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The massive Republican wave that swept over the country this week took out two Democratic incumbents thought to be secure. First-time Republican candidate Chris Gibson unseated Democrat Scott Murphy, who won a special election two years ago to fill the seat vacated by now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Murphy entered the campaign as a heavy favorite against political newcomer Gibson.

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The Dutchess County GOP had cause to celebrate Tuesday night, as three local Republican state legislators bucked the anti-incumbency trend that was the apparent downfall of many politicians elsewhere. Assemblymen Joel Miller and Marc Molinaro, as well as state Sen. Stephen

Saland, all appear to have easily won their respective re-election bids. “It’s gratifying when you realize the electorate is a lot smarter than some politicians give them credit for,” said Miller (R-Poughkeepsie), who defeated Democratic challenger Alyssa Kogon by nearly 5,000 votes in an election that saw


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Assemblyman Joel Miller thanks supporters following his victory. Photo by Christopher Lennon.


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The 46-year-old Kinderhook resident retired from a distinguished Army career in February and began campaigning for the 20th District seat shortly thereafter. Gibson worked tirelessly, advocating a platform of lower taxes, while Murphy supported the Obama-Pelosi legislative agenda. As recently as September, a Sienna College poll gave Murphy a 17-point lead over Gibson. But Murphy’s once-formidable lead seemed to fade as Gibson continued to hammer him on his flip-flop vote on President Obama’s healthcare bill. In his concession speech, Murphy said of the race, “I have no regrets. We always knew it was going to be a competitive race and we had a credible opponent. ” Recent financial filings show Murphy outspent Gibson considerably and raised $4.5 million to Gibson’s $1.1 million. Gibson spent a lot of time campaigning in Dutchess County and it appears to have paid off as Gibson tallied 15,761 votes in Dutchess County to Murphy’s 14,940. Murphy will leave office after only 19 months by virtue of the time it took to determine the winner in his earlier race. Gibson was gracious in victory, praising Murphy’s success as a small businessman and entrepreneur. Gibson said he hoped Murphy would be part of creating new jobs in the 20th District. Looking ahead, Gibson said simply, “We’re not going to balance the budget by raising taxes.” In the 19th Congressional District, another political newcomer defeated twoterm Congressman John Hall handily.

Republican Nan Hayworth is a doctor and effectively contested Hall concerning his support of ObamaCare and other Democratic priorities. Speaking to an exuberant crowd of supporters at the Hotel Sierra in Fishkill, Hayworth said, “It’s not radical to be concerned about lower taxes and out-ofcontrol federal spending. Look around at all your fellow radicals.” Like Murphy, Hall just couldn’t shake his association with the agenda articulated by the president and Nancy Pelosi. The only local Democratic congressman to prevail in this very Republican year was Maurice Hinchey. The 36-year Legislative veteran easily defeated a second challenge from Republican George Phillips. The oftenoutspoken legislator seemed to defy the odds as Democrats with far less liberal baggage fell by the wayside. Lost in the drama of these races were the almost anti-climatic victories on the state level. Andrew Cuomo prevailed easily against a severely diminished Carl Paladino for governor. There was a noticeable lack of enthusiasm for Cuomo, but Paladino’s often-erratic behavior doomed his campaign months ago. In New York’s Senate races, Democrats Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand had little difficulty defeating their Republican opponents. Many observers are left to wonder why the Republican Party didn’t field more formidable candidates in this very Republican year.


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more than 35,000 voters hit the polls, according to unofficial results posted by the Dutchess County Board of Elections. Miller – who this election season blamed the Assembly’s well-publicized recent troubles on a failed Democratic majority that excluded Republicans at a cost to upstate New Yorkers – seemed confident things will change in Albany. “I think we’ve turned the corner, somewhat like the American Revolution, where George Washington lost every battle but won the war,” he said. Molinaro (R-Red Hook) also seems to have easily cruised to victory over his opponent, Democrat Susan Tooker. According to the Dutchess County Board of Elections, in Dutchess County, Molinaro had 19,304 votes to Tooker’s 8,556. The Assembly district, though, is in Dutchess and Columbia counties, and election results from Columbia were not available before press time. Molinaro, though, is the apparent winner. He delivered a charged-up victory speech at a celebration for Republican candidates at the Eveready Diner in Hyde Park on Election Night. “New Yorkers have spoken loud and clear, and it’s a good night to be a Dutchess County Republican,” Molinaro exclaimed. “We’re going to return the power of New York State back to the people of New York State.” Saland (R-Poughkeepsie), who this year faced a tough and well-funded challenge from Democrat Didi Barrett, ended the night with 40,961 votes to Barrett’s 27,327 in Dutchess County.






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Results from Columbia County were not available before press time, but Saland appears to have won the race. “The Hudson Valley and upstate New York will be back at the table,” he told supporters Tuesday night. Late Tuesday night, Barrett released a statement that said, in part, “I’m disappointed in the outcome, obviously, but I encourage my supporters not to lose hope and to continue to fight to make their voices heard, no matter who is in office.” Elsewhere in the Hudson Valley, it seems most other local incumbent legislators were returned to their posts. Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston), whose district includes the Town of Rhinebeck, defeated his challenger, Republican Peter Rooney of Port Ewen, according to media reports. Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Newburgh), whose district includes the cities of Poughkeepsie and Beacon, also defeated his Republican challenger, Thomas Kirwan. As of press time, it is still too early to definitively determine if there has been a change in the majority in either house of the state Legislature, but early indications are that Democrats held their majorities in the Senate and Assembly. On Tuesday evening, Miller said he had heard from Republican leaders, who reported Republicans had picked up three seats in the Assembly, which would not be enough to supplant Democrats’ overwhelming majority. Miller said, though, he would be happy if Republicans ended the evening with more than 50 seats in the Assembly, saying it would keep Democrats from “pushing around” the minority with automatic overrides. In the Senate, where Democrats currently hold a 32-30 majority, it appears things will remain the same. The New York Times is reporting that while it appears the GOP picked up two Democratic seats, Democrats picked up two Republican seats, keeping the balance of power in place for the time being.


Our beloved prognosticator Jim Langan held off a strong challenge from Editor Chris Lennon and Jim’s cocker spaniel Yaz, by correctly picking eight out of 10 races Tuesday night. Chris and Yaz were barking at Jim’s heel with seven each. Yaz issued a statement saying, “Hey, I got Hinchey right, unlike Jim and Chris.”

DAYTOP CONSIDERING CHANGES Rhinebeck home-invasion victim taking fight to the state BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON A week after an explosive Rhinebeck Town Board meeting that had residents divided over the Daytop drug rehabilitation facility’s operations in the community, the victims of a homeinvasion robbery committed by a former Daytop resident say they are taking their concerns to the state. Concerns over Daytop have been raised since Sept. 10, when 22-year-old Daytop resident Justin Tadiello managed to leave the property at night and break into the home of Rhonda and Pete Hammond while they and members of their family were sleeping. The Hammonds and other residents have taken issue with the fact that Tadiello, a convicted felon, was being housed at Daytop as an “alternative to incarceration” and that he was able to easily leave the facility at night and enter a residential neighborhood. Last week, dozens of residents spoke at a Rhinebeck Town Board meeting, some saying Daytop has devolved into a repository for convicted criminals, and others saying the facility’s residents contribute much to the Rhinebeck community. Now, Hammond says she is taking her concerns to the state level. “We plan to keep this going,” she said. “We plan on holding Daytop’s feet to the fire.” Hammond says the overarching issue is the state court system and the fact that courts are placing convicted criminals in drug rehab facilities in residential neighborhoods. “Let’s face it, this is (a problem with) the court system,” she said. “New York State needs to pass legislation to keep this from happening in a residential area.” Hammond says she has reached out to Assemblymen Marc Molinaro and Kevin Cahill, as well as Sen. Steve Saland. She said Molinaro and Saland have agreed to look into the issue and she is waiting to hear back from Cahill. She is also encouraging residents with similar concerns to speak up. “This is about the safety of the town,” Hammond said. “Going to town board meetings and letting your representatives know how you feel is very important.” During last week’s meeting, Steve Winston, Daytop’s senior vice president for legal affairs general counsel, said he would

take residents’ concerns to Daytop CEO Michael Dailey and report back to Town Supervisor Tom Traudt within 24 hours. In a telephone interview Monday, Winston said he did speak with Dailey and leave a message for Traudt the day after the meeting, though the two have yet to speak. He said, though, that Dailey was receptive to suggestions made at the meeting. Winston also said he plans on attending the next Rhinebeck Town Board meeting. Winston said one of the ideas that had been discussed is Daytop should stop accepting A1-class felons. He said this is a reasonable request. “Right now, I don’t see why we wouldn’t do that,” he said. He said Daytop is also considering reconstituting an advisory committee made up of Rhinebeck residents and high-level Daytop staffers. He said the committee operated for some time but dissolved with the death of its chairwoman, Rhinebeck resident Madeleine Post. Winston said, though, it is not realistic to say Daytop will stop accepting all convicted criminals at its facility. “Daytop will continue to accept people approved by the court system,” he said. “The majority of people who require treatment have been through the court system.” He added, though, Daytop does not accept clients convicted of violent or sexual offenses. Traudt says he likes the idea of reconstituting the advisory committee. “The community and the town have to be involved in the process somehow,” he said. Traudt also said he’d like to get a better understanding of what Daytop considers a violent crime. County Legislator Joel Tyner (D-Clinton, Rhinebeck) said he’s also spoken with Winston and was pleased to hear Daytop seems willing to stop accepting A1class felons and reconstitute the advisory committee. “That’s a step in the right direction,” Tyner said. Tyner, who said he is “not ready to say Daytop needs to be shut down,” said he will host a public forum on the subject on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. at Rhinebeck Town Hall. He says he’s invited the Hammonds and Winston to attend. “I’m hoping to shed more light than heat on this issue,” he said.

Finally, Tyner said he’s planning on circulating a letter to his fellow county legislators that states any non-profit organization that accepts public funds should take measures to make sure local

communities are kept safe. While he admits this would be nonbinding, Tyner said it could “send a message that our communities need to be protected.”

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Taste of the Hudson Valley to be held Sunday BY HV NEWS STAFF The Taste of the Hudson Valley, will be held this weekend, offers guests the opportunity to sample food from some of the region’s top restaurants paired with world-renowned wines. The event, now in its 22nd year, is different from other food festivals. More than 50 executive chefs from a variety of restaurants will prepare two dishes, which are specifically paired with different wines from around the world. Some of the restaurants participating in the Taste of the Hudson Valley include Coppola’s of Hyde Park, Bull and Buddha, Gourmet To Go at Slammin’ Salmon, Amici’s, The Grandview, Hyde Park Brewing Company, Neko Sushi, Shadows On The Hudson, Terrapin, Twist and many more. Wines featured at the event will come from France, Italy, Argentina, South Africa, Germany, California and the Finger

Lakes region, among others. All wine is procured by Viscount Wines and Liquor of Wappingers Falls. Live music will be performed by the Michael Dell Orchestra throughout the event. Live and silent actions will be held, featuring items like autographed memorabilia from baseball’s Mariano Rivera and author J.K. Rowling, travel excursions, fine gifts and world-class wines. The event is sponsored by the St. Francis Health Care Foundation and all proceeds will fund a variety of ongoing projects at St. Francis Hospital. The event will be held Sunday, Nov. 7, from noon to 4 p.m., at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. For more information and tickets, call 845-431-8787 or visit



Dutchess County will thank all local veterans who honorably served their country during the Fifth Annual Dutchess County Veterans Appreciation Day. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the Roosevelt Library and Home in Hyde Park. The event will take place from noon until 3 p.m. The highlight of the event will be a medal presentation ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. “Our Veterans Appreciation Day event puts the spotlight on our local heroes, the men and women who have served our country,” said County Executive William Steinhaus in a press release. “We can come together as a community to say ‘thank you’ to all of our local veterans for their sacrifices in defense of our freedom and liberty.” During the event, representatives from federal, state and local agencies will provide information on services available to veterans, including health BY HV NEWS STAFF The ceremony will be held at the benefits, employment assistance, home On Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, a ceremony will be held in Hyde Park to monument outside Hyde Park Town Hall loan programs, county services and more. There will also be entertainment honor veterans and current servicemen and beginning at 10:45 a.m. and refreshments throughout the day. women fighting to defend our country. Attendees will receive free admission to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum as well as a complimentary

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Congressman Scott Murphy and Hyde Park resident Linda Helbing chat at the Eveready Diner in Hyde Park. Helbing said, “I’m scared to death about this election,” but planned to vote for Murphy. Photo by Jim Langan.

FLYNN KEEPS COUNCIL SEAT IN STANFORD SPECIAL ELECTION BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Republican Chris Flynn will hold his seat on the Stanford Town Board for at least one more year. Flynn won a special election to finish the unexpired term of former Councilwoman Virginia Stern, who was elected town supervisor last year. Flynn was appointed to the seat earlier this year and will now hold the seat for one more year. Flynn ended the night with 787 votes to Democratic challenger Charles Hanlon’s 525, according to unofficial results posted by the Dutchess County Board of Elections. “I’m glad I ran a clean campaign,” Flynn said early Wednesday morning. “It paid off.

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viewing of the film “FDR Voices for Change,” a film about the Social Security Act. At 2 p.m., Steinhaus will present local veterans with medals earned for their service in the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. More than 30 medals and certificates will be presented, including two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. “It is truly an honor to see our veterans presented with the commendations and honors they have earned,” said Steinhaus. “It is a privilege to be able to join them, along with all of their family and friends, and see the pride in their eyes as their medals are pinned on their chest.” “We are so proud of each and every man and woman who has served and is currently serving in our military,” added Veterans Service Agency Director Nelson Eddy Rivera. “This event lets us celebrate their service and gives us an opportunity to share information about the wealth of services available to our veterans and their families.” The event is open to all veterans, their families and the general public. For further information, contact the Dutchess County Veterans Service Agency at 845486-2060 or visit

“I look forward to the next year,” he added. As of now, Flynn says he plans on running for re-election for the seat next year, when he will run for a full two-year term. Last year, Flynn challenged Stern for the town supervisor post. He was appointed to the vacant town council seat after weeks of disagreement between the two Republicans and two Democrats on the board over who should fill the remainder of Stern’s former council seat. For the next year, Republicans will maintain their 3-2 majority on the Stanford Town Board.



