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MILLBROOK — Mayor Rod Brown opened the Village Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. and got straight to appointments. Trustee Joe Rochfort was sworn in as deputy mayor, having been absent at the reorganization meeting. Mark Vila was sworn in for the Zoning Board of Appeals. Also sworn in to the Planning Board was Kay Vanderlyn.

The Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) contract was signed, which will raise for incentive credits for those who volunteer with the fire department. The issue was voted on during November’s election.

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Candidate Profiles — Millbrook 2011

Name: Laura M. Hurley
Age: 48
Town: Village of Millbrook
Years lived in town: 20
Occupation/background: Town of Washington bookkeeper to supervisor
Marital status, children: Married with three children: 25, 21, 18
Position running for, term length: Mayor, two-year term
Political party: Democrat
Running on what lines: Democrat

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A scary, spooky, chilly Halloween

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MILLBROOK — Vampires, witches and ghosts flooded the Millbrook Fire Department’s parking lot to attend two fun-filled Halloween events on Saturday, Oct. 29.
The town of Washington Recreation Committee hosted Trunk or Treating and a Halloween costume parade and show. Before the winter storm residents decorated their cars in the Halloween spirit and handed out candy to hordes of excited children. Trick or treaters went from car to car collecting candy, before going door-to-door, maximizing on the holiday to full advantage.

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Police wanted, but not needed

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MILLBROOK — Mayor Laura Hurley answered a question that has always caused debate among residents in the Village of Millbrook at the Tuesday, Oct. 25, Village Board meeting. The question was, “Does the village need to have a police department?” Some residents don’t think there is a need for the police department because the state police are located so nearby (Troop K is just around the corner on Route 44).

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Millbrook Candidates 2011

Name: Peter F. Doro
Age: 26
Town: Village of Millbrook
Years lived in town: lived in Millbrook  11 (remainder in nearby Stanfordville).
Occupation/background: n nearby Stanfordville)
Occupation (background if retired):  Associate Examiner for the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA).
Marital status, children: Single

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Washington Candidates 2011

Name: Al DeBonis
Age: 61
Town: Washington
Years lived in town: 1950 to 1968 (18), 1968 to 1972 (summers), 1984 to present (27)
Occupation/background: Consulting wood scientist.
Marital status, children: wife (Brenda), 3 adult sons.
Position running for, term length: Town Councilman, four-year term.
Political party: I do not belong to a party but am running on the Republican ticket.

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Athletic director, assistant principal leaves school district

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MILLBROOK ­— The Millbrook Central School District bid farewell to Brian Devincenzi, the high school and middle school assistant principal and the district’s athletic director, during the homecoming football game on Friday, Oct. 14.

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BOE proposes facility improvements

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District held two public meetings in September to discuss facility and athletic field repair proposals.
“The board reviewed the options about how large or how small a package proposal would be,” said Lloyd Jaeger, superintendent of the Millbrook Central School District. “By holding the two opening meetings in September to get community feedback, I think the board realized there were important things that needed to be addressed. Many of them came up originally in the 2002 proposal when these needs were first brought forward in the community.”

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Scholars discuss global warming at forum

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MILLBROOK — The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Cornell University Cooperative Extension held a forum on Saturday, Oct. 22, that focused on how climate change has impacted the Hudson Valley and what global warming will do to the world’s regional resources, human health and the economy.
Distinguished scholars gave individual presentations on issues facing the environment and participated in a moderated panel discussion.

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Scientist speaks to Rotary Club

MILLBROOK — Rick Ostfeld, research scientist from the Cary Institute, spoke to the Millbrook Rotary Club at their lunch meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19, about biodiversity loss, forest fragmentation and Lyme disease risk. Club members learned that biodiversity loss is a major risk factor in promoting emerging infectious diseases like Lyme.
The Millbrook Rotary Club meets for lunch at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday, at Copperfield’s Restaurant. Lunch guests are welcome. The cost of lunch is $15. For more information, visit www.millbrookrotary.org or the ‘Millbrook NY Rotary Club’ Facebook page.

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Voter controversy affects local residents

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WASHINGTON ­— The political atmosphere is buzzing over a controversy about whether 38 residents should have the right to vote in the Town of Washington.
A month ago, a voter contacted Fran Knapp, the Dutchess County Commissioner of Elections for the Democratic Party, in regards to a letter the voter had received at their house from Peter Devers, a member of the Town of Washington Republican Party.

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