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BY JIM LANGAN Hyde Park residents will gather at a public meeting Thursday night to discuss a proposed $4.4 million bond referendum intended to fund the construction of a new Roosevelt Fire Station. The total amount of the bond would be $3,373,327 after deducting a $1,100,000 contribution that will be used from the Building Reserve Fund. That translates

into approximately 38 cents a year for each $1,000 in assessed home value, for a twenty year period. For a district median home assessed at $158,000, the yearly tax impact would be $60. The bond vote will take place February 19 at the Roosevelt Station #3, located at 1 Roosevelt Road in Hyde Park, between 6 and 9 p.m. If approved, the monies will

be used to replace the existing facility which has been plagued over the years by flooding and other issues. The 58-year-old firehouse, near the Fallkill Creek, is located in a flood plain. Over the years, flooding has resulted in evacuations and temporary relocations. The most recent evacuation occurred in > >continued on page 2

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August 2011 after Tropical Storm Irene. According to fire commissioners, the Irene flooding caused significant mold issues. Due to the flood plain issue, the proposed new facility would be constructed on a six-acre parcel already owned by the district, on the state highway between Wright Avenue and Franklin Road. The new facility, at 14,800-square-feet, would be significantly larger than the current fire station. The increased tax would be paid by residents of that fire district, most of whom live in Ward 3 and Ward 4. The proposal is not without its critics,


however. Some residents are simply concerned about any increase in taxes during this economic downturn, while others question the need to build a new structure for the occasional flood. There are five firehouses currently serving Hyde Park. Others feel the town is still smarting from the $2.8 million price tag for the new police/court facility and recent tax hikes imposed by the town. However, proponents argue that $60 a year is a small price to pay for first rate fire protection, and the assurance that the volunteers and district members have a safe and healthy workplace. It is important that residents attend Thursday’s meeting and, more importantly, get out and vote on February 19.

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BY JIM LANGAN A meeting was held last Monday in the chambers of Supreme Court Justice James Brands in an attempt to reach a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the Town of Hyde Park against Steven J. Costa. Costa was the town’s long-time tree service contractor. He was paid $75,000, by then-supervisor Tom Martino, in the wake of the freak October 2011 snowfall which resulted in significant tree damage. That’s about as much as anyone can agree upon at this point. When a new town board office took office in January 2012, they fired Costa shortly before initiating a lawsuit to recover the $75,000, claiming Martino did not have the authority to enter into such an agreement. The town maintains Martino had ample opportunity to convene a special town board meeting, but didn’t, only after the fact getting affidavits from board members Monks, Athanas and Taylor. Costa further maintains he did considerable tree work and turned down other business in order to focus on the town’s needs. Costa has since left Hyde Park and is living upstate. In a conversation with Hudson Valley News, a distraught Costa said, “This action has destroyed me and my family. I can’t sleep. I am 100 percent disabled and can never work again. I have offered to give back $25,000 but it was turned down.” Costa has been reaching out to local media in an attempt to draw attention to his situation. “I’ve been told by people no one will help me because I’m seen as a Martino guy and everyone hates him. This Steve Costa. File photo.

isn’t about Martino or Steve Costa. I had a contract with the town.” Costa’s attorney, Greg Spaun, said, “All Steve did was provide service to the town on an emergency basis. Remember, the town board didn’t even try recouping the $75,000 from FEMA which just meant a little paperwork. Instead they’ve budgeted thousands to go after Mr. Costa. In my opinion, they’re just venting their frustration with Martino and the mess he left them with. Steve is just caught in the middle. It’s just heavy-handed and they seem determined to outspend and outlitigate my client. Even Judge Brands said that both sides should swallow hard and settle this. This thing has become a witch hunt.” Hyde Park Town Attorney Warren Replansky reacted by telling Hudson Valley News that “Discussing this matter outside of Judge Brands’ chambers is unprofessional and inappropriate. I will not comment beyond the fact that the town is committed to recovering the money and we’re willing to go to trial, if need be.” Costa added that Martino no longer returns his calls or e-mails because “I won’t throw Highway Superintendent Walt Doyle under the bus.” Doyle was present during the meeting between Martino and Costa when the $75,000 payment was discussed. A person with knowledge of the transaction said, “Martino was playing the big shot with the town’s money and Steve had to know this wasn’t the way the town normally does business. Both sides share some of the blame.”

Molinaro talks about his daughter, Abigail, at the State of the County address; Below: Not everyone was on board as County Legislator Joel Tyner, far left, led protestors outside the Bardavon. Photos by Jim Langan.

BY HV NEWS STAFF County Executive Marc Molinaro gave a powerful, upbeat assessment of the state of Dutchess County as he embarks on his second year in office. The Bardavon Theater was filled with politicians and members of the public. Seen in the crowd were such luminaries as Rep. Chris Gibson, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik, State Sen. Terry Gipson, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, County Clerk Brad Kendall, Comptroller Jim Coughlan, Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison, former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth and a host of county legislators along with numerous mayors and town supervisors. Molinaro began his presentation on a personal note, telling the audience how much his daughter Abigail inspires him. He said Abilgail lives on the autism spectrum, and some things come harder to her than other children. But, her perseverance and enthusiasm and the joy his son Jack engenders, make it all worth while. As he spoke, photographs of Molinaro with his children were projected on a screen behind him. The audience was clearly moved. The county executive then went on to praise the dedication and professionalism of the county’s first responders and their preparedness for any eventuality. Molinaro also discussed the importance of a comprehensive mental health program. “Our focus is on prevention, intervention and diversion.” He used the perspective of the Sandy Hook shootings to underscore

the significance of a strong system. Molinaro then moved on to the jail overcrowding problem. “The number of inmates housed out-of-county is greater than the number housed in the Dutchess County Jail.” Molinaro was hopeful a new jail will be approved and built on the site of the old Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie. Molinaro believes the new jail will save the county millions and lessen the emotional burden on prisoners’ families and lawyers that have to travel to see inmates housed out-of-county. Molinaro pointed to the new Coalition of Not-For-Profits as a decided improvement over the old “Lobby the Legislature” practices of the past. He indicated that these entities could work with the county to coordinate needs and raise money. Molinaro also said the county intends to establish an economic alliance intended to define and develop a strategic economic plan and put them all under one roof by 2014. Molinaro said the county intends to invest $1 million in improving Dutchess Stadium while exploring opportunities for multi-seasonal use. The county also plans to improve the operational efficiencies at the Dutchess County Airport. He also said the county will continue to work with the City of Poughkeepsie to develop the waterfront, and find a way to complete the Dutchess Rail Trail. Molinaro concluded his remarks by saying that 2012 was just the first year of a multiyear transformation of county government.

GLOVES OFF IN BEEKMAN Resolution of ‘no confidence’ made against supervisor BY JIM LANGAN At the January 23 meeting of the Beekman town board, Councilman Ron Mangeri dramatically and nervously rose from his seat and took his place at the podium normally reserved for public comment. He then read a resolution asking the board for a vote of “no confidence” in Supervisor Matthew Kennedy. In the resolution, Mangeri accused Kennedy of being intoxicated in town hall on December 19, 2012. (Kennedy was recently arrested and charged with driving under the influence and is contesting the charge.) Mangeri went on to accuse Kennedy of misappropriating town funds and an assis-

tant’s time for political purposes. He further charged Kennedy with making an insurance settlement without consulting the full board. As Mangeri read the resolution, Kennedy sat stoically as the audience squirmed. Kennedy then responded by saying the insurance settlement was handled properly and had been discussed in executive session. Councilman Peter Barton disputed Kennedy’s assessment saying he didn’t find out about the settlement until months later. He was particularly disturbed because he was a defendant in the suit. Kennedy then conceded he had made an error in judgement when he asked his assis-

tant to stamp and mail 15 thank you notes shortly after assuming office. “I was new to the job and the amount involved was around six dollars. Not exactly Watergate.” When pressed, he said he had recently reimbursed the town for the expenses. Kennedy did not address the alcohol issue and the board members appeared reluctant to pursue it further. A roll call vote was taken with Council Members Ron Mangeri and Peter Barton voting in favor of “no confidence” and Councilwoman Barbara Zulauf and Supervisor Kennedy voting no. Councilor Mike Mora was absent. Stay tuned. Hudson valley news | | February 6, 2013 {3}

HYDE PARK SCHOOLS’ BUDGET FACES PROBLEMS State audit finds overestimated expenses BY CAROLINE CAREY An audit by the state Comptroller’s Office of the Hyde Park Central School District concluded the district did not ensure budget estimates and reserve balances were reasonable or make the necessary corrections. The audit, for the period of July 1, 2010 through March 26, 2012, also stated that the school board did not receive timely financial reports to evaluate district finances. The state report said that during the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, the school board overestimated expenditures by about $1.9 million and by more than $4 million in the 2011-12 year. The audit also found the district’s tax certiorari fund was overfunded by $207,000 for the three fiscal years ended June 30, 2010.

One of the major reasons taxes were raised and reserve funds allocated in the 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 school years were cuts in state aid. However, surpluses resulted due to unexpected federal stimulus funding. The state audit also found that the district’s surplus funds exceeded the maximum allowed by law, which is four percent of the annual budget, for the 200809 and 2010-11 school years. The Comptroller’s Office recommended adopting realistic budgets using actual financial results from prior years to project expenditures; ensuring money deposited in a reserve fund is appropriately used; and ensuring the treasurer prepares and submits monthly and quarterly reports in a timely manner.


