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STEINHAUS MOCKS DUTCHESS COUNTY HISTORIAN RESOLUTION BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Last week, the Dutchess County Legislature, by a 22-2 vote, approved a resolution urging County Executive William Steinhaus to appoint a county historian. Steinhaus, though, apparently thinks the idea is “silly.” Dutchess County has been without a county historian since 2008, when Historian Stan Mersand retired for medical reasons. Since then, a number of politicians and citizens have said Dutchess County should have a historian to oversee records and help people trace their roots. Part of the trouble, though, is the county Legislature effectively decided to eliminate funding for the county historian position in the 2011 budget, though advocates say there are qualified residents

who have offered to do the job on a volunteer basis. After last Monday’s resolution was passed, Steinhaus sent a memo to all 25 legislators, saying, “After reading (the resolution) regarding the Legislature’s call to appoint a county historian, it is apparent that silly season, like the spring flowers, is in full bloom.” The memo goes on to say, “Legislators knew the county historian position was not funded in 2011. Just as each legislator knew before casting your vote that per the county law in the county charter, only the county Legislature can appropriate money for a county historian – not the county executive. Therefore, (the resolution) certainly meets the criteria of ‘silly season’ legislation.”

Steinhaus goes on to accuse legislators of pandering to voters during an election year. “How many more disingenuous, extraneous, ‘sounds good, feels good’ legislative acts will we see up until Election Day?” he wrote. “Beware, voters and taxpayers! Silly season has arrived.” County Legislator Joel Tyner (D-Clinton, Rhinebeck), who authored the resolution, said he was not amused by Republican Steinhaus’ memo. He pointed out that every Republican legislator voted in favor of the resolution. “He is nothing if not consistent,” Tyner said of Steinhaus. “Unfortunately, his memo from May 10 shows he is bent and driven that there will be no county historian.” Tyner said it was the Legislature’s Republican majority that pushed to

defund the county historian post in 2011, saying, “I make no excuses for the Republican majority.” He went on to say Steinhaus is simply making excuses, adding he knows people willing to do the job for free. “It’s duplicitous and disingenuous and not forthright,” he said. “Moving forward, there is no excuse for him not to appoint somebody.” When asked if he knows any reason why Steinhaus would be opposed to appointing a historian, Tyner said he has looked into Steinhaus’ campaign contributions in the past, and the county executive has received “thousands of dollars from developers.” He went on to say he doesn’t think Steinhaus’ campaign contributors care about local history. “Their top priority is not preserving the history of Dutchess County,” Tyner said. “I think that the two may be related.”

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Molinaro nabs crucial Dutchess Republican nod BY HV NEWS STAFF Assemblyman Marc Molinaro has secured the nomination of the Dutchess County Republican Committee, making him the party’s official designee for the office of Dutchess County executive in the November election. “Our party has made a historic choice in backing Marc Molinaro for Dutchess County executive,” said Dutchess County GOP Chairman Mike McCormack. “On

a daily basis, Marc demonstrates that honesty, integrity and hard work are the hallmark of his career in public life. We are truly fortunate to have someone like Marc lead our ticket this November.” According to the committee, Molinaro was officially nominated by Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik, with seconding speeches from Andrew Forman of the Beacon Republican Party and Faye

Garito of the Beekman Republican Party. In addition, Molinaro has been formally endorsed by Republican committees in Hyde Park, LaGrange, Fishkill, East Fishkill, Clinton, Milan, Rhinebeck and Red Hook, as well as Republican committees in the cities of Poughkeepsie and Beacon. He has also been endorsed by the Dutchess County Conservative Party.






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Joel Griffith, a longtime local resident, has been appointed to serve as a trustee on the Tivoli Village Board. Griffith will fill the position formerly held by Bryan Cranna, who vacated the seat when he was elected mayor. “It is an honor to accept this appointment to the village board,” said Griffith. “I am eager to begin working with Mayor Cranna, the other village officials, and the residents of Tivoli. I am committed to preserving the charm and character of our unique village and enhancing the quality of life for all who call Tivoli home.” “I am proud to announce the appointment of Joel Griffith as a new member of the Village of Tivoli Board of Trustees,” said Cranna. “As a lifelong resident of Tivoli, a community volunteer and a much respected resident of our village, I am confident that Joel Griffith is the right person for the job.” Griffith is a registered Independent who graduated from Red Hook High School before earning a bachelor’s degree at Grinnell College and his master in fine arts degree from Bard College. On the village board, Griffith will serve as liaison to the Architecture and Historic Resources Committee, Justice Court, Natural Resources and the Environment Committee and the Riverfront Project Committee, which he has chaired for the last few years.

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Martino, Monks, Athanas and Taylor are expected to try securing a spot on the Independent Party line as the Republicans have indicated they have no intention of re-nominating them. Serino told Hudson Valley News, “I’m interested in doing what’s right for Hyde Park and the county. I’m not interested in rolling around in the gutter with anyone.” Democrats, meanwhile, are said to be considering former Assembly candidate and current Hudson Valley News columnist Jonathan Smith to oppose Serino. Smith ran unsuccessfully against Republican Assemblyman Joel Miller in 2006.


Decision has ripple effect on town and county races BY JIM LANGAN Hyde Park Ward 2 Councilwoman Sue Serino has been getting tugged at on all sides in the last few weeks. Does she stand for re-election from Ward 2, run for supervisor or the District 4 county Legislature seat? Late last week, Serino made the decision to run for the Legislature seat, rather than a town board position. The popular Republican has distinguished herself on a town board not noted for its civility or accomplishments. Many local Republicans had hoped Serino might head a fresh town board slate as the dissatisfaction with current Supervisor Tom Martino and councilmen Michael Taylor, Jim Monks and Mike Athanas has manifested itself with the town Republican Committee. Others had hoped Serino would anchor a new Republican ticket by running for re-election from her ward. Serino’s willingness to listen to residents and confront Martino on some issues has led to an ugly campaign by Martino to disenfranchise Serino at town board meetings. The District 4 Legislature seat will be up for grabs in 2011 now that Legislator DJ Sadowski has indicated he would not seek re-election this fall.

Councilwoman Sue Serino (second from right) has decided to seek the Dutchess County legislature District 4 seat rather than run for re-elction to the town board. File photo.

Former Legislator Bob Clearwater is said to be considering challenging Serino triggering a rare Republican primary. Clearwater would bring his alliance with the unpopular Hyde Park supervisor Tom Martino, who has spent much of his term attacking Serino. Clearwater was an unsuccessful candidate for the District 4 seat in 2007, losing to Democrat Diane Nash. Hyde Park Republican Party Chairwoman Jean McArthur said of Serino’s decision, “We’re very excited to have Sue running for County Legislature. She brings experience and enthusiasm to the ticket.” McArthur also indicated former planning board Chairman Don Veith has agreed to run for Serino’s Ward 2 town board seat. Serino’s decision was announced at the monthly meeting of Hyde Park Republicans. The decision sets off an intensive effort by Republicans to field a strong candidate to oppose planning board member Aileen Rohr, the presumed and announced Democratic nominee for supervisor. In addition, McArthur announced the party’s other candidate for the Legislature will be Justin Varuzzo, who will run for the District 7 seat. The committee also endorsed incumbent Town Justice John Kennedy, as well

as Cynthia Kasnia for the town justice position currently held by David Steinberg. Francine DiGrande will seek the receiver of taxes position. The decision by Serino to run for county office appears to be a positive for Republicans and Hyde Park. By eschewing the supervisor’s race, Serino elevates herself and at the same time avoids what was anticipated to be a down-and-dirty campaign by the Martino forces to discredit her.

In a late development, Clearwater sent an e-mail to Republican Committee members late Monday, saying he intended to challenge Serino for the committee’s endorsement for the District 4 Legislature seat at their scheduled meeting Tuesday night. Clearwater sent the e-mail without McArthur’s knowledge in an attempt to derail Serino. It is assumed Clearwater is attempting to cobble together a coalition of committee members favorable to the fractious Martino faction. Martino and Company recently lost another committee showdown vote over Martino’s continuing attacks on Serino and other persons he considers enemies. The outcome of this vote will occur after our deadline, so go to our website,, for the result of Tuesday night’s vote.

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Vote Team Hyde Park in November BY AILEEN ROHR

Hyde Parkers are passionate about local politics. Some argue this is a bad thing, but when people care deeply for their homes and town, that energy and passion can be a positive force. To ensure it is, we need to see where our needs overlap, where benefits can be felt by all, and where accomplishments can be celebrated without partisanship. We need to re-focus on the common ground. Living here most of my 52 years, I know and admire this passion. However, when emotions run too high, issues become polarizing and consensus eludes us; we fail to achieve even the simplest of goals. I am running for supervisor of Hyde Park because I know there is a common ground, and if town government concentrates on that and de-emphasizes the differences between us, we will achieve the potential we all know is here. The last two years have made it very clear that residents have the most to lose when our government fails to focus on the common good. Time and resources have been squandered, we’ve lost standing in the public arena and the

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efforts of good people were belittled. It’s time for new leadership. I am proud to be part of Team Hyde Park, a group of residents running to put their energies and skills to work serving the people. Through cooperation and dedication, we will move Hyde Park forward again.


There isn’t one amongst us who doesn’t find taxes a burden. It is the responsibility of elected officials to carefully track expenses and manage costs. The current administration has failed to do so. Instead of budgeting responsibly, they conjured up unrealistic income projections to avoid raising taxes. As a result, the savings account of our town, the fund balance, is dwindling to dangerously low levels. YES, to lower taxes through responsible fiscal management; NO to smoke and mirrors.


Improving economic development has been around since FDR was a boy. We all want more shopping opportunities, more local jobs and thriving business centers. Those of us who grew up here and stayed, as well as newcomers, live in Hyde Park for a reason: We value its small-town charms, appreciate our neighbors and enjoy the natural beauty. My family and I walk our magnificent trails but would like it even better if we could walk to more restaurants and shops. Knowing that we all want to see our commercial districts prosper, I plan to first focus my energies on the refilling and redevelopment of existing vacant space. “In-fill” development is a winwin; it expands shopping choices, provides jobs for adults and teens and increases the tax base without creating new roads to maintain or patrol. My background as a property investor and manager and my experience in town government tells me a focused, stepby-step approach is essential. We will assist property owners and work with town and county planning departments and NYS DOT to strategize the reuse of properties such as Hyde Park Motors, the Ames plaza, the gas station at Greentree Drive, the Hoe Bowl and the Amish Market. Economic growth does not occur in a vacuum. It requires the support of logical zoning, a professional planning board and most importantly, investors

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who see a return on their money. Much of this is in place; Team Hyde Park will work to provide the stability investors seek and create the environment where properties can function at their highest and best level.


The involvement of any community is central to its success. A positive, open atmosphere can be restored by respecting citizens at meetings, holding forums and answering questions in a civil atmosphere, utilizing the newest forms of communication, and making Town Hall an inviting place.


Many parts of town enjoy municipal water, but there are neighborhoods with problem wells. Our town centers require a commercial sewer system if we want to grow the types of businesses our Comprehensive Plan calls for, and Routes 9 and 9G need the street enhancements commercial tenants expect when they open businesses. These long-standing problems require a town board with experience in applying for grants and a proven ability to work with developers and governmental agencies. Team Hyde Park has such credentials. With extensive financial, real estate, legal, law enforcement and environmental experience among us, we have the skills and the appetite to take on these tasks. These issues form our common ground. Just the four I’ve cited will keep us busy for the next two years. I have spent the past decade serving Hyde Park on the Zoning Board Of Appeals, the Planning Board and the Economic Development Committee, and I chaired the River Access Advisory Committee and the Hyde Park Visual Environment Committee. I am ready to be supervisor and dig in to the available opportunities to improve our town. We need your help first. Vote Team Hyde Park in November. Aileen Rohr is a member of the Hyde Park Planning Board, chairwoman of the Hyde Park Visual Environment Committee and property manager in Dutchess and surrounding counties. She has been endorsed by the Hyde Park Democratic Committee as a candidate for town supervisor. Feedback welcomed at Respond to this column at editorial@

SPCA lauded for financial management BY HV NEWS STAFF The Dutchess County SPCA was recently named among the nation’s most fiscally responsible non-profit organizations. For the fourth year in a row, the local SPCA has received Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for its ability to efficiently manage its finances, putting the organization in the top 8% of non-profits in the country. Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities, analyses thousands of non-profit groups to assign a rating through an unbiased and objective system, according to the SPCA.

