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The expression “October surprise” is often used this time of year, but it normally refers to a late-breaking political bombshell. The surprise is often carefully planned to bolster the chances of a political candidate by putting forth a startling piece of information so late in the political cycle that the opposition party has no time to respond. > continued on next page

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Motorists will no longer have to take a detour around the North Cross Road bridge in Hyde Park now that the span has been reopened to vehicular traffic. The bridge, which was closed for ongoing repair work in August, reopened on Thursday, Oct. 27. County road crews have been busy replacing existing beams and the bridge deck with new galvanized steel beams and a steel deck. In addition, the

roadway was resurfaced, a new bridge rail was built and bridge approach work was completed. While the bridge has been reopened to motorists, drivers are asked to maintain a speed limit of 20 miles per hour while minor roadside work continues. The bridge on North Cross Road, which spans Crum Elbow Creek, was originally built in 1969. It is owned and maintained by the county.

HULME PARK FLAGPOLE TO BE DEDICATED TO DET. JOHN FALCONE BY HV NEWS STAFF The Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie will dedicate its flagpole in Hulme Park to the memory of fallen City of Poughkeepsie Police Det. John Falcone next week. The flagpole will be dedicated during a ceremony on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at the park, located at the corner of Market and Church streets in downtown Poughkeepsie. The Kiwanis Club will also honor Dutchess County’s veterans during the ceremony. Falcone was shot and killed near the Poughkeepsie Train Station in February. Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik and Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison will speak during the event. Representatives from branches of the U.S. Military, as well as local police and other agencies, will also attend. The Rev. Wm. Blake Rider of Christ Episcopal Church will deliver the invocation, Barbara Davis of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Choir will lead


A pine tree in Hyde Park sags with heavy, wet snow at the height of the storm. Photo by Jim Langan; Below: A fall leaf covered in the early snow. Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

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the group in song, and bugler Tom Dwyer will play “Taps.” For more information, call 845-4867100.


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Well, this year, the October surprise arrived in the form of a freak snowstorm that left much of the Hudson Valley without power and digging out from a soggy blanket of heavy, wet snow. Snowfall totals ranged from 4.5 inches in Salt Point, 7 inches in Hyde Park, 16 inches in Pine Plains, to a massive 21.7 inches in Millbrook. Many businesses across the area were unable to open Sunday due to lack of power. The few able to open, particularly bars and restaurants, did brisk business. Football fans in search of the Giants game were also out in force. The storm began Saturday afternoon and quickly transformed the area into a Currier and Ives print. Within hours, though, the picturesque landscape had become a tangle of fallen trees and power lines with motorists stranded on many major roads. At 7 p.m. Saturday evening, Dutchess County Executive Bill Steinhaus declared a state of emergency. The order closed roadways in Dutchess County to all traffic except for agencies dealing with the crisis. The order was lifted at noon Sunday. Steinhaus also directed shelters in Millbrook, Red Hook and Pawling be opened as warming centers. According to Central Hudson, 59,906 of the utility’s customers in Dutchess County and 17,017 in Ulster County were without electricity Sunday night. Power was forecast to return to much of the affected areas by later in the week. Utility crews from around the country have been arriving to assist the

overwhelmed local power companies. The weather is forecast to be moderate all week, which should aid in the recovery efforts. This is the second weather wallop to hit a region just emerging from the Tropical Storm Irene devastation in September. In addition to the power situation, the storm left hundreds of motorists stranded as downed trees and power lines brought traffic to a halt on the Taconic Parkway and Route 84. State Police were forced to close the Taconic and parts of Route 84 for a period of time to allow emergency personnel to rescue stranded motorists and clear the roadways. Motorists were taken to area motels and hotels to wait out the storm. If the political class has any intention of pulling an October or November surprise, it will have to be a big one to top Saturday’s bombshell.

A quick look at some of the local races we’re watching COUNTY RACES

• DUTCHESS COUNTY EXECUTIVE: Dan French (D, WF) faces Marc Molinaro (R, C, I) to take over for County Executive Bill Steinhaus, a Republican who is retiring. Molinaro is a former Dutchess County legislator, mayor and village trustee in Tivoli and currently an assemblyman. French is the current supervisor of the Town of Beekman, where he previously served as a councilman. He is also former Dutchess County deputy elections commissioner. • FAMILY COURT JUDGE: Marco Caviglia (D) of Pleasant Valley faces Denise Watson (R, C, I) of Poughkeepsie. • DUTCHESS COUNTY LEGISLATURE DISTRICT 1 (POUGHKEEPSIE): Incumbent Jim Doxsey (D, WF) faces Thomas A. Bauer (R, C, I). In years past, Doxsey had been endorsed by the Conservatives but lost the nomination to Bauer this year. • DUTCHESS COUNTY LEGISLATURE DISTRICT 4 (HYDE PARK): Diane Nash (D, WF) faces off against Sue Serino (R, C, I). Nash had held this seat for two terms until losing it in 2009 to Republican D.J. Sadowski, who is not seeking re-election. Serino is currently a councilwoman in Hyde Park who gained recognition by standing up to her fellow Republican board members. • DUTCHESS COUNTY LEGISLATURE DISTRICT 7 (HYDE PARK): Rich Perkins (D, WF, I) faces Justin W. Varuzzo (R, C) in a race to fill the seat being vacated by Assistant Minority Leader Dan Kuffner, who is stepping down. Perkins is a former Hyde Park councilman and supervisor candidate. Varuzzo has served as liaison to the Legislature as a member of the Dutchess County Young Republicans. • DUTCHESS COUNTY LEGISLATURE DISTRICT 20 (RED HOOK): Incumbent Ben Traudt (R, C, I) faces Micki Strawinski (D, WF). Traudt was first elected to the seat in 2009 at age 19 and says he tries to advocate for Red Hook in the Legislature. Strawinski currently serves as a councilwoman in Red

Hook; she decided to step down from that post but says she wants to continue serving her neighbors.


• MAYOR: Incumbent John C. Tkazyik (R, C, I) faces challenger Kenneth A. Levinson (D, WF). Issues include economic development, tourism, social services, youth services, public safety and others. Tkazyik is a restaurateur who was first elected to the common council in 2001; he was elected mayor in ’07. Levinson is a property owner in Poughkeepsie and former IBM employee. • COUNCILMEMBER WARD 1: Jacqueline Jordan (D, PF) faces Thomas E. Parise (R, C, WF, I). • COUNCILMEMBER WARD 2: Joseph Rich (D, WF) faces John C. Murphy (R, C, I). • COUNCILMEMBER WARD 3: Robert Mallory (D) faces Raymond F. Petroccitto (R, C, I). • COUNCILMEMBER WARD 4: Nina Boyd (D, PF) faces Lee David Klein (R, C, I). • COUNCILMEMBER WARD 5: Ann Perry (D, PF) faces Yvonne Flowers (R, C, I). • COUNCILMEMBER WARD 6: Mary Solomon (D, WF, PF) faces Dazell D. Green (R, C, I). • COUNCILMEMBER WARD 7: Gwen Johnson (D, WF) faces Herman Daron Wilson (R, C, I). • COUNCILMEMBER WARD 8: Leslie Catlett (D, WF) faces Paul T. Herman (R, C, I).


• SUPERVISOR: Aileen Rohr (D, WF) faces Joe Kakish (R, C, I). Issues include economic development, government transparency, controlling taxes, controlling spending and others. Rohr is a commercial and residential property owner who has served on a number of town committees and other causes. Kakish is a recent law school graduate who owns a local business.


• COUNCILMEMBER WARD 1: Emily Svenson (D) faces Seth Butler (R, C, I). • COUNCILMEMBER WARD 2: Joseph Petito (D, WF) faces Donald Veith (R, C). • COUNCILMEMBER WARD 3: William Truitt (D) faces Jacob Michels (R, C, I). • COUNCILMEMBER WARD 4: Ken Schneider (D, WF) faces John Guercio (R, C, I). • TOWN JUSTICE: Incumbents David Steinberg (D, WF, I) and John Kennedy (R, C, I) face James Lynch Jr. (D, WF) and Cynthia Kasnia (R, C) for two town justice positions.


• SUPERVISOR: Incumbent Tom Traudt (R, C, I) faces Gina Fox (D, WF). Issues include implementing sustainable budgets, controlling taxes, controlling spending, infrastructure issues, implementing the recently adopted comprehensive plan and others. Traudt, a retired detective with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, was first elected supervisor in 2007. Fox, who works in real estate, has served as a councilwoman in Rhinebeck since 2009. • TOWN COUNCIL: Incumbent Bruce Washburn (R, C, I) faces newcomers Debbi Mimoso (R, C, I) and Elizabeth Spinzia (D, WF) for two seats on the Rhinebeck Town Board. • TOWN ASSESSOR: Incumbents William McGann (R) and Emery Ruger (R) face newcomer Jeffrey Romano (D). • HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT: Incumbent Kathy Kinsella (D, I) is running unopposed.


• SUPERVISOR: Incumbent Sue Crane (R, C, I) is running unopposed. • TOWN COUNCIL: Incumbent Harry Colgan (D, WF, I) faces David Fell (R), Trilby Sieverding (R, C) and Brenda Cagle (D, WF) for two seats on the town board.

• HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT: Incumbent Theresa Burke (D, R, C, I) is running unopposed.


• SUPERVISOR: Incumbent John McNair (R, I) faces newcomer Carl Tomik (D, C). Issues include economic development, implementing sustainable budgets, controlling taxes, controlling spending, upgrades to Redl Park. McNair served as supervisor for one term before losing his next election and was elected to the post again in 2009. He volunteers with a number of community organizations, including the American Legion. Tomik is a businessman who wants to keep costs down. He has also volunteered his time around town. • TOWN COUNCIL: Two candidates, Carol A. Campbell (R) and Lisa Milicaj (R) are running unopposed for two seats on the town board.


• SUPERVISOR: Incumbent Virginia Stern (D) faces Mark D’Agostino (R, C, I). Issues include government transparency, keeping spending to a minimum, finalizing the town’s master plan and others. Stern was first elected supervisor in 2009 and served as a councilwoman prior. She is an advocate for open and transparent government. D’Agostino, who currently serves as a councilman, is a CPA and CEO of a $25 million non-profit. His expertise seems to be in finance and budgeting. • TOWN COUNCIL: Incumbents Johanna Shafer (D) and Chris Flynn (R, C, I) will face Charles Shaw (D) and Joseph Norton (R, C, I) for two seats on the town board. • TOWN CLERK: Incumbent Ritamary T. Bell (D, R) is running unopposed.

