Middletown

Middletown budget passes after changes

By Joe Moskowitz
For the second time in a one-week span, the Town of Middletown passed a new 2015 budget. And, while the language used during the special meeting last Thursday was less shocking than during the previous session, some of the town board members left this meeting at least as angry as they had following the last meeting.


Supervisor Miller rips town board in heated salary dispute

By Joe Moskowitz
A stunned crowd listened in shock Thursday evening at the way Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller challenged the town board to overcome community disapproval and grant her a double-digit pay hike. “For God’s sake grow some balls,” Miller said in response to a board member’s comment that there is considerable taxpayer opposition to her request for a large pay raise.


MCS building project will be the focus of public meetings

Margaretville — Margaretville Central School (MCS) has scheduled a pair of public informational sessions on a proposed Building Maintenance Project.
The public information meetings will both be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The first session is planned at 5 p.m. at the Skene Library in Fleischmanns and the second meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the MCS cafeteria.


Taylor resigns as MCS principal, leaving two top spots open

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School Building Principal Linda Taylor announced last week that she is leaving her position to take a new job.
Ms. Taylor’s announcement came several days after Superintendent Tony Albanese informed the board of education that he is taking a new job and will be leaving the district in November.
The building principal has worked at MCS since 2005. In a statement to the board and staff, Ms. Taylor said she has taken a job that will be much closer to her Saratoga Springs home.


Middletown GOP dinner draws crowd

By Joe Moskowitz
Middletown Republican Committee Chairman Charles Freas said that he felt bad that he had to turn away so many “good Republicans”, but there simply wasn’t enough room for all of the party faithful who wanted to attend the second-annual GOP dinner at the Margaretville Fire Hall Thursday night.
Freas said that next year he might have to move the dinner to a larger venue.


Middletown hosts Apple summit on April 29

The Town of Middletown will host a meeting on April 29 at 6 p.m. at the town hall with various local and regional stakeholders to discuss the revitalization of the town’s apple orchards as well as gauging interest in coordinated community-wide methods for bringing back Middletown’s historic cider press as a tourist destination, amenity and economic engine for those who grow apples and love cider. 


MCS seeks to close projected budget gap

By Joe Moskowitz
The State of New York is working on a new budget, and for the first time in years, the state may have a budget surplus. Margaretville Central School Superintendent Tony Albanese is also working on a new budget.
He needs to find a way to close a $174,000 gap and is hoping to do it by getting the state to stop making schools pay for the state’s fiscal troubles from previous years.
Since the 2009-10 school year, the state has taken back $2.4 million in state aid that was promised the school. The process is known as Gap Elimination.


Middletown building permits dip slightly in 2013

Building activity in the Town of Middletown dipped slightly during 2013, according to the Annual Report by the town’s code enforcement officer.
Patrick Davis, who serves as code enforcement officer for Middletown and the villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns, reported that 105 building permits were issued in the township last year. This number is down from 117 the previous year and 119 in 2011.
One area of increase was under the heading of new homes, with five permits issued. In the past two years, a total of three new home permits had been issued.


MCS teacher raising funds to frame student artwork

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School teacher Michele Dietz is hoping that community members will assist with her efforts to raise funds to permanently frame student artwork.
Ms. Dietz, who teaches art in grades K-8, has launched an online campaign via donorschoose.org to purchase quality frames to enhance the presentation of a permanent collection of student art creations. Some of the frames would also be utilized when student artwork is hung at various locations throughout the community.


Middletown Historical Society announces program plans for 2014

“Reading the Land”, two programs on prehistoric Middletown, will lead off another busy series of events and activities for the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM).
The 2014 season will include the Third Annual Living History Cemetery Tour, a rousing folksong sing-out, a program on the lost community of Arena, and a slide show on the history of skiing in the Catskills.


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