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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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Winter Farmers Market ready for 2019

kaitlinl@millertonnews.com

AMENIA — Throughout the year, the Amenia Farmers Market welcomes local farmers and vendors to sell their wares and goods, and enhance the local economy. While the summer farmers market featured a variety of vendors, as did last year’s winter market, original market co-founder Lynn Mordas said she remains in constant search of new merchants and participants.

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Breakfast bounty

Just before they left for winter break, students and faculty members at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School embraced the holiday spirit at their annual holiday breakfast on Friday, Dec. 21. Students spent the morning mingling over a hot breakfast and enjoying each other’s company before the end of 2018. From left, students Kaylee Wheeler, Alexis Lovett, Angela Carrera, Adrianna Dean, Zachary Hood and Aaliyah Pfersick rang in the start of the holiday season with teacher Deanna Ambrosino.

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Breakfast bounty

Just before they left for winter break, students and faculty members at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School embraced the holiday spirit at their annual holiday breakfast on Friday, Dec. 21. Students spent the morning mingling over a hot breakfast and enjoying each other’s company before the end of 2018. From left, students Kaylee Wheeler, Alexis Lovett, Angela Carrera, Adrianna Dean, Zachary Hood and Aaliyah Pfersick rang in the start of the holiday season with teacher Deanna Ambrosino.

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Holiday festivities at Webutuck

Webutuck Elementary School students kicked off the start of their holiday vacation by taking part in the Webutuck Teachers’ Association’s annual Holiday Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 21. Coinciding with the school’s Pajama Day, students and faculty members gathered in the cafeteria at 8:20 a.m. to enjoy a delicious holiday breakfast in their pajamas. Along with singing a medley of holiday songs and watching holiday movies, the children delighted in a visit from Santa, who was assisted by Webutuck High School teacher Kevin Kleespies.

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A jovial breakfast

Webutuck High School students and staff members gathered to celebrate the holiday season with the annual Holiday Breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 20. Students helped serve breakfast to hungry attendees — both students and staff — in the high school cafeteria and took the opportunity to mingle before their holiday vacation began. Right, Katherine Nethercott, Mackenzie Dunlavey and Vianey Diaz celebrated the holiday season over breakfast in the Webutuck High School cafeteria.

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A musical meal

On top of savoring a tasty meal, guests at Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room in Amenia were treated to a performance by tenor Christopher Macchio during a special event held on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The restaurant played host to more than 80 guests who came out to feast on an Italian dinner. Macchio captivated his audience with his renditions of Connie Francis’ “Mama” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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Fa-la-la

The Webutuck High School auditorium resonated with student talent just in time for the holidays as the High School Band and Chorus presented their annual winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 12. With Jay Bradley directing the band and Eric Wiener directing the chorus, the students performed for their friends and families. The chorus concluded the performance with a lively rendition of “Jingle Bells,” complete with student soloists and the audience joining in.

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A noteworthy November

Eugene Brooks Intermediate School Principal Erik Lynch, center, congratulated, from left, seventh-graders Mariah Lattrell and Riley Thirwall as Students of the Month at the Webutuck Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 19 at the Webutuck High School library in Amenia.

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Holiday house

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Amenia noise law raises concerns from residents about its scope

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board fielded a variety of questions concerning a new noise law at a public hearing held on Thursday, Dec. 6. That hearing continued the next week, on Thursday, Dec. 13.
All board members were in attendance on the 6th, as well as a handful of local residents and Charles Gottlieb, an attorney from Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP who is overseeing the creation and implementation of the noise ordinance.

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