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Cuomo to decide when Molinaro’s successor is elected BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON With Assemblyman Marc Molinaro taking office as Dutchess County executive on Jan. 1, party leaders on both sides will have to decide who they want to run for the Assembly seat being vacated by the popular Republican, though it could take up to year before an election is held. Molinaro, who officially vacates his seat in the state Legislature at midnight on New Year’s Eve, explained the decision on whether a special election will be held to fill the remainder of his two-year term in the Assembly will be made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Molinaro was re-elected to a twoyear term in the Assembly last year, so unless a special election is held, the 103rd Assembly District could be without a representative until 2013. Molinaro said a number of factors could sway the governor’s decision, not the least of which is the upcoming redistricting process. Because of redistricting, a person elected in 2012 to fill the one-year vacancy could find themselves running for re-election in an entirely new district in 2013. “It’s a busy election cycle, and I think all of that will influence what the governor decides to do,” Molinaro said. Despite this potential hurdle, Molinaro said he hopes the governor decides to hold a special election so the people of the 103rd Assembly District, which includes portions of Dutchess

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and Columbia counties, will continue to have adequate representation in the state Legislature. “I hope the 103rd Assembly District has a representative,” he said. “In this case, I would hope a special election is held. It’s a diverse district in need of real representation … but I recognize the variables that the governor would have to consider next year.” If Cuomo does decide to fill the vacancy, a special election must be held within 90 days of his decision. In this case, there would be no primary process; the candidates would be selected by local party leaders. Molinaro said he hopes the person who succeeds him will demonstrate fiscal discipline and work toward regulatory and mandate relief and said he will work with his successor to ensure a smooth transition. “I know there are individuals who have expressed an interest (in running for the 103rd District Assembly seat),” he said. “I suspect there are a number of individuals who would want to speak with me and with whom I would want to speak.” Molinaro said if Cuomo decides not to hold a special election, generally the Assembly allows the vacating legislator’s office to retain its staff and local headquarters so residents can continue to receive constituent services until a new representative is elected. Molinaro said in cases like this, the vacating legislator’s conference, in this case the Assembly Republican conference, would manage the office.

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RED HOOK’S TRAUDT WINS SECOND TERM IN LEGISLATURE BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The list of colleges Ben Traudt can transfer to next year just got a lot smaller. That’s because 21-year-old Traudt, who graduates from Dutchess Community College this semester and plans on transferring to a four-year school, was just re-elected to a second two-year term as Red Hook’s representative in the Dutchess County Legislature. “I’ll have to stay somewhat local,” Traudt said. “But that’s fine with me. I chose this path.” On Election Day, Republican Traudt defeated Democrat Micki Strawinski, 1,538 to 1,230, according to unofficial results posted by the Dutchess County Board of Elections. “It was a spirited race. Both sides gave it their all,” Traudt said. “Micki Strawinski was a formidable opponent and brought a lot of supporters to the table. I was happy that, at the end of the day, I was able to fend off the challenge.”

Traudt is also excited to work alongside County Executive-elect Marc Molinaro, whom Traudt used to work for in Molinaro’s 103rd Assembly District office. Traudt says Molinaro recently spoke with members of both legislative caucuses and seems ready to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle. “I’m looking forward to working with Marc,” Traudt said. “I think it means only good things for Red Hook.” Traudt said his goals include keeping taxes in check, bridging what he sees as a disconnect between Red Hook and county government and addressing overcrowding at the Dutchess County Jail. “I’m deeply grateful that the people of Red Hook and Tivoli re-elected me to office,” he said. “I will work very hard over the next two years, as I have for the past two years, to show them I am worthy of that trust.”


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BOARD GETS – AND GIVES – EARFUL ON 18% TAX HIKE BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Hyde Park residents concerned about a nearly 18% hike in the property tax levy in the proposed 2012 budget attended a public hearing last week in hopes of getting the town board to lower the increase. The board had previously voted to override the state’s 2% property tax cap, and has proposed a 2012 budget that raises the amount of money to be collected in taxes by 17.6%. Most residents who spoke seemed understanding of the town’s financial difficulties, but said the increase was too high and could cause residents to leave Hyde Park. Resident Raymond Ackerman of Mansion Drive said his tax bill has doubled over the past decade. “I object to the increase in taxes,” he said, adding, “18% is just insanity.” Fellow resident Allen Clayton pointed out some areas of the budget he thought could be trimmed back. Those in attendance, and even some board members, chuckled when Clayton pointed out the town is planning to pay a BINGO inspector $3,000 in 2012.

“Please, before you raise my taxes any more … look into other areas and trim the fat a little bit,” Clayton said. Resident Ron Corrado said Hyde Parkers don’t get enough services to justify the amount paid in taxes. “We get nothing in this town – literally nothing,” he said. “It’s ridiculous. We’re a step away from Walden. It’s a joke.” First to speak at the public hearing were town justices David Steinberg and John Kennedy, who urged the board to reinstate a court clerk position that is eliminated in the proposed budget, saying court staff fights “a tireless battle against the avalanche of paperwork” that comes into the town court. The position pays $27,000 per year plus benefits. Also, Police Chief Charles Broe rose to explain why the police department required so many budgeted overtime hours. “This year alone on the Filiberti case, we took a huge hit on overtime hours,” the chief said. He also defended the board’s decision to change his position from part time to

full time, with a salary of $103,250 per year, saying Hyde Park needs a full-time chief to address its high crime rate. He also pointed out that he will be making less than the town’s chief did in 2009 and he will likely be the lowest-paid full-time chief in the county. “The only reason we had a part-time chief here is because I was foolish enough to accept it,” Broe said. Members of the board, particularly Supervisor Tom Martino and Councilman Michael Taylor, also spent a good portion of the public hearing speaking on a number of topics, from the proposed budget to things like last year’s unsuccessful attempt to take site-plan approval authority from the planning board and upcoming development projects they see as their accomplishments. Martino said his administration tried to bring economic development to the town, but a number of factors, including the town’s lack of a sewer system and the economy, slowed progress. Martino said the planning board has moved too slow and made opening new

businesses in Hyde Park too difficult and costly for applicants before the planning board. “Do I want to see a Walmart across the street from FDR (Library)? Frankly, I don’t care,” Martino said. “FDR is 6 feet under.” Martino and Taylor said much of the tax increase is attributable to mistakes made by former administrations, which, according to Martino and Taylor, were too reliant on the town’s fund balance, which was raided too many times to avoid large tax increases. “The chickens have come home to roost,” Martino said. Also notable at Thursday’s public hearing was the absence of Supervisorelect Aileen Rohr and many of the Democrats who won last week’s election. This reporter noticed only incoming Councilman Ken Schneider, and he left the meeting before the hearing ended. At the beginning of the meeting, Martino said he would support Rohr in her transition and said he was expecting her to attend the hearing.

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Some homeowners eligible for heating assistance BY HV NEWS STAFF

Mayor Jim Reardon with new Officer Charles R. Petrone and Sgt. Peter Dunn of the Rhinebeck Village Police Department. Photo submitted.

RHINEBECK WELCOMES NEW PART-TIME COP BY HV NEWS STAFF A new officer has joined the ranks of the Rhinebeck Village Police Department. Officer Charles R. Petrone is a graduate of the Ulster County Law Enforcement Academy, where he was appointed to the role of squad leader by his senior drill instructor, and is

the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and academic excellence. He holds a bachelor’s degree and graduated with honors from SUNY Oneonta. “Charles clearly has all the qualities we look for in individuals we hire for our police department,” said Mayor Jim Reardon.

Reardon added, “Quite frankly, after reviewing Charles’ resume, when I interviewed him I told Charles he should be the mayor. All kidding aside, we are extremely pleased to have Charles joining the Rhinebeck Police Department team and look forward to working with him.”

Rhinebeck Village Board to hold hearing on proposed events code BY HV NEWS STAFF Mayor Jim Reardon is hoping to establish an events code to regulate events held within the Village of Rhinebeck. Reardon says the village board is concerned about the impact events could have on the community, including public safety matters such as emergency plans, traffic manage-

ment, sanitary precautions, waste handling and law-enforcement coverage. A draft events code has been prepared and a public hearing on its adoption will be held Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at Village Hall, 76 East Market St., Rhinebeck. The draft events code can be reviewed online, at

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www.rhinebeckvillage.org, or hard copies can be obtained at Village Hall. “It is our intent to listen to the public comments and then finalize this document,” Reardon said. “Once that is accomplished, then the village board will take action to sign it into law.”

While federal funding for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) has been cut, residents who meet eligibility requirements are still eligible for some assistance through the program. According to the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services, the HEAP season begins today, Nov. 16. HEAP provides a one-time payment to a household’s fuel supplier to offset the amount paid by homeowners who meet eligibility requirements. For homes heated with oil, kerosene or propane, the base benefit amount is $450. For all other heating types, the base amount is $250. For a one-person household, monthly income cannot exceed $2,146 in order to receive HEAP benefits. Two-person households have an income cut-off of $2,806. Anyone who received HEAP benefits in the past should have already received an application by mail. If you have not received an application, but meet the eligibility requirements, call Aging Services at 845-486-2555. New applicants must complete a HEAP application, interview and provide proof of each household member’s identity (including a valid Social Security number), proof of residence, provide a fuel and/or utility bill or proof that you pay rent that includes heat, and verify the income for all household members. Once your HEAP application has been processed, you will receive a notice of eligibility. This should be kept in a safe place. If you have an emergency, do not wait until you are out of heating fuel or your gas/electric service has been terminated to request assistance. Your utility company is not required to restore your service, even if you are eligible for a HEAP benefit. Emergency HEAP does not begin until Jan. 3, 2012. Emergency benefits have also been reduced.


PUBLIC HYDROFRACKING FORUM PROMISES TO BE ‘NON-PARTISAN’ BY HV NEWS STAFF A public forum on the practice of hydrofracking will be held in Rhinebeck next week. The forum will be held Monday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., at Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St., Rhinebeck. Organizers of the forum say it will be totally non-partisan, and it is being held to better inform the community about hydrofracking and answer questions about its impact. Hydrofracking involves fracturing shale deposits to access natural gas using a

Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management President Gregory S. Burns and CEO Joe Kirchhoff. Photo submitted.

