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12/06/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

New section of Julie’s Jungle opens

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from cover) “We still have a few things we need to finish and fine tune,” she added.

Julie’s Jungle is an accessible playground that was the idea of local resident Natalie Keating wrote a letter to the East Fishkill Recreation Director Bill Green. It was part of a school assignment. In the letter, she explained how her older sister Julie (who passed away when she was a teenager) was in a wheelchair and never had the chance to play on a playground. McHugh, who was one day sitting on a bench, saw a mother whose son had special needs and he was not able to play on the playground.

Julie’s Jungle Phase 1 was officially opened in 2016.

“Everyone is raving about it. The playground has been packed every day,” said McHugh. “Everybody loves it. We are getting such great feedback on social media.” It is the first accessible playground in Dutchess County.

“It is the model for Dutchess County,” she said.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

WF will try again to disband police force

Mayor Matt Alexander

By Ray Fashona

The Wappingers Falls Village Board plans to start again the process of disbanding the police department in an effort to save money.

According to Mayor Matt Alexander, the board at its Dec. 13 meeting will consider a resolution it originally passed on Aug. 30 replacing its police department with Sheriff’s Deputies.

Two weeks ago, Dutchess County Supreme Court Judge Maria Rosa ruled the village’s original attempt to dissolve the police department invalid because the village did not complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Alexander said.

The village has contended from the start that an EIS was no required because there are no environmental repercussions from the move.

But Rosa said an EIS is required not only for impacts on the physical environment, but also on the character of the community.

This time, the mayor said, the village will go through the State Environmental Quality Review Act process to comply with Rosa’s ruling.

The resolution to be considered Dec. 13 is similar to the one previously passed by the village board.

It states that the village intends to enter into a shared services agreement with the county to contract with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department to provide “full time professional police officers to the Village of Wappingers Falls …”

The move, according to the resolution, would save the village $500,000 a year.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the Dec 6-12, 2017 issue:

  • Masque and Mime tackles Shakespeare comedy

Members of the Roy C. Ketcham High School drama club rehearse Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in preparation for performances this weekend. - Courtesy photo


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