Photo by Jason Kaplan
Village campers Ethan Greenblatt, Landon Lavallee, and Noah Chyla palaver while eating lunch.
Nearly 240 children attended summer camp in the town and village this year. Unfortunately, their season of fun came to an end this week.
Both camps featured a number of trips including visits to Splashdown, Tarsio Lanes, and the firemen’s fair. It remained cloudy, but warm, when the town campers went to Splashdown, but the village campers had a little bit of help getting wet from Mother Nature – it rained half the day.
The crosswalk in front of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School is not wheelchair accessible. The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees is considering spending around $18,000 to make the crosswalk is ADA compliant.
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ADA compliance. Superintendent of Public Works David Halvorsen said he received one quote, in the amount of $18,000, to make the sidewalks in front of the fire house and Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School ADA compliant. Cuts need to be made into the sidewalk to provide wheelchair access to the cross walk. The school district has already created a ramp to access the school grounds. Halvorsen said the problem is the contractor would need to be registered with the state Department of Transportation, and because Hudson Street is a state road, flaggers and an engineer would need to be present until the work is completed. Halvorsen is also hearing because it’s a small job, it isn’t really profitable. Trustee David Carnright asked if grant money is available since the project would benefit the school district. Mayor Brendan Coyne said he’d reach out to Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis. Coyne said he’d like to see the project completed before the school year begins.
Max Loskutnikov and Dino Alexander have developed an all-natural alternative to bug repellent containing chemicals. The repellent comes in a spray and lotion and is effective in warding off ticks and mosquitos.
Max Loskutnikov and Dino Alexander have lived on Duncan Avenue in Cornwall-on-Hudson for two years. They enjoy hiking Mount Beacon and Storm King Mountain, as well spending time at Donahue Memorial Park with their two dogs Jack and Vicka. What they don’t like is having to apply bug repellent containing chemicals, so they decided to create and market an all-natural alternative.
“I have allergies to most of them,” Loskutnikov said. “You have to apply a lot in order for them to work. We were looking for something with fewer chemicals and safer to use. We started researching and found the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
It was too wet to use a microphone, so guests moved up front, and mingled with volunteers in uniform, so they could hear.
Since World War I, Orange County has lost 832 residents in battle. But we remember more than numbers on Memorial Day. We remember the stories.
This year’s observance was held in the rain. It was too wet to use a microphone. So American Legion Commander Peter Kurpeawski asked the crowd to gather around him — rather than stand across the street behind the rows of firefighters.
And in spite of the weather, there was a crowd. Judy Rothman and Tom Quinlan shared an umbrella as they received medals and plaques from the legion commander. Mrs. Rothman was a Red Cross volunteer in the combat zone during the Vietnam War. Mr. Quinlan has been a legion member for 42 years, and has served as both a post and a county commander.
Brendan Coyne was sworn in as mayor during Monday night’s reorgaization meeting. He is starting his fourth term.
Cornwall-on-Hudson residents searching for something new in the 2017-18 fiscal year might take interest in the new schedule of fees adopted at the reorganization meeting Monday night.
The meeting kicked off with the swearing in of Mayor Brendan Coyne (starting his fourth term), and Trustees Mark Edsall (10th term) and David Carnright (third term). Coyne then appointed Edsall as his deputy mayor, a title he’s held for six years.
The focus of the New Year’s Eve ball drop is four feet in diameter and studded with LED bulbs. It will descend from a device on top of the Old Storm King Theatre Building.
Brendan Coyne is happiest when he’s singing. So the Cornwall-on-Hudson mayor should be in good spirits on New Year’s Eve. He’s due to lead the crowd in singing “Auld Lang Syne” at one minute after midnight.
The music will start an hour before that with a DJ playing contemporary dance tunes from the top of the old Storm King Theatre Building — which is now home to The Trestle and Mountain Valley Guides.
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Cornwall resident Kara Dorsey was responsible for encouraging Mayor Brendan Coyne and the Board of Trustees to install a pathway to the riverfront gazebo.
Long since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals have been advocating for the rights of those with disabilities. One such battle which has been gaining steam in the Hudson Valley is for all to have the ability to enjoy nature.
Black Rock Forest Consortium recently unveiled a new path, opening the forest to individuals with disabilities, children in strollers, and senior citizens. Last year, the gazebo at Donahue Memorial Park in Cornwall-on-Hudson became more accessible.
Five years ago Kara Dorsey, who has had to use a wheelchair for 26 years as a result of a car accident, wanted to visit the riverfront park with her husband and service dog. It was a beautiful day and the couple was prepared to have lunch along the water. Dorsey’s excitement quickly changed to frustration when she saw the steps required to enter the gazebo.
“I was shocked to see there were two or three steps to get to the gazebo,” Dorsey, a Cornwall resident, said. “It could have easily been made accessible from the beginning.”
As Central Hudson moves lines to a new pole cuts the old, other companies have not been quick to move their utility lines.
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Bond. It’s been 10 years since the Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees has had to take out a Bond Anticipation Note to cover the cost of a project. However, during a special meeting on Tuesday, the board approved a bond resolution not to exceed $350,000 to complete the Black Rock Water Treatment Plant clearwell rehabilitation project. The initial estimate for the project was between $120-150,000 and it was believed the work could be completed out of the operating budget for the Water Department. After bidding the project three times, the lowest bid came in at $251,000. The village has already realized $23,000 in change orders and about $70,000 in engineering bills to date. When the project began, the extent of the damage to the water tank was unknown. The project needed to be completed because it’s anticipated the New York City Aqueduct will be shut down for an extended period of time.
Tax cap. The board approved a resolution to set a public hearing on Dec. 19, at 7:02 p.m. As it has since inception, the board will seek the ability to exceed the tax cap when preparing the 2017-18 budget.
No sooner had the Town of Cornwall paved Tamara Lane, then the Cornwall-on-Hudson Water Department had to make repairs to a water main. Water Superintendent Robert June believes a vibrating roller caused the rupture.
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Grant money. During Monday night’s work session of the Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees, Mayor Brendan Coyne announced Storm King Engine Company had received two grants worth $190,000 in total. Senator Bill Larkin secured $125,000 while Assemblyman James Skoufis chipped in another $65,000 to the fire company. The money will be used to make repairs and updates to the building. Possibilities include a new exhaust ventilation system for the apparatus bay, as well as finding a way to stop the flooding in the basement.
Police Chief Steven Dixon reported receiving a $2,385 traffic grant, from the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. He also applied for a grant for two patrol rifles from the National Rifle Association.
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Ilaria Bergonzi (left) and Alayna Kane kept time to the music and kept spectators entertained on a Sunday night.
The youngest members of the audience put on their own show on Sunday evening, Aug. 7. Ilaria Bergonzi and Alayna Kane couldn’t reach double digits if they added their ages together. But that didn’t stop them from dancing at the Music in the Park Concert in front of Town Hall.
Ilaria, the smaller of the two, moved up and down in time to the music. Alayna swayed from side to side. The youngsters enjoyed themselves without noticing the spectators who were watching them — a group that included Supervisor Richard Randazzo and Deputy Supervisor Helen Bunt.
The guitar and percussion team of Teatum and Battiato provided the music for a crowd of 115 people, who escaped the heat of the evening by placing their lawn chairs in the shade. As a result, there was a stretch of open field between the musicians and the fans. Ilaria and Alayna were in front, where most everyone could see them.
On previous nights, there have been other attractions. “We’ve had a couple of really good sunsets,” Stacey Lyle observed on the morning after the tots’ performance. As the secretary of the Greater Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, she’s been at every event.