Latest Tri-State News Headlines Updated August 8, 2020 7 AM


Outages by region listed below. Outage areas are determined by transformer location. If your power is out and no outage is shown in your town, your transformer may be in an adjacent town.

CT 22.74%

CANAAN 41.95%
KENT 46.36%
NORFOLK 94.99%
SHARON 82.57%



Detail by County is listed below.


New York State report: COs violated law in county jail deaths

By Sarah Trafton

CATSKILL – Corrections officers with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office violated state law and its own
policies, which could have prevented the 2018 suicide of one inmate at the now-closed Greene County Jail, and authorities did not properly investigate the death of another, according to a December 2019 state report.
The jail, overseen by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, had four suicides and one overdose in the last 12 years. Two of the deaths remain under investigation by the state Commission of Correction.

Berkshire County Power restored to most customers in Isaias aftermath

By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle,611033

While electric companies had restored power to most of their Berkshire County customers by Friday morning, crews still are struggling with access to some remote areas where equipment is blocked by large trees that crashed down during Tropical Storm Isaias. Eversource had fewer than 90 customers still without power. National Grid had about 57 scattered outages, and the company’s outage map shows a restoration time of 2 p.m. Saturday, at the latest. Eversource crews also still are trying to repair damaged equipment that only can be reached by rough terrain and blocked roads

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Additional crews join clean-up efforts as Eversource expects 99% of outages restored by Tuesday night

Many cities and towns, some with almost all of its residents, are still in the dark. Eversource said it initially had 450 crews out on Wednesday working on restoration and clean-up efforts. That number grew to 700 on Thursday.
The company then said they would be expanding that fleet to 1,200 Friday.
As of Friday at 2:30 p.m., 394,170 Eversource outages remained, which is 30 percent of its customers. United Illuminating’s outages were at 44,579.
Thursday evening, Eversource said they estimate storm restoration will be “substantially complete” by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. “Substantially complete means fewer than one percent of customers are still without power,” Eversource officials said in a statement.

Connecticut makes additional $160 million available for school districts

A new development in the plan for the upcoming school year was announced on Thursday, where Gov. Ned Lamont said the state is making additional funding available for school districts. During a news briefing, Lamont said the state is making an additional $160 million in funding available “for school districts to safely reopen, assisting them with costs associated with responding to COVID-19, and support local operations through the academic year.” The funds, Lamont said, are in addition to the $15 million that is already committed from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, and $111 million from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds, bringing the total funding for Connecticut schools to $266 million.
An allocation of funds the state received under the CARES Act will be distributed to districts for necessary costs that were incurred due to the pandemic, which were not accounted for in the most recent budget.
The state’s Dept. of Education said it is developing an application process for school districts.

Local officials say ‘frustrated is an understatement’ when working with Eversource


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Town leaders in Northwest Connecticut said they are frustrated with the response from Eversource Energy in the aftermath of a tropical storm Tuesday that left hundreds without power and nearly as many roads still impassable.
Region 5 includes 43 municipalities in Northwestern Connecticut including Greater Waterbury and Litchfield County towns, and leaders take part in regular teleconference meetings. This week’s discussion was mainly on the storm. Many small towns are offering public buildings as charging stations, suspending fees for brush disposal and letting residents fill up containers of water where available.

Cuomo gives schools green light to reopen this fall

By KATE LISA Columbia-Greene Media

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday that schools have the green light to reopen this fall.He made the announcement during a conference call with reporters Friday morning.All school districts in the state are required to submit reopening plans to the state for review.There are 749 districts in the state that have to submit reopening plans. Of 749, 127 districts have not
submitted plans to the state Department of Health as of Friday.


Eversource making progress on outages


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Eversource reported power had been restored to 332,000 customers through 11:30 a.m. Thursday, while approximately 533,000 more remained without power.
The mid-day update said the company will be providing an estimate of when it expects to have power restored to a majority of affected customers later Thursday. Eversource also reported utility crews from Canada, Michigan and Massachusetts are assisting with the around-the-clock repair and restoration effort that Tropical Storm Isaias caused. Additional outside crews are expected to be arriving in the state over the next 24 hours.

PURA will investigate utility companies’ preparation, response to storm

Gov. Ned Lamont met with Eversource executives on Wednesday afternoon.
After the meeting, he announced he is requesting the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to conduct an investigation of the state’s utility companies, including Eversource and United Illuminating, amid the widespread outages.“I want to them to feel the sense of urgency that we felt when there’s an outage. I want to make sure we put every person we can on the table to make sure we are taking care of them. I don’t want any excuses, we are going to do some assessment, have to figure things out over the next few days,” Lamont said.

Isaias relief in Dutchess: Where to get ice, water

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Across Dutchess County, more than 25,000 residents remained out of power roughly 48 hours after Tropical Storm Isaias reached the region.
That includes utility customers through Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. and New York State Electric and Gas. The utilities are providing relief stations at which residents in need can obtain water and ice.
Both companies expect most outages to be resolved by the end of Friday, though some could carry into the weekend.

Cuomo declares state of emergency in Columbia County

Staff report Columbia-Greene Media

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— Columbia County is included in a state of emergency declaration issued Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. The state of emergency makes local governments eligible for additional clean-up and operational support in the wake of the storm.
The counties included in the declaration are: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester. The declaration will also apply to those counties bordering the 11 specifically stated in the declaration, as is
standard practice. Columbia, Ulster and Sullivan will also be covered by the order.

Police: Public defender charged with assault

By Sarah Trafton Columbia-Greene Media

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ATHENS — A Greene County public defender was arrested Tuesday and charged with two felonies in
relation to an alleged assault, state police said Thursday.
Anthony Pastel, 36, of Catskill, was arrested by state police following an investigation into a serious assault
that occurred in the village of Athens, police said.
The victim, who was not identified, was transported by Catskill Ambulance to Albany Medical Center. The
person is in stable condition with serious injuries, state police Public Information Officer Steven Nevel said.
Pastel was charged with second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation, both class D felonies,
endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, and driving while intoxicated, an unclassified

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AUGUST 6, 2020

Region Report
Outages by region listed below. Outage areas are determined by transformer location. If your power is out and no outage is shown in your town, your transformer may be in an adjacent town.

CT 543,706 1,281,259 42.44%

CANAAN 71.62%
GOSHEN 98.91%
KENT 90.09%
NORFOLK 98.39%
SHARON 82.43%

AUGUST 6, 2020

Outage Summary
Affected Customers: 40,147
Active Outages: 1,173
ULSTER 3,789
Last Updated: August 6, 05:40AM

AUGUST 6, 2020

Detail by County is listed below.
by County

Handicapped woman dies in Canaan, CT fire, 2 other adults injured


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A woman died Tuesday when fire engulfed a home at 37 Old Turnpike Road North, not far from the Massachusetts state line in a rural area of farm and woodlands. Firefighters from seven departments were summoned at 9:50 a.m. with a report of fire and a person trapped inside. The State Fire and Explosion Team was called to assist in the investigation. The home is owned by Fenwick and Annette Roddy, according to the town’s online assessment records.