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Republican thinks Hyde Park wants fresh face and start BY JIM LANGAN Joe Kakish is the Republican candidate for supervisor in Hyde Park. He’s a 34-year-old political unknown in his first bid for public office. By all accounts, he won’t be unknown for long. Kakish stopped by Hudson Valley News for a chat after slogging through Saturday’s snowstorm meeting prospective voters. “I can tell you voters are upset with the current town board and want change, real change,” Kakish said. “They’re tired of the same recycled candidates and that goes for both parties. The caucuses and primary showed that. When write-ins beat all four incumbents 2-1, you know voters have had it.” His opponent for the supervisor’s position is Democrat Aileen Rohr, whose only political experience has been as a planning board member for two years. Rohr was also active in Stop the Sprawl, a grass roots organization championing smart growth, but seen by some as anti-development. “I noticed she didn’t mention Stop the Sprawl during the debate the other night,” Kakish said. “I’m much more business friendly than Rohr and will do everything I can to accommodate new business. Rohr seems focused on filling storefronts. I’m thinking a little bigger. A new supermarket isn’t going to cure our budget problems.”


Hyde Park resident Judy Calcagni finds (left to right) Ward 4 candidate John Guercio, County Legislature candidate Justin Varuzzo, Congressman Chris Gibson (R-20th District) and supervisor candidate Joe Kakish asking for her support in the Nov. 8 elections. Calcagni asked Gibson why campaign signs no longer identity party affiliation. Photo by Jim Langan.

Asked about Hyde Park’s fiscal woes, Kakish said, “Everything’s on the table in this economy. I’m assuming the current board is going to blow through the 2% tax cap and raise taxes significantly. I’ll do everything I can to rectify that in the 2012 budget. If consolidating or sharing services makes sense, we should consider it. But my main priority is keeping Hyde Park safe. I also want Hyde Park to take

The A-Team turns out to support Sue Serino’s bid for county legislator

Pictured, from left: Hyde Park Highway Superintendent Walt Doyle, supervisor candidate Joe Kakish, County Legislator Angela Flesland, District Attorney William Grady, County Clerk Brad Kendall, Hyde Park Receiver of Taxes Francine DiGrandi, Sue Serino and County Comptroller Jim Coughlan. Photo by Jim langan. {4} November 2, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

the lead in any of these decisions.” Kakish said it is important for Hyde Park to bring tourists back. “Too many people think of Hyde Park as a pit stop, not a destination,” he said. “We need stores and restaurants and stop sending people to Rhinebeck.” When asked what he thought the most important issues were, Kakish said, “The budget, growth and transparency. If I’m elected, people will once again be welcome at town board meetings. We want their input and we will be transparent. It’s their town and I want to give it back to them.” Kakish also referenced the harsh treatment of volunteers by the current town board. “One of the first things I would do is institute an intern program that would bring much-needed energy and talent to the town and allow us to keep expenses down,” he said. “I would also reach out to volunteers and make them know how valuable they are to the town. I also intend on working with all the department heads and making sure their voices are heard.” Kakish said he thinks he has a great chance on Nov. 8. “The debate went well, I’m getting a great reception door to door and I’m working incredibly hard,” he said. With that, Kakish went back out into the snow.

The Democratic and Republican candidates running for local office in Rhinebeck will participate in a moderated public forum this week. The forum will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Rhinebeck High School auditorium. Candidates for supervisor, town board, town assessor and highway superintendent will give introductions during the first half of the event. They will answer questions submitted by the audience during the second half. The forum is being sponsored by the Student Council of Rhinebeck High School. The public is invited and urged to attend.

Whalen takes helm on St. Francis board

Sister Roberta Smith, chairwoman of the St. Francis Hospital Board of Trustees for the past decade, hands her gavel over to incoming Chairman George T. Whalen III. Whalen is the former vice chairman of the board and chairman of the finance committee. Photo submitted.



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Stores in cores: A cost-effective approach to growth

In 2009, Hyde Park elected a town board consisting of five Republican newcomers. It was obvious from day one that voters had made a mistake. The last 22 months have seen the board disenfranchise and disrespect the residents of Hyde Park. Supervisor Tom Martino, councilmen Michael Taylor, James Monks and Michael Athanas will leave a legacy as being the worst board in history while accomplishing nothing of substance. There has been one bright spot, however, and that has been the emergence of Councilwoman Sue Serino as a talented and principled leader on a dark landscape. The combination of her judgment and personal integrity made her a target for Martino and his cowardly henchmen. Serino made it clear from the beginning she was willing to listen to all sides of an issue before voting. Through it all, Serino maintained her dignity and protected her constituents. She demonstrated the kind of political courage not often found in this poisonous political environment. Serino’s decision to seek the District 4 Legislature seat was a sound one. It was also brilliant as she has emerged the only winner in the train wreck that is the 2009 town board. Serino’s experience and ability to work with people from both political parties will make her an effective and important voice for Hyde Park. Her opponent, Diane Nash, served two undistinguished terms in the Legislature, terms marked by contentious and unwarranted partisanship. Hyde Park needs a consensus builder with the political relationships to get things done. That person is Sue Serino and she has earned your vote Nov. 8.


We in the 20th District (Red Hook) have an opportunity to have an exemplary public servant represent us. Micki Strawinski has put our money where her mouth is, working on the Red Hook Town Board to keep our taxes down and meetings more open to public scrutiny, and helping pass land-use laws that will preserve local character and stimulate jobs and economic growth. Micki practices what she preaches, continually publicizing and attending community events, business openings, charity initiatives and cleanup days. If there’s a fundraiser for a historic site, community group, sick child, Chamber of Commerce, etc., Micki is there. You will see her and her husband of 27 years (and often her grown children) at farmers’ markets, restoration

projects, local musicians’ performances and local restaurants. Micki has advocated for senior services, child welfare, school programs and effective use of public facilities while volunteering in our community with her husband, Doug, for 20 years. She has demonstrated strong family values, fiscal responsibility, and community service. I am confident that in the Dutchess County Legislature, she will continue to work for the people of the 20th District with great energy, enthusiasm, openness and strength of character. Vote for Micki Strawinski on Nov. 8 to represent you and your family’s interests and concerns in the Dutchess County Legislature. Susan Mora Red Hook




It’s getting tougher to stay interested in the thugs as they run out the clock. It’s like following a baseball team that’s 30 games out in September. What’s the point? Budget “deliberations” are a charade and fooling no one. 60 days and counting. {6} November 2, 2011 | | Hudson valley news


At a recent meeting of Hudson River Valley Greenway, Sen. Steve Saland and County Executive Bill Steinhaus were honored for their roles in this program, which has brought in $1.7 million for sustainable planning in Dutchess County. Steinhaus spoke about the importance of smart planning for sound economic growth and touted Greenway’s “centers and greenspaces” approach to growth in Dutchess County. But, wait, aren’t both Steinaus and Saland prominent Republicans? Yes. It is common knowledge among both Republicans and Democrats that smart growth is essential to towns if they want to keep taxes under control while welcoming new stores and restaurants. It’s a wellsubstantiated concept: Attract construction of new stores within already-developed centers, expanding the tax base without creating new municipal expenses. Preserve green spaces around centers, and manage new residential growth to ensure it doesn’t become a burden on existing residents. It’s common sense, and it’s the common ground Team Hyde Park will pursue. Of course, this is easier said than done. There are numerous factors that make commercial growth challenging, most prominently the weak economy and Hyde Park’s proximity to Kingston and Poughkeepsie. If a national chain already has a store within 20 minutes of here, they probably have no desire to construct another. Team Hyde Park is ready to take on these challenges head-on, working on the ground with property owners and other stakeholders to strategically attract businesses that could serve Hyde Parkers’ needs and thrive. Despite the struggling economy, small businesses, and some larger ones, have continued to open and expand in Hyde Park. Within the past two years, the planning board has approved $40 million in new projects, including a hotel at the Culinary Institute, a new Hess station, a Dunkin Donuts at the former Colonial Plaza, and a Class A office building at Calmer Place, not to mention the redevelopment of Hyde Park Mall to house a larger Stop & Shop. These are solid projects that will benefit our town, creating jobs, providing the

shopping and services residents desire, and expanding the commercial tax base. Hyde Park has an active rumor mill. Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes these tall tales need fact checking. It seems every day there is a new rumor about a store that wanted to come to Hyde Park but was stopped by a powerful band of elitists. One day it’s Target, the next it’s Kohl’s. Wouldn’t it be great if those stores were interested, but alas, neither is true. Negativity like this drags down Hyde Park’s image, hurting us all. Team Hyde Park believes that redevelopment of Hyde Park’s commercial hubs is the path to economic development in Hyde Park. We need more stores in our cores. That’s why we’ve developed the Commercial Hub Improvement Program (CHIP), a realistic approach to working with property owners to see how government can support their properties’ success. We’ll work our hardest to remove barriers to growth, seek infrastructure improvements, and promote our town. We’ll cheer on the private entrepreneurs who do what they do best – invest in new commercial projects. We’re all in this together, and the choice is in your hands. First, we need your vote for Team Hyde Park on Nov. 8. Our team is comprised of members of three parties, with backgrounds in law, police, environmental science, business and real estate. All members of the team have worked together to develop the CHIP plan and have agreed that attracting more stores in our cores is a priority if elected. Please vote for Emily Svenson in Ward 1, Joe Petito in Ward 2, Bill Truitt in Ward 3 and Ken Schneider in Ward 4. Second, we need to work together to stop the negativity. The rumor mill can shred Hyde Park’s reputation and therefore our future. Team Hyde Park pledges to communicate openly with residents, and we hope that residents feel comfortable talking to us and asking questions in an atmosphere of respect and trust. Heard that a toy store that gives out free cotton candy wanted to come to town but some kid-hating scrooges stopped it? Call us for a fact check. This is what we promise you if we’re elected: We’ll tell the truth. We’ll work hard. And job one will be to get more stores in our cores. Aileen Rohr is running for Hyde Park town supervisor and Emily Svenson is running for Ward 1 councilwoman as part of Team Hyde Park. Find them at www.TeamHydePark. com. Respond to this column at editorial@





It’s less than six days from the election. Have you made up your mind yet? Well, here are my two cents and unsolicited observations on the races and candidates I’m familiar with. Let’s start with the easy ones. On the county level, we have Marc Molinaro for executive. As we said in our endorsement last week, he has the resume and experience and the transition from Bill Steinhaus should be seamless. District Attorney Bill Grady, Sheriff Butch Anderson and County Clerk Brad Kendall are rightfully unopposed but say “thank you for your service” with your vote. In Poughkeepsie, Republican Mayor John Tkazyik is being challenged by businessman Ken Levinson. The two have sparred over the budget, public safety and revitalizing Main Street and the waterfront. Most observers concede Tkazyik has done a great job on all fronts. Levinson has made a lot of noise but we think Tkazyik will quiet him on Election Day. Poughkeepsie needs to stay the course with Mayor Tkazyik. In Pleasant Valley, incumbent Republican Supervisor John McNair has his hands full with challenger Carl Tomik. What’s interesting there is Tomik defeated McNair in the Conservative primary. Tomik has run a good campaign but the veteran supervisor McNair should prevail. Rhinebeck Supervisor Tom Traudt has been an effective leader and quietly guided Rhinebeck through these difficult economic times. If we have a criticism of Mr. Traudt, it’s that his inherent modesty prevents him from taking much of the credit he deserves. His opponent, Democrat Gina Fox, has run a spirited campaign and given the large number of Democrats in Rhinebeck, that alone makes her a factor. My money’s on Tom Traudt. A sure winner there is Highway Superintendent Kathy Kinsella, also running unopposed. Her job performance justifies re-election. Over in Pine Plains, Supervisor Gregg Pulver deserves another term. And in Union Vale, former county legislator and exHudson Valley News columnist Bill McCabe is running for councilman. Go Bill!

