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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Monday, April 9; the first item of business was a consent agenda vote on incremental raises, which passed.

A resignation from Jeanene Kascsak as teacher’s aide was accepted; Kascsak was approved for a probationary appointment as senior typist.  Also approved was Jacklyn Como as long-term substitute. A resignation was accepted from custodial worker Michael Lynch for purposes of retirement.

Co-curricular activities were accepted, as were dates for the pre-school special...

Millbrook

Board of Education talks district goals, enrollment numbers, and field trips

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MILLBROOK— The Millbrook Central School District had a busy fall 2017 semester, and the Board of Education (BOE) also kept a busy schedule going.
On Monday, Dec. 6, the board met for a working session concerning the structure and goals of BOE meetings.
On Monday, Dec. 11, the BOE meeting was opened at 7 p.m. by Superintendent Phillip D’Angelo. Assistant Superintendent Kathleen Affigne presented on the 2017-2018 District Goals and Data Driven Dialogue Status Update.

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Menorah lit for Hanukkah celebration

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MILLBROOK— Cold temperatures couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 35 or more people who gathered on the green at the Thorne Building on Sunday, Dec. 17, for the annual lighting of the menorah.
A larger menorah was lit on the evening of Dec. 12, but the smaller and more user-friendly version is used for the annual event led each year by Rabbi Hanoch Hecht from the Rhinebeck Jewish Center.
Hecht welcomed the attendees.

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Millbrook preschool: Shaded playground improvements sought

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MILLBROOK — At the Tuesday, Nov. 28, Village Board meeting, Mayor Rodney Brown was absent; Deputy Mayor Joseph Rochfort led the meeting.
The largest portion of the meeting was dedicated to the Millbrook Early Childhood Education Centre (MECEC), which is housed in Lyall Memorial Church. 
It serves as the village pre-school, serving 66 students each year. It opened in 2007. 
The center also employs 12 people and is the largest non-faith based public preschool in the area. 

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The future of the Thorne Building still not resolved

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MILLBROOK — The first heavy snowfall of the season didn’t deter people from attending the third public meeting of the Thorne Building Committee on Saturday, Dec. 9. 
Held in the Millbrook firehouse, about 50 attended the meeting, which was held on a weekend so those who are mainly weekenders in Millbrook would have a chance to weigh in.
Oakleigh  Thorne opened the meeting with some updates on plans and details of the Thorne Building Community Center gaining 501 c(3) nonprofit status. 

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Don’t eat the art

The annual Build a Gingerbread House event at the Millbrook Firehouse, hosted by the Town of Washington Recreation Center, was sold out. The center supplied the houses and icing, the families brought their own candies and trim. The highlight of the night was a raffle for a gingerbread castle, won by Juliana Kasack, a second grader. Sixth  wgrader Ivan Heunis posed with his gingerbread house, above.

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Bare facts about black bears

MILLBROOK — When you’re watching news of bear sightings on television, in places far removed from this area, seeing the adorable cubs cavorting and the mama bear being protective is fun. “How cute,” you may hear someone say. But when that same event takes place in your back yard, it may not seem cute at all. 

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Thorne Building meeting generates ideas

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MILLBROOK — A second public meeting was held by the Thorne Building Committee at Millbrook High School, on Monday, Nov. 27. While the turnout was much smaller than the 230 who attended the first meeting, the information was relevant and important to those present. 
The meeting was opened by Charles E. Pierce, chairman of the committee, a 501(c)3. He spoke briefly before turning the program over to Carol Martin, consultant in charge of publicity and of tapping the public for suggestions on the building’s future use.

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Christmas Shop open for business

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MILLBROOK — Christmas is definitely in the air, especially at a pop-up shop at 3275 Franklin Ave. in Millbrook. With delicate china to sturdy Santas, the shop has everything Christmas.
The shop comes from Uncle Al’s Thrift Shop on Front Street, a consignment store affiliated with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Millbrook.
The Christmas Shop is light and airy, with three rooms of articles that have been lovingly stored or newly donated, and handled with extreme care. In some instances, the items are brand new with tags still attached.

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How the Grinch tried to steal Christmas

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MILLBROOK — Christmas cheer was in the air on Friday, Dec. 1. It was a little bit nippy, but dry. Trees were lit, wreaths were hung, and hordes of people, all ages, all sizes, filled both sides of Franklin Avenue.
Some visitors stopped first at the Millbrook Library, where the Silent Auction began with light refreshments, music and a viewing of the gaily-wrapped baskets and gifts on auction. The auction closes Saturday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. and the winners may begin to pick up their items at 5 p.m. 

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Two degrees of Barry Kieselstein-Cord

MILLBROOK — On the corner of Millbrook’s tidy line of storefront windows on Franklin Avenue, Barry Kieselstein-Cord, legendary designer of sculptural jewelry and accessories for the famous and flashy, has set up his gallery, KCX. It is, in his words, “a laboratory for my work.”

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