Rhinebeck Memorial Day ceremonies, parade scheduled BY HV NEWS STAFF Rhinebeck will celebrate Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, with a ceremony, memorial service and a parade through the village. The day’s events begin at 9:15 a.m. in Rhinecliff with a salute to the dead by the American Legion firing squad, commanded by Dennis McGuire, followed by a flag-raising ceremony. Marchers will begin to line up at 9:30 a.m. and the parade will step off promptly at 10:30 a.m. from the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. The parade will begin at Mulberry Street and Platt Avenue and proceed down Mulberry Street to East Market Street, where simultaneous flag raisings will be held at the town and village halls; a wreath laying ceremony will also be held at the doughboy statue near the municipal parking lot. The parade will proceed south on Route 9, passing the U.S. Post office, where another flag will be raised. It will end at the Rhinebeck Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at the cemetery, followed by a wreath-laying at the Civil Way monument and flag-raisings at Legion Park and the Legion Home, where refreshments will be served. The guest speaker for this year’s ceremonies will be Rhinebeck Mayor Jim Reardon, and the invocation and benediction will be offered by The Rev. Richard R. McKeon of the Church of the Messiah. For additional information, contact Wayne Rifenburgh at 845-876-7376 or 845-876-4429.

DESPITE HURDLES, VILLAGE OF RHINEBECK CONTINUES TO EXPLORE SIDEWALK STRATEGY BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON A few months ago, the Rhinebeck Village Board began what is sure to be a monumental undertaking – repairing and upgrading the village’s many shoddy and broken sidewalks and improving the general pedestrian experience in Rhinebeck. For six months, a task force held regular meetings on the subject and investigated just about every issue of consequence to pedestrians and the potential impacts on taxpayers, and reported its findings to the village board of trustees back in February. Village Trustee Terry Gipson, liaison to the planning and zoning department and a longtime advocate for improving the village’s “walkability,” said the village is currently in an investigative, exploratory phase regarding the sidewalk issue. “We’re moving forward and we’re trying to do it in a methodical way that makes sense,” Gipson said. On Tuesday last week, the village board held a public hearing on amendments to the local code pertaining to sidewalks that, according to Gipson, would strengthen the code and impose liability on property owners. He said these changes were recommended by the pedestrian task force and the village attorney. Gipson said as the hearing went on, it became clear that rather than try to amend this small section of the code, the village should “look at it as it connects to the overall upgrade to the code,” and the matter was tabled for the time being. Gipson said improving the sidewalks is a massive task. Not only does the village board have to determine who should pay for the improvements – the individual property owners, taxpayers or some kind of partnership between the two – the village also has to sort out issues related to abutting trees, what materials should be used to create new sidewalks, when repairs should be made and a host of other concerns. According to Gipson, people seem to be divided into two factions over this matter. Some say the person who owns the property that abuts a sidewalk should be responsible for its maintenance, while others say since everyone uses the sidewalks, repairs and upgrades should be funded by the local government using taxpayer money. “Both groups have very valid arguments,” Gipson said.

After tabling the code amendments, the board decided to form a working group comprised of one pedestrian task force member, Gipson and Deputy Mayor Wayne Rifenburgh. According to Gipson, this group will put forth a more comprehensive draft of amendments to the code that pertains to sidewalks. The group will meet June 6 at 6 p.m. at village hall; the meeting is open to the public. “Our plan is to have at least an outline of that draft,” Gipson said. Furthermore, the village decided to set aside $30,000 in its budget for sidewalks, though Gipson admits the board does not know how that money will be used just yet. Additionally, the village set aside $15,000 to create new crosswalks. “That’s a good sign that the board is serious about this issue,” Gipson said. “That hasn’t been done before.”


One possible obstruction in improving the village sidewalks is a recently passed village law that states anyone who wants to do any maintenance on trees that line the roadway must first get a permit from the village. Gipson said through this law, the village essentially assumed ownership, or at least responsibility, of these trees. Many of these “street trees,” as they are called, have caused much of the damage to the sidewalks, as their roots cause the stone to break and shift upward. Therefore, villagers could make the case that because of a tree the municipality is responsible for, their sidewalks have been damaged, essentially telling the village, “Your tree is messing up my sidewalk.” Others have raised concerns for Rhinebeck Reformed Church, which collects nominal lease fees from many village property owners because of some long-held agreements that were made when the church owned much of the village. Residents have said they fear the church would be hit with a massive bill if the village decides to make property owners repair their abutting sidewalks. Gipson, though, says this likely will not be the case as the church doesn’t actually own the properties. He said, though, the village is aware of the concerns and is investigating the matter.


The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department is searching for a Schenectady man believed to be responsible for a murder that occurred last month. According to police, on April 24, Marcus Woody, 39, of Newburgh, was shot in front of 412 Main St. He died a short time later at St. Francis Hospital. Po u g h ke ep s i e Police have obtained an arrest warrant charging Shyron Jabbar Brown, 24, of Schenectady, with murder in the second degree, in connection with the Brown. murder of Woody. Police say Brown has connections in Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Albany, Schenectady and Utica. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brown or on the homicide is asked to call the City of Poughkeepsie Police at 845-451-7577. Police say all calls will be kept confidential.


Hyde Park Police are searching for a motorist who allegedly caused a jogger to be struck by another vehicle on East Dorsey Lane. According to police, on May 10, just after 9 a.m., Dutchess County 911 answered a call for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the area of 33 East Dorsey Lane. Hyde Park Police say they arrived at the scene to find a 23-year-old female who had been struck by a vehicle.

According to police, an investigation revealed the jogger, a student at the Culinary Institute of America, had been traveling in an eastbound direction, on the opposite side of the road, when she was struck by a westbound vehicle. Police say the driver of that vehicle, who cooperated with authorities, stated a white box truck in an eastbound direction had veered over into his lane, which caused him to swerve to the right and subsequently strike the jogger. The jogger was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie and was subsequently transferred to Westchester Medical Center. Police say she suffered serious facial injuries and broken bones, though her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The Hyde Park Police Department is asking anyone who may have been on East Dorsey Lane at that time, or anyone who may have seen the accident and/or a white box truck, to contact authorities at 845-229-9340. Police say all calls will be kept strictly confidential.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Christopher T. Kane, 19, of Hyde Park, was charged with violation of probation, a felony, on May 9. • Jacqunetta L. Burgess, 46, of Hyde Park, was charged with operating with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor, on May 10. • Bryan M. Edmonds, 29, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor, on May 12. • Robert A. Cavers, 45, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a class-A misdemeanor; and attempted assault in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor, on May 14. • Mariah M. Hyde, 20, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on May 14 on a warrant from an April 2011 incident for robbery in the third degree, a class-D felony; criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a class-A misdemeanor; and attempted assault in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor.

Town-Wide Tag Sale maps now available BY HV NEWS STAFF Maps showing the locations of those participating in this coming weekend’s Hyde Park Town-Wide Tag Sale are now available. The third annual tag sale, sponsored by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, will be held May 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., throughout Hyde Park. Maps are available at several locations, such as Coppola’s Restaurant, Molloy Pharmacy, Hyde Park Chamber of

Commerce, Green Oak Florist, Awesome Foods, Prime Print Shop, Hyde Park Recreation, TD North Bank, Minute Man Press, Cranberry’s, Century 21, Serino Real Estate, Rhinebeck Savings Bank and K&D Deli. Maps will also be available at Hyde Park Town Hall on May 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and can also be found at www. For more information, call 845-233-8714.

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Join us for a special forum Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. with nationally known NYS tax/budget expert Frank Mauro, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Ulster County Legislator Susan Zimet for “Real Property Tax Relief: Circuitbreaker Expansion – Not Destructive Tax Cap,” at Rhinebeck Village Hall at 76 East Market St. I helped get resolutions passed in our own county Legislature here in Dutchess (with bipartisan support, even) in 2008 and 2009 for a property tax circuitbreaker, Omnibus bill. The Fiscal Policy Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has pointed out why “New York Shouldn’t Look to Massachusetts as a Model for Property Tax Reform,” describing the problems the law has created in Massachusetts and explaining the impact in New York could be even more severe. Among the key lessons are: • A tax cap won’t make government services cost less. • Claims that caps will produce large savings through “efficiencies” are overblown. • Tax caps can be particularly harmful if adopted during a weak economy. • State aid can’t be relied upon to fill the gap. • Changes in school enrollment can have a big impact. • Without effectively targeted state aid, low-income communities will fall even further behind. • Wealthier communities will override a tax cap more frequently than poorer ones. • Middle-income communities might end up bearing the brunt of a cap. Also – it’s a fact – Dutchess County native Walter Hang, founder of, was on “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman back on Nov. 10, 2009, disclosing how he and his team had “found 270 cases documenting fires, explosions, wastewater spills, well contamination and ecological damage related to gas drilling (over the last 30 years here in NYS as it is already).” Many of the cases remain unresolved. The findings are contrary to repeated government assurances that existing natural gas well regulations are sufficient to safeguard the environment and public health. The state is considering allowing for gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale watershed, the source of drinking water for 15 million people. Fact: Frackable Utica Shale (just as in Buffalo) is here in Dutchess, up along the east side of Hudson River (the Buffalo City Council passed resolution to ban fracking there; Ulster County Legislature this year as well, even with GOP majority just across the river). Join us on the 21st, get the facts and call Cuomo and state legislators now at 877-255-9417 for real property tax reform (expanding the circuitbreakers) and to ban fracking. Joel Tyner County Legislator Clinton/Rhinebeck


It is the political silly season again, and I find myself sitting in darkness once again. A day spent at home recently exposed me to a local AM radio station, with the hourly news and weather. The Dutchess County Legislature was featured, every hour, starring Clinton’s pseudorepresentative, Joel Tyner. The subject was something called a “memorializing resolution” on the subject of Lyme disease and the large number of Dutchess residents suffering from the tick-borne malady. The resolution was sponsored by Mr. Tyner, and I can’t help but wonder what exactly is being “memorialized” and for what purpose? Could anyone tell me what such a junk resolution has to do with the actual job of the Legislature, which is clearly defined as fiscal? The election is still a way off, but somebody arranged to have Tyner’s name on the air all day, disguised as news! He never misses a Clinton town meeting, to get free TV time for reading aloud his favorite left-wing blog selections. He certainly paid attention at the People’s University of New Paltz, and now he has a free line to WKIP. The legislators are considered part-time employees, and they are paid approximately $15,000 a year in walking-around money to work on the budget and policy. I propose that each legislator be assigned 4% of the taxpayer’s share of the county budget, to audit thoroughly, with the purpose of whittling it down. Show your work, and show it to the voters! The before-and-after numbers would certainly make it possible to judge how well a legislator is working for the benefit of the taxpayer. The important thing is to pay attention, at the grassroots level, and get to the polls in November! Karl O. Muggenburg Clinton


As a Hyde Park resident, I appreciate your continuing coverage of the proposed Hyatt hotel and conference center at the Culinary Institute of America. This hotel could be a great asset to our town, but one key detail must be settled: property taxes. It is my understanding that the land itself will not be taxed because it is owned by the CIA, a tax-exempt entity. However, the real monetary value will be in the building. Estimates put the facility costs at around $20 million. Will the town receive any revenue? Because of the project’s location on tax-exempt land, the only way for the town to receive revenue is through a Payment In Lieu Of Taxes, or PILOT. This must be negotiated between the town and the developer. While the hotel approvals are in the planning board process, taxation matters are beyond its purview. The town board is responsible for the PILOT. I am for a new hotel that will encourage visitors to stay longer in town, but we must consider the added public expenses, including police and fire protection. A for-profit company operating a hotel should be subject to the same taxes as other businesses in town. I ask the town board to provide details about the PILOT. Building a strong tax base is not as simple as getting “steel in the ground;” we need assurance that the town will receive revenue, and we need to respect our existing businesses. Emily Svenson Hyde Park THE THUG-O-METER IS A SERVICE OF HV NEWS INTENDED TO GAUGE THE LEVEL OF THUGGISH ACTIVITY OF THE TOWN BOARD IN ANY GIVEN WEEK.