CT 48.08%
CANAAN 80.09%
KENT 89.49%
NORFOLK 98.12%
SHARON 90.69%

COLUMBIA 613 Pending
DUTCHESS 30,682 Pending
GREENE 53 Aug 6, 12:00 AM
ULSTER 7,682 Pending


Lamont orders state of emergency

Republican-AmericanAugust 5

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Gov. Ned Lamont has declared a state of emergency in response to widespread power outages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. Lamont made the announcement shortly before noon Wednesday. “With more than 700,000 customers experiencing power outages, we need to take several emergency steps that will facilitate restoration,” Lamont said in a statement. “I remain in consistent communication with municipal leaders and utility officials so that we can move resources to where they are most needed at this time. I continue to have regular communications with our Emergency Operations Center, which is managing both the response to this storm and our continued response to COVID-19.” A civil preparedness emergency authorizes the governor to order certain actions in an effort to expedite the state’s response

Weather service confirms two tornadoes on Sunday

The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in the Northwest Corner on Sunday, after surveying damage that included destroyed greenhouses and downed trees and utility wires. No injuries were reported.
A tornado with the weakest EF0 rating struck Sharon shortly after 5:30 p.m. with an estimated maximum wind speed of 80 mph and traveled about a quarter-mile, NWS said Monday evening. The second tornado was rated an EF1 and tore through Falls Village shortly after 6 p.m. NWS said the maximum wind speed was about 90 mph and it traveled 1.7 miles. The tornadoes, which developed as powerful thunderstorms, moved across the region Sunday evening.

Tropical Storm Isaias: Thousands remain without power in Dutchess, restoration to take ‘multiple days’

Ryan Santistevan Poughkeepsie Journal

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Tropical Storm Isaias ranked among the most damaging the region has seen, and resulted in the most power outages of any event in more than nine years, according to Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Relief has been elusive for many, though. Utility companies around the region are warning some customers may not have service restored for multiple. And, officials say a national shortage of dry ice will complicate efforts to keep residents cool without air conditioners or, for some, clean running water. “The county is coordinating with Central Hudson to assist with a refrigerated truck to be available to get another distribution point available in the southern Dutchess area,”said Colleen Pillus, spokesperson for the County Executive’s Office, “but there are not specific details yet as it is still coming together.”

Isaias leaves mark on Columbia, Greene

By Bill Williams Columbia-Greene Media

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Power companies and public works departments spent a good part of the day Wednesday cleaning up after tropical storm Isaias moved through Greene and Columbia counties Tuesday afternoon. The storm left about 10,000 customers without electricity at the height of the storm. New York State Electric and Gas was hit the hardest, with close to 6,000 customers in the dark on Tuesday
evening. Crews worked well into the night and reported 1,160 without power on Wednesday morning. The towns with the most outages were Copake, Hillsdale and Ghent. National Grid reported about 1,000 customers in Columbia County were without power Tuesday afternoon, with the largest outages in the towns of Chatham and Taghkanic.

New York City to set up checkpoints for visitors from states with high COVID rates

Joseph Spector New York State Team

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ALBANY – New York City will establish registration checkpoints at key entryways to try to ensure visitors from states with high COVID-19 infection rates go into quarantine when they come across the border.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday the measure dovetails with New York’s requirement that anyone staying in New York from 34 states with high coronavirus cases needs to first go into a 14-day quarantine.
City police will be intermittently stopping travelers who have visited the states and requiring them to complete a state Department of Health traveler form, as well as telling them to quarantine upon entering New York City.
The effort starts Thursday, and it will begin with outreach at Penn Station, the busiest train station in the nation, the mayor said.
“Travelers coming in from those states will be given information about the quarantine,” de Blasio announced Wednesday.

Sandisfield will be without power until Thursday

By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle

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Restoring power to the town of Sandisfield will take at least another day, said Select Board member Brian O’Rourke. Off West Street, downed wires had burned through the night as emergency management and highway crews worked all over town. As of Wednesday morning, only one Eversource truck had arrived from Canada. The town needs three trucks, O’Rouke said. He has reached out to state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, for help. “Until we get electric companies here, we are really at a standstill

Town’s Housatonic School options: $5.3 million to revive, $1 million to raze

By Heather BellowThe Berkshire Eagle

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GREAT BARRINGTON — New estimates to fix and remediate a now-abandoned elementary school at the heart of Housatonic village have pegged the cost at as much as $5.3 million if the town maintains ownership. If a private investor were to take on the deteriorating Housatonic School, the cost could be lowered to about $3.2 million, according to the June estimates developed by staff from the Department of Public Works. And demolishing the building would run about $1 million. Window repairs and replacements, design, engineering and a new roof are among the priciest items.

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Isaias is out of the picture. Humid air still dominates with showers and storms in Plains headed for East Coast Thursday nite and Friday. Below – animated maps…severe outlook for today – rainfall through Sunday and current tropical Atlantic,

​Snapshot weather for Thursday. Be safe.



Hundreds of Eversource line, tree and service crews worked through the night after Tropical Storm Isaias and associated tornadoes tore through Connecticut causing widespread and historic damage to the company’s electric system. Operating under its COVID-19 pandemic plan and adhering to
strict social distancing, hygiene and enhanced sanitation measures to safeguard the health and well-being of workers and customers, Eversource crews are working around-the-clock shifts to address emergency situations, clear blocked roads, assess damage and restore power to customers impacted by the fierce storm. As of 10 a.m.,
crews have restored power to more than 100,000 customers since the storm began yesterday. Approximately 617,000 Eversource customers in Connecticut remained without power as a result of the severe storm. The energy company anticipates restoration of all its customers in the state will take multiple days.

CANAAN 79.71%
GOSHEN 99.07%
KENT 76.38%
NORFOLK 98.03%
SHARON 92.99%

Amenia, Cumberland Farms in Amenia got a generator for the store and they should be open soon. Not sure if all the services will be up and running but Kay Covert and her team are doing the best they can for you all. They also just got a delivery of ice.

The Sharon Firehouse is open as a charging station….

For Falls Village residents only – tomorrow August 6th the Emergency Services Center will be open from 10am-2pm and from 4pm-7pm for charging of phones and filling of water containers. Masks and social distancing will be required. For more information please contact Michelle at 860-671-0585.

This from Central Hudson Power
Our crews continue to make progress in restoring electric service to customers who were affected by the heavy rains and damaging winds associated with Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday. Nearly 115,000 homes and businesses served by Central Hudson experienced power interruptions throughout the region on Tuesday. The storm caused widespread damage throughout the northeast, impacting 3.7 million homes and businesses and more than 770,000 in New York State alone. Full service restoration is expected to be completed over several days, and potentially into the weekend. Nearly 500 line workers and tree personnel, including mutual aid crews, are available to repair a reported 1,170 damage locations, with hundreds of additional employees and personnel working in various support roles.


Storm update: NYSEG crews continue to respond to power outages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. Currently more than 90,000 customers are without power. Preliminary damage assessments indicate more than 1,000 downed wires and hundreds of broken poles occurred as a result of the storm


Tropical Storm Isaias bringing downpours, damaging winds, tornado warnings to Connecticut

As of 4:30 p.m., Eversource was reporting 240,837 outages, with the majority in Fairfield County. United Illuminating was reporting 94,387, with the majority of outages in Fairfield, Hamden, and Milford. The storm had sustained winds of 70 mph as of Tuesday afternoon. Its direction was north, northeast at 35 mph. Around 1 p.m., strong winds, heavy rainfall and tornadoes were occurring over northern New Jersey. That moved toward Connecticut, leading to multiple tornado warnings being issued for parts of the state. By 3:45 p.m., all tornado warnings in Connecticut had expired.
Wednesday looks to be much better. The sky will be partly sunny, and there will only be a slight chance for an afternoon thunderstorm.
Temperatures should range from between 85 to 90 degrees.
Thursday should also be nice with highs in the 80s.
A chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms is possible on Friday.

