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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board approved various resolutions for a number of municipal projects at a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Learning that the emergency generator at Amenia Town Hall requires electrical work to be completed by a licensed electrician, the board awarded the contract to CDE Electric at a cost not to exceed $61,400.

The board discussed the New York State Department of Transportation’s (DOT) web-based civil rights reporting system, Equitable Business Opportunities (EBO), designed to streamline and reduce work required by construction and...

Amenia

Troubles at the library

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AMENIA — The Amenia Free Library will be closed for heavy maintenence work from Monday, Oct. 31, to Friday, Nov. 4. The library is scheduled to re-open on Saturday, Nov. 5.
The library has also been forced to cancel its book sale, which was scheduled to continue until Saturday, Oct. 29.
Library Director Miriam Devine said she is sad about the cancellation of the book sale. “It’s a loss for the library, really,” she said.
Devine explained that the book sale would have generated greatly needed funds to take care of several unexpected emergencies at the library.

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Fundraiser rocks the house

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WASSAIC — Gridley Chapel, built in the heart of Wassaic in 1873, has received a facelift this summer.
A dedicated team of fundraisers have been working to collect money to pay for renovations to the building, including wood replacement, exterior painting, repairing the steps and the removal of bushes sitting too close to the building.
“The ladies have done a fantastic job raising money,” said Pastor Tom Marshall, noting that the fundraising has been going on for roughly a year-and-a-half.

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Planning Board discusses local projects

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AMENIA — The Amenia Planning Board held a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6, to discuss the Roxbury projects and the timber harvest projects occurring in the town.
During the meeting, Planning Board Chair Bill Flood announced that Kippy Weigelt, the owner of the Roxbury Sand and Gravel, has withdrawn both applications put before the board.

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Amenia submits grant application and quashes rumors

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AMENIA — On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Amenia Town Board held a special meeting to approve its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application, which is requesting $130,000 for reconstruction of a section of Tower Hill Road, a dirt road located in the southern part of Amenia.
No paving on Tower Hill is included in the grant application, nor is any paving planned for that road for the foreseeable future, explained several Town Board members during the meeting.

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Yom Kippur, Temple Beth David

A day of atonement and community
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AMENIA — The congregation of Temple Beth David broke the fast of Yom Kippur on Saturday, Oct. 8, in their newly renovated community room.
Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish year. It follows the celebration of the new year, called Rosh Hashana (observed this year on Sept. 29).
Toby Raymond, vice president of the temple board, spoke about the history of Judaism in the Tri-state region during the service.

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Temple Beth David opens new community room

Jewish holidays celebrated
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AMENIA — Temple Beth David celebrated Yom Kippur on Saturday, Oct. 8. Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish religion.
The holiday features a day-long fast, which the members of the Beth David congregation broke in their newly renovated community room.
The temple celebrated the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, the last week of September.
Gwen Greene, the chairperson of the fundraising committee, said that the group raised more than $43,000 to re-do the room, which was well over their goal of $40,000.

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Restaurant trying to be legal

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AMENIA — Representatives for the owners of the building which most recently housed the DeLavergne Restaurant spoke to the Planning Board on Thursday, Sept. 29, regarding the history of the restaurant building and its previous businesses as they relate to the current situation regarding a special use permit that will allow the restaurant to operate in the residentially zoned area.

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Taking the tour

The Hudson River Valley Ramble held a historic walking tour in the hamlet of Wassaic on Saturday, Sept. 24. Proceeds from the event will benefit Gridley Chapel’s exterior painting and renovation project. Town Historian Arlene Iuliano and Janet Reagon led the tour; they spoke about the hamlet’s rich history, which includes playing an important role in the American Civil War.

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A call to peace rings out in Wassaic

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WASSAIC — Wassaic’s World Peace Prayer Society hosted its annual Peace Festival at the World Peace Sanctuary on Sunday, Sept. 25, to pray for gratitude and peace in celebration of the International Day of Peace holiday, which is held every year on Sept. 21.
The event included international music, dance performances, prayers for Japan’s recovery from the devastating March 11 tsunami and earthquake disaster and an interactive flag ceremony.

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Town board makes ruling on hotel reimbursements

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AMENIA — During the Town Board meeting held on Thursday, Sept. 8, the council members had a lengthy discussion regarding the 2011 budget and hotel reimbursements.
Amenia Town Clerk Dawn Marie Klingner put in a voucher for an educational conference she will be attending at the end of September for the sixth year. She said that the voucher was returned to her a few days later, unsigned, with a note saying that hotel expenses are no longer being covered.

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