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BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Nearly 1,000 residents and local officials watched as history was made when the first new Dutchess County executive in 20 years was sworn in last week. County Executive Marc Molinaro took the oath of office on the morning of Thurs-

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Political heavywights turn out to support Molinaro including Sen. Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, Congressman Chris Gibson; William Steinhaus, Marc and Abigail Molinaro and Rob Rolison; Molinaro acknowledges outgoing County Executive William Steinhaus.

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Molinaro, who officially took office Sunday, Jan. 1, is the youngest executive in Dutchess County’s history at 36 years old. He is the seventh person to hold that position. During the ceremony, Molinaro was joined by his two young children, Abigail and Jack. He said taking the oath of office with his children at his side reminds him “that so much relies on how we treat one another and how we answer the important questions of our lives: who are we as people and how do we hope to live?” In his address, Molinaro outlined some of the challenges Dutchess County faces, including high unemployment and a difficult economy. He said when President Franklin D. Roosevelt faced similar challenges, he advocated planning and the rallying of public support. “Ladies and gentleman, there are important challenges whose critical mass demands immediate concern and

diligent address,” Molinaro said. “So, as we attempt to answer those questions, we will, by molding consensus and leading collaboratively, do as Roosevelt implored: identify clear and concise objectives, engage our community and rally support.” Molinaro promised to lead with respect and dignity. “May we never find ourselves on the front page for an act of disrespectful discourse,” he said. “Let us never place the interests of one ahead of the needs of all. Partisanship and personal attacks have no place in our dialogue or debate.” Also during the event, Molinaro made sure to acknowledge former County Executive William Steinhaus, who retired this year. “For the past 20 years, County Executive Bill Steinhaus penned the pages of the history we learn from and build upon,” Molinaro said. “For that, and to you, Bill, we extend out thanks and appreciation.” Molinaro was joined by some political

Schumer added, “If you want to have hope in the future of New York State, just look at this county.” Gibson said Dutchess County residents made the right choice in electing Molinaro. “You have picked a man of character, a man with a very strong vision,” he said.

Sheriff Anderson takes oath heavyweights, who took the stage to congratulate him. Sen. Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, Congressman Chris Gibson and a representative of Gov. Andrew Cuomo all joined a large contingent of local officials who welcomed Molinaro to his new position. “Now is the time for all of us to unite behind Marc Molinaro, who I believe will be a great county executive,” said Schumer. “No one put a silver spoon in his mouth. No one came along and plucked him. Oh no, he worked really hard.”

Later on Thursday, many of the same people who attended Molinaro’s swearing-in travelled a few miles south, to the Dutchess Golf and Country Club in Poughkeepsie, for the swearing-in of Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson and Under Sheriff Kirk Imperati. Anderson was read the oath of office by legendary actor James Earl Jones, a Dutchess County resident and longtime friend of Anderson. A number of local officials, as well as Schumer, who exchanged some lighthearted jokes with the sheriff, all took the stage to congratulate Anderson.

Actor James Earl Jones administers the oath of office to Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson. Photos by Nicole DeLawder. See the full gallery at



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Get used to seeing these new faces at Hyde Park Town Board meetings: Councilwoman Emily Svenson (from left), Councilman Joe Petito, Town Attorney Warren S. Replansky, Supervisor Aileen Rohr, Town Clerk Donna McGrogan, Councilman Bill Truitt and Councilman Ken Schneider.


In stark contrast to the contentious meetings Hyde Park residents have gotten used to over the past two years, new Supervisor Aileen Rohr presided over a civil and rather pleasant reorganization and swearing-in ceremony on Sunday. Rohr, as well as four new town council members and other elected officials, took the oath of office before the board rapidly approved a total of 44 resolutions, most of them matters of administrative housekeeping. Rohr will lead an all-Democratic board consisting of council members Emily Svenson, Bill Truitt, Ken Schneider and Joe Petito. Rohr promised to run an open and transparent town board, saying one of her administration’s first goals would be to present to the public an accurate financial report. “As your town board, we are here to represent the entirety of Hyde Park and to move forward on the goals of controlling taxes with strong fiscal management, increasing communication and respect, promoting the redevelopment of our commercial hubs and providing transparent and responsive government,” Rohr said. “These long-term goals are complimented by the need to address immediate issues, such as the effects of Hurricane Irene, the moving of our police/ court facility, correcting the weakness of the 2012 budget and the ongoing problem of flooding.” One of the first resolutions approved by the board was to reset Highway Superintendent Walt Doyle’s salary to

$65,000 after it was lowered to $60,000 by former Supervisor Tom Martino’s administration during one of the last meetings of 2011. The move was seen by many as retaliation for Doyle’s criticisms of Martino. Rohr said the new town board’s attorney, Warren S. Replansky, discovered this is a violation of state law, which states elected officials’ salaries must be maintained throughout the term they were elected to. Board members did not, however, increase their own salaries, which were also reduced by the Martino administration during the process of creating a 2012 budget. Sunday’s meeting was well-attended, with some residents standing on their tiptoes in the hallway after the main room filled up. Rohr said she was humbled by the turnout. “I’m so touched and honored to see so many people here and I sincerely thank you,” she said to those in the audience. During the meeting, members were appointed to the planning board, zoning board of appeals and conservation advisory council. Also, Michael Dupree was reappointed chairman of the planning board, Mary Donahue was reappointed chairwoman of the zoning board of appeals, Carney Rhinevault was reappointed town historian and Michelle Zagorski was reappointed comptroller. Pictured: The town’s four new council members are joined by their families as they take the oath of office; Judge David Steinberg administers the oath of office to Receiver of Taxes Francine DiGrande. Hudson valley news | | January 4, 2012 {3}

FIRST FEMALE DUTCHESS GOP CHAIR DIES AT 92 BY HV NEWS STAFF Former Dutchess County Republican Committee Chairwoman Ethel Block died peacefully with her family by her side at Northern Dutchess Hospital on Friday. She was 92. Block served as the first female chair of the Dutchess County GOP from 1976 to 1983. Prior to being named chairwoman, Block served as vice chairwoman and secretary of the Dutchess County Republican Committee. Block was a founding member of the Red Hook Republican Club, the first president of the Red Hook Women’s Republican Club and a longtime member of the Red Hook Republican Committee. According to her obituary, Block “took great pride in mentoring numerous Republican ‘rising stars,’including Sen. Steve Saland, the Hon. Al Rosenblatt, the Hon. Ralph Beisner, the Hon. George Marlow, former County Executive Bill Steinhaus and County Executive Marc Molinaro.” “Unmatched in her dignity and grace, her support and love has made an indelible impact in my life and the life of a community she loved and in return loved her,” said Molinaro. “While she will be greatly missed, the markers of her life can be found in nearly every community and corner of northern Dutchess County.”

FRENCH STEPS DOWN AS BEEKMAN SUPERVISOR BY HV NEWS STAFF Beekman Supervisor Dan French, who did not seek re-election in 2011 so he could run for Dutchess County executive, said farewell to his constituents last week. French made the decision in April to run for county executive. After securing the Democratic nomination, he lost a hard-fought battle for the executive seat to Republican Marc Molinaro in November. French, 30, was first elected to the Beekman Town Board in a 2004 special election to fill a vacancy when he was just 22 years old. He was elected to a twoyear term as town supervisor in 2009. French is being succeeded by fellow Democrat Matt Kennedy. The following is a transcript of French’s farewell address: Beekman was not the place of my birth, though it gave birth to my passion for public service. And as my seven years of service to our town draws to a close, I wish to express my profound gratitude for the opportunity you have given me – to represent the place I love.

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BY HV NEWS STAFF Two veteran and MacAvery Dutchess County is assuming the lawmakers will position formerly serve in leadership held by outgoing roles in the Assistant Minority Democratic Caucus Leader Dan of the Dutchess Kuffner (D-Hyde County Legislature Park). Both for 2012. Goldberg and County legislaKuffner decided to tors Barbara Jeternot seek re-election Jackson (D-City of in 2011. Poughkeepsie) and J e t e r- J a c k s o n Minority Leader Barbara Jeter-Jackson and Alison MacAvery has served in the Assistant Minority Leader Alison MacAvery. Courtesy photos. (D-Beacon, Fishkill, Legislature since East Fishkill) have been selected by their 2003, and MacAvery was first elected to peers to serve as minority leader and as- her seat in 2005. sistant minority leader respectively. In addition, from 1995-97, MacAvery’s Jeter-Jackson is taking over for Minority father, the late John P. Ballo, held the Leader Sandy Goldberg (D-Wappinger), assistant minority leader post. {4} January 4, 2012 | | Hudson valley news

From time to time, you’ve heard this administration tell of our accomplishments; although we preferred to toil in the service of our days, content with a good job completed, we found it necessary and proper to extol the virtues of our changes and contrast the present direction with that of the past. While credit and glory is not what we sought – or seek – we know the importance of informing our citizens and felt that setting forth our positive changes was therefore not an exercise in boastful pride, but merely a means of reporting to those we serve. Tonight’s address will not seek to recapture our accomplishments or highlight the changes we’ve implemented. Tonight is a time to bid farewell and welcome a new leadership to the distinguished line of officials who have led our great town. It is a time to plead forgiveness for any shortcomings and missteps of this administration, for which I assume full credit and responsibility. Any shortcomings were mine and mine alone, and my only wish is that my service to you could have been even better and more able. Conversely, any of the positive changes must be attributed solely to the hardworking men and women of our town – our employees and volunteers who actually implemented these changes. Our thanks belong to them. So, tonight we ask that history be our judge. Where we saw those who were hurting, did we help them? Where we saw those who were neglected, did we tend to them? Where we saw an inequity, did we fix it? When two roads were before us, did we choose the easier but less fruitful path, or did we choose the tough road that led to results? Did we protect our land and our resources for our future generations? Did we look beyond our own time here in town government, to make it better for the next generation of leaders? I hope and pray that history will judge us kindly. I know our intentions were pure and I hope our results were just as solid. To the great people of our town, a few parting thoughts. Time and again, I’ve seen that an activated citizenry leads to better results. When you are informed about what your elected representatives

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are doing on your behalf – and better yet, you have input into these decisions – better outcomes follow. You will only get the government you demand. Keep demanding the very best. And so as I prepare to step down as supervisor, my love for our town still grows ever stronger. The love is as a child loves a parent; it is unconditional and enduring. It cannot be diminished by proximity or time, or any other constraint. It can only grow. And just as a child understands his parents better as they age and their appreciation for the sacrifices of that parent become more and more evident, so too does my love and appreciation for our town grow. Again, thank you for the honor of serving you. I only hope I can repay the debt I owe each of you for this lifechanging opportunity. Thank you.

