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SMALLWOOD, NY — Dozens of residents gathered at the recreation area of the Toronto Reservoir on August 20 for a demonstration in support of keeping the access area open to the public. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) said the area was a public beach and it was being operated without a permit.

‘Spotlight’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — On the eve of the Oscars telecast, Callicoon Theater started showing the movie “Spotlight,” which went on to win the Best Picture Award. It features Sullivan County resident Mark Ruffalo in the role of an investigative reporter at the Boston Globe, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Ruffalo ended up not winning, but climbed on the stage with the rest of the crew to accept the Oscar, standing next to Michael Rezendes, one of the real-life investigative reporters who were instrumental in breaking the case of systematic cover-up of child molestation by priests within the Catholic Church.  Read more

Thompson voter case advances: Who are the challenged voters?

MONTICELLO, NY — The lawsuit against 137 voters who have been challenged and are the defendants in a lawsuit, is inching forward slowly, although it’s not known how many of the challenged voters are actually being represented by an attorney.  Read more

Development dies hard in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — With a large portion of the regional economy based on tourism and the second-home market, last week’s annual report from the Wayne County Planning/GIS Department did not carry good news.  Read more

Pit bull terrier left to die

PORT JERVIS, NY — A white pit bull terrier had been abandoned and left to die in Orange County, but was picked up by a passerby on February 24, and taken to the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark. Shelter staff named the dog Sweet Sally, because she behaved so good-naturedly to her caregivers despite her grave physical condition.  Read more

Cuomo tells FERC to halt Algonquin pipeline construction

OSSINING, NY — New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration on February 29 notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that state agencies will begin an independent safety risk analysis of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) natural gas pipeline. The analysis specifically focuses on where the project would cross the 240-acre property of the Indian Point nuclear facility.  Read more

Pike County man arrested for attempted murder

LACKAWAXEN, PA — A Pike County man has been arrested and jailed after police say he fired a pistol into a vehicle that was occupied and caused an injury.  Read more

Teachout picks up endorsements

KINGSTON, NY — Zephyr Teachout, who is running for Congressman Chris Gibson’s seat, picked up several important endorsements on February 29. Ulster County Executive Michael Hein threw his support behind Teachout, as did Ulster County Comptroller Elliot Auerbach, who previously considered running for the office himself.  Read more

Three Pennsylvania men arrested for pills, pot

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards on January 25 announced the arrest of Vincent Conte, 29, from East Stroudsburg, Ryan Treible, 23, and Angel Acevedo, 38, both from Tobyhanna. The arrests came after a month-long investigation conducted by members of the Wayne County Drug Task Force into the illegal flow of marijuana and oxycodone pills being brought from Monroe County into Wayne County.  Read more

Legislators authorize jail security system

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature on February 18 voted unanimously to move forward with Black Creek Super Display Touchscreen Security System for the proposed new jail. The resolution authorizing the choice said the county has been using a security system provided by this company since 2007. This is another sign that the new legislature seems to be moving forward and bids may go out soon.  Read more

Digital sign for 17B?

WHITE LAKE, NY — “Controversy is coming,” said Councilperson Dawn Rider as she explained that a digital sign would be the subject of a public hearing to be held by Bethel’s zoning board of appeals (ZBA) on March 22. Rider was speaking at the Bethel town board meeting on February 24. She said the sign would be located in Mongaup Valley on Route 17B, in the space now occupied by a sign for the River Edge Restaurant.  Read more

Cochecton solar farms: The good, the bad and the ugly

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Although the February 25 joint meeting of Cochecton’s town board and planning board produced no immediate decision on whether to permit solar farms within the town, it brought into sharper focus the stakes and stakeholders.  Read more

Sullivan Legislature votes to settle First Amendment lawsuit; Obscene words on speeding ticket at issue

The Sullivan County Legislature on February 25 voted unanimously to settle a a lawsuit brought by Willian Barboza, who had been arrested in 2012 for scrawling offensive language on a traffic ticket in Liberty.  Read more

Tusten passes resolution opposing Highland Compressor

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the recessed Town of Tusten meeting on February 17, Doctor Larysa Dyrszka gave a presentation about the impacts of natural gas compressor stations prior to the town board voting on a resolution opposing the proposed compressor station in the Town of Highland.  Read more

DV tables storage cleanup plan

WESTFALL, PA — It seems that the farther from the center of the Delaware Valley Campus that plans get, the longer they take to gel.  Read more

Live-streaming county meetings

MONTICELLO, NY — The issue of providing live video coverage of county meetings has come up several times in the past, but has always been dropped, primarily over budget concerns. This time around, it seems like the current Sullivan County Legislature is open to the installation of a system that has been explored by the county’s chief information officer, Lorne Green.  Read more

State considers closure of Skinner’s Falls Bridge

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Commissioners’ chair Brian Smith announced at the county meeting on February 18 that due to heavy truck damage, PennDOT has closed the Skinners Falls Bridge over the Delaware River, and is considering “doing away” with, or limiting the bridge to passenger traffic in its long-term plans. The agency is also considering repair or replacement costs.  Read more

More health services for Pike

MILFORD, PA — A new Middletown, NY Community Health Center (MCHC) Inc. mobile dental unit made its first public appearance on February 17, at the Pike County Commissioners’ meeting.  Read more

Sullivan white collar investigator OKed; Will work with FBI task force

MONTICELLO, NY — “The FBI is interested in this county, the U.S. Attorney is interested in this county, and I don’t remember a time [like this] in my being in the DA’s office for 20 years. They’re interested in making an impact in the lives of the people that live here… And I welcome Preet Bharara to Sullivan County.”  Read more

Berlin Township chair resigns; No way to deal with nuisances

BEACH LAKE, PA —The February 16 Berlin Township board of supervisors meeting started with quiet routine and few spectators. There was nothing unusual in that. Wild winter weather and a fire at Cochecton Mills had occupied many township residents for most of the day. It wasn’t until the reading of correspondence that something out of the ordinary happened.  Read more

Liberty woman arrested for heroin after traffic stop on 17B

MONGAUP VALLEY, NY — On February 21, at about 4:20 p.m., Sullivan County deputy sheriff Joseph Calvello stopped a vehicle on State Route 17B in Monguap Valley for a traffic violation. During the stop, the female passenger, Nicole Carlaftes, 19, of Liberty, gave a false name. Carlaftes was recognized as a former student from Liberty by a school resource officer who stopped by to assist.  Read more