Latest Tri-State News Headlines Updated July 4, 2020 4 AM

Latest Tri-State News Headlines Updated July 4, 2020 4 AM

Happy Fourth Of July!

Pat Pagano’s weekend forecast

HAPPY JULY 4TH!!!!! 

YOUR FORECAST:

SAT:PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY, 80

SUN:PARTLY CLOUDY- 85-90

MON:CONTINUED PARTLY CLOUDY- MID 80S

Some events in our area:

HUDSON — The Shared Summer Streets program will continue to limit vehicular travel and encourage pedestrian traffic on Warren Street throughout the summer.The city approved the program after a successful trial weekend June 26-28 and extended the hours, meaning businesses will be able to expand outdoors into parking spaces on Warren Street until 10 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.The trial weekend was a “great start,” and with more time, the experience will only get better, said Peter Spear, leader of Future Hudson and part of the team of organizers.Organizers issued a survey to gauge interest in continuing the partial street closures or abandon the plan.About 80% of respondents said the program should continue as is or with adjustments.After reviewing feedback with Mayor Kamal Johnson, the organizers made the decision to proceed, with the hope of continuing until October.

Great Barrington — To expand outdoor seating for downtown eateries after the months-long shutdown, the town will narrow the travel lane on Railroad Street from 4 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer, beginning this weekend. A narrowed Railroad Street will allow restaurants to serve customers outside while the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan limits indoor seating capacity. Around town, many restaurants have expanded seating to sidewalks in recent weeks.

American Sweethearts USO Show Sharon Playhouse
July Fourth 8 PM SOLD OUT! THERE ARE NO TICKETS AVAILABLE.

Parking is limited to 52 cars.
Please arrive early so we can spread out and avoid lines.
Cars will all be parked facing the BOK Gallery.
It is requested that larger vehicles choose section C to ensure sightlines to the stage for everyone. All sections will have good visibility to the stage. America has loved the swinging sounds of female close-harmony groups even before The Andrews Sisters hit the airwaves with “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” in 1937, but audiences will hear those great vintage songs with fresh ears when AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS take the stage in their fresh and vibrant show! These New York City-based ladies have performed across the USA at iconic spaces honoring our veterans (the Intrepid Air and Space Museum, the WASP Museum) as well as large theatres and intimate cabaret venues, getting crowds tapping their feet to hits like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” as they celebrate history through their crystal-clear harmony and colorful costumes. With selections from the Great American Songbook, classic Broadway, pop tunes from the 1950s, and jazz, AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS charm audiences of all ages while navigating their way through a variety of trios, duets, and solo features… all with a slice of old-fashioned fun.

With Fourth of July festivals and fireworks shows canceled in area communities because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ulster and Dutchess counties have stepped up to fill the void.

In Ulster County, a fireworks display will light up the night sky over TechCity in the town of Ulster on Saturday. Parking lots at TechCity, 300 Enterprise Drive, will open at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks will start after dusk. Admission is free and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Dutchess County will have three drive-in fireworks ceremonies, all starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The locations are the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 U.S. Route 9, Rhinebeck; Dutchess Stadium, 1500 state Route 9D, Fishkill; and the Silo Ridge Field Club Equestrian Center (Keane Stud), 217 Depot Hill Road, Amenia.The events, free and open to all, are being promoted as “Dutchess County Goes Renegade” and are being put on in partnership with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Silo Ridge Field Club, the Dutchess County Fairgrounds and iHeartMedia of the Hudson Valley.


Torrington couple looking to win eating weiners at Coney Island

BY MIKE MAVREDAKIS Republican-American

Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/07/03/torrington-couple-looking-to-win-eating-weiners-at-coney-island/

TORRINGTON — Separate, dunk and shovel.
That is the strategy for a majority of the competitive hot-dog-eating elite. Torrington couple Nick Wehry and Miki Sudo both will employ the tactic Saturday at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y. They have 10 minutes to slam down as many hot dogs as they can before the final horn sounds. Wehry and Sudo remove two hot dogs from their buns and eat them while dunking the buns in large cup of warm Crystal Lite before throwing them back as well. Sudo is a six-time Nathan’s Women’s Hot Dog Eating Contest winner and the top-ranked female Major League Eater. She has been at the top of women’s MLE since she burst onto the scene with her 2013 upset win over then-women’s champion Sonya Thomas. Sudo’s personal record is 41, which she set during her 2017 victory. Wehry finished sixth in the men’s competition last year with a personal-best 36 hot dogs and buns eaten.

COVID-19 testing in New York: If you want a test, you can get a test

Joseph Spector, Times Herald-Record

Full sstory at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/politics/albany/2020/07/02/covid-19-testing-new-york-get-a-test/5366477002/

ALBANY – If you want to get a COVID-19 test in New York, you can get one. And it’s free if you go to one of the state-run sites. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that New York is able to test so many residents, that anyone can now get one. The state has more than 750 testing sites (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you) and has tested more than 4 million New Yorkers since March. That’s about one-fifth of the state’s population.

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Region 1 BOE approves $5.9K purchase for marketing firm

BY RUTH EPSTEIN Republican-Americn
Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/07/03/region-1-boe-approves-5-9k-purchase-for-marketing-firm/

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region 1 Board of Education has approved spending $5,900 to sign up with Niche Partnership Onboarders, a national marketing firm. During a meeting this week, Janet Carlson of the One Eleven Group in Cornwall, which already has been working to market Housatonic Valley Regional High School, presented a proposal from Niche, which she has facilitated. She said while her firm will provide some of the creative aspects of the Niche offer, she is not charging for any of her services related to that arrangement. Janet Carlson. Contributed/One Eleven Group. The region has been discussing ways to market its schools to attract new students as enrollment has declined in recent years. One Eleven Group was hired last year and retained for the coming school year. Carlson told the board she has negotiated a good deal with Niche to provide services for Housatonic and Region 1 for $5,900. Normally the cost would be more like $8,500 for a school to participate, she said. When parents are searching for schools, they generally go to Google and often find Niche first, Carlson said.

Federal lawsuit filed to allow mail-in voting in Connecticut

By SUSAN HAIGH Associated PressJuly 3, 2020

Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/news/news-connecticut/2020/07/03/federal-lawsuit-filed-to-allow-mail-in-voting-in-connecticut/

A federal lawsuit was filed Thursday to make mail-in voting for the November election available to all eligible Connecticut voters during the coronavirus pandemic. An executive order signed by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said any eligible Democratic or Republican voter will be allowed to use an absentee ballot to vote in the Aug. 11 primary. Applications are being sent this week to 2 million eligible voters. However, because the governor’s public health emergency order expires Sept. 9, he cannot mandate that the ballots be made available for the Nov. 3 general election. Lamont and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, both Democrats, have urged the General Assembly to pass legislation in an upcoming special session to allow all voters to use absentee ballots in the general election. No date has been set.

74-year-old Stanford man accused of sexually abusing a child: police

Katelyn Cordero, Poughkeepsie Journal

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/07/03/74-year-old-stanford-man-accused-abusing-child-police/5371643002/

A 74-year-old Stanford man was taken into custody on allegations of sexual abuse against a child under 17-years-old, state police said.
Vincent E. Ferris was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sex act, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He was arrested Thursday at his home following an investigation by police.

Bills aid in rural cell service, small biz funds

By Danny Jin,, The Berkshire Eagle

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/bills-aid-in-rural-cell-service-small-biz-funds,608556

Funding for rural cell service and Berkshire businesses would be made available through bills passed by the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday. State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, filed amendments to an infrastructure bill to allocate $10 million for improving rural cell coverage and to dedicate $500,000 to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission for a grant program upgrading businesses’ internet infrastructure. For a COVID-19 supplemental budget, Hinds added amendments to provide $250,000 to Berkshire businesses and $3 million to summer camps to help them adapt to COVID-19 safety guidelines.
The Senate passed both bills after adopting Hinds’ amendments, and it also arrived at a compromise to send a voting access bill to the governor’s desk. During the pandemic, increased reliance on cellphones has accentuated the need for reliable cell service in rural communities, Hinds said. Poor cell service poses a safety issue when people cannot access emergency services, and it also hurts economic development and accelerates population loss, he said.

