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MILLBROOK — It may have been a cold and rainy night, but on Friday, Nov. 9, it was warm and bright at Village Hall.  Ladies Night Out, an event sponsored by the Town of Washington Recreation Department, was planned for area women to gather and browse.

That evening, one could acquire new nails, enjoy an ionic foot detox or discuss skin care with Sarah Gonzales, a representative of Arbonne skincare and cosmetics, for $10. 

Kim Moffitt, for a fee of $15, provided ColorStreet Nails, 100 percent nail polish strips that are easy to apply and last about two weeks...

Millbrook

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Millbrook residents, from left, Jessica Mercurio, 13, Hannah Mcauley, 10, and Destiny Darnell, 8, were all at the Washington Town Park on Friday, April 22, for the Twilight Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the town’s Recreation Committee.

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Tally, ho, it’s time to hunt

Noah Tetpon, 10, held out the goodies he collected while hunting the grounds of the park, which was swimming with children from the fourth grade and up.

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Journalist’s new beat

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MILLBROOK — The managing editor of The Millbrook Independent, Olesia Plokhii, has left the paper and is on her way to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to work on The Cambodia Daily, the English language paper of record for Cambodia founded by veteran American journalist Bernard Krisher.
In an interview with The Millerton News, Plokhii confided that she always wanted to be a foreign correspondent.
“It was time to move on,” she said.

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Bennett appeal without merit

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MILLBROOK — A panel of four judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York affirmed the decision of the lower courts that the village of Millbrook’s Planning Board had acted within its authority when approving a special use permit that would allow the construction of 91 condo units on 27.6 acres on the site of the former Bennett College, preliminary site plans and a subdivision plat in November 2008.
Allan Rappleyea, representing the Oakley L. Thorne Trust, the appellant, said after the decision, “We are going to exhaust every legal opportunity.”

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Dutchess County — the ‘Saudi Arabia of water’

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MILLBROOK — The freshwater forum held on Saturday morning, April 16, at the Cary Institute focused on preserving fresh water resources, which are so plentiful that hydrogeologist Russell Urban-Mead described the Hudson Valley region as the Saudi Arabia of water.

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Village works on budget Police hours may be cut 50 percent

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MILLBROOK — The mayor and trustees of the village of Millbrook have been working together in public workshops every Monday evening to put together a village budget for the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2011. The final version of the budget is set to be adopted on Tuesday, April 26.
As the numbers stand, as of press time, the amount of the village tax levy is $879,970, a slight reduction compared to last year, although tax rates will rise because assessed property values have declined again. In other words, taxes collected will fall, but tax rates will rise on lower property values.

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Community helps Grace Church preschool celebrate fifth birthday

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MILLBROOK — More than 100 people celebrated the fifth birthday of Millbrook Community Preschool at Grace Church on Saturday night, April 9. As a special birthday present, the guests and business sponsors helped raise more than $10,000 to support the preschool’s scholarship fund. Currently one-third of the 36 families who have children at the school receive some sort of financial aid.

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Choosing goals is next step for Comprehensive Plan Committee

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WASHINGTON — The Comprehensive Plan Committee held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 4, to decide on an approach to selecting goals for the new comprehensive plan for the town of Washington now that consensus on the vision statement has been reached.
Josh Mackey, Planning Board chairman and member of the Comprehensive Plan Administrative Committee, acknowledged that village resident Tony Sloan, a retired city planner, was a member-at-large of the committee and asked him to explain his goal-setting approach.

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Easter holiday events

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WASHINGTON — The town of Washington is offering some holiday activities for young and old alike this Easter. Below is a list of events for all to enjoy.
Twilight egg hunt
Friday, April 22

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Bring your dirt to Gardener’s Day

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MILLBROOK — Gardener’s Day is Saturday, April 16, at the Farm and Home Center headquarters of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County on Route 44. All gardeners registered for the event can bring a soil sample from their garden for free pH testing. The 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. garden education day is put together by Dutchess County’s 88 master gardeners.

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