Congratulations! Consolations!

Better to let go of the campaign rhetoric, too. We all know – by the peculiarities of our political system – how strange and heated and downright dishonest campaigns have become. It may be one thing to campaign angry, but don’t govern angry. Finally, to the winners, I offer these words of advice given by one of my seminary professors. Always remember that you are a temporary fixture. Whether you are there for one term or several, in the end, you will be replaced – try to wear your authority lightly. Always remember you serve those who vehemently opposed you just as much as those who campaigned for you. So has it always been, so shall it always be. To those who did not win, let me offer a few words of consolation. First, remember that your party probably did win some races. Focus on the positive, on what you did well and what can be achieved with the hand you now hold. It is rarely as bleak as we think it is at the time. Remember also that elections come roughly every two years. You have time to rethink your positions, re-craft your message and perhaps take some time to think about what people were saying that made the elections go a different way than you might like. Humility means holding your positions lightly, being willing to learn and reconsider old assumptions. In the meantime, be assured that your party will become the dominant party at some future time, probably sooner than you might think. So has it always been, so shall it ever be. And please, do try to work with the winners. Even as kids we knew that nobody liked a sore loser. Finding common ground is as important for those in the minority as it is for the majority. For all of us, win, lose or don’t give a darn, there is one other truth to bear in mind. The sun rose this morning. It will rise tomorrow morning, too. Despite millennia of political upheaval far more tumultuous than anything we have encountered this year, the sun has continued to rise and set, bringing the seasons’ changes, the good fruits of the earth, and the World Series. Which is just a longish way of saying God did a pretty good job in creating – and our poor, often self-serving efforts to mess things up will not prevail. God continues to be God, and the earth continues to feed us – and despite us, we are still given the chance each new day to bring just a little more light to the lives around us. So has it always been, so shall it always be.

Just about now, many of you are opening your eyes to new political realities. There are winners and there are losers. So has it always been, so shall it ever be. The fact that this column is written well before the election itself does not change this fact. They’ve been throwing the bums out and simultaneously keeping the experienced old hands for as long as there have been elections in this country. Whether you are here to rejoice or lick your wounds, however, I am here to support you and offer both consolation and temperance. These are words that could just as easily be applied to all areas of life. If you are rejoicing at the results, congratulations! It always feels good when your candidate(s) win. You might feel like your hard work has paid off. You might think maybe things will change for the better after all. You might even think that government is finally going to do the things you want. Good! After you come down from the election high, however, do take a deep breath and recognize a couple of sobering realities. First, your party will probably not have taken every office that was open. The likelihood is that politicians in your party will have to work with politicians in the other party (parties). It is a heavy burden to work with those who have such differing views, but in politics – as in life – when you involve other people, disagreement, sometimes fundamental, is inevitable. How we treat each other in the midst of disagreement is what counts. So has it always been, so shall it ever be. That means no party truly has what they so popularly call a “mandate.” These mandates seem to fly around from party to party, from election cycle to election cycle, each winner thinking they have full support to push their agenda. I’ve been a pastor for a long time, and church isn’t all that different from politics – anyone who thinks their agenda is the only one (or the only one that counts), is kidding themselves. Better The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. to approach governing with humility and understand how fragile the privilege is to James Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@ serve your community.


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A Hyde Park man was recently arrested for possessing prescription drugs and a weapon, as well as other charges, according to Hyde Park Police. According to police, on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 5:19 p.m., Officer Daniel Montalto stopped a vehicle on White Oaks Road for a vehicle and traffic violation. The driver, Donald A. Coluccio, 41, of Hyde Park, was asked to produce required documents, and when he opened his center console, Montalto observed a butterfly knife, according to police. Police say when Coluccio was asked about the weapon, he opened the knife while in the vehicle, prompting Montalto to order him to put the knife down and step out of the vehicle. Hyde Park Police Officer Kevin Watts and a state trooper also arrived at the scene and Coluccio was patted down, according to police. Police say Coluccio then became somewhat upset with officers and was handcuffed. Officers say they then located a

hypodermic needle and a glass “crack stem” on his person, as well as several pills later identified as OxyContin and Xanax. It was also determined Coluccio’s driver’s license was suspended. Coluccio was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor; two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class-A misdemeanor; criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class-A misdemeanor; and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. He was released and is due in Hyde Park Justice Court on Nov. 16.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Kim M. Ellsworth, 37, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Oct. 23 for operating with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. • Kristen A. Sage, 23, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Oct. 25 for aggravated unlicensed operation third degree, a misdemeanor.


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There are few constants in the universe. Some say that death and taxes sums it up completely, while others more scientifically minded might argue the fine-structure constant, which governs the electromagnetic force holding all atoms and molecules together, is the only constant. But if there is one constant that has governed human life throughout the ages, it would have to be entropy. Entropy, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder.” In other words, entropy is the process by which things fall apart. Entropy is a fact of life that most of us face on a daily basis. For example, if we do not maintain our automobile engines, they will eventually fail to run. Our houses could

be described as “money pits” because of the financial burden of staving off entropy. Last week, my wife brought home a brand-new coffee maker that broke on the first brewing – entropy hit us a little early that time. Most of us would consider these instances just part of modern life’s inconveniences. However, when entropy hits a little higher up on the food chain, it can be cause for a slightly higher level of nervousness. The process of entropy has been evident in quite a few significant (and possibly world-altering) instances over the past few months. First of all, we should all agree that when it comes to the safety and security of our nuclear arsenal, the concept of entropy can be a terrifying thought. How can we all feel safe and secure in our lives if we consider that humans built, and are responsible for maintaining, our nuclear security systems, and those systems have the power to eradicate all life on Earth. Human error and casual attitudes are a driving force in the trend towards disorder – and human error seems to be a universal constant as well. According to a new memoir by retired Gen. Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for a period of several months during 2000, President Bill Clinton


lost the card that contains the codes for a nuclear-missile launch. For several months in a row, aides for the president told the Pentagon that Clinton had the codes and that all was well. The Pentagon officials, tasked with the security of the nuclear arsenal, never thought to press the matter further. According to the general, the nuclear launch system is a well-devised and thoroughly sophisticated process that keeps the launch codes secure and prevents an accident of any nature. However, despite every precaution and the best intentions of all involved, no one considered the possibility that the president of the United States would lose the codes and therefore put the entire process (and possibly the nation) at risk. In this case, even at the highest levels of authority, things fell apart. Last week, it was discovered that for a period of 45 minutes, the U.S. Air Force lost communication controls with 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) armed with nuclear warheads. Apparently, a power failure sent the command center into crisis mode and when the power returned, multiple error codes appeared on the computer control system and technicians were unable to establish communications with the ICBMs. The Air Force assured

President Obama and the press that at no time were the missiles in danger of accidental launch, but it seems reasonable to assume that there might have been a little luck involved in our national security at the time. To believe with absolute certainty that nothing devastating could have happened in those 45 minutes is incredibly naïve – the week before the military was certain it could never lose control of the weapons in the first place. In situations where entropy is operative, no one ever believes the worst will happen and no one ever intends that it should happen – it just happens. Witness the destruction of the BP oil rig, Deepwater Horizon. Certainly the executives of BP, all the way down to the engineers, didn’t intend such a disaster and promised us it would never happen. But human error and entropy are constants of the universe and eventually after rolling the dice on deepwater drilling for many years, disorder finally had its day. As Gen. Shelton wrote in his memoir, “You can do whatever you can and think you have an infallible system, but somehow someone always seems to find a way to screw it up.” Jonathan Smith can be reached at

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Thugs continue to play games with the budget, giving residents only a few days to examine it before the public hearing. Bottom line is a big tax hike from these “fiscal conservatives” and the actual budget has more omissions than Martino’s resume.




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Sen. Steve Saland and Assemblyman Marc Molinaro compare notes two days before the election at the Elks Club in Poughkeepsie. Both men were re-elected on Tuesday. Photo by Jim Langan.

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Given we’ve decided to publish on Thursday in order to include full coverage of all our local races, I thought it might be fun to write about it as it unfolds. Presumably, there will be a few twists and turns as the evening/ morning progresses. Let’s start with Tuesday morning. I was contacted by Chris Gibson’s campaign that Chris would be at the Eveready Diner at 10:30 a.m. A last-minute change had Chris joining Assemblyman Marc Molinaro, Sen. Steve Saland and several Hyde Park board members in the parking lot in front of the abandoned Amish Market. Needless to say, I would never have known without the Gibson people because the creepy local Republicans won’t tell me anything. That’ll really pay off next November, won’t it? That’s on you, Republican Town Committee, allowing Martino and Baby Huey to dictate access to the only local paper anybody really reads. Gibson was given a rousing introduction by Saland and Molinaro and then proceeded to fire up the troops. Molinaro confided to me he thought Gibson would win by “double digits.” I chatted with Chris after and he was kind enough to thank me and Hudson Valley News for the fair and balanced coverage we’ve given his race with incumbent Congressman Scott Murphy. Later in the day, I caught up with Murphy at Didi Barrett’s campaign headquarters. There were only a few people there and I couldn’t understand why he was wasting his time. He should have been at a train station grabbing commuters on their way home. That’s one of the many reasons I think he’ll lose tonight. I’m watching the early returns on TV before heading out. Looks like a long night for Democrats. The CNN and MSNBC talking heads look like they want to cry. Next stop is Didi Barrett’s headquarters in Hyde Park, where local Democrats have gathered. A lot of the usual suspects were in attendance, from former Hyde Park Supervisor Pompey Delafield to current Receiver of Taxes Nancy Sheehan. Democrat Sheehan tells me she is the only town employee not getting a raise

OPINION from the Hyde Park Town Board. More people not politics, I suppose. Assemblyman Joel Miller’s opponent, Alyssa Kogon, and her husband, arrived looking a tad apprehensive but pleased at having run an aggressive campaign. Barrett tells me she looked at her watch at 9 p.m. and realized the polls were closed and she had done all she could do. An early return from Hudson has Barrett in the lead and elicits a big cheer, but it doesn’t last long. Barrett supporters gathered around the TV watching national returns and it was disturbing to see people hissing at Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin when they popped up. There seemed to be a lot of hate there and a lot of those hissing were awfully young to be that angry. By 10 p.m., defeat was in the air and both Barrett and Kogon disappeared into the back room to confer with their staffers. People began quietly exiting the building, so I headed to the Eveready Diner to check on the Republicans. As was true at the earlier Gibson event, dour Hyde Park Supervisor Tom Martino was there, but never interacted with anyone. He is a bizarre individual so out of place as a politician or leader. There, Republicans were understandably upbeat moments later as Joel Miller, Marc Molinaro and Steve Saland filed in. Democrats are going to be hard pressed finding people to run against these three guys in 2012. Some crazy woman came up to me and started railing about my not being a real Republican. I’ve seen her before, but I thought a trip to the bar made more sense than engaging this nut job in conversation. Apparently, she and some of the other loonies there think you’re only a good Republican if you agree with them. The fact that I worked in the Nixon White House and ran for office once as a Republican seems lost on this bunch. Then it was time to focus on the Congressional races and I made a few calls. Maurice Hinchey, who was thought to be in trouble, was winning easily. As I write this, Nan Hayworth looks like she’s going to be sending Congressman John Hall back to the recording studio. But it’s Chris Gibson’s win over Scott Murphy that has my attention. Col. Gibson was in the Army this time last year and in January will be front and center as a U.S. congressman listening to the State of the Union Address. He and his team did a remarkable job of introducing this admirable man to the district and taking out a wellfinanced Pelosi-Obama liberal in Scott

Murphy. Murphy had the support of most Democrats on an agenda-driven level, but seemed to have difficulty connecting with independents and Republicans. Molinaro was right. This morning, it looks like a doubledigit Gibson win. Oh my God, all the air has just gone out of my balloon. Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown just won California and it’s getting worse. The odious Harry Reid has just been declared

the winner in Nevada. How do voters in Nevada return this guy to the Senate with an unemployment rate of 15% and a foreclosure rate off the charts? The only person who feels worse about Reid’s victory is Chuck Schumer, who had already measured the drapes in the majority leader’s office. So maybe it’s not so bad! Good night. Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@


Winnakee Land Trust is now applying to the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission for accreditation. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. This is a tremendous step in Winnakee’s growth. As part of the process, the commission asks that the public submit comments about Winnakee’s work in land protection and in the community. To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, anyone interested may visit Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring St., Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on Winnakee Land Trust’s application will be most useful by Jan. 7, 2011. Accreditation announces to the public that Winnakee Land Trust is operating at the highest standard in all its transactions. We’re looking forward to being listed nationally among accredited land trusts, and we hope that Winnakee’s members and others in the communities we serve will provide some feedback. If you have questions about Winnakee, please give us a call at 845-876-4213 or e-mail Lucy Hayden Executive Director Winnakee Land Trust


The new voting system is far inferior to any other voting system I have seen or can imagine. First, the lighting in the booth was so dim I could barely read the ballot. Second, I was not given a privacy envelope and there were none in the booth. Third, hand marking a ballot is the slowest possible way to cast votes. Thus, it took me at least quadruple the time to cast my votes than with any other system I’ve ever used. This is a regression in our voting system, from mechanical back to manual. Has anyone responsible for this new system ever seen or used a physical or on-screen keyboard? Steve Hubbert Rhinebeck

Express Yourself. The Hudson Valley News isn’t interested in a one-way dialogue, nor do we think we’ve cornered the market on opinion and good ideas. That’s where we hope you come in. If you have a reaction to one of our stories or one of our columnists, let us know. Your opinion counts with us. Don’t confine your pontificating to the dinner table or the water cooler, share your thoughts with the rest of us. It’s easy. Write us at Hudson valley news | | november 4, 2010 {7}