Tri-County Crisis Center is concerned with the latest announcement made by Rob Rolison, Marjorie Smith and Leah Feldman in regards to starting a pilot program for tracking domestic abusers in Dutchess County. Their statements to the public are truly misleading and false. Dutchess County is not the first in the country to use GPS devices to track domestic violence offenders. This is a false statement and displays the ignorance of our leaders. Furthermore, Sen. Steve Saland’s choice in technology, Elmo-Tech (based in Israel), is also of concern. As a service provider linked to a large network of experts in the field, we feel that this particular provider is substandard in comparison to a U.S. company, SecureAlert, which is far superior and has had proven success in the U.S. We are publicly offering Dutchess County a free, side-by-side comparison to ensure that this technology does not fail in any way. The right technology is critical for the overall success of the program. For more information, please contact us at Maria DiBari Executive Director Tri-County Crisis Center {6} may 18, 2011 | | Hudson valley news




Thugs were left holding their jock straps as Sue Serino pulled a political end-around by opting to run for county legislator. She immediately elevates her game, leaving Martino and the boys to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. Ah, the law of unintended consequences!


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a place you go where you’re pretty sure you won’t bump into your boss or your wife’s sister. There’s a TV with sports on and if you behave yourself, the bartender won’t throw a drink at you unless you order a mojito OPINION or an extra-dry martini. You’re unlikely to meet your soul mate or get a leg up on a fledgling M&A deal. Dives don’t come with BY JIM LANGAN tablecloths or guarantees you’ll be sitting next to the president of the country club. The guy sitting next to you may be fresh from a stint upstate, but he sure knows his baseball. So why is Tkazyik going after David Auffarth and the Congress Tavern? The only I suspect most of you are familiar by now persons breaking the law that night were the with the recent murder of a career criminal thugs who committed murder. Just because outside a bar in Poughkeepsie. It’s a familiar certain parts of Poughkeepsie have come to tale. A 26-year-old man enters the bar around resemble the Wild West, doesn’t mean you 1 a.m. and is soon joined by three other put Miss Kitty out of business. The mayor men. According to witnesses, the victim might want to spend more time policing than and the men appear to be pontificating. He might acquainted and enjoying Just because also want to point out he themselves. Within and his family own Andy’s certain parts of minutes, conviviality Place down by the train becomes chaos as the men Poughkeepsie have station. What happens take a disagreement outside come to resemble if somebody shoots and shots ring out. The somebody there? Does the the Wild West, 26-year-old is shot dead in Mayor put himself out of the parking lot adjacent to doesn’t mean you business? the Congress Tavern and put Miss Kitty out If there have been the assailants flee. Thanks incidents around the of business. to excellent police work by Congress Tavern, Poughkeepsie detectives, maybe that’s a reflection of the changing the suspects are caught within hours and neighborhood and not anything local jailed. Just another night on the mean streets businesses have any influence over. A of Poughkeepsie, you ask? Indeed, but here’s taxpaying business should reasonably where the story frosts my pumpkin. expect the municipality to provide a safe Rather than simply credit law enforcement environment in which to do business, for a job well done, Poughkeepsie Mayor whether that business is a dry cleaner or a John Tkazyik immediately blames the bar dive bar. Penalizing the Congress Tavern for owner for the incident and writes the State this crime is akin to blaming the messenger. Liquor Authority to have his liquor license The real issue here is what to do about suspended. Hello, Mr. Mayor, am I missing the increasing level of violence and gang something here? Did the bar owner, David activity in Poughkeepsie. Until Mayor Auffarth, shoot anybody? That would be the Tkazyik and others focus on the root cause of same Mr. Auffarth whose family has owned this lawlessness, more and more businesses and operated the establishment and paid taxes and residents will leave Poughkeepsie and since 1949. By all accounts, Mr. Auffarth take their talents and tax dollars with them. has been a responsible business owner and (Mr. Auffarth has indicated he’s putting the has always cooperated with police. He even bar up for sale immediately.) Poughkeepsie went so far as to install surveillance cameras is approaching the tipping point, where this in the bar, which stream live to the police once-proud city becomes, like Newburgh to station. None of that seemed to count for the south, a city overrun by criminal elements much as the State Liquor Authority quickly and a sense of hopelessness. Mayor Tkazyik voted to suspend the bar’s license. needs to get more police on the street in the Let’s get down to particulars here. No one neighborhoods frequented by criminals. is pretending the Congress Tavern is where the elite meet to eat. It’s a dive bar in a dicey Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@ part of town. Why would it be anything else and what’s wrong with a dive? A dive bar is



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT • Here’s some reassuring news for folks sick and tired of being groped and doped every time you fly. On a commercial flight from JFK to Fort Lauderdale last week, a passenger got everyone’s attention as he sat in his seat peeling an apple with a knife. The clueless man had simply strolled aboard undetected by security. Hard to say who’s dumber, the passenger or the TSA. • It appears the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the formerly great city of Detroit. Crack pipes are being marketed as tiny vases and ball point pens to satisfy the demands of the few people left in that hell hole. While the retail shops selling them are doing big business, the downside is the crackheads move into the neighborhoods robbing and stealing to support their habits. But the crackpipe factories in China are booming. • Some wise guys in Germany put phony census forms in thousands of mailboxes. Germany is currently conducting a census (no, there still aren’t any Nazis in Germany) and the forms were identical with the exception of a few questions. They included penis size, drug use and whether the respondent has had breast augmentation. Sounds like they were looking for Chaz Bono. • Saturday’s New York Post had one of the all-time great headlines pertaining to finding porn in Osama bin Laden’s hideout. “OSAMA BIN WANKIN.” A little crude, but hilarious. • Here’s a poll our tax-happy politicians should pay attention to. According to a Marist survey, 36% of all New Yorkers under 30 are planning on leaving the state. They cite high taxes, lack of jobs and the cost of living. At this rate, we will be left with few very rich people living behind walls and the entitlementaddicted poor. • CBS announced Ashton Kutcher will replace head-case Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men.” Sheen immediately trashed the idea and predicted a ratings

debacle. I’m thinking Kutcher might pull it off. After all, this wouldn’t be the first time he’s replaced an aging actor. • Now I confess, I’m a Red Sox fan, but here’s a word to the wise. Unless you enjoy spending a couple of hours in a confined space with loud, drunk, obnoxious Yankee fans, avoid the 3:40 Metro-North train at all costs when the Yankees are playing a night game. I can only imagine what the return train must be like. • At Saturday night’s Winnakee wingding, renowned society band leader Peter Duchin made a brief appearance during cocktails. He was with some friends from Milan and left before dinner. • Donald Trump continues to embarrass himself. In a recent interview, Trump was stumped when asked the significance of the 13 stripes in the American flag. Good God! Remind me not to ask him to name all 50 states if I ever have the misfortune of being in the same room with him. • Here’s a “water seeks its own level” tidbit. The odious documentary maker Michael Moore has inked a deal to be a contributor to the equally odious Keith Olberman’s new talk show on Al Gore’s CURRENT TV. The good news is nobody gets CURRENT or wants to. • A Brooklyn “sorceress” has just mummified her 120th customer. PD Cagliastro, 46, practices the Egyptian art of animal mummification, which allows pet owners to keep their cat or racing pigeon forever. Her secret is removing the organs and submerging the remains in a salt mixture for months. They are then wrapped and painted. The service costs between $100 and $400. She says she prefers working with cats. Thought so. • And let’s hear it for the beloved Red Sox, who swept the slumping Yankees over the weekend. After a 2-10 start, the Sox have climbed to the .500 mark for the first time this season.


Governor Christie speaks English, which the American people like. English, like in plain talk. – Speaker of the House John Boehmer. Hudson valley news | | may 18, 2011 {7}




The chapel anew

I spent last week in Manhattan with delegates from England and India in an examination of ministries throughout the diocese. You probably don’t care, but it was fascinating for me because I saw remarkable ways that churches are serving people out of love. I saw feeding programs, homeless shelter programs, after-school programs, youth programs. You name it. But one program that really caught my attention was a community space called Charlotte’s Place, which was a creation of Trinity Church on Wall Street. It was so peculiar that even New

Yorkers had a hard time figuring it out. What did it do? Well, nothing. All it is is a place where people can come and sit, rest, eat their lunch and enjoy free wi-fi. It looks a bit like a nice bistro but without any food. If you want to eat, you have to bring your own. In the evenings, there are concerts, plays, classes – whatever. The only rule is that it be free to those who enter the doors, and that it be open to everyone at all times. You can even draw on the walls. What’s this got to do with you and me? We have a place like that. Sort of. For nearly 120 years, St. James’ Chapel has been a place of service and gathering to Hyde Park. It started out as a school, then became the town’s library, but also was a gathering place where people could come and read. Folks called it the Reading Room. The Town’s Yule Log ceremony was once held there, along with Christmas carol singing. It has served as a temporary home for several churches trying to establish themselves. It has served as the town’s

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food pantry. And today, it is about to get a new purpose. The renovation was accomplished in memory of The Rev. Gordon Kidd, the 14th rector of St. James’ Church. He served here for 20 years and established himself as an icon of the town. It was under his care that the church’s parish house was built and that our nursery school was established. After a recent and extensive renovation, the chapel has been opened and will be re-dedicated at a special ceremony this Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. You are invited. We even have our new assistant bishop, Andrew Smith, joining us for the big event! We’ll even unveil a plaque in honor of Father Kidd. So, if you know the chapel or knew Father Kidd, we want you there. No, really, we want you to join us – we want you to help us celebrate that new beginning for our historic building. So, what purpose are we re-dedicating it for? Well, that’s the question. There are so many options, and we haven’t gotten it entirely figured out.

One thing we know, however, is we want St. James’ Chapel to be a place for the community – a place where the people of Hyde Park can feel at home; where we can all find rest, learning, entertainment, education, and most of all, inspiration. I don’t know if our Reading Room will look like Charlotte’s Place in Manhattan. Probably not, since we aren’t located smack in the middle of a financial district where tens of thousands of people walk past every day. But the need is the same – we need a place where people can be together, where we can be a community. It will probably take some time to sort out exactly what the new and improved Reading Room will be – but it will be there for all of us. So come, celebrate. Just do us a favor – if you know you’re coming, call our parish office at 845-229-2920 to RSVP. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at

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EVENT LISTINGS THROUGHOUT THE HUDSON VALLEY E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Listings are accurate as of press time but be sure to confirm details before you go.


CANTATRICE ART SONG ENSEMBLE Sunday, May 22, 3:30 pm. A concert with artists Amelia Seyssel, Maria Rivera White, Greta Parks and Marla Rathun. Suggested donation: $10. The Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-8110.

There’s a special day in January, when music lovers in the Hudson Valley get a taste of summer with the anticipatory announcement of the year’s performers at Radio Woodstock’s Mountain Jam festival on Hunter Mountain. This year’s festival will take place from Thursday, June 2 with special early arrival performances, and will conclude with a packed line-up on Sunday, June 5. Along with two main-stage areas, performances will take place in the acoustic Awareness Village, late night at Hunter Mountain’s Colonel’s Hall, and of course, some improptu performances in the campgrounds (musical and otherwise). For the seventh consecutive year, Warren Haynes, previously of the Allman Brothers Band, will bring his band Gov’t Mule to headline the June festival with a two-set performance, along with debuting his newly formed soul-infused ensemble, Warren Haynes Band. “It’s been great to watch Mountain Jam grow over the last seven years from a one-day concert to a multi-day, destination event,” says Haynes. “I’m really looking forward to this year’s line-up and to performing with both Gov’t Mule and the Warren Haynes Band.” With the countdown to the first sounds of summer approaching, here is a quick list of some of our favorite things about Mountain Jam. For ticket information, full line-up and more head to



Book Sale May 20-22: An event celebrating the Town of Esopus Bi-Centennial. Pre-sale, Friday, 5-7 p.m. $10 fee; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Town of Esopus Library, 128 Canal St., Port Ewen. 845-338-5580. Hyde Park Chamber Town-Wide Tag Sale May 21-22: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Hyde Park Town, 4383 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-2103.


