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AMENIA — Dafna Mizrahi is a chef, and a well-known chef at that. She has cooked at some pretty great restaurants, including Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room in Amenia, and she has twice been on The Food Network’s “Chopped,” leaving as champion. As much as she loves to cook, it’s sharing her skill with youngsters that is her first love and passion.

“I know how special it was to spend time being creative in the kitchen when I grew up,” she recently said in a prepared statement. “I want to bring that same feeling to children...

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Amenia ZBA considers proposed building, hears concerns: Possible Smithfield Valley golfing range causes an uproar

AMENIA — A proposal to construct a significant building in Smithfield Valley drew 35 residents to a meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Monday, May 20, to air concerns about the impact on their quality of life and disruption of the scenic attributes of the area.

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Spring harvest brings breeder closer to populating elusive koi

AMENIA — The day was all about the smooth-skinned, curvaceous Beyonce and her plump siblings, Sweet Cheeks and Lyra. The task at hand was to fish the egg-y trio of first generation Japanese koi out of a mud pond containing hundreds of other koi, and release them into another pond on the property where they will spawn a new generation. 

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Planting town pride

Amenia residents paired up with the town’s Enhancement Committee on Saturday, May 18, to get the town ready for the annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27. Residents met at Fountain Square to plant red, white and blue annuals to reflect the coming holiday. From left, Enhancement Committee member Leo Blackman showed Jean Gutierrez and her daughter, Pickle, how to plant an annual.

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Democrats introduce candidates

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AMENIA — Getting a head start on this year’s election, the Amenia Democratic Committee presented town and county candidates at a Candidate Forum held on Sunday, May 19.

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The Wassaic Project gets artsy

WASSAIC— The Wassaic Project launched the opening of its 2019 Summer Exhibition “Ad Astra Per Aspera” by rallying its resident artists and local residents together for an afternoon celebration on Saturday, May 18. 
With the gallery opening at 3 p.m., spectators were invited to explore the work of more than 70 emerging artists featured throughout all seven floors of Maxon Mills. They also met artists-in-residence for the month of May at the Open Studios in Luther Barn. 

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Hitting the high note

The Amenia Town Hall resounded with familiar songs of the past as the Golden Age Singers gave a free concert on Thursday, May 9. Beginning at 2 p.m., the auditorium welcomed residents who listened enthusiastically. Some joined in and quietly sang along to the music. The concert concluded with a special rendition of “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” with the lyrics changed to reflect the performers’ feelings about singing in Amenia.

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Town Board awards bid for bicycle trail construction

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AMENIA — Out of the total bids received, the Amenia Town Board awarded A. Colarusso & Son, Inc., a road construction company based in Hudson, the bid for the construction of a bicycle trail path extending from the hamlet of Wassaic to the Wassaic Train Station. The bid was announced at the board’s meeting on Thursday, May 2.

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Wassaic Fire Company seeks new recruits with firehouse tour

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Amenia board discusses garage, sidewalks and solar

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AMENIA — The Town Board approved a handful of resolutions related to the construction of a new highway garage, the upcoming downtown Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalk improvements and the extension of the town’s temporary moratorium at a meeting on Thursday, April 18.

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Demanding action

Members of Mothers Out Front and allied groups, including SANE Energy, Stop Cricket Valley Fracked Gas Plant, the Schaghticoke First Nation and Ulster Climate Action, demonstrated outside the New York State Capitol building Monday, April 29, after delivering petitions requesting a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the planned Cricket Valley Energy Center to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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