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Martino and son William react to caucus results. Photo by Jim Langan.

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Supervisor candidate Joseph Kakish is a recent law-school graduate and FDR High School alumni. Kakish and his wife are the parents of twins and co-own a daycare center. Additionally, he is a parishioner of Regina Coeli Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a volunteer Fairview fireman and a former cadet with the Hyde Park Police Department.


Ward 1 councilman candidate Seth Butler is a Hyde Park homeowner who is married with two children. Butler works as a paramedic with TransCare Ambulance. He is a member of the Dutchess County EMS Council and the Dutchess County Fire Chiefs’ Association, and is a former member of the Rhinebeck Fire Department.


Candidate for Ward 2 councilman Don Veith Jr. is a former member of the Hyde Park Planning Board and served as the board’s chairman for some time. He owns and operates local business Veith Electric.


Jacob Michels, candidate for Ward 3 councilman, is a graduate of FDR High School and attended Dutchess Community College. He is employed by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. Michels is also a member of Reach out Church and manages the Hyde Park Athletics baseball team.


Ward 4 councilman candidate John Guercio Jr is an FDR High School graduate who currently works in finance. He is the son of builder John Guercio and his family has deep roots in Hyde Park.



An overflow crowd of nearly 200 people began lining up more than an hour before the scheduled 7 p.m. start time of the Hyde Park Republican caucus. They were there to choose the party’s 2011 candidates for supervisor, town board, receiver of taxes and town justices. But the real draw was the selection of the supervisor candidate and three other board seats. Supervisor Tom Martino and his running mates, Michael Taylor, Jim Monks and Michael Athanas, have alienated voters almost from the day they took office with their abrasive and unpleasant approach to governing. All four men were handily defeated at the Republican caucus. Martino was nominated by Councilman Taylor and Robert Clearwater. It was obvious by the lack of reaction to both men’s speech that Martino was in trouble. First-time candidate Joe Kakish was nominated by Ward 2 Councilwoman Sue Serino. The popular Serino is running for the District 4 Dutchess County Legislature seat. Moments later, the widespread antipathy to Martino was evidenced by the roar of applause that echoed through Town Hall when it was announced that Martino had lost the nomination to newcomer Kakish by an astounding margin of 148-39. Kakish said in his acceptance speech that he will work hard to restore civility and transparency to town government and thanked the crowd for its overwhelming support. The photograph on page 1 was taken at the precise moment the vote was


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announced. The man flipping the bird to Hyde Park Republicans is Martino’s son, William. Martino’s loss was followed in short order by the defeat of Taylor, Monks and Athanas by equally stunning margins. Seth Butler easily defeated Athanas in Ward 1 by 24-11. In Ward 3, Jacob Michels dispatched Monks 29-13, while John Guercio crushed Taylor 27-7 in Ward 4. Don Vieth was unopposed to fill the Ward 2 seat being vacated by Serino. It was clear the overwhelming sentiment among Hyde Park Republicans was to disassociate themselves from the nearly two-year debacle that has defined the Martino administration. “Tonight’s vote was exhilarating. What you saw was people coming out on a Friday night in the summer and taking their town back from these guys. It felt really great,” said one particularly exuberant Republican woman. Republican Committee Chairwoman Jean McArthur, who has had to battle a series of lawsuits brought by Martino, Taylor, Monks and Athanas, along with Clearwater and former supervisor James Whaley, said she was pleased with Friday’s results. “Republicans in Hyde Park have spoken loudly and wanted a change to represent our party in the November election,” she said. “We need to move forward in a positive manner and reach out to the voters and residents of our town for the common good.” Republican Kakish will oppose Democratic nominee Aileen Rohr in the November election. Martino, Monks, Taylor and Athanas have already secured a spot on the

Pictured, from top: Part of the overflow crowd at the Hyde Park Republican caucus; 3-month-old Eliza Kelsey watched the proceedings with her mom, Beth. Eliza will have to wait until 2029 to cast her first ballot. Photos by Jim Langan.

Independence Party line, but most observers question their electoral viability given the low number of Independence voters and the fact they were so overwhelming rejected by their own party. “I can’t believe real independents can be happy being played like a backup school by these guys,” a prominent Democrat told Hudson Valley News. In a refreshing display of civility and a harbinger of things to come, Democratic Committee Secretary Michael Dupree congratulated McArthur and her team after the vote, saying, “We look forward to a spirited but dignified campaign with the winner being the Town of Hyde Park.” Candidates nominated for other positions included incumbent Justice John Kennedy, justice candidate Cynthia Kitsnia and Receiver of Taxes Francine DiGrandi. Editor’s note: See sidebar at left for information on the candidates who will appear on the Republican line in the November election.



Justice John Kennedy standing next to what may be his bench next year. Photos by Jim Langan.


It has been a long time in the making, but Hyde Park’s new police and court facility is getting very close to becoming a reality. There has never been much disagreement that the men and women of the Hyde Park Police Department have been working under challenging conditions in their current rented facility on Route 9G. Less obvious are the difficult circumstances constraining the two town justices and their staffs at Town Hall. In addition to the cramped quarters at Town Hall, it’s not unusual to have prisoners or those being arraigned side by side with people seeking a dog license or paying their taxes. All of these concerns should be alleviated with the expected opening of the new facility in late December or early January. Hudson Valley News asked justices John Kennedy and David Steinberg, along with Police Chief Charles Broe and Lt. Robert Benson, to tour the building currently under construction at the intersection of Crum Elbow and Cardinal roads. (Steinberg was unable to attend due to a previous commitment.) Kennedy observed that he and Steinberg currently use a small office and share the same computer at Town Hall. “This will give us some elbow room along with our staff,” Kennedy said. “We are also looking forward to all this additional storage space. The fact that the court will be in same building as the police will enhance public safety as well.” Broe and Benson seemed extremely pleased at the prospect of moving into the new building.

New York State Park Police have confirmed the identification of the man who jumped to his death from the Walkway Over the Hudson on Wednesday, July 27. He is identified as Craig R. Wishnick, 27, of New Paltz. Officials have concluded Wishnick committed suicide. Police say Wishnick’s body was recovered from the Hudson River on the afternoon of Friday, July 29. Wishnick was positively identified through a fingerprint comparison and an autopsy and forensic tests were conducted by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s office. Assisting New York State Park Police in the investigation were the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police Aviation Unit, the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department and the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office.


The new courtroom takes shape.

“This will be the first time in my 16 years when the temperature will be the same in every room,” Benson joked, referring to the expected central heat and air conditioning systems. “It will also be the first time we’ll have had asphalt in our parking lot.” Broe was impressed with the design of the 9,700-square-foot building, adding, “It will be nice knowing we can properly secure a prisoner.” Broe and Benson also pointed out this new facility will free up much-needed space at Town Hall and eliminate any safety concerns there. As we stood in an area that will house a juvenile interrogation room, a training conference room, dispatch and the chief’s office, Lt. Benson said, “This area alone is bigger than our current place.” Construction of the facility was approved by voters in a 2009 ballot referendum authorizing the town to bond for up to $2.8 million. The building is being constructed on land donated to the town by John and Gloria Golden.

Hyde Park Police have arrested a Hyde Park man who allegedly attempted to break into a woman’s apartment, causing property damage and injury to the female tenant in the process. According to police, at 5 a.m. on Aug. 2, officers received a report of a woman yelling “help” and “fire” at an apartment on East Market Street. Sgt. Dean Robinson and Officer Sean Phillips of the Hyde Park Police Department arrived to find a female running towards them, yelling that a male had just attempted to break into her apartment, police said. According to police, a subsequent investigation revealed the female tenant had been sleeping and was awakened by the sound of a box fan being pushed out of a window frame from the exterior of the building. The suspect then attempted to break in through the front door, tearing a screen from the door in the process, police said. The man was unable to break in through the door because the chain lock held in place, according to police. The woman apparently left her cell phone in her car, and as she screamed for help, the suspect again attempted to break in through the window and proceeded to punch her in the face through the open window, police said. The woman reportedly told police she thought the suspect lived in a nearby apartment, and after learning his

whereabouts, officers arrested Phillip Simmons, 45, of Hyde Park. Simmons was charged with attempted burglary in the second degree, a class-D felony; criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor. He was arraigned before Judge David Steinberg in Hyde Park Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail without bail.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • On Aug. 1, Collin Vogg, 20, of Hyde Park, was arrested on a bench warrant for criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • On Aug. 2, Christopher J. Job, 33, of Erie County, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and a traffic infraction for speeding. • On Aug. 2, Bryan R. Irving, 36, of Ealrton, New York, was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a misdemeanor, and speeding, a traffic infraction. • On Aug. 2, David Pedersen, 51, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on an bench warrant for traffic-related offenses. • On Aug. 2, David L. Moyer, 25, of Hyde Park, was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor. • On Aug. 4, Carl D. Ross, 47, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on a bench warrant for aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor. • On Aug. 4, Dona H. Marino, 52, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on a bench warrant for aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor. • On Aug. 4, David M. Millington, 22, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on two separate bench warrants issued by Hyde Park Justice Court. One was for aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and the second was for criminal trespass in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree, a violation. • On Aug. 5, Francisco Delmoral, 45, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. • On Aug. 5, Jeffrey G. Byrnes, 49, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. • On Aug. 6, Katherine A. Santana, 26, of Poughquag, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. • On Aug. 6, Charles A. Baires, 33, of Hyde Park, was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor. • On Aug. 7, Louis J. Smith, 43, of Hyde Park, was arrested on two counts of criminal contempt in the first degree, a class-E felony.


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Come out to help officially kick off my campaign for Congress at a press conference Friday, Aug. 12 at 12:30 p.m. in front of the FDR site on Route 9 in Hyde Park. FDR didn’t get us out of the Depression with budget cuts, layoffs and union-busting. Kathy Hochul just won in the supposedly “conservative” 26th Congressional District by standing up for common-sense progressive values. I know that with your help, I can win here in the 20th Congressional District. Chris Gibson is a good man (I’ve met him), but in no way, shape or form is he standing up for us on these 10 crucial issues: • Fact #1: 81% of Americans support taxing millionaires/billionaires more to solve federal budget problems.

• Fact #6: More New Yorkers support protecting our drinking water with a statewide ban on fracking than not.

• Fact #2: 78% of Americans support protecting Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid from any cuts.

• Fact #7: 54% of Americans support full funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, not cuts.

• Fact #3: 59% of Americans support expanding Medicare to cover us all; to save $400 billion a year.

• Fact #8: 79% of New Yorkers support Clean Money, Clean Elections – real campaign finance reform.

• Fact #4: 67% of Americans support $10-an-hour minimum wage to put money in the pockets of the working class.

• Fact #9: 80% of Americans support amending the Constitution to make it clear – corporations aren’t people.

• Fact #5: 53% of Americans support full federal funding for Planned Parenthood and reproductive justice.

• Fact #10: 59% of Americans support our troops coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq now, without delay.

I’ve proven that principled progressivism can win. I’m now running unopposed for a fifth term in our county Legislature. Help send me to Congress to represent you and join the 118 signed on already at www. Send your donations to Joel for Congress at 324 Browns Pond Rd., Staatsburg, NY 12580. Tune in for updates Saturday mornings, 8-10 a.m., on WHVW 950 AM; see; call us at 845-444-0599 to get involved. Joel Tyner County Legislator Clinton/Rhinebeck




Thug-O takes big leap back as caucus results clearly indicate the thugs are goners. Another big loser was Bob Clearwater, who has aligned himself with Martino and Co. in a primary challenge to Sue Serino Sept. 13. For all of Clearwater’s self-importance, he and former Supervisor Jim Whaley could only deliver six votes beyond their own for Mike Athanas in their home ward. Not exactly a finely tuned political machine, fellas. Say good-night, Bob. The smart thing to do would be to withdraw gracefully while you can. QUOTE OF THE WEEK

When I said ‘change we can believe in,’ I didn’t say ‘change we can believe in tomorrow.’


