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05/13/2021

This week's edition reports Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ (COVAC) Jack Boyle (chief of operations), Kristen Sebesta-Boyle (president), and Paula Sebesta-Howard (treasurer) submitted their resignation on Sunday and that Vice President Kurt Hahn is serving as acting president. While this information was accurate as of press time, further investigation has revealed new details.

Kurt Hahn has resigned as vice president, but during COVAC's monthly meeting, on Tuesday night, Sebesta-Boyle rescinded her resignation. Boyle will remain as chief for the next two weeks and Howard's resignation will be effective June 1.

The cause of a Penny Lane fire is still under investigation, but it’s believed an unidentified electrical problem in the...
05/13/2021
Garage fire extinguished – The Cornwall Local

The cause of a Penny Lane fire is still under investigation, but it’s believed an unidentified electrical problem in the garage roof may be the origin.

Garage fire extinguished May 12, 2021 Jason Kaplan (Photo by Jason Kaplan) - Cornwall Fire Department responded to an early morning garage fire, on May 6, at 6 Penny Lane. Ashley Locke and Sean Coleman were awakened by neighbors and exited the home safely. The exact cause of the fire is still under....

You'll find these stories and more - including your Board of Education Candidates feature - inside this week's edition o...
05/13/2021
This Week – May 14, 2021 – The Cornwall Local

You'll find these stories and more - including your Board of Education Candidates feature - inside this week's edition of The Cornwall Local.

This Week – May 14, 2021 May 12, 2021 Editorial Staff (Photo by Jason Kaplan) - Ginny Scott and Kelly Finn were among the Cornwall Garden Club members who helped set up for the annual Mother’s Day plant sale. The popular event saw the sale of hanging plants, annuals, perennials, herbs, and assor...

Check out the adorable submissions we received for our "Celebrating Mom" Kids Poetry & Coloring Contest!
05/07/2021

Check out the adorable submissions we received for our "Celebrating Mom" Kids Poetry & Coloring Contest!

The Wildlife Education Center got a new bee collection on Earth Day and a person to look after it.
05/07/2021
Wildlife Center gets a bee collection – The Cornwall Local

The Wildlife Education Center got a new bee collection on Earth Day and a person to look after it.

Wildlife Center gets a bee collection May 5, 2021 Ken Cashman (Photo by Ken Cashman) - Kevin Rothman points to the queen as Zachary Rothman holds a tray full of bees. Taylor Ouellette, the manager of the Wildlife Education Center, leans over for a closer look. Plus a volunteer to take care of it The...

James Gagliano isn’t the first trustee to make the transition to mayor, but he is the first since former Mayor Edward Mo...
05/06/2021
New mayor keeps door open to all – The Cornwall Local

James Gagliano isn’t the first trustee to make the transition to mayor, but he is the first since former Mayor Edward Moulton, Jr. did it 30 years ago. A month into his new position, the new Cornwall-on-Hudson mayor has quickly learned his responsibilities as chief executive differ from that of a trustee, but Gagliano hasn’t shied away from leaning on the expertise of his department heads and the deputy mayor to help him make decisions.

New mayor keeps door open to all May 5, 2021 Jason Kaplan (Photo by Jason Kaplan) - After a month in office, Mayor James Gagliano has redecorated his office to make it feel more like home when residents come to visit him. James Gagliano isn’t the first trustee to make the transition to mayor, but ...

Our Congressman picks scenic spots for his press conferences. Not long ago Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney invited a crowd to ...
04/30/2021
Maloney talks conservation – The Cornwall Local

Our Congressman picks scenic spots for his press conferences. Not long ago Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney invited a crowd to Plum Point on the Hudson River to announce the ban on anchorages.

Maloney talks conservation April 28, 2021 Ken Cashman (Photo by Ken Cashman) - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Mark Zakutansky and Michelle Smith (left to right) spoke at an April 23 press conference to announce the reauthorizing of the Highlands Conservation Act. The conference was held at the Fort Mont...

While some efforts are being made to return to a sense of normalcy, the arts, specifically the entertainment aspect, con...
04/29/2021
Pandemic continues impacting the arts – The Cornwall Local

While some efforts are being made to return to a sense of normalcy, the arts, specifically the entertainment aspect, continues to lag behind. School stages remain relatively empty and Broadway remains dark. Some local dance and theater groups are continuing with production of shows while others are trying to wait out the pandemic.

