Special Town Board meeting

The Town Board meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3 and vote to go into executive session with its attorney to discuss tax certiorari cases.

The board’s scheduled work session is due to begin at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall conference room.

 

 

Help is needed for Willow playground

Contributed photo The playground site as it appeared in mid-July.

Contributed photo
The playground site as it appeared in mid-July.

Work is about to begin on the new playground at Willow Avenue School that will be known as “Christian’s Adventure.” The organizing committee is looking for volunteers on three days:

Friday, Aug. 7 is preparation day. Five people are needed at 10 a.m. to help Parkitects stake out the area.

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Changes to firemen’s fair were a success

Photo by Jason Kaplan Richie Roohan and J.T. Geraci check out the view from above on the kids’ Ferris wheel.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Richie Roohan and J.T. Geraci check out the view from above on the kids’ Ferris wheel.

The annual fair, sponsored by Storm King Engine Co. #2, was a rousing success, according to fire chief Jeff Armitage.

“We came out well,” he said. “The weather was good. We were up on everything. Everything was good.”

Armitage said Storm King doesn’t keep track of attendance, but crowds were steady each of the four nights.

Food sales were up about 40 percent from last year. Armitage attributed the jump to the sunny weather and comfortable temperatures.

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Gridders bigger; not quite as fast

Photo by Ken Cashman Coach Eric Holzapple’s pass to Shakir Henry is right on target.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Coach Eric Holzapple’s pass to Shakir Henry is right on target.

It’s unfair to ask a coach how a team compares with its predecessor. If he says it’s better or worse, he’s sure to offend someone.

At Monday’s varsity football practice, Coach Mike Connolly handled the question deftly. He said the Dragons have a bigger offensive line than last year, and several returners up front on defense.

“We don’t have as much speed,” the coach admitted, “but we’ll work things out. You may see us run the ball more.”

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Obituaries – July 31, 2015

James Randazzo

February 1, 1940-July 24, 2015

James Randazzo of Washingtonville entered into rest on July 24.  He was 75.

James was born in Cornwall on Feb. 1, 1940 to Rocco and Dorothy (Twiggs) Randazzo. He worked at Cornwall Press, Cornwall Central School District and was a longtime member of Salisbury Mills Fire Co. He was a US Army Veteran who served as a military policeman.

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This week’s issue – July 31, 2015

Photo by Jason Kaplan This summer, Tom Doyle has been teaching the basics of photography to campers in Cornwall-on-Hudson. Madison Driesse, counselor Jenna Park, Carley Dunkel, Abby Pryne, and Bailey Driesse circle around Doyle’s camera to view a photo they had just shot at the Fireman’s Fair.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
This summer, Tom Doyle has been teaching the basics of photography to campers in Cornwall-on-Hudson. Madison Driesse, counselor Jenna Park, Carley Dunkel, Abby Pryne, and Bailey Driesse circle around Doyle’s camera to view a photo they had just shot at the Fireman’s Fair.

Doyle introduces campers to photography

Twice a week, for the last month, local photographer Tom Doyle has been donating his time to teach interested Cornwall-on-Hudson campers the basics of his craft. Doyle has been visiting the camp on Thursdays and Fridays.

Ten campers attended the first class, but the number has dwindled to a quartet willing to explore how to use a digital camera rather than cell phones and other electronic devices used to take snapshots.  Page 1

Town delivers new offer to NYMA

The Town delivered a Letter of Intent to NYMA last week with an offer to purchase the academy for $9 million — subject to voter approval in a referendum. If the transaction took place, the Town would lease the property to a tenant, and use some of the fields for recreation.

Attorneys for the Town have filed a motion to get information on the school’s potential buyers before NYMA returns to US Bankruptcy Court on Aug. 10.  Page 1

Community assists fire victims

The Petrose family continues to pick up the pieces of their lives two weeks after a fire gutted their Willow Avenue home. Heather Toombs, a friend of the family, is still collecting donations, mostly in the form of cash and gift cards.

Earlier this week, Toombs reported clothing donations have dwindled while more people are calling or sending e-mails inquiring about mailing a check, gift certificates, or gift cards. Page 1

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Afternoon crash

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Photo by Jason Kaplan

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Shoppers came out of stores and residents rushed out of their homes after three cars collided on Quaker Avenue just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. The cause of the accident has not been determined.

Biennial sculpture welcomes visitors

Every two years, students in Hara Fiato’s art class create a stone wall sculpture at the entrance to the student parking lot at Cornwall High School.

Every two years, students in Hara Fiato’s art class create a stone wall sculpture at the entrance to the student parking lot at Cornwall High School.

Every two years, Cornwall High School students in Hara Fiato’s art class build a new stone wall sculpture which welcomes anyone who enters the property. The work is inspired by Andrew Goldsworthy’s Stone Wall at Storm King Art Center.

To begin, students visit the site, located at the entrance of the visitor and student parking lot. They complete some preliminary sketches and get a feel for the landscape and its dimensions. They get a sense of what it’s physically like to lift a rock and try to fit others together in a stack, just like a stone mason.

The students go back to the classroom to complete two renderings of their sculpture idea, an aerial and a landscape view. The class votes on which idea they think they’ll have more success in executing.

Fiato said not all projects work out the way they were originally envisioned. She said the student artists learn how to problem solve and make alterations to their design.

Using the stones, which were originally part of the stone wall that ran behind the track, the students execute the design using no mortar or mud. The process is called “dry stonewalling. “

In the past, students have created a dragon and a piece that resembled Stonehenge. The current design has a more modern look.

From start to finish, the entire process takes about one and a half to two months, depending on cooperation from Mother Nature.

Through the experience, students make the connection between the creative ideas they develop in the classroom and the natural environment where they can see their art come to life.

Cornwall Coloring Club is not for children

Members of the Cornwall Coloring Club were engrossed in their work on July 14.

Members of the Cornwall Coloring Club were engrossed in their work on July 14.

The name may remind you of a green and yellow box of Crayolas — or a rainy afternoon in childhood. But the members of the Cornwall Coloring Club don’t use crayons and they’re not children. If the turnout on July 14 is an indication, they may be the fastest growing group in the area.

Jean Roberts founded the group in June. She was lonely coloring by herself so she reached out to the community on Facebook. She figured there were a lot of “closet colorers.”

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