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AMENIA — Dafna Mizrahi is a chef, and a well-known chef at that. She has cooked at some pretty great restaurants, including Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room in Amenia, and she has twice been on The Food Network’s “Chopped,” leaving as champion. As much as she loves to cook, it’s sharing her skill with youngsters that is her first love and passion.

“I know how special it was to spend time being creative in the kitchen when I grew up,” she recently said in a prepared statement. “I want to bring that same feeling to children...

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Yom Kippur, Temple Beth David

A day of atonement and community
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AMENIA — The congregation of Temple Beth David broke the fast of Yom Kippur on Saturday, Oct. 8, in their newly renovated community room.
Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish year. It follows the celebration of the new year, called Rosh Hashana (observed this year on Sept. 29).
Toby Raymond, vice president of the temple board, spoke about the history of Judaism in the Tri-state region during the service.

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Temple Beth David opens new community room

Jewish holidays celebrated
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AMENIA — Temple Beth David celebrated Yom Kippur on Saturday, Oct. 8. Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish religion.
The holiday features a day-long fast, which the members of the Beth David congregation broke in their newly renovated community room.
The temple celebrated the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, the last week of September.
Gwen Greene, the chairperson of the fundraising committee, said that the group raised more than $43,000 to re-do the room, which was well over their goal of $40,000.

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Restaurant trying to be legal

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AMENIA — Representatives for the owners of the building which most recently housed the DeLavergne Restaurant spoke to the Planning Board on Thursday, Sept. 29, regarding the history of the restaurant building and its previous businesses as they relate to the current situation regarding a special use permit that will allow the restaurant to operate in the residentially zoned area.

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Taking the tour

The Hudson River Valley Ramble held a historic walking tour in the hamlet of Wassaic on Saturday, Sept. 24. Proceeds from the event will benefit Gridley Chapel’s exterior painting and renovation project. Town Historian Arlene Iuliano and Janet Reagon led the tour; they spoke about the hamlet’s rich history, which includes playing an important role in the American Civil War.

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A call to peace rings out in Wassaic

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WASSAIC — Wassaic’s World Peace Prayer Society hosted its annual Peace Festival at the World Peace Sanctuary on Sunday, Sept. 25, to pray for gratitude and peace in celebration of the International Day of Peace holiday, which is held every year on Sept. 21.
The event included international music, dance performances, prayers for Japan’s recovery from the devastating March 11 tsunami and earthquake disaster and an interactive flag ceremony.

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Town board makes ruling on hotel reimbursements

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AMENIA — During the Town Board meeting held on Thursday, Sept. 8, the council members had a lengthy discussion regarding the 2011 budget and hotel reimbursements.
Amenia Town Clerk Dawn Marie Klingner put in a voucher for an educational conference she will be attending at the end of September for the sixth year. She said that the voucher was returned to her a few days later, unsigned, with a note saying that hotel expenses are no longer being covered.

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Artists open studios for annual tour

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WASSAIC — The Wassaic Project hosted an open studio event on Saturday, Sept. 17, to kick off the ArtEast Open Studio Tour that will be held two weekends in October.
This is the fifth annual free tour of artist studios in eastern Dutchess County.
The tour features the studios of more than 30 artists working in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography and mixed media.

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Mine application starts off on a slippery slope

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AMENIA — Another mining operation is planned for Amenia, this time in the residential zoning section of South Amenia along the Webatuck Creek.
The property, owned by Kent Hollow, Inc., contained a small mine in the 1970s and 1980s, but the permit for that mine was intentionally left to expire in 1989.
The company submitted an application for a permit renewal to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), but did not submit any applications to the town of Amenia.

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Highway super threatens to stop applying for FEMA money

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AMENIA — During the Thursday, Sept. 15, Town Board meeting, Amenia Highway Superintendent Stan Whitehead told the board that he was going to stop applying for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant money if the town continued to put his hard-earned grant money into fund balances available to the entire town, forcing his department to go into unnecessary debt.
Whitehead presented the board members with 10-page packets that detailed the history of his financial struggle with the town over the last dozen years.

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Fundraisers to save historic Wassaic chapel

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WASSAIC — Gridley Chapel, located in the heart of Wassaic, is in need of a little TLC.
Built in 1873, Gridley Chapel was the pet project of Emeline Gridley, wife of Wassaic businessman Noah Gridley. The couple constructed the chapel to ensure that children in town had the opportunity to attend Sunday school.
True to its origins, the building is still used today to host an after-school children’s program run by the Christian Connection Ministry.
Terri Anello, a member of the Christian Connection who has helped with fundraising, believes that the chapel needs to be preserved.

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