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Weather With Pat Pagano Friday July 3, 2020 

YOUR FORECAST:

TDY: PARTLY CLOUDY- AFTERNOON GUSTY THUNDERSTORMS – LOWER 80S

TNTE: STORMS END – MID 60S

SAT:PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY, 80

SUN:PARTLY CLOUDY- 85-90

MON:CONTINUED PARTLY CLOUDY- MID 80S 

WEATHER TRIVIA:1966- RECORD HEAT – PHILADELPHIA, PA = 104, NEW YORK CITY AND HARRISBURG, PA = 107

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​Above – map for Saturday July 4th. Showers and storms Rockies to Plains and across Gulf States.  Below – satellite + radar.

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​Below – is a snapshot view of weather hazards for the next week.

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Below – animated maps…todays severe threat and rainfall through Tuesday. Remember to keep safe…stick to the rules and have a happy 4th of July.

Lamont urges Connecticut public to celebrate safely

BY PAUL HUGHES REPUBLICAN-AMERICANJuly 2, 20201118
Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/07/02/lamont-urges-public-to-celebrate-safely/

Against the backdrop of a packed West Beach at Hammonasset State Park on Long Island Sound Thursday, Gov. Ned Lamont urged Connecticut residents to cautiously celebrate July 4th amid the coronavirus pandemic.While the four shoreline state parks are open for swimming, there is no swimming still at 18 inland parks with lakes and ponds, and it unclear if that will change this summer.Lamont said the July 4th weekend represents a test for public health in Connecticut and public resolve to maintain the discipline that he contends has differentiated the state’s response and recovery.

Despite pandemic, Lamont plans to raise minimum wage

BY PAUL HUGHES REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/07/02/despite-pandemic-lamont-plans-to-raise-minimum-wage/

MADISON – Gov. Ned Lamont plans to allow a scheduled $1 increase in the minimum wage to take effect in September despite economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic that might allow the state to delay the raise.The basic hourly wage is set to increase on Sept. 1 from $11 to $12 as part of a five-year, $4.90 increase that Lamont and Democrats in the legislature approved over Republican objections.
The governor and the General Assembly may suspend increases in the minimum wage if the state’s real gross domestic product decreases in two consecutive quarters, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real GDP represents the market value of goods and services adjusted for inflation. This provision appears unlikely to come into play before the Sept. 1 increase take effect.

Connecticut Nursing home staff hit hard by COVID-19

Data shows 3,400 workers contracted virus, 14 died
BY JENNA CARLESSO AND KASTURI PANANJADY
CTMIRROR.ORG

Full story at https://republicanamerican-ct.newsmemory.com/

Thousands of Connecticut nursing home workers who tested positive for COVID-19 during the pandemic.Data gathered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services show at least 3,400 staff members have contracted COVID-19 or were presumed to have the disease, and at least 14 have died.Advocates say the numbers are likely much higher, because the federal data are weeks behind and many employees who quarantined but did not get a test may not have been counted.Gov. Ned Lamont has ordered an investigation of the nursing home industry and the state’s response to the crisis in those facilities. The state will hire a thirdparty firm to review the availability of testing materials and protective equipment, staffing challenges, communication and coordination, data reporting, and the ability to respond to outbreaks, among other issues. The firm’s work must conclude by the end of the summer to prepare for a possible second wave of COVID-19 in the fall.

Conquering COVID? What Dutchess’ drastic decline in cases means, and how a 2nd wave may go

Saba Ali, Poughkeepsie Journal
Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/07/02/covid-cases-dutchess-drastically-down-officials-remaining-vigilant/5354436002/

At the peak of the COVID-19 crisis there were more than 40 people on ventilators at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. On any given day for most of April, more than 1,500 Dutchess County residents had a confirmed case of the potentially deadly virus. Many more were believed to have an undiagnosed case.This week, there were fewer than 200 active cases among county residents, and less than 10 were hospitalized, according to the county. On Independence Day Weekend in the mid-Hudson Valley, Dutchess residents are enjoying as much freedom as they have had in months to visit restaurants, get a hair cut or gather with friends.

Strong storms leave 11,000 without power

By Bill Williams
Columbia-Greene Media

Full story at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/greenecounty/strong-storms-leave-11-000-without-power/article_ab42c31f-d02e-5692-a36e-5092cb6257b7.html

Close to 11,000 homes were left without power after strong storms moved through Greene and Columbia counties late Thursday afternoon.
Central Hudson Gas and Electric reported close to 3,000 customers without power.
Most of those are in northern Greene County, with the largest number of outages in the towns of Coxsackie and New Baltimore.
Northern Columbia County was hit hard as well, with National Grid reporting more than 6,000 customers in the dark on their website. Kinderhook, Valatie, Niverville and parts of the town of Chatham have the most outages.
New York State Electric and Gas reported close to 2,000 outages, with most of those in the town of Ghent.

Virus derails Mass. ballot question to boost nursing home funds

By Chris Lisinski, State House News Service

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/virus-derails-mass-ballot-question-to-boost-nursing-home-funds,608413?

Massachusetts voters are on track to decide this November whether to embrace ranked-choice voting and expand access to automobile digital repair data, but a proposal to increase funding for nursing homes, which were at the center of the COVID-19 crisis, will not appear on the ballot. Backers of the nursing home question, which would have updated the rates Massachusetts pays to facilities, did not file signatures with Secretary of State William Galvin’s office by the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline. A spokesman for the campaign told the News Service last week that it had filed slightly fewer than 20,000 signatures to local elections officials for certification, but leaders never followed through that initial step, effectively ending their campaign after pushing for months to put the idea before voters.

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Reward increases for animal cruelty case involving cat, backpack and pond

Republican-American

Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/07/01/6k-reward-offered-for-information-on-person-who-tossed-cat-in-pond/

SHARON — The reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for zipping a cat into a backpack and tossing it into Mudge Pond over the weekend is up to $6,000. The Long Island, N.Y.-based animal rescue organization Guardians of Rescue is offering $5,000. Desmond’s Army has offered $1,000. Sharon Animal Control Officer Lee Sohl said it is the worst case of animal cruelty she has seen in 28 years. The cat was rescued by a man who was launching his boat Saturday morning when he saw the red bag’s handle.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro hosted his 25th COVID-19 online Town Hall today via Facebook Live

The archive of the online discussions, including today’s, can be viewed on Dutchess County Government’s YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/user/DutchessCountyGov/videos

Phase 3 in Dutchess brings rise in complaints regarding masks, social distancing

Geoffrey Wilson, Poughkeepsie Journal
Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/07/02/phase-3-dutchess-brings-rise-complaints-regarding-masks/5354773002/

In the week the Hudson Valley reached Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, Dutchess County received twice as many complaints regarding possible violations of COVID-19 guidelines than the week it entered Phase 2. The county received 40 complaints between June 21-27, Assistant County Executive Ron Hicks told the Journal. The county had been receiving an average of about 17 complaints per week during the pandemic, he said. And that number has been trending higher: There were 20 complaints between June 7-13 and 31 between June 14-20. By Wednesday, another 29 had already come in this week. Phase 3, which the Hudson Valley entered on June 23, allowed for restaurants to offer indoor dining with limited capacity; nail salons, tattoo parlors and spas could open; and gatherings of up to 25 people were permitted. Indoor dining, in particular, has drawn headlines in recent days as New Jersey and New York City both decided to postpone allowing it, amid fears it could be linked to virus spikes seen in some parts of the country.

Trump book can be distributed after appeals court overrules Dutchess court

The Associated Press

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/07/01/trump-book-can-distributed-after-appeals-court-overrules-dutchess/5361845002/

A New York appeals court cleared the way Wednesday for a publisher to distribute a tell-all book by President Donald Trump’s niece over the objections of the president’s brother.The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division said it was lifting a restraint that a Dutchess County Court judge put on Simon & Schuster a day earlier that would have blocked distribution of “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” Although the book was scheduled to be published on July 28, Simon & Schuster said thousands of copies of the 75,000-copy first run of the book had already been sent to bookstores and others.