President Obama

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Why I want to be the next Hyde Park town justice BY JAMES LYNCH

I’m James Lynch and I am running for Town of Hyde Park judge, having been endorsed by the Democratic Party and Working Families Party. I am seeking the position to revitalize the respect for, and integrity of, the Hyde Park Justice Court. Though many citizens may not know this, currently, our court is viewed by many practicing attorneys and litigants as one of the most inefficient in Dutchess County. That poor reputation, I will add, is not due to the efforts of Judge David Steinberg, who has dedicated entire days to resolving certain cases, such as alleged driving while intoxicated, and had many opinions published – unusual for a town magistrate. Still, a portion of the Hyde Park court calendars take an inordinate amount of time to complete. In New York, judges are in direct control of the courtroom, and calendar/docket management is his or her ultimate responsibility. As a resident and taxpayer, I hope others realize that lengthy and redundant calendars not only cost us money, but also cost those involved time from their own jobs, which can mean lost wages. Worse, Hyde Park Police officers are forced to expend hundreds of extra hours in court proceedings rather than traveling out in the community, where they should be. I want to bring the Hyde Park Court more fully into the 21st century: better use of technology and electronic communication reduces court time and increases accuracy and efficiency, based on my experience as a practicing attorney. As a result, every litigant would then have a more meaningful and productive time in court, regardless of their preferred outcome. Over the course of the last decade, I have TO THE EDITOR:

counseled thousands of clients on matters that have ranged from simple traffic infractions to the far more complex issues of parental rights. I have represented criminal clients in every town and city court in Dutchess County, and also have experience as a special prosecutor. As a criminal defense attorney, my trial experience is extensive, including both misdemeanor and felony trials. Additionally, my family court practice involves child support trials on a weekly basis. This experience as a trial lawyer will have a positive impact on the manner in which I run the court, if elected. I know first-hand what works in a courtroom and what won’t. As for personal details, the same year that I graduated from Arlington High School, I was awarded Scouting’s highest rank – Eagle Scout. I went on to earn my bachelor’s degree in political science at Stony Brook University. After working at Stony Brook for three years, I enrolled in the University Of New Hampshire School Of Law. Upon receiving my Juris Doctor degree, I passed the New York State bar exam on the first attempt. Since then, my practice primarily has focused on three areas of law: intellectual property, criminal defense and family law. As a registered Republican since 1986, I am happy to run with a terrific slate of Democratic candidates and incumbents who share my adherence to a judicial philosophy of restraint, (that’s why they endorsed me.) I look forward to serving the residents of Hyde Park as town judge. I especially hope to serve with dignity and a respect of others that make my wife and two daughters proud to be residents of this great community. James Lynch is a local attorney who is running for town justice in Hyde Park. The Hyde Park Democratic Committee welcomes your feedback at hydeparkdems@gmail. com. Respond to this column at editorial@

I was so pleased to see that Hyde Park was featured in last Sunday’s New York Times real estate section, and as I read all the positive comments from many of our residents, I was reminded of how wonderful this town is. However, as the article progressed, I was absolutely shocked to read the remarks from someone I assumed would be a goodwill ambassador for the town he supervises. Supervisor Tom Martino managed to point out the negative aspects of Hyde Park in an article that was supposed to spotlight a lovely place to live. While the reporter and others extolled the natural beauty of the area, our town supervisor pointed out the burden that tax-exempt land places on the taxpayer, and the lack of shopping and hotels in Hyde Park. A harsh reality check and hardly the forum to air these concerns. So much for the economic boost this article might have generated. In other words, Mr. Martino’s opportunity to spark interest in buying a house in Hyde Park, in a newspaper read nationwide, was turned into a litany of complaints highlighting our shortcomings. How very sad that Tom Martino still does not recognize how much he is responsible for much of the negativity in this town; and how fortunate we are that November will bring Hyde Park new, energetic, positive leadership. Judy Linville, Staatsburg






There haven’t been many exhilarating moments at Hyde Park’s Town Hall lately. Residents have been subjected to nearly two years of embarrassing and belligerent behavior from the Republican town board they elected in 2009. The board’s boorish behavior and callous disregard for anyone or anything they disagreed with made almost every town board meeting a cringeworthy event. Even Town Attorney James Horan proved to be an overbearing political hack willing to write up any kooky law to please his masters. Recently, his wife got into the political act, representing Supervisor Tom Martino and Co. in numerous frivolous and unsuccessful attempts to sue the town Republican Committee. It remains to be seen who paid for her services. Mr. Horan even took the occasion once to shout at your beloved columnist from the dais, “I don’t have to listen to you.” Given I hadn’t opened my mouth, I wrote it off as Martinoitis, a rare disease affecting the brain and evidencing itself by intemperate and idiotic outbursts. After all, sitting next to Mr. Martino for extended periods can’t be without consequence. But it was the sight of hundreds of residents lined up at card tables in front of Town Hall Friday night that made me smile. Here it was, a very warm and humid evening, and all these people chose to come out and take their town and their party back. With all due respect to the impressive Republican ticket chosen Friday, most of the people were there for one thing. They wanted to be damn sure Tom Martino, Michael Taylor, Michael Athanas and Jim Monks wouldn’t be representing them on this fall’s Republican ballot. These people weren’t fooled by anonymous, false and inflammatory postcards attacking Republicans or bogus websites set up and paid for by Tom Martino and his family. They knew crazy when they saw it. They were there to say, “Enough, and don’t let the door hit you in the can on your way out the door.” The feeling in the room was electric. Everyone knew what was about to happen.

They were waiting for the executioner to hit the switch, sending these four charlatans into political oblivion. The nominees for town justices and receiver of taxes went first like some sort of dignified opening act. Sitting together like prisoners on the gallows were Martino, Taylor, Athanas and Monks. No one talked to them and they only talked to each other. They didn’t have many friends in the room and they knew it. In another corner of the room, the new Republicans huddled in antcipation, sensing victory. It felt like a courtroom with everyone anxiously awaiting the jury’s verdict. When the results for supervisor were announced, the room went wild. As you can see from our front page, Tom Martino and his son displayed the same lack of class that will send them back to the political obscurity they so deserve. I remember calling Martino a “once and future political unknown” in a column two years ago and thinking I was wrong when he got elected. I wasn’t wrong after all. His performance in office guarantees he’s all done. But here’s what I love. Whether it’s on the federal, state or local level, at the end of the day, power resides with the people. There were people I’d never seen before Friday night, from a feisty old woman in a wheelchair to kids just out of high school. They had one thing in common. They love their town and they weren’t happy with the way things were being done. These folks may not show up at every town board meeting, but they’re paying attention. They also aren’t that unreasonable. They get taxes and a tough economy. They’re smarter than these politicians think and will cut them a lot of slack. But don’t lie to them or insult their intelligence and certainly don’t disrespect them. Tom Martino, Michael Taylor, Jim Monks and Michael Athanas did and they awoke the sleeping giant, which is the good people of Hyde Park. Big mistake! Jim Langan can be reached at

At the Aug. 1 Arlington Fire District board meeting, commissioners approved four people to attend “Symposium in the Sun” this November in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The vote was unanimous to send Chairman Patrick Rose, Commissioner Richard Dore, Capt. Ed Madison and Assistant Chief John Richardson. These four are projected to rack up about $2,000 each in taxpayer-funded expenses. All commissioners voted to approve this boondoggle: Patrick Rose, Richard Dore, Ralph Chiumento, Kenneth Muckenhaupt, Peter Valdez. Rose and Dore voted to approve their own trips. Rose, Richardson and Madison have attended this conference multiple years. Rose and Richardson went last year. Dore and Richardson just got back from Firehouse Expo in Baltimore. Richardson, a volunteer with a contract to recruit and maintain volunteers, gets paid $18 hourly plus travel expenses, to which his Florida trip will be charged. AFD recruitment has been so abysmal that Richardson himself stated on the record that three volunteer companies are “defunct.” Rather than find ways to cut expenses, this board approved even more people than last year to go on the Florida boondoggle. Such irresponsible spending is how the budget increased from $5.9 to $15.1 million over 10 years. It is also a disservice to the firefighters and medical technicians who work to serve the community. I have attended every board meeting but one over two years. This board needs to be replaced. Commissioner Muckenhaupt is up for re-election in December. Anyone living in the district can run. We need candidates who will work to reduce taxes. Jim Beretta Poughkeepsie


My husband and I were privileged to take part in a most spectacular and heartwarming event last Saturday, July 30, The Ian Adams Benefit. Ian, 16, is our only grandson. He was catastrophically injured in a car accident on Nov. 5, 2010, and has remained in a coma until recently. He is now minimally conscious. The benefit was the brainchild of Michael Traver, assistant chief of the West Clinton Fire Department. Mike enlisted the help of the East Clinton Fire Department, and the two companies, together with many volunteers, put on a sold-out chicken barbeque, silent auction and old-fashioned community day to raise money for Ian’s care and specialized equipment needs. The children enjoyed a bouncy house, water slide, face painting and a petting zoo. The adults took part in a silent auction, raffle opportunities, the live music of four different bands, horse-and-carriage rides and that old standby, a dunking booth. The best part was seeing friends and neighbors and meeting new people, over 350 of whom had come together to offer their support and caring to the family and to Ian. Our son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Ren Adams, now care for Ian at home following a month at St. Francis and several months at Helen Hayes Rehabilitation Hospital. It is a 24-7 job, and their care is supplemented with nurses and therapists. Several items of medical and therapeutic equipment are needed to ensure Ian reaches his full potential, and much of it is not covered by insurance We want to thank the two fire companies, the Clinton Alliance Church, Boy Scout Troop 31, Williams Lumber, Hackett’s Agway, Stewart’s Ice Cream Shop, the Women’s Republican Club, Nine Partners Lions Club and many, many others who contributed to the success of the day. A special thanks to the folks who brought their beautiful Gypsy Vanner horse and a carriage and gave rides all afternoon, the family who provided an adorable petting zoo, the individuals and businesses who donated items for the silent auction, special raffles and the miscellany table, the four bands that contributed their talent, author Jesse Saperstein, who donated his book sales and Oscar and his team, who stood over a hot grill basting chickens all day. It was an event of superlatives, great people pulling together to make life better for a young boy and his family. The icing on the cake was the perfectly beautiful day. It was like an omen the event would be successful and that God would hear the collective pleas for Ian’s healing. Thank you to the two fire companies, their cadre of volunteers, and the community for a most beautiful and heartfelt day. Trish and Herb Adams Clinton Corners Hudson valley news | | August 10, 2011 {5}



• Here’s some bad news for all the health nuts out there. Einstein College in New York City just concluded a study of more than 400 people over 100. Guess what. It’s all in the genes. What you eat, drink or smoke doesn’t really matter much. It’s your genetic make-up. So grab some curly fries, a beer, fire up a Marlboro Red and skip the jog and the guilt trip. • On the night the stock market tanked 500 points, it was nice to see the Obamas were entertaining the likes of Al Sharpton, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and foul-mouthed Chris Rock in the White House Rose Garden. The press was excluded for obvious reasons and reports say some of the group danced barefoot in the Rose Garden. Talk about dancing past the graveyard. • Let’s hope they throw the book at 17-year-old Justin Crew and his sleazy lawyer for trying to shift the blame for a fatal automobile crash in Beekman to the victim. Jessica Miller, 21, was killed and 16-year-old Eric Dominguez was critically injured in the crash. Hopefully Dominguez will live to testify against Crew. Lawyer Anthony DeFazio should be disbarred for even running Crew’s reprehensible charge up the flagpole. Crew has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and DUI. • The New York Times had a big write-up about Hyde Park in its real estate section Sunday. It was a great opportunity to sell the world on Hyde Park and residents Michael Dupree, Michael Fleischer, Catherine Forbes and John Golden did just that. Unfortunately, soon-to-be exSupervisor Tom Martino struck the only sour note by criticizing the town with a series of horrifying observations. Jan. 1 can’t come soon enough for Hyde Park. • Here’s one I bet happens more than you think. After a 75-year-old woman was found dead in her home by neighbors in Jennings, Missouri, police discovered the mummified remains of her mother rolled up in a carpet. It seems the daughter had been collecting Mumsie’s Social Security benefits for years. Neighbors said they hadn’t seen the mother since 1993. Beats working, I guess. • In Augusta, Georgia, 46-year-old Thelma Carter used her spiked heel to kill her boyfriend in the trailer park home she shared with him. I’m guessing a little alcohol was found in the trailer.