“The Full Monty” Through May 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 and children. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

Wednesday, May 18 BENEFIT

“Fundevogel” Through May 22: Based on the Grimm brothers’ fairytale. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-6470.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons 8 p.m. Benefits the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. Tickets: $45-$65. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800.

“My Fair Lady” Through May 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. 845-298-1491.

“Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery” 7 p.m. The first part of a two-part screening of Ken Burns’ masterful film. This film tells the story of the most important expedition in American history, led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. It includes fabulous landscapes as a backdrop to the stories of the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark’s > continued on next page


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MOUNTAIN VETS - Heading back to the mountain following a 2006 appearance, jam rockers My Morning Jacket will headline Sunday night; Barefoot rockers Michael Franti and Spearhead will also make a return appearance at Mountain Jam (rainstorm not guaranteed), along with red-hot retro rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The North Mississippi All-stars Duo and The Avett Brothers. HOMETOWN HEROES - Some of Hudson Valley’s finest groups will take stage over the weekend - from New Paltz’s Big Takeover to The Erin Hobson Compact to Brooklyn’s Soulive, discover new acts and get involved with non-profit organizations from the area in Awareness Village. THE BEST VIEW - Take a break and get the best view Mountain Jam has to offer with Hunter Mountain’s Sky Ride. $5 gets you and two friends to the top of the mountain and back. THE LATER, THE BETTER - Supergroup 7 Walkers featuring Bill Kreitzmann from the Grateful Dead, George Porter, Jr. from the Meters, Papa Mali and Matt Hubbard from Willie Nelson’s band show off once the sun goes down during a late-night performance at Colonel’s Hall. SURPRISE! With this many musicians sharing one stage over four days, there is a good possibility there may be some impromptu collaborations. Umphrey’s McGee has already announced their late-night set with John Oats and don’t be surprised if Warren Haynes steps in with a few acts.


Chris Chauvin and his band, Icy Moons of Jupiter, will play a free concert on Saturday, May 21 at 9 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings at the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston. The band plays a set that marries funk, soul and blues, with an emphasis on Chauvin’s singer-songwriter capabilities. The performance includes a light show; $25 gift cards to Buffalo Wild Wings will also be given away. To get a feel for the band’s sound, go to

NIGHTLIFE Miss Angie’s Karaoke 9 p.m. No cover. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

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LECTURE “Dancing to Music” 7 p.m. Bill T. Jones delivers a lecture in which he traces the lineage of “Spent Days Out Yonder” and discusses musical exploration in his work. The lecture will include a showing of the piece, accompanied by students of The Bard College Conservatory of Music. Theater Two, The Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900.

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“D-Man in the Waters” and “Spent Days Out Yonder” 2 p.m. The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company presents both works accompanied by students of The Bard College Conservatory of Music. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 845-758-7900.

Friday, May 20 COMEDY

Unitard Comedy Trio 8 p.m. Be prepared for a fast-paced cacophony of characters, monologues and sketches. For adult audiences. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848.

EVENT Happy Morton Day 4-5:30 p.m. Levi P. Morton’s 187th birthday celebration and kick off to Summer Reading Program. Enjoy party games, ice cream and cupcakes. Reservations requested. Morton Memorial Library Rec South, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903.

NIGHTLIFE 4 Guys in Disguise 9 p.m. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. Blue Chicken 8:30 p.m. Featuring Jim Weider, Brian Mitchell, Byron Isaacs, Clark Gayton and Randy Ciarlante with Sid Mcginnis of “The David Letterman Show.” Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Howland Center Open Mic Night 8 p.m. With hosts Thom Joyce and Tom Lynch. Admission: $3. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988. > continued on next page

The fourth Annual Millbrook Book Festival took place on Saturday, May 14 throughout the Village of Millbrook. An excellent panel, titled “River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers,” was hosted by Nina Shengold. Akiko Busch (“Patience”), Susan Richards (“Saddled”), John Darnton (“Almost a Family”), Marilyn Johnson (“This Book is Overdue”), Gwendolyn Bounds (“Little Chapel on the River”) (pictured, above, right and below) read from their works; some were sad, others hilarious, but each was inspiring.

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Artist David H. Drake, in his Hudson studio, will show new works opening this Saturday. Photo by Cabane Studios. SEE FULL LISTING BELOW.

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by The Rhinecliff. Donations suggested. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-7007. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars “Positive Revolution Tour” 9 p.m. $20, general admission. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Taraf Taschengreifer Duo 8:30-11 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

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Dishing dough downtown BY HEDDA LETTUCE Bull and Buddha, the Asian-fusion BULL AND BUDDHA sensation which opened last September, immediately rocketed to the top spot in the Rating: Dance: 10, Food: 3 category of “what’s hot?” From the luxe 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie jewel tones of the over-sized upholstered 845-337-4848 banquettes to the lavish displays of onyx and Hours: Monday - Thurs: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., marble, the place fairly screams big money. 5-10 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-3 Would, my darlings, that it could, instead, p.m., 5 p.m. 1 a.m; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. whisper good food. Judging by the youthful patrons wandering the lounge, balancing cocktails and sizing up one another, perhaps that doesn’t matter. Driving Main Street at dusk, the energy and sizzle Bull and Buddha has sired is evident to even these aged eyes and has helped speed the transformation of downtown Poughkeepsie light years ahead. Go, see what it’s all about and enjoy the spectacle. Just don’t go anticipating a consistent culinary experience and let the cocktails help you forget if you do. The restaurant is divided roughly into three spaces: a front lounge, a larger, seated dining area in the rear, and a sushi bar in between. The bar, dominated by a 2-ton Thai Buddha at the bar, exudes a see-and-be-seen allure thanks to the enormous windows that line the exterior. As a spot to sip an exotic martini and share small plates, it’s fine. Since other reviewers have already mentioned Bull and Buddha’s “Manhattan vibe,” that tone is set as soon as you enter. But pricey Manhattan looks – Google Tao, which appears to be the inspiration for this Poughkeepsie-based mini-me clone, right down to the immense Buddha – don’t guarantee quality cuisine even there. Hedda’s been importuned into joining the hundreds dining nightly at Tao and can tell you there’s better pan-Asian fare at, say, LaGuardia Airport. This is not to state that you can’t find a decent meal at Bull and Buddha. Between the various menus that, all told, run to three pages, one ought to. The roasted kabocha squash soup, available at lunch and dinner, has a beautiful slick of scallion oil that combines nicely with the crisp parsnip slice and bits of crab. The emperor salad – there being no Caesars in ancient China – is enlivened by sesame in the dressing, though its tofu croutons are distractingly soggy. The chef’s Asian take on the French classic of frissée aux lardons, however, isn’t really improved with peanuts and cloyingly sweet plum wine reduction. A better start can be found among the noodle dishes and sushi and sashimi offerings. If fried rice is your thing, try the nasi goreng: the crab, peppery arugula and poached egg harmonize wonderfully. Skip the seared tuna tataki and noodles, however; the menu describes what is supposed to bind the combination as a spicy lemon Chinese chili vinaigrette, but the dish is bland despite the quality of the tuna, which is superb. Miso soup is acceptable, but the toro shines. A dining companion and I were intrigued by the special “spider roll” but disappointed. The soft-shell crab is gluey and gelatinous rather than crisp. With subsequent samplings of the Satsuma rolls – crab, the briny fish roe called tobiko run through with a subtle mayonnaise, of all things – we found a winner. And the > continued on next page

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excellent array of sashimi can indeed fill you up if a diet of raw seafood can do so. For the unadventurous, the skewered chicken and beef satays are a familiar tonic amid the blur of colors and sound. Among the entrees, those with hearty appetites will be comforted by the filet, “crusted” (but really just sitting atop) with a medley of crab and sautéed shitake mushrooms threaded with scallions; the inherent blandness of filet becomes a great platform for the rich crab confection. One could also try the Fred Flintstone-sized bone-in rib eye. At 32 ounces, it’s not for the faint of heart (nor probably for those without a cardiologist on speed dial) and the accompanying wok-seared potatoes easily best the wasabi-whipped version that come with the filet. A seared salmon is sublimely flaky, tender and moist, but its wasabi pea crust lacks any oomph and the black rice aside it has been as flavorless as wallpaper paste on numerous occasions. Similarly, the seared ahi tuna is charred exquisitely but sits in a disturbingly sweet broth with soba noodles that completely lack the silken quality one can find in the cheapest spots in Chinatowns across the country. The latter leads me to briefly mention prices. A table of four, with two drinks each and orders of appetizers and main courses can easily find a bill that exceeds $300. If the meal was stellar, and certainly the presentation is designed to support that goal, fine, and think of Bull and Buddha as a spot for special evenings or occasional splurges. But like Shadows, a restaurant with a similar clientele and culinary reputation, the décor overwhelms anything on the plate.


Open for business with fresh, local produce and more.

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. 845-677-4304

“Our Towns” 4-6 p.m. Opening reception. A fine art exhibition focusing on the unique and historic cities and towns of the Hudson Valley. On view through July 5. Gallery 45, Mill Street Loft, 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-7477. E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page through June 12. Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. or by appointment. Cabane Studios Fine Art Gallery, 38 Main St., Phoenicia. 845-688-5490. “Modern Art and the Romantic Landscape” 4 p.m. Opening reception. The grounds and exhibition are open daily between 9 a.m. and dusk through the end of October. Opening reception tickets: $25. Reservations requested. Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-876-4818.


“Sports and Leisure in Putnam County- An Historical Exhibition” 1 p.m. Opening reception. This exhibit tells the story of fun in Southeast and Putnam County, categories include golf, football, baseball, music, boating, fishing, hunting/trapping, tennis, fencing, swimming as well as at home entertainment including stereoscope and cards. Artifacts and photos range from the 1870s to the 1950s. Southeast Museum, 67 Main St., Brewster. 845279-7500.

EVENT Third Annual Hudson Valley Pet Palooza 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring “Rescue Ink” from The National Geographic channel. Popular exhibits and fun things include: horse driven trolley rides for families and their pets, dog agility demos, pet psychic readings, T-Touch therapy, free face painting and interactive games for humans and their canine companions. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck.

FAMILY Korean Children’s Day Program 10-11:30 a.m. During this interactive program, children will learn about Korean children’s culture. Featured activities include playing traditional Korean children’s games. Free. Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park. 845-229-7791.

HORTICULTURAL Annual Plant Sale 9 a.m.-noon. Hosted by the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. Vassar College Farm and Ecological Preserve at the junction of Raymond and Hooker Aves. in Poughkeepsie. 845-473-1415. > continued on page 16

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



ART Arts Society Of Kingston is sponsoring the Kingston calendar photography contest. Winning photos, (13 in all) will be displayed in the 2012 Calendar, one for each month and one on the cover. Approximately 4,000 calendars are to be printed and distributed throughout the area. The deadline is July 15. For more information, go to or call 845-338-0331.

THEATER Trinity Players is currently accepting submissions of plays or musicals for the 2012 theatrical season. Please contact Cory Ann Fasano-Paff at nyalto@optonline. net . Visit www.trinityplayersny. org for more information about Trinity Players.

Dutchess County Art Association’s/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. 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 www.