In New York State Isaias hits region: 20,000 without power

More than 20,000 are without power as Tropical Storm Isaias batters the region. Rain, which had been heavy at times, as fallen in Dutchess County through the afternoon, which has been accompanied by wind gusts. Flooding is expected in areas and the region is under a tornado watch until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Albany. Metro-North announced its Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines are suspended due to hazardous weather conditions. For up to date information of services, visit

Virus spike in Columbia County traced to golfing

By Nora Mishanec Columbia-Greene Media

Gatherings at golf courses in July are responsible for the active COVID-19 cases in Columbia County, officials said Tuesday. The county has 15 new confirmed cases stemming from two golf events that transmitted infections and
“gave the virus life,” Columbia County Public Health Director Jack Mabb said in a statement. The number of people on mandatory quarantine jumped by 18 over the weekend as officials tracked down those who may have been in contact with the infected golfers. Many of the 102 county residents under mandatory quarantine are connected to the golf gatherings, including employees at four retail stores and two private day cares in the county, officials said.

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Southern Berkshire Regional schools eye phase-in to hybrid learning

By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle

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SHEFFIELD — Students at the Southern Berkshire Regional School District could be back in the classroom, at least part of the time, by October if the coronavirus remains under control in the area, but union officials remain leery given the potential hazards resurgence of the virus.
District officials say that, with the help of a volunteer task force, they are leaning toward a hybrid rollout of virtual learning starting Sept. 16. That date is based on an additional 10 day window from the state as part of an agreement with the state’s largest teachers union.
Under that model, in-person learning would be phased in around Oct. 1 after two weeks of remote learning, assuming the coronavirus outbreak hasn’t surged anew.

Bicyclist, 68, seriously hurt in Great Barrington crash

By The Berkshire Eagle

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A town man suffered serious injuries Friday when his electric bike collided with a pickup truck on Main Street.
The victim, who is 68, was riding in the southbound lane when he collided with a 2001 Toyota Tundra driven by a 44-year-old Housatonic man, who was trying to turn onto Rosseter Street, according to a news release by Great Barrington Police. The man was taken by Southern Berkshire Ambulance to the Walter J. Koladza Airport, where he was moved to a helicopter and flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.


Eversource braces for Isaias, says safety measures may lengthen power restoration times

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Eversource said it is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias.
The storm is expected to impact Connecticut on Tuesday, with the greatest impact coming by Tuesday evening.
While continuing to operate under its COVID-19 pandemic plan and adhering to its strict social distancing, hygiene and enhanced sanitation measures to safeguard the health and well-being of workers and customers, Eversource said its line and tree crews are ready to respond to any damage or outages caused by this storm.
Eversource reminded customers to always stay clear of downed wires and to report them immediately to 911.
Outages can be reported at, or by calling 800-286-2000.

Coronavirus total cases tops 50,000; Fauci says Connecticut in a ‘good place’

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The total number of coronavirus cases in Connecticut inched past the 50,000 mark over the weekend according to new data provided by the state Dept. of Public Health.Despite that milestone, the positive test rate remained low at .7%, hospitalizations dipped by 13 and there were just five new deaths reported.Gov. Lamont held a press briefing Monday with Dr. Fauci of the CDC.


Police: Three killed in crash on Thruway

Rachel Ettlinger Times Herald-Record

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TOWN OF ULSTER – State police are investigating a three-vehicle crash that left two children and one adult dead late Sunday night.
Trooper Tara McCormick, public information officer for Troop T, confirmed Monday morning that three people died in a crash that involved two passenger cars and a tractor-trailer at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday near Exit 19 on the New York State Thruway southbound.
Luc Leblanc, 61, of Sala derry-de-val, Quebec, was driving a 2010 Volvo tractor-trailer when he encountered stropped traffic in front of him at mile-marker 88.3, police said in a news release. He unsuccessfully attempted to stop in time to avoid a collision, striking the rear of a 2012 Honda Accord, according to police.
The force of the collision caused extensive damage to the rear of the Honda and pushed it 500 feet before coming to a stop on the Thruway’s western shoulder, police said. As the tractor-trailer collided with the Honda, it also struck the rear passenger side of a 2007 Kia Sedona minivan, which was pushed off the road and onto the eastern shoulder.

Simon’s Rock students to return for mostly in-person classes

By The Berkshire Eagle

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Before returning to Bard College at Simon’s Rock later this month, students will be asked to self-quarantine for two weeks. And once on campus, they’ll quarantine for up to two weeks before beginning classes, most of which will be held in-person.
The college on Monday released its plan to reopen campus for the fall 2020 semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The plan, created by a handful of committees at Simon’s Rock, with the help of state and local authorities, public health officials, the provost, College Counsel and Bard College, is focused on prioritizing public health and safety of the campus and Berkshire County community.

Plan to build hangars at Great Barrington airport clears first hurdle

By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A rejiggered plan for new hangars at the Walter J. Koladza Airport is closer to approval after the town Planning Board vetted the project last month and deemed it sound.
The board voted unanimously to send a positive recommendation on the project to the Select Board; Jonathan Hankin recused himself from the vote because his property abuts it.
The Select Board now will consider during an Aug. 10 hearing whether to grant a special permit, which would allow the developer to return to the Planning Board for a more in-depth site plan review of the project.
Berkshire Aviation Enterprises wants to build six new hangars that would hold up to 36 planes, according to its application. The hangars would only be used for their storage and some equipment, but won’t be used for maintenance or anything else, according to James Scalise, an engineer with SK Design Group. The buildings would involve a new access driveway from Seekonk Cross Road, and each hangar would have six parking spaces outside, one per storage unit.


Parts of Connecticut see spike in COVID cases among teens

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The coronavirus is spreading among teens at an alarming rate in northeast Connecticut, according to a regional health department.
The data from the Northeast Department of Health, which covers Windham County, was released as school officials weigh when and how to reopen schools. It said COVID-19 is now showing to spread quickly among younger age groups. It’s been an area with relatively low positivity COVID-19 rates in our state, but in the last week of July alone, the health department confirmed 20 coronavirus cases among 16 to 19-year-olds.
There were:
8 cases in Woodstock
4 cases in Brooklyn
3 cases in Pomfret
2 cases in Eastford
2 cases in Plainfield
1 case in Canterbury
Officials called the numbers a significant jump.
Previously in the last four months, there had been only 13 cases in that age group.Contact tracing showed the teens traveled out-of-state and attended gatherings.

New York’s rent relief program due to COVID-19 extended to Thursday. How to apply

Joseph Spector New York State Team

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New Yorkers have a little more time to apply for a emergency rental assistance program. The deadline for those income eligible has been extended to Thursday, Aug. 6. It was set to expire July 30. The state Department of Homes and Community Renewal announced the extension Friday.
Applications are available online at: and in multiple languages.

Woman injured in Claverack accident

By Bill Williams Columbia-Greene Media

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CLAVERACK — A Hudson woman was taken to Columbia Memorial Health on Sunday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident in Claverack.Dana Schrader-Dallas, 29, had arm and shoulder pain, the driver of the other vehicle, Abraham Ploof, 68, of Claverack, and an 8-year-old passenger, were not
injured. Columbia County 911 sent Greenport Rescue Squad and firefighters from Mellenville and Claverack to 284 Gahbauer Road at about 3:45 p.m. after receiving reports of a crash in the area of Tishauser Road.

Sandisfield likely hit by tornado, meteorologist confirms

By Dick Lindsay, The Berkshire Eagle

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SANDISFIELD — A tornado briefly swept through the center of Sandisfield on Sunday evening, according to eyewitness reports and Doppler radar.The National Weather Service offices in Albany, N.Y. and Boston were each sending a team of storm experts Monday to assess damage in the town on the Connecticut border. “We are fairly confident a tornado occurred,” said Joe Villani, a meteorologist in the Albany office.

