from March 1, 2007)
Members of Olive Matters met in the basement of the Olive Library
on Feb. 21, to discuss the need for candidates for the Onteora
Olive has eight weeks to come up with TWO volunteers and get
their petitions signed, especially if Dave Patterson decides
not to run again. Both Patterson and Marino D’Orazio are
up for reelection. Marino is in favor of the Large Parcel Law.
It has been stated by a local newspaper that Olive Matters is
using scare tactics to get people to vote only for Olive candidates.
It is being said that the LPL issue is moot because Olive has
done a reval. This newspaper intimates that the candidates we
support are only interested in defeating the LPL.
WRONG on all accounts.
Olive Matters is dedicated to finding candidates that support
affordable quality education AND understands that the LPL is
an illegal law and should be repealed. We don't have local representatives
who will buck the Albany hierarchy and back-patting politicians.
Because Olive is a flyspeck on the total votes Cahill and Bonacic
receive, the law will never be repealed.
Please understand that the LPL comes up every year to be voted
on by the school board and by the UC legislature. It is not
a moot issue. It never will be. If the town of Olive loses its
friends on the school board, there are those who will vote for
reinstating the LPL, as they still buy into “equal taxes
for equal value homes” media spin created by a politician
from another town.
Do Not Be Fooled! If the LPL is reinstated this summer by the
OCSB your taxes will increase 30% over and above what they are
Volunteer to run for the school board and/or email five family
members and friends in the Olive/West Hurley township and ask
them to run. If you are old enough to vote, you can be on the
school board. It would be nice to have young people on the board.
This is not the time to “let the other guy do it.”
We have a problem in the town of Olive. Retired seniors with
free time have sold their homes and moved out. People with families
have moved out. Our enrollment is dwindling. Second home owners
don’t live here fulltime, don’t vote here, and mostly
don’t volunteer here. They make up 60% of our community.
That leaves the few of us to protect the many.
If you believe in affordable quality education, if you would
like to decide on the campus downsizing/configuration, and if
you can make a just decision regarding the corrupt LPL, please
volunteer to run for the upcoming school board election, with
or without Olive Matters backing.
A special meeting will be held on March 7 at the Olive Library
at 7 PM to discuss candidates and to answer any candidates questions.
The next general meeting will be March 21. If we are not in
the main meeting room, look for us downstairs in the kitchen.
Drew & Judith Boggess
Members of Olive Matters
My name is Rosie Rion and I am a freshman at Syracuse University
and a 2006 graduate of Onteora High School. I am sending this
letter because I feel it is important it be noted that I, without
ever being a student or an athlete with Mr. Boms, was also inspired
by him during my time at Onteora High School. Mr. Boms' ability
to educate and encourage students does NOT stop at running track
and learning biology, but extends much much further. As a musician
at OCS, I witnessed first hand his incredible work ethic and
amount of initiative. These characteristics brought us school
events ripe with opportunity for young performers and inspired
me and many other musical students to also work hard and show
initiative in order to express ourselves. I know that Mr. Boms
isn't trying to organize school events in this situation, but
there is a very important point to be made here. He is a fantastic
influence on the youth of our community in many areas of academics,
athletics, and the arts. He brings great things to Onteora students
and should be allowed at least a fair chance at continuing to
contribute this to the district. As a brand new Onteora alumn,
it saddens me to see such a strong part of my high school be
discarded so easily. While I mean absolutely no disrespect to
any party of this situation, I feel very strongly that the decision
not to rehire Mr. Boms should be reevaluated and, in my more
personal opinion, overturned.
On March 29, 2007 the Onteora School District tax payers will
vote on a $1,862,711 bond to replace two boilers and unit ventilators
in the Woodstock Elementary School and to do a complete overhaul
of the Auditorium at the Onteora Middle/High School. It doesn’t
look like the Woodstock School will close any time in the near
future. The district has $662, 711, 00 from New York State’s
Expanding Our Children’s Education Aid. Some of the State
Aid will go to do the Woodstock project and the balance will
be added to the monies coming out of the Capital Reserve Fund.
Total cost, $1,862,711.
As reported Trustee Rita Vanacore said that this vote if approved
is at no cost to the tax payers. It is coming out of the Capital
Reserve Fund and the Excel Aid. If the money coming from the
Capital Reserve Fund didn’t come from the tax payers,
where did it come from?
