Capturing a moment

Photo by Jason Kaplan The Cornwall High School junior class held its prom on May 20. As has been an annual tradition, students stopped by Donahue Memorial Park for photos taken by family and friends. Colt and Emily Kirwan snap a shot of Michaela Kirwan and Charles Longueira.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
The Cornwall High School junior class held its prom on May 20. As has been an annual tradition, students stopped by Donahue Memorial Park for photos taken by family and friends. Colt and Emily Kirwan snap a shot of Michaela Kirwan and Charles Longueira.

Cornwall is one of state’s safest towns

Photo by Jason Kaplan Cornwall has been named, by CreditDonkey, one of the 50 safest communities in New York State.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Cornwall has been named, by CreditDonkey, one of the 50 safest communities in New York State.

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.

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Willow Avenue twins getting set to graduate

In the 2008 and 2012 photos, Cole and Sabrina Toto are sitting next to Lauren and Scott Pinkham in the first row. Samantha and Nick Tighe along with Brooke and Colin Reilly are lined up behind them. Cole was not available when the final photo was taken on May 13.

In the 2008 and 2012 photos, Cole and Sabrina Toto are sitting next to Lauren and Scott Pinkham in the first row. Samantha and Nick Tighe along with Brooke and Colin Reilly are lined up behind them.
Cole was not available when the final photo was taken on May 13.

“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.

This week’s issue – May 27, 2016

Photo by Ken Cashman A crew from Central Hudson began replacing utility poles on Main Street last week. Work is expected to continue between Oak Street and Tamara Lane, as well as the corner of Willow Avenue.

Photo by Ken Cashman
A crew from Central Hudson began replacing utility poles on Main Street last week. Work is expected to continue between Oak Street and Tamara Lane, as well as the corner of Willow Avenue.

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

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Dragons in baseball finals

Nick's fans show their support after today's game

Nick’s fans show their support after today’s game

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.

What’s it worth?

Photo by Jason Kaplan Courtesy of the Cornwall Historical Society and Black Rock Fish and Game Club, John Felz brought the “Antique Roadshow” into town on May 14. Nearly 60 people brought in items for appraisal. Felz valued a whale oil lamp at about $100 to $150.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Courtesy of the Cornwall Historical Society and Black Rock Fish and Game Club, John Felz brought the “Antique Roadshow” into town on May 14. Nearly 60 people brought in items for appraisal. Felz valued a whale oil lamp at about $100 to $150.

Recess introduced at Cornwall Middle School

Photo by Jason Kaplan About a month ago, Cornwall Middle School initiated recess time during each of the lunch periods. Students can run around, play ball, or socialize with friends.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
About a month ago, Cornwall Middle School initiated recess time during each of the lunch periods. Students can run around, play ball, or socialize with friends.

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.

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NYMA leader has productive weekend

Dr. Vincent Mo

Dr. Vincent Mo

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.”

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