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ISLAND Martino, Taylor, Monks, Athanas lose showdown vote at tempestuous Republican meeting BY JIM LANGAN

Gibson and Molinaro set up shop together in Red Hook



Dutchess Community Day

The Hyde Park Republican committee recently adopted a change to its bylaws that would authorize the expulsion of any member proven to be disparaging fellow members of the committee. The disloyalty clause amendment became an issue when someone recently began mailing anonymous postcards disparaging Republican members of the committee. Two of the mailings have attacked Councilwoman Sue Serino and directed recipients to an amateurish website that contains further malicious attacks on Serino and others. What made last week’s vote so important and contentious is the presumed backers of the postcards are considered to be Supervisor Tom Martino with the support of councilmen Michael Taylor, Jim Monks and Mike Athanas. All four, along with former County Legislator Bob Clearwater and former

Supervisor Jim Whaley, made a considerable effort to defeat the measure before Tuesday’s meeting. The lobby at Coppola’s restaurant, where the meeting was held, had various parties doing some last-minute lobbying and more than a few dirty looks were exchanged. At 7 p.m., committee members went downstairs as this reporter was made to remain upstairs, but within earshot. The first casualty of the evening was Clearwater, who tried crashing the meeting but was told he wasn’t welcome as he is no longer a member of the committee. Clearwater unhappily returned to the bar and pouted his way through a few innings of the Yankees game. It wasn’t long before raised voices could be heard below. According to people at the meeting, a red-faced and angry Taylor and Martino


began shouting at committee members, threatening to sue anyone who voted for the measure. Both were said to point their fingers menacingly at anyone thought to be in disagreement. “It was pretty ugly,” said an attendee. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., Martino, Taylor, Monks and Athanas came storming up the stairs and out the door. Someone in the bar said, “I don’t think they won,” and everyone laughed. Hyde Park Republican Party Chairwoman Jean McArthur told Hudson Valley News she was “very disappointed but not surprised by their reaction. It just shows what they’re really about. This bylaw change is designed to protect the party and I was pleased to have a strong party behind me.” The Martino faction was concerned if allegations of their involvement in this > continued on next page



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The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of scams to trick homeowners into allowing strangers into their homes or purchasing shoddy products and services. Recently, an individual posing as a Bottini Fuel Oil technician offered to clean the furnace of a woman in Pleasant Valley for $200. When she called Bottini, she was advised the company did not send anyone to her house. Bottini schedules all calls and sends uniformed employees with lettered trucks. Typically, these scams target seniors. Sometimes, a contractor will offer to pave the driveway with leftover blacktop, or other times they will start applying a sealant to a driveway. Usually, the con artists work in pairs. One will get an early start by applying the topcoat, as the other will try to bluff the unsuspecting homeowner into believing the work was scheduled by the regular contractor. Once the work begins, homeowners are bullied into believing that they are obligated to pay an exorbitant amount. One local senior was told she had to pay a $6,000 bill. Sometimes, the con artists will offer to accept a partial payment and follow the homeowner inside their house in order to case it for a later burglary. The sheriff’s office reminds the public they are under no obligation to pay for work they did not agree to.

“Assume anyone who solicits door-todoor construction work is a scam artist,” Det. Jeffrey Wilkinson said. “They either bully or bluff people into believing that the work was either already approved or has to be finished and paid for once started. If anyone tries one of these scams, residents are urged to tell them, ‘No,’ and to call the Sheriff’s Office immediately.” If anyone tries to do construction work uninvited, or suggests they have leftover materials they will use to save money, homeowners are urged to call the sheriff’s office at 845-486-3800. Residents should try to remember identifying information, such as names, descriptions and phone numbers.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Shawn R. Coon, 20, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on April 25. • Robert J. Thomas, 45, of Hyde Park, was charged with two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on April 25. • Michael A. Pappas, 38, of Hyde Park, was charged with harassment in the second degree, a violation, on April 26. • Sid Judge-Avery, 23, of Hyde Park, was charged with petty larceny, a class-A misdemeanor, on April 26. • Elizabeth B. Morris, 21, of Pleasant Valley, was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, on April 27. • Jennifer L. Stevener, 26, of Hyde Park, was charged with aggravated DWI, a misdemeanor; DWI, a misdemeanor; and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, a violation, on April 30. • Yolan L. Levine, 38, of Woodstock, was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class-D felony (bench warrant), on April 30.


character assassination were verified, the board would have the legal footing to expel them from the town Republican committee. Although it has been increasingly clear that Martino has effectively removed himself and the other three councilmen from any consideration of re-nomination as Republicans, this showdown established how far they have fallen since this same committee nominated them two years ago. The vote was put forward by Chairwoman Jean McArthur and passed by an overwhelming 28-9 margin. Martino has told people he intends to seek re-election as an Independent but has had trouble attracting support or money. What convinced most committee members that the Martino slate is finished is after storming out, none of them returned



Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R-Red Hook), who recently officially kicked off his bid for Dutchess County executive, said he has been disheartened by “negative campaigning” by Daniel French, a Democrat who also announced his intention to run for the executive post. “I think taxpayers are tired of partisan campaigns,” Molinaro said. “I think voters are tired of candidates who think elected office is some kind of trophy. I think voters will reject the kind of negativity coming out of his campaign.” Molinaro, who has been picking up a number of endorsements from local town






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to hear Assemblyman Marc Molinaro speak and receive the endorsement of the Hyde Park Republican Committee for county executive. One Republican said, “Maybe we should fumigate the place before Marc gets here. They’re all crazy. Do they think anyone would consider them after that performance? Not to mention Molinaro’s going to be the next county executive. If you really cared about this town, you’d have the professionalism and courtesy to welcome him. It was disgraceful all around.” McArthur said she “was very disappointed they didn’t stick around to hear Marcus. He will be such an asset to Hyde Park as county executive. He’s been successful because he always reaches across the aisle. Although I can’t say this group surprises me, I’m looking forward and staying positive. We’re putting together a strong team of new candidates.”

Republican committees and other groups, said rather than attacking French, he intends to reach out to “anyone with anything to win or lose” and lay out his agenda. Of French, he said, “He’s a partisan appointee playing a partisan game.” French, though, says he has merely been trying to get his message across and point out some of the differences between himself and Molinaro. “What it comes down to, is a campaign is just like a job interview,” French said. “I’m going to put my education and experience in front of the voters. I’ll leave it up to the voters to decide who will be the next county executive.” French said his campaign thus far has been “phenomenal,” and he is confident about his chances of winning the November election. “We’re building a great team of people who want to see a change in Dutchess County,” he said. “Every day, the momentum is swinging on our side.” French said if Molinaro had a problem with his campaign, Molinaro could have spoken to him directly. “He knows my number,” French said. “He can call me up.”


It was inaccurately reported last week that USS Roosevelt Capt. Robert Chadwick would be attending a Dutchess County Legislature ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of St. James Church in Hyde Park. In fact, Chadwick’s father, retired Adm. Stephen Chadwick, will be attending.


Volunteer Coordinator Terry Temple and house captain George Hutt oversaw Saturday’s efforts.

REBUILDING TOGETHER 40 volunteers upgrade home for local family STORY AND PHOTOS BY JIM LANGAN

Friends, neighbors and strangers descended on a home in Hyde Park Saturday with one goal in mind. They were there to make life easier for Tina and Jeffrey Van Steenburg. Jeffrey suffers from a serious back problem that makes it difficult for him to get around. Thanks to an organization called Rebuilding Together, the Van Steenburghs and their five children will have a totally refurbished, handicappedaccessible home. The organization, founded in 1988, describes its mission as bringing communities and volunteers together to improve the lives of low-income families. According to Volunteer Coordinator Terry Temple, the goal is to make homes safe and warm. “There’s an application process and requests for help are assessed on an income basis, with most of our applicants being low income, elderly or physically disabled,” she said. So far this year, the Dutchess County affiliate has rebuilt 12 homes in the area. More than 40 volunteers donated their time, skills and supplies for the rehabilitation of the Van Steenburgs’ home. Nearly half of those volunteers were from the Hyde Park Methodist Church.

Humane law officers with the Dutchess County SPCA recently seized 10 unhealthy puppies from a local pet store and charged the owner with charges relating to neglect and cruelty. On Monday, April 25, officers obtained a search warrant for the Puppies and Kittens pet store in Wappingers Falls after receiving complaints that a number of puppies at the store were displaying signs of illness, such as coughing. The warrant was signed by Wappingers Village Justice Vincent Francese. With assistance from the Wappingers Falls Police Department and a local veterinarian, humane law officers entered the store later that evening, where they noted nearly half the animals in the store were sick. The sick puppies were subsequently removed from the store for veterinary treatment by an SPCA animal services team. The owner of the store, Richard Doyle, was arrested on two counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of selling diseased animals, all misdemeanors. The puppies are being treated by the SPCA, though they are not available for adoption. This arrest comes less than a month after SPCA officials seized an unhealthy 11-week-old Yorkshire terrier from the same shop. At the time, Doyle and an employee were charged with animal cruelty and selling diseased animals.

Dutchess County SPCA Humane Law Officer Daniel Flaherty arrests Richard Doyle, the owner of Puppies and Kittens Pet Store, on April 25. Photos submitted.

Kristen Kondysar’s home was the beneficiary of Rebuilding Together last year, and this year, she volunteered to help with Tina Van Steenburgh’s home.

George Hutt, the house captain, said in addition to seven sets of windows, the team would be building a handicapped-accessible deck and bathroom for the family. In these difficult economic times, it was reassuring to see so many people coming to the aid of someone in a difficult circumstance. By the looks on everyone’s faces, it appeared it wasn’t just the Van Steenburghs who benefited. If you’d like to contact Rebuilding Together, email Cristina@ or call 845-454-7310.



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Agent donates commission to Rhinebeck Jewish Center Lance Lavender victim learns other brokers have a heart BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Rhinebeck Jewish Center recently completed the purchase of a new property in Rhinebeck, and the man who brokered the deal generously agreed to donate his commission back to the center. According to Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, this came as very good news, especially after the Rhinebeck Jewish Center was allegedly ripped off by infamous real estate swindler Lance Lavender in 2009. In 2009, when the Rhinebeck Jewish Center was considering purchasing a property through Lavender, the center entrusted $8,500 to Lavender, which he was supposed to place in a secure escrow account. Eventually, the deal fell through, and when Hecht asked for the center’s money back, Lavender supposedly informed him that it was gone and he was declaring bankruptcy. Hecht was reportedly told if the center wanted to get its money back, it would have to get in line with a number of people owed money by Lavender and petition the bankruptcy court. “We never got our money back, and life went on,” Hecht said. Hudson Valley News covered the story, which generated a great deal of interest at the time. Soon, we received a number of phone calls from others who claimed to

have been ripped off by Lavender, who one local real estate agent called “Rhinebeck’s Bernie Madoff.” One person who apparently took interest in the story was David Borenstein, a local architect and real estate agent. “He read the story in your paper, and then he called me up,” Hecht said. Borenstein told Hecht he wanted to help the Rhinebeck Jewish Center find its new home, and agreed to donate his commission to the center. Hecht found a property suitable for the center, a former rabbi’s home at 102 Montgomery St., and shortly after the sale was completed, Borenstein showed up at the center and presented it with a check for his commission of the sale, which he donated back to the congregation, Hecht said. “He kept his word,” Hecht said. “He was inspired to do good by something that wasn’t good.” Furthermore, Borenstein did not commit this good deed for notoriety or acclaim. Hecht said Borenstein didn’t want a press release written about his good deed, and when Borenstein was asked if he wanted to be interviewed for this article, one of his assistants politely said he was not interested. “He didn’t do this for the publicity,” Hecht said.

A large group assembles in front of Donnelly Hall at Marist College for the start of the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.


Five honored with Franciscan Awards BY HV NEWS STAFF Three individuals and one couple were honored with St. Francis Hospital’s highest honor, the Franciscan Award, this past weekend. The 30th Annual Franciscan Award Gala, held Saturday, honored registered nurse Eleanor M. Herman, registered nurse Joan E. Mandy, E. Richard and Catherine O’Shea, and Dr. J. Keith Festa, who have each served the hospital in various capacities for a number of years. The black-tie affair featured an awards ceremony, dinner and dancing, with proceeds benefiting the hospital.

Franciscan Award honorees Dr. J. Keith Festa, Eleanor M. Herman, Joan E. Mandy, Catherine and E. Richard O’Shea pose for a photo during Saturday’s gala. Photo submitted.