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Elizabeth Spinzia chats with Supervisor Tom Traudt shortly before being sworn in as councilwoman. The young ladies are two of Traudt’s four daughters, Natalie and Amelia. Photo by Jim Langan.

Supervisor Virginia Stern is sworn in for a second term by her husband, Dr. Mark Stern, assisted by two of their adorable grandchildren.

Brands decides in favor of incumbent Stanford supervisor STORY AND PHOTOS BY JIM LANGAN

When the votes were counted on Election Day, it appeared Democratic Supervisor Virginia Stern had lost a hardfought battle to Republican Councilman Mark D’Agostino by a handful of votes. Fast forward to New Year’s Eve at Stanford Town Hall, and it was Stern, once again, being sworn in for a second term. The earlier results has gone to the Board of Elections and before a judge, and at the end of the process, Stern prevailed by a scant three votes. Stern told Hudson Valley News, “These results should remind everyone how important every vote is, especially in a small town.” In front of a large gathering at Stanford Town Hall, Stern said she was “honored to serve for the next two years” and thanked her supporters. She went on to say she intended to represent all residents and would remain open to any resident’s ideas, regardless of party affiliation. Stern said she was committed to using town money wisely, as well as keeping Stanford safe and affordable while preserving open spaces and the rich history of the town. Stern also said she intended to take “a close look” at state and federal grants that might benefit the town. In addition, she said it is important that Stanford explore any opportunities to share services with

other communities, from provisions to municipal services. The Hon. Dennis Smith also administered the oath of office to Highway Superintendent James Meyers, Town Clerk Ritamary Bell and Councilwoman Johanna Shafer. Also sworn in was Deputy Supervisor Charles Shaw. The invocation was given by Father Michael Shafer of the Church of the Regeneration in Pine Plains and the benediction was offered by Minister Rhoda Starzyk of the United Church of Christ in Stanfordville. The National Anthem was sung by Schuyler Press, who also closed out the program with a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

TRAUDT SWORN IN FOR THIRD TERM IN RHINEBECK Republican will preside over 3-2 Democratic board BY JIM LANGAN Everyone was all smiles as Rhinebeck residents gathered at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Town Hall to watch the officials elected in November be sworn in to their posts. Foremost among the officials was Supervisor Tom Traudt, who took the oath for the third time. Traudt thanked his supporters for their hard work during the campaign but was particularly appreciative of the sacrifices candidates and their families make in pursuit of public service. Traudt took the oath surrounded by his four young daughters as his wife, Kim, looked on. Also taking the oath was Highway Superintendent Kathy Kinsella and Councilman Bruce Washburn. In her remarks, Kinsella thanked her supporters and the dedicated employees of

the Rhinebeck Highway Department. She went on to say, “Campaigns are hard. The community gets what it asks for, so get involved.” But the biggest cheer of the morning was reserved for for Elizabeth Spinzia, who was recently declared by State Supreme Court Judge James Brands the winner of a hotly contested race with Republican Debbi Mimoso for a seat on the town board. Spinzia’s margin of victory was three votes, but judging by the loud ovation attending her swearing in, it was a very popular victory. With that victory, Traudt will be dealing with a Democrat-controlled board for the first time in his tenure. This new dynamic should make for an interesting political year in Rhinebeck. Judge Willie Sanchez swears in Kathy Kinsella. Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

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improve, what is in our power to do better. And we are acknowledging that we do have power. The other thing about resolutions is, OPINION they are not vows. A vow is a promise, usually to another. A resolution means that you resolve to do something. There are no penalties for failing – it’s between you and BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER your diary. So, you’ll never know if I really do seek silence. But, that’s my plan. You see, 2011 was both very exciting and very hard. With It’s still the first week of the new year, all that activity, all those events, all those so I claim it’s not too late to talk about deadlines, it is easy to become a bit numb; resolutions. I suppose the first thing I or worse, calloused. should resolve is to not procrastinate! By the time it all ended, I began finding But I won’t. myself spiritually dull, even down. Though I have a quieter resolution – in fact, it is that is common after long campaigns, it’s to seek more silence. not healthy. I need to To seek the presence re-connect with the of God more deeply in One who gave me my life. A resolution life and who gives Now, you may life meaning. I need say, “That’s not doesn’t have to be to hear less noise so measurable. Last year measurable. This that I can listen more you resolved to do 20 carefully. deep-knee bends a day. There will always is not a job. It is That was measurable. be those who need You should vow to do not school. It is things from me. that again!” Parishioners in crisis, To which I would not, in fact, subject family obligations, say, “Nope.” church offi cials who to anyone else’s And I would say have this or that errand “no” for a couple judgment in any for me. But I have of reasons. One is it within my power because a resolution way shape or form. to carve out time for doesn’t have to be silence. measurable. This is It may not be not a job. It is not measurable, and I school. It is not, in fact, subject to anyone won’t be accountable to anyone else for else’s judgment in any way shape or form. it. It’s not a promise that will result in Your resolution is for your improvement punishment if broken – it’s just what I – it’s a chance for you to look at your life think I need for a healthy, joyful new year. and say, “Where do I want to grow? What Here’s hoping your resolutions bring do I need?” you peace and joy. In this world, we can’t change a lot of Happy New Year! things. We can’t make other people – not P.S.: I’m taking a couple of weeks off even our children – behave the way we but should have a column for the Jan. want. I know. I’ve tried. 25 edition. And if I don’t, then enjoy the We can’t change the weather (at least silence. not at will). We can’t stop disease or calamity. We can’t even change the way The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector we were born. of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde But when we make a resolution, we Park. You can leave a comment for him are asking ourselves what we can do to at



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My hope is to see some semblance of this on a national scale as the new year brings with it an election season. I hope that in some way Americans will OPINION together and learn to look at the I DON’T AGREE come individual who is running and not the WITH ANY OF YOU party. My hope is that we will elect our officials based on policy and not BY LARISSA CARSON rhetoric, that I will have a candidate who I’d like to vote for instead of once again choosing the lesser of two evils. With all the billions of people in the world, I don’t think this is a heavy request. It seems more important than ever to be politically conscious. We have a lot The new year is upon us and I haven’t of problems that need serious solving. messed up writing the date on any checks Fixing them is not out of our reach but yet, so I’m off to a good start. With this it will take a voice from the pubic that past Sunday marking the first of the year, says very clearly, “We will not tolerate it was also the swearing in of all elected this any longer.” Many of our nationally Rhinebeck officials. If you didn’t see elected officials have been squandering time and certainly this coming, I was in seem more concerned attendance. for their own wellI watched each new being that the wellelected official take It isn’t really being of others. We their oath of office. have let this go too One by one they a Democrat or long. With Congress’ promised to uphold the Republican that approval rating now constitutions of both at a staggering 5%, New York State and fixes a problem; we have no excuse. of the United States of Sadly, if we stay the America, and perform it’s people, course, many of these their duty to the best of officials are on an easy living, breathing their ability. I couldn’t ride to re-election. help but feel happy individuals with We have to and optimistic seeing remember that a all of these politicians families and community is only respectfully uniting as good as the for the greater good. a stake in the people who live in I hope it continues American Dream. it. Every decision all the way through of every individual their terms. This was is ultimately what certainly democracy in makes up the whole. action on a local scale. We should nurture This will be an interesting year for Rhinebeck. The each other. After all, it isn’t really a election of Elizabeth Spinzia, by a very Democrat or Republican that fixes a small margin, turned a Republican town problem; it’s people, living, breathing board Democratic. There was a good individuals with families and a stake crowd in Rhinebeck Town Hall and a in the American Dream. Those are just lot of excitement when Spinzia stood to names we call ourselves. Think about it, you wouldn’t continue buying Sony take her oath. However, it was a remark from Kathy if their products were already broken Kinsella, who took oath as returning when you opened the box. highway superintendent, that stuck with Larissa Carson is a life-long resident me the most: “The community gets what of the Hudson Valley. To respond it asks for, so get involved.” It wasn’t to this column, email editorial@ that it was a revolutionary statement, we should all know it, but I feel it is one that needs to be reinforced. We tend to forget that we are truly the ones in charge. Spinzia’s three-vote victory can attest to that.

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value of volunteers, she stuck it to a number of people who fought the good fight and took a lot of abuse in the process. Former planning board member John Bickford OPINION is a prime example. Week after week, he stepped up to the microphone and delivered articulate, intelligent commentary on BY JIM LANGAN any number of Tom Martino’s ridiculous proposals and resolutions. For that, Bickford was subjected to a withering and often sarcastic dressing down on almost every occasion. But Bickford stayed the course, even though A good friend and I were talking about Martino refused to reappoint him to the the changing of the guard in Hyde Park planning board. He did Aileen Rohr and recently. We discussed the train wreck that the Democrats’ bidding, even though was the Martino board and all the damage John is a Republican, and on Sunday, it did to the town and its reputation. I Rohr appointed an unknown to a vacant expressed hope that the new board might planning board seat. It shows a profound actually make a difference in both tone lack of courage as well as letting a and substance. While neither of us held knowledgeable asset get away. out much hope that the new board had The same gratitude was shown any real answers for to former town Hyde Park’s problems bookkeeper Joanne or that Supervisor Lown. This woman Aileen Rohr was Most of the Hyde got up almost weekly likely to lead us out to oppose Martino Park political of the wilderness, we and his financial both agreed things Lown was establishment is chicanery. could only get better subjected to cheap with Martino and his more concerned shots by Martino and crew gone. fired in 2010 as she with winning It was at that point attended her father’s my friend proffered deathbed in Florida. than doing some very sage advice. Rohr relied heavily He said, “Jim, I’ve on Lown during the the right thing. been in this town campaign to walk her forever. Supervisors through the town’s come and go like bad convoluted finances weather. At the end of the day, the town is and Martino’s smoke and mirrors. For pretty much plus or minus a gas station.” that, Lown was mocked and pilloried My friend has a valid point. For all the by Martino and his thugs while Rohr sat huffing and puffing politically, nothing in her seat or didn’t bother to attend. As really changes, including the politicians. with John Bickford, you have to wonder The Republicans squawk about bringing what qualifies as sufficient loyalty and new business to Hyde Park but never competence to merit consideration after really deliver. Democrats wax on about you’ve taken such abuse. the rustic charm of Hyde Park and There are examples of this type of thing preserving the historic heritage, yet have on both sides, but after Martino, I had no trouble green lighting another gas hoped for more. The fact I only heard from station. Most of the Hyde Park political Rohr two days before her swearing-in after establishment is more concerned with a two-month silence felt a tad insincere. I winning than doing the right thing. What couldn’t help feeling the sudden interest in is particularly disturbing is the price my attendance had something to do with good people have to pay for doing the concern about press coverage. After all, right thing in Hyde Park. Good people she and her fellow candidates never had and volunteers are not rewarded for their a problem sending us their press releases commitment to the town. That criticism and columns during the campaign. To applies to both parties. give the devil his due, Mr. Martino never This week’s meeting of the new town seemed concerned about me showing up at board was a good example. In spite of town board. Like Rhett Butler, he frankly Aileen Rohr’s feel-good patter about the didn’t give a damn.



