and invited customers and MBA members for a meet-and-greet with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Much of Millbrook came out for it.
The MBA held a mixer last Thursday at Babette’s Kitchen to which well over 50 people came. Another such mixer is scheduled for May 29 at Millbrook R&B, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m. This chance for members to meet one another, socialize and exchange ideas on how to promote Millbrook businesses is proving very valuable. The annual meeting will be held June 11at the Millbrook Golf & Tennis Club.
On Tuesday, May 21, Millbrook’s voters will go to the polls to vote on the proposed 2013–2014 budget of $27,189,135, with a tax levy increase of 3.89 percent. A majority vote is all that is needed to approve the budget, even though the increase is more than 2 percent, because the items that take the budget over the 2 percent limit are exempted from the 2 percent limit—namely, teacher- and employee retirement-system contributions (subject to certain limits), health care benefits and capital-improvement costs, such as debt service.
The voting will take place at the Millbrook Middle School auditorium between the hours of noon and 9 p.m. All residents are eligible to vote.
The annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, held this past weekend in Rhinebeck at the Dutchess County Fairground, was blessed with wonderful weather this past Sunday. People wended their way among tables of vintners to sample what they might like. My own preference remains for red, yet creation has provided white grapes as well as red, and I’ve learned some respectful tolerance over the years. New York State’s native grapes are mostly white, which means the vintners usually specialize in dessert wine, Riesling, and Rosé, yet sometimes they attempt more sophisticated wines such as Chardonnay.
Although Millbrook High School is on the small side, its students have a lively engagement in the arts under the guidance of Michael Spross, the head of the Art Department.
We caught up with Spross last Friday in his classroom while waiting for his next class. Spross said his students devote hours to their projects even after regular class hours. Despite having only two art teachers, the department has grown since he first took over 28 years ago. Freshmen are required to take a music or arts course for graduation requirements, but most students choose to take arts classes until they graduate. Classes range from basic drawing to sculpture and painting.