LOCAL COMPANY RECEIVES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD BY HV NEWS STAFF A local construction management company was recently honored with Pattern for Progress’s 2011 Regional Leadership Award for Economic Development. Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management of Pleasant Valley received the award at an event held earlier this month at Anthony’s Pier Nine in New Windsor. According to the company, Kirchhoff-Consigli was recognized for development success in education, healthcare and residential projects, as well as an overall dedication to the communities of the region. “In terms of their scope of work, number of projects and economic impacts, they have proved to be a huge economic driver for the region, even in this lackluster economy,” said Pattern for Progress board member Julie Krieger of M&T Bank. More than 500 people attended the awards ceremony, which featured a keynote speech by Patrick Foye, the newly named executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Some of Kirchhoff-Consigli’s recent

major projects include: construction of the first residence hall at Dutchess Community College, restoration of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, renovation of the McCann Center at Marist College and the new Center for Ambulatory Services at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. “We are proud to have had the opportunity to make a positive economic impact on the region,” said Kirchhoff-Consigli CEO Joe Kirchhoff. “Kirchhoff-Consigli President Greg Burns and I are both thrilled and honored to receive this prestigious award as we continue to grow and develop our next generation of leaders.” This year’s other Regional Leadership Award recipients included: Rob Dyson of the Dyson Foundation, Todd Diorio and the Hudson Valley Building and Trades Council, Andrea Reynolds of The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Richard Struck of Orange and Rockland Utilities, The Kaplan Center and the Newburgh Campus of the State University of New York at Orange, Hudson Baylor, Mohonk Mountain House and Crystal Run Healthcare.

pressurized mixture of water and chemicals. Panelists at next week’s forum include: Dr. Jonathan Cole of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Dr. Erik Kiviat of Hudsonia, Paul Gallay of Riverkeeper and a representative from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The panelists will interact with audience members throughout the forum and attendees are encouraged to ask questions. For more information, call 845-8763423 or email cphilip@webjogger.net.

Students raising money for whale-watch trip BY HV NEWS STAFF Local fifth-graders will help cook and serve dozens of plates of spaghetti and meatballs in hopes of raising money for a whale-watching trip to Cape Cod next year. Chancellor Livingston Elementary School’s whale-watch field trip has become a popular and highly anticipated event for Rhinebeck’s fifth-graders. For three days, students learn about the importance of ocean ecosystems and wildlife in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The highlight is a trip aboard a boat to see firsthand the patterns of migrating whales. In order to offset the cost of the trip,

the fifth-grade class will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Church of the Messiah Parish Hall, 6436 Montgomery St., on the corner of Route 9 and Chestnut Street in Rhinebeck. Students will help with everything, from ticket sales and marketing to kitchen duties, serving meals and bussing tables. Cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children under 12. To-go meals for four will be sold for $25 each. For more information and to make reservations, contact Sarah Fajardo at swfajardo@gmail.com or 845-876-1121.

Fifth-graders get an up-close look at wildlife during a past whale-watch trip. Photo submitted.

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Hurricane Irene caused us to be evacuated from our home. We live on Andrea Court, off Haviland Road, in the mobile park. We had no place to go, and even the firehouse was flooded. We went to the Quality Motel in Hyde Park for a room. They informed us they had plenty of rooms, but refused us because we had a 13-pound dog with us. So we went to the Roosevelt Motel, which also had plenty of rooms, but they also refused us because of our little dog. At a time like this, in an emergency, they did not show us any compassion. We are senior citizens in our 70s and 80s. I have belonged to Roosevelt Fire Company #3 for at least 40 years as a fireman and rescue squad member. What a way to treat people in such a trying time! Joseph Palmateer Poughkeepsie

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GOD, LIFE AND

EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER

Another election

Next Saturday, we go to the polls. No, not those polls. We already got a new county executive, new town board and all those other positions we don’t give a lot of thought to most of the year. I’m talking about an important election (well, to me). Because next Saturday, we elect a new bishop. “OK,” you say, “that was pointless. Who cares if your tiny little church elects

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Do I want to see a Walmart across from FDR? Frankly, I don’t care. FDR is 6 feet under. – Hyde Park Supervisor Tom Martino at recent budget hearing.

THUG-O-METER MARTINO DECLARES MARTIAL LAW

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Looked like Martino was off his medication last week, rambling on angrily about how misunderstood he was and how unfair all the criticism has been. Poor baby. Baby Huey was back in action, pontificating about the budget along with his back-up singer, James Horan. The two of them could cure insomnia with their blathering. Horan was late again on Monday.

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a bishop? After all, that has no impact on the rest of the world. And who elects bishops anyway? Aren’t they appointed?” Not in the Episcopal Church. The fact that we elect our bishops is rare, even in the Anglican Communion (the worldwide expression of the church to which Episcopalians belong). And it can get us into quite a bit of trouble. First, a little history. The Episcopal Church was born (or re-born) after the American Revolution. Because it was the child of the Church of England, and all things English were suspect in those days, it had to change the way it did things. Also, because so many of the earlyAmerican leaders were Episcopalians (George Washington, for example), there was a lot of crossover in thought between church leaders and national leaders. As a result, the American constitution and the Episcopal Church’s constitution were written at about the same time and have many similarities. In our church, for example, each diocese is almost autonomous, much like states. Each has its own constitution and can do things differently. When the national church voted to ordain women, several dioceses voted not to. Each diocese meets every year in convention to revise its budget and rules. Those conventions are divided into two houses: Clergy and Lay. On the national level, the bishops have their own house. One of the most important aspects of this is that each diocese elects its own bishop. Nobody appoints them. Our presiding bishop (see last week’s column) is the top bishop but has no power to appoint another bishop or even prevent a bishop from being elected. That’s the job of the diocese. The national church must approve that bishop’s election, but it can only refuse to approve based on a very limited set of criteria. For the most part, once a diocese elects its bishop, it’s a done deal. That’s what got people so mad at the Episcopal Church when Gene Robinson was elected as New Hampshire’s bishop in 2003, becoming the first openly gay person in a committed relationship to be elected. Even other Anglicans said, “Stop it! Don’t approve him!” But by the rules of our constitution, there was no authority for it. Even people who disapproved agreed, “They elected him. He’s their bishop.” Since that election made national news and had people up in arms around the world, I suppose electing a bishop

can have an impact. And given the size of New York compared to New Hampshire … well, who knows? Which brings us to this Saturday’s election. There are six candidates (and yes, one is gay). There were seven, but one withdrew, and that’s a shame because she was quite good and had a real chance at winning. Of the six remaining candidates, I have a clear favorite, but we’ll have to wait and see. There’s all sorts of campaigning going on, and the big powerful churches in Manhattan have different desires than the small, weak churches up here. Surprisingly, a lot of the issues are about – wait for it – MONEY! Poor churches weigh on rich churches, you see. Anyway, one of the problems with elections is they involve people, and people tend to get into campaign mode. There are phone calls with people trying to convince others to switch their votes. There are hard feelings and resentments. In other words, it can be a mess. But what are the options? To have them appointed? That is so antithetical to our very being as Episcopalians that it could never fly. Instead, we accept the fact that human beings are involved in the process and pray the Holy Spirit will guide us. The results are never perfect, but then, the day God allowed people to run anything was the day God accepted imperfection in governance. I can think of only one other way I would rather select my next bishop. In the early days of the church, when the 11 remaining apostles wanted to choose a successor to Judas Iscariot, they suggested a couple names of worthy men. They prayed. And then they drew straws, with Matthias coming out as the next apostle. Drawing straws just might work for the church. In fact, maybe that’s the best way to select all of our leaders! But that, my friends, is another column. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@stjameshydepark.org.

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a 10-year-old boy on company property, I’d like to believe you’d call the police and have them waiting for this person in your office. Instead, it appears Paterno and the Penn State higher-ups turned a blind eye to OPINION Sandusky’s criminal acts. Was the thought process that Sandusky’s contribution to the hugely profitable football program more BY JIM LANGAN important than the welfare of vulnerable young boys? I can’t think of any other PENN STATE’S explanation. Then there’s the issue of the students rioting upon hearing Paterno had COWARDLY LIONS I don’t want to appear to be piling on been fired. How appalling was that? They with regard to this Penn State pedophilia should have been in front of Paterno’s scandal and cover up, but I’m not entirely housing, chanting, “Shame on you.” Maybe it’s our celebrity-driven media convinced people really get this. Make no mistake about it. This isn’t a “sex scandal,” and culture, but why haven’t we learned as much of the media is reporting it. This is more about Jerry Sandusky? Given he about rape, the repeated rape of vulnerable was the primary actor, why is the story young boys. Rape isn’t sex. Anyone who all about Joe Paterno and the travails of had any indication this was going on at the team? As I write this, I have no idea if Sandusky is married or Penn State should lose has children of his own. their job and be sued Was the thought Was he the proverbial for damages. “bachelor?” Was it process that Let’s begin with well known in the Penn the then-28-year-old Sandusky’s State community that assistant coach Mike Sandusky was gay? McQueary, who in contribution to the Was the football culture 2002 observed retired hugely profitable such that Sandusky was defensive coach Jerry Sandusky raping a football program more deep in the closet? Is it the homosexual angle 10-year-old boy in the important than the that has some members locker room shower. the media reluctant to He is said to have welfare of vulnerable of explore these questions reported it to coach Joe young boys? for fear of appearing to Paterno, who then told stereotype Sandusky as his supervisors. a homosexual predator Here’s my question. If I were ever unfortunate enough to witness such a vile targeting young boys? I can assure you act, I can assure you of two things. I would that if Sandusky had been abusing young charge into that shower, pummel Sandusky girls, we’d have heard a lot more about his and hold him while I called 911. I would activities over the years. Here’s where it goes from here. also get that boy out of there immediately. There would be no equivocation or Everyone is going to lawyer up and we evaluation. Yet I have had more than a will begin to see people coming forward. few people I respect say the coach did These people will say the university and the right thing by reporting it. Really? He Paterno knew about Sandusky and his only reported it after calling his father for pattern of abuse and did nothing. We will advice. Clearly he was concerned outing learn that the football program was more Sandusky could negatively impact his important than these boys. More boys will budding coaching career. How cowardly come forward. Paterno will be exposed as far more complicit in covering it up. and pathetic. Part of being a coach on any level Sandusky will take a plea bargain and go involves taking responsibility for young to jail. The boys he raped will continue to men or women, not enabling someone like serve a life sentence, having been betrayed Sandusky to prey upon them. The fact this by the adults who should have saved them. If Penn State was seriously contrite, they guy is on paid administrative leave says the university still doesn’t get it. He saw a would immediately donate a significant little boy being raped by a 60-year-old man portion of their football millions to organizations fighting child sex abuse. and did nothing. Fire him immediately. Let’s move on to Joe Paterno. If someone Jim Langan can be reached at walked into your office and said one of your key employees was observed sodomizing editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com.