Pandemic continues impacting the arts April 28, 2021 Jason Kaplan (Photo contributed) - When non-essential businesses were shut down last March, the Dance and Music Design School switched to virtual rehearsals. The students worked hard to learn their routines, despite the limitations, and were succe...

Time is running out to enter our Kids Poetry & Coloring Contest!
04/26/2021

Time is running out to enter our Kids Poetry & Coloring Contest!

Time is running out to enter our Kids Poetry & Coloring Contest!

“Airbnb’s are not going away,” Mayor James Gagliano said. “It’s up to us to adjust and find the sweet spot.”
04/23/2021
Back to drawing board on rental law – The Cornwall Local

“Airbnb’s are not going away,” Mayor James Gagliano said. “It’s up to us to adjust and find the sweet spot.”

Back to drawing board on rental law April 21, 2021 Jason Kaplan (Photo by Jason Kaplan) - A local law aims to regulate short-term rentals, like this one in Cornwall-on-Hudson. While some village residents are against short-term rentals, others want to make sure language in the law protects their qua...

The Cornwall Central School District will get $332,580 and the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District wi...
04/22/2021
Pre-K money for CCSD, HFFMCSD – The Cornwall Local

The Cornwall Central School District will get $332,580 and the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District will get $170,940 in state aid in 2021-22 to operate Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) programs.

Pre-K money for CCSD, HFFMCSD April 21, 2021 Mary Jane Pitt (Photo by MJ Pitt) - Senator James Skoufis was surrounded by people who believe in the merits of a quality pre-kindergarten program when he visited the Fort Montgomery Elementary School on Tuesday. Skoufis made announcement Tuesday morning....

Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a productive year for Inheritance of Hope – a charity founded by a West Point family that...
04/16/2021
Locally-founded charity keeps serving – The Cornwall Local

Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a productive year for Inheritance of Hope – a charity founded by a West Point family that was living in Cornwall-on-Hudson.

Locally-founded charity keeps serving April 14, 2021 Ken Cashman (Photo provided) - This young lady greets people who donate on-line to Inheritance of Hope. Outreach continues during pandemic Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a productive year for Inheritance of Hope – a charity founded by a West Poi...

The game didn’t want to end. After every overtime period, the teams were tied.A local television station was covering th...
04/15/2021
Coach Howe retires after long career – The Cornwall Local

The game didn’t want to end. After every overtime period, the teams were tied.

A local television station was covering the game, and the Cornwall gym on Main Street was packed. The Dragons were facing their archrivals from O’Neill.

Coach Howe retires after long career April 14, 2021 Ken Cashman (File Photo) - Tom Howe (left) with Chris Miller, a former player for Tom Howe who is now a coach. Will be constructing a home upstate The game didn’t want to end. After every overtime period, the teams were tied. A local television s...

The idiom “practice makes perfect” applies when Cornwall High School junior Kevin Ward considers his team’s third place ...
04/09/2021
Computer networking student takes third place – The Cornwall Local

The idiom “practice makes perfect” applies when Cornwall High School junior Kevin Ward considers his team’s third place finish in the recent CyberPatriot Competition. It was the team’s first year in the competition, but Ward believes they can be better.

Computer networking student takes third place April 7, 2021 Jason Kaplan (Photo contributed) - Kevin Ward, Phoenix Graham, Charles Mason, and Oluseye Ilori took third place in this year’s CyberPatriot Competition. Cornwall’s Ward enjoyed CyberPatriot Competition The idiom “practice makes perfe...

There won’t be a parade. And there won’t be an Opening Day ceremony. But Little Leaguers will start playing in Cornwall ...
04/08/2021
Play Ball! Little leaguers start April 17 – The Cornwall Local

There won’t be a parade. And there won’t be an Opening Day ceremony. But Little Leaguers will start playing in Cornwall on Saturday, April 17.

Play Ball! Little leaguers start April 17 April 7, 2021 Ken Cashman (File Photo) - A Senior League player races home last summer. “We were fortunate,” the league president said. “There was no spread of the disease." Without parade or opening ceremonies There won’t be a parade. And there won....

