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WEBUTUCK — The Athletics Department of the North East (Webutuck) Central School District is under new management, with the winter appointment of Rosanne Persico as athletic director.

Persico has served as a member of the Webutuck community since 1988. Amid her background as  a coach and instructor, she has coached numerous Webutuck sports teams, including the varsity field hockey team for a 20-year period. After undergoing ankle surgery this past September, Persico extended her skills as a coach by overseeing the Physical Education program for students in kindergarten...

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Sandy Hook Promise advocates inclusion and social awareness

kaitlinl@millertonnews.com

WEBUTUCK— To commemorate the nationwide Start with Hello Week, the nonprofit organization Sandy Hook Promise presented its program, “Start with Hello,” for the students of Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) in grades four through eight. 
Initiated by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, the assembly took place in the Webutuck High School auditorium on Friday, Feb. 10. 

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Students are hooked on science at annual STEAM Fair

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WEBUTUCK— As the clock struck 9 a.m., the cafeteria of Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) was crowded with student scientists and visitors as the North East (Webutuck) Central School District hosted its Third Annual STEAM Fair on Saturday, Feb. 4. 
While the acronym is more commonly recognized as  STEM   to represent the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the educators  of Webutuck decided to incorporate “Art” into the acronym, as art is regarded as a component of science.

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The joys of toys

 

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Volunteer coach faces sexual abuse charges

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WEBUTUCK — Twenty-one-year-old Kristian Murtagh, a resident of the town of North East and a graduate of Webutuck High School (WHS), was arrested on Monday, Jan. 30, and charged with engaging in sexual contact with a 16-year-old student who attends WHS.
Murtagh was arrested by New York State Police (NYSP) from the Dover Plains barracks, and charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, and two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, a class B misdemeanor.

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Webutuck AD Zenz resigns

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck High School (WHS) community recently bid farewell to Jon Zenz following his resignation as athletic director for the high school. 
He made a formal statement to The Millerton News about his reasons for resigning.
“The nature and time commitment involved was such that the $15,000 per-year stipend made it impossible to do the athletic director job and still address my other responsibilities in life, including coaching,” said Zenz.

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Webutuck PTA hosts its Annual Bingo Family Night

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WEBUTUCK — To kick the weekend off with an amusing start, families gathered at Webutuck Elementary School to play a few games of bingo at the PTA’s Second Annual Bingo Family Night.
The family event was hosted in the school’s cafeteria on Friday, Jan. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

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Capital improvement plan sparks questions at BOE meeting

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WEBUTUCK— Given the crucial changes proposed in their recent capital improvement plan, the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25, attracted a crowd of more than 20 parents who wanted to voice their questions and concerns.

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Schools support Grace Smith House for victims of domestic violence

WEBUTUCK  — This past year, the Webutuck Teachers’ Association (WTA) formed a Social Justice Committee, which strives to encourage awareness and actions that will lead to a more just world. 

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Webutuck BOE seeks public input on capital improvement plans

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WEBUTUCK — The $8.5 million capital improvement plan put forward by the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) failed at the polls last December, only 181 in favor, 236 opposed.
Yet, according to Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani, the work still needs to get done.
That’s why the superintendent and the school board are hoping members of the community will attend the BOE’s next meeting, set for Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., in the high school library.

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Eugene Brooks welcomes in 2017

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WEBUTUCK — Friday, Dec. 23, was a big day for most of the 260-plus students of the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School. The evening before, staff and faculty decorated one of the gymnasiums with a holiday theme, setting up tables, hanging garland, preparing food. Holiday-themed pictures done by elementary school students were part of the decorations, adorning the walls of the gym. There were servers and cleaners dressed as elves; some people wore brightly-colored Christmas sweaters and some sported antlers and Santa caps. 

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