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Karley Nichols was one of the first to tee it up shortly after the opening of the driving range at Gilbert Farms in Hyde Park. The Hudson Valley Community College student will also be working there this summer. Full story on page 19.

Sen. Steve Saland with then-Attorney General Cuomo at a 2009 press conference highlighting the need for public pension reform. Photo from Sen. Saland’s official Facebook page.

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Monday came and went without a highly anticipated vote in the state Senate on whether same-sex couples will be allowed to legally marry in New York. As of press time Tuesday, the 62-member Senate is reportedly divided, though some Republican senators, including Sen. Steve Saland of Poughkeepsie, who voted against legalizing same-sex

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been held at his district office, and there have been appeals from advocates on both sides of the issue to bombard his office with phone calls. For his part, though, Saland isn’t discussing the matter, at least not publically. It was reported that Saland attended a wedding in Dutchess County over the weekend, where he was repeatedly asked how he intended to vote, though he apparently remained tight lipped. Another local legislator, Sen. Greg Ball of Putnam County, who has also indicated he is undecided on the bill, made headlines early this week when he asked his Twitter followers to let him know how they would vote if they were in his position. Ball told reporters the response was overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality, but said most of the responses he got came from people outside his district. Republican Majority Leader Sen. Dean Skelos is said to be negotiating with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to strengthen exemptions that would essentially allow religious institutions to say “no” to samesex couples looking to marry without fear of being sued for discrimination. It has been reported that strengthening such exemptions could sway additional Republican legislators. It now appears that observers will have to wait, at least a few more days, for a vote on the issue. The legislative session was set to end Monday, though it has been reported that the ongoing debate will likely keep Senators in Albany late into the week.


Last week, on Wednesday, June 15, legislators in the New York State Assembly approved the Marriage Equality Bill by an 80-63 margin.

Local Assemblyman Joel Miller (R-Poughkeepsie) voted in favor of the bill, which he co-sponsored. Miller said he believes political opposition to same-sex marriage is fueled by religious beliefs, which goes against the principles set forth by the founding fathers. “Overwhelmingly, the objection comes from people who are extending their religious beliefs,” Miller said. “It’s incorrect and unfortunate that, through government, religious people try to impose their religious views. “I have no problem with people talking to God,” he added. “I have a problem when people say God talks to them.” Miller said homosexuals pay the same taxes as everyone else, yet they do not have access to the same freedoms, adding he has yet to hear a convincing argument in opposition to marriage equality. “It’s just inappropriate to deny one group the rights and freedoms another group has,” he said. “Tradition moves on, acceptance moves on, and this is part of it.” Miller said he believes more Republican assemblymen would have voted in favor of the bill if they could have voted via secret ballot. “Not all Republicans are brain dead,” he said. “There are a lot of really good people in the Assembly who voted ‘no,’ and they are not bigoted.” Earlier this month, New York Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long sent a warning to legislators, saying the Conservative Party would not endorse anyone who votes in favor of the bill. Long reportedly told the New York Times, “You say ‘I’m not for traditional marriage,’ you’re not going to get our endorsement. It’s as simple as that.” Miller said he voted in favor of the bill because it’s something he believes in, adding he won’t be bullied into voting

a certain way in fear of offending party bosses or anyone else. “Both parties spend 100% of their time fighting the other party,” he said. “Frankly, I’m fed up with the whole system.” Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) also voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Bill. “The issue, to me, is one of conferring equal rights to our citizens,” he said. Cahill said it was not his intention to thrust his political views on anyone else, nor does he believe the Legislature has the authority to define religious ceremonies; rather, he believes the Legislature should ensure the people of New York have equal rights. “(Marriage) is a means by which we confer rights to individuals,” he said. Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R-Red Hook) voted against the bill, though he said it was not an easy decision to make. “It remains an issue I agonize over,” he said. Molinaro said state government should ensure equal protection to its citizens while minimizing its role in marriage as an institution. “Marriage, by its basic definition, is a religious institution that we codified by law,” he said. Molinaro said while he supports ensuring equal rights to same-sex couples under New York State’s domestic relations law, he feels marriage should be between a man and a woman. “The term marriage is, to me, a religious institution,” he said. Molinaro said the discussion should focus on providing equal rights to citizens rather than the definition of something that was meant to be a religious tradition.

arrested developments The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Heather M. Merrill, 25, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on June 14. • Michael A. Alicea, 18, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with harassment in the second degree, a violation, on June 14. • David M. Millington, 22, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor, on June 15. • Thomas C. Angell, 18, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on June 16. • Robert A. Berrian, 49, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a class-A misdemeanor, on June 16. • Stephanie L. Carson, 24, of Clifton Park, was charged with aggravated DWI and DWI, both misdemeanors, on June 17. • Ian D. Urquhart, 30, of Hyde Park, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor, on June 17. • Cara A. Omeara, 34, of Wappingers Falls, was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class-D felony; tampering with physical evidence, a class-E felony; and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on June 17. • Amanda M. Adney, 31, of Hyde Park, was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, on June 18. • Jason M. Gilbert, 33, of Hyde Park, was charged with assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on June 19.




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Last week, Beekman Supervisor Dan French, the Democratic nominee for Dutchess County executive, received endorsements from the Working Families Party and one of New York’s representatives in the U.S. Senate. The Working Families Party announced its endorsement of French on Saturday. “We are excited to endorse Dan French because we know he will be a strong advocate for working families,” said Jen Fuentes, a local Working Families Party leader. “Politics as usual has put special interests and insiders in the driver’s seat, but under Dan French’s leadership, working families and our middle class will

have a chance to be heard.” Also last week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced her support of French. “When I met Dan French during my first campaign for the United States Congress, I knew that he would go on to do great things,” she said. “I am proud to officially give my endorsement to Supervisor French in this important race to become the next Dutchess County executive. I represented Dutchess County first in the House of Representatives, and now in the United States Senate. I know the people of Dutchess and the problems that they face, and I believe Dan French is the best candidate for the job.”


They may be on their way out, but they’re not going quietly. In yet another bizarre turn in the travails of four members of the Hyde Park Town Board, Supervisor Tom Martino sent an email to members of the Hyde Park Republican Committee re-affirming his and fellow board members’ intention to seek re-nomination as Republicans. What makes the email so interesting is the same four board members who sent it are currently suing that same committee, claiming it lacks the authority to nominate candidates at caucus. Also suing the Republican town committee is Robert Clearwater,

who recently attempted to secure the committee’s endorsement for county legislator. He was handily defeated by Councilwoman Sue Serino. Clearwater has since begun circulating petition papers to challenge Serino in a September primary. A number of Hyde Park residents have contacted Hudson Valley News complaining Clearwater neglects to mention he is challenging the popular Serino when asking for signatures. In essence, Martino and councilmen Michael Taylor, Jim Monks and Michael Athanas appear willing to recognize the committee’s legal standing if it nominates them, as would Clearwater. The committee recently endorsed a

replacement slate of candidates at its most recent meeting. The email was sent from Martino’s personal account. A copy, obtained by Hudson Valley News, reads, “Contrary to a rumor that you have been made aware of, I wish to inform you that we have not withdrawn from running for office from our present positions. The letter that we sent to the Republican Committee on April 14, 2011 in which we stated our intention has not been rescinded by us.” It was signed by Martino, Athanas, Monks and Taylor. Republican Party Chairwoman Jean McArthur, one of the defendants in the Martino lawsuit, said of the e-mail, “I an-

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Rhinevault to challenge Petito, Veith for Ward 2 councilman BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON It appears the Hyde Park Republican Party, which is currently being sued by members of the Republican town board, doesn’t hold a monopoly on infighting. Members of the Hyde Park Democratic Party, which nominated a full slate of candidates at its caucus last week, chose local attorney Joseph Petito to run for Ward 2 councilman over current Town Historian Carney Rhinevault. During the caucus, Rhinevault unsuccessfully challenged Petito, who had previously been endorsed by Democratic committee members. Petito won the caucus challenge by a 25-16 vote, though Rhinevault claims five of his supporters left the caucus before the Ward 2 vote because they were “disgusted” by the process. On Monday, Rhinevault filed paperwork with the Dutchess County Board of Elections to start his own political party, which he has dubbed the Stop the Bickering Party. If Rhinevault can collect enough signatures from Ward 2 residents, he will appear on the ballot along with Petito and Don Veith, who has been endorsed by the Republican Committee and is likely to receive the Republican nomination. Rhinevault said he wants to end the partisan divide in Hyde Park. “I’ve just had it with the political machine,” he said. “Someone has to stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough.’” Rhinevault hopes he has enough name

ticipate they will come to caucus but I can’t imagine them prevailing after suing the party. That was the final straw for most people.” It remains to be seen if Martino and the others will seek McArthur nomination at caucus if the court rules against them, which most observers consider likely. As one Republican said recently, “It’ll be like the guy who kills his parents and asks for mercy because he’s an orphan. You can’t have it both ways.”


Carney Rhinevault (center) with wife Tatiana and son Peter. Photo submitted.

recognition to run a successful third-party campaign. He has been the town historian for three years, authored three books on Hyde Park history and often gives lectures on local history. “I just love Hyde Park,” he said. “It’s ideal; it’s the American dream.” In addition, Rhinevault says he has business experience, having owned and operated a land-surveying business for 30 years before his retirement. Rhinevault believes the town is paying too much for its consultants. He says he believes the town could save $250,000 each year just by hiring a new attorney and a new engineer. He is also concerned about crime in Hyde Park and wants to organize a neighborhood watch.

“A neighborhood watch doesn’t have to be a group of men walking the sidewalks with flashlights,” he said. “People don’t have to donate their time like that. They just have to donate their common sense.” In addition, Rhinevault says he wants to organize a visit from the crew of the “USS Roosevelt” on Memorial Day 2012; promote the Route 9G corridor; provide access to the Hudson River without allowing a marina to build condominiums and a sewer treatment plant; and build a sidewalk on West Market Street, from the crossroads to the old train station. Rhinevault also says it’s not his intention to divide the Democratic Party. “I don’t want to run my campaign against (Petito),” he said. “I want to run my campaign for me.”

Democrats in Hyde Park nominated their candidates for town offices at the party’s caucus last week. During the caucus, held Friday, June 17, registered Democrats from Hyde Park voted for the candidates who will represent the party in the November election. The following candidates received the party’s nomination: • Aileen Rohr for town supervisor • Melissa Milligan for receiver of taxes • David Steinberg for town justice • James Lynch for town justice • Emily Svenson for Ward 1 councilwoman • Joseph Petito for Ward 2 councilman • William Truitt for Ward 3 councilman • Kenneth Schneider for Ward 4 councilman Candidates for county-wide offices are not nominated through the town caucus, but earn a place on the ballot by gathering petition signatures. Ealier this month, the Hyde Park Democratic Committee endorsed Diane Nash for District 4 county legislator and Richard Perkins for District 7 county legislator.

