Chatham Film Club makes gift to Regional Food Bank

CHATHAM–Thanks to two sell-out screenings of the new film Taking Woodstock at the Crandell Theatre July 30, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York is receiving a donation of $11,250. The Chatham Film Club sponsored the special showing of the film to raise funds for its campaign to purchase the historic theater. The Regional Food Bank was chosen to benefit as well.

“We’re pleased to be able to partner with another important community organization that helps so many of our neighbors in these difficult times,” Sandi Knakal, president of the film club, said in a press release from the club. In all, 10 food pantries in Columbia County will benefit from the donation.

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Chatham school board appoints new member

CHATHAM – The Board of Education appointed Melony Spock a member of the board this week, filling a vacancy. Ms. Spock will serve on the board until the budget vote and election May 17, 2010.

She and one other candidate, Ted Minor, submitted applications and were interviewed by the board at the public meeting Tuesday September 8.

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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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