CHEERS: To the Goshen Central High School mock trial team which won the high school tournament against a team from Brooklyn Technical High School. Teams from Goshen have won 15 out of 16 past Orange County mock trial competitions and made it to the semifinals four times. This was the team's first time in the finals. Members of Goshen's winning team were Fattum Abbad, Nazya Ahmed, Jessica Bailey, Rachel Blustein, Arrington Brendle, Kareena Chhabra, Zachary Constantine, Giannamarie Diaz, Michael Ehling, Liam Higgins, Sara Higgins, Caitlin Hough, Aleena Jacob, Sydney Jessup, Jay Jung, Olivia Klugman, Ava Kunis, Magdalen Larsen, James Lindeman, Anya Malhotra, Domenico Pasquini, Ashley Rivera, Robbie Siracuse and Robert Winslow. The team’s attorney coach was Mark Stern, and the faculty coach was Robert Karshawer. The presiding judge told the six student-attorneys in the final round that “any one of you today could walk into a courtroom downstairs and get to work.”
CHEERS: To the 29 Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center students who competed in timed trade, leadership, and community service contests during the 2018 SkillsUSA State Conference in Syracuse. Four students came in first in their respective categories and one student placed second. The first-place students, who are from Ellenville, New Paltz and Wallkill Central School Districts, have secured a spot at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, later this month. Arye Gittleman of Ellenville won a first place medal in fashion design. Giulia Danisi of New Paltz won a first place medal also in fashion design. Joe Pushman and Cody Bellotti, both of Wallkill, won first place medals in motorcycle, outdoor power, turf management.
CHEERS: To Ted Doering for creating a new attraction in the City of Newburgh, a museum for bicycles. Velocipede, inside a three-story former labor union hall at 109 Liberty St., will showcase 19th- and 20th-century, two- and four-wheeled machines and bicycle-themed memorabilia Doering and his father collected over decades. The storefront will host workshops where local youngsters can get hands-on lessons in bicycle maintenance and keep the bikes they repair. “Most people remember what brand bicycle they had,” said Doering, who will not charge admission. “I think it’s part of everyone’s youth.” The collection includes a 1950s-era “Hopalong Cassidy” outfitted with dual cap guns, holsters and a headlight, a tricycle made in England in 1884, a pedal-powered contraption used by railroad inspectors and a 1965 Schwinn that belonged to Doering’s sister and now includes a sidecar he found at a bicycle show.
CHEERS: To residents of the Town of Montgomery who want answers along with the promises that always come with big development projects. In what appears to be a regional trend, local people are not willing to accept at face value all the talk about jobs and revenue unless they know that the environment and their lifestyle will not be adversely affected. They also want to know more details about tax subsidies which they end up paying. The questions came in response to plans for a 1,015,740-square-foot warehouse proposed for 190 acres of land behind Johnny’s Pizzeria & Restaurant at the intersection of routes 17K and 747.