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Posted 2/1/24

Applications accepted  for Marlboro UPK

The Marlboro Central School District began accepting applications for its Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program on Monday, January 29. There are …

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Applications accepted  for Marlboro UPK
The Marlboro Central School District began accepting applications for its Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program on Monday, January 29. There are 89 tentative spots available for the 2024-2025 school year. Spots will once again be assigned using a random lottery process. The program is NOT first come, first served.
The UPK application period will be open through Friday, February 9. Applications will be available online at Hard copies can also be picked up at the Marlboro Central School District (MCSD) office, which is located at 21 Milton Turnpike, on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Once an application has been submitted, applicants will have the option to download or pick up a registration packet. The registration packet deadline is Friday, February 16.
In order to be eligible for the UPK program, a child must reside within the MCSD and be four years old on or before December 1, 2024. Participating UPK providers include Little Friends Preschool, Pattycake Playhouse II, Stepping Stones, and Stepping Stones II. 
The following documents are required to register: a birth certificate; two proofs of residency (at least one primary and one supplementary), health and dental exams, including immunizations within the last calendar year; parent/guardian identification; IEP (if applicable); and custody/foster care documentation (if applicable).
If you have any questions or need more information, please call Universal Pre-Kindergarten Coordinator Robin Hecht at (845) 236-5812.
Marlboro Library Trustees  to meet February 5
The Board of Trustees of the Marlboro Free Library will hold their next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, February 5, at 7 p.m., 1251 Rte 9W, Marlboro.  
Regular meetings are held in the Library’s Community Room at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, unless it is a legal holiday, in which case the meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month.
Highland Public Library hosts  Advocacy Day
The Highland Public Library is excited to share details about upcoming events in the month of February, along with a call to action for Library Advocacy Day on February 7.
Library Advocacy Day serves as a vital opportunity for community members to voice the significance of libraries in our society. Whether attending in person or participating remotely, it is crucial to make your voice heard. Libraries play a pivotal role in providing valuable resources, including educational opportunities, access to information, and research materials. 
Full funding for libraries is essential to ensure they can continue offering these services. Without adequate funding, libraries may face challenges such as reduced hours, staffing cuts, or limited offerings, which would adversely impact the community. Investing in libraries is an investment in the future of our communities, empowering individuals with knowledge and resources to succeed. For more information on Library Advocacy Day and templates for letters to representatives, including Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson and Senator Michelle Hinchey, please visit the NYLA website.
Upcoming Events:
Yarn & Yak – Starting February 1:
Beginning February 1st, Yarn & Yak will be held once a month to support Knitting for Charity. Join us for a cozy and creative gathering dedicated to making a positive impact on the community.
Expanded Computer Assistance Sessions
Due to popular demand, additional Computer Assistance sessions will be added in February. Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your digital skills and stay connected in today’s technology-driven world.
Mahjong Program Date Change:
The Mahjong program originally scheduled for February 15 will now take place on Tuesday, February 13. Mark your calendars and join us for a delightful afternoon of strategic gameplay.
These events will take ace at the Highland Public Library, 14 Elting Place, Highland.
Upcoming events at the Plattekill Library
National Take Your Child to the Library Day:
Drop in anytime on Saturday, February 3 between 10am and 1pm to have fun and learn about your local library with Miss Melissa. Make some fun crafts, sign up for a library card, and more. No Registration required for this event.
Hearts & Glitter Stories and Crafts:
Join us on Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m. for an evening storytime with Miss Melissa. Make fun crafts to take home and listen to some great stories! Register online at
Crochet 2gether
Join us at the Plattekill Public Library on Saturday, February 17, from 12 - 2 p.m. Beginners to advanced crocheters welcomed. Bring your crochet projects to work on, meet other yarn enthusiasts, share some tips & maybe pick up a new technique. Beginners can learn basic skills. New projects every month. Crochet hooks and yarn will be available to use. Please register through our online calendar at
Spark your child’s imagination and help your child develop early literacy skills. Bring your child to socialize, play, sing, listen to stories and get creative with crafts. Join Miss Melissa on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Register online at
Plattekill FD Auxiliary hosts Valentine’s Day Dinner
The Plattekill Fire Department Auxiliary cordially invites the community to join them for an enchanting Valentine’s Day Dinner on February 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 50 Old Firehouse Rd.
Indulge in an evening featuring  steak made to order, accompanied by a selection of mashed potatoes, green beans, bread, salad, and dessert. 
Please note that advance tickets are required for attendance. Tickets are priced at $30 per person and can be obtained by contacting Nicole at (845) 633-3863 or via email at
Daughters of Sarah presents Black History Month Celebration
Daughters of Sarah announces the upcoming Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 24, 5 - 8:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 98 West Street, Marlboro.
The celebration will feature captivating performances by Voices of Unity from SUNY New Paltz, the dynamic PH.JC Praise Dancers, and the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club. These groups will showcase the rich history and vibrant spirit of the African American community.
The celebration will also feature a Southern Food meal, including fried chicken, BBQ chicken, collard greens, mac’n’cheese, salads, cornbread, desserts, and more.
Admission is $20 per person, $15 for SUNY New Paltz students $10 for children aged 5-12 and free for children aged 4 and under.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 845-309-8421.