PRELIMINARY HYDE PARK BUDGET RAISES TAXES 15% … OR MORE? BY CAROLINE CAREY The town of Hyde Park’s preliminary 2011 budget was submitted on Oct. 31 by Supervisor Tom Martino and highlights a 14.98% increase in taxes for 2011 over 2010. There are numerous errors in the budget and supporting schedules, which when corrected would suggest an actual net increase of 18.15%. The budget lists total revenues of $11,574,731. Revenues from sales tax, playground fees and building permits (amongst others) are projected to increase over the prior year’s budget, despite the troubled economy. It is difficult to understand this assumption when the actual results this year do not support that the town is likely to meet the 2010 budget (for example, 2010 estimated revenues from sales tax was $950,000, actual year-to-date is $245,168, and the 2011 preliminary is $964,060). Another revenue item, transfer from capital projects, is $78,000. However, this was a one-time occurrence in 2010 from funds left over from a road bond borrowing and is not revenue in 2011. Estimated appropriations increased $521,000 from the adopted 2010 budget to the 2011 preliminary budget. Some of the departmental increases are: office of town clerk increase of $65,000 (including a $10,000, or 25%, raise for the town clerk), Town attorney increase of $43,000 and central data processing increase of $18,000. The budget includes a new lieutenant position for the police, which the board vigorously opposed and abolished in the

spring in a 4-1 vote. The budget no longer includes funding for a full-time police chief, which contradicts a commitment made to Chief Charles Broe by Martino and was included in an earlier version of the budget. There is also no provision in the budget for the costs and related financing expenses for the ongoing HVAC and roof improvements at town hall, which are considerable. There are many discrepancies and errors throughout the budget that need to be corrected before taxpayers will know what the true tax increase is. It is also instructive to note that funding for the volunteer Conservation Advisory Council has been totally eliminated. The previous funding of $500 has been reduced to zero. This would appear to be an intentional slight and payback for CAC Chairwoman Emily Svenson opposing the board’s decision to repeal the Water Resource Act. A final clarification is that this budget uses $100,000 from the town’s fund balance (reserve for unforeseen expenses). If the town board does not use this $100,000 towards balancing the budget, the increase in taxes would be 17.23%. The town’s use of this $100,000 will result in the fund balance at the end of 2011 being 11% of appropriations, well below the 15% recommended by the Office of the State Comptroller. A copy of the 2011 Preliminary Budget is available from the office of the Hyde Park Town Clerk. There will be a public hearing on the proposed budget Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at town hall.

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BY JIM LANGAN • I don’t really care what went on with Charlie Sheen and the porn star at the Plaza, although I’m pretty sure I’d be receiving visitors at Rikers Island if I pulled a stunt like that. It’s probably fair to say all involved played according to type. Here’s my issue with Charlie and other Hollywood hipsters. Lose the porkpie hats. You’re not black or Frank Sinatra and you look ridiculous. • Here’s something for Grandma to consider when doing a little prep work for Thanksgiving. The family of an 81-yearold Boynton Beach, Florida grandmother won a jury award against Comcast Communications for an incident that occurred last Thanksgiving. Sidell Reiner was alone preparing food when she cut herself and began bleeding profusely. She mistakenly dialed 0 for help but instead of reaching the Comcast Communications Center, the call was outsourced to another company that didn’t have access to customers’ information or addresses. The operator couldn’t determine where Reiner was calling from. The panicked and confused Reiner bled to death and was found later by her son. • Cops nabbed a 12-year-old thug in training as he attempted to rob a woman near the Poughkeepsie train station. The little cretin had a BB pistol and is lucky the cop didn’t show him what a real gun can do. As they say, they sure grow up fast in these parts! • Former Gov. George Pataki ventured out of his crypt in Peekskill long enough to attend a spaghetti dinner in Tivoli on Friday night. I wonder if his appearance had anything to do with Halloween. Actually, it was an event for Assemblyman Marc Molinaro. • Was it just me or did President Obama jump in front of the TV cameras a little too eagerly over that airport security scare? I’m sure he wasn’t trying to look presidential in advance of a crucial midterm election.

• The Louisiana State Museum in the French Quarter has opened a Katrina exhibit featuring photos from the flood and “depictions of the science behind the causes like global warming and coastal erosion.” Oh, please, it was a hurricane, folks, and your city was horribly prepared Didi Barrett campaign workers anxiously watch the election returns Tuesday to deal with it. Move on. night. Barrett’s early lead quickly evaporated as incumbent Sen. Steve Saland won convincingly. Photo by Jim Langan. {8} november 4, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

• You’ll be happy to know there’s no recession in the fabulous world of politics. The Center for Responsive Politics estimates the 2010 mid-term Congressional election will cost nearly $4 billion. The previous record was $2.85 billion in 2006. • Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis said last week that some of her elderly constituents have told her they’re planning to die before Dec. 31, when the onerous federal estate tax is reinstated. People on dialysis and other life-extending medical treatments don’t want their life’s work and savings taken by the government. The tax was eliminated by Congress in 2008 in a convoluted standoff. Democrats have reinstated it as of Jan. 1, 2011 and will tax estates over $1 million at 55%. Now that’s a dilemma! • I tried watching that Jon Stewart/ Stephen Colbert rally from Washington over the weekend and I just didn’t get it. It was a long way to travel to listen to Sheryl Crow and a bunch of self-important bands I never heard of and the Stewart/Colbert shtick seemed forced and wasn’t funny. Maybe I’m just old. • Hit a couple of Halloween political events Sunday. Congressman Scott Murphy was working the Eveready Diner in Hyde Park. No one seemed to recognize him and at one point, he was chatting with a waiter dressed up as the Cookie Monster. His and his wife’s body language told me they think they’re going to lose to Chris Gibson. • Ran into Sen. Steve Saland at a pancake breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Elks Club Sunday. The good senator was not amused that I had picked him to lose to Didi Barrett and let me know. “You are so wrong, Jim. My internal polls tell me I will win big.” I told him it wouldn’t be the first time I’d been wrong. I told him I once turned down a job personally offered to me by Ronald Reagan in 1980 because I didn’t think he could win. Saland said he’d be in good company then. • Democrat State Senate candidate Jenny Oropeza handily defeated her Republican challenger Tuesday despite having croaked on Oct. 20. Deomcrats sent out a mailer saying “Republicans were trying to take advantage of Jenny’s death.” Voters now have to foot the bill for a special election in the district that includes L.A. and Long Beach.

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Saturday, Nov. 6, 5-8 p.m. Shared opening reception. An exhibit featuring the artwork of ASK Executive Director, Vindora Wixom is on view in the Main Gallery; the Lounge Gallery features “Animal House,” a members’ exhibition. Both exhibitions will run until Nov. 27. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331.

Five students of the Bard College Graduate Vocal Arts Program are coming together to present a timely and thoughtful concert of songs that celebrate the immigrant experience, with a diverse line-up of songs from Bernstein and Dylan to African American spirituals. We joined the singers (sopranos Clarissa Lyons and Ilana Zarankin, mezzo soprano Nian Wang and bass baritone Leroy Davis) and pianist Michael Bukhman to watch them practice in a small rehearsal room in Ward Manor Gatehouse on the Bard College campus. Water bottles lined the window sills, and the piano seemed to take up half of the space. Still, Lyons, Zarankin, Nian and Davis moved around gamely, singing the dynamic “America” from “West Side Story.” The concert is the product of the graduate students’ hard work and effort – in addition to conceiving of the project, deciding what songs to sing and rehearsing, the > continued on next page


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 a free art workshop at Kingston Library for kids ages 4-12 on Oct. 30. For more information and a complete list of events, go to Deep Listening Institute, the Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell St., Ste. 303, Kingston. Annual Fair Trade Bazaar Nov. 6-7: Find fair trade coffee and chocolate, fine jewelry, carved wooden bowls, woven baskets, pottery, beautiful clothing, exotic musical instruments or fabric designs. Producers include Equal Exchange, SERRV and Women’s Work. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Aula at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-4013.

Christmas in November Antique Show and Flea Market Nov. 6-7: Meet Santa Claus and enter to win door prizes. More than 600 exhibitors sell antiques, collectibles, new merchandise, arts and crafts. Food court. Rain or shine. No pets. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. No entrance fee. Stormville Airport, 428 Rte. 216, Stormville. 845-221-6561.

FILM 2010 Italian Film Festival Through Dec. 7. Tuesday, Nov. 9: “Flying Lessons” (Archibugi, 2007). All films begin at 6:30 p.m. Screenings are 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.

THEATER “Almost, Maine” Through Nov. 7: The romantic comedy where the unexpected happens is named after a fictitious town in the far northern reaches of

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students had to secure a location for the concert, write a program â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Want To Live In America: with notes, produce promotional A Songfest of Journey and images and, of course, reach out to local media to get the word out Discoveryâ&#x20AC;? about their show. 4:30 p.m. | Sunday, Nov. 7 The effect of having to take care Free admission of every aspect, explained Lyons, The Rhinecliff made the singers aware of all the details of presenting a musical 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff performance. The students began 845-399-5252 preparing their concert in earnest in early September â&#x20AC;&#x201C; judging by the bit we heard, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re definitely ready on the vocal front. They are also prepared on a more emotional level, thanks to their training with Artistic Director Dawn Upshaw and Head of Program Kayo Iwama. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned to communicate with the audience,â&#x20AC;? said Lyons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to relate to the audience.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about finding the truth (in the text),â&#x20AC;? said Zarankin. In addition to finding a place of honesty and sincerity in the songs they sing, Zarankin said each performer would also be relating their own stories of immigration â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including a poignant story coming from Nian, who arrived from China last year to study at Bard. And Bukhman, who is completing his studies at Juilliard in piano performance while working as a collaborative pianist at Bard, just became a U.S. citizen. Threaded into the personal narratives are also some shocking details about the numbers of people who immigrate to America and other facts about the experience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nian laughed as she told me that she had to triple check her information about Chinese immigration statistics because even she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe the number could be so high. The group has divided their concert into sections representing the different phases of immigration: The excitement of the impeding journey, the voyage, anticipation of the new home and the reality of life in America. The performance includes excerpts from Alan Louis Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vignettes: Ellis Islandâ&#x20AC;? song cycle; Lee Hoibyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walt Whitman settings â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was thereâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joy, Shipmate, Joy,â&#x20AC;? George Gershwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a boat datâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leavinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; soon for New Yorkâ&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Porgy and Bess,â&#x20AC;? spirituals such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swing Low Sweet Chariotâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let us cheer the weary traveler,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somewhere Over the Rainbowâ&#x20AC;? and Bob Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Pity the Poor Immigrant.â&#x20AC;? There will be an informal post-performance reception with the artists. The Graduate Vocal Arts Program is a two-year master of music degree within the Conservatory â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all of the performers are in their second year and thinking about next steps (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sadly,â&#x20AC;? said Leroy, anticipating the end of his studies here). Lyons said the Bard program was very different than other programs in which sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participated, especially considering the facultyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to developing a fully competent artist who is also focused on personal growth as well as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;tight communityâ&#x20AC;? the small classes afford. Only eight students are admitted to the graduate program each year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great thing,â&#x20AC;? said Zarankin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rare.â&#x20AC;?


E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page Maine. Directed by Paul Kassel. Presented by Half Moon Theatre. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28: Pay what you can. Tickets: $25-18. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. 845-2359885. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godspellâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 5-20: Presented by County Players; directed and staged by Matt Andrews. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 14 and 20, 2 p.m. Tickets: $20, adult; $17, seniors and children under 12. County Players Falls Theatre, 2681 W. Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-298-1491. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Project: An Epilogue (Ten Years Later)â&#x20AC;? Nov. 5-6: Unison and Mohonk Mountain Stage Readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater Company present the play. See more info on page 12. Ticket: $12, members; $16, non-members advance sale; $2 more at the door. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz. 845255-1559. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Murdersâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 4-20: Jules Feifferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brilliant satire of American urban society, framed as a biting parody of the Broadway romantic comedy, is directed by Dennis Metnick, starring Ann Davies, Lissa Harris, Michael Stern, and Nat Thomas. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets: $15, general; $13, seniors, students

and members. STS Playhouse, 10 Church St., Phoenicia. 845-688-2279. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Odd Coupleâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 5- 21: Johnny Dell and CENTERstage present Neil Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic comedy. FridaySaturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets: $20, general; $18, seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3088.

WORKSHOP Creative Arts Workshops For Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 6 and 20. In collaboration with the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, Mill Street Loft artists offer creative expression and relaxation opportunities for caregivers, and separately for people with younger onset and early stage of Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. Sessions are free; reservations are requested in advance. Call Mill Street Loft at 845-471-7477 or the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association at 845-471-2655. Hampton Inn and Suites, 2361 South Rd., Poughkeepsie.

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CZ,JUT*OUFSBDUJWF5IFBUFSt4BUVSEBZ /PWBUBN Join the crew of Irish pirate Grace Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley. Experience the high sea adventure with Irish jigs, folk tales and sea chanteys. Dare to challenge Blackbeard, the dreaded pirate. Interactive theater show, where audience members are deftly incorporated into the plot!


The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary by presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamletâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Comedy of Errors.â&#x20AC;? The professional ensemble, under the visionary eye of founding artistic director Terrence Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, presents three shows in repertory from June through Labor Day in their theater tent on the grounds of historic Boscobel in Garrison. The third show will be announced in December. Tickets will be available through the website in early April and gift certificates are currently available on the website at or by calling the HVSF office at 845-265-7858.


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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page leading colleges, universities and school of art will be on hand to review art student’s portfolios and provide advice for college admissions. Free and open to the public, hosted by the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft. Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. For more information, e-mail, call 845.471.7477, or go to www.millstreetloft. org.