Red Hook is featuring another member of the Traudt family in a close contest for the District 20 Legislature seat. Republican Ben Traudt is seeking re-election after having been elected in 2009 at the age of 19. His opponent is Red Hook Councilwoman Micki Strawinski and she has run an effective campaign to date. Her involvement in many volunteer organizations should help her, but Ben Traudt’s record and the enthusiastic backing of Marc Molinaro should return Traudt to office. Red Hook Supervisor Sue Crane is running unopposed. In Stanford, Democratic Supervisor Virginia Stern appears to be in control and should defeat challenger Mark D’Agostino, a Republican town board member. In Hyde Park, voters are in a win-win situation with no one from the current town board on the ballot. Both sides have a fresh set of candidates. Standout board candidates are Democrats Bill Truitt for Ward 3 and Emily Svenson in the 1st Ward. Republicans Don Veith in Ward 2 and John Guercio in Ward 4 look like winners too, although hard-working Democratic newcomer Ken Schneider is also an attractive 4th Ward candidate. Both supervisor hopefuls are first-time candidates with little experience. Voters still reeling from Tom Martino might be leery of another unknown Republican candidate in Kakish, but Rohr hasn’t really put any distance between herself and Kakish thus far. It remains to be seen whether the bad vibe from the Martino board hurts this crop of Republican candidates. Either person, however, would be a decided improvement over Tom Martino. Staying in Hyde Park, Republican Sue Serino is the easy pick for District 4 County Legislature with Democrat Rich Perkins getting the nod over Justin Varuzzo for District 7. Newcomer Varuzzo has run a great race and will surely be a factor in local politics going forward. For town justice, we refer you to the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Hyde Park has been fortunate to have two outstanding gentlemen as town justice, Democrat David Steinberg and Republican John Kennedy. Both men personify the integrity and intelligence we want in those important positions. Both should cruise. Finally, these are just my opinions. Make your own opinion known by getting out to vote on Nov. 8. Remember, these local races have more to do with your life than all that noise you hear coming from Washington. Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@


I am writing to urge voters to elect Tom Traudt, Bruce Washburn and Debbie Mimoso for the upcoming Town of Rhinebeck elections. Rather than voting for unproven promises, this team has a proven, documented track record of accomplishments, including: • Securing a $1.5 million grant to help the residence of Vanderburgh Cove replace a decaying sewer system that previous administrations ignored. • Adopting a new comprehensive plan and zoning laws that were stalled in previous administrations. • During these tough economic times, they have kept the town fiscally healthy by cutting over $500,000 in “fat” from the budget without raising taxes. • Led by Washburn, new recreational services include a new pavilion/ice skating rink, community garden, walking trails and recreational programs all through the efforts of volunteers. • New economic development, including a water taxi from Kingston to Rhinebeck, and cooperatively working with two reputable developers to develop previously abandoned properties (Grand Union and The Garden Condominiums), bringing muchneeded additional tax revenues to the town. • Fiscal controls, including CPA financial audits, adoption of a new procurement policy and competitive-bidding process, investment policy, and ethics policy. • Senior programs, including a senior transportation program and recreation programs at Town Hall. In closing, this team has worked hard since 2008 to bring the community back together and they deserve your vote. It is not about politics, rather experience, dedication and community service that Traudt, Washburn and Mimoso have demonstrated in the Rhinebeck community for many years. Robert Babirad Rhinebeck


I have recently had the opportunity to sit down with two of the candidates for Hyde Park town council. I was very impressed with Ken Schneider and Bill Truitt. They and the rest of Team Hyde Park have plans for making this the vibrant town it should be. Supervisor candidate Aileen Rohr leads the team. With her experience on the Hyde Park planning and zoning boards, and as chairperson of the Visual Environment committee, she is known for being an intelligent and knowledgeable manager, and being well-organized, respectful, and a good listener. Team Hyde Park has candidates worth your attention and your vote. William Brodie Hyde Park


Marco Caviglia’s wealth of legal experience makes him the perfect candidate for Dutchess County Family Court judge. In 31 years as an attorney, Marco has spent 24 years representing children and families in Family Court, the same court where he would sit as a judge if elected. He has worked as an assistant district attorney, chief assistant public defender and private-practice attorney, which gives him a balanced perspective of the judicial system. His experience is unrivaled. In fact, he is the only candidate to receive the highest possible rating of “Highly Qualified” for Dutchess Family Court by the Governor’s Bipartisan Judicial Screening Committee. A Family Court judge must be compassionate, decisive, fair, openminded and extremely well-versed in civil and criminal law. This combination of legal skills and judicial temperament can only come from many years of real-world experience. Marco Caviglia’s more than three decades of legal experience in the county court system make him the most highly qualified candidate for Dutchess Country Family Court judge. Doris Kelly Hyde Park


I am writing in support of the leadership team of Supervisor Tom Traudt, Councilman Bruce Washburn and Debbi Mimoso. These candidates understand that it is about the community. The accomplishments under the leadership of Supervisor Traudt leave little doubt about his style of leadership and the difficult things that can be achieved. Others had failed on the Comprehensive Plan, but Supervisor Traudt had the ability to get this difficult legislation passed. Councilman Washburn is a taxpayer’s dream. He understands every expense in our town budget and works to keep the necessary expenses to a minimum. Debbi Miomoso community involvement shows, without question, her commitment to the Rhinebeck community. I urge all voters to vote for these outstanding candidates on Nov. 8. H. Knick Staley Rhinebeck


“Well qualified” or not? The choice is yours. Marco Caviglia is the only candidate for Family Court justice who is rated “Highly Qualified” by the Governor’s Bipartisan Judicial Screening Committee. It’s not rocket science! Regardless of party lines, Caviglia should have our votes. I know he has mine. Susan Keinfeld Stoller Poughkeepsie

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I have had the pleasure of knowing Micki Strawinski and her family since I entered Red Hook High School, almost a decade ago. She is one of the kindest, hardest-working, most caring people I have ever met. Nobody in Red Hook is as ready as Micki to pitch in and lend a hand for her neighbors and her community. Having seen Micki in action on the Red Hook Town Board, I believe she would be a tremendous addition to the Dutchess County Legislature. She has demonstrated that she can work across party lines for clear, common-sense objectives, and could cut through the partisanship that has plagued Dutchess. Please join me in voting for Micki Strawinski on Nov. 8. Patrick Kelly Red Hook


We met Jeff Romano three years ago when we were involved in a local art gallery and quickly became friends due to our mutual interests. We worked with Jeff in a number of art shows and on a town committee involving our community center needs. Jeff has also worked with us on the Rhinebeck Coalition for Youth. In all respects, Jeff is open, sincere and totally trustworthy. He is the kind of person who commits his time and energy to a project and sticks with it to the end. I am aware of his interest in GIS property mapping and environmental conservation issues and he appears very knowledgeable and willing to express his views. With two wonderful children, he has also been very involved in our education system and speaks up to make it better. Jeff’s character and background make him an excellent candidate for our town assessor. John and Linda Lavin Rhinebeck


On Nov. 8, I plan to cast my vote for Benjamin Traudt for Dutchess County legislator. Ben has demonstrated an excellent grasp on the issues and challenges facing our county and town. He has made it a point to meet with members of the community to hear their concerns firsthand. Ben is always available for questions or comments, never condescending and truly committed to making our town and county a better place to live. Benjamin Traudt displays a maturity and ability to relate that is often lacking in politicians. He understands he represents everyone in the Town of Red Hook and goes out of his way to listen and act in our best interest. I am voting for Benjamin Traudt on Nov. 8 and I encourage my neighbors in Red Hook and Tivoli to do the same. Karen Peluso Red Hook


Four years ago, the Rhinebeck Town Board was beset by a number of issues that were defying resolution. Major ongoing issues included: finishing the comprehensive plan and associated zoning, rebuilding the Vanderburgh sewer plant, creating a plan for the Thompson-Mazzarella Park, and addressing gun club usage. Also, divisions within the community were becoming so heated that after the 2007 election, the Nov. 8, 2007 issue of The Gazette Advertiser reported the outgoing supervisor said, “I am humbled by the defeat and hope that the new supervisor will provide leadership to heal a bitterly divided community.” Seeing the town spend resources on problems that continued to elude solutions and the growing rancor so uncharacteristic of Rhinebeck politics, political neophytes Tom Traudt and Bruce Washburn volunteered to run for supervisor and town councilman respectively. During the past four years of leadership by Tom and Bruce, we have seen: considerable progress in healing the bitter divisions within our community as acknowledged by the previous town supervisor, the major issues resolved and taxes kept in check. Because past success is the best predictor of future success, I believe Rhinebeck will benefit the most by electing the town board slate consisting of Supervisor Tom Traudt, Deputy Supervisor Bruce Washburn and community volunteer Debbi Mimoso. Paul Niedercorn Rhinebeck


We are writing to urge Rhinebeck’s citizens to cast their votes for Kathy Kinsella as town highway superintendent. Full disclosure: We live next door to Kathy and we are friends. We often speak about her work and are constantly impressed with the foresight, thoroughness, and detail with which she addresses her job. For instance, in the days leading up to Hurricane Irene, Kathy and her crew made sure that Rhinebeck was ready before the storm hit. They checked and cleared catch basins and pipes and readied equipment, including putting plows on trucks to move road debris. We know that Kathy was constantly monitoring the storm’s approach and had her crew prepared to come to work at a moment’s notice. We know how dedicated Kathy is. We see her leave her house at all hours – day and night, weekday or weekend – whenever there is a storm or snow, a tree down or a flood condition. We feel we are lucky to have her as our highway superintendent. We urge readers to vote for Kathy Kinsella. Fred and Joan Quaderer Rhinebeck

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• A European company called Aetrex is selling an “Alzheimer” shoe for $300. The shoe has a GPS tracker built into the heel. While anything’s helpful with that awful disease, I’ve got a better idea. How about a “Cheaters” shoe for straying spouses? Can’t you hear it now? “Honey, I’m stuck at the office. Go ahead without me.” Followed by “Unless your office is that no-tell motel, you’re not.” • A Norwegian Cruise Line ship pulled into Boston Harbor with two dead passengers. The exact cause of death has yet to be determined but if it was choking, you can assume both were members of the Boston Red Sox. • Down in the Everglades, officials captured and killed a 16-foot Burmese python that had just polished off an adult female deer. Here’s my question. I get these snakes can digest something that big. But how slow moving was that deer? • Love was in the air recently in Bakersfield, California. A skydiving instructor and parttime porn actress and her receptionist girlfriend decided to get busy in an airplane before jumping out and continuing their sexual activities on the way down. The FAA said the activity wasn’t sufficient to distract the pilot and refused to discipline him. Not a distraction? If those two had been in the back seat of my car, I’d have hit a tree. • Democrats were playing the Clarence Thomas card last week on MSNBC by saying Republicans embrace Herman Cain because he knows his place. Again, I guess you have to be a Democrat to qualify as black. Pathetic and not fooling anybody. The real plantation is the Democratic Party.


