Callicoon Riverside Park receives $50K, Pike County receives $5 mil and more

What's new in the Upper Delaware June 25 to July 3

Posted 6/24/20

Callicoon Riverside Park receives L.L.Bean Community Fund Award

CALLICOON, NY — Outdoor clothing company L.L.Bean, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), has announced that the …

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Callicoon Riverside Park receives $50K, Pike County receives $5 mil and more

What's new in the Upper Delaware June 25 to July 3

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Callicoon Riverside Park receives L.L.Bean Community Fund Award

CALLICOON, NY — Outdoor clothing company L.L.Bean, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), has announced that the Callicoon Riverside Park project is one of three recipients of the 2020 L.L.Bean Community Fund Awards.

The Callicoon-based project will receive a $50,000 grant to help construct a vibrant 47.5 acres community park with trails, picnic area and a public entry point to the Upper Delaware. Also among this year’s recipients were outdoor projects in Newark, NJ and Huntington, VT. This grant is part of L.L.Bean’s multi-year, $1 million pledge to provide every American access to quality parks and outdoor spaces in partnership with the TPL.

Pike County receives $5 mil in aid

 PIKE COUNTY, PA — Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pike County is receiving $5,040,047. The purpose of this funding is to cover necessary expenditures incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1 and December 30. 

The commissioners said that an application for small businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations to apply to use these funds is available at www.pikeforward.com. Applicants can also use the same site to sign up for email updates and to find further guidance. Pike County is working with Hailstone Economic to administer this project. The project manager, Sara Hailstone, is available to answer questions. She can be reached at 570/687-6112 or shailstone@hailstoneeconomic.com.

Clean Sweep Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — Carmela M. Hugel, beautification coordinator for Sullivan Renaissance, has announced a new initiative, Clean Sweep Monticello. On Wednesday, July 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., volunteers will litter pluck and weed along Broadway in Monticello. Volunteers are asked to register in advance for the event at www.sullivan
renaissance.org/events-seminars. Meet at the North Street parking lot behind Joe’s Park. Social distancing protocols will be observed and litter collection bags, as well as sanitizing equipment for hands and tools, will be provided.

Delgado introduces contamination legislation

REGION —  On June 16, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), both members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced bipartisan legislation to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine if there is any PFAS contamination on any of their facilities or operating sites. The bill also requires the corps to identify the contaminants and their plan to clean up contaminated sites. The corps, tasked with supporting water infrastructure across the country, has a research arm that monitors water safety during projects. In a statement, the legislators said the bill would ensure that the corps is involved in regulatory processes at the federal level involving PFAS, and will provide Americans with more definitive information as to where PFAS contamination exists across the country.

PA sportsbooks slump, online casinos leap

PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania’s retail and online sportsbooks rose in May but lost out on about $275 million in potential bets, according to PlayPennsylvania estimates, while gamblers again turned to online casinos and poker rooms in record numbers.

Pennsylvania sportsbooks would have expected to accept more than $350 million in a typical May. Instead, online sportsbooks generated $77.5 million in wagers, up 68.4 percent from April’s $46 million handle, according to official data released Tuesday. With many gamblers still homebound in May, online casinos and poker rooms continued their meteoric growth, setting a new record with $55.9 million in gross revenue. That was up 29.7 percent from $43.1 million in April and nearly triple from $19.5 million in February.

Catskill real estate market boom

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — According to a report from WLNY CBS New York, real estate agents are saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired city-dwellers to find an escape in the Catskills, creating a “roaring” real estate market, “with bidding wars and some homes selling the same week they’re listed,” according to the report. Agents said that they’re expecting strong demand throughout the entire summer, adding that it’s a “seller’s market” in Sullivan County.

Cartwright asks treasury for answers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) recently sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury Department following calls from concerned constituents who received their CARES Act stimulus payment in the form of a prepaid card that came from outside the U.S. Treasury Department, as well as those who still have yet to receive their payment.

“I’ve heard from many constituents who were unsure if the card they received was a scam, or worried about sharing sensitive financial details with a company outside the treasury. Americans need to know that their personal financial information will be kept safe, especially during this challenging time,” Cartwright said. “I’m eager to hear from the Treasury Department on behalf of my constituents who received these cards, and those who are still waiting to get the relief they were promised under the CARES Act.”

PA educators look to rewrite science standards

PENNSYLVANIA — A group of PA educators aims to overhaul the state’s science education standards, which are some of the oldest in the country. PA’s science standards have not been updated since 2002. Past attempts to make changes have stalled in the PA General Assembly. This summer’s review will include a look at the Next Generation Science Standards—a 2013 effort at national standards developed by 26 states out of a framework from the National Research Council. Next Generation standards focus on scientific inquiry and “cross-cutting” concepts that stretch across academic disciplines.

“The General Assembly could stall the initiative with a bill to block the implementation of the standards,” the Associated Press reports. “But overcoming a veto by Gov. Tom Wolf, who has backed overhauling the standards, would prove a more difficult challenge.”

Monticello investigating shots fired 

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Village Police are investigating a shots-fired incident that occurred in the area of Dollard Drive and Harmony Lane in the Village of Monticello on June 6 at 11 p.m. A 19-year-old Monticello male, while operating a motor vehicle, was deliberately shot at with a firearm by an unknown person or persons near the Horizons and Fairground Estates Apartment Complexes. The vehicle was struck several times and several errant bullets hit a building at the Fairground Estates. Anyone with information is asked to call Monticello Police at 845/794-4422.

Tusten bridge to be replaced

TUSTEN, NY — The Sullivan County Division of Public Works is closing a portion of County Road 26 (Crystal Lake Road) in the Town of Tusten to replace the above pictured bridge on the inlet of Fox Lake. County Bridge 471, as it is known by the county, is located approximately 1.6 miles northeast from the intersection of County 26 and County Road 23 (Lumberland Mt. Hope). This section of County Road 26 closed to all traffic beginning June 22 and will remain closed for approximately four weeks. The 5.8-mile detour routes traffic to Blind Pond Road, Trout Pond Road and Reyer Road

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