Trustee Cindy O’Connor as reported, requested an additional
$5,000.00 to purchase a video camera and new jerseys for the
football team. Some board members have said that they want to
be open and to keep the public fully informed. That same camera
that trustee O’Connor wants the district to purchase could
be used to video tape all the school board meetings at no or
very little expense especially if a volunteer or the school
does the taping. The tapes could be broadcasted on any public
access TV Station and organization would have the opportunity
to show the tapes to their members. .
The next time the district will vote will be in May on the budget
and at some point on a multi million dollar reconstruction project
at the school.
I commend the bipartisan efforts of the Jail Oversight Committee,
Chaired by Legislator Richard Parete, to overcome a perfect
storm of errors and ineptitude to complete the construction
of the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center.
Now that prisoners have finally moved in, the Ulster County
Legislature cannot afford to relax. The matter of outstanding
contractor claims must be resolved. The Legislature will soon
create a special committee to investigate why the project was
drastically late and overbudget.
The special investigatory committee will be armed with subpoeana
power that will hopefully shed light on who exactly is responsible
the problems associated with this project.
Whether it's corruption, incompetence, or both, the taxpayers
deserve our utmost vigilance until those potentially guilty
parties are found and held accoutable for their actions.
Ulster County Legislator, District 4
It has been said that when one talks to himself he/she either
is "tilted" or has money in the bank. I am not sure
about that, but I believe that if one answers themselves there
is room for adjustment.
That very same situation came about twenty minutes ago when
it was revealed that Alan Hevesi has been fined $5,000 with
no prison time for his four year adventure of greed and common
thievery while NY State Controller.
I said to myself, "how can this be? This man used four
Civil Service Vehicle Operators [and the vehicles] which cost
the tax payers over $400,000 for four years salary plus overtime".
Then I said in response, "do you want blood? the man reimbursed
the state in the amount of $80,000. How insensitive can you
[me] be? The man's wife was/is disabled and she had to be mobile
as any one of us would be."
But then on further reflection and thinking how I would meet
this challenge, I thought of using one's personal vehicle. Then
there is "car service or a taxi. The idea of a friend driving
her around did not escape us either. Then we [I] came to [perish
the thought], "Access a Ride" or the City bus system.
With much debate we [I] finally agreed with myself that this
whole sordid event is ending the way it should. Hevesi did the
right thing and resigned before re-seating himself for another
term. Mr Hevesi will receive four pensions as he should and
he will now become a consultant in the private sector.
I certainly discussed with myself the recent Legislative decision
to appoint a person as Controller whose sole experience is balancing
his own check book if he has done that. Governor Spitzer deserves
his "slap" by the Legislature in that he could have
got on Hevesi legally before the election but for his own reasons
he ignored that brand of "law breaking". Does anyone
know that the State Attorney General may make an arrest, personally?
I posed the question to myself as to how this new Controller
will do with managing the huge NYS pension system, overseeing
contracts, corruption and whatever. We; that is myself and I
came upon the solution which is to hire Mr. Hevesi's newly formed
consultant group to "advise" the Controller's office
for the next four years. [Remember, you heard it from me first]
And the Democrats told us that Callaghan was a failure. Ok,
but we were disenfranchised. The first time in history that
we "voted for nobody".
Glenn T. Anderson
How can otherwise intelligent people allow themselves to become
blind to the fact that there are many beliefs in the world which
centuries of ancestors have embraced as absolute truths which
must be adhered to because that is what they have been taught,
each in his own realm? There is no quarrel with people believing
what they have been taught to believe but there is a quarrel
with having people demand through their government that what
they believe is morally right, is the word of God (told their
ancestors by God in person) and requires all people to obey.
This deprives others of their rights. We are back to square
one on the right of women to reproductive choice. They should
be entitled to this and not deprived of it because of a belief
in something called the "sanctity of life" as defined
by the leaders and teachers in one particular sector of religion.
The achievements made by human beings could never have occurred
if a few people had objected to them on their own religious
beliefs or had denied the validity of truths which had to be
adhered to if a project were to be successful. We wouldn't have
pyramids or telephones or safe and effective medicine if beliefs
instead of facts were to have been adhered to. Until man gets
down to brass tacks and is not afraid to question matters considered
sacred we are going to continue to be in the mess we are in
world wide. A world in which a religious sect can inflict indignities
on its own adherents as well as on the rest of the world is
a poor reflection on the character of the God people profess
to worship. They aren't listening to what this God really is
saying, do you think?
