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MILLBROOK — Tucked away between Barbosa’s Restaurant and the parking lot on Merritt Avenue, at 149 Church St., one can now find Samantha’s Sweet Shoppe, offering dairy treats, candy and small stationery items. There are also options for those seeking non-dairy or vegan treats.

Fresh and welcoming, with a bit of nostalgia, Samantha’s Sweet Shoppe brings back memories of childhood, something owner Samantha Martin had in mind when creating her new business. From her birthplace of Hong Kong, to the village of Millbrook, there are many years and stories in...

Millbrook

Thorne Building remains on the agenda

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MILLBROOK — In its second meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Village Board finished attending to organizational matters, which were addressed at a reorg meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, including looking at code, extracting policies for perusal and determining what can be taken out of code so that changes can be made through resolution rather than law. Many of the policies are outdated and need to be brought up to date.

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Possible group home proposed for town of Washington

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WASHINGTON — It seems that so many changes are taking place in the world, the country, the state — and in the towns and villages of Dutchess County. Not all of these changes are welcome; some of them are decidedly not wanted, seeming to be unnecessary or out of place.
A public hearing was held on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Washington Town Hall concerning the possible placement of a group home to be instituted in Millbrook by the Devereaux Foundation, at 593 Verbank Road.

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The Cary Institute keeps Millbrook in step with the future

MILLBROOK— Millbrook has some well-kept secrets, or partial secrets, of places, people and institutions that are important to the community but may not be commonly known.
Trevor Zoo, at the Millbrook School comes to mind. So does the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. While many residents make occasional treks to the facility, aside from the fact that it is a research facility on Route 44, it remains something of a mystery.

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BOE starts 2019 with resignations, hirings and donations

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MILLBROOK — The first meeting of the year of the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) was held on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The district started the New Year with a celebration after returning to Elm Drive Elementary School on Jan. 4, after the successful removal of mold from the building.
Several letters of resignation were accepted; Jennifer Walter, cafeteria worker, effective Dec. 18; and Neil Lipson, custodial staff, effective Feb. 16.

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Washington meets for 2019 reorganization meeting

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WASHINGTON — The reorganization meeting of the town of Washington was held on Thursday, Jan. 10. 
The first item on the agenda was to plan a public hearing to discuss a residential home facility on Verbank Road, property of the Devereaux Foundation. The date was set for Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Town Clerk Mary Alex will send out notices to neighbors. John Lopez, of the Devereaux Foundation, will be present to answer questions. All responses must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 29.

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A star performance

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Millbrook Pride supports LGBTQ community at winter social

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MILLBROOK — Dire weather predictions couldn’t put a damper on the warmth and conviviality of a gathering at Merritt Bookstore on Saturday, Jan. 19, hosted by the Millbrook Pride Group. The group represents the local LGBTQ community. Advertised as a winter social, it lived up to its name, with members of Millbrook Pride — business owners, community leaders and citizens — mingling, sipping wine or sparkling water, munching on finger foods and talking about the village.

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A songstress among the shelves

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New trustees take the oath of office at reorg meeting

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MILLBROOK — Two new trustees were sworn in at the Village Board’s reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Tim Collopy and Kevin McGrane took the oath of office, along with Village Clerk Sarah Witt. Also taking the oath was Mark Vila, who will be serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Collopy was also designated deputy mayor. He and McGrane join other Trustees Mike Herzog and Joseph Rochfort, and Mayor Rod Brown.
Joseph Still, whose term on the Planning Board was up at the end of 2018, agreed to remain on the board and was also sworn in last week.

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Be prepared when disaster strikes

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MILLBROOK — If disaster strikes, do most people know what to do? A course in Citizen Preparedness was given on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC). The course, which ran just under 90 minutes, was given by two National Guardsmen, and was a comprehensive study of what to do when disasters, natural and man-made, occur.

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