Coalition challenges CWC over Phoenicia sewer ruling

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Coalition of Watershed Towns has officially notified the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) that the CWC’s policy to not allow Phoenicia residents to participate in its popular septic maintenance program does not reflect the intent of the 1997 Memorandum of Agreement between New York City and the communities in its vast watershed.

Longstanding issues

Rain drenches Phoenicia, hamlet hit with 7+ inches

By Jay Braman Jr.
Last week Tuesday’s torrential downpour hit the entire region, but it was Phoenicia that got the lion’s share of rainfall with no less than seven and-a-half inches recorded.
A state of emergency was declared in the Town of Shandaken on September 18, where flooding did cause some damage.

One spot that got hurt badly was a place that, ironically, was scheduled for flood mitigation work last week.

Phoenicia Diner open for business

By Jay Braman Jr.
In the new Phoenicia Diner, it seems like old times.
The diner, which stands alone along side Route 28 in Phoenicia, had been closed for more than a year after husband and wife team Mike Cioffi and Helene Banks purchased it.

A retired scenery and set designer, Mike had been at work inside the place polishing the chrome and shining up the image of the 1960s classic structure.

When they unlocked the doors for the grand opening last Friday it was as if folks had been waiting all year for the chance to return, and each brought three friends.

Coalition takes up Phoenicia's sewer case

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Coalition of Watershed Towns has agreed to a fact-finding mission geared toward getting to the bottom of what the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) can or cannot do for the homeowners in Phoenicia, where a multi-million dollar sewer plan was recently rejected by the Shandaken Town Board.

ORDA boss to appear in Phoenicia on Thursday

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), known locally as the guy who now runs Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, will make his first public appearance in the region on Thursday, August 2 when he comes to Phoenicia as the keynote speaker for the opening ceremonies for the annual Phoenicia Festival of the Voice.

Ted Blazer will deliver the opening and welcoming remarks at 7:30 p.m. from the main stage at Phoenicia’s Parish Field, where the voice festival begins its annual four-day celebration with the operatic spoof, The Benefit.

Phoenicia hosts Festival of the Voice

Phoenicia — For the third season, from August 2 to 5, the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice will bring glorious vocal offerings to various sites in Phoenicia.

The four-day festival opens with Divas Unleashed, an operatic comedy in English, staring Maria Todaro, Michelle Jennings, and Bryan Wade. Following the production there will be a fundraising dinner with a Japanese theme, anticipating the opera Madama Butterfly.

Friday performances

CWT not responding to Phoenicia sewer mess

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT), a regional advocacy group established to settle disputes between New York City and the local communities that supply the city’s water, has not yet jumped into the 15-year-long fray over a sewage treatment plan for the Hamlet of Phoenicia.

The city’s involvement appeared to end last month when it representatives left the negotiating table, taking with them over $15 million in grant funds that could have been used by Phoenicia to build a septic treatment system.

Potential donors get look at what their money can do

By Jay Braman Jr.
In tough economic times, it seems as if everyone’s got their hand out.
This can be overwhelming for the average person who would like to give, but feels they lack the resources to make any contribution that would make a difference.

That’s why supporters of the Phoenicia Library sat down and outlined how donating even a tiny bit to the recently burned out organization can and will make a difference. On March 19, 2011 a fire destroyed the interior and contents of the Phoenicia Library, rendering the Main Street building uninhabitable.

Phoenicia to host Firemen's Convention

By Jay Braman Jr.
Local officials have given the green light for a huge celebration of volunteer firefighters in Phoenicia on Saturday, July 28. The event, sponsored by the Ulster County Volunteer Fireman’s Association (UCVFA), is free and open to the public.

According to spokesman Gary Specht, Phoenicia was chosen due to the devastation that hit the community last year when hurricanes Irene and Lee blew through.

Phoenicia faces hefty tab for water system repair

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia water system is in need of repairs that could cost more than $1 million, and water district officials say there’s no real plan for where to get the money to pay for them.

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