With the tremendous number of allergies and respiratory problems,
caused by air pollutants on the rise it would be advisable to
reduce the pollution in our homes. Perhaps starting with those
air freshener sprays would be good because they are very harmful
and easily omitted along with detergents with scents added.
Freshly dry cleaned material, new rugs, and candles (except
the beeswax) contaminate the air. Saut?ing and frying foods,
especially if a hood fan is not used, contaminates. Good ventilation
is important. Windows a little open and exhaust fans are a help.
Those air freshener machines are said to be ineffective. Vacuuming
frequently and using machines with microfilters is helpful.
Carbon monoxide is a threat to life and being sure your stoves
and furnace are safe can be proven by use of carbon monoxide
detectors. Contact your furnace and fuel providers for information.
Never burn charcoal indoors. Our extremely tightly constructed
doors and windows help conserve heat but contribute to polluted
I have worked as a nurse in Kingston for the past 14 years,
and am very concerned that the impending “affiliation”
between Kingston and Benedictine Hospitals will put “woman’s
reproductive services” in jeopardy. These essential services
are often lumped together, and discussed as if they could be
relocated out of Kingston Hospital into a separate unit without
any impact on overall quality of care. Nothing could be further
from the truth.
Reproductive health care cannot be separated from general hospital
care. Daily issues arise in the ER, OR, the Med Surg floor,
the Maternity unit, and elsewhere in a hospital that require
doctors and nurses to discuss issues such as birth control,
condom use, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, abortions,
vasectomies, fertility issues, tubal ligations, and end of life
issues for the terminally ill.
For example: I was taught in nursing school that an important
part of giving excellent care to a newly postpartum mother is
to warn her of the health risks of getting pregnant too quickly.
I was also taught to suggest that she go on birth control immediately
and to kindly share with her and her partner the contraceptive
options available to her.
Another example: Let’s say I send one of my patients to
the Hospital ER with a suspected sexually transmitted disease.
After an accurate diagnosis, I expect part of his/her treatment
at the ER will include a conversation with my patient about
having safer sex in the future that would include the use of
condoms. Not doing so puts my patient and others in the community
at great unnecessary risk in the future.
Executives of our two local hospitals have assured the community
that Kingston Hospitals’ services would remain as they
are, but many “devilish details” continue to haunt
me. Why does there need to be a “woman’s reproductive
clinic” at a “proximate location” if the services
at Kingston Hospital will not become restricted by the Catholic
directives that are in place at Benedictine? Why can’t
all services remain intact and on location at Kingston Hospital?
Why is there such imbalance in the recently released Memorandum
of Agreement (MOA) between Kingston and Benedictine Hospitals,
as pointed out by the Kingston Daily Freeman on Jan 21st? And
I quote, “A section of the Memorandum of Agreement guarantees
that the surviving form of Benedictine Hospital within this
joint operation ‘will conform’ to Catholic principles.
But there is as yet no written equivalent guarantee that Kingston
Hospital will deliver the ‘full range of reproductive
health services,’ that the state’s Berger Commission
says the arrangement will ‘allow’. Without such
an explicit guarantee or statement of mission (that would contain
precise language naming all preserved services, I might add),
the MOA could be construed as effectively one-sided.”
The hospitals’ new PR firm promised on Jan 19 to develop
a plan within the next three weeks that would allow for public
comment. We are still waiting!
These issues are far too critical for our community to sit back
and wait passively to be invited into a process which thus far
only includes decisions that come out of back rooms in dim light,
and only include a few selected CEOs. Our community has formed
a new group to address these issues and insist on protection
of patients’ rights and community access to care in Ulster
County. We are called Health Care STAT and we’re made
up of men and woman, both gay and straight, lawyers, doctors,
nurses, social workers and community activists. This proposed
hospital affiliation is coding and needs attention STAT!
Jo Shuman, RN
Funny thing, we humans are not the only ones celebrating love
this month. February is the time of year when a very special
and unique little mammal goes on the hunt for a mate. Here’s
a hint: It’s North America’s only marsupial, i.e.
has a pouch, has thumbs on its hind feet, and eats everything
imaginable including rats, mice, snails, slugs, carrion and
cat, dog and human food. Right, it’s the opossum!
Thirteen days after mating, 5 to 8, or sometimes more, babies
are born. The babies are the size of a honeybee at birth. They
quickly work their way up into mama’s pouch where they
attach to a nipple and live for the next two to three months.
