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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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Board waits on budget

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AMENIA — The public hearing for the Amenia town budget, held on Thursday, Nov. 10, drew no complaints from town residents, but the Town Board still chose not to adopt it later that evening.
The adoption of the budget was postponed so that the town could look into drafting and adopting a resolution to override the mandated 2 percent tax levy cap.

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Voters vexed over watery walkway

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AMENIA — While Election Day is a time for citizens to voice their opinions about the affairs that affect them, the loudest voices on Tuesday, Nov. 8, did not decry political issue, but the conditions at one of Amenia’s polling places.
Voters who cast their ballot at the Amenia Fire Department on Election Day dealt with parking problems, a soggy lawn and a ramp without a railing in order to enter the building.

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Saluting our soldiers

Six-year-old Sean Morrissey of Millerton attended Amenia’s Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, along with the rest of Cub Scout Pack 29, to honor local veterans. Photo by Whitney Joseph

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Winter Market

AMENIA — The Amenia Winter Market will run every Saturday in November and December, and then on the first and third Saturdays monthly from January through April, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Taking part will be local farmers, food makers and artisans selling an array of edibles and gifts. The Winter Market will be held inside the Amenia Town Hall (the former Amenia Elementary School) on Route 22, just north of the main intersection in town.
For more information, visit www.ameniafarmersmarket.com.

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Town signs contract for Trail to the Train project

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AMENIA — The highlight of the Thursday, Oct. 20, Amenia Town board meeting was the board’s vote to accept the contract with WSP Sells for the first phase of the Trail to the Train project.
The contract had been in negotiations for several weeks before the final version was accepted.
The Trail to the Train project will extend the Harlem Valley Rail Trail south from the Wassaic Metro North train station into the hamlet.
The town has already received a $600,000 grant and a $100,000 grant to help cover the cost of the project.

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