Join us Wednesday, Feb. 13th at 5:30 p.m. for our “Better Choice Budget for New York and Dutchess County” forum at the Rhinebeck Town Hall at 80 Market Street (see Members of the statewide Better Choice Budget Coalition, led by New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, include the New York Library Association, Statewide Senior Action Council of NYS, New York State Alliance for Retired Americans, NYS Coalition for the Aging, Interfaith Impact of NYS, Interfaith Alliance of NYS, NYS AFL-CIO, Children’s Defense Fund, Class Size Matters, Alliance for Quality Education, Environmental Advocates of NY, Coalition for the Homeless, Community Voices Heard, Fiscal Policy Institute, CSEA, PEF, NYSUT, AFSCME, VOCAL-NY, NYS Episcopal Public Policy Network, Empire Justice Center, Citizen Action of NY, NYS Community Action Association, and the Hunger Action Network of New York State. The Better Choice Budget Coalition recognizes that Dutchess County and New York State cannot take any more budget cuts, layoffs, and calls for closing unfair corporate tax loopholes and other progressive revenue alternatives like restoring the full statewide millionaires’ tax and a Wall Street tax on market manipulation (www. My own alma mater, Rhinebeck High School, could use much more support from Albany. Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget cuts state aid to Pine Plains, Millbrook, Pawling, Beacon, Spackenkill, and Wappingers school districts, Hyde Park Elementary, and LaGrange Elementary schools have closed, and the City of Poughkeepsie School District has eliminated 113 teaching positions over the last three years and gone to half-day kindergarten as it is already; 30,000 teaching positions have been eliminated statewide over the last four years ( Without a return to truly progressive taxation at the state level, our county property and sales taxes will remain far too high, and let’s not forget – here in Dutchess County we used to have Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA, YWCA, our county Youth Bureau’s Project Return program for troubled kids, and the Green Teen Community Gardening Program in the City of Poughkeepsie – we need funding restored for these. See you on the 13th and call Governor Cuomo and state legislators at 877-2559417 before it’s too late. Joel Tyner County Legislator Clinton/Rhinebeck {4} February 6, 2013 | | Hudson valley news



EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER Nobody does pomp like the church. And Episcopalians, when they put on the Ritz, are especially good at it. Last weekend, we pulled out all the stops. The bells and smells and processing priests were on full display. So were the cantors and choirs and the most thundering organ you’ve ever heard. Add to that the steel drum band and the Chinese dragons, and you’ve got yourself an impressive service. You see, last Saturday, the Episcopal Diocese of New York installed its new bishop, the Right Reverend Andrew Dietsche. For Episcopalians, bishops are the spiritual head of a diocese, similar to Roman Catholic or Orthodox churches. Each diocese elects its own bishops in convention, and their election is then consented to by the larger church. So for those of us in the diocese of New York, it’s a big deal. For those of us in the Mid Hudson Valley, it’s of special interest because Bishop Dietsche has lived in Poughkeepsie for the last eleven years, though he travelled throughout the diocese in the execution of his duties. But, back to the pomp. For some reason that eludes me, our diocese possesses one of the biggest cathedrals in the world. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in Manhattan, is two football fields long and 124 feet high inside. It can seat 5,000. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in contrast, seats 2,200. But we filled that cavernous space. It’s a strange mixture of ornate and rough, whole sections unfinished, and it reminds me of standing inside Carlsbad Caverns. There had to be at least 3,000 people there, and I’d bet at least 1,000 of them were vested and in procession. There were bishops from all over the world. There were most of the diocesan priests and deacons. There were visiting ecumenical clergy of a wide variety of denominations and faiths. There were even politicians. Scripture lessons were read in a variety of languages, as were the prayers. The diocese has churches where mass is celebrated in more than twenty different

languages, largely due to the sizable immigrant and visitor population of New York. Music reflected the wide cultural diversity of our church, too. From gospel to gothic, we sang and played it all. But my favorite moment came when one of the Chinese congregations of the diocese offered its blessing. This took a while because it involved three Chinese dragons processing down the nearly 600 foot long aisle with symbols and drums following behind. They danced their way toward the bishop, weaving in and out of each other’s paths. And, I admit it, I pulled out my phone to take a picture. I mean, come on, how often do you get to see dragons in church? One other thing that I loved about this service was that I was invited to be one of the ministers of communion. That meant that I helped distribute communion to that joyful throng. I don’t know how to describe the feeling, you just had to be there. Then it was over. And when I looked at my watch, I realized that the service had lasted three hours. Three hours! No wonder I was hungry. There’s no point in describing the reception. Imagine the subway during rush hour, but with no trains coming, and poor defenseless waiters trying to make their way to little tables where they could deliver food. It was chaos. We made a bit of a game out of trying to find where the food might be, but there were just too many people to bother. We got pizza when we got home. Good thing it wasn’t about food for the body. It was about food for the soul - and my soul was fed that day. Yes, the pomp was fun. But it was because of the joy and the love that I left St. John the Divine very full indeed. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@

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As this column’s name implies, I don’t suffer from a lack of confidence or a shortage of opinions, but I’m beginning to wonder about my powers of deduction. Let’s start with the obvious one. I still wake up every morning asking myself how on earth Barack Obama got re-elected. Now I know it wasn’t a landslide, but the fact he actually won astounds me. This guy has run up trillion dollar deficits throwing good money after bad in a failed attempt to jump start this economy. Unemployment is horrible and a good portion of the unemployed have simply given up. Yet win he did, over a very qualified, accomplished businessman in Mitt Romney. Using that electoral logic, Herbert Hoover should have paved FDR over in 1932. Last week was a perfect example. The unemployment rate ticked back up to 7.9 percent and the stock market rallied to a seven-year high. Democrats tell the media everything is moving along nicely; coming close to spinning that higher unemployment is a good thing. Hold on, the economy has been in the tank for years and it appears to be backsliding once again, yet the media says, “Move along people, nothing to see here,” and people just shuffle along. There is one of two things going on here. The stock market is completely delusional, and if it ever gets back on its medication will collapse like a house of cards. Remember the stock market has always been considered an indicator of future economic activity. For instance when the market collapsed in 2008, the economy wasn’t far behind. But here’s

where it gets confusing. The stock market has been rising steadily since Barack Obama took office while the economy has continued to deteriorate or sputter. My instinct says it’s somewhere between delusional and wishful thinking. But, let’s not rule out collusion. In this case, a less than honest administration using its cheerleaders in the national media to paper over the inconsistencies in the numbers. Because it appears the political polarization in this country has made even the dissection of boring economic statistics a blood sport. Republicans and Democrats have no problem ignoring the facts if they get in the way of their political storyline. Both sides have long ago perfected the art of staying on message, however absurd that message might be. My favorite example of that was the laughable assertion by the White House that President Obama goes skeet shooting “all the time” at Camp David. The statement was clearly made to take the edge off gun owner opposition to the president’s proposed gun legislation. Nobody believed the claim for a moment, and Obama quickly became the butt of jokes on late night television. So rather than take their lumps, the White House puts out a photo of the president firing a shotgun. The photo actually made matters worse. It is right up there with Mike Dukakis in the helmet on that tank. But most of the media kept a straight face and walked the party line and everyone moved on. What America really needs is an honest consideration of the issues threatening our economy, and less collusion to jam that square peg into a round hole. Yes, there are conservative principles worth fighting for and liberal sensibilities worthy of consideration. But, we have to stop deluding ourselves on so many issues. Neither side has all the answers and we should stop pretending we do. The Dow Jones at 14,000 shouldn’t be an illusion born of delusion. Then again, I’ve got to stop saying President Romney.

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“Building a stronger and healthier Hudson Valley” BY TERRY GIPSON As your state senator, the most important priority I have is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of our district and of New York. I want to discuss two steps that I am taking and to ask for your support to help make them a reality. The first deals with our most precious resource, our drinking water. The decision whether to allow highvolume hydraulic fracturing is coming, and it rests squarely on the shoulders of Governor Cuomo. The deadline for his decision is scheduled for later this month. As have other senators, I have pressed the governor to strongly consider the longterm negative effects that allowing this practice would bring to our communities. A popular “solution” to the toxic fracking wastewater problem is to sell it for the manufacture of road de-icing products.

I have submitted a bill, the NY Clean Streets Act, which will ban these products from being used on New York roads, thus preventing toxic runoff from coming into direct contact with our children, leaching into our water supply and infesting the crops raised on roadside farms. The health of the people of our region is also threatened by the acceleration of tick borne illness, such as Lyme disease. We must respond to these complex and debilitating diseases with every resource at our disposal. My bill, TickBITE (Tick Borne-Illness Treatment and Education Act), provides funding for tick-borne illness prevention and education programs. It will also hold insurance companies accountable for covering treatment costs. Protecting our health, safety and environment is a key to economic development in our region, a priority all of us share. Healthy and clean communities are the bedrock of prosperous communities. My two bills will help lay a foundation for strong, economic growth. Sen. Terry Gipson represents the 41st district in Dutchess County. To respond to his column, email editorial@

FACE TO FACE WITH ED KOCH BY JIM LANGAN In 1988, I was a producer for the Morton Downey Jr. Show, which was broadcast out of the WWOR-Channel 9 studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. The show was the hottest and most controversial talk show in America at the time, and Downey was its mercurial, loudmouth host. Across the river in New York City, Mayor Ed Koch dominated the airwaves with his larger than life persona and colorful broadsides at anyone and anything he deemed worthy of a comment. It only stood to reason that a lot of people, including me, thought having Ed Koch on the Downey show would make great television and ratings. Our staff tried everything to get Koch on the program but we could never get past his staff. Downey, in particular, wanted to have a go with Koch but again Koch’s staff never put Downey’s calls through. So I’m at my desk one morning when I look up at the in-house monitor at Channel 9, and see Mayor Koch being interviewed downstairs by Matt Lauer for the morning show. Yes, Matt was the host

of the morning show until the geniuses at Channel 9 fired him. You know the rest. So I call down to the control room and ask Matt’s producer if I could have a minute with Koch before he leaves the building. She graciously agrees and I head downstairs. After a few minutes the interview ends as I wait anxiously to waylay the mayor. Suddenly bursting into the control room from the studio is Mayor Ed Koch and a couple of aides and security people. I thrust my hand in his direction and introduce myself saying how much we would like to have him on the Downey show. I also threw in something about what a fan of his Mort was. Koch was smiling the smile of someone genuinely amused. He then turned to one of his guys and asked, “Billy, you’ve known me a long time. Do I look like some kind of idiot to you?” He laughed, slapped me on the shoulder, saying “nice try kid” and was gone. I slunk back to my office and watched out the window as Koch’s helicopter took off from the parking lot. R.I.P.

