In a recent report released by CreditDonkey, Cornwall was named 21st on a list of the top 50 safest cities in New York.
CreditDonkey is a credit card comparison website that publishes data-driven analysis to help save money and make wise financial decisions.
To come up with the cities where the least amount of crime occurs, analysts used the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report data for 2014.
“I’ve got a story for you,” the man said as we were leaving Willow Avenue School. People often have things they want to tell us. Not all are worth sharing. But you have to listen.
It was 2006 when Marty Reilly told us that there were four sets of boy-girl twins in the second grade. It seemed unusual to have that many in a school with less than 70 students per grade.
We didn’t jump on the story but we didn’t forget it. “Got to get a picture of those kids,” we said every time we saw Mr. Reilly. Then suddenly we were running out of time. The twins were fourth-graders who were about to move up to the middle school.
We met in the Willow Avenue auditorium for a photograph, and repeated the process every four years. On each occasion, we used the old pictures as a guide, so each person would stay in the same position.
Our most recent session was on May 13. The 12th-graders looked at their old pictures and laughed — perhaps not realizing how much they had changed. The last four years had made a difference, more than the four years before that.
Before taking the picture, we asked the students for their plans. They didn’t offer specifics, but it was clear that they were heading in different directions. This would be the final photograph of the series.
November 30, 1931-May 22, 2016
Lois DeBerto, of Cornwall, a retired secretary for the Newburgh Enlarged School District, entered into rest on May 22 at home, surrounded by her family. She was 84.
The daughter of the late Roy and Anna Mae (Pinckney) Henderson, Lois was born Nov. 30, 1931 in Poughkeepsie.
Central Hudson replacing utility poles
Central Hudson began erecting new utility poles last week, and they’re not done yet, according to spokesperson John Maserjian.
Six poles were replaced last week and another six are scheduled to be changed in the next two weeks. “It’s something we’ve been looking to have Central Hudson do for a long period of time,” Town Supervisor Dick Randazzo said. Page 1
Mountainville Well Monitoring
Although a Supreme Court judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the Department of Conservation’s decision to grant a permit for Kiryas Joel to draw water from the Mountainville wells, the Town of Cornwall plans to appeal. Residents who are concerned about the impact the decision will have on their wells are urged to wait for the judge’s final ruling. Page 1
School board hears bullying gripes
The topic wasn’t on the school board agenda for Monday night, but a few audience members wanted to talk about bullying.
Brian Billard was the first to mention it during the time for public comments. He had heard complaints about bullying while he was campaigning for a seat on the Board of Education. He believed that the school district’s response should be a comprehensive program that starts in kindergarten and continues through 12th grade. Page 1
As evidence that summer is not far away, the Town will open its wading pool on Saturday. The pool will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily throughout the summer.
Trailing 2-0 in the first inning, pitcher Nick Torres noticed a teammate warming up on the sidelines. Nick thought his afternoon was finished. But it wasn’t. He got out of the inning with a strikeout, and pitched shutout ball the rest of the way.
His teammates took the lead in third inning on the way to a 6-2 victory over Goshen. Eddie Pullar contributed a double, and Tyler Trieste made a diving catch in centerfield.
The win puts the Dragons in the finals, which will be played in Saugerties on Saturday afternoon.
For the better part of 13 years, recess has not been a part of a student’s daily life at Cornwall Middle School. That changed about a month ago after parents began requesting their kids be allowed time for play.
Vincent Mo was at NYMA last weekend to hire a superintendent and greet the alumni. Dr. Mo is the chairman of the Board of SouFun Holdings Ltd., the company that bought the academy in October.
“I’d like to bring the school back to glory again,” he said during a brief interview. “I think it will be good for the community to have us here.”
This weekend he will greet the alumni and tell them that he plans to make a personal donation of $1 million to the school.
Besides that contribution, he expects the academy to spend about $400,000 a month on improvements. There are repairs to be made, and Dr. Mo plans to introduce a technology lab where students can learn robotics. “I hope when we’re fully funded,” he said, “we can achieve what we want to achieve.”