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Egremont Country Club shuts for good amid pending sale


Posted Friday, May 29, 2020 2:48 pmFull story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/egremont-country-club-shuts-for-good-amid-pending-sale,605757
By Heather Bellow , The Berkshire EagleGREAT BARRINGTON — The Egremont Country Club has decided to close for the 2020 season due to COVID-19 and the pending sale of the property, according to a notice on the club’s website.
The buyer is a mystery, however — the club’s owners could not be reached on Thursday.
But part-owner and manager Frank Mazzarelli recently announced to the “friends of ECC” that he closed the 18-hole golf course permanently.
“As you know my intentions were to have a great last season of golf here at ECC,” he said in an email. “Then the COVID-19 put an abrupt halt to those plans and made it impossible to even try to open this year.”
One listing on Land and Farm shows the 225-acre property, with its banquet and other buildings, listed for $1.8 million by Lance Vermeulen Real Estate, but now off the market.

Bousquet Ski Area to be sold to Mill Town Capital
Posted Friday, May 29, 2020 12:02 pm


Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/…/bousquet-ski-area-to-be-so…
By The Berkshire Eagle
PITTSFIELD — A capital investment firm is purchasing Bousquet Ski Area and plans to keep the ski operations running.

Mill Town Capital on Friday announced it is acquiring the ski area from the Tamarack Ski Nominee Trust and owners Sherry and PJ Roberts.

The sale is expected to close Friday and includes 155 acres across four parcels, including the summit of Yokun Ridge, 22 trails, multiple buildings, and operational equipment, according to a release from Mill Town Capital.

COVID-91 Case Report Litchfield County
Friday May 29, 2020 6 PM

Cornwall 6
Falls Village 0
Kent 7
New Milford 266
Norfolk 11
North Cannan 6
Salisbury 11
Sharon 15
Torringtion 511

COVID-91 Case Report Dutchess County
FRiday May 29, 2020 9 AM
Active Cases by Municipality


AMENIA: ≤5
BEACON CITY: 101
BEEKMAN: 26
CLINTON: 7
DOVER: 10
EAST FISHKILL: 60
FISHKILL: 85
FISHKILL VILLAGE: ≤5
HYDE PARK: 65
LAGRANGE: 43
MILAN: ≤5
MILLBROOK VILLAGE: ≤5
MILLERTON VILLAGE: ≤5
NORTH EAST: ≤5
PAWLING: 22
PAWLING VILLAGE: 6
Pending Address Confirmation: 574
PINE PLAINS: 8
PLEASANT VALLEY: 14
POUGHKEEPSIE: 103
POUGHKEEPSIE CITY: 178
RED HOOK: 11
RED HOOK VILLAGE: ≤5
RHINEBECK: 65
RHINEBECK VILLAGE: 8
STANFORD: ≤5
TIVOLI VILLAGE: ≤5
UNION VALE: 33
WAPPINGER: 53
WAPPINGERS FALLS VILLAGE: 22
WASHINGTON: ≤5

Columbia County COVID-19 Case Report
As of 3 PM on May 29, 2020


Columbia County has had 32 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.
Columbia County has received confirmed positive test results for 385 community members.
There are 129 active cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County.
There are 53 additional residents on mandatory quarantine and 5 residents on precautionary quarantine.
224 of the 385 cases have recovered from COVID-19
17 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 1 of those hospitalized are in the ICU
We’ve received a total of 4,233 PCR test results and we’ve received 1,187 antibody results, of which 126 were positive.

Below you can find the breakdown of TOTAL confirmed, positive cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County.

Ancram 7
Canaan 10
Chatham 17
Claverack 9
Clermont 4
Copake 17
Germantown 8
Ghent 18
Greenport 13
Hillsdale 12
Hudson 33
Kinderhook 41
Livingston 8
New Lebanon 4
Stockport 2
Stuyvesant 9
Livingston Hills 2
Pine Haven 37
Barnwell 134
Unfortunately, we have lost 32 residents to COVID-19. There have been 12 residents of Pine Haven, 15 residents of Barnwell, and 5 community residents that have passed away.

Coronavirus: Despite Dutchess’ testing, scope of nursing home problem obscured

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/…/coronavir…/5275916002/
Saba Ali, Poughkeepsie Journal
As its efforts to test every nursing home resident for COVID-19 continues, Dutchess County government announced new cases were found at just one of the last four facilities it has completed testing. Nine new cases were diagnosed at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling, while no new cases were uncovered at Northern Dutchess Residential Health Care, at Wingate at Dutchess or Sapphire Nursing at Wappingers. However, the county did not provide the total number of coronavirus cases at each facility; patients who already had the illness were not tested. And the county could not say how many patients opted out of testing, leaving the full scope of the issue obscured.

House fire causes ‘severe damage,’ one hospitalized: Millbrook Fire Department

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/…/millbrook…/5281774002/

Katelyn Cordero, Poughkeepsie Journal

A second-alarm fire on Route 82 in Salt Point sent one resident to the hospital and caused “severe damage” to a home on Thursday, according to the Millbrook Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the home around 8:53 p.m., where they received reports that occupants exited the home but re-entered in an attempt to locate dogs. Upon arrival firefighters found the home 50% involved in the fire, with all occupants out. One resident was transported to a local hospital for evaluation, the department said.

Trans athlete rule struck
Feds say state’s policy on high school sports violates civil rights

Full story at https://republicanamerican-ct.newsmemory.com/?token=6661738097
BY PAT EATON-ROBB

ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined in a decision that could force the state to change course to keep federal funding and influence others to do the same.
A letter from the department’s civil rights office,
a copy of which was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, came in response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes who argued that two transgender female runners had an unfair physical advantage.

FALLS VILLAGE No action on Vogel’s days owed

Full story at https://republicanamerican-ct.newsmemory.com/?token=6661738097
The Region 1 All Boards Chair Committee, following an executive session Wednesday, reported no action was taken on the matter of accrued vacation days for Superintendent Pamela Vogel, who is retiring at the end of June.

With fewer seats and high hopes, Barrington Stage preps for August return

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/with-fewer-seats-and-high-hopes-barrington-stage-preps-for-august-return,605746
By Amanda Burke, Berkshire Eagle
PITTSFIELD — As she watched contractors remove seats from every other row at Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage on Union Street, Julianne Boyd felt a sense of hope. It was one way the company is promoting social distancing when the theater becomes one of the first in the region to reopen, with a one-person production of “Harry Clarke,” in early August. This season’s performances will be staged under conditions that Boyd, the company’s artistic director, says likely will last until a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 is developed.
On Thursday afternoon, Chris Adams, Shamir Tillery and Brandon Kingsbury of AJ Schnopp Jr. Construction unbolted dozens of seats and loaded them into a truck parked outside, to be carted away to storage, all part of the company’s plan to reduce audience capacity from 520 to 163. Small performance venues are allowed to reopen in phase three of Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, which could begin, at the earliest, in July. If everything goes according to Barrington Stage’s plan, face-masked patrons will filter in to the first show of the summer season Aug. 5.

Jazz weekend canceled; on other events, organizers to play it by ear

The Berkshire Eagle
Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/jazz-weekend-canceled-on-other-events-organizers-to-play-it-by-ear,605716?
LEE — Citing COVID-19 health concerns, Berkshires Jazz has canceled this year’s Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend.
Co-sponsored by Berkshire Gateway Preservation and Berkshires Jazz, the ninth annual Gateway festival had been scheduled for June 12-14 in First Congregational Church and various other downtown locations.
Berkshires Jazz’s other spring programming also has been postponed, according to Berkshires Jazz President Ed Bride. Through a grant from Chamber Music America, Berkshires Jazz has been able to reschedule an April 25 concert by flutist Andrea Brachfeld and her trio, Insight, to Sept. 25 at St. James Place in Great Barrington.

The Checkup: State making more data available on extent of COVID-19 infection

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:54 pm

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/the-checkup-state-making-more-data-available-on-extent-of-covid-19-infection,605742

By Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle

With this daily feature, The Eagle runs down breaking local developments in the coronavirus crisis.