Vassar to bring students back in fall, require they stay without staff approval


Katelyn Cordero, Poughkeepsie Journal

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/education/2020/07/01/vassar-reopening-campus-students-fall-requiring-negative-tests/5358318002/

Before coming to Vassar College’s Poughkeepsie campus in the fall, students will need to show proof they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the previous 3-5 days.Once on campus, they will not be able to leave without staff approval in the case of an emergency.And, they will have to wear a mask whenever indoors, including when visiting other students’ dorm rooms.The school announced its plans to bring students back in the fall, including extensive safety guidelines to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus.In a message posted on its website, President Elizabeth Bradley said students will be invited back to campus in small groups starting Aug. 15, and classes will begin on Aug. 31. She noted the plan could change due to federal, state, and local coronavirus regulations. The plan, posted to the school’s site, will require students show proof of a negative test when moving in, and the school will administer tests to each student shortly after their arrival.

Dutchess offers incentives for employees to retire, leave jobs, amid fiscal shortfall


Katelyn Cordero, Poughkeepsie Journal

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/06/30/dutchess-offers-incentives-employees-retire-leave-jobs/5351917002/

Dutchess County employees are being offered incentives to leave their jobs amid what County Executive Marc Molinaro called “an uncertain fiscal future,” that has seen tax revenue plummet.The county sent a memo to all its employees Tuesday announcing “a voluntary workforce separation incentive program,” which, Molinaro said, will “help reduce costs” and allow employees “to take advantage of their choice of three generous incentive options if they opt to retire or leave county service this year.”During the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, the county’s year-over-year sales tax revenue declined by $12.9 million, according to the state Comptroller’s Office. The county projects total lost sales tax revenue could be anywhere between $20-40 million, “depending on consumer confidence and how quickly the economy returns to normal.”

Documentary to be filmed in Catskill

By Sarah Trafton Columbia-Greene Media
Full story at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/greenecounty/documentary-to-be-filmed-in-catskill/article_5b63fca0-175f-5914-808d-fe33e5a852e8.html

CATSKILL — Filming for scenes of a documentary with the working title “Trumpland” is scheduled to take place sometime in the next two weeks in the village. The village board received the proposal about two weeks ago in an email, Village President Vincent Seeley said, adding that all trustees were agreeable with the proposal, which was not reviewed or formally voted on during a public meeting. Seeley said the proposal did not require a public vote. “We don’t need a public vote,” he said. “It was a request like any other that comes in.”

Mass MoCA, Clark, Rockwell museums set to reopen next weekend

By Jennifer Huberdeau, The Berkshire Eagle
Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/mass-moca-clark-rockwell-museums-set-to-reopen-next-weekend,608465

It’s beginning to feel like summer has arrived.
Starting next weekend, the three largest museums in the Berkshires — the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Clark Art Institute — will reopen. Mass MoCA will reopen at 10 a.m. July 11; the Rockwell and The Clark will reopen at 10 a.m. July 12. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the third phase of the state’s four-phase reopening plan would begin on Monday. Museums, as well as cultural and historical sites, are included in the first step of phase three, along with movie theaters, outdoor performance venues, fitness center and health clubs, professional sports teams and certain indoor recreational activities.

Grounds for hope: Tanglewood property preps opening to bring some normalcy to strange summer

By Jenn Smith , The Berkshire Eagle

Full stoary at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/grounds-for-hope-tanglewood-property-preps-opening-to-bring-some-normalcy-to-strange-summer,608397

LENOX — Tanglewood is opening its 2020 season to a shifted landscape.
While the Koussevitzky Music Shed remains boarded up, the grounds are still being meticulously maintained. On Wednesday morning, Bruce Peeples, the grounds supervisor himself, was the lone man on tractor duty, trimming the verdant, thoroughly drenched great lawn.
The only other workers in sight were a pair from Consigli Construction Co. — the same contractor for Tanglewood’s Linde Center for Music and Learning — atop an electric lift by the Shed walls. They were installing a series of 13-by-21-foot, custom-printed scrims that will greet visitors when the grounds officially open, with limited access, on Sunday.”Though we can’t offer live performances this summer, we wanted to open the grounds so the public could still visit and stroll the property and take in the iconic vistas so closely associated with the Tanglewood experience,” Boston Symphony Orchestra spokeswoman Bernadette Horgan said.

Sheffield OKs budget items, but rejects articles on environment, zoning

By Jack Lyons, The Berkshire Eagle

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/sheffield-oks-budget-items-but-rejects-articles-on-environment-zoning,608370

SHEFFIELD — All budget items passed at Sheffield’s annual town meeting on Monday evening, but residents rejected articles on the environment and zoning issues.The town’s fiscal 2021 budget is now $3,340,210 — a 3.95 percent increase from last year. The town’s $7,512,733 assessment to the Southern Berkshire Regional School Budget, which some town officials recommended tabling until the economic consequences of COVID-19, also passed.Changes to the town’s zoning bylaws were voted down. The proposed articles were an effort to make zoning rules uniform in the town’s commercial and business districts. Proponents said the article would give business owners more places to locate their establishments.

Weather With Pat Pagano Thursday July 2, 2020 

YOUR FORECAST:

TDY: PARTLY CLOUDY- STILL A SHOWER OR THUNDERSTORM – UPPER 80S

TNTE:CLOUDY- 70FRI: PARTLY CLOUDY- A LATE STORM – LOWER 80S

SAT:MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOWER 80S

SUN:PARTLY CLOUDY- 80-85 

WEATHER TRIVIA:1843 – CHARLESTON, S.C. – AN ALLIGATOR FALLS FROM SKY DURING A THUNDERSTORM.

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​satellite + radar show typical July weather pattern which will prevail through holiday weekend and easily into next week….when it will turn warmer most places.  Below – animated maps – severe weather for today and rainfall into Monday.

​Below – temperatures expected for Saturday July 4th.

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​Lastly – snapshot weather for your Friday.  Be safe !!!

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Smaller plan for affordable housing presented in Falls Village

Reward increases for animal cruelty case involving cat, backpack and pond
Republican-American

Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/07/01/6k-reward-offered-for-information-on-person-who-tossed-cat-in-pond/

SHARON — The reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for zipping a cat into a backpack and tossing it into Mudge Pond over the weekend is up to $6,000. The Long Island, N.Y.-based animal rescue organization Guardians of Rescue is offering $5,000. Desmond’s Army has offered $1,000. Sharon Animal Control Officer Lee Sohl said it is the worst case of animal cruelty she has seen in 28 years. The cat was rescued by a man who was launching his boat Saturday morning when he saw the red bag’s handle.


FALLS VILLAGE — The Planning and Zoning Commission accepted an application from the Falls Village Housing Trust for an affordable housing development on River Road at a combination in-person meeting (at the Senior Center) and on Zoom

July 1, 2020
By PATRICK L. SULLIVAN
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

Full story at https://tricornernews.com/falls-village/smaller-plan-affordable-housing-presented-falls-village

FALLS VILLAGE — The Planning and Zoning Commission accepted an application from the Falls Village Housing Trust for an affordable housing development on River Road at a combination in-person meeting (at the Senior Center) and on Zoom, on Thursday, June 25.
The application contains a smaller version of a previous proposal for the site. The new plan calls for 16 units containing 29 bedrooms in five buildings. The previous version was 28 units, 50 bedrooms and eight buildings.There are four different building types; each building has garage and driveway parking. The plan calls for a septic system for each building and two wells. The next step is a public hearing. The commission did not set a date for the public hearing.The proposal will be available on the town website.

State highway project to begin in North Canaan in July


July 1, 2020
By LEILA HAWKEN

Full story at https://tricornernews.com/north-canaan/state-highway-project-begin-north-canaan-july

NORTH CANAAN — After 20 years of planning and waiting, the state highway project to reconfigure the intersection of Routes 44 and 7 in North Canaan and extend sidewalks will get underway in early July, according to First Selectman Charles Perotti, who met with state Department of Transportation officials on Wednesday, June 24.
The tentative date for the start of work is Monday, July 6, subject to change. NJR Construction of Torrington was awarded the state contract for the roadwork.