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Isaias is off Florida with 70 mph winds and will likely become a hurricane before hitting the Carolinas tonight. After that it will move across Delmarva to New York City Tuesday into Tuesday evening and then speed across New England by Wednesday morning. Below – track by Hurricane Center….tracks by various models…….rainfall through Friday.


Possible tornado touches down in Northwest Corner


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SHARON — A possible tornado touched down in the Northwest Corner Sunday, causing damage to Paley’s Farm Market in Sharon and tearing trees out of the ground across the region, according to a local meteorologist and the National Weather Service.

Three Paley’s Farm Market greenhouses were heavily damaged, with plastic roofs blown off and debris surrounding their locations. Two large trees were uprooted and blocked Route 112 near White Hollow Farm in Salisbury, according to eyewitnesses.

Grand Prix won’t be at Lime Rock

The International Motor Sports Association announced Saturday it is shifting the Northeast Grand Prix, usually held at Lime Rock Park in Salisbury, to the Charlotte Motor
Speedway as part of the NASCAR event weekend Oct. 9-10.
The event had previously been moved from its traditional July date. IMSA said Saturday’s realignments were also necessary because of the pandemic. “We deeply regret not hosting the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix this year, but clearly understand the obstacles IMSA was presented with,” said Lime Rock President Skip Barber. Fans who had purchased tickets for the Northeast Grand Prix will receive a communication regarding their options in coming days. Lime Rock is still working on plans to host the 38th annual Historic Festival on Sept. 3-7.

Questions remain over impact of new police accountability bill


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Gov. Ned Lamont signed a sweeping police accountability bill Friday that created a new cause of action for violations of state civil rights and eliminated governmental immunity as defense for reckless or intentional police misconduct. O’Leary said veteran Waterbury officers were talking about putting in their retirement papers while the legislature deliberated over the past two weeks. “We’ve heard that in our police department of over 300 members,” he said. The mayor, a former Waterbury police chief, said the fears of police losing their homes, life savings and retirement are misplaced.
So does Michael Lawlor, a law professor from the University of New Haven. Lawlor said concerns of police officers losing everything because of a state jury’s unfavorable verdict strike him as overblown.

Cuomo: School reopening depends on parent confidence

By Kate Lisa Johnson Newspaper Corp.

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ALBANY — Schools must make parents confident in their reopening plans because parental comfort is the strongest driving force behind New York school districts reopening this fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.
The state is reviewing about 650 plans school districts submitted to
safely reopen amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the governor said during a telephone conference call late Saturday morning. Officials are pushing districts for more detailed plans about how they will keep students safe if they return to campus this fall, including how they will procure adequate testing supplies and personal protective equipment, and secure quick turnaround time for COVID-19 results as national labs experience logjams and
testing delays.“The burden is on the district to make parents comfortable,
” Gov.Cuomo said. “It is not the school district’s decision. It’s not my
decision — it’s the parent’s decision, and they’re taking this
decision seriously.

Copake solar farm at issue By Nora Mishanec

Columbia-Greene Media

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COPAKE — More than 150 people, including Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, D-106, tuned in Thursday night to learn more about the town’s plans to rebuff Hecate Energy’s proposed 500-acre solar farm. The size and scale of Hecate’s proposed project, known as the Shepherd’s Run Solar Farm, has generated “considerable concerns” from the local community, reflected in the high turnout on the virtual meeting, Town Supervisor Jeanne Mettler said Friday,
“People are invested in following this process and seeing where it
goes, ” said Mettler, adding that she was gratified by the level of
community involvement. Barrett said she will support the town.
“Whatever we can do, we are with you, ” the assemblywoman told
residents. The town hired Rochester-based environmental lawyer Benjamin
Wisniewski in the interest of transparency to better understand
and respond to Hecate’s proposed 110,000 megawatt solar project,
Mettler said. Wisniewski was retained in April 2020.

The Road to Women’s Suffrage

The Road to Women’s Suffrage in Sharon, a new exhibition at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum will open Saturday, August 8, 2020 and remain on view through Saturday, November 28, 2020. This special exhibition documents the combined efforts of women and men from cities and small towns, like Sharon, across the state of Connecticut. The exhibition brings together photographs, artifacts and archival documents from collections across Connecticut to illustrate the stories of the Suffrage Movement in Connecticut’s Litchfield County, the petitioners from the town of Sharon, and the unfinished battles for equal rights being fought today.The hours of Sharon Historical Society & Museum are Wednesday through Friday 12-4 pm and Saturdays 10 am-2 pm.

LECTURE: Beyond Seneca Falls, Heather Munro Prescott
Saturdays, August 15th and September 12th, 4-5pm
No registration required. Please join Zoom Meeting:

In Berkshire stops, Markey drives home his message: ‘I deliver’

By Caroline White, The Berkshire Eagle

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GREAT BARRINGTON — On Friday afternoon Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey was handed the microphone, a group of listeners gathered at Great Barrington Town Hall to hear him speak. The senator stopped in Great Barrington on Friday as part of his “Leads and Delivers” reelection campaign around the state. He also made stops in Park Square in Pittsfield and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. Markey mostly talked about the policies he has had a hand in during his time in office, highlighting, in particular, “Medicare for All,” the Green New Deal and other climate initiatives, and his efforts to expand broadband and Wi-Fi access for students across America. Markey, who has served as senator since 2013, is facing a tough Democratic primary Sept. 1 against U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who represents Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District.


Housatonic Valley Regional High School to use hybrid model when school starts in September

BY RUTH EPSTEIN Republican-American

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FALLS VILLAGE — When Housatonic Valley Regional High School opens for students Sept. 8, it will be operating on a hybrid model.
During a Zoom presentation this week, Principal Ian Strever said the leadership team believes this to be the best option at this time.
In-person classes will be held four days a week. Students will be divided into two cohorts, with 50% attending Monday and Tuesday and the other 50% Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays will be for students to meet virtually with teachers, professional development for staff and an opportunity for a thorough cleaning of the building. Some students may be in both cohorts if they are identified as needing to be in school daily. Enrollment is 315.
For just this year, the school will follow a block schedule.
Masks must be worn at all times, unless there is an excuse from a health provider. There will be an isolation room for anyone showing symptoms before being picked up. There will be extra protection for classes when materials are shared, and only students and staff will be allowed in the building. No visitors will be allowed.

Massachusetts man gave woman drugs, then left her unconscious at a campground, police say


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Police say Brian Tranter gave heroin to Eva Jones on June 10 and dropped her off, unconscious, at Lone Oaks Campground.
Tranter, 35, lives in the Massachusetts border town of Southfield. He was arrested on a charge of cruelty to persons and is due to appear in Torrington Superior Court in September. Tranter, who has an extensive criminal record, didn’t have a valid driver’s license and already was wanted by state police in Connecticut when Jones told police about what she remembered of June 10. She said she met up with another friend who provided her with two Klonopin pills on the way to visiting Tranter and her boyfriend.

CIAC unveils plans for shortened fall high school sports season


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The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference set forth its parameters Friday for a return to play in all of its traditional high school fall sports, albeit with late starts and shortened seasons.
Regular-season games will not begin until Sept. 24 and postseason tournaments are scheduled to end no later than Nov. 15 — meaning there will be no Thanksgiving football games — but the CIAC has decided the health metrics in Connecticut warrant at least an attempt at offering students a chance to return to sports. In addition to shortened, condensed regular seasons of 6 to 12 games in all sports, teams will play regional schedules against the closest 10 schools to them geographically rather than full conference slates.