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ART THROUGH THE AGES BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM The historic grand estates that sit along the Hudson River are often artful buildings in their own right; they also command impressive views of the river and surrounding landscape. Inside most of these homes are examples of historical textiles and furniture crafts, as well as large visual art collections. The staff at Wilderstein Historic Site has taken a step in a new artistic direction by inviting contemporary artists to contribute sculptures that will compliment and add a new visual layer to the site. “It really makes visiting Wilderstein something for everyone,” said Executive Director Gregory J. Sokaris of the unique

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exhibition. “There will be another layer that ‘MODERN ART AND THE will be interesting for a many more people.” Wilderstein was the home of Margaret ROMANTIC LANDSCAPE’ (Daisy) Suckley, a cousin and confidante Opening reception: of Franklin Roosevelt. The landscape, 4 p.m. | Saturday, May 21 designed by Calvert Vaux, offers visitors a chance to take in romantic views of the Opening reception tickets: $25. Hudson River. The tradition of patronage Reservations requested. by the Suckley family during their tenure Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton at Wilderstein, combined with the natural beauty and architectural achievements of the Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-876-4818. estate, makes the location an ideal setting for The grounds and exhibition are showcasing the arts. open daily between 9 a.m. and “We’ve done a series of exhibits that dusk through the end of October. have focused on different collections,” explained Sokaris. “Those collections included women’s clothing, collections relating to children, the Quadricentennial and a specially exhibit on Daisy. This year, we wanted to switch it up a bit. We’ve completed the restoration, opened up the viewshed and restored the original landscape features. The timing was right; we want to keep things fresh for people who are interested in visiting here.” Sokaris said the idea of having an outdoor art exhibition had been considered before. “We’ve wanted to do this type of an exhibition and do it in an invitational format. We hand-selected emerging artists in the Hudson Valley who we thought did work that fit in well (at Wilderstein) and fit in well together.” The exhibition is titled “Modern Art and the Romantic Landscape,” which implies the objective of setting the contemporary vision against and in concert with the romantic concepts of the Hudson River (and, by logical extension, the visuals that inspired the Hudson River Valley school painters). Participants include Emil Alzamora, Andy Fennell, Sarah Haviland, Malcolm D. MacDougall III, Arnaldo Ugarte and Craig Usher. This first-of-its-kind exhibit is made possible in part through a grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council, administrator of public funds through the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program. Additional support provided by Central Hudson, Charles Hewett, and Duane and Linda Watson.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Last week, The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. invited members of the press to join guides Thom Johnson and Barbara Gottlock for an edifying and beautiful tour of Pollepel Island. We viewed the gardens as enthusiastic volunteers were hard at work, planting and weeding. We took in the crumbling armory, which is the section visible from the train as it passes through Beacon, and the former Bannerman residence, which is the smaller of the two castle-like structures on the island that was used as a summer home by the Bannerman family during operation of their business. Intrigued? Public tours of Bannerman Castle and Pollepel Island consist of guided walking tours on the island with access either by passenger tour boat or as part of a guided kayak excursion. Tours depart from Beacon (kayak or passenger boat), Cold Spring (kayak), Cornwall (kayak) and Newburgh (passenger boat). Reservations are required for all tours. Wear comfortable shoes as there is some rough terrain on the walking tours â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I almost took a tumble in front of everyone because I got far too caught up in the excitement to bother looking where I was going. The cost of the tour is $30 per adult and $25 per each child 11 years old and younger. Call 845-220-2120 or go to pollepel-schedule.shtml for more information. {Photos by Nicole DeLawder. SEE FULL PHOTO GALLERY AT WWW.THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM}

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MUSIC John and Nancy De Nicolo 7:30 p.m. The Poughkeepsie Chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild continues its 2011 coffeehouse series. Cost: $5, general; $4, guild members. Unitarian Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeespie. 845-471-6580. “Myths and Meditations” – A Tribute to 20th Century Composers 8 p.m. Featuring three prominent 20th century composers: Morten Lauridsen, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Arthur Bliss. Tickets: $25, general; $10, students. Irvington High School, 40 North Broadway (Rte. 9), Irvington. 914462-3212.

NIGHTLIFE Brook Villanyi 9 p.m. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-2298277. Hudson Valley Community Dance Contra Event 8-11 p.m. All dances are open to the public. No experience necessary. No partner necessary. Free beginner’s lesson before every dance. Music by Foliage. Cost:$10, general; $5, children. Arlington Reformed Church, 22 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-2704. Michael Kadnar Trio 7-9 p.m. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848. Popa Chubby Band 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $30, advance; $35, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845855-1300. Wheels of Steel DJ Dance Party 9 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

OUTDOOR Family Field and Forest Hike 10 a.m.-noon: Join Clea Bowdery, Mohonk Preserve volunteer educator, on footpaths and carriage roads that will end at the scenic pavilion for lunch. Bring lunch and water. Children ages 6 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a moderate 2-mile hike. Reservations required. Call 845-2550919 for reservations and meeting location. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, nonmembers. Hyde Park Patch in a Day 9:30 p.m. Hike five Hyde Park walkabout trails and get a free patch. Drive between hikes. Get a trail map at Trails/WalkaboutTrails.pdf. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Eleanor Roosevelt NHS parking lot on Rte. 9G, where all hikes will finish. 845-229-9115. Singles and Sociables Hike – Two Falls 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-

single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Peterskill Lot. This is a moderate/ strenuous, 8-mile hike led by Joyce Depew (845-692-6429). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. The Minnewaska State Park Preserve parking fee applies.

THEATER “Beethoven’s Last Night” 8 p.m. Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs “rock theater.” Tickets: $43.50-$53.50. MidHudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800.

Sunday, May 22 EVENT

Ritz Glitz Bridal and Special Event Expo Noon-4 p.m. A showcase of local businesses including DJs, bridal wear and tuxedo shops, caterers, rental companies, event planners, florists, photographers, travel agents and much more. Admission: $5. Green Room, 111 Broadway, Newburgh. 845-629-5543.

LECTURE “Great American Road Trip” 2:30 p.m. A lecture by SUNY New Paltz Professor John Palenscar. The Poughkeepsie Public Library District will host a major traveling exhibit entitled “Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country” for the month of May. Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-3445, ext. 3702.

MUSIC Cantatrice Art Song Ensemble 3:30 pm. A concert with artists Amelia Seyssel, Maria Rivera White, Greta Parks and Marla Rathun. Suggested donation: $10. The Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-452-8110.

NIGHTLIFE “1950s Jazz: Bop, Cool, R&B” 2-3:15 p.m. Michelle LeBlanc performs. Suggested donation: $10. Desmond Fish Library, Routes 403 & 9D, Garrison. 845-4243020. Eric Andersen 7:30 p.m. With special guest Joe Flood. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables Hike – High Peterskill 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. This is a moderate to strenuous, 8-mile hike led by Art Raphael (845-255-5367). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. > continued on next page

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A memoir to remember BY ANN LA FARGE What are we going to do about Mom, now that W she’ she’s gaga? Can we take away her car keys? Find her a “keeper?” Put her out on the ice floe? O Old folks – the fastest-growing demographic of all – are indeed a problem, particularly for their Bo Boomer kids. “When you do your fair share,” a Bo Boomer might remark, “you’re overwhelmed. W When you don’t, you’re conscience-stricken.” F grandma, nothing is worse than being a For b burden; for her daughter, there’s the challenge of “ “how to break the promise not to put her away.” Problems like these need a good, big, authoritative book, and here it is: “A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents and Ourselves” by Jane Gross $ (Knopf, $26.95). Having gone through the process herself, with her own mother, Gross (whose blog for The New York Times is called “The New Old Age”) tells her own story … and prepares us to tell ours, complete with caveats such as, “Assume that whatever it is you need, Medicare won’t cover it” and “Stay out of emergency rooms.” What’s the greatest difficulty (other than financial)? Maintaining patience and cool. “If your face reflects impatience, she will see it; it will make her feel guilty or shame her.” And she addresses the problem of sibling disagreement, conflicts over making decisions, sharing responsibility, doing a fair share. She describes assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, the tangle of paperwork, endof-life plans, and, in the end … well, you know. Gross draws upon her own experience and that of her research to give advice about finding the right doctors, weighing quality of life against medical interventions, giving the reader a combination of advice and compassion. Gals and guys, let’s all vow to make it onto the Smuckers jar as joyous centenarians. That’ll show ‘em. Well, after that little reading foray, I needed some familiar territory, so I chose a memoir and a novel to round out the week’s reading. Margaret Robison had a hard act to follow, with two sons who published bestselling memoirs: Augusten Burroughs’s “Running with Scissors” and John Elder Robison’s “Look Me in the Eye.” Her side of the story is a sad one, and a courageous one. Raised in the Deep South, married to a philandering, abusive and alcoholic husband, Robinson eventually left and, suicidal, was committed to a mental hospital. She gets out, asks, “What is the story of my life?” and begins to tell it in this fine memoir, “The Long Journey Home” (Spiegel & Grau, $26). The story of her involvement with her therapist is chilling; her relationship with a friend, Suzanne, is disappointing; her poetry workshops for children are inspiring. Along the way, her brother also has mental > continued on next page

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problems, and her two sons are estranged from her and from each other. Robinson writes eloquently and movingly about her own mental illness; her traumatic relationship with her kinky therapist; her marriage; her career as a painter, writer and poet; the stroke that crippled her and her difficult journey back to health and sanity. Her writing is lyrical, honest and moving. Speaking of telling oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, Diane Meierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Season of Second Chancesâ&#x20AC;? (St. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Press, $14.99), is about a woman, Joy Harkness, who feels she has no story. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a professor at Columbia, hates the political atmosphere, and accepts a job at Amherst College, working with a famous professor to create a new way of learning called immersion technique, â&#x20AC;&#x153;recasting liberal arts within a nest of classical humanities.â&#x20AC;? But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what the book is really about. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about Joy, who never cared about clothes, makeup, style and things, creating a â&#x20AC;&#x153;storyâ&#x20AC;? and a style of her own. She buys an old house, a fixer-upper, and meets Teddy, who does the fixing-up and begins to break through her reserve. She is pursued by the campus â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coyotesâ&#x20AC;? (single guys; it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out) and begins to make friends with her colleagues. And when sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invited to be in a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding in the city, she finally learns the joys of pretty clothes, make-up, shoes and style. And, in a touch that I particularly loved, she inherits a dog named Henry James. Solidly in the tradition of the novel of academia (though we meet no students), this is a story of renovation and renewal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; of a house, and of a middle-aged woman who, in her own words, goes to western Massachusetts to â&#x20AC;&#x153;hide out in the boonies â&#x20AC;Ś but instead Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come out of hiding.â&#x20AC;? A nice lagniappe: At the back of the book, several pages of the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite {signings and sightings} books titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recommended Reading,â&#x20AC;? including â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara, everything Friday, May 20 Wharton, and most of Henry James.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Hudson Valley writer Daphne Usually, if a book doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grab me Uviller celebrates the release of her new and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not about to recommend it to comic novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hotel No Tell,â&#x20AC;? a sequel everyone I meet, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mention it, but if to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super in the City.â&#x20AC;? Oblong Books seems only fair to let readers know about of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., a book that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grab me, but may easily Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. grab you â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Feminist Promise, 1792 to the Presentâ&#x20AC;? by Christine Stansell, Saturday, May 21 4 p.m. A reading and presentation by now a Modern Library Paperback (500 poet and artist Marilyn Stablein. Art pages, $18). This comprehensive history Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, of feminism salutes activists, intellectuals Kingston. 845-338-0331. and movements and asks questions such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is feminism dead? Are we beyond 6 p.m. William D. Cohan reads from his feminism? What is the role of feminism in latest book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money and Power: How the new global order?â&#x20AC;? Read about Mary Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World.â&#x20AC;? Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Tickets: $25. Reservations required. Ticket and book proceeds benefits Betty Friedan and more. the Berkshire Taconic Community Maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d better go back and give it Foundation. Stissing House Restaurant another look, if I can keep my paws off and Tavern, 7801 S. Main St., Pine those new novels. Plains. 518-398-8800. 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

7:30 p.m. Brooke Allen discusses her new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Side of the Mirror: An American Travels Through Syria.â&#x20AC;? Oblong Books of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, non-members. Spring Wildflower Walk 2-5 p.m. Join Roger Roloff and Barbara Petersen, Mohonk Preserve volunteers, for this forest and ridge hike to search for the colorful blooms of later spring, such as Canada mayflower, Solomonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seal, yellow violets, crowfoots, white baneberry, and pink ladyslippers. Ages 15 and up are welcome. This program includes a moderate 4-mile hike. Reservations required. Call 845-2550919 for reservations and meeting location. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, non-members.



Tuesday, May 24 MUSIC

Volkan Orhon 7:30 p.m. The double bassist performs, featuring music by Bottesini, DvoĹ&#x2122;ak, Glazunov and Shostakovich. Free. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988.