Special town meeting in Sharon July 16


July 1, 2020
By LEILA HAWKEN

Full story at https://tricornernews.com/sharon/special-town-meeting-sharon-july-16

SHARON — Taking another step toward achieving re-opening, the Sharon Board of Selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, June 23, scheduled a live and in-person town meeting for Thursday, July 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.On the agenda to be considered and voted upon will be the town’s 2019 financial report; to approve retroactively, to July 1, various expenditures that have been approved by the Board of Finance; to adopt the five-year capital improvement plan; and to adopt a revision to the Highway Construction Ordinance.

Sharon Audubon scavenger hunt aims to get families outside


July 1, 2020
By HUNTER O. LYLE

Full story at https://tricornernews.com/sharon/audubon-scavenger-hunt-aims-get-families-outside

SHARON — Sharon Audubon is giving people a reason to enjoy the outdoors by hosting a regionwide summer scavenger hunt.
Starting Sunday, July 5, families in all six of the Region One towns, as well as Warren, Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, Burlington and Harwinton, can get lists each week from their parks and recreation director. To register at any time for the four weeks of hunts, send Andrulis Mette an email at sharon.rec.ctr@snet.net.
Huge record number of new tests reported in Connecticut with very small positive rate

Mass celebrated this weekend

The Archdiocese of Hartford will open churches for weekend Mass beginning July 4.The Parish of Saint Kateri will have weekend Masses at Saint Bridget (Cornwall Bridge) and
Saint Bernard (Sharon).• Saturday vigil 4 p.m.
SaintBridget (outdoors, weather permitting, bring your own chair),
indoors during inclement weather.
• Sunday 8 a.m., Saint Bernard
• Sunday 10 a.m., Saint Bridget (outdoors, weather permitting, bring your own chair), indoors during inclement weather

North East ZRC Appointments

By WHITNEY JOSEPH editor@millertonnews.com

Full story at https://tricornernews.com/sites/default/files/The%20Millerton%20News%20-%20July%202%2C%202020_0.pdf

NORTH EAST — It’s taken some time, what with the world being in the midst of a global health pandemic and the state shutting down in mid-March to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus, but the North East Town Board has finally appointed eight of its nine-member volunteer Zoning Review Committee(ZRC), after months of anticipation. The ninth member will likely be announced by next month.
North East town SupervisorChris Kennan said he couldn’t be
happier — or more excited

Millerton may get electric vehicle (EV) charging station: Climate Task Force to request $20K grant from DEC


July 1, 2020
By KAITLIN LYLE
kaitlinl@millertonnews.com

Full story at https://tricornernews.com/millerton/millerton-may-get-electric-vehicle-ev-charging-station-climate-task-force-request-20k

MILLERTON — After carefully evaluating the research and merits featured in the Millerton/North East Climate Smart Community Task Force’s presentation, the Village Board decided at its virtual monthly business meeting on Monday, May 18, to grant the task force permission to apply for funding to purchase and install an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Millerton.The meeting was live streamed on the “Village of Millerton VOM” Facebook page to observe social distancing in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Debbie Middlebrook welcomed Task Force members Jennifer Dowley and Andrew Stayman, who gave the presentation.

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck will offer outdoor theater
productions beginning with William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,”from July 7 to 18.

Performances will be from Tuesday through
Saturday at 7 p.m. There is no intermission. Tickets are $20 and are sold online only http://www.centerforperformingarts.org no cash or
checks will be accepted at the theater.The center’s next performance will be “A Chorus Line,” opening July 24.The shows will be presented on the center’s new outdoor stage. Seating is general admission, with
each party able to select their area on a first-come,first-choose basis on the lawn, which has been treated for ticks and other pests.
Patrons are asked to follow social distance guidelines and to bring their own blankets or folding chairs. No canopies or umbrellas are
allowed

2020 Stissing Triathlon canceled, due to COVID-19


Full story at https://tricornernews.com/millerton-news-sports/2020-stissing-triathlon-canceled-due-covid-19

The Stissing Triathlon, scheduled for Sunday, June 28, was canceled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Mark Wilson from Wilson Endurance Sports, announced that the triathlon has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 27, 2021 and that all participants who pre-registered for this year’s event will be automatically deferred to next year.

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, renters and buyers flock to Finger Lakes, Adirondacks, Catskills real estate


Mario Marroquin and Sarah Taddeo, New York State Team

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/money/2020/07/01/rent-house-adirondacks-finger-lakes-catskills-in-upstate-new-york/3277804001/

Just a month ago, Courtney Hobbs thought her summer was headed for disaster. As property manager for Watkins Glen Vacation Rentals, Hobbs was usually frantic booking vacation stays in more than a dozen units in Watkins Glen, a village nestled at the southern end of Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes.Instead, she fielded cancellation after cancellation as families and couples hunkered down in their homes and COVID-19 swept the state.“We were really going to take the hit,” she said.But over the last few weeks, customers flooded her website with inquiries and bookings. Sometimes they’re just looking to get out of their house, or their previously scheduled vacations to Europe or other parts of the U.S. were canceled. Whatever it is, Hobbs’ summer business is up: “We’re actually looking to make out better this year than before.”Meanwhile in the Adirondacks and Catskills, real estate brokers say the last time the market was this hot was after 9/11.

Rattlesnake relocated from Copake home

By Bill Williams Columbia-Greene Media

Full story at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/greenecounty/rattlesnake-relocated-from-copake-home/article_830977e0-24bb-5e70-a970-f03733fad190.html

COPAKE — A stray timber rattlesnake that found its way to a Copake home was returned to the wilderness by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers, DEC spokesman Kevin Frasier said.
Conservation Officer Jeff Cox received a call on June 20 from a concerned homeowner in Copake reporting a large rattlesnake on the front porch, after which, the homeowner sent pictures of the pit viper, confirming it was a timber rattlesnake, Frasier said.

Shakespeare & Company announces furloughs, fundraiser

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/shakespeare-company-announces-furloughs-fundraiser,608346?
By The Berkshire Eagle

LENOX — Many of the 26 full-time staffers at Shakespeare & Company will be furloughed through Oct. 4 as part of the organization’s efforts to respond to losses spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement released early Wednesday, the company said it was cutting expenses and launching a “Springboard” fundraising campaign to help cover the loss of income from ticket sales this summer.
Administrative offices will be on limited hours and operations beginning Monday, and small team will remain active to handle administrative tasks, virtual programming, fundraising and property management. It was not clear how many of the employees would remain, but the statement said furloughed staff will continue to receive health benefits. The company plans to resume education and performance programming come November, health guidelines permitting, according to the release.

Berkshire County is officially in a drought. Is that concerning?


By Jack Lyons, The Berkshire Eagle

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/berkshire-county-is-officially-in-a-drought-is-that-concerning,608323

PITTSFIELD — It might be hard to believe after this weekend’s thunderstorms, but Berkshire County is in a drought.The U.S. Drought Monitor upgraded the Berkshires and most of Massachusetts last week from a “D0” intensity, signifying abnormally dry conditions, to “D1”, meaning a moderate drought. That designation could be updated on Thursday, but it’s by no means guaranteed that recent precipitation will change the county’s status.At the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., meteorologist-in-charge Raymond O’Keefe said summer weather will likely maintain the drought for the foreseeable future.
“At least over the next month or so, we’re looking at dry conditions, below normal precipitation,” he said.

Mobile COVID-19 testing site in Falls Village draws 65


BY RUTH EPSTEIN Republican-American

Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/06/30/mobile-covid-19-testing-site-in-torrington-draws-65/

FALLS VILLAGE — A mobile COVID-19 testing site operated by Torrington’s Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and set up along Main Street drew 65 people Tuesday.Individuals had to register in advance for the free screening. If any cost was incurred by a patient, insurance picked it up. The program was part of the hospital’s community outreach service. Last week, a similar testing program was conducted in Winsted.

