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MILLBROOK — On Tuesday, June 11, the Village Board met and reopened a public hearing on zoning maps. This is an ongoing process and the hearing will remain open until the process is complete.

Mayor Rodney Brown has stated that there are no zoning changes. For instance, the bakery (now closed), is in a place allowed for that particular business. Most sites are zoned correctly, he said, also considering historic knowledge of use. Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector Ken McLaughlin will go through the zoning to look for inconsistencies.

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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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Payment questioned for Bennett security

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MILLBROOK — At its Dec. 13 meeting, the Village Board discussed an outstanding $38,160 invoice owed to 20 individuals who provided security at the former Bennett College site following a large dormer collapse in June.
The incident caused the already deteriorating structure to be deemed unsafe under the village building code.
Although the building’s safety is the responsibility of the property owner, Bennett Acquisitions LLC, the board deemed it necessary to set up an immediate 24-hour security detail to keep people from venturing on the property.

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The Tapcracker!

Ryan Nugent and Sarah Marr played the dolls in the Tapcracker, performed by the TriArts Youtheatre Program at Millbrook High School on Dec. 10 and 11.

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School facility proposal approved

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MILLBROOK — Board of Education for Millbrook Central School District President Thomas Hurley announced via the district website on Wednesday, Dec. 7, that the school facility proposal that had been put to vote that Monday had been approved 294 to 244 — a 54.6 percent majority.

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Town, village prepare for emergencies

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WASHINGTON — The village and town boards met at Town Hall on Dec. 5 to discuss a local law to establish a joint disaster preparedness council and a joint emergency services organization for both the town of Washington and the village of Millbrook.
In 2007, Supervisor Florence Prisco asked Councilman Michael Murphy to facilitate a committee that would prepare the village and town for the worst. After four years, Murphy and his associates have revamped a joint emergency preparedness plan that cooperates with the village and town.

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Gingerbread fun

A festive crowd got creative while decorating gingerbread houses at the Millbrook Fire House on Friday, Dec 9. The town of Washington Recreation Committee provided the gingerbread and frosting for the participants to build their tasty creations.

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Millbrook welcomes Santa

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MILLBROOK — The holiday season kicked off in the town of Washington and the village of Millbrook with the Franklin Avenue tree lighting and a visit from Santa on Dec. 2. Around 500 people gathered at the bottom of Franklin Avenue in front of the Tribute Gardens for a tradition that’s more than 50 years old.
The Millbrook Fire Department held a parade and drove trucks decorated in Christmas lights down Franklin Avenue. Santa made his entrance at the end of the parade.

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Authors buzz in for reading

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ILLBROOK — The boys and girls of Millbrook Community Preschool wore ladybug and bumblebee antennae when the author and the illustrator of the popular series “Ladybug Girl” visited on Nov. 29.
Author Jacky Davis and illustrator David Soman are a husband-and-wife team whose “Ladybug Girl” series is a New York Times bestseller. The husband and wife visited the preschool and read three of their books, one of which has yet to be published.

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Franklin Avenue gets a messy paint job

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MILLBROOK — Franklin Avenue, Millbrook’s main street, passes through the center of the village. Those who were traveling along the road on Monday, Nov. 28, noticed that it was the recipient of an especially messy paint job.
The yellow lines dividing Franklin Avenue were smeared from the center outward all the way through the village. Some cars were splattered with the yellow paint as well.

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