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see more photos on page 24 and online at pictured, clockwise from top left: Jerome Bocuse, son of event founder paul, watches as winner richard rosendale finishes his dish at the judge’s table; View of william Bradley plating his dish at the CiA student Center; rosendale’s winning dish. Photos by Nicole DeLawder

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By CAroLine CArey Foodies in the Hudson Valley turned off Paula Dean, put away the cream cheese and went to the CIA this past weekend for the Bocuse d’Or U.S.A., the preeminent cooking competition in America. The winner of the four-team competition was chef Richard Rosendale, the executive chef at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and his commis (assistant), Corey Siegel. Rosendale, a certified master chef who has competed in over 40 international culinary competitions, bested three other talented finalists: chef Jeffrey Lizotte (On20, Hartford, Conn.), who took the

silver; chef William Bradley (Le Cordon Bleu, Cambridge, Mass.), who took the bronze; and chef Danny Cerqueda (Carolina Country Club, Raleigh, N.C.), who placed fourth. Rosendale and Spiegel will now begin one year of training to represent America at the international Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France in January 2013. The contest involved the four teams cooking for five and a half hours to create two protein platters – one using River & Glen Hookers cod, one using D’Artagnan chicken – each with three intricate garnishes. The platters were presented for judging

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to select members of the foundation’s Culinary Council, comprised of some of the most respected chefs in America, including Grant Achatz, Scott Boswell, William Bradley, Michael Cimarusti, Shaun Hergatt, Gabriel Kreuther, Barbara Lynch, George Mendes, Roland Passot, Michael White and Alan Wong. Hundreds of people gathered at the CIA recreation center this past Sunday to cheer on the competition. After cooking, each team presented a plated cod meal, and then presented a platter with their chicken and side dishes. > continued on next page


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renowned chefs thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud flank CiA president Dr. tim ryan as competition got under way saturday.

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The platters were paraded in front of the judges with music playing and the crowds cheering them on with cowbells. The results were spectacular and all the teams would make the U.S.A. proud. The legendary Paul Bocuse, founder of the Bocuse d’Or, called in to the event and told the audience, in French, that he “hoped the American team would win this year.” With the U.S. Finals complete, training for next year’s Bocuse d’Or in Lyon now begins. Chef Rosendale will be mentored by the foundation’s Board of Directors, chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse, and Team U.S.A. coaches chefs Gavin Kaysen, Grant Achatz and Gabriel Kreuther. Kaysen, the U.S.’s head coach, noted, “We will begin our training right out of the gate, heading to the French Laundry training facility for an intensive two weeks,


pictured, from top: Daniel Boulud makes a young foodie’s day by signing her book; rose weiss, winner of the first-ever Bocuse d’or Commis Competion puts the finishing touches on her winning dish. Photos by Caroline Carey.

establishing the theme of our platter and its overall culinary direction. Throughout the year, we will then have milestones in place for finalizing everything from the platter design to the garnishes. We’ve also brought on two other coaches, Grant Achatz to represent the modernist perspective,


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and Gabriel Kreuther to represent the traditionalist point of view. Their input, my own experience competing in the event, and chef Rosendale’s talent and hard work, will hopefully get us on the podium.” The two proteins that will be in the final contest will be announced in March. Rosendale will work for the year perfecting his recipes, techniques and presentation. Keller said the chef will work to “design platters to catch the eye of the judges in Lyon in 2013.” Rosendale will move to France in January 2013 to prepare for the competition. The culinary extravaganza began on Saturday, with hundreds lined up for book signings and photo opportunities with chefs Thomas Keller of The French Laundry and Per Se, and Chris Hastings of The Hot and Hot Fish Club. They were followed by Barbara Lynch, of No. 9 Park, and Grant Achatz, of Alinea. The turnout was so great that Keller was spotted hours later, still signing cookbooks. The event kicked off with a panel discussion with Jerome Bocuse (Les Chefs de France, Epcot, Fla.), Daniel Boulud (Daniel, New York, N.Y.) and Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif. and Per Se, New York, N.Y.), which was moderated by Dr. Tim Ryan, president of the CIA. Bocuse started off with a history of the Bocuse d’Or, which was started in 1987 by his father as a place for “the chef to be center stage. And to have a working competition.” He added that 24 nations compete in the international Bocuse d’Or and 50 countries compete for these spots. Saturday afternoon was the first-ever Bocuse d’Or Commis competition. Four teams competed for two and a half hours to prepare their interpretation of the famous Lyonnaise dish by Paul Bocuse, Poulet Au Vinaigre.

Rose Weiss, a current student of the International Culinary Center and extern at Gramercy Tavern in New York City, was the winner. She received a $10,000 scholarship towards a stage at a three-star restaurant of her choice in Europe. Boulud said Paul Bocuse has always loved America and asked him to be part of Bocuse d’Or U.S.A. and that he in turn recruited Keller to be the president of the organization. Keller told the audience that Paul Bocuse received a blood transfusion with American blood during World War II and felt it made him part American. Keller then asked the audience, many of whom were CIA students, “What do you say when a chef asks you to do something?” The hundreds in the audience responded, “Yes, Chef.” Keller then said, “What do you say when Paul Bocuse asks you to run the Bocuse d’Or U.S.A.? Oui, Chef.” This will be the third Bocuse d’Or the U.S. has participated in, with its best performance being sixth place. Boulud said the “Nordic chefs have had a strong showing. They have been there since the beginning, have mastered the art of competing and have significant government support.” Keller said, “We are new and we are learning. Scandinavia practices over and over and over again. The last winner competed in four Bocuse d’Ors.” When asked by Ryan why the competition was important, Jerome Bocuse said, “Life in general. You want to compete to be the best. My father always dreamed of an American team winning the competition. We’ll get there. Don’t know when¸ but we’ll get there.”

FAMilY Helped in MAnY wAYs BY loCAl FireFiGHters By hV news stAFF A Dover Plains family whose house was severely damaged in a fire last month received some welcomed financial assistance from one of the local fire companies that responded to the blaze. Last week, Union Vale Fire Chief Bill Griffin, along with Union Vale Fire Department President John Welsh, presented a $1,000 check to Bruno Da Silva of Dover Plains, whose house was extensively damaged during an electrical fire on Jan. 5. On that date, the family was sleeping when Da Silva’s wife awoke to the smell of smoke. The couple and their three young children immediately evacuated the home and called 911. About 50 firefighters from four departments, Union Vale, Dover, Millbrook and Wassaic, responded to the call, which came in at 3:36 a.m. “It was surreal,” Da Silva said. “I was astounded how quickly they came considering the time of night.” “When we arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the kitchen area,” Griffin said, adding he could barely see through the thick smoke once he entered the residence.

rhinebeck seeks volunteers to study events code

By hV news stAFF The Rhinebeck Village Board is soliciting members for a new steering committee that will be tasked with creating an events code for the village. The committee will be made up of members with diverse areas of expertise, from emergency responders to business professionals. Anyone interested in serving on the committee is asked to send a letter of intent to Village Clerk Gail Haskins at 76 East Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. For more information, call 845-876-7015 or visit

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Union Vale Fire Chief Bill griffin and president John welsh present a check to fire victim Bruno Da silva of Dover plains. Photo submitted.

No one was injured in the fire. “I give much merit to the men and women, given the extreme weather

conditions,” Da Silva said. “We are very humbled with the generosity of the community.”

Cops, FireFiGHters respond to rollover ACCident Firefighters and police officers from rhinebeck and Dutchess County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a one-car rollover accident on route 308 and pilgrims progress road at 7:10 a.m. last thursday morning. the initial dispatch reported the driver of the vehicle was entrapped, but upon arrival of emergency responders, the driver managed to self extricate through the rear window of the vehicle and sustained no injuries. traffic on route 308 was detoured for approximately 40 minutes until the car was removed. Photo submitted.

By hV news stAFF Recent weeks have seen a spate of rumors regarding the fate of Hyde Park Elementary School. With the publication of a report indicating student enrollment in Hyde Park has declined to the extent the closing of one elementary school might be necessary to plug a substantial projected budget gap, speculation has settled on Hyde Park Elementary as the target for closure. In response, parents and other interested parties have been organizing to head off any such action. A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the cafeteria of the school to update and discuss the situation. The meeting is open to the public.

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“This non-elected individual would have access to the same information the supervisor would,” he argued. D’Agostino says last year, when Stern appointed Councilwoman Shafer deputy supervisor, the Republican majority did not have a problem with her appointment. Stern said Shafer has other obligations and is frequently out of town. She appointed Shaw this year because he is regularly available and a better choice to act in the event of the supervisor’s absence, she said. “Frequently, (Shafer) is not here,” Stern said. “Charles Shaw is here.” Furthermore, she said, two other Dutchess County towns, Wappinger and Pine Plains, have deputy supervisors who are not elected board members. Stern said she never considered appointing one of the Republican members to the post because she often has trouble working with them. “The Republican councilmen have acted in a partisan fashion since I was elected supervisor,” Stern said. “The deputy supervisor should be someone the supervisor can work with.” D’Agostino says Stern does not seem to understand what the position of deputy supervisor entails, saying the deputy supervisor should not act as an assistant to the supervisor, but rather as a temporary

fill-in in the event the supervisor is absent. “She doesn’t understand the role of the deputy supervisor,” he said. “He’s there to act in her absence or incapacitation only.” D’Agostino said another concern was the fact that Shaw and a group of residents filed Article 78 proceedings against the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals in an attempt to appeal a decision regarding the Bangall Whaling Company, a local eatery. D’Agostino argues that as deputy supervisor, Shaw would have access to information that could benefit his case. Stern, though, says this argument is absurd. “Mr. Shaw is an honest, caring, responsible citizen of this town,” she said. “It’s ridiculous to say his becoming deputy supervisor of this town would put anyone in danger.” Stern also argues the reason Shaw and others filed the Article 78 in the first place was because the Zoning Board of Appeals made a determination without reviewing the findings of an attorney retained by the town to study issues relating to the Bangall Whaling Company. The ZBA couldn’t review the findings because the Republican majority would not release them, she said. Stern says she believes Republicans abolished Shaw’s position as punishment for his filing the Article 78.

“I think it was an act of partisan politics,” Stern said. “It had to do with the fact that Mr. Shaw has taken a position on something and they do not agree with his position. One should praise (Shaw and others) for taking a position and their time to stand up for something they are concerned about.” D’Agostino defends Republicans’ decision not to release the attorney’s findings to the ZBA, saying, “The lawyer based his opinion on public documents and public information. The information that was available to both parties, the information that was available to the attorney, was all public.” He continued, “We’re not there to help either side in a dispute. The town board isn’t in the business of taking sides.” D’Agostino says Stern is bringing up the issue of the Article 78 to confuse people and draw attention away from the real issue. “She’s deflecting the issue of the deputy supervisor,” he said. “It’s all a psychological game.” Under the resolution passed Jan. 12, in the event of the supervisor’s absence, the board would vote on a temporary replacement to fill in for the supervisor. Stern, though, says appointing a deputy supervisor is a better, more efficient practice. “It is not good for the town not to have a deputy supervisor,” she said.