Connecticut Governor Lamont signs landmark police reform bill


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Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday signed a police reform bill that makes changes intended to hold police officers more accountable and make policing more transparent in Connecticut.
Among its 46 sections, the comprehensive legislation expands means for investigating and punishing police misconduct, revises use-of-force and training standards, limits immunity for serious civil rights violations, opens up disciplinary records and complaints to public disclosure, and steps up efforts to recruit, retain and promote minority and female officers.
The police accountability and transparency act responded to police killings of George Floyd and other Black people and complaints about police conduct and racism in Connecticut.

What Dutchess schools will look like in the fall; re-opening plans unveiled

Katelyn Cordero Poughkeepsie Journal

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The tentative plan for many Dutchess County students is to return to school in the fall with safety protocols in place, such as masks and social distance measures.
For some, in-person instruction will take place twice a week, using a hybrid learning model with students split and grouped by last name.
And as the deadline to submit re-opening plans nears, Dutchess schools are expected to post their re-opening online Friday, and into next week.
Several school districts — Rhinebeck, Pine Plains, Beacon and Hyde Park — have already laid out their ideas. Each released their re-opening plans Thursday and Friday, and all noted that plans are subject to change next week, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a decision on whether to close schools or not.

Key Great Barrington bridge to reopen by summer 2021

By Heather Bellow , The Berkshire Eagle

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Sped-up permitting and emergency repairs will likely have the Division Street bridge open for motorists by next summer.And the town might also be eligible for up to $12 million in state money to eventually replace the span for the long term, Town Manager Mark Pruhenski told the Select Board.The sudden shutdown of the bridge on Sept. 5 cut off a critical east/west artery that threw up obstacles for businesses and residents. It created problems that also radiated to other towns.The town-owned bridge, built in 1950, had been deteriorating for years due to deferred maintenance and wear and tear from high use, but also, nearby residents say, from excessive heavy truck traffic.The bridge had been on the state Department of Transportation’s list of structurally deficient bridges, but another inspection last year found it too unsafe for traffic.Replacement was estimated to take up to three years, mostly due to extensive environmental permitting. But Pruhenski contacted state officials, who agreed to put the bridge on a fast track for repairs that would open it at the same limited load level as it was when it was shut down, which would bar heavy trucks from using it.

Berkshire Hills eyes hybrid reopening model, but teachers wary

By Heather BellowThe Berkshire Eagle

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GREAT BARRINGTON — The Berkshire Hills Regional School District is leaning toward starting school with a hybrid model of remote learning and in-person school, while the teachers union wants to begin gradually, with remote learning only. On the eve of the deadline for the district to tell the state how it plans to educate children during a pandemic, the School Committee voted unanimously Thursday to give the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education its tentative hybrid plan that would involve alternating days in school for rotating groups of students, mask wearing, and careful monitoring of student and staff health. It might involve four days of in-school learning and one day of remote learning, in which the school is cleaned, and possibly alternating weeks. Officials are clear that the school year might not go according to any plan, and that any plan can be adjusted for public health and educational reasons. The district has until Sept. 14 to settle on its plan and begin.

Lamont: Connecticut School districts need permission to offer distance learning only


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HARTFORD — School districts will have to get state permission to offer only distance learning if local school officials believe bringing students back into school buildings is unsafe, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday.
Lamont announced the caveat after he and Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona stated earlier this week that decisions on where and how students will be taught when public schools reopen would be made on the local level.
As explained, the requirement only applies to school districts serving cities and towns that have low rates of coronavirus infection and hospitalizations for coronavirus disease.
“There may be some school districts that just feel anxious and they don’t think any type of in-classroom learning would work for them. I think it is a mistake, but if they feel that strongly they can go to Miguel Cardona and ask for an exception,” Lamont said.
School superintendents and boards of education still have discretion to decide to resume full-time classroom instruction when schools reopen in late August and early September, or provide a mix of in-school and remote instruction, he said.

Northwest Corner seeking ways to keep Housy River access safe, equitable

BY RUTH EPSTEIN Republican-American

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CORNWALL — With increasing crowds converging at sites along the Housatonic River in the Northwest Corner, area leaders and organizations are coming together to find a long-term plan for safe and equitable access.
A news release issued by Housatonic Valley Association details how it and the Housatonic River Commission have joined forces to mitigate the problem. With many public beaches and pools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more visitors are coming to the river for recreational purposes, resulting in public safety concerns and littering. There also are concerns about social distancing.
With support from HRC, First Light Power and Eversource Energy, HVA created the River Information and Outreach program in 2018 as a response to increased use of unmanaged access sites along the Housatonic. RIO staff visit popular spots along the river each weekend between July 4 and Labor Day to encourage behavior that keeps the river clean, and provide information about site closures and river conditions.

How Resorts World Catskills casino hopes to reopen amid COVID-19

Daniel Axelrod Times Herald-Record

Inconspicuous thermal imaging machines at entrances to measure body temperatures, medical-grade air filters and ultrasonic cleaning technology. It’s all for the Resorts World Catskills casino, not for a hospital or an airport.
The casino’s operators gave tours Thursday to local leaders and the press, showcasing the measures they’re taking to convince New York’s government the casino in Sullivan County is safe to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Casino leaders sent the 21-point reopening plan to the state Gaming Commission in early July. Like other businesses, from malls to gyms, that remain closed, New York’s casinos are awaiting state guidance on the timing and terms to reopen.
From security to sanitation, gaming is already among America’s most highly regulated, tightly restricted and carefully monitored industries, the Town of Thompson casino’s leaders said.
“We are so ready to reopen,” said May Uri, senior vice president of human resources for the local casino and its sister, Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens, as she outlined new training procedures for employees.

Gillibrand: Extend $600 unemployment bonus

By Kate Lisa Johnson Newspaper Corp.

WASHINGTON — Enhanced unemployment benefits must be extended through the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday as the virus
surges in most states and territories. Gillibrand, D-NY, sent a letter to McConnell, R-Ky., asking that the weekly $600 bonus in unemployment benefits continue as Congress clashes over the nation’s next coronavirus relief bill.Republican senators on Capitol Hill released a two-year, $1 trillion plan — named the HEALS Act — late Monday afternoon to bolster the pandemic-ravaged U.S. economy after House Democrats passed the HEROES Act in May, which extends the unemployment bonus through the end of the year.

Barrington Stage Company moves first production outdoors due to pandemic

By Lindsey Hollenbaugh, The Berkshire Eagle

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PITTSFIELD — What was supposed to be the first indoor production in the country with union actors since COVID-19 now is moving outdoors.Barrington Stage Company’s upcoming production of “Harry Clarke” — it originally was planned to be shown in a reconfigured Boyd-Quinson Mainstage — will have to move outdoors, under a tent.
BSC said it has learned that Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to delay implementation of the second step of Phase 3 of his reopening plan for the state, which would allow indoor theatrical productions, though the governor hasn’t made any formal announcement yet.
In order to meet the requirements set forth by the state under the second step of Phase 3, Barrington Stage had reduced the theater’s capacity from about 520 seats to 163, removing rows of seats to accommodate social distancing, and replaced its air-conditioning unit.
Now, the one-man show, directed by Julianne Boyd and starring Mark H. Dold, will be set up under a tent on the grounds of the Polish Community Club, at 55 Linden St. All safety protocols for outdoor theaters, including the use of masks and socially distant seating, will be in effect.


Drought conditions hit Columbia and Greene counties

By Bill Williams Columbia-Greene Media

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A drought watch has been issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for Columbia County and four regions of New York, including Long Island, the Upper Hudson/Mohawk area, the
Adirondacks and the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence area. Conditions in Columbia County and part of Greene County are being called a moderate drought by the U.S.Department of Agriculture.
A watch is the first of four levels of state drought advisories, which can be upgraded to a warning, emergency or disaster, depending on conditions, state Department of Environmental Conservation. No statewide mandatory water use restrictions have been imposed at this time, but residents are being encouraged to voluntarily conserve water. Columbia County averages 44 inches of rain each year, Greene County 46 inches, this year to date, Columbia County has received just over 12 inches of rain, and Greene County just over 13
inches, according to the National Weather Service.