NEW DATA ROLLS OUT: As of this week, the state is making more data available on the extent of COVID-19 infection. The new statistics include results regarding testing in nursing homes, as well as deaths in nursing facilities reported by the institutions.

In Berkshire County, only three nursing facilities continue to be listed, as before, as having confirmed cases: Fairview Commons in Great Barrington, Timberlyn Heights in Great Barrington and Williamstown Commons in Williamstown.

Meantime, while the state has been providing weekly data on confirmed cases by city and town, those reports now also provide a tally on the number of tests performed for individual communities and the rate of positive test results.

Starting today, The Checkup will include those new numbers when it relays the report on individual communities

Coronavirus: Despite Dutchess’ testing, scope of nursing home problem obscured


Saba Ali, Poughkeepsie JournalPublished 4:51 p.m. ET May 28, 2020
Full Story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/05/28/coronavirus-despite-dutchess-nursing-home-testing-problem-obscured/5275916002/

As its efforts to test every nursing home resident for COVID-19 continues, Dutchess County government announced new cases were found at just one of the last four facilities it has completed testing.Nine new cases were diagnosed at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling, while no new cases were uncovered at Northern Dutchess Residential Health Care, at Wingate at Dutchess or Sapphire Nursing at Wappingers.However, the county did not provide the total number of coronavirus cases at each facility; patients who already had the illness were not tested. And the county could not say how many patients opted out of testing, leaving the full scope of the issue obscured. As of Wednesday, 44 deaths in Dutchess County nursing homes were confirmed to be related to coronavirus, and nine more were presumed to be related, according to state Department of Health statistics. That equates to more than a third of Dutchess’ 146 total coronavirus deaths.

COVID-91 Case Report Litchfield County
Thursday May 28, 2020 6 PM

Cornwall 6
Falls Village 0
Kent 7
New Milford 262
Norfolk 11
North Cannan 6
Salisbury 11
Sharon 15
Torringtion 510

COVID-91 Case Report Dutchess County
Thursday May 28, 2020 9 AM
Active Cases by Municipality

AMENIA: ≤5
BEACON CITY: 101
BEEKMAN: 29
CLINTON: 7
DOVER: 12
EAST FISHKILL: 63
FISHKILL: 86
FISHKILL VILLAGE: ≤5
HYDE PARK: 69
LAGRANGE: 43
MILAN: ≤5
MILLBROOK VILLAGE: ≤5
MILLERTON VILLAGE: ≤5
NORTH EAST: ≤5
PAWLING: 23
PAWLING VILLAGE: 7
Pending Address Confirmation: 567
PINE PLAINS: 8
PLEASANT VALLEY: 14
POUGHKEEPSIE: 110
POUGHKEEPSIE CITY: 183
RED HOOK: 11
RED HOOK VILLAGE: ≤5
RHINEBECK: 65
RHINEBECK VILLAGE: 8
STANFORD: ≤5
TIVOLI VILLAGE: ≤5
UNION VALE: 33
WAPPINGER: 52
WAPPINGERS FALLS VILLAGE: 22
WASHINGTON: ≤5

Columbia County COVID-19 Case Report
As of 3:30 PM on May 28, 2020:


Columbia County has had 32 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.
Columbia County has received confirmed positive test results for 381 unique community members.
There are 137 active cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County.
There are 76 additional residents on mandatory quarantine and 5 residents on precautionary quarantine.
212 of the 381 cases have recovered from COVID-19
17 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 1 of those hospitalized are in the ICU
We have categorized our results by antibody and PCR tests. We’ve received a total of 4,088 PCR test results and we’ve received 1,138 antibody results, of which 122 were positive.

UConn senior suspected of murdering 2 men in CT captured in MD

Full story at https://www.wfsb.com/news/uconn-senior-suspected-of-murdering-2-men-in-ct-captured-in-md/article_56e9734a-a0ca-11ea-829a-033912b6955e.html
HAGERSTOWN, MD (WFSB) – A University of Connecticut senior suspected in two murders was arrested in Maryland.
Peter Manfredonia, 23, is accused of killing 62-year-old Theodore Demers in Willington, CT and was acquainted with 23-year-old Nicholas Eisele, who was found dead in a home in Derby. No one was hurt when police captured him at a truck stop in Hagerstown, MD on Wednesday. Even there, he tried to flee. However, police said they quickly apprehended him.

BOE reviews the end of the year, internet access, appointments

Full story athttps://tricornernews.com/pine-plains/boe-reviews-end-year-internet-access-appointments

May 27, 2020By KAITLIN LYLEkaitlinl@millertonnews.com

PINE PLAINS — With a few weeks left until the school district budget vote and Board of Education (BOE) election, the Pine Plains BOE focused its discussion on school district business at its recent meeting on Wednesday, May 20.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the meeting was held via video conference due to social distancing rules in the days of the coronavirus pandemic. With the exception of BOE President Chip Couse, all BOE members were present along with Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler; Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck; Director of Curriculum and Instruction Brian Timm; Director of Pupil Personnel Services Janine Babcock; Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center Principal Julie Roberts; and Cold Spring Early Learning Center Principal Gian Starr. In Couse’s absence, BOE Vice President Anne Arent ran the meeting.

Webutuck Board of Ed OKs 2020-21 school district budget

May 27, 2020By KAITLIN LYLEkaitlinl@millertonnews.com

Full story at https://tricornernews.com/webutuck/webutuck-board-ed-oks-2020-21-school-district-budget

WEBUTUCK — In what turned out to be a short but productive meeting, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) approved the proposed school district budget for the 2020-21 school year and set the date for the mandated public hearing during the board’s virtual meeting on Thursday, May 14.

In the months following the coronavirus outbreak, school districts across the state have had to adjust to a series of significant changes, from the postponement of the school board elections to schools being closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. On top of adapting to these changes, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District has had some concerns about the approval of the proposed school district budget for the 2020-21 school year. In an earlier interview with The Millerton News, Webutuck Superintendent of Schools Raymond Castellani explained that without its approval, there would be a reduction in programs that would lead to a reduction in the district’s workforce.

Along with the budget’s approval, Castellani stressed the importance of making sure residents contact the school district to obtain a ballot so they can vote on the 2020-21 budget and in the BOE election.

Distance learning has mixed results

Full story at https://tricornernews.com/

By Patrick L. Sullivan
LAKEVILLE — Connecticut’s public schools closed on
March 16 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Initially the closure was for two weeks. Then it was extended, and finally Gov. Ned Lamont ordered that schools
remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
Schools were faced with an abrupt shift to “distance
learning” online

BOE reviews the end of the year, internet access, appointments

Full story athttps://tricornernews.com/pine-plains/boe-reviews-end-year-internet-access-appointments

May 27, 2020By KAITLIN LYLEkaitlinl@millertonnews.com

PINE PLAINS — With a few weeks left until the school district budget vote and Board of Education (BOE) election, the Pine Plains BOE focused its discussion on school district business at its recent meeting on Wednesday, May 20.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the meeting was held via video conference due to social distancing rules in the days of the coronavirus pandemic. With the exception of BOE President Chip Couse, all BOE members were present along with Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler; Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck; Director of Curriculum and Instruction Brian Timm; Director of Pupil Personnel Services Janine Babcock; Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center Principal Julie Roberts; and Cold Spring Early Learning Center Principal Gian Starr. In Couse’s absence, BOE Vice President Anne Arent ran the meeting.

Webutuck Board of Ed OKs 2020-21 school district budget

May 27, 2020By KAITLIN LYLEkaitlinl@millertonnews.com

Full story at https://tricornernews.com/webutuck/webutuck-board-ed-oks-2020-21-school-district-budget

WEBUTUCK — In what turned out to be a short but productive meeting, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) approved the proposed school district budget for the 2020-21 school year and set the date for the mandated public hearing during the board’s virtual meeting on Thursday, May 14.

