I started taking a Spanish class at Rockland Community College so that I can better communicate with people who feel more comfortable with speaking in Spanish rather than in English.
The first class was last night. Guess who was in my class?
When I was going through my datebook in the classroom, while waiting for the teacher with other students, I heard a familiar voice saying, â€œAre you covering this class? Or are you taking this class?â€
It was Tim Oâ€™Neill, a former Stony Point Town Board member who unsuccessfully ran for sheriff in November, standing right in front of my desk.
For two seconds, I felt as if were at Rho building in Letchworth Village where the Stony Point Town Board usually meets.
O’Neill said he always wanted to learn Spanish and decided to take the class, titled, â€œSpanish for Beginners.â€
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Carl Gilpatrick, president of the Civil Service Employees AssociationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Stony Point unit, said yesterday that the union had endorsed Democratic candidates for NovemberÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s local election.
Those candidates endorsed by the union were incumbent Supervisor Phil Marino; Town Board candidates Luanne Konopko and Tom Brown; and Patrick Kennell, who is running against Republican incumbent Highway Superintendent Larry Brissing.
Republican Jerry Rogers is challenging Marino.
Louis Vicari and James White, both Republicans, as well as George Potanovic, a Friend of Stony Point candidate, are also running for two Town Board seats, which will be vacated by Town Board members Fred Bohlander and Tim OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Neill.
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Late yesterday afternoon, I was covering a welcome-home reception for the Haverstraw Little League softball team, which advanced in the Little League Softball Junior Division World Series all the way to the semifinals. They finished fourth in the series.
The girls were tired because on Sunday, they flew back to Syracuse from Washington State, where the tournament was held, and on Monday, they drove down to Haverstraw to make it to the party. But I think they enjoyed the attention they got.
The celebration attracted some candidates in the fall elections.
Republican Sheriff James Kralik arrived at the pavilion at the Bowline Point Park shortly before his challenger, Democrat Tim OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Neill, who is currently a Stony Point Town Board member. Republican County District Attorney Michael Bongiorno and his challenger, Democrat Tom Zugibe, also showed up to praise the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s achievement.
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