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AMENIA — Taking into account the different steps, strategies and setbacks involved with property redevelopment, the Tri-Town Coalition continued its discussion on identifying opportunities for affordable housing with local residents and Hudson River Housing on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The meeting at Amenia Town Hall welcomed around 18 attendees from the three towns represented by the coalition: Millerton/North East, Pine Plains and Amenia, as well as other neighboring towns in Dutchess and Columbia Counties.

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Breakfast bounty

Just before they left for winter break, students and faculty members at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School embraced the holiday spirit at their annual holiday breakfast on Friday, Dec. 21. Students spent the morning mingling over a hot breakfast and enjoying each other’s company before the end of 2018. From left, students Kaylee Wheeler, Alexis Lovett, Angela Carrera, Adrianna Dean, Zachary Hood and Aaliyah Pfersick rang in the start of the holiday season with teacher Deanna Ambrosino.

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Holiday festivities at Webutuck

Webutuck Elementary School students kicked off the start of their holiday vacation by taking part in the Webutuck Teachers’ Association’s annual Holiday Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 21. Coinciding with the school’s Pajama Day, students and faculty members gathered in the cafeteria at 8:20 a.m. to enjoy a delicious holiday breakfast in their pajamas. Along with singing a medley of holiday songs and watching holiday movies, the children delighted in a visit from Santa, who was assisted by Webutuck High School teacher Kevin Kleespies.

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A jovial breakfast

Webutuck High School students and staff members gathered to celebrate the holiday season with the annual Holiday Breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 20. Students helped serve breakfast to hungry attendees — both students and staff — in the high school cafeteria and took the opportunity to mingle before their holiday vacation began. Right, Katherine Nethercott, Mackenzie Dunlavey and Vianey Diaz celebrated the holiday season over breakfast in the Webutuck High School cafeteria.

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A musical meal

On top of savoring a tasty meal, guests at Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room in Amenia were treated to a performance by tenor Christopher Macchio during a special event held on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The restaurant played host to more than 80 guests who came out to feast on an Italian dinner. Macchio captivated his audience with his renditions of Connie Francis’ “Mama” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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Fa-la-la

The Webutuck High School auditorium resonated with student talent just in time for the holidays as the High School Band and Chorus presented their annual winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 12. With Jay Bradley directing the band and Eric Wiener directing the chorus, the students performed for their friends and families. The chorus concluded the performance with a lively rendition of “Jingle Bells,” complete with student soloists and the audience joining in.

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A noteworthy November

Eugene Brooks Intermediate School Principal Erik Lynch, center, congratulated, from left, seventh-graders Mariah Lattrell and Riley Thirwall as Students of the Month at the Webutuck Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 19 at the Webutuck High School library in Amenia.

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Holiday house

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Amenia noise law raises concerns from residents about its scope

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board fielded a variety of questions concerning a new noise law at a public hearing held on Thursday, Dec. 6. That hearing continued the next week, on Thursday, Dec. 13.
All board members were in attendance on the 6th, as well as a handful of local residents and Charles Gottlieb, an attorney from Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP who is overseeing the creation and implementation of the noise ordinance.

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Parade of Lights and tree lighting bring holiday cheer

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AMENIA — With the holiday spirit appearing on every corner, the town of Amenia and hamlet of Wassaic rang in the holidays with the town’s annual Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 7, and the hamlet’s annual tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 8.
On parade night, families shivered against the chilly night as they waited for the annual spectacle to begin. Meanwhile, police officers directed evening traffic through town, setting up orange cones to mark the route.

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Elf off the shelf

Amenia Town Hall was the center of holiday entertainment last weekend when the Amenia Free Performing Arts students presented “Elf the Musical Jr.” With musical direction and choreography by Heather Holohan-Guarnieri, the show was performed in the Amenia Town Hall auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 8, and on Sunday, Dec. 9. Dressed from head to toe as Buddy the elf, Chase Sukow, in front, prepped backstage with, from left, Augusta Smith, Gabby Titone, Riley Mahaffey and Sonia Kowalczyk.

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