This week’s issue – March 24, 2017

Photo by Jason Kaplan Some residents of Idlewild Apartments were not happy with the response to last week’s blizzard. Management said the amount of snow, coupled with an understaffed vendor, were the reasons why it took two days to clear roads and sidewalks.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Some residents of Idlewild Apartments were not happy with the response to last week’s blizzard. Management said the amount of snow, coupled with an understaffed vendor, were the reasons why it took two days to clear roads and sidewalks.

Snow removal frustrates seniors

Last week’s blizzard left seniors screaming more than just, “Stella.” Some residents of Idlewild Apartments have been upset with management regarding the removal of snow.

Some residents believe management was slow to respond leaving seniors homebound, but property manager Sandra Lugo tells a different story, contending the amount of snow, coupled with a poor job from the vendor hired to clear the snow, heightened residents’ frustrations. “The expectation is sometimes a little higher than it is practical,” Lugo said. Page 1

Numbers show shorter wait at hospital

It’s been over two months since St. Luke’s closed the emergency department at Cornwall Hospital, forcing patients to seek care at the Newburgh campus. Although experiences, from patients and local emergency personnel, haven’t all been positive, hospital administrators are dedicated to making the experience as seamless as possible.

Marty Byrnes, captain of the Town of Highlands Ambulance Corps, is still not happy about the closure because it’s added another 15 to 20 minutes to the transport time of a patient. Page 1

Town in “agreeable” mood

The Town Board reached or ratified several agreements this week. All of them involved the letter “C.” For example, the CSEA employees ratified a four-year contract, where they will receive 2 percent annual raises through 2019 and a 2.5 percent raise in 2020. COVAC will become independent on June 1, which will remove the Town from the billing process. And the Town Board voted in favor of a proposal from Chazen Engineering, the firm that will monitor the level of Woodbury Creek to see how its affected by Kiryas Joel’s new well. Page 1

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Car rolls over on Academy ramp

A car coming off southbound 9W at 3:09 p.m. rolled over on the ramp to Academy Avenue.

Twenty minutes later the driver was still trapped inside the vehicle, as firefighters worked to turn the car right side up. Casual observers did not believe the driver was seriously hurt. But EMTs and ambulances were  at the scene along with the Cornwall Fire Department and two members of the Town of Cornwall Police.

20 minutes after the crash, workers were still try to extricate the driver.

20 minutes after the crash, workers were still try to extricate the driver.

Special meeting

The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting at Village Hall at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29. The board will adjourn into Executive Session to conduct policy, benefit, and salary negotiations with the Water Superintendent and Non-Union personnel.

 

Legion a home for historic flag

Photo by Ken Cashman On March 18 at American Legion Post 1796, Jim and Jeff Levy stood in front of the flag their father brought home at the end of World War II.

Photo by Ken Cashman
On March 18 at American Legion Post 1796, Jim and Jeff Levy stood in front of the flag their father brought home at the end of World War II.

There was no car to meet Herb Levy when he arrived in Newburgh at the end of World War II. So the Navy veteran picked up his duffel bag and walked home — bringing with him a foreign rifle, a javelin, trinkets from the orient, and the flag that had flown on the USS Charles Carroll.

The ship had seen action in the Mediterranean and the Pacific. It had been part of the D Day invasion on June 6, 1944. No one ever asked Herb Levy how he obtained the flag. But the heirloom stayed with the family for seven decades before coming to American Legion Post 1796 in New Windsor, and receiving an official welcome on March 18, 2017.

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Historians take a trip to the fire house

Photo by Jason Kaplan A pumper from the 1830s is just one of the artifacts Historical Society guests will see at the Highland Engine Company firehouse on Monday.

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A pumper from the 1830s is just one of the artifacts Historical Society guests will see at the Highland Engine Company firehouse on Monday.

The Cornwall Historical Society will be going on a little field trip, on Monday. The monthly meeting will be held at the Highland Engine Company firehouse, rather than Munger Cottage.

“I like taking the historical society to different areas in the town and village,” said president Susan Kamlet. “You never know what’s in your own backyard.”

In September, Highland Engine Co. president Kerry McGuiness invited Kamlet over to the firehouse for a brief tour of the museum in the event hall on the second floor.

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Time is right for “Joseph” to return

Photo by Ken Cashman Joseph (played by Josh Sandler, foreground) interprets Pharaoh’s dream in a March 18 rehearsal of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.”

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Joseph (played by Josh Sandler, foreground) interprets Pharaoh’s dream in a March 18 rehearsal of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.”

Marietta Moulton has happy memories of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” It was the first show that she directed at the middle school. It was her last show as “Miss Veglia” (she got married soon after the performance). And she recruited her mother to create Joseph’s coat of many colors. It was her mother’s favorite assignment. And after 10 years, the coat is making another appearance. The show will be presented in the middle school auditorium on March 23 and 24 at 7 p.m., and on March 25 at 6 p.m.

“When are you going to repeat a show?” friends would ask Mrs. Moulton. She was anxious to do “Joseph” again, but she needed a cast with a lot of singers — especially a lot of males who were able to burst into song.

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Obituaries – March 24, 2017

Jeremy Joseph Gress

November 27, 1980 – March 18, 2017

Cornwall-on-Hudson

Jeremy Joseph Gress of Cornwall-on-Hudson died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 18. He was 36.

Jeremy was born Nov. 27, 1980 in Peoria, Ill., the son of Charles Gress and Janis Clinch. Jeremy is survived by his son, Ryleigh Gress, at home; his parents, Charles and Carol Gress of Dallas, Ga., mother, Janis Clinch of Austell, Ga.; his grandparents, Herbert and Ethel Gress of Peoria; his siblings, Reginald Rowe (Deborah), Rebecca Fritz (Todd), Jason Gress (Cheryl), Anthony Gress, Coral Clinch, Megan Tuttle (Frederick), and Kylie Gress; nieces and nephews, Carrie, Paris, Jonah, Jordan, Kirsten, Eden, Liam, and Brannagh; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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