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VOL. 1 | ISSUE 41 | EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

JANUARY 6 - 12, 2010

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Hyde Park Republicans were out in force New Year’s Day to celebrate their success in the November elections and watch their new team sworn in at Town Hall. Having been beaten badly in 2005 and 2007, the 5-0 sweep in 2009 had local Republicans in an upbeat mood. Former County Legislator Bob Clearwater got the proceedings going with a warm welcoming address before

introducing former Supervisor Yancy McArthur as master of ceremonies. Sarah Murray, who will serve as secretary to new Supervisor Tom Martino, sang the national anthem. Jean McArthur, chairwoman of the Hyde Park Republican Party, also addressed the group and introduced Martino. The prominence given to Yancy and Jean McArthur during the proceedings offended some Democrats, who felt the ceremony was too partisan.

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One veteran Democrat told Hudson Valley News privately, “The whole thing had an uncomfortable edge to it, but I’m willing to give them a chance.” Family Court Judge Peter Forman then administered the oaths of office to the new town board members and other elected town officials. They included Receiver of Taxes Nancy Sheenan, Town Clerk Donna McGrogan and town board members Sue Serino, Michael Athanas,

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LOCAL MAN ARRESTED AFTER DOMESTIC DISPUTE

They’re back! Former County Legislator Bob Clearwater prepares to introduce former Supervisor Yancy McArthur at Friday’s swearing in as the new board members look on. Photo by Jim Langan.

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CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE James Monks and Michael Taylor. Highway Superintendent Walt Doyle was unable to attend but had been sworn in earlier. Martino then addressed the crowd of nearly 100 people, emphasizing the difficult economic times we’re seeing. He indicated he believes increased business and development was the key to keeping taxes down. He also addressed speculation he was in negotiations with big-box stores about locating in Hyde Park. He said he was not but that didn’t mean he was opposed to the concept. Later that day, the new board reconvened for a reorganization meeting. At that meeting, various town officials were re-appointed, from town historian to the authorization of numerous contracts and agreements.

There was one new appointment that got people’s attention for a variety of reasons. It was the appointment of George McGann to the planning board. The seat became available when Ruth Mesuda elected not to seek re-appointment. McGann was at one time the chairman of the planning board but resigned when Pompey Delafield named Michael Dupree chairman in 2006. Delafield, at the time, cited McGann’s poor attendance record as the reason for removing him from the chairmanship. Planning board members are allowed only five absences per year and McGann had missed more than five. Sources tell Hudson Valley News that McGann was given the option of remaining on the board but refused if he wasn’t the chairman. McGann is a building inspector in Poughkeepsie. It is the circumstance of his quitting the board, coupled with the fact he has not been seen at Town Hall or a planning board

meeting in years, that has people wondering why the sudden interest in joining the planning board again. The speculation is he’s there to get up to speed before being offered the chairman job down the road, replacing Democrat Dupree. Dupree has indicated he would remain on the board as “he is committed to the town.” The fact that McGann is also the son-inlaw of influential Republican leader Bob Clearwater certainly lends a political bent to the sudden re-emergence of McGann. Hudson Valley News has also been told another former planning board chairman, Don Veith, applied for the spot vacated by Ruth Mesuda and was not told of McGann’s appointment. McGann appears to have been handed the job. Sources say Veith was not pleased with how the matter was handled. Stay tuned. 2010 could be a bumpy ride.

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A local man has been arrested on misdemeanor charges following a domestic dispute last week. According to Hyde Park Police, Jason M. Nieves, 26, of Hyde Park, was involved in an altercation at a residence he was advised to stay away from on Dec. 27. During the dispute, Nieves allegedly prevented an individual from leaving the residence and took the phone from the person when they attempted to call 911. Nieves was charged with unlawful imprisonment, criminal trespass in the second degree and criminal mischief in the third degree, all class-A misdemeanors. He was arraigned in Hyde Park Justice Court before Justice John Kennedy. He was released on his own recognizance and is to re-appear before Justice David Steinberg on Jan. 26.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER SKIPPING COURT

A local man who apparently skipped his day in court was arrested on an active bench warrant last week. According to Hyde Park Police, David M. Millington Jr., 20, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Dec. 28 after Millington failed to appear at Hyde Park Justice Court on Nov. 24 to face charges stemming from an incident that occurred on June 27. On June 27, Hyde Park Police responded for a report of a disturbance. An investigation revealed Millington had engaged in a verbal altercation with an individual at their residence. He allegedly refused to leave the individual’s residence, threatened them and showed them a shotgun he had in his vehicle. Millington was charged with criminal trespass in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and harassment in the second, a violation. He was arraigned in Hyde Park Justice Court before Justice John Kennedy. He was released on his own recognizance and is to re-appear before Judge David Steinberg on Jan. 26.

LOCAL MAN VIOLATED PROTECTION ORDER

A local man was arrested last week after he allegedly violated an order of protection. William J. Murphy, 49, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Dec. 28 for threatening harm against the protected party and instilling fear of physical injury or death if they contacted police on Dec. 24, according to Hyde Park Police. Murphy had also been arrested by the local police department on Dec. 14 on assault and reckless endangerment charges, according to police. For the Dec. 24 incident, Murphy was charged with coercion in the first degree, a class-D felony, criminal contempt in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and harassment in the first, a class-B misdemeanor. Murphy was arraigned in Hyde Park Justice Court before Judge John Kennedy. He was released on $1,000 cash bail and ordered to re-appear Jan. 12.

TEEN KILLED

AFTER CRASH IN FROZEN POND BY HV NEWS STAFF An 18-year-old Dover Plains woman died as the result of a one-car accident that caused the teen to drive into a frozen pond in the Town of Washington on Monday, according to police and recent reports. Ariel Ingolia was reportedly driving on Route 343, east of Butts Hollow Road, when she drove off the road, hit a guardrail and drove into an embankment before crashing into the pond, according to police. The SUV reportedly overturned

in the water and sank 6 feet into the pond. When emergency responders arrived at the scene and pulled Ingolia from the water, she reportedly had a weak pulse. She was transported to Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, where she died hours later, according to authorities. Responding to the accident were the New York State Police, Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies and the Millbrook Fire Department.

ONLY ONE DWI ARREST THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

NEW SUPERVISOR SWORN IN

Dutchess County Family Court Judge Joan Posner administers the oath of office to Stanford’s newly elected supervisor, Virginia Stern, on Jan. 2. Stern swore to uphold the duties of supervisor on her son’s old Bible, which was held by her granddaughters. For more on the ceremony, see Heidi Johnson’s column on page 23. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

Residents appointed to Hospice boards BY HV NEWS STAFF There will be some new faces on the boards of Hospice and Hospice Foundation in 2010. Thomas Brocks, president of human resources for Central Hudson Gas and Electric, was elected to sit on the board of directors for Hospice. Brocks is a former trustee of Hospice Foundation and past committee chairman for both its budget/ investment and special events committees. Joining Brocks on the Hospice Board of Directors is Timothy Doyle, president of T. Doyle Funeral Home in Poughkeepsie. He had previously served as a trustee on the board of the Hospice Foundation and as its chairman.

Margo McGivrey, a registered nurse and senior vice-president for patient care services and chief nursing officer for Health Alliance Systems in Kingston, will also serve on the Hospice board. The Hospice board will also welcome Father Brian McWeeney, pastor of St. Stanislaus Parish in Pleasant Valley. Two area residents were also appointed to three-year seats on the Hospice Foundation Board of Trustees. George Salem Jr., an employee benefit consultant with Marshall and Sterling Insurance in Poughkeepsie, will join the board, as will Sharon McGinnis, director of human resources for Central Hudson Gas and Electric.

According to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department, campaigns to teach drivers about the dangers of driving while intoxicated seem to be working as only one person was arrested by the department for DWI this New Year’s Eve. Last week, sheriff’s deputies warned there would be extra patrols on the lookout for drunk drivers on Dec. 31, and, it seems, drivers heeded the warning. Deputies made about 20 stops on New Year’s Eve, according to Deputy TJ

Hanlon, public information officer for the sheriff’s department, and only one person was arrested on a DWI charge. “It’s evidence our public education campaign is working,” Hanlon said. “People know not to drive drunk.” Hanlon said on New Year’s Eve 2008, there were about the same number of stops and two people arrested on DWI charges. “For every person who did not choose to drive intoxicated, it’s a minimum of one potential life saved,” Hanlon said. “It’s much better for everybody if we can prevent crimes in the first place.”

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opinion The reason people find it so hard to be happy is they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is and the future less resolved than it will be. -Marcel Pagnol

GOD, LIFE AND EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER

Epiphany

Happy Epiphany. Or Tres Reyes or Drei Könige, or whatever it is called throughout the world. It’s a bigger holiday in many countries and cultures than it is here. In fact, you may never have even heard of Epiphany. But you might want to. In Western churches like Roman Catholics or Anglicans, Epiphany commemorates the visitation of the wise men from the east who brought the infant Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In the Eastern churches – Russian and Greek Orthodox, for example – Epiphany refers to the baptism of Christ. How, you may ask, can two different groups have a holiday by the same name that commemorates different events? Easy. The key is that the word means “appearance” or “manifestation,” and it means that in these events, Jesus’ divinity is made clear to the world. The whole world. Not just the chosen people. Our more familiar celebration of the visit of the wise men – or magi, as they are also called – is celebrated Jan. 6, often with special cakes, parades and other fun stuff we miss out on here in America. It officially marks the end of Christmas. (You know that song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” Well, count back from Jan. 6 and see where that takes you.)

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But the important thing for Christians is that Epiphany says God’s love is open to everyone. This may not seem very revolutionary, but in a day and age where gods were territorial and where each country – heck, each county sometimes – had its own God, it was pretty big. Even in Judaism, God was seen to be specific to that country, that group of people. Epiphany is meant to tell us that God is God of everyone, and that the benefits of loving God are open to all. This may not mean a lot if you don’t believe in God or if you look around the world and rightly recognize that the church (generically) has often brought pain and suffering rather than the love it was supposed to. Even so, there is power in this commemoration. The power is not that people of faith have done nothing but good. Obviously, that is not true. It will never be true. I’m sorry to say that, regardless of a person’s or a nation’s stated beliefs – or lack of belief – they are people. People tend to throw the rules of love out the window when it comes to their own interests. This has been true for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and atheists, to name a few. But what Epiphany can remind us of – again, regardless of our beliefs – is that this is a small world, and we are all connected. What happens to a child in, say Zimbabwe, affects me. What happens to an old man in, say Hyde Park, affects a young woman in Vietnam. For people of faith, we say that we are all God’s children. For others, perhaps, they might say that we are inhabitants of the same island. Either way, what it says is that you and I are connected and that we matter to each other. We can choose to forget it if we want – we often do – but it’s still true. And that manifestation of God’s love to the whole world is a good place to start recognizing it.

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The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Hyde Park. You can read past columns at www. webandchurch.blogspot.com and can contact him at revckramer@gmail.com.

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ANOTHER PRESPECTIVE BY BRYAN HENRY

The Hudson Valley, best-kept secret in the universe

Valley ‘siege.’ The siege begot over 7,000 sightings of a boomerang-shaped craft moving silently through the sky over New York and Connecticut between 1982 and 1995. ‘Night Siege’ is the collaborative effort of Hynek, Imbrogno and Pratt to report the data gathered from witnesses of this mystifying experience, without speculation of what it might be. If you missed the first edition of ‘Night Siege,’ this is your chance to delve into the Hudson Valley mystery. If you have read the first edition, you may be interested in the additional data covering sightings from 1986 to 1995, the graphical analysis of the UFO’s appearance, and the chronology of the sightings. Aside from the purely factual value of the catalog of reports in ‘Night Siege,’ its coverage of an undeniable series of events that somehow went largely untouched by the local authorities and the national media invites speculation into the origins of these silent objects.” What attracted these UFOs to the Hudson Valley starting 25 years ago? Imagine sightseeing tours on UFOs crowded with thrill-seeking space aliens not unlike an earthbound tour bus packed with seniors heading for a casino in Connecticut. Could these space aliens possibly enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the Hudson River or an evening at the drive-in theater in Hyde Park? Was it the aroma from the Culinary Institute of America? Could esoteric vibes from the Omega Institute have attracted them? Were they lost, en route to a league shoot and boar roast at the Ty Yogi Bowmen Archery Club in Hyde Park? Maybe it was the view from Break Neck Ridge or the view from the top of Mount Beacon that attracted them. Is it possible that they wanted to get in some horseback riding in Millbrook while passing through this part of the galaxy? Could it have been some kind of secret, government, high-tech, park and ride? I think the space aliens may have been seeking a restful night or two in a historic B&B or possibly a good deal on real estate within commuting distance to the city. The only other explanation, they were New York State senators traveling to and from Albany in state-owned helicopters disguised as UFOs. I have placed an order for the second edition of the book that “chronicled” the thousands of reported UFO sightings over our precious Hudson Valley by the three respected co-authors Joseph Hynek, Philip Imbrogno and Bob Pratt. I cannot wait to read the part about … excuse me … I just noticed that one of my two cats just levitated in a beam of light, through the exterior wall of my study, yet again. If I have told these space aliens once I have told them a thousand times, keep their long, grey tentacle-like fingers off my cats!

