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Rhinebeck residents speak out against Red Wing mine

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BY JIM LANGAN On Friday night around 11:45 p.m. a group of Bard College students were walking south on Route 9G near the intersection with Broadway. According to Bard College spokesperson Mark Primoff, Evelina Brown, 20, of Seattle, Washington, and Sarah McCausland, 19, of Winnetka,

Evelina Brown and Sarah McCausland. Facebook photo.

Illinois, were killed after being struck by a car. Both the young women and the driver of the vehicle that hit them were headed south on 9G. The impact point was just north of Broadway on 9G. The route is an often travelled one for many Bard students. The 3.5 mile trip up

and down 9G is the only route students can take to get to local businesses and their apartments in Tivoli. The road is considered dangerous given the lack of sidewalks and crosswalks and the number of speeding cars on the road. A > >continued on page 3

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Wappinger woman arrested for damaging common area in apartment complex On January 23, at approximately 11:37 p.m., New York State Police arrested Renee Nowakowski, 31, of Wappinger Falls, for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. Troopers responded to a Dutchess County 911 call reporting that an unknown subject had damaged the Chelsea Ridge common room. Subsequent to police investigation, Nowakowski was located at a nearby business and acknowledged that she was responsible for the damage at Chelsea Ridge. Nowakowski was issued an appearance ticket ordering her to appear before the Town of Wappinger Court.

Unlawful collection of unemployment for Poughkeepsie man On February 1, New York State Police arrested Sean R. Tynan, 52, of Poughkeepsie, for falsifying business records in the first degree, a class-E felony. Tynan had caused false entries to be made in the business records of the




New York State Department of Labor by certifying weekly that he was totally unemployed when in fact he was gainfully employed. The weekly false certifications enabled Tynan to collect $7,225, of which he was not entitled. Tynan was issued an appearance ticket ordering him to appear in the City of Poughkeepsie Court.

Teen steals beer from Dover store On January 29, New York State Police arrested Joseph T. Hoffman, 19, of Dover, for petit larceny, a class-A misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree, a violation. On December 16, 2013, New York State Police were dispatched to the Freshtown in Dover to investigate a reported larceny of beer. A store manager alleged that he observed a subject, later identified as Hoffman, pass all points of sale without paying for the merchandise that he was carrying. An employee pursued Hoffman on foot. Hoffman then struck the employee, terminating further pursuit. Hoffman was arraigned and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

Man tries to use another identity to get driver’s license On January 30, the New York State Police, in conjunction with the Department of Motor Vehicles, arrested Mason Robitaille, 32, of Philipstown, for identity theft in the second degree, a felony, offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a felony, and crim-

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inal impersonation in the second degree, a misdemeanor. The arrest was made after a Department of Motor Vehicles investigation revealed that Robitaille attempted to assume the identity of another person when applying for a driver’s license at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ office in the City of Poughkeepsie. Robitaille was released on bail and is due to appear in the City of Poughkeepsie Court.

Arrest for stolen wedding ring in Poughkeepsie On January 31, New York State Police arrested Kevin Malfetano, 21, of Poughkeepsie, for criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a felony. Malfetano was found to have a stolen wedding ring while in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The wedding ring was stolen from a vehicle on December 28, 2013, when the vehicle was parked overnight in Wappinger. He is scheduled to appear in court in the Town of Poughkeepsie at a later date.

Millbrook woman arrested for DWI after accident investigation On January 28, at approximately 11:48 p.m., New York State Police arrested Jessica L. Lejeune, 25, of Millbrook, for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Lejeune was found to be intoxicated subsequent to an accident investigation that was conducted on Route 44, in the town of Washington, near the village of Millbrook. Lejeune supplied a positive breath sample which yielded a blood alcohol content of .17 percent, more than two times the legal limit of intoxication. Lejeune was issued uniform traffic tickets ordering her to appear before the Town of Washington Court

Employee arrested for stealing prescription medication On January 28, at approximately 10:26 a.m., New York State Police arrested John Turchioe, 25, of Wappinger Falls, for petit larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. Troopers were dispatched to investigate a reported larceny at a LaGrange based business. Investigation revealed that an employee had stolen prescription medication from the business owner. Turchioe was issued an appearance

ticket and ordered to appear before the Town of LaGrange Court.

Teen arrested for domestic incident On January 26, at approximately 4 p.m., New York State Police arrested Dustin G. Holst-Grubbe, 17, of Red Hook, for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. Holst-Grubbe was arrested subsequent to a domestic incident. Investigation revealed that Holst-Grubbe intentionally damaged property that is owned by the victim. Holst-Grubbe was issued an appearance ticket and ordered to appear before the town of Red Hook Court.

Man arrested during bank robbery on Main St. On Jan. 29, at 12:01 p.m. the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to the Chase Bank located at 285 Main Street for a report of a bank robbery in progress, with the suspect still inside. Responding officers set up a perimeter and several officers were able to make entry into the bank and take the suspect into custody. The suspect, Silviano Christman, a 20-year-old upstate resident, had entered the bank and handed a teller a note which said that he had a bomb and demanded money. The teller alerted other people in the bank who called the police. Christman is being charged with attempted robbery in the third degree, a class-E felony. He is being held pending his arraignment.

21-year-old arrested for rape On January 28, at approximately 10:40 p.m., New York State Police arrested Nicholas L. Browne, 21, of Wappingers Falls, New York, for rape in the third degree, a class-E felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor. On January 16, police were requested to investigate a reported sex offense. Subsequent to investigation, it was discovered that Browne had endangered the welfare of a 15-year-old victim by subjecting her to sexual contact. Browne was arraigned before the Town of East Fishkill Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail.

Hudson Valley News Facebook readers react to the tragic accident that killed two Bard College students last weekend: Alyssa Manner Kogon: It is time to make DWI and DUI felonies. With loss of license for the first offense. Period. The driver had a prior DWI and should have had her license suspended the first time. Micki Walsh Strawinski, Dutchess County Legislator, District 20 Student Employment Manager, Bard College: This is a terrible tragedy for our Bard family and community. This stretch of state road has literally no shoulder and, for the sake of all who walk and/or bicycle on it, must be widened!


Carol Boeck is charged with felony DUI and vehicular homicide for killing Sarah McCausland, pictured at left, and Evelina Brown.

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number of students complained about the narrowness of the shoulders on 9G in that area. A tour of the area by Hudson Valley News confirmed those observations. A third Bard student, Selena Franden, also was struck and suffered a non-life threatening knee injury. Franden was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson and released later in the day. The car that hit the women was driven

by 63-year-old Carol Boeck of Red Hook. Boeck left the scene of the accident, but Franden and other students at the scene provided police with a description of the car and possibly a partial license plate number. Authorities quickly located Boeck and arrested her charging her with felony DUI and vehicular homicide. Boeck was taken to the Dutchess County Jail shortly after her arrest and posted $50,000 bail

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neither subject is associated with any business in the plaza. Both subjects were arraigned at the Town of Wappinger Court, and were remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Two arrested for felony drug offense in Wappinger The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office arrested two subjects for a felony level drug possession in the Town of Wappinger at approximately 9:10 p.m. on February 1, 2014. While acting on a tip, sheriff’s deputies located two people at the New Hackensack Plaza in the Town of Wappinger and it was discovered that they were attempting to sell the drug Suboxone. Suboxone is a controlled substance that is prescribed to treat addictions, much like methadone. The two were taken into custody and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class-B felony. The subjects were identified as Dillon Farmer, 22, of Wappinger, and Sara Boulerice, 29, of the Town of Poughkeepsie. It should be noted that

More DWIs in Red Hook Red Hook Police arrested Matthieu E. Evans, 24, of Red Hook, on February 2 at 12:41 a.m. on Hapeman Hill Road. Evans was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, and two counts of drunken driving, all misdemeanors, as well having an inadequate exhaust and failing to keep right, both infractions. He was processed and released on tickets to appear in town court at a later date. Red Hook Police also arrested Lucas M. Nicholson, 30, of East Greenbush, on February 2 at 10:43 p.m. on Spring Lake Road. Nicholson was charged with two counts of drunken driving, both misdemeanors, as well as failure to keep right, an infraction. He was processed and released on tickets to appear in town court at a later date.

late Saturday. Boeck had also been convicted in 2005 of drunken driving in Tivoli. Boeck was scheduled to appear in Village Court in Tivoli Monday night, but inclement weather caused the proceeding to be postponed to March 3. According to friends, Brown and McCausland were among six women who had attended a social gathering at a friend’s house Friday evening and were walking on the grass along 9G on their way to the Bard shuttle stop in Tivoli when the accident occurred. Brown and McCausland were said to be closest to the road when Boeck’s 1987 Jeep Wrangler roared up behind them. Witnesses report the impact sounded like a gunshot or firecracker as the vehicle kept going. Nearby students attempted to give CPR to Brown and McCausland but it appears they were been killed instantly. As word of the accident spread Friday night and into Saturday morning, students turned to social media in an attempt to determine the identity of the victims. Upon notification of kin, Bard College issued a statement identifying the women. At midnight on Saturday, more than 200 people attended Mass at Bard’s Chapel of the Holy Innocents. Attendees lit candles and sang “Amazing Grace” and “Lean on Me.” The college is providing support services for students, staff and faculty. Funeral arrangements were unavailable at press time, but both women are expected to be returned to their hometowns for burial.

Willis Williams: This seems to be happening quite a bit lately. I’m shocked that a 63 year old would be this stupid. Wendy Mierbeth: Terrible that someone would driver off after hitting one, but two is unreal. Shelley Davis: Please wear bright/ white clothing at night with reflective tape and a flash light or flashing lights on your. Even sober drivers may have a hard time seeing you in the dark. Stephen Zicchinolfi: Two young lives wiped out by stupid selfish actions, so sad R.I.P. Heather DeSantis Latimer: She killed someone’s daughter.. Someone’s sister... Someone’s granddaughter... Ended two young girls lives.. Just to drive herself around drunk. When will people wake up? When you get behind the wheel after drinking you are doing so well aware that you could kill someone.. Or yourself. That is NO accident and there is NO excuse. Disgusting.

