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The music of the past was alive and well at Amenia Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 11, as the Town of Amenia Recreation Commission hosted a free concert featuring The Goldenage Singers. With the piano as accompaniment, the sweet voices soared. From Johnny Cash and the Beatles to Burt Bacharach and Simon & Garfunkel, the group’s repertoire covered a broad range of music. Come spring, The Goldenage Singers will return to Amenia, though the date has yet to be determined.

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Town Board mulls block grant ideas

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board considered its options for next year’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at a public hearing held on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Funded by the federal government, the CDBG program is designed to assist with the development of projects that primarily benefit low and moderate-income residents. Amenia is a member of the 2019 CDBG Urban County Consortium, making it eligible for the grant dollars.

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Music draws visitors to Smithfield Presbyterian Church

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AMENIA — Throughout countless services and renovations to its historic structure, parishioners of Smithfield Presbyterian Church are proud that it continues to attract new faces to the congregation, especially with its music performances.

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Seeing pit bulls as individuals, and helper companions

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AMENIA— Tucked away amid the rolling hills on the border of Amenia and Millbrook sits a farm that houses horses, chickens, a goat, a donkey, a cat and two cows. But the really important residents of this sprawling farm are dogs: pit-bulls, pit bull mixes and dogs that could potentially have pit bull in their pedigree. They all live at Animal Farm Foundation. Many are trained there to take care of others. None of the people or organizations that receive the trained dogs are charged a fee.

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A new life for the former United Presbyterian Church

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AMENIA— After closing its doors in 2015, the former United Presbyterian Church of Amenia has been given a new life and purpose, thanks to the labors of Stoneleaf Construction (the developers behind Silo Ridge).

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Emergency alerts reconsidered

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AMENIA — With meetings for next year’s budget coming up, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti discussed the notification system, Swift911, as a possible budget item at a Town Board meeting on Thursday, July 19.

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ZBA sets date for Kent Hollow Mine public hearing

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AMENIA — With the development of the Kent Hollow Mine application underway, the Amenia Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) discussed organizing a public hearing. The board met on Monday, Aug. 20; all ZBA members were present except save Chairman Jeff Barnett-Winsby.
Following a recap of where the ZBA stood in relation to the Kent Hollow Mine application, ZBA attorney George Lithco said a public hearing would present the public with an opportunity to provide more information for the appeal.

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Picture this…

The Amenia Free Library teamed up with The Wassaic Project on Saturday, Aug. 25, for a color theory workshop. It featured artist Elizabeth Allen-Cannon, who spoke about the basic concepts of color and art. The workshop marked a successful first collaboration between the library and The Wassaic Project that Library Director Erika Palombo hopes to expand into a monthly program. From left, Allen-Cannon, Heather Kuzmich, Wassaic Project Education Director Tara Foley and Palombo showed examples of color in art.

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Merits of Wassaic’s Trail to Train project debated

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AMENIA— The Amenia Town Board listened to public concerns and congratulations about the upcoming Trail to Train construction project that will expand the Harlem Valley Rail Trail at its meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2.

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Wand-erful

Cody Diester, 4, made the biggest bubbles possible by running around with a bubble wand at the Amenia Free Library’s end-of-summer celebration on Thursday, Aug. 9.

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How the Museum of Modern Art will evolve with the world

AMENIA — In 2019, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and Amenia’s Congregation Beth David will celebrate their 90th anniversaries, both institutions having been founded in 1929. 
Ann Temkin is the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and the granddaughter of founding members of the Amenia synagogue. 

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