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AMENIA— Perched at 19 Morse Hill Road in Amenia, equine specialist Jackie Wilkane owns Hope Rising Farm, which has thrived since she first established it last February. 

Since the age of 13, Wilkane has owned and taken care of show horses. For 26 years, she owned her own dog grooming business, Doggy Do’s, in Pleasantville, N.Y., before shifting her career to become a therapeutic riding instructor. What started as an investigation into the work at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center in Orange County turned into a passion, and she was later employed as an instructor at...

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Amenia garage makes a name for itself

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AMENIA— Driving along Route 22 in Amenia, motorists need look no further for car mechanics than Broke A$$ Garage, located at 4827 Route 22.
Following his return from the military last year, owner Josh Andrighetti decided to use the mechanical engineering experience he grew up with and turn it into a living. After years of fixing cars for friends and fellow residents, he decided to partner with his father, David, to open a garage.

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High school diplomas earned and ESL taught at Amenia Town Hall

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AMENIA — For those interested in earning their High School Equivalency (HSE) or learning English as a Second Language (ESL), Amenia Town Hall hosts weekly classes on behalf of Dutchess Community College (DCC).
Along with its Amenia location, DCC has offered these classes in a variety of locations around the county, including Dover Plains, Pine Plains, Millerton, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Beacon, Brewster, Fishkill and more. 

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Temple Beth David explores the Jews of Afghanistan

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AMENIA — On Sunday, Nov. 5, Congregation Beth David invited the community to come explore the abundant history of Afghanistan’s Jewish culture, with a lecture by author Sara Y. Aharon.
All were welcomed to the lecture by the congregation’s president and treasurer, Sherry Frankel. Rabbi Jon Haddon first delivered a touching statement regarding the Manhattan terror attack that took place on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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Smithfield Church celebrates 275 years in Amenia

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AMENIA — Recognized as a landmark structure on Smithfield Valley Road, the Smithfield Presbyterian Church just commemorated its 275th anniversary in Amenia.
Tracing its origins back to 1742, the church was founded by Moravian missionaries who were living among the Pequot tribe in the Shekomeko area of New York. Because the church’s founding coincides with the year that the missionaries helped the settlers to establish a religious community, Pastor Douglas Grandgeorge explained, the church ties its beginnings with its Moravian roots.

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Town Board renews NDP Ambulance Contract for 2018

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board carefully evaluated the terms and conditions of the Northern Dutchess Paramedics’ (NDP) contract for 2018 before making a decision at its meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19.
As the meeting’s final resolution, Town Supervisor Victoria Perotti read aloud from a motion approving the renewal of an agreement between the town and NDP for ambulance services.

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Amenia voters to decide appointed assessor versus elected assessor at the polls

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AMENIA — As they check off their choice of candidates, Amenia voters will have the option of electing to amend the town assessor position from elected to appointed in this year’s local election.
This past summer, the Amenia Town Board voted to adopt a local law “providing for the appointment of a sole appointed assessor” and abolishing the elective office of sole assessor. A public hearing to gather feedback on the local law was promptly held at Amenia Town Hall on Thursday, Aug. 3. 

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Chamberlin, Cummings, compete for highway superintendent

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AMENIA — With Election Day just a few weeks away, voters have two candidates ready to take on the responsibilities of highway superintendent.
Megan Chamberlin
For write-in candidate Megan Chamberlin, the idea sparked when she was asked to run by some locals. 
Given her 13 years as a full-time member of the Highway Department, she thought it would be a good fit and decided to run for public office for the first time.

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Devine in race for another term

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AMENIA— With 12 years of experience, James Devine (R) has decided to run for another four-year term as town justice.
Devine is running uncontested. He previously served the town as a member of the Town Board.
Devine has handled various cases involving misdemeanors and civil matters. He said he has been disturbed by the number of drug arrests related to young people.
He said he considers every person who comes before him innocent until proven guilty.

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Morris and Somogyi seek two spots on Town Board

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AMENIA — Amenia voters will find two Town Board candidates ready to serve to the best of their abilities, for a four-year term. Both candidates are running for public office for the first time.
James Morris
Appointed as a temporary board member earlier this year, James Morris is now running for the full four-year term. Though he hasn’t served in an office position before, he said his time on the Town Board thus far has  been a learning experience.

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Perotti runs for a third term

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AMENIA— Having served the town of Amenia for two previous terms, current town Supervisor Victoria Perotti has decided to run for a third term in this year’s local elections.
Running on a Republican, Independent and Conservative ticket, Perotti’s qualifications as town supervisor encompass her bachelor’s degree in science and business administration along with her experience in running business offices. She believes she has gained a broad understanding of local government. 

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