By Tracy Knochen
CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON – The Cornwall-on-Hudson Village Board passed a resolution to put pressure on General Electric to continue its Hudson River dredging. Chemicals from two GE factories in upstate New York had been dumped into the river until the practice was banned during the latter part of the 1970s.
An agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency led to GE digging up and removing sediment tainted with chemicals. GE had planned to end the dredging by fall 2015, which has been a source of contention to residents and federal officials living along the Hudson River.
There have been over 70 municipalities that have passed resolutions to support the additional dredging in order to remove the remaining chemicals. Many feel that it makes sense and will save money if the procedure is continued while the operations and infrastructure are still in place.
Currently GE is still scheduled to end its dredging operation by early fall. There will be a protest against these plans on the Hudson River banks in both Newburgh and Beacon.
“GE expects to complete the massive dredging project in the upper Hudson this year,” said GE spokesperson Chris Horne. “When the work concludes, we will have addressed 100 percent of the PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl) that E.P.A. targeted when it selected dredging in 2002. E.P.A. has called the cleanup ‘enormously successful’ and a national model for others to follow.”
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By Mark Gerlach
Republican stalwart Carmen Dubaldi has stepped down from a number of positions.
Dubaldi submitted letters stepping down as treasurer from a number of committees including those of County Clerk Annie Rabbitt, chairman of the Orange County Legislature Steve Brescia and former County Executive Edward Diana, according to Tom Connolly, a spokesperson for the state Board of Elections.
The letters have been processed and approved for all three of those committees, Connolly said. Replacements have not been made at this time.Dubaldi is also treasure for Sen. William Larkin. Calls to Larkin’s office for comment were not immediately returned. It is unclear at this time if Dubaldi is still Larkin’s treasurer, as representatives at his New Windsor office could not comment on the matter.
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TOWN OF NEWBURGH – A safety concern involving parts of the Balmville Tree that are in danger of collapsing into the roadway has closed down about 300 feet of Balmville Road to vehicles.
The Department of Environmental Conversation will make a determination about what actions should be taken to ameliorate the situation. The D.E.C. is currently working with a professional arborist to assess the condition of the tree, D.E.C. spokesperson Wendy Rosenbach said.
The tree received damage to a major limb, Rosenbach said. The Balmville Tree is an Eastern cottonwood and is estimated to have been in its current location since about 1699, she said.
The tree is located at the intersection of Balmville Road and Commonwealth Avenue. The roadway was transformed into a small park with stone walls decades ago to accommodate the tree, according to an announcement from the town.
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On July 10 Washingtonville student Erin Wilson participated in the hammer competition in the USATF Junior Olympics for Region I. She finished in fifth place with a throw of 88.75 feet. With this throw, she qualified to compete in the national competition in Jacksonville, Florida on July 30. (photo provided)
Second Round American Legion District 9 Playoffs Newburgh Nuclears (seniors)
Newburgh Nuclears 6, Ellenville Cyclones 4
The Newburgh Nuclears beat the Ellenville Cyclones in the second round of the American Legion District IX playoffs by a score of 6-4. Winning Pitcher Dylan Schoonmaker scattered seven hits over six and two-thirds innings while striking out eight batters and giving up the four Ellenville runs. Gunnar Barr came in and pitched a scoreless two and one-third innings, giving up two hits to earn the save for the Nuclears.
The Nuclears were led by Danny Santiago’s two-run home run; a 345-foot blast in the fifth inning, which broke a 2-2 tie that the Nuclears never relinquished. Chris Colotti rocketed a solo home run high over the left center field wall in the eighth inning for an insurance run for the Nukes. Gunnar Barr, who was the designated hitter before taking over the pitching duties, led the Nuclears with three hits and an RBI and Sean Hofving had a big two RBI single for Newburgh. Newburgh will next play the Rockland Pirates in the third round of the district playoffs at Delano Hitch Stadium in Newburgh.
Newburgh Nuclears 16 , Ellenville Cyclones 3
The Newburgh Nuclears defeated the Ellenville Cyclones 16-3 in an American Legion game cut short due to the mercy run rule with Newburgh up by ten runs after seven innings in an originally planned nine-inning game. Khaliid Scott continued his dominant pitching, going five and two-third innings, striking out ten batters, walking two and only allowing three hits and surrendering one run. Scott Oliver came on in relief of Khaliid for the final one and one-third innings, striking out three, giving up two hits and two runs.
Newburgh’s offense was led by their leadoff hitter, John Mooradian, who stroked three hits and had two RBIs; Sean Hofving who had two hits, including a big two-run triple to break open the game in the third inning and Gunnar Barr continued his hot hitting, getting three hits and four RBIs. Not one Nuclear in the lineup was without a hit, showing a balanced hitting attack behind Khaliid’s impressive pitching performance. This was the last game of the season for the Nuclears as they prepare for the American Legion’s District Playoffs.
This year’s Newburgh Illuminated Festival is over, but its artistic spirit continues to light up the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center at Mount Saint Mary College.
The annual festival, which celebrates Newburgh’s history and diverse culture, featured a series of original light bulb-shaped paintings by local artists. One bulb was sponsored by Mount Saint Mary College and showcased the talents of art instructors Jodi Yeaple-King and Sandra Brandman. Each artist painted one side of the bulb.
Yeaple-King’s painting depicts the front of the college’s Desmond Campus. Brandman’s painting shows the view toward the Hudson River from the back of the estate.
The artwork is displayed at the main staircase of the college’s Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center (Dominican Center) located at 330 Powell Ave. in Newburgh. The public is invited to stop by and take a look.
Numerous fire departments attended Firefighter’s Day at Museum Village in Monroe, including fire trucks from: Salisbury Mills Mt. Lodge Fire Company (with tanker and portable pool), South Blooming Grove Independence Fire Company (which performed an extrication from a vehicle), Washingtonville Fire Department and Cornwall-on-Hudson Fire Company. (photo provided)
All Ages Enjoy The Hudson River Ned Crossley, 70, of Cornwall-on-Hudson was wind surfing at Plum Point Thursday morning. He’s been wind surfing for many years, and has been out on the Hudson River more than a dozen times this year. It was slightly windy Thursday. “It’s not bad,” Crossley said of the wind. “Better than no wind.” (photo by Mark Gerlach) http://ow.ly/i/bXxgd
On Saturday, July 11 members of First Presbyterian Church of Washingtonville and Boy Scouts from Washingtonville Troop 416 visited Valley View to present a program of patriotic music. Scouts Danny, Owen and Matthew read aloud about the events leading up to the writing of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The program ended with a special surprise for the residents when they were each presented with a Beanie Baby. (photo provided)
On July 14 parents and students participated in literacy activities during the “Literacy Happens” workshop series held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. The series runs until Tuesday, August 4. Each session is held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the armory. Participants see videos of families who support their child’s literacy development and try out activities that are easy to do at home. Activities include games, crafts and more. The Newburgh Enlarged City School District facilitates the sessions in collaboration with Mount Saint Mary’s College education faculty.