In this eternal struggle of man versus nature, nature usually ends up winning. Man continues to push back, but nature co...
04/02/2021
Mountain still threatens commuters – The Cornwall Local

In this eternal struggle of man versus nature, nature usually ends up winning. Man continues to push back, but nature consistently finds a way to come out ahead. In this narrative, the tag-team duo of Storm King Mountain and Mother Nature form the formidable enemy against humanity.

Mountain still threatens commuters March 31, 2021 Jason Kaplan (Fort Montgomery Fire Department’s page) - Accidents on Rt. 9W over Storm King Mountain, like this one in October 2020, can result in traffic tie-ups as emergency vehicles try to get to the scene. Despite improvements, Rt. 9W ...

The Instagram arrived on Monday with a pair of surprises. The good news was that the Farmhouse Market was a finalist in ...
04/01/2021
Vote for Farmhouse Market! – The Cornwall Local

The Instagram arrived on Monday with a pair of surprises. The good news was that the Farmhouse Market was a finalist in Hudson Valley Magazine’s Farm-to-Table Category.

Vote for Farmhouse Market! March 31, 2021 Ken Cashman (Photo by Ken Cashman) - Anthony and Rosey Lanci own the Farmhouse Market at 277 Main Street in Cornwall. They’re shown with their two-year-old daughter Leona. Cornwall store is Farm-to-Table nominee The Instagram arrived on Monday with a pair ...

Chris McGuire compares the activity to hiding vegetables. He and Jeff Moulton are physical education teachers at Cornwal...
02/19/2021
Sleigh riding is like hiding vegetables – The Cornwall Local

Chris McGuire compares the activity to hiding vegetables. He and Jeff Moulton are physical education teachers at Cornwall Elementary School.

During the pandemic, they’ve favored outdoor activities. There’s more room to spread out and less chance of someone being infected.

Sleigh riding is like hiding vegetables February 17, 2021 Ken Cashman (Photo by Ken Cashman) - Addisyn Morales and Katchlyn Woeltjen carry a sled uphill at Cornwall Elementary School. Students are getting fresh air and exercise at the same time they’re having fun. Students enjoy an outdoor gym per...

As the death rate rose due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Inheritance of Hope conducted over 2,000 services, last year, for f...
02/18/2021
Non-profit focus is helping families – The Cornwall Local

As the death rate rose due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Inheritance of Hope conducted over 2,000 services, last year, for families grieving the loss of a loved one. It was a dramatic increase for the non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire hope in young families in the wake of the death of a parent.

Non-profit focus is helping families February 17, 2021 Jason Kaplan (Photos contributed) - Inheritance of Hope, a non-profit organization which helps young families face the loss of a parent, offers a number of resources including legacy retreats aimed at bringing families together. Inheritance of H...

You can find these stories and more inside this week's edition of The Cornwall Local! 👀
02/18/2021
This Week – February 19, 2021 – The Cornwall Local

You can find these stories and more inside this week's edition of The Cornwall Local! 👀

This Week – February 19, 2021 February 17, 2021 Editorial Staff (Photo by Ken Cashman) - Addisyn Morales and Katchlyn Woeltjen carry a sled uphill at Cornwall Elementary School. Students are getting fresh air and exercise at the same time they’re having fun. Committees work to improve PDs As Bla...

02/14/2021

***MAIN STREET WINTER PARKING***

Although current town law restricts parking at Town Hall, the following will apply for the next few weeks of winter:

Vehicles temporarily parking at town hall during snow falls exceeding 2 ½ inches can park in the spaces closest to Main Street and Hudson Street in front of town hall and the tennis courts.

Anyone parking there must provide their name, vehicle make, license plate number and telephone contact information by e-mail to Chief Hazard at [email protected].

Chief Hazard has indicated the officers will not issue any tickets to vehicles temporarily parking at Town Hall provided they give the information above to the town and they move their vehicles
within a reasonable time.

Over nine percent of the United States population has already received the COVID-19 vaccination and New York is preparin...
02/12/2021
COVID cases down, vaccinations up – The Cornwall Local

Over nine percent of the United States population has already received the COVID-19 vaccination and New York is preparing to open up inoculations to another segment of the population starting Feb. 15.