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Is it possible that nobody noticed the Arabic postage stamp for sale in U.S. post offices in 2008? Was it so unimportant that it escaped the notice of the third estate? What could it have been commemorating, one wonders? 9/11, perhaps? Or maybe it was in honor of the impending coronation of King Hussein (oops, I mean President Hussein) (double oops, I mean inauguration). These are such confusing times! It is no wonder that the post office didn’t supply a translation of the Arabic, or that nobody noticed or cared what it meant. Perhaps the (old) new administration will invent a few thousand bureaucratic positions to help our Muslim allies be better understood by the non-Arabic-speaking American taxpayer, this will also help ease the rampant unemployment among Muslim Americans. Should it mean something that it was the first American stamp that consisted wholly of Arabic symbols? Karl O. Muggenburg Clinton

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Thank you to the voters of Red Hook for giving me the great privilege of a second term as their town justice. I pledge to continue to do the best job possible. Jonah Triebwasser Red Hook

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We are thankful to Hyde Park voters who have expressed their trust and confidence by returning us to office as their town justices. We appreciate the continued support of our respective parties, and the great assistance during the campaign of our families and friends. We shall continue to commit ourselves to the important task of the fair administration of justice in Hyde Park and look forward to doing so in our new Justice Court. John Kennedy and David Steinberg Hyde Park

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Here are six reasons to join us for a house party at Lee Jamison’s home Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 to 4 p.m., at 18 Riverview St. in Stuyvesant. It’s time for us (the 99%) to take back our government from the likes of Congressman 1% Gibson (I just got re-elected, unopposed, to a fifth term in the Dutchess County Legislature, serving Rhinebeck and Clinton; RebuildtheDream.com). • According to the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets.org database, Gibson already this year has raked in $10,150 in from Wall Street securities and investment firms, $15,700 from the insurance industry, $22,500 from the military/aerospace industry, and $7,000 from electric utilities, besides the $2,000 he got from Goldman Sachs last September, $5,000 this July from Eric Cantor’s PAC (and $13,000 last year from the insurance industry) – disgusting. • Even the Wall Street Journal reported on April 4 this year that the Gibson/Cantor/ Boehner “Cut, Cap, and Kill” legislation would “essentially end Medicare” while eliminating 700,000 jobs. Meanwhile, Gibson and his staff continue to lie about this to anyone calling his offices – unconscionable. • Gibson’s signing on to Grover Norquist’s “no new tax” pledge means Congressman 1% will continue ignoring an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll in March finding that 81% of Americans support taxing millionaires to solve federal budget problems, not putting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security on chopping block. (Send me to Washington – I’ll be an even louder voice telling both GOP and Dems to save all three of these from cuts.) • Gibson voted last month for only $3.65 billion in funding for FEMA for Tropical Storm Irene relief for homeowners, businesses and our communities – even after the Senate had just approved $6.9 billion for FEMA in strong bipartisan majority. • Gibson voted last month to kill American jobs by extending “free-trade” agreements to Korea, Panama and Colombia. We’ve already lost 4 million manufacturing jobs over last decade because of NAFTA. • Gibson voted this February to eliminate $300 million in Title X Planned Parenthood funding, even though Title X funding can only be used for family planning services, including birth control, life-saving cervical and breast cancer screenings, HIV counseling and testing, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and education – not abortion. Gibson also voted last month for HR 358, legislation that would allow a hospital to deny a woman life-saving emergency abortion care even if a doctor deems it necessary. Enough! Donate at JoelforCongress.org, or Joel for Congress, 324 Browns Pond Rd., Staatsburg, NY 12580, or call 845-444-0599 to get involved. County Legislator Joel Tyner Rhinebeck/Clinton Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | November 16, 2011 {7}


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Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference returns to DCC BY HV NEWS STAFF

Middle school girls face more pressure than ever before. How can we help girls grow strong and confident? How can we help girls deal with pressure to participate in harmful activities and look for healthy alternatives? For six years, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has held The Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference in partnership with Duchess Community College. The group strives to provide girls with positive dreams, valuable information and inspiration. College women from DCC and Marist assist as role models and big sisters. The sixth Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and is open to seventh-grade girls in Dutchess County. Girls will choose from 10 interactive workshops, have lunch with mentors and attend “Girl Talk Circles.” A closing celebration inspires girls to be loyal, look out for each other and celebrate their achievements. An optional college campus tour is also offered. Registration is required. A fee of $7 is requested with registration. To register see their website: www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org or contact aauwgirls@gmail.com.

• Here’s something for you gun enthusiasts out there. A place called Machine Guns Vegas has opened in the city of no clocks. The 10,000-square-foot facility features 16 shooting lanes and patrons can blast away with assault rifles, machine guns and WW II guns while being pampered by sexy young women called “gun girls.” There’s even a retail store where you can buy that special someone a handbag with a builtin holster. They’re currently looking to hire up to 40 more range masters, hosts, armorers and loaders. Gotta love Vegas. • Word is CBS’s “Early Show” has hired Charlie Rose and Gayle King to host a revamped version of the show. Good God, Charlie Rose is 100 and puts me to sleep on his dreadfully self-important PBS show. Can you imagine him in the morning? And Gayle King? What will Oprah say? • A Vandalia, Ohio man high on bath salts broke into a house and made himself at home. He was wearing the owner’s bathrobe and even put up Christmas decorations. Police arrested the intruder and charged him with burglary. • A British woman who uses roadkill to make jewelry, calling her work “recycling,” has taken it up a notch. Alison Brierly has begun cooking squished deer, squirrels, rabbits, owls and pigeons into a stew, saying, “I just love the taste.” • Weird story about the Washington Nationals’ catcher kidnapped and rescued in Venezuela last week. It has to be the first time anyone went out of their way to acquire a member of that awful baseball team. • Friday will mercifully bring an end to Regis Philbin’s interminable goodbye tour. Now if someone could just get rid of that annoying, self-absorbed Kelly Ripa.

Apparently everyone’s heard we’re the most popular hospital for bones and joints. When you receive the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award three years in a row (2008–2011), word gets around. It’s one of the many reasons more patients prefer our Bone & Joint Center.* Next time you’re looking for orthopedic advice or surgery, bring yourself to the Bone & Joint Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

6511 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 www.NDHKnowsOrtho.com | (845) 871-3838

*SUNY New Paltz Preference Study 2010

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• A woman using the bathroom at the “Spaceship Earth” exhibit at Disney World got a surprise when she saw a 42-year-old pervert watching her from the adjacent stall. Lloyd Miller was peering over the stall and the woman’s screams attracted security, which arrested the man. He has a lovely record for voyeurism, battery, DUI, concealed weapons and soliciting a hooker. Mickey Mouse is said to be appalled. • Speaking of perverts, the Penn State book store was still selling Jerry Sandusky’s book, ironically titled “Touched,” about his work with at-risk children. He was also spotted doing a

little shopping at a Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Happy Valley. • Remember the homeless guy discovered last January in Detroit with the “golden voice.” He shot to fame appearing on all the chat shows and receiving all sort of job offers. He then got into hot water with some alcohol issues and roughing up his long-lost wife before vanishing again. Well, he turned up at Occupy Wall Street the other day and was treated like a rock star. From the photos, it looks like he found himself a good dentist and tailor. • Famed comic book writer Frank Miller, who wrote “Batman” and a number of other titles, doesn’t take kindly to the Occupy Wall Street crowd. He wrote on his blog last week that the protesters were “louts, thieves and rapists fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid self righteousness. They should go home to their Momma’s basement and play with Lords of the Warcraft.” Whatever that means. • Somebody stole a 3-foot-long copper sword from Abraham Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield, Illinois. I’m guessing it was someone who melted it down for scrap. Tough times. • Chelsea Clinton started a new job Monday as a special correspondent for NBC News and the Today Show. The special designation makes sense since she would never have gotten the job if she weren’t special. What happened to her Stanford MBA and consulting gig? Sounds like a star struck executive kissing up to Bill and Hilary. Think Jenna Bush and Maria Shriver. • Here’s a great deal on a used car. A San Jose, Ca. man bought a used minivan and within a few days realized the driver’s side window wouldn’t go down all the way. He took it to a garage and a mechanic found $500,000 worth of cocaine in the door panels. It was wrapped in foil and was jamming the window. You have to wonder what happened to the previous owner. • A Janesville, Wisc. woman was arrested after assaulting a McDonald’s employee at 3 a.m. when she realized the restaurant had switched over to the breakfast menu. Shanaya Edgell, 22, was charged with assault. Oddly enough she had been out drinking with her boyfriend who was also arrested. • Finally, how about a big “Happy Birthday” to Louis Stein, a Miami resident who just celebrated his 108th birthday. Stein is believed to be one of the oldest WW II veterans, having enlisted at age 38 when the war broke out. He was an oral surgeon for the Army. Stein said he attributes his long life to wine, women and song. He says he drinks apricot brandy and uses a lot of Tabasco sauce on his food. His 90-year-old girlfriend missed his party as she’s recovering from a broken hip suffered while dancing with Stein.