Studies (Cary Arboretum) with the Waterman Bird Club. Meet at Gifford House parking lot, 65 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44A), Millbrook. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2801 Sharon Turnpike. Millbrook. 845-677-5343. Bob Babb Wednesday Walk â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Walkway Over the Hudson 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 are required. Meet at the Walkway Over the Hudson entrance on the Highland side. This is a moderate, 3-mile hike. There is no fee for this program. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845-255-7247 between 7:30-8 a.m.

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

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OUTDOOR Toddlers on the Trail â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wildflowers and Critters 10 a.m.-noon. Join Dana Rudikoff, volunteer hike leader, and explore the forest searching for wildflowers and critters. Bring water and snacks. Call Dana at 845-626-4253 or email dana_ to reserve a spot. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Coxing Trailhead. Free, Mohonk Preserve members and children under 12; $12, non-members.

Wednesday, May 25 FILM

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discoveryâ&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. The second part of a two-part screening of Ken Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; masterful film. This film tells the story of the most important expedition in American history, led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. It includes fabulous landscapes as a backdrop to the stories of the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AfricanAmerican slave and the Shoshone woman named Sacagawea who traveled with them. Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-3445, ext. 3702.

OUTDOOR Bird Club Field Trip 8 a.m. A field trip to Cary Institute of Ecosystem

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 ďŹ lm. 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.)

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TO HAVE AND TO HOLD BY DANA GAVIN Every so often, a movie comes along that redefines genres, turns clichés on their heads and conquers preconceived notions. “Bridesmaids” could, on paper, be written off as a wedding rom-com chick flick, filled with glamorous girls speaking dialogue Weekend rating: Four bouquets obviously written by men. This movie manages to float ribald humor with great Director: Paul Feig pathos that incorporates emotional conflicts Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya as being part of the challenge of adult Rudolph, Rose Byrne life. I laughed often and hard, but I also empathized with a most of the characters Runtime: 125 min. even welled up at least once. Rated R for some strong sexuality, andIt’s important to note “Bridesmaids” and language throughout. was written by star Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, both of whom have worked with the Groudlings comedy troupe. The plot and dialogue seemed very grounded, even as Wiig and Mumolo pushed the envelope with the broader laughs. Wiig plays Annie, a woman in a realistic downturn in her personal and professional life. When her childhood best friend, Lillian (the marvelous Maya Rudolph), announces she’s engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Annie’s world is visibly (and


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heartbreakingly) rocked. Annie’s been having an unfulfilling affair with a handsome, love ‘em and leave ‘em lothario (“Mad Men’s” John Hamm, who should do more comedy), and she’s working in a jewelry shop after the collapse of her start-up bakery business – suddenly, the one constant source of love and support in Annie’s life is off to start her own new life. This leads us to the horde of bridesmaids who suddenly invade – Rita (Wendi McLendonCovey, best known for her role on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911”) and Becca (Ellie Kemper) supply the bookends of wild child and innocent; Melissa McCarthy plays Megan, Lillian’s brusque soon-to-be sister-in-law, and Rose Byrne is Helen, the “Mean Girl” ready to undermine Annie at every turn. Byrne is certainly a treat – she’s a great baddie. But McCarthy is the real charmer in this motley crew. With turns on “Gilmore Girls” and “Mike and Molly,” she’s usually seen playing sweet and nice; it is great fun to see her stripped of her playfulness in favor of playing hardball for laughs. As the nice guy in direct competition with Hamm for Annie’s affection, Chris O’Dowd does very well holding his own with Wiig. His character is, again, smartly written, giving him an opportunity to play along an interesting spectrum. The heart and center of this movie, however, is the poignant relationship between Annie and Lillian – without their bond, there would be none of the satisfying gravitas. Wiig and Rudolph have beautiful chemistry together on screen, and it is engagingly sympathetic to watch them spar and connect and fight to keep from losing each other. It’s rare to see that quality of authenticity in relationships on screen, and frankly, I’m including romantic and platonic. Honesty is hard to pull off, and it’s extra hard when all of this push and pull is happening in the midst of big comedy (this flick bears the Judd Apatow stamp – he produced it). Wiig and Rudolph are the real deal, however, and I’d be happy to see them work again in a smaller, more daring film. Smart, funny and brave: these are performers who deserve more great material.

weekend horoscopes BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

Pooches welcome

MAY 18-24 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): You will find yourself making an important connec-

The Hudson Valley Pet Palooza will be hosting Rescue Ink –the motor-cycle riding, animal-loving crew who fights against animal abuse on their show on the National Geographic channel – during the event on Saturday, May 21. Participants can take advantage of a rabies clinic, onsite pet micro-chipping, as well as horse-driven trolley rides, dog agility demonstrations and pet psychic readings. For more information, go to

tion with a new person this week – they might influence your work life, but they will also make a personal connection with you. Trust your intuition over someone else’s advice.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Don’t try to take on too many projects right now. Your instinct is to say yes to everyone and every opportunity, but you will burn out quickly. Pace yourself and prioritize. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): A positive financial opportunity is looming; it will mean a little extra work, but the payout is handsome. Plan to save for a rainy day. Consider ways to branch out into new fields.

’Tis the season

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Make sure you’re taking care of your home; unexpected visitors are likely to appear on your door step this weekend. Be open minded and open hearted about the situation. They have information to share with you that will be very important later on.

Michael Korda, editor in chief emeritus for the publishing house Simon and Schuster, will be the featured speaker at Marist College’s undergraduate commencement on Saturday, May 21. And CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Chip Reid, a graduate of the Vassar College class of 1977, will deliver the address at the 147th Vassar commencement exercises on Sunday, May 22. Reid is also Vassar’s first male graduate to be commencement speaker; the college became co-educational in 1969.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): The day-to-day grind is starting to annoy you; you may need to schedule some spontaneity into your life. Do at least one out of the ordinary activity this week, and you’ll find your attitude perking up. LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): Critical information will be passed on to you this week, but it will likely sound cryptic. It may take you some time and some pondering to decipher the message. Be sensitive to others, especially when you learn a secret. Photo by Lars Lonninge

Good news

Andrea Kirchoff, co-chair of last month’s “There’s No Excuse for Child Abuse” dinner and auction, reported that the benefit was “was beyond what we hoped for,” raising $118,000. “That’s going to help a tremendous amount of children,” she said. “We had record-breaking attendance, and everyone was so generous. It’s such a tough subject to approach. We wanted to celebrate all the good that the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse does.”

Sad news

Benjamin Krevolin, president of the Dutchess County Arts Council since September 2003, has announced his resignation, effective June 17. Krevolin has accepted a position as Associate Director of Leadership Gifts at Vassar College, his alma mater. During Krevolin’s tenure, the Arts Council was recognized for its contributions to the community by the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation and Beacon’s Comite Mi Gente; and the organization was rated as one of the “Top Regional Arts Councils in the Nation” by the readers of Arts Calendar Magazine in 2009. We wish him all the best in his new position.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): An overheard conversation gives you an idea for a way to earn extra money, or invest your money in a smarter way. Do your homework, but trust the information and your own excitement to lead you in the right direction. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): You are extra sensitive to artistic elements and beautiful things. This is a good time to visit a museum or try your hand at creating something yourself. You will feel satisfied and motivated by the experience.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Everything feels extreme to you right now – your emotions are very strong. Try to recognize this and work to keep yourself calm. Don’t interject your opinions; keep quiet until you feel more like yourself. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): Get out of your house this weekend and do something completely new, like going to a concert of music you’ve never listened to, or going rock-climbing. You need a jolt in your life to get you out of the emotional rut you’ve been in. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Something you’ve worked on for a while now comes to a satisfying end this week – be sure to take time to celebrate. You should include those around you who supported you through this trial. Share your success and mark the occasion. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You look healthy and happy, and that is attracting some attention that surprises you. Don’t be – just be flattered and enjoy it. Consider hosting an event that will bring friends from different spheres together – you might be able to play Cupid.

Puppies and kittens win

Even though Dutchess County SPCA lost out on a new car through the Toyota “100 Cars for Good” competition, they did win $1,000, a new video camera from Toyota (competing against 500 organizations, no less) and a lot of who friends who voted for them on Facebook. The winners, as ever, are the homeless companion animals and human staff when the Dutchess County SPCA gets more publicity for the great work they do. To learn more, go to www.

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From mom to milliner Local woman’s headwear business taking off BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

Women’s hats and headwear are no longer reserved only for attendees of the Kentucky Derby or church-going old ladies – just ask Rhinebeck resident Michelle Cassarino. Cassarino, the owner of ladies’ headwear business Vivian and Lulu, says elegant headwear is making a serious comeback in America, in part because of all the coverage given to the fancy hats worn by attendees of Britain’s royal wedding.

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“I think the royal wedding really propelled it,” she said. “Now, it’s kind of the fashionable thing to have.” Cassarino says there is something classically elegant about a woman in a fancy hat. “I think it brings back something from an older time, when ladies dressed in a classy, sophisticated way,” she said. Cassarino, a mother of three, started Vivian and Lulu about a year ago, and business has really taken off. She’s already sold a couple hundred hats and fascinators (a type of hair decoration) through her website, vivianandlulu. com. Cassarino realized her affinity for millinery when she and her husband were preparing to attend a Kentucky Derby-themed party. She made a hat, changed it a few times, gave a few Photos submitted. to some friends and soon decided to start selling them on eBay. The hats were an instant success, and thus, Vivian and Lulu was born. These days, Cassarino says, women are wearing hats for a night on the town – you no longer need a special occasion like a wedding to wear one. “It’s the latest fashion craze,” Cassarino says. “I think it will be a long-term trend.” In fact, Cassarino says she personally knows a few women who plan on wearing their Vivian and Lulu creations to Northern Dutchess Hospital’s upcoming Starlight Ball. Most of the hats Vivian and Lulu sells are one-of-a-kind originals and custom hats are also available. They range in price from $30 to a couple hundred dollars. Cassarino said she hopes to start selling other ladies’ accessories, such as jewelry and handbags, through her website in the near future. For more information on Vivian and Lulu, or to check out the headwear available, visit

Dutchess Divas throw a party Guests sit down for an elegant meal catered by the Artist’s Palate.

Winnakee guests get rare glimpse inside private Staatsburg estate BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Winnakee Land Trust invited supporters to an evening of food, wine and dancing at a beautiful Hudson River estate this weekend. The organization held its gala benefit on Saturday at The Locusts, a private neoBaroque mansion owned by hotelier André Balasz. Guests enjoyed cocktails and a remarkable view of the river and Catskill Mountains before stepping inside a tent for a meal catered by The Artist’s Palate.

On Thursday, May 12, Half Moon Theater held its signature benefit, Dutchess Divas, at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. Hudson Valley singers performed musical favorites, from opera to showtunes to American standards, and toasted the season’s sponsors and local businesses for their generosity. A live auction was also held that included a give-away for a week vacation on a lake-front home on Lake Winnipesaukee. Pictured, from top: The Dutchess Divas - Janine LaManna, Shona Tucker, Molly Renfroe Katz, Denise Summerford, Trista Polo, Barbara Rankin, Courtenay Budd Caramico; Below: Molly Renfroe Katz, Trista Polo, Tim Dowd, Shona Tucker, Denise Summerford. Photos by Jen Kiaba.

Pictured, from top left: A rose between two charming thorns: Nancy Dixon with Hal Mangold and Bill Volk; Rhinebeck town councilpersons Joe Gelb and Gina Fox; Debbie Breen, Michelle Cassarino, Liz Mazzarella and Dawn Morrison. Photos by Christopher Lennon and Jim Langan E-MAIL: EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM | WWW.THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

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The main monthly meeting of the Union Vale Town Board on Thursday, May 12 opened with a notation by Supervisor Lisette Hitsman that this year’s Memorial Day observance will be held Monday, May 30 at 9 a.m. beneath the flagpole situated at

the memorial grove on the green. The Fusiliers Fife and Drum Corps will provide the music as the local VFW Post, Union Vale Fire Company, Rescue Squad, Auxiliary and dignitaries march to the memorial ground. The ceremony will include an invocation, brief keynote address, taps, firing party and other appropriate honors in memory of our departed military service personnel. Everyone is welcome. Following the Union Vale observance, all participants will proceed north in order to attend Millbrook’s Memorial Day service.