Millions have visited the Hudson Valley, after Henry Hudson, an English-born explorer, sailed up what is now known as the Hudson River under a Dutch flag, seeking a northeast passage to northern Russia in 1609. The Hudson Valley lifestyle is one of the best on the planet. It has something for everyone; Revolutionary War battlefields, religious institutions, President Roosevelt’s final resting place, Millionaire’s Mile along the Hudson, The Culinary Institute of America, The Omega Institute, Vassar, Bard, Marist and SUNY; but wait, there’s also camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, hunting, archery, golf and lighthouses. Bucolic state parks, vineyards, cornfields, horse farms and dairy farms all contribute the fabric of the Hudson Valley. In addition, the multi-cultural framework of the greater Hudson Valley include the musical genres of classical, Celtic, folk, country western, gospel, blues, classic rock, pop, Caribbean and hip-hop among others. Skydiving west of the Hudson, historical landmarks, modern art at the Dia in Beacon, aerial acrobatics in Rhinebeck and the largest Buddhist statue in America in Putman County also demonstrate the socio-cultural diversity of the Hudson Valley. No matter where you come from, the Hudson Valley has something to offer. Even a nuclear physicist might find something of interest at the Indian Point nuclear reactor in Peekskill, like an actual evacuation plan (oops, that’s for another article). More about diversity in the Hudson Valley: “Residents of the Hudson Valley, regardless of their racial or ethnic background, rate the community where they live positively. 89% of white residents, 86% of Latino residents, and 77% of African-American residents rate the community where they live as excellent, very good or good,” according to the Dyson Foundation Web site. Surprisingly, the Hudson Valley appears to have received a lot of attention from an unexpected source with which some Hudson Valley residents may be familiar. I just stumbled onto the following book review by Brian Patterson: “New Year’s Eve 1982 marked the beginning of one of the most puzzling Bryan Henry can be reached at UFO cases in recent times: the Hudson editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com.

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USUALLY RIGHT

BY JIM LANGAN

Picks to click in 2010

This is always one of my favorite columns. It has two things going for it that appeal to me. One is it gives me a chance to opine on just about anything or anyone, and secondly, no one will care or remember by February. Plus I get to have a little fun. So here’s where I see 2010 going: • Tiger Woods will resurface after a stint in sexual rehab sometime in early March. He will then make the obligatory trek to either Oprah’s couch or “60 Minutes.” He will tell us how sorry he is and how much he misses his kids. Enough people will buy it, a la Bill Clinton. He then tees it up at the Masters and wins. He puts on the green jacket and in an emotional acceptance speech, credits his fiancé, a former Miss Nevada, Plenty Uptop, with getting him through “this difficult time.” • Hillary Clinton will resign as secretary of state and sing lead vocals with the Talking Heads in reprising their ’80s hit “The Road to Nowhere.” • Gov. David Paterson will win an upset victory over Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary after people remember how smug and obnoxious Cuomo really is. Given the gutless Republicans didn’t put up a real candidate, Paterson wins a squeaker against former Dutchess County Clerk Dick Anderson, running on the Whistle Flop party line. Anderson thought he could build on the 5% he garnered for Hyde Park town clerk and defeat the embattled governor. His campaign manager, Billy Conn, said Paterson had sabotaged the Anderson

campaign by beaming conflicting signals to his aluminum foil hat. • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will shock the political world as the “other woman” in the nasty divorce of Rosie O’Donnell and her spouse, Kelli Carpenter. Gillibrand said in a statement, “I’ve changed my position on everything else. Why not sex? I need every vote I can get.” • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be fired for her “the system worked” comment. She will soon find work as security chief for former President George W. Bush. The former president will say he has always had a soft spot for incompetent public servants. • Sen. Chuck Schumer will announce at one of his contrived Sunday news conferences that he has absolutely nothing to say. When asked by a female reporter why he called the news conference, Schumer makes news by calling her a “bitch, just like that flight attendant.” • After playing his 100th round of golf since getting elected, President Obama will attempt to qualify for the PGA Tour at Q-School in November. Obama will tell supporters, “Hey, my game has really rounded into shape since I got this gig and I certainly have the time.” • The town board in Hyde Park will repeal the Water Resource Act in April just in time for the new “Running of the Blanding’s Turtles Festival.” Citizens will receive a $100 tax credit for every turtle shell delivered to Town Hall during turtle season, which will run from Jan. 1 thru Dec. 31. The festival will be underwritten by a grant from Wal-Mart and the Bulldozer Association of Dutchess County. • The Hudson will remain frozen until Memorial Day as global warming proponents protest by throwing themselves off the Walkway Over the Hudson. • This one you can take to the bank. Republicans will win big in 2010 as voters push back at every level. Gillbrand will lose to any candidate the Republicans put up. Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@ thehudsonvalleynews.com.

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I have shopped at Stop and Shop in Hyde Park for about 10 years. I have lived in this area for 22 years and have never had an arrest in my 51 years of life, nor a record of any kind. Here are the facts: I went to Stop and Shop on Aug. 16, 2009 and put about $45 worth of groceries into my cart. I put a large bag of cat food or litter under the cart. I went through check out, paid the total in cash and left, forgetting the shelf under the cart. I was accosted barely through the door by two people, a man and a woman, who insisted I go back into the store. I then remembered the bag, after they accused me of not paying for something and identifying themselves as inventory controllers, or something of that nature. I immediately took out my wallet and showed them that I had cash and explained that I was about to go on vacation the next day (this was a Sunday, I believe) and was distracted. They called the police and an officer arrived. He was very understanding. In fact, he refused to handcuff me. At the station, he confided in me that this particular Stop and Shop had been very vigilant lately on shoplifters and handled people aggressively. The officer let me go home after typing up a report of some kind and dropping me off back at my car. My groceries were by now ruined and Stop and Shop did give me my money back. I got a lawyer, went to court and the judge dismissed the charges, saying that the circumstances showed no intent on my part to break the law and I had no prior criminal record. Marianne Sherow Hyde Park Editor’s note: In the Aug. 26 issue, the police blotter accurately reported the writer of this letter had been arrested for shoplifting at Stop and Shop. In all cases, suspects are considered innocent before proven guilty, and Mrs. Sherow was, in fact, exonerated of all charges.

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I wish to inform the public that the Hyde Park Friendship Center for Senior Citizens located in the Methodist Church on Route 9 in Hyde Park is now closed, having merged with the site in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Hyde Park site has provided for seniors for over 30 years and was recently closed by the Dutchess County Office of the Aging for cost-cutting reasons. The seniors, most of whom have been regulars for over 20 years, are very upset by this decision. They have enjoyed the quiet setting of Hyde Park and the easy access to the library and post office. Many of our seniors come to our site by foot, if not to partake of lunch, then simply to spend time with friends they have made at the site, work on arts and crafts, discuss current affairs or maybe relive a war story or two through the eyes of one of our veteran citizens. Members of the Hyde Park site were not notified of the change until the day before it was finalized, offering them no opportunity to protest (in letter form, by telephone, etc.). Given the unfortunate shortage of shops and entertainment facilities in Hyde Park, it is truly a tragedy that there will be even fewer places offering diversions to our seniors after the site’s closing. Anyone wishing to express their thoughts on this topic should contact John Beale at the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 22 High St., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601. Sibyl Judge-Aver Hyde Park

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DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED TO SUFFER FROM PROGRAM CUTS (PART II) BY WILLIAM VAN ORNUM

DAY PROGRAMS ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE John Thoman, executive director of Abilities First, an agency providing a full range of service to individuals with disabilities, emphasized that the vocational workshop program is slated to receive some of the most drastic reductions in funding. Over the past 15 months, the program has received two other funding cuts. “In the 31 years I’ve worked with this agency,” said Thoman, “I have seen cutbacks, but this one is the most devastating. Right now, our workshop program is scheduled to lose an additional $38,000 in the first quarter of 2010. The total decrease in funding from the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) for this program over the past 15 months is approximately $250,000. This has resulted in the loss of three and a half staff positions, including a floor supervisor and truck driver. “Since our industry is 70% personalbenefit costs, you have to recoup losses by not replacing people. Those left have to pick up more work. And overall, we’re still expected to do the same job, especially keeping everyone safe. This puts a real burden on our staff. They have dealt with this extremely well, and continue to show great dedication to our consumers, even though they did not receive a raise in 2009. “We have tried to shrink every excess cost possible. One way has been the establishment of a consortium of eight agencies where we cooperate to buy supplies and utilities at reduced costs. “Despite these efforts, we see no relief coming from the state.”

Charles Bender, director of vocational services at Abilities First, described the activities provided for the 150 individuals receiving day services at the Abilities First Work Training Center. “Our workers arrive at 8:45, go to their work area, and begin working on sub-contracting tasks such as sorting, assembling, packaging and boxing. They have a mid-morning break, and then work until lunch. After lunch, they attend two hours in the Day Habilitation Program, with each individual receiving personalized attention on objectives related to areas such as handling money, academics, computer skills or others designed to meet that person’s specific needs in an effort to become more independent and better suited to function in the community.” One common theme expressed by all administrators interviewed for this article was gratitude toward their particular staff members for supporting consumers as financial resources have dwindled. “The direct-care staff who work for us at Dutchess ARC in the day programs and the Rec and Teen Club programs are the most amazing people I’ve ever seen,” said Catherine Ottaviani, director of Day Services at Dutchess ARC. “Each day I’m humbled and honored to be able to watch their magic.”

MEMORY OF PAST SYSTEMIC ABUSES IS NOT FORGOTTEN Program and staff reductions in these programs remind many, especially parents, of abuse suffered by the developmentally disabled, in New York State and nationally.

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“A snake pit” — words spoken by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1967 after visiting one program in New York State. “I’m a farmer and I take better care of my animals than do these institutions,” said one parent interviewed by Geraldo Rivera in 1972 in the documentary “Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace.” “I’ve visited the worst jails, the worst brigs in the military, and I’ve never seen conditions like this,” said Congressman Mario Biaggi while being interviewed by Rivera. This history causes parents, agencies and advocates to be watchful for any events even remotely suggesting a return to those old days, and many view the governor’s budget as backsliding toward the dark past.

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Gov. Paterson was contacted and presented with the major points of this article and asked for a response, and information was provided back the same day by Matt Anderson, spokesperson for the governor’s office in Albany. “We understand the programs serving the developmentally disabled in the Hudson Valley are very worthwhile programs,” said Anderson. “The unfortunate reality is that the State of New York has a financial crisis of unprecedented proportions. The reductions made were across the board to address this fiscal crisis of unprecedented magnitude. “These programs for the developmentally disabled are programs the governor supported throughout his career in the Legislature, and it pains him to have to TRACK THE GOVERNOR make budget cuts affecting them now.” Despite this, Anderson emphasizes, INITIATIVE “We’re always willing to hear from New York State ARC is sponsoring advocates of interested parties.” a drive involving all agencies, parents and program participants in New York State to make Gov. Paterson aware of the THE HUMAN COST “Be aware that when the governor talks specific losses that will occur in programs serving the developmentally disabled in about cutting services – he is talking about changing people’s lives,” said McCuin, New York State when budgets are cut. This message has been sent out to all of Dutchess ARC’s executive director. “A number of individuals we serve do the different ARCs in the state, including Dutchess ARC, Ulster-Greene ARC and not have families that can say, ‘If you need Putnam ARC: “The governor has about to, you can come and live at home.’ The another month to make decisions. Big proposed cuts do not merely take away trips decisions can be made at the last second to the mall, vacations or other services that like whether or not a budget includes are nice but not essential; we are talking a trend. Once the governor sends the about taking away people’s homes, health message to the Legislature, it will not be care, transportation and work. “We encourage everyone to contact their easy to make big changes.” On Jan. 7, 2010, the New York state representatives. Ask questions. Stay Association of Community and informed. Make your opinions known. “These losses will go right to the heart Residential Agencies is sponsoring Statewide Advocacy Day where, in their of what we value in our own lives.” own districts, parents, family members William Van Ornum is a clinical and direct support professionals will meet with state legislators within each psychologist, parent of a young man with district. This is timed so that the governor Down syndrome and board member of The can receive input before the final draft of American Mental Health Foundation in the 2010-11 executive budget, scheduled New York City. to be presented to the New York State Legislature on Jan. 19, 2010.

Community Foundation awards $25K to local non-profit groups BY HV NEWS STAFF

Huh? The drive-thru at the aptly named T&A Club in Poughkeepsie. Photo submitted.

BY JIM LANGAN • If you think you were over served during the holidays, meet 48-year-old Margerite Engel of Sturgis, S.D. Engel was found by police slumped over the wheel of a stolen delivery truck. The unconscious woman was taken to a local hospital where doctors determined her blood alcohol level was 0.708%. Most people are dead with a 0.40%. We’re assuming she stole a whiskey delivery truck. Pass the aspirin.

• Not hearing much from the global warming/sky-is-falling crowd. With record snow in Beijing, Britain’s coldest winter in a century and the folks in Florida freezing their coconuts off, the environmental Chicken Littles are having a tough time being taken seriously.

A total of 11 grants totaling $25,000 have been awarded to various local non-profit groups by the Community Foundation of Dutchess County. The money was awarded to the organizations through the Community Foundation’s Community Response Grants program. Grant monies will be used by the 11 non-profits to purchase food, computers and books, hire a teacher, replace worn mattresses, purchase a telephone system, offer a graphic design course, purchase a commercial refrigeration system, expand programs and support an immigrant health initiative. “Community Response Grants enable the Foundation to take a leadership role in finding solutions to our community’s most pressing needs,” said Andrea Reynolds, president and CEO, in a press release. “It

is through the generosity of donors that the Community Foundation is able to make these grants possible.” Organizations to receive Community Response Grants include: • Astor Services for Children and Families, $2,500 • Dutchess Outreach, $3,000 • Grace Smith House, $1,941 • Harriet Tubman Academic Skills Center, $3,000 • Hudson River Housing, $2,500 • Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers, $2,015 • Mill Street Loft, $3,000 • No Strings Attached Food Pantry, $2,699 • Planned Parenthood of the MidHudson Valley, $2,000 • Somos La Llave del Futuro, $1,000 • The REAL Skills Network, $1,345

Temple helps feed the hungry

• It was abnormally warm in France over New Years though. Apparently, the French have a charming holiday tradition of torching cars as part of welcoming in the new year. This year, the French immolated 1,137 cars. On one particularly festive New Years, the adorable surrender monkeys actually torched over 10,000 cars.

