This week’s issue – February 16, 2018

Photo by Ken Cashman Members of the Board of Trustees review maps, with Tom Palmer, outlining where Central Hudson will be installing new gas lines over the next two years.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Members of the Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees review maps, with Tom Palmer, outlining where Central Hudson will be installing new gas lines over the next two years.

Digging to start on newly paved roads

There are many coincidental oddities in the world – it will likely rain after you wash your car; celebrities die in threes; and water and gas pipes will need to be replaced after fresh pavement has been laid.

During Monday night’s work session, two representatives from Central Hudson presented projects for the next two years. One scheduled for this year will entail replacing gas lines under the upper half of the recently paved Duncan Avenue, as well as Hudson Street, First Street, and Derby Lane. Page 1A

Owner offers reward for stolen statue

Tony Scalise is offering a $200 reward for the return of Pepino — the statue that stood in front of Prima Pizza for 17 years.

Two men, who appeared to be in their 30s, took the statue before it was dark on Monday evening, Feb. 5. A surveillance camera captured the heist, but couldn’t get a clear picture of the thief because a planter was in the way.

On the same day, a pair of men (possibly the same ones) took the statue in front of Pizza Mia in New Windsor. The statue fell out of their van as they were driving away. Page 1A

Cornwall students escaping the flu

To date, the New York State Department of Health has reported 52,567 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza since the beginning of October. Of those cases, which includes New York City, 883 positive tests have come from Orange County.

As reported earlier this month, recent attendance rates in Cornwall schools are only two to three percent below the average for the school year. Perhaps the flu bug just hasn’t found its way into Cornwall. Or, perhaps, it’s the diligent efforts of the custodial staff which prevents the virus from spreading any further than its host. Page 1A

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Car crashes into storefront

This photo was taken a few minutes before the picture above it.

This photo was taken a few minutes before the picture below it.

When a driver accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake, her car careened into the front of Cornwall Wines and Spirits. The crash occurred at 8:40 this morning when the store was still closed.

Cornwall Wines and Spirits, 45 Quaker Avenue, a few minutes after the crash.

Cornwall Wines and Spirits, 45 Quaker Avenue, a few minutes after the crash.

Talking to aged parents

CORRECTION

J. Scott Teresi of Right at Home Hudson Valley will be at the Cornwall Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 30 to lead a program on discussing elder care issues with aged parents. His presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. The date of the program was listed incorrectly on page 2 of this week’s Local.

Grades 3 and 4 Science Expo

Third and fourth-graders from Cornwall-on-Hudson, Lee Road and Willow Avenue participated in a Science Expo at the middle school on Jan. 23. It was an evening event, with parents helping the kids set up their exhibits — which had been ready since before Jan. 4 when the original expo was snowed out.

Science coordinator Caryn Mante organized the event with help from several high school students who (among other things) interviewed the exhibitors. Here are a few sites we visited.

STAR WARS: Ben Sandler and Cash McClendon electrified a light saber.

STAR WARS: Ben Sandler and Cash McClendon electrified a light saber.

DARN THOSE KNOTS: Una Freeman used a doll to show how hair conditioner can help you get rid of tangles.

DARN THOSE KNOTS: Una Freeman used a doll to show how hair conditioner can help you get rid of tangles.

WORTH A SMILE: Kaylen Aubin and Haley Garulli proved that it's fun to make fog and bubbles from dry ice.

WORTH A SMILE: Kaylen Aubin and Haley Garulli proved that it’s fun to make fog and bubbles from dry ice.

DSCF6605ENGROSSED: Signy Johnson and her panda didn’t know we were taking their picture.

CREATIVE: Patricia King (foreground) made a science project out of a Christmas present.

CREATIVE: Patricia King (foreground) made a science project out of a Christmas present.

Top stories of the past

These are the top sports stories of the last 17 years.

2017: Homecoming Happiness: The Dragons scheduled NFA (the Class AA champion) for their homecoming football game, and then treated their fans to a thrilling 31-28 victory.  

2016: Year of the streak: Led by the tennis team (56 straight victories), several varsities compiled impressive winning streaks.

2015:  Bubblegum pink: Keeping a promise, Coach Dave Feuer dyed his hair bubblegum pink after his relay team won a state championship.

Marathon in Marlboro: Boys won section soccer crown after two overtimes and a shootout.

2014: Defining perfection: The tennis team defeated every opponent 7-0. The team played over 200 sets and won them all.

2013: Debut at the Top: In its first year of high school competition, the boys lacrosse team won the section championship.

2012 Baseball and McNally: The Dragons won the state Class A championship and Brian McNally signed with the Washington Redskins of the NFL.

2011 Wallkill Reversal: After three straight losses to Wallkill, the football team downed the Panthers 28-14 to regain the section title.

  1. Lo says “no” to keeping Derek Jeter’s historic home run ball and becomes an overnight celebrity. Christian Lopez was a 2006 Cornwall graduate.

2010 Aisling’s Triumph: The Cornwall runner won the national cross country championship by 150 yards.

2009: Quest to be Best: Aisling Cuffe won the state and northeastern championships on her way to the national finals.

2008: Show with Monroe: Over 2,000 fans circled the field to watch the Dragon football team open its season against the state finalists from Monroe-Woodbury.

2007: Six out of Six: In one weekend, six Cornwall teams competed for section championships and all six won.

2006: The March to the Dome. The varsity football team won 10 straight games to advance to the state finals in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

2005: The Day of the Dragon. Between Friday noon and Saturday night Cornwall teams won six section titles.

2004: Basketball Doubleheader. The boys and girls’ teams both defeated Wallkill to win section titles before a large crowd at West Point.

2003: Football Championship. Cornwall won its first football title in 25 years, clinching the Section 9 crown with a win at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.

2002: Post-Season Showdown. After the Cornwall and Kingston tennis teams were undefeated during the regular season, they scheduled a special match to see which team was better.

2001: A Trip to Staten Island. The Little League All Star Girls advanced to the state semifinals in Staten Island.

Crowd gathers at county’s salute to veterans

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 (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.

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New Year’s Eve road closures

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

Cornwall-on-Hudson PD

Early payment of taxes

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.

One-car accident on Broadway

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.

 

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