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Reunion Permit, Meeting
May Never Be Granted

By Dan Hust
BETHEL — July 27, 2004 – The deadline passed yesterday, and Roy Howard and Jeryl Abramson did not meet with Town of Bethel officials.
July 26 was the final day the Bethel couple could meet with the town to address their concerns with a town-created list of 14 conditions upon which the planning board would base the approval of a special use permit.
The permit would allow Howard and Abramson to legally host a Woodstock reunion concert series of a similar nature to the ones held unofficially every year at their Route 17B property, the old Max Yasgur farm.
The three-day event, featuring live bands and food but no camping or fireworks, is scheduled for August 20-22, and tickets are being sold online at for $40 apiece (they’ll be available at the event for $50).
Missing yesterday’s deadline likely means the 5,000-person-strong reunion will go on as it does every year – without a permit from the town.
Abramson said yesterday she does not want to meet with the town in private, so she’s waiting until the August 10 planning board meeting (7:30 p.m. at the senior center in Kauneonga Lake) to discuss it with town officials.
Supervisor Victoria Simpson said yesterday that Howard and Abramson will likely hear from the town attorney before the August 10 meeting.
“That’s pretty late in the game,” she remarked of Abramson’s plan.

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