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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (April 22, 2014) – Get ready for ThunderBash 2014 presented by Thunder 102, The Town of Thompson and Monticello Casino & Raceway.

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ThunderBash will be held at Monticello Casino & Raceway on April 26.

This free event will featuring Northeast Pennsylvania’s favorite country band, Iron Cowboy (photo below), up and coming Nashville Artists the Jacob Martin Band, David Bradley, Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves and 16 year old Stephanie Grace, along with Sullivan County’s own and Nashville singer/songwriters Somerville (Photos above). 

ThunderBash will open with the National Anthem performed by the Franklin Trapp of the Forestburgh Playhouse.

Audience members are requested to bring non-perishable food items, which will be collected at the door for Thunder Country Food Pantries.

IMG_7715 ThunderBash is a free event, but you need a ticket to get in. Listen to Thunder 102, download the Radio Bold app or go online at www.thunder102.com for ticket locations and more details.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the show starts at 5:30 p.m. ThunderBash is a RadioBold Music Event and Yellow Cab is the Designated Driver of ThunderBash.

ThunderBash is also sponsored by M & M Auto Group, Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, Crystal Run Healthcare and Roscoe Beer Co,

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LIBERTY, NY (April 21, 2014) – Foxwoods Catskills Resort Casino will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their brand new headquarters in Liberty, NY on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m.

The new location will serve as the base of operations for Foxwoods® Resort Casino and Muss Development, the two firms behind the proposed resort.

The proposed facility will include world-class gaming space, casual and fine dining restaurants, and luxurious hotel accommodations.

Aside from the casino amenities, the Catskills resort will also offer an array of indoor and outdoor sporting activities, including hiking, horseback riding and camping.

Members of the local community are invited to attend the grand opening.

Leaders from Foxwoods Resort Casino and Muss Development, will be in attendance along with local elected and appointed officials.

imageA small reception will be held after the ribbon cutting for attendees.

The new Foxwoods Catskills Resort Casino Headquarters will be located at 1955 State Route 52, Suite 190 in Liberty.

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Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit www.foxwoods.com

ABOUT MUSS DEVELOPMENT LLC:

Muss Development is the largest development company in the Boroughs of New York City, with more than 15 million square feet of commercial, residential, industrial and retail property developed. For more information on Muss Development please go to www.muss.com

Photos by Carol Montana

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY (April 17, 2014) – The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will open their 2014 season with the play "HolyHolyHoly," written by Bill Duncan, author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning play  “Trust.”

IMG_6921 "HolyHolyHoly" tells of three men, the faith that nourished them and the women who loved them. The values are universal; their struggles are for our time. And then there’s the awkward aspect: Avery, Will and Zeke are priests. Or were.

Featured cast for “HolyHolyHoly,” is Darren Fouse as Will, John Higgins as Avery, Albee Bockman as Zeke, Mike Gastwirth as Father Mac, DeLois House as Ms. Flora, Ellen Pavloff as Brenda/Peggy, Carol Montana as Loretta/Lucy, and Leif K. Johansen as Matthew.

The play is directed by the author and is recommended for mature audiences.

Playwright Bill Duncan was born in the Bronx, IMG_6922raised in Queens, and lived in Brooklyn for a while. He moved to Sullivan County 40 years ago, and has been married to his wife Jean for 39 years.

Duncan was a social activist in the city in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. He has two Bachelor’s Degrees – one in philosophy, and one in Theology from Catholic University. Duncan also has a Master’s in sociology from The New School.

Inspiration for the play comes, not only from Duncan’s Theology degree, but also from having lived through those heady times of war protests, college IMG_6931 student uproar, anti-poverty fights and general urban unrest. He also visited the ghetto neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Chicago that were decimated by rioting.

Performance dates for “HolyHolyHoly” are Friday and Saturday May 2 and 3 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday matinee May 4 at 2:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday May 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. (Please note: there is no Sunday matinee on May 11.)
Admission prices are: Adults – $18.00, adult subscribers – $16.00, seniors, students, military – $14.00, seniors, students, and military subscribers – $12.00. You may become a subscriber with a $15 donation. Your subscriber card entitles you to a $2 savings on your ticket and a half-priced beverage at the concession stand.

