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The Putnam County News (July 15, 2009)

The Putnam County News (July 15, 2009)

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 Part of a series onlocal eateries
  by Michael Brendan DoughertyTwenty-five years ago, Tom Rolston sat in the Cold SpringDepot having a drink. The bar-tender leaned over to him, and said “You’re in the restaurant  business. Why don’t you buythis dump?” Rolston laughs,“I swear to you, she said that.I said ‘if we can close in a  week,’ and it was done. Weopened a week later. And it  was packed!”Rolston came a long way toCold Spring. Born in Iowa, he moved to New York Cityin 1969 to work for NBC as  unit manager and producer. Hethen helped immigrants build  restaurants in New York, estab-lishing many of the Japanese,Thai, and Filipino restaurants by Eric GrossPutnam County residentsare breathing a sigh of re-lief this week after learningthe New York State Senate renewed a one percent salestax extender for the next two years.In April, members of thePutnam Legislature called on Albany lawmakers to keepthe status quo by raising thecounty sales tax from three percent to four percent. Sincethe current legislation expireson November 30, a renewal was needed.The State Assembly ap- proved the extender after it  was introduced by Assembly- woman Sandy Galef without controversy, but due to the morass in the Senate duringthe past month, local officialsfeared dramatic property tax hikes of 39 percent next year if the bill was not approved. Under the leadership of State Senator Vincent Leibell,one of the first bills approved  when the Senate returned to work last week was the Putnam sales tax extender.In an interview with thecounty executive Monday,Bondi called it “essential for our future that the extender besigned into law by Governor Paterson. This is not allow-ing for additional revenue but merely gives the county what it has had in the past in order to pay its bills. Thesituation is critical becauseour sales tax revenues have plummeted.”For the first five monthsof 2009, sales tax receiptstotaled $20,784,698, a declineof more than $2.3 million 
Watch the Trains Go By As YouDine at the Cold Spring Depot
 by Michael MellThe Putnam Valley Town Board’s July 8 workshop be-gan with a public hearing on a local law to regulate theinstallation and operation of  wood boilers. This was thesecond hearing held, and it  reflected the modifications made at the previous hearing.Of concern is a provision of the law that prohibits useof the boilers between Mayand September. Resident, and  boiler owner, Bill Venezia asked the board “what hap- pens if fuel costs rise?” He reminded the board that this year cold weather lasted wellinto May. Mr. Venezia also pointed out that some busi- nesses might require summer  use of their boilers. Town Attorney Bill Zutt replied that the proposed law contains a  provision allowing the board to waive requirements on a case-by-case basis.Trustee Wendy Whetselasked whether “this would open the door,” thereby vi-tiating the law. The short answer, said Zutt, was “yes.”One resident commented that operation of a wood boiler isa “time- and effort-intensive process,” and didn’t antici- pate “a rush to buy.” Assistant Supervisor Gene Yetter, act-ing in Bob Tendy’s absence,said that the town “is takingsteps” to prevent abuse, and that limits and conditions will be set to allow for vari-ances. The board discussed and made modifications tothe proposed law to addressthe issues raised, and will hold a third public hearingon August 12.Immediately following wasa hearing on creation of a Timberline drainage district.Creation of the drainage dis-trict is required before thetown can “dedicate” the road.Residents of TimberlineEstates are concerned that dedication occurs prior tothe start of school in Sep-tember, so that school busescan travel on it. Bill Zutt told the board that the town engineer has signed off on the application. The drainagedistrict will be supported bya fixed fee paid by residents, which the board may adjust as part of the yearly budget  process. Trustee Priscilla Keresey urged the board to“move quickly,” given thetime constrains. The board concurred and a vote has