WEEKEND MUSIC FEATURE

Celebrate the Hudson Valley’s roots with Grammy Award winners, including several Hurricane Irene benefit concerts PAGE 10 INSIDE: THEATER REVIEW - Half Moon’s ‘Is He Dead?’ is alive and well SAVE THE LAST DANCE - Vassar Repertory Dance Theater’s ‘Final Showings’ TIS THE SEASON - Sinterklaas kicks off on both sides of the Hudson River WEEKEND NOTES - Snooki and Conan sightings Art, entertainment and community events through December 17 Pictured, clockwise from top: Laurie Lewis and Right Hands will play Poughkeepsie on Sunday, Tom Chapin and Priscilla Herdman will play in Kingston. Courtesy photos. Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | November 16, 2011 {9}


WEEKEND MUSIC

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

THIS WEEK (NOV. 16-22) Medicare Orientation; Wednesday, Nov. 16; 5:30-8 p.m.; Starr Library, 68 West Market St., Rhinebeck; Free; 845-486-2555. Morton Movie Night Presents ‘Zoolander’; Wednesday, Nov. 16; 6:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Free, donations welcome; 845-876-2903. Stress Management Workshop; Wednesday, Nov. 16; 5-6 p.m.; Fishkill Recreational Center, 793 Route 52, Fishkill; Emphasizes the importance of taking care of yourself when excessive stress puts a strain on your body; Free, reservations required; 845-483-5560

‘Kiss Me, Kate’; Nov. 17-19, 8 p.m. & Nov. 20, 2 p.m.; Dutchess Community College (James and Betty Hall Theatre), Poughkeepsie; General admission $10, senior citizens and DCC students $5; 845-431-8050. 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. Morton’s Acoustic Show; Friday, Nov. 18; 8-10:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Featuring Dented Fenders, CB Smith, others; Donations suggested; 845-876-7007.

Medicare Workshop; Thursday, Nov. 17; 5:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Learn about Medicare and retirement; Free; 845-876-2903.

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands Concert; Friday, Nov. 18; 6:45 p.m.; Christ Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie; Presented by Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association; Members $20, non-members $25; 845-475-8830.

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre’s ‘Final Showings’; Nov. 17-19; 8 p.m.; Vassar College (Kenyon Hall), Poughkeepsie; Featuring renowned choreographers Larry Keigwin and Edwaard Liang; Free, reservations recommended; 845-437-7470.

‘The Study’ Opening Reception; Friday, Nov. 18; 5:30-7 p.m.; Twisted Soul Café, 47 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; New paintings by Don Rothman, show runs through Jan. 18; 845-471-7477.

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

The Man Who Came to Dinner

November 18-27 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm • Sundays at 3 pm Tickets: $20 adults; $18 seniors & children Nothing could be more festive than this whirlwind classic comedy, and nothing could be more appropriate as it was RTS’ maiden production in 1986 when The CENTER for Performing Arts was no more than a distant dream. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s tumultuous comedy features fast moving dialogue and a constant series of surprises in the 1930’s world of padded shoulders and swing music when radio was king and love always triumphed.

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

Pocahantas

Saturday, November 18 at 11 am

Thanksgiving Weekend Magic with Steve Johnson

Giving Thanks Gospel Brunch Fundraiser; Friday, Nov. 18; Call for serving times; Canvas, 305 Main St., Poughkeepsie; Benefits Hudson River Housing’s Wind Chill Fund Drive; $40; 845454-5176 Reiki Share Circle; Friday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.; Partners in Massage, Route 9, Hyde Park; $10. Pet Photos with Santa; Saturday, Nov. 19; 1-5 p.m.; PetCo, 1933 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; Benefits homeless animals at Dutchess County SPCA; $10 per photo; 845-452-7722. Sixth Annual Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference; Saturday, Nov. 19; 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie; Conference for seventh-grade girls sponsored by American Association of University Women; $7 registration fee; aauwgirls@gmail.com. Pocahantas’ Vision Quest by Kit’s Interactive Theater; Saturday, Nov. 19; 11 a.m.; Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; Interactive show for the family; Adults $9, children $7; 845-876-3080. Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s ‘Cliburn Winner’; Saturday, Nov. 19; 8 p.m.; Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Van Cliburn Piano Contest winner Di Wu to perform; $26-$48; 845-473-2072.

Saturday, November 26 at 11 am Tickets available on-line: www.centerforperformingarts.org

HURRICANE IRENE RECOVERY FUND THECENTERFOR PERFORMINGARTS ATRHINEBECK

Holiday Auction; Saturday, Nov. 19; 5 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church, 1576 Main St., Pleasant Valley; Free admission; Live and silent auctions to benefit church; 845-635-3289. DCAC 2011 Fine Art & Craft Market; Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Clarion

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BY NICOLE DELAWDER

LAURIE LEWIS AND RIGHT HANDS

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is regarded as one of the leading ladies of modern bluegrass Christ Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie and Americana. Lewis will bring her Doors at 6:45 p.m., Concert is 7:30 p.m. Tickets notoriety and her group, Right Hands, to Christ Church in Poughkeepsie on are $20 for Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association members and $25 for non-members. Nov. 18. During the performance, Lewis, who will be playing mostly guitar and fiddle, will be joined by her singing partner for many years, Tom Rozum (pictured with Lewis above), who will play the mandolin and mandola, along with Chad Manning playing fiddle, Patrick Sauber on banjo and Andrew Conklin on string bass. Though classically trained on the violin, Lewis’ interest in American folk music began at a folk festival in the late 1960s, where she says her musical interests were awakened, leading her to learn guitar and fiddle. “Not everybody who loves bluegrass loves the outdoors, but there is a correlation there. Part of it is the natural imagery in the songs and that the music is originally from a much more rural people, in touch with the land,” Lewis said. “When modern people get into bluegrass, it can be partly because of that message; of being in touch with the seasons and the soil and the growing things. That is so eloquently expressed on handmade wooden instruments.” For tickets or additional information, visit www.hvbluegrass.org or call 845-475-8830.

FESTIVE FESTIVALS

What better way to burn off those extra Thanksgiving pounds by dancing the weekend away with the return of the Rock N’ Roll Resort, Nov. 24-26, in Kerhonkson? Following a successful April festival, the weekend features an array of high-energy acts playing virtually non-stop on several stages at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa. Acts include Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Deep Banana Blackout, Zach Deputy and the Ryan Montbleau Band, among others. Full lineup, schedule and ticket information at www.rocknrollresort.com. The eighth annual Mountain Jam festival is offering a limited holiday pre-sale through Friday, Nov. 18 with 3-day passes starting at $165. The festival will take place May 31June 3, 2012 at Hunter Mountain. For more information, visit www.mountainjam.com.


Hurricane help for the holidays BY NICOLE DELAWDER

While it is easy to get lost in the holiday hustle, it is also an important time to remember to extend a hand to those in need. Two months ago, Hurricane Irene devastated the Hudson Valley and the Catskill region, with much of the remnants of her destruction still left behind today. On Sunday, Nov. 20 at the St. James Methodist Church in Kingston, Grammy Award-winner Tom Chapin, bluesman Roy Book Binder (pictured) and vocalist Priscilla Herdman will come together to “Hoot for Hurricane Help.” The mini folk festival will raise much-needed funds to rebuild communities in the Catskills devastated by Irene. All proceeds of the benefit will be evenly distributed to The MARK Project, Arkville, Community Action of Greene County, Town of Middleburgh and the Family of Woodstock. Vocal virtuoso Herdman, who lives in Pine Plains with husband, Dick Hermans, owner of Oblong Books, has been a Hudson Valley resident over 30 years. Herdman, noted for the clarity of her three-octave voice, is described as a songfinder and Sunday, November 20, 2 p.m. interpreter of other people’s music, much St. James Methodist Church in the tradition of other folk contemporaries 35 Pearl St., Kingston, NY like Joan Baez and Judy Collins. Tickets: $20 suggested donation at the door While Herdman is a nationally touring artist, her home (and heart) is in the Hudson Valley. “Hudson Valley is my home,” Herdman said. “I really do love the Hudson Valley. I’m just trying to do whatever I can do to help.” Herdman added she hopes that the event will “bring people out, entertain, inspire and say as a community, ‘We’d like to contribute.’” Heritage Folk Music is a non-profit organization that collects, preserves and presents the regional folk music, folklore and oral history of New York State, particularly the Catskills and the Hudson River Valley. Suggested donation is $20 at the door, but greater contributions to the rebuilding of these communities is appreciated. There are no advanced tickets or reservations.

“HOOT FOR HURRICANE HELP” BENEFIT CONCERT

‘Dirt Farmer’ and friends come together for Hurricane relief The Bardavon, Radio Woodstock and Levon Helm Studios will host “Shelter from the Storm,” featuring Levon Helm and his band, with special guests including Donald Fagen, Natalie Merchant, Graham Parker, John Medeski, Chis Wood and more, on Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m at UPAC. All artists are donating their time, and all net proceeds from this concert will benefit Phoenicia Rotary/Sharp Committee Flood Relief, Prattsville Relief Fund, The Mark Project and Ulster County Habitat for Humanity Flood Relief. These organizations serve some of the areas hardest hit in the Catskill Mountains during Irene, including Phoenicia, Mt. Tremper, Allaben, Big Indian, Oliverea, Fleischmanns, Clovesville, Arkville, Margaretville and Prattsville.

e-mail us your events: weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com < continued from previous page Hotel & Conference Center, 2170 South Rd. (Route 9), Poughkeepsie; 845-454-3222. Simplicity Anniversary Celebration; Saturday, Nov. 19; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Simplicity, New Hackensack Plaza, 1820 New Hackensack Rd., Suite 1, Poughkeepsie; Portion of all proceeds benefit Grace Smith House; 845-240-1794. 5K Fun Walk & Run; Saturday, Nov. 19; 7 a.m.; Poughkeepsie Day School, 260 Boardman Rd., Poughkeepsie; All ages and experience levels welcome; www.poughkeepsieday.org/ FunRun2011. 40th Annual Santa’s Express Art and Craft Show; Saturday, Nov. 19; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Regina Coeli School, 4337 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park; Features m more than 45 crafters and a artisans; Adults $2, children fr free; 845-229-8589. ZviDance; Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. & Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m.; Kaatsbaan, 120 Broadway, Tivoli; Choreography by Zvi Gotheiner; Adults $25, children $10, student rush $10; 845-757-5106, ext. 10. Hudson Valley Young Artist Talent Search: Grand Finals; Sunday, Nov. 20; 12:30 p.m.; Towne Crier Café, 130 Route 22, Pawling; 845855-1300.

‘Sacred Tables’; Sunday, Nov. 20; 2-4 p.m.; Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main St., Poughkeepsie; Free; Interactive, informal program exploring food as symbol of faith and identity; 845-454-3222. Thanksgiving Service; Tuesday, Nov. 22; 7:30 p.m.; Memorial Lutheran Church, Rock City, intersection of Routes 308 and 199; 845-338-3504. Sudan and South Sudan: Can the Divorce Work?; Tuesday, Nov. 22; 7 p.m.; Dutchess Community College (James and Betty Hall Theatre), Poughkeepsie; Lecture by Alex Mundt; Free; 845-431-8513.

