A third Article 78 lawsuit pertaining to the Bennett College redevelopment was filed last week by Oakleigh Thorne against the village planning board and the developer, questioning the November 18 approval of the preliminary site plan.


The suit in effect freezes the development until the litigation is settled—a process that could take up to two years if appeals are filed, said principal Bennett re-development partner David Blumenthal.

The Village of Millbrook will start to welcome the New Year with Millbrook Rotary Club services that start at 4 p.m. and go until 8:15 December 31. Now in it’s seventh year offering New Year’s Eve activities for town and village residents, the festivities start at Grace Chapel with Flamenco Guitarist Jeff Armstrong.


Buccaneer Bindlestiff’s Swashbuckling Cirkus, sponsored by the Dyson Foundation, will perform on the Thorne Building Stage at 4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m. for 45-minutes.

A family who was hit hardest with cleanup of an oil leak from a village hall underground tank filed a $350,000 suit against the village last week.  


Although the village and Chris and Sarah Colomello, owners of one of two properties affected the spill, had been in negotiations for a restoration settlement to pay for the garage and driveway that came up as a result of excavation, no settlement had been reached.


Another possibility to renovate and make something out of the empty Thorne building lining Franklin Avenue may have bit the dust last week when the Village of Millbrook attorney served lease termination papers to leaseholder Erica and Mike Downing.


Village of Millbrook mayor Laura Hurley said a letter was sent from village attorney Rebecca Valk to Allan Rappleya, who represents the Downings, on December 2.


On Saturday afternoon, December 18, Marianne Schnall, author of Daring To Be Ourselves, autographed copies of her book for visitors to Merritt Bookshop in Millbrook. A graduate of Cornell University and creator of the website, Schnall is a freelance writer and has interviewed well-known personalities for The Huffington Post online site, “O, the Oprah magazine,” “Glamour,” and “In Style.”

On Friday nights, Lia’s Mountainview Restaurant was the place to be. The waitresses knew your name and the cooks knew your favorite plate.


Operating six days a week for 27 years, the cozy spot had become a bustling hub of local life.


Poised to take his first seat in the U.S. House of Representatives January 5 as the voice of New York’s 20th Congressional District, retired Army Colonel and Columbia County native Chris Gibson told a packed audience in Pleasant Valley Friday that he was ready to get his “hands dirty” fighting for an economic recovery that brings jobs and incentives to small business.


In a decision that ignored any and all impacts or consequences to the environment, the Dover Zoning Board of Appeals determined that Rasco’s recycling operation is a legal continuing use at the Mid-Hudson Recycling Center on Rte. 22 south of the Town of Dover. Rasco will import truckloads of petroleum-contaminated soils and convert them  into asphalt for paving material.  The question was referred to the Zoning Board for a ruling after the Planning Board received a letter from the Code Enforcement Officer saying that there was no specific certificate of occupancy for the prior operation, TT Materials, for which Rasco claimed grandfathering.


Last Saturday, Gov. David Paterson vetoed the moratorium on hydrofracking that had passed both houses of the legislature. The moratorium would have prevented the DEC from issuing new permits for hydrofracking until May 31, 2011. In a radio interview on WMAC last week, Paterson said the ban was too broad and too short.

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