Ancram wants kids to play…but where?

ANCRAM—The town’s Youth Commission has a long history of organizing programs and events for local youngsters that are fun, entertaining and educational.
Now the commission wants to pursue the purchase of new, state-of-the-art playground equipment for the kids, but first the Town Board has to decide on the best place to put it.
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Greenport readies its Community Day

GREENPORT–Summer wraps up with kids’ rides, entertainment, food and more Saturday, September 19 at Greenport Community Day. The free annual event, announced at the September Town Board meeting, runs from noon to 8 p.m. at the Town Park on Joslen Boulevard. And the park may be growing, if a hoped-for grant comes through.

Scheduled entertainers are 98.5 The Cat’s Bill Williams and his prize wheel from noon to 2 p.m.; singer Valinda Brandow from noon to 1 p.m.; ventriloquist Steve Charney and his pal Harry from 1:30 to 2:30; pop and oldies music with The Greyhounds from 3 to 6; and crafts with the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum from 3 to 5.

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Cascino fights court rulings

Waste hauler’s lawyer grills Copake’s lawyer over bills 

HUDSON–Salvatore Cascino’s attorney was back in court on his client’s behalf September 3 to dispute the amount of money for attorney fees that his client must pay to the Town of Copake.

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Nichols found Mr. Cascino guilty of both criminal and civil contempt June 9 for violating a 2006 temporary restraining order that prohibited Mr. Cascino from constructing, excavating or depositing anything on his 300-acre property called Copake Valley Farm. As part of his decision, Judge Nichols ordered Mr. Cascino to:

*Remove a stone wall and all the materials deposited on his property that were put there in violation of the restraining order

*Cease all construction work on a building he calls a farm stand

*Pay the town reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees expended in the course of prosecuting the contempt case.

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Cascino fights court rulings

Waste hauler’s lawyer grills Copake’s lawyer over bills

HUDSON–Salvatore Cascino’s attorney was back in court on his client’s behalf September 3 to dispute the amount of money for attorney fees that his client must pay to the Town of Copake.

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Nichols found Mr. Cascino guilty of both criminal and civil contempt June 9 for violating a 2006 temporary restraining order that prohibited Mr. Cascino from constructing, excavating or depositing anything on his 300-acre property called Copake Valley Farm. As part of his decision, Judge Nichols ordered Mr. Cascino to:

*Remove a stone wall and all the materials deposited on his property that were put there in violation of the restraining order

*Cease all construction work on a building he calls a farm stand

*Pay the town reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees expended in the course of prosecuting the contempt case.

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Federal funds help find homes

Columbia Opportunities gets stimulus money to fight homelessness

HUDSON–As of August 1 of this year, about 130 people in Columbia County were seeking some kind of assistance because they were homeless. Some were individuals, some were families; one family, a single parent with kids, was living in the family car.

Those figures make a recent federal grant of $584,962 to Columbia Opportunities, Inc., the local, non-profit service agency that addresses housing and other issues countywide, all the more welcome. The money is for homelessness prevention and comes through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, also known as federal economic stimulus funds. With this grant and other funds in the pipeline, Columbia Opportunities will have over $1.5 million for programs to reduce homelessness and support other programs like home winterization and Head Start in Columbia and Greene counties.

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