Radio Catskill (WJFF) seeks a full-time Program Director

Radio Catskill (WJFF), a small, rural, hydro-powered public radio station in the Catskill Mountains of NY – site of the Historic 1969 Woodstock Festival – is seeking a full-time Program Director. The Program Director will join a paid staff of two and have the opportunity to work with a range of volunteers to creatively shape and expand programming at this grassroots broadcaster as it approaches its 25th year of community service.

Complete job description available at our web site – www.wjffradio.org

OR

http://www.wjffradio.org/wjff/index.php?section=96

Competitive salary range, experienced based. Submit cover letter and resume by 5/30 to:

[email protected]

Radio Catskill WJFF is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/D/V.

School voters go to the polls

Tuesday, May 20 is election day for school districts across New York State. Today, voters go to the polls to decide the fate of school budgets, elect candidates for local school boards and vote on school propositions. 

Statewide, increases in school taxes are slowing, according to a report from the NYS Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO). Schools are under pressure to keep tax increases low because of a statewide tax cap passed in 2011, which restricts the growth of the annual tax levy unless voters pass an override at the polls. The average school tax levy increase in the state this year is 1.8 percent -- the lowest increase in six years, according to NYSASBO. 

Here are a few of the most interesting school races around the region this year:   Read more

Slush fund: NYS doles out extra cash to fix weather-battered roads

Upstate New York is notorious for its rough winters. But even for those inured to feet of snow and frozen mountain passes, the winter of 2013-14 was a brutal one, marked by long stretches of subzero temps and winter weather that lasted well into April. 

Amid the storm clouds was a silver lining: Towns and villages are getting a little bit of extra cash from the state to fix up roads that took a beating during this year's unusually harsh winter. This spring, the New York state budget included a one-time $40 million fund for winter weather recovery, in addition to $438 million in the state's regular highway budget.  Read more

Rock-thrower arrested in Sullivan County

A Bloomingburg man was arrested on Friday after he allegedly threw large rocks at another man and an occupied pickup truck, sending the man to the hospital and smashing up the truck.

Arrested was 41-year-old Bloomingburg resident Hugo Afamasaga, who is charged with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Police say Afamasaga threw rocks at another man, causing head and neck injuries that were serious enough that he needed to be treated at the Orange Regional Medical Center. Police say the rock-hurling Afamasaga also shattered the windshield, windows, headlights and side mirrors of an occupied 2012 Chevrolet Silverado. 

Afamasaga was arraigned in Mamakating town court, and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail with no bail. He is due to appear in court again on Wednesday, May 21.

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Flood watch in effect for Catskills

Above: A graphic produced Friday morning by the National Weather Service in Albany, showing widespread flood watches west of the Hudson River. 

Flood watches are in effect across the Catskills region for Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, as heavy rains move into the area.

A slow-moving band of rain is moving from west to east, and is expected to drop an inch or two on the Catskills region before moving on. Hudson Valley Weather is predicting drier weather for the upcoming weekend.

If you have a rain gauge, the National Weather Service in Binghamton is looking for rainfall reports.  Read more

Accused NYC pedophile made child porn in Sullivan County, police say

An Upper East Side man who was arrested in March on charges of attempted pedophilia -- and possessing over 11,000 images of child pornography -- now faces a new charge of creating child porn in the Sullivan County town of Lumberland, police say. 

The story behind the recent arrest of 62-year-old Stephen Brown, a former information technology employee at a prestigious prep school in the Bronx, stretches back some 30 years. A recent -- and astonishing -- article in the New York Daily News tells the story of how two of Brown's alleged victims, now both in their 40s, helped police track him down to the Inn on the Hudson in Peekskill, where he allegedly planned to meet a 12-year-old boy for sex on March 4.   Read more

Monticello man arrested in eight-month-old Kingston rape case

A Sullivan County man has been arrested and charged with committing a rape in the city of Kingston in September of 2013, Kingston police reported Tuesday

Arrested was 42-year-old Jonathan Johnson of Monticello, who is charged with felony rape in the first degree. The arrest follows an eight-month investigation into a report of a rape in the area of Green Street, in the Stockade District of Kingston, on Sept. 11, 2013. Kingston police say they conducted numerous interviews over the course of the investigation. 

Johnson was arraigned in Kingston city court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail with no bail. 

ParksvilleUSA Music Festival: The Lyric Quartet hosting their Grand Holiday Feast

December 7, 2014 - 3:00pm
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The Lyric Quartet host their Grand Holiday Feast

Great Musical Surprise Guests! Fun! Door Prizes!

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ParksvilleUSA Music Festival: A Tribute to Pete Seeger

November 2, 2014 - 3:00pm

ParksvilleUSA Music Festival: A Tribute to Pete Seeger  Read more

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