Miller to step down

Miller has never been shy in his criticisms of Albany, and says corruption is so embedded in the legislative process, legislators “don’t even think of it as corruption anymore.” For example, he said, in the Assembly, the party that holds the majority always makes sure its members have more money for member items than members of the minority. This helps them appeal to constituents and donors, and betters their chances of re-election. Furthermore, he said, the majority party makes sure its members have bigger staffs, even nicer furniture, than the minority. “The corruption is to the core,” Miller said. “To me, that’s total corruption. There’s no democracy in Albany.” Miller said too many legislators pander to unions, particularly to the teachers’ union, which has led to rising costs of education and declining performance. When asked if he saw any glimmer of hope, Miller responded, “Hope is with Gov. Cuomo. He’s made it clear he’s no longer kissing the backside of the unions.” Miller says, though, that not enough legislators share Cuomo’s courage or conviction, and too many are entrenched in business-as-usual politics in Albany. “I used to be very much against term

limits. I used to think it was the leadership that needed term limits,” he said. “But maybe the time for term limits is here.” Miller also took the opportunity to tee off on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. In 2010, Democratic Assemblyman Mark Schroeder did not support Silver for re-appointment as speaker. As punishment, according to Miller, Schroeder’s office was moved to another building across the street. “I once insulted Shelly Silver in his hometown newspaper, The New York Times,” Miller added. “That’s why he spent over $250,000 (campaigning) against me.” Miller says one of his goals in the next 11 months is to help change the process of electing local fire commissioners. He believes fire district elections should be held at the same time as general elections to increase voter turnout. He said he’d also like to see school district elections held in conjunction with general elections, and said he’d like voters to have the opportunity to decide on teachers’ contracts. Miller said he is currently engaged in discussions regarding his successor, but said ultimately, that decision will be up to voters. “We’re not kings who hand down our titles,” he said.

By Christopher Lennon The three Republican members of the Stanford Town Board are defending their decision to abolish the position of deputy supervisor, saying Supervisor Virginia Stern was incorrect in calling the move a “mean-spirited” Stern. File photo. and “partisan” act. On Thursday, Jan. 12, the three Republican board members – councilmen Mark D’Agostino, Thomas Dewhirst and Joseph Norton – voted in favor of abolishing the position. Democrat Stern voted “no.” The board’s other Democrat, Councilwoman Johanna Shafer, was absent. During a ceremony on Dec. 31, longtime Stanford resident Charles Shaw was sworn in as deputy supervisor. The appointment of a deputy supervisor, according to Stern, is the prerogative of the supervisor, and by law, the appointee does not necessarily have to be an elected town board member. D’Agostino argues that by appointing a non-elected official to the post, Stern effectively gave Shaw access to “privileged and confidential information.” D’Agostino. File photo.

Longtime assemblyman discusses accomplishments, future plans

By Christopher Lennon It’s the end of an era for one local Assembly district. Assemblyman Joel Miller, who since 1994 has represented the 102nd District, which includes much of southwestern Dutchess County, including the towns of Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park and Wappinger, announced he will retire at the end of this year. Miller says he plans on “enjoying myself and spending more time with my kids and grandkids.” He also plans on traveling, riding his new motorcycle and devoting some time to his latest hobby, photography. “It doesn’t sound like a bad life to me,” he said. Miller says his proudest achievement of the past 18 years has been the services his office has provided to the community. “We have provided constituent service in a range of areas,” he said. “The thing I’m certainly most proud of is the constituent service my staff has provided.”

Republican Miller says he always voted his conscience, even when it may not have been politically advantageous. He has voted in favor of same-sex marriage and women’s reproductive rights, both of which have put him at odds with more conservative members of his party. As a longtime legislator who has sought re-election every other year for the past 18 years, Miller has certainly faced a number of political foes. He says the one opponent who worried him the most was Democrat Jonathan Smith, who ran a well-funded campaign during a big Democratic year in 2008. “When Jonathan Smith ran against me, it was a tough year for Republicans,” he said. “You never know what’s going to happen.” Miller said anti-incumbency sentiments ran high in the 2008 election, so he spent a total of only two hours going door to door that year. “I figured, why give them a target?” he said with a chuckle.

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GIBSON AND COUNTY UPDATE IRENE DAMAGE By Jim Langan U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y. 20) was in Poughkeepsie Thursday to brief Dutchess County officials on the status of FEMA’s efforts in the wake of September’s Tropical Storm Irene. The meeting was held at the Emergency Response Center on Creek Road in Poughkeepsie. Gibson was joined by County Executive Marc Molinaro and other officials, including Commissioner of Public Works Charlie Traver and Director of Emergency Response Dana Smith. Gibson and Molinaro both discussed the progress being made in the field as well as the pace of federal reimbursement to communities affected by the September storm. Gibson said 32 worksheets had been presented to FEMA by Dutchess County and were being addressed. “Reimbursement is clearly the biggest issue. We have been helped by a mild winter, which has taken some of the financial burden off local communities waiting for federal assistance,” said Gibson. Molinaro said, “We are very grateful for Congressman Gibson’s advocacy of

Steven Bulger, Patricia Hohmann, Congressman Chris Gibson and County Executive Marc Molinaro listen to the presentation.

Dutchess County on the federal level. I have updated Congressman Gibson on the damage from Irene and the progress of our recovery efforts. His assistance

and FEMA have helped with the tax cap constrictions.” Molinaro went on to say public roads are “well recovered and what’s left is

FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS IN RHINEBECK CJ’s hosts fundraiser for Rhinebeck High School senior

By Jim Langan Jesse D’Attore is a senior at Rhinebeck High School and part of an exchange program where local students travel to Rheinbach, Germany and their German counterparts travel here. Jesse is scheduled to accompany his friends on the trip to Germany, but has one problem. He suffers from hearing loss and requires a chaperone to make the trip with him. The cost for airfare and travel expenses is $1,500 for the chaperone. That’s where the good folks at CJ’s Italian Restaurant in Rhinebeck come in. This Saturday, CJ’s is hosting a wingding of a fundraiser at the restaurant to raise the money necessary to send Jesse on his way. The event will feature Scott Butler & The Closures for a modest $5 donation. Word is the band only plays for private events and is performing for free for the cause. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the party goes

reimbursement.” Molinaro also said it was important for the county to learn from this disaster and address areas for the next time. He specifically referenced the need for an emergency watershed and the money necessary to implement it. Among the other officials in the room were County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison, County Legislator Sue Serino, Patricia Hohmann, field representative for Congressman Gibson and his district director, Steve Bulger.


CJ’s Italian Restaurant owner William Abela displays list of sponsors for Saturday’s event. Photo by Jim Langan.

until 11. This is the fourth annual “Friends Helping Friends” event initiated by William Abela, owner of CJ’s, and general manager Karen Peluso. The organization raised $2,200 last year and helps people in the community in a variety of ways year-round.

“We can’t pay people’s medical bills, but we help out with gift cards and people’s living expenses,” Abela said. “Sometimes that’s all it takes.” We suggest you head on up to CJ’s Saturday night. You’ll have fun and be helping your neighbors at the same time. We’ll see you there.

By HVNews Staff The success of the New England Patriots this season has been linked, at least in part, to a Hyde Park resident. Valerie Belli has demonstrated an uncanny ability to guide the Patriots to victory by wearing her special Patriots shirt. A critical halftime adjustment by the Patriots coaching staff to ensure that Valerie is “suited up” has resulted in comeback victories against Miami, Buffalo and Baltimore. Valerie is undefeated while wearing her shirt and has assured this reporter that she will be “ready for Super Bowl kickoff.” Go Pats …

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wABC films segment on doctor’s tax sale nightmare Cameraman glenn mayore and producer steve Livingstone of wABC news interview Dr. marc spero about his legal battle with Dutchess County over the seizure of spero’s hyde park home for $416 in unpaid fire and water taxes. the story was featured in the Jan. 18 edition of Hudson Valley News, and wABC picked up the story for a “7 on your side” segment scheduled to be aired Friday, Feb. 3. Photos by Christopher Lennon.

Former Hv news intern selected for leadership institute By hV news stAFF Adi Fracchia, a Pleasant Valley native and sophomore at Hamilton College, was among the participants in the first Levitt Leadership Institute at Hamilton College in January. Fracchia, the daughter of Karen Kilhenny and Robert Fracchia of Pleasant Valley, worked as an intern with Hudson Valley News while finishing her senior year at the Millbrook School. Funded by Arthur Levitt Jr., the Levitt Leadership Institute offers practical training in competencies that make people effective at all levels of an organization and that are essential to anyone seeking to

manage or lead others. The goal of the institute is to cultivate leaders with a commitment to public service, global mindset and ethical behaviors. During the first week of the institute, held on campus in January during winter break, participants worked in large and small groups to improve self-awareness, develop team problem-solving and leadership skills, and practice interview and public presentation techniques. The second week will take place in Washington, D.C. in March during spring break.

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Later, as he was running for re-election in 2010, Joel called me again about something I’d written and requested a sitdown. I said, “Sure, when do you want to oPInIon get together?” He said, “How about in 15 minutes?” Again, we sorted everything out. But this is what I like about him. By Jim LAngAn Unlike so many thin-skinned politicians I know or cover, Joel has the conviction SAY IT AIN’T SO, JOEL and the courage to make his case. I admire The last few months have seen a lot that. of political changes. Some politicians are A perfect example of how not to do it retiring (Maurice Hinchey), others moving was Tom Martino and his board in Hyde up (Marc Molinaro), another dying in Park. At no point in his two-year term did office (Tom Kirwan) while others calculate Martino pick up the phone and suggest their chances in the March 20 special we discuss the myriad of issues we were election to fill some of these vacancies. concerned with and writing about. Who All are interesting developments for those knows, we may never have found common of us who care about such things. But it ground, but not communicating made it a was the announcement last week that moot point. Assemblyman Joel Miller would not be Joel Miller has also never been afraid to standing for re-election this fall that really reach across the aisle politically. He even got my attention. supported Democrat No more Joel Andrew Cuomo for Miller? Pass the oxygen governor. I remember and a stiff drink. Joel him telling me the Miller is the Howard Republican nominee Cosell of the New was nuts and Cuomo No more York State Assembly. could actually help his Joel literally “tells it constituents. He took Joel Miller? like it is” and that’s political heat from not a characteristic Pass the oxygen some Republicans, often found in Albany. but went with his In a world of onand a stiff drink. conscience and message politicians instinct. I always more concerned with admired him for damage control than that. Partisanship has taking control, Miller its limitations. Get has been a stickresults, not political out figure for years. If Joel Miller feels pelts on the wall. passionately about something, he tells In announcing his retirement, Miller you. No couching it in feel-good baloney cited the culture of political corruption in or false promises. If you don’t like it, he’s Albany and his frustration dealing with not rude, but he’s not going to lose sleep it. “I’ve been tilting into windmills for a over your indignation. long time and the windmills are winning,” On more than one occasion, Joel and Miller said last week. He’s right, of course. I have discussed a variety of topics or Too much of what passes for legislative people. He knows what I do for a living deliberation is decided in a room full of and I once asked him, “Joel, are you sure special-interest hacks and Joel is honest you want that on the record?” I remember enough to say it. his response: “Why not, it’s the truth.” The frustrating thing is if a warrior like On another occasion, shortly after we Joel Miller gets discouraged, what does started this paper, I got a call from Joel. that mean for the rest of us? It means the He said, “You know, I think you and I got lobbyists and politicians they buy make off to a bad start.” I had knocked him in the rules. It means tax relief will never some column I’d written at the old Taconic happen in any substantive form and it will Press. We agreed to meet at the Eveready be business as usual in Albany. Not having Diner in Hyde Park and sorted things out. Joel Miller on the case is a loss for us all. He even picked up the tab, telling me it was against the law for an elected official Jim Langan can be reached at to have a meal paid for by the press. That was news to me.