• Jan. 2 marked the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s announcement he would run for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination. Back then, the campaigns didn’t go on forever and you didn’t need to raise $100 million to run • Put down that Christmas cookie! A for office. Kennedy spent a grand total of $2 million getting elected. New York’s popular dating site, Beautifulpeople.com, Mayor Bloomberg just spent about $90 has bounced about 5,000 members for packing on the holiday pounds. “We’re million getting re-elected mayor. getting a lot of complaints from members • In another anniversary, former Israeli who were meeting people who gained a Prime minister Ariel Sharon just marked lot of weight or are a lot fatter than their his fourth year in a coma as a result of photos,” said Greg Hodge, the site’s a massive stroke he suffered in 2006. director. The site only accepts people The truly sad thing there is if he woke up fellow members deem sexy enough. tomorrow, he’d find almost nothing has You can only vote for members of the opposite sex because women were voting changed in the Middle East. out women they considered competition. • Talk show host Rush Limbaugh Are we sure this isn’t a high school site? gave everyone a scare last week when • Legislative Ethics Commission he was rushed to the hospital in Hawaii after suffering what appeared to be a member John Nigro is hosting a heart attack. According to a Limbaugh $1,000-a-head fundraiser for convicted spokesman, he didn’t although they felon Joe Bruno, who, as Senate majority concede he displayed all the classic leader, appointed Nigro in the first symptoms. Something is a little fishy place. Proceeds go to the Joe Bruno Defense Fund. The boys in Albany never here. disappoint. • Still no sign of Tiger Woods but • If your New Year’s resolution was Fox-TV’s Brit Hume had some advice for the beleaguered golfer the other to spend less time watching the Food day. He recommended Woods renounce Network or the Home Channel, you’re in Buddhism and embrace Christianity. luck. The good folks at Cablevision have He said Buddhism isn’t as forgiving pulled the plug on both networks in a as Christianity. An odd comment contract dispute. Funny how the consumer coming from an otherwise reasonable always gets it in the neck when the big boys squabble over money. newsman.

The volunteers who delivered cans of soup to local food panties include Eric Rosenfeld (front row, from left), Marian Schwartz, Martin Charwat, Dave Samson, Diane Sterdt, Adam (back row), Judy and Lisa Rosenfeld, Ellie Charwat and Nancy Samson. Not shown is Ralph Schwartz. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Vassar Temple Social Action Committee recently delivered about 800 cans of soup and stew to five local food pantries and a senior housing project. The Virtual Souper Sale, an annual fundraiser sponsored by the committee, makes it possible to purchase

cases of canned soup and stew at a discount from Stop and Shop. This year, more than $1,000 was donated by temple members. The cans were delivered to the local agencies by a “Care-a-van” of volunteers on Dec. 28.

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Millbrook rings in the new year BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Normally, you’d be hard pressed to find world-class jazz and classical musicians sharing a bill with an act called Buckaroo Bindlestiff’s Wild West Jamboree, but that’s just what happened on New Year’s Eve in Millbrook. New Year’s Eve Millbrook, an annual event hosted by the Millbrook Rotary, is a village-wide celebration featuring a number of the area’s top performers. The event was held from 5 to 9:15 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Performances were held continuously throughout the village, in the Thorne Building, Grace Church and Lyall Church. Performers included Jeff Armstrong, a flamenco guitarist, Richard Bala, a folk musician, Buckaroo Bindlestiff, the Larry Ham Duo, a jazz band, the Handman String Quartet, Peter Muir and Friends, a ragtime and Broadway act, and Tanglewood Marionettes, which performed “Sleeping Beauty.” Also, a number of oddball characters from the Behind the Mask theater group roamed the area and Mr. Twisty made a number of balloon creations throughout the evening. Rotarian Joyce Heaton, co-chairwoman of the event, explained that planning New

A Behind the Mask character hangs out in front of the Thorne Building. Photos by Christopher Lennon.

Year’s Eve Millbrook is a collaborative effort. “We have a rather large committee and we work on it pretty much all year,” Heaton said. The turnout this year was strong, with 1,100 to 1,200 people attending the event, according to Heaton. She explained the event is a way to exemplify Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self.” “This is basically a public service project,” Heaton said. “This is a way to celebrate community. It’s to give back to the people. “It’s a celebration of community and through that, lots of good things can happen,” she added. Heaton said the event could not happen without help from villagers, from the volunteers who work during the event to the local businesses that donate money. “We tap into every aspect of the community to pull this off,” she said. Also, most of the performers are from the nearby area. “I think we forget how lucky we are,” Heaton said. “We have wonderful entertainment right at our doorsteps.”

Cowboy Keith and Miss Philly of Buckaroo Bindlestiff’s Wild West Jamboree entertain families on the Thorne Building stage.

Tanglewood Marionettes perform “Sleeping Beauty” in the Lyall Church gathering room.

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CELEBRATING LOCAL: MUSIC, THEATER, ART, FILM AND MORE

THE HEADLINERS: {P. 10} COCOON OPENS ITS DOORS FOR A CREATIVE SNEAK PEEK {P. 14} INSPIRING DANCE WITH MUSIC AT KAATSBAAN {P. 15} LAZY CRAFTER MAKES THE BEST OUT OF BAD SWEATERS

THE REGULARS: {P. 13} DARRYL GANGLOFF HIGHLIGHTS WEEKEND EVENTS {P. 17} THE LOCAL READER DIVES INTO DIFFERENT WORLDS {P. 19} CHIPMUNKS THAT WILL MAKE YOU SQUEAL WITH JOY

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Sophie Brown and Julia Jardine as Joe and Frank the police, in “Out of Line” a show represented in Cocoon’s “Open House.” Photo submitted.

A year’s worth of offerings

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{editor’s pick} “Der Rosenkavalier” Saturday, 1 p.m. James Levine conducts a stellar cast led by Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Susan Graham as Octavian in the MET-HD Encore Transmission. Eric Cutler is the Italian Singer, Kristinn Sigmundsson sings the role of Baron Ochs, and Christine Schäfer is Sophie. HD host: Plácido Domingo. Tickets: $22, general; $15, age 12 and under. UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088. Photo submitted.

THIS WEEK Kairos: A Consort of Singers Jan. 8 & 10: 8-10 p.m. Classical. Concludes its 15th anniversary celebration with a special Bach Cantata Series performance of a pair of choralorchestral masterworks from the Baroque era, George Frederic Handel’s rarely-performed “Dixit Dominus” and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat”, with chamber orchestra. Tickets: $15, general admission; $12, seniors; $5, children and students with valid student ID. Saturday: Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot St., New Paltz; Sunday: Vassar College Chapel, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-256-9114.

Wednesday, Jan. 6 FILM

Vassar Brothers Institute Travel & Adventure Film Series 7:30 p.m. Features live narration by professional film maker, Steve McCurdy, and his film, “No Matter How Dark the Present.” Admission: $5. Poughkeepsie High School Auditorium, 70 Forbus St., Poughkeepsie. 845-224-3153.

MUSIC Lunch N Listen Concert Series: Advent and Christmas Music Noon. Featuring Golden Age Singers. Fellowship Hall opens at 11:30 a.m. for “brown-baggers,” concert at noon. Coffee, tea, & light refreshments provided at 12:45 p.m. Free. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, cor. Mill and Catharine Sts., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-6050.

Skip Town Matty 9 p.m.-midnight. Modern rock, ska. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744.

OUTDOOR Bird Club Field Trip 9 a.m. A field trip to Thompson’s Pond Preserve with the Waterman Bird Club. Free. Thompson’s Pond Preserve, Lake Road off Rte. 82, Pine Plains. WatermanBirdClub.org Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Undercliff/ Overcliff 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. No reservations are required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. This is an easy, 5-mile hike. Free to Mohonk Preserve members and $10 for non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

As good shoppers, we all want to know what we’re getting before we actually make the purchase. In the arts, that’s a little more challenging, but Cocoon Theatre is aiming to make it easier than ever for patrons and would-be participants to see just what they’re jumping into before the leap occurs. On Saturday, Cocoon Theater will host an “open house” event, complete with performances and the chance to talk with performers and educators, as well as the opportunity to register for spring classes and the announcement of the new scholarship recipient. The only request is for everyone attending to bring a dish to share for a potluck meal. Even though the sampling of artistic material contains scenes from the more Cocoon Theatre mature features of the past year, everything remains child-friendly. Open House Cocoon Theatre will be offering a Noon | Saturday, Jan. 9 choreography workshop, Cocoon Actor’s Snow date: Sunday, Jan. 10, noon. Theater, a production program, the Young Cocoon Theatre Actor’s Summer Workshop and modern dance classes. Cocoon also participates in 6384 Mill St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. parades like those held on Hardscrabble 845-876-6470 Day. I caught up with Marguerite San Millan, Cocoon’s president, director, educator and all-around do-it-yourself-er, and asked her to share more details with me. “It’s useful on a lot of levels,” she said of the open house event, “and interesting. It shows the scope of our work – all the things that we do in one year. We forget! I wonder if it’s (the open house) more useful for us or the audiences.” Having recently compiled a year-end review of 2009, I completely empathized.

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Thursday, Jan. 7 NIGHTLIFE

Brad Scribner 7-9 p.m. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Chris Sullivan Trio 7-10 p.m. Jazz, blues. Virgo’s Sip N Soul Café, 469 Fishkill Ave., Beacon. 845-831-1543. Five Star Karaoke 9 p.m. Covers. Juniors Lounge, Salt Point Tpk., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-9237.

NIGHTLIFE Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. > more on page 11 845-855-1300. {10} january 6, 2010 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

“City Seuss” cast. Photo submitted.

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Kaatsbaan International Dance Center serves the community in many ways, least not as a place where dancer and choreographers can retreat to create and present work. We consider New York City to be the bastion of great dance creation, but in fact, the economic crisis has hit dance companies hard, and many companies that once made their home in the city are without accommodations. That’s where Kaatsbaan has come in, giving companies ample space to train, create and rehearse. Over the last year, however, they’ve expanded their arts coverage, including “Music Inspires Dance” presenting theatrical works and, this 2 p.m. | Sunday, Jan. 10 weekend, a live musical performance. I spoke with Babette Hierholzer about Tickets: $20 the program she and Jürgen Appell will be Kaatsbaan International Dance presenting. She has performed as a soloist Center with orchestras including the Berlin 120 Broadway, Tivoli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philhamonic Orchestra Kiel, Philharmonic Orchestra 845-757-5106. Ulm, Hamburg Synphonic Orchestra, the Krakow Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Winnepeg Synphony. She won first prize in the Steinway Piano Competition in Berlin, seven times; the All German National Piano Competition, twice; KAIROS: A CONSORT OF SINGERS the prestigious Andy Petlansky Memorial Award in Palm Springs and the East & West Jan. 8 & 10: 8-10 p.m. Classical. Concludes its 15th anniversary celebration with a Artist Prize for New York Debut, among many others. special Bach Cantata Series performance of a pair of choral-orchestral masterworks “This is a program with two pianos,” she explained, “with pieces for four hands on from the Baroque era, George Frederic Handel’s rarely performed “Dixit Dominus” and one piano and four for two pianos.” Many composers wrote music for two people to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat,” with chamber orchestra. Tickets: $15, general be seated at one piano, and many of those works have become the scores to famous admission; $12, seniors; $5, children and students with valid student ID. Saturday: dance compositions. “We’ll play Mozart on piano – (a work he) wrote for he and his Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot St., New Paltz; Sunday: Vassar College sister. Even though you sit together, there’s not too many conflicts,” she said with a Chapel, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-256-9114. Photo by Michael Nelson. laugh. “And then we’ll play Shubert ‘Fantasy in F minor,’ one of the most beautiful > continued from page 10 pieces in music literature.” Included on the program is Russian music in the form of Open Mic: “The Circle: Songwriters In The Johnny Dell Rachmaninoff. Round” 8 p.m. Adult humor and entertainment. Juniors Hierholzer said she was thrilled to play at Kaatsbaan. “It’s wonder to have music 7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. Lounge, 504 Salt Point Tpk., Poughkeepsie. 845486-9237. there, also,” she said. “And I’m playing together with another German pianist (Appell). 845-855-1300. We’ve never played together in the U.S.” Rich Williams & The Secret Organ Trio Mueller And they will be presenting a piece from a very American composer – Louis Moreau 7-10 p.m. Jazz. Hanlon’s, 151 Bryant Pond Rd., John 9 p.m. Max’s on Main, 246 Main St., Beacon 845Gottschalk, who was born in New Orleans in 1829 to a Jewish businessman from London Mahopac. 845-526-9011 838-6297. and a white Haitian Creole. “He was famous in his lifetime, and he wrote lots of piano Kazi Oliver music,” said Hierholzer. “He had an interesting but short life. He was a wunderkind, OUTDOOR 8-10 p.m. African drumming. The Peekskill Coffee a prodigy. His parents figured that he would get a good education in Europe, but the Bimonthly Mid-Week Hikes Adirondack Mountain Club sponsors moderate House, 101 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-739French were very arrogant – coming from U.S., he must not be good! He was turned 3-6 hour hikes on first and third Thurs. of month; 1287. down (for acceptance into a conservatory). But he played magnificently, and travelled 3-6 hour hikes to different Mid-Hudson Valley a lot. He traveled to Cuba and South America, and died in Brazil at 40.” Hierholzer and areas. Hikes followed by stop for refreshment Moya Brennan Band or dinner. Contact leader for details by Tues. & 8:30 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. Appell will perform Gottschalk’s Souvenir de Porto Rico op. 31. get hike plan, depends on weather and other Hierholzer intends to fill the space meant for dance with all the joy of any live conditions. Free. For more information, go to 845-855-1300. theatrical performance. “We hope that the dance audience will be interested in venturing Midhudsonadk.org Rupert Wates out,” she said. 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore &

Friday, Jan. 8

Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

“The Antarctic: a Travelogue” 7 p.m. Dr. William H. Schlesinger, president of the Cary Institute, delivers a photo-rich Antarctica travelogue. The lecture explores how climate change and pollution threaten this remote region, which supports penguins, seals, and fragile marine-based ecosystems. Free. Cary Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Tpk. (Rte. 44), Millbrook. 845-677-7600.

