05/19/15 10:30am
05/19/2015 10:30 AM
Over 100 members of the public attended an informational meeting on Friday night about a proposed garbage district. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Over 100 members of the public attended an informational meeting on Friday night about a proposed garbage district. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

“For everybody to get up here and say the same things over and over again is ridiculous.”

So said Mike Brewer, a former president of the Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton Community Association at Friday night’s public informational meeting about a garbage district that has been proposed in the three hamlets.

Mr. Brewer said at the meeting that he’s unsure where he lies on the proposal, but said residents should let it go to a public vote.

But Mr. Brewer found himself in the minority on Friday night, where most of the 30 or so people who spoke at the meeting already had their minds made up. They were opposed to the idea, though some did support the proposal.

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05/15/15 7:00am
05/15/2015 7:00 AM

I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother’s Day. If you’re fortunate to still have your mom in your life make sure to appreciate her every day. I really miss my mom but take comfort in knowing she celebrated with her mother in Heaven. I spent the day with one of my “other” mothers, Marsha Mickoliger, and my BFF, Michele. I’ve known the Mickoligers since I was 4 and, although I don’t have a sister of my own, I have four great women in my life that I consider my sisters. (more…)

05/01/15 7:00am
05/01/2015 7:00 AM

Welcome, May and, hopefully, more seasonal weather. I want to do yard work and sit outside and drink my tea in the morning. I’d like to ask Mother Nature to turn up the heat a little. I’m not the only one. Everyone I run into says the same thing: “Where is spring?”  (more…)

04/27/15 1:26pm
04/27/2015 1:26 PM
Southampton councilman Brad Bender spoke to residents at the recent FRANCA meeting about garbage pick up. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Southampton councilman Brad Bender spoke to residents at the recent FRANCA meeting about garbage pick up. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Southampton Town will be holding an informational meeting on its proposal to create a garbage district in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton hamlets on Friday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the Phillips Avenue Elementary School. (more…)

04/20/15 3:31pm
04/20/2015 3:31 PM
Garbage on Oak Avenue in Flanders. (Credit: barbaraellen Koch)

Garbage on Oak Avenue in Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

If a controversial proposed garbage district in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton is going forward, the town will likely need to first re-bid it, according to Councilman Brad Bender of Northampton.

But that’s assuming the district is even moving forward, a decision that the Town Board will likely make some time after a public hearing on the proposal in mid-May, he said. (more…)

04/18/15 7:00am
04/18/2015 7:00 AM

If you heard a happy yell Sunday afternoon, that was me. It finally reached 60 degrees. For a minute it seemed like this winter wasn’t ever going to end. Now May is coming, and sometime during the second week I’ll make the trip to Oneonta one last time until August. I don’t mind it really — it’s nice to spend some alone time with my baby girl and catch up. (more…)