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• In the eating healthy department, Michelle Obama has quietly given up on her “Let’s Move” campaign after kids and parents found the program left kids hungry and generated a black market for normal food. I guess the 2012 campaign is really over. I’ll also bet Michelle looks like Oprah by the time Barack leaves office.

• It was a tough week for cats as a study indicated our feline friends are quite the prolific killers. According to the study, cats kill 3.7 billion birds and 20.7 mammals annually, and are responsible for the extinction of 33 species. Stray and feral cats are the worst offenders, killing at a rate three times that of domesticated cats. You might want to pass this along to your favorite chipmunk.

• Let’s begin with some good news and evidence that there is a God. CNN has fired the annoying husband and wife duo of James Carville and Mary Matalin, along with the insufferable Soledad O’Brien. Soledad has made a career playing the diversity card, so it’s only fair that a CNN executive was quoted saying she was cancelled because her morning show audience was “too ethnic.” • Over at MSNBC, another increasingly irrelevant cable network, Martin Bashir is taking some well deserved heat for his dishonestly edited version of the testimony of a Sandy Hook father before a congressional committee about assault rifles. The MSNBC version had a guy screaming out about the Second Amendment as this tortured father testified. In reality, the outburst occurred much later and was not offensive in context. • Love that Ed Koch’s grave is in a Episcopal cemetery in Manhattan and his tombstone reads, “My father was Jewish, my mother was Jewish and I am

• Forgot to mention that Sarah Palin told Fox she was tired preaching to the choir and walked away from her contract. Only liberals truly enjoy preaching to the choir. Good for her, and I’m guessing she no longer needs the money.

• A great man has been “laid” low by a heart aneurysm in Los Angeles. Porn legend Ron Jeremy is in critical condition. The star of more than 2,000 X-rated movies is known as “hedgehog” to his friends and co-stars for his furry back. I’m only surprised it was his heart that burst. You’ll know he’s recovering when you see the nurses fleeing the building. • Here’s a little update for you on that python hunt down in the Everglades. Apparently the good old boys have killed 41 in two weeks. They’d make a fine pair of boots.

• New York City is removing those silly “No honking” signs they put up a few years ago, for obvious reasons. Did you know that New York City currently has 1.3 million street signs in place around the city? Jewish.” Those were the last words of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl shortly before his Taliban kidnappers beheaded him. In an eerie coincidence, Koch and Pearl both died on February 1st. (See related story on page 5). • When “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Croft was asked how he landed the Obama/Hillary interview, he said, “Because they know we’re not going to play gotcha or go out of our way to make them look bad.” No kidding, Mr. Softball.

There are a lot of things I don’t know about.

– Sen. Chuck Hagel, Defense Secretary nominee bumbling his way through confirmation hearing.

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• How much did you love Barack Obama saying he skeet shoots “all the time” at Camp David. That’s one hilarious lie. That will really bring the Second Amendment crowd to your corner. In response to the guffaws about the claim, the White House released a photo of Obama skeet shooting last August. “All the time?” • An 88-year-old Pennsylvania man who loved Burger King was buried last week, but only after his funeral procession stopped at a local Burger King and ordered 40 whoppers, including one for the casket. According to his widow, David Kime’s version of eating healthy was the lettuce on the Whopper. God’s speed, David.

• Former Miami Dolphin QB Dan Marino put another shovel full of dirt on the Tomb of the Soon to be Divorced Guy. It was revealed he had a child with the proverbial “production assistant” at CBS Sports. Probably a boost for plastic surgeons, shrinks and Weight Watchers, though. Thanks, Dan. • Some truly sad news to report this week as one of the truly good guys left us last week. Staatsburg’s Dennis Eagan lost his courageous and dignified battle with a brain tumor at age 70. Our condolences go out to his wife, Susan, and their family.

Opening of “Art from the Heart” at the Hyde Park Artists’ Collective. Photo by Kraig Kallmeyer.

Local events that set the mood. PAGE 10 PLUS: CIA to open new restaurant with top chefs | All about the Presidents | Freeze Frame Festival warms up Beacon and more!

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THIS WEEK (FEB. 6-12) “From the Gayborhoods of New York to the Small Towns in Utah: LGBT Pride Organizations and the Process of Institutionalization;” Wednesday, Feb. 6; 5:30 p.m.; Taylor Hall, Room 203, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Discussion by sociologist and Pennsylvania State University Professor Lauren J. Joseph; Free; 845-437-5370. “Photoshop Layers with No Fear or Confusion;” Wednesday, Feb. 6; 6:30 p.m.; Town of Esopus Port Ewen Library, Duck Pond Gallery, 128 Canal St., Port Ewen; Ulster County Photography Club special presentation with Dan Burkholder; “Hooks and Needles, Yarns and Threads;” Thursday, Feb. 7; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Informal social gathering every first and third Thursday of the month; $1 suggested donation for library materials; 845-757-3771. "Hidden Treasures: Photographers and the Lowell Thomas Papers" Opening Reception; Thursday, Feb. 7; 5-7 p.m.; Marist College Art Gallery, Steel Plant Studios, Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie; 845-575-3174. On the Road to Self-Publishing; Thursday, Feb. 7; 6 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 E. Main St.,

Wappingers Falls; Join local author Donna Davies to learn about children's book composition, rhyming, how to find an editor and illustrator, and more; 845-297-3428. Poetry Slam; Thursday, Feb. 7; 7 p.m.; Crafted Kup, 44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Poetry competition featuring Highland High School students, Veterans for Peace and more, followed by an open mic; Free; 845-876-7906. Fireside Chat; Thursday, Feb. 7; 7 p.m.; St. James’ Chapel, 10 E. Market St., Hyde Park; Guest speaker local author Anthony Musso will discuss “Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley;” 845-266-3196.

WEEKEND EVENTS 11th Annual Modfest; Through Feb. 8; Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Events celebrating dance, art, drama, film, literature, poetry and music of the 20th and 21st centuries; Free; 845-437-5370 or Murder Cafe’s “A Crown to Kill For;” Friday, Feb. 8; 6 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. show; Hudson’s Ribs and Fish, 1099 Rte. 9, Fishkill; $50 excluding tax and gratuity; 845-297-5002. E-Readers and Over Drive 101; Friday, Feb. 8; 6:30 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 E. Main St., Wappingers Falls; Learn about different e-readers > >continued on next page

President’s Day is coming. Throughout February, we’re offering half-off adoption fees for all Presidential cats. Lovable Lincoln looks like a country cat and wins votes where ever he goes. He’s one of many great leaders here.

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FDR enjoying a toga party. Photo from the FDR Library.


BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF Show some love to our local leaders with special events happening at historic sites throughout the Hudson Valley in honor of President’s Day. In Hyde Park, the home of America’s 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, will host several free events on Saturday, Feb. 16 starting with a screening of the Academy Award-nominated film “Abe Lincoln in Illinois.” The 1940 film, written by FDR’s speechwriter Robert E. Sherwood and based off of Sherwood’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, follows Lincoln from his start in Kentucky to his election as president. Following the 1 p.m. film, visitors can view the Roosevelt collection of original documents bearing the signatures of many of our nation’s presidents. These documents, many of which were collected by FDR himself, are only on display once a year. Signatures from John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Martin Van Buren, Andrew Jackson, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy will be among the 30 archive items on display starting at 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. In Newburgh, the site of Gen. George Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War is hosting a three day birthday party in honor of the general. From noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 16-18, start with cake to celebrate the nation’s first president with an open house and regiment drills to follow. On all three days John Koopman will cut the cake as Gen. Washington before regaling guests with stories along with other Revolutionary War actors, including the Lamb’s Artillery on Saturday, the 5th Connecticut on Sunday and the 5th New York on Monday. On Saturday, storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi will entertain with tales of imagination and inspiration with a presentation about 18th Century attire entitled “From Petticoats to Breeches: Unveiling 18th Century Clothing.” On Sunday, the multi-talented Melody Newcombe, back by popular demand, will perform magic acts and feats of great illusion, along with the program “Bite The Bullet” about medicine and medical practices. On Monday, three presentations will be offered: “The First Ladies Name Game,” “Dining At Washington’s Headquarters” and “The Newburgh Addresses.” Each afternoon, children will be able to dip candles as a take-home craft. General Washington will be greeting visitors in his historic headquarters, while Thaddeus MacGregor entertains there musically. Admission is by donation. Philipse Manor Hall Historic Site will hold its annual Presidents’ Day celebration on Saturday, Feb. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. featuring presidential quizzes, a scavenger hunt, mock election, story time and crafts, among other activities. Visitors will also have a chance to get into character by making their own set of George Washington’s famous false teeth. The home of Loyalist Frederick Philipse III, who was one of the 200 signatures on the “Declaration of Independence,” will also feature the Cochran Collection of presidential portraits from Washington to Calvin Coolidge from notable artists Gilbert Stuart, Eastman Johnson and Thomas Eakins. Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors and free for children twelve and under.

