Fallsburg Fire Chief Arrested in Connection with Bungalow Arson

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Fallsburg police have charged Smith, of S. FALLSBURG, NY — Fallsburg with burning down this bungalow on Aug. 29 at the intersection of Laurel Avenue and Brickman Road. (Photo: MICHELE HASKELL/Times Herald Record)

S. FALLSBURG, NY — The Fallsburg fire chief has been arrested in connection with the August 29 arson of a bungalow at a Jewish summer camp in Sullivan County.

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Fallsburg Man Charged with Arson, Hate Crimes

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FALLSBURG, NY — A Fallsburg man was charged with felony arson and hate crimes on Tuesday in connection with a bungalow fire and spray-painted slurs in his Sullivan county town.

Town of Fallsburg Police said Edward Smith, 44, allegedly started a fire at Skopps Bungalows on Seldon Road and also spray painted slurs and threats.

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Hasidim Make Annual Exodus from Sullivan County

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“In three hours, everybody’s gone.”
Members of a Hasidic family pack their
minivan to leave Sullivan County.

WOODBOURNE, NY — Bakery workers scraped mounds of poppy seeds into trash bins.

Fathers strapped luggage and toys to the roofs of minivans. Mothers were too busy hosing off chairs and folding the last of the laundry to talk about the exodus.

This scene has repeated for decades now. The day before Labor Day, Sullivan County’s Hasidic Jewish communities pack up and vanish. Shops close, bungalows empty, summer ends. Many return to the bustle of Brooklyn.

“It’s unbelievable,” bakery owner Levi Gombo said. “In three hours, everybody’s gone.”

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3 Bochurim Assaulted, the Perps Arrested

MONTICELLO, NY [CHI] — Three perpetrators were arrested following the beating of Lubavitcher Bochurim. Charged were William Harrison, 18, of Livingston Manor, Sean Gadsen, 16, of Youngsville, and Matthew Alcivar, 17, of Queens, and all three were charged with second-degree assault as a hate crime, gang assault in the second degree, aggravated harassment and disorderly conduct, they were arraigned and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail without bail.

The incident took place on last week on Thursday night, beginning inside the Monticello Wal-Mart where the two groups first came into contact where racial slurs and taunts were shouted at the Bochurim, then in the parking lot into a assault where one of the Bochurim sustained fractures to his face.

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Anti-Semitic Graffiti found on road in S. Fallsburg

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SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Fallsburg police removed anti-Semitic graffiti on Wednesday on a road in South Fallsburg.

Police found swastikas and nooses drawn on Westwood Drive near summer bungalows where orthodox Jews vacation.

“It was just somebody venting,” Chief Simmie Williams said. But Rabbi Yakov Barros said the matter should be investigated fully.

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“Operation Summer Brake” Enforcement

Mid Hudson News

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Thruway Authority and State Police Troop T Thursday announced that “Operation Summer Brake” will take place beginning Monday, August 25, 2008 through Friday, August 29.

“As the summer travel season comes to a close, the Authority reminds motorists to drive responsibly and to remain alert and aware of their surroundings,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael Fleischer. “Although everyone is eager to get to their destination, please remember to be cautious while traveling through construction zones, always wear your seat belts, and never drink and drive.”

From August 25 through August 29, Members of State Police Troop T, dedicated solely to conducting speed and aggressive driving enforcement, will be deployed daily along the New York State Thruway.

Around a Bon Fire in Mei Menuchos

S. FALLSBURG, NY [CHI] – In the Catskill Mountains the nights grow cold and family’s in the Mei Menuchos (pleasant waters) Bungalow Colony gathered around a warm fire in a kumzitz, some baking potatoes and marshmallows and sharing stories of the Baal Shemtov.

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Drunk Jewish Teen Crashes into Bungalow Colony on Shabbos

Vos Iz Neias

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Police got a call Saturday afternoon about 3:00pm of a vehicle that rolled over a few times on Route 42 and crashed into a bungalow at Friendship Bungalow Colony on LaVista Drive.