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 by Annie Chesnut Garrison resident and former Governor George Pataki ap- peared at the Hudson ValleyHospital Center the morningof July 9 to dedicate the Pa-taki Center. The handsomely redesigned and refurbished  building, constructed morethan 250 years ago, will serveas a conference center for the hospital. Governor Pataki wasable to secure $1 million in funding for the renovation of the complex through the Em- pire State Development Cor- poration before he left office.The governor was joined  by more than a hundred well- wishers, including hospitaladministrators, physicians, nurses, support staff, board  members, local and regional politicians, media representa-tives, business leaders, Patakifamily members, and friends.There was an air of dignified elegance as the event began on a beautiful morning, withtwo bagpipers from the Cold Spring Fire Company’s Pipes& Drums—one of whom wasCold Spring’s mayor, SethGallagher—leading the pro-cession, followed by a solemn color guard of New York StateTroopers; Governor Pataki; his wife, Libby; daughter, Em-ily; the hospital’s CEO, John Federspiel; and the HospitalFoundation’s Chair, Edward MacDonald.When it was the governor’s by Michael MellThe Cold Spring VillageBoard met on July 7, 2009,to hear public comment on a sewer rate increase. Water &Sewer Superintendent GregPhillips summarized the is-sues driving the need for an increase in fees. Inflow and infiltration into the wastewa-ter treatment facility should  remain within operating tol-erances. Last Wednesday’s heavy rainfall caused Thurs-day’s inflow to increase 1.8times the normal flow.Phillips distributed flowgraphs for June 30 and July1 that clearly illustrated theincrease. “This is where theDEC wants us to identify in-filtration sources and correct them” said Mr. Phillips. Hecontinued saying, “We will benefit from . . . addressingthe massive inflows and willsave money in the long run.”Over the next three years,Phillips estimates a cost of $30,000 per year for flow monitoring. Subsequent videoinspection will cost $2,500 per day. At this time he was unable to speculate about thecost of any repairs.The existing aeration system is over 30 years old and “well past its designed lifetime.” Re- placement of this system with more efficient equipment willsave money and electricity.The draft report of the aeration study performed by contractor Malcolm Pirnie & Associatesestimates a cost of $342,000to $387,000 for a new system.The exact price would depend on the recommendation chosen  by Michael MellThe July 7, 2009, Cold Spring Village Board meetingended on a tense note, as theissue of metered parking on Main Street was raised again.Capping a discussion of the success of CommunityDay, resident and local busi- nessman Tom Rolston com- mented that, with over 5,000in attendance, parking did  not become the problem that  had been anticipated. MikeArmstrong, who, along withRolston, headed the parkingcommittee for the celebra-tions, concurred, saying that space at the Marathon site was not needed at all. Rolston suggested the village should again consider instituting paid parking on Main Street,citing the revenue it would  bring to the village coffers.Trustee Gordon Robertson agreed, saying that a “new board and new mayor” war- rant a review to gain a “fresh by Michael Turton Putnam County Legisla-tor Vinny Tamagna has a fa-vorite word to describe theMetropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and NewYork State Bridge Authority(NYSBA), and he couldn’t  utter the word “outrageous”often enough in strongly con-demning recent actions bythe twin Authorities when  he addressed the Philipstown Town Board at its July 9,2009 meeting.Tamagna and his fellowPutnam County legislatorsare hopping mad over the“Mobility Tax” being imposed on county residents by theMTA, and the large raisesthat the NYSBA has given toits senior employees.The mobility tax will belevied against payrolls of all residents in the MTA com- muter region. Tamagna and other Putnam County legisla-tors have condemned the moveas “taxation without equitable representation” because thecounties of Putnam, Orange,Dutchess, and Rockland haveonly one shared vote on thesixteen-member MTA board.He also questioned the le-gality of the mobility tax,
Testy Talks in Town
Tamagna Slams MTA Tax as Outrageous
Garrison Fire Finances Rankle Regele
Village Board Squabbles Over  Metered Parking 
Gov. Pataki’s Million Dollar Legacy
Cold Spring  Raises Sewer  Rates
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Cold Spring Water Review Continues
 by Eric GrossPutnam’s mid- summer clas-sic is one week away!The county’s 38th annual4-H Fair will open next Friday(July 24) and will continuethroughout the weekend.The fair, sponsored byCornell Cooperative Exten-sion, offers something for everyone, from visual arts,creative crafts, creative writ-ing, engineering and rocketry,entomology and food preserva-tion to fruits and vegetables, photography, textile handi-crafts, woodworking, and of course hundreds of animalsof every size and description.A highlight of this year’sfair will be the Country Liv-ing Auction that takes placeon Saturday, July 25, at 4pm.Fair organizers are stillseeking items for the auction, which Cornell Cooperative Ex-tension Program Coordinator Pat Madigan said were “tax-deductible as long as they arein clean and good condition.All proceeds from the auc-tion will help support CornellCooperative Extension YouthDevelopment, Environmental,and Community EconomicVitality education programs.”The fair will be held at the Putnam County VeteransMemorial Park in Kent.
