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Town Board

Three New Shops On Main Street in Kerhonkson

Saugerties woman hurt in 2-car crash on Route 209 in Accord

Corrections officer injured during fight between two inmates at Ulster County Jail

Wawarsing accident involving United Cerebral Palsy van injures 9 people; 2 airlifted to hospital

Driver and passenger hurt when SUV strikes sign and tree on Queens Highway in Accord





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Please help alleviate hunger in our community by making a tax-deductible donation to the all-volunteer Rochester Food Pantry.  Checks can be mailed to: Rochester Food Pantry, PO Box 12, Accord, NY 12404.



Town Board


Cindy Fornino was elected to the Town Board on November 4th for an interim vacancy for the period Jan 1 to December 31, 2015.


The Town Board discussed amendments to chapters 125 and 140 of the zoning codes that are intended to clarify and refine the existing code.


Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary has purchased Camp Epworth on Lucas Ave and intends to move its activities there from its present location.


Rainbow Diner has been sold and its site cleaned up.


County Legislator Lynn Archer reported on rail trail expansion progress and the adoption of a county-wide broadband policy.


Appointed Maren Lindstrom to the Planning Board.  Patrick Williams was appointed as Planning Board alternate.


Appointed Jack Dawson III to Zoning Board of Appeals.


Town Budget for 2015:  Tax levy increase of 1.4 percent, slightly below the state mandated budget increase cap of 1.54 percent.



Three New Shops On Main Street in Kerhonkson

Kerhonkson Gets A Bit More Business Underway


By Kellie McGuire


KERHONKSON – Talk about an uptick... Three new stores on Main Street in Kerhonkson will celebrate their grand opening on Sunday, November 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as Dazzle For Five, Awesome Dogs and Venus Vintage will be extending the Halloween weekend with face painting by Lindsay, kettle corn, raffles and discounts, an opportunity to meet your favorite race car drivers, and an Awesome Doggone Halloween Costume Contest.

Venus Vintage, a thrift/vintage clothing shop, is operated by Venus Paulsen. Murial Pagliaroni, long time Accord resident, opened Dazzle For Five in June, selling Paparazzi jewelry for $5 and under — thus the name Dazzle for Five, with the shop's necklaces, rings, bracelets, hairclips and headbands coming as individual items or in matching sets.

Barbra Wood, who has been showing and grooming dogs for over 30 years, opened Awesome Dogs an extension of her life's work. She does shampooing, conditioning, nails, in between toes, and doggy ears as well as the selling of accessories.


Pagliaroni and Wood know each other from Ellenville where they went to school together; having shops near each other has given them a chance to reconnect.

Pagliaroni noted she had been working for the state and was getting ready to retire when she decided to open her shop to have something to do in her retirement.

"I wanted to expand my stock to include men, so my boyfriend helped me pick out hats," she said, noting that other family members helped with the display cases. Her niece now comes in and helps out around the shop, all part and parcel with Pagliaroni's goal of giving her customers the personal touch shoppers want these days.

"We have in-store Paparazzi parties and Thursdays are senior citizen discount days," Pagliaroni said. "I have Christmas gift bags and I'm offering layaway."

It's an aesthetic Wood and Paulsen share with their Venus Vintage and Awesome Dogs shops.

The grand opening will give people a chance to come and see what all the shops have to offer, with special treats and a festive air. For more information on the grand opening call 626-DOGS (3647).  (Shawangunk Journal 10/30/14)




Saugerties woman hurt in 2-car crash on Route 209 in Accord

ACCORD >> A Saugerties woman suffered head and neck injuries when her car was struck on U.S. Route 209, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

 About 10:40 a.m. Monday, a 2001 Audi driven by Nicholas F. Zeboris, 44, of Kerhonkson, was southbound on Route 209 when one of the car’s tires blew out and Zeboris lost control of the vehicle, deputies said.

 They said Zeboris crossed into the northbound lane and struck a 2008 Toyota driven by Karen M. Armbrust, 69, of Saugerties.

