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OCTOBER 20-26, 2010

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SPECIES Incumbents Hall and Hinchey facing voters’ wrath BY JIM LANGAN

With less than two weeks to go, Democrats are concerned that two members of the local New York congressional delegation are in big trouble and could find themselves swept out of office Nov. 2. Hudson Valley News has learned that Democrats’ internal polling shows U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey’s (D-N.Y. 22) opponent, George Phillips has pulled even, and U.S. Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y. 19) is trailing Republican opponent Nan Hayworth by a narrow margin. Hinchey was first elected in 1992 and Hall in 2006. Both men describe themselves

as progressive and both are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Until recently, both seats were considered relatively safe. A key Democratic strategist told Hudson Valley News Hall made a mistake by siding with those opposed to building a mosque at Ground Zero. “His liberal base in the suburbs and Westchester didn’t like that one bit,” said the strategist, who asked to remain anonymous. Elisa Sumner, chair of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee told Hudson Valley News she was “very nervous and

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concerned about the upcoming elections” and agreed Hall and Hinchey are vulnerable. “The Republicans nationally are pouring a lot of money into those races and distracting voters from the great job both congressmen have been doing.” Hinchey, who has said he considers himself a progressive populist, ran unopposed last time and was thought to be unbeatable. The Saugerties Democrat has taken some controversial stands in the past, emboldened by his seeming invulnerability at the polls. > continued on next page

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In 2003, Hinchey joined forces with Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich in a resolution to impeach President George W. Bush and accused the former president of allowing Osama bin Laden to escape to justify invading Iraq. Of late, Hinchey has been far less provocative as his political fortunes have begun to wane. Last week, Hinchey got into a shoving match with a local reporter who asked Hinchey if he had a financial interest in a federal project he had proposed in Congress. Hinchey shouted “Shut up” to the reporter and began poking him in the chest and attempted to grab the reporter by the throat. That’s not the behavior of a sitting congressman confident of victory. Hinchey is definitely hearing footsteps. Both Hinchey and Hall are said to be in full panic mode and hitting the phone banks in pursuit of money and votes. As this election cycle began to evolve, a combination of circumstances began to weigh on both candidates. Polls have been showing voters are disgusted with Congress, particularly Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Both Hinchey and Hall have consistently aligned themselves with the unpopular Pelosi. The prolonged discussion and battle over President Obama’s healthcare plan has also taken its toll on the two Democratic incumbents. This trend is also evidencing itself in the 20th Congressional District race, where Republican challenger Chris Gibson has put himself within striking distance of incumbent Congressman Scott Murphy.

The other element of these races is the quality of the opponents. In past years, Republicans put up only token opposition or none at all. With the perceived vulnerability and unpopularity of incumbents, particularly Democratic incumbents, Republicans were able to recruit better and more well-funded candidates to oppose Hall and Hinchey. Republicans Hayworth, who opposes Hall, and Phillips, who is taking on Hinchey, are first-time candidates in a year when lack of Washington experience is a plus. Hayworth is a doctor and brings credibility to the ongoing healthcare debate. Phillips is a former aide to New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith and lives near Binghamton. Both Hayworth and Phillips have ties to the Tea Party movement and Democrats are concerned this toxic combination of voter dissatisfaction and an energized conservative base could doom both Hinchey and Hall. Insiders consider Hall most vulnerable with Hinchey a close second. Calls to both candidates were not returned by press time. A recent poll by ABC News concluded 63 congressional incumbents are in danger of losing their seats, the majority being Democrats. For many voters, the flash point appears to be the economy and Obamacare. Both Hayworth and Phillips have committed themselves to voting to repeal the president’s controversial healthcare plan should they be elected. Even the most optimistic Democrats concede this is not going to be a good year. Losing is a foregone conclusion locally and nationally. The only real question at this point is by how much.

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Kyle Collins (foreground) was among many supporters of Chris Gibson who turned out at the intersection of Routes 9 and 9G. Collins is co-chair of the New York College Republican State Committee. Gibson is opposing Democratic Congressman Scott Murphy in the 20th District. Photo by Jim Langan.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT CENTER

HONORS HUMANITARIANS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Valkill recently held its 24th Annual Medal Ceremony, honoring four individuals and the Mid-Hudson Library System. The recipients, who are chosen by a committee, are people and organizations whose philanthropic efforts reflect the values of the former first lady. “Our medalists … all are receiving it because they do something special,” said

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JoAnne Myers, board chairwoman of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center. “They do not hesitate. They step up and do what has to be done to make the world a better place.” This year’s recipients were Dr. Paul Farmer, who has fought to make healthcare for all a human right and is credited for raising the standard of healthcare for the poor; local philanthropists and volunteers Shirley and Bernard Handel; and clothing designer Eileen Fisher, who has been an ardent supporter of women and is committed to environmentally friendly business practices. The Mid-Hudson Library System, represented by Interim Director Merribeth Advocate, was also honored for its work in supporting library services in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam and Ulster counties. The award ceremony, held Sunday, Oct. 17 at noon, included a lunch and serves as a fundraiser for the Eleanor Roosevelt Center. It was held under a tent at Val-kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s former home in Hyde Park. About 300 people attended the ceremony. “All of us under this tent have the means to change the world,” Myers said.

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TOOKER LOOKS TO UNSEAT MOLINARO BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Democrat Susan Tooker, who is challenging Republican Assemblyman Marc Molinaro for his 103rd District seat, calls the incumbent a career politician and says it’s time for him to make way for a different kind of public servant. Tooker points out that Molinaro has been a politician since he was 18 years old, and says it’s time for the 103rd Assembly District to be represented by someone who shares more in common with district residents. “We need to have people who are not career politicians,” Tooker says. “My opponent, that’s all he’s done. He’s a career politician. We need new voices, we need new ideas.” Tooker is a nurse and nurse practitioner who works in women’s health. She has served as an advocate in the healthcare field, working to get better pay and working conditions for nurses. Tooker has never held elected office, though she is former chairwoman of the Pleasant Valley Democratic Committee and served on the executive committee of the Dutchess County Democratic Party. She also serves on the Pleasant Valley Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary and the Dutchess County Medical Reserve Corp. Tooker says she is focusing her campaign on four primary issues: repeal of the MTA Mobility Tax, healthcare, education and supporting small businesses. “Albany is broken,” she said. “We need to fix it and we need to fix it from within.” She says supporting small businesses and creating jobs is quite important, saying tax incentives to businesses are needed, but accountability and oversight are equally important. She said the Empire Zone Program, for example, didn’t have the oversight needed to make it successful. “I’m all about keeping people employed to protect our communities,” she said. “It’s a very difficult environment right now. I think we can do more.” She said she’d also like to encourage partnerships with the agricultural community, which she says is important in a rural area like Dutchess County. Tooker also addressed the issue of state parks, some of which were nearly placed on the chopping block during the 2010 budget cycle. She said the parks budget represents a small portion of the overall budget and parks should be funded, especially during tough economic times. “They are resources for us and they are assets for our community,” she said,

adding state parks also increase tourism in local communities. She said part of the state’s budgetary problems come from the way departments are funded. She said at the end of the year, departments often scramble to spend every dime they have left over so their budgets are not cut the following year. Tooker says the solution is not a simple one. She says she’d like to see incentives offered to departments that save money, but cautioned this could lead department heads to start laying off workers, which she said would be counterproductive. She said the MTA Mobility Tax is another major issue, saying Dutchess County residents are being unfairly taxed to pay for a system that is not used in this part of the state as much as it is used in others. “The MTA tax is a nightmare,” she said. “The MTA needs to manage their money, and they don’t.” Of the tax, Tooker said, “It’s a huge burden and it’s an unfair burden.” She said riders in Ulster County also make use of the MTA, and Ulster County has created park-and-rides to take commuters to and from the Poughkeepsie train station. She said Ulster County residents should also take on some of the burden. “We have to look at costs fairly,” she said. “We should be supporting it proportionately to our use.” She acknowledged Molinaro voted against the MTA tax, but says he should have done more. “There should have been more noise in Dutchess County,” she said. Tooker says education is another area that needs improvement. She says one problem is the way education is funded, and she does not think funding education based on property taxes is a fair system. She thinks school taxes should be based on income. Tooker also thinks the state should withhold a portion of the money that is collected from the 5-cent transfer tax imposed whenever a stock is bought and sold. This money currently is given back to Wall Street to keep banking companies from leaving New York. “If we kept one penny of it, we could balance our budget and fund education,” she said. Tooker also believes there is too much waste in the healthcare system and says she will draw on her experience as a nurse and healthcare advocate to eliminate unnecessary spending. “It would be nice to have someone in

(the 103rd Assembly District seat) who understands healthcare,” she said. “We can make the system better and we can make it cost effective.” Republican incumbents have argued that electing Democrats to the Assembly would ensure the same legislative leaders, particularly Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, stay in power, but Tooker says that’s not necessarily true. When asked if she would vote to reinstall Silver, Tooker said, “I can’t say yes or no, but I’m not inclined to do business as usual. Democrats have good values and good ethics. If we have to change the leadership, then that’s what we’re going to do.” When asked if she thinks her race is winnable, Tooker conceded, “It is an uphill battle, there’s no question about that.” She added, though, “We need to challenge career politicians.” Tooker is a single mother of three children who lives in the Town of Pleasant Valley. For more on her candidacy, visit susantookerforassembly.com.

Tooker suspect of opponent’s intentions

Tooker is also raising questions about Molinaro’s dedication to the 103rd Assembly District, saying she’s heard rumors that the incumbent intends to vacate his seat before his term expires to seek the Dutchess County executive post in 2011. “I think we should have someone who is committed to the job, not someone who will use it as a stepping stone,” said Tooker, who added Molinaro ought to step down before his term in the Assembly expires if, in fact, he is considering a run for county executive. “That’s the difference between how I think and how a career politician thinks,” she added. Reached for comment last week, Molinaro said the rumor is unfounded. “I am absolutely not focused on anything except the 103rd Assembly District,” he said. Molinaro said he has addressed similar rumors in the past. “It’s an unfair question that always gets asked by someone who really has nothing else to say,” he said, adding Tooker should focus on issues related to the 103rd Assembly District rather than “rumors and gossip.”

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statewide network of independent screening GUEST COLUMN panels for judicial candidates. The screening process is designed to ensure that voters are provided with as much information as possible about the qualifications of candidates for judicial office. Each IJEQC reviews qualifications of candidates within its judicial district and rates them BY JUDGE DAVID STEINBERG as “Qualified” or “Not Qualified.” Ratings are available at www.ny-ijeqc.org. Judicial “Four things belong to a judge: to hear candidates running in Dutchess County will courteously, to answer wisely, to consider be found in the Ninth Judicial District. soberly, and to decide impartially.” The Dutchess County Bar Association - Socrates (DCBA), as do most county bar associations, has its own independent judicial screening The men and women we elect as judges committee charged with the responsibility make decisions that affect all of our lives. of screening candidates and issuing ratings. Yet, we often don’t know who they are. Ratings by the DCBA are “Well Qualified,” As a recent letter writer to Hudson Valley “Qualified” and “Not Qualified.” Ratings News noted, the overwhelming majority are available at www.dutchesscountybar. of voters have had very little personal org. experience with the legal system. Ethical restrictions as to what judicial candidates VOTERS GUIDES can say or do make the voting process even For additional biographical information more difficult. and personal statements from the candidates, Most voters, confronted with a lack of there are voter guides. These may be found knowledge, are left to vote by party line or in local newspapers, usually within two hunch. weeks before the election. So long as we continue to elect our A voters’ guide for judicial candidates is judges, it is important that we become also posted on the New York State Court’s better informed about the candidates. Here website: www.nycourts.gov/vote. are some ways to do so: On Nov. 2, Dutchess County voters will elect four justices of the Supreme Court to CANDIDATES’ WEBSITES 14-year terms and two County Court judges A candidate’s website will provide you to 10-year terms. with some basic information about his or Voters should understand that though her background and experience. the ballot appears to show one candidate While campaign websites are intended against another for each seat, actually, there to be self-promotional, you may certainly is a pool of candidates and the top vote obtain useful information about the recipients will win. candidate’s personal and professional For example, in the race for County Court, background. the two candidates receiving the greatest You should also not hesitate to contact number of votes will win, regardless of their the candidate directly with any questions or arrangement on the ballot. concerns. Please inform yourself and vote on While judicial candidates are restricted Nov. 2. by judicial ethics in what they may say about a legal issue or case that may appear Judge David Steinberg has served as before them, the candidate’s response may a town justice in the Town of Hyde Park often be informative simply by seeing if for the past seven years and is currently a and how they respond. candidate for Dutchess County Court Judge. He can be reached at judgesteinberg2010@ gmail.com. NON-PARTISAN

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Hyde Park celebrates the season

The Town of Hyde Park celebrated autumn with its annual Fall Fest celebration at Hackett Hill Park on Saturday. Pictured, clockwise from top: Lauren Baldwin, Emerson Cepka, Kristen Baldwin, Maddox and Sophia Patierno are dressed for the brisk fall weather; 16-monthold Jaxon Charter of Hyde Park is a young superhero in training; Children (and even a few adults) get good and messy during the cake-eating contest. Photos by Christopher Lennon; 19-month-old Grace Jesman of Hyde Park takes a spin at the Fall Festival. Her parents, Kurt and Lori, were looking on proudly. Photo by Jim Langan.

JUDICIAL SCREENING PANELS

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OPINION

GOD, LIFE AND EVERYTHING

BY JIM LANGAN

BY REV. CHUCK KRAMER • You would have had to be in a mineshaft yourself to miss the inspirational ascent from what should have been their graves of those Chilean miners. Not since “Baby Jessica” was pulled alive from that well in Texas in October 1987 has the world been so transfixed. What I did find amusing was how quickly the media lost interest after the first few miners came up. The last guys up would have had to be clutching a baby dinosaur or a 400-karat diamond to get any attention. Loved the miner who greeted his mistress, not his wife, when he broke the surface. I’m guessing the wife was at her lawyer’s office. • Speaking of lawyers, Michael Ireland of West Palm Beach must have had a good one. Ireland won a $650,000 jury award for an eye injury suffered when a stripper accidentally kicked him while pole dancing at a strip joint. She was wearing platform shoes with giant spike heels … and little else. • Sixteen Ramapo College students were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning after banging down a few Four Lokos at a campus beer blast. The 23-ounce drink is known as “blackout in a can” and is the equivalent of three beers, a can of Red Bull and a shot of espresso. Sounds aptly named. • I know we’re not even through with the 2010 election, but candidates for the 2012 presidential election are already out there raising money. Republican Mitt Romney raised $1.7 million in the last three months, followed by Sarah Palin with $1.2 million. • In another indication Obamacare is a disaster, Connecticut’s Blue Cross Blue Shield just raised premiums by 19% to 47% on new customers. Insurance Commissioner Thomas Sullivan said the increases were a result of benefits now mandated by the new federal law. “Don’t blame the companies, blame Congress.” • That cretin convicted in the gruesome murder of a woman and her two daughters during a Connecticut home invasion in 2007 had the chutzpah to tell a judge it would cost too much to execute him so he should get life. Trust me, pal, we’ll all chip in for that one. • Take my Grandma, please. A Florida family had a garage sale last week and accidentally put a planter containing Grandma’s ashes on sale. Someone bought it for $20 and the

family is using Facebook to get Grandma back. No luck so far. • A Rockford, Michigan family is a numerologist’s dream. The Sopher family has had three children born in the last three years on 8/8/08, 9/9/09 and 10/10/10. • Here’s an idea for your next family reunion. The Mandarin Hotel in Tokyo is offering a $671,000 room package. It includes all 178 rooms, access to nine restaurants, a spa and a reception for 500 friends. • The meat dress Lady Gaga wore to the MTV Video Music Awards has appreciated in value as the raw materials have jumped $15 in the commodity markets. • Barack Obama’s 52-year-old half brother, Malik Obama, married 19-yearold Mary Aoko Ouma recently. Obama is a polygamist and has two other wives. Michelle Obama says she’s never been prouder to be an American! • The catastrophic bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers is costing a tidy $40 million a month in lawyer and advisory fees. So far, cleaning up the mess that was Lehman is up to $1 billion and counting. But I thought they were broke. • Another player in the economic meltdown was the revolting Angelo Mozilo of Countrywide Financial. The suntanned and oily Mozilo was a crook and huckster and the SEC last week managed to extract a $23.5 million penalty out of Mozilo and $45 million from Countrywide. If there were a God, Mozilo would be in jail for as long as it will take his victims to put their lives back together. • Finally and not surprisingly, Joanne Lown, the bookkeeper fired by the Hyde Park Town Board at a hastily called weekday afternoon “special meeting” while she was visiting her ill father in Florida, has filed a lawsuit against the town. This is the first of two suits coming down the road. The next suit will be filed by the estate of Linda Riccardulli, who was murdered by her estranged husband. That suit will fault, among others, the town board for creating a situation resulting in the absence of a lieutenant or full-time chief to provide proper oversight and the police department for failing to enforce a restraining order. Both suits, if successful, could be costly to Hyde Park taxpayers.