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“There’s an old saying, ‘If you want to know what a person is going through, walk a mile in their shoes,’” says Susan C. West, president of Family Services. On Saturday afternoon, Family Services took that old saying literally. On April 30, the organization hosted its first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, a mile-long walk to support Family Services’ Crime Victims Assistance Program, at Marist College. Unlike most walk-a-thons, though, this event challenged men to walk in high heels or girly flip flops. About 100 men, young and old, answered the challenge. Even some local politicians, like Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Robert Rolison and legislators Joel Tyner, Jim Miccio and Ken Roman, took part in the event.

County legislators Joel Tyner, Jim Miccio, Robert Rolison and Ken Roman are looking good in their flower-adorned flip flops.

“We have some brave, forward-thinking men here,” said West. “Everyone can get involved in preventing sexual assault.” West explained the purpose of the event was to raise awareness of sexual assault and increase empathy for women. “April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this is our culminating event,” she said. The Crime Victims Assistance Program provides a 24-hour rape hotline (845-4527272), counseling, advocacy and forensic evidence collection for adult and pediatric victims. For more on Family Services or to get involved with the organization, call 845452-1110.

GIBSON TO SHARE SPACE WITH MOLINARO Congressman adapting to Washington


Tivoli Mayor Bryan Cranna will be available to meet with village residents on Tuesday nights at the Tivoli municipal offices. Cranna will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays at The Historic Watts dePeyster Hall, 1 Tivoli Commons. Cranna said he is reserving this time to listen to the ideas and opinions of residents, as well as local community and business leaders. “It is my hope that residents will take advantage of this opportunity to meet with me,” Cranna said. “If an issue is important to them, then it is important to me.”

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R-Red Hook) and U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y. 20) are now sharing office space in Red Hook. Both politicians hosted an open house at the district office Molinaro has maintained since he began his tenure in the state Assembly in 2007. Molinaro explained the office will remain his and his staff’s full-time workplace, while Gibson is renting a small section of the office so he and his staff can utilize the space one day a week. “This is about making sure our shared constituents have access to their representatives,” Molinaro said. During the open house, freshman Congressman Gibson said he has been adapting well to the culture in Washington. “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve,” he said, “and I believe we’re making progress.” Gibson said unemployment is dropping and, citing the Heritage Foundation, added he believes it could drop to as low as 4% by 2015. He said he believes the country can make up about a quarter of the deficit through growth, but said Congress also needs to “curtail federal spending.” He said he wants to see spending levels rolled back to where they were in 2008. When asked if he supported cuts to

Red Hook Mayor Ed Blundell and Red Hook Democratic Party Chair John Schmitz speak with Republican Congressman Chris Gibson. Photo by Jim Langan.

defense spending, the former U.S. Army colonel said, “I believe everything needs to be on the table, and I support spending cuts at the Pentagon,” adding he thinks this can be done without jeopardizing the nation’s safety. In the past, Gibson has voiced support for nuclear energy, and when asked if the situation in Japan has caused him to reevaluate his position, he indicated it did not, saying he agrees with President Obama that nuclear energy can be effective as long as it is safe. “We need to study very closely what happened in Japan and make sure we go

forward incorporating everything we have learned,” he said. Gibson added 32% of electricity used in New York State comes from nuclear energy, and more than 72% of Vermont’s electricity is generated through nuclear power. While Gibson said he believes progress is being made on a number of fronts, he said the partisan divide in Washington remains frustrating. “I focus on solving problems, but occasionally, you’ll hear Republicans blame Democrats for everything and Democrats blame Republicans for everything,” he said. “That doesn’t accomplish anything.”


Nancy Cornell, Nancy Savidge, Patti Zakow and Barbara Bartholomew dazzled along with the jewelry; Hospice CEO Richard Trocino (right) chats with two of the 140 attendees enjoying the food and fashion. Photos by Jim Langan.

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Brad Keil to chair NDH Foundation board BY HV NEWS STAFF The Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation has announced the men and women who will serve as officers and on the board of directors for 2011-12. The foundation, which supports and raises funds for Northern Dutchess Hospital and The Thompson House, announced last week that Brad Keil will serve as chairman of the board. Keil, president of Keil Equipment in Red Hook and Hudson, is a weekly volunteer at the hospital through the Hendrick Hudson Masonic Lodge and is involved with Shriners Hospital for Children. Keil is now serving his third term as chairman, having succeeded Dr. George Verrilli. In addition to Keil, other officers for 2011-12 include: Vice Chairwoman Kelly Mosher, Treasurer Alan Mossoff and Assistant Secretary Dawn Morrison. The secretary position is vacant. Board members for the coming year include: Frederick Battenfeld, Stefano Ferrari, Carol Gordon, William Irwin, Lewis Ruge, Janet Saulpaugh, Kevin Sheehan, John Van Wormer, Karen Volino, Addam Rakow and Ellen Silverstein. Rakow and Silverstein are new to the board.

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of progressive politicos and as election year approaches, he is going to need their support – there simply aren’t enough votes at the political center to get him re-elected OPINION without the support of liberals. But getting the support of the progressive left is not going to be easy for Obama, and it shouldn’t be! Obama has backed away from most of the promises BY JONATHAN SMITH of his campaign that excited and energized progressives. They have a right to be angry Obama disappointing with him. A look at the major accomplishments liberals of the last three years will show that There can be few things more Obama has not been a progressive satisfying than watching excerpts of the president: we are still fighting two wars White House Correspondents’ Dinner on that will have cost the American people YouTube, during which President Obama nearly $1.3 trillion by the end of this took aim at “The Donald.” At the end year; the rejection of personal liberties of a week where Trump’s key issue – and the protection of individual freedoms whether or not Obama was born on U.S. that were the hallmark soil – was put to rest by of the Bush the release of Obama’s administration have birth certificate, it was Obama has backed continued to this day, good to see a little with Obama’s justice away from most healthy give-and-take department all too at the beginning of the of the promises often on the wrong 2012 electoral cycle. of his campaign side of the argument; With Trump in the the Guantanamo Bay room, Obama pulled no that excited detention facilities punches. and energized remain open; “Obviously, we affordable healthcare progressives. all know about your remains a phantom (Trump’s) credentials myth more than a and breadth of reality; corporate experience,” Obama interests still trump the needs of mocked the potential Republican individuals; and not to forget the greatest candidate. “Recently, on an episode of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ … the men’s Obama betrayal of progressives, the Bush cooking team did not impress the judges tax cuts for the very rich were extended. Where are the job programs? Where from Omaha Steaks. You, Mr. Trump, are the reversals of damaging Bushrecognized that the real problem was a era signing statements? Where is the lack of leadership and so ultimately you commitment to the new-energy economy? didn’t blame Little John or Meatloaf, you None of these paths to progress seem fired Gary Busey. And these are the kind of to be at the forefront of the Obama decisions that would keep me up at night.” Trump could not muster a smile as his presidency. In 2008, progressives feared own ridiculousness was brought to the that Obama might be all rhetoric with attention of the entire audience. Good. little to show for it. The truth might be The man is a serious idiot! Running on far more disturbing to them: Obama is, in the “birther” ticket is as low as you can fact, a centrist. But if Obama hopes to be re-elected go. Gary Busey himself might be a more to serve four more years, he will need credible candidate than “The Donald.” And while Obama’s levity and jabs at to rediscover his progressive base. If Trump were funny enough to make almost he doesn’t, we may be honoring “The any cynic smile, after the laughs are over, Donald” at the next White House Obama still must face the very serious Correspondents’ Dinner and the joke will problem of his eroding base of support. be on us all! Obama’s presidency has been marked Jonathan Smith can be reached at with anything but the stamp of approval


Rotary Welcomes Red Hook mayor, trustee

Red Hook Rotary welcomed village Mayor Ed Blundell and Trustee Jen Norris to its recent breakfast meeting. Blundell spoke about the upcoming Apple Blossom Day on May 7 and other upcoming community events. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are: Red Hook Rotary President David Wright, Norris, Blundell and speakerhost Rotarian Niki Weaver. The Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Apple a Day Diner, 7329 South Broadway (Route 9), Red Hook. Visitors are welcome. Photo by Fred Cartier.


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We talked to a high-ranking Republican member of the New York Assembly the other night. His take on Tom Martino? “A disaster. You have to be able to get along with people who disagree with you. The voters didn’t elect a dictator. They’ll all be gone in November.” {6} may 4, 2011 | | Hudson valley news


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DID OBAMA JUST GET RE-ELECTED? As President Obama strode somberly to the podium Sunday night, for the first time he looked and sounded very presidential. Gone was the smooth-talking candidate and the sometimes cocky and preachy Obama we have seen over the past two years. There in front of us was a man in full. Gone was the perpetual candidate and in his place stood a man fully cognizant of the tremendous responsibilities that go with the presidency. Where he got me and probably everyone else was when he said he personally authorized the decision to kill bin Laden. There was no Jimmy Carter hand wringing, no Bill Clinton equivocating, no sniveling Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. In fact, President Obama was more Dirty Harry than Harry Reid. By making the decision to take out bin Laden when given the opportunity, Obama may also have taken out any Republican chances of recapturing the White House. What made Obama’s announcement more impressive was he didn’t feel the need to make it on the deck of a carrier with a “Mission Accomplished” banner in the background. As much as many people admire former President George W. Bush, even his most ardent fans found the locker-room chest thumping grating and inappropriate. That being said, Bush deserves his share of the credit for seven years of relentless pursuit of the cowardly bin Laden. In one fell swoop, Obama has put to rest much of the criticism that has dogged

him. The whole birther “He’s a closet Muslim” thing looks even more absurd in light of his decision to smoke bin Laden and infuriate radical Islam. I don’t think the Manchurian Candidate was raised to slay the 9/11 mastermind, bin Laden. The president also went out of his way Monday to say, “I’m proud to live in the United States.” I think most Americans now regard President Obama as a legitimate and patriotic American more than qualified to do America’s bidding. I also love the fact that Obama spoke to the American people in real time, which was late Sunday evening. He could have opted for an hour when more people were awake and watching television. From a strictly political point of view, the Republicans suddenly find themselves in a pickle. They can’t appear remotely negative or skeptical of the president’s achievement without appearing unpatriotic themselves. As I write this, I’ve heard almost nothing from John Boehner and the Republican congress. You get the feeling Boehner and the boys would have been in front of a bank of microphones within minutes if bin Laden’s death had been on George W’s watch. So if you’re any of the Republican candidates contemplating a run for president, the callow youth, questionableallegiance card is going to be a lot harder to play with the demise of bin Laden. That leaves the economy, which may or may not be a factor in 2012. While things are pretty rocky now, the unrelenting rise in the stock market is suggesting the economy is about to turn up. Should that happen, coupled with the killing of bin Laden, Democrats can book their hotel rooms in Washington for the January 2013 inauguration. At the very least, a struggling Barack Obama just hit a political home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. Well done and congratulations, Mr. President. Jim Langan can be reached at

The newest member of the Hudson Valley News family filed his first story Saturday night in Santa Monica, California. Baby boy Bunn and his parents, Becca and Joel, are doing fine. The event was enlivened by the fact singer Mariah Carey was delivering twins in an adjacent delivery room. Jim Langan and Caroline Carey are thrilled to welcome their fourth grandson.