UPCOMING Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot to Benefit Ferncliff Forest; Thursday, Nov. 24; 7 a.m.; Ferncliff Forrest, Mount Rutsen Rd., Rhinebeck; 5K walk and race along Mount Rutsen Road; Prices vary; Register at active.com. ‘Red-Robed Princess’ Reading & Signing; Saturday, Nov. 26; 5:30 p.m.; Dreaming Goddess > continued on next page

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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. Artisan Faire to Benefit Rhinebeck Sinterklaas; Sunday, Nov. 20; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St., Rhinebeck; Free; sinterjoanne@gmail.com.

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A TRIP TO KNIT

Gear up for gift season and enjoy a drive through the Hudson Valley with the Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl, Nov. 19-20. Take a selfguided tour of 11 local farms and shops in Hudson, Tivoli, Red Hook, New Paltz, Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Hopewell Junction and more. countrywool.tripod.com/hvyc.pdf

Of historical proportions The Gomez Mill House in Marlboro, the oldest extant Jewish home in North America, established in 1714, sustained major site damage from Hurricane Irene, including natural stone banks and dam retaining walls. The house needs to raise $25,000 to stabilize and secure the site until a major disaster-relief plan is prepared to restore the damaged areas. For more information, visit www.gomez.org. Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | November 16, 2011 {11}


e-mail us your events: weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com < continued from previous page Bookstore, 9 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie; Author Elizabeth Cunningham performs excerpts from novel; Free. 40th Annual Craft Fair; Nov. 26 & 27; 10 a.m.4 p.m.; Dutchess Community College (Falcon and Drumlin Halls), Poughkeepsie; Vendors sell a variety of wares; Adults $6, senior citizens, DCC students, staff and alumni $4; www. sunydutchess.edu. Classical Guitarist Performance; Sunday, Nov. 27; 3 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Daniel Stevens performs works by Bach, Barrios, Granados, Piazzolla, Stevens, Tarrega and Yacoh; Free; 845-876-7007. Screening of ‘Inside Job’; Thursday, Dec. 1; 7 p.m.; Crafted Kup, 44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Screening of the Oscar-winning documentary; Free, donations collected for Occupy Poughkeepsie; 845-876-7906.

IN A PICKLE

The Rosendale International Pickle Festival returns to the Hudson Valley on Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pickle-themed events including pickle-eating and pickle juicedrinking contests. The Rosendale Community Center, 1055 Route 32, Rosendale, $5 per family. 845-658-9649 or www.picklefest.com

‘Hidden History of the Mid-Hudson Valley: Stories from the Albany Post Road’; Thursday, Dec. 1; 7 p.m.; FDR Presidential Library and Museum (Henry A. Wallace Center); Presentation and signing with author Carney Rhinevault and artist Tatiana Rhinevault; Free; 845-486-7745. Blood Drive; Friday, Dec. 2; 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Northern Dutchess Hospital (Cafeteria Conference Room), Rhinebeck; Donors entered into contest to win entertainment system from Best Buy; 845-871-3470. ‘The 50 Funniest American Writers’; Saturday, Dec. 3; 7:30 p.m.; Rhinebeck High School Auditorium, 45 North Park Rd., Rhinebeck; Editor Andy Borowitz performs and signs copies of book; 845-876-0500. PaperWorks Holiday Show Artists’ Reception; Sunday, Dec. 4; 2-4 p.m.; ArtPop Gallery, 7505 North Broadway, Red Hook; Presented by Red Hook Community Arts Network, show runs Dec. 1-23; 845-505-9024. Wilderstein Yuletide Tea; Saturday, Dec. 10; 1 p.m.; Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck; Enjoy a festive afternoon featuring fine tea, homemade cakes, cookies and delicate finger sandwiches; 845-876-4818. Climate Justice Summit; Saturday, Dec. 10; 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; Catharine Street Community Center, 69 Catharine St., Poughkeepsie; Hosted by Clearwater, open to the public; 845-265-8080. ‘The Night Before Christmas’; Sunday, Dec. 11; 4 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Author Peter Yarrow reads and signs copies of book, family friendly; 845-876-0500. Organ Concert by Dr. John Weaver; Sunday, Dec. 11; 3:30 p.m.; Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Funds raised will go toward new organ; Suggested donation $10; 845-452-8110. Reader’s Rendezvous Book Club; Wednesday, Dec. 14; 7 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls; Read and discuss “Cleopatra” by Stacey Schiff; Free; 845-297-3428. Green Holiday; Wednesday, Dec. 14; 4:15-5:15 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, Watts dePeyster Hall, 86 Broadway, Tivoli ; Make holiday cards and crafts; Free; 845-889-4745, ext. 106. Sixth Annual Classical Christmas Concert; Saturday, Dec. 17; 7 p.m.; St. John’s Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Rd., Red Hook; Free; Professional musicians join together to raise money for the local community through the Red Hook Area Council of Churches; 845-758-1184.

‘Tis the Sinterklaas season BY NICOLE DELAWDER

In the spirit of the season, Sinterklaas, Rhinebeck’s annual day-long cultural festival and parade, will celebrate the Hudson Valley’s Dutch traditions on both sides of the river this year. Originated in Rhinebeck in 2008, the event is based on the centuriesold celebration of Sinterklaas, which united the diverse populations along the Hudson River during the Colonial period. The Third Annual Artisan Faire to benefit the Sinterklaas celebration will be held on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St. Local artists will offer handmade arts and crafts, perhaps a perfect idea for holiday gifts. Admission is free, door prizes will be raffled and tasty treats will be available throughout the day. The Sinterklaas celebration will officially begin at noon on Saturday, Nov. 26 in Kingston’s Rondout community for open houses, music, food and a children’s maritime parade before sending Sinterklaas off to the Hudson River. After setting sail on the Tugboat Cornell, Sinterklaas will arrive at the Rhinecliff Dock at 4 p.m. for a parade on horseback through the hamlet to the Rhinecliff Hotel. Additional entertainment will be provided by the Grumpuses, Rhinebeck Choral Club, Vanaver Caravan and St. George & the Dragon Play. The tradition continues on Saturday, Dec. 3 during the all-day festival and Twilight Starlight Parade from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Rhinebeck. The group announced last week that it has just moved into Ruge’s Subaru for a puppet-building workshop, which will open to the public on Thursday, Nov. 17. For more holiday events around the Hudson Valley, see next week’s edition of Hudson Valley News.

‘Black & White Holiday’; Saturday, Dec. 17; 3 p.m.; Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck; Original play explores silent film genre; $5; 845876-6470.

Rolling cats and dogs

On Saturday, Nov. 20 from 5-7 p.m, the Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby squad will team up with Hudson Valley SPCA for a fundraiser. There will be a silent auction, cats vs. dogs mini-scrimmage by the Horrors, then open skate with your favorite roller derby girls. Advanced tickets available at www.hvspca.org. $6 admission, Hyde Park Roller Magic, Hyde Park. {12} November 16, 2011 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

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WEEKEND THEATER

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HALF MOON’S ‘IS HE DEAD?’ IS ALIVE AND WELL BY CAROLINE CAREY slamming and you never know who Half Moon Theatre’s production of is with whom off stage. The actors Mark Twain’s “Is He Dead?” is a fantastic farce. It is fast paced, well acted and very Thursday through Sundays, 8 p.m.; 2 p.m. matinees on are talented and clearly having fun, and the costumes are very clever. funny, in a silly and light-hearted way. Sunday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 26. The play was written by Twain in Cuneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. This is a wonderful play and a great 1898 and was not produced until recently. $25 general admission, $20 students and seniors for production. Having been a Broadway snob It was discovered in the Mark Twain evening performances; $20 general admission, $18 for years, I approached local theater papers at the University of California students and seniors for matinees. with trepidation. Don’t make this at Berkeley in 2003 by Shelley Fisher www.halfmoontheatre.org or call 888-718-4253 Fishkin and first produced on Broadway mistake. This production is a hoot! in 2007. Go and support our local theater The show is about identity and art and public perceptions and have a lovely, funny time of it. of value, but it’s not as serious as this sounds. The artist JeanHalf Moon Theatre’s production will run for three weekends at Francois Millet (a real and significant artist who painted “The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, until Nov. 26. Gleaners” and highlighted the working class) cannot sell a The show features many of the Hudson Valley’s favorite painting and realizes the price he could command would increase performers, including: Geoff Tarson (Red Hook), Amy Olson if he were dead. Thus, he “dies” and his twin sister, Daisy Tillou, (Clinton Corners), Barbara Rankin (Rhinebeck), George Conrad (a regular at Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center), Ryan Katzer, replaces him and sells his paintings for great sums. What ensues is a social satire and farce that reminds one of Darrell James (Vassar), Michael Frohnhoefer, Stanley Beadle, another Broadway show, “Noises Off.” Nicole Carroll, Diana Stahl and Frank Trezza. They are all very The story is silly and enjoyable and just plain fun. Doors are talented and do a great job in bringing this production to life.

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“You’ve Got a Friend” singer James Taylor will make his theater debut next month as Bob Cratchit in the Berkshire Theatre Company’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. Taylor’s wife Kim will play Mrs. Cratchit and the couple’s twins will also be part of the show, which begins Dec. 17. Taylor’s last acting role was in 1971’s “Two-Lane Blacktop.”