In the months following the coronavirus outbreak, school districts across the state have had to adjust to a series of significant changes, from the postponement of the school board elections to schools being closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. On top of adapting to these changes, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District has had some concerns about the approval of the proposed school district budget for the 2020-21 school year. In an earlier interview with The Millerton News, Webutuck Superintendent of Schools Raymond Castellani explained that without its approval, there would be a reduction in programs that would lead to a reduction in the district’s workforce.

Along with the budget’s approval, Castellani stressed the importance of making sure residents contact the school district to obtain a ballot so they can vote on the 2020-21 budget and in the BOE election.

Summer recreation plans

May 27, 2020By LEILA HAWKEN

Fill story at https://tricornernews.com/cornwall/summer-recreation-plans

CORNWALL — With health and safety the main concerns at the dawn of the summer recreation season, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen discussed the challenges at their regular meeting online on Tuesday, May 19.

First Selectman Gordon Ridgway opened discussion with a report that state officials have decided to reopen beaches in shore communities, but not town beaches inland. State officials are not concerned with swimming, but rather with social distancing on beaches. He said that parks are now generally open for hiking or boating, although Kent Falls will remain closed.

Selectman Marina Kotchoubey observed that with summer camp programs canceled, town beaches might draw more people. Social distancing and masks are crucial, the selectmen agreed.

Pollinator garden to provide safe space for the birds, the bees and the butterflies

May 27, 2020By WHITNEY JOSEPHeditor@millertonnews.com

Full story at https://tricornernews.com/millerton/pollinator-garden-provide-safe-space-birds-bees-and-butterflies

MILLERTON — Thanks to the efforts of some very determined and energetic volunteers, the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) of the town of North East, Dr. Kristie Schmidt and a host of others, the village of Millerton will soon be blessed with a new community pollinator garden on Century Boulevard.

Volunteers have been working diligently at the new pollinator garden on Century Boulevard, which was started by North East Conservation Advisory Council member Mary Lynn Kalogeras. Photo submitted

CAC member Mary Lynn Kalogeras brainstormed the idea after attending several of local farmers markets with CAC Chairwoman Dianne Engleke to share information about pollinators, and the desperate situation bees are facing right now. But, with the coming of the coronavirus pandemic, Kalogeras said her kids were going to “kill her” if the 77 year old kept going out to educate people in the midst of a health crisis — putting herself at risk — prompting her to come up with another idea. The solution? To plant the town’s own volunteer pollinator garden.

Salisbury slowly returns to normal

Full story at https://tricornernews.com

By Patrick L. Sullivan
SALISBURY — BeginningMonday, June 1, the Salisbury
Town Hall staff will be at full strength and working full-time. First Selectman Curtis Rand made this and other announcements at a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen held online on Thursday, May 21.Some staffers will still workfrom home to some degree; Rand said that will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Employees will follow all state safety guidelines while in the building.
Town Hall will remain closed to the public until further notice, however.

Great Barrington extends suspension of plastic water-bottle ban; public water stations remain closed

full story at https://theberkshireedge.com/news-briefs-gb-expands-suspension-of-plastic-bottle-sales-ban-rmv-implementing-further-extensions/

Great Barrington — The town is again extending its suspension of the ban on plastic water-bottle sales, this time through Monday, Aug. 31, due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. In addition, the town will not reopen its public water stations during 2020.

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION IN OUR AREA MAY 28 UPDATE

COVID-91 Case Report Litchfield County
Tuesday May 27, 2020 6 PM

Cornwall 6
Falls Village 0
Kent 7
New Milford 261
Norfolk 11
North Cannan 6
Salisbury 11
Sharon 16
Torringtion 504

COVID-91 Case Report Dutchess County
Wednesday April 27, 2020 10 AM
Active Cases by Municipality

AMENIA: ≤5
BEACON CITY: 103
BEEKMAN: 30
CLINTON: 7
DOVER: 13
EAST FISHKILL: 63
FISHKILL: 88
FISHKILL VILLAGE: ≤5
HYDE PARK: 69
LAGRANGE: 45
MILAN: ≤5
MILLBROOK VILLAGE: ≤5
MILLERTON VILLAGE: ≤5
NORTH EAST: ≤5
PAWLING: 23
PAWLING VILLAGE: 7
Pending Address Confirmation: 570
PINE PLAINS: 8
PLEASANT VALLEY: 15
POUGHKEEPSIE: 113
POUGHKEEPSIE CITY: 185
RED HOOK: 11
RED HOOK VILLAGE: ≤5
RHINEBECK: 65
RHINEBECK VILLAGE: 8
STANFORD: ≤5
TIVOLI VILLAGE: ≤5
UNION VALE: 33
WAPPINGER: 58
WAPPINGERS FALLS VILLAGE: 22
WASHINGTON: ≤5

Columbia County COVID-19 Case Report
As of 3 PM on May 27, 2020:
Columbia County has had 32 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.
Through quality assurance, we identified some duplicates in our total positive confirmed cases. Columbia County has received confirmed positive test results for 379 unique community members.
There are 140 active cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County.
There are 76 additional residents on mandatory quarantine and 5 residents on precautionary quarantine.
207 of the 379 cases have recovered from COVID-19
17 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 1 of those hospitalized are in the ICU
We have categorized our results by antibody and PCR tests. We’ve received a total of 3,869 PCR test results and we’ve received 1,044 antibody results, of which 119 were positive.

Another person died and two more were sickened in Berkshire County from COVID-19, according to data released by the state Wednesday.

The number of county people killed by the disease is now 40; the county cases of the coronavirus are at 539, up two from the day prior.

The state Department of Public Health reported 74 new deaths across Massachusetts, for a total of 6,547. There were 527 new confirmed cases, for a statewide total of 94,220.

North Canaan Town budget

Full story at https://republicanamerican-ct.newsmemory.com/?token=8436238823
Town budget will increase 1.1% for next fiscal year
The budget for Canaan is set for next fiscal year and it will increase 1.1%. The Board of Finance approved a combined spending plan of $8,786,455 for education and $2,747,018 for the selectmen’s budget, for a total of $11,593,473. This represents a 1.1% increase over the current year.The Board of Selectmen then met to approve the plan and then the Board of Finance reconvened to set a mill rate of 28.25, keeping it the same as this year.
Finance board Chairman Nancy O’Connor said this will require taking $228,945 from the general fund to balance the budget. Marisa Ohler, the selectmen’s administrative assistant, said residents were given the opportunity to make inquiries about the proposed plan, but no one did.

The town of Kent is an official intervenor in cell tower application

Full story at https://republicanamerican-ct.newsmemory.com/?token=8436238823

The town of Kent is now an official intervenor in the cell tower application by Homeland Towers and AT& T to the state’s Siting Council. The council agreed to this Thursday during a meeting and the town was notified this week. The town will be represented by Daniel S. Rosemark of Rosemark Law of Danbury, in addition to Daniel E. Casagrande of Cramer & Anderson.

HBO: Mark Ruffalo’s Poughkeepsie house in ‘I Know This Much Is True’ is for sale

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/05/27/hbo-mark-ruffalos-house-i-know-much-true-sale/5265263002/

The house for sale at the southeast corner of Delafield and Hoffman streets in the City of Poughkeepsie has two bedrooms, one bathroom and encompasses 1,330-square-feet. It was built in 1854, sits on a 3,484 square-foot-lot and has one parking space. It also happened to be the childhood home of Mark Ruffalo… on television, at least.
The house at 47 Delafield St. is being shown to 140 million HBO subscribers worldwide as a setting in “I Know This Much Is True,” the six-part limited series filmed in the Hudson Valley. And you can corral this little corner of Hollywood on the Hudson for yourself by plunking down the listed price of $174,888.

Activists urge plastic ban to be upheld

By Sarah Trafton
Columbia-Greene Media
Full story at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/publicservicenews/activists-urge-plastic-ban-to-be-upheld/article_16b851d3-876b-5e72-a12f-72f378c69cd4.html

More than 100 environmental activist groups are urging the state Department of Environmental Conservation to remember its ban on single-use plastic bags as the state economy reopens. Enforcement of the ban, which went into effect March 1, has been on hold until June 15 due to a lawsuit. Courts are operating at a bare minimum due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. In a letter to DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, 122 watchdog groups requested that enforcement of the ban resume, DEC take steps to inform supermarkets to stop prohibiting customers from using reusable bags and that DEC inform stores to redeem 5-cent beverage container deposits.