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It seems like everywhere else in the world, kids have already been enjoying summer vacation. Only here do students slave away at the books even near the end of June. No fair! Oh, wait. That was my kids, not me. Keep ‘em longer! (That was me). Seriously, no matter when you get out, if you’re a kid, it can never come too soon. How I remember those last days of school, half asleep in the Illinois steam bath that is June while some teacher droned on, oblivious to our snores. What we were dreaming about during those class-time stupors was swimming pools and camping trips and summer jobs that would make us rich. We were dreaming of hanging out by the lake with our friends and doing nothing (to the extent that our parents let us get away with it). Well, the wait is over; this week school will be over for pretty much everyone, and SUMMER IS HERE! What are the kids dreaming of this year? Without bothering to interview anyone, I’ll tell you. They’re dreaming of sports camps. They’re dreaming of community service camps. They’re dreaming of school trips, and family trips and Scouting trips. When you think about it, the things our kids are dreaming about aren’t much

different from the things we dreamed about – or our parents, for that matter. Summer is a time for getting out and doing something different – seeing the world, traveling with your family, vacationing. But let’s not forget one of the best things about summer is hanging out and doing nothing. We tend to think that if we have time, we have to fill it up as much as possible. Either we get a job or we find a hobby or we travel or we go to camp after camp. You can get through an entire summer and never spend a day doing nothing at home. So here’s what I’m going to suggest. Sit under a tree and stare at the clouds. Go fishing (just don’t ask me to go with you because it bores me to tears). Work in the garden (again, without me since I have been banned from every garden known to humanity for unintentional vegicide). Go for a walk, or just sip lemonade on your porch. My point is, you don’t have to go somewhere all the time. You don’t always have to be busy. Use summer to recreate – to re-create yourself. To just be for a while without having to do. Seems like I’m always telling people to slow down, to use the Sabbath for what it was meant for – rest. But in our 24/7 society, that becomes increasingly difficult. So use your vacation – if you have it – for some rest. School’s out – finally. If you’re a kid, take my advice and don’t cram it too full. If you’re a parent, don’t make them. Fall will come soon enough. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@



Folks on both sides of the aisle are still buzzing about Hyde Park Democratic newcomer Joe Petito’s filleting of Councilman Michael Taylor. Petito repeatedly punched holes in Baby Huey’s disingenuous attempt to explain where the $70,000 raise for the police chief was coming from. Newly minted Ward 2 candidate Petito also nailed Taylor for not knowing the general fund balance. Does this mean Petito gets his own postcard now? {4} June 22, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

The dorm will be built with non-combustible materials, and it will have a complete sprinkler system. Security will be provided 24 hours per day, with all who enter or leave having to sign in and out at a reception desk. A student survey taken a few years ago OPINION indicated a significant demand for campus housing at DCC, with over 800 students BY BILL MCCABE saying they would choose dorm living at the college if it were available. Twenty-five years ago, the student population of the college DCC BREAKS mostly made up of part-time students GROUND ON DORMS was and older students returning to education On June 7, ground was finally broken to after having been in the service or at work build a dormitory at Dutchess Community full time. In recent years, the percentage of College. After years of planning and negoti“traditional” students, ating, the dorm is schedthose coming to Community college uled to open in SeptemDutchess right after education has always ber of 2012 to accomhigh school graduation, modate 465 students. provided cash-strapped has increased steadily As other colleges families with a route to to become a solid (private and public) bemajority, and many of a college degree, thus come more and more exthem now commute pensive, Dutchess Com- increasing the earning up to 45 minutes each munity College, with its potential for graduates. way from their homes lowest tuition rate in the within Dutchess state, has become a very affordable choice County. Quite a few students now rent for more and more families for the first two rooms and apartments in private homes near years of college. More students who are unthe college. Having a dorm is a good, safer able to afford tuition and dorm expenses at choice for many of them. other colleges will be better able to handle No costs of the building or operation of both costs at DCC when the dorm is opened. the dormitory will be paid by taxpayers. DCC has an enviable record for the quality The bonds for construction will be of its academic programs, and it has one of obtained by the Dutchess Community the highest transfer rates in New York State College Association, at no cost to Dutchess for students going on to four-year colleges to County. The DCC Association has been complete their bachelor’s degrees. Having a in existence since the college opened 52 dormitory option at Dutchess will be an exyears ago and operates the college book cellent opportunity for those students. store, food services and daycare program. As was noted by College President Dr. All DCC Association programs, including D. David Conklin at the groundbreaking, all the new dorm, are budgeted separately of the major firms involved in the planning from the county’s contribution to the and building of the dorm are past graduates college’s budget. Every construction and of Dutchess Community College. The operational expense of the new dorms will project is a local venture, employing local be covered by room and board charges to workers, benefiting the county and our the students who opt to live in the dorms. communities. Much thought has been given More than one half of the community colto including state-of-the-art safety features leges (18 out of 30) in New York State curin the dorm’s construction, as well as the rently have dorms, and six more, including use of “green technology.” As is the case DCC, are planning to build them. Commuwith most of the existing campus buildings, nity college education has always provided a geo-thermal system will be used to heat cash-strapped families with a route to a coland cool the dorms. lege degree, thus increasing the earning poThe DCC dorms will be built at the site tential for graduates. Dutchess Community of the present soccer field, which will be College is an important contributor to the relocated to the north side of Cottage Road. economic and cultural health of Dutchess Originally, the plan was to build the dorm County and is prepared to continue its sernorth of Cottage Road, but safety issues vice to the students enrolled there as well as (students having to cross Cottage Road) and to the community at large. access to water/sewer lines led to the decision to switch to the soccer field site, which Bill McCabe can be reached at is more central to the heart of campus life.





As most of you know, like the scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz,” I strive to think deep thoughts and use my brain to discern the true meaning of life. Then again, as most of you know, my idea of intellectual combat is whether Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle was the greatest center fielder of all time. It was Mays. That, however, hasn’t prevented me from ruminating about the so-called Weinergate scandal. After considerable thought, here are a few observations. • The next time you have an urge to “tweet” someone a photo of your congressional member, try actually thinking about Willie Mays or your Aunt Matilda in a string bikini. • Staying on point, when you literally get caught with your pants down, do not do a series of media interviews and lie through your teeth. That’s what staff is for. • If for some reason you think sending women you’ve never met pictures of yourself in full fettle in the House gym is the equivalent of speed dating, you and your beloved Huma need to start drinking more or spend more time together. • Speaking of Huma, did I miss the memo where she has been beatified by the Vatican for marrying an egomaniacal dirt-bag? Has everyone forgotten Huma dated every celebrity and politician in America before settling on the up-andcoming congressman from New York? The Weinerdog came with a warning. • From some of the press coverage of the Weiner, it sounded like he was a cross between Brad Pitt and Clark Gable. One report said he was Cosmopolitan magazine’s most eligible bachelor at some point. Really? Someone here at the paper said he looks like an old shoe


with a pickle sticking out of it. If he’s a hottie, I just signed a three-picture deal to star opposite Julia Roberts in romantic comedies. • Then there’s the Richard Nixon-goldstandard of things not to do when you get caught. Don’t lie about it, particularly in this insane era, when everyone is a camera phone away from the cover of People magazine. It’s always the coverup that does these guys in. Did Weiner really think none of the women he sent his weiner to would go to the press? If he did, he should have resigned on the grounds of extreme stupidity. • When you finally fess up in front of the media, keep it short and simple. Don’t stand up there for 40 minutes, sniveling and answering the same questions over and over. Or take the late Henry Ford II sage advice when caught with a woman not his wife. “Never complain and don’t explain.” • Another lesson learned is Democratic politicians have nothing to fear from the feminist crowd if they’re caught cheating, lying or sexting on their wives. The litmus test seems to be how they all vote on abortion and gay rights. Carry the flag on those two issues and you can get it on on the floor of the House of Representatives for all they care. Good to know if you’re a Democrat. Not so good if you’re a Republican. • Apparently, the sex rehab dodge has lost a bit of its potency. The Weiner man announced he was headed off for treatment and it soon became clear that pig wouldn’t fly and all of a sudden he’s back in his apartment. No one called him on it and he was photographed taking his dirty laundry to the cleaners. Ah, the unintended irony. • The real lesson in all this is act like a human being if we send you to Washington. The rules apply to you too, Mr. Weiner. The fun part now will be seeing if Weiner has any marketable skills and can find a job. If he can’t, I’m sure it will be George Bush’s fault. • And never open a Twitter account. Jim Langan can be reached at


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• Well, it appears the Weiner has been cooked. Loved the guy yelling, “Byebye, pervert,” as Weiner pulled out. Wife Huma seems to be emulating her boss, Hillary Clinton, by playing the doormat. Maybe Huma will run for his vacated seat. Then again, so might the shameless protuberance himself. He has $5 million in his political bank account. Hey, Marion Barry’s still in office in D.C. after being caught on video smoking crack with a hooker. Who says there’s no such thing as bad publicity? • The liberal wackos known as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are considering a law that would ban the purchase of goldfish. They’re concerned about “impulse buys” of animals and the harvesting of goldfish from their natural habitat. Where would that be, by the way … the county fair? • The legendary Marine training base, Parris Island, has just gotten its first female commander. She’s Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, a 1986 graduate of the Naval Academy and the first woman to hold command in a battle zone (Afghanistan). Parris Island trains an average of 20,000 Marines a year. • In Texas, State Sen. Chris Harris (R) interrupted Antolio Aguirre, a spokesman for the Immigration Rights Commission, who was testifying before a state panel in Spanish. Aguirre referenced he’s been in America since 1986. Sen. Harris then asked incredulously, “Why aren’t you speaking English?” The man said he could but preferred Spanish. Harris called it insulting and the man then resumed in Spanish. • How much did you love Canadian hockey fans rioting after they lost Game 7 to the Boston Bruins in Vancouver? What really cracked me up was it was still daylight, and how drunk could these guys be? Vancouver authorities blamed most of the mayhem on so-called anarchists. These are the same losers who show up and riot every time there’s a G-8 summit somewhere. Heard the Bruins took the Stanley Cup down to one of my favorite Boston waterfront bars and partied with fans. More than 1 million Bostonians turned out Saturday for the Bruins victory parade. Nice. • So you think that clunker of yours has a few miles on it? A guy named Joe from Norway, Maine just went over the millionmile mark on his 1996 Honda Accord. Joe is a former car technician turned insurance adjuster who bought the car used with 74,000 miles on it. He averages more than 5,000 miles a month traveling New England.

