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Unable to gather in her office for the traditional pizza party to celebrate the academic achievements of those students earning a place on the Principal’s Honor Roll, Webutuck High School Principal Katy McEnroe made surprise visits to the students’ homes on Thursday, May 7.


Members of the Stefanopoulos family provided NBC News with an interview about the reopening of their drive-in theater on Friday, May 15, prior to the screening of the first film at 8:10 p.m. Photo submitted

Lights, camera, action!: Four Brothers Drive-In Theater reopens with COVID-19 guidelines

AMENIA — “Let’s get normal!” proclaimed the marquee sign placed at the entrance to the Four Brothers Drive-In Theater.


 

Spelling out a hopeful message on the sign next to the main entrance, the Four Brothers Drive-In Theater, located at 4957 Route 22 in Amenia, encouraged local residents to stay healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Robert Riemer

Four Brothers Drive-In Theater seeks to be declared ‘essential’ business by the state and allowed to open

AMENIA — Since a State of Emergency was declared for the evolving coronavirus health crisis, non-essential businesses in New York state have closed per the governor’s orders and essential businesses have been adjusting their operations and workforce in conjunction with state guidelines.


Volunteer firefighter and Wassaic Fire Company President David Rosenberg, left, and Fire Chief Mark Christiansen barely had room to stand front and center among the mounds of food delivered on Wednesday, April 22, to the Food of Life/Comida de Vida Pantry. Photo by Samantha Lewis​

St. Thomas Church welcomes new pastor as it struggles to stock food pantry, despite surprise donation

AMENIA UNION — The Rev. A.J. Stack had no sooner stepped up to the pulpit at his new home at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union, when the church and its well known food pantry were hit by a tsunami of hungry residents needing help to deal with food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down much of the state.  


Freshtown of Amenia Store Manager Greg Bosshardt, left, and Meat Manager John Bourhill have been instrumental in ensuring the supermarket remains clean and safe, and have been following all Department of Health COVID-19 protocols during the pandemic. Photo submitted

How COVID-19 is affecting food production and shopping habits

AMENIA — With reports across the heartland charging some of the largest U.S.


Led by Rabbi Jon Haddon, nearly 50 congregants of Temple Beth David in Amenia celebrated the start of Passover via Zoom on Wednesday evening, April 8. Photo submitted

Temple Beth David celebrates Passover during pandemic

AMENIA — After adjusting a few traditional elements in adherence to the coronavirus health crisis, Congregation Beth David invited its congregants to celebrate Passover via Zoom on Wednesday evening, April 8.


Built around 1847 to house a congregation first gathered 277 years ago, The Smithfield Church will celebrate Easter Sunday this year on-line via Zoom. Traditionally a celebration that fills pews throughout the area, most worship homes are planning their best efforts to offer the messages of hope and comfort that the holiday brings.  The hope is that all will gather under whichever virtual steeple they may choose. Photo by Robert Riemer​

Area churches are planning unprecedented Easter services online

Many churches around the region and around the world will be closed to their congregations on Easter this year. Here is how one, the Smithfield Church in Amenia, will handle it.

 


Brooklyn the dog helps his owner, Eric Guss, who is deaf, navigate the world. Guss adopted Brooklyn for free from the Animal Farm Foundation in Amenia. Photo courtesy of Animal Farm Foundation

A dog named Brooklyn helps a hearing-impaired man live life

AMENIA — Actually, there are two Erics in this story, as well as a canine hero, Brooklyn, a handsome black dog who is gentle, friendly and close to 2 years old. He came to Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) from a southern shelter, and began training soon afterward.

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