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TO THE EDITOR: Full disclosure does not seem to be Judy marro’s strong suit when criticizing supervisor Virginia stern. Be it known that ms. marro is republican Chairperson for the town of stanford and the wife of Councilman mark D’Agostino, so prominently mentioned in her post. therefore, i believe ms. marro can be deemed as self serving and partisan in her opinions. As there has been little snow this winter, it should not be hard to find a grain of salt with which to take her opinions. Willi Herbert Bleimeister Stanford

TO THE EDITOR: nothing is more fundamental to our democracy than the right to vote. the new york state Legislature should be commended for improvements made to both the absentee ballot application and the affidavit envelope used by a voter when their name is not in the poll book. while new york state has made improvements, other states around the country have passed laws that restrict the pool of eligible voters – laws that make it harder for Americans to cast a ballot. this is a step backwards in a decades-long struggle to end voter discrimination in this country. our county boards of elections have had their budgets cut, which impacts effective election administration. Under-trained poll workers can sometimes disenfranchise voters. poll workers may wrongly ask for identification where none is needed. poll workers may misdirect voters to wrong polling places, allow unregistered citizens to vote and provide inadequate directions to voters. All these mistakes can cause votes to be lost. Conversely, a well-staffed polling place with well-trained workers functions smoothly, allowing the maximum number of voters to cast ballots while securing the franchise only to those registered voters. Voters who need assistance can get it, and polls open and close on time. Voters should expect nothing less! training is vital. here, in Dutchess County, our 1,100 poll workers who are dedicated and hardworking citizens receive only one two-hour training course annually. this is not nearly adequate. with complicated affidavit ballot procedures, the new opticalscan voting machines with special features for voters with physical challenges, voter verifiable audit trails and aggressive poll watchers, the job is getting harder. not to mention the 16-hour day. Visit our website,; check your voter registration or register to vote; request an absentee application; become a poll worker; but most of all, exercise your right to vote this year. Fran Knapp Democratic Elections Commissioner Dutchess County Board of Elections

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God, liFe And

everYtHinG By the reV. ChUCK KrAmer


I’m back. Did you miss me? For the past three weeks, I’ve either been in India or recovering from the trip. And plotting all the wonderful columns I would write about my time there. Columns about the poverty juxtaposed with wealth. The crushing numbers. The deafening sounds of Mumbai. The widows, orphans and missionaries. All of it. And then I realized – nobody cares. Nobody wants to hear my stories or see my endless slideshow or see all my souvenirs. These days, a big trip to India is no big deal. If not India, then China or Egypt or Myanmar. Everyone travels, it seems, and everyone has stories, pictures and souvenirs. And yet … I spent the time touring orphanages, widows’ homes, schools, after-school programs, rescue centers for young prostitutes … not the usual tourist view of a country. I went to India as part of a project called “Indaba.” The part of Indaba that I was involved in consisted of mutual visits between three churches – the Episcopal Church, the Church of England and the Church of North India. We were to learn each others’ contexts in order to discover how each of us approaches the challenges unique to our own cultures. The point of Indaba is to support each other in ministries that can’t work in our own countries but make perfect sense where they are practiced. A widow’s home in which six women share a room and must cook for themselves and clean the place wouldn’t work here. Nor would an orphanage where 16 kids share a room, the shower is a barrel of water in the back and the toilet is an outhouse with no toilet paper. But it works there.

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Very well. In the same way, a parochial school funded by the state and where kids don’t have to pay tuition would not work here or in India, but it’s beautiful in England. And soup kitchens like we run don’t work in either of those countries. We’re all serving the same Gospel, but we must do it differently. The reason the project started was because the Anglican Communion (of which the Episcopal Church is a part) has been waging an internal war for the past few years. Churches were yelling at each other because they did things differently, because they served different groups of people and had different views of leadership. The best solution was to let us walk in each other’s shoes for awhile, then sit down together and talk. And talk. And talk. Oh, and talk. But we did not talk (accompanied by respectful listening on all sides) until after we had gotten a taste of each other’s context. We saw how the peerage in England still impacts how church decisions are made. We saw how the Christian Church in India is so infinitesimal, so affected by the caste system and so suspect that everything they do is quiet, drawing as little attention to itself as possible. And we saw how the American churches are bold and independent-minded. Nobody tells us what to do. I can tell you, after these encounters with friends from other churches, they aren’t perfect. There’s a lot that the English could do to improve their faltering church. There’s a lot the Indians could do to be more just in their dealing with, say, women. And there is a whole lot more that the American church can do to be more humble, more service-oriented and more relevant to society. I don’t think we’ll change all the problems we see in each other, either. But what we are doing is beginning to listen to each other more. To understand that nobody wants to make the other church do something that does not fit their context. To know that we are all struggling – all the time – to know what God has in mind for us. Nobody may want to see my 500-picture slideshow, but that’s OK. I’ll carry the sights and sounds with me. More importantly, through Indaba, I carry with me the knowledge that God is at work around the world – I don’t have to understand it all, just appreciate it. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@

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• michelle obama was in palm Beach last week to raise money for her husband’s campaign. the event was held in a private home on the island’s north end and attracted about 100 well-heeled Democrats. Attendees say they were surprised to see the first lady relying on a teleprompter to address people on a patio. they must keep one on all the presidential aircraft. wouldn’t want to speak off message to anyone. • Interesting to hear Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticizing the new england patriots this week for not having a specific state name in their title. you mean unlike the new york giants and new york Jets, who actually play and train in new Jersey? • Talked to Congressman Chris Gibson in poughkeepsie last week. he was here to update county officials on FemA’s progress on storm damage from irene. gibson has proven to be a frequent and effective voice for this end of his large congressional district. i asked about the recent congressional farewell to rep. gabby giffords. gibson said he had said goodbye to her wednesday and mentioned they are old friends, both having attended graduate school at Cornell together. gibson said he wouldn’t be surprised to see giffords back on Capitol hill some day. • Speaking of Capitol Hill, it was reported that 27% of viewers watching president obama’s state of the Union address tuned out after less than five minutes. the survey did not indicate how many fell asleep. obama then left on a five-state campaign swing to sell his message. Does this guy ever actually work? • How much did you love that photo of Arizona gov. Jan Brewer getting in obama’s face on the tarmac after the thinskinned obama started squawking about something she said about him in her book. Let’s start with the fact he never read the book and only knew about it because some flunky brought it to his attention. • Iran sentenced two bloggers to death for “spreading corruption.” no trial, no due process. if we could only do that over here. think about it. no more having to hear from idiot celebrities or partisan political blogs. how about we begin by drawing and quartering every talking head on msnBC? • While on the subject of MSNBC talk show hosts, last week, “Jeopardy” put up a photo of the annoying rachel maddow and asked the contestants to identify her. Dead silence until the buzzer rang, proving

no one with a brain listens to her show. • Down in Panama City, Fla. a 15-yearold girl called 911 to report her 35-yearold mother was having loud sex. the girl said she was “feeling disrespected” and wanted to be placed in a Christian homeless shelter. her mother said she was yelling “yes, Jesus” because she was reading the bible and got excited. the girl was placed in the shelter but came back to mama after two days. • Veteran TV actor James Farentino died last week at 73. Farentino was convicted of harassing and stalking Frank sinatra’s daughter, tina, years ago. Farentino never worked again. Actually, i’m surprised he ever walked again messing with Frank’s baby girl. • Did you hear another $100 million in stimulus money went down the chute this week? ener1, a so-called green company, went belly-up after failing to find a market for its electric car batteries. that’s because no one wants an electric car. the company was launched with great fanfare, complete with Joe Biden yapping away at the ribbon cutting. • Remember the story about the “Toxic tush” lady who injected women with Fix-a-Flat and glue to make their butts bigger? the principals were on a spanishlanguage talk show last week and began butting heads. it wasn’t pretty. • Good to hear Pat Sajak and Vanna White were often toasted as they hosted “wheel of Fortune” in the early days. the bigger surprise is that they’re not shooting heroin now after enduring so many morons for so many years. • Former Boston Mayor Kevin White, who was sarcastically called “Kevin From heaven” for his grandiose vision of himself and his political pronouncements, died over the weekend after a long bout with Alzheimers. A former friend of white’s told the Boston Herald, now they can call him “Kevin in heaven.” white was mayor from 1967 to 1983. • The City of Poughkeepsie and its Common Council became the latest local municipality to designate Hudson Valley News its official weekly newspaper. we thank them and mayor John tkazyik for the distinction. • Now for my Super Bowl prediction. A lot of people will call in sick monday, regardless of the score. As for the score itself, it’s 27-20 patriots. • On the eve of the Florida primary, rapper snoop Dog has endorsed ron paul for president. now that’s a game changer for stoners. • Finally, in the event you don’t think this is an unusual winter, Casperkill golf Club just sent out an email saying its driving range will be open wednesday, thursday and Friday.

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Concert in Poughkeepsie benefits Grace Smith House in memory of det. John Falcone By niCoLe DeLAwDer

On Feb. 4, 2011, City of Poughkeepsie Police Officer John Falcone responded to a call for shots fired on Main Street near the Poughkeepsie Train Station. Three minutes after arriving at the scene, Falcone was fatally shot during an altercation with 27-yearold Lee M. Welch of Catskill, who was attempting to leave with his 3-year-old daughter. Before turning the gun on Falcone and himself, police learned Welch had also shot and killed his estranged wife and mother of three, 28-year-old Jessica Welch.

A funeral service for Falcone was held in his hometown of Carmel, where nearly 10,000 police officers from around the country came together to honor the fallen 44-year-old. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who was recently named a cardinal in the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI, conducted the funeral. On Sunday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m., the Grace Smith House and Christ Church will come together for a memorial concert honoring Falcone. > ContinUeD on pAge 12


FUrrY Festivites: Join dutchess the dog for the first annual Go dog Go! show in red Hook; HAppY BirtHdAY Mister president: A rare celebration of Fdr; seniors, students and flowers on display; photo of the week winner; plUs: art and community event listings through March. Hudson valley news | | February 1, 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 (FeB. 1-7) ‘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. College Planning 101; Wednesday, Feb. 1; 6-8 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Info for parents and students on selecting a college and financial aid; Free; 845485-3445, ext. 3320. Screening of ‘The Corporation’; Thursday, Feb. 2; 7 p.m.; Crafted Kup, 44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Sundance Film Fest winner presented by Dutchess Peace; Free; 845-8767906. Screening of ‘Repo Man’; Friday, Feb. 3; 7:30 p.m.; The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Cult classic 1984 film played on the big screen; $5; 845-473-2072. 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. Traditional Robbie Burns Scottish Supper; Saturday, Feb. 4; 6 p.m.; The Rhinecliff, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff; Bagpiper to perform during fourth annual event; $30-$36; 845-876-0590. Pirate School: A Pirate’s Life for Me!; Saturday, Feb. 4; 11 a.m.; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; Billy Bones takes audience on a madcap, non-violent adventure for whole family; $7-$9; 845-876-3080.