Open Mic 9 p.m.-midnight. With Anthony Nisi. Starr Lounge at Starr Place Restaurant, 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-2924.

NIGHTLIFE

Vixen Dogs Band 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Modern rock. Junction 52, 1955 Rte. 52, Hopewell Junction. 845-765-0723

LECTURE

Big Kahuna 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 cover. Café Internationale at The Ramada Inn, 1289 Rte. 300, Newburgh. 845567-9429. Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger 8-10:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison’s Landing. 845-424-3900. DJ Rayza 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Dance, Motown. Virgo’s Sip N Soul Café, 469 Fishkill Ave., Beacon. 845-831-1543.

Babette Hierholzer and Jürgen Appell. Photo submitted.

Slipfist, Measured In Grey and Caterwual 9 p.m.-midnight. Modern rock. Cover: age 21+, $5; 18-20, $7. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744.

Will Van Sise & the Wolfpack 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Classic rock. Cover: $5. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

Saturday, Jan. 9 FILM

“Afghan Women: A History of Struggle” 7-8:30 p.m. In times of hardship, those predominantly affected are generally the most Dutchess County Singles Dance powerless, and this group is overwhelmingly 8 p.m.-midnight. Enjoy a night of dancing with made up of women and children. The screening DJ Johnny Angel. 45+, door prizes, 50/50 raffles, is followed by an audience discussion. Part of the hot/cold buffet, and more. Admission: $15. Best “Give Peace a Film” series. Free. Poughkeepsie Western Inn, Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-462- Friends Meeting, 249 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. 4000. > more on page 12 Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | january 6, 2010 {11}

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MUSIC Karen Zimmer 2-4 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845758-9500.

PERFORMANCE Cocoon Theatre Open House Noon. A potluck event for all ages, presenting scenes from Cocoon’s past 2009 productions: theater, modern dance, children’s plays. Bring a dish to share & come early for a seat. Register for spring classes and hear about 2010 offerings. Snow date: Sun., Jan. 10, noon. Free. Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845876-6470. “Der Rosenkavalier” MET-HD Encore Transmission 1 p.m. James Levine conducts a stellar cast led by Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Susan Graham as Octavian. Eric Cutler is the Italian Singer, Kristinn Sigmundsson sings the role of Baron Ochs, and Christine Schäfer is Sophie. HD host: Plácido Domingo. Tickets: $22, general; $15, age 12 and under. UPAC, 601 Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088.

NIGHTLIFE Beneath the Fallen, Something Automatic and 1 Unit 9 p.m.-midnight. Modern rock. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744. Gato Loco 8 p.m. Playing Cuban dance hits from back in the day, this band has been described as “a woman dancing with a tarantula in slow motion”. Howland Concert Series. Tickets: $12. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-297-9243. John Street Jam with Red Peralta and Rebel Red 7:30-10 p.m. Americana. Dutch Arms Chapel, 16 John St., Saugerties. 845-943-6720.

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Mamalama 7-9 p.m. New age. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Reality Check 9 p.m.-midnight. Modern rock. Junior’s Lounge, Salt Point Turnpike, Hyde Park. 845-452-6963. Shane Murphy 7-9 p.m. 1-3 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Solas 8:30 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. The Stoners 9:30 p.m. Classic rock. Copperfields, Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-8188. Two Guitars with Gus Wieland 7:30-10:30 p.m. Blues, jazz. With Michael Nardone, George Seitz and Teddy Ogden. Admission: $5. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-1701. Vixen Dogs Band 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Modern rock. Kitty McGuire Sports Bar & Grill, 1659 Rte. 9, Wappingers Falls. 845297-3462.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables Ski/Hike – Rhododendron Bridge 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. This is a moderate, 7-mile ski or hike, led by Bill Jasyn (845-255-7805). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike. Free to Mohonk Preserve members and $10 for non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Sunday, Jan. 10 ART

Exhibit: Dean Nicyper Noon. Opening reception. Exhibit of Dean Nicyper’s paintings in newly renovated Gallery Café upstairs. Exhibit runs through March 21. The Moviehouse, 48 Main St., Millerton. 518-7893408.

MUSIC 8th Annual Gift to the City Concert 2 p.m. Musical groups include Botticelli Chamber Players, Stringendo Cello Ensemble, Temple Beth-El Youth/Teen Choir, St. John’s Lutheran Church Recorder and Brass Ensembles and Bell Choir, Shalom Singers and Quartet, and Community Sacred Bridge Choir. Mayor Tkazyik brings greetings and a reception follows. Free. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 161 Mansion St. Poughkeepsie. 845-454-0570. Duo Piano Concert: Music Inspires Dance 2 p.m. With Babette Hierholzer and Jürgen Appell. See Dana Gavin’s story on page 11. Tickets: $20. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Studio Theatre, 120 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-5106. Reed Waddle and Natalie Zuckerman Noon-2 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845-758-9500. The Tessera Quartet 4 p.m. The Tessera Quartet presented by Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society, celebrating 30 years of bringing beautiful music to the Hudson Valley. Tickets: $25, general; $5, student; under 13 free. Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. > continued on next page

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goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • You know you’ve really become part of the cultural landscape when someone makes a porno pardoy of your work. Oh, “Jersey Shore,” we’re so proud! Writer/ directors Spock Buckton and Brian Bangs of Zero Tolerance Entertainment are reportedly collaborating on the adult entertainment project. We thought the regular series was wholly inappropriate – how much lower do these goofs think they can go? • If you’re a child of the ’80s who really, really loved “Back to the Future” – and frankly, who doesn’t fit that bill? – and you’ve got around $89,000 lying around … you can own your very own, almost-exact replica of Doc Brown’s DeLorean (missing the flux capacitor, sadly). Rush on over to eBay and bid like wild – it’s been relisted, so it’s not too late! • Sometimes, the world is a very strange place, and all of the things you think you can rely on are really just smoke and mirrors. Believe it or not, the Playboy Mansion is being sued for … sexism. We know – we had to sit down too. Jennifer Lewis, a former Guest Relations Coordinator for the Playboy Mansion, claims she was fired after she turned 47 and replaced by a 33-year-old woman. The suit claims Lewis, who is suing Hugh “Mr. Gender/Sex Equality” Hefner, as well as other Playboy honchos, gave the defendants “over 10 of the best years of her life” and the abuse was so bad she had to start taking anti-depressants. No immediate comment from Playboy was issued. In other news, the Pope has been confirmed to be Catholic and bears tend to do their business in the woods. • After 22 of the longest years of our lives, Disney is finally resolving those terrifying loose plot threads left with the cinema classic, “Three Men and a Little Lady!” Tom Selleck’s manager released the great news that “Three Men and a Bride” is in the works, though Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg’s people haven’t confirmed their involvement. Surely the project wouldn’t go forward without two of the very important three men mentioned in the title? Reports says that the plot shall revolve around the now-decrepit bachelors and the little girl, now an adult though possibly still in diapers, and her pending nuptials, but details are sketchy.

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BY DARRYL GANGLOFF | HVN CONTRIBUTOR The New Year’s celebration may be over, but the party’s just getting started at venues throughout the area. Whether you’re a fan of punk rock bands or Baroque vocal ensembles, every music lover should be able to find a concert to attend this weekend in the Hudson Valley. Here’s a sampling of upcoming events that will let you enjoy some entertainment without traveling too far in the wintery weather.

Friday, Jan. 8 Fans of melodic metal may want to check out Livesay at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie. The bill also features a Queensryche tribute band called Mindcrime, and Tango Down, a rock group that focuses on showmanship and attitude. Rounding out the lineup is No Jack Sunday, a Hudson Valley band with a classic rock sound. Doors open at 8 p.m. 845-471-1966. If you’d prefer to listen to the “First Lady of Celtic Music,” head over to the Towne Crier Cafe at 130 Route 22 in Pawling at 8:30 p.m. to enjoy the sounds of the Moya Brennan Band. The Grammy Award-winning singer has been praised by U2’s Bono as having “one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced.” Tickets cost $35 on www.townecrier.com or $40 at the door. 845855-1300. For a more intimate performance that includes family dining, check out the Vixen Dogs Band at the Junction 52 Bar & Grill at 1955 Route 52 in Hopewell Junction at 8:30 p.m. The local four-piece rock group covers bands ranging from No Doubt to The Who. 845-765-0723.

Saturday, Jan. 9 Two more tribute bands are ready to take the stage at The Chance Theater, and these two will be covering Iron Maiden and KISS. Fans of these classic groups are sure to have some fun watching Sanctuary and KISS Alive perform songs like “Run to the Hills” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” for only $10. The event will also be filmed for the pilot episode of a reality television show called “Nearly Famous.” Doors open at 8:30 p.m. 845-471-1966. If watching an operatic masterpiece is more your style, the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston will be showing “Der Rosenkavalier” as part of its “Met Opera: Live in HD” series. Richard Strauss’ comic opera begins at 1 p.m. 845339-6088. Country fans may want to consider stopping by Copperfield’s on Route 44 in Millbrook at 9:30 p.m. to listen to The Stoners, a Dutchess County band that plays covers of classic rock and country songs. From AC/DC to Hank Williams, this band promises to play it all. 845-677-8188. Kairos: A Consort of Singers is concluding its 15th anniversary celebration this weekend with performances at the Reformed Church of New Paltz at 92 Huguenot St. on Saturday at 8 p.m. and at the Vassar College Chapel in Poughkeepsie on Sunday at 4 p.m. The group will perform a pair of Baroque-era works, including Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat with a chamber orchestra. 845-256-9114.

On Saturday, Jan. 9 “Give Peace a Film” series will continue with “Afgan Women: A History of Struggle.” Free. Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting, 249 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-6431 or 454-2870. < continued from previous page Topher Thomas 1-3 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

NIGHTLIFE Drew Bordeaux 6-9 p.m. Singer-songwriter. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914737-6624. Joey Eppard 9 p.m.- midnight. Progressive rock. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744. Pete Kennedy & Mark Stuart 7:30 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

Rocky 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

Tuesday, Jan. 12 NIGHTLIFE

Open Mic Night- Hosted by Chrissy Budzinski 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

Wednesday, Jan. 13 NIGHTLIFE

Rich Williams & The Secret Organ Trio 7-10 p.m. Jazz, blues. Arturo’s Tavern, 878 Rte. 6, Mahopac. 845-621-3836.

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OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables Ski/Hike – Storm King Mountain All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Call the hike leader for the meeting place and fee. This is a strenuous, 10-mile hike, led by Gary Cursi (845-534-2886). Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Monday, Jan. 11 NIGHTLIFE

Greg Westhoff & The Westchester Swing Band 8-10 p.m. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

Bird Club Field Trip 9 a.m. A field trip with the Waterman Bird Club. Meet at the Manor House parking lot. Free. Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, 79 Farmstead Ln., off Rte. 9D, Wappingers Falls. 845-452-7619. Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Black Creek (a Scenic Hudson Park) 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. No reservations are required. Meet at the Black Creek parking lot, Esopus (entrance on the right 5.5 miles north on 9W from the Route 299/9W intersection). This is a moderate, 3-mile hike. Free. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

UPCOMING

Sunday, Jan. 10 The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie at 67 S. Randolph Ave. will be hosting a musical event at 2 p.m. that is for a good cause. Donations for the Sixth Annual Peace Story Concert will benefit a local group that feeds the hungry in Dutchess County. The event is geared toward older listeners, but older children and families are invited to attend. 845-471-7333. La Puerta Azul on Route 44 in Millbrook will be hosting a special brunch performance by the Arlington High School string quartet from noon to 2 p.m. This event gives you the opportunity to enjoy authentic Mexican food while supporting local students. 845-677-2985. If you think your band has what it takes to perform at this year’s Bamboozle New Jersey festival in May, sign up to participate in the first preliminary round of the Break Contest at The Chance Theater. The event takes place at noon and tickets cost $12. The venue will be hosting five preliminary rounds, two semifinal rounds and one final round. All of the preliminary rounds will be held in January, while the final round will be held on April 17. Sign up for the contest and find more information at www.thebreakcontest.com. 845-471-1966.

