Dave Andryshak (left) hands a wreath to Sgt. Major Van Wagner of the Minisink Valley Junior ROTC program. Mr. Andryshak is the superintendent of the Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, where volunteers decorated graves on Dec. 16 in observance of Wreaths Across America.
Dave Andryshak had a message for the crowd gathered around the monument at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery. He said there are two deaths. The first occurs when we breathe for the final time. The second occurs when we are no longer remembered.
As the superintendent of the cemetery, Mr. Andryshak said his goal was to make sure that the “second death” never comes to the veterans who are buried there. Before handing out wreaths to the volunteers, he asked them to pause at each grave, read the name of the interred, and say it aloud.
Due to the annual Cornwall-on-Hudson “New Year’s Eve Ball Drop” the following roadways will be closed and/ or traffic detoured on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at approximately 11:15pm till Monday, January 01, 2018, at approximately 12:45am:
Hudson Street at Avenue A will be closed, eastbound traffic on Hudson Street will be detoured onto Avenue A.
Hudson Street at Maple Avenue will be closed, westbound traffic on Hudson Street will be detoured opposite Maple Avenue onto the school alleyway adjacent to Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School, through the Cornwall-on-Hudson Municipal Parking Lot and onto River Avenue.
Hudson Street at Duncan Avenue will be closed.
Hudson Street at Idlewilde Avenue will be closed, traffic heading eastbound on Idlewilde Avenue will be detoured onto Churchill Street.
Hudson Street at River Avenue will be closed, traffic heading southbound on River Avenue will be detoured onto the Cornwall-on-Hudson Municipal Parking Lot, through the Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School front circular school entrance driveway and onto Hudson Street.
Both officers from the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department and troopers from the New York State Police will be assisting with both traffic and security.
On behalf of the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department, “Happy New Year’s” to all!!
Prepared and Submitted by,
Chief Steven E. Dixon
The town of Cornwall Receiver of Taxes will begin accepting tax payments on Dec. 27 – the date of the warrant. Her office will be open from 8:30to 4:30 on the Dec. 27-29 . Full payment must be made, no partial payments can be accepted. On the town webpage, you can access tax bills and make a credit card payment beginning on Dec. 27.
International students at Storm King School gathered at lunchtime on Dec. 19 to talk about their nation’s holiday customs.
For a student from Indonesia, the Christmas season in America was overwhelming. “I wondered why everyone was so happy,” she admitted.
Storm King School has many students from other countries. At lunchtime on Dec. 19, they gathered in a conference room to share their holiday experiences.
A crash brought Broadway residents out of their home this morning. They thought it might be a hit-and-run accident, but as soon as they got outside, they could see what happened. A blue Kia had plowed into the back of a parked truck. The front end of the Kia was compacted, and the operator was still inside. Observers thought she might have lost consciousness while she was driving.
The Town Police, Cornwall Fire Department and COVAC responded to the call, and were able to get the driver out of the car. She managed to walk and get into the ambulance without assistance.
Police found Heather Ledford in Dutchess County this week, a few days after she had been added to the state’s Missing Persons Database.
The 27-year-old woman had been living with her boyfriend and children in Cornwall-on-Hudson until she left of her own accord on Nov. 24.
Her boyfriend filed a missing persons report, which led to the police finding Ms. Ledford in the City of Newburgh on Nov. 26. She was staying with a friend and appeared to be Ok. Since she had left home voluntarily, there was no reason for police to bring her back.
But after Nov. 26, her family never heard from her again, causing her father to contact the police on Dec. 7. Chief Steve Dixon initiated a second search, and informed us yesterday evening that Ms. Ledford had been found
Assistant Attorney General Gary Brown (left) listens as Assemblyman James Skoufis speaks to a class at Monroe-Woodbury High School on Nov. 28.
If Assistant Attorney General Gary Brown is a statewide elder abuse coordinator, what was he doing in a high school classroom on Nov. 28?
Mr. Brown told a room filled with Monroe-Woodbury juniors and seniors that scams affecting the elderly amounted to $1.5 billion in New York State in 2016. He said the scams are prevalent during the holidays, and the Attorney General’s Office is trying to help senior citizens by educating their grandchildren.
The Town Board will meet in the Town Hall Conference Room at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 to discuss paid family leave and Town Hall masonry.
After this morning’s press conference, hospital CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk answered questions from Mike Randall of the Times Herald-Record.
It’s called “open access primary care.” Patients can walk in the door or make an appointment with a doctor. The service will be available at the Cornwall Campus of the hospital in about a year.
Hospital CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk and Assemblyman James Skoufis broke the news at a press conference on the campus this morning. Mrs. Cusack-McGuirk said it would take a year to finalize the financial plans and implement the architectural design. Once that’s done, the primary care center will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
In the meantime, Burke Rehabilitation will be extending its medical center in the hospital building. “We’re very proud to become part of this vision,” Jeff Menkes of Burke remarked when it was his turn at the microphone.
A year ago, the hospital announced it was closing the emergency room in Cornwall. Mrs. Cusack-McGuirk alluded to that in her opening remarks. “This is a nicer day than last time,” she said.
The Assemblyman lauded the change that came about after almost nine months of meetings. He said that the Assembly Speaker had supported the move. “We’re changing the trajectory of the C0rnwall campus,” Mr. Skoufis remarked. “Today is a turning point.”
Town Board members and candidates were at the conference. Supervisor Richard Randazzo was among the first to speak when it was time for questions. “We should be optimistic,” he said. “Thank you on behalf of the community. This is a giant leap forward.”