• The owners of a Berlin boutique thought they’d get a little free publicity by offering free designer duds to the first 100 women who showed up in their underwear. More than 1,000 did, causing a near riot. I think Victoria’s Secret hit on that formula a while ago. • Legendary Wall street financier Dick Jenrette hosted a $500-a-head fundraiser for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Saturday at his Barrytown estate. • Former New York Jets QB Chad Pennington will be in the Fox broadcast booth this season. The injury-plagued Pennington will let his latest shoulder injury heal from the safety of the booth and decide if he’ll give football a go next year. He’s currently under contract to the Miami Dolphins. - It’s never easy being left at the altar, but 85-year-old Hugh Hefner isn’t taking being dumped by his 25-year-old fiancée, Crystal Harris, without a little snark. The smitten Hefner had already put his beloved on the cover of next month’s magazine. Now that she’s come to her senses, he’s putting an overlay on the cover calling her “Runaway Bride.” Thank you, Crystal, for sparing me the weddingnight images. • Hats off to the many scattered members of the Waldstein family, who will gather in Hyde Park this weekend for a family reunion. They are all here visiting Elizabeth Waldstein Hart, director of Walkway Over the Hudson. Elizabeth tells us her Swedish kinfolk and American relations will cruise the Hudson, have a big family brunch at the Eveready Diner and visit all the fabulous Hudson Valley historical sites. All 38 family members will meet and take a stroll with Walkway founder Fred Schaeffer before leaving. So when you see a bunch of good-looking blond people roaming the landscape this weekend, assume they’re Waldsteins. Welcome! • Architect Steve Tinkleman and his lovely fiancée, Rachel, tied the knot Saturday evening at the Red Devon restaurant, surrounded by family and local swells. Sen. Steve Saland was there being bombarded with questions about which way he intends to vote on same-sex marriage. The senator kept his counsel but voted “yes” on the Tinkleman nuptials. • It was a tough weekend at the beach for 50-year-old Robin Corrente of Long Island. She says after sunbathing, she noticed she had third-degree burns on her breasts. She claims the sun overheated the underwire of the top and scorched those puppies. She’s suing the bathing suit manufacturer. Come on! • Finally, Hudson Valley News art director and resident genius Nicole DeLawder dodged a bullet last week when her team’s softball game against the mighty Hudson Valley News squad was rained out. That’s right, fans, Nicole suits up for an opposing team. The really irritating thing is she’s a very good player!

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Fire department to host fundraiser for local student BY RAY OBERLY

The East and West Clinton Fire Departments are co-sponsoring a fundraiser for Ian Adams, a 16-year-old Millbrook student who was severely injured in an automobile accident on Nov. 5. Adams, the only grandson of Trish and Herb Adams of Clinton Corners, remains in a coma and is being cared for at home by his parents, Dave and Ren Adams, and a team of nurses and therapists. Adams’ treatment needs greatly exceed the family’s insurance coverage. The fundraiser will provide additional money to help the family obtain the equipment and level of care needed to insure his recovery. The Ian Adams Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 30 (rain date Sunday, July 31), from noon to 6 p.m., at Frances J. Mark Memorial Park, 337 Clinton Hollow Rd. (County Route 18, about a mile north of Salt Point). Hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages will be sold in the early afternoon and a chicken barbecue starts at 4 p.m. (menu includes: half chicken, salads, cornbread, dessert and beverages). Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students with IDs, seniors, firefighters, active military and police. Takeout will also be available. Tickets, which include chances in the big raffle, are available from the East and West Clinton Fire Department members or by calling Donna at 845-266-8013. A number of activities are planned, including a Millbrook softball tournament with a four-team contest, a petting zoo from 2 to 6 p.m., a silent auction, raffles, volleyball, children’s playground and four live bands. Additional activities are being finalized. Donations of new items or special services for the raffles and silent auction are being sought. This is a community effort organized to help “one of our own” with the valuable guidance and support of both the East and West Clinton Fire Departments. Come and support the Adams family while having a fun day out with your family. For more information about the fundraiser and donations for the silent auction and raffles, call Stephanie at 845-266-4299. Anyone wishing to make a donation may send a check made payable to the Ian Adams Fund and mail it to: East Clinton Fire District, Ian Adams Fund, P.O. Box 181, Clinton Corners, NY 12514. Contact Mary Ann at 845-266-5303 for additional information on donations.





On May 15, Clinton Alliance Church dedicated its new youth center. Overcast skies and occasional rain did not keep the large crowd from coming to this important church event. Construction began in summer 2008 after several years of planning, designing and fundraising. The front portion of the center was completed first and contains the bathrooms, kitchen, mechanical room, lobby and some storage space. The hall area was completed on May 14. The hall provides a multipurpose room and storage area for the tables, chairs and other equipment. The tile floor has the design of a basketball court incorporated into it. Basketball has been longtime favorite activity of the pastor and members of the church, young and old. Volleyball and other activities can also be played in the hall. Portable room dividers allow several activities to be conducted at one time. A very large wooden cross was attached to the west wall of the hall and provided a backdrop for the day’s dedication. Paul Heffron and the church’s Congregation Worship Music Team played music, sang songs and had the audience singing along very enthusiastically. Andy Schopfer welcomed attendees and made general announcements related to the dedication. Clinton Alliance Church’s Pastor Thomas Hartley made some remarks about the process of getting the youth center designed and built. Clinton Town Supervisor Jeff Burns recanted his early childhood experiences in Clinton Corners. Pastor Hartley and others thanked and acknowledged the many people who provided volunteer labor, donated materials and services, donated funds and helped in other ways to build the youth center. The church’s secretary, Carol Hess, received a bouquet of flowers for all her additional work associated with the construction. The church’s treasurer, Debbie Holden, also received a bouquet for handling the complicated financial matters related to the construction. Jody and Steve Rathjen received a gift certificate for being present at every work party and other times during construction. Church elder Donald Dedrick received Orvis fishing equipment and fishing rods for his work as project manager. Pastor Hartley and his wife, Carol, received a gift certificate to the Red Lion Inn for a getaway as thanks for their efforts in bringing the youth center to fruition.

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The Clinton Alliance Church Youth Center was dedicated on May 15; Clinton Alliance Church Pastor Thomas Hartley participates in the dedication celebration at the new youth center. Photos submitted.

Kevin Halton received a most unusual mounted trophy since everyone knows he is an accomplished hunter. The trophy was a real, full-sized cow’s head with a noisy cow bell hung around its neck. It was awarded for Kevin’s vision, dedication, design and construction of the center. His wife, Marie Halton, also received a bouquet for the many days that Kevin was away working on the center. The Rev. Jon Martin, northeastern district director of Church Health & Multiplication, expressed his pleasure in participating in this joyous celebration and dedication. He commented that in July 2011, Pastor Hartley will be completing 30 years of service at Clinton Alliance Church. Martin thanked the congregation and community for coming together to construct the youth center. He commented on the pastor’s efforts to keep the church alive and growing to meet the community’s needs rather than to go out of business. Elder Nathaniel Hieter gave closing instructions on how the hall was going to be transformed quickly into a dining area. The assembly chairs were moved, tables were rolled out and table cloths were placed on them, and the many buffet tables were laden with food and placed in the center of the hall. Paul Heffron made a special trip from his home in Arlington, Virginia to participate in the dedication ceremony. Most times, we only see Paul during the Christmas season, when he gives his annual concert at the church. Pastor Hartley thanks all who worked to make the dedication celebration successful.


The Daniel Center held its third annual pig roast on the afternoon of June 12 at the American Legion Arlington Post 1302 in Poughkeepsie.

Daniel Center Executive Director Julia Dehn welcomed attendees and thanked them for supporting this veteran’s project. She said the center is still looking to move into an affordable building. In the meantime, they are seeking donated office space so they can begin providing some support services for veterans. There was plenty of pork for all to eat, even enough for seconds. There were many selections in addition to the pork, including mac and cheese, baked beans, ziti, sausage and peppers, cole slaw, potato and macaroni salads, hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages and cupcakes for dessert. There was a 50/50 raffle, raffles for two specialty baskets and several door prizes. Music was provided by Visham and Vishwa DaVishous Brothers and singersongwriter Michelle Barone. Funds raised will support the purchase of a building to be used by veterans in need. The mission of the Daniel Center is to provide a place where veterans can come to live with other veterans, share experiences, give each other encouragement and support for transition back into society. For more information on The Daniel Center and its activities, contact Julia Dehn at 845-750-2684 or visit www.


Pictured: A screen shot of Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater Flickr site.

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS This week kicks off the 27th Powerhouse Theater season, the magical brainchild of New York Stage and Film and Vassar College. What makes Powerhouse so special is the newness and rawness of the works presented – as you read this, hordes of performers, directors, writers, designers, technicians and apprentices are hard at work, pulling together a myriad of plays, musicals, readings and more to proudly present to a ready and waiting audience.

I caught up with Johanna Pfaelzer, artistic director of New York Stage and Film, to find out how the season was shaping up in the last few weeks before show time. “Patty Wettig has written a beautiful play,” said Pfaelzer of Wettig’s play “F2M,” which had been part of the reading series last year and is now one of the two Mainstage performances. “It’s great to pair her again with (director) Maria (Mileaf). Keira Keeley is Parker, who is transitioning (F2M represents “female to male”); Ken > continued on next page

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THE PLAY’S THE THING: Directors discuss Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s 25th anniversary season p. 9 TALL TALES: ‘Words, words, words’ at Maplegrove p. 10 FOR KIDS: Play at Clermont State Historic Site p. 11

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event listings throughout the Hudson Valley e-mail us your events: Deadline is noon on Thursdays. Listings are accurate as of press time but be sure to confirm details before you go.


Wednesday, June 22 MUSIC

Sock Workshop June 24-25: Open to anyone who can knit and purl. Workshop hours: Friday, noon-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunch will be provided on Saturday with snacks during the Friday session. Cost: $40. Town of Clinton Town Hall, 1215 Centre Rd., Schultzville. 845-876-2488.

The Big Band Sound 7 p.m. The Music in the Parks series continues. Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. In case of rain, call 845-229-8086 after 4 p.m. to check rain location.

THEATER ‘42nd Street’ June 23-July 10: Directed by DJ Salisbury, with choreography by Kate Vallee and music direction by Artistic Director Michael Berkeley. Go to triarts. net for ticket prices and times. TriArts Sharon Playhouse, 49 Amenia Rd., Sharon, Connecticut. 860-364-7469. ‘The Sound of Music’ Through June 26: Featuring an unforgettable score by Rodgers and Hammerstein that includes some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage. Directed by Bill Ross. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

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(Olin) is Clarence; Phoebe Strole is Lucy; Harriett D. Foy is the therapist. June 24 - July 31 It’s a great group; they illuminate things for Patty. This is her first full Single Tickets: $35-20 production at Powerhouse ever. Vassar College It’s thrilling to give a writer that 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie opportunity and to surround them with such a great group.” Wetting is paired with Rob Handel 845-437-5907 in his Powerhouse debut, said Pfaelzer. “Sam Buntrock, who made his mark with ‘Sunday in the Park With George’ in New York City, is directing ‘A Maze.’ One of the main characters is a graphic novelist, and he (Buntrock) was in animation, so it is a strikingly visual world. Audiences will see a change in shape and form of the theater, due to a fantastic design team.” Pfaelzer said “A Maze” is a particularly ambitious undertaking for Powerhouse. “The scale of imagination is going to stretch us,” she said. “It’s a combination of doing work that pushes us as producers, that challenges our audiences and forces our artists to stretch. We can say to the writers, ‘Take that risk,’ because we’re met by an audience that is willing to go on that journey with you. I’m proud for us as a company and us as a community that we can make that promise.”




Thursday, June 23 NIGHTLIFE The New Zion Trio 9 p.m. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848.

Friday, June 24 FILM “On Golden Pond” 7 p.m. The last film in the Great Performances series. Beekman Library. or 845-724-3414.