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On Monday, I was visiting a friend who said their dog Hannah predicted the Super Bowl winner. They had asked her if the Broncos would win, and she sat quietly, unmoved. Then they asked her about the Seahawks, and she started excitedly barking. They had to watch to see if she was right, of course. Good thing I didn’t have to because I only watched for about five minutes, and then only to say I saw part of it. The Super Bowl, as you may guess, is nothing to me. Not sure how many of us heretics don’t join in the national holiday that is the Super Bowl, but the appeal of it has always eluded me. The game is often boring (well, always boring for me). The media hype over the commercials (seriously?) is weird. The halftime show is bland, and people only seem happy if there’s a wardrobe malfunction (do shirtless Red Hot Chili Peppers count?). There is the Puppy Bowl, of course, and



The Driving Privilege

We often seem to take driving for granted in this country. It’s a privilege that almost anyone over 16 is welcome to with minimal requirements. In the New York, unless there have been some dramatic changes I’ve missed, you must demonstrate a reasonable ability to operate your vehicle. Understand basic functions like the brakes, accelerator, steering wheel and turn indicators. Additionally, you must show an understanding of the basic rules of the road. How to approach an intersection; behave at a crosswalk or a stop sign etc. If you can showcase a basic understanding of these rules, a bad photo of you is snapped and you enter the world of drivers. Having clocked many miles behind the

they’re kind of cute. Did I miss anything? Ah yes, the parties and the endless consumption. In short, the Super Bowl is a celebration of excess. And that makes me odd man out. Excess is one of those things I don’t get. I’ve tried it before, especially in my youth, but once tried, I rarely wanted to go back to it. Yes, in college, I tried going to bars for a bit and even getting drunk. But it had no appeal. I went to a couple of wild concerts, but I didn’t get it - the music was too loud and the energy of the crowd too frenetic. Even when I play hockey, I never understand the fights. Who really wants to lose control like that, and what exactly does it do? This sense of excess translates a lot to how we live our lives. We own far more clothing than we need or than our forebears once owned. We supersize our drinks because, darn it, sixteen ounces just isn’t enough when you can stuff 24 down your gullet. I could go on, but you get the idea. Somehow, we have come to worship the idea that enough is not enough, that everything has to be outsized, outrageous, over the top. There is another way. It’s called balance. Balance is when you have enough but not too much. It’s when you’re comfortable enough but not too comfortable, challenged enough but not overwhelmed, strong enough but not steroid-popping-body-builder strong. Balance is when you read but don’t live with

your head in a book, play but don’t live to play, work but know when it’s time to go home. A balanced life knows how to be with and value others but also how to be alone without feeling lonely. A balanced life knows how to care for loved ones but also look beyond their immediate needs to the needs of others - near and far. Balance is, in a way, not only woven into the fabric of my life but is part of my faith. When you think about it, Anglicans (Episcopalians are the US expression of Anglicanism) are all about balance. We have this tradition which we call the “three legged stool.” The three legs are Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. As we are taught, when one of these legs is missing, the stool cannot stand. Whether accurate or not, our received wisdom is that prior to the Reformation, the church was primarily focused on Tradition - the guidance and teaching of the church. In other words, if Mother Church tells you X+Y=Z, then that is the way it is. During the Reformation, Protestants lifted up Scripture as the sole guide necessary for discerning the will of God and forming doctrine. As a result, the old system of apostolic succession - bishops, priests and deacons was done away with. In England, however, things played out differently. Catholics and Protestants were fighting for control, and the country was on the verge of civil war. One theologian, Rich-

ard Hooker, began writing a massive work, “Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity,” which refuted both the catholic and protestant positions. Although this is a gross oversimplification of the work, Hooker roughly said that Scripture is essential, but so is the church, yet without Reason (by which he understood not only rational thought but also prayer) the other two collapse into chaos. What Hooker advocated was, in a word, Balance. I suspect living a life of balance is one of the most difficult things a human being can do. After all, in a world that demands the best, the most, the biggest, the loudest, the temptation is to either compete to be the superlative or to give up altogether. The life of balance lets go of superlatives but doesn’t let go of life. It just discovers that superlatives aren’t necessary. It’s like taking your spoon and getting it to balance on the edge of your cereal bowl. Letting it fall to one side or the other is so much easier, but when you get it just right, it is a beautiful thing. I think I’ll leave Hannah the dog to deal with the Super Bowl. For my part, I’ll be balancing my spoon on the cereal bowl.

wheel, driving amongst my fellow citizens, I have been witness to some grievous and dangerous acts on the road. I’m sure we have all witnessed heart-pounding moments. May you never forget that when you turn on your engine, turn up the radio and start hurdling down the street at 55 miles per hour, you are operating a machine that can kill. A vehicle is, after all, just a ton or two of metal being propelled down the road by fire and combustible liquids on four rubber wheels with your loved ones strapped to a seat. I am incredibly saddened by the loss of two young lives this past Friday night in the fatal hit and run in Tivoli on Route 9G. I can’t even begin to wonder about the grief that their parents must be feeling, having sent these two young daughters, full of potential, across the country to realize it, only to have them struck down needlessly by someone else’s daughter. Someone whose potential was realized seemingly in alcohol filled nights and repeat driving offenses. These girls deserved a better villain. This tragedy should have far reaching consequences within our community. It

poses a greater question about safety for the students and locals who have no choice but to use the roadway as means of transportation by foot or by bicycle. I’ve driven down route 9G from Hudson to Rhinebeck more times than I can count or remember. I’ve driven in the morning, the afternoon and all hours of the night. It is common-place to see a group or two of young people walking down the shoulder of 9G. It is also not a place that you might commonly expect to see someone walking, in fact, the shoulder is narrow, very narrow in places. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has already made a statement about the need now to look at that stretch of road and assess how to make it better. I can only imagine that having formerly served as a mayor of Tivoli, he has a thorough understanding of the use of that area and the danger associated with it. The bigger and more fretful question at stake is what to do with a woman who is already on her second strike and why should someone like this have kept their license after

the first misconduct. There are things in life that you don’t need to experience to understand; I do not need to have a DWI to know that if my license is revoked, my life would become considerably more difficult. We shouldn’t need it spelled out. If you drink and drive, you lose the privilege, end of story. There are things in this life, mistakes in this world that deserve second chances. I don’t believe that the world is free of mistakes or that individuals that make them should pay forever. Maybe after five years without a license you should be allowed to reapply under more scrutiny. When we don’t take drinking and driving as seriously as it is, we allow individuals to walk all over our policies. There should be no second chance or one time screw up, and you should know it the second you get into your car and make the decision to turn on the ignition.

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MANDATORY SENTENCE FOR HIT AND RUN Like everyone else I was horrified to hear about the senseless deaths of two Bard College students Friday night. Evelina Brown, 20, of Seattle, and Sarah McCausland, 19, of Winnetka, Ill., were killed as they walked south on Route 9G Friday night. A third young woman, Selena Frandsen, suffered a knee injury and is expected to make a full recovery. Frandsen was able to provide police with a description of the car that hit them leading to an arrest. The driver of the car that hit the women is Carol Boeck, 63, who has been charged with first degree vehicular manslaughter and felony driving while intoxicated, due to a prior conviction. It goes without saying that this woman, and this woman alone, is responsible for killing these young women and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The fact that she’d already been convicted of DUI only makes this tragedy more maddening. And I don’t want to hear any sob story from some DUI lawyer about poor Ms. Boeck. She’s 63 and knew exactly what she was doing when she got behind the wheel of her 1987 Jeep Wrangler. She put getting her buzz on as more important than obeying the law and, as a result, two beautiful young women will be forever young. But it gets worse. This woman fled the scene after striking these three. She left three young women for dead on the side of the road. She didn’t know or care if they were dead or alive. But she did know she was drunk and she chose to take the coward’s way out and flee.

Unfortunately too many drivers in recent years have done the same thing. The unsolved hit and run of Poughkeepsie teenager Shequila Brown is another example of someone choosing to save themselves while leaving a young woman to die by the side of the road. Shequila was struck by a speeding truck last March 13th as she attempted to cross the street in front of St. Mary’s Church. The rationale for this despicable behavior is simple. People are more afraid of the tougher drunk driving penalties being meted out in recent years and feel incentivized to run; to get the booze or drugs out of their system and return the next day with a lawyer saying they may have hit a deer or some other such nonsense. Well, that has to change. As pathetic as it is that we need a law to make people do the right thing, it’s time we started locking up cowards like Carol Boeck. Remember these drunken hit and run drivers are handing out death penalties in our community. The question is how do we as a society address this issue? I don’t think anything short of a significant mandatory jail term for anyone convicted of leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily harm will do the trick. And I don’t want to hear any baloney about alcoholism as a disease or the impact incarceration will have on the offender or their family. Evelina Brown and Sarah McCausland will never see another birthday, their families will never see them graduate from Bard. Those are the only impacts I care about. It’s my understanding it will take a legislative initiative to change the law. We need to contact our state legislators and demand they introduce and support legislation making hit and run a felony punishable by a mandatory five years in prison on top of any penalty for DUI. Maybe then these drivers will stick around and do the right thing. R.I.P. Sarah and Evelina.

“These drunken hit and run drivers are handing out death sentences in our community.”

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TO THE EDITOR: The Israel lobby is pushing for a US military attack on Iran in the same way it pressed for the invasion of Iraq. Israeli intelligence concocted false evidence of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction and the lobby spread the lies here in the US. More importantly, the lobby’s control of congress virtually assured that America would spend the next decade engaged in the immensely costly and futile occupation of Iraq. This time, the Israel lobby forced our two New York senators into cosponsoring Menendez’s “War with Iran” bill, a call to increase sanctions and end the peace talks. Didn’t both these Democrats run against Bush’s warmongering in the Middle East? Now the lobby has gotten both senators to come out against their own president’s peace process. How do we challenge such power over American foreign policy? First, we must look at those who use religion to protect the lobby’s power. Evangelical Christian and Jewish leaders who label any criticism of the Israel lobby as anti-Semitic should be exposed for what they are, self promoting advocates of racism and war in the Middle East. Secondly, we must challenge the lobby’s tax exempt status. Should the lobby be excused from paying US taxes when it spends tens of millions bribing our politicians? US taxpayers already fork over three billion a year in foreign aid to Israel, the country in the Middle East that least needs it. It is time that we expose the Israel lobby’s fraud on the American taxpayers. Fred Nagel Rhinebeck

