I am writing to invite the involvement of all constituents in
the Onteora Central School District Community in an important
series of meetings with our architects that will take place
in the weeks ahead.
As you may know, our Board of Education has employed an architectural
firm to conduct a thorough analysis of our buildings and grounds
so that thoughtful decisions can be made about the future use
of our facilities.
Key issues under discussion include the future use of the West
Hurley Elementary School (the Levins Building and the Ryan Building),
the location of a separate and distinct Middle School, and renovations
needed to upgrade instructional space, infrastructure, safety
and energy efficiency at all of our schools.
The architects have completed extensive tours at each of our
facilities and have met with the Board of Education, the administration
and the Commission for the Future of the District. Meetings
have been scheduled for them to meet with faculty members and
other employees. Their goal is to gather as much information
as possible from members of each group regarding our facilities
before they bring recommendations to our Board of Education.
It is the ideal time to share both practical and innovative
ideas, dreams and visions for the future of Onteora.
Now is the time for members of our community to speak up and
offer suggestions, ask questions and participate in a dialogue
with our architects. I hope that you will consider attending
one of the meetings that has been planned for PTA and Community
Members. Your input is important to us! Here is the schedule:
Monday, November 28 at 6 p.m. at Phoenicia Elementary School
Thursday, December 1t at 6 p.m. at Woodstock Elementary School
Monday, December 5 at 6 p.m. for West Hurley School at Woodstock
Monday, December 12 at 6 p.m. at the High School/Middle School
Monday, December 19 at 6 p.m. for the Bus Garage & Central
Administration at the High School/Middle School
If you can't attend the meetings, and you have input to share,
please either email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call
me at the District Office (657-8851). I will be glad to listen
to your suggestions and questions and bring them forward at
our meetings. This is an exciting time for the Onteora Central
School District when each of us can have a voice in plans for
future generations of Onteora students. I look forward to seeing
many community members at our meetings.
Justine Winters, Superintendent
Onteora Central School District
I have all respect for the Courts and other State Commissions,
but, when they fail to interpret the laws as written I find
it necessary to defend those who were affected by the misinterpretations.
Of late, the press has brought to the attention of the public
a complaint brought on against two Town Justices in the Town
of Olive by the City of New York causing them to be censured
by the State Commission of Judicial Conduct.
The Motor Vehicle Law states that Villages and Cities can control
the speed limits only within their own municipalities. All others
must apply to the State Traffic Commission for approval.
New York City on their own posted 35 mile per hour speed limit
signs along the Route 28A corridor and on Reservoir Road. This
area is not within their municipality, therefore making the
If this posting is illegal, how then can the Town Justices,
in all good conscience, and with common sense, honor summons
which were issued in this area which violated the 35 mile per
hour speed limit.
If the Higher Courts interpreted this area as part of the New
York City Municipality and honored the reduced speed, shouldn't
the summons have been written and returnable at a Municipal
or Traffic Court in the City of New York?
Further, if this area is not part of a municipality and the
courts honored the illegal posting of speed limit signs, then,
wouldn't it be legal for all property owners to regulated the
speed limit in front of their personal residences?
This whole problem could have been voided if New York City had
followed the proper procedures when they decided to change the
existing speed limits.
I sincerely believe the censures on the speed limit sign problem
were inappropriate and should be withdrawn.
I would like to thank the voters of Olive for choosing me to
replace retiring Judge Barringer as Town Justice. My campaign
wouldn't have been possible without the support of so many Olive
residents, from allowing me in your homes to speak about my
qualifications to helping address mailings introducing me and
my family to all our neighbors (no matter where you live in
Olive). Following the election, I've also
already had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with Judges
Wright and Barringer. In the next four years as one of your
town justices, I will work to ensure that our town court remains
the fair and impartial court that we all expect.
Thank you again for your support and trust.
Olive Town Justice Elect
Sadly, this letter is not germane to anything in the Olive Press
but I find both incidents quite interesting and remarkable for
the callousness and "devil may care" attitude(s).