Berkshire food pantries inundated as kindness rises to meet surging hunger

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/berkshire-food-pantries-inundated-as-kindness-rises-to-meet-surging-hunger,605633

GREAT BARRINGTON — On a bright Wednesday in this Berkshires spring of doom, Jessica Speer-Holmes and her three daughters are inside the dark pantry, packing bags full of food for people who might otherwise go hungry.
Some bags are heavier for those larger households whose occupants have found themselves jobless over the past two months. Fifty bags are ready for pickup on Thursday — an additional 100 were packed this morning.
The spirited Holmes girls — Zoe, 15, Annabel, 12, and Tess, 10 — say doing this beats the remote learning “busy work” from school. Before the pandemic lockdown, people never thought they’d need help buying food, said Anne Hutchinson, director of operations at The People’s Pantry at Saint James Place. And the number of people the volunteer-run pantry feeds every week is at more than 350, more than triple that of pre-lockdown. Is also has increased its volunteers and, with grant money, had to hire someone to coordinate food distribution.

Happy Birthday Henry Kissinger!

Skywriting over Kent, CT today! Pictures courtesy Melanie MacRitchie Burke Miller‎’s Facebook page

May 27, 2020

COVID-91 Case Report Litchfield County
Tuesday May 27, 2020 6 PM

Cornwall 6
Falls Village 0
Kent 7
New Milford 261
Norfolk 11
North Cannan 6
Salisbury 11
Sharon 16
Torringtion 504

Taghhannuck Grange #100 is having our annual
outside plant sale (but not the Tag Sale inside our Hall) on Dunbar Road in Sharon on Saturday June 6th and most likely Sunday June 7th if we have unsold plants.

We, as always, will have both flowers and vegetables. The sale will start in the early morning and go on for most of the day. No times are specified as we do not want a crowd of people at one time. The sale is self-serve with people maintaining the recommended social distancing protocols of six (6) feet of separation between individuals. Stay home if you are sick. Wearing a face covering/mask is required at all times. We ask that you follow the arrows to keep yourself and others safe. We appreciate your cooperation! We are committed to providing a safe shopping experience and may limit the number of shoppers in any area at one time.The plants are all $2.00 each. We want to keep the exchange of money to a minimum so we ask that you pay the exact amount of purchase.
Please spread the word.
For more information call Brent Prindle (860) 364-5373

Reopening Dutchess: Need a haircut? It may look different next time you’re in the chair

Lisa Iannucci, For the Poughkeepsie JournalPublished 1:00 p.m. ET May 27, 2020

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2020/05/27/reopening-dutchess-salons-barbers-make-changes-preparation/5242763002/

“I foresee (customers) having to wait in their cars, and we will text or call them when it’s their time. “

There are very serious issues still to be resolved when it comes to reopening society as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ease. But one of the most hotly debated subjects, at least on social media, is when we can all get a haircut. After months of no trims, no highlights, no cuts or (gasp) color, people are starting to panic. Like many Hudson Valley residents who haven’t had a haircut in a few months, Ann Marie Bybel is fed up with her hair. “It’s gotten so long that I have to put it in a bun for it to look decent and the color is halfway out,” said the Fishkill resident. “This stinks.”  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated that barber shops and hair salons will be allowed to resume business during phase 2 of the reopening process, yet when that will happen is not yet certain. And when salons and barbershops do reopen, actually getting an appointment might be a little more difficult than you think.

The Connecticut Army National Guard and the Connecticut Air National Guard visited the Robin Hood Radio studios today to drop off a supply of protective face masks (because broadcasting is an essential service)!

Visiting us from the Army National Guard were: SFC Sebastian Miano and SGT Stephen Vigo. Visiting Robin Hood Radio from the Connecticut Air National Guard was Senior Airman Daquana Martinez!

Columbia County COVID-19 Case Report
As of 3 PM on May 27, 2020:


Columbia County has had 32 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.
Through quality assurance, we identified some duplicates in our total positive confirmed cases. Columbia County has received confirmed positive test results for 379 unique community members.
There are 140 active cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County.
There are 76 additional residents on mandatory quarantine and 5 residents on precautionary quarantine.
207 of the 379 cases have recovered from COVID-19
17 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 1 of those hospitalized are in the ICU
We have categorized our results by antibody and PCR tests. We’ve received a total of 3,869 PCR test results and we’ve received 1,044 antibody results, of which 119 were positive.

COVID-91 Case Report Dutchess County
Wednesday April 27, 2020

10 AM
Active Cases by Municipality

AMENIA: ≤5
BEACON CITY: 103
BEEKMAN: 30
CLINTON: 7
DOVER: 13
EAST FISHKILL: 63
FISHKILL: 88
FISHKILL VILLAGE: ≤5
HYDE PARK: 69
LAGRANGE: 45
MILAN: ≤5
MILLBROOK VILLAGE: ≤5
MILLERTON VILLAGE: ≤5
NORTH EAST: ≤5
PAWLING: 23
PAWLING VILLAGE: 7
Pending Address Confirmation: 570
PINE PLAINS: 8
PLEASANT VALLEY: 15
POUGHKEEPSIE: 113
POUGHKEEPSIE CITY: 185
RED HOOK: 11
RED HOOK VILLAGE: ≤5
RHINEBECK: 65
RHINEBECK VILLAGE: 8
STANFORD: ≤5
TIVOLI VILLAGE: ≤5
UNION VALE: 33
WAPPINGER: 58
WAPPINGERS FALLS VILLAGE: 22
WASHINGTON: ≤5

Children’s choir creates second virtual video

By Shaw Israel Izikson -May 24, 2020

Full story at https://winstedphoenix.org/index.php/2020/05/24/childrens-choir-creates-second-virtual-video/

The Junior Choir of Chorus Angelicus

NORTHWEST CORNER — One month after their first video, Chorus Angelicus, which is part of the nonprofit choral organization Joyful Noise Inc., has put together a new video for the song “Alleluia.”
Since mid-March, students taking part in programs that the organization offers have not been able to meet in person due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
The video features singers from the organization’s junior choir, who range from 12 to 18 years-old.
Organization office manager Bethany Lee said that there are nine participants in the choir, including three participants from Winsted.
The video was edited together by choir director Andrew Skinner.

IN YOUR CORNER: Cornwall co-op farmers market adjusts to new normal

Full story at https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/05/26/in-your-corner-cornwall-co-op-farmers-market-adjusts-to-new-normal/

Republican AmericanMay 26, 2020


CORNWALL – The co-op farmers market on the town Green opened for the season Saturday, and while the layout looked a bit different, the offerings were the same and customer interest was at its usual high level.

Precautions for dealing with COVID-19 were taken. Vendors kept at a 6-foot distance from each other. A marked path for entry and exit was clearly delineated with bright orange tape, masks were donned and buyers approached booths one at a time.

The market, one of two in town (the other is on the Wish House lawn in West Cornwall and will open next week), serves as an outlet for local farmers and business people to sell their products.

7th Connecticut inmate dies from COVID-19 complications

Full story at https://www.wfsb.com/news/7th-inmate-dies-from-covid-19-complications/article_4284b5c0-a018-11ea-a64c-c7a41597a619.html

WFSB) – A 60-year-old man was the seventh offender under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Correction to die from complications related to the coronavirus.

Due to medical privacy laws, the name of the individual was not released, the DOC said.

The inmate was transferred from the Osborn Correctional Institution in Somers to the UCONN Health Center in Farmington for treatment on April 30, 2020.

According to the DOC, the inmate had been taken to the hospital on several occasions throughout his 28-years of incarceration.

He succumbed to his illness on Tuesday.

He had been serving a 43-year sentence for murder. His maximum release date was in Sept. 2023.