MUSIC Aston Magna 2011 Concert Series 8 p.m. The series continues with “Diversions: Mozart and Hummel.” The program includes Mozart’s Horn Quintet, Divertimento for oboe, horns, and strings, and “A Musical Joke,” as well as J.N. Hummel’s Clarinet Quartet. Performers are Stephen Hammer, classical oboe; Eric Hoeprich, basset clarinet; Richard Menaul, horn; Frederick Aldrich, horn; Daniel Stepner and Julie Leven, classical violins; David Miller, classical viola; Loretta O’Sullivan, classical cello; and Anne Trout, contrabass. Performance is preceded by a lecture, 7 p.m. Single tickets: $30; $25 for senior citizens. Olin Hall at Bard College, River Rd. Annandale on Hudson. 845-758-7887.

NIGHTLIFE Swing Dance 6:30 p.m. Intermediate Swing Dance Workshop: 6:30-8 p.m. Admission: $15; beginners’ lesson, 8-8:30 p.m.; dancing to Shorty King’s Clubhouse, 8-11:30 p.m. Admission: $15, general; $10, fulltime students. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. 845-255-1379.

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The 27th Annual Powerhouse Season schedule THE MAINSTAGE

(fully staged and designed works in progress) ‘F2M’ by Patricia Wettig June 29 – July 10 ‘A Maze’ by Rob Handel July 20-July 31


(concert readings of works in progress) ‘The Nightingale’ Book and lyrics by Steven Sater Music by Duncan Sheik Directed by Moisés Kaufman July 8-10 ‘February House’ Music and lyrics by Gabriel Kahane Book by Seth Bockley Directed by Davis McCallum July 14-16 ‘Piece of my Heart’ Music and lyrics by Bert Berns Book by Daniel Goldfarb, Brett Berns and Cassandra Berns Directed by Leigh Silverman July 28-31


(semi-staged play workshops) ‘Margaret And Craig’ by David Solomon Directed by Sheryl Kaller July 1-3 ‘Handball’ by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Directed by Candido Tirado July 15-17

SPECIAL MUSICAL PRESENTATION ‘The Island Musical’ By Dar Williams Directed Jeremy Dobrish July 17, 4pm, Martel Theater Free

Note: ‘The Island Musical’ is not part of the Powerhouse subscription - separate reservations are required. Beginning July 5, call the box office at 845-437-5599 to make your reservation.


Readings Festival 1 June 24-26 ‘Playground: The Hallie Flanagan Project’ by Mattie Brickman ‘Rising Returns’ by Daniel MacIvor ‘Day One, A Hotel Room, Evening’ by Joanna Murray-Smith ‘Rivers Of January’ by Ben Snyder ‘Drones’ by Matt Witten Readings Festival 2 July 29-31 ‘The Public’ by Ed Hime ‘The Hour Of Feeling’ by Mona Mansour ‘Matty’s Place’ by Frank Pugliese ‘Marry Harry’ by Jennifer Robbins, Michael Biello and Dan Martin ‘Sleeping Demon’ by John Patrick Shanley


‘Wuthering’ July 7, 14, 21, 28 at 6 p.m., Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center A “soundpainted” dance theater piece by Mark Lindberg Free ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ July 8-11 at 6 p.m., Amphitheater By William Shakespeare Directed and adapted by Anthony Luciano Free ‘Cymbeline’ July 15-18 at 6 p.m., Amphitheater By William Shakespeare Directed and adapted by Brian McManamon Free


children 5 – 18 are free. Music Mountain, Falls Village, Conn. 860-824-7126. e-mail us your events: < continued from previous page Robbie Dupree and Friends 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. Taraf Taschengreifer Duo 8:30-11 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

Saturday, June 25 EVENT

Noel Velez, Jason O’Connell & Christopher Edwards in the 2008 HVSF production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” Photo by William Marsh.

Children’s Play Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. See full story on page 11. Free. Clermont State Historic Site,1 Clermont Rd., Germantown. 518-537-4240.



As Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival kicks off this 25th anniversary season, I wanted to get insight from the crew about the three plays we’ll be enjoying this year. June 14-Sept. 4 “I think every day I am just reminded of how brilliantly written it is; ‘Hamlet;’ ‘The Comedy of Errors’, ‘Hamlet’ seems exceptional,” said Terrence O’Brien, and ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ founding artistic director and director of in rotating repertory. “Hamlet.” “It feels different. It’s not like Boscobel, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. it’s a straightforward play, even if you look at it really closely. There are a lot of 845- 265-9575 inconsistencies. Things where someone will say a line, it looks like it means one thing but it means something different. Ambiguity leads to expanded meaning. It makes the person who’s hearing it expand their mind as they try to process it.” O’Brien said he likes to step back and let the actors make their own choices. “I try to set up a context, and have the play tell us what to do. We don’t move the play, but because it’s all populated by people who are alive today and exist in our lives now, we make it modern without having to set it somewhere modern. I don’t want the setting to enforce anything in the script. Mostly, I just try to push someone away from a choice that is stereotypical. I try to suggest and direct but not define.” Christopher Edwards, associate artistic director and director of education, is bringing “Around the World in 80 Days” to life. “It’s a pretty popular play, a family pleaser. I love this tenor, I love the idea of things being incredibly theatrical with minimal sets and props, focusing on the actor and story, which is something we generally do pretty well at HVSF.” When asked to describe the show, he said, “It’s similar to ‘Bomb-itty (of Errors,’ which Edwards directed last year), but it’s set in the Victorian era. It’s sort of Monty Python meets ‘Sense and Sensibility.’ We’re having a good time in rehearsal. It’s very character driven, which takes a lot of the onus off of the director.” Kurt Rhoads is at the helm of “A Comedy of Errors,” which he directed for HVSF about eight years ago, he said. “This is my seventh production,” he said. “It’s really has a special meaning for me, because it started me off, and it’s a great part for a young man. There’s lots of promise; I see myself in his journey.” Because of his familiarity with the work (as both an actor and director), Rhoads said the challenge is not to steal or repeat. “I kind of let go of my need to micro-manage.” Given how deftly he handled “The Taming of the Shrew” last year, I asked if there was anything particularly explosive in this performance. “Nothing as controversial as ‘Shrew.’ We’re setting it in a ‘side show meets B movie’ kind of world, inspired by Ed Wood. But we’re not doing a bad acting technique!” Rhoads’ “Shrew” leading lady, Gabra Zackman, will be tackling one of the Dromio parts, a character traditionally played by men. “I get to play a beleaguered male slave; it’s great fun,” she said. “Kurt is an extraordinary director; he’s so creative.” Her other role is that of Gertrude in “Hamlet.” “I had never looked at the role before,” she said. “I’m finding all this wonderful discovery in a role I didn’t much like. The women in this play live in a tough world; I haven’t really liked the portrayals of Gertrude I’ve seen. They’ve been weak in some way. And working on it has very revelatory.”


The South Shore Syncopators 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $30, door; $27, advance;

NIGHTLIFE Tuba Skinny 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. $10, general admission. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock.

THEATER Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘HMS Pinafore’ 8:30 p.m. Opens the festival in celebration of the 15th season of the distinguished Bel Canto at Caramoor series. Tickets $81-$21. Venetian Theater at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914-232-1252.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables Hike – Millbrook Mountain 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. > continued on next page

Ohana is a Hawaiian word that can mean adopted family, and that’s just what Ohana wants to be. She once had a home of her own but the new baby developed allergies. Ohana is such an affectionate, carefree cat. She’s just a joy to spend time with – like a vacation in Hawaii. Come say aloha to Ohana.

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day information, go to Memorial Park, Rte. 199, Stanfordville. 845-871-3501. e-mail us your events: < continued from previous page Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. 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. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, non-members.

Sunday, June 26 EVENT 2nd Annual Du/Triathlon 6:15 a.m. Benefits Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation. The event offers a Triathlon (swim, bike, run) and a Duathlon (run, bike, run). The official race start time is 8am, with check in starting at 6:15 a.m. The Triathlon includes a ¼ mile swim, a 12 mile bike, and a 3 mile run. The Duathlon is a 1 mile run, 12 mile bike and 3 mile run. The field holds up to 500 participants and all participants must be 18 years of age or older. Triathlon entry fee, $95; duathlon entry fee, $85. To register for the event (online only) and for a complete list of race

‘Words Words Words’ Summer Program 3 p.m. See full story at right. Free, donations welcome., Maple Grove, 25 Maple Grove Lane, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-9651.

MUSIC Acoustic Medicine Show 1-3 p.m. Original new-grass with flavors of traditional bluegrass and mountain music influences. Free. Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500. St. Petersburg String Quartet 3 p.m. Tickets: $30, door; $27, advance; children 5 – 18 are free. Music Mountain, Falls Village, Conn. 860-824-7126. Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society Concert 3 p.m. Members of the guitar society will perform solo and duet works by Aguado, Albeniz, Ferrer, Granados, Mendelssohn, Sor and Tarrega. $10. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0264.

OUTDOOR Dog Days of Summer Family Hike 1-3 p.m. Join Andrew Bajardi, Mohonk Preserve ranger, and bring your favorite furry friend along for an afternoon romp through the fields and forests. All well-behaved dogs on short leashes welcome. Be sure to bring plenty of water for yourself and your pet. Children ages 10 and up are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. 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.


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Tuesday, June 28 NIGHTLIFE We Must Be 9 p.m. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848.


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Toddlers on the Trail – What’s Blooming? 10 a.m - noon. Join Dana Rudikoff, Volunteer Hike Leader, and explore the forest searching for Mountain Laurel and wildflowers. Bring water and snacks. No pets. Jogging strollers are not appropriate. Children ages 2 to 6 are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a 1.5-mile hike, and moves at a toddler’s pace. Reservations are required. There is a 15 parent limit. Participants should meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. It is advised to come early to secure a parking spot. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, non-members. Call Dana at 845626-4253 or email her at dana_rudikoff@yahoo. com to reserve a spot.

Wednesday, June 29 MUSIC The Chain Gang 7 p.m. The Music in the Parks series continues. Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion), Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. In case of rain, call 845-229-8086 after 4 p.m. to check rain location. {10} June 22, 2011 | | Hudson valley news



Sunday kicks off the first of three author events at Maple Grove – titled “Words, Words, Words,” these afternoons 3 p.m. | Sunday, June 26 serve two purposes. First, attendees get a Free, donations welcome chance to meet authors they’ve enjoyed Maple Grove (or discover new talents), and attendees get to enjoy (and support) the restoration 25 Maple Grove Lane, Poughkeepsie of Maple Grove. 845-471-9651 “This is the fourth year for ‘Words, Words, Words,’” said Susan F. Avery, a member of the Maple Grove Restoration Committee. “I used to have a bookstore in New Paltz, so I was asked by members of the committee who were interested in hosting such a project. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Since the Hudson Valley is replete with writers, Avery didn’t have a difficult time finding them. “The first year, I asked authors who I knew; they were very generous to do this for free. We publicize it and sell books. The authors love to talk to their audience. Writers live an isolated life when they’re working on a book.” The first year was a moderate success, said Avery. “We did it again, and brainstormed more local authors who had new books to promote.” Avery couldn’t spearhead the effort this year, and she worried the momentum generated over the years would be lost. “I’m happy to say that a couple of people came together and got this all together for the summer. This year is an excellent group of authors. Excellent authors and excellent books. It’s a very varied group.” On Sunday, the authors will be Heinz Insu Fenkl, author of “Memories of My Chinese Brother;” Molly McGlennen, author of “Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits;” Kenneth Wishnia, author of “The Fifth Servant;” and Nina Shengold and Jennifer May, authors of “River of Words.” “Basically, we like to have a little diversity; something for everyone,” she said. The second date, Sunday, July 31, will feature Emily Barton, author of “Brookland;” John Darnton, author of “Almost A Family: A Memior;” and Nina Darnton, author of “An African Affair.” The third date, Sunday, Aug. 28, will feature Conor Grennan, author of “Little Princes;” Mihai Grunfeld, author of “Leaving: Memories of Romania;” and Susan Fox Rogers, author of “Antarctica: Life on the Ice.” “That is the wonderful thing,” remarked Avery. “We keep coming up with terrific writers. And it’s appropriate for the house. Down there on a Sunday afternoon, (the readings) feel like they always had taken place.”


