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Dr. Marc Spero stands outside his home in Hyde Park, which was seized by the county and sold at an auction for $93,500 after the doctor was delinquent in paying about $400 in taxes. Photo by Jim Langan.

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BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Dr. Marc Spero has owned a weekend home in Hyde Park for 25 years, and says he has always paid his mortgage and taxes in full and on time, so you can imagine the doctor’s surprise when he returned to his Tanhouse Woods Road home on Nov. 9 to find a note on his door saying Dutchess

County had seized his property and sold it to someone else. Though it may sound like something out of a work of fiction, Spero says his property was seized and sold to the highest bidder for his delinquency in paying about $400 in fire taxes from 2008.

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“They decided, unbeknownst to me, to seize my house and sell it at auction,” Spero said. “Dutchess County is up a huge windfall, and I have no house, but I still have the debt on my house.” A number of unique and unusual circumstances converged to create Spero’s > continued on next page

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legal nightmare, and while Spero accepts much of the blame for his situation, he feels the seizure of his home was an extreme punishment. Spero, a New York City primary care and pulmonary physician, and his wife, Lavern Sullivan, live in Manhattan full time, and for the past 25 years have spent about 100 days each year at their Hyde Park home, which Spero says was his only real estate asset. He says he always pays his mortgage and taxes on time through his escrow accounts with Chase, which holds the mortgage on his property. He says the house was recently appraised at about $265,000, though it is worth around $300,000. Spero admits he “got sloppy” with his Roosevelt Fire District taxes and accidentally did not pay them for the past three years. According to Spero, the Roosevelt Fire District is unique in that it will not collect taxes through escrow accounts. Rather, the district sends homeowners a bill each year, and in 2008, Spero was billed $416 for fire protection. When his 2008 fire taxes became delinquent, the bill was handed over to Dutchess County to collect. Because Spero did not know any of this was going on, he never attempted to remediate the problem with the county, and in 2011, the county seized the property and sold it for $93,500 to Columbia Drumlin, a company that buys and sells distressed homes. Spero says at one point, he actually attempted to pay the delinquent taxes, but “the county sent it back to me because by then it was short a few dollars in additional interest or penalty. They apparently did not want to be bothered with simple bookkeeping.”


Dr. Marc Spero stands in his home at 13 Tanhouse Woods Rd., which was recently seized by the county and sold at an auction. Photo by Jim Langan.

By law, before auctioning his home, the county had to attempt to notify Spero three different ways: through legal notices in local newspapers, registered letters and a first-class letter. Spero says he never saw the legal notices or received the registered letters because he lives in Manhattan most of the year. Spero also claims he never received the first-class letter. He says the county has no proof he received it, and he has no proof that he did not, but his lawyer has informed him that, by law, as long as the letter is not returned to the post office, it is sufficient evidence the letter was delivered. Spero says that if the county truly wanted to contact him, it wouldn’t have been hard to do. His medical office in Manhattan can be found with a quick Google search, or he could have been reached through any of the


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vendors who service his home, he said. “It’s ridiculous to say a couple letters and an ad in the paper is sufficient,” Spero said. “The county is treating this as a legal problem, but it is not a legal problem, this is an ethical problem. For God’s sake, there’s got to be a better way to get someone to pay their taxes than to take their house.” After returning to his home in November to find a notice on the door from Columbia Drumlin informing him he had to vacate the property, Spero enlisted the services of the law firm Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde of Poughkeepsie. He admits, though, that his odds of winning his case are not very good because legally, the county did all it is required to do in order to seize his property. “From the beginning, Rick Mitchell, my attorney, has told me that established case law is so skewed toward the county that my legal case is very weak and that any solution to my problem was likely to be

political,” Spero said. Spero says he and his lawyers may challenge the constitutionality of the seizure, arguing that in today’s digital world, there are better ways to contact a delinquent taxpayer than letters and newspaper ads. Spero is also trying to reach out to representatives of the county, including County Legislator Sue Serino (R-Hyde Park), for help. He says Serino seems willing to lend a hand, but he’s not exactly confident the county will be willing to cut him a $93,000 check. Serino told the Hudson Valley News, “I am looking into the matter at the county level and want to be sure there are mechanisms in place that will prevent similar situations in the future.” “The best I can hope for is that the county Legislature will decide not to keep the $93,084 windfall that has fallen into their lap by screwing an otherwise-exemplary taxpayer out of his home,” Spero said.

Hyde Park likely to re-vote on athletics upgrade BY HV NEWS STAFF The Hyde Park Central School District is likely to call for a re-vote of the failed athletic facilities upgrade proposition that was voted down by 64 votes in a Dec. 6 referendum. At a public meeting last week, residents seemed inclined to support spending $14,000 for the re-vote. It is up to the Hyde Park Board of

Education to authorize a re-vote and most observers believe it will after fine tuning a new proposition. That tweaking will likely involve giving a little on the particulars and lowering the cost to the taxpayer. The board will meet again on Thursday, Jan. 19 and proceed from there.


BY HV NEWS STAFF An early morning crash on Route 9G in Red Hook on Saturday claimed the lives of three men in their early 20s. According to New York State Police, Favio Avila Debernard, 24, of Hudson, was driving north on Route 9G, just south of the Columbia County line, when he lost control of his vehicle and went off the east shoulder, crashing into a tree. Police said Debernard was pronounced dead after responders arrived at the scene at approximately 1:13 a.m. Also killed in the crash were his two passengers, Ethan Keil, 22, of Hudson, and Micah Evans, 21, of Tivoli, according to troopers. According to police, speed and alcohol consumption appear to be contributing factors in the accident. Police say rescuers with the Tivoli Fire Department “had the arduous task of extricating the victims from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life.” Troopers were also assisted by New York State Police Investigators, the State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office.

STORY AND PHOTOS BY Once again, The Local in Rhinebeck was packed on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the Return of Bob Kirwood’s Famous Benefit Dinner. The event, a fundraiser for the Center for Spectrum Services in Ulster County, remembers Bob Kirwood, the former owner of Foster’s Coach House who passed away in 2009. Each year, Kirwood would host a dinner at his restaurant to raise funds for the Center for Spectrum Services. The annual event was briefly put on hiatus following Kirwood’s death, but last year, Wes and

CHRISTOPHER LENNON Bryn Dier, owners of The Local, decided to revive the popular dinner. On Monday, a sold-out crowd of nearly 150 guests enjoyed a cured ham dinner with all the trimmings. Laurie Rich, director of the Spectrum Services Foundation, said last year’s event raised $7,500 for the center. She expected to raise even more this year. “Every single penny of this – from the change we find on the floor to the waiters’ tips – goes to the Center for Spectrum Services,” Rich said. “We sold out every single seat, including the bar stools.”

Firefighters from Union Vale, LaGrange save family’s home BY HV NEWS STAFF Thanks to the quick actions of firefighters, a Union Vale family’s home was saved from a potentially devastating fire on Sunday. According to the Union Vale Fire Department, firefighters from LaGrange and Union Vale rushed to the Condon residence at 222 North Smith Rd. in Union Vale at 2:04 p.m. on Jan. 15 for a report of a house fire. Within minutes, three fire engines, a tanker, a rescue truck and ambulance from Union Vale, as well as a pumper from LaGrange, arrived at the scene, and firefighters managed to quickly extinguish the blaze, according to Union Vale Fire Department Chief Bill Griffin. Griffin said the cause of the fire was a wood stove in the attached three-bay garage of the home. “The fire came through the flue pipe from the outside wall,” he explained. “It started on the outside wall and worked its way into the wall and a structural beam.” When the blaze was extinguished, only minor damage was done to the structure. According to Griffin, the situation could have been much worse had it not been for emergency responders. “It was a good save,” said the chief. “Union Vale and LaGrange worked well together. It was a very efficient operation.” No one was injured in the fire, though residents were tested for carbon monoxide exposure as a precaution.

The staff at The Local rushes to serve a total of 150 cured ham dinners; Above: Robert Kirwood, son of the late Bob Kirwood, serves drinks during Monday’s dinner at The Local.

The Center for Spectrum Services, a school for children with autism spectrum disorders, is attended by children from more than 30 school districts in a number of counties. Rich said she was grateful to the Kirwood family for their continued support of the center. “Like so many of us, they know people or have themselves been touched by autism,” Rich said. “Autism has a higher incidence in the population than pediatric AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. When it’s one in 100, most of us know someone.”


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BY HV NEWS STAFF With February only a few short days away, it will soon be tax time. In an effort to help local residents during this often-stressful time of year, the Hudson Valley CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Coalition is again helping low- and middle-income workers file their tax returns and apply for Earned Income Tax Credits, or EITCs. According to the coalition, this year, families earning under $49,000 or individuals earning less than $14,000 could be entitled to an EITC. According to the IRS, 20% of those eligible for the tax credits do not apply for them. The coalition has opened 22 taxpreparation sites in Dutchess County, as well as 17 in Orange County, where local residents can take advantage of free taxpreparation services and learn more about the EITC. For the 2010 tax season, the coalition prepared 3,457 returns in Dutchess County for low- and middle-income taxpayers, and for 1,724 filers in Orange. A total of 703 of these filers were eligible for EITCs and received a total of $870,000 in credits. “The Earned Income Tax Credit can often help a family from falling into poverty by assisting them to pay their utility bill or rent, buy food for their families or provide other basic needs,” said Sheila Appel of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “That’s why it’s so important for United Way to be a coalition partner, since it fulfills our commitment to help people achieve financial stability in their lives.” Other partners in the Hudson Valley CASH Coalition include AARP Tax Aide, Catholic Charities, the IRS, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, the Dutchess County Community Action Partnership, North East Community Center, Pathstone, Taconic Resources for Independence, Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1, HVFCU, Citizens Bank, New York State Department of Social Services and Fidelis Care. For more information on free taxpreparation services through the Hudson Valley CASH Coalition, visit or call the Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1 helpline between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Information on the EITC can be found at article/0,,id=96406,00.html.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Assemblyman Joel Miller (R-Poughkeepsie) released a statement last week praising Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed creation of a new Tier IV in the state pension system. “Our communities are crying out for mandate relief, and reform of our state’s expensive pension system is a necessary and important first step toward providing it,” said Miller. “This governor is not bowing down to the union interests and agrees with my colleagues and I that pension reform is necessary to ease the burdens placed on taxpayers, our school districts and local governments and to reduce state spending.” The proposed Tier IV program would raise the retirement age for state workers from 62 to 65 and end early retirement, as well as exclude overtime from salary average, require employees to contribute 6% of their salary for the duration of their careers, utilize a five-year average salary calculation with an 8% anti-spiking cap and exclude averaging in remaining sick-leave lump buyouts and payouts for remaining vacation time.

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According to Miller, pension contributions to municipalities and school districts outside New York City, which cost $368 million in 2001, have skyrocketed to as high as $6.6 billion. He says creation of a new tier in the

pension system will help alleviate some of this burden. “The governor gets it … Adopting Tier VI will save taxpayers $93 billion over 30 years,” he said.

GOP SELECTS Tolls on local bridges to increase ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES BY HV NEWS STAFF Make sure you have a few extra quarters in your console if you plan on crossing any of the region’s five bridges. As of Jan. 30, tolls for passenger vehicles crossing the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle bridges will increase 50 cents for cash customers and 25 cents for E-ZPass customers. Tolls for commercial vehicles will also be raised depending on the size of the vehicle and the number of axels. The New York State Bridge Authority, which owns and operates the five bridges, says the toll increase is necessary to maintain the bridges and keep them in good shape. “No one wants a toll increase, so we’ve cut costs, reduced staff, raised additional revenue through fiber-optic leasing and advertising in toll booths, all in an effort to propose the smallest toll increase that will allow us to continue to maintain these critical bridges in a safe and efficient manner,” said Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero. The toll increase at the five bridges is the first since 2000, when tolls were increased from 75 cents to $1.