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WEEKEND | LOCAL READER

Gulps and nibbles BY ANN LA FARGE Love to read about writers and their books? You’re in luck. And if you nk thought there was nothing left to say about Ernest Hemingway, think again – and pick up a copy of “Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961” (Knopf , $30). ut These were sad years in lots of ways. Hemingway had fallen out of favor with the critics, lost a lot of friends (and wives) and doubted his ability to write. But these are also the years when Hemingway had his beloved boat, “Pilar,” and, surprisingly, new friendships … and new books. Hendrickson tells the story of “the man he truly was, down deep,” during his last great writing streak; the man who et eaten out “let his own insides get by the diseases of fame,” and then dreamed of new books on his boat. The book covers the years 1934 to his death in 1961, but I assure you that this is not just a book about a guy and a boat. You will meet the women he loved (and hated), his sons and their tragedies – especially Gigi, who suffered “a half-century of psychic pain” – and two men whom he befriended late in life, Arnold Samuelson (the “maestro,” a.k.a. “Mice,” whose “whole life was overturned by a year with Hemingway”) and Walter Houk, whom Hendrickson spoke with at length about his years with Hemingway, whom he remembered as “a great man with great faults.” Suffer with Hemingway as he reads the lousy reviews of those late books (Lillian Ross, in The New Yorker, called Hemingway a “horse’s ass” and E.B. White parodied his latest book, “Across the Street and Into the Grill”). The critics, according to Hemingway, were “the lice crawling on literature.” But there are triumphant and moving scenes on “Pilar,” his “fishing machine,” and who wouldn’t thrill to the story of landing a 420-pound blue marlin? Fast-forward a few decades and lose yourself in contemporary culture

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at the hands of Jonathan Lethem in his big, teeming book, “The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, etc.” (Doubleday, $27.95), in which he tangles with what he calls the “white elephant role” of the writer today, as public intellectual. Acknowledging his debt to Norman Mailer’s “Advertisements for Myself” (and several others, including Philip K. Dick), he aadvises the reader to take his book as “a kind of commonplace book, or as a list of books to read after reading mine … or instead of reading mine.” He wades – bravely, in this reader’s opinion – into “the unpleasantness around the term ‘postmodernism,’” and speaks with passion and elegance to ““those of us to whom the novel matters as much as anything ever mattered to aanyone,” taking novel-reading “as seriously as life itself.” Read about his heroes: Paula Fox, Thomas Berger, comic-book heroes (Su (Superman, Batman, Spider-Man), Bret Easton Ellis, James Wood., H.P. Lovecraft, Nie Nietzsche … and himself. Some of these pieces were previously published; many are new. Put this one on your bedside table, along with a collection of poetry and book of short stories, and you’ll hardly know it’s winter. If you love to read, this a bo is the book for you. OK OK, time to lighten up. How about a nice, juicy celebrity bio, a book about dogs (again) and a how-to book about Ps and Qs? (again Well, Bernie Madoff and his clan are not exactly We celebrities, but I bet Stephanie Madoff Mack’s book will sell like a hotcake because of all the bad publicity and the sadness of her husband’s suicide. She tells all in “The End of Normal: A Wife’s Anguish, a Widow’s New Life” (Blue Rider Press, 16 pages of color photos, $26.95). She takes us back to the days when her father-in-law, Bernie, was “acting strange … sitting in his glass office in the Lipstick building, staring at the ceiling all day.” Her husband, Mark, wondered if his own life had been built on his father’s lies: “What kind of monster was the man he idealized?” She flashes back to her courtship, meeting Mark’s two kids from a previous marriage; her wedding (Bernie made her sign a pre-nup); getting to know Ruth (“I thought the Madoffs were the perfect family.”). And then, the arrest, and Bernie is gone … for the next 150 years, at least. (“What I didn’t realize was that Mark Madoff was gone, too.”) There was a first – luckily failed – suicide attempt, and then Mark began writing his story (“I am the son of a crook. How do I explain to my children what I do not understand myself?”). Somehow, he blamed himself. Now, Stephanie is finishing the story that he could not finish himself, telling her husband’s story for his memory, and for her own children. It’s a searing portrait of a family, especially her cutting insights into the character of Ruth Madoff. Last week, the last of my four children to get a dog got a dog. Now, three of them are socializing new dogs – one is a puppy, the other two are rescue dogs. And they have “issues,” so I was delighted when St. Martin’s Press sent me its newest edition to the grand library of dogtraining books, Jolanta Benal’s “Quick & Dirty Tips: The Dog Trainer’s Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet” ($14.99). Benal’s method, which stresses a cooperative and reciprocal relationship between dog and owner, places importance on discovering what your dog wants, as well as what you want. Her method of reward-based training begins with deciding what kind of dog you want – whether from a breeder or shelter or rescue group – and goes on to tell you how to teach your dog to love his crate. Then there’s clicker-training and, most importantly, manners. You don’t want Fido putting his paws up on grandma’s white silk skirt. I had fun reading the chapter about “Stuff Dogs Do that Annoys People,” particularly since my own dog, Daisy, was sitting on my lap, as is her wont, and, I swear, sneering (“Don’t try that stuff on me!”). Learn how to control barking, begging, chewing, coprophagy (ugh), digging, humping, nipping, growling … oh dear, and even thunderstorm phobia. Maybe I’d better pick up a couple copies of this. After all, those family dogs will be visiting here some day soon. Good thing I don’t wear a white silk skirt! Oops. I’ve run on too long. That new book about Ps and Qs (for people) will have to wait till next week. Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at alafarge@aol.com.


Over 100 vendors to attend DCC Holiday Craft Fair

A wide variety of holiday gifts and treats will be available at Dutchess Community College’s 40th annual Holiday Craft Fair on Thanksgiving weekend. The Holiday Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, in Falcon and Drumlin halls at the college’s main campus in Poughkeepsie. Those with special needs are invited to beat the rush by starting their shopping at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $6, $4 for senior citizens and DCC students, staff and alumni. According to the college, the Holiday Craft Fair draws more than 3,000 visitors, and 100 artisans and specialty food makers from the Hudson Valley and beyond each year. Items for sale will include jewelry, fiber arts, clothing, candles, soaps and oils, decorative painting, photographs, toys, collectibles, ceramics, porcelain, floral arrangements and works in glass, metal, leather and wood. In addition, door-prize drawings will be held and refreshments can be purchased. For more information and to get $1 off admission, visit www.sunydutchess. edu/alumni/foundationevents/annualcraftfair.html.

Calling all artists

On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Red Hook CAN (Community Arts Network) will present its first workshop, Demystifying the Juried Show, exploring the nuts and bolts of where to find juried shows and what to submit. CAN steering committee member Juliet Harrison will lead the workshop, which runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ArtPOP Gallery, 7505 North Broadway in Red Hook. Workshop fee is $20 and proceeds will go to Red Hook CAN. Walk-ins lk-ins we welcome, but space is limited. Reservations can be made by contacting Juliet Julie at julietharrison@earthlink.net or calling 845-758-2667.

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The Newburgh Brewing Company, located at the old Paper Box factory at 8 South Colden St. in the City of Newburgh. Founder and former awardwinning brewmaster for the Brooklyn Brewery Christopher Basso started renovations on the project in the beginning of November, with brewing tanks planned to arrive mid-December.

Get your spray tan and brain cells ready as “Jersey Shore” and Marlboro’s own Italian Oompa-Loompa, Nicole “Snooki” Polozzi, will be signing her second book (yes, two whole books) “Confessions of a Guidette” at the Barnes and Noble on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie on Nov. 19. If you’re a true guidette, the store will be handing out wristbands to customers wishing to meet the fistpumping meatball (and who purchase a book) starting at 9 a.m.

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ART AT HOME

Setting the stage for next season BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and founding artistic director Terry O’Brien have announced the 2012 season that will run from mid-June through Labor Day weekend. The plays, which run in repertory, are “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” directed by O’Brien, and “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by associate artistic director Christopher Edwards. The third play, which will likely not be Shakespeare, will be announced later this year.

In discussing the new season just weeks after closing the Festival’s 25th season, O’Brien said, “The shows I’ve directed for the past several years, ‘Hamlet,’ ‘Troilus and Cressida,’ ‘Pericles’ and ‘Cymbeline,’ have been adventurous, aggressive, powerful stories and I haven’t done anything light or romantic for a long time.” Tickets will be available online in early 2012 at: www. hvshakespeare.org.

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SAVE THE LAST DANCE BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT) will present its Final Showings workshop Nov. 17-19. Presented as part of the college’s sesquicentennial celebrations, the performance will feature a selection of 14 works in ballet, jazz and modern dance repertoire, including two world premieres by internationally renowned choreographers Larry Keigwin and Edwaard Liang. The performances will offer a preview for the company’s 30th annual Gala Performance at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in the spring.

VRDT FINAL SHOWINGS Nov. 17, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. The Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater in Kenyon Hall, Vassar College Free, but reservations are recommended through dancetix@vassar.edu or calling 845-437-7470 {16} November 16, 2011 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

Mill Street Loft Arts presents “The Study,” an art exhibition featuring new paintings by Dutchess County resident Don Rothman, on view at the Twisted Soul Café, 47 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie from Nov. 18 through Jan. 18, 2012. Rothman grew up in the Hudson Valley and has always had a deep appreciation for the beauty and majesty of the area and its famous river. The exhibition will open with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


MOTHERS’ CLUB FASHION SHOW NETS $9,000 FOR NDH

Guests enjoy the festivities and cocktail reception during last week’s fashion show at the Rhinecliff Hotel.

A model wears clothing from No Sugar in Rhinebeck. Photos by Joel Weisbrod.

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Clothing from DIG in Saugerties is modeled.

A dress from Chamonix in Rhinebeck is modeled during the fashion show.

The Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club hosted its annual fashion show last week, allowing attendees to check out some of the latest fashions available from local merchants while supporting women’s and children’s services at Northern Dutchess Hospital. The event, held Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Rhinecliff Hotel, raised more than $9,000 for the hospital. Fashions from No Sugar, Winter Sun, DIG, Waddle & Swaddle, Tivoli Mercantile, Tiki Boutique, Cabin Fever, Williams, Rhinebeck Department Store, Hummingbird Jewelers and Chamonix were modeled at the event. In addition to the fashion show, guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts and could bid on items in a silent auction.

