December 30, 2011

Schodack Planning Board

Planning
11 Jan 12:
Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by Rensselaer County Industrial Development Agency at 10:00 a.m. at the Schodack Town Hall in connection with an application by Dollar Tree Distribution, Inc. that the Agency consider undertaking a project (the "Project") for the benefit of the Company. You can read details of Dollar Tree's application, here

New Year's Eve Ice Skating

The Empire State Plaza ice rink is reopening on New Year’s Eve at 11 a.m. Figure skating demonstrations will take place on opening day and skaters can rent skates for free. 
Free hot chocolate will also be provided.

A note from the Superintendent ~

I am looking forward to catching up with everyone at the January 11th CBAT meeting as we begin to develop our 2012 -2013 budget. 

A letter to the Schodack Board

Date: Thursday, December 29, 2011, 5:55 PM
 Dear Schodack Board Members,
    
    I hope you all had a quiet,  peaceful, safe and enjoyable holiday  season.   I wish that I could say that I did,  however with the proposed plan of Dollar Tree building a  storage facility in my backyard (albeit the size of Yankee  Stadium), I've been a bit stressed.

December 28, 2011

Dollar Tree competition is one some residents don't want to win

SCHODACK--The land near the intersection of Columbia Turnpike and Route 50 (WNYT meant Route 150) doesn't look like much now but it could soon be home to Dollar Tree's 80 acre Northeast distribution center.

December 26, 2011

Stop the Dollar Tree?

Petition to stop the Dollar Tree in Schodack
https://www.facebook.com/events/181008978664083/

Conclusion: As our elected officials it is our hope that you will act in our best interest to protect our community where we live and pay taxes, and that your decisions will be independent of other influences or pressure from Rensselaer County and/or the State of NY. 

Are you for or against this project?  Why?
Leave a comment here! 

December 20, 2011

Dollar Tree - we want you, but....



By Catherine Sager
SCHODACK
December 20, 2011


More than 100 people packed the meeting room at the Town Hall for the Schodack Planning Board meeting about the 718,000 square foot Dollar Tree Distribution Center that is proposed for Schodack off of Exit 11. The plan includes an additional 294,000 square feet to be constructed at a later date with a completed warehouse of approximately 1,000,000 square feet.

Plans include breaking ground as early as March 2012. At a previous meeting it was considered that the role of lead agency may be taken over by the County. At the meeting on Monday, the Town Planning Board declared Schodack the lead agency for the proposed project. In attendance were: Denise Mayrer, Chairman , Wayne Johnson, G. Jeffrey Haber, Paul Puccio, John LaVoie, Andrew Timmis, Jim Church, Attorney: Robert Linville, Esq.


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Read the comments and leave one of your own!

December 18, 2011

Boys & Girls troubles...sounds familiar

December 19, 2001
Times Union

RENSSELAER — The Rensselaer Boys and Girls Club must raise $100,000 in the next several weeks or close by the end of January, club officials said Friday.

"We're in dire straits. We'd be putting 120 kids out on the street every day," said Rick Van Vorst, the club's executive director.


Not so very  long ago....

February 18, 2009
The Independent

CASTLETON- In order to reopen its doors, the Castleton Unit of the Southern Rensselaer County Boys and Girls Club needs to raise $56,000 by January 8


My question is this, since the building had been donated by Fleet Bank in 2002, who purchased it and for how much...where did that money go?

December 17, 2011

Dollar Tree Inc., a chain of discount merchandise stores, is weighing whether to build a distribution center in Rensselaer County that would create 200 jobs.

On Monday, officials in Schodack confirmed that the town is one of two finalists for the facility, competing against Connecticut.

If you think it may be important to be informed about the proposed 675,000 square foot Dollar Tree / Liberty Distribution Center that is proposed for Schodack off of Exit 11, than you may wish to attend the Schodack Planning Board Hearing for it on Monday December 19th at 7:00 pm in the Schodack Town Hall. Since it is a Hearing, this provides you and your neighbors the opportunity to ask questions and to pose any concerns that you may have. The Distribution Center is planned for additional growth to reach 1,000,000 square feet with 150 or so trucks arriving and departing each day. Dollar Tree is seeking permission from NYS to use tandem trucks on the NYS Thruway.


The meeting starts at 7pm and the Hearing begins at 7:15pm.


If you would like to catch up on media coverage from over the past couple weeks and read minutes of 2 Nov. Planning Board meetings on the Distribution Center proposal, please see the attachment.


You may be able to find some additional information thru the Town website at http://www.schodack.org/  

Please pass on this email and attachment to others whom you think it may interest.

