This week’s issue – January 30, 2015

Photo by Suzanne Tagliaferro On Tuesday, Jan. 27, this young lady had no trouble making a snow angel in the front yard of her home on Willow Avenue.

Photo by Suzanne Tagliaferro
On Tuesday, Jan. 27, this young lady had no trouble making a snow angel in the front yard of her home on Willow Avenue.

Storm dusts Cornwall; veers east

The “historic storm” veered east, dropping less snow on Cornwall than residents had expected. The travel ban was helpful. With no cars on the road, the highway departments had an easier job removing snow. After the ban was lifted, there were two snow related accidents in the Town. Residents moved their vehicles off Main Street so no cars had to be towed. Page 1

NYMA Chief tells residents “Let’s talk”

Anthony Desa, the president of the NYMA Board of Trustees, knows that residents are unsure of what’s going to happen to the school and its property. During a Jan. 23 interview in his office, Mr. Desa made a suggestion. “I’m interested in talking to Town residents,” he said, “who want to understand what we’re doing. I’d be more than happy to meet them one on one to talk about NYMA.” Page 1

Clark on NYMA survey: “No alternative”

After a surveyor representing the Town was asked to leave the NYMA property, Supervisor Randy Clark indicated that the Town would start legal proceedings.

“As a result of NYMA’s actions,” Mr. Clark wrote, “the Town has no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against NYMA to obtain a court order enforcing the Town’s right to have its surveyors enter the property.” Page 1

Flu epidemic has not hit Cornwall

Although the number of flu patients has increased since last year, attendance has remained constant (93 to 95 percent) in Cornwall schools. Local principals say that the schools are taking several precautions to keep the disease from spreading. But the Center for Disease Control indicates that the flu season is far from over. Page 1

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Aladdin cast loves “Prince Ali Parade”

Photo by Ken Cashman Ana Rose Ayala, Karina Cannelli, Gabby Ercolino and Audrey Ceresnak (left to right) belt out a song during the Cornwall Elementary School production of “Aladdin Jr.”

Photo by Ken Cashman
Ana Rose Ayala, Karina Cannelli, Gabby Ercolino and Audrey Ceresnak (left to right) belt out a song during the Cornwall Elementary School production of “Aladdin Jr.”

At a Saturday rehearsal, Denise Carter explained why  the Lee Road PTO picked “Aladdin Jr.” as this year’s theatrical production. “Aladdin is hot right now,” she said. “Many of the kids have seen it. And they all seem to like it.”

The kids not only like it, they have a favorite scene, which they disclosed in their program “bios.” Their overwhelming choice was the “Prince Ali Parade,” which takes place after the genie transforms Aladdin into a rich prince.

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Ornament sales help Sands Ring restoration

File photo Sales of trivets, coasters, and ornaments depicting Sands Ring Homestead, as painted by Terri Clearwater, helped raise over $1,100 toward the restoration project.

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Sales of trivets, coasters, and ornaments depicting Sands Ring Homestead, as painted by Terri Clearwater, helped raise over $1,100 toward the restoration project.

Earlier this week, David and Terri Clearwarter made a donation of over $1,100 toward the restoration of Sands Ring Homestead Museum.

Prior to the holidays Terri painted the homestead and used the image for limited edition ornaments, trivets, and coasters. The items have been on sale courtesy of Clearwater’s Gallery & Frame Shop at the Shops at Jones Farm

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On ice faceoff

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Photo by Jason Kaplan

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Although some portions of Ring’s Pond had not frozen over last week, a majority of the ice was thick enough for ice skating. Teens grabbed their sticks and pucks to play some hockey.

Obituaries – January 23, 2015

Ellen Dawn Bishop

December 31, 2014

Ellen Dawn Bishop of Cornwall-on-Hudson passed away gently in her sleep on Dec. 31 at Maryhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Glenview, Ill. She was 77.

Ellen Dawn was born to John and Ellen Lenahan in Cornwall-and-Hudson and lived there for most of her life. She attended St. Thomas of Canterbury Elementary School and Cornwall-on-Hudson High School. In 1954, she enrolled in Vassar Brothers’ Hospital School of Nursing and graduated from there in 1957 with a nursing degree.

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Facing freezing temps

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By Jason Kaplan The thermometer has recently held steady in the single digits during the overnight and early morning hours. On Jan. 9, Cornwall-on-Hudson Department of Public Works employee James Moore needed a face mask to keep warm while collecting garbage.

By Jason Kaplan
The thermometer has recently held steady in the single digits during the overnight and early morning hours. On Jan. 9, Cornwall-on-Hudson Department of Public Works employee James Moore needed a face mask to keep warm while collecting garbage.

Sci-Fi film produced by former Cornwall residents

Actor John Burish, producer Stephanie Bell, actor Josh Wingate, writer/director Matt Duggan, producer Trevor Boelter, and actor Chris Pauley were present for the premiere of “Inverse” at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival last year.

Actor John Burish, producer Stephanie Bell, actor Josh Wingate, writer/director Matt Duggan, producer Trevor Boelter, and actor Chris Pauley were present for the premiere of “Inverse” at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival last year.

Cornwall residents can support three of their own this weekend. Remote Films’ “Inverse” will be screening at the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St., New York, N.Y.

Describes writer and director Matt Duggan, “Inverse” is a science fiction film about a man who wakes up in a parallel universe and discovers no one, including himself, is what they appear to be. There are a number of nefarious forces who set out to do him in.

Duggan was born and raised in Cornwall, but didn’t attend Cornwall High School. Stephanie Bell, producer, graduated from Cornwall High School in 1982 while executive producer Jason Burnham graduated from Cornwall a decade later.

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Food, committees, trip & news bites

Contributed photo HELPERS: On a recent Thursday, Liz & Ben Harrell, Carol Phillips, Joyce Larsen, Connie Dioszeghy and Phil Cameron packed food for BFF.

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HELPERS: On a recent Thursday, Liz & Ben Harrell, Carol Phillips, Joyce Larsen, Connie Dioszeghy and Phil Cameron packed food for BFF.

BACKPACKS FOR FOOD
People didn’t forget Backpacks for Food (BFF) over the holidays. There was a lot of support for the organization that provides weekend meals for needy students.

Some folks sent donations in honor or in memory of friends or relatives. One family decided to send their gifts to BFF instead of exchanging presents with one another. A woman, who was celebrating a milestone birthday, asked well-wishers not to buy her things she didn’t need. Instead she asked them to contribute to BFF.

Sally Mattausch, the organization’s co-leader, was overwhelmed by the generosity of others. “It’s amazing,” she wrote, “how creative people can be when they care about the hungry children in our community.”

BFF packs bags of food at the Cornwall Presbyterian Church (222 Hudson Street) on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Volunteers are welcome.

A total of 40 students in the middle or elementary schools are getting weekend meals. An invitation will go out to eligible families in February, reminding them that they can join the program.

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School & young folks’ information

Photo by Suzanne Tagliaferro Sixth-grader Brian Novotny creates an Egyptian painting in Gina Dianis’s art class.

Photo by Suzanne Tagliaferro
Sixth-grader Brian Novotny creates an Egyptian painting in Gina Dianis’s art class.

BLOOD DRIVE
The Storm King School invites the community to the school’s third annual blood drive on Monday, Jan. 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. The drive will be held in the gymnasium. Donors can sign up on line at www.nybloodcenter.org or they can register by contacting Al Lewis, the Dean of Students, at 534-7516.

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