This week’s issue – June 23, 2017

Photo by Jason Kaplan Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Chief Steven Dixon honored Officer Charles Hoffman with a life-saving award when he extinguished a car fire before it could be engulfed in flames, with the driver inside.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Chief Steven Dixon honored Officer Charles Hoffman with a life-saving award for extinguishing a  fire before it engulfed a car in flames, with the driver inside.

Officers get life-saving awards

Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Officer Charles Hoffman and Town of Cornwall Police Officer Nicholas Schust received life-saving awards, during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, for rescuing a driver from a burning vehicle.

Before the officers received their plaques, Cornwall-on-Hudson Chief Steven Dixon detailed their heroics during the early morning hours of May 23. Page 1

Facilities plan may affect fifth-graders

Could Cornwall’s fifth-graders return to elementary school one day? That’s something the Board of Education will consider as it develops a facilities plan.

The board met with architect David Sammel on Tuesday night at the tail end of a four-hour meeting. Although Mr. Sammel had given the board members a report on projected costs, he didn’t discuss prices with them. Instead, he focused on some key issues that had come up in his meetings with focus groups. One of those issues was returning to the old configuration where students didn’t move up to the middle school until sixth grade. Page 1

Walk-through next week on Main Street

The Cornwall Economic Development Committee is developing a multi-phased project, called “Cornwall Rising,” to economically revitalize Main Street, and by extension, the greater Cornwall area. At 5 p.m. on June 29, stakeholders will walk through the area where phase one of the project is anticipated to take place.

Bill Braine, chairman of the committee, said phase one encompasses the area between Union Avenue and the municipal lot, including Bridge Street on the other side of the road. Page 1

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Preview of last night’s graduation

DSCF4101The principal made the right call. In mid-afternoon, Lynn Imperato decided to hold the ceremony indoors. And the weather proved she was right. As the graduates exited the auditorium, there was a downpour outside that would have soaked them and their families.

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Hiking program at the library

Don Weise,  Director of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will present a book talk at Cornwall Public Library on June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The talk will center on hikes around the Cornwall area — including Storm King, Black Rock, Harriman-Bear Mountain and across the river (Breakneck Ridge-Hudson Highlands State Park), etc.

There will be tips on finding, scouting, preparing for and leading summer hikes, including tailoring them to your group (e.g. kids, novice adults, adventurous types).  He will touch on safety and “Leave No Trace” tips as well.

 

Sowing seeds of green

Photo by Jason Kaplan Gary VanVleit and Harvey Barkley, employees in the Cornwall Central School District’s Buildings and Grounds Department, put down new soil and seed, on the field adjacent to the middle school, in preparation for the soccer season.

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Gary VanVleit and Harvey Barkley, employees in the Cornwall Central School District’s Buildings and Grounds Department, put down new soil and seed, on the field adjacent to the middle school, in preparation for the soccer season.

Play inspires COH student to ‘help the Annies’

June23_fosterQuinn Skinner attended the Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School’s production of “Annie, Jr.” and was inspired to organize a service project to help local foster children.

Quinn, a first grader in the village school, didn’t know what an orphan was, so she started asking questions. The answers convinced  Quinn she wanted to help.

“I felt sad that foster children don’t have a mommy or a daddy or a home,” Quinn wrote in a letter requesting donations. “Foster children usually only have a garbage bag to carry all their things. But we can change that if we help them.”

First she wanted to invite them over to dinner and have a sleepover, said Quinn’s mother, Mikki, but they decided to use the internet to find more feasible ways to lend a hand. Through Google, they came across some foster agencies which led them to the organization Together we Rise and the idea to put together duffel bags.

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Founder joins Girls on the Run anniversary celebration

June23_girlsSeeing a man and woman standing apart from the crowd at NYMA on Saturday morning, Molly Barker introduced herself to Senator and Mrs. Larkin. She told them that she was the founder of Girls on the Run, and had come from North Carolina to help the Hudson Valley Chapter celebrate its fifth anniversary.

It was a big celebration. That was obvious before you reached the campus, where the girls and their running buddies were getting ready for a 5K through the streets of Cornwall. By 8:30 a.m., traffic was backed up on Route 9W, as cars waited to make a left turn into the military academy. A long line of police and volunteers directed motorists onto a field that was packed solid with vehicles.

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Obituaries – June 23, 2017

Shirley Komonchak

September 21, 1920 – June 14, 2017

Highland Falls

Shirley H. Komonchak passed away Wednesday, June 14, at Wingate at Beacon in Beacon.  She was 96 years old.

