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AMENIA — Just over a year since beginning as director of the Amenia Free Library, Erika Palombo resigned, making her last day Wednesday, Aug. 7. The move came following her decision to continue her career at another library.

Stepping forward to fill the shoes of longtime Amenia Free Library Director Miriam Devine, Palombo first accepted the responsibilities of the library director position in March, 2018. Among the goals she set for herself when hired, Palombo said she wanted to introduce programming for all ages that focused on the fields of science, technology, engineering...

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Police chase ends in Dover

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DOVER — What started as a burglary in Connecticut ended with a two-state car chase, a car accident and the apprehension of 21-year-old New Milford resident Michael Moniz on several misdemeanor charges.
Early on Monday, Dec. 19, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Connecticut State Police regarding the pursuit of a burglary suspect that ended near the New York border. The Connecticut State Police gave the Sheriff’s Office a description of the suspect and the vehicle in case the suspect had crossed state lines.

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Marrying the fields of art and science

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AMENIA — The Kildonan School hosted its third annual Art and Science Expo on Friday, Dec. 16, to give the students the opportunity to display some of the work they have done during the first half of the school year.
Academic Dean Bob Lane said the interdisciplinary projects allowed students to study science through hands-on learning experiences while also using their strengths in the visual arts.
He explained that the expo gave the students the chance to polish their public speaking skills and practice thinking on their feet while talking about a topic that interests them.

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Town Board closes 2011

AMENIA — On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Amenia Town Board held its last meeting of the year. It was the final Town Board meeting that Wayne Euvrard presided over as town supervisor, as he did not run for re-election.
During the organizational meeting that will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, Supervisor-elect Bill Flood will assume the position.
Euvrard is not the only one who will be leaving. Town Councilman Norm Cayea will be leaving his seat; he did not win in the November elections. Instead, newcomer C.J. Hoss will be replacing him.

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Amenia boards approve cell tower permit renewals

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AMENIA — During a special joint meeting of the Amenia Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) held on Thursday, Dec. 15, the boards voted to adopt resolutions to renew the site plan, special use permit and height variance for the Sprint/Nextel cell tower on DeLavergne Hill.
The Planning Board’s resolution deals with the site plan, and the ZBA’s resolution deals with the special use permit and height variance.

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A heartfelt tree lighting

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AMENIA — The first lighting of the two evergreens outside Amenia Town Hall occurred shortly after sundown on Saturday, Dec. 17.
Townspeople and members of the town government gathered outside Town Hall to sing carols and eat holiday treats before the 6,600 lights were lit during a special ceremony.
The two trees were originally planted in the early 1990s in honor of Krista Proper, 8, and Melissa Proper, 6, two local girls who died in a tragic car accident on Bog Hollow Road in 1990.

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46-year-old Dover man re-enlists to serve country

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DOVER — Thanksgiving is Michael Jaouen’s favorite holiday, but this year, it had added significance for him and his family: it was the last day he got to spend with them before heading to Texas for an Army training boot camp.
Jaouen will spend a month in Texas before leaving for a year-long tour in Afghanistan on the day after Christmas.
“As I get older, I really appreciate Thanksgiving,” he said, explaining that the holiday honors family and togetherness and is not commercialized in the way other holidays are. “It means so much more to me.”

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Town wins $195,000 through Main Street Grant

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AMENIA — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday, Dec. 8, that Amenia was one of the communities to receive a part of the $785 million in Economic Development Funding through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
The town of Amenia received $195,000. The Mid-Hudson region received a total of $67 million, which was divided among 67 projects, including Amenia’s grant.
The grant requires a 25 percent match on the funds received.

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Wassaic woman arrested for felony drug possession

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DOVER — Forty bags of crack cocaine were discovered in an apartment on Mill Street in Dover when the Dutchess County Drug Task Force executed a no-knock search warrant at approximately 5 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Narcotics packaging materials, approximately $1,000 in cash and an unknown quantity of heroin and Vicodin were also found on location and seized.
The raid resulted in two arrests: Kevin Madisson, 27, of the Bronx; and Crystal McNeil, 20, of Wassaic.

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Winter waltz

AMENIA — A free dance group performed a recital on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Webutuck High School. Students in grades two through eight participated in the sixth annual free 10-week class to learn traditional dances such as the waltz, rumba, foxtrot, hustle and pasodoble. The youngest students also performed ballet. The program was made possible by several grants received through the state, county and town of Amenia. County Executive elect Marcus Molinaro and County Legislator Michael Kelsey attended the performance, along with families and friends of all the dancers.

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Amenia celebrates the holidays with Santa

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AMENIA — The town of Amenia was humming with holiday excitement on Sunday, Dec. 4, during the town’s 18th annual Holiday of Lights celebration.
In the afternoon, children and families flocked to the Amenia Free Library to visit with Santa Claus and get their picture taken with him. The children also received a free book and a candy cane. While waiting in line, everyone chatted cheerfully, munched on homemade baked goods and sipped hot, fresh cinnamon apple cider.

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