But let’s return to my friend’s observation. For all the bombast and nasty business that seems to attend Hyde Park’s political machinations, I’d like him to be proven wrong. I’d like to see people and political parties put Hyde Park first and save this once-lovely town. It won’t be easy, but it will be impossible


if we continue on our current destructive political path. To all the self-appointed political potentates, get over yourself and your narrow agendas. I can live without another gas station. Jim Langan can be reached at


We’re out in the cold and rain and he’s just finished his 90th round of golf. – Mitt Romney, campaigning in Iowa, on President Obama.

Someone made their feelings known at Hyde Park Town Hall as the new supervisor and board were being sworn in. Photo submitted.


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COUNTY COULD ABSORB IN CASE YOU HYDE PARK POLICE MISSED IT • Noticeably absent in the nearly 1,000-person crowd attending the swearing-in of new County Executive Marc Molinaro was anybody from the new Hyde Park Town Board. We saw big contingents of Republicans and Democrats alike from Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Poughkeepsie and other Dutchess County towns. In this economy and with the many challenges facing every town, you’d think this new board would want to play nice with the new county executive. The only Hyde Park Democrats we saw were County Legislator Rich Perkins and former board member Bob Kampf.

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Molinaro open to ‘serious conversation’ BY JIM LANGAN AND CHRISTOPHER LENNON

Even before the Hyde Park Police Department moves into its new facility on Cardinal Road, informal discussions have reportedly been going on behind the scenes about the possibility of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office absorbing the Hyde Park Police Department as part of a shared-services move designed to save Hyde Park 1015% of its police budget. Sources tell Hudson Valley News the idea has been discussed at some length, with one participant saying a consolidation would be a “win-win” for everyone. County Executive Marc Molinaro said Monday no official plans regarding the absorption of the Hyde Park Police Department have been made at the county level, though he did not deny that the idea has been floated. “With the new Hyde Park Town Board sworn in just yesterday and me only one day in my service, there has been no official dialogue,” Molinaro said. Molinaro added, however, that he would be open to discussing the matter with Supervisor Aileen Rohr and the town board, “if Hyde Park would like to have a serious conversation about sharing law enforcement services.”

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According to persons familiar with the discussions, Hyde Park Police officers would retain their ranks in the sheriff’s office and work out of the new facility, which will become a sheriff’s office sub-station. But police sources tell Hudson Valley News the transition could be complicated by salary differentials and accrued carry-over vacation and overtime issues. Given the intense financial problems facing Hyde Park and the county, the issue of consolidation and sharing of services will be a big part of the 2012 political dialogue. A call to Supervisor Rohr was unreturned by press time.

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• Sen. Chuck Schumer had a few observers squirming in their seats while introducing legendary actor James Earl Jones at the Sheriff “Butch” Anderson swearing-in ceremony at the Dutchess Golf and Country Club. Schumer went on about how much he enjoyed Jones in the 1988 film “Coming to America.” He told the crowd he thought Jones was terrific as fictional African King Mufasa. Actually, Chuck, the character was King Jaffe Joffer. King Mufasa was in the “Lion King.” But I guess all fictional black kings look alike to the senior senator from New York. Given Jones’s distinguished body of work on film and stage, referencing Jones’s performance as any buffoonish African King felt a little weird. • We hear they’re playing a real-life game of Capture the Flag in Hyde Park. The commemorative 9/11 flag given to the town by former Supervisor Yancy McArthur went missing in the waning weeks of the Martino administration. Sources say it was last seen under the desk of Martino’s secretary, Deborah Lyvers, but it has since vanished. Hyde Park Police have spoken to Martino and Lyvers and an inquiry continues. • It was nice to see that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was able to join President Obama on her own over-thetop Hawaiian holiday. Pelosi, ever the champion of the 99%, was ensconced in a $10,000-a-day room at the Four Seasons Resort on the Big Island. Local police are spending $34,000 a day to protect the daffy San Francisco congresswoman. • Speaking of sticking it to the taxpayer, the numbers are in on the Obamas’ excellent 17-day adventure. The trip is costing taxpayers $4,113,038, which includes $3,629,622 for separate travel for Barack and Michelle. Can you imagine

the hue and cry if the Reagans or Bushes took a boondoggle during a recession/ depression like this? I’m guessing you’ll be seeing President-elect Romney a bit closer to home this time next year. • Looks like Hyde Park is greasing the skids to allow a Quick Chek to be built on the site of the old Hyde Park Motors. Former Supervisor Tom Martino rammed through a substantial reduction in the current owner’s assessment to sweeten the pot and the planning board is said to be on board. A lot of residents are going to be appalled at yet another gas station in Hyde Park, particularly at such a historic location as the old Crossroads. The problem is new Supervisor Aileen Rohr has always been defensive about her “anti-business” reputation and may be reluctant at the start of her term to say “no” to anything that could be construed as a new business. We hear a group of concerned citizens will be meeting to block this. Stay tuned. • Our good friends in Florida stayed weird right to the end of the year. On Siesta Key Beach, an 8-foot-tall, 100-pound Lego man washed ashore with the words “No more real than you are” emblazoned on his big yellow chest. • In Tampa, a woman upset with her 15-year-old son’s bad grades put the little darling on a busy street corner with a sign saying, “Honk, if you think I need an education.” • In Jupiter, Fla., a condo association is requiring residents to have their dogs DNA registered. They intend on using the information to identify the owners who don’t pick up their dogs’ poop. Can’t you just see some old bird storming into the condo business office saying, “I want this turd sent to the lab immediately?” • You may have read about the death of Tarzan’s chimp, Cheetah, recently. Well, it appears there may have been more than one Cheetah and numerous chimp experts question whether any chimp made it to 80 years old. Here’s my contribution. I worked on a TV show in Palm Springs in the ’90s and met what I was told was Cheetah. He was a nasty, flea-bitten ape who lived with his “trainer” in Palm Springs and word was his “trainer” made a fine living pawning him off as Cheetah. That said, we put him on the air as Cheetah! • Finally, the good folks at Columbia University will be offering a course in Occupy Wall Street for college credit. It is being taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, a self-described “veteran” of the movement. Oh, please! It’s not like she hit the beaches at Normandy. More Ivy League nonsense.

INSIDE: BOOGIE ON - Phillip Namanworth comes to Rhinecliff; Towne Crier to close its doors in Pawling BETWEEN THE LINES - Annie Leibovitz and Augusten Burroughs discuss new works in the Hudson Valley Art, film and community events through April

CELEBRATING A MEMORABLE NIGHT Operation Prom launches in the Hudson Valley this weekend to help local students go to prom. Story on page 12.

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event listings throughout the Hudson Valley e-mail us your events: Deadline is noon on Thursday. Listings are accurate as of press time but be sure to confirm details before you go.

THIS WEEK (JAN. 4-10) Teen Study Group; Wednesday, Jan. 4; 6-8 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls; Focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics; Free; 845-297-3428. Screening of ‘The One Percent’; Thursday, Jan. 5; 7 p.m.; Crafted Kup, 44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Screening of film followed by audience discussion; Free; 845-876-7906. Opening Reception for ‘Outside In: The View From Where I Am’; Friday, Jan. 6; 6-8 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Photographs, paintings and sketches by Ginger Long Glynn, on display through Jan. 31; 845876-2903.

Scrapbooking Workshop; Saturday, Jan. 7; 1:30-3 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls; Attendees must bring six to eight photos of the same theme to use in their project; Free; 845-297-3428. Past Life Group Regression; Saturday, Jan. 7; 2 p.m.; Partners in Massage, 4415 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park; $20; 845-229-9133. Hyde Park Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast; Sunday, Jan. 8; 8 a.m.-noon; Knights of Columbus Hall, Route 9G, Hyde Park; Menu includes pancakes or French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage; Adults $7, seniors $6, children $5; 845-229-6111.

Reiki Share Circle & Sound Healing; Friday, Jan. 6; 7 p.m.; Partners in Massage, 4415 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park; $10; 845-229-9133.

Children’s Epiphany Pageant; Sunday, Jan. 8; 9:45 a.m.; Third Evangelical Lutheran Church, 31 Livingston St., Rhinebeck; Local children to present pageant; Free; 845-338-3504.

‘American Buffalo’; Friday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 8, 3 p.m.; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; David Mamet’s story of a pair of twobit criminals’ efforts to steal a coin collection; Adults $20, seniors $18; 845-876-3080.

Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society Concert; Sunday, Jan. 8; 4 p.m.; The Church of the Messiah, Montgomery Street at Chestnut Street, Rhinebeck; Soprano Kimberly Kahan to perform with special guests; Adults $25, children and students $5;

Annie Leibovitz Signing and Discussion; Saturday, Jan. 7; 4 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Photographer to discuss and sign copies of new book “Pilgrimage”; 845-876-0500. See more on page 15.

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UPCOMING Senior Citizen ID Cards; Wednesday, Jan. 11; 9:30-11 a.m.; Dutchess County Division of Aging Services, First Floor Conference Room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie; For residents age 60 and older, bring driver’s license or birth certificate; $2; 845-486-2555. Pleasant Valley Lyme Support Group Meeting; Wednesday, Jan. 11; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, Route 44, Pleasant Valley; Patients and caregivers encouraged to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and other diseases; Free; 845-8894242 or 845-229-8925. Rhinebeck Lyme Support Group Meeting; Thursday, Jan. 12; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck; Patients and caregivers encouraged to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and other diseases; Free; 914-489-1202. Family Game Night; Friday, Jan. 13; 7-9 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls; Join other families for a night of video games on the big screen; Free; 845-297-3428. ‘Annie’; Jan. 13-Feb. 5; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; Tony Award-winning family favorite directed by AnnChris Warren, opening night benefits DCSPCA; Adults $26, seniors and children $22; 845-876-3080.