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Kitchen transformation before (left) and after.

Last week, ZenDog in Rhinebeck announced it will be closing down “until another dog picks up the bone and runs with it.”



Bedroom transformation before (top) and after.

The way we live in our homes and the way a home is presented for sale have changed tremendously from years past. As the owner of The Well Dressed House, a professional staging business, I have been told by some sellers that buyers can look past clutter. They tell me that buyers will appreciate a lived-in look. This is no longer the case. In fact, that lived-in look our homes take on from our day to day comings and goings can be a turn-off to potential buyers. CLUTTER EATS EQUITY. Most buyers cannot visualize the true size of a prospective home’s rooms if they can’t see the walls. Selling your home is not the time to show off your decorating skills. You may be the most talented home designer on your street. Unfortunately, if a homebuyer doesn’t agree with your shabby-chic sense of style or bold wall colors, you may be sending them dashing for the door. Buyers are not purchasing your furnishings. Personal items do more to distract them than to help focus on what great features your house has to offer. The Internet has become the way most homebuyers begin to scout out potential properties. If your listing photos appear disorganized or overstuffed, your house may be passed by in their search for a new home. Instead, they just move on to the next picture of an organized, clean home and your chance, your first impression, is lost forever. YOU NEED TO OPEN UP THE FLOOR SPACE. Buyers need to be able to mentally move their belongings in for them to want to purchase a house. When you live in a home for a while, you become so accustomed to the furnishings that you can’t see just how {12} June 22, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

crowded the rooms have become. Furniture that creates an obstacle course for buyers to traverse isn’t going to help. Too many pieces of big furniture will crowd the buyers and make them believe even the most spacious of rooms are too small. Staging does not make a home look sparse but allows a buyer to see the real estate they are purchasing. This said, it can be difficult for a homeowner to decide what furniture to keep and what is best stored for their next home. A professional stager is trained to place a fresh focus on your rooms and can visualize the finished look. REMOVE TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING. Your beloved collections, whether it is books, knick knacks, plants or pillows have to be packed away. It is important to empty off all flat surfaces, leaving only a few nondescript, decorative pieces in place. It is necessary for the kitchen counters be kept clear. Only the most needed appliances should be visible. That means storing the rarely used electric knife and waffle iron only delegated for service on holidays. PARE DOWN THOSE OVERSTUFFED CLOSETS. Yes, it is a known fact that buyers open up all your closets and cupboards. It isn’t a good sign when they open a door only to be buried by a cascading pile of old sweatshirts and tattered sweaters left over from your college days. Or they open the kitchen cupboards anticipating how much space their beloved aunt’s china will be displayed on and only see a collection of mismatched mugs labeled from every known business in town. Show off all the storage your house has to offer. It is a big selling point. Speaking of storage, I am often asked by clients getting ready to list their homes just what it is they should do with all of their beloved possessions. Maybe this is a good time to have that muchneeded and often-put-off garage sale. If you price the items fairly, you will be surprised how quickly buyers will be willing to cart your surplus of household goods away. Even though it may be difficult to see your trumpet you last played in high school or the never ridden ( but constant reminder of the plan to exercise daily) mountain bike being placed in a total strangers car, look at it as these items are on the way to a new home. Anything left over from the sale is welcomed by charity organizations that help the less fortunate. Again, these items will see use in a new environment. For all the beloved treasures you plan on taking to your new home, there are two options: If you have garage, attic, or cellar space, neatly packed boxes stored to one side will not deter a buyer. Just make sure your treasures don’t occupy the entire two garage bays or overflow down from the attic stairs. When the items you plan to move become that plentiful, it is probably best to rent a storage space. Remember, buyers are looking to buy the property, not your furnishings. If you are going to be moving, you can either pack up now or wait until the house is sold when the crunch is on to really get going. So make it easier on yourself and start eliminating and storing all your treasures in preparation for their new home. In the end, you will be glad you did. For more information, Anna Sember, owner of The Well Dressed House can be reached at 914-388-0730 or ann@thewelldressedhouse. net. Also, visit her website:


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CAMPS FOR KIDS - Mill Street Loft’s 30th Dutchess Arts Camp (pictured, above)and a wide variety of summer programs will be offered for kids ages 3 to 19 at Poughkeepsie, Millbrook, Red Hook and Beacon between July 5 and Aug. 5. For registration and additional information call 845-471-7477 or visit Cocoon Theatre’s 14th annual Young Actors Summer Workshop will take place June 27 through Aug 9. Ages 6-18. Young actors will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” For details call 845-876-6470 or visit DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION - Windows on Main Street 2011 is looking for arists to create site-specfic works of art to engage the community through a month-long exhibition. Deadline is June 30. Send submissions and inquires to Hannah Anderson, AUDITIONS - The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck will be holding auditions for “The Glass Menagerie” June 23-25. Performances in late September-early October. Sat. 1 p.m, Sun & Mon 7 p.m. 845-876-3088, ext. 14

OPENING THIS WEEK Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center presents “A Taste for the Modern: Gifts from Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, Edna Bryner Schwab, and Virginia Herrick Deknatel” that will highlight 48 works in the permanent collection, including examples by Cézanne, Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Marin, and Stieglitz, on display June 24 through September 4. The Art Center is free and open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 845-4375632 or Pablo Picasso “Le chapeau à fleurs (The Hat with Flowers), 1963” Gift of Virginia Herrick Deknatel, class of 1929

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weekend horoscopes

you take things. You know what needs to be done, and as you carry out the actions necessary, people will start to understand.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You’ll get a chance to enjoy some free time this weekend, and you should make the most of JUNE 22-28 it. Finally, there are no dark clouds hanging CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): It feels as over your head, and you can relax without any if everyone is against you right now, but you weight on your shoulders. Resist the urge to are being sensitive to “clues” that are not true find something to worry about. indications of how people feel about you. Accept what you cannot change about someone AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You may you love and give yourself permission to calm be faced this week with something that threatens you core values; if it’s not in direct condown about the situation. flict with your beliefs, it will still cause you to LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): It’s hard when re-evaluate what you believe. Don’t try to fight you want to be a people-pleaser and they nev- this internally – reach out to others and ask er seem to be satisfied. You should put your for advice. You aren’t the first person to face own wants and desires higher up on your list of this situation, and someone close to you has priorities. It may be difficult initially, but you will words of wisdom you should hear. not be happy as long as you keep thinking that you can make everyone happy all of the time. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Career questions and worries are prominent in your VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): You’re feeling head right now. Your feeling dissatisfied with the urge to go on a quest, and it may be an in- your current situation and it’s time for you to tellectual one rather than a true adventure. You make a change. That doesn’t mean quitting, need to do some research into what’s missing necessarily – you might just need to shift some from your life – this could be as simple as look- priorities around and make room for growth. ing into your family tree or as challenging as a Ask how you can expand your role or how you true spiritual journey. The sooner you start, the can take on new responsibilities. sooner you will be more at peace. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You’d LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): Your ability to rather run from conflict than honestly address concentrate and focus on the task at hand is issues in a close relationship this week. You’ll very strong right now, so make the most of it. only wind up complicating the matter if you If there’s something that you’ve been putting of keep pushing people always. Take responsibilgetting accomplished, this is the perfect time to ity for your feelings. tackle the project and put it out of your mind for good. Even if it means giving up a free day, it TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): You feel as will be worth it in the long run. though you have much more control in your life right now, and it seems strange to you to be SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): You in a position of power. Consider the way you shouldn’t feel a lack of self-confidence, but you interact with people; can this new awareness do. Especially when it comes to a romantic improve your ability to communicate honestly relationship. Consider what may be contribut- and clearly? ing to this feeling, and whether or not you feel that your partner is giving you the support you GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Consider need. You might recognize a pattern. what your motivation is to be friends with certain people. Are you in a relationship for the SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): The wrong reasons? Does everything seem more more you listen to your intuition, the greater convoluted than usual? Make an honest astranquility you’ll feel. You have to need to ig- sessment and then act on it accordingly. nore people who tell you to lighten up about a situation – they don’t understand how seriously For entertainment purposes only.



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I don’t want to be THAT kind of nerd. You know the one I’m talking about. The one who sits and picks apart every detail of a movie. It’s not what I want to do, yet “Green Lantern” leaves me ‘THE GREEN LANTERN’ no choice. There is a solid, entertaining movie here that seems to be trapped Weekend rating: 3 out of 5 Lanterns under a few negative details. You know Director: Martin Campbell the good stuff already from the trailers. It Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake is visually stunning, an interesting story, Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and it does deliver. Yet those few qualms I have leave me questioning if this film Runtime: 1 hr 45 min could have benefited from some better Rated PG-13 editing. Let me explain. One of the biggest problems in this genre (comic book movies) is that too much of the story is dedicated to explaining characters’ back stories. Generally, not enough time is spent on actually seeing the main character as the super hero, showing off their powers and saving the world. “Green Lantern” actually handles this pretty well in the beginning. There is a clear, concise explanation for this universe, how it is run, and how our hero fits into the story right at the start of the film. There are 3,600 sectors in the universe. Each one is policed by a Green Lantern. Each Green Lantern is given a ring, which draws energy from a lantern, which draws its power from the energy of will. Will is gathered across the universe and stored on the plant Oa, the planet of the Green Lanterns. All of these individuals make up the Green Lantern Corps, who are guided by a council called the Guardians of the Universe. The audience is also introduced to the main nemesis, Parallax, who was once a guardian, but instead of the power of will, turned to the power of fear, and became consumed. That’s a lot to take in, but the narrator gives the important details up front with accompanying visuals of the places and people. You’re immediately immersed in a rich world with a lot of history. So how does our hero fit into this? When a Green Lantern dies their ring then chooses another being, one without fear, to become the next Green Lantern. Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is chosen once the Green Lantern who had previously defeated Parallax dies upon the nemesis’ escape. Here’s where it gets really good! We get to see Hal’s transformation from a pilot with some parental issues to the next savior of the sector containing earth! Special effects ensue, the love interest reveals itself, and our hero is born ... but wait! Enter too many other characters, another nemesis who we keep cutting back to for more and more of his back story, and some government involvement to take

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your attention away from Hal. Reynolds portrayal of Hal was flawless. His attitude, emotion and humor all capture the audience and really make you feel for our hero. He’s not the likely choice for a fearless individual, yet the ring chose him because it saw something inside him that he needs to see in himself. You’re routing for him to overcome his issues and become the hero we all know he’s destined to be! Yet, every time you start to get into his story a little more, you’re drawn out of it as the story cuts to another piece of useless info on our second nemesis. The story was so well told in the beginning that it accentuates how awkward the pacing becomes in the second half of the film. The power of the ring is that it’s wearer can make anything come to fruition, as long as they can see it. They will things into being. That’s an imagination gold mine! Yet, because there are so many other plot points (needless ones mostly), only a handful of really imaginative visuals come to life, most of which occur early in a training scene. Overall, the visuals of the film were stunning. The planet Oa is detailed and imaginative, and Parallax is an incredible force to be reckoned with. Hal’s Green Lantern suit, which sparked some debate among the die-hard fans, was actually pretty cool and really innovative as a lot of CG effects were used to add detail to the suit. The movie was good, not great. Was it worth the price of a movie ticket? I don’t think so. Is it worth a rental or adding it to your Instant Queue? Definitely.