December 14, 2011

News in a Nutshell

Headlines that caught my eye

UNCAGED Recieves $50,000 Grant

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT (TAG) AWARDED


A Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) has been awarded to “United Neighbors Concerned About GE Dewey Loeffel Landfill (UNCAGED)” for the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site. TAG funding allows qualified community groups to contract with independent technical advisors who can interpret and help the community understand technical information about their local Superfund site. More information about TAG’s is available at
http://www.epa.gov/superfund/community/tag/.

The Friends of the Library have some awesome raffles!


 
Buy your tickets at the Castleton Public Library.  Tickets are $1 and each ticket gets you one chance to win the basket of your choice!  The winner of each basket will be picked on Monday, Dec. 19th. 
 
Check them out:
-Victoria’s Essentials Aromatherapy raffle–$25 Barnes and Noble Gift certificate–(2) Gift certificates to Albany Massage Therapy Associates–Ice Bucket-donated by A New Beginning Consignment Shop–Spectrum Movie tickets (2 tickets)–Quilt (Donated by Pat Wood) –Petskleen Basket–Throw Pillows (2) (Donated by East Greenbush Window Coverings)–Jiff-e-mart Gift Certificate–Hoffman Car Wash Tickets–The Country Trunk Gift Certificate–Scarnato’s Gift Card (for 1 Large Cheese Pizza)–Wellness North Gift Certificate–Six Flag’s White Water Bay Waterpark (2) day passes


December 12, 2011

On Sunday, Santa and Mrs. Clause were invited by the Castleton Kiwanis to visit the Castleton Elementary School for their Annual Holiday Party.

The Kiwanis invite families from Schodack and Castleton to a party where Mrs. Clause busily made balloon hats, and animals for the children. Over 250 people registered this year.
 

Parents were asked to pre-register for the party for which the Kiwanis provide pizza, cake, iced cream and a personal gift for each of the children who attended.

December 10, 2011

The Anchor

The Castleton Ambulance is working with The Anchor, a not-for-profit organization, to collect donations of new and gently-used toys. 

May of our neighbors are also in need of clothing for children and adults - boys and girls sizes from five months through 16 years old; shoe sizes from children size 8 to adult 6. Adult clothing that is needed include sweatshirts, gloves, socks, etc. In addition, personal care items - soaps, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, etc. - and laundry detergent, dish soaps and other cleaning supplies are also needed.

Pantry items are always needed. Non-perishable food items are always in demand.

Donations may be dropped off at the ambulance garage at 1700 Brookview Road from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through December 16


Contact Todd at 365-5397 for more information. Help out and show people the true meaning of Christmas.

First posted on the Schodack Democrats website

December 9, 2011

What To Do

December Calendar
  • CASTLETON KIWANIS CHRISTMAS PARTY
The Castleton Kiwanis Christmas Party will be held at the Castleton Elementary School on Sunday, December 11, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Children from Birth to 10 years are invited to attend. Registration is required, call 732-2644 by December 4.
Santa, Mrs. Claws, and Elves will be at the party. Pizza, soda, cake, and ice cream will be served.

DO YOU HAVE AN EVENT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE ON THE SCHODACK SCENE? Email it to catherine.sager@yahoo.com

Castleton Public Library

Friday @ 6 PM: Family Movie Night

Join us to watch Smurfs and enjoy some popcorn!

 

December 7, 2011

Headlines that Caught My Eye

    Outrageous scams - workers compensation payments that are supposed to go to people who have been injured on the job and can't work.
Amazon's scanning app scaring retailers 

"Welcome to the new gray area of retail," said Clint Hegeman, owner of the Silver Parrot, a boutique at Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland. "It was inevitable."
 

Bricks-and-mortar stores, of course, have been fighting against Internet commerce for years, warning that online shopping eliminates local jobs and undercuts regional economies. They fear Price Check, and similar technologies to follow, will give online stores another advantage. 
SCHODACK — Officials in Rensselaer County expect the Dollar Tree chain of discount stores to decide within weeks whether to build a massive distribution center in Schodack.

A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 19 in Schodack Town Hall. Representatives from Dollar Tree are expected to attend.

The state may also sweeten the pot. Empire State Development, the state's economic development arm, declined to comment Tuesday.

"A lot of work is going into this," Dowds said. "We want them to understand that we're business friendly and we want them here."

SOUTH FULTON, Tenn. -- A Tennessee couple has lost everything after their home burned to the ground as firefighters watched and did nothing.