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BY POLLY ADEMA, PH.D., DCAC STAFF FOLKLORIST Throughout the world, people celebrate Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas. Among Eastern and Western Christians, Epiphany (Jan. 6) is as important as – if not more important than – Christmas day (Dec. 25). In the Mid-Hudson Valley, you might hear neighbors talking about “Ukrainian Christmas” or “El Día de los Reyes” or “El Día de los Reyes Magos,” just two of the many different culturally specific 12th-day celebrations. If you want to celebrate Ukrainian Christmas, Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kerhonkson is holding Christmas mass at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7. Following mass, community members will gather for the traditional svichechka, or candle-lighting ceremony. If you prefer to participate in Latin American Epiphany traditions, you will want to know about El Día de los Reyes. El Día de los Reyes, or Three Kings Day, commemorates the visit of the three wise men (los Reyes Magos) to baby Jesus, bestowing him with treasured gifts and admiration. Throughout Latin America, El Día de los Reyes is especially important for children because it is on this day, also known as “Little Christmas,” that the children receive their Christmas gifts. According to tradition, the three wise men distribute gifts among young children on El Día de los Reyes just as they presented gifts to baby Jesus. This tradition lives on within many local Latin American communities, and you are invited to be part of this year’s festivities. Poughkeepsie’s Comité Latino and Hudson River Healthcare, Inc., with assistance from the Dutchess County Arts Council Folk Arts Program, collaborate to present the family friendly El Día de los Reyes program at the Family Partnership Center (29 N. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie) on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. Among the highlights of this year’s program are live mariachi music, Mexican folkloric dancing, choral singing and samples of the holiday’s traditional sweet bread, la Rosca de Reyes (The King’s Crown). And what Little Christmas would be complete without a visit from Los Tres Reyes Magos? They will be there, distributing aguinaldos (small gifts) to children 10 years of age and younger. If you cannot make it to Poughkeepsie, another program, produced by Beacon’s Comité mi Gente and Hudson River HealthCare, takes place in Beacon the next day. “La Navidad en Nuestro Pueblo y El Día de los Reyes” (Christmas in Our Hometown and Celebration of Three Kings Day) is a lively celebration of Latin American Christmas music, dance, crafts and foodways from the wide variety of Latino communities in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Jan. 8 program takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at St. Joachim School gymnasium (60 Liberty St., Beacon). This year’s program includes a contemporary theatrical interpretation of the story of the Three Kings, which concludes with the presentation of aguinaldos to children 10 years of age and younger. La Navidad en Nuestro Pueblo and El Día de Los Reyes programs are made possible by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program. Both events are free, open to the public, bi-lingual and visitors are invited to come and go throughout the programs.

Polly Adema, Ph.D. is a staff folklorist with the Dutchess County Arts Council. Respond to this column at

Tour the Sloop Clearwater at her winter port BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

Families are invited to meet the crew, learn about repairs and winter maintenance of legendary musician and activist Pete Seeger’s replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries. Clearwater’s own Power of Song Apprentice Group will perform on Sunday, Jan. 15. Sloop Clearwater Open Boat Family Days will offer tours, music and festivities throughout the winter season. Attendees are invited to bring an instrument to join the jam session or a share a dish at the potluck. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2- 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 18, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 24, 5-9 p.m. at Lynch’s Marina, 2 Ferry St., Saugerties. Open Boat Family Days are free and open to the public; a $10 donation is suggested. RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary. Please contact Linda Richards at, or 845-2658080, ext. 7105.

WEEKEND MUSIC e-mail us your events: < continued from previous page ‘Scenes from Past Productions’; Saturday, Jan. 14; Noon; Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St. (Route 9), Rhinebeck; Enjoy theater and dance from 2011 and learn about Cocoon; Free; 845876-6470. ‘The Big Draw’ Opening Reception; Saturday, Jan. 14; 4-6 p.m.; Scenic Hudson River Center, 8 Long Dock Rd., Beacon; Art show open through Jan. 28, features artists from across the country; Free; 718-612-5342.

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‘Boogie Woogie Mystic’ to perform in Rhinecliff BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF Phillip Namanworth, also known as “The Boogie Woogie Mystic,” will perform during a concert hosted by the Rhinebeck Jewish Center next week. Namanworth will perform at The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnel St., Rhinecliff, on Saturday, Jan. 14, beginning at 8 p.m. Namanworth has been playing his signature combination of funky vocals and bluesy piano for more than 30 years, having performed with legends such as Peter Yarrow, Dave Van Ronk, Tom Chapin, Roberta Flack and others. His songs have appeared on “Sesame Street,” “Saturday Night Live” and Nickelodeon. During his performance next week, Namanworth will combine Jewish teachings with his signature sound. Tickets to the performance are $15 per person and can be reserved by calling 845876-7666.

Towne Crier Cafe to close its doors ... for now BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

The legendary Towne Crier Cafe will close its doors in Pawling after a run of shows in February. The venue, which has been a live-music staple in the area, has hosted the likes of David Byrne of the Talking Heads, Suzanne Vega and Pete Seeger, among many other famous musicians. The Towne Crier has relocated twice in its 40-year history, and is looking to expand to a bigger and better location in the Hudson Valley, with the City of Poughkeepsie on its radar. “We are deeply grateful to all of you for your ongoing support over the years, and for having made the Towne Crier the cultural landmark it has become. Many careers have been launched here. Bands have formed here. Couples have met here, married and had children – and grandchildren. Some of you have been regulars since we opened in 1972, and we think of you as family,” the venue posted on its Facebook page. The management hopes to present concerts at a variety of venues in the Hudson Valley before settling in a new home. Check back as details on the new location emerge.

Jan. 20; 5:30 p.m.; Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie; Exhibit runs through April 1; 845-437-7745. Mavis Staples Concert; Friday, Jan. 20; 8 p.m.; The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Legendary singer of “I’ll Take You There” to perform live; Adults $45, members $40; 845473-2072. Morton Acoustic Music Night; Friday, Jan. 20; 8 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Features performances by Peter Conklin and Friends, Karl Allweier and more; Free, but donations welcome; 845-876-2903.

The Boogie Woogie Mystic Concert; Saturday, Jan. 14; 8 p.m.; The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnel St., Rhinecliff; Phillip Namanworth to perform, presented by the Rhinebeck Jewish Center; $15; 845-876-7666.

Morton Book Club Meeting; Tuesday, Jan. 24; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain and “A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway will be discussed, copies available at library; 845876-2903.

Morton Movie Night Presents ‘Groundhog Day’; Wednesday, Jan. 18; 6:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; 1993 film stars Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell; Free, but donations welcome; 845-876-2903.

Reader’s Rendezvous Book Club; Wednesday, Jan. 25; 7 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls; Read and discuss “Heaven is For Real,” by Todd Burpo; Free; 845297-3428.

Wills, Trusts & Estates Workshop; Wednesday, Jan. 18; 3-4:30 p.m.; Vassar-Warner Home, 52 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie; Attorney Shari S. L. Hubner presents, offered by St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers; Free, but preregistration required; 845-483-5560.

Swing Dance Workshops; Tuesday, Jan. 27; 6:30-7:15 p.m. and 7:15-8 p.m.; Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie; $15 or $20 for both workshops; 845-454-2571.

Annual State of Rhinebeck Dinner; Thursday, Jan. 19; 6 p.m.; The Tavern at the Beekman Arms, Route 9, Rhinebeck; Hosted by the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce, includes dinner and cash bar; Non-members $75, members prepaid $55, members at door $65; 845-876-5904. Lea Graham Poetry Reading; Thursday, Jan. 19; 7 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Graham is an assistant professor of English at Marist and the director of the college’s Summer Creative Writing Institute; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3313. His Humble Majesty: The Artistry of Marco Maggi Opening Reception and Lecture; Friday,

‘The Big Draw’ Gala Party and Drawing Rally; Saturday, Jan. 28; 7-10 p.m.; Scenic Hudson River Center, 8 Long Dock Rd., Beacon; A night of live drawing, prix fixe art, music, food and drink, an open bar and many other festivities; Call for prices; 718-612-5342. Erotica Show Opening Reception; Saturday, Feb. 4; 7-9 p.m.; Tivoli Artists Co-op, 60 Broadway, Tivoli; Festive attire and crossdressing encouraged, must be 18 or older; $10; 845-757-2667. Dutchess County Regional Trails Conference; Saturday, April 21; Call for schedule; Discuss regional trail system with other interested parties; Cornell Boathouse, Marist College, Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-876-4123.

weekend e-mail us: y opporunities for artists in the Hudson Valley Dutchess County residents working in all choreographic styles, including mixed-media or multi-genre performance works can apply for Dutchess County Arts Council’s Fellowship Program. Both professional and emerging artists are invited to apply. Those artists who demonstrate a developed technique and vision, as well as perseverance in building a career as a professional artist, will be given greater consideration. Complete eligibility, guidelines and application can be found at www.artsmidhudson. org. For more information or to RSVP, contact Eve Madalengoitia at 845-454-3222 or email Deadline to apply for the 2012 Individual Artists’ Fellowship in Choregraphy is Monday, January 23 at 2 p.m.

The Tivoli Artists Co-Op is accepting submissions for its Annual Erotica Show with the theme of “Let Me Entertain You.” The show will run February 3 - 26, 2012. Entry deadline is January 16, 2012. Artists may submit photographs, paintings, drawings, collage, mixed media, sculpture. The work exhibited will be of a sensual and playfully suggestive nature but not pornographic. 60 Broadway, Tivoli,

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BY NICOLE DELAWDER | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM The new year marks fresh starts and new beginnings with the promise of hope and change. We get rid of the old and welcome the new. But for some, a change in date does not mean a change in fate. Established in 2005, Operation Prom started when then-event planner Noel D’Allaco began collecting dresses from clients and donating them to students from her high school, Saunders High School in Yonkers. “I met with many women who had bridesmaid dresses that they were never going to wear again,” D’Allaco said. “I knew that some girls couldn’t afford to go to prom, so I called my former high school in Yonkers and offered them the dresses.” While Operation Prom’s main mission is to provide free dresses and tuxedo rentals to low-income students, it has recently expanded to help students with scholarships and school supplies. D’Allaco says that she can “only wish that one day every student could afford a beautiful dress or handsome tuxedo, but because that day hasn’t come yet, I hope that Operation Prom impacts the lives of many young people by allowing them to attend their prom.” For the 2010 prom season, the volunteer organization collected more than 1,200 dresses for low-income students. In 2011, D’Allaco explains that the goal was 2,000 dresses, “but we actually collected and distributed 3,200 dresses in New York alone.” Operation Prom of the Hudson Valley will officially open this Saturday, Jan. 7 in Wappingers Falls. D’Allaco will team up with Nicole Capoccitti, owner of Prom by Penelope, a division of Petit Penelope, and the director of Operation Prom of the Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley is the newest East Coast location for Operation Prom, which boasts eight official chapters and a dozen sister chapters in the United States. This chapter will serve students in Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Ulster counties. Launch party: Saturday, “Students must be recommended by a high school Jan. 7, noon-6 p.m. administrator who can authorize that the student is passing Regular hours: Monday- all of their classes – and is in financial need,” D’Allaco Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; explained. “We also provide free prom apparel to students Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; who are sick or disabled.” The program has already helped hundreds of teens who Sunday, noon-5 p.m. live in shelters, group homes or low-income households. Petit Penelope, “We have had young ladies tell us that this is the first time they Brookmeade Plaza, 985 ever put on a dress,” she said. “Some don’t even know their size, Route 376, Suite 1, so we have personal shoppers help them find their perfect dress. “Parents often come to the dress giveaways too, and they Wappingers Falls. are sincerely appreciative that we can ease the financial 845-226-0800, burden of prom,” she continued. “We have received letters from families thanking us, and we have had young ladies in tears because they are so excited.” Dress donations must appeal to 16- to 18-year-olds. The drive will accept sizes 0-26+ and also accepts tuxedos, evening bags, jewelry and shawls. No shoes, women’s suits or other clothing will be accepted. Dresses can be from proms, bridesmaid or formal gowns, and should be free of damages and excessive stains. Drop-off locations do not give tax-deductible receipts, but donors receive a “thank you” receipt for their donation via email. For the 2012 season, Operation Prom has partnered with Men’s Wearhouse and will offer a limited number of free tuxedo rentals to students in need. If you don’t have a dress to donate, monetary donations to Operation Prom are appreciated and used to offset tuxedo and prom ticket expenses. “Every student should be able to enjoy this experience. Senior prom comes just once, and it is a way for students to celebrate their accomplishments with their classmates before heading off to college,” D’Allaco said. “I hope that Operation Prom teaches students – those in need and those who are not – to give back someday too.” If you are interested in setting up an Operation Prom dress drive in your neighborhood or for more information, contact Nicole Capoccitti at