I read the April 27 letter to the editor by Justin Molinaro. In the letter, Justin defends his brother against negative statements and campaigning by Mr. Daniel French. Apparently, Mr. French’s campaign team made false statements about Mr. Marcus Molinaro. I have not read what Justin is referring to. However, if this is true, I also want to defend Mr. Marcus Molinaro. I was introduced to Marcus Molinaro in 1994 by my sister, Jeanne Ketchel, a social worker who passed away of breast cancer in 2001. Nonetheless, Marcus was 18 years old at the time my sister introduced us in 1994. She told me Marcus was only 18 years old and was running for mayor of Tivoli. I was 38 at the time and I was thinking to myself, what an incredible person. Who in the world aspires to become Mayor at 18? What ambition. I retired from my core industry, photo-video productions, 10 years after my sister passed away. My wife and I decided to relocate from Long Island to Rhinebeck. We loved it from the times we stayed at the Beekman Arms when we visited my sister. Nonetheless, since we moved to Rhinebeck in 2004, we became involved in local charities and made friends in many circles. We have watched Marcus Molinaro grow and morph into an assemblyman in a short period. Now, Marcus is a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Mandate Relief Team and Marcus is respected by everyone I know in business and in political circles. He is the real deal. I have heard Marcus Molinaro speak about reforming Albany and about reining in corruption and about reducing property taxes and about capping spending. Finally, a politician who is trying to correct the broken and defunct system. It is a shame citizens choose a politician because he is Republican or because he is Democrat. I choose Marcus Molinaro because of his accomplishments and because of what he stands for. I cross party lines all the time to vote for the best candidate. I do not vote partisan. No matter what party Mr. Daniel French represents, if you criticize Marcus Molinaro, you deserve to lose. How does Mr. Daniel French misconstrue passion? How can Mr. French possibly ever say a bad word about a bright, intelligent, devoted man? Marcus Molinaro is not a career politician by grooming. He is a career politician by devotion, love, passion and concern for his community and he is doing a better job than most. In my opinion, I cannot wait for Marcus Molinaro to run for governor some day. Gov. Andrew Coumo knew exactly what he was doing when he appointed Marcus Molinaro to his Mandate Relief Team. I question, how can anyone, including Mr. Daniel French, possibly question or doubt or criticize what Mr. Marcus Molinaro stands for? It does not add up. It does not make sense. Perhaps Mr. French should look in the mirror and reevaluate why he is running. Joseph Cassarino Rhinebeck


My condolences to you and your wife about the loss of Miss Maddie (re: “Saying goodbye to Miss Maddie,” April 27, 2011). I know how difficult it is to lose a beloved dog. We had to euthanize two of our dogs in 2009. The statements in the last paragraph of your column about dogs is so true. You sound like you are “a dog person.” I am a volunteer dog walker and board member at the SPCA. I hope you will consider adopting one of our dogs when you are ready. My family and I have adopted four dogs from the SPCA over the years. Two of them became therapy dogs. We have many wonderful dogs that deserve a loving home. Carol A. Bogle Poughkeepsie Jim Langan responds: Miss Maddie apparently took some offense with my column and has decided to stick around a bit longer. I’m hoping she makes a complete fool of me for quite a while. Hudson valley news | H dit i l@th h d ll | may 4 4, 2011 {7}

• Another Febreze moment, this time from San Francisco. John Claver, 63, was arrested for failure to report a dead body as appropriate. Claver had been living with a 30-year-old female in his apartment, which could have been the story itself, except she had been dead more than a week. Cops say Claver has a “storied history” with them.

BY JIM LANGAN • Let’s begin by expressing our thanks and admiration to all those brave Americans who have been tirelessly pursuing the coward that was Osama bin Laden. I just hope someone had the chance to gouge his eyes out before they blew him to the land of 1,000 virgins!

• Color me cynical, but do you think Commander Mark Kelly is a little peeved that all the hoopla surrounding the royal wedding and the capture of bin Laden has taken the media spotlight away from him? At this point, the shuttle could blast off from Times Square and no one would care.

• In the “nice touch” department, it was good to hear people began leaving flags and flowers outside former President George W. Bush’s Texas home. He sure gave it his all seeking out bin Laden.

• How enjoyable was it watching President Obama eviscerate Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? The fact Trump couldn’t bring himself to laugh only underscored what a thin-skinned buffoon he is. Trump told reporters he was surprised at the rough treatment. Welcome to the big leagues, you poser.

• Hyde Park gets a new restaurant in a familiar spot this week. 2 Taste Restaurant opens Wednesday on the site of the former Twist. The new owners were hard at work on their menu and wine list when we stuck our nose in the door last week. We intend to check it out this week and might even get restaurant reviewer Hedda Lettuce off her leafy derrière.

• Nice to hear some bozo in the Yankees front office hit the wrong button and emailed the personal data on 17,000 season-ticket holders into cyberspace. I’m guessing the data says the average ticket holder is white, drunk and obnoxious with a corporate credit card.

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• Is it just me, or did some of those hats at the royal wedding look like Monty Hall was about to show up? A few of the hats looked like the wearer could have picked up the Yankees game. The big winner at the royal bash was Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton. Smoking hot and will keep the British tabloids in copy for years. • It appears they play for keeps at the Clayville, Pennsylvania dog show. Ralph Ullum, 68, tried impressing his girlfriend by giving a competing dog Benadryl and Protonix. Fortunately, another competitor noticed him putting the pills in a dog dish. Ullum was charged with cruelty to animals and his girlfriend dumped him. • In Hyde Park, District 7 County Legislator Dan Kuffner tells Hudson Valley News he won’t be seeking reelection this fall. The popular and hardworking Kuffner says he simply “wants to do other things.” We wish him well. • Over in District 4 in Hyde Park, we hear County Legislator D.J. Sadowski has decided not to seek another term either. County Republicans are said to be scrambling to find a replacement for the

effective Sadowski. Meanwhile, both former Hyde Park Supervisor Pompey Delafield and former Assembly candidate Jonathan Smith have had discussions about seeking the seat. Maybe former supervisor Yancy McArthur, who lost narrowly to Kuffner will mount another bid. • Staatsburg’s André Balazs is still hot and heavy with talker Chelsea Handler. The hotelier was her date at the White House Correspondents’ dinner. • Lawyers for the New York Public Library say anyone over 17 has a constitutional right to watch porn on a library computer. That might explain why we see that beatup pickup truck parked outside the Hyde Park Library all day long. Then again, he could simply be writing indecipherable rants and emailing them to anyone who doesn’t have him blocked already. • Finally, on this Mother’s Day week, a great Rose Kennedy story. I was at her Hyannis home when Teddy arrived for dinner after a trip abroad. Mrs. Kennedy wasn’t well and it was always tough to tell whether she was really dialed in. As she sat slumped in her wheel chair at the dining room table, Teddy launched into a loud and spirited story about his recent visit with the Pope. Rose just started blankly. Then Teddy told his mother the Pope had given him papal absolution. Rose stirred, looked at Teddy and said, “Well, Teddy, I certainly hope you got it in writing.” Teddy roared with laughter and hugged his mother.

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LOCAL HISTORY FOCUS OF CONFERENCE AT DCC BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF Dutchess Community College’s History, Government and Economics Department is partnering with the Institute of History, Archaeology and Education to offer the Dutchess County History Conference on May 7. Sessions will be led by local historians and DCC faculty, and are free and open to the public. Topics to be covered throughout the day include Dutchess County and the American Civil War, The Home Front at Roosevelt’s Home Town, Educational and Cultural Tourism and Preserving the Past in Dutchess County. The program will begin at 9 a.m. in DCC’s Drumlin Hall cafeteria and concludes at approximately 5 p.m. Lunch is available for pre purchase, and email registration is requested at For more information, contact DCC History, Government and Economics Department Chair Andrew Rieser at 845-431-8513. 9 a.m. | Welcome 9:15 a.m.| “Travel Back 7,000 Years in a Time Machine” Stephanie Roberg-Lopez and Tom Lake, DCC faculty

ANNUAL SPRING A CAPPELLA CONCERT May 7-8. See full listing below. Courtesy photo.


“Continuous Replay” May 6-8: The Bard College Dance Program closes the year with four performances of a dance concert featuring Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane’s “Continuous Replay (1977/1991)” plus new and historic choreography by Bard dance program faculty. Includes works by faculty members Jean Churchill, Peggy Florin, Lenore Latimer, Aileen Passloff and Maria Simpson, performed by Bard Dance Program students. The concert features three Bard alums: former Bard dancer Arthur Aviles ’87 performs in a piece choreographed by Passloff, inspired by drawings by Remy Charlip; Elizabeth Prince ’83 joins Moe Schell as costume designer; and Andrew Hill ’95 designs the lights. Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15, general; $10, student and senior. Theater Two, The Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900.

EVENT Annual Mother’s Day Plant, Bake and Yard Sale May 6-7: Friday, from 5-8 p.m. for the “yard sale” only, held inside the Parish Hall. Saturday, 9 a.m.2 p.m. The Thrift Shop is open Saturday until 1 p.m. St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 806 Traver Rd., corner of Rte. 44., Pleasant Valley. 845-635-2854. Rhinebeck 2011 Swap Meet & Car Show May 7-8: Each year 30,000 spectators hunt for parts, tools and automobilia at this 1,300 space event. 200 of the spaces are centrally located inside buildings. There are two shows: Saturday’s Rod and Custom Dust Off features over 800 hot rods, street rods, customs, race cars and sport compacts. An awards committee picks

the winners in over 30 categories. Over 1,000 cars (limit 1985) are expected to participate in Sunday’s Antiques and Classic Car Show. First, second and third place awards are presented in 60 classes. Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.; Cost: Spectators: $10 per day; 12 and under, free. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-4000.

10:15 a.m. | “It Really is Our History: Dutchess County and the American Civil War,” Pete Bedrossian, New York State Office of Parks and Recreation 11:15 a.m. | “The Home Front at Roosevelt’s Home Town,” Carney Rhinevault, Hyde Park town historian 12:15 p.m. | Lunch ($7, pre-purchase required) 1:15 p.m. | “Preserving the Past in Dutchess County,” Lance Ashworth, president, Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot

2:15 p.m. | “Dutchess County – A Community Experience,” George Lukacs, Poughkeepsie city historian, Kathleen Howe, New York State Historical Preservation Office, Jolanda Jensen, Nancy Cozean, Nancy Tanner, Bill McGuinness and Karen Zukowski 3:45 p.m. | Municipal Historian Roundtable: Education and Cultural Tourism, Mary Kay Vrba, Dutchess County Tourism 4:15 p.m. | Dutchess County School/ Historic Organization Collaborations, Shaun Boyce, Arlington High School, and Sandra Vacchio, President, Wappingers Historical Society 5:30 p.m. | Optional: Walk with Fred Schaeffer on the Walkway Over the Hudson

MUSIC Annual Spring A Cappella Concert May 7-8: Kairos: A Consort of Singers, under the direction of Edward Lundergan, presents a brand new work (commissioned by Kairos) by Hudson Valley composer John B Hedges entitled “Exeter Riddles,” based on texts from the Exeter Book. The concert also includes performances of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor; Robert Schumann’s beautiful work for double chorus, “Vier doppelchörige Gesänge”; “Pied Beauty,” by local composer and Kairos member, Peter Sipple; and madrigals by Italian Renaissance composers Monteverdi and Gesualdo. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 58 North St., Middletown; Sunday, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 163 Main St., New Paltz. Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 seniors and $5 students/youth. For information and tickets visit http://www. or call 845-256-9114.

OUTDOOR Interpretive Program May 7-8: “How Did the Rope Get Up There? History and Practice of Gunks Rock Climbing and Ecology and People of the Shawangunks, Yesterday and Today.” Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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Amenia Farmers Market Parking lot of the old Amenia Elementary School on Route 22, Amenia. Hours: May-Oct., Fridays, 2-6 p.m. 845-373-8118. Beacon Farmers Market Beacon Train Station, waterfront at the ferry landing, Beacon. Hours: Sundays, May through the last Sunday before Thanksgiving, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 845-597-5028 or 845-838-4338. Millbrook Farmers Market Front St. and Franklin Ave., Millbrook. May-Oct., Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 845677-4304. Rhinebeck Farmers Market Municipal Parking Lot, 23 E. Market St., Rhinebeck. May-Nov., Sundays, 10 a.m.2 p.m. 845-876-7756. Wassaic Farmers Market Main Street near the post office, Wassaic. May-Oct., Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m. 845-877-1329


THEATER “Babes in Arms” May 6-15: This musical boasts one of the greatest scores ever written, with songs including “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Where or When” and “My Funny Valentine.” Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 8, 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m. Tickets: $18.95, reserved; $19.95, door for adults; $15.95, reserved, $16.95, door for seniors, students and children. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. 845-227-7855.


BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM The Trinity Players will present the musical “Babes in Arms” for the next two weekends – theater-goers may be familiar with the 1939 movie version, which starred Judy Garland May 6-15 and Mickey Rooney and was directed by 8 p.m. | Fridays and Saturdays Busby Berkeley. That version, however, has 4 p.m., Sunday, May 8 little in common with the original musical save the title and a few songs. 2 p.m. | Sunday, May 15 Directed and choreographed by Cory Ann Tickets: $18.95, reserved; Fasano-Paff, “Babes in Arms” has music by $19.95, door for adults; $15.95, Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart and book by Rodgers and Hart, and features some reserved, $16.95, door for of the most memorable songs, including “The seniors, students and children. Lady is a Tramp,” “Where or When” and “My Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Funny Valentine.” Set at a summer stock theater, the musical 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. follows the adventures of a group of young 845-227-7855 actors and their desire to create and produce an original revue, even as the surly theater owner attempts to undermine their efforts at every turn. Complications threaten their show at every turn, but, of course, it all comes out in the wash. And of course, there is a spot of romance. “There’s always the adult romance line and teen romance going on,” said Barbara Lynch, development director of Trinity Players. “Just as in most Broadway musicals, there are the two storylines. The whole crux of story, though, is the young apprentices trying to put on one revue.” Lynch said performing at the Cunneen-Hackett Theater was helpful. “It’s a small theater, so it’s great for community theater. You can really connect with the audience. The theater itself does have issues, where to put the orchestra.” “Babes in Arms” will have live accompaniment, courtesy of musical director John Barath. “He did past productions of ‘Sweet Charity’ and ‘Promises, Promises,’” said Lynch. While there are upwards of 20 people on stage during “Babes in Arms,” Lynch said the magic is only possible thanks to a crew of volunteers, who make the performances possible. “We’re always looking for talent on stage and off, to help with volunteering. We need stage crews, set designers, lighting designers, concessions, stage managing – all the things that make a show a success, besides a talented cast and orchestra.” The box office will open approximately one hour before the show, but patrons are encouraged to buy tickets online at – online tickets are $1 cheaper to boot. Season tickets are also available: “Babes in Arms” kicks off the year’s presentations, followed by “Wait Until Dark,” directed by Ken Higgins, performing for one weekend only in September; and “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” directed by Anna Marie Paolercio, in October and November.


“Grey Gardens” May 6-15: Book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie. This production is directed and choreographed by Dawn BernittPerito, with musical direction by Julian Baker. Fridays and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m. Tickets: $15, general admission; $12, seniors/students; $10, and 90 Miles Members. Tickets are available at the door. New Paltz High School Auditorium, 130N. Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz. For more information, go to www. “My Fair Lady” May 6-22: Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s movie “Pygmalion,” with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe. Directed by Anna Marie Paolercio. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets: $20, adults; $17, seniors/children under 12. County Players Falls

Theatre, 2681 W. Main, Wappingers Falls. 845298-1491. “The Full Monty” May 6-22: Johnny Dell presents the Drama Desk Award-winning musical based on the popular British film. With book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek. Directed by Laurie Sepe-Marder. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & children. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

Wednesday, May 4 EXHIBIT

“Civil War Series: Historic Lincoln PhotographsElection and Funeral” 7 p.m. Throughout 2011, Grinnell Library will be hosting a series of programs in honor of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. View and learn about Lincoln family photographs never before published. Civil War aficionado and re-enactor Lance Ingmire will display and discuss original photographs taken by his great great grand Uncle in Springfield, Illinois of President Abraham Lincoln’s election and funeral. Ingmire is the Chair of New York State Sesquicentennial. Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-3428.

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LECTURE “The Joy of Hiking” 7 p.m. Always wanted to go hiking but don’t know how to get started? Learn how to get started, what gear is need, where to go hiking and where to meet other hikers. Open the public. Free. LaGrange Library, 488 Freedom Plains Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-724-5786.

MUSIC Lunch N Listen Concert Series Noon. Featuring Evergreen Chorus. Fellowship Hall opens at 11:30 a.m. for “brown-baggers,” concert at noon. Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided at 12:45 p.m. Free. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, cor. Mill and Catharine Sts., Poughkeepsie. 845452-6050.

OUTDOOR Natural History Walk 3:30 p.m. Ecologist and Assistant Professor of Biology Lynn Christenson will lead an exploration of the natural history of the Vassar Ecological Preserve. Christenson will help participants understand the plants, animals, and geologic features that are encountered throughout the preserve, as well as the relationships of organisms and natural objects. Events may be cancelled due to adverse weather. To RSVP or for additional information, contact Keri VanCamp at and 845437-7414. Enter the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve off Route 376 in the Town of Poughkeepsie, at the intersection of Raymond Avenue, Hooker Avenue, and New Hackensack Road.

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WORKSHOP Bird and Butterfly Gardens Workshop 7 p.m. Learn the tips and tricks for making a beautiful and functional bird and butterfly garden. Presented by Master Gardener Philomena of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County. For more details or for reservations, contact Grinnell Library at 845-2973428 or visit Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls.

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25th Annual Silver Needle Fashion Show 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Marist College Fashion Program displays student’s final works. Tickets: $15-100. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800.

MUSIC Spring Choral Concert 12:30 p.m. Featuring the DCC Chorus and Chamber Choir, conducted by Elizabeth Gerbi, with performances of classical and world music. Free. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall. Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

WORKSHOP Creating your Own Organic Vegetable Garden 6-7:30 p.m. With Certified Master Gardener Adam Weiss. Call to register. Free and open to the public. Starr Library, 68 West Market St., Rhinebeck. 845876-4030.

Friday, May 6 LECTURE

“The Art and Science of Listening to Birdsong” 7 p.m. A lecture by Donald Kroodsma, author of “The Singing Life of Birds” and professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, who has studied birdsong for 40 years. Free. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook. 845-677-5343.


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Taconic Opera presents a free lecture series, “Viva Verdi!,” regarding the operas of Giuseppe Verdi will be held at the Mt. Kisco Public Library (100 Main St., Mt. Kisco), on Mondays at 2 p.m. The operas to be presented in their order in the series are “Un Ballo un Maschera” on May 2; “La Forze del Destino” on May 9, “Don Carlo” on May 16, “Aida” on July 11, and “Otello” and “Falstaff” on July 18. The series will be presented by a member of the Board of Directors of Taconic Opera. Registration is not required. For additional information regarding Taconic Opera, visit the company website at

Organ Concert 7:30 p.m. Performed by West Point cadet chapel organist Craig S. Williams on the newly renovated Gress-Miles pipe organ. The concert includes organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupré, F. Alexandre Guilmant, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Marilyn Rinehart, Olivier Messiaen, Louis Vierne and Hudson Valley resident Nancy Plummer Faxon. Presented by Concerts Con Brio. Free. Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-8220.

NIGHTLIFE Bernstein Bard Trio 8:30-11 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Calling All Poets 8 p.m. Hosted by Jim Eve, Mike Jurkovic and Robert Milby, featuring Adrianna Delgado and Jim Cotter. Two-poem open mic follows. Refreshments available. Donation: $4. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988.

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Save the date: On May 10, domestic violence service providers in Dutchess County invite you to join the “Unity March to End Domestic Violence.” The march will begin and end at the Family Partnership Center, passing through memorials set up at City Hall and the Poughkeepsie train station. Marchers should gather at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Leah Feldman at 845-486-2335.

Everyone wins

TriArts Sharon Playhouse (in Sharon, Connecticut) announced an official partnership with New York University. This program enables college students from universities around the country to earn college credit for their performance in a TriArts Sharon Playhouse production by enrolling in a course through NYU. Summer 2011 will feature 12 students who will be taking advantage of this unique opportunity to both earn a professional theater credit while continuing to progress and develop in their academic lives. For more information on TriArts Sharon Playhouse, go to www. or call 860-364-SHOW (7469).




ART Dutchess County Art Association/Barrett Art Center have issued a call for entries for the 3rd Annual National Cup Show. Adam Welch, director of Greenwich House Pottery in Manhattan will serve as juror. The exhibit is open to all U.S. ceramic artists, age 18 and over. All works submitted should be 90% clay. Both functional and non-functional pieces are welcome. Work completed within the last two years is eligible. No student projects or work completed in class will be accepted. Submission deadline: Friday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. Artists may send a CD of your images in JPEG format (300 dpi, 1200 x 1800 pixels) along with the entry form to 55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie NY 12601. Artists may also email images in high resolution JPEG format (300 dpi, 1200 x 1800 pixels) along with contact information (name, mailing address, home/work/cell phone number) to All image file names must list: Last name, First name, title, size. (Please no asterisks or quotes.) Work previously exhibited at DCAA/ Barrett Clay Works is not eligible. The prospectus and entry form are available by sending an SASE to DCAA/BAC, 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, by calling 845-471-2550, or online at



Flamingo Publications in Millbrook is acAuditions for “A Chorus Line” will take place on cepting submissions for “edna: a literary Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 journal.” Fiction, poetry, essay, creative at 7 p.m. promptly for dance and vocal auditions at nonfiction, art and photography are welthe Center for Performing Arts, Rte. 308, Rhinecome. The deadline is May 15. Go to www. beck. Callbacks will be Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. for submission (readings from script). Male and female dancers, guidelines or contact Karen Ann Chaffee at singers, actors over 16 years of age are needed. Prepare a Broadway-style song, and bring two copies of your sheet music; no a cappella. Wear clothing and footwear suitable for dance. The production takes place Aug. 12 through 28. For further information, contact Up In One Productions at 845-876 5348. Trinity Players is currently accepting submissions of plays or musicals for the 2012 theatrical season. Please contact Cory Ann Fasano-Paff at . Visit for more information about Trinity Players.

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The Marist College Music Program hosted its first Spring Benefit Concert for h<3rt1, pronounced “heart-one,” on Sunday, May 1. Micah (pictured below), KDREW and the Marist College Dance Ensemble (pictured above) performed. The event included the sale of lavender-colored frosted cupcakes courtesy of Cutecakes New York (pictured below), and raised more than $1,000, with all proceeds going to h<3rt1 to raise awareness of abuse as well as help support victims of violence. Photos by Dana Gavin


“Art in the Garden” Spring Fine Art Auction 2:30 p.m. Preview reception, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Live auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Tom Fletcher, of Fletcher Gallery in Woodstock, serves as auctioneer. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while viewing the art. Event fee: $10 per person. Locust Grove, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500, ext. 217. “Gordon Parks The Discerning Eye” 3-8 p.m. Opening reception. A collaborative exhibit between Millbrook School and The Gordon Parks

Foundation, a division of The Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation, featuring iconic photographs by the first African American photographer hired by Life magazine. On view through June 15. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sundays by appointment. Free. Warner Gallery, Holbrook Arts Center, Millbrook School, 131 Millbrook School Rd., Millbrook. 845677-8261, ext.166. “Women of Red Hook Artists” 5-8 p.m. Opening reception. An exhibit of work by Elizabeth Avis, Mary Belliveau and Diane Bauer. On view through May 30. Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Duck Pond Gallery at Esopus Library, 128 Canal St., Port Ewen. 845338-5580.

BENEFIT Artists for Autism 7 p.m. An evening of chamber music performed by The Shanghai Quartet to benefit and celebrate the Center for Spectrum Service’s 35th anniversary. Tickets: $60-$100. Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900. > continued on next page

Francine is a young adult Settertype. She’s a great family pet. She’s sweet and friendly and she knows several commands. She handles being on a leash well. Soon you’ll be spending more time outdoors and driving with your windows down. Picnics, trips in the car, visits to the park – everything will be more fun with Francine by your side.

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What Happens When You Knit History Together With the Present? STORY AND PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH F. PURINTON-JOHNSON Last year, I posed the question, “What Would Eleanor Do?” This year, it was answered for me. This past Sunday, May 1, at the Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, was the fourth annual Eleanor Roosevelt Knit-In. About 60 women knit, crocheted, and joined afghan squares. The completed afghans will be donated to local charities such as battered women’s shelters, the VA Hospital and “Warm Up America,” a national organization providing afghans to those in need. Last year’s Knit-In produced 22 completed afghans. This year’s function began with three completed afghans donated, plus bags of squares. Town of Hyde Park Historical Society president and organizer of the Knit-In Patsy Costello (pictured above, center) showed me the completed products.