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BY NICOLE DELAWDER Crafts at Rhinebeck, which announced late last year that its June 23-24 fair had been postponed due to “unforseen cirucmstances,” has permanently cancelled the event. Dutchess County Agricultural Society “will no longer be promoting craft fairs or any other events except for the Dutchess County Fair and the New York State Sheep & Wool Family Festival,” Vicki Imperati, events and marketing manager of the Dutchess County Fairgrounds told Hudson Valley News via email. “We are promoting ourselves as a venue, which is what we do best.” "Country Living Fair will be coming and promoting a show here June 7-9 and Oct. 4-6, Artrider Productions will be promoting the Hudson Valley Arts Festival here at the fairgrounds,” she added. “In 2014, Artrider will be hosting both a spring and fall show here.” In 1972, the American Crafts Council brought their first event to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, open to artists from thirteen east coast states and remained on the fairgrounds through 1983, before moving to the East Coast States Exposition grounds in West Springfield, Mass. In June of 1984, Crafts at Rhinebeck was established and was billed as a "high end" arts and crafts show in the region. The juried crafts event featured over 250 American artisans displaying and selling jewelry, pottery, woodwork, clothing and glassware, along with fine and functional art and sculpture. A single-line notice about the cancellation is on the group’s website,

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“Intimate Landscapes” in Beacon – Beacon’s Second Saturday events this weekend

e-mail us your events: << continued from previous page as well as the library service Over Drive to download free books; RSVP at 845-297-3428. “North by Northwest;” Friday, Feb. 8; 7:30 p.m.; Ulster Performing Arts Center, 602 Broadway, Kingston; Hitchcock’s classic suspense film will play on the big screen; $6 all seats; Dress like a president for free admission; Tickets available at both Bardavon and UPAC box offices; 845-339-6088. 5th Annual Cookie Walk; Saturday, Feb. 5t 9 9; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Poughkeepsie United

Methodist Church, 2381 New Hackensack Rd., Poughkeepsie; Stroll past cookie treats from local bakers; suggested donation is $8 per pound of cookies; 845-471-0102 or Cabin Fever Party; Saturday, Feb. 9; Noon; Alterniverse Comics, 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point; Meet and greet with authors Linda Zimmerman, Ben McCool and artists Christian DiBari and Ryan Browne; 845-677-1004. American Girl Doll Club; Saturday, Feb. 9; 1 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 E. Main St., Wappingers Falls; Monthly meeting for girls ages 7-13 will learn about Ivy Ling and Chinese cultures for the lunar New Year; Reserve a spot at 845-297-3428. > >continued on page 11

Slithering encounters

On Saturday, February 9, from 10-11 a.m. Bring the whole family to meet some fascinating reptiles including a safe, but close look at a Timber Rattlesnake and a Northern Copperhead. Mohonk Preserve will host Reptile Encounters with Mark Perpetua, biology teacher and naturalist, as he shares information on animals, including snakes and turtles found locally. All ages are welcome for this an indoor program, though children must always be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $5 and reservations can be made by calling 845-255-0919.

include the opening of “Intimate Landscapes” by local photographer Robert Rodriguez Jr. at RiverWinds, 172 Main St., on Saturday, Feb. 9, from noon-9 p.m. An artists’ reception will be held Feb. 17, 3-6 p.m. Pictured: View from Breakneck. Photo by Robert Rodriguez Jr.


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ing at 7 p.m. show. Both shows are $50 excluding tax and gratuity. Visit murdercafe. net for more information. Artists show their love in Hyde Park with the “Art From the Heart” exhibition on display through Feb. 24 at the Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, 4338 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. The gallery is open Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday noon-6 p.m. The collective will also host “Save a Heart, Buy Some Art” on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 6-9 p.m. featuring a wine tasting, with chocolate and art and a portion of the proceeds benefitting the artists’ collective’s Heart Walk team. Admission to the event is $10. Visit for more details and events. Local lovers will enjoy the “I Love Rhinecliff, NY” art show running through Feb. 23 at the Morton Memorial Library, showcasing a private collection of works inspired by the romantic riverside hamlet.


BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF Feel the love of a good cause with an early Valentine’s Day concert at the Miller School, 65 Fording Place Rd., Lake Katrine, on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 7-10 p.m. to benefit for the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie. Admission is $20. For details, call 845-331-1448 ext. 1126. The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie will also be spreading the love with an Open Your Heart Cocktail Concert on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 6-9 p.m. at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. Visit

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Love thy neighbor, well, a local mom, Patricia Arehart, who is helping pay for medical expenses ensued from the treatment of brain cancer by offering handcrafted, pure beeswax candles (pictured above). The candles, wrapped and ready for giving, are $10 with proceeds going to Arehart’s “Air-Heart” fundraiser. Visit the Rhinebeck Health Foods Store or email for more information. Want the treat of a night out with worldclass dance without dropping a worldsworth of money? The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will return to the Bard Fisher Center with two free events on Feb. 12 and Feb. 16. On Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., choreographer and director Bill T. Jones

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will join longtime New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Weschler for a conversation about art and its relationship with science, history, technology and current events. On Feb. 16 at 2 p.m., the company will perform a work-in-progress created during the week of residency. Visit fishercenter.bard. edu for details. Across the street from Bard, have a classic date night at the neighborhood pizza joint with Two Boot’s Valentine’s Day dinner and a movie special, offering a heart-shaped pizza and showing of the classic romantic film “Annie Hall.” Film lover in your life? Enjoy local and cult classics at the Beacon Freeze Frame Festival, running Feb. 7-10. See page 11 for details. Dinner, a show and a murder-mystery? Spice up the dinner conversation with Murder Cafe’s “A Crown to Kill For.” The show, featuring a killer talent competition, visits Hudson’s Rib and Fish on Friday, Feb. 8. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show and dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. The dinner theater also visits Joseph’s Steakhouse, 728 Violet Ave., Hyde Park on Friday, Feb. 22 with doors at 6:30 p.m. and the show start-

For something a bit more risqué, the Tivoli Artists’ Co-Op Gallery will be hosting its 13th Annual Erotica Show this Saturday, Feb. 9, 6-9 p.m. The show, featuring playfully suggestive and sensual art, will be on display through March 3. The gallery is located at 60 Broadway, Tivoli and at 845-758-4342. “Intimate Landscapes” are also on view at RiverWinds in Beacon. See page 9 for details. The Culinary Institute of America is ready to show off its new Bocuse Restaurant, merging classic French cuisine with modern techniques on the Hyde Park campus. Limited seatings for lunch and dinner specials available on Valentine’s Day. Reserve by calling 845-471-6608. See more on page 13. Tap into the deliciousness of the Hudson Valley as Crown Maple, which was just featured at President Obama’s inauguration, has opened its doors for the 2013 season. The Dover-based maple syrup producer is offering something super sweet for Valentine’s Day, pairing their classic dark amber maple syrup with Haven’s Kitchen buckwheat pancake mix. Grace Smith House will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a flash mob on Feb. 14 at 12:15 p.m. on Market St. in Poughkeepsie. Be spontaneous in the group choreographed dance, whether you have experience or not. Looking for more? Get creative with our calendar of events, starting on page 8.

donated works of art will be raffled off to a limited number of ticket holders; 845-471-2550. e-mail us your events: << continued from page 9 AARP Tax Help; Saturday, Feb. 9; 1 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 E. Main St., Wappingers Falls; AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will assist with tax services to tax payers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older; For details or to make an appointment, call 2-1-1; Author Chris Crowley; Saturday, Feb. 9; 4 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 26 Main St., Millerton; New York Times best-selling motivational author and speaker will discuss “Thinner This Year;” 518-789-3797.


The best and the worst come to Beacon BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF It’s not often that the worst movies in history are sometimes the best. The third annual Beacon Freeze Frame Film Festival, running Feb. 7-10, will feature full length movies, documentaries and music videos along with the “Best Worst Movie” which goes behindthe-scenes of the ridiculous cult horror movie, “Troll 2,” also part of this year’s festival. The Beacon Theatre will screen local and national selections in its 1930s art deco building starting on Thursday with films from Vassar College students. Following the screening of student shorts, young Hudson Valley director Jarek Zabczynski will showcase several of his music videos featuring Poughkeepsie rapper Theory. Zabczynski will join other local directors for a question and answer panel following the show. Friday features include “Visioneers” starring comedian Zach Galifianakis as George Washington Winsterhammerman, who is stuck in a national epidemic where people have begun exploding with stress. “The Linguists” by Garrison-based production team, Ironbound Films will also take the screen on Friday. Ironbound recently released “Evocateur, The Morton Downey Jr. Story” which not only gained acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival, but was recently picked up by Magnolia Films for wide release in May. “The Linguists,” which focuses its lens on the nearly 7,000 languages worldwide, earned the Ironbound trio, Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger, a special selection at Sundance and a nomination for an Emmy in 2010. Kramer and Newberger will be in attendance for a panel discussion following the screening of the documentary. Saturday morning kicks off with classic children’s films including 1971’s “The Point” and animated old-time favorite cartoons from the 1930s-1970s, including Betty Boop, Popeye, Mighty Mouse and more. Saturday’s feature film, “Collar,” filmed by Goshen-based WillyGilly Productions and shot mainly in Middletown, focuses on the story of a police officer who gets suspended 30 days before his retirement. The film features actors Tom Sizemore, Rebecca DeMornay, Richard Roundtree and David Patrick Wilson. Wilson and producer Nan A. Gill will take audience questions after the showing of “Collar” followed by a reception with rock and blues band The Back Again Band. When does horror go too far? Or, on the contrary, become too ridiculous? On Sunday, the Beacon will explore this theme with several documentaries including “The American Scream” which follows three Massachusetts families who take the celebration of Halloween a bit too far. The festival will culminate with the documentary “Best Worst Movie” which follows the journey of the film, “Troll 2,” from horror flop into cult classic status. Michael Stephenson’s documentary unearths the movie billed as the “worst movie of all time,” directed by Claudio Fragasso and featuring a group of unknown Utah actors as a family vacationing in a small town, named Nilbog, that they slowly discover is inhabited by goblins in disguise that plan … to eat them. The film has gotten a zero rating on the movie critic site Rotten Tomatoes, and despite its title, has no actual trolls in the film. Not to mention that Fragasso and his wife, writers of the movie’s script, did not speak English while writing or making the film. The result is so bad, it’s good and has even led to large gatherings of followers with screenings across the country. A full festival pass is $60 for the weekend, or range $5-18 depending on the time of day. Visit for times and tickets. See trailers for this weekend’s festival on Hudson Valley Weekend’s Facebook page.

