Orange County News Roundup, Feb. 3

February 3, 2016 Updated: February 3, 2016

Middletown Superintendent Joins Coalition

Superintendent of the Enlarged District of Middletown Dr. Kenneth Eastwood has joined with superintendents from around the region to form the Mid-Hudson Catskill Council of School Superintendents, reported the Midhudsonnews. Dutchess, Orange-Ulster, Sullivan and Ulster BOCES consortiums members came together to collaborate and promote strong leadership among regional school districts. New Paltz Central School District Superintendent Maria Rice said 43 school superintendents and BOCES district superintendents have joined with more expected and said the superintendents “have the shared goal of improving educational opportunities for students and adults throughout the region.” Rhinebeck Central School District Superintendent Joseph Phelan said the “collective wisdom and power” of school officials can find ways to address the challenges and come up with creative solutions that will benefit students.

Famed OC Chopper Company’s Headquarters to Be Sold

The headquarters of motorcycle company Orange County Choppers will be auctioned in March. Owner Paul Teutul Sr. said the sale has nothing to do with the company having been featured in two reality TV shows. Bidding for the $13 million, 61,000-square-foot glass-and-steel building will start at $900,000. The company surrendered the building that holds its custom-made motorcycles in 2011 to its lender, which then sold it to a Dallas, Texas-based company. The motorcycle-building exploits of Teutul and his son Paul Teutul Jr. have been featured on Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper” and “Orange County Choppers” on Country Music Television. Teutul says the company has leased the space and the auction won’t impact its business.

From The Associated Press

Community Finds Home for Homeless Vet

“The Orange County community has come together again to find a homeless veteran a home,” reported Steve Neuhaus on Facebook. Floyd Fredricks, a retired U.S. Marine, moved into Water’s Edge in Port Jervis on Jan. 28. Fredricks, 63, had been living in a large tent off Hamilton Street on the banks of the Neversink River for almost four years. Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden, among others, had been trying to help Floyd find a home for the last few years, but Fredricks refused to leave the woods. Worden and others still checked up on him and often brought him food. After hearing about Barry Long, another vet who moved to Water’s Edge, Floyd took up Worden’s offer. Worden, Joe Tufano, the owner of the land where Floyd was camped out, Orange County Veterans Service Agency Director Christian Farrell, HONORehg executive director Chris Molinelli and HONORehg Director of Outreach Gary Texter helped to relocate Fredricks.

Acting Monroe Supervisor Directs Employees Not to Contact Doles

Acting Town of Monroe Supervisor Anthony Cardone has directed town employees not to engage Supervisor Harley E. Doles III during business hours regarding town business, reported the Photo-News. It has been reported that Doles has maintained contact with some board members and town employees. Doles has been on medical leave for more than a month but said he expects to return to office soon. Cardone issued the directive because he said there must be clear line for managing town business. Doles continues emailing town board members and town employees.

Minisink Teacher Mourned

Christopher Corwin, a technology instructor at Minisink Valley Middle School, was killed on Jan. 28 when his vehicle hit a tree on Route 6. Corwin, 40, of Glen Spey, NY, was traveling east when he failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle left the roadway off of the north shoulder and struck a tree. He was transported to Orange Regional Medical Center by ambulance where he succumbed to his injuries. Students and staff are mourning the death of the popular teacher who was killed in the one-car crash which state police are now investigating. School administrators and co-workers say Corwin was a well-liked member of the teaching staff who touched and inspired the lives of many students over the years.

The Associated Press contributed to this brief

Wallkill Ambulance Crew Delivers Baby in Car

Town of Wallkill Volunteer Ambulance Corps crew members responded to a call near Circleville from Kelli Curran in labor and her husband, Steven Jarred who were about to drive to Orange Regional Medical Center. The baby would not wait, and Crew members Adam Strong and Richard Zolli helped to bring Centa Jarred into the world on Jan. 26 on the front seat of the couple’s sedan, reported the Midhudsonnews. Wallkill Police Sergeant Robert McLymore and Officer Joseph Stueber also assisted in the delivery. Mother and daughter are reported doing fine, said TOWVAC Administrative Director Teri Barbee, who said this was only the third delivery by a TOWVAC crew in the last 10 years, and the first for both ambulance corps members.

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