Readying For The Reval
ORPS Creates Confusion As Town Moves To Bypass Large Parcel
By Paul Smart
According to Olive Supervisor Berndt Leifeld, the first reaction
he and town councilman Bruce LaMonda had after coming out
of an hours-long meeting with officials at the state Office
of Real Property Services was one of elation.
"They said they were accepting our valuation of the Ashokan
Reservoir at $360 million, versus the $119 million price tag
the city had had on it," Leifeld reported last week,
talking about some of the complicated tax matters that have
plagued the town since last summer, when the state announced
its quiet adoption of an alternative tax apportionment mechanism
for school districts with designated large properties in 2002.
"At least that's what they said on a 'tentative' basis."
Onteora Thespians Move Ahead Into The 20th Century Avant Garde
By Gary Alexander
Ever get fed up with the phoney "canned laughter"
tagged into the sound tracks of television sitcoms? In these
days of terrorism, war, political corruption and general abuse
of power, the release of a good honest laugh can provide some
For three days, starting April first, producer-director of
a double-dip of one act comedies at Onteora High School, John
Miller has a solution to the artificial laughter problem.
Raising his hand and swearing on a stack of
scripts, Miller has vowed not to use even the faintest taped
snicker during the performances of "The Beggar's Opera"
and "The Bald Soprano" which will play with live
young actors and actresses- actually moving about on a real
stage at the very moment you sit there in the high school
auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 1st and
Friday, the 2nd, with a matinee encore at 2 pm on Saturday
The Annual Onteora Middle School Science
Fair took place on Saturday, March 20 at the Middle
School Gymnasium with a lot of fascinating projects on view.
Pictured here is first place winner at the Science Fair,
Michael Cortina and some of his runner up friends.
School Budget Time
Figures Start Gelling At Onteora As Rowe Presents His Last Numbers...
By Violet Snow
Onteora superintendent of schools Hal Rowe presented his budget
recommendation for 2004-2005, which entails a six percent increase
to $42,718,852, a probable nine percent average tax hike, and
numerous staff and program cuts, including the closing of the
West Hurley Elementary School. The only alternative he proposed
was a $42,037,769 budget with a 4.3 percent increase, a 6.77
percent tax hike, and still deeper cuts, to offer to the voters
should they defeat the six percent budget. The school board
has until April 19 to finalize a budget they will put before
the voters in May.
Resettling For The Kids Takes Some True Gumption...
By Paul Smart
Alma Rodriguez and James Kopp moved to the Catskills last April
15- as auspicious day as could be hoped summoned for such a
major lifestyle shift. They started inching towards the move
-- which has involved the couple starting their own fundraising
and consulting firm, Kopp, Rodriguez and Associates, and then
moving it upstate with the help of a strong web and e-mail presence
- the morning they watched the twin towers of World Trade Center
disappear from their rooftop view in Jersey City and decided
a paradigm shift was in store for them, as it has been for the