South Fulton Mayor David Crocker said that if the city's firefighters responded to people who didn't pay there would be no incentive for anyone to subscribe.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — About 120 survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor have observed a moment of silence to commemorate the Japanese attack and the thousands who lost their lives that day 70 years ago.
Capital Region residents can prepare for a slushy commute on Thursday as mild temperatures move out and snow moves into the region on Wednesday night.

"If you start seeing snow at 7, 8 o'clock tonight you could double the total," he said. "Of course if it's later, if it's midnight and it's still raining, we're in good shape."

News in a Nutshell

Castleton House Decorating Contest

The House Decorating Contest will be judged on Sunday, December 18, after 7:00 PM.
 
Schodack hopes to grow a Dollar Tree 

The state may also sweeten the pot. Empire State Development, the state's economic development arm, declined to comment Tuesday.

"A lot of work is going into this," Dowds said. "We want them to understand that we're business friendly and we want them here."


A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 19 in Schodack Town Hall.
Tennessee Firefighters Let Mobile Home Burn Because Couple Didn't Pay Protection Fee

South Fulton Mayor David Crocker said that if the city's firefighters responded to people who didn't pay there would be no incentive for anyone to subscribe.

Pearl Harbor attack remembered at 70th anniversary

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — About 120 survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor have observed a moment of silence to commemorate the Japanese attack and the thousands who lost their lives that day 70 years ago.

From warm temperatures to snow
 

Capital Region residents can prepare for a slushy commute on Thursday as mild temperatures move out and snow moves into the region on Wednesday night.

December 6, 2011

Nearby







Notice of Public Hearing

Public Hearing

Town of East Greenbush - Hearing is scheduled for December 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the East Greenbush Town Hall.




Recreational Amenities Public Workshop 


The Town of East Greenbush will be hosting a public workshop to discuss a draft plan of desired recreational amenities local residents would like to see added to the town.  At 6:30 p.m. on December 7th at the Town Hall.

Author Talk


Join us at the Castleton Public Library on Wednesday @ 7 PM to hear local author, James Breig, speak about his new book: 

 
"Searching for Sgt. Bailey: Saluting an Ordinary Soldier of World War II."

 



This talk may be of interest to veterans, history buffs, WWII enthusiasts and genealogists alike.
Light refreshments will be served.

December 4, 2011

CES Events

Local Author Visit to CES – Friday, December 9 at 6:45 p.m. 

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Pet Giving Tree Donations Sought for Animal Shelter

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December 3, 2011

Winter Walk

Saturday, December 3, WINTER WALK, Warren St., Hudson, 5-8 pm, free.
Carolers, horse-drawn carriages, musicians, performers, festive lights, fireworks, Santa Claus and more. 15th annual, presented by Hudson Opera House. 

518 822-1438.
hudsonoperahouse.org.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

  • CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 
The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The church is located at the intersection of Schodack Landing Road & Muitzeskill Road in Schodack. The Christmas Bazaar will include new and gently used Christmas decorations, cards, gifts, and books, a Luncheon Cafe, and a Bake Sale. 
For information, call the Church office at 732-2471.

Friends of Schodack

 
Schodack Island State Park in Partnership with the Friends of Schodack Island,invites you to participate in an informational meeting for the upcoming 10th Anniversary celebration planned to take place on June 16th, 2012. 
The meeting will be held on Saturday, December 3rd 2011 at the Schodack Landing Fire House, 350 Fire House Lane, Schodack Landing, New York 12156 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
We already have many ideas to share with you, but we would like to hear yours. Let’s put Schodack Island State Park on the map. After all, this is a Community Event! Hope to see you then. 
For more information, contact the park office at (518)-732-0187.

What to Do


  • CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
  • ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST
  • The Zucchini Brothers
  • 2011-2012 FEDERAL DUCK STAMPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN SCHODACK
  • SNOWMOBILE SAFETY COURSE 
  • Driver Training
  • Capital Community Voices

November 30, 2011

Alice at the Palace

Free tickets to Alice at the Palace - TONIGHT
Two tickets available for the first person to respond to this post!


November 29, 2011

Christmas Bazaar

The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The church is located at the intersection of Schodack Landing Road & Muitzeskill Road in Schodack. The Christmas Bazaar will include new and gently used Christmas decorations, cards, gifts, and books, a Luncheon Cafe, and a Bake Sale. For information, call the Church office at 732-2471

November 27, 2011

November 26, 2011

Small Business Saturday

Where did you shop on Small Business Saturday?
Leave a comment!


