GreeneLander Carlton C. Carr, 22, has been jailed in Hudson on drug-trafficking charges.Tiffany Richards, 39, a high school cheer-leading coach, has been charged with misappropriating funds given to her by students to buy uniforms and equipment.(For exculpatory considerations, stay tuned).David Lloyd, 47, has been charged with stealing cellular telephones from Radio Shack and with passing bad checks at Dunn’s Builders Supply.Nicole Patrick, 19, was arrested recently on suspicion of grand larceny, in the form of going on a buying spree with a credit card that had been left inadvertently at the Hess service station.Jennifer D’Ambrosio, 24, was arrested on a charge of stealing money (about $150) from the cash register of her workplace, Burger Kings. Thomas Murtagh, 31, has been charged with stealing power tools belonging to his employer—twice.Ted Kenneally has been charged with stealing from his mother; he allegedly took her debit card, without permission, and withdrew money from an ATM window in Leeds.His companion, Thomas Lifgren, has been charged with the same larceny and with other crimes.Kasey L. Prostler, 46, of Leeds, faces a series of charges after Sheriff’s deputies, routinely scanning the parking lot behind the county office building, on Water Street in Catskill, noticed what they took to be suspicious activity inside a parked car.When they zoomed in electronically, they detected what they interpreted as the rolling of a marijuana cigarette, while children waited in the back seat.Local police confirmed the deputies’ suspicion, charging Ms P not only with unlawful possession of marijuana, but also with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, with operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and with violation of probation arising from previous offenses.But Alex L. Lashley, 43, currently holds the local record for criminal charges:aggravated harassment (of his ex-wife, with telephone calls, collect, from jail); criminal contempt (violating an order of protection, by bothering her at her workplace, a local bank, in spite of that order); theft of services, by stiffing a taxicab driver, who drove him from Albany down to Catskill; plus bothering his jailers (and the taxpayers) with spurious heart attacks.
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Ron Chiminelli of Leeds, whose day job is dentistry in Hudson, has won grand prize in a National Parks Service photography contest.As reported in a recent Daily Freeman, Dr C’s winning picture will grace the cover of National Parks Passes issued to four million tourists in 2006.The win is no fluke, as is evident from the array of pictures shown on the man’s aptly named web site, majesticlightscapes.Go there.
Thanks to support from lots of people on the Mountain, the new Gwen AllardAdaptive Sports Foundation center for handicapped children has opened in Windham next to the Wintergreen Club.It was venue for an evening of fine wine, food and art on December 28, and the official dedication will take place Saturday (1/7/06) afternoon.Eddy Messnia left the kitchen at Christman’s Windham House to open the eponymous Messina’s Italian Restaurant.His successor at Christman’s is Timothy Cross, alumnus of Johnson & WalesUniversity cookery college in Rhode Island and veteran of ten years’ practice in Australia.
Stephane & Claudia Degaches will add further to dining choices in Windham, come spring, when they open their Brie & Bordeaux restaurant.
Marlon Munoz, of Leeds, has devised a gadget that he calls The Co-Pilot.It is a “system that generates safety warning messages” to vehicle drivers.It delivers “safety related messages” that can be played at chosen intervals, countering distractions brought about by radios and cell phones.To learn more, google SafeCoPilot.comPaul W. Bragulia, CatskillHigh School student, won a commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, for his test results.According to the school district’s newsletter (delivered in early December, wishing all a happy, healthy Thanksgiving), Paul ranks among the top 5 per cent of a million students who took the tests.
Ted Hilscher, GreeneLand attorney and historian, has composed a paper entitled “The Parking Lots of Main Street in Catskill”and no, it’s not boring.Mr H expounds the daring thesis that Main Street’s commercial and cultural health has been related inversely to the availability of parking.He also mentions that a fire truck may be buried under the paving at 431 Main; that among Main Street merchants in 1917 were a carpet weaver, cobblers, a furrier, two blacksmiths, a piano seller and four cigar makers; that before the Rip Van Winkle Bridge was opened, Columbia County people found it less convenient to go to Hudson than to take ferry boats from Greendale dock to Catskill Point, then trolleys or carriages up Main Street; that “In 1930, shoppers had their choice of three bakeries, nine stores carrying men’s clothing and one more selling hats only, ten butchers and one fish dealer, eleven grocers, three jewelers, a camera shop, six places to buy paint, seven places to buy shoes,” plus four banks, several pharmacies, and two gambling dens.Judging from his analysis, the most urgent next step in the revitalization of downtown Catskill must be getting good mid-scale tenants (vs. drunks, crackheads and Welfare slobs) for the refurbished apartments that are above the renovated, newly occupied storefronts.Those tenants would generate demand for after-dark services whose ensuing availability would in turn draw outsiders to Main Street.
Brian Branigan, in addition to making a documentary on historian Ray Beecher, and laying the groundwork for a Hudson River documentary, and touting the idea of establishing a GreeneLand film school, has made a video, or webmercial, singing the praises of up-and-coming Catskill.It is visible and audible and a treat at
Brian cites the absence of a bookstore, a bakery and a Mexican restaurant.So for 2006 we can wish for those things, plus the new breed of downtown tenants.Plus comity in the fire-fighting fraternity.