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‘Annie’ opening day to benefit local animal shelter


BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF The Dutchess County SPCA is partnering with the Center for Performing Arts to host a fundraiser on the opening night of “Annie.” The musical opens Friday, Jan. 13. Tickets are $40, and proceeds from opening day will benefit the animals sheltered at the Dutchess County SPCA. Based on the Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” CENTERstage Productions brings the Tony Awardwinning family favorite to the stage under the direction of AnnChris Warren. With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charmin and a book by Thomas Meehan, “Annie” features a bright score that has become part of the American musical heritage, including favorites “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” To purchase tickets, contact the Center for Performing Arts at 845-876-3080. Be sure to ask for the special Dutchess County SPCA benefit tickets. The Jan. 13 opening-night fundraiser will include a pre-show reception and a Sandy the dog look-alike contest. The pre-show party begins at 7 p.m. and the performance starts at 8 p.m. The Center is located at 661 Route 308, 3 miles east of the village center in Rhinebeck.

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office hours by appointment 944 Violet Ave., Route 9G Hyde Park, NY 12538

Amelia Allen as Annie with Sandy. Photo by Joanne Contreni

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‘Running with Scissors’ in Woodstock BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

New York Times bestselling author Augusten Burroughs will be making a stop at the Woodstock Writers Festival in April. “An Evening with Augusten Burroughs” will offer an intimate sit down with the “Running with Scissors” author at the Bearsville Theater on Saturday, April 21, kicking off the tour for his next book, “This Is How: Help For the Self.” Tickets for the evening range from $19-55. The festival, which kicks off with a TMI Project story slam on Saturday, April 19, includes several days of readings and discussions with authors (Michael Lang, William Kennedy, Greg Olear, Kurt Anderson), poets (including Alix Olson), songwriters (John Sebastian, Robbie Dupree), agents and publishers. For tickets and details, visit Hudson valley news | | January 4, 2012 {13}


Deep thoughts and neophiles BY ANN LA FARGE

Do you say “two thousand and twelve” or “twenty twenty g this twelve?” The TV pundits seem to be giving ll. question an inordinate amount of thought. Oh well. Last week, we nattered on about a couple of new books that purport to teach us good manners – not just cer. politeness and all that, but, basically, how to be nicer. ght This week, we’ll peruse the need for serious thought he – but first, since this is a new year, let’s focus on the ed very idea of newness with a brand-new book titled “NEW: Understanding Our Need for Noveltyy n and Change” by Winifred Gallagher (The Penguin o Press, $25.95). Are you a neophile – one who loves new things – or even a neophiliac (someone who wants something new and different every moment)? Or, are you, perhaps, a neophobe, for whom happiness is “yesterday and tomorrow being exactly like today?” Of course, we should all d P strive for the Golden Mean, as expressed by Alexander Pope th thus: “B “Be not the first by whom the new is tried/ Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.” Do you find the new thrilling, chilling, or “maybe?” Where the neophiliac says “Wow,” the neophile says “Hmmmm,” and the neophobe says “Uh-oh.” Gallagher traces these traits through history, riffing on such new embracers as Eleanor Roosevelt and Kit Carson. She also talks about the perils of the information age, where the new bombards us every moment and where multitasking (a myth?) is the way of the world. “Just as some people are able to drink without being alcoholics,” Gallagher remarks, “some can use electronics sensibly, but some become obsessed.” Best advice? Cultivate your neophilia, but focus it. Become not simply a seeker of the new, but a connoisseur of it. Asked, in an interview, “what is the new boredom?” Gallagher replied, “As we grow accustomed to overstimulation, our threshold for boredom gets lower and lower.” What should we do about it? “Take time-outs for reverie – staring into space and allowing yourself to just be.” Wise. Yup. And that leads us right into this week’s lesson: Listen to the philosophers of yore and learn how to think. I gobbled up James Miller’s “Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche” (Picador, $18), a collection of 12 short biographies about the examined life. One could read this book from front to back, starting with Socrates, or skip around.

Reilly is a pretty, white cat with tan markings. She’s a young adult now who has seen her share of kittens come and go from the shelter. She’s going to make someone a very lucky pet owner because Reilly is one great cat. Start the new year with a purr-fect companion.

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I read it backwards, beginning with Emerson because he’s a favorite of mine. The “Sage of Concord,” as he was known, made philosophy available to everyone, not just scholars, in the form of an egalitarian “self-culture.” He went off to Harvard at 14, graduated at 18, became a minister, abandoned the church as institution, and vowed to be “lighthearted as a bird and live with God.” If all you remember of Emerson is that old saw “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” stretch your little mind and g into this essay about him. dig I dug into Nietzsche next, smiling at the memories of arguing about him in college (and learning to spell his name). He asked all the big questions (“Why am I alive? What lessons should I learn form life?”) and, in the voice of Zarathustra, answered them. Like Emerson, his was a gospel of self-reliance and, like Socrates, he praised tthe examined life. Rich in anecdote, James Miller confirms, in this li little book, the relevance of philosophy to our lives – wi with a light touch. Lecture concluded. Time for frivolity. Once the last fam family members (with dog) departed, and the last load of laundry was burbling away in the washing machine, I sa sat down with a couple of lightweight novels and just veg vegged out. Who knew that superstar thriller writer David Ba Baldacci had a sentimental side? In addition to 20 sharpedg edged thrillers, he has written a touching, family drama of love, loss, faith and healing with a holiday theme – “O “One Summer” (Grand Central Publishing, $13.99). It’s Christmas, but Jack is terminally ill and preparing to say goodbye to his beloved wife, Lizzie, and their three children. But when Lizzie ventures out on a snowy road to get Jack’s medicine, she is killed in a car accident. The children are sent to live with various family members, widely scattered. And then … a miracle. Jack recovers, and is determined to bring his family back together. Grandma dies, leaves the family beach house in South Carolina to Jack and the kids. The beach house, and a lighthouse, too. But just as the family is adjusting to their new life, another crisis occurs, leading to a dramatic courtroom battle that showcases Baldacci at his nail-biting best. One dessert was not enough, so I picked up a debut novel that purports to be about “a bygone America.” Bygone, my foot. It takes place in coastal Maine – my own provenance – and the heroine (“I was 12. It was 1963”) is the daughter of a lobsterman. She says, of “the summer people,” “They were them and we were us, and we lived in different worlds.” Morgan Callan Rogers’s “Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea” (Viking, $26.95) is about loss. Florine Gilham’s mother, Callie, disappears forever. The novel tells the story of Florine’s search for a way to survive without her mother, with the help of her feisty grandmother and her many friends. There are trials and tragedies, too – Kennedy is shot; Florine’s dad drinks, dates a hussy; and as “the longest winter of my life dragged its ass across the calendar,” Florine moves from junior high to high school. A heartwarming “coming-of-age-story” set in what is unarguably the continent’s most beautiful location, “Red Ruby Heart” was just what this reader needed to recover from the holidays. Now it’s time to mine the Teetering Pile of new novels and do some serious reading. But first, a request. I try to keep up with all the new books, but I miss things all the time. Would you, readers, be kind enough to remind me of a book you’ve loved (or not loved) that should grace these pages? Shoot me an e-mail at and let me know what I’m missing. Thanks, and Happy New Year to all! Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at


‘Pilgrimage’ leads Leibovitz through the Hudson Valley and beyond

BY NICOLE DELAWDER Every year, resolutions stand as a testament for what we hope for in the future. Whether its change or renewal, we make lists to explore ourselves and our surroundings in the New Year. Photographer Annie Leibovitz, who started her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue, left all of her assignments behind for her newest book, “Pilgrimage.” Leibovitz and partner Susan Sontag planned to create a Beauty Book – “it was going to provide an excuse for us to travel around to places we cared about and wanted to see.” After Sontag’s death in 2004, Leibovitz knew that while she didn’t want to create the Beauty Book alone, she would create a list of places to visit that was “colored by my memory of Susan and what she was interested in.” With intimate views from Emily Dickinson’s house, Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond, Pete Seeger’s house in Beacon and others, Leibovitz also connected locally with Eleanor Roosevelt. Leibovitz describes the importance of Val-Kill to the independence of Roosevelt after discovering the president’s affair with Lucy Mercer, her social secretary. Annie Leibovitz will discuss “Pilgrimage” this Saturday, Jan. 7 at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck at 4 p.m. The event is free but reservations are required by emailing or calling 845-876-0500.


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A great tour of The Great Swamp boardwalk

On Saturday, Jan. 7, join the Oblong Land Conservancy’s “First Saturday” tour of the Appalachian Trail Boardwalk on the Great Swamp in Pawling. Noland Hisey will lead the tour and explain the history of the structure, local winter wildlife and influental plant life in southeast Dutchess County. The tour starts at 11 a.m. and a second tour will be added at 2 p.m. if there is a demand. Reservations are not required but can be made on the group’s Facebook page at

Nominate a historic woman by Friday

Deadline to nominate your candidate for the Martha Washington Woman of History Award from Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is this Friday, Jan. 6. Previous recipients include local historian and author Janet Dempsey, Times-Herald Record columnist Barbara Bedell, City of Newburgh Historian Mary McTamaney and, most recently, community activist Mara Farrell. Candidates should share a love a history and encourage others to do the same, promoting awareness and appreciation rooted in the Hudson Valley. Visit or call 845-562-1195 for details and nomination forms.