Manhood

Apparently, then, being a man is all about being tough enough to beat the living daylights out of the next guy and being willing to take an equal beating. Really? That’s it? That’s what makes a man? Well, to be strict about it, biology makes a man. If you’re born with a certain type of plumbing, you are a man. The idea that manhood is anything more than that is artificial – someone decided what was “manly.” Which means when someone says you have to be tough or strong or violent or able to take a beating in order to be a man, that’s not real. The same applies if they say being a man means being smart and cunning. Or anything else for that fact. It’s just something someone made up. In Christianity, Jesus does not focus on what it means to be a man. He does not notice a person’s strength or wit. He notices the heart – and a good heart is not limited to a man or a woman, to a straight person or a gay, to a hulk or a wimp. For what it’s worth, I believe it is a wiser, more noble heart that looks out for the longterm health of students in one’s care than to urge them into a situation that is guaranteed to get them hurt, potentially with life-threatening injuries. And for the record, doing anything to harm another person for whatever reason is not honorable or good. It is cowardly, wicked and wrong. Whatever it is, it is definitely not “manly.” If ideas of “manhood” or “manliness” are artificial, if they vary from culture to culture, then those ideas can change. I would like to suggest we change by not even thinking in those terms. After all, if simply being a person is good enough for God, it can be good enough for us.

I bet you’ve heard or read all about the four suicides of young men who endured cyberbullying for being gay. I bet you also heard about the vicious attacks on three men by a gang in the Bronx. Maybe you didn’t hear about another recent story – in the sports section. St. George’s School of Newport, Rhode Island forfeited its football game with Lawrence Academy of Groton, Massachusetts. Why? Because the headmaster of St. George’s felt playing Lawrence posed an unnecessary and unreasonable risk to his school’s players. You see, Lawrence has a defensive line boasting three players weighing over 300 pounds each. Their line weighs, on average, more than 100 pounds more than their counterparts. Think of NFL-sized guys plowing into 150-pound kids. Needless to say, the headmaster was roundly criticized for wimping out. On one sports page comment section, a person wrote, “St George’s will always be known for being quitters. If it is too hard, then give up. Don’t show up if it looks like you will lose, what a great message to teach kids.” What do these two stories (OK, story arcs) have in common? Manhood. An Associated Press report about the gang attack on the young men noted that gang culture is all about macho – being a man – and The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. that gays don’t fit into that culture. James Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You A radio commentator about football noted can leave a comment for him at rector@ that this is where we learn how to be men. stjameshydepark.org.

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Immigrants should learn to speak German.

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The first time I heard Didi Barrett speak, I knew that she had my vote. Her wisdom, integrity and positive spirit are just what we need to take Albany in a new direction. It has been 100 years since a Democrat represented the 41st Senate District, and Ms. Barrett is definitely the right person for the job. The more I’ve learned about Didi Barrett, the more impressed I have become. A proven problem solver, Ms. Barrett has devoted her career to developing creative, collaborative approaches to the issues affecting women and youth. As a state senator, she will push for innovative solutions to creating jobs, lowering property taxes and making sure education is both top quality and affordable for all. She will fight on our behalf for marriage equality and women’s rights. Perhaps most impressive is Ms. Barrett’s commitment to the Hudson Valley’s unique natural and cultural heritage. She understands that economic development can and must go hand-in-hand with supporting our local farmers and safeguarding our precious natural resources. With her leadership, we can create a future where young people can find great jobs and seniors can afford to keep their homes in the beautiful Hudson Valley. It’s a tall order, but Didi Barrett has the enthusiasm and experience to make a real difference in Albany. I will be casting my vote for her proudly on Nov. 2. Emily Svenson Hyde Park

TO THE EDITOR:

As an active member of my community, I have found that the most successful local governments are those that contain leaders from diverse professional backgrounds. Issues in these communities are looked at with different sets of eyes, each person bringing a different but equally important point of view. I feel that our state Assembly has become stagnant and uniform across the board in the past several years, and that it’s time to bring a fresh point of view to the Assembly, starting in 102nd Assembly District, by electing Alyssa Kogon on Nov. 2. Alyssa has been an active community leader in the Town of Clinton for many years, and as such is well informed on the major issues that face Dutchess County. Someone this committed to her community has the dedication necessary to make a positive impact in Albany. With her professional background as an educator, her experience will suit our Assembly district well, especially in dealing with the major issues facing our local and state education systems. I encourage you to vote for Alyssa Kogon to our New York State Assembly on Nov. 2 and help bring in a fresh, qualified set of eyes to represent us in Albany. Anthony Brozier Fishkill

TO THE EDITOR,

I am writing about the upcoming county court election. As you may be aware, due to recent retirements, there are two vacant positions on the county court. These positions are of great importance because county court judges deal with the most egregious criminal cases. In order to ensure adherence to the rule of law, county court judges must be extremely experienced, nonpartisan, ethical and fair. Normally, finding such an individual would be a monumental task. Thankfully, Judge David Steinberg seeks this tremendously important position. Judge Steinberg’s experience on the bench and his commitment to public service make him the best choice for County Court Judge. During the course of Judge Steinberg’s 35-year legal career he has served as chief assistant public defender, provided legal services to poor and underserved populations, engaged in private practice, worked as an adjunct instructor and lecturer and authored articles on criminal law. Currently, Judge Steinberg serves as both Hyde Park town judge and acting Poughkeepsie City Court judge. With such extensive experience, it’s no wonder why Judge Steinberg is endorsed by police, corrections, and labor unions/ associations. In sum, a great judge transcends politics, follows the rule of law and applies the law fairly. Regardless of your political affiliation, it’s easy to see Judge David Steinberg will be a great county court judge. Regina Euell Wappingers Falls {6} october 20, 2010 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

OPINION Republican campaigns. In 2010, so far, it has been $14 million. So when Republicans try to sell horror stories about a reform bill that will save taxpayers money and help all Americans OPINION receive outstanding health care, remember what they are really afraid of is losing their PROGRESSIVE own meal tickets. Which brings me to …

PERSPECTIVE

BY JONATHAN SMITH

5 reasons not to vote Republican this November 1. THEY BROKE IT Republicans had been digging us into a hole for the better part of the last decade and the results are clear and irrefutable: the worst economy since the Great Depression, record deficits, a shrinking middle class, two unnecessary and expensive wars and fewer liberties and constitutional rights for our citizens than ever before. Now, Republicans are trying to gain power again, saying they can fix this nightmare in which we now find ourselves. Let us never forget that they are the ones who got us here in the first place. True, two years of Democratic control have not brought us Eden, but at least the Democrats have stopped digging the hole deeper! Republicans espouse the same exact platform that got us into this hole in the first place: tax breaks for the very rich and deregulation of the finance industry. When making the decision in the voting booth in a few weeks, remind yourself that under Reagan, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. we had record deficits from so-called fiscal conservatives – the deficit when George W. Bush left office was a staggering $1.4 trillion. Then remember that under Democrat Bill Clinton, we had the largest budget surplus in history ($230 billion). Then ask yourself which party seems to keep throwing our economy under the bus.

3. THEY LOOK OUT FOR RICH FRIENDS And they ignore the needs of the rest of us. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Republicans are the party of the phenomenally rich: they give massive tax breaks to the top 1% of society while the rest of us struggle to pay our school taxes; they protect their friends, like the CEOs of Enron and Halliburton, who commit heinous crimes against our country; they oppose legislation that would force American companies to hire American workers rather than outsourcing the jobs to other countries. Recently, Republicans blocked legislation that would investigate whether British Petroleum should pay damages for the worst man-made environmental disaster in recent history. Republicans are so busy looking out for their rich friends they have little time left to stand up for the working people. With British Petroleum left unaccountable for the economic repercussions of their own negligence, who is going to pay the fishermen and other Gulf-area locals who have been devastated by the oil spill? Republicans don’t seem to care. 4. THEY TEND TO BLOCK PROGRESS Many Republican candidates, particularly those who take the hard-line Tea Party approach, are doing their very best to stop the advancement of medical and scientific progress. Tea Partiers are ravenously opposed to stem cell research, a technology that has the potential to change the course of human civilization, wiping many common genetic diseases off of the face of the Earth. It has been over a decade since the controversy of how stem cells are harvested has been put to rest and yet the hardliners still want everyone to believe that stem cell medicine is killing babies. It is not. Most Tea Party candidates, while espousing the principles of small government, still want government to be large enough to tell women how they may or may not treat their own bodies. Some believe that teenage masturbation is a crime against God. Some believe that gay men and women are degenerate. As our civilization matures, there will be no room for this kind of hate-speak and denigration of our fellow men and women, but Republicans seem to be holding out.

2. THEY WANT TO ROLL BACK GOOD BENEFITS Republican candidates around the country, especially the whacko Tea Party types, have been hammering away at healthcare reform, promising to roll back the important legislation and further deregulate the health industry. Make absolutely no mistake about it: Republicans have friends in the insurance industry and those friends will lose money when reform takes effect. That is the only reason the Republicans keep railing against reform. In 2008, the health insurance industry and 5. CARL PALADINO IS A REPUBLICAN Enough said. their lobbyists contributed over $25 million to


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the father was the breadwinner back then, but I don’t remember too many people other than the fathers complaining. Then along came the ’60s and the sexual OPINION revolution. June Cleaver became a square USUALLY and the concept of the nuclear family went the way of the gray flannel suit. Sex, drugs RIGHT and rock ‘n roll became the order of the day. Don’t get me wrong, I had a very fun time in BY JIM LANGAN the ’60s, as did most of my contemporaries. Social convention went out the window and THE ’50s WEREN’T the mantra was “If it feels good, do it.” But as I think about the 1950s with SO BAD For people of many ages but certainly all of its shortcomings, including mostly those of a certain age, the passing of racial and sexual discrimination, I’m not Barbara Billingsley may have officially convinced today’s society really represents ended the 1950s. Billingsley was, of course, much of an improvement. The sexual the television mother of Beaver and Wally revolution has spawned generations of on “Leave It To Beaver,” which ran from illegitimate children, a foster care sub1957 to 1963. Last week, she joined a long culture and sexually transmitted diseases, list of entertainment and cultural icons along with the social and financial consequences that go with who came to symbolize it. A shocking number of the much maligned 1950s. June Cleaver children think living with Along with mothers became a square grandma is normal and in played by Harriet Nelson and the concept of many communities, gangs (“The Adventures of Ozzie the nuclear family have filled the void left by and Harriet”) and Donna Reed (“The Donna Reed went the way of the the dissolution of traditional gray flannel suit. family units. Single-parent Show”), Billingsley’s families are the norm and the role became the cultural embodiment of the American mom and concept of shame is almost non-existent. a way of life much derided by today’s Gay bashing is still a way of life for too many people. An 18-year-old Rutgers cultural elites. Now, I’ve never been able to understand student leaps off the George Washington critics who said Billingsley and the show Bridge rather than face his classmates after were a fictional portrayal and masks the dark two homophobic classmates out him. I truths about America in the post-World War II don’t call that progress. Education for many has become a period. It didn’t and was an accurate reflection glorifi ed daycare situation resulting in of those times. Most children were raised lower test scores and graduation rates, all in a two-parent household, and by today’s evidencing itself in unemployment and standards, expected to adhere to a relatively the debasement of American productivity. strict code of conduct. That code included The segregationist criticism of the 1950s is a healthy respect for authority, especially certainly valid, but how far have we really your parents. Divorce was unusual as society come? True integration evidences itself valued the happiness of the child more than today primarily in the workplace, but once the parents. Parents did indeed stay together that whistle blows, everyone goes home to for the proverbial welfare of the children. It their own neighborhoods. Inner-city public was called sacrifice. Criminal behavior was schools are more segregated than anything unacceptable and not considered “acting out” or a rite of passage. When Wally or Beaver we saw in the South in the 1950s, and misbehaved, there were consequences and hopelessness is reflected in the appalling drop-out rates around the country. those of us watching on TV got that. So as we bid Barbara Billingsley June Cleaver was always waiting for the kids to come home and would greet them goodbye, it’s useful to remember some of with a tray of freshly baked cookies and the lessons of the 1950s and remember the milk. What was wrong with that? She was old saying, “Everything old is new again.” happy doing it and the kids sure enjoyed I think we could all use a little dose of June it. Because my mother died when I was Cleaver and the 1950s. It wasn’t all bad. an infant, I remember thinking how nice it Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@ would be if the Cleavers lived nearby. Yes, thehudsonvalleynews.com.