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his weekend, the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society Dinwiddie said the quartet would be performing realatively is presenting Tessera Quartet in concert – the modern work, but “not audience-frightening modern.” Rather, more Tessera Quartet relatively new group was formed under the guidance gentle modern music, including Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in 4 p.m. | Sunday, January 10 of the renowned Juilliard String Quartet in 2007. The quartet E-flat, Op. 12, Liebermann’s String Quartet No. 4 and Sibelius’s 3:30 p.m. | Pre-concert talk; has collaborated with distinguished pianist Claude Frank and String Quartet, Op. 56 (“Voces intimae”). Reception follows performance composer/pianist Lowell Liebermann, whose complete quartets “Mendelssohn is one of the most underrated composers,” she said. it is recording for release on Koch Records. Romantic-era composers are of two veins, she explained, and while Church of the Messiah, Highlights of the 2009-10 season include a New York debut someone like Wagner forged a new musical path, Mendelssohn and Montgomery Street (Rte. 9) on the New School (Schneider) Concerts series, a special project Schubert “kept to the old forms,” Dinwiddie said. “Mendohlson is Rhinebeck. with British pianist Hamish Milne at the Brooklyn Friends also interesting because his mature style emerged as a young man, TIckets: $25, Students with ID $5, of Chamber Music, a centennial concert honoring composer at 16. (His maturity) was not a last thing of life.” children under 13 are our guests and Renaissance scholar Harold Brown, and residencies Dinwidddie also shared the artistic and practical challenges of at Georgetown University and the Peabody Conservatory being a musician in a quartet in 2009, going on 2010. Groups form www.rhinebeckmusic.org Preparatory. and disband – all of the musicians have to have other jobs (usually 845-876-2870 When they perform in the Hudson Valley, they will be teaching) in order to support themselves, and they join to tour during presenting pieces by Mendelssohn, Liebermann and Sibelius. the few weeks they all have concurrently off each year. She said that I spoke with Charlotte Dinwiddie, RCMS artistic director, about the quartet and their unlike many, Tessera Quartet are not thrown together at the last minute – these aren’t musical impact. simply four very talented musicians coming together to play works for one night only. “They’re new to our series,” said Dinwiddie. She explained that she’s known the These four musicians regularly rehearse “Three hours a day to solidify themselves as a viola player, Edward Klorman, from before he was a celebrated musician and staff at string quartet, to find the right mixture,” said Dinwiddie. Juliard. “He approached me about playing at our series,” she said. It’s part of Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society’s mission to present young players to Not only is Klorman a talented musician – he’s also a literate one, which impressed the Hudson Valley. “We have a concerted effort to feature young groups. This is a great Dinwiddie. “I got to know him on a listserve (an email-type discussion forum),” she opportunity – what they need is a chance to play and perform for people. It’s really good, said. “He writes so intelligently about music. Ed’s entries are always very thoughtful. because they come to perform with a (great) enthusiasm.” He was very calm and reasonable. He’s a musicologist as well as a performer.” {14} january 6, 2010 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

She gave you what?! BY ELIZABETH F. PURINTON-JOHNSON HVN WEEKEND CONTRIBUTOR

Are you blessed with a crafter who gives you beautiful handcrafted gifts that you will cherish forever? Then this article isn’t for you. Do you get scratchy sweaters that wouldn’t have fit you when you were 12? Scary acrylics in eye-searing colors? Afghans meant to soothe you when you are home sick on the couch but are more likely to worsen any queasiness you might already have? Sit down next to me, dear Crafter, we’ll pull through this, and in our usual lazy way, with a minimum of effort. “But Aunt Martha is expecting to see little Elmore in his new cow sweater! She’ll be heartbroken if I do anything with it (even through the trash can is looking mighty appealing).” If the gift is for a child and it fits, put said child into the garment (do it quickly before Child Protective Services finds out about the neon orange & purple acrylic pullover), take a picture and send it to Aunt Martha. Now, you’re done. Go ahead and dispose of the garment (try to do so in a responsible manner). If Aunt Martha says anything about not seeing the garment, don’t you know, little Elmore grows so fast, nothing fits for long. If the gift is for you, we can follow some nice logical steps. (I know, your teeth are jangling from frightening textiles and your nerves are frazzled by disturbing color combinations. Take a deep breath, have some chocolate, and we’ll get through this together.) Home decor items are probably best given away. Do not re-gift them to friends. If you do, you’re just perpetuating the Bad Craft Gift Anxiety that you are suffering from. Is that any way to treat a friend? There are many outlets for home décor/furnishings (yes, even crocheted toilet paper roll covers). Local battered women’s shelters and thrift shops find homes for these items and use the profits to do good. Web sites like etsy.com sell handmade items (yes, even crocheted toilet paper roll covers). And there’s always eBay. If there’s one thing I learned in years of retail, it’s that no matter how ugly something is, someone will like it and buy it. If the item is a garment, think about what’s wrong with it. Here are some options: If you do like: The colors and texture

But don’t like: It doesn’t fit, it’s too small

The colors and texture

It doesn’t fit, it’s too big

The colors and texture

It’s scratchy wool

The colors and texture

The neckline is too tight

A sweater is nicely made, a pretty color

It’s so girlie it gives you an estrogen rush just to look at it

Nothing and It’s crocheted

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You can: 1 Give it to someone who it fits 2 Use a sweater to make a pillow 1 Give it to someone who fits it 2 Wear it around the house 3 Use it to make a pillow (or 2) Felt it! Use the felt to make something fabulous. Use a felted afghan to make a new afghan or nifty pillows Sew a bigger neckline on a sewing machine. Finish it with a new cotton, lace, ribbon, or polar fleece. Make it into a bedroom pillow. Take a photo and submit it to Whatnottocrochet.wordpress.com

A sweater into felt

Note: This only works with pure wool and does not work with super-wash wool (wool that’s been treated to be washable without felting). You may not know which you have until you actually try this. You are not going to believe how easy this is. As a matter of fact, you’ve probably spent more effort in your life trying to make this NOT happen while washing wool sweaters than you will spend making it happen. Set your washing machine to hot wash, cold rinse. Toss the offending item into the washer (with a load of dark clothes, don’t go wasting water), and detergent. At the end of the cycle, look to see what you have. It may or may not want another cycle (or four) to get where you want it. The individual stitches will disappear. It will look as if it is no longer knitted but, ah well, felted (sorry, there’s no other word). Patterns knitted in will blur. Scratchiness will start to disappear and fuzziness will form. It’s fascinating. If your new material (just trust me, it’s no longer a sweater), is almost but not quite what you want, throw it in the dryer with your clothes for a while. Keep checking every 15 minutes or so and haul it out when you like it. Smooth the material and lay it flat to dry. If it’s really out of “square,” block it by stretching it back to a square and pinning it to a surface every few inches. Leave it to dry. If you’ve felted a whole afghan you might need to cut it into smaller pieces (according > continued on next page Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | january 6, 2010 {15}

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to your ultimate plan for use) in order to block it. It’s hard to find room to lay out an entire afghan to dry. You can cut it and sew the felt. It will not unravel so you don’t have to finish the seams! It doesn’t get any easier.

The sweater into a pillow

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Haifa Mahabir debuts a new series of color photographs, presented in the front and Jan. 10 – Feb. 14. back galleries. On view are Opening reception: 3-6 p.m. photographs taken in southern Saturday, Jan. 10 Africa, which includes South Gallery hours: Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. Africa and Zimbabwe. The photos are documentary in nature but and by appointment. also serve as intimate portraits of G.A.S. Visual Art & Performance Space contemporary southern African 196 Main St., Poughkeepsie. life. Mahabir, of Lebanese and 845-486-4592 East Indian decent is also an author and has edited a book www.galleryandstudio.org of collected poetry soon to be published by New Paltz Press. The gallery will host a series of poetry readings by poets included in the book. Readings are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.

This is so simple, you’ll kick yourself for not thinking of it. Get a pillow form (craft store, big box store, fabric store, etc.). Sew the sleeves shut and cut them off. For the neck, you can sew a straight horizontal seam below the neck. A turtleneck can just be tucked inside and sewn shut. If you’d like a girlie pillow that still resembles a cute cardigan, fill in the neckline with a piece of matching felt. Turn the sweater inside out and slide it over the pillow. One seam (the shoulders) will be done for you. Pin the other two. Mark where the bottom seam should be. Sew the side seams (by machine or hand). If you have a cardigan, go ahead and sew the final seam. Just use the buttons (or zipper) to put the pillow cover on. If not, machine finish about 1” below where the final seam will be to keep the sweater from unraveling. Turn the sweater right side out and put it on the pillow. Pull the bottom seam together with the raw edges on the inside, pin, and sew by hand.

What to do with the sleeves

If you’ve felted the sweater, cut portions of the sleeves to make cozies for coffee cups. These dress up the cup and keep the coffee warmer. Whether or not you’ve felted the sweater, check the sizing. If the sleeves are a bit small for you, they’ll probably make great fingerless gloves. Cut the sleeves about 8” from the wrist. If not felted, finish all of your seams to keep from unraveling. Try on the glove and mark where your thumb joint comes. Cut a slit for the thumb. You can get fancy and cut an oval if you’d like. Again, finish your seams according to the material. You can stop here or embellish the top edge with lace or something pretty. The thumb opening can be edged with blanket stitch if you’d like. Fingerless gloves are quite fashionable but also very practical. You can type and keep your wrists warm. You can drive and still turn on your mp3 player. You can do all sorts of things you normally couldn’t do while wearing gloves: eat chocolate, hit just one button at a time on your cell phone, sew, knit, crochet – did I mention eat chocolate? Dr. Elizabeth F. Purinton-Johnson is both an associate professor of business and lazy, though accomplished crafter, who also studies marketing trends in current crafting culture. Have a question? E-mail her at elizabeth@atomicflamingocreations.com.

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San Millan said the open house is also an excellent opportunity for the community to understand the work Cocoon presents, in small bites. “It’s a potpourri, a little taste,” she said, where children can see snippets of the more adult fare, and parents can see the types of children’s performances normally presented. “What we do here is hard to describe,” she confided.” It’s hard to explain.” So, like all good artists, rather than tell, they show. And they do so for free on this day. “I won’t even go see a movie unless I get a recommendation from a trusted source,” said San Millan. “This lets them (the public) see the space, especially for children and their (l-r) Ana-Miren San Millan, Shianne Dierkes and parents.” Unfortunately, too often, Amelia LeGare in Choreography Workshop’s artists who weren’t treated well in “Unlocked” in a piece entitled “Sink.” Photo submitted. their creative upbringing become the educators, and those negative tendencies get passed to the next generation. San Millan expressed her concern that parents should see the space where their children can come to learn to be actors, dancers and more. Most of the work at Cocoon is unique to the space and the creators: “We’re not a presenting organization, like the Bardavon,” said San Millan. “ We don’t rent the space. All of our work is created by the group here, and a lot of it is original.” And on this night, you’ll see a great deal of that work in a very short timeframe. “We try to do it (the open house) without an intermission in about an hour and a half.”

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Captivating landscapes BY ANN LA FARGE

are slowly turning to glass – already she must use a crutch to get around. She remembers a man she met on a previous visit, and searches for him … “but how did you find a recluse in a wilderness of recluses?” She stays in the cottage of a man who had once loved her mother, a man who raises wondrous creatures called moth-winged bulls. Instead, she finds Midas, a loner who sees the world only through the lens of his camera, a man whose father committed suicide and whose mother, only 60, lives in an “old-age place, happy to skip her gray-haired days and cut straight to toothless ones.” In her past is a love affair that shattered her family. When Ida finds the man who might cure her, telling him “I’m turning into glass,” the story turns darker and more magical ... and the love between two isolated young people, in a place where “the woods felt like a sleeping monster worth tiptoeing past” may, or may not bloom. Asked, in an interview, what he hopes readers will take away from his novel, Shaw said “there are a good many cold, brittle and unfeeling things sharing this world with the two main characters ... when their romance kindles, it feels like something small and warm and worth protecting , but also something that could be snuffed out with ease … This book is about hanging on to that little bit of love.” I have tucked this novel into my bookshelf, among favorites, to be read again. Serendipitously, it found its place next to T.C. Boyle’s wondrous novel of the Hudson Valley, “World’s End,” a book I plan to go back to after reading his newest book, a collection of stories titled “Wild Child” (stay tuned; reviewed next week.). And before going back to “World’s End,” I was delighted to delve into a big, brand-new book about the Hudson Valley, “America’s First River, The History and Culture of the Hudson River Valley,” collected by Thomas S. Wermuth, James M. Johnson & Christopher Pryslopski, a compilation of 18 articles about our region’s history, drawn from 25 years of publication of “The Hudson Valley Regional Review” and the “Hudson River Valley Review,” (SUNY Press). This remarkable book celebrates “the only colony of the original 13 not first settled by the English”; the nation’s first ‘melting pot’; leaders of America’s artistic and cultural life over the centuries. How to begin? I chose two essays to read first: “From Entrepreneurs to Ornaments: The Livingston Women, 1679-1790” and “The Moral Geography of Cooper’s ‘Miles Wallinford’ novels.” What a week! And what a season of new books is upon us! How fortunate one is if the thorniest question she must ask is “What to read next?”

“The rich are different from other people, people,” Scott Fitzgerald is said to have sa said, to which Hemingway is said to have replied, “Yeah, they have more money.” But novels about the rich always paint them as di different in other ways – or, perha perhaps, different because of their money. Johathan Dee takes up tthis theme in his new novel, “Th “The Privileges” (Random Hou House, $25), which traces the fort fortunes of a family of four. The nov opens with Adam and novel Cy Cynthia Morey’s wedding, a lav lavish affair in Pittsburgh; the tw are described as “adults two p pretending to be children p pretending to be adults.” The s story then fast forwards to the c couple settled in Manhattan (they keep “trading up” to more and more lavish apartments), their two kids in Dalton, Adam at a private equity fund, Cynthia ““fallen into the underworld of women with nothing special to do.” Adam becomes the special protégé of his boss, begins to take risks … In most novels of this stripe, wife or husband usually fools around. Not these guys. Their love is the strand that holds them – and the novel – together. But as the years go by, and their children begin trying – not so successfully – to reinvent themselves, the façade cracks … a little. “What does money mean to Adam?” Dee said in an interview. “Part of the key to being Adam is that he doesn’t really think of money as money. It just means freedom.” A life, perhaps, without limits. There’s a lot to think about here. Big transition: I couldn’t get my nose out of Amy Greene’s debut novel about life on a remote Appalachian mountain – “Bloodroot “(Knopf, $24.95). Told in alternating voices of a family over four generations, it’s the story of Myra Lamb, who has inherited Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and her grandmother’s “touch” – an ability to bewitch people. Grandmother Byrdie raises writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached Myra ... until the girl turns wild, marries the wrong man, has twins, Johnny and Laura, at alafarge@aol.com. and gets in deep, deep trouble. She is “put away,” the kids stuck in foster homes. Will they, finally, be reunited with their mother and finally know her story? Will they ever be signings and sightings} able to say “It’s not forgetting that heals. It’s remembering?” “Bloodroot” is a magical story, a story of passion, madness, a Saturday, Jan. 9 mystery, and a wild and tempestuous Noon-2 p.m. Michael Buckley signs his children’s books, “Nerds” and “The Sisters place. Grimm” series. Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St. (Rte.9), Rhinebeck. 845) The novels I read in this first week of 876-0500. 2010 got curiouser and curiouser, ending with a strange story told on a remote and snowbound archipelago: Ali Shaw’s E-MAIL US: “The Girl With Glass Feet” (Henry WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Holt & Co., $24). Before I opened the novel, I read a letter from the publisher: “The idea that a human might fear turning Rhinebeck Choral Club will start its open rehearsals for its 65th into glass sounds like fantasy. But in the Anniversary Concert on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the late middle ages in Europe the ‘glass Ferncliff Nursing Home, River Road, Rhinebeck. Brief auditions delusion’ was a documented psychiatric will be held on Jan. 20 and 27 following the rehearsals. All voices condition that even King Charles VI are welcome and the Choral Club is open to all residents of the of France suffered from. He and other Hudson Valley. For any information, please call 845-876-7838 or sufferers worried that they would shatter contact www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org. to pieces if they were touched …” Ali Shaw has taken this “magical E-MAIL US WITH CALLS TO ARTISTS, AUDITIONS affliction” and woven it into a story of AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARTS: mystery, fantasy, and even love in a WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM modern setting. Ida revisits the small Northern island to find a cure; her feet

