Fostertown ETC Magnet Performs “The Sound of Music”

(left to right) Jason Merli, (Capt. Von Trapp), Madelyn Haviland (Maria), Visella DeLa Cruz (Mother Abbess), Abigail Salloum (Sister Margaretta) and Anthony Giogianni (Rolf). (photo by Jim Formato)
(left to right) Jason Merli, (Capt. Von Trapp), Madelyn Haviland (Maria), Visella DeLa Cruz (Mother Abbess), Abigail Salloum (Sister Margaretta) and Anthony Giogianni (Rolf). (photo by Jim Formato)

Last week students, staff, parents and friends of Fostertown ETC Magnet School were treated to “The Sound of Music,” which was performed by fourth and fifth grade students.

Key roles included: Maria (Madelyn Haviland), Capt. George Von Trapp (Jason Merli) and Mother Abbess (Visella DeLa Cruz). The seven children of Capt. Von Trapp: Leisl (Nyda Prince Montalvo), Louisa (Isabella Marie Delgado), Freidrich (Evan Hutchins), Kurt (Nicholas Hutchins), Brigitta (Rylee Merli), Marta (Nadia Ouhaj) and Gretl (Bryanna Foti).

Wardrobe and scenery changes were reminiscent of Broadway, and the performances transported the audience to pre-World War II Austria.

Sacred Heart Italian Festival in Newburgh

Sacred Heart Church’s annual Italian Festival was held last weekend. The first night drew several hundred people and featured live rock and roll music, both Italian and American, as well as food, amusement rides and games of chance, among other attractions.

Washingtonville VFW Thanks Commander

The Washingtonville Memorial VFW Post 8691 is sad to have to say goodbye to the current Commander Anthony (Tony) Dimmers, who has been the commander for the past two years. Dimmers is currently employed full-time at West Point. He’s leaving due to his acceptance of a new position in his home state of Minnesota.
Dimmers began his military career in the U.S. Army. After about three-and-a-half years, he transferred to the Air Force, where he served for another twenty years. He participated in eight armed conflicts during his more than 23 years in the military and has been decorated with several medals.
Senior Vice President, Michael Reisen, is slated to become the next commander.

Rolling Thunder Salutes Veterans

About 650 motorcycles took part in Rolling Thunder's Salute to Veterans Ride and Expo at Stewart Airport last Saturday. (photo by Bob McCormick)
About 650 motorcycles took part in Rolling Thunder’s Salute to Veterans Ride and Expo at Stewart Airport last Saturday. (photo by Bob McCormick)

Rolling Thunder Chapter #3 held its Salute to Veterans Ride and Expo at Stewart Airport on June 7. The event featured vendors and military displays inside one of the airport’s aviation hangers.
A Black Hawk helicopter and C-130 aircraft were also on display.
Rolling Thunder, which has held the event annually for sixteen years, helps veterans at Veteran Affairs hospitals at Castle Point and Montrose.
The motorcycles lined up around 11:30 a.m., and were led by various police agencies that had come to the ride. The bikes traveled to the U.S. Mint at West Point and were escorted through the United States Military Academy.
Back at Stewart Airport, a barbecue was held, in addition to live music and raffles.

Mount Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Big Brothers Big Sisters club at Mount Saint Mary College recently held its second annual formal event. (courtesy photo/Mount Saint Mary College)
The Big Brothers Big Sisters club at Mount Saint Mary College recently held its second annual formal event. (courtesy photo/Mount Saint Mary College)

Big Brothers Big Sisters from Mount Saint Mary College held a formal event for the “littles” they befriended, according to an announcement from the college.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Mount Saint Mary College provides mentoring for about two dozen City of Newburgh children ages 6-14. Members meet with the “littles” six times per semester to “encourage and empower” the “at-risk children,” the announcement said.

“This year was really successful and the formal is a way to celebrate that,” said Kailyn Zanella, Big Brothers Big Sisters president.

Zanella graduated in May with a major in Mathematics. She passed the presidency to Nicole Bosi, an Information Technology Education major.

Bosi has been a “big” for two years and will return to the college in the fall for her senior year.

Little Britain Hosts Field Day

Little Britain students participated in their annual Field Day on June 5. The event, which had a “rodeo” theme, featured activities including competitive games, team sports, carnival activities, a picnic lunch and more. Each class had a team color, and students decorated their shirts to represent their class team. Field Day was organized by the school’s physical education teachers with help from other classroom teachers, parents, support and kitchen staff, custodians and administrators.

First-graders participating in team sports with their teachers. (photos provided
First-graders participating in team sports with their teachers. (photos provided

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Opening ceremonies for Field Day.
Opening ceremonies for Field Day.
Students compete in different field events and relay races during Field Day.
Students compete in different field events and relay races during Field Day.