 From the Cold Spring Water  Department:
As reported in last week's
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, the water department reported bouts of discoloration in the distribu-tion system in recent weeks.Questions have arisen with regard to the potability of thesupply as it reaches consumer taps. "At this point, sampling has indicated that there are no bacteriological issues in the finished water supply,"stated Superintendent GregPhillips. "The free-chlorine residual has been found to beat a sufficient level to staveoff microbial growth," Phil-lips added.As for resolution of thediscoloration, Phillips said that Water Department per-sonnel will be working this week to drain down each of the two finished water stor-age tanks located on FishkillRoad, at the treatment facil-ity. "This will allow us totake one variable out of theequation," Phillips stated. Northeast Aquastore, buildersof the two storage tanks in 1997, will be on site to assessthe integrity of the structuresafter 12 years of service."Having the manufacturer's representative on hand willalso help in future planning,should any issues be develop-ing," Phillips added.Once the source of the sup- ply has been assessed and  ruled out, the distribution system will be further ana-lyzed. It is possible that theDepartment will conduct an-other hydrant flush to removethe remaining sediment, ac-cording to Phillips. He added that if this is the case, it will be publicized in the paper and online."We may also have to initi-ate a more formal study of thesystem," Phillips continued,"the problem may be indica-tive of issues not able to be handled in-house."The Water Department can  be reached at 265-7986, or via e-mail at vcswater@best- web. net 
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 by Michael MellThis past May, longtimePutnam Valley resident Dawn Powell announced her inten-tion to challenge incumbent Town Supervisor Bob Tendyin next November’s election. No stranger to town hall,she served as the personalassistant to former Supervi-sor Sam Davis, albeit under a cloud, because at the timeshe was also his domestic partner. Endorsed by boththe PV Democratic Commit-tee and the Putnam CountyDemocratic Committee, she is running on a platform for tax relief and fiscal responsibilityin government. The
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 Dawn Powell during a recent conversation with the PCN&R.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Meetings This Week 
7:00 PM - Cold Spring ZBA7:30 PM - Philipstown Planning BoardNo Meetings ScheduledPV TOWN HALL CLOSED7:30 PM - Nelsonville Village MonthlyMeeting7:30 PM - Cold Spring BoardMonthly Meeting
7:30 PM - Philipstown Board Wkly Workshop
THURSDAY 7/16FRIDAY 7/17MONDAY 7/20TUESDAY 7/21WEDNESDAY 7/22
Letters to theEditorare on page 6.
MTA Tax Q&A with County Legislator Tony Hay
 by Michael Brendan DoughertyWhen retroactive payroll tax hikes were passed in Albany tosupport the MTA, state senator Vincent Leibell, Assemblyman Greg Ball, and other politiciansvowed to push for a forensicaudit of the agency. Two weeksago, the Putnam County legis-lature boldly announced that they would refuse to pay thetax. Leading that charge wasTony Hay, a legislator from Southeast, who sat with the
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 PCN&R:
How did the Leg-islature come to take such a strong stand against payingthe MTA tax?