Supreme Court settles five-year legal case with Salisbury P&Z and Lime Rock Park

BY RUTH EPSTEIN Republican-American May 26, 20203403

Full Story at https://www.rep-am.com/community/2020/05/26/supreme-court-settles-five-year-legal-case-with-salisbury-pz-and-lime-rock-park/

SALISBURY — The state Supreme Court has ruled that the Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission has the authority to regulate operating days and times at Lime Rock Park racetrack.

The court also did not uphold the park’s contention that times for unmufflered and mufflered races were solely a noise issue and therefore could only be regulated by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The court said the PZC has the authority to regulate the number of days these two types of races occur. The commission is charged with traffic, ingress, egress and public safety, which vary by the type of race. Lime Rock is a 1.5-mile track designed for auto racing. It is located in a residential area.

Pandemic economy forces scaling down of ‘transformative’ Eagle Mill project

Full story at https://theberkshireedge.com/pandemic-economy-forces-scaling-down-of-transformative-eagle-mill-project/

Lee — Though there are indications that the state’s economy is emerging from its hibernation after the roll-out last week of the four-phase reopening plan put forth by Gov. Charlie Baker, there are still signs that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will linger or perhaps even have long-lasting effects on the local economy.

Several iconic cultural institutions in the Berkshires have canceled their live summer seasons, including Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, Shakespeare & Company, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Kripalu, the nation’s largest yoga retreat, laid off more than 450 employees and is closed for the rest of the year at least. These cancellations and their effects have caused some to reimagine the region’s economy.

Developer Jeffrey N. Cohen. Photo: Heather Bellow

But experts are also convinced that the cancellations will further harm the region’s crucial hospitality industry, causing what Berkshire County economic development experts have called a “ripple effect.”

Massachusetts man airlifted after tractor-trailer crash

GHENT — The driver of a tractor-trailer was trapped in the cab of his rig for several hours Tuesday afternoon after the 18-wheeler rolled over in Ghent, Columbia County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

Fire and rescue crews worked to free Kristian L. Halvorsen, 29, of Dalton, Massachusetts, who injured his legs in the accident and was airlifted by a LifeNet helicopter to Albany Medical Center, police said.

Small businesses to get sales tax relief

Small businesses to get sales tax relief

NEW YORK — Small businesses may see some relief when it comes to fees associated with sales tax in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest executive order.

In March, the National Federation of Independent Businesses requested Cuomo delay or defer sales tax payments for small businesses without interest or penalties.

New York taxpayers who failed to file and pay their quarterly sales tax returns due March 20 did not face penalties or interest if they did not make the payment through May 19.

THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF CONNECTICUT LOST TWO GREAT FRIENDS OF THE COMMUNITY

We have lost another one of the pillar names and residents in our Tri-State Area area..John Borden passed away last night. No other details are available at this time.

More bad news today as Robin Hood Radio learned of the death of Joel Revzen, who lived with his wife Cynthia Rice in Sharon until last year. It is reported that he passed away as a result of the Coronavirus. Joel was a gifted musician an assistant conductor at the MET, and directed opera all over the country.

This is not good news just a week after phase 1 openings in Connecticut! Please use your masks and practice social distancing so we can continue to open up the state! As of Monday, Gov. Lamont said hospitalizations slightly rose to 706. Cases totaled 40,873. Deaths rose to 3,742 since the start of the pandemic in Connecticut.

C-GCC classes likely to remain online

  • By Nora Mishanec
    Columbia-Greene Media
  • For full story click on headline

GREENPORT — After a semester of distance learning, local college students hoping for a swift return to normal are likely to be disappointed.

Columbia-Greene Community College classes will likely remain online through the fall semester, C-GCC President Carlee Drummer said Tuesday.

Some classes that require hands-on learning, such as nursing, construction, science labs and art, will resume in-person lessons, Drummer said, adding that the college will need to be mindful of social distancing requirements.

“This is still in flux, but that seems to be the direction we are heading in, as are all of the other SUNY colleges in the state,” she said.

C-GCC classes likely to remain online

Agency lands grant to give free legal advice to those in need in May

Berkshire Center for Justice adds balance to scales of law for low-income and poverty-stricken

Posted Saturday, May 9, 2020 3:53 pm

GREAT BARRINGTON — You’ve just been served with a notice of eviction, but there’s no money to pay the rent. There’s no food for you or your children. Moreover, there’s a pandemic going on.

You have nowhere to go, and the last place you’re thinking of is a lawyer’s office, because you can’t afford to eat, let alone hire a lawyer.

Think again. Since 2006, the Berkshire Center for Justice has been serving the region’s indigent and low-income residents, providing or connecting them with legal, social and community supports, says Eve Schatz, the center’s founder, executive director and an attorney.

The nonprofit agency was just awarded $5,000 from Berkshire United Way’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund; the center was selected for the grants by a panel from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Berkshire United Way, Northern Berkshire United Way, and Williamstown Community Chest, along with community volunteers.

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/agency-lands-grant-to-give-free-legal-advice-to-those-in-need-in-may,604289

New York had 600 entries for its ‘Wear a Mask’ ad campaign. These were the two winners

Joseph Spector, New York State Team

Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/politics/albany/2020/05/26/ny-had-600-entries-its-wear-mask-ad-campaign-these-won/5262378002/

ALBANY – More than 600 videos were entered into a New York ad campaign to encourage people to wear masks in public.

The winner was announced Tuesday: “We Heart New York” created by Bunny Lake Films, a production studio in Brooklyn.

“For New York to reopen and stay open, we all need to do our part,” the 30-second ad showing people wearing masks in the streets of New York City said.

Second place went to “You Can Still Smile” by Natalia Bougadellis and Emory Parker, both New York City filmmakers.

“I wear a mask for my fellow New Yorkers,” the ad starts, showing a series of people wearing masks and talking about why they do so.

The contest was started May 5 and overseen by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daughter, Mariah Kennedy Cuomo.

The goal was to encourage New Yorkers to create videos explaining why everyone should wear a mask in public, the governor and his daughter said.

Reopening Dutchess: Phase one offers ‘psychological and real’ benchmark, Molinaro says

Dutchess County has been partially reopened.
Tuesday’s designation that the Mid-Hudson Region could enter the first phase of the state’s reopening process meant construction and manufacturing could resume, and select retailers could offer curbside or in-store pickup.
That may not have created a seismic shift for residents, considering many large retailers and small shops were already able to offer curbside services, and some construction and manufacturing was already deemed essential through the past two months of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Industry experts also say it takes time for a work site to resume activities, and a safety plan is needed before a business can reopen. But Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said Tuesday’s milestone carried plenty of symbolism while offering concrete movement forward for local businesses and the economy. “There are those who say nothing really changes…,” Molinaro said. But for those who work in businesses with restrictions that were lifted Tuesday, he continued, “Their lives changed today.”
Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/05/26/reopening-dutchess-businesses-take-step-forward-phase-one/5260416002/

Resumption of elective surgeries a sign of a return to normal

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network has begun rescheduling outpatient surgical procedures at two hospitals in Dutchess and Ulster counties, a big step forward in our region’s process of returning to normal and providing high-quality, safe, routine elective medical care.
Patients who need ambulatory surgical services – elective, outpatient procedures in which patients enter and leave surgical facilities on the same day without an overnight stay – can now schedule their procedures at HealthAlliance (Broadway campus) in Kingston and MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie.
Additionally, WMCHealth is directly contacting patients who had procedures canceled or postponed during the statewide COVID-19 shutdown to reschedule both pre-procedure testing and their surgeries. WMCHealth can resume these procedures because its hospitals have met the requirements outlined in an executive order from Governor Andrew Cuomo. COVID-19 cases have dropped in both Dutchess and Ulster counties to a level that makes it possible for these hospitals to safely expand their services and care to pre-COVID-19 standards. Patients who come to HealthAlliance and MidHudson Regional Hospital can expect to see extraordinary safety protocols that meet or exceed federal guidelines to protect patients, care providers and hospital staff.
Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/sponsor-story/mid-hudson-regional-hospital/2020/05/26/resumption-elective-surgeries-sign-return-normal/5245227002/

TurnPark Art Space, a 16-acre former quarry turned sculpture park and cultural center on Moscow Road in West Stockbridge, is suspending its 2020 May through October season, due to the coronavirus pandemic.