• County fairs aren’t quite what they used to be. At the Wisconsin State Fair last week, hundreds of whites leaving the fair were randomly beaten by black thugs in the parking lot. Authorities in liberal Wisconsin refused to classify the beatings as racially motivated, even though there is extensive video of the incidents. I wonder how they’d call it if the situation was reversed. • Forget the plunging DOW or the skyrocketing price of gold. The real indicator the end is near is the fact that more than 9 million Americans watched “Jersey Shore” Thursday night. Picture it in your mind and then start laying in some canned goods and ammunition, for the apocalypse has to be very near. • County Legislator Joel Tyner never disappoints. On Friday the leftie legislator will officially announce his intention to challenge Congressman Chris Gibson. Apparently, Tyner has been drinking from the same delusional wellspring that led Tom Martino to think he’d get re-nominated. That said, Joel will make it interesting, which is important. Good luck, Joel. • Freshman 19th District Congresswoman Nan Hayworth has been getting more national air time than Donald Trump. The articulate and impressive Hayworth has become a media darling and has been appearing regularly on CNBC, FOX and other networks on a variety of topics. The man she beat in 2010, John Hall, has already said he won’t be looking for a rematch. Look for her star to continue to rise.

Rhinebeck’s Big Belly soaks up rays, spits out trash BY HV NEWS STAFF Residents and regular visitors to the Village of Rhinebeck have probably noticed some changes and ongoing work in and around the municipal parking lot on Market Street. After completing installation of new underground wiring, new architectural lighting, sealing and striping of the blacktop and construction of new handicapped-accessible spots, the village recently installed a solar-powered Big Belly trash compactor. Big Belly trash compactors are selfcontained units that use the sun’s energy to compress trash to one-fifth its original size. The compactors contain an on-board system that sends text messages to notify officials when it needs to be emptied. In addition, bottle-, can- and newspaperrecycling containers are included. “The village board has been struggling with the issue of trash and recycling collection in the village for a number of years,” said Mayor Jim Reardon. “We have small, pole-mounted trash baskets that continually are overflowing and

spilling trash on the ground, even though we empty them four times per week.” Reardon said local officials decided to go with the Big Belly system after hearing a presentation by the company’s owner, Franklin Cruz. “Once hearing Mr. Cruz’s presentation, the board was duly impressed,” Reardon said. Reardon says the village will monitor the compactor to ensure it is not used illegally. “This is not designed for household waste,” he said. “Illegal use will result in prosecution.” Now that the first compactor is operational, the village is looking into installing more throughout the community. “We are excited to have this technology up and running and our plan is to begin a phased implementation process expanding the number of units in critical locations within the village,” Reardon said. “We are currently in negotiations with two different property owners to perhaps install more units.”

• The mayor of Sheboygan, Wisconsin says he won’t consider resigning after a three-day bender, during which he passed out in a bar after fighting with another patron. Mayor Bob Ryan says he’s not proud of what he did but claims he’s simply an alcoholic. “But I’ve never arrived at my office or official function drunk.” Is it me or is the bar getting lower every day for public servants? • Word came early Sunday that former New York Gov. Hugh Carey passed away at 92. Carey often hung out at a great Irish bar on East 57th Street in Manhattan. (Maureen O’Hara was another regular.) My wife Caroline Carey and I often chatted with him there and for years, everyone assumed she was his daughter. We’ll find out when they read the will. R.I.P. • Finally, if you’re in the mood for horseshoes, head over to Hyde Park’s Hackett Hill Park Sunday for the Rotary’s annual tournament. Competition begins at 11 a.m. and there will be plenty of good food and drink. You might even get lucky.

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Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson, Under Sheriff Kirk Imperati, County Legislature Assistant Majority Leader Angela Flesland and Public Safety Chairman Ken Roman are pictured with bags of unneeded and expired prescription drugs collected through Operation Pill Purge. Through the program, 580 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected and destroyed. The program aims to curb the growing problem of prescription-drug abuse by making sure these medications “don’t end up in the wrong hands,” according to Anderson. Photo submitted.

INSIDE: MUSIC WORKS: Bard Music Festival gets composed FOOD FIGHT: ‘Dinner with Friends’ sizzles on stage KUDOS: Walkway music video, local theater awarded Art, entertainment and community events through Aug. 17

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM COM When I saw “A Chorus Line” back on Broadway a few years ago, I was reminded what a sensational show it can be. The original production opened at the Public Theater’s Newman Theatre on May 21, 1975 and transferred to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre, opening there on Oct. 19 of that year. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score and Book, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Running for almost 15 years, it closed in April of 1990, after more than 6,000 performances. > continued on next page

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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.

THIS WEEK EVENT Defensive Driving/Point Reduction Class Aug. 17-18: Wednesday and Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Course fee: $40. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 845-380-4806 or go to www. Hyde Park Library Annex, 2 Main St., Hyde Park.

FAMILY Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Aug. 13-14: Fantastic feats, amazing acrobatics, and eye-popping fun for

the whole family. Saturday and Sunday, 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $5 for kids 3 and older, $15 for adults. Spiegeltent, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900.

MUSIC “Sibelius and His World” Aug. 12-14; Aug. 19-21: An in-depth survey of music by Finnish symphonist Jean Sibelius and his contemporaries. See page 10 for full story.

THEATER “Bare” Through Aug. 13: Book by John Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo, with music by Intrabartolo and lyrics by Hartmere. Friday and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Tickets: $20. Reservations for tickets are strongly recommended and can be reserved by calling 845-229-4666. The Stella May Gallery Theater, 101 Greenkill Ave., Kingston. 845-331-7955 ‘Bitter Sweet’ Through Aug. 14: August 11 at 8 p.m.; August 10, 12, 13 and 14 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $55. Theater Two, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd, Annandale-onHudson. 845-758-7900.

THECENTERFOR PERFORMINGARTS 845-876-3080 ATRHINEBECK For box office & information:

August 12-28 Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm • Sundays at 3 pm Tickets $24 adults; $22 seniors & children The story of the ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in a show, a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration and a brilliant fusion of dance and song, is a compellingly authentic drama. Book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and music by Marvin Hamlisch. Produced by Diana di Grandi and directed and choreographed by Kevin Archambault for Up in One Productions.

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

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‘A Chorus Line’ Aug. 12-28: See full story at right. Produced by Diana di Grandi and directed and choreographed by Kevin Archambault for Up in One Productions. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Cost: $24, $22, seniors and children under 12. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3088. ‘Dinner with Friends’ Through Aug. 14: See review on page 12. Directed by River Valley Rep Executive Director Matt Andrews. Thursdays - Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets: $30; $25, student and senior. Nelly Goletti Theatre, on the third floor of the Marist College Student Center, 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-575-3133. ‘Hairspray’ Through Aug. 21: Directed by Sarah Combs, with choreography by Cindi Parise and music direction by Lee Harris. For tickets and times, go to triarts. net. TriArts Sharon Playhouse, 49 Amenia Rd., Sharon, Connecticut. 860-364-7469.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10 EVENT Pleasant Valley Lyme Support Group Meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel 845-229-8925. Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, Rte. 44, Pleasant Valley.


USMA Concert Band 6:30 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 See you at The after 4 p.m. to check rain location. CENTER! > continued on next page {8} August 10, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

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With a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and music by Marvin Hamlisch, the Aug. 12-28 story is pretty simple: a group of dancers 8 p.m. | Fridays and Saturdays are auditioning for a new show, and the 3 p.m.; Sundays director not only puts them through the paces of the dance and vocal segments, but Tickets: $24, $22, seniors and also asks them to bare their souls over the children under 12. course of the audition. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Up in One Productions is bringing the 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. show to life in Rhinebeck – Diana di Grandi 845-876-3088 produces the run and Kevin Archambault has directed and choreographed. “This is my first time directing this show,” said Archambault. “It’s a challenge to say the least. We’re dancing and dancing and dancing. I’m doing all of the original choreography by Michael Bennett.” Archambault knew the choreography first hand from personal experience. “I’d been in the show before, and I worked with an original cast member. For me, it was relearning that choreography,” he said. He said keeping good notes from his tenure with the show was helpful when he was “blanking out” on certain sections. Twenty-five singer-dancers make up the cast. “They are my triple threats,” said Archambault, referring to the idea of performers who are excellent singers, dancers and actors all at once. “I’m blessed with their talents.” A few people are only in the show for a little while. “Because it’s the audition scene, six people are cut,” he explained. “Thankfully, we have them help us technically with the show. There are a lot of lighting demands. And they’re just being support for costume changes, etcetera.” “A Chorus Line” is really about the chorus over star performers. “It’s such an ensemble piece,” said Archambault. “Everyone has their moments where they have to belt it out and dance their little tushies off. I love working on an ensemble; they’re so supportive and so giving. Everyone is making sure no one’s feeling vulnerable.” The most prominent role is that of Cassie, who is “historically known as being the lady in red,” he said. “I’m so lucky to have AnnChris Warren.” Warren has been a familiar name at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck for her work off stage, as director of “Bye Bye Birdie” and, most recently, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Choosing a favorite number, said Archambault, “is like choosing between children. There are so many wonderful numbers. The ‘Montage’ is a 14-minute number that’s very up tempo and gets a little funky – I really enjoy that number. ‘At the Ballet’ – the women (who perform the song) are so emotionally connected. And then there’s the signature number, ‘One,’ which is just a treat to work on. It’s about what it means to dance as a singular.”


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THURSDAY, AUG. 11 NIGHTLIFE Connor Kennedy 9 p.m. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848. Latin Night 8:30 p.m. With their unique mélange of Afro-Cuban, salsa, mambo, and Brazilian beats, Carlos Valdez and his percussion-based ensemble, Nova Kikongo, bring in the Latin funk at its most danceable. Tickets: $15. Spiegeltent, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900. Miss Angie’s Karaoke 9 p.m. No cover. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

OUTDOOR 5K ‘Run for Life’ 9 a.m. Hyde Park Baptist Church’s annual 5K R Run for Life. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Race sstarts at 9 a.m. Hyde Park Baptist Church, 10 R Romans Rd., Hyde Park. 845-229-9150.


The music video titled ed “We’ll Be Alright,”” d featuring Theory, directed by local producer Jarek Zabczynski and shot on the Walkway Over the Hudson, has won “Best Music Video” at both the Garden State Film Festival val. The video debuted at and Las Vegas Film Festival. 30 2010. 2010 Pictured, Pictured from top: Jarek Shadows on the Hudson onn April 30, Zabczynski. Photo submitted.; Theory and Zabczynski filiming on the Walkway. Photo by Aubrey Flick.

WORKSHOP W ‘ ‘Preserving the Harvest’ 6 p.m. Learn about the equipment and methods used in freezing, drying, pickling and boiling u water bath canning garden vegetables and fruits. w B Beekman Public Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction. 845-724-3414. H

F FRIDAY, AUG. 12 EEVENT M Music and Dance on the Walkway 4–8 p.m. The Walkway over the Hudson will 4 ccelebrate summer with a day dedicated to music and dance. The event will feature local musicians a and artists as well as other performers from a sschools in the area. Walkway Over the Hudson, 61 Parker Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-9649.

NIGHTLIFE Alchemy 7-10 p.m. Mariner’s Harbor, 1 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-8051. Checkpoint KBK 8:30 p.m. Checkpoint KBK combines the talents

of avant-garde klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, Czech violinist-vocalist Iva Bittova, and Bosnianborn composer-accordionist Merima Kljuco. Tickets: $25. Spiegeltent, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900. The Doug Marcus Trio 8:30-11 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. New Riders Of The Purple Sage 8:30 p.m. With special guest Professor Louie. Tickets: $35, advance; $40, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Singles Dance 8 p.m.-midnight. Music by DJ Johnny Angel. Includes free hot/cold appetizers, coffee/tea, and door prize. Sponsored by Dutchess County Singles. Cost: $15. Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2170 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-462-4600. WeMustBe 9 p.m. $10, general admission. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

SATURDAY, AUG. 13 ART Second Saturday Beacon Noon-9 p.m. Great art, gallery openings, food, antique stores and shopping, historic sites and entertainment. City-wide arts celebration, second Sat. monthly. Main St., Beacon. 845-546-6222.

