Budget passes, but not many people vote

A high percentage of voters said “yes” to the budget, but the turnout was the lightest of this century.   

Year     Votes (% yes)

2017     1,315 (72.7)

2016     1,662 (71.5)

2015     1,595 (69.3)

2014     1,879 (75.9)

2013B   3,165 (70.0)

2013A  2,278 (59.9)

2012     1,556 (69.8)

2011     2,044 (56.5)

2010     2,556(69.3)

2009     1,512(64.1)

2008     1,854(58.7)

2007     2,022(58.1)

2006     3,145(53.1)

2005B   2,981(47.4)

2005A  2,395(46.3)

2004B   2,760(52.2)

2004A  2,177(47.1)

2003B   2,649(51.3)

2003A  2,400(48.6)

2002     1,443(59.8)

2001     1,436(57.9)

 

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Police report suspicious incident

At three o’clock yesterday, a truck driver stopped a 13-year-old male on Hudson Street and asked him to get something out of the glove compartment. The man said his hand was too big to reach inside.

Being suspicious, the teenager said “no” and ran home. A while later, he noticed the same pick-up truck pass his house in Cornwall-on-Hudson and head east on Hudson Street.

When the teen’s mother came home, he told her what happened and she called the police.

The vehicle is a light blue pick-up truck. The driver is about five foot nine with a crew cut and a short brown beard.

If you are aware of a similar incident or have relevant information, please contact the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department at 534-4200 ext. 321 or 534-8100.

 

High school French class dedicates peace pole

On April 25, Amanda Greenblatt’s French Class dedicated a peace pole it received from the Rotary Club. The pole will be part of the high school’s organic garden.

On April 25, Amanda Greenblatt’s French Class dedicated a peace pole it received from the Rotary Club. The pole will be part of the high school’s organic garden.

Students in Amanda Greenblatt’s French class took part in a colorful ceremony on an otherwise gloomy Tuesday morning. They gathered on the dirt in the organic garden and stood in a circle that was marked by small flags from many nations. In the center, three students held up a large pole with the words “Let there be peace on Earth” in many languages.

The pole was a gift from the local Rotary Club. But why was a high school French class involved and not a math, science or history class? The answer dates back to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015.

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Route 218 closure

Weather permitting, Route 218 will be closed on Tuesday, May 2 from 6 a,m. to 6 p.m. for permit and maintenance activities. The closure will extend from Mountain House Road in Cornwall to Washington Road in the Town of Highlands.

Motorists should use Route 9W as a detour, but expect delays.

 

Agencies rush to Hudson for rescue

April 28: The 1:19 p.m. emergency message reported an unoccupied, overturned boat floating toward West Point after breaking loose from its mooring. Several agencies rushed to the Hudson.

A helicopter and a drone patrolled the river from above. Volunteers from the Storm King Engine Company left the shore in their rescue boat. Police and firefighters waited near the dock of the Cornwall Yacht Club.

But after a thorough search, responders determined that the report was unfounded.

At about 2 p.m., the Storm King Engine Co. vessel returned to shore.

At about 2 p.m., the Storm King Engine Co. vessel returned to shore.

 

Dragon teams all win something

Samantha Fitzgerald (2) tries to steal the ball from an FDR player during the first half of an April 20 game. The Lady Dragons won 17-5.

Samantha Fitzgerald (2) tries to steal the ball from an FDR player during the first half of an April 20 game. The Lady Dragons won 17-5.

Girls win first five lacrosse matches

Playing almost every day last week, the Lady Dragons showed that their opening day win was an omen of good things to come.

Cornwall defeated NFA 14-2, FDR 17-5, O’Neill 13-5 and Washingtonville 14-5. The Lady Dragons have mounted a balanced attack, with four different players contributing 10 or more goals.

In the closing seconds of the FDR match, an opposing player broke free and fired a close-range shot at the net, which goalkeeper Jess Gurrieri fielded cleanly to end the game.

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One big difference in this year’s Sunrise Service

Rev. Tricia Calahan delivered the message at the Easter Sunrise Service at Ring’s Pond. The morning was unseasonably warm.

Rev. Tricia Calahan delivered the message at the Easter Sunrise Service at Ring’s Pond. The morning was unseasonably warm.

With one exception, the Easter morning rites at Ring’s Pond were like the Sunrise Services in the past. The same clergy officiated. The same musicians accompanied the hymns on their guitars. And, as usual, a pink stuffed bunny was perched at their feet.

Many of the worshipers were regulars. They arrived early because there was daylight before the service started at 6:30 a.m. (which is what happens when Easter lands in mid-April instead of late March).

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Teacher of the Year caught by surprise

File photo CELEBRITIES: Teacher of the Year Lori O’Neill is shown in 2011 with Christian Lopez, who became famous after he returned Derek Jeter’s home run ball.

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CELEBRITIES: Teacher of the Year Lori O’Neill is shown in 2011 with Christian Lopez, who became famous after he returned Derek Jeter’s home run ball.

When the president of the Teachers Association came to see her, Miss O’Neill assumed that he wanted to talk about one of her ballplayers. Maybe someone needed encouragement to do better in the classroom. But that wasn’t the case.

The visitor, Danny Zayas, kept mentioning the Teacher of the Year Award. The coach listened politely, but didn’t make the connection — even when Mr. Zayas told her that she had been nominated.

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Fighting a losing battle???

Six years after he wrote about the lumberyard on Mill Street, Jason Kaplan returned to Doug Spaulding’s property to witness the ongoing battle with erosion. Here are some of the pictures he took. The full story (including a report on what the county is doing) appears in this week’s issue.

 

The Moodna turns sharply at the foot of the lumberyard property

The Moodna turns sharply at the foot of the lumberyard property

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