Hitsman then announced that on Saturday, May 21, the Union Vale Fire Company will


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have a chicken barbecue. Food will be sold on a take-out basis only. The take-out style is very popular in Union Vale and the Fire Company has the reputation of cooking up some of the most delicious food you’ve ever been served. It’s definitely recommended and it’s for a most worthy enterprise. For additional information, call 845724-4038.


Councilman Ralph Mondello stated there were 408 participants in the charity bike race at Tymor Park. This particular race was designed to elevate awareness of breast cancer research activities and managed to raise approximately $21,000 in pledges. Parks & Recreation Director Rob Mattes noted that the boathouse over at Furnace Pond had been vandalized and sustained two broken windows. Unfortunately, the structure is located in a somewhat remote section of the park and cannot be either staffed or patrolled on a 24/7 basis. On the positive side, Mattes said the Summer Camp Program is filling up very fast with fewer than 10 spots left in sessions 1 and 4. The Easter Egg Hunt was a notable success as was the fishing derby, despite the fact that one of the nearby hunting and fishing clubs had scheduled a similar event the same day. Upcoming events will include the showing of “Romeo and Juliet” at Family Movie Night, which takes place the evening of the first Friday of each month. The next such event is on June 3 at 7:30 p.m. on the silver screen at the main pavilion behind the Big Barn in Tymor Park. In an effort to elevate conditions in the parking lot at Godfrey Park in Verbank, Councilman John Welsh recommended the use of tried and true components like “Item-4.” The extreme nature of the weather this past winter, along with several fluctuations in temperature, have resulted in a deleterious effect on several roads and parking fields. Indeed, the winter elements have been especially unkind to the open and unpaved parking lot at Godfrey Park. Mattes followed up Wesh’s notation with a cost-effective suggestion that certain materials picked up by the highway department be used as well.


Hitsman and Councilman Ralph Mondello mentioned they had met with

Jim DiNapoli of the Dutchess County Health Department in order to seek information and direction on approvals for the Tymor Park kiddie pool. DiNapoli said the health department will be loath to grant any permissives whatsoever without having an overall plan approved. However, the health department will lean toward approval provided the town follows the plans from 1993. Along with following these particular plans, the pool’s skimmers and drains also need to be upgraded. In such manner, the town will be complying with the requisites of the Virginia Graham Baker Safety Act. As an additional protective measure, the testing firm had performed specific as well as regular tests. Indeed, the testing firm was the entity that first noted the need for upgrading the skimmers, returns and one of the pool’s drains. Councilman Ray Dezendorf was able to establish contact with Union Vale business owner John McLain, who has a great deal of expertise in aquatics and swimming pool repairs. He volunteered to share this expertise as an unpaid consultant when the time comes to implement the upgrades and solicit approval by the department of health. McLain also noted the repairs are of such nature that he doubts if the kiddie pool will be opened during this year’s swimming season.


The board approved a request by the Cary Institute to take one acre of Tymor Park and use it for a Lyme disease research study. The Institute wants to find out why Lyme disease is more prevalent in some areas than others. Their basic method involves the collection of ticks for study. Studies of this kind have been going on in Dutchess County since 1991. There will be 21 spots in the county set aside for study throughout May, June, July and August this year. The area of Tymor Park involved will be a section of forested pine on the trail, just before and to the left of Furnace Pond.


In another action, the Union Vale Town Board appointed Jack Harrington to the position of constable for dog handling, at no cost to the town. Also, longtime resident Bill Keating and Links groundskeeper Chris Strehl were appointed as regular members to the Conservation Advisory Council.


STANFORD BY HEIDI JOHNSON I have a really nifty story to share with you all this week, courtesy of Pete Lyon, rescue squad captain at the Stanford Fire Company. Pete and I met up last Saturday at the firehouse so he could show me the new stretcher the rescue squad was able to purchase recently as a result of this year’s highly successful fund drive. The new stretcher is a Stryker PowerPro XT. It has a battery-powered hydraulic lift with a 700-pound capacity. And, I have to tell you, the thing is a mechanical marvel. Made of marine-grade aluminum, it is light and has tons of cool features, like a retractable head piece for navigating tight areas such as elevators and doorways. It has larger wheels than the old stretcher, which Pete says will be “handy for rescuing someone way off in a horse field.” Bridget got to be the “victim” as Pete demonstrated how to remove the stretcher from the ambulance, place the victim on it, load the victim and stretcher into the ambulance, and lock it in place for the trip to the hospital. It was really neat to watch how this is done. Of course, Bridget weighs all of 60 pounds, but Pete says one of the main benefits of this new stretcher is it’s extra lifting capacity. “This stretcher will easily lift a 350-pound victim,” he says, “which was extremely difficult using the old, fullymanual stretcher.” Pete is grateful to the donors who made this purchase possible. With matching funds from the fire commission, the purchase of the new stretcher was a dream come true for the rescue squad. “I’ve been working on getting a hydraulic stretcher for a long time. It was difficult to get it because of the high cost,” Pete said. The fire company and rescue squad are grateful for the generosity of the town residents who responded to their pledge drive and made the dream come true. On another note, Pete and I discussed the cost of an ambulance ride provided by the Stanford Rescue Squad. Did you know, a basic life-support call (non life-threatening) by our rescue squad costs the injured person nothing? If a paramedic has to ride along, such as with critical life-support calls, there will be a cost by that company, but the ambulance and EMS services are provided

to town residents at no charge. That’s because all of the rescue squad personnel are volunteers. And we are very lucky to have people who are willing to keep their training up to date, endure certification inspections of the equipment and paperwork, and drop everything when that rescue call comes in to respond to a neighbor in need. Many thanks to Pete and his team of skilled volunteers, who provide this town with an extra measure of safety when we need it.


Longtime Stanford Grange member Ken Straley passed away recently, and his passing leaves a great void in the Stanford Grange organization. Ken was usually seen manning the grill at the annual Country Breakfast event, along with his twin brother, Kerry. Ken and his wife, Dolly, had been active Grange members for over 30 years. He recently served on the Executive Committee and she is current treasurer of the Grange. Ken will be greatly missed and our sincere condolences go out to Dolly, their family and many friends.


Rec director Karla Triola asked me to share the following information about upcoming activities: • James Kelly at Stanford Library, May 23 at 6 p.m.: This presentation offers information and encouragement for those who are interested in succeeding at triathlons. There is still time to train for summer events. Right here nearby, there is the Stissing Sprint on July 2. This event will be shorter than a regular triathlon, but still challenging for participants, who will swim a half mile, bike 16 miles and run 3.7 miles (see • Rec Registration: The following are the dates for registering for summer recreation programs: Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. – noon (residents only); Wednesday, June 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. (residents only); Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. – noon (residents and non-residents). Registration is held at the Town Hall on the above dates. Remember to bring your license plate numbers! • Waterfront Director Needed: Stanford Rec is looking for a waterfront director with WSI (Water Safety Instructor) experience. Contact Karla at 845-266-8593 for more info and/or an application.

Pete Lyon, Stanford Rescue Squad captain, demonstrates the new hydraulic stretcher using “victim” Bridget Donnelly. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

Please come out and support the American Legion as they remember those who died for our country. The parade is always small but impressive, and the ceremony after, led by the Legion, is very moving. We always attend because I think it is important for my children to know the meaning of our holidays. They enjoy this time, especially the reading of the three winning “What America Means to Me” essays, read by the winners. Don’t miss it. Really. It’s a short program and well worth getting up early for, even on your day off. The members of the Leroy Campbell Post and all of our local veterans deserve our honor and support.


Don’t forget, it’s Stanford Rocks Night (I made that up) at Copperfield’s this

coming Saturday. The Stoners will be playing beginning at 9 p.m. It’s sure to be a great time, as always. The Stoners play a rollicking good set of country and classic rock. Check it out this coming Saturday, May 21.


A continuing reminder to keep June 11 open on your calendar so you can attend the Lions Club Flea Market, Stanford Living History Day and the Strawberry Fair at United Presbyterian in Amenia. All will be fun-filled events with bargains, learning, activities for kids and great food. Plan carefully and you can make it to all three! Take care, everyone. See you all next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or


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Rhinebeck Savings hires senior residential mortgage lender BY HV NEWS STAFF David Ellicott has been hired by Rhinebeck Savings Bank to serve as a senior residential mortgage lender, rounding out the bank’s Residential Mortgage Division. According to the bank, Ellicott brings 21 years of experience in the financial industry. The LaGrangeville resident is president of the MidHudson Valley Mortgage Bankers Association, a member of the Dutchess County Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors, the National Association of Mortgage Professional Women and is involved in youth sports.

Exchange leaders Ernesto and Elizabeth Aguinaga and students Monica Sanchez, Karina Nelson, Natalia Horwitz, Laura Magallanes, Julia Rivera, Kevin Rodriguez, Pablo Contreas and David Galvan enjoyed their time at Upton Lake Christian School. Photo submitted.





Rotary learns about Montgomery Place Red Hook Rotary welcomed Montgomery Place site director Raymond Armater to its recent breakfast meeting. Armater discussed the programs and amenities available at the historic site. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are: Red Hook Rotary President David Wright, Armater and speaker-host Rotarian John Kennedy. 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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If you like horse trail riding, here is a fine way to go out into the countryside and see the flowers and trees in bloom. The Stone Valley Trailriding Association invites the community to participate in a horse trail ride on Sunday, May 22 starting at 10 a.m. at Betty Davis’ Talisman Farm at 745 Hollow Rd. Riders are asked to arrive by 9 a.m. You must bring your own horse and all levels of English and Western riders are welcome to participate. There are four levels of rides available: walk, trot, canter and over/around jumps. The rides will take place rain or shine. After a two-hour ride, led by experienced riders familiar with the trails, a lunch will be served. The cost for an adult ride with a hearty lunch is $40 and a kid’s ride with lunch is $20. Trailriding Association members receive a discount on riding events and you are invited to join today. Reservations are requested. For more details and information on joining the association, contact Trish at 845-266-3938 or visit Web page registrations are also possible. There is a $5 surcharge for those without prior reservations. This is the first trail ride of the season and the next ride will be on Father’s Day, Saturday, June 18, at Smith’s Netherwood Acres Farm on Netherwood Road.


During the week of April 22 to May 2, eight Mexican students and two group leaders visited Upton Lake Christian School (ULCS) in Clinton Corners. This exchange visit follows a prior trip to Mexico two years ago by ULCS students. The ULCS students are planning a return trip in 2012.

The Mexican 11th- and 12th-grade students attend the Lincoln School in Guadalajara and speak excellent English. They were housed with several families in the community. During the week, they attended classes at ULCS and enjoyed time in the community and tourist sites. It was a very memorable experience for them and they made lasting contacts with local students. The group leaders were a husbandand-wife team, Ernesto and Elizabeth Aguinaga, and the students included Monica Sanchez, Karina Nelson, Natalia Horwitz, Laura Magallanes, Julia Rivera, Kevin Rodriguez, Pablo Contreas and David Galvan. Nelson is the daughter of American missionaries in Mexico and welcomed the opportunity to return to the United States. On Sunday, May 1, the students from Mexico and ULCS, teachers and housing families gathered for a pot luck supper at the Evangelical Free Church. After the meal, everyone sat in a large circle. Ernesto Aguinaga started the discussion with a summary of the wonderful experiences provided by their hosts. He also thanked the hosts and all the teachers, students and others who helped while they were here. The eight Mexican students then gave thanks for the experience. Several ULCS students and teachers commented on the enthusiasm the Mexican students brought to the classes and described how they taught Spanish to the ULCS students. ULCS Principal Dee Hoiem said, “The Mexican students were very enriching for the school and made it a special week. They integrated well into the classrooms and became part of the classes quickly.” Principal Hoiem gave Sharon Clark a plant as thanks for her efforts in organizing the Mexican student exchange and Pastor Jeff Silvieus said a prayer for their safe journey home. Afterwards, the students let loose, shot basketballs, ran around, took pictures and talked with their new friends.

