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Letter to the Editor: To the Voters of the Onteora School District

Open Letter to the Voters of the Onteora School District:

My name is Tanya Davis. I am a mother of three, attorney, business owner, and candidate for Onteora Board of Education Trustee. My husband is an Onteora graduate, and I have been a resident of the Onteora District since 2001. My children have attended Bennett and Phoenicia elementary schools. My daughters are both sixth graders at Bennett, and my son is a freshman in the high school. One of my daughters is a special education student in a self-contained classroom.

I have focused my professional career fairly equally on education and the law. I have taught at every level from pre-school to law school. I have advocated for families with special needs kids, I am chair of the District-wide Special Education PTA, past President of the Bennett PTA, and current member of the NYS Bar Association’s Special Needs Planning Committee, Committee on Issues Affecting People with Disabilities and Estate, Trusts & Tax Committee.  Read more

Letter to the Editor: From the Onteora Superintendent

Dear Community Members of the Onteora Central School District,

I’d like to encourage you to come out to the District Budget Vote on Tuesday, May 20, from 2 to 9 PM at your local elementary school. This year there will be three items on the ballot: the 2014-2015 proposed budget, a no-tax-increase Capital Reserve Proposition, and the Board of Education elections.

The $51,876,125 proposed budget represents a 0.52% increase over last year. There will be a 0% increase in the levy.  Read more

Letter to the Editor: Vote in the Onteora school election on May 20

Dear Onteora Community Members,

The Onteora Board of Education is pleased to announce that, for the third year in a row, our proposed annual budget will see no increase in the tax levy. There are no cuts in programs, but rather an increase in the number of High School electives, an additional course in the Middle School, the continuation of a summer Academic Intervention Services (AIS) program for Kindergarten-Grade 8, and some much-needed immediate repairs.

We are also pleased to present to voters a proposal for a Capital Reserve Project that would tackle major, long-term structural repairs and upgrades to our aging facilities. While the vast majority of the work is set to take place at the Middle School/High School, the project also calls for replacement of the Phoenicia Primary School building’s boiler with a dual oil/biomass (wood pellet) system. This will significantly reduce our fuel expenses and carbon footprint, using renewable, sustainable fuel produced here in New York, keeping more of our energy dollars local.   Read more

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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

Workshop: Photographing the Nude in Nature with Dan McCormack

July 12, 2014 - 10:00am

Dan McCormack will lead his popular photography workshop, "Photographing the Nude in Nature" over four Saturdays this summer: July 12, 19, 26 and August 2 from 10am-4pm. Participants can sign up for a single session or the entire series.

This workshop will demonstrate how the figure may be seen as landscape, design and part of Mother Earth. Different models and shooting sites are planned for each Saturday and some sites will require traveling time.

Attendees are asked to bring their cameras, many rolls of film, extra batteries and memory cards, tripods, sun block, bug repellent, a towel, plenty of water and lunch.

Dan McCormack is an Ulster County photographer and the head of the Photography program at Marist College, where he specializes in multiple frame imagery.

The cost of $130 for Unison members and $150 for non-members for a single session or $390/$450 for the series.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please visit to secure your spot.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


"Summer Shorts" with Mohonk Mountain Stage Company

June 13, 2014 - 8:00pm

Come celebrate the start of summer with Mohonk Mountain Stage Company as they unveil their "Summer Shorts" at Unison Arts Center on June 13, 14, 21 and 22 at 8pm.

Directors Christine Crawfis, Robert Miller and company are sure to make a splash with these short comic pieces, which will include "I'm Herbert" by Robert Anderson, "Hearing Aid" by Peter Barry and "My Husband" by Paul Rudnick.  The pieces are sure to be hot, so reserve your tickets today.

Tickets purchased in advance are $20 ($15 for Unison members) and $25 at the door ($20 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID.

Purchase tickets online at or by calling 845-255-1559.


SUNY New Paltz students find $40K in old couch

A SUNY New Paltz student and two of his recently-graduated roommates got a real-life ethics test this March, when they bought an old couch for $20 -- and found $40,000 in cash stuffed into the cushions. 

The Little Rebellion, a student publication at SUNY New Paltz, recounts the tale of how third-year geology student Reese Werkhoven, recent New Paltz grad Lara Russo and Mount Holyoke grad Cally Guasti discovered that the grubby, smelly old couch they'd just brought home from the Salvation Army was stuffed with envelopes of twenty-dollar bills

Werkhoven told Little Rebellion reporter Hobie Ramin that the find was about $39,999.50 more than he'd ever found in a couch before:

“The most money I’d ever found in a couch was like fifty cents. Honestly, I’d be ecstatic to find just $5 in a couch.”

Then they found something else: A woman's name, scrawled on one of the envelopes.   Read more

Table limit: New York State releases minimum investment figures for casinos

Photo by Flickr user Mark Menzies; published under Creative Commons license.

Casino developers hoping to land one of four prized licenses from New York State will have to prove that they're investing enough in the project. But although the state's minimum investment figures are in the hundreds of millions of dollars, they're not likely to prove an obstacle to deep-pocketed casino developers, many of whom have already unveiled plans to spend much more than the state's required minimum figures.  Read more

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