CHEERS: To Washingtonville’s Moffat Library, recipient of a Placemaking Award from the Orange County Citizens Foundation for its $7.4 million restoration. The library was closed for six years after Hurricane Irene hit and reopened in September. The 130-year-old building features a classic cupola clock tower and Tiffany and Belcher windows. The library had to move to temporary quarters after Irene hit in 2011. During that time, the library conducted a survey to highlight the needs and wants of community members. The architect for the restoration, the Butler, Rowland Mays firm of Ballston Spa, set out to incorporate the features of a 21st century library while maintaining the historic character of the original historic landmark building. The building is on the National Register of Historic places. The library includes a teen room, a children’s room, and a craft room. The contractors added 3,800 square feet, bringing the total to 11,900. And the library added 35 parking spaces.
CHEERS: To Jonathan Walters Suber, a 14-year-old Chester Academy freshman, for making it big where the biggest stars got their start. His rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which became a hit when Bette Midler recorded it for the 1988 movie “Beaches,” won the “Stars of Tomorrow” youth talent competition May 23 at the Apollo Theater, sending him to the “Show Off” round this Wednesday. Just before he went on, “Yeah, I was nervous, for just a minute,” he said. “But when I started my song, I was OK.” His father watched and found that “It was magical … He was singing in front of an audience of 1,500 people. I was so proud of him,” said Ronald Suber. The “Show Off” winner will advance to the “Super Top Dog” competition in November, which will be hosted by Steve Harvey and televised on the Fox Network. Jonathan, 14, is a tenor, now that he’s gone through his voice change. He remembers he got interested in singing when he was 3, when his great-grandmother, Lollie Watson, noticed him singing along with performers on TV. Lenna Darbin Andrews, Jonathan’s vocal coach at the Hudson Valley Music Academy in Goshen, said that although he is only 14, he gravitates toward what she calls the ’90s style. “He’s got a mature presence,” Darbin Andrews said.
CHEERS: To officials in Kiryas Joel and the Town of New Windsor for working together to avoid disrupting traffic for weeks at the busy intersection of three major roads in Vails Gate during the construction of the water pipeline they’re building to the Catskill Aqueduct. At the request of New Windsor Supervisor George Green, the village and its engineers have drafted an alternative path that would bypass the Five Corners intersection by diverting the pipeline off Route 32 and onto two town-owned roads. Kiryas Joel, which has built 6.5 miles of the 13.5-mile-long pipeline, is planning the next construction stage and needs Cornwall’s permission to bury pipes beside Holloran and Palamino roads. Green told Cornwall officials that among other considerations, shifting the route would avoid disrupting traffic at an intersection “which, at busy times of day, can only currently be described as a nightmare.”