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On Sunday, Dec. 28 , Metro North Railroad personnel alerted the Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc., a not-for-profit “friends group” working with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP), that one full corner of the historic Bannerman Castle tower structure on Pollepel Island had collapsed. Bannerman Castle is a National Historic Register site in the Hudson Highlands State Park and can be observed from the Metro North rail line, both shores of the Hudson River, and by kayakers and other boaters. The unprecedented damage, caused by aging mortar and unprotected brick damaged by the elements, underscores the need for immediate action to save this endangered historic and scenic treasure in the Hudson River. The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. is currently poised to begin construction to stabilize the former Bannerman residence, a smaller castle structure located on the west side of Pollepel Island. In 2007, the Trust received a $350,000 Environmental Protection Fund challenge grant to design and undertake the stabilization of the residence structure. Since that time, the Trust has raised nearly $200,000 towards the matching grant, retained the preservation architecture firm Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc. of Manhattan, and submitted a final stabilization design to NYSOPRHP. The Trust hopes that successful stabilization of the residence in 2010 will raise awareness and spur additional fundraising for emergency stabilization of the larger castle structure and the towers that ring the island. The Bannerman Castle Trust is making an urgent appeal for donations to expedite the stabilization of the Bannerman residence in 2010 and to begin to plan the stabilization of the larger and inwater structures. Emergency stabilization is needed: Donations of in-kind services from structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, bracing and shoring contractors, construction contractors, and firms with experience in maintenance and preservation of coastal structures are sought. Tax-deductible donations can be made through a PayPal application at www.bannermancastle.org, or you may send donations to: The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. P.O. Box 843, Glenham, NY 12527-0843. For more information, contact Neil Caplan at 845-234-3204.

weekend horoscopes JAN.6 - 12 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Don’t kick back and relax just yet – you’ve got a lot of work yet to do, and to quit now would be an absolute waste of the effort already expended. Keep your head down, even if it means saying no to social invitations. You’ll feel so much better knowing this business is off your plate. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): Avoid making an off-handed comment that will seem like nothing to you but will offend someone you care about. Consider the longterm consequences of your actions, not just on your life but on the lives of others.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): You should see some good results today -- it may be that you’re dealing with people who are naturally sympathetic to you, or maybe a friend pulled some strings when you weren’t looking.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You’re a natural leader, and you’ll find new opportunites this week to use your skill to help others achieve their goals. Don’t doubt your ability to guide them using subtle suggestions rather than trying to muscle them into doing things your way, even though your way is ultimately the way to go.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Don’t stop pushing to find alternative approaches to a problem instead of taking the easy route (which will lead to even more chaos). Your perservence will pay off – even if it is exhausting – and you’ll be able to get to rest without this issue weighing on you.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Reach out to a friend today with whom you haven’t

to be behaving impulsively – you need to stay grounded and avoid falling into that emotional rollercoaster.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Charisma is the name of your game right now, and you can use it to your advantage when trying to engage those around you who are normally tough nuts to crack. Open your mind to an idea that might seem off the wall – you’ll find that it solves your problem very effectively. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Embrace change with as much grace and calmness is possible – and be prepared to be inspired to move in a new direction. You’ll find yourself in a position to help people in a new and exciting way.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): A relationship that has been in jeopardy is showing signs of life, but you’ll need to continue to nurture it – keep remembering to put yourself in another’s shoes, and you’ll find reserves of compassion you didn’t know you had.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Be more aware this week of washing your hands, taking extra vitamin C and anything else you can do to avoid coming down with a cold or worse. You’ve been working hard, and being run down opens you up to getting sick, so stay vigilant. And try to cut out some of the less important tasks to give yourself a break. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Embracing recycling is good, but you should

connected in a long time. Your positive energy could be a perfect antidote for what’s ailing them. And be open to a possible change in employment.

consider ways in which you can reduce waste across the board. After you tackle the material aspects, take a look at relationships that might be toxic and draining. Cut out the excess in your life, and you’ll find yourself worrying less and feeling calmer.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Keep your wits about you this week and avoid

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The presents are opened, the house is de-bedecked with festive cheer, but the kids are still hanging around – this is a good time of the year to find a fun, mild flick that all ages can enjoy. It’s nice to report that “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” isn’t halfbad at all – it’s a mild little appetizer of a film that generally entertains at a pretty milquetoast level. And frankly, you’ve got to a have a pretty hard heart not to think that those chubby little CGI chipmunk cheeks aren’t mildly adorable, no matter what they’re saying. But when you see one of them get waylaid by a dodgeball, tossed into a wall, and complain that their pancreas has just been injured, I defy you not to laugh a little. (Don’t worry – Simon gets right back up after the dodgeball incident.) The little singing chipmunks are back again for round two, though this movie is almost entirely Dave-free (Jason Lee is there for all of five seconds). With their beloved protector in the hospital after a freak accident at a concert, the rodent brothers are left in the tenuous care of Dave’s nephew, Toby (Zachary Levi, best known from TV’s “Chuck”). Add to their stress, Dave has insisted they attend high school – don’t try to follow a logic trail, because there is none. This does give the ‘munks an excuse to meet up with ever-wonderful Wendie Malick as Dr. Rubin, the principal. I’d rather see Malick doing lots more work than this, but having her onscreen raises the bar no matter what. Same goes for David Cross who appears as villainous manager Ian – feeling that he’s been wronged by little Alvin, he takes on the Chipettes (three female chipmunks – Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor) and pits the rodent trios against each other. Cross does a great blend of humor and evil-doing, which makes you almost root for the bad guy to get his way, but since he’s manipulating adorable singing animals, he must be punished by the end of the movie. If you’ve seen the trailer, you know that Chipette rock a pretty powerful version of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” – those wee chipmunk tushes wiggle like there’s no tomorrow. And again, I found it hard to stifle a smile. It’s a little creepy when they sing Katy Perry, but at least there’s not helium-version of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

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SPORTS STUFF BY JAY KENNEDY

• The New York Giants completed one of the great collapses in recent football memory. After a 5-0 start, albeit against lousy teams, the Giants put it in reverse. Hard to see them doing anything next year without a major overhaul. • How about those two NBA morons pulling guns on each other in the Wizards’ locker room over a gambling debt. Thus far, the NBA has done nothing to these thugs. The details are almost irrelevant. Nobody should be bringing handguns to the work place. The NBA should ban both players for at least one year if not a lifetime. • Meanwhile, the Jets are in the playoffs after smoking the Bengals Sunday night. The two teams meet next week in the playoffs. Loved seeing the obnoxious drunks who routinely ruin the fan experience at Jets games denied beer at Sunday night’s game. They should set up sobriety checkpoints at the gate before the game to keep the drunks out and allow the real fans a chance to enjoy the game without the vulgarity and fights that come with these clowns. • The Cowboys shut out the Eagles 24-0 to finish 11-5. This is a team nobody wants to see in the playoffs but the Eagles will when they play them again next week in Dallas. • Don’t look now, but the Knicks seem to have figured out how to play basketball again. They blew out the Pacers 132-89 after leading by 48 points at one point. Word is the Knicks are looking to sign Tracy McGrady. • Locally, the Marist men’s basketball team finally found the winner’s circle, defeating Manhattan 72-66 over the weekend. Meanwhile, the Marist women’s team trounced Canisius 73-37 to take their record to 9-4. • The college football season finally comes to an end Thursday as Alabama takes on Texas for the BCS championship. Alabama is a fourpoint favorite. • Congratulations to all you lucky golf geeks who got authentic President’s Cup clothing for Christmas. You’re going to knock ‘em dead in the spring.

USC SCANDAL NOT UNIQUE BY JAY KENNEDY

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This week New Leaf Program Northern Dutchess Hospital’s New Leaf Program, which runs each for six weeks, will begin Monday, Jan. 11. This highly-personalized nutrition and exercise program includes a weekly visit with an NDH nutritionist, ongoing phone support, weekly personal training sessions with customized workouts, unlimited use of the NDH Fitness Center and a discounted fee for extended membership. The fee is $499 and registration is very limited. For more information or to register, call 845-871-3600. Introduction to Computers The Clinton Community Library has scheduled a free tutoring session to teach adults how to use computers. This is an introductory level of instruction to help adults acquire basic skills on how to use a computer. The session is on Friday, Jan. 8 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clinton Community Library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). For more information and to sign up, call the library at 845-266-5530. ‘Yogilates’ “Yogilates” classes will be offered at Hackett Hill Park, Program Building (second floor), East Market Street, Hyde Park, on Tuesdays from 6:307:30 p.m. from Jan. 12 through March 2. Cost is $70 for eight sessions, $10 for walk-ins per class if space permits. Class size is limited. Preregistration is suggested. Bring a Yoga sticky mat, wear comfortable clothing. Contact Leigh Toth at 845-309-4528 or lattraining@hvc.rr.com for more information. Movie Night The community is invited to the Clinton Community Library’s free movie night on Friday, Jan. 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Come and enjoy a fun evening with your friends and neighbors watching the big screen. The library is located at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). For more information and name of the movie, call the library at 845-266-5530. Free Film Screening The film “Afghan Women: A History of Struggle” will be shown for free on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting House, 249 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. The screening will be followed by an audience discussion. This is part of the “Give Peace a Film” series and there is no admission charge. The screening is sponsored by the Dutchess Peace Coalition and Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting House. Call 845-

454-6431 or 845-454-2870 for more information. Common Threads The Clinton Community Library’s Common Threads activity includes knitting, crocheting or other needle and fiber crafts. The group will meet on Friday, Jan. 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Novices to experienced knitters of all ages can participate. Come for some company and/or help from your peers. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Card Club Meets The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play card games (Cuckoo, Fan Tan, Oh Hell, Scrooge, Pinochle and others) and have lots of laughs. The Club meets Friday, Jan. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lower level of the Clinton Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592. College Financial Aid Beekman Library will host a seminar on applying for college financial aid and completing the FAFSA on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. This seminar, presented by Susan Mead of the Dutchess Community College Financial Aid Office, will provide guidance to parents who need to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the second in a series of programs for families with teens who are heading off to college in the near future. Registration is required. Visit beekmanlibrary.org (click on “Calendar”) or call 845-724-3414. Beekman Library is on Town Center Boulevard in Poughquag. Bonfire Party Cancelled The Clinton Business Association and Town of Clinton Recreation Department have cancelled their planned Christmas Tree Bonfire Party scheduled for the evening of Saturday, Jan. 9 in the Frances J. Mark Memorial Park on Clinton Hollow Road. Unavoidable events have occurred to force the cancellation this year. Library Board Meeting The Clinton Community Library Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). The meetings are open to the public and usually last an hour and a half. Previous

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board meeting minutes are available in the library. For more information, please contact the library at 845-266-5530. Census Office Opening The U.S. Census Bureau’s Boston Regional Census Center will have a public grand opening ceremony for the Poughkeepsie Local Census Office on Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m. The Poughkeepsie Local Census Office will serve the residents of three counties: Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam. Office staff will join local politicians and community leaders to talk about the importance of the 2010 Census. The office is located at 31 Route 22, Pawling. For more information, contact Alexandra Barker at the Boston Regional Census Center at 617-223-3610 or Boston.pdsp@census.gov. ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ The Eileen M. Hickey Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital, the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association have joined to sponsor another series of “Look Good, Feel Better” programs for 2010. The first of six free programs for chemotherapy and radiation patients will be presented 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Jan. 11 at the center. Program participants will receive tips on skin care, make-up application and wig and turban styling. Participants will receive complimentary name-brand make-up kits. To register, call 845483-5959. Caregiver Conference St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers will host a free workshop for caregivers, “Financial Planning and Long-Term Care Insurance,” 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 in the hospital’s Sister M. Ann Elizabeth Community Conference Center, Rooms A and B. Denny Quinn of Ackerman Quinn Financial Services will explain the need for and the cost of long-term care and discuss Medicare and Medicaid, out-of-pocket expenses, private assets and the New York State Partnership for Long-Term Care. Seating is limited, so RSVP to 845-4835528. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Get Real Weight Results A fitness and nutrition program called Get Real Weight Results will be held on Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 20, at Northern Dutchess Hospital with Roufia Payman, director of nutritional counseling. The fee is $149 and participants have the flexibility of attending either an 11 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. weekly session, which consists of smallgroup nutritional counseling. Another component of the program is the unlimited use of the NDH Fitness Center. For more information or to register, call 845-871-3600. Yoga: Mind and Body Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer an eight-week Yoga: Mind and Body class on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. Taught by Karen Signor, the class starts on Jan. 14 and runs through March 4 and will be held at the Montgomery Street Health Annex, 107 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. Participants are asked to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and provide their own Yoga mat. The cost of the eight-week session is $80. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call 845-876-7844. Bariatric Support Group The monthly meeting of Saint Francis Hospital’s Bariatric Support Group is 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20 in the hospital’s 2 Thorne Conference Room. An open discussion on pre- and post-bariatric surgery will be led by Nancy Case, registered dietician, and Dr. Janet Goff, a psychologist with the hospital’s Mental Health Clinic. Lapband and bypass patients, pre- and post-procedure are welcome. Support group meetings include a free clothing swap of seasonal clothing for men and women of all sizes. Prior registration is not necessary. All support group meetings are free of charge. Family members and support people are welcome. For more information, call Case at 845431-8898.