When they outgrow the pouch, they ride around on mama’s
back for another month. At four months they’re on their
When threatened an opossum may make a show of their 50 short
teeth, hiss or growl, but in reality they are gentle and placid
and prefer to be left alone. If unable to escape they may fall
into an involuntary shock-like state, i.e. “play possum”.
Sadly, in the wild, few live longer than a year. They have many
predators; humans, cats, dogs, owls, fox, coyotes and cars.
Cars. That’s why I’m writing now. These are slow
moving nocturnal animals. Please don’t run them over.
Slow down. Enjoy these gentle, beneficial creatures.
Any woman who has spent time exploring the on line dating scene
has her share of emails tucked away. My girlfriends and I often
exchange letters from the net; the beautiful, the bizarre, the
comical, and (a personal favorite) letters from the "mad
poets society" (men in love with love).
I would like to publish a collection of on line dating correspondence;
primarily emails sent by men to women. This is one way women
can share their experiences with a larger audience.
Any notable contributions would be appreciated. E mail addresses
and names must be removed to insure privacy. If published, I
cannot compensate the sender with monetary disbursement or,
for reasons of liability, give credit.
Please send your email contributions to:
Nothing Real L.L.C., P.O Box 930, Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Stone Ridge, NY
Most of you reading this letter are likely doing so in the warmth
of your homes where food on the table is a given, as is the
companionship of loving family members. Not all Woodstockers
or, for that matter, residents of Ulster County are so lucky.
In our midst are those who are hungry, mentally ill, homeless,
addicted, psychologically, sexually and physically abused, inadequately
clothed or just down on their luck. You may have seen them,
perhaps viewing them fearfully, considering them depraved people
to be walked around and ignored. Those you see are but the tip
of the iceberg.
Most less fortunate, abused, and troubled people are seldom
seen and their needs largely go unmet. I have recently become
familiar with many such people by working (without pay) at Family
of Woodstock. I am not religious, but the thought "there
but for the grace of God . . ." is often with me.
I am a volunteer, but what I do is most fulfilling and rewarding
work. I belong to a group of community members who answer Family's
24 hour crisis Hotline. We also try to respectfully meet the
needs of those who walk into our facility at 16 Rock City Road.
Family provides guidance, emergency food and emergency shelter
for the needy. Family is Ulster County's vital social service
We always need people willing to serve our community by 'working'
the Hotline. The time commitment is not large, usually one 3
or 4 hour shift per week, always with a supervisor. The training
for the Hotline is enlightening and provides most people with
a new perspective and insight into our community. Our spring
volunteer training session, which starts late in February, is
well spaced over 37 hours on evenings and weekends and includes
sessions on listening skills, confidentiality, domestic violence,
mental health, ethics plus other community issues. Interested?
Call Sue or Tamara at 679-2485 or 338-2370.
Mark D. Shulman
Last year we had our 200 year old farm house on Dry Brook Road
renovated. We call it “The Little Olive” and the
addition is referred to as “The West Wing”
I’ll take a moment to publicly acknowledge the people
who were involved for their fine work. First, the architect
Michael Lockwood who translated what we wanted into feasible
plans. And then Mark McAniff the multifaceted kitchen designer
who has worn “coats of many colors” And John DeGondea,
the builder, who held the construction together, start to finish.
Cool hands, keen eyes, sharp saws and WKZE aficionado. A master
with wood, reliable and patient. Mostly. And ever cheerful Jimmy
Hyde, the chain saw sculptor with Maine on his mind; The Allison
brothers who dug deep and poured true; Gene Knoth and his merry
plumbers, Brad, Tom and Pat; the Sourdough King of the Catskills,
“I’m an electrician, not a magician” Bob Lepp;
Kent Kleiner, punster with the shiny pate and the smoothest
touch in taping; Nikki Somer an artist with a brush and roller
who loves to paint; Otto Bernstein, stone mason, “Chimneys.
It’s what I do”; Tim the sander from Gilboa who
spends his life crawling around floors making them look beautiful.
And then there was Daniel Dudley, restoration carpenter extraordinaire,
who was at home over the range with one of the trickiest and
toughest finishing touches—hanging and venting the range
hood. Don’t ask!.
While renovation isn’t my favorite thing to live through,
all that saw dust and debris and many choice expletives has
resulted in “Sweetie” saying “I love to come
home to “The Little Olive”. Me too.
West Shokan, NY
ps They’re all in the phonebook...