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When I think about politics, I realize how rewarding it is to have a leader who represents you. This is why, on Nov. 2, I will be casting my ballot in support of John Hall for Congress, someone who understands my needs as a college student and lifelong Dutchess County resident. Congressman Hall supports student-aid reform. His opponent wants to repeal it. I, like many other students, recognize the astronomical costs of obtaining an education and firmly believe no person should be denied an education because of their inability to pay. John Hall does too. In addition, Congressman Hall ensured I will have health insurance coverage until I am 26, regardless of my status as a student. I will no longer have to tirelessly fight with insurance companies to prove I attend classes fulltime whenever I try to make medical appointments or renew prescriptions. I will no longer have friends under the age of 26 postponing surgeries, not taking medications, or failing to make doctors’ appointments because they graduated college but are unable to find work. This too, his opponent wants to repeal. John Hall stands up for our nation’s veterans and helps lead the fight for a new sustainable-energy policy, two major issues my generation will no doubt be faced with. This is why on Nov. 2, when I fill out my ballot, I know who I’ll be voting for – John Hall, someone who not only represents me, but the needs of college students all across America. I would encourage others to do the same. Meghan Levine Stanfordville Vassar College, Class of 2012

TO THE EDITOR:

Thanks for the enlightening “dueling interviews” with Mr. Miller and Ms. Kogon! Great stuff! This local election is starting to get tricky for us conservatives. On the one hand, the right (I think), we have the Republican/Conservative Miller saying he would vote for Prince Andrew, son of Mario! He won’t mess up the state, you say, Joel? Prince Andrew is connected intravenously to the New York Democrat machine. Said machine is considered by many well-versed folks to be the most corrupt in American history! On the other hand, the left for sure, we have Ms. Kogon, in her tenure with the Clinton Democrats shown clearly to be a tax-and-spend liberal: “Only tax the rich (for now).” Ms. Kogon thinks it’s her turn to take high state office, clearly because Mr. Miller has been there too long (in her opinion, and liberals know best). In this local war of the voters, it will be déjà vu 2008 for me; hold my nose and vote for Miller (the alternative would require a full air pack)! Mr. Paladino is bringing passion to his campaign, no strings attached. Unlike President Hussein, Carl Paladino has blood in his veins, and loves America! He may be an unknown factor, but we know exactly what Prince Andrew brings to the table. Let’s go with the gusto on this one! Karl O. Muggenburg Clinton

TO THE EDITOR:

Now is the time to clean house in Albany. There are too many incumbents who are more concerned with their personal agendas than with what’s best for the average citizen. Voters are so disenchanted by what has taken place over the last few years that many don’t even want to go vote. One question we must ask is how can we expect positive change when we keep putting the same career politicians back in office? Alyssa Kogon is the one we need to represent the 102nd Assembly District. She is innovative and possesses the leadership skills to turn things around. As a smallbusiness owner, she understands how to develop responsible budgets that still achieve necessary goals. This is something that is sorely lacking in our state government today. We need someone who is independent of wealthy special interests and can focus on the needs of the middle class. Let us all vote to retire the incumbent and send Alyssa Kogon to the New York State Assembly on Nov. 2. Francena Amparo Wappingers Falls Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | october 20, 2010 {7}


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Justice Steinberg also takes issue with Assemblyman BY JIM LANGAN Alyssa Kogon, the Democratic candidate for the 102nd Assembly District seat, lashed out Tuesday at her opponent, incumbent Joel Miller, accusing him of lying, bullying and harassing her about comments she has made during the course of the campaign. “Miller has lied to the press and local television about his voting record,” Kogon said during a press conference in front of the Poughkeepsie Post Office. “I knew running for Assembly was going to be a tough job and I embraced it. What I didn’t plan for was the bullying by Mr. Miller or the harassment and lies that now permeate my private life.” The issues Miller appears most sensitive about are Kogon’s allegation that Miller voted against the New York Fair Pay Act, which would assure equal pay for women, and legislation sponsored by Miller funding two wealthy private schools in New York, including his alma mater. Attempts to reach Miller were unsuccessful as of press time, although Hudson Valley News has learned Miller was attending a press conference in

Poughkeepsie with Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic nominee for governor. Joining Kogon at the press conference was Hyde Park justice and Democratic candidate for county court judge, David Steinberg, who took issue with Miller on another subject, the murder of Linda Riccardulli by her husband, Anthony Riccardulli. Hyde Park resident Anthony Riccardulli killed his wife and then himself not long after being released on bail last summer. “Last week, Assemblyman Joel Miller went so far as to blame me for her death,” Steinberg said. “He claimed I released the defendant without a mental-health hearing or a bail hearing. Both of these statements are totally false. The facts are a complete mental-competency hearing was ordered at Mr. Riccardulli’s arraignment and two psychiatrists found him competent. With respect to bail, I set bail at $25,000, which every professional who has looked at the case considers a very substantial bail under the facts and circumstances.” Steinberg added, “Mr. Miller is entitled to his own opinion, but he is not entitled to his own set of facts.”

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When people think of Steve Saland, they think statesman, community advocate and fiscal conservative. Sen. Steve Saland has touched countless individuals with his constituent service, community outreach and outspoken demeanor that unite us against the tax-and-spend philosophy of the New York City Democrats who control Albany. He fights to stop egregious taxes like the MTA Payroll Tax, while delivering much-needed assistance to local governments, fire departments, police departments, schools and not-for-profit agencies. Putting the economy back on the right track with lower taxes and more friendly business practices is a top priority of our senator. Steve knows that we cannot continue to let businesses and homeowners flee our state because of high taxes. As a 26-year veteran law-enforcement officer in the Town of Poughkeepsie, I also think of Steve Saland as a trusted friend to the men and women who serve and protect our neighborhoods every day. Sen. Saland always puts our children and families first. He has sponsored key legislation to fight crime and enhance penalties, as well as fought for numerous laws that help to put rapists, identity thieves and drunk drivers behind bars. Steve is responsible for laws that strengthen orders of protection, protect child witnesses when testifying and help victims of domestic violence. My father, who is Steve’s predecessor in the state Senate, knew him well enough to know his analytical mind and big heart was always looking for ways to make this region a better place to live, work and raise a family. Sen. Jay Rolison saw in Steve what we all see today: a man dedicated to reform and public service. On Nov. 2, join me in casting a vote for Steve Saland because he is exactly the kind of senator we need in Albany fighting for us. Robert G. Rolison Dutchess County Legislature Chairman, Poughkeepsie

TO THE EDITOR:

In May, I wrote letters to the local papers urging voters not to take their frustrations out at school budget time, rather the anger we feel can only effect change in the November elections. School boards and administrators have little power to change the tax levels that are forcing New Yorkers, our families and friends to other areas of the country, nor can they increase the lack of funding to support our schools. So here we are, nearing the time when your vote and voice will make the difference in the politics as usual in Albany. We must vote out those legislators from our area who continue to spend YOUR money in their self-serving mailings telling us once again (and I have a year’s worth of mailings to prove it!) that they are going to make changes to fix broken Albany. With the exception of those with voting records that support the cries for relief from the middle class, namely Kevin Cahill and Frank Skartodos, I join the chorus: Vote ‘em out! The voters of Red Hook, whom I am proud to represent, have solid choices for “real change” in Didi Barrett for state Senate and Susan Tooker for state Assembly. Her politics aside and the aforementioned guys excluded, I agree with Margaret Thatcher’s statement, “If you want something said, ask a man, if you want something done, ask a woman.” These two women WILL get things done in Albany! Micki Strawinski Councilwoman, Red Hook

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Thugs were in top form Monday night, with Town Attorney Jim Horan babbling on about forestry laws for 45 minutes, and Martino saying, “Some lines in the budget are in error,” which is Martino-speak for the proposed budget was a mess and up 27% not 17%. Nice touch scheduling three upcoming budget workshops for weekday afternoons with no TV coverage. Admiral Jim Monks was beyond befuddled all night and we hope he found his car. Baby Huey pandered to Giants fans with a laughable question to Horan about Cablevision rebates. How desperate is this clown?

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During this election campaign cycle, I have watched interviews with both Sen. Steve Saland and Assemblyman Joel Miller. Each has bashed the Democrats for all of the state’s fiscal problems and dysfunction in Albany. As if the Democratic control in the last few years is somehow responsible for all of the problems in the 20 years Saland has been in the Senate and the 16 years Miller has been in the Assembly. I have one question for voters: If you are a Democrat, why would you vote for either of these people when there are two very promising Democratic candidates? Please join me and vote for Didi Barrett for state Senate and Alyssa Kogon for state Assembly. Jim Beretta Poughkeepsie


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Saturday, Oct. 23, 6-9 p.m. Artist’s reception, featuring refreshments and a reading of tales by the Grimm Brothers, Poe and others. Costumes are encouraged. Exhibition runs through Nov. 14. Gallery hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat 1-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Tivoli Artists Co-op, 60 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-2667.

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Art Show and Celebration of the Great Swamp Oct. 23-24: Paintings and multimedia works of art. Educational family fun and activities. Donations accepted. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Christ Church on Quaker Hill, 17 Church Rd., Pawling. 845-878-9248.

COMEDY JJ Ramirez Oct. 22-23: “The Latin Lunatic” from Showtime TV and Comedy Central headlines. Friday, 9 p.m., $12; Saturday, 8-10:30 p.m., $15. Bananas Comedy Club, Mercury Grand Hotel, 2170 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-462-4600.

CONFERENCE “Human Being in an Inhuman Age” Oct. 22-23: The Hannah Arendt Center for Ethical and Political Thinking at Bard College hosts a twoday conference on what it means to be human amidst superhuman technological advances. As computers, artificial intelligence, social networking, highly complex statistical modeling, and virtual reality are being integrated into all aspects of human life, “Human Being in an Inhuman Age” explores how we, as human beings, will transform ourselves in our technological future. Registration and attendance at the conference is free. To register, e-mail Roger Berkowitz at berkowit@bard. edu. For more information, go to www.bard.edu/ hannaharendtcenter/conference2010 or call 845758-7413.

DANCE Buglisi Dance Theatre Oct. 23-24: The company is known for its innovative, passionate and powerful work. Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Kaatsbaan Studio Theatre,120 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-5106.

EVENT The 15th Annual Dream Festival Through Nov. 30: Dedicated to celebrating the deeply creative aspect of dreams and the phenomenon of dreaming itself. Music, dance, visual arts, performance, dream telling, literary readings take place in “real” spaces in many countries and virtually. Young dreamers can participate in the festival with our free art workshop at Kingston Library for kids ages 4-12 on October 30. For more information and a complete list of events, go to www.deeplistening.org. Deep Listening Institute, the Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell St., Ste. 303, Kingston.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM If you haven’t heard of “Almost, Maine,” don’t feel bad – I hadn’t either. John Cariani’s play was first developed at the Cape Cod Theater Project in 2002, and went on to premiere at the Portland Stage Company in 2004. It’s enjoyed some successes, but has remained largely under the radar. Next weekend, Half Moon Theatre will present a production of the show, directed by Paul Kassel, a professor and head of performance in the Theatre Department at SUNY New Paltz. The play features Shona Tucker, Amy Lemon Olson, Geoff Tarson and Donald Kimmel. I spoke with Tarson, who is also the artistic director of Half Moon Theatre, about bringing the show to the stage. “This is my third production as an actor,” said Tarson. “I love this play … I’m one of the people who chose it.” I asked what made this play right for this theater group. “It’s a lovely piece, so actordriven – that’s the nature of our theater. It’s not about huge sets.” Tarson said as the actors and directors worked on the play, they found a considerable amount of richness in the script. “The more we worked on it, learned the dynamics of it – we’ve gotten closer to the production. It’s better written and deeper and funnier than we thought. It’s got a lot of levels to it.” The play is a series of scenes – moments in several characters’ lives. The four actors “Almost, Maine” must embody several people over the stretch of the play, so I asked Tarson if this was a Oct. 28-Nov. 7 challenge. “This is serious,” he admitted. 8 p.m. | Friday and Saturday “It’s not, now I play the guy with the buck2 p.m. | Sunday teeth. I’ve done a lot of improvisation and comedy, ability to change characters. But Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center here, you are pivotal in every scene. In this 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie one, you really have to make sure that your Price: $25-18 role in Act 2 scene 3 is as connected as your Buy tickets online at www. role in Act 3 scene 3.” Tarson seemed to delight in the halfmoontheatre.org or call 888difficulties. “It’s rewarding and challenging. 718-4253 in advance. For group That’s one of the reason we’ve done it. In sales or additional information many ways I think, for us, we’re trying to do plays that are actor-driven; that’s far call 845-235-9885. more rewarding for actors and audience to do it this way.”

2010 Italian Film Festival Through Dec. 7. Tuesday, Oct. 26: “Il Divo” (Sorrentino, 2008). All films begin at 6:30 p.m. Screenings are The cast of “Almost, Maine.” Photo submitted. free and open to the public. Films will be shown with English subtitles. Preston Theater at Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-6822. “The Big Read” Events Through Oct. 28. During the month of October, Poughkeepsie’s schools, colleges, libraries, book stores and other partners are reading and discussing the “Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.” SUNY New Paltz Associate Professor of English Heinz Insu Fenkl, Vassar class of 1982, will read from his books “Korean Folktales and Memories of My Ghost Brother,” on Thursday, Oct. 28. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845437-5370. Fall Festival Weekends Oct. 23-24: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. All Saturdays and Sundays through October, activities include hayrides, barbecue, face painting, bouncy castle and hay jump. Saturday, 1 p.m.: Children’s singing and entertainment with Bindlestick Bill. Sunday, 1 p.m. Square dancing with callers Pat Push and Nick Martellaci. Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd., Hopewell Junction. 845-897-4377.

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“A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE HUDSON RIVER ESTUARY 2010”

Last week, thousands of students and teachers engaged in hands-on scientific learning exercises in the Hudson River at more than 60 locations between New York City and Troy. The students and educators sampled the esturary’s waters to help create a snapshot of the river and its unique ecosystem. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)’s Hudson River Estuary Program helps prepare students to become stewards of the river’s water quality and fish. Pictured: Students from Krieger Elementary School work at Quiet Cove in Poughkeepsie. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

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Starr Library Fall Book Sale Oct. 22-24: The sale also features collections of books on history, politics, biography and many special interests such as gardening, animals, travel, cooking, decorating, health and more. Friday, noon5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Starr Library, 68 West Market St., Rhinebeck. 845876-4030.

Harry Potter Trivia Contest 4-5 p.m. Calling all Hogwarts’ students: Join a Harry Potter Trivia Match based on the final book of the series. Open to kids in first through eighth grades. Adriance Children’s Program Room, Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. For more information, go to www.poklib.org or call 845485-3445, ext. 3303.

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Frankenstein’s Fortress Through October. A unique Halloween attraction, the Fortress is on a haunted, twisted trail with imaginative scenarios and improvisational theatre. This fun, frightening experience is created by area artist Pete Wing, of Wing’s Castle. Friday through Sunday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call for rain cancellations. Stanford Rec Park, 86 Creamery Rd., Stanfordville. 845-868-7782.

“Galaxy Quest” 6:30 p.m. Presented by Morton Movie Nights. Morton Memorial Library & Community House, 82 Kelly Street, Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903.

“Legends by Candlelight Spook Tours” Through Oct. 31: Friday and Saturday: Tours run at 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10, adults; $4 for children (12 and under). Reservations are strongly encouraged. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Rd., Germantown. 518-537-4240.

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MUSIC “Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Sibelius” Oct. 22-23: American Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the 2010–11 season features Beethoven’s majestic Sixth Symphony in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastorale,” and Rachmaninoff’s rarely performed First Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 1. Soloists include David Krakauer, clarinet, and Conservatory student Chi-Hui Yen, piano. Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20-$35. Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd., Annandale-onHudson. 845-758-7900. The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Oct. 22-24: Kick-off party concert featuring a “String Sampler Concert” with the Ara Dinkjian Trio, Vicki Genfan, Vic Juris, Bill Keith and Mark Patton, Friday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30 reserved seating. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $15, single day ticket; $25, two-day pass. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

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GREGG ALLMAN, SHARON JONES, LORETTA LYNN AND LILY TOMLIN Four Bardavon shows on sale to the general public: Thursday, Oct. 28.Ticketmaster: 800745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com; Bardavon Box Office: 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845473-2072; UPAC Box Office: 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088.

Harlem Valley Car Club Car Cruise 6 p.m. Free. Valley Diner, 1782 Rte. 22, Wingdale. 203-410-4836. “Haunts, History and Legends of the Hudson Valley” 7 p.m. Donna Davies, founder of Haunted Hudson Valley, begins by introducing attendees to the history of America’s interest in the supernatural. Then she launches into the some of the most fascinating legends of haunting all throughout our own Hudson Valley. Discover what locations are rumored to be haunted, places to take haunt tours, and so much more. Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-3428.

“Night of the Living Dead” 7:30 p.m. A screening of the legendary 1968 George A. Romero cult horror film. Tickets: $5. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088.

Goo Goo Dolls 7 p.m. The popular alternative rockers perform. The band encourages fans to bring any non-perishable food items to the show. All food donations will go to the Queen’s Galley in Kingston. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Broadway Kingston. 845339-6088.