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VETERANS DAY ALL YEAR AT MID-HUDSON WORKSHOP BY JIM LANGAN

In 1947, an executive at IBM came up with an idea that worked for him and the thousands of wounded veterans returning after World War II. The executive, Dause Bibby, approached the Poughkeepsie Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club for help. The idea was to have disabled veterans repair the trays that travel along IBM’s assembly lines. Thus was born the MidHudson Workshop for the Disabled. The workshop was originally located in an old radio studio before moving to its current home on Washington Street in Poughkeepsie. It’s a massive, 52,000-square-foot facility located just south of the Palace Diner. While the workshop still produces items for IBM, it has diversified into other manufacturing endeavors. At its pre-1990s recession peak, MidHudson employed 70 people. Currently, the workforce is down to 25, according to the workshop’s marketing and sales director, Bill DelTosta. “We exclusively serve disabled veterans and other physically or mentally handicapped individuals,” DelTosta said. “We’re different from centers that employ the developmentally disabled and it allows us a higher level of work.” During a tour of the facility, we observed a number of employees hard at work on a variety of assignments, from packaging wine accessories to large electrical tubing assemblies. In the basement of the facility, there is a 24-hour-a-day bakery, Nildas, turning out an impressive variety of goods headed for local bakeries and supermarket. Nildas’ most recent hire is a disabled Iraq War veteran. DelTosta has had an impressive 30year career in media, which he brings to the workshop. “Non-profits like this can be a little stodgy, so I’m trying to get more aggressive and market our services and ability,” he said. That aggressiveness has manifested itself in everything from a snappy new website to contracts with Target and Walkway Over the Hudson. Target had the workshop label and ship 25,000 books and

Bill DelTosta, marketing and sales director for Mid-Hudson Workshop for the Disabled. Photo by Kathy Welch.

the workshop assembled the 43 lighting stations that adorn the Walkway today. Today’s workshop includes veterans and non-veterans consisting of people dealing with everything from Parkinson’s and combat-related illnesses like post traumatic stress disorder to substance abuse. At the moment, veterans comprise approximately 25% of the workforce, but DelTosta would like to see that number closer to 50%. “It’s still a very competitive economic environment out there, so we have keep our costs down so we can win these quotes,” he said. The Mid-Hudson Workshop is the personification of a win-win enterprise. It employs local people in need of employment and validation while producing quality work at a competitive price. Local manufacturers would be well advised to consider Mid-Hudson for their next assembly or manufacturing job. You can reach them at 845-471-3820.

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Paul Ciminello of Ecosystem Strategies poses for a photo with Rita Brennen, president of the Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club, and Barbara Nussbickel, spokeswoman for PolioPlus. Ciminello, an educator at Marist College, spoke about the work going on at the former Dutton Lumber site in Poughkeepsie, where evidence of contamination from industrial chemicals has been found. Following his talk, Nussbickel told the club about PolioPlus, an ongoing effort by Rotary and the World Health Organization aimed at eradicating polio worldwide. Photo submitted.


ORACLE OF OMAHA BUYS BIG STAKE IN BIG BLUE BY JIM LANGAN

The Clinton Town Board listens to residents’ comments on the proposed 2012 budget during a contentious meeting last week.

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The Clinton Town Board will vote on its proposed 2012 budget on Thursday. During a meeting last week, residents packed Town Hall to speak out against a proposed 29% tax levy hike in 2012 and a perceived lack of transparency on the part of the all-Republican town board, all the members of which were re-elected in uncontested races last week. Members of the public said they were upset because of a $1.7 million Town Hall expansion project they were not given advance notice of, saying the board should not have approved such

BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF One of the upsetting things about the arrival of winter weather is local farmers’ markets will close for the season, making it a bit more difficult for residents to find local produce and other products. Well, fear not, locavores; the Winter Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market season

a costly undertaking during uncertain economic times. Board members and some members of the public, though, argued the expansion was necessary because of cramped and unsanitary conditions at Town Hall. During last week’s meeting, the board approved overriding the statewide 2% property tax cap. Supervisor Jeff Burns said that if the board were to stay within the 2% cap, it could have a drastic effect on town government and the services it provides, and could essentially make town government in Clinton a one-day-a-

week operation. Board members did seem willing to re-examine their proposal and try to lessen the tax burden, however Burns did not return phone calls this week and it is unknown whether the proposed tax levy has been reduced. One final hearing on the budget was held Tuesday evening, and the board is scheduled to vote on the 2012 budget on Thursday, Nov. 17. The meeting will be held at Clinton Town Hall at 7 p.m. See next week’s Hudson Valley News for coverage.

starts in just a few weeks. The Winter Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market opens Dec. 4 and runs on alternating Sundays through the winter. The market is held inside Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St., Rhinebeck, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dates include: Dec. 4, Dec. 18, Jan. 8,

Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 4, March 18, April 1, April 15 and April 29. Available will be fruits and vegetables (fresh and frozen), organic produce, baked goods, meats, dairy products, eggs, artisinal cheeses, prepared foods, granola, wooden goods, wool products,

Warren Buffett, the second-wealthiest person in America and a legendary investor, announced that his company, Berkshire Hathaway, has purchased 6.4 million shares of IBM since March of this year. In a television interview Monday, Buffett said the shares represent 5.5% of IBM’s total shares. By law, the Securities and Exchange Commission requires anyone acquiring more than 5% of the shares of any publicly traded company to disclose that fact. IBM has been trading at an all-time high for many months and Berkshire Hathaway’s relentless buying of IBM stock might explain its rise in the face of a volatile and difficult stock market. Given the number of current and former IBM employees in Dutchess County, having an investor like Buffett in the mix has to be good news. For longtime holders of IBM, there has essentially been no bear market. Buffett paid an average cost of $170 per share. In his CNBC interview, Buffett said he was not normally a fan of technology companies but after hearing so many positive things about IBM from executives at some of Berkshire Hathaway’s subsidiaries, he decided to make an exception. Shares of IBM closed Monday at $189.87 after hitting an all-time high of $190.53. Earlier in the year, the stock traded as low as $141.18 before rising steadily all year. editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com www.thehudsonvalleynews.com

honey, maple syrup, jams and chutneys, wine, cider and hot chocolate. Live music and other special events are planned throughout the season. For more information, visit www. rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com or call Jane Garrick at 845-876-3847.

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Celebrity auctioneer featured at upcoming SPCA fundraiser BY HV NEWS STAFF Kathleen Guzman, well known to viewers of PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow,” will serve as auctioneer during the Dutchess County SPCA’s Holiday Gift for the Animals dinner and auction next month.

Rhinebeck firefighters present a check to Village of Rhinebeck officials. The funds will be used to purchase a new ambulance for the fire department. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Rhinebeck Fire Department has successfully raised enough money to purchase a new ambulance. For a number of months, the fire department has been collecting funds for the new ambulance, and last Tuesday, department members presented a check for $153,765 to the Rhinebeck Village Board.

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The new ambulance should be delivered the first week of December, according to the fire department. After the check was presented, Mayor Jim Reardon and Trustee Wayne Rifenburg thanked the fire department for raising the funds and for its professionalism, commitment and

dedication to the Rhinebeck community. The fire department raised money through a door-to-door community fund drive that netted more than $90,000, donations from The Thompson Trust and the Frost Trust and other efforts. Firefighters were quick to thank all who contributed toward the purchase.

Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary honors top students BY HV NEWS STAFF The Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club recently honored its Students of the Month from Arlington High School and BOCES. During a recent meeting held at Christo’s restaurant in Poughkeepsie, the students were introduced by Rotarian Roger Risko before each student’s sponsor spoke of their achievements. Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary President Rita Brennar then presented the awards and a certificate. The students of the month include:

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• Joseph Paige of Dutchess County Alternative High School at BETA • Joe Frolish of Dutchess County Career & Technical Institute • Josh Gustofson of the Dutchess County Work Based Learning Program • Steven Mangini of the Dutchess County Work Based Learning Program • Stephanie Marini and Jessica Care of Arlington High School • Ethan Pine of Dutchess County BOCES’s Salt Point Center The awards were cosponsored by TEG Federal Credit Union.

Kathleen Guzman. Photo submitted.

The SPCA’s Holiday Gift for the Animals will be held Sunday, Dec. 4 at Christo’s restaurant in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are $100 per person or $175 for a pair. Guzman, a well-known appraiser and auctioneer with more than 30 years of experience, has appeared on “Oprah,” “Good Morning America,” “Today” and CNN, as well as “Antiques Roadshow.” “We are excited to have Kathleen Guzman as our auctioneer again,” said Joyce Garrity, executive director of the Dutchess County SPCA. “She is known around the globe for her selling of a Monet watercolor, the ruby slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and this month’s John Wayne auction in L.A. She is recognized from her work on television. What people may not know about Kathleen is that she is a compassionate animal lover who delighted our guests two years ago with her gentle humor and engaging style.” The Holiday Gift for the Animals is a fundraiser that supports the homeless animals in the care of the Dutchess County SPCA. For tickets and more information, contact 845-454-5346, ext. 100 or info@ dcspca.org.


around town BY HEIDI JOHNSON This week, I am finding that I have very little to write about. That’s the funny thing with writing a weekly column – it’s often feast or famine. Some weeks I’m squishing like crazy to fit everything in, and the next week, there are tumbleweeds blowing across my page. Of course, this should not imply that nothing is going on in Stanford. The big news this past week was the election. It appears as if we will have a new town supervisor, but as of press time the results are not yet official. It was a squeaker of a race, with only 15 votes separating the candidates. It will be interesting to see what the final tally is, but no matter what the outcome, this would be a good time to acknowledge Supervisor Virginia Stern’s years of service to our town. Virginia is a tireless worker and she loves this town passionately. We thank her for her willingness to serve and her dedication to the Town of Stanford and its residents. Having grown up as a child of two politically involved parents, I know how much time and energy being a small-town political official takes. As such, a thank you is in order to the entire Stern family for supporting Virginia in her position. If the election results stand, Virginia will be able to return to being a wife, mother and grandmother. And if there is a surprise turn after all absentee ballots are counted, well, I’m sure her dedication will not waiver for the upcoming term. To all who campaigned and/or are elected officials in Stanford, our thanks. It takes a special person to be willing to lead a town government while balancing family needs and withstanding political pressure. We appreciate your time and effort. I would also like to point out that all candidates immediately removed every last campaign sign from our roadways the day after the election. That effort is also very much appreciated!