I’m hoping maybe you guys can get some answers from our lovely Town Supervisor Tom Martino. Where was the leadership with this power outage? A senior citizen complex located on Farm Lane has been without power since Saturday, 3:30 p.m. I believe it has 86 apartments. No heat, no dry ice, no visit, no information. Where are our warming stations? According to the Central Hudson website, 4,100 Hyde Park customers are without power. We are pretty much out here with no voice. Nick Marshall Hyde Park


Last week I took my son to the beach. Now this!

- Brooklyn native Lydia Waters on the snowstorm.

• Have you seen Herman Cain’s internet ad with one of his aides talking away while smoking a cigarette. It was brilliant because all the TV networks ran it to pummel the smoking aspect so Cain got monster free coverage. An Obama person called the ad “weirdly post-coital.” Wow. Might want to get out of the office more often, pal. • A 15-year-old Memphis boy has been arrested for posing as a cop to steal credit cards. Using the alias Capt. Tyrone Banks, the boy racked up $500 in pizza charges, $800 for a house party and $874 to pay a friend’s utility bill. Now I know the older you get the younger cops seem to you. But 15-year-old Capt. Tyrone Banks? • Another Tennessee native in the news last week. George Dongdong Jia (not making up the name) of Oak Ridge was fined $30,000 in an Anchorage, Alaska court for selling wildlife parts to an undercover officer. Dongdong Jia was peddling raw walrus tusks, a polar bear hide and a black rhino foot. Another quick question. Is Dongdong an old family name here or did they just like the sound of it? • Red Hook officials held the second annual “Drug Take Back Day” Saturday. The goal was to get people to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs they may have lying around. It’s a great idea but the cynic in me wonders how much Oxycodone got turned in. • The end of the world came and went again on Oct. 23. According to the same looney preacher who predicted lights out in May, the world was supposed to end in a fire ball. Maybe he’s a globalwarming guy and should be communing with Al Gore. • Speaking of Al Gore, his anemic enterprise Current TV is beyond floundering. His big star, Keith Olberman, is averaging about 14,000 viewers a night. I can put up those numbers broadcasting from my garage.


This election season, Hyde Park voters are faced with selecting from the various candidates for town and county offices. As a rule of thumb, it is a wise choice to select those who have started from the bottom and gained government experience before pursuing higher elected offices. It is experience that generally is what gives a new officeholder a running start and therefore the best chances of success. Overall, the Democratic slate has met this criterion and is therefore in excellent position to address the problems that our town is facing. The Republican slate, on the other hand, is inexperienced. These folks have not gained experience on the various town committees and boards. Why take the risk? Barbara Sweet Hyde Park

“Barbies” by Amanda Letchko




Marist and the Arts Society of Kingston have teamed up to present “A Juried Show of Work by Marist College Art Students,” opening this Saturday, Nov. 5 from 5-8 p.m. Seventeen current and former students will be featured in the exhibition, which will be juried by Richard E. Jefferson, ’08 alum and Registrar at D. Wigmore Fine Art in New York City.


IT’S WORTH WHAT? Antiques and heirlooms talk and appraisals this weekend in Rhinebeck CELEBRATING THE ARTS - Fundraising events at Arts on the Hudson and Mill Street Loft Free rabies vaccines for pets; Singing with the King; Art and community events through Nov. 20

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Antiques appraiser Frank Gaglio and Brenda Klaproth, organizer of “Antiques Roadshow Rhinebeck Style,” take a look at an antique. Photo submitted.

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

THIS WEEK (NOV. 2-8) The Enduring Legacy of the PATCO Strike: Labor, Politics and the Public Sector Thirty Years After Reagan; Wednesday, Nov. 2; 7:30 p.m.; Dutchess Community College (James and Betty Hall Theatre), Poughkeepsie; Lecture by Professor Joseph A. McCartin of Georgetown; Free; 845-431-8522, Community Flu Clinic; Wednesday, Nov. 2; 2-5 p.m.; Northern Dutchess Hospital (Cafeteria Conference Room), Rhinebeck; Flu vaccine $25, pneumonia vaccine $35; Appointments required; 1-877-729-2444.

Hyde Park; Representatives from 32 colleges will review students’ work, hosted by Mill Street loft; Free; 845-471-7477. Affordability 101: Basics of College Financial Aid; Thursday, Nov. 3; 6:30 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls; Learns ins and outs of college financial aid; Free; 845-297-3428. Screening of ‘What Would Jesus Buy?’; Thursday, Nov. 3; 7 p.m.; Crafted Kup, 44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Screening followed by an audience discussion; Free; 845876-7906.

Child Development Checkups; Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-noon; Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Appointments required; 211 or 1-800-899-1479.

Smashing History: 150 Years of LGBTIQA Vassar; Thursday, Nov. 3-Saturday, Nov. 5; Call for daily schedule; Vassar College, Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-437-5370.

Free Rabies Vaccinations; Thursday, Nov. 3; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Stanford Firehouse, 6098 Route 82, Stanford; Free for Dutchess residents, $10 for non-residents; Vaccinations for dogs, cats, domestic ferrets available; 845-486-3404.

Selected Works of the Last Seven Years: Paintings by Pamela Krimsky; Friday, Nov. 4; 6-8 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Exhibit continues until Nov. 30; Free, donations accepted; 845-876-2903.

10th Annual Regional Portfolio Day; Thursday, Nov. 3; 4-8 p.m.; Home Of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site (Wallace Center), Route 9,

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Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5 at 8 pm Sunday, November 6 at 3 pm Friday & Saturday, November 11 & 12 Sunday, November 13 at 3 pm Tickets: $20 Adults; $18 seniors Ghosts and goblins; witches and warlocks; but none so feared as Count Dracula. Dracula, based on the Bram Stoker novel, is seductive, passionate and diabolical. The pulsing life force of this play will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Don’t miss the chance to tremble in real fear! Directed by Lisa Lynds for CENTERstage.

Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’; Nov. 4 and 5; 7 p.m.; Highland High School Auditorium, 320 Pancake Hollow Rd., Highland; Produced as part of the Big Read; Adults $5, students free; 845485-3445, ext. 3372. Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’; Nov. 4-13; Call for show times; Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; The classic horror tale is adapted for the stage; Adults $20, Children/seniors $18; 845-876-3080. Coffee Table Book Launch Party; Saturday, Nov. 5; 4-7 p.m.; Bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, 6423 Montgomery St. (Route 9), Rhinebeck; Celebrates release of “Brilliant: White in Design” by Linda O’Keeffe; 845-876-1117.

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

Magic and Illusion Saturday, November 5 at 11 am

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Saturday, November 12 at 11 am

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The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD; Saturday, Nov. 5; Noon; The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Live transmission of Wagner’s “Siegfried”; Adults $23, members $21, children $16; 845-473-2072. CPR and First Aid Training Workshop; Saturday, Nov. 5; 1 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls; Registration required; $45; 845-297-3428. Henry Purcell’s ‘King Arthur’; Saturday, Nov. 5; 8 p.m.; Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie; GA $20, seniors $15, youth $7; 845-256-9114.

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Experts to appraise antiques, heirlooms in Rhinebeck


Ever wonder what grandma’s old jewelry is really worth? Or if that old vase you found at a yard sale is a genuine antique or a cheap reproduction? Thanks to Rhinebeck Reformed Church, you’ll have a chance to find out this weekend. “Antiques Roadshow Rhinebeck Style,” a lecture and individual appraisals by antiques expert Frank Gaglio of Barn Star Productions, will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., at Rhinebeck Reformed Church, 6368 Mill St., on the corner of Route 9 and South Street in Rhinebeck. The event will begin with a lecture at 1 p.m. by Gaglio entitled “Heirlooms, Treasures, Yard Sale!” Following the talk, the audience is invited to have their own items verbally appraised by a panel of three experts, including Gaglio, Russ Carlsen of the Carlsen Gallery and Bruce Lubman of Hummingbird Jewelers. Also during the event, five local antiques restoration experts – specializing in chair, clock, art, doll and jewelry restoration – will be on hand and available for consultation. Admission to the event is $10 and includes one appraisal. Additional items will be appraised at $5 each. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rhinebeck Reformed Church Restoration Fund. For further information, contact Brenda Klaproth at 845-876-2436 or bklaproth@


The Art Society of Kingston will host the world premiere of Lewis Gardner’s “Wheels,” a contemporary look at “guy stuff” concerning friends, brothers, strangers, lovers, colleagues and mentors. One of the component parts of “Wheels,” “Pete and Joe at the Dew Drop Inn,” was recently published in “Best American Short Plays 2008-2009,” and another, “Wheels of Justice,” will be published this fall by One-Act Play Depot. Gardner’s plays have been published and performed throughout the U.S. and other countries, including “Remember Me,” written for and performed by Academy Awardwinner Kim Hunter, and musicals written with Oscar Brand and Daniel Paget. The multiple characters of “Wheels” will be performed by a cast of two, Ron Morehead and Joseph Bongiorno. Morehead has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and the White House. He is also founder and artistic director of Crown Productions, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for other non-profit organizations. Bongiorno has been active in local theater in the Hudson Valley since 2000. He has read work-in-progress plays at the ASK Playwrights Lab on many occasions. A suggested donation of $10 will be requested for the benefit of ASK’s programs. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 12. Reservations are suggested, since seating is limited. Call 845-338-0331 for information and reservations.

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Tending to Your Ending; Sunday, Nov. 6; 12:45 p.m.; Starr Library, West Market Street, Rhinebeck; End-of-life planning; $80, includes follow-up call; 914-466-5763

< continued from previous page General Consulate of Guatemala to Visit Dover Plains; Saturday, Nov. 5; 9 a.m.-5p.m.; Dover Elementary School, 9 School St., Dover Plains; Consulate to issue Passport extensions and Consular ID Cards; 212-686 3837.

Ninth Annual Fair Trade Bazaar; Nov. 6 and 7; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (ends 3 p.m. Monday); Vassar College (Ely Hall), Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-452-4013. Medicare Workshop; Monday, Nov. 7; 6 p.m.; Staatsburg Library, 72 Old Post Rd., Staatsburg; Free; Registration required; 845-889-4683.