Free Computer Class Beekman Library will hold an Introduction to the PC and the Internet Computer Class on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. The class is for computer novices. Registration is required. Call 845-724-3414 or go to beekmanlibrary.org (click on “Calendar”). The class is free. Beekman Library is on Town Center Boulevard in Poughquag. Memoir Workshop Local author Celia Bland will lead a “Finding Your Stories” memoir-writing workshop from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Tivoli Free Library. During this workshop geared toward adults, Bland will help participants generate ideas for their memoirs. This workshop is free and open to the public. It is limited to 10 people. Pre-registration is required; call 845-757-3771 to register. The library is located at 86 Broadway in the Village of Tivoli. Lyme Support Group The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets on Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and associated diseases. The church is located between the two traffic lights, across Route 44 from CVS Pharmacy and between the library and a cemetery. Turn into the parking lot between the church and library and enter the side door and go downstairs. For more information, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel at 845-229-8925. Fire Police Spaghetti Dinner The West Clinton Fire Police will be holding an allyou-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Station 1 at 219 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14) in Pleasant Plains. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and firepersons, $4 for children under 13 years old, and children under 5 years old are free. Takeout also available. Tickets sold at the door. An Afternoon with Peter Muir The Clinton Community Library presents “An Afternoon with Peter Muir” on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the library. Come to hear from Peter Muir’s new book, “Long Lost Blues.” Muir is an internationally recognized pianist, composer, scholar and conductor who may surprise you with a few tunes. The library is located at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). For more information, call the library at 845-266-5530. Lyme Support Group The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease Support Group meets on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck. Lyme patients, the general public and the medical community are invited to attend. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and associated diseases. For more information, contact Mary Belliveau at 914-4891202. Blood Drive Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers will hold a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20 in the Sister M. Ann Elizabeth Community Conference Center, Rooms A, B and C. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations to donate at a specific time are encouraged. Call 845-483-5086. All presenting donors receive a voucher redeemable at Dunkin Donuts for a free pound of coffee. Harlem Wizards Game The Millbrook Sports Boosters will host the Harlem Wizards basketball team for a night of family fun on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Millbrook High School. The game against Millbrook Faculty members will begin at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are now available for $10 (students/seniors) and $12 (adults). Tickets at the door are $13 and $15. To purchase advance tickets, e-mail millbrooksportsboosters@gmail. com or call 845-238-4649.

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Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON

While sitting in my nice, warm house thinking about what to write about this week, I gazed out the window at our bird feeder. The birds were eating like crazy and I noticed several of the ones not feeding were shivering. Poor little things, I thought. It was really cold out, snowing heavily and windy also. This got me wondering how the birds manage to survive the winter, especially during weather like we had this past weekend. Since Google is all too happy to help me research questions such as this, I, of course, immediately went online and did some investigation. I found out that although birds grow almost twice as many feathers in winter, they still have to shiver almost constantly to keep their body temperatures up. This shivering creates body heat at almost five times the normal rate, but it burns a lot of calories. Also, birds have very small fat reserves, most of which only last 24 hours. So, birds living outdoors need to eat lots of high-energy foods in order to replace the energy they burn to keep warm. One of the Web sites I visited suggested feeding birds high-energy foods such as oil sunflower seed (which, apparently, has twice the amount of calories per pound than the striped variety), suet and peanuts. This same site also reminded me that it is very helpful to keep fresh water around for the birds in cold weather because they will use less energy drinking water than having to use precious calories melting snow. It is a good idea to use plastic bowls, not metal, though, in order to avoid having any bird feet freeze to the metal. Another interesting fact I found out is that birds fluff up their feathers in winter to create many pockets of air which act as insulation, trapping in body heat and keeping out the cold. Also, the University of Illinois Extension wildlife site says, “All birds have the ability to reduce heat loss by restricting the flow of warm blood into their legs and feet. Because their legs are mostly scales, sinews and bones, there’s very little to freeze. If our feet were that cold, we’d swear they were frozen, but it’s not a hardship for the birds.” Brrrr! I still can’t see how the poor little things manage, but this research did inspire me to go top off my bird feeder before I started writing this column. Now I can watch them happily feeding while I write, knowing I’ve helped them survive the night by not letting them go to bed hungry.

Pictured, from top: Stanford Town Supervisor Virginia Stern displays her son’s childhood bible that was used for her swearing in; Youngster Schuyler Press sings “America the Beautiful” accompanied by Beth Ashton at Saturday’s ceremony. Photos by Heidi Johnson.

INAUGURAL CEREMONY

The inauguration ceremony last Saturday at the Town Hall was wonderful. The room was packed with family and friends of the newly elected town officials, as well as interested townsfolk and members of the press. Seems as if there were at least three of the latter if you include me. I spotted my colleague, Chris Lennon from Hudson Valley News, and another reporter from a different paper covering the event. The ceremony began with a welcome and an invocation by the husband-and-

wife team of Johanna and Mike Shafer. Both were very sweet and heartfelt. Next we recited the Pledge of Allegiance, after which young Schuyler Press sang the National Anthem. Schuyler’s performance was nothing short of amazing. She sang with a lovely, clear voice and seemed not at all nervous. In fact, she was smiling throughout. Luckily, Judge Joan Posner was next up on the agenda as Schuyler was a tough act to follow. As each new official was sworn in, the audience applauded heartily and the participants too seemed to be enjoying themselves. Supervisor Virginia Stern invited her grandchildren up during her swearing in and Judge Posner asked the children if they would like to help hold the Bible. It was a heartwarming moment and it demonstrated the essence of a small community as just about everyone in the room said “awwww…” as the youngsters joined Virginia on the platform. Virginia used her own Bible, which she explained had belonged to her son when he was a young man. After the swearing in, each of the new officials said a few short remarks (very short in the case of Highway Superintendent Jim Myers!) and

Schuyler Press lead us all in the singing of “America the Beautiful.” Deputy Town Clerk Beth Ashton accompanied the song on her guitar. Beth, as always, was wonderful. Schuyler again sang with great grace and confidence, adding to the already warm and friendly feeling among the crowd. After the ceremony, we all proceeded to the room next door for refreshments and conversation. State Assemblyman Marc Molinaro mingled with us all, as did Posner and our town government leaders. We were pleased to have these two state and county guests of honor at our small-town celebration. It was a great event and one I’m glad that my children and I were able to attend. No one runs for a town government office in hopes of getting rich. These folks serve out of the love they have for our town and for the people who live here. We thank them and look forward to working with them to keep Stanford safe, financially healthy and scenic in the year ahead. That’s about all I have to report here in the first week of 2010. It has been so cold and snowy that even my intrepid family has pretty much hunkered down and stayed indoors for the past week. Please do keep your bird feeders full during this cold and also check on any homebound or elderly neighbors to make sure they are OK. Keep warm and I’ll see you all next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or playfulrelics@optonline.net.

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Clinton BY RAY OBERLY

CLINTON BUSINESS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP Do you have a business in any of these ZIP codes: Clinton Corners 12514, Hyde Park 12538, Pleasant Valley 12569, Rhinebeck 12572, Salt Point 12578, Staatsburg 12580, and Stanfordville 12581? If yes, think about joining the Clinton Business Association (CBA), which provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information with the purpose of encouraging business within the community. The CBA has a Web site (www. ClintonBusiness.org) and distributes 3,000 copies of its directory listing containing all the members’ businesses at various locations and 2,000 by direct mail. The CBA is doing its 2010 membership drive and requests that dues are paid by Feb. 1 so an updated directory can be distributed in early 2010. To become a member, provide the following information: contact person, business name, street address, city, zip, business telephone/ fax number, e-mail address, Web page URL, and a brief description of your business. An application form is also available at www. clintonbusines.org. Send the information and business card, if available, with $35 annual dues payable to Clinton Business Association, to Clinton Business Association, c/o Norma Dolan, 956 Pumpkin Lane, Clinton Corners, N.Y. 12514. For more information, call President Norma Dolan at 845-266-5754 or by e-mail at clintonbusiness@optonline.net. The Poughkeepsie Chamber of Commerce changed its name to Hudson Valley Regional Chamber and is allowing all other Dutchess County chambers and business associations to become affiliates. The CBA has become an affiliate and now its members can benefit from most of the services and benefits enjoyed by Hudson Valley Regional Chamber members.

AG LITERACY WEEK

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) is pleased to announce it will be coordinating the Ag Literacy Week programs in Dutchess County again this year. With the generous support of the Dutchess County Farm Bureau and the Dutchess County Dairy Committee, the programs will be available to students across the county at no cost to them. The Ag Literacy Week programs are a great way for the youth in the county to get acquainted with local agriculture and get connected to Cornell University. How many kids understand where the food on their table comes from or where the kitchen table comes from? During National Agriculture Week (March 1519), students throughout New York will be learning about the importance of trees in our everyday lives during the fifth annual New York Agriculture Literacy Week, coordinated by New York Agriculture in the Classroom. Ag Literacy Week will be

celebrated across the state in second-grade classrooms with a visit from a community member involved in agriculture. This year’s book is “The Tree Farmer,” written by Chuck Leavell and Nicholas Cravotta, which will be read to classes and donated to the school library. Teachers will also receive a resource packet including additional lessons and information on the timber industry. If you would like to get involved as a classroom teacher or as a volunteer reader, please contact Kelly Parker at CCEDC by phone at 845-677-8223, ext. 108, or by e-mail at kb442@cornell.edu. Another way for volunteers and teachers to help children understand agriculture is involvement in the annual Be Aware of New York Agriculture Contest. For more information about Ag Literacy Day, the contest and other Ag in the Classroom programs, visit www.nyaged.org/ aitc.

FIRE DEPARTMENT SANTA RUN

West Clinton Fire Company 1 held its annual Santa Run through the community on the afternoon of Dec. 19. Santa (a.k.a. Jim Lyons) rode in the fire truck and distributed presents to children along the way. Santa had two helpers, Brendan Szabo and Andy Schaefer, while Ed Galinski drove the truck. The turnout was low due the cold and a threat of a big snow storm that never occurred. One of the stops was at the Greystone Residence Home, where the residents always look forward to Santa’s arrival. Upon his arrival, Santa was enthusiastically welcomed.

WEST CLINTON FIRE DEPARTMENT BREAKFAST

Pictured, from top: Brendan Szabo, Santa (a.k.a. Jim Lyons) and driver Ed Galinski deliver gifts and Christmas Cheer during the Santa Run; Lending a hand at the West Clinton Fire Department breakfast are Julie (from left), Rachel, Joyce, Autumn and Doreen of the Calico Pixies and Pixie Munchkins 4-H clubs; The Calico Pixies and Pixie Munchkins 4-H clubs help at the West Clinton Fire Department breakfast on Dec. 6. Pictured are Amber (front row, from left), Samantha, Autumn, Hannah, Charlotte (back row), Joyce and Melissa. Photos submitted

The department wishes to thank all the people who enjoyed the breakfast and The West Clinton Fire Department held supported them. its super all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet The Calico Pixies and Pixie Munchkins on Dec. 6 at Station 1 on Hollow Road in 4-H clubs, under the leadership of Joyce Pleasant Plains. Sokolowski with the help of some parents,

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helped to set up, serve and clean during the breakfast. This community service is a requirement of being a 4-H member. The fire department thanks the clubs for their help. The next breakfast will be Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14.

GOLDEN LIVING

News for senior citizens BY JOHN A. BEALE

‘MY GRANDPARENT AND ME’

The Mid Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie has come up with a great opportunity for senior citizens, called “My Grandparent and Me.” Every Friday from 1-5 p.m., grandparents receive free admission to the museum. Children will be charged regular admission, $6.50 per child. The Children’s Museum is an ideal place for seniors to bring their grandchildren. The museum offers a safe, comfortable environment with plenty of seating for seniors to take a break while the children enjoy the exhibits. Each exhibit offers a chance for grandparents and parents alike to engage in a fun learning experience with the little ones in their lives. Exhibit topics include: local history, the Hudson River and the environment, science, art and international culture. Throughout the year, a variety of performances and workshops are held both inside the museum and in the riverfront pavilion owned by the museum. The museum is designed for children ages 0-12 years. Regular admission is $6.50 per person (under 1 and members are free). For more information, visit the museum online at www.mhcm.org or call, 845-4710589. The Children’s Museum is located at 75 North Water St. in Poughkeepsie on the Hudson River waterfront, adjacent to the Poughkeepsie Train Station.

SELECTING HOME CARE

There are a number of important options to consider and questions to be asked when selecting and purchasing health or personal care services in the home. Some of these items are discussed below: LICENSING AND REPUTATION • How long has the agency been operating in the community? • Is the agency licensed by a government agency and/or are they accredited by a professional association? • Is the agency able to provide hands-on care or is the agency only able to provide companion and chore service? • Can the agency provide references from clients?

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TRAINING AND SUPERVISION • How does the agency select and train its employees? • Does the agency carry professional liability insurance? • Does the agency insure or bond employees who provide financial services or who do banking and shopping for clients? • By whom and how often are home are workers supervised? • Who can you call with questions or complaints about services? • On what grounds can you request a change in workers? • Does the agency provide substitutes and how will an emergency request be handled? ASSESSMENT • Will an assessment be performed, who will perform it, and what is the charge? Is there a charge for a re-assessment? • Will you receive a written plan of care, and how is it updated? PAYMENT AND COSTS • What are the costs of the service? • Does the agency have written information explaining all costs and payment plan options? • Are there minimum hour requirements? • Is there a charge for telephone consultation? • How are late payments handled?

CALENDAR ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE PUBLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED.

Upcoming Senior ID Cards Dutchess County residents 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at the Dutchess County Office for the Aging first-floor conference room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain an ID card, bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service. Call the Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555, toll-free at 866-486-2555, or e-mail ofa@co.dutchess.ny.us for more information.

