Still Reeling From It
Town Residents In Tears Over Tax Hikes As Town Searches For
By Gary Alexander and Violet Snow
Olive officials have sent out copies of a letter from Senator
William Larkin's office stating in no uncertain terms
that his large parcel law was meant to mitigate wild year-to-year
swings in property tax value and definitely NOT intended to
apply to reservoirs.
"Furthermore," Larkin's letter states, "it
was my intention that the use of the alternate equalization
formula in the Law would be optional and used only if ALL affected
municipalities opted to use the large parcel equalization process."
Olive officials, arguing that the law was misapplied by the
Board through the manipulations of other parties who stood to
gain by distorting the bill's purpose, included a copy of the
letter with a petition demanding the restoration of the descriptors
Larkin mentioned, which vanished from the bill mysteriously
while it was sessions.
Finding The Glory In Others'
By Paul Smart
Virginia Luppino, of Olivebridge, is in love with weeds. They're
her mentor and vision guide, her editor and muse.
They were also the balm she needed when her son was serving
in Iraq last year. Moreover, they're the basis of her art, a
singular body of work that's dfrawing accolades in the area
every time she shows.
Luppino is part of a remarkable show of floral works, "Bed:
A Flower Show," at the Inquiring Mind Gallery in Saugerties.
Her last show of distinctive black and white photographs, "Floribundos:
Intimate Portraiture," this past summer at the M Studio
Gallery in Beacon, was an unmitigated success.
But it's weeds we're talking about in a recent interview.
"They're the plants that the deer will always go to first.
The Japanese Beetles. They tell me what a garden needs,"
she is saying, as part of a talk about her new work.
Luppino is a professional gardener. She is also a fine photographer
whose new work shows a major leap in accomplishment that we're
trying to get to the bottom of.
"A gardener learns most from weeds. They're the best indicators
of what's going on in the landscape. They tell you what the
other plants need," she is saying from her Town of Olive
home. "My own garden is wild, filled with Queen Anne's
Lace and wildflowers and other things most people don't think
of as beautiful."
READY FOR A FESTIVAL? Woodstock
Piano Company's Rackelle Roden and Israel Schossev
have been busy finalizing details for the town's first music
festival... a classical feast to be held over Columbus Day weekend
at the Oddfellows Hall in Olivebridge. See details on page 9 inside.
The Lark In The Park!
Catskill Park Celebrates Centennial With Multiple
Events Around Region
By Olive Press Staff
They loom in our imagination even when we sleep. Their
distant shimmer draws a lightening of the soul, a
sense of "coming home," to all who live
in their afternoon shadow. And this coming month,
from October 2 through 11, they will be feted with
a region-wide "Lark in the Park" celebration
of their centennial as one of the nation's first great
We're talking of the majestic, historic, ever-gnarly
Catskills, of course.More specifically, we're referring
to the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Catskill
Park, the state-run constitutionally-protected entity
known for it's "blue line" boundaries and
quietly endearing solidity in our local identity.
"The Lark in the Park is a wonderful way for
people to discover the wealth of history, culture,
natural resources, and recreational opportunities
offered by the Catskills," said DEC Commissioner
Erin M. Crotty of the 10-day celebration in a flurry
of recent press releases.
On Dean's Call
County Legislature Moves Towards A Re-Vote After Developmental
By Paul Smart
The Ulster County Legislature stepped into the ongoing
battle over approvals for developer Dean Gitter's
proposed Belleayre Resort over the last two weeks
by first passing a resolution supporting "full
adjudication of all issues " regarding the resort
by a 27-3 margin, and then starting the process to
revoke that resolution. The latter act of mass reconsideration
started after legislators came under pressure from
resort developer Dean Gitter, who scheduled a special
presentation by his attorneys before a Legislative
committee that implied that the original county resolution
could serve to thwart development in the region.