While working diligently on 7-by-9-inch squares (and rulers were much in evidence), the ladies were treated to a video about Mrs. Roosevelt’s Arthursdale project and then, a visit from the great lady herself. “Mrs. Roosevelt” (a marvelous first-person historical interpreter) addressed the crowd. The year was 1936. The topic was “Doing Your Part for the Nation.” She ended her talk with messages to remember her husband at the polls and “Vote Democratic!” After much applause, the gracious lady shook the hand of every participant in the room, including mine. I was not the only one in awe of the first lady. Virginia Nasser, a retired Newburgh librarian from Poughkeepsie, was tickled pink to have her picture taken with the “First Lady of the World.” Nasser had been trying to attend the Knit-In from the very first one four years ago. Each time, something would conflict with the date. This year, she not only attended, she brought three friends with her. Amid the videos, discussions, refreshments, and door prizes, there was a lot of work accomplished. During the program, plenty of knitters were watching Mrs. Roosevelt, not their knitting. Their fingers were “seeing” for them. The piles of squares on the tables kept growing with every minute. And they were beautiful. It took me quite a few minutes of looking around the room to find two crafters using the same color. (It turned out to be a shade of sage green so luscious I longed to touch it.) There are much worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon. These ladies found one of the best. Note: The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. most often at the Hyde Park United Methodist Fellowship Hall. For additional information, go to, or call 845-889-4521 or 845-229-2559. Dr. Elizabeth F. Purinton-Johnson is both an associate professor of business and lazy, though accomplished crafter, who also studies marketing trends in current crafting culture. Have a question? E-mail her at

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Just in time for Mother’s Day, The Needle Arts Guild of Historic Hudson Valley hosts a step-by-step surface embroidery workshop at Howland Cultural Center. Attendees will learn to execute a variety of stitches, and learn how the art form has evolved. The workshop will also explore the history of the specific needle art being presented. All supplies will be provided. This embroidery workshop kicks off a series of workshops the guild will offer, including future classes on crewel work, blackwork, samplers, quilting and machine sewing. Founder Mary Ann Kronk said via email her “love of sewing and Revolutionary War history really work well together in the workshops to create an atmosphere of stepping back in time to get a sense of what life must have been like for the women of the time. “Sewing is no longer the practical necessity for the everyday woman that it once was, but it is still important for us to teach it and carry on for the cultural and traditional values. Sewing has evolved into a very rich and diversified art form. It is so creative and unique. Items that are mass produced cannot have the personal and unique touch that you give to something that you make with your own hands. That processing of creating something beautiful is powerful – using your imagination to make it a little representation of you. These types of items can last for generations – imagine your great-great granddaughter looking at something that you’ve made that has been handed down through the years. It is the future’s window into our hearts and minds and will tell the next generation what is truly important to us now.” To register or for more information, call 845549-3323 or email needleartsguildHHV@ Learn more about the Needle Arts Guild of Historic Hudson Valley at

HISTORICAL HAND EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP 10 a.m.-noon | Saturday, May 7 Registration: $25; $15, under 12. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-549-3323

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On Thursday, April 28, the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse hosted its annual “There’s No Excuse for Child Abuse” dinner and auction at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Steven Tinkleman (pictured, right with Rachel Kelly) was honored for his long-standing commitment to keeping Dutchess County children safe. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from page 13 Cabaret Concert 7:30 p.m. Cabaret duo Ann Osmond and Dennis Yerry perform an evening of jazz standards, the Great American Songbook, Broadway and more. To benefit MusicLink scholarship fund. Donation: $5. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall. Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8916.

EVENT Apple Blossom Day 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The community day features live entertainment. Food vendors offer kettle corn, fried dough, sausage and peppers, burgers, lemonade, cotton candy, desserts and more. The stage, food vendors and vendor tables are located in the Village municipal parking lot located next door to the village building. Rain or shine. Free. Town Hall, Red Hook. Verplanck Garden Club Annual Pre-Mother’s Day Plant Sale 9 a.m.-noon. Selection of homegrown perennials, annuals, bedding plants and vegetable plants, all at reasonable prices. Take a chance on a garden related raffle. Bring the children. They can work on a craft while you shop. Enjoy a complimentary coffee and pastry while browsing the many varieties of plants such as geraniums, impatiens, snapdragons, petunias, parsley, peppers and tomatoes. Rain or shine. Free entry. Fishkill Town Hall, 807 Rte. 52, Fishkill. 845-242-1182. Walking Tour 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free two-hour walking tours of the historic Vassar College campus, jointly led by Colton Johnson, dean emeritus of the college and professor emeritus of English. Begins at the front entrance to the college’s Main Building, and will be held rain or shine. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7405.

FAMILY “Hansel and Gretel” by Kids on Stage 11 a.m. Part of the Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series. Tickets: $9, adults; $7, children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-8763080.

MUSIC “The Masters” 8 p.m. Featuring a world premiere symphony by Richard Wilson and Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with HVP Principal Keisuke Ikuma. Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 51st anniversary season concludes. Tickets: $24 - $44; $20 student rush available one hour prior to the concert. Bardavon 1890 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

NIGHTLIFE Commander Cody Band 8:30 p.m. Professor Louie and The Crowmatix also perform. Tickets: $30, advance; $35, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Dan Lavoie 9 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277. Evening of Jazz 5 p.m. Featuring Lillie Bryant-Howard performing,

accompanied by the Christopher Dean Sullivan Trio. Tickets: $30. Virgo’s Sip N Soul Café, 469 Fishkill Ave., Beacon. 845-831-1543. Mike Hollis 7 p.m. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848. Wheels of Steel DJ Dance Party 9 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

OUTDOOR “Birding 101 – Basic Birding Techniques” 9 a.m.-noon. Audubon New York educator Larry Federman leads a guided walk through prime bird habitat, including an upland cedar grove and the Great Swamp floodplain. This is the height of migratory bird season, and the walk will focus on learning bird identification by sight and sound. Meet in the Slocum Mostachetti Preserve, which is .7 miles to the west of the light at the intersection of Rte. 22 and Pleasant Ridge Road// County Rte. 21,Wingdale. 845-855-5993.

WORKSHOP Backyard Composting 10 a.m.- noon. Join Lee Reich, local horticultural author and expert, and learn the hows and the whys of backyard composting – everything from designing an enclosure to what to add (and what not to add) to what can go wrong (and how to right it). Ages 15 and up are welcome. This is an indoor program. Reservations are required. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. $5, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Historical Hand Embroidery Workshop 10 a.m.-noon: The event is designed to instruct and demonstrate the various embroidery stitches and techniques you will need to finish a lovely Spring Floral design in free hand embroidery. This is a beginner workshop - no previous needlework necessary. The kit, supplies and instructions are all provided. There will be discussion on the historic hand sewing of the 1800s and the evolution of the craft to the unique and creative art form that it is today. Tea and a light lunch will be provided. Sign up via e-mail: or on the web @ or call 845-549-3323. Admission: $25. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988.

Sunday, May 8 EVENT

Mother’s Day Tour and Tea 1 p.m. Participants will enjoy a leisurely walk through some of the historic gardens, including the Lilac Walk, which is expected to bloom for the event. Illustrated with family photographs and Alice Livingston’s own writings, the tour will end with an afternoon tea. Light fare will be served, including Clermont’s own blend of Harney & Sons tea, cucumber sandwiches, and tea cookies, all to be enjoyed in the garden within view of the Hudson River. Admission: $12 per person, free for children under 5. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown. 515-537-4240.

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Spring round-up #2 BY ANN LA FARGE Though surrounded by piles of new books and busy T getti getting ready for the Millbrook Book Festival (save the date: Saturday, May 14!), I still found time to read one very special novel slowly and with the greatest possible pos pleasure – Pulitzer Prize-winning Geraldine Br Brooks’ “Caleb’s Crossing” (Viking, $26.95). It se seems almost too good to be true that two American historical hi novels of such quality should come out at th same time – this one and Mary Doria Russell’s the “Doc,” “ praised in these pages last week. “Caleb’s Crossing,” set in 17th century C Cambridge, Massachusetts and on Martha’s Vineyard, is the story of Caleb Cheeshahteaumark, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665. Told in the voice of Bethia (she i fictional), ti l) a P is Puritan minister’s daughter, Caleb’s story takes him from a Wampanoag settlement on the island – “the farthest edge of the new world,” where “we dwell with our faces to the sea and our backs to the wilderness” (these are Bethia’s words, set down in her “spiritual diary”) to “the brightest heights” of her own world. The two become friends as young teenagers; when Caleb goes to Cambridge, Bethia becomes an indentured servant, suffers family losses, follows her friend’s perilous crossing into one culture from another … An interesting footnote: This year, Harvard will award an undergraduate degree to the first Vineyard Wampanoag since Caleb, Tiffany Smalley. This is a truly extraordinary, wonderfully American, historical novel. And now, I’d like to call readers’ attention to a few outstanding books now rolling off the presses. Alice Ozma suffered several childhood losses – the death of her grandparents, the defection of her mother, her sister’s departure for college. Then, she and her father suddenly became closer, forming a bond that included reading aloud every night – every night, that is, from the fourth grade until she left for college. She tells their story in “The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared” (Grand Central Publishing, $24.99). They called their undertaking: The Streak – a reading marathon that took them from the Oz books to Dickens, to Harry Potter and Shakespeare (there’s a list – a very long one – of the books they read at the back of this book). Dad, an elementary school librarian, loses his job when computers replace books in his library. His daughter’s book is a love story to the act of reading … and a battle cry for the act of reading aloud. Read it, and then start your own Reading Streak – at home, or with friends. Take it from one whose life is one long Reading Streak: you’ll never run out of good books! How about a couple of biographies of movie stars? I’ve chosen two to mention this week, so let’s hear it for “Robert Redford, The Biography” by Michael Feeney Callan (Knopf, 32 pages of photos, $28.95). The book traces the star’s life from juvenile delinquent and aspiring artist through his career as an actor, political activist, and director. His Sundance film festival transformed the world of film-making, but we’ll best remember him as The Sundance Kid and Jay Gatsby. Go back a bit further in time to a movie icon with “Good Stuff – A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant” by Jennifer Grant, also from Knopf ($24.95) What fun they had! Grant was a devoted dad who, at 62 > continued on next page

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when Jennifer was born, retired from the movie biz to concentrate on raising her. Reader, he doted on her, saving every doodle, receipt, letter, ticket, drawing… His dutiful daughter tells his story – Hollywood, travels, friendships with the famous, and the life together of father and daughter, defined by his phrase “good stuff” to mean happiness (He kept a tape recorder going much of the time). He taught her about life, about boys, about money … about everything. Their story is heartwarming, funny, and inspiring. Oh, and there are 53 photos in this charming book! Whiffling through the TV channels the other night in search of a good movie, I landed on the Animal Planet channel and got hooked for a few moments on a show about river monsters – the stuff of nightmares! Serendipitously, the next day a new book arrived at the house: “River Monsters –True Stories of the Ones That Didn’t Get Away” by Jeremy Wade, host of the TV show (Da Capo Press, 16 pages of color photos, $26). Reader, these creatures are more fun to read about than to watch! Lurking as they do in the murky depths of inland waterways, they inspire the pen of Wade, biologist, extreme angler, and monster hunter. Read about the Loch Ness monster, bands of crocodiles in the Nile, the depths of the Amazon, where “the most feared creature could fit in your palm.” Armchair adventure at its best. So take your pick – or pick both – book and TV show. Switch gears yet again to a little book you’ll want to place on our bedside table and did into every once in a while. What is loyalty, anyway? Give it a good think by reading Eric Felton’s “Loyalty – The Vexing Virtue” (Simon & Schuster, $25). The author, a Wall Street Journal culture columnist, explores the different sorts of loyalties, how they can lead to betrayal, citing examples from history, politics, literature, religion, business and … life, which, as the author tells us, “is full of Sirens singing, and as Odysseus found, it pays to be tied with something sturdier than good intentions.” Travel through history examining the push and pull of loyalties, from the ancient Greeks to Facebook. Another nice book for the bedside table – my copy is already getting dog-eared – is “The Quotable Hitchens – from Alcohol to Zionism, The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens,” foreword by Martin Amis, edited by Windsor Mann (Da Capo Press, $16.95). This compendium of quotations includes the most scathing, inflammatory, hilarious and (fill in the blank) commentaries on life in all its manifestations – arranged alphabetically. This, on political correctness, made me smile: ‘One cannot write about PC without draining the last ironic drop from the use of quotation marks.” OK, just a couple more – each earmarked as good gift ideas for Dad – or anyone else who happens to be celebrating the season. Here’s a nice book of short stories for the mystery reader – Mystery Writers of America present “The Rich and the Dead,” edited by Nelson DeMille (Grand Central Publishing, $24.99). You’ll find lots of favorites here – Lee Child, Michael Connelly and Harley Jane Kozak to name a few – of the 20 original tales exploring the life (and, of course, death) of the rich and infamous, stories about how much trouble money can buy. Let’s end this roundup with a big, beautiful coffee table book – “The National Parks – America’s Best Idea, An Illustrated History” by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns (Knopf, $32.50) – the companion volume to the PBS series. The authors delve into the history of the “park idea,” a system of parks that now encompasses nearly 400 sites and 84 million acres, from Haleakala in Hawaii to Acadia in Maine, and introduce the reader to some of the heroes who transformed these places – John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt and Ansel Adams. An oversized book with gorgeous photos and maps, this is a treasure for the whole family to enjoy. I could go on forever but … better not. Happy reading! Note: Jo Ann Beard will read from her new novel, “In Zanesville,” at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck on Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. 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



Wednesday, May 11 OUTDOOR

“Bohemian Rhapsodies” 2 p.m. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Music at Dia:Beacon offers an unusually informal format encouraging interaction between composers, musicians, and audience. Tickets: $35, general; $10, student; free, under age 12. Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. 845440-0100.

