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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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Parade of Lights and tree lighting bring holiday cheer

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AMENIA — With the holiday spirit appearing on every corner, the town of Amenia and hamlet of Wassaic rang in the holidays with the town’s annual Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 7, and the hamlet’s annual tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 8.
On parade night, families shivered against the chilly night as they waited for the annual spectacle to begin. Meanwhile, police officers directed evening traffic through town, setting up orange cones to mark the route.

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Elf off the shelf

Amenia Town Hall was the center of holiday entertainment last weekend when the Amenia Free Performing Arts students presented “Elf the Musical Jr.” With musical direction and choreography by Heather Holohan-Guarnieri, the show was performed in the Amenia Town Hall auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 8, and on Sunday, Dec. 9. Dressed from head to toe as Buddy the elf, Chase Sukow, in front, prepped backstage with, from left, Augusta Smith, Gabby Titone, Riley Mahaffey and Sonia Kowalczyk.

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Olivet faces expanded indictment in $25 million fraud probe

More trouble for Olivet University and Newsweek Media Group
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DOVER — The investigation into Olivet University’s connection with a Newsweek Media Group (NMG) investigation of charges of money laundering continues. The indictment that charged NMG’s parent company, IBT Media, now also includes both the university and some of its officers.

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Amenia Tree Lighting brings residents together

AMENIA — The town of Amenia glowed with the holiday spirit as residents assembled at Amenia Town Hall for the annual tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2.

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Holiday cheer

Juliana Farese, 4, gave a big smile to the camera as she told Santa what she wanted for Christmas at Amenia Town Hall after the annual tree lighting ceremony. For full story and more photos, see Amenia Tree Lighting brings residents together.

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The buzz about Amenia’s newly proposed noise law

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AMENIA — In spite of the snowstorm taking place outside, the Amenia Town Board introduced a new noise law at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15. It also set a public hearing date for the law.
All board members were present at the meeting with the exception of Councilwoman Vicki Doyle and Councilman James Morris.

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Water district property up for bid in Amenia

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AMENIA — Though they were unable to obtain bids in time for the original September deadline, the Amenia Town Board remains determined to find bidders interested in purchasing town-owned property located at 3320 Route 343.
The land is in the town’s water district, and was used for a well. A small building on the lot was previously used as the town’s pump house. The property is located where town Well No. 1 was, which was later sealed off and decommissioned.

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Voters pass library proposition

AMENIA— Along with voting for state and county officials, Amenia voters supported their local library this Election Day by casting their ballots in favor of a $30,000 funding proposition on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Town Board adopts final version of 2019 budget

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AMENIA— While the snow came tumbling down outside, the Amenia Town Board pressed on with town business by adopting the final budget for 2019 at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15.
With the exception of Councilman James Morris and Councilwoman Vicki Doyle, all board members were present.
Earlier this month, the board worked on the tentative budget, on Thursday, Nov. 1. After careful consideration and discussion, the budget was adopted as the preliminary budget that same night.

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St. Thomas bids adieu to The Rev. Betsy Fisher

AMENIA UNION — When The Rev. Betsy Fisher preaches her final sermon on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union, it is likely there will be more than a few damp eyes in the congregation. 

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