IS A PARADE... We’ve heard lots of talk in town,
lately, of the golden years of yore, when the local Onteora
High School band was not only a key component of parades up
and down the East Coast, but available for marching almost anywhere
in the district. Oh how times change, both with the cost of
transportation and insurance, but also kids’ schedules.
So may it suffice that we keep this image in our heads this
It The Olive Way
Neighbor’s Complaints About Site Plan Irregularities Result
In Harsh Words
By Paul Smart
Alan Eisenson, the award-winning magician and former purveyor
of Just Alan emporiums in Woodstock and along Route 28 (where
Scandinavian Grace now is) in Shokan, easily admits that after
37 years in Olive, he’s still considered an outsider by
many, including town officials.
Friedel & Wolff Resign Posts As Onteora Mulls
Self Evaluations On Eve Of Reorg
By By Sparrow
School Board Trustees Rick Wolff and Michelle Friedel
resigned at this week’s Monday night, June 29
special Board of Education meeting in the central district
offices in Boiceville. They were not present, but provided
the same short written statement to outgoing School
Board President Maxanne Resnick, citing personal reasons
for cutting short their three-year term. No other specifics
were given as to why the two resigned.
Are All With Neda
Iranian-Born, Our Local Commentator Speaks Warily Of
What We’re Seeing
By Bahram Foroughi
I became a political refugee at the age of 5. I still
remember the tears. The hurried packing. The sporadic
gunshots. We left Iran with 2 suitcases. The year was
No one can ever replace the 32 years I’ve lost
until now. Yet her name is Neda.
Lemon Squeeze Fight Comes To End As Courts
Rule With City On Monument Road
By Gary Alexander
On June 18, the NY Supreme Court Appellate
Division handed down a decision which
essentially voids the provisions of a
1905 law that mandated the responsibility
of New York City to keep open and maintain
a primary road in Olivebridge which was
constructed to replace various other roads
the City destroyed to build the Ashokan
Reservoir. Delice Seligman, of the Kingston
law firm, Seligman & Seligman, which
brought Olive’s CPLR Article 78
suit against the NYC DEP regarding the
March 2003 closure of Monument Road, expressed
her disappointment with the decision and
measured alarm at the legal precedent
she perceives it to be setting.
GLASSES as official Onteora Prom
gifts have been all the talk of late, even
though the mistake was made by other school
districts around the nation suckered by
a website who sold the items to graduation
committees as mini vases. More on what’s
happening on this “issue” on
page 4 inside...
Jar Of Olives...
E Pluribus Unum
Carol La Monda
The United States chose as its motto: E
Pluribus Unum, which means “From Many,
One.” As we approach the Fourth of
July, we might want to think about what
that means. Beyond the red, white and blue
color scheme of the picnic table decorations
and the hamburger, hot-dog, potato salad
menu is a holiday that celebrates the fact
that the United States sought its independence
and created a nation of many states forming
one nation, a democracy. Democracy means
“government by the people.”
We are a nation of over three hundred million.
If each of us did a little or gave a little
toward the good of all, think about the
power of one times three hundred million.
At a penny apiece that’s $3,000,000.00.
I for one would throw in “my two-cents
worth” for Cancer Research or health
care and safe homes for everyone.