NIGHTLIFE David Wilcox 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.


Tuesday, May 10 NIGHTLIFE

Local Musicians Showcase 9 p.m. Hosted by Karl Allweier. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Vito Petroccitto 7 p.m. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848.

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6 p.m. A special event with Rick Riordan, author of “The Lightning Thief”, His new book is “The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire.” Riordan will speak briefly about his book, take reader questions, and sign books. Tickets: $20. Tickets can be purchased at riordan, or by calling Oblong Books & Music at 845-876-0500. Rhinebeck High School Auditorium, 45 North Park Rd., Rhinebeck.

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2nd Annual Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. A day of fun, food, prizes and golf. $100 per person or $380 for a foursome. $35, end-of-tournament dinner ticket without golf. Red Hook Golf Course, 650 Rte., 199, Red Hook. 845758-0824. Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Awosting Falls and the Trapps 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Bob Babb Wednesday Walks welcome adults of all ages and levels of ability aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. This is a moderate, 5-mile hike. Free, Mohonk Preserve members;$12, non-members. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845-255-7247 between 7:30-8 a.m.

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Friday & Saturday, May 6 & 7 at 8 pm Sunday, May 8 at 3 pm Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14 at 8 pm Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm Friday & Saturday, May 20 & 21 at 8 pm Sunday, May 22 at 3 pm Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & children Johnny Dell presents the Drama Desk Award-winning musical based on the wildly popular British film. With book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek, this feel-good musical comedy is a guaranteed wild ride. Directed by Laurie Sepe-Marder (CATS, My Fair Lady.)

SATURDAYMORNINGFAMILYSERIES Tickets: $9 for adults; $7 for children in advance or at the door

Hansel and Gretel Saturday, May 7 at 11 am The CENTER is located at 661 Rte. 308, 3.5 miles east of the light in the Village of Rhinebeck

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Another week, another surprise, again for the positive: I did not dislike “Fast Five” in any way approaching the levels I anticipated. Rather, I snickered, gasped repeatedly, and clapped a little along with my exuberant theater-goers. heater goers. It’s difficult to give a movie like this a rating as if movies are, in fact, created equal. Longtime readers may have noticed that we like to keep our ratings system in Weekend very loose and a little silly. It’s such an arbitrary way of evaluating a flick that we go the tongue-in-cheek Weekend rating: Three screeching tires route. “Fast Five” is very, very good at what it does; that is, it’s a fastDirector: Justin Lin paced, flippant, exciting popcorn Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, flick with very attractive men Dwayne Johnson driving very attractive cars. Count me in, but that doesn’t mean it’s a Runtime: 130 min. better film than last week’s “Water Rated PG-13 for intense sequences for Elephants.” Comparing the two of violence and action, sexual seems ridiculous, because I enjoyed content and language. them both for very different reasons.


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There were only two elements of the goofy little movie that gave me pause: First, the three featured women were so thin it was concerning, and it seemed a little gratuitous to have a handful of Americans truck down to Rio de Janeiro and lay unbelievable waste to the central business district while appearing to have a grand old time. Otherwise, this is a distinctly ridiculous and mild plot, with enough zippy dialogue and sleek car chases to keep this popcorn-nibblin’ viewer content for two hours and 10 minutes. Also note: I’ve only seen the first movie of this franchise – the original “The Fast and the Furious” – but I generally understood everything in this fifth installment without any gaping holes. Yes, this says something about the narrative arc, but it also means that if you have a hankering for some mindless action but, like me, have not kept up with the movies, you’ll be fine. Former FBI agent Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) flips a prison transport bus in order to free his buddy, Dominic “Dom” Toretto (Vin Diesel) – but, in keeping with the PG-13 rating, no one gets hurt! O’Conner and Dom’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster), with whom he is canoodling, then jettison to Rio to wait for Dom to arrive. Slight problem: O’Conner is now a fugitive and unemployed (as is Mia), so in order to get some cash, they agree to one more heist. Oh, thriller clichés, never change. Dom gets involved, crazy stuff happens, and the trio finds itself targeted by both corrupt businessman Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) and U.S. Diplomatic Security Service Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson, looking delightfully chiseled within an inch of his life). Sung Kang (as Han Lue) and Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) stood out from the motley crew, as did the city of Rio (again, though with a little less Technicolor than in the animated movie, “Rio”).

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Obsessed with a guru BY MARGARET DONER The angelic realm offers the human race a perspective which lifts us out of our ego-based consciousness and reminds us of our higher selves. Too often, when humans feel anxiety, jealousy or rage it is because they have attached their ego to the situation and forgotten how to rise above the pain to access the lesson or the blessing in the event they are experiencing. This column is designed to assist you, the reader, in considering your “problems” and issues from another “higher” point of view. DEAR LOCAL ANGEL: I am angry and confused. A girlfriend of mine has joined a cult. She doesn’t call it a cult, of course. She thinks of this woman as a great spiritual leader. But, I can see it for what it is: a cult. Recently, my friend moved to be closer to this woman and her group of “worshippers” and they are trying to get me to join them. We used to do things together – like meditate and pray – but soon, she began to say when we meditate, we have to connect to the mind of her “teacher/ leader.” What’s worse is that this “leader” implies that all the other ascended Master teachers must consult her! I can’t believe my friend is buying this! I always thought that spirituality was a direct connection between the individual and God and I am losing a friend because I refuse to consider this “guru” as my “guru.” Can I save my friend from what I feel is a dangerous cult? Hurt and Angry at Gurus DEAR HURT AND ANGRY: The answer to “Can I save my friend?” is no – not unless she is willing to be “saved.” And currently she thinks she is being saved or she wouldn’t have latched on to this spiritual “leader.” The larger question is why do people think they need to be saved? What are they being saved from? And why do they often think the saving must be done by someone other than themselves? People who need to be saved are motivated by fear – but more than likely they do not recognize that, nor would they admit it. The best way to begin a discussion with her is to ask her, “What are you so afraid of that you have to latch your mind, body and spirit to another human who you think is better qualified to rescue you than God?” You very likely will get a snort of derision, but you also might start her thinking, “Oh, yeah, why do I need someone else to get between me and God?” From earliest childhood, we have been trained to respect authority. We are taught to listen to others before we honor and listen to our own instincts; this creates severe doubt in the human psyche and when it comes to believing our own opinion of something, we often find ourselves turning time and time again to others to tell us what to think and do – even as adults! We give our power away to others countless times a day and we even give them the authority to hurt our feelings and make us feel stupid. This does not mean that children and teenagers don’t need guidance and support from their parents and teachers. Far from it. But a good authority figure empowers the child, knowing they are raising the child to trust their own instincts after they leave the “nest.” This means the child learns when and whom to trust. A true spiritual leader does the same thing. The “followers” are encouraged to find a direct connection to their divine spirit so they can access it when they need it most. Most of us have needed the comfort of God, even if we have different names and ideas about the source. Be patient with your friend’s path. There will come a day when she needs nourishment from something bigger than her “guru.” Many people seek something solid in their lives—especially in these uncertain times. Whether they are feeling shaken by earthquakes, economics, war or politics, they need something or someone to hold onto. There is no shame in this as it is a natural human response to want to bond and be close to others to make us feel better. But those who prey off the weakness of others know this too and often use these times to “rope in” innocents. Let your friend know if and when she tires of the “cult,” and is ready to think for herself and not “bind” her mind to another person during meditation, you will be there to love and support her. Margaret Doner is an angelic channel who offers private and group channeling. She is the author of numerous books including, “Archangels Speak,” “Wisdom of the Archangels” and “Children of Angels: A Modern Day Fairy Tale.” She publishes a monthly newsletter entitled, “Archangels Speak.” Website: You can submit a question for the Angelic Counselor to

MAY 4-10 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): There are opportunities waiting just around the corner for you this week, but if you’re just going through the motions of your day, you’ll miss them. Don’t let daydreams or thoughts about the past get in the way of your chance to take a big step forward in your life. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): You like to live in the present, but right now, you need to be laying down a strong foundation for the future. It’s more important now than ever that you develop a plan to get you closer to your long-term goals. You need to also consider what aspects of your life could be pulling you away from what your really want. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Listen well to your intuition this week – if you feel like someone’s idea isn’t the right way to go for you, don’t do it. Before you start offering to help others, make sure you’ve gotten everything done that will keep your home life running smoothly. LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Look to a superior or mentor for how to proceed in a delicate situation – their words will help you make sense of what to do. Don’t go blindly into situations; make sure you’ve double checked your facts. Patience is a virtue.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Your emotions seem all over the place right now; give yourself permission to feel things strongly without been to critical about it. You need to work on seeing how negative things could have a positive side too, and learn from your mistakes instead of beating yourself up over every little thing. LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): Try to set your mind to finding a new outlet for your creativity, especially if you could combine your talents with an activity that helps others. In your work life, you will have to face a difficult issue where you may be the cause of some distress. Don’t shrug off responsibility – if you are gracious, people will respect you more. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Shake off any excess this week – toss out clutter, streamline your daily routing, and you don’t need to keep people around you who are constantly negative. The more you can let go of, the more positivity will come into your life. You’ll find your mind clearer and your attitude uplifted.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): A business deal that you’ve been working hard to wrap up could extend into the weekend. Try not to stress too hard over this. Don’t let people try to pull you in a million different direction – stand your ground and let people know that you have to stay focused right now.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You may have doubts about an important relationship in your life, but know that, at least right now, it would be better to let things progress naturally rather than force it one way or another. Let the other person come to you with concerns, and even then, don’t confirm your suspicions. You can’t force people to agree with you. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): This week, you’ll seem to have the technological knack – whether it’s a crashed computer or a keyboard on the fritz, you’ll seem to have all the answers. It might be the right time to make a small but significant purchase. Consider alternative ways to get your point across to an adversary. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Don’t be content with day-dreaming – come up with real ways of making those ideas come true. You have the drive to achieve whatever your heart desires, so don’t sell yourself short. You may need to look in unique places for out-ofthe-box ideas. Keep your mind open.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Use your unexpected burst of energy this week to get all kinds of projects accomplished, especially boring tasks like spring cleaning and household chores. Be careful, however, about just aimlessly throwing papers away – you are likely to lose or misplace an important document, so be very careful.

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On Saturday, April 30, mentors worked closely with the city’s youth as they created graffiti murals for the YOUTH | ART project with the theme “Understanding Newburgh” at La Vida Garden on Chambers Street. YOUTH | ART was one of several kick-off events going on that also included a volunteer fair, the launch of the Armory’s new community garden, and Cupcake-a-Palooza at the Ritz Theater. Photos submitted.

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While Lambert’s and the Lions are off to winning starts, RECo has been having difficulty getting started this season. Winless in their first three starts, the Firemen are hoping to get their engines running as the new month commences. RECo, after losing on opening day to Lambert’s, suffered an offensive explosion by the Velts, losing 13-1, before being topped 10-8 by the Teachers.

The Velts have shown a good deal of power in plating 21 runs in three games, but their defense has also given up a good number of runs, leaving them with a 1-2 record thus far. In their remaining contest, RECo and the Chiefs were knotted when darkness halted their contest, which will be completed at a later date. The Chiefs, meanwhile, posted their only victory by taking the measure of the Velts, 7-4, leaving RECo as the only major team without a victory to date.



Right from the opening day of Hyde Park Little League, the Lambert’s Major Division Little League team has been delivering victories for its honored manager, Wayne Belcher. The Plumbers lead their division with an unblemished 4-0 record after starting out with a 6-0 triumph over RECo on opening day. Photo by Bob Kampf.

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KAMPF KOMMENTS BY BOB KAMPF After seeing manager Wayne Belcher honored on opening day for the Hyde Park Little League this season, the Lambert’s Little League squad has been rocking and rolling. In their initial contest following the opening day ceremonies, the Plumbers went onto Moshier Field at the Creek Road complex and shut out RECo, 6-0, putting the icing on the cake for themselves and their longtime creative mentor. Lambert’s continued their run with a second 6-0 blanking of the Lions in their next outing before narrowly nipping the Chiefs, 4-3, for their third straight victory. They followed this escape up with a commanding 7-2 triumph over the Hyde

Park Teachers and headed into May with an unblemished 4-0 record. After four games, Lambert’s has outscored its opponents by a 23-5 mark, showing offensive as well as defensive strengths. The Lions recovered from their only setback at the hands of Lambert’s, remaining close in the early going with a 3-1 record after taking the measure of the Hyde Park Teachers, 5-3, and topping the Velts, 8-4, and the Chiefs, 6-0.

