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AMENIA — Starting Thursday, April 20, the town of Amenia will offer its senior population  a chance — and a place — to socialize, with the opening of a new senior center. For now, the center will act as a litmus test of sorts, to see if more senior activities are desired by town residents. If so, the town will consider offering more for seniors to do while figuring out how the program can grow.

The idea for launching the new center was initiated last year by Michele Somogyi of the Amenia Recreation Commission. For at least the last year, the town has not had...

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Students organize blood drive

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck’s National Honor Society members have organized a blood drive for the American Red Cross, to be held Friday, April 8, in the high school gymnasium.
Blood drives at the school are usually held in the fall and spring. Last fall was the first drive held by the National Honor Society under the guidance of high school math teacher and advisor Eric Harvey.

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Catholic church to bring back dinner dance fundraiser

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AMENIA — The Immaculate Conception Saint Patrick Parish in Amenia will hold a Spring Celebration on Saturday, April 30, that will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction.
It will be one of the first major fundraising events under the leadership of Father Kent Wilson, who came to Immaculate Conception in 2009 from a parish in Fishkill.
“For the Catholic church, most of its funding comes from each week’s collections,” Wilson said. Fundraisers like the dinner and auction are held to raise anything that collections aren’t covering, he added.

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Aromas from Italy

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AMENIA — Stepping inside Andrea Salvadore’s new pasta and sauce shop, Andrea’s Pasta di Casa, feels like walking into a private home. That is, if that home was the culmination of generations of traditional Italian cooking.

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Multiple suggestions for future Town Hall rental use

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AMENIA — The Town Board is mulling over renting out space of its new, expansive Town Hall, touching base with local business owners and entrepreneurs interested in the space while trying to set reasonable rental rates to offset the higher cost of occupying the building.
The catalyst for the discussion at the March 10 meeting was a letter from a resident in Amenia making inquiries into possibly renting out the Town Hall’s auditorium or gymnasium to hold private concerts or shows.

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Smells and tastes of (an Italian) home at Pasta di Casa

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AMENIA — Andrea Salvadore has opened Andrea’s Pasta di Casa on the second floor of a newly renovated brick building on Route 343 in Amenia.
Salvadore is a well-known cook and caterer in the Tri-state area. In addition to working for many years at Harney & Sons Fine Teas in Millerton, she has also operated a bed-and-breakfast out of her home in Lime Rock. (She also worked for The Millerton News.)
She feels that, with this new venture, she has finally found herself at home, not just because she is doing work she loves but also because of the homey atmosphere of her new shop.

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Firehouse flood damage minimized by blockades

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WASSAIC — The aftermath of the March 6 storm was certainly not the first time the downtown hamlet of Wassaic has dealt with major flooding. But as Wassaic Hose Company Chief Scott Boardman explained, planning and plenty of past experience helped minimize the potential damage to the Wassaic firehouse, which dealt with incoming water head-on.

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Helping parents help their children

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AMENIA — The Mothers’ Group that meets at Amenia’s Temple Beth David sporadically is more than just a retreat for moms looking for a social outing — it’s a local resource for caregivers (mothers and fathers, grandparents, nannies and others), offering information and support for child rearing.
It’s also an opportunity for young children of similar ages to play with one another.
Amenia Free Library Children Activities Director Lesley Gyorsok spearheads the group, which currently serves mostly moms from Amenia, Wassaic, Dover, Sharon and Kent.

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Wassaic mining project before Town Board

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AMENIA — Ridgecrest Farms updated the Town Board on Thursday, March 17, as to its progress on the environmental analysis section of an application to include property in southern Wassaic in the town’s Soil Mining Overlay District.
Company owner and president Ian Holback purchased 144 acres of land off Sinpatch Road in Wassaic from Listening Rock Farm owner Allan Shope for a future gravel mining business. Of those 144 acres, only 65 are part of the application for a zoning amendment.

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Coffee, cakes and Peggy McEnroe are Back in the Kitchen

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AMENIA, N.Y. — Peggy McEnroe has once again opened her own cafe, this time in Amenia. It’s called, appropriately, Back in the Kitchen.
McEnroe was the longtime chef/baker/owner of an eatery on Main Street in Millerton. The Millerton Deli opened 17 years ago, in 1993. The name was changed to Back in the Kitchen in 2001, but two years later, in 2003, her deli (and what was at that time the office of The Millerton News) were sold and became the Irving Farm coffee shop.

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Molinaro says mandate relief team a work in progress

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AMENIA — After an evening as guest speaker for the Amenia Lions Club, state Assemblyman Marc Molinaro stopped by the Amenia Town Board meeting on Thursday, March 10, to give an update on his work on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team.
Molinaro is one of 23 members of the team, which includes representatives from private industry, education, labor and government. Molinaro is one of two assemblymen on the team and was recommended by the minority leader of the Assembly, Brian Kolb.

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