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MILLBROOK — This winter there were many recreational opportunities for children, adults and entire families, thanks to the Town of Washington Recreation Department. Recreation Director Chelsea Edson and her assistant, Kelly Cassinelli, spent much of their time planning activities, scheduling and looking for new programs to offer.

This winter, there were basketball leagues that played on Saturdays, including co-ed teams for first- and second-graders and teams for third- through sixth-grade boys and girls. Held at the Guertin Gym at Village Hall, the games provided professional...

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There’s a new hangout for Millbrook teens

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MILLBROOK — Most libraries struggle to get teenagers into the library. In small towns and rural areas teenagers struggle to find a central hangout to spend time after school. The youth services coordinator for the Millbrook Free Library, Joan Frenzel, has figured out a way to fill both needs at once.

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Supervisor Ciferri takes his seat on the Town Board

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WASHINGTON — Newly elected town Supervisor Gary Ciferri took the Town Board through its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan 3.
At the annual organizational meeting, Town Attorney John Gifford administered the oath of office to all newly elected officials, including town Supervisor Gary Ciferri and Councilman Albert DeBonis. Gifford also swore in those returning to office, including Councilmen Robert Audia and Karen Mosca, Town Clerk Mary Alex and Highway Superintendent James Brownell.

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Millbrook gets back to business

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board got back to business during the annual reorganization meeting Wednesday, Jan 4, at the Village Hall. Village Clerk Linda Wiltse administered the oath of office to both newly elected Trustee Mike Herzog and returning Mayor Laura Hurley and Trustee Thomas Whalen. All were sworn in for five-year terms.

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Listeners tune in to environmental issues

MILLBROOK — WAMC Northeast Public Radio and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook have teamed to produce a new radio show, “Earth Wise: A look at our changing environment.” The radio show will air on WAMC with two-minute segments Monday through Friday, at 11:10 a.m. and 4:04 p.m.
“Our goal is to inspire listeners to make informed decisions about environmental issues facing society,” said scientist and Cary President Bill Schlesinger. “Each listener has the capacity to be a positive change in the world.”

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Millbrook rocks into the New Year

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MILLBROOK — The village of Millbrook was filled with music and joy as the community celebrated 2012 during the eighth annual New Year’s Eve Millbrook on Dec. 31.
New Year’s Eve Millbrook is organized by the Millbrook Rotary Club. Millbrook Rotary President Matt Anderson said that at least 1,500 people ventured to the area this year, which was 300 more than last year’s event.

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BOE discusses highlights for coming year

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MILLBROOK — Millbrook Central School District has begun to consult with architectsmaking improvements to its buildings, following approval of the proposal. By a vote of 294 to 244 the school facilities proposal was approved with 54.6 percent margin at the polls.

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The Priscos retire

Fussy (Florence) Prisco, 74, and Mickey (Louis) Prisco, 77, stand together at their retirement party Dec. 19 at the Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club. The husband and wife of 48 years have been staples in the village and town for their notable commitment to local government for more than 20 years. Fussy has served as Washington supervisor for the past eight years and Mickey has been village judge for the past 29 years. Both are now retired but will continue to live in Millbrook and are looking forward to spending more time with their family.

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Village lights up for Hanukkah

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MILLBROOK — Community members gathered on the lawn of the Thorne Building to witness the lightening of the menorah in celebration of Hanukkah on Wednesday, Dec. 21. It was the third annual celebration here.
Rabbi Hanoch Hecht from the Rhinebeck Jewish Center lit two candles on the public menorah for the second day of Hanukkah. Hecht followed the lighting by leading the attendees in Hebrew prayers and Jewish songs. The ceremony was followed by hot latkes, apple cider, doughnuts and singing at the Parish Hall of Grace Church. Hecht gave a brief history of why Hanukkah is celebrated.

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Health and wellness are top priority in eastern Dutchess

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MILLBROOK — The Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County Inc. (CAPE) hosted a health and wellness event to help attendees de-stress before the holidays on Dec. 15 at Charlotte’s restaurant.
“Thursday’s event grew out of the Eastern Dutchess Coalition, which is a multi-sector community group whose focus is aimed at decreasing youth risk factors along the Route 22 corridor,” said Elaine Trumpetto, executive director of CAPE. “This coalition is funded by the Foundation for Community Health and has been working to achieve these goals for the last three years.”

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Cardinal Hayes provides a safe haven

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MILLBROOK — Cardinal Hayes Home for Children (CHHC) celebrated its 70-year anniversary this year with many events. Each residential house recently created stepping stones, enjoyed a luncheon and a bonfire and hosted an art show with work by the young residents, which was open to the public.
“Our theme this year is 70 years of growing together,’” said Fred Apers, executive director at CHHC. “Working together is expected. But to grow together is really the premium, and the staff take on a real psychological ownership of the place.”

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