U.S. Rep. Hayes works to declare racism a public health crisis


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U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Wolcott, plans to introduce a resolution in Congress this week declaring racism a public health crisis.
The resolution seeks to establish a nationwide strategy to “address health disparities and inequity across all sectors; dismantle systemic practices and policies that perpetuate racism in the country; advance reforms to address years of neglectful and apathetic policies that have led to poor health outcomes for communities of color, and promote efforts to address the social determinants of health, especially for people of color.”
Hayes’ resolution follows a similar resolution submitted in the U.S. Senate last week.

Kent working to relaunch summer concert series


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KENT — The Park and Recreation Commission is trying to relaunch its summer concert series after it was shut down following the first concert, when residents did not follow the established safety rules.
The commission members met Monday evening to draft a plan that would allow up to 50 cars parked in the field owned by Kent Land Trust. Everyone attending will be required to sign a disclaimer agreeing to stay inside a marked-off area of the field next to their vehicle. The commission also discussed advance registration online and providing the first 50 responding people a “ticket” to attend the free event.
Park and Recreation Director Lesly Ferris told the Board of Selectmen earlier this month there were people at the first concert July 2 who were not staying in their cars and abiding by the social-distancing rules. The six-concert series was canceled.

School superintendents remain unsure of ability to direct school reopenings


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With the new school year just under a month away, school superintendents across Connecticut remain uncertain how much authority they have to determine how their schools will operate. “Right now we are understanding we do have flexibility at the district level,” said Fran Rabinowitz, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents. “We are still not sure – and hope to be brought up to speed – as to the grade levels for which that flexibility exists.” Superintendents still aren’t certain if they have the authority to bring some grade levels back and leave others learning at home, Rabinowitz said Wednesday, shortly after teleconference with dozens of state superintendents. Rabinowitz said she anticipates clarification from the State Department of Education within days.
The notion that superintendents have flexibility is news to many.
Rabinowitz said she had been under the impression that the Lamont administration required in-school learning be made available for all students at all grade levels for the start of the coming school year unless the COVID-19 situation in Connecticut deteriorates. A Connecticut Department of Education spokesman made that assertion just last week.

MILLERTON — The Harlem Valley Rail Trail arrived in Millerton from
Amenia in the fall of 2000, about 20 years after the last freight train pulledaway. Since then the trail has expanded by 5.5 miles at the Taconic State Park in Copake Falls and 1.5 miles coming south from Hillsdale.
Currently a project is underway to construct nearly 9 miles of trail connecting Millerton with Copake Falls.In mid-July, trail work reached Main
Street in Millerton and the route through Railroad Plaza has become
clear. Along Route 22, just north of Millerton, the work is quite evident.
It is not possible to see the work being done through the incredible wetlands the trail will traverse where the rail bed bends into the middle of the valley between Route 22 and the Taconic/Berkshire Mountains. Here several short concrete bridges are being put in place to allow water to flow beneath to keep the wetlands habitat healthy on both sides of the trail


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MILLERTON — Starting at 6 p.m., the Village Board pursued
the latest village business at its recent workshop meeting .
The meeting was held via video conference and streamed to the “Village
of Millerton VOM” Facebook page due to the COVID-19
pandemic and social distancing regulations.Mayor Debbie Middlebrook initiated the meeting by suggesting the board decide on whether to purchase
a new police vehicle. Throughout the board’s discussion of the police vehicle purchase, trustees talked with Veeder about the color options
with Veeder leaning toward black and white. Before the board came
to a decision, Kilmer informed the trustees that she needed information bout the vehicle’s cost, year and make to include the resolution for the police vehicle purchase. The board put forth a unanimous vote of approval to allow
Veeder to purchase a 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle
with the color to be determined at a later date at a cost of $52,000.
The board then approved a motion to pursue a BAN through Salisbury Bank & Trust at a rate of 1.80% to cover the cost of the vehicle

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WEBUTUCK — After being notified shortly before the end of June via text by school board member Steve Abad of his intent to resign from the Webutuck
Board of Education (BOE) effective June 30, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District is now on the lookout for an interested candidate to fill the open seat. Webutuck District Clerk Tracy Trotter said she received the text from Abad, but no reason was given as to why he was stepping down from his position.

COVID-19 nearly overran New York’s health care system. How it’s bracing for second hit

David Robinson New York State Team

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The threat of a new spike of coronavirus infections looms large after New York’s health care system nearly collapsed last spring under the burden of treating thousands of COVID-19 patients.
From scrambles to obtain life-saving breathing machines and protective masks to overrun hospitals storing the dead in freezer trucks, New York’s initial pandemic response was filled with traumatic missteps that unfolded daily on a national stage.
Yet as dozens of other states that seemed to ignore the hard-earned lessons in New York now face COVID-19 surges, the Empire State’s infection rate remains at record lows.
Authorities and health officials are devising plans to avoid going backwards.

Ghent man in critical condition after accident

By Bill Williams Columbia-Greene Media

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GHENT — A Ghent man is listed in critical but stable condition at Albany Medical Center after the motorcycle he was operating collided with a van in the town of Ghent on Monday evening, State Police
Troop K Public Information Officer Aaron Hicks said.Daniel Graziano, 23, suffered severe trauma and was airlifted by a LifeNet helicopter following the accident on Route 66 at Garage Place Road, Hicks said.
The driver of the van, Robert Main, 59, also of Ghent, was treated by Chatham Rescue Squad at the accident scene.

While virus positive test rate stays low in Connecticut , one age group dramatically impacted

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The new data released by the state Dept. of Public Health Wednesday showed a positive test rate of around .6% for new cases out of over 12,000 reported tests. The total people hospitalized dropped to 53 and there were just two additional deaths, increasing that total to 4,425. The only county in Connecticut without a virus patient in the hospital is currently Tolland County. While it is quite clear that the segments of the population that have had the toughest time with the virus are older folks, here is an example of how dramatic that has been here:
Totals deaths: 4,425
Over 80: 2,655 (60%)
70-79: 962 (21.7%)
60-69: 542 (12.2%)
So, almost 82% of the deaths in Connecticut attributed to the coronavirus have been among people ages 70 and above.

Eleven new cases in Pittsfield in last week

By Larry Parnass, and Caroline White The Berkshire Eagle

Here are the latest figures from the state Department of Public Health on confirmed coronavirus cases by city and town. In the past week there were two new cases in Egremont, one in Lee, one in Sheffield, two in Lenox, two in North Adams and 11 in Pittsfield. Hinsdale and Sandisfield no longer have fewer than five; each has five total.


Cornwall gets a grant for housing diversity study

July 29, 2020By LEILA HAWKEN

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CORNWALL — Planning for future housing alternatives took a step ahead last week as the Board of Selectmen announced at their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 21, that the town has been awarded a state housing planning grant. The $10,000 grant will cover the costs of an interactive process that looks at all of the town’s housing options. First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said the timing is good because “the Planning and Zoning Commission [P&Z] is currently reviewing its regulations,” following the completion of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, which forms the basis of those regulations.  


Wifi hotspot in Falls Village

July 29, 2020By PATRICK L.

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FALLS VILLAGE — Residents of and visitors to downtown Falls Village will soon be able to take advantage of a wifi hotspot at 107 Main St.

Felicia Jones, the town’s economic development director, said the wifi hotspot should be installed this week and will cover the town Green.