Healing Open House; Sunday, Feb. 5; 1-3 p.m.; Partners in Massage, 4415 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park; Free; 845-229-9133. Choral Concert in Memory of Det. John Falcone; Sunday, Feb. 5; 4 p.m.; Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie; Concert honors fallen Poughkeepsie policeman; $20; 845-485-1648. Storytelling Peace Concert; Sunday, Feb. 5; 2 p.m.; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie; Benefits Grace Smith House; $10; Roxanne Bok Reading and Signing; Sunday, Feb. 5; 4 p.m. Oblong Books & Music, 26 Main St., Millerton; Author of “Horsekeeping: One Woman’s Tale of Barn and Country Life” to discuss book; Free; 518-789-3797. Lou Landon Concert; Sunday, Feb. 5; 2:30 p.m.; MHLS Auditorium, 105 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Accomplished singer and musician to perform; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3372. Winter Ecology Walk and Exploration; Sunday, Feb. 5; 1 p.m.; Cary Institute, 2801 Sharon Tpk., Millbrook; Join educators for a walk along trails and family friendly explorations; Free; 845-6777600, ext. 121. Workshop: ‘Is Owning a Small Business Right for You?’; Monday, Feb. 6; 6 p.m.; Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie; Explore basic questions as you develop your business; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3303. Dutchess Peace Meeting; Monday, Feb. 6; 7-8:30 p.m.; Unitarian Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie; Those interested in peace, social justice and the revolution of the 99% are invited; Free; 845-876-7906. Look Good … Feel Better; Monday, Feb. 6; 10 a.m.-noon; Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie; Beauty tips for chemotherapy patients; Free; 845-483-5959. 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. Chinese Language Class; Tuesday, Feb. 7; 6-7 p.m.; Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook; Learn Mandarin Chinese with native speaker; Free; 845-758-3241.


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. > continued on next page {10} February 1, 2012 | | Hudson valley news

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.



By hVn weeKenD stAFF While FDR’s 130th birthday was celebrated in his hometown of Hyde Park on Monday, Jan. 30, Weekend steps back in time to his 52nd birthday in 1934, when First Lady Eleanor hosted a star-studded Toga party – an attempt to poke fun at the politicians and news writers who viewed FDR as a second Caesar (pictured). The anniversary of FDR’s birth became a great cause for celebration every year, due to a difficult birth by Sara Delano and his stately upbringing. Throughout his life, FDR would use the occasion to honor devoted friends and raise money for the fight against polio. At the suggestion of a public relations consultant, business magnate and FDR political ally, Henry L. Doherty launched the National Committee for Birthday Balls, which sponsored a dance in every town across the nation to celebrate the president’s birthday and raise money for the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation. FDR’s first Birthday Ball was held in 1934, with 4,376 communities joining in 600 separate celebrations that raised over $1 million for Warm Springs, where FDR was treated for polio. Future Birthday Balls continued to raise about $1 million per year, with contributions split between Warm Springs and the local communities where the balls were held.

local arts group named finalist in grant competition

By hVn weeKenD stAFF A local organization that is attempting to revitalize Poughkeepsie through the arts has been named a finalist for financial support through ArtPlace’s Creative Placemaking Grants competition. A project proposed by PAUSE, a group formed in 2010 by artist Matthew Slaats, was one of 127 projects in 68 cities selected as finalists. It was chosen from an applicant pool of more than 2,000. PAUSE has proposed a residency program wherein artists, designers and architects are partnered with local organizations and residents to create projects that greatly impact the community. These collaborations will take place in vintage campers placed in neighborhoods throughout the City of Poughkeepsie, according to Slaats. ArtPlace expects to distribute $15 million in Creative Placemaking Grants in 2012. This year’s grant recipients will be announced in May. “This new round of applications shows that there is serious momentum building for creative placemaking in the U.S.,” says Carol Coletta, president of ArtPlace. “These artists and designers are an undervalued asset for kick-starting momentum in our communities. And in this economy, it’s hard to imagine why any community wouldn’t deploy every asset it has for success.” ArtPlace is a private-public collaboration of nine of the nation’s top foundations, eight federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six of the nation’s largest banks.

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Friend of the arts to honor ‘outstanding’ organizations

By hVn weeKenD stAFF The Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Clearwater and Marist College will be honored at this year’s Mill Street Loft Arts 15th Annual Friend of the Arts Awards next month. The ceremony, which includes dinner and a silent auction, will be held at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie on Thursday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. Lisa Morris, director of marketing at the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets are $125 and proceeds benefit Mill Street Loft’s Outreach Programs, Arts for Healing Programs and youth scholarships. Each year, the Friend of the Arts ceremony recognizes organizations and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the arts and community over the years. For reservations and additional information, visit or call 845471-7477.

e-mail us your events: < continued from previous page 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. Screening of ‘Journey of the Universe’; Friday, Feb. 10; 7 p.m.; Cary Institute, 2801 Sharon Tpk., Millbrook; Documentary on the origins of the universe and our role in the web of life to be played; Free; 845-677-7600, ext. 121.

Hyde Park Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast; Sunday, Feb. 12; 8 a.m.-noon; Hyde Park Knights Of Columbus Hall, Route 9G, Hyde Park; Menu includes pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage; $5-$7; 845229-6111.

Magic Palooza; Feb. 10-12; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; Magic shows featuring different magicians each day; $18; 845-876-3080.

Workshop: ‘Checklist for Starting a Business’; Monday, Feb. 13; 6 p.m.; Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie; Help with basic steps for starting a business; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3303.

Magic & Beyond; Saturday, Feb. 11; 11 a.m.; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; One-man illusion show featuring David Garrity; $7-$9; 845-876-3080.

Morton Movie Night: ‘Some Like It Hot’; Wednesday, Feb. 15; 6:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Screening of classic film starring Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis; Free; 845-876-2903.

‘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, also features reception, cocktail hour and dinner; $90; 845-905-4673. Introduction to Robotics for Teens; Saturday, Feb. 11; 1:15-2:45 p.m.; Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook; Program for teens runs each Saturday through March 31; Free; 845-758-3241.

Students, florists on display during First Saturday

By hVn weeKenD stAFF With cameras at our fingertips thanks to cell phones, digital cameras and computers, photography has evolved from the darkroom to the computer room. During First Saturday events this weekend, The Arts Society of Kingston will present a comprehensive exhibit of black-and-white photography created by local Ulster County high school students, created in a darkroom without any digital manipulation. Art educators from Kingston, Onteora, New Paltz and Rondout have culled work submitted by students currently studying darkroom techniques amidst our fast-paced, digitally overloaded world. This back-to-basics, hands-on process demands more commitment and involvement; hence there is a greater connection and more meaning to the work. The excitement of “pulling their first print” has enough impact to drive students to explore all the capabilities of this time-honored traditional process and has produced a new generation of photographers who value the power of darkroom photography. Also on Saturday, ASK will open its latest members’ exhibition, “Hearts and Flowers,” which will combine the talents of local florists, who will replicate paintings in the exhibit. Florists from Burgevin Florists Inc., Flowers by Maria, Adam’s Fairacre Farms, Flower Nest and Bella Flowers will display their arrangements next to the paintings they mimic. A shared opening reception of “A Light in the Dark” and “Hearts and Flowers” will take place during First Saturday, Feb. 4, 5-8 p.m. Both exhibitions will run until Feb. 25.

Ice Your Sweet Cookies; Sunday, 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.

Wagner’s ‘Gotterdammerung’ Live in HD; Saturday, Feb. 11; Noon; The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera; $16-$23; 845-473-2072. 100 For a Hundred; Sunday, Feb. 12; 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

How to Pay for College; Wednesday, Feb. 15; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Workshop helps parents and students get acquainted with financial aid process; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3320. Red Hook Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting; Thursday, Feb. 16; 7 p.m.; Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook; Public welcome; 845-758-3241. Morton Acoustic Music Show; Friday, Feb. 17; 8 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Features Todd Young, Ruth & Kevin, Ann Teed, The Riches and more; Donation suggested; 845-876-7007. Starlab Planetarium Show and Family Free Time; Saturday, Feb. 18; 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 facts; $4; 845-471-0589. AARP Defensive Driving Course; Saturday, Feb. 18; 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Grinnell Library, > continued on next page

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e-mail us your events: < continued from previous page 2642 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls; Preregistration recommended; Members $17, nonmembers $19; 845-297-3428. Peter Yarrow Concert; Saturday, Feb. 18; 8:30 p.m.; Towne Crier Café, 130 Route 22, Pawling; Peter, Paul & Mary singer performs solo; $35$40; 845-855-1300. ‘Sleeping Beauty’ by Tanglewood Marionettes; Saturday, Feb. 18; 11 a.m.; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; Classic tale staged with puppets; $7$9; 845-876-3080. Paul and JoAnne Schubert in Concert; Feb. 18-19; 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; Fundraiser benefits Center’s recovery fund; $15; 845-876-3080. 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; Roosevelt Fireside Chat; Sunday, Feb. 19; 2-4 p.m.; Roosevelt House at Dalton Farms, Beekman; Anthony P. Musso to discuss “FDR and the Post Office”; Free; 845-724-5364. Val-Kill Volunteer Gardeners Meeting; Wednesday, Feb. 22; 9 a.m.; Eleanor Roosevelt

National Historic Site at Val-Kill, Route 9G, Hyde Park; Those interested in becoming volunteer gardeners are encouraged to attend; Free; 845229-4218. Demystifying the College Search; Wednesday, Feb. 22; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Workshop aims to make the college search process less complex and intimidating; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3320. ‘Hairspray’; Feb. 24-March 11; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; The Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck; The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is staged locally; Adults $26, seniors and children $24; 845-876-3080. Italian Feast; Saturday, Feb. 25; 5-7:30 p.m.; American Legion Montgomery Post 429, 6331 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Menu includes Italian favorites; adults $15, seniors $13; 845-876-4429. Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre; Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m.; The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Performances include Balanchine’s “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux” and two new works by noted choreographers; General admission $11, students and seniors $9; 845-437-5370. Uncle Rock Concert; Saturday, Feb. 25; 11 a.m.; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; Fun concert for little and big kids alike; $7-$9; 845-876-3080. Mystery Monday Book Club; Monday, Feb. 27; 11 a.m.-noon; Arlington Library, 506 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie; “Mrs. Pargeter’s Package” by Simon Brett will be discussed; Free; Morton Memorial Library & Community House Talent Show; Friday, March 2; 6 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; An evening of jug bands, one man bands, storytelling, guitar playing, dance and more; 845876-2903. Go Red for Women Luncheon; Friday, March 2; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie; Keynote address by comedian and inspirational speaker Kelly MacFarland; $75; 845-905-2134. Math and Science Matter … Especially for Young Women; Saturday, March 3; 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie; Program for girls in grades 5-8 explores career opportunities in historically maledominated fields; $10; 845-431-8545. Boy Scout Troop 128 Pancake Breakfast; Sunday, March 4; 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. Mill Street Loft Friend of the Arts Awards; Thursday, March 8; 5:30 p.m.; The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie; Ceremony honors organizations and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the arts and community; $125; 845-471-7477. ‘Legally Blonde, the Musical’; March 9, 7:30 p.m.; March 10, 7:30 p.m.; March 11, 2 p.m.; Stissing Mountain High School, 2829 Church St., Pine Plains; Local production of award-winning Broadway play; $11-$13; 518-398-1272.