TO THE EDITOR: Ms. Tyson, I too am a resident of New York City, although I happily changed my official residence and voting privileges to my Hyde Park home. I understand your conflict regarding the renewal of your Hudson Valley News subscription due to its politically conservative editorials. I share your dilemma. Each day the New York Times is delivered to my apartment door. Each day its unrelenting left wing stance, not only in its editorials, but in its reporting as well, infuriates me. I must be a masochist, I guess, as I continue to renew my subscription. However, there is one difference between you and me, Ms. Tyson. When I write a letter to the editor I get my facts correct while you conveniently do not. In your recent letter to Hudson Valley News you make the outrageous claims that polarization has increased under the Bloomberg administration, young people have been fleeing the city and, most unbelievably, that crime has increased. Each of these assertions are, quite simply, lies that you created out of whole cloth. For instance, every category of crime has dropped dramatically from the first term of the Giuliani administration to the twilight of the Bloomberg. In case you missed it, all those creative, young people who are supposedly fleeing the city are actually fleeing to Brooklyn, and creating one of the great regional renaissances in American history. I could go on, but why bother. You are obviously an intelligent person Ms. Tyson, enough so that you must know that your letter was rife with inaccuracies. It is a sad argument that requires one to mislead in order to make a point. Michael Karpoff Hyde Park


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• How about that creepy photo of the dead Puerto Rican boxer propped up in the corner of a simulated ring in full boxing regalia. Christopher Rivera Amaro’s family thought he’d appreciate it. Hey the guy was 5 and 15, it’s not like he was Jake LaMotta.

year with the Knicks so he should be able to handle the high taxes. • Speaking of real estate, if you’ve always fantasized about living the Magnum PI lifestyle, you’re in luck. Robin’s Nest, the Hawaiian estate Tom Selleck and his iconic 80s TV show called home, is on the market. The three-acre estate boasts five bedrooms and baths, 8,921 square-feet, a boat house, tennis court and guest cottage. It’s all yours for $15 million. • Syndicated columnist George Will weighed in this week on the upcoming congressional contest between Rep. Chris Gibson and his 27-year-old challenger, Facebook beneficiary Sean Eldridge. Will considers the race one of the most important races of 2014. He does a fine job of delineating the differences between the two men.

• The big news in Hyde Park last week was the revelation that the New York Knick’s Amare Stoudemire had purchased a 190-acre farm on Cream Street. Stoudemire is an avid foodie and initial speculation is the sevenfooter might actually farm the property in the off season. He has a cookbook coming out later this month with celebrity chef Max Hardy. Stoudemire earns $21 million a

The world is literally about to blow up.” – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Obama’s foreign policy.

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• Super Bowl Sunday got off to a tough start for movie fans with the news that Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman had been found dead in New York City of an apparent heroin overdose. Hoffman had been to rehab for his addiction last year but friends indicated that he hadn’t resolved his problem. • Staying with death and the Super Bowl, former Steeler great and current NFL broadcaster Terry Bradshaw skipped the big game in the wake of his father’s death on Thursday. No nonsense about how Dad “would have wanted me to carry on.” Some things are just more important. • Remember Daft Punk, the two guys in the robot garb at the Grammy’s? They were spotted at the airport in LA sans helmets. I was hoping they were either deformed, women or some exotic ethnicity. Turns out they’re just French. • Loved Bill de Blasio in those giant protective gloves dropping Staten Island Phil in de Blasio’s first Ground Hog Day ceremony. He’s well on his way to becoming New York’s biggest dork.

• Those creepy Woody Allen allegations refuse to die. Dylan Farrow says Woody molested her repeatedly when she was seven-years-old. The fact that old Woody married one of her sisters makes defending Woody tough. I remember spotting Woody and his bride Soon-Yi in the crosswalk with their baby years ago as I waited for the light to change and I debated giving the two cretins a good honking. Wish I had. • How about that schnook George Zimmerman signing up for celebrity boxing? How desperate for money and attention is this guy. It’s too bad Rodney King is dead, they could fight each other. Yikes. • Looks like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can unstaple his stomach as his presidential hopes continue to go up in smoke. Christie is about one email away from impeachment and got booed at an NFL event last week. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. • Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth will formally announce her intention to seek her old seat in Congress. She lost her 18th Congressional District seat to Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold spring) in 2012. Hayworth beat incumbent democrat John Hall in 2010. The announcement will be at 2 p.m. this Sunday at Satin Fine Foods in Chester. • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren thinks the U.S. Postal Service should get into the banking business, citing a need for fairness and affordability for the 68 million Americans without a checking account. May I remind Sen. Warren that the last time the government got into the financial business it was mortgages, and how’d that work out for everyone? • Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, passed away Monday after an extended illness in Minneapolis.

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Friday, February, 14; Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m.; Bearsville Theater, Woodstock; $35-45;

THIS WEEK (Feburary 5-11) Author Francine Prose; Wednesday, Feb. 5; 6 p.m.; Sanders Classroom, Spitzer Auditorium Room 212, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-437-5370. Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music; Friday, Feb. 7; 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie; $16-58; Valentines Day Craft Program; Friday, Feb. 7; 6:30 p.m.; LaGrange Library, 4888 Freedom Plains Rd., Crafts including heart-shaped fortune cookies and bookmarks, for ages nine and up; Register by calling 845-452-3141 or at “Goodbye to All That: Writers of Loving and Leaving New York;” Friday, Feb. 7; 7 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St.,

Rhinebeck; Featuring authors Sari Botton, Chloe Caldwell, Maggie Estrep and Dana Kinstler; Free; 845-876-0500. Guitar Passions; Friday, Feb. 7; 8 p.m.; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Featuring three master guitarists Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo; $20-60; Modfest; Through Feb. 7; Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Series of free performances and programs in dance, visual art, film, literature and music; 845-437-5370. The Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Course; Saturday, Feb. 8; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Vassar Brothers Medical Center, 45 Reade Pl., Poughkeepsie; Skills for infant and children first > >continued on page 9

Plan ahead for Valentine’s Day with special events all around the Hudson Valley BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF

Jazz up the night

Bard College’s Fisher Center will host jazz ensemble Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band featuring vocalist Claudette Sierra on Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. The band, which stands for See You On The Other Side, boasts stars from the ensembles of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto performing Latin jazz with a postmodern mix. “We’re pleased bring these remarkable jazz artists to the Fisher Center and to partner with Catskill Jazz Factory for the first time,” said Bob Bursey, Fisher Center senior producer. Tickets for the evening are $20 and are available at the box office at or by calling 845-758-7900.

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On Friday, February 14, Big Gay Hudson Valley will host its first-ever “Show Your Love” ball benefiting local Hudson Valley not-for-profits. The event, geared to both those single and in a relationship, will fill the Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie with local wine, food and music. The evening features sparkling wine from Clinton Vineyards, a four course meal and open bar catered by Ed Kowalski of Crave Restaurant and Lounge. Hudson’s own Ophelia Nightly will serenade guests while local artisans delight with desserts from Hudson Chocolates, Adirondack Creamery, Trixie’s Oven and Sprout Creek Farm. A portion of the proceeds from the “Show Your Love” ball will be donated to local Hudson Valley LGBTQ not-for-profits. Guests will have the opportunity to show their love for organizations by sending a valentine to during the event. At the end of the night, organizations, such as GLESEN Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Pride Foundation and Hudson Valley Community Services, will be given a percentage portion of the evening’s proceeds based on the number of valentines they receive. > >continued on next page

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Cher up with ‘Moonstruck’

Get “Moonstruck” with UPAC’s sixth season of classic films on the big screen in Kingston on Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. See Cher in her Oscar-winning role in the classic romantic comedy that shines a full moon over love in Brooklyn. All seats are just $6.

Sweet treat feast

If sweets are the way to your heart, check out the Hudson Valley Wine and Chocolate Festival at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac on February 9. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., sip wine and sample chocolate from all around the region, along with craft vendors and other treats. Admission is $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Proceeds will benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities through Vegan valentine? Fear not with Oliver Kita’s Vegan Valentine’s Collection featuring 16 dairy-free artisan bon bons made with organic chocolate and vegan sugar. Wrapped in seasonal green heart packaging or in a signature heart box. $45 at and in the village of Rhinebeck.

Millbrook; Featuring Eric Rosi-Marshall and Long Steel Rail; Free; e-mail us your events: << continued from previous page aid and CPR; $100; Pre-registration and payment required by calling 845-475-9742. Dvorak’s “Rusalka;” Saturday, Feb. 8; 1 p.m.; The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Part of The Met: Live in HD 201314 season; Pre-show talk at 12:30 p.m.; $19-26; “Family Matters” Opening Reception; Saturday, Feb. 8; 5-7 p.m.; Red Hook Artists Collective Gallery, 7516 N. Broadway, Red Hook; On view through March 2; 3rd Annual Winter Concert Series; Saturday, Feb. 8; 5 p.m.; Millbrook Library, 3 Friendly Ln.,

Healthy hearts

In recognition of the national American Heart Month, Northern Dutchess Hospital will host a free healthy heart luncheon on Wednesday, February 26 from noon to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room. Dr. Douglas Kroll, cardiologist at the Heart Center and Roufia Payman, supervisor of outpatient nutritional counseling at Northn Dutchess Hospital, will lead the discussion, which will highlight heart health and nutrition. Reservations are required by calling 1-877-729-2444. See more events to enjoy with your valentine in our weekly calendar of events.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Unison Learning Center in New Paltz is seeking volunteers for February 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to usher, bake, serve and clean-up for “Speaking of Shakespeare: The Sonnets.” If interested in helping out, email

THEATER: The Powerhouse Theater Training Program is accepting applications for its five-week program. Deadline for submissions is April 16. Apprentices will choose curriculum based on acting, playwriting or directing to produce performances for the public during the annual Powerhouse festival. For more information about program and fees, visit powerhouse.

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Second Saturday Spoken Word; Saturday, Feb. 8; 7 p.m.; 320 Sawkill Rd., Kingston; Featuring poet Timothy Brennan and poet, playwright and talk show host Victoria Sullivan; $5 donation or $2.50 with 3 minute open mic; 845-514-2007.

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Work off those chocolates with a waterfall snowshoe adventure on Friday, February 14. From 9:30 a.m. to noon, bundle up for a two and a half mile snowshoe hike along the Awosting Falls Carriage Road at Minnewaska state Park. View towering rock formations along the Peters Kill stream before the breathtaking views of the 65-foottall Awosting Falls. Snowshoes may be rented from the park office for $5. Parking fee is $8 per car. Pre-registration is required by calling 845-255-0752. Don’t have a sweetie to snowshoe with? No sweat! Join the singles and sociables outing at Litchfield Ledge on Saturday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a postValentine’s Day hike or snowshoe. The moderate to strenuous 8-mile hike will bring hikers to one of the most scenic spots at Minnewaska.

“Architectural Perspectives” with David Temple; Saturday, Feb. 8; 6-10 p.m.; Cornell Street Studios, 168 Cornell St., Kingston; Exhibition, presentations and performance by guitarist David Temple; $15, $10 students, free for children under 12; 845-331-0191.