Two points will be installed on the exterior of the building. There will be a sign-in feature.

Jones said this is the second project of the Community Development Corporation, the first being planting pollinating plants in the downtown areas.

Connecticut Senate passes police reform bill, Gov. Lamont expected to sign

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After hours of heated debate, the state Senate passed a controversial police reform bill early Wednesday morning. Even after the debate ended and the bill was passed, senators on both sides of the aisle continued to disagree about how the legislation would impact police in our state. Supporters said it will help the state get rid of bad cops. Gov. Ned Lamont has said in the past that he supports the legislation.

Lawmakers ask PURA to suspend electricity delivery rate increase in response to Eversource customer complaints

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Lawmakers asked state regulators to suspend an electricity delivery charge increase until a hearing can be set. The request was made in response to customer outrage over exponential increases in power bills. Since the weekend, Eversource customers have been expressing their anger. According to Rep. Liz Linehan, the chairs of the Energy and Technology Committee formally asked the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to suspend the delivery charge increase until a hearing can determine how to best protect ratepayers. “At this hearing, Eversource will need to explain the misinformation campaign they have created to blame others for this increase,” Linehan said. “I will continue to work with the House chairman of the committee, and let you all know if and when PURA agrees to this very reasonable request.”

Vassar Brothers Medical Center replaces president after less than a year

Saba Ali Poughkeepsie Journal

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The president of Vassar Brothers Medical Center was let go after holding the position for less than a year. Nuvance Health announced that “Effective immediately, (Joseph) Mullany is no longer employed by Nuvance Health” in an internal message sent out this morning.
Peter Kelly, the president of Putnam Hospital Center, will be replacing Mullany. Nuvance Health operates Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York.

More than 100 bars cited for COVID violations

By Kate Lisa Johnson Newspaper Corp.

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Investigators enforcing state COVID-19 mandates at New York businesses will issue violations to more than 130 downstate establishments for noncompliance, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.State police and the State Liquor Authority are increasing patrols and investigations to ensure businesses enforce the state’s coronavirus mandates, such as social distancing or wearing face masks in public. SLA issued 105 violations to downstate and New York City establishments Friday and Saturday, and 27 more overnight Sunday in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Dirty water flare-up in Housatonic has residents, officials boiling; study ordered

By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle

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GREAT BARRINGTON — With Housatonic residents fed up and frightened by a new bout of rusty water, town officials have approved a plan to study solutions to the problem, including a possible takeover of the private water company that serves 840 customers in the village and surrounds.

The Select Board voted unanimously during Monday’s remote meeting to approve $50,000 for a consultant to look at ownership scenarios that would make it possible to replace Housatonic Water Works Co.’s old, cast-iron water mains.

State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli D-Lenox, has filed legislation for the state to pay for the study, said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski.

Board members vowed to tackle the problem with new fervor, and said the issue would remain on the agenda for every meeting until a solution is hatched.

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Status of Goshen Stampede up in the air

BY JOHN MCKENNA Republican-American

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GOSHEN — The organizer of the Goshen Stampede remains hopeful the event can be held for the 15th consecutive year at the Goshen Fairgrounds but with reduced attendance to satisfy state COVID-19 guidelines. Sean O’Neill of Goshen told the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday he is prepared to host a crowd of 1,100 per day for the weekend event, or 25% of the capacity he contends he’s allowed to have under state guidelines issued as part of an executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont.Goshen First Selectman Robert P. Valentine. RA archives The Goshen Stampede traditionally is held on Father’s Day weekend in June, and features rodeo competitions and a demolition derby. It was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but O’Neill is seeking approval to hold it at an unspecified date before the end of summer.The Board of Selectmen, under a town ordinance, is required to issue permits for events at the fairgrounds that draw more than 1,500 people per day. O’Neill, citing the daily crowd of 1,100 he said he could draw, asked the board if the ordinance would apply in his case.

Connecticut buys 50K computers, with focus on low-income communities


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Gov. Ned Lamont visited Waterbury Arts Magnet School Tuesday to announce the state is spending $43.5 million in its federal COVID relief funds to buy 50,000 computers, provide a year of home internet access to 60,000 students and create 200 public internet access hot spots.
Lamont said the additional resources will be focused in low-income communities, especially the 33 struggling districts enrolled in the state’s Alliance District Network. Alliance Districts – including Waterbury, Torrington, Winchester and Naugatuck – include the state’s lowest performing and receive additional funding and oversight from the state.
The aim is to provide students from low-income districts with internet learning access comparable to that enjoyed by students in more affluent areas.

Former Dutchess County Judge remembered as ‘fair’ and ‘one-of a-kind’

Katelyn Cordero Poughkeepsie Journal

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Marjorie Smith remembers Tom Dolan as a “one of a kind” man who was devoted to his wife and daughters. The former Dutchess County Court Judge died early Tuesday afternoon, the county said. Smith, a former Bureau Chief at the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office said she worked alongside Dolan and argued cases in his courtroom. Smith said she met Dolan in the early 1980s, when she started as an assistant district attorney for the county. She remembers him as a colleague she could learn from, and then as a fair judge, who acted with compassion.
According to Journal archives, Dolan took the bench in 1993, and retired in July of 2010. Former County Executive Marc Molinaro extended his condolences to the Dolan family in a statement on Tuesday evening.

Officials cite 130 downstate businesses for COVID violations

By Kate Lisa Johnson Newspaper Corp.

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ALBANY — Investigators enforcing state COVID-19 mandates at New York businesses will issue violations to more than 130 downstate establishments for noncompliance, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
State police and the State Liquor Authority are increasing patrols and investigations to ensure businesses enforce the state’s coronavirus mandates, such as social distancing or wearing face masks in public. SLA issued 105 violations to downstate and New York City establishments Friday and Saturday, and 27 more overnight Sunday in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Berkshire schools chiefs welcome 10-day reprieve to start classes

By Dick Lindsay The Berkshire Eagle

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Berkshire County school superintendents are hailing the state’s decision to shorten the coming school year by two weeks as they scramble to find a way to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jeff Riley, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, announced an agreement Monday with the commonwealth’s three largest teachers unions to reduce the mandatory number of instruction days by 10 — from 180 to 170.
Classes, whether in person or virtual, must resume no later than Sept. 16, under the agreement made with the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the American Federation of Teachers-Massachusetts and the Boston Teachers Union.
The change allows districts to push back the start of school by an additional 10 days to piece together reopening plans. The majority of local school districts were scheduled to resume in late August or early September.


Connecticut announces $43 million to help students, schools prepare for remote learning

Matt McFarland, Kaitlyn Naples

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On Tuesday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced a major investment, more than $40 million, designed to help students and their schools get ready for remote learning. Connecticut’s coronavirus numbers are good, and the state is committed towards a full reopening this fall, but the final call comes down to those individual school districts. If it’s a hybrid model, or remote learning, the federal money from the CARES Act will connect students and those school districts that need it the most.

Connecticut Absentee voting bill clears state legislature
Lawmakers give voters right to vote by absentee ballot if they’re concerned about coronavirus


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HARTFORD — The Senate agreed Tuesday that Connecticut voters worried about catching coronavirus disease can vote absentee this year rather than risk exposure from going to polling places. Gov. Ned Lamont plans to sign the legislation that temporarily expands eligibility for absentee ballots for Aug. 11 primary elections and the Nov. 3 general election following its final legislative approval in the Senate. Senators voted 35-1 to approve the absentee ballot bill. Bridgeport Democrat Dennis Bradley cast the lone dissenting vote.