OUTDOOR Bird Club Field Trip 9 a.m. Field trip to Bowdoin Park with Waterman Bird Club. Meet at the upper level parking area. Bowdoin Park, 85 Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls. 845-452-7619. Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Millbrook Ridge Loop The Bob Babb Wednesday Walks welcome adults of all ages and levels of ability. No reservations are required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. This is a moderate, 4-mile hike with a strenuous beginning. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. “Exploring a Sense of Place” 1:30 p.m. A series of guided walks and events at the Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve. Emily Vail ’09, the Collins Research Associate for the Vassar College Environmental Research Institute, leads the walk “Wetland Buffer Planting” along with Keri VanCamp. Vail has been studying various aspects of the Casperkill Creek since 2007. Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve, located on the southern side of the Vassar College campus, across Hooker Ave. Events may be canceled due to adverse weather. For more information, contact Hannah Clark at hannah3890@yahoo.com or Keri VanCamp at 845437-7414.

Thursday, Oct. 21 BENEFIT

Annual Fall Friend Raiser 5-7 p.m. Event benefits Mill Street Loft’s Youth Programs and Scholarship Funds. Honorees are Benjamin Krevolin, president of the Dutchess County Arts Council, and John Paxton, owner of the Paxton-

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Westchester and Putnam counties that engages citizens to more actively practice “nature-friendly living” in their own back yards and communities. Registration required. Free. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Center for Environmental Innovation and Education, 199 Dennings Ave., Beacon. 845-838-1600. “Preserving Personal & Family History” 6:30-7:30 p.m. Amanda Kuhnert, a Vermont-based personal historian and writer, discusses the process of recording personal and family stories while there’s still time. For more information, go to www.fourfoldlegacy. com or call 802-371-9777. Free. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903.

Car Cruise 6-9 p.m. Trophies, 50/50, music and giveaways. Trucks, bikes and spectators welcome. Free. 84 Diner, Rte. 52, Fishkill. 845-721-7190.

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Literary Journal Release Party: “edna” 6-7:30 p.m. A new literary journal featuring Hudson Valley writers and artists is introduced to the community. The journal includes fiction, memoir, poetry, photography, and art. Free and open to the public. Millbrook Café, 3288 Franklin Ave., Millbrook. 845-594-1286.

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LECTURE “Bioscapes - A Bioregional Approach to Sustainability’” 7-9 p.m. Environmentalists are envisioning new ways to protect biodiversity and ecological functions beyond the borders of traditional parks and preserves. Dr. Fred Koontz, executive director of Teatown Lake Reservation, discusses a regional, landscape-level approach in the Hudson Hills and Highlands of

Open Mic with Chrissy Budzinski 7-9 p.m. Café Mezzaluna, 626 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-5306.

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Fall Festival 4-6 p.m. Drink boo beverages, games, activities and more. Come in costume. Learn about Native American companion planting using the three sisters: corn, beans and squash. Space is limited; call for reservations. Cost: $5, adult; $10, child. MidHudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589.

FILM “Viridiana” Mexico (1961) 7:15 p.m. A screening of the film, directed by Luis Bunuel. Discussion to follow. Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park. 845-229-7791.

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“Genetically Modified Crops And The Environment: An Evolving Story” 7 p.m. A talk about genetically modified crops and environmental health. Lecture presented by aquatic ecologist Emma Rosi-Marshall covers the adoption of modified crops in the US; evidence that the insecticides and herbicides in these plants can escape into natural areas; and potential threats to biodiversity and freshwater supplies. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook. 845-677-5343.

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The Kitt Potter Trio 8 p.m. Tickets available online. Limited seating. Refreshments available. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988. “A Tribute to Augustin Barrios Mangore” 7:30 p.m. Presented by the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society, the evening includes history and biography of the life and times of the great Paraguayan guitarist Agustin Barrios; one of the most influential guitar composer/performers of the first half of the 20th century. Gregory Dinger, Russell Austin, Daniel Rothstein, Richard Udell and David Temple perform selections from Barrios’ vast body of work. Free. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0264

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Showing shorn sheep, gregarious goats, and wonderful, wonderful wool BY ELIZABETH F. PURINTON-JOHNSON I’m not sure what I was expecting of the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival (um, maybe sheep and wool and things made from sheep and wool?). What I got was traffic. Who knew it would be this popular? It was worth every minute of traffic longer than my trip to the Dutchess County Fair. Dozens of people were sipping wine, comparing Cayuga White to Foxy Lady White. I watched as people sampled New York wines – obviously, this was not all work and no play. I counted seven wine booths (and I may have missed one) with a cheese booth next to them. And you expected little old ladies making shawls? One exhibit hall was made into a long room with tables, signs (Fine, Medium, Mohair, etc.) and large, clear garbage bags. No, that couldn’t be right. Closer inspection showed the bags were full of wool (fleeces) judged, and identified with the farm, dates, weight and price. That’s right – price. This room saw a different kind of commerce. Regina Embler with the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers’ Association remarked that entries to be judged and fleece sales were up this year. It was intriguing to stand in front of an alpaca fleece with my alpaca fingerless gloves in hand, a study in “before and after.” The alpaca in question was named Pasha. If you made a shawl from her wool, would it be a Pasha-mina? At the vendors’ booths, I was drawn to bright colors. As I walked through one booth, I was surrounded by vivid color, transfixed by happy pinks, yellows and blues. Only then did I notice the sign. All the wools were naturally dyed. I would never have guessed the brilliant hues to be had from osage oranges, onion skins and sawdust. Who knew? Excitement for the day was the NY Made It with Wool fashion show. The winner of the preteen (under 12) class, Cosette Veeder-Shave, modeled a dress and hat that she had sewn. But that was just the beginning. She had chosen a peach and grey plaid wool for her dress. She had to dye a second fabric three times to get the right shade of peach. Catherine Kelkenberg, of the junior class, wove the material for her beach cover up and crocheted a two piece bathing suit to go under it. The previous year’s junior winner also took a turn on the runway. Emilee Koss wore a purple wool coat and a dress with a dyed to match bodice and a skirt of vintage material. She had even made the buttons on the skirt. These young ladies gave us hope for the future and made us hang our heads in shame and envy, feeling like sloths (and extremely lazy crafters). “Oohs” and “ahs” came from the audience when Anna Spoth took the stage in her first communion gown. It was her grandmother’s entry but it was her limelight. Her runway turns, curtsies, and poses were glossy magazineworthy. (Yes, the dress took first prize in the Made for Others category.) I saved for last the real stars of the show: The sheep, goats, alpacas and angora rabbits. After visiting the fleecy flocks, I lingered to watch some shearing. A large black ram was led up the ramp. As his head was placed in position, he received kind words and a smile from the girl leading him. It was obvious she knew this ram by personality, not just number. This ram’s owner was Richard Long and handled by his daughter, Emmaline. The ram, #1037, was named Zacharia (pictured, right). If the Longs’ registered Lincoln sheep looked particularly fluffy, it was because the Longs had spent the previous weekend “washing sheep.” Apparently, the warm sunny weather was perfect sheep-washing weather. Apparently, I have good taste in sheep because Zach turned out to be Reserve Grand Champion at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Show. His black and grey curls yielded a high-quality fleece that would earn him a comfortable life of growing wool and providing stud service. No Easter dinner for him (unless he was eating it).


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NIGHTLIFE Eliza Gilkyson 8:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter performs. With special guest with Ray Bonneville. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Friday Night Cabaret 8 p.m. ASK hosts a new night of cabaret, a combination of music, theater and spoken word from a number of renowned talents. Suggested donation: $10. Reservations recommended. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-3380331.

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • George Clooney, who recently starred in “The American,” is taking his concern for the wars in Africa very seriously. In an Op-Ed in last week’s Washington Post, Clooney and activist John Pendergast call a region in Sudan “about the size of Connecticut” a pressure cooker. Clooney, who was recently on the “Today” show explaining his concern for the violence in Darfur, advocated U.S. diplomatic intervention to ensure that the January election in Sudan won’t end up in widespread violence. • It’s time to put a foot down: In the trailer for the new comedy, “The Dilemma,” actor Vince Vaughn called electric cars “gay” as an insult. CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper was the first to raise an objection, especially in light of the many LGBTQ teens committing suicide. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) demanded that the trailer be altered. Vaughn issued a statement, saying, “Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together.” True, in many instances, but not in this case. • The Santa Claus of the U.S. continues her largess: Oprah Winfrey was the gifting genie for the audience of Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” last week. After a rather awkward bit of banter, Oprah the Lord bequeathed each member of Stewart’s audience with free trips to the newly rechristened “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.” If you weren’t lucky enough to be in that audience (we surely weren’t), go here to find a bus near you: www.dcrallybus.com/RallyToRestoreSanity.

Joe Medwick’s Memphis Soul 8:30-11 p.m. $5 cover. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St. 845-876-0590.

OUTDOOR Northern Saw-whet Owls: Mohonk’s Silent Visitor 7-8:30 p.m. This program will be led by Dr. Glenn A. Proudfoot, visiting scholar at Vassar College and Mohonk Preserve research associate. For nearly 40 years Proudfoot has been studying birds of prey. His current research explores migratory pathways of the Northern Saw-whet Owl. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, half-mile hike, over some uneven ground. Space is limited. This program includes an easy, halfmile hike, over some uneven ground. $15, Preserve members; $25, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

runs through. Nov. 14. Gallery hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat 1-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Tivoli Artists Co-op, 60 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-2667. Passionate Fire: Wood-fired Ceramics from the Tony Moore Kiln 4 p.m. Artist’s talk. Artists featured in the exhibit include Tony Moore, Karen Adelaar, Paul Boucher, Jennie Chien Dan Greenfeld, Susan Kotulak, Douglas Navarra, Myra Nissim, Mark Potter, Deborah Rosenbloom, Daniel Russo, Joan Shulman, David Soo and Peter Yamaoka. Gallery hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.6 p.m. Hudson Beach Glass, 162 Main St., Beacon. 845-440-0068.

EVENT Colonial Harvest Festival 1-4 p.m. Children’s games, face painting, sack races, coloring and crafts, beanbag toss, pumpkin plate decorating and pin the arm on the scarecrow. Costume contest. Rain date: Oct. 30. Mesier Homestead Museum, Mesier Park, South Ave., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-9520. St. James’ Tea Room and Craft Fair 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy tea and culinary treats, and find that special handmade gift. Browse among > continued on page 16

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“Glazed”: Porcelain Painting by Paola Bari 4-7 p.m. Artist reception. 5 p.m., Bari gives a talk about porcelain painting - what it is, the process and what draws her to this medium. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Monday, noon-6 p.m.; Second Saturday, noon-9 p.m. RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St., Beacon. 845-838-2880. “Darkness” 6-9 p.m. Artist’s reception, featuring refreshments and a reading of tales by the Grimm Brothers, Poe and others. Costumes are encouraged. Exhibition

• TJ Lavin, host of MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge,” was seriously injured Thursday night after losing control of his BMX bike while attempting a trick at the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas, ESPN reports. He apparently has a shattered wrist and broken ribs and was knocked unconscious after attempting a “nic nac” trick. He is reported to be in a medically induced coma to relieve swelling on his brain. • Another icon lost: Barbara Billingsley, who played precious 1950s mom June Cleaver on “Leave it to Beaver,” died this weekend at the age of 94.

{weekend sidenote} On Nov. 13 and Nov. 14, the Let’s Go Vets weekend returns to 101.5 WPDH. This weekend-long salute to those who dedicated their lives to serving their country will feature veterans hosting their own hour-long radio which be broadcasted over WPDH’s signals. The veterans will be given the opportunity to play their favorite WPDH songs as they step behind the mic and add disc jockey to their already impressive list of credentials. If you are, or know of a veteran interested in this opportunity, visit www. WPDH.com and click on the “Let’s Go Vets” link to send a submission. Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | october 20, 2010 {13}


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A fun culinary destination BY BARON CORSO DE PALENZUELA DE HABSBURG

Starr Place in Rhinebeck is a restaurant with a melting-pot cuisine: on the menu you’ll find American fare, Italian pasta, Mediterranean humus, Spanish tapas, fantastic vegetarian dishes and a newcomer of very good Mexican food. This wonderful addition to the menu reflects the neighborhood’s multicultural mojo. Proprietors Beth Bruno and Andy Shutty have created a fun and delicious menu. And furthermore, the exiting, novel, quirky and phenomenal array of unique cocktail concoctions of Bruno make for a great drinking adventure as well, and these cocktails are truly a real standout of the restaurant’s allure. Multiple martini and margarita options complement a menu that allows you to build your own sandwich. The gastronomic specialty here is real American and Mexican cuisine: The portions are American-sized and sumptuous. Bruno and Shutty’s gustory addition of Mexican fare comes through in Chef Jenaro Ojeda-Ortiz, who presides in the kitchen, creating a traditional and authentic, detail-orientated Mexican menu of enchiladas, tostadas, empanadas, shrimpmarinated ceviche with Spanish spices, crispy tacos and other delectable entrees. Outstanding in food and décor, and featuring a sports lounge, a night club, and three bars, Starr Place shines as a culinary destination for great dinning in Rhinebeck. Choose to chill at lunchtime or dinner on the terrace or in two spacious dining room with framed artwork, and beautiful appointments by Bruno that helps create a comfortable, relaxing and friendly ambiance. Or reside downstairs in the club – the lounge area has a big screen T.V., billiards and a dart board for good old fashioned fun. Live music on weekends dominates, featuring some of the best bands in the Valley. Blue and white collars flock to this sports bar lounge to enjoy it all. Shutty wants customers to think of the place as the town’s living room, offering quality food with great entertainment and friendliness. On a recent cold evening I decided to stop by to have dinner: The friendly and charming waitresses Stron Boolukos and Danielle Neville escorted me to my table. Waitresses Stron and

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Danielle did right by making sure my glass of Rating ★★★★★ water quickly arrived along with my bread. Very Good – Excellent I decided on ordering the Trout Grenoblaise 6417 Montgomery St. Rhinebeck and a special Bloody Mary to enhance my appetite. Here is the best Bloody Mary I’ve 845-876-8052 had in a long time. Made by Bruno, it is one great drink by which all Bloody Marys should be measured by. When my entrée arrived, it was a dignified presentation of Trout in its full silky skin. A tasty beautiful fish in its gastronomic glory –perfectly cooked and embellished in the classic sauce of brown butter, capers, lemon and oregano. It was a large-size fillet, properly boned and seasoned with herbs and spices. And the white-and-tan flesh was of a sweet, tender taste. The trout was accompanied by a large mound of great-tasting white creamy risotto speckled with kernels of sweet corn and nicely flavored with a fresh sprinkle of parsley. A side garnish of arugula and lettuce completed the delicious ensemble. My second Bloody Mary followed, and a glass of Becks beer accented the culinary assault. The Trout Grenoblaise is an excellent dish prepared expertly by Chef Ojeda, who knows his craft quite well. This is a big dish that will satiate the hungry soul – good on a cool autumn or a cold winter day. Starr Place has some excellent desserts. I ended my dinner with a delicious crème brulee and a regular coffee and a shot of Frangellico. Among the varied delights, try the succulent Normandy-style P.E.I. mussels smothered in a light savory broth of Calvados, bacon, cream, and lemon – a dish that evokes the whitesanded seashores of Europe and the Caribbean and vies with earthier dishes on the menu like Chimichanga: four tortillas filled with spicy beef or chicken with added cheese, guacamole, sour cream and a cilantro mix that is served with Mexican rice and red beans. Other gems include cheese quesadillas: a 10-inch flour tortilla stuffed with cheese that is garnished with guacamole, sour cream and hot spicy mix. Really good. Starr Place has a small but choice selection of wine, champagne and local and imported beers. Pinot Noirs, Cabernets and Malbec are good reds, with the Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio as the favorite whites. Magic Hat, Becks, Stella Artois are some good choices for beer. One of the nicest events going on at the restaurant is the “Little Chefs.” Starr Place brings in children to train them as little chefs. The event is a fun place to be where you find yourself surrounded by boisterous young mini-chefs cooking up a storm, then watch them afterwards gleefully reducing their homemade pizza, and cookies down to their molecular level. And adults love it too. The many times I’ve been to eat at Starr Place, the owners, staff, and chef have provided a culinary home run. Shutty and Bruno have introduced a variety of creative sensational dining opportunities for all to come in and enjoy good entertainment and healthy food and drink. Starr Place is a fun culinary destination serving delicious food. Baron Corso de Palenzuela von Habsburg is an international food, wine, beer and chocolate critic, a chef and connoisseur who has written extensively on international cuisine. The Gourmet Baron resides in New York, Virginia and Spain. He can be reached at 845-706-1244.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM The amazing creative undertaking of crafting enormous puppets (this year following the theme of memento mori) begins at Rokeby Farm in Red Hook before before they make their official appearances down in New York City. Now in its 38th year, New York’s Village Halloween Parade is the nation’s largest public Halloween celebration. The puppets and decorations made at Rokeby, under the direction of artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of Processional Arts Workshop, will be part of the parade on Oct. 31.I spoke with Michahelles a few days before I got to see the works being brought to life. She impressed me immediately with her passion and commitment to Carnival cultures. It’s been 12 years, said Michahelles, since she and Kahn first began contributing their work to the New York City parade, and she said the tradition of having people coming to their workspace at Rokeby has become a bit of an institution. “People came to help and had a good time – we said, ‘these need to be cut, this needs to be sewn’ – some people came locally, and from the city, and it was great way to work.” The labor became meaningful: “People weren’t only coming because they felt sorry for us!” said Michahelles with a laugh. “That’s also something that we learned – there is, a lot of people (inspired) whether or not they feel artistic, but they come, and they say, ‘this needs to happen.’ They feel like they’ve participated in a final work of art. Without them, we can’t do it. Every volunteer affects the ultimate look of the puppet. Every volunteer infuses them with their own character.” Michahelles said each year, there is blend of returning volunteers and new blood. This year, Didier Civil, a guest artist from Haiti, is infusing the parade with images from his culture’s death rituals; his puppets represent Baron Samedi and Gran Brigitte, among others. Knowing the weather up here, I asked Michahelles about the struggle to preserve the puppets. “This year is art creation and curation,” she said. “We love these puppets and we’ve added to the that collection.”