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The increase on Jan. 30 was attributed to a $160 million capital-improvement project that will take place over a five-year period. The project includes work and improvements at each of the five crossings. 2012 will mark the first year E-ZPass users will receive a discount. “It costs us less to collect tolls electronically, so we want to make sure we pass those savings on to our customers,” Ruggiero said. A commuter discount plan is also available that reduces the toll even further to $1 for frequent users. The commuter plan is available only through E-ZPass and requires a minimum monthly payment of $17. Details are available through www. or

BY HV NEWS STAFF Over the weekend, the Dutchess County Republican Party endorsed two candidates to fill two vacated Assembly seats. In the 100th District, Dutchess County Legislator John Forman of Beacon was selected to run for the seat left vacant by the death of Tom Kirwan of Newburgh. Forman will square off against Democrat Frank Skartados in the March 20 special election. In the 103rd Assembly District, Millbrook resident Rich Wager was endorsed to run for the seat vacated by Marc Molinaro when Molinaro assumed the office of county executive on Jan. 1. Wager is a relative political newcomer who was endorsed by Molinaro. Red Hook Democratic Committee Chairman John Schmitz said Democrats have yet to select a candidate, and with the deadline fast approaching, the race could go uncontested. Given Molinaro’s popularity and electoral success, it is assumed there isn’t a long line to oppose Wager and the Molinaro juggernaut.

Northern Dutchess Alliance honors community stakeholders BY RAY OBERLY The Northern Dutchess Alliance held its annual breakfast meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the cafeteria of Northern Dutchess Hospital. This well-attended event is held for the purpose of electing the organization’s officers and presenting two awards. It is also an opportunity for networking between representatives from local governments, businesses, community and other organizations. The excellent breakfast buffet was prepared using some locally grown ingredients. After breakfast, the program started with alliance President Dave Tetor welcoming attendees. Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation Executive Director Deborah Breen also welcomed the guests to the hospital. Rhinebeck Village Trustee Terry Gipson briefly discussed the village’s efforts to improve the business climate in Rhinebeck. Tetor then introduced newly elected Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, the guest speaker at the event. The county executive’s lifetime commitment to this region started at age 18, when he was elected to the Tivoli Village Board. He went on to be elected Dutchess County legislator, then state Assemblyman, serving on many governmental committees at all levels. In addition, Molinaro is one of the founders of the Northern Dutchess Alliance; he served on its executive committee and as its president for years.

County Executive Marc Molinaro, Northern Dutchess Hospital President and CEO Denise George, Red Hook Supervisor Sue Crane and Northern Dutchess Alliance President Dave Tetor pose for a photo. Photo by Ray Oberly.

Molinaro said many local politicians learned cooperation and collaboration through their Northern Dutchess Alliance activities. He said one of the benefits of the alliance is it brings together many stakeholders – representing government, business and community members – who help to work across governmental boundaries to solve problems. Molinaro said local government must become smaller and smarter to become more successful. He urged community stakeholders to come to the table with

Molinaro catches up with former Hyde Park Supervisor Pompey Delafield and County Legislator Sue Serino (R-Hyde Park) before Wednesday’s ceremony. Photo by Jim Langan.

good ideas to improve government and use the Northern Dutchess Alliance as a forum to set aside political differences and come together. Molinaro emphasized the need to “streamline the economic development process. We need to combine growth and consolidation.” He added, “Some of our government structures are outdated and like business, we need to adapt. We also need to set aside parochial mindsets. Town governments need to come to the table with good ideas. Let’s prove the naysayers wrong.” Following Moilinaro’s remarks, Tetor opened the Northern Dutchess Alliance business meeting. The following slate of candidates were appointed to leadership positions in the alliance: President David Tetor, Vice President Harry Colgan, Secretary Melodye Moore and Treasurer Raymon Oberly. In addition, the following men and women were appointed to the executive committee: Chrissa Pullincino, who will represent institutions; Lucy Kuriger, who will represent business organizations; and Virginia Stern, who will represent local governments.

NDH honored for commitment Following the business meeting, Northern Dutchess Hospital received the Commitment to Community Award. This is awarded to a person or organization that has consistently demonstrated a long-

term devotion and dedication to their community. The award represents leadership in achieving community goals and for fostering regional cooperation. In the recent past, the Northern Dutchess Alliance has honored the Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Hyde Park chambers of commerce, as well as Phylis Feder of Clinton Vineyards. Northern Dutchess Hospital has been serving local communities more than 100 years and has grown from humble beginnings to a 68-bed facility providing access to more than 30 specialty services and 200 practitioners. Today, the hospital and the Thompson House, a senior nursing facility operated by the hospital, employ more than 650 people and serve northern Dutchess County, southern Columbia County and parts of Ulster County. Approximately 65,000 people, both inpatient and outpatient, passed through the hospital in 2011. Northern Dutchess Hospital President and CEO Denise George accepted the award on behalf of the hospital. She thanked the alliance and discussed some of the new initiatives recently implemented to better serve the community and patients.

Red Hook awarded for vision The Red Hook Town Board received the Charting Our Course Award, which is presented to a person or organization that has demonstrated a regional vision consistent with Northern Dutchess Alliance’s mission and has partnered with other northern Dutchess stakeholders in pursuing its organizational goals. Past winners include the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council and Sustainable Hudson Valley. Red Hook was honored for its Centers and Greenspaces zoning amendments, adopted in July of 2011. This landmark legislation promotes smart growth by establishing two new zoning districts in the Town of Red Hook that promote open space and concentrate development in predesignated districts. Red Hook Supervisor Sue Crane accepted the award on behalf of the town board. She said the zoning changes were the result of many residents and local government working together for several years. * Editor’s note: Jim Langan contributed to this article.

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It’s time for Democrats to learn a lesson from the Tea Party. It’s time they realize you can’t forecast the winds of change and that it’s better to fight for what you believe in and lose than to compromise everything and win. That’s what gives defeats purpose and victories meaning. If you can’t predict when a lucky break will come your way, then it only makes sense to put your strongest efforts into every single contest. Who can possibly foresee the kinds of events that catapult unknown challengers like Kirsten Gillibrand to the U.S. Congress and beyond? Who knows when a longtime incumbent like Sue Kelly is finally vulnerable to someone like John Hall? But to take advantage of these lucky breaks and opportunities, Democrats need candidates. More disenchanting than the turnout in 2011 was the sheer number of races that went completely unchallenged! Worse yet, many of candidates on the Democratic line, like County Legislator Jim Doxsey, are actually registered Conservatives and Republicans! If a team doesn’t show up, it can’t expect to win a championship; if the Democrats don’t field a challenger to over a third of the Dutchess County Legislature races, how can it expect to compete for a majority? What the Democratic Party needs are more people like Terry Gipson, people who don’t let the fact that they’re up against a 32-year Albany insider dissuade them from giving their all. Terry Gipson campaigned harder in 2011 than many of the people actually on the Democratic line that year. Today he’s campaigning every single day to change our state government, against an opponent whose overconfidence has led him to believe he’s truly unbeatable. If they can find more candidates like Gipson, when the luck starts to finally turn their way, Democrats can show these incumbents how false those assumptions are. David Gill Poughkeepsie


My parents taught me many things as I was growing up. They taught me how to treat other people, how to tie my shoes and what the word “no” means, to name a few. “No, you can’t eat that cake. No. you can’t do that now; finish your homework. No, you can’t hit your sister.” No means no, and not anything else. I am dismayed by the recent conversations and meetings the Hyde Park Central School District is having because the athletic field bond was not approved. The majority of voters said “no.” The voters were educated and informed about the vote. They chose to put new boilers in because we have to, and we chose not to buy new athletic fields now. I voted “no” for the bond and am disturbed by the school district’s lack of respect for me and all of the other voters who voted “no.” No means no, not “Let’s put it up for another vote because we didn’t get what we wanted.” No means no. We cannot afford the bond right now. I know the state will pay for some of it, but the voters decided we cannot afford this option right now. As a taxpayer, I appreciate all of the hard work the school district has done in capital improvements lately to keep our infrastructure in good shape and I agreed to pay for all of them, as did the other voters. The athletic bond was turned down by a majority of voters. Do not ignore our votes, our voices. Do not put this up for another vote. Do not waste the $14,000 it will cost to put this up for a re-vote. Clinton Kershaw Hyde Park


Their little butts should have either been in bed, getting ready for bed or doing some homework. – Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on three 14-year-olds killed in a late-night gang shooting. {6} January 18, 2012 | | Hudson valley news

other lower-income families in the United States at the time. He saw everything as a resource and thus cherished it’s value. While some of his behavior might have OPINION appeared eccentric to outside I DON’T AGREE later observers, ultimately, I found the quality WITH ANY OF YOU admirable. This was a man for whom waste seemed to have been a mortal sin. I BY LARISSA CARSON can’t help but wish that more people were as concerned as he was. Same old deal Today, we are living in similar times. In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther Perhaps that is why my grandfather’s King Jr. Day, some historical sites in actions seem moral to me. He learned not the area, including Vanderbilt and the to waste. During a new era where wages Franklin D. Roosevelt estate, offered free have stagnated while the price of living admission this past weekend for tourists. has increased dramatically, I find myself Saturday afternoon found us at the FDR thinking of that which I learned from him. estate in Hyde Park with the hope of Our generational experience has been getting into The New Deal Gift Shop for fairly similar, after all. Seemingly to me, some reading material. However, the gift the only real difference between the state shop was closed and since we had our dog that America is in now and that of the early Mong with us, we opted for a stroll around 1930s are our technological advancements. the grounds in lieu of a guided tour. We Our struggles are plugged in and shared, have plans to return on a later date. though it doesn’t seem to be bringing us Coincidentally, I have been doing a any closer to a solution. I would also like to great deal of reading note that had it not been about Eleanor for social programs, We have a Roosevelt the past such as unemployment few weeks. Through our political responsibility to insurance, I’ve grown up with and social landscape these characters in ask ourselves, in might be nearly identical. my own backyard It seems important the most sincere to me, as the world and these are not my first trips to the more and more form of criticism, if becomes estates, I’ve found a global community, myself astounded we are contributing though not without on more than one great hesitation and occasion by this to the solution or to resistance, we all must incredible woman’s make conscious efforts the problem. life. Of course, one to consider our fellow cannot learn about man and ourselves. We Eleanor without stumbling upon a bit have a responsibility to ask ourselves, in about Franklin. Though we are now the most sincere form of criticism, if we decades from their deaths and a over a are contributing to the solution or to the century from their births, I can’t help but problem. feel like the struggles and the stories of In my opinion, we were fortunate to the Roosevelts are more than relevant in have the leadership of the Roosevelts these years. when we did. Both Eleanor and Franklin Like the Roosevelts, my family left a lasting impression upon their history on both sides has long, strong positions and certainly no first lady before roots in the Hudson Valley. I’ve been or since Eleanor Roosevelt has made giving a lot of thought to the similarities such use of her notoriety. For although that our histories share. What I find most there has and always will be a rich and interesting is the idea of how similar and ruling class, there was a time when that how different a shared experience might class was very much aware of their status be. The Roosevelts were wealthy and of privilege and made conscious efforts in their 40s when the Great Depression to consider those whose status may have hit. My own grandparents were much been lower. younger men and women walking very different paths. Larissa Carson is a life-long resident Specifically, the actions of my father’s of the Hudson Valley. To respond father would tell the story of what the to this column, email editorial@ Great Depression taught him and many