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The Christ Church Choir during the “Japan Relief” Benefit which featured Mozart’s Requiem raised $6,000 for Japan relief. Courtesy photo. < continued from page 9

Falcone is the first City of Poughkeepsie police officer in the department’s history to be shot and killed in the line of duty and was posthumously promoted to detective. According to reports from The Daily Mail, a newspaper in Catskill, Lee Welch had numerous run-ins with police and was arrested for assaulting his estranged wife on Jan. 28, 2011, just seven days before the incident in Poughkeepsie. Sunday’s benefit will highlight the mission of the Grace Smith House, which provides victims with the opportunity to live free from domestic violence by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling and education to women and children throughout the Hudson Valley. According to music director Laura Russell, the Christ Church Choir is “drawn by a desire to sing the beautiful music, to honor the life of Det. Falcone.” Russell explained, “The choir is made up of singers from our own Christ Church Choir and Sunday, Feb. 5, 4 p.m. invited guest singers from around the Hudson Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Valley. Singers come from as far south as Poughkeepsie. Westchester County, as far north as Red Hook, Suggested donation $20., 845-452-8220. and from both sides of the Hudson River.” The evening of the benefit concert will include performances of “Méditation” by Maruice Duruflé, John Rutter’s “Requiem,” “Pavane Opus 50” by Gabriel Faure and Franz Biebl’s “Ave Marie.” Rutter’s “Requiem” was dedicated to the memory of the composer’s father, and he has said the piece “stands as a clear sign of humanity’s quest for solace and light amidst the darkness and troubles of our age.” Russell says the benefit is just one measure “to help support the important work that Grace Smith House does on the behalf of victims of domestic violence and their children.” The Grace Smith House strives to raise the consciousness of the community regarding the extent, type and seriousness of domestic violence by initiating and taking positions on public policies in order to provide options to empower victims of domestic violence. For more information on the Grace Smith House, visit

Grace Smith House Benefit Concert in Memory of John Falcone

‘Heat in the Street’

The Pat Travers Band rocked a packed house at The Chance in Poughkeepsie on Friday night. Photo by Todd Gay, www.

Weekend Feature

Dutchess. Courtesy photo.


by Nicole DeLawder Miss your chance to show off your pooch at the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City this year? Keep that tail up and Saturday, Feb. 12, noon- 5 p.m. get your coat ready for the first annual Go Dog Enigma, 1179 Route 199, Red Hook. Go! Show in Red Hook on Sunday, Feb. 12. For ticket and registration information The event will be comprised of several visit competitions with celebrity judges – best-selling author Bruce Littlefield, Dr. Pia Salk and founder and director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary Kathy Stevens. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Hearts Speak, an artist-based organization for animal rescue. Attendees are also encouraged bring one 5-pound bag of dog food for distribution to local pets through the Have a Heart Foundation. “The event will be a fun way to celebrate the bond between people and their dogs,” said Mark Condon, whose dog, Dutchess, will be co-emcee for the event, along with animal communicator Karen McCormack. Dutchess, a golden retriever who just celebrated her ninth birthday on Saturday, was diagnosed with pigmentary uveitis, an inherited condition that that led to glaucoma and the removal of both eyes just four days after her eighth birthday in February 2011. Despite her blindness, Dutchess’ tail-wagging spirit is bright and as a certified therapy dog, she visits the Anderson Center for Autism, where she gets to show off her calm confidence and ability to diffuse stress. After her surgery, Condon said the students at the Anderson Center didn’t judge her appearance, rather “They interacted with her as they did before: as individuals who, each week, relish their time together.” Condon, who is a professor at Dutchess Community College, said the Go Dog Go! Show is “based on the notion that all dogs deserve to be recognized for their special traits and talents, regardless of their heritage. “All dogs – mixed breeds and pure breeds – are welcome to participate,” he said. Prizes will be awarded for categories including Bad Hair Day, Most Mysterious Heritage, Most Adorable, Celebrity Look Alike, I Think I’ve Found My Twin (Dog/ Owner Look Alike), Best Dog Duo, Look at What I Can Do!, Cutest Puppy, Most Handsome and The Puparazzi’s Pooch. Winners in each division will compete for Crowd’s Choice Best in Show. Cost to enter is only $25 for unlimited contest entries, or $5 per class, per dog. Cash or check only. Pre-register at Pause Dog Boutique in Rhinebeck through Friday, Feb. 10 or at the day of the event between noon-1 p.m. No dog? No problem – admission is only $5 for spectators.

1st Annual Go Dog Go! Show

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let’s hear it for hermits By Ann LA FArge

A couple of weeks ago, we praised – nay, wallowed in – a book about the values of silence and introversion, “Quiet” by Susan Cain. This week, we sing the praises of a book about solitude, Eric Klinenberg’s insightful, inspiring “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone” (The Penguin Press, $27.95). First, get through your head the difference between a “single” and a “singleton.” If you’re simply single, you could be looking for a mate (or a new mate), living with buddies or simply not married yet. A singleton is someone who chooses to live alone. “Human societies,” the author tells us at the outset, “at all times and places have organized themselves around the will to live with others, not alone. But not anymore.” We are learning, he goes on to say, “to go solo and crafting new ways of living in the process.” Why? Many reasons, not the least of which is the communications revolution – the telephone, the TV, the computer, the Internet. Another reason: increased longevity; we simply outlive our loved ones. But there are challenges (you bet). Most solo living takes place in cities, so if you don’t like urban living – and living alone takes talent – you have to learn how to do it, and how to do it well. The first part of the book focuses mainly on younger people who choose to be singletons – college kids, for instance, who insist on a single room. And then there’s the problem of loneliness – helped, of course, by having a dog or a cat – and the threat of becoming a workaholic, just to avoid the solitude you’ve created. The latter part of the book focuses on older people, and here’s a statistic for you: In 1950, only one in 10 Americans over 65 lived alone; today, it’s one in three. Most oldies don’t want to move in with their grown children (“they drive me kinda crazy”) and will do anything short of mass murder to avoid being “put away” – buried alive, as it were – in “one of those nice places.” Klinenberg conducted over 300 interviews for this book, and their stories are fascinating. Asked in an interview why people choose to live alone, he embroidered his theme by answering, “Living alone can help us attain the time and space we need for restorative solitude … What matters is not whether we live alone, but whether we feel alone.” Read these two books back to back and you’ll never dread solitude and silence again. If, indeed, you ever did. And now, I’d better go feed that dog who shares my abode …

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Staying in the mood, I read two memoirs, both, in a way, about grieving. First was Claire Bidwell Smith’s book, “The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir” (Hudson Street Press, $25.95). Smith, a psychotherapist and grief counselor, tells her own story of love and loss (both her parents were diagnosed with cancer when she was a teenager) using, as framework for her story, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s five stages of grieving. Anyone who is trying to figure out a way through the labyrinth of loss will find inspiration – and meaning – in this ultimately uplifting memoir. Reading two memoirs back to back is not always a good idea – one should cleanse the palate, in between, with a good novel – but this week I couldn’t seem to find a good novel, at least not a new one, so here’s my take on Margaret Overton’s memoir, “Good in a Crisis” (Bloomsbury, $24), the story of, in her own words, “how I muddled through.” In mid-divorce, after 20 years of marriage and two kids, Overton flung herself back into the dating scene, meeting – on, etc. – one horrible guy after another. “It was like having dinner with Eeyore, if Eeyore had been constipated, couldn’t pee and had gingivitis.” Ugh! People going through a divorce, she comments, “are crazy.” On top of it all, she had a brain aneurism. Then the kids left for college, and she starts dating Max, a “Seinfeldian” guy, who “attracted me precisely because I knew the relationship would not go anywhere.” Meanwhile, at home, she lives on peanut butter and jelly, ice cream and wine. Finally, she comes out the other side, realizes the value of work, solitude (told you so!) and friendship. Whew! After all that serious stuff, peanut butter and jelly, ice cream and wine sounded pretty good. Fortunately for my waistline and cholesterol level, a good novel sounded even better, so I mined the Teetering Pile of February 2012 novels and … came up unsatisfied. So far, it hasn’t been the best year for fiction, but there’s plenty of time left. Happily, Viking has published a 50th anniversary edition of Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” ($26.95), which proved to be the perfect dessert to this week’s rather dark-toned meal of nonfiction. Of course, it’s hard to read this delicious book without seeing and hearing those great guys in the movie, but never mind. The book is delicious. I hadn’t known that Kesey spent several months, back in the ’60s, working as a nurse’s aide in the psychiatric ward of a VA hospital while also taking Wallace Stegner’s writing courses at Stanford University. One day, Malcolm Cowley took over the class, on the day that Kesey read aloud what turned out to be the first chapters of this novel. Kesey sold his novel to Viking for an advance of – hold your breath – $1,500, and the rest, as we know, is history: 9 million copies sold, translation into more than 30 languages (are there more than 30 languages?) and pure, undiluted joy for every lucky reader. Join Big Nurse Ratched, Randle Patrick McMurphy and Chief Bromden in this “glittering parable of good and evil” (I wish I’d said that), and, during these days of February, enjoy your silence and your solitude. Now, where’s that dog? 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


Slippery slopes for Rhinebeck folks

the town of rhinebeck ice skating rink is now open. Break in your skates at the town of rhinebeck ice skating and sledding party on saturday, Feb. 4, from noon to 3 p.m., weather permitting. the ice rink is located underneath the pavilion at the town pool and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting. Bring your own skates and sleds. email sarah at with any questions.

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SOME kInd OF POWER By hVn weeKenD stAFF

A first of its kind, “Chronicle” steps outside of the box and mysteriously crushes it along the way. A little bit “Batman” meets “Blair witch,” this action movie combines the excitement of the super-hero genre with the gritty nature of the “found footage” shooting style. the story revolves around three high school boys who gain telekinetic powers after sharing a transcendental experience. As they slowly learn to harness their new abilities, they must also battle the abuse of power and the responsibility to protect those around them. Culminating in a gut-wrenching Biblic battle between the good and the misguided, “Chronicle” will leave you feeling almost dangerously powerful.