WFF alum released online

Woodstock Film Festival 2011 alum “The InnKeepers” is now available on iTunes and On Demand, and will be in theaters on Feb. 3. The film follows the last remaining employees of The Yankee Pedlar Inn after over 100 years of service. As the Inn’s final days draw near, odd guests check in as a pair of minimum-wage ghost hunters begin to experience strange and alarming events as they uncover proof of what many believe is one of New England’s most haunted hotels.


If you are looking for a light-hearted movie that will have you gingerly going about your day after viewing, this is not it. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is a strong film that will have you fighting off tears fairly early in. The simplistic character-driven story is very touching and warm at its heart. The story follows young Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn), who is struggling to find clues about his father (Tom Hanks) after his death at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The director successfully creates the chaos of a small, scared mind while thankfully tying it all together amicably in the end, highlighting a strong and understated performance by Sandra Bullock. While this is certainly a movie with heavy boots, the simple subtleties are the key to the film.

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“The Big Draw” goes live in Beacon BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

Beacon Open Studios and Mill Street Loft Arts will host “The Big Draw,” an open submission art show at Scenic Hudson’s River Center in Beacon. An opening reception of the show will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 4-6 p.m. as part of Beacon’s Second Saturday monthly celebration of the arts. The exhibition will run through Saturday, Jan. 28 with a gala party from 7-10 p.m. that includes a live drawing rally where artists will create 11-by-14-inch drawings during the party. As the drawings are completed during the evening, they will be available for sale at a prix-fixed price of $75. Other 6-by-8-inch pieces of the exhibition will be for sale for $50 each. Gallery hours at the River Center are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tickets for The Big Draw Gala Party will be available at the door on Jan. 28 and cost $15 each or $20 for a pair. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the annual city-wide art event Beacon Open Studios, Mill Street Loft and the participating artists.

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Facing Asperger’s with art BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

As part of this weekend’s First Saturday Art events along the Hudson is the featured artwork of 21-yearold Andrew Potolsky (pictured, right) in Port Ewen. Despite being deaf and having Asperger’s Syndrome, Potolsky escapes using art as his way to communicate and for social interaction. Asperger’s syndrome is a form of autism characterized by difficulties in social interaction, along with a pattern of repeated behaviors. Potolsky uses freehand drawings, including his signature character Comet, to help bridge the isolation many living with Asperger’s face. Running Jan. 7-28. Duck Pond Gallery, Town of Esopus Library, 128 Canal St., Port Ewen.

Celebrate the young movers and shakers of Dutchess County


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Think you know someone young and hip in Dutchess County making a difference? Nominations for the seventh annual “Shaker Awards” for the top 40 Under 40 has been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6. Candidates should be committed to shaping the Hudson Valley region and be between 18 and 39 years of age before March 19. A panel of judges, made up entirely of previous 40 Under 40 Award recipients, will determine the 2012 Honorees. Electronic submissions are preferred and can be found at


News for senior citizens BY MARY KAYE DOLAN


The longer you live, the more likely you will be on some type of medication. About 40% of Americans over the age of 65 take five to nine different medications. As the use of prescription drugs amongst the elderly continues to rise, so do hospitalizations for overdoses and adverse side effects. According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control, four medications were responsible for twothirds of emergency hospitalizations among older adults. The drug warfarin alone, more commonly known as the blood thinner Coumadin, was responsible for 33% of the emergency hospital visits. Insulin injections were next with about 14%. Drugs that help prevent blood clotting (aspirin, clopidogreal and others) were involved in 13% of the visits, and not far behind were oral hypoglycemic agents (diabetes drugs taken by mouth) at 11%. The one linking factor between all of

these drugs is a problem prescribing the correct dosage. Coumadin, for example, requires regular blood monitoring and can interact with other drugs. Insulin carries the danger of diabetes shock when too much is administered. If you’re currently taking any of these medications, be sure all of your doctors know. Don’t be afraid to question your dosage if something doesn’t feel right and ask for continued monitoring and testing to be sure your dosage shouldn’t be changed.


A few weeks ago in this column, I mentioned several scams that are aimed at senior citizens. In one of the most common, a scammer poses as a grandchild and calls an elderly citizen exclaiming, “Grandma, it’s me …” They then go on to explain that they are in some type of desperate situation and need money. “Please don’t tell mom or dad,” they’ll beg, as they proceed to instruct the senior citizen how to wire them money. It may sound like a scam that would never work, but we recently received word that another elderly resident of Dutchess County has indeed been taken

in by one of these calls. Please help us spread the word that these scams are ongoing in our area.


Finally, Happy New Year! As we look forward to 2012 and beyond, the Division of Aging Services welcomes our new county executive, Marcus J. Molinaro. Mr. Molinaro has been an advocate and supporter of services to seniors, caregivers and those in the long-term care system as a member of the state Assembly, the county Legislature and mayor of Tivoli. In addition, he has professional leadership experience in community-based services to seniors. Many have probably had contact with him already as County Executive Molinaro has been a regular attendee and volunteer at many of our functions over the years. Mary Kaye Dolan is director of the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services, which prepares Golden Living. Aging Services can be reached at 845-486-2555 or agingservices@

Local SPCA gets $10K for dog training, supplies BY HV NEWS STAFF The local chapter of the SPCA was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from its parent organization. The ASPCA has awarded the money to the Dutchess County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to support canine enrichment and training. According to the Dutchess County SPCA, the funds will go toward the purchase of supplies to aid the staff and volunteers in training adoptable dogs and enrichment activities for the dogs at the shelter. Group activities, such as play groups and walks in the community, help to socialize dogs, and learning commands and how to wait patiently helps dogs behave better when they meet potential adopters, according to the SPCA. “With the generous support of the ASPCA we will be able to get more of our dogs adopted faster,” said Dutchess County SPCA Executive Director Joyce Garrity. “We are grateful to the ASPCA for their support.”

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GAS LEAK CAUSES EVACUATION IN WAPPINGER Pleasant Valley’s new supervisor Carl Tomik (on right) waiting to be sworn in Sunday; below: An interesting poster taped to the door of the Pleasant Valley Town Clerk’s office. Photos by Jim Langan.

BY HV NEWS STAFF A break in a natural gas line in Wappinger last week caused an evacuation of nearby homes and businesses. According to New York State Police, on Dec. 29 at approximately 11 a.m., troopers from the Wappinger barracks and firefighters with the New Hamburg Fire Department responded to the intersection of Route 9D and Old State Road for a report of a gas leak. Dutchess County 911 was notified of the leak and approximately 20 people were evacuated from homes and businesses in the area. A police investigation revealed a New York State Department of Transportation crew ruptured an old, unmarked natural gas line while they were installing a culvert in the area. Central Hudson was contacted and dispatched a crew to the scene. According to police, the Central

Hudson crew uncapped the line and opened a valve, discovering that the line was still active when natural gas was released. When they attempted to close the valve, it shattered and was blown off the gas line. Police say additional workers from Central Hudson responded and were subsequently able to clamp the gas line shut. At approximately 12:25 p.m., the New Hamburg Fire Department and Central Hudson declared the area safe for return. Route 9D was closed for a total of about 90 minutes in both directions as a result. Police say no one was injured during or after the gas line rupture, and Central Hudson crews remain at the scene and are currently performing additional gas line work off Route 9D.


Groups come together to support Jamaican hospitals BY HV NEWS STAFF The Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary Club has teamed up with the Ocho Rios Rotary Club of Jamaica and some local organizations to donate needed medical and dental supplies to hospitals on the island of Jamaica. Rotarians teamed with local health care institutions, not-for-profit organizations and the private sector to ship ultrasound equipment, incubators, defibrillators and other medical supplies to St. Ann, Jamaica last month. “The success of this project is a result of the tireless efforts on the part of the staffs of these great organizations and our members, as well as the prominent role Rotary plays in both the local and international communities,” said Rita {18} January 4, 2012 | | Hudson valley news

Brannen, president of the Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary Club. The major contributors to the project were St. Francis Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center, with additional support from Dr. Morris Tilson, the Faith Assembly of God Church, Wayne and Juliet Boone, Dr. Michael Schwartz and Robert Strickler. Also, all items were packaged and stored free of charge by Mid-Hudson Workshop for the Disabled. “When organizations, institutions, notfor-profits and private citizens partner together for an extraordinary project such as this to achieve a common goal, they set a sterling example of Rotary International’s motto of ‘Service Above Self,’” said Brannen.

LOCAL RESTAURATEURS PROUD PARENTS OF NDH’S NEW YEAR’S BABY BY HV NEWS STAFF Shanell Widyarathna, the first baby delivered at Northern Dutchess Hospital in 2012, was born at 4:29 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Baby Shanell, the daughter of local husband-and-wife Chaminda and Shiwanti Widyarathna, weighed 6 pounds, 5.5 ounces. She was delivered by natural childbirth at the hospital’s Neugarten Family Birth Center. The Widyarathnas, natives of Sri Lanka, are the owners of Cinnamon, an Indian restaurant on Route 9 in Rhinebeck.

Program aims to boost social and emotional skills BY HV NEWS STAFF Children and teens in need of help developing better skills for understanding and managing their emotions are invited to attend weekly group sessions offered by the St. Francis Hospital Mental Health Clinic. The Social and Emotional Skills Development Program provides extra care for children and teens with Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, disruptive behavior disorder or other similar conditions as they transition to adulthood. Children or teens who become easily frustrated, overly emotional or

distressed, or have trouble getting along with their peers, are also encouraged to take part in the group. The sessions aim to help children and teens with socialization and emotional management in a positive environment. The group will meet for eight to 10 sessions and begin meeting this month. The sessions are covered by most insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare, but deductibles and co-pays may apply. For more information or to request that your child or teen be screened for the group, contact Amy Strom at 845431-8242.

Hyde Park Rotarians welcome newest member

Hyde Park Rotary Club President Ann Reilly and Rotarian Pompey Delafield welcome new Rotarian Owen Brewster (center) to the club. Brewster, a chiropractor with Exelbert Chiropractic in Hyde Park, was installed as a member during a recent meeting of the club. Photo submitted.

Exercise classes improve cancer patients’ quality of life BY HV NEWS STAFF Those who are undergoing or have completed cancer treatment are invited to participate in free exercise classes at St. Francis Hospital. The Cancer Center at St. Francis has partnered with Miles of Hope to offer the exercise classes each Monday and Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the hospital’s Atrium conference room. Jane Carroll, a physical therapist and certified cancer exercise specialist, developed the exercise program specifically

for cancer patients. The exercises focus on range of motion, stretching, flexibility, core strengthening and postural education. According to St. Francis, studies show cancer patients who regularly participate in exercise programs experience improved quality of life, decreased fatigue and less pain. Regular exercise also decreases the risk of recurrence and makes patients feel fitter and stronger. To register for the free classes, contact Carroll at 845-332-5450.