Gillibrand, local leaders push for $50B to support childcare industry

Geoffrey Wilson Poughkeepsie Journal

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The pandemic forced many childcare providers to close as enrollment plummeted. About 4.5 million childcare slots are at risk if the industry does not receive assistance, potentially impacting parents and families attempting to return to work, Senator Kristen Gillibrand said. To combat this threat to the industry, as well as its potential economic impact, Gillibrand is calling for a $50 billion fund to assist childcare providers struggling to operate across the country, as well as guidance from the Center for Disease Control on best practices for keeping children safe.

Gillibrand discussed her bill, the Childcare is Essential act, with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and local officials at Community Family Development in the City of Poughkeepsie Monday afternoon.

Gillibrand, local leaders push for $50B to support childcare industry

Geoffrey Wilson Poughkeepsie Journal

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The pandemic forced many childcare providers to close as enrollment plummeted. About 4.5 million childcare slots are at risk if the industry does not receive assistance, potentially impacting parents and families attempting to return to work, Senator Kristen Gillibrand said. To combat this threat to the industry, as well as its potential economic impact, Gillibrand is calling for a $50 billion fund to assist childcare providers struggling to operate across the country, as well as guidance from the Center for Disease Control on best practices for keeping children safe.

Gillibrand discussed her bill, the Childcare is Essential act, with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and local officials at Community Family Development in the City of Poughkeepsie Monday afternoon.

Travelers from 34 states added to NY and CT quarantine list

Jon Campbell New York State Team

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ALBANY – Travelers from 34 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico will now have to self-quarantine upon entering New York, New Jersey and Connecticut after more states were added to the list Tuesday. Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota were included on the quarantine list after surpassing 10 average daily positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the last week, the threshold for being included. Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico were also added as New York expanded the list beyond states for the first time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

Selling Catskill Community Center ‘gut-wrenching’

By Sarah Trafton Columbia-Greene Media

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CATSKILL — After making a public plea for funding last fall, the Catskill Community Center is up for sale.
The building was recently listed for $1.5 million.
Throughout the pandemic, the community center has continued to operate its food bank every Wednesday
from 1:30-3 p.m. and its summer recreation program, which runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., July 6 to Aug. 21.
Catskill Community Center Board of Directors President Jeff Friedman described the decision as “gutwrenching

‘Flushable’ wipes a persistent – and costly – menace to Berkshire sewer pumps

By Heather BellowThe Berkshire Eagle

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GREAT BARRINGTON — For years, Sean Van Deusen has been fighting the same battle against a common enemy: flushable wipes. Van Deusen, Great Barrington’s director of the Department of Public Works, has pleaded with residents to avoid flushing the wipes, which can cause clots that wreak havoc with sewer systems. Yet, he says, workers have seen “not even a slight downturn” in the practice. It’s an expensive problem communities are facing across the county, and beyond. The disposable wipes tend to tangle in sewer pumps and potentially destroy them. And with the outbreak of COVID-19, the use of disinfectant wipes has increased amid hypervigilance against the spread of the virus.”It got worse with the pandemic,” said Bob Rumbolt, superintendent of the Adams Wastewater Treatment Plant. “But, we’re now back to normalcy.” In Great Barrington, the latest trouble is at the Avery Lane pumping station, the last stop for sewage before it travels to the treatment plant on Bentley Avenue.

Your Robin Hood Radio Tri-State Forecast








Satellite = radar above show a front from Gt. Lakes to Texas. Only cooler air behind front in Upper Midwest….otherwise it is less humid but still above average temps. Below – tropical Atlantic shows a disturbance in So. Atlantic likely to become Isaias. Tracks of computer models posted.

Below – animated maps – today’s severe threat – rainfall through Saturday

Below – snapshot weather for Wednesday.  BE safe.



Lamont: Districts have discretion over reopening public schools amid pandemic


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HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona on Monday confirmed school districts retain discretion over the reopening of K-12 public schools while the coronavirus remains a public health threat.
Lamont also shared survey results of parents and teachers that indicate 76% of students plan on attending in-person when schools reopen, and 80% of teachers expect to be showing up in the classroom to teach students in attendance. School districts are required to provide remote learning options if parents choose to keep their children at home. Cardona said this applies even if there is only one student involved, but he indicated this policy could be subject to change later.

Fishkill’s SplashDown Beach, in limbo because of COVID-19, closes for the 2020 season

David Propper Poughkeepsie Journal

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SplashDown Beach won’t be a summer destination in 2020, the water park’s owners announced Monday.”With heavy hearts,’ owners Steve and Shelley Turk wrote on SplashDown’s website the Fishkill water park would be closed for the rest of the year. “Over the last several months we have invested heavily in the preparing to open responsibly,” the Turks wrote. “We have made every effort to provide families with a safe and enjoyable summer destination. Unfortunately amusements parks and water parks have yet to be given permission or guidance to operate within the State of New York.”


Accidental fire damages room in Sharon home

Republican AmericanJuly 27

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A fire at a house Sunday morning at 96 Sharon Valley Road owned by Bonnie Casey caused damage to one room and its contents, according to Fire Marshal Stan MacMillan. The cause of the blaze was accidental due to a lit candle. Crews from Lakeville, Cornwall, Amenia and Millerton, N.Y., assisted the Sharon Volunteer Fire Department.

With nearly 32,000 reported weekend tests, Connecticut positive rate at .6%

On Monday the state Dept. of Public Health released coronavirus data from the weekend and it showed a still encouraging situation in Connecticut.
The positive test rate in nearly 32,000 reported tests was .6%; just five more deaths were attributed to the virus and the number hospitalized dropped back down to 59. There were no virus victims in the hospital in Litchfield County, according to the report.


Columbia County Department of Health’s Mobile Testing Clinic Schedule
Walk-up Clinic Schedule:

–July 28th 9-11 AM Walk-up Clinic (Sidewalk in front of John L. Edwards) Hudson
We will be limiting the walk-up clinics to 50 tests each. We recommend anyone who would like to be tested get to the clinic as early as possible to ensure they secure one of the 50 tests. Pre-Registration will NOT be necessary for Walk-up clinics.

NY Senate rejects pro-police reform package

By Kate Lisa Johnson Newspaper Corp.

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ALBANY — Democrats in the NY state Senate unanimously defeated Republican legislation aiming to bolster protection for law enforcement in the wake of continuing tension between communities and police, and a statewide surge in violent crimes.
Senate Republicans proposed nine bills as part of its Protect Those Who Protect Us package, aimed to deter attacks and disorder against law enforcement officers as violent crime has spiked in cities across the state and nation in recent weeks.The package, endorsed by the New York State Sheriff’s Association, includes legislation to upgrade resisting arrest or following or surveilling a police or peace officer or their family to a class E felony, and upgrading
doxing police, aggravated harassment of a police or peace officer, failure to retreat and falsely accusing an officer of wrongdoing criminal charges to a class D felony, which cannot be reduced by plea bargaining and requires a judge to post bail.

Bill would require renaming West Point dorm, roads, gate named for Confederate generals

Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record

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For half a century, a U.S. Military Academy dormitory has borne the name of Robert E. Lee, the West Point graduate who led the academy as superintendent for three years and later waged war against former comrades as a Confederate commander during the Civil War.
That could change under a federal proposal fueled by a civil-rights awakening. The House and Senate each passed versions of a major military bill with bipartisan support last week that include provisions requiring the renaming of bases and other military properties that memorialize Confederate generals. At West Point, that would apply not only to Lee Barracks but also to a campus road and stone entrance gate named after Lee. It also would require a new name for a semicircular street off Lee Road called Beauregard Place, which honors former cadet and superintendent P.G.T. Beauregard. Beauregard had served a mere five days as superintendent in 1861 before the South seceded and the Louisiana native was yanked from his new post.

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