EVENT “Bonfire Night: A Medieval Feast” 4-6 p.m. A telling of the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. Along with the Grand Burning of “the guy,” enjoy special Guest Chef Brigitte Flamin’s hearty medieval feast, flagons of ale and strolling minstrels. Admission: $35; $15, children. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

LECTURE “American Studies after the American Century” 5 p.m. American studies scholar Eva Cherniavsky’s current research considers the changing contours of the political in the context of neoliberal governance, with an emphasis on the re-imagination of citizenship in popular culture. Free. Taylor Hall, room 203, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. Contemporary Artists on Contemporary Art: A Hudson Valley Artists Dialogue Series 7:30-9 p.m. “Contemporary Artists in the Wild” with Janine Lambers. The dialogue series

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features local emerging and established artists who will lead fellow artists in discussions about their work, their process and their views on issues in contemporary art. Space to all sessions is limited and available on a first come first served basis. Suggested donation: $5. Beahive, 291 Main St., Beacon. www. Tivoli Bays Talks: “Rock Snot and Other Hudson Valley Biobullies” 7:30-8:30 p.m. With Leslie Surprenant, NYSDEC. Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, 1 Tivoli Commons, Watts dePeyster Visitor Ctr., Tivoli. 845-889-4745, ext. 105.

NIGHTLIFE “Game Night” 5 p.m. Visitors of all ages can play games that were favored by artists who are represented in the Art Center’s permanent collection. Some of the games include the Exquisite Corpse (a drawing game enjoyed by surrealists Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí) and chess (enjoyed by many artists including Marcel Duchamp). Art-lovers will be encouraged to test their knowledge of art history in a trivia contest that begins at 7 p.m. Participants should meet in the Aula. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7745. Thursday Night Live Jazz 7-10 p.m. Features West Coast cool jazz, Brazilian jazz and the blues. Call for reservation; seating is limited. Zen Dog Café, 6367 Mill St., Rhinebeck. 845-516-4501.

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Bardavon Friday Films Kick-off 7:30 p.m. A horror film double bill, featuring “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) and “Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3-D” (1954). Tickets: $5. A pre-film concert on The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, 7 p.m. Bardavon 1890 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

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Matt Jordan All-Star Jazz Quintet 5:30 p.m. No cover. Ciboney Café, 189 Church St., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-4690. “Music at Versailles: A Royal Entertainment” 8 p.m. Founded in 1973, the five-member ensemble, The Aulos Ensemble, was one of the first American “original instrument” ensembles and its accomplishments over the past four decades have given it pre-eminence in the early music movement. The program features featuring selections by Rameau, Couperin and Balbastre. Free. Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7000. Music Inspires Dance 7:30 p.m. A collaboration with the German Forum in New York City. Three outstanding young musicians: Christine Reber, soprano; > continued on next page

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The 10th anniversary of Mathew Shepard’s brutal murder occurred in the fall of 2008 – the 21-year-old college student “The Laramie Project: Ten Years was found beaten and tied to After, an Epilogue” a fence just outside Laramie, Nov. 5-6 p.m. Wyoming, and later died in the hospital. His death and the 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday horrific circumstances that lead Tickets: $12, members; $16, nonup to it have become a marker of members prepaid the worst example of hatred and intolerance. In the weeks after All tickets $2 more at the door Shepard’s killing, playwright Unison Theater & Learning Center and director Moises Kaufman 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz went to Laramie to interview the citizens – those interviews were 845-255-1559 transformed into the luminous “The Laramie Project,” first a play and then produced as an HBO film. Ten years later, it was time to revisit Laramie. Kaufman has said he was “thinking about the long-term impact of Matthew’s murder. There are many in Laramie who think it was one of the most important things in their history and many who are ashamed and have tried to rewrite history.” He and colleagues from the Tectonic Theater Project, including Leigh Fondakoski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber, went back to Wyoming, conducted interviews, and in October 2009, 150 theaters from New York to Los Angeles, Orlando to Syracuse and Madrid to Hong Kong hosted staged readings of the new play “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.” This weekend, the Mohonk Mountain Stage Company Reader’s Theater Production presents the Hudson Valley premiere of “The Laramie Project: Ten Years After, an Epilogue,” featuring actors Rich Hack, Larry Carr, Thom Webb, Michael Frohnhoefer, Guy Anthony, Zsuzsa Manna, Terri Brockman and Molly Parker-Myers. Seating is limited; call for reservations.


CIA student Stefan Litavec has been named the Mid Hudson Food & Wine Society’s 2010 Scholarship Recipient. Yorktown Heights native Litavec is a graduate of Lakeland High School, who has made the Dean’s List, is maintaining a perfect attendance record, is vice president of the Baking and Pastry Society and currently holds a 3.73 GPA. Litavec initially studied psychology and pre-med at SUNY Binghamton but transferred to The Culinary Institute of America to pursue his culinary interests. Organized in 1972, the Mid Hudson Food and Wine Society is an organization of individuals with a common interest in the enjoyment, study and art of food and wine. The society meets at area restaurants, wine tastings, seminars, food demonstrations, winery tours and other special events which are of an educational and enjoyable nature. To learn more about the Mid Hudson Food & Wine Society, go to

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. Elisabeth Seitenberger, clarinet, and Michael von Schönermark, bassoon, perform works by Rossini, Schubert, Catalani and Puccini. They are accompanied by Babette Hierholzer, acclaimed pianist and artistic advisor to the German Forum. Tickets: $25; 10, student rush at the door. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, 120 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-5106.

NIGHTLIFE Angel Band 8:30 p.m. “Mountain” music with rock influences. Tickets: $17.50, advance; $22.50, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-8551300.

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Big Joe Fitz 8:30-11 p. m. Blues. $5 entertainment charge. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St. 845-8760590. DC Singles Dance 8 p.m.-midnight. Dance to music by DJ Johnny Angel while enjoying a buffet, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. Ages 45+. Tickets: $15. Mercury Grand Hotel, Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-8965286. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience 8 p.m. A tribute performance of the best music from some of the most iconic bands. Cost: $41.45-$49.70. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-4545800. Lorenza Ponce 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

THEATER The Hyde Park United Methodist Church held its 103rd Annual Election Day lunch and dinner in the church Fellowship Hall. All proceeds will be given to support local missions. Diners shared stories about grappling with the new voting machines and praised the volunteers for a delicious lunch. Hyde Park United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Route 9 and Church Street in Hyde Park. For more information, go to or call 845-229-2114. Photos by Dana Gavin.

“Dear Charlotte” 8 p.m. The Victorian Studies Program, English Department, and the Philaletheis Society present Joy Gregory’s new play “Dear Charlotte,” about Charlotte Bronte and her sisters Emily and Anne, to be performed at Vassar College by the student drama group Philaletheis. Free. College Center at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave.,

Saturday, Nov. 6 ART

“Animal House” and “Crossings: Borders/ Bridges/Barriers” 5-8 p.m. Shared opening reception. An exhibit featuring the artwork of ASK Executive Director, Vindora Wixom is on view in the Main Gallery; the Lounge Gallery features “Animal House,” a members’ exhibition. Both exhibitions will run until November 27. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331. “Artful Appetizers & Conversation” 5:30-7 p.m. Featuring guest Alison Spear, architect, with Cornelia Seckel, publisher of Art Times. Free. Mill Street Loft’s Gallery 45, 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-7477. “Behind the Scenes: Coverlets with the Curator” 10 a.m.-noon: This program is offered in conjunction with the “Binary Visions Exhibit” at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Limited to 15, the morning offers an opportunity to see up close the historic coverlets too fragile to exhibit. Cost: $25; $20 for Friends of Huguenot Street. For more information, visit www.newpaltzarts. org. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 845255-1660 or 1889. Morton Artspace Mornings 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. An informal group of artists and aspiring artists gather to create art in the warm and inspiring atmosphere of the community room. Bring your own art supplies and refreshments, and join the group for this relaxing get-together to create, learn, share or muse. Donations for the library are appreciated. Morton Hall, Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. For more information, e-mail or call 845-876-8799. Works by Claudia Engel 5-8 p.m. Opening reception. The exhibit is on view through Nov. 27. Gallery hours: Monday, > continued on next page

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Duck Pond Gallery at Esopus Library, 128 Canal St., Port Ewen. 845-338-5580.

BENEFIT Common Ground Farm Benefit Auction 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvre, wine, and music to benefit the Common Ground Farm CSA and community outreach. Includes a silent auction. Cost: $15. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 850 Wolcott Ave. (Rte. 9D), Beacon. 845-231-4424. “Magnifique: A Night at Moulin Rouge” Dinner Dance 6 p.m. Includes a reception and cocktail hour, a three-course sit-down dinner and dessert, and four hours of dancing to The Big Band Sound. Proceeds benefit the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the CIA’s Scholarship Fund. Cost: $80. The Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Dr. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-4716608.

EVENT St. Mary’s Fishkill Craft Fair 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. More than 35 vendors bring their homemade crafts. Food available for purchase by the School Service League. Free entry. St. Mary’s Church, 106 Jackson St., Fishkill,. 845-896-9893.

FAMILY “Grace the Pirate” by Kit’s Interactive Theater 11 a.m. Join the crew of Irish pirate Grace O’Malley. Experience the high sea adventure with Irish jigs, folk tales and sea shanteys. Dare to challenge Blackbeard, the dreaded pirate. Interactive theater show, where audience members are deftly incorporated into the plot. Part of the Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series. Tickets: $8, adults;$6, children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080. Steve Johnson – Magic Variety Show 11 a.m. Using innovative adaptations to magic, comedy and juggling, Steve draws the audience into a memorable entertainment journey. Free. James & Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

MUSIC Third Annual Inter-Church Choir Fest 7 p.m. The Male Chorus of Second Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie, the Adult Choir of New Beginnings in Poughkeepsie, the Dutchess Community College select Chamber Choir, the Praise Band of New Beginnings, the Mass Choir of Second Baptist Church and more will perform. New Beginnings, 35 De Garmo Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0102.

NIGHTLIFE Ernie Hendrickson

7 p.m. The Chance Theater, 6 Crannel St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-1966.

OUTDOOR Geology of the Shawangunk Mountains 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ray Haberski, Marist adjunct professor, will “read” the stories of the Shawangunk rocks, the Ridge formation, and the great Ice Age. Enjoy an informative hike along the roads of Undercliff/Overcliff. Children ages 14 and up are welcome, and must be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 5-mile hike. Bring a lunch. Reservations required. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. Singles and Sociables – Millbrook Ridge 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and nonsingle, ages 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a strenuous, 8-mile hike, led by Art Raphael (845-255-5367). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

PERFORMANCE Danzon 8-10 p.m. Dzul’s Danzon, which refers to a type of music and stylized dance that originated in Mexico’s nightclub salons in the 1930s and ’40s, follows the story of a mythical angel who chooses to become mortal in order to experience human love. Cost: $15. Millbrook School, 131 Millbrook School Rd., Millbrook. 845-677-8261.

Sunday, Nov. 7 BENEFIT

Benefit for Gary McKeever 5-11 p.m. Featuring Bruce Katz Band, Marc Black Band, Chris Zaloom Band, The Trapps, Jason Crosby & Dark Loft, Magan Palmer, Doug Yoel, Roundabout Ramblers Band, Connor Kennedy Band, Kurt Henry Band and special guests. Suggested donation: $20. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-6794406.

EVENT Annual Fall Concert Noon Germania of Poughkeepsie’s Men and Ladies Chorus perform their annual concert. A Rouladen dinner with dumplings will be served, and after the concert enjoy dessert, coffee or tea. Cost: $25. Germania Hall, 37 Old DeGarmo Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0609.

FAMILY Fifth Annual Touch-a-Truck Child Safety Day Noon-3 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to explore, honk and see vehicles of all kinds including a fire truck, police car, emergency response vehicle and recycling truck. Local > continued on next page

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Chairperson of Dutchess County Art Council Elmore Alexander and Frank Castella Jr., event chairperson present Lisa Fiorese with the service award as Benjamin Krevolin, Arts Council president, looks on.

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On Wednesday, Oct. 27, the Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards were presented at an event at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro stood in for County Executive William R. Steinhaus, while the Power of Song and youth winner Elysia Roman (pictured, right) supplied the entertainment. This year’s recipients included Wayne and Brigid Nussbickel, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Liza Donnelly and Michael Maslin, Center for Performing Arts Rhinebeck, Hudson Beach Glass, La Voz, Anthony Scarrone and Lisa Fiorese. Photos by Dana Gavin.



E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page organizations and businesses offer the latest health and safety information, including: Hudson Valley Poison Education Center; Health Quest Child Seat Safety; Health Quick and Health Quest Medical Practices; Hannaford Guiding Stars and Central Hudson Gas & Electric. Live karate demonstration by National Karate and Fitness, and plenty of food and fun for everyone. Free. Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County, 110 South Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0430.

NIGHTLIFE Ballroom and Latin Dance Party 6 p.m. Workshop at 6 p.m.; social dance at 7 p.m. With Esther and Ben. Singles and couples welcome. Pleasant Valley Town Hall, Rte. 44, Pleasant Valley. 845-635-3341 > continued on next page


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DUTCHESS GIRLS COLLABORATIVE WEB LAUNCH On Tuesday, Oct. 26, the Dutchess Girls Collaborative officially launched during a ceremony at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center at the FDR Library and Museum. Didi Barrett spoke about the “rich, long, shared journey” of the founding members of the Collaborative, which includes AAUW (American Association of University Women), Battered Women Services of Family Services, D.I.V.A.S. of Sister 2 Sister, Inc., Eleanor Roosevelt Center’s Girls’ Leadership Workshop, Planned Parenthood: Mid-Hudson Valley, the Mill Street Loft and Barrett herself. After the ribbon cutting, Charles S. North, president and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, said “This is a fine example of what ‘Think Local First’ is all about.” Carol Wolf, executive director of the Mill Street Loft, said the organizers of the Collaborative “recognized a need” and sought to “widen our reach … without duplicating services.” Learn more about the Dutchess Girls Collaborative at Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

Afiara Quartet 4 p.m. Pre-session talk begins at 3:30 p.m. Cost: $25; $5, under 23 w with student ID; under 13, free. Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-3533. Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble Concert 3 p.m. James Osborn, conductor. The ensembles repertoire features works of the wind and band repertoire, including original band pieces by John Barnes Chance, Eric Whitacre, and Robert Russell Bennett. Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7000.