Mid-Hudson Larreynaga Sister City Benefit Dance; Saturday, Nov. 5; 7:30 p.m.; Church of the Messiah Parish Hall, Route 9, Rhinebeck; Live music by Cuboricua, proceeds benefit Larreynaga, Nicaragua; $20; 845-876-3779.

Meeting of Dutchess Peace; Monday, Nov. 7; 7-8:30 p.m.; Unitarian Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie; Plan anti-war and anti-recruitment activities; 845-876-7906.

Sip and Sign: A Holiday Book Signing; Saturday, Nov. 5; 1-4 p.m.; Millbrook Vineyards, 26 Wing Rd., Millbrook; 15 local authors will sign books as guests enjoy food from local eateries; Free; 845-677-8383, ext. 17.

You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery; Monday, Nov. 7; 5:30 p.m.; Vassar College (Spitzer Auditorium), Poughkeepsie; Free; Historian Jeremy Popkin discusses Haitian revolution; 845-437-5370.

Antiques Road Show Rhinebeck Style; Sunday, Nov. 6; 1-4:30 p.m.; Rhinebeck Reformed Church, 6368 Mill St., Rhinebeck; Frank Gaglio will give lecture and appraise items; Lecture and one appraisal $10, additional appraisals $5; 845-876-2436.

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Screening and Discussion of ‘Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story’; Sunday, Nov. 6; 2 p.m.; Home Of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site (Wallace Center), Route 9, Hyde Park; Lead writer and co-producer to discuss film; Free; 845-486-7745.

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Pictured, clockwise from top: Hospice President and CEO Richard Trocino, Sandra Cassese, Patricia Nocket, Linda and Sen. Stephen Saland; Hospice Foundation board member Kathleen Brownell with husband Chip; Hospice board members Vincent Miller and John Coulter. Photos submitted.

Over 160 attend Arts on the Hudson BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

Arts on the Hudson, Hospice of Ulster and Dutchess counties’ annual fall fundraiser, was a success, with more than 160 guests filling Longview Park on the Marist College campus for the event. The event, held Oct. 15, honored Sen. Stephen Saland and aimed to promote the arts. Local artists and musicians featured at the event included: Steven James Petruccio, Sue Koval, Kevin Palfreyman, Gary Hoff, Marist College’s male a cappella group Time Check, The Fashion Program at Marist College, Sheryl Levine, Craig Peyton, Perry Beekman and Lou Pappas.

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER The opening reception for Barrett Art Center’s Fall Member show has been rescheduled from Oct. 29 to Saturday, Nov. 5, 4-6 p.m. 55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie. The comedy show with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, of the Emmy-nominated show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” at UPAC in Kingston has been rescheduled from Oct. 29 to Saturday, April 14, 2012. Wild Hive’s Presentation Dinner, “Sustainable Fish Farm in Our Region” scheduled for Oct.

29 is now rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. Introductions from representatives of Local Ocean and Clinton Vineyards, as well as Wild Hive’s founder/farmer/miller Don Lewis. Don will start off the evening discussing the value in having sustainable fish farming in the Hudson Valley. Seating at 6 p.m., program begins 6:30 p.m. Dinner Fee: $68. Reservations are required. For reservations, email Cindi at cindi@ wildhivefarm or call at 845-594-1778. Wild Hive Café Bakery, 2411 Salt Point Turnpike, Cllinton Corners, NY 12514. 845-266-5863.

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UPCOMING Senior Citizen ID Cards; Wednesday, Nov. 9; 9:30-11 a.m.; Division of Aging Services (First Floor Conference Room), 27 High St., Poughkeepsie; $2; 845-486-2555, 1-866-486-2555. Third Annual Teen Alternative Fashion Show; Thursday, Nov. 10; 7:30 p.m.; Millbrook Free Library, 3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook; Free; Fashions made by teens on display; 845-677-3611. ‘Is He Dead?’ by Mark Twain; Nov. 10-26; Call for show times; Half-Moon Theater, Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie; $18-25; Family-friendly comedy; 1-888-71-TICKETS. Dutchess Community College Admissions Open House; Friday, Nov. 11; 1-4 p.m.; Dutchess Community College (North Lounge, Hudson Hall), Poughkeepsie; Free; Learn about programs, financial aid opportunities and new suite-style dormitories; 845-431-8010. John Hiatt & The Combo Concert; Friday, Nov. 11; 8 p.m.; The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; $40-$60; 845-473-2072. John Cage’s James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet; Nov. 11 and 12; 8 p.m.; Bard College (Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater), Annandale; $15-$45; Stars John Kelly, directed by Laura Kuhn, with music and sound design by


Vince Durango: Just for Fun; Nov. 11 and 12; 8 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; One-man show of songs, poetry, stories and more; $10; 845-876-6488. Winter Birds Slideshow Presentation; Saturday, Nov. 12; 10:30 a.m.; Germantown Library (Hover Room), 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown; Free; Linda Atkins and Pearl Broder of KEEP Conservation will present; Tivoli Artists Co-op Holiday Show and Sale Opening Reception; Saturday, Nov. 12; 6-8 p.m.; Tivoli Artists Co-op, 60 Broadway, Tivoli; Free; Exhibition open Nov. 11-Dec. 24; 845-757-2667. Big Book Sale; Nov. 12 and 13; 9 a.m.-2p.m. (starts 10 a.m. Sunday); Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Thousands of books, DVDs and videos starting at 25 cents; 845-876-6488. Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Concert; Sunday, Nov. 13; 3 p.m.; Bard College (Olin Hall), Annandale; Proceeds benefit Hospice; Adults $15, seniors and students $10; 845-473-2273 ext. 1109. ‘Nazareth, North Dakota’ Book Signing; Sunday, Nov. 13; 3 p.m.; Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown; Free; Author Tommy Zurhellen will read and sign copies of his novel; > continued on next page

Pictured, from top: “Rockefeller” by Ethan Hofmayer, Vassar class of 2015; “Untitled (taken in Cushing, Freshman year, Fall 2008)”, Sydney Hessel and Aaron Green, Vassar class of 2012.

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“Even among the diverse group I was presented with, I immediately identified a common factor: ingenuity combined with strength in technique and execution,” Jefferson explained. “As a graduate of Marist College, I can attest to the multifaceted education at Marist’s Department of Art and Art History that gives the students a wide variety of tools for their expression. In this exhibition you will see the use of painting, drawing, sculpture, print, photography, and digital design to capture a range of subjects and styles. They reflect the shape of our nation’s artistic future, which, like our past, embodies the pioneer spirit of exploration in creation and expression.” The Arts Society of Kingston is located at 97 Broadway, Kingston. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1-6 p.m., and by appointment. At Vassar, “Through the Student Lens” is now on display through Nov. 22 and features an insider’s look at the Vassar student experience as part of the yearlong celebration of Vassar’s 150-year foundation. The show will feature work from seniors who graduated this past spring and incoming fall freshman, and ranges from student and employee portraits to athletic activities, academic buildings, residence halls, the campus landscape and even study abroad experiences. Hours at the Palmer Gallery are Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m.

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Watercolors by Claudia Engel will be on display Nov. 7-26 at Duck Pond Gallery at the Esopus Library. A reception will close the show on Nov. 26, 5-8 p.m. 128 Canal St, Port Ewen. 845-338-5580, Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. 10-7; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Shelter from the Storm Benefit Concert; Friday, Nov. 18; 8 p.m.; Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston; Featuring Levon Helm Band, Donald Fagen, Natalie Merchant, Graham Parker, John Medeski, Chris Wood and more; $50-$100; 845-339-6088. Hudson Valley Young Artist Talent Search: Grand Finals; Sunday, Nov. 20; 12:30 p.m.; Towne Crier Café, 130 Route 22, Pawling; 845855-1300. Hoot for Hurricane Help; Sunday, Nov. 20; 2 p.m.; St. James Methodist Church, 35 Pearl St., Kingston; $20; Mini folk festival featuring Tom Chapin, Roy Book Binder and others; 845-227-7293.

Mill Street Loft Artistic Director Joan Henry with Honoree Carol Gordon pose with Pasword and Project Aware Outreach students; Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik with Senior Peer Mentor and Outreach student Xi-Xi Whitaker. Photos submitted.

Mill Street Loft Arts of Poughkeepsie and Beacon had a great turn-out for its Annual October Friend-raiser, “Celebrating the Arts - Arts for Learning, Arts for Life” on Thursday, Oct. 20 at historic Vassar Alumnae House in Poughkeepsie. Over 150 people attended the event to help Mill Street Loft celebrate 31 years of changing lives through the arts. The event highlighted the innovative and awardwinning arts and educational programming that MSL Arts provides to people of all ages.

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Food, War and Animals BY ANN LA FARGE Michael Pollan’s three simple rules for eating well have become a mantra for the health conscious everywhere: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Now, the best-selling author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “In Defense of Food” has teamed up with the wonderful artist Maira Kalman to provide an illustrated edition of “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” (The Penguin Press, $23.95), which includes a new introduction and 19 additional food principles. Once you’ve absorbed the guiding principle – “Get off the Western diet!” – you can just read along for the sheer pleasure of hearing from these two purveyors of wisdom, and smile at the delightful pictures. “Keep the unhealthy stuff out of your shopping cart” is the main mantra, along with “Avoid edible food-like substances.” Can’t bear to give up meat? You can become a “flexitarian” – someone who eats meat a couple of times a week. That’s OK! But remember: “It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.” Here are a few more pithy rules for those of us who want to live long enough to have our picture on the Smucker’s jar: #40: “Drink water”; #82: “Cook”; #76: “Breakfast like a king. Lunch like a prince. Dine like a pauper.” And my favorite: “Break the rules once in a while.” This book is a delight – a feast, as it were – on every page. This is a book for everyone. After all, as the wise man once observed: “Everybody eats.” But does everybody read? I hope so. And for those who constantly search for “just the right novel,” here’s one that will satisfy … and keep you thinking about it long after you’ve turned the last page: “Tides of War,” a first novel by noted historian Stella Tillyard (A Frances Coady Book, Henry Holt & Co., $27). Set during the Peninsula War against Napoleon in 1812-14, the story alternates between battlefront scenes (how does she do it! They’re so real!) and scenes on the “home front” (Regency London) as young Special home needed for a very special girl - Farrah’s eyes may be failing but her heart is filled with love. She’s an affectionate adult lab-mix. Her limited vision means that she will do better in a home without cats or little ones. Their movements and sudden noises are a lot for a dog who can’t see what all the fuss is about. She’s got a lot to give to her special person. Are you the one?