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STIHL has always sold their products exclusively through independent servicing dealers, and STIHL Dealer Days is a continuation of the company’s long-standing business philosophy in support of independent businesses. STIHL is also proud to be a major sponsor of Independent We Stand, an organization that promotes independently owned business and touts the bene¿ts of “buying local.” Take time this spring to check out STIHL Dealer Days at Conway’s Lawn & Power Equipment, Inc. For more information, visit www. This season, buy STIHL, and buy from an independent! About Conway’s Lawn & Power Equipment, Inc. Since 1978, Conway’s Equipment has been the region’s top choice for sales and service of the best brands of lawn and power equipment for homeowner and commercial cutters. At Conway’s Equipment, our goal is to provide our customers with a wide selection of quality products from a friendly and knowledgeable staff. On the web at About STIHL Inc. STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of handheld outdoor power equipment in America for homeowners and professional landscapers, as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. On the web at Route 9 • 7235 South Broadway

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The weather is getting nice, and many are itching to go out exploring in the woods and fields, but be aware that tom turkey hunting season opened Sunday, May 1 and will continue until Tuesday, May 31. You will not see a well-camouflaged hunter hidden in the brush or up in the trees. Since hunting is allowed only from one half hour before sunrise until noon, you still have the afternoon and evening to wander through the countryside. While walking along country roads, do not wear clothes that have similar patterns as turkeys and do not try to call turkeys. If you hear a turkey call, you do not know if it is a real turkey or an experienced hunter calling, so just listen and keep on your way. Be mindful that most of the property is privately owned and you should not trespass.

How would you like to see a fashion show featuring clothing made by local 4-H club members? The community is invited to the Spring Annual Fashion Revue hosted by the Dutchess County 4-H General Interest Club Program on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Farm and Home Center (2715 Route 44, Millbrook). Each year, youngsters in the General Interest 4-H Program select patterns, purchase materials and work, with the help of their 4-H leaders, to create a garment they can be proud of. Other kids opt to purchase garments and learn how to become smart consumers. At the conclusion of the program, the members gather for their annual Fashion Revue and show off the year’s work. The theme for this year’s revue is “Mardi Gras.” {AROUND TOWN} Saw this little bruiser on Fallkill Road in Hyde Park. We didn’t stop to ask him his name, but assume it isn’t “Cupcake.” Photo by Jim Langan.

Some members will be nominated to compete at New York State Fair in Syracuse this fall. The Calico Pixies, Lakeshore Crazy Crew, Curious Kids, Busy Buddies and other 4-H clubs will be participating and showing both their sewing and modeling skills. Admission is free. For more information, contact Kelly Parker at 845677-8223, ext. 108.


Upton Lake Christian School will hold its free annual spring concert on Friday, May 13, starting at 7 p.m., in the Evangelical Free Church meeting hall. The community, parents and friends are invited to hear the children. Be ready for something completely different than any other previous concert. This spring, the school will perform a Musical Melodrama. There will be lots of audience involvement, so be ready to move and become part of the action yourself. There will be two melodramas performed. The first one is loosely based on the Bible story of the Good Samaritan but set in a modern-day big city. The second is loosely based on the Bible story of David and Goliath but is set on a modern-day beach with surfers. These two stories are united by the theme “We Can Make a Difference.” The Church is located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, 1 mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in the Hamlet of Clinton Corners. For information, call the ULCS office on 845-266-3497.




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The Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church will hold a yard sale, rain or shine, on Friday, May 13, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All the items are given away free. It’s a “yard sale” without the “sale.” Come see if there are any treasures you can take home while enjoying a free cup of coffee and friendly conversation. One person’s junk is another person’s treasure. The church is located at 1592 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14, at the dead end, near the Taconic State Parkway), Clinton Corners. For more information, call 845-2668057 or visit


If you think your property assessment is not correct, the following is the process

you must follow to present your case for possible change. The Tentative Assessment Roll will be available in the assessor’s and town clerk’s offices during the first week in May. The Board of Assessment Review meeting (also known as Grievance Day) will be held Wednesday, May 25, at Town Hall. Call the assessor’s office for scheduling. Grievance forms and booklets are available online at Grievance forms must be received by the Assessor by the close of the meeting on May 25. However, forms received between May 21 and May 25 may, at the sole discretion of the assessor, be heard by the board at a later date. Forms received after the close of the May 25 meeting will be rejected as untimely. If you have any questions or need information, contact the assessor’s office at 845-790-4535.


Winter is now a mere memory and the warm spring weather inspires the urge to get out and play golf. The Nine Partners Lions Club is holding its 22nd Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 15, starting with registration and buffet breakfast at 8 a.m. and tee-off at 9 a.m., at the Red Hook Golf Club at 650 Route 199, Red Hook. Numerous trophies and prizes will be given and meals and beverages will be provided, all in addition to a fun day of golf. The big prize, for a hole-in-one, is a 2011 Subaru from Colonial Motorcars of Kingston. All proceeds from this tournament will go to support the sight and hearing impaired in Dutchess County, several scholarships for Dutchess County Community College, Clinton Library, local needy families and local youth programs. The club is looking for sponsors ($50/$100) for putting green, tees, greens and other activities. The player’s fee is $125 each, which includes all meals, beverages and carts. Foursomes are encouraged. The reservation deadline is May 27 for players and sponsorships. If you need more information or reservations, call Denny Quinn at 845-266-5712 or Les Richardson at 845-266-3546. This is the Lions Club’s major fundraiser to support its many community service activities. Come and participate and make it a successful fund raiser.


STANFORD BY HEIDI JOHNSON My sincere apologies to anyone who greatly missed seeing my column in last week’s Hudson Valley News. I know I have at least one devoted fan who was distressed by its absence. (Thank you, Tory, for the texts!) Last weekend was Easter, if you recall, and due to some very poor planning on my part, I found myself trying to cook Easter dinner and write my column all at the same time. Dinner made it, but the column did not. In the two years I’ve been writing for Hudson Valley News, I have only missed two columns. The last one was in March 2010, when I had to work 10 straight 18hour days due to the major snowstorm that hit our area. That certainly was a much better excuse than procrastination catching up with me, but I hope that one little brain cramp in two years can be forgiven. This week, I’ll write twice as much to make up for the omission last week. Just kidding. (Editor Chris Lennon is now recovering from a mild panic attack caused by the thought of trying to fit 2,000 words on a single page.) But, I do have a nifty report on the Grange Week Celebration, courtesy of Ryan Orton. Read below:


In 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president of the United States. Gas cost 10 cents per gallon and you could buy a brand new Studebaker for $665. Magnetic audio tapes were first introduced and King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson. That same year, Dorothy (Dot) Burdick became a member of Stanford Grange #808. This past Tuesday, April 26, at the Annual Grange Week Celebration, Dot was recognized for 75 years of membership. Dot currently serves as the organization’s lecturer (program director) and she has held many other posts in her long tenure with the Grange. Beth Merrill, lady assistant steward of the National Grange, was on hand to present Dot with the award for this significant milestone. Seventy five years of service! Incredible. Also honored on Tuesday was Beth Merrill for 25 years of membership.

Although not as impressive as 75 years, dedication to a service organization for a quarter century is also commendable. Congratulations and thank you to both of the honorees for their commitment to the Grange and to our community. In addition to the membership award ceremony, the 60-plus Grange members and friends enjoyed a program filled with memories, food, fellowship and a rededication of the Grange Hall. Grange Secretary Ryan Orton said the Grange Week Officers did an “excellent job running the meeting and executing a fantastic entrance drill.” I was not able to attend the big celebration because I was out of town on business. So, I am thankful to Ryan for sending me the news and photos of the event. I still have to catch up with him to get the remaining details about the celebration, including the names of the two members honored for 55 years of service who weren’t able to make the meeting. So, check back next week for Part II of this story.


Daffodils have come up, dogwoods are in bloom, and it is finally warm enough to go outside without a jacket. But, the true sign that spring is here is that the Home Plate ice cream window is now open late! From now until late September, Shelly Myers and her team will be serving ice cream until 8:30 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Sunday, the window closes a tad bit earlier, at 7:30 p.m. Shelly tells me Bike Night is going to start up soon also. The Myers family was going to hold off until after Memorial Day, but Shelly says if there’s a really nice Wednesday before then, call over to Home Plate (845-868-2238) and see if the gang will be assembling that night. This is a fun event for motorcycle enthusiasts. Some of the bikes our local folks own and ride are quite amazing. So, if this is your thing, do keep an eye out for the start of Bike Night at Home Plate starting … well, sometime soon! For anyone who might care to join this get together from out of town, the address for the Home Plate Ice Cream Shop and Restaurant is 5979 Route 82, Stanfordville. Bike Night usually begins around 6:30 p.m. and a limited menu of munchies is available.


One more reminder that Saturday, June 11 will be the Lions Club giant flea market

Dot Burdick, Stanford Grange lecturer; Beth Merrill, lady assistant steward of the National Grange; and Grange member June Williams attend the recent Grange Week Celebration and Open House. Dot was recognized for 75 years of Grange membership; June for 25 years. Photo by Ryan Orton.

and also Stanford Living History Day. The Flea Market will be located on the front lawn of the Town Hall and vendor space is still available for $20. Call Ed Hawks at 845-868-7483 or John Danko at 845-868-7645 to reserve a space or for more information. The Lions Flea Market runs from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the rain date is the following day, Sunday, June 12. Stanford Living History Day will be concurrent with the flea market. There will be displays, exhibits, music, reenactments and more. Last year’s event was great fun and very informative. Plan on attending at least part of History Day because it really is a day packed with food, fun and learning about our town’s past. Rain date is Sunday, June 12.

AMENIA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH STRAWBERRY FAIR My church, United Presbyterian in Amenia, is also having a big event on June 11. It is our annual Strawberry Fair, which is always a lot of fun and well attended by many people from around our area. There will be entertainment for the kids, including a petting zoo

and a magic show (both free). Also, there will be games sponsored by local agencies. Some semblance of my little band, Playful Relics, will be performing (possibly absent my husband, Jim, as he generally has to work on Saturdays). But the highlight of the day is always the huge, yummy strawberry sundaes served by the Women’s Group. For a very modest price, last year, I had the biggest pile of strawberries, ice cream and whipped cream I’ve ever been served in my life – I’m not kidding. I couldn’t finish more than about half of it. It’s a busy day, I realize, but if you have a hankering for fresh strawberries, Amenia is the place to be on June 11. The fair runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., so with some good planning, you can catch some of this event and still make it back in time for the History Day and Flea Market in Stanfordville. I missed sharing our local news with you all last week and it is good to be back. See you next Wednesday. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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This week Back School Northern Dutchess Hospital will hold a Back School program on Wednesday, May 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Cafeteria Conference Room 2. Larry Flowers, PTA will offer a simple approach to understanding back injuries, their causes, and possible preventative steps. To register for this free community program, call 845-871-3427. Free Breast Screening St. Francis Hospital’s Breast Center will offer a free breast cancer screening from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the hospital’s Cancer Center. Women must be uninsured and have a primary-

care physician to be eligible for the free clinical breast exams, which will be conducted by Dr. Robert Frisenda, who will follow-up with participants, if warranted. Reservations are required before Friday, April 29 at 845-483-5770. Participants must also complete a screening/intake with the Cancer Services Program at 845-452-2032. Learning Financial Lingo The Poughkeepsie Public Library District will host a financial seminar on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m., in the Adriance Charwat Meeting Room, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. Attendees will gain a better understanding of a variety of financial terminology and concepts that constantly appear in the news. Registration is encouraged at or 845-485-3445, ext. 3702. Respecting Choices Vassar Brothers Medical Center will host Respecting Choices, a free forum and Q&A on advance care planning, palliative care and hospice services, on Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Conference Room A, 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie. For more information, call 845-437-3115. > continued on page 27


Upcoming Senior Citizen ID Cards Residents of Dutchess County 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, May 11, at the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services first-floor conference room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain an identification card, bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service. Call Aging Services at 845-486-2555 for more information. Older Drivers Forum St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers offers “Driver Rehabilitation: Driving Safety Issues and the Older Driver,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at Rhinebeck Town Hall. Admission is free. Mary Beth Meyer, an occupational therapist certified in driver rehabilitation, will talk about key issues many

families face with older drivers. Discussion topics will range from the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ stance on older drivers, how to know if they are still safe on the road, and ways to improve driving skills. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. For reservations, call 845-483-5560. CarFit Program Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer CarFit, a new safety program that could make a difference to both older drivers and their loved ones, on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Trained professionals will lead older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle, recommend car adjustments and adaptations and offer resources and activities that could enhance their safety. The event will take place in the smaller parking lot to the left of NDH Foundation office, 99 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. To make a reservation, call 845-871-4334.