Tickets will be available at the door.

For additional information call 845-436-5336, or check the SDCW website at scdw.net or email: scdwemail@aol.com.

Drivers can face up to $1,000 fine and 11 Points for speeding or aggressive driving

NEW YORK STATE (April 16, 2014) – The New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative targeting speeding and aggressive drivers across the state.

The “Speed Week” campaign runs from April 17 through April 24, 2014. Fines for speeding and aggressive driving can reach nearly $1,000 and add up to 11 points on a driver’s license.

“Too often families are forced to endure needless heartache as a result of reckless driving,” said Governor Cuomo. “During Speed Week, the State Police will be out in force across New York cracking down on drivers who break the law, putting themselves and others at risk. This week and every week, I urge drivers to slow down and adhere to the vital and lifesaving rules of the road.”

The goal of this campaign, and enforcement year round, is to reduce speed related crashes and improve safe travel for drivers and passengers on New York’s roads. Speeding by all vehicle types, as well as other traffic violations, will be heavily enforced throughout the week in addition to normal year-round enforcement.

Speed remains one of the leading causes of fatalities on our roadways, averaging approximately one third of all fatal crashes from year to year. Troopers will also be watching for vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, drivers that are violating the “Move Over Law,” and distracted or impaired drivers.

In an effort to continue making New York’s roads safer, this year’s State Budget includes legislation to intensify the efforts to curtail the prevalence of texting while driving by young drivers. Young and new drivers convicted of texting-while-driving will have their license suspended for 120 days on the first offense, and revoked for at least one year for the second offense.

“Drivers can prevent needless deaths and injuries by simply slowing down,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. “Our Troopers are out there on New York roadways doing their part to keep the streets safe, and the public can too. By following posted speed limits and watching their speed, drivers will increase their chances of making it to their destination safely.”
Drivers can expect to see more troopers on major highways during this detail. Unmarked patrol vehicles will also be out in force.

Aggressive driving behaviors State Troopers will be targeting include:

    · Excessive Speed
    · Frequent or Unsafe Lane Changes
    · Failure to Signal
    · Tailgating
    · Failure to Yield the Right of Way
    · Disregarding Traffic Controls
    · Impaired Driving
    · Cell phone/electronic device use

Tips when encountering an aggressive driver:

    · Remain calm
    · Keep your distance
    · Do not pass unless you have to
    · Change lanes once it is safe (don’t jump lanes without looking)

NY State Police point out that there is a difference between aggressive driving and so called "road rage." Road Rage, such as using the vehicle as a weapon or physically assaulting a driver or their vehicle, is NOT aggressive driving. These are criminal offenses, and there are laws in place to deal with these violent crimes.

During the last campaign from August 10, 2013 to August 17, 2013 State Police issued more than 9,600 tickets during “Speed Week.” Fines for speeding range from $45 to $975 and three to 11 points, depending on the rate of speed.

TOWN OF NEVERSINK, NY (April 16, 2014) – Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C–Mount Hope) has announced that the Town of Neversink has been Bonacic awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program.

The funding will go towards a new Town Park and will replace a park that existed in a flood plain. This new park will include ball fields, a pavilion and concession stand.

"We are eternally grateful to Senator Bonacic for securing this money for our town park," said Town Supervisor Mark McCarthy. "This is going to be built from scratch from land purchased by the town, and will include picnic tables, an open air pavilion, concession stand, and bathrooms for town residents. Plus, our Little League program, made up of 300 Tri-Valley students, are thrilled with this grant.”

“I am pleased to provide this funding,” said Senator Bonacic, “as it will create a new community recreation area that will be utilized by all ages, and for many years to come.”

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (April 15, 2014) – Issued By: NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)
Affected Jurisdictions: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates Counties

Areas Of Hazardous Travel Will Develop Across The Region Late This Afternoon Into This Evening… Cold Air Continues To Pour South Across The Area This Afternoon… Changing The Rain To Light Sleet And Snow. As Of 230 PM…

The Transition From Rain To Light Sleet And Snow Was Along A Line From Near Rome New York To Binghamton To Canton Pennsylvania.

This Transition Zone Will Continue To Move Southeast Late This Afternoon… With Light Snow Falling In The Catskills And Poconos By 6 PM.