Tony Hay:
It started in theaudit committee, Monday June29. I said to myself, ‘Enough isenough!’ With most taxes, you get something for your money, but the MTA tax is one of the most unfair I’ve ever seen.What do you get from the MTAtax? Absolutely nothing. When  you use the service you pay the user fee, a ticket price. But  what really frosted me is that they were making this retroac-tive. How can you make thistax retroactive when we were never made aware the tax waseven due? That’s government at its best: getting in the pocket of every taxpayer.
 PCN&R:
 
Putting aside the retroactive aspect, aren’t manytaxes like this? What else would cause the Putnam legislature to reject it so thoroughly?
Hay:
 Usually with most taxes you can find some who sup- port it, and some who do not.I’ve not found one person or one business that supports thisone. Yet four out of the fivesenators in the Hudson Val-ley supported the bill. I try tolisten to my constituents when I take a vote.
 PCN&R:
What happens next?
Hay:
It’s not due to be paid  until some time in October. In the end we’re going to haveto cave in and pay the price.They’re going to hit us with penalties and interest. But wethought we’d have time to get other counties on our side, and  maybe someone would say‘This isn’t a good idea.’ We have to show, this is a devas-tating blow to many business,and charitable organization that  have payrolls. They have to pay 3 cents on every thousand dollars and they receive noth-ing for it.
 PCN&R:
Was this tax a sudden  blow to the county coffers,as well?
Hay:
Our bill is $127,500 retroactively to March, that’s what our share is this year.That’s pro-rated for the year.The schools, not for profits,charities, they all have payrolls.Businesses are struggling tosurvive, and many of them do not use the MTA service.Look at it this way. I own a car. I buy the car, I pay salestax on the car, I register myvehicle, I insure my vehicle,and I put gas in my vehicle.Does anyone from the MTA help me?
 PCN&R:
Some legislators havecalled for an audit of the MTA.What do you make of it?
Hay:
The MTA is literallygetting millions upon mil-lions from Putnam County.They charge me, you, and the businesses that you use. Part of that money goes to repair  brides to Manhattan, whichare part of the MTA system.What they have to learn at theMTA is how to cut their costs.They charge us $900,000 a  year for maintenance. What do they do with that? They plow the snow. Allow us todo the maintenance; we can  keep the $900,000. I think wecould provide a better job, for less money. Even saving 10 percent would be significant.
 PCN&R:
You keep emphasiz-ing that the tax falls dispro- portionately on people whodon’t use the MTA’s services.
Hay:
This tax is for the hon-est people, the ones who are registered properly and paytheir taxes on April 15. Thereare many people, especiallythe guys who pick up workerson Main Street, who don’t paytaxes. The workers come upfrom Westchester and get off in the Village of Brewster. What about those guys? I’d guess 90 percent of Putnam County don’t  use the rails and should not becharged with that tax. But wegot 1/4 of a vote in the MTA region. We have basically no representation when it comes tothis. Even if we had one vote, New York City is 8 million  people and Putnam County is100,000. You know we don’t  have a snowball’s chance in  hell of getting anywhere. Weare at the pleasure of that board  regardless. And we will basi-cally never have a say.
 PCN&R:
Would anyone seri-ously propose letting the countytake over some of the MTA’sservices, like the maintenanceservice you cited before?