The Seattle Times of November 11, 2005 carries an account of
a fight breaking out in a Tacoma courtroom after a 19 year old
man is sentenced to 30 years for first-degree murder. The antagonists
are the family of the convicted perpetrator one of whom yelled
out following the sentencing , "the man [the victim] was
69 ; he wasn't going to live forever". The brawl lasted
for 20 seconds before Sheriff's deputies broke it up and detectives
were going to run the video to determine if any laws were broken.
The victim was a Navy submarine veteran and used a cane following
hip replacement when he was attacked by three young men aged
17, 19 and 21. The 17 and 21 year old are awaiting trial on
the same first degree murder charges.
The remark that the 69 year old victim "wasn't going to
live forever" is absolutely true, though bizarre and the
perpetrator's family believes that prison time should be based
on the victim's age at the time of "execution". Perhaps
sentencing in capital crimes should be determined by the insurance
companies who are experts in life expectancy and let the judges
just "legislate" from the bench. Instead of the family
counting their blessings for the prison term in lieu of the
death penalty they became angry, belligerent and menacing. That's
The second account is from my own experience watching the evening
news the last few evenings. [Yogi declares, "you can see
a lot by watching"]. It is a scene of a US Senate hearing
room in which American Oil Barons are about to be questioned
on their alleged gouging of the American automobile and truck
operators. Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, the committee chairman
was in the process of denying the committee and the American
people of the time tested practice of administering the oath
[to tell the truth] to these oil company CEO's. When Senator
Barbara Boxer of California requested a committee vote as to
whether the oath would be given or not Senator Stevens became
quite arrogant and nasty in denying that simple exercise. Sen.
Stevens is a Republican who would deny a fair and revealing
hearing for whatever reason and it is these tactics among others
that let corporate pirates break the [moral] law with impunity.
Won't it be delightful when Kenneth Lay [of Enron fame] comes
before a committee and avoids prosecution for possible or probable
lying. Lay will most likely be immunized from prosecution for
testifying so "truthfully".
Rafael Palmeiro, a major league player obviously had to take
the oath last October when testifying before a congressional
committee in relation to using steroids and vitamin B-12. Perjury
charges for Palmeiro were avoided this week in a 40 page report
while Senator Stevens was acting the role of potentate par excellence.
My question to Sen. Stevens [and other high and mighty defenders
of the current Washington mind set] is this; Is the alleged
use of steroids by a sports figure more serious than the oil
moguls reaching into our pockets and stealing more than what
is fair just because they can.
Now that the Democrat party has thrashed the Republican legislators
of Ulster County and removed that bit of arrogance we need to
move to the next level. Remember our Military folks and their
families. Some "talking heads" declare that "if
you support the troops, you support the war". Yeh, right!
I still wonder what we are doing in Iraq. I appreciate a "good"
old fashioned war and have myself participated in a couple.
Many veterans of various conflicts just today [Nov 11] registered
their displeasure with the charade in Iraq for numerous reasons
while marching in or observing the parade. "Unidentifiable
enemy" was the main concern. "They did nothing to
us was another. WWII vets were the most confused.
Glenn T. Anderson
Did Saddam have chemical weapons? NO, but we do!
Recently an appalling story from a brave soldier with a conscience
has emerged but, as usual, it is being covered up. WE ARE MELTING
PEOPLE IN IRAQ! Yes, melting people, including women and children,
with a chemical weapon called white phosphorous. This courageous
soldiers first hand account said “I received the order
use caution because we had used white phosphorus on Fallujah.
In military slag it is called 'Willy Pete'. Phosphorus burns
the human body on contact--it even melts it right down to the
How can we, the American people, let this happen? Can you even
imagine what being melted to death feels like? Don’t be
fooled by Bush’s cowboy ways, he knows and doesn’t
care, he's gotta win at all costs! Apparently, it’s just
an unfortunate dirty side of his righteous crusade. I wonder
what Jesus would do?
P.S. Don't forget that we have killed 30,000 (or more) Iraqi's.
Thats way more than Saddam. Who wins?
USAF Veteran, Iran-Iraq War
Corpses in an open grave. A huge old warehouse. A huge furnace.