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Harriet says farewell to James, her new husband, off to join the Duke of Wellington in Spain. We meet the philandering duke himself, and two other fascinating characters – Nathan Rothschild and Frederic Winsor – while Harriet and Kitty (Lady Wellington) marvel at Winsor’s plan to “illuminate the world” by gaslight. James is tempted; Harriet is tempted; Kitty assures her that “War is a time, perhaps the only time I know of, that women can do what they wish. I do not intend to waste it. Why should you?” And listen as the great painter Goya sums it up, speaking of Napoleon: “Emperor no more, plonked on the island of Elba like a child in a play pen.” Can marriage – can love? – survive war? Once in a great while, a novel brings history to life. Don’t miss this one. Before we hear it for the animals, let’s take a swift detour into the life of an actress with a six-decade career, Piper Laurie’s “Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir” (Crown Archetype, $24.99). I didn’t intend to read the whole thing – just give it a browse – but I got hooked, despite the fact that I could barely remember who this lady was. Is. Somehow, her story is compelling nevertheless. When she and her sister were small, her parents sent them off to live in a sanitarium for several years – a place where they were “never touched or hugged.” Eventually, they were reunited, acting classes and auditions began, and the newly dubbed Piper embarked on a movie career that all would have envied – but that did not satisfy her longing to be a “real actress.” Follow her as she meets Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Ronald Reagan, Greer Garson, Tyrone Power … you get the picture. She had a walkout with David Schine (“Little did I know I was dining with the devil’s disciple”). Then, she left bimbo-hood behind and became, to her great joy, an actress in the glory days of live TV (remember “Studio One”?), got an Emmy nomination, and went on to play many roles on the stage and screen. A good story, perfect for a rainy night in front of the fire. Enough about people; let’s hear it for the dogs and cats. Canine heroism is eloquently celebrated in Lisa Rogak’s “The Dogs of War: The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 16 pages of photos in full color, $14.99). Remember Cairo, in his bulletproof flak jacket and “doggles,” on the mission that led to Osama bin Laden’s death? He’s here, along with many other canine heroes, their handlers and wonderful stories about dogs in the military over the years. Bet you didn’t know that military dogs are awarded a rank like any other enlisted soldier – but their rank is always one level higher than the handler’s! Learn all about these fur-covered soldiers, now and throughout history – explosive-detecting dogs, patrol dogs, dogs with parachutes, from the Egyptians and the Seminole Wars through every war until today. Read this book, set it aside, and give it to someone you love – who loves dogs – for Christmas. And if you close the book wanting more, pick up a copy of Susan Orlean’s new book “RinTinTin.” Once in a while, it’s nice to O.D. on dogs. And for all of us ailurophiles, here’s a delicious picture book of “impossibly cute photos,” – “Zoo Born Cats!: The Newest, Cutest Kittens and Cubs from the World’s Zoos,” by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland (Simon & Schuster, $11.99) – perfect to read with a small child on your lap to giggle with. The book showcases rare kitties from around the world – all species of wild cats – including the fishing cat (who has webbed toes), the snow leopard and familiar guys like ocelots, cougars (the animal variety, that is), jaguars and my favorite, the Asiatic golden cat. Our rescue cat, Simon, joins me in recommending this “awww-inspiring” book as the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who loves cats … or, if they don’t, they will when they read this book. Yes, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas book giving. As I say every year, “Read ‘em now and wrap ‘em later.” 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


Get singing with the King Kairos: A Consort of Singers presents a concert version of English Baroque composer Henry Purcell’s 1691 semi-opera “King Arthur,” featuring a full orchestra. There will be two concerts – Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St. in Poughkeepsie, and on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. at Holy Cross Monastery, Route 9W (1615 Broadway), West Park. This whimsical tale centers around Arthur’s endeavors to rescue his fiancée, the blind Cornish princess Emmeline, who has been abducted by his arch-enemy, the Saxon King Oswald of Kent. It is a delightful and humorous work, and contains some of Purcell’s most lyrical music, much of it inspired by French dance rhythms and adventurous harmonies. The performance will also feature a narration of the story by professional actor and Dutchess County resident David Rodriguez. Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 seniors; and $7 students; $25 at the door on the days of the concert. For information and to order tickets, visit or call 845-256-9114.

County government offers free rabies shots for pets

Protecting your four-legged friends from rabies is easy and free if you’re a Dutchess County resident. On Thursday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Stanford Firehouse at 6098 Route 82 in the Town of Stanford, Dutchess County residents can get their dogs, cats and ferrets inoculated for rabies free of charge. Non-residents will be charged $10. “This is a great opportunity for residents to ensure their families’ pets are safe from rabies,” said County Executive William Steinhaus. “Pet owners can make sure their animals have up-to-date vaccinations at no cost out of pocket.” All animals must be at least 3 months old to receive shots. Dogs must be leashed; cats and ferrets must be in a carrier. The vaccinations will be good for three years for pets with proof of a prior immunization. For those pets without proof of previous vaccination, it will be good for one year. In New York State, owners of dogs, cats and domestic ferrets must have their animals vaccinated for rabies by the time they are 4 months old. Owners of animals that are not vaccinated could face fines of up to $200. If a nonvaccinated pet bites a person or another pet, the animal could be quarantined or euthanized at the owner’s expense.

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This weekend, many of you may have felt like the characters in “Paranormal Activity 3” – alone, in the dark and surrounded by screaming children. The latest installment of the voyeur-horror movie is creepy as can be, as it goes back in time to the story of the two creepy sisters that started it all – Kristi and Katie. Through grainy, ’80s-inspired video, the sisters learn about their creepiness through drawnout time lapses that beg you to try to figure out what has been moved by the unexplainable forces of gravity. (Nothing.) Worth screaming like a child and cluing in on the scary sisters, but next time I want the option to leave a light on.

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Pictured, clockwise from left: Trick-or-treaters and their guardians wait their turn to step into the Rhinebeck Fire Department’s haunted house; 4-year-old Ace Cole, in his Batman costume, is ready to take on the ghouls and ghosts inside the firehouse; 13-month-old Miles Vlasic, dressed as a kangaroo, waits outside the firehouse with his dad, Matthew; Brother and sister Carter and Grayce Lewis show off their costumes.

Thrills and chills at Rhinebeck Fire Department haunted house STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON While walking through the village in search of candy this Halloween, a number of local youngsters and their guardians stopped by the Rhinebeck Fire Department for its haunted house.

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Firefighters transformed a large section of the department into a dark and scary walkway the costumed youngsters could make their way through – if they dared. Following the haunted house tour, guests enjoyed snacks outside the firehouse.

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Residents clamor to regulate off-road vehicles BY RYAN SMYTHE Concerned about their health, homes and livestock, a total of 541 Stanford residents and counting have signed a petition to regulate the use of off-road vehicles, including ATVs, dirt bikes, snowmobiles and similar vehicles. While the problem has been around for a while, it wasn’t until June of this year that resident David Albenda created a petition in hopes of regulating the duration of usage, decibel level and distance from property lines. When asked what gave him the idea for the petition, Albenda told Hudson Valley News, “It was getting to the point where the exhaust fumes from the ATVs next door were too much to bear. My family couldn’t go out onto our deck because the air quality was so poor, and we would have trouble breathing. The closest thing I can think of to compare it to is the Los Angeles freeway.” He continued, “On top of that, the revving of the engines was so loud that I couldn’t even practice my guitar or

read a book in peace. With all that, I’m worried about the property value of my house. How could I possibly sell my house at this point?” Upon speaking with other residents, Albenda realized this problem wasn’t contained to his street, and was in fact an issue all over Stanford. He and other residents started going door to door, speaking with everyone and asking if they would support their cause. “Farmers are especially worried about this problem,” said Albenda. “When the ATVs drive up close to their livestock and rev their engines, it spooks the animals and causes them to go into a panic. They could bolt into fences or buck their riders (if it’s a horse), causing injuries to one or both. If any of the horses or cattle were to break a leg because of this, it would be terrible for their owner.” When asked about the petition, Town of Stanford Supervisor Virginia Stern told Hudson Valley News, “This was something brought forward by residents

of the town, and I will deliberate over what to do to determine the best course of action. It is very difficult for the board to create any new guidelines for the town. We have to consider the riders’ rights along with the rights of their neighbors not to be disturbed. We especially have to worry about over regulating.” When asked if she personally was affected by the ORVs, Stern said, “I have, but that has nothing to do with what the town can regulate. This is not a personal issue for me. As a legislator, one is bipartisan and open and looks at all sides of the issue. It is more than just deciding if you are for or against something.” During her deliberations, Stern said she has looked to other towns to see what they have done about similar issues. “It seems to be a popular activity with children of certain ages,” Stern said. “In other neighborhoods, it was also a problem with children of certain ages. Then they grew up and the problem went away.”

Plan on gorging yourself this Thanksgiving? It might be a good idea to start the day with a healthy 5K walk or run. The morning of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24, Ferncliff Forest will host its fourth annual Turkey Trot, a 5K race from Northern Dutchess Hospital to Ferncliff Forest and back on Mount Rutsen Road. Proceeds from the race will benefit Ferncliff Forest. Registration is from 7 to 7:45 a.m., with the race starting for walkers at 8:15 a.m. Runners start at 8:30 a.m. The “early bird” cost, which includes a running shirt, is $20 for adults, $15 for ages 11-17 and $10 for children 10 and under, until Nov. 15. Between Nov. 15 and 22, prices will be $25, $20 and $15 respectively. Register online at Day-of registration is limited and will be $25 per person, cash only. Awards will be given to top overall male and female runners, and the top finishers in all age divisions. There are also awards for the top three overall walkers. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Knick Staley at Staley Real Estate at 845-876-3196.

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DEBORAH DOWS’ HOUSE AT SOUTHLANDS BURNS Historic building heavily damaged in early morning blaze BY CAROLINE CAREY The former residence of Deborah Dows in Rhinebeck erupted in flames early Monday morning. The fire, which was first noticed at approximately 6 a.m., severely damaged the structure, which was built by Dows from 1937-38. The building was part of what is now known as Southlands, an equestrian center. Deborah Dows was the daughter of Tracy Dows, a wealthy gentleman farmer and former owner of the Beekman Arms. Foxhollow (now Daytop) was the Dows’ family seat and originally included all of the land that is now Southlands. Tracy died in 1937 and left Foxhollow to his three children. At this point, Deborah Dows purchased back the nearly 200 acres that had been the “south lands” of Foxhollow

from Vincent Astor and built her house. Dows was a significant force in the community until her death in 1994. She created the Southlands Foundation in1983 to fund the maintenance of Southlands in perpetuity. Over 300 historical artifacts and materials from the Dows family, including artwork, artifacts and documents, had been archived in house. The status of these items is unknown. Southlands remains one of the most beautiful vistas in the Hudson Valley and is home to many horses and their riders. The exact cause of the fire is not yet known and no injuries were reported. There was no one in the house at the time of the fire as the house was without power due to the snowstorm.

