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The Southern Dutchess News has served the area south of Poughkeepsie with news and features since 1959. It is an official newspaper of Dutchess County by vote of the Dutchess County Legislature. The Southern Dutchess News serves Spackenkill, Wappingers Falls, East Fishkill, Fishkill and Beacon.  Coverage includes local town, village and school news and features, Dutchess County Legislature, county legal notices, obituaries, plus coverage of arts and entertainment, hospitals and health, education, libraries and local businesses and organizations.


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4/18/18 Highlights of this week's edition...

Airport addressing contamination

Arbor & Earth Day kicks off at Town of East Fishkill April 28

(Continued from cover) “It’s going to be an event that includes all abilities and our focus is going to be on differences. We’re going to plant five different trees,” she explained.

The five different bare-root trees that will be planted the day of the event are:
1. Maple ‘Autumn Blaze’
2. Maple ‘Redpointe’
3. Kentucky Coffee Tree ‘Espresso’
4. Osage Orange ‘Wichita’
5. Hophornbeam

The main tree planting event will take place at 10 a.m., said Brengelmann.

“We’re going to plant bare-root trees,” she said.

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Assemblyman Frank Skartados died on Sunday, April 15

By Kristine Coulter

State Assemblyman Frank Skartados (Milton-D) died on Sunday, April 15 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, Orange County, according to his chief of staff Steve Gold.

“He was admitted on March 24 for respiratory issues and pain associated with cancer. His condition was discovered in late January with a diagnosis of metastasized stage IV pancreatic cancer,” Gold stated in a press release.

Skartados, 62, represented the 104th Assembly District. The district includes: the cities of Beacon, Poughkeepsie, and Newburgh, as well as the Towns of Lloyd, Marlborough and Newburgh.

Skartados was born off the coast of Greece. He was one of 8 children.

When he was 14, according to his Facebook page, he and his mother came to America.

“Within months of arriving in New York City, Frank’s mother returned to Greece, leaving the young man to build his own life in America. Frank taught himself English and worked his way through school, eventually graduating from George Washington High School in upper Manhattan,” reads his bio on his Facebook page.

He graduated from SUNY New Paltz, and working his way through college working in the restaurant business. He graduated with honors and a degree in Political Science. He earned his Masters Degree in International Studies from the State University of California at Sacramento.

According to Gold, Skartados was at the “New York Military Academy to serve as chairman of the Health Department. He was also a teacher of Environmental Studies and American History. In 2000, Skartados abdicated his seat at the Military academy. Since he has devoted his life to renovating properties in downtown Poughkeepsie, including building the Aegean Entertainment Center, the largest entertainment venue between Albany and New York City.”

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Matt Alexander column

By Kristine Coulter

Hi Neighbors - It’s the first warm spring day of the year as I write this and things are looking up for the Village of Wappingers for our next year. Cousins Ale Works opens tonight where I used to meet up with people on Saturday nights at Chez Elle’s behind the Dutchess Plaza. Its nice to see a business finally take that space over again. The Plaza is looking great after its make over last year.

It’s a busy time of year here at Village Hall as we put together the 2018-2019 Annual Budget, prepare for summer grant applications, and get the ball rolling on our 2018 construction projects. Aside from the water, sewer and pavement projects we plan on completing this year the Village also aims to complete parking lot improvements, Dam maintenance, and address the needs of our brave volunteer fire department.

The Village Board has held seven budget meetings since my last column and I can proudly say that the Village will stay below the 2% Tax Cap for the 7th year in a row.

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


Also in the Apr 18-24, 2018 issue:

  • Best selling author to speak in Poughkeepsie

Vassar Temple Sisterhood announces that this year’s Doris and Fannie Berlin lecturer is Deborah Tannen, author of the four-year, #1 New York Times best seller You Just Don’t understand: Women and Men in Conversation. This book brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness.


 

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