Acts of kindness to remember those lost

In response to last week’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there is a movement to remember those 26 victims by turning to acts of kindness.

People are being encouraged to do 26 acts of random kindness in tribute to those lost.

Angel Action in Wyoming County is joining this effort with other Community Action Angel programs in hopes of creating a strong movement across the state.

In a little more than 24 hours, this effort has spread across the country and internationally.

People are reporting these acts that include buying coffee for the man ringing the Salvation Army bell, paying $50 toward someone’s Christmas layaway, donating to a local food bank, $10 to a teacher to buy supplies for her classroom. And the list goes on and on.

Angel Action volunteers and Community Action staff will do 26 acts of kindness starting Dec. 20.

You are encouraged to do the same and to share your experience on the New York State Community Action Angels Facebook page or by emailing Pat Standish at pstandish@wccainc.org.

“This is an opportunity to pay it forward, little steps to build the community that we desire.
It’s hard to stop thinking about the devastation at Sandy Hook,” said Pat Standish, Angel Action director and New York State coordinator of Community Action Angels. “Taking part in one or two of 26 random acts of kindness will give us all something positive to focus on.”

A very Perry welcome for the new year: Last Night Perry celebrates 15th anniversary

Mark your calendar for Last Night Perry 2012, celebrating its 15th year of safe, alcohol-free, family-oriented New Year’s Eve fun.

Thirty-eight performers will entertain from 5 p.m. to midnight Monday, Dec. 31 at the Perry Elementary Middle School, 50 Olin Ave., Perry. Sports Night Perry – featuring swimming, organized sports activities, an obstacle course, mini-golf, a gaming pavilion and more –will be help from 5 to 11:30 p.m. at the Perry High School, 33 Watkins Ave.

A free limo service will escort guests between schools.

Early evening events at Last Night include a “street fair,” featuring vaudeville performers, wandering musicians, magic, clowns and more.Younger family members may enjoy Science Magic, the Nimals puppet show, the magic byRob and Carol Allen, the unique creatures of the Reptile Guy, the juggling  feats of AIRPLAY and the wonder of Science Magic.

The band Creek Bend, musicians Ernie Lawrence and Angela Sheik, and the ComedySportz improv comedy troupe aim to entertain adults. Tweens and teens can get drawn by a caricaturist, win prizes at the Grab Bag Game Show or learn to juggle by Jeff Peden.

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Child pornography found at Warsaw residence

A Warsaw man was arrested Friday, Dec. 7 at his Route 19 residence on charges of possession of child pornography.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies discovered the pornography while executing a Village of Warsaw bench warrant for Russell J. Bly, 47, of Warsaw, for failure to pay a fine. Bly was arrested without incident, but while they were at the residence, deputies saw an inappropriate image of a female child displayed on Bly’s computer screen.

Bly was transported to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and interviewed there. He was arraigned on the bench warrant and committed to Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $400 cash bail.

Deputies also obtained a search warrant for Bly’s residence and seized multiple pieces of evidence. According to the police report, Bly’s computer contained 45 child pornography images.

Deputies arrested Bly at the jail. He was charged with possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child and possession of a sexual performance by a child, both Class E felonies.

He was arraigned on those charges and recommitted to Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail of $50,000 bond.

Bly was scheduled to return to Town of Warsaw Court at a later date to further answer the charges. The investigation by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office remains pending.

Warsaw Town Budget completed for 2013

By Julia Merulla

The Town of Warsaw’s budget for 2013 is finalized, and those in the sewer district are expected to see the biggest changes in their taxes.

The Warsaw Town Board voted Oct. 10 to override the 2 percent tax cap. Districts like sewer and fire are part of the town budget, so an override was needed to levy taxes in the new sewer district.

The change will affect only those in the sewer district, said Supervisor Becky Ryan.

“(Everyone else’s) regular taxes are not going to go over the 2 percent,” Ryan said.

Zoning Officer Bob Martin said businesses and residents in the sewer district will see about $147 in additional taxes annually per estimated daily usage on their particular property. A public hearing had been held in 2010 to let people in those areas know how many EDUs they had.

Over the next 30 years, those in the sewer district will pay off a $900,000 bond debt that allowed for a sewer system in that area to replace septic tanks.

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Perry schools stare down looming state aid gap

By Bryan Jackson

Perry Central School will have to make do with less money than expected, as recently released New York State aid reimbursement figures show a gap of over $230,000 between expected and actual aid.

“Basically, it’s the difference between what they’re actually going to give us for state aid and what we thought we were going to get at budget time,” said Laura Feldman, Perry Central’s business administrator.

Feldman had no inkling the reimbursement cuts would be so deep, saying she expected the aid estimates used for the legislative budget to be what was actually received. At the Dec. 10 board meeting, Superintendent Dr. William Stavisky said other schools were also facing reimbursement gaps, but he wasn’t sure the approach the districts would take to counteract them.

Formula aid stayed virtually the same, and aid for universal prekindergarten showed a modest decrease between what was budgeted and what will be delivered. However, expense-driven aid, encompassing services like BOCES, special education and transportation, plummeted by $309,000.

The report did show the district will recoup about $81,000 in Gap Elimination Adjustment money. When state revenue is not enough to cover expenses, the difference is divided up between school districts throughout the state, adding the GEA figure to state aid runs. The $81,000 in restoration of aid means the state actually overestimated the share Perry would have to pay, but those figures could change, according to Feldman, with the concern that Perry’s expected GEA obligation could still rise.

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