COVID cases down, vaccinations up February 10, 2021 Jason Kaplan (Photo contributed) - Orange County has been administering COVID-19 vaccinations at an average rate of over 900 doses weekly. On Feb. 15, New York will be expanding distribution to those who suffer from specific medical conditions. Ove...

Bill Horton is the Village’s new building inspector
02/11/2021
Seamless transition into familiar role – The Cornwall Local

Bill Horton is the Village’s new building inspector

Seamless transition into familiar role February 10, 2021 Jason Kaplan (Photo contributed) - William Horton previously served as code enforcement officer for the City of Newburgh for the last three years. Having taken over Dec. 18, Horton brings that experience to Cornwall-on-Hudson where he will ser...

02/08/2021

When it snows, where are Main Street residents supposed to park overnight if they don't have access to a driveway or garage? Someone is leaving notes on residents' cars encouraging them to reach out to the town supervisor as the municipal lot is no longer available and parking at Cornwall Plaza or Town Hall will result in being towed. For more information or to get involved in the effort e-mail [email protected].

02/07/2021

This week's paper will be dedicated to the snow men and women who represent our community in the winter. Share photos of your creations for possible inclusion in the Local. ☃

02/06/2021

On Monday evening, the village and town will hold a joint public meeting via Zoom starting at 7 p.m. Below is the logon information.

The Village and Town Board members, staff and the public may access the meeting by joining the following link: https://zoom.us/j/91483837853?pwd=L1ZtSUw4Y1pORnZzRXlhdmZrVXBjZz09

and by utilizing the following meeting credentials: Meeting ID 914 8383 7853 and Meeting Passcode 505858. The Village and Town Board members, staff and the public can also listen by calling the following telephone number: 1-646-558-8656 and utilizing the same Meeting ID and Passcode noted above.

After that is over, the Village Board will hold their work session/special meeting.

Village Board Work Session
Mon, Feb 8, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/338422205

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 338-422-205

Senator James Skoufis has announced that construction has been completed for two cell phone towers in the notorious ‘dea...
02/05/2021
Palisades cell towers done – The Cornwall Local

Senator James Skoufis has announced that construction has been completed for two cell phone towers in the notorious ‘dead zone’ on the Palisades Parkway between Orange and Rockland Counties.

Palisades cell towers done February 3, 2021 Editorial Staff Service boosted for Parkway drivers Senator James Skoufis has announced that construction has been completed for two cell phone towers in the notorious ‘dead zone’ on the Palisades Parkway between Orange and Rockland Counties. The two t...

Akilesh Kootala started his Eagle Scout project when he was a senior at Cornwall High School, but he didn’t receive the ...
02/04/2021
Project benefits SKAC – The Cornwall Local

Akilesh Kootala started his Eagle Scout project when he was a senior at Cornwall High School, but he didn’t receive the award until nearly two years later due to scheduling conflicts between Eagle Board and his being away at college at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Project benefits SKAC February 3, 2021 Jason Kaplan Scout’s owl houses will help the environment Akilesh Kootala started his Eagle Scout project when he was a senior at Cornwall High School, but he didn’t receive the award until nearly two years later due to scheduling conflicts between Eagle Bo...

02/02/2021

Share your snow day(s) photos and perhaps some will appear in this week's edition of the paper.

It’s been a trying 12 months as Cornwall Central School District students and staff continue to deal with the COVID-19 p...
01/29/2021
Student art inspired by pop artist – The Cornwall Local

It’s been a trying 12 months as Cornwall Central School District students and staff continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, but middle school art teacher, Gina Dianis, has been trying to maintain positivity by using inspiring and motivational words in her students’ work.

Student art inspired by pop artist January 27, 2021 Jason Kaplan (Photos contributed) - Using bleeding tissue paper, fifth grade middle school students, were inspired by pop artist Robert Indiana to create artwork using inspiring and motivational words. American pop artist Robert Indiana’s work ex...

