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Weekend in review

Jun 30, 2014 6:59 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Fri., June 27 through Mon., June 30:

The Associated Press is reporting environmental clean-up crews responded to an oil spill at the Port of Albany after 100 gallons of oil spilled out of a rail car this weekend. The spill was contained by Sunday afternoon and no oil went into the Hudson River. Brian Tumulty reported in the Poughkeepsie Journal New York officials are reviewing a request by CSX to not publicly disclose movements of its freight trains carrying crude oil across the state. The state began receiving weekly information about the shipments earlier this month under an emergency order signed in May by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The routing information is being shared with state public safety officials. Those officials are expected to communicate the relevant shipment information with local first responders at some point, although there's no indication as to when that coordination will begin. There have been 16 significant freight rail accidents in the U.S. and Canada since 2006, including one last July that killed 47 people. Freight trains carrying 100 or more tanker cars of crude oil regularly run through western New York to terminals in the Albany area. The oil arriving in Albany is either moved through the Port of Albany for shipment by barge and tanker, or on the CSX river line on the western shore of the Hudson River south to New Jersey.

Kyle Adams reported in The Daily Mail on the nearly complete digital transition of the Hi-Way Drive-In in Coxsackie. Roger Babcock, owner with his wife Sharon of the theater since the 1970s, expects all four screens to be fully digital in a couple of weeks. “You go digital or you go out of business,” Babcock said. The theater's transition from 35mm film prints has cost an estimated $146,000. The Greenville Drive-In has not been so lucky. That theater went dark this summer after it was unable to come up with the funds for new equipment. The Jericho Drive-In in Glenmont is still running 35mm films and is hoping to raise the money for a digital conversion by the end of the season.

The New York State Police announced Sat., June 28, the two teenage girls reported missing from the Berkshire Girls home in Ancram had been located. Christine Bitting and Breanna LaJoie were returned to the facility. The girls went missing the afternoon of Wed., June 25.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="243"] Hudson Islamic Center,
N. Third St., Hudson.
(Courtesy timesunion.com)[/caption]

John Mason reported in the Register Star a proposal has been made by the Hudson Development Corporation that would allow the Hudson Islamic Center to stay at its current location on North Third Street in Hudson. That plan calls for the center to lease the land from the development corporation for 100 years. The Center's plans to build a mosque at that location have been stalled for nearly six months. Islamic Center President and Second Ward Alderman Abdus Miah (AHB-duce ME-ah) said the center does not wish to lease the property, it wants to own it. Conversations with Hudson Development Corporation are ongoing. Miah said he believes something can, and will be worked out.

Nearly 1,000 high school seniors in Columbia and Greene counties received their diplomas in ceremonies held Fri., June 27, as family and friends turned out to celebrate the successful completion of 13 years of education. Graduating classes varied in size — the Windham-Ashland-Jewett High School senior class consisted of 31 students, while the Ichabod Crane Class of 2014 boasted 150 members. Read the stories in the Register Star and The Daily Mail.
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