LOCAL RULE. Also subject to substantial change may be the
The former Full Gospel Tabernacle, which in a venerable earlier incarnation was the First Baptist Church of Catskill, on
Main Streetacross from the county courthouse, evidently is destined to become an up-scale dining and wine- and beer-tasting salon. A local couple, experienced restaurauteurs, just signed a purchase contract, with Wayne Kitchen (aptly named), of Rip Van Winkle Realty, as broker. Asking price for the spacious building had lately been reduced to $299,000.
- "Squat & Gobble" is what folks are invited, by way of a Main Street sign, to do at O’Fratello’s, which opened December 1st, for breakfast and lunch, from 6 am., 7 days a week, in Catskill, two doors away from the erstwhile Tabernacle. The O is for O’Connor, as in Lewis O’Connor, the Public Works Department head and Town Council member. The Fratello is (are?) for Raymond and Carol. The partners are the latest in a long line of dispensers of food at that site. Before them, from late July to mid-September, it was Sonny’s (as in Sonny Ward). Before that, it was Tony’s Luncheonette, although it was Rick Saparata’s place. But we regress.
A gastropub--think bistro, tavern, saloon with good food, rathskeller--could be coming to GreeneLand. Among decisions not made yet by the prospective operators is what to name the contemplated establishment. In honor of its model, the Spotted Pig in
, perhaps it could be dubbed the Spotted Piglet, or the Spotless Pig. If its home is the county seat, it could be The Catskeller, where customers quaff the house brand beer: Catskale. Manhattan
ALSO HAPPENING IN CATSKILL, MAYBE:
A small-construction equipment rental business on the east side of
Maple Avenue(Route 9W) across from MacDonald’s.
- A seniors’ housing development on the west side of West Main Street, south of West Bridge Street, behind the racquetball court.
A string of single-family houses along
West Cauterskill Road.
A 20-unit apartment complex on
Water Street, in the former Oren’s Furniture warehouse. New owners Andrea and Jim Cunliffe, Saugerties residents and veteran restorationists (in Europe more than in America) are moving along briskly with this project, which may include a rooftop promenade that takes full advantage of the vista, and meticulous restoration of the façade, even to the extent of retaining a blacksmith to bring back the ironwork ornamentation. Chief contractor Keith Abrams of Olde Urlton Construction Inc., is a veteran restoration specialist (and, we are charmed to note, has an address on All Peat Beds Road).
- A subdivision of 100 half-acre lots for single-family homes south of Rip Van Winkle Lake, in Tannersville. According to Jim Planck in The Daily Mail (12/5), consultant Howard Bates, on behalf of Argent-Catskill LLC of New York City, has sought approval from Tannersville’s Village Board.
” (condominiums, lots of them, especially for part-timers, around a golf course) in Coxsackie. Extensive drawings have been submitted to local authorities. No action has been taken yet on, among other things, developer Mark Salomon’s request to have the development site annexed to the Hudson . That would save him money on water. How it would benefit the Village is not readily apparent. Villageof Coxsackie
- ”Mountain View Estates” is the name bestowed on a contemplated seniors-only development of 280 modular construction homes, with amenities, on a 108-acre site in Coxsackie. This project has evoked stout local resistance. The developer, UMH Properties of Freehold NJ, a specialist in manufactured home communities, has made headway to the extent of being allowed to erect a model, which opened for viewing on December 2d.
CATSKILL HUDSON BANK is located neither in Catskill nor in
MARTHA CHRONICLES IV. GreeneLand’s premier grifter has been sentenced to spend 65 months in prison. She also has been ordered to pay $728,248 back to 231 victims of frauds perpetrated on would-be authors of books.
Martha Ivery, 58, who during 1995-2003 had run her bogus publishing enterprise out of an upstairs office across from the Catskill Post Office, received that sentence last Wednesday, in Federal Court in
The sentencing came in the wake of a conviction (a year ago) that based on a bargain in which Ms Ivery entered a plea of guilty to mail fraud and bankruptcy fraud. Judge Scullin also responded to investigators’ evidence indicating that the scale of swindling greatly exceeded what was immediately cited, and that Ms Ivery went on scamming even after being indicted. He imposed a sentence that fell mid-way in the range of possibilities (57 months to 71 months) that are specified in State guidelines for perpetrators of her kind and volume of white-collar crimes.
According to a report in The Daily Mail (12/1), Ms Ivery sent a letter to that newspaper on November 24th, apologizing for the “shame” of her “criminal wrongs” and lauding the local community’s “specialness.”
The Federal indictment that launched the prosecution charged that Ms Ivery extracted money from prospective book authors by making fraudulent claims and promises. She pretended to be a literary agent (“Kelly O’Donnell”) as well as a book publisher; extracted pre-publication fees for editing, illustration, special marketing and author copies, as well as representation by a literary agent; made false claims about book signings, book fairs, cruise vacations and television talk show appearances; and gave an inventive array of excuses for non-publication of manuscripts.
For more on the feats of this extraordinary swindler, check Seeing Greene entries of June 17, July 8, and
SUPER SATURDAY (12/9)
The “Holiday Magic” stroll on
SHERIFF STORY. GreeneLand’s sheriff, Richard Hussey, has entered a plea of Not Guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated. That happened on Wednesday (12/ 6) in a brief arraignment hearing in the county courthouse before visiting judge Patrick McGrath (of
The Daily Mail story was distinctive in that reporter Andrea Macko said the prosecutor’s decision to seek an indictment from a grand jury rather than from Judge Simon came after the prosecutor learned that the judge had donated to Sheriff Hussey’s election campaign in 2004.
In The Daily Freeman’s account, correspondent William Kemble reported that a special piece of evidence in the case—a videotape of Sheriff Hussey’s movements on the night in question—has gone missing. The videotape has figured prominently in accounts of the case. It was made by two civilians, Jeff Valentin and Damien Lameray, who had undertaken to follow Sheriff Hussey’s movements after learning of his departure from a party at the Elks lodge in Catskill. They had picked up the sheriff’s trail at the Creekside restaurant and bar, and had followed him to his home in