A cemetery, or rather, a place where bodies were in unmarked
graves, secretly and illegally. I was about to be part of this
or was I already part of it? There were people about, youths
who I had to chase away. I decided to call the police and not
be a part of it, put a stop to it. I called 911. I said, "I
have discovered some dead bodies," and I was immediately
cut off. I turned around there were four distinguished men in
suits looking at me. I realized they had intercepted my call.
I had not given the police the name of the street were I was
but hoped they could trace my call.
Is this dream of a death factory, the death factory that the
Bush administration and the Congress and we, the American people,
have created in Iraq?
Mt. Tremper, NY
I was in Jerusalem this summer for the 13th Annual Conference
of Women in Black. Seven hundred and fifty women from fifty
countries attended. Women in Black originated there in 1988
when Israeli women took to the streets to protest their government's
military occupation of Palestine. As part of the conference,
international women traveled to Ramallah to speak with Palestinian
women, who were, by Israeli law, prohibited from entering Jerusalem;
likewise, the Israeli women could not join us in Ramallah, as
it was illegal for them to enter the Occupied Territories.
We visited the village of Bil'in near Ramallah and participated
in a peaceful vigil: We accompanied local families down a path
past their homes to the end of the way where IDF soldiers guarded
the construction of the Separation Wall that will enclose the
village and cut its people off from neighbors and their livelihood
- the olive groves. Old and young stood quietly together as
Just as I feel a deep responsibility as an American citizen
to be aware of and respond to policies and actions of the U.S.
government's military occupation of Iraq, I also feel (perhaps
especially as a Jewish woman) a responsibility to keep aware
of and share what is happening in Israel and the Occupied Territories
- no matter how painful. And when I see grave injustice, to
The weekly peaceful protest I was part of in Bil'in is now being
met with unleashed force by the IDF: tear-gas, rubber-coated
bullets, night-time raids on homes, arrests of children, detention
in jails. The faces of these men, women and children who greeted
us in peace are seared in my memory.
I recently received a moving text from the Woodstock Jewish
Congregation that brings home the necessity of seeing "the
An Hassidic rabbi asked his students, "When is it at dawn
that one can tell the light from the darkness?" One student
replied, "When I can tell a goat from a donkey." "No,"
answered the rabbi. Another said, "When I can tell a palm
tree from a fig tree." "No," answered the rabbi
again. "Well, then what is the answer?" his students
pressed him. "Only when you look into the face of every
man and every woman and see your brother and your sister,"
said the rabbi. "Only then have you seen the light. All
else is still darkness."
We would like to invite everyone to participate in a very special
event. For the very first time, the Onteora Girls Varsity Softball
Team has the opportunity to attend spring training in Orlando,
Florida. Spring training is an invaluable way to prepare for
the upcoming softball season. We need your help in order to
make this trip possible.
Here’s how you can help:
1. In order to raise the needed funds, the girls will be holding
a silent auction on December 10th from 1 to 4 PM at Hickory
BBQ on Route 28 in Kingston. Please consider contributing an
item to our silent auction. Items that we are looking for include:
gift baskets, wine, holiday décor items, food items and
2. We invite you to attend the auction and encourage you to
bring a friend. There is an admission price of $10 per person
and includes a light lunch provided by Hickory BBQ.
3. Another way that you can help is to make a donation directly
to the softball team. For a donation of $1000, you can sponsor
one of the players. However, donations of any amount are welcome.
Thank you in advance for your support of this important event.
Together we can make a difference!
Just a few very important words of thanks to the good folks
that stopped to be sure I was alright after I struck a deer
on Route 28, the night of Nov. 14.
A couple folks could see that there was damage to the front
of the car and took the time to turn around to make sure I was
okay - but there was one individual in particular, who not only
stopped and offered to call someone, but came back to let me
know that police were on the way.
For that I am indebted, and hope that someday, I will repay
the favor by stopping along the road to make sure someone else
is okay in a similar situation.
It will really be a welcome relief when cell coverage comes
West Shokan, NY