Some local kids played roles in a tribute to veterans at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill Saturday night.

Some local kids played roles in a tribute to veterans at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill Saturday night.

Stephen Finkel of Warwick, a member of the Army National Guard, was one of an estimated 700 returning veterans and their families to be honored at a ceremony before the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball game organized by Veterans Affairs.

Finkel's son, 12-year-old Stephen, served as a batboy at the game and his daughter, 10-year-old Jacqueline, led a chorus of veterans' children in "God Bless America" in the middle of the fifth inning.

Chris Mele

Milford, Pa.'s old Tom Quick Inn reopened this month. The historic building had been empty since at least 2007 when it was condemned for fire code violations.

In the spring, it was bought by Reza Ghassemi, who vowed to restore the Tom Quick, which was built in 1882.

The rooms are scheduled to be fully renovated by Saturday, but the restaurants, bar and ballroom are already open.

The upstairs dinning room, featuring health-conscious, "fusion" cuisine, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel has also a sushi bar and a sports bar that turns into a nightclub after 9 p.m.

Stephen Sacco

Town of Blooming Grove residents have until Aug. 6 to submit comments about proposed rate hikes in Glenwood Hills and Tappan Hill sewer districts. The proposal would raise rates in Glenwood Hills from $148.81 per quarter to $295 per quarter, and rates in Tappan Hill from $92.60 per quarter to $185.20 per quarter.

Town officials attribute the increases to the need to cover deficits in the sewer districts, which have not seen rate increases in at least eight years.

The new rates could be approved as early as Aug. 10, during the Town Board's regular meeting.

John Sullivan

The Town of Blooming Grove is requesting that it become co-lead agency of the environmental impact review for Mountco Construction and Development Corp's development of the former Camp La Guardia homeless shelter and surrounding property.

The Planning Board sought sole lead agency status on the review for Camp La Guardia, setting up a potential showdown with the Town of Chester, which declared lead agency first.

The towns have since come to an agreement to work together, said Chester Supervisor Steve Neuhaus.

Lead agency status affords its holder some degree of control over planning. Both towns have a huge stake in the Camp La Guardia development, an 807-unit project that straddles the town line and is likely to be the largest development for both.

If agreed to by the state, a lead agency committee would be formed with members of both the seven-member Blooming Grove Planning Board and the five-member Town Board.

At question is how to divide the votes, so that both boards have equal representation.

Neuhaus suggested forming a committee of equal number of members from both boards.

Blooming Grove Planning Board Chairman Ralph Maffei said state law might require both boards remain intact, thus requiring the future committee to weight the votes.

John Sullivan

Residents of the Goshen Fire District concerned about a $2.8 million expansion of the Minisink Hook & Ladder Co. firehouse complained Tuesday that the number of hours that have been allotted for the Aug. 18 vote on the proposal are too short.

Reading a law that stated that such votes have to be held to "maximize voter participation," resident Greg Wile demanded that the voting hours be extended from the three hours decided on by the fire district.

"You consider 6 to 9 a maximizing of voter participation?" Wile asked, challenging Al Turi, the commissioner of the fire district.

"It's not maximizing it, but it's what we're going to do," Turi responded.

John Sullivan