The American people, judging by record-low approval ratings for the president and Congress, are a dispirited and cynical bunch, not interested in OPINION anything beyond their next paycheck if they’re fortunate enough to be getting one. This is where Romney’s skill sets kick BY JIM LANGAN in. His work at Bain Capital should be a resume enhancer. Not only did Romney AMERICA NEEDS A perform major surgery on ill companies, he also delivered newborn companies TURNAROUND GUY With each passing primary, it appears via infusions of venture capital. Now, more and more likely the Republican did every venture capital infusion pronominee for president will be Mitt duce results? Of course not, but he was Romney. But as Romney pulls away investing private equity, not taxpayer from the pack and begins to focus on money. Did Bain and Romney save evBarack Obama, Romney’s opponents ery corporate patient that came through and critics continue to bash him for the door? Again, no. But did he save his work at private equity giant Bain countless companies and make them more efficient while creating thousands Capital. The criticism goes something like of jobs and preserving others? Yes, and this and will only get more hysterical like a successful surgeon, he may have had to amputate here in the fall as Obama and there to save the plays the wealth patient. In most casenvy/class warfare Not only did es, these companies card: Bain Capital were mismanaged, Romney perform and its consigliore, bloated and unable to Mitt Romney, major surgery on compete internationroutinely preyed on Sound familiar? sick companies, ally.What the vulnerable by America buying up struggling he also delivered needs at this critical companies, stripping juncture is someone their assets bare newborn companies with proven experiand throwing hardence and a record of via infusions of working Americans downsizing and modinto the street to venture capital. ernizing our outdated satisfy their corporate industrial infrastrucgreed. Romney and ture. The time for friends were also kicking the can down the road is over. known to toss the occasional bag of kittens into the Charles River between You can see it at every level of government in duplication of services and proappointments. Well, you get the idea and the duction models more akin to a Model-T Democrats’ game plan. As they do than today’s fuel-efficient vehicles. Let’s not forget Romney’s spectacular routinely with other issues like Social job turning around the Olympics in Security, Democrats shamelessly try Salt Lake City. They were on the fast scaring nervous Americans every election track to financial disaster and Romney cycle. This year’s Social Security will be turned it around. The same applies to Romney as Simon Legree. Massachusetts. There, he took the bluest Republicans would be wise to ignore of blue states with its penchant for social the more inflammatory political rhetoric, engineering and prolifergate spending but embrace the core message that has and actually produced a budget surplus. Democrats so worried. For in reality, If he could whip Massachusetts America actually needs a turnaround guy. Our nation is nearly bankrupt, our into shape, he’s got a shot at getting national debt is off the charts and real something done in Washington. The key will be Romney’s margin unemployment is near 1930s levels. of victory, should he prevail. If it’s The housing market continues to fall close, we’ll have the same tiresome, and millions of Americans are being unproductive nonsense we have today. But foreclosed upon in some sort of silent scream unreported by the Obama- if like Ronald Reagan in 1980, Romney is given a mandate to clean up the mess in friendly media.


D.C., things could change. Remember, Ronald Reagan used to call up recalcitrant congressmen and threaten to personally campaign against them in 1982 if they didn’t support his tax cuts. Given his margin of victory over Jimmy Carter, most of them did. Hopefully, Romney will have


the same opportunity. In the meantime, Republicans should use the Bain Capital nonsense to their advantage. Jim Langan can be reached at

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day memorial march for social and economic justice in Poughkeepsie on Monday, Jan. 16. Photos submitted.


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• OK, I admit to switching over to the Miss America broadcast a few times Saturday as my Patriots were annihilating Tim Tebow and the Broncos. There were plenty of unintended funny moments, but none better than Miss Alabama screeching “Memories” from “Cats” in Italian. Her voice was so over the top, my cocker spaniel bolted upright from his normal coma in front of the fire. I also want Bert Parks back as host, dead or alive.

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BY HV NEWS STAFF The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has issued a request for proposals from potential partners to develop an organic farming project at Mills-Norrie State Park in Staatsburg. The project is intended to spur investment in the park’s barn and historic infrastructure while creating a strong public educational program related to conservation, the benefits of healthy foods, organic agriculture and the history of farming in the park. “There is a tradition of farming at the great estates of the Hudson Valley, and introducing organic farming to meadows around the historic Staatsburgh mansion is a great way State Parks can encourage the twin benefits of healthy food and sustainable agriculture,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “A mutually beneficial partnership has potential to enhance what the park has to offer while producing more healthy locally grown food for people in the region.” The RFP is for “crop production only. No livestock or grazing” would be permitted. The request for proposals asks potential partners to describe how they would preserve the late-19th century Huntington Barn, repair a stone wall along Old Post Road, lead education programs and pay a license fee to the state. The RFP is for a renewable five-year term but the State will consider a term of more than 10 years “in consideration of a total capacity investment exceeding $1 million” by the partner. Among the “possible projects is a participation with the State Parks in its iniative to restore and rehabilitate the

• Has everyone had enough of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s (Shawn Carter) baby nonsense? And how about Jay-Z’s stupid rap song and giving the little brat a writing credit? Thought it was a nice touch working the N-word into the lyrics. Go away! • Speaking of celebrity pregnancies, move over Blue Ivy. Kelsey Grammer and his umpteenth wife, Katye Walsh, are expecting twins. It will be Kelsey’s fifth and sixth child with a variety of women. He is also sporting a grandson. Nothing like an 80-year-old guy at his kid’s high school graduation.

The site of the proposed project (circled) in Staatsburg. Courtesy image.

historic stone wall along Old Post Road, a distinctive feature of the property.” In return, the partner would have access to the mid-1800s 1,600-square-foot barn and 10 acres of gently rolling farmable land, located north of the Dinsmore golf course, for crop production. The state would issue a license to the business or organization that would provide the greatest public benefit and financial return to the park. The farm operator would also have to maintain surrounding meadows that are a critical habitat for certain bird species and engage in agricultural practices on the farm site such as plantings, buffers and other management techniques to maintain and enhance birdlife in the area. For questions or to request a copy of the request for proposals, contact Harold H. Hagemann Jr., Concessions Management Bureau, New York State Parks, 1 Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12238, or at Proposals are due Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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• Former senator and sleaze-ball John Edwards was granted a postponement on his corruption trial, citing a lifethreatening heart condition requiring surgery in February. Question. How life threatening can it be if the doctors are waiting weeks to address the problem? I’m betting his ego simply burst. • Last Friday was one of three Friday the 13ths this year. They all also fall 13 weeks apart. Thought you should know. • Not normally a big Oprah fan, but watching those 72 graduates of her South African girl’s school was a gratifying experience. The girls are all articulate, polished and unfailingly polite. They’re all going to college. Oprah invested $40 million of her own money and it worked. Why can’t we get those kinds of results here? These girls came from far worse circumstances than our inner cities. The answer is Oprah demanded accountability all around. • Good to see President and Mrs. Obama hitting the Sunday church circuit. The Obamas have gone to church three times in the last month. I’m sure the fact Obama got buried in the Bible Belt in 2008 and it’s an election year is just a coincidence. Wonder if they’ll stop by and worship with The Rev. Jeremiah Wright in Chicago and get their “hate whitey” on?

• Hard to believe, but Muhammad Ali celebrated his 70th birthday last week in his hometown of Lexington, Ky. Ali has proven to be as tough in his fight against Parkinson’s disease as he was in the ring. • The lack of snow this winter has a number of people asking the same question. Will towns end up with an appreciable surplus of funds if the snow doesn’t fall? We always hear about towns running out of money in big snow years, so does it go in our favor if it doesn’t snow much? • It’s not looking too good for the captain of that Italian cruise ship. Captain Francesco Schettino is reported to have been knocking back a few scotches on the rocks before putting the Costa Concordia on the rocks the next morning. Sounds like the good captain will be joining the captain of the Exxon Valdez in early retirement. • How disappointing was Ricky Gervais on the Golden Globes? Clearly somebody muzzled him and the show sunk like a stone. • Jon Huntsman wisely pulled out of the GOP presidential contest and endorsed Romney. The only thing anyone really knew about him was he served two years as Obama’s ambassador to China, which didn’t exactly endear him to Republicans. If Huntsman was vamping for the VP nod, he can forget that as well. Romney’s going to win the nomination and he certainly won’t make it an allMormon ticket. Now if we can just get Newt Gingrich and his disturbing-looking wife off the national stage. • How’s this for an annoying restaurant? In Tokyo, there’s a new place where every entrée is less than 500 calories. The waiters will bring a scale to your table and summon a dietary consultant to assist you in your choice of a meal. • More bad news for O.J. Simpson. The double murderer’s Kendall, Fla. home is being foreclosed on. “The Juice” is contesting it, but given he’ll be in a Nevada prison for at least 10 more years, why does he need a house anyway? • Back to the Golden Globes for a moment. Elton John’s special someone, David Furnish, has called Madonna “desperate and embarrassing” after she beat out Elton for an award. Please! A guy wearing glitter slippers shouldn’t be calling anyone desperate or embarrassing. • Now, for my football picks for the big games this weekend. The Patriots will cruise over the Ravens 37-10 and the Giants will win a thriller 27-24 over the 49ers. Then it’s light’s out for the Giants in the Super Bowl against the Pats. Sorry.

Marco Maggi “Ladder Upside Down, 2010.” Courtesy of Josée Bienvenu Gallery © Marco Maggi

Vassar celebrates visual art, music, film, poetry and more during 10th annual Modfest. PAGE 13 INSIDE: SOPRANOS ON STAGE - ‘Rigoletto’ comes to FDR High School • TEEN TAKE-OVER - ‘Teen Visions’ on display • Clearwater Festival line-up Metropolitan Opera world-premiere at the Bardavon • FIELD NOTES: History at home • Art, film and community events through April Hudson valley news | | January 18, 2012 {9}


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. 18-24) 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. 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. Blood Drive; Wednesday, Jan. 18; 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; St. Francis Hospital, Atrium Community Conference Center, Poughkeepsie; Hosted by St. Francis and the American Red Cross, donors receive free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee; Appointments encouraged; 845483-5086. 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. Northern Dutchess Hospital Yoga Series; Thursday, Jan. 19-March 8; 6-7 p.m.; Montgomery Street Health Annex, 107 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Karen Signor leads yoga class on Thursday evenings through March 8; $80; 845876-7844. Needlecrafters’ Gathering; Thursday, Jan. 19; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, Watts dePeyster Hall, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Bring your own supplies and enjoy the company of other knitters, crocheters, etc.; $1; 845-757-3771. Teen Visions ’12 Opening Reception; Thursday, Jan. 19; 5-7 p.m.; James W. Palmer III Gallery, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie; Campuswide celebration in conjunction with Modfest, on display through Feb. 9; Free; 845-437-5370. > continued on next page

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BY RAY OBERLY The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will present haunting and enduring melodies inspired by a tale of betrayal and tragedy in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto” on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The opera will be performed in the spacious auditorium of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, 156 South Cross Rd., off Route 9G in Staatsburg. It will feature soprano Maryann Mootos with tenor Blake Friedman, as well as baritone Martin Fisher. Saturday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. Biographies on the featured singers can be found on Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, the orchestra’s website, $5 students This opera is in partnership with the Delaware FDR High School, 156 South Valley Opera and Opera Production Consultant for Cross Rd., Staatsburg “Rigoletto” Carol Castel. 845-635-0877 The opera is based on Victor Hugo’s play, “Le Rois’ Amuse” (1832). Hugo’s title says it all; in English, it means “The King Amuses Himself.” Unfortunately, he does so by seducing young girls. In the opera, the king is replaced by a duke. It takes place in 16th century Mantua, at the court of the duke, a tenor and definitely not a hero! Rigoletto is the court jester, charged with providing entertainment for the duke and his courtiers. As a deformed hunchback, Rigoletto himself is the object of scorn, but he escapes the pain of court life when he visits his young daughter, Gilda, a soprano. Gilda’s existence is secret, for he fears the corrupt duke. The opera follows Rigoletto as he tries to keep his daughter from the duke’s clutches. Several situations develop, with intrigue involved in all. The performance will be given in a unique format, dubbed “Opera Ritaglia,” designed to appeal to a wide audience. The concept, developed by artistic director/conductor Kathleen Beckmann, shortens the opera from three to two acts while keeping the most beloved songs and the storyline intact. “Opera Ritaglia” is a part of a six-year tradition of Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, where both opera aficionados and first timers can enjoy the beauty and majesty of this beloved work. The opera will be performed in Italian, but features English subtitles that are projected above the stage so everyone can follow along. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. They can be purchased on the orchestra’s website using a credit card or your PayPal account. They are also available in advance at Molloy Pharmacy in Hyde Park, Northern Dutchess Pharmacy and Oblong Books in Rhinebeck. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Further information is available at or by calling 845-635-0877. The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization formed in 2006. Its mission is to bring live orchestral music to Dutchess County and the surrounding Hudson Valley area. Orchestra membership includes professional musicians and talented up-and-coming youth musicians from the local area.