 Armbrust was taken to the HealthAlliance Hospital’s Broadway Campus in Kingston with head and neck injuries, deputies said; Zeboris was not injured.

 No tickets were issued. (Freeman 11/4/14)



Corrections officer injured during fight between two inmates at Ulster County Jail

KINGSTON >> A corrections officer at the Ulster County Jail was injured when he was struck by an inmate during an altercation with another inmate, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.

Deputies said the officer was struck on the side of his head and on his shoulder by Theodore Smith, 30, of Kerhonkson, during the fight.

The officer, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries and was treated by medical staff at the facility, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Smith was charged with harassment, a violation, and is to appear in Kingston City Court to answer to the charge.

The Sheriff’s Office did not say what crime landed Smith in the jail. It also did not identify the other inmate in the fight.

Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum did not return a reporter’s phone message Saturday. (Freeman 11/8/14)



Wawarsing accident involving United Cerebral Palsy van injures 9 people; 2 airlifted to hospital

 By Diane Pineiro-Zucker, Daily Freeman

WAWARSING >> A car collided Thursday morning with a multi-passenger van transporting seven developmentally disabled adults, sending the van onto its side and injuring a total of nine people, two of whom were helicoptered to a hospital, according to state police.

 The accident happened about 9 a.m. on U.S. Route 209, near Stanton Road, police said.

 Police said the United Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County van was northbound on Route 209, on its way to a day treatment program in the Kingston area, when it was struck by a 2005 Subaru station wagon driven by Lori Ardizzone, age unavailable, of Kerhonkson, who was southbound on Route 209. The car entered the northbound lane and striking the van, which then overturned, police said.

 A third vehicle, driven by Lorissa Denorest-Beatty, age unavailable, of Accord, was southbound and sideswiped the Subaru in an attempt to avoid the overturned van, police said. Denorest-Beatty was not injured.

 An unidentified passenger from the van and Ardizzone were airlifted to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of extensive injuries, including head injuries, police said. They said none of the injuries was life-threatening

 Both drivers and all of the passengers were conscious after the crash, state police Lt. Paul Hogan said.

The female driver of the van and the other six passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to Ellenville Regional Hospital, Hogan said. Their names were not provided.

Hogan said some of the van’s passengers were in wheelchairs at the time of the crash.

Rescuers removed the roof, windshield and a door of the Subaru to extricate Ardizzone, he said.

Route 209 near the accident scene was closed for nearly six hours after the crash.

The cause of the accident remained under investigation late Thursday. (Freeman 11/13/14)


Driver and passenger hurt when SUV strikes sign and tree on Queens Highway in Accord

ACCORD >> A Wawarsing man with a previous drunken driving conviction faces felony charges after striking a road sign and tree on Queens Highway and injuring himself and a passenger in his SUV, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

The driver, Raymond J. Williams, 29, and a passenger in his 2004 Dodge Durango were injured, deputies said. They did not identify the passenger.

Williams was eastbound on Queens Highway about 2 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of the SUV and struck the sign and tree, deputies said.

The passenger was treated at HealthAlliance Hospital’s Broadway Campus in Kingston and released, and Williams was admitted with non-life threatening injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said Williams was driving while intoxicated and was charged as a repeat DWI offender with the felonies of drunken driving, aggravated unlawful operation of a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment and the misdemeanors of assault, circumventing an interlock device and other traffic infractions.

Additional charges may be filed, deputies said.

Williams was released with tickets to appear in Rochester Town Court.   (Freeman 11/4/14)



Dangers Lurking: Rochester's Tower Situation Signals Several Concerns...


By Michele Hertz

In 1996 the federal government stripped us of our right to protect our health when it passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This dreadful act by the federal government allows giant telecom corporations to place their microwave radiation-spewing cell and wifi towers anywhere in our communities, with no regard for the adverse health effects of this toxic radiation.

Microwave radiation is classified, by the World Health Organization, as a Class 2B carcinogen. It is used in war for weapons and radar. At this point, with thousands of studies which prove biological harm from microwave radiation, all claims that microwave radiation is safe are lies. Think about it this way... DDT and engine exhaust are in the same Class 2B carcinogen category as microwave radiation. Should DDT or engine exhaust be piped into schools, homes, neighborhoods and the environment 24/7, non-stop?