Medicare Training The Office for the Aging will present a training session on Medicare for residents who are approaching the age of 65 on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room from 10 a.m. to noon. Attending the workshop will help seniors get a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers. Medicare Prescription Drug plans, EPIC and Medicare Advantage plans will also be discussed. Nina Lynch, the Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s information specialist, will be the presenter. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost for this program, but space is limited. To register, call the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555, toll free at 866-486-2555, or e-mail ofa@co.dutchess.ny.us.

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The Dutchess County Office for the Aging and its home care unit, Dutchess NY Connects, can provide information and assistance on home care and also on other community services that may be available. For information, call 845-4862555. John A. Beale is director of the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie, 845-486-2555, www. dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/ Aging/AGIndex.htm.

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HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE HUDSON VALLEY

BY CARNEY RHINEVAULT

1920s Slang

The following is a humorous list of 1920s slang submitted by former Staatsburg resident Ed Trowbridge. Many words are still being used today. Ab-so-lute-ly - affirmative All Wet - describes an erroneous idea And How - I strongly agree Attaboy or Attagirl - well done Baby - sweetheart Balled Up - confused, messed up Baloney - nonsense Bank’s closed - no kissing or making out Bearcat - a hot-blooded or fiery girl Beef - complaint or grievance Beat One’s Gums - idle chatter Bell Bottom - a sailor Big Cheese – the boss Bluenose – a prude Bootleg – illegal liquor Breezer – a convertible car Bronx Cheer – a loud, spluttering noise Bull – policeman or nonsense Bull Session – mail talk Bum’s Rush – kicked out Bump Off – to murder, to kill

Butt Me – I’ll take a cigarette Caper – a criminal act or robbery Cash – a kiss Cat’s Meow – something splendid Cat’s Pajamas – same as cat’s meow Chassis – the female body Cheaters – eyeglasses Check – kiss me later Ciggy – cigarette Clam – a dollar Copacetic – wonderful, fine, all right Crush – an infatuation Daddy – a young woman’s lover Dame – a female Dapper – a flapper’s dad Dead Soldier – an empty beer bottle Deb – a debutant Dick – a private investigator Dogs – feet Doll – an attractive female Dolled Up – dressed up Double-Cross – to stab in the back Dough – money Dry Up – shut up, get lost Ducky – very good Dumb Dora – a stupid female Earful – enough Egg – a person who lives the big life Fall Guy – victim of a frame-up Fire Extinguisher – chaperone Fella – man, a male Fish – college freshman Flapper – stylish, brash young woman Fly Boy – an aviator Frame – to give false evidence Gams – a woman’s legs Get A Wiggle On – get going Get In a Lather – to get upset Giggle Water – an intoxicating beverage Hair Of The Dog – a shot of alcohol Handcuff – an engagement ring

Hard Boiled – a tough guy Heebie Jeebies – the jitters High-Hat – to snub Hooch – bootleg liquor Hood – hoodlum Hoofer – dancer Hotsy-Totsy – pleasing Jake – OK Jitney – a car Java, or Joe – coffee Keen – attractive or appealing Kisser – mouth Moll – a gangster’s girl Neck – kissing with passion On The Lam – fleeing from police On The Level – honest On The Up And Up – honest Ossified – a drunk person Piker – a cheapskate Pill – an unlikable person Pinch – to arrest Pipe Down – stop talking Razz – to make fun of Real McCoy – the genuine article Ritzy – elegant Sap – fool Says You – disbelief Scram – ask someone to leave Shiv – a knife Sinker – a doughnut Swell – a rich, wonderful man Tomato – a female Torpedo – a hired gun Wet Blanket – a solemn person Columnist Carney Rhinevault asks anyone who knows of any other 1920s slang terms e-mail Hudson Valley News at editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com. Carney Rhinevault is the Hyde Park town historian. Illustrator Tatiana Rhinevault’s Web site is www.tatianarhinevault.com.

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Union Vale BY TONY LEO

MOMENTS ON THE HUDSON

Judging from Union Vale’s turnout for the Walkway Over the Hudson opening this past October, certain facets of the river and its history are of immense concern to the residents of our town. In view of this, I will take the opportunity to share my recollection of some very interesting events which took place in and around the Hudson River in the early 1960s. During the late ’50s and early ’60s, I was a student at West Point. This provided first-hand exposure to any significant happenings involving the Hudson River. During the summer training months, the Military Academy was staffed by a regular U.S. Army support group known as the 1802nd Special Regiment. The unit was composed of regular combat troops from several different military occupation specialties (MOSs), including artillery and engineering. Their job was to provide a realistic backdrop for combat operations, help train cadets in various technical specialties, provide supplementary engineering services for the post and otherwise assist in the general training mission of the academy. Notwithstanding their combat arms experience and training expertise, these troops were still subject to human error from time to time. And err they did. Fortunately, the sequence of events which I am about to describe unfolded in such manner that wholesale tragedy was averted. Nevertheless, they were colorful happenings that garnered a great deal of interest and earned a place in the annals of Hudson River history.

A MISPLACED ARTILLERY SHOT

Illustration by Tatiana Rhinevault

If you leave Union Vale and travel in a west-southwesterly direction long enough, you’ll wind up on Route 9D. Follow 9D in its southerly direction and you’ll pass by Anthony’s Nose Mountain, which is on the eastern shore of the Hudson River adjacent to the Bear Mountain Bridge. Once across the bridge, you come to the Bear Mountain traffic circle. Take the second exit onto Route 6 going west, also known as the Palisades Interstate Parkway. You will be initially headed in a westerly direction up a hill. After about threequarters of a mile, the roadway sweeps toward the south. Just before the sweeping turn, look straight ahead, perhaps a little to your right. You will notice that there is a small mountain about a quarter of a mile off the road. It has a barren rock dome on top, which makes it stand out from the surrounding hills. The reason for the barrenness of the rock > continued on next page

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dome on its top is due to the many artillery shells fired and exploded on the summit by the 1802nd throughout the cadet summer training periods of the ’50s and ’60s. The 1802nd’s artillery components would base their howitzers (army field pieces) back in a westerly direction toward Camp Buckner and fire in the direction of the mountain. This would enable the first- and secondyear cadets in the vicinity to feel somewhat more exposed to combat conditions. (The practice was curtailed in the late ’60s after a number of motorists on the Palisades Interstate Parkway conveyed their lack of appreciation for similar exposure.) During the period that the mountain was being fired upon, needless to say, accuracy was critical. It all depended on the amounts of powder contained either in the artillery shells or bag units in these early howitzers, as well as the elevation of the field piece’s barrel upon firing. One day, in July 1960, an errant artilleryman either used a shell unit with an excessive amount of powder or cranked the howitzer barrel elevation (or possibly both). The ensuing shot from the vicinity of Camp Buckner sailed way over the mountain with the barren rock dome and headed in an easterly direction. It cleared the Palisades Interstate Parkway, the Bear Mountain Bridge, the Route 9D approach to the span and the summit of Anthony’s Nose, landing in a field on the leeward side of the mountain. Fortunately, it bypassed Bear Mountain Bridge and nearby roadways and failed to explode. Immediately thereafter, a group of red-faced Army ordnance people visited the impact area behind Anthony’s Nose Mountain and recovered the aborted round. It was fortuitous that the individual who miscalculated the amount of powder or elevation erred greatly and vastly overshot the target. If the powder and elevation had been calculated for a slightly lesser distance, it is wholly conceivable that the explosive round would have taken out the Bear Mountain Bridge.

A TIDAL WAVE IN THE RIVER

Moving from the field artillery to the U.S. Army Engineers, the summer of 1961 proved to be similarly interesting. Just north of Battle Monument at West Point, down near the river, there is a level area

known as the North Athletic Field (adjacent to Shea Stadium). In 1960, the U.S. Army Engineers decided it would be a nice idea to construct a picnic area about the size of four or five football fields off the shores of West Point and extend it out into the river. This would offer the cadets’ families a good place to relax with a great view of the Hudson and its surrounding highlands. In June of 1961, the project had just been completed with a beautifully grassed and level area designed to accommodate a waiting lineup of cadets with their guests. The only evidence of recent construction was a small group of very large, yellow, earth-moving trucks parked on the open field. The remaining U.S. Army Engineering staff was finishing a last routine boring test before allowing the impatient picnickers their access. Suddenly, one of the engineers noted that the boring drill showed only 6 feet of earth beneath the field and quickly cleared his team off the field. As soon as the last man had cleared the area (and before the prospective visitors had a chance to move onto the newly hewn picnic area), the entire acre-size project collapsed into the river and disappeared. The massive size of landfill falling at once into the Hudson created a “tidal wave” that uprooted and twisted the West Shore Railroad tracks for hundreds of yards, knocked a 25-foot-high beacon light off its anchorages on Constitution Island and ripped several boats off their moorings at a yacht club in Fort Montgomery to the south. The giant earth-moving trucks that were parked on the newly-minted picnic area have remained missing to this day. Why did it happen? This is one of the narrowest parts of the Hudson River. Water flowing from wider sections of the river north and south are squeezed into a more confined route and flow faster with greater force. The force alone will undermine any landfill attempted along the banks and cut deeper into the river bed. The depth of the Hudson River here, according to most measurements, is approximately 157 feet. There is at least another 100 feet of silt (where the trucks are most likely buried) between the maximum depth of the water and the top of the rock bottom. It was a miracle that no human life was lost. The Hudson River may appear peaceful and uneventful to the casual observer, but it harbors a rich and interesting history at every turn.

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OBITUARIES ROBERT G. WOOD, PLEASANT VALLEY

Robert G. Wood, 55, of Pleasant Valley, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 at home. Mr. Wood was a Developmental Aide with Taconic DDSO in Wassaic until his retirement in 1997. He was also a former orderly at Vassar Brothers Medical Center for many years. Bob was a former longtime Poughkeepsie resident and 10-year Amenia resident. He enjoyed bowling, going fishing and playing New York instant scratch-off lottery tickets. Born in Poughkeepsie on March 31, 1954, he was the son of the late Robert H. and Mary Callaghan Wood. He attended Poughkeepsie High School. On July 21, 1985 in Amenia, he married Laurie Cesario. Mrs. Wood survives at home. Bob and Laurie renewed their vows on Oct. 31, 2000. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Melissa Green and husband, Rich, of Hyde Park; daughter, Bobbie-Jo Rifenburgh, of Pleasant Valley; daughter, Lynette Wood, of Poughkeepsie; son, Scot Kielbasa, of Pleasant Valley; son, Robert J. Wood, of Amenia; and daughter, Alicia Wood, of Pleasant Valley. Bob’s grandchildren were his whole world. He is survived by 12 grandchildren, Ashleigh Rifenburgh, Kevin Rifenburgh Jr., Rebecca Rifenburgh, Brandon Wood, Anthony Wood, Mikayla Green, Carey Harding, Gabrielle Harding, Emalie Sheldon, Ethan Kielbasa, Evan Kielbasa and Isabella Wood; and one greatgranddaughter, Aundrea Cruz. He is also survived by his brother, Patrick Wood, and wife, Sherry; brother, Thomas Wood, and wife, Melanie; and sister, Theresa Nace, all of Hyde Park; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Lauralee Ann Wood. Calling hours were from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Hyde Park. A funeral service took place at 8 p.m. during the calling hours at the funeral home. The Rev. Donald Hoger officiated. In keeping with Bob’s wishes, cremation will take place at the convenience of his family. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn., 38148-0142. www. stjude.org. To send a condolence, visit www. sweetsfuneralhome.com.

ANGELA LUCIA BONDYSWAN, PALM DESERT, CALIF.

Angela (Angel Martinez) Bondy-Swan, 55, passed Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2009, with her children by her side. Born in Newburgh on May 3, 1954, she was the daughter of Laura Mae Hoben and Angel Manuel Martinez.

Lucia away

She is survived by her daughters, Leann Padia of Mission Valley, Calif. and Lisa Hillis of Miami, Fla.; her sisters, Jane Luciano of Edgewater Park, N.J., Laura Depew of Bonita, Calif., Sherry Martinez of San Diego, Calif., Bonnie Swinderski of Beverly, N.J., and Patti Ann Cserjes of Burlington, N.J.; her brothers, Stephen Martinez of Hyde Park and Henry Swindell Jr. of Lumberton, N.J.; and her stepfather, Henry Swindell Sr. of Lumberton; along with several nieces and nephews. Angel grew up in Hyde Park and attended both Haviland Junior High and Roosevelt High Schools. She graduated from the Newburgh Free Academy in 1972. Eventually, she made San Diego, Calif. her home. In addition to loving her family, she loved animals and music. A memorial service will take place on Jan. 9, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Netherwood Baptist Church, 1211 Netherwood Rd., Salt Point. The Rev. Elizabeth Travis Clarkson will officiate. There will be a reception following the service. To send her family a condolence or for directions, visit www. sweetsfuneralhome.com.

ELIZABETH REYNOLDS, TIVOLI

Elizabeth Reynolds, 73, of Tivoli, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck. A lifelong resident of Tivoli, she attended Tivoli schools, and, before retiring, worked for over 25 years as a laundress at Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie. Elizabeth was a member of the Red Hook Post #7765, VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary for many years and she was an avid Bingo and lottery player. Born Jan. 16, 1936 in Tivoli, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Viola (Funk) Miller. She married William E. Reynolds on March 17, 1955 in Louisiana. He predeceased her on Oct. 3, 1975. She is survived by a son, Wayne Reynolds of Tivoli, two daughters, Deborah L. Reynolds and her partner Ken Cole, and June Lawson and her husband Jason, both of Red Hook, a sister, Dolores Lippman of Hyde Park, six granddaughters, Shannon, Jessica, Crystal, Heather, Christine and Jasmine, four great-granddaughters, Hailey, Makayla, Alysssa and Kiara, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ten brothers and sisters predeceased her: Anna Sherman, Gladys Lippman, Reginald, Walter, Louis, William, Henry, Leland, Richard and John Miller. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, at Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook. Burial was at Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli. Memorial donations may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to the Red Hook Post #7765, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, 30 Elizabeth St., Red Hook, N.Y. 12571. For directions or to sign the online guest book, visit www.Burnett-White. com.

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