The 2013 elections will bring fundamental changes to the composition of three of our town boards, those of Amenia, Stanfordville and Pine Plains.
In Amenia Victoria Perotti will become the new town supervisor in January. She will no doubt find support in her son, Stephen Perotti, who will be a new member in January. Ms. Perotti was not a supporter of the outgoing supervisor, Bill Flood. She and her son have voiced doubts about the wastewater treatment plant that has been under study for many years and the planning and zoning that limits strip growth along the highways. The former is an immediate issue, as the county has detailed a tight timetable for complying with the financial terms for state and federal funding. Whether the Perottis can collect a majority of votes will depend on whether they can persuade one of the remaining three on the board to their point of view. The two women, Vicki Doyle and Gretchen Hitselberger, have worked together in the past. Newcomer Mike Delango will be the swing vote.
Residents of the Town of Clinton have formed NO Monster Power Lines “to ensure that a proposed NY State electric grid upgrade that affects several counties in the Hudson Valley is implemented in “an aesthetically sensitive manner to preserve the scenic natural resources so critical to the Hudson Valley’s economic well-being.” The quote comes from the group’s Facebook page.
The proposed high voltage power lines would be 120 feet tall (the height of a 12 story building) and parallel the current lines, but in a widened right of way. The corridor would be expanded by as much as 160 feet conscripting land from numerous Clinton residents.
While residents are aware that stopping the upgrades to the grid is not likely, they want the authorities to consider alternatives to the proposed massive towers that will ruin the scenic qualities of the area and destroy property values.
People are urged to visit the website www.clintonunited.org or the Facebook page “No Monster Powerlines.”
Why is it that so many people get Lyme disease – often several times over – while others never get it at all? A few weeks ago I asked doctors Jeoff Drobot and Dickson Thom of the American Center for Biological Medicine their view of the disease and their thoughts of a possible cure.
The doctors, spoke at a workshop organized by the Marion Institute in New Bedford MA on October 26. A year and a half ago they founded their center in Scottsdale, Arizona - the largest and most complete Biological Medicine facility outside of Europe.
Dr. Jeff DrobottDr. Dickson Thom
The practice of biological medicine has been around since the 1800, Dr. Thom explained. It was simply the way medicine was practiced. However in 1911 the Carnegie Foundation commissioned educator, Abraham Flexner, to examine the teaching practices of American medical schools. Flexner looked at 163 medical schools and decided to shut most of them on the grounds they were teaching what he claimed was not scientific medicine. As a result almost half of the medical schools in this country were outlawed and were forced to close.
A notice issued by the NY State Department of Labor and posted on the main gate of the Olivet Center in Wingdale states: “Asbestos Project suspended. Needs contamination assessment. Unlicensed asbestos work with no site survey.”
An anonymous complaint was made by a worker to the Department of Labor expressing concern about workers being exposed to lead paint and asbestos. Department of Labor officials responded. They visited the site of the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center and took samples that will indicate the extent of lead or asbestos contamination. Meanwhile, a stop work order is in effect.
Kathy Schibanoff, CEO of Olivet Management, said that no work had taken place inside buildings other than the chapel which was being cleaned and was used until just recently on a regular basis for services. She said that workers were cleaning up interiors by removing junk and debris from several buildings. They were preparing the site for a three-day conference with Olivet supporters and potential investors.
On Wednesday, October 30, County Executive Mark Molinaro released his proposed 2014 draft budget. It was also the day he spoke to thousands of county residents in a public meeting on the budget by a call-in telephone conference.
The executive’s draft budget is $411.1 million, $1.6 million less than the 2013 budget.
On the revenue side, the budget increases property taxes 1.9 percent and removes the sales tax exemption on fuel oil and utility bills to raise another estimated $ 7.8 million.
According to the county executive’s spokesperson, Colleen Pilius, thousands of people asked questions during the conference call. Pillus was one of people taking the calls and keeping track of the questions.
“We had questions that did not have to do with county government,” she said. “One of the things we try to do is explain what it is that county government does. One of the most popular questions was about school districts. The county government has no role in school districts at all.”