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Clinton Community Blood Drive


Clinton resident Joseph Malcarne’s business, Malcarne Contracting, has been recognized by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Multifamily Performance Program for its “outstanding energysaving projects.” Malcarne was honored on Oct. 24 for two newly constructed senior housing buildings, earning silver and bronze awards in the Outstanding Savings Award category. The projects (62 units and 65 units) were in Ulster County and clocked in with a total reduced annual energy use savings of $67,714. For more information about these projects or Malcarne Contracting, call 845-876-6889 or 845-266-4427.

Christmas Tree Bonfire Party

The Clinton Business Association and the Town of Clinton Recreation Department are holding their annual Christmas Tree Bonfire Party on Saturday, Jan. 21 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Frances J. Mark Memorial Park on Clinton Hollow Road (County Route 18, about 1 mile north of Salt Point). If you plan on attending, call 845266-5754 or email clintonbusiness@ by Wednesday, Jan. 18 with a count of how many people will be coming so enough refreshments can be provided. During the event, residents will gather ‘round as the Clinton Business Association and Recreation Department burn residents’ discarded Christmas trees. Organizers will pick up your old Christmas tree, provided it is stripped of all ornaments and you live in the Town of Clinton. To have your tree picked up, call 845-266-5754 or email by Saturday, Jan. 14 with your phone number and address. Put your tree out by the road by Wednesday, Jan. 18 (not near your garbage pickup spot), and if possible, keep the tree in a sheltered location until then so it does not get buried in the snow or covered with ice. You can also bring your Christmas tree (with all decorations removed) to the party yourself. Hot dogs, hot chocolate and music will be provided. If you want s’mores, bring

A Clinton Community Blood Drive, co-sponsored by the Clinton Alliance Church, the Clinton Community Library and the West Clinton Fire Department, was held on Dec. 16 in the Alliance Church’s Youth Center. A problem arose when the doors were opened to the hall and it was noted the temperature was too low to conduct the blood drive in that room, but all donation tables were quickly moved into the center’s lobby, where it was warm enough for collection. Thanks are given to the blood drive staff and others who quickly moved the equipment so donations could continue. A record-high 32 pints of blood was collected, with six donors giving double. This was a very successful drive, but more donors could easily have been accommodated in the new building. Thanks are given to all blood donors. Not to be forgotten are Ray Joyce, who coordinated this drive, and to Dave Graybill from the fire department and Terry Sennett from the library for their tremendous support during the drive. The next drive will be in March. See future editions of this column for details.

Pictured, from top: Sharon Kelly, Carol Region, baby Mia and Dana Bayer tell Santa Claus (aka Ray Oberly) their Christmas wishes at the West Clinton Fire Department; Harper, Scarlet, Leo, Ginger and Oliver of Clinton visit with Santa Claus on Dec. 17. Photos submitted.

chocolate, graham crackers and a long stick; the Clinton Business Association will provide the marshmallows. Let’s hope the weather cooperates, but to be safe, dress warmly and wear boots. It’s a BYOC (bring your own chair) night. The Christmas Tree Bonfire Party is always a great opportunity to meet friends and neighbors. More than 70 people came to last year’s bonfire and the event continues by popular demand.

Clinton Business Association membership

Do you have a business in any of the following zip codes: 12514 (Clinton Corners), 12538 (Hyde Park), 12569 (Pleasant Valley), 12572 (Rhinebeck), 12578 (Salt Point), 12580 (Staatsburg) or 12581 (Stanfordville)? If so, think about joining the Clinton Business Association, which provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information with a focus on encouraging business in the community. The association disseminates information through its website, www., and also distributes 3,000 copies of its directory, containing

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listings of all member businesses, and 2,000 copies by direct mail. The Clinton Business Association is currently conducting its 2012 membership drive and requests that dues are paid by Feb. 1 so an updated directory can be distributed shortly thereafter. To become a member, provide the association with the following information: contact person, business name, street address, city, zip code, business telephone and fax number, email address, website address and a brief description of the business. Application forms are also available at Send the information and business card, if available, with $35 annual dues payment made out to “Clinton Business Association,” to Clinton Business Association, c/o Norma Dolan, 956 Pumpkin Lane, Clinton Corners, NY

The West Clinton Fire Department held its second visit with Santa on the afternoon of Dec. 17 at Station 1. About 25 children of all ages, from infants to teenagers, came with their parents. Parents and members of the fire department auxiliary took photos of the children as they met with Santa Claus (aka Ray Oberly). Santa said some of the children were very excited and talked openly with him, while others told Santa very little. Each child who visited Santa left with a large coloring book, a small stuffed teddy bear and a candy cane. There was a nice surprise when it was learned four generations of the same family were coming to see Santa. Carol Region from Red Hook, her daughter Sharon Kelly from Staatsburg, granddaughter Dana Bayer from Staatsburg and Dana’s baby girl, Mia, all told St. Nick what they wanted for Christmas. Thanks are given to the West Clinton Fire Department and auxiliary members for providing this activity.

around town BY HEIDI JOHNSON

It has always been my tradition to recount the highlights of last year’s Stanford news in the first column of the new year. I will continue this practice, but first, a few current events:

Swearing-in ceremony

On Saturday, Dec. 31, the newly elected officers of the Town of Stanford were sworn in. The November election was just recently decided, with Virginia Stern pulling a surprise upset and winning the race for town supervisor by just three votes. Other officials sworn in on Saturday included: • Town Clerk RitaMary Bell • Highway Superintendent Jim Myers • Councilwoman Johanna Shafer I am sorry to have missed the ceremony and reception afterward, but I’m sure it was a lovely event. Congratulations to our new officeholders and many thanks for serving our town.

Distinguished Grange Award

I mentioned last week that the Stanford Grange won the honor of being a Distinguished Grange once again this year. Our local grange chapter won in 2010 also. This is very impressive! The award was presented to the Stanford Grange at the 145th Annual National Grange Convention held in Tulsa, Oklahoma in November. To be selected as a Distinguished Grange, a community Grange must fulfill requirements established by the National Grange, including demonstrating a net gain in membership, sending delegates to the New York State Grange Session and another event hosted by the National Grange, hosting at least two community service/ educational events, sending quarterly reports to the state Grange on time and hosting a legislative event. Grange Secretary Ryan Orton tells me that the Stanford Grange met these requirements by: • Hosting meet-the-candidates forums in October for local and regional candidates, and in May for the Pine Plains Central School District Board of

Education candidates • Sending delegates to the 138th Annual New York State Grange Session in Watertown in October and youth members to the Northeast Regional Grange Youth Conference in Maine in July • Sponsoring a defensive driving course in January • Organizing a Grange Month open house in April, honoring members who celebrated membership milestones of 25, 55 and 75 years of continuous membership • Sponsoring the annual Stanford Community Day in September • Hosting the annual Foster Child Christmas Party each December • Featuring numerous guest speakers at Grange meetings and hosting monthly fundraising dinners throughout the year Ryan says, “We worked very hard this last year in hopes of winning this National Grange award again. When I told our members about winning again, they couldn’t believe that we won two years in a row, and the celebration continued.” He added, “For 116 years, Stanford Grange has worked to advance the interest of our fellow citizens in our community by providing a legislative voice for their political concerns and by showing them how to strengthen our town through community service. We want our community to know that the Grange is a living organization that has a lot to offer it, and we really exemplify this through all of our communityservice activities and open houses.” The Stanford Grange will celebrate this achievement, along with its 116th anniversary, on Sunday, Jan. 22, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Stanford Grange Hall. New York State Grange President Stephen C. Coye of Albany County will be on hand to officially present the 2011 Distinguished Grange Award to the Stanford Grange. All are welcome to attend and congratulate our local Grange for achieving this top honor for the second year in a row. For more information, contact Ryan Orton at: 845-868-7869

Upcoming library programs

• Watercolor class with Susan Galaskas: Began Jan. 3; classes will be held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. • E-reader class: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m.; learn how to get the most out of your e-reader, including how to access free downloadable books.

The chorus performs at United Presbyterian Church, led by the amazing Will Carter on the pipe organ, on Dec. 23. Photo by Gregory Gale.

Call the library to register for the above programs at 845-868-1341

Stanford Rec winter soccer program

This eight-week program begins Jan. 16 and ends Mar. 8. Games are Monday and Thursday evenings, depending on age group. Registration forms are available at both elementary schools, McCarthy’s Pharmacy and the library. Call Karla Triola for more information or to volunteer to help coach or chaperone: 845-266-8593.

2011 Year in Review

OK, as promised, here are the (condensed) highlights from 2011. JANUARY: We mourned the loss of beloved retired schoolteacher Carol Mahony. My husband and I, along with Jim and Tory Elvin, ventured to New York City to see Karen Gale perform in the musical “Dollface.” Stanford Grange received the Distinguished Grange honor and celebrated its 115th anniversary. FEBRUARY: My son Niall and I joined the United Church of Christ on its yearly Midnight Run, delivering meals and clothing to the homeless in New York City. Stanford Library held a very fun and successful BINGO night. James Myers IV was born Feb. 26 to parents Jim and Alicia Myers. MARCH: Stissing Theatre Guild presented the classic musical “Brigadoon.” Marge Moran and Karen Sieverding gave a presentation on their

trip to South Africa at the Stanford Library. Students at Cold Spring School performed a wonderful concert directed by music teacher Wanda Newell. APRIL: The Town of Stanford participated in National Volunteer week by honoring all of the town’s volunteers. Stanford Nursery School held an open house for prospective students. Taconic Little League began its season with opening-day games and a picnic. Stanford Grange held its annual Grange Week celebration and honored Dot Burdick for 75 years of membership. MAY: We mourned the loss of longtime Stanford Grange member Ken Straley. Stanford Fire Company purchased a new, state-of-the-art stretcher. Cold Spring School held its annual Expo Day. Residents honored those who died while serving our country at the Memorial Day parade and ceremony. JUNE: We celebrated our town’s vivid history at Stanford History Day. The Lions Club held its annual Flea Market. We mourned the passing of beloved friend Eric Haight. The Stanford Lions Club awarded its Community Service Award to graduating seniors Robyn Downing and Danielle Seipp, and the Math and Science Award to Ian deJoode. JULY: Stanford Rec programs opened and Stanford Sharks swim team began competition. The United Church of Christ hosted a free lunch for all members at the Rec Pavilion. My daughter Bridget and I attended the Festival of the Dog at Ledgewood

