Phoenicia spared last week

By Jay Braman Jr.
Last week’s stormy weather came and went without destroying the Hamlet of Phoenicia, in spite of expectations of substantial damage.

Having already being hit hard twice this winter, local residents braced for another devastating flood when snow and rain covered the region Thursday night into Friday morning. Local emergency planners expected high water to turn Main Street, Phoenicia into a muddy river.

Sweet Sue's closed due to septic issue

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Health Department shut the doors on a popular Phoenicia restaurant Friday after a spot inspection revealed the establishment’s septic system had failed.

Sweet Sue’s, located on Main Street in the business district, was ordered to close immediately.
According to Shandaken Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, county health officials appeared in Phoenicia Friday, following flooding that had hit the area the day before, and began inspections of all the restaurants on Main Street.

Phoenicia narrows sewer option

By Jay Braman Jr.
Catskill Watershed Corp-oration (CWC) officials visited Shandaken this week to get the community up to speed on progress toward final plans for a waste treatment facility design for Phoenicia.

Last fall the CWC was hired by the town to design a plan to treat wastewater in the hamlet where residents and business owners have rejected previous proposals for being too costly.

'Foreigner' delivers laughs next two weekends

Phoenicia — There’s good reason to venture out to the Playhouse in Phoenicia these days. The Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) is serving up a comedic romp called “The Foreigner,” a brisk two-act play that, on Saturday night, delivered ticket holders from a theater in snowy Ulster County to a fishing lodge resort in Tilghman County, Georgia.

Those that went along loved the trip.

Voice studio new addition to Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s a new addition to the ever-growing list of arts training opportunities in the Phoenicia Business District, a locale that continues to enjoy a renaissance period despite cries of worldwide economic doom and gloom.

STS promises comedy in March

Phoenicia — The Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS), Phoenicia’s resident theater company, is proud to announce its upcoming production of Larry Shue’s sidesplitting comedy, “The Foreigner,” opening March 4.  

Phoenicia falls short in "Coolest Town" competition

By Jay Braman Jr.
Friday was the last day to vote in Budget Travel Magazine’s contest, Top 10 Coolest Towns, and Phoenicia finished in sixth place out of 20 contenders.

Local officials blast DEC over Phoenicia flood plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken officials have found themselves drowning in red tape that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has dumped on them in response to a request to make emergency repairs to Stony Clove Creek in order to prevent more flooding of Main Street, Phoenicia.

Cause of OCS water main break remains unknown

By Jay Braman Jr.
Onteora School District Interim Superintendent Charlotte Gregory said Thursday that it remains unclear why a water main broke at the Boiceville Campus on Wednesday, but it has since been repaired.

Phoneicia red hot in 'Cool' voting

By Jay Braman Jr.
Now it’s getting serious.
Word has spread that the Town of Shandaken hamlet of Phoenicia is in the running to be named the coolest small town in America. And now, the town board wants to do everything possible to make that happen.

On Monday Supervisor Rob Stanley put the word out.

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