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from page 13 The Battlefield Band 7:30 p.m. The band performs music of passion and joy under the banner “Forward With Scotland’s Past.” Tickets: $35, advance; $40, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Jazz Club Jam 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Hosted by Pam Plentony. Featuring perennial favorites Elaine Rachlin, the Will Smith Trio, Blue Gardenia, Dave Marcus, Perry Beekman, the Bernstein Bard Trio and other special guests. Cost. $5. The Rhinecliff Hotel , 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845876-0590. Pamela 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jazz jam. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St. 845-876-0590. Swing Dance 6:30-9 p.m. Dance to live music courtesy of Crazy Feet. Beginner’s dance lesson, 5:30 p.m. Admission: $10, general; $8, student. Arlington Reformed Church, 22 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-298-0854.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables - Anthony Wayne Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Call the hike leader for the meeting place and fee. This is a strenuous, 8-mile hike, led by Gary Curasi (845-534-2886). Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Monday, Nov. 8 BENEFIT

“Cuts for a Cause” Haircuts at the salon benefit Mill Street Loft’s Arts For Alzheimer’s Programs. Call 845-4710158 for an appointment. Debra M. Salon, 29 Collegeview Avenue, Poughkeepsie.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 LECTURE

“Technology and the Future of Journalism” 7 p.m. A panel discussion with former NPR head Kevin Klose, editor Melinda Henneberger, Poughkeepsie Journal editor Stu Shinske, former Poughkeepsie Journal

publisher Richard Wager and Marist College professor Gerald McNulty. The Villard Room of the Vassar College Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

NIGHTLIFE A Day to Remember 6 p.m. Rock, metalcore, punk. Appearing with Underoath. Cost: $23.50. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.845-454-5800.

Wednesday, Nov. 10 BENEFIT

“The Children’s Hour: Songs of Childhood” 7 p.m. Young artists of The Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program present a concert to benefit the refurnishing efforts in the Children’s Library Room at Morton Memorial Library. Featuring Julia Bullock (soprano), Jeffrey Hill (tenor), Jeongcheol Cha (bass-baritone) and Ming Aldrich-Gan (piano). Suggested donation: $10. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-325-9654. “Fashion Forward” 5:30 p.m. Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club hosts its annual benefit fashion show. Proceeds will benefit the Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club. Tickets: $65 per person. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. Call 845-871-3505 for reservations.

EVENT First Monthly Wine Tasting 6-7 p.m. Every second Wednesday of the month the in-house sommelier conducts a wine talk along with a wine tasting with tapas. The tasting explores different grapes, regions and vintages. Admission is free. Call for reservation - seating is limited. Zen Dog Café, 6367 Mill St., Rhinebeck. 845-516-4501.

FILM Travel & Adventure Series: Explore the World! 6:45 p.m. Mary Lee and Sid Nolan showcase their travels through the Pacific Wine Trail. Enjoy the beautiful mountains, forests and eyepopping coastlines. Cost: $5. Poughkeepsie High School, 70 Forbus St., Poughkeepsie. 845-451-4850. > continued on next page

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Patriots, sweeping fiction and dump trucks BY ANN LA FARGE Well, our elections might have been a bit more W grac gracious and civilized if each contender – and mem members of his/her campaign – had read this most info informative and wise new book: “The Law of the Ga Garbage Truck: How to Respond to People W Dump on You, and How to Stop Dumping Who on Others” by David J. Pollay (Sterling, $25.95). “W “What if you could take control of your life with oone decision?” the author asks, and answers, “You ccan. I wrote this book to show you how.” Unlike many inspirational, self-help books, tthis one is muscle-y, not smarmy. Pollay tells it like it is about bad drivers, snarky waitresses, rude salespeople, to say nothing of crabby aunts, fussy in-laws, school bullies and other who dump their garbage all over us. Got a pencil? There are questions for you to answer at the end of each chapter, starting with “Don’t Let Others Dump on You” and going on to include “Don’t Dump on Yourself,” “Don’t Dump on Others,” and “Help Others Stop Dumping.” When frustration threatens to topple us over the edge, we do what garbage trucks do: dump and spread it around to others. But we can stop doing this. Read on. Take the tests. Honest answers, please. I flunked a couple, e.g. “I get upset when I have to wait in line” and “I worry about what people think of me.” Tally up your GAL (Garbage Accepting Load) score ... and take the pledge. At the end of the book, there are some pledge cards you can detach and hand out to your friends: The No Garbage Trucks! Pledge. And nicest of all, I thought, the author expresses his thanks to the real garbage collectors who “pick up and dispose of our refuse” and help keep our world beautiful. So, I’ll take this opportunity to thank Welsh Sanitation for years of excellent service. And thanks to David Pollay for a book that really makes sense … and does it with grace, humor, and wisdom. Oops! One more Founding Father. It’s astonishing how many of them are being celebrated this season. Let’s wind up the reading marathon with the very readable, engaging “Lion of Liberty – Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation” by Harlow Giles Unger (Da Capo Press, $32.95, photos throughout). Henry was the first of the founding fathers to call for a revolt, and his voice resonates today in our most prominent political and ideological battles. A skilled orator and storyteller, he gave many memorable speeches. Reading these, and understanding his belief in freedom from invasive government, will help us to understand today’s political doings, including the Tea Party movement. Asked in an interview how Patrick Henry would fare if he were a politician today, the author replied “I believe the American people today would reject Patrick Henry. He would find both left and right opposed to his vision of limited government.” Along the way, Henry found time to father 18 children, practice law and serve as Virginia’s governor for four terms. And he wrote great letters, too. I thoroughly enjoyed this final foray into the lives of our Founding Fathers. > continued on next page

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And now, on to the season’s new novels. It’s been a couple of decades since John Casey’s “Spartina” won the National Book Award. His new novel, “Compass Rose” (Knopf, $27.95), takes up where Spartina left off, in the same seaside community in South County, Rhode Island. Elsie Buttrick, whose family is the “smart set” of the community, has given birth to a daughter fathered by a local fisherman, Dick Pierce, who lives nearby with his wife, May, and two teenage sons. May has “let Dick back into bed, but she had enough sense to know that that wasn’t all there was to it.” She makes the effort – suggesting to Elsie that they introduce Rose to her half-brothers. We meet the other denizens of the Narragansett Bay community – the townies and the toffs, the tennis players and the fishermen, and Rose – spoiled by everyone – grows up. Conflicts deepen; Rose explains it thus: “We live in a tiny ecosystem.” It’s at this moment that the title of the novel becomes so clear: Everything that happens revolves around Rose, now a difficult teenager, who believes that “there’s not one normal person in my whole life.” Read on as “the Laird of South County” – Elsie’s brother-in-law – tries to rearrange people’s lives, disrupting their homes for his own moneyed purposes. “He’s like one of those little Coast Guard boats,” someone says. “All sealed up and self-righting.” This is the kind of novel you don’t just read – you dwell in – and when you come to the final scenes of the novel – a lavish Fourth of July Party – you hate to see it end and hope that Casey won’t wait too many decades to “finish the story.” As if family stories are ever finished! I am going to save Nicole Krauss’s “Great House” (W.W. Norton, $24.95) for a second reading and some deep thought. This is a tough novel to read – four interconnected (but how?) stories; a desk with 19 drawers, one of which is locked; the Holocaust; a lock of hair that leads to a disturbing discovery; a doomed Chilean poet; and memories, memories. I am happy when a novel becomes a challenge, needing a second reading and much thought. I’ll be back. So let us end on a lighter, brighter, and happier note: two beautiful big books about gardens, both from The Monticelli Press. You can meet Jane Garmey, author of “Private Gardens of Connecticut,” (photographs by John M. Hall, 200 color illustrations, $65) this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Oblong Books & Music in Millerton. This gorgeous book focuses on the northwest corner on the New York/Massachusetts border where there are so many beautiful gardens. My favorite of the two books, however, is “Gardens of the Hudson Valley” by Susan Daley and Steve Gross (text by Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry, foreword by Gregory Long, $50). Each of the gardens in this book – some public, some private – tells a story about the people who made them. Our region (yes, I am preaching to the choir here!) is an inspiration, and the gardens along the banks of the Hudson have a special character. Here are 25 gardens, from Yonkers to Hudson, including famous estate gardens (Kykuit, Boscobel, the Vanderbilt Mansion and Olana, all open to the public) and private gardens that combine sweeping views and lush plantings. This is the perfect holiday gift for the green thumb on your list. Buy it now, read it, and wrap it later! My favorite: Clermont.




MUSIC Aki Takahashi 7 p.m. Recital by the world-renowned Japanese pianist Aki Takahashi. Takahashi has been one of the leading exponents of new and experimental music for many years, and composers throughout the world have written pieces expressly for her. Free. Bard Hall, Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900.

55 Wilbur Blvd. Poughkeepsie. 845-226-8275.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Split 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 West Trapps Trailhead. This is a moderate, 5-mile hike. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

PERFORMANCE “The Other Side of Slavery” 7 p.m. Featuring presentation of songs sung by abolitionists and slaves, as well as historical reenactments. Participants include Rebecca Edwards, Ciesta Quinn, Lorraine Roberts, Margaret White and many others. Free and open to the public. St. John’s Lutheran Church,



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{signings and sightings} Friday, Nov. 5

7:30 p.m. Hudson Valley writer Akiko Busch reads from her new book, “Patience: Taking Time in the Age of Acceleration.” Oblong Books of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

Saturday, Nov. 6

2 p.m. Jane Garmey signs copies of her new book, “Private Gardens of Connecticut.” Oblong Books of Millerton, 26 Main St., Millerton. 518-789-3797. 3-6 p.m. Cookbook signing featuring select tastings from the cookbook with chefs/ authors/partners Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo, authors of “The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual.” bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, 6423 Montgomery St. (Rte.9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-1117. 7:30 p.m. Rhinebeck New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly discusses and signs copies of her new book “When Do They Serve the Wine?” Oblong Books of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

7:30 p.m. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, authors of “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares,” and Sarah Mlynowski, author of “Give Me a Call,” read from and sign their books. Oblong Books of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

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 Hudson valley news | | november 4, 2010 {17}


THE MACHINE’S BROKEN BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM The good news about “Saw 3-D” is that this one is billed as the finale – all loose plot threads would be resolved and the mysteries revealed. I gave up on the franchise several movies ago, though I still hold the first “Saw” to be one of the more interesting, shocking and clever horror films produced in the last decade. Like the first “Paranormal Activity,” it was made with less money than subsequent sequels, and the main Weekend rating: One creepy puppet hor horror took place in a single location, rt Director: Kevin Greutert hei heightening the tension with a sense of dylor, Starring: Costas Mandylor, cla claustrophobia and growing anxiety. wes, Betsy Russell, Cary Elwes, If the “Saw” franchise exists on a spe spectrum, “Saw 3-D” represents the Sean Patrick Flanery ant antithesis of the superior “Saw.” Runtime: 90 min. Let’s start with the most egregious Rated R for sequencess err error: foisting 3-D onto this messy flick ce of grisly bloody violence in the first place. Where 3-D works is and torture, and wit with a whimsical romp like “How to language. T Train Your Dragon,” where the 3-D lets yyou partake in the roller-coaster ride of ddragon-flying. In “Saw 3-D”-land, this

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technology is used to get spears closer to your eyes, and to have sausage-link entrails fly around the audience’s heads. Delicious. The gore, however, is what the “Saw” franchise should do well – these movies should read like a real-life autopsy room. If the money can’t be spent on a good script-writer who can suss out decent, well-rounded characters, the coin should be dropped to ensure some spectacular slasher bits. And yet, “Saw 3-D” fails the faithful there, too. The devices have become even more ridiculous, and when the blood starts a-flowing, it’s more eye-rolling than stomachturning. Maybe it’s because there are only so many ways to portray the human body in various states of, shall we say, disrepair. Maybe it’s because, after six movies, absurdity has simply taken over. Thinking back to the first “Saw” of 2004, it’s amazing to recall how much less gore is actually shown on screen (comparatively, of course). The chills came much more from the suggestion of what might happen, could happen or, better still, would happen – the film telegraphs the final terror in the very beginning sequence, when the trapped men discover handsaws and realize that freedom can only come if they are willing to cut off a limb to free themselves from their chains. Now that is creepy, because the audience spends the entire movie on the edge of their seats, waiting for the inevitable, wondering what we’d do if put in that (highly unlikely but totally terrible) situation. Cut to 2010 and “Saw 3-D” – the only sense of suspense here is the faint hope that followers of the franchise will get satisfactory answers to their questions: What happened to Dr. Gordon? Who has been “helping” Jigsaw (the titular killer) pull off his dastardly crimes? Will Detective Hoffman get revenge on Jill, the ex-wife of Jigsaw? The movie lingers on nothing – there is no time to let the tension build, to put the audience in the role of the person trying to survive the trap. It’s a hop, skip and jump from trap to trap to trap. It was fun, though, to see Cary Elwes (as Gordon) back on screen – his character and role in the first movie was always the most interesting to me (in addition to Amanda, played by the fantastic Shawnee Smith). The set-up here is pretty simple: As established in other movies, some of Jigsaw’s “victims” actually survive their traps and emerge alive (though hardly unscathed). One such survivor, Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery), is capitalizing on his experience, creating a “Jigsaw Survivors” group and exploiting his temporary fame with the help of his PR agent and media lawyer working the circus. But … but … the killer is still out there, and do you think he’d be pleased that Dagen is cashing in? See, nothing chilling about that. The people are just getting dumber.

weekend horoscopes NOV. 3-9 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Correspondence from a former colleague or romantic interest will arrive this week, and you’ll learn something valuable from their missive. Respond to them quickly, because their help and advice will be needed soon. Be upfront about your goals and how they can fit into your plans.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Thanks to your hard work, you’ll be treated to a low-stress time right now: Take advantage of the situation and focus on doing something that you’ve wanted to do but haven’t had time to enjoy. This is a good time to take a day trip or start a creative project around the house. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): A close relationship seems more secure these days, much to your relief. It’s time to make a serious commitment, or to re-establish that commitment, to your partner. Spend time with your nearest and dearest, and have whatever serious conversation you’ve been worrying about – the talk will go much better than you expect.