Photos by Larissa Carson and Nicole DeLawder.

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FAMILY Family Thanksgiving Program 3 p.m. This interactive program explores everything from style of dress, to Mayflower myths, to what was really on the first Thanksgiving menu. All in attendance will go on a scavenger hunt throughout both floors of the museum to search for mystery clues about the Mayflower. Call for reservations. Admission: $5 per person; under age 8 free; family package including two parents and children, $20. Bevier House Museum, 2682 Rte. 209, Marbletown. 845-336-4746. Pumpkin Art Harvest Festival 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a free day of fall family fun: There will be pumpkins available to carve and paint, face painting, and dozens of delicious homemade traditional fall treats like caramel apples, doughnuts and cider. Pumpkin judging, 2:30 p.m. Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845297-3428.

MUSIC Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra Concert 7:30 p.m. The orchestra kicks off its 2010-2011 Season with audience favorites “Light Cavalry Overture” and Brahms Symphony No. 2. The concert features world renowned cellist and recording artist Julia Bruskin. Tickets: $15; $10, senior; $5, student. Rhinebeck Senior High School, 45 North Park Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-871-5500.

NIGHTLIFE The Angel Band 8 p.m. Roots, folk, blues. Tickets: $14, members; $19, general; $2 more at the door. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559. Arlen Roth Band 8:30 p.m. The “guitarist’s guitarist” performs. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Ballroom and Latin Dance Club Costume Party 6:30-10 p.m. During the dance, a Bolero workshop is offered. Prizes, refreshments. With Esther and Ben. Singles and couples welcome. St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie. 845-635-3341. Shorty King’s Clubhouse 8:30-11:30 p.m. Big band. La Puerta Azul. 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. 845-677-2985. Yankee Rose & Wiggins Sisters 7-9 p.m. Hosted by Bruce & Jeanne Hildenbrand. Café Mezzaluna, 626 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845246-5306.

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them and sunscreen, a lunch, water and bug spray. Mount Beacon, intersection of Rte. 9D and Howland Ave., Beacon. 845-473-4440. Singles and Sociables – Stissing Mountain 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. This is a strenuous, 8-mile hike, led by William Sullivan (845635-8313). 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. Call the hike leader for the fee. Meet at the Buttercup Preserve, Rte. 82, Standfordville. 845-255-0919. Walk & Talk Series: History & Dig Walk Noon-2 p.m. With Jim Heron and Dr. Lucy Johnson. Discover the rich and historic landscape of Denning’s Point with Johnson, professor of anthropology at Vassar College, and Jim Heron, author of “Denning’s Point: A Hudson River History.” Registration required. Free. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Center for Environmental Innovation and Education, 199 Dennings Ave., Beacon. 845-838-1600.

PERFORMANCE Mummenschanz 7 p.m. The Revolutionary theatre artists perform. A free mask-making workshop will be held for children 8 years old and up and their parents prior to the performance. Tickets: $30, adult; $25, Bardavon member; $10, children 12 and under. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088. Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” Noon. René Pape takes on one of the greatest bass roles in a production by Stephen Wadsworth. Valery Gergiev conducts Mussorgsky’s epic spectacle that captures the suffering and ambition of a nation. The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 season, the Metropolitan Opera’s popular award-winning series of live transmissions, kicks off. Tickets: $23, adult; $21, member; $16, children 12 and under. Bardavon 1890 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845473-2072.

THEATER Murder Mystery Theater 7 p.m. An evening of mystery theater and luscious desserts hosted by EdgarAllan Poe himself. Presented by the Murder Café theater group. Because seating is limited, advance reservations required. To place a reservation, mail or bring $35 per person to PPLD (Poughkeepsie Public Library District), Adriance Memorial Library, Attn: Grace Haack, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie, 12601. Adriance Memorial Library rotunda, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. For more information, go to www.poklib.org or call 845-4853445, ext. 3372.

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Benefit Concert 2 p.m. David Temple, classical guitarist, performs both solo and ensemble works, emphasizing music of Spain and Latin America. Admission: $10, adults; $5, children under twelve. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 7412 South Broadway, Red Hook. 845-758-4597.

Scenic Hudson Volunteer Trail-Building Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Create an exciting new sustainable, multi-use trail system on a rugged, 2,000-acre parcel of Fishkill Ridge. Wear clothes you won’t mind getting dirty, including long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, sturdy > continued on next page closed-toe shoes and a hat. Bring gloves if you have {16} october 20, 2010 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

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Fun with the Founding Fathers BY ANN LA FARGE Finding the news downbeat and irritating? Fi Or perhaps p you know someone who is sick, hou housebound or grieving – someone who needs a re really good book. In either case, there’s one tha that will make you smile, hope, cheer, and be gla you’re around to read it: Maira Kalman’s glad illu illustrated tour of American democracy through th ages – a veritable love letter to our country – the “A the Pursuit of Happiness” (The Penguin “And P Press, $29.95). “Making art about history,” the a author said, “took me out of myself. It forced m to look at our country and see what’s me wonderful and difficult about it.” In 12 chapters – one for each month of the year – Kalman tours the country, beginning with a trip to Washington, D.C. Ob for Obama’s inauguration, and comes up with “a sense of optimism.” The first word in this lavishly illustrated celebration is “Hallelujah!” She travels to Philadelphia, falls in love with Lincoln (as who wouldn’t?) and recaps his life; visits PS 47 in the Bronx where the third, fourth and fifth grade student council meeting is taking place; tours Fort Campbell, Kentucky and then Monticello, saying of Jefferson “If you want to understand this country and its people and what it means to be optimistic and complex and tragic and wrong and courageous, you need to go to his home in Virginia.” One thing she finds in each place she visits: “History makes you hungry.” Follow her meals, in glorious color, then snip back in time and meet Ben Franklin who “had FUN. Marie Antoinette and the whole gang at court were NUTS for him with his brains and his crazy fur hat.” Visit the office of Homeland Security, the commission of Sanitation in New York City and Mount Vernon (Did you know that Father George had a dog named “Sweet Lips”?). And speaking of George Washington, let’s go on a short tour of new biographies of our founding fathers, starting, of course, with Ron Chernow’s magnificent “Washington, a Life,” also from The Penguin Press ($40). This book reveals sides of Washington never seen before – as a dynamic, charismatic person. Following him from the cradle to the grave, this sparkling narrative details his triumph during the French and Indian Wars, his life on his estate at Mount Vernon, his leadership of the Continental Army and his presidency. His childhood, his marriage to Martha, his adopted children and grandchildren, and his hidden emotional life are brought to light, evoking a man of fiery opinions. This book tells the grand story of our country’s formative years. After that, the reader yearns to go on, and is not disappointed – except by the lack of a new biography of our second president, John Adams. Oh, well, skip him and go on to a dual biography of the most important political friendship in American history – “Madison and Jefferson” by Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg (Random House, $35) – our third and fourth presidents. The authors take us behind the folklore of America’s founding fathers and tell the story of Madison, at home during Washington’s presidency while Jefferson was in France as a diplomat. Madison, we learn, was not as dull and empty of emotion as history has painted him – and Jefferson was even more contentious than history tells us. Together, “Tall Tommy and Little Jemmy” fought as political pugilists, > continued on next page


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leaving their mark on Revolutionary Virginia and then on all of America. After the Louisiana Purchase more than doubled U.S. Territory, the pair managed to purchase E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Cuba and tried to conquer Canada. This dual biography exposes the beating heart of our rowdy republic in its < continued from previous page Narek Hakhnazaryan first half-century. 4 p.m. This young Armenian cellist was a winner Let’s end our immersion in history with “The Last EVENT in the Young Concert Artists auditions in 2008, and Founding Father – James Monroe and a Nation’s “1935 and the Enduring New Deal: The is currently pursuing an advanced degree at New Works Progress Administration and the Rural England Conservatory and has been concertizing Call to Greatness” by Harlow Giles Unger (now in Electrification Administration” paperback from Da Capo Press, $17.50). Our fifth widely. His program includes works by Schumann, 2 p.m. This first in a series of panel discussions Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Achron and President is often overlooked, yet it was during his explore the year President Franklin D. Roosevelt Rostropovich. Cost: $30; $10, students. Howland presidency – known as the “Era of Good Feelings” – transformed the mission of the New Deal from one Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831of relief to one of reform, launching what historians 4988. that our real empire-building began. Monroe inherited a refer to as the Second New Deal. In addition to house country suffering from political factions, foreign enemies seating, these programs are webcast live with online “Nothing Sacred” and bankruptcy (sound familiar?) While he served, the viewer participation and C-SPAN will film all three country experienced western expansion, the building of roads and canals, and the famous programs. Following each program forum attendees 2 p.m. Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Music at offers an unusually informal format Monroe Doctrine, thanks to which foreign colonization and European interference were will receive free admission to the Roosevelt Library’s Dia:Beacon encouraging interaction between composers, put to rest. Yes, he was under-appreciated, but he led our country into its first period of new exhibition “Our Plain Duty”: FDR and America’s musicians, and audience. This program consists of Social Security. Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, a major peace, nearly 40 years after Independence was declared. Presidential Library and Home, 4079 Albany Post chamber work; and a world premiere by William And now, off to the library to see what’s up with John Adams. Rd., Hyde Park. 845-486-7770. Bolcom, The Hawthorn Tree, written to commemorate But first, a mention of a delightful book that will resonate with all of us who loved the 40th anniversary of mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle, and admired President Kennedy – “Dear Mrs. Kennedy – The World Shares Its Grief, LECTURE who joins St. Luke’s for the work. Cost: $35; $10, Letters November 1963,” edited by Jay Mulvaney and Paul DeAngelis, (St. Martin’s Judith Weis - Salt Marshes students; free for under age 12. Dia: Beacon, Riggio Press, $19.99). Jacqueline Kennedy received over 800,000 expressions of sympathy. Read 4-5:30 p.m. Learn about salt marshes and sharpen Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. 845-440-0100. your awareness of how these delicate yet resilient letters from Bess Truman, Adenauer, Adlai Stevenson, Benjamin Spock, Billy Graham, habitats suffer and still survive despite human neglect. Dick Nixon, Ezra Pound – and a fourth grader from somewhere. From Hollywood come Sunday Author Series continues. Registration NIGHTLIFE Joan Baez letters from Lauren Bacall and Darryl Zanuck; from Britain, from the Queen and the required. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, 7 p.m. From her earliest records, her style has been Queen Mother. And from the narrator of this collection, Paul DeAngelis, “my own sad 199 Main St., Beacon. 845-838-1600. a mix of traditional ballads, blues, lullabies, cowboy tunes, ethnic folk staples of American and nonmemory of walking home from Junior High that November day …” MUSIC American vintage, and much more. Cost: $48; $66, Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at alafarge@aol.com.

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Conservatory Sunday 3 p.m. Performed by Conservatory students and faculty, including the Chimeng Quartet and pianist Melvin Chen. The program of chamber music includes Brahms’s Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Charles Ives’s Piano Trio, and Mozart’s Wind Serenade in E-flat Major. Tickets: $20-5. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900.

6 p.m. A reading and signing with Annie Barrows, author of the bestselling Ivy & Bean series. Oblong Books of Millerton, 26 Main St., Millerton. 518-789-3797. Kairos: A Consort of Singers

Saturday, Oct. 23

7:30 p.m. A reading and signing with Paul De Angelis, author of “Dear Mrs. Kennedy: The World Shares Its Grief, Letters November 1963.” Oblong Books of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

Sunday, Oct. 24

4 p.m. The group, under the direction of Dr. Edward Lundergan, performs Bach’s Cantata 192, “Nun danket alle Gott” (Now thank we all our God) and “Jesu, meine Freude” (Jesus, my joy). Suggested donation: $10. Holy Cross Monastery, Route 9W, West Park. 845-256-9114.

Golden Circle. Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. The Yayas - CD Release Party 7:30 p.m. New York-based folk-pop trio are celebrating the release of their new CD, “Paper Boats.” With special Kiriaki Bozas. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Ticket price includes CD. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR “The Historic Preserve Landscape and Its People” Join Ron Knapp, Mohonk Preserve board president, and walk to the last remaining cabin of the historic Trapps Mountain Hamlet. Learn what life was like for the 19th-century homesteaders. Children ages 12 and up are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 2-mile > continued on next page

4 p.m. A reading and signing with Gay Talese, author of “The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese.” Oblong Books of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

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Monday, Oct. 25 ART

“My Right Self” 5 p.m. Opening reception. A documentary photography series with trans individuals and couples from Philadelphia. Project funding is provided by a distribution grant from the Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project. On view through November 5. James W. Palmer Gallery, College Center, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

EVENT Halloween Ghost Train Night 7 p.m. Karin Armstrong reads Halloween tales. Free. Hyde Park Train Station Museum, 34 River Rd., Hyde Park. 845-229-2338.

Tuesday, Oct. 26 EVENT

Hopewell Junction Car Cruise 6-9 p.m. All cars welcome. Music, trophies and giveaways. Free. Taconic Plaza, 2593 Rte. 52, Hopewell Junction. 845-227-4376.

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“Putting Gardens to Bed” 6:30 p.m. Now is the season for cooling off and preparing for winter. Michele K. Decker, from the Dutchess County Master Gardener volunteer program, shares important yard and garden chores of the autumn season. Starr Library, 68 W. Market St, Rhinebeck. 845-876-4030.

Wednesday, Oct. 27 MUSIC

Harvest Pops Allen Organ Dedication Concert 7 p.m. Guest organist John Baratta accompanies the FDR Musical Ensembles on the new “State of the Art” Allen Digital Organ. Juan Cardona also performs. F. D. Roosevelt High School Auditorium, 156 S. Cross Rd, Hyde Park. 845-229-4020.