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ART SPACE: The Red Hook CAN / Artists Collective gallery is offering a one month rental of the main gallery storefront space to an artist or group of artists that would be interested in mounting their own show from March 5 through April 6, 2014. The artist or group will be responsible for hanging the show, marketing it, sitting the gallery and holding their own reception, as well as repairing the walls and repainting as needed after they are done. The cost to rent the space is $200. Any interested persons should contact with a show proposal and representative jpegs if possible and put “Gallery Rent” on the subject line of the email. Women’s Leaders hip Alliance is seeking four women musicians and/or youth group s to volunteer and perform at its annual walk acros s the Walkway Over the Huds on in support of International Women’s Day on March 8 (snow da te March 9). The IWD event begins at 10 a.m. and pe rformances will take place as the walk begins at the Po entrance and at three spots on the ughkeepsie bridge. There is electricity on the Walkway for perfo rmers to use. To learn more or to volunteer call Ca rnela Speer at the Dutchess Coun ty 1700 ext. 1006, or Regional Chamber, 845-454e-mail carmelas@

THEATER: Up in One Productions will hold auditions for the Broadway musical “Les Miserables” on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 7 p.m. with callbacks on April 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at The Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck. Calls are for adult male and female actors as well as singers, two young girls and one young boy. Prepare 16 bars of a song either from the show or in the style of the show. Bring a copy of your sheet music. All parts are open. No appointment needed. Performance dates are July 25 through August 17, 2014. For further information contact Email us at Deadline for submission is midnight on Fridays. Hudson valley news | | February 5, 2014 {9}

e-mail us your events: << continued from page 9 100 for $100 Annual Fundraiser; Sunday, Feb. 9; 4 - 6 p.m.; The Locust Grove Historical Estate, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; Gala and fine art reception; $100; 845-849-0458 or 4TET Concert; Sunday, Feb. 9; 7 p.m.; The Elmendorph Inn, 7562 N. Broadway, Red Hook; Contemporary folk; $12; “Law and Forgiveness;” Tuesday, Feb. 11; 5:30 p.m.; Villard Room, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Talk by human rights and advocacy law expert Martha Minow; Free; 845-437-5370.


“Rouge” Exhibition; Feb. 1-28; Artists reception on Saturday, Feb. 15; 5-7 p.m.; Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery, The Courtyard, 43 E. Market St., Rhinebeck; On view through Feb. 28; 845516-4435 or “Choco·Pie Propaganda - From North Korea with Love;” On view through Feb. 28; 4-8 p.m.; Ethan Cohen Fine Art, 211 Fishkill Ave., Beacon; “Teen Visions;” On view through Feb. 13; James W. Palmer Gallery, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; More than 100 pieces of art on display from students from Mill Street Loft; 845-437-5370.

“Malick Sidibé: Chemises;” On view through March 30; Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Work from the international photographer focusing on 1960s culture; “Into the Woods;” Through Feb. 9; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck; $24-26; 845-876-3080; “See America…Then and Now” Exhibit; Through June 30; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Rte. 9, Hyde Park; Crowdsourced art campaign featuring artists from all 50 states celebrating our national parks and other treasured sites;


Bob Babb Wednesday Walk; Wednesday, Feb. 12; 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Franny Reese State Park, Highland; Moderate 3-mile hike; All ages aged 18 and older are welcome; Free; 845-2550919 or Author Josefina Baez; Wednesday, Feb. 12; 5 p.m.; Sanders Classroom, Spitzer Auditorium, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-437-5370. Mammogram Screening; Wednesday, Feb. 12; 5-7 p.m.; Dyson Center for Cancer Care, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, 45 Reade Pl., Poughkeepsie; Free screenings for women over 50 without insurance or under 49 at high-risk for breast cancer; 845-483-6264. Meeting of End the New Jim Crow Action Committee; Wednesday, Feb. 12, 26; 6-7:30 p.m.; Sadie Peterson Delany African Roots Library, Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie; 845-475-8781 or “Chasing Ice;” Wednesday, Feb. 12; 7 p.m.; Blodgett Hall, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Screening as part of Darwin Days program; Free; 845-437-5370. “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness;” Wednesday, Feb. 12; 7 p.m.; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 S. Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-4524013. “Ancient Greek Bronzes: From the Essence of Form to Hellenistic Realism;” Thursday, Feb. 13; 5 p.m.; Taylor Hall, Room 203, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Talk by Sean Hemingway, curator of the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Free; 845-437-5370. Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band; Friday, Feb. 14; 7:30 p.m.; Theater Two, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; Featuring vocalist Claudette Sierra; $20; 845-758-7900. “Moonstruck;” Friday, Feb. 14; 7:30 p.m.; Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston; $6;

Robert Randolph and the Family Band; Friday, Feb. 14; 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; $35-45; > >continued on page 12 {10} February 5, 2014 | | Hudson valley news



I clearly remember the first time I had a molten chocolate cake. It was the late ’80s in New York City and my brother took me to JoJo’s Restaurant. It was one of JeanGeorges Vongerichten’s first hot spots and my brother was always on the cutting edge of Manhattan restaurants. After we finished our dinner, he told me he had already ordered a dessert that he knew I would love. While the molten cake may now seem ubiquitous, it was invented by Jean-Georges in the 80s and was revolutionary to the culinary scene. Of course I loved it and still do. I remember my first attempts at recreating it involved making chocolate truffles that I dropped into half-cooked cakes – what a pain. Finally I got it simpler and just as scrumptious! Enjoy and simultaneously impress your Valentine.

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter six 4-ounce ramekins or muffin tins. Set the ramekins on a baking sheet. Over medium-low heat, melt the butter with the Ingredients: chocolate. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, egg 4 tablespoons butter yolks, sugar and salt at high speed until thickened and 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped pale. 2 eggs Whisk the chocolate until smooth. Whisk the 2 egg yolks chocolate mixture into the egg mixture along with the 1/4 cup sugar flour and Grand Marnier, if using. Use a spatula to Pinch of salt 1/3 cup flour stir the mixture to remove the air from the batter. 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier, Spoon the batter into the prepared ramekins and optional bake for 10 minutes, or until the sides of the cakes are firm but the centers are soft. Let the cakes cool in the ramekins for 1 minute, then cover each with an inverted dessert plate. Carefully turn each one over, let stand for 1 minute and then unmold. Serve immediately. You can serve them with ice cream, whipped cream and or berries.

MAKE AHEAD : The batter can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Bring to room temperature before baking.


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BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF Red Hook guitar virtuoso David Temple will take the stage of Cornell Street Studios on Saturday, Feburary 8 for “Architectural Perspectives.” The event, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m., will explore architecture in art, music and education through an exhibition of local architects and artists, presentations and even a little “Stairway to Heaven” by Temple. The night will kick off with a presentation on the Lace Curtain Factory, built in 1902 and put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. The presentation will be led by the Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO), which plans to convert the factory into an apartment complex for artists. Other presentations include William Rhoads on the history of architecture in Kingston and Alan Strauber, president of Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance, with a presentation on Vaux’s work in the Hudson Valley. Bard Conservatory faculty member David Temple will take the stage at 7:45 p.m. with architecturally-inspired music, written in honor of great structures, such as “La Catedral” by Agustin Barrios. He will also perform pieces that make reference to an architectural detail, including his own interpretation of “Stairway to Heaven.” In addition to an art show featuring local architects and artists, there will be handmade and vintage valentines gifts available for purchase. Admission is $15 and includes presentations ($10 with valid student ID, and free for children under the age of 12), music and complimentary food provided by local restaurants. Cornell Street Studios is located at 168 Cornell Street, 2nd Floor in Darmstadt Overhead Doors Building. For more information, call 845-331-0191 or email Renee at

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‘Red Tails’ screening at FDR site In commemoration of Black History Month, the Pare Lorentz Center at the FDR Presidential Library will host a film screening of “Red Tails,” the 2012 acclaimed George Lucas production about theTuskegee Airmen. The program will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 6. Prior to the screening, Roosevelt Library Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin will provide historical context related to the airmen and the Roosevelt administration. The event is free..

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BY ANN LA FARGE Having trouble finding just the right book? I know what you mean. Last week, I suggested asking a librarian, and recommended a novel that my local librarian recommended to me. This week, faced with the same problem of selection, I paid a visit to my local bookstore and dumped the problem in the hands of a talented bookseller. Knowing my taste in fiction, she didn’t hesitate, but quickly pulled from the shelf a book with a mighty intriguing title (how had I missed this one?), Alice McDermott’s “SOMEONE” (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, $25). “What’s it about?” I asked, only to be told, politely, to read it and find out. Shall I tell you the same thing? It’s about one woman’s life – the dailiness of it, the emotional content of it. Is it told chronologically? No, of course not. It skips around, scattering memories of childhood, marriage and children, even old age, in a seemingly random but beautifully written pattern. One life. We meet Marie when she’s a kid living in Brooklyn. Her brother, Gabe, is studying for the priesthood. A neighbor, a strange and dreamy girl, is killed in a home accident. This event resonates throughout the entire novel in strange ways. She meets Walter, “her first foray into love’s irrational pains.” When he dumps her for someone else, she asks her brother, “Who’s going to love me?” He tells her, “Someone will.” Along the way, she takes a job in a funeral parlor; she marries and has four children; she endures cataract surgery gone wrong; and finds herself, at one point, “Five years widowed, eight without Gabe, thirty without my mother in the world, and 66 since my father was gone…” A full life – an examined life – told with humor, and passion, and wisdom. Please, whatever you read this February, read this. I’ll be sure to thank my bookseller for picking out ‘just the right book’ for me. Nobody had to remind me, however, to read E.L Doctorow’s new novel. Ever since “Ragtime,” I’ve eagerly awaited, then devoured, every book this magical writer has given us. This one is different. Have you ever been tempted to write down whole sentences from a novel, just so you won’t forget them? This time, my pencil hovered over the book; fortunately I was able to ‘curb my enthusiasm’ and not copy down the whole thing. “Andrew’s Brain” (Random House, $26) is described, in the publisher’s words, as “a radical trip into the mind of a man who, more than once in his life, has been the inadvertent agent of disaster.” Intriguing? When his second wife dies, he takes their baby to his first wife (“I can’t do this alone”) and guess what? She closes the door in his face. Speaking, throughout, to an unknown person (shrink?), Andrew tells his story and {12} February 5, 2014 | | Hudson valley news

