Shandaken

Farm stand law creeps forward

By Jay Braman Jr.
There have been several meetings of Shandaken officials to figure out the controversial new produce stand law, the latest being a special session held last Tuesday by the planning board.
After reviewing the proposal that evening the planners recommended its passage by the town board, but made a couple of minor changes they had asked the town board to consider before adoption.


Shandaken Theatrical Society presents Teen Music Showcase

Phoenicia —The Shandaken Theatrical Society will present a Teen Music Showcase on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. at the society’s playhouse at 10 Church Street in Phoenicia. Please call 688-2279 for reservations. Admission is $5. 
The event will feature singers, bands, and instrumentalists from an impressive local teen talent pool.


Shandaken man gets up to six years for fatal drunk driving accident

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Shandaken man is expected to get one to three years in prison for killing a passenger in his pickup truck in a drunk driving incident last fall.
Jay Conosa, 44, of 11 Regina Way, in the Broadstreet Hollow area of Shandaken, pleaded guilty Monday in Ulster County Court to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault, prosecutors said. Conosa is expected to be sentenced on May 18 to one to three years in state prison on each count.


Local chef cooked at Macy's demo

Devin Mills, co-owner of the Peekamoose Restaurant in Shandaken, was one of thousands of chefs selected as a representative of farm-to-table cuisine at the Macy’s Culinary Center in midtown Manhattan on March 7. Mills was selected by the Ulster County Tourism Board and the “I Love NY” campaign to showcase Catskills cuisine. Adding to the challenge: Mills was operating with just one hand, having broken his right hand a week beforehand.


Law would set expiration on Shandaken farm stand

By Jay Braman Jr.
Whoever said, “You can’t fight City Hall,” obviously never met Al Higley.
Higley and his son Alfie run a farm stand on Route 28 in Mount Tremper. After years of battling the Town of Shandaken and allegedly being in violation of zoning laws, Higley says he now faces another threat to his livelihood- a new law that regulates farm stands in a way that, according to Higley, would put him out of business.


Shandaken man tapped for OCS Board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Dan Spencer, one of four candidates seeking a spot on the Onteora School Board, was chosen by the board at a meeting last week. Spencer lives in the Shandaken hamlet of Mount Tremper. With his appointment there are now three of seven trustees hailing from Shandaken.


Shandaken's settlement with NYC would raise taxes

By Jay Braman Jr.
If the Town of Shandaken agrees to a settlement on the value of the mammoth New York City owned waste treatment plant in Pine Hill, the Big Apple would save hundreds of thousands in taxes, an amount that the rest of the taxpayers in town would then have to pay.


Valentine's Day cabaret planned at Boiceville Inn

Shandaken — With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is in the air. And so are the lovely sounds of Broadway, as the Shandaken Theatrical Society presents a Valentine’s Day cabaret and dinner-dance at the Boiceville Inn for two nights only on the big weekend.


Shandaken shakeup brings new officials

By Jay Braman Jr.
In a bold move, and one that did not happen without a fight, the Shandaken Town Board has dismissed the leaders of two critical elements of local government.


Shandaken reverses course; plans public zoning hearing

By Jay Braman Jr.
In a reversal from last month, the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals has decided to hold a public hearing on its plan to interpret a murky portion of town law, an interpretation that could either pave the way for an unpopular water harvest project or stop it in its tracks.


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