Milton Library presents the 2020 School Supply Drive

By Tammy Ruggeri
Posted 9/10/20

Every fall, public libraries throughout New York State encourage their communities to volunteer and address community needs in The Great Give Back.  As the school term revs up, the Sarah Hull …

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Milton Library presents the 2020 School Supply Drive


Every fall, public libraries throughout New York State encourage their communities to volunteer and address community needs in The Great Give Back.  As the school term revs up, the Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library (on Main Street in Milton) is participating in The Great Give Back with the library’s 2020 School Supply Drive. 

Starting right after Labor Day, the Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library is collecting the school supplies most needed by families as they attend Marlboro Elementary School on-line.  The library asks community members to bolster the learning process with their donations of new supplies.   In Fall 2020, the library is requesting items that teachers believe will be most needed by families with young learners, especially those starting school for the first time:  

• Crayons               

• Expo (dry-erase) markers              

• Sheet protectors  

• Scissors (primary, for small hands)       

• Pencils     

• Two-color counting disks (these help while learning basic arithmetic)

• PlayDoh (small containers)

The School Supply Drive runs from after Labor Day through October.  Donors are asked to bring supplies inside the library building during browsing hours:  Monday through Friday, 1:30 to 6:30.  Donations should not be put in the outside drop-box (crayons and PlayDoh, for instance, melt). 

Call 795-2200 or e-mail ( the Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library for more information.

Discover Marlboro Walking Tour App

Have you tried the Marlboro Library’s new walking tour app yet?  

Have you ever heard of Liberty Square, The Exchange Hotel, the Marlboro Theatre, or the church that completely burned to the ground?  If you haven’t, or if you’d like to learn more- this new app is for you!

The Marlboro Free Library recently released a new app, Discover Marlboro, which takes users on a historical walking tour of Marlboro! This free app is now available for download at the Apple Store and Google Play store, and features historical photos and write-ups from the Library’s Local History Collection, an easily navigable map, and even audio playback for each site. Discover Marlboro is location-aware, which will show a user’s location in regard to nearby points of interest, so you can easily learn about locations as you visit them. Learn more about the town’s old bank, hotels, mills, and more!

Check back in October for a special, limited time release of the Dark Side of Marlboro walking tour- just in time for Halloween!

Not sure if you’re up to taking the walking tour? View the tour in your browser at

Be sure to check back regularly on the app, as more content is added, and corrections are made!

School Events/Information

A reminder to all Marlboro Central School District parents that the SchoolTool Parent Portal is available for you to view your child’s classroom assignment or schedule. You will also be receiving specific information from your child’s teachers, including instructions on how to join Google Classrooms and Google Meets. You can also visit the Parent Tab on our website,, to access a variety of resources to support you as well as your child’s academic needs.

For help signing up for the Parent Portal, contact Geri Taddeo at 236-5814.

St Mary’s Parish Announcements and Updates

First Holy Communion Wonderful News: Those children that were supposed to receive their 1st communion this past spring will be doing so this fall. Mrs. DeSantis’s class - October 3 at 10 a.m. Mrs. Santora’s class - October 10 at 10 a.m. If you have not heard from me either via email or a phone call, call the rectory at 236-4340. Each child will be receiving a felt communion banner to decorate to hang on their pew for communion.

Confirmation. Those students who attended 8th grade religious instruction 2019-2020, Confirmation is still scheduled for October 17. The only difference is we need to separate the students into 2 groups, we will be having 2 confirmation services on the 17th. If you haven’t already received an email from us, please reach out to us by calling the rectory. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try and navigate this unusual time.

Eagle Scout Project

We are still making progress. We were able to remove the rocker for the bell that was still at St. James. We are planning on installing that in the next few weeks. Please feel free to drive by the rectory and see all the progress. I wanted to let everyone know how appreciative I am of all your donations. I still need to purchase a cast plaque that will have St. James’ history written on it. If we receive more donations than what is needed, I will make a bench or two.

Best Homemade Tomato Soup from Garden-Fresh Tomatoes

This homemade tomato soup, made with garden fresh tomatoes, is the best tomato soup you will ever taste. It is easy to make, delicious, and a great way to use up those tomatoes taking over your garden.

Prep Time 15 mins.

Cook Time 30 mins.

Total Time 45 mins.

Author: Jackie Currie


2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion sliced

pinch salt

2 lbs. tomatoes 10 med tomatoes

2-3 cloves garlic sliced

1 tbsp uncooked white rice – I used basmati rice this is your thickening agent

another big pinch of salt

a sprig of fresh thyme or basil or both

1/2 bay leaf if you have one

1 tsp garam masala

1 cup water

1 more tbsp butter

another pinch of salt


1. In a large pot, add butter, olive oil, onion and pinch of salt. Steam until soft (do not brown).

2. While onions are steaming, wash and core your tomatoes.

3. Add garlic to pot of onions and cook for 2 minutes.

4. Add tomatoes, salt, rice, bay leaf, garam masala and your fresh herbs to the pot of onions.

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until your tomatoes are well-cooked rice is tender.

5. Add the last 3 ingredients (water, butter, pinch salt) and cook until butter melts.

6. Remove from heat and take out bay leaf and herb sprigs.

7. Puree to your liking.

8. Strain to remove seeds.

Happy Birthday to Josephine Megna, Matthew Eckert, Anthony Megna, Jennifer Porcelli, Donna Mead, Joseph Mannesse, Emily Green, Pat Wilson, Jane Canosa. Happy Anniversary: Mr.& Mrs. Michael D’Adamo, Mr.& Mrs.Michael Rosen

As always, any events, announcements recipes or pictures you want to share email me: or call 845-236-9998.


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