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WASHINGTON — The monthly Town  Board meeting was held on Thursday, Aug. 8.

After announcing that Kathy Meyers was not renewing her certification and would be leaving her position as tax assessor as of Sept. 30, town Supervisor Gary Ciferri called on Highway Supervisor Joe Spagnola to give his report.

Spagnola said that an older truck, no longer in use, and a golf cart had been kept at the town park but need to be removed. The truck will be offered to the fire department for use in training; the golf cart will be dismantled and the parts will be distributed or...

Millbrook

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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Dutchess Day visits the Round Table

MILLBROOK — What happens when a middle school student from the present travels back to the day of King Arthur? Music, laughs and a serious Camelot upgrade. The sixth grade of Dutchess Day School recently presented “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” a musical adaptation of the novel by Mark Twain.
The show was performed in the Abu-Haidar auditorium. The students were directed by Susan Bialek and Vanessa Park. Alison MacFarlane designed the set. Numerous parents helped out with costumes, props, photography, sets and practical and emotional support.

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New café is ripe for business

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MILLBROOK — Best Creations Bakery, run by popular dough master Beth Perry, has been a staple in Millbrook for three years. However, when business started to slow down due to the economy, Perry targeted the farmers markets, leaving little time to run her shop in Millbrook.
In April Perry teamed with Christian Steiner, who opened the Rusty Tomato, a snack shop that has given the shop a whole new flavor.

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