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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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Parents try but fail to save Kildonan School

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AMENIA — After meeting last Tuesday, July 16, to consider the proposal submitted by a committee of concerned parents to keep the school open, the Kildonan School Board of Trustees announced with a heavy heart that it would not be able to do so, to the dismay of the committee and other families connected to the school.

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Survey Dover Plains spotlights emerging artists

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DOVER PLAINS — Given how well-received their pop-up art show, artBangall, was last year in Bangall, N.Y., artists Stephanie Del Carpio and Amanda Brown have returned to the Hudson Valley to conduct their next upstate curatorial project, this time in Dover Plains with the art show Survey Dover Plains.

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Wildlife wonder

AMENIA -— The doors to the Amenia Town Hall auditorium opened to a few members of the animal kingdom as Animal Embassy hosted an educational program for Amenia youngsters as part of the Amenia Free Library’s Summer Reading Program on Thursday, July 18. 
Beginning at 11 a.m., the program appealed to a large crowd of local children who were soon introduced to a scorpion, a red-eyed tree frog, a tortoise, an African pygmy hedgehog and a parrot. 

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Amenia Zoning Board of Appeals hearing: Smithfield Valley project draws criticism, suggestions

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AMENIA — Area residents assembled at the Amenia Zoning Board of Appeals’ (ZBA) public hearing last Monday, July 15, to voice objections to Herb Allan and Monica de la Torre’s application to build an accessory building on a parcel of land along the Smithfield Valley.
The project

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Rep. Antonio Delgado holds Town Hall meeting in Amenia

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AMENIA — As part of his continuous efforts to address constituent concerns, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (D-NY-19) recently took to the road with his 15th Town Hall meeting on Saturday evening, July 20.

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Amenia Free Library receives $10,000

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AMENIA — Along with the community’s ongoing support, the Amenia Free Library was recently endowed with a $10,000 donation to benefit its future expansion.
Having obtained approval from the Amenia Planning Board last fall, the library’s proposed project involves building a 68 foot high by 28 foot wide addition to the west side of the library building, located at 3309 Route 343. With the library’s current structure totaling 880 square feet, the proposed expansion will add 1,904 square feet to the building. 

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Smithfield Presbyterian Church gets matching Sacred Sites grant to refurbish windows

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AMENIA — The Smithfield Presbyterian Church is one of 16 recipients to receive a Sacred Sites grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

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Charity begins at home

Two truckloads of clothing were recently donated to The Center for Compassion in Dover Plains. The charitable drive was initiated by Dover Greens  and driven by Olivet Academy, a K-12 private Christian school located on the Olivet University campus. The Center of Compassion helps hundreds of children and families in the Dover area through its food pantry, thrift store and backpack programs, and is largely dependent on community support and donations.

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Parents organize to keep Kildonan School open

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Students get the 411 on K-9s

WEBUTUCK — Students were introduced to the furry friends of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office through a K-9 demonstration on Tuesday, June 18. Organized in the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) gymnasium, EBIS and Webutuck Elementary School students listened as Deputy Bill McKay and Detective Jim Enkler talked about how their dogs are trained to perform in a variety of situations, whether to track a scent or to pursue and apprehend a suspect. 

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