The car that missed a turn-off was driven by a drunk 16-year-old boy, who extracted himself out of the vehicle, and start running away, while Yiddish music was still blasting out of the vehicle. Hatzolah responded and was immediately on the scene.

Police gave chase, caught up with the teenager and arrested him.

Sun, Snow and Shabbos – CGI Running Springs Hosts 150 Children this Winter Break

RUNNING SPRINGS, CA [CHI] — Less than two months after the devastating California wild fires in Running Springs, Camp Gan Israel Running Springs is up and running. Children came from all over California and other Western states. The 6 day camp for the girls and 6 days for boys were highlighted by unforgettable unity Shabbatons, with additional children joining together in a true spirit of Achdus.

Guardrail Saved Lives, State Police Say

John Sullivan – Times Herald-Record
Highway Guardrail. Illustration Photo.

Just two weeks after its installation, a median guardrail on Route 17 stopped a car from crossing over into oncoming traffic.

“You can say it works, and that it saved a life today,” said state Trooper Jason Grabowski of the new guardrail installed near Exit 130.

According to state police, the driver of a westbound white 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier bounced off the newly installed rail after the driver lost control trying to pass another car on its left. The car then came back onto the highway, flipped and came to rest upside down on the right shoulder of the road, police said.

Prayer Gathering On Thruway Concerns Officials

CBS2

Slaotsburg, NY — Every summer there’s an interesting sight on the New York State Thruway: dozens of men gathering to pray on public property in Sloatsburg.

Which leads some to wonder, Is there more than meets the eye? And why are state officials concerned?

DOT: Slower Isn’t Safer On Route 17

By Ramsey Al-Rikabi – Times Herald-Record
Traffic is a blur yesterday westbound on
Route 17. A DOT report said lowering the
speed would not make the highway safer.

Lowering the speed limit on Route 17 would not make the highway safer, according to an internal state Department of Transportation report.

In fact, reducing the limit from 65 mph to 55 mph could reduce safety on the stretch of highway between the Town of Wallkill to the New York State Thruway.

“If (the speed limit) was lowered, it might be more dangerous,” said Josh Ribakove, a DOT spokesman.

Pleasant Stretch of Road Proves Deadly, but Why?

The New York Times
Four people were killed in an accident on March 17, 2006, on the New York State Thruway south of Harriman. Officials are studying an unusually high number of crash fatalities on a 13-mile stretch of the highway.

SLOATSBURG, NY — With the Ramapo Mountains forming a rugged backdrop, the stretch of New York State Thruway between Exit 15A and Exit 16 is a pleasant, mostly straight and altogether unremarkable ribbon of highway, looking every bit the prototypical interstate designed to take drivers quickly and safely from city to city.

State Set to Install Rt. 17 Median Barriers

Times Herald-Record

Orange County, NY — A state contractor is set to begin installing a metal barrier in the middle of Route 17 next month to prevent cars from crossing the grassy median and colliding with oncoming traffic.

The Department of Transportation had planned to do the work in 2009 but moved up its schedule after a spate of deadly crossover crashes, including one in October in Chester that killed a young New York City couple and left their 10-month-old daughter an orphan.

Bungalow colony applications keep Fallsburg Planning Board busy

By Nathan Mayberg – Times Herald-Record

South Fallsburg, NY — The Town of Fallsburg remains the epicenter in Sullivan County for interest in developing and expanding bungalow colonies. Of the 14 items before the Planning Board Thursday night, 11 were related to the town’s seasonal Orthodox Jewish community. If approved, they would add more than 600 new units with more than 3,000 new residents.

The largest single project on the agenda was Walden Pond, a single and multifamily 350 town house development with 45,000 square feet of commercial space proposed for Woodbourne at Leins Road and Route 52. The Planning Board will send a letter to the Town Board that the developer has been “positively cooperating” with the planning process. The town has conditionally approved the rezoning to a half-acre.