Hay:
They’ll laugh at it, likethey are laughing now. I wishit was back in colonial times because more people would  pay attention to us. Now thegovernment hands you a billand the honest people pay it,and the dishonest people don’t.Someone had to stand up and say enough is enough and wedid it. But hey, always find a  way to tax the honest people.If they want to bankrupt our  business, they are doing an excellent job of it.Mayor Seth Gallagher dropped by the PCN&R office on deadline day and brought with him a copy of an old book entitled “Historical Reminiscenses of Cold Spring, Nel-sonville, and Vicinity” by Olive Adams. It was written in the 1950s and offers a charming history of our area withessays and poems. Its contents offered some fodder for this week’s editorial page.Birthdays this week include Michael W. Carson, MaryJane Nagel, Susan Bataglia, Stella, Kelly Gerelli, AnthonyVirgadamo, Sheila Fricher, Helen Nicholls, Swati Gandhi,Matthew Steltz, Ryan Koval, Fred Clarke, Dr. Joan Lovett,Alexis Irene Rapacioli, Jim Thomas, Michelle Grasso, Tom Faherty, Jaden Ricapito, Sydney Cottrell, An Kops, AsheshModi, Lauren Conacchio, Michael Caterino, Sarah Gauthier,Cameron Clarke, and Kevin Van Tassel.
Cold Spring Mayor Seth Gallagher congratulates former Governor George Pataki during the July 9dedication of the PatakiCenter at the HudsonValley Hospital Center.
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ObituariesBirth Announcements
ST. MARY’SEPISCOPAL CHURCHIN THE HIGHLANDS1 Chestnut Street,Cold SpringFr. Shane Scott-Hamblen, Rector, 265-2539Mr. Ron Greene, SeniorWarden, 265-3624www.stmaryscoldspring.dioceseny.orgSun. Masses:
8am (spoken);10:30am (sung); Sundayschool in Parish Hall dur-ing 10:30 mass
Thurs. Fri. & Sun.:
AA in  parish hall, 8pm 
FRANCISCAN FRIARSOF THE ATONEMENTRoute 9, Garrison424-3671graymoorcenter@atonementfriars.orgSunday Eucharist
- 11am,Pilgrim Hall.
Daily Mass
- Mon. - Sat.11:30am.
Mondays
- Holy Hour, 8pm.
Centering Prayer
- 8pm.Monthly Prayer Meeting 2nd Sunday of every month at 2pm. Recovery Inc. every
Wednesday
, 7:30pm.
Renewal Farmers’ Market:
Every Friday, 10-3, duringgrowing season.
ST. JOSEPH’S CHAPELA mission Chapel of OurLady of Loretto ChurchUpper Station Rd.,Garrison, 265-3718
Sunday Mass: 10:15am 
CHUANG YENMONASTERY2020 Rte 301, Carmel845-228-4283/4288www.baus.orgbauscym@aol.comSunday programs:9-10am
- Chanting and Medi-tation 
10-11am
- Dharma Talk 
11am-12pm
- Noon Book Discussion GroupVegetarian lunch, Saturdays& Sundays, 12-1pm 
OUR LADY OFLORETTO CATHOLICCHURCHFair Street, Cold Spring(845) 265-3718www.ourladyoflorettocs.comFr. Brian McSweeney,Pastor
Masses: Sat. 5:30pm, Sun.7:30am, 9, & 11:45am.,Weekdays: 8:15am, St. Jo-seph’s - Sun., 10:15am. HolyDays: 8:15am & 7:30pm 
ST. PHILIP’S CHURCHIN THE HIGHLANDS1101 Route 9D, Garrisonstphilips.highlands.comRev. Francis H. Geer, Rec.424-3571 - e-mail:stphilips@highlands.com
Summer schedule:8am - Holy Communion 10am - Main Service; child-care available for 10am ser-vice
GRACE UNITEDMETHODIST CHURCH337 Peekskill HollowRoad, Putnam ValleyPastor Tony Mecca845-526-3788Sunday Service & SundaySchool
: 10 am.
Prayer Service w/ Com-munion
: Tues 7 pm. “Tues-days w/ Tony” - Discussion group, 9am.
ST. LUKE’S LUTHERANCHURCH65 Oscawana Lake Rd.,Putnam Valleywww.stlukesputnamvalley.org528-8858,
mail@stlukesputnamvalley.org
Sunday Worship
- Service:9am, Coffee hour: 10:15am,Family Communion Serviceincluding Sunday School:10:30am 
Thu.