FAMILY Dog on Fleas 11 a.m. Part of the Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series. Tickets: $9, adults; $7, children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

MUSIC Pat Lamanna and Phil Teumim 8 p.m. The singer-songwriters perform. Tickets: $12. Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park. 845-229-7791. Songs of Travel 8 p.m. English songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, Gerald Finzi, and Thomas Dunhill. Featuring Peter Walker, bass-baritone and David Alpher, piano. Presented by Concerts Con Brio. Suggested donation: $10. Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-8220. > continued on next page


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John Hall 8:30 p.m. With special guest Carolann Solebello. Tickets: $20, advance; $25, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

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Johnny A. 8 p.m. $20 general admission. Headlines the Woodstock Guitar Festival. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

Thunder Ridge 7 p.m. Millbrook Arts Group Summer Sunset Concert Series continues. Millbrook Band Shell, Franklin Ave., Millbrook.

Michelle LeBlanc Quintet 8-10 p.m. Featuring legendary Bill Crow on bass, piano great Hiroshi Yamasaki, world touring sax player Ed Xiques and drummer, Professor David Jones. Tickets: $40. Jewish Community Center of Sherman, #9 Rte. 39 South, Sherman, Connecticut. 860-350-8050.

NIGHTLIFE Bindlestiff Family Cirkus 8:30 p.m. Having toured the country and appeared on national TV shows and in dozens of magazines, it’s a wonder the Bindlestiffs’ heads aren’t too big for their wigs—but they’re not. Tickets: $25. Spiegeltent, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900.

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OUTDOOR The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Explore two private gardens in Millerton, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit The Garden Conservancy. No reservations required, rain or shine. Special highlights include a modern garden of grasses, textures, and plant combinations, surrounding wildflower meadows, a vegetable/cutting garden with unusual edibles, and a naturalistic rock garden. Visitors may begin the tour at the Hyland/Wente Garden, 95 Taylor Road, Millerton; directions to the additional property will be provided. Cost: $5 per garden; children 12 & under free. For more information see or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1-888-842-2442. Singles and Sociables Hike – Mud Pond 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Awosting (lower) Lot. This is a strenuous, 10-mile hike led by Dale Hughes (845-679-1196). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. The Minnewaska State Park Preserve parking fee applies.

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Voxare String Quartet 3 p.m. Tickets: $30, door; $27, advance; children 5-18 are free. Music Mountain, Falls Village, Conn. 860-824-7126.

NIGHTLIFE Clannad’s Moya Brennan 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30, advance; $35, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845855-1300.

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“This is the 22nd Bard Music Festival focused on a specific 20th century composer,” said Christopher Gibbs, James H. Ottaway Jr. professor of music and coartistic director of the Bard Music Festival. This year, the festival is titled “Sibelius and His World,” and features 12 concert programs over the next two weekends, Jean Sibelius, 1894, by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. complemented by pre-concert lectures, panel discussions, expert commentary, a symposium and a special film screening. “The featured figure is an excuse to look Aug. 12-14; Aug. 19-21 at the wider world, including his teachers, Weekend One: “Sibelius and His students, friends and enemies,” said Gibbs. World: Imagining Finland” Not only will Sibelius’ music be on display, but also works by Scandinavian composers Weekend Two: “Sibelius and His such as Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen. World: Sibelius – Conservative or “Sibelius studied in Vienna and Berlin, Modernist?” so we are looking at some of his teachers Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson and who influenced him. The last concert Ticket information and latest program updates at (of the festival) examines the tremendous impact he had, particularly in America For tickets and further information on all and England. We look at the composers he SummerScape events, call the Fisher Center box influenced and his legacy.” offi ce at 845-758-7900 or visit www.fishercenter. Of the 12 concerts, “four are orchestral and eight are mixed concerts,” said Gibbs. “Some piano music, some string quartets – a variety of instruments. It’s not like going to a piano recital. There are a variety of composers and a variety of sounds and instruments.” Several of the concerts feature a pre-concert talk to introduce the pieces about to be performed. “Sebelius is a little more obscure (than other composers previously profiled),” he said. “People don’t know that they know him. He’s listener friendly. He was viewed as being behind the times, but he was doing some things that were quite ahead of the time.” Gibbs said Sibelius has more in common with the contemporary minimalist music movement, created by musicians such as Philip Glass, than the leading figures of his time. Concepts like this are part of what will be discussed in the pre-concert talks. “The symposium provides context for people who are interested,” he said. For those who wish, it’s possible to immerse oneself in all things Sibelius. “From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., you can get completely immersed in it. You can get a good sense of one theme. (For example,) the second concert deals with Sibelius in Vienna and Berlin. Another concert focuses on his relationship with Russia. Finland (his homeland) was dominated politically by Russia as he was growing up.” Of particular interest may be the fourth program on Sunday, Aug. 14, titled “White Nights – Dark Mornings: Creativity, Depression, and Addiction,” taking place in Olin Hall at 10 a.m. “Sibelius lived a very long life, but he stopped composing at 60. He was a famous living composer, the most famous man in Finland. He was a living monument; maybe he was paralyzed by this. He was also a severe alcoholic and addict,” said Gibbs. In this fourth program, American Symphony Orchestra Director and Principal Conductor and Bard College President Leon Botstein will interview Kay Redfield Jamison about


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the psychology behind addiction and creativity. The performers include Gustav Djupsjöbacka, piano; Erica Kiesewetter, violin; Robert Martin, cello; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Pei-Yao Wang, piano; and others.

Weekend One: ‘Imagining Finland’ FRIDAY, AUG. 12

‘Jean Sibelius: National Symbol, International Iconoclast’ 7 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Leon Botstein; 8 p.m. Performance: Henning Kraggerud, violin; Christiane Libor, soprano; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein. Tickets: $30-$75. Sosnoff Theater.


‘Why Did He Fall Silent?: The Public and Private Sibelius’ 10 a.m.-noon. Free and open to the public. Olin Hall. ‘Berlin and Vienna: The Artist as a Young Man’ 1 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Christopher Hailey; 1:30 p.m. Performance: Edward Arron, cello; Jeremy Denk, piano; Jesse Mills, violin; Pei-Yao Wang, piano; and others. Tickets: $35. Olin Hall. ‘Kalevala: Myth and the Birth of a Nation’ 7 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Glenda Dawn Goss; 8 p.m. Performance: Christiane Libor, soprano; John Hancock, baritone; Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein. Tickets: $30-$75. Sosnoff Theater.


‘White Nights—Dark Mornings: Creativity, Depression, and Addiction’ 10 a.m. Tickets: $30. Olin Hall. ‘Aurora Borealis: Nature and Music in Finland and Scandinavia’ 1 p.m. Preconcert talk: Jeffrey Kallberg; 1:30 p.m. Performance: Members of the Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; Gustav Djupsjöbacka, piano; Marka Gustavsson, viola; Melis Jaatinen, mezzo-soprano; Robert Martin, cello; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Sharon Roffman, violin. Tickets: $35. Olin Hall. ‘To the Finland Station: Sibelius and Russia’ 5 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Marina Kostalevsky; 5:30 p.m. Performance: Marka Gustavsson, viola; Christiane Libor, soprano; Melis Jaatinen, mezzosoprano; Robert Martin, cello; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Sharon Roffman, violin; Jonathan Spitz, cello; Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Pei-Yao Wang, piano; Orion Weiss, piano; Bard Festival Chamber Players. Tickets: $25$55. Olin Hall.

Weekend Two, ‘Sibelius: Conservative or Modernist?’ FRIDAY, AUG. 19

Symposium: ‘Architecture, Design, and Finnish Identity’ 10 a.m.-noon; 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nina Stritzler-Levine, moderator. Free and open to the public. Multipurpose room, Bertelsmann Campus Center. Finnish Short Films 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Reservations required. Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center. ‘Nordic Purity, Aryan Fantasies, and Music’ 7:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Byron Adams; 8 p.m. Performance: Daedalus Quartet; Alexandra Knoll, oboe; Anna Polonsky, piano; Orion Weiss, piano; Bard Festival Chamber Players; and others. Tickets: $25-55. Sosnoff Theater.


‘From the Nordic Folk’ 10 a.m. Performance with commentary by Daniel Grimley; with Piia Kleemola, violin; Anna Polonsky, piano; Sophie Shao, cello; PeiYao Wang, piano; Orion Weiss, piano. Tickets: $30. Olin Hall. ‘Finnish Modern’ 1 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Veijo Murtomäki; 1:30 p.m. Performance: Daedalus Quartet; Bard Festival Chamber Players; Anna Polonsky, piano, and others. Tickets: $35. Olin Hall. ‘The Heritage of Symbolism’ 7 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Anne-Marie Reynolds; 8 p.m. Performance: Yulia Van Doren, soprano; Tyler Duncan, baritone; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. Tickets: $30-$75. Sosnoff Theater.


‘Sibelius and the 20th Century’ 10 a.m.-noon. Ian Buruma, moderator; Leon Botstein; Tomi Mäkelä; Jann Pasler Free and open to the public. Olin Hall. ‘Nostalgia and the Challenge of Modernity’ 1 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Richard Wilson. 1:30 p.m. Performance: Mary Caponegro, narrator; Melvin Chen, piano; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Eric Wyrick, violin; Faculty and students of the Bard College Conservatory of Music; and others. Tickets: $30. Olin Hall. ‘Silence and Influence’ 3:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Christopher H. Gibbs. 4:30 p.m. Performance: American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. Tickets: $30$75. Sosnoff Theater.

NIGHTLIFE e-mail us your events: < continued from previous page chance to dip your toes in the Coxing Kill on this dog and kid friendly walk. Bring lunch and water. Dress for the weather. Well-behaved dogs on short leashes are welcome as well as children ages 5 and up. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a moderate, 3-mile hike. Reservations required. Call 845-2550919 for reservations and meeting location. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; non-members ages 13 and up pay the $12 hiking day use fee.

MONDAY, AUG. 15 NIGHTLIFE The Chris Bergson Band 8 p.m. With Bruce Katz and Jay Collins from Gregg Allman and Friends. No cover. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

TUESDAY, AUG. 16 FILM ‘Jerusalem: The East Side Story’ 7:30 p.m. The film captures nearly 100 years of history of East Jerusalem, mainly concentrating on the period from 1967 on, showing how the city and its people have been affected by the Israeli occupation. Saugerties Library Community Room, 91 Washington Ave., Saugerties. 518-678-2076.

GetBack! 7 p.m. Celebrate the music and excitement of the Beatles with GetBack! cast of Beatlemania, internationally acclaimed as the ‘next best thing’ to seeing the Beatles in concert. MidHudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 1-800-745-3000. Miss Angie’s Karaoke 9 p.m. No cover. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Duck Pond 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Bob Babb Wednesday Walks welcome adults of all ages and levels of ability aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a moderate, 7-mile hike. Free for Mohonk Preserve members; non-members pay the $12 hiking day use fee. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845255-7247 between 7:30-8 a.m. Bird Club Field Trip 9 a.m. A field trip to Mills Mansion/Staatsburg State Historic Site with the Waterman Bird Club. Meet at parking lot of Mills Mansion, 75 Mills Mansion Rd., Staatsburg. Call Carol at 845-452-7619.

NIGHTLIFE Tony Penn 6 p.m. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17 FILM ‘Shaolin Soccer’ (2003) 6:30 p.m. Starring Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Ng Mang-Tat and Patrick Tse. In Cantonese with English subtitles. 111 minutes; rated PG. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Refreshments will be available. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903.