OUTDOOR Bird Club Field Trip 9 a.m. Field trip to Mills Mansion/Staatsburgh State Historic Site with the Waterman Bird Club. Meet at the parking lot of Staatsburgh State Historic Site, 75 Mills Mansion Rd., Staatsburg. Call Carol at 845-452-7619. Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Table Rock 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Bob Babb Wednesday Walks welcome adults of all ages and levels of ability. No reservations are required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a moderate, 4-mile hike. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. “Exploring a Sense of Place” 6:30 and 8 p.m. The series will conclude with two presentations by Glenn Proudfoot, research associate in biology, on the topic: “Northern Saw Whet Owl.” Hannah Clark and Jason Carter will join him to discuss the nesting size, hatching efficiency, nestling development, and fledging efficiency of the Northern Saw Whet Owls. One of four existing owl species on the farm, the Northern Saw Whet Owl is considered to be a bio-indicator of early warning of pollution of degradation in New York State’s ecosystem. As space is very limited for this event at Collin’s Field Station, participants should RSVP to Hannah Clark at hannah3890@yahoo.com or Keri VanCamp at 845-437-7414. The rain date for the event is Friday, Oct. 29.Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve, located on the southern side of the Vassar College campus, across Hooker Ave.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM It’s difficult to rate movies as if they can all be judged equally against each other. I loved “Inception” and gave it 15 chess pieces because it was so incredibly intriguing and well-made, Weekend rating: Three Social Security checks but “The Social Network” was also a fine film, though I gave it a measly Directed: Robert Schwentke five “Likes” at the time, only because Starring: Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, it didn’t straight up shock and awe me Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich (and it had been long enough since I’d Runtime: 111 min. seen “The Bounty Hunter” and wasn’t Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action feeling so horribly deprived). violence and brief strong language. “Red,” based on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner of the same name, isn’t anything approaching cinematic genius – it’s far from it. (Next time the studio bosses want to adapt something of Ellis’, they need to take a gander at “Transmetropolitan,” if that is even filmable.) But it is fun, and slappy action-y good times, with Bruce Willis back in form as a retired CIA agent (“Red” stands for “Retired, Extremely Dangerous”), Frank Moses, suddenly thrust back into the old life when he’s mysteriously targeted, along with his unrequited lady love (MaryLouise Parker), his human resources agent in charge of administering his regular pension check. I gave this film three Social Security checks, not because of the scintillating dialogue, the gripping dramatic portrayals or the edge-of-your-seat moral dilemmas being played out on screen. Is it predictable and silly? Yes. But it’s a fun popcorn flick. I was surprised to be wearing a coat while watching this – this is the type of movie one expects during the summer. The admission price includes watching Helen Mirren, recently lauded for her work playing Queen Elizabeth, wrangling with huge guns. She holds her own alongside Willis and the ever loony John Malkovich. And even Parker carved out something vague interesting to make her “damsel-in-distress” role less cookie-cutter. One stand-out was Karl Urban (recently Doctor McCoy in the new “Star Trek” reboot) as a CIA agent hunting down Moses – he had the intensity and uncertainty down pat, and was a slick counter-point to Willis’ gruff assurance.

‘Red’

VIEWS FROM THE TRENCHES OF DEMOCRACY

Filmmaker Jeff Deutchman asked his friends around the world to record their experiences of Nov. 4, 2008 (Election Day), a day that would be historic regardless of the outcome. Deutchman collected the footage from both amateur filmmakers and successful professionals, including Henry Joost (“Catfish”), Margaret Weekend rating: Four American flags Brown (“The Order of Myths”), Joe Swanberg Curated and edited by Jeff Deutchman (“Alexander the Last”) and Benh Zeitlin (“Glory At Sea”). Runtime: 70 min. The result is a compilation of raw emotion Not rated that spans a spectrum of reactions, from a woman expressing tearful joy that though her first memory of racism was the hanging of Emmett Till, today she can work with a diverse group of volunteers to help elect an African-American president; to a felon in Harlem who soberly comments that he didn’t vote and feels that this election will likely change nothing. The footage sweeps from Manhattan to Chicago, New Orleans to Los Angeles, and even to Europe (Berlin and Paris) and New Delhi to catch the reactions of expatriates. What emerges is a complex portrait of everyday Americans’ relationship to the process of voting and the two-party system of democracy that our country currently supports. In many ways, the film does lean towards capturing the passion of supporters of Barack Obama, but I appreciated the way in which the footage presented a variety of voices with unflinching (occasionally disturbing) focus. The film releases nationwide on VOD (video on demand) on Oct. 22 via the following digital platforms: iTunes, AmazonVOD, Sony Playstation and CinemaNow. Information on wider distribution hasn’t been released.

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weekend horoscopes

OCT. 20 - 26 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You’re feeling more sensitive lately, and your feelings are in conflict with your actions. You’re doing what you feel you need to do, but your heart isn’t convinced that this is the right way to go about things. Don’t beat yourself up about this disconnect, but spend some time trying to understand why you’re at odds with yourself.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You’ve been incredibly productive recently – you seem to have had a burst of energy. Don’t let doubt creep in – you’re on the right path, even if you’ve been going about achieving your goals a bit recklessly. You may need to rethink your approach, but you’re on the right track.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): It’s time to get your finances in order – you’re fluctuating from being too thrifty and too frivolous, and there’s no rhyme or reason for your behavior. Develop some serious goals, but give yourself flexibility to indulge when it makes sense.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Don’t waste time being haunted by thoughts of those loved

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): It’s finally time – you’ve been waiting for what seems like forever to embark on a new adventure, and now is your best opportunity to make the very serious shift. Everything is ready and lined up – you’ve done everything necessary to get your ducks in a row. Pursue your goal with gusto!

and lost. You’re considering attempting to rekindle an old flame, or reconnecting with someone with whom you were very close – consider whether or not present difficulties with intimate relationships are causing you to look at the past with rose-colored glasses.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): You need to break out of your routine this week; boredom is deadly for you. You cannot skirt your obligations to work and family, but you can look for new ways to get inspired. Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to go against your own grain.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You’ve been so focused on work that you’ve driven yourself into irritability and exhaustion. There has to be balance in your life, and you’ve neglected yourself in favor of getting a leg up on the competition. If you don’t watch your habits, you’ll run yourself ragged and get sick, which will frustrate you even more.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): The little things that have been dragging you down lately are either disappearing or being resolved – you are on your way to feeling entirely yourself. Don’t over-exert yourself, though – you’re still on the mend and if you let the pendulum swing too far in either direction, you’ll be in a worse state.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You’re not seeing the big picture right now because you

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): You aren’t feeling particularly well of late – it could be that you’re under the weather, but it could be that you’re tired from all of the emotional turmoil that’s been swirling around you. Worrying does you no good – you need to cut yourself some slack.

are too close to the issue – it’s time for you to step back and consider all the view points before you continue barreling forward. Ask others to weigh in – you may find yourself inspired by their observations.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Your domestic scene is fraught with tension right now – those PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): It’s time to sever ties with someone whose influence on you is negative. It won’t be easy, but you have to take a firm stand and let them know that you cannot participate in the relationship anymore. Put your needs first in this situation and follow your intuition.

you love are at odds, and you’re finding yourself in the middle of it all. Trust yourself and your reasoning, even when others seem to completely misunderstand you. Be calm and considerate when expressing your opinions. For entertainment purposes only.

Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra with precision and wit. The music sounds marvelously clear in the handsome acoustics of Bard College's Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. — New York Times

the richard b. fisher center for the performing arts at bard college presents the

AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BEETHOVEN, RACHMANINOFF, AND SIBELIUS

Year two of the American Symphony Orchestra's Beethoven celebration.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2010 Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (“Pastoral”) Serge Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 1 Conor Brown Clarinet Concerto David Krakauer, clarinet The series continues with concerts on February 11 and 12, and April 8 and 9, 2011 All concerts are at 8:00 p.m. Preconcert talks at 6:45 p.m.

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Volunteers revamp nature preserve

BY HV NEWS STAFF

This week’s winner: Teddi Southworth from Pleasant Valley with his photo of Innisfree Gardens in Millbrook. Send your Hudson Valley Photo of the Week submission to production@thehudsonvalleynews.com each Sunday. Photos should be at least 3x4” at 300 dpi. Include your name, location of photo and town of residence.

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A team of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds teamed up to make improvements to the Winnnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park during “Seth Lyon Volunteer Day.” The volunteers performed tasks identified in 2009 by the late Seth Lyon, a local volunteer who died in the Catskills earlier this year. The project was organized by Winnakee Land Trust and the Hyde Park Trail Committee. Volunteers included the Fats in the Cats mountain biking group, which replaced a culvert by hand. Appalachian Trail experts performed stone work and installed a water bar, and Marist College students, local Girl Scouts and Hyde Park residents restored rolling drain dips, closed ATV access, installed missing directional signage, cleaned historic culverts and canals and relocated a section of a trail. Also, the Town of Hyde Park Highway Department provided materials and logistical help, Scenic Hudson provided tools, Pete’s Famous Café and Grill allowed volunteers to use the parking lot, Cedar Heights and the Terhune orchards donated apples and Stop and Shop provided granola bars. “The preserve looks beautiful,” said Raphael Notin, stewardship manager with Winnakee Land Trust, in a press release. “Please come and visit anytime.”


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SPORTS STUFF BY JAY KENNEDY

one handicap as a man and as Lana has won a number of long-drive contests. Let Lana play. It might generate some muchneeded TV ratings.

WAY TO GO, PIRATES!

• Ohio State took it in the chops from Wisconsin Saturday, leaving the national rankings in further disarray. They were the second number-one team to fall in as many weeks.

• Hall of Fame QB John Elway’s net worth was blitzed to the tune of $15 million by a con man, Sean Mueller. He persuaded Elway his capital management firm consistently outperformed the market. Sounds like the same pitch Bernie Madoff used. But it often works with people used to getting special treatment and access.

• Here’s a Christmas idea for the Yankees geek in your family. Steiner Sports is selling authentic Yankee Stadium “freezedried grass” sod for $99.95. It comes in a little glass display case. Or you can have a Yankee Stadium ceremonial park brick for a mere $179.95. We need to know who buys this stuff and keep them away • Let’s hear it for FDR’s boys soccer from the rest of us. team, which won the Division 1 title by beating Rondout Valley 1-0 on Friday. The • Always love to read the ads in the sports lone goal was scored by Pat Noonan and pages as an indicator of who they think reads the sports page. Here’s a typical FDR’s defense took it from there. one. “Night exchange: Hot sexy talk with • Millbrook’s football team put a hurting real people.” As opposed to the demons in on Pine Plains last week, smoking them your head or that inflatable doll dressed 50-0. The Jaybird hasn’t seen that big a up like your mother? rout since he QB’d his St. Andrews team many moons ago. We lost by scores like • Is it just me, or did the U.S. loss in the that every week. Actually, 50-0 would Ryder Cup clear the room like a skunk at a picnic. Poof, it’s like it never happened. have been a close game for us. We were hoping, at least, for a little finger • Still having a tough time getting worked pointing or Tiger bimbo sighting. Very up about LeBron James and the Miami disappointing. Heat. The games won’t mean a thing until the playoffs in late April. Who cares?

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The East Park Pirates 10-and-under team won the New York Elite “Salute to our Heroes” Columbus Day Tournament. The team includes Lindwood Burke IV, Ethan Hart, Michael Santoro, Daniel DiCarlo, Jack Goodwin, Wyatt Matyas, Collen O’Shea, Corey Simmons, Jake Niesen, Vinny Polini, Brandon Lahey, Mitchell Oakley, Tommy Kearins, coach Wayne Belcher, coach Michael Oakley and manager Matt Lahey. Photo submitted.

FDR HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING

• My beloved Red Sox are hedging their bets by paying $476 million to buy the Liverpool soccer club. I get diversification, but English soccer and Big Papi? They won’t play at Fenway because no one would show up. • The Jets’ Darelle Revis was at it again last week, getting stopped for doing 80 in a 40-mile-per-hour zone. Too bad he can’t go that fast on the field. He could before sitting out training camp and then injuring his hamstring because he was out of shape. And let’s not forget his 5:30 a.m. DUI arrest while recovering from the hammy. Great pickup he was. • Larry Lawless, a former LAPD SWAT team member, is suing the LPGA for not allowing him to compete on the tour. Larry has transformed himself into Lana and considers himself a woman. Lana had a

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Union Vale

BY TONY LEO

TOWN BOARD MEETING

Union Vale held its regular town board meeting of the month on Oct. 14 with Supervisor Lisette Hitsman, Councilman Ray Dezendorf and Councilman John Welsh in attendance. They passed a motion to set the first public hearing for the proposed 2011 budget on Nov 4.

ASSESSOR TAKING IT ON THE CHIN

Dover town board member Cathy Frame (from left), Deputy Supervisor Chris Galayda, Supervisor Ryan Courtien, Benjamin Companies CEO Denise Coyle, Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus, Dutchess County Legislator Alan Surman, Dover town board member Kaye Surman and U.S. Rep. John Hall gather before the first building at the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center is demolished. Photo by Tina Quatroni.

DEMOLITION BEGINS AT FORMER PSYCHIATRIC CENTER BY HV NEWS STAFF The Knolls of Dover development, a mixed-use community slated to be built at the site of the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Dover, took a major step toward completion last week when the first building on the psychiatric center property was demolished. The demolition project was funded through a $2.5 million “Restore New York” grant received by the Town of Dover. The grant allowed the demolition phase to begin, thereby creating some local jobs. The first building at the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center was demolished on Friday, Oct. 15. So far, 16 Dover residents have been hired to perform abatement and demolition work, and according to the Knolls of Dover

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developers, more local jobs are expected to be created as the project progresses. Developers are working with town, county and state officials to complete site and subdivision plans and secure environmental approval before construction can begin. “We are at the end of the beginning,” said Dover Town Supervisor Ryan Courtien in a press release. “The SEQRA process is complete and we are moving forward with a well-thought-out project that will benefit Dover and the surrounding region. The hope of economic prosperity for our town through this public-private partnership is becoming a reality with residents of Dover working again at the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center property.” “The residents of Dover have stood behind this project and their commitment and dedication kept things moving forward,” added U.S. Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y. 19). “Along with revitalizing the community, this project creates jobs and showcases the Hudson Valley as a viable option for business development in New York. I look forward to watching this area develop further in the future.”

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Assessor Bernie Fountain gave a brief presentation on certain austerity measures that will be implemented courtesy of the Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) in Albany. The state will now require a total re-evaluation of each parcel every four years. Fountain said up to now, he had been able to set taxation amounts according to a “trending” method. Unfortunately, the state has put a stop to this in favor of frequent hands-on property inspections. It puts a great onus on the assessor’s office and also involves a significant amount of unnecessary pressure. As far as Union Vale is concerned, the assessor’s office will now be expected to accomplish what MJW couldn’t do with 30 employees. The assessor mentioned that a number of allowances for tax breaks have been scuttled. Also, there has been a repeal by the State of the $1,200 credit provision for dog damages and remains removal from private properties. Needless to say, this is not the assessor’s fault.

WISSEMAN ROAD UPDATE

There is much concern about the erosion of Wisseman Road in the vicinity of Roberts Farm. By way of background, a number of Wisseman Road residents have complained that deteriorating conditions on the road have allowed water to proceed from the stream on Roberts Farm onto their properties, causing erosive damage. The town has expressed an intent to bolster the water-carrying properties of Wisseman Road in order to direct flow in a manner that avoids property and street deterioration. However, it’s useless to work on the road without first doing something to the stream

in order to keep it from flooding the area and undermining the repairs and upgrades. In order to do something to the stream, the town must dance to the tune of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). To this end, Councilman Dezendorf provided an update on the town’s latest dealings with the DEC.