The planned retrospective of TurnPark Art Space architect Alexander Konstantinov, who passed away in 2019, as well as exhibitions from Doug Fitch and Arcady Kotler, will be postponed to 2021. All planned outdoor activity, including performances and workshops, will either be canceled or postponed to future dates. The Gatehouse and Garage Galleries, and the gift shop will remain closed until further notice. However, the grounds will remain open to the public, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, in accordance with current public safety guidelines.

Historic Blantyre resort will be closed to individual guests until next May

In Lenox the historic Blantyre resort will be closed to individual guests until next May in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its severe impact on the leisure and business travel industry. During the temporary shutdown, General Manager Stephen Benson told The Eagle, the 110-acre “luxury Country House” property at 16 Blantyre Road will be available for meetings, retreats, life celebrations and weddings after lodging restrictions are eased by Gov. Charlie Baker, anticipated in late June or early July. Benson explained that the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s recent cancellation of its Tanglewood live performance schedule extinguished the resort’s last flicker of hope to salvage the summer season as reservations plummeted at a tremendous pace.

Berkshire County’s unemployment rate soared to 16.6 percent in April

Due to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Berkshire County’s unemployment rate soared to 16.6 percent in April, according to figures released Tuesday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
The jobless rate in the county’s two cities is even higher, climbing to 18.7 percent in North Adams and 18.8 percent in Pittsfield. The state unemployment rate is 15.9 percent. The results released Tuesday are not seasonally adjusted.
The county’s labor force dropped by 5,000 in April to 57,586 and the number employed by some 12,000 to 48,003. The number of unemployed jumped by 7,000 to 9,583 in April from 2,432 the previous month.
The Berkshire unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in March and 3.5 percent 12 months ago.

SHEFFIELD — Police and the town’s animal control officer are continuing to search for a raccoon that attacked and bit a woman sitting on the riverbank near the Old Covered Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Town officials closed park after the incident, and it will remain closed until the animal is destroyed and tested for rabies, or until enough days pass that the raccoon will have died of the disease, said town Police Chief Eric Munson III. Munson said that the woman had immediately gone to the hospital and is being treated for rabies as a precaution. The only way to know if the raccoon is infected is to kill it and test for it, he added.

Full story at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/sheffield-covered-bridge-park-closed-after-raccoon-attack,605485

Three-state manhunt ongoing for UConn student after killing, home invasion

By Anna Sturla, CNN

Updated 5:27 PM ET, Mon May 25, 2020

Connecticut State Police are searching for a University of Connecticut student in connection with the killing of at least one man, according to law enforcement officials.Peter Manfredonia, 23, is suspected of killing a 62-year-old man and seriously injuring another man on Friday morning in Willington, Connecticut State Police said in a press release. Police said the motive was unclear.Connecticut State Police is working with the FBI and local enforcement to track Manfredonia.

UConn student Peter Manfredonia, 23, was last seen in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on Sunday, according to law enforcement officials.

Full story at https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/25/us/uconn-student-manhunt-killing-home-invasion/index.html

ROBIN HOOD RADIO LIME ROCK COURT CASE DECISION:

Ruth Epstein from The Republican American reported this morning on Robin Hood radio that Connecticut’s SUpreme Court has decided in favor of The Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission in its battle with Lime rock Park. More details coming, but, the decision was in favor of the P and Z, and against Lime Rock Park. Here is a facebook page with the Supreme Court Decision Full story at https://www.facebook.com/marshall.miles.9/media_set?set=a.10217384859635424&type=3

REMINDER – 2020 Ancram Grievance Day


Grievance Day will be Tuesday, May 26th, 2020. — The Board of Assessment Review (“BAR”) will meet on May 26th from 10:00am-12:00pm and from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The BAR Meeting will be via ZOOM. Invitations to join the ZOOM meetings are below, followed by the Grievance Day process. 

Ancram Grievance Day — Morning SessionTime: May 26, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00pm Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/88587410001?pwd=eUxXa0JNMjdnWDJSajJxMFEyeURnZz09 Meeting ID: 885 8741 0001Password: AncramOne tap mobile+19292056099,,88587410001#,,1#,486510# US (New York) Dial by your location       +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)       Meeting ID: 885 8741 0001Password: 486510Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kB1cXh17Z
Ancram Grievance — Evening SessionTime: May 26, 2020 6:00 PM – 8:00pm Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86438857558?pwd=SWl1TzJETGZXWW1WQXlibWVNeGRyQT09 Meeting ID: 864 3885 7558Password: AncramOne tap mobile+19292056099,,86438857558#,,1#,868804# US (New York) Dial by your location       +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)       Meeting ID: 864 3885 7558Password: 868804Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kc74Ouckti2020 Grievance Day Process
It is not necessary to appear before the BAR to have a grievance application considered.
All property owners are strongly encouraged to speak with the Town Assessor prior to Grievance Day about their assessment concerns in an effort to resolve any issues without appearing before the BAR. (Contact details for the Assessor are below.)
NO IN-PERSON MEETINGS: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and directions from the NYS Governor, the BAR will meet by video conference and will NOT meet at Town Hall. All property owners who wish to appear before the BAR must attend by video or telephone conference call. (Procedures for appearing before the BAR by video or conference call will be sent to you after your scheduled appointment is confirmed.)
APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED: Property owners who wish to appear before the BAR on Grievance Day must schedule an appointment for a specific time during the Grievance Day hours shown above. We emphasize the 10:00am-12:00pm appointment period for more available slots.  (Instructions for filing a Grievance and making an appointment are shown below.)  
Procedures for Filing a Grievance — DOCUMENTATION SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN ADVANCE: All property owners are strongly encouraged to submit their grievance application prior to Grievance Day, including a detailed cover letter, the required grievance application form, and supporting documentation. — Grievance applications should be submitted to the Town Clerk and Town Assessor, and must contain a NYS grievance application form, which can be found at this link https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp524_fill_in.pdf. (Contact information for the Town Clerk and Town Assessor are provided below.)  — If a property owner files a grievance application on Grievance Day and wishes to speak to the BAR, the Town Assessor will request an adjournment of the BAR for that application, in order to have time to review the application, and a second BAR meeting will be held, if necessary, within one week. 
Procedures for Appearances Before the Board of Assessment Review (“BAR”) — Appearance appointments will be for 15 minutes each. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Town Clerk (contact details below). 
Property owners may appear by video or telephone call. — Property owners who have made appointments for Grievance Day will be provided with video/telephone “Zoom” conferencing details prior to their appointment. 
Contact Information for the Town Assessor and the Town Clerk (for Submitting a Grievance and Scheduling an Appearance Before the BAR)
Town of Ancram Assessor Rene’ DeLeeuw 1416 County Route 7 Ancram NY 12502 Tel. (518) 329-6512 ext 204 Email: assessor@ancramny.org  Town of Ancram Town Clerk Monica Cleveland 1416 County Route 7 Ancram NY 12502 Tel. (518) 329-6512 ext 201 Email: townclerk@ancramny.org

COVID-19 cases as of 4 PM May 25, 2020
Falls Village 0
Cornwall 4
Kent 7
New Milford 263
Norfolk 11
North Canaan 5
Salisbury 11
Sharon 16
Torrington 488

Dutchess County COVID-19
Active Cases by Municipality
4PM May 25, 2020
AMENIA: ≤5
BEACON CITY: 111
BEEKMAN: 38
CLINTON: 9
DOVER: 16
EAST FISHKILL: 77
FISHKILL: 100
FISHKILL VILLAGE: ≤5
HYDE PARK: 72
LAGRANGE: 55
MILAN: 7
MILLBROOK VILLAGE: ≤5
MILLERTON VILLAGE: ≤5
NORTH EAST: ≤5
PAWLING: 27
PAWLING VILLAGE: 7
Pending Address Confirmation: 553
PINE PLAINS: 7
PLEASANT VALLEY: 16
POUGHKEEPSIE: 130
POUGHKEEPSIE CITY: 204
RED HOOK: 11
RED HOOK VILLAGE: ≤5
RHINEBECK: 65
RHINEBECK VILLAGE: 8
STANFORD: ≤5
TIVOLI VILLAGE: ≤5
UNION VALE: 34
WAPPINGER: 70
WAPPINGERS FALLS VILLAGE: 22
WASHINGTON: ≤5

