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Weekend in review

Jul 22, 2013 5:26 am
Some of the stories that made the news, July 18 to 21:

Parry Teasdale reported in the Columbia Paper Chatham Village Mayor Tom Curran has confirmed Schuyler Companies has purchased Chatham Plaza, the site of the Price Chopper market, from the Morristown, N.J.-based real estate firm, The Hampshire Companies. Schuyler is the Latham firm that recently prevailed in the contentious fight to build a new, 44,000-square-foot supermarket just over the village line in the Town of Ghent, directly next door to the store's current location. Construction on the new market has not yet begun. Accord to Ghent officials, the company intends to build a connector and sidewalk between the plaza and the new store. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.

Jessica Mosier reported in The Daily Mail the Greene County Industrial Development Agency is moving forward with plans for the development of a new business park. Fountain Flats Park would be developed on approximately 100 acres of IDA owned lands in the town of Coxsackie, located between Bronck Mill Road and U.S. Route 9W. It is the site formerly intended to be the location of a large commercial greenhouse complex proposed by Fernlea. The IDA projects the creation of 150-250 jobs upon the completion of the business park. A public hearing on the proposal will be held 6 p.m., July 31 at the Village of Coxsackie office. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

The Galvan Foundation announced last week the recipients of its third round of grant awards, totaling more than $300,000. The funds were awarded to 21 groups that provide a variety of services in the Hudson community. The largest award, in the amount of $150,000, was made to the Columbia-Greene Partnership Academy, also known as "The Bridge." The funding will underwrite the cost of enrolling 25 Hudson City School District students in the academy. Other recipients included the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation Child Advocacy Center, the Hudson Opera House, the Hudson Pride Foundation, the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and the Hudson Fire Department. The foundation began operations in January 2012. Its stated mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life for all Hudson residents.

The Daily Freeman reported the former executive director of Ulster-Greene ARC, has been appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as acting commissioner of the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Laurie A. Kelley served in the private, not-for-profit agency for 14 years prior to her resignation, July 2. Todd McNutt, president of the Board of Directors at Ulster-Greene ARC, called Kelley “a visionary.” Ulster-Greene ARC was founded in 1956 by families in Ulster and Greene counties who insisted that their children with disabilities have the same opportunities as anyone else. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.