What gives the telecom and utility industries the right to force this toxic exposure on us from their cell towers, wifi towers and digital utility meters?


The answer is that all federal funding investigating the biological harm from microwave radiation, that had been taking place prior to the 1996 Telecom Act, was stopped.


Why would that be? Because the telecom and utility industries are some of the biggest and richest corporations in the world, and they have influenced our elected officials and in turn our government agencies.


With the telecom and utility industries pushing the use of more and more microwave radiation transmitting technology, it would be a good time for us to start keeping track of our health.


The symptoms from microwave radiation exposure include headaches, nausea, dizziness, heart problems, anxiety, buzzing in the ears, thyroid problems, recurrences of and worsening of already existing diseases including cancer, MS and Parkinson's Disease.


We may be up against some of the biggest industries in the world, but because of their complete disregard for human health and the environment, these giants may be faced with some of the biggest lawsuits the world has ever seen.


If you are already suffering from microwave radiation exposure symptoms, contact the NY State Health Department, the NYS Public Service Commission and your elected officials.


If we don't speak up we won't be heard. (Shawangunk Journal 10/30/14)



Dear Editor


In regards to Stephanie Pinto's letter (BSP 17 OCT 2014), "Rochester needs to take a strong stand on its will to enforce its own zoning resolution," who could argue?


Any township with a zoning ordinance should absolutely and impartially enforce its code. However, as to her specific charge as pertains to the cell tower on City Hall Road, Ms. Pinto was completely off base.


Town of Rochester CEO, Jerry Davis, had decided to make the tower owners redo the unauthorized work

so that inspections of each step could be conducted to assure the work met NYS Uniform Building Code (NYSUBC) standards. Details like subsurface depth of guy wire anchors, grade of concrete used and wire gauge are all important in assuring a safe installation. Mr. Davis was also leery of making the company pull out the in-ground anchors for the attached, stabilizing guy wires as that could undermine the integrity of the ground. Seeing as the ground in that location is primarily bank run gravel (meaning a little dirt and a lot of rocks of varying sizes) such disruption could cause a situation where the new anchors wouldn't hold well, thereby causing a potential for tower collapse should guy wire anchors fail.


Still, Mr. Davis was ready to force the company to redo the anchors in different locations under a NYSUBC inspection regime.


In the meantime, the tower owners changed hands without anyone knowing about it, leaving no forwarding contact information. When the attorney for the company appeared before the Planning Board for what he assumed would be a straight-forward permit process he was told of the illegal work and the problem with ownership. The attorney withdrew the permit application.


Weeks passed and then Mr. Davis received corroborating information vis-à-vis meeting code for the work already done. Engineered drawings were provided, as were pages of pictures showing every step of the installation process. So, too was a letter provided by the company stating its position that the 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief legislation, particularly section 6409 rendered the NYSUBC inspection process null and void. You see, in their infinite wisdom (yes, I'm being facetious) the US Congress passed a law with a clause allowing Telecom companies to avoid local review. Of course, Congress didn't define terms so all of America is left to wonder just how much control has been lost at the local level.


Seeing as the company provided this evidence and seeing as the company maintains it didn't have to go through the process at all, Mr. Davis was left in the unenviable position of having to decide what, in reality, would be gained by making the company redo what was done. In this case, it would have been highly probable that a lawsuit would have been initiated by AT&T against the town.


As Mr. Davis was in possession of the submitted data proving that the work had met code (there was even a core sample test done of the concrete and it was found to exceed code standards) what more could be expected? Again, to have forced the issue would've likely been seen as punitive and  a lawsuit that the town was very unlikely to win would've resulted costing the taxpayers quite a bit of money.

Had the above mentioned evidence not been supplied to our Code Enforcement Officer, Mr. Davis would surely have ordered the work redone.


Steven L. Fornal



Accord, NY