- Prayer Service, 8pm 
TEMPLE BETH-EL118 GRAND AVE.,POUGHKEEPSIE845-454-0570www.templebethelpok.nyShalom Tots
- First Sat. of each month - 11:15am 
FIRST PRESBYTERIANCHURCH OFPHILIPSTOWNAcademy & CherryStreetsCold Spring - 265-3220Rev. Leslie Mott, Pastor
www.presbychurchcoldspring.org
FPCP@verizon.net
Worship Service: 10:00am Chancel Choir Rehearsal:Wednesdays 7pm Office Hours: Tue, Wed &Thu, 8-12Food Pantry: Saturdays9-10am 
UNITED METHODISTCHURCHES OF COLDSPRING & SOUTHHIGHLAND (Garrison)(265-3365)South Highland UMC,19 Snake Hill Rd.GarrisonCold Spring UMC,216 Main StreetPastor Margaret (Peggy)Laemmel
South Highland in Garrison  worship service at 9:30am.Cold Spring worship ser-vice at 11am.
Sat. Sept.12
- Bake Sale, Foodtown,9:30am-noon 
COLD SPRINGBAPTIST CHURCH(American BaptistChurches, USA)Paul Laurelli(Interim Pastor)245 Main St., ColdSpring265-2022
Sunday Services, 10:30am 
Wednesdays
: Prayer- Fel-lowship time, 7pm 
TEMPLE ISRAEL140 Lake DriveLake PeekskillRabbi Jeff Cymet845-528-2305Shabbat Services
: Fridays8pm; Saturdays 9:15am.
Sun. July 19
- Discussion & nosh: “Wandering Jews”
Sun. July 19
- Jewish Film Fest:
The Frisco Kid 
, 4pm,free
PHILIPSTOWNREFORM SYNAGOGUEP.O. Box 94Cold Spring, NY 10516Unless otherwiseindicated, all servicestake place at St. Mary’sParish House, ColdSpring.Sat. Aug. 15
- Shab- bat Morning Servic-es: discussion/9:30am,services/10:30am, led byRabbi Marcus Burstein 
Fri. Sept. 18
, Rosh Hashanah
PHILIPSTOWNWORSHIP GROUPQuaker Meeting(845) 424-3525
Meeting for Worship – 2nd &4th Sundays of each month,10am, at 848 Old AlbanyPost Road (Whyatt StoneCottage), Garrison. Call for directions. Children of allages welcome.
REFORM TEMPLE OFPUTNAM VALLEY362 Church RoadPutnam ValleyRabbi Allen Darnov(845) 528-4774www.rtpv.org
The Doansburg Chamber Ensemble will present their trio of piano, flute, and celloon Saturday, August 1, at 8pm at St. Mary’s in the HighlandsEpiscopal Church at the in-tersection of Routes 9D and 301 in Cold Spring, and on Sunday, August 2, at 4pm at Trinity Lutheran Church at 2103 Route 6, just west of Brewster.The Ensemble’s imagina-tive programming will bringtogether selections that in-clude Ignaz Pleyel’s
Grand Trio Op. 29
,
 Fantasia Op. 256 
 by Carl Czerny,
Three Water Colors
by Philippe Gaubert,and Friedrich Kuhlau’s
TrioOp. 119.
These performances willfeature pianist Vassa Shevel,flutist Christine Smith, and cellist Matthew Goeke. Theartistry and talent of these musicians have been heard during their appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Lin-coln Center, and other major  performance venues.Ms. Shevel was the winner of the St. Petersburg’s Cap- pella Competition at the ageof 11. She has studied at theRimsky-Korsakov Conserva-tory of Music in St. Petersburgand at the New England Con-servatory, and she received  her Masters degree from theJuilliard School of Music. Ms.Smith is a 1981 graduate of the Juilliard School of Music,Pre-College Division, and she holds a Masters Degree in Education. Mr. Goeke holdsdegrees from the Manhattan School of Music. He performs regularly with notable groupsthroughout the New York area,and his performances can be heard on a number of labels.Tickets for the concert areavailable at the door at $9for general admission and $8for seniors and students. For further concert information,or to order advance tickets, please call (845) 228-4167or visit 
http://home.comcast.net/~doansburg.
