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WEBUTUCK — Through the creation of the Target District Committee, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) came closer to fulfilling its promise to address the low student performance rate detected at Webutuck Elementary School at the beginning of the year. Members of the committee gave a presentation at the BOE meeting on Monday, Aug. 12, with the intention of developing a plan for the Webutuck Central School District to follow to meet the -areas of need as identified by the state through its Target District Designation.

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Amenia

Sharing stories and time

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AMENIA — The Amenia Library hosts a free play group for children and parents on most Thursdays at the Beth David Synagogue Community Room from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Each week includes story time with related play, including music, art and hands-on, process-based projects, said organizer Lesley Gyorsok, the children’s activities director at the Amenia Library.

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Cell tower complaints loud and clear

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AMENIA — The Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) held a joint meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1, for the public hearing regarding the application to renew the site plan, special use permit and height variance for the cell tower located on DeLavergne Hill leased by Sprint/Nextel.

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Amenia vet receives medals 66 years after WWII ends

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AMENIA — During the Dutchess County Division of Veterans’ Affairs’ sixth Annual Dutchess County Veterans Appreciation Day ceremony, held at the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park on Saturday, Nov. 5, Amenia resident Arthur Walsh was awarded six medals for his military service in World War II.
New York State Senator Charles Schumer also issued a proclamation to “recognize and offer my most sincere gratitude and congratulations to ... Walsh on his distinction and for his dedication and commitment to New York, his country and fellow veterans.”

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Deck the town

Amenia’s Enhancement Committee and a group of volunteers decked the streets of Amenia and Wassaic with holiday cheer in preparation for the Festival of Lights that will take place in the town and hamlet on Sunday, Dec. 4. Those who participated said the final outcome is always worth the effort they put into the annual workday. Above, Enhancement Committee and Town Board member Vicki Doyle was part of the decorating crew.

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Behavior problems down, work continues on performance

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WEBUTUCK — At the beginning of the school year, the Webutuck Central School District announced its goal of becoming the highest performing district in the county.
To accomplish that lofty goal, the district has been implementing new programs and improving existing ones to mold the district’s education system into one that produces solid students.
The high school and the elementary school have made presentations to the school board regarding these programs. The middle school is scheduled to give a similar presentation during a later Board of Education meeting.

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Tinsel town

The town of Amenia was decorated for the holidays thanks to the efforts of the Enhancement Committee and a group of volunteers on Saturday, Nov. 26, also known as Decorating Day — an annual affair. The volunteers worked together to erect dozens of trees, both big and small, in the heart of Amenia and Wassaic. Above, Kristen Lazarus stood atop a ladder decorating a lamp post, while Erica Doyle provided additional assistance, supplying the all-important tinsel. By the time the pair was finished, the lights lining the streets of Amenia were dressed up and ready for the holidays.

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Grandparents lunch at elementary school

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WEBUTUCK — As a way of helping bridge the gap between generations, Webutuck Elementary School invited grandparents and special guests to visit the school and have lunch with the students on Grandparents Day, Thursday, Nov. 17.
Roughly 500 grandparents and special guests joined the students for a meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and other Thanksgiving-themed dishes.
Webutuck Elementary School Principal Katy McEnroe said the school has been holding this event for a very long time — so long, that no one seems to remember just how long.

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Town deals with municipal matters

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AMENIA — During the Thursday, Nov. 17, Amenia Town Board meeting, the 2012 budget and Local Law No. 4 were passed and two constables were hired.
2012 Budget
The 2012 town budget was unanimously adopted by the present board members.
No comments or concerns were expressed during the public hearing for the budget, which was held on Thursday, Nov. 10.
The total budget is $3,776,616, and the amount to be raised is $1,825,382. This will keep the tax levy well under the 2 percent cap.

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Taconic DDSO in Wassaic will close by 2013

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WASSAIC — On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) announced that it will be closing the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO) in Wassaic by December 2013.
It was not specified whether the closure would happen in phases or all at once.
Other developmental centers throughout New York state are also set for closure, including facilities in Binghamton, Brooklyn and Queens.

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Veterans Day touches many

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AMENIA — With great appreciation and goodwill, the people of Amenia attended a ceremony at Fountain Square, to thank local veterans for their service and their valor, an annual tradition the town sponsors on Veterans Day, which falls on the 11th day of the 11th month each year. This year the holiday came on Friday, Nov. 11; the ceremony began at 11 a.m., as did numerous events across the Harlem Valley and throughout the nation.

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