Fleischmanns challenges county bridge decision

By Jay Braman Jr.
Fleischmanns Mayor Todd Pascarella has asked the Delaware County Department of Public Works to do an about face on its recent decision not to replace the Bridge Street bridge in the middle of his village, and he is also calling on the county board of supervisors to immediately support that position.

In a matter of fact letter to the board of supervisors, Pascarella laid out what he wants to see happen, and soon.

“I respectfully appeal to the County of Delaware to fully restore the vehicle bridge on Bridge Street that was destroyed in the flood,” he wrote. “

After Irene photo show in Fleischmanns

Fleischmanns — A photography exhibition entitled “After Irene” by photographer Elaine Mayes is currently hanging at The Painters Gallery at 1109 Main Street.

The work is being shown to commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Irene. Elaine Mayes has been a creative photographic artist for over 50 years. Known for her portraits of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury residents in 1967-’68 and for her iconic images of rock and roll performers in the late 1960s, she works on projects that involve specific subjects and locations.

Fleischmanns bridge woes on front burner

By Jay Braman Jr.
As Fleischmanns residents continue to be told not to expect the Bridge Street bridge to be replaced, a special meeting concerning all of the village’s bridges will take place this Thursday in the Skene Memorial Library at 6 p.m.

And it is expected that many residents will not take things lying down.
The Bridge Street bridge site, located a stone’s throw from the old Roberts’ Auction Barn, has always been a convenient way to and from Main Street to Wagner Avenue and the village park. That all ended one year ago when tropical storm Irene destroyed the bridge.

Disaster response: A story of giving

By Fleischmanns Mayor Todd Pascarella
It’s been a hard year since Hurricane Irene blew through town. A long, tough year since Bill Birns stopped me while I was walking through the mud on Main Street in Fleischmanns the day after the flood and said, “This is way worse than ‘96, this is the worst thing ever here.”

I had no reason to doubt him as I discovered scene after scene of destruction, each one more indescribable than the next. “Where do we even begin...” I wondered.

Philanthropist helps repair Fleischmanns park

By Jay Braman Jr.
If anyone reading this thinks that the repair work being done to restore the Fleischmanns Village Park has begun courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, they should read on.
The confusion is understandable. Village officials have been negotiating with FEMA ever since the Irene/Lee storms destroyed the park last August, telling anxious residents that the behemoth federal agency will soon help.

Now it turns out they won’t, but more on that later.

Congregation Bnai Israel opens for 94th year

Fleischmanns — Congregation Bnai Israel begins it 94th year with an exciting weekend of services, an annual membership meeting and a klezmer concert in its historic building.  Rabbi Moshe Pomerantz will return for the opening Sabbath services on Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 30 at 9 a.m.

Kathleen Rostad appointed to Fleischmanns Board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Members of the Fleischmanns Village Board of Trustees appointed Wagner Avenue resident Kathleen Rostad to the board last week.

The appointment was made to fill the vacancy created in April when Trustee Todd Pascarella was appointed mayor following the resignation of Mayor Dave Morell, who resigned last winter.
In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Rostad said she was thrilled with the opportunity to be involved in local government.

Fleischmanns OKs bond for park repairs

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Fleischmanns Village Board passed a resolution Monday giving itself the authority to borrow up to $1.5 million to pay for repairs to the village park, which was destroyed last year by flooding.
But that doesn’t mean work on the park will begin anytime soon.
After the village board meeting, Mayor Todd Pascarella said that bonding was a necessary step towards getting the park repaired.

“It gets the necessary funds in place to go out to bid,” he said.

Klezmer concert in Fleischmanns July 1

Fleischmanns — Congregation Bnai Israel will host a public performance of Jewish folk music by the klezmer band, Big Galut(e) on Sunday, July 1 at 3 p.m.

The ensemble is comprised of five nationally recognized professional musicians who specialize in a variety of Jewish musical styles including Yiddish, Sephardic and Middle Eastern/Levantine.

Fleischmanns park clean-up on hold pending funding

By Jay Braman Jr.
A lot can happen in a year.
Or not.

Sometimes fate can step in and even set things in backwards motion. Such is the case with the Fleischmanns Village Park.

Things were very different just one year ago at the village’s crown jewel, located along Wagner Avenue. Enthusiasm was high among residents as a trio of vintage baseball teams attempted to play the longest continuous baseball marathon ever played and collected pledges for every hour played.

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