November 23, 2011

Soccer Team Plays in State Championship; Earns Sportsmanship Award

The Maple Hill Boys’ Soccer team advanced to the Class C State Championship on November 20, falling just short of a state title with a 2-1 loss to Port Jefferson. The Boys Soccer team captured their 9th NYS Regional Championship in program history to reach the Final Four and won in the semifinal game by defeating Holland 3-1. The team also was presented with the Class C Sportsmanship Award for their exemplary sportsmanship during the state tournament. Congratulations on a great season!  

Posted on SCD 11/21/11

Students Spread Holiday Cheer to Those in Need

This Thanksgiving, those in need will receive some unexpected well wishes from Castleton Elementary School students. Students recently made greeting cards in art class to donate to Equinox, a non-profit agency that provides free Thanksgiving dinners to those in need. Volunteers packing Thanksgiving dinners will place the student-made cards in with the meals. “The volunteers that deliver the dinners will deliver our warm wishes with the meals,” explained art teacher Suzanne Pazienza. “This child-art cards are sure to be uplifting and bring a smile to the recipients.”  
Posted on Schodack site 11/16/11

November 22, 2011

EG Schools give Back

EAST GREENBUSH, November 22, 2011  -- The East Greenbush Central School District embodied the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving back to its school community. 

Columbia High School’s Leaders of Tomorrow and the Student Council organized a food driver for CoNSERNS-U (Community Network of Schodack, East Greenbush, Rensselaer, Nassau, and Sand Lake United).  Through the caring and generosity of Columbia’s school community, 80 cases of food were delivered on Tuesday afternoon, November 22nd.

November 10, 2011

Got Plans?

  • VETERANS DAY SERVICE AND OPEN HOUSE AT MELVIN ROADS POST 1231
  • ST. HENRY’S FALL FESTIVAL 
  • COMMUNITY SENIOR NEWS 
  • PRESENTATION ON PRE-CIVIL WAR FABRICS 
  • FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT THECASTLETON PUBLIC LIBRARY
    GREENBUSH HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM
  • NASSAU LIBRARY TO SHOW “UNDER OUR SKIN” 
  • EDWARD C. SWARTZ SO. TIER SENIORS
  • COMPUTER CLASS at RENSS. LIBRARY
  • LEGO® BUILDING CHALLENGE

November 9, 2011

November 8, 2011

News in a Nutshell

East Greenbush tax collector target of dirty-trick letter

The advertisement appeared in Thursday's edition of The Advertiser, a non-subscription weekly publication mailed to town residents. The letter targeted Toni Murphy, a Democrat seeking re-election Tuesday as East Greenbush's tax collector. The letter accused Murphy of rudely ordering an elderly man at a recent town meeting to "Sit Down!"


HE'S GOT THE POWER

How Obama Can Stimulate The Economy – Without Congress  

Several progressive thinkers contacted by The Huffington Post described six approaches Obama could still take unilaterally -- if he's willing to get a bit more assertive about things -- that could make an impact before November.

Ohio Educators, Face Accusations Of Child Abuse In Classroom

After continuous complaints from the girl, her parents decided that before they took action, they needed proof ... and hid a tape recorder in their daughter's clothing. What they picked up has sparked shock and outrage -- the educators were calling the child lazy and dumb.

Maple Hill Cross Country Team Makes School History

  Maple Hill High School's Cross Country teamThe Maple Hill Cross Country runners made school history on Oct. 25 at the Patroon Conference Championships at Schodack Island State Park. Our runners dominated each and every race bringing home multiple league championships and achieving perfect undefeated seasons in league competition.

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November 7, 2011

Fire at Columbia High School

Fire prompts emergency evacuation.



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Movie Night

Castleton Public Library Free MOVIE Night

The Friends will host Family Movie night on Thursday, November 10th at 6pm
We will be showing Cars 2. 

Popcorn and juice boxes will be served.


November 6, 2011

EG Blotter

East Greenbush Blotter
10/12-10/29 

October 29, 2011

NYSUT's leaders get double-digit raises


Teachers union president saw $44,808 increase in a time of layoffs, cutbacks at state's schools.
NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi received a $44,808 raise, according to the most recent publicly filed tax returns from 2010. His base salary went to $240,180 from $195,372, a 23 percent increase.

Maple Hill sweeps at Patroon Cross Country Championships

Cats’ Bulich finishes 1st overall

SCHODACK — Maple Hill swept the boys and girls Patroon Conference varsity cross country championships Wednesday at its home course of Schodack Island State Park, according to an email from Hudson coach Andrew Ohrin.

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October 27, 2011

October 26, 2011

News In a Nutshell

The local police's use of force seriously injured an Occupy activist and Iraq War veteran.