raises questions about truth, memory and fate. At times funny, profound, lyrical, suspenseful, gritty; at all times fascinating. Even when he starts going to a gym, and joins “the world of abs and pecs and quads.” “But what is it about?” I hear you cry. Well, I just told you. Oh, all right, one more hint. His Yale roommate, “he never cracked a book,” is now the President of the U.S., and Andrew gets himself a quick gig at the phantom White House Office of Neurological Research. But… Be bedazzled, twice. These two novels, back to back, will keep you thinking and wondering about Life with a capital L, and…smiling. Let’s switch gears and have some nostalgic fun. Let’s ask, and answer the question, “Where did the Beatles take us, what did they deliver us from, and what do they mean to us now?” by reading “The Beatlers Are Here! 50 Years After the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Remember,” edited by Penelope Rowlands (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $16). Where were you on February 7, 1964, the day the Beatles landed on our shores? Did you watch them perhaps, on the Ed Sullivan Show? Were you even born? This delightful retrospective lets you hear from such fans as Fran Lebowitz, Billy Joel, Pico Iyer, and many more. Rowlands, who was a screaming fan, writes “How quickly the Beatles changed …everything. Suddenly they were here. There. Everywhere.” She celebrates the myth, the reality, and the era in this delightful retrospective. Let’s peek back for a moment at the New York Times of Sept. 21, 1964, and read Gay Talese’s headline: “Beatles and Fans Meet Social Set – Chic and Shriek Mingle at Paramount Benefit Show.” Then let’s hear from Greil Marcus, rock critic, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Duchin, and many more. “In many ways,” the author ends her Introduction, “they never left. Today, they’re as vivid, appealing, and powerful as the very first song of theirs that some of us ever heard: ‘She Loves YOU.’ We loved them. We were there.” I’ll leave you the final words of the book, by Will Hermes, who ends his nostalgic piece thus, “For many, pop music still began and ended with the Beatles.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. This book is truly fun. Don’t miss it! Let’s end with a couple of books for younger readers. I’m delighted to welcome Hank (from the Hank Zipzer series) back in a new series by authors Henry (the Fonz) Winkler and Lin Oliver in “HERE’S HANK” (Grosset & Dunlap, Penguin Young Readers Group, for ages 6-8, illustrated by Scott Garrett, $15 each). The series launches with two books, “A Short Tale About a Long Dog” and “Bookmarks Are People, Too!” In “A Short Tale,” Hank persuades his dad to get him a dog . But when Cheerio gets loose in the park, Hank’s dad announces that he dog must go. Can Hank convince his dad to keep his best friend? Hank, by the way, is pretty bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject. So are math and reading. (he’s in fourth grade). These books feature an easy-to read font designed especially for dyslexic readers. And, they’re delightful stories Welcome back, Hank! 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

e-mail us your events: << continued from page 10 Author Valerie Martin; Saturday, Feb. 15; 10:30 a.m.; Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St., Millbrook; 845-677-5857. Washington’s Birthday Celebration; Feb. 1517; Noon - 4 p.m.; Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, 84 Liberty St., Newburgh; Reenactments, historic talks, music and crafts; Admission by donation; 845-562-1195.

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Thomas Cole Historic Site announces renovation of artist’s studio BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF Thomas Cole’s New Studio, situated on the painter’s Cedar Grove estate in Catskill for nearly 125 years, and designed for the artist to have a space of his own, was torn down in 1973 due to disrepair. Now, with 80 percent of funding raised, Elizabeth Jacks, executive director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, has announced the beginning of the public phase to restore Cole’s New Studio. “By resurrecting this architecturally and historically important building that was an inspiration for Cole and the artists who followed in his footsteps, our vision is to provide a new source of inspiration for present and future generations who come to learn about the birthplace of American landscape painting,” said Jacks. The campaign was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from New York State as part of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development plans. The restoration includes plans for a year-round, handicap-accessible gallery for public exhibitions and events. The New Studio will be rebuilt on its original footprint – and through the study of the artifacts, architect John I. Mesick of Mesick Cohen Baker Wilson Architects has finalized drawings to recreate the exterior of the building to exactly match Cole’s original design and details, including wood clapboard siding, wood shutters, two-story windows, a north portico, and a cedar shake roof. The interior will provide state-of-the-art exhibition and program space. Groundbreaking for the New Studio is planned for June of 2014 with completion set for June 2015.

President’s Day Weekend Events; Saturday, Feb. 15; 2 p.m.; FDR Presidential Home and Library, Rte. 9, Hyde Park; Author talk and signing with Hugh Howard, author of “Houses of the Presidents: Childhood Homes, Family Dwellings, Private Escapes and Grand Estates” and presidential autographs on display; Free; 845-486-7745. “Landscapes Interpreted” Artists Reception; Saturday, Feb. 15; 5-7 p.m.; Red Devon Restaurant, 97 Hunns Lake Rd., Stanfordville; Exhibit by Millbrook painter Daniel F. Gliubizzi and photographer Ann D. Wilkinson; On view Feb. 15-16 and Feb. 22-23; Love Heals: Readings by members of the HealthAlliance Oncology Support Program’s Memoir Group; Saturday, Feb. 15; 7 p.m.; Red Hook Village Hall, 7467 S. Broadway, Red Hook; Mature content may not be suitable for ages under 14; Free; 845-758-2667. An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith; Saturday, Feb. 15; 7:30 p.m.; Sosnoff Theater, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; Smith will share portraits of the characters she has played including from The West Wing and Nurse Jackie; $25, $10 Bard students; 845-758-7900. Fareground Community Cafe Fundraiser and Dance Party; Saturday, Feb. 15; 8 p.m.; Southern Dutchess Bowl, Rte. 52, Beacon; Blind Boys of Alabama; Saturday, Feb. 15; Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m.; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; $30-60;

Singing for Pete’s sake BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF In honor of the life and influence of Pete Seeger, more than a 2,500 people came out to the Libby Funeral Home in Beacon on Sunday to pay their respects to the local folk hero. An urn containing Seeger and wife Toshi’s ashes were displayed on a mantle, alongside photos and Seeger’s wood-splitting maul. Songs including “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” were sung during the reception. Seeger, died January 27 at the age of 94. A memorial concert is said to be scheduled for this summer. On Sunday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Clearwater Winter Open Boat event will extend its hours and host a “Pete Song Swap” at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston. Along with a youth open jam from 3 to 5 p.m. and a potluck meal, songs and memories in honor of Seeger will be performed.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome 2nd Annual Winter Fundraising Dinner Party Extravaganza; Saturday, Feb. 15; 8 p.m.; CJ’s Restaurant, 353 Old Post Rd., Rhinebeck; Dinner, presentation about the aerodrome and live music; $20; The Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society presents Koh Kazama; Sunday, Feb. 16; 3 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; $10; mhcgs. “Can the Subaltern Bark? Dogs, Japan and the Making of the Modern Imperial World;” Wednesday, Feb. 19; 6 p.m.; Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium, Room 212, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Aaron Skabelund to explore roles in the modern imperial world; Free; 845-437-5370. Morton Movie Night presents “Amelie;” Wednesday, Feb. 19; 6:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; 845-876-2903; “Faces of Vassar: An Appreciation” Opening Reception; Thursday, Feb. 20; 5-7 p.m.; Palmer Gallery, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Exhibition by artist Bruce Bundock; On view through March 13; Free; 845437-5370. “The Ballad of America: Songs of Social Change;” Thursday, Feb. 20; 7 p.m.; Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Red Flynn Dr., Beacon; Music historian Robert Cohen will share songs that have inspired movements of social change; Free; “A Streetcar Named Desire;” Feb. 21 - March 2; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.; The Center for Performing Arts, Rte. 308, Rhinebeck; $15-22; 845-876-3080; Authors Tim Federle and Natalie Standiford; Saturday, Feb. 22; 4 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Monthly author event series for kids ages 8-12 featuring giveaways, snacks and activities; Free; RSVP requested at Zappa Plays Zappa: Roxy and Elsewhere; Saturday, Feb. 22; 8 p.m.; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; $53, $48 member; 845-473-2072.


Matinees (all shows before 6pm) Saturday & Sunday only one late day matinee Monday - Thursday



Rte. 9, Red Hook• 758-3311

Labor Day (PG-13) The Monuments Men (PG-13) Frozen in 2D (PG) The Lego Movie in 2D (PG) The Lego Movie in 3D (PG) Lone Survivor (R) The Awkward Moment (R) The Nut Job in 3D (PG) The Nut Job in 2D (PG)

1:15 (4:00) 7:05 9:25 1:15 (4:15) 7:00 8:15 9:25 1:20 (3:45) 6:00 1:45 (4:00) 6:05 8:05 1:00 3:05(5:10) 7:15 9:20 7:00 9:30 1:30 (4:00) 7:20 9:25 1:00 3:00 (5:00)

NEW PALTZ CINEMA Rte. 99, New Paltz • 255-0420

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Rte. 9, Hyde Park • 229-2000

Labor Day (PG-13) The Lego Movie in 3D (PG) The Lego Movie in 2D (PG) Frozen in 2D (PG) The Monuments Men (PG-13) Lone Survivor (R) Vampire Academy (PG-13) The Awkward Moment (R)

The Awkward Moment (R) The Monuments Men (PG-13) Frozen (PG) The Lego Movie in 3D (PG) The Lego Movie in 2D (PG) Her (R)

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SCHUMER CALLS TO FEDS FOR HEROIN HELP IN COUNTY Actor’s death sets stage on heroin abuse BY HV NEWS STAFF In the light of actor Phillip Seymor Hoffman’s apparent overdose from heroin, the country, and especially Dutchess County’s drug problem has been centerstage. Heroin tainted with Fentanyl, and reportedly what was laced in Hoffman’s heroin, were first reported late in November 2013 in several overdoses in Dutchess County. Senator Chuck Schumer visited Poughkeepsie last week to propose getting the federal government involved in the county’s increase in heroin use and related crime. “We are losing too many of our young adults to the scourge of drug abuse,” he said. “More must be done to rescue more Dutchess county residents from the bane of drug addiction.” Schumer said that in Dutchess County almost 162 out of 10,000 people aged 18 to 24 entered rehabiltation programs for heroin and other opiate abuse from 2009 to 2011. The senator called for the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy to designate Dutchess County as a “high intensity drug traficking area” to enhance coordination of law enforcement agencies to combat drug-related crimes. He also proposed a statewide database that law enforcement and health officials can access to determine trends and patterns of drug-related incidents. The Dutchess County undercover drug task force also said cases involving heroin have grown from 25 percent in 2008 to 60 percent in 2013. Last week, Hudson Valley News reported that three men in Poughkeepsie were arrested for possession of over 470 bags of heroin.