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Celebrating Dad BY ANN LA FARGE

Oops, you missed Father’s Day? You had a good excuse use – the hottest thriller of the season wasn’t available in ly, bookstores until Tuesday, the 21st of June – incidentally, us the first day of summer. So, celebrate those two felicitous ’s days with a gift to Dad (or to yourself) of James Rollins’s m. “The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel” (Wm. Morrow, $27.99). “Was the United States of America built on a lie?”” In this ultra-thrilling and very complex thriller, we go back to the founding fathers – and forward to the latest in technology: nanotechnology (what is a neutrino? A nanobot?). Look at the Great Seal. Why does the eagle clutch her)? 13 arrows in one claw (and an olive branch in the other)? But wait: Are there actually 14 arrows? Were Franklin and Jefferson in cahoots with Native American tribes to plan a devil colony? Did Lewis and Clark have a secret agenda, something Thomas Jefferson asked them to do? What is hidden in the Book of Mormon? Deep in the Rocky Mountains, there’s a cave protected by the Great Spirit. Two Native American teenagers, with a stolen map, find the cave and make a gruesome discovery: hundreds of mummified bodies. But before the mystery can be solved there’s a horrific explosion. Enter Painter Crowe, director of SIGMA force. But he can’t prevent a global geological meltdown, a volcano eruption in Iceland, or a dark faction that has been manipulating America history since the 13 colonies were founded. Asked in an interview to elucidate the “hidden truths” he has discovered – the meaning of the symbols on the Great Seal, for instance – Rollins reveals the existence of a lost Founding Father, an Iroquois chief named Canasatego. Who? But that’s enough hints. Suffice it say that this novel puts the thrill in thriller, big time. I’m not a thriller devotee, but this one kept me up past my bedtime. Don’t miss it. And one more suggestion for a late present for Dad. I praised this book in an earlier column, but mention it again here since it’s such a perfect gift for the Reading Dad: “The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared” by Alice Ozma (Grand Central Publishing, $24.99). Father and daughter read aloud every night from

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fourth-grade until she went away to college. They called it “The Streak.” Maybe it will inspire you and Dad to start a streak of your own! Madness is not a cheery subject, but it sure is a compelling one, and this week I read two very fine books on the subject – one a novel, the other a memoir. “The S Storm at the Door,” a novel by Stefan Merrill Block (Random House, $25) is, in the author’s words, “a work of fiction inspired by my grandparents’ story.” The story opens in 1989 when the Katharine, age 69, “knows ssuddenly the rightness of what she must do” – burn all tthe letters and writings of her husband. The story then flashes back to 1962, when her husband was committed tto Mayflower Home – a fictionalized McLean Hospital, w where he will roam the corridors with Robert Lowell aalong with other intellectuals, schizophrenics and great ppoets. “For almost twenty years, the hospital has been nearly what the well-heeled rresidents of Boston like to imagine it to be when they deposit their inconvenient loved oones at its gates: a quiet, idyllic place of rest.” Not. Frederick pretends “insight” in order to be let out, but when the shrink finds his jjournal he is in deep trouble. There’s an escape and a return to the hospital. This is a story beautifully told, and a meditation on madness. “I still don’t know,” the author reveals, “if whatever it is within us that flares and fizzles is an illness or just the way we are.” Lori Schiller fought a long and courageous battle against schizophrenia, and reveals her torments and her triumph in a fine memoir, “The Quiet Room : A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness” by Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett (Grand Central Publishing, $13.99). She started hearing voices at the age of 17. She managed to get through college (the voices were softer, but they got louder) and she ended up at Payne Whitney, having shock treatments. Her family was told, “She will probably never be able to live on her own again.” She begged to come home, learned to conceal the voices and got a job on the outside (“I was trying so hard to be normal”) but she ended up back in the hospital … out again … until she finally found the right doctor and gained “a tiny gleam of insight,” the beginning of getting well. She tells us how she did it, taking us into her shattered world, into her family, into the hospitals and halfway houses and suicide attempts and, ultimately, love, marriage and recovery. Hers is a story at once harrowing and inspirational. Time for a light touch: I’m a devotee of Julian Barnes’s fiction, so I turned with delight to his new collection of short stories, “Pulse” (Knopf, $25). Each story is a surprise, and in the first half of the book, every other story is a dialogue titled “At Phil and Joanna’s.” In the first of these quirky pieces, “60/40,” a bunch of people are talking about smoking. It was the week Hillary Clinton finally conceded, and the friends are thinking perhaps they should “take it up again … Secret defiance of a PC world.” They conclude that “in all probability, for the rest of the life of the planet, some people somewhere would always be smoking, the lucky buggers.” The next story’s title caught my attention: “”Sleeping with John Updike.” Two old friends and rivals, writers (“when we’re onstage, we’re not literature, we’re sitcom”) are reminiscing about past indiscretions, concluding that, “Old men look boastful when they remember their conquests. Old woman come across as brave.” Get a copy of this book if only for the title story, “Pulse,” and read it straight through, as I did. You’ll smile until your face freezes. Happy first day of summer! 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

Winnakee meeting to feature talk on historic estate BY HV NEWS STAFF

Winnakee Land Trust will hold its Annual Meeting this week, inviting guests to get an up-close look at a historic chapel and enjoy a presentation about the history of the Crumwold estate. The Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, June 26, from 4 to 6 p.m., at St. James Chapel, 10 East Market St., Hyde Park. The guest speaker will be Hyde Park Town Historian Carney Rhinevault, author of “Colonel Archibald Rogers and the Crumwold Estate” and other books on local history. Rhinevault’s presentation will focus on Crumwold, a large, historic Hudson Valley estate completed in 1889 by Col. Archibald Rogers. Today, Winnakee Land Trust operates its Winnakee Nature Preserve on a former portion of the Crumwold estate. Also during the meeting, local residents Pompey and Margi Delafield will be honored with Winnakee’s annual Good Land Award for their “extensive work in beautifying Hyde Park, strengthening local nonprofit organizations and promoting the town’s economic development.” Winnakee will also renew board terms and welcome new board members during the event. The Annual Meeting is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, email


Author Heather E. Schwartz was a winner at Pitchapalooza on June 12. The event was held at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck. Pitchapalooza is billed as “American Idol” for publishing. Writers get one minute to pitch their book to a panel of publishing experts, including Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, hosts of the event and authors of “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.” Each pitch is critiqued and at the end, winners are selected. Winners receive an introduction to an appropriate agent or publisher for their book. The event was also recently held at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, in Troy. Schwartz pitched her middle-grade novel about a 13-year-old detective named Boyne Miller. Instead of solving crimes, Boyne answers the random questions most people wonder about and then dismiss. Questions like: “Why don’t you ever see a baby squirrel?” and “How do dandelions transform from yellow flowers into white puffballs?” As the mysteries of her everyday life grow more complicated, Boyne learns a good detective doesn’t just find answers. She also has to ask the right questions. Schwartz will sign two of her nonfiction children’s books, “Women of the U.S. Air Force: Aiming High” and “Women of the U.S. Marine Corps: Breaking Barriers” at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, on Saturday, July 9 at 3 p.m. She is the author of more than 20 children’s titles for Capstone Press, Lucent Books, Tangerine Press and Teacher Created Materials. She has also written for children’s magazines, including National Geographic Kids and Discovery Girls.

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Art Along the Hudson launches 8th season More than 250 supporters attended the eighth annual Art Along the Hudson kick-off reception at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill. Under the 2011 theme, â&#x20AC;&#x153;10 Communities, 10 Celebrations,â&#x20AC;? representatives from all 10 communities addressed the crowd, speaking about the importance of the arts, their economic impact on their respective communities and the on-going need to support the arts. Members of the Art Along the Hudson team; Benjamin Krevolin, President of Dutchess County Arts Council and Linda Hubbard. Photos by Mary Ann Glass.

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Sports Museum of Dutchess County: A hidden gem BY IAN CRUVER It’s not exactly on the beaten path, but the Sports Museum of Dutchess County is worth finding. At first glance, Carnwath Farms in Wappinger just looks like a collection of rundown buildings. That’s what most of it is, anyway. The museum established itself in what used to be Greystone House, a residency for severely handicapped people that closed its doors in 1999. The building, as well as the 99.7 acres that accompany it, is now owned by the Town of Wappinger. Hidden in the rear building is the Sports Museum of Dutchess County, an interesting collection of sports memorabilia from Dutchess County as well as some random items like Ty Cobb’s bat and a vintage iceboat from the 1920s. There are uniforms from teams long gone, along with the jerseys they wore. If Grandpa once lit it up on the ball field around here, a record of his achievement is likely in the building. The museum has it all: boxing, crew, basketball, tennis, baseball and softball. Museum curator Bill Emslie, who graciously guides visitors through the exhibits, looks after the collection. I first pulled into the museum’s entrance and thought I was lost. Signs to the museum were reassuring, but the remote location and boarded-up historic buildings didn’t seem like the tell-tale signs of a sports museum.

Emslie tells us they have only seen about 200 people in the museum since January, and it didn’t help attendance when the county (current owner of the site) cut electricity to the facility for 10 months last year. But Emslie and his team were not deterred. Most of the museum is all about local sports history. If you think there wouldn’t be a lot to offer in that category, you thought wrong. One of the more interesting local exhibits focuses on rowing. In the early 20th century, rowing was king in Poughkeepsie and world-class crews came from around the country to compete here. So did the gamblers and gangsters from New York City. The attendant gambling and violence actually caused the newspapers of the time to call for the abolishment of boat races in Poughkeepsie, eventually > continued on next page


Hudson Valley News sports writer Bob Kampf gets ready to hit an opening shot at the newly opened Gilbert Farm Recreational Center off Route 9G under the watchful eyes of co-owners Steve Puleo and Ken Casamento, who are enthusiastically prepared to welcome golfers of all ages at the driving range.



A poster promoting Satchel Paige’s appearance in Poughkeepsie with the Havana All-Stars. Photos by Jim Langan.


