Six-year-old Christian Martinisi died last night in a freak accident on Clemence Drive in Cornwall.
Shortly after 6 p.m., he got out of the family car after arriving home with his mother and younger brothers. While his mother, Cara Martinisi, tended to an infant, the two older boys entered the house through the garage. (They had been told to run inside and take off their shoes.)
A moment later, Mrs. Martinisi heard a crash and a scream. A cement lolly column had flipped out, hitting Christian and knocking him down. He was rushed to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, where he was pronounced dead.
The following morning, Chief Todd Hazard said the accident was still under investigation.
This was a temporary residence for the Martinisi family. Their home on Pin Oak Drive was hit by lightning on July 3. Christian was due to start first grade at Willow Avenue School next Wednesday.
Kayla Meade completed her Girl Scout Silver Award project this past weekend. She built two benches and added potted catnip for the cat viewing section of the Blooming Grove Animal Shelter.
Another volunteer has helped the Blooming Grove animal shelter, as Kayla Meade (a Cornwall freshman) completed her Girl Scout Silver Award project this past weekend.
Fellow Scout Melody Smith had finished her project at the shelter last month and informed Meade of the shelter’s additional needs.
“I know many animals are abused, hurt, or don’t have a place to go, so I thought I should help them out,” said Meade.
Meade first wanted to build some fencing, but after visiting the shelter she realized it had another need.
Photo by Ken Cashman
Olivia Thayer drives over a cone while wearing Fatal Vision Goggles that gave her double vision. Members of the high school’s senior class tried the goggles on Aug. 25 to appreciate the dangers of drunk driving. The passenger hanging onto the roof is Town of Cornwall Police Chief Todd Hazard.
Before students can get a parking spot at the high school, they have to attend a class on impaired driving.
Since not every student was available in the spring, the course was repeated on Aug. 25. The teens attended a lecture, and then went outside to drive a golf cart around an obstacle course.
They made one run under normal conditions, and then made a second try while wearing Fatal Vision Goggles, which caused them to see double (as if they were intoxicated).
Few students got around the course successfully on their second try.
It wasn’t the threat of landslides that closed Route 218 this week. The road was closed so a New York City company could film a BMW gliding through the scenic curves.
The company filled out an Orange County Film Permit, and indicated that it would have a crew of 35 people plus a truck, cars and an octocopter — a flying device with several rotors that is used for birds’ eye photography.
As John Roth begins his senior year as a member of the Cornwall High School football team, there will be a number of changes compared to his first two seasons.
Influenced by his older brother, Roth started playing football in the third grade. He made Cornwall’s varsity as a sophomore, but his season was cut short when he broke his arm trying to make a tackle in the second game.
As the starting inside linebacker his junior year, Ross still felt new to varsity. He was named team captain, but he didn’t feel deserving of the title.
“I felt it wasn’t my time yet, so I was a little quiet,” said Roth, who chose to lead by example, rather than be a vocal leader.
As captain and senior member of the Dragons, Ross now has more confidence to step forward and lead his team.
Patricia A. Prydal
November 19, 1950-August 22, 2014
Patricia A. Prydal, of New Windsor entered into eternal rest on Aug. 22 at home. She was 63 years old.
The daughter of George and Marie Carr Bell, she was born on Nov. 19, 1950 in Manhattan, N.Y .
Her family said that she will be missed greatly by her family and many friends .
Photo by Jason Kaplan
Cornwall-on-Hudson officer John Pena (third from left) works with New York State Police to investigate a suspicious shooting on Church Street Sunday night.
Suspicious death on Church Street
A late night call to 911 led police to 19 Church Street in the Village, where they found the lifeless body of Bryant J. Furchak.
The victim of a single gunshot wound, he was on the ground next to his 2008 Nissan Xtera. Police searched the area and found a weapon that appeared to belong to the deceased.
Mr. Furchak, age 44, was a resident of New Windsor and a retired New York City Policeman. After the Local went to press, the N.Y. State Police determined that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Page 1
Legion plans Medal of Honor rites
October 18 may already be marked on some calendars. The Apple Time Fair and the Village-Wide Yard Sale are scheduled for that day.
There will also be an important event in the Town. American Legion Post 353 will be dedicating its Medal of Honor Site. Page 1
Campers raise $3,000 for Sands Ring
On Aug. 23, Butterhill Day Campers held a festival at NYMA to raise funds for the repairs of Sands Ring Homestead. Before the day of the event, the kids made money by selling signs to local businesses. By the time, the festival was over the Butterhill kids had netted $3,000 for the homestead. Page 1
The New York State Police and Cornwall-On Hudson Police have determined the death of Byrant J. Furchak, age 44, from New Windsor, to be the result of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
A comprehensive investigation was conducted into Fuchak’s death. It was determined that there was no other party present when the shooting took place late Sunday night. The investigation encompassed numerous area interviews as well as video and telecommunication analysis.
The death of a 44-year-old New Windsor man is currently being investivated by the New York State Police Department, in conjunction with the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department,.
Shortly before midnight on Aug. 24, local police responded to a 911 call at 19 Church St. for an unresponsive male.
Bryant J. Furchak was found, beside his 2008 gray Nissan Xterra, dead from a single gunshot wound. The weapon recovered at the scene is believed to have belonged to Furchak.
The State Police Department is asking anyone with information pertaining to the movements of Furchak in the hours prior to his death, or anyone who was in the vicinity of Church Street and Hudson Street on Sunday night between the hours of 11 p.m. and midnight, to call the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Montgomery at 845-457-1389. All calls will remain confidential.
Police say there is no indication of a broader danger to the Cornwall community at this time.