Open Meeting of the Chancellor Livingston Chapter NSDAR; Monday, Feb. 11; 6:30 p.m.; Gen. Richard and Janet Livingston Montgomery Chapter House, 77 Livingston St., Rhinebeck; Melanie Bonanza will speak on National Defense; 845-876-1777. Local History Room Orientation and Tour; Monday, Feb. 11; 7 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; preregister at 845-485-3445 ext. 3702 or

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“February in Paris;” Saturday, Feb. 9; 5-7 p.m.; Millbrook Free Library, 3 Friendly Ln., Millbrook; Featuring chanteuse Elaine Rachlin; Free; Authentic German Dinner; Saturday, Feb. 9; 6 p.m.; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Wurtemburg, Rte. 9G, Rhinebeck; Fundraiser for affiliated ministries in Kenya with Master Chef Fritz Sonnenschmidt; $35; 845-876-3712 or Hyde Park Knights Pancake Breakfast; Sunday, Feb. 10; 8 a.m. - noon; Hyde Park Knights of Columbus Hall, Rte. 9G, Hyde Park; $7 adults, $6 seniors and $5 children; 845-229-6111. Sunday Salons; Sunday, Feb. 10; 2 p.m.; Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring St., Catskill; Historic interiors consultant Dr. Jean Dunbar will speak about Cole’s home; $9, $7 members; 518-943-7465 or Searching Genealogy Records in Colonial New York and New England; Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m.; Elmendorph Inn. 7562 North Broadway (Rte. 9), Red Hook; Genealogist Marny Janson offers an informative talk geared to beginners as well as those with experience tracing family histories. Refreshments to follow; Free; 845-7581920; Author Discussion with Peter Glassgold; Sunday, Feb. 10; 4 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Author of “Anarch: An Anthology of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth;” 845-876-0500. 100 for 100; Sunday, Feb. 10; 4-7 p.m.; Locust Grove, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; 100

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Studs and Statesmen

BY ANN LAFARGE Now that the election n is over, and we’ve had a brief respite from politics, let’s ut a indulge in a bit of nostalgia and read about her couple of guys who made the headlines together try and defined the political landscape in this country ar? during the Cold War. Remember the Cold War? on Former New Yorker editor and Washington ng journalist Jeffrey Frank takes us on a long K walk down memory lane with “IKE & DICK ” – Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage” (Simon & Schuster, $30, with eight pagess of photos). Just looking at the book’s cover,, seeing those two faces, is enough to catapultt you back in time to the days of those two presidents, “one of the most lauded, and one of the most loathed.” But this book focuses on the bond(s) between the two, a relationship that began when Nixon was VP during Ike’s two terms and continued into the ’60s, that storied decade, when Nixon was elected the 37th president. Frank focuses on political intrigues. When Nixon lost the presidency to J.F.K. opted any in 1960, Eisenhower, when asked if he had adopted of Nixon’s major ideas, replied, “ If you give me a week, I might think of one.” Then there was the personal side, when Ike’s grandson and namesake announced his engagement to Julie Nixon. Follow Ike and Dick over the decades as their relationship ebbs and flows in this riveting dual portrait of two guys who had such an impact on 20th century life and politics. O tempora, o mores! Switching gears big-time, let’s talk about seducers and how they do it. Freud asked “What do women want?” Now there’s a book that tries to answer that very provocative question, Betsy Prioleau’s “Swoon – Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them” (Norton, $27, lots of great photos). Who is this great ladies’ man, this sexy devil? Read about the various types of studly guys – The Pathologic Woman Pleaser, The Real Woman Pleaser, and other subsets of the genre. The author tells us in her introduction, “We’ll take stock … and see where and if ladies’ men fit in.” Women, we learn (as if we didn’t know!) want to be not just loved, but loved extravagantly. And what is the current lovescape like? Read about, and check out their photos, Casanova, Dionyses, Alcibiades, Lord Byron, Duke Ellington (who knew?), and even studs like Porfirio Rubirosa, Bill Clinton, Roald Dahl and Ashton Kutcher (who?). Getting the picture? This book is a frank and amusing exploration of ladies’ men throughout the centuries. Their highest appeal? They radiate joie de vivre, intensity and sex appeal, and above all, they adore women. And, the author concludes, we need them more than ever in this century of sexual malaise. {12} February 6, 2013 | | Hudson valley news

Asked in an interview “Who are the ladies’ men today, and what are their chief allures and strengths?” The author replied that “women don’t require providers any longer; they want interesting peers.” And, asked the perennial question “what do women want?” Prioleau quickly replied, “to be chosen from the crowd, fully ‘known,’ and adored by someone rock our world. Who pays attention and who rocks keeps passion fresh through perpetual courtship.” Yup, that oughta do it. This book is a fun romp, and perhaps a great present for your main squeeze. He might learn something! Time for dessert, in the form of a couple of nice novels. First, a w wondrously quirky one about a divorce aand a dad who flees with his daughter. “S “Schroder” by Amity Gaige (Twelve, $2 is the story of a young immigrant, $22) br brought up in Dorchester, who changes his name to Kennedy and marries Laura. Th They have a daughter, Meadow. But Lau Laura is unhappy, “we’re so far apart,” and initiates a divorce. The visitation rights are scant, and one day Dad wants mor more. He takes off , with Meadow, on an adventure. “A strange thing happens to peop people when they start to sleep in a car,” he finds. But just as you, the reader, begin to th think “oh, no, it’s turning into a road novel!” our narrator begins to philosophize. B But the police are chasing him. And once the adventure is over, and our epon eponymous hero is stashed away, he tells his story. And it’s a riveting one. Asked what event in the news might have sparked this story, the author mentions the Clark Rockefeller case, again an immigrant using a famous American name. “This con man,” Gaige said, “was a loving father, and he called the days with his daughter ‘the best days’ of his life. The story echoed what I was wondering about parenthood: can a deeply flawed person be a good parent? What does it take?” Don’t miss this fine novel. And, here’s the week’s “oh boy!” book. The one you mustn’t miss if you love stories about families, and the fierce and tender bonds that define them. “All This Talk of Love” by Christopher Castellani ( Algonquin Books, $14) is the story of an Italian family, living in Delaware, who want to take the matriarch, Maddalena, home to Italy after 57 years. She’s not doing too well, though, nor is her daughter, Prima, who’s about to suffer an empty nest, while son Frankie, pursuing a Ph.D. in Boston, knows that he is not the favorite son. That one, Tony, died, leaving Maddalena and her husband Antonio bereft. But Antonio looks forward to the trip to Italy, while grandson Ryan trains to take over the family restaurant some day. You will fall in love with the Grasso family, suffer with them, laugh with them, and understand perfectly what the author meant when he tells his own story in an author’s note, revealing that “by seeing where we came from, I’d found out who we were.” Lucky is the reader who curls up with this one! 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 alafarge@

of the board of the National Purple Heart will speak to the Millbrook Rotary Club; Lunch is $15; e-mail us your events: << continued from page 11 Conservatory Concert; Tuesday, Feb. 12; noon; László Z. Bitó ‘60 Conservatory Building, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; 845-7587196 or

ONGOING “Annie Get Your Gun;” Through Feb. 17; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. on Sundays; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck; $26 adults, $24 seniors and children; 845-876-3080 or “Art From the Heart;” Through Feb. 24; Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., noon-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday; Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, 4338 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park; 914-456-6700 or facebook. com/hydeparkartists


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UPCOMING Talk on the Purple Heart Hall; Wednesday, Feb. 13; 12:15 p.m. meeting, talk begins at 1 p.m.; Copperfield’s Restaurant; Rte. 44, Washington Hollow; Andy Komonchak, executive director

The End the New Jim Crow Action Network Meeting; Wednesday, Feb. 13; 6-7:30 p.m.; Sadie Peterson Delany African Roots Library, Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie; 845-475-8781. Critique and Competition: Birds; Wednesday, Feb. 13; 6:30 p.m.; Town of Esopus Port Ewen Library, Duck Pond Gallery, 128 Canal St., Port Ewen; Ulster County Photography Club presentation by Tom Hackett; Discussion with Brian Riddell, Executive Director of Dutchess Outreach; Wednesday, Feb. 13; 7 p.m.; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie; 67 S. Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie; Presentation of resources available for poverty and hunger in Dutchess County; 845-452-4013. Board Games for Adults; Friday, Feb. 15; 5:30 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; 845-757-3771. Wind Beneath Their Wings; Friday, Feb. 15; 6:30 p.m.; Red Hook Firehouse, 42 Firehouse Ln., Red Hook; Naturalist Bill Robinson will bring his "World of Animals" to Red Hook; Free; 845758-3241 or

