Phoenicia

Officials target DEP rep for Phoenicia flood woes

By Jay Braman Jr.
Some Ulster County Legislators are hopping mad at Willie Janeway.
Janeway, director of Region Three of the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is being singled out by lawmakers as the man responsible for a series of bureaucratic slowdowns that led to delays in the dredging of Stony Clove Creek in Phoenicia.

Those delays, officials said, made the flooding problems during Tropical Storm Irene much worse than they should have been.

Resolution drafted


Phoenicia's sign to the world: "Come visit"

By Jay Braman Jr
Ever since Hurricane Irene came to visit, Phoenicia has had a dilemma.
The hamlet suffered greatly at the hands of the storm. The flood came and did damage, high winds knocked out power, Internet and phone, but right now, weeks after that mayhem hit, the biggest problem facing this locale is the fact that they have almost completely recovered and no one knows about it.


Relocating Phoenicia remarks spark controversy

By Jay Braman Jr.
Earlier last week State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill was quoted in The New York Times, suggesting that communities like Phoenicia should not rebuild in the same location it has been in for over 150 years.


Phoenicia on edge of second flood last week

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was the sound of emergency sirens, not school busses, that woke people up early last Wednesday morning in Phoenicia, where residents were informed that a repeat performance of last week’s flooding was on the way.

Heavy rain had returned to the region, causing the Onteora Central School District to close for what was supposed to be the first two days of school.


Afghanistan war casualty has family in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
When Pfc. Douglas Cordo, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, died in Afghanistan Friday of injuries sustained in the roadside detonation of an improvised explosive device, the shock was felt locally. Then it was felt statewide.

Cordo, who was 20, has roots in Phoenicia, where his grandmother, Helen Cordo, still resides.


Festival of the Voice hits the stage this weekend

By Jay Braman Jr.
Despite the glamour associated with the opera world, Kerry Henderson knows full well there is much more to it than donning his tux and walking onstage like he will on Saturday evening when he performs in the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice (PIFV) production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”

Henderson is not only an opera singer, but he is a co-founder of PIFV, a performing arts organization now in its second year.


Massive water leak draining Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
There is a massive leak somewhere in the Phoenicia water system and so far no one has been able to find it.

That was the word from Alfred Peavy Monday night, when he addressed the Shandaken Town Board on the matter.

Peavy, the chairman of the Phoenicia Water Board, said they are bringing in help today, Wednesday, Aug. 3 to locate the problem.

And help could not come a moment too soon.

“We’re working on trying to figure out where the missing water is going,” Peavy said. “We’re apparently losing 60 percent of what we pump.”


Opera stars shine at Phoenicia's Festival of the Voice

By Jay Braman Jr.
They started showing up this week.

Some came from New York City, others flew in from Texas, Tennessee, and other parts of the nation, all coming to a nondescript office in the center of Phoenicia, where they use their God given instruments to reproduce what has come to be known as “The perfect opera.”
Wisps of the sound travel along Main Street on the hot summer breeze, creating a sense of curiosity, excitement and anticipation for what is in store.


Phoenicia business reportedly buying Boiceville property

By Jay Braman Jr.
A one-acre commercial property jewel in Boiceville is being sold, but not to the owners of Hanover Farms of Mount Tremper. That is according to Town of Olive Supervisor Bert Leifeld, which has had the property up for sale since last year.

On Monday Leifeld said that a Phoenicia businessman has placed a binder on the property and that the transaction is moving forward through the bureaucratic red tape that slows such deals.


Sewer costs skyrocketing in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
Phoenicia heard sobering news Monday night about the costs of building a sewer system for the hamlet.

Under discussion since 1997, the costs have been going up and up and up.
Now, according to La-mont Engineering, which has been studying five different options for a system, it would cost between $25 and $30 million to build a system and between $550, 000 and $600,000 a year to run.

Now, those figures, while staggering if the 250 users in the tiny hamlet had to pay all of it, have not yet been broken down by La-mont.


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