MUSIC The Bearcats Jazz Band 6:30 p.m. The Music in the Parks series continues. Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion), Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. In case of rain, call 845229-8086 after 4 p.m. to check rain location.

Gregg Allman has cancelled his summer tour due to an upper respiratory condition, including his stop at Radio Woodstock’s inaugural Bluestock, Aug. 2628 on Hunter Mountain. 5-time Grammy Award winner Robert Cray has signed on to fill Allman’s spot at the festival.

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STEPHEN STILLS Oct. 14 in Woodstock Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Tickets for Radio Woodstock VIPs go on sale Aug. 11; Tickets to general public go on sale Aug. 15. Photo by Larissa Carson.

From left: John Summerford, Brenny Rabine, Eric Rolland, Yvonne Perry. Photo by AnneMarie Andrews

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM “Dinner With Friends” is a fine play that sizzles with a strong cast, under the direction of River Valley Rep Producing Director Matt Andrews. It helps that the work, which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is whip-crack smart, savvy and spot-on when it comes to dissecting a divorce and the collateral damage that tends to happen when two couples seem to be intertwined. The play opens in the kitchen of Karen and Gabe (Yvonne Perry and Eric Rolland), who are food writers entertaining their dear friend Beth (Brenny Rabine). I was immediately struck by how natural Perry and Rolland seemed with each other – they portrayed a couple in sync with each other even though they may be emotionally out of touch. There was a lovely rhythm to their interaction that provided a great foundation upon which the dissolution of Beth and Tom’s (John Summerford) marriage takes place. Their bickering dialogue sounded exactly right – Perry and Rolland had a lovely give and take. In that first scene, Perry was the picture of authority as Rabine demonstrated raw despair and barely contained, jittery hysteria. The two women were set off by Rolland’s palpable discomfort – as Beth breaks down {12} August 10, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

the details of why she and Tom (Gabe’s best friend) are divorcing, Rolland seemed to grow physically uncomfortable as he learns that his friend has been unfaithful and his recklessness is threatening the stability the couples have created in their lives. This sense of shared betrayal, established early on, gave a poignant underpinning to the rest of the play. When the scene shifts to Beth and Tom’s bedroom, it was compelling to see Rabine and Summerford come at each other with intensity. Their energy was completely opposite from Perry and Rolland – they seemed to be out of sync in every way, which worked thematically for me. If anything, Summerford was a little too soft on the edges for me – it worked for later scenes with Gabe when he reveals his easy-going cruelty, but when he was with Beth, I wanted to see the rough, hedonist side. Rabine went full-throttle manic, perching Beth on the edge daringly. It was refreshing to see a lack of apology in both their performances – these are two characters who are difficult to like, and both Rabine and Summerford seemed willing to dig into the less savory elements of their respective characters. Credit also goes to

‘DINNER WITH FRIENDS’ Through Aug. 14: 8 p.m.| Thursdays- Saturdays 3 p.m.| Sundays Tickets: $30; $25, student and senior. Nelly Goletti Theatre, third floor of the Marist College Student Center, 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-575-3133 the pair for excellent work in the flashback sequence, when we see Beth and Tom meet at Martha’s Vineyard. They channeled their characters at a very different point in their lives and brought forth a bubbly, sexy chemistry of new love. In some ways, Rolland as Gabe was the heart of the play – he goes through the most profound internal conflict and achieves a partial resolution. From his desire to be a caretaker – his way of connecting with Tom is to feed him – to his realization that his own happiness was dependant on the existing foursome of friends, Gabe learns (a little) to express his fears and to recognize his own weakness. Rolland offered a very sympathetic portrayal of a man at the crossroads, unsure of his next step.

From left, Red Hook High School’s Musical Director of “Grease” David Temple, Honorable Mention for best director, “Grease,” Deborah Temple, “A View From the Bridge” actor Jesse Lessner, Head of the DCC Department of Performing, Visual Arts and Communications Joe Cosentino, Best Featured Actress in a Play for “A View From the Bridge” Cameron Drayton, and “Grease” chorus member Linda Schmidt.


Performers, directors and other supporters from 16 local high school theater departments recently participated in the DCC Performing Arts Program’s High School Theater Awards, also known as “The Dutchies.” High school faculty, students, and their families watched a montage of video clips featuring each school’s performance. Winners accepted their individually inscribed “Dutchie” trophies or honorablemention certificates. The awards were created to honor excellence in local high school theater productions. Contest judges were DCC Performing Arts Program Chair Joe Cosentino, Instructor of Music From left, Dover High School’s director of Christopher Brellochs and Director of “All Shook Up” Justin Stockslager, Honorable Scheduling Susan Moore. Mention for best actress in “All Shook Up” High schools that took home awards Mackenzie Lasher, Head of the DCC Department were Brewster High School, Coleman of Performing, Visual Arts and Communications Joe Cosentino, and Best Actor in a Musical for Catholic High School, Cornwall Central “All Shook Up” Thomas Henke. High School, Dover High School, FDR High School, Millbrook High School, Newburgh Free Academy, New Paltz High School, Red Hook High School and Wallkill Senior High School.

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From left in the bottom row is Cornwall High School’s Brandon Santulli, Jackie Matza, Rich Aufiero, Head of the DCC Department of Performing, Visual Arts and Communications Joe Cosentino, Rose Foody and Gavin O’Gorman. Standing from left are Nick Logerfo, Beth Whalen, Alyssa Marino, Tony Ravinsky, Shona Ford, Matt Begbie, Bobby Flitsch, Ryan Wenke, Jessica Hauserman, Craig Franke and Brooke Garfinkel. Hudson valley news | | August 10, 2011 {13}

weekend horoscopes BY CLAIRE ANDERSON

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LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Be open to new connections this week. You may learn some valuable lesson or piece of wisdom from someone who seems like a stranger to you. Communication is vital, and be ready to think deeply about something someone conveys to you.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Don’t allow an outside situation or someone’s idle gossip to hurt your self-image. You can’t take things at face value. There’s more going on under the surface, and it’s up to you to look closely to see what the real story is.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You’ve got a great amount of energy to get tasks accomplished – keep up the momentum through the weekend. Use your social graces to help you navigate through a difficult situation. It isn’t about where you are today – it’s about where you’re headed.

WEEKEND MOVIE AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You know what you’re really after, but you have to be the one to take the first step. If you don’t act now, when will you? You want to have certainty, but there isn’t any when it comes to people’s emotions. Find the right path for yourself and be strong.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): You may feel very indecisive this week, and you will most likely not be alone in your feelings. Unfortunately, you also feel compelled to just do something in order to move forward. Try to take a few small steps forward so that you feel some sense of accomplishment, but put off major actions until you feel you can see clearly. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Try to just go with the flow of what comes at you this week. You can’t control what people say and do, only your response to it. If you don’t try to steer the conversation, you’ll learn a great deal that will help you in the future. Everything will work out to your advantage, so relax.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Find a sense of groundedness right now and be aware of how you are connected to SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): It’s all the people around you. Avoid people who about flexibility right now – you need to talk fast and like to spread misinformation. know when to work hard and when to play Don’t depend on them to help you. Wait for hard. Pushing your own agenda through a everything to calm down before choosing work situation will only backfire. Instead, your plan of action. ask for everyone’s input. You will find that you have more control than you think. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): It’s difficult to find your way this week – it feels like

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): you’re looking out into a fog, trying to figure You are feeling pressured to do something and you feel like you have to make a move soon or things will crumble. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do, and don’t let others influence your decision. Avoid temptation.

out the road to take. You feel like you’ve lost touch with reality. Make sure to take time to plan out some steps towards your goals even as you drift off into la-la land.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): You march to the beat of your own drum these

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): days, and you’re ready to meet someone

Look to be practical in your approach to life this week. You have to stay flexible, but you should be ready to stand your ground when it’s important. Try to work with others instead of against them. You’ll find yourself feeling more motivated if you do.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM DSON LEYN COM Sure, it’s easy to say that without Charlton Heston, there is no “Planet of the Apes,” but that’s being a little too oo hard on a decent movie in its own right. In a time of endless sequels, at least here we get a prequel in the form of ‘RISE SE OF THE PLAN PLANET “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” an origin story that sets up the classic sci-fi OF THE APES’ hit (that spawned its own sequels and a Weekend rating: Three bananas Tim Burton-helmed reboot in 2001). Director: Rupert Wyatt Will Rodman (James Franco) is a scientist working on a cure for Starring: James Franco, Alzheimer’s disease, knowing full well Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto the devastating toll the illness takes on Runtime: 105 min. loved ones – his father (John Lithgow) Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, some must be cared for by a nurse during the sexuality and brief strong language. day. Will is testing out a new drug on the apes in his lab, with much success; one ape becomes preternaturally smart, though she winds up also becoming aggressive. After she attacks humans, she’s killed and the lab is in shambles. Will learns one reason the ape reacted so strongly was to protect her infant, a little ape who winds up going home with Will and being named Caesar. Circumstances bring a beautiful primatologist, Caroline Aranha (Freida Pinto), into Will and Caesar’s lives; Will has also decided to tempt fate by trying out the drug that was working on the apes on his own father, in hopes of helping him. Unfortunately, Caesar aggressively defends Will’s father against a neighbor who is bullying him, and is sent summarily to a sanctuary that is anything but safe for the captive apes. This is when the movie kicks into high gear – Caesar’s acumen is on display as he realizes that while he is truly alone in the world (away from the only home he knew and Will being paired up in a romantic relationship), he is able to act against those who threaten him (namely Dodge, played by “Harry Potter” star Tom Felton) and liberate the apes in the process. My general complaint with this film is the lack of moral compass that seemed ingrained at the end of the original movie. When Heston realizes that he’s actually on Earth, and it’s been destroyed at the hands of the humans, he’s a ball of righteous rage and it made sense in a Cold War mentality. Everyone’s got their fingers on the red buttons, and we’re one nuclear war away from apes ruling the world. With “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Will’s intentions are noble, and even as things go awry, there’s a sense of helplessness that keeps the outrage in check. The human leads of this movie are uniformly good, despite some plot holes and some cheesy moments. Pretty Pinto has little to do but stand around and be extremely lovely. Franco is a sympathetic lead, but I had a difficult time believing him to be a savvy geneticist. Brian Cox will never not be a great baddie. The real stars of this movie are Andy Serkis and the team of creative wizards behind bringing Caesar to life. Serkis is a genius at this sort of body work – he did an equally exceptional job as Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” – and here, he brings a greater humanity to the screen than any of his flesh-and-blood human counterparts.

Artful expressions

Hudson Valley notable in NYC botanical exhibition

The exhibition “Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra” currently on view at al GarThe New York Botanical udes den (in the Bronx) includes nta display of prints, paintd ings, folios, diaries and objects by famous visitors to the Alhambra, in Granada, including the Hudson Valley’s Washington Irving. The exhibition reveals how the visitors helped stir widespread fascinant tion for the magnificent ugh palace complex through ions. their writings and depictions.

The month-long public-art exhibition Windows on Main Street 2011 opens on Aug. 13 in Beacon. Each summer, local artists collaborate with Main Street businesses to create a mile-long, site-specific art exhibition displayed in storefront windows located along Main Street. “Windows on Main Street provides a unique, public venue for local artists to display their work in which art becomes a part of daily life,” said Hannah Anderson, curator of the event, in a press release. “With a casual viewing experience, the exhibit changes the landscape of Beacon’s Main Street as it demonstrates how the relationship between local art and local commerce can benefit the community.” This year, 49 artists aand businesses will participate in the event.

Teachable moments

Teaching the Hudson Valley, Mill Street Loft and Scenic Hudson invite classroom teachers and education majors to a professional development workshop using art to incorporate the outdoors and Hudson Valley landscape in curriculums for science, English language arts, social studies and math. The workshop will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park and River Center in Beacon. For more information and to RSVP, email or call 845-229-9116, ext. 2035.