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • Trick or treat? The Quaids are at it again. On a segment last week on “Good Morning America,” Evi and Randy Quaid (released from custody in Canada, where they are on the lam from squatting charges in California), revealed they are actually trying to avoid the Hollywood murder machine. Quoth Evi: “Hollywood is murdering its movie stars.” She’s not using an analogy to describe the divisive and cruel nature of the film business – she really means that there are people in Hollywood who target stars and kill them. Literally. Other celebrities currently on the hit list (according to the Quaids) include Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. Okay.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): Nothing is working to motivate you right now, and you are seriously considering ditching responsibility and just having fun. If the tasks at hand can truly wait for a few days, you might want to go ahead and indulge your lazy side. You’ll be able to attack the projects with greater energy and clarity if you feel like you’ve gotten to play a little. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): An issue in your community or neighborhood requires your attention this week – be prepared to host a gathering, and get ready to take notes on what people want to ultimately do. Changes will have to be made, but the final results will be worth the work.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): New opportunities are ahead – you need to keep your eyes open for a chance to take advantage of them. Be prepared to devote yourself to a new project, but trust that the payoff will be very satisfying. Try to maintain an optimistic attitude.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): It’s time for you to learn a new skill or brush up on something that you understand but haven’t practiced in ages. Look for a workshop or class that will give you as chance to practice with others – you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll need to use these skills.

• First it was Britney, now it’s SuBo: The “Britain’s Got Talent” phenom Susan Boyle will guest star on the holiday episode of “Glee.” Earlier this year, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy said he wanted Boyle to appear as a lunch lady in this season’s holiday ep, and it looks like he is getting that wish. Watch out for the mystery meat!

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): You need to pay attention to financial matters this week,

• Breaking the law, shmaking the law! The polygamist Kody family (21 members strong!) aren’t going to let a criminal investigation get in the way of their 15 minutes of fame via their “Sister Wives” TLC reality show. Right after the first show aired, Utah officials were shockingly clued into the family’s unapologetic bigamist lifestyle. Authorities have completed their investigation, and now it’s a waiting game to learn whether or not the county attorney will press charges, but who cares: The Kodys have already signed on for a second season on TLC, debuting in March.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): This is the right time to pursue your idea of working with a close friend on your mutual project – you may find a way to make the enterprise financially beneficial. Get together with your partner and brainstorm 0ways to make the dream become a reality.

• “Monster’s Ball” screenwriter Will Rokos survived a terrifying accident: He was hit in the head by an arriving subway train in New York City last weekend. The 57-yearold writer was looking into the subway tunnel to see if a train was approaching when he was struck and thrown back – fellow riders found him semi-conscious but alive. Rokos is at Bellevue Hospital in critical but stable condition. And two sad reports: • Denise Borino-Quinn, the novice actor who won a role as a mafia wife on “The Sopranos” after she attended an open casting call, passed away last week at the age of 46 after a long battle with liver cancer. The Roseland, New Jersey native’s character became incredibly popular with fans, and she was featured in an October 2002 episode. • Shannon Tavarez, the young soprano who starred in “The Lion King” on Broadway as Young Nala, has died at age 11 after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Celebrities such as Rihanna and Alicia Keys rallied around Tavarez and raised awareness about bone marrow donations. Tavarez performed with the show from September 2009 until April when her symptoms emerged.

and be very aware of the details. This isn’t a time to panic – you’ve got the information you need, and you know the best moves to make. Get this done before you even think about going out to have fun.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): This week, you’ll find yourself getting a new drive to complete a project that’s been looming over your head for some time now. You can see things practically, without emotion, and you’ll find another way to approach the problem. Don’t let stress get you down.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Your creative streak is strong right now, and you’ll be looking for new projects to tackle just so that you can continue that feeling of accomplishment. You’ve got ideas for taking care of a pressing issue without alienating either party on each side of the issue; try to see each point of view, and let a spirit of compromise be your guide. LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You’ve been keeping up an incredibly fast pace lately, and thank goodness, life is starting to calm down. Embrace this, and don’t feel the need to “get more done” – you’ve earned a break. Sometimes you need to take a breath and savor some down time.

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think having almost everyone make the playoffs makes sense. If it does, why not dispense with the regular season or call them exhibition games?


• Tiger Woods has been toppled from the number-one ranking he’s held for 281 weeks. He’s been supplanted by England’s Lee Westwood. He’s the fourth player to attain number-one status without ever winning a major.


• This was the year of the invisible World Series. Between two West Coast teams nobody really cares about and the Cablevision-Fox war, it was unlikely the series would put up big numbers to begin with. Fox and Cablevision finally settled minutes before game three on Saturday night but what little interest there was in the Northeast was gone.

• The Jets looked impotent losing 9-0 to Green Bay in a snoozer. Once again, QB Mark Sanchez was just not good enough. He wasn’t helped much by his receivers, many of whom dropped very catchable passes. That said, the Jets are still very much alive for post-season play.

• 47-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer became a free agent last week. He’d fit in perfectly with the Yankees, who are building their The FDR Presidents (in white) squared off against the Washingtonville Wizards Monday in Hyde team around all the old guys. How about Park. The Wizards won the hard-fought contest 2-1 in overtime. Photo by Jim Langan. Minnie Minosa for DH? PGA rules say you can drop within a club until some liberal politician playing the • The FDR Presidents’ season ended length of the original spot. Imada did until wealth-envy card says the same thing here. Saturday night with a loss to Kingston. They someone pointed out Chinese rules only The fact that golf courses have probably ended the season with a 5-4 record, which allow you to drop within the length of your saved more land than the Sierra Club could have been better given they lost two scorecard. I’d be there all day. should be taken into consideration. games by a total of four points. Millbrook’s team continued to cruise, winning their • Speaking of golf, Venezuelan President • Even before the World Series ended, Hugo Chavez said in a recent interview he Commissioner Bud Selig was yapping playoff game and advancing. wants to expropriate all golf courses in his about more wild-card berths in the future. • Ryujii Imada, number 78 on the PGA country. The lunatic socialist said, “It is That’s another money-driven idea that will money list, was assessed a 26-stroke an injustice that someone should have so further dilute baseball’s product. Just look penalty during an exhibition tournament many acres to play golf and drink whiskey at the NBA and the NHL and tell me if you in China. Due to wet conditions, players when poor people are crowded in poverty.” were allowed to lift and clean their balls. The Jaybird is predicting it won’t be long

• Oregon is still atop the college football rankings, beating woeful USC 53-32. How the mighty have fallen at USC. I guess they were cheating before. • I think I’ve figured out why undefeated Boise State gets the Rodney Dangerfield treatment by the pollsters. It’s those annoying blue uniforms and that blue Astroturf. It looks like an Arena League game is about to break out. • The Jaybird ran into a few members of the Marist women’s basketball squad at Coppola’s the other night. They were having dinner with their coach and said they were very optimistic about the coming season. Chowing down at Coppola’s is a good starting point for a big season.

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A house at 10 Parker Ave. in Hyde Park is all decked out for Halloweeen; Sara DiGiovanni and Francesca Mucci were serving scary cocktails at Crossroads Pub in Hyde Park last week. Photos by Jim Langan.

Pastors Wayne and Maryann Berry over at John 3:16 Christian Center in Verbank have just announced that the church’s Bible School will be holding registration this coming Sunday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and again on Monday, Nov. 8 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. They wish to emphasize that people of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to enroll since the church is non-denominational Christian. Upon enrollment, you can choose to sit for credit or pursue the subject matter on an audit basis. At John 3:16, the curriculum is highly structured and subjects range from Old and New Testament Surveys to Historical Applications in America. The school is unique for an enterprise of this nature in that several students have had some of their credits accepted in transfer to major local colleges. Having served for a number of years as a fulltime teacher at one of these colleges, curiosity led me to sit in on one of the classes. The course offering I happened to choose was one that explored the Christian experience and influence in colonial America. It was being taught by Pastor Wayne Berry and I anticipated no more than would have been imparted at a traditional, informal Bible study. I was wrong. The class turned out to be a highly disciplined presentation of wellresearched scholarly material on colonial history, augmented by a backdrop of pertinent training aids. It met or exceeded standards of comparable presentations at any one of our major local institutions that offer baccalaureate degrees. So, if you’d like to attend a Monday evening class that would almost certainly capture your interest, I’d recommend beating a path over to John 3:16 this coming Sunday or Monday. The church is located at 3112 Route 82 in the Verbank section of Union Vale.

“The Family Movie Night.” You can join with your friends and smart moviegoers on the first Friday of every month, starting this week, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., to watch a great seasonal production on the big screen at Tymor Park. Since each first Friday showing will represent a family oriented night out, only G- and PG-rated movies will be shown. Time-tested movies that appeal to grown-ups and kids alike will be presented. In keeping with this, the first new release will be “Toy Story 3.” Admission is only $2 at the door and free popcorn will be available all night long. Of course, other refreshments will be sold for your convenience. For more information on this program, call the Parks and Recreation Department offices at 845724-5691.


Now that the first Friday of every month is reserved for great family movie fare, how about the second Friday? The Parks and Recreation Department says, “No problem.” Starting Nov. 12, from 7 until 10 p.m., on the second Friday of each month, students in grades 6 through 8 are invited to attend the Middle School Dance Parties at Tymor Park. These will be nights of music, dancing, games, prizes, refreshments and so much more for this particular age group. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Refreshments will be sold all night. For additional information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 845-724-5691.


Santa has made special arrangements to have dinner with the youth of Union Vale on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Tymor Park! He will be bringing presents for all of the youth who register for this event. It is very important that registrations must be received no later than Nov. 24 for each child who wishes to participate in this event. This is because Santa will need time to prepare his presents for each child. Therefore, no additional registrations can be accepted after the Nov. 24 deadline. This event is free to residents and only $6 for non-resident children and $8 for non-resident adults. Registration forms may be downloaded from (click on “Parks and Recreation” and print the “Dinner with Santa” registration). If you have no means to download the registration forms, contact the Union THIS IS NEW The Union Vale Parks and Recreation Vale Parks and Recreation Department Department has a new program entitled offices at 845-724-5691. {22} november 4, 2010 | | Hudson valley news


Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON First, let me offer a sincere and heartfelt apology to anyone who may have tried to attend an organ concert last Saturday at Immaculate Conception in Stanfordville. That was a misunderstanding on my part, or perhaps more accurately, a complete and total brain cramp. I had the schedule for the concerts given to me by Will Carter, and the thought that the second church would be Immaculate Conception in Amenia, not Stanfordville, never occurred to me. I’m from Stanfordville. Anyone mentions Immaculate Conception, I immediately think of the church on Hunn’s Lake Road. But, this is no excuse. When publishing events, times and locations in this column, I usually double and triple check the facts and this time I didn’t. As a result, I may have terribly inconvenienced some of my readers, and for this I am humbly sorry. I’ve learned my lesson and next time, rest assured, if there is an event noted in this column, the information will be correct. The concert, though, really was magnificent. Master organist Will Carter played four 20-minute concerts at four churches in Amenia that have historic pipe organs. I wasn’t able to attend any of the performances except the one at United Presbyterian because I was rehearsing with the choir at that church. But, I could tell from the “feel” in the room when nearly 150 people showed up at United that this was an inspiring and educational event. And, if you’ll excuse a bit of bragging, the make-shift choir I gathered for this concert at United completely and totally rocked on Mozart’s “Alleluia.” With very few practices, we really pulled it together and performed flawlessly. It was tremendous fun. I need to thank my devoted friends, who took time out of their busy schedules this week to join in this choral group: Cathy White, Karen Galen, Christine Solazzo, Danielle Gaherty, Eileen Epperson, Nancy Thornton, Eliza Goff, Dave Bisson, Jon Bisson and Donovan

Borger. If you know most of these names, you can see that the group was comprised of: four folks from my former choir in Stanfordville, four college students and three pastors. How is that for diversity? You would almost think that a group that crossed so many age groups would result in a rather ragged chorus. Not so at all. Their voices blended beautifully and the energy was outstanding. Truly, it could not have been more enjoyable – singing a classic piece on a historic instrument to a huge and appreciative audience with, least we forget, this area’s most masterful and talented organist, Will Carter. Ah, it was wonderful. Thank you, my friends, for making it happen. And, my readers, if you ever see the name Will Carter and the word “organ” printed in an event notification in the future, cancel any prior plans you may have made for that day and go to the concert, even if it is in some far-off place like Amenia. Will is a fabulous musician, a warm-hearted man and a dedicated historian intent on preserving the life of fine, old instruments. Will, thank you for donating your time and your talent to this unique event.


Last Saturday was the closing performance of Frankenstein’s Fortress for 2010. This is always a bittersweet night as we are sorry to see it end, but ready to reclaim our weekends and get some rest. It was a busy night with over 400 guests, so we were pleased to end the season with a large crowd. There are hundreds of volunteers who make this event successful each year, and all of them deserve a big thank you. However, there are several individuals whose dedication to the Fortress goes “above and beyond.” Of course, that list is headed by Pete and Toni Wing, for whom the Fortress is more of a full-time job than a weekend volunteer activity. The remaining members of the Fortress “Super Squad,” with titles totally made up by me, are as follows: • Sue Blouse and Doreen Knapp: casting directors and overall supervisors • Jeff Knapp: technical/sound director • Vicki Hennessy: meal coordinator • Evelyn Siepp: head guide and deputy director (as needed) • Tory Elvin: wardrobe chief • Karen Sergio and Cathy White: lead makeup artists Special mention should also go out to Tim Hennessy, who assisted in the care and feeding of the crew along with

his mom each week, but also willingly jumped in and helped wherever a need arose, whether it be in lugging heavy objects, acting, working behind the scenes or delivering messages. “Tim, would you please …” was a common request heard many times each night. Also, Chris Kischuk performed the role of the Monster in more than half of the shows, and his sons, daughters and wife, Elizabeth, were also there just about every night helping out in some capacity or another. That is the main leadership team of the Fortress, but there are a whole host of other very stalwart, dependable volunteers who come every weekend at least one or two nights. I apologize if I omitted the names of any other “regulars” who volunteered most, if not all, nights. Each of you who assisted with this event deserves a huge measure of thanks for giving so generously of your time and energy. The proceeds from the Fortress are used to supplement the cost of recreation programs, so it is all done for a worthy cause in addition to being a great opportunity for our local young people to experience improvisational theater. As we were leaving Saturday night, my son Niall sent a text message to Joanne Palombo, saying, “only 11 more months.” Yep, so it is. Only 11 months until the Fortress re-opens in 2011 for its 14th season. Until then, once again, thank you to all the cast, crew and donors for supporting recreation programs through this ambitious local attraction. See you all next year!