Legendary chef Paul Bocuse to attend BY CAROLINE CAREY After two weeks of a soft friends and family opening, the Bocuse Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America is set to open to the public at large. A limited number of reservations will become available as of Feb. 6, but the grand opening of the new restaurant is slated for Feb. 15, when world renowned French chef Paul Bocuse will be in attendance for the dedication of this new restaurant. The Bocuse Restaurant takes the place of what used to be, for 38 years, the Escoffier Restaurant at the CIA. You know their names. You Chef Bocuse, of Lyon, France, recently know their restaurants. And, now turned 87, and is known for bringing forward a you can listen to their views on more modern, lighter version of French cooking. the future of French cooking. The three million dollar renovation took Daniel Boulud, Paul Bocuse, seven months and resulted in a modern, open Jonathan Keller and Jean-Georges feel to the space. It was designed by Adam Vongerichten will all be on hand Tihany, who designed Restaurant Daniel and to discuss the future of French Per Se in Manhattan. The new design features restaurants and cooking at the a sleek, crisp plan and features custom-made Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park on Feb. 15. The sconces in the shape of chefs’ toques. discussion will be held in the Whereas Escoffier was associated with a Student Recreation Center on formal décor and service, the new restaurant campus from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The is designed to be more like a modern French event is free and open to the public. restaurant. The traditional tableside de-boning of a fish that was so familiar at Escoffier will be replaced with tableside ice cream making. The student-waiters will push a marble-topped cart tableside and hand churn ice cream, cooled by negative 180 degree liquid nitrogen. Now, that is hot.

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THEATER: Hatmaker's Attic Productions will be holding auctions for their upcoming production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on Saturday, Feb. 9 from noon4 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 107 Broadway, Newburgh. Email to book an audition spot; pre-booked auditions are given first priority. Prepare to sing a song from the show. Performances will run March 22-24. Callbacks will be on Feb. 10 at noon.

ART: Queen City Arts, an advocacy initiative of the Dutchess County Arts Council invites regional artists from Dutchess and Ulster County to submit artworks for monthly Queen City Saturday exhibits in Poughkeepsie. Opportunities available in February and March. Send inquiry email to QCS@artsmidhudson. org including webpage or 3-5 jpegs representing artworks available for exhibition.

ART: Red Hook Community Arts Network is seeking submissions for “Meeting of the Minds: Contemporary Surrealist and Conceptual Art” on display March 8 through April 7. Drop-off any original 2D media wired for hanging Monday, March 4 from 3-5 p.m. or Tuesday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Performance, installation or video art are encouraged and will be considered based on gallery’s constraints. Email redhookcan@ or visit for more information.

ART: The National Art Honor Society of The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft is inviting all high school students to submit photographic work to its 10th annual national juried high school photography competition, “Exposure.” Digital, traditional, pinhole, or even compilation work is acceptable. Cash prizes are given out for Best of Show, 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and 3 honorable mentions. Entry Deadline is February 22, 5 p.m. Exhibition dates: March 16 April 13, 2013. Notification of acceptance: February 27, 2013. Accepted work due by: March 12, 2013, 5pm. Contact Director Todd Poteet at tpoteet@ or 845.471.7477 if you have any questions.

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ART: Tivoli Artists Gallery (formally Tivoli Artists Co-op) is looking for artists in all medias to join its collaborative gallery. Over 20 years in existence, members organize 12 exhibits per year (both group and solo shows) in a spacious gallery in Tivoli. Three-tier membership levels to accommodate artists with different levels of involvement and financial obligations. Visit to download information sheet and applications.

THEATER: The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck is seeking male actors for supporting roles in the production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Caesar and Cleopatra” which will be presented this April. Rehearsals will begin in February. Contact the director, Diana di Grandi at 845-876 -5348 for more information.

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BY HV NEWS STAFF Millbrook residents Wayne and Brigid Nussbickel, and the Page family and Page Park Associates of Dutchess County will be honored as Family Services 2013 Families of the Year for their service to their community, Chief Executive Officer Brian Doyle recently announced. The Family of the Year dinner will be held April 25 at the Grandview in the City of Poughkeepsie. The event is held annually to honor families whose service to the community exemplifies the values of Family Services. The Nussbickels will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Page family and Page Park Associates will receive the Spirit of the Future Award. “The Family of the Year event is a great way to recognize the honorees’contributions and to celebrate Family Services’ positive impact on the community,” Doyle said. “Both of these families have made a tremendous impact on our community, both in their business contributions and their personal involvement in the civic life of Dutchess County and beyond.” Wayne Nussbickel is president and chief executive officer of N&S Supply, a plumbing and heating supply company based in Fishkill. In 2006, he received the Marist College President’s Award for Community Service. In 2009, he

received the Gateway for Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Entrepreneur of the Year

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The Paige family. Photo submitted.

Award. The following year, he and Brigid received the Dutchess County The Nussbickel family. Photo submitted.

Arts Council Patron Award. Wayne served as chair of the Arts Council Fund last year. Nussbickel is chairman of the Nussbickel Scholarship Committee for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and is past board chair of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County and the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation. He was a founding member of the Economic Development Corporation. Brigid is a teacher in the Arlington Central School District. She co-chairs the Nussbickel Scholarship Committee for the chamber of commerce and is a member of the Community Foundation Partners in Education Grant Selection Committee. She also serves on the board of Mill Street Loft, where she is a member of the Development Committee and chair of the Event Committee. She participates in the Vassar College Science Education Internship Program. The Nussbickels have two daughters, Stephanie and Breanna. Stephanie is employed by N&S as a mechanical engineer. Breanna lives in Brooklyn and is a fashion designer for Victoria’s Secret and Brandex. William and Helen Page are natives of Dutchess County and the parents of four sons, Brian, Steven, Darin and Jason. William’s father, Henry G. Page Sr., founded the H.G. Page & Sons building supply firm in 1924. William is a member of the LaGrange Rotary Club and is a past recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award. Helen serves on the board of the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association and is a member of the Poughkeepsie Garden Club and the Junior League of Poughkeepsie. Jason and his wife Mary Elizabeth live in Pleasant Valley with their three children. Jason serves on the board of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation and is involved in fundraising activities for the Boy Scouts of America. Darin and his wife, Dana, live in Rhinecliff with their four sons. Brian and his wife, Emily, live in Millbrook with their two children. Steve and his wife, Theresa, live in Hopewell Junction with their four children. Jason and Darin manage Page Park Associates, the family’s real estate firm. Page Park is the recipient of the 2010 Dutchess County Economic Development Council’s Business Excellence Award and the 2011 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award. Brian and Steven are partners in Page Park. Steven is the owner of Carrington Construction Corporation and Brian is the owner of Grand Rental.


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BY HV NEWS STAFF The Rhinebeck Jewish Center is near the final stages of the approval process for building its future home. This building will be the first synagogue in Rhinebeckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. The building plans have a ground breaking date set for early spring of 2013. During the spring of 2012, the design phase took place as part of an independent study course in the Architectural Design program at Parsons The New School for Design. The designer, Yeshaya Shor, under the guidance of his instructor, Professor Peter Wheelwright, designed a structure to serve the community. Local architect David Borenstein, engineer Richard Chazen and architect Mike McCormack have played critical roles in both the design process and construction document phases. Additionally, lighting designer Natalia Priwin and product designer Yoav Menachem, both Parsons graduates, contributed to this project. Local artists will also play a role in the future building. Doris Cultraro will be making the stained glass windows and Joel Weisbrod will be hand crafting the ark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greenâ&#x20AC;? strategies employed during the development take into account passive heating and cooling, rain runoff, salvaging materials from an existing barn and other sustainable principles.

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thus minimizing the impact on motorists. Parts of the deck will be re-built in phases, with at least two lanes of traffic maintained during the day. Bridge Authority Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the largest single self-financed project in Bridge Authority history and will ensure that the I-84 corridor and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge remain a critical link to the entire northeast transportation network.â&#x20AC;? Todd Diorio, president of the Hudson Valley Construction Trade Council, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The construction industry has been hard hit throughout the valley. These are good jobs that will be filled by highly skilled local workers.â&#x20AC;? The project is financed through bonds paid for by tolls collected by the Bridge Authority. Kiska Construction was established in 1987 and has successfully completed a number of large infrastructure projects in the New York metropolitan region.


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BY HV NEWS STAFF â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea behind this bill is simple: It prohibits the legislature from voting on and passing bills from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.,â&#x20AC;? said New York State Senator Terry Gipson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Too often on Planet Albany, we pass laws in the dark of night, the only time these Vampire Bills seem to come to life. They wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t survive the light of day. These â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Vampire Billsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drive a stake through the heart of our democracy because each and every time we legislate after midnight, the people of the state lose their trust in government. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The legislature needs to work during the light of day, just like most people in our state. Then and only then will we be able to earn the trust of the people we are supposed to serve. I hope to put an end to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Vampire Billsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by passing this law.