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From my experiences, having weathered out more than a few winters, the freak snowstorm of Oct. 29 was not only unexpected but one of the most intense pre-winter events ever. Scores of residents were without power because of downed lines from the extraheavy, water-laden flakes. I’ve never before seen the amount of trees bent over to the breaking point as I witnessed in Union Vale on Saturday, Oct. 30. Events like this tend to make us appreciate the conveniences afforded by electrical power. As the people without electricity grew in number, many residents spent some very long and cold nights. Oil and gas burners require electricity to run. When the power is off, one can forget about using most space heaters. Moreover, Union Vale is a well-water town, which requires electricity to power the pumps. Those who lack substantial fuel-powered emergency generators tend to get by with stored water and fueled heating units. It makes a person appreciate the day-today struggles of people who dwelled here in the 18th and 19th centuries. Kudos to Richie Wisseman and his dedicated highway crew. They came through again by making the streets passable in a comparatively short period of time.

THE PARK IS GOING STRONG Whereas the farmers’ markets have reverted to a monthly winter schedule, there is a new program to accommodate working parents whose children are on holiday from school. The kids might say, “Thank goodness no school” (TGNS), but what do parents do with them for the entire day when they have to work? The Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department says, “Bring them to Tymor Park for the TGNS Program.” Rob Mattes and his highly competent staff will make sure that their day is filled with games, crafts, friends and fun. The program runs from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. Two regularly scheduled TGNS days fall on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 11. Participants must pre-register for this activity. For more information, contact the Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department at 845-724-5691.

The people at the Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department want you to know that they are now on Facebook. They invite you to check the site out and give them a “like” to start following them. Check out the photographs and feel free to tag yourself or your friends or to share a comment with others.

FARMERS’ MARKET STILL IN BUSINESS Tymor Park Farmers’ Market has recently switched to its monthly winter schedule. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department Offices at 845-724-5691 for an update on specific days. It will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Senior Citizens Room. You are invited to stop by on your way home from work. Generally, market items include homemade jams, breads, homesewn goods, local honey, fresh eggs, soaps, lotions, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, fresh produce, local corn and more. All items are homegrown or homemade and change quite often. The Famers’ Market is currently looking for winter vendors. If you have homegrown or homemade items that you would like to sell at one (or more) of these markets, contact the Union Vale Parks & Recreation Department at 845-724-5691 to be added to the list of vendors.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS Despite the onset of chillier weather, the Tymor Park Family Movie Night Program is still up and running on the first Friday of each month. Join the Parks & Recreation Department (indoors for chilly or inclement weather) once a month at 7 p.m. for these entertaining events. Admission is $2 at the door and there is free popcorn available all night. For information on upcoming presentations, contact the department at 845724-5691.

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR 2011-12 There are still a couple of openings available in the 2011-12 After-School Program. If you would like your child to attend, register ASAP. Registration forms may be obtained online at (click on “Parks and Recreation”) or stop by the parks offices Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The After-School Program is a recreationbased program filled with games, activities, arts and crafts, special events and more. The mission of the program is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that stimulates self esteem, friendships and a healthy lifestyle through the means of daily agendas, special events and recreational activities.

STERN FACES CHALLENGE FROM D’AGOSTINO IN STANFORD BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON One might not think a town like Stanford, which is primarily a bedroom community with much farmland and open space, would be a hotbed of political turmoil, but the town government does find itself divided from time to time, usually along party lines. The board is currently led by Democratic Supervisor Virginia Stern, an advocate of transparent government who has dedicated much time and energy to the town and its residents since being elected to the town board. Challenging Stern this year is current Councilman Mark D’Agostino, a Republican. D’Agostino, who in the past has found himself at odds with the supervisor, is a businessman with experience managing large budgets. Also running this year are incumbents Johanna Shafer, a Democrat, and Chris Flynn, a Republican, as well as newcomers Democrat Charles Shaw and Republican Joseph Norton. The board is currently made up of three Republicans and two Democrats, though this could easily change depending on the results of the Nov. 8 election.


Stern, 69, was elected supervisor in November 2009. Prior to that, she was a councilwoman in the town for three years. She is running on the Democratic line. Professionally, she runs a family counseling practice and holds a master’s degree in social work. Before becoming

supervisor, Stern was director of mental health disaster services for the Dutchess County Red Cross for five years. Stern has lived in Stanford since 1983. She and her husband, Dr. Mark Stern, have three children and six grandchildren. “My goals have to do with continuing the work I started as supervisor,” Stern said. “I ran to bring more open government to the town.” Stern says under her leadership, the town has begun posting videos of town board meetings on the town website and DVD recordings of meetings are now available at the town library. Stern says making videos of meetings available in a number of formats helps inform residents who can’t always make it out to meetings. “Often, meetings are not attended, but it’s not because people aren’t interested,” she said. “It’s because everybody has so much going on in their lives.” Stern also started a quarterly newsletter, which she mails to all local residents using her own money. She says she keeps the newsletter informative and nonpartisan. “It is sent to every resident and it lets people know what the town board is doing,” she said. In addition, Stern initiated Supervisor Saturdays at Town Hall, inviting residents to meet with her on the weekends if they are too busy during the week. Since being elected supervisor, Stern says she has helped the town secure a number of grants for things like the master plan upgrade and tree plantings. She says she also helped save money by switching communications service providers. Stern has also helped initiate new community-wide celebrations, such as Stanford History Day and Stanford Farm Day, both of which have become popular events. “It’s important to think about building a sense of community,” Stern said. “We need to have events to make us a neighborly, friendly community.” In addition, Stern says she supported the formation of a Stanford Business Association and Stanford Art League. When she took office, Stern initiated a master plan committee to upgrade the document. She said the committee will present its draft to the town board in December or January. Looking ahead, Stern says if she’s elected, she wants to oversee the zoning changes that support the master plan and continue to look for ways to save money,

such as securing grants, sharing services and keeping expenditures low. Furthermore, she said she’d like to see all local meetings, not just the town board, broadcast on public-access TV and available online and at the library. Stern says unlike her opponent, she has time to dedicate to the town. “I think I’m a better candidate because I’m more accessible,” she said. “Mr. D’Agostino has a full-time job on Staten Island. I feel I’m more open to being nonpartisan and listening to other opinions. I’m somebody who encourages people to know about and participate in their government.”


D’Agostino, 51, was elected councilman in 2009, the same year Stern took the helm as supervisor. He is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Professionally, D’Agostino is a certified public accountant and works as CFO of a $25 million non-profit organization that provides services to children and adults with mental disabilities. He also owns a small business in Stanford. He has lived in Stanford more than 20 years. He and his wife have two children. D’Agostino says his goal is to create a “more effective, efficient and serviceable town government,” adding, “We should be getting our applications and forms on our town website so the public can access them at any time.” He says another goal is to finalize the master plan and accompanying zoning

updates. He says he would like to engage local residents in this process as much as possible. “It is extremely important we have a plan made by town residents and not by Albany bureaucrats,” he said. D’Agostino said keeping property taxes down is another goal, and added he and his Republican running mates have experience working with budgets and know how to reduce taxes. He said taxes can be kept to a minimum by utilizing grants, such as Local Government Efficiency grants and Local Government Performance/Evaluation Program grants, which essentially award the town for being efficient. He said he would also look into areas where services, equipment and workforce can be shared across municipalities. “If we can do those things, I don’t see any increase in taxes in 2012,” D’Agostino said. Since being elected councilman, D’Agostino says he helped propose and pass a 0% tax increase in 2011 and helped save the town $11,000 each year by changing communications providers and equipment. D’Agostino also serves as administrator of the town website and thinks the town can do a better job of disseminating information to the public. Furthermore, he said, he helped institute a town board meeting agenda, which informs board members and the public what will be discussed at upcoming meetings. Also, he said he helped institute free waste oil, oil filter and anti-freeze disposal for town residents. D’Agostino says he has also stood up for residents who thought their property rights were being infringed upon when certain members of the board attempted to pass laws that would regulate things like storage structures, debris piles and noise. “They’re proposing laws on private property,” he said. “To me, that’s a liberty issue.” D’Agostino says he also successfully prevented an extra $500,000 from being added to the cost of constructing a new highway garage that was supposed to cost $2 million. When asked why he thinks he is a better choice than Stern, D’Agostino replied, “I believe I have the experience in terms of budgeting. I’ve been an administrator my entire life. You have to run the town like a business.”

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All registered voters should have received a card from the Dutchess County Board of Elections in September giving them their voting location. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The East Clinton Firehouse on Firehouse Lane in Clinton Corners is the polling location for District 2 voters. Town Hall at 1215 Centre Road (County Route 18) serves District 1 and 4 voters, while West Clinton Firehouse 1 at 219 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14) in Pleasant Plains serves District 3 voters. If you are unsure where to vote, check with the board of elections at 845-4862473. Be sure you know your polling place before Election Day to make voting easier. New voting machines will be used, so allow some extra time to learn how to operate them.


The Clinton Community Library will be having its annual Election Day Raffle on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6 a.m. to 9

p.m., in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). Wine, hand-crafted items, gift certificates and other items are displayed and raffled at only 50 cents per chance. What a deal! Come in and support your library. If you would like to make a donation to be used for the raffle, call Barbara Bittner at 845-266-5530, Monday through Thursday, between 1 and 5:30 p.m. The library is grateful for all the raffle contributions this year.


The West Clinton Auxiliary will be having its bake sale of homemade cakes, pies and cookies on Election Day, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. until sold out, at West Clinton Fire Station 1, 219 Hollow Rd., Pleasant Plains. Vote, then pick up a treat to enjoy at home.


The Clinton Historical Society invites the community to attend its meeting on Friday, Nov. 4, starting at 7:30 p.m., in the Creek Meeting House at 2433 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners. A presentation will be given by Barbara Butler on “Birding in Dutchess County Over the Past Century.” Questions and answers will follow the presentation and refreshments will be served.

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Community mourns local icon BY CAROLINE CAREY

Judge honored for 25 years of service

The Hon. Carl Wolfson was honored for his more than 25 years on the bench of the Wappinger Town Court by the Dutchess County Magistrates Association at its recent dinner meeting. Wolfson was presented with a commemorative lapel pin to mark the occasion. Shown in the photograph, from left to right, are: Magistrates Association Treasurer the Hon. Francis Christensen (Town of Milan), Magistrates Association Secretary the Hon. Casey McCabe (Town of North East), the Hon. Carl Wolfson (Town of Wappinger), Magistrates Association President the Hon. Jonah Triebwasser (Town and Village of Red Hook) and Magistrates Association Vice-President the Hon. Christi Acker (Town of Pine Plains). Photo submitted. {20} November 2, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

Rhinebeck and the surrounding community feel the loss at the recent death of Peter McGregor, a local institution. McGregor, a longtime resident of Rhinebeck, passed away on Oct. 17. He was 83 years old and had been the publisher of the Hyde Park Townsman, the Rhinebeck Gazette and the Pine Plains Register Herald. McGregor loved Rhinebeck and all of its residents and cultural institutions. He was committed to the Starr Library and served as the co-chair for fundraising for its capital campaign to raise $2.2 million in 2005. Steve Cook, director of the Starr Library, said, “Peter was instrumental in our expansion. He was responsible for an enormous amount of work, donated personally and continued to help us after the expansion. Peter was a very, very generous man who did many wonderful things for his community.” McGregor was also a strong supporter of Mills Mansion. Meldoye Moore, former site director of Mills Mansion, remembered, “Peter and his late wife Jean were among the earliest supporters of the Friends of Mills Mansion.