LOOKING AHEAD FRIDAY, AUG. 19 Farm, Food and Music Festival 4 p.m. Browse locally-farmed produce and homemade goods or enjoy dinner while you listen to live music by The Acoustic Medicine Variety Show and watch the sun set over the Catskill Mountains. The event runs until sunset. Free entrance. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Rd., Germantown. 518-537-4240. Morton Acoustic Show 8-10:30 p.m. Featuring Bob and the Boys, Thomas Ear, Blaine Elliot, Mister K and Matt and Jordan. Refreshments provided by The Rhinecliff. Donations suggested. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-7007.

SATURDAY, AUG. 20 Kimberly 8 p.m. The singer-songwriter will be performing, featuring Bruce Hildenbrand. Cost: $10. Hyde Park Library Annex, 2 Main St., Hyde Park. 845229-7791.

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Still hooked BY ANN LA FARGE

Even after last week’s orgy of thriller reading, I wasn’t asn’t quite ready to stop. Just one more. It turned out to be a doozie. M.J. McGrath’s chilling story, “White Heat” at” (Viking, $25.95), is set in the vast untamed Arctic world rld – and in the world’s last unclaimed territory, the Arctic tic Ocean seabed, where Russians, Canadians, Danes and nd Americans fight for mining and oil rights. The tundra, a, too, had to be “the only place in the world where there re was everywhere and nowhere to hide.” Nobody knew w that better than Edie Kiglatuk, teacher and hunting g guide. When a client of hers is shot, her stepson Joee comes to help in a blizzard … and mysteriously dies. Then more mysterious events occur, and Edie loses her job. Now, she has nothing to lose. “I’m a hunter, Derek,” she tells the local police chief, “and I intend to hunt this one down.” Hunting, after all, was the way she made sense of the world. “No hunter ter ever called off a hunt until it was hopeless.” And, he replies, “Something dark is blowing through this island, damn me if I know what.” You’ll have to concentrate on remembering to breathe as you follow Edie through this terrifying story. You’ll learn what an astrobleme is, and a lot about meteors, and you’ll get to know the Inuit people, their lives author events around the Hudson Valley “like sundogs or Arctic rainbows, they ran not in lines but in circles.” I had to keep turning back to the maps on the frontispage – orienting myself, SATURDAY, AUG. 13 learning the geography of Ellesmere 4 p.m. A book signing with photographer and Island, just off the coast of Greenland recent receiver of the Green Award for “best and very near the North Pole, and the of show” at Woodstock Artist Association and Museum, Robert Lipgar. The Arts Society of most dangerous waterway on the planet. Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845Follow Edie in a search that takes her 338-0331. beyond the reaches of the tundra … and into the middle of an international SUNDAY, AUG. 14 energy showdown and a new Cold War, 4 p.m. Hudson Valley YA Society hosts Ulster complete with a couple of Russians with County native Nova Ren Suma, author of “Dani Noir” and “Imaginary Girls,” and Micol Ostow, names straight out of Dostoyevsky. whose newest book, “family,” is a contemporary And I thought I didn’t like thrillers. exploration of cult dynamics loosely based on the Back, now, to more familiar territory Manson Family murders of 1969. HVYAS events – a memoir and a novel. are recommended for teens and adults ages 12 and If you missed Gail Caldwell’s up. RSVP for this free event to rsvp@oblongbooks. com. Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery wonderful memoir “A Strong West St. (Rte.9), Rhinebeck, 845-876-0500. Wind,” remind yourself to go back Skitter is here waiting for you to stop in so he can show off his training. This Golden Retriever mix is ready for someone like you to love. He’s up to date on his rabies and distemper vaccinations. Looking for a good boy? Drop by the shelter to meet Skitter. Don’t forget our Community Pet Day on August 14 at the Jewish Community Center. Bring leashed dogs and cats in carriers for low-cost vaccinations and microchips.

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and read it, but first read her new one, “Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir Of Friendship” (Random House trade paperbacks, $14). It’s a coming-of-age story in midlife, as the author shares her life with an exuberant dog and a new best friend, the writer Caroline Knapp. B Both women – previously intensely pprivate – learn to share their struggles w with alcoholism and solitude as well as their interests … until Caroline is su suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV lung ca cancer. “I had a friend,” the memoir begins, “and we shared everything and beg then she died and so we shared that, too. the ““We had each been frightened drunks and aspiring writers and dog lovers,” she goes on to say, adding that she has stopp stopped drinking … and so had Caroline. This fine memoir is a love letter to friendship. An And the dog? She grows old, too. As do we all. But, dear readers, think on this: tthere are so many puppies that need a home. “Th “This beautiful life … I can’t manage it,” cries Liz at the conclusion of a heartbreaking hear story of a happy upstate couple who move to Manhattan and too-rich-for-the-blood life: a hotshot job for a too-r Dad, a stay-at-home, non-job for Liz, private school for teenage Jake and kindergarten for adopted 6-year-old Coco. It all implodes when Jake makes out with Daisy, an eighth-grade girl one night at an alcohol-fueled, unsupervised party and finds, the next morning, a sexually explicit e-mail from the girl … which he sends on to a friend. The video goes viral – all over the Internet – and a family’s life is shattered. “This Beautiful Life,” by Helen Schulman (Harper, $24.99) is the story of a family broken by a 14-year-old’s ill-thought-out email and the difficulty so many people have in “ripping oneself away from the computer’s powerful epoxy.” And what about Daisy, the girl who started it all? We meet her once more – years later – at the end of the book, and remember who she reminds us of – another Daisy (Daisy Buchanan, who was also careless). This book is a fine example of provocative literary fiction, and will generate heated discussion. Good fodder for your book club, particularly if it contains a few Luddites. Parents, teachers, and even kids will get a kick out of a kicky new reference book, “The American Heritage® Student Grammar Dictionary – All New, The Most Useful Resource For Students In Grades 6 And Up” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $13.95). Having been an English teacher, and, once upon a time, a kid, I know how kids hate grammar study – it’s boring. No longer. With this handy alphabetical guide, you can find out when to use who and whom, lie and lay (always a tough one), accompanied by cute cartoons, tips for dictionary use, and the rules for the use of the passive voice. What’s a participial phrase, anyway? I learned that you don’t have to be a kid, or a teacher, or an old editor /book columnist to find this book useful. I hadn’t thought about the “past progressive” in years. Would you believe that I actually read the whole thing? And forget about passing the book on to some kid. I’m keeping it! (Lie down, Rover! Lay that pistol down, babe!) 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

Events and opportunities BY EVE MADALENGOITIA AND LISA FIORESE DUTCHESS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL In a previous column, we talked about some of the opportunities available to fund arts projects. This weekend, you can visit two of the many projects funded by programs administered by the Dutchess County Arts Council. They are: THE 9TH ANNUAL SAUGERTIES ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14 In this extensive studio tour, more than 40 Saugerties artists working in a variety of media such as painting, printmaking, collage, photography, ceramics, fine furniture, mixed media, sculpture and more, will be opening their studios to the public. The high quality and range of artistic expression is sure to offer an enjoyable experience to everyone taking the tour. Maps for this free self-guided tour can be picked up at the Saugerties Tourist Information Booth located on Route 212 across from the Northbound NYS Thruway entrance and Smith Hardware, 227 Main St., all in Saugerties, as well as other area business locations. Preview the map, the artists and their work by visiting This project is funded in part with a Decentralization grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Dutchess County Arts Council. MOUNT TREMPER ARTS SUMMER FESTIVAL 2011 Mount Tremper’s Summer Festival features a multi-disciplinary line-up of leading contemporary artists, and continues over the next two weekends. It’s well worth the trip to see some very exciting events in the Catskills. On Saturday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m., Melinda Ring’s “X” will be performed. Inspired by conceptual artist Dan Graham’s 1984 film “Rock My Religion,” which connects the ecstatic dances of groups like the Shakers with rock and roll, “X” channels raw attitude and rapturous energy. Its dancers boldly generate a dynamic physical force field, merging form and frenzy into communal catharsis. Graham’s “Rock my Religion” will screen at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 as part of the Food for the Arts series. For full info on this and the following weekend’s lineup, visit This project was funded in part with an award from the Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund, administered by the Dutchess County Arts Council. DUTCHESS COUNTY EXECUTIVE ARTS AWARDS CALL FOR YOUTH NOMINATIONS Do you know an exceptionally talented teen entering their senior year of high school? The Arts Council is seeking nominations for the 2011 Youth with Exceptional Promise in the Arts category for the Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards. Nominated youths must be a Dutchess County high school senior as of September 2011. The nominee can be working in any arts discipline including visual, performing, literary, film/video, and computer, among others. The nominator should show the youth’s achievement and promise, and their evolving commitment to his/her art over time. Complete eligibility requirements with instructions can be found at www.; or can be requested from the Arts Council at info@artsmidhudson. org or 845-454-3222. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. The recipient, selected from the submitted nominations by an independent panel, will be feted along with other artists and business leaders, at the awards dinner in October. Each year, nominations come in to the Arts Council from residents throughout Dutchess and nearby counties. The final recipients are selected through a panel review process. Since 1986, 173 awards have been given. The 2011 Dutchess County Arts Award Recipients already selected include the following: Kip Bleakley O’Neill, St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, Margaret Crenson (posthumously), Montgomery Row, Dia:Beacon, Susan Lesser, and Stephen Clair. The awards reception will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m. at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. In addition to the awards ceremony hosted by County Executive Steinhaus, there will be live entertainment and a silent auction. All proceeds support the Dutchess County Arts Council. For more information please call 845-454-3222 or email The deadline is Sept. 16 for these nominations, so get hopping and nominate an exceptional student today!

weekend field notes

Singer, songwriter and recording artist Patti Rothberg dropped in on radio station WKZE in Red Hook last Thursday afternoon to perform a few songs and plug her new album and an upcoming book. Photo by Todd Gay.



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THE REGION’S MOST ADVANCED EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers Emergency Department provides life saving care to 34,000 patients per year thanks to our special team of highly skilled physicians, nurses, and clinicians.

The Stroke Center at Saint Francis Hospital has earned a Gold Award for Stroke Care by the American Heart Association.

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As the only Level II Trauma Center in the region, we are committed to continuing to provide the very latest imaging and diagnostic technology. The new MRI machine is capable of image reconstruction speeds exceeding 1,200 images per second and is among the fastest in the state. The MRI is patient friendly, with a “short bore” design which makes the MRI much more comfortable for our patients.



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Dutchess Fair to blend new attractions with old standbys


The start of August means a few things in Dutchess County. Political road signs are starting to pop up like dandelions along our roadways, farmers’ markets are overflowing with fresh summer produce and the Dutchess County Fair will soon open for a six-day celebration of agriculture. This year’s Dutchess County Fair will be held Aug. 23-28 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck. Fairgrounds General Manager Bob Grems says while the 166th annual fair will certainly feature a number of new attractions, it’s still the thousands upon thousands of agricultural exhibits that make the fair special. “We always try to change things, but the good news is the things that have been around for 166 years,” Grems said. Last year’s fair attracted some 1,700 exhibitors showing more than 10,000 exhibits, including fruits, flowers, vegetables, quilts, crafts, baked goods, all kinds of livestock and more, and Grems said this year’s fair could surpass that. “That’s the essence,” Grems says. “We build everything around that. To

be a county fair, you really need that agricultural component.” Grems says this year the fair is trying to reflect the changing face of agriculture and the movement to eat and buy local products with its new Distinctly Dutchess Pavilion. This pavilion will feature anything grown, made or manufactured in Dutchess County, and exhibitors include Red Hook’s Battenfeld Christmas Tree Farm, McEnroe Organic Farm of Millerton and Gigi’s of Rhinebeck and Red Hook. Also, for the first time in the fair’s history, the local wine industry will be showcased in the Distinctly Dutchess Pavilion. Grems said he hopes to build upon this and perhaps even construct a mini-winery at the fairgrounds in time for the 2012 fair. The fair will also feature a wide variety of shows, games and rides sure to delight attendees of all ages. New to the Dutchess County Fair this year is a free show by the Fearless Flores Family Circus, fresh off their appearance on “America’s Got Talent.” For adults, for the first time ever, live music will be featured in the beer and wine

pavilion. Country musician Jay Taylor, who Grems called a promising up-andcomer, is slated to perform for those enjoying their favorite adult beverages. This year’s fair will also feature some big-name acts performing on the grandstand (additional fees are charged for grandstand entertainment). Line-up is as follows: • On Tuesday, Aug. 23, country musician Travis Tritt will perform at 7:30 p.m. • On Wednesday, Aug. 24, classic rockers REO Speedwagon will perform at 7:30 p.m. • On Thursday, Aug. 25, country musician Kellie Pickler will perform at 7:30 p.m. • On Friday, Aug. 26, rock and pop musician Uncle Kracker will perform at 7:30 p.m. • On Saturday, Aug. 27, singersongwriter Chubby Checker will perform at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. • On Sunday, Aug. 28, the Championship Bull Riding show will be held at 2 and 6 p.m. As always, the one big concern is the weather. In recent years, rain and excessive heat have kept people away and caused traffic jams coming in and out of Rhinebeck. “I’m trying not to worry too much about the weather because there’s not a darn thing you can do about it,” Grems said. He did say, though, that the fairgrounds is preparing for potentially hot temperatures by installing misting machines and other stations to help fair-goers keep cool. General admission to the fair is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military personnel, and free for children under 12. More information is available at www.