Bassist who played with Peter, Paul and Mary for past 50 years dies in kingston Dick Kniss, a saugerties resident who played bass with peter, paul & mary for five decades, has died in Kingston at age 74 on Jan. 25. Kniss also helped write one of John Denver’s biggest hits, “sunshine on my shoulders.” Bandmate peter yarrow said in a statement, “he was a dear and beloved part of our closest family circle and his bass playing was always a great fourth voice in our music as well as, conceptually, an original and delightfully surprising new statement added to our vocal arrangements. “Dick’s music is in my heart whenever i perform and that shall continue to be so,” he said.

Woodstock Film Festival advisory board member dies at Sundance Film executive Bingham ray died last monday at age 57 after suffering a stroke while at the independent film festival sundance in park City, Utah. ray, former president of United Artists and co-founder of october Films, developed films such as “Death at a Funeral,” “Bowling for Columbine” and “hotel rwanda.” the sundance institute released a statement saying, “Bingham’s many contributions to this community and business are indelible, and his legacy will not be soon forgotten.” Pictured: Bingham Ray, left, with Woodstock Film Festival co-founder Meira Blaustein. Photo courtesy

the 28th annual woodstock tribute to Bob marley will take place this saturday, Feb. 4 at the Bearsville theatre. new paltz reggae sextet the Big takeover will perform along with royal Khaoz, the royal heart sound with Culture DJ, Jeremiah, otto Kentrol and more special guests. tickets: $15 advance, $20 doors. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit

Give kids head start on art at Petite Picasso program

Could your child be the next matisse? Find out during petite picasso, a toddler painting class taking place at 10:30 a.m. each saturday through Feb. 18 at the red hook public Library, 7444 s. Broadway, red hook. At each class, children ages 2 through 6 will have a hands-on painting experience. Come dressed for a mess. this program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 845-758-3241.

weekend e-mail us: opporunities for artists in the Hudson Valley The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck will be holding auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof,” February 4-6 at the Center at 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. Auditions for “Henry VIII” will be held Feb. 6 and 8 at the Red Hook United Methodist Church, 4 Church Street, Red Hook. Visit www.centerforperformingarts. org for more information.

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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. CeleBrAte loCAl. email your events to: weekend@ by noon on Fridays.

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Bard College professor of literature and recipient of the o. henry and pushcart prizes for short stories, Bradford morrow read from his dark collection of stories, “the Uninnocent,” at oblong Books & music in rhinebeck on sunday evening. marrow was joined by author Ben hale, who was selected to receive the annual Bard Fiction prize for 2012 and is starting his writer in residence at the college for the semester. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.


“Airplane” by isaac toonkel.


on saturday, the Art institute at mill street Loft Arts will host an opening reception for its “senior project show 2012,” featuring the work of five high school students: galeen mcCartney of newburgh high school, Jackie pfleger of Arlington high school, helen sywalski of monticello high school, isaac toonkel of millbrook high school and Alexis Volpe of Arlington high school. the exhibition reflects the students’ 12-week intensive program, designed to build strong scholarship portfolios. opening reception will take place on saturday, Feb. 4, 5 to 7 p.m. regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. mill street Loft’s gallery 45, 45 pershing Ave., poughkeepsie. “Caged” by Jackie pfleger.

Congratulations to liZ CooKe for her photo, taken after a rainy day in Rhinebeck. Cooke said in her email that afterwards she “understood completely what inspired Hudson Valley School painters.” Submit your photograph of the Hudson Valley each week to original photographs only, no digital manipulations. Photos should be at least 3X4” and include your name and location. all photos will be included in an online gallery at

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random Factoids declared winner of trivia contest By Christopher Lennon The alwayspopular Friends of the Red Hook Public Library Trivia Contest was held Sunday, attracting some 140 players to O’Leary’s restaurant to compete for this year’s bragging rights. A total of 24 teams competed, and in the end, Random Factoids, a newly registered team this year, pulled an upset and was crowned the winner. “The questions were really good this year,” said Friends of the Red Hook Public Library President Sandra Martin. “It came down to sheer dumb luck and betting skill.” The trivia contest is one of the Friends of the Red Hook Public Library’s biggest fundraisers, providing needed financial support to the local library. “Everybody comes and has a good time,” Martin said. “We’re really lucky to have such good people and community support.”

Judge honored for 30 years of service

Above: About 140 contestants packed o’Leary’s restaurant in red hook on sunday for the annual Friends of the red hook public Library trivia Contest; inset: ted saad checks the scores at the end of round 2. Photos by Christopher Lennon.

The Friends of the Red Hook Public Library’s next major fundraiser is a dance at the Red Hook Firehouse with the band

Soñando on April 14 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sandra Martin at 845-757-3031.

Justice elizabeth K. shequine of the town of washington was recently honored by the Dutchess County magistrates Association for her more than 30 years of service on the bench. pictured are new york state magistrates Association president Justice peter Barlet (town and Village of warwick), shequine and Dutchess County magistrates Association president Justice Jonah triebwasser (town and Village of red hook). Photo by Lori Urban.

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Longtime St. Francis employee honored

Victor Arnao, Bruce Harms, Charlie Fells, John Griffin, Otto Maier, Fritz Sonnenschmidt and Bryan Tobias were all elected to leadership positions in the Mid Hudson Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Photo submitted.

By HV News Staff Wendy Devens, a Pleasant Valley resident and 16-year St. Francis Hospital employee, has been named the hospital’s Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2012. Devens works as assistant to the vice president of human resources and serves as chairwoman of the St. Francis Employee Recreation/Recognition Committee. “Since she took that (volunteer) position, we’ve had Hospital Month, not Hospital Week as it is observed elsewhere, and all sorts of annual events for employees – a Christmas party, barbecues, ice cream socials; just to make it nice and comfortable, a good place to work,” said St. Francis President & CEO Bob Savage. “The nice thing is the events are always very well planned, great detail, great precision, and everybody has a good time. We have to thank her for all she does.”

Wendy Devens. Photo submitted.

Devens received the honor during a reception attended by her family, friends and coworkers.

Culinary Federation elects leadership Teens get intro to robotics at library By HV News Staff The Mid Hudson Chapter of the American Culinary Federation met recently to elect its board of directors for the coming year. The American Culinary Federation is the oldest and largest association of chefs and pastry chefs in the country. The Mid Hudson Chapter, which was formed in 1974, includes more than 100 members. The federation is involved with a number of local culinary related events, including culinary competitions and shows, chef certifications, educational

seminars for professionals and the general public, school events and more. The new board members include: Chairman Noble Masi, Senior Board Member Fritz Sonnenschmidt, Senior Board Member Ken Arnone, President John Griffin, Vice President Bruce Harms, Treasurer Bryan Tobias and Secretary Otto Maier. In addition, Charlie Fells was appointed chairman of the Chef and Child Foundation Committee, and Victor Arnao was named chairman of the Certification Committee.

By HV News Staff Teenagers will have a chance to learn Python, a coding language used in robotics, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. each Saturday from Feb. 11 through March 31 at Red Hook Public Library. The course will provide a basic introduction to programming for teens. “We’re excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our teenagers,” says Library Director Erica Freudenberger. “It

will help prepare them for the high-tech world we live in.” The eight-week program will be led by Sankalpa Khatdka and members of Bard College’s Computer Science Club. It is made possible by a grant from IBM. This program is free and open to the public. Due to the hands-on nature of the program, it is limited to eight teens. Pre-registration is required. Call the library at 845-758-3241to register.

St. Francis to honor top docs By HV News Staff Nominations are currently being accepted for the St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers 12th annual Award for Physician Excellence. The award recognizes an outstanding Hudson Valley physician who demonstrates excellence in medical practice and patient care. To be eligible, physicians must be active staff members in good standing at St. Francis Hospital. Any hospital employee, physician, volunteer and/or member of the community may submit nominations to the St. Francis Healthcare

Foundation, which is sponsoring the awards, by Tuesday, Feb. 21. The recipient will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 28. Last year’s winners included Dr. Zubair Khan and Dr. Stephen Shapiro. Nominating forms are available from the Foundation office and must be completed in full and signed to be accepted. The Nomination Review Committee will receive all completed nominations and select the award recipient. For more information or to request a nomination form, call 845-431-8707.

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State magistrates president visits Dutchess judges

New York State Magistrates Association President Justice Peter D. Barlet addressed the Dutchess County Magistrates Association during a recent meeting. He told local judges of legislative initiatives from Albany that will affect local court operations. Shown in the photograph, from left to right, are: Dutchess Magistrates Immediate Past President Justice John Crodelle (Town of North East), Dutchess Magistrates Vice President Christi Acker (Town of Pine Plains), Dutchess Magistrates Association Treasurer Justice Frank Christensen (Town of Milan), Barlet (Town and Village of Warwick), Dutchess Magistrates Association President Justice Jonah Triebwasser (Town and Village of Red Hook) and Dutchess Magistrates Association Secretary Justice Casey McCabe (Town of North East). Photo by Lori Urbin.

Lifelong learning opportunity at Anderson Center By Caroline Carey The Anderson Center for Autism, a notfor-profit organization, offers the highest quality year-round day and residential programs to children and adults who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The curriculum features educational, cultural and recreational opportunities specifically designed to challenge each individual to the limits of his or her own abilities. Anderson currently serves 79 adults with autism between the ages of 21 and 47 in Dutchess and Ulster counties; 96% of these adults graduated from Anderson. Through its innovative adult dayhabilitation and residential programs, it promotes each individual’s attainment of independence and offers support for inclusion, individuality and productivity while integrating services including occupational and speech therapy, as well as applied behavior analysis. Utilizing an evidence-based team approach, the adult programs are designed to nurture the development of social, vocational and life skills in a comfortable and supportive environment.