Huge record number of new tests reported in Connecticut with very small positive rate

On Tuesday the state reported by far the highest number of coronavirus tests and a small positive rate in numbers that even Gov. Lamont hailed as signs of steady progress.The total hospitalized remained under 100 and the daily death total increased by just two. The total new reported tests was 21,416, easily eclipsing the previous single day record of 13,985 on June 12.

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, renters and buyers flock to Finger Lakes, Adirondacks, Catskills real estate


Mario Marroquin and Sarah Taddeo, New York State Team

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/money/2020/07/01/rent-house-adirondacks-finger-lakes-catskills-in-upstate-new-york/3277804001/

Just a month ago, Courtney Hobbs thought her summer was headed for disaster. As property manager for Watkins Glen Vacation Rentals, Hobbs was usually frantic booking vacation stays in more than a dozen units in Watkins Glen, a village nestled at the southern end of Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes.Instead, she fielded cancellation after cancellation as families and couples hunkered down in their homes and COVID-19 swept the state.“We were really going to take the hit,” she said.But over the last few weeks, customers flooded her website with inquiries and bookings. Sometimes they’re just looking to get out of their house, or their previously scheduled vacations to Europe or other parts of the U.S. were canceled. Whatever it is, Hobbs’ summer business is up: “We’re actually looking to make out better this year than before.”Meanwhile in the Adirondacks and Catskills, real estate brokers say the last time the market was this hot was after 9/11.

Berkshire County is officially in a drought. Is that concerning?


By Jack Lyons, The Berkshire Eagle

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/berkshire-county-is-officially-in-a-drought-is-that-concerning,608323

PITTSFIELD — It might be hard to believe after this weekend’s thunderstorms, but Berkshire County is in a drought.The U.S. Drought Monitor upgraded the Berkshires and most of Massachusetts last week from a “D0” intensity, signifying abnormally dry conditions, to “D1”, meaning a moderate drought. That designation could be updated on Thursday, but it’s by no means guaranteed that recent precipitation will change the county’s status.At the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., meteorologist-in-charge Raymond O’Keefe said summer weather will likely maintain the drought for the foreseeable future.
“At least over the next month or so, we’re looking at dry conditions, below normal precipitation,” he said.

Columbia County Fair cancelled by COVID


By Melanie Lekocevic
Columbia-Greene Media
Full story at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/publicservicenews/columbia-county-fair-cancelled-by-covid/article_7fca9b40-c36f-5f97-8d95-c055ddcb71cc.html

CHATHAM — The Columbia County Fair has been cancelled for this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak. The board of directors at the Columbia County Agricultural Society decided June 29 that it would be unable to hold the fair due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic that has cancelled so many events across the country. “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the limitations on social gathering and related mandates under the regulations which have been adopted by the state government in response to the same make it impossible to conduct a fair this year,” according to a statement from the group’s board of directors. This year’s event would have been the 180th annual Columbia County Fair. Typically, the fair is held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in September during the long Labor Day weekend.

COVID cancels Best of Columbia County


By Melanie Lekocevic
Columbia-Greene Media
Full story at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/columbiacounty/covid-cancels-best-of-columbia-county/article_d7de3a5e-6bda-5a9c-9eda-5a7eadf2aa86.html

HUDSON — The coronavirus pandemic has led to countless closures and cancellations, and now the annual Best of Columbia County ceremony has been added to the growing list.
Co-hosted by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Columbia-Greene Media, the event would have marked its seventh year in 2020.
“We have a lot of businesses that are closing or struggling to stay open, and this is not the time to have a celebration of the best of our county given the global pandemic,” said Jeffrey Hunt, president and CEO of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.
Each year, the public is given the opportunity to cast ballots for their favorite businesses around the county, from restaurants to movie theaters, gyms, wineries and more. There are also specific awards in categories such as “Best Place to Network and Relax,” “Best Place for Wings” and “Best Car Service,” among dozens of others.

Trump family argument in Dutchess: Robert Trump granted injunction on Mary Trump’s book


Saba Ali, Poughkeepsie Journal

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/06/30/trump-family-argument-dutchess-robert-trump-granted-injunction/5349902002/

The brother of the President of the United States was granted a preliminary injunction in Dutchess County Court Tuesday, temporarily keeping his niece from publishing a book about the family.
The family has been arguing over Mary’s Trump’s upcoming book “Too Much and Never Enough, How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” scheduled to be published July 28.
The order from Judge Hal B. Greenwald temporarily prevents Mary Trump and publishing company Simon & Schuster from “publishing, printing or distributing any book or portions thereof…” including describing portions of it or assisting another entity in publishing.
The order is pending a hearing scheduled for July 10 in Dutchess County Court.

Selectman George McGurn earns new term in uncontested Egremont vote

By Christopher Parker, The Berkshire Eagle

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/selectman-george-mcgurn-earns-new-term-in-uncontested-egremont-vote,608277

EGREMONT — In a predominantly absentee election, town residents elected nine town officials at their annual town election.Of the total 228 votes cast in Friday’s election, 186 were delivered by mail; only 42 votes were cast in person at Town Hall.George McGurn won another term on the Select Board with 192 votes. Laura Allen received two write-in votes, and Richard Allen, Jana Laiz and Genis Melendez Delaney each received one.

Shakespeare & Co. cleared for drive-in movie screenings


By Clarence Fanto, Eagle correspondent

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/shakespeare-co-cleared-for-drive-in-screenings,608265
LENOX — The town’s zoning board has flashed a green light for a pop-up drive-in movie theater on the grounds of Shakespeare & Company this summer, where live stage performances are canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ZBA last week voted 5-0 to approve a three-month special permit for the outdoor, socially distant, limited-run screenings on Thursday through Sunday evenings. But parking spaces for the cars need to be 10 feet apart, according to special conditions unanimously approved by the board, and restrooms must be held to federal CDC standards for restaurants to protect public safety.The drive-in season will begin either July 16 or July 23

Reopening film industry in Hudson Valley amid pandemic brings concern, apprehension


John W. Barry, Poughkeepsie Journal
Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/06/30/coronavirus-mark-ruffalo-john-krasinski-emily-blunt-judd-hirsch/3264079001/

In 2016, film and television production generated nearly $9 million for the mid-Hudson Valley’s economy.By 2018, that number reached nearly $29 million. Last year, it boomed to a record $46 million.
Like most everything else in the economic landscape, the coronavirus has all but guaranteed an end to the growth of those totals in 2020. Numerous independent projects scheduled for filming in recent months were put on hold.But as restrictions on industries are lifted and the state continues to progress in its reopening plan, the industry will soon have the green light to resume operations. The question is how soon filmmakers will dive back in, and what the pandemic will mean following a 2019 summer and fall that saw numerous productions tied to big-name companies with A-list actors.Some in the industry are apprehensive to resume work amid safety guidelines provided by the state.

Weather With Pat Pagano Tuesday June 30, 2020 Edit

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TDY: SUN AND CLOUDS, SHOWERS AND STORMS – 75-80

TNTE: SCATTERED SHOWERS – A THUNDERSTORM – MID 60S

WED: VARIABLY CLOUDY- SCATTERED SHOWERS & STORMS – LOWER 80S

THURS: PARTLY CLOUDY- STILL A SHOWER OR THUNDERSTORM – UPPER 80S

FRI: PARTLY CLOUDY- A LATE STORM – LOWER 80S 

WEATHER TRIVIA:1978 – HAVRE, MONTANA RECORDS 138 MPH WINDS DURING A THUNDERSTORM!

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Connecticut issues preliminary guidelines for public schools to reopen in the fall


BY PAUL HUGHES REPUBLICAN-AMERICANJune 29, 20202325

Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/top-stories/2020/06/29/state-issues-preliminary-guidelines-for-public-schools-to-reopen-in-the-fall/

School districts retain discretion over the reopening K-12 public schools amidst the coronavirus pandemic under preliminary state guidelines that were issued Monday. While current public health trends support fully reopening schools, state officials are advising school districts to make contingency plans should schools have to be closed again. Also, the state Department of Education is requiring school systems prepare remote learning options for parents and students who may temporarily choose to continue to learn from home. Both Cardona and Lamont stressed the guidance is preliminary, subject to change based on public health conditions and other developments. include determining how many students can be expected to return to class and how many will continue distance learning from home when schools reopen in late August and early September. Next, the Department of Education will be issuing surveys to the 165 local and regional school districts for this purpose. There are approximately 530,000 students attending public schools in Connecticut. Cardona said the results will help local school officials figure out class sizes and layouts to maximize social distancing in classrooms and use of available spaces such as auditoriums, cafeterias and gymnasiums. The district responses will also provide the state officials information on the percentages of students attending classes and learning from home for planning purposes, he said.