Paul Doherty, owner of Red Wing Properties, defends his mining project at Monday night’s meeting. Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

Rhinebeck residents speak out against Red Wing mine Traffic, noise among concerns during special use permit meeting BY LARISSA CARSON Tensions ran high during the public comment period held by the Rhinebeck Planning Board on Monday night in Rhinebeck Town Hall. A key topic of the night’s agenda was the review of the Special Use Permit (SUP) application submitted by Red Wing Properties Inc. to use White Schoolhouse Road, just outside of town as an access point for the existing quarry. Though mining has existed on that site for more than two decades, due to modifications of the site plan to including the introduction of sub-aqueous extraction on the floor of the existing mine, the SUP submitted by Red Wing is being treated as a new application rather than a renewal. Local residents wrote letters and came out to voice their concerns about the renewed activity on the site as well as along White Schoolhouse Road. Amongst their

Man charged with second degree murder after killing fellow employee BY HV NEWS STAFF David Reese, 53, of Gilboa, has been charged with murder in the second degree after fatally shooting fellow Department of Environmental Protection co-worker Aron Thomas, 33, of Olivebridge, early Monday morning in Kingston. Reese has pleaded not guilty and is being held at Ulster County Jail. A fund has been set up to benefit Thomas’ wife and children through {14} February 5, 2014 | | Hudson valley news

primary concerns is the renewed traffic from large trucks on their roads. The heavy and frequent activity means much faster degradation of the roadway. A letter from the Town Conservation Advisory Board touched on topics ranging from the impact on the protection of the endangered Blanding’s turtle, impacts to water resources, traffic impacts, compliance with the Rhinebeck Plan and end reclamation of the site. “There’s a disjunction between what Rhinebeck is and what Rhinebeck wants to be,” said Rhinebeck resident Theresa Valardi. “I am not anti-business but I am anti-business that is basically looking for a place to do their work and isn’t really interested in the community.” Neighbor Hans Boehm noted similar concerns about traffic, noise and increased road litter, “Anything that would make it worse is really, really objectionable.” Paul Doherty, owner of Red Wing Properties, was in attendance at the meeting along with principal geologist Paul Griggs of Griggs-Lang Consulting Geologist Inc. Griggs was hired by Red Wing to conduct the environment impact studies required by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as well as the town of Rhinebeck. “Red Wing is a subsidiary of Package Pavement and I’ve been with them for 63 years. I’ve been on the recreation committee in LaGrange for over 35 years,”

Doherty informed the crowd. “I have dedicated my life to recreation,” he added. “You can be assured we’ll do an excellent job in Rhinebeck.” Larry Sullivan of LaGrangeville, moved from Boston 35 years ago and has lived behind Doherty’s Billings site for 33 years. “I know it can be a scary thing,” he said. “But this operation is a friend to the community.” Still, residents of the town who came to get questions answered seemed reserved at the idea. As they voiced their concerns about extraction methods, effects on water supply and a noisy disruption of day to day activities, Griggs could be seen visibly shaking his head in disagreement. Tensions rose when one resident pointed out that he built his home there only 13 years ago to enjoy the quiet of the neighborhood. Town Board Member Richard Murray responded to crowd concern by saying, “I think its important to remember that Red Wing bought this property in good faith and you’re missing the point.” “If the problem is traffic and noise, thats something we have to deal with them on,” he said. “I bought a house 13 years ago too, I didn’t buy it next to a mine though.” Also discussed during the hearing was recent activity that has taken place on the property outside of the mine site, specifically the clear cutting of a portion of the land. This action has caused both the DEC and town of Rhinebeck to take action against the land owner. Under regulation, Red Wing is not allowed to make any alterations to land that is under review by the DEC, which caused the DEC to file a complaint investigation. The town has also filed a complaint in regard to the clear cutting. Red Wing has responded by saying that the land was cleared with the intention of having it farmed. They were asked by the town to present a contract with the farmer that will be doing the work. Doherty said he did not have the contract to present at the meeting, as it was in possession nephew who was in California. Griggs, a representative for Red Wing, claimed that the work done to the lot is within their existing rights and that the DEC dropped the complaint against them. However, planning board head Michael Trimble informed them that the planning board had not yet been informed otherwise by the DEC. The planning board will hold a meeting to discuss the application on February 18, though no public comments will be allowed at that time. Public comments will resume during the March 3 planning board meeting starting at 6:35 p.m.

Rodney Lenfest of Boundless Energy takes questions from Clinton residents last Thursday. Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

BOUNDLESS ENERGY PUTS PROPOSAL ON THE LINE IN CLINTON BY LARISSA CARSON Last Thursday residents of Clinton came out to hear Boundless Energy President Rodney Lenfest discuss his company’s proposal for Governor Cuomo’s Energy Highway Initiative. Governor Cuomo introduced the Energy Highway Initiative during his 2012 state of the union address. One of the objectives included an upgrade to the generation and transmission capacity of up to 3200 megawatts. This includes the construction of AC transmission lines that would increase the capability to move energy from existing plants located in the North Country downstate to the Hudson Valley and serve New York City. Specifi-

cally, the upgrade involves the power grid from Leeds to Pleasant Vallley. Four companies have submitted proposals to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) who is in charge of overseeing the project. Three of those proposals (Next Era, Transco and North America Transmission) would come down on the eastern side of the Hudson River, in our region, and continue in the current utility right of way. There are two variations in these proposals: One will build towers for the new lines higher, nearly twice the height of the existing towers, resulting in less land seizure through eminent domain. The other

THE FIGHT FOR THE 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT MAY TURN ON MONEY BY JIM LANGAN One of the most closely watched congressional contests this year is right here in our own back yard. Incumbent Republican Chris Gibson is being opposed by 27-year-old Democrat newcomer Sean Eldridge. Under normal circumstances Gibson, a decorated war hero and popular two-term congressman, would have little to fear from a political neophyte like Eldridge who has only recently established residency in the district. But no one is taking Eldridge lightly given the size of

his wallet. Eldridge is married to one of the founders of Facebook, Chris Hughes, rumored to be worth north of $750 billion. To date Eldridge has contributed more than $715,000 to his own campaign. In addition, Eldridge has recently established a small-business venture capital firm in Kingston that has been investing heavily in Hudson Valley businesses in the district he is running in. While such a strategy appears obvious and heavy handed to many, Eldridge is finding

plan keeps the towers at the same height and expands the right of way’s width. This would result in a much higher rate of land loss to eminent domain. All of these plans fall in the range of $1.3 billion to complete. The fourth proposal would come down the western side of the river. This plan is presented by Boundless Energy. “Because Boundless doesn’t have the responsibility of distributing energy within a certain area,” Lenfast began his presentation “we feel we have the opportunity to step back and look for the best solution. We believe we have a better plan than any other offered.” Starting in Leeds down to Hurley, Boundless Energy’s proposal upgrades the transmission lines on the existing towers. The upgrade would be to a new type of cable called ACCR whish is able to transmit two to three times the current on the same size voltage line. Hurley to Roseton would be enhanced by series compensation. From Roseton, Boundless’ plan would go east underground for 7 to 8 miles, 40 feet under the Hudson River at it’s deepest point (not disturbing PCB pollution), by use of directional drill. On the east side of the river, they would emerge in the existing utility right of way in East Fishkill, before continuing east. The plan would bury the line five feet underground using a trenching system and directional drilling under roadways. This budget falls somewhere around $275 and $300 million. Both Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner and Clinton Town Supervisor Ray Oberly support Boundless Energy’s plan. Seemingly, due to public outcry, the PSC has delayed all consideration of the proposals until after a meeting they have scheduled for February 20, 2014, and additionally, they have extended the comment period indefinitely. Concurrently, in August of this past

year the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decided to allow the New York State Independent System Operator (NYISO) to create a new capacity zone. The new zone would be comprised of four existing zones spanning from New York City, everything but Long Island, to just below the capital region. The new capacity zone is set to go into effect on May 1, 2014. When that happens, it will mean a rate hike of anywhere between five to 10 percent by electric utilities. It would also result in the construction of a number of new generation and transmission facilities in the new zone, our area, to keep up with demand. The rate hike will pay for the new power projects. It is predicted that it could increase electric bills in the lower Hudson Valley by $350 million a year. However, the PSC and state-owned New York Power Authority (NYPA) have each filed petitions with FERC asking them to reconsider their August decision. The petitions seek to delay the implementation of the new zone until 2017 giving them an opportunity to see if the Energy Highway initiative will eliminate the need for the new capacity zoning. “The Energy Highway pursues a longterm solution to deliver lower cost upstate power to the downstate area by reinforcing the transmission system,” Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer said in a statement. “This proposed new capacity zone will take money out of the pockets of ratepayers and result in a windfall of profits for existing power plant owners in the region.” To date there has been no official response to the PSC and NYPA’s request to FERC for the delay.

it’s an effective way to make friends in a hurry in a district you’re unfamiliar with. Eldridge and Hughes originally purchased a residence in Cold Spring which is in the 18th congressional district. With the ascension of fellow Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney in the 18th district, Eldridge subsequently purchased a $2 million residence in the Ulster County community of Shokan. Eldridge’s prior voting address was Manhattan. While supporters of Gibson are quick to label Eldridge something of a district shopping dilettante, they are taking his candidacy seriously. Gibson has raised $983,549 for the 2014 election through the end of December. Eldridge raised $1.78 million last year and entered 2014 with

$1.26 million on hand. Gibson has raised a considerable amount of money from organized labor which is somewhat unusual for a conservative Republican. Gibson has also raised a considerable amount of money from various political action committees. Gibson has made something of a reputation as a legislator not tethered to conservative talking points, but rather willing to reach across the aisle to achieve results. He has established a positive working relationship with his colleague Rep. Maloney, which has benefitted the Hudson Valley. That relationship could go a long way to dispel the “extremist” label Eldridge is likely to put forward in the coming campaign.