The dog days of summer are in full bloom and undoubtedly, many sweltering days lie ahead. Spirits are high as many look forward to endless days at the beach, barbeques and plenty of outdoor activities. But the dangers of dehydration threaten to dampen the day. Heat-rash, cramps and exhaustion are all results of exposure to sun coupled with a lack of hydration. Worse, in rare cases, dehydration can lead to heat stroke and death. In fact, each year, more than 300 people in America succumb to heat-related deaths that are easily preventable. This season marks the perfect time to tout the benefits of drinking water. Water was and always will be – despite the myriad of energy and sports drinks saturating the market – the best drink to consume for a number of reasons, starting with hydration. Unfortunately, many people, particularly children (who, along with the elderly, are most susceptible to becoming dehydrated), believe that consuming iced tea, lemonade, milk, fruit punch or even soda will satisfy what the body needs to remain hydrated. Those drinks are poor substitutes for H2O and take much longer to work. Separating water from the ingredients contained in those drinks requires energy to burn. Water, whether bottled, mineral, spring, hot or cold or filtered on tap, works immediately to hydrate the body. Water should be consumed before the body hungers for it as thirst is a sign of dehydration. Typical warning signs include dark-colored urine, itching, dry mouth and skin, head rushes and chills. While hydration may be water’s biggest attribute, there are many other advantages as well. It reduces the calories contained in other drinks, is a key ingredient toward losing weight, and reduces the risk of dental and gum decay as well as many diseases, including diabetes. So next time you pack your children’s lunch or wonder which drink to get with your meal, think water, the universal ingredient needed to sustain life on Earth. Jonathan D. Salkin is president of Hydration Education Foundation, Inc., a notfor-profit agency that works with elementary schools and other groups to promote hydration and healthy dietary habits.


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The Village of Tivoli will receive nearly $6,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover expenses incurred during a December 2010 snow storm. FEMA will contribute a total of $4,422 to the village, as well as $1,474 to the state to help cover costs associated with snow removal and other necessities. The village expects to receive the money within 90 days. During a three-day period last December, a severe storm dumped a significant amount of snow throughout the region, and employees of Tivoli’s Department of Public Works spent many hours clearing roads and removing snow, according to Mayor Bryan Cranna. A private company was also called in to assist with snow removal on some roads, he said. “The dedicated men of the Department of Public Works worked for hours on end to ensure that the roads throughout our village were plowed and accessible,” Cranna said. “Tivoli is fortunate to have such a dedicated team of employees.” Cranna also thanked Village Clerk Linda Gonnella, who worked to ensure the village received funding through FEMA. “Clerk Gonnella, as always, worked diligently on this project and as a result, Tivoli will be receiving funds to help offset the high costs incurred from the winter storm,” he said.

Wappingers business donates cash and supplies to SPCA BY HV NEWS STAFF

Employees of Associated Aircraft Group in Wappingers Falls recently donated money and pet supplies to the Dutchess County SPCA. Officials from Associated Aircraft Group recently visited the shelter to present a cash donation of $1,050, as well as food, toys, blankets and other items for animals waiting to be adopted. Associated Aircraft Group collected the funds and supplies during a drive organized by employee Mary Firmender. “We cannot say thank you enough to everyone at AAG,” said Volunteer Coordinator Sue Stives. “They came together as a team to do something remarkable for the animals.”

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RED HOOK BY KRISTOFER MUNN With the manufactured debt hostage crisis behind us and one of the three ratings agencies responsible for inflating the mortgage bubble downgrading U.S. bonds, we now enter uncharted waters. It’s enough to motivate someone to stockpile canned goods and bottled water because I’m not sure what’s next! Zombie apocalypse? Perhaps not. Alien invasion? Unlikely. Property tax reform that actually helps people who can’t afford them? That’s just crazy talk!

KELLY MOSHER NAMED SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT Congratulations (or perhaps our condolences) to Kelly Mosher, who was named president of the school board after the board’s reorganization meeting last month, and to Johanna Moore, who was named vice-president. With the passage of the property tax cap, school budgets will be very challenging and will likely require even further cuts. But I guess that’s OK because with the tax cap, our taxes will now go from “way too much” to “way too much + 2%.” The Red Hook Central School District already runs a very lean operation with one of the lowest per-pupil costs in the county. We all wish the new school board luck in making these hard decisions.

HIGHWAY GARAGE The town board has opened the 25 bids submitted for the highway garage project and hopes to begin construction in September. When Supervisor Sue Crane took office in 2007, she declared the highway garage her top priority, yet it has taken more than three and a half years to reach this point. With Election Day just three months away, things appear to have kicked into high gear. The town board just visited us at the planning board to change lot lines so the garage will fit on a single piece of property. We certainly need a new garage – I just hope things aren’t being rushed for the wrong reasons.

ARTS INSPIRED The Red Hook Community Arts Network has announced ARTS Inspired,

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Local singer Lorelei Smith (Red Hook Class of 2015) and singer/songwriter/author Rosanne Cash, at the Bard Spiegeltent. Photo courtesy of

a three-day celebration of the arts at a new venue on Aug. 19, 20 and 21 at the Emporium, located at 7392 South Broadway (Route 9). The goal is to exhibit the work of local artists and provide a unique experience to visitors as they explore the space and appreciate arts, crafts, theater, music and local food. This project will be one of the attractions featured during the Eighth Annual Art Along the Hudson celebration. For more information, you can find Red Hook CAN on Facebook or at rhcan.

REZONING PLAN APPROVED On July 12, the Red Hook Town Board passed Local Law No. C of 2011, popularly known as Centers & Greenspaces. The new law caps overall development potential in the town at a level 60% lower than before. This represents a reduction of 2,200 homes with development concentrated in planned Traditional Neighborhood Districts that will resemble the current village. Of course, those homes are no more likely to be built now than they were before the zoning changed. I always hear about officials saying they want to end sprawl, but Red Hook is now among the few that have actually done so.

GRAND OPENING OF THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY As a father of five, I was looking forward to the big opening of the new Children’s Library. With a convenient separate entrance in the rear of the building and that “new library” smell, I suspect we’ll be spending quite a bit of time there over the next few years. Kudos to all involved in this great project.

Be sure to check it out – no pun intended – next time you’re visiting the library.

OTHER NEWS • Central Hudson has launched a Home Energy Saver program for eligible homes – join the program and help test smart-grid technologies. • The Red Hook Central School District has moved its district office from Route 9 to Mill Road Elementary School and leased out the remainder of the building to Bard College for $95,000/year. • It was announced that the Town of Red Hook will receive a forestry grant of nearly $8,000. • The Red Hook Education Foundation’s Rosanne Cash event was a huge success with nearly 250 people joining the talented artist at the Bard Spiegeltent for an intimate evening concert that raised over $30,000 for the foundation. Congratulations to Julia Crowley and Tricia Reed, who cochaired the event. • Red Hook mourns the loss of Harold Fell Sr., an active member of our community who died at age 86.

UPCOMING EVENTS • The 22nd Annual Bard Music Festival opens Aug. 12 as part of SummerScape. • Movie night in the Village of Red Hook is on Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. Film is “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” • Tavern Night at the Elmendorph is on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. • The 166th Dutchess County Fair opens on Aug. 23. Get your tickets in advance and save. Kristofer Munn is the publisher of Red Hook Today (, Facebook and Twitter) and can be reached at info@ or 845-232-1751.

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BY HV NEWS STAFF The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley will honor three local couples for their community service efforts during its annual Garden Party fundraiser in October. Martin and Eleanor Charwat of Dutchess County, Richard and Judy Mathews of Ulster County, and the Hon. Albert M. and Julia Rosenblatt of Dutchess County will be honored. “This year’s Garden Party honorees highlight the community service and dedication of individuals from both banks of the Hudson River,” said event Chairwoman Kimberly Hunt Lee. “These three community-minded couples share their dedication to our area and epitomize the work of the Community Foundation: to make our region an even better place to live and work.” The Garden Party will be held Oct. 2, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Poughkeepsie home of Patrick Page. The home is entirely wind and solar powered. For sponsorship information or to reserve tickets, contact Christine Kane at 845-452-3077 or

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The big exciting news this week is that after weeks of “opening soon,” Cozzie’s Pizza has finally opened for business in the former Karen’s Country Kitchen location. Their opening day was Friday, Aug. 5 and the intrepid lifeguards at Stanford Rec immediately ordered the daily special, which was something like a large pie, a dozen wings and soda. Not sure what they said the price was, but it was a pretty good deal. And the pizza was rated “very good” by the lifeguard staff. Some local residents are questioning whether a small town like Stanfordville can support three pizzerias. I think it will be fine. A colleague of mine whose family is originally from China once told me that all Chinese restaurants don’t make everything on the menu the same way. Each restaurant has its own specialty and different ways of preparing each dish. So, you have to sample around and pick the places that have the best of whatever dish you are in the mood for. I think the same is true of pizzerias. My family likes the pizza at one place, wings at another, and calzones and subs at another. Gee, now we have to sample Cozzie’s entire menu to see what we like there! Such a difficult task we have ahead of us. We’ll get right on it and let you know what we find. If you don’t want to wait for my assessment, stop on by yourself or place your carryout order by calling 845-868-1234.


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The boys and girls from Huckelberry Day Care Center took a field trip to the Inside Scoop in Hyde Park recently. Owner Tina Lombardi (back right) took good care of them. Photo submitted.

Also high on my list of important news is that the super-sweet corn is in at Big Rock Farms. I wait anxiously each year for this variety to mature and be ready for picking. The earlier varieties just aren’t as tender and sweet. The super sweet is absolutely the best corn around and the Big Rock Farm stand right here in Stanfordville has it. Co-owner Mark Burdick told me that they are starting to get repeat customers coming back for more sweet corn and that the comments have been overwhelmingly favorable. I’ll be there just about every night now that I know my favorite corn is available. And the

great thing is that if the harvest is like last year, we’ll have super sweet right into the early fall. Just one of those little pleasures that we enjoy by living here in the Hudson Valley.


There are many signs up around town, but just a quick note for those who may not live close by is that the United Church of Christ is having its “Treasure Seekers”-themed Vacation Bible School next week. The program will run every evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15 through Friday, Aug. 19. On the final night there will be a family bonfire with s’mores. New students ages 4 to 12 are still welcome. Call the church at 845-868-2286 and leave a message if you are interested.


