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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.

“More importantly, this plan is a comprehensive,...

Amenia

Letter sparks inquiry into salary for unpaid volunteer position

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A letter sent by former town board member Bill Carroll has sparked an inquiry into the salary for the chairperson of the Amenia Emergency Response team.
Carroll’s letter questions whether the position is supposed to be an unpaid volunteer position or an hourly paid position.
Carroll said in an interview that he has received responses from three town board members, but none of them have satisfactorily explained how the current situation came to be. He said that two board members admitted to being unaware of the situation before Carroll brought it to their attention.

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Candidate Profiles — Amenia 2011

Name: Janet M. Reagon
Age: 65
Town: Amenia
Years lived in town: 65
Occupation/background: Retired teacher of history, government and economics, Webutuck Central School
Marital status, children: Married, three children, eight grandchildren
Position running for, term length: Town supervisor, two-year term
Political party: Democratic

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Town Board clarifies capital project funds

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AMENIA — During a special budget meeting held on Thursday, Oct. 27, the Town Board met to discuss future capital projects.
Town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard explained in an interview that the town is not earmarking funds in the 2012 budget for capital projects like a new Highway Department building. Instead, he said, the board will wait until December of this year to see if there is any money left over in the current budget.
Most of the leftover money would come from bills that were lower than expected or bills not received by the town in this fiscal year.

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John P. Stefanopoulos killed in crash

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Correction
The Millerton News story on the fatal automobile accident that took the life of John P. Stefanopoulos, 22, of Amenia, included a photo that misidentified the victim. The photo which ran on The Millerton News front page on Nov. 3 was of another family member. The Millerton News deeply regrets its error, and sends profound apologies and condolences to both John and Paul Stefanopoulos, who are pictured in the photo, as well as the entire Stefanopoulos family.


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Amenia Candidates 2011

Name: Brad Rebillard
Age: 51
Town: Amenia
Years lived in town: 4
Occupation/background: Licensed Real Estate Broker and owner of Dutchess Country Realty, in Millerton.  Partner in Rebillard Public Relations in Amenia,
Marital status, children: Married to Jeanne Shufelt Rebillard. Two sons, Andrew and Adam.
Position running for, term length: Sole Assessor, six-year term.

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Food bank faces financial threat

AMENIA — The Food of Life Pantry maintains an organic garden with 52 raised beds in collaboration with the Sharon House Garden Project. This effort provides nutritious produce and food supplies to the hungry in eastern Dutchess County and the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. Discounted canned and dry goods, meats and juices are purchased at regional food warehouses and trucked to the pantry by volunteers.

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Maplebrook breaks ground for new dining hall

AMENIA — On Monday, Oct. 10, the Maplebrook School community came together for the groundbreaking of a new dining hall on the school campus.
Approximately 125 people consisting of board members, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends in the community were in attendance on Columbus Day to share in the celebration.
The program began with a welcome from senior Zachary Berger, followed by the invocation from Father Dan Sheehan, academic dean.

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Boards reconsider cell tower renewal

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AMENIA — During a special joint meeting, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals discussed the application regarding the renewal of the special-use permit and the height variance for the Nextel Cell Tower located on DeLavergne Hill in Amenia.
The permit and variance were first granted 10 years ago. The renewals will extend the existing permit and variance for another 10 years.
The height variance allows the tower to exceed the current zoned height limit of 70 feet.

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Collecting magazines for troops

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DOVER PLAINS — My Little Angels Daycare and Preschool has teamed up with Rolling Thunder New York Chapter 3 to collect new and recent magazines to send to the American troops serving abroad.
Rolling Thunder is a nonprofit organization that publicizes Prisoners of War and Missing in Action issues and helps American veterans and soldiers.
Denise Clair, the owner and operator of My Little Angels, said that she believes strongly in this issue. She thinks it’s important to give the current troops new reading material so they have a chance to escape the stresses of their surroundings.

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Food Day promotes glocalization

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AMENIA — During the hugely successful inaugural Food Day celebration sponsored by the Eastern Dutchess Rural Health Network, roughly 500 people filled the hall at the Immaculate Conception Church to learn about local agriculture, nutrition and healthy living.
Gertrude O’Sullivan, the director of communication and special programs at the Foundation for Community Health, was one of the event’s organizers. She explained that the event was part of a national initiative that draws attention to food-related issues in the local community.

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