During the United States Open Golf tournament over the past weekend, won in front-running style by Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, commentators mentioned that Sergio Garcia does not warm up on the practice range. Unless your name is McIlroy or Garcia, however, chances are, if you are a golfer, that you could use a driving range to hone your skills for those $2 Nassau games with your fellow golfers. If you are just starting to learn the game, your initial home for the experience could well be a practice range with all the amenities for becoming a lowhandicap player. Well, your search for that site is now complete! The Gilbert Farm Recreational Center in Hyde Park, just off Route 9G, behind the former Gilbert Farm and present Oak Ridge complex, is up and running. A grand opening is being planned for the weekend of July 9 and 10 with lots of enthusiasm and fun for everyone. Ken Casamento and Steve Puleo, the owners, are prepared to welcome all levels of golfing aficionados to the first phase of their much-anticipated operation. “Our goal is to become a highly creditable teaching facility,” said Casamento, who indicated that there will be facilities for youngsters, middle-of the-road players and oldsters as the center continues to expand.


Currently, the facility will concentrate on driving range activity, but eventually there will be miniature golf, kids’ camps, an indoor recreational center and a chipping and putting complex. While the development is under way, golfers can get a shot at winning a $5,000 hole-in-one contest with the purchase of a “gold ball” for a one-shot attempt at a green some 167 yards in the center of the range and just short of a natural rock formation that adds its own special touch to the range. Golfers will be able to purchase a $5 “KEY FOB” and commence a sort of ATM system for obtaining buckets of balls in small, medium or large components. The > continued on next page

Gilbert Farm Recreational Center owners Ken Casamento and Steve Puleo, along with employee Karley Nichols, are ready to greet area golfers at their newly opened driving range complex, offering a $5,000 Hole-in-One contest and mini-tournaments among their many fairway offerings. Hudson valley news | | June 22, 2011 {19}

GILBERT FARM REC CENTER < continued from previous page idea is to make it easy for golfers to register and get started promptly. “We are looking for efficiency and ease of operation,” indicated co-owner Steve Puleo, “and there will be no problem getting started with the fob, which is similar to a key used at area gas stations.” Along with Casmento and Puleo, customers will be greeted by former Red Hook resident Karley Nichols, who is happy to register all interested golfers into the recreational center’s computer system. Eventually, the owners will have a working arrangement with Ping Golf for stocking golf clubs and the clubhouse already has a plentiful supply of gloves and golf equipment on hand. The enthusiastic greeting being offered to all who enter these golfing doors should be a contagious attraction for Hyde Park and other area residents. You can learn more about the center’s plans at Our advice, however, is to stop by and get caught up in the fervor that the operators of the new site have in store for you. You may not wind up as a U.S. Open Champion like McIlroy. He is one of a kind right now. But you will find the attention you get and the driving range, with standard and advanced hitting mats to your liking. When the entire complex is completed by 2012, it will be a splendid family affair. We are extremely pleased to welcome the Gilbert Recreational Center to our local family – and hope that they are extended well into our future.

A< continued HIDDEN GEM from previous page killing the sport locally. Who knew? The museum opened in 1973 and has moved a number of times before settling within the site of historic Carnwath Farms. The buildings around it are also worth taking a look at, even though they could be in better shape. An old carriage house near the museum is said to be haunted. The museum holds fundraisers occasionally to support the collection. A golf outing will be held July 11 at Casperkill Country Club, and the second annual Shoot the Diamond event at the Dutchess County Pistol Association is slated for Aug. 12. For more information on Shoot the Diamond, call Bill Emslie at 845-297-9308. For more information on the golf outing, call Gerry DeFiglio at 845-452-3180. We highly recommend you make the effort to visit the museum. You won’t be disappointed.

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The main Union Vale Town Board meeting of the month opened with a series of announcements by Supervisor Lisette Hitsman. A note of thanks was directed toward the Union Vale Business Association for sponsoring the annual fireworks display and for helping to make this year’s Community Day such a success. Gratitude was also given to the Union Vale constables for their efforts in overseeing a quick, 15-minute exit from Tymor Park after the close of the fireworks. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has once again instituted a new regulation in the ongoing effort to bring the Furnace Pond Dam into regulatory compliance. The agency is now requiring a written emergency plan to be submitted by midAugust of this year. Union Vale has been requested by certain Dutchess County interests to join with other local jurisdictions to come up with a contingency plan for natural disasters and similar occurrences. Hitsman noted our jurisdiction is currently seeking to cooperate with the towns of LaGrange, Pleasant Valley, Fishkill, Wappinger Falls, Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park in the venture. She also stated that Building Inspector George Kobe is going to be putting her in touch with an acquaintance who has had experience in formulating emergency action plans. Councilman John Welsh noted that Union Vale might be better off using its existing disaster plan for this purpose.


Councilman Welsh stated May was a busy month for the Union Vale Planning Board. Included in the submissions was a petition from the Knutsen family to construct a caretaker’s cottage on their parcel on Chestnut Ridge Road. Parks & Recreation Director Rob Mattes also reported a very active month after having finished painting all of the lines delineating the parking spaces in Tymor Park, installing stop signs, continuing work on the concession stand,

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providing a new covering for the roof of the concession stand, preparing the swimming pools for summer operation and fixing the fence at Godfrey Park. Mattes stated the water problem at Godfrey Park could be solved were the board to approve the purchase of a pump. The board acted on the request and approved the purchase of a $1,400 water pump for the park. It was noted the summer camps are almost full and that the main swimming pool is ready for operation. Mattes mentioned that this year’s Community Day was very successful. The vendors were able to sell more items on this occasion than other such events in the past. Mates finished this portion of his report by emphasizing that people should register early for programs being offered in the park in order to avoid cancellations.


In the correspondence section, Supervisor Hitsman related the contents of a letter received from the state, which states retailers will now have to keep track of all gold and silver exchanges in order to better identify items that have been stolen for later sale.


Councilman Ray Dezendorf and Parks & Recreation Director Rob Mattes reported on the current status of the kiddie pool in Tymor Park. Attention had been drawn to the 500 gallons per day that have leaked from the pool when it was last in operation. Dezendorf noted that one of the repair options involved the use of a process called “flood-grouting.” A chemical compound is fed through the piping system, along with the regular flow of water. Where the pipes are breached by holes or similar openings, the chemicals flow through the openings, harden and seal them. Dezendorf’s concern is not with the chemicals, which have been touted as safe, but the lack of information as to what specifically happens when these compounds mix with other chemicals in the pool system. There are material safety data sheets available that describe the action of its various components, but little else. Councilman John Welsh stated that the material safety data sheets generally accommodate the individuals installing the process rather

than the people who will be exposed to the end product. On the positive side, Dezendorf noted this process has been used quite extensively for the past few decades without significant incident. Indeed, Dezendorf had performed extensive research in an attempt to come up with a solution. He noted that there are other processes that have been used besides floodgrouting. One of the other options is a process referred to as “permafix.” Another is called “fix-a-leak.” Whereas either of them could get things up and running, they would serve only as bandaid or temporary types of solutions. Director Mattes noted that, notwithstanding the temporary nature of the latter two options, a process like fixa-leak could allow the pool to open for this season, which would also give his staff time to see if there are any grants available to cover the more expensive, but permanent, solutions. All present agreed that there were essentially three plans. Plan A would involve starting things off with the fixa-leak process. In the event of failure, then plan B could be invoked, which would involve flood-grouting. Were plans A and B both to fail, then plan C could be brought about, which would involve closing the pool for the season and installing replacement items. The town board voted on and approved the initial fix-a-leak process.


Parks Director Mattes suggested the town board approve a number of additional non-resident passes for use of the Tymor Park swimming pools. There is always concern about overcrowding, as well as non-residents showing up first and crowding out the people who live and pay taxes in town. For this reason, there already exists the rule that non-residents may only use the pool facilities from Mondays through Fridays. Mattes noted that as far as things stand at the present time, there is no specter of crowding for the upcoming swim season. Councilman Ralph Mondello made a motion that 25 more non-resident passes be made available for sale. The motion passed unanimously.

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around town BY HEIDI JOHNSON The school year is coming to a close. Students in the middle and high schools have already finished classes and elementary students will have their last day this Friday. This is also the last week of pre-school for the 4-year-old class of the Stanford Nursery School. They will be “graduating” this week and are headed for kindergarten. It seems like just yesterday my son Niall, who will be starting ninth-grade in the fall, stood in line on the stage and accepted his “diploma” from teachers Melanie Vladick and Kate Inserillo. And then, six years later, my daughter, Bridget, did the same. It was a bittersweet time. I was proud that my children were growing up, but sad to see them leave babyhood. So, parents of this year’s SNS graduating class, I know what you are feeling. I was in contact with teacher Carol Pedersen this week, and it sounds like the past school year was a fun and action-packed time. Carol tells me that this year’s class went on several field trips, including to the Bangall Post Office, Innisfree Gardens, Trevor Zoo, Daisie Hill Farm and Sinon’s Farm/Petting Zoo. Some other learning experiences this year’s class participated in included creating an igloo with papier-mâché and balloons (the finished product was large enough for five to six children to sit in), creating a barnyard complete with silo, farm animals and a rideable horse. The class also created a school bus large enough to play in. Dutchess County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Merritt visited the school with his bloodhound, and the school also had a visit from the K-9 team of the state police. A professional story teller, Danielle Fried, also a parent of one of the students, entertained the class with her children’s stories. Several other community helpers stopped in to visit and tell students about their work. The classes learned about nature through many projects, including planting pumpkin seeds, creating a worm farm, observing caterpillars turn into butterflies, creating bug traps for the playground and keeping tadpoles in a tank and watching them turn into frogs. Stanford Nursery School was honored by the Grange last year in celebration of

the school’s 40th anniversary (it was established in 1970). SNS is a wonderful preschool, and if you ask around town, you’ll find more than a few grown adults who are alumnae of the school. It is a co-operative preschool that operates in the Bangall United Methodist Church. The facility is top notch and I cannot praise enough the quality of the teaching staff. Melanie Vladick has been teaching at the school almost 30 years, and Carol Pedersen is back for her second teaching stint there for another long tenure with the school. These two teachers are, in a word, superb. Congratulations to the graduating class. You are now ready for kindergarten and will enjoy making new friends at Cold Spring Early Learning Center in the fall. Anyone interested in registering their 3- or 4-year-old for preschool in the fall should call Stanford Nursery School at 845-868-7550. Don’t delay. Classes often fill up and there may be a waiting list.


Summer is officially here as of Tuesday, June 21 at 1:16 p.m. Here in Stanford, this means many places and events are now open: • Stanford Recreation: the pond opens for swimming on Friday, June 24. Summer programs begin the second week of July. • Big Rock Farms Produce Stand: open now weekends only, Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. • Home Plate Restaurant: ice cream window is open late, until 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday, 8 p.m. on Sundays. Also Bike Night is in full swing. Check it out Wednesdays at 6 p.m. There are a large number of motorcycle enthusiasts who participate each week and it’s great just to see the many different types of bikes on display.

The Tuesday-Thursday class of Stanford Nursery School enjoys ice cream during a recent visit to Sinon’s Farm. Pictured, from left, are: Nicholas Yerger, Gabriella Torre, Lia Zampko, Owen Zengen and Daniel Gertling. Photo by Carol Pedersen.


