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Hair salons in Phase 2: Haircut and color? OK. Eyebrows? Not OK

Jon Campbell, New York State TeamPublished 12:46 p.m. ET May 29, 2020  Updated 2:29 p.m. ET May 29, 2020

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ALBANY – Have shaggy hair that needs a cut? Do your roots need some color?

You’re in luck: Hair stylists and barbers will be able to resume cutting, coloring and styling hair in New York — with strict precautions in place, including face shields — as soon as their home region enters Phase 2 of the state’s coronavirus reopening process.

But eyebrow waxing? Beard trimming? Nail services? Those will all remain prohibited. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration released a series of guidelines and rules for hair salons and barber shops late Friday morning as they prepare to reopen after a coronavirus shutdown that kept them closed for more than two months.

Five New York regions — Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, North Country and Central New York — are entering Phase 2 Friday, which allows salons and barber shops to reopen.Five NY regions start Phase 2 of coronavirus reopening, 13 hours later than expected

Campbell, New York State TeamP ublished 1:39 p.m. ET May 29, 2020 | Updated 3:21 p.m. ET May 29, 2020
Full story at – Retail shops, office-based workplaces and hair salons got the green light Friday afternoon to reopen their doors across much of upstate New York — about 13 hours later than they had originally expected.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo allowed five New York regions to begin the second phase of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan at 1 p.m. Friday, bringing an end to a chaotic 24-hour period that left local leaders and business owners angry and asking for clarity.
A wide array of nonessential businesses, including all offices, were permitted to reopen their doors for the first time in more than two months, promising a major test as the state tries to restart its economy while limiting the spread of the virus that has killed more than 23,000 state residents.
Cuomo’s decision applies to five of the state’s economic-development regions: the Finger Lakes (including Rochester), Mohawk Valley (including Utica), Central New York (including Syracuse), Southern Tier and North Country.
The announcement came a day after county leaders across the state expressed outrage over a lack of clarity from state officials, who had previously suggested the regions could enter Phase 2 on Friday morning before Cuomo abruptly said otherwise Thursday afternoon.

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

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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

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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.

Trustees discuss Main Street closure

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Plan offers open-air Main St.
Vincent Seeley

CATSKILL — Village trustees are discussing the idea of closing down Main Street this summer to support restaurants and shops affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proposal would give restaurants and retail stores outdoor space to provide services in a safe, social-distancing environment, Village President Vincent Seeley said.

Seeley proposed the closure to be 24/7 for the duration of the summer, or until businesses can open at full capacity. Other trustees are in favor of closing down Friday through Sunday.

“The idea is to create an open-air, social distancing-safe, clean environment for our residents and visitors to gather after being on lockdown for 12-plus weeks and benefiting our business district by providing the food traffic they need to make up for lost revenue and getting their staff back to work,” Seeley said.

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

Saba Ali, Poughkeepsie JournalPublished 4:51 p.m. ET May 28, 2020
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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.

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

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May 27, 2020By KAITLIN

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

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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.

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

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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
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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.

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

May 27, 2020By WHITNEY

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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.

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

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“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.

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

Pending Address Confirmation: 570

C-GCC classes likely to remain online

  • By Nora Mishanec
    Columbia-Greene Media
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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

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.

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

Joseph Spector, New York State Team

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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.”
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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.
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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 Meeting 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:
Ancram Grievance — Evening SessionTime: May 26, 2020 6:00 PM – 8:00pm Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting 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: 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 (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:  Town of Ancram Town Clerk Monica Cleveland 1416 County Route 7 Ancram NY 12502 Tel. (518) 329-6512 ext 201 Email:

Dutchess commemorates Memorial Day as coronavirus limits ceremonies

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Military jeeps and trucks lined up along the Raymond Avenue extension, across from the Dutchess County War Memorial in the Town of Poughkeepsie.  The convoy, comprised of local veterans, first responders and elected officials, had all the trappings one would expect of a Memorial Day parade. Were it not for the face masks, the scene would appear to be a normal ceremony. Though the impact of the coronavirus made traditional ceremonies unfeasible, Dutchess County and local municipalities commemorated its fallen veterans through Memorial Day events designed with social distancing in mind.A convoy of veterans, first responders and local officials departed from Dutchess County War Memorial in the Town of Poughkeepsie on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020.Buy Photo