This program is made pos-sible, in part, with publicfunds from the New York State Council on the ArtsDecentralization Program. In Putnam County, this program is administered by the Putnam Arts Council.
Doansburg ChamberPerforms Two Concerts
A benefit concert for theAbruzzi Earthquake Victims was held at the historic Para- mount Center for the Artson Monday evening, June22, 2009.The concert was presented  under the auspices of theAmerican Accordionists’Association. The musicalextravaganza starred MaryMancini, Mario Tacca, Floyd Vivino, Steve Ritrovato and the City Rhythm Orchestra.Surprising the audience,Peekskill’s own Bagpiper,Joe Brady, Jr. made a well received cameo appearance.Mancini & Tacca prepared a video presentation, “Abru-zzi, Before and After theEarthquake, 2009,” illustrat-ing the devastation of theearthquake, and moving theaudience to tears.The performers and orga- nizers of this Benefit showdonated their time and effortsto the success of this causeand are grateful for the gen-erosity of so many.A reception at the Elks Clubfollowing the show allowed  members of the audience and  performing artists to sharetheir vision to continue toaid the victims.The Abruzzi EarthquakeFund is ongoing; for moreinformation log on to
www. gioiaproductions.com
Abruzzi Earthquake BenefitShow is a Great Success
MOTHER LURANAADULT SOCIAL DAYCARE CENTER Route 9, Garrison, 1/8mi. N. of 403 Junction
Born at Hudson Valley Hos- pital on May 30, 2009, to Ruthand Joe Caragine, of Garrison.Maternal grandparents are Nancy and Rocco Calandra of Cortlandt Manor. Paternalgrandparents are Karel and Joe Caragine of Cortlandt Manor.Born on June 9, 2009, at Hudson Valley Hospital, toJennifer and Thomas Ma- roulis, of Lake Peekskill.Maternal grandparents areChris and Iolanda Scharvella of Yorktown Heights. Pater- nal grandparents are Tom and Rose Maroulis of Soldotna,Alaska.
Jessica Ruth CaragineSierra Grace Maroulis
Keep Putnam Beautifulis awarding Beautification Award plaques to commer-cial properties which haveespecially attractive road frontages.Recommended by several residents for this award, Ellen Lever has done a great job with landscaping in front of the Lever Building, Route 6,Mahopac.Pictured are right-to-left:Town of Carmel Supervisor Ken Schmitt; Walt Thompson,Keep Putnam Beautiful; Ellen Lever, award recipient; Put- nam County Legislator TonyFusco; and George Monaco,GM Landscaping.
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Thomas Ruffin Warfield,,age 77, of New York, NYand Garrison, died on July12, 2009, at his residence in Manhattan. Son of the lateCalvin N. And Helen Craig(Ruffin) Warfield, he was born on August 16, 1931, in Richmond, VA.Mr. Warfield was an invest- ment manager, owning and operating his own investment firm, Warfield Assocates, Inc.in New York, NY. He was a  member of the Knickerbocker Club, South Highlands Coun-try Club, and a veteran of theCoast Guard.Survivors include one son Mark Thomas, (SuzanneLeigh) Warfield of Brook-lyn, NY; one brother, Cal-vin N. (Shirley) Warfield,Jr., of Smithfield, VA, and one sister, Helen Barner, of Santa Rosa, CA. Two grand-children, Jackson James and Dean Thomas Warfield alsosurvive. One sister, AliceLorraine Lanes pre-deceased  him in 2002.Graveside services willtake place at the Cold SpringCemetery on July 16, 2009, at 11am. The Rev. Frank Geer  will officiate. Arrangementsare under the direction of the Clinton Funeral Home,Cold Spring.
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