Adult day-habilitation programs

Anderson’s three Lifelong Learning Centers (in Poughkeepsie, Pleasant Valley and Saugerties) provide adults with autism with a wide array of skillbuilding opportunities that foster individual independence and productivity and enhance each person’s overall quality of life. They offer a seamless program of instructional, social and vocational opportunities that are coordinated with an individual’s home environment. An Individualized Service Program is used to identify “valued outcomes,” according to Mary Doyle, director of adult services, which is “what they want to do and need to do.” The Lifelong Learning model was developed by Anderson in 2006. The state stops funding educational opportunities at age 21, but Anderson realized adults want and need to keep learning. The adults are arranged in teams of six to 10 people with three staffers per team. Each team has its own room in the center and a team color. Each day begins with a morning team meeting as there is a great need for structure for these individuals. After the meeting, there are individual schedules that include skill work, volunteer work, social skills training and functional communication strategies. The clinical staff of the center provides the necessary occupational and speech therapies of the centers. This is very

important as they used to have to go outside the center for these services, and familiarity with the staff and the location are important to these adults. Behavior analysts support the learning activities and do a lot of observation and data collection as over 80% of the adults are not verbal. By encouraging learning and developing skills, Anderson’s Lifelong Learning Center offers opportunities of community involvement through volunteer training programs and volunteer placements at the Culinary Institute of America, SPCA, Salvation Army, Goodwill and other local businesses and organizations. It also offers activities for the promotion of an individual’s self esteem and overall well-being. Some volunteer programs include participation in the care of animals, visiting community nursing homes and hospitals. Doyle said these adults are “based in the community, supported by the community and want to give back to the community.” The real goal is to get these adults involved in their community. A monthly dance, “Club Anderson,” is offered the first Friday of each month at the school campus. Adults from other agencies are invited and it enables them to meet some peers and make some friends. Often, more than 120 adults with autism and other developmental disabilities attend the dance, and they love the music and the snacks.

homes per year since 2002. Anderson is committed to providing a home for its people as long as they want one and has no age restrictions. Its staff is extremely committed to its mission and many managers have been with Anderson for 15 to 17 years. Each house has a house manager and seven to 12 habilitation specialists (with two or three per shift). This staff is responsible for managing these adults when they are not at day-hab and prepare meals and plan activities and outings, which include dinners out in the community, sporting activities and concerts. To promote a well-rounded lifestyle and integration into the community, they provide residents with a diverse selection of recreational and community involvement opportunities, including shopping, hobbies, arts and Special Olympics. Anderson encourages family involvement and offers opportunities for individuals to develop and maintain relationships with

their families, friends and community members. Additionally, the program assures that each individual’s decisions are respected and preferences are incorporated into the planning of activities. The most recently opened house, in Clinton, is a beautiful contemporary house situated on 7 acres. It houses five 21-yearold men who recently graduated from Anderson. Most residents have their own rooms, while a few share. Given that change can be unsettling for individuals with autism, the five young men visited their new house four to six times to get familiar with it. They also had similar meet and greets at the house with their families and with neighbors. “We try to group the adults so that they get along,” said Doyle. Given that some homes have been together for 15 to 17 years, it appears to be working. Doyle closed by saying, “This is their home.”

Adult Residential Programs

Anderson also operates 16 Individual Residential Alternatives (IRAs) in Dutchess and Ulster counties. It offers a complete array of services designed to enrich the lives of adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Based on applied behavior analysis principles and positive behavioral supports, the program is aimed at developing skills in communication, daily living, recreation and leisure activities. Each IRA houses four to six adults because more than six “is not home like,” according to Doyle. Due to the fact that autism affects many more men than women, there is one co-ed house, two for women and the rest are for men. While the day-habilitation program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the IRAs manage the rest of the day. The first IRA was opened in 1993 and the most recent opened a few weeks ago in Clinton. Anderson has opened one to two

Anderson’s ultimate success story Editor’s note: The following was written by Ed, an Anderson Center resident who currently works full-time at the North East Center for Special Care. I work at the North East Center for Special Care. I am a dietary aide. I work in the kitchen bringing carts upstairs to different units. I make coffee. My new job is prepping. I prep breakfast carts for Wednesday morning. I usually work 39 or 40 hours a week, five days a week. I love my job. I have met good friends. My boss right now is very, very nice to me. I have lived at Anderson for 16 years. I have worked on my anger and my temper. I talked to staff about how I felt staff worked with me to learn how to make good choices. I grew up at Anderson. Me and the staff have made me who I am today. Right now, I also like to hang out with my girlfriend, go out with friends, play cards and go to day-hab and do my art work. I was so proud when my art work was displayed at art galleries. I enjoy selling my art work. I am looking forward to getting my own apartment someday and want very much to be a chef someday. I am thankful for my job and for the people that work with me at my job and at Anderson. Hudson valley news | | February 1, 2012 {19}

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Clinton by ray oberly

Christmas Tree Bonfire

The Clinton Business Association and the Town of Clinton Recreation Department held a Christmas Tree Bonfire Party on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Frances J. Mark Memorial Park on Clinton Hollow Road. The 4 inches of snow that fell prior to the event provided a lovely setting for the event, and a clear sky allowed the twinkling stars to shine in the dark sky. About 55 people, including many active children of all ages, were in attendance. The youngsters sleighed down the hill, taking timeouts to roast marshmallows at the campfire. A total of 70 hotdogs were devoured, as well as hot chocolate and chips. Rich Focht and Debbie Trapletti of Hummingbird Ranch (www. were the DJs, bringing with them an impressive setup of equipment and some great music. Some people even danced in the snow. Everyone was dressed warmly and snuggled up in front of the big campfire. The highlight of the event was the burning the 25 discarded Christmas trees that were collected in Clinton. As the fire died down, people began to depart for home and many commented how much they enjoyed this social activity. There were many first-timers, and all seemed eager to return again next year. Thanks are given to many people who helped out with this activity or gave donations. Special thanks to Clinton Business Association Vice President Walt Kuhn of Stat Construction (, who did so much hard work. Walt, with help from Todd Martin, who jumped in to help due to a last-minute emergency, drove around the town collecting Christmas trees from residents. Ray Oberly and Walt Kuhn provided firewood and built the bonfires. Walt Kuhn, Joe Tierney, and Shane Hassett worked hard in the midst of smoke and cinders to place the Christmas trees on the bonfire. The Town of Clinton Highway Department plowed the park and brought some additional Christmas trees. Linda and Gary Stokes of Schultzville General Store and Café prepared the food and beverages – stop by their café to eat and see all the local products they sell. Clinton Business Association President Norma Dolan organized the event and setup the food tables. Generous and greatly appreciated monetary contributions were received from

Skills clinic

The fire roars at the Frances J. Mark Memorial Park in Clinton during the Clinton Business Association and Town of Clinton Recreation Department Christmas Tree Bonfire. Photo by Ray Oberly.

A Taconic Skills Clinic is being offered for registered Taconic Little League baseball and softball players, ages 12 and under, on Fridays, Feb. 10 and 17, at Cold Spring Elementary in Stanfordville, from 6 to 9 p.m. The school is on Homan Road. Players should bring their mitts or gloves.

Wild Game Dinner

local resident Ann Tyson, as well as from Judy Ciccarino and Daniel Allen from SERVPRO ( For more information on the Clinton Business Association, visit www.

Historical Society Valentine Dinner

The Clinton Historical Society will hold its fabulous annual Valentine Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at a new location, the 1777 Creek Meeting House, 2433 Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners. In keeping with the Clinton tradition, there will be a wide variety of home-cooked specialties served, and various desserts will provide a fitting end for the meal. A complementary glass of wine will be provided. “Cupid’s Couples” will have their photos taken under a romantic flowered trellis in Cupid’s Garden to keep as a memento of this special occasion. There will also be raffles and prizes. Anyone who wishes to donate a raffle prize or dish (entree, vegetable or dessert) should contact Mildred at 845-266-3878. Cost for the dinner is $25 per person, payable in advance. RSVP by Saturday, Feb. 4 and make checks payable to The Clinton Historical Society. Mail checks and reservations to Mildred Pells, 819 Fiddlers Bridge Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Seating is limited and the event sold out the last three years, so get your reservations in early. This fundraiser supports the restoration of the Clinton Historical Society’s 1777 Creek Meeting House in Clinton Corners and educational activities. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

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Taconic Little League signups

You can register for Taconic Little League by downloading a blank registration form at and mailing it in with the required fee. Another option is to sign onto the Little League’s website and use the link to to register and pay by credit card. Please be aware that charges a fee for the use of their online registration service. For more details on the schedule and information on the Little League, go to their web page. Little League players, both boys and girls, ages 4 to 18, who live in the Towns of Clinton, Milan, Stanford, the Village of Millbrook and that portion of Washington that is north of Route 343, are eligible for sign up. New players will need to bring a birth certificate and proof of residency. All registrations are due by Saturday, Feb. 4 and a late fee of $20 applies after this date. For more information or if you are interested in helping the league, contact Mike Denatale at 845-266-0030 or at

Church luncheon for seniors

The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners invites all area seniors (60 years of age or older) to attend a free luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 7 starting at noon. The church is located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, 1 mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in Clinton Corners. For more information or to RSVP, call the office at 845-266-5310. The next luncheon will be held March 6.

The Evangelical Free Church will be holding its annual Wild Game Dinner on Monday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the church in Clinton Corners. The speaker this year is Ike Murphy, a Boone and Crockett Club record holder for a dandy 199 2/8 non-typical whitetail deer downed in 2004 in Graves County, Kentucky. Ike is also a competition game caller from Kentucky. Tickets cost $16 for an adult and $8 for children ages 12 and under. This event always sells out early, so get your reservation in now and avoid being disappointed. For more information and tickets, call the church office at 845-266-5310 on Tuesdays through Fridays. The Church is located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, 1 mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in Clinton Corners.

Lions Club Texas Holdem Tournament

The Nine Partners Lions Club is holding a Texas Holdem Tournament as a fundraiser to help support its Local Family Assistance Programs and to provide sponsorships to our youth to go to the Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation summer camps. The tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, with doors opening at 2 p.m. and the tournament starting at 3 p.m. in the Creek Meeting House at 2433 Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners (about 0.8 miles east of the Taconic Parkway). The cost is $100 cash (no checks) for a 12,000-chip buy in. A total of $10 from each entrant goes to refreshments and $90 goes into the prize pool. The number of winners and prizes will be determined by the number of players. An additional one-time $25 cash donation to the Lions Club will get players another 6,000 chips. There will be no additional purchases allowed. Seating is limited and food and refreshments will be served. For more information and to reserve a place at the table, call Les Richardson at 845-266-3546 or email Come and support the Lions Club and help the community while having a fun day!

More upcoming events

around town by heidi Johnson

Due to rampant illness among my friends and family, I wasn’t able to get to many of the programs that I had planned to attend last week. I did briefly check in at the Grange’s 116th anniversary and Distinguished Grange celebration, but couldn’t stay because I had a sick child at home. Then, I was under the weather myself and didn’t feel well enough to try out the Zumba and yoga classes sponsored by Stanford Rec. And finally, I missed the railroad presentation at Town Hall because a friend was sick and I was watching his daughter. It is certainly cold and flu season, so please bear with me as I play catch-up for the next few columns.

Stanford Historical Society railroad presentation

My husband, Jim, and also our friend, Jim Elvin, reported that the three railroads presentation at the Town Hall on Sunday was terrific. Local railroad expert Bernie Rudberg presented a slideshow, outlining where the Newburgh, Dutchess & Connecticut (ND&C), Poughkeepsie & Eastern (P&E) and the Poughkeepsie & Connecticut (P&C) lines formerly ran through Stanford. A crowd of almost 100 people (the guys’ estimate) packed into the auditorium at Town Hall to view Bernie’s 96 slides showing photos of the railroads when they were operating, as well as the stations and crossings along the way. It sounds like it was a wonderful time for all historians, train lovers and others. Thank you to SHS for sponsoring this presentation and of course to Bernie Rudberg for sharing his supreme knowledge of this subject with the attendees.

Zumba and yoga classes at Town Hall

Rec Director Karla Triola asked me to remind my readers that these two great classes have started and will run through the end of March. Zumba classes will be held on

A representative from the National Grange honors Stanford Grange 808 for achieving the Distinguished Grange Award for the second year in a row. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

Saturdays at 12:30 p.m., followed by yoga at 1:30 p.m. Both will be held at the Town Hall. Classes will be taught by Christina Cordier, and the six-week session fee is $40 for one class or $75 for both. Or, you can pay the drop-in rate of $8 per class. Call Karla at 845-266-8593 to register or for more information. The Zumba program in Millbrook was hugely popular, so don’t miss this opportunity to get in shape while having fun. I plan on going next week and am looking forward to it, now that I’m feeling better. Hope to see you there.