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Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival has announced its 2012 dates and line-up for this year’s festival at Croton Point Park. Artists confirmed for the June 16 and 17 line-up include Ani DiFranco, Bela Fleck, Dawes, Deer Tick, The Punch Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Peter Yarrow, Tom Chapin, Jill Sobule and more. There will also be a special celebration of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th anniversary and Arlo Guthrie and the Guthrie family just confirmed their spot in the line-up for a celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday.

facts; $4; 845-471-0589. e-mail us your events: < continued from previous page His Humble Majesty: The Artistry of Marco Maggi Opening Reception and Lecture; Friday, 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; 845-473-2072.

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BY NICOLE DELAWDER In accordance with Vassar’s uber-celebration of the arts this weekend with the 10th annual Modfest (see more on page 13), more than 100 works from over 30 regional high schools are on display in the Palmer Gallery. On Thursday, Jan. 19, the exhibition “Teen Visions ’12” will kick off the campuswide arts festival with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. “Teen Visions allows the students to showcase their talents among a group of their peers,” said Todd Poteet, director of the Mill Street Loft Art Institute. “This show becomes a positive reflection of their accomplishments in the arts on their résumés and applications to college. “This is the first step in their journey to obtaining a professional career in the arts.” The gallery is open Mondays - Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sundays, noon - 6 p.m. The opening reception on Thursday will be followed by a special program, “Words and Sounds,” at 7 p.m. Performances will include the Stringendo ensemble, dance from the New York Academy of Ballet with music by Vassar alum Joseph Bertolozzi ’81 and poetry by high school students from the Mill Street Loft’s girls empowerment programs. All events are free and open to the public.

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; 845-8762903. Friday Night Supper; Friday, Jan. 20; 5 p.m.; American Legion Montgomery Post 429, 6331 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Menu includes hot turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy; $7; 845876-4429. Nutrition Lecture: ‘Fiber for Your Health’; Friday, Jan. 20; 11:45 a.m.; Poughkeepsie Senior Friendship Center, First Lutheran Church, 325 Mill St., Poughkeepsie; Patricia Brown will explain health benefits of increasing fiber intake; Age 60 and up $3, age 59 and under $4; 845486-2804. ‘The Enchanted Island’ at the Met: Live in HD; Saturday, Jan. 21; 1 p.m.; The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; World-premiere production broadcast live in high definition; Adults $23, members $21, children $16; 845-473-2072. Starlab Planetarium Show and Family Free Time; Saturday, Jan. 21; 6 and 7 p.m.; MidHudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie; Enter an inflatable planetarium to explore seasonal constellations and learn fun

‘New Directions ’12’ Opening Reception; Saturday, Jan. 21; 3-5 p.m.; Barrett Art Center, 55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie; Winners to be announced in national juried contemporary art exhibition; 845-471-2550. Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’; Saturday, Jan. 21; 7:30 p.m.; Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, 156 South Cross Rd., Staatsburg; Classic opera presented by Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra; Adults $15, seniors $10, students $5; 845-635-0877. ‘Volstead’s Folly: Eat Easy, Speakeasy’; Saturday, Jan. 21; 6 p.m.; Culinary Institute of America, St. Andrew’s Café, Hyde Park; The Big Band Sound to perform, reception, cocktail hour and dinner; $80; 845-905-4673. Reading and Signing of ‘The Demon Lover’; Sunday, Jan. 22; 4 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Awardwinning author Carol Goodman celebrates new book; Free; 845-876-0500. 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. Dutchess Community College Board of Trustees Meeting; Tuesday, Jan. 24; 7:30 p.m.; Dutchess Community College, Browne Hall, Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-431-8405 Toy Workshop; Tuesday, Jan. 24; 6-8 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls; Learn to create and design your own vinyl toys; Free; 845-297-3428.

UPCOMING 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. Swing Dance Workshops; Tuesday, Jan. 27; 6:30-7:15 p.m. and 7:15-8 p.m.; Poughkeepsie > continued on next page

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Thirty-five artists from around the country have been selected for the 27th annual national juried contemporary art exhibition “New Directions 2012.” On Saturday, Jan. 21, from 3-5 p.m. selections from juror Susan Cross, curator for Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass. will be on display at the Barrett Art Center. Awards will be announced at 4:30 p.m. 55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie. Pictured: Figure Wrapped in Blue by Don Haggerty, Seattle, Washington.


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e-mail us your events: < continued from previous page Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie; $15 or $20 for both workshops; 845-454-2571. Rhinebeck Historical Society Meeting; Friday, Jan. 27; 7:30 p.m.; Rhinebeck Village Hall, 76 East Market St., Rhinebeck; Learn about Rhinebeck’s fire department from Vern Sipperly and get an upclose look at the engines and the firehouse; Free; Standards from the Great American Songbook; Friday, Jan. 27; Vassar College, Poughkeepsie; Proceeds support Vassar College Choral Ensembles’ spring 2012 tour to England and France; Adults $10-15, students $5-7; 845437-7294. ‘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. ‘Last Gas’; Saturday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m.; Cuneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie; John Cariani, author of “Almost Maine,” comes to Poughkeepsie for a reading of his new play; $15; 845-235-9885. Ballroom and Latin Dance Party; Sunday, Jan. 29; 6 p.m.; Pleasant Valley Town Hall, Route 44, Pleasant Valley; Dance workshop followed by party, singles and couples welcome; Donations collected; 845-635-3341. Reading and Signing of ‘The Uninnocent: Stories’; Sunday, Jan. 29; 4 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; O. Henry and Pushcart Prize-winner Bradford Morrow celebrates new book; Free; 845-8760500. Mystery Monday Book Club; Monday, Jan. 30; 11 a.m.-noon; Arlington Library, 506 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie; “The Windsor Knot” by Sharyn McCrumb will be discussed; Free; www.poklib. org. ‘Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop’; Wednesday, Feb. 1; 5:30 p.m.; Class of 1951 Reading Room, Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie; Art professor Lisa Collins will discuss the artists’ books of WSW, exhibit on display through March 2; Free; 845-437-5370. Sacred Earth Leadership Forum; Wednesday, Feb. 1; 6-9 p.m.; Vassar College, Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium, Poughkeepsie; Leaders from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and Native American faith traditions will discuss the theological foundations for environmentalism; Free; 845-849-2205. 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.

Make Your Own Bath Kit; Saturday, Feb. 4; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls; Participants will customize their own lotion, sugar scrub, and soap; Free; 845-297-3428. Boy Scout Troop 128 Pancake Breakfast; Sunday, Feb. 5; 8 a.m.-noon; American Legion Post 429, 6331 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck; Menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage; Adults $5-$6, children $2; 845-876-4429. Fifth Annual Mass and Devotion to St. Colette; Tuesday, Feb. 7; 7 p.m.; Monastery of St. Clare, 70 Nelson Ave., Wappingers Falls; St. Colette is patron saint of couples seeking to conceive, expectant mothers and sick children; 845-297-1685. Homeschoolers’ Open House; Wednesday, Feb. 8; 11 a.m.-noon; Arlington Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie; Discussion on how library system can aid homeschooling families; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3320. Senior Citizen ID Cards; Wednesday, Feb. 8; 9:30-11 a.m.; Dutchess County Division of Aging Services First Floor Conference Room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie; $2; 845-486-2555.

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100 For a Hundred; Saturday, Feb. 11; 4-7 p.m.; The Samuel Morse Estate, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; 100 donated works of art will be raffled off to benefit Barrett Art Center’s programs; $100; 845-454-4500, ext. 217 or 845-471-2550. ‘The Magic Fish: a New Children’s Opera’; Saturday, Feb. 11; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; MHLS Auditorium, 105 Market St., Poughkeepsie; A modern musical version of the Grimms Brothers’ classic fairy tale “The Fisherman and His Wife”; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3320. Hudson Valley Valentine; Saturday, Feb. 11; 6 p.m.; Culinary Institute of America, St. Farquharson Hall, Hyde Park; The Big Band Sound to perform, reception, cocktail hour and dinner; $90; 845-905-4673. Ice Your Sweet Cookies; Saturday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m.; MidHudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie; Decorate cookies with icing and candy, then take them home to your Valentine; $4; 845-471-0589. Starlab Planetarium Show and Family Free Time; Saturday, Feb. 18; 6 and 7 p.m.; Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie; Enter an inflatable planetarium to explore seasonal constellations and learn fun facts; $4; 845-471-0589. AARP Defensive Driving Course; Saturday, Feb. 18; 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls; Preregistration recommended; Members $17, nonmembers $19; 845-297-3428. Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society 2012 Gala Benefit; Sunday, Feb. 19; 3-5 p.m.; The Elmendorph Inn, Red Hook; Features auctions, performance by The Arabesque Trio, food and wine; $35;

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BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF The Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie will present a telecast of the the world premiere of the Metropolitan Opera’s “The Enchanted Island” this Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. Experience the award-winning series of a Baroque-inspired story drawn from Shakespeare broadcasted live. The work showcases arias and ensembles from Handel, Vivaldi and others, as lovers from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” become shipwrecked on Shakespeare’s other-worldly island “The Tempest.” The Jan. 21 matinee of “The Enchanted Island,” hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt, will be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which is seen in 1,600 theaters in 54 countries. Other upcoming Metropolitan Opera performances broadcasted live will take place Feb. 11 with “Wagner’s Gotterdammerung, noon at the Bardavon; Feb. 25 – “Verdi’s Ernani,” 1 p.m. at UPAC; April 7, “Massenet’s Manon,” noon at the Bardavon; April 14, “Verdi’s La Traviata,” 1 p.m at the Bardavon. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 Bardavon for members and $16 for children 12 and under and are available at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845-473-2072 or at the UPAC Box Office, 602 Broadway, Kingston, 845-339-6088.

of the disciplines to share their work with one another,” said Adene Wilson, Vassar alumna ’69, who founded Modfest with her husband Richard Wilson in 2003. The rich programming fuses 20th and 21st century visual art, dance, music, film, prose and poetry in a stimulating weekend

of artful exploration on campus, open to the community through Feb. 4. Participants in Modfest include Vassar students, faculty, alumnae/i, and guest artists, as well as students from Poughkeepsie-area schools. Special this year is a Vassar and New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater reading of a new play, “Abigail/1702,” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, writer of the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” The guest list is full as of press time, but there is a waiting list if you wish to attend. Send your name, email address and phone number to powerhouse@ Escape to the cabaret on Friday, Jan. 27 with a special fundraiser featuring an evening of musical standards from the Great American Songbook. Cabaret Night at Vassar will feature performances by students from the Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus and Madrigal Singers, as well as members of the Department of Music. Several art exhibitions will also open this week in conjunction with the festival, including Mill Street Loft’s “Teen Visions” in the James W. Palmer Gallery (see more on page 11), a showcase of artists’ books from the Women’s Studio Workshop in the famed Thompson Memorial Library, and Macro Maggi will exhibit 14 new works made for Modfest in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

photographer Serge J-F.Levy ’95. Enjoy extended gallery hours in an enlivened atmosphere. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

blues. Informal reception to follow. For information email Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film.


JACK String Quartet, 8 p.m. One of the most vibrant young groups on the New York new music scene performs hard-core modernism by Xenakis, Scelsi, and Ligeti. Skinner Hall of Music.

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Vassar’s 10th annual Modfest merges music, dance, film and visual arts BY NICOLE DELAWDER Come to the cabaret, lose yourself in visual arts and prose, and most importantly, immerse yourself in the arts this weekend with a one-stop celebration of Vassar College’s 10th annual campus-wide Modfest. “Each year we find that Modfest provides a special opportunity for students in each

Highlights from this week’s MODFEST 2012

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JANUARY 18, WEDNESDAY Exhibition of Artists’ Books from the Women’s Studio Workshop, on view through March 9. Art professor Lisa G. Collins will lead a discussion at 5:30pm in the Class of 1951 Reading Room on February 1. Thompson Memorial Library.

