School board adopts budget

Last night the Board of Education adopted the budget it had seen at its last meeting. There were no changes.

The budget calls for a 2.58 percent increase in spending and a 1.88 percent bump in the tax levy. Since the budget is under the cap, Cornwall property owners are likely to receive a tax freeze credit — a refund from the state equal to the increase in this year’s taxes.

Earlier in the month, school board member Melanie Robinson had asked to see costs for reinstating the enrichment program. At the April 23 meeting, however, she agreed to postpone her request until the next year’s budget. “It’s a specialized program,” she said, “and I don’t want to just slap it in there without any thought.”

During the time for public comment at the start of the meeting, Nancy Bryan urged the district to let the public see a line-by-line copy of the budget before it is adopted. “You ask for our input,” she said, “but we only get to see an overview.”

Shoveling soil

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Photo by Jason Kaplan Children were invited to Cornwall Public Library, on April 18, to help plant sunflowers and other vegetation in the butterfly garden. Using shovels and buckets they moved a pile of topsoil to the garden.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Children were invited to Cornwall Public Library, on April 18, to help plant sunflowers and other vegetation in the butterfly garden. Using shovels and buckets they moved a pile of topsoil to the garden.

Police cracking down on riverfront parking

Photo by Jason Kaplan Students from Storm King School helped dig a hole to plant a tree in front of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley Wednesday morning.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Students from Storm King School helped dig a hole to plant a tree in front of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley Wednesday morning.

Around Village Hall

Arbor Day. Storm King School and the Cornwall Garden Club will be planting trees along Hudson Street this week. On Wednesday, students at the boarding school planted two trees, one in front of the Food Bank and another in front of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School. The Garden Club will be planting a tree in front of St. Thomas of Canterbury Church at 2 p.m. on Friday. Mayor Brendan Coyne said the village is still trying to replace trees lost during Hurricane Irene.

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Cornwall’s athletes liking lacrosse

Gabe Flaten  (no. 5) went airborne behind the Rondout net on April 18.

Gabe Flaten (no. 5) went airborne behind the Rondout net on April 18.

You can tell that the girls lacrosse program is improving. The Lady Dragons won three games in their first year as a team. The following season they won six.

This spring the girls have won four games in a row for the first time in their brief history. They have outscored O’Neill 7-6, Washingtonville 6-2, Saugerties 7-5 and Highland 15-4.

The Saugerties victory is a good measure of the team’s development. In past meetings with the Sawyers, the Cornwall girls lost 5-18, 10-21 and 3-18. The recent match showed how far the Lady Dragons have progressed.

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No one said “no” to veterans hiring fair

Contributed photo Several members of the 1569th Transportation Company will be attending the May 2 Vets Hiring Fair in New Windsor.

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Several members of the 1569th Transportation Company will be attending the May 2 Vets Hiring Fair in New Windsor.

The Veterans Hiring Fair at SUNY Orange is going to be big. The organizers have rented tables and chairs to add to the supply provided by the college. A few dozen large employers are coming to meet veterans from several counties. For the job applicants who bring children, there’s an area set aside for child care.

The fair will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at the gymnasium at Orange County Community College. How did the event get to be so big? Alan Seidman explained it with a meaningful double negative.

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Obituaries – April 24, 2015

Peter C. Faurot

October 8, 1940-April 18, 2015

Peter  C. Faurot, a lifelong resident of Cornwall-on-Hudson, entered into rest on Saturday, April 18.

The son of Irving and Margaret Taylor Faurot, he was born on October 8, 1940 in Cornwall.

He was a retired Federal Police Officer and an active member of the Peace Officers Association of Orange County. He was a 50 year life member and ex-chief of Storm King Engine Co. #2, and a life member of Black Rock Fish and Game Club. He was also a member of the Storm King Engine Benevolent Association.

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This week’s issue – April 24, 2015

Photo by Ken Cashman The state  police were still searching for Vincent Viafore at noon on  Monday,  April 20.

Photo by Ken Cashman
The state police were still searching for Vincent Viafore at noon on Monday, April 20.

