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Residents of Wassaic bearing placards gathered outside the Post Office on Main Street to protest the closing of the facility.  Neil Fitzpatrick, Manager of Post Office Operations for Westchester District 2 told those gathered that there was an impressive response of 87% to the survey sent out by the U. S. Postal Service.

“We are here to discuss the new post plan and the adjustment of operating hours of the Wassaic Post Office to six hours: from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 3 to 5 p.m.”  The Post Office is currently open from 8 to 5 p.m. and closed from 1-2:30 p.m.

The current personnel will have their hours reduced from eight to six hours. The current Post Master, said that as soon as the hours are reduced he will have “go somewhere else” where he will be able to work for eight hours.  The post office recently lost beloved Post Master Jerry McGuire who moved to another location where he could work for a guaranteed eight hours.

Mr. Fitzpatrick said that there was an outstanding return of 226 out of 350 people surveyed and that noone wanted the post office to be closed; the majority wanted to have the re-alignment to six hours.

 

Candidates for the Amenia town board have been going door to door trying to get the seventy required signatures before July 10th, the Dutchess County Board of Elections deadline for candidates for the primaries.

There are four seats that will be decided in the general election in November -  C.J. Hoss’ seat, to which Gretchen Hitselberger was appointed, Darlene Reimer’s seat which she is vacating, and Victoria Perotti’s seat which will be vacated because she is only running for the supervisor post. The fourth seat is the supervisor position currently held by Bill Flood.  Reimer and Perotti’s seat vacancies are four year terms, Hoss’ opening is for another two years.

The candidates are Mike Delango, Gretchen Hitselberger, Stephen Perotti (Victoria’s son), all Republicans,  and Cheryl Morse, a Democrat.  

Bill Flood is running again for supervisor and Dawn Marie Klingner is running unopposed for town clerk.  

The Town Board of Amenia, along with their attorney, the grant writer, Mike Hagerty, and the Town Clerk have been meeting once a week at 8 o’clock in the morning to figure out how to use a $185,000 grant to revitalize Main Street in time to meet the deadline.  The New York State Housing Trust Corporation awarded the grant to the town eighteen months ago and the deadline to complete the Main Street renovations is December 9, 2013.

The Town is scrambling to get enough projects that can meet the grant requirements.

“Colette Maas of Van Maassen Interiors' building was selected to be awarded monies to repair her building, and improve the facade on Rt. 343 since it's presence on West Main Street had such prominence.  Colette subsequently, declined the money, and the committee needed to review other applications next on the list,” explained Main St. Committee Chair, Darlene Reimer.

Now that summer is in full swing, school-aged children who are normally busy with their academics have time to unwind from the school year and engage in summer activities. Many parents choose to send their kids to summer camps either out of state or in their local community. However, sleep-away camps can be too expensive. Finding activities to keep kids engaged during the summer months can be challenging.  Fortunately, the community can always rely on their town library to provide educational programs for children of all ages as a community service.

 

 The Millbrook Free Library’s summer reading program “Dig Into Reading” commenced on Wednesday, June 26 with Andy the Music Man. 

 

Since 1979 BRIC has provided contemporary art, performing arts and community media to the Brooklyn community by creating low-cost and free programming that reflects Brooklyn’s creativity and diversity. The not-for-profit organization has gained a strong reputation for its summer concert series Celebrate Brooklyn. Every summer thousands of people flock to Prospect Park to enjoy the outdoor concert showcasing up and coming artists as well as established world renowned musicians. Celebrate Brooklyn comprises 25 free performances over a ten-week period plus a couple of ticketed benefit concerts that raise money to fund the free performances.

The opening of the drive-in theater at Four Brothers Pizzeria in Amenia was postponed until next week. The soft opening will be Wednesday, July 17th, the Grand Opening on Friday July 19th. After that it will be open Thursday - Sunday evenings at 8:30 p.m. Millbrook Pharmacy is doing quite well, but are hopeful that more people will switch back their prescriptions to them. When asked about new products, Mike explained to me that wall shelving has been ordered and as soon as it arrives it will be stocked with cosmetics, bath and body products and other products such as candles. Over the counter medications are ordered in quantity when customers buy the ones on the shelves. Any product that any customer purchases regularly will be stocked.
For the second year in a row the New York State Broadcasters Association presented its prestigious Award of Excellence in Broadcasting in the category of Public Affairs Program/Series to RadioRotary, a weekly interview program broadcast in the Hudson Valley. RadioRotary’s award-winning submission was “Puppies behind Bars,” describing a nonprofit organization that works with prison inmates to train dogs for the disabled. Inmates devote two years of their life while incarcerated, living with and training service dogs to help others. Series Producer is Betty Renner of Verbank, NY and co-hosts are Sarah O’Connell of Sharon, CT  and Jonah Triebwasser of Red Hook, NY.
While the final tally is not yet official, it is clear that this year's event raised a record breaking $40,000. Chairperson, Diane Schnoor, credits the dedication of the entire team which has become such a "well-oiled machine."   Good thing, too, because Diane is moving next week to Winchester, Virginia with her husband and two daughters, Miranda and Ella. Reluctant to leave after just two of her three year term is completed, she will be passing the reins to very competent hands. The first year Jane William and Bill Zmudsky will co-chair. Bill has been actively involved in the Taste of Millbrook since its inception and will be guiding Jane her first year, after which she will function as the Chairperson. This is the same transition process that helped Diane Schnoor her first year when she was mentored during by Co-chair, John Dukes.

When the Town of Northeast Planning Board adopted, by a vote of 4-3, a finding that there would be no environmental impact from a supermarket development on the edge of town near the Connecticut border, they were making a bet that no one would challenge them.  They lost that bet.  

Four plaintiffs filed an Article 78 this week against the North East Planning Board, located in the Village of Millerton, to challenge the required state environmental designation for the Hannaford supermarket development application by Southern Realty and Development.  

Gregg Pulver, of Pine Plains, announced his candidacy for the Dutchess County Legislature last weekend.

He will be running for the 19th District seat now held by Debra Blalock of Milan, a Democrat.  Pulver is a life-long Republican and a past town supervisor of Pine Plains.    

Among other posts Pulver has been a member of the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education, the Pine Plains Conservation Advisory Committee, Planning Board and Board of Assessment Review.  He currently serves on the board of directors of the Dutchess County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is a lifetime member of the Pine Plains Hose Company, a past member of the Rescue Squad, former trustee of Sharon Hospital.  He is a 30-year member of the National Ski Patrol and a member of the Pine Plains Lions Club. He was chairman of the Wappinger Creek Watershed Intermunicipal Council that dealt with maintaining the integrity of Wappinger Creek that has its headwaters in Pine Plains.  

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