Photo by Ken Cashman
Close to 300 people came to Donahue Memorial Park to see “E.T.” on July 15. Many of them claimed their spots more than an hour before the show started.
Movie-on-the-Hudson a hit
The first time Cold Spring showed a movie in its riverside park, less than 100 people attended. Cornwall-on-Hudson had better success, attracting 250 to 300 people to view “E.T.” at Donahue Memorial Park. Former Mayor Ed Moulton spoke before the movie, providing a history of the park. A couple of local restaurants offered a picnic option on their menu. The movie committee provided concessions and the Taco Boat served its specialty. The next movie, on Aug. 26, will be “Goonies.” The committee will be meeting to discuss a possible third movie in September. Page 1
What are you doing Monday night?
When it was time for public comment on July 13, Bill Rolon ambled to the microphone in the front of the auditorium and addressed the school board. “I speak for the community,” he said with a smile. He wasn’t representing the community. He was the only member of the public to show up for the discussion of the facilities plan.
While the board members valued Mr. Rolon’s input, they were hoping to hear from more people. They have scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. on July 24 at the high school, and they are urging the public to attend. Page 1
Petting zoo comes to Firemen’s Fair
The Firemen’s Fair returns to the field behind Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School, July 26-29. This year’s carnival will offer a couple of new activities for visitors.
Get those hands ready for petting creatures big and small. This year’s fair will feature a small petting zoo. Storm King Engine Company Chief Jeff Armitage said the fair has featured a petting zoo in the past and the fire company tried to bring one back for several years, but either the bigger zoos cost too much money, or nothing was available. This year a reasonably priced vendor was found out of Dutchess County. Page 1
The Town Board will hold a special meeting in Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25. Topics at the meeting will include.
An audio visual permit
A request for quote for the sewage treatment plant
The appointment of a full-time police officer
And interviews of candidates for the Buildings and Grounds Department.
Tom Keller expects to receive his Eagle sometime this month. His project entailed constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and shelving unit for the Wildlife Education Center.
It might not be a deluxe apartment in New York City, but a few animals at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Wildlife Education Center are living in luxury after receiving an upgrade to their homes.
Tom Keller, a member of Cornwall’s Class of 2017, recently completed his Eagle project by constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and a shelving unit.
Keller explained his mother provides veterinary services to the animals at the museum, and having spent some time there he realized a need for new habitats.
After a car crashed into Woody’s on July 6, Deke Hazirjian (the restaurant owner) said the accident could have been much worse.
There were people seated by the window in the dining room. If the car had veered a few feet to the right, the customers could have been seriously injured. Or people could have been leaving the restaurant at the time the vehicle plowed into the front door.
The accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. when Jonathan Salgado was driving west on Quaker Avenue, with Woody’s on the passenger’s side of his 2007 Toyota. Police reported that Mr. Salgado attempted to make a wide right turn into the driveway. So he moved into the center lane (for left-hand turns) and then veered across the travel lane. As he did, he struck a 2003 Acura that was operated by Joseph DeMarco of Salisbury Mills.
The impact sent Mr. Salgado’s car into the front door, where it came to rest in the vestibule. The driver, a 28-year-old New Windsor resident, was taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries. He received traffic tickets for failure to yield right of way, failing to stay within the traffic lane, and disregarding a traffic control device.
The Cornwall Fire Department and the Town of Cornwall Building Inspector’s Office assisted the police. Woody’s Restaurant remains open, but customers and employees have to enter through the rear door.
A 2007 Toyota crashed into the front door of Woody’s at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Julia Samuelson and Sophia Cappa (Cinderella’s narrators and Maggie Kelly (Cinderella), rehearse a scene from “Into the Woods.” The performance is this Friday and Saturday.
A veteran cast will take the stage, this weekend, for Step it up Summer Stage’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” The musical also stars a young woman reprising a role she played 10 years ago.
Auditions were held on June 11, and the camp started with two weeks of rehearsals which began last Monday. The cast includes 30 local middle school through college-aged students. Only five members of the cast are newcomers.
Don Weise signs a copy of his book for Susanne Vondrak at the Cornwall Public Library on June 27.
The good thing about a circuit hike is when you’re finished you’re back where you started. You don’t have to turn around and retrace your steps or arrange for a ride back to your car.
There are dozens of good loop (or circuit) hikes in Harriman and Bear Mountain State Park. Don Weise has written a book about them that is now in its second edition. On June 27, Mr. Weise was a guest speaker at the Cornwall Public Library.
“What a great place you live in,” the author said as he greeted the guests. “There’s no place quite like where we are right here.” Mr. Weise wasn’t referring to shopping or transportation. He was talking about access to nature and scenic trails.
Cornwall’s three elementary schools said “good bye” to fourth-graders last week and wished them luck at the middle school. Lee Road and Willow Avenue held their moving up ceremonies on June 21. Cornwall-on-Hudson hosted its event on the following morning.
The COH fourth-graders sang “You Can Count on Me”
Ryleigh Gross and Judy Solórzano were among the students recognized at COH.
Three of the Martens Award winners at Lee Road School
An award winner receives congratulations from a classmate at Willow Avenue School.
At Willow Avenue School, students with perfect attendance led the Pledge of Allegiance
Don Weise, Director of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will present a book talk at Cornwall Public Library on June 27 at 6:30 p.m.
The talk will center on hikes around the Cornwall area — including Storm King, Black Rock, Harriman-Bear Mountain and across the river (Breakneck Ridge-Hudson Highlands State Park), etc.
There will be tips on finding, scouting, preparing for and leading summer hikes, including tailoring them to your group (e.g. kids, novice adults, adventurous types). He will touch on safety and “Leave No Trace” tips as well.