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Kennels and Bridget celebrated her 8th birthday. We bid farewell to our muchloved friend Beth Ashton after her long battle with cancer. AUGUST: We enjoyed seeing our local motorcycle enthusiasts congregate at Home Plate for bike night. Assistant Rec Director Dan Gertling held a staff-appreciation picnic at the Rec Park. The Dutchess County Fair opened and then closed two days early due to Hurricane Irene. SEPTEMBER: Fall soccer began. Many residents came out for the big Community Day celebration at the Stanford Grange and Rec Park. OCTOBER: Frankenstein’s Fortress haunted guests from all over the tristate area throughout the month. A freak snowstorm knocked out power all over the county and I missed yet another column due to working storm restoration. Dear friend Darren Good died in a tragic bicycle accident. The Future Farmers of America held its Fall Festival (a.k.a. Ag Day) at the middle/ high school. We were saddened by the sudden passing of Jan Wiedo. NOVEMBER: Our favorite rock band, the Stoners, played at the Fireside Grill in Salt Point for the first time. Fall soccer ended with a tournament on Nov. 5. Lia’s Mountain View Restaurant reopened in Pine Plains after several years of rebuilding following a kitchen fire. DECEMBER: We celebrated the holidays with the annual Parade of Lights and community party at the firehouse. Many of us enjoyed the winter school concert and I conducted a superb chorus the United Presbyterian Church Christmas Concert, which featured organist Will Carter. (I got a new photo from this show, courtesy of Greg Gale, that I had to share with you all.) It was a busy year full of joys and sorrows. I enjoyed covering all our 2011 events and look forward to continuing to write this column in 2012. Happy New Year, everyone! Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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LT. BENSON NAMED ACTING HYDE PARK POLICE CHIEF BY JIM LANGAN In one of their last official acts, the outgoing Hyde Park Town Board named Lt. Robert Benson acting chief of police in Hyde Park on Dec. 28. The previous police chief, Charles Broe, resigned Dec. 23 to take a position in private security. Benson, who will mark his 17th year as a Hyde Park Police officer in March, said his priority at this time is “trying to get the department into the new building.” The local police department and justice court are in the process of relocating from their current locations to the newly constructed police/ court facility on Cardinal Road. Benson said he was hopeful the department could be in the building by Jan. 23. “We hope to have a real grand opening at that time and invite the public,” he said. Asked if he hoped to become chief down the road, the lifetime resident and FDR High School graduate said, “If the situation is right, I’d like to throw my hat in the ring.” Benson is well known in the community and served for six years as the DARE officer at FDR High School.

Acting Hyde Park Police Chief Charles Benson. Courtesy photo.


Man critical after hit by falling tree

A Pleasant Valley man was seriously injured when he was hit by a falling branch while working at a Town of Washington property. According to New York State Police, Todd M. Croshier, 41, of Pleasant Valley, was injured while removing dead trees in a wooded area on a private property on Woodstock Road in the Town of Washington on Saturday, Dec. 28. Troopers say Croshier, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, cut down a dead tree, which landed on a large branch of another dead tree. That branch broke off and came down on Croshier’s head, according to police. Police say the homeowner, who was also working in the same wooded area, witnessed the accident and called 911. Police and firefighters managed to free

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Croshier from under the fallen branch and rushed him to an ambulance, which transported Croshier to St. Francis Hospital. According to police, Croshier sustained severe head trauma, including a skull fracture, and was initially listed in critical but stable condition.

$5K reward offered for info on robber

City of Poughkeepsie Police are looking for information that could lead to the arrest of a man who robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy on South Avenue in Poughkeepsie last week. According to police, on Thursday, Dec. 26 at approximately 1:24 p.m., a black male with his face covered, wearing sunglasses and all black clothes, robbed the store’s manager at gunpoint. Police say the man struck the manager

with the gun and made off with a bag containing several days’ deposits. Rite Aid is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible. Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact City of Poughkeepsie Police at 845-4717577. Police say all calls will be kept confidential.

Woman passes out on I-84

According to New York State Police, a Wallkill woman was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital after she allegedly drove in the wrong direction and passed out on Route 84. According to police, on Dec. 30 at approximately 2 a.m., troopers responded to a 911 call for a motorist driving east in the westbound lane of Interstate 84 in Fishkill. > continued on next page

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Police say the operator of the vehicle, Vived Leon, 23, of Wallkill, was found passed out in her car, which had pulled

OBITUARIES Ethel Lasher Block, Tivoli

Ethel Lasher Block, 92, died peacefully with her family, on December 30 at Northern Dutchess Hospital. She was born in Tivoli, September 9, 1919, the daughter of Harold and Emma Lasher. Mrs. Block graduated from Tivoli Union Free School in 1936 and St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1939. She began her nursing career in Northern Dutchess Hospital’s operating room. It was during this tenure, from 1939 to 1942, that she met her husband, the late Dr. David E. Block. They were married while Dr. Block served in the United States Army on September 6, 1942 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Block practiced medicine in Tivoli until his death in 1975. Mrs. Block is survived by her daughter, Ann Block Rush, and her husband, Jack, of Tivoli and her son, Pete, and his wife, Belinda of Otley, Iowa. She was predeceased by her son, David E Block III, on July 2, 1970. Mrs. Block was the proud grandmother of four: David Lasher Reis, who predeceased her on June 7, 2005, Matthew Lasher Reis, 26 of Tivoli, David E Block IV, 21 and Haley Melinda Block, 19, both of Iowa. Also surviving are her great grandchildren: Brayden Lumbard Reis, 7, and Elaine Penelope Block, 2. Mrs. Block was a lifelong communicant of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tivoli, where she had served on the Vestry. She was a member of the Episcopal Church Women and volunteered at the Carousel Thrift Shop. She also had served as President of Provoost Park/St. Paul’s Housing Development in Tivoli, and was a Trustee of the Red Church & Cemetery Association. She was very active in the Northern Dutchess Hospital community, where she began serving on the Board of Directors in 1980 and was appointed Secretary of the Thompson House Board in 1993. Mrs. Block was also a member of the Board of Wells Manor and became Secretary of the NDH Foundation Board in 1986. In 2002, she was honored at NDH’s annual Starlight Ball.

to a stop by the time officers arrived. Leon was transported via ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital, where her blood was drawn. She was issued tickets and ordered to appear in Town of Fishkill Justice Court. Mrs. Block was deeply involved in Republican politics on a local, county, state and national level for over fifty years. She was a founding member of the Red Hook Republican Club, the first President of the Red Hook Women’s Republican Club, and a long time member of the Red Hook Republican Committee. She was the first woman to serve as Chair of the Dutchess County Republican Committee, of which she had also served as Vice Chair and Secretary. She was also a NYS Republican Committee person representing the 97th Assembly district. Mrs. Block represented Dutchess County as a member of the NYS delegation to five national nominating conventions. She took great pride in mentoring numerous Republican “rising stars”, including Sen. Steve Saland, the Hon. Al Rosenblatt, the Hon. Ralph Beisner, the Hon. George Marlow, former county Executive Bill Steinhaus, and County Executive Marc Molinaro. Mrs. Block holds a special place in the hearts of many electeds. Outside the political arena, Mrs. Block was always active in her community. She was a past President of the Dutchess County Medical Society Auxiliary, was a member of the Red Hook Garden Club and a member of the Chancellor Livingston Chapter of the DAR. She was instrumental in the restoration of the historic Watts dePeyster Firemen’s Hall in Tivoli. Throughout her life, she served on many boards and committees including the American Cancer Society, Dutchess County Heart Association, and the Lasher Family Association, to name a few. Mrs. Block loved her extended family, reading, gardening, politics, traveling and especially her annual family vacation to Blue Mt. Lake. She will long be remembered as a strong willed woman of grace and dignity, who was always a lady. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at St. Paul’s/Trinity Parish, Woods Road, Tivoli. The Rev. Sharon Clayton officiated. Inurnment will be in Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli, at a later date. Friends called at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, on Monday, Jan. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in Ethel’s memory to the Tivoli Rescue Squad, PO Box 486, Tivoli, NY 12583 or the Red Church Cemetery Association, PO Box 2590, Tivoli, NY 12583. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, visit


Notice of formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC), Name: Matteo-Bella, LLC; Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/30/2011; Office Location: 60 W. Market Street, Red Hook, NY 12571; Dutchess County; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served; SSNY shall mail copy of process to 60 W. Market Street, Red Hook, NY 12572; Term: Until (Perpetual); Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 112 PERRY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/8/11. Office in Dutchess Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1 Civic Center Plaza, Ste. 500, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“L.L.C“). The name is Castle Point Labs L.L.C.. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of the State of New York (“Secretary“) on October 2, 2011. Office of the LLC: Dutchess County. The Secretary has been designated as agent for service of process upon the LLC. The Secretary shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, PO Box 855, Rhinebeck NY 12572. The purpose of the business of the LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity.

Emma Gruden. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF A local youngster has organized a donation drive and collected pet food and supplies for the animals at the Dutchess County SPCA. Emma Gruden, 13, was inspired to start the donation drive after the death of her beloved dog. She visited the website, saw how many dogs were available for adoption and decided to help. Gruden’s mother, Carol, the owner of A Step Ahead Salon in Poughkeepsie, offered to help her daughter by making the salon a collection site. So far, Gruden and the staff at A Step Ahead Salon have collected food, dog coats, bedding and cages, which Gruden delivered to the shelter last week. She plans to continue the drive and asks the public to help her by bringing donations to the salon, located at 264 North Rd. in Poughkeepsie. “Emma is a role model,” said Dutchess County SPCA Executive Director Joyce Garrity. “Her love of animals inspired others to help and together they made a difference for abused, abandoned and homeless animals.”

Sweet Dreams Sleep Consultant LLC, Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/19/11. Office in Dutchess Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to C/O Maureen Abramoski, 18 Oakwood Blvd., Poughkeepsie NY 12603. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of VIEIRA SARDINHA REALTY, LLC, Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York on December 14, 2011. The office location is in Dutchess County, SSNY is designated as agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 2580 South Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601. Purpose for all lawful activities. email your legal notice to:

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: CODE Entertainment, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/05/11. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 36A Gloria Drive, Staatsburg, New York 12580. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Twitter: @HVNews • @HVWeekend

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SQUIRREL POWER Electrocuted rodent causes 90-minute blackout

BY HV NEWS STAFF An unfortunate squirrel met his maker near Montgomery Place in the Village of Rhinebeck Sunday when he crossed paths with a very live wire. The rodent’s high-wire act cut power to most of the village as residents were waking up New Year’s Day. One local man told Hudson Valley News, “He looks like I feel.” Numerous Central Hudson trucks descended on Rhinebeck and workers had the power restored within 90 minutes. The squirrel, however, was not restored.

Top: Workers from Central Hudson rushed to Rhinebeck Sunday morning to repair power lines that were damaged when a squirrel tried to walk across them. Photo by Todd Gay; The remains of a squirrel that caused the power outage were found near Montgomery Street. Photo submitted.

Rhinebeck Village Police Officer Beth Imperato directs traffic in the center of town as Central Hudson workers repaired the damaged wires nearby. Photos by Todd Gay.


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