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

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

"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.

October 17, 2011

CBAT Meeting Reminder

Just a friendly reminder about our CBAT meeting for this Wednesday 6:00 PM High School Library. 

Ralph Lamonta will be joining us to explain the Averill Park Educational Foundation. We will also have an update on the merger study as well as an overview of the property tax cap and what it means to Schodack.
Light refreshments will be served.
Bob Horan
Superintendent of Schodack CSD
1216 Maple Hill Road
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY, 12033
(518) 732-2297

Quit Smoking


The Nassau Free Library will sponsor a series of free classes designed to help people who want to break the smoking habit.  Sessions will take place at the library from 6:30-8 p.m. on October 18th, 20th, and 25th.

October 16, 2011

October 15, 2011

Blue Devils Division Champs

EAST GREENBUSH — Columbia running back Chris Smith played the game of his life Friday night. In doing so, the Blue Devils won the Class AA Liberty Division championship.

Columbia shut down the Colonie offense holding the Garnet Raiders to 136 total yards. Garnet Raiders’ quarterback Steve Wutzer completed only three of 15 passes for 41 yards. The Columbia defense intercepted a pass. 


October 13, 2011

Schodack Blotter

Schodack Blotter
9/2 -9/19, 2011

October 10, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

East Greenbush Goes Pink!

On Wednesday, October 19th, East Greenbush will be "Going Pink" for Breast Cancer Awareness. East Greenbush employees will be wearing pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and residents are encouraged to do so as well.

Throughout the month of October, Receiver of Taxes Toni Murphy and Town Clerk Linda Kennedy will have pink ribbons located in their offices for residents to have. Please stop by, grab a ribbon, and show your support.

To learn more about Breast Cancer please visit the Susan B. Komen For The Cure Website.

Pink Wrist Bands

October 6, 2011

Bottle Drive Saturday

We need your empties! 

Please donate your recyclable bottles and cans to help support Sierra Pizzola's Girl Scout Gold Award Project, "Diamond Strong." Sierra's project will undertake much needed safety improvements at the Maple Hill High School softball field. 

The collection will take place as part of Maple Hill’s Fall Sports Weekend at the High School from 8am to 3pm. Visit www.diamondstrong.com for more information on the project.

(see attached flyer)

October 5, 2011

Goold's Apple Festival

Schodack Education Foundation

Schodack Central School District upcoming discussion

Ralph LaMontagna from Averill Park’s Educational Foundation will be able to meet with us on October 19th at 6:00 pm to talk about the process they went through to start a foundation. We will meet in the high school library, refreshments will be served.
Here are a couple of links to other schools with foundations:
I would also like to spend the second part of the meeting on an overview of the Property Tax Levy Limit (“Tax Cap”) Law and its potential impact on Schodack. There will be more detailed information from the Board of Education at the October 20th Board meeting. Clear and informative communication about the Property Tax Levy Limit will be a extremely important role of CBAT this school year – we need everyone to become involved and informed.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call, email, or stop in.

Robert Horan




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