Orange County News Roundup, April 27

By Yvonne Marcotte, Epoch Times
April 27, 2016 Updated: April 27, 2016

Labor Day Air Show to Feature Cold War Era Jet

Organizers of the New York Air Show announced on April 25 that an L-39 Cold War Era jet will be in the show’s exciting lineup. The second annual New York Show at Stewart International Airport is coming on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3 and 4. The Czechoslovakian L-39 was built as the successor to their earlier trainer, the L-29 Delfin. The design joined together an efficient, powerful turbofan engine to a sleek, streamlined fuselage. Thousands of older L-39s remain in active service as trainers, and many are finding new homes with private warbird owners all over the world. The aircraft’s $200,000–$300,000 price tag puts them in range of moderately wealthy pilots in the U.S. looking for fast, agile personal jets.

Port Jervis Passes Taxi Law

The Port Jervis Common Council approved local law #9 of 2016 that seeks to clarify which departments regulate taxis that operate in Port Jervis. Police Chief William Worden recommended the measure to clarify responsibilities among city departments. The police department and city clerk treasurer’s office now share authority for licensing, inspections, and regulation of taxis. The law would only affect cab drivers, and would apply to both companies located in the city and outsiders that do business within city limits. The Council also passed local laws that would allow the city to cut off servies to houses without a certificate of occupancy and a law prohibiting the blacktopping of front yards.

Larkin Announces He’s Up for Re-Election

State Senator William Larkin (R,C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said on April 22 that he will run again for the State Senate, reported the MidHudsonNews. “Of all the professions I’ve had, being a public servant has had a very special meaning for me over the years,” Larkin said to the online news service. “My duty as a public servant is not something I take lightly and I will not walk away from it until I feel my job is done.” Larkin, 88, has served 38 years in the state legislature.

Campbell Hall Resident Completes Eagle Scout Service Project at Birnberg Preserve  

Ryan Cooney of Campbell Hall, of Goshen Scout Troop 62, recently completed his Eagle Scout Service Project at Orange County Land Trust’s Birnberg Preserve. Cooney constructed two freestanding stone walls at the preserve’s entrance. Birnberg Preserve’s entrance is located along the Heritage Trail in the Towns of Chester and Blooming Grove. With help from volunteers from his troop, the Eagle Scout built the walls with stones found on-site. The second part of the project was to install ten new bird houses throughout the preserve for bluebirds, wrens, and other bird species. Stewart’s Shops gave a grant for the birdhouses. 

Ryan Cooney of Troop 62-Goshen at the entrance to Birnberg Preserve in Chester. Cooney built the stone walls for his Eagle Scout service project. (Courtesy Orange County Land Trust)
Ryan Cooney of Troop 62-Goshen at the entrance to Birnberg Preserve in Chester. Cooney built the stone walls for his Eagle Scout service project. (Courtesy Orange County Land Trust)

Coalition Formed to Prevent Sexual Assault

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced on April 19 the formation of the Orange County Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Team (SAPAT). The coalition includes Darcie Miller, Orange County Commissioner of Social Services and Acting Commissioner of Mental Health, representatives of the Orange County Rape Crisis Program and Department of Health, Orange County’s colleges, the New York State Police, Orange County’s business community, Safe Homes of Orange County, county schools, and local police agencies. The team plans quarterly meetings to review progress in preventing sexual assault. Last Dec. Hoovler launched the It’s On Us, Orange County, N.Y. initiative that is part of a national effort. “The time has come to change the narrative about sexual assault in this country,” Hoovler said.

Port Jervis Names Watershed, Transportation Museum, Tennis Courts

The trails that opened in the Port Jervis watershed in the middle of March have been named the “City of Port Jervis Watershed and Recreation Area” after a resolution was passed during the Port Jervis Common Council meeting on April 25. Another resolution names the area that includes the D&H Canal, the towpath leading up to the canal,  and the Erie turntable the “Port Jervis Transportation in America Park: Canal and Railroad.” Tennis courts at Church Street Park were designated the “Luann McCarthy Memorial Tennis Courts,” after the Port Jervis tennis coach and teacher in the Port Jervis School District. Mayor Kelly Decker said the Transportation Museum and Watershed area was given an official name because Sen. John Bonacic secured a $100,000 grant for the area and Elks Brox Park. 

Port Jervis Recognizes Snowboarder for Awards in National Competition

Port Jervis third-grader Ashlyn Overland received two gifts from the City of Port Jervis for her awards at a national snowboard competition at Copper Mountain, Colorado earlier in April. At the April 25 Common Council meeting, Overland was presented with a gold key to the city and a Port Jervis sun catcher made by the mayor at Gillinder Glass Factory. As Epoch Times reported previously, Overland won a silver medal in boardercross and a bronze medal in slalom at the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association national competition.

Metro-North Buys Geometry Car for $11.8 Million

The Metro-North train line is buying a high-tech device to monitor the rails for problems. Called a geometry car, the machine costs $11.8 million, reported the MidHudsonNews. Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti told the online news service, “We have been borrowing geometry cars from Long Island. We have an MTA blue ribbon panel of federal Railroad Administration and National Transportation Safety Board reports that all said we need to get a track geometry car.” Giulietti said the vehicle is one of the most advanced inspection vehicles anywhere. The MTA board approved the purchase at the end of April.

Arts Mid-Hudson Delivers $116,000 in Grants

Arts Mid-Hudson, as part of the state Council on the Arts, will give out more than $116,000 to artists and arts organizations in Orange County. Project grants, commissions to individual artists, and art in schools divided the funds. The Four Seasons Chorale performing at the American Treasures Concert in Port Jervis and Cornerstone Theatre Arts’ presenting Shakespeare in Salesian Park in Goshen will benefit. The Warwick Arts Festival and Warwick’s Hudson Valley Jazz Festival are get money. Several grants went to Newburgh: Eileen MacAvery Kane with Downing Film Center’s showing of “The Ghosts We Live With,” the Newburgh Open Movement, the Newburgh Library’s ART START!, and the Newburgh performance of Baam Bada. Pine Bush Library got money for multi-media workshops, and the Tuxedo Park Library received funds for their celestial inspired arts series. Dutchess and Ulster arts groups also received monies, the Photo News reported on April 25.

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