We also have some sad news in town. Eric Haight passed away suddenly last week. He was the longtime companion of my beloved friend, Diane Eaton, and we are all devastated by his passing. Eric’s death came just a few weeks after the death of his brother, Irv Haight, also a dear friend and well-known gentleman around town. Our sincere condolences to the families of Irv and Eric. They were wonderful, kind and loving men who leave our hearts saddened, but full of happy memories of their many antics, jokes and caring deeds. We will miss them dearly. Also, I seem to be the last to have heard that Roxanne Myers was in a serious car accident a few weeks ago. She was involved in the four-car accident caused by a drunk driver just north of town on Route 82. Roxanne was seriously injured and has spent the last two weeks at Westchester

Medical Center being treated for her injuries, which include several broken bones. Her next stop is a rehab center, also in Westchester, because the damage to her bones was so severe that a special acute rehabilitation facility is needed to bring her back to full health. This is a terrible tragedy for such a vibrant, young person. Please, folks, don’t drink and drive. It’s OK to have fun, but don’t get behind the wheel of a 3,000-pound killing machine if you’ve been drinking, even a little bit. The consequences are not worth the risk. The driver in this accident is in jail and Roxanne now has to put her college studies on hold while she recovers. Get better soon, Roxie. We love you and we are all pulling for you. Enjoy these first days of summer, everyone. I’ll see you next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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The Gilded Age at Hyde Park (Part 2) The following series of articles are excerpts from my new book, “Hudson Valley’s Main Street, Forgotten Stories of the New York to Albany Post Road.” The book, published by The History


Three families (Roosevelt, Rogers, Vanderbilt) supported the entire town during the gilded age. It would be wrong to group the three families together. Each had its likes and dislikes and there was always some rivalry concerning their money and social status. According to Ted Morgan, in his book, “FDR, A Biography,” “Sara (Roosevelt) had received a cordial note from Mrs. Frederick Vanderbilt. ‘She has invited us to dinner,’ Sara said. ‘Sally,’ James said, ‘we cannot accept.’ ‘But she’s a lovely woman, and I thought you liked Mr. Vanderbilt.’ That was true, James allowed, he had served on boards with Vanderbilt and did like him. ‘But if we


“Cuddle blankets” are displayed at the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck. Photo submitted.

Campers keep warm thanks to volunteers BY HV NEWS STAFF

Volunteers with the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck are helping special-needs and at-risk children stay warm while they are away at camp. Each year, approximately 15 church members and women from the community dedicate four hours each week to making “cuddle blankets,” which are donated to the campers at Ramapo for Children, a local sleep-away camp for youngsters with special needs. Each year, the volunteers make a total of 250 to 300 blankets, which are given to girls and boys, ages 4 to 11, in hopes they will bring the blankets home to remind them of their time at Ramapo. On Sunday, the Church of the Messiah rector, the Rev. Richard McKeon Jr., blessed the blankets, which were displayed in the church. Volunteers have already started collecting donations of materials to make next year’s blankets. Supplies needed include: 100% cotton fabric, batting, yarn, thread and embroidery floss. Volunteers and monetary donations are also welcome. For more information, call 845-876-3533. {22} June 22, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

Frederick Vanderbilt. Illustration by Tatiana Rhinevault.

accept we shall have to have them at our house.’ Breaking bread with the new-rich Vanderbilts was unthinkable to the squire of Springwood (James Roosevelt).” None of the estate owners sought local public office during the gilded age except one time in 1871, when James Roosevelt was elected town supervisor. He also served on the school board for some time. His son, FDR, never won an election in Hyde Park. FDR paid the price for his parents’ attitude of superiority. According to Russell Freedman, as a child, FDR “wasn’t allowed to mingle with the Hyde Park children, whose parents worked on the great Hudson River estates. The village children were not the ‘right sort,’ his mother said. He would go up the Post Road into town for haircuts with his governess, but he was told not to speak to anyone.” Unlike his wife, Lucile, Frederick W. Vanderbilt didn’t like the local kids and avoided them like the plague. Rocky Andros, in his book, “Memories of Hyde Park,” wrote, “When we were small, we’d be wandering all over the estate, you know. And if we would be walking up to the road there and Mr. Vanderbilt would see us, he would hide behind a tree and get out of sight. Of course, we’d see him hiding behind a tree, but we’d just continue on. But he didn’t want to talk to us at all.”

estates belonged to Franklin Roosevelt’s father. More information is available about President Roosevelt (FDR) than almost anybody else in the world. FDR was tutored next door at the Rogers’ estate, so we even know something about that place. According to Olin Dows, at the Rogers estate, “Privileged children went on riding expeditions with the Colonel or the Rogers’ tutor, they came there for dancing school. On these exciting winter afternoons the floor was cleared of furniture, the stuffed mountain goats and wildcats were pushed against the walls of the huge entrance hall, and the rugs were rolled up. Then the deer heads and great bear skins looked down from the dark, paneled walls, while the mothers, nurses, and governesses looked on, from the chairs along the walls, at the children’s efforts to learn to dance. The neighboring children came by sleigh down the Albany Post Road.” The employees’ children didn’t attend the Crumwold dance classes and went to school in the hamlet at a regular school on the corner of the Albany Post Road and Albertson Street. Frederick Vanderbilt kept more to himself, so less is known about his personal life. He and his wife, Louise, had no children. They were the wealthiest couple in Hyde Park, but by Vanderbilt standards, they lived modestly. While other Vanderbilts owned several ostentatious Gothic mansions, yachts and Rolls Royces, Frederick preferred the more “academic” style of mansion and was driven around in an automobile of less value than a Rolls Royce. Although 20 Hyde Park servant families could probably have lived happily together in the Vanderbilt mansion, it was considered small by the other Vanderbilts. The nieces and nephews referred to it as “Uncle Freddie’s and Aunt Lulu’s cottage on the Hudson.”


Leisure time when you are rich. Carney Rhinevault is Hyde Park Town Historian and author of “The Home Front at Roosevelt’s Hometown.” Additional work by Tatiana Rhinevault, illustrator of this column, can be found at


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Local man graduates from American Military University

Congratulations to Hyde Park resident Nicholas J. Valhos, a lieutenant commander in the New York Naval Militia, who graduated from the American Military University in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 18. Valhos, a member of the United States Navy, the Naval Reserve and the New York Naval Militia for 30 years, is a 2010 graduate of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and a retired special agent with the U.S. Department of the Interior. He serves as an intelligence officer for the Naval Militia’s New York City-area command. Photo submitted.

Local student gets $4K scholarship from Alumni Association BY HV NEWS STAFF

Rhinebeck High School senior Zuleima Cabrera has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the Rhinebeck Alumni Association. The scholarship will be awarded in $1,000 increments over the next four years. Cabrera is the daughter of Maurelia and Rogelio Cabrera of Rhinebeck. She plans on studying liberal arts and humanities at Dutchess Community College next year. Scholarship funds are provided entirely by alumni of Rhinebeck High School. This year’s scholarship was awarded in honor of Joan and John Lobotsky, class of 1943. Twitter: @HVNews • @HVWeekend

Helen Marie Fumasoli, 80, a Hyde Park resident for fiftytwo years and previously of Poughkeepsie and Elizaville, died at home on Saturday, June 11, 2011 with her family by her side. Born in Philadelphia, PA on September 14, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Stephen E. and Anna Urban Bogdanffy. She was a graduate of Pine Plains High School and received her Associates degree in Merchandising and Fashion from Farleigh Dickinson College, Rutherford, NJ. On September 6, 1952 in St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook, she married Maurice A. Fumasoli. Her husband survives at home. A floral designer, Helen began her career at the former Fuller Florist which later became the Flower Barn in Poughkeepsie. She went on to work for the Hyde Park Florist before opening her own floral shop, House of Flowers. Mrs. Fumasoli was a member of Lighthouse International and former head of the committee that organized lazy eye screenings for children. Active in her community, Helen was a member of the Home Bureau in Hyde Park, a 4-H Club leader, and volunteer with Hyde Park Meals on Wheels. Her hobbies included gardening, painting, and doing arts and crafts. She was a communicant of Regina Coeli Church in Hyde Park, and a proud grandmother of six grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three children, John Fumasoli and wife, Anne, of Rye, NY, Susan Fumasoli – Toth and husband, John, of Tallman, NY, and Mark Fumasoli and wife, Valerie, of Elizaville; six grandchildren, Jessica, Christian, Marina, and Tianna Fumasoli, Michael Toth, and Meghan Coffey; brother, Stephen Bogdanffy and wife, Betsy, of Elizaville; sister, Irene Redfern of Watsonville, CA; and three nephews, Stephen Bogdanffy, Ronald Agner and wife, Terri, and George Agner and wife, Linda. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Pauline Bogdanffy and Ida Agner. Calling hours were from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm, Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, June 17 at Regina Coeli Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Fr. Michael Palazzo officiated. Burial followed in the family plot in Union Cemetery of Hyde Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 374 Violet Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 2 Jefferson

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Frances M. Curran, 74, a Poughkeepsie resident for most of her life, died on June 13, 2011 at home with her family by her side. Born in New Rochelle on December 15, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Michael Spagnuola and Jean Morano Spagnuola. On June 12, 1954 in St. Mary’s Church, Poughkeepsie, she married Richard Curran Jr.. Mr. Curran survives at home. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, June 12th was her 57th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Curran worked in the Environmental Services Dept. at Vassar Brothers Medical Center for twelve years until her retirement in 1997.

She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Poughkeepsie. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her four children, Richard Curran III and wife, Roseann, Ronald Curran and wife, Mirella, Laura Garner, and Denise Curran, all of Poughkeepsie; seven grandchildren, Dell and Gwendolyn Garner, Tina, Tiffany, and Joseph Andreozzi, and Ryan and Ronald Curran; five great grandchildren, Daniel and Nicholas Garner, Hayley Delong, and Gianna and Lola Frantzen; four sisters, Carmella Schoonmaker of Poughkeepsie, Jean Pelc of Hyde Park, and Ida Nissen and Susan Hosier, both of Highland; and several nieces and nephews. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial calling hours were from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2011 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2678 South Rd, #103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. To send a condolence, visit www.


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NDH honors businessman, doctor at annual ball STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

Northern Dutchess Hospital held its annual Starlight Ball Saturday evening, inviting supporters to an evening of food, drinks and dancing at the lavishly decorated Horticulture Center at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. The event was held in honor of Dr. Alfred Frontera and Ken Giek, who were selected for their â&#x20AC;&#x153;accomplishments, dedication and long-standing commitment to Northern Dutchess Hospital.â&#x20AC;? Giek, the former owner and operator of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, has served as chairman of the Northern Dutchess Hospital, NDH Foundation and Health Quest boards of directors in the past. Frontera, a recently retired neurologist from Kingston Neurological Associates in Kingston and New Paltz, was instrumental in establishing the Paul Rosenthal Rehabilitation Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital. Pictured, from top left: Assemblyman Marc Molinaro and his wife Christy, a registered nurse at Northern Dutchess Hospital, spend time with Colleen Meehan and David Borenstein at the Starlight Ball; Sally and Mike Mazzarella. Mike is the former Northern Dutchess Hospital CEO; Rhinebeck Town Supervisor Tom Traudt and wife Kim; Honoree Dr. Alfred Frontera; Honoree Ken Giek and wife Karen.



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