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November 2015

MHS students named to all-state music festival

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello High School (MHS) seniors Austin-Michael Komatz, Rebecca Bass, Allison Linen and Isabel Lopez-Diaz have been recognized for musical excellence and named to the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State music ensemble performance at the annual Winter Festival held in Rochester, December 3 through 6. Komatz, a student of Monticello Choral teacher Marissa Jurow,will perform in the Mixed Chorus. Bass and Lopez-Diaz also students of Jurow, will perform in the Women’s Chorus. Linen, a student of Andrew Verdino, will perform in the Symphonic Band.

Small business award nominations open

NEW YORK — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New York District Office (NYDO) is now accepting nominations online for its 2016 National Small Business Week Awards, including its annual Small Business Person of the Year award. Eligible counties include Orange and Sullivan.  Read more

Community Curriculum November 25

Raising service dogs

LIBERTY, NY — Youth and their families can learn the basics of raising a puppy to be a service dog at a class on Tuesday, December 8, at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is a 4-H Youth Development program.  Read more

A love story

There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any given day I usually meet them on the way home, in the last car headed to Port Jervis. They have their regular seats on the 4:47 out of Hoboken and I join them after we leave Middletown.  Read more

Equity first: transitioning to basic education funding fairness

As we finalize the Pennsylvania state budget agreement and allocate new money to education, we have a historic opportunity to fix a quarter-century disaster known as basic education funding. In June 2015, after meeting for a full year and receiving hundreds of hours of testimony and recommendations, the bi-partisan Basic Education Funding Commission unanimously approved a new basic education funding formula based on science.  Read more

Letters to the Editor November 24

Shame on you, Sullivan West School Board  Read more

Schumer is right on refugees and guns

While the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would temporarily prevent any new Syrian refugees from entering the United States, and would tighten restrictions before they do so, that program is unlikely to allow any would-be terrorists to slip into the country. As PA Sen.Bob Casey explained, “The United States does have a rigorous process for vetting refugee applicants, which includes several in-person interviews by U.S. officials, security checks by multiple agencies, significant documentation and a health screening.  Read more

Bell plots future at DV

WESTFALL, PA — Superintendent and newly minted doctor of education, Dr. John Bell, presented his strategic plan for the Delaware Valley (DV) School District on November 19.  Read more

Sullivan West cancels trips to France and NYC

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Sullivan West Central School District has cancelled its spring recess trip to France.  Read more

Smallwood resident learns lesson in advocacy

ALBANY, NY — Smallwood resident and activist Nina Nannarone was one of about 120 volunteers who travelled to Albany on November 17 and 18 to learn about ways to advocate on legislative issues in the upcoming legislative issues beginning in January.  Read more