Brothers Barbecue opened second restaurant in August
01/28/2021
Barbecue brothers buck the pandemic – The Cornwall Local

Brothers Barbecue opened second restaurant in August

Barbecue brothers buck the pandemic January 27, 2021 Ken Cashman (Contributed photo) - Chris, Jamie and Gavin Farella (left to right) have opened a second restaurant. The new business, called “Brothers Smokehouse” is in Ramsey, N.J. Opened second restaurant in August Some backyard chefs appear t...

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Cornwall Dragons (V) held Kingston back in a 14-7 win yesterday.
I was unable to sub in the district for some time due to the pandemic. When I returned to CCHS to substitute teach yesterday (I retired from teaching art at CCHS in 2016) I was very impressed with how the district has configured and streamlined the facility and protocols for keeping students and staff safe at the high school. The district is to be commended. Having followed closely how other districts all over the country have handled the challenge of COVID-19, many of them could learn a lot from how the CSSD facilitated this. I can’t speak for the other schools in the district but based on my personal experience at the high school, every aspect imaginable seemed to have been carefully thought out and executed. It would be impossible to satisfy everyone’s expectations of what comprises best practices under such conditions but my impressions as of yesterday convinced me that the district has strived to achieve just that. Thank you! Well done! It’s so nice to be back.
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It's wonderful to see that the Barbara Crevling Memorial Grant will continue again this year! Despite the pandemic, last year was a tremendous success!!! OK, students get ready to compete and best of luck!!! Elaine, Barbara's sister!
Hey everyone! Saturday and Sunday this weekend is a collectibles sale. Hope to see everyone there! We will have collectibles such as: Lilliput Lane Dicken's Village Lenox and other Christmas ornaments Figurines China cups ....and more! Seller: Regina Selvaggio Lieby https://www.facebook.com/events/3844062142326493/
Salisbury Mills this morning..
The Legacy of Cooper Marsh – a booklet for those who love the Marsh Lancaster, Ontario: The Cooper Marsh Conservators are pleased to announce the sale of their booklet at local sites. It describes the history and natural history of Cooper Marsh. Agnes Cooper, whose husband Bill Cooper was a prime mover in saving the marshy area from development, is seen here with her complimentary copy of The Legacy of Cooper Marsh. This Legacy of Cooper Marsh has been authored by many individuals whose love of the Marsh is brought to life with stories and pictures. The recent restoration and enhancement of the Marsh, the educational and community outreach, and its flora and fauna are highlighted by its authors. The booklet can be purchased for $15.00, including tax, at the following sites, or from members of the Board of the Cooper Marsh Conservators: Henderson’s Grocery, Lancaster Cornwall Flowers, 1325 Pitt St., Cornwall Glengarry Fine Cheese, 5926 Cty Rd 34, Lancaster Williamstown’s Grocery, 19688 County Rd 17, Williamstown Life’s Little Pleasures, 108 Pitt Street, Cornwall. For more information about the Marsh: on-line at www.rrca.on,.ca/conservators and the Cooper Marsh Conservators page For more information on this media release, please contact: Robin Poole, at 613 937 7673 or [email protected] Jean-Marc Gladu 613 360 8915 or [email protected]
Why hasn't the Cornwall Local ever written stories about Angie Paccione and myself on our accomplishments, not only at Cornwall High School and Orange County, but in the country? Angie is a former Congresswomen. I wrote her bio on my page the other day. In the 1970's not many women were receiving athletic scholarships (only recent thanks to Title IX). Yet Angie and I did. Angie went on to star at Stanford and played amateur and professional basketball. (USA Basketball) I played four sports at Cornwall High, played in the highly competitive ASA Fastball league as the starting second basewoman of the Diamond Dolls. I later played fastpitch with the Orange County Rogues featuring stars from all around Orange County. I tagged you on only a part of my story as a women in professional sports at a time where there were very few. I plan to share more of my story on my page, from my first job as Director of Adverising and Promotions at Daytona International Speedway, and Director of Promotional Content for ESPN, to my other jobs at the United States Tennis Association (1990 US Open when the Williams sisters made their debut), the LPGA, and NASCAR. In total, a 25-year career at high profile sports organizations. I would think that our stories would be of interest to your readers.
Any results from the Town of Cornwall Library Budget and Trustee vote?
I would like to thank the group that put up the American Flags. It is such a great sight to see, our Flag to remind us we are all in this together and we will prevail. Thank you so very much.