THE BUREAUCRATIC DANCE

Town Engineer Larry Paggi met with the DEC people on-site this past Friday. The DEC apparently changed its posture again by exhibiting its disdain for the use of sheet piles (as had been floated as an option by the town) to modify the course of the stream. They prefer that the stream follow its natural course unhindered or without any change being brought about by sheet-piling. However, the DEC mentioned it would give the town the requisite permit for the sheet-pile operation if the stream were not to be bothered. Unfortunately, if the stream maintains its present course unbothered, the overflow from it after each significant rainstorm will continue to precipitate and exacerbate the erosion on the nearby street and properties. Adding to the conundrum is the fact that everyone (town, DEC, landscape practitioners, etc) agrees that grazing animals on Roberts Farm have caused the erosion on the stream banks, which is contributing greatly to the problem. Grazing animals fall under the jurisdiction of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. The Agriculture and Markets people feel the property owner, being a farmer, has a right to allow his animals to graze unhindered in proximity to the stream. Here’s the problem. The stream continues to flood from time to time due to its eroded banks and proximity to the road. The DEC doesn’t want the town to alter the stream with sheet piles to direct it away from the road. Agriculture and Markets says it’s OK for the animals to go into places that erode the stream banks. The property owner is hard-pressed to allow the town unlimited or unrestricted access to proximity of the stream in order to implement on-site prescriptive methods. And the road and property erosion complaints continue to build. It’s the bureaucratic Catch-22 scenario one has grown to expect in modern-day New York State. Notwithstanding all this, the town board passed a motion to start the ball rolling by soliciting bids from various entities for the purpose of conducting a survey to locate the stream and roadway.


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Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON Within about six hours of this writing, I will have lived half of a century. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you my exact birth date because that would be a sure target for identification theft, but, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; by the time this paper comes out, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be 50 years and a few days old. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been looking back this week on that half century and I have a very strong sense that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived an absolutely blessed life. I grew up in a suburban town in Connecticut, just half a mile from the beach. There, I learned to swim, to sail, to dig for clams and to climb trees. After graduation from high school, I went on to get two college degrees and then my masters. I started work at the same company I work for now right out of college and I can honestly say, in the 28 years Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked there, I have never been bored even once. I was married in my early 20s and although that marriage ended in divorce 9 years later, it was a good lesson in growing up before you try to settle down, and we both then went on to have stronger marriages the second time around. In the early 1990s, I moved to Stanfordville and bought my dream house, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;handy manâ&#x20AC;? 1800s farmhouse on 12 acres. Working on the house every night after work for 3 months, I was able to get it in livable condition and it remains a work in progress to this day. Although Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m terribly settled now (I just told my friend Alyce the other day about how a week after moving to Stanfordville, I told Irv Burdick that he might as well sell me a cemetery plot because I was not ever leaving), Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had wonderful travels, life experiences and adventures over the course of my 50 years. I have been to England, to the Virgin Islands, to Mexico, Canada and nearly all of the United States. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been sky diving, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve driven on the Indianapolis race track with Bobby Unser, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone windsurfing in the Caribbean. I learned to drive a car in my teens and a bucket truck in my 20s. I can drive a stick shift, downhill ski, ice skate, sew, bake, play the piano and guitar and operate a chain saw. I owe all of this to wonderful parents, a supportive family, the best friends a girl could possibly ask for and some great genetics that have afforded me exceptional health, boundless energy and a strong constitution. Now, in case you are thinking that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a

little too Pollyanna-ish, please understand that I have also had my fair share of difficulties, heart aches, disappointments, lost loves and struggles. But, overall, these 50 years have been (in the words of Sammy Sosa) â&#x20AC;&#x153;very, very good to me.â&#x20AC;? And now, as I head down the hill of life, I do have my â&#x20AC;&#x153;bucket listâ&#x20AC;? of things I intend to do before I die. I want to drive the ALCAN highway, have grandchildren and watch them at least partially grow up, see the Kremlin, raise goats and sing in a chorus with Andrew Glasgow (number a full orchestra. And, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also like to leave this 11) carries the ball for world a little bit brighter for someone. To this a Pine Plains Bombers end, I do try to give of my time, talents and touchdown against Highland last Wednesday. treasures whenever possible. Photo by Heidi Johnson. So there, my friends, is my life story in 600 words. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a good ride, this half-century 845-868-7548 for reservations. of living, and for this, I am grateful. â&#x20AC;˘ Saturday, Oct. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Organ Recital. Four brief concerts at local churches. Schedule is PINE PLAINS FOOTBALL as follows: 1 p.m. St. Thomas Episcopal, 2 Fall means football in our house and I p.m. Immaculate Conception, 3 p.m. United have had the good fortune to be able to attend Presbyterian Church in Amenia, 4 p.m. at least most of my sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three games this Smithfield Presbyterian. Will Carter will be season. The Bombers won their first match the organist at all four concerts and there against Red Hook, but then lost to New Paltz will be historical information on each of and Highland. The team is coming together, the organs. This is going to be a great event, though, and this past week it was really so do try to make it to one or all of these fun to watch the game up at the Stissing concerts. Carter is an incredible musician Mountain School fields. The sun was shining, and also very knowledgeable about these the marker chains were in use, and we even historic instruments. had the scoreboard working. Football really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any better than that. And, when the Bombers made a good New vehicle rates starting at play, they really pulled it off decisively. Touchdowns were scored by Andrew Glasgow and Brandan Maisonet. This team is going to improve throughout the rest of the season and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a force to contend with next year at junior varsity. Many thanks FIXED APR* Used vehicle rates to coaches Chris Hurst, Gary Gent and Lynn start at 5.15% APR Rate based on credit Constine for their guidance and expertise in encouraging and training this young team to reach its highest potential.

â&#x20AC;˘ Weekends through Oct. 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Frankensteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fortress haunted fright trail. Open 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under. Call for directions and weather cancellations: 845-868-7782. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about it for this week. Enjoy this lovely fall weather and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see you again next Wednesday. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845-3924348 or playfulrelics@optonline.net.

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MAN GETS FELONY DWI CHARGE AT TRACK MEET

According to Hyde Park Police, a very intoxicated man was arrested at Mills Mansion in Staatsburg during a track meet last week. Police were called to the scene for a report of an altercation between two subjects during the track meet on Oct. 13 at 4:32 p.m. When police arrived, the altercation had ended and witnesses reported one of the subjects appeared highly intoxicated and that the subject had been seen in his car, swerving from side to side, when he arrived at the event, police said. It was also reported the subject was on foot and attempting to blend in with the crowd. According to police, Sgt. Robert Benson located and detained Robert A. Cavers, 45, of Hyde Park. He was asked to perform standardized field sobriety tests, which he failed, police said. Cavers was taken into custody and brought to Hyde Park Police headquarters for processing, according to police. According to police, a breathalyzer test revealed Cavers’ blood-alcohol content was 0.24%, which is three times the legal limit. It was also learned Cavers has had two previous convictions for DWI in 2003 and 2005, which elevates the charge of DWI to a felony, police said. He was charged with aggravated DWI, a class-D felony. Cavers is due back in Hyde Park Justice Court on Nov. 4.

HYDE PARK ARRESTS

The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Joseph M. Falanga, 22, of Hyde Park, was arrested for DWI, a misdemeanor, on Oct. 9.

• Jason A. McLeroy, 30, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Oct. 9 for menacing in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Laura L. Fraleigh, 37, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Oct. 10 for operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. • Jaclyn E. Vanvoorhees, 22, of Kingston, was arrested on Oct. 10 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and DWI, both misdemeanors. • James C. Sucato, 17, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Oct. 11 for false personation, a class-B misdemeanor. • Tiffany L. Gwathney, 21, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Oct. 13 for operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. • Conrad P. Tebbetts, 28, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Oct. 13 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. • Michael J. Brown, 33, of Staatsburg, was arrested on Oct. 15 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and operating with a suspended registration, both misdemeanors. • Denise A. Mesuda, 48, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Oct. 15 for assault in the third degree and criminal contempt in the second degree, both class-A misdemeanors. • Edwin M. Delcotto, 34, of Staatsburg, was arrested on Oct. 16 for DWI, a misdemeanor. • Kristopher P. Hallinan, 17, of West Hurley, was arrested on Oct. 16 for disorderly conduct, a violation. • Hudson K. Bielecki, 17, of Olivebridge, was arrested on Oct. 16 for disorderly conduct, a violation.

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Assistant Chief Mike Traver, Jim Lyons, Joe Tompkins, John J. Shafer and Past Chief Brian Dingee of the West Clinton Fire Department color guard attend the memorial service for fallen volunteers. Photo by Ray Oberly.

AROUND TOWN

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BY RAY OBERLY FIRE PERSONNEL MEMORIAL SERVICES Memorial services were held to note the passing of 114 fallen Dutchess County firefighters, rescue personnel, fire police and auxiliary members. It was held on the afternoon of Oct. 3 at the 911 Emergency Center at 392 Creek Rd., Poughkeepsie on a bright and sunny day. It was a wreath-laying ceremony with the names of all the fallen fire personnel read. The first vice president of the Dutchess County Volunteer Fire Association said the pledge of allegiance. The West Clinton Fire Department provided a color guard with the American flag. A moment of silence was held for all the troops serving our country. The assembled people said the Lord’s Prayer. Association President Vinny Galvin thanked the 30 attendees for coming out and honoring those who died this past year. Various members of the Volunteer Fire Association and others read the names of the deceased members. A special recognition was given to William “Bill” Brooks and Robert J. O’Leary, who were past members of the Volunteer Fire Association. Joanne Shafer rang the bell after each group of ten names was read. The wreaths were laid by President Galvin and Dutchess County Deputy Fire Coordinator Ray Nichols. The wreath was placed in front of the memorial stone. Vice President Zwecker led the reading of the Firefighter’s 23 Psalm. Thanks were given to the Dutchess County Ladies Auxiliary for providing refreshments, West Clinton Fire Department color guard, the Roosevelt Fire Department for the large turnout, and others for coming. President

Galvin thanked Mary Zwecker for searching through the newspapers to find the names of the deceased members. The Roosevelt Fire Department had strong attendance, with 14 members dressed in their black formal parade uniforms. They were lead by Capt. Ralph Ciampaglione. Roosevelt brought its 6311 pumper and 6351 rescue truck while West Clinton brought its 7152 rescue truck. The memorial stone was in the center of an area of memorial bricks containing the names of families and deceased members. The memorial stone reads: “This memorial is dedicated in the memory of all men and women of the Dutchess County volunteer services. You shall never be forgotten. You’ll always be remembered. Dedicated October 6, 1996.” If you wish to purchase a memorial brick, go to www.DCVFA.com and you’ll find the ordering form and details about the bricks. CHURCH LUNCHEON FOR SENIORS The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners restarted its free luncheons and invited all area seniors (60 years of age or older) to attend on Oct. 5. Dee Hoiem welcomed the seniors and noted there were several who were there for the first time. She then read Psalm 78 and a prayer before the meal. Janet Ludlam read the questions from the Bible, which all dealt with food. The first two were easy and quickly called out. The last one was hard and took a few hints to get the answer. The winners all received gifts. The door prize winner was Barbara Spiers from Stanfordville, who won a harvest wreath for her door. Pastor Jeff Silvieus gave a closing prayer and invited all to return for the next luncheon on Dec. 7. Thanks are given to the church for holding these luncheons and the church members and volunteers for preparing and serving food. This is an excellent opportunity for the seniors to socialize.


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calendar BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON As president of Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, Deanna Mancuso has seen firsthand the ugly and horrific atrocities some horses suffer at the hands of cruel or neglectful owners. During an interview at Lucky Orphans’ 200-acre farm in Millbrook, Mancuso shared stories of horses packed in tiny pens so tightly they don’t have room to move, horses with hooves that have split because their owners don’t trim them, race horses that have outlived their usefulness and horses found covered with maggots and lice. Starting Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue was almost accidental. Mancuso, who has been riding horses since she was a child, originally intended to open a child-friendly barn and boarding facility, but soon, people started asking her to take in needy horses. Two years ago, the organization received its non-profit status and today, there are 33 rescue horses at the farm. “The intent was to start a boarding facility,” she said. “It kind of took on a life of its own. Your life kind of finds you I think.” The goal at Lucky Orphans is to rehabilitate the horses, physically and mentally. Many animals come to the farm fearful of people, but after some time, they become trusting and can even be ridden by young children. “It’s just about rebuilding that trust,” Mancuso said. The horses seem to appreciate it, too. As Mancuso walks around her farm from paddock to paddock, many of the horses will walk over to her and put their heads over the fence, as if to say “hello.” “I think they know – they have to know – that this is a good thing for them,” she says. Lucky Orphans takes in horses based on need. It is not a breed-specific organization, and once a horse comes to the facility, it stays there for its life. Running an organization like Lucky Orphans isn’t cheap. Mancuso rents her farm, feeding so many horses can cost thousands of dollars, and providing basic veterinary care for all the animals at the farm can also be quite costly. Mancuso said her total monthly bills can be up to nearly $10,000.

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This Week Medicare Training The Office for the Aging will present a free training session on Medicare for residents who are approaching the age of 65 on Wednesday, Oct. 20. The program will take place at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room from 10 a.m. until noon. Attending the workshop will help seniors get a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers. Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, EPIC, Medicare Advantage Plans, the new changes to the Medigap plans and information on how the Health Reform Law affects Medicare will also be discussed. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost for the program, but space is limited. To register, call the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555.

Deanna Mancuso, president of Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, spends time with Layla, one of the horses she cares for. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

Needless to say, Mancuso hasn’t exactly been raking in cash working on behalf of neglected horses. “I worry so they don’t have to worry,” she said. “I worry about my next meal; they don’t have to worry about theirs.” Mancuso funds the organization by collecting and junking old cars, collecting ink-jet cartridges and old cell phones. Lucky Orphans boards a handful of horses at the farm and offers classes and programs to offset the cost. The group also accepts donations. Mancuso said her biggest frustrations come from people who happen to drive by and criticize her treatment of the animals. “I don’t get sick of the work,” she says. “I get sick of the people.” She said passersby have complained that many of the horses remain outside all day,

but Mancuso believes this is a more natural lifestyle for a healthy animal. Mancuso also gets complaints from people who have driven by and seen horses lying down. While we are taught that a healthy horse never lies down, even to sleep, Mancuso says this is a misconception. Lucky Orphans offers riding programs for children on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and offers $10 riding lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Mancuso also encourages the public to stop by the farm and visit the horses. Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is located at 784 Chestnut Ridge Rd. in Millbrook. The organization can be reached at 845-416-8583. More information on the organization can be found at luckyorphans. weebly.com.

Health Reform Act Info The Dutchess County Office for the Aging will present a free program to inform senior citizens about how the Health Reform Act affects Medicare as well as an explanation of the changes to EPIC. The session will take place on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 11:15 a.m. at the Tri-Town Senior Friendship Center, located at the American Legion Hall, 1302 Overlook Rd., Poughkeepsie. The program is best suited for current Medicare beneficiaries and EPIC members, but everyone is invited. There is no cost, but space is limited. To register, call the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555.