Temperatures Are Still Near Or Just Above Freezing In Most Areas Getting Snow This Afternoon… But Temperatures Will Fall Into The Upper 20s This Evening And Wet Surfaces That Remain Untreated Will Become Icy. The Light Snow Will Taper To Flurries Early This Evening… With Total Accumulations In Most Places Just An Inch Or Less.

A Few Higher Elevations Could Get Up To 2 Inches Of Snow.

Anyone Planning Travel Late This Afternoon Or This Evening Should Be Alert For Slippery Spots Due To Freezing Conditions And Light Snow Accumulations.

Please stay tuned to your local radio or TV Station for more information.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (April 15, 2014) – Issued By: NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Affected Jurisdictions:  Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates Counties
 
…A Strong Cold Front Will Move Across The Area Today Bringing Changeable Weather To Central New York And Northeast Pennsylvania… At 930 AM A Strong Cold Front Was Located Along A Line From Just East Of Syracuse To Near Elmira Southward Into Central Pennsylvania. Temperatures Ahead Of The Front Are In The Upper 50S To Mid 60S…

However Just West Of The Front Temperatures Have Fallen Into The 40S And 30S. The Front Will Move East Of Utica And Binghamton By 11 AM… And East Of Oneonta… Scranton And Wilkes- Barre By 1 PM.

Temperatures Will Fall Rapidly After The Passage Of The Front With Temperatures By 1 PM Ranging From The 30S In The Syracuse Area… The Finger Lakes And Central Southern Tier Of New York… To The 40S In The Western Catskills And Northeast Pennsylvania. Meanwhile Rain Will Continue Across The Area… Heavy At Times Especially East Of Interstate 81.

The Rain Will Change To Sleet And Snow Over The Finger Lakes And Central Southern Tier Of New York Early This Afternoon… And Over The I-81 Corridor From Binghamton Down To Scranton By Late Afternoon.

Untreated Surfaces Including Some Roadways Will Become Slick After The Change-Over As Temperatures Fall To Near Or Just Below Freezing. The Snow Will Taper To Flurries This Evening… With Total Accumulations Ranging From 1 To 2 Inches For Much Of Central New York With Around An Inch In Northeast Pennsylvania.

Temperatures By Wednesday Morning Will Range From 15 To 25.

Keep On Top Of Rapidly Changing Weather Conditions Throughout The Day…And Into This Evening…By Listening To The Latest Statements And Forecast Updates From The National Weather Service.

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Flood Watch

Issued By:  NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Affected Jurisdictions:  Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Sullivan Counties

Flood Watch issued April 15 at 6:44AM EDT until April 15 at 10:00PM EDT by NWS Binghamton

The National Weather Service In Binghamton Has Expanded The Flood Watch To Include Portions Of Central New York And All Of Northeast Pennsylvania…Including The Following Counties…In New York…Broome…Chenango…Delaware…Madison…Otsego And Sullivan. In Northeast Pennsylvania…Bradford…Lackawanna… Luzerne…Northern Wayne…Pike…Southern Wayne…Susquehanna And Wyoming.

* Through This Evening.

* An Area Of Moderate To Heavy Rain Will Move Into Northeast Pennsylvania And Central New York Mainly East Of The Interstate 81 Corridor Between 7 AM And 9 AM. The Rain Will Be Heavy At Times With Around 1 To 1.5 Inches Falling In A Few Hour Period This Morning And Afternoon Before The Precipitation Turns To Sleet And Snow. This Could Be Enough Rain To Cause Poor Drainage…Urban And Low-Lying Flooding. Smaller Streams And Creeks Could Spill Their Banks As Well. A Few Roads Could Also Be Washed Out. The Larger Rivers Are Not Expected To Flood.

A Flood Watch Means There Is The Potential For Flooding On Small Streams…Creeks…Poor Drainage…Urban And Low-Lying Areas Based On Current Forecasts. You Should Monitor Later Forecasts And Be Alert For Possible Flood Warnings. Those Living…Working Or Driving In Areas Prone To Flooding Should Be Prepared To Take Action Should Flooding Develop.

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Please stay tuned to your local radio or TV Station for more information.

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