Columbia County COVID-19
As of 4 PM on May 25, 2020:
Columbia County has had 32 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.
381 positive cases of COVID-19 with 156 active cases. There are 71 additional residents on mandatory quarantine and 4 residents on precautionary quarantine.
193 of the 381 cases have recovered from COVID-19
16 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 1 of those hospitalized are in the ICU
We have received 4,626 test results completed for Columbia County residents

Play ball! New York sports teams get approval to start training camps
Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/politics/2020/05/24/sports-reopening-coronavirus-new-york/5252761002/
ALBANY – Professional sports with
out fans took a step forward Sunday as Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead for teams in New York to start training camps.
The NBA and NHL seasons were stopped in mid-March, and the MLB season has been on hold after the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation, particularly New York, which has the most cases and death in the nation. Other sports leagues have also been on hold, with hopes to resume operations this summer and with efforts by the NHL and NBA to resume their seasons in the coming months.Cuomo said New York teams should be able to start practices in hopes of getting their seasons underway without fans.

COVID-19 cases as of 4 PM May 24, 2020
Falls Village 0
Cornwall 4
Kent 7
New Milford 263
Norfolk 9
North Canaan 5
Salisbury 11
Sharon 16
Torrington 488

Dutchess County COVID-19
Active Cases by Municipality
2 PM May 24, 2020
AMENIA: ≤5
BEACON CITY: 110
BEEKMAN: 38
CLINTON: 9
DOVER: 16
EAST FISHKILL: 75
FISHKILL: 99
FISHKILL VILLAGE: ≤5
HYDE PARK: 72
LAGRANGE: 55
MILAN: 7
MILLBROOK VILLAGE: ≤5
MILLERTON VILLAGE: ≤5
NORTH EAST: ≤5
PAWLING: 27
PAWLING VILLAGE: 7
Pending Address Confirmation: 550
PINE PLAINS: 7
PLEASANT VALLEY: 15
POUGHKEEPSIE: 130
POUGHKEEPSIE CITY: 204
RED HOOK: 10
RED HOOK VILLAGE: ≤5
RHINEBECK: 65
RHINEBECK VILLAGE: 6
STANFORD: ≤5
TIVOLI VILLAGE: ≤5
UNION VALE: 34
WAPPINGER: 70
WAPPINGERS FALLS VILLAGE: 22
WASHINGTON: ≤5

Columbia County COVID-19
As of 11:30 AM on May 24, 2020:
Columbia County has had 32 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.
371 positive cases of COVID-19 with 149 active cases. There are 67 additional residents on mandatory quarantine and 3 residents on precautionary quarantine.
190 of the 371 cases have recovered from COVID-19
16 of the positive cases are hospitalized, none of those hospitalized are in the ICU
We have received 4,398 test results completed for Columbia County residents

Though five new cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday in Berkshire County, the death toll held at 38. To date, 515 cases have been confirmed, the DPH said.Across the state, 76 new deaths were reported, for a total of 6,304. The case count rose by 773, to 91,662.

Little was left standing at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds after the great tornado of 1995 ripped through the southern end of town. Photo: Gary Leveille

Remembering the ‘great’ Great Barrington tornado 25 years later

Full story at https://theberkshireedge.com/remembering-the-great-great-barrington-tornado-25-years-later/

Great Barrington — It was the night Satan himself roared through Great Barrington, leaving a path of death and destruction in his wake. This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Memorial Day tornado, whose still-visible scars on East Mountain tower above the Great Barrington Fairgrounds from across the Housatonic River.

As of Saturday afternoon, Connecticut Gov. Lamont said hospitalizations dipped to 724. Cases totaled 40,022. Deaths rose to 3,675 since the start of the pandemic in Connecticut. They reported 40,022 people tested positive, which is up 382 since Friday. There have been 3,675 deaths, up 38 since yesterday. Hospitalizations dropped to 724, 16 less than Friday. Reported tests total 208,367, up 6,039 from the last 24 hours. 

Columbia County will officially begin Phase One reopening on Tuesday, May 26th.

The Mid-Hudson region will start reopening after the holiday weekend and it may take more than two weeks for regions to enter the next planned stages of reopening the economy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. The Mid-Hudson region, which includes Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties, is planning to become the eighth region to start reopening nonessential businesses Tuesday under phase I, construction, manufacturing, forestry, fishing, pickup retail and wholesale trades. The region will reopen after it satisfied the criteria of a steady decline in the area’s number of COVID-19 deaths. Officials hired 2,207 Mid-Hudson contact tracers of the region’s required 1,991, but they have 857 to train as of Saturday afternoon. The tracers were expected to be trained with the state’s online course by the end of Memorial Day weekend.

Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson Region, will officially begin Phase One reopening on Tuesday, May 26th.

With the region having successfully met all of the health metrics to reopen and the balance of volunteer contact tracers conducting their online training this weekend, Governor Cuomo has given us the green light for Restarting Dutchess on Tuesday.

Businesses will be slowly reopening with strict health and safety plans in place that must be followed. Public health teams will be watching all of the data closely to protect our community health. Individuals must maintain their vigilance in protecting themselves and their families – wear face coverings when going out, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands. Continuing to make smart choices will protect our community.

We are exceptionally grateful to all those who have signed up to volunteer as contact tracers – it is critical the training is completed this weekend to ensure our reopening proceeds on Tuesday. Thank you for making our Tuesday reopening possible!”

All eligible businesses who plan to reopen during Phase One must have a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. Plans must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. Businesses must review and submit affirmation they will adhere to the guidelines outlined in the NY Forward plan. Summary guidelines, safety plan templates and affirmation statement and submission directions are available, by industry, on the NY Forward website. https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

TO ALLOW EMPLOYEES IN TO WORK, YOU WILL NEED TO CONFORM TO THE STATE’S SAFETY PLAN. HERE IS A LINK TO THEIR TEMPLATE THAT WILL HELP NAVIGATE THE PROCESS

TOTAL confirmed, positive cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County.
Ancram 5
Canaan 9
Chatham 15
Claverack 8
Clermont 4
Copake 17
Germantown 8
Ghent 16
Greenport 13
Hillsdale 8
Hudson 32
Kinderhook 37
Livingston 8
New Lebanon 4
Stockport 1
Stuyvesant 9
Livingston Hills 2
Pine Haven 37
Barnwell 127

Five new cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday in Berkshire County, the death toll held at 38. To date, 515 cases have been confirmed, the DPH said. Across the state, 76 new deaths were reported, for a total of 6,304. The case count rose by 773, to 91,662.

Coronavirus: City of Poughkeepsie cancels July 4 fireworks celebration, pools closed

A.J. Martelli, Poughkeepsie Journal

Amid coronavirus concerns, the City of Poughkeepsie has cancelled its annual July 4 fireworks celebration, and closed its pools indefinitely. That’s according to a release from the city. While pools will be closed until further notice, parks remain open, though residents are prohibited from using playground equipment. Residents must adhere to social distancing protocols, distancing at least six feet away from one another and wearing masks while in close proximity, the release said. The city’s COVID-19 Parks Response Team will be monitoring parks, and warning the city of any inappropriate uses of facilities. Full story at https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/2020/05/22/coronavirus-city-poughkeepsie-cancels-july-4-fireworks-celebration-pools-closed/5244214002/

Connecticut Gov. Lamont announced the business sectors that are part of the Phase 2 reopening plan. Phase 2 would begin around June 20.