JANUARY 19, THURSDAY Teen Visions ’12, Words, Dance, and Sounds. 5 - 7 p.m. Opening reception followed by performances at 7 p.m. See details on page 11. On view through February 9. Exhibition: James W. Palmer III Gallery Performance: Villard Room, Main Building, College Center Late Night at the Lehman Loeb 5-9 p.m. Presentation of work by Vassar W.K. Rose Fellow,

Exhibition Opening Lecture and Reception. Marco Maggi: Lentissimo, 5:30 p.m. 14 new works made exclusively for Modfest. Lecture by Linda Weintraub, educator, author, artist and curator. Reception to follow in Art Center Atrium. On view through April 1. Taylor Hall, Room 203 and the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Vassar Jazz Combos and the Body Electric Afrofunk Band, 9 p.m.The ensembles showcase a colorful variety of sub-genres of jazz and rock music. James Osborn, director for the jazz groups, and Luke Leavitt ‘12, band leader.Villard Room, Main Building, College Center.

JANUARY 21, SATURDAY Music Workshop: Basic Instruction in Sibelius Music Notation Software, beginner to low intermediate. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., intermediate to advanced, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Presented by Thomas E. Rudolph, music education technology pioneer. Participants must bring their own laptops but do not need to own Sibelius software. Space is limited. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Kenyon Hall, Room 216. Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater Reading, 5:30 p.m A reading of a new play to help beat the mid-winter

On view until April 1, “Marco Maggi: Lentissimo” explores the artist’s relationship to time and invites the viewer to reflect introspectively on the artistic process involved. Maggi, who resides in New Paltz, “is an extraordinary draftsman known for his painstaking attention to process and minute detail,” remarked curator Mary-Kay Lombino. “He takes ordinary mass-produced materials such as reams of colored paper, rolls of aluminum foil, empty slide casings, eyeglass lenses, white envelopes and acrylic parking mirrors as the starting point for his work. He then transforms these everyday items through his intricate, often repetitive and sometimes obsessive patterns that spread across their surfaces, forming amorphous landscapes, imagined topographies, or elaborate diagrams that serve as a commentary on the high-volume, technology-driven speed of the world in which we live.” All events are free and open to the public, except where noted. No reservations are necessary, unless otherwise noted. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. All events are subject to change. For additional information, call 845-4375370 or visit

JANUARY 22, SUNDAY Concert Vassar Faculty Composers, 4 p.m. Music of Jonathan Chenette, Peter McCulloch, Harold Meltzer, and Richard Wilson. Performed by music faculty members Thomas Sauer and Peter McCulloch, as well as guest artists Paul Appleby, Moran Katz, Sooyun Kim, and James Austin Smith.Skinner Hall of Music.

JANUARY 23, MONDAY Alumnae/i Music, Art, and Writing, 5 p.m. Features spotlights past winners’ work of the W. K. Rose Fellowship winners, awarded annually to a Vassar graduate in the creative arts since 1970: composer Alexandra Gardner ’90; photographer Serge J-F. Levy ’95; and writers Carol Ann Davis ’92 and Andrew Porter ‘94. Villard Room, Main Building.

JANUARY 24, TUESDAY Foreign Film Screening, Singapore GaGa (2005), 8 p.m., This documentary celebrates the vibrant soundscapes of Singapore. Presented with commentary by Sophia Siddique Harvey, assistant professor of film. Foreign Language Resource Center, Chicago Hall. Hudson valley news | | January 18, 2012 {13}


Shhhhhhhh! BY ANN LA FARGE

Do you feel a pang of guilt – or maybe no guilt at all – when en od you decline an invitation to a night out in favor of a good book? Are you a quiet person in a loudmouth world? Finally, y, there’s a book that tells us it’s OK not to be outgoing. Whether you’re an extrovert, an introvert or an n “ambivert,” you’ll learn a lot about yourself and your fellow human beings in Susan Cain’s new and eye-opening book, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” (Crown, $26). Cain, who lives in the Hudson Valley (which probably accounts counts for her grace and wisdom), says, “If there’s only one insight you take away from this book, I hope it’s a newfound sense of entitlement to be yourself.” Declining an evening out with “the girls,” lighting a nice fire and piling the dog onto my lap, I sighed with genuine pleasure and opened this lovely affirmation of a book. Cain, who spent several years in psychological and neurobiological research for this book, also interviewed dozens of people in her search to know what it means to be an introvert or an extrovert … and what we can do about it. How did extroversion become the cultural ideal? Go back to Dale Carnegie, then visit the Harvard Business School, with its model of valuing the alpha personality, groupthink and teamwork. Then, follow the author as she looks at the psychology of temperament (is it hereditary?) and, later, examines other cultures (Japan, for instance), speaking with Asian students who often feel alienated from the backslapping hail-fellow culture of their American schools. Finally, she offers advice, even suggesting that you can be a “pretend extrovert” when it’s advantageous (at work?) and suggests ways to help an introverted child navigate the playground and the classroom. Who are some of the famous introverts? How about Charles Darwin, Frederic Chopin, J.K. Rowling, Mahatma Gandhi? There’s a quiz you can take (“Are You an Introvert?”) and even a “Manifesto for Introverts,” my favorite item of which is “Everyone shines, given the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others a lamplit desk.” A close reading of this astonishingly wise book will show the reader how to find a balance between action and reflection, and offers reassurance that, though we’ll all act out of character some of the time, we can be ourselves the rest of the time. Deeply satisfying, lively and wise, this book is a keeper. Don’t miss it. What’s the connection between being a doctor and being a writer? From Chekhov to Maugham to William Carlos Williams, doctors have lent their voices to literature. Now, a new book celebrates their work: “Writer, M.D.: The Best Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction by Doctors,” edited by Leah Kaminsky, with foreword by Jerome Groopman (Vintage, $15). You’ll recognize several of the authors, others will be new to you, but each brings a special perspective to “the face behind the doctor’s mask.”

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“A Physician,” Groopman begins his foreword, “works at the border between science and the soul.” The book is divided into sections – a longer one of nonfiction, a shorter of fiction. Not for the squeamish is Pauline Chen’s “Resurrectionist” (“My very first patient had bbeen dead for over a year before I laid hands on hher”). Your nostrils will twitch at her description oof formaldehyde (“sharp, rancid, piercing, like the ol olfactory version of a high-pitched shriek”). She speaks sp of her decision to become a surgeon, givers us a history of dissection and even thanks the cadaver, thus: thu “Thank you for your final gift.” I loved Oliver Sacks’s “The Lost Mariner,” about guy whose memory stopped in 1945; Robert Jay a gu Lifton’s piece on Nazi doctors; and Ethan Canin’s heartLifto wren wrenching “We Are Nighttime Travelers,” about the death of a marriage (“There have been three presidents since I held her in my arms”). My all-time favorite (collections like this often save the best for last!) is John Murray’s story, “Communion,” about a man who collapses in church and is found to have a glioblastema (brain tumor) and the women who care for him. After a holiday lull, new novels are bursting out all over the place, and this week, I read two that I’d like to recommend with these words of highest praise: “A real, oldfashioned novel-novel,” just a good story, well told, with no axe to grind. Alan Shapiro’s “Broadway Baby” (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $13.95) is, at heart (big heart), the story of a wannabe stage mother, about dreams and reality (which always interferes). Miriam dreams of a career on the stage, marries Curly, who works in a slaughterhouse, and has three children. They were poor, but “some days it was so easy to be happy it just broke her heart.” The elder son, Ethan, has “talent.” Maybe he could fulfill the stage dream? Meanwhile, her old mother has a stroke and moves in, her younger son is definitely odd (and can’t tie his shoes), and … “This won’t end well,” says Miriam. “Does anything?” Curly asks. Unattainable dreams – the perfect subject for fiction. And another great subject – through the ages and, I bet, beyond – is marriage, its glories, its disappointments, its moments of black humor. Jane McCafferty delivers a searing story of a marriage in her second novel, “First You Try Everything” (Harper, $24.99), a story told in alternating chapters from the points of view of a husband and wife on the road to splitsville. Ben’s parents had had affairs, separated. Was he a philandering ass like his father? “I have to leave you, Evvie,” he finally says, to which she replies, “Can’t you just change your mind, and then I’ll do whatever you need me to do.” Her story is, indeed, heartbreaking. She gets evicted from their home, has to find a crummy apartment for herself and her beloved dog, Ruth, has to “leave heart and mind on the side of the road and walk on without them, looking at the world.” Ben has a new woman in his life, misses the dog … and then … Evvie concocts a scheme, a gamble that could … let’s just say suddenly the plot heats up. Like many readers, I treasure the drama of “ordinary lives,” the domestic trials and triumphs, the stories of choices people make and what those choices bring. Every once in a while, a whole week’s reading brings satisfaction and a smile. I wish the same to each of you! 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



Leading ladies shine at Golden Globes

During Sunday’s 69th annual Golden Globes, Hudson Valley regular Streep won for seventh time for “Iron Lady.” While the Vassar alum was bleeped and the house band started winding down her acceptance speech, Streep delighted the crowd, saying the year brought about “so many extraordinary performances.” Sullivan County’s Michelle Williams won for best actress in a musical or comedy as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn” 52 years after Monroe’s win for the same honor in “Some Like it Hot.”

Donning Meryl Streep as the lead of this surprisingly intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher’s life, it seems safe to say that her performance is well worth the price of admission. A polarizing figure in the history of the United Kingdom and the first female politician of her time, the film tells the tale of Thatcher’s rise through the boys’ club of the British Parliament to the prominent position of Prime Minister. Like her or hate her, Thatcher’s story is certainly one worth telling. Having already clinched a Golden Globe for Best Actress award for her role in the film Sunday night, expect to see much more of Streep as the award season rolls on.

weekend e-mail us: y opporunities for artists in the Hudson Valley The Morton Memorial Library & Community House in Rhinecliff will be holding its 3rd annual Talent Show on Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m. Visual artists are encouraged to show off new work to audience members, a piano is available to any music talents and any other types of creative expression – “especially the odd and quirky” – will be welcomed. Email or call Sandy Bartlett at 845-876-2903 by February 3 if you are interested in participating. All visual art will remain on display in the Morton Hall for the month of March. Deliver visual art to the library by Saturday, Feb. 25.

HUDSON VALLEY PHOTO CONTEST Submit your work every week for Hudson Valley News’ “Photo of the Week” photography contest. Deadline for submissions is noon on Sundays for Wednesday publication. Email your photo to All entries will be accepted and displayed in an online gallery at Submissions should be at least 2x3” at 300dpi. 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.

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Think your film is ready for Woodstock? Deadline for early-bird submission is April 16. The 13th Annual Woodstock Film Festival runs Oct. 10-14. Early admission entry fees are: • Feature length (60 minutes or more): $50 • Long short (30-59 minutes): $45 • Short (under 30 minutes): $30 • Student film (college/university): $25 • High school/ youth film: $10. For details, visit The Red Hook Community Arts Network (CAN) is accepting submissions for its February exhibit at ArtPop “Occupy Our Wall Space.” Artists may submit any 2D art, framed and wired for hanging. Submit one piece at maximum 30x40” or two pieces at maximum 16x20”. Artists may also submit up to 6 unframed pieces, maximum 16x20”. All participating artists are asked to volunteer for a shift in the gallery and pay a $10 hanging fee. Artists may contribute an additional $30 to bail out of the gallery shift, if they are not able to gallery-sit. Drop-off Monday, Jan. 30, 3-5 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. The exhibition will open Feb. 3 through Feb. 26. An opening reception will take place on Feb. 17. Email:

Levon leaves the Helm for medical procedure

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the SUNY New Paltz campus invites Hudson Valley artists to submit proposals for its annual exhibition featuring local talent. “Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012” curated by the first director of the Edith C. Blum Art Institute at Bard College, Linda Weintraub, the exhibition calls artists to express their relationship with Mother Nature. The exhibition will run June 23- Nov. 14 in the Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. Emerging and mid-career artists residing in the Hudson Valley and who have not had a major one-person museum exhibition and who do not have an exclusive contract with a commercial gallery may apply. Students are not eligible. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 1. For more information and guidelines visit: www.