BY HV NEWS STAFF A $93 million contract to re-build the deck of the south span of the NewburghBeacon Bridge was awarded last week to Kiska Construction. The project is estimated to create at least 200 jobs and work will begin this spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the awarding of this contract today, work can begin this spring to restore the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge and several hundred good paying local jobs can be created right here in the Hudson Valley,â&#x20AC;? Governor Andrew Cuomo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This project is yet another investment made by the NY Works program to rebuild New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critical infrastructure and revitalize our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy.â&#x20AC;? Spanning the Hudson River between Orange and Dutchess counties, the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is crossed each year by approximately 25 million vehicles. The Bridge Authority will implement Gov. Cuomoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drivers First initiative for the project, to ensure that the bulk of the work is done at night,

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Taconic Little League Sign-Ups You can register by downloading a blank registration form on their webpage,, and mailing it in with the required fee. Another option is to sign onto the Little League’s webpage and use the link to to register and pay by credit card. Be aware that charges a fee for the use of their online registration service. For more details on the schedule and information on the Little League, go to their webpage. Little League players, both boys and girls, ages four to 18, who live in the Towns of Clinton, Milan, Stanford, the Village of Millbrook, and that portion of Washington that is north of New York State Route 343, are eligible to sign up. New players will need to bring a birth certificate and proof of residency. All registrations are due by Saturday, Feb. 9, and a late fee of $20 applies after this date. For more information or if you are interested in helping the league, contact Mike Denatale at 845-266-0030 or at

Taconic League Skills Clinic A skills clinic is being offered for registered Taconic Little League baseball and softball players, ages four to 13, on Fridays, Feb. 8 and 15, at Cold Spring Elementary in Stanfordville from 6 to 9 p.m. The school is on Homan Road. Players should bring their glove.

Pleasant Valley Lyme Support Group Meeting The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and associated diseases. The church is located between the two traffic lights, across Route 44 from the CVS Pharmacy, and between the library and a cemetery. For more information, contact Pat at 845889-4242 or Rachel at 845-229-8925. See their webpage at

Rhinebeck Lyme Support Group Meeting The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease Support Group meets on Thursday, Feb. 14

Solo pianist Francesco Attesti plays Edvard Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 16” while conductor Kathleen Beckmann leads the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra at their Oslo and Prague concert. Photo submitted.

from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck. Lyme patients, the general public, and the medical community are invited to attend. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and associated diseases. For more information, contact Mary Belliveau at 914-489-1202.

Daniel Center Offers Counseling for Veterans The Daniel Center Outreach and Counseling Center at 20 Milton Avenue, Highland, will be starting counseling groups for veterans, active duty personnel and their families, in anger management, stress management, PTSD counseling, couple’s therapy, counseling for children and parents, LGBT support groups, and more. For more information, contact Julia at 845-691-4570 ext. 320 and visit their webpage at

Oslo and Prague Serenade in Rhinebeck The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra brought a whole evening of symphonic music to Rhinebeck High School on January 26. The concert was outstanding, and there was a very large turnout even though it was a cold evening. The audience enjoyed the program filled with Oslo and Prague songs selected by Conductor Kathleen Beckmann. Nancy Cozean welcomed the audience and thanked them for coming out on the cold evening. The concert started

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with the overture “Entry March of the Boyars,” written by Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen and was inspired by the history of the Boyars entering the city of Bucharest. It was one of Halvorsen’s most popular works. It is highly melodic and reflective of the romantic emphasis on melody and consonance. It was composed in 1893 and achieved immediate success. Next came Edvard Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 16.” Francesco Attesti was the guest piano soloist for the three movements of this concerto. This is Grieg’s only complete piano concerto and it is the most popular and frequently performed. Attesti flawlessly played the grand piano and made its music fill the auditorium. Whether playing the piano alone or with the orchestra, Attesti perfectly blended in with the music. There was thunderous applause for the pianist and orchestra. There was a surprise addition to the evening’s program when Attesti came back on stage and played solo on Piazzolla’s “Invierho Porteño.” The song was new to most of the audience, but it was very delightful. Another round of standing applause followed the performance. Conductor Beckmann had asked Attesti to play this song as a preview for the next concert, “Venice and Buenos Aires,” which will be held on April 20 in the Cunneen Hackett Center in Poughkeepsie. It will be a chamber orchestra concert. What a better way to end a winter evening than with Dvorák’s “New World Symphony.” In 1892, Dvorák came to America to establish a school for composition and wrote this symphony. The

themes in the “New World Symphony” demonstrate his strong attachment to his homeland joined by his desire to incorporate American folk music. The beautiful melody in the second movement, introduced by an English horn, is Bohemian in origin. Ironically, the melody became more widely known through a vocal adaptation of the theme song “Goin’ Home.” This symphony was a great way to end a wonderful night of music. Attesti is an Italian pianist of international acclaim. Among his generation of musicians, he is considered one of the finest interpreters of the Romantic and early twentieth century repertoire. He began practicing the piano at the age of six and gave his first concert at 11. He continued to study with many master pianists in Europe, refining his skills and winning several national and international piano competitions. For more information on ticket purchases and future performances, visit their webpage at or call 845-635-0877. The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit organization formed in 2006 with the mission of bringing live orchestral music to Dutchess County and the surrounding Hudson Valley area. The orchestra membership includes both professional musicians and talented young musicians from the local area. Tax deductible donations may be sent to Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 253, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. These donations are used to help cover the operating expenses of the orchestra.

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BY HEIDI JOHNSON Last Saturday was the Stanford Library’s second annual “Bring Your Children to the Library Day.” As part of this event, local author and wellknown wildlife photographer Marcia Wiley Griffen presented a program on whitetail deer. It was terrific! Marcia is wonderful, warm woman with over 30 years experience photographing wildlife all over the country. In preparation for the talk and book signing, Marcia spent hours setting up in the basement of the library. She had on display several sets of deer antlers and even one complete deer skull, which I found yucky, but the kids loved it. They didn’t even get squeamish when Marcia described how nature cleaned that skull (I won’t explain here for those of you that are reading the paper with your morning coffee). Also on display was the clothing that she wears when sitting in the woods waiting to observe deer or other wild creatures. Most were of the camouflage variety, but one white fleecelike suit was actually Gore-tex, and it was for blending into snowy landscapes. Marcia had also lined the walls with some of her photographs, which were nothing short of spectacular, and she had set up the”blind” she uses to hide in while waiting for wildlife to come into view. After welcoming everyone, Marcia gave us a description of what the life of a wildlife photographer is like. “Weather is the worst part of the job,” she explained. That is why so many different kinds of clothing is needed to protect the photographer from cold, rain and snow. She went on to explain that being a wildlife photographer consists of “lots and lots of waiting in the blind for animals to come by. You do a lot of research beforehand so that you don’t sit there for weeks and weeks without seeing anything.” Next, she showed a DVD that she made using photos and text from her book “Whitetails In Our Backyard.” It was great – humorous and educational. Everyone in attendance learned at least a little something about these adaptable creatures that we see everywhere around our area. I learned the difference between horns and antlers. Antlers fall off every year, but horns do not. I also learned that

deer antlers grow back every spring and get larger as the deer grows, becoming the largest at about age five. After the short DVD, Marcia held up and spoke about the deer antlers and skull that she had brought along. She showed where mice, chipmunks, or other rodents had chewed on the cast-off antlers and explained that antlers were good protein source for other animals. She passed around the antlers and we were all surprised at how heavy the larger ones were. After the formal presentation, Marcia invited the children to join her inside the blind so that they could look through her camera lens, to see how it zooms in on objects far away. This was a big hit. There were also wildlife-based activities for the kids, including a scavenger hunt of sorts where they had to identify the species of animal in each of the photographs hanging on the wall, and also a picture frame to color. Marcia provided deer photos for each child to insert into their frame, and each child received a bookmark and coloring pages made from Marcia’s photographs (these were really neat). The entire event was just lovely and we had a great time. Library Director Arlene Christensen was on hand to serve coffee, juice and cookies, which were also a big hit with young and old alike. Marcia lives in Milan, and she has close ties to Stanfordville as her daughter Alicia and grandsons James and Jacob live here in town. I said to Alicia, “I think you have the coolest mom in the whole world,” and I meant it! Marcia is just a delightful person with a wealth of knowledge and experience with our wild critters. The entire event was one to remember and for those that missed it, Marcia’s photos will be on display for another few weeks at the library, and they are available for purchase. Marcia also assisted with the production of the North American Wildlife DVD series, which has won over 20 national and international awards. These DVDs are available for circulation at the library. You may still be able to purchase signed copies of “Whitetails In Our Backyard” at the library, and also possibly at McCarthy’s Pharmacy. If not, I’m sure you can contact Marcia and arrange to get one. Which you will want to do because the book is wonderful. Visit to purchase the book or DVDs, or e-mail Marcia at Thank you to the Stanford Library for hosting this fun and educational program, and to Marcia Wiley Griffen for taking the time to educate and entertain the large crowd last Saturday.

Marcia Wiley Griffen explains to Brandon Fusco how a deer skull gets cleaned out (by bugs!) at her presentation on whitetail deer last Saturday at the Stanford Library. Below: Leandra Costa, age 6, peeks out of the wildlife “blind.”

