In the loop

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The New Paltz Times

BusFor the Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT), SUNY New Paltz students are 7,767 opportunities to gain ridership, and Village of New Paltz residents are an additional 6,000.

Over the past few months, UCAT has focused on encouraging more students to ride its countywide bus system, recognizing that SUNY New Paltz and the surrounding village comprise the second largest population center in the county.

Improvements that have been made in New Paltz so far are expected to work with additional effort.

According to UCAT Director of Transportation Bob Di Bella, Ulster County students used public transportation about 30,000 times in 2012, and about 13,000 of those rides were by SUNY New Paltz students.  Continue reading “In the loop”

9/11 changed forever: victims database (10th Anniversary Spread)

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News / The Poughkeepsie Journal
9/11 10th Anniversary Spread

Robert L. Scandole, Jr. was a family man, and his two daughters, Emma and Katie, were his world.

Days didn’t really begin, said his wife, Sheila, 47, until 6:10 p.m., when the beloved father would walk through the front door of their home in Pelham.

They would eat dinner together, and he always read his daughters their bedtime stories and gave them their nighttime baths, she said.

The girls were just toddlers when they lost their father.

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Family searches for bone marrow match

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

STONY POINT—Matthew Monsour is a 9-year-old Yankee fan who loves to play outside and volunteer around town.  Matthew also wants to do well in school, and he looks forward to being an engineer when he grows up.

But Matthew and his family added a more short-term goal to his list in February when he was diagnosed with leukemia.

That goal was to find a bone marrow match.

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Gay couples wed at Nyack park

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

NYACK—Nora and Tina Lopez-Chiaffarelli walked into a gazebo, holding hands and flower bouquets.  The same-sex Nyack couple, together for a year and a half, proclaimed their love for each other amid a community of friends and family.

Their wedding ceremony was the first of the day at Nyack’s Memorial Park.

The Rev. Sala Saran of Valley Cottage, an associate minister with the Interfaith Temple of New York City, had announced last week that she would be available to perform marriage ceremonies throughout the day at the park’s gazebo.  Saturday was her first time performing same-sex marriages.

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Heat wave strains power grid, public

Written by Charlene V. Martoni and James O’Rourke
Published in The Journal News

Near-record temperatures led to near-record power consumption Friday as extreme heat drove some to crank their air conditioners and others to seek relief at the county’s cooling centers.

Maria Pollard, a spokeswoman for Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc., said Friday’s demand for electricity was the second highest in company history, topping out around 1,599 megawatts at 4 p.m.  The figure is just shy of the 1,617 megawatts of demand required Aug. 2, 2006.

The anticipated increase in demand drove the company to issue a heat alert Friday morning, but Pollard said O&R’s systems had responded well throughout the day and into the evening.

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Missing man alive in Spain

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

SUFFERN—A 24-year-old village man who was missing three days in Spain was found by a friend Sunday, after being badly beaten and robbed of his possessions.

Jeffery Capalbo was found brutally beaten Sunday afternoon at Barcelona airport by the friend he had been traveling with.

The discovery came after friends and family had launched a frantic search, some flying to Spain and others posting notices online and trying to enlist the assistance U.S. representatives.

Capalbo and his friend, Matt Beck, 24, were on vacation when they were separated Thursday night while at Catwalk, a club in Barcelona, said Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence.

When Capalbo did not return to their hotel room the next morning, Beck notified police.

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Tappan Zee grad commands Navy unit

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

SPARKILL—For the McGuiness family, service in the Navy runs in the blood.

When Dan McGuiness enlisted in the Navy in 1981, he was following in the footsteps of his father, Thomas McGuiness, and an uncle.  Another uncle is a Vietnam veteran.

Dan McGuiness, who attended Tappan Zee Elementary School, was selected to participate in the Navy’s limited duty officer program and was commissioned as an ensign in 1993.

McGuiness, 47, in May became commanding officer of the Naval Ocean Processing Facility in Dam Neck, Va., in the Virginia Beach area.

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Man faces prison for theft from employer

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

NANUET—A Rockland County jury has convicted a 31-year-old Orange County man for stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Nanuet electronics store where he worked.

Jorge Delacruz faces up to four years in state prison when he is sentenced for fourth-degree grand larceny by County Court Judge William K. Nelson on Sept. 27.

He faces an enhanced prison sentence based on previous convictions.  He was convicted of fourth degree criminal sale of marijuana in February 2006, as well as fourth-degree criminal mischief March 8, the Rockland District Attorney’s Office said.

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West Point to host new class of cadets

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

WEST POINT—Cadets-in-training from around the world will gather at the U.S. Military Academy next week for the reception for the class of 2015.  The reception is scheduled for Monday, after which they will begin their basic training.

The class consists of about 1,250 candidates, including residents of every state, 14 from around the world, 21 combat veterans and more than 340 minorities.  Seventeen percent of the class is female; there are 132 African-Americans, 121 Hispanic-Americans, 76 Asian Americans and 12 Native Americans.

Candidates were chosen based on their performance in academics, leadership and athletics, Col. Deborah McDonald, director of admissions, said in a press release.

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Event to mark new firetruck

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

SUFFERN—The Suffern Hook & Ladder Company 1 recently expanded its fleet with a 2010 Seagrave 100-foot Tiller Ladder.

The new truck is the first of its kind to be purchased by the village of Suffern since 1973, and its arrival will be celebrated by local fire departments at a traditional “wetdown” this weekend.

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