Tuckahoe Trumps Chester in Class C Tournament

Tuckahoe 6, Chester 1
Opening-Round Class C State Tournament in Saugerties on June 5

If you saw any of the games the Chester Hambletonians played during the year you would not have recognized them during their opening round of the Class C state baseball tournament. Chester’s speed on the bases and their flawless defense catapulted them to a Section IX Championship and into the first round of the state tourney. Against Tuckahoe High School, the Hambletonians made errors in the third and fifth innings resulting in six runs for the Tigers. Starting pitcher Colin Marco toughed out a complete game getting defensive help from second baseman T.J. Gregory as he turned a double play snatching a line drive and doubling up Tuckahoe’s Nanno Santorelli at first. Chester third baseman Brandon Sadlier made a nice grab in foul territory behind the bag and flipped over the fence for the out.
Chester (18-5) came a long way from the two losses to Burke and Highland to start the season. The Hambletonians came back to win five in a row before dropping a close decision to SS Seward 6-4 back in April. After that loss Chester would go on to a 13-1 record capturing the Section IX Title.
“In the beginning of the year we were all about the stats,” head coach Mike Doucette said. “However, we grew up fast and came together as a team. I am so proud of these guys.”

Chester second baseman T.J. Gregory gets in front of this hard hit grounder to start a double play.
Chester second baseman T.J. Gregory gets in front of this hard hit grounder to start a double play.
Wilson Jimenez hustles down to first to beat the throw. (photos by Frank DeSantis)
Wilson Jimenez hustles down to first to beat the throw. (photos by Frank DeSantis)
Chester pitcher Colin Marco pitched a complete game.
Chester pitcher Colin Marco pitched a complete game.
Chester third baseman Brandon Sadlier makes this play and tumbles over the fence for the out.
Chester third baseman Brandon Sadlier makes this play and tumbles over the fence for the out.
First baseman Robert Alonso stretches to make the tag after second baseman T.J. Gregory snags a line drive and starts the double play at first.
First baseman Robert Alonso stretches to make the tag after second baseman T.J. Gregory snags a line drive and starts the double play at first.
Angel Suarez goes hard into second base to thwart a double play.
Angel Suarez goes hard into second base to thwart a double play.
Chester catcher Kyle Marco shows the umpire the ball as he makes the tag for the out at the plate.
Chester catcher Kyle Marco shows the umpire the ball as he makes the tag for the out at the plate.
Chester shortstop Angel Suarez lines a single to right.
Chester shortstop Angel Suarez lines a single to right.
Chester first baseman Robert Alonzo flips to pitcher Colin Marco covering first for the out.
Chester first baseman Robert Alonzo flips to pitcher Colin Marco covering first for the out.

Cornwall Opposes Pilgrim Pipeline

By Tracy Knochen
The Town of Cornwall has joined a long list of towns and municipalities in the Hudson Valley by unanimously voting to oppose the Pilgrim Pipeline.
The Pilgrim Pipeline, a proposal that would build a pipeline spanning 178 miles, would transport crude oil and refined petroleum products, including gasoline and heating oil, between Albany, New York and Linden, New Jersey. The pipeline would run parallel to the state Thruway.
The pipeline has been a point of contention for many local towns and environmentalist groups because of potential spillage and danger to drinking water.
At the town board meeting on June 8, Randolph Clark, Cornwall town supervisor and the other members of the Cornwall Town Board, urged government representatives, including Governor Andrew Cuomo and state Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald, to oppose and prevent the construction of the pipeline.
We’ve offered to meet with the Town of Cornwall and wish that they would have taken us up on the offer before they voted on the resolution,
“Pilgrim was not asked to provide information prior to any resolution that was passed,” Paul Nathanson, a Pilgrim Pipeline spokesperson said. “We would gladly have met with the town and discussed the safety and environmental benefits of the project.”
“We would still be happy to sit down with town officials to provide more information,” Nathanson said. “The project continues.”

Let’s Get Back The Old Glory Days

If you look at June 14 on your calendar you’ll most likely see the notation that it’s Flag Day, thanks to a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. I would venture to say that most people, young ones especially, wouldn’t give it a second thought. Others may make a mental note to put their flag out. Some of us will make a point of proudly flying our flags to commemorate this fading holiday. Flanked by D-Day on June 6 and Independence Day on July 4, Flag Day has been getting the short end of the stick in recent years. Perhaps we’ve been overlooking this day because it’s not associated with a specific event like winning our Independence from the British, or a triumphant storming of a beach in Normandy in 1944. But our flag was there. It was there in 1777 when it was adopted as the official flag of the United States of America and has been present in every school, government building, memorial park and veterans event since then. Heck, if they can put an American flag on the moon, surely you can display one on your house.

American flag flying in the wind

Pot Ahead

Town Green Lights Medical Marijuana Lease
By Mark Gerlach
The Town New Windsor has inched closer to making medical marijuana a potential reality within its borders.
A ground lease has been green lighted by the New Windsor Town Board for a medical marijuana company, called Cannicare, at Stewart Airport.
The town-owned 12.6-acre lease site is located on Jackson Avenue. Unanimous town board approval was given at a June 3 meeting, and a posting is listed on the homepage of the town’s website.
The growing facility would be approximately 100,000 square feet, and include an adjacent processing facility, according to Supervisor George Green. The company is about to make its first submission to the planning board, Green said.
Cannicare is vying for one of about five medical marijuana licenses in the state. The town provided the company with a letter of support, Green said.

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