Canaan residents concerned about increase in bear sightings


BY RUTH EPSTEIN REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/06/29/canaan-residents-concerned-about-increase-in-bear-sightings/

The dumpster at Caddie Shack restaurant in Canaan, which was highly secured with locks and chains, was tipped over and ransacked by a bear. Contributed
CANAAN — The large bear that strolled along the drive-thru window lane at McDonald’s didn’t stop to order a Big Mac and fries as he, or she, had probably already eaten the remains of such a meal from the dumpster out back of the fast food restaurant on East Main Street.
Bears have been roaming the town for quite a while, but the increased sightings have residents worried.Charles Adams, who lives on North Elm Street on property that backs up to the greenway next to McDonald’s, said six bears, including a sow with triplets, a yearling and a large male have become steady visitors to the area using the dumpster at McDonald’s as their food source.Photos and videos of bear incidents are circulating throughout town and Adams, along with others, are fearful that a tragedy could occur if a bear should attack a human.
His wife and dog were confronted by a bear right in front of their home, a bear unlatched the door of his neighbor’s shed and dragged the trash out and two children riding bicycles on nearby Granite Avenue saw a bear. They have also been spotted at Wangum Village, a senior housing complex.

Changes to police force discussed


By Nora Mishanec
Columbia-Greene Media

Full story at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/columbiacounty/changes-to-police-force-discussed/article_26ee0c10-d016-5650-8f0f-bffeb9762dac.html

HUDSON — As police tactics and funding come under nationwide scrutiny, the city’s police leadership defended the department and discussed the mayor’s 10% budget cut.The 10% reduction in the city’s police budget, which Mayor Kamal Johnson called for in an executive order on June 15, will not result in a reduced police force, said Hudson Police Commisionner Peter Volkmann on Monday.“The plan is that it won’t come from personnel,” Volkmann said. “Our goal is 10%, but if it is 9% or 8% we will have to explain that to the government and the public.”
Just over $3 million is budgeted to the Hudson police for 2020, meaning that the mayor’s budget cuts would require a reduction of $300,000.

Connecticut Hospital total under 100 for 1st time in 3 months; new positive tests under 1%

For the first time since March 25 the total number of patients hospitalized by the coronavirus in Connecticut fell under 100 in the latest daily data from the state. Also, there were just four new deaths attributed to the virus and out of a total of 6,354 new tests, under 1% (just 59) were positive for the virus. All of these numbers add to the trends that have been clear in Connecticut over the past month. They also continue to make Connecticut one of the top states in terms of dealing with the virus so far during this pandemic. On Monday Gov. Lamont said he is reconsidering opening bars in the state during the next phase of the reopening, set for July 20.

Stockport man charged with rape


By Bill Williams
Columbia-Greene Media
Full story at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/columbiacounty/stockport-man-charged-with-rape/article_7bb09c25-114b-5d3e-99d1-8b5de7127c30.html

A Stockport man has been charged with rape, according to State Police Troop-K public information officer Aaron Hicks.
Following an investigation into an incident that was reported on June 25 in Rhinebeck, Jeremy J. Cramer, 20, was arrested by state police on June 26, at about 1:30 p.m. and charged with third-degree rape, a class E felony, Hicks said. Cramer was arraigned in Rhinebeck Town Court by acting Judge John Kane and released upon his own recognizance, pending a future court appearance.

NY officials trace four COVID-19 clusters


By Kate Lisa
Johnson Newspaper Corp.
Full story at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/greenecounty/ny-officials-trace-four-covid-19-clusters/article_485d289e-48d3-5fb1-b4bf-b0d1a9586f06.html

The state Department of Health continues to investigate COVID-19 exposure in four virus clusters after officials traced multiple new infections to a student who recently traveled to Florida and attended a downstate graduation ceremony, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed an executive order over the weekend limiting virus paid sick leave eligibility for state employees. The student started exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms shortly after attending Horace Greeley High School’s drive-in graduation ceremony June 20 at the Chappaqua train station in Westchester County and tested positive for the virus. Twelve other people who had contact with the student at the ceremony also tested positive and are self-isolating, according to the governor’s office.
Health officials and contact tracers have identified three other clusters of COVID-19 cases across New York at the Oswego Apple Factory, the Washington County/Vermont Slate Quarry and the Montgomery County Aluminum factory. The state reported 12 cases from the quarry, 82 apple factory employees infected with the virus of 179 tested and 74 COVID-19 cases from the aluminum factory, where 500 employees were tested. The downstate factory remains closed.

Get ready to rummage: Return of garage sales good news for purgers
Lisa Iannucci, For the Poughkeepsie Journal


Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2020/06/29/garage-sales-can-resume-ny-how-hold-safe-sale-during-covid-19/3251179001/

As of June 12, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted the ban on garage sales, allowing them with certain restrictions.“For the Town of Poughkeepsie, there can’t be more than 25 people at your garage sale at one time, you must practice social distancing and there has to be masks worn,” said Lissett Tucker, zoning administrator, Town of Poughkeepsie Zoning Department, who also explained that the town requires a permit, which costs $10 and can be found on their website. In general, according to New York state guidelines, garage and yard sales are permitted to open because they are deemed as informal events for the sale of used goods by private individuals in residential settings.

First in Massachusetts: Rights of Nature Initiative Qualifies for Town Meeting, in Sheffield

Sheffield (4/7/2020) – The first rights of nature initiative in Massachusetts has qualified for a town-wide vote in Sheffield, in western Massachusetts.The initiative, advanced to the annual Town Meeting by community members of Sheffield concerned about the health and well-being of the Housatonic River, would recognize the rights of the Housatonic River to “exist, flourish, regenerate, evolve, and be restored.” Following in the footsteps of over three dozen municipalities in the United States that have adopted local laws recognizing legally enforceable rights of ecosystems and nature, the proposed Sheffield law would elevate the River’s protections
above those currently provided by state and federal law. The law would provide residents of Sheffield the authority to enforce the rights of the Housatonic, and that recoverable monetary damages would be
measured by the amount of harm that had been caused to the River by projects or activities that violate the rights of the River.
Currently scheduled for May 4, 2020, the Sheffield Town Meeting will likely be rescheduled to a future date, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Those interested in learning more about or supporting the initiative may contact berkshirerightsofnature@gmail.com.

Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases


By Christina Maxouris and Eliott C. McLaugh
Full story at https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/28/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

(CNN)Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared to last week: Connecticut and Rhode Island. A rise was reported in a staggering 36 states, including Florida, which some experts have cautioned could be the next epicenter for infections. Officials there and across the US are also warning of an increase in cases among younger people. Florida reported 9,585 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a single-day record since the start of the pandemic. The number rivals those of New York’s peak in early April (New York’s new case tally Saturday was about 6% of Florida’s). On Sunday, Florida’s Department of Health reported another 8,530 new cases.

Regional 1 athletic program uncertain amid pandemic


BY RUTH EPSTEIN REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/06/28/regional-1-athletic-program-uncertain-amid-pandemic/

FALLS VILLAGE – As with everything looking to the future, the Middle School Sports and Activities Committee’s regional athletic program set to begin in the new school year is faced with uncertainty due to the coronavirus.“In my mind, it’s full speed ahead,” Region 1 Athletic Director Anne MacNeil told the group. “We should go with normal unless we’re told otherwise.”The region has been working for a couple of years to develop a regional athletic program for seventh-and eighth-graders since declining enrollment has led to difficulties fielding teams and increased the desire to provide more robust offerings to that age group.MacNeil said once she receives guidelines from the state and the administration, she can be more specific. She did note that if the CDC requirements for having only 12 students on a bus that seats 54 were enacted, that could be cost prohibitive for the program to go forward this upcoming year.Superintendent Pamela Vogel, who retired this week, said she agreed with MacNeil to plan for a normal year, “but that could change. You can scale back if needed.”Committee members, after a long discussion, agreed to table the sports agreement that each participating school would have to sign. Chairman David Valcin of Salisbury will speak with attorney Craig Meuser about when a school would have to let the others know if it will be participating the following year.