Daughter of the late Harold Herbert and the late Hilda Stromberg Herbert, she was born September 21, 1920 in Doodletown. Shirley was the widow of John J. (Jack) Komonchak.

She was a member of United Methodist Women of Highland Falls, 4 Paws Humane Society of Highland Falls, and a retired elementary school teacher with the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District, where she taught for 29 years.

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High School confers athletic awards

Cornwall Central High School held its Senior Class Awards and Scholarship Night in the auditorium on June 19. The following athletes were honored.

Andrew Heitman Scholarship: Joseph Lynch and Madison Vinett

Bruce Armitage Awards: Gabryelle Fanning and Dominick Marzigliano

Cornwall Coaches Awards: Females — Kristen Henry, Madeline McGuire, Hannah Mellino, Monika Morasse, Mekenzi Moreau, Madison Vinett. Males — John Cassidy, Conor Havey, Spencer Lupo, Joseph Lynch, Christopher Robinson, Connor St. Germain

Cornwall Little League Scholarships:  In memory of Curtis Remfrey Sr.: Dominick Marzigliano, In memory of Eleanor Ransom: Amelia Harding

Cornwall United Soccer Club Patrick Harding Memorial Scholarships: Jordan Bell, Brynne Growney, Amelia Harding, Madeline McGuire

Cornwall Youth Basketball League Patrick Harding Memorial Awards: Amelia Harding, Christine Hurley, Samantha Incognoli, Sydney Jurgens

Cornwall Youth Cheerleading: Jennifer Berean, Samantha Margini, Olivia Pietrobuono

Cornwall Youth Football: Neal Chaudhry, Nicholas Higgins, Joseph Lynch

Dan Cregan Scholarship for Service: Thomas Cook

Irving Butch Kent Memorial Award: Samantha Incognoli

Nancy Rooney Swimming and Diving Award: Allison Dubick

OCIAA Times-Herald Record Athletes: John Cassidy and Kristen Henry

Orange County Youth Football Scholarship: Neal Chaudhry

Russ Pons Baseball Award: Alex Gomez

 

Butch Kent Memorial Award Winners

On Monday night, Samantha Incognoli became the 55th winner of the Butch Kent Memorial Award, which is given to an outstanding senior class athlete.

Kent Award Winners

2017     Samantha Incognoli

2016     Jason Bailey

2015     Beatrice Boylan

2014     Mike White

2013     Caroline Staudle

2012     Olivia Jebb

2011     Aisling Cuffe

2010     Joe Terribile

2009     Kevin Arduino

2008     Kelsey Branch

2007     Jennifer Bailey

2006     Katrice Ewanich

2005     Shannon Whalen

2004     Charity Briggs

2003     David Blaine

2002     Katie Farrugia

2001     Jessica Donohue

2000     Joe Piascik

1999     Katherine Fuller

1998     Kathryn Spies

1997     Paul Paquin

1996     Michael Fitzula

1995     Michael Mitchell

1994     Lisa Donald

1993     Carolyn McGrath

1992     Nick Byrne

1991     Kelly Thorpe 

1990     Mike Erickson

1989     Gillian Hamburger

1988     Laini Short

1987     Marissa Maggio

1986     Tom Kondzela

1985     Mark Deschenes

1984     Christopher Neuman

1983     Mark Keegan

1982     Rich DiMaio

1981     Will Fredericks

1980     Dan Railey

1979     Ken Holman

1978     Angie Paccione

1977     Joe Ward

1976     Stu Whitfield

1975     Cheryl Halvorsen

1974     Mark Scott

1973     “Chick” Jurgens

1972     Jim Mahan

1971     David Ochse

1970     Mark Rathbun

1969     Jeff Bouton

1968     John Carnright

1967     Bryon Rostanzo

1966     George Edgar

1965     Warren Mumford

1964     Joel Conley

1963     Bill Graham

 

Taking prom to new heights

Photo by Jason Kaplan Storm King Engine Co. volunteers Andrew Cucci and Andrea Stambaugh took their pre-prom photos to new heights. The fire company’s ladder truck was stationed at Donahue Memorial Park, on June 9, so the couple could pose for aerial photos in the bucket.

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Storm King Engine Co. volunteers Andrew Cucci and Andrea Stambaugh took their pre-prom photos to new heights. The fire company’s ladder truck was stationed at Donahue Memorial Park, on June 9, so the couple could pose for aerial photos in the bucket.