• First Prize - James Murdock • Second Prize - Margaret Plantier • Third Prize - Kathy Gardner • Fourth Prize - Bill Mahoney • Fifth Prize - Mark Stern • Sixth Prize - Bill Wilders • Seventh Prize - Mark Zeyher • Eight Prize - Darrah Cloud • Ninth Prize - Ernest Scalpi • 10th Prize - John Elvin, Sr. • 11th Prize - Jennifer Hand • 12th Prize - Rich Prentice Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who supported this major Lions Club fundraiser.


There will be a meditation workshop at the Stanford Library next Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. This is the second of two workshops featuring techniques for finding more peace in your life, lead by local resident Jayne Boehringer. On Thursday, Nov. 4, students in grades 3–5 can create their own sand art picture at the library. The November Book Club selection is “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova. Interested readers can stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book and join the discussion group on Monday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Finally, if you have a reluctant young reader in your home, try out the Reading with Miles program, which will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Miles is a trained therapy dog who would love to have your young student read to him. He will be at the library every other Tuesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Please call the library at 845-8681341 to register for any of the above programs. Also, mark your calendars for the Bangall United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon on Nov. 13. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature baked goods, crafts and a Grandma’s Attic sale. That’s all I have for news this week. Take care, everyone. See you next week.

Karen Sergio also asked me to remind everyone that the photos she took each night at the Fortress will be on display starting this coming week at the Stanford Library. The small close ups of actors’ faces are her gift to the person in the photo, and you are welcome to take your picture home. There will also be an album of group photos that stays in the library as well as a DVD of all the Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845pictures that you can check out to take 392-4348 or home if you like. Thank you, Karen, for duly documenting our excellent 13th Fortress season and for generously donating the {to advertise, e-mail:} face shots to each cast member.


Lions Secretary Anne Danko would like to announce the following winners of the Lions Club Annual Wood Raffle:




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have reduced trail-riding costs, so if you’re interested in becoming a member, see the following contact person. Reservations are requested. For more details, contact Trish at 845-266-3938 or visit www.stonevalley. org. Web registrations are possible. This is the last trail ride for the season.





Upcoming Healthcare Reform 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 Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave. in Poughkeepsie. The program is best suited for current Medicare beneficiaries and EPIC members, but everyone is invited. Nina Lynch, the Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s information specialist, will be the presenter. The program is coordinated by Hudson Valley Home Matters. There is no cost, but space is limited. To register, call the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555. Healthcare Reform 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 Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Red Hook Town Hall, 7430 South Broadway, Red Hook. The program is best suited for current Medicare beneficiaries and EPIC members, but everyone is invited. Nina Lynch, the Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s information specialist, will be the presenter. The program is coordinated by Hudson Valley Home Matters. 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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The Omega Center for Sustainability Living (OCSL) received the Living Building Challenge Certification at its environmental conference, Design by Nature: Creative Solutions with Biomimicry, Permaculture & Sustainable Design. Pictured, from left, are Jason McLennan (the creator of the Living Building Challenge), John Todd (developer of the Eco Machine) and Robert “Skip” Backus (Omega’s chief executive officer and key innovator behind the OCSL). Photo submitted.





The Clinton Historical Society invites the community to attend its meeting on Friday, Nov. 5, starting at 7:30 p.m., in the Creek Meeting House at 2433 Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners. The program will feature Ann Linden performing a reenactment of activities in a typical one-room schoolhouse. Audience participation is welcomed. Clinton had nine one-room schoolhouses in the not-so-distant past, and many residents fondly remember attending these schools. Questions and answers will follow the presentation and refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

VETERANS’ DAY HOLIDAY The Clinton Town Hall offices, court, and highway department will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The Clinton Community Library will be open regular hours, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


The Clinton Community Library is holding a chili fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the West Clinton

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Firehouse Station #1 at 219 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14 near intersection with North Quaker Lane). Come and enjoy a bowl of chili, cornbread, salad and dessert. Wine and beer will be available. Vegetarian chili is also available. The cost is $10 per adult and children under 13 years old cost $5. Advanced ticket purchases are requested by sending a check to Clinton Community Library, 1215 Centre Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 or drop it off at the library. For more information, call the library at 845-266-5530. Your support will help the library continue to provide the resources you’ve become accustomed to receiving.


The Stone Valley Trail Riding Association invites the community to participate in its horse trail ride on Sunday, Nov. 14 starting at 10 a.m. at Betty Davis’ Talisman Farm at 745 Hollow Rd. Please arrive by 9 a.m. to organize rides and allow rides to start on schedule. You must bring your own horse and all levels of English and Western riders are welcome to participate. There are three types of rides available: Ride 1 has fast jumping with no go-rounds, Ride 2 is moderate with optional jumping with goarounds, and Ride 3 on the flat. The rides will take place rain or shine. After the two-hour ride, led by experienced riders familiar with the trials, a lunch will be served. The cost for an adult ride with a hearty lunch is $40 and for a kid’s ride with lunch is $20. Lunch for non-riders is $15. Association members

On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) was awarded the Living Building Challenge Certification, the most advanced green building rating in the world. The event was held on Omega’s campus in Rhinebeck during its environmental conference, Design by Nature: Creative Solutions with Biomimicry, Permaculture and Sustainable Design, where many environmentalists, policy makers, developers, academics, and press were present. The OCSL, a water reclamation facility and environmental education center, was recently selected for the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA/COTE) Top 10 Green Projects Award for 2010, and received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification. This is the highest level of LEED status for constructing a building, meeting the highest green building standards of the trade. It is the first green building in the world to become fully certified as a “Living Building.” Jason F. McLennan, chief executive officer at the International Living Building Institute and creator of the Living Building Challenge, presented the award to commemorate the achievement of Living Building Challenge certification. To schedule a tour of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, contact Omega at For further information, visit


There are many houses in the countryside that still do not have any easily seen house numbers. Be sure the numbers are reflective, 4 inches high and affixed to both sides of the mail box or post and if possible, on the door of the mail box, even if smaller numbers must be used. Place the numbers so the red flag does not cover them when it is in the down position. Cut the grass, weeds, vines, brush away from the location of the house numbers so they can be seen in an emergency situation, both day and night. Properly placed house numbers allow emergency responders (police, rescue and fire) to quickly find your home. In medical situations, minutes count.


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There have always been pressures for high school graduates to get into a good college. Over the years, these pressures have grown, and today’s graduating high school students spend much time preparing to get into the college of their dreams. Teachers and some parents put a great deal of pressure on students to do well. Teachers, especially of advanced or honors classes, will grade very harshly so the students must perfect their work if they want a decent grade. College-bound students spend most of their free time focused on something that is going to give them an advantage when applying to colleges.


This week Free Rabies Clinic The Dutchess County Department of Health will host a free Rabies Clinic on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Red Hook Firehouse, 54 Firehouse Lane, Red Hook, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dutchess County residents will be able to obtain rabies shots free of charge for their dogs and cats, as well as domestic ferrets, at least 3 months of age. Nonresidents will be charged $10 for each pet they have vaccinated. For more information, call 845486-3404. Legal Seminar for Caregivers On Friday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Italian Center in Poughkeepsie, the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Relatives as Parents Program will host a panel discussion with attorneys who will discuss legal issues related to relative caregivers. Relative caregivers are grandparents or other family members raising relatives’ children. Participants will be provided dinner and activities and games will be offered for children 5 and up. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call 845-677-8223, ext. 137 or e-mail

These students take the most rigorous classes, study for hours and are involved in many extra-curricular activities. Sometimes, the lack of free time makes it hard for students to do things socially. Students really have to cut out time from their week to go out with their friends and be socially active because they usually spend so much of it on schoolwork. The simple lack of time because of extra-curricular activities and homework leads to less hours of sleep for teenagers as well. Some students will occasionally be overwhelmed with the amount of work and studying they have to do in one night, and not go to sleep at all. This is a bad habit because when you don’t get enough sleep, you aren’t focused and don’t perform as well as you usually would the next day. Many students aspire to go to Ivy League schools, which requires diligent work and dedication. To get into these colleges and universities, students must use all of their time to focus on things that will help them get accepted. Sometimes, students will join every club or organization at school just so they can put it on their resume. Many times, students

Babysitting Workshop Adriance Memorial Library is offering a Babysitting Workshop for teens and tweens on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the second-floor Learning Center, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. The four-hour introductory course will cover basic child care, babysitting safety, developmental needs of different age groups, emergency preparedness, strategies for difficult situations and more. Participants should bring a notebook, pen and a bag lunch. Pre-registration is requested. Go to or call Adriance Children’s Desk at 845-485-3445, ext. 3320. Choir Fest The Third Annual Inter-Church Choir Fest will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at New Beginnings, 35 De Garmo Rd., Poughkeepsie (near the Overlook Drive-In and Golf Center). The event will showcase the talents of a variety of musical groups from the Mid-Hudson region. For more information, contact Mid-Hudson Love In the Name of Christ at 845-471-0102. Taste of the Hudson Valley The 22nd Taste of the Hudson Valley will be held at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie, from noon to 4 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 7. Proceeds will help fund a variety of ongoing projects at St. Francis Hospital. Tickets are now on sale. The event features food from more than 40 restaurants, wine and live music, as well as live and silent auctions. To purchase tickets priced at $200 each and for information about sponsorship opportunities, call 845-431-8707 or visit Hanukkah Sale Hanukkah begins this year on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 1 and the Judaica Shop at Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie has everything you and your family need to

spread themselves too thin and are involved in so many activities and have so much work that they end up mentally, emotionally and physically drained. Freshmen and sophomores in high school start preparing for college by studying and getting good grades. The grades these students get in their first two years of high school go on their transcript when they apply to colleges. Sophomores can start to look into colleges or professions they possibly want to pursue and take the PSAT to prepare for the SAT. Juniors usually start visiting colleges and take the SAT. There is much pressure on college-bound students to do well on the SAT. The average accepted student SAT score varies depending on the college, but some institutions won’t accept less than a 2200 out of 2400, which is very good. Juniors also start taking AP (advanced placement) courses, which they can receive college credit for. Seniors in high school must have interviews at colleges, and finally apply. The application process is long and stressful because it requires many documents, scores and writings, which students must supply

celebrate the Festival of Lights. Menorahs, candles, wrapping paper, dreidels, as well as jewelry, gifts, ritual items, art and cosmetics from Israel will be on sale on Sundays, Nov. 7, 14, and 21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the temple, as well as by appointment during the week. Items are on display or in stock or you may place a special order. For further information, contact Perla Kaufman at 845-454-2570 or membership@ Library Board Meeting The Clinton Community Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). The meetings are open to the public and usually last an hour and a half. Previous board meeting minutes are available in the library. For more information, contact the library at 845266-5530.

Upcoming ‘Fashion Forward’ Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club will host its annual benefit fashion show, “Fashion Forward,” on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m., at The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. The fashion show will showcase seasonable fashions and accessories for men and women provided by local merchants and designers. The evening includes a cocktail reception, seated four-course dinner, cash bar, fashion show and silent auction. Tickets are $65 per person, or $100 per patron. Proceeds benefit the Mothers’ Club. For reservations, call 845-871-3505 or mail in check to NDH Mothers’ Club, P.O. Box 5002, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Seating is limited.

for every college they apply to. Some students and parents are so intense and set on one specific college they would do anything to get in. There are websites that claim to guarantee you acceptance to the college of your choice if you pay a fee and do what they tell you. Some people have also spent thousands of dollars on coaches and tutors to create the perfect image for their child and guarantee them acceptance into any college. With the number of students applying to colleges these days, students who want to get accepted need to have an edge. Applicants need to have something that separates them from everyone else in the application pool. This is why students do so many things and try to do the best they can. The pressures of getting into college differ from student to student because the difficulty of acceptance varies from college to college. All around, though, every teenager feels the pressure to get into a good college so they can learn things that interest them and eventually, get their dream job. Amy Maxwell is a sophomore at FDR High School in Hyde Park. She can be reached at

Family Story Time The Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie, will host Family Story Time for families with children in pre-K and up on Nov. 10, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Pre-registration is requested at or 845-485-3445, ext. 3320. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. ‘Back School’ Northern Dutchess Hospital will host a “Back School” program on Thursday, Nov. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Cafeteria Conference Room 2. Larry Flowers, PTA, will offer a simple approach to understanding back injuries, their causes and possible preventative steps. The program teaches people with back problems how to control their back pain by correctly performing activities of daily living. To register for this free community program, call 845-871-3427. Stroke and Health Screenings Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 1 Church St., Hyde Park, will host a preventive health event on Friday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Life Line Screening Radiology, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will be conducting affordable, non-invasive stroke and health screenings. Call 1-888-653-6441 (using code: HSC6623) to make an appointment. Pre-registration is required. Introduction to Computers for Adults Clinton Community Library has scheduled a free tutoring session to teach adults how to use computers. This is an introductory level of instruction to help adults acquire the basic skills on how to use a computer. The session is on Friday, Nov. 12, 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.