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This is another in a series of articles about people who have contributed significantly to the progress and well-being of the community through dedicated involvement and a strong sense of motivation. Today’s column presents two very special “movers and shakers,” whose attributes and endeavors have earned the highest acclaim from those they serve here in town as well as the populace at large. They are The Rev. Wayne and The Rev. Maryann Berry, who co-pastor the John 3:16 Christian Center located at 3112 Route 82 (just south of Tompkins Road) in Verbank. They conduct services Sundays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Pastor Maryann wanted to get the word out that on the first Thursday of each month, at 7:30 p.m., there is a healing service. People from Union Vale and the surrounding communities are especially welcome. Since its inception, many have received miraculous bodily and mental healings on the spot. They’ve come to the service sick or diseased and left healthy and whole. And it was free. The members of John 3:16 Christian Center have collected and distributed clothing and food to needy people in our local community. Another example of community outreach is the ministry of the Word of God to the seniors residing at the Fountains of Millbrook, in association with the efforts of Pastor Jim Wickstead and his Clove Valley Bible Church. Pastors Wayne and Maryann are also active participants in the National Day


of Prayer Breakfast held each year under the direction of Pastor Bob Wisor of the Beekman Baptist Church. Extending outward, the ministry has participated in the annual Dutchess County Father’s Day Parade and the Dutchess County Church Picnic under the direction of community event organizer John Flowers. Additionally, they take an active part in the Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances in Poughkeepsie under the sponsorship of the city and American Legion Post 37.


Pastor Wayne Berry graduated from Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls. He entered the U.S. Air Force and, after a period of intensive study, earned a service classification as weapons release specialist. Most never made it above airman second class, but Pastor Wayne became a noncommissioned officer with the rank of staff sergeant. After being honorably discharged and studying security systems, he rose in the industry to head his own firm. It was in New Jersey that he and Pastor Maryann began training in the ministry. Pastor Wayne subsequently ministered at the International Pastors and Ministers Conferences at Faith Fellowship Ministries. While serving as co-pastor at John 3:16, Pastor Wayne created and taught 12 professional courses for the ministry. These courses are part of the curriculum at the church’s II Timothy School for Biblical Studies. Pastor Maryann Berry grew up in the Town of Poughkeepsie. After graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes High School, she studied at Manhattanville College, where she became a learned pianist and subsequently directed several successful musical groups. After graduating cum laude with a bachelor of science in business administration from Marist College, Pastor Maryann authored the book “Answered Prayer.” Currently serving as Dean of the II Timothy School for Biblical Studies at the church, she has developed and taught 12 professional courses for the ministry. Pastor Maryann has appeared in the prestigious “International Who’s Who of Professional Management 1999,” “Who’s Who of American Women 2004-2011,” “Who’s Who in America 2006-2011” and “Who’s Who in the World 2009-2011.” Pastors Wayne and Maryann Berry have co-hosted “Faith for Today,” a radio broadcast in Poughkeepsie, and are seen seven days a week teaching the Word of God on local cable television.

Pictured, clockwise from left: Gina McCoy and Jovan Silk Shedd of Stella & Dot sell handmade jewelry during Dutchess Community Day; The DCC Sharps perform for a crowd during the celebration; Courtney Rovere, a student at Marist, made the trip across town to Dutchess Community College to paint youngstersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; faces during Dutchess Community Day; Youngsters trade blows in an inflatable jousting arena.

DCC student government hosts inaugural community celebration STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Student Government Association at Dutchess Community College recently invited the public to visit the campus for some fun in the sun. The Student Government Association

hosted its inaugural Dutchess Community Day under sunny skies on Saturday. The all-day event featured activities for kids, games and educational activities, a student art gallery, live music, information booths

hosted by local non-profit groups and local vendors selling everything from jewelry to snacks. Tony Beaudoin, president-elect of the Student Government Association, explained the event was conceived during

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Late in 1942, the Barlow family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, and Bunny started a base there. Gigy then promoted Ralph Overfield to his second in command. Then, in 1943, Gigy’s 56-year-old father, rector of the president’s church, joined the navy to become a chaplain, and the Wilson family moved to Jacksonville, Florida. Overfield then commanded the Junior Army until the end of the real war.



Patriotic kids form a Junior Army

Junior Army guards had to get to sleep by 1 a.m.

During World War II, like in thousands of other American towns, children in Hyde Park became envious as their older brothers and sisters went off to the armed forces in 1941. In Hyde Park, a Junior Army was started by Robert “Gigy” Wilson, son of The Rev. Wilson, the rector of St. James Episcopal Church (President Roosevelt’s church). Gigy

Junior Army “officers” use actual signal positions. Illustrations by Tatiana Rhinevault.

appointed himself general and his second in command was Edison “Bunny” Barlow. About 40 children (average age 11) got together throughout the war and played soldier.


Barlow had the brilliant idea of writing to New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who was Roosevelt’s director of civilian defense, to offer the Junior Army’s services to the defense of the United States. The publicity value of the offer was too good for LaGuardia to pass up, and the Junior Army was on its path to fame. Bunny was invited to speak on “We the People,” a popular radio program. Then, along came Spot and Click magazines and others and a few newspapers. Then the Junior Army was a feature in Pathe News.

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Divided into a “North Army” and a “South Army” (commanded by Stanley Paul), they would roam the woods and fields up to nearly a mile away. They would fight pitched battles with fake, wooden guns and armored tanks made out of scrap lumber and old buggy wheels. Officers would ride in the tanks while privates would push. Headquarters of

Nurses attend to “wounded” soldier Bill Noonan.

the “North Army” and the spot where most of the battles were fought was the back lawn of the Episcopal Church rectory on Park Place. Known as a daredevil, Gen. “Gigy” would order his soldiers to push him down the street to the top of the Main Street hill and let go. He would rattle part-way down the hill until his tank crashed. Then “nurses” (two of whom were Ave Downes and Patty Berrigan) from the “Red Cross” would treat him and other “wounded” soldiers with first aid. “USO” girls would distribute cookies and other treats to the tired soldiers. Elmer Van Wagner, Marty Berrigan and Bill Noonan, who are now in their 70s, were regular foot soldiers on the front line (and also regular tank-pushers). There were other activities besides play battles, which the Junior Army conducted. They participated in parades and ceremonies alongside the Boy and Girl Scouts and promoted the purchase of war stamps and the collection of paper and metal scrap. These extra services determined the granting of officer status. Carney Rhinevault is Hyde Park Town Historian and author of “The Home Front at Roosevelt’s Hometown.” Additional work by Tatiana Rhinevault, illustrator of this column, can be found at

community OBITUARIES < continued from page 24 Spring Plant Sale On Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Northern Dutchess Hospital and The Thompson House lobbies, a spring plant sale will be held. The sale features exceptional hanging baskets, many annuals, some herbs and vegetables. The sale is sponsored by NDH Auxiliary. All proceeds benefit NDH and The Thompson House. Call 845-871-3470 for additional information. Legislature Chairmen Summit Ulster Legislature Chairman Fred Wadnola and Dutchess Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison will co-host a regional Legislature Chairmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summit on Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. Chairmen of legislatures from the Hudson Valley were invited to participate in a candid discussion on the challenges they are facing and the potential solutions they are considering. The summit will be held at the Ulster County Office Building, 6th Floor, 244 Fair St., Kingston. For more information, contact Michael Ellison at 845-4862103 or Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Sale A Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Plant, Bake and Yard Sale will be held at St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, 806 Traver Rd., Pleasant Valley, on Friday, May 6 (5 to 8 p.m.) and Saturday, May 7 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The parish hall is handicapped accessible. Call 845635-2854 for information. Artists for Autism The Center for Spectrum Services will celebrate its 35th anniversary with Artists for Autism, a classical music benefit concert at the Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College on Saturday, May 7. Artists include the Shanghai Quartet, joined by flutist Eugenia Zukerman, pianist Navah Perlman, soprano Arianna Zukerman, cellist Sophie Shao and flutist Tara Helen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor. Tickets for the event are $60, $75 and $100. Purchase of $100 seats includes entry to a post-concert cocktail party with the artists. Tickets may be purchased online at www. or by calling the box office at 845-758-7900. Apple Blossom Festival Red Hook Rotaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Apple Blossom Festival will be held Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., throughout the Village of Red Hook. For more information, contact Niki Weaver at 845-756-5381 or Clothing Drive Donations of clothes will be collected at FDR High School, South Cross Road, Hyde Park, on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main lobby. Clothing and footwear for children and adults, accessories, purses, scarves, hats and gloves, linens, sheets, blankets, towels and curtains will be collected. Put donations in well-tied plastic garbage bags. Footwear must be placed in separate bags. Call Terri Hein at 845473-4182 for additional info.

Richard â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dickâ&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, 81, a 42 year local resident previously of Pleasantville, NY, died Saturday, April 23, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie. Mr. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor was a machinist at Sono-Tek Corporation in Marlboro. Born in Mt. Kisco on July 15, 1929, he was the son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Brundage Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor. Dick was a 1947 graduate of Pleasantville High School High, and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On January 17, 1970 in Kent, NY, he married Mary G. Serra. Mrs. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor predeceased him on January 8, 1993. He is survived by his two daughters, Carmela Zanck of Rhinebeck, and Linda Bruno and husband, Peter, of Henderson, NV; five grandchildren, Brittany, Brandon, and Nikolas Bruno, all of Nevada, Michael Zanck and wife, Amanda, of Highland, and Jessica Zanckâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pinneo and husband, Corey, of E. Greenbush, NY; and sister-in-law, Susan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor of Katonah, NY. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his son, Carl Grieco; son-in-law, Gerard â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Zanck; three sisters, Margaret Civita, Elezabeth Nobels, and Arlene Dessey; and two brothers, Charles and Fred Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor. Dick went sky diving on his 80th birthday. He was a die-hard NY Mets fan and NASCAR fan; especially of driver, Jeff Gordon. He had a great time taking his daughter, Carmela, and granddaughter, Jessica, roller skating all over the country. He also had such great times when he visited his daughter, Linda, and grandchildren, Brandon, Brittany, and Nikolas in Nevada. One of his most memorable adventures was to drive cross-country solo. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor was loved by everyone who came to know him. He was a loving and giving man. Calling hours were from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Funeral services took place at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 28, at the funeral home. The Rev. Michael Palazzo officiated. Burial followed in the family plot in St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 229 Manchester Rd, #105, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 or, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5 Computer Drive West, Suite 100, Albany, NY 12205. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


Nancy C. Marinucci of Hyde Park, NY, died April 23, 2011 at the Somerford Place Assisted Living in Annapolis, MD. She was 76. Nancy C. Marinucci was born on August 19, 1934 in Poughkeepsie, NY to the late, Raymond L. Connelly and Vera Thompkins Connelly. She graduated from F.D. Roosevelt High School in the Class of 1951. In 1971 Nancy married Thomas J. Marinucci, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the love of her lifeâ&#x20AC;?, with whom

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Notice of Qualification of Butler House, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;y of State (SSNY) 3/23/11; Office location: Dutchess County; LLC org. in WY 3/21/11. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to PO Box 51, Verbank NY 12585; NY office address: 3286 Franklin Ave, Millbrook NY 12545; Cert. of Form. on file: WY SOS, St. Cap. Bldg., Rm 110, 200 W 24th St, Cheyenne WY 820020020; Purpose: any lawful activities; Perpetuity. Notice of Qualification of Krochmal, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;y of State (SSNY) 1/20/11; Office location: Dutchess County; LLC org. in WY 1/11/11. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to PO Box 51, Verbank NY 12585; Office address in WY: 60 E Simpson Ave, Box 2869, Jackson WY 83001; Cert. of Form. on file: WY SOS, St. Cap. Bldg., Rm 110, 200 W 24th St, Cheyenne WY 82002-0020; Purpose: any lawful activities; Perpetuity. Union Cemetery of Hyde Park Inc. Annual Plot Owners Meeting May 18,2011 at 6 PM At Cemetery Office Call 229-7444 for reserved seating.

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