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The Band’s iconic drummer and Hudson Valley hero Levon Helm will be undergoing a medical procedure that will leave an absence in his legendary Midnight Rambles in Woodstock. According to, Helm will be absent during the Feb. 11, 18 and 25 Rambles. Midnight Rambles will continue with the normal schedule with special guests joining the band every week.

Law and Order: Hudson Valley Unit

“Law and Order:SVU” actress Tamara Tunie spoke out last week against her former New York City business manager who defrauded $1 million from the actress. Joseph Cilibrasi was sentenced to two and half to seven and a half years for using his client’s investments for his own entertainmentindustry advances. Cilibrasi’s company, Mulberry Films, Inc. produced the Tony Award winning musical “Spring Awakening” as well as “Legally Blonde” and “Rock of Ages.” Before his sentencing, Cilibrasi hired a writer for a script about a horror movie at Beacon’s own Bannerman Castle.

The Rhinebeck Writers Festival is now accepting applications for the summer 2012 retreat. Founded in 2011, the program offers one-week residencies in July and August for a musical theatre writing team to work on one musical in a secluded retreat outside of the Village of Rhinebeck. Applications are due Feb. 15. For application and guideline information, visit CELEBRATE LOCAL. Email your events to: by noon on Fridays.

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is looking for 12 adult male and two female actors for “A Man for All Seasons” in performance March 23- April 1. Actors are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue for auditions on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Callbacks will be Monday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Call the director at 845-876-5348. Hudson valley news | | January 18, 2012 {15}



This past weekend, National State Parks waived its admission fees for historic homes and parks in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Designated on Jan. 15, 1944, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park offered free tours of the 32nd President’s birthplace. Visitors strolled through “Springwood” and toured the grounds that includes the gravesites of Franklin and Eleanor in the Rose Garden. Jan. 20, will mark the 75th anniversary of FDR’s Second Inauguration. On Jan. 30 FDR’s birthday will be celebrated at 3 p.m. in the Rose Garden, followed by birthday cake and beverages served in the Henry A. Wallace Center. The park is open year-round, seven days a week.

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FOODIES, GET READY Famed chefs to descend on CIA BY CAROLINE CAREY Many of the most renowned chefs in America are heading to the Hudson Valley next weekend. They will be visiting the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park to participate in the biennial United States finals competition of the Bocuse d’Or. The Bocuse d’Or U.S.A. Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to inspiring culinary excellence, led by chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse, will host the finals from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 29. The weekend of culinary events is open to the public and admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis. “This weekend is about selecting the very best American chef to represent the U.S.A. on the international stage. It should be a matter of great pride to our entire American culinary community,” said Chef Daniel Boulud. The Bocuse d’Or, named after legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse, is a biennial international culinary competition that seeks to identify the

Bocuse d’Or U.S.A. Competition weekend schedule


8 a.m.-2:45 p.m.: Bocuse d’Or Competition 4:30 p.m. Bocuse d’Or awards presentation 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Awards celebration dinner (paid reservation required), Farquharson Hall

Chef Jeffrey Lizotte

Jeffrey Lizotte started his journey in the kitchen at the age of 15, washing dishes at a small Italian-American restaurant in his hometown of Simsbury, Conn. Upon graduating high school, Lizotte entered the Hotel School at Cornell University and graduated with a bachelors of science degree in hotel administration. After school, Lizotte was recruited by David Bouley to join the kitchen team at his former restaurant, Danube, in New York City. After its closure, Lizotte worked with Eric Ripert and the staff at Le Bernardin for one year before landing a job in Bordeaux, France at Restaurant La Tupina. Lizotte was quickly promoted to second de cuisine at La Tupina and saw his work visa expire after a year in Bordeaux. Determined to prolong his training in France, Lizotte was offered a job as chef de partie at Jacques Chibois’s La Bastide St. Antoine in Grasse. After two years in France, Jeffrey returned home to his native Connecticut to take the chef de cuisine post at the Restaurant ON20 in Hartford.

Chef Bill Bradley


10 a.m.: Chris Hastings (Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, Ala.) book signing 11 a.m.: Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif. and Per Se, New York, N.Y.) book signing 11 a.m.: Barbara Lynch (No. 9 Park and The Butcher Shop, Boston, Mass.) book signing Noon: Grant Achatz (Alinea, Chicago, Ill.) book signing Noon-3:30 p.m.: Commis Competition 3:30 p.m.: Daniel Boulud (Daniel, Café Boulud and DB Bistro Moderne, New York, N.Y.) book signing 4:30 p.m.: Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park, New York, N.Y.) book signing 5 p.m.: Commis Awards Ceremony

Bocuse d’Or U.S.A. competitors

Celebrity judges include Daniel Boulud (center) CIA President Tim Ryan and Thomas Keller. To the left of Boulud is Jerome Bocuse, a 1992 CIA grad and son of competition founder Paul Bocuse. Photos courtesy the Culinary Institute of America.

world’s top competitive chef. First held in 1987, the 2013 Bocuse d’Or will feature representatives from 24 countries. The competition at the CIA will decide the United States’ representative for the international Bocuse d’Or, which will take place in Lyon, France on Jan. 29, 2013, one year to the day from the U.S.A. Finals. The four U.S.A. finalists that will compete are Bill Bradley, Danny Cerqueda, Jeffrey Lizotte and Richard Rosendale (see inset for bios). The competition will take place at the Student Recreation Center at the CIA. Each of the finalists, working with a commis or assistant, will have five and a

half hours to prepare two protein platters – one cod, one chicken – along with three intricate garnishes. Judging the competition will be a roster of some of the country’s best chefs, including: Grant Achatz (Alinea, Chicago, Ill.), Scott Boswell (Stella! And Stanley, New Orleans, La.), William Bradley (Addison, San Diego, Calif.), Michael Cimarusti (Water Grill, Los Angeles, Calif.), Traci Des Jardins (Jardiniere, San Francisco, Calif.), Shaun Hergatt (SHO, New York City), Gabriel Kreuther (The Modern, New York City), Barbara Lynch (No. 9 Park, Boston, Mass.), George Mendes (Aldea, New

Bill Bradley was raised in the Hudson Valley, where he spent hours cooking alongside his mentor, Chef John Roger Gibellino, at the famed L’Epicure, gaining valuable experience in the front and back of the house before heading to the Culinary Institute of America. Bradley continued to learn varied styles of cuisine, holding positions at establishments in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Valley where, in 1995, he joined the CIA’s Napa Valley campus, becoming chef of the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant. In 2000, Bradley returned to the East Coast to open Bricco in Boston’s Italian North End. In its first year, Bricco received three stars from the Boston Globe and was named “Best New Restaurant” by Boston Magazine and Bon Appétit. Since then, Bradley has opened several restaurants to critical acclaim and now serves as an instructor at Le

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Chef Danny Cerqueda

Danny Cerqueda was born and raised in Marietta, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. His career began at the age of 16 as a short-order cook. Despite his lack of experience, he became the assistant manager a year later by means of his work ethic. Later on, while working at a steakhouse, he realized he wanted to become a chef and entered culinary school at the age of 20. He graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, S.C. in 2003. Upon graduation, he took the job of lead line cook, 600 miles away in Louisville, Ky. at the Louisville Country Club under Executive Chef Patrick Colley. While working in Louisville, Cerqueda entered cooking competitions through the ACF, Chaine des Rotisseurs and the CMAA with much success. Cerqueda moved to Raleigh, N.C. with Colley to continue working together at the Carolina Country Club.

Chef Richard Rosendale

Born in Pennsylvania, Richard Rosendale’s classical training has taken him to Northern Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Norway and some of the finest kitchens in the United States. He also worked with the Ritz Carlton Company, as well as multiple five-star restaurants across the country. In 2007, Rosendale opened his first restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, which was named the region’s “Best New Restaurant.” Rosendale opened his second operation in Columbus, Details MiniBar and Lounge, in late 2008 as a complement to Rosendale’s, located next door. In September 2009, Rosendale returned to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., as the executive chef. In 2010, Rosendale attained the highest level of certification a chef can receive in the United States, the prestigious Certified Master Chef title. This included passing a rigorous 130hour cooking exam covering all aspects of cuisine at the Culinary Institute of America.


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York City), Roland Passot (La Folie, San Francisco, Calif.) and Michael White (Marea, New York City). The U.S.A. Bocuse d’Or awards will be presented at 4:30 p.m., following the competition. The awards celebration dinner follows at 5:30 p.m. at Farquason Hall and is open to the public. There are still some tickets available at $150 per person; they can be purchased at: purchase-tickets/. The Bocuse d’Or U.S.A. winner will then begin an intensive, year-long training regimen to prepare for the Jan. 29, 2013 competition in Lyon. Training will be overseen by the Bocuse d’Or U.S.A. Foundation’s Board of Directors and Team U.S.A. coaches Chef Gavin Kaysen (head coach), Chef Grant Achatz and Chef Gabriel Kreuther. Kaysen represented the United States at the 2007 competition and was an assistant coach in 2009 and 2011. All chef applicants have agreed to a rigorous training schedule if they are declared the winner. There are a certain number of practices required, as well as national/international travel. All of the training and travel is paid for by the Bocuse d’Or Foundation, a non-profit organization. The winner of the International tournament receives approximately $27,000 and significant bragging rights.

First-ever commis competition The CIA will also host the first-ever Commis Competition on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Photo courtesy the Culinary Institute of America.

As part of this competition, four talented young chefs will each prepare their interpretation of the classic Paul Bocuse dish, poulet au vinaigre. This new event aims to identify the country’s next rising star in the field of competitive cooking. While the winner of the Commis Competition will not participate in the 2013 Bocuse d’Or (the United States’ representative chooses his own commis), the hope is the winning chef will gain experience to one day represent the U.S. at the Bocuse d’Or. In addition, Boulud noted, “The firstplace prize is a three-month professional apprenticeship at a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France. The prize really underlines the foundation’s goal of providing continuing education. It’s what I’m most proud of in the foundation’s progress.”

The four commis finalists are: Sonny Longboy Acosta Jr., (Alan Wong’s, Honolulu, Hawaii), Tristan Aitchison (Providence, Los Angeles, Calif.), Samuel Benson (Café Boulud, New York City) and Rose Weiss (CIA Culinary Extern, Gramercy Tavern, New York City). The Commis Competition will be judged by chefs Grant Achatz, Chris Hastings, Gabriel Kreuther, Alex Lee, Barbara Lynch and Brad Barnes, senior director of culinary education at the CIA. Both the Commis Competition and U.S.A. Finals Competition are open to the public, but space is limited. The weekend festivities at the CIA will also include public book signings by top toques, including Grant Achatz, Daniel Boulud, Chris Hastings, Daniel Humm, Thomas Keller and Barbara Lynch.

LOCAL REHAB AGENCY MUST RAISE $50K FOR SOBER HOUSING BY HV NEWS STAFF Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers is hoping to raise enough money to establish a new local sober-housing apartment building. The agency has purchased a building in Poughkeepsie, and is currently raising the $100,000 needed to rehabilitate the structure. The Hanley Family Foundation has awarded Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers a $50,000 challenge grant to fund the upgrades. The grant will support the

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renovation by matching each dollar the agency raises on its own. Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers has until May 15 to raise the $50,000 needed to match the Hanley grant. Sober housing is an important component to drug rehabilitation, according to Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers. “Too often, a graduate of a treatment center or halfway house returns to the same neighborhood and friends who

helped cause the problem in the first place,” according to the agency. Currently, Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers provides recovering addicts with sober housing by renting apartments and subletting them. The sober-housing building in Poughkeepsie will provide additional housing for recovering addicts. For more information or to contribute, contact Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers at 845-452-8816 or www.marc.