“Love your Library” Movie Month at Stanford Library Arlene Christensen also asked me to invite local seniors to the upcoming afternoon movie series at the library. This program is intended mainly for seniors, although of course, anyone is welcome. The movies are all about love, in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Movies will be shown at 2:30 p.m. every Thursday in February, beginning Feb. 7. They will end before dark, so there is less concern about driving. Titles and dates are: Feb. 7 – “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” Feb. 14 – “Casablanca” Feb. 21 – “The Artist” Feb. 28 – “Hope Springs”

Grange Roasted Chicken Dinner One last event to mention is the annual Roasted Chicken Dinner at the

Stanford Grange, which will be on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The menu will include roasted chicken with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, succotash, cole slaw, and cherry-pineapple cobbler for dessert, along with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water. A bake sale raffle will be held. Cost for the dinner is $12 per person, $6 for children ages five to 12, and free for children under age five. For reservations, contact Louise Woodcock at 845-868-7548. That’s all I have this week except a reminder that the Stissing Theatre Guild box office will be open daily for in person sales starting Feb. 4. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Get your tickets soon for this year’s show, “42nd Street.” It is going to be spectacular! See you next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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arrested developments BY HV NEWS STAFF

Superbowl weekend DWI crackdown nets arrests

Red Hook Police report the arrest of Richard C. Belcher, 58, of Red Hook. Belcher was arrested Saturday at 11:15 p.m. on Rte. 9 and charged with two counts of misdemeanor drunken driving, as well as the infraction of failing to signal. He was processed and released on tickets to appear in town court at a later date. Red Hook Police also reported the arrest of Justin R. McCarthy, 24, of Red Hook, on Sunday at 10:25 p.m. on North Broadway in the Village of Red Hook. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired by alcohol and drugs, a misdemeanor, as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both felonies. Following a traffic stop, McCarthy was found to be impaired by alcohol and drugs and was in possession of 14 individually wrapped bags of cocaine. He was processed and sent to Dutchess County Jail on bail. The above arrests were the result of a Stop DWI Superbowl Crackdown Enforcement that occurred over this past weekend. The goal for the crackdown was to keep the roadways safe and remove impaired drivers from the roadways.

WKIP’s Tom Sipos chats with Rep. Chris Gibson; Gibson with Sue Serino, Leigh Wager and his wife, Mary Jo Gibson. Photos by Jim Langan.

Aggravated Harassment in Red Hook

Red Hook Police report the arrest of Christopher S. Clark, 41, of Red Hook. Clark was arrested Thursday, January 31 at 7:50 p.m. and charged with criminal contempt and aggravated harassment, both misdemeanors. Clark was processed and arraigned in the Town of Red Hook Court and released on his own recognizance.

Two arrested for theft of snowboards from Windham Mountain Ski Resort

On January 27, State Police in Catskill received a request from Greene County 911 to be on the lookout for a white Nissan Maxima that was reported to be involved in the theft of several snow boards from the Windham Mountain Ski Resort. Troopers located the vehicle traveling eastbound on State Route 23 in the Town of Cairo. Subsequent to a traffic stop of the vehicle, Anthony Costa, 21, of Lagrangeville, was found to be driving while ability impaired by drugs, and passenger, Adam B. Wiemer, 20, of Verbank, was found to be in possession of marijuana. Further investigation revealed that Costa and Wiemer had 12 snowboards in the vehicle. The investigation revealed that the snowboards had been taken earlier in the day from the Windham Mountain Ski Resort.

Costa was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony, and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Wiemer was arrested for grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Costa and Wiemer were arraigned and remanded to Greene County Jail.

Recent Arrests

The Hyde Park Police report the following: • Arlene M.Boulware,49, of Hyde Park, was charged with menacing in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Altagracia R. Coleman, 59, of Hyde Park, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a traffic misdemeanor. • Christine M. Garcia, 25, of Hyde Park, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, a traffic misdemeanor. • Gabriel T. Hartman, 19, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal contempt in the first degree, a class-E felony, criminal mis-

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BY JIM LANGAN A big crowd turned out Thursday to check out U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson’s new district office, located on Rte. 9 across from Regina Coeli. The Kinderhook Republican was recently re-elected to a second term in the newly configured 19th district. The congressman was accompanied by his lovely and dynamic wife, Mary Jo, as they greeted visitors. Among those in attendance were current and former Dutchess County Executives Marc Molinaro and Bill Steinhaus, who were observed in conversation. Molinaro was fresh off his State of the County address at the Bardavon the night before and was commended by many in attendance for the speech. Hyde Park resident and District 4 County Legislator Sue Serino was there, along with County Republican Chairman Mark McCormack. Radio personality, and host of WKIP’s “Hudson Valley Focus” program, Tom Sipos was seen moving about the room, presumably booking a few guests for his morning drive show. In charge of the office will be Hyde Park resident Patty Hohmann who previously served as clerk of the county legislature for 26 years and most recently as a field representative for Rep. Gibson. According to Hohmann, the office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursday and she is also reachable by phone at 845-698-0132. Hohmann hopes to be able to assist residents in such areas as veteran affairs, Social Security, Medicare, immigration or with the IRS. “Constituent services are very important to us.” Gibson also said he intended to meet personally with constituents in the Hyde Park office on a regularly scheduled basis.

chief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and attempted assault in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor. This was the result of a domestic dispute with his mother. • Amber L. Powell, 31, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, was charged with petit larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. • Vincent D. Ross, 21, of the City of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on an active bench warrant issued from Hyde Park Justice Court for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Crystal L. Masten,30, of Gardner, was arrested on an active arrest warrant issued by HydeParkJustice Court for petit larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. • Shontai M. Walden, 23, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Kenneth R. Taber, 33, of Hyde Park, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a traffic mis-

demeanor. He was also charged with leaving the scene of a property damage auto accident, a violation of law. • Allen W. Merriam,33, of Syracuse, was charged withaggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a traffic misdemeanor. • James E. Beatty, 33, of the City of Poughkeepsie, was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor. • Carlos M. Aguilar, 22, of the City of Poughkeepsie, was charged withaggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a traffic misdemeanor. • Soren C. Wilhelmsen, 26, of Hyde Park, was charged with petit larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. • Martin C. Specht, 50, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a traffic misdemeanor. • Donald R. Miller, 29, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal obstruction of > >continued on next page

Email your legal notice to Notice of Formation of HUDSON VALLEY FARMER’S MARKET, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on November 29, 2012. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Hudson Valley Farmer’s Market, LLC, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity.

Notice of formation of Win-Nova Fitness LLC (the “LLC”). Arts. Of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY”) on January 4, 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.

From The Ground Brewery LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/25/13. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 18 Peacock Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of Berrian Construction, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/20/12. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 9 Birchwood Terr., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of FARMER'S DOOR, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on November 27, 2012. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Farmer's Door, LLC, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity.

LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of ELLMAN CONSULTING GROUP, LLC Articles of Org. filed w/Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) October 5, 2012. Office in Dutchess Cnty. Business Filings Inc (BFI) desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. BFI shall mail copy of process to 2600 South Rd, Ste. 44-134, Poughkeepsie NY 12601. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of The Chocolate Factory at Red Hook LLC (the LLC). Arts. of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on December 28, 2012. 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.

Villa-Kellogg Fire Supply LLC, Arts. of Org., filed with SSNY on 1/18/13. Office loc: Dutchess Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 11 Jonathan Ln, Pough., NY 12603. Purpose: Any lawful act. GMB COMPLIANCE SOLUTIONS LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/14/12. Office in Dutchess Co. SSNY desig. agent of the LLC upon whom process can be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Nevada Discount Registered Agent, Inc, 941 Meadow View Drive, Gardnerville, NV 89460. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Principal business location: 19 Appalachian West, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

obituaries Edwin L. Storms, Poughkeepsie

Edwin L. Storms, 66, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, New York, after a brief illness and is in heaven with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ed proudly served in the US Navy from August 1975 to August 1977 and again from April 1981 to January 1984. His service included two tours in Vietnam. Ed was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rhinebeck; he also associated with several other churches including the Grace Bible Fellowship and the Hyde Park Baptist Church. He was a member of the Mission Committee and had been on many mission trips to Dresden, Germany, the Ukraine, India and Nepal. He was also an avid train collector and fisherman. He was a member and officer of the Stone Church Fishing Club and often enjoyed fishing with his best friend Jerry VanWagner of Hyde Park. Ed was a cross country truck driver for Tri-State in Joplin, Miss.; and had most recently retired as a driver for Valley Courier, Kingston, New York.

He was born March 5, 1946 in Fallsburgh, New York. His parents, Dorothy and Vincent Storms,predeceased him. Ed is survived by his wife of 18 years, Sharon (Graham) Storms. In addition, he is survived by four children, Rick and Michelle Storms, their children Brandon, Kyle and Alyssa of Salem, OR; James and Ronda Storms, their son Zachary of Hyde Park; Danny and Patty Storms, their daughter Dannilynn of Staatsburg; Crystal Storms, and her children Dylan, Dustin, Austin, Carter and Adriana of Hyde Park; and their mother Janet Moore McCabe. Ed is also survived by Sharon’s children, Stephanie and Louis Tramelli, their children Teo and Tamara; and Jeff and Sonya Struthers; as well as a sister Daisy Rush and her husband Dick of Salem, Oregon. A memorial celebration of Ed’s life was held Monday, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church of Rhinebeck. Friends visited the family prior to the memorial service. Immediately following the service a luncheon was served at the church. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Dutchess County A.S.P.C.A., Rte. 9G, Hyde Park, New York. To sign the online register please visit

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breathing, a class-A misdemeanor. • Valerie J. Bell, 54, of Hyde Park, was charged with petit larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. • Daniel M. Johnson, 33, of Germantown, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a traffic misdemeanor. And he had an active arrest warrant issued by the Town of Saugerties Court for issuing a bad check, a class-A misdemeanor. • Kendall D. Dacosta, 21, of Wichita, Kansas, was charged with unlawful dealing with a minor in the first degree, a class-A misdemeanor.

Steaks on the Super Bowl

Darla Buffa, Dora and Danny Perkes watch the Super Bowl with referee Tony Marchese, and owner, Joe Wilson, at Joseph’s Steakhouse in Hyde Park Sunday night. The lights stayed on and the buffet was great. Photo by Jim Langan. Hudson valley news | | February 6, 2013 {19}

Ian Daly with The Ormerods who recently purchased a 2013 Jeep Cherokee Laredo

Tammy Crandall with Scott Kemp, Operations Director of Ramapo for Children’s Rhinebeck campus, who bought a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

Tammy Crandall with Paul Butler who recently purchased a 2005 GMC Envoy.

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