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Weekend in review

Sep 16, 2013 6:57 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Sept. 13 to Sept. 16:

Michael Hill reported for the Associated Press the Catskill Action Team is offering the right chef a novel deal: Come to Catskill with a killer concept — maybe farm-to-table, gastro-pub or vegetarian — and get space on Main Street rent-free for a year. The hope is the right restaurant will give the growing number of downriver arrivals from New York City an attractive place to eat. And maybe it will accelerate the kind of gentrification that has revived other river towns. The deal involves the ground floor of a building located on Main Street, the site of an old luncheonette with a black marble service counter and art deco fixtures. The new restaurateur would have to pay for some capital improvements to get the free rent. Read the full Associated Press story in the Daily Freeman.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="298"] Barnwell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center[/caption]

Emilia Teasdale reported in the Columbia Paper the Valatie Village Board heard last week from representatives of Barnwell Nursing Home about that facility's planned expansion. The owners of the facility have purchased adjacent property on Mechanic Street and plan to build an assisted living center with 100 beds, a project they say will create 50 to 60 new jobs. The assisted living center is for residents who do not need the higher level of care provided by a nursing home. A representative of engineering firm Crawford and Associates came before the Village Board to discuss water use with the village. Barnwell is the single largest user of water in the village, and the new assisted living facility will increase its usage. The state has placed a moratorium on connections to the village water system until plans are made to deal with possible surface water influence on village wells. Mayor Diane Argyle said the village may need a new filtration system, but officials are awaiting test results from a new well that will be available in October. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.

Barbara Reina reported in the Register Star the driver of a Long Energy tanker truck that rolled over while navigating the state Route 9 and 9H traffic circle Thurs., Sept. 12, has been ticketed, according to the New York State Police. The investigation into the accident revealed the tanker, fully loaded with home heating oil, overturned due to speed too fast for conditions. The impact caused the tanker to rupture, spilling thousands of truck's 8,000-gallon load onto the roadway. The driver, Paul Rondeau (RON-doe), of Watervliet, was cited for speed not reasonable and prudent. Read the full story in the Register Star.