BY HV NEWS STAFF Hyde Park Little League will be registering young athletes next week. Parents can register their children for Tball, baseball or softball at the Cardinal Road Firehouse on the following dates: Monday, Jan. 23, 5-8 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 26, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The following are the available leagues and registration costs: • Ages 4, 5 and 6 (T-ball): $60 • Ages 7 and 8 (Rookies): $85 • Ages 9, 10, 11 and 12 (Minors & Majors): $110 • Ages 13 and 14 (Juniors): $125 • Ages 15 and 16 (Seniors): $125

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• Family Rate: $185 Two forms of proof of Town of Hyde Park residency are required, and new registrants must bring a copy of their birth certificate. Hyde Park Little League is a volunteer-run organization, and new volunteers are being sought to help with a variety of activities both on and off the field. Volunteers are needed to serve as managers, coaches and umpires, perform field maintenance and manage the snack bar, among other things. For additional information, visit or email lisa@

Farmer Minor and Daisy. Photo submitted.

Farmer Minor and friends to visit Germantown Library BY HV NEWS STAFF Farmer Minor and his friends – a potbellied pig named Daisy and a pug named Lily – will visit the Germantown Library this weekend for one of their famous “Pig Out on Reading” events. Farmer Minor will read one of Daisy’s favorite books, and youngsters will get a chance to play with the animals. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.

The event will be held Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Hover Room of the Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown. For more information on Farmer Minor, visit For information on the event, email

Cornell Cooperative sponsors trip Teen volunteers needed at local library to Philly Flower Show BY HV NEWS STAFF Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County is sponsoring a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show in March. The bus will leave the Farm & Home Center on Route 44 in Millbrook at 8 a.m. on March 6 and return at approximately 9:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $70, which

includes transportation and admission to the flower show. Credit cards, cash or checks are accepted. Pre-registration is required, and seats will only be reserved upon payment in full. To register, contact Nancy Halas at 845-677-8223, ext. 115. The theme of this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show is “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha.”

BY HV NEWS STAFF Teens are needed to help local children with reading and homework assignments at the Adriance Library in Poughkeepsie. Responsible teens are invited to volunteer as Reading Buddies for children in grades one through five, and as Homework Tutors for children in grades one through six. Reading Buddies are assigned a specific child, whom they meet for a half-hour

reading session at the library once a week. Meetings are generally scheduled between 3-5 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Homework Tutors meet with students from 3-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone interested in volunteering should apply in person at the Adriance Library Children’s Room, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie, or call 845-485-3445, ext. 3320.

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STANFORD ABOLISHES DEPUTY SUPERVISOR Move is latest in partisan squabbling BY JIM LANGAN In the increasingly unpleasant world of Stanford politics, the town board voted last week to abolish the position of deputy supervisor. State law permits the supervisor alone to appoint a deputy even if that person is not on the town board. On Jan. 1 Supervisor Virginia Stern appointed long-time resident Charles Shaw to that post. Shaw had been defeated for town board by three votes in November. The vote to abolish was 3-1 with one member absent. Stern told Hudson Valley News she considered the move “mean spirited” and pointed out the town has had a deputy supervisor for decades. Stern is a Democrat and has been consistently opposed by an increasingly aggressive

around town


Pasta Dinner and Talent Show The Upton Lake Christian School is holding a pasta dinner followed by a talent show on Friday, Jan. 20 (snow date Jan. 21), with dinner at 6 p.m. and talent show at 7 p.m. in the Evangelical Free Church at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, 1 mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in the hamlet of Clinton Corners. Come and see some talented students do some amazing things, thus making for a wonderful night of entertainment. The community, parents and friends are invited to enjoy this exciting night. The cost is $7 for an adult, $4 for children under 8, $5 for students 8 or older and a maximum of $25 for a family. This fundraiser supports the students’ activities. Call the school office for more information or to make reservations at 845-266-3497, or email

Boards of Fire Commissioners The East and West Clinton Fire Districts provide fire and ambulance services to the residents of the Town of Clinton and a portion of the Town of Hyde Park along North Quaker Lane. Each fire district is governed by an elected Board of Fire

Stern. File photo.

Republican majority on the board. Stay tuned as we intend to monitor the political situation in Stanford carefully. Commissioners that sets the policy for the fire departments and prepares the fire district budgets. The fire commissioners volunteer their time and serve five-year terms on the boards. All meetings are open to the public. There is no public vote on the fire district budget, but there is a public hearing on the budget in October for public input. The East Clinton Board of Fire Commissioners meets monthly on the Wednesday following the second Monday of the month at 8 p.m. in the firehouse on Firehouse Lane in Clinton Corners. The board is comprised of Chairwoman Stephanie Bonk, Deputy Chairman Christopher Burns, Russell Bonk, Stu Burns and Donna Ruffell. Mary Ann Thompsett is the appointed secretary and treasurer. The mailing address is P.O. Box 181, Clinton Corners, NY 12514. The West Clinton Board of Fire Commissioners meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. for a regular business meeting, and on the fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for a workshop, at Fire Station 1, 219 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14) in Pleasant Plains. The board is comprised of Chairman Todd Martin, Deputy Chairman Ray Oberly, John “Jack” Cleary, Brian Dingee and James Lyons. Diane Brown is the appointed secretary and James Stutzman is the appointed treasurer. The mailing address is 219 Hollow Rd., Staatsburg, NY 12580.

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Auxiliary members Elizabeth Mastrocinque, Anne McCabe, Mary Moody, Susan Spinelli, Angie Smith, Tina Cianciulli, Gail Simon and Judy Mazzetti. Photo submitted.

New St. Francis Auxiliary president calls for volunteers BY HV NEWS STAFF Highland resident Susan Spinelli was recently appointed president of the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary during a recent breakfast meeting. Spinelli, a retired educator who has served on the auxiliary for six years, said potential auxiliary members include those who are newly retired and want to do something worthwhile. “You absolutely do not have to be a former hospital employee to be a member of the organization and I am not,” she

said. “My entire career was in the field of education. I worked for the Marlboro Central School District for over 30 years. We have a lot of teachers who are members and people from all aspects of life.” The auxiliary is an all-volunteer organization involved in numerous fundraising activities in support of the hospital. Anyone interested in joining the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary should call Bob Hess at 845-431-8130, ext. 18130.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT VAL-KILL GARDENS BY HV NEWS STAFF Volunteer gardeners are needed to help restore and maintain the landscape at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill home in Hyde Park. The volunteer gardening program will be held on Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon. An informational meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. at the Val-Kill Playhouse. Volunteers will work under the direction of a Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic

Sites horticulturist on a number of projects at the site. No gardening experience is required. Anyone with an interest in history, community service and gardening is invited to volunteer. For more information or to register for the meeting, call Anna de Cordova at 845229-4218 or email Anna_DeCordova@

It is really a delightful production and the STG cast and crew are topnotch. Don’t miss it! All shows will be held in the Stissing Mountain High School Auditorium in Pine Plains. Call the box office now to purchase tickets with a credit card at 518-3981272. Please remember that the box office is entirely staffed by volunteers, and as such is only open when a volunteer is available. Leave a message with your phone number and someone will call you back. I promise. There really is a lot going on here in our small town in the middle of the winter. We sure are hardy, us country folks. Even these single-digit temps don’t keep us home! See you next week.

around town BY HEIDI JOHNSON

Sundays are my writing days. I usually get up early, well before the rest of my family, sit down with my trusty laptop and a cup of coffee, and muse, “Hmm, what should I write about this week?.” Usually from there, it’s a breeze as I am well informed as to our goings-on by friends, family and local organization leaders. So, here I am on Sunday morning, Jan. 15, at 7 a.m., thinking about what to write. Since today is Dr. Martin Luther King’s official birthday (even though the holiday is tomorrow), I thought I would take a minute to reflect on the life and accomplishments of Dr. King. One thing I have always done as a mother is to make my children understand the history of each day that they have off from school because of a federal holiday. In our house, we are well-versed on Martin Luther King Jr. because he is my favorite historical figure. I own several books and videos on Dr. King, and have read many more. His life affects me more than any other historical figure, I think because he accomplished so much in such a short time. One book that I encourage everyone to read is “My Life with Martin Luther King Jr.” by Coretta Scott King. It is an easy read. Mrs. King tells about her life and what it was like being a wife and mother during the Civil Rights Movement. She was an amazing woman and it’s a great book – get it from your local library. Only three people have a national holiday observed in their honor: Christopher Columbus, George Washington and Dr. King. Although U.S. Rep. John Conyers introduced legislation to establish the holiday just four days after Dr. King’s assassination in 1968, Congress took no action on the bill. From 1968 until 1983, millions of people signed petitions supporting the holiday and many dignitaries, including Coretta Scott King, testified before Congress, calling for a federally recognized day to honor the life of Dr. King. Finally, in 1983, Congress passed the bill to establish the holiday and then-President Ronald Reagan signed it into law on Nov. 20 that year. Dr. King was a peaceful man and man

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President Ronald Reagan signs a bill establishing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday in 1983. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.

of faith. He had a dream and he followed that dream despite overwhelming odds. Have we achieved his dream in America? Not entirely. There is still bigotry and racism in our country. But, every January, we take a day off from school and from work to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Many across the country are involved with the Martin Luther King Day of Service, which was established in 1994. On Monday, our president will speak on Dr. King’s life, we will watch videos of him on television and our children will learn about his work for Civil Rights. We will learn and we will reflect on how our lives have been changed due to the work of this one gentle preacher who inspired a nation.

eReader Program at Stanford Library

Last reminder: An eReader Class will be held at the Stanford Library this coming Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. The program will cover tips for getting the most out of your eReaders, including how to access free downloadable books from the library.

Three Lost Railroads

Another great program coming up is the Three Lost Railroads of Stanford presentation sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society. Hosted by wellknown railroad historian Bernie Rudberg, the program will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Town Hall. Now, many of you know that my husband, Jim Donnelly, is a true railroad

aficionado (or, as these buffs like to call themselves, “train nuts”). Jim is not alone in following this passion – we have many “train nuts” living here in Stanford and in the surrounding towns. You do not have to be a train nut to appreciate this upcoming program at our Town Hall, though. Think of it this way: Here is little Stanford, a small community made up mostly of farmers, and yet our town had three major rail lines running through it. It’s intriguing to know why. What made our town so special that it boasted three railroads? Come to Town Hall on Jan. 29 and find out.

‘Legally Blonde, The Musical’ at STG

The box office is officially open! Show dates are March 9, 10 and 11. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. (not 7 p.m., which was an error in prior columns), Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for students and seniors. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount. Here’s the official promotion for “Legally Blonde,” which was a smash Broadway hit: “Sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone ‘serious,’ Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style!”

Pamela Landolt. Photo submitted.

St. Francis Foundation appoints acting director BY HV NEWS STAFF Pamela Landolt has been appointed acting executive director of the St. Francis Health Care Foundation. Landolt, who has served as development director under former foundation President Robert Lane since 2006, was appointed to the post following Lane’s resignation. Lane has taken a position with Phelps Memorial Hospital in Westchester County. “We will miss Bob and certainly wish him great success,” said Landolt. According to the hospital, Landolt, a Poughkeepsie resident, has 19 years’ experience in fundraising. Prior to her position with St. Francis, she held a senior development position at Vassar College. St. Francis has formed a committee to search for a permanent director and will be considering Landolt as a candidate, according to the hospital. The committee expects to have a new director in place by spring.

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Family arrested in connection with burglary

Three members of the Poliandro family of Wappinger were arrested last week in connection with a series of residential burglaries in the Town of Wappinger. Vincent Poliandro, 28, and his brother, Anthony, 23, were arrested by New York State Police following an investigation into a string of residential burglaries that occurred in the Royal Ridge neighborhood in Wappingers Falls from August through January. In addition, their mother, Pamela Poliandro, 59, was also charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Information obtained by troopers during their investigation led police to obtain a search warrant for the Poliandro home. Troopers searched the home on Jan. 10 and found many of the items stolen during the burglaries, according to police. Vincent Poliandro was charged with four counts of burglary in the second degree, a class-C felony; and one count of burglary in the third degree, a class-D felony. Anthony Poliandro was charged with one count of criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a class-E felony, after it was discovered that he


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possessed a high-powered rifle that had been stolen from a home on New Year’s Day, according to police. In addition, he was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class-A misdemeanor. Both brothers were arraigned before Justice Carl Wolfson of the Town of Wappinger Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond for Anthony Poliandro, and $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond for Vincent Poliandro. Pamela Poliandro was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. She was arraigned in the Town of East Fishkill Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bond.