Another great event coming up is the annual Erin Shanley Memorial 5K Race, which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 beginning at 9 a.m. This is a very popular event as it raises money for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, donated in memory of the lovely young Erin Shanley, who was killed in a tragic car accident several years ago. The race begins at the Lion’s Club Pavilion in Pine Plains and the cost to enter is $10 for the 5K race and $5 for the 1-mile race. For an additional $10, all participants can purchase an Erin Shanley Memorial tee shirt. The top male and female finishers will receive awards. Registration forms can be found around town, or by contacting organizer Tim Reynolds at 845-214-7801 or It would be helpful to get registrations in by Aug. 15, but there will also be race-day registration available beginning at 8:15 a.m. That’s about it for news this week. See you all next Wednesday. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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Omega conference to feature renowned speakers Library board BY RAY OBERLY The Omega Institute has announced its annual environmental conference, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Design By Nature: Preserving Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Essentials: Bread, Water and Shelter,â&#x20AC;? will be held on its Rhinebeck campus, from Aug. 19 to 21 and will feature stories from people who brought sustainable solutions to their communities and beyond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Omega, we know the decisions we make every day, as individuals and as organizations, have a monumental effect on the environment,â&#x20AC;? said Robert â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skipâ&#x20AC;? Backus, chief executive officer of the Omega Institute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are proud to offer programs that help people examine their role in preserving precious resources, and that remind us we are all part of a larger whole.â&#x20AC;? The weekend begins Friday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m., with a keynote talk about how individuals can make a difference from Erin Brockovich, the woman responsible for winning the largest medical settlement in history against a company poisoning the water of an entire town. On Saturday, conference participants will hear from Laurie David, producer of â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Inconvenient Truthâ&#x20AC;? and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Family Dinner,â&#x20AC;? about how to cut through the fog of modern living to recreate community. Frances Moore LappĂŠ, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diet for a Small Planetâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Have the Power,â&#x20AC;? will discuss how to choose courage in a culture of fear. Bob Berkebile, founding principal of BNIM Architects, will demonstrate how architecture can foster holistic, integrated communities. On Saturday evening, the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gaslandâ&#x20AC;? will be shown and Josh Fox, filmmaker and director of the film, will

speak about the importance of taking a stand to protect our precious resources. The conference ends Sunday at noon, after two closing keynote talks. The first talk will be from Backus, who was the driving force behind the creation of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, the first green building in America to achieve both LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certifications, the highest environmental performance standards available today. The final keynote talk will be from

Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx, who will show how environmental justice and green-collar jobs can transform communities. This conference is open to anyone interested in learning how everyday choices â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from supporting local agriculture to protecting natural resources â&#x20AC;&#x201C; can change the world. Full and partial scholarships are available. For detailed information, including presenter biographies, or to register, visit or call 800-944-1001.

DCC program preps local students for college BY HV NEWS STAFF Dutchess Community Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Connection program recently became one of 66 programs nationwide to receive accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Through the College Connection program, local high school students can take college-level classes taught by high school teachers who are also Dutchess Community College adjunct instructors. Students earn college credits that are accepted by most four-year colleges. According to the college, these courses help students enhance their college

applications, get a head start on freshman courses and save money. College Connection courses are available at FDR, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Poughkeepsie, John Jay, Spackenkill and Stissing Mountain high schools, among others. There is no tuition cost. Collegeready high school juniors and seniors are eligible. Principal or guidance counselor recommendation and fulfillment of course prerequisites are required. Information on the program is available in high school guidance offices.

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Linda Schmid, Red Hook Rotaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foreign exchange student from Switzerland, said farewell to Rotarians at their recent breakfast meeting. Schmid told the Rotary about her cross-country trip this summer. While in Red Hook, she attended Red Hook High School, was in the school play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grease,â&#x20AC;? and made many local friends. The Rotary will be welcoming a new exchange student from Spain in September. Pictured are: Exchange Youth Officer Rotarian Glenn Goldstein, Schmid and Rotary President Rob Latimer. Red Hook Rotary meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Apple a Day Diner, South Broadway, Red Hook. Visitors are welcomed. Photo by Fred Cartier.

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The Dutchess County Board of Elections is reminding residents who wish to vote in the Sept. 13 primary that the deadline for registration forms is fast approaching. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by midnight on Aug. 19 in order to vote in the primary election. Voters may also register in person at the Board of Elections, 47 Cannon St., Poughkeepsie, no later than Aug. 19. Residents who are currently registered and have moved to a new address within Dutchess County are instructed to notify the Board of Elections in writing. To request a registration form, call the Board of Elections at 845-486-2473. Forms may also be downloaded at www.

DUTCHESS LAW TO PROHIBIT FUNERAL PROTESTS PULLED BY LEGISLATURE BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON On Monday, the Dutchess County Legislature pulled a resolution that would have effectively banned protests before, during and after funeral services in the county. The legislation was initially crafted to prevent demonstrations by groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, a small Kansasbased religious group that has been known to protest acceptance of homosexuality during military funerals, carrying signs with messages like “You’re going to hell,” “Pray for more dead soldiers” and “God hates fags.” Presumably, no local lawmaker would condone the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church and similar organizations, but some members of the Dutchess County Legislature found the proposed resolution to be too overreaching and a violation of free speech. At the urging of the New York Civil Liberties Union, the head of the Dutchess County Legislature Veterans’ Affairs Committee and local military support organizations, the Legislature ultimately tabled the resolution. Legislator Joel Tyner (D-Clinton, Rhinebeck) was a vocal opponent of the proposed law, saying it was overbroad and unnecessary. “They listened to the light of reason,” Tyner said of his colleagues. “The folks pushing the resolution on the county level had to admit it was overreaching.” In March, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an 8-1 decision that protesting at a military funeral was protected under the First Amendment right to free speech. In his majority opinion, though, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that such demonstrations may be regulated under municipal law, as long as laws are not targeting a specific organization or viewpoint and narrowly crafted. Essentially, what the proposed law in Dutches County sought was buffer zones to be put in place before, during and after funeral services or related events. The law sought to create a 150-foot buffer zone between demonstrators and any church, temple, house of worship, mortuary, funeral home or any place hosting a funeral-related event. It also sought a 300-foot buffer between demonstrators and cemeteries that are hosting a funeral-related event. The buffers would be in place one hour before and after a service. Tyner, though, says the proposed law

could have violated the free speech of well-meaning demonstrators who are unaware they are breaking the law. “What the Westboro Baptist Church does is terrible and abhorrent, but if you’re going to pass a law, it should be Constitutional,” he said. Tyner said on Wednesdays in Rhinebeck, a small group gathers at the corner of Route 9 and Market Street to demonstrate for peace and an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Under the proposed law, he said, these activists could be arrested if they unknowingly demonstrate at the same time as a nearby funeral. Similarly, he said, in Wappinger, on Route 9, peace activists, including Pete Seeger, and the Gathering of Eagles have held dueling rallies on opposite sides of the roadway. Tyner said if the Gathering of Eagles decided to call their rally a “memorial service,” people like Seeger could be arrested for rallying for peace. Under the proposed law, buffer zones would also be applied during Jewish Shiva services, which generally occur in private homes. Tyner said this makes it too easy to unknowingly demonstrate during

such a service. In a letter to all 25 legislators, Robert A. Perry of the NYCLU wrote that a county law banning such demonstrations is unnecessary because the state Legislature has already enacted similar legislation. “The proposed local law is unnecessary,” Perry wrote. “The state Legislature in 2008 passed a bill that prohibits the intentional disruption or disturbance of a religious service, funeral or burial by engaging in conduct that occurs within 100 feet thereof.” The state Legislature recently extended that buffer zone to 300 feet. “Further, there is little question that the regulatory scheme authorized by (the proposed law) is overbroad, and that its enforcement would lead to the punishment of speech, association and expression that are protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution,” Perry wrote. Tyner added the state legislation prohibits the intentional disruption of a funeral, while the proposed county law would prohibit even unintentional disruptions. “If you read the (county) legislation, it’s not just intentional disruption of a funeral,” he said.

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LEGAL NOTICES Notice of Formation of A limited liability Company (LLC) Name: Walker Help Solutions, LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/21/2011. Office Location: Dutchess County, SSNY has Been designated as Agent of the LLC upon Whom process against It may be served SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: C/O Walker Help Solutions, LLC,33 Wynkoop Ln., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Latest date Upon which LLC is to dissolve. No specific date.

Notice of formation of Equitable Real Estate Solutions LLC. Articles of organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 6/27/2011. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as the Agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to: c/o Equitable Real Estate Solutions LLC, 694 Ackert Hook Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Purpose: Any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of Archway Donuts, LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) pursuant to NY LLC law section 206 on 11/19/2010. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o the LLC, P.O. Box N, Sanford, ME 04073. Notice of Formation of Fishkill Ave Donuts, LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) pursuant to NY LLC law section 206 on 11/23/2010. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o the LLC, P.O. Box N, Sanford, ME 04073. Notice of Formation of HV Donuts, LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) pursuant to NY LLC law section 206 on 11/23/2010. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o the LLC, P.O. Box N, Sanford, ME 04073. Notice of Formation of Route 9 North Donuts, LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) pursuant to NY LLC law section 206 on 11/19/2010. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o the LLC, P.O. Box N, Sanford, ME 04073. Notice of Formation of Route 9 South Donuts, LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) pursuant to NY LLC law section 206 on 11/19/2010. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o the LLC, P.O. Box N, Sanford, ME 04073.

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Notice of Formation of Route 52 Donuts, LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) pursuant to NY LLC law section 206 on 11/19/2010. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o the LLC, P.O. Box N, Sanford, ME 04073.

Notice of Formation of Route 82 Donuts, LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) pursuant to NY LLC law section 206 on 11/19/2010. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o the LLC, P.O. Box N, Sanford, ME 04073. Hudson valley news | | August 10, 2011 {23}

Bob Grems, general manager of the Dutchess County Fair, will discuss the unique features of this year’s fair on Hudson Valley Talk Radio’s Aug. 19 RadioRotary program. RadioRotary is broadcast Fridays from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on WQHG 920 AM, WBNR 1260 AM, WLNA 1420 AM or online at Each program is also available for download as a podcast after the program airs at Shown in the photo are Grems and RadioRotary hosts Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Connell. Photo submitted.

BY JIM LANGAN On some level, Staatsburg’s Mary Kocy makes it look easy. She and husband John buy an old motorboat from neighbors Bob and Judy Linville. They restore the boat and buy a pair of water skis. The next thing you know, Kocy’s taken up water skiing. Before long, Kocy decides to circumnavigate Manhattan on her skis. She then decides to do it to benefit veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries. Before long, she’s taking 33-mile training runs on the Hudson. We checked in with Kocy Sunday after she’d put in two hard days of training. Kocy said she’d decided to change skis and begin using a new glove this week. Kocy said the new skis and glove had been somewhat “problematic.” That’s Kocy-speak for “maybe it wasn’t such a good idea.” Bob and Judy Linville actually accompanied Kocy on one of her training runs this weekend, with Bob strapping on the skis himself. A photograph submitted to Hudson Valley News shows Bob Linville introducing himself to the

indigenous creatures of the Hudson as he tumbles off his skis. Kocy took us through her training regimen this week and her equipment change decision. “The gloves have dowels in them and they transfer the strain from your hands to your forearm area,” she said. “They have also given me a world-class set of calluses. My endurance this week wasn’t what it should be. “I’m trying to convince my husband and kids that this training makes it impossible to do any housework. Even dusting could put a significant hurt on my body, especially with these calluses,” said Kocy with a laugh. As the actual attempt on Manhattan approaches (Sept. 18), Kocy is hoping to attract “significant people” to donate to the cause. “I’m doing it for the veterans and I desperately want them to get the money they need,” she said. Kocy tells Hudson Valley News plans are afoot for a significant fundraiser in the area with a high-wattage celebrity in attendance. We’ll keep you posted.

Photo submitted.

As we go to press, we have just learned that U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson has agreed to be the featured speaker at a fundraising event to be held in conjunction with Mary Kocy’s attempt to water ski around Manhattan to benefit veterans with traumatic brain injuries. Gibson is a highly decorated Army veteran who served tours in Iraq and

Afghanistan before retiring a full colonel and being elected to Congress in 2010. The event will be held at a private home in Hyde Park and the organizers encourage residents to attend and support this important cause. The event date has yet to be determined but it will be later this month. If you or your organization is interested in attending or helping in any other way, let us know at editorial@thehudsonvalleynews. com and we’ll get it to Kocy and the people putting this together.



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