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This week Harry Potter Trivia Adriance Library, 18 Bancroft Rd., Poughkeepsie, will host a Harry Potter Trivia Match on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 4-5 p.m., in the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Program Room. Questions will be based on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.â&#x20AC;? Call 845-485-3445, ext. 3320 for more information. Library Board Meeting The Board of Trustees of the Red Hook Public Library will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, to discuss library matters. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library, 845-758-3241. The library is located at 7444 S. Broadway in Red Hook. Oral History Techniques Amanda Kuhnert, personal historian, will present Preserving Personal and Family History Using Oral History Techniques on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. The event is free. For more information, call 845-876-2903. Meet Mike Kaplowitz Mike Kaplowitz, Democratic and Independence candidate for New York State Senate, will be meeting the Milan community on Friday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of Betti and Larry Steel, 475 Milan Hill Rd. This is an opportunity to meet the candidate and ask questions on the issues. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to attend, RSVP to 845-758-0112 or lsteel3@aol.com. Introduction to Computers for Adults The Clinton Community Library is offering an introductory-level instructional session to help adults acquire the basic skills on how to use a computer. The session is on Friday, Oct. 22 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clinton Community Library, 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). For more information and to sign up, call the Library at 845-266-5530. Pink Shabbat The Rhinebeck Jewish Center will host is first Pink Shabbat event on Friday, Oct. 22 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital lower-level conference room, 6511 Spring Brook Rd. A service will be held at 6:30

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Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club will meet Friday, Oct. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lower level of Clinton Town Hall, 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592. Fall Book Sale The Starr Library, 68 West Market St., Rhinebeck, will host its Fall Book Sale on Friday, Oct. 22 (noon-5 p.m.), Saturday, Oct. 23 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 24 (1-4 p.m.). Prices will start at 50 cents. Books on history, politics, biographies and special-interest books on gardening, animals, travel, cooking, decorating, health and more will be available. For more information, call 845-876-4030 or visit www.starrlibrary.org. Tea Room and Craft Fair St. James Church, 4526 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, will host its tea room and craft fair on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be over 20 vendors and raffles. Call 845-2292820 for further information. Mohegan Sun Trip On Saturday, Oct. 23, American Legion Post 429 will host a bus trip to Mohegan Sun Casino. Bus leaves at 7 a.m. and returns around 5:30 p.m. Cost is $45 (includes food coupon and $10 gambling coupon). Proceeds benefit the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. For reservations, call Mary at 845-758-5240 Murder CafĂŠ The Murder CafĂŠ theater group will bring their show to the Adriance Memorial Library rotunda, 18 Bancroft Rd., Poughkeepsie, on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. The show is being held as part of the POEkeepsie Big Read celebration. Because seating is limited, advance reservations are required. To place a reservation, mail or bring $35/person to PPLD (Poughkeepsie Public Library District), Adriance Memorial Library, Attn: Grace Haack, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie, 12601. No seats will be held without full payment. Project to End Prostate Cancer Hudson Valley Urology, a division of Premier Medical Group, has partnered with ZERO-The Project to End Prostate Cancer to organize a walk, to be held Oct. 24, on the Walkway Over the Hudson, beginning on the Highland side. Funds raised will be donated to prostate programs offered through the Dyson Cancer Center at Vassar Brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medical Center and the Eileen Hickey Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital. Teams of six who raise the most money will win prizes. To register for the walk, call Sinikka Sherwood at 845-437-3803. Registration is 9 to 9:45 a.m.; walk is from 10 to 11 a.m.; refreshments and awards are from 11 a.m. to noon. Registration is $15 a person, which includes a free shirt and goody bags. Children under 12 are free and all children receive a goody bag. Defensive Driving Course A defensive driving class will be held Tuesday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Oct. 28 (you must attend both nights) from 7 to 10 p.m. The class will be held at Roosevelt Fire Station 2, 265 Cream St., Poughkeepsie. Cost is $30. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Commissioner Yancy McArthur at 845-505-1108 or Craig Berry at 845-518-4980 for more information.

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OBITUARIES HELEN MARIE CZECH, RHINEBECK Helen Marie â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pinnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Czech, 98, a five year resident of the Baptist Home in Rhinebeck and formerly of the Fairview area of the Town of Poughkeepsie, died October 11, 2010. Born in Hamptonville, NY on April 4, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Joanna Connolly Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Day. A 1929 graduate of Maybrook High School, Helen went on to graduate from the former Vassar Brothers School of Nursing. Pinnie began her nursing career at Vassar Hospital and she also did some private duty nursing. After raising a family, she worked as an industrial nurse at Schatz Federal Bearing, Smith Brothers, and Alfa Laval until her retirement. In 1936, she married Louis Czech. He predeceased her in 1961. Mrs. Czech loved gardening and cooking and was a lifetime member of the Fairview Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. Pinnie is survived by her two sons, Roger Czech and wife, Suzanne, of Denver, Colorado, and Richard Czech and wife, Janet, of Salt Point; three grandchildren, Eric Czech and wife, Alison, Warren Hammond and wife, Cathy, and Nicole Short and husband, Steve; four great-grandchildren, Ashley and Kyle Short, and James and Willy Czech; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, John Francis Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Day; two sisters, Peg Flannery and Kate Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Day; and granddaughter, Jackie Czech. Calling hours were from 4 to 7 pm, Friday, October 15, 2010 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. James A. Garisto at 10 am, Saturday, October 16th at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish, Hudson View Drive, Poughkeepsie. Burial followed in the family plot in Union Cemetery of Hyde Park. Memorial donations may be made to The Baptist Home at Brookmeade, 46 Brookmeade Dr., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www. sweetsfuneralhome.com. JUDY C. SALVATORE, POUGHKEEPSIE Judy C. Salvatore, 62, a longtime Poughkeepsie resident, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at home following a long courageous battle with her declining health in recent years. Born in Poughkeepsie on August 22, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Warren T. Critchley Sr. and Dolores Faella Critchley Plymire. A graduate of F. D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, Judy was a homemaker. In Poughkeepsie on October 26, 1991, she married Jay Salvatore. Mr. Salvatore survives at home. Judyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family was very important to her. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Sherri Levy of Nashville, TN; three brothers, Warren Critchley and wife, Annie, of Hyde Park, Robert Critchley and wife, Elizabeth, of Dover Plains, and Michael Critchley and wife, Cindy, of Hyde Park; step-son, Jayson Salvatore of Poughkeepsie; stepdaughter, Erin Petronella and husband, John, of Poughkeepsie; step-son, Jack Salvatore III of Hyde Park; two grandchildren, Keilee Salvatore and John Thomas Petronella; step-mother, Kathleen Critchley of Poughkeepsie; sister-in-law, Dee Minard and husband, Darren, of Poughkeepsie; brother-in-law,

Butch Salvatore of Poughkeepsie; several nieces, nephews, and step-brothers and step-sisters; and an aunt, uncle, and several cousins. She is also survived by Renee Purdy, her granddaughter Keileeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother and close family member. She has always been there for Judy. Her grandchildren, Keilee and Lil John were the lights of her life. They meant the world to her and they gave Judy a reason to fight her illness. She was also very excited to have a grandchild â&#x20AC;&#x153;on the way.â&#x20AC;? In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Lance Allen Levy; and niece, Jenny Critchley. In keeping with Judyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation was from 2 to 6 pm, Sunday, October 17, 2010 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www. sweetsfuneralhome.com. PETRENA P. RANCICH, MILAN Petrena P. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patâ&#x20AC;? Rancich, 83, of Milan, NY, died Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. For many years she, along with her husband, were the owners and operators of Rock City Oil and Ed Rancich Plumbing and Heating. Pat attended St. Christopherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church in Red Hook. Born on June 29th, 1927, in New York, NY, she was the daughter of the late John and Magdalena (Reiska) Kralich. Pat married Edward Rancich on September 12, 1952 in North Bergen, NJ and he predeceased her on August 26, 1990. She is survived by a daughter; Sandra Rancich OMeara of Milan, NY, two sons; John E. Rancich of Ithaca, NY, and Thomas Rancich of Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard, MA, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister; Margie Schulyer. Funeral services were held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Red Hook, NY. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made in Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory to the Naval Special Warfare Foundation, PO Box 5965, Virginia Beach, VA 23471 Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, visit www.Burnett-White.com. JANET MAREAN YOUMANS, POUGHKEEPSIE Janet Marean Youmans, 82, died Thursday, October 14, 2010 at Vassar Bros. Medical Center. She was a former fifty-six year resident of Hyde Park. For the past four years, she has been a resident of the Hudson Valley Rehab. and Extended Care Center in Highland. A homemaker, Janet was active in the PTA, cub scouts, and boy scouts along with her children. She also enjoyed bowling and was a member of different leagues over the years. Mrs. Youmans loved to cook, listen to music, play the piano, and sing. Born in Binghamton on October 11, 1928, she was the daughter of the late William L. and Leila M. Harrington Lewis. On August 23, 1949 in Binghamton, she married Raymond C. Youmans Jr. Her husband predeceased her on January 28, 1993. She is survived by her son, William R. Youmans of Hyde Park; daughter, Barbara M. Youmans of > continued on next page


< continued from previous page Hyde Park; son, Raymond C. Youmans III of Durham, NY; two granddaughters, Kristen L. Youmans of Jacksonville, NC, and Kelly M. Classey and husband, Eric, of Hyde Park; and daughter-in-law, Christine Youmans of Highland. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her granddaughter, Stacy L. Youmans on June 10, 2007. Janet’s family would like to thank the caring staff at the Hudson Valley Rehab. and Extended Care Center and the Respiratory Care Unit, 4th floor, at Vassar Bros. Medical Center. There are no calling hours. Funeral services were held at 3 PM, Saturday, October 16, 2010 at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Rev. Chuck Kramer officiated. In accordance with Janet’s wishes, cremation will take place at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, or the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www. sweetsfuneralhome.com. DOROTHY V. TONEY, POUGHKEEPSIE Dorothy V. Toney, 86, a lifelong area resident previously of Hyde Park and Pleasant Valley, died Saturday, October 16, 2010 at home with her family by her side. Before raising a family, Mrs. Toney was a hairdresser and co-owner of the former Vassar Beauty Shop in Arlington for several years. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved flower gardening, travelling with family, playing cards, and she was a terrific cook, baker, and canner. Over the years she enjoyed watching her grandchildren and taking them on vacations. Mrs. Toney attended the First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley. Born in Poughkeepsie on May 25, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Augusta Stingle Rogers. She attended Arlington High School. On May 19, 1946 in the First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley, she married Marion E. Toney. Mr. Toney survives at home. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Christine Herring and husband, David, of Poughkeepsie; two grandchildren, Patrick and Nicole Herring; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters and six brothers. Calling hours were from 4 to 7 pm, Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Funeral services will be at 11 am, Wednesday, October 20th at the funeral home. Pastor Shawn Zanicky will officiate. Burial will follow in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www. sweetsfuneralhome.com LUELLA DECKER, LEEDS Luella Decker, 97, a longtime area resident and most recently of Leeds, NY, died Sunday, October 17, 2010 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, NY. Born on February 14, 1913, in Dorchester, MA, she was the daughter of the late George and Catherine (Waite) Pond. Luella married Clarence Decker and he predeceased her in 1970.

She is survived by two daughters; Peggy DiMare of Quincy, MA, and Jacqueline Speed of Leeds, NY, four sons; Donald Decker of Poughkeepsie, NY, Clifford Decker of Milan, NY, Kenneth Decker of Milan, NY, and Phillip Decker of Leeds, NY, a brother; Norman Pond of Tennessee, twenty five grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by two daughters; Beulah Combs, and Faith Culich, and a son; Clarence Decker. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on October 20, 2010 at Grace Bible Fellowship Church, Rhinebeck, NY. The Rev. Frank L. Cirone will officiate. Burial will be at Rock City Memorial Cemetery, Rhinebeck. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, visit www.Burnett-White.com. JOSEPH F. O’NEILL, COXSACKIE Joseph F. O’Neill, 80, a resident of Coxsackie and formerly of Hyde Park, NY, died Monday, October 18, 2010 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. Mr. O’Neill retired from the United States Postal Service after 22 years of service. Prior to the Postal Service, he worked for the National Cash Register Company. Joe was very active in his community. He was a member of the Fairview Men’s Club, former Vagabond Drum Corps of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie New Yorkers singing group, Poughkeepsie Moose Lodge #904 in Hyde Park, Warren Masonic Lodge # 32 in Schultzville, and the former Hyde Park Elks Club. He enjoyed boating and was a member of the Roger’s Point Boat Club in Hyde Park. He also enjoyed camping, model trains, fishing, and spending time with his family. Joe proudly performed as a Shriner clown known as “Mr. Pom Pom”, who raised money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Known as “Mr. Fix-it” amongst family and friends, Joe could fix just about anything. He proudly served in the United States Navy. Born in Floral Park, NY on St. Patrick’s Day in the year 1930, he was the son of the late Francis Xavier and Elizabeth Pulcaria O’Neill. He was a graduate of Hempstead High School. On April 24, 1953 in St. Martha’s Roman Catholic Church, Uniondale, Long Island, he married Joan Kusky. Mrs. O’Neill survives at home. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Susan Darice O’Neill of Grafton, NY, Theresa Michelle O’Neill and companion, John E. Becker, of Greenport, NY, Patricia Marie Damis of Torrington, CT, Kevin Michael O’Neill of Earlton, NY, and Kathleen Denise O’Neill – Becker and husband, David Becker, of Catskill, NY; seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his three sisters, Frances Hurley, Kay McCombs, and Betty Ann Wilkinson. In keeping with Joe’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm, Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Warren Lodge will conduct services at 7:30 pm during the visitation. A Memorial Service and celebration of Joe’s life will take place at 8 pm during the calling hours with Rev. James A. Garisto officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL, 33607. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www. sweetsfuneralhome.com.

NOTICE OF SALE. SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF GREENE - DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2005-HE2 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005HE2, Plaintiff, AGAINST TERESA D’ARCANGELIS, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly dated 9/17/2010, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Basement Lobby of the Greene County Courthouse, 320 Main Street, Village of Catskill, NY 12414 in the County of Greene, State of New York, on 11/12/2010 at 10:00 AM, premises known as 11 LAFAYETTE AVENUE, COXSACKIE, NY 12051. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Village and Town of COXSACKIE, County of Greene and State of New York, Section, Block and Lot: 56.15-3-41. Approximate amount of judgment $139,587.90 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #223/10. Jennifer A. Sandleitner, Referee, Steven J. Baum PC, Attorneys for Plaintiff, P.O. Box 1291, Buffalo, NY 14240-1291 Dated: 10/7/2010. C&C COMMUNITY LIVING, LLC; Articles of Organization filed 9/10/2010; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 10 Millbank Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name of LLC: D.A.M. Properties Development LLC. Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on August 23, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County. Principal Business Location: 305 Titusville Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603. Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 18 Pamela Road, Hopewell Junction, New York 12533. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF ORANGE - WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, AGAINST JOHN E. GUCK, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly dated 8/27/2010, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Orange County Government Center, Supreme Court Lobby 255-275 Main Street, Village of Goshen in the County of Orange, State of New York, on 11/12/2010 at 10:15 AM, premises known as 22 BLUMEL ROAD, MIDDLETOWN, NY 10941. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of WALLKILL, County of Orange and State of New York, Section, Block and Lot: 42-8-12. Approximate amount of judgment $305,271.35 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #7730/08. Angelo Ingrassia, Referee, Steven J. Baum PC, Attorneys for Plaintiff, P.O. Box 1291, Buffalo, NY 14240.

BROOKSIDE & BROOKSTONE, LLC; Articles of Organization filed 9/10/2010; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 10 Millbank Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Charles Tebbe, LLC. Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on April 7, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County. Principal Business Location: 35 Pine Woods Road, Hyde Park, New York 12538. Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13TH Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, New York 11228. CASA ELEVEN, LLC; Articles of Organization filed 9/17/2010; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 41 White Oaks Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) D & W Properties LLC Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on October 1, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County. Principal Business Location: 795 Dutchess Tpk, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603. Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to D & W Properties LLC, 795 Dutchess Tpk, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603.

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