A convoy of veterans, first responders and local officials departed from Dutchess County War Memorial in the Town of Poughkeepsie on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020. (Photo: Geoffrey Wilson/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Dutchess County COVID-19
Active Cases by Municipality
4PM May 25, 2020
Pending Address Confirmation: 553

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

Adopting a Zero-Waste Lifestyle Webinar

Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties

Thursday, May 28⋅6:30 – 7:30pm

Adopting a zero-waste or voluntary simplicity lifestyle will not only help the environment by taking waste prevention to the max, it can also make you feel good. Simple living enables you to focus on experiences rather than things. Additionally, choosing to not purchase an item (by buying used, for example, or going without) saves all of the energy that goes into producing that item in the first place. This workshop will look at strategies and tips individuals and families can adopt to reduce their waste output by cultivating more fulfilling and mindful lifestyles that will help protect the planet.

Presenter: Theresa Mayhew, Family & Consumer Sciences Resource Educator

Click Here to Register Online

PHILMONT — A Philmont man has been charged with robbery and grand larceny for forcibly stealing $1,700 from a Lyft driver in February, state police said. Devon Hotaling, 20, was charged with third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies, state police said.

Coronavirus: Crime flat during pandemic; officers poised to enforce restrictions in summer

Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is here.

Lazy days are approaching, as are relaxed coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Which is why law enforcement officials say they will need to be more vigilant than ever in making sure residents are complying with Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s directives on wearing a mask and social distancing, as outdoor activity increases. Full story click on headline above

Dutchess County, Columbia 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.


High school seniors across Dutchess County won’t be allowed traditional graduation ceremonies next month. However, there will be alternate routes for the rite of passage to take place. The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health on Thursday circulated guidelines to school districts on how they can hold commencement exercises, in accordance with state directives. Options offered include drive-through ceremonies conducted in school parking lots, ceremonies at drive-in movie theaters and convoy processions. County Executive Marc Molinaro said he held a call with school superintendents from across the county discussing the state’s guidelines, which continue to ban “all non-essential gatherings.
Drive-through ceremonies in parking lots of schools will be authorized, with guidelines in place. Participants must remain in vehicles, but can be handed diplomas through a vehicle window. Up to 10 officiants are permitted to be outside the vehicle orchestrating the event, but must be wearing face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines. The same rules would apply to ceremonies held at drive-in movie theaters. There are three drive-in movie theaters in Dutchess County — Overlook Drive-in Theatre in the Town of Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park Drive-In Theatre, and Four Brothers Drive In Theatre in Amenia. All plan to host graduation ceremonies not just for county schools, but surrounding areas like Westchester and Connecticut.

New York state will allow all gatherings of up to 10 people with proper social distancing after a civil liberties group filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the state’s prior ban. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order reversing the ban on nonessential gatherings of any size, which first took effect March 23 as the coronavirus continued its rapid spread through New York. Now, up to 10 people will be allowed to meet for birthday parties, barbecues and any other nonessential gathering for “any lawful purpose or reason,” provided people keep six feet of distance and adhere to the Department of Health’s cleaning and disinfecting protocols, according to Cuomo’s new order.

Summer school to be done online in NY

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NEW YORK — In-classroom summer school will not take place statewide as cases of COVID-19 complications in children continue to rise, officials said Thursday after extending the state sales tax filing deadline another month.

Summer school will not open in New York for in-class learning and will be conducted through online distanced learning to reduce the risk of virus spread, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Meals and child care for essential employees will continue.

Belmont Stakes to be held June 20 as first leg of Triple Crown

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For the first time in history, the Belmont Stakes will be the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The NYRA announced on Tuesday that the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes will be contested on June 20 at a shorter distance and without spectators in attendance at Belmont Park because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Belmont Stakes is a New York institution that will provide world-class entertainment for sports fans during these challenging times,” NYRA President & CEO Dave O’Rourke said in a statement. “While this will certainly be a unique running of this historic race, we are grateful to be able to hold the Belmont Stakes in 2020. Thanks to our partners at NBC Sports, fans across the country can look forward to a day of exceptional thoroughbred racing at a time when entertainment and sports are so important to providing a sense of normalcy.” The Belmont Stakes, which originally was scheduled to be held on June 6, has long been the final leg of the Triple Crown, typically contested at 1½ miles, but this year, it’ll be run at a distance of 1⅛ because of the changes in the schedule of the Triple Crown series and the overall calendar for 3-year-olds in training, according to a release from the NYRA.

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