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AMENIA— Visitors and patrons stopping by the Amenia Free Library can expect to see a smiling new face from behind the front desk — Erika Palombo — the new library director.

A resident of Hopewell Junction, Palombo first heard about the position through the NYLINE, a listing site used by public libraries across the state for job openings. While her interview in early February marked her first time at the Amenia Free Library, she said she tried to do as much research about the library and the community as she could beforehand.

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Town Board adopts 2018 budget following public comment

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AMENIA — After much debate from the public, the Amenia Town Board adopted a revised budget for 2018, on Thursday, Nov. 16.
Minutes before the board opened the meeting up for public comment, outgoing town Assessor Wayne Euvrard was standing at the podium, prepared to offer a counterargument pertaining to the budget.
“I have to say I’m quite disappointed and almost disgusted with how the budget process went this year,” Euvrard began.

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Grandchildren express thanks

Students at Webutuck Elementary School invited their grandparents to join them for the annual Grandparents Lunch on Thursday, Nov. 16. Kylie Rae McGhee stopped by the dessert table with her grandfather, Frank Hadsell, before posing for a photograph.

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Town Board prepares municipal budget for 2018

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AMENIA — By the end of the month, the Amenia Town Board will have adopted a detailed budget for 2018.
A brief public hearing was held at the board’s workshop meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2, to discuss the preliminary budget, though there was no comment from the public. 
Prior to the budget’s adoption at the next meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti said there are a few details that the board hopes to work out and that the adopted budget will reflect those changes. 

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Veteran journalist speaks at Monte’s

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AMENIA — Veteran WPIX television journalist Marvin Scott shared stories from his 50 years of headlines at a talk sponsored by the Amenia Free Library, held at Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room on Sunday, Nov. 12.

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Saluting all veterans, past and present

AMENIA — The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month arrived bright and sunny, albeit cold, and the crisp air made for a welcoming Veterans Day ceremony at Fountain Square in Amenia.
Roughly 50 or so were in attendance, many bringing their children and others their elders.
The Amenia Youth Theatre sang both “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” Local leaders spoke, along with veterans from VFW Post 5444 in Dover.

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Sacred duty

Army veteran Jim Tompkins, a member of VFW Post 5444, rolled the American flag following the Veterans Day observance held at Fountain Square in Amenia on Saturday, Nov. 11.

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Amenia garage makes a name for itself

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AMENIA— Driving along Route 22 in Amenia, motorists need look no further for car mechanics than Broke A$$ Garage, located at 4827 Route 22.
Following his return from the military last year, owner Josh Andrighetti decided to use the mechanical engineering experience he grew up with and turn it into a living. After years of fixing cars for friends and fellow residents, he decided to partner with his father, David, to open a garage.

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High school diplomas earned and ESL taught at Amenia Town Hall

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AMENIA — For those interested in earning their High School Equivalency (HSE) or learning English as a Second Language (ESL), Amenia Town Hall hosts weekly classes on behalf of Dutchess Community College (DCC).
Along with its Amenia location, DCC has offered these classes in a variety of locations around the county, including Dover Plains, Pine Plains, Millerton, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Beacon, Brewster, Fishkill and more. 

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Temple Beth David explores the Jews of Afghanistan

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AMENIA — On Sunday, Nov. 5, Congregation Beth David invited the community to come explore the abundant history of Afghanistan’s Jewish culture, with a lecture by author Sara Y. Aharon.
All were welcomed to the lecture by the congregation’s president and treasurer, Sherry Frankel. Rabbi Jon Haddon first delivered a touching statement regarding the Manhattan terror attack that took place on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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Smithfield Church celebrates 275 years in Amenia

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AMENIA — Recognized as a landmark structure on Smithfield Valley Road, the Smithfield Presbyterian Church just commemorated its 275th anniversary in Amenia.
Tracing its origins back to 1742, the church was founded by Moravian missionaries who were living among the Pequot tribe in the Shekomeko area of New York. Because the church’s founding coincides with the year that the missionaries helped the settlers to establish a religious community, Pastor Douglas Grandgeorge explained, the church ties its beginnings with its Moravian roots.

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