It’s going to be a really great show. Get your tickets soon for best seats.

Taconic Little League signups: This coming Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. until noon, will be your last chance for in-person registration. You can sign up at the Stanford Town Hall from 9 a.m. until noon. After Saturday, registration will have to be done by mail or online at Defensive Driving at Stanford Grange: Also this coming Saturday is the popular defensive driving class at Stanford Grange. I don’t know the details, but I’m sure you can get more information from Louise Woodcock at 845-868-7548. I apologize for missing so many key news-worthy events this past week and if I can, I’ll get photos and full stories about them for next week’s column. This one photo is all I have thus far from the Grange celebration, but I’ll do my best to get more details next week. See you then. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

‘Legally Blonde’ box office hours

Christa Cerul, who is a volunteer at the STG box office, caught a boo-boo in last week’s column regarding the box office hours. The box office is open Monday through Thursday (not Friday as I stated last week), generally from 2:30 until 7 p.m. It’s always nice to buy the tickets in person, because you can see the auditorium layout and choose your seats by viewing the seating plan. However, credit card sales are also possible by phone. Just call 518-398-1272. Leave a message if no one answers and a volunteer will return your call. “Legally Blonde, the Musical” performances will be March 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for students and seniors. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount.

The Hyde Park Thunder consists of Brianna Palermo, Abby Thomas, Elizabeth Gross, Elizabeth Miller, Olivia Zoeller, Brandi Pettit, Kayla Chavarri, Taylor Silvestri, Casey O’Brien and Madchen Knauss, with coaches Jeff Thomas, Jim Miller and Kerri Palermo. Photo submitted.

New softball team seeks pitchers, catchers By HV News Staff A new 12U travel softball team, the Thunder, is being formed in Hyde Park. The team is currently looking for two or three girls, pitchers and catchers who were born in 1999-2000, to join the team. The Thunder is currently on a roll, having recently taken second at the Chase Sports Complex 12U Winter Tournament. Team founder Kerri Palermo has coached Hyde Park Little League softball for four years, including two years as the coach of the District 17 Championship All Star team.

The cost for the season is $700, which includes insurance, uniforms, basic practice equipment, tournaments in the spring and the cost of renting indoor spaces to practice over the fall and winter. The team also may hire a hitting coach. The season runs from September through July. “Ultimately, this is a big commitment,” Palermo said. “We need to form a team, we need to spend time together, we need to grow together.” For more information, contact Palermo at 914-489-2616.

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By HV News Staff

Local men allegedly stole $4K in scrap metal

Commemorating FDR’s 130th Birthday On Monday, Jan. 30, over 200 people gathered at the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Hyde Park to celebrate his 130th birthday. Pictured, clockwise from top: Isabel and Grace Roosevelt present the Roosevelt family flowers on the gravesite of FDR; Hyde Park supervisor Aileen Rohr; The Rev. Chuck Kramer, also a HVNews columnist, delivered the invocation and benediction; Brigadier Gen. Jonathan A. Maddux salutes after presenting the presidential wreath. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

Hyde Park Police have arrested two men who allegedly stole nearly $4,000 worth of metal grates from a local job site. Christopher T. Key, 27, of Hyde Park, and Anthony Tricamo, 25, of Red Hook, were reportedly observed by Officer Jason Ruscillo rummaging through a pile of scrap metal behind the abandoned Ames department store on Route 9 on Jan. 19 at 12:51 a.m. While interviewing the men, Ruscillo determined they had stolen three large metal road grates, valued at $3,780, from a job site in Hyde Park, according to police. Key was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class-E felony; criminal trespass in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor; and aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. Key was arraigned before Judge David Steinberg in Hyde Park Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $10,000 cash or bail bond. Tricamo was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class-E felony; and criminal trespass in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor. He was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to reappear in court Feb. 9. Police say additional arrests may be forthcoming.

Man jailed following domestic dispute

Souper Sale a success

Funds raised through the Souper Sale, an annual project sponsored by Vassar Temple, a Reform Jewish congregation in Poughkeepsie, provided 744 cans of nutritious chunky deluxe soups from Stop & Shop that were delivered on Jan. 27 by a team of volunteers to area food pantries and senior housing projects, including Dutchess Outreach, Beulah Baptist Church Pantry, Interfaith Towers and the Community Action Partnership pantries in Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Beacon and Dover Plains. The Vassar Temple Souper Sale delivery volunteers pictured are: (back row) project coordinator Nancy Samson, Phil Sterdt, Adam Rosenfeld, Judy Rosenfeld, Ralph Schwartz, Dave Samson, Howard Susser, Wendy Giangrasso, Jim Robinowitz, Tracy Marcus; (front row) Harry Mamis, Ed Garber, Ron Rosen, Kathy Colbert, Ronni Jarvis, Doris Cohen, Sheila Newman, Marian Schwartz and Perla Kaufman. Photo courtesy of Chuck Kaufman.

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A Pine Plains man has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a domestic incident last week. According to Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies, Angel M. Navarro, 24, of Pine Plains, stands accused of striking his girlfriend and threatening her with a knife before slashing the tires on her car. Deputies responded to a location in Pine Plains on Jan. 24 at approximately 1:15 p.m. after receiving a 911 call for a report of a domestic dispute. According to the sheriff’s office, Navarro was located near the scene and was detained while deputies investigated further. At the completion of the investigation, Navarro was taken into custody. The sheriff’s office is withholding the victim’s identity and location of the incident for her protection. Navarro was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, a class-E felony; menacing in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and attempted assault in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor. Navarro was arraigned in Town of Pine Plains Justice Court and remanded to

Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by members of the state police force.

Local teens accused of stealing synthetic pot

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two local teenagers who allegedly broke into a local convenience store and stole synthetic marijuana. Christopher M. Kiel, 19, of Clinton, and Austin R. Link, 16, of Pine Plains, stand accused of breaking into M&R Grocery on Church Street in Pine Plains during the early morning hours of Jan. 11. At approximately 1 a.m. that morning, deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the store, and upon arrival discovered the store had been broken into. Deputies say synthetic marijuana that is sold as incense had been stolen. The Sheriff’s Office Detective Division investigated, and as a result, Link and Kiel were identified as suspects and arrested on Jan. 26. Kiel and Link were each charged with burglary in the third degree, a class-D felony. Both were arraigned in Town of Pine Plains Justice Court and released, ordered to reappear on Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. Deputies say additional charges are pending.

Recent arrests

The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Kaminsa N. Davis, 23, of Hyde Park, was arrested on an active warrant from the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department for stalking. • George D. Negron, 50, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operator in the third degree, a misdemeanor. • David B. Garren, 26, of Staatsburg, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operator in the third degree, a misdemeanor. • David S. Gould, 25, of New Paltz, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operator in the third degree, a misdemeanor. • Stuart E. Cattell, 19, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • John M. Palmer, 39, of Hyde Park, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration, a misdemeanor. • Robert E. Gover, 48, of Hyde Park, was arrested on an active bench warrant from Hyde Park Justice Court for DWI. • Adria Lee Kirkley, 24, of Hyde Park, was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, a violation. • Carol A. Throm, 51, of Hyde Park, was charged with petty larceny, a class-A misdemeanor, after leaving a gas station without paying for gas.

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company Articles of Organization of RSS, LLC (the “LLC”) were filed with the Department of State of New York (“SSNY”) on February 9, 2001, Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 7509 North Broadway, Ste 4, Red Hook, New York 12571. Purpose: All legal purposes. Filer: Lavelle & Finn, LLP, Address: 29 British American Boulevard, Latham, New York 12110 Notice of Formation of Limited Liability CompanyArticles of Organization of WEAPT, LLC (the “LLC”) were filed with the Department of State of New York (“SSNY”) on February 9, 2001 Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 7509 North Broadway, Ste 4, Red Hook, New York 12571. Purpose: All legal purposes.Filer:Lavelle & Finn, LLPAddress:29 British American Boulevard Latham, New York 12110 Union Cemetery of Hyde Park, Inc. Annual Plot Owners Meeting, February 22, 2012 at 6 PM at Cemetey Office. Call 229-7444 for reserved seating. Snow date will be February 29, 2012. email your legal notice to: legalnotices@

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company Articles of Organization of F/DOL LLC (the “LLC”) were filed with the Department of State of New York (“SSNY”) on October 28, 2003, Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 50 Hudson Bluffs, P.O. Box 483, Tivoli, New York 12583. Purpose: All legal purposes. 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.

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

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 Notice of Formation in any lawful act or of Limited Liability activity. Company Articles of Organization of Sweet Dreams RHVBR, LLC (the Sleep Consultant “LLC”) were filed LLC, Articles of with the Depart- Org. filed NY Sec. ment of State of of State (SSNY) New York (“SSNY”) 10/19/11. Office in on March 6, 2006, Dutchess Co. SSNY Office location: desig. agent of LLC Dutchess County. upon whom proSSNY is designated cess may be served. as agent of the LLC SSNY shall mail upon whom process copy of process to against it may be C/O Maureen Abraserved. SSNY shall moski, 18 Oakmail a copy of any wood Blvd., Poughprocess to the LLC keepsie NY 12603. at 50 Hudson Bluffs, Purpose: Any lawTivoli, New York ful purpose. 12583. Purpose: All legal purposes. Filer:Lavelle & Finn, Notice of Formation LLP Address: 29 of Limited Liability British American Company Articles Boulevard Latham, of Organization of WF, LLC (the “LLC”) New York 12110. were filed with the of NOTICE OF FOR- Department State of New York MATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY (“SSNY”) on FebruCOMPANY. NAME: ary 5, 2002, Office CODE Entertain- location: Dutchess SSNY ment, LLC. Articles County. of Organization is designated as were filed with the agent of the LLC Secretary of State upon whom proof New York (SSNY) cess against it may on 12/05/11. Office be served. SSNY location: Dutchess shall mail a copy County. SSNY has of any process to been designated as the LLC at 50 Hudagent of the LLC son Bluffs, P.O. Box upon whom pro- 483, Tivoli, New cess against it may York 12583-0483. All lebe served. SSNY Purpose: shall mail a copy of gal purposes.Filer: process to the LLC, Lavelle & Finn, LLP, 36A Gloria Drive, Address: 29 British Staatsburg, New American BouleYork 12580. Pur- vard, Latham, New pose: For any law- York 12110

The Articles of Organization of Steven J. Bock MD, PLLC were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on January 11, 2012. Office location: Dutchess County, State of New York. SSNY has been designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to 75 Traver Hollow Road, Boiceville NY 12412. Purpose: to engage in the practice of the profession of Medicine through individuals authorized by law to render such services as individuals. ful purpose.

YACONO HOLDINGS, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/25/12. Office in Dutchess Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Lacono Holdings, LLC, 50212 Annie Ave., Pleasant Valley, NY 12569, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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