The landlord, Christopher Pennachio, 36, of Hopewell Junction, was found to be in possession of marijuana and a switchblade at the time, according to police. Pennachio was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arraigned before Town of Amenia Justice Norman Moore and released on his own recognizance, ordered to return Jan. 23.

Man forged DMV documents

• Adam A. Simpson, 30, of Hyde Park, was arrested on an active bench warrant out of the Town of Poughkeepsie for failing to appear for a charge of loitering.

A Hyde Park man who allegedly forged documents so he could sell another person’s motorcycle was arrested by undercover investigators with the New York State Police. According to police, Ernest Canelli IV of Hyde Park listed another person’s motorcycle for sale on Craigslist. Police say Canelli met with undercover investigators and forged the owner’s name to the DMV title and a lien release stating the lender no longer has an interest in the motorcycle. He also signed the owner’s name on the DMV bill of sale, police said. On Jan. 12, Canelli was charged with forgery in the second degree, a class-D felony. He was arraigned and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond.

Man possessed knife, drugs during dispute

New York State Police arrested an Amenia landlord who was allegedly in possession of drugs and a weapon during a dispute with one of his tenants. Troopers were dispatched to an apartment on Sinpatch Road in Amenia on Jan. 12 for a report of a landlordtenant dispute over rent money.

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Recent arrests

The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Joseph G. Licato, 48, of Hyde Park, was arrested on an active arrest warrant out of the Town of Ulster for traffic violations. • Michael A. Scheiner, 17, of Hyde Park, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana, operating out of class (driving after 9 p.m.) and failure to dim head lamps, all violations.

• Robert Ruiz, 34, of Hyde Park, was arrested on an active arrest warrant for unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, a class-E felony; criminal obstruction of breathing, a class-A misdemeanor; coercion in the first degree, a class-D felony; and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. He was remanded to Dutchess County Jail on a violation of a probation warrant. • Elanine K. Bolsinger, 27, of Red Hook, was arrested for aggravated DWI, a class-A misdemeanor; and failure to keep right, a traffic violation. Police say she was involved in a property-damage auto accident and the investigation determined she was intoxicated. Her blood-alcohol content was 0.18%. • A 16-year-old FDR High School student was arrested for assault in the second degree, a class-D felony, stemming from a fight that he was involved in at the school. He was remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bail bond. • Roger M. Chirico, 31, of Cold Spring, was arrested for criminal mischief in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. Police say the arrest stems from Facebook messages he sent his ex-girlfriend. • Jeffrey A. Battaglia, 23, of Fort Hood, Texas, was charged with aggravated DWI, a class-A misdemeanor; failure to keep right and failure to dim head lamps, both violations of law. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20%.


Irene M. Kiernan, 85, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the Baptist Home, Rhinebeck. Irene was born November 10, 1926 in Yonkers to Kenneth Lester and Irene (Radigan) Moore. She was raised in Yonkers, attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School and graduated from Commerce High School. In 1971 the family moved from their home in Yonkers to what was their vacation home in Rhinebeck. It was here where Irene began her long career in the Rhinebeck High School cafeteria, officially retiring as the Attendance Officer in 1996. Irene loved working at the school so much, she immediately returned as a substitute and worked another 10 years as often as she was called upon. After 34 years, Irene retired “again” in 2006. She also worked catering private parties and events with Jim Cody and Jim Reardon. For more than 30 years, Irene worked at the ticket booth at the entrance to the Dutchess County Fair and for each and every fair goer who passed through her gate, this is where the fun began as she loved to kid around. On April 21, 1946 at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Yonkers, Irene married Joseph A. ‘Buddy’ Kiernan; Mr. Kiernan passed away January 1, 2006. Irene enjoyed many community activities with Buddy, however Irene’s favorite was their Friday nights out at the Rolling Rock (Double O/Mazza’s/Fosters) in Rhinebeck for happy hour with their family and many friends. Irene’s home and heart was open to everyone. Irene will be remembered by her family and friends for the many memorable gatherings at the family lake home, her unconditional love and her never ending smile. Irene is survived by her children, Joseph Kiernan, and his wife Linda of Wappinger Falls, Lori Kiernan of Tivoli, Gary Kiernan, and his wife Sandy of Rhinebeck, Deborah Fierro, and her husband Kevin of Rhinebeck, and Carol Martinelli, and her husband Vincent of Florida. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Kara Gabay, Daniel Kiernan, Jennifer Holsapple, Danielle, Sean and Sarah Kiernan, Jeffrey and Kyle Stark, Allister, Alexander, Alisa and Ryan Martinelli, and Murphy Ann Pena; 12 great grandchildren; a brother Kenneth Moore; sister-in-law Kathleen Brown; sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Joseph Welsh, many nieces and nephews, a large extended family, many wonderful neighbors and friends. She was predeceased by an infant son John Kiernan. Irene was an amazing mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend who will be dearly missed by all. Good Night Irene … Calling hours were Thursday, Jan. 12, 2 to 7 p.m., at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 13, > continued on next page

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11 a.m., at the Funeral Home. The Rev. Thomas Hartley will officiate. Interment will be in the Rhinebeck Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations towards a memorial picnic area in honor of Irene can be made to the Baptist Home, 46 Brookemeade Dr., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. The family would like to thank all of the Baptist Home staff, especially the staff from C Wing, for the outstanding care they provided and who helped our mother feel so loved and comfortable during the past year. Your kindness will always be remembered. To sign the online register, visit


Evelyn B. Byrne, 84, passed away Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Baptist Home, Rhinebeck. Evelyn received her BA from Hunter College, MA from Columbia University, MS from Hunter College and Doctorate from New York University. Her career included teaching in the NYC Public Schools for 37 years, freelance writing for Red Book and Women’s Day and as Rhinebeck Rambling’s columnist for the Gazette Advertiser. Since moving to Rhinebeck, Evelyn has been very active in the Rhinebeck community; she campaigned for Mayor in 1993, was former School Board Trustee, President of the Rhinebeck AARP, Garden Club and Women’s Society; Vice President of the Northern Dutchess Business and Professional Women, Grange Lecturer, member of the W.A. Organization of Rehabilitation and Training, Rhinebeck Historical Society, Friends of the Starr Library, and the Chamber Music Society. She also volunteered at the Northern Dutchess Hospital and the Ferncliff Nursing Home. Evelyn was a member of the Good Shepherd Church Rhinebeck, where she was also a lecture and Eucharistic Minister. She was also an avid reader and had traveled extensively throughout the World. Born September 24, 1927 in Brooklyn she was the daughter of Patrick J. and Ruth (McKenna) Byrne. Calling hours were Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m., at the Good Shepherd Church, Rhinebeck. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY To sign the online register, visit

ERMA D. FRANKS, RHINEBECK Erma D. Franks, 90, of Rhinebeck, NY, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at the Baptist Home in Rhinebeck. She was born on September 15, 1921 in Millerton, NY to Mae Hatch Doughty and Roy Doughty. She graduated from

Millerton High School in1938. In April of 1943, she married Ellwood Franks, also of Millerton. Erma and Ellwood started and ran a successful express company, “Frank’s Express,” and Erma managed the bookkeeping for the company. She was also a homemaker and mother to Gay and Candy, always making sure a home-cooked dinner was ready for family and friends. Erma believed in a life of service and was very active in the Millerton Methodist Church, organizing bake sales, co-chairing the Annual Christmas Bazaar, and cochairing the Summer Thrift Shop for many years. She also served as Grand Chaplain when Ellwood was Grand Patron for the Order of the Eastern Star of the State of New York. They travelled all over the state for this cause for twenty five years and made many lasting friendships. She was a member for over fifty years, and most recently of the Beekman Chapter. Erma is survived by her two daughters; Gay Crowley-Daly of Rutland, VT and Candace Franks Potter and her husband Bill Potter of Rhinebeck; as well as three grandchildren; Daniel Crowley of Rutland, VT, Melissa Potter of Whitsett, NC, and Abigail Clough of Rotterdam, NY. She was the very proud great grandmother of Braeden Rhys and Gage Leman Potter-Gendle of NC and Payton Crowley of VT. Several nieces and nephews survive as well. Her husband Ellwood died in August of 1982. She was also predeceased by her three siblings, Helen Fenn, William Doughty and Richard Doughty. Erma moved to Rhinebeck in 1990 and lived with Candy and bill for seventeen years, sharing their home and family life. There were always homemade cookies, a smile and a nod of encouragement from Erma to her family. While in Rhinebeck, she was a member of the Rhinebeck United Methodist Church. She also volunteered for the Lutheran Braille Workers for many years. In March 2007, Erma went to live at the Baptist Home in Rhinebeck and she quickly assimilated herself into the routine of the home. She participated in activities and was friendly and kind to all. She enjoyed all the warm greetings and visits by the staff. Candy and Bill wish to say thank you to the wonderful, caring and skilled staff of the Baptist Home and they give a sincere thank you to the C-Wing team for always considering Erma’s needs as important, and for handling her with care, dignity and respect. Calling hours were Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the DapsonChestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. from the Rhinebeck United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the Irondale Cemetery, Millerton, NY. In Erma’s memory, please consider a memorial donation to the Baptist Home at Brookmeade, 46 Brookmeade Dr., Rhinebeck, NY 12572, or the Rhinebeck United Methodist Church, 83 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. To send an online condolence, visit


Walter I. Harrison, 90, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the Thompson House, Rhinebeck. Walter was a longtime Rhinebeck resident. For many years he worked on the Ankony farm before working for Williams Lumber for 40 years. Walter was an avid fisherman having enjoyed many annual trips to Canada, Striper fishing on the Hudson River and ice fishing with his many friends and grandsons. He was a member of the Northern Dutchess Rod & Gun Club and a life member of the Hillside Fire Department. Born October 16, 1921 in Stanfordville, he was the son of Lester and Ruby (Haight) Harrison. On August 25, 1943 in Rhinebeck Walter married Shirley Simpson. Mrs. Harrison predeceased him on September 30, 1989. He is survived by his children Walter Harrison, and his wife Penny of Wappinger Falls; Robert Harrison, and his wife SueAnn of Rhinebeck, Patricia Schrull, and her husband Rudy of Staatsburg; and Rose Mowris, and her fiancée Michael Seaborg of Clinton Corners; nine grandchildren, Dale, Jody, Peter, Jacob, Todd, Vanessa, Richard Lee Ann and Joy; six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters Eva and Elsie; and four brothers, Carlton, Donald, Lester (Doug) and Raymond. Calling hours are Thursday, Jan. 19, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. Funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. The Rev. Mark Isaacs will officiate. Private family interment will be in the Rhinebeck Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the staff and the Livingston Unit of the Thompson House for their care of Walter during his stay. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Assoc., 3 Winners Circle, Suite 300, Albany, NY 1220; Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718; or the Thompson House, Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

email The Town of Rhinebeck is seeking a part time (10 hours per week) building department secretary. Salary based on experience and must be able to type 35 words per minute. Please contact Town Clerk’s office at 8763409 for application.

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. 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. 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. FALLKILL PROPERTIES, LLC ; Articles of Organization filed 12/14/2011 effective 1/1/2012; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 30 Toms Way, Staatsburg NY 12580; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity. CLINTON & WALSH-VERNETTI PLLC (PLLC) Notice of the formation of above named PLLC. Art of Org filed with the Dept of State of NY on 12/29/2011. Office Location: County of Dutchess . The Sec’y of State of NY (SSNY) has been designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of any such process served to: c/o Clinton & Walsh-Vernetti PLLC, 305 Madison Ave, FL 46, NY, NY 10165. Purpose: Law email your legal notice to: •

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Northern Dutchess Alliance honors local leaders page 5 VOL. 3 | ISSUE 41 | EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM FIND US ONLINE: www.the HudsonV...

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