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November 2013

Proposed windmill stirs controversy

Property owner and Hollywood legend Judd Hirsch has applied for a variance to allow him to construct a 176-foot turbine on Eve Eden Road in the Town of Denning, which is on the north side of the remote Roundout Reservoir.  Read more

Monticello mayor arrested; Driving while intoxicated and other charges

Gordon Jenkins, the mayor of Monticello, reportedly turned up at the site of a car accident on Broadway on November 16, and a volunteer firefighter suspected that he had been drinking. He reported his suspicion to the Monticello police. Jenkins left the scene but was later arrested by the Monticello police and taken to the station.  Read more

Tax hike for Hawley; New board member joins

The Hawley Borough Council plans a tax hike and also has a new member on board.  Read more

Four success stories and one work in progress at Sullivan West

There were five presentations to the Sullivan West Board of Education at its November 14 meeting. Four described successful projects. The fifth described a work in progress, so far unsuccessful. But the night really belonged to the success stories: the peer tutoring lab; the pre-K program; the elementary school roof replacement; and the Sullivan West Enrollment/Facilities Study (reviewed at the public forum immediately preceding the board meeting).  Read more

Cochecton signs climate pledge

The Cochecton Town Board voted unanimously at its November 13 monthly meeting to adopt the newly amended Climate Smart Community Pledge provided by Sullivan County. Cochecton became a target of criticism from the Department of Environmental Conservation for its failure to adopt all elements of the first Climate Action Plan (CAP) received from the county earlier this year, when town supervisor Gary Maas edited the first CAP document to include only those elements with which Cochecton could currently comply. Making no attempt to conceal his satisfaction at this outcome, Maas remarked that he felt a sense of personal vindication and was pleased that feedback from other towns of Cochecton’s size and demographics had prompted the county to draft a document containing more realistic near-term goals.  Read more

Bloomingburg mayor under fire; Assemblywoman Gunther enters the fray

Mayor Mark Berentsen is under fire from several directions after a published report that he allegedly was set to receive water and sewer services after the controversial approval of a 396-unit development, which is being marketed to the Hasidic community.  Read more

Car Larcenies - The Latest Crime wave in Sullivan County

MONTICELLO – Sheriff’s Deputies are battling the latest crime wave to besiege Sullivan County: larcenies from automobiles. In the last 3 months deputies have investigated 53 incidents from Livingston Manor to Rock Hill, from Smallwood to Glen Spey. All the vehicles involved had one thing in common, they were unlocked.  Read more

Man drowns in Lake Wallenpaupack

The body of a Pennsylvania man was recovered on November 17 after two canoes capsized on Lake Wallenpaupack. There were seven people in the canoes on the lake on November 15, when they capsized. Six of the boaters managed swim to shore, but 24-year-old Ben Culton of Harleysville, did not make it.  Read more

Sterling Township man arrested after stand-off

STERLING TOWNSHIP, PA — Robert Brundage, 62, of Sterling Township was arrested on November 17 on 10 counts of attempted homicide and 10 counts of aggravated assault.  Read more

PA minimum wage hike proposed

HARRISBURG, PA — In what she calls an effort to provide low-income earners with a livable wage, Pennsylvania State Rep. Patty Kim announced on November 15 she will introduce a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage.  Read more