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Part-time resident among those busted in FBI sting of Jersey officials

By Jay Braman Jr.
Mariano Vega, a part-time Fleischmanns resident who was involved in the Fleischmanns First movement, has been charged in a probe that netted 44 New Jersey officials and others on corruption and money laundering charges.
Vega, who is City Council President in Jersey City, New Jersey, is one of 44 people arrested in New Jersey and New York last Thursday in a broad-ranging corruption and international money laundering investigation that led to charges against two New Jersey Assemblymen and mayors of Hoboken, Secaucus and Ridgefield. The FBI and IRS investigation also ensnared rabbis from the Syrian Jewish communities in Deal and Brooklyn on money-laundering charges.


Beading, felting demos at market Saturday

Halcottsville — Beading and felting demonstrations will be offered at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market in Hal-cottsville on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon. As part of the free activities, Sandy Valk will demonstrate how she combines fabrics and beading to create beautiful hats and bags.


"Amish Project" debuts at RAG

Roxbury — Actor and playwright Jessica Dickey is bringing her powerful play “The Amish Project” to The Roxbury Arts Group as this summer’s offering from Todd Mountain Theater Project (TMTP).
“The Amish Project,” written and performed by Jessica Dickey, will be at The Roxbury Arts Group August 6-9 and August 13-16. Thursday to Sunday at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Her riveting writing and acting recently garnered rave reviews in New York City during a successful run at The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.


$2.2 million Route 28 project ready for paving

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s $2.2 million in Federal Stimulus dollars headed to the Town of Shandaken, where electronic road signs signal the beginning of a repaving project for Route 28.
The signs, located just west of Phoenicia and east of mount Tremper, announce that the project will begin on Aug. 10.


Burroughs focus of new ECCC show

Arkville — The Catskill Center Erpf Gallery has announced its third gallery show of the season – “Jody Primoff, John Burroughs and Woodchuck Lodge” – featuring works by Roxbury artist and writer, Jody Primoff. 
The public is invited to attend the gallery opening on August 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Erpf Gallery in Arkville.  The show runs through Oct. 3, with a lecture by Primoff on September 26 at 2 p.m. at the Catskill Center.


Mettawee Theatre Company plays free show

Stamford — The Mettawee River Theatre Company returns to Stamford for the 26th year of appearing in the area through the auspices of The Roxbury Arts Group.
Presented this year by RAG 76 MAIN!, the company is coming with a brand new production, “Beyond the High Valley – a Quechua Story.” The performance will take place on Wednesday, July 22, at 8 p.m. on the Cyr Center lawn in Stamford. Admission is free.


Middletown Board debates signage, appointment process

By Matthew J. Perry
Given a light docket, the Middletown Town Board spent most of its meeting time last Tuesday night debating two issues: what action, if any, can be taken against the proliferation of temporary advertising signs along highways in the township, and the proper procedure for recommending and then appointing new members to the town’s planning board.


Actors sought for 10-minute plays

Open auditions for actors and actresses of all ages will be held at The Roxbury Arts Group’s 76 MAIN! Performing Arts Center located at 76 Main Street in Stamford, on Tuesday evening, July 28 at 7 p.m.


Klezmer tunes will be featured at Fleischmanns

Fleischmanns - The sounds of Klezmer music will be heard in the Skene Library in Fleischmanns on Sunday, August 2 at 2 p.m.
The Saints of Swing, led by bandleader David Winograd, is an extraordinary collection of musicians providing an ultimate experience in classic Klezmer music. Richard Chiger, who has been singing klezmer since he was a small child, brings a fresh, warm, vibrant and authentic interpretation to this kind of music.


Margaretville priest arrested; faces 20 counts in sex case

By Brian Sweeney
The pastor at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Margaretville was arrested Thursday on 20 counts stemming from his alleged sexual misconduct involving six males aged 11-19.
The Very Rev. James McDevitt voluntarily turned himself in at the Middletown Town Court in Margaretville on Thursday morning where he was charged with six counts of second-degree sexual abuse, seven counts of forcible touching, six counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of third-degree sexual abuse.


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