RAVE REVIEW is what Art Times editor Raymond J. Steiner bestowed on 30 paintings that are currently on view in The M Gallery (350 Main St, Catskill) under the title “American Landscape Painting: A Tribute to the Catskill Region.” Artist Patrick Milbourn is a“painter of fine observational skills” who “combines an accomplished grasp of draftsmanship with a sensitive eye for the beauty inherent in both detail and scope.” “Captures the exquisite complexity of the struggle for existence between untended wildflowers…as well as the breath-catching grandeur of dramatic skies….” Able even with pastels “to convincingly bring up from his ground the fine detail of individual stalk, branch, or leaf.” “Firm grasp on tree, meadow, stream or roadside clump of unkempt flowering weed….” “…speaks truth to the gatherer of wood lore” while also evoking “the divine sublimity for which so many of the early
GONE, last Friday (6/2), from the desk in Catskill Town Hall that he had used for 27 months as assistant to tax assessor Sue Golden: Carmine Pizza (yes; P-i-z-z-a). He has moved east to be sole assessor for Greenport. His successor, Jessica Misevis, daughter of the well known Jerry & Sandra (she being Catskill Town Comptroller) is a lot thinner.
GONE to prison, for causing the death of a 3-year-old Coxsackie child, Egypt Phillips: her mother, Tanya Rose, and her mother’s live-in lover, James Smith. A GreeneLand jury found them guilty respectively of criminally negligent homicide and second-degree murder. Judge Daniel Lalor gave Rose the maximum allowed sentence, of 21 months to four years in State prison, after she violated the terms of a plea bargain that related to the prosecution of Smith. To Smith, who evidently subjected
GONE, from the field of candidates aiming to be Republican nominee for election to the 127th District of the New York State Assembly, after a promising start and a specious pretext: Matthew Tully, 33, of (sometimes) Hunter. Tully’s departure essentially delivers the nomination to Peter Lopez of
GONE, yesterday, from the field of candidates aiming to be Republican nominee for Governor of New York State, after losing the party convention’s endorsement along with high-level support: William Weld. His departure clears the field for John Faso to take the drubbing that will be administered in November by Democratic nominee Eliot Spitzer. His exit and that of Matthew Tully have something in common: the immediate intra-party winner in each case is the reputedly more “conservative” contestant, in a State that has manifestly been inhospitable to “conservatives.” Thus, Faso’s electability was assailed by references to a voting record that put him well to the “right” of fellow Republicans in
GOING back to private life, next January, after 14 years as State Assemblyman in District 108, which includes northern end of GreeneLand: Pat Casale, 71, Republican, of Spiegeltown NY.
GONE, from the Board of Catskill Central School District, in consequence of the May 16th election: Michael Battaglino. While the two other incumbents who sought re-election (James Garafalo and Kenneth Goldfarb) were successful, Mr Battaglino was out-polled by newcomer Dawn Scannappieco. This outcome ran contrary to the advice of a Daily Mail editor who had endorsed all three incumbents. Mr Battaglino preceded his departure with a campaign statement (a “profile” in the District’s pre-election newsletter) that showed skill, honed over decades of public office-holding, for vacuous vociferation. His “goal,” he said, is “to assure that the students…are given the education for their future.” And he shared with electors the insight that “Many new projects are being started this year and a few years down the road. [He] would like to continue to oversee these projects to be assured of a proper job when they are completed” as well as to “ensure that spending is controlled for the people who pay, the taxpayers.” Meanwhile, in his pre-election “profile,” Mr Garafalo informed readers that “He and his wife…have 2 children who are graduates of