Police investigate fatal skydiving accident in Gardiner

New York State police have identified the man who died in a skydiving accident on Sunday, and are looking for the parachute he wasn’t wearing when he landed. William A. McCartin, 40, of New York City, died after hitting the ground in the parking lot of the Gardiner Fire Department at 2349 State Route 44/55 at around 3:06 p.m. Sunday, said Trooper Steven Nevel, Troop F spokesman.  McCartin jumped out of an airplane at the Skydive The Ranch facility at about 14,000 feet along with another skydiver, who Nevel identified as a coach. The two separated when it became time to open their respective parachutes, which is typical practice to give the parachutes enough space to open properly, Nevel said. When McCartin’s body was found, he did not have a parachute on him. 

2 seats open on Great Barrington Housing Authority after member steps down


By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle
Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/2-seats-open-on-great-barrington-housing-authority-after-member-steps-down,608170

GREAT BARRINGTON — After a Housing Authority member stepped down, two seats are now open, and those pushing a write-in campaign for an incumbent hope she will accept if reseated in Tuesday’s town elections.
Louis Delmasto, 74, is on the ballot for a five-year term on the authority, and write-in candidate Cara Becker, 46, was appointed to the seat last year to fill a vacancy at the end of a term.
Delmasto lives in Flag Rock Village in Housatonic, one of three properties run by the authority and overseen by the state Department of Housing and Community Development.
He says he’d like to see even more transparency from the board to quell a robust gossip mill, and see less bickering among board members and staff.
“We live here and we have a right to know what’s going on,” said Delmasto, who is retired, previously working for the now-closed Kolburn School.
Becker said she isn’t sure she’ll accept the seat if she wins, but she added that she’s flattered that tenants are pushing for her reelection.

West Stockbridge voters OK $5.9M town budget at annual town meeting
By Tony Dobrowolski, The Berkshire Eagle
Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/west-stockbridge-voters-ok-59m-town-budget-at-annual-town-meeting,608169

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — Voters passed 44 articles and the town’s $5.9 million fiscal 2021 spending plan June 22 at the annual town meeting, which took just over an hour to complete, according to Town Administrator Marie Ryan.

“There were not many questions,” Ryan said.

Despite delays, USDA Farmers to Families food distribution a success in Falls Village


BY RUTH EPSTEIN Republican-American

Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/06/27/despite-delays-usda-farmers-to-families-food-distribution-a-success-in-falls-village/

The USDA Farmers to Families program, which provides food to citizens as part of a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, was due to start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The truck, loaded with more than 1,300 boxes of produce, was coming from Torrington. That city’s Friendly Hands Food Bank received a grant and has been serving people there. State Rep. Maria Horn, D-Salisbury, was approached by its executive director, Karen Thomas, who asked if she’d like to have a giveaway in the Northwest Corner. Horn accepted.
A call was put out and legions of volunteers from local school boards, faculties and staffs, FFA students, Troop 22 Boy Scouts in Canaan and other community members arrived at 6 a.m. to help with distribution. However, the large trailer truck hauling the boxes was delayed.
Calls by Region 1 business manager Samuel Herrick to track down the driver began, and when he was finally reached, he said he was still in Torrington well past 8 a.m. He finally arrived at Housatonic at 9:45 a.m. with the assistance of state Rep. Michelle Cook, D-Torrington, and Thomas.The boxes were filled with potatoes, apples, onions, celery, cucumbers and lettuce. Saturday’s produce came from Florida. Some loads come from Michigan.

Visit a state with a high COVID-19 infection rate, and NY will make you ineligible for sick leave

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/politics/albany/2020/06/27/ny-sick-leave-not-travel-states-covid-19/3270099001/

ALBANY – Don’t go to a state with a high COVID-19, come back to New York and expect to get paid sick leave benefits. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Saturday that strips the paid sick leave protections for New York employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states after June 25. “If we are going to maintain the progress we’ve seen, we need everyone to take personal responsibility,” Cuomo said in a statement. “That’s why I’m issuing an executive order that says any New York employee who voluntarily travels to a high-risk state will not be eligible for the COVID protections we created under paid sick leave.” The order is the latest crackdown by Cuomo to avoid a surge in coroanvirus in New York as its infection rates have been at record lows, but have hit record highs in parts of the South and West.
On Wednesday, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut agreed to implement a 14-day quarantine on anyone visiting from eight states with high rates of COVID-19. The states are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Texas. California and several other states are also expected to be added to the state.

Sheffield woman reports grade school assaults that cut childhood short


HEATHER BELLOW – THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/did-something-happen-in-the-janitors-room-her-answer-yes,608118

SHEFFIELD — As every summertime begins, Nancy Shmulsky starts to feel sick to her stomach. Eventually, she realized why. But, for decades, she remained silent about what caused it.
Leslie Dale is the former Sheffield Center School janitor and crossing guard who Nancy Shmulsky says assaulted her, and other children, in the 1960s. Shmulsky’s allegation against Dale, who died in 1972, is one of four reports that police have received of assaults at the school in the 1960s and 1970s.
it.Local police opened an investigation into accounts of sexual assault by staff members at two schools in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District.
The inquiry stalled, and no charges are pending, but the case hasn’t been closed, according to Sheffield Police Chief Eric Munson III. Munson still encourages people to come forward for legal and emotional reasons.

Hayes critical of Lamont’s plans (UPDATED STORY)

BY BRUNO MATARAZZO JR. REPUBLICAN-AMERICANJune 26, 20205957

Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/06/26/hayes-critical-of-lamonts-plans/

U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn. RA archives

U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, the Democratic incumbent, criticized Gov. Ned Lamont’s plan in a tweet shortly after he announced it Thursday with Miguel A. Cardona, state commissioner of education.

All students and staff will return to the buildings full-time and must wear a mask or cloth covering the mouth and nose when inside. Teachers will be allowed to remove masks when teaching if they are able to maintain a safe distance in the classroom, of if they are seated at a teacher’s desk with a transparent plastic shield, Cardona said.

Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year for her work at Kennedy High School in Waterbury, called the governor’s plan “unrealistic.”

“Am I missing something? I have not been out of the classroom too long to know that this is not realistic and does not instill any confidence,” Hayes said in a tweet and on Facebook. “I am hoping that a more substantive plan is forthcoming because I have so many questions, and this does not provide an adequate blueprint for parents or teachers.”

She later stated on Twitter that “like everyone else, I want schools to reopen in the fall so that students can thrive. I will not stop working until that can be done safely and students, teachers and parents feel confident to return.”

Robert Trump suit over niece’s book refiled in Dutchess Supreme Court

The Associated Press and Journal staff

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/06/27/robert-trump-suit-over-nieces-book-refiled-dutchess-supreme-court/3270351001/

A legal argument between members of the President of the United States’ family has made its way to Dutchess County.

On Thursday, New York City judge dismissed a claim by President Donald Trump’s brother that sought to halt the publication of a tell-all book by the president’s niece, saying the court lacked jurisdiction in the case.

Surrogate Court Judge Peter Kelly said the claims were not appropriate for his court, where disputes over estate matters are settled.

Donald Trump hugs his brother, Robert Trump in this Nov. 2016 file photo. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, TNS)

On Friday, Robert Trump filed a new suit repeating the arguments against Mary Trump in Dutchess County Supreme Court.

Robert Trump is a Dutchess resident. Donald Trump owns Trump National Golf Club, Hudson Valley, in Stormville.

