MONTICELLO – The Sullivan County Legislature voted unanimously to authorize issuing bonds, next year, to pay for a major upgrade of the county’s emergency communications system.
During public comment at Thursday’s monthly meeting, Al Dumas, a member of the Monticello Fire Department, put it in terms of history and pop culture.
“From smoke signals from maybe 400 years ago that was used and might have guided the Mayflower ship into port in 1621 to the light from Batman in 1966, the whole idea is that we need to know what’s going on,” Dumas said.
HYDE PARK – The National Park Service is seeking public comment on its proposal to raise the entrance fees at The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Top Cottage, (FDR’s retreat), The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and to begin charging for a Farm Lane tram tour.
The proposal to raise fees allows for a structure that contributes to capital improvements, deferred maintenance and visitor programs.
Gov. Dannel Malloy and University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst have announced a plan to expand the university's Stamford campus by adding programs, faculty and student housing.
The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/13l7M6t ) that Herbst said Wednesday the university wants to attract resident students to join those who commute to the Stamford campus. She says that will require university residences.
Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in helping the Lakers win an emotional 113-99 victory over the Celtics in their first game since the death of owner Jerry Buss last night.
And the Knicks lost their first game back after the NBA All-Star break and lost to the Indiana Pacers 125-99. Brooklyn beat Milwaukee 97-94. Detroit beat Charlotte 105-99. Memphis topped Toronto 88-82. Cleveland overcame New Orleans 105-100. Dallas finished off Orlando 111-96 and Golden state defeated Phoenix 108-98.
MIDDLETOWN – The Orange County Arts Council, the umbrella organization representing the arts in the county, has now created a film bureau.
The agency will actively promote the county and what it has to offer moviemakers, said its executive director, Dawn Ansbro.
“We are close enough to New York City that travel is not an issue”, Ansbro said. “We have everything from historic architecture, riverfront property, farmland, street; I think we’ve got a lot to attract filmmakers here in addition to local film professionals that live here.”
POUGHKEEPSIE – Camilo Bunyi is the new Poughkeepsie city administrator, but only after Mayor John Tkazyik exercised a rare option to break a four-four City Council deadlock.
The vote followed minimal council debate, but more than an hour of public comment during which about 20 people spoke on the city administrator appointment, mostly in favor of Bunyi, who has been the city finance commissioner. The small citizen opposition came from mostly from CSEA members who accused Bunyi of having a hostile attitude toward the union.
Newtown's schools superintendent says Sandy Hook Elementary School probably cannot find another home by the start of the next school year as suitable as the school now used in Monroe.
The previously vacant Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe has been used since last December's shooting rampage that killed 20 children and six educators. It was renamed Sandy Hook Elementary to provide continuity for students, parents and staff. Superintendent Janet Robinson said Tuesday that Monroe could not be better hosts.
In the NBA, Joe Johnson hit a tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter and then at the end of overtime lifted the Brooklyn Nets to a 113-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks last night.
Johnson finished with a total of 24 points, and Brook Lopez and Deron Williams added 19 each as the Nets resurfaced from a 13-game losing streak against the Bucks dating back to 2009.