This week’s issue – March 17, 2017

Photo by Ken Cashman

Photo by Ken Cashman

Speed box helps cops track violators

A month and a half ago, the Town of Cornwall Police Department installed its new speed box, purchased with money donated by the Chamber of Commerce from money raised through its end-of-summer car show. At first glance, it appears the box only alerts motorists to how fast (or slow) they’re driving, but it’s capable of storing other data, explained Chief Todd Hazard. The device records how many vehicles pass, breaking the number down to 30 minute increments. It tracks the busiest times of day for traffic, as well as the number of vehicles driving “x” miles per hour over the speed limit. Page 1

KJ applies for permit for second well

On Jan. 11, Kiryas Joel applied to the DEC for permission to operate a second well on its Route 32 property in Mountainville. If approved, the new well would serve as a backup and would not add to the amount of water drawn at the site. The DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) has established a daily limit of 612,000 gallons.

Before Kiryas Joel can proceed with its plans, however, it will have to conduct an environmental review and satisfy five other requirements that were outlined in a March 6 letter from the DEC. In the letter, the DEC approved Kiryas Joel’s request to serve as lead agency for the review. Page 1

Musicians’ exit helps school budget

Go to a school concert next year, and you may have trouble recognizing the directors. Four of them are due to retire in June. It’s customary to hear about retirements at this time of year (although it’s unusual to have four from the same discipline). Departures impact the budget because retirees are normally replaced by newcomers with lower salaries.

Harvey Sotland provided an update on the budget at the Board of Education’s March 13 work session. He said it’s too soon to make decisions, because he’s waiting for information in three key areas. Page 1

Trustees consider well monitoring

The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees is currently reviewing two proposals to monitor the effect of the Kiryas Joel wells once they start drawing water sometime this spring. Deputy Mayor Mark Edsall said he favored the proposal recommending the installation of a monitoring well on the adjoining property. Edsall said opponents of the well have already tried to prove a correlation between stream level and well drawdown, but efforts have proven unsuccessful. Page 3

Reeds, happiness and news bites

Black Rock Forest is looking for volunteers to help remove an invasive species on April 8. RECAP is hosting a Day of Happiness at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh on March 20. The Town’s pools need repairs. The big pool has a crack, and the wading pool needs a new fiberglass liner. The Greater Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its summer concerts plus the car show and Fall Festival. Page 4

Winter is over – for sports that is

The girls basketball team lost in the final minutes of a state tournament game with Vestal. Jillian Dorego was 21st in the weight throw in a national track and field meet. The St. Thomas CYO Fourth-Graders lost by a point to a Fishkill basketball team in a battle of county champions. Next week there are two big events in the high school gym – Harlem Wizards basketball on March 21 and the annual dodge ball tournament on March 23. Page 6

Library talk will help college applicants

The college admissions and financial aid process can be daunting, but Elizabeth Levine can help alleviate any associated stress. Levine, a college admissions counselor, will be holding an information night at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the Cornwall Public Library’s community room.

Four years ago, Levine left the corporate world to start her own business. After helping her three children choose a college, she began looking into counseling as a career. Page 7

Planner will look at Veterans Cemetery

Orange County is hoping to enhance the appearance of its Veterans Memorial Cemetery and possibly expand it. The current capacity is 3,000 graves.

The county opened the cemetery on Craigville Road in Goshen in June 2000. In recent months, a committee has been considering improvements. On March 1, the group engaged KC Engineering and Land Surveying — a Circleville company with experience in cemetery planning. KC will be looking at the layout with an eye to adding plantings and creating uniformity. Page 10

Art you can hold in your hand is grand

The audience at the Hudson Valley Gallery (in Cornwall-on-Hudson) was divided on Feb. 26. A few people had already created downsized art — painting pictures on a one-inch by two-inch canvass. Others were probably convinced that they could never work that small. Paul Gould, who has been hosting the series, had a way of changing their minds. He took a card with a one-by-two inch window and held it over a large work of art to show how much detail could be included in a small area. Page 14

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