The Phase 2 businesses that are expected to reopen on June 20 are:
Hotels (no bar areas)
Gyms, fitness, and sports clubs
All personal services
Outdoor arts, entertainment and events (up to 50 people)
Outdoor amusement parks
Movie theaters
Bowling alleys
Social clubs, pools
All museums, zoo, aquariums
Restaurants (indoor, no bar)

A big shout out to the Connecticut National Guard! The CBA (Connecticut Broadcasters Association) has received a supply of protective masks and the Connecticut National Guard will be delivering them on Tuesday, May 26th between 11 AM -3 PM, and a back-up window of 11 AM-3 PM on Wednesday, May 27th. To all stations in Connecticut including Robin Hood Radio Please be aware that these masks are for use by station employees only, because of their roles as essential employees.

Great Barrington board shoots down parking lot, foils real estate sale

Full tory at https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/great-barrington-board-shoots-down-parking-lot-foils-real-estate-sale,605067

By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle
GREAT BARRINGTON — A company’s plans for a private parking lot downtown were foiled on Monday by town officials who said the lot doesn’t provide enough benefit to the town to outweigh the negatives.

The Select Board’s decision also sunk the Torrico family’s plans to sell their 11 School St. property to Philips International Holding Corp. for construction of the lot.

Connecticut’s state parks will remain open this summer in the wake of the coronavirus, but with restrictions. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued a lengthy operations plan this morning. including the opening of shoreline swimming areas and the closure of inland swimming areas. Capacity limits and social distancing guidelines also remain in place.

Swimming and Beaches:

Last week, Gov. Ned Lamont, along with the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, announced that they would open beaches in their respective states effective Friday, May 22. Lamont also announced that in Connecticut, state parks that feature beaches along the Connecticut shoreline will be open May 22. 

As of the plan on Wednesday, DEEP is permitting swimming only at shoreline state parks, not inland state park swim areas. Guidance from the state Department of Public Health indicated that recreational swimming is not a known form of transmission of COVID-19, in saltwater or freshwater. However, DEEP said it made decisions about permitting swimming at state parks based on considerations of potential crowding and the ability to maintain social distancing onshore at beach locations.

DEEP said shoreline parks that feature beaches, operating under limited capacity, can safely accommodate visitors on beaches, provided they follow recommended social distancing guidelines. Visitors to shoreline parks must maintain 15 feet of space from other beachgoers, blanket-to-blanket. This distance will allow for a 6 foot radius around each person or family and a 3 foot walkway in between groups.

Based on the very limited size of state beach and swim areas at inland state parks, and current social distancing guidance, DEEP will close beaches at inland state parks, and prohibit swimming at inland state parks. It said the decision was based on the potential for on-shore crowding, not a concern of risk of transmission in freshwater. Park staff will monitor beach closures and educate the public to ensure compliance. DEEP said it will continue to review its policy along with public health recommendations and will consider the reopening of designated swim areas on a case-by-case basis.

If people choose to visit a shoreline state park that features a beach, visitors are encouraged to select locations closest to home, and consider visiting early in the morning before crowds gather. Visitors should keep their groups to their immediate families and not meet up with others. They should bring face coverings and use them whenever they are in proximity to others. Face coverings should not be worn in the water. Visitors should not expect that restroom buildings will be open, but most locations will have portable toilets available. 

DEEP will reduce parking capacity and close beaches for the day if social distancing cannot be maintained, and will make adjustments to operations and consider longer-term closures if the situation warrants. Updates on closures are posted on the state parks Twitter feed, @CTStateParks.

Nuvance Health hospitals and ambulatory care centers in Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk and Sharon, CT are reopening for elective surgeries and endoscopy procedures starting today as the region observes a decrease in the rate of new COVID-19 infections and in accordance with Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order.

Staff at Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital have been preparing for weeks to resume a limited number of elective surgeries and procedures starting with high-priority patients and those most acutely in need.

All facilities are employing stringent, CDC-based, enhanced cleaning and sterilization regimens and enforcing proper use of PPE (personal protective equipment).
· Social distancing will be maintained in common areas, and all patients, visitors and staff must wear masks.
· Any COVID-19 patients in the hospitals will be treated in a separate area.
· Nuvance Health Virtual Visit care options are expanded to keep unnecessary patients out of the facilities.

Patients whose care was postponed are being contacted to schedule appointments. For more information, they should contact their physician directly or visit nuvancehealth.org/safecare.

SHARON TOWN HALL UPDATED OFFICE INFORMATION

LAST UPDATED: MAY 19, 2020 – 2:47PM

Effective  May 20, 2020

SHARON’S TOWN HALL WILL REMAIN LOCKED AND PUBLIC ACCESS WILL BE LIMITED TO SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS AND/OR ESSENTIAL MEETINGS THAT ARE UNABLE TO BE HELD ONLINE.

DEPARTMENTS

ASSESSORS

WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO PUBLIC. NO SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS. CALL 860-364-0205 OR EMAIL: ASSESSOR@SHARON-CT.ORG

BUILDING DEPARTMENT

Building Permits – Burning Permits – Department of Health – Fire Marshal – Historic District – Inlands Wetlands – Land Use Administrator – Zoning

OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. CALL 860-364-0909 TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. APPOINTMENT IS LIMITED TO ONE PERSON, MASKS REQUIRED, YOU WILL BE MET AT THE BACK DOOR, PROVIDED HAND SANITIZER, ONLY USE THE ELEVATOR.

SELECTMEN OFFICE

WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO PUBLIC. NO SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS. CALL 860-364-5789 OR EMAIL: BRENT_C@SHARON-CT.ORG OR TINA_P@SHARON-CT.ORG

SOCIAL SERVICE/VETERANS OFFICE

OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. CALL 860-364-1003 TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. APPOINTMENT IS LIMITED TO ONE PERSON, MASKS REQUIRED, YOU WILL BE MET AT THE BACK DOOR, PROVIDED HAND SANITIZER, ONLY USE THE ELEVATOR.

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS

WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO PUBLIC. NO SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS. CALL 860-364-5514.

TAX COLLECTOR

WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO PUBLIC. NO SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS. CALL 860-364-5402.

TOWN CLERK

OFFICE WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO PUBLIC. SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE IN PARKING LOT FOR FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND MARRIAGE LICENSES.
 CALL 860-364-5224 OR EMAIL: SHARONTOWNCLERK@YAHOO.COM

We have a DROP OFF BOX located at the back entrance of Town Hall
You can drop off many items in the BOX

The Goshen Agricultural Society with a heavy heart has decided not to hold the 2020 Goshen Fair. The final decision came with the health and safety of all who attend in mind. Thank you for your past support and we will see you in 2021. Stay safe.

Cannabis stores receive green light to reopen this week


Recreational marijuana stores will be allowed to reopen for curbside pick-up Monday, just more than two months after they were ordered to close as part of the essential work order Gov. Charlie Baker put in place to control the spread of COVID-19. Though medical marijuana treatment centers have been allowed to fulfill patient orders throughout the pandemic, adult-use cannabis operations — not just retailers, but also the growers and product manufacturers — were shut down effective March 24.Baker said they will be allowed to reopen Monday, May 25, for curbside pickup of orders.

The International Motorsports Association (IMSA) and Lime Rock Park have agreed to reschedule the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park as part of IMSA’s Return to Racing Plan announced today. Originally scheduled for July 17-18, 2020, the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix race weekend featuring the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Michelin Pilot Challenge, will now be held at Lime Rock on October 30-31, 2020. To fulfill the vision of this family-friendly weekend, series officials believe that rescheduling to October provides the best opportunity for a safe event for everyone involved. Current ticket purchases will be valid for the October event date. Additionally, Lime Rock Park President Skip Barber expressed a commitment to holding a 2020 season all while protecting fans, participants and staff. “Lime Rock’s reopening task force is working diligently with state officials on a plan to reopen safely while providing a fun option for everyone.” Lime Rock Park’s revised schedule of major events will kick off in September with the Historic Festival held over Labor Day weekend, followed by the Trans Am Fall Classic on October 16-18 and then the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix. The Park is expected to reopen to small, private events under enhanced safety protocols in the near future. Updated announcements will also be made on www.limerock.com For additional questions, Lime Rock staff can be reached by emailing info@limerock.com or by calling (860) 435-5000.

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