FRANKENSTEIN’S FORTRESS FINAL

Since upcoming news is a bit scarce this week, I’ll catch up on the Fortress wrapup that I had planned to write when the snowstorm hit. I expect you all are rather tired of reading Fortress news, so I will keep

Frankenstein’s Fortress creative genius Peter Wing applies makeup to a cast member before a show during the 2011 season. Photo by Doreen Knapp.

it short, but again, this event is huge and it brings a ton of money into our Recreation Department budget. So, the volunteers who made the event so successful this year really need to be acknowledged. First, the tag-team of Sue Blouse, Doreen Knapp and Evelyn Seipp were the main leaders of the production. They decided the casting every night (no small task with sometimes more than 100 cast and crew members), supervised the show quality and handled all the small details, like making sure there were lights in the port-a-johns. Next, costumes were expertly created and organized every night by Tory Elvin, with assistance from Esther Evans and a few other moms (apologies for not getting everyone’s names). Makeup was applied by a host of folks, including Cathy White, Allison Porcelli and Karen Sergio. Refreshments were coordinated by Vicki Hennessy and sound/lighting/tech was headed up by Jeff Knapp and Dave Schmidt. Really, the above is only a partial list of the main movers and shakers at Fortress 2011. There were many, many more adult volunteers who assisted with the production every night, but I just don’t know everyone’s names. Oh, wait, two more people who showed above-and-beyond dedication to the show were Helen Borger and Bill Harklerode. These two willingly took on acting roles just about every night. Acting is hard work, night after night, so these two deserve a special measure of appreciation. And, of course, without creative

director Peter Wing, there would not be a Frankenstein’s Fortress. Pete also spends countless hours getting the sets ready each season and this year, bless his heart, Pete took care of the lion’s share of set breakdown when it had to be done in a big hurry before the snowstorm. Pete also does makeup, fixes broken things, gives artistic direction and even helps hang costumes at the end of the night (until Tory chases him out because he’s putting them away in the wrong place). Thank you, Pete, for allowing us to learn from you and take advantage of your amazing talent again this year. And, last but not least, Toni Wing. The woman has the patience of Job; that’s all I have to say. She, too, puts in countless hours at the Fortress and she warms us all with her kind and gentle nature. Fortress 2011 was a success and all who volunteered, youngsters and grownups, should all pat yourselves on the back for pulling off 13 (count ‘em) great shows under sometimes-adverse conditions. It was hard work, but we had fun doing it. Thank you all. See you in just 10 and a half months!

GRANGE ROAST PORK DINNER

The Stanford Grange, known worldwide for delicious Sunday dinners, is having its fall roast pork dinner on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. The menu will include tomato rice soup, roast pork, homemade stuffing, homemade

coleslaw, vegetables with cheese sauce, homemade peach cobbler and choice of beverage. Lots of good eating to be had for a mere $12 per person, children under 12 halfprice. There will also be a bake sale raffle during the dinner. Call Louise Woodcock for reservations (required) at 845-868-7548.

STISSING THEATRE GUILD SPRING MUSICAL

It’s official. This year’s STG show will be “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” New company director Mary Ward is full of energy and enthusiasm, and she brings years of acting and directing experience to her new position. This will be an exciting show, so I’m just getting in a teaser now. Pine Plains will be one of the first three high schools in the country to perform the high school version of this production. And for those of who have seen the movie or Broadway show, fear not. We’ve been told the high school version has been adjusted to be age appropriate. More information, including show dates and times, will follow in a future column. For someone with not much to write about, I still managed to fill most of a page! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or playfulrelics@optonline.net.

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BY HV NEWS STAFF

MEN BUSTED AFTER TRYING TO FILL PHONY PRESCRIPTION

Three men were arrested by Hyde Park Police after one of the men allegedly attempted to fill a forged prescription at Molloy Pharmacy last week. According to police, on Nov. 10 at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers were called to the pharmacy after an employee observed what was believed to be a forged prescription that had been passed by a Connecticut man. When police responded, the suspect’s vehicle, which was occupied by four people at the time, was seen leaving the parking lot and heading north on Route 9. Officers stopped the vehicle and interviewed the occupants. It was determined the driver of the vehicle, Julio L. Dejesus, 26, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, had a suspended license and registration. Dejesus was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a misdemeanor; and operating with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. According to police, a second occupant gave officers a false name, and through their investigation, officers determined he was actually Nicholas J. Mangal, 16, of the Bronx. Mangal was charged with false personation, a class-B misdemeanor. A third subject, who was determined to be the suspect who passed the forged prescription, was identified as Jonathan M. Ramos, 25, of East Haven, Connecticut. Ramos was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class-D felony; and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. A fourth subject was found to have a warrant out of New York City, but it was for a minor offense and he could only be extradited to an adjoining county. His information was documented and he was released, police said.

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The other three subjects were arraigned before Judge David Steinberg in Hyde Park Justice Court and all three were remanded to Dutchess County Jail.

DOVER MAN JAILED AFTER ASSAULTING EX

A Dover man was arrested last week after he allegedly broke into his estranged girlfriend’s home and assaulted her, according to New York State Police. According to police, on Nov. 9 at approximately 4:50 a.m., troopers responded to a call for an assault in progress at the High Meadows Trailer Park on Holsapple Road in the Town of Dover. Upon arrival, Lionel Bowser (see photo), 41, of Dover, was located in the residence of his former girlfriend, troopers said. An investigation revealed Bowser violated an active order of protection by illegally entering the residence and physically assaulting his estranged girlfriend, according to police. Bowser was charged with burglary in the second degree, aggravated criminal contempt of court (violation of order of protection causing injury) and assault in the third degree. Bowser was arraigned in Dover justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

POUGHKEEPSIE MAN ALLEGEDLY DROVE DRUNK WITH BABY ON BOARD

deputy stopped a 1995 Nissan Maxima on Route 44 near North Avenue in Pleasant Valley after the driver failed to keep right of the center pavement markings. The driver, identified as Patrick LeBon, 31, of Poughkeepsie, was believed to be intoxicated, according to deputies. At the time of the traffic stop, LeBon was accompanied in the car by his girlfriend and 15-month-old child, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies say LeBon was also found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana at the time. LeBon was taken into custody and charged with aggravated DWI, which was upgraded to a class-E felony due to the Leandra’s Law violation; DWI, a misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; and traffic infractions. LeBon was released on appearance tickets after being processed and is due to appear in Pleasant Valley Court on Dec. 7.

WAPPINGER MAN RUNS FROM TROOPERS

A City of Poughkeepsie man who allegedly violated Leandra’s Law by driving a car while intoxicated with a 1-year-old in the vehicle was arrested by Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies last week. According to the sheriff’s office, on Nov. 9 at approximately 1:20 a.m., a

A Wappinger man who attempted to run from troopers following a traffic stop was arrested by New York State Police last week.

County Police Department contacted Hyde Park Police, advising they had located one of the subjects, Crystal F. Dearborn, 20, of 9 Kessler Drive in Hyde Park, and had taken her into custody on the felony warrant. Two Hyde Park officers traveled to Suffolk County Saturday to transport Dearborn to Hyde Park for processing. She was charged with burglary in the second degree, a class-C felony; grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony; criminal mischief in the third degree, a class-E felony; and conspiracy in the fourth degree, a class-E felony. Dearborn was arraigned before Judge John Kennedy in Hyde Park Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. Later, last Saturday evening, police in Poughkeepsie notified Hyde Park Police they had arrested a second subject, Matthew J. Way, 21, of Poughkeepsie, on the felony warrant.

He too was turned over to Hyde Park Police, who charged Way with burglary in the second degree, a class-C felony; grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony; criminal mischief in the third degree, a class-E felony; and conspiracy in the fourth degree, a class-E felony. Way was already on parole for a previous conviction and was remanded to Dutchess County Jail without bail. On Tuesday, a third subject, Joseph A. Yates, 25, of Poughkeepsie, was also arrested for his involvement in the alleged burglary. Yates was charged with burglary in the second degree, a class-C felony; grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony; criminal mischief in the third degree, a class-E felony; and conspiracy in the fourth degree, a class-E felony. He was also arraigned before Kennedy and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $2,000 cash or bond.

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BY HV NEWS STAFF Three people have been arrested on multiple felony counts by Hyde Park Police for their alleged involvement in an August 2008 burglary. According to police, during that burglary, the suspects broke into a home at 9 Kessler Drive and stole more than $3,000 in cash and $10,000 worth of assorted jewelry. During their investigation, police say they learned one of the residents of that address may have been involved in the burglary. Police say interviews were conducted, some recently, as new information came to light, and as a result of their investigation, Officer Brad Moore applied for warrants for two subjects, both of which were signed. Police also contacted several other police agencies based on information obtained during the investigation and the warrants were entered into the state computer system. Then, last Friday evening, the Suffolk

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On Nov. 10, two troopers who were conducting a road check on Route 9 in Fishkill pulled over William A. Plaza, 28, of Wappinger, for an expired inspection sticker. According to police, troopers learned Plaza had a number of outstanding bench warrants. While police were checking his documents, Plaza ran on foot from his vehicle and into the shoulder of the Route 84 on-ramp, police said. According to police, after a short foot chase, Plaza was apprehended with assistance from a passing motorist who saw the struggle and stopped to help. Plaza was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, disorderly conduct and having an expired inspection. He was arraigned in Town of Fishkill Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $500 cash or $1,000 bond. Plaza had two warrants from the Town of Poughkeepsie and one from Suffolk County for charges ranging from disorderly conduct to criminal possession of a controlled substance.

OBITUARIES JOYCE LORRAINE JIUDICE, RHINEBECK

On Nov. 13, 2011, Joyce Lorraine (Outwater) Jiudice passed away in Rhinebeck. A resident of Rhinebeck since 1972, she was the daughter of Frederick and Lavenia Outwater; and was raised in the Fairview neighborhood of Poughkeepsie. Joyce graduated from Arlington High School and was a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of the SUNY State Teachers College at New Paltz where she played basketball and was an archery champion. She attended graduate school at Syracuse University and taught elementary school in the Rhinecliff and the Hyde Park School Districts. After marrying her husband of over 50 years, Judge Joseph Jiudice, she devoted herself to her children, Jay of Marina del

Rey, CA and Joyce Ellen of Rhinebeck. Judge Jiudice predeceased her. Mrs. Jiudice was active over the years in several clubs and organizations including PTA, Dutchess County Home Bureau, YWCA and the Mid Hudson Miniature Society. She and her husband enjoyed a quiet retirement at their beloved home â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stissing Viewâ&#x20AC;? on Slate Quarry Hill in the Town of Clinton. Mrs. Jiudice is also survived by her sister Justine White of Gilford, NH, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Her sister Jean Hildegard Paterson and brother James Barton Outwater also predeceased her. Calling hours are Wednesday, Nov. 16, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 West Market St., Rhinebeck. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Messiah, 6436 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY. She will be buried with her husband in the Jiudice Family Plot at St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. Memorial donations may be made to the DCC Foundation and sent to the Judge Joseph & Joyce Lorraine Jiudice Fund at the DCC Foundation, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601. To sign the online register, visit dapsonchestney.com.

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