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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Roll-over closes Route 9W southbound

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Route 9W southbound, just after Mountain Road, was closed for about 90 minutes while an accident was cleared earlier this morning. A vehicle rolled over shortly before 9 a.m. after the driver failed to negotiate a turn. The vehicle overturned and was wedged in a rock formation. One occupant was observed being extricated from the vehicle. He seemed alert as he was lifted on a stretcher. The driver was transported to Westchester Medical Center.

Plein Air Painting

Photo by Jason Kaplan Russ Astarb, of Salisbury Mills, has been Andrew Lattimore’s student for years. On Saturday he was adding details to a painting of the Town of Cornwall’s gazebo. During the Plein Air season, which begins the end of May and runs until it starts to get cold, Lattimore will invite his students to paint in the outdoors. One popular location is around Rings Pond.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Russ Astarb, of Salisbury Mills, has been Andrew Lattimore’s student for years. On Saturday he was adding details to a painting of the Town of Cornwall’s gazebo. During the Plein Air season, which begins the end of May and runs until it starts to get cold, Lattimore will invite his students to paint in the outdoors. One popular location is around Rings Pond.

Obituaries – September 22, 2017

Joseph S. Jenkins III

August 15, 1971 – September 12, 2017

formerly of Highland Falls

Joseph Stothart Jenkins III, age 46, of River Vale, NJ, passed away unexpectedly on September 12, 2017.

Joseph, son of Anta Chapoteau and Joseph S. Jenkins II, was born in Richmond, Va. and raised in Highland Falls.  Star pitcher of the James I. O’Neill High School Raiders, Joseph continued on to play baseball at South Carolina State University.  After working as a consultant at Morgan Stanley for several years, he moved on to a successful career as an IT director for Structure Tone, Inc. in New York City. He was a fierce Giants, Knicks, and Yankees fan.

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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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Abilities First opens first school in Orange County

Adrienne Miller converses with a student by trying to get him to open up about how he’s feeling. Abilities First School opened a temporary location in Cornwall-on-Hudson. A new facility will open in New Windsor next year.

Adrienne Miller converses with a student by trying to get him to open up about how he’s feeling. Abilities First School is using a temporary location in Cornwall-on-Hudson. A new facility will open in New Windsor next year.

On Sept. 6, Abilities First School opened its doors in Cornwall-on-Hudson. The school, which provides programs and services for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will temporarily occupy the former St. Thomas of Canterbury School while a more permanent facility is constructed in the old Devitt’s Medical Arts Building on Windsor Highway in New Windsor.

With locations in LaGrange and Red Hook, this will be the school’s first in Orange County. The impact is already being felt as some parents have moved their child to the new facility to keep them closer to home.

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Obituaries – September 15, 2017

Harold G. Beal, Jr.

February 3, 1929 – September 10, 2017

Spring Lake Heights, NJ

Colonel Harold G. Beal Jr of Spring Lake Heights, passed away Sun-day, Sept. 10.

Born in The Bronx on Feb. 3, 1929, Harold was a proud Army veteran with a 30-year military career which included serving as associate director of admissions and Reserve Affairs advisor from 1971-1978 at the U.S. Military Academy. While at West Point he also served as cross-country coach. He continued his affiliation with West Point in 1980 as academic dean of the USMA Prep School at Ft. Monmouth, where he also served as head cross-country coach. He was a resident of Highland Falls from 1978-1980.

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