Phoenicia gets flood mitigation permit

By Jay Braman Jr.
After waiting all winter, Phoenicia has been given the go ahead for a quick-fix plan that will hopefully solve the hamlet’s all-to-frequent Main Street flooding problem.

This week the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a permit to the Town of Shandaken, which had applied for permission to dredge Stony Clove Creek in December after two severe floods last fall caused the creek to overflow its banks and run straight down Main Street, causing thousands of dollars of damage to public and private property.

OCS budget has 3.7% tax hike

By Jay Braman Jr.
When Onteora School District voters go to the polls on May 17, they will be asked to approve the district’s first-ever $50 million budget. If approved, the spending plan, which was adopted by the board of education last week, will carry a 3.7 percent school tax hike along with it. The proposed budget includes revenue of $2 million from the school’s reserve funds.

Phoenicia library finds temporary home as they face $100,000 shortfall

By Jay Braman Jr.
Less than one month after a fire destroyed its longtime Main Street location, the Phoenicia Library has miraculously risen from the ashes, maintaining regular hours at a temporary location a couple blocks away.

Phoenicia library gutted by fire

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Library, which became homeless following an early morning blaze Saturday, is already open for business in a new but temporary place right in the hamlet.
The fire destroyed the interior and contents of the Phoenicia Library Saturday, rendering the Main Street Building uninhabitable.

Phoenicia spared last week

By Jay Braman Jr.
Last week’s stormy weather came and went without destroying the Hamlet of Phoenicia, in spite of expectations of substantial damage.

Having already being hit hard twice this winter, local residents braced for another devastating flood when snow and rain covered the region Thursday night into Friday morning. Local emergency planners expected high water to turn Main Street, Phoenicia into a muddy river.

Sweet Sue's closed due to septic issue

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Health Department shut the doors on a popular Phoenicia restaurant Friday after a spot inspection revealed the establishment’s septic system had failed.

Sweet Sue’s, located on Main Street in the business district, was ordered to close immediately.
According to Shandaken Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, county health officials appeared in Phoenicia Friday, following flooding that had hit the area the day before, and began inspections of all the restaurants on Main Street.

'Foreigner' delivers laughs next two weekends

Phoenicia — There’s good reason to venture out to the Playhouse in Phoenicia these days. The Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) is serving up a comedic romp called “The Foreigner,” a brisk two-act play that, on Saturday night, delivered ticket holders from a theater in snowy Ulster County to a fishing lodge resort in Tilghman County, Georgia.

Those that went along loved the trip.

Phoenicia narrows sewer option

By Jay Braman Jr.
Catskill Watershed Corp-oration (CWC) officials visited Shandaken this week to get the community up to speed on progress toward final plans for a waste treatment facility design for Phoenicia.

Last fall the CWC was hired by the town to design a plan to treat wastewater in the hamlet where residents and business owners have rejected previous proposals for being too costly.

Voice studio new addition to Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s a new addition to the ever-growing list of arts training opportunities in the Phoenicia Business District, a locale that continues to enjoy a renaissance period despite cries of worldwide economic doom and gloom.

STS promises comedy in March

Phoenicia — The Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS), Phoenicia’s resident theater company, is proud to announce its upcoming production of Larry Shue’s sidesplitting comedy, “The Foreigner,” opening March 4.  

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