Scott Olsen, 24, remains sedated on a respirator, in stable but critical condition at Oakland’s Highland Hospital after being hit in the head with a police projectile.


To operate the robot, all he needs is a broadband Internet connection and his laptop hooked up to a microphone, speaker and two cameras.






It turns out John's wife Gloria had suffered a brain aneurysm and fractured her skull after falling down. Had Titan not alerted Benton of Gloria's peril, she may have not survived, the station reported. 



Celebrities are not part of the 99 percent. They are not even the 1 percent. In fact, many of them are lower than even the .01 percent.

Last week the Wall Street Journal debuted a handy calculator that allows the user to plug in their salary and find out what wage percentile they fall in. The only problem is that celebrity salaries are so high it can't calculate them beyond .01 percent.


Tyler spent almost four hours in the hospital, where doctors administered stitches, and affixed two dental implants to replace his lost teeth. He has since returned to his hotel to recover, after being discharged in "good condition," according to Reuters.

 

October 25, 2011

Schodack Town Budget

2011 Adopted Budget

Meet the Candidates

Schodack Democrats
News Release - for Immediate Release - Oct. 5, 2011
Contact Linda Underwood 257-0096

Schodack Democrats set Meet the Candidate Night
Linda Underwood, candidate for a seat on the Schodack Town Board, will be available for an informal Meet the Candidate Night on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Peter Andrews VFW Post on Scott Avenue in the Village of Castleton.

October 24, 2011

MHHS Blood Drive

Students Organize Blood Drive at MHHS-Thursday, October 27

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Maple Hill High School on Thursday, October 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. The annual blood drive is organized by Maple Hill High School students to help the Red Cross with its need for blood donations.

East Greenbush seeks community rep

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
EGCSD Board of Ed. Seeks Community Rep to Join Its Education Committee



Contact: Ralph Lyons, Acting Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Phone: (518) 207-2528  Email: lyonsra@egcsd.org

October 23, 2011

For Immediate Release

 

Contact:  Nina Martino 732-7023
Subject: Barnes and Noble Fundraiser to benefit the Castleton Public Library!
 
On Saturday, November 19th, 10am-10pm there will be a fundraiser at Barnes and Noble, Colonie Center, to benefit the Castleton Public Library. A portion of sales, when accompanied with voucher (see our website: (www.castletonpubliclibrary.org) will go to the Castleton Public Library! In addition, the Friends will have many raffle baskets available that day. $1/chance to win! There will be many activities hosted by the Friends of the Library throughout the day. Stop by to enjoy music, dancing, storytelling and crafts! Please see the library’s website for a list of times and activities!
 
Can’t make it on the 19th....order online. Go to www.bn.com/bookfairs and use bookfair ID: 10410942 at checkout. The library will also receive a portion of these sales.
 
Thank you in advance for your support!

October 21, 2011

ICC Schodack Merger?

ICC, Schodack mull timeline for possible merger

KINDERHOOK -- The Ichabod Crane and Schodack School Boards held a special meeting Tuesday, October 11 to discuss the Functional Consolidation Study the districts are conducting. Though no decisions have been made about whether the two districts will merge, they did talk about a time line that would be followed if they do decide to hold votes on consolidation.


October 20, 2011

News In a Nutshell

Headlines That Caught My Eye
DEATH OF A DICTATOR

"One of the world's longest-serving dictators is no more," he said. "The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted."

Sitcom 'Second Chance' Predicted Gaddafi Would Die in 2011

Did a cheesy 1987 Matthew Perry sitcom predict that Muammar Gaddafi would be killed in 2011? A Reddit thread pointed out the wild 'Second Chance' coincidence after the Libyan dictator was killed in Sirte.

Santorum Pledges To Defund Contraception and Fight Same-Sex Marriage

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum recently pledged to "die on that hill" fighting against same-sex marriage, and made a similar vow to repeal all federal funding for contraception because it is "a license to do things in a sexual realm."


Price Chopper files suit against competitor Shoprite


A Price Chopper representative confirms the grocery store chain filed a lawsuit Thursday evening against ShopRite Supermarkets, after discovering weblinks that used the name "Price Chopper" and directed customers to Shoprite's site

Reorganization Feasibility Study

The Ichabod Crane and Schodack Central School District Boards of Education gathered together on October 11 to discuss how to proceed with the Reorganization Feasibility Study once the 
Community Advisory Committee has finished its work.

While a potential merger would likely be more than a year away if both communities agreed, Mr. Bordick noted that the study has already helped both districts by highlighting areas where they can work together to reduce costs and/or increase student opportunities.

"I predict that next year's budget will include shared services between the districts," Mr. Bordick said.