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AMENIA — Good structure makes the garden satisfying in all seasons.

That sentiment by Maxine Paetro, owner of an English-style cottage garden that will swing open its rustic gates to the public on Saturday, June 22, during the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days event, is evident throughout her lush Amenia property, Broccoli Hall.

Regardless of whether visitors tour Broccoli Hall in early or late spring, summer or fall, the series of enchanting garden rooms differ in mood and content from season to season. The garden, open twice a year to the public, has spectacular...

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Town Board overrides tax cap, sets public hearing

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board was prompt in settling town business for the 2019 fiscal year at its first November meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1.
All board members were present at the meeting.
Following a public hearing, the board adopted a resolution to allow it to override the tax levy for the 2019 fiscal year.

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Rubbing elbows, and tails

The Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) hosted an event on Saturday, Oct. 13, so members of the community could get to know AFF a little better — and so AFF could meet some of its neighbors. Pictured above with one very happy pup are AFF Special Programs Manager Erich Steffensen and Heather Lee and Laura Tabaka, Millerton veterinarians. 

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Dressed to impress

Webutuck students and faculty embraced the Halloween spirit as Webutuck Elementary School students marched in an annual Halloween parade on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Dressed in a colorful variety of costumes, students made their way through Webutuck High School and Eugene Brooks Intermediate School, with Halloween music and decorated classrooms — and, of course, treats.

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Pittsburgh shootings Congregation Beth David expresses pain, outrage

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AMENIA— No amount of violence, no amount of hate, will keep the Jewish people down. So said Congregation Beth David Rabbi Jon Haddon following the Saturday, Oct. 27, mass shooting in Pittsburgh that killed 11 Jewish worshipers and injured six others. Haddon spoke of his reaction upon learning of the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

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Amenia library proposition on this year’s ballot

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AMENIA— In addition to casting their ballots for candidates running for office, Amenia residents will have an opportunity to vote on a funding proposition to benefit the Amenia Free Library on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The proposition involves a $30,000 increase in the town’s annual contribution to the library, which will directly influence and sustain the library’s operating budget. 

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Town Board discusses finances at 2019 budget workshops

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AMENIA — The Town Board examined potential requests for next year’s budget at two consecutive budget workshops held on Monday, Oct. 22, and Tuesday, Oct. 23.
At the beginning of August, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti sent out budget worksheets to all town departments. Due by the end of August, the departments were asked to fill out the worksheets as a wish list for what they needed. The worksheets were returned to Town Bookkeeper Marjorie Arnold and later given back to Perotti.

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Amenia Free Library brainstorms future programs for patrons

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AMENIA— With the leaves bursting with autumn colors and fall holidays stretching through November, the Amenia Free Library has been busy brainstorming programs that would suit the schedules and interests of its patrons. Now that school is back in session and students are occupied with new activities and responsibilities, the library tends to be quieter, prompting Library Director Erika Palombo to rethink program schedules to determine what times and days work best for everyone. 

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The Harlem Valley considers EMS options

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AMENIA— Officials from the towns of Amenia, North East and Dover and the village of Millerton spoke about possible solutions for the future of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in their communities at a joint public hearing held on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Center for Government Research Principal Paul Bishop explained the meeting was for the Amenia, Dover, North East and Millerton public boards and the focus was to share information and gain an understanding of their options instead of advocating a particular point of view. 

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Human rights commission listens in Amenia

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AMENIA — The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights tuned its ears to the issues that concern local communities at a listening session at Congregation Beth David on Sunday, Oct. 28.
More than 20 attended.
“We do these listening sessions to come out to the communities and learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the communities,” said Human Rights/EEO Officer Jody Miller. “It’s a way for us as a commission to get to know the communities.”

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ArtEast’s 12th annual Open Studio Tours give peek into artists’ working process

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HUDSOON VALLEY — Art East shed a light on the spaces local artists use to unleash their creativity at the 12th annual Open Studio Tours on Saturday, Oct. 13,  Sunday, Oct. 14, Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21.
ArtEast offered tours of 30 art studios. Going beyond the traditional landscape paintings and pottery, the tour featured an intimate look into abstract paintings, assemblage, photography, fiber-based work, murals, felt art, metal art, fine art, ceramics, digital art and more. 

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