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Clinton Backyard Bird Count Join some fellow birders at the Clinton Community Library on Saturday, February 15 at 10 a.m. to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This annual event engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate. Barbara Mansell will lead a walk in the Clinton Nature Trail, next to the library, after the GBBC slide show presentation in the library. The library is located at 1215 Centre Road (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). For more information, call Barbara Mansell at 845266-4611 or

Wurtemburg Church Holds German Dinner St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Wurtemburg will hold its annual authentic German dinner on Saturday, February 22 (snow date February 23) at 6 p.m. in their church at 371 Wurtemburg Road, Rhinebeck. This authentic German meal is designed and prepared under the supervision of Master Chef Fritz Sonnenschmidt. The meal is served family style and offers soup, salad, featuring sauerbraten as the entree, several breads, dessert, and various beverages. The funds raised will benefit the church’s affiliated ministries in Meru, Kenya. The tickets are $35 per person and must be prepaid with reservation. There is limited seating so make your reservations with payment early before they are sold out. For more information and to make reservations, call 845-876-3712. After calling to confirm that there are seats available, send your check made payable to St. Paul’s Wurtemburg Church and mail to Virginia Vonder Lieth, 563 Primrose Hill Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

Wild Game Dinner Report The Evangelical Free Church held its ninth annual Wild Game Dinner on February 1 at the church in Clinton Corners. A full house of hunters and guests, from children to seniors, came. Pastor Silvieus welcomed the attendees, and mentioned that all the proceeds from the dinner would go to the Care Net Pregnancy Center of the Hudson Valley to help young mothers and newborn babies. Pastor Silvieus introduced Wade Nolan who gave a seminar on

Pastor Jeff Silvieus with guest speaker sportsman Wade Nolan at the Evangelical Free Church’s ninth annual Wild Game Dinner. Photo by Ray Oberly.

whitetail deer hunting strategies before the dinner. After the dinner, he told interesting stories on his and others’ experiences while being in wild areas. Wade is a whitetail deer professional hunter, an internationally recognized wildlife videographer, with broadcasts on BBC, NBC, and National Graphic channels, and founder of “Whitetail University.” Before and during the seminar, there were plates on each table that contained appetizers of venison made snack sticks, two kinds of pepperoni, and cheese salami with cheese and crackers. These appetizers were made by Malafy’s Meat Processing and Frank “Butch” Lynehan. The seminar was about the ABCs of deer hunting. It started with a video of the different sounds deer make to communicate. Wade then showed the group how to make the important ones on his deer caller. He showed a video on the problems using deer stands and how hunters get hurt using them. The most important thing is to have a properly worn safety line and to know how to get back onto the stand when dangling from the safety line. Deer can only see yellow and blue which is why the safety blaze orange should be worn during deer season for the hunter’s safety. Wade pointed out that many laundry detergents and purchased clothing have chemicals in them that become blue under ultraviolet light and that is what the deer sees. He recommended washing all deer hunting clothing with a special detergent (Sport Wash). A deer’s nose is as sensitive as a bloodhound’s nose so that is why you must not carry any body odors and other odors into the woods. You must go into the wind so the deer will not smell you. The deer’s nose

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can smell up to six different smells at one time and can then quickly deduce if a hunter is present. Again, Sport Wash will help get rid of the odors in your hunting clothes. It is best to wash clothing at least two times. The ABCs of deer communications were demonstrated. A is the Attention grunt (called a buck grunt) a single rattle note meaning here I am. B is the Bleat doe call saying here I am if they are close. C is the Contact doe call when separated from the group. It is the same as the bleat call with a lift at the end. The use of rattling makes the sounds of two bucks in combat. The best technique is to be long (about 2 minutes) and loud. When properly done, studies showed that 70 percent of the bucks responded by seeking out the doe that is in the area. The interloper buck will get within 75 yards of the noise and then go down wind to smell the location of the doe. If you use any deer scent, it is best to put it down and then go home and return tomorrow to hunt since your body scent will be present to alert the deer. The featured game menu was venison sausage and peppers, Ted Tenor’s fabulous pheasant cacciatore served on rice, lasagna, salad, rolls, and corn. Don Estes’ famous venison chili with several accompaniments was a success. Malafy’s venison hot dogs were also a big hit. Wade’s presentation was made up of video clips of his adventures and stories of taking videos of bears and moose in Alaska and his exploits in Africa. Wade described one of his Alaskan adventures where he had a small, rugged cabin in a remote area of Alaska that would best be described as a chicken coop with some cots in it. In the wee hours of the morning, a bear came to the cabin and scratched the

cabin walls several times during the night and put his paw through the wall and almost hurt Wade. In addition to wildlife videographing, he runs African photography safaris ( and runs Wild Alaskan Missions to build and repair Victory Bible Camp ( Wade is looking for skilled people to help with the Alaskan construction and repair projects. He has also written two books on his adventures and has three DVDs showing whitetail deer and bears. See (office 724-694-8858) for more details. Thanks are given to Malafy’s Meat Processing in Milan for donating the venison appetizer meats, hot dogs, and the venison processing, to Will Brown and family for the venison, to Ted Tenore for his fabulous pheasant cacciatore, to Mashomack Game Preserve for donating the pheasants, to Don Estes for his venison chili, to Dick’s Sporting Goods for raffle items, to Stewart’s of Pine Plains for dairy supplies, to Rolling Stone Works for the maple syrup, Andy Evans and Mike Martino for the sound and lighting system and operation, to Frank Zitz Taxidermy for the loan of many mounted animals ranging from deer and bear to ducks, to the super servers, kitchen, setup, and cleanup helpers from the Upton Lake Christian School and the church, to Bryant Knapp and helpers for the decorating, and, not to be forgotten, the chief cooks Doreen Brown and Sue Silvieus and all the helper cooks. Special thanks were given to those who came to make this a successful fund raiser for Care Net. To respond to Ray Oberly’s column, email

around town BY HEIDI JOHNSON Bridget has been bugging me for some time to teach her to ski. Now, mind you, I haven’t skied since before she was born, or shortly thereafter. I have a desk job, and the past 10 years haven’t exactly been terribly active for me, particularly in the winter. So, the thought of schlepping all that gear, picking up my 85 pound daughter off the snow again and again, and then packing all the equipment away at the end of the day was a bit daunting. But, I did want Bridget to have a chance to see if skiing worked out for her. So, Saturday morning, off we went to Catamount Ski Center over on the border of New York and Massachusetts. We got there a bit later than I had hoped. It was close to 9 a.m. when we finally arrived at the mountain. The drive was just about 40 minutes from my house to the parking lot at Catamount. I was a bit anxious that we would be waiting in a bunch of lines – ticket line, rental line, lift lines. But, much to my surprise, we picked up Bridget’s fifth grade pass (more on this later), got our lift tickets, and rented her skis in about 20 minutes total. I am not kidding. In the 10 years since I least skied, they have streamlined the ticket and rental process to the point where it is incredibly fast. So nice! Bridget started on the learning slope, and was falling often and not really having a great time. But, then we took a break and met up with our friend Rob Kahn and his daughter Eva. Rob and Eva took Bridget out on the learning slope in the afternoon, while I tried to remember exactly why I used to think it was fun to strap two five-foot boards to my feet and slide down a snowy hill while trying not to crash. Remarkably, most of it came back quickly, although I wasn’t able to do much more than the green trails. And only a few of those because my legs were on fire! Meanwhile, Rob was having nothing to do with the learning slope, so he and Eva bravely took Bridget up on the triple chairlift. This was a huge help, because it got Bridget excited what this learningto-ski would lead to. But, poor Rob! He had to pick her up lots of times, and use his own strength to slow her down as they wound their way down the hill. She made it, loved it, and now can’t wait to go back.

So, about the fifth grade pass. I discovered while researching Catamount’s website that in their commitment to getting young people out of the house and away from video games, they offer a thing called the fourth and fifth graders pass. The pass costs just $15, and it entitles anyone in the fourth or fifth grade a free weekend/holiday ticket as long as you also buy an adult full-day ticket. This is a savings of over $50. You have to sign up for this pass at least seven days in advance by filling out a form and paying the $15 for the pass. Also, they require a copy of the student’s report card. It is a great deal, and was really the motivation to get me back into skiing. We had a wonderful time, and you’ll see us back on the slopes soon. For more on the Catamount fourth or fifth graders pass, visit their website at It is a really a terrific deal.

Stoners play Sidelines on Valentine’s Day Our hometown country/rock band, The Stoners, will play Sidelines Restaurant & Sports Bar in Red Hook on Valentine’s night, Feb. 14, starting at 9 p.m. This is a great chance to take your honey out for dinner and dancing, while supporting this fun family band from Stanfordville. There will also be a free raffle, with lots of fun prizes. Should be a great time! Sidelines is located at 7909 Albany Post Road in Red Hook.

Stanford Grange Roast Chicken Dinner

Stissing Mountain High School in Pine Plains. I have been trying not to write about the show every week, but I also want to be sure no one misses the opportunity to see this production. All Stissing Theatre Guild shows are fabulous – not your average high school play. I like to tell the story of overhearing one of the pit musicians a few years ago commenting to one of his fellow band members, “I played for Les Miz on Broadway last year and it wasn’t that good.” OK, so I suspect he was exaggerating a wee bit, but if you like high school musicals, and you don’t mind driving about 30 minutes up to the little town of Pine Plains, you really should consider coming to this show. The sets, lighting, music, choreography, and of course, the performances are way above your usual high school show. More along the lines of community theatre, but still understanding that some of these actors and actresses are only in the sixth through 12th grades. Director Lisa Baldwin was a professional choreographer prior to coming to STG, and her talent and vision are amazing. She always adds a new twist to older shows and makes them more interesting, and more suited to the skills of the cast. Also, Music Director Joe Deveau brings out the very best in the vocals of these young actors and actresses. Now, more about “Sweet Charity.” The show is based on a book by Neil Simon, with music by Cy Coleman. It premiered on Broadway in 1966, and was subsequently nominated for nine Tony

Awards. The show was adapted for the screen in 1969, starring Shirley MacClaine and John McMartin (who also played the role of Oscar on Broadway). It is the story of a dancer-for-hire, Charity Hope Valentine, who works at the Fandango Ballroom near Times Square. After being dumped in the first scene by her boyfriend, Charity then meets bachelor Oscar Lindquist in a broken elevator. Oscar falls for her, but she lies about her job, saying that she works in a bank. They decide to get married and after that…I can’t spoil it for you. Set in the 1960s, the show has a hippie look and feel. There are uproariously funny scenes, and some very unique choreography. Familiar songs include “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “Big Spender”. The STG production stars Carley Remsberger as Charity, Anthony Bonneville as Oscar, James Elvin as movie star Vittorio Vidal, and a supporting cast of very talented teen singers and dancers. “Sweet Charity” runs Mar. 7 to 9, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors. Please call the box office to charge tickets by phone at 518-398-1272. Tickets for the show would make a great Valentine’s gift for that someone special. Less fattening than chocolates, and just as sweet (Sweet Charity, get it?). Oops, long column there! Enjoy the snowstorm and I’ll see you all next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or


Never ones to rest for very long, the good folks at the Stanford Grange are gearing up for their Roast Chicken Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 16.  There will be one family-style serving at 2 p.m.  The menu will include roast chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, hot biscuits, peas with pearl onions, coleslaw, cherry pie for dessert, and assorted beverages.  Cost is $12 with reservations, $15 for walk-ins.  Make your reservations by calling Louise Woodcock at 845-868-7548 by Feb. 12 in order to qualify for the advance ticket price. Lots of good, homemade food for a very reasonable cost. Don’t miss it!