Yachters first to help kayak victims

Three members of the Cornwall Yacht Club were the first to respond to a kayaker’s call for help.

On Sunday, April 19, Angelika Graswald and Vincent Viafore, shoved off from Plum Point and paddled to Pollepel Island in separate kayaks. The return trip was tragic. Page 1A

Brooks to be Marlboro superintendent

Thirty years after he graduated from Cornwall Central High School, Michael Brooks is leaving again. This time he’s going to Marlboro to become the superintendent of schools.

His appointment became official on April 9. For a month before that, Mr. Brooks knew that he was a finalist for the job. Page 1A

Environmental committee to be busy

The Cornwall Conservation Advisory Committee is going to be busy over the next couple of months, especially in the coming weeks.

On Friday, at 4 p.m. at the Cornwall Bark Park, three trees will be planted for Arbor Day as part of the Town of Cornwall’s obligation as a Tree City USA. On May 9, the group will undertake its annual cleanup of Route 218. Page 1A

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State Police search for missing kayaker

State Police were still searching the Hudson River this afternoon for a missing kayaker. hudson search

Angelica Graswald and Vincent Viafore left Plum Point yesterday  for Bannerman’s Island. The return trip was rough. When their kayaks started to take in water, the man was thrown overboard. His companion called 911, and tried to help him. But in an effort to get him into the boat she toppled into the frigid water.

Ms. Graswald was the only one wearing a flotation device. She was able to return to her kayak, but he wasn’t. He was out of sight when a boat from the Cornwall Yacht Club responded to the distress call at 7:30

Rescuers took Ms. Graswald to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, where she was treated for hypothermia and released.

State Police, local marine patrols and fire departments continued the search until late Sunday night. A State Police boat returned to the scene on Monday morning – following the west shore of the Hudson from Cornwall to Newburgh.

Results from Red Raider Relays

 

BOYS — 110 hurdles: Mathelier (2) 14.79, Russell (4) 15.22. 400-m hurdles: Russell (2) 57.10. 400-m run: Gangemi (2) 49.82.  800-m relay: Gangemi, Mathelier, Russell, Wallace (2) 1:30.84 (new Cornwall record). Distance medley relay: Bennett, Palermo, Scileppi, Rivera (5) 11:04.31. Long jump: Burton (6) 19-06.75. F/S 400 relay: Tricomi, Goitia, Kirwan, Olivarria (6) 48.75. F/S 1600 relay: Tricomi, Goitia, Kirwan, Olivarria (5) 3:48.34.

GIRLS — 400 m: Decker (3) 58.83, Fanning (4) 58.93, Morgan (6) 61.23. 1600 m: Boylan (2) 5:00.67, Cuffe (4) 5:05.52. Distance medley relay:  Boylan, Decker, Wallace, Cuffe (1) 12:22.09. Discus: Curtin (3) 92-9, S. Henry (4) 92-7. High jump: Murphy (6) 4-9. Pentathlon: Sidoti (2) 2,536 points. F/S 400 relay: Morasse, Moreau, Collins, Schrag (5) 54.90. F/S 1600 relay: Morasse, Moreau, Bale, Schrag (6) 4:34.56. F/S Distance medley relay: Munterich, Mellino, Bale, Collins (1) 9:25.32. F/S Discus: Burley (6) 73-5. F/S  Long jump: Collins (5) 14-06.5.

Jungle Jim Jamboree

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Photo by Jason Kaplan Brianna Lont, Muselee Pierre, Kristin Rosario, Zoey Travis, and Kaydence Sweat were among the Willow Avenue Elementary School students eager to take a turn on the jungle gym Monday afternoon. The students were relegated to the blacktop, during recess, for the winter. It was the first time they were allowed on the playground since last year.

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Brianna Lont, Muselee Pierre, Kristin Rosario, Zoey Travis, and Kaydence Sweat were among the Willow Avenue Elementary School students eager to take a turn on the jungle gym Monday afternoon. The students were relegated to the blacktop, during recess, for the winter. It was the first time they were allowed on the playground since last year.