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THE TACONIC: THE ROAD MOST TRAVELED BY TONY LEO The vast majority of Hudson Valley residents have traveled the Taconic State Parkway at one point or another. However, very few are aware of its beginnings and the dramatic changes that have taken place over the years. The following is a very brief rundown of “the road most traveled.” It was as far back as 1925 that Gov. Alfred Smith appointed people to the newly formed Taconic State Parkway Commission. The commission was chaired by Dutchess County resident Franklin D. Roosevelt, who later claimed that the parkway was his invention. Roosevelt’s goal was to lessen the congestion for those traveling north and south on both the Post Road (Route 9) near the Hudson River and the Harlem Valley Road (Route 22) to the east. He and other members of the commission envisioned a parkway that would follow a north-south ridge in the middle of Dutchess County, between the Hudson and Harlem Valleys, which would offer views of the Catskill Mountains to the west and the Taconic (Berkshire) Range to the east. Roosevelt proposed gently curving grades for the roadway, forested areas for the medians and the use of native stone for the gasoline stations. As many Taconic drivers can attest, these proposals came to pass. The first leg of the parkway extended from the Bronx River Parkway north, to the vicinity of the county line. Then, in 1931, a jubilant FDR presided at the opening of the roadway further north from Shrub Oak in Westchester County. At the time, it was known as the Eastern Hudson State Parkway. In 1936, Gov. Herbert Lehman was the main VIP at the Taconic State Parkway entry ceremony into Dutchess County. It wasn’t until 1944 that Gov. Thomas E. Dewey opened another section, which stretched from Freedom Plains to Route 199. I remember in 1961, you could drive uninterrupted as far as the Philmont exit in Columbia County and it was the mid to late ’60s before you could access the

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Mass Turnpike at the parkway’s northern terminus. Few newcomers to the Taconic can appreciate the striking improvements that have been made to bolster the roadway’s safety. At one time, if you were traveling in a southbound direction in Westchester County, approaching what is now the bridge across the reservoir system (between Yorktown Heights and Ossining), instead of the bridge, there would be a 90-degree turn to the left just before the reservoir and another 90-degree turn to the right onto the two-way bridge, which is now used only for northbound traffic. Scores of people speeding southbound on a Sunday evening after a booze-filled weekend would completely miss the first turn and drive their cars straight into the reservoir. Another hazardous spot was in the southbound lanes near the end of the 5-mile downgrade, just before the Peekskill Hollow Road exit. After proceeding down this very long hill, during which you make a 300-degree turn, there is part of an eye-level rock encroachment that actually protruded out from the roadside into the slow lane. Fortunately, the entire rock face, including the encroachment, had been hewn back several years ago. From the late 18th century into the 19th, most of the land on and near where the parkway stands was occupied for farming and a limited amount of mining. At that time, there was a proliferation of flat and cleared farmland abutting the sides of the early parkway. As farming declined throughout the 20th century, the expansive fields gave way to the forested look you now see as you travel the roadway. Also, the first construction of the Taconic State Parkway was undertaken to accommodate slower vehicles making weekend forays for recreational purposes. With slower speeds and fewer people, the dangerous 90-degree turns and rock encroachments were not that much of a problem. The originators of the parkway never envisioned it would eventually be a solidly packed, high-speed commuter route. However, time marches on and progress takes its toll. That is why you are traveling on a pavement that is much safer now and more forested than what was originally set down.

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Charles “Guy” G. Rivers, 86, of Las Vegas, NV and a former longtime Red Hook resident, passed away Thursday, October 21, 2010. Guy was born May 31, 1924 in New Rochelle, NY, the son of the late Anthony J. Rivers and Elodie Nicholls. He joined the United States Naval Reserve in 1943 while getting his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He became a Lieutenant Commander of the US Navy. In 1949 Guy received his M.B.A. from Columbia University and then went on to marry his high school sweetheart Irene Patricia (Meehan) Rivers on September 1, 1949 in St. Charles, Missouri. They were married for 34 years. He retired from Merrill Lynch of Poughkeepsie after 25 years as an account executive in 1994. Predeceased by his wife, Pat, he is survived by his five children: Charles Guy Rivers Jr. and his wife Denise of Buffalo, NY, Patricia (Rivers) O’brien and her husband Kevin of Huntington, VT, Kathleen Rivers and her husband Jim Finch of Hailey, ID, James Rivers of Riverdale NY and Jennifer Rivers and her husband Stephen Danner of Las Vegas, NV, two grandsons; Brendan O’brien of Anchorage, AK and Shea O’brien of St. Petersburg, Fl as well as his granddaughter Hailey Patricia Danner of Las Vegas, NV. He is also survived by one sister Dorothy (Rivers) Dahl and her husband Dick of Princeton, NJ. Calling hours will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov 6th, at Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Christopher’s Church, 7411 S Broadway Red Hook, NY will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook. 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


Isabella Maven Connolly passed away peacefully on Friday, October 22, 2010 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, New York surrounded by all six of her devoted children. Isabella was 81 years of age. Isabella was born on February 11, 1929 in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of the late William and Florence Maven. She graduated from Hunter College High School in 1946 and from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 1950. Isabella went on to work at Pfizer Pharmaceutical performing research in tuberculosis. On January 2, 1955 at The Bedford Park Presbyterian Church she married Robert Walter Connolly and they began their family. She was a passionate animal lover who would gladly take in any stray and was involved with

the American Kennel Club dog shows, showing her cherished Scottish Deerhound, Fraoch. Isabella previously lived in the Bronx then moved to Teaneck, New Jersey and Blauvelt, New York with her husband and family before moving to her current Hyde Park home in 1969. She was a forty-one year active communicant of Saint James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, serving as a long time member of the St. James Vestry and the Altar Guild. She was awarded the Saint James Medal in 2005 in recognition of her years of faithful service. Isabella was the teacher at the Saint James Nursery school from 1970 until 1996. Isabella is survived by her husband of fiftyfive years, Robert Connolly, their six children and spouses: Thomas Connolly and his wife Stephanie of Rhinebeck, New York, Elizabeth Connolly of Olean, New York, James Connolly and his wife Mari of Portland, Oregon, Margaret Connolly-Burkhardt and her husband Kurt of Hyde Park, New York, Andrew Connolly and his wife Susan of Leonardtown, Maryland, and Peter Connolly of Chandler, Arizona. Isabella is known as Granny to her surviving twenty grandchildren all of whom she loved dearly including; Robert Elwell, Kristin Connolly, Sean Connolly, Brendan Connolly, Stephen Burkhardt, Alexandra Burkhardt, Ian Connolly, Evan Connolly, Brooke Connolly, Aaron Burkhardt, Hannah Connolly, Brittany Connolly, Lindsey Connolly, Bryanna Burkhardt, Joshua Connolly, Alyssa Connolly, Zachary Connolly, , James Reardon, Justin Huber and Josh Huber She is also survived by her brother Robert Maven and his wife Lee of Fountainville, Pennsylvania, her niece Ann and nephews Craig, Ted, John and Alec, and is predeceased by her nephew William. Isabella was blessed with many friends, including lifelong friends Estelle Brocks and Catherine Enright who survive her. The family will receive friends and visitors during calling hours on Friday, November 12, 2010 from 4pm until 7pm at Saint James Church, 4626 Albany Post Road Hyde Park, New York. A Service Celebrating Isabella’s life will be held at Saint James Episcopal Church Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 2 pm officiated by the Reverend Charles Kramer, Rector. The internment will immediately follow the service at Saint James Columbarium. A reception will be held following the service. Arrangements under the direction of Sweet’s Funeral Home, Hyde Park. To send Isabella’s family a condolence or for directions, visit


John E. Hubbard III, 53, passed away on Saturday morning, October 23, 2010, at Vassar Brother’s Medical Center. John was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on February 18, 1957, to the late John and Margaret Hubbard. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his brother Kenneth Alberg. John devoted his entire life to his daughter, Rebecca L. Prisco, as well as his son, John E. Hubbard IV. Nothing made John happier than to see his children succeed in life, and he will continue to watch over them from heaven. John was a loving husband, and is survived by his wife, Tracy Hubbard. They met while > continued on next page

< continued from previous page working in Millbrook, NY, and married a short time later in Pine Plains, NY. John and Tracy had recently celebrated their 29th Wedding Anniversary on October 3, 2010. In recent years, John took great pleasure spending time with his grandchildren, Keegan and Brynna Prisco. John is survived by his sisters Susan Kowalski and Patricia Lison, his brother John Alberg, and his son-in-law Kevin Prisco. John also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. John was employed by Dutchess County for over thirty-three years in various roles and positions. John was an avid outdoorsman, and especially enjoyed trout fishing. He was a lifelong Yankees fan, and also enjoyed rooting for the Indianapolis Colts as well. He loved all of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creatures, and leaves behind his faithful Jack Russell, Augie. Those who were close to John, find comfort knowing that he joins his beloved Mother in heaven. A memorial graveside service was held on Friday October 29, 2010 at 12 p.m. at Union Cemetery, Rte. 9G, Hyde Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to Russell Refuge, Inc. (Jack Russell Terrier Rescue) Attn: Donations, P.O. Box 725, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Arrangements were made under the supervision of Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home Inc, Hyde Park, NY. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


Cosmo â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calâ&#x20AC;? J. Calcagni, 77, a resident of Venice, Florida for over 20 years and formerly of Hyde Park, passed away on Monday, October 25th, 2010. Cal was born on December 9, 1932 in Conshohocken, PA to Bartolo and Perina Calcagni. He served in the Air Force in the Korean War from 1951-1955 and returned to the US, stationed at Stewart Air Force base, where he met his wife, Barbara Coykendall of Newburgh. They married in Newburgh, NY and had three children-Cathy, Joanne and Gary. Cal retired from IBM where he worked for 34 years. He coached Hyde Park Pop Warner football, and was an avid golfer and member of the Venice East Golf Association. He is survived by his daughter, Cathy Morillo and her husband Jose´ of Poughkeepsie, his daughter, Joanne Lown and her husband Tom of Hyde Park, and his son, Gary Calcagni and his wife Darlene of Hyde Park. Cal is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog and companion, Sassafras. His wife, Barbara, passed away in March 2008. Cal was also predeceased by his parents and his siblings- Anthony, Irene, Marjorie, Pete, Quentin, Seth, Rose, Nugent and Pompelio. A memorial service is planned for 4:00 p.m. November 4, 2010 at St. Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Episcopal Church, 4526 Albany Post Rd. (Rte.9), Hyde Park. A reception will immediately follow the

service in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please make a memorial donation to the Founders Affiliate of American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Hyde Park. To send the family online condolences, visit www.


Wanda Allers, 101, died Thursday, October 28, 2010 at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck. A former longtime Poughkeepsie resident, Mrs. Allers had been a resident of Ferncliff for the past two years. Wanda was a homemaker and had also worked at the former Trussell Manufacturing in Poughkeepsie for many years. Mrs. Allers enjoyed shopping and watching television, especially professional wrestling. She was a former member of St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie. Wanda was born in Poughkeepsie on April 18, 1909. In St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church in 1935, she married Edward J. Allers. Mr. Allers predeceased her. Survivors include her granddaughter, Shana Depew and her companion, Geneo Coston, of Staatsburg; grandson, James Allers II of Sumter, SC; three great grandchildren, James Haddad, Geneo Coston Jr., and Rebecca Allers; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and two close family friends, Barbara Haddad, and Rosa Coston. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son James E. Allers; sister, Catherine; and two brothers, Teddy and Mickey. There are no calling hours. Graveside services and burial were at 1 pm, Monday, November 1, 2010 in the family plot at the Clove Cemetery, Unionvale. The family would like to thank the staff of Ferncliff Floor 3A for their care during Wandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time there. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


James C. Sowarby Jr., 54, of Tivoli, passed away October 30, 2010. Born January 24, 1956 in Ottumwa, Iowa, he was the son of James Sowarby Sr. and Noreen Wilkins Sowarby. His parents survive in Hyde Park. Jim graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School and Syracuse University. He worked at St. Francis and Vassar Hospitals in Poughkeepsie and Huck Manufacturing in Kingston. Mr. Sowarby was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, canoeing, golf, and traveling. His appreciation of music was also a big part of his life. He was a communicant of St. Sylviaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church in Tivoli, and was a former member of the Ti Yogi Bowmen in Hyde Park. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Robert Sowarby and wife, Sharon, of Rhinebeck; sister, Noreen Sheehan and husband, John, of Red Hook; two nephews, Thomas Sheehan of Lawrenceville, NJ, and Eric Sowarby

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 Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. 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 Flyness Media LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 9/22/10. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 26 Cooper Road, #306 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Purpose: any lawful activity. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF ORANGE - WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, AGAINST GEORGE CIASCHI, 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 Goverment Center, Supreme Court Lobby, 255275 Main Street, Village of Goshen in the County of ORANGE, State of New York, on 12/1/2010 at 10:00 AM, premises known as 2059 INDEPENDENCE DRIVE, NEW WINDSOR, NY 12553. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of NEW WINDSOR, County of Orange and State of New York, Section, Block and Lot: 64-2-11.2. Approximate amount of judgment $411,298.54 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #8600/08. Sol H. Lesser, Referee, Steven J. Baum PC, Attorneys for Plaintiff, P.O. Box 1291, Buffalo, NY 14240-1291 Dated: 10/19/2010

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of Rhinebeck; niece, Noreen Sheehan of Red Hook; uncle, Robert W. Wilkins and wife, Maryann, of Hatfield, Missouri; and several cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, John Mark Sowarby. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, November 4, 2010 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James A. Garisto at 10 am, Friday, November 5th at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish, Hudson View Dr., Poughkeepsie. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cemetery, Middletown. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, 6 Fr. Cody Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. To send a condolence or for directions, please visit

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. MILLBROOK GOURMET FOOD EMPORIUM, LLC Arts. of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/13/2010. Office in Dutchess Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 3283 Franklin Ave, P.O. Box 253, Millbrook NY 12545. General Purposes. 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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From left: Khedup Lodoe makes his way up the rock-climbing wall; Youngsters are hooked up to high-tech devices to see how exercise effects their bodily functions.


On Saturday, the worlds of science and athletics converged at Rhinebeck High School during the Rhinebeck Science Foundation’s Discovery Science Fair. The free event explored the physiology and mechanics of sports through a number of interactive exhibits. For example, at one exhibit, youngsters attempted to hit golf balls into holes on a variety of surfaces. Paul Marienthal, associate dean of student affairs at Bard College, who ran the exhibit, said it was meant to teach children about physics by examining relationships between things like speed and topography. Other exhibits included a rock-climbing wall, dance presentations with Solas An Lae, dodge ball games and more.

Nick Sikula tries in sink a hole in one at an exhibit that aimed to teach students about the physics of golf.

Matthew Deady, an instructor at Bard College, teaches youngsters about physics at his “Physics of Four Square” booth. Below: Children enjoy a game of dodge ball in the Rhinebeck High School gym.


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