‘Sweet Charity’ at Stissing Theatre Guild We are now just four and half weeks away from the opening of Stissing Theatre Guild’s production of “Sweet Charity” at

The Rhinebeck Village Board of Trustees appointed Heath Tortarella, pictured far right, as mayor on Monday night. Tortarella will replace Jim Reardon who resigned last week to take a job as an NRA field representative. Tortarella currently serves on the village board. File photo. Hudson valley news | | February 5, 2014 {17}

nomination for the New York State Senate in front of 200 supporters last weekend, saying that he “will never say no.” “I will never be afraid to speak my mind,” he added, “I will never be afraid to lead.”

Tkazyik decried the economic condition of New York, and blamed the financial struggles facing many cities, towns and counties in New York on the refusal of Albany politicians to discipline state spending, the tax burden and unfunded mandates handed to local governments. “New York has the worst business climate in the nation,” said Tkazyik. “The tax burden is 60 percent above the national average. We have the second highest state and local tax burden in the country. During the last decade more than three million people have fled our state. As jobs and businesses flee, cash strapped taxpayers are going with them.” Tkazyik added, “More than 60 percent of what any city, county or town spends is mandated by Albany. We are treated like some cash cow, as Albany politicians dream up new programs, take credit for doing great things, then slip the bill to local governments and their property taxpayers.” “Sometimes you have to be willing to say ‘no.’ I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again, for sometimes you must sail against the wind to navigate the storm. I did that as mayor. I’ll do that as your senator,” said Tkazyik. Tkazyik faces Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison and Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan for the seat currently held by Terry Gipson.

most prominently in New York, to fight the entrenched political machines, known as the “regulars.” Hemenway was president of the Lexington Democratic Club, the first reform political club, on Manhattan’s East Side, where he lived. He served as Governor Averell Harriman’s Secretary of Commerce in the 1950s, and he was Adlai Stevenson’s campaign manager on his unsuccessful 1960 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. At its peak under Hemenway’s leadership, NCEC was a powerful organization. A New York Times editorial gave Hemenway and the NCEC Board credit for securing the passage of the nation’s first campaign-finance reform bill in 1972. In those days, Hemenway knew and advised virtually every prominent liberal political figure you could name, as they came up to New York to call on him in his East 39th Street offices. It was these activities that earned him a spot on the original list of enemies compiled for President Richard Nixon by Charles Colson, which Hemenway told friends he considered one of the great accomplishments of his life. Russ Hemenway graduated from Dartmouth College in 1949, and

continued his studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. From 1951 to 1953, he was a Foreign Service staff officer in Athens evaluating the use of postwar economic recovery aid to Greece. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II aboard the heavy cruiser USS Pittsburgh, once navigating the battleship through the eye of a typhoon where it rode out the storm after being split in half by the force of the waves, He married Catherine Casey in Paris in 1951, and was widowed by her in 1999. Their daughter, Anne Hemenway, survives him. Hemenway is also survived by a son, Brent G. Hemenway, two grandsons, Alexander and Maverick Douglas, a sister, Joyce H. Brown, a son in law, John H. Wilson, a daughter in law, Christina Morales Hemenway, and five nieces, Elesse T. Brown, Valentine L. Judge, Phoebe Legere, Jane L. Jackson, and Alison L. Fraser. Mr. Hemenway was predeceased by his sister, Winifred Ledger and his brother, Richard Hemenway. A service will be held on February 14 at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Church, 1 West 53rd Street, NYC. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to The NY Public Library.

obituaries Verna Carolyn Ellman

Verna Carolyn Ellman died of natural causes at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck, New York, on January 13, 2014, just four weeks before her 100th birthday. Originally from Yardville, New Jersey, she spent most of her adult life living on Long Island before moving to the Hudson Valley in 1996. Verna was married to Maximillian J.B. Welker, then to Paul Ellman, both of whom served in the U.S. Army. Verna traveled to Europe several times as well as to Australia and took several cruises around the Caribbean in her younger years. She was gentle, caring, and wellloved, and is survived by a son, Max Welker, three granddaughters, Grace, Christine, and Linnea Welker, and a great-granddaughter, Ava Bashew. Verna is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton, New Jersey, with her parents, Raymond and Anna Rambo. A memorial service will be held at Ferncliff on Wednesday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m. To sign the online register, visit

ALEXANDER BUTLER DESIGN SERVICES, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/27/2013. Office in Dutchess Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Bradley A. Sacks, Esq., 225 Broadway, Ste. 2410, NY, NY 10007. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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John Tkazyik announces his run for state senate. Courtesy photo.

Poughkeepsie mayor officially announces run for state senate BY HV NEWS STAFF As first reported in the January 22 edition of the Hudson Valley News, Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik officially announced his candidacy for the Republican

obituaries Russell Douglas Hemenway

Russell Douglas Hemenway, a longtime and deeply connected Democratic political operative and colorful New Yorker who helped change Democratic politics from the 1960s until his death, and whose list of friends included Eleanor Roosevelt, Governor Adlai Stevenson and Norman Mailer, even as he occupied a spot on President Richard Nixon’s famous “enemies list,” died on January 30, 2014, at his upstate home in Rhinebeck, NY, after a brief illness, according to his daughter, Anne Hemenway. For more than 50 years, from 1966 until his death, Mr. Hemenway was the National Director of the National Committee for an Effective Congress, one of the nation’s oldest political organizations, founded in 1948 by Eleanor Roosevelt, that provides technical and logistical campaign support to progressive candidates for Congress. But his title doesn’t quite suggest the prominent, albeit quiet, influence he exerted. With Mrs. Roosevelt and Senator Herbert Lehman, Hemenway was one of the founders of what came to be called the “reform movement,” the network of local Democratic clubs that rose up in some cities in the 1950s,

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Notice of formation of Kings Landing LLC (the “LLC”). Arts. Of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY”) on November 22, 2013. 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 to: c/o McCabe & Mack LLP, 63 Washington Street, P.O. Box 509, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602. Purpose: any lawful activity. 38 N. Clinton LLC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/19/13. O f f i c e : D u t ch e s s Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to PO Box 362 Mount Kisco, NY 10549. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Naked Food Concepts, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York on 09/30/13. Office Location: Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 264 North Road, Suite #3, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Purpose: Any Lawful purpose. Notice of formation of J.MAK HOSPI-

TALITY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/13/2013. Office location, County of Dutchess. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o American Incorporators, 1013 Centre Rd., Ste 403-A, Wilmington, DE 19808. Purpose: any lawful act. CIDER MILL AUDIO, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 12/24/2013. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, 19 Crosmour Road, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is John R. Marvin, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 151, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. DEER RUN AT 9G, LLC. Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”)

12/13/2013. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, 3460 Route 9G, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is John R. Marvin, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 151, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. HUDSON SOLAR SERVICE, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 12/24/2013. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, 13 Hook Road, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is John R. Marvin, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 151, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Navina Skincare LLC. Art. of Org. filed with NY Secy.

of State (SSNY) on 12/30/13. Office location: Dutchess Co. SSNY designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 3410 Lindenwald Ct, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of formation of Enviro-Tech Unlimited Construction Services, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) pursuant to NY LLC Law Section 206 on 01/07/2014. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o Enviro-Tech Unlimited Construction Services, LLC, P.O. Box 69, Harbinger, NC 27941. ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF BRICK HOUSE KITCHEN, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York on May 2, 2013. The office and principal business location of the Company are in Dutchess County at 1154 Hunns Lake Road, Pine Plains, New York. The Secretary of State is designated as the agent of the Company upon whom process against the Company may be served and who

shall mail a copy thereof to BRICK HOUSE KITCHEN, LLC, 1154 Hunns Lake Road, Pine Plains, New York 12567. The purpose of the business of the Company is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which a limited liability company may be organized under New York law. Dated: January 13, 2014 ROBERT R. BUTTS, ESQ.

Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/17/2013. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 3 Neptune Rd Ste N11, Poughkeepsie NY 12601. Purpose: for any lawful purpose.

Vigilant Home Inspection Services, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 01/10/2014. Office in Dutchess Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy to 15 N. Jackson Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

S U P P L E M E N TA L SUMMONS AND NOTICE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF DUTCHESS Index No. 2010-3400 HUDSON VALLEY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, -against- YA JUN WU, and all the heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, devisees, grantees, trustees, lienors, creditors, assignees and successors in interest of any of the aforesaid defendants at law, next of kin, distributees, devisees, grantees, trustees, lienors, creditors, assignees and successors in interest of the aforesaid classes of persons, if they or any of them be dead, and their respective husbands, wives or widows, if any, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to the plaintiff, except as herein stated, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendants- TO THE ABOVE DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appear-

AMERICAN MADE DECALS, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 01/06/2014. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, 30 Lehman Drive, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is John R. Marvin, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 151, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF: ENVIRO LIMOUSINE LLC. Articles of

ance on the Plaintiff’s attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of the Summons exclusive of the day of service or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal delivery within the State. In case of your failure to appear, or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in this Complaint. NOTICE-YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME – If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. We are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable James V. Brands, J.S.C., Dutchess County, dated on December 23, 2013. NOTICE

OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage to secure $ 264,100.00 and interest, that was duly recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County of DUTCHESS on December 31, 2007 in document # 01 2007 17353 and covering the premises known as 1 Lakeview Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 located at Section 6259 Block 02 and Lot 767944 The relief sought is the within action of a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the mortgage described above.  Plaintiff designates DUTCHESS COUNTY as the place of trial.  Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises are situated. Dated: January 29, 2014, STEIN, WIENER & ROTH, L.L.P., Attorney’s for Plaintiff, By: Janet Nina Esagoff, Esq., One Old Country Road, Suite 113, Carle Place, NY 11514 (516) 7421212 SWR FILE# 53372/XHUDSON Notice is hereby given that a license, number unassigned, for restaurant wine with beer has been applied for by the undersigned to sell the same at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 7329 South Broadway, Red Hook, New York for on-premises consumption. T & C Hospitality Group Inc. 7329 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571


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