Milton Glaser, Woodstock man, creator of ‘I Love NY’ logo, dies at 91

The Associated Press and staff report

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/06/27/milton-glaser-woodstock-resident-creator-i-love-ny-logo-dies/3270579001/

NEW YORK — Milton Glaser, the groundbreaking graphic designer who adorned Bob Dylan’s silhouette with psychedelic hair and summed up the feelings for his native New York with “I (HEART) NY,” died Friday, his 91st birthday.

The cause was a stroke and the longtime Woodstock resident had also had renal failure, his wife, Shirley Glaser, told The New York Times.

In posters, logos, advertisements and book covers, Glaser’s ideas captured the spirit of the 1960s with a few simple colors and shapes. He was the designer on the team that founded New York magazine with Clay Felker in the late ’60s.

Sheffield annual town meeting preview

Posted Saturday, June 27, 2020 

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/sheffield-annual-town-meeting-preview,608109

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Mount Everett Regional High School auditorium, 491 Berkshire School Road

Highlights: Town officials are reminding voters to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Check-in is at 5:30 p.m., and voters will be given electronic devices that record votes quickly and secretly. If the auditorium fills, overflow voters will be escorted to the gym.

Zoning changes: Voters will be asked to weigh in on updates that will make the business and commercial district zoning bylaws more alike, allowing for more options for locating a business. And as the town works to become a green community, it will ask voters to approve a by-right solar overlay district at the town’s transfer station and capped landfill.

The state will tightly regulate it, and the town has to approve any plans for a solar array there. By also adopting the “Stretch Energy Code” in the town’s bylaws to regulate energy efficiency in the design and construction of buildings, voters would give the town access to a $130,000 grant.

$90K bond for Sharon man accused in DUI crash that injured 2


BY BRIGITTE RUTHMAN REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
Full sstory at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/06/26/90k-bond-for-sharon-man-accused-in-dui-crash-that-injured-2/

Accused of driving drunk and under the influence of marijuana when he caused a crash that seriously injured an elderly couple Sept. 27 in Barkhamsted, Hunter Sarcia had his bond set at $90,000 as a matter of public safety following his arraignment Friday in Torrington Superior Court. Sarcia, formerly of Sharon and now of Sandisfield, Mass., posted the bond and was free on conditions by Friday afternoon. Norman and Carol Ruol of Winsted, both in their late 70s, and Sarcia, all were seriously injured.

Kent Library reopens, but only by appointment; masks required

Kent Memorial Library has reopened, but patrons are being allowed in the building by appointment only. Patrons can browse the collections, check in and check out materials, use the computers, enjoy the periodicals and shop for used books. Appointments must be made in advance and will be for 45 minutes starting every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a short option at 5 p.m.Masks are required for entry.
For an appointments, call 860-927-3761 or email, kmlinfo@biblio.org.

Programs are still being held online only. Curbside service continues to be available. Patrons can place holds on materials via their online accounts, or by calling or emailing the library. When requested items are available, an appointment must be made to pick them up.

Though the used book sale is not happening, donations are being accepted by appointment. A phone call upon arrival at appointment time is requested. The library is accepting books only during open hours.

Businesses open their borders


By Nora Mishanec
Columbia-Greene Media
Full story at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/columbiacounty/businesses-open-their-borders/article_68da0073-7344-5e18-81ac-e20aaa5ae6e2.html

HUDSON — Businesses will expand their boundaries onto the city’s main thoroughfare this weekend.The Shared Summer Streets program limits car traffic and allows businesses and community groups to occupy parking spaces outside their buildings on Warren Street until 8:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday.The city is hoping the program will coax residents out of their homes and out into the streets to shop and socialize.Cross streets will remain open, but the Warren Street roadblocks between Front Street and 7th Street will be reconfigured for pedestrians, bicycles and slowed-down local traffic.

Sheriff announces new opioid program


By Sarah Trafton
Columbia-Greene Media
Full story at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/greenecounty/sheriff-announces-new-opioid-program/article_fc5768af-0843-59b1-98a3-9b0a9d6a63b4.html

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office announced it is launching a new overdose response program.
The program, called the Impacted Citizen’s Program, was created in collaboration with several other community organizations such as the Greene County Mobile Crisis Assessment Team, the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties and the Columbia-Greene Addiction Coalition.

Reopening of gyms, malls, cinemas reliant on filter

New York will not reopen gyms, malls and movie theaters until health officials have more information about the impact of air conditioning circulating COVID-19 as the illness spikes across more than half the U.S., Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

“Our Department of Health is trying to determine if there is any filtration system for an air conditioning system to successfully remove the virus from air circulation,” the governor said in a call with reporters Friday afternoon. “Is there a filter we know out there that will filter out the virus? That’s the issue we’re exploring on that.”

U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe issued a preliminary injunction blocking New York from enforcing its prior cap, which limited religious institutions to 25% of their capacity in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening process and 33% in Phase 4.

Instead, churches, mosques and temples can utilize the same indoor capacity limits restaurants and businesses in New York face.

Whether they try to fill 50% of their buildings will be up to the individual institutions. 

Egremont defeats effort to cut police budget
EGREMONT — Police funding and an increased insurance cost were sticking points Tuesday at Egremont’s annual town meeting. After opening the meeting and hearing from Selectboard Chairman … moreBy Christopher Parker, The Berkshire Eagle | 6/26/20, 1:57 PM
New Ashford’s next budget in place; town adds meals, cannabis taxes
NEW ASHFORD — Every article passed at New Ashford’s annual town meeting Tuesday evening. The town’s budget for Fiscal 2021 will now be $749,618, with $467,248 of that dedicated to schools. … more

KENT Summer Drive-In Concert Series to begin Thursday July 2

The Kent Park and Recreation and Kent Land Trust will host the 2020 Summer Drive-In Concert Series, featuring six Thursday evening concerts from 6:30 to 8, at the Kent Land Trust field, Route 7, just south of the village center. Parking will open at 6 on a first-come, firstserve basis, and participants must stay in their vehicles in their assigned spaces. Violators will be required to leave. There will be a carry-in and carry-out trash policy, and no restrooms will be open.The free concerts will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. The schedule is:
July 2: The AlgoRythmics: Scott Bricher, Rory Dolan, Tobias Feeley, Dillon Halas and Heather Strid.
July 9: Wanda Houston and HBH: Rhythm, blues, jazz and soul. For information, visit wandaworld. biz.
July 16: The Regulators: Original roots-rockcountry- Americana, blues and covers. For information, visit theregulatorsmusic.com.
July 23: Kenn Morr Band: original folk-rock-Americana.

Connecticut Gov. Lamont and the state education commissioner have released information on Connecticut’s school reopening plan

HARTFORD, CT– Governor Ned Lamont was joined by Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona to provide details about the reopening plan for schools in the fall. Cardona announced all school districts should prepare for a full reopening of schools in the fall, announcing that the reopening will require students and staff to wear facial coverings while on buses and during the school day. He also said that desks should be moved as far away from each other as the classrooms allow. For classrooms, cohorting will be used, which means students will be grouped by the same class or age. Cardona said students will be able to take masks off when they go outside and “mask breaks” will be part of thee reopening plan. As for buses Cardona said that facial coverings will be required and districts are encouraged to used bus monitors during the fall. Social distancing will be activated on the buses based on community spread. Lamont satd “We’re planning to open our schools. K-12, normal five days a week.” Cardona said frequent hand washing and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures will also be required for each school district.

Volunteer keeps historic clock running on time in Pine Plains

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2020/06/25/volunteer-keeps-historic-clock-running-time-pine-plains/3234348001/

Lisa Iannucci, For the Poughkeepsie Journal

Pine Plains resident Dennis Williams caretake an important piece of local history in Pine Plains the Wilber Memorial Clock Tower in Pine Plains. Clock Tower, which was erected in 1920 along South Main Street Route 82 in Pine Plains honors local physician Henry Clay Wilber, who cared for the community for 50 years. It sits just south of the historic Stissing House. Williams was handed the keys to the tower by friend, Greg McEldowney, who took care of the clock for years, but passed away in 2017.
His responsibility includes winding and maintaining the clock mechanism every weekend, making sure the clock is keeping proper time and adjusting the pendulum if necessary to either speed up or slow down. Williams does this all as a volunteer.

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