NDH, Thompson House honor top employees

Honors students awarded by DCC


Northern Dutchess Hospital and the Thompson House have named their respective employees of the year for 2011. Matt Scialampo of West Hurley, lead mechanic and technician at Northern Dutchess Hospital, was selected as the hospital’s Employee of the Year. Scialampo, who has worked at the hospital since 2003, is known for his dedication and flexibility, according to NDH. Joanne Wasik, a licensed practical nurse from Red Hook, was named the Thompson House’s 2011 Employee of the Year. According to NDH, Wasik has been cited as compassionate and helpful to patients and their family members. She has worked at the Thompson House since 2007. Northern Dutchess Hospital Employee of the Year Matt Scialampo is congratulated by NDH President and CEO Denise George; Joanne Wasik (second from left, holding flowers), the Thompson House’s Employee of the Year, is surrounded by fellow nurses Kathy Lipari, Mary Ellen Pierro, JoAnn Coons, Tomasa Gonzalez and Shannon Pagliaroni. Photos submitted.

Jonathan Hill, David Bisson, Jonathan Bisson, Dr. Werner Steger, Caterina DeGaetano, Kynsie Bryce, Christina Mazzarella, Abigail Knickerbocker and Kaitlyn Kelly. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Nine Dutchess Community College students, set to graduate Thursday, were recently honored for their academic achievements at the college. The students are all participants in the college’s Honors Advisement Sequence, which is designed for students who, upon completing the program, intend to continue working toward a bachelor’s degree. The graduates will now transfer to such four-year schools as Cornell, Bard and SUNY New Paltz.

The students who were awarded include: David Bisson of Pine Plains, Jonathan Bisson of Pine Plains, Kynsie Bryce of New Paltz, Caterina DeGaetano of Hopewell Junction, Jonathan Hill of Red Hook, Kaitlyn Kelly of Millbrook, Abigail Knickerbocker of Clinton Corners, Christina Mazzarella of Lagrangeville and David Muniz of Newburgh. Additionally, the Richard Reitano Scholarship in Political Science was awarded to Daniel Rudder of Gardiner.

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Volunteers help plant annuals in the formal gardens of the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic in 2009. Photos submitted.

Got a green thumb? Volunteer at Vanderbilt BY HV NEWS STAFF Volunteers are needed to plant this year’s annual floral display in the formal gardens of the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park. Starting mid-May and continuing through June, the F.W. Vanderbilt Garden Association will plant several thousand annuals throughout the site’s expansive gardens.

Volunteers are also needed for maintenance of the perennial and rose gardens throughout the summer season, garden greeters and tour guides, fundraising and other tasks. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more is asked to contact Connie Stutmann at 845-877-0309, or

Bariatric Support Group The monthly meeting of St. Francis Hospital’s Bariatric Support Group is 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 in the hospital’s Atrium Conference Room A. An open discussion on pre- and post-bariatric surgery will be led by Ellen Waggoner, Ph.D., and Nancy Case, registered dietician and support group leader. Prior registration is not necessary. All support group meetings are free of charge. Family members and support people are welcome. For more information, call 845-431-8898. Morton Day for Kids Morton Day for Kids will be held Friday, May 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Morton Memorial Library Rec South, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. There will be a number of events for kids and the event kicks off the summer reading program. RSVP at or call 845-876-2903 for more information. Movie Night The community is invited to the Clinton Community Library’s free movie night on Friday, May 20, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the library. Come and enjoy a fun evening with your friends and neighbors while watching the big screen. The library is located at 1215 Centre Rd. For more information, call the library at 845-266-5530. Free Child IDs Hyde Park Little League is hosting a Free Child ID event on Friday, May 20, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Creek Road Ball Fields. All children will receive a free ID card. For more information, contact Kathryn Oakley at katy0970@

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Town Wide Tag Sale The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the third annual Town Wide Tag Sale on May 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Hyde Park. After May 6, the cost to register is $10. There will be limited spaces available at the Hyde Park Town Hall on May 21 only, for $25. Registration forms are available in several local businesses as well as at www. For further information, call 845-233-8714. Toy and Clothing Sale The Rhinebeck Community Nursery School’s annual Toy and Clothing Sale will be held at the Rhinebeck Reformed Church, corner of Route 9 and South Street, on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A variety of gently used toys, games, books, outdoor play equipment, children’s clothing and much more will be available at reduced prices. Artists’ Books Project The Third Saturday Artists Books for the

Fun of It will be held on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending around 12:15 p.m., in the Clinton Community Library. Make lively books in pleasant company with themes and projects decided by the group. Please let Jo Renbeck know if you plan to come at Jo@ Sometimes, there will be a small materials fee. Ferry Launch Party A Launch Party is being held on May 21 at 4:30 p.m. for the kickoff of the Rhinecliff-Kingston Ferry Service 2011 season. Rhinebeck and Kingston residents are invited to the Rhinecliff Landing for free hors d’oeuvres and drinks compliments of China Rose and The Rhinecliff Hotel. Cruises are being provided by Hudson River Cruises. Call 1-800-843-7472 for more information. > continued on next page


This Week 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.

Upcoming Senior Citizen ID Cards Residents of Dutchess County 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, June 8, 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.

Army vs. Marine Softball An Army vs. Marine softball game, sponsored by Semper Fi Parents of the Hudson Valley, will be played May 22, beginning at 4 p.m., at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill. Tickets can be purchased online at www.semperfiparentshv. org or at the gate. Admission is $10 for adults, and $8 for children. For more information, call 845-226-6895 or 914-474-2295. Bird Presentation and Walk Alan Peterson, education chairman for the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club, will speak about the birds of the Hudson Valley at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at the Staatsburg Library, 72 Old Post Rd. Following his presentation, Peterson will lead a bird-watching hike through the Hopeland walking trail in Staatsburg. This program is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 845-889-4683. Mystery Monday The Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District will sponsor another Mystery Monday book discussion in its series of mysteries set in the South, on Monday, May 23, from 11 a.m. to noon. The mystery to be discussed is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Jurorâ&#x20AC;? by John Grisham. The discussion will be held at the Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie. The discussion is free and open to the public. Call 845-485-3445 for more information. DCC Golf Tournament The Dutchess Community College Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner is set for May 23 at the Dutchess Golf and Country Club. The scramble-format tournament will feature a barbecue lunch, awards dinner, prizes and a raffle drawing. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner, awards and the raffle will begin at 6 p.m. Cost is $175 per person. To register, or for more information, contact Diana Pollard at 845-431-8403. Potluck Supper Meeting Members of The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. for their annual Potluck Supper Meeting. Members need to make reservations in advance by calling Virginia Bickford at 845-229-6990. The program for the evening is on the Hyde Park Playhouse, which will be presented by Anthony Musso. There will also be a business meeting. For membership info, call Julia Ahlquist at 845-889-4521. For other info, call 845-229-2559.

Upcoming Author Visit Jon Wertheim, senior writer at Sports Illustrated and co-author of the New York Times bestselling book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won,â&#x20AC;? will speak at the Staatsburg Library, 72 Old Post Rd., at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. For more information,

call 845-889-4683. Memorial Day at FDR Home The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will host a series of public events over Memorial Day Weekend, beginning Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30. On Friday, at 7 p.m. in the Wallace Center, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present its 8th annual USO Show. The lawn behind the FDR Presidential Library and Museum will take on the appearance of a WWII encampment on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Memorial Day, May 30, the National Park Service will host a graveside memorial service at 1 p.m. in the Rose Garden. Contact Cliff Laube at 845-486-7745 for more information. Vanderbilt Plant Sale The Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association will hold its annual fundraiser Plant Sale on Memorial Day weekend, May 28, 29, and 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The sale will be on the lawn next to the Visitor Center parking lot at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site on Route 9 in Hyde Park. To register for a pre-sale on Friday, May 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., send $10, your name, address, phone, and e-mail to F.W. Vanderbilt Garden Association, PO Box 239, Hyde Park, NY 12538. For more information, contact Phyllis Delarm at 845-464-0602 or 845-229-8669. Tea at Val-Kill The Friends of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill will host tea at the ERVK Conference Center, Route 9G, Hyde Park, from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 5. Reservations are required (no tickets issued) and admission is $20. Checks may be mailed to: ERVK, Attn: Friends Committee, P.O. Box 255, Hyde Park, NY 12538, with your name, address, email, and telephone number. Call 845-2292559 for more information or reservations. Card and Game Party The Rhinecliff/Rhinebeck unit of the NDH Auxiliary is hosting a lunch and card and game party on Wednesday, June 8, beginning at noon, at Historic Blue Store Restaurant in Livingston. Tickets are $20 each and proceeds will benefit the NDH Foundation. There will be a raffle and door prizes as well. For more information, contact Ethel Arnell in the Volunteer Office at 845-871-3470. Starlight Ball Northern Dutchess Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Starlight Ball will be held Saturday, June 18, at the Horticulture Building at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. Ken Giek and Dr. Alfred Frontera will be honored. Tickets for the ball are $250. For information on sponsorship or ticket purchase, call 845-871-3505. Tivoli Community Day Tivoli Community Day will be held July 16 in the village. The event will feature childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment, a Karaoke contest, local farmfresh goods, bounce houses, dunking booth, pie and chili cook offs and more. Also, a parade throughout Tivoli will begin at 3 p.m. To register to be a parade participant, email or call 845-489-4661 for more information.

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. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: Hudson Valley Digital Connection, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/23/11. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Chris Dursley, 115 Whiteford Drive, Pleasant Valley, New York 12569. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 9026

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Be it known that on 05/06/2011, ZATARZ LLC was filed with the NY dept of state. ZATARZ LLC will be located in Dutchess County, NY. The secretary of state has been designated as agent of ZATARZ LLC, upon whom process against the company can be served. A copy of any process against ZATARZ LLC can be mailed to its Registered Agents - Corporation Service Company, 80 State Street, Albany, NY 12207. ZATARZ LLC was formed for the purpose of general business services. Notice of Formation of Dr. Gabrielle Francis, D.C., L.Ac., PLLC, under Section1203 of the NY Limited Liability Company Law. Articles of Organization filed with the NY Secretary of State (SSNY) on 2/23/2011. Office location: Dutchess County; SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE PLLC at: 6384 Mill St. (Route 9), Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF: EVER ENVIRO LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/23/2011. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 3 Neptune Rd Ste N11, Poughkeepsie NY 12601. Purpose: for any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of 9G Small Engine Repairs, LLC. Articles of organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 4/12/2011. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as the Agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to: United States Corp. Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful activities.


Funeral services will be at 10 am, on Sonja Helen Friday, May 20 at the funeral home. The Rev. Simmons, 74, a Thom Fiet will officiate. lifelong area resident, Burial will follow in the family plot in Union died Monday, May Cemetery of Hyde Park. 16, 2011 at St. Memorial donations may be made to the Francis Hospital, Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assoc., 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite Poughkeepsie. 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Born in To send a condolence or for directions, Poughkeepsie on visit March 19, 1937, she was the daughter of the late John and Gladys Rozell Wallgren. Sonja was a 1957 graduate of F.D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, where she played trumpet in the band and twirled the baton. On October 12, 1957 in Poughkeepsie, she married Joseph F. Simmons. Mr. Simmons survives in Poughkeepsie. Mrs. Simmons was a homemaker, and Of all the things you discuss with your family, your last wishes loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She could be one of the most important decisions you share. By discussing your wishes and putting them in writing, you clear up was a member of the Hyde Park Reformed any doubts your family might have at an already difďŹ cult time. Church. Call us and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll help you and your family through the In addition to her husband, Mrs. Simmons preplanning process. is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Dawn Simmons Davis and husband, Rich, of Athens, NY; son, Keith Simmons of Hyde Park; and two granddaughters, Mackenzie Simmons and Olivia Davis. "MCBOZ1PTU3E 3UF r)ZEF1BSL Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to  rTXFFUTGVOFSBMIPNFDPN New York State law mandates that all contracts for prefunded funerals 9 pm, Thursday, May, 19, 2011 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executed by applicants for or recipients of Medicaid be irrevocable. Funeral Home, Inc, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Hudson valley news | | may 18, 2011 {27}



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<Marshmallow continued from previous page Roast The Rhinebeck Jewish Center will celebrate Lag Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;omer with a marshmallow roast at its new building at 102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 9 p.m. For more information, call 845-876-7666.

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