The town board held an open public hearing for the 2014 Town of Washington budget on Monday, Nov. 4. The proposed budget consists of $3,253,260 in appropriations, $884,000 in revenue, $283,415 in fund balance and tax levy of $2,085,845. The proposed budget meets the two percent tax cap. The key cuts include a reduction of one position in the assessor’s office by 10 hours per pay period. The recreation department raised fees to balance their increase in programs. Bookkeeper to the Supervisor, Laura Hurley, said there was a little trimming but no major cuts in the budget. All of the town employees received a two percent raise except for the town board members and the supervisor. The board decided to keep the public hearing open until their next board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14th.
Undefeated in regular play, The Blazers Varsity Football team met their nemesis in James O’Neil in a Section 9 Class C semifinal on Friday, losing 22-16. It was a hard loss for the Blazers who had been the top seed in Division 1.
A majority of the team has been playing football together since their Pop Warner days. The extent they bonded as a team became obvious in their interviews.
Senior running back Henry Cardinal racked up 174 carries, 1,606 all-purpose yards this season averaging 178.4 yards a game. Cardinal would have liked to get 20 touchdowns. He currently has 17. His highlight of the season was beating the O’Neil team from Highland Falls on Homecoming.
“I love being with the guys out there on the field. Its only in sport you can hit like that and not get in trouble for it.”
As a senior Cardinal expects to play college football but isn’t sure where. He is looking into Western New England and SUNY Maritime. Cardinal said that being on the Millbrook football team was like being part of a brotherhood. When not on the field he enjoys Social Studies, lifting weights and pizza.
Ten-year-old Molly Jeanne Freer has the rare gift of perfect pitch. She both composes and writes lyrics for the countless country-western songs in her repertoire, which she sings while playing a ukulele. Twice this summer Ginny Ianucci invited her to play at the Millbrook Farmers’ Market, where her clear, assured voice stunned marketgoers.
Molly also performs at open-mic events, where she is usually by far the youngest person on the stage. She also provides her songs to the Magic Tree House for the classroom demo CDs that schools use to bring the best-selling books to the stage. And she is just getting started.
Molly Jeanne has loved music since she was a baby. When she was six, her grandfather taught her to tune a ukulele and play the chord of C. She remembers she had trouble with the G7 chord, but within a few weeks, she had taught herself all the other chords in the Mel Bay instructional book.
When learning a new song, Molly Jeanne does not use sheet music—she just hears the chords, picks up her ukulele, and plays them. “I love to play music. … I can just hear something on the radio and play it immediately,” she says.
Young volunteers honed their Halloween talents at Wassaic’s version of "Terror in the Mill," the Haunted House at the Wassaic Project’s Maxon Mills. There was a fortune-telling hamburger vampire oracle who also happens to jog through town daily; a video of scenes one had just traversed, giving a "watching the victims" feel; and creepy little children dressed in black who trailed behind visitors. A mirror flipped open, and an undead woman screamed, "Don't look in my mirror!" All seven floors were remade for frights. On the first floor, Medusa struggled pointlessly with her of tangle of crawly hair; visitors got shot with a camera (with the results now posted online by the ghoul photographer, Wassaic Project artist in residence Danny Ghitis: spookywassaic.tumblr.com). There were hangings, beheadings, sawed-off body parts, screamings and, for all we know, bioengineered mass-produced food additives. In short, enough to entertain the most impossible ten-year-old, and enough to make our most intrepid undercover Homeland Security spy’s knees shake.
Deputy Mayor Joseph Spagnola took the reins at Tuesday’s village board meeting
when the robotic camera that will help the village detect leaks and weaknesses in its sewer lines was explained. The equipment was made possible by a $66,000 grant from
the Dutchess County Municipal Consolidation and Shared Services fund under County Executive Marcus Molinaro.
The robotic system has a camera that will be able to crawl deep into the village’s sewer lines giving the village a video view of what is happening underground. The equipment is expected to save the village $3,000 a day by inspecting sewers in house instead of hiring an outside company. The equipment should be on hand by February 2014.
Village Attorney Audrey Scott made a change to the lease with the Historical Society to provide that if the village municipal offices moved out of the Village Hall, which they are considering, the village would have no obligation to provide space for the society in their new location. The rent is still $1 a year.