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AMENIA — The Town Board thoroughly examined the responsibilities involved in having a Zoning Review Committee (ZRC) at its first meeting of the month on Thursday, June 1.

The subject was raised by Amenia Union resident Sharon Kroeger during public comment. 

Kroeger stated she had worked on the Mini Plan for Oblong Valley in the 1980s and had attended all the meetings for the Master Plan of 1990 and for the Amenia Comprehensive Plan of 2007.

“I want the board to remember historically that there have been three formal periods of participatory planning...

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Hitting the high notes …

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Coy about koi

Author Maxine Paetro, right, who writes with New York Times best selling author James Patterson, spoke to visitors to her garden, Broccoli Hall, on Sunday, May 14. The tour was organized by the Garden Conservancy, with proceeds going to benefit the Amenia Free Library. Paetro was at one of her ponds with bucket in hand, ready to feed her elusive Ki Shusui, a variety of koi that is difficult to breed and hard to find, but very beautiful in colors of red, orange and blue.

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Maplebrook’s Kentucky Derby Art Show brings artists, students and community together

AMENIA — When creative minds, talent and passion to give back to the community combine, something truly beautiful can happen. This was exemplified at the 33rd annual Kentucky Derby Art Show, where more than 44 local artists gathered this past Saturday, May 6.
Art from every medium, ranging from watercolor to photography, lined the halls of Maplebrook School. Maplebrook is a unique school, as it serves a diverse group of students with learning challenges. 

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GOP candidates invited for 2017 fall local elections

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AMENIA — The Amenia Republican Committee welcomed four candidates for local office during their recent meeting at Amenia Town Hall on Sunday, May 7. 
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the meeting was open to Amenia residents interested in running for local office in the 2017 fall local elections. Among the available positions, the committee is currently looking for candidates for town supervisor, town clerk, town justice, town assessor, highway superintendent, county legislator for the 25th District and two town councilmen.

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ADL talk at Congregation Beth David: Anti-Semitism on the rise, but so is hope

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AMENIA — Trends of anti-Semitism and new manifestations of hate were the topics of a talk at Congregation Beth David on Sunday, May 7. Andy Friedland, assistant regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Connecticut, was the speaker. He addressed a crowd of roughly 25, all of whom expressed concern about the up-tick in anti-Semitism in the Tri-state region as of late.
The problem is everywhere

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Webutuck teacher joins Academy of Political Science

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AMENIA — Teacher Zbigniew Soltysiak of Webutuck High School (WHS) and Dutchess Community College recently announced his membership in the Academy of Political Science in New York City. Along with his own personal growth, Soltysiak’s students will gain from his access to the Academy’s resources.
Originally from Poland, Soltysiak came to the United States in the late 1970s. As an educator, he’s taught social studies at WHS for almost 24 years and as a professor at Dutchess Community College (DCC) for the last 20 years.

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A Spring Fling to remember

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WWII vet George Phillips shares stories of his life

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AMENIA— With blue skies above, residents of Amenia visited to Amenia Town Hall on Sunday, April 23, to learn about the extraordinary life of local World War II hero George Phillips.
On display was a table of memorabilia from Phillips’ days as a soldier and businessman. Priced at $2 per program, visitors were also invited to purchase a copy of “Stories of My Life,” by George Phillips. 
They were welcomed to the talk by Amenia Historical Society President Julian Strauss.

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Amenia Opening Day: Teams open season with a hay ride, coach honored after 32 years

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AMENIA — Not even a touch of April showers could prevent the youth of Amenia from coming out to celebrate Amenia Opening Day with their families on Saturday, April 22.
Opening day first made its arrival five years ago as an initiative by volunteer Christine Ford and has since grown into an annual community event. Considering that Amenia was originally recognized as a “baseball town,” Ford said she aimed to create an event that families can enjoy.

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Senior center offers new social scene

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AMENIA — Starting Thursday, April 20, the town of Amenia will offer its senior population  a chance — and a place — to socialize, with the opening of a new senior center. For now, the center will act as a litmus test of sorts, to see if more senior activities are desired by town residents. If so, the town will consider offering more for seniors to do while figuring out how the program can grow.

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