Hospital to offer open access primary care

 

After this morning's press conference, hospital CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk answers questions from Mike Randall of the Times Herald-Record.

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.”

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Kiryas Joel wins court case

The State of New York Supreme Court Appellate Division has ruled that Kiryas Joel can draw water from its well on Route 32 in Mountainville.

The use of the well had been blocked by an injunction while the court considered an appeal from Kiryas Joel’s neighbors. In a 10-page document, the court rejected the appeal today.

As a result, Kiryas Joel will be permitted to draw up to 612,000 gallons a day from the site.

Cornwall holds 30th Fun Run

DSCF5461DSCF5462DSCF5465DSCF5495The Fun Run for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade has become a Columbus Day tradition. This year’s event survived an occasional drizzle and a dire forecast. The results appear on Page 6A of this week’s edition of the Cornwall Local. Here’s what the event looked like. Most of the kids you see were winners in their age groups. DSCF5466DSCF5467DSCF5470DSCF5475DSCF5479DSCF5483DSCF5486DSCF5489DSCF5492

 

 

Traffic jams for the sake of art

The second car is doing the filming on southbound 9W opposite the former site of Leary Chevrolet.

The second car is doing the filming on southbound 9W opposite the former site of Leary Chevrolet.

It wasn’t an accident that tied up 9W today. It was a man hunt — actually, a simulated man hunt for a Show Time mini-series entitled “Escape at Dannemora.”

The production company was shooting a jeep driving south. It sounds simple, but there were several practice runs before the actual shooting. Police stopped traffic during each practice run.

The company paid the police and paid the Town for the right to shoot in Cornwall. The filming was done here, because the leaves have turned upstate, where the escape actually took place.DSCF5404Motorists wait around noon on Thursday while the scene is in progress.

 

Color run and playground fun

Mr. McGuire assembles the runners on the middle school track.

Mr. McGuire assembles the runners on the middle school track.

The people responsible for a profitable night of fun.

The people responsible for a profitable night of fun.

While waiting for the ribbon cutting, kids keep busy in the playground

While waiting for the ribbon cutting, kids keep busy in the playground

With students chanting "cut the ribbon," Principal Megan Argenio grants their wish.

With students chanting “cut the ribbon,” Principal Megan Argenio grants their wish.

Lee Road School celebrated the completion of Phase I of its playground project with a Friday night Color Run. The event was also a fund raiser for the start of Phase II.

About 200 people participated. They warmed up with Physical Education Teacher Chris McGuire. At a signal, they showered one another with colored powder, and then circled the track, ran up the hill to the school, and then returned to the starting point. Along the way, they got another dose of colored powder from adult volunteers who bombarded everyone who passed them.

When the run was over, kids ate cupcakes and ices in front of the school and then cheered for Principal Megan Argenio as she snipped the ceremonial ribbon. “Do you love your new playground?” she asked. And the kids shouted “Yes.” What else would they say!

Chris McGuire lets a student count cadence for the next exercise.

Chris McGuire lets a student count cadence for the next exercise.

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Van pulls down Main Street lines

Commuting on Main Street got a little tougher this morning as an Atlas Moving Van pulled down the phone and cable lines near Smitchger’s Realty. The mishap occurred shortly after 8 a.m.

Motorists were able to detour around the site by turning onto Torrey Lane or Union Street. Residents did not lose power, but the police officers on the scene (Marcus Orellano and Mike Thompson) could not predict when the other service would be restored.

The van pulled down phone and cable lines on Main Street shortly after 8 a.m.

The van pulled down phone and cable lines on Main Street shortly after 8 a.m.

Motorists were detoured off of Main Street between Torrey Lane and Union Street.

Motorists were detoured off of Main Street between Torrey Lane and Union Street.

Local student is most valuable debater

Contributed photo Pierce Pramuka holds up the  Most Valuable Debater plaque and the certificate he received after a week at Cornell University.

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Pierce Pramuka holds up the Most Valuable Debater plaque and the certificate he received after a week at Cornell University.

Picture this! You’re 15 years old and you’re spending a week at Cornell University with students from around the world. Each day, after listening to a lecture, you’re given a proposition and told whether you will argue for or against it. Your speech must be five minutes long. If it’s shorter or longer, your team loses points.

It sounds intimidating, but Pierce Pramuka handled the pressure successfully. At the end of the week, he received a plaque as the program’s Most Valuable Debater.

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American Legion members salute dying veteran

Contributed photo American Legion members Jim Kline, Tom Quinlan and Hector Torres visited a World War II veteran on behalf of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

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American Legion members Jim Kline, Tom Quinlan and Hector Torres visited a World War II veteran on behalf of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties was looking for a few veterans to render a final salute to patients who had served in the military.

In her search for volunteers, the marketing director called Cornwall’s Town Hall and was referred to Jim Kline, a former Marine and an active member of American Legion Post 353.

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