Their interests in Staatsburgh focused primarily on the lost greenhouse area of the estate and one of the most important objects displayed in our newly opened exhibit area is the scale model of the greenhouse complex that the McGregors commissioned so that visitors to the site could understand this important aspect of the property. Peter was a true ‘friend,’ not only to Staatsburgh, but to the entire Rhinebeck area and he will be greatly missed.” Many gathered on Oct. 20 for a memorial service and to comfort his son, Andrew, and daughter, Sarah. Following the service, friends and family gathered at the Beekman Arms, a favorite haunt of his. To the collected group, Bill Nieves, a good friend of McGregor’s, eulogized, “I remember meeting a robust, bear of a man, with a thick shock of white hair, whose magnetic and magnanimous personality filled the room. I was standing, he was sitting, and he still towered over me.” Nieves concluded, “He cared about people. And his community. He was generous. He was fun. He was bright. He loved to laugh.” He was Peter.

Pictured, from left: Occupational Therapist Laura Watson and Rhinebeck resident Steve Plotnik discuss potential safety issues in Plotnick’s bathroom; Fred Quaderer, a volunteer contractor, Alice and Steve Plotnick, and Occupational Therapist Laura Watson come together after coming up with a plan for the Plotnicks’ home. Photos submitted.

RHINEBECK SENIORS GET FREE HOME INSPECTIONS BY HV NEWS STAFF As part of Rhinebeck’s initiative to help senior citizens age in place, the town board has teamed up with Northern Dutchess Hospital to offer a new Safe at Home program that provides local seniors with free safety assessments of their homes. Through the program, seniors who live in Rhinebeck can make appointments

to have a Northern Dutchess Hospital occupational therapist and volunteer licensed contractor visit their home to perform a free safety assessment using AARP-approved guidelines. Following the assessment, seniors will receive tips for making their home safer. These tips could be as simple as adding

grab bars in the bathroom or rearranging furniture to create wider walkways. Recently, Steve Plotnick, a retiree who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006, decided to take advantage of the program. “Steve is a great example of someone being proactive about his health and has a good approach to his future,” said Laura Watson, occupational therapist at the hospital. “We took a look at things

like lighting, doorways, grab bars in the shower and tight corners that would be difficult to navigate should he need a walker or wheelchair.” Plotnick and his wife, Alice, are currently working with a contractor to make some of the renovations recommended. Rhinebeck residents interested in the Safe at Home program can contact 845876-3409.

Dutchess County thanks local veterans


Dutchess County is thanking the men and women who honorably fought for their country during its sixth annual Veterans Appreciation Day on Saturday. The event will be held Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the Roosevelt Library and Home on Route 9 in Hyde Park. “We invite all Dutchess County residents to join us at this moving event when we come together as a community to say ‘thank you’ to our veterans who have served our country and have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms,” said County Executive William Steinhaus. “This event is also an important way for veterans and their families to learn more about the resources that are available to them, some of which they may not be aware of.” The highlight of the event will be the Medal Presentation Ceremony at

noon. Steinhaus will present three local veterans with medals and certificates, including two Purple Hearts, earned for their service in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. “One of the greatest privileges I have had as county executive is standing before one of our veterans and pinning a medal that represents their service, their sacrifice and their honor,” said Steinhaus. In addition to the ceremony, there will be representatives from various federal, state and local agencies to provide information about services available to local veterans and their families, including health benefits for veterans, state benefits, life insurance, county services and more. Castle Point staff will be available to register veterans for Department of Veterans Affairs Health Benefits and take photos for the Veterans Information Card (VIC).

Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall will also be on hand to issue Return the FAVOR (Find and Assist Veteran of Record) Discount Program Cards. The FAVOR card entitles veterans to discounts at more than 130 retailers and service businesses throughout Dutchess County. (Veterans should bring a copy of their Honorably Discharged Full-Time Active Duty Separation Papers (DD214, WD-AGO, Navpers 553, etc.) and a picture ID showing Dutchess County as their residence.) Event attendees can also take advantage of complimentary admission to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, as well as a free viewing of the film “A Rendezvous with History.” The event is open to all veterans and their families, as well as the general public. For more information, call 845486-2060.

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A Beacon man was arrested on felony DWI charges after he allegedly crashed his car three separate times. According to New York State Police, on Oct. 24 at approximately 3:22 p.m., troopers responded to a report of a twocar accident on the eastbound side of Route 84 in Fishkill. One of the drivers involved in the crash reportedly told troopers she observed a blue Suzuki SUV crash into a guiderail before crashing into her car while fleeing the scene. She described the driver as an older male and provided a description of the vehicle and license plate number, which was broadcast to troopers and local departments, according to police. Several minutes later, the same Suzuki SUV collided with another vehicle at a Sunoco gas station at the intersection of Route 52 and Old Glenham Road in Fishkill. The crash left the vehicle disabled, with extensive frontend damage and two flat tires. A Village of Fishkill Police officer responded and detained the suspect, identified as Patrick R. Walsh, 72, of Beacon. Walsh was arrested after a trooper detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, noticed that Walsh’s speech was slurred and administered a field sobriety test, which Walsh failed. Police say no one was injured in any of the crashes. Further investigation revealed Walsh had been convicted of a misdemeanor count of DWI in 2008 in Fishkill. Walsh was brought to the State Police barracks in East Fishkill, where he submitted to a breath test that indicated that he had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.10%. Due to his previous DWI conviction, Walsh was charged with a felony count of DWI as well as traffic infractions of moving from lane unsafely, operating without insurance and fleeing the scene

of a property-damage auto accident. He was arraigned in Beacon City Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.


The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Beekman man on felony DWI charges after he was caught driving while intoxicated for the third time since 2006. According to the sheriff’s office, Arnold Falgiano Jr., 26, of Beekman, was stopped on Church Street in Poughkeepsie by a STOP-DWI patrol on Oct. 27 at approximately 2:15 a.m. after he was observed driving a 2000 Volvo without headlights. During an interview with Falgiano, the deputy suspected he was intoxicated and Falgiano was detained for further investigation, according to the sheriff’s office. At the conclusion of the investigation, Falgiano was arrested for DWI. According to the sheriff’s office, during processing, it was determined Falgiano had two previous DWI convictions in the past 10 years – in East Fishkill in 2006 and in Poughkeepsie in 2006 – and the charge was upgraded to a class-D felony. Falgiano was arraigned in City of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.


A 22-year-old Amenia man is dead following a one-car accident on Route 22 last week. According to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the area of Route 22 near Route 44 on Oct. 27 at approximately 11:35 p.m. for a 911 call for a one-car auto accident. Upon arrival, deputies observed a 2007 BMW M-5 that had crashed into a tree on the west side of the roadway, according to the sheriff’s office. The operator and sole occupant on the vehicle, John P. Stefanopoulos, was extricated from the vehicle and then pronounced dead at the scene, according to deputies. A preliminary investigation revealed

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Stefanopoulos was traveling northbound on Route 22 when he lost control, crossed over the center pavement markings and struck a tree on the west side of the roadway, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies say the investigation indicated excessive speed may have been a contributing factor. According to the sheriff’s office, Stefanopoulos was wearing a seatbelt and alcohol involvement is not suspected. The investigation is continuing. The sheriff’s office was assisted by members of the New York State Police, Amenia Fire Department and Dutchess County Medical Examiner.


A Poughkeepsie man was arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges after leading police on a chase through the Town of Poughkeepsie last week. According to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, the pursuit began when a STOP-DWI patrol first observed a 2008 Dodge Caliber traveling at a high rate of speed on Haight Avenue in the Town of Poughkeepsie. A deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the operator failed to comply and led the deputy on a pursuit into the Manchester Garden Apartment Complex, where he fled on foot, according to the sheriff’s office. A K9 unit arrived and a track was initiated. The suspect was found, but he again fled on foot to Manchester Road, according to deputies. According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect was taken into custody without further incident on Manchester Road by other deputies who were called to assist. The suspect, identified as James E. Minor, 33, of Poughkeepsie, was determined to be in an intoxicated condition, according to the sheriff’s office. During processing, it was discovered that Minor had one prior conviction for driving while ability impaired by drugs in 2003 in the Town of Lloyd, and also has an active warrant for drug offenses out of the City of Albany, according to the sheriff’s office. Minor was charged with DWI, a class-E felony; reckless driving, a class-A misdemeanor; aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor; unlawfully fleeing a police officer in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor; as well as a number of traffic infractions. Minor was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail without bail.


City of Poughkeepsie Police have captured a fugitive wanted for a 2010 murder in North Carolina. On Oct. 28, officers received information that James F. Hodges, 28, of Poughkeepsie, was in possession of a handgun, according to police. Officers checked the National Crime Information Center and learned Hodges

was wanted in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina for a murder committed in 2010, according to police. At 7: 12 p.m. that day, Poughkeepsie Police received information from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office that Hodges was in the area of 566 Main St. in Poughkeepsie. Police responded and took Hodges into custody. Police say he was not in possession of a handgun at the time. The warrant was confirmed with Mecklenburg County and Hodges was held pending his arraignment as a fugitive from justice, according to police.


Hyde Park Police and New York State Troopers have recovered a $37,000 Kubota backhoe that was reported stolen from a backyard on North Cross Road in Hyde Park last month. Police investigated and the backhoe was recovered on Oct. 26 in the Stormville area. Police did not provide details. Police say the investigation is continuing and the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office is assisting with the investigation.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Andrew L. Hardy, 21, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Oct. 17 on a bench warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree, a Class-A misdemeanor. • Debra L. Brown, 48, of Hyde Park was arrested on Oct. 17 on a warrant for aggravated harassment in the second degree, a Class-A misdemeanor. • Stephen J. Parsons, 22, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, a class-E felony, on Oct. 18. • Frank P. Wood, 21, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor, on Oct. 20. • Alexander C. Smith, 17, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with resisting arrest, a class-A misdemeanor; obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, on Oct. 21. • Anthony A. Kowalski, 33, of Hyde Park, was charged with unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on Oct. 23. • Andrew D. Hough, 25, of Freehold, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor, on Oct. 25. • Scott W. Pugsley, 42, of Staatsburg, was charged with assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on Oct. 27. • Rebekah A. Schmidt, 25, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, on Oct. 28. • Richard M. Schmidt, 47, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and harassment in the second degree, a violation, on Oct. 30.

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