Memorial Day

A 10 a.m. parade on May 25 followed by the traditional observance and wreath-laying at the Veterans Triangle at 11 a.m.

There will be no parking on Main Street, from the traffic circle to Hudson Street, no parking on Broadway and Willow Avenue, from Broadway to Main Street from 8 a.m. to noon.

Obituaries – May 22, 2015

Louise Beccarelli Costella

March 5, 1930-May 14, 2015

Louise Costella , of  Mountainville, entered into eternal rest on May 14, at Kaplan Family Hospice, Newburgh. She was 85-years-old.

The daughter of Joseph Beccarelli and Maria DelGrosso Beccarelli, she was born on March 5, 1930 in Astoria. She was married to the late Raymond Costella.

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This week’s issue – May 22, 2015

Photo by Jason Kaplan        Kate Wright signs in to vote a couple hours into the polls opening Tuesday morning.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Kate Wright signs in to vote a couple hours into the polls opening Tuesday morning.

School budget passes

On Tuesday, voters approved the Cornwall Central School District budget 1,105-490. The spending plan for the 2015-16 school year will be $66,719,149, which is a 2.58 percent budget to budget increase. The tax levy increase is $838,349, which is 1.88 percent and below the allowable tax cap.

As for the three vacant seats on the school board, Melanie Robinson and Barbara Manzari will return to their posts receiving 1,093 and 863 votes respectively. Rafael Ortiz (935 votes) unseated Tirek Gayle (839) who served one three-year term on the board. Page 1

Schuster honored with national award

On Tuesday, the Garden Club of America awarded Dr. William Schuster, director of the Black Rock Forest Consortium, the Frances K. Hutchinson medal, a national award for distinguished service to conservation. Page 1

Monument trees to be re-dedicated

If anyone has ever counted the number of trees surrounding the Veteran’s Monument, in the triangle across from Town Hall, they know there are 13 of them. Most people don’t know, however, each of those trees represent the 13 members of the Emslie Post #546 Grand Army of the Republic (now the American Legion Post 353). Each fought in and survived the Civil War.

On Memorial Day, following the parade, the annual ceremony will be held at the triangle. This year’s will be slightly different. The new plaque, with all 13 names, will be unveiled and the trees will be re-dedicated. Page 1

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Historic Revolutionary battle coming to Cornwall

File photo A re-enactment of the Battle of Stony Point will take place at 2:15 and 4:15 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 25.The battle has been depicted in the annual Fourth of July Pageant.

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A re-enactment of the Battle of Stony Point will take place at 2:15 and 4:15 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 25.The battle has been depicted in the annual Fourth of July Pageant.

Grab your muskets and bayonets and take a trip 236 years into the past for a re-enactment of the Battle of Stony Point.

About 60 actors are needed to portray British and American soldiers on Memorial Day, May 25, on the grounds of Sands Ring Homestead.

Re-enactors are to meet at the Girl Scout Cabin, adjacent to the homestead, to receive uniforms, equipment and training.

Two re-enactments are scheduled for the afternoon. An induction of recruits will take place at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. with the re-enactment to follow at 2:15 and 4:15 p.m.

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Boy Scout sorts food for Eagle project

Photo by Ken Cashman For his Eagle Scout project, Andrew Cucci is helping to sort and pack 47,500 pounds of food at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.

Photo by Ken Cashman
For his Eagle Scout project, Andrew Cucci is helping to sort and pack 47,500 pounds of food at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.

When Andrew Cucci contemplated ideas for his Eagle Scout project, only one came to mind. Knowing the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is always short volunteers, Cucci decided to lend a hand by helping to sort and pack food.

“It will help more people than just the one beneficiary,” said Cucci, a Boy Scout with Troop 118.

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Obituaries – May 15, 2015

Mary Foster

September 1, 1966-May 9, 2015

Mary Foster of Cornwall entered into eternal rest on May 9 at Westchester Medical Centerl. She was 49 years old.

The daughter of James and Margaret Scully, she was born in Cornwall on Sept. 1, 1966. She was a food service employee for the Cornwall Central School District.

Mary Foster is survived by her father James Scully,her  siblings Linda, Joanne, Trisha, Kevin, her husband Chris Foster, and her son Christopher Foster.

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Judge sets bail in Graswald case

On Wednesday afternoon, Orange County Judge Robert H. Freehill set bail, for Angelika Graswald, at $3 million cash over $9 million bond. This means, before she can be released from Orange County Jail, she must come up with $3 million in cash or a bail bond in the amount of $9 million.
Graswald was arrested, and charged with muder in the second degree, 11 days after her fiance, Vincent Viafore, went missing on the Hudson River when his kayak capsized. New York State Police arrested her based on inconsistencies in her statement, but provided no additional details.
Graswald recently retained the services of attorney Richard Portale, whose first order of business was to submit a bail application.
In court, Portale requested his client be released on her own recognizance while county District Attorney David Hoovler offered remand or $2 million over $6 million in bail.
Should Graswald come up with the money, she must appear in court for a bail source hearing to offer proof of the source of bail.
Following the brief hearing, Hoovler issued the following statement, “The investigation is continuing. The bail application proceedings before Judge Freehill revealed the preliminaries of the case.”
Details of the case are not being made public.

Special Town Board Meeting

The Town Board will hold two special meetings  on Monday, May 1. At 5:30 p.m., the board will review the engineering plans for the proposed wall ball court. At 6 p.m., there will be a joint meeting with the Village Board to hear a presentation by CPI-HR Benefits Consulting Company.

At 7 p.m. the regular Town Board Meeting will take place in the courtroom.

Healthy eating

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Photo by Jason Kaplan Marc Uhrik, executive chef and director of food nutrition at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, demonstrated how to make roasted vegetable pita pizza during a food demonstration at the Cornwall Lions Club’s Health and Wellness Fair held April 3.

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Marc Uhrik, executive chef and director of food nutrition at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, demonstrated how to make roasted vegetable pita pizza during a food demonstration at the Cornwall Lions Club’s Health and Wellness Fair held April 3.