YIR 2008: Town leaders chart future

Bethlehem Central District officials named longtime teacher Dianna Reagan as the principal of Eagle Elementary, the district's newest elementary school still under construction off Van Dyke Road.

After 20 years of serving Delmar with kitchen, craft and candle accouterments, the Little Country Store closed its doors for good on Saturday, Jan. 26.


Keystone Builders unveiled plans to transform the long-standing Verstandig's Florist at 445 Delaware Ave. into nine two-story buildings with 40 condominiums.

Keystone founder Steve Bolduc presented architectural drawings and artistic renderings of the proposed five-acre lot on Feb. 5. Owner Robert Verstandig said he would sell the property to Keystone Builders pending planning approval from the town.

Marking the one-year anniversary of Jonathan Carey's death, his parents, Michael and Lisa Carey, held a press conference on Friday, Feb. 15, and called on the governor and the state Legislature to toughen Jonathan's Law and make children's medical records more accessible.

Carey was an autistic 13-year-old who died while in the care of two O.D. Heck employees.

A house fire at 775 River Road claimed the lives of Robert Newberry, 61, and Susan Newberry, 60. The deaths were ruled accidental, according to police, and apparently caused by smoking materials.

Bethlehem police discovered the bodies after area firefighters battled the intense blaze for about two hours. A series of explosions caused by oxygen tanks occurred as fire crews arrived on the scene.

"There were about five explosions when I pulled up," said Selkirk Fire Chief William Borger. "It took an hour to extinguish the flames and then another hour before it was completely out."

New York Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Maureen Wren announced three separate investigations into incidents at Bethlehem's New Salem Road water plant involving the release of mercury and